The Canticle Kingdom by Michael D. Young

Title: The Canticle Kingdom

Author: Michael D. Young

Publisher: Bonneville Books (CFI)

Release Date: February 8, 2010

ISBN: 978-1599553627

Size: 256 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Fantasy

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It seemed like ages since Kate’s father went off to war, and she is eager to thank him for the beautiful German music box he sent for her birthday. But when it starts playing a strange, new melody and Kate vanishes into thin air, Captain Edison is willing to do anything to rescue his little girl.

When the Canticle Kingdom is attacked and the queen falls deathly ill, Joann, a young blacksmith’s apprentice, learns a terrible secret – the kingdom is contained entirely within a music box in another world.. With the help pf his friends, Johann races to bring aid from that other world in an effort to stop the dark power that threatens to destroy them all.

Enter a beautiful world full of magic, danger, loyalty, and bravery in The Canticle Kingdom, and discover that even the most ordinary objects and people might be hiding something truly wonderful inside.

Everlasting Kiss by Amanda Ashley

Title: Everlasting Kiss

Author: Amanda Ashley

Publisher: Zebra

Release Date: January 26, 2010

ISBN: 978-1420104431

Size: 384 pages, 4×6, softcover

Genre: Paranormal Romance

(Caution: May contain objectionable content)

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Daisy O’Donnell doesn’t get the attraction some women feel for vampires. She likes her men with a pulse. And she’s just met one who’s full of life: Erik Delacourt, the unreasonably sexy man she keeps meeting at a popular L.A. nightclub called the Crypt. She barely knows him, but there’s no resisting the connection she feels…

There’s one important detail Erik hasn’t gotten around to telling her yet. He’s a powerful vampire out to hunt the Blood Thief who is draining young vampires all over the city—and who has just raised the stakes by destroying one of Erik’s friends. To Erik, Daisy is a bright spot of innocence in a world of darkness and menace. He’ll do anything—even lie to her—to keep her safe and pure.

If only he knew that Daisy has something of her own to hide…

Devil’s Food Cake by Josi S. Kilpack

Title: Devil’s Food Cake

Author: Josi S. Kilpack

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: January 22, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-60641-232-9

Size: 362 pages, 5.5×8.5, softcover

Genre: Mystery

Series: Lemon Tart (v1), English Trifle (v2)

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It’s been years since author Thom Mortenson has been back to Garrison, Colorado. As part of the committee who invited the bestselling writer to speak at the library fundraising benefit, Sadie Hoffmiller wants everything to be perfect—right down to the homemade devil’s food cake she baked herself. Certainly, murder was not on the menu.

When Thom’s manager ends up dead on stage, Sadie jumps in to offer her guidance and expertise to investigators. But when the police refuse to take her seriously, Sadie has no choice but to pursue justice on her own. After all, is Sadie to blame if she keeps stumbling over information? Can Sadie turn her back when people intricately woven into the deception keep crossing her path? With her son, Shawn, at her side, her reputation on the line, and a full cast of suspicious characters, Sadie Hoffmiller is once again cooking her way through a case that offers far more questions than answers.

A Cold Creek Secret by RaeAnne Thayne

Title: A Cold Creek Secret

Author: RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: Silhouette

Release Date: February 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0373655076

Size: 224 pages, 4×6, softcover

Genre: Romance

Series: A Cold Creek Homecoming, A Cold Creek Holiday

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Just back from a tour of duty, all Major Brant Western wanted was a hot meal and a warm bed. What he didn’t need was the stunning socialite in disguise who’d just shown up at his family’s Cold Creek ranch. Scandal trailed bad girl Mimi Van Hoyt—aka “Maura”—everywhere she went. But once Brant discovered her secret, how could he turn her away?

Being stranded in the middle of nowhere in a blizzard was not Mimi’s idea of a fun time in the Tetons. Then why was she starting to think this sexy soldier could be more than her shelter from the storm? And the more determined Brant was to protect her and her unborn child, the more she believed that this honorable, irresistible military man was the only man for her.

