STUDS AND STILETTOS by Bev Pettersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An entertaining, if somewhat formulaic, romance with enjoyable characters and an intriguing setting."
Pettersen's (Horses and Heroin, 2013, etc.) newest romantic suspense novel tells the story of love and murder on a movie set. Read full book review >
NO PLACE FOR A DAME by Connie Brockway
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Clever, sexy, fun and breathtakingly romantic."
The latest from RITA award recipient (The Bridal Season, 2001, etc.) and Minnesota resident Brockway. Read full book review >

GREEK BONDS AND FRENCH LADIES by Paul A. Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A contemporary story of romance and greed, told with humor and sophistication."
A dramatic tale of secrets and lies set against the backdrop of a devastated Greece. Read full book review >
NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED by Sarah MacLean
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Beguiling and emotionally lush."
A duke who has lived under the shadow of suspicion for a murder he's not sure he didn't commit holds the possibility of redemption in his hands when the lady reappears, alive and well, though she brings other threats—to his equilibrium and to his heart. Read full book review >
SECRETS ON CEDAR KEY by Terri DuLong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Life-altering conflicts handled in simplistic, unrealistic yet heartwarming ways; more of the same for Cedar Key fans, who will love it."
When a recent widow learns a shocking secret about her husband, she books a trip to Paris, hoping the time and distance will give her an opportunity to sort out her options, never expecting that the trip will give her a new chance at forgiveness and love. Read full book review >

ISABEL by E. L. Schoeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 2013

"Though breathlessly chaste and sprinkled with clichés, this novel will satisfy the romantic who longs for a world of chivalry and sorcery."
A medieval romance with a supernatural slant. Read full book review >
AMONG THE ASHES by Matthew James McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"A compelling story about a man following his heart and his conscience, however much it costs him."
In a debut novel that will appeal to fans of romance and history alike, McDonald elegantly captures the burden of being innocent, naïve and principled in a time of war. Read full book review >
THE MELODY OF SECRETS by Jeffrey Stepakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Stepakoff uses this sliver of history well, but the romance between Maria and James seems irrelevant (and frankly less interesting than Maria's moral dilemmas), which is a bad sign for a romantic novel."
Stepakoff's latest throws together America's burgeoning space program, Nazi scientists and a talented violinist in a Nicholas Sparks-style romance. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL by Jane Maas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Touching and infused with the joy of family and the light of the Christmas season."
The journey of an heirloom Christmas angel reflects the loves and losses of a family through five generations. Read full book review >
THE WEDDING PLANNERS OF BUTTERNUT CREEK by Jane Myers Perrine
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An affable and entertaining romance for the inspirational audience."
The Widows of the Butternut Creek Christian Church have successfully paired pastor Adam and Gussie Milton, and now they are determined to plan their wedding, while also matching Adam's earnest sister with Gabe, the basketball coach; head Widow Birdie is far too busy to take care of herself or find time for romance. Read full book review >
AWAKENING by Elene Sallinger
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An emotionally satisfying tale for the BDSM romance crowd."
A bookstore owner with dominant tendencies meets a customer who clearly needs a firm hand, and so he decides to help her explore her submissive side despite his own emotional limitations. Read full book review >
PROMISE ME TEXAS by Jodi Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Though flawed, a generally fun adventure."
Just minutes after discovering her fiance is the last person she wants to marry, Beth McMurray survives a train crash through the brave actions of a shadowy character who might be an outlaw; claiming she's married to him seems the best way to save them both. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dean Hale and Shannon Hale
November 25, 2014

In Shannon and Dean Hale’s new book The Princess in Black, Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Our reviewer writes that The Princess in Black has “action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out?” The Princess in Black made it onto our Best Middle-Grade Books of 2014 list, which is one reason we’re delighted to talk to the Hales this week on Kirkus TV. View video >