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Celebrate the New Year with Anticipated Books for 2009

Sadly I got caught up with doing things around the house and then rushing to the theater to see Tales of Desperaux that I forgot to schedule an afternoon post today.

Let us celebrate the New Year by talking about the books we can’t wait to read in 2009. I’m looking forward to Sherry Thomas’ release, more from Victoria Dahl, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Briggs, Nora Roberts’ return to straight contemporaries.

One of my favorite mystery writers may put out another book-PJ Tracy.

I’m even kind of looking forward to Rhev’s book. I’m hearing that it is geared to romance lovers.

Who else? Oh Beth Kery has a March release. Nalini Singh’s Angel book has an awesome hero. I could read about him for days. Very sexy. Kresley Cole’s Kiss of aDemon King comes out in just a little less than 20 days. It is hot.

What are you hotly anticipating. What do you think will be on the year end “best” lists in 2009?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Kati
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 14:12:45

    Personally, the book I’m looking forward to most is Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas. Her last two contemporaries have worked for me on every level, and I expect this one to do the same.

  2. Jessica G.
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 14:14:15

    I’m very excited to read Elizabeth Boyle’s new series (the one with the dresses). Also, I’d like to see how the new Julia Quinn turns out. I loved the Lost Duke, but Mr. Cavendish was a disappointment. And I’m hoping Robyn Dehart comes out with some new stuff, I loved her Lady Detectives! Anyone know anything?

  3. GrowlyCub
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 14:31:18

    If I hadn’t gotten an ARC through the Harper First Look program, I would be waiting impatiently for the new Bujold Horizon at the end of January, the finale in the Sharing Knife quadrology (Go out and buy it! Often! :).

    As annoyed as I was at some of the plot devices in her first 2 contemps, I’m interested in the third Travis book by Kleypas (March, I think).

    Liz Carlyle has a new one coming out in February just in time for my birthday, which I’m curious about and Jo Beverley has a new Malloren book scheduled for April.

    I can’t wait for the new Sherry Thomas in May. The excerpt on her site makes me want to have it NOW. A slight problem, since the book’s not finished yet… so I’m sending ‘write fast and finish’ vibes to her. :) The excerpt reminded me of one of my all time favorite books (Silk and Secrets by Mary Jo Putney).

    Putney will have a new historical (Yay, finally something that’s not one of those paranormally books) in June. Sarah McCarty’s third ‘Hell’s Eight’ is also scheduled for June (rescheduled from April, boooo).

    In September, there will be Lee/Miller’s first serialization draft ‘Fledgling’ in the re-written and finalized form from Baen.

    In November, the re-print of Balogh’s ‘A Precious Jewel’ which is one of my favorites by her. I’m not so sure about the new quintet that starts in February (I really detested some of the Slightly and Simply books), but the covers are gorgeous and I’m hoping she can recover some of the glory of her early Signet books!

    Those are the ones that come to mind without major brain twisting. I’m sure there are more I’m forgetting right now. :)

  4. rebyj
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 14:31:57

    2 in particular.
    Diana Gabaldon’s Echo in the Bones , newest in the Outlander series

    and I’m even MORE excited about Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey. It’s due out in June .
    Synopsis from Amazon:

    Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts – the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.

    Moirin has a secret, too. From childhood onward, she senses the presence of unfamiliar gods in her life; the bright lady, and the man with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised in the wilderness by her reclusive mother, it isn’t until she comes of age that Moirin learns how illustrious, if mixed, her heritage is. The great granddaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Donn, and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father was a D’Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire.

    After Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood, she finds divine acceptance…on the condition that she fulfill an unknown destiny that lies somewhere beyond the ocean. Or perhaps oceans. Beyond Terre d’Ange where she finds her father, in the far reaches of distant Ch’in, Moirin’s skills are a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior princess desperate to save her father’s throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.

    I can’t wait!!!

  5. GrowlyCub
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 14:38:30

    Yup, forgot one:

    Catherine Asaro’s new Skolia book is out in May as well.

  6. TracyS
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 14:51:38

    I’m looking forward to the three new Virgin River books from Robyn Carr, Fragile by Shiloh Walker, two books by Joanne Ross, a possible PJ Tracy, and two books by Jo Davis.

    I’m sure there is more, but those are off the top of my head.

  7. theo
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 15:04:15

    I'm even kind of looking forward to Rhev's book. I'm hearing that it is geared to romance lovers.

    That’s what she said about Phury’s book too. Phffft.

    And that barb…eww…

    Sorry. But no more Ward for me!

    I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to Echo or not. As much as I love Diana’s characters, I’m finding it harder with each book to get through the overflow historical…stuff. But I’m sure that’s just me.

