Friday, March 18, 2011

New Releases: April 2011

It is time to highlight some of the upcoming book releases that I'm looking forward to reading in April. I've only chosen four this time; a mystery, a western historical romance, a contemporary woman's fiction/romance, and a contemporary romance. I'm looking forward to reading all of them.

The American Café (A Sadie Walela Mystery, Book 2) by Sara Sue Hoklottube
Releases: April 1, 2011
When Sadie Walela decided to pursue her childhood dream of owning a restaurant, she had no idea that murder would be on the menu.

In this second book in the Sadie Walela series, our Indian Country heroine follows in the footsteps of her great-aunt Vera and discovers life as an entrepreneur is not easy. On her first day she is threatened by Pearl Mobley, the town's resident crazy woman, and then Goldie Ray—the former owner of the American Café—turns up dead and Pearl confesses to the crime before killing herself, leaving too many unanswered questions.

Depending on the intuition and perseverance drawn from her Cherokee ancestry, Sadie sets out to get the answers. She reunites with an old friend, Lance Smith, who has just been hired as second in command on a two-man police force. Sadie and Lance—together with an unlikely cast of characters, including a mysterious Creek Indian named Red who always seems to be underfoot, the police chief whose radio handle is Deputy Dawg, Pearl's angry Marine son just home from Iraq, and Goldie's grieving sister and alcoholic niece—all come together to create a multilayered story of denial and deceit.

Uncovering motives like stories of rape, a stolen baby, and under-the table adoption, Sadie strives to untangle old relationships and family secrets, eventually discovering she is untangling far more than a murder.
This looks really interesting, doesn't it? I'm still in the mood for mysteries and The American Café from the Arizona University Press catalogue caught my attention as soon I saw it. I like the different setting and characters, plus the story looks meaty enough for me.

Texas Blue (Whispering Mountain) by Jodi Thomas
Releases: April 5, 2011
Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family. After fleecing a train ticket, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain. But seducing a well-bred woman is hard, and Lewt realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he'll need to learn a thing or two about ranching-and love.
I have a few books from this series in my pile of books to read, and others in my list of books to buy, but for some reason this book caught my eye and I'll probably read it first!

As a change of pace Jodi Thomas and a western romance might be the best way to get me in the mood to read western historicals again. :)

Slow Dancing on Price's Pier by Lisa Dale
Releases: April 6, 2011
A family learns that time can erase mistakes when the heart remains true- from a refreshing new storyteller.

Fifteen years ago, Garret Sorensen's family, trust, and heart were destroyed when Thea Celik betrayed him and married his brother. Now they are divorcing. Garret's ready to finally mend his relationship with his brother. But being back in Newport, Rhode Island, triggers a lot of memories-all leading back to Thea.

Thea's not ready to let go of the Sorensens-even if it means being around Garret. As they cautiously circle around each other-finding themselves drawn together-they realize following their hearts could cast them adrift.
Oh and I've been waiting for Slow Dancing on Price's Pier for over a year! As soon as I read the book summary I wanted to see how she tackles this story line. I enjoyed Ms. Dale's first two books, really like her writing, and the way she combines women's fiction and romance. This is one book I'll definitely read as soon as it releases.

Any Man of Mine (Chinooks Hockey Team, #6) by Rachel Gibson
Releases: April 26, 2011

Autumn Haven's Las Vegas "to-do" list said to catch a show and play the slots—not wake up married to a sexy jerk like Sam Leclaire. The first moment she saw him eyeing her like a luscious piece of the dessert buffet, her usually responsible self told her run. And she did—right into the wildest fantasy weekend of her life. But Monday morning jolted her back to reality and before she could say "pass the coffee" Sam was gone.

Now a successful wedding planner, Autumn hasn't clapped eyes on the heart-breaking hockey superstar for over two years... until she organizes his teammate's "Special Day," where Sam makes a BIG play to pick up where he left off! But she has vowed any man of hers plays for keeps. Is Sam the man for her or does she banish him to the sin bin forever?
I loved See Jane Score! So, how could I pass up reading this book? I couldn't. There's always room for a good sports contemporary romance in my reading schedule.

