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This Month From BookEnds… March 2018

Welcome to March’s round-up post! We’ve got a lot of great things coming from BookEnds this month, and with the growth of our amazing children’s division, we’ve decided to break these posts up a bit. Here, you’ll find all of BookEnds’ adult titles/news, and stay tuned later in the month for our Children’s round-up.

Don’t forget to check out the end of this post to see all of BookEnds’s talented new clients, and all the exciting deals made last month!

Monthly Spotlight:

THE HEART’S APPEAL by Jennifer Delamere (3/6) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

London, 1881

He Never Expected to See Her Again. Then She Appeared with a Most Unexpected Request. . . .

Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor–a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It’s only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to regain the path to wealth and recognition. His latest case puts him in the middle of a debate over the future of a women’s medical school. He’s supposed to remain objective, but when the beguiling and determined Julia reappears with an unexpected entreaty, he begins to question what he’s made most important in his life. But Julia may be hiding her own motivations. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their own goals be too much to overcome?

Check out these great reviews:

“The historical medical details Delamere provides add a fascinating overlay to the romance between dynamic, intelligent characters.”Booklist

“Delamere writes a heartfelt novel set in 1881 London. . . . Delamere paints a satisfying picture of the main characters as they search their souls to discover what is truly important for them.”RT Book Reviews

 

Mystery-

MARINATING IN MURDER by Linda Wiken (3/6) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The third in a delicious series featuring a dinner club that tries out new recipes–while trying to catch a killer

The Culinary Capers Dinner Club is planning a fall picnic for their next meeting. What could be better than sharing delicious food with friends under a beautiful autumn sky? But when club member Alison Malkovich opens the back of her SUV to load in the picnic supplies, she finds a dead body. To make things worse, it’s the body of her ex-husband, and now she’s the prime suspect. Because Alison is a police officer, she is suspended and warned not to do any investigating of her own. That’s not about to stop J.J. and the Culinary Capers gang though. They know that Alison is innocent, and after all, they do have some experience solving crimes.

 

 

 

TIL DEATH DO US PARTY by Vicki Fee (3/27) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Las Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun.

Mama & Earl’s happily-ever-after seems like a sure thing, but all bets (and nuptials) are off when they get to the Burning Love Wedding Chapel. Their Elvis-impersonating minister has left the building . . . permanently. And even worse, Liv’s cousin, Little Junior, is suspected of his murder.

With Mama’s happy ending on the table and Little Junior about to lose it all, the stakes are higher than ever. Liv and her best friend, Di, must hit the Strip to find the real killer before he finally plays his ace…

 

 

Romance

FIRST CAME BABY by Kris Fletcher (3/6) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The perfect reason to stay?

Kate Hebert’s fling with Jackson Boone wasn’t supposed to be anything more than good fun. When she got pregnant, they married to please her dying grandmother, and Boone headed home to Peru. Now he’s in Comeback Cove to arrange their divorce and meet his baby son. But when Kate injures her ankle, Boone is forced to stick around–and step up his dad game.

A little hands-on healing makes Kate realize how great a real marriage with Boone could be. But family had never been Boone’s priority, and as far as he’s concerned, Kate deserves the life she’s always dreamed of. Seems they’ve done everything backward, and now Boone faces the toughest choice he’s ever made…

 

COLTON’S K9 BODYGUARD by Lara Lacombe (3/6) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

This protector broke her heart and is back to save her

A Coltons of Red Ridge story…

K-9 officer Micah Shaw never thought tracking a serial killer would lead him to discover the woman he once loved near death. Vulnerable and under siege, Bea Colton needs him now more than ever. Their relationship didn’t succeed years ago, but their second-chance attraction is an all-too-deadly distraction: one that could kill!

 

 

 

CROSSING THE GOAL LINE by Kim Findlay (3/6) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Icebreaker or endgame?

Can two devoted athletes make room in their lives for love?

Mike Reimer knows from experience that hockey and relationships don’t mix. And hot-tempered swim coach Bridget O’Reilly couldn’t be more wrong for the widowed pro goalie, aka the Iceman. As the playoffs approach, Mike’s growing feelings for her could melt the hardest heart. But what if being with Bridget means letting down his team…and, worst of all, himself?

 

SCORING OFF THE FIELD by Naima Simone (3/12) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Tennyson Clark is getting a life. First step: quitting her job as assistant to Dominic Anderson, star quarterback for the Washington Warriors, her best friend … and the man she’s been secretly in love with for years. But since the gorgeous, if overprotective playboy has only ever seen her as his BFF, she’s finally ready to relinquish her tattered fantasy and move on. Enter steps two and three: new job and new man.

Football is Dominic’s life, and with his contract soon up for renewal, all his focus needs to be on the game. But Tennyson—dependable, logical Tennyson— is making that next to impossible with her mysterious new job and her sudden interest in online dating. He doesn’t do relationships. But the thought of another man touching her sexier-than-hell curves has him suddenly wanting more from his best friend.