    Absolutely looking forward to Jo’s next Malloren book, Adrian’s Veil of Midnight came yesterday, and I am awaiting the ARC of Shiloh’s Fragile I won at SBTB *does Snoopy dance*. Lynn Viehl’s newest Stay the Night is out this month and, pink cover or no, it’s on my must have list…can’t think of any others off the top of my head, but I have a two page list around here somewhere…


  8. Ann Bruce
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 15:10:53

    SEP’s What I Did for Love

    JAK’s Running Hot (Wait, this one was released 2 days ago…)

    Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer’s Wild Ride

    Lisa Kleypas’ Smooth Talking Stranger (BED was one of my top five books for 2008)

    JA Konrath’s Cherry Bomb

    Janet Evanovich’s Finger Lickin’ Fifteen (in audio)

    Sandra Brown’s currently untitled release (Smoke Screen gave me hope that she’s back on track.)

    Shana Abé’s Treasure Keeper (My interest in historicals has waned again and paranormals are on my black-list, but I will read the last two books to see how she ends the series.)

    Tami Hoag was supposed to have a new book out, but that’s been delayed to 2010. :(

    ETA: Gabaldon’s Echo in the Bone (in audio)

  9. Ann Bruce
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 15:20:27

    What are you hotly anticipating.

    Saw this part.

    What do you think will be on the year end “best” lists in 2009?

    Didn’t see this. So, from my list, for me, I think SEP, Crusie/Mayer, and Kleypas will be on my best in 2009.

  10. Kristen
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 15:28:50

    Isn’t there a new Ilona Andrews book coming out? And of course, another Bullet Catcher book from Roxanne St. Claire.

  11. Darlynne
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 16:01:18

    More Mercy Thompson and Alpha-Omega from Patricia Briggs, another Kitty book from Carrie Vaughn. Suzanne Brockmann, SEP, Ilona Andrews, Rob Thurman and, yes, Lover Avenged. Yippee for a new Malloren book and I already have Louise Penny’s Murder Stone (thank God for Amazon Canada). And musn’t forget the SB’s Beyond Heaving Busoms.

  12. Louise
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 16:06:59

    For me it has to be Bones Crossed by Patricia Briggs in February. I’m really excited, I can’t want to see what happens next with Mercy and Adam.

    Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong.
    Promise in Death by J.D Robb.
    Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas.
    Pride by Rachel Vincent.
    Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione. Her first book Pleasure Unbound had to be the best paranormal romance release of the year in 2008 for me personally.

    Another book I’m looking forward to, but I very much doubt will be released this year is Judith Mcnaught’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You. It’s been delayed so many times, that I don’t know what’s happening.

  13. Angela James
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 16:15:52

    Ha, great minds! I spent two hours today setting up a post about this very topic. My list is loooong.

  14. Keishon
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 16:52:14

    Catherine Asaro's new Skolia book is out in May as well.

    She has a rock star book coming out that she did a soundtrack for called DIAMOND STAR and I didn’t know about the Skolia book in May. YES! I am srsly behind in the series but the best thing about them is that most of them can essentially be read alone. Thanks for the heads up.

    The only book I am anticipating is Ariana Franklin’s third in the Art of Death series and thus far, nothing else after that. I’ll have to do some research and do my own post of upcoming favorites a mix of mystery, romance and YA novels. Later.

  15. Jane A
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 16:53:21

    Anne Bishop – The Shadow Queen
    Jaqueline Carey – Naamah’s Kiss
    Charlaine Harris – Dead and Gone (Sookie’s always involved in one man or another)
    Lynne Connolly – Devonshire (sequel to Yorkshire)

  16. joanne
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 17:11:38

    Many of the above listed, the economy be damned

    Angel’s Blood in March and Branded By Fire by Nalini Singh in July.
    Tucker’s Claim in April and Wild Instincts in June from Sarah McCarty
    Go Fetch in January and Here Kitty, Kitty this summer by Shelly Laurenston are finally going back into print.
    Coyote’s Mate by Lora Leigh in February
    My Man Michael in January by Lori Foster
    Any number of Roarke & Eve books the author wants to release in ’09

    I hope my “best of ” is a surprise and a keeper

  17. JJ
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 17:28:50

    Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy sounds like it will be really good.

  18. Angela James
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 17:40:46


    Isn't there a new Ilona Andrews book coming out?

    Just call me her pimp but I think she has three, including one from a little epublisher called Samhain :)

  19. GrowlyCub
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 17:50:27

    Keishon, sorry for the confusion, Diamond Star is the one I meant, it’s about Del-Kurj Skolia.

    Joanne, Tucker’s Claim is listed for June at Amazon, grumble, mumble. I’ve sent several emails to McCarty and her email list, but she’s not answered a single one of them… so I’m going by what Amazon has. None of the other online bookstores (B&N, Bamm, Borders, etc.) even list this title yet. I’m kind of annoyed I have to admit, since she has been merrily replying to all kinds of other questions/comments on her list; you’d think she could be bothered to answer a fan’s questions about when the book is actually coming out. I want to read it, but I may wait for it to show up on the TN online library instead of buying.

