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The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey
Expected pub. date: September, 2013

The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed “Lullaby,” has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can’t remember the crime? Biracial detective Hannah McCabe faces similar perplexing problems as she attempts to solve the murders of three women, one of whom, a Broadway actress known as “The Red Queen,” has a special interest in the story of Alice in Wonderland. Is the killer somehow reenacting the children’s tale?

An Alice in Wonderland-inspired murder? YES PLEASE! This sounds a little Dante Club-esque, in that a string of murders is inspired by a famous piece of literature (in Dante Club‘s case, it was the Inferno). Unfortunately, I’ve come to discover I’m not a fan of Matthew Pearl’s writing, but I won’t allow that to dampen my hopes for The Red Queen Dies.

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
Expected pub. date: September, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can’t help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world’s greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they’ve ever known.

How wonderful does this sound??

Are You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick
Expected pub. date: September, 2013

Here comes the son: Rich accidentally travels back in time to his dad’s youth – during Woodstock – and witnesses a tragic event.

Rich is 15 and a budding guitarist. When his girlfriend asks him to play a gig at a local protest, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, the police show up, and so does Rich’s dad. Rich is in big trouble. What’s worse, this happens near the anniversary of his uncle’s death years ago. Rich’s dad always gets depressed near this anniversary, but whenever Rich asks questions about his dad’s brother, his dad shuts down.

Frustrated by his dad’s silence, Rich sneaks into his father’s office and breaks into a locked cabinet that holds an electric guitar signed by Jimi Hendrix. It’s one of his dad’s most prized possessions. Before he knows it, Rich is on the side of a road at Yasgur’s Farm, and a beautiful girl with a tie-dye shirt is bending over him. He’s okay, physically. But it will take him a while to realize it’s 1969, he’s at Woodstock, and the girl’s band of friends includes his dad as a 15-year-old, and his uncle, who is still alive.

What Rich learns, who he meets, and what he does, could change his life forever.

The more I read the summary the more excited I get. Guys, this just might be one of my most highly anticipated fall releases!

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