This Week’s New and Notable Releases–September 24

Here are this week’s new and notable releases for romance and UF/PNR readers. What’s on your list?

Check back tomorrow for this week’s Young Adult releases.

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Blaze by Joan Swan (Sep 25, 2012)

Unleashed by Crystal Jordan (Sep 25, 2012)

Dawn’s Desire by Donna Grant (Sep 25, 2012) – Novella, only .99!

      

Lord of Temptation (Lost Lords of Pembrook) by Lorraine Heath (Sep 25, 2012)

Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane (Sep 25, 2012)     

Josh by R.C. Ryan (Sep 25, 2012)

My Scandalous Viscount (Inferno Club) by Gaelen Foley (Sep 25, 2012)     

Outlaw Derek by Kay Hooper (Sep 25, 2012)     

An Outlaw’s Christmas (Mckettricks) by Linda Lael Miller (Sep 25, 2012)

      

Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke by Suzanne Enoch (Sep 25, 2012)     

Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman (Sep 25, 2012)     

Seduction’s Shift (Shadow Shifters) by A.C. Arthur (Sep 25, 2012)

      

Shadow Rising: The Shadow Slayers, Book 2 by Cassi Carver (Sep 25, 2012)  

When the Duchess Said Yes (Wylder Sisters) by Isabella Bradford (Sep 25, 2012)

The Undead In My Bed by Katie MacAlister and Jessica Sims (Sep 25, 2012)

How a Lady Weds a Rogue  by Katharine Ashe

Thirst by Karen E. Taylor (Sep 25, 2012)

Alchemystic by Anton Strout (Sep 25, 2012)

      

Blood Riders by Michael P. Spradlin (Sep 25, 2012)

Boyfriend from Hell (Saturn’s Daughters) by Jamie Quaid (Sep 25, 2012)

The Sundering (Time of Legends) by Gav Thorpe (Sep 25, 2012)

      

Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer (Sep 25, 2012)

Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel (Sep 25, 2012)

Earth to Hell: Journey to Wudang: Book One by Kylie Chan (Sep 25, 2012)

How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde (Sep 25, 2012)

Immortal Surrender (Curse of the Templars) by Claire Ashgrove (Sep 25, 2012)

The Moonstone and Miss Jones (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator) by Jillian Stone (Sep 25, 2012)

Personal Demon by Susan Sizemore (Sep 25, 2012)

Sacrifice the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel by Karina Cooper (Sep 25, 2012)

Something Witchy This Way Comes: A Jolie Wilkins Novel by H. P. Mallory (Sep 25, 2012)

A Star Shall Fall by Marie Brennan (Sep 25, 2012)

Review: Playing with Fire by Tamara Morgan

 

 

Title: Playing with Fire

Author: Tamara Morgan

Publisher:  Entangled Publishing

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Fiona Nelson has always been one hot ticket—even before she took the conversion serum that gave her superhuman abilities. Fiona’s powers come at a price: lack of human contact, or she won’t be the only thing burning. When she loses control of her emotions, her fire powers run rampant…and she’s hurt enough people already.

Including herself.

But when the man behind her conversion returns to blackmail her into helping him gain power, the only person she can turn to is Ian Jones, the man who broke her teenage heart. The man determined to expose the criminal known as Fireball, whose explosive escapades are just a little too close to Fiona’s M.O.

Ian is convinced Fiona’s dangerous, convinced she’s Fireball, and convinced he’ll damn himself if he doesn’t resist a heat that’s always drawn him to Fiona like a moth to a flame—but Ian has his own secrets.

And he’ll learn far too soon what happens when you play with fire.


Review:

I am a huge fan of superheroes, and when I saw that Entangled was publishing a series of novellas about super heroes, I had to read them. It was a little scary at first, because I was afraid I’d be disappointed, but Playing with Fire by Tamara Morgan is a fun, action-packed introduction to the Holding out for a Hero anthology series. I loved this story, and it even featured one of my favorite tropes – the second chance.  This read kept me entertained from the first page to the last, and I can hardly wait to read more of the anthology.

Fiona is a character I could immediately sympathize with.  She has the ability to hurl fire balls, but it comes at a steep price.  When her emotions get out of control, her powers do too.  She’s afraid of getting close to anyone because she is terrified of hurting them, and her last, failed attempt at intimacy ended disastrously, with her lover being badly burned.  To make this situation even worse, she didn’t even want the superhuman abilities to begin with.  Her manipulative boyfriend coerced her into it, and now she’s resigned herself to a sad and solitary life.

Into her life steps Ian, her childhood friend and the boy who broke her heart.  He was also responsible for her being bullied at school, so I did have a few issues warming up to him.  To be fair, Ian tried to rectify his past mistakes, but there were times when I felt that he didn’t do enough.  When it was his friend taunting Fiona, he quickly tried to put an end to the hurtful name calling, but when all Fiona wanted was for Ian to trust and believe her, he fell a little short.  In the end, he does gallantly redeem himself, but of the two of them, Fiona is obviously the more heroic. 

