March blows in bringing battleships, bluebonnets, and black talons to our bookshelves

 

March has announced its presence and roared in like a lion, but it will also get pretty "Wilde" with winged horses, a Watermelon Tattoo, and some Rowdy and Sinister Revenge. Hunker down and wait for that "out like a lamb" part with some terrific Lone Star Lit. 

 

39: Your Last Birthday

Timothy Gene Sojka

 

Stephen Detals played professional baseball before flaming out in whiskey-fueled catastrophe. His father and grandfather killed themselves on their 39th birthdays. Stephen is 38. He battles alcoholism, abandonment, suicidal tendencies, and lethal family history to survive his impending birthday. This novel chronicles the final eight days before Stephen Detals' 39th birthday. His relapse into addiction forces Stephen back to the Neches River and the Piney Woods of Southeast Texas. Detals returns home to face purported murderess and family matriarch, Rose Petal Detals, and unravel the secrets of the family and hometown he abandoned twenty years earlier.

 

 

A Kiss in the Moonlight

Cathy Maxwell

 

Once there were three Irish sisters—Gwendolyn, Dara, and Elise—who had to fend for themselves when their gambler of a father disappears, leaving them with an unscrupulous cousin. Dara hatches a daring plan: they gamble what little money they have and finance a London season. Her goal: to use their looks and their wits to find a duke to marry for each sister! Her crazy plot might work when the sisters are declared the “Incomparables” of the Season. Dukes and lords line up at their door. But bold women and scandal always go together—especially when Dara’s plans are challenged by Michael Brogan, a handsome politician who is definitely not a duke. And Dara begins to wonder if her plans are about to change?

 

 

And They Danced

Tiffany Seitz

 

Tess Corona’s only desire is to reconnect with her family and find meaningful work after a traumatic experience leads her to pursue a secretive military career. Her plan changes when a Texas Ranger lands on her doorstep looking for her twin brother. When a murder victim’s family acts suspiciously, Sergeant Crock Ward is assigned the twenty-five-year-old case. With the evidence missing and victim’s husband dead, Crock seeks help from Dr. Lazaro Corona’s ghost hunting team. Laz has dreamed of combining cold cases with paranormal investigation, but he curses the timing. He can’t stop Tess from resuming her role in his investigation any more than he can stop a tornado or a century-old feud that has already destroyed one family and now threatens his.

 

 

Call of the Wilde

Preston Lewis

 

Arrested and jailed for a Texas bank robbery he didn’t commit, H.H. Lomax to earn his freedom must outwit tightwad county officials too cheap to pay for a trial. Gaining his freedom in the most unconventional way, he rushes to Utah to avoid further legal complications in Texas. Thinking he might find a wife (or wives) in Utah, Lomax encounters a long-lost relative in need of assistance and meets Irish poet and aesthete Oscar Wilde on his 1882 lecture tour of America. Lomax winds up serving as the Irishman’s bodyguard. Jumping from one bad situation to another in non-stop hilarious action, H.H. Lomax’s adventures tickle your funny bone with genuine humor while satisfying your craving for a rousing western tale with a twist.

 

 

Enhanced

Candace Kade

 

In a society where everyone's DNA determines their destiny, being a Natural means automatic relegation to the dangerous Outskirts. Adopted into the Enhanced high society of the Asian Federation, Urban is forced to conceal her genetic roots. Her lifelong goal of attending Peking University becomes a deadly trap as she’s targeted by a hacker bent on exposing her DNA. Can Urban continue the act, or will the cracks in her story expose her and endanger her family?

 

 

From Chaos

Karen Randau

 

Kelsey White fled her ex-husbands family with secrets too dangerous to reveal. Gregorio Moreno shields his broken heart with an adrenaline-filled lifestyle and one-night stands. On their first date, they witness an execution-style murder, and the killers see them. They're now on the run. To survive, they each must face their fears, flaws, secrets, and the lies they tell themselves. 

