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May Contests

Don't miss your chance to win a signed copy of THE SCENT OF GOD, the astonishing true life story of an unforgettable love.

Enter Bonnie's Vanak's SCORPION & THE SEDUCER contest and Win a Handmade Jewelry Box.

Pick The Best Chihuahua Name for Maria Grazia Swan's BOOMER BABES Cover!

FIVE winners for a copy of Therese Fowler's SOUVENIR

Win $50 to spend at GiantMicrobes.com courtesy of AJ Scudiere's Resonance

Linda Conrad is celebrating her newest release SAFE WITH A STRANGER with a Get Ready for Summer Fun contest!

Everything a Romance Reader Wants from A to Z
In Sabrina Jeffries’ May Contest

A Butterfly in the Park Contest
From MULBERRY PARK Author Judy Duarte

Win a Complete Set of SIGNED TIGRESS books from Jade Lee!!

NY Times bestseller Vicki Lewis Thompson wants you to meet
THE NERD WHO LOVED ME

Get 'im while he's HOT! Be the first to win an advance copy of THE GUNSLINGER'S UNTAMED BRIDE, and one of Stacey Kayne's hunky cowboy pins.

Win a dozen Aunt Sally's New Orleans Pralines and signed copies of DELIVER ME and RELEASE ME by Farrah Rochon

Sherry Thomas Invites One Winner to Make PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS
with the Love Story that Started it All

Enter and win a copy of Susan Stephens' EXPECTING HIS ROYAL BABY and LAYING DOWN THE LAW

FIVE winners for a copy of Jane K. Cleland's ANTIQUES TO DIE FOR

Linda Lael Miller’s Most Wanted:
Montana Silversmiths Jewelry and Two Stone Creek Novels
Including June’s Paperback A WANTED MAN

A DANGEROUS MAN, a new release from Janmarie Anello and a grand-prize giveaway...

Celebrate the release of DARK OBSESSION by Allison Chase and enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the book and a $30 gift card to Borders!

Lucy Monroe Is Offering: An Inspirational Release...An Inspiring Contest

The Scent of Seduction until Final Light
In New York Times Bestselling Author Nicole Jordan’s
TO SEDUCE A BRIDE Contest

You could win a signed copy of Chris Marie Green's first vampire book THE HUNTRESS, a trade edition copy of Justin Gustainis' BLACK MAGIC WOMAN, and three delicate suncatchers.

Win an autographed copy of The Angel and the Outlaw along with a $15 gift card for Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Share The Love With Kimber Chin's Breach Of Trust, Win Chocolate For You And Your Friends

FIVE COPIES (signed) of PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT being given away. Each package will include an excerpt of a future Dianna Love book and several surprise goodies.

Summer is a comin’! Win a beach bag full of goodies and a copy of KISSES DON’T LIE, from Alexa Darin.

The prefect way to spend a summer day: with a good book and a box of bonbons.

A Bag full of Goodies from Tracy Garrett

Announcing Brenda Joyce’s A DANGEROUS LOVE and the new generation of The de Warrenne Dynasty and enter to win terrific prizes!

Win Wendy Corsi Staub’s May Prize –
It’s A Mother’s Day Treat!

Win a $25 Borders Gift Card from Elizabeth Hoyt!

Win a copy of THE BEAST IN HIM and a June '08 Reviewer's copy anthology release WHEN HE WAS BAD from Shelly Laurenston

Win an autographed copy of A STRANGER'S TOUCH from Cait London, book 2 of her Psychic Triplet Trilogy

Win a signed Audiobook DVD of Paraworld Zero from Matthew Peterson

Win an autographed copy of Laura Drewry's new romance, THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER

Win an autographed copy of TAKING THE HEAT, Kathryn Shay's new Berkley firefighter book, and an FDNY mug!

Win a copy of Sara’s Son, current RITA and Readers Choice Award finalist!

Win a copy of Lois Greiman's new book UNDER YOUR SPELL

Help Toni Andrews celebrate the release of
Book 2 in the Mercy Hollings Series:
ANGEL OF MERCY

Two Carla Neggers Contests Kick Off The Angel!
Readers Can Vie to “Live Your Adventure”
Or Indulge in an All Night Reading Fest

Win a copy of ODD MOM OUT and THE SHEIKH’S CHOSEN QUEEN along with a cool MRS PERFECT water bottle and other Jane Porter goodies.

