Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reading Radar: 9 New Releases!

Hello fellow gothic enthusiasts!

I'm always on the lookout for new books of the Gothic Romance genre.  I think sometimes they are hard to find because they are either released under the guise of 'paranormal' or merely 'fiction.'  And while I have no problem occasionally reading a book about vampires and demons (which seems like what the gothic has become in our modern times), I really love the kinds of contemporary gothics that capture the feeling of the original gothic romance.  The mystery, the scary settings, the deranged characters, ghosts, and maybe a witch or two with a little smidgen of romance thrown in for good measure!

I created this blog to preserve the original vintage gothic but also to celebrate the contemporary gothic.

So today I bring to you nine new releases that I feel are reminiscent of the original vintage-type gothic romance.  I've added quite a few to my own wish list and hope (at some point when I get caught up on my reading) to offer reviews for some of them.

To her mother's dismay, Harriet Grant is not like other girls. 

Her independence and fierce spirit leads her decline her family's preferred suitor - Mr. Thompson - because his marriage proposal is based on convenience and not true love. 

Instead, she leaves to become a governess at Roseleigh, a place of haunted rumours, for the two young daughters of Sir Simon Dester. 

Upon her arrival though she soon realises that the longer she spends time with the brooding aristocrat, the more her resolution to stay away from him starts to weaken. 

However, despite their magnetic attraction Harriet cannot help feel that Sir Simon is hiding something from her. 

When she wakes up in the night to the sound of crying, he is quick to dismiss her concerns as nothing but dreams and a wild imagination. 

But nothing at Roseleigh is quite what it seems, least of all her employer who, far from being the dull middle-aged widower she had imagined, is a dynamically attractive man still in his thirties. 

Will Harriet get to the heart of the 'House of Secrets'? 

Or will she simply become its final victim? 

Price:  $3.99

Nothing is as it seems. 16-year-old Claire McKenna and her sister, Lauren, have been stuck in a group foster home for teens for nine miserable months. When a prominent family in Gallows Point, MA requests guardianship, it gives Claire hope that her life will be semi-normal again. Those hopes are shattered soon after arriving to their new home, Bloodsworth Manor, when her sister disappears. 

Evidence suggests Lauren ran away, but when Claire learns of a similar disappearance that occurred in the town five years earlier, she suspects her sister was taken. Her foster parents don’t believe her and neither do the police. It’s up to Claire alone to uncover the truth and save her sister. Uncertain whom she can trust in the strange town, Claire follows a grim trail of clues and discovers an ancient connection between the cruel witch who once served Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary and the founders of Gallows Point. As frightening events start to occur at Bloodsworth Manor, Claire can’t help but wonder if the mansion is haunted, or if she’s losing her mind—just like her biological mother did. She soon discovers that things are not at all what they seem in the creepy town of Gallows Point. Dark secrets … deadly betrayals … and ancient curses are only the beginning. 

To complicate matters, Evan Bradford, the hottest guy in school, seems to have his sights firmly set on Claire. He offers his help, and their friendship evolves into something deeper. But are his feelings for her sincere, or are his attentions merely one more part of the dangerous web of lies that is rapidly closing in on Claire? 

Price:  $2.99

An award-winning journalist in the late 80s can't accept the unsolved murder of her parents -- and finds the sudden appearance of a long-lost cousin odd, thinking he may not be related, out to scam her. Soon she is pursuing his past involvement with her father to buy an old rundown mansion. Upon her visit there, she is slowly drawn into the strange ghostly haunting in the mansion -- and attracted to the mysterious man who lives nearby and who may be a murderer.

Price:  $1.00

On a storm-shrouded island, ghosts of the past threaten to kill again.

Sheeva Desmond always believed she’d marry for love. But when she’s left penniless after her parents’ deaths and her fiancé cancels their wedding, she’s convinced love is a fairy tale. Desperate to find a way to support herself, she takes a position as governess to a troubled mute boy. She never expects to lose her heart to the boy’s handsome father. Or to become entangled in a deadly mystery.

Ronan Quinn, Master of Rathlin Island, spent years in an unhappy marriage. When his faithless wife threatens to leave him and is later found dead, he blames himself for not keeping her safe. He’s left with a hardened heart and a devastated young son. The beautiful governess he hires may have the courage to help his son and to heal Ronan’s soul. But a murderer from his past haunts the shadows and threatens them all.

