Friday, September 2, 2011

Fast Forward to Fall

The  calendar says September, the kids are back in school, and the weather forecasters are promising temperatures in the mid-80s next week. Even though officially the first day of fall is still weeks away (September 23), all the signs in my world tell me the season has begun. I’m ready for it. Fall is my favorite season, and after a hot summer that started in May, I’m even more eager than usual for cooler days, football weekends, and lower utility bills. I’m also eager for the books of fall.

I confess that I’ve rushed the season a bit. I’ve already read three September releases and have begun a fourth. I’ve even started Christmas reads with Sherryl Woods’s An O’Brien Family Christmas (already reviewed here), Toni Blake’s Holly Lane (Destiny #4), and Robyn Carr’s Bring Me Home for Christmas (Virgin River #16). Reviews for the latter two are forthcoming. But that means I still have over fifty books that I will be adding to my TBR mountain over the next few months. I’m fudging a bit by including the December 27 releases on my list. Technically these are winter books, but seeing them here makes their release dates seem closer.  I should also add the caveat that this is a list of books from my personal book calendar, mostly books by my auto-buy authors; it is far from a comprehensive list.


Leigh Michaels                  The Wedding Affair 9/1

Jeanne Adams                  Deadly Little Lies 9/6
C.A. Belmond                    A Rather Remarkable Homecoming 9/6
Helen Brenna                    Redemption at Mirabelle (Mirabelle Island #7) 9/6
Christina Dodd                  Revenge at Bella Terra (Scarlet Deception # 2) 9/6
Jo Goodman                     Kissing Comfort 9/6
Ashley March                    Romancing the Countess 9/6
Kate Moore                       To Seduce an Angel (Sons of Sin, Book 3) 9/6
Kay Stockham                  The Sheriff’s Daughter (HSR-North Star #3) 9/6

Rose Lerner                      A Lily Among Thorns  9/15

Kathleen Eagle                 One Brave Cowboy (HSE) 9/20
Barbara Freethy               Garden of Secrets (Angel’s Bay #5) 9/20
Courtney Milan                 Unclaimed (The Turners #3) 9/20

Eileen Dreyer                    Always a Temptress (Drake’s Rakes) 9/27
Jane Graves                     Heartstrings and Diamond Rings 9/27
Lavinia Kent                      What a Duke Wants 9/27
Debbie Macomber            1225 Christmas Tree Lane (Cedar Cove #12) 9/27
Susan Mallery                   Only His (Fool’s Gold #6) 9/27
Anne Mallory                     In Total Surrender (Secrets #3) 9/27
Mariah Stewart                  Hometown Girl (Chesapeake Diaries #4) 9/27
Sherryl Woods                  An O’Brien Family Christmas (Chesapeake Shores #8) 9/27


Grace Burrowes                Lady Sophia’s Christmas Wish (Windham Sisters #1) 10/1

Suzanne Enoch                A Beginners Guide To Rakes 10/4
Janice Kay Johnson         All That Remains (HSR) 10/4
Jeanie London                  No Groom Like Him (HSR) 10/4
Theresa Romain               Season for Temptation 10/4
Jill Shalvis                         Animal Attraction (Animal #2) 10/4
Kay Stockham                  In the Rancher’s Footsteps (HSR-North Star #4) 10/4
Jodi Thomas et al.            A Texas Christmas 10/4

Elizabeth Hoyt                  Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane #3) 10/18
Christine Merrill                A Regency Christmas Carol 10/18
Karen Hawkins                 Seduced in Scotland  (Hurst Amulet #3)10/18

Toni Blake                        Holly Lane (Destiny #4) 10/25
Robyn Carr                       Bring Me Home for Christmas (Virgin River #16) 10/25
Cara Elliott                       Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight #1) 10/25
Kristan Higgins                 Until There Was You         10/25
Brenda Novak                  In Close (Bulletproof #3) 10/25


Joanna Bourne                 The Black Hawk (Spymaster #4) 11/1
Grace Burrowes               The Virtuoso (Duke’s Obsession #3) 11/1
Kieran Kramer                  If You Give a Girl a Viscount (Impossible Bachelors #4) 11/1
Sarah Mayberry                All They Need (HSR) 11/1
Nora Roberts                    The Next Always (Inn Boonsboro #1) 11/1
Kay Stockham                  Christmas in Montana (HSR-North Star #5) 11/1
Jodi Thomas                     The Comforts of Home (Harmony #3) 11/1
Vicki Lewis Thompson      Holiday Hideout (anthology w/h Shalvis & Kenner)
Karen White                      The Strangers on Montagu Street (Tradd Street #3) 11/1