Win a copy of STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART plus other goodies from Michelle Monkou!

CHECK - FIVE winners for a copy of Debbie Macomber's TWENTY WISHES

Summer is here! Win a Beach Bag full of books from Maggie Marr!

May 2008 Mystery / Thriller / Suspense Titles

The Angel

The Angel
by Carla Neggers

Mira
May 2008
On Sale: April 29, 2008
336 pages
ISBN: 0778324834
EAN: 9780778324836
Hardcover
$24.95

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On a remote stretch of the rugged coast of Ireland, folklorist and illustrator Keira Sullivan pursues the mysterious Irish legend of an ancient Celtic stone angel. As she searches an isolated ruin, Keira discovers what she thinks is the mythic angel, but before she can examine her find, she senses a malevolent presence just as the ruin collapses, trapping her inside.

 

Keira’s uncle is a Boston homicide detective who enlists the help of Simon Cahill to find his missing niece. An expert with Fast Rescue, a rapid-response search-and-rescue organization, Simon doubts the existence of the relic, but rushes to Ireland to free Keira, despite his need to keep a low profile after assisting in the takedown of a major criminal network.

But the gruesome evidence of a startling act of violence convinces Simon that whatever Keira found in the ruin, the danger she faces is real. When the violence follows them to Boston—and escalates—Simon and Keira realize that the long- forgotten story of the mythic angel that has captivated her has also aroused a killer . . . a calculating predator who will certainly kill again.

A complex plot is enhanced with fascinating characters in this rich and robust romantic suspense.



Hotter After Midnight

Hotter After Midnight
by Cynthia Eden

Kensington Brava
May 2008
On Sale: April 29, 2008
272 pages
ISBN: 0758226020
EAN: 9780758226020
Trade Size
$14.00

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Dr. Emily Drake’s patients tend to be a little unusual. Instead of the typical therapist’s caseload of midlife crises and mother fixations, Emily treats vampires with blood phobias and sex-demons looking for meaningful relationships. But her gift for recognizing and healing the Other—those creatures of the night that most humans don’t even know exist—requires a few house rules. First: Never trust a shifter. Especially not one like Detective Colin Gyth, whose gold-flecked eyes and predatory air make Emily realize how much she’s been longing to lose control…

Colin can’t believe the doctor he’s been assigned to work with on the Night Butcher murder investigation is the one person who could expose his true identity as a wolf shifter. Smart, sexy, and stubborn as hell, Emily brings out the alpha male in Colin, unleashing a wild, heady desire that takes them both over the edge.

But in the shadows, the Night Butcher waits…eager to spill Emily’s blood and taste her terror. And he’ll use any means to destroy her, including the one person she has grown to trust…



Lily Dale: Believing

Lily Dale: Believing
by Wendy Corsi Staub

Sequel to Lily Dale: Awakening
Walker Books for Young Readers
May 2008
On Sale: April 29, 2008
256 pages
ISBN: 0802796567
EAN: 9780802796561
Trade Size
$15.99

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After her tumultuous summer in Lily Dale, Calla has decided to stay, hoping to unearth more about her mother’s untimely death. As she starts school at Lily Dale High and begins to explore her relationships with Jacy and Blue, her visions begin to occur with greater urgency. There may be a killer on the loose, and he may be after Calla for her role in solving his first victim’s disappearance. Now that Calla believes in her ability, can she learn to use it properly before it leads her into more danger?

In this thrilling sequel to Lily Dale: Awakening, readers will find an even larger dose of mystery, suspense, and romance that will keep them coming back to Lily Dale.



Dying Breath

Dying Breath
by Wendy Corsi Staub

Zebra
May 2008
On Sale: May 1, 2008
416 pages
ISBN: 1420101315
EAN: 9781420101317
Paperback
$6.99

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A SEASIDE RETREAT...
It's summer on the Jersey Shore. Children play on the beach. Husbands are off working in the city. And the surf echoes in the night. Here, in this perfect place, a serial killer has no worries in the world—except choosing the next victim...