 

 

Rowdy Rescue

Chris Mullen

 

Life at the Circle 'R' stops abruptly with news that little Thomas and Anne Marie have been kidnapped by an old enemy, Cain. Shocked and enraged, Rowdy and Roberson set off to follow their trail, tracking the children over a mountain pass to the Tularosa Valley. With an early winter storm threatening their pursuit and a gang of relentless brigands on their trail, every moment is precious as they race to save the children's lives. But Cain has other plans in mind for his captors. Money and revenge are the only two things that matter, and-once he reaches the valley-nothing will stop him from having both. Forced to ignore pleas for help by a group of stranded travelers as desperation sets in, Rowdy must remember that he has one mission-save the children but can he get there in time?

 

 

Skyriders

Polly Holyoke

 

Wings of Fire meets Pax in this epic fantasy adventure set in a world where human and skysteed share a deep bond of friendship. When monsters emerge to attack the empire, it's up to shy Kiesandra and her beloved winged horse N'Rah to prove to the imperial army that she has what it takes to lead them to victory . . . and to ensure the survival of their world. Buzzing with action, heart, and friendship, this first book in the Skyriders series show that kids can achieve the impossible--especially with flying horses on their side.

 

 

Watermelon Tattoo

Tony Burnett

 

Naïve but charismatic farm girl, Jacquelyn Benderman, has her life perfectly planned until her town blames her for the accidental death of the local high school’s star running back. Feeling like a pariah, she flees to Austin, Texas where her luck seems to change. Her rapid rise to stardom as a blues diva is derailed when an anonymous stalker begins systematically murdering her associates leaving the police to suspect her. As Y2K approaches, she wrestles with the guilt of falling for her roommate, a Romanian folk singer who survives as a call-girl, while the show band she sings with rehearses for a national tour. Can she protect her new lover from danger? Will the world end at midnight? Is there no hiding place when everyone knows who you are?

 

 

Winning Maura’s Heart

Linda Broday

 

Maura Taggart is an outcast, the daughter of a hangman and no reputable man would ever want her as his wife. Run out of town along with a group of orphans, she and her sister seek refuge in an old mission. Shortly after, Maura finds a man near death and they take him in. Who is the mysterious Calhoun? And why has he brought danger to their door? As he regains his strength, an attraction between them grows. Can she trust him both with their safety and with her heart?

 

 

A History of Silence, Book One of the Heartland Trilogy

Cynthia J. Bogard

 

Four women, unknowingly bound together by one man’s violent past. Johnny Wharton is a history professor from a Texas “planter family,” a legacy that’s followed him to 1985. Tough-girl Jenny (Johnny’s daughter), escapes to Madison, blotting out her past with drugs, and sex. Emotionally damaged Jane (Johnny’s graduate student) accepts Johnny’s offer of an affair, thinking she might manage if it’s part-time. Maddie (his lesbian colleague) is grief-stricken; her longtime Black lady love Roz left her inexplicably. Conservatively raised Liz (Johnny’s wife) is desperate to reconnect with her estranged daughter. As the lives of these four women intertwine in unexpected ways, each learns the past can’t be conquered until it’s confronted, and its secrets revealed — and shared. 

 

 

A Sinister Revenge

Deanna Raybourn

 

Veronica must find and stop a devious killer when a group of old friends is targeted for death in this new adventure from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

 

 

After the Shadows

Amanda Cabot

 

A young widow returns to her hometown in Texas Hill Country, never dreaming that the new schoolteacher holds the key both to the mystery surrounding her father's death--and to her heart.

 

 

Amish Wilderness Survival

Mary Alford

 

When her brother goes missing, Leora Mast will do anything to find him…even if it means putting her life in danger. Upon arriving in Montana, she finds an ally in Fletcher Shetler, but almost as soon as they meet, they’re running for their lives. With Fletcher’s help, Leora must unravel the truth about her brother’s disappearance…before the man who wants them dead tracks them down.

 

 

Beyond the Shadows

DeAnn Daley Holcomb

 

A killer is terrorizing women on the streets of Dallas, Texas. The talented Dallas television news reporter Claire McKenzie hits the airwaves, warning the public about the killer tagged the ‘Smiley Face Murderer’ and reporting the latest information about the investigation. While Dallas Police Homicide Detective Lance Harris searches for the killer of eight women, Claire, his former girlfriend, becomes entangled in the investigation when Harris discovers Claire knows the killer personally. In a race to find the killer will Lance be able to save Claire? Find out if Claire becomes the serial killer’s next victim.

