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Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
**SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • From #1 *New York Times* bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, a novel with the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism as her beloved Shopaholic series.**
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Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

**Secrets from her boyfriend: **I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

**Secrets from her mother: **I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching *Ben-Hur*.

**Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: **I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger. . . .

But come Monday morning, Emma’s office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO.  Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn’t possibly get worse. Or could they?

**Praise for *Can You Keep a Secret?***

“Venturing beyond Saks and Barney’s, the bestselling author of *Confessions of a Shopaholic* and *Shopaholic Ties the Knot *entertains readers with backstabbing office shenanigans, competition, scandal, love and sex. . . . Kinsella’s down-to-earth protagonist is sure to have readers sympathizing and doubled over in laughter.”**—*Publishers Weekly ***
“If laughing out loud in public places is your bag, be sure to pick up [*Can You Keep a Secret?*]. Heroine Emma Corrigan is going to be your new best friend.”**—*Boston Herald***

“Kinsella’s timing is so perfect, her instincts so spot-on, that it’s easy to . . . devour the book like the guilty pleasure it is.”**—*Miami Herald***
“Chick lit at its lightest and breeziest . . . filled with fabulous clothes, stalwart friends, and snotty enemies waiting to be taken down a peg.”**—*Orlando Sentinel ***
“[Kinsella’s] dialogue is sharp, even her minor characters are well drawn, and her parody of the marketing world is very funny.”**—*Washington Post Book World ***
“[A] comedic frenzy of ill-fated events . . . punchy . . . fast-moving.”**—*Rocky Mountain News ***

The California Roll

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**Meet Radar Hoverlander, a witty, gifted con artist with the mind of David Mamet, the voice of Tom Robbins, and the morals of a sailor on shore leave. **
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What do the Merlin Game, the Penny Skim, the Doolally Snadoodle, and the Afterparty Snuke have in common? They’re all the work of world-class con artist and master bafflegabber Radar Hoverlander. Radar’s been “on the snuke” since childhood, but he’s still looking for his California Roll, the one big scam that’ll set him up in sushi for life.
 
Trouble arrives in the stunning, sassy package of Allie Quinn—either the last true innocent or a con artist so slick she makes Radar look like a Quaker. Radar’s hapless sidekick, Vic Mirplo, a lovable loser who couldn’t con a kid out of a candy cane, thinks Radar’s being played. But if love is blind, it’s also deaf, dumb and stupid, and before Radar knows it, he’s sucked into a vortex of double-, triple-, quadruple-crosses that’ll either net him his precious California Roll or put him in a hole in the ground. 
 
As timeless as a perpetual-motion machine, as timely as a Madoff arraignment, *The California Roll *brings you deep inside the world of con artistry, where every fact is fiction and the second liar never has a chance.

Caliban Cove

THEY KNEW IT WASN’T OVER….In the aftermath of their ordeal through the Umbrella Corporation’s genetic research facility, the surviving members of the Special Tactics and Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.) attempt to warn the world about the conspiracy to create terrifying biological weapons. But the conspiracy is far from dead, as the S.T.A.R.S. learn when they are declared outlaws by the very people who trained them. Forced to go underground, the S.T.A.R.S. resolve to battle the conspiracy on their own, determined to seek out and stop Umbrella’s experiments wherever they may be.Combat medic and biochemist Rebecca Chambers, the sole survivor of Bravo Team,joins a new S.T.A.R.S. strike force when rumor comes of another Umbrellaexperiment: hidden beneath the rocky cliffs of Caliban Cove, Maine, someone isbuilding an army of the undead. Within a sinister lighthouse, through a complexmaze of sea caves, inside the shell of a sunken shipwreck, the S.T.A.R.S. mustbattle more unspeakable horrors and stop a madman from unleashing the biohazardupon the world.But the S.T.A.R.S. may never get the chance, as the aggressive DNA-altering virus Umbrella has engineered to create its living weapons begins to infect them….This first all-original Resident Evil bridges the events depicted in the bestselling games Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2.

Calculating God

SUMMARY: An alien shuttle craft lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. A six-legged, two-armed alien emerges and says, in perfect English, “Take me to a paleontologist.” In the distant past, Earth, the alien’s home planet, and the home planet of another alien species, all experienced the same five cataclysmic events at the same time (one example: the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs). Both alien races believe this proves the existence of God: i.e., he’s obviously been playing with the evolution of life on each of these planets. From this provocative launch point, Sawyer tells a fast-paced, morally and intellectually challenging story of ambitious scope and touching humanity. Calculating God is SF on a grand scale.

Calamity Jayne

SUMMARY: A finalist in the American Title Contest sponsored by Dorchester and “Romantic Times.” When Jayne Turner mistakenly drives away from a parking lot in the wrong car, finding a body in the trunk throws her into an even bigger pickle: romance with the sexy park ranger who must help her survive. Original.

