November books on my radar…

RadarEach month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from favorite authors and other times I get excited by some new author I might try.

I don’t buy all the books (not during the month they’re released at least)–since I already have way too many books to read and sometimes these new books have high prices 😦

I’m not reading just e-books anymore so I’m also getting books from the library which helps with the high priced books.

But the list I make each month helps me not forget books. The Goodreads links help me keep track of these books and I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too!

November 1

I’ve read the first two books in this series and liked them. I like the two main characters in this book.

maybe-this-christmasMaybe This Christmas

by Sarah Morgan

Series: O’Neil Brothers #3

Published by Harlequin HQN

Genre: Contemporary Romance

384 pages

Synopsis: This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O’Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he’s simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he’s never ruined, and he’s not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she’s been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture…how can she concentrate on being his friend when he’s sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she’s always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?

November 4

This is the book I’m most excited about this month!

tainted-bloodTainted Blood

by M. L. Brennan

Series: Generation V #3

Published by Roc

Genre: Urban Fantasy (vampires)

318 pages

Synopsis: Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally  gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires—his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it’s up to Fort to keep things under control.

So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort finds himself tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas. Even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to hunt for the paranormal assassin.

But as he calls on fairies, witches, and ghouls for help, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than a single dead werebear. The supernatural community is preparing for a massive shift in power within the Scott family leadership—and Fort has landed right in the middle of the gathering storm.…

This is an interesting sounding mystery. It takes place in Belfast and is a new series.

down-on-cyprus-avenueDown on Cyprus Avenue

by Paul Charles

New series: book 1

Published by Dufour Editions (Hardcover)

Genre: Mystery

256 pages

Synopsis: In this new series from Paul Charles, formerly retired policeman Brendy McCusker is forced to return to work following his wife’s flight to America with their nest-egg. On his first major case in Belfast he partners with DI Lily O’Carroll to locate the two missing sons of a wealthy businessman. But before that case is resolved, an American banker working in Belfast is brutally murdered down on leafy Cyprus Avenue and McCusker and O’Carroll are put on the case. While the list of suspects grows ever longer, McCusker find himself juggling his move to Belfast, O’Carroll’s frequent blind dates, his status as a hired-back rent-a-cop, and being a single man while trying hard not to have his head turned by Belfast’s beautiful women – one mysterious one in particular. There is no relief when McCusker and O’Carroll eventually find a suspect with an air-tight alibi, which only one of the detectives believes is genuine…

I’ve read the first two books in this series and look forward to this book. Tanya Huff is one of my favorite authors.

the-future-fallsThe Future Falls

by Tanya Huff

Series: Gale Women #3

Published by DAW HC

Genre: Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: When Auntie Catherine warns the family of an approaching asteroid, the Gales scramble to keep humans from going the way of the dinosaurs. Fortunately for the world, they’re wielding a guitar and a dragon.

The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, which has caused some supernaturally complicated family shenanigans in the past. So when NASA and Doomsday Dan confirm Auntie Catherine’s dire prediction, Charlotte “Charlie” Gale turns to the family for help.

But Allie is unavailable because the universe seems determined to have her produce the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son of a Gale.  And the Aunties can’t help because they’re tied to the earth – although they are happy to provide their delicious, trademark pies.  And in the end, all Charlie has is a guitar…

…and Jack. The Dragon Prince, and a Sorcerer.

But Charlie might like Jack just a little too much, and Jack might like Charlie a little too much in return. Actually, between Allie’s hormones, the Aunties trying to force her and Jack into ritual, the Courts having way too much fun at the end of days, and Jack’s sudden desire to sacrifice himself for the good of the many, Charlie’s fairly certain that the asteroid is the least of her problems.

The Gales are going to need more than pie to save the world from an incoming asteroid. But together there isn’t anything they can’t deal with – except possibly each other.

I still need to read a book by Juliet Marillier. This sounds very good and it’s the first book in a new series. A good place to start!

dreamers-poolDreamer’s Pool

by Juliet Marillier

Series: Blackthorn and Grim #1

Published by Roc HC

Genre: Fantasy

448 pages

Synopsis: In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she’ll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.

This is a debut mystery and winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize. The book takes place in the U.S. Southwest. Need I say more. . .

bad-countryBad Country

by CD McKenzie


Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, a debut mystery set in the Southwest starring a former rodeo cowboy turned private investigator, told in a transfixingly original style.

