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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mailbox Monday 4-27-2009

It is time for another edition of Mailbox Monday hosted at The Printed Page or In Your Mailbox at The Story Siren. Please stop by those posts and take a look at what packages everybody else got this week! Don't forget to check out my giveaways!

I felt the mailbox love this week! I probably won't be posting a lot of comments this month, as I have a ton of reading to do - but I will still be reading everyone's blogs! A really big thank you to all the publishers and blogs that contributed to my reading addiction this week!!!!

Gold of Kings by Davis Bunn was received for a First Wild Card Tour.

Will she decipher the mysteries leading to the sacred relic, or be defeated by the foes racing to claim it and destroy her?

A dealer in art and antiquities, Storm Syrrell arranges her life as she does her work -- into neat, orderly categories. But when her grandfather is murdered, all certainties are crushingly replaced by suspicions. She struggles to understand his death -- and decipher the frayed leather journal she finds hidden in his vault. Storm soon realizes that, far from being simply a discreet art broker, Sean Syrrell was a trusted go-between in the highest ranks of business and government in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

But not all of Sean's associates were quite so lofty. Enter Harry Bennett, a scruffy professional treasure hunter just released from a Caribbean jail, followed by Emma Webb, a US government lawyer with links to Interpol. Storm pushes her doubts aside, locks the door to her Palm Beach art gallery, and opens herself to the quest begun by her grandfather.

Their trail leads them ever farther afield -- London, France, Istanbul, Cyprus -- and ever deeper into danger. The thrill of the search is haunted by Storm's determination to bring Sean's murderers to justice. Storm and Harry in turn are targeted by an unknown assassin and saved from death only by Harry's split-second reactions.

Their quest homes in on the Copper Scroll of Qumran and controversial claims made by the Jewish historian Josephus. Hidden beneath the dust and mysteries of two thousand years lies the reason behind Sean Syrrell's murder and the find of a lifetime: a fortune in gold of great historical significance. Storm begins to grasp the potential magnitude such artifacts will have on contemporary religion and politics -- especially the competing historical claims to Jerusalem. Some seek to claim the gold for the treasure it represents; others are determined to destroy it. With the tangled motives of greed and power now in focus, old allies become new enemies. Through this, something unexpected tugs at Storm. The sacred relics represent a formidable metaphor to an ancient faith; will her search include a renewal of her own faith?

Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts was received from Valerie at Hachette for a blog tour.

Lutie Mcfee’s history has taught her to avoid attachments. . .to people, to places, and to almost everything. With her mother long dead and her father gone to find his fortune in Las Vegas, fifteen-year-old Lutie lives in the godforsaken town of Spearfish, South Dakota, with her eleven-year-old brother, Fate, and Floy, her father’s three-hundred-pound ex-girlfriend.

As if their life were not dismal enough, one day in their local Wal-Mart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids have the choice of becoming wards of the state or hightailing it out of town in Floy’s old Pontiac. Choosing the latter, they head off in search of a father with no particular interest in the kids he left behind. Alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming, Made in the USA is the story of two children who must discover how cruel, ungair, and frightening the world is before they finally find a place where they belong.

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti By Giulia Melucci I won from Proud Bookworm

“Whenever I start dating someone new, I just can’t hold back. No matter how often my girlfriends warn me, “Take it slow, let him win you over, don’t give it away so quickly,” I just can’t resist - have to cook for him…. “

From failure to fusilli, this irresistible book tells the story of Giulia Melucci’s fizzled romances and of the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out.

At the start of the nineteen-nineties, Giulia moved out of the Brooklyn home where she was raised full of romantic hopes and her mother’s excellent Italian cooking. She dreamed of finding the perfect guy, but fresh ingredients were scarce. After nearly twenty years of New York City dating she had nothing more than a slew of broken relationships under her belt. Well, that and a heap of delicious recipes, which she shares here along with stories of her doomed amorous adventures.

An affectionate alcoholic, a classic New York City commitment-phobe, a hipster aged well past his sell date, and not one but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes – no matter what their fatal flaw, Giulia has cooked for them. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a good cry) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included), and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may find a better recipe for love – or at least go to bed with something good to eat. Peppered throughout Giulia’s delightful and often poignant remembrances are fond recollections of her childhood kitchen and the recipes she learned from her other, and many Giulia has invented herself inspired by the men in her life.

You will laugh along with Giulia as she manages to find the lighter side of each disappointment as you swoon over her irresistible culinary creations.

