Sunday, October 26, 2008

Staff Top Picks: October 2008

October 08 Top Read

(Tairen Soul: Book 3)
by C. L. Wilson

Dorchester (Leisure Books)
September 30, 2008
ISBN #0843960590
EAN #9780843960594
400 pages

Synopsis: Returning to the Fading Lands with his Celierian truemate, Rain discovers a dissension among the most powerful members of his own council. As the Eld plot their next deadly strike, Ellysetta struggles to master her powerful magic and discover how to save the tairen, while Rain confronts open challenge to his rule and prepares to lead the Fey army to war.

Leslie says: "With her debut novel LORD OF THE FADING LANDS, C. L. Wilson instantly established herself as a “must read” author. With each successive book in this series the reader is drawn deeper into Rain and Ellysetta's world. One cannot help but immediately yearn for the next installment.The third and latest, KING OF SWORD AND SKY is a suspenseful and mesmerizing read to be savored slowly and carefully as its complex plot unfolds.

Ellysetta is simply amazing! Although she has, as yet, been unable to find her inner tairen or to bond wholly with Rain she is strong and loyal and will stop at nothing to save the pride and their fey kin whether she risks her own soul or breaks every law in the land to do so, and she will stand be her truemate’s side come hell or high water. Will she be able to fight the growing darkness inside her or will the Eye’s prophesy come to pass? Tune in as the saga continues with QUEEN OF SONG AND SOULS in June of 2009."

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Leslie also recommends:
September 30, 2008: IRREVERSIBLE by Liz Maverick
September 30, 2008: KNIGHTS FORK by Rowena Cherry
September 30, 2008: THE CROSSING by Joy Nash
October 28, 2008: WINTER'S DAUGHTER by J. C. Wilder (paperback reissue)


October 08 Top Read

(The Phoenix Chronicles: Book 1)
by Lori Handeland

St. Martin's Press
November 4, 2008
ISBN #0312949197
EAN #9780312949198
352 pages

Synopsis: The countdown begins now...
Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help in the Milwaukee Police Department’s fight against injustice. But when Liz’s foster mother is found viciously murdered—and Liz is discovered unconscious at the scene—her only memory of the crime comes in the form of terrifying dreams...of creatures more horrific than anything Liz has seen in real life. What do these visions mean? And what in the world do they have to do with her former lover, Jimmy Sanducci?

While the police question Jimmy in the murder, Jimmy opens Liz’s eyes to a supernatural war that has raged since the dawn of time in which innocent people are hunted by malevolent beings disguised as humans. Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Jimmy believes Liz is among them. Now, with her senses heightened, new feelings are rising within Liz—ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy. But Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her core…and put the survival of the human race in peril.

Mippy says: “I found myself glued to this strikingly edgy and fast paced story and could not put it down. I eagerly await the next chapter of The Phoenix Chronicles and highly recommend fans of the urban fantasy genre not to miss out on this gripping new series.”

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Mippy also recommends:
November 4, 2008: A MERMAID’S KISS by Joey W. Hill (erotic paranormal)
June 1, 2008: THE DARKEST KISS by Gena Showalter
June 3, 2008: WALK ON THE WILDSIDE by Christine Warren


October 08 Top Read

by Jacquie Rogers

Highland Press
September 15, 2008
ISBN #0980035686
EAN #9780980035681
200 pages
Trade Size

Synopsis: It Happened in the Idaho Desert…
The rodeo clown: Brody wants the thrill of bullfighting and the wind at his feet. The actuary: Rita doesn't want anything to do with a busted up cowboy-and odds are, Brody will be. The mule: Socrates understands humans. And love, even if humans don't. Can Socrates lead Brody to Rita's heart? Will Rita let herself take the biggest risk of all?

Deborah says: “I don't know when I have ever laughed so much, or felt so happy after reading a book. The story of Socrates the miniature matchmaking mule is just so original, so witty that is over shadows most of what I have read of late.”

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Deborah also recommends:
September 15, 2008: CHINOOK, WINE and SINK HER by Morgan Q. O'Reilly (contemporary)
December 1, 2007: HER WARRIOR LORD by Celia Jade



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