  20. KristieJ
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 18:05:36

    I haven’t looked that far ahead yet but the ones that come to mind first:

    Smooth Talking Stranger – Lisa Kleypas
    The Warlord’s Daughter – Susan Grant
    To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

  21. joanne
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 18:06:27

    @GrowlyCub …. McCarty may just be fighting the deadlines, she seems to have a lot of books coming out this year. From what I’ve seen she’s always been more then generous with her time with fans so maybe she just doesn’t know when it will be released. Harlequin is the site I check for that line of books since they generally have them earlier.

    The one I’m watching is Lisa Valdez’s January 6th release that’s still up for pre-order at Barnes and Noble. Nothing on her site and no reviews anywhere so I’m thinking that’s just another blip in this connnnnnnntinuing saga with her follow up to Passion.

  22. GrowlyCub
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 18:08:34

    Joanne, I understand about deadlines and real life crisis, but if she’s got time to send multiple emails to her email list about all kinds of things, you’d think she’d have time to say, either publicly or privately, sorry, don’t know when this book’s coming out.

  23. Michelle
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 18:10:04

    Promises in Death
    Lover Avenged

  24. cecilia
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 18:16:31

    I concur with at least 3/4 of the titles mentioned, except … what’s this?

    Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong

    News to me! Woohoo! Not till November? Boo.

    Also, I am excited about Made to Be Broken by Kelley Armstrong (the sequel to Exit Strategy, which I have been waiting a looong time for).

  25. Emmy
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 18:36:27

    Just finished Lynn Viehl’s Stay the Night, but am still looking forward to the next StarDoc book and the new Kyndred novels. Two other fave authors, Sean Michaels and Chris Owen have several books due out this year as well, so I’m sure my overall TBR count won’t shrink a bit.

  26. vanessa jaye
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 18:51:02

    I’m holding my breath waiting for Lisa Valdez’s PATIENCE….. ::pats nearby oxygen tank:: Rumour has it, it will be released this month. We’ll see…

    The Sins of Lord Easterbrook by Madeline Hunter comes out later this month! WoOt. Luv me some Madeline Hunter!

    Definitely, Lynn Veihl’s next release, and the mm release of Lisa Kleypas’ last contemporary hardback–if her 3rd contemporary comes out in mm this year, I’ll grab it too.

    That’s all for now, off the top of my head.

  27. Jane
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 18:53:00

    @vanessa jaye: I wouldn’t hold your breath on Patience. I think that until Valdez updates her website or you see it at the Berkley/Jove website, it’s not coming out.

  28. Marianne McA
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 18:53:27

    So far, I’ve preordered Bujold’s ‘Horizon’, Brockmann’s ‘Into the Fire’ in pb and ‘Dark of Night’ in hb, and Sarah Rees Brennan’s YA book ‘The Demon’s Lexicon’, which I think comes out July-ish. (She used to write HP fanfic, though it’s unavailable now. If her own writing is as good as the fanfic, it could be a great book.)
    Edited to add: And writing this made me think I hadn’t checked about Laurie R King, so I did, and have just preordered ‘The language of Bees’ for April. Happiness is.

  29. Josie
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 19:15:48

    I can’t wait for:

    Angels Blood – Nalini Singh
    Smooth Talking Stranger – Lisa Kleypas
    Kiss of a Demon King – Kresley Cole
    Bone Crossed – Patricia Briggs

    Plus really looking forward to the final two installments of Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchesses, Sylvia Day’s Marked series (especially happy they’re being released back to back!) and I think it’s safe to say I’ll also buy everything Nora releases this year as usual :)

    It’s shaping up to be a good year!!

  30. LinM
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 19:18:35

    I love reading wishlists – my TBR grows with all of the recommendations above.

    Number 1 on my list for 2009 is Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl Who Played with Fire”. I loved “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and gnash my teeth that the US translations are coming so slowly.

    After that:
    “Scandal” by Carolyn Jewel – her return to Historicals – this book is very different than the original that Jewel couldn’t get published. I’m not sure whether I want to read this book or wish for the original but love it or hate it – reading should be interesting.

    “The Better to Hold You” – Alisa Kwitney writing as Alisa Sheckley. Janine got me hooked on Kwitney. I have a love/hate relationship with paranormals so this may end up against the wall but I am going to try it.

    “The Mystery of Grace” – Charles de Lint.

  31. Jody W.
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 19:28:56

    Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair, Heart Change by Robin Owens, The Warlord’s Daughter by Susan Grant, Gin on the Rocks by Jennifer Estep (might come out in 2010), Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris, Demon Ex Machina and Tainted by Julie Kenner, The Boyfriend’s Back and The Runner-up by Ellen Hartman

  32. GrowlyCub
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 19:29:05

    Hi LinM!

    You have me intrigued. How’s Jewel’s ‘Scandal’ very different from the original? There’s obviously a story there.