Price:  $3.99

In USA TODAY Bestselling author Kate Danley's deliciously twisted story, A Spirited Manor, grieving widow Clara O'Hare accepts an invitation to a séance in the remote country home of Lord Horace Oroberg. Joining her around the table are Oroberg's cad of a son, Clifford; his mousy fiancée, Violet; her overbearing mother, Hilda Nero; Norman Scettico, a renowned scientist; the lovely Marguerite Matson; and the dashing young medium, Wesley Lowenherz.

Before long, the group's fascination with the spirit world calls up something sinister, and Clara and Wesley are pulled together to solve a murder most foul.  Laced with gothic tension, romance, and mystery, A Spirited Manor will delight readers with its unexpected turns and thrilling conclusion.

Price:  $2.99

When a cryptic letter arrives from Evalina Filmore’s two aunts, she travels to England to find out what they want, figuring this will be the chance to experience the romantic adventure she has so often read about in her beloved gothic novels. 

When she arrives, she finds the eerie mansion, the strange atmosphere, and the adventure, as hoped. But there are troubles. On the train, she meets a man who, upon learning her name, walks away without a word of explanation. Not long after, she passes unharmed through a wood called the Wrath, even though, as she later learns, no one ever has. While in the Wrath, she meets a tantalizing and seductive stranger, one who just might be her gothic hero. But he has a secret. 

It seems everyone in the village does, including her aunts, and it’s up to Evie to figure out what is going on before the Wrath lures her in and never lets her go.

Price:  $3.99

A Gothic novel in the romantic suspense tradition of Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt... 
CAULDSTANE, the new novel from the award-winning author of Kindle bestseller, HOUSE OF SILENCE. 


When ghostwriter Jenny Ryan is summoned to the Scottish Highlands by Sholto MacNab – retired adventurer and Laird of Cauldstane Castle – she’s prepared for travellers’ tales, but not the MacNabs’ violent and tragic history. 

Lust, betrayal and murder have blighted family fortunes for generations, together with an ancient curse. As members of the family confide their sins and their secrets, Jenny learns why Cauldstane’s uncertain future divides father and sons. 

But someone resents Jenny’s presence. Someone thinks she’s getting too close to Alec MacNab – swordsmith, widower and heir to Cauldstane. Someone will stop at nothing until Jenny has been driven away. Or driven mad. 

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Especially a dead woman. 

Price:  $.99

When Rebecca Lennox receives a proposal from Sir Montague Chastain, she welcomes the chance to escape from poverty - but her new home is a maze of dark secrets, and temptation beckons in the form of her husband’s cousin Mervyn. 

As she battles against her forbidden passion and Sir Montague’s strange machinations, Rebecca realises that her only hope for survival is to unlock the secrets of Willow Castle…

Price:  $2.99


Olivia Hampton's lifelong love of dark literature led her to accept a job as a cataloger for Julian Dunraven's extensive but extremely disorderly library. The only problem is that the position requires her to work at Dunraven Castle, the remote and mysterious home of the Dunraven family. In Victorian America, a young lady had to either earn her keep or be married off to the best man for her hand. Olivia accepted the position at Dunraven Castle.

Olivia could not have guessed the dangers that awaited her in the exotic but darkly menacing castle. When there is an accident on the road to Dunraven, she wonders: Are the broken carriage wheels mere random misfortune or a sign foretelling doom? Olivia's fears soon turn to mortal terror after a subsequent encounter with a terrifying faceless phantom disabuses her of the 'random misfortune' theory. Frightened but undaunted, she decides to put the nightmare behind her and throw herself into cataloging the enormous Dunraven library.

What Olivia could not have foreseen was the devastatingly beautiful Marion Dunraven's effect on her heart. But the madness that seemed to curse the rest of the Dunraven family makes Olivia realize she must find a way to escape Dunraven Castle with her life and the woman she loves before they both become victims.

Price:  $3.99

Aren't some of those covers amazing?  I especially like the very last one...totally took me back to the books from the 60's and 70's!

The books are currently listed, and available, on with the prices as above.

So, go grab a book or two!  And until next time, happy reading!!  

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