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Sunday, January 16, 2011

I've Got Mail (Jan 17, 2010)

 Mailbox Monday's host for January is Rose City Reader.In My Mailbox is hosted Sundays at The Story Siren. Please visit this posts and take a look at what packages everybody else got this week! 

All That's True
by Jackie Lee Miles
Sourcebooks Landmark

"My life was close to being perfect until my brother Alex got killed.  Then my mother started drinking and my father started having sex with Donna, my best friend's stepmother.  She's not even thirty years old."

Andi St. James's privileged Atlanta life is turned upside down after her brother's tragic death.  As the relationships around her crumble, Andi embarks on a poignant and sometimes laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, where she learns the devastating consequences of deception and realizes that making the most of what you've got is a big part of all that is true.

~I received this from Sourcebooks and will be reviewing in February.~

It Happened One Bite
by Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks Casablanca

He's lost, trapped, doomed for all eternity. . .

Rich, titled, and undead, gentleman vampyre James Maitland, Lord Kettering, fears himself doomed to a cold and lonely existence -- trapped for decades in an abandoned castle.  Then, beautiful Scottish witch Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things begin to heat up considerably. . .

Unless he can persuade her to set him free. . .

Feisty Blaire Lindsay laughs off the local gossip surrounding her mother's ancestral home -- stories of haunting cannot scare off this battle-born witch.  But when she discovers the handsome prisoner in the bowels of the castle, Blaire has no idea that she has unleashed anything more than a man who sets her heart on fire. . .

~I received this from Sourcebooks and will be reviewing in March.~

Banana Kiss
by Bonnie Rozanski
Porcupine's Quill

Robin Farber lives in a psychiatric institution. In her mind, she creates the world by looking at it: a quantum theory-world where matter pops in and out of existence as she observes it, a world where she is God. And, because the reader of Banana Kiss must take a long look through her schizophrenic eyes, this is our world, too, a world where the disembodied voices Robin hears are more real than the people who stand in front of her.

Robin's world is populated by a rich variety of characters, both real and imaginary. Her father, a sailor who died when she was a baby, shows up in her head whenever he's on leave. Derek, her charming, lovelorn friend, goes from mania to depression and back several times a day. There's her insufferable sister Melissa, who stole her boyfriend, Max. And, of course, there's Dr Mankiewicz, or `Whitecoat', the long-suffering therapist who, Robin tells us, `thinks there are some things that are real, and some things that are not, and that he knows better than anyone else.' Finally, there is Robin herself, whose confused, psychotic, funny, compassionate voice is one you are not likely to forget.

~I received this e-book from the author and will review it in March.~

Love Letters
by Geraldine Solon
Solstice Publishing

Bridal shop manager Chloe Rogers will soon marry Richard Foster—so she thinks—until suddenly, she bumps into her childhood sweetheart, Josh Goldman, whom she hasn’t seen in thirteen years. The sparks between Chloe and Josh fly, but Richard provides safety, financial security. Should she follow her heart or her head? The answer comes in a surprise twist. While cleaning her attic, she stumbles upon love letters written to her estranged mother forty years ago from a man she loved. When Chloe secretly brings them together again and sees how much time they’ve lost, she is challenged not to make the same mistake her mother made. Will Chloe opt for security or will she risk her heart and marry her true love?

~I received this e-book from the author and hope to review in March.~

Passport Through Darkness
by Kimberly L. Smith
David C. Cook

We are here for the one no one else will stand for.

Kimberly Smith was an average American churchgoer, wife, and mother -- until she dared to ask God His dreams for her life.  Traveling around the world and deep into the darkness of her own heart, Kimberly's worst fears collided with her faith as she and her family discovered the atrocities of human trafficking.  But it was in that broken place that a self-centered life was transformed into an international effort to save thousands from modern-day slavery, persecution, disease, and genocide.

