posted on August 11, 2015 by Jeanne Devlin

Escape from the Dog Days of Summer

Writerspace - Let's Talk Books icon.inddWhen you find an author whose books are like a tall cold drink of water on a hot August day, you’d like to think the relationship isn’t a one-way street.

Sure you may never be in each other’s wedding party, but chances are if that author is one of America’s best-selling romance, romantic suspense, or women’s fiction authors you might not only meet her (like thousands of readers do each year at the annual RT Booklovers Convention or recently held RWA Conference) but end up swapping Facebook posts, Christmas cards, and favorite recipes.

And so forgive the reader who believes authors the likes of Sabrina Jeffries and Jayne Castle knew we’d all be needing a good new book with which to escape the dog days of summer.  Goodness knows they didn’t disappoint.

Siren's CallJayne Castle opens the month with a literal Siren’s Call, a book that Booklist reviewer John Charles has called “(a) deliciously sexy addition to her consistently entertaining, fantasy-laced Rainshadow series.”  What could be more welcome in the heat of August than a trip to the alien catacombs of Rainshadow where Rafe Coppersmith needs someone with musical talent, and wisely or not sets his eyes on Ella Morgan, a Siren capable of singing men to sleep … or to their deaths.

Situations fraught with romantic peril abound in Book 1 of New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’s new Sinful Suitors Series.  In The Art of Sinning, guardians conspire to keep their unattached sisters and wards out of the clutches of sinful suitors at the noble gathering spot known as Saint George’s Club, which sounds fine in practice but proves tricky when the sinful suitors are members of the club.

Hearts race in Perfect Touch, the new romantic suspense by New York Times author Elizabeth Lowell: a former soldier-turned-rancher and a beautiful art dealer must stop a vicious killer—while trying to ignore their irresistible passion for each other.  And Amelia Grey’s Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels Series continues with The Earl Claims a Bride.

The Art of SinningIf your idea of the perfect summer read is time spent with an old favorite, August delivers more than one, including Linda Lael Miller’s Montana Creeds: Logan (Book 1 in The Montana Creeds Series), Elizabeth Lowell’s To the Ends of the Earth, Julie James’s It Happened One Wedding, and for the first time in paperback, Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Heroes Are My Weakness.

For those left too weak from the August heat to turn the pages, the month also delivers a cool breeze of new eBooks—from Elizabeth Briggs’s More Than Fashion (Book 3 in her Chasing the Dream Series) to Molly O’Keefe’s Tempted (Book 2 in her Into the Wild Series).

The mercury may keep climbing for another month, but smart readers will find a spot in the shade or by the air-conditioner so they can keep the heat on the page.

– 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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