I have a stack of Orion and Little, Brown books still in my TBR shelf. Some of these were released last year, but a few of them are coming out in other formats this year.
Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
4/2011 — 9780749952181 — Piatkus
Rowan Tripp is addicted to danger. She’s been fighting the annual forest fires in the rugged Montana mountains since she was eighteen years old. She can read a wildfire like no one else—and is prepared to put her life on the line again and again to save others. But now she is mourning the death of her good friend and jump partner, Jim—and haunted by the fact that she might have been able to save him.
More pressing is the fact that the new season’s recruits to the ‘smoke-jumping’ team need to be trained. Rowan has a strict rule: NEVER get romantically involved with anyone she works with. But the moment she meets Gull Curry that rule is severely tested. And when it becomes clear that someone does blame Rowan for Jim’s death, and is determined to get revenge, Rowan finds that she needs Gull’s help and support more than ever…
The Double-Edged Sword by Sarah Silverwood (The Nowhere Chronicles, Book 1)
11/2010 — 9780575095793 — Gollancz
Finmere Tingewick Smith was abandoned on the steps of the Old Bailey. Under the guardianship of the austere Judge Harlequin Brown and the elderly gentlemen of Orrery House, Fin has grown up under a very strange set of rules. He spends alternate years at two very different schools and now he’s tired of the constant lies to even his best friends, to hide the insanity of his double life. Neither would believe the truth!
But on his sixteenth birthday, everything changes. The Judge is killed, stabbed in the chest with a double-edged sword that’s disturbingly familiar, and from that moment on, Fin is catapulted into an extraordinary adventure. Through the Doorway in Fin’s London, a hole in the boundaries of Existence, lies another London – and now both are in grave danger. For the Knights of Nowhere have kidnapped the Storyholder, the keeper of the Five Eternal Stories which weave the worlds together.
Old School Ties by Kate Harrison
1/2010 — 9781409102335 — Orion
Your school days are supposed to be the best days of your life – and Tracey Mortimer has no argument with that. Sixteen years ago she was the most popular girl in school, ruled her own gang and dated the cutest boy in her year. Now it’s all rather different: she’s 33, stuck in a dull marriage that’s only tolerable because her husband is rarely at home. And although she dearly loves her two children, a life of kids TV and alphabetti spaghetti is hardly exciting…
Then Tracey spots an advert from a TV company wanting to make a reality-style show on a perfect school reunion—giving Tracey the chance to re-live the good old days. But not all her old school classmates remember their school days quite as Tracey does.
Tracey made Suzanne Sharp’s life hell—so what better way to get her own back than revenge, live on national television…
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
11/2010 — 9781409123798 — Orion
Historical paranormal fiction
January 1937. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he’s offered the chance to be the wireless operator on an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it.
Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Gruhuken.
But the Arctic summer is brief. As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave. Soon he will see the last of the sun, as the polar night engulfs the camp in months of darkness. Soon he will reach the point of no return—when the sea will freeze, making escape impossible. But Gruhuken is not uninhabited. Jack is not alone. Something walks there in the dark.
Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
10/2010 — 9781409113973 — Orion — Excerpt (PDF)
Noel and Lisa are among the most supportive parents at the nursery school. Never late to pick up their little girl, always patient and delighted to see her at the end of the day. But in fact neither of them are Frankie’s parents. They have no blood relationship at all to this little girl. They are there first because of a promise and they stayed because Frankie had become a life-line to them both. She was the only reason their lives stayed on track and because of her they found the strength to fight their demons.
The problem was keeping this secret far from the eyes and ears of the social workers. If it were known that Noel was an alcoholic and Lisa a serious fantasist Frankie would not remain another day in their care. And yet if she were to be taken away, lives would be destroyed.
Families are changing all the time—why not give this one a chance? Because the law is against it, that’s why.