    I’d never heard of the author before you mentioned her.

  33. Sherry Thomas
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 20:12:15

    For what it is worth, I have given a blurb for Carolyn Jewel’s SCANDAL. It is a beautiful story.

    I’m definitely looking forward to SEP’s and Shana Abe’s new releases. And folks don’t forget Meredith Duran has 2 books out back to back in July, BOUND BY YOUR TOUCH and WRITTEN ON YOUR SKIN.

    As for NOT QUITE A HUSBAND, my May release, it’s getting there so many thanks GrowlyCub.

    And thanks Jane, for the shout-out. It will be interesting to see your reaction to it.

  34. Moth
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 20:40:27

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the last Sharing Knife book by Lois McMaster Bujold. Bring me that Horizon!

    (small joke ;D )

  35. jmc
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 20:47:30

    The books I’ve preordered for 2009 are:

    Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
    Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold
    Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann
    Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
    Deathwish by Rob Thurman
    Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
    Made to Be Broken by Kelley Armstrong
    Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

    Not yet mentioned by anyone else:

    The Surgeon’s Lady by Carla Kelly (June)

    I’m also looking forward to anything new from K.A. Mitchell and Josh Lanyon.

  36. MaryK
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 20:47:35

    Ooh, you’ve read Nalini Singh's Angel book? I’m waiting for that.

    Also, Bone Crossed and Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs, Hope’s Folly by Linnea Sinclair, and Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre. I’m also looking forward to Beyond the Rain by Jess Granger. She’s completely new to me and the book is trade size :( , but the excerpt is awesome; it reminds me a lot of Justine Davis’ two futuristics.

    [I just realized these are all UF or SF! So, I took another look at my list. I’m also waiting for two Elizabeth Hoyts and want to try Jana DeLeon’s new series. That’s a little more balanced!]

  37. Brenna
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 20:52:01

    Diana Gabaldon's Echo in the Bones , newest in the Outlander series

    Will it be coming out this 2009? If it is, then it will definitely be on my list to borrow from the library. I do wonder how long this series will be going on before Gabaldon finally decides to end it.

    I'm also looking forward to all the IN DEATH books coming out for 2009. I've decided to try reading Mary Balogh again. I've stopped halfway through her Bedwyn series and couldn't read the Simply books because I overdosed on too much Bedwyn but I'm hoping that the new ones will help me rediscover her again.

    I'm eager to know how Ward will write Rhevenge's story though I'm not really buying the book because it is in hardback. Not so much on the romance but more on the backstory; whether Rhevenge will accept being the Symphant's leader, will he be able to help elevate his people from being marginalized, will there be an alliance between the symphants and the vampires, knowing that the vamps are seriously in need of help and more recruits, etc….

    Then there's Jo Beverley's new book, THE SECRET WEDDING. Also, I’m eagerly waiting for the new Loretta Chase book , DON'T TEMPT ME, w/c will be set in England this time. I prefer her stories set in that country than out of it.

  38. theo
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 20:56:22

    Will it be coming out this 2009? If it is, then it will definitely be on my list to borrow from the library. I do wonder how long this series will be going on before Gabaldon finally decides to end it.

    Diana says most likely 2010 on Echo and that there will probably be one, maybe two more books after. Then again. Outlander was supposed to be her only book so who knows…

  39. Keishon
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:10:29

    Keishon, sorry for the confusion, Diamond Star is the one I meant, it's about Del-Kurj Skolia

    Hunh. Interesting. Thanks!

  40. SonomaLass
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:10:35

    I’m always excited about new Nora Roberts! I’m really looking forward to another book by Sherry Thomas, too. And of course I’m super-excited about the Smart Bitches book.

    In fantasy, the second book in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy is due out in April — I found the first one riveting. We might also see more from Diana Gabaldon in Outlander and George R. R. Martin in Song of Ice and Fire, although neither of those books is finished, so those would be late next year, most likely.

    I’m planning to read more this year by a couple of authors who I have only recently found to love, including Nancy Werlin and Jane Lindskold.

    Mostly, I’m looking to be surprised some more this year. Thanks to DA and SBTB, I read some excellent books this year that I might not have found on my own. I can’t wait to see what unexpected reading pleasures the new year holds!

  41. rebyj
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:16:40

    Diana says most likely 2010 on Echo and that there will probably be one, maybe two more books after. Then again. Outlander was supposed to be her only book so who knows

    NOOOO ! darnit I had heard fall of 09 not too long ago. Jamie and Claire are getting old, they need their story told asap LOL.

    I had forgotten to mention my fluff authors. Humorous auto-buys there are 2 or 3 from Gena Showalter due this year , a new “Jinx” book by Sandra Hill and one or two Katie MacAlister books as well.

  42. Vivian
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:16:56

    I’m with everyone on the Patricia Briggs, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Lisa Kleypas novels.