HAS JUST BECOME...
Cam Hastings has come to Long Beach Island with her teenage daughter and the hope that maybe she can save her failed marriage. Cam has never stopped loving her husband Mike nor has she been able to outrun her flaws and demons— a vanished mother, a lost sister, and the ugly visions she has of missing children...

A KILLER'S FAVORITE PLAYGROUND...
Now, Cam is about to step over the edge. For once, she will act on one of her visions—and then face the consequences. For a killer has just struck again. And for Cam, and the people she loves most, fear has come home for good...



A Wanted Man

A Wanted Man
by Linda Lael Miller

Stone Creek
HQN Books
May 2008
On Sale: May 1, 2008
384 pages
ISBN: 0373772963
EAN: 9780373772964
Paperback
$7.99

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The past tends to catch up with folks in Stone Creek, Arizona. So schoolmarm Lark Morgan and Marshal Rowdy Rhodes are determined to hide their secrets—and deny their instant attraction. That should be easy, since each suspects the other of living a lie.…

 

 

But Rowdy and Lark share one truth: both face real dangers. Like the gang of train robbers heading their way, men Ranger Sam O'Ballivan expects Rowdy to nab. And as past and current troubles collide, Rowdy and Lark must surrender their pride to the greatest power of all—undying love.



Taking the Heat

Taking the Heat
by Kathryn Shay

O'Neil Family #3
Berkley Sensation
May 2008
On Sale: May 6, 2008
304 pages
ISBN: 0425222004
EAN: 9780425222003
Paperback
$7.99

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Facing the future
Working as the cook at his family's Manhattan pub, Liam O'Neil has nothing but respect for his firefighter regulars. But one stands out. With her athletic build, strawberry blond hair and easygoing charm, Sophie Tyler takes his breath away.

Facing fear
When Sophie takes a part-time job at the pub, her casual interest in Liam turns into full-blown desire. But she must tread carefully around him. A widower with two young sons, Liam can't put his heart on the line for someone who walks into burning buildings--especially when an arsonist is on the loose.

Finding your way
But Liam is drawn to Sophie--like a moth to a flame. And danger haunts their every kiss.

Another O'Neil brother has to come to terms with a love that cannot be denied.



Dark Obsession

Dark Obsession
by Allison Chase

Blackheath Moor #1
Signet Eclipse
May 2008
On Sale: May 6, 2008
368 pages
ISBN: 045122387X
EAN: 9780451223876
Paperback
$6.99

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They say that spirits haunt Blackheath Moor...

They wed in haste—Nora Thorngoode, to save her ruined reputation, and Grayson Lowell, to rescue his estate from foreclosure for unpaid debts. Each resents the necessity to exchange vows that will bind them for all time, and yet from the first, passion flames between them… quickly engulfing them in a sensual obsession...

But soon the lover that Nora married becomes a dark stranger to her, a man torn apart by guilt over his brother Tom’s recent, mysterious death…and driven half-mad by ghostly specters who demand that Gray expose the truth. Has Nora married a murderer whose wicked deeds blacken everything around them? Or, together, in the secret passageways of Blackheath Grange and along Cornwall’s remote coastline, can Gray and Nora discover what really happened that terrible night…and in setting free the troubled ghosts, free themselves as well?

 

A tortured hero, secret passages and a ghostly presence make this Gothic romance a winner.



Cold Case Connection

Cold Case Connection
by Kathleen Long

The Body Hunters #2
Harlequin Intrigue
May 2008
On Sale: May 13, 2008
224 pages
ISBN: 0373693273
EAN: 9780373693276
Paperback
$4.99

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The case may have gone ice-cold, but the connection between a veteran detective and a rookie agent was burning hot!

Cameron Hughes never thought he'd meet his match in a determined—but inexperienced—undercover agent with a heart of gold. Somehow, though, Lily Christides had got under the detective's incredibly thick skin and wouldn't let go. Now, as they worked 24/7 on two unsolved cases, Cam was finding it increasingly difficult to resist taking her to bed and driving her to the point of no return. Then an elusive killer made it known Lily was next on his list, and Cam's passion turned to protection. Cam knew being her personal bodyguard was the best chance they had at containing the threats to her life. But what force was strong enough to contain their barely controlled attraction?



