In My Mailbox

Here is what came my way this past week by mailbox, by Library, by purchases… if it is book related and came into my home – its on the is list.  Thanks you to Kristi at Story Siren for this fun weekly meme!

So here is what came by mail:

Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake, sister to the faerie knight who would come to be known as Lancelot, and student of Merlin, finds her destiny in the court of the legendary Arthur. The author of A Woman’s Place (1980) undertakes a lyrical retelling of the Arthurian cycle from the point of view of the faerie folk. Crompton’s flowing prose creates an atmosphere in which the familiar tale becomes fresh again. An excellent addition to most fantasy and general fiction collections.

So do you seriously see this cover?  It is amazing and the story line sounds wonderful!

Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. Rumours of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss. Darina, Phoenix’s grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can’t escape her intense heartache, or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echo inside her head…And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina. Ecstatic to be reunited, he tells her about the Beautiful Dead. Souls in limbo, they have been chosen to return to the world to set right a wrong linked to their deaths and bring about justice. Beautiful, superhuman and powerful, they are marked by a ‘death mark’ — a small tattoo of angel’s wings. Phoenix tells her that the sound of invisible wings beating are the millions of souls in limbo, desperate to return to earth. Darina’s mission is clear: she must help Jonas, Summer, Arizona, and impossibly, her beloved Phoenix, right the wrong linked to their deaths to set them free from limbo so that they can finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

Ok – here is another bit of cover love but for entirely different reasons than the first book… this one holds mystery.    I want to know her story.  I will know her story.

Am I dead? I watch from above as my abused body lay motionless on the shoddy bed below me. My mind does not want to face the truth . . . As a result of a drug overdose the author experienced an epiphany on how people can beat addiction, which he describes in chapter Two.

Each chapter is filled with visceral accounts of modern day challenges, both personal and professional, and how you can overcome them. From the slums of Georgia to the castles of Europe, be entertained and inspired at the same time.

Is someone you love struggling with the challenges of our modern times: addiction, weight control, a troubled child, or an overwhelming business challenge? Do you need to change something in your life but don t know how to start or how to finish? Have you wondered if people can really change? If they can, are there steps or methods that can propel the change? If so, The Imposter will inspire you.

I am curious about Kip’s story here.  He contacted me to read his book and that is what I plan to do.

FBI special agent Brad Raines is facing his most complex case yet. A Denver serial killer has murdered a string of beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each scene, and he’s picking up his pace.  Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill people who are extraordinarily gifted.

It’s there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand.  Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person’s life when she touches the dead body.

In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise’s help. Gradually he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls…or inside.

As the Bride Collector picks up the pace – and volume – of his gruesome killings, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist, becomes the Bride Collector’s fourth target.  And she isn’t the last – by far.

Ted Decker writes incredible books… I haven’t passed on one of his yet and am looking forward to this one as well.

“Did anyone ask where you were this afternoon?” Sol asked her. “No,” Carrie answered, still smiling. “Dad and Eli were so excited about purchasing the orchards that it was all anyone was talking about.” “Surprised me to see Andy with you. Think that was wise?” “Aw, it was a birthday present for him. He won’t tell.” Carrie was quiet for a moment. “I won’t be here for his actual birthday.” Her heart caught for a moment. Sol didn’t seem to notice the quiver in her voice. “So we’ll tell our folks Sunday afternoon, just like we talked about. On Monday, I’ll be on the team bus to Long Island, but you can follow on a Greyhound as soon as you can. I thought we could get married in New York, the day you arrive. How does that sound?” Carrie didn’t answer right away. She glanced back at the big white farmhouse. The moonlight shone behind it, casting a bluish hue over it. The night was so quiet and peaceful, the barn and the house filled with sleeping people and animals. An owl hooted once, then twice. Then her eyes caught on a shadowy figure and she gasped. Daniel Miller was sitting on the fence across from the phone shanty, watching her.

A little mix in my genres as usual…. I have heard good things about this book.

Sales clerk, barista, telemarketer, sign waver … At twenty-five, free-spirited Becca Daniels is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. What Becca doesn’t want to be is bored. She craves the rush of a new experience, whether it’s an extreme sport, a shocking hair color, or a new guy. That’s why she quit her bookstore job, used her last bit of credit to go skydiving, and broke her leg. And that’s why, grounded and grumpy, Becca bristles when teased by friends for being commitment-phobic. In response, Becca issues an outrageous wager—that she can sustain a three-month or twenty-five date relationship with the next guy who asks her out. When the guy turns out to be “churchy” Ben—definitely not Becca’s type—she gamely embarks on a hilarious series of dates that plunge her purple-haired, free-speaking, commitment-phobic self into the alien world of church potlucks and prayer meetings. This irrepressible Getaway Girl will have you cheering her on as she “suffers” through her dates, gains perspective on her life’s purpose, and ultimately begins her greatest adventure of all.