Rodeo Grace Garnet lives with his old dog in a remote corner of Arizona known to locals as El Hoyo. He doesn’t get many visitors in The Hole, but a body found near his home has drawn police attention to his front door. The victim is not one of the many undocumented immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border in Rodeo’s harsh and deadly “backyard,” but a member of a major Southwestern Indian tribe, whose death is part of a mysterious rompecabeza—a classic crime puzzler—that includes multiple murders, cold-blooded betrayals, and low-down scheming, with Rodeo caught in the middle.

Retired from the rodeo circuit and scraping by on piecework as a bounty hunter, warrant server, and divorce snoop, Rodeo doesn’t have much choice but to say yes when offered an unusual case. An elderly Indian woman from his own Reservation has hired him to help discover who murdered her grandson, but she seems strangely uninterested in the results. Her attitude seems heartless, but as Rodeo pursues interrelated cases, he learns that the old woman’s indifference is nothing compared to true hatred, and aligned against a variety of creative and cruel foes, the hard-pressed PI is about to discover just how far hate can go.

CB McKenzie’s Bad Country is a noir novel that is as deep and twisty as a desert arroyo. With confident, accomplished prose, McKenzie captures the rough-and-tumble outer reaches of the Southwest in a transfixingly original style that transcends the traditional crime novel.

I haven’t read the first two books in this series, but Sharon Shinn is one of my favorite authors.

the-turning-seasonThe Turning Season

by Sharon Shinn

Series: Shifting Circle #3

Published by Ace

Genre: Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: For Karadel, being a shape-shifter has always been a reality she couldn’t escape. Even though she’s built a safe life as a rural veterinarian, with a close-knit network of shifter and human friends who would do anything for her—and for each other—she can’t help but wish for a chance at being normal.

When she’s not dealing with her shifts or caring for her animal patients, she attempts to develop a drug that will help shifters control their changes—a drug that might even allow them to remain human forever.

But her comfortable life is threatened by two events: She meets an ordinary man who touches her heart, and her best friend is forced to shift publicly with deadly consequences.

Now Karadel must decide whom to trust: her old friends or her new love.


The new books I hope to read this month:

  • Tainted Blood by M. L. Brennan
  • Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
  • The Future Falls by Tanya Huff
  • Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier
  • Bad Country by CB McKenzie

What books are you excited about this month?

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.

10 thoughts on “November books on my radar…”

  1. I am over the moon for Tainted Blood, my highest priority as well. Dreamer’s Pool looks very good as well, tried to snag an early copy but didn’t have any luck. Oh well, library it is!


    1. Tainted Blood sounds great. And I have Dreamer’s Pool on reserve at my library. I got word today I should get it this week.


  2. Tainted Blood and Dreamer’s Pool are awesome picks! The other one November book I’m looking forward to but haven’t read yet is Endsinger by Jay Kristoff, which is the third book of the Lotus War series. But that’s not coming til the end of the month, I believe.


  3. I am really looking forward to the new Juliet Marillier and Tanya Huff, also TAINTED BLOOD.

    Not massively excited about the Sharon Shinn although I usually love her books – the 1st book in this series didn’t work for me (her writing was lovely as usual, but I had serious issues about how the relationship was portrayed), and I have been on the fence about getting the second.


    1. I have the Marillier and Huff books on reserve at the library. And I’ve bought Tainted Blood.

      I probably won’t worry about trying to read the Sharon Shinn series then, Li!


  4. What a nice mix of books. I actually have two of those books, Maybe This Christmas and The Turning Season. They’re both authors I haven’t read before but I’m looking forward to them.

    You mentioned that you don’t read ebooks any more but what about your library? Do they offer ebooks that you can check out? Mine does and while I don’t use that feature often, it’s a handy one.


    1. Thanks, Bea! I’m still reading e-books, but I’m finally reading paper books again and mostly getting them from the library. I do search for library e-books, but my library system doesn’t have many of the books I read. I do find one I want every now and then.


  5. Looking at the other comments looks like Tainted Blood and Dreamers Pool are the winners! I really like the idea behind this post and may borrow it sometime (if you don’t mind course) if only to help me pay more attention to new releases.


    1. I agree, Stephanie–they do look like the two everyone want! And, of course, you can use the idea. It’s a great way to keep track of new books.


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