Well, these are my highlights for the month. What books are you looking forward to reading in April?


  1. Nice picks!!
    I already read Any Man of Mine and it was pretty ok, I hope you like it!

  2. My list is pretty long for April -- most of which are due to auto-buy authors not necessarily base on book interest. Lol.

    Mesmerized by Lauren Dane, Navarro’s Promise by Lora Leigh, Hotter than Wildfire by Lisa Marie Rice, Deserving of Luke by Tracy Wolff, The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong, Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts, Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep, and Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston. The Leigh, Armstrong, and Laurenston really interest me. :) Also, I might pick up Deadly Dreams by Kylie Brant as well but we'll see base on book reviews and if I enjoy the sample chapter. hehe!

  3. April has a bunch of great books:
    Paris A to Z by Marie Sexton
    Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
    Eona by Alison Goodman
    Ginn Hale has her second of the series.
    Lover Unleashed by JR Ward

    can't wait! I'll need to take lunch to work for the whole month, I'm already over my book budget :(

  4. I don't know if I'll get my hands in these new novels because my tbr is slready piling high up. But at least I am back -- reading again! Reading for pleasure.

    I am however adding few if these in my list including NR's Chasing Fire & Any man of mine by RG. There is one I am really looking forward but it won't be out till May, Tessa Graton's Blood Magic.

    Hope you'll have fun reading these books, as always.


  5. Oh Alex, that's good to hear! I'm looking forward to reading it. :)

    Tabitha that's a great long list, lol! I'm definitely reading Chasing Fire! I didn't highlight it, but yeah... it's on my list. :) Lauren Dane! I've had her on my list for a long time and should get to reading some of her books too. You have a great list ahead of you.

    Mariana, April is great for new releases! You have a great list there too. I'm definitely reading the NR and the second episode of The Rifter by Ginn Hale! I hope you let us know what you think of the JRW... I haven't read those of quite a while. :D

    Natalie! You're reading! You're back! I'm so happy to see you around!!! XOXOXO. :D

    You definitely have books piling up there my friend. I'm so glad you're enjoying them too. I have a pile for you here, waiting for our next meeting too, so read fast. :D Hope you enjoy the new NR and the RG.

  6. I love Jody Thomas westerns and can still remember the plots from books I read years ago. I also keep some Rachel Gibson -the two hockey themed contemporaries -so i will be picking these two up too. Two good reads to look forward to.

  7. Very encouraging Hilcia. 'till we meet again my friend

  8. Reny, hi! Great picks for the month.:) I have quite a few Jody Thomas westerns on my list or TBR... so it's great to know you recommend them. And I'm really looking forward to the Gibson contemporary.

    Natalie, :D.

  9. I didn't realize that there were so many books in Gibson's hockey series. I really enjoyed See Jane Score. *sigh* Another series I must catch up on. Thanks Hils. LOL

    Ann Aguirre's new YA series starting with Enclave, releases next month. I love the sound of it and enjoy her writing, so I definitely want to read it.

  10. Is the Lisa Dale connected to a previous book?

    I've decided to wait to get the Rachel Gibson. I figure they'll have it at the RWA :P I'm starting to make my list of books to get there :)

    LOL, seems like you forgot to list the Nora Roberts!

  11. Leslie, I've read two books from that series. I'm hoping I'll enjoy this one. :D Oh enjoy Aguirre's new YA series! I'll wait for your review!

    Nath, the Lisa Dale is a stand alone. This is her third book after Simple Wishes and It Happened One Night. I see you're already planning for RWA. LOL! Good for you!

    I decided to highlight only four books this time and placed the NR on my sidebar all by its lonesome. I'm not forgetting her! *g*

  12. Can't wait for Any Man of Mine!

  13. Oh, I know you like these books! Hockey, lol!

  14. The American Cafe looks interesting! I'll be eager to see what you think about it.

    I'm really excited about The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis, and Ann Aguirre's Shady Lady.

  15. Renee, I'm really looking forward to reading The American Cafe... I'll definitely review that one.

    Oh, and I'll look forward to your thoughts on Shady Lady by Ann Aguirre. :D


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