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E-Original Romances from Davis, Munn, and Parrish | Xpress Reviews

This sweet romance will hit all the right notes for readers of historical Christian romance; the new series also promises some heat for those cold Montana nights; highly recommended for all libraries where rock star romance is popular

The Big Thrill | ITW Thriller Award Nominees 2018

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) have announced the nominees for the 2018 Thriller Awards. The winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XIII on July 14, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt, New York City.

E-Originals from Edwards, Lincoln, and Meader | Xpress Reviews

This feels like a travelog of the time period, with little payoff for new readers; Lincoln’s writing is engaging—for those who love sports-based romances; readers will enjoy the family dynamics of the band-of-brothers hockey team and the women they adore

Timely Debuts from Markely, Rojas Contreras, Meyerson, & Weisman; Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrills from Del Árbol, Nugent, Griffiths | Fiction: May 1, 2018

Johnson’s gem of a novel tells of a place and its people so vivid that readers won’t want their stories to end; Meyerson’s sweet debut is filled with family, love, and healing; the coveted book of summer, Weisberger’s latest is sure to be in high demand; the latest addition to Griffiths’s “Ruth Galloway” series is one of the best; fans of CWA Gold Dagger Award–winning series will dive into the scrum of Herron’s fifth outing; once again, Kepnes explores love and devotion on the fringes

E-Originals from Arend, Johnson, Linde, and Porter | Xpress Reviews

Readers will want to know more about Heart Falls and the folks who live there; this series launch seems to lack a clear path or central theme; a fascinating and compelling world of vampire and human codependency; the latest in Porter’s “Love on Chance Avenue” series is her best yet

L. Penelope Launches New Series with Major Publisher | Debut Spotlight

L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone, winner of the 2016 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Publishing Award and the first book in the author’s “Earthsinger Chronicles” series, finds a new home with publisher St. Martin’s.

Crime Fiction’s “Girl” Power | Mystery Genre Spotlight

Women dominate psychological suspense, the Roaring ’20s hit historicals, and diverse representation improves but has a way to go; meanwhile, a debut thriller from Zoje Stage demonstrates a truly murderous mother-daughter connection

Fresh Starts, New Beginnings | Romance Reviews, April 15, 2018

Just as spring is a time of beginnings, themes of hope and fresh starts are popular in the romance genre. Whether it’s a heroine running from her past toward a new life, a couple reunited after years apart, or an individual turned in an unexpected direction, the concept that change is possible, with the dream of better things to come, is irresistible—and the inherent promise of the season.

E-Originals from Fernando, Sosa, Van Hulzen, and Wolff | Xpress Reviews

A fabulous choice for readers unsure of or hoping to discover the motorcycle club (MC) subgenre; recommended for romance collections, especially where Sosa is popular; fans of Van Hulzen’s series will want to keep up; Wolff’s latest novel is emotionally charged and filled with white-hot intimacy

LJ Fiction, Sf/Fantasy, Romance | Review Alert, April 15, 2018

A solid recommendation for historical fiction readers; a stunning, gritty story of survival that unfolds with raw emotion on every page; complex, intense, and engrossing, this riveting romantic thriller has a chilling gothic touch; a work of tremendous ambition, strangeness, and compassion that will appeal to fans of New Weird authors; Willis packs a punch with this slim novella