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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for July’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Mrs Q: Book Addict.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

After a couple of slow weeks in my mailbox, this week has been great!  I also went shopping at my library bookstore, and got 3 books to add to my overflowing book collection.

Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl from Capstone Publishing – I won this one, signed by the author!  Releases Aug 1, 2012

“Ever since it was built by the great magician Abracadabra, the hotel Tyler Yu lives in has had its share of mysterious events.  Ghosts wandering the halls, a magician who vanishes into thin air – Ty can’t figure these things out on his own.  But Charlie Hitchcock, with his photographic memory, might be just the partner the school bully needs.”

The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex by Owen Chase, First Mate (bought at the Library Bookstore)

“On the morning of November 20, 1820, in the Pacific Ocean, an enraged sperm whale rammed the Nantucket whaler Essex. As the boat began to sink, her crew of thirty had time only to collect some bread and water before pulling away in three frail open boats. Without charts, alone on the open seas, and thousands of miles from any known land, the sailors began their terrifying journey of survival. Ninety days later, after much suffering and death by starvation, intense heat, and dehydration, only eight men survived to reach land. One of them was Owen Chase, first mate of the ill-fated ship, whose account of the long and perilous journey has become a classic of endurance and human courage. The elements of his tale inspired Herman Melville (who was born the year the Essex sank) to write the classic Moby Dick.”

Tulipomania by Mike Dash (bought at the Library Bookstore) – I’m not usually a big history genre reader, but this book seemed really interesting to me.

“In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn’t help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens from every walk of life were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The object of this unprecedented speculation was the tulip, a delicate and exotic Eastern import that had bewitched horticulturists, noblemen, and tavern owners alike. For almost a year rare bulbs changed hands for incredible and ever-increasing sums, until single flowers were being sold for more than the cost of a house.”

The Little Sparrow: The Orphan Train Trilogy by Al & Joanna Lacy (bought from the Library Bookstore)

“Kearney, Cheyenne, Rawlins. Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco. At each train station, a few lucky orphans from the crowded streets of New York City receive the fulfillment of their dreams: a home and family. This “orphan train” is the vision of Charles Loring Brace, founder of the Children’s Aid Society, who cannot bear to see innocent children abandoned in the overpopulated cities of the mid-nineteenth-century.”

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves from Plume (a Penguin Imprint) – Releases July 10, 2012

“Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.  T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.  Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island.  At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return.”

Falling in Love With Joseph Smith by Jane Barnes – a win from Shelf Awareness – Releases Aug. 16, 2012

“When award-winning documentary film writer Jane Barnes was working on the PBS Frontline/American Experience special series The Mormons, she was surprised to find herself passionately drawn to Joseph Smith. The product of an Episcopalian, “WASPy” family, she couldn’t remember ever having met a Mormon before her work on the series—much less having dallied with the idea of converting to a religion shrouded in controversy. But so it was: She was smitten with a man who claimed to have translated the word of God by peering into the dark of his hat.

Barnes describes her experiences working on the PBS series as she moved from secular curiosity to the brink of conversion to Mormonism. It all began when she came across Joseph Smith’s early writings. She was delighted to discover how funny and utterly unique he was—and how widely divergent his wild yet profound visions of God were from the Church of Latter-day Saints as we know it today. Her fascination deepened when, much to her surprise, she learned that her eighth cousin Anna Barnes converted to Mormonism in 1833. Through Anna, Barnes follows her family’s close involvement with Smith and the crises caused by his controversial practice of polygamy. Barnes’ unlikely path helps her gain a newfound respect for the innovative American spirit that lies at the heart of Mormonism—and for a religion that is, in many ways, still coming into its own.”
Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff from Voice – a Hyperion Imprint
“Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes.  Maura must learn to move forward with the weight of grief and the crushing guilt of an unforgivable secret. Pete senses a gap growing between him and his wife but finds it easier to escape to the bar with his friends than face the flaws in his marriage. “Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work by Tama Kieves – Releases Aug. 30, 2012