Mix one part humor, a dash of sarcasm, and lots of heart – then devour this story of a woman looking everywhere for love. . . and finding it on the stove.

To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt was received from Hachette Books.


Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he's kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.


Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle . . . and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and she won't let dust-or a beast of a man-scare her away.


Beneath Helen's beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn't back away from his surliness-or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen's secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find-a happy ever after.

Bound to Please by Lilli Feisty was received from Hachette Books.


Ruby Scott is a beautiful, quiet event planner who leads an oh-so-respectable life. Yet the things that go on in her secret fantasies are anything but. She has every intention of keeping her hidden desires under wraps-until she meets a gorgeous, hard-muscled man ten years her junior. Mark St. Crow is a gifted, up-and-coming musician who collects erotic art and loves to "play" women as much as his piano. After one night of uninhibited passion, Ruby realizes there's no turning back. But as she surrenders to her deepest needs and lets Mark control every forbidden thrill, her passion for him builds. Can the wild, intoxicating nights they share lead to a love that will last forever?

To Tempt the Wolf by Terry Spear was received from Danielle at Sourcebooks.

She’s fascinated by wolves – but they are obsessed with her
Tessa Anderson doesn’t know why wolves are attracted to her, and she certainly doesn’t know that werewolves exist. Now she’s being stalked—but is her stalker wolf or man? And who is the gorgeous stranger whose life she saved, who now swears he’ll protect her?

He’s an Alpha without a pack, facing a deadly enemy
Hunter Greymore is a lupus garon, a grey werewolf. His pack has abandoned him after losing their homes in a raging wildfire. When he encounters Tessa, he’s alone and injured, but he quickly realizes the danger to her is much worse than anything threatening him. . .

In his attempts to shield her from harm, Hunter discovers that Tessa entices him beyond endurance. . . it’s only a matter of time before his wild nature can no longer be restrained.

The Treasures of Venice by Loucinda McGary was received from Danielle at Sourcebooks.

He’s a charming Irish Rogue who never met a lock he couldn’t pick. . .
Keirnan Fitzgerald is desperate to locate the missing Jewels of the Madonna. With danger at every corner and time running out, he must use whatever means possible to uncover the stolen jewels in time to save his sister’s life. . .

She’s simply in Venice to relax and heal her broken heart. . .
Samantha Lewis is shocked when a dashing stranger approaches her in a Venetian café pretending to know her. She’s ready for something new and exciting in her life, so she throws caution to the wind and accompanies the Irish charmer into his dangerous world of intrigue, theft, and betrayal.

As the centuries-old story behind the Jewels’ disappearance is revealed, Samantha must decide whether the man she’s so compellingly drawn to is her soul mate from a prevous life, or if they are merely pawns in a relentless quest for a priceless treasure. . .

Lady Anne and the Ghost's Revenge by Donna Lee Simpson was received from Danielle at Sourcebooks.

A fascinating and exasperating young lady . . . After the Marquess of Darkefell offers her a most inopportune marriage proposal, Lady Anne Addison flees to the Cornwall coast for a bit of sun and rest. But the place is anything but restful, with smugglers on the beaches, ghostly apparitions in the night, and the obsessively passionate marquess in hot pursuit of her. . .

A compelling and masterful man. . . Even if she doesn’t want his help, Lord Darkefell is determined to assist Lady Anne in uncovering the secret of the mysterious – and apparently dangerous – goings-on. When a murder takes place, Darkefell is the prime suspect, and now he needs her help even more than she needs his. . .

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon was received from Danielle at Sourcebooks.

Horrid Henry and his neighbor Moody Margaret decideto make the most sloppy, slimy, sludgy, sticky, smelly, gooey, gluey, gummy, greasy, gloppy glop possible. Is it the best glop in the world or the worst thing that's ever happened to them? Plus three other stories so funny we can't even mention them here.

I Love You More by Laura Kuksta was received from Danielle at Sourcebooks.