    I just discovered today that Susan Elizabeth Phillips has a new book coming out soon called What I Did For Love! And I love the premise, it’s so cute.

    Kristan Higgins’ upcoming Too Good To Be True sounds amazing!

    I’m also REALLY looking forward to Megan Hart’s Deeper, Deanna Raybourn’s Silent on the Moor, and C.L. Wilson’s Queen of Song and Souls (especially because I’m reading King of Sword and Sky right now :)

  43. theo
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:20:45

    NOOOO ! darnit I had heard fall of 09 not too long ago. Jamie and Claire are getting old, they need their story told asap LOL.

    It wavers. One blog post is early 2010, one is late 2009, so who knows? She has said several times too that this story will have a happy ending.

    Then goes on to remind us all that people die…

    I want to scream!

    I just need the HEA and an ending. Please! LOL

  44. jmc
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:22:51

    Oh, I forgot: 12 by Suzanne Collins, the sequel to Hunger Games.

  45. GrowlyCub
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:23:38

    That Gabaldon series sounds a bit like Auel. That was conceived as a six book arc, book 5 took forever (12 years) and was awful because she’d clearly become more interested in the science than her characters, and then she said that there probably would be 7 books, but we haven’t seen hide nor hair of book 6 (and quite honestly after the horror that was ‘Shelters of Stone’ I wish she’d stopped after ‘Plains of Passage’ and gone on to do research and start writing scientific papers instead of a ‘novel’ in which she tried to impress the scientific community with her acquired knowledge)!

    Anyway, I really wish authors would make up their minds and then stick to the plan, because series that just keep on going usually deteriorate to the point where it hurts the fans more to read the books than gives them enjoyment.

  46. Brenna
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:26:10

    Diana says most likely 2010 on Echo and that there will probably be one, maybe two more books after. Then again. Outlander was supposed to be her only book so who knows…

    Is it? That's a long wait then. Sometimes I wonder if she has any idea on how to end this series at all. She meanders too much and deals oftentimes with minor things which are not really necessary. Much as I like to read more about Jamie and Claire, I would like to see Jamie finally settled after all that chaos in his life. That's why I have a deep admiration for authors like Dorothy Dunnett and how firm she was in ending her series and wouldn't budge an inch despite its success. I would have like to read more about Francis and Phillippa and I'm sure many would, but Dunnett was adamant that the book ends exactly where she planned it, that is at book 6, Checkmate.

  47. Diana Peterfreund
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:38:29

    I thought the Suzanne Collins sequel was called CATCHING FIRE? I’m really looking forward to that. Also:
    Queen of Song and Souls,
    The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (read it; loved it!),
    Justine Larbalesier’s “Liar” book (ditto),
    the new Sherry Thomas,
    the conclusion to the Cassandra Clare Mortal Instruments trilogy,
    Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, which is an alt history gilded age living airship romance

  48. theo
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:38:32

    I LOVED Outlander, though it took me three tries to get into it. I’m not one for first person narrative. But once I got to the stones…

    Anyway, still liked the second, the third was okay, then it got harder to get through things to read more about Jamie and Claire. Now I’m at the point where I’m probably going to borrow this one from the library when it comes out, depending on the reviews rather than buy it to start. And we’ll see how it goes. She has meandered a lot, I think, in the last couple of them.

    But I’m like you. I want to see some kind of resolve to things. This is starting to go on longer than a normal lifespan!

  49. Diana Peterfreund
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:40:29

    MaryK, that Beyond the Rain book looks awesome. The premise reminds me a bit of Brightness Falls From the Air.

  50. Jane
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:44:04

    @Diana Peterfreund: I’ve been curious about the Cassandra Clare series. She’s the former HP fan fic writer, right? Is her series like a crossover with some romance?

  51. Patty L.
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 21:54:18

    I can’t wait until until Susan Elizabeth Philips “What I did for Love” and Lisa Kleypas’ “Smooth Talking Stranger”.

    You made my day when I read that Nora Roberts is coming out with a new straight contemporary. I had pretty much stopped reading her last few books.

  52. Amy
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 23:44:45

    In addition to several others mentioned here, I’m waiting for The Courtship Dance by Candace Camp, the next in the Matchmaker series.

  53. Heather
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 23:51:31

    Dawnkeepers – Jessica Anderson — next week! Woot!
    Warlord’s Daughter – Susan Grant

  54. Debbie
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 00:24:39

    I am waiting for:
    Catching Fire (sequel to Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
    Julia Quinn’s new book
    Charlaine Harris – Dead and Gone
    Cassandra Clare-City of Glass
    LJ Smith-The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall

  55. Jo
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 06:14:30

    I agree with many of the titles mentioned above especially those by Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Patricia Briggs and J D Robb.

    One I haven’t seen mentioned (sorry if someone has listed it and I missed it) is Karen Chance’s Curse the Dawn. I don’t know if a sequel to Midnight’s Daughter, her other series, is due out this year – but I really hope it is.

