Tuesday, July 5, 2011

WISHLIST: July 2011 Releases

Here is a detailed list of the books that  are being released in July which have peaked my fancy. 

Title: "Love Story"
Author: Jennifer Echols
Genre: Young Adult-Romance-Contemporary
Series: n/a
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Description: For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?
Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.
Why I'm Interested: Jennifer Echols is one of my favorite young adult authors.  Her characters are always fully realized, non-cliché teenagers with legitimate issues to overcome.  This book especially intrigues me since it deals with the thoughts of a growing writer (one of my favorite character quirks).  I also like how Erin is from a farm in Kentucky which has local appeal for me.

Title: “The Secret Mistress”
Author: Mary Balogh
Genre: Historical Romance-Regency
Series: Dudley Family #3
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Description: Lady Angeline Dudley is poised to make her coming-out. A lady of her stature is expected to catch a wealthy, titled gentleman of the ton, but Angeline harbors a secret wish: to marry a simple, ordinary man. When Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her from public embarrassment, Angeline falls instantly in love. But the stuffy Earl has little concern for Angeline. Edward wishes only to wed an old friend for an amicable companionship, a good match for his staid persona. But Angelina may show Edward that comfort is no match for passion...
Why I’m Interested: I am a certifiable Mary Balogh fangirl and I’ve read almost all of her books (not counting the traditional regencies that are out-of-print).  I have always loved her Dudley series and, like many other fans, found myself fascinated by the relationship between Angeline and her husband Edward.  They seemed like such polar opposites that I wondered how their story panned out.  Now, Ms. Balogh has provided us with their story!

Title: “The Bride Wore Scarlet”
Author: Liz Carlyle
Genre: Historical Romance-Victorian
Series: Fraternitas #2
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Description: Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant faÇade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the mysterious men of the St. James Society.
AnaÏs de Rohan has faced danger in her past, but never anything so great as posing as the new bride to one of the St. James Society's most magnetic—and ruthless—leaders. But Lord Bessett's bold challenge to prove herself worthy of joining his secret all-male society is impossible to resist. So she daringly agrees to travel with the enigmatic nobleman on a dangerous mission to save one of their own—a little girl with a frightening gift.
Soon intrigue swirls about them, drawing them ever closer. And AnaÏs quickly realizes that the intimacy of sharing Lord Bessett's bedroom is proving a temptation impossible to resist. As for Bessett himself—well, he might be a soldier sworn to the Society, but he certainly isn't anyone's saint. . . .
Why I’m Interested: Liz Carlyle is one of my auto-buy historical romance authors.  I love how her characters always seem a little left of center with daring plotlines that push the boundaries of typical romances.  I will admit that I was not a fan of the first book in this series “One Touch of Scandal”, but I appreciate Carlyle’s talent enough to continue with the next installment.

Title: “The Bed and the Bachelor”
Author: Tracy Anne Warren
Genre: Historical Romance-Regency
Series: Byrons of Braebourne #5
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Description: Everyone knows the Byron brothers are “mad, bad and dangerous.” But the devilishly desirable fourth son, Drake, is too scholarly to misbehave…or is he?
Lord Drake Byron has no time in his busy life to worry about taking a wife. He is more interested in the unbreakable code he has developed to defeat Napoleon’s forces. Little does he know that the irresistibly lovely new housekeeper he’s hired is really a French secret agent.
Sebastianne Dumont is not at all who she seems to be. Forced to spy to save her family, she embarks on a mission that takes an even more dangerous turn when she falls in love with the surprisingly tempting man she must ultimately betray. And if she succeeds in her mission, will she also break Lord Drake’s heart, while leaving her own behind?
Why I’m Interested: I adore family series especially in historical romance.  And Tracy Anne Warren’s Byron family is one of my current favorites.  I like how different each sibling is yet they still retain their loyalty and humor.  Drake is one of the most unique in this family.  His intellect makes him appear absent-minded in the early books of the series and I am stoked to find out more about him.  Also, I like characters in disguise especially when it’s the heroine. 

Title: “The Amorous Education of Miss Celia Seaton”
Author: Miranda Neville
Genre: Historical Romance-Regency
Series: The Burgundy Club #3
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Description: Being kidnapped is teaching Miss Celia Seaton a few things about life:
Lesson one: Never disrobe in front of a gentleman . . . unless his request comes at gunpoint.
Lesson two: If, when lost on the moors, you encounter Tarquin Compton, the leader of London society who ruined your marriage prospects, deny any previous acquaintance.
Lesson three: If presented with an opportunity to get back at Mr. Compton, the bigger the lie, the better. A faux engagement should do nicely.
Lesson four: Not all knowledge is found between the covers of a book. But an improper book may further your education in ways you never guessed.
And while an erotic novel may be entertaining, the real thing is even better.
Why I’m Interested: Miranda Neville has only had a few books published, but she is making a definite name for herself in romance land.  The Amorous Education… is the final book in the Burgundy Club series which is about friends who are involved in rare book collecting.  Tarquin Compton has been on my hero-radar since the first book so I’m excited to see what type of woman brings him to his knees.  Plus can’t beat faux engagement storylines!

Title: “Touch of Frost”
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Young Adult-Paranormal
Series: Mythos Academy #1
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Description: My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .
Why I’m Interested: I haven’t read any of Ms. Estep’s adult paranormals though I’ve heard great things about them.  I am pretty picky when it comes to my young adult paranormal series, always on the lookout for Twilight-wannabes.  Touch of Frost’s plotline intrigues me with the whole mythological aspect.  I am a total sucker for mythology in paranormals so I will definitely check this one out.

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