“Tama Kieves, Harvard-lawyer-turned-career-coach, has spent the last decade crossing the United States and Canada, speaking to tens of thousands of people and sharing her inspiring story of moving from a career that was killing her to a life that has uplifted her, chronicled in her first book, This Time I Dance!: Creating the Work You Love. She has mentored thousands of people who, with her help, have followed their passion, and now live their dream lives.  And now she takes us to the next step in our journey…

Within you is your purpose—your destiny—that will lead you to your greatest fulfillment, and your greatest success. What Kieves discovered in her own journey is that the way to success is an inspired path, not a linear one. She brings her mentoring ideas and actions together in her latest work, Inspired and Unstoppable. In this motivating book, Kieves teaches that it is only in unleashing this purpose that you can become truly happy and satisfied.”

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter from Alfred Knopf – Releases July 10, 2012

I have to say, I was so SO excited when I got the email saying that I was receiving this book – I’m a big fan of President Lincoln, and I love the premise of this book – what might have happened if he survived the bullet wound.

“Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself.  But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government.”

The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields from Viking.  Releases Aug. 2, 2012

“When at the age of forty-five, Edith falls passionately in love with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but especially her abiding friendship with Anna. As Edith’s marriage crumbles and Anna’s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships.

Told through the points of view of both women, The Age of Desire takes us on a vivid journey through Wharton’s early Gilded Age world: Paris with its glamorous literary salons and dark secret cafés, the Whartons’ elegant house in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Henry James’s manse in Rye, England.”

I also got several Kindle books, but this list is already quite long, so I’ll stop with the print books.  :)

What new books came into your home this week?

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Mailbox Monday

*Somehow WordPress didn’t actually “publish” when I hit the publish button.  Sorry.  :(

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for June’s Mailbox Monday posts will be the Burton Book Review.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I had a slow (read non-existant) mailbox week, but I did get some e-books and bought a book this week.

From my library bookstore I picked up Jemima J  by Jane Green.

“Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself — as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails — no small feat.

With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman’s quest to become the woman she’s always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.”

This sounds like a fun read!  I’ve never read any of Jane Green’s books, but I’ve heard good things about them!

Kindle E-Books I got this week:

Ethereal: Celestra Series Book 1 by Addison Moore  (As of today this book is still a free download at Amazon)

“Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.

When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.
 Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.
Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.  Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels wants her dead, at least she still has Logan, or does she?”
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Sworn : Vampire Legends by emma knight
“When her dad is transferred, Rachel Wood is uprooted from her home in Pennsylvania and forced to enter a new high school, in 10th grade, in an affluent suburb in Westchester, New York. She finds herself in way over her head, as she struggles to come to grips with meeting new friends, finding a boyfriend, avoiding the cliques of mean girls, and figuring out how to survive in such a hostile new world. She has trouble navigating this new world, where drinking and drugs seem the norm, and where social pressures build on her from every direction.Everything seems to go wrong for Rachel, until salvation comes in the form of Rob, a football player who takes a liking to her. But just as there romance is about to blossom, she finds herself confused by his actions.

As things reach a low point, Rachel meets a mysterious boy from her school, Benji, a loner who keeps apart from the other kids, and who takes her for a ride on his motorcycle. They have an unforgettable night together in an amusement park—until something goes horribly wrong, and Benji shocks her by saving her life.

Rachel knows that Benji is different from everyone else, and she knows that he is the love of her life. And as their romance deepens, she has to decide if she is willing to give up everything to find out his secret.”

The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury from Simon & Schuster (E-galley ARC – Releases Oct. 23, 2012)
“Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but her heart is back in Franklin, Tennessee, where five years ago she walked away from a man she cannot forget, a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.     Ryan Kelly lives in Franklin and spends plenty of time at The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—remembering the long hours he and Kelly once spent there.Now, Ryan and Molly’s favorite bookstore is in trouble. For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books—even through dismal book sales and the rise of eBooks. Then in May a flood tore through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store. By Christmastime, the bank threatens to pull the lease on The Bridge and is about to take the Bartons’ house as well. Despondent, Charlie considers ending his life. And in the face of tragedy, miracles begin to unfold.”