June 2008 Mystery / Thriller / Suspense Titles

Bobbie Faye's (kinda, sorta, not exactly) Family Jewels

Bobbie Faye's (kinda, sorta, not exactly) Family Jewels
by Toni McGee Causey

Bobbie Faye #2
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2008
On Sale: May 27, 2008
336 pages
ISBN: 0312354509
EAN: 9780312354503
Trade Size
$13.95

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It had been a whole freaking month since Bobbie Faye Sumrall had blown up anything or been shot at, and that was almost a new record. Then her diva cousin Francesca waltzed up to where she manned the gun counter in Ce Ce's Cajun Outfitter and Feng Shui Emporium and everything just went to hell. Fast. 

Francesca's mom has disappeared with exceptionally valuable diamonds swiped from Francesca's dad (difficult marriage) so of course Francesca broadcast to every insane psycho that Bobbie Faye could recover the ersatz family jewels.

Accused of one man’s murder, Bobbie Faye’s on the run as an unintentional Pied Piper to a rabid band of thieves. She has to find the diamonds, figure out the motives of the dead sexy FBI agent who's pressing her for more than just the jewels, all while racing to side-step her steamy (and steamed) detective ex-boyfriend before the deadline arrives and the diamonds disappear.



Undercover Commitment

Undercover Commitment
by Kathleen Long

The Body Hunters #3
Harlequin Intrigue
June 2008
On Sale: June 10, 2008
224 pages
ISBN: 0373693338
EAN: 9780373693337
Paperback
$4.99

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Walking away from beautiful Eileen Caldwell had been one of the toughest assignments undercover agent Kyle Landenburg had ever faced. Now, after a frantic phone call, he was back by her side, protecting her from a past that had dangerously resurfaced. Keeping her safe was his job, but even as they dodged bullets, keeping his hands to himself was quickly becoming Kyle's greatest challenge yet. As a seasoned agent, Kyle knew better than to give in to passion when a client's life was on the line. But when she reached for him, would the temptation prove strong enough to make him cross it?



April 2008 Mystery / Thriller / Suspense Titles

A Stranger's Touch

A Stranger's Touch
by Cait London

Aisling Psychic Triplets #2
Avon
April 2008
On Sale: March 25, 2008
384 pages
ISBN: 0061140511
EAN: 9780061140518
Paperback
$6.99

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Tempest, Claire, and Leona: contemporary triplets blessed -- or cursed -- each with a special extra sense they would deny, given the chance. The descendents of a Celtic seer, the captive bride of a Viking chieftain, these triplets are connected by birth and in psychic ability.

Born with the uncanny ability to learn everything about a person or object just by the touch of her naked hands,Tempest must wear protective gloves. She wears them with her one night lover, and now he's hunting her, the man she could never forget. Marcus Greystone, a powerful tough businessman, has the ancient relic Tempest must have to protect her family, and now she must bargain with him. He must have the answers to a 21-year-old mystery, the name of his parents' killer, and he's not letting Tempest escape. Marcus has never forgotten the sensuous night he and Tempest shared -- before she left his bed without a word. This time he wants Tempest's naked hands on him.

Claire and Leona, Tempest's sisters, and her mother, a world-famous psychic fear for Tempest, but they are helpless to protect her. Tempest's adventurous blood leans more toward her Viking ancestry and nothing can stop her as she takes very challenge in her way, including Marcus.

Port Salem, on the shores of Lake Michigan, presents an ominous reminder of what can happen to psychics. Violence from her past stalks Tempest as she hunts for clues in the cold case, and Marcus isn't letting her out of his sight. But another danger lurks nearby, when a killer wants to keep his secrets buried and he's willing to kill again.

Note: Claire's story, AT THE EDGE, is now on sale. Leona's is FOR HER EYES ONLY, 10/08.

Romantic suspense doesn't get any better than this.



Unlawful Contact

Unlawful Contact
by Pamela Clare

Berkley Sensation
April 2008
On Sale: April 1, 2008
400 pages
ISBN: 0425217620
EAN: 9780425217627
Paperback
$7.99

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Taken hostage by a convicted murderer while reporting at a prison, Sophie Alton has no idea that the man holding the gun to her head is the bad boy who was her first love in high school. Condemned to life without parole, Marc Hunter finds himself with no choice but to break out of prison after his younger sister disappears with her baby.

