a brand new year and there are plenty of new arrivals in
the world of fiction. For the fiction-inclined...
Kensington Pub Corp; November 2003
Esther coerced her teenage daughter, Arnell, into sleeping
with the landlord to keep a roof over their heads after
her husband's death, her life as a Madame began. As business
prospered, Esther purchased the 16-room mansion her mother
worked in as a housekeeper. The men call the residence the
Honey Well, and rooms are rented to tenants affectionately
referred to as ladies of charm. Esther promised Arnell that
once she completed college she could stop performing favours.
Yet she continues to make demands, and Arnell can never
seem to say no to her requests. When Arnell becomes engaged
to the son of a prominent minister, her struggle to break
free of her mother becomes even more intense. Esther uses
their secrets to blackmail her daughter into staying in
the business, but she is soon forced to accept responsibility
for her unsavoury actions. The relationship between mother
and daughter, as they struggle to balance love and hate,
and the intertwining of sex and money make Mallette's tale
both entertaining and unsettling
Random House; November 2003
thriller writer Harris (Enigma, 1995) sets his sights on
one of the most famous natural disasters in history: the
eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. It starts innocently
enough: two days before the eruption, Marcus Attilius Primus,
the engineer in charge of the massive Aqua Augusta Aqueduct,
is summoned to the estate of Ampilatus. He is in the process
of executing a slave for killing his fish. Attilius finds
sulfur in the water and immediately realizes the problem
is bigger than a few dead fish. With the approval of the
famous admiral Pliny, Attilius sails to Pompeii and treks
to the heart of the Aqua Augusta at the base of Mount Vesuvius.
Attilius discovers the blockage that threatens to deprive
a large chunk of the empire of water, but he is also troubled
by the strange natural occurrences that may portend something
far more serious than a blocked water supply. With rich
historical details and scientific minutiae, Harris vividly
brings to life the ancient world on the brink of unspeakable
Mercedes Lackey, Rachel Lee & Catherine Asaro
Silhouette; November 2003
is a wonderful compilation of stories written by three prolific
and popular American authors: Mercedes Lackey, Rachel Lee
and Catherine Asaro. "Counting Crows" by Lackey
is the story of Lady Gwynhefar. In Lady Gwynhefar's dark,
lonely court, her only ally was noble Sir Elloran, a warrior
willing to fight for her honour. But would her powerful
spell capture his heart -- or tumble the kingdom into chaos?
USA Today's Best selling author Rachel Lee's "Drusilla's
Dream" is a story where every night Drusilla Morgan
dreams of courageous and handsome Miles Kennedy. Their quest:
to battle evil and find true love. Yet question arises,
when the sun rose will Drusilla's fantasy man become a reality?
Nebula Award-winning author Asaro in her "Moonglow"
describes a world where kings marries for magic. Iris Larkspur
is required to wed the prince -- despite the spell that
kept him deaf, mute and blind. Healing her bridegroom would
take a power greater than any she had ever known! .