February is a great month for releases and news at BookEnds. We hope you enjoy some of these books!
Scandal and slaughter among Regency London’s elite
The bloody murder of Sir Henry Claybourne leaves Regency London shaken and horror-struck. But for genteel spinster Miss Emmeline St. Germaine, the crime slices far too close to home. Just hours before the knight’s death she held a dagger to him, threatening him to stay silent as she rescued a scullery maid he had procured for his pleasure.
Did the man—or woman—who murdered the knight know of her visit? Her secret identity at risk, her reputation and life in jeopardy, Emmeline must solve the crime or face scandalous exposure and ruination, or worse—the hangman’s noose—for a crime she did not commit.
A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly!
We are so happy to see Bill Crider’s final Dan Rhodes mystery be published with beautiful praise about both him and his works. Thank you Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. Please, enjoy THAT OLD SCOUNDREL DEATH (2/19) Barnes & Noble.
Beloved Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes is back with his final murder case in That Old Scoundrel Death.
When a man is run off the road by a thug with a snake tattooed around his neck, Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows it’s his duty to stop and help out. The grateful victim gives his name as Cal Stinson, on his way to the nearby town of Thurston to take a look at the old school building before the city tears it down.
The next day, Cal Stinson turns up again. Only this time, he’s dead.
His body is found in the dilapidated school that’s about to be razed, and the woman who let Cal onto the premises claims he gave his name as Bruce Wayne. Whoever is he is, he was shot in the back of the head, and a piece of chalk lies inches away from his hand, under a lone line on the chalkboard, his last words unfinished.
Between not-so-bright hoodlums who can’t seem to stay on the right side of the law, powerful families in town who are ready to go to battle over whether the old school should come down, and trying futilely to get private detective Seepy Benton to stop making mountains of mole hills, Sheriff Rhodes is beginning to wonder if retirement might be as good as it sounds.
Megan Harrison is the owner of Kinky Spurs. She’s mortgaged up to her eyeballs and works long days and nights, but she’s living life on her terms, not on her wealthy father’s. She’s done being in the cattle rancher’s shadow. She’s got it all figured out, except for the part that involves Nash Blackshaw. He’s a sexy as hell cowboy whose smile can easily charm her out of her tight jeans. The only problem is—their fathers were business rivals, and Megan and Nash have been taught to hate each other since birth.
Nash Blackshaw, a retired professional bull rider, has responsibilities on top of responsibilities. With his PBR career over due to back injury, and his focus narrowed on heading up the Blackshaw Cattle Company’s Guest Ranch, he shouldn’t have time to think about all the ways he wants Megan. But it’s all he thinks of around the sassy and sweet woman. She might be forbidden to him, but Nash wants to take her for a hard, kinky ride.
But small towns have a way of spreading gossip like wildfire, and not everyone is happy about their relationship. Especially when Megan drops a bombshell on Nash after one heated night between them. As much as Megan and Nash want to forget the old feud between their fathers and lose each other in explosive passion, they can’t escape reality. They are meant to be enemies, and Nash’s sizzling, dominant touch might not be enough to keep them together.
After two broken engagements, Isobel Glasen’s determined to stay single–until a runaway horse makes her an accidental entrant in the Ride for a Bride race. And her ex-fiance’s brother is the winner. With a successful business and a cozy apartment, Isobel has a life as carefully constructed as the beautiful gowns she designs. But now a fake courtship may be the only way to quell town gossip.
New to town, Alec Russell aims to get his veterinary clinic off the ground. Though he once secretly pined for Isobel, he’s determined to escape his brother’s shadow and find a woman who chooses him first. But could time spent together provide a second chance–and turn pretense into the perfect match?
Blackballed from my job. Moved back to my hometown with my tail between my legs and family issues crushing my back. Slinging drinks in a dive bar.
Yes, the past year has been hell. So when a man who’s temptation wrapped in golden skin and sin offers me one night of no-holds barred, dirty sex, I’m all in. I deserve it.
But now those few unforgettable hours have me facing blackmail from my own father: He’ll pay for my mom’s medical bills, but only if I never again touch the man who has quickly become my obsession.
Because the man? My obsession? He’s my stepbrother.
Opposites don’t just attract… they sizzle.
A lusty special forces soldier who lives by his own set of rules, Dalton Fairfax decided long ago to stop wishing for his father’s love, and he found his calling. Now that he’s back home and between assignments, he finds himself at loose ends. When the opportunity arises to play bodyguard and help out his country, Dalton jumps at the chance. Not only does it keep him busy, but it just so happens that his charge is the man he saw on leave last month and hasn’t been able to get out of his head.
Heir to a dukedom and a conservative politician, Blaise Thompson strives to prove himself worthy of carrying on the family legacy as the next IN Councilman. However, his closest competitor keeps getting in the way and taking credit for Blaise’s ideas. Maintaining his stellar reputation isn’t easy to do while keeping his outrageous younger brother in line and foiling his rival’s personal attacks. He has no time for a guard and even less time for romance.
When a priceless antique goes missing, Blaise and Dalton discover that Regelence has larger problems than just IN plots. Now the only way to stop a scandal that threatens both of them is to compromise, and they are forced to confront the risk of losing everything… even each other.
Hardest Fall by Juliette Cross (2/25)
The tattooed demoness, Bone, doesn’t like anything except the magical weapons she makes. But she has hidden talents few know about. When I was brought to her near death, she used her Seraph song to manipulate flesh and bone to save me. But she wasn’t happy about it.
Now I must return the favor. Even though she refuses to take sides in the apocalypse, there’s one job she’s not willing to do for the demon prince Rook. If she doesn’t, her head will end up on a spike. Of course, there’s a good chance we’re all going to die anyway, but I will do anything to protect this fierce woman—and not just because she saved me.
So now we’re both off to kill a demon—or three—and possibly save the world.
|Author of the SWORDS & FIRE series Melissa Caruso’s next fantasy series, set in the same world as THE TETHERED MAGE, about a young mage with unusably lethal powers who becomes embroiled in an international magical conflict, to Sarah Guan at Orbit, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2020, by Naomi Davis at BookEnds (world).|
|Peg Cochran writing as Margaret Loudon’s new cozy mystery series, in which an American gothic novelist packs up her typewriter and heads across the pond to accept a position at The Open Book bookshop in Upper Chumley-on-Stoke, England, where mysteries prove more dangerous than a severe case of writers block, to Sarah Blumenstockat Berkley, in a three-book deal, for publication in fall 2020, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds (world).|
Bailey Cates’s books nine and 10 in The Magical Bakery series, featuring a woman who moves to Savannah to work in her aunt’s bakery, only to learn there are magical spells sprinkled in with the ingredients, to Jessica Wade at Berkley, in a two-book deal, by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds (world).
Author of the London Beginnings series Jennifer Delamere’s THE SPINSTER’S GUIDE TO ROMANCE, the first book in the Love on the Wires series, set in 1880s London, where a telegrapher decides to test the theories from a book on how to attract men, but unexpected results place both her heart and career in jeopardy, to David Long at Bethany House, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds (world).
Author of A FATHER FOR BELLA Jill Weatherholt’s A MOTHER FOR HIS TWINS, a reunion romance in which former high school sweethearts find themselves working together and competing for the same job, but are brought together with the help of the widowed hero’s precious twin sons, to Dina Davis at Love Inspired, in a nice deal, for publication in September 2019, by Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds (world).
|Ellery Adams’s next three books in THE SECRET, BOOK & SCONE SOCIETY series, featuring a bakery owner and expert book prescriber, to Wendy McCurdy at Kensington, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds.|
|Nicola Marsh’s LONG WAY HOME, in which a woman returns to the rural Australian town where she’d left behind her bad-girl reputation and the love of her life, to Rachael Donovan at Harlequin Australia (AUSTRALIA), in a two-book deal, by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds.|
We’re thrilled to be welcoming a bunch of new clients to BookEnds this month! Please join us in congratulating Liz Arcury, Jerry Todt, Andy McPhee, Amanda Sturgill and Lyn Liao Butler to the team!