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2009 Fiction Hardcover Releases

>From Publisher's Weekly's rundown of the Spring/Summer 2009 Hardcover releases, I've tried to cull the romance ones. 


  • Lavender Morning (May, $26.95) by Jude Deveraux. A 20th-century woman is torn between her mother's society roots and her father's working-class background.


  • Burn (July, $26) by Linda Howard. The author of Death Angel blends suspense and romance.
  • Hot Pursuit (July, $25) by Suzanne Brockmann depicts a female bodyguard and the politician she must protect. 8-city author tour.


  • Skin Trade (June, $26.95) by Laurell K. Hamilton follows Blood Noir as the newest entry in the Anita Blake series.


  • Undead and Unwelcome (June, $24.95) by MaryJanice Davidson. Vampire queen Betsy Taylor returns for the eighth novel in this series.


  • Seducing an Angel (May, $22) by Mary Balogh. Cassandra, Lady Paget, arrives in Regency London to restore her reputation. 70,000 first printing.


  • More than Words, Vol. 5 (Apr., $16.95) by Heather Graham et al. showcases original short stories inspired by real-life heroines.


  • Heartless (June, $24.95) by Diana Palmer. Gracie's shameful secret makes her deeply afraid to love.


  • Malice (Apr., $24) by Lisa Jackson. A detective recovering from an accident sees his dead wife everywhere.
  • Mr. and Miss Anonymous (May, $24) by Fern Michaels focuses on two college students who meet at a fertility clinic and then again 20 years later.


  • Summer on Blossom Street (May, $24.95) by Debbie Macomber. A yarn shop owner offers knitting classes, Knit to Quit, for those who want to start a new phase of life.


  • Temptation and Surrender (Mar., $25.99) by Stephanie Laurens. In the latest Cynster novel, Lucifer's brother-in-law returns to Devon to manage his family's estate. 100,000 first printing.


  • KnockOut (June, $26.95) by Catherine Coulter observes two FBI agents investigating the disappearance of a little girl in the Virginia wilderness. 650,000 first printing.
  • Black Hills (July, $26.95) by Nora Roberts. Death and passion stalk the Black Hills of South Dakota.800,000 first printing.


  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen (June, $27.95) by Janet Evanovich offers another Stephanie Plum adventure.
  • Bad Moon Rising (Aug., $25.95) by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest Dark-Hunter novel.

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. jmc
    Jan 26, 2009 @ 21:20:16

    There’s more Betsy the Vampire on the horizon? I thought that series wrapped up when she and Sinclair got married. No?

  2. rebyj
    Jan 26, 2009 @ 21:31:57

    I can always read more Betsy, but will wait for the paperback release.
    Golly hard cover books are getting expensive!

  3. Keishon
    Jan 26, 2009 @ 21:37:12

    Ho, well, the Brockmann sounds delish. She’s dropping her NAVY SEALS? She is great at writing straight contemporary romance novels.

  4. GrowlyCub
    Jan 26, 2009 @ 23:47:09

    Black Hills (July, $26.95) by Nora Roberts. Death and passion stalk the Black Hills of South Dakota.800,000 first printing.

    Wonder how many black-footed ferrets are in this one? :)

    The Brockmann is a Sam/Alyssa book, straight suspense or so I’ve heard.

  5. katiebabs
    Jan 27, 2009 @ 10:30:25

    The thought of paying anywhere from $25-27 for a HC really doesn’t make me want to go out and buy.

    Thank you for my local library! :D

  6. Sherry Thomas
    Jan 27, 2009 @ 12:14:50


    Why do you think some publishers put out first printing #s while others don’t?

    And do you think if Catherine Coulter had a historical come out in hardcover, it would get the same print run? (I’m thinking no, but I really don’t know enough about the market.)

  7. Jane
    Jan 27, 2009 @ 12:26:32

    @Sherry Thomas I don’t have any idea. Promotional? I.e., look at our huge print run and see how much we are behind this book? RE: coulter’s hardcover? I’m thinking not but honestly having read a few of her RS, it surprises me what people are willing to pay to read these days.

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