Taming the Wind by Michelle Thompson

Title: Taming the Wind

Author: Michelle Thompson

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: January 8, 2010

ISBN: 978-1599553795

Size: 176 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

At fifteen, Claire’s too young to deal with anything more than school, soccer, and friends. But when a horrific car accident takes the lives of her parents and siblings, Claire feels like it’s all her fault. Still injured physically and emotionally, she’s forced to move in with her estranged grandparents and begin a new life in their small Colorado farm town.

There she meets Jesse, a handsome neighbor she can’t help falling for. But just as she begins to find happiness again, Claire realizes she’ll have to face the demons in her past before she can ever hope to truly move on.

This poignant debut novel from Michelle Thompson tells of one girl’s struggle to find meaning in the midst of tragedy and will draw you in from the very first page. Join Claire as she learns to embrace the winds of change and find love,
faith, and hope for the future.

Being Sixteen by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Title: Being Sixteen

Author: Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: January 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1606412336

Size: 248 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

The night of my sixteenth birthday, I didn’t even bother to make a wish when I blew out the candles on the cake. It was my sixteenth birthday, after all. My wishes had already come true. When you turn sixteen, you can start dating. And driving. And living. I counted the candles on my cake as the flames flickered in the summer breeze. I heard the cheers of my friends and family, and as I tasted cake and summer and the promise of good times to come, I thought, This is going to be a good year. Maybe the best year of my life. I had no idea.

Juliet Kendall has been looking forward to her sixteenth birthday for what feels like forever. At first, it seems like being sixteen will be as perfect as she dreamed—she has great friends, a cute almost-boyfriend, a spot on the varsity girls’ basketball team, and even a car of her own. But, as the year goes on, she discovers that her sister Carly is hiding a secret and realizes that, in fact, being sixteen may be her hardest year yet.

Being Sixteen is a coming-of-age story about two sisters and their different struggles. It addresses what it means to have a testimony, what it means to be a friend and a sister, and what’s involved in dealing with and overcoming an eating disorder.

Redemption by Susan Dayley

Title: Redemption

Author: Susan Dayley

Publisher: Walnut Springs Press

Release Date: January 19, 2010

ISBN: 978-1935217503

Size: 209 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Historical

It is the eighth century BC. No Hebrew will purposely venture into the Assyrian Empire, whose practice of barbarous slaughter casts a shadow of fear over all of Israel. But God calls Jonah, an Israelite prophet, to cry repentance to the evil empire’s capital—the great and terrible city of Nineveh. Fearing the Assyrians and doubting the wisdom of the divine call, Jonah flees in the opposite direction. But in a series of miracles, God gives Jonah a second chance to obey.

Journey with Jonah in a wealth-laden ship of Tarshish, hear his prayers inside the belly of a great fish, witness his struggles working in a desert caravan, and feel his terror as he finally arrives in Nineveh. And while Jonah does eventually preach in the great city, the prophet still has some lessons to learn . . .

With historically accurate details, Redemption is a story of repentance, trust, and God’s love for all his children.

Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction by Angela Hallstrom

Title: Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction

Editor: Angela Hallstrom

Publisher: Zarahemla Books

Release Date: January 3, 2010

ISBN: 978-0984360307

Size: 482 pages, 5.5×8.5, softcover

Genre: Short Story Anthology

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

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Dispensation: Latter-day Fiction anthologizes the best Mormon short stories written near the turn of the twenty-first century. Each of the extraordinary twenty-eight stories in this volume represents a potent individual voice, from popular and nationally acclaimed authors Brady Udall and Orson Scott Card, to well-respected Mormon literature veterans Douglas Thayer and Margaret Blair Young, to talented up-and-coming writers Lisa Madsen Rubilar and Todd Robert Petersen, and many more.

Taken individually, each story is an example of the surprise and power and even joy readers can find in a finely wrought piece of short fiction. Considered collectively, these stories herald a new era of excellence in Mormon literature. As Margaret Blair Young writes in her introduction, “In Dispensation, Angela Hallstrom has assembled twenty-eight gems—each a star in a brilliant constellation. This particular collection is a pinnacle.”

Calamity Jack by Shannon & Dean Hale

Title: Calamity Jack

Author: Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Illustrator: Nathan Hale

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Release Date: January 5, 2010

ISBN: 978-1599900766

Size: 144 pages, 8×11, hardcover

Genre: YA; Graphic Novel

Series: Rapunzel’s Revenge

This book is not eligible for a Whitney Award.

Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind…with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler…maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk.

With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack’s past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people ….while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure.

Hashbrown Winters and the Mashimoto Madness by Frank Cole

Title: Hashbrown Winters and the Mashimoto Madness

Author: Frank L. Cole

Publisher: Bonneville (CFI)

Release Date: January 8, 2010

ISBN: 978-1599553788

Size: 128 pages, 5.5×8, softcover

Genre: Middle Grade

Series: The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters (v1)

All Hashbrown Winters ever wanted was a simple life: a treehouse full of buddies, enough marbles to keep him occupied at recess, and a Brody the Ape-Slayer action figure with authentic ninja throwing stars. But everything changes when Hi Mashimoto starts a rival club and threatens to take Hashbrown’s place as the kid with the coolest treehouse at Pordunce Elementary.

This hilarious follow-up to The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters reunites all your favorite zany characters and introduces plenty of new ones. You’ll never believe the trouble Hashbrown gets into this time.

Frank L. Cole’s Hashbrown Winters and the Mashimoto Madness will have your whole family laughing out loud—it’s a perfect read for pranksters of all ages.

A Tapesty of Spells by Lynn Kurland

Title: A Tapestry of Spells (The Nine Kingdoms, v. 4)

Author: Lynn Kurland

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Release Date: January 5, 2010

ISBN: 978-0425232132

Size: 368 pages, 5.5×8, softcover

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Star of the Morning (v1), The Mage’s Daughter (v2),  Princess of the Sword (v3)

Return to the world of the Nine Kingdoms with New York Times bestselling author Lynn Kurland as a new evil, and a new passion, emerges.

Sarah’s brother has embraced the dark arts, vowing to destroy the Nine Kingdoms, and she doesn’t have the power to stop him. Now she must risk everything to thwart his plans, even though she fears the quest will reveal the secret she’s kept all her life.

After seeing his entire family slain by magic, Ruithneadh swore never to use his power again. But when Sarah pleads for his help, he’s thrust back into a life of enchantments and peril, and a quest capable of unraveling the entire fabric of the Nine Kingdoms.

Crossfire by Traci Hunter Abramson

Title: Crossfire

Author: Traci Hunter Abramson

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: January 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-59811-943-5

Size: 256 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Suspense

Special Agent Vanessa Lauton is living a lie. For the past year she’s been posing as a member of the Dominican Republic’s most powerful crime family in order to infiltrate a Caribbean terrorist organization. When her CIA contact has a heart attack, he’s replaced by U.S. Navy SEAL squad member Seth Johnson—the man Vanessa nearly married six years earlier. And suddenly the heat is on, in more ways than one.

Terrorist kingpin Akil Ramir sequesters Vanessa and Seth in his Nicaraguan fortress, where they learn of an impending attack on American soil. The Saint Squad is dispatched to calm the storm, but even their heroic efforts can’t stop multiple threats from escalating. Adrenaline rises as the squad confronts enemies who will stop at nothing to sabotage national security—and Vanessa finds herself caught in the crossfire.

Abish: Daughter of God by K.C. Grant

Title: Abish: Daughter of God

Author: K.C. Grant

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: January 1, 2010


Size: 336 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Historical

Every story must have a beginning. If mine were to be told, it would begin two lifetimes ago: before a queen gave me my freedom and I moved from land to land looking for a place where I belonged. It would begin before death ripped out my heart. But it would not be my story alone. It would tell of a proud people brought low and of a low people exalted, because my tale is only a thread that has somehow become entwined in the tapestry that has unfolded around me.

Will anyone think to tell my part in it?

And so begins the intensely emotional, richly spiritual odyssey of Abish, whose significant contribution to Book of Mormon history is creatively depicted in this finely crafted story of love, loss, and redemption.

This intricate tale of suspense, romance, intrigue, and spiritual triumphs is a story of one woman’s courage in the face of life-threatening dangers, of faith that triumphs over fear, and of an all-encompassing love that changes the lives and spiritual destiny of thousands—Nephites and Lamanites alike.