What new books did you get this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
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This weeks Topic:  Top Ten Books On My Summer TBD List
There are a million books I want to read (and while “a million” may be an exaggeration, it’s not much of one), I’m going to limit my Top Ten to  books I either own or can borrow from the library.

1. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – I’ve been wanting to read this book since I started reading about it long before it was published, and am thrilled to have it!

2. The Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and was so excited to get the ARC of the second book.

3. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

4. Wicked Appetites by Janet Evanovich

5. Feed by Mira Grant – I just found this series from another blogger.  This is the first book of the News Flash Trilogy, and I do love stories that lasts longer than one book!

6. Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth.

7. The Silence by Jim Kraus.  This is a dystopian novel (as are several on this list), and I recently read a review on this book that interested me.

8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

9. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

10. The Remaining by D. J. Molles

What books are on your To Be Read list for this summer?

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Saturday Sunday Savings

Can you believe it?  I forgot my own (new) meme yesterday!!!  *sigh*  Well, here it is, the <del>$aturday</del> $unday $avings.

Here’s a new little meme I’m starting – and I’d love for you to join if you’d like.  I want to share great savings on books, e-books, coupons for bookstores, etc.

I found a new email subscription that keeps track of free Kindle books for me.  I know not all of you have an e-reader, or if you do, you may not have the Kindle, but for those of you who have one, or have the (free) Kindle Reader app on your computer, tablet or smart phone, here are a few books you can take advantage of….

Ethereal by Addison Moore

“Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.

When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.

Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.

Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.”

The Time of Aspen Falls by Marcia Lynn McClure

“Aspen Falls was happy. Her life was good. Blessed with a wonderful family and a loyal best friend–Aspen did know a measure of contentment.

Still, to Aspen it seemed something was missing–something hovering just beyond her reach–something entirely satisfying that would ensure her happiness. Yet, she couldn’t consciously determine what the “something” was. And so, Aspen sailed through life–not quite perfectly content perhaps–but grateful for her measure of contentment.

Grateful that is, until he appeared–the man in the park–the stranger who jogged passed the bench where Aspen sat during her lunch break each day. As handsome as a dream, and twice as alluring, the man epitomized the absolute stereotypical “real man”–and Aspen’s measure of contentment vanished!
Would Aspen Falls reclaim the comfortable contentment she once knew? Or would the handsome real-man-stranger linger in her mind like a sweet, tricky venom–poisoning all hope of Aspen’s ever finding true happiness with any other man?”

Just Deceits by Michael Schein

“In 1793, Virginia’s most powerful family found itself embroiled in scandal: Richard Randolph and his sister-in-law, the beautiful Nancy Randolph, were charged with adultery and infanticide. Richard Randolph demanded a public trial. Richard’s stepfather, Judge Henry St. George Tucker, hired John Marshall, a young lawyer who was connected to their family through marriage. John Marshall would go on to become the greatest Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a man whose theories of law are now taught to every first year law student, though at the time of the Randolph trial he was relatively unknown.

Uncertain about Marshall’s abilities, the Randolph family—at the last minute and unbeknownst to Marshall—brought in co-counsel; none other than founding father and former Virginia governor Patrick Henry. Henry’s wild, improvisational style clashed with Marshall’s reasoned defense based on the facts, but Henry was so successful that Marshall was forced to learn from him—and then to improve on the master.

Author Michael Schein, a former professor of American legal history, drew on John Marshall’s actual trial notes in writing this novel that centers on the trial of the 18th century. Just Deceits shows how the remarkable defense team of wily Patrick Henry and ambitious John Marshall battled each other, their clients, the prosecution, and the truth itself, in an effort to save their clients from the gallows.

