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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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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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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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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for May’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Martha at Martha’s Bookshelf.

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:

The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams from Hyperion

“Catherine Sorgeiul lives with her Uncle in a rambling house in London’s East End. She has few companions and little to occupy the days beyond her own colourful imagination. But then a murderer strikes, ripping open the chests of young girls and stuffing hair into their mouths to resemble a beak, leading the press to christen him The Man of Crows. And as Catherine hungrily devours the news, she finds she can channel the voices of the dead … and comes to believe she will eventually channel The Man of Crows himself.

But the murders continue to panic the city and Catherine gradually realizes she is snared in a deadly trap, where nothing is as it first appears … and lurking behind the lies Catherine has been told are secrets more deadly and devastating than anything her imagination can conjure.”

Granddad, There’s a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill from St. Martin’s Press (a win from ShelfAwareness)

“In rural Thailand, former crime reporter Jimm Juree must grapple with her quirky family, a mysterious mother and daughter on the lam and the small matter of a head on the beach.
When Jimm Juree’s mother sold the family house and invested in a rundown ‘holiday camp’ at the southern end of Thailand on the Gulf of Siam, the family had little choice but to follow. Jimm Juree, who was well on her way to achieving her goal of becoming the primary crime reporter for the major daily newspaper in Chiang Mai, is less than thrilled to have lost her job as a reporter and to be stuck in the middle of nowhere where little of interest happens. So it is with mixed feelings that she greets the news that a head has washed up on the beach. It’s tragic, of course, but this could be the sort of sensational murder that would get her a byline in a major daily and keep her toehold on her journalism career. Now all she has to do is find out who was murdered, and why.”
The Lower River by Paul Theroux from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“Ellis Hock never believed that he would return to Africa. He runs an old-fashioned menswear store in a small town in Massachusetts but still dreams of his Eden, the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps, cut short when he had to return to take over the family business. When his wife leaves him, taking the family home, he realizes that there is one place for him to go: back to Malawi on the remote Lower River, where he can be happy again.   Arriving at the dusty village, he finds it transformed: the school he built is a ruin, the church and clinic are gone, and poverty and apathy have set in among the people. They remember him — the White Man with no fear of snakes — and welcome him. But is his new life, his journey back, an escape or a trap? “
The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman from Viking (this is the hardback – I received the ARC of this book I received back in early April)
“It’s 1663 in the tiny, hardscrabble Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, now present-day southern Manhattan. Orphan children are going missing, and among those looking into the mysterious state of affairs are a quick-witted twenty-two-year-old trader, Blandine von Couvering, herself an orphan, and a dashing British spy named Edward Drummond.Suspects abound, including the governor’s wealthy nephew, a green-eyed aristocrat with decadent tastes; an Algonquin trapper who may be possessed by a demon that turns people into cannibals; and the colony’s own corrupt and conflicted orphanmaster. Both the search for the killer and Edward and Blandine’s newfound romance are endangered, however, when Blandine is accused of being a witch and Edward is sentenced to hang for espionage. Meanwhile, war looms as the English king plans to wrest control of the colony.”

A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King from Simon & Schuster
“The superheroes of Arcadia City fight a wonderful war, and play a wonderful game, forever saving yet another day. However, after sacrificing both their powers and Ultimate, the greatest hero of them all, to defeat the latest apocalypse, these comic book characters are transformed from the marvelous into the mundane. After too many battles won and too many friends lost, The Soldier of Freedom was fine letting all that glory go. But when a new threat blasts through his city, Soldier, as ever, accepts his duty and reenlists in this next war. Without his once amazing abilities, he’s forced to seek the help of the one man who walked away, the sole hero who refused to make the sacrifice— PenUltimate, the sidekick of Ultimate, who through his own rejection of the game has become the most powerful man in the world, the only one left who might still, once again, save the day. “
For my Kindle I got:
Sleepers by Megg Jensen
“An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she’s filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?”

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
“Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength—as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices— choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.”

What books came into your home this past week?

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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for May’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Martha at Martha’s Bookshelf.

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:

They Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty from Putnam Books/Amy Einhorn Books – Release date – June 14, 2012

“Ellen O’Farrell might be described as unusual – she’s a hypnotherapist, she’s never met her father, she was raised by her mother and her mother’s two best friends (it was like a lesbian commune, except they were all straight), and she can’t seem to sustain a long-term relationship (okay, that’s more normal than we want to admit).

