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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mailbox Monday (6/19 - 6/26)

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Mailbox Monday is hosted at The Printed Page . Please visit Kristi and Marcia  and take a look at what packages everybody else got this week!

Simply Irresistible
by Jill Shalvis

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother -- a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career -- if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes -- and mouth -- are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City
by Holly Denham
(Sourcebooks/August tour)

Things are finally going Holly Denham's way: she's in love, she's getting the recognition she deserves at work, and her friends and family have graciously opted to avoid disaster for the moment.

Just when Holly is starting to settle into her new life, scandal erupts and Holly finds herself at the center of a gossip whirlwind that threatens everything she's worked so hard for.

With everything near and dear to her on the line, will Holly be able to employ her usual pluck and charm to beat the gossipmongers, or will the scandal running rampant in the city ruin Holly's hard-earned and long-awaited happiness?

Infinite Days
by Rebecca Maizel
(from Shelf Awareness)

I release you, Lenah Beaudonte.
Believe. . . and be free.

Those were the last words I could remember. When I awoke, I immediately felt a cold surface on my left cheek. An icy shiver rushed down my spine.  "Rhode!" I screamed. He had to be here. There would be no world without Rhode. A door somewhere near me opened and closed. Rhode loomed over me but he was a blur. Even in the haze of that moment his icy-blue eyes pierced me, down to my soul.

After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah Beaudonte, with the help of the handsome Rhode, has been able to realize the dream of all vampires -- to be human again. Now, as a raven-haired, sixteen-year-old, Lenah believes her greatest challenge is fitting in at her new school. But the challenges have only begun. The vicious coven Lenah once ruled is threatening the new-found pleasures of her human life, including the one guy who makes her feel most alive, Justin. Can this ex-vamp survive in an alien time and place or will her past come back to haunt her. . . forever?

In Infinite Days, Rebecca Maizel rewrites the rules of blood-sucking eternity with this fresh and edgy debut novel, the first in a sizzling new YA series.

Sin Undone
A Demonica Novel
by Larissa Ione

Her touch is deadly.

As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

His hunger can't be denied.

Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her. . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

Take a Chance on Me
by Jill Mansell
(UK cover shown)

Living in the small town of Channings Hill, Cleo has grown used to the fact that there are some people you just can't avoid, no matter how much you really, really want to.

When her job throws her into constant contact with her childhood nemesis Johnny LaVenture, she's perfectly content to leave the past behind.  But for someone she'd rather have nothing to do with, Johnny is getting harder and harder to ignore. . .

by Emma Donoghue
(from Shelf Awareness)

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It's where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in case Old Nick comes.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she's been held for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for her son. But Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's desperation -- and she knows Room cannot contain either indefinitely. . .

Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.

Two Lethal Lies
by Annie Solomon
(Hachette, October)

On the run since his daughter was born, Mitch Turner has concealed a truth so dangerous, its discovery could jeopardize both their lives. But when a series of shocking murders hits their newfound home, the trail leads straight to Mitch. With the police out for blood and his daughter ripped from his arms, he has nowhere to turn -- until a beautiful stranger offers her help.

Neesy Brown has made mistakes in her life, yet she refuses to believe this mysterious man is a killer. There's a strength in his broad shoulders that draws her to him and a weariness in his eyes that she longs to ease. As the murders tear her small town apart, she vows to help Mitch find his missing child. But a cunning predator is pulling them deeper and deeper into his fatal game. And the price of losing is the child -- and the future -- they could both share. . .

Seduced by a Highlander
by Paula Quinn

Sins that can't be forgiven.

Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tongued seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he's dallied with many women, yet none as beguiling and mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at the king's court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan's greatest enemies.

Passion that can't be denied.

Isobel Fergusson has despised the bloodthirsty MacGregors ever since they murdered her father. When she learns the handsome stranger who captivated her so is a MacGregor, she vows to forget him. But Tristan means to possess her at any cost and Isobel's body turns traitor at his touch. Can a man she's sworn to hate be the only one she can ever love?

Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued
by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher

Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch -- the ranch of rescued dreams -- where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. And she soon began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.

An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced through her ailing yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog -- and her own heart -- Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all.

As Laurie and her dog, Mia, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn't see, Laurie discovered the transforming power of God's grace even for imperfect and selfish people -- and she experienced a greater love than she had ever known.

A Season of Seduction
by Jennifer Haymore

Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London's cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits -- like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton.

A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There's just one problem: Jack isn't interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn't have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack's past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day, he'll be either married to Rebecca or dead.

Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family
by Helen Brown
(Inkwell Management tour/September)

“We’re just going to look.” Helen Brown had no intention of adopting a pet when she brought her sons, Sam and Rob, to visit a friend’s new kittens. But the runt of the litter was irresistible, with her overlarge ears and dainty chin.