In its ribald portrayal of a young legal system already driven more by spectacle than evidence, Just Deceits calls into question the feasibility of uncovering “the whole truth.” Ultimately, as secrets are revealed and relationships brought to light, Just Deceits tells a story as much about the trials of love as about the trial in the courtroom.”

Progeny by Shawn Hopkins

“It has been months since John Carter’s estranged brother, Henry, has gone missing. When last heard from, he was sailing off to Bermuda in search of an author whose books deal with the esoteric traditions of past ages.

Reluctantly, John joins Henry’s old Special Forces Teammates on a trip to Bermuda, hoping to discover the truth behind Henry’s disappearance. But not all is as it seems in Bermuda, and the puzzle that awaits John on the small island paradise will prove to be more sinister than anything the world has seen in a very, very long time.

As the fingers of an ancient evil seek to draw him into another world – a world where all of Hell is trying to break loose – John must confront the truth of his own past… and pray that he might survive its revelation…

…that the WORLD might survive its revelation.”

The Love of a Cowboy by Anna Jeffery

“Texas widow Dahlia Montgomery has traveled to Idaho to find peace for her troubled soul.Luke McRae has traveled to town to argue with the Forest Service. When Luke, a man with plenty of troubles of his own, accidentally crashes into her and knocks her to the floor in the Forest Service offices, neither of them suspects it’s a life-altering moment. In the ensuing summer, , they each find something in each other they hadn’t expected, but a satisfying resolution is a journey.”

Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes

“An abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department.The ruggedly handsome Mac McRyan, a fourth-generation cop, is faced with a complicated brazen daytime kidnapping, a media storm surrounding the case, and political scrutiny. It is a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department. From the searing streets of St. Paul to the murky waters of the St. Croix River, DEADLY STILLWATER is a book you won’t be able to put down until its last gripping minute. “

Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney

“Charles “Shake” Bouchon leaves prison intending to go straight. But, within hours, lovely, lethal Lexy Ilandryan, head of LA’s Armenian mob and Shake’s one-time lover, has him running an “errand” for her. The task seems simple: drive a car to Las Vegas and turn it over to Dick Moby, a 400-pound sadist who runs a strip club. Moby will give him a briefcase that he is to return to Lexy. Shake needs the three large Lexy hands him, but he quickly learns that nothing is as it seems; in short order, he’s ditched by a gorgeous young stripper who had been stuffed in the car’s trunk and is on the run from the Armenians and Moby’s able henchman. She’s also searching for the briefcase, which contains a priceless religious relic.”

I hope you’ve found something that interests you!  Have a great Sunday!

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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for June’s Mailbox Monday posts will be the Burton Book Review.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Books I got in my mailbox this week:

Legacy of Tril: Soulbound by Heather Brewer from Dial Book/The Penguin Group – Release date – July, 2012

“Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons’ wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya’s life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.”

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Released April 3, 2012

“Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes a brutal arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of assassins – for a price. Packed with love, magic, and deadly games of courtly intrigue and treason, book one of a fast-paced YA trilogy set in 15th-century France combines romance with captivating action.”

(I have to say that I am SO excited to get Grave Mercy!  The publisher was so kind, they had given me an e-galley, but not one for my Kindle, and when I requested a print copy, they sent it out that day!)

Thy Neighbor by Norah Vincent from Viking – Release date – August 6, 2012

“At thirty-four, Nick Walsh is a broken, deeply cynical man. Since the violent deaths of his parents thirteen years earlier, he has been living alone in his childhood home in the suburban Midwest, drinking, drugging, and debauching himself into oblivion. A measure of solace is provided by his newly found relationship with Monica, a mysterious woman who seems to harbor as many secrets as he does.

