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Friday Finds

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week (and add to your TBR lists)? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

Cowboy Angels (GollanczF.) Title: Cowboy Angels; Paul McAuley
Publisher: Gollancz
Release Date: 2008
Pages: 416

America, 1984 - not our version of America, but an America that calls itself the Real, an America in which the invention of Turing Gates has allowed it access to sheaves of alternate histories. For ten years, in the name of democracy, the Real has been waging clandestine wars and fomenting revolution, freeing versions of America from communist or fascist rule, and extending its influence across a wide variety of alternate realities. But the human and political costs have proven too high, and new President Jimmy Carter has called an end to war, and is bringing troops and secret agents home. Adam Stone is called out of retirement when his former comrade, Tom Waverly, begins to murder different versions of the same person, mathematician Eileen Barrie. Aided by Waverly's daughter, Linda, Adam hunts for his old friend across different sheaves, but when they finally catch up with Waverly, they discover that they have stumbled into the middle of an audicious conspiracy that plans to exploite a new property of the Turing Gates: it will change not only the history of the Real, but that of every other sheaf, including our own. COWBOY ANGELS combines the high-octane action and convoluted plots of the TV series 24 in a satirical, multi-layered alternate reality thriller.

Dragon Prince: Dragon Prince #1 The Star Scroll: Dragon Prince #2 Sunrunner's Fire: Dragon Prince #3
Title: Dragon Prince, The Star Scroll, Sunrunner's Fire (Dragon Prince); Melanie Rawn
Publisher: DAW Trade
Release Date: 2005
Pages: 576, 592, 480

An arranged marriage between Prince Rohan of Stronghold and the "sunrunner" Sioned of Goddess Keep promises to bring a new kind of peace to a strife-torn land until the machinations of a self-serving High Prince plunge the world into war. Romance, intrigue, magic, and myth mingle freely in this first of a series that should appeal to readers of fantasy and epic romance. JC
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The peaceful reign of High Prince Rohan and his Sunrunner wife Sioned faces a serious challenge when the discovery of an ancient scroll and the machinations of Rohan's enemies threaten the life of his son, Pol. Forbidden magic, treachery in high places, and a strong current of romance form a lavish, tapestry-like background for this sequel to The Dragon Prince ( LJ 11/15/88). For most fantasy collections.-- JC
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Sunrunner magic becomes a two-edged weapon as the new Lord of Goddess Keep courts the secret lore of the Star Scroll, and the High Prince seeks to keep malevolent sorceries from destroying his beleaguered lands. Rawn's lush world of princes and dragons, sun-born magic, and tangled politics comes to life in this romantic fantasy saga that belongs in most fantasy collections.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Her Last Chance Title: Her Last Chance; Michele Albert
Publisher: Pocket; 2010
Pages: 368

A WOMAN WHO'S AS TOUGH AS IT GETS

Compelled to leave the Dallas police force after killing a convicted rapist in a dark alley, tough and sexy Claudia Cruz becomes an operative with Avalon, a clandestine organization of mercenaries who recover stolen art. But her new career choice pits her against the darkly intense FBI agent Vincent DeLuca, who is determined that this time, Avalon is not going to beat out the Feds.

A MAN WHO'S HER MATCH AND MORE

While Claudia seethes about this irritating man who gives as good as he gets, Vincent is discovering there's a fine line between love and hate. And though Claudia is willing to use their crazy-hot attraction to achieve her goals, she never intended they'd end up in bed together. She's always lived on the edge and flirted with danger...but this time the worst danger may be to her heart.


Title: Mr. Right Now; Paige Tyler
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Pages: Ebook

Kate Gentry is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. When her best friend asks her to be maid of honor, it just reminds her of how crappy her luck is when it comes to finding her own Mr. Right. Her friends point out she’s trying too hard to find Mr. Right instead of having fun with Mr. Right-Now. They convince her to put her search for the perfect man on hold and have some meaningless sex with a hot guy.

Kate takes their advice and propositions the gorgeous best man, Dawson McKenna. When he eagerly agrees, she finds herself doing things she never dreamed of doing—spanking, bondage and some amazing anal sex!

Despite knowing Dawson isn’t supposed to be Mr. Right, Kate finds herself falling for him big-time anyway. But since she was the one who made the rules, how can she now tell him she wants more than just a weekend fling?


Split Image (Jesse Stone)Title: Split Image; Robert B. Parker
Publisher: Putnam Adult; 2010
Pages: 288

Family ties prove deadly in the brilliant new Jesse Stone novel from New York Times-bestselling author Robert B. Parker.

The body in the trunk was just the beginning.

Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beauti­ful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca's twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach.

Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse's help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects-and with each other.


Fey BornTitle: Fey Born (Faery Faith); R. Garland Gray
Publisher: Medallion Press (2006)
Pages: 378

Born with a weak heart and an odd birthmark, Lana is a frail farm girl who never could have imagined being magically fated to become a fey host for the sword spirit, Valor. And now the magical sword is missing, stolen from the vaults of Tara, the faery home. The disturbing wonders altering Lana's life have only just begun. Enter Keegan, a fearless fey guardian of the waters, who must find the magical sword for his king. Believing only the physically strong deserve life, Keegan never expects to meet his match in the small, spirited beauty he needs to guide him to the sword. Across dangerous passage tombs beset with enemies, to the shadowy worlds below, through battles of the spirit and body, Lana and Keegan find that destiny has a price. And that even a forbidden and fevered love must be set aside when all the land lies in peril. As an invading army sweeps Eire's shores, a sickly girl must find the strength to face her mysterious fate and claim a guardian's heart . With a passion that, once unleashed, could lead them both into a terrible darkness. Or into the light of a forever love.

Repair to Her Grave (Home Repair Is Homicide)Title: Repair to Her Grave (Home Repair is Homicide #4); Sarah Graves
Publisher: Bantam (2001)
Pages: 320

Home repair can be murder.

Jacobia Tiptree and her teenage son are used to their Eastport, Maine, home attracting more than its share of houseguests. This year Jake is hoping the plaster dust will keep them away while she finally gets her gem of a fixer-upper into shape — from doorknobs and chandeliers to leaky pipes to ghostly phenomena.

But when the charming and mysterious Jonathan Raines appears on her doorstep — and then just as suddenly disappears — remodeling the house becomes the least of Jake’s problems. Could Jonathan’s disappearance have something to do with his quest for a cursed violin — the one that local legend says was hidden by a long-ago owner of Jake’s house before he too vanished without a trace?

Soon Jonathan’s grief-stricken girlfriend arrives downeast, and Jake needs to strip Eastport’s past of its idyllic veneer — before a killer paints her very dead indeed!
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6 comments:

  1. Now that's a lot of books! :) I love the summary of Cowboy Angels especially and am putting that on my TBR list--thanks!

    My Friday Find is a YA fantasy. You can check it out over at bookwanderer!

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  2. Lots of steamy looking reads! Haha! Mine are at The Crowded Leaf.

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  3. These look good (and some of them sound VERY hot). :-) I am especially intrigued by Cowboy Angels. I have never read any alternative history, and it really appeals to be for some reason.

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  4. The Melanie Rawn fantasy series looks really good to me. I like fantasy but have mostly read YA fantasy. I am going to have to add the first one to my TBR list to see if I like it.

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  5. Those are some great books! A lot of them are going to be going on my tbr list!

    Here are my finds: Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick

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  6. Wow .. looks like a lot of good finds!!

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