Crescentby Homer Hickam

They said she wasn't human. They were wrong.

A seemingly endless war against the insurgent Crowhoppers keeps the people of Moontown fighting when they’d rather be mining valuable Helium-3. Crater Trueblood’s valiant efforts against the genetically-manipulated beings weighs heavily on his mind. What is he really fighting for?

In the midst of a deadly battle, Crater captures an enemy Crowhopper. But this one he refuses to kill. "It" is genetically more human than not and its gender seems to be female. She calls herself Crescent.

Crater takes her to Moontown as a prisoner of war, but treats her kindly. However, at the hands of Moontown residents Crescent experiences prejudice and even cruelty.

Soon Crescent is imprisoned for a murder she didn't commit. Crater comes to her aid, and the two become fugitives, escaping into the vast expanse of hostile terrain called “the big suck.” For Crater, it turns out the cause most worth fighting for may be right by his side.

Marci’s Desireby Sara Luck

From “an author to watch,” (Romantic Times) comes a new blazingly hot romance set in the American West.

When Marci and Stanton are caught in some illicit activity, Marci’s father suggests that she leave Washington. She goes to Yellowstone with a female photographer, and becomes her assistant. There, Marci meets Lieutenant Myles Cade McDowell, known as Cade, who is part of the military contingent at Ft. Yellowstone, there to protect the park from poachers. When one of Cade’s friends, James Moss, leads a troop of men by bicycle from Ft. Missoula, Montana to Yellowstone, Cade, who wants to equip the soldiers in Yellowstone with bicycles, gets permission to make the journey with Moss—and Marci accompanies them in order to make a photographic essay. And along their scenic trip, Cade and Marci discover their true feelings for one another…

by Mamie Center

An erotic debut novel featuring a young actress who makes a deal with a hotshot Hollywood producer: in exchange for stardom, she’ll do whatever he tells her—including fulfilling his darkest desires.

When promising young actress Jessica Barry moves to Hollywood in search of stardom, she gets more than she bargained for. Jacob, a Hollywood producer who knows everyone, assures Jessica that he will help her rise to the top of the business, as long as she does “exactly what he tells her.” She soon discovers this involves following every one of his sexually sadistic rules—including obeying his second in command, Magali, a gorgeous Frenchwoman who toys with Jessica, sexually teasing and tormenting her.

In exchange for stardom, Jessica must seduce Hollywood superstar Thomas Mansell. Using the newfound powers taught to her by Magali, Jessica wins Thomas’s heart. But when Jessica actually falls in love with Thomas, Jacob cruelly reminds her that he owns her—body and mind. Erotic and sensual, this is the side of Hollywood that no one dares to talk about.

by Sara Luck

A spirited young woman and a respected, handsome doctor find love on the plains in this sweeping historical Western romance by “an author to watch” (RT Book Reviews).

Beautiful, hardworking Pia Caranza toils day and night helping her emigrant parents run a boarding house in Boise, Idaho. When a sheepherder breaks into her room one night with ill intentions, her father insists the headstrong, yet shaken, girl seek a physician’s care.

Doctor Wilson has practiced medicine in Boise for two years, has an excellent reputation, and is well respected by the community, but he has his own tragic background. A true Southern gentleman from a wealthy Alabama family, Bart was married, but was unable to save his wife and child during a very difficult childbirth. He fled the pain, isolating himself in Idaho from any woman who might seek his company.

 But as Pia recuperates under Dr. Wilson’s gentle care, she notices he’s more than a caregiver. And he can’t help but notice that his stunning patient might just make a perfect country doctor’s wife...

Rimfire Brideby Sara Luck

Beautiful, independent Jana strikes out on her own to build a homestead with her sister in the rugged Dakota wilderness—but instead falls in love with a widowed lawman in this evocative, romantic tale.

Practical schoolteacher Jana Hartman and her half-sister Greta flee an abusive home to the Dakota Territory, one of the only places single women can homestead land on their own. Drew Malone is a lawyer, raising two young boys on his own after the tragic death of his wife. Jana is the first woman to catch Drew’s eye since his wife’s death, although many of the townswomen of Bismarck, Dakota Territory, have been trying.

Although Jana is immediately attracted to the handsome and helpful Drew, she fights it, torn between a budding romance and her responsibility to care for her frail younger sister Greta. But Drew persists and sweeps her away for a romantic Christmas at Rimfire Ranch in the Badlands, where Jana finds herself having to win over the toughest critics of all—Drew’s young sons. As Greta becomes more independent, Jana lets down her guard and opens her affections to the three Malone men.

When the boys are kidnapped on her watch, Jana blames herself and flees to the frontier. Drew must race against the clock to get back his sons…and to make Jana his Rimfire Bride.

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by Sara Luck

In a time of prosperity and risk on the open frontier, a daring cattleman takes his chances on expanding westward—and on a genteel lady from another world.

Swept up in adventure . . .

With nothing left for him in Texas after his fiancée breaks his heart, Jeb Tuhill heads to Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains to work the huge ranching operation of wealthy English squire Moreton Frewen. In an attempt to lure investors to the beautiful, and oftentimes dangerous, American West, Frewen and Jeb travel to England. The British gentry don’t impress Jeb much, but one spirited lady lassoes his attention with her intellect and charm.

Bound together by passion . . .

Tallie Somerset is a bestselling novelist who is forced into a divorce by the improprieties of her husband, a British lord. Fleeing the scandal, she takes a trip to New York with a friend who later convinces her to travel to Wyoming. Captivated by the big sky of the plains—and the handsome cowboy who calls it home—Tallie might be persuaded to leave England, and its bad memories, behind. But Jeb thinks she is still married, and she is afraid to tell him about the shame of her divorce. Tallie models the hero of her latest novel on Jeb . . . but can she make him her hero for a lifetime?

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Her Amish Manby Erin Bates

Fresh out of law school, Leah McKenzie is working at her first job as an associate. When her boss, attorney Carl Trevathan, asks her to bring him a private file, she walks in to see him shot by two unknown men. Leah is traumatized, covered in his blood...and is quickly the lead suspect in the case, thanks to some machinations by Trevathan’s shifty partners.

Fearing for her life, Leah goes on the run to the only safe place she can think of—the home of her estranged grandmother, who lives in an Amish community in Illinois. She’s not exactly met with open arms, though, as her car runs into a ditch to avoid a horse and buggy on a narrow, wet road. The driver of the buggy, John Miller, fishes the unconscious Leah out of her car and takes her to his mother’s home to recuperate.

As Leah recovers, John is bemused but intrigued by Leah, who quickly finds herself entranced by the Amish lifestyle. John and Leah begin courting in earnest, but each must make some difficult choices—and figure out if an Amish and an English can truly make love work....

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by Sara Luck

Sara Luck follows up her debut romance Susanna’s Choice with this sultry novel set in the American West.

While working with her father to survey the new Texas and Pacific Railroad, Josie Leclede meets and falls in love with Gabe Corrigan, who is supervisor of the track-laying crew. Gabe is divorced; the divorce having been arranged by his ex-wife’s politically powerful father.

