Brass Dragon Codex by R.D. Henham

Title: Brass Dragon Codex

Author: R.D. Henham (Rebecca Shelley)

Publisher: Mirrorstone

Release Date: February 10, 2008

ISBN: 978-0786951086

Size: 256 pages; Trade hardcover

Genre: Middle Grade Speculative

Never start a conversation with a brass dragon–it might never end!In another volume of the companion series to A Practical Guide to Dragons, orphaned baby brass dragon Kyani ventures out into the desert to find something to eat, and finds a gnome named Hector instead. Hector is not so sure he wants a chatty, hungry brass dragon following his every move. But several groups ready to go to blows over the marvelous invention Hector guards with his life, he may need the help that only a fun-loving brass dragon can provide.

Slathbog’s Gold (Adventurers Wanted, Bk 1) by M.L. Forman

Title: Slathbog’s Gold (Adventurers Wanted, Bk 1)

Author: M.L. Forman

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Release Date: February 4, 2009

ISBN: 978-1606410295

Size: 432 pages, hardback

Genre: YA Fantasy

Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon’s hoard? If so, apply within …

The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter’s bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.

Upon entering Mr. Clutter’s shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves. Alex becomes the eigth man in a band of adventurers seeking the lair of Slathbog the Red – and evil dragon with a legendary treasure. Along the way, Alex and his new friends must battle dangerous trolls and bandits, face undead wraiths, and seek the wisdom of the Oracle in her White Tower. Alex’s adventure takes him to distant and exotic lands where he learns about courage, integrity, honor, and, most importantly, friendship.

Bright Blue Miracle by Becca Wilhite

Title: Bright Blue Miracle

Author: Becca Wilhite

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Release Date: February 4, 2009

ISBN: 978-1606410318

Size: 176 pages, 5×8 softcover

Genre: YA


Seventeen-year-old Leigh Mason is not sure she is ready to share her mom, her bedroom, and her little sisters with her new stepsister, Betsy. And she’s definitely not ready to share her best friend, who happens to be a boy!

Coping with a blended family is not easy for either Leigh or Betsy, especially during their senior year in high school. Each step brings them nearer to a crisis that will either send them running in different directions or bind them firmly together (which, let s face it, would take a miracle).

Bright Blue Miracle is a new young adult novel that has everything a girl wants: a hero (more specifically, a really cute boy), a villain (who happens to be a stepsister), comedy, despair, pedicures, ice cream, love, hate, tennis, revenge, and, of course, a couple of surprises that might send you for some tissues.

Night’s Pleasure by Amanda Ashley

Title: Night’s Pleasure

Author: Amanda Ashley

Publisher: Zebra

Release Date: February 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-0821780626

Size: 384 pages, mass market paperback

Genre: Speculative; Paranormal Romance

Series: Night’s Kiss (v 1), Night’s Touch (v 2), Night’s Master (v 3)

(Caution: May contain objectionable content)

Savanah Gentry’s life was so much simpler when she was a reporter for the local newspaper. That was before her father’s sudden death drew her into a mysterious new world she was just beginning to understand. A Vampire hunter by birth, Savanah has been entrusted with a legacy that puts everyone she cares for in danger—including the seductive, sensual Vampire who unleashes her most primal desires.Rane Cordova has always been alone, half hating himself for his dark gift even as he relishes its extraordinary power. But one look at Savanah fills him with the need to take everything she has to give and carry her to heights of unimagined ecstasy. And though he never intended their relationship to go this far, now Savanah is in more danger than she knows—and facing a relentless enemy determined to eliminate Rane and all his kind.

Lemon Tart by Josie S. Kilpack

Title: Lemon Tart

Author: Josi S. Kilpack

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: January 29, 2009

ISBN: 978-1606410509

Size: 368 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Mystery

A Recipe for Murder: 5 families living on Peregrine Circle, 1 flowered curtain tieback, 1 missing child, 1 body in th field. Mix with a long list of suspects and top with two very different detectives. Increase heat until only the truth remains.

Cooking aficionado turned amateur detective Sadie Hoffmiller tries to solve the murder of Anne Lemmon, her beautiful young neighbor–a single mother who was mysteriously killed while a lemon tart was baking in her oven. At the heart of Sadie’s search is the woman’s missing two year-old son, Trevor. Whoever took the child must be the murderer, but Sadie is certain that the police are looking at all the wrong suspects—including her!

Armed with a handful of her very best culinary masterpieces, Sadie is determined to bake her way to proving her innocence, rescuing Trevor, and finding out exactly who had a motive for murder.