I Love You More is a book about love presented as a children's book. It is a flip-sided book meaning it starts from both sides and ends in the middle. Like love it actually never ends, and it represents the two sides of love the giving and receiving. The book has a heartfelt story, a rhyming and rhythmic text and child-like illustrations that make it an instatnt favorite. It is a story told between a mother and child that people enjoy sharing with loved ones of all ages. "I Love You longer than the longest path ever wound. I Love You prettier than the prettiest flower ever found," says the mom. "I Love You quieter than the quietest caterpillar ever creeped. I Love You further than the furthest frog ever leaped," replies the son. The replies continue until the middle where they both insist, "I Love You More!" When our children know they are loved anything is possible. I Love You More captures the power and magic of unconditional love. The book quickly turns into a treasured game families will cherish forever. Love transends gender, age, race and religion. Love is all there is. Too often love is assumed and not expressed. Love should be seen, heard, expressed, shown, felt and more! Love heals, love empowers and love erases fear. Love is the most powerful gift we can share with one another. I Love You More is access to that gift. Enjoy.( Description from amazon)

Fire by Kristin Cashore was received from Penguin via Shelf Awareness.

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. Young King Nash clings to the throne, while rebel lords, in the north and south, build armies to unseat him. War is coming. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves.

This is where Fire lives, a girl whose startling appearance is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.
Everyone . . except Prince Brigan.

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr I ordered off of Amazon with a gift card that I won from My Friend Amy.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their shadowy power struggles. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes – not the kind that Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that bind Leslie to Irial, a dark and dangerous faery king fighting for the soul of his court. Slowly, Leslie is drawn deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . .Melissa Marr continues her tales of Faerie in a dark, ravishing story of temptation and consequences, and of heroism when least expected.

A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert was received as a GoodReads First Look book.

A Short History of Women is a haunting novel that chronicles five generations of women, the social forces that shape them, and the sometimes startling choices they make in the world.

The novel opens in England in 1914 at the deathbed of Dorothy Townsend, a brilliant suffragist whose decision to starve herself for the cause echoes in the lives of her descendants – from her daughter, Evelyn, who attempts to escape the burden of her mother’s legacy and the devastation of World War I Britain by immigrating to America, to her great-granddaughter, Liz, whose drunken playdate on Manhattan’s Upper West Side exposes the free-floating anxiety of the times. In a kaleidoscope of voices, Walbert deftly explores the ways in which successive generations of women have attempted to address what the late nineteenth century called “The Woman Questions.” Her novel is a wise and moving reflection on the tides of history and how the lives of our great-grandmothers continue to resonate in our own.

On the Run by Bill Myers was received for a First Wild Card Tour.

Zach and Piper aren’t the only ones to notice their little brother’s supernatural gifts. Something evil is also paying attention. Now the kids must learn to draw strength from heaven while being pursued by the powers of darkness.

Zach and Piper battle to save their little brother from the forces of darkness.

The only thing more bizarre than the miracle Zach and Piper’s six-year-old brother, Elijah, performed is the strange note from their parents. So begins a wild chase across the country as the two attempt to find their father and mother and protect their brother. Unfortunately, trying to look “normal” isn’t easy for three kids on the run in a borrowed motor home. And Elijah’s habit of performing miracles doesn’t help! Will aid from a mysterious stranger be enough to assist in their escape from the evil pursuing them?

Always Watching by Brandilyn Collins and Amberly Collins was received for a First Wild Card Tour.

This daughter of a rock star has it all—until murder crashes her world.The exciting and suspenseful Rayne Tour series features sixteen-year-old Shaley O’Connor, on tour with her mother’s popular band. Shaley lives in a whirlwind of backstage secrets, hotels, and limos. With beauty and fame of her own, Shaley wants for nothing … except the one thing she can’t have. During a concert, sixteen-year-old Shaley O’Connor stumbles upon the body of a friend backstage. Is Tom Hutchens’ death connected to her?Frightening messages arrive. Paparazzi stalk Shaley. Her private nightmare is displayed for all to see. Where is God at a time like this? As the clock runs out, Shaley must find Tom’s killer—before he strikes again.

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult was won from Book Club Girl.

Things break all the time.
Day breaks, waves break, voices break.
Promises break.
Hearts break.

Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, well, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.

Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?

Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home was won from Book Reviews by Bobbie.

When Thelma Meyer tells it to you, she tells it straight: Clean the kitchen daily! Don't waste anything (not even the water leftover from those potatoes you just boiled)! Always work hard! This philosophy meant that when Thelma's daughter Monica founded Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products (named after her mom), the products were designed to work hard for you.

Now for the first time, Thelma's sage advice is being made available in this revolutionary cleaning guide chock full of practical tips and secrets based on the premise that life is hectic and messy -- and so keeping your house clean and nice is the only sensible thing to do. With shortcuts and tips for cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room, MRS MEYER'S CLEAN HOME contains unexpected advice such as: --Never use vinegar and water on wood floors. One part dish soap and four parts water is the only way to truly get them clean. And remember to buff with a terrycloth towel.