When the railroad reaches Ft. Worth, Gabe becomes a wealthy man and is ready to declare his love for Josie, but his ex-wife and her father come back into the picture. Her father has reversed the divorce, and given his recently acquired wealth, Gabe’s wife wants him back.

Believing that she was only a diversion, a heartbroken Josie flees to Missouri to take a job with a newly chartered railroad. Gabe uses his newfound wealth and power to secure a Texas divorce—then goes to Missouri to follow his heart and declare his love

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The Stolen Brideby Tony Hays

Malgwyn ap Cuneglas is counselor to Arthur, High King of the Britons. When he accompanies his liege to the West to broker a deal between warring tribes they come across a scene of utmost depravity and murder to sicken even the most battle-hardened warrior. Things don’t get any better when they finally arrive at their destination to discover that King Doged is fighting to keep his kingdom safe from both Saxons from abroad and younger nobles vying for power. Doged loses that fight when shortly after Arthur and his counselor arrive, he is murdered. His young wife, defenseless and alone, appeals to Arthur to find her husband’s killer. Arthur quickly agrees and Malgwyn is given this almost impossible task.

Why would Arthur be so interested in helping keep this small region stable and under the High King influence? Perhaps because Doged’s people had discovered caves that might contain huge veins of gold….

The Stolen Bride is the next masterpiece in Tony Hays critically acclaimed Arthurian mystery series.

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by Sara Luck

Set in the tumultuous frontier days of the American West, this thrillingly authentic debut novel illuminates the passionate choices of one woman’s heart.

A chance encounter . . .
Wealthy entrepreneur Rab Trudeau is seething mad. A Nevada newspaper is printing fraudulent stock prices that could force his silver mine to close. Posing as an investigator from San Francisco’s Great Western Detective Agency, which he happens to own, Rab travels to Nevada to uncover who’s behind the false claims. Soon after stepping off the train, he rescues a beautiful woman from an oncoming carriage—and in one blinding moment, both are consumed by the powerful strength and seduction of their embrace.

An uncertain destiny . . .
An aspiring writer for The Pioneer, Susanna agrees to interview the stranger whom everyone is talking about, and is shocked to discover he’s Rab Trudeau—the gentleman who saved her life. Promised in marriage to the wayward son of the couple who raised her after her parents died on a westward-bound wagon train, Susanna fights her overwhelming desire for Rab. But as the mine scandal heats up and turns violent, Susanna must make an impossible choice—one that could bind her to Rab forever or destroy any hope of their future happiness.

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by Homer Hickam

Life on the ranchlands of Montana comes with more than its share of trouble. The unique people who live and work on this untamed stretch of today's American West expect it – and some of them even enjoy it. One of them is Mike Wire, a former homicide detective who once worked the decadent hills and valleys of Hollywood. Having enough of the violence of the big city, Mike has retreated to a far corner of civilization to spend his days running the Square C Ranch and pining for Jeanette Coulter, its spirited and iron-fisted owner.

But Mike is soon to learn terrible things can happen beneath Montana's big skies, too. The badlands are home to more than horses, cattle, cowboys, and laid-back rattlesnakes. Just beneath the surface are the bones of a dinosaur family which could make a fortune for whoever gets to them first. When a paleontologist and his attractive young assistants arrive at the Square C to dig, Mike senses trouble is clinging to them like Montana mud. Once discovered, those bones won’t stay buried, and not everyone hunting for them is doing it in the interest of science.

When a murderer begins to stalk the dinosaur hunting grounds, Mike has to combine the lessons he learned in Los Angeles with those of the Montana prairie to protect the people and the land he has come to love.

by Homer Hickam

It's the 22nd Century and a tough, pioneering people are mining the moon to produce energy for a desperate, war-torn Earth. Crater, an orphan, loves his life in Moontown, a frontier mining settlement. Not quite sixteen-years-old, he is already a seasoned Helium-3 miner with hopes to be a foreman on the scrapes someday.

But the man who owns the mine has a different plan for Crater and another orphan, a young girl with a violent past named Souza. With Souza and his gillie-a sentient and sometimes insubordinate clump of slime-mold cells-Crater must venture forth on a forbidding river of dust. Together, they'll cross the hostile Lunar terrain before vaulting in to the far reaches of space.

Danger, adventure, and discovery await them as Crater, the gillie, and Souza use their wits and courage to find a mysterious treasure.

by Karen Yampolsky

Falling Out of Fashion has recently been optioned by Hilary Swank and Molly Smith to be produced as a film under their new shingle, 2S Films, in a pact with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment.

As a teenager at a prestigious prep school, Jill White studied her roommate's magazines, filled with airbrushed-beyond-recognition photos of whisper-thin blondes who hadn't finished a meal since third grade. She dreamed of one day starting a magazine of her own that would feature women of all sizes and colors - smart, witty, real women with aspirations beyond tinier thighs and shinier hair.

Flash forward several years and a couple of giant leaps up the career ladder to Jill Magazine, which is a huge hit. Mega-successful Nestrom Media takes over Jill's parent company, which allows Jill to rest assured that her magazine and lifestyle - complete with free designer clothes, celebrity friends, and a shamelessly huge salary - will be protected.

However, the ashes from the postcoital cigarette have barely hit the floor before Jill's new boss starts barking about getting ad revenue up and toning down risque articles in favor of fluff pieces with the reality star du jour. What smelled like team spirit devolves into a bitter game of manipulation and back-stabbing. With her name, her creation and her future all on the line, Jill realizes mean girls don't get left behind in high school - they grow up and work in publishing...

by David Fisher

Jasper Maskelyne was a world famous magician and illusionist in the 1930s. When war broke out, he volunteered his services to the British Army and was sent to Egypt where the desert war had just begun. He used his skills to save the vital port of Alexandria from German bombers and to 'hide' the Suez Canal from them. He invented all sorts of camouflage methods to make trucks look like tanks and vice versa. On Malta he developed 'the world's first portable holes': fake bomb craters used to fool the Germans into thinking they had hit their targets. His war culminated in the brilliant deception plan that won the Battle of El Alamein: the creation of an entire dummy army in the middle of the desert.

by Bill Bonanno and Joe Pistone with David Fisher

Former mob chief Bill Bonanno and former undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone, a.k.a. Donnie Brasco, who infiltrated the Mafia's Bonanno family in the 1970s, combine their unique experiences to deliver an unprecedented crime thriller.

This novel represents the extraordinary insights of two men who lived their lives in the Mafia - either as a member of a key crime family, or as a cop who infiltrated them. Their unusual perspective gives The Good Guys a real, gritty feel, and infuses the novel with chilling true-to-life details and a real insider's perspective.

by Kristin Billerbeck

As a successful patent attorney, Ashley Stockingdale has all the makings of a perfect catch-the looks, the brains, even a convertible. But at 31, she's beginning to wonder if she's been passed over for good.

Deciding to adopt a new attitude, Ashley suddenly becomes the romantic interest of three men within a matter of days. While her heart enjoys turning the tables on the dating game, the rest of her previously predictable world is being turned upside down. Is it more than Ashley can handle? Or is it exactly what she wants?

