Mailbox Monday

15 Aug

My Mailbox looks a little like this one.Mailbox Monday is a weekly post where I talk about the books that have arrived in my house over the last week.

Marcia at The Printed Page is no longer hosting this meme at her blog, she’s now hosting the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour.  This month’s  home is Chick Loves Lit.  Come over and check out what other bookish people had appear in their to-be-read piles, and share your new acquisitions.

This week, my mailbox has been overflowing!

I ordered two books for the Nerds Heart YA Competition

I’ll pick one of these two books to go on to the next and final phase of the competition.

From Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn
From Goodreads:

Set at the start of the Second World War, Rowan the Strange shows what life is like in a mental asylum for a young boy who is diagnosed with schizophrenia. The treatments he receives are still experimental – and nobody predicts the effect they will have on him …

From Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

From Goodreads:

Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He’s also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn’t remember how he got there. He’s not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive—well, what’s up with that?

I have it in my head that when we’re born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people’s hearts he writes Happy and on some people’s hearts he writes Sad and on some people’s hearts he writes Crazy on some people’s hearts he writes Genius and on some people’s hearts he writes Angry and on some people’s hearts he writes Winner and on some people’s hearts he writes Loser.

It’s all like a game to him. Him. God. And it’s all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came to my turn, he wrote Sad. I don’t like God very much. Apparently he doesn’t like me very much either.

For a TLC Tour in September:

The first two Chesapeake Diaries books:

Coming Home by Mariah Stewart

In the wake of his wife’s murder, agent Grady Shields turned his back on the FBI—and everything else—to retreat into the vast solitude of Montana, grieve for his lost love, and forget the world. But after years in seclusion, his sister’s wedding draws him to St. Dennis, a peaceful town on the Chesapeake Bay. Though he swears he isn’t interested in finding love again, Grady can’t ignore the mutual sparks that fly when he meets Vanessa Keaton.

Although her past was marked by bad choices, Vanessa has found that coming to St. Dennis is the best decision she’s ever made. Bling, her trendy boutique, is a success with tourists as well as with the townspeople. She’s made friends, has a home she loves, and has established a life for herself far from the nightmare she’s left behind. The last thing she’s looking for is romance, but she’s finding the hot new man in town is hard to resist.

And when her past catches up with her, Grady finds that he’s unwilling to let her become a victim again. As together they fight her demons, Grady and Vanessa discover that life still holds some surprises and that love doesn’t always have to hurt.

Home Again by Mariah Stewart

Dallas MacGregor is living the Hollywood dream. At thirtysomething, she’s an award-winning actress beloved by the public and bound for even bigger success. But when her soon-to-be-ex-husband, producer Emilio Baird, is caught in a sex scandal, Dallas’s charmed life turns tabloid nightmare. Determined to shield her young son, Cody, from the ugly uproar, Dallas seeks refuge in sleepy St. Dennis, Maryland—the Chesapeake Bay town where her happiest childhood days were spent.

Reunited with her boisterous, beloved great-aunt, Dallas wants nothing more than to leave her Hollywood days behind. And when she crosses paths with local veterinarian Grant Wyler, her high school summer love, she finds he’s everything she remembers, and more—and that the spark is still there. But Dallas’s promising new life takes a troubling turn when the unimaginable happens and she finds herself living a mother’s worst nightmare, and Emilio storms into St. Dennis to save the day—along with his damaged career. Trapped in the unwanted glare of the limelight once again, Dallas discovers that it’s coolheaded Grant who is willing to risk everything for her and her son, and to secure the future they were always meant to share.

Received from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster:

A Bad Day’s Work By Nora McFarland

Lilly Hawkins is having one of those days. . . .
The last thing she needs is a murder to solve.
Nothing seems to be going Lilly’s way. A TV news photographer at her hometown television station, she’s one of the hardest working “shooters” there, but her pit-bull personality and a series of unlucky blunders have put her job in jeopardy.
So when an urgent story breaks in the middle of the night, Lilly is determined to turn her bad luck around and get the respect she deserves. But the pressure is on; either she delivers amazing video or she’s fired. After busting her butt and dodging the cops, Lilly has what could be the biggest scoop of her career—exclusive video of a murder scene. Or does she have it? Lilly is stunned when the tape played in front of the entire newsroom is nothing but dead air.
Soon she’s on the run from criminals and police, both of whom claim Lilly’s video is the key to solving the murder and think she pocketed the real tape. Can she escape her pursuers long enough to catch the killer, or will she end the day as the next victim?
Lilly’s bad day just keeps getting worse, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she’d like to live to see more of them. . . .

