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In My Mailbox: Week 38

Purchased

Blood Promise Kindle Ed

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4) by Richelle Mead

I read this and the first three books last week. Amazing series. If you haven’t read it, you should! Seriously. No summary here to avoid spoilers! 🙂 And boy is it spoilerly…yeah, I made that word up! Oh, and Dimitri is THE bad boy of the year. Yum.

For Review

Divorced Desperate and DeceivedDivorced, Desperate and Deceived by Christie Craig

Love Spell (November 24, 2009)

Summary (Christie’s ico_www ):

Of the Divorced, Desperate and Delicious club, Kathy Callahan is the last surviving member. Oh, her two friends haven’t died or anything. They just gave up their vows of chastity. They went for hot sex with hot cops and happy second marriages—something Kathy can never consider, given her past. Yet there’s always her plumber, Stan Bradley. He seems honest, hardworking…and skilled with a tool.

PLUMB CRAZY

Kathy’s best-laid plans are about to hit a clog. The guy snaking her drain isn’t what he seems. He’s handier with a pistol than a pipe wrench, and she’s about to see more action than Jason Statham. The next forty-eight hours promise hot pursuit, hotter passion and a super perky pug. And at the end of this wild escapade, Kathy and her own undercover lawman will be flush with happiness . . . assuming they both survive.

I didn’t know I was getting this one. It sounds a little fun! And a lot like Desperate Housewives, which I stopped watching a few seasons ago.

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Perfect Little LadiesPerfect Little Ladies by Anny Drake

Summary ( )

Nobody knows that better than Elinor Young, one of the posh housewives of Westchester County. She’s worked hard all her life to get where she is. With her perfect husband, gorgeous grown-up children, and a house with more rooms than she can count, Elinor has it all—including her own personal blackmailer. Somehow, someone has figured out that she hasn’t been spending her afternoons in Manhattan with ladies who lunch but with a major married politician, and now she’s got to shell out a whole lot of money or the truth about her life will be exposed. If her family learns everything it would be embarrassing—besides she never set out to hurt them—but if the town finds out she’s really screwed!

So she gathers her friends around her, spills the beans to them, and decides to do whatever it takes to prevent scandal. But when Elinor and friends set out to track down the extortionist, none of them expected other secrets to be told.

Knew this one was coming and it too sounds like another Desperate Housewives book! A bit of light reading never hurt anyone! 🙂

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What did you pick up this week?

This meme is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren.

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Jess Sig

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In My Mailbox: Week 37

Contest Wins:

TDD Toes!

(Yes, those are my feet!) Loving the nail polish!

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain – I will be reading this, just as soon as I’m done with:

Purchased:

Vampire Academy Kindle Ed

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Frostbite Kindle Ed

Frostbite (VA, book 2) by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss Kindle Ed

Shadow Kiss (VA, book 3) by Richelle Mead

Loving this series! It’s awesome. I’ll probably be on Blood Promise before the end of today! 🙂

What did you get this week?

Jess Sig

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In My Mailbox: Week 36

I bought:
catching fire Catching Fire (2nd Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
This was pre-ordered! I finished it last night. Suffice it to say that it was awesome. I’m dying for book 3. Again, if you haven’t read The Hunger Games, hop to it!

I Won:

Ballad
Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater
Flux (October 1, 2009)
360 pages, paperback
$9.95 (Amazon.com, 09/06/09)
This is the follow up book to Lament, which I read and reviewed a couple of weeks ago.
Summary (Amazon.com):

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala’s life and his soul.

I started it last night.

For Review:

White as Bone Red as Blood White As Bone Red As Blood (The Fox Sorceress) by Cerridwen Fallingstar
Cauldron Publications (July 27, 2009)
378 Pages, paperback
$15.56 (Amazon.com, 09/06/09)
Summary (Amazon.com):

In twelfth century Japan, Seiko Fujiwara, a young woman believed to be a sorceress, is caught in a deadly conflict between the Heike and the Genji, two clans battling for control of the throne. The peaceful Heian period is giving way to the rise of the Samurai; Japan teeters on the edge of a time of darkness. Seiko’s mother, priestess of Inari, the deity of abundance and sorcery, predicts that if Lord Kiomori’s daughter Tokushi, Seiko’s closest friend, becomes Empress and gives birth to the next Emperor, their world will be saved. If he lives… It is Seiko’s responsibility to make sure the prophecy comes true. Journey with Seiko as she navigates through a world of assassins, palace intrigue, warfare and enchantments, struggling to honor her giri, her sacred destiny, while longing for the fulfillment of love.

