With or Without You (Mar., $14.95) by Lauren Sanders. Although she admired soap opera star Brooke Harrison, Lily reflects on why she murdered her. Author tour.
Godlike (July, $13.95) by Richard Hell. The punk rocker spins a tale of what it's like to be an artist in an America of idiots, thieves and liars. Author publicity.
New Stories from the South 2005 (June, $13.95), edited by Shannon Ravenel, contains stories by Dennis Lehane, Robert Olen Butler and others.
Adam & Steve (May, $13.95) by Craig Chester novelizes the romantic comedy film starring Chris Kattan, Craig Chester and Parker Posey. Ad/promo.
Don't Ever Wonder (July, $14.95) by Darren Coleman. Three black pals look for titillating sex. 40,000 first printing.
44 Scotland Street (July, $13.95) by Alexander McCall Smith is set in Edinburgh, a city enlivened with love triangles, a stolen painting and a famous Scottish crime writer. 75,000 first printing. Advertising.
ARTE PÚBLICO PRESS
American Dreams (May, $14.95) by Eduardo González Viaña and Heather Moore González. Stories follow immigrants adapting to life in a foreign land.
Nocturnes (Mar., $12.95) by John Connolly is a haunting collection of short fiction. Author publicity.
The Girlfriend Curse (Mar., $12.95) by Valerie Frankel. A woman is determined to become "The One" and not "The One Before." 50,000 first printing.
Brickhouse (June, $12.95) by Rita Ewing. A group of friends living in Harlem struggle with love, infidelity and scandal. 35,000 first printing.
Bollywood Confidential (July, $12.95) by Sonia Singh. Raveena Rai is an Indo-American D-list actress who's more Hollywood than Bollywood. 30,000 first printing.
Little White Lies: A Novel of Love and Good Intentions (Apr., $12.95) by Gemma Townley. When drab Natalie opens an invitation addressed to the previous renter of her London flat, she decides to attend the party. Ad/promo.
The Dark Queen (Apr.) and
The Courtesan (Aug., $13.95 each) by Susan Carroll are books one and two in a trilogy sparked by the evil doings of Catherine de Medici. Ad/promo.
The Glamorous Life (May, $13.95) by Nikki Turner. A young woman has to choose between money or love in this gangsta tale. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Other Men's Wives (June, $13.95) by Freddie Lee Johnson III. A cuckolded husband seeks revenge by sleeping with the wives of those husbands his wife bedded. Ad/promo.
BALLANTINE READER'S CIRCLE
Tuscany for Beginners (May, $13.95) by Imogen Edwards-Jones satirizes the idealized ex-pat life in Italy. Ad/promo.
The Alphabet Sisters (May, $13.95) by Monica McInerney. The estranged Anna, Bett and Carrie tackle family secrets after returning home for their grandmother's 80th birthday.
Sleeping with Beauty (July, $11) by Donna Kauffman. Three entrepreneurial "fairy godmothers" seek to revive Lucy from her sex coma. 60,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.
Winter Passage (July, $16.95) by Paul Raymond Côté and Constantina Mitchell. In 1734, a baron sets sail from Bordeaux with his young son for Quebec City in search of his destiny. Advertising. Author tour.
The Next Big Thing (Mar., $13) by Johanna Edwards. Our plus-size heroine becomes a contestant on the reality TV show, From Fat to Fabulous.
Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (June, $14) by Julie Kenner begins a series about a mother of two and former demon hunter back on the job in the suburbs.
Hot Spot (June, $15) by Susan Johnson is a hip and steamy contemporary romance.
What Dreams May Come (July, $14) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Robin Owens and Rebecca York. The paranormal is a force in this romance anthology.
The Secret Lives of the Sushi Club (Aug., $14) by Christy Yorke. The lives of four women are disrupted when one exposes all their secrets in a racy bestseller.
The Revelation (June, $12.99) by Beverly Lewis is book five in the Abram's Daughters series.
BITTER LEMON PRESS
Holy Smoke (Apr., $13.95) by Tonino Benacquista involves wine, miracles, the Mafia and the Vatican.
Havana Red (June, $13.95) by Leonardo Padura launches a Havana quartet featuring Insp. Mario Conde, a tropical Marlowe.
Hello, Gorgeous! (Mar., $14) by MaryJanice Davidson. What's a fun-loving girl to do when she becomes the government's secret weapon as a human turned cyborg?
Star Quality (May, $14) by Lori Foster, Lucy Monroe, Dianne Castell. Magic unifies three romantic tales.
