OK, to possibly atone for my complete slackness on last week's new arrivals, I'm trying to get ahead for this week. So here are the titles that should be hitting your local bookshelves/libraries. Look for them or don't - the choice is always yours!
"Kisser" by Stuart Woods. Book 17 in Woods' popular Stone Barrington series. I know - you just have to wonder how good the books still are when you get that many in a series. And the man writes four other series, too. Pretty much manly detective/crime drama type stuff.
"Be Careful What You Pray For" by Kimberla Lawson Roby. This is a sequel to the author's book "The Best of Everything". The privileged daughter of Reverend Curtis Black, Alicia, is all grown up and now on husband #2. He's just like her father, a pastor, and she's loving being the pastor's wife. Little does she know just how much her new husband resembles her beloved daddy. The author is pretty well-known in the African-American genre. Could be good - certainly sounds interesting.
"Book of Fires" by Jane Borodale. 17-year-old Agnes Trussel arrives in London lost, scared, and pregnant. She is taken in by Mr. J. Blacklock as an apprentice in his fireworks shop. Their relationship grows slowly, with Agnes learning the secrets of rockets and other forms of fire. Didn't really sound like much until I read in the product description that it would appeal to fans of Sarah Waters. Hmmm.... I do like her work. Might give this a try.
"Burning Land" by Bernard Cornwell. Another one of Cornwell's Saxon Tales. Should appeal to historical fiction fans (but probably not historical romance fans - these are "guy" books).
"The Endless Forest" by Sara Donati. Follows the Bonner family that Donati introduced in "Into the Wilderness". Set in the 19th-century New York frontier, this is a historical family drama.
"The Murderer's Daughters" by Randy Susan Myers. Debut novel about two sisters, Lulu and Merry, and the turns their lives take after their alcoholic father kills their mother, then botches his subsequent suicide. The girls are placed in an orphanage with predictable results. Could be a bit cliche as well as suffer from alternating perspectives (each chapter told by one of the sisters).
"The Queen's Governess" by Karen Harper. The product description on Amazon starts off with the following sentence: "A fresh and intriguing historical novel told in the voice of Queen Elizabeth I's governess." Which made me think, what IS it with all the historical novels coming out this week? I mean, really! Set in the Tudor times, do with it what you will.
"Rebels and Traitors" by Lindsey Davis. This has got to be some kind of joke, right? This book is set during the English Civil War. I am definitely sensing a theme here...
"Small Wars" by Sadie Jones. OK, this is historical, too, but in the very recent past. The setting is Cyprus in 1956 and the title refers to one of the "small wars" the British fought after WWII. Sounds like it will be a character-driven work, and that the main theme will be that there are no "small" wars - that the violence touches everyone. Her second book.
"The Vampire Maker" by Michael Schiefelbein. I am really surprised that this author is still getting published. I read the first of what was supposed to be a trilogy at the time, entitled "Vampire Vow". It was, without a doubt, one of the most hate-filled works I've ever read. I just could not understand the point of the book. If this is anything like that first title, stay away from it!
"Wild Child" by T. C. Boyle. A short story collection by a rather literary author.
"Wolf at the Door (sean dillon #17)" by Jack Higgins. This series features former IRA man Sean Dillon who is now part of the British Prime Minister's private army. Expect lots of action-packed excitement.