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We're thrilled to share that The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is #8 on Harper’s Bazaar “10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018!”

Harper's Bazaar descirbes The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle as a "twisting, cleverly written debut" and says, "Pop your favorite Agatha Christie whodunnit into a blender with a scoop of Downton Abbey, a dash of Quantum Leap, and a liberal sprinkling of Groundhog's Day and you'll get this unique murder mystery."

You can read the full article here.

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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Publication Date: September 1st, 2018

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Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others . . .

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

 

 

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Darcy & Elizabeth

Linda Berdoll is the author of the number one best-selling Jane Austen sequel—her first novel, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife.  Linda Berdoll is a self-described “Texas farm wife” whose interest in all things Austen was piqued by the BBC/A&E mini-series of Pride and Prejudice.  Four years and much research later, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife (originally titled The Bar Sinister) appeared, to the acclaim of readers and the horror of Jane Austen purists.  Darcy & Elizabeth (May 2006) is the continuing saga of one of the most exciting, intriguing couples in the Jane Austen sequel literature.  Linda Berdoll and her husband live on a pecan farm in Del Valle, Texas.  Although she admits that she eloped in a manner similar to Lydia Bennet’s, to her great fortune it was with Darcy, not Wickham.

We're excited to share that Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson has been included in Omnivoracious’ round-up of “The Best Romance Novels of 2017!”

Adrian Liang at Omnivoracious says: “I've been keeping my eyes open for a romance novel that gleefully sets its hero and heroine in the near future and gives them a storyline that couldn't work in any other setting. Wanted and Wired does all that… if your pulse rate accelerates at the thought of sexy sci-fi, give this action-filled romance a try.”

You can read the full article here.

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Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson

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Publication Date: April 4th, 2017

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A rip-roarin’ new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places…

Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive
Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas—sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark
Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it’s the perfect storm…

 

We're excited to share this fantastic Library Journal review of Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson: "Wilson (Revelation) does a bang-up job of transforming a real news story (the 2014 Slender Man stabbing) into a can't-put-down thriller that will reverberate with readers. The characters are well drawn, the plot hums, the creepiness level is high, and you won't see the ending coming. VERDICT Fans of psychological suspense shouldn't miss this great thrill ride."

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9781492656500Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson

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Publication Date: February 13th, 2018

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How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, nothing more.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but he is never far behind.

Addictive and chillingly surprising, this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller will have you transfixed until the very last page.

 

We're thrilled to share that we've received fantastic Kirkus reviews for The Last Wolf by Maria Vale, Earl Interrupted by Amanda Forester, and a STARRED review for The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren! The full reviews will appear in the January 1st edition.

What Kirkus says about The Ones Who Got Away: "With the issue of gun violence at the forefront, this isn't an easy story, but every word, scene, and bit of dialogue is thoughtfully crafted. Unforgettable; have some tissues handy.”

The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren9781492651406

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Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018

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It's been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she'd never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs…

Liv's words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she'd known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.

 

Kirkus also gave a stellar review to The Last Wolf by Maria Vale: "The scenes showing the dark, primal attraction between Silver and Tiberius can become addictive for readers —a dense, gooey chocolate cake in page form. A wonderfully descriptive paranormal romance that breathes some much-needed life into the subgenre.”

The Last Wolf by Maria Vale9781492661870

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Publication Date: February 6th, 2018

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For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild.

If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die. But if she stays…

Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…

 

What Kirkus says about Earl Interrupted by Amanda Forester: "Their chemistry is so strong that even readers who like their romances on the spicy side won't mind. A fast-paced historical romance with sea legs.”

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Earl Interrupted by Amanda Forester

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Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018

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After restoring his fortune as a notorious privateer, Captain Robert Ashton, Earl of Darington, goes to London in search of a bride. Instead, he finds unexpected dangers and unknown assailants. He is shot and left for dead. Life on the high seas was far calmer.

Enter Miss Emma St. James. She may appear sweet and demure, but she quickly proves herself to be equal to any challenge, including saving Darington’s life. Just when Darington is sure he has found his perfect bride, she reveals she’s betrothed to another.

Now things REALLY start to get complicated…

We're excited to share that two Sourcebooks Casablanca titles, One More Kiss by Samantha Chase and Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday, were included in BookPage's 10 Best Romance Novels of 2017!

