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Dark Doorways, Dark Desires
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Buy Now : UNCHAINED
Buy Now : ARDEUR

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Sharon Ashwood’s February Treat

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Learn more about Deborah Coonts

Deborah Coonts


A sinful escape -- lucky in Vegas
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Buy Now : WANNA GET LUCKY?

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Learn more about Vicki Hinze

Vicki Hinze


Affirmation. Inspiration. Confirmation.
Buy Now : DEADLY TIES

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Diamonds and DEADLY TIES

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Learn more about Brenda Joyce

Brenda Joyce


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Learn more about Jade Lee

Jade Lee


Exotic and Erotic
Buy Now : WICKED SEDUCTION

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Enter to win a SIGNED copy of Jade Lee's NEW Book, WICKED SURRENDER and a COOL T-Shirt!

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Dianna Love


The dark edge of romantic suspense...
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Caridad Pineiro


Satisfying no matter what mood you're in...
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Learn more about Sherryl Woods

Sherryl Woods


New York Times Best Selling Author
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February Contests

Win a sun catcher from Sedona along with the first book in Karen Rose Smith's REUNION BRIDES series.

Sharon Ashwood’s February Treat

Looking for Love

Diamonds and DEADLY TIES

Be ONE of FIVE winners to win a copy of THE ATTENBURY EMERALDS

The Civil War Brides Series Continues

Julia London's Season Contest

TOUCH OF A THIEF Contest

Celebrate Lucy's 3rd book in the "Children of the Moon" Series MOON BURNING!

Be ONE of FIVE winners to win a copy of Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan's A TIGER IN THE KITCHEN

Emily March's Eternity Springs series/Angel's Rest launch contest–win $25.00 to buy books!

Enter to win a copy of Candace Havens latest book TAKE ME IF YOU DARE!

Enter to win a copy of Dakota Cassidy's NEWEST Book, YOU DROPPED A BLOND ON ME....Come on, try it, You're GONNA' LOVE it!!

Enter to WIN a SIGNED copy of Kathy Lyons book, UNDER HIS SPELL

Enter to win a SIGNED copy of Jade Lee's NEW Book, WICKED SURRENDER and a COOL T-Shirt!

Enter MONTAUK TANGO's February Contest

Will you be Vicki Lewis Thompson's Nerdy Valentine?

I love Historical Romance!

Win Stylish Aviator Watch
In Carla Neggers’ KISS THE MOON Contest

Linda Lael Miller Launches New Creed Cowboys Trilogy
With Western Trenditions Purse—and
A CREED IN STONE CREEK

Dig into Robyn Carr’s WILD MAN CREEK and Your Spring Garden
In Your Spiffy New Gardening Duds

Pony Up and Snag DiAnn Mills FIRE IN EMBER
Along with Handsome Looking
Black Cowboy Hat and Apron

Blessings Abound for Ann H. Gabhart’s February Contest Winner Who will Receive ANGEL SISTER, the Author’s Just-Released Inspirational Historical Novel, & Collectible Jim Shore Angel

Sabrina Jeffries Schools Readers on How to Woo a Reluctant Lady with
Tips from her Latest Hellions of Halstead Hall Novel & $25 Collectible
Minerva Gift Card from Macy’s

What Does a Lady Wear in The Courtship Wars?
Vintage Jewelry, the Prize in Nicole Jordan's
TO DESIRE A WICKED DUKE Contest

Get Ready for Spring with Glass Butterfly Feeder
In Sherryl Woods’ DRIFTWOOD COTTAGE Contest

MARILYN BRANT wishes you a romantic Feburary with tempting chocolates and an autographed hardcover copy of FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE!!

Julianne MacLean is giving away a signed ARC of CLAIMED BY THE HIGHLANDER!

Kimberly Frost is celebrating the release of
HALFWAY HEXED

February Titles

Wild Man Creek

Virgin River #12
Mira
February 2011
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Featuring: Jillian Matlock; Colin Riordan
400 pages
ISBN: 0778329313
EAN: 9780778329312
Paperback
$7.99

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Wild Man Creek
by Robyn Carr

Seeking respite, Jillian and Colin find peace in Virgin River...and each other

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SOMETIMES LOVE TAKES ROOT IN UNEXPECTED PLACES—IF YOU’LL ONLY LET IT GROW

Colin Riordan came to Virgin River to recuperate from a horrific helicopter crash, the scars of which he bears inside and out. His family is wonderfully supportive, but it’s his art than truly soothes his troubled soul.

Stung personally and professionally by an ill-advised affair, PR guru Jillian Matlock arrived in town via golden parachute. She’s bought an old Victorian with a promising garden and is looking forward to cultivating something other than a corporate brand.

When Jillian finds Colin at his easel in her yard, there’s an instant connection. But both are holding romance at arm’s length— looking to simplify, not complicate, their lives. And Jill may yet be lured back to Silicon Valley...

No one arrives in Virgin River without a story, and no one leaves—if they ever do—unchanged.



Burning Darkness

Offspring #4
Avon
February 2011
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Featuring: Eric Aruda; Fonda Raine
384 pages
ISBN: 006201885X
EAN: 9780062018854
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99

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Fantasy Urban | Romance Paranormal | Paranormal

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Burning Darkness
by Jaime Rush

RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks!

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Trained assassin Fonda Raine has her sights locked on Eric Aruda, one of the rogue Offspring-a pyrokenetic who can create fires at the merest thought. But Fonda has powers of her own, and her ability to project an astral self enables her to go exactly where she wants to be-into Eric's bed.

Eric is stunned by the inexplicable affection of his mysterious enchantress, unaware that Fonda plans to seduce him and then eliminate him. But the game changes radically with the arrival of an assassin from hell with orders to destroy them both. And suddenly Fonda and Eric have only two choices: join forces or go down in flames.

A thrilling and dynamic addition to the creatively complex Offspring series.



At Hidden Falls

Angel's Bay #4
Pocket
February 2011
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Featuring: Isabella Silviera; Nick Hartley
384 pages
ISBN: 1439176493
EAN: 9781439176498
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99

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Women's Fiction Contemporary

At Hidden Falls
by Barbara Freethy

Mysterious dreams draw costume designer Isabella Silviera to Angel’s Bay, the California coastal town where angels occasionally dance above the waves.

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Bestselling author Barbara Freethy enchants again in this emotional and compelling tale of family secrets, abiding friendships, and heart-touching romance.

Isabella’s drive to Angel’s Bay would have ended in tragedy when her car slid off a cliff if she hadn’t been rescued by Nick Hartley. As he helps her to safety, she realizes he is the man who has haunted her dreams. Nick, however, is committed to reconnecting with his estranged teenage daughter, refusing to respond to his powerful attraction to Isabella. And Isabella’s police chief brother has his hands full with a missing mother, an abandoned baby, and an unknown father.

What is Isabella’s role in the mysteries—both past and present— that swirl around the town?

When she starts helping at the Hartley family theater, all the pieces begin to link together. Loves found and lost, heartbreak and happiness, courage and betrayal are all part of the patchwork quilt of the community—and of life. Isabella’s gift is seeing the patterns. . . .

A compelling novel with plenty of romance, compassion and intrigue.



Kiss the Moon

Mira
February 2011
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Featuring: Penelope Chestnut; Wyatt Sinclair
384 pages
ISBN: 0778329267
EAN: 9780778329268
Paperback
$7.99

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Romance Suspense

Kiss the Moon
by Carla Neggers

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Lost in the frozen woods of New Hampshire, Penelope Chestnut discovers the wreckage of a small plane. An aviator herself, she sees clues to a conspiracy in the rusted-out remains.

Rumors of her discovery bring Wyatt Sinclair to Cold Spring, determined to put to rest a family scandal and learn what really happened to his legendary uncle, who had disappeared with his adventuress lover years earlier.

As Wyatt and Penelope investigate, old motives are uncovered and new ones created, including a growing attraction between the pair. But when an unknown enemy emerges with a violence rooted in desperation, uncovering the truth will be far less problematic than surviving it.



The Bride Ransom

Civil War Brides #4
CreateSpace
February 2011
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Featuring: Gwendolyn Butler; Andrew Simmonds
266 pages
ISBN: 1456545000
EAN: 9781456545000
Paperback
$12.99

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Romance Time Travel

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The Bride Ransom
by Tracey Jane Jackson

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Gwendolyn Butler has been in love with Andrew Simmonds since she was fifteen years old. He saved her from a potentially harmful fall from a horse and when she looked into his eyes, she was immediately lost.

Andrew Simmonds is a complex individual. When he meets Gwen, he realizes he has met the woman he wants for life, however, she is too young.

He writes to her, but does not promise a commitment. When he is badly injured at Shiloh trying to save his best friend, he makes the decision to cut ties with his beloved in order to protect her from his hideous scars.

When he realizes he can no longer deny his feelings, she rejects him.

Always seen as the jokester, he is rarely taken seriously, which is why he is perfect for his current mission. But, something goes wrong. Gwen is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Will Andrew get to her in time?