So when Ellen meets Patrick, a man she likes – who actually seems to like her back – she can’t help feeling optimistic.  But after Patrick tells Ellen he has something he needs to talk to her about, she fears the worst.  So when he tells her his old girlfriend is stalking him, she thinks, Is that all?  Actually that’s kind of interesting.  She’s intrigued.  She’d love to meet this person.

She doesn’t know that she already has.”

Fearless by Eric Blehm from Random House/Waterbrook Press – Release date – May 22, 2012

“When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kish Mountains of Afghanistan – but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he had written, ‘I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.’

But long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX – the counter-terrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden – there was a fun-loving country boy from Arkansas whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey.  an undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a promise to his parents…until he grew older, and his family watched that appetite for risk draw him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail.

The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey from Penguin Group/G. P. Putnam’s Sons – Release date – May 2012

“This book is for you if:

  • You crave adventure (or enjoy a nice game of croquet)
  • You like pirates
  • You don’t like pirates. (A couple of them take a real thumping in this story.)
  • You’ve ever wished your rotten older siblings would disappear in a mysterious accident, then found yourself regretting it when they actually do.
  • You met your best friend when he tried to cave in your skull with a cannonball.
  • You’ve ever fallen in love at first sight…with a person whose father is plotting to kill you.
  • You want a story with humor, high adventure and heart…and sometimes all three on the same page.”

The four books on the top of my Mailbox Monday stack this week are a win from  The Hogarth Press, and included I Am Forbidden, The Kissing List,  The Watch, and The Dead Do Not Improve, along with a book bag.

I  Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits – Release date – May 2012

“An extraordinary novel about the Satmar, the most insular Hasidic sect.  This affecting story of two sisters – one who believes and one who rebels – is profoundly moving and completely absorbing.”

The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents – Release date – May 2012

“Written with sparkling prose, witty dialogue, and unforgettable characters, this inventive debut follows a group of over-educated twentysomethings desperate to find meaning and connection in a world that seems to offer ever-diminishing returns.”

The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya – Release date – June 2012

“The first major novel about the Afghanistan War.  Told from the perspective’s of a wide cast of characters, this powerful and gripping novel authentically re-creates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of war.”

The Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspian Kang – Release date – August 2012

“A fiercely original debut novel – at once hilarious, moody, and inventive – that tears through the streets of San Francisco with a tale of murderous intrigue, hippie detectives, and an MFA student on the run.”

I also got a few e-books this week:

The Remaining by D. J. Molle

“In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Some day soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission: SUBVENIRE REFECTUS.  TO RESCUE AND REBUILD.”

In Deep Voodoo by Stephanie Bond

Start with bad mojo, add a pinprick of revenge, and watch things boil over…
A woman receives a voodoo doll of her lying cheating ex-husband as a gag gift at her divorce party, and vents her frustration by stabbing it with a pin. But later when he’s found stabbed to death, she doesn’t have to be told she’s managed to land herself In deep voodoo!”

Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart

“It is 1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine, works hard to keep her family together. Her father slowly slips into alcoholism and his business suffers during the Great Depression. As her mother tries to come to grips with their situation and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to it, it is Kate who must shoulder the emotional load. Who could imagine that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what the Merritts need?”

Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

“Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes.

Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab’s untold story. Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of Jericho. Other walls surround her as well-walls of fear, rejection, unworthiness.

A woman with a wrecked past; a man of success, of faith … of pride; a marriage only God would conceive!  Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.”

I Have a Secret by Cheryl Bradsha

“It’s been twenty years since PI Sloane Monroe has returned to her hometown of Tehachapi, California, but when a former classmate is stabbed and tossed overboard during the high school reunion cruise, Sloane isn’t about to allow a murderer to run free in her own backyard. But in a town where everyone is harboring secrets, how many more men will die before she discovers the truth?”

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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for April’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Cindy from  Cindy’s Love of Books.

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’m barely getting this in on Monday!  The day got away from me!)

Books I received in the mail this week:

The Tenth Saint by D. J. Niko – I received this autographed book from the author. :)

“Cambridge archaeologist Sarah Weston makes an unusual discovery in the ancient Ethiopian mountain kingdom of Aksum: a sealed tomb with inscriptions in an obscure dialect.  Seeking to ascertain the translation and the identity of the entombed man, she and her colleague, American anthropologist Daniel Madigan, stumble upon a lethal conflict.