Award-wining author Kristin Billerbeck combines comedy with spunk to create a memorable story in What a Girl Wants -- an all-too-realistic picture of a single girl's search for being content with who she is... with or without a man.

What a Girl Wants was recently optioned as a film to Grammy-winning recording artist Rebecca St. James, who is poised to produce and star in the leading role.

by Eugene Sullivan

Report to the Judiciary is a tense novel of legal and political intrigue featuring Tim Quinn (previously seen in The Majority Rules), who is assigned to investigate and compile a dossier on the newly appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Since the President has achieved lame duck status with a Congress more bent on politics than policy, he realizes that the chances of establishing a legacy before his Presidency comes to an end are slim at best. So when the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court dies unexpectedly, the President appoints an interim successor to the position... the first black Chief Justice in US history. Not all conservatives rejoice, however, including one justice on the court who feels that the position should have been his. Now he is hell bent on claiming it no matter who gets in the way.

by Eric L. Haney

The New York Times bestselling author of Inside Delta Force and creator of the CBS series, The Unit has returned with his fiction debut.

Soldier of fortune Kennesaw Tanner is approached by government operatives with an offer and request: rescue the kidnapped heir of a powerful Persian Gulf sheik whose allegiance with the U.S. has made him a target of terrorists.

But what Tanner doesn’t know is that there are elements in the government waiting and hoping for him to fail. The sands of politics are shifting against him, and the job he’s being paid to do may cost him more than he’s bargained for…

With twenty years’ experience in the Special Forces himself, Haney’s ability to craft gripping and realistic scenes of war and espionage make this a riveting novel you won’t soon forget.

by Eric L. Haney

Kennesaw Tanner used to be a shadow operative. Now, he operates on his own.

Tanner is in the coastal swamps of Georgia, hunting for the man who may have killed his friend. But he soon finds himself caught up in a running battle against a ring of brutal sex slavers for whom human life is a cheap commodity. Tanner must overcome soul-blackening corruption and confront the most inhuman degradation if he's going to make them pay.

by Craig Larsen

On the foggy streets of Seattle, a serial killer known as the Street Butcher is terrorizing the city. Newspaper photographer Nick Wilder is accustomed to seeing gruesome homicide scenes, but when the Street Butcher claims Nick's brother his latest casualty, the case suddenly becomes very personal.

Determined to find his brother's killer, Nick stumbles into a dizzying labyrinth of deceit and danger. As he digs deeper, Nick discovers his own past holds a key to unmasking a clever, diabolical psychopath. But the real motives behind the murders are as cold and stark as Seattle's winters - and much more blood will spill before Nick learns the horrifying truth.

Craig Larsen’s debut novel Mania weaves deftly in and around beautifully crafted characters, rendering a reader defenseless against its terrifying climax. The trailer for this exciting new title screened in theaters this fall, and can be seen here.

By Tony Hays

Malgwyn ap Cuneglas was one of King Arthur's earliest companions and now is his most trusted counsellor. Despite the malice of his enemies, and the machinations of the still powerful druids who mightily resist him, Malgwyn knows that Arthur will stop at nothing in his efforts to lead his people to Christ and help to bring civil law and justice to a people who have known little such. To consolidate his power, Arthur decides that it is time to take a noble wife. But in this Malgwyn knows his lord's sorrow, for Arthur must set aside his love, Guinevere, because he believes that the scandal surrounding their affair has tainted her for the crown. Malgwyn is sent north to fetch the young woman who is to be Arthur's bride. The way is fraught with tension for there are forces who would not see the king wed. Malgwyn discovers a string of killings of young virginal women who are slaughtered in a horrific manner - not unlike a ritual sacrifice - and is left with a question that he must answer quickly. Are these murders portents of the gods taking vengeance on the intrusion of a new faith? Or are mortal men plotting to unseat the king?


by Ernest Hill

In the acclaimed A Life for a Life, Ernest Hill created an unforgettably candid story of violence, love, and redemption with teenaged D’Ray Reid at its center. Now in Family Ties, with his jail time behind him, D’Ray has returned home to find that the real fight for survival is only beginning.  

Everyone was shocked when Mr. Henry took D’Ray Reid under his wing. After all, Mr. Henry’s real son was murdered by D’Ray—a crime D’Ray committed to save his brother, Little Man. Yet in the years since, Mr. Henry has tried to show D’Ray how to become the man Stanley would never be.

 After Mr. Henry’s death, D’Ray seeks out his own mother, Mira, hoping to rebuild their broken relationship. But D’Ray’s Homecoming is more tumultuous than expected. Arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, Little Man has escaped and is in hiding. Mira blames D’Ray for Little Man’s troubled history, but she has her own secrets to hide. And putting things right will mean uncovering a legacy of lies and hidden agendas, and realizing the only way to be free of the past is to stand tall and confront it at last.



By Tony Hays

The Divine Sacrifice continues the story of King Arthur's conselor, Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, a solider who lost his arm in battle but was saved by his king. Malgwyn hated Arthur for this gift, but he has come to grudgingly acknowledge that he yet may have some purpose in life.

Arthur and Malgwyn are called to the abbey of Glastonbury to settle a matter of great political importance—tin is being mined for export to the Empire.  While there, Malgwyn and Arthur meet St. Patrick, a legend in the Church who is there on a mission of his own, to root out the heresy of Pelagius.

When an aged monk is found cruelly murdered in his cell, Malgwyn is set with a problem that will test his skills as an investigator.  His search for the truth may uncover a conspiracy that could endanger the kingdom.

Gritty and powerful with a true ring of historical perspective, and a character who sees more than those around him, The Divine Sacrifice is a historical mystery that will hook mystery readers and historical fans alike.

by Teresa McClain-Watson

Dr. Victoria Coleman is a smart, savvy D.C. History Professor who can handle everything, except the love scene. Show the womn a good-looking brother and she’s in trouble- at lightening speed.

Vera Langston is a vivacious activist - or she was until she married Rollie, an uptight undertaker who seems determined to bury her spirit.

Regina Ridgeway is outrageous and outspoken - a knockout lawyer who goes through husbands like she goes through pantyhose.

When Vera and Rollie decide to make a fresh start in the steamy state of Florida, Victoria and Gina follow to start new lives of their own. But while Vera is quickly back to letting Rollie run her down, Gina takes a stormy fourth trip to the altar. Meanwhile Victoria sets off on a wacky search for Mr. Right that introduces her to Mr. Wrong, Mr. Crazy, and Mr. Naked Stalker. But it’s her wild, out- of-control love jones for Derrick “Moon” McCalister - Florida’s finest bachelor - that forces each woman to examine her dreams, her hopes, and her fears - and finally choose what she really wants in life.

by Mary Monroe

Mama Ruby may not be all crazy, but she's at least halfway there. She's known for taking things that aren't rightfully hers, like her best friend's stillborn baby — a tiny brown girl that she brought back to life with her legendary healing hands and christened Maureen. She's also rumored to have done away with her husband (True, he deserved it, but still.) Some fear her. Others try their best to avoid her. But most everyone agrees the devil has got hold of Mama Ruby's soul.