Not my usual picking but I’ll give it a try!
What did you get?
Jess Sig

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I bought two books this week!

Strange Angels

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Razorbill (May 14, 2009), Young Adult, 304 pages, $9.99 (Amazon.com, 08/29/09), Kindle Ed. $7.99(Amazon.com, 08/29/09))

Summary (Lili St. Crows web site)":

Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.

Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?

Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.

And she has to do it by sundown, or it’s all over…

I’m reading it now and it’s AWESOME! 🙂

And:

Hunting Ground

 Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, Book 2) by Patricia Briggs

Ace (August 25, 2009), 304 pages, $7.99 (Amazon.com, 08/29/09)

Summary (Amazon.com):

Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son -and enforcer -of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles’s reputation makes him the prime suspect, and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer -or Charles will take the fall.

I received a few books for review:

Karma for Beginners

Karma For Beginners by Jessica Blank

Hyperion Book CH (August 18, 2009), 320 pages, Young Adult, $11.55 (Amazon.com, 08/28/09)

Here’s a summary description from Amazon.com:

Fourteen-year-old Tessa has never had a normal life. Her mother, a frustrated hippie with awful taste in men, has seen to that. But when her mom pulls her out of school to live at an ashram in the Catskills, Tessa goes from being a freak among normal people to being an outcast among freaks. Freaks who worship an orange robe-wearing guru. And while her mom is buzzing with spiritual energy, and finding a little too much favor with the guru, all Tessa feels are weird vibes. 

Unless she’s with Colin, the gorgeous boy who fixes trucks for the ashram. The connection they share is the most spiritual thing Tessa has ever felt. But he’s older-like illegally older-and Tessa’s taking dangerous risks to spend time with him. Soon her life is blooming into a psychedelic web of secrets and lies and it’s clear that something’s about to give way. When it does, will she have anyone to hold on to? Will she even know herself?

A few are ebooks:

MiddlewitchMiddlewitch by Heather Parker

Drollerie Press (July 24, 2009), Kindle Ed. $3.03 (Amazon.com, 08/29/09)

Summary (Amazon.com):

Being a witch isn’t always easy. She’s managed to learn love potions with only one real mistake, and that was hardly her fault. She can whip up a mean maths retention spell, but it’s not all cake and roses. Take dating, for instance. As Alicia Meldrew puts it, how does one even bring it up? -Hobbies? Yes, I usually practise the black arts on Mondays, Thursdays and every other weekend. You?-

Alicia is a young witch with a mission: to protect the citizens of Middlewitch, a sleepy little hamlet consisting mostly of a church, a senior citizen’s home, a pub, and two constables. You’d think such a small town wouldn’t have problems with dark forces, but you’d be wrong. With the help of her cats, Domino and Tango, the Women’s Institute, and even the Vicar, Alicia faces down demons, vampires, satanists, an American…and even the City.

She finally has a boyfriend, but is she really able to learn to share her life with James? And if she can, is she strong enough to learn to get on with his mother?

I started this and am enjoying it. It’s light and British, which is always fun!

Three Seeds

Three Seeds by Gabriel Madison

eTreasures Publishing (August 19, 2009), 290 pages (I have the PDF), $15.00 (Amazon.com, 08/29/09)

Summary (Amazon.com):

An unnatural cold front grows each day, bewildering world leaders and scientists, while leaving people across the world in a state of panic. All of North America is covered in snow, as Earth slowly reverts into a frozen oasis, causing religious groups to scream of the end of days, while others believe it’s the beginning of a new and foretold era. Rosemary Anderson finds herself working as a receptionist, living on an old southern plantation and wishing for excitement. David, the man claiming to have rescued her from a car wreck three years earlier, has maneuvered himself into her life, but only shows up occasionally to ask Rose strange and cryptic questions about a past she no longer remembers. Rose’s desire for adventure comes true, when strange men arrive at her plantation, and suddenly assaults her. Rose narrowly escapes with the help of her mysterious friend, David. David flees to Atlanta as he leads Rose through a hidden and treacherous world filled with death, power, secrets and passion. While trying to protect her from immortals shrouded by shadows, a secret society and ancient beings from a forgotten time determine to either capture, or kill her.