Obsessed with understanding the circumstances surrounding his parents’ deaths and deranged by his relentless sorrow, Nick begins a campaign of spying on his neighbors via hidden cameras and microphones he has covertly installed in their houses. As he observes with amusement and disbelief all the strange, sad, and terrifying things that his neighbors do to themselves and to one another, and as he, in turn, learns that he is being stalked, he begins to slowly unravel the shocking truth about how and why his parents died.”

12.21 by Dustin Thomason from Random House – Release date – August, 2012

“For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end.

In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see. Meanwhile, Chel Manu, a Guatemalan American researcher at the Getty Museum, is interrupted by a desperate, unwelcome visitor from the black market antiquities trade who thrusts a duffel bag into her hands.

By the end of the day, Stanton, the foremost expert on some of the rarest infections in the world, is grappling with a patient whose every symptom confounds and terrifies him. And Chel, the brightest young star in the field of Maya studies, has possession of an illegal artifact that has miraculously survived the centuries intact: a priceless codex from a lost city of her ancestors. This extraordinary record, written in secret by a royal scribe, seems to hold the answer to her life’s work and to one of history’s great riddles: why the Maya kingdoms vanished overnight. Suddenly it seems that our own civilization might suffer this same fate. “

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Kindle books I got this week:

The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

Black Oil, Red Blood by Diane Castle

The Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring

Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich

Nysta #1: Revenge of the Elf by Lucas Thorn

The Last Justice by Anthony J. Franze

Into the Shadows by Karly Kirkpatrick

Happy Birthday To Me by Brian Rowe

Thoughtless by S. C. Stephens

What books came into your house this week?

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Saturday Savings – Free Kindle Books

Here’s a new little meme I’m starting – and I’d love for you to join if you’d like.  I want to share great savings on books, e-books, coupons for bookstores, etc.

I found a new email subscription that keeps track of free Kindle books for me.  I know not all of you have an e-reader, or if you do, you may not have the Kindle, but for those of you who have one, or have the (free) Kindle Reader app on your computer, tablet or smart phone, here are a few books you can take advantage of….

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking  (I read this and really enjoyed it and the sequel, Hollowmen)

“Hollowland – the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows..

“This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies. “

No Good Deed by M. P. McDonald

“Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found during a freelance job in an Afghanistan bazaar gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters. Tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. He learns that not only can he see the future, he can change it. Then the unthinkable happened and everyone ignored his frantic warnings. Thousands die. Suddenly, the Feds are pounding on his door and the name they have for Taylor isn’t urban hero. It’s enemy combatant. And, it means they can do anything they want to him. Anything at all.”

 

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets by Barbara Eshman

“David doesn’t know how he ends up in such situations. At the time, it just seems like a great idea. His teacher, Mrs. Gorski, has had about enough; he can tell by the way her voice changes when she speaks to him. This time, he believes that he has come up with the best idea yet. The perfect plan to make everything better.”

The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

“Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life. “

Gods and Kings: Chronicles of the Kings by Lynn Austin

“Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah’s mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country.”

Lancelot and the Wolf by Sarah Luddington

“‘King Arthur has dominated my life for decades and now I am banished from his side. I am not certain either of us can survive this torment…’

Lancelot, the greatest Knight of Camelot is almost flogged to death, exiled, and stripped of the King’s grace. He travels from England to Europe to begin a lonely, desperate life when he meets someone who will alter his perspective forever. Suddenly, he is trapped into a fate which forces his return to England. He must fight to regain his honour and his King’s life. From a world beyond ours but bound to us throughout time, the Fey hunt Arthur. They want him dead and only Lancelot can save him. Together they travel from Camelot, to Avalon and into Albion on a quest to save Arthur’s soul. They must also retrieve Merlin and redeem a love which both men find hard to bear.”

Hope you’ve found a book or two (or five) that look interesting to you!  Have a great weekend!

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Armchair BEA 2012 – Giveaway

Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012).  So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!

It’s a dream of mine to get to attend BEA in person, but since I can’t do that this year, the Armchair BEA is a great opportunity to stay connected and feel like a part of Book Expo America.