When Cleo was delivered weeks later, she had no way of knowing that her new family had just been hit by a tragedy. Helen was sure she couldn’t keep her—until she saw something she thought had vanished from the earth forever: her son’s smile. The reckless, rambunctious kitten stayed.

Through happiness and heartbreak, changes and new beginnings, Cleo turned out to be the unlikely glue that affectionately held Helen’s family together. Rich in wisdom, wit, heart, and healing, here is the story of a cat with an extraordinary gift for knowing just where she was needed most.

Last to Die
by Kate Brady

No Warning
A ruthless killer hides in plain sight, portraying the ideal citizen while hatching a horrific plan. Sins of the past have come to light and now the time is right for revenge. Six desperate women will be brutally murdered as punishment for the secrets they've kept hidden. . .

No Escape
Detective Dani Cole is devastated to discover that a young woman viciously killed in a local park was someone whose life she'd helped redeem. Her investigation becomes even more personal when it leads her to Mitch Sheridan, a renowned photojournalist. The two share a painful past -- and an attraction that sparks as they race to find the killer. But danger is much closer than anyone imagines. For in the shadows, this calculating criminal has a new target: Dani Cole.

Be Compassionate
by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe
(First Wild Card Tour, August 9)

The life and ministry of Christ was marked by His overwhelming compassion for people. And His heart is the same today as it was then. As believers, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ and to extend His extravagant love to a broken world. Based on the book of Luke, this study examines the very heartbeat of our Savior and explores how Jesus connects with hurting people in an authentic and powerful way.

Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's best-selling "BE" commentary series, Be Compassionate has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe explores the compassionate life of Jesus. Filled with moving examples of Christ's ministry to people of all backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs, this study will inspire you to share His love with the world around you.

The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: John
by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe
(First Wild Card Tour, July 28)

The book of John lays the very foundation of the gospel: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and through Him we begin to truly live. This study takes an in-depth look at the life of Christ, from a miraculous public ministry that confirmed His calling to personal revelations that can transform the life of every believer. Rich in theology and essential to evangelism, the book of John provides a definitive guide to Christ's powerful message of hope.

The Wiersbe Bible Studies Series explores timeless wisdom found in God's Word. Based on Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's popular "BE" series, each study provides topical, relevant insights from selected books of the Bible. Designed for small groups, this twelve-week study features excerpts from Dr. Wiersbe's commentaries on John, Be Alive and Be Transformed, along with engaging questions and practical applications, all designed to help you connect God's Word with your life.

Hailey's War
by Jodi Compton

Twenty-four-year-old Hailey Cain has dropped out of a U.S. military academy for reasons she won't reveal. Now working as a bike messenger in San Francisco, Hailey keeps a low profile until her high school best friend Serena Delgadillo makes a call that will turn her whole life upside down.

Serena is the head of an all-female gang on the rough streets of L.A. She wants Hailey to escort the cousin of a recently murdered gang member across the border to Mexico. It's a mission that will nearly cost Hailey her life, causing her to choose more than once between loyalty and lawlessness, and forcing her to confront two very big secrets in her past.

What did you get in your mailbox?


bermudaonion said...

We got a couple books in common. I got Hailey's War and the e-version of the new Holly's Inbox. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

Anonymous said...

The new Jill Shalvis book sounds like a lot of fun!

brandileigh2003 said...

Good selection this week: Your IMMB banner is cute BTW. Happy Reading! Here is my IMMB if you want a peek: Blkosiner Book Blog

Corrine said...

I've added Infinite Days, Blind Hope, Cleo, and Last to Die to my to read list. I hope you enjoy all of the books you received this week. You have a great selection there! Happy reading. :)

Book Monster said...

Ooh you got Infinite days, lucky XD enjoy your books and happy reading XD

Laura @ I'm Booking It said...

What a great collection of books! I like the variety, and most of them sound interesting to me.

Have fun reading!

Alayne said...

Looks like you got some fun books! Happy reading. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting on my copy of the new Holly's Inbox. Can't wait! Enjoy your new books.

misskallie2000 said...

What an awesome list of books. I want to read them all. I love cats so I will have to read Cleo. And Room will be another must read.
Thanks for the info on each book and introducing me to new authors.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I received Cleo and Room. Both look very good even though they are so different. You had a great mailbox! Enjoy!

Lady Q said...

What a fabulous mailbox, I'm jealous! I'd like to read all of those romances and Infinite Days sounds great, too. Happy reading!

No books for me this week, but I've got a copy of Captivity to give away over on my blog if you'd like to stop by!

Jo-Jo said...

Holy smokes batman...you got a lotta books! I also received Room and can't wait to read that one. Enjoy your new goodies!

Natalie W said...

They all sound so good! Hope you enjoy them.

Have a great weekend ---


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