With her God-fearing neighbors watching her every step, it's all Mama Ruby can do to stay ahead of the law. One desperate night, she flees to Goons, a dirt-poor migrant settlement in the Florida Everglades — and, strange to say — it feels something like home. There's folks she likes (the low-down, wild-eyed Fast Black), folks she mostly loves (like Big Red, her law enforcement “connection”), and more than a few folks she just plain can't stand. Through it all, she remains downright nuts about the one gift God gave her — her precious daughter Maureen.

But growing up with a mama like Ruby is enough to make any half-sane girl wish for something — anything — else. And when Maureen gets the chance to explore the “real” world, you can bet she's going to take it… and run like hell.

by Mary Monroe

In the sweltering little town of Belle Helene, Alabama, Carmen Taylor keeps her weaknesses, her frustrations, and her sorrows to herself. She’s too busy dealing with the dramas of troubled friends like Desiree Lucienne, the petite, pampered daughter of a doctor who tries to beat the wildness out of her. But that doesn’t stop Desiree from trawling for men, and trying to drag Carmen along.

It’s not that Carmen hasn’t had her share of boozy pick-ups — only that they can’t compare to the one steamy night she spent with the man she’s loved since they were both kids. Now a local cop, all-too-fine Chester Sheffield keeps showing up in Carmen’s life, wanting to do something about the feelings they obviously share. But that would mean abandoning her “boyfriend” Burl Tupper, and that’s something Carmen just can’t do. Ever since a foolish teenage prank of Carmen’s landed Burl in a wheelchair, she’s been trying to make it up to him. When Carmen doesn’t take her chance with Chester, Desiree does. And although the women’s friendship stays solid, greater challenges await.

On a sultry, reckless moonlit night, Carmen commits a desperate crime of passion, and, with Desiree, hits the road running. But she can’t run from the truth. Now she has two choices — a life on the lam, or a return to Belle Helene, the place where it all began… and the only place Carmen can lay down her burdens and seize her one true chance at love and redemption.

by Mary Monroe

With Red Light Wives, Monroe casts her eye on six extremely different women — haughty and humble, beautiful and plain, young and not-so-young, black, white, Latina, and origins unknown. Lula Mae, Ester, Megan, Rosalee, Helen and Rockelle are “colleagues” — in the world’s oldest profession — and despite their surface differences, all have a gift for laughing in the face of hardship. “Managed” by Clyde, who calls the women his “wives,” they do what wives are expected to do — take care of him, not to mention his young daughter, Keisha, but see no way out. That is until one day, a daring act of defiance changes everything.

by Mary Monroe

Faced with a depressing future of cooking, cleaning, and unsatisfying sex with her husband, Trudy Bell tries to escape her boring lifestyle with a new job. When she lands a position as a secretary for a travel agency, she feels like a new woman. Her warm personality wins over all of her colleagues, except for fellow African-American Ann Oliver, who sneers at her black working-class lifestyle. In light of this resentment, Trudy doesn't hesitate when she realizes that her secretarial position grants her access to Ann's company credit cards. What begins as a few expensive lunches quickly spirals into a case of mistake identity with a man looking to kill Ann. Now, unless Trudy can convince him she's not the woman he's after, she may pay the highest price of all...

by Mary Monroe

Growing up, Annette Goode thought all men were as low-down as the father who abandoned her. There was Mr. Boatwright, the boarder who abused her for years — until her best friend Rhoda murdered him. And what about the men she slept with to earn the money she needed to run away from her life? None of them was exactly the picture of chivalry. But now, after decades of soul searching and heartache, Annette has reunited with the father she never really knew. She’s severed all ties with the dangerously unstable Rhoda. And finally her real life has started to take shape. Or so she thinks…

Things start to fall apart at — of all places — Annette’s own pre-wedding celebration, where a guest reveals that the beautiful bride-to-be once turned tricks for a living. When her fiancé pulls a disappearing act, Annette reunites with Pee Wee Davis — the man who has been her on-again, off-again sweetheart since childhood. It’s not a great life, but it’s a pretty good one.

Yet Annette still holds the secret of her ex-friend Rhoda’s murderous past deep in her heart. She knows it’s a burden that will torment her until she can put it to rest. So when Rhoda suddenly walks back into her life, Annette must decide what she should believe — and what she can forgive — as she tries to salvage the one relationship that she just can’t seem to let go…

by Jean Rabe

They were the Finest Creations - mystically forged creatures of perfection sent by the creators to aid the Fallen (mankind) during their mortal existence.Though they resemble ordinary horses they are highly intelligent, capable of communicating telepathically and completely moral. They are assigned to bond with individuals of great potential and then protect them from harm while guiding them along a path of virtue.

This is as it has been for years unto creation .... but when a young Finest is separated from its mentor before it has been invested with its assignment, the result of an ambush by evil forces bent on corrupting men, the young equine accepts the charge of two orphans to its care not realizing that man's potential may rest in their future...... And that the path forward is already being diverted by an evil mastermind whose manipulation of court politics and affairs of state might instigate a new dark age upon the light of civilization.

The Finest Series combines elements of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series with C.S.Lewis's Narnia for an inspiring tale of mystical intrigue and the crucible of morality for mankind.

by Jean Rabe

They were the Finest Creations - mystically forged creatures of perfection sent by the creators to aid the Fallen (mankind). Though they resemble ordinary horses, the Finest are highly intelligent, capable of communicating telepathically, and completely moral. They are assigned to bond with individuals of great potential and then protect them from harm while guiding them along a path of virtue.

Gallant-Stallion has found his charge, a young girl by the name of Kalantha, whose brother is soon to be king and pawn of a deceitful and murderous bishop who covets the royal power and has allied himself with creatures of the dark arts. The Finest has successfully removed her from the bishop's influence but now must contend with the other temptations of the world - the lure of power, the mystery of learning and knowledge, and the intrigue and freedom of adventure and independence.

The Finest series combines elements of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series with C.S. Lewis’s Narnia for an inspiring tale of mystical intrigue and the crucible of morality for mankind.

by Jean Rabe

They were the Finest Creations - mystically forged creatures of perfection sent by the creators to aid the Fallen (mankind) during their mortal existence. Though they resemble ordinary horses they are highly intelligent, capable of communicating telepathically, and completely moral. They are assigned to bond with individuals of great potential and to protect them from harm while guiding them along a path of virtue.

Kalantha has successfully rescued her brother from the shadow of the evil bishop's bellicose influence, but now finds herself cut off from both him and her Finest protector, Gallant Stallion. All three must race against the clock to curtail the unnecessary war that the Bishop’s minions have engineered. And, still lurking in the shadows and prowling the night skies is the avian menace whose dreams of a carrion-strewn countryside can still come through if their equine nemesis is neutralized.

