It seems as though we just can’t get enough of Nora Roberts. She keeps cranking them out and we eat them up because, let’s face it, the woman tells a good story. If you’ve raced through her entire collection, here are a few items to tide you over till her next book comes out.
If you’re a fan of her Romantic Suspense books you might enjoy Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood. Grayson Kincaid meets Olivia MacKenzie when she stumbles into the middle of his FBI sting. Little does he know that she’s from the IRS investigating a Ponzi scheme. Together they fight corruption and their feelings for each other.
More sensual than Roberts, but with the same sense of suspense, When You Dare by Lori Foster is the story of professional mercenary Dare MacIntosh who steps in to help Molly Alexander investigate who’d had her kidnapped. This is the first title in Foster’s “Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor” trilogy.
If you’re a fan of Roberts’ books that are exclusively romance, such as the Bride Quartet, you might enjoy Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s story of a wedding escape in Call Me Irristible. Meg Koranda has just broken up her best friend’s wedding with Ted Beaudine and is stranded in their home town of Wynette, Texas. Ted is angry, but takes pity on Meg, soon wondering if she saved him from marrying the wrong woman.
In Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis former Army special forces pilot Brady Miller is just passing through town when he bumps into animal rescuer Lilah Young. Steamy and full of humor.
For more great romances, check out our Nora Roberts Read-Alike list, or subscribe to our monthly email of the newest romance titles in our collection.
If you are looking for a series filled with suspense, a smart story line and brilliant acting, check out the MPL copy of the Showtime series, Homeland. In this first season, we meet Carrie Mathison, a CIA operative and Nicholas Brody, a prisoner of war in Iraq who, after being held for 8 years, returns home hailed as a hero. On the job in Iraq, Carrie learns of a US prisoner who has turned against the his country. She suspects Brody of being that traitor and suspects him of being involved in a plot to complete a terror attack in the US. But can she prove it? Carrie is obsessed with convincing others that Brody is guilty, and Brody has trouble adjusting to his family and being in the spotlight after years of isolation. Claire Danes (Carrie) and Damien Lewis (Brody) both won Emmy Awards for their amazing performances in this riveting drama, and Homeland also won the Emmy for Best Television Drama series. The supporting cast, including Mandy Patinkin as Carrie’s mentor at the CIA, are also outstanding.This is a complex, fascinating and intense drama that is television at it’s best. The plot twists and turns will keep you guessing until the end–don’t miss a minute of it!!
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If you like your summer reading on the lighter side, you may want to search out some of the year’s best in genre fiction – mysteries, science fiction, romance, horror, or westerns. Every spring, various fiction writers’ organizations hold their annual conventions and hand out the awards for the best books written in their respective genres during the past year. These nominees and winners make great ready-made reading lists for your favorite type of fiction. To find the pick of the crop in any of these genres, go to the writers’ group websites (see below) and check out the archives of award-winners and nominees through the years. Meanwhile, I’ll get you started with the books that were the big winners at this year’s conventions – the best of the best for 2012.
THE EDGAR AWARDS (Mystery Writers of America) – Best Novel: “Live by Night” by Dennis Lehane. Best First Novel: “The Expats” by Chris Pavone. Best Original Paperback: “The Last Policeman” by Ben Winters. Best True Crime/Non-fiction: “Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China” by Paul French.
THE AGATHA AWARDS (Malice Domestic, Ltd) – Best Novel: “The Beautiful Mystery” by Louise Penny. Best First Novel: “Lowcountry Boil” by Susan M. Boyer. Best Historical Novel: “Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder” by Catriona McPherson.
GOLD DAGGER AWARD (British Crime Writers’ Association) – Best Novel: “The Rage” by Gene Kerrigan.
THE SPUR AWARDS (Western Writers of America) – Best Short Western Novel: “Tucker’s Reckoning” by Matthew Mayo. Best Longer Western Novel: “With Blood in Their Eyes” by Thomas Cobb. Best Original Paperback Western: “The Coyote Tracker” by Larry Sweazy. Best First Novel: “Panhandle” by Brett Cogburn.
BRAM STOKER AWARDS (Horror Writers of America) – Best Horror Novel: “The Drowning Girl” by Caitlin R. Kiernan. Best First Novel: “Life Rage” by L. L. Soares.