On the Jericho Road by K.L. Morgan

Title: On the Road to Jericho

Author: K.L. Morgan

Publisher: TriQuest Publishing

Release Date: January, 2009

ISBN: 978-583081341

Size: 378 pages, 6×9, trade paperback

Genre: Historical

Jethen has lost his faith. Raised a devout Samaritan, he was taken from Samaria in his teens when his father moved their family to King Herod’s Jericho. In the hustle and bustle of his family’s trade, their yearly pilgrimages and Sabbath worship waned. Even though Jethen became acquainted with the ways of the world, he was still a Samaritan despised by the Jews.

Sherai, his childhood friend, took a different path. Married off to a prosperous family in Sychar, she found solace in her beliefs. When her husband proved to be cold and distant, her reliance on God warmed her. Jethen, stopping each year on his travels to sell in Sychar, found himself admiring her devout convictions and gentle goodness.

Years later, at the death of his father, Jethen returns to Sychar, heart-sore and confused. There he discovers Sherai has been unjustly disgraced and has fled from home. Jethen begins a search for Sherai, realizing that without her, his return to Sychar would have no meaning. Will he find her? If he does, will she be able to restore life’s purpose and help him recapture his once simple faith in God?

On the Jericho Road is a powerful biblical novel that ignites deep emotion and offers a new understanding of love, loyalty, and human relationships. A story unfolding over 2000 years ago reveals the impact Christ had on the people he lived among and taught.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Title: Princess of the Midnight Ball

Author: Jessica Day George

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Release Date: January 20, 2009

ISBN: 978-1599903224

Size: 288 pages, hardcover

Genre: YA Fantasy

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A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn… Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

This book includes knitting patterns for a shawl and a chain of black wool that are key to the plot.

The Forgotten Warrior by Kathi Oram Peterson

Title: The Forgotten Warrior

Author: Kathi Oram Peterson

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: January 2009

ISBN: 978-1598115512

Size: 6×9, softcover

Genre: YA Speculative; Romance

Sydney Morgan is no wimp. A black belt in karate, her defensive moves help keep her tough even when her mom is diagnosed with cancer and her long-lost dad shows up to play nice guy. But when an unexpected gift transports her through space and time to the land of Zarahemla, Syd just might be in over her head.

Accused of being a spy, she has to prove she’s no threat to the locals — including Captain Helaman himself! As war quickly approaches, Helaman calls upon Syd to help his stripling warriors prepare to fight.

Torn between concern for her family and for her new friends, Syd muster her wits, strength, and faith to face the coming battle — but her feelings for chief warrior Tarik put her heart on the line. Who will survive the Lamanites’ fierce onslaught? And will Syd ever make it home again?

High Country by Jennie Hansen

Title: High Country

Author: Jennie Hansen

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: January 5, 2009

ISBN: 978-1598115895

Size: 288 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Romance

A terrible car accident left Laura fatherless, injured, and at a loss for many memories of her life before the accident. But when she and her cousin Bruce are going through their Aunt Alice’s papers after her death, Bruce finds a certificate that will change Laura’s life forever: a marriage certificate. With her name on it. The doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to remember a lot of things, but how could she forget getting married?

Laura is shocked ever further when she finds out that she is heir to a fortune and her father’s ranch, High Country. As she discovers the secrets about her past that Aunt Alice had kept so well hidden from her, Laura is determined to get back what is rightfully hers. But trying to regain the beautiful house and land from a stubborn cowboy. Paul “Mac” Burgoyne, who claims to be her husband, is more than she bargained for.

In this gripping novel, best-selling author Jennie Hansen presents a fresh set of realistic, entertaining characters who learn the importance of forgiveness, faith, and love in the face of discord and misunderstanding.

Princess of the Sword by Lynn Kurland

Title: Princess of the Sword
(Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, vol 3)

Author: Lynn Kurland

Publisher: Penguin Group

Release Date: January 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0425225684

Size: 368 pages, 5×8, softcover

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Star of the Morning (v1), The Mage’s Daughter (v2)

Born out of “a fantasy world…too wonderful to miss” (Paranormal Romance) the Nine Kingdoms Trilogy now explodes in the fiercest battle yet as the fate of a kingdom lies with a man and woman bound by love, magic, and a legendary—and perilous—sword.

Bones of the Dragon by Weis & Hickman

Title: Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras)

Author: Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Publisher: TOR Books

Release Date: January 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-07653197391

Size: 416 pages, hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

Welcome to the World of Dragonships!

Skylan Ivorson is a sea-raider of the Vindras and eventually becomes the Chief of Chiefs of all Vindras clans, an honor he truly feels he deserves as one who has been blessed by Skoval, the god of war.

But sometimes a blessing is a curse in disguise.