The Finest series combines elements of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series with C.S. Lewis’s Narnia to tell an inspiring tale of moral and mystical intrigue.

by Mary SanGiovanni

In Lakehaven, New Jersey, something that can't see, hear, or touch can find you just the same.  In Mary SanGiovanni’s The Hollower, he appears to all as a tall figure dressed in long black clothes, with a bald white head, and no face.  Yet this seeming apparition means something different to each person.  Often, the head-games The Hollower plays involve its impersonating friends and loved ones, but rubbing out their faces.  This terrifying debut horror novel invites readers to follow The Hollower’s every vengeful move with breathless anticipation.

by Gammy Singer

Amos Brown, a smooth-talking man with a rough past, a good heart, and an opportunity to go legit, becomes the unexpected landlord of two Harlem brownstones. This New York neighborhood is brimming with vitality, tarnished glory, and an ever readiness for a fresh start. Just when Amos thinks he’s turned his life around and away from crime, he finds himself running from a drug lord he owes gambling debts to and looking for a bride who has disappeared with everything he owns. But the biggest shock comes when he finds a skeleton in the basement of one of his beloved buildings. He soon finds out it belongs to someone closer to his heart – and farther from his memory – than he ever could have guessed. As he tries to put the pieces of the mysterious discovery together, he learns that he is also putting together the puzzle of his past – and working out his future.

by Joanne Skerrett

Every girl needs a little black dress and a great pair of shoes…. Weslee Dunster has always been practical side, earning her way through good old-fashioned hard work. With her humble background, she’s no match for the wealthy New Englanders who treat shopping like a contact sport and have never met a friend they didn’t want to trash as soon as her back was turned. Pretty, spoiled party girl Lana Brown is sure all Weslee needs to fit in and become her best friend is a makeover. Caught up in a hectic lifestyle filled with designer clothes, bling, air-kissing, lies and betrayals, Wes is in for the ride of her life - one that could have her crashing and burning… unless she can figure out the rules of the game and how to break them…

“A charming debut.” --Kayla Perrin, author of Gimme an O!

by Joanne Skerrett

Just as journalist and jazz singer Tari is feeling at the top of her game, she's hit with unexpected news that turns her world upside down. It's a personal battle that will challenge Tari like never before and transform all of her relationships with her sister, her friends, her faith - and even herself.

by Eugene Sullivan

Tim Quinn, a Washington D.C. lawyer on the move, was flattered to be recommended by his friend Harry Winston to a vacancy on the bench caused by the unsavory death of one of the judges. He was also surprised to see how easy his nomination and confirmation turned out to be once Harry had given his approval and pulled more than a few strings.

Now Tim feels he has the chance to make a difference, and perhaps clear a path for an eventual trip to the highest court in the land. But Tim soon realizes that Chief Judge Winston's influence and favors come at a price - not just undue influence from the Executive branch, but partiality towards private concerns as well, including a certain attorney whose cases often come before their bench. Troubled, Tim contacts a former paramour to help him unravel the unseemly entanglements that occur behind the bench. But in doing so, he risks his own status as a judge, his good name, and perhaps even the lives of him and his family - it is sometimes deadly to disagree when The Majority Rules.

by James M. Ward

A nautical fantasy of dragonships, wizards and spell warfare on the high seas.

Halcyon Blithe is a young man of good breeding and lineage who also happens to be endowed with qualities and abilities of a sorcerous nature. Aiming to seek his fortune and fulfill his full potential in the magical world, Blithe gladly accepts his rank as Midshipwizard. In doing so, he becomes a member of the crew who tend and sail the awesome nautical juggernauts - vessels which harness the bodies and strength of living dragons with seafaring technology.

Combining elements of Robert Louis Stevenson with Robin Hobb, Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe is a nautical tale rich in magic and intrigue, a tale set against a panorama of fantastic naval battles as it follows the career of a young midshipwizard moving up through the ranks of His Majesty's Navy.

"Horatio Hornblower meets Harry Potter in a tale of magical martial warfare of the high seas."
--Ed Greenwood, creator of Forgotten Realms

by James M. Ward

His yeoman voyage now behind him, Blithe must now accept new responsibilities as he ascends to the rank of Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe.

In the latest chapter of the young wizard’s nautical education he finds himself second in command of a captured enemy vessel that must engage a demonship in combat before returning to port. Upon his return he is assigned duty on a dwarven dragonship where he and his shipmates encounter the deceit of politics and diplomacy before they can regain the security of their Arcanian dragonship and the company of their trusted crewmates.

Combining elements of Hornblower with Harry Potter, and Robert Louis Stevenson with Robin Hobb, the Halcyon Blithe are nautical tales rich in magic and intrigue set against a panorama of fantastic naval battles as we follow the career of a young midshipwizard as he moves up through the ranks of His Majesty's Navy.

by Maritta Wolff

Whistle Stop is an unforgettable story of passion, crime and family that provides a gripping portrait of post-Depression America in a small Midwestern town on the outskirts of a large city. Through the course of a punishing hot summer, the readers experience life with the Veech family as they bicker, brawl, make up, and provide titillating morsels of scandal for the neighborhood.

Originally published in 1941, during the course of its five printings, the novel was a runaway bestseller and the basis for the 1946 film starring Ava Gardner and George Raft. Wolff was able to fuse John O’Hara’s naturalism with the trappings of the American crime novel to create a suspenseful and true-to-life portrait of American poverty.

“Whistle Stop had a kind of raw, flaming vitality which it was impossible to resist, plus an uncanny, ironic knowledge of human motives…. It was obvious that Miss Wolff possessed that unquenchable interest in people which is part of born novelist’s equipment, and that her vein of rich invention was unlikely to run dry.”
--The New York Times Book Review, November 1942

by James Zagel

When a judge turns to crime, one can be sure he will be exceedingly cautious, with an eye, always, to the end game. Two judges play a role in this heist story: the one who conceives and directs the caper, and the author, both Federal District Court judges in Chicago. Judge Paul E. Devine narrates, enchanting the reader with his bench smarts, like the ways a judge has of sizing up attorneys, defendants, and witnesses. Devine is unhappy. His beloved wife has died, and the man who persecuted her thrives as a power within the Federal Reserve Bank. Devine has seen enough unjust justice to want to get a little of his own back, preferably against the man who assailed his wife. Enter a scheme to walk away with millions from the Federal Reserve itself, a plan both ingenious and arduous. The prose is sometimes klunky (too many tacked-on Chicago factoids and too much unconvincing Irish patter), but the story is compelling.

