Somehow, April has almost passed me before I am ready to be finished with it. This is going to have to be a long post to get in everything I want to say. First, I review original ebooks (meaning they are only published in electronic format) for Library Journal's website. I was asked to review a title written by Natalie J. Damschroder. I had never read anything by her before. In fact, she is a romantic suspense author who has published mainly paperbacks or ebooks. I don't usually read paperbacks and I haven't read a lot of romantic suspense lately. Well, this author blew me away. The plot was so suspenseful I finished the title in record time. I would have purchased it as a paperback for the library if it had been available. I was forced, instead, to purchase it in ebook format through Overdrive, along with two other titles that she penned. If you read in electronic format, and like sexy romantic suspense, try Acceptable Risk. I found it definitely worth my while. It covers all the bases - action, adventure, a touch of the paranormal, romance, intrigue, suspense, murder. What more could you want.
OK - now on to the May entries that will shortly be here for everyone to check out and read. On May 15, Steve Berry is coming out with a new standalone - The Columbus Affair. Berry seems to become more and more popular with each entry. This one has a suicidal journalist traveling the world looking for a historical treasure that will change the way we look at Christopher Columbus and save his daughter's life at the same time.
Marcia Clark, after the popularity of Guilt by Association - her first novel, comes out with Guilt by Degree on May 8th. D.A. Rachel Knight is back and takes on a near impossible case involving a homeless man. Soon, she is fighting for her life and the plot takes twists and turns from there. The story moves quickly and is hard to put down. Clark will win more fans with this one.
Also on May 8th, Edward Falco picks up Mario Puzo's pen and offers us The Family Corleone, a prequel of the Godfather based on a Puzo screenplay. Falco has won a Robert Penn Warren Prize as an essayist. This ought to be interesting. Vito Corleone wonders about the fate of his children while Sonny agitates to join his father in the 'family'. If you miss the Sopranos and loved The Godfather, try this one.
If you are in the mood for romance, Mary Balogh comes out with The Proposal on May 1st. Lady Gwendoline Muir has been a young widow who has appeared in several of Balogh's novels. This time out, she is the focus. A story of two wounded people who find each other and fall in love. Just in time for spring, birds and flowers.
Lastly, I'll add a western. Michael McGarrity, a former Santa Fe County sheriff and an Anthony Award nominated mystery author, offers a story of the Southwest in Hard Country which comes out May 10th. After his wife dies in childbirth and his brother is killed, John Kerney gives up his ranch and hunts for the killers while looking for a place to settle with his newborn son. There is good buzz about this title so if you like westerns, historical fiction or books about the Southwest, give it a try.