Though he regrets what he has to put Sophie through, he can’t let anything get in the way of his stopping the corrupt officials who are set on destroying what’s left of his family. But being near Sophie rekindles memories for both of them. As the passion between them heats up, so does the conspiracy to put both of them in their graves.

A sensuous and dangerous journey with shocking results for everyone involved in finding the truth.



Take Me If You Can

Take Me If You Can
by Karen Kendall

Signet Eclipse
April 2008
On Sale: April 1, 2008
336 pages
ISBN: 0451223667
EAN: 9780451223661
Paperback
$6.99

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For art recovery agent Avy Hunt, no task is too risky when it comes to rescuing stolen treasures. Her latest mission is to locate the multimillion-dollar Sword of Alexander, believed to be in the possession of master thief Sir Liam James. But there is far more to this heist than meets the eye, and what Avy doesn’t know can definitely hurt her.

In hot pursuit of the sword, Avy crosses the Atlantic to keep charming, sexy Liam under surveillance—only to find that he has been trailing her. It’s hard to focus on the prize when they’re both overwhelmed by sexual tension. Now Avy is going to have to make the toughest choice of her career: Get her hands on the sword, or take her chances with a thief.

"A sexy, riveting read!" New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Dodd

A swift, smart and sassy suspense with lots of romantic tension.



Kiss Her Goodbye

Kiss Her Goodbye
by Wendy Corsi Staub

Kensington Zebra
April 2008
On Sale: April 1, 2008
528 pages
ISBN: 142010344X
EAN: 9781420103441
Paperback (reprint)
$4.99

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A Great Place To Live

Woodsbridge, New York, is the sort of upscale community where the American Dream is alive and thriving—shiny cars, beautiful homes, and safe, tree-shaded streets. There are pools where kids splash each other gleefully, and soccer games where moms cheer their teenagers from the sidelines. For Kathleen Carmody, moving to Woodsbridge is an attempt to escape memories of her own rough childhood and a shattering secret that still haunts her. It’s a place where her 13-year-old daughter Jen will have everything Kathleen didn’t.

 

 

The Pefect Place To Die

 

 

But suddenly, the sleepy, affluent suburb is gripped by fear. One by one, teenage girls are disappearing from Woodbridge’s “safe” streets. Someone wants what these charmed people have. Someone who will take what they love most. Someone who is targeting girls with long, blond hair and brown eyes…girls who look a lot like Jen. Someone who is watching and waiting for the moment Kathleen drops her guard and kisses her daughter goodbye…



Positive I.D.

Positive I.D.
by Kathleen Long

The Body Hunters #1
Harlequin Intrigue
April 2008
On Sale: April 8, 2008
224 pages
ISBN: 0373693214
EAN: 9780373693214
Paperback
$4.99

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When he learned his very own daughter had gone missing, agent Will Connor instructed his covert team, the Body Hunters, to stop at nothing to find the girl—and it forced him to reunite with his "widow," Maggie. Although Maggie's anger was evident, so was the passion that had always existed between them. With the clock ticking, finding their daughter was top priority, but rekindling what he'd once shared with Maggie was critical to their future. Suddenly "till death do us part" had a whole new meaning, for nothing else would tear him away from his family a second time around.



Resonance

Resonance
by A. J. Scudiere

Griffyn Ink
April 2008
On Sale: April 22, 2008
496 pages
ISBN: 0979951003
EAN: 9780979951008
Trade Size
$9.99

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The shift is coming. Soon.

Dr. David Carter knows this. However, he’s a geologist, so ‘soon’ means anywhere from tomorrow to a thousand years from now.

People are dying. Now.

Drs. Jordan Abellard and Jillian Brookwood are standing at the edge of SuperAIDS. Or are they? They won’t be able to figure it out if they can’t get some authorization signed - and soon. But they’re peons and no one is paying attention.

Whole species died at the last polar shift. 65 million years ago.

Right now Dr. Becky Sorenson has some seriously mutated frogs in her lab. In L.A. Bees are making abnormal columns on the side of the freeways. In Georgia, birds are migrating out of season.

It all makes a sick kind of sense when the doctors consider that the last magnetic shift is strangely coincidental to the dinosaur die-out. And the only similarity in the problems today is that each is occurring in a ‘hotspot’ - a pocket of reverse polarity tells them all them all...

the shift is already here.



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