Protecting the King | African American Fiction (And More!)

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Demand will soar for Dickey, Allen’s solid story alternates between romance and crime fiction, Mink is on top of her game creating great side characters and a flawed protagonist who tries to do the right thing.

Dreyer, Florand, Kramer, MacLean | Romance Reviews, December 2014

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Dreyer’s smart, savvy heroine and a dashing “White Knight,” Florand’s delicious story will appeal across genre lines, Kramer’s sexy-sweet romp is sassy, funny, and redolent with Low-Country charm, a satisfying conclusion to MacLean’s remarkable quartet.

Bear, Gordon’s Debut of the Month, Schwab, Holiday Shopping, Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, December 2014

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In the world of mixing up genres and making something new, it would be hard to find a more striking example than the genre of steampunk. Gadgets and airships, plus corsets and high tea—irresistible!

Blaedel, Graves, Khan’s Debut of the Month, New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, December 2014

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In this month’s mysteries, killers strike in small towns in Maine, Missouri, and New York, along with Canada, Denmark, and France. We also have Khan’s intensely memorable debut, two excellent British historicals, and a slew of solid series.

E-Originals from Burke, Cullinan, Griffin & Michaels, Hart, & a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Family drama from Burke, a love letter to librarians from Cullinan, a fabulous sequel from Griffin and Michaels, a dynamically written series opener from Hart, and a debut that shows wonderful storytelling ability

Best Sellers | Romance, December 2014

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Roberts’s Blood Magick, Carr’s The Promise, and Moyes’s The Ship of Brides

Fiction from Bradley, Evanovich & Goldberg, Hochgatterer, Nehme, & Others | Xpress Reviews

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An engaging heroine in a delightful series from Bradley, Evanovich and Goldberg team up for their third rollicking adventure, a stand-alone thriller from best-selling Grippando, film blogger Nehme is highly recommended, Sternbergh’s characterizations are spare and vivid, Wood calls for concentration.

E-Originals from The Lady Authors, Auclair, Jordan, Moon, plus a Debut by Harris | Xpress Reviews

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A sexy selection of novellas from The Lady Authors; Harris’s debut features layered individuals about whom readers will care; you won’t want to put down Jordan’s Heiress for All Seasons; Moon has the right amount of sugar and spice.

Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction

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The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

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