This fall there’s far more than changing weather to enjoy—September and October book releases offer hours of entertainment.
So, if you’re looking for a good read to curl up with as you sip on your first mug of either apple cider or hot chocolate this season, be sure to consider such top notch selections as . . .
The reissue of Robyn Carr’s BLUE SKIES (reprint from 2009). This mass market paperback was released August 28, 2012, by MIRA and tells the story of Nikki Burgess who survived a terrible marriage and a worse divorce. She's just about given up hope of ever finding happiness. But when her ex-husband suddenly dies, she gets custody of her kids again—and a chance to start over.
Dixie McPherson, on the other hand, has had way too much love. She has eleven tennis bracelets, dozens of trinkets, piles of sexy lingerie and a tarnished reputation when all she ever wanted was true love, a partner and a family.
Carlisle Bartlett is loyal, kindhearted and the funniest guy slinging drinks in the back of an airplane. But he has an ugly little secret. The only kind of love he's used to comes with bruises.
When Nikki, Dixie and Carlisle are offered the chance to join a new airline in Las Vegas, they don't hesitate. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, these three friends are going in search of their own blue skies.
Jayne Castle’s THE LOST NIGHT, Rainshadow Novel #1, was released by Jove as a mass market paperback on September 4, 2012. This story makes it clear that even the mysterious world of Harmony has people who don’t quite fit in. They’re drawn to places like Rainshadow Island, a beautiful sanctuary where anyone can feel safe—and where secrets are closely guarded...
Schooled in an exotic form of martial arts, and with the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner and her dust bunny companion have found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island, operating a bookstore and café.
But her tranquil new life is thrown into chaos when Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve.
Immediately drawn to the amber-eyed woman, Harry must tread carefully. While Rachel’s special talents can help him track down dangerous rogues who have violated the Preserve, they can also sense the heart of darkness within him. But desire can weaken the strongest of defenses—and leave even the strongest man wanting more…
This August 28, 2012, Harlequin reissued Diana Palmer’s BETRAYED BY LOVE. Cattle rancher Jacob Cade rarely denied himself anything—except for Kate Walker. Kate was his younger sister's best friend, and therefore off-limits. But when Kate returns to Jacob's ranch for his sister's wedding, he sees Kate with new eyes. She is older and living in the city; surely she has become much more worldly. The time for restraint is over.
Kate is naive about a lot of things, but she knows what Jacob is offering, and it isn't forever. And yet she's been in love with him for as long as she can remember. If a couple of nights in his arms are all she'll ever have of him, aren't a few precious memories better than none at all? Even if that surrender breaks her heart….
Catherine Anderson’s 2-in-1-release SWEET DREAMS: REASONABLE DOUBT/WITHOUT A TRACE, published by Harlequin HQN as a mass market paperback on September 25, 2012, is a reprint. In REASONABLE DOUBT to claim her inheritance Breanna Morgan must return to Crescent Moon and face the doubts she fled so long ago. But she soon discovers that prowlers, vandals and unnatural noises have invaded the isolated mining claim that has been in her family for generations. And her new neighbor, Tyler Ross, is not the first or the last to warn her away.
When the threats become all too real and Tyler offers his support, Breanna accepts him with open arms. Until she has cause to wonder if his choice is for her benefit, or for his own….
In WITHOUT A TRACE finding the natural parents of someone who has been adopted has become routine for genealogist Sarah Montague. But in Michael De Lorio's case, her only lead is the nightmare that has haunted him all his life—one he suspects is a terrible childhood memory. As Michael and Sarah delve deeper into his past, they find danger at every turn. And their only hope for life, and love, is to rebury the past and disappear without a trace.
A mass market paperback, Jayne Ann Krentz’s FIRED UP: Book One of the Dreamlight Trilogy (Arcane Society #7), is a reprint from 2009 and was released September 25, 2012, by Jove. More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsession-fueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man?s decision has reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations.
Jack Winters, descendant of Nicholas, has been experiencing nightmares and blackouts—just the beginning, he believes, of the manifestation of the Winters family curse. The legend says that he must find the Burning Lamp or risk turning into a monster. But he can’t do it alone; he needs the help of a woman with the gift to read the lamp’s dreamlight.
Jack is convinced that private investigator Chloe Harper is that woman. Her talents for finding objects and accessing dream energy are what will save him, but their sudden and powerful sexual pull threatens to overwhelm them both. Danger surrounds them, and it doesn’t take long for Chloe to pick up the trail of the missing lamp. And as they draw closer to the lamp, the raw power that dwells within it threatens to sweep them into a hurricane of psychic force.
SILVER BELLS: MAN OF ICE/HEART OF ICE (Man of the Month), a 2-in-1 reissue by Diana Palmer, was released in hardcover by Harlequin HQN September 25, 2012. In MAN OF ICE, after a less than magical one-night stand, cynical Dawson Rutherford needs the help of the woman he considers seduced him. Barrie Bell, still reeling from their encounter, is ambivalent about aiding his scheme. She's kept a secret from Dawson…one that could free them both to love again.
HEART OF ICE tells how, despite knowing she dislikes him down to his arrogant bones, Egan Winthrop invites Kati James to his ranch to research her next novel. He assumes she knows everything about love. But when passion flares between them, Egan is surprised at how Kati's heat just might be able to melt his heart of ice….
Harlequin HQN released AN OUTLAW'S CHRISTMAS (McKettricks of Texas) by Linda Lael Miller in hardcover September 25, 2012. With his wild heart, Sawyer McKettrick isn't ready to settle down on the Triple M family ranch in Arizona. So he heads to Blue River, Texas, to seek a job as marshal. But in a blinding snowstorm he's injured—and collapses into the arms of a prim and proper lady in calico.
The shirtless, bandaged stranger recuperating in teacher Piper St. James's room behind the schoolhouse says he's a McKettrick, but he looks like an outlaw. As they wait out the storm, the handsome loner has Piper remembering long-ago dreams of marriage and motherhood. But for how long is Sawyer willing to call Blue River home?
As the gray skies clear, Piper's one holiday wish just might bring two lonely hearts together forever.