Will they make it down the aisle, or are they destined to always be apart?



Stitch Me Deadly

An Embroidery Mystery #2
Obsidian
February 2011
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Featuring: Marcy
336 pages
ISBN: 0451232518
EAN: 9780451232519
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99

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Mystery Cozy

Stitch Me Deadly
by Amanda Lee

Murderers can be crafty.

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Marcy is the proud owner of the Seven-Year Stitch, an embroidery specialty shop in the sweet small town of Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Her best friend, Sadie, owns the coffee shop down the street, and her Irish wolfhound, Angus, is practically the shop's mascot.

But trouble strikes when an elderly woman brings an antique piece of embroidery to Marcy...and promptly dies of unnatural causes. Mary is convinced that the antique sampler holds a clue to an even older crime and that somebody may have killed to hide it. Now it's up to Marcy and her pals--two- legged and four-legged--to unravel this mystery.



His Daughter... Their Child

Reunion Brides #1
Silhouette Special Edition
February 2011
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Featuring: Celeste Wells; Clay Sullivan
225 pages
ISBN: 0373655800
EAN: 9780373655809
Mass Market Paperback
$4.99

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Romance Contemporary

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His Daughter... Their Child
by Karen Rose Smith

A second chance at a forever love.

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Sisters in love with the same boy in high school.

How deeply can a twin really know a twin? Growing up seemed to have changed Celeste's and Zoie's bond. Can they find their way back to each other if Celeste finds love with Zoie's ex-husband?

As a surrogate for Zoie and Clay, Celeste expected to give her twin and her husband and child and then walk away But when Zoie abandons her husband and daughter, abdicating all responsibility, Celeste's heart insists she step in. She yearns to be a mother and Abby needs one. But will Clay trust a woman enough again, to love and need a wife?

A touching story revealing the feelings of two people dealing with a difficult situation.



Wanna Get Lucky?

Forge Books
February 2011
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Featuring: Lucky O’Toole
464 pages
ISBN: 0765364573
EAN: 9780765364579
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
$5.99

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Mystery Woman Sleuth

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Wanna Get Lucky?
by Deborah Coonts

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A young woman plunges from a Las Vegas sightseeing helicopter, landing in the Pirate’s lagoon in front of the Treasure Island Hotel in the middle of the 8:30 Pirate Show. Almost everyone writes her off as another Vegas victim.

But Lucky O’Toole smells a rat. She’s head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, the newest, most opulent mega-casino and resort on the Strip, so she’s got a lot on her plate: the Adult Film industry’s annual awards banquet, a spouse-swapping convention, sex toy purveyors preying on the pocket-protector crowd attending ElectroniCon…. Still, Lucky can’t resist turning over a few stones.

When a former flame is one of the snakes she uncovers, Lucky’s certain she’s no longer dealing with an anonymous Sin City suicide. To top it all off, Lucky’s best friend Teddie—Las Vegas’ finest female impersonator—presses to take their relationship to the next level. Leave it to Lucky to attract a man who looks better in a dress than she does.

Lucky must manage the Babylon’s onslaught of outrageous festivities, solve a murder, and struggle to keep her life and libido from spinning out of control… not to mention keep her balance in six inch heels.



Society's Most Disreputable Gentleman

Harlequin Historical Romance
February 2011
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Featuring: Amanda Neville; Greville
288 pages
ISBN: 0373296282
EAN: 9780373296286
Paperback
$5.99

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Romance Historical

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Society's Most Disreputable Gentleman
by Julia Justiss

The man who ruins reputations...

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Greville, who was fired from his job as estate manager and then abducted and pressed into the Royal Navy, returns after 8-month’s service at sea a radically different man. Eager to obtain his release and pursue an honest career, he has little interest in the idle Society he used to frequent. But despite his vow to reform his rake’s ways, how could he help but flirt with his host’s beautiful daughter Amanda?

For her part, Amanda Neville has dreamed since childhood of becoming a brilliant Society hostess. She’s not about to risk that goal by dallying with a younger son of little fortune, no matter how scandalously attractive he might be!



Moon Burning

Children of the Moon #3
Berkley Sensation
February 2011
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Featuring: Sabine; Barr
384 pages
ISBN: 0425239802
EAN: 9780425239803
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99

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Romance Paranormal | Romance Historical

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Moon Burning
by Lucy Monroe

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Bestselling author Lucy Monroe returns to her hugely popular paranormal world where a woman falls under the spell of the beast who is her one true enemy...

