Best Books 2016 | Honorable Mentions

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Choosing only five top titles in each category, plus a Top Ten, is a daunting exercise, so LJ’s editors and contributors decided to up the ante.

E-Originals from Alexander & Co., Benefiel, Layne, and Debuter Johanna | Xpress Reviews

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Four romance authors have taken a different point of view in stories, set between 1866 and 1917, featuring strong women; realistic characters, mystery, and danger are a great combination from Benefiel; a debut offer an edge to a star-crossed-lovers story; Layne is equally adept at writing portrayals of grief and scenes of steamy passion

E-Original from Calista Fox’s “Burned Deep” Series | Xpress Reviews

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Prepare for action, sex appeal, and bulging biceps as this hunky bodyguard protects his lady love in the latest from Calista Fox

Killer Holidays: Escape Christmas Stress with These 26 Yuletide Titles

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THERE’S PLENTY OF MYSTERY IN STORE for this holiday season, from Christmas cozies to hard-boiled holiday tales.

Series Installments from J.A. Jance & Ed Lin | Audio in Advance December 2016 | Fiction

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Block, Lawrence, ed. In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520044989. Reader TBA. These 17 stories were each inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. Contributors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Joe R. […]

Love Stories | Audio in Advance December 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Love stories on audio releasing in December 2017

E-Originals from Arend, Ash, Lindsey, and Meredith, plus “Silver Desire” | Xpress Reviews

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The tenth “Six Pack Ranch” is as good as the first; readers will be reminiscing about young love; book three in Lindsey’s “Geek Girl Mysteries” series is lots of fun; Meredith latest will appeal to those who enjoy seeing unlikable heroes get their comeuppance; Aasolid, varied depiction of sex and desire among the older set

Zadie Smith, Wally Lamb, & Stephenie Meyer | Audio in Advance November 2016 | Fiction

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Fiction publishing on audio in November 2016

Writ in the Stars | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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Readers would do well to suspend disbelief and open their hearts to the romance, the lush prose, and the mystery of Helen Sedgwick’s original and inventive debut; a pleasurable read for lovers of historical fiction and for those longing for reassurance that following one’s passion does indeed lead to healing and belonging.

France Now & Then | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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A great tale of mystery, artistry, history, and a little romance from Juliet Blackwell with plenty of backstory and tidbits about Parisian life in the 19th century and a skillful debut from Laura Madeleine about a woman in a race against time to discover her grandfather’s past, set against the backdrop of France