From Kaye Publicity

The Thousand by Kevin Guilfoile

From Goodreads:

In 530 B.C., a mysterious ship appeared off the rainy shores of Croton, in what is now Italy. After three days the skies finally cleared and a man disembarked to address the curious and frightened crowd that had gathered along the wet sands. He called himself Pythagoras. Exactly what he said that day is unknown, but a thousand men and women abandoned their lives and families to follow him. They became a community. A school. A cult dedicated to the search for a mathematical theory of everything. Although Pythagoras would die years later, following a bloody purge, his disciples would influence Western philosophy, science, and mathematics for all time.

Chicago, the present day. Canada Gold, a girl both gifted and burdened by uncanny mental abilities, is putting her skills to questionable use in the casinos and courthouses of Las Vegas when she finds herself drawn back to the city in which her father, the renowned composer Solomon Gold, was killed while composing his magnum opus. Beautiful, brilliant, troubled, Canada has never heard of the Thousand, a clandestine group of powerful individuals safeguarding and exploiting the secret teachings of Pythagoras. But as she struggles to understand her father’s unsolved murder, she finds herself caught in the violence erupting between members of the fractured ancient cult while she is relentlessly pursued by those who want to use her, those who want to kill her, and the one person who wants to save her.

Recieved from Hachette Audio:

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

Four women-a mother, her sister, two grown daughters-head to Tuckernuck for a retreat, hoping to escape their troubles. Intead, they find only drama, secrets, and life-changing revelations.

Acquired from

Dreams Underfoot: The Newford Collection by Charles de Lint

Welcome to Newford: to the music clubs, the waterfront, and the alleyways where ancient myths and magic spill into the modern world. Gemmins live in abandoned cars and skells traverse the tunnels below, while mermaids swim in the gray harbor waters and fill the cold night with their song.

Come meet Jilly, painting wonders in the rough city streets; and Geordie, playing fiddle while he dreams of a ghost; and the Angel of Grasso Street gathering the fey and the wild and the poor and the lost. Dreams Underfoot is a must-read book not only for fans of urban fantasy but for all who seek magic in everyday life.

Must! Read! Faster!


Posted by on August 15, 2010 in books, meme


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17 responses to “Mailbox Monday

  1. Pam

    August 15, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    aw man both books are good but I hope Last Night I Sang to Monster goes on!

  2. Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict

    August 16, 2010 at 2:34 am

    wow, that is a good mailbox week. Enjoy your new books!

  3. IntrovertedJen

    August 16, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Yay! Charles de Lint! I just love him and I rarely find him mentioned on blogs. I hadn’t heard of The Thousand but that sounds good too. Enjoy everything!

    Here’s my mailbox.

  4. Lady Q

    August 16, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Great mailbox! I love that excerpt from Last Night I Sang to the Monster. Sounds like a wrenching read. The Thousand appeals to me, too. Happy reading! Please stop by my Mailbox if you have a moment!

  5. bermudaonion

    August 16, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Your mailbox was overflowing, but you got lots of books that look great! I hope you enjoy them all!

  6. oldpblog

    August 16, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I’m going to have to add Mariah Stewart to my list of authors to explore.

  7. Kim V

    August 16, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Congrats on receiving The Island! I really enjoyed The Castaways and hope this one is as good.

    Enjoy your books!

  8. Mary

    August 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

    I also received The Island audiobook (listening and enjoying already). Have a great week!

  9. TheBookGirl

    August 16, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Wow…lots of great books…The Thousand sounds particularly interesting to me..
    Enjoy your week reading 🙂

  10. Colleen (Books in the City)

    August 16, 2010 at 7:11 am

    I read my first Elin Hilderbrand book earlier this month and really like it – hope you enjoy the Island!

  11. Lisa

    August 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

    omg Rowan looks like I would enjoy!

    here’s mine!

  12. gautami tripathy

    August 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

    The Thousand seems interesting!

    Have a great reading week ahead! Here is my Mondays: Mailbox/Where Am I/Musings post.

  13. Wisteria Leigh

    August 16, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I recently read about Rowan the Strange. sounds really good to me. I hope you enjoy all your new books. I love your clipart mailbox. 🙂

  14. Jo-Jo

    August 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

    That’s a lot of goodies…enjoy! My mailbox is here:

  15. Jennifer@5 Minutes for Books

    August 16, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Overflowing mailboxes are good. They make me want to make more time to read so that I can keep up!!

  16. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    August 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    You had a great mailbox! The Island sounds very good. Enjoy all your new reads!

  17. avisannschild

    August 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    The books you’re reading for the Nerds Heart YA Competition both sound intriguing. Enjoy!


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