Our latest batch of NOOK First titles offers an exciting range of books—from a story about orphan dragons to a dating advice guide from two bestselling authors. Begin your shopping with the four exceptional books below, but don’t forget to explore the full collection here.


A Short Sharp Shock  by Kim Stanley Robinson


A man tumbles through wild surf, half drowned, to collapse on a moonlit beach. When he regains consciousness, he has no memory of who he is or where he came from. He knows only that the woman who washed ashore with him has disappeared sometime in the night and that he has awakened in a surreal landscape of savage beauty–a mysterious watery world encircled by a thin spine of land. Aided by strange tribesmen, he journeys to the cove of the spine kings, a brutal race that has enslaved the woman and several of the tribesmen. That is only the beginning of his quest, as he struggles to find her identity in this wondrous and cruel land–and seeks out the woman whose hold on his imagination is both unfathomable and unshakable.



Cloak & Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon


One of the fiercest soldiers the Phrixians have ever produced, Maris Sulle has been an outsider from the moment he was born different from the rest of his family. He grew up with a secret that cost him everything——his birthright, his family, and his military career. In all his life, he’s only had one love, and he has sacrificed his own happiness to see his best friend reunited with the woman he loves. But now that his good deed is done, he feels lost and adrift. Even though they do their best to include him in their new family, Maris is once again on the outside looking in.

Ture has spent his life hiding from everyone around him——his family, the world, you name it——while trying desperately to fit in. Badly hurt by everyone he’s ever known, he trusts no one except his own best friend. And honestly, he can’t understand why he trusts her. Nor can he believe her when she describes a loyalty between friends the likes of which he’s never seen.

But when Ture is in his darkest hour, he’s saved by a hero he thought only existed in novels. A man who is every bit as scarred and mistrusting as he is——one who has no interest in being dragged into another relationship with anyone.


It's Just a F***ing Date: Some Sort of Book About Dating  by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola


A fun and funny guide to dating from the New York Times bestselling authors of  He’s Just Not that Into You.

Why does dating have to be so hard?

It doesn’t! Stop trying to out-game the system and relax. It's Just a F***ing Date presents the tools, not the rules, for bringing back the art of the date. The ordeals of 21st century dating, from online dating and hooking up to pulling the plug when it isn’t working, will soon be easy to navigate. With tips to define what is and isn’t a date, how to get asked out, and setting your own dating standards, dating won’t seem old-fashioned, it will be fun.


Charlotte Tweed and The School for Orphaned Dragons (Book #1) by Skye Blaine


Charlotte Tweed is a 15 year old orphan who always longed to know who she truly was, where she came from, and who her true parents were. Charlotte goes from one foster home to another, and as she becomes a young teenager, things get worse, and she is thrown out of every home she is sent to. Finally, living with a cruel family and sent to a school where she is bullied, Charlotte ducks off the fire drill line one day and cuts school, taking a walk near the river. It is during this fateful walk that she meets Tom Throtteldon, a wizard from another land. He tells her he’s come to take her home.

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by on ‎08-15-2013 07:09 PM

In what universe is Kim Stanley Robinson considered an "emerging" author?  I've been reading his books for years, including last year's best seller, 2312, and The Years of Rice and Salt.  The Mars series is twenty years old.