Figs and Fate: Stories About Growing Up in the Arab World Today (Apr.; $15.95, cloth $22.50) by Elsa Marston. Settings include Syria, Lebanon, a Palestinian refugee camp, Egypt and Iraq.
BROADMAN & HOLMAN
The Bitter Road to Dachau (May, $12.99) by Robert Wise. Christian's world collapses in 1930s prewar Germany when he is sent to Dachau as a Nazi protester.
Groove (June, $12.95) by Geneva Holliday. Four very different friends suffer through a hot New York summer.
The Butcher of Beverly Hills (July, $11.95) by Jennifer Colt. Polar opposite twins take divergent paths until they set up business together as PIs.
Haarlem (July, $12.95) by Heather Neff. After his abusive father dies, Abel leaves Harlem for Haarlem in the Netherlands to look for the mother he never knew.
CARROLL & GRAF
Whores of Lost Atlantis (May, $13.95) by Charles Busch. This classic camp novel features a new ending.
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (June, $16.95), edited by Kathy Kiernan and Retha Powers. Anne Tyler, Arthur Miller, David Sedaris and others offer pieces they particularly like.
The Shadows of Berlin (June, $14.95) by Dovid Bergelson. Stories paint a bleak picture of life in Europe on the brink of WWII. Author tour.
Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers (May, $14.95), edited by Mitzi Szereto, imagines sexual adventures with Marilyn Monroe, Warren Beatty, Sigmund Freud and assorted other partners.
Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World of Lesbian Paperback Novels 1950—1965 (June, $16.95), selected by Katherine V. Forrest, excerpts works by Ann Bannon, Vin Packer and others.
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS
Before Elvis There Was Nothing (May, $14) by Laurie Foos. A woman wants to remove the horn growing from her forehead. Advertising. Author tour.
Midnight at the Dragon Café (Apr., $14) by Judy Fong Bates. A Chinese girl encounters dark family secrets in a small Ontario town in the 1950s. Advertising.
DALKEY ARCHIVE PRESS
The Lecture (May, $12.50) by Lydie Salvayre. In a small southern French town, a curious man lectures his fellow inhabitants on the importance of conversation.
My Life in CIA (May, $13.95) by Harry Mathews. The author was thought to be a CIA agent in 1970s France, so decided to act the part and novelize the whole caper.
What's Real (May, $15) by Daaimah S. Poole. Three friends on vacation together discover that beauty is more than skin deep and all that glitters ain't gold.
Within the Shadows (June, $14) by Brandon Massey. Mystery writer Andrew Wilson follows his love to her family estate and finds evil lurking in the dark.
Original Cyn (May, $12) by Sue Margolis. Cynthia is a model woman until a co-worker steals her idea for an ad campaign. 85,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Guardian of the Dawn (Aug., $14) by Richard Zimler. Betrayal and revenge wreak havoc in colonial India. 20,000 first printing.Advertising. Author publicity.
Winter Fire (Mar., $14.95) by Rachel Ann Nunes. Will Amanda's relationship with Blake and the children he's fighting to get custody of result in heartache or happiness?
The Mile-High Hair Club (Aug., $12.95) by Naomi Neale. A New York talent producer returns to her Virginia home and becomes embroiled in a beauty pageant.
Kissing Kate (May, $14.95) by Bradford Dillman. A has-been star is recruited to headline an amateur production of Kiss Me Kate.
It Sleeps in Me (May, $13.95) by Kathleen O'Neal Gear. Erotic passion burns as a Native American high chieftess struggles with the spirit of her greatest lover. Advertising. Author publicity.
The Lynne Truss Treasury (July, $17.50) by Lynne Truss is a trove of essays and comic novels. Advertising.
Bitter Fruit (Apr., $13) by Achmat Dangor. Erotic life stirs within political movements in postapartheid South Africa.
Whose Eye Is on Which Sparrow? (Mar., $14.95) by Robert Taylor. When a privileged young doctor falls for a handsome black man, he is tempted to leave his wife, children and career.
California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century (Mar., $15.95) by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni et al. combines new voices with such established names as Joan Didion and John Steinbeck.
Story-Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers (Apr., $14), edited by Shyam Selvadurai, features works by Michael Ondaatje, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri and others.
People I Wanted to Be: Stories (May, $12) by Gina Ochsner depicts how we survive life's harrowing moments. Advertising. Author publicity.
