posted on April 5, 2016 by Jeanne Devlin

April Flowers with New Series by Robyn Carr, Linda Lael Miller

Writerspace - Let's Talk Books icon.inddJust as hammocks begin to call booklovers outside to read, with the pull that sirens once lured sailors to shore (thankfully with a happier ending), not one but two #1 New York Times bestselling authors unveil new series this month.

Robyn Carr has set previous bestselling series in small towns in northern California and on the Oregon coast, now she takes readers high into the Rocky Mountains to the crossroads of the Colorado and Continental Divide trails, where campers and hikers, rock climbers and bikers, fisherman and nature lovers refuel and recharge in a hamlet known as Sullivan’s Crossing.

What We Find (002)In WHAT WE FIND, Book 1 of her Sullivan’s Crossing Series, readers will find a welcoming general store, with a wide front porch, that has been passed down for generations. Maggie Sullivan’s great-grandfather settled the land and built the store, and now this stressed and lonely neurosurgeon—facing the aftermath of a surgery gone wrong—heads there with the hope that the soaring mountains, rollicking streams, and twinkling aspens can rekindle the joy she’s been missing in her life for too long. Returning to Sullivan’s Crossing means reconnecting with her beloved but estranged father, Sully, and time becomes of the essence when Sully has a sudden heart attack. Is the loner Cal Jones who steps in to help with Sully’s responsibilities up to something nefarious or possibly the rest of the answer to Maggie’s prayers?

There’s a reason Linda Lael Miller is known as the First Lady of the West: her novels celebrate men and women who embody the best of the American West and define what it means to be a rancher, a cowboy, and a hero. In her new series The Carsons of Mustang Creek, she returns to the high plains of Wyoming. In Book 1, ONCE A RANCHER, Slater Carson is a businessman by trade but a cowboy by heart, and he knows the value of a hard day’s work. So when he sees a trouble teen heading down a dangerous path, he offers the boy a job on the ranch he works with his two younger brothers. Doesn’t hurt that Ryder’s temporary guardian is the stunning new resort manager, Grace Emery.

Once a RancherAs for Grace, well she doesn’t have time for romance much less love. Her days are full enough what with her new job and caring for her ex-husband’s rebellious son. But when the past threatens to overtake her, she’ll learn how far Slater will go to protect what matters most—and that love is always worth the fight.

And as if two new series from the likes of Carr and Miller weren’t enough, April also sees two new historical novels by the likes of New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries and Amanda Quick.

The Queen of the Sexy Regency Romance, Jeffries graces this month with Book 2 in her historical Sinful Suitors Series, THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION. Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to help his best friend’s impetuous ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, in her time of need, despite the fact that he’s pretty sure the whip-smart, free-spirited beauty will only get in the way of his own efforts to find a wife. When a powerful French diplomat begins stalking Clarissa, the two strike a deal to make a marriage between friends, never expecting it to be anything but an amiable union. To get a feel for what Jeffries’s was channeling as she wrote the novel, here’s the playlist she was listening to: Playlist for The Study of Seduction.

Meanwhile, Amanda Quick serves up an edgy historical thriller in ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly lauds its witty banter with gothic undertones and solid thriller plot. Calista Langley operates an exclusive introduction agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, an obsessed individual has begun sending her gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning; each engraved with her initials. Desperate for help, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels, who unfortunately believes she has been taking advantage of his lonely sister. Scarred by his past and his suspicions, he makes for a reluctant partner in the investigation until it becomes clear that only Calista’s death will satisfy the stalker.

May April showers bring you may an hour to read!

—Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin is editor of The RoadRunner Press, an award-winning traditional publishing house based in the American West. An editor of newspapers, magazines, and books for more than thirty years, she has also worked on national marketing and publicity campaigns with such publishers as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin's and for a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Robyn Carr, Sabrina Jeffries, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, and Wendy Corsi Staub. A graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Course, Jeanne is a member of the Children's Book Council, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. She also consults with boutique publishers.

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