E-Originals from Boyett-Compo, Burke, and Debut Author Calvin | Xpress Reviews

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Boyett-Compo’s story deals with abuse, rape, and physical violence—not a light undertaking; Burke’s latest is another solid entry in a heartfelt, family-driven series; Calvin’s debut novel is the first in a planned series about the Coast Guard

Historicals from Beverley, Long; Modern-Day Brockmann & Co., RIP Cathie Linz and Bertrice Small, Plus RWA Update | Romance Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Although lately the romantic buzz has been about new adult (which is great fun) and erotic romance (which can be fun, too), historicals are still a serious draw.

E-Originals from Burke & Jensen, Devon, Madsen, Paul, and a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Burke & Jensen’s crew members battle aliens, Devon’s sweet tale of taming inner demons, a fun and flirty novel from Madsen, Paul’s suspicious death points to Queen Victoria, Zackman’s debut mixes romance, pop culture, and espionage

Haldane’s Award-Winning Debut of the Month, Crime Author Mackay, First Novelist Manzini, plus Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, April 1, 2015

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Historical whodunit fans will relish Haldane’s writing and an exciting trip to 19th-century frontier Canada, Mackay’s unrelenting look at the grimy underbelly of Glasgow’s criminal underworld, readers will be fascinated by Manzini’s vividly drawn characters.

A.N. Roquelaure (aka Anne Rice), Raunchy Rock Stars, Debut Novelist Sierra Is “Starting Fresh” | Erotica Reviews, April 1, 2015

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Spring has sprung! The snow is melting, and springtime is (supposedly) here. What better way to thaw out and warm up than with some new erotica?

Sleiman’s Pick of the Month, plus a Versatile Pittman, Romantic Tagg, & Historical Whitson | Christian Fiction Reviews, April 1, 2015

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Sleiman launches an action-packed, historical series of adventure and romance; Pittman’s moving tale of temptation, surrender, guilt, and redemption; Tagg writes humorous, gentle romances with a wisp of faith throughout.

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: 2015 Hugo Nominations Stir Controversy

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The April 4 announcement of this year’s Hugo Awards shortlist generated a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and sf websites; at issue is the politicization of what should have been a selection process based on literary merit.

E-Originals from Ashworth, Baxter, Johns, and Rivers & Knox | Xpress Reviews

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Ashworth’s latest is lean on character development, Baxter’s World War II tale provides terrific perspective, Johns’s series title provides an intense description of Waterloo, and Rivers & Knox created interesting story about finding yourself

E-Originals from Baxter and Gary, plus a “Dangerous” Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Baxter’s shop owner defends her family in time of war, a bad girl and a bad boy face off, two wounded souls try to find peace and love in a small town

Ken Liu’s Debut of the Month, P.N. Elrod, Erika Johansen, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, March 15, 2015

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Epic fantasy is one of the most popular and longest enduring genres in speculative fiction. This month’s reviews bring a wide variety of choices for readers, with new installments of popular series but also compelling debuts and fresh sequels.