The Divine Circle of Ladies' Making Mischief (Apr., $14) by Dolores Stewart Riccio returns to five friends who attract the strange and the wild.
It's My Wedding Too (June, $12.95) by Sharon Naylor. Emilie and Anthony's moms take over wedding plans.
Misconceptions (Mar., $9.95) by Pamela Leigh Starr centers around the difficulties and joys of interracial romance.
I'll Paint a Sun (Mar., $9.95) by A.J. Garrotto. A woman facing financial ruin and abandonment by her fiancé searches for love and meaning in life.
LITTLE, BROWN/BACK BAY
Nora Jane: A Life in Stories (Aug., $14.95) by Ellen Gilchrist collects the published Nora Jane stories and adds a new novella.
Double Down (May, $12.95) by Tess Hudson. The daughter of a big New York City bookie wants to go straight, but the odds are against her.
Father Brown: The Essential Tales (Mar., $12.95) by G.K. Chesterton, edited by P.D. James, anthologizes 12 classic detective stories.
NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY
Notes from the Underbelly (Apr., $12.95) by Risa Green. A college counselor to the children of the rich and famous finds herself pregnant.
Warrior Queen: The Story of Boudica: Celtic Queen (June, $14) by Alan Gold stars the woman who led a rebellion against the Roman army's invasion of Britain in 60 A.D.
Where the River Runs (May, $12.95) by Patti Callahan Henry. The author of Losing the Moon sets this in Georgia's Low Country.
NORTH ATLANTIC BOOKS/FROG LTD.
Peanut's Revenge (May, $13.95) by Renay Jackson is the author's fourth novel of life on the streets and in the ghettos of Oaktown.
Ice Road (Apr., $15.95) by Gillian Slovo. Loyalties, beliefs, love and family ties are tested in the siege of Leningrad during WWII.
Heart of America (July, $13.95) by Warren Ellis. A burned-out PI is enlisted by presidential goons to retrieve the U.S. Constitution. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Twelve Short Stories and Their Making (Mar., $15.95), edited by Paul Mandelbaum. Sandra Cisneros, Gail Godwin and Charles Johnson are among those who are interviewed about their stories included here.
Bitter Milk (June, $13) by John McManus. A nine-year-old in eastern Tennessee has a friend who may be imaginary or his conscience or an evil twin.
Summer in the City (Mar., $13) by Robyn Sisman. A London woman and a New York City man swap jobs and begin living each other's lives. 150,000 first printing.
The Loves of a D-Girl (May, $13) by Chris Dyer. Lizzie has a lousy job developing screenplays, but then she's challenged to fix a hopeless script. 50,000 first printing.
The Three Mrs. Parkers (Mar., $13) by Joan Medlicott. Three women from different generations get past old hurts to reach forgiveness.
Threesome (May, $12) by Brenda L. Thomas charts the scandalous escapades of an NBA player's sexy personal assistant.
Bad Girls (June, $12.95) by Alex McAuley is a survival adventure about a group of troubled young women stranded in the wilderness.
Dixieland Sushi (May, $13) by Cara Lockwood. A woman returns home to make peace with her family, her past and herself.
Younger (July, $13) by Pamela Satran. A 44-year-old divorcée who passes for a 20-something meets a handsome young man.
Pick Me (Aug., $13) by Pamela Ribon. A young woman on a reality TV show knows she's perfect for the program's Mr. Right.
POLYGON (dist. by Interlink)
Hawkfall (Apr., $12.95) by George MacKay Brown. Eleven fables deal with love, violence, death and rebirth.
Mount Appetite (Apr., $13.95) by Bill Gaston contains a dozen stories of desire and alienation.
RED DRESS INK
Mim Warner's Lost Her Cool (Mar., $12.95) by Lynn Messina. Fashion forecasters stumble across a crime.
Hand-Me-Down (June, $12.95) by Lee Nichols finds the queen of hand-me-downs falling for a secondhand man.
Lost in Rooville (July, $12.99) by Ray Blackston concludes the Flabbergasted trilogy with a marriage proposal.
Rorey's Secret (Aug., $12.99) by Leisha Kelly continues the Wortham family saga with WWII as the backdrop.
Someone I Loved (Apr., $14) by Anna Gavalda. When a jilted wife moves into her in-laws' farmhouse, an unusual relationship develops.
Wifebeater (Mar., $14) by Mister Mann Frisby has a single father dodging a blackmail scheme.