I LOVED this summary! The author has a great site with some excerpts and a promo video. I’ll be reading this one very soon!

I’m excited about all of these! I’m really enjoying Strange Angels and I’ll probably start Karma for Beginners next, then maybe Three Seeds. Depends on when Catching Fire arrives! 🙂

What did you buy or receive?

Jess Sig

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In My Mailbox Wednesday?! I won!

OMG! I was notified the other day by Jane from Dear Author that I won the GRAND PRIZE to the Lisa Klepas Smooth Talking StrangerSave the Contemporary” Contest! How cool is that?! My prize was to be:

a grand prize package of 20 titles from SMP’s backlist (Lora Leigh, Jennifer Crusie, Cheyenne McCray, and the like) to a random entrant.

So, when I saw a large package on the porch today what did I do? I ignored it! I totally thought it was the shoes we ordered for my hubby. He carried in the large package when he arrived home. And I was like, “Is that heavy?”, he replied, “Yup.” “OH, I thought it was your shoes!”, “Nope. Too heavy for shoes.” I stopped stuffing my face with Subway and proceeded to tear the box open. What was inside?

BOOKS! LOTS and LOTS of BOOKS! 32 books to be exact!

I’d like to thank Jane of Dear Author and Sarah of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for the amazing contest. I never thought I’d win the GRAND PRIZE! I’m kinda sad that 10 out of 32 books are of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. I’ve read nearly all of them on my Kindle, a few I skipped because they weren’t available on the Kindle, so that’s cool that I can go back and fill in the gaps. BUT they’ll also look great on a book shelf. Now, where do I put another book shelf? I’m afraid these books will be returning to the box that they arrived in until I can find them a proper home!

If you’re not already following Dear Author and or Smart Bitches, Trashy Books you should!

Now….what to read….I kid, I kid!

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So, not much going on this week. BUT! It was a fabulous week. Why? Because I got a non-ARC, a self bound copy, of Dayhunter by Jocelynn Drake!

I was soo thrilled when she told me she was sending me a copy. I’ve been reading it for the past few days and I’m sad to be almost done with it!

Dayhunter is set to release on April 28.

You must read the first book of the Dark Days series, Nightwalker.

You can read my review of Nightwalker here. Vist her cool site and her blog!
You can even read the first chapter of Dayhunter on her forum!

I also borrowed Graceling by Kristin Cashore from my friend Kevin. He just launched a brand new blog, with my husband, called Man Sandwich. Visit at your own risk! It most likely will not cover anything to do with books, I’m afraid. Very afraid.

I have several reviews to do:
The Vampire’s Bride (Atlantis, Book 4) by Gena Showalter
The Amazon’s Curse by Gena Showalter (an e-book special follow up to The Vampire’s Bride)

And one book to finish reading: Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott, which was released on April 1! It’s a good read. It reminds me of The Lord of the Rings, only it stars a yound female adventurer and a necklace instead of a ring! I’m sad because I did put it aside to read Dayhunter. Sorry Ellen Jensen Abbott! I will resume reading this very soon!

What did you get? Already read the books I have?
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I got one book this week. It was one that I won on a blog and one that I’ve already read! I have the ARC of this book and loved it. Not sure if I’ll keep it or give it away. You can read my review of it here.
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Purchased this book from Target on Saturday night. I love the cover! I didn’t realize it is three books, should’ve since it’s sooo huge! I’m really interested in reading it. It includes:
Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
The Power of Love
Soulmates

It’s 704 pages.

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A love beyond life…a danger beyond doubt.