by Judith Lansdowne

When idealistic Eleanor Feebes attempts to rescue a man about to commit suicide, she has no inkling that she will be drawn into Mr. Eliot's desperate search for his missing brother and the lost papers that will enable him to marry his true love, Lady Miranda. Through Mr. Eliot, who is masquerading as a valet, Eleanor meets the inquisitive Earl of Blazingame, and soon the foursome are caught up in a whirl of danger and mystery. Fans of Lansdowne's "Lord Nightingale" series will be eager to read this well-plotted Regency, which sparkles with Lansdowne's trademark humor. The deft interweaving of romance and mystery, a cast of quirky and endearing characters, and two satisfying love stories (with the promise of more) are sure to appeal to readers who like their romance with a twist of fun and suspense. The award-winning author lives in Alabama. Amber Tatnall, York Cty. Technical Coll., Wells, ME

by Judith Lansdowne

Good manners may have demanded that the unattached Marquis of Kearny and Mallory undertake a trip to the country at his cousin's request, but something far more compelling requires him to remain. A wrong turn leads him directly into danger - and into the most unsettling conviction that his stalwart rescuer, Lady Hannah Thorne, is destined to be the one an only woman he will ever love. That is, if he survives long enough to get to know her, of course, which hardly seems likely with wild dogs on his heels and news of a recent murder that has rocked the peaceful village...Quite content without a husband, Hannah is taken aback when she discovers that the stranger she rescued from Little Mynd moor is the very paragon of manly virtues her best friend, Anne, has been extolling. Something about this Mallory id disturbing - or is that desirable? As their mutual friends insist on throwing them together, Hannah is surprised to realise that her feelings for Mal just may be the romantic sort. But before she can decide if this perfect gentleman will make the perfect husband, she must deduce who is trying to kill him...

by Ernest Hill

From the acclaimed author of Satisfied with Nothin' comes a searing and unsparing story of the unlikely bond between an African-American father and the teenager who killed his son, a tale of violent self-destruction reclaimed by the inexhaustible power of love and forgiveness.

In A Life For a Life, Ernest Hill explores the volatile emotional terrain of a black youth's coming of age in rural Louisiana. When a local drug dealer threatens to kill D'Ray Reid's kid brother unless he comes up with $100 within an hour, D'Ray decides to hold up a convenience store in a nearby town. The young clerk at the cash register attempts to foil the robbery and in the scuffle D'Ray shoots and kills him. What follows is an absorbing drama in which D'Ray becomes a fugitive with a lengthening resume of violent crime. Yet it is ultimately in the person of Henry Earl, the slain boy's father, that D'Ray sees his future. When he is forced to reckon with his destruction of the boy's family, D'Ray finds that Henry Earl is his only advocate and the person who will ask of him what no one, not even his family, had ever asked before.

A Life For a Life witnesses the resuscitation of two lives by love, forgiveness, and gratitude. The relationship that develops between D'Ray Reid and Henry Earl is nothing short of miraculous: Their discovery of humanity and harmony in the most unlikely place will reverberate in readers' memories.

by Ernest Hill

Tyrone Stokes had been an absentee father from a "no good family." Sent to prison, he left his wife, Pauline, to raise their son, Marcus, alone. But now Marcus needs his father. The young man is on Louisiana's death row for the murder of a young white girl, and Tyrone is determined not to let his seventeen-year-old son suffer as he had in jail. Convinced of Marcus's innocence, and grasping at the slim chance that he can put his family back together, Tyrone will sacrifice all that he holds dear to make up for his absence and keep Marcus alive - despite the overwhelming evidence against his son and Pauline's insistence that he stay away.

In Cry Me a River, Ernest Hill offers the same distinctive blend of intense emotional power, vivid imagery, and rich characters as in his highly acclaimed novels A Life for a Life and Satisfied With Nothing.

by Ernest Hill

Booklist calls his novel A Life for a Life "compelling," and calls Satisfied With Nothin' "an exceptional literary piece that some readers will compare to Richard Wright's Native Son." His Cry Me a River has been equally embraced by both readers and reviewers.

Now, in his new novel, It's All About the Moon When the Sun Ain't Shining, Ernest Hill introduces readers to Maurice Dupree. He's the first person in his family to go to college, and now he's well on his way to becoming the first African American attorney in his hometown of Brownsville, Louisiana and its entire parish. Maurice's dreams seem to be coming true - all except what may be the most important one. The woman he loves, the woman he hopes to marry, isn't planning on waiting for him.

Infused with the spirit and traditions of the South, It's All About the Moon When the Sun Ain't Shining takes readers on a journey through life's most momentous crossroads.

by Ernest Hill

Satisfied With Nothin' chronicles Jamie Ray Griffin, a young black man who, by virtue of his talent on the football field, finds himself suddenly thrust into a white world full of privilege, temptation, and never-before-imagined possibility. Encouraged by the facade of acceptance from the white community, Jamie strives to succeed, but finds himself thwarted at every turn - by whites and blacks alike.

This starkly honest story follows Jamie's development from a naive, unsophisticated teen to a hard-driving, cynical adult determined to succeed despite the opposition of whites, the complacency of blacks, and his own tragic fate. In doing so, it provides a powerful and important portrait of the black experience in post-segregation America.

by Homer Hickam

In 1941, Killakeet Island of the wind-swept Outer Banks of North Carolina is home to a tiny, peaceful population of fishermen, clam stompers, oyster rakers, and a few lonely sailors of the Coast Guard. Dominating the glorious, raw beauty of the little island is the majestic Killakeet Lighthouse, which for generations has been the responsibility of one family, the Thurlows.

However, Josh Thurlow, the Keeper's son, has forsworn his heritage to become the commander of the Maudie Jane, a small Coast Guard patrol boat operating off Killakeet. Josh is still tortured by guilt, seventeen years after losing his baby brother at sea. Then his life is complicated by the arrival of the beautiful Dosie Crossan, who has journeyed to lonely Killakeet to escape the outside world and perhaps find a purpose in life. While Josh's heart is stirred by the often-vexing Dosie, he continues his search for his brother, even after a wolfpack of German U-boats arrives to soak the island's beaches with blood and oil.

The Keeper's Son is a rousing, romantic tale of the power of the human heart forever searching for redemption.

by Homer Hickam

Captain Josh Thurlow teams up with PT Boat commander Jack Kennedy on a devil-may-care mission in the South Pacific.

They had two weeks to accomplish a mission no soldier should ever have to do. They were going after one of their own – David Roosevelt Armistead, a hero up for the Medal of Honor and an ambassador’s son, who was now missing in the thick, jungled climes of the Solomons.

So while American forces blast away at one god-forsaken Pacific atoll after another, Coast Guard captain Josh Thurlow must make a desperate venture north into Japanese-held islands.

With echoes of James Michener, The Ambassador’s Son is the much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling The Keeper’s Son and adventure fiction at its finest.

"The Ambassador's Son is the reason I love to read. It takes you to a place where propellers and tides and bullets decide men's fates, and you feel like you're sweating along with the heroes and villains. Homer Hickam is a good writer that I'd probably read anything that he put out, but this adventure made me feel like a kid again." --Rick Bragg, bestselling author of All Over But the Shoutin'

by Homer Hickam

At the outset of The Far Reaches, the year is 1943 and World War II in the Pacific rages on, with Americans engaged in desperate battles against a cruel and cunning enemy. Coast Guard Captain Josh Thurlow is on hand at the invasion of Tarawa, as the United States Navy begins the grand strategy of throwing her marines at island after bloody island across the Pacific. But nothing goes as planned as young Americans go up against determined, fanatical defenders who revel in snipers, big guns and human wave attacks compressed onto tiny battlefields from which there is no escape save death.