By Reason of Insanity

EDITORIAL REVIEW: After a series of kidnappings and murders in Virginia Beach, newspaper reporter Catherine O’Rourke experiences disturbing dreams that detail each crime. In an effort to aid the investigation, she shares them with her confidential source—a detective working on the case. Catherine’s intimate knowledge of the crimes immediately makes her a prime suspect. When scientific evidence corroborates her guilt, she’s arrested and charged with murder. As she begins to doubt her own innocence, Catherine turns to Las Vegas lawyer Quinn Newberg, a high-priced specialist in the insanity defense. Quinn believes in justice, Vegas-style. But he doesn’t believe in the supernatural, or that Catherine’s dreams are anything other than the result of a fractured personality disorder. *Who can understand the human mind?* Quinn knows that insanity cases are unpredictable, but nothing had prepared him for *this!* To win, or even survive, Quinn will need more than his famed legal maneuvering and biting skepticism. On this case, he needs a miracle.

Butcher Bird: A Novel of the Dominion

From Publishers Weekly

Buffyand Angel fans are likely to enjoy Kadrey’s offbeat supernatural romp, which blends demonic evil and quirky humor. The relatively normal life of San Francisco tattoo artist Spyder Lee goes thoroughly crazy when he’s rescued from a mugger by Shrike, a mysterious blind woman who reveals that Lee’s assailant was actually a demon. The wounds he suffered in the assault give him the ability to see the Dominions, other spheres of existence that regular mortals are unaware of. Soon Spyder finds himself hip-deep in demonic trouble, protecting his friend Lulu by offering his body to the organ-collecting Black and then dragging her off to join Shrike on a madcap journey to Hell, where they encounter monsters, Lucifer and even an alternate-time version of Lee himself. Kadrey (_Kamikaze L’Amour_) juxtaposes gore and brash insouciance in the face of apocalyptic evil, a blend that may not suit everyone’s taste. (July)
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Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he’s saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful – the truth. He can suddenly see the world as it really is: full of angels and demons and monsters and monster-hunters. A world full of black magic and mysteries. These are the Dominions, parallel worlds full of wonder, beauty and horror. The Black Clerks, infinitely old and infinitely powerful beings whose job it is to keep the Dominions in balance, seem to have new interests and a whole new agenda. Dropped into the middle of a conflict between the Black Clerks and other forces he doesn’t fully understand, Spyder finds himself looking for a magic book with the blind swordswoman who saved him. Their journey will take them from deserts to lush palaces, to underground caverns, to the heart of Hell itself.

Busted Flush

From Publishers Weekly

The sequel to 2008’s Inside Straight, a revamp of the shared Wild Cards universe, features crises ripped directly from today’s newspaper headlines and summer blockbusters. A burgeoning gas shortage has sparked an invasion into the Middle East; New Orleans is hurricane-beset and zombie-ravaged; someone has set off a nuclear explosion in Texas; and genocide rages in Nigeria. The conflicts between the compellingly human superheroes on the U.N.’s Committee shape this fast-paced alternate history. Veteran contributor and now assistant editor Melinda M. Snodgrass pens standout chapters featuring British triple-agent Double Helix, who drives the plot while posing as both seductive Committee member Lilith and Middle Eastern assassin Bahir. While those unfamiliar with the Wild Cards mosaic novels will flounder, the clever twists on today’s political landscape and the unique powers of several new aces will lure back past readers. (Dec.)
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The Wild Cards revival continues in a second round of the TV show American Hero, a playoff contest between superheroes created by a mostly lethal alien virus and set in a realistically tangled and bloody world. Some players are troubleshooters, others cause trouble and shoot back, and a govement agency wants to get its hands on newcomer Drake, who can generate nuclear explosions out of his body. Drake’s jailbreak is one plotline in this installment of the multi-authored (one scribe or scribe-team per chapter) series, and it ropes in a Barbarian Days festival in Cross Plains, Texas, home of Conan creator Robert E. Howard. Others include an action-packed civil war in Nigeria and the effort to rescue humans and, this time, zombies from another New Orleans–bound hurricane. Somehow, characters remain the foci of a busy book that mixes the comic and the grim to good effect. For readers who can’t get enough, there’s an interactive Wild Cards Web site, too. –Roland Green

Burning Up

Passion runs as hot as a fever dream in these all-new stories by four *New York Times* bestselling provocateurs of the paranormal…
In Angela Knights’s *Blood and Roses*, a vampire warrior and his seductive captor join forces to stop a traitor from unleashing an army of demonic predators on their kingdom.
New in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series is *Whisper of Sin*, in which a woman in lethal danger finds an unlikely protector- and lover- in a volatile member of the DarkRiver pack.
Virginia Kantra continues the haunting tales of the Children of the Sea in *Shifting Sea,* the story of a wounded soldier rescued by a strange and enigmatic young woman.
Meljean Brook launches a bold new steampunk series with *Here There Be Monsters,* as a desperate woman strikes provocative- and terrifying- bargain to gain overseas passage.