Nicola Cornick                   Desired (Scandalous Women #5) 11/15
Carla Kelly*                       Coming Home for Christmas (three connected stories) 11/15

Sabrina Jeffries                 To Wed a Wild Lord (hellions of Halstead Hall #4) 11/22
Kasey Michaels                 A Midsummer Night’s Sin 11/22
Jill Shalvis                         Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor #3) 11/22

Louisa Edwards                Some Like It Hot (Recipe for Love #5) 11/29


Jo Goodman                     A Place Called Home 12/6

Robyn Carr                       Hidden Summit (Virgin River #17) 12/27
Eloisa James                    The Duke Is Mine 12/27
Emily March                     Lover’s Leap (Eternity Springs #4)12/27
Teresa Medeiros              The Pleasure of Your Kiss 12/27
Raeanne Thayne              Woodrose Mountain (Hope’s Crossing #2) 12/27

What fall books are you most eagerly anticipating?

*Not new but great news nonetheless: Marian’s Christmas Wish (1989) by Carla Kelly is available this month in print and as an ebook. An ebook of four of Kelly’s Christmas stories ("The Christmas Ornament," "Object of Charity," "Make a Joyful Noise,” and "The Three Kings”) will be available later.



quantum said...

Delighted to see that Susan Mallery has more 'Fools Gold' books. I have read the first three and want the rest when available as e-books.

Likewise Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. It's the longest series that I have read and the one that has totally hooked me. I shall wait for the audio versions though.

Actually I'm also feeling that I need a little more romantic fantasy in my life. I think I might look at Sharon Shinn again, her 'Twelve Houses' series perhaps, unless you have a recommendation Janga.

books I am eagerly waiting for:
I have Carr's 'A Virgin River Christmas' in audio format for Mrs Q to put in my stocking. It's going to be a struggle to wait that long though! *grin*

irisheyes said...

Great minds... and all that, Janga. I just started jotting down all my fall TBB books. I must say, your list is much much longer! LOL I think every one I have on my list is on yours, though.

The wait is definitely killing me for some of them - Kate Moore's, Eileen Dreyer's, Elizabeth Hoyt's and Joanna Bourne's.

Very happy to hear about Carla Kelly's ebook releases.

Janga said...

Q, I think we are going to see more Fool's Gold books beyond the six. The most recent three are the stories of the Hendrix triplets: Only Mine--Dakota; Only Yours--Montana; and Only His--Nevada. Their mother has her story woven through the three books.

I'm with you on the Virgin River books, and I'm looking forward to more of them in 2012.

Janga said...

Irish, I'm really looking forward to the books from Kate Moore, Eileen Dreyer, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Joanna Bourne too. I'm also really eager to read the first of Nora Roberts's new series and Eloisa James's version of the Princess and the Pea. Has a romance author ever wriiten a version of this particular fairy tale before?

PJ said...

Great list, Janga! I always check your lists to see if I've missed any books on mine and, sure enough, I had!;-)

I've already read advance copies of some of these books and they are *so very good*!

I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the next two historicals in the trilogy from Maya Banks. The first book, IN BED WITH A HIGHLANDER (a Sept. release), went straight to my keeper shelf.

Keira Soleore said...

Janga, I'm trying to avoid thinking of gray, rainy days. Looking out at the warm, sunshine, I'm trying to keep this memory alive in my mind for those dark, dank days coming up for us for the next ten months.

Janga & PJ: Isn't "Because You're Mine" by Lisa Kleypas coming out in November?

Janga said...

PJ, I made a note about Maya Banks's IN BED WITH A HIGHLANDER after I read your review. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

I'm working on a couple of reviews of ARCs today, both books I loved. I think we all have many hours of good reading to look forward to this fall.

Janga said...

Keira, it's gray and overcast with light rain here today, and I'm enjoying it. But I know we'll have sunny days all through the fall and winter. I'd suffer dreadfully from SADD if gray days were our norm.

Kleypas's Because You're Mine is a reissue of a 1997 release. No new LK books for 2011! The good news is that we can look forward to three new Kleypas releases--all Lucky Harbor books--in February, August, and October of 2012. The bad news is that they won't be mass market paperbacks, so they'll be a bit pricey.