I enjoyed the world building, and am interested to see how other authors tackle a new world where superheroes , and super villains, could live next door. 

If you are looking for a fast-paced read with gobs of action, romance, and danger, look no further.  Playing with Fire was quickly gobbled up, followed by a “Please, sir, may I have some more?” plea from me.

Grade:  B+

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Theresa Romain, Author of Season for Surrender and Giveaway!


Theresa Romain is the author of Season For Surrender, which will be in stores next week.  She dropped by the virtual offices for a chat, and she even brought along a present for one of you! After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of Season For Temptation!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Theresa Romain] 140? I only need two. Bookish like Dahl’s Matilda. Devoted to family & friends like Austen’s Elinor Dashwood. (I am also fond of wordplay.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Season For Surrender?

[Theresa Romain] But of course. SEASON FOR SURRENDER is a Regency-set historical romance that takes place during the holidays. It’s a sequel to my romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, though each story can stand on its own.

To tell you a bit about the plot, please join me in welcoming SEASON FOR SURRENDER’s back cover blurb:

HONOR AMONG ROGUES

Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…

MISCHIEF AMONG MISSES

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Theresa Romain] The hero and heroine were both characters in my first novel, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION. In that story, Lord Xavier appears to be villainous—but he’s also very popular. I thought it would be interesting to figure out what made him tick, and one way to do that is by throwing seemingly-opposite characters together. Shy, brilliant Louisa made a great match for him, because she doesn’t take anything at face value.

Neither Louisa nor Xavier is quite who people assume them to be. Since the story’s set at Christmas, the themes of redemption and forgiveness—and, of course, openness to love–seemed a natural fit.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Louisa?

[Theresa Romain] Thoughtful. Determined. Clever.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Xavier would never risk losing in a wager?

[Theresa Romain] At the beginning of the novel, there’s really nothing Xavier wouldn’t risk losing. He says he won’t wager on a respectable lady’s reputation, yet he does it anyway. (Oh, Xavier.) By the end of the story, he has changed, and he would never risk the well-being of his estate, his tenants, or the people he loves.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Louisa had a theme song, what would it be?

[Theresa Romain] It would have to be The Music Man’s “Madam Librarian,” that witty ode to book-loving women. In fact, while I was writing SEASON FOR SURRENDER, I used Madam Librarian as its working title!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Theresa Romain] Anything can be a creative influence, from a snippet of overheard conversation to a particular color of paint. But for me, the greatest of all is reading. I feel like I can’t get words out of my head if I don’t put words in–that is, I couldn’t be a writer if I didn’t read all the time. I read history, biography, nonfiction, and of course lots of fiction. I keep a giant pre-order list of titles I’m looking forward to, so I can be sure to get the latest romances by my favorite authors right away.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Theresa Romain] 1. Quiet. I get really distracted by sounds; I can’t listen to music while I’m writing. Even instrumental music pulls my attention away from my work.

2. A reasonably tidy environment. This goes along with being easily distracted! If my office is too cluttery, I can’t concentrate. Note: I did say “reasonably tidy.” As long as I can shove all the papers on my desk away from my keyboard, that’s good enough.

3. A computer. I have a plan for where the book is going (thanks to the synopsis I always write as part of a book proposal). But the specific details of each scene come about while I’m writing. For example, it’s not too much of a spoiler to say that Xavier is farsighted. That detail occurred to me while I was writing an early scene in SEASON FOR SURRENDER, and it shaped several later scenes too. It seems like my brain needs a keyboard to get fully engaged.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Theresa Romain] Ravishing the Heiress, by Sherry Thomas. The way she uses language is absolutely beautiful, and I loved the characters in this story too. The hero and heroine make a marriage of convenience, but the heroine is deeply in love with her new husband—and for the sake of that love, she hides her feelings. She’s strong, honorable, and heart-broken. I wanted to hug her and be friends with her and have the story continue for ages.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Theresa Romain] I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember, so the real answer is probably something my parents introduced me to in the forgotten years of my babyhood. One of my favorite books as a very young kid was the Sesame Street classic “Farley Goes to the Doctor.” Even after I could read by myself, I liked my father to read it to me because he would do ridiculous character voices.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Theresa Romain] I spend time with my family and read as much as I can. I also like to bake, especially after I’ve been writing a lot. Baking uses my mind in a whole different way. Instead of being creative and abstract, baking is exact: if I follow the recipe, deliciousness will result. Batter breads (like banana bread or cranberry-orange bread) are a favorite of mine.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Theresa Romain] Thanks for asking! I have several online homes and love to talk with readers at all of them.

Website: theresaromain.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTheresaRomain

Twitter: @TheresaRomain

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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Bio:

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. Her historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, was published in October 2011. The sequel, SEASON FOR SURRENDER, will be published in October 2012.

SEASON FOR SURRENDER back cover blurb:

HONOR AMONG ROGUES

Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…

MISCHIEF AMONG MISSES

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…

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