Burning Bright

SUMMARY: New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Ron Rash is “a storyteller of the highest rank” (Jeffrey Lent) and has won comparisons to John Steinbeck, Cormac McCarthy, and Gabriel GarcÍa MÁrquez. It is rare that an author can capture the complexities of a place as though it were a person, and rarer still that one can reveal a land as dichotomous and fractious as Appalachia—a muse; a siren; a rugged, brutal landscape of exceptional beauty, promise, and suffering—with the honesty and precision of a photograph. “If you haven’t heard of the Southern writer Ron Rash, it is time you should” (The Plain Dealer). In Burning Bright, the stories span the years from the Civil War to the present day, and Rash’s historical and modern settings are sewn together in a hauntingly beautiful patchwork of suspense and myth, populated by raw and unforgettable characters mined from the landscape of Appalachia. In “Back of Beyond,” a pawnshop owner who profits from the stolen goods of local meth addicts—including his own nephew—comes to the aid of his brother and sister-in-law when they are threatened by their son. The pregnant wife of a Lincoln sympathizer alone in Confederate territory takes revenge to protect her family in “Lincolnites.” And in the title story, a woman from a small town marries an outsider; when an unknown arsonist starts fires in the Smoky Mountains, her husband becomes the key suspect. In these stories, Rash brings to light a previously unexplored territory, hidden in plain sight—first a landscape, and then the dark yet lyrical heart and the alluringly melancholy soul of his characters and their home.

Bungalow 2

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Danielle Steel takes us beyond the dazzle of Hollywood in her compelling new novel—the story of one woman’s journey from suburban mom to award-winning screenwriter…and all the joy, heartbreak, and challenges along the way.
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Bungalow 2
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The phone call came on a hot July day—a day like any other for Marin County mom and freelance writer Tanya Harris. But this call—from Tanya’s agent—was anything but ordinary, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay, a dream she had put aside long ago to devote her energies to her family. This time, Tanya knows she cannot refuse, even though she’s torn about leaving her husband and their daughters. From the moment she steps into her lush bungalow at the fabled Beverly Hills Hotel, Tanya is thrust into an intoxicating new world where she feels reborn—energized by the creativity swirling around her—yet the pull of her family at home is strong.

Suddenly she’s working alongside A-list actors and a Hollywood legend: Oscar-winning producer Douglas Wayne, a man who always gets what he wants–and who seems to have his sights set on her. Flying home between shoots, struggling to reconnect with a family that seems to need her less and less, Tanya watches helplessly as her old life is pulled out from under her in the most crushing of ways.

As her two lives collide, as one award-winning film leads to another, Tanya begins to wonder if she can be a wife, a mother, and a writer at the same time. And just as she confronts the toughest choice she has faced, she is offered another dazzling opportunity—one that could recast her story in an amazing new direction, complete with an ending she never could have written herself.

In **Bungalow 2**, Danielle Steel takes us into a world few ever see—a world of fame and fortune, celebrity and genius–daring to show us the real lives, real dreams, and real struggles hidden beneath the flash and glitter of Hollywood.

From the Hardcover edition.
(source: Bol.com)

Bundle of Trouble

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **”Cigars all around”( LOUISE URE, SHAMUS AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR) for the new Maternal Instincts mystery series. First-time mom Kate Connelly is bringing up baby- and bringing down a killer.** Kate Connelly may have found the perfect work-from-home Mommy job: private investigator. After all, the hours are flexible, she can bring the baby along on stake-outs, and if you’re going to be up all night anyway, you might as well solve some crimes. But when a body is pulled from San Francisco Bay that may be her brother-in-law, Kate must crack the case faster than you can say “diaper rash” in order to keep her family together.

Bulletproof Bride

Tessa Beaumont’s life was well-ordered and well kept, and she was well on her way to the altar when Special Agent Gabe Colton stormed into her workplace–her life–sporting a ski mask and brandishing a gun–and took her hostage! Suddenly everything seemed so wrong–and it wasn’t that she missed her old life. It was that she didn’t. Gabe had never intended to kidnap the innocent bank teller, but she knew too much. It was his job to keep her safe–and his hands to himself. Tessa was an important witness and a woman about to marry a man she didn’t love. Unless the sexy special agent could convince her otherwise…

(source: Bol.com)

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Broken prey

SUMMARY: In the wake of a series of killings that disturbingly emulates the works of a trio of inmates currently being held at the Minnesota Security Hospital, Lucas Davenport investigates a missing man who was released from the hospital weeks earlier. By the author of Hidden Prey. Lit Guild Main. BOMC Main. Doubleday Main. Mystery Guild Main.

The Broken Blade

Sorak, elfin hero of the author’s *Tribe of One *trilogy, along with his friend and lover, Ryana, embarks on a mission of mercy for his new master, the Sage. Original. 75,000 first printing.