  56. vanessa jaye
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 06:30:54

    @Jane – Hope springs enternal re Patience. *gg* I’ll definitely buy it whenever it’s released, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

    How could I forget Scandal? I love Carolyn’s Historicals, they’ve both been keepers for me! And Carla Kelly is a must buy as well.

    I know I’m missing other books. :-/

  57. Estara
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 06:53:34

    I hope you can forgive me for just quoting my November answer to this, but at least the books are out this January finally ^^, and I so hope they’ll do well.

    “I'm sitting on tenterhooks (isn't that what they're called) waiting for the rerelease of P.C. Hodgell's first two Jamethiel Dreamweaver novels as an omnibus (this time called the Godstalker Chronicles) by her first big publisher BAEN (who already offer all the current releases in ebook format – and there’s an excellent series synopsis at the link) not just as a hardcover, but as trade paperback.

    I so hope they sell well, so that she not only sells the newest book in the series (which ought to be delivered to the publisher sometime next year), but gets additional contracts for more in the series, now that she's not tied down with a regular day job anymore. She's been writing them since the 80ies and I think of her as one of the best epic female fantasy authors that no one knows (because her previous publishers were very small or – like Meisha Merlin – went out of business).

    So I spam threads like this whenever I get the chance, in case people haven't heard of her yet. Kalen Hughes is also a fan (which I found out in another thread on this blog where I wrote about Pat Hodgell)!”

    A quote from the ebook collection at

    Richly-alluring High Fantasy from a Master Fantasist Ripe for Rediscovery!

    Have you been looking for a fantasy world-builder on the level of Patricia McKillip, Guy Gavriel Kay, Fritz Leiber or-‘dare we say it? Yes, we dare!-‘J.R.R.Tolkien himself? P.C. Hodgell is nigh.

    Welcome to the world of the Kencyrath, where ivory-armored, carnivorous horses travel in herds called “rages,” pretty butterflies might very well suck your life’s blood, and tree leaves migrate south for the winter. It’s a dangerous and beautiful place where it’s easy to get yourself killed. And resurrected. And possibly become bound to somebody else’s soul in the process.

  58. jmc
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 07:39:16

    @Diana Peterfreund: 12 is how it is listed on Amazon, where I found it while browsing for books to pre-order. But that has probably changed….

  59. DS
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 08:24:49

    1/9 Rachel Caine’s new Morganville Vampire book– Lord of Misrule. I’ve kind of lost interest in the Weather Warden books, but I’m still hooked on these.

    3/9 Elizabeth Bear’s Seven for a Secret which seems to be an alternative history– 1938, London is occupied by the Prussian Chancellor’s forces paranormal, there is a vampire (wampyr) and I don’t know about romantic content but I have become addicted to her books in the past year.

    4/9 C. J. Cherry has a new Foreigner book out– Conspirator.

    7/9 Marjorie Liu’s sequel to Iron Hunt that I am looking forward to reading.

  60. Keri M
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 08:58:22

    @Ann Bruce, you practically hijacked my entire list! :-) Is JA Konrath a hoot or what?? I cannot wait for the next Jack Daniels book. I am also looking forward to Pamela Clare’s Naked Edge having some sort of release date, soon I hope. I am also holding out hope that Dan Brown gives some sort of announcement of when he might be releasing a new book sometime in the next couple of years, I mean geesh how long can an author milk a book for royalties and still maintain a fan base? ;-)

    I also cannot wait for Elle’s book from Christine Feehan, due out in late 2009 called Hidden Current. I have absolutely loved her Drake Sisters series and am going to hate seeing it end. I also think that her Burning Wild in the Leopard series sounds very intriguing due out in April of 09. I have so many more, but it would take too long to list it here, so this will do for now. :-) Keri

  61. Lynne Connolly
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 10:03:00

    Well I got the new Feehan and the new Viehl and the new Lara Adrian out this month, so I’m looking forward to reading those.
    I’ve become a Harlequin whore this last few months too, and I’m looking forward to newies by India Grey, Annie West and Trish Wylie. The new Harlequin authors are bringing a breath of fresh air to the categories, although I so wish they’d junk the awful titles! You feel daft recommending something called “His Mistress, His Terms” to a friend, although I recommend it wholeheartedly anyway.
    The new Joanna Bourne, a new Robin Schone and a new Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It’s looking good!

  62. Jennifer Estep
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 11:38:33

    @ Jody W.: Actually, the first Assassin book won’t be out until February 2010. The other two books in the series will come out in June and October 2010 (which is really good since the first book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger). The first chapter of the first book is up on my Web site if you want a sneak peak.

    I’m really looking forward to the Kleypas contemporary (although I need to read BEDevil before the third book comes out). Sugar Daddy was one of my favorite reads last year.

    I also think there’s a new (and final) book coming from Donald Westlake, who died this week. Very sad since I love so many of his books.