Day 2 of the Armchair BEA is Giveaway!

For this giveaway, I will be awarding the book, A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King.  This is an ARC I received from Simon and Schuster – in fact, they were so generous I received two copies.  :)

If you are interested in this book and would like to enter this giveaway, please enter your information in the form below.  I can only mail to US addresses.  I will use Random.org to choose the winner, and you will be notified with the email address you provided.  One entry per person.

This giveaway opens immediately, and closes Friday AM, June 8th.

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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for June’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Sassy Brit at Alternative-Read (http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com/).

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Books that came in my mailbox this week:

Long Time, No See by Dermont Healy from Viking – Release date – July 9, 2012

“Set in 2006 in an isolated coastal town in northwest Ireland, Long Time, No See is narrated by a sensitive teenager on the cusp of adulthood named Philip Feeney, known to one and all as Mister Psyche.  Haunted by a recent traumatic event, he is living with his father, a builder, and his mother, a nurse; there is a girl, Anna, for whom he has feelings.  He does odd jobs and spends much of his time in the company of two men some fifty years his senior – his granduncle Joejoe and Jojoe’s crony the Blackbird – wonderful, eccentric characters full of long-standing resentments and dark secrets.

The appearance of a bullet hole in Joejoe’s window one day draws Mister Psyche into a series of bemusing and unsettling misadventures.  As Joejoe’s world threatens to collapse, it is Mister Psyche who must digest this and acknowledge the new world taking shape in the old.”

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by matthew dicks from St. Martin’s Press through a ShelfAwareness ARC Giveaway. – Release date – August, 2012

“Brilliant in its simplicity and delivery, Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend is one of those rare books that consumes you.  Narrated by Budo, a unique character with a foot in many worlds – imaginary, real, child and adult – this novel touches on the truths of life, love and friendship.  Matthew Dicks takes us on an incredible journey into the very real world of imaginary friends, a journey that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.”

It was a slow mailbox week, but I needed a little break!  School is almost out and I may be more excited about it than my lil’ heart!!!

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Armchair BEA 2012 – Introduction

Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012).  So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!

It’s a dream of mine to get to attend BEA in person, but since I can’t do that this year, the Armchair BEA is a great opportunity to stay connected and feel like a part of Book Expo America.

An incredible new feature that Book Expo America is providing for those of us not able to be at the event is LIVE streaming video of a few of the biggest happenings at BEA!  Feel free to click here to get the code for your own site. (For some reason I can’t get this to work, but I hope you can!)
BEA Live Streaming begins Tuesday, June 5 at 8:30 am ET with BEA’s Book and Author Breakfast and continues on two live channels through the end of BEA on Thursday, June 7.
Because the meet-and-greet is the quintessential part of any get-together, and to encouraging ongoing networking throughout the week, Introductions First is going to be the opening event of Armchair BEA 2012.  There are 10 suggested questions, and we are asked to choose at least 5 and answer them to share a little bit more about ourselves.
Here are my questions and answers for the Introductions Self Interview:
  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?  I am a proud mom and wife, a book lover, I love the look and feel and smell of books, I love reading, and I love talking about books, which explains the main reason I got into blogging!  I wanted to find other book lovers, and encourage other people to become readers.  I have a personal blog that is just a little blog about my life, and what is going on at the moment.  I don’t write on it every week, just when something happens that really strikes me.  I started this bookish blog in October, 2011.  I didn’t do a lot with it the first three months because I didn’t really know what to do to drive readers to my blog, and I had a bit of “Why would anyone want to read what I have to say?”.  I started exploring other bookish blogs, found some ideas, joined some memes, and have worked to be consistent in my posts.
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?  I am one of those multiple book readers.  Unless I get dragged into a book, mind and soul, I typically have three to four books going on at one time.  Right now I’m reading Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich, The Remaining by D. J. Molles, and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini.  I read several different types of books, and every once in a while I’ll get into a theme where I read one kind of book or one series of books until I run out of steam.  One of my favorite books/series this year is what I call “brain candy” – books that don’t make you think really hard, just fun, easy book.  The Shifters series by Rachel Vincent was that for me.  Another book I really really enjoyed was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  A friend recommended it, and once I started, I could barely put it down.
  3. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?  I know a lot of people are reading the Shades of Grey trilogy and are enamored with Christian Grey – while I’ve read the first two books, and after the second book I did like Mr. Grey, he’s not who I would want to hang out with.  This changes from time to time, but currently, I think the character that I would most like to have dinner with would be Stephanie Plum, the main character in Janet Evanovich’s longest running series.  She totally cracks me up, and she loves pizza and sweets as much as I do – although she seems to handle it better metabolically!  :)
  4. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?  My first choice would have to be Narnia – I read the entire series multiple times growing up, and again as an adult, and with the recent movie adaptations capturing what I had imagined Narnia to be, I would love to go there.  The talking animals are an added benefit.  My second choice would be the Shire from the Lord of the Rings series.  Although I am a bit tall for their homes, I do have a Hobbit Name – Firiel Whitfoot (find your hobbit name here). The Shire is such a beautiful, green, peaceful place.
  5. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?  My favorite part of the book blogging community is getting to “meet” other bloggers who also love books.  Finding out other tips and tricks from more established bloggers, and developing friendships is a wonderful thing.