Indulging in hot, dirty, what’s-my-name sex with no strings and lots of benefits is simple, uncomplicated…until it’s not.

LOST TO A SPY by Sharon Cullen (3/13) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

A refined Scottish courtier. A rugged British spy. And an affair that will change the course of history. Everything changes when the shocking deception is revealed in this seductive novel from USA Today bestselling author Sharon Cullen.

Ladies in waiting can’t help noticing more than they let on. After so many years at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, Emma Howard sees quite plainly that the royal couple is anything but happy. Reeling from a failed marriage herself, Emma sympathizes with her beloved queen. But the last thing she wants is for the king to be murdered, let alone to witness the shocking act herself. With her whole world turned upside-down, Emma is saved by the quick thinking of a lowly printer . . . who, unbeknownst to her, is one of England’s most daring spies.

At Queen Elizabeth’s behest, Tristan has been stirring discontent against the Scottish nobility. Now that the king is dead, his mission is even more critical. There’s only one complication: the exquisite courtier who’s unexpectedly fallen under Tristan’s protection. Emma rouses his body and his soul. But after she learns that he’s a traitor, the fate of two nations hangs on her response. Tristan’s prepared to risk his life in exchange for hers. Will Emma do the same for the man she’s come to love?

 

TOXIC DESIRE by Robin Lovett (3/19) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Nemona can’t believe she’s crash landed on the planet Fyrian with the brooding, golden-skinned alien who destroyed her ship and scattered her crew. She shouldwant to kill him. But everything on Fyrian is an aphrodisiac. So she just wants to have him. Now.

Revenge. That’s all commander Oten has wanted against humans for more than a century, ever since they tried to destroy his kind. He never thought he’d end up in bed with one. But the desire the sex planet stokes for this human female is eating him alive. Keeping his hands, his mouth, and his vampiric fangs to himself proves impossible—especially when she’s begging him to touch her.

Nemona has no idea what endless sex with a Ssedez will do to her. But Oten knows all too well. They need to get off this planet. Before their coupling stirs an alien mating bond that neither of their hearts can withstand.

 

WITH LOVE IN SIGHT by Christina Britton (3/27) Amazon | Barnes & Noble

From RWA’s 2017 Golden Heart Winner comes a story of passion that is much more than meets the eye.

An aging spinster at 26, all Imogen Duncan sees ahead of her is a life of servitude to her overbearing mother. Her London Season has passed and her desperate shyness and reserved demeanor has destroyed any chance for a match. As her younger sister Mariah begins her own Season and must choose between many suitors, Imogen believes her chances for excitement are well and truly past. But a case of mistaken identity and an unintended kiss brings an excitement into her life that she never dreamed of.

Burying the guilt he suffers from his brother’s death a decade ago beneath a life of debauchery, Caleb Masters, Marquess of Willbridge is content enough to meet willing widows in dark gardens to numb the pain. But he is wholly unprepared when an innocent miss stumbles into his life, turning his superficial world on its head.

Drawn to the quiet, kind girl, whose kiss he stole, Caleb and Imogen form an unlikely friendship. But the more Imogen reveals of her wit and charm, the deeper Caleb finds himself falling for this bespectacled beauty. Refusing to let Imogen be tainted by his demons, he does everything in his power to fight the growing attraction. But when friendship turns to passion the situation between them takes an irreversible turn.

Caleb learns that behind Imogen’s placid exterior lies a will of steel when, to his bafflement, she refuses his marriage proposal. But now that he has possessed her, he cannot not let her go so easily. Can Caleb convince Imogen to give him a chance—and to perhaps heal his soul in the process?

 

New Clients!

BookEnds is growing exponentially, and with the addition of two new agents comes many more clients. Welcome aboard to Naomi Davis’ clients: Michelle Hazen, Melissa Caruso, Elle E. Ire, Lindsey Frydman, DeShanna & Trinity Neal, and Becket Ghioto. And Amanda Jain’s clients: Gemma Kaling, Christa Worrel, Jessica Ireland, Jennifer Maritza McCauley, Megan Benton, Peter Mann, Ellison Langford and Dylan Taylor Lehman. Many of these talented writers will be introducing themselves on the blog in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

And of course, the rest of the team stayed busy too. Welcome to Jessica Alvarez’s new client, Laurel Blount; Moe Ferrara’s new illustrator Bobby Timony, and Beth Campbell’s two new clients Jenn Stark and Rebecca Latimer. We’re excited to see what you guys do!

 

New Deals!

Digital: Fiction: Women’s/Romance
USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy’s first book in a new romantic suspense trilogy, in which a Colorado detective protects a lingerie shop owner from a dangerous stalker, to Lexi Smail at Forever Yours, in a three-book deal, for publication in Summer 2019, by Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds (world).

Colleen Halverson’s ECHOES FROM THE VEIL, the third book in the Aisling Chronicles fae romance series, as well as EQUINOX, a novella in the same world, to Brenda Chin at Entangled, by Rachel Brooks at BookEnds (world).

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