    Mainly though, I want to catch up on my series in 2009. I’ve let a lot of series slip by the wayside (like the Dresden Files). And just seeing what everyone is buzzing about and trying new authors/books.

  63. Lizzy
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 12:09:12

    @LinM: Girl with the Dragon TATTOOOOOO! Loved it. I’m hoping Tana French’s next mystery will be out this year, but I can’t seem to find anything.

    Another vote for Echo in the Bones here. I’m all hyped for Outlander stuff right now because I read some recent buzz about a film.

  64. DeeCee
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 12:37:28

    Looking forward to:
    *the next Tairen Soul story by C. L. Wilson

    *Naked Edge by Pamela Clare
    *Genesis by Karin Slaughter-next book in her Grant series. I felt really burned by Beyond Reach, so I’ll probably get this at the library.

    *Annette Blair’s latest books in her Witch series-I loved the original trilogy and I’m hoping her next books will be as good as the originals.

    *All the new books by Suzanne Brockmann

    *Lover Avenged by J. R. Ward

    *Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

    *Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon-still unsure about if I’ll buy it or not. I’ve felt very cheated by her last few books, but her short story in Dead After Dark renewed my hope.

    *Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

  65. karmelrio
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 13:17:50

    Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward (but alas I won’t buy it until it comes out in paperback)

    Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh

    Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole

    Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian

    Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch

  66. Estara
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 13:49:39

    @DS: re Elizabeth Bear and Seven for a Secret: Did you know that New Amsterdam is the first volume in that world, with the same characters some years earlier?

  67. Ann Bruce
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 14:21:10

    @Keri M: I can’t get enough of Konrath. A wonderful blend of police procedural, smart heroine, and comedic wit. The cliffhanger in the last book, though, was cruel and unusual and I told him so.

    I also think there's a new (and final) book coming from Donald Westlake, who died this week. Very sad since I love so many of his books.

    No! I started reading his Dortmunder series last year and it’s a blast.

  68. Lizzy
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 14:49:01

    @Ann Bruce: I know! First Pinter, then Westlake. It’s all a bit of a blow, coming so soon after Studs Terkel. I hope Gore Vidal has been drinking his Ensure.

    Westlake’s book is supposed to be out in April; I just looked it up.

  69. DS
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 15:27:28

    @ Estara No, I wasn’t aware of that– but I’ve been picking up her books here and there– some in hard copy, some ebook and has about four all released in the last three months that I have bought but haven’t had time to listen to– I’m really hoping to be sent on a few long car trips so I can catch up with these. But everything I’ve read by her I have enjoyed more than average. I ‘ll put New Amsterdam in my shopping cart next time I’m on Amazon– oh, heck, why wait. I’ll go buy it now before the US publishers fall into financial ruin.

  70. Jennifer Estep
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 16:38:05

    @ Ann B.: I love the Dortmunder series too. Westlake also wrote some more noir-type thrillers about a thief named Parker under the name Richard Stark. Those are really good too if you’re looking for more Westlake to read.

  71. Darlynne
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 17:17:19

    Must add Deanne Raybourn’s Silent on the Moor coming out in March, the third (I’m hoping) Lady Julia-Nicholas Brisbane mystery.

  72. Danielle
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 18:12:53

    For now I would have to say the two Jo Davis’ books.

  73. Estara
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 18:18:19

    @DS: Don’t forget to get All the Windwracked Stars, too ^^. And she is the current Winterqueen at Green Man Review, so they have a ton of her books reviewed right now. I think the only one missing is Undertow, which is also excellent if different (as all her books are).

  74. Joonigrrl/Leslie
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 19:16:23

    While I’m looking forward to so many books, there’s one that I really really wish would come out in 2009: Kristen Britain’s 4th book in the Green Rider series.

    Yeah, I don’t think it will. Maybe 2010?

  75. Malin
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 19:26:50

    No one has mentioned the fifth and final Gardella book yet, Colleen Gleason’s As Shadows Fade. Go Team Max!

    Or the seventh Rachel Morgan book, White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison. Those two novels are probably my most anticipated books right now.

    Also looking forward to a lot of the books already mentioned, Jacqueline Carey’s two books (Santa Olivia, her non-Terre D’Ange book doesn’t look bad either), the new Deanna Raybourn, the new Julia Quinn (although I hope it’s better than Mister Cavendish, I presume, the new Loretta Chase, the new Joanna Bourne, the new Sherry Thomas, both of Patricia Briggs’ new novels, The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, the last C.L Wilson book (not allowing myself to buy book 3 until book 4 is out). Charlaine Harris, Janet Evanovich and Kelley Armstrong will have to wait until their books are out in paperback – they’re no longer on the must buy in hardback-list.

  76. Jill Sorenson
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 20:55:57

    I’m still behind on last year’s releases! I’m looking forward to some sexy suspense. Pamela Clare, yes please. And Bella Andre has a new series coming out (Wild Heat?) about firefighters.