--Always clean out the fridge before grocery shopping. Serve the kids "Musko" ("must go") for dinner, using the items that were fast approaching expiration. --Wash windows on a cloudy day to avoid the nasty streaking that happens when the sun's out and glass dry too fast. MRS MEYER'S CLEAN HOME is two parts common sense and one part inspiration. Read it and learn how to clean like the dickens. (Description from Amazon)

How to Mess Up Your Child's Life by Olivia and Kurt Bruner I won from Book Review's By Bobbie .

There are several people in life you don't want to hear say, "Oops!" Your barber, your mechanic, and your surgeon are three that come to mind. So do your parents and spouse. And yet, few of us put much thought into how we can create happier homes. Now, Christian parenting experts Kurt and Olivia Bruner have created a tongue-in-cheek but invaluable guide that helps parents move past "oops" to intentional, fun, and faith-filled parenting. In a way that keeps parents engaged amid the nonstop grind of jobs and household chores, the Bruners walk parents through the steps in creating a plan for infusing faith dynamics into the home. (Description from Amazon)

I received Enemies and Allies by Kevin Anderson from Bostick Communications.

As America and the Soviet Union race to build their nuclear stockpiles, two extraordinary heroes must form an uneasy alliance. These studies in opposites—shadow and light—must overcome their distrust of each other to battle evil and injustice.

Sputnik silently circles in the skies above the fabled cities of the United States as danger lurks in the Earth's darkest corners.

In Gotham, the shadowy vigilante known as the Batman haunts Gotham's streets . . . and the police are just as afraid of this Dark Knight as the city's criminals are.

In Metropolis, the notorious Lex Luthor is leveraging international tensions to build LuthorCorp into a military-industrial empire, competing against his business rival Wayne Industries, which is run by Gotham's enigmatic millionaire, Bruce Wayne. Luthor's activities have raised the interest of Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane, who is beginning to realize that Luthor may stop at nothing to achieve success.

At the same time, Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen are investigating the rumored crash of a flying saucer. Clark is desperate to know if there may be other lost interplanetary visitors on Earth secretly living among them—visitors like himself.

When Batman's and Superman's paths cross, their lives change, and history will never be the same.

What did you get in your mailbox?
(All descriptions are from book covers unless otherwise noted!)


Marie said...

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti looks so cute!

Anonymous said...

Bound to Please looks interesting. Happy reading!

susan said...

You had a great week! Billie Letts sounds good. I read a YA novel with similar themes, Lena by Jacqueline Woodson. A Short History of Women sounds good, too. Happy reading.

Rebecca said...

Wow you had a really really great week. I would love to read Fire and Ink Exchange and so many others that you got. Enjoy.

Liyana said...

Wow! Great haul! Have fun reading. :D

bermudaonion said...

You had a great week. I really want to read HANDLE WITH CARE - can't wait to see what you think of it.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Holy Cow! That list runs the gamut of book genres!!!

Blodeuedd said...

Wow, wow :D Great haul this week.

Oh and Fire looks and sounds great

BurtonReview said...

Whew what a haul! I also requested the Enemies & Allies, as a guily pleasure.. I Hope I Get it.
If you like Terry Spear, you would like Kendra Leigh Castle as well.

Kaye said...

Holy Mackeral! What a week. I love your mailbox and hearts, nice touch.

You are going to be one busy young lady! Enjoy all those goodies.
Enjoy! My mailbox is here

Darlene said...

Wowser, what a week. That should keep you busy for a while! I love your litle mailbox pic.

Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

Congrats on all the awesome books! I hope you like Ink Exchange as much as I did. I hope you get a ton of reading done this month - I'm looking forward to reading your reviews :) Here's the link to my Mailbox Monday post.

Anna said...

What a week! The Horrid Henry books are great. Happy reading!

Diary of an Eccentric

Wendi said...

Oh my goodness - look at all those wonderful books!! I'm going to have to go update my wishlist!!

:) Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

Passages to the Past said...

Holy cow woman, that's a lot of books!! I hope you enjoy them! I got a Plaidy book and The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen.

avisannschild said...

Wow, another great pile of books! I'm jealous that you got Fire (although I want to read her first book first), and A Short History of Women sounds really good. Enjoy your books!

Marcia said...

Thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. Enjoy your books!


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