Tracking down clues in Addis Ababa and the monasteries of Lalibela, Sarah and Daniel uncover a codex in a subterranean library revealing a set of prophecies about Earth’s final hours written by a man hailed by Coptic mystics as Ethiopia’s tenth saint.  Violently opposed by the corrupt director of antiquities at the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, they’re left for dead in the heart of the Simien Mountains.  Surviving to journey to Paris, Sarah is given another piece of the ancient puzzle: a fourteenth-century letter describing catastrophic events leading to the planet’s demise.

Connecting the two discoveries, Sarah faces a deadly intercontinental conspiracy to keep the secret of the tenth saint buried.  Risking her reputation and her life, Sarah embarks on a quest to stall the technological advances that will surely destroy the world.”

The Innocents by Frncesca Segal from Hyperion – releases June, 2012

“Newly engaged and unthinkingly self-satisfied, twenty-eight-year-old Adam Newman is the prize catch of Temple Fortune, a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London.  He has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both sixteen and now, to the relief and happinesss of the entire Gilbert family, they are finally to marry.  To Adam, Rachel embodies the hightest values of Temple Fortune; she is innocent, conventional, and entirely secure in here community – a place in which everyone still knows the whereabouts of their nusery school classmates.  Marrying Rachel will cement Adam’s role in a warm, inclusive family he loves.

But as the vast machinery of the wedding gathers momentum, Adam feels the first faint touches of claustrophobia, and when Rachel’s younger cousin Ellie Schneider moves home from New York, she unsettles Adam more than he’d care to admit.  Ellie – beautiful, vulnerable, and fiercely independent – offers a liberation that he hadn’t known existed; a freedom from the loving interference and frustrating parochialism of North West London.  Adam finds himself questioning everything, suddenly torn between security and exhilaration, tradition and indepednece.  What might he be missing by staying close to home?”

Books I downloaded for my Kindle that were FREE this week:

Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke

“Michael Dunnagan was never supposed to sail on the Titanic, nor would he have survived if not for the courage of Owen Allen. Determined to carry out his promise to care for Owen’s relatives in America and his younger sister, Annie, in England, Michael works hard to strengthen the family’s New Jersey garden and landscaping business.

Annie Allen doesn’t care what Michael promised Owen. She only knows that her brother is gone—like their mother and father—and the grief is enough to swallow her whole. As Annie struggles to navigate life without Owen, Michael reaches out to her through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when Owen did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected. Just as Michael saves enough money to bring Annie to America, WWI erupts in Europe. When Annie’s letters mysteriously stop, Michael risks everything to fulfill his promise—and find the woman he’s grown to love—before she’s lost forever.”

Bloody Little Secrets by Karly Kirkpatrick

“Some secrets don’t stay buried. Neither did Vicky.

17-year-old Vicky Hernandez has a big problem. She’s dead. Or not quite. After discovering she’s been turned into a vampire, she tries to settle into a quiet suburb of Chicago and return to a normal life. If only she could stop wanting to bite her boyfriend. Not to mention she is dying to find out who turned her, and why. She doesn’t have to wait long before they come to her. “

The Vampire’s Warden by S. J. Wright

“It was a flash in the moonlight, a blur of motion like I’d never witnessed before. No human had the capacity to move like that. When I found myself face-to-face with him there in the meadow, I knew without a doubt that the journal was authentic. I knew that my grandfather hadn’t been crazy at all. Because a foot away from me stood a vampire.

Sarah reads her grandfather’s journal in stunned disbelief. What was once her grandfather’s responsibility has passed to her father and now to her. She has become the Warden. Her life will never be the same.”

The Glass Case by Kristin Hannah

“April Bannerman is a young mother of three, married to her high school sweetheart & living in the same small town in which she grew up.  Although she loves her children and husband, April is plagued by the growing doubt that she has not lived up to her mother’s expectations for her—until one day when something terrible and unexpected happens, and April must face the truth about her own life and discover what really matters.”

Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith

“Joan Sanderson’s life is stuck. Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is living at home with Mom and looking after her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement. That is, until a hunky young doctor moves in next door. Suddenly Joan has a goal–to get a date. But it won’t be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly with him and Joan is sure that she can’t compete. But with a little help from God, Allie, and an enormous mutt with bad manners, maybe Joan can find her way out of this rut.”

Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot

“Her future stretched out like the clear blue Texas sky. But a storm is coming. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah Dobbs arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom–a man she has never met but whose letters, her paper roses, have won her heart from afar. But there is a problem–Austin Canfield is dead, and Sarah cannot go back East. As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin’s brother Clay wants nothing more than to shake the Texas dust from his boots, but first he must find his brother’s killer. And then there’s Sarah. Something is blooming out in the vast Texas landscape that neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit, and the promise of redemption blows like a gentle breeze through the prairie grasses. Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep you away with a tale of love, loss, and tantalizing possibilities.”

 

What books made it into your home this week?

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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for April’s Mailbox Monday posts will be Cindy from  Cindy’s Love of Books.

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 received in the mail this week:

You Came Back by Christopher Coake from Hachette Book Group – Releases June, 2012

“Thirty-something Midwesterner Mark Fife believes he has moved past the accidental death of his young son, Brendan, as well as his subsequent divorce from his college sweetheart, Chloe.  Nearly seven years have passed; he’s successful, he’s in love again, and he believes he’s mastered his own memories.

But then he is contacted by a strange woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but also that she believes it to be haunted by Brendan’s ghost.  How will Mark, who knows that ghosts do not exist, deal with the reappearance of his beloved ex-wife, who accepts that the spirit of Brendan is real?  Is it possible for these two wounded parents to choose paths that allow happiness back into their lives?”

The Yard by Alex Grecian from Putnam.  Releases June, 2012

“Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives – known as “The Murder Squad” – to investigate thousands of murders every month.  Created after the metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt.  They have failed their citizens.  But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own…one of the twelve…”

A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton from Thomas Nelson.  This book released in January, 2012

“Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives a terrifying existence.  Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of books gifted to him by a kind stranger.  In these books, he discovers new worlds he can only imagine and gains hope that one day he might have a different life – that one day he will find his true home.

A fair-complexioned boy with blue eyes, curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he is determined to unravel the mystery of his origins and find his birth family.  Armed with just a single clue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, only to find that nothing is what it appears to be.”

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore from Dial Books (an imprint of Penguin Books)  Releases May, 2012

(I may be more excited about this ARC than any other I’ve ever received!!!)

“When Bitterblue’s father, King Leck, was murdered, she became Queen of Monsea at ten years old.  Eight years later, Bitterblue is still learning how to rule the kingdom.  The influence of Leck – a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities – lives on.  When Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle to walk the streets of her own city, she meets two thieves who hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign.  And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace, holds the key to her heart.”

Here’s my tw0-cents – if you haven’t ever read the Graceling series, Graceling and Fire,  you have to at least give it a chance.  I love LOVE these books, and have been anxiously awaiting the release of Bitterblue, when I received the ARC in the mail.  I danced around the house, “Woohoo’d” at the top of my lungs, and waved the book around at my husband and daughter until they were concerned for my state of mind.  You can read Kristin Cashore’s blog here, or visit the site called Graceling Realm.

Into this World by Sybil Baker from the author, who was kind enough to sign the book for me!  Releases May 22, 2012

“On the day Allison Morehouse walks off her job, her sister Mina calls from Korea, frantic and in tears.  determined to discover the truth about her adopted sister, Allison flies to Seoul, yet Mina – and Korea – are nothing like Allison imagines.  Over the next three months, Allison and Mina will unearth thirty years of family secrets – and Allison will discover in Mina the sister she never embraced, and in herself, the stronger woman she can be.”

ARC E-books I received this week:

Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel from First Second – Releases Oct 2, 2012

“One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular–and notoriously reclusive–author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.
A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, Sailor Twain is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense.”
Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan from Thomas Nelson – Releases May 1, 2012

“You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and—oh yeah—the weird murder . . . you’re definitely going to want to hear about that.”

Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it’s only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.

But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.

Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here’s the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies—prophecies of something terrible that’s going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.

With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.”

The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan from Little, Brown and Company – Releases May 15, 2012

“On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a free and independent Texas-but in the end, they were all slaughtered. Their ultimate sacrifice inspired the rallying cry “Remember the Alamo!” and eventual triumph.

Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon fresh primary sources in U.S. and Mexican archives, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters–including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis–this is a stirring story of audacity, valor, and redemption.

James Donovan is the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn-the Last Great Battle of the American West. He lives in Dallas, Texas.”

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