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E-Originals from Barth and Solheim, plus Newcomer Tremayne | Xpress Reviews

The romance, on the other hand, is sweet, with definite heat; a quick, light read, especially for those who enjoy culinary and political settings with some suspense; this slow-paced Victorian-era romance will please readers with its gradual relationship development

E-Originals from Collins, Irby, and Rhone | Xpress Reviews

A perfect tale for Winter Olympics lovers; Irby combines themes of redemption and healing for broken families with sincere characters; Rhone creates wonderful characters that touch readers’ hearts

The Shape of Water: The Novel | Oscars 2018

Daniel Kraus’s The Shape of Water is no ordinary novelization of Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning movie.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, March 15, 2018

Bishop’s fans will be happy to return to the universe of the Others; Ganshert’s emotionally charged and powerful novel will have readers examining their own personal biases; those who take the plunge will be rewarded with a wild ride from a narrator whose sardonic outlook reveals profound truths; based on real-life events, Winthrop’s engrossing story unfolds through strong memorable characters

E-Originals from Leslie A. Kelly and Lia Riley, plus Debuter Audrey Wick | Xpress Reviews

Kelly hits all the right notes here and balances the romance with suspense to very nice effect; another love-at-first-sight tale with some social issues tacked on, in this case domestic violence; the protagonists are both hiding secrets that, unfortunately, aren’t given the time and space they need to make an emotional impact

Windo’s Debut of the Month, Baker’s Latest “Aracadia” Entry, Newcomers Blum, McIntyre, Myers, Wilson | SF/Fantasy Reviews

This thought-provoking debut shines a speculative light on the subjects of connection, disconnection, and identity; Gratton’s engrossing and magical debut will attract fans of vivid epic fantasies; Wilson’s first story collection highlights imaginative works in which AIs and humans connect, for better or worse

Coyle’s Pick of the Month, Chapman, Heaberlin, Hillier, Indridason, Sacks, African Crime Fiction, and Missing Children | Mystery & Suspense Reviews

Coyle’s 17th series entry combines timely social issues with a gripping and entertaining mystery; the award-winning McPherson launches a new contemporary series with a bang; this series set in Zimbabwe will appeal to readers who enjoy descriptive details; for thriller readers, Jewell’s latest will not disappoint

Mixing Business and Pleasure | Erotica Reviews

This month’s titles feature smart women thriving, or sometimes just surviving, at their place of business—and getting in some action after hours, as well.

LJ Talks to Naomi Hirahara

After six mysteries starring elderly Japanese American gardener and World War II atomic bombing survivor Mas Arai, Naomi Hirahara brings her Edgar Award–winning series to a close in her March release, Hiroshima Boy.

Diversity Reigns | 2017 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the nominees for the 52nd Annual Nebula Awards and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. These awards honor the best in sf and fantasy—novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories—published during the prior calendar year.