Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Additions To The TBR Pile In June

Lots of new titles arriving to the never-ending pile of to be read books. :o)


White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

Description: Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade.

Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.

Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderlander food chain, Rachel's past comes back to haunt her.

Literally.


Whispers At Midnight by Karen Robards

Description: She came home to start a new life.
Now she's haunted by

Whispers at Midnight

Carly Linton returns to her hometown of Benton, Georgia, to open a bed-and-breakfast in the house she inherited from her grandmother. She's also dead-set on burying her former good-girl image -- by seducing the one man who can give her a guided tour of the wild side....Matt Converse, the local sheriff, was once the town's bad boy who shared one magical night with Carly at her senior prom. But igniting the sparks of the past can lead to a blaze of danger: first, her house is burglarized, then someone comes after her.

A mysterious enemy wants Carly out of Benton for good, and now she needs Matt more than ever -- to keep her alive.


This Is Chick-Lit by Lauren Baratz-Logsted et al

Description: Chick-lit's unprecedented success has proven its popularity with readers . . .but not with critics, or the literary fiction writers critics love. It's been called "frivolous" and "bubble gum," accused of a preoccupation with fancy cocktails and overpriced shoes and indicted for its supposed lack of intelligence and literary merit. Tired of being the literary underclass, chick-lit writers are finally fighting back --- in style.

Welcome to chick-lit's coming-out party. Here, eighteen of today's hottest chick-lit authors set out to prove that chick is lit --- that fiction by, about and for women is as meaningful, as rewarding and as worthy of respect as any other writing out there.

This is Chick-Lit celebrates what it means to write chick-lit and to read it --- and shows once and for all that you shouldn't judge a book by its pastel color.


Red-Hot And Royal by Susanna Carr

Description: The kingdom will never be the same...

Notify the royal guards: Three everyday women are about to break through the gates, take on the palace and turn on the princes.

Kylee, Lauren, and Shayla are modern-day ordinary women who would never meet the requirements for fabled princesses. Damsels in distress? Definitely not. Fairest in the land? They wish. Pure as snow? Not even close. Now, these three women are about to get to know the wild side of royalty—and inspire three princes to cast the crown aside and bare it all. Their encounters are royally erotic—and the happily ever after they reach is not exactly the fairytale ending you’d expect. It’s much, much hotter. One thing's for sure: These princes never had it so good....


Outside In by Courtney Thorne-Smith

Description: On the outside, Kate Klein-Morgan seems to have it all: a starring role on the hit television series Generations, a handsome husband who's also her manager, and a career that, after a Kirstie-Alley-style slide, is finally back on track. At the age of thirty, Kate knows what it's like to have the tabloids turn on you and she's determined that it will never happen again. Thank goodness her husband Hamilton is there to manage her every move—even if the strict dieting and morning weigh-ins he imposes are becoming more than she can manage.

When Hamilton leaves her for another actress on Generations, the outrageously demanding Sapphire Rose, Kate suddenly finds herself in charge of her own life. Now she must decide whether she's ready to stop playing by the Hollywood rulebook and discover who she really is. Flanked by an irresistible ensemble cast—including her wisecracking friend and tough-love hair-stylist, Paige, and Michael, a high-powered agent who secretly dreams of becoming a novelist,—Kate begins to question her role in an industry that venerates appearance, money, and fame above all else, and applies ceaseless pressure on women to always be thinner, younger, and more beautiful at any cost.

From high fashion to on-set antics, to the real-life whispers about Hollywood's biggest stars, Courtney Thorne-Smith depicts the entertainment world as only an insider can. Yet beneath the glittering fa├žade lies a natural-born writer who, echoing her own experiences, brings the gift of comic timing and a talent for shaping memorable characters to this sparkling debut novel.


Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

Description: Natalie Raines, one of Broadway's brightest stars, accidentally discovers who killed her former roommate and sets in motion a series of shocking events that puts more than one life in extreme peril.

While Natalie and her roommate, Jamie Evans, were both struggling young actresses, Jamie had been involved with a mysterious married man to whom she referred only by nickname. Natalie comes face to face with him years later and inadvertently addresses him by the nickname Jamie had used. A few days later, Natalie is found in her home in Closter, New Jersey, dying from a gunshot wound.

Immediately the police suspect Natalie's theatrical agent and soon-to-be-ex-husband, Gregg Aldrich. He had long been a "person of interest" and was known to have stalked Natalie to find out if she was seeing another man. But no charges are brought against him until two years later, when Jimmy Easton, a career criminal, suddenly comes forward to claim that Aldrich had tried to hire him to kill his wife. Easton knows details about the Aldrich home that only someone who had been there -- to plan a murder, for instance -- could possibly know.

The case is a plum assignment for Emily Wallace, an attractive thirty-two-year-old assistant prosecutor. As she spends increasingly long hours preparing for the trial, a seemingly well-meaning neighbor offers to take care of her dog in her absence. Unaware of his violent past, she gives him a key to her home...

As Aldrich's trial is making headlines, her boss warns Emily that this high-profile case will reveal personal matters about her, such as the fact that she had a heart transplant. And, during the trial, Emily experiences sentiments that defy all reason and continue after Gregg Aldrich's fate is decided by the jury.

In the meantime, she does not realize that her own life is now at risk.


Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Description: Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.


Clubbed To Death by Elaine Viets

Description: Helen Hawthorne's latest dead-end job is in a country club's complaint department, dealing with the gripes of the rich and spoiled. Then Rob, her deadbeat ex-husband, sails back into her life aboard the yacht of his new lady, Marcella -- also known as the Black Widow for her string of dead spouses. The next day Rob's reported missing. If the Black Widow has such a murderous reputation, then why is Helen led from the club in handcuffs?

When Marcella helps Helen get released, the two form an uneasy alliance to find out what really happened. Helen's barely begun digging when a club patron is discovered beaten to death with a golf club -- his membership permanently expired. Someone got more than a little teed off and it's up to Helen to get to the truth without getting clubbed herself...

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