RITA AWARDS (Romance Writers of America) – Best First Book: “First Grave on the Right” by Darynda Jones. Best Contemporary Romance: “Boomerang Bride” by Fiona Lowe. Best Historical Romance: “The Black Hawk” by Joanna Bourne. Best Inspirational Romance: “The Measure of Katie Calloway” by Serena Miller. Best Romantic Novel: “How to Bake a Perfect Life” by Barbara O’Neal. Best Paranormal Romance: “Dragon Bound” by Thea Harrison. Best Regency Romance: “A Night to Surrender” by Tessa Dare. Best Romantic Suspense: “New York to Dallas” by J. D. Robb.
NEBULA AWARD (Science Fiction Writers of America) – Best Novel: “2312” by Kim Stanley Robinson.
HUGO AWARD (World Science Fiction Society) – Best Novel: “Among Others” by Jo Walton.
For the best of this year’s fiction offerings in general, try one of these winners:
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD for fiction – “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich (winner); “This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz; “A Hologram for the King” by Dave Eggers; “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain; and “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers.
PULITZER PRIZE for fiction – “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson.
THE MAN-BOOKER PRIZE for fiction (Britain) – “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel.
The American Library Association’s Notable Books for the year include the previous National Book Award nominees as well as: “Half-blood Blues” by Esi Edugyan; “Canada” by Richard Ford; “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller; “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce; “The Headmaster’s Wager” by Vincent Lam; “One Last Thing Before I Go” by Jonathan Tropper; and “Battleborn” by Claire Vaye Watkins.
For additional information about writers’ organizations and complete lists of nominees and award-winning books from past years, take a look at these websites:
Mystery Writers of America: http://www.mysterywriters.org
Malice Domestic: http://www.malicedomestic.org
Horror Writers of America: http://www.horror.org
Crime Writers’ Association (British): http://www.thecwa.co.uk
Western Writers of America: http://www.westernwriters.org
Romance Writers of America: http://www.rwa.org
Science Fiction Writers of America: http://www.sfwa.org
World Science Fiction Society: http://www.wsfs.org
American Library Association Notable Books: http://www.ala.org/awards/notablebooks
As always, Manhattan Public Library staff share your love of reading from ALL fiction categories and we’re happy and eager to help you find something great to read.
Calliope Jenkins, singer turned PI, heads back to Iowa to find her missing business partner, Josh White, who keeps leaving messages for her after his reported death. Following Josh’s trail takes Calliope into the Hidden Lands, an alternate Midwest, where legendary creatures and mighty dragons roam. Provoked by a guide and a goad, Calli learns to confront her own fears of making a life for herself and dealing with losing her best friend. in Hidden Things, debut novelist Testerman, provides a satisfying blend of noir and magic with sweet revelations –a mundane piece of tire tread turns out to be a lilac-scented dragon scale.
“When my cell phone rang, I’d just finished cutting up my marriage mattress.” Melanie’s husband left her for another woman. Her best friend, B.J., wants her to attend their high school class reunion, which is the last thing she wants. But when an old flame, Finn Miller, starts emailing her, she imagines a possible romance and gives in to B.J.’s hounding.
Melanie’s means of income is the sale of sculptures she creates from scrap metal. Her latest sale, a metal fountain she entitled Endless Loop, has sprung a leak. When she arrives to repair the fountain, she finds the owner, Tim Brody, very handsome and intriguing, even if he is miffed about his recent purchase. And Tim finds other reasons to keep in contact with Melanie.
Time Flies when B.J. and Melanie have some crazy adventures in Mustang Sally, B.J.’s convertible, as they meet and prepare for the reunion. Big times roll with a case of “Tab” and a visit to the tattoo parlor. Phobias come to light when B.J. almost passes out at the sight of a needle, and Melanie has a melt down on the entrance ramp of the highway. Happenings at the reunion are far from any expectations and Melanie longs for home and a special order from Tim.
1880′s London is the preliminary setting of Jennifer McVeigh’s debut novel, The Fever Tree. Francis Irvine, a privileged young woman, finds herself without any means of support when her father dies. Her options are to either live with her aunt as maid and nanny or accept a marriage proposal from a doctor relation. She travels by boat to South Africa to marry the doctor whom she does not love. While on the voyage she meets the handsome William Westbrook and falls for him. Thinking that he will leave his fiancé and marry her, Francis Is devastated to find she is without choice but to marry the doctor. This time period in South Africa’s history is a sad one as seen through McVeigh’s story. The British colonial government’s greed is displayed in their corrupt practices dealing with the diamond mines. We see smallpox epidemics hidden because of the devastation it would be to commerce. The conflicted feelings Francis has for her husband and lover are a perpetual theme as she deals with poverty, morals and deadly heat. This is a fascinating story about a very difficult time and place in history.