Through painful trials, serious errors, and gut-wrenching fear, Kimberly reminds us of what God will do when one person puts her life on the line for His purpose.  Along the way, she inspires you to discover your own story -- to live your purpose and feel God's pleasure.  Here you will find courage to live the life God dreamed of when he firsst dreamed of you.

~I received this book from TBB Media and will review it before March 18.~

Scones and Bones
by Laura Childs

A search for a missing treasure stirs up the waters of the Charleston social set in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Teaberry Strangler.

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is lured into attending the Heritage Society's Pirates and Plunder party by her master tea blender.  Amid the gold earrings and doubloons, an antique skull ring set with a huge diamond steals the show -- and gets plundered by someone who murders a history intern in the process.

Even with that on her plate, Theodosia still has to attend the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, where she's hosting a tea and cheese tasting -- the latest culinary trend.  But as her thoughts keep drifting to the victim, Theodosia knows she'll have to whet her investigative skills to find the killer among a raft of suspects. . .

~I received this book from author and hope to review in March.~

Meet Einstein
by Mariela Kleiner
Meet Books, LLC

Meet Einstein, he is a scientist who loves to study light and gravity.  Einstein helps to introduce your kids to science, and show them that they are already great scientists!

Light and gravity are concepts that preschoolers are ready to learn.  Help them make the connections in everything they see and do, and teach them that science is all around them.

~I received this book from JKS Communications and will review it next week.~

Reading Lips
by Claudia Sternbach
Unbridled Books

Kisses, even the ones that don't happen, can be the trace of what's constant when life changes.  In childhood, when what seems to define everything is competition -- for style, for knowing, for experience -- a kiss is the first first.  When a girl's father moves out and chooses a new family, a kiss on the head from him may be the trace of constancy that she wants most.

Later, such things take on a different flavor.  Sometimes the kiss she wants doesn't come.  Sometimes the one she wouldn't have is forced upon her.  From time to time, the one she has kissed before is lost to her.

Some kisses are final.  When things are most hectic a kiss can be a celebration.  And when circumstances grow threatening -- to a woman, her family, her sister -- a kiss becomes the reassertion of the most vital connections.

The rich story in these essays rings with good humor and with moving wistfulness.  Throughout, Sternbach maintains a perfect balance between them as her story moves from the bittersweet desires of childhood on through loss and love.

Reading Lips is the tale of one woman who is just trying to get right.

~I received this book from Unbridled Books and will review in April.~

I also got a bag of goodies from Frito Lay that I will be blogging about later this week!

What came in your mailbox this week?


Belinda said...

What a cool mailbox this week. Hope you have fun reading :)You can find my IMM at The Bookishsnob

bermudaonion said...

Wow, books and snacks?! What a great week!

Anonymous said...

Great bunch of books, Meet Einstein looks so cute! I hope you enjoy your books!

♫♥LovLivLife Reviews♥♫ said...

Meet Einstein!!! I have that one for review. I really like that one!!!

Majanka said...

So many novels! Lucky you. I would love reading Meet Einstein. The cover art of that one is really cute too. Here's my Mailbox Monday.

Mystica said...

What a great mixed bunch of books. I do hope we see the reviews soon. Several interesting novels here.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Lots of great new books; enjoy

DCMetroreader said...

Reading Lips sounds delightful! I love reading essay collections.

Hope you enjoy it and all your books!

PS Love your mailbox pic!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

So many incredible books here! All that's true sounds wonderful and so does Passport! Enjoy them all!

Tribute Books Mama said...

here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/mailbox-monday-hunters-and-prey.html

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Ohhh! I'm so jealous! I tried to get It Happened One Bite for review, but they didn't have any review copies left. :) I hope it is WONDERFUL!! Congrats on all your books, they sound really good, and they are almost all new-to-me.

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

Rose City Reader said...

Your mailbox overfloweth!

Thanks for participating in Mailbox Monday!

Rose City Reader


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