April 2013 Books

April 1

This is free right now for the Kindle (I’m not sure about other sites)
Far in the Wilds
by Deanna Raybourn
Prequel Novella (54 pages)
Published by Harlequin Mira
Genre: Historical 
Synopsis: Kenya, 1918 
Ryder White is Canadian by birth but African by choice. He is more at home in the wilds of the savannah, shooting and sleeping his way across the continent, than amongst the hedonistic colonists of Kenyan society. 

In a landscape where one false move can cost a man his life, Ryder’s skill as a guide is unparalleled, but only the rich or royal can afford his services. When a European prince hires Ryder to help him hunt an elusive leopard Ryder thinks it’s just another well-paying job with yet another spoiled voyeur. But this perilous journey is full of dangers that may change Ryder forever….

Ryder returns in A Spear of Summer Grass, where he encounters a woman from a very different world, to explore beauty and darkness and what is truly worth fighting for.

April 2

The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy
by Heather Blake
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery, #3
Published by Signet
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
Synopsis: Darcy Merriweather is Enchanted Village’s newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. But as Darcy prepares a celebration for a magical florist, she discovers that every rose has its thorns…

When magical florist Harriette Harkette decides to throw a lavish eightieth birthday party for herself, she hires Darcy’s Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service, As You Wish, to plan the soiree. But turning eighty isn’t all Harriette is celebrating—the Floracrafter has recently created the midnight black Witching Hour rose, the first all-natural rose of that color.

Darcy works hard on planning an extravagant celebration that will make Harriette feel like the belle of the ball. But when cake delivery boy Michael Healey—a former employee at Harriette’s greenhouse—is found dead, the celebration takes a turn. Now Michael’s ghost has imprinted on Darcy, meaning that they’re bonded until she can untangle the thicket surrounding his murder—and what exactly it has to do with the Witching Hour rose….

Blood Trade
by Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock Novel, book 6
Published by Roc
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line…

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.

But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.

Assassin’s Gambit
by Amy Raby
Series: The Hearts and Thrones #1
Published by Signet
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Synopsis:Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire.

As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well.
Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good.…

Emilie and the Hollow World
by Martha Wells
Series: Book 1
Published by Strange Chemistry
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Synopsis: While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure.

April 16

Taken
by Erin Bowman
Series: Taken #1
Published by Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Synopsis: There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone. They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

Bronze Gods

by A. A. Aguirre
Series: Apparatus Infernum Novel #1
Published by Ace
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy 
Synopsis: Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work all hours in the Criminal Investigation Division, keeping citizens safe. He’s a charming rogue with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s all logic–and the first female inspector. Between his instincts and her brains, they collar more criminals than any other partnership in the CID. 

 
A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake
by Mary Balogh
Series: n/a
Published by Dell

Genre: Historical Romance
Synopsis:  A COUNTERFEIT BETROTHAL–Lady Sophia Bryant has no intention of marrying anytime soon. Her one desire is to reunite her parents, who have been estranged for fourteen years. Surely, if she happens to announce her betrothal—even a false one—they will be forced to see each other. Devilishly handsome Lord Francis Sutton seems perfect for such deceit, always agreeable to games of passion in which he has nothing to lose. The trap is set—if only Lady Sophia can keep her foolish heart from falling prey to her brilliant snares.

THE NOTORIOUS RAKE–Lord Edmund Waite is everything that Lady Mary Gregg despises: lewd, lascivious, mocking—the most incorrigible and successful rogue around. A bluestocking like her would never tempt a man whose taste runs to pretty playthings—so Mary is startled to find herself the object of Lord Edmund’s desires. Even more surprising is her reaction to his shocking advances. She may be a lady, but this man knows so well how to make her feel like a woman.

A Spear of Summer Grass
by Deanna Raybourn
Series: n/a
Published by Harlequin Mira
Genre: Historical Fiction  
Synopsis: Paris, 1923
The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even amongst Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather’s savannah manor house until gossip subsides.

By the time I was done with my list I had more books to be excited about this month than I thought I was going to have!  What books are making you excited for the month of April?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “April 2013 Books”

  1. I'm kind of on the fence on the new Deanna Raybourn (due to the mixed reviews mainly), but I did get the novella so we'll see!I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Andrea K Host finally releases HUNTING this month – if she does, it'll be at the top of my TBR list.

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  2. I have the Raybourn novella, too. It does sound very different from her other books. I have several of Andrea K Host books on my kindle and haven't read them yet. I've read so many good things about them, but I have so many books to read!

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  3. Hi Jan 🙂 Did you read the Heather Blake yet? I got it last week, but still haven't picked it up. I don't know, some people worries about the 2nd book, but for me, it's the 3rd one ^_^;Ohhhh, Bronze Gods looks good! I was unaware of that one. Is it Ann Aguirre with a new pseudonym? or a completely different authors. So confusing to keep track ^_^;Ames loves The Notorious Rake, so the Mary Balogh is on my list to buy 🙂 Nice list!

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  4. Hi nath! No, I haven't even bought the Heather Blake yet. I try to buy only a few books each month I have to pay full price. 😦 That's why I've been reading lots of new authors who've had their e-books on sale!Bronze Gods is by Ann Aguire…it's listed on her page as romantic science fiction. It's one I want to buy plus Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors so I'm definitely buying her book. I really like her old regencies so I'm always excited when more of those come out!

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