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New reads that won't break the bank: Book picks for February

Swapna Krishna is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer. She has been blogging about books at S. Krishna's Books since 2008. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband. Find her on Twitter at @skrishna and on her blog at www.s...

Paperback original picks for February

Looking for a new read but don't want to splurge on a hardcover? No problem! Paperback originals are new books that are released directly as paperbacks, so they're less expensive but just as original as their hardcover counterparts.
The Truth About Love and Lightning by Susan McBride

The Truth About Love and Lightning
Susan McBride

Susan McBride's latest novel revolves around family, with just a touch of magic to keep things interesting. When a tornado appears out of nowhere and rips across Gretchen Brink's land, she thinks it's just a freak storm. But what she doesn't know is that with it came a man with no memory, one who Gretchen's adult (and now pregnant) daughter Abby thinks is Sam, her mysterious father who disappeared. But Gretchen is afraid that this mysterious man's appearance will uncover the lies she's been telling and rip her family apart.

The List by Karin Tanabe

The List
Karin Tanabe

If you enjoy the TV show Scandal, then The List should be at the top of your reading list this month. A juicy, inside-the-Beltway novel full of gossip and intrigue, The List follows 28-year-old Adrienne Brown as she frantically tries to keep up with her new job at The Capitolist, Washington, D.C.'s best magazine. It involves juicy affairs and secrets that are bursting to be told and is sure to be the best scandal-icious novel you've read recently.

The Water Witch by Juliet Dark

The Water Witch
Juliet Dark

In the first novel of the Fairwick trilogy, Callie McFay accepted a job at a mysterious college in upstate New York and learned that she was a witch. Now in the second novel, Callie's back, and Fairwick is in danger. These novels are a heady mix of the supernatural, academic and erotic, and readers are sure to enjoy being back in the atmospheric Fairwick. The cliffhanger ending will only leave readers clamoring for the last installment in this interesting trilogy.

The Good Daughter by Jane Porter

The Good Daughter
Jane Porter

Beloved chick-lit/women's fiction author Jane Porter seems to be taking a page out of Nora Roberts' playbook for her latest writing endeavor. She's writing a trilogy about three sisters finding love, happiness and fulfillment; The Good Daughter is the middle book in the trilogy, about a woman named Kit Brennan. She's the "good one," the daughter and sister who tries to make everyone happy, but at 40, she decides she needs more out of life than just the status quo.

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