BookPage on One More Kiss: "Chase's gift for realistic conflicts and characterization grounds her rock-star hero Matt Reed, who is suffering a personal and professional crisi of confidence when he begins to see his best friend's little sister in a new light."

BookPage on Knight on the Texas Plains: "Dashing cowboy Duel McClane is the man of many a reader’s dreams, doing his best to care for a woman on the run and a baby girl, despite having no experience with children. Knight on the Texas Plains translates the marriage-of-convenience trope to the Wild West, examining a profound connection between two lonely, steadfast souls."

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One More Kiss by Samantha Chase

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Publication Date: February 7th, 2017

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MATT REED IS HIDING
…from his fans
…from his past
…from a failure too painful to contemplate
Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself.

VIVIENNE FORRESTER IS A WOMAN WHO GIVES HER ALL
…to her friends and family
…to her online food blog
…to the man she loves

Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway…

 

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Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

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Publication Date: August 1st, 2017

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He’ll do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

Duel McClain has lost everything he’s ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate—and a poker game he’ll never forget—leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies…

Just as Duel swears his life can’t get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed…

 

We're excited to share that Scandalous Ever After by Therese Romain was also chosen as an NPR Best Book of 2017 in the "Love Stories" category!

“I only discovered Theresa Romain this summer, and then I lost several weeks of my life reading everything she had ever written. Scandalous Ever After is actually Book 2 in a series set in England’s horse-racing scene, but it stands perfectly well on its own. If you like Regency romances, sensitively-written heroes and consent as one of the hottest parts of sex, you’ll definitely fall for the widowed Lady Kate and her old friend, Evan.” -NPR

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Scandalous Ever After by Therese Romain

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Publication Date: July 4th, 2017

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Does love really heal all wounds?
After being widowed by a steeplechase accident in Ireland, Lady Kate Whelan abandons the turf. But once her mourning is complete, her late husband’s debts drive her to seek help in Newmarket amidst the whirl of a race meet. There she encounters antiquities expert Evan Rhys, her late husband’s roguish friend—whom she hasn’t seen since the day of his lordship’s mysterious death.

Now that fate has reunited them, Evan seizes the chance to win over the woman he’s always loved. But once back within the old stone walls of Whelan House, long-held secrets come to light that shake up everything Kate thought she knew about her marriage. Now she wonders who she can trust with her heart—and Evan must decide between love and a truth that will separate him from all his heart desires.

We're thrilled to share some exciting news about The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. 

The Radium Girls was voted Best History & Biography in the Goodreads Choice Awards of 2017!

“Taking place under the shadow of the first World War, bestselling author Kate Moore’s The Radium Girls traces the lives of the hundreds of young women who toiled and suffered amid the radium-dial factories. What follows is a true story of awe-inspiring strength in the face of scandal and gruesome corruption. This is Moore’s first nomination in the Goodreads Choice Awards and her first win in the Best History & Biography category.” - Goodreads

NPR also recognized The Radium Girls as a Best Book of 2017 in the "For History Lovers" category!

“After World War I, many women worked in factories painting light-up dials. Not long after, they started to get sick. The companies claimed not to know why. The women knew better; they were being poisoned by the radium in their glowing paint. This isn't an easy read; The Radium Girls viscerally describes both the pain these women suffered and their struggle for justice in a legal system designed to favor corporations. At times, it reads like a true-crime story (radium killed these young women, but the companies murdered them), but there's still a hint of hope at the end.” - NPR

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Pub. Date: May 2nd, 2017

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The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger

The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive ― until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...

VOYA Magazine gave As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti a "VOYA Perfect 10," the highest rating VOYA gives in its reviews.

The glowing review says, "The descriptions of the town, from the surrounding emptiness of the desert to the abandoned half-finished homes, creates a strong exterior atmosphere reflecting the interior isolation felt by many of the characters... Depending on the reader, this novel offers different levels of intensity, starting with the everyday sort of teen troubles, progressing to difficult family dynamics, and reaching up to the ethical dilemmas wishing can create—all while being easy to read and hard to put down."

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 As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

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 Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018

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 If you could make one wish that was guaranteed to come true—what would you wish for?

 Madison is a small town in the Mojave dessert on the road between nothing and nowhere. It's an unremarkable speck on the map, which is perfect for protecting the town's secret. Because in Madison, everyone can make  one wish on their eighteenth birthday—and that wish always comes true.

