1. Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

Patience Bloom

Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Bloom’s unexpected real-life love story. At some point, we’ve all wished romance could be more like fiction. Patience Bloom certainly did, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines’ on the page: That shy guy she had a crush on wouldn’t just take her out—he’d sweep her off her feet with witty banter, quiet charm, and a secret life as a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Bloom kept reading books that fed her reveries. Years later she moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true—on paper. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, editing amazing books and learning everything she could about the romance business. But her dating life remained uninspired. She nearly gave up on love. Then one day a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what she’d been writing and editing all those years might be true. A Facebook message from a high school friend, Sam, sparked a relationship with more promise than she’d had in years. But Sam lived thousands of miles away—they hadn’t seen each other in more than twenty years. Was it worth the risk? Finally, Bloom learned: Love and romance can conquer all.

    Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

    Patience Bloom

    Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Bloom’s unexpected real-life love story.

    At some point, we’ve all wished romance could be more like fiction. Patience Bloom certainly did, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines’ on the page: That shy guy she had a crush on wouldn’t just take her out—he’d sweep her off her feet with witty banter, quiet charm, and a secret life as a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Bloom kept reading books that fed her reveries.

    Years later she moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true—on paper. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, editing amazing books and learning everything she could about the romance business. But her dating life remained uninspired. She nearly gave up on love.

    Then one day a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what she’d been writing and editing all those years might be true. A Facebook message from a high school friend, Sam, sparked a relationship with more promise than she’d had in years. But Sam lived thousands of miles away—they hadn’t seen each other in more than twenty years. Was it worth the risk?

    Finally, Bloom learned: Love and romance can conquer all.
  2. Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real *princesses didn’t always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power—and *all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood while Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back.* Princesses Behaving Badly* offers true tales of all these princesses and dozens more in a fascinating read that’s pefect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.

    Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings

    Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

    You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real *princesses didn’t always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power—and *all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood while Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back.* Princesses Behaving Badly* offers true tales of all these princesses and dozens more in a fascinating read that’s pefect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.

  3. Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder)
Linda Castillo



A killer is preying on sacred ground….
In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English”residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community.In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past—until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. Butto do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past—and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.

    Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder)

    Linda Castillo

    A killer is preying on sacred ground….

    In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English”residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community.In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.
    
    Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to 
    Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law
    enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain
    she’s come to terms with her past—until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. Butto do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past—and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.
  4. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Holly Black

Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.



Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.



One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

    Holly Black

    Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.

    Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

    One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
  5. Taken with You

Shannon Stacey

Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.

Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety—a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door….

    Taken with You

    Shannon Stacey

    Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.

    Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety—a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.

    Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door….

  6. Hope Flames (A Hope Novel)

Jaci Burton

When it comes to love, they already know the rules…by heart.   Thirty-two and finally setting up her veterinary practice in the town she once called home, Emma Burnett is on her own and loving it. Independent and driven, she’s not letting any man get in the way of her dreams. Not again.   That’s fine with Luke McCormack. Divorced and hardly lacking in female company when he needs it, he’s devoted to the only faithful companion in his life—his police dog. Still, there’s something about Emma he can’t shake.   When a series of local break-ins leaves Emma vulnerable, she seeks help from the first man to spark her desire in years. And now they’re giving each other something they thought they’d lost forever…hope.FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

    Hope Flames (A Hope Novel)

    Jaci Burton

    When it comes to love, they already know the rules…by heart.
     
    Thirty-two and finally setting up her veterinary practice in the town she once called home, Emma Burnett is on her own and loving it. Independent and driven, she’s not letting any man get in the way of her dreams. Not again.
     
    That’s fine with Luke McCormack. Divorced and hardly lacking in female company when he needs it, he’s devoted to the only faithful companion in his life—his police dog. Still, there’s something about Emma he can’t shake.
     
    When a series of local break-ins leaves Emma vulnerable, she seeks help from the first man to spark her desire in years. And now they’re giving each other something they thought they’d lost forever…hope.


    FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

  7. A Study in Ashes: Book Three in The Baskerville Affair

Emma Jane Holloway

As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.   But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.   But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines—and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is … he’s dead.

Praise for A Study in Ashes “Holloway’s skill for creating a richly imagined, immersive world shines.”—RT Book Reviews “A Study in Ashes overflows with Holloway’s signature humor and apparently boundless imagination.”—Booktalk & More “The best book of the series … absolutely wonderful … I really can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Hidden in Pages “Brilliantly executed … my favorite book of 2013 … what a stunning conclusion to such a phenomenal series!”—Fresh Fiction “Even grander than the books before it with its drama, adventure, intrigue, romance, paranormal, gadgetry and just exciting twistiness to its storyline.”—Delighted Reader

Praise for Emma Jane Holloway’s A Study in Silks “This book has just about everything: magic, machines, mystery, mayhem, and all the danger one expects when people’s loves and fears collide. I can’t wait to return to the world of Evelina Cooper!”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles   “As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, investigating murder while navigating the complicated shoals of Society—and romance—in an alternate Victorian England, Evelina Cooper is a charming addition to the canon.”—Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series “Holloway takes us for quite a ride, as her plot snakes through an alternate Victorian England full of intrigue, romance, murder, and tiny sandwiches. Full of both thrills and frills.”—Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series   “A Study in Silks is a charming, adventurous ride with a heroine who is both clever and talented. The brushes with the Sherlock Holmes mythos only add to the fun of this tale, and readers are bound to fall in love with Evelina and the London she inhabits.”—Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist “Holloway’s clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic.”—Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series

    A Study in Ashes: Book Three in The Baskerville Affair

    Emma Jane Holloway

    As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.
     
    But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.
     
    But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines—and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is … he’s dead.

    Praise for A Study in Ashes

    “Holloway’s skill for creating a richly imagined, immersive world shines.”RT Book Reviews

    A Study in Ashes overflows with Holloway’s signature humor and apparently boundless imagination.”Booktalk & More

    “The best book of the series … absolutely wonderful … I really can’t recommend it highly enough.”Hidden in Pages

    “Brilliantly executed … my favorite book of 2013 … what a stunning conclusion to such a phenomenal series!”Fresh Fiction

    “Even grander than the books before it with its drama, adventure, intrigue, romance, paranormal, gadgetry and just exciting twistiness to its storyline.”Delighted Reader

    Praise for Emma Jane Holloway’s A Study in Silks

    “This book has just about everything: magic, machines, mystery, mayhem, and all the danger one expects when people’s loves and fears collide. I can’t wait to return to the world of Evelina Cooper!”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
     
    “As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, investigating murder while navigating the complicated shoals of Society—and romance—in an alternate Victorian England, Evelina Cooper is a charming addition to the canon.”—Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series

    “Holloway takes us for quite a ride, as her plot snakes through an alternate Victorian England full of intrigue, romance, murder, and tiny sandwiches. Full of both thrills and frills.”—Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series
     
    A Study in Silks is a charming, adventurous ride with a heroine who is both clever and talented. The brushes with the Sherlock Holmes mythos only add to the fun of this tale, and readers are bound to fall in love with Evelina and the London she inhabits.”—Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist

    “Holloway’s clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic.”—Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series

  8. Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences

Judith Durant

Single-skein projects are all the rage — portable, fun, quick to finish, and the perfect solution for that stash of orphan yarns. Already, Judith Durant’s One-Skein Wonders series has delighted knitters everywhere with fabulous single-skein patterns contributed by some of North America’s favorite yarn shops and noted knitwear designers.

Now, Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, the third book in this popular series, brings indulgence to the one-skein concept. These one-skein patterns are decadent and delicious, featuring the most sumptuous yarns on the market, from snuggle-worthy cashmere to exquisite qiviut, and from lustrous alpaca to ecofriendly soy, corn, and bamboo yarns. Pattern contributors include designers, yarn manufacturers, and well-known knitting and crocheting teachers, and projects include baby items, personal accessories, toys, and garments — everything from an adorable baby sweater knit from merino and bamboo to beaded cashmere socks. Not only are these projects fun and fast, they give you a great excuse to pick up a skein of to-die-for yarn.

With Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, knitters who crave something special can create fabulous, heirloom-worthy projects without breaking the bank.

    Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences

    Judith Durant

    Single-skein projects are all the rage — portable, fun, quick to finish, and the perfect solution for that stash of orphan yarns. Already, Judith Durant’s One-Skein Wonders series has delighted knitters everywhere with fabulous single-skein patterns contributed by some of North America’s favorite yarn shops and noted knitwear designers.

    Now, Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, the third book in this popular series, brings indulgence to the one-skein concept. These one-skein patterns are decadent and delicious, featuring the most sumptuous yarns on the market, from snuggle-worthy cashmere to exquisite qiviut, and from lustrous alpaca to ecofriendly soy, corn, and bamboo yarns. Pattern contributors include designers, yarn manufacturers, and well-known knitting and crocheting teachers, and projects include baby items, personal accessories, toys, and garments — everything from an adorable baby sweater knit from merino and bamboo to beaded cashmere socks. Not only are these projects fun and fast, they give you a great excuse to pick up a skein of to-die-for yarn.

    With Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, knitters who crave something special can create fabulous, heirloom-worthy projects without breaking the bank.

  9. The Great Night: A Novel

Chris Adrian


Chris Adrian’s magical third novel is a mesmerizing reworking of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On Midsummer’s Eve 2008, three brokenhearted people become lost in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park, the secret home of Titania, Oberon, and their court. On this night, something awful is happening in the faerie kingdom: in a fit of sadness over the end of her marriage and the death of her adopted son, Titania has set loose an ancient menace, and the chaos that ensues upends the lives of immortals and mortals alike in a story that is playful, darkly funny, and poignant.

    The Great Night: A Novel

    Chris Adrian

    Chris Adrian’s magical third novel is a mesmerizing reworking of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On Midsummer’s Eve 2008, three brokenhearted people become lost in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park, the secret home of Titania, Oberon, and their court. On this night, something awful is happening in the faerie kingdom: in a fit of sadness over the end of her marriage and the death of her adopted son, Titania has set loose an ancient menace, and the chaos that ensues upends the lives of immortals and mortals alike in a story that is playful, darkly funny, and poignant.
  10. Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid)

Seanan McGuire

What do gorgons, basilisks, and frogs with feathers all have in common? They’re all considered mythological by modern science, and some people are working very hard to keep them that way. Alexander Price is a member of a cryptozoological lineage that spans generations, and it’s his job to act as a buffer between the human and cryptid worlds—not an easy task when you’re dealing with women who has snakes in place of hair, little girls who may actually be cobras, and brilliant, beautiful Australian zookeepers. And then there’s the matter of the murders… Alex thought he was choosing the easier career when he decided to specialize in non-urban cryptids, leaving the cities to his little sister, Verity. He had no idea what he was letting himself in for. It’s a family affair, and everyone—from his reanimated grandfather to his slightly broken telepathic cousin—is going to find themselves drawn in before things get any better.Half-Off Ragnarok is the third installment of the highly praised InCryptid series.  

    Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid)

    Seanan McGuire

    What do gorgons, basilisks, and frogs with feathers all have in common? They’re all considered mythological by modern science, and some people are working very hard to keep them that way. Alexander Price is a member of a cryptozoological lineage that spans generations, and it’s his job to act as a buffer between the human and cryptid worlds—not an easy task when you’re dealing with women who has snakes in place of hair, little girls who may actually be cobras, and brilliant, beautiful Australian zookeepers. And then there’s the matter of the murders…

    Alex thought he was choosing the easier career when he decided to specialize in non-urban cryptids, leaving the cities to his little sister, Verity. He had no idea what he was letting himself in for. It’s a family affair, and everyone—from his reanimated grandfather to his slightly broken telepathic cousin—is going to find themselves drawn in before things get any better.

    Half-Off Ragnarok is the third installment of the highly praised InCryptid series.
     

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