Never Love A Lawman by Jo Goodman (ISBN 9781420101751, $6.99, Zebra, September 1, 2009) - Jo Goodman has been writing for a long time, and she happens to be one of Kristie's favorite authors. Other than that, why is this book notable? Because Goodman's last several (several) books have been English set. She's temporarily leaving England for....a western! Somebody hold me back!
Rachel Bailey may seem like just a beautiful newcomer to most of Reidsville, Colorado, but Sheriff Wyatt Cooper knows she's much more. Through a twist of fate, Rachel is the inheritor of a very valuable commodity: control of the railway that's keeps the isolated mining town connected to the world. That is, she will be, if she agrees to the surprising stipulation in her benefactor's will - that she marry Wyatt.
Rachel has no choice: refusing the marriage could put all of Reidsville in the hands of an outsider - and not just any outsider, but the cruel tyrant she has come here to escape. Yet living with Wyatt will be her greatest challenge. For he has a tempting way about him that makes Rachel forget theirs is a marriage in name only - until her frightening past shows up to remind them exactly how much they have at stake...
Texas Wedding For Their Baby's Sake by Kathryn Albright (ISBN, 9780373295616, $5.99, Harlequin Historical, September 1, 2009) - In a bid to drive me insane, Harlequin has taken to slapping inane Harlequin Presents-style titles on their historicals. For the love of all that is holy - please stop! Anywho, this is a sequel to The Rebel And The Lady and features the wayward brother from that book as the hero. Can't wait!
Brandon Dumont is not the man he was. Embittered by war, he's now a rugged survivor, a broken hero. Certain he's not fit for society, he finds his lonely self-imposed exile shattered by the arrival of the woman he once bedded and left behind.
Since her fiancé went to war, social butterfly Caroline Benét has had to grow up fast. She's held up a stagecoach at gunpoint and left the safety of Charleston for wild Texas territory—all to find a man she no longer knows…for the sake of their unborn child….
A Cowboy Christmas by Janette Kenny (ISBN 9781420106589, $5.99, Zebra, October 6, 2009) - I keep asking Santa for a cowboy for Christmas and every year the fat man keeps denying me. Bastard!
Reid Barclay doesn’t have time for Christmas, not with trouble brewing at the Crown Seven Ranch. He’s got prize thoroughbreds to protect, and an long-ago wrong that he wants to make right. But the beautiful cook who’s taken over the ranch kitchen is a welcome distraction, even if Ellie Jo Cade burns everything from gingerbread to roast beef. Her sweet face and womanly figure are pure temptation…Cornhusk angels…bright berry garlands…spun-sugar snow—everything about Christmas holds fond memories for Ellie Jo. She’s doing her best to make peace with an ornery wood-burning stove and make the old ranch house truly festive. All she wants is to believe in Reid…and the only-at-Christmas magic that makes hearts glow…
The Lone Texas by Jodi Thomas (ISBN 9780425230626, $7.99, Berkley, October 6, 2009) - I am so grossly behind on Jodi Thomas' westerns, it's not even funny. This is another entry in her Whispering Mountain series.
Three days after arriving in Galveston, newly widowed Sage McMurray finds herself taken hostage in a robbery. She fears she may never see Whispering Mountain again when the outlaws decide to auction their pretty captive off to the highest bidder, until a tall stranger offers twice the highest bid.
Destiny's Captive by Kate Lyon (ISBN 9780843962833, $6.99, Leisure, October 27, 2009) - OK, I loved Hope's Captive and this new book has been years in the making. Thank the good Lord she got a better cover for this book. However they did decide to slap a cover quote on the front from a
Sigh, oh well. Still can't wait to read it.
AN UNEXPECTED ANGEL
Angelina Sanchez didn’t hold much stock in men. The ones who weren’t slimy fortune hunters weren’t interested in a young lady who would rather spend time with her horses than flirt. But when she saw a handsome stranger in town, there was an instant connection, a spark of familiarity like nothing she’d ever felt. And no matter how fiercely her father warned her away from Jeremiah Baldwin, nothing could have kept her from his side.
A BROKEN WARRIOR
When her father had him beaten and left for dead, Angel’s soft hands and sweet voice coaxed Jeremiah to stay, to fight. In her arms, it seemed he’d finally found a place to belong. But how could he protect her when it was her father who’d led the raid that had slaughtered his family? His spirit guides had told him he would feel true joy only if he made peace with his greatest sorrow. But unless he could find a way to win Angelina’s heart without forsaking his family, he would remain…
Alaskan Renegade by Kate Bridges (ISBN 9780373295685, $5.99, Harlequin Historical, November 1, 2009) - Bridges tends to a consistent read for me, and I love that she's firmly rooted in Alaska for her westerns. This one sounds pretty good.
When the Skagway town nurse, Victoria Windhaven, sets off on a dangerous medical journey through the Alaskan wilderness, she is forced to ride with a man from her past--hired bodyguard Brant MacQuaid.
And last but not least? One of my very favorite writers, Cheryl St. John has a new Harlequin Historical title slated for release in December! Unfortunately, I don't know a darn thing about it yet, but in the meantime, here are the bare bones:
And those are some of the western releases slated for the rest of 2009 I'm looking forward to.
What's on tap for tomorrow? It's The Last Day! Whew!