Doesn’t this one sound fun?  I look forward to getting into this book and finding out more about Becca… and hey, she works at a book store.  What’s not to love right?

According to Sherwood, two questions are central to this book. What does it really take to survive a catastrophic event and what kind of survivor are you? You might be surprised at the answers. While there are tactics and strategies to surviving life tragedies, unforeseen accidents, and other catastrophes, many of these are instinctive (some, like exhibiting transitory superhuman strength, are manifested physiologically, without conscious planning). Some of us, Sherwood explains, are better survivors than others—in prisoner-of-war camps, for example, the people most likely to collapse are the eternal optimists who believe rescue is imminent and fail to come to terms with the possibility of long-term imprisonment. The book is a useful, insightful exploration of the nature of survival, the resilience of the human mind and body, and the ways in which we can all use our natural gifts to maximize our chances of coming through catastrophic situations.

I read a book called Survivor’s Club a long time ago.  Not this one.  A different one by Lisa Gardner.  I want to read that one again now that I am thinking about it and I may read it back to back with this one as they do have the same title…  I wonder if there are more with this title….

And from the Library….

As a young kid barely able to carry a gun, Jal, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, witnessed and perpetrated unspeakable brutality in his country’s civil war, but he has not only found refuge in the U.S. but also become an international rap star for peace. His violent memories are graphically relayed in this powerful autobiography. At age 9, he smashed faces with machetes as his friend plunged a bayonet into an enemy’s stomach. What is amazing in this story is how Jal has been able to let go of his rage. His family gone, he was adopted by a British aid worker, who took him to Kenya, where he struggled in school. But eventually, inspired by Gandhi, King, and Mandela, he turned to music and the idea of rapping for peace (“no tribalism, nepotism, and racism in my motherland”). And his songs climbed the charts.

This one I picked up from a mention on Maw Books Blog.  This will be the book she will be discussing this upcoming Tuesday on Blog Talk Radio.  I am hoping to get a chance to read through this a bit and participate in the discussion on Tuesday.  Not sure I will get it done in time but it looks like an interesting read.

And that is my mailbox.  What was in yours this week?  Anything exciting?  I would love to hear about it!

74 thoughts on “In My Mailbox

  1. You had a nice week! I love the cover of Merlin’s Harp, but I’m not sure the book is for me. I’ll be curious to see what you think of The Bride Collector. Happy Reading!

    1. Kathy I am curious about that book too… Ted Decker is such an unusual author – writer of Christina fiction with these dark twists…. I am curious as to where he will go with this one.

  2. What an interesting variety of books you got this week! So many look like fascinating reads. I was particularly intrigued by The Bride Collector. I have never read anything by him. Happy reading!

  3. That is an amazing variety of books! I loved the Survivors Club book. It was really fascinating to see what other people have lived through and how they did it.

  4. Wow, what a line-up. I got THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE an anthology, THE CHILDREN OF HENRY VIII by Alison Weir, and ROYAL AFFAIRS by Leslie Carroll. I’m reading ECLIPSE (3rd of the Twilight books), THE ANGEL by Carla Neggers, and FIRST EAGLE by Tony Hillerman.

  5. Great bunch of books this week. I have heard The Choice is good. Read a few nice reviews. As for Merlin’s Harp looks like I will put it on my watchlist ..

  6. Wow, what a fabulous week in books you had. The Bride Collector looks like a really good read.

    Have a good week, enjoy your new books and happy reading.

  7. Last year I read The Survivors Club & found it really had some helpful information such as sitting within 5 rows of a plane exit. I also enjoyed Sherman’s writing style.

    Hope you enjoy your books!

  8. Great haul! I have Beautiful Dead on my wish list for the time being, as I’m trying (!!!) to cut down on my book buying (not that it worked so far).

    And since you’re reading War Child, will you be calling in? I love hearing other blogger’s voices 😉 I’ll be listening in, if not live then I’ll download it the next morning (the show’s past midnight my time). I can’t wait to hear the discussion…

    1. thanks dreamworld – I have trouble not buying books as well. Of course I excuse myself by saying that I want to support the authors. 🙂

      I am planning to call in for War Child if I can. I haven’t finished yet but will have some time later this afternoon to get farther into the book. I am really amazed at this story!

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