It’s not too late to register to participate in this year’s Armchair BEA – go here to register.

To meet other bloggers participating in Armchair BEA, visit the BEA Armchair Introductions blog post.

Happy BEA week!!!


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Bookish News & Dystopian Novels

I read today that Charlaine Harris plans to end the Sookie Stackhouse series next year.

You can read the GalleyCat article here.  She said her last book, Dead Ever After, would go on sale May 2, 2013.  Deadlocked, the twelfth book in the series was release May 1, 2012, which makes Dead Ever After the thirteenth and final book in this series.

Just this morning I was going through a couple of the many books stored in my garage.  As I go through them I mark if they are part of a series, and if so, what number.  I was surprised at how many long-running series there are.  For example, Rage by Jonathan Kellerman is the 19th book in the Alex Delaware series, and Dead Midnight by Marcia Muller is the 21st book in the Sharon McCone series.  I am starting Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich as we speak.  I love long-running book series, but sometimes they run out of steam long before the author comes to closure with the series.  What are some of the series you’ve read and enjoy?

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20th Century Fox acquires self-published novel Wool by Hugh C. Howey.  Wool is a dystopian novel written in the summer of 2011, and Howey has since written another four books in the series.  Wool was picked up by Century, a division of Random House, and coincidentally the publisher for 50 Shades of Grey.  You can read the first three chapters of Wool here.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired the eBook rights to “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale,” the short story by the late Philip K. Dick that inspired the Total Recall movie in 1990 and an upcoming remake.   See trailer below.

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I have become a big fan of dystopian and zombie novels this year, and here are some of my favorites that I’ve read so far:

  • Passage by Justin Cronin
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
  • Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
  • The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
  • Hollowland byAmanda Hocking
  • Hollowmen by Amanda Hocking
  • Sundered by Shannon Mayer
  • Bound by Shannon Mayer
  • Dauntless by Shannon Mayer

Some that are on my To Be Read (TBR) list are:

  • Wool by Hugh Howey
  • Tomorrow, When the World Began by John Marsden
  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • Prodigy by Marie Lu
  • Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
  • The Remaining by D. J. Molles
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

I get into a type of book and I run with it – I may spend months reading Sci-Fi, then go straight to murder mysteries, or non-fiction – who knows! Right now I’m in dystopian/zombie mode and Janet Evanovich.  I’ve only got three more to go before I’m done with the Stephanie Plum series, so I’ll have to find something else to get into.  What type of books are you into right now?

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