Check Out These November Book Picks
by Olga Kwak, Harlequin Blog Mistress
We here at Harlequin are pretty lucky. Our editors spoil us by picking out some recent releases they loved and sending us handy little emails to remind us to read the books. Here are some of November’s releases we want to share with you:
THE GATEKEEPER by Michelle Gagnon (MIRA, November 2009)
SYNOPSIS: When two seemingly unrelated crimes–the murder of a senator and the kidnapping of a teenage girl–converge, FBI agent Kelly Jones finds herself embroiled in a nightmarish terrorist plot. Her hunt for the shadowy figure who calls himself The Gatekeeper takes her into the darkest communities of America, where Kelly must face down skinheads, biker gangs and zealous border militias in her effort to stop the worst homegrown attack in American history.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Michelle’s writing style is fast-paced and gripping, and what’s more, this is a terrifying scenario that could happen! A nail-biter right up to the last page, the ending of this book was one of the most powerful and unexpected endings I’ve ever read.
(And for a limited time, pick up the eBook of Michelle Gagnon’s 2008 title BONEYARD for free at our eBook Store.)
DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE by Joseph Teller (MIRA, November 2009)
SYNOPSIS: A terrible drunk driving accident leaves a vanload of children dead and unconventional attorney Harrison J. Walker, aka Jaywalker, defending a client who may be guilty of an indefensible crime. But as so often happens, not everything is as it seems, and this is a case that will stretch Jaywalker’s talents – and his ethics – to the limits as he challenges the law’s hypocrisy, and tries to figure out where truth and responsibility truly reside.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Award-winning author Joseph Teller does it again. His ability to portray shades of gray, not least in lead character Jaywalker himself, and his ability to twist and turn a plot in completely unpredictable ways are once again in evidence. DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE will rivet you – and keep you guessing until the very last page as to how – and whether – justice will finally be served. (Ed.’s note—the cover art alone makes me want to read this book. That’s the creepiest looking bug on a book cover since Thomas Harris’s SILENCE OF THE LAMBS!)
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Sarah Mayberry (Harlequin Superromance, November 2009)
SYNOPSIS: Joe Lawson has a thing for his new neighbor Hannah Napier. As a single dad, he shouldn’t be thinking what he is about her. Still, that doesn’t stop them from getting close. And the way she connects with his kids, it’s as if they’re a family. Turns out it’s too good to be true. Seems Hannah has plans that don’t include staying in Melbourne. Joe won’t stand between her and her dreams, even though letting her go is nearly impossible. The holidays are looking grim, with him and his kids missing Hannah like crazy. But it is the season of surprises, and Hannah may have one for them!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The Harlequin Digital team noticed HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS getting praised by readers on blogs and Twitter, and we decided to find out what the buzz was all about. Three staff reads later (and more additions to TBR piles), we knew why people loved it. An emotional romance that tugs on your heartstrings—a classic Harlequin category romance that brought more than one Harlequin employee to tears…
And, in case you haven’t noticed, they’re all available at our bookstore!
And here’s a sneak-preview of a January 2010 release we’re already excited about!
SNAPPED by Pamela Klaffke (MIRA, January 2010)
SYNOPSIS: Sara B. is having a meltdown. At the helm of must-read Snap magazine, veteran style guru Sara B.’s job—and joy—for the past fifteen years has been eviscerating the city’s fashion victims in her legendary DOs and DON’Ts photo spread. Now on the edge of forty, Sara is an aging hipster whose identity is slipping through her fingers and into the hands of an ambitious younger generation.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This is unlike any MIRA book you’ve ever read. Sara B. is narcissistic and unapologetic—she says what we all think but would never dream of saying. You’ll both cringe and laugh out loud. Klaffke’s writing is edgy, visceral and darkly comical, with an aptness of insight that makes you feel like you’ve known her heroine all your life.
Personally, I love being recommended books, especially from blogs! I’ve lost count the number of books I’ve added to my To-Be-Read pile from online blog reviews. Do you like reading book reviews online? Does it encourage you to buy the books or find them in the library?