Barr never asked to be made laird over the struggling Donegal clan, or leader of its werewolf pack. But he'll do his duty and although he hasn’t yet found his mate, he hopes she will be among his people. He expects his new role to be difficult; he doesn't expect to discover a naked woman in the forest whose memory is as fragile as her human body—her delectable, all too appealing body. Could this woman be his true mate?

On a mission to save her people from extinction, Sabrine pretends she has no memory in order to gain access to her enemy: the Donegal clan. A raven shifter, she is determined to retrieve the sacred stone that rightfully belongs to her people. But soon she’ll be engulfed in her burning desire and growing love for Barr—and the dangerous and inescapable secrets destined to keep them apart...



Deadly Ties

Crossroads Crisis Center #2
Multnomah
February 2011
On Sale: February 8, 2011
320 pages
ISBN: 1601422067
EAN: 9781601422064
Trade Size
$13.99

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Inspirational Fiction Mystery

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Deadly Ties
by Vicki Hinze

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Her enemy will stop at nothing for control … and everything is not enough

A horrific crime shatters Lisa Harper’s idyllic childhood. Her father is dead and her desperate mother, Annie, quickly marries Dutch Hauk, an abusive monster who soon reveals his hatred for Lisa. To protect her, Annie defies her ruthless husband and forfeits custody to a trusted friend. Enraged, Dutch vows to keep Annie and Lisa apart—and he does. Years later, though keenly aware of Dutch’s evil intent, Lisa and her mother seize a chance to be a family, safe in a home where love dwells. But they fail to fathom how far Dutch will go to keep his vow.

Determined to control his women, Dutch proves resourceful. His associates in crime are feared at the highest levels across the globe—and for Lisa they plan a fate worse than death. Yet she too has formidable connections: ones like former Special Operations officer Mark Taylor. Burdened by his own traumatic past, Mark has loved Lisa from afar. Now, for Lisa and her mother to survive, Mark must risk his life—and even more difficult for him, he must trust God—as one question haunts them all: Can Mark and Lisa untangle these deadly ties before it’s too late?



Lucky Stiff

Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure #2
Forge
February 2011
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Featuring: Lucky O'Toole
368 pages
ISBN: 0765325446
EAN: 9780765325440
Hardcover
$24.99

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Mystery Woman Sleuth

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Lucky Stiff
by Deborah Coonts

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Lucky O’Toole--Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip--thinks it’s just another night in Las Vegas.  A tractor-trailer has spilled its load of a million honeybees, blocking not only the Strip but the entrance to her hotel... the District Attorney for Clark County—apparently the odd man out of a threesome on the twelfth floor—is hiding in the buff in one of the hotel’s laundry rooms... and Numbers Neidermeyer--one of Vegas’ less-than-savory oddsmakers--is arguing with Las Vegas’ ace private investigator, the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock.

The next day, Lucky discovers Ms. Neidermeyer was tossed into the shark tank at the Mandalay Bay Resort as a snack for the Tiger Shark.  When the police show up at the Babylon with a hastily prepared search warrant, applied for by the District Attorney himself, and Jeremy lands in the hot seat, Lucky realizes her previous night was far from routine. 

Amid the chaos of fight weekend, the hiring of an eccentric new French chef, and her madam mother's intentions to auction off a young woman’s virginity, Lucky is drawn into a deadly game where no one is what they seem, a game that will end only when she discovers who made fish-food out of Numbers Neidermeyer.

Lucky O’Toole and Fabulous Las Vegas—life doesn’t get any better. 

This gal can say she never has a dull day and mean it.



Angel's Rest

Eternity Springs #1
Ballantine
February 2011
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Featuring: Nic Sullivan; Gabe Callahan
336 pages
ISBN: 0345518349
EAN: 9780345518347
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99

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Romance Contemporary

Angel's Rest
by Emily March

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Beloved author Emily March returns with a warm and uplifting new novel about a small town with a big heart. Welcome to Eternity Springs, a little piece of heaven in the Colorado Rockies.

Gabriel Callahan has lost everything that mattered. All he wants is solitude on an isolated mountain estate. Instead, he gets a neighbor. Vibrant, no-nonsense Nic Sullivan is Eternity Springs' veterinarian, and she has an uncanny plan to lure this talented architect back to the world of the living. First with a dog, next with a renovation project, and, finally, with a night of passion that ends with a surprise.

Now a man still raw from tragedy must face the biggest struggle of his heart. Can he forgive himself and believe in the power of second chances? Dare he trust in the promise of a future and a brand-new family here in Eternity Springs?


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