 

 

Life Lessons from the Little Red Wagon

Ronald E. Simmons

 

In The Little Red Wagon, prolific business leader and public servant Ron Simmons invites you to leave ordinary behind and glide into the richly meaningful life you were intended to live. From his humble beginnings in the rural South to the heights of influence as an entrepreneur, finance executive, and three-term member of the Texas House of Representatives, Simmons mines the depths of his triumphs and travails to provide a wealth of applicable insights. Whether you’re out front holding the wagon’s handle, shifting the direction from inside, riding along as cargo, or pushing from the rear, the place you occupy will set your course toward more of the same or to bold adventure.  

 

 

Socks: A Footloose Miscellany for Sock Lovers and Wearers

Wendi Aarons

 

Amusing and highly giftable, Socks is an illustrated miscellany all about the most common accessory. Through humorous text and quirky art, discover what different types of socks say about the people who wear them. 

 

 

Thirteen Therapists

Russell J. Sanders

 

Aaron Hardaway, graduating prep school senior and son of one of Chicago’s richest and most powerful women, is facing meeting his thirteenth therapist. His mother thinks he is “broken” and has pushed him into therapy twelve previous times. Aaron is gay—something his mother is unaware of—and wants a boyfriend. He has met a Chicago bad boy, Derrick, and Aaron is instantly taken with him. Derrick is brash, bold, and sometimes reckless—qualities Aaron has never had in his life. Aaron begins to bond with his new therapist, whom he dubs Thirteen. With her, he shares his feelings and thoughts—about his mother and about Derrick. Thirteen warns Aaron to live his life with “eyes wide open.” But will he? 

 

 

Tick Tock Tickle Bug

David Canzoneri

 

Through a rollicking rhyme and a predictable text by David Canzoneri, author of “Brush Your Little Pearly Whites”, children get to guess which body part will be tickled next. But ticklers beware! In the end, the tickler becomes the ticklee! Lively artwork with bold colors by Bryant Canzoneri, illustrator of “So Did I”, makes this book a satisfying romp. Suggestions for tickling and appropriate touch are included at the beginning and laughs are guaranteed throughout.

 

 

Wildflowers of Texas Field Guide

Nora Bowers, Nick Bowers, Stan Tekiela

 

With this famous field guide by Nora Bowers, Rick Bowers, and Stan Tekiela, you can make wildflower identification simple, informative, and productive. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of wildflowers that don’t grow in Texas. Learn about 200 of the most common and important species found in the state. They’re organized in the field guide by color and then by size for ease of use. Fact-filled information contains the particulars that you want to know, while full-page photographs provide the visual detail needed for accurate identification.

 

 

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

There are so many Texas-connected books publishing this month that we couldn’t feature all of them. The following books also publish in March:

 

BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Augmented Fatality by Kevin Mclaughlin & Michael Anderle

Comanche Peace Pipe by Patrick Dearen

The Guardian Test by Christina Soontornvat

The Hidden Treasure of the Chisos by Patrick Dearen

Link + Hud:Heroes by a Hair by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey

The Mysterious Daughter by Sarah Noffke & Michael Anderle

On the Pecos Trail by Patrick Dearen

Suddenly Magical by Sarah Noffke & Michael Anderle

TOPGUN: Phoenix by Michael Anderle

 

HISTORY & NONFICTION

100+ Questions a Writer/Author Should Ask by B. Alan Bourgeois

Battleship Texas by Lawrence Burr

Caged: A Teacher's Journey Through Rikers, or How I Beheaded the Minotaur by Brandon Dean Lamson

Celia Hill's Headin' West by Bill Wright and Marianne Wood

Death and Life in the Big Red One by Joseph P Olexa

The Dirty Tricks Department by John Lisle

Everyday Grand: Soulful Recipes for Celebrating Life's Big and Small Moments by Jocelyn Delk Adams

Five Conversations about Peter Sellers by Elizabeth Gonzalez James

From the Sidelines to the Headlines by Betsy Gerhardt Pasley

Grace Engine by Joshua Burton

Maker of Heaven & by Jason Myers

The People's Hospital by Ricardo Nuila M.D.

