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Songbird, by P. L. Parker
In her short western romance story, presented by the Cactus Rose Line of The Wild Rose Press, P.L. Parker introduces us to a woman working in western saloon, a singer and well-loved by her customers, gets a shock when day when a phantom from her past arrives in the form of the husband she escaped a year ago. Not that he was unloving or abusive or anything like that, it was more that Emily had fears of marriage that she has yet to overcome. But she never dreamed he'd come after her. Will he be able to win her heart, and convince her they were meant for each other?
I picked this up at the Wild Rose Press "free reads" section, and if you'd like to check it out, you can too.
I've a much more detailed review up at the Examiner here, if you'd be so kind as to give it a click.

Spirit of the Mountain by Paty Jager
A Nimiipuu Maiden is promised in marriage to a rival of the Nimipuu tribe, yet she has gone and done something that, if it comes out, would make both tribes furious: She's fallen in love with the spirit of the mountain, and he too has fallen for her. His transgression might just be worse. If he acts on his love, not only Wren, but the whole tribe might be in jeapordy. Yet there is a dark spirit lurking, and he might just help the evil Blackleg tribe succeed in enslaving the Nimiipuu once and for all.
(a much more detailed review is up. Click here to see it. My review copy came from Ms. Jager. Thank you!). This Fantasy romance was published by The Wild Rose Press, available in ebook here,and paperback here

In the Laird's Bed by Joanne Rock
(Harelquin Historical released in December)
Christina Domnhaill is surprised one winter night, when her ex-lover Duncan the Brave shows up outside the castle gates begging shelter. Yet she doesn't know if she can trust him, as she has hated he and his family for several years. The reason? His brother deflowered Christina's sister leaving her bereft and (unbeknownst to Duncan's family) carrying his child. Now Christina's afraid Duncan will discover that truth, and take everything away--her home, the child, her independence. And that, Christina won't have, no matter what her heart says. Will she be able to resist their attraction? Will he tell her what he's really there for? You'll have to read to find out.
There's a fuller review of this novel over at the Examiner, if you wish to give it a click, here
(My review copy came from Ms. Rock. Thanks you!)

Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Celt Talon gets hit by a Mardi Gras float, and Sunshine, a flaky, hippie artist takes him home to nurse him back to health. Little does she know he's an immortal darkhunter. And that's not all, since it seems she reminds Talon of his long-dead wife. She reminds him of her a lot. Could it be that she is the reincarnation of his beloved? That's only one puzzle, yet Talon has other things on his mind there's a new Dark-hunter in town, and he and Talon do not get along. And there's the little matter of the god that Talon ticked off centuries ago. A god that wants his vengence.
(I purchased this one at a local bookstore)
Again, there's a different version of this review up at the Examiner. Click here to read it, if you wish.

The Moon, the Madness and the Magic by Eliza March
(Warning: This one is on the erotic side. But Ms. March is a good friend of mine; so I'm placing this here).
A faery shapeshifter must convince Roarke that he's a little more than just a werewolf. He is in fact, the fated leader of the people of the Enchanted Mountain. To do this, she must not only win over his body and his libido, but his heart--and that of his friend Dane. :)If she can't, the people of Enchanted Mountain are doomed. This one is an erotic romance title, available at Siren-Bookstrand. My review copy came from Eliza March.
(There's a full review up at the Examiner. Click here if you wish to read it.

A Very Cougar Christmas by Lex Valentine
(Warning: This one is a little more on the Erotic side--I wouldn't usually post that here, but Lex is an acquaintance of mine. :))
Vincent receives a package for his neighbor Nikki, but when sees Nikki returning from an awful day at work and her attentive neighbor notices she's not exactly in the Christmas spirit, he invites her over, to give her some company. The package is almost forgotten in the sparks that ensue. Almost. What's in the package and will Vincent confess he's been secretly pining for Nikki? You'll have to read it to find out. I picked this one up at Pink Petal Books. You can get it here. (Again, there's a full review at the Examiner. Click here to read it.)

Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire
Sam, a waitress, and new law student. witnesses a murder and becomes the killer's next target. Scared, she goes to her ex-friend, Vivi for help. Only trouble is Vivi's brother, Zach (and sam's ex-fling), newly back from Iraq opens the door instead. The brother with whom she had a hot few weeks, before he left for war. Sparks reignite, but stubborn Sam won't let the past rest, even if he's the only thing that may keep her alive when the killer catches up with she, Zach, and Vivi. (released and sent to me by Grand Central Publishing, September 2010)

Sleep No More by Susan Crandall
Abby Whimore's struggles with a sleeping disorder unravel when she's involved in a deadly accident, and can't remember if she was sleepwalking at the time, or not--and now, with a break-in, and vandalism, and strange midnight calls, she sure feels like someone's out to get her. It takes Dr. Jason Coble's help to unravel the mystery. What's going on here, you'll have to read it to find out!

Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson continues the Tairen Soul series and sees Ellysetta in the days before her marriage to Rain dealing with terrible nightmares, with Exorcists taking an interest in her,and of course, more trouble from the Mages. But now, the terrible secret of Elly's birth is about to be revealed... one that just might put Rain's love for her in severe jeopardy!

September: Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
Rain Tairen Soul, king of the Fae, must find a way to save his people and the Tairen he protects while convincing the humans that can't trust the Mages, the enemy in a war his people fought a milennium ago. If that task wasn't monumental enough, he must even convince a young weaver's daughter (not to mention her family) that she is his fated Truemate, destined to become queen of the Fae, and try to protect her from the dastardly plotting of the Mages, and the greedy butcher's son who had his eye on her, before Rain showed up. An excellent, thrilling tale, and though it is shelved in Romance, I think it is one of the best Fantasy novels I've read in a long time!

Between Light and Dark by Elissa Wilds
With Earth about to be overrun by demons, one woman has to come to terms with her magickal legacy, and accept the love of a god, and magickal instruction of which she is sorely in need, or all on Earth shall suffer for it.
Part Charmed, part Alice Hoffman, part Hitchcock, Elissa Wilds' first novel Between Light and Dark is a delightful read, and I look forward to getting my hands on the sequel Darkness Rising! I think lovers of Paranormal Romance should enjoy this.

Hot Flash by Kathy Carmichael
Jill Morgan Storm has recently divorced her husband, who has become a woman, and now has a big problem: her son is looking at college, but her salary as a sous chef will not bear the wait of college's hefty price. So Jill and her friends hatch a plan; Jill will send out marriage surveys to women in the local area and take whatever advice they give, for finding herself the perfect husband. With her son's nosy eighth grade art teacher hanging around, though, jumping back into the dating pool might get a bit--ahem--hairy. This is a hilarious little novel of life on the downside of forty. Will Jill find the perfect mate? Will she survive the pre-date rituals? (The most hilarious scene in the book, gals. ;)) You'll have to read to find out!

Kiss of the Phantom by Julie Leto
A Romani gypsy cursed into a gem, buried for centuries in a forgotten German village; the gem is recovered, modern day, by an interpid, pretty treasure hunter, who has no idea what she's in for in keeping the precious little gem, as the man inside the gem emerges and takes her on a wild journey that will ultimately free him, and lead her to love.

For more on these books and see C. L. Wilson's homepage

Elissa Wilds' homepage

Kathy Carmichael's homepage

Julie Leto's homepage


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