  77. trisha
    Jan 03, 2009 @ 06:18:03

    I’ve got a bunch of YA books I want to read. Romance? Eh…

    Demonkeepers by Jessica Andersen. Just got the second book in the series (haven’t read it yet), but the first one seemed fresher and made me more excited than any other romance I’ve read recently.

    Marked by Passion by Kate Perry, despite the middling PW review and the fact that it’s the start of another series that has something to do with some kind of guardians. On the other hand, the female protagonist has a Chinese last name and it looks like it’s written in first-person, so I’m going to buy it just on principle.

    Ghostland by Jory Strong, even though it’s a trade paperback!

    The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu. No idea what it’s about, but the Dirk & Steele books are pretty much auto-buys for me.

    New Blood by Gail Dayton doesn’t exactly sound like my kind of book — blood sorceress? “bound to her by blood and magic”? — but also sounds different enough that I want to give it a try.

    @Diana Peterfreund: I didn’t know Leviathan was coming out this year! “[A]n alt history gilded age living airship romance”? Sounds similar to Kenneth Oppel’s series. The third book in Oppel’s Matt Cruse series, Starclimber is coming out next month, and, oops, forgot to mention it on my list of YA books I’m looking forward to. And, yeah, need to add Leviathan to the list, too.

  78. April
    Jan 03, 2009 @ 06:42:19

    A big DITTO on the Gabaldon book. Although I’m beginning to agree that she is like Auel. She gets too involved with her other projects to put enough into her MAIN series, and by the time the books come out…..well, it gets frustrating to have to wait. She’s not quite as bad as Auel though. I almost don’t know if I will read book 6 if Auel ever comes out with it. It’s been so many years since I read The Shelters of Stone, and it was not that great.

    I’m also looking forward to Julia Quinn’s new books. I’m not sure why everyone disliked Mr. Cavendish so thoroughly, but I read it in conjunction with The Lost Duke of Wyndham. I read them at the same time so that I wouldn’t know who ended up being the duke. Maybe that helped my enjoyment of the book.

    Also looking forward to the new Sookie Stackhouse, more Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran (just finished with Duke of Shadows, and WOW), and I’m REALLY excited for the sequel to The Hunger Games.

  79. Kathleen MacIver
    Jan 03, 2009 @ 09:55:24

    Me? I have to say the finale in Lynn Kurland’s Nine Kingdom’s trilogy. Princess of the Sword. Except… I already finished it. (It’s release date is this week, but my store sold me one out of the box two days ago.)

    You all know how much I loved the first two, from the guest review I offered on here, and the final book was the perfect ending! I am totally in awe of the beauty of Lynn’s writing.

  80. Ann Bruce
    Jan 03, 2009 @ 13:09:21

    @Jennifer Estep: Thanks for the suggestion. Is it selfish of me to be grateful Westlake has such a lengthy backlist?

  81. Diana Peterfreund
    Jan 03, 2009 @ 17:34:18

    Jane @#50: Yes, she was a fanfic author before. It’s very action packed urban fantasy with a big scoop of romance. Not going to say much more for fear of spoilers, but she finds a new way to break your heart with each book. I can’t wait to see how it’s resolved.

  82. Jennifer Estep
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 16:55:14

    @ Ann Bruce: Asbolutely not! One of the articles I read about Westlake’s death commented how he wrote 3 or 4 books a year long before doing so was popular (and how many pseudonyms he had) and that he was considered one of the best mystery writers ever.

    I’ve also read some of his stand-alones, and he did a couple of books about a spy-like character named Grofield (or something like that). But I didn’t enjoy those as much as the Parker books. Westlake was someone I always wanted to meet at a conference some day …

  83. Mary M.
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 12:32:37

    No idea when exactly I’m going to read them, or if I’m going to buy or borrow them, or if they’ll end up on my best list at the end of the year, but here are the books I want to read in 2009:

    Plum Spooky and Finger Lickin 15 (atrocious title) – Janet Evanovich
    Dark of Night – Suzanne Brockmann
    Eye of the Storm – Lee Rowan
    Angel’s Blood, Branded by Fire and Blaze of Memory – Nalini Singh
    Turn Coat – Jim Butcher
    Secret Life of a Vampire and Forbidden Nights with a Vampire – Kerrelyn Sparks
    Lover Avenged – J.R. Ward
    Untitled sequel to Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
    Dreamfever – Karen Marie Moning
    Skin Trade – Laurell K. Hamilton (I know, I’m masochistic, but at least I’m not buying them anymore)
    Bad Moon Rising – Sherrilyn Kenyon
    An Echo in the Bone – Diana Gabaldon (if I can read books 4, 5 and 6 first)
    Covet – J.R. Ward (new series)
    Adrien English book 5 – Josh Lanyon (with a little luck ;) )

  84. Riley
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 13:25:43

    Reading sucks losers!!!

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