Unsettling: The El Paso Massacre, Resurgent White Nationalism, and the US-Mexico Border by Gilberto Rosas

The Way of the Chosen by Amanda Jenkins, Dallas Jenkins, Douglas S. Huffman

We Were Once A Family by Roxanna Asgarian

William F. Buckley Sr.: Witness to the Mexican Revolution by John A. Adams Jr

 

HORROR/MYSTERY

Disciples Doctrine by C.L. Connolly

A Fangtastic Felony by SL Calder

Azure and the Case of the Rogue Rides by Verena Deluca

The Dead Certain Doubt by Jim Nesbitt 

Even When You Lie by Michelle Cruz

The Haunting of Anna-Rose by Erica J Whelton

The Hexed Hunt by Erica J Whelton

I Love It When You Lie by Kristen Bird 

Keep Your Doors Locked by Becki Willis

Reckless in Texas Anthology by Sisters in Crime North Dallas Chapter

The Running Girls by Matt Brolly

Standing Dead by Margaret Mizushima

Support and Defend by Vannetta Chapman

 

ROMANCE & POETRY

The Cowboy's Unlikely Love by Janalyn Knight

A Texas Kind of Cowboy by Delores Fossen

A Wallflower for the Marquess, Theodosia by Dorothy Sheldon

Been There Dragon That by Krystal Shannan

Bluebonnets and Bikers by D. Lilac

Brutal Heir by Sahara Roberts

Charming a Cowboy King by Katie Lane

Cousin Eleanor by Emma Lynn Mae

Crash Course by Sherry L. Brown

Cruel King by K.A. Linde

Dating Coach for Hire by Laurie LeClair

Fortune's Fatherhood Dare by Makenna Lee

Four Weeks to Forever & Make Believe Match by Karen Booth & Joanne Rock

Gotta Dig Deep by MarieLisa deMora

Her Man of Honor by Teri Wilson

Hidden by the Doctor by Kennedy Mitchell

In Her Sights by Karen Witemeyer

In the Light of Day by Lorna Hoopes

Journey to Juniper Springs by Rebecca Talley

Mail Order Magnificence by Kirsten Osbourne

The Mansion's One Flaw by Laura Domino

March is for Miles by Dylann Crush & Eve London

Meeting His Secret Daughter by Marie Ferrarella

Mr. Intoxicating by Lori Wilde

Mr. Right Again For Her by Jo Grafford

Nevermore Bookstore by Cynthia St. Aubin & Kerrigan Byrne

No Best Friends for a Cowboy by Alexa Verde

Out of the Ashes by Melanie D. Snitker

RAFE: Firebrand Cowboys by Barb Han

The Recluse by Silvia Violet

Rescued by the Rancher by Barb Han

Resolute Aim by Leslie Marshman

The River Rider by Judy McGonagill

Saved by the Belle by Shana Galen

The Scandalous Ladies of London by Sophia Jordan

Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Sylvia McDaniel

Sex Depression Animals by Mag Gabbert

Soldier Cowboy by Heatherly Bell

Southern Charms by T.M. Simmons

Tastefully Texas by K.S. Jones

Texas Bodyguard: Brax by Janie Crouch

Texas Protector by Lindsay McKenna & Barb Han

To the Cypress Again and Again: Tribute to Salvador Espriu by Cyrus Cassells

The Wedding at Moonglow Bay by Lori Wilde

Wish Me Luck by Paula Adler

 

FANTASY & OTHER FICTION

A Noble Cunning by Patricia Bernstein

Black Talon by Jaime Castle & Andy Peloquin

Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs by Kerry Howley

Burning Distance by Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

The Donut Legion by Joe R. Lansdale

Doves in a Tempest by Bill Schweitzer

Enigma Tracer by Charles Breakfield & Rox Burkey

The Fifth Wound by Aurora Mattia

The Four Worlds: Subversion by Skyler Ramirez

The Last of the Baileys by Paula Paul

Loki's Ring by Stina Leicht

The Meister of Decimen by Brenna Raney

The Outskirts of Redemption by Clayton Trier

Texas Heat and Other Stories by William Harrison

Trash by Sylvia Aguilar-Zéleny

 

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