Happy Monday, reader folk! Here’s another batch of new releases. Kicking things off in fiction is Rainbow Rowell’s latest, Landline, (one of the most anticipated of the year?), as well as Chris Bohjalian’s Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, Tiphanie Yanique’s Land of Love and Drowning, and much more. In mystery there’s new work from Linda Castillo, Catherine Coulter, Brad Thor, and many others. Fantasy, meanwhile, has a new Thieftaker Chronicles addition from D.B. Jackson and a new look at Captain Hook from Lisa Jensen. In romance Stephanie Evanovich and Kristen Ashley are back, among others. Young adult has new Divergent stories from Veronica Roth and work from Aprilynne Pike, Alex Mallory, Lauren Barnholdt, and more. In new adult there are series additions from Courtney Cole, Chanel Cleeton, Kate McCarthy, and others. And in nonfiction Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella are back, plus Jay Barbree takes a look at the life of Neil Armstong. The week’s new paperbacks include Courtney Angela Brkic’s The First Rule of Swimming, Kevin Maher’s The Fields, and more.

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Giveaway: Come Dancing by Leslie Wells

by Casee Marie on July 3, 2014 · 0 comments

in Giveaways

Hey, friends! Leslie Wells was kind enough to offer some signed copies of her debut new adult novel, Come Dancing, to Inklings readers today. If you missed my review you can find it over here; in short, it’s a sassy, spicy romance that follows a jaded publisher’s assistant and a hard-living British rock star in ’80s Manhattan. He’s the Goodreads synopsis:

It’s 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in Manhattan, where she works as a publisher’s assistant. She dreams of becoming an editor with her own stable of bestselling authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the recession-clobbered book biz.

Julia blows off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a hot British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack chooses Julia as his girl for the evening—and when Jack Kipling picks you, you go with it. The trouble is … he’s never met a girl like her before. And she resists being just one in a long line.

Jack exposes her to new experiences, from exclusive nightclubs in SoHo to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood; from mind-bending recording sessions to wild backstage parties. Yet Julia is afraid to fall for him. Past relationships have left her fragile; one more betrayal just might break her.

As she fends off her grabby boss and tries to move up the corporate ladder, Julia’s torrid relationship with Jack takes her to heights she’s never known—and plunges her into depths she’s never imagined.

With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is witty, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.

The giveaway is open to entries (US only) until Monday, July 14. Good luck, and if you’re in the States I hope you have a safe and very fun 4th of July celebration!

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Come Dancing by Leslie Wells

by Casee Marie on July 2, 2014 · 1 comment

in Fiction, Reviews

Bookish Julia is a hard-working publisher’s assistant determined to be promoted to an editor – if her sleazy boss will ever give her a chance. At twenty-four, Julia’s had more hard knocks in her life than most people expect: at fourteen she suffered through her father’s abandonment and the devastation of her mother’s extramarital affair; years later, after heading to the bright lights of the big city, she found herself embroiled in a risky relationship of her own with a college professor that ultimately left her with a broken heart. Now Julia keeps herself busy at the office, letting off steam at the local dance clubs with her best friend Vicky. Her world of rejection letters and manuscript corrections turns upside down when one night out brings her face-to-face with Jack Kipling, sexy lead guitarist of the hottest band on the rock scene. It would be easy to fall for Jack’s British charm, but his hard-driving lifestyle and sketchy romantic history are constant reminders that a relationship with the infamous Jack Kipling could cost her another chink in her worn-down armor. As Jack sets his sights on winning Julia over – sweeping her up into his glamorous life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll – she’ll have to put her fragile trust to the test in order to follow her heart.

In her debut novel, Come Dancing, Leslie Wells brings to life all the eclectic, edgy style of New York City at the dawn of the 1980s as she spins a story of spine-tingling romance and the complex issues that can threaten a relationship. Through her effervescent writing style she catapults the reader into a world of excess and indulgence, while delving into some honest and heartfelt struggles along the way. In Julia we find an instant comrade, a fun-loving, career-minded girl who goes after what she wants and knows her own worth. When Jack Kipling waltzes into her life, bringing along with him the flashes of the paparazzi, her self-esteem takes a hit as she wonders how she’ll heal her heart when he inevitably moves on to a new conquest. Julia is an easy character to root for, an underdog who deep down knows she’s at the front of the pack; a diamond in a city full of sequins. It’s inspiring to watch Julia’s journey as she scrabbles through the challenges of life and love, at once lost to and wary of the larger-than-life Jack Kipling.

As a hard-edged rocker, Jack has unexpected depths that reveal themselves slowly to Julia as well as to the reader. With his elusive behavior and refusal to be “tied down” Julia finds him frustrating, infuriating, and – of course – seductive, but as the showy outer layers of his high-profile image fall away she finds that he’s irresistibly human. Wells does a terrific job of exploring the complexities of their relationship, illustrating the adage that opposites attract and highlighting how sensible Julia and brazen Jack could both learn a thing or two about trust and commitment from each other. Vibrating with the energy of the ‘80s arts scene, Come Dancing is a love story with lots of heart and plenty of heat.

Title: Come Dancing

Author: Leslie Wells

Genre: new adult, romance

Publisher: Allium Press

Release date: June 8, 2014

Source: Leslie Wells (c/o)

Buy the book:
Amazon/Kindle | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

More on the author:
Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads

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Hey, friends! Here’s another great week of new releases… Jojo Moyes releases her new novel, One Plus One (I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read any of her work yet) and Lydia Netzer, Elizabeth Chadwick, and Dorothy Garlock are all back; Elizabeth Cooke also has a new addition to her Rutherford Park series for the Downton-esque inclined. In mystery Maisie Dobbs creator Jacqueline Winspear has a new standalone, as does Dean Koontz, and Juliet Blackwell adds to her Witchcraft Mystery series. In sci-fi/fantasy there’s new work from Keri Arthur, Anthony Ryan, Diana Rowland, and more. It’s a big week for the romance genre, with new novels from Beth Ciotta, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jill Shalvis, Jude Deveraux, and Mary Balogh. In young adult Maggie Stiefvater has a new Wolves of Mercy Falls e-novella, plus standalones from Katherine Howe, Kasie West, and others. In new adult, meanwhile, Jamie McGuire is back, as are Robin York, J.S. Cooper, and Molly McAdams. Nonfiction has work from Sukey Forbes, Joan Rivers, and Nick Jans. And ever the last on the list: among the new-to-paperbacks this week are Marisha Pessl’s debut Night Film and Mary Simses’s The Irresistable Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe. Happy reading this week!

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