The Borgia Bride (May, $14.95) by Jeanne Kalogridis. A princess from Naples marries into the infamous family during the Italian Renaissance. 75,000 first printing. Advertising.
Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector: A Covert-One Novel (July, $15.95) by Patrick Larkin continues the series. 500,000 first printing. Advertising.
Taking Care of Business (Aug., $TBA) by LuAnn McLane, Pat Ryan and Toni Blake offers a trio of sexy stories.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology (Apr., $14.95), edited and intro. by David Sedaris, collects the humorist's favorite short fiction. 150,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
The Apple's Bruise (June, $12) by Lisa Glatt is a story collection revolving around desire and fidelity. Ad/promo.
The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy (Mar., $14) by Elizabeth Aston is a sequel to Mr. Darcy's Daughters, and a major scandal is brewing. Ad/promo.
Grown Folks Business (June, $14) by Victoria Christopher Murray. A "perfect" marriage is threatened when the husband develops feelings for a man.
Those Pearly Gates: A Homegrown Novel (July, $13) by Julie Cannon brings back characters from earlier titles in the series, as Imo's garden keeps her grounded.
SOFT SKULL PRESS
Oh Pure and Radiant Heart (July, $25) by Lydia Millet is peopled with A-bomb scientists. Author tour.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK PRESS
Arab Women Writers: An Anthology of Short Stories (Mar., $24.95), edited by Dalya Cohen-Mor, collects 60 stories from across the Arab world.
Love's Haven (May, $12.95) by Catherine Palmer is steeped in romance.
Last Resort (June, $12.95) by Hannah Alexander is the latest installment in her Hideaway series.
The Sicilian Amulet (Mar., $13.95) by Jo Manning. In Sicily, Jane meets Lorenzo, who presents her with a family amulet that casts a spell.
Love, Louisa (June, $13.95) by Barbara Metzger. Retreating to her mother's summer cottage from a broken wedding engagement, Louisa mistakes a wealthy landowner for a handyman.
A Place to Belong (Apr., $12.99) by Vonette Bright and Nancy Moser is the fourth and final book in the Sister Circle series about Peerbaugh Place.
The Education of Arnold Hitler (Apr., $14.95) by Marc Estrin is a cutting satire. Ad/promo. Author tour.
UNIV. OF TEXAS PRESS
News from the New American Diaspora and Other Tales of Exile (Apr., $16) by Jay Neugeboren is a story collection about Jewish life in the 20th century.
What We Do Is Secret (Apr., $13.95) by Thorn Kief Hillsbery is narrated by Rockets, a youthful street hustler in L.A.'s punk underworld in the early 1980s.
The Gift Bag Chronicles (June, $12.95) by Hilary De Vries puts the heroine of So 5 Minutes Ago inside another Hollywood roman à clef.
The Whores on the Hill (May, $12.95) by Colleen Curran. Three Catholic schoolgirls wear their dubious nickname as a badge of honor. Advertising. Author tour.
The Frog Prince (May, $12.95) by Jane Porter. Holly's fairy tale marriage falls apart when her husband confesses his sexual disinterest on their honeymoon. Advertising.
Hot Sauce (June, $12.95) by Scott Pomfret and Scott Whittier is a gay sizzler about a celebrity chef who hears unwelcome news about his boyfriend.
Chloe: The Women of Ivy Manor, Book One (June, $10.99) by Lyn Cote launches the Women of Ivy Manor series about four generations of women over the 20th century. Ad/promo.
Whisper Town (June, $12.99) by Patricia Hickman continues the Millwood Hollow series with three orphans in racially segregated Arkansas in the 1930s. Ad/promo.
WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS
The Last Legion (Mar., $14) by Valerio Massimo resumes the adventures of the Italian archeologist Manfredi in 470 A.D.
Whence Came a Prince (Mar., $13.99) by Liz Curtis Higgs transports the reader to 18th-century Scotland to wrap up the saga begun in Thorn in My Heart.
A Land of Sheltered Promise (Apr., $13.99) by Jane Kirkpatrick. One location unites three stories across time.
Wrapped in Rain (Mar., $13.99) by Charles Martin. Miss Ella Rain maintains a lasting influence over two boys.
Unspoken (May, $14.99) by Angela Hunt ponders what animals might say if given the gift of speech.
Charade (Apr., $12.99) by Gilbert Morris. A computer programmer changes his appearance to exact revenge.
Sins of the Father (Apr., $12.99) by James Scott Bell. A public defender represents a young man accused of grisly murders.