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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Many thanks to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday every week!

It is so much fun to see what everyone is getting in the mail.

Thanks for taking the time to visit ~ I just love hearing from you! Please let me know if you have read any of these books - I'd love to hear how you liked them!! :)

Here are the books that came into my house last week:

The Art of Meaningful Living by Christopher F. Brown, Art by John Palmer ~ Non-Fiction / Self-Help / Psychology ~ Received from Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists for review
From Amazon: "Meaningful living is choosing your passions over your fears. It is accepting what you cannot control and focusing on what is in your power." Too often our meaningful lives and the things we are passionate about are buried under disappointments and lost dreams. Christopher F. Brown, LCSW, MBA, offers a powerful book combining psychological concepts with beautiful, provocative artwork done by John Palmer to help us move beyond the pain in our present lives to something more valuable and joyful. Divided into four stages, Brown has put together this thought-provoking guide to transform a life filled with dissatisfaction to a life filled with true meaning. Open to any page and begin your own journey toward a meaningful life.
Arabella by Georgette Heyer ~ Fiction / Historical Romance ~ Received from the publisher for review
From Amazon: Daughter of a modest country clergyman, Arabella Tallant is on her way to London when her carriage breaks down outside the hunting lodge of the wealthy Mr. Robert Beaumaris. Her pride stung when she overhears a remark of her host's, Arabella pretends to be an heiress, a pretense that deeply amuses the jaded Beau. To counter her white lie, Beaumaris launches her into high society and thereby subjects her to all kinds of fortune hunters and other embarrassments.

When compassionate Arabella rescues such unfortunate creatures as a mistreated chimney sweep and a mixed-breed mongrel, she foists them upon Beaumaris, who finds he rather enjoys the role of rescuer and is soon given the opportunity to prove his worth in the person of Arabella's impetuous young brother...
Enjoy Your Money! How to Make it, Save it, Invest it and Give it by J. Steve Miller ~ Non-fiction / Financial / Motivational ~ Received from the author for an upcoming WildCard Review
Most people aren't enjoying their money. Trapped in boring jobs and weighed down with debt, they can't seem to get ahead. Enjoy Your Money can help you

-get out of debt and accumulate wealth
-get ahead, even when the work you love doesn't produce big bucks
-find your strengths and passions and make a living with them
-live a more fulfilled life.

Readers love its combination of solid research with an entertaining story line, making it the ideal financial book for people who don't like financial books. One professor called it "A fast, fun read with practical and often remarkable insights." A CPA observed, "It's rare and refreshing to find a book so enjoyable, so accurate, and so life changing."
It Happened One Night ARC by Lisa Dale ~ Contemporary Romance ~ Received from the publisher for review
Lana Biel has always wanted to shake the dust of Vermont off her feet and see the world, one exotic country after another. But when a lighthearted spring fling changes her life forever, she turns to the one man whose strong shoulders can lighten any burden: her best friend, Eli Ward.

Eli has always been there for Lana--after all, that's what best friends do. But Lana isn't the only one hiding something. Eli is keeping secrets of his own that threaten their relationship. Yet as summer turns to fall, new desires awaken between them, even as old fears tear them apart. Then, when another Vermont winter fills the valleys with snow, Eli and Lana are given the chance for an adventure greater than they ever dreamed possible...and a love that will last for all time.
Knight of Pleasure (All The King's Men, Book 2) ARC by Margaret Mallory ~ Historical Romance ~ Received from the publisher for review
Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country.

