'Her Sky Cowboy'
By Beth Ciotta
Signet Eclipse, $7.99
Amelia Darcy has found the perfect way to restore her family's good name and fortune: compete in — and win — the race to discover a prize-worthy lost invention being held in honor of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Amelia's quest to find Leonardo da Vinci's long-lost workshop takes an unexpected turn, however, when she encounters Tucker Gentry's airship while en route to Italy. Ciotta's delightfully imaginative steampunk historical has just the right mix of adventure and romance.
'The Secret Keeper'
By Kate Morton
Atria Books, $26.99
Fifty years ago, Laurel Nicolson observed a bewildering encounter between her mother, Dorothy, and a stranger who suddenly showed up at their farm, Greenacres. Now Laurel has returned to Greenacres with her three sisters and brother to celebrate Dorothy's 90th birthday — and she wants answers to her questions about that fateful summer day long ago. Picking up the mantle from Rosamunde Pilcher, Morton works her own brand of literary alchemy with this enthralling story of family, friendship and forgiveness.
'City of Dark Magic'
By Magnus Flyte
As far as graduate student Sarah Weston is concerned, working with a collection of Beethoven's letters and music at the Lobkowicz museum in the Czech Republic sounds like the perfect summer job. But once Sarah arrives in Prague, she discovers there is more to the post than cataloging papers. A fantastical debut in every sense of the word, "City of Dark Magic" is a weird and wonderful amalgamation of music, magic, science, history, passion and intrigue.
By Danny Wallace
William Morrow, $14.99
Thirty-something London journalist Jason Priestley's ex-girlfriend may be about to march down the aisle with another man, but Jason doesn't care — he has just met the girl of his dreams on Charlotte Street. One small problem: He doesn't know who she is. The only clue is the disposable camera she accidentally leaves behind. The pacing in Wallace's debut novel might be a tad leisurely for some readers, but there is no denying the book has a distinctively cheeky, occasionally geeky, brand of charm.
'Born to Scandal'
By Diane Gaston
Desperately needing a new governess for his two children, the Marquis of Brentwood hires Anna Hill on the spot. Brentwood doesn't realize that Anna is exactly what his son and daughter need — and that she will turn out to be his own salvation as well. Gaston puts her own spin on the quintessential governess romance (think "Jane Eyre"), and the result is a gracefully written, satisfying treat.
By Laura Griffin
When forensic anthropologist Kelsey Quinn witnesses her ex-fiance FBI agent Blake Reid being brutally murdered, Quinn finds herself reluctantly forced to rely on Navy SEAL Gage Brewer — another old flame — for help. Griffin packs the plot of her latest high-adrenaline novel with sexy romance and thrill-a-minute suspense.
By Catherine McKenzie
William Morrow, $14.99
To honor her dying mother's wish, Emma Tupper sets off for Africa, but a planned one-month safari turns into a six-month stay after illness and an earthquake leave Emma stranded. When Emma finally manages to return home, she discovers that everyone — including her boyfriend, Craig — believes she died. Now Emma must decide if she wants her old life back or if she should take a chance at love with photographer Dominic Mahoney. 'Forgotten' is a compelling tale about taking chances in life and love.
'Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society'
By Amy Hill Hearth
Naples, Fla., had never seen anything like Jackie Hart, a Yankee wife and mother who immediately stirs up the staid town by organizing a book discussion group at the local library. Of course, if the residents of Collier County ever discover that Jackie is also "Miss Dreamsville" — the sexy radio personality haunting the late-night airwaves of Naples — they would really talk! With its quirky characters, snappy writing infused with a dry sense of wit, and plot that embraces the power of female friendship, Hearth's debut novel is a gem.
By Sarah Jio
Newspaper reporter Claire Aldridge has found the perfect story tying together the freakish "blackberry winter" snowstorm that hits Seattle on the same day in May 2010 as it did in 1933. On that snowy night decades earlier, struggling single mother Vera Ray left her young son Daniel at home to go to work, but when she returned, he was gone. With her own marriage unraveling around her, Claire feverishly works to discover what happened, never realizing that she and Vera Ray have more than a professional connection. Jio's latest richly layered novel is a riveting tale of love, loss and healing.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun