As Sharp-shootin' Tex (below) will tell you, ain't nothin' better than a good book. And for this here post I rounded up a posse of 'em, all of which I've set my sights on for 2010. And these, ladies and gents, are some dadgum good authors and some right fine covers. So pay attention...
January: The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig. Another installment in the half-chick-lit, half historical fiction novels surrounding the spies at work in nineteenth-century Britain and France.
February: Scarlett Fever, sequel to Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson, story of a spunky teen living in her family's hotel in NYC. Little bit of wackiness, little bit of romance....perfection!
and Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. Love her.
March: Woo doggies, there's a whole passel of 'em!
The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz. The Spellmans are simply hilarious, and I can't wait for the movie!
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley. Can't wait to read more of the adventures of Miss Flavia de Luce.
The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn. Not sure about this one--sounds very dark and gothic--but I loved the Lady Julia Grey novels.
Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Need I say more??
April: Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R.L. LaFevers. I love, love, love Theodosia, a Victorian era Egyptologist-In-Training who must save a bunch of bumbling adults from evil spirits and bad mojo.
May: I So Don't Do Makeup by the lovely Barrie Summy. Sure to be crowd-pleaser (and a hoot).
July: The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. I LOVED her debut, Enthusiasm, and while her second book doesn't seem to have any ties to Pride and Prejudice, it looks awesome. Basically there is a 'Circulating Material Repository' in NYC, where anything and everything is lent out, except the items stored in the secret room in the basement: magical objects right out of the Grimm fairytales. When the items start to go missing, there is a mystery afoot...
August: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway. Loved her debut, Audrey, Wait! and feel certain this second novel will not disappoint.
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller, author of the Kiki Strike series. Pulled from a blurb on goodreads.com: Haven Moore "visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again." Mmm hmmm. August is looking way too far away.
October: You Again by Jenny Crusie. A brand-new standalone Crusie--say no more!
Near as I can tell, that's all, but I think it's plum near perfect!