When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she’d lost everything, even her faith in angels. But now she’s discovered that he’s her guardian angel — his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows she’s in terrible danger. Only Ivy’s guardian angel can save her now that his killer is after her.

But if Tristan rescues Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he must leave her behind forever. Will saving Ivy mean losing her just when he’s finally reached her again?

What did you get? I wish I got more ARCs but I’m cool with what I can get! I’d need more time to read if I received too many at a time.

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In My Mailbox!

Last week I got two books! Both from the author’s themselves!

Stargazer by Claudia Gray, Releases TODAY! March 23! I’ve already https://i0.wp.com/www.claudiagray.com/img/stargazer_cover.jpgconsumed this book and will be posting my review tonight, maybe! It was AWESOME! I’ll be holding a contest for this book. I’m keeping the author signed copy but I forgot that I pre-ordered this from Amazon, hence I have an extra copy! Lucky for you guys!

Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott, will release April 1. I started reading https://i0.wp.com/www.authorsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/watersmeet_abbott-165x250.jpgthis yesterday. So far, so good! 🙂

Stay posted for my review of Stargazer and the contest! Watersmeet isn’t too long so I should have that completed by the end of this week!

I forgot the put that hubby bought me Twilight while he was at the store last night!

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In My Mailbox!

I got the following books in my mailbox this week!

Head on over to The Story Siren to see other In My Mailboxes!

ARCS:

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Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy, releasing May 5th.

The sequel to Flat-Out Sexy, starring a bad boy race car driver hero who’s met his match—from a hot USA Today bestselling author.

Grad student Imogen Wilson realizes she’s hit on the perfect thesis for her sociology degree. If she follows the so-called “rules” on how to get a man, can she steer her way into the world and hearts of stock race car drivers, and establish their dating— and mating—patterns?

Although sexy and reckless racer Ty McCordle is the ideal test subject, Imogen knows that for the sake of science, she can’t give in to her growing attraction for him. Yet he’s the one who’s chasing after her, and Imogen realizes that she actually wants to be caught. A southern gentleman like Ty will satisfy all her curiosity—and make all the risks worthwhile…

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I also got another book from the same publisher, The Penguin Press, and I’m wondering why? It
seems like an interesting read for Non-Fiction but I’m not sure it’s something that will consume me to read it. I’ll probably read it here and there. But thanks Penguin Press!
Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher, releasing April 16th.

Winifred Gallagher revolutionizes our understanding of attention and the creation of the interested life

In Rapt, acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher makes the radical argument that the quality of your life largely depends on what you choose to pay attention to and how you choose to do it. Gallagher grapples with provocative questions—Can we train our focus? What’s different about the way creative people pay attention? Why do we often zero in on the wrong factors when making big decisions, like where to move?—driving us to reconsider what we think we know about attention.

Gallagher looks beyond sound bites on our proliferating BlackBerries and the increased incidence of ADD in children to the discoveries of neuroscience and psychology and the wisdom of home truths, profoundly altering and expanding the contemporary conversation on attention and its power. Science’s major contribution to the study of attention has been the discovery that its basic mechanism is an either/or process of selection. That we focus may be a biological necessity— research now proves we can process only a little information at a time, or about 173 billion bits over an average life—but the good news is that we have much more control over our focus than we think, which gives us a remarkable yet underappreciated capacity to influence our experience. As suggested by the expression “pay attention,” this cognitive currency is a finite resource that we must learn to spend wisely. In Rapt, Gallagher introduces us to a diverse cast of characters—artists and ranchers, birders and scientists—who have learned to do just that and whose stories are profound lessons in the art of living the interested life. No matter what your quotient of wealth, looks, brains, or fame, increasing your satisfaction means focusing more on what really interests you and less on what doesn’t. In asserting its groundbreaking thesis—the wise investment of your attention is the single most important thing you can do to improve your well-being—Rapt yields fresh insights into the nature of reality and what it means to be fully alive.

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Lastly, I ordered Evermore (The Immortals) by Alyson Noel. I’ve read a lot of good reviews about it and decided to give it a go. So far so good. I’m about 15 pages or so into it.

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch.   Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition.  He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets.  Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head.  She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is.  Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

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