 Most of Eldon's classmates have had their wishes picked out for months, even years. Not Eldon. He's seen how wishing has hurt the people around him. His parents' marriage is strained, his sister is a virtual ghost in their house, his ex-girlfriend is dating his ex-friend...where does he even begin?

 One thing is for sure: Eldon has only twenty-six days to figure it out—and the rest of his life to live with the consequences.

 

We are also pleased to share the following review of Plague Land by Alex Scarrow. 

VOYA says Plague Land "will immediately engross and terrify readers with the gruesome details and hopeless plight of the main characters. Despite the bleak situation, readers will be catapulted through the story, even if they are forced to wonder at nearly every chapter how the characters will get through the next grim challenge. This book is great for readers who enjoy apocalyptic and zombie reads.”

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 Plague Land by Alex Scarrow

 Sourcebooks Fire

 Publication Date: December 5th, 2017

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 Leon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently moved to London from New York and are struggling to settle into their new school when rumors of an unidentified plague in Africa begin to fill the news. Within a week, the virus hits London. The siblings witness people turning to liquid before their eyes, and they run for their lives.

 A month after touching Earth’s atmosphere, the virus has wiped out most of the population. Desperate to stay alive, Leon and Grace are reluctantly taken in by a tight-knit group of survivors. But as they struggle to win their trust, the siblings realize that the virus isn’t their only enemy, and survival is just the first step…

 

 

VOYA also reviewed Busted by Gina Ciocca, saying, "this funny, fast-paced, debut novel shines."

The review goes on to say, "Marisa is a sensitive, hormonal teenager surrounded by supportive friends and family as she finds her personal focus. Dialogue is realistic, and the convoluted plot with mystery components keeps a reader’s interest.

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 Busted by Gina Ciocca

 Sourcebooks Fire

 Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018

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 Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. It wasn’t like she wanted to catch her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

 And her next case? It’s for ex-frenemy Kendall. She’s convinced her boyfriend, TJ, has feelings for someone else and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know sincere and artistic TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Worse yet, the feelings seem to be mutual. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation—and the spoken-for guy who may just be the love of her life. Then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take “cheater” to a whole new level…

 

What VOYA has to say about Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp: “The short chapters and suspenseful tone model some aspects of Nijkamp’s bestseller This is Where It Ends (Sourcebooks, 2016/VOYA February 2016), while Before I Let Go tells a fresh story that strays from traditional, sometimes predictable, YA plotlines. Nijkamp presents content on sexuality and bipolar disorder, providing a diverse range of teen readers with relatable situations and characters… readers who appreciate suspense will enjoy this book.

Before I Let Go

 Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

 Sourcebooks Fire

 Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018

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 From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Is Where It Ends comes another unforgettable story of loss, hope, betrayal, and the quest for truth.

 Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

 Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated—and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets—chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter...

 

Finally, we're pleased to share VOYA's review of We Can't Be Friends by Cyndy Etler. 

VOYA says, "some teens may hear their own doubt and lack of self-confidence in her honest voice as she tries to figure out the rules in this new world after rehabilitation. Give this to fans of gritty, realistic fiction, like Ellen Hopkins's Crank (Simon & Schuster, 2004/VOYA February 2005) or Gail Giles's Right Behind You (Little, Brown, 2007/VOYA August 2007)."

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 We Can't Be Friends by Cyndy Etler

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 Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017

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 This is the story of my return to high school. This is the true story of how I didn't die.

 High school sucks for a lot of people. High school extra sucks when you believe, deep in your soul, that every kid in the school is out to get you. I wasn't popular before I got locked up in Straight Inc., the notorious "tough love" program for troubled teens. So it's not like I was walking around thinking everyone liked me.

 But when you're psychologically beaten for sixteen months, you start to absorb the lessons. The lessons in Straight were: You are evil. Your peers are evil. Everything is evil except Straight, Inc.

Before long, you're a true believer.

We're pleased to share another glowing review for Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson. 

Publishers Weekly calls Mister Tender's Girl a "taut, complex thriller" and a "creepy, unsettling tale."

The full review appears online here.

Book Info

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Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson

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Publication Date: February 13th, 2018

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How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, nothing more.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but he is never far behind.

Addictive and chillingly surprising, this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller will have you transfixed until the very last page.

 

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