Hickam expertly weaves the adventures of these hot-blooded characters tighter and tighter until the Sister's secrets and sins are finally revealed during a horrific battle in the lair of the warlord. With an incredible eye for historical detail, edge-of-your-seat writing, and the talent of a master storyteller, Homer Hickam delivers another page-turning tour de force.

by Barbara Fischkin

A romantic, screwball romp, a sophisticated contemporary comedy that harkens back to the best Hollywood offered in the 1930s and '40s, Exclusive is a novel loosely based on the careers and marriage of our author and her husband. New York City investigative journalists, competitors, rivals, wife-and-husband-our heroine's and husband's romance unfolds and survives against an international backdrop of Long Island shady social establishments, illicit Brooklyn gambling dens, influence peddling, questionable journalism ethics, terrorism and hoodlum violence. And, all the while, our heroine, whose story this is, never gives up her quest for social justice, personal redemption, guilt-free dry cleaning, and her own byline.

by Barbara Fischkin

Confidential Sources is a satiric romantic comedy about love, marriage, parenting, journalism, foreign correspondents, international intrigue, autism and ice hockey. Ultimately, it's about how two people make a family, despite the distractions of wars at home and abroad. And how, on shakier ground, they maintain romance, too. Confidential Sources also looks at the fine line between fact and fiction. The protagonists are named Barbara Fischkin and Jim Mulvaney, as in real life, but they are fictional alter egos and the book is prominently labeled as a novel. Although Confidential Sources can be read on its own, it is a sequel to Barbara Fischkin's first novel, Exclusive. She is currently working on a book of narrative nonfiction for which she will follow her son Daniel as he continues to battle autism while entering adulthood and the world of work and community living. She is also the author of Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in a New America.

Early praise for Confidential Sources: "I think this is even better than the last one, by the way. Depth and substance. You pulled it together admirably, with humor and guts. Good going." Peter Eisner, author and Deputy Foreign Editor, Washington Post

by Angie Daniels

Her mother's deathbed confession forces Calaine Hart to acknowledge she is not who she thought she was. Confused, hurt and dumfounded, she takes the only clue she has, a 30-year-old photograph of six nursing students, and begins the search for her biological mother. When David Soul returns to town he is the last person she wants to see. However, when he identifies one of the women in the photograph, she realizes he has the key to her past. Can the two find love along the way?

by Angie Daniels

Former ugly duckling Keelen Brooks has been in love with his best friend Charity Rose since kindergarten. Back in school, he never felt he could measure up to the standards of Charity's high-school clique, the Cutie Pies, or to the smooth charisma of a man like her ex-husband, Donovan who's still trying to get her back. But things have changed...Now the CEO of Enchanted Cruise Line, Keelen is ready to show Charity what she's missed when they reunite for their ten year class reunion cruise.

Charity Rose has matured into an independent and compassionate woman over the last ten years. Hesitant to face the mistakes of her past, she reluctantly decides to attend the reunion. When she sees Keelen, the attraction is immediate, and they begin to unearth a passion that's been pent up for over a decade. But someone's out for revenge against the Cutie Pies - past and present. Keelen vows to protect Charity no matter what the risk, promising that, together, theirs will be a lifetime of endless enchantment.

by Elaine Cunningham

Gwen "GiGi" Gelman, a ten-year veteran of the Providence, Rhode Island, vice squad, finds herself unemployed after being blamed for a routine bust that turned into a bloodbath. GiGi is used to being on her own, though, and with the help of a DA who owes her, she's scraped together enough capital to start her own PI business, specializing in "family problems" - in particular, runaways who have disappeared into Providence's seamy underside.

With a few custodial kidnapping cases under her belt, as well as a case against a Catholic school teacher/molester, GiGi is doing well for herself - until she takes on the case of a 14-year-old runaway who may or may not have been kidnapped.

As GiGi investigates, she accidentally opens the door to her own mystical past. Now long-hidden family ties threaten her, and the secret of her identity unlocks a conspiracy that reveals the forces of darkness that play in the shadows…

Forces that intend to be the masters of all mortal life.


by Elaine Cunningham

A ten-year veteran of the Providence Rhode Island vice squad, Gwen “GiGi” Gellman began her life as a foundling and is used to being on her own. So when she finds herself unemployed and on the outs after a standard bust goes bad resulting in a bloodbath, she welcomes the occasion to break from routine. She scrapes together enough capital to start her own PI business specializing in “family problems.” But in doing so, she never guessed that she would uncover her own mysterious and mystical past.

When GiGi becomes involved in the case of a missing wife and child, she initially dismisses the matter as good sense on the wife’s part -- she knows the husband to be less than stellar in his role. But as her investigation progresses, GiGi discovers a pattern of lies and deceptions, some of which expose hidden ties to her own mystifying existence.

Otherworldly powers try to intercede, and soon GiGi finds not only her own life threatened, but those of her friends and family as well.

by Carolyn Chambers Sanders

In the bestselling tradition of Nikki Turner, this self-published Essence bestseller is about one woman’s determination to get to the top of the game – and stay there.

Candice, Amber and Toi are three young black women who have risen above life on the streets. Successful entrepreneurs, they’re all at the top of their game - but money and success don’t always equal happiness. Candice enters the world of professional sports, where numerous affairs will force her to question herself and what she wants out of life. When an old lover bullies Candice with past indiscretions, she will do anything to keep her previous life a secret. Now, her friends are in trouble, too, as an abusive boyfriend threatens Amber’s well-being and Toi discovers her fiancé’s dark secret. The three soul sisters must evaluate how much of their lives have left the streets, and how much remains…

“A brilliant, sensational novel… sexy as sin.” --Teri Woods, author of True to the Game

by George Anastasia

A novella from the author of The Summer Wind.

by Lisa Taddeo

Drop-dead gorgeous, brilliant, lyrical, cultured and rich enough to never have pedestrian worries, Sam is also the most manipulative and mean-spirited Bitch you could ever meet. As she researches her next novel, she traipses through a pleasant suburb, wrecking every marriage in her path with methods that would make Cruella DeVille blush. Her motives aren’t pure, and Sam derives vindictive, luscious pleasure from watching others’ misery.

Lisa Taddeo’s Bitch is not only an astonishingly vivid first novel with well-drawn characters and crisp, engaging language. It is also a terrifying look at relationships, their fragility, and the ego’s struggle to assert itself just when our lives appear balanced.

by Sasha Campbell

In this dazzling debut, Sasha Campbell delivers a sexy, suspenseful tale of two women whose marriages will be put to the ultimate test...