Skoval and the other ancient gods are under siege from a new generation of gods who are challenging them for the powers of creation… and the only way to stop these brash interlopers lies within the mysterious and hidden Five Bones of the Vektan Dragons.

It will be up to the Vindras people, as the dragon-goddess’s champions, to undertake the quest to recover all Five. The fate of the Old Gods and the Vindras rests on their recovery–for this is not only a quest to save the world. It is also a quest for redemption.

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

Title: My Fair Godmother

Author: Janette Rallison

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers

Release Date: January 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0802797803

Size: 320 pages, hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance

Finding your one true love can be a Grimm experience!

After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar: Savannah’s gum-chewing, cell phone–carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she’s only Fair—because she’s not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah’s class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. Laughs abound in this clever fairy tale twist from a master of romantic comedy.

Tribunal by Sandra Grey

Title: Tribunal

Author: Sandra Grey

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: January 5, 2009


Size: Softcover

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Traitor

Berlin, 1945 Major Rolf Schulmann lies close to death in a military hospital after enduring the horrors of a concentration camp. Revived from a coma through a priesthood blessing, he slowly returns to health as his fiancée, Marie Jacobson, tenderly cares for his deep physical and spiritual wounds. Meanwhile Rolf ’s best friend, SS Lieutenant Hans Brenner, begins to overcome the despair and depression of his postwar gutter-rat existence as he finds himself falling for Natalie Allred, a beautiful American nurse.

But as the world’s emerging superpowers race to obtain nuclear secrets, Hans becomes a pawn in the deadly game—and Natalie’s freedom hangs in the balance. Rolf, unaware of their predicament, feels haunted by his Nazi past and seeks peace of conscience through the rigors of a military tribunal. Then, as tensions escalate between the United States and Russia, Rolf and Hans find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With vivid emotion, Tribunal explores the risks and rewards of loyalty and love in the bitter aftermath of world war.

Previously Engaged by Elodia Strain

Title: Previously Engaged

Author: Elodia Strain

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: January 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-1599552514

Size: 306 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: The Icing on the Cake

She has the wedding. Now all she needs is the groom…

Annabelle Pleasanton has just been given the chance of a lifetime: A $50,000 “Dream Wedding.” The only problem? She’s not technically, 100 percent, all-the-way engaged.

Yes, her best friend has seen the ring, and her boyfriend has been dropping all kinds of hints, but something seems to be keeping him from popping the question.

In this hilarious companion to The Icing on the Cake Annabelle navigates the crazy, often chaotic twists of life and love and learns some very important lessons along the way about what really matters most.

The Mystic Cipher by Dennis Mangrum

Title: The Mystic Cipher

Author: Dennis Mangrum

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: January 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-1599552194

Size: 256 pages, 5.5×8, softcover

Genre: YA Mystery

When Carver Nash, a military hero and ex-Army Ranger, retires from international combat, he moves back to his farm in Marion, Utah – as far from notoriety as he can get. Then one day, while trying to remove a stump from his field, he discovers an ancient-looking box containing Spanish gold and an encrypted message divulging a purported trail to the Lost Rhoades Mine.

Carver is afraid that discovery of gold will bring the media and a flood of gold seekers to Marion and wants nothing to do with the gold or the quest. But his neighbor, a history buff named Rylan Edison, believes the document is real. Rylan recruits his daughter, Cassandra, a math major at Yale University, to decipher the message. When Rylan is kidnapped, Carver and Cassandra must put aside their distaste for each other, unravel the code, find the mine, and rescue Rylan – all while eluding a group of Ute Indians determined to stop anybody searching for the Lost Rhoades Mine at any cost. Working together, Carver and Cassandra race to solve one of treasure hunters’ longest standing mysteries – while learning about another kind of treasure in the process.

The Tree House by Douglas Thayer

Title: The Tree House

Author: Douglas Thayer

Publisher: Zarahemla Books

Release Date: January, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9787971-7-1

Size: 384 pages, softcover

Genre: General

When Harris Thatcher’s father dies, the boy’s journey into manhood becomes complicated with questions of faith, the meaning of life, and the capriciousness of death. Harris soon finds himself preaching the Mormon gospel as one of the first missionaries to West Germany following the devastation of World War II. Little does he know that his own war horrors await him upon his return home, when he is drafted into the Korean War.

Starting out in the same 1940s-era Provo, Utah, that Thayer brought to life in his memoir Hooligan: A Mormon Boyhood, this novel deepens and darkens as Harris is drawn into his harrowing Korean ordeal. Will he survive the war, not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually? And if he does survive, what other trials does death hold in store?