For almost ten years, radio talk show host Nikki Truth has shared life’s ups and downs with her husband Donovan, while doling out in-your-face relationship advice to her listeners. But lately it seems the good times in her own relationship - including the sex - are few and far between. When Donovan is deployed to Iraq for a year, Nikki fears their marriage won’t survive, and it’s time to walk her talk. Then she meets widower Kenyon Monroe, whose sizzling touch is too tempting to resist. But not everyone is under Kenyon’s spell…

Nikki’s best friend, Trinette Montgomery, can’t deny Kenyon is hot, but she never trusts a man who seems too good to be true. And she should know. Married to a successful CFO who travels a lot, Trinette likes to indulge in all of life’s pleasures - including the fine men of St. Louis. But when her game goes too far, Trinette stands to lose everything…

by Maritta Wolff

The long-lost final manuscript from the late novelist Maritta Wolff is an exceptional rendering of middle class disaffection in the early 1970s. Sudden Rain infiltrates the interior lives of five couples in Los Angeles over the course of one stormy weekend and alters these marriages forever. The couples range in age from early 20s to late 60s: one couple’s 30-year marriage is crumbling, and their son has split from his wife of one year. A neighbor who thought she was happy with her husband starts to stray after having an eye-opening conversation with a friend, and another friend who knows she’s unhappy with her marriage looks for fulfillment only to stumble into a fatal accident. Everyone is caught up short and compelled at last to reconsider the choices they’ve made.

Maritta Wolff (1918-2002) won the Avery Hopwood Award for her first novel, Whistle Stop, at age 22. Sudden Rain is a vivid distillation of its time and place and a spellbinding achievement - one sure to invite comparison to the likes of such classics as John Updike’s Rabbit novels and Mary McCarthy’s The Group.

by Joseph Gannascoli with Allen C. Kupfer

Benny Lacoco, “the Food Fence”, has a lot of time to think while preparing a ten-course meal for a few old friends. Over dinner, he expects to learn if he’ll be either permanently out of touch or on the outs with some of them. Rumors indicate that someone in their circle may have opted to turn state’s evidence and enter witness protection. Lacoco uses the time in the kitchen to reflect on his own life up to this point and the tentativeness of his own future.

Included with each course (recipe included) is a flashback of his life’s turning points - from heisting Omaha Steaks, to scamming olive oil, to a quite different way of performing a hit.

And always in the back of his mind is the question - will this evening provide him with the just desserts of a life of crime?

by Gammy Singer

Landlord Amos Brown hasn’t been nicknamed Harlem Don for nothing. Ever since he inherited two brownstones from his estranged father, he ended his life of crime and began to take on the weight of his neighbor's problems, a wrenching habit that makes for sleepless – not to mention solitary – nights. However, now he can make a difference instead of being part of the problem. Yet just when he starts settling into his life as a landlord, his friend and mentor Deacon Steadwell is accused of murder. Amos is determined to release the ailing 83-year-old from jail. He doesn’t have the money to put up, but he’s got his brownstones.

No sooner has he secured Deacon’s release than the old man suddenly recovers and disappears – leaving Amos and his property in serious jeopardy. To find the answers he needs, he has to delve back into the streets. When someone else is murdered, Amos discovers that he is only a small part of a bigger picture. A surprising foe is threatening his beloved Harlem – can he save it? Down and Dirty was published in March 2006 by Kensington.

by Ernest Hill

Recently widowed Felicia Fontenot, who has returned home to Brownsville, Tennessee, to care for her elderly mother, looks out her bedroom window early one morning and sees that the house across the street has become a crime scene. Her neighbor, Luther Jackson, has come home to find the bodies of his wife and son both burned beyond recognition after being doused with gasoline. Having secretly loved Luther for more than 20 years, Felicia has a powerful urge to comfort him and proclaim his innocence, even though Luther is the prime suspect in the double murder. Harboring a shameful secret, Luther does little to defend himself. His aunt, Daphne Gipson, perplexed by his silence, enlists Felicia's aid in uncovering the truth.

by Mary Monroe

National Bestseller

Mary Monroe brings to life the bond between two girls from opposite sides of the track – and the shattering event that changes their lives forever. In this coming-of-age story, Annette Goode is an overweight child with a bad case of low self-esteem. Fatherless, poor, and repeatedly raped by her mother's lodger, she suffers in silence until she makes a friend of Rhoda Nelson, who helps her speak up for herself.

Set on the streets, porches, and parlors of 1960’s and ‘70s Ohio, God Don't Like Ugly resonates with clear-eyed wit and uncompromising honesty. Readers will find it full of laughter, inspiration and pure enjoyment.

by Homer Hickam

During the Sago Mine accident, Homer Hickam was asked by miners’ families to give the keynote remarks at their memorial services.  Perhaps reflecting upon that tragedy, the creator of October Sky has crafted a new novel about a New Yorker turned coal miner’s wife.  Former businesswoman Song Hawkins is just beginning to adjust to the quirks of rural life in Highcoal when she is forced to put on the Red Helmet of a novice miner to save her husband and his beloved town.  Red Helmet examines sacrifice in relationships with Hickam’s trademark humor.  Red Helmet was published by Thomas Nelson Books.

by Kristin Billerbeck

What a Girl Wants was recently optioned as a film to Grammy-winning recording artist Rebecca St. James, who is poised to produce and star in the leading role.

She got it all together in What a Girl Wants, but now Ashley Stockingdale is having trouble knowing where to put it!

Having discovered rats in her luxury apartment, Ashley Stockingdale is living with her friend Kay, a.k.a. Martha Stewart But With Scruples.

Soon Kay wants Ashley to buy out half the house so they can remodel it in style. With no hint of a proposal on the horizon from her commitment-phobe boyfriend, Ashley goes on an independent-woman streak. She sinks her savings into the deal. As Seth squirms, wondering if the investment into Kay's house indicates Ashley doesn't see a future with him, the nightmare of remodeling begins.

Meanwhile - in lieu of a diamond? - Seth gives Ashley a darling if ill-advised gift: a puppy! More than a trendy accessory, this puppy requires nearly constant attention and more food than a family of four. He's out-growing his pink collars faster than you can say Diva Dog! The mayhem is escalating, but like everything else, Ashley knows she can handle it, or can she?

by Angie Daniels

From the acclaimed author of Trouble Loves Company comes a sexy and heartfelt new novel that revisits Renee, Danielle and Kayla, who have since found themselves in a whole new tangle of trouble.

After finding her husband in a compromising position, romance author Renee Moore goes back to her hometown, hoping to start over. But once again, she finds herself looking for love in all the wrong places. To make matters worse, just as she decides a healthy relationship may not be her destiny, her ex delivers shocking news that could change her life forever.

Practical nurse Danielle Brooks’ professional life is picture perfect, but her personal life is a mess. Her daughter is about to give birth to a baby believed to have been fathered by Danielle’s ex. Meanwhile, their best friend is getting married, and she is counting on Renee and Danielle to help her plan the wedding - whether they are speaking to each other or not. When Renee is suddenly threatened by a mystery woman, the trio begin to see how they might be blessed in the face of all of their difficulties.

by Tony Hays

* National Bestseller

Tony Hays introduces readers to an older era investigator who relies on his keen eyes to see the unnoticed small clues crucial to solving a mystery: Malgwyn, the one-armed scribe. The Killing Way depicts King Arthur in the rugged post-Roman era, a time when a king could walk about a village without a retinue trailing behind.  This is not the romantic Camelot of knights in shining armor seeking the Grail.  Instead, Hays offers a historically accurate portrayal of life in Britain with a tale of murder and Arthur spun cleverly into it.