Sir Stephen Carleton enjoys his many female admirers-until he dedicates himself to winning the lovely Isobel. So when a threat against the king leads Isobel into mortal danger, Stephen has a chance to prove that he is more than a knight of pleasure...and that love can conquer all.
Last Breath (The Rayne Tour, Book 2) by Brandilyn Collins and Amberly Collins ~ Fiction / Young Adult / Inspirational ~ Received from the publisher for an upcoming WildCard Tour
From Amazon: The suspenseful and emotion-filled second book in the Rayne series begins where the first book ended…with a dying man whispering four stunning words into Shaley O’Connor’s ear. Should she believe him? After two murders on the Rayne concert tour, Shaley is reeling. But she has no time to rest. If the dying man’s claim is right, the danger is far from over. Shaley’s quest for the truth leads to the mysterious and wrenching past of her mother and father. Could what happened to them so many years ago threaten Shaley’s life now?
Once in a Blue Moon by Eileen Goudge ~ Fiction ~ Many thanks to the author and the people at One2One Network for sending me a review copy
Lindsay and Kerrie Ann are sisters who have known hardship from an early age. Without guidance from their neglectful mother, their only aid came from an unlikely source, a retired exotic dancer by the name of Miss Honi Love. When the girls’ mother was sent to prison, Miss Honi tried unsuccessfully to save them from being separated and sent into foster care.
Thirty years later, Lindsay is still trying to reconnect with her sister. The owner of a bookstore in the sleepy California seaside town of Blue Moon Bay, she was lucky enough to have been adopted by a loving couple. Unbeknownst to her, Kerrie Ann has suffered a very different life. Bounced from one foster home to the next, she ran away as a teenager before becoming a drug-addicted single mother. Now, newly sober, Kerrie Ann is fighting to regain custody of the little girl who was taken from her.

Neither sister’s expectations are met when they’re finally reunited. But as the two sisters engage in the fiercest battles of their lives, they are at last drawn together despite their differences, restoring belief in the unshakable bond of family.

The Source of Miracles by Kathleen McGowan ~ Non-Fiction / Religion / Self-Help ~ Courtesy of the publisher for an upcoming WildCard Tour
From Amazon: The real secret to creating and sustaining an abundant, joyous, and fulfilled life has been hiding in plain sight -- in the power of the prayer that unites two billion Christians worldwide, the prayer that each one of them knows by heart.

True happiness and success can't just be wished for. The real secret to fulfillment lies in using the Lord's Prayer as part of an ongoing spiritual practice that leads to real and lasting change in the soul -- change that will manifest itself in earthly, tangible ways. Each chapter in The Source of Miracles is a guide to one of seven steps in that process, corresponding to a primary teaching of the prayer: faith, surrender, service, abundance, forgiveness, obstacles, and love. Each chapter also includes meditations, affirmations, and other activities designed to help readers work through life's challenges.
Tiding of Great Boys (All About Us, Book 5) by Shelley Adina ~ Fiction / Young Adult / Inspirational ~ Courtesy of the Publisher for an upcoming WildCard Tour
From Amazon: Finals week is approaching and Mac is still undecided on where to spend the holidays. Normally she'd go home to Scotland, but spending two weeks alone in the castle with her dad isn't as appealing as it used to be. So she invites Carly, Lissa, Gillian, and Shani to join her for the holidays!
Mac is determined to make this the best Christmas ever. She even decides to organize the traditional Hogmany dance for New Year's Eve. If she can get her mother involved in the dance, maybe her parents will finally get back together.

But when Mac and the girls arrive in Scotland, they are faced with bad news: the castle is falling apart and Mac's parents are struggling financially. Not only that, but Shani is in big trouble with Prince Rashid's royal family. Can the girls find a way to celebrate the holidays, get Mac's parents back together, save the castle, and rescue Shani from her relentless pursuers? There's only one way to find out. . . .

What was in your mailbox last week??

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Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

Arabella looks so good I love Regency romance!

XOXO~ Renee

Booklogged said...

I haven't read any of these but they look wonderful. I especially like that quote from The Art of Meaningful Living - "Meaningful living is choosing your passions over your fears." I'm going to have to get that book.

You are going to have to read FAST!

Alice said...

Wow, you've got some nice books there. Although I don't read romance much, what you have there sounds good!

gautami tripathy said...

You got a lot of books with interesting titles!

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Blodeuedd said...

Some great ones, I always love the historicals you get

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Haven't read any of these but I have It Happened One Night on my wish list! Enjoy your books : )

bermudaonion said...

You had a wonderful week in books. I hope you enjoy them all!

DCMetroreader said...

Lots of great books! The Art of Meaningful Living sounds very profound -- I love books like that -- will await your review.

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Kaye said...

It Happened One Night looks good but then I like books set in New England.

These should keep you busy (as if you weren't enough already) for a few days. Have a great week and happy reading!

Zia said...

You got some great books this week!

Elena said...

You've got some great looking books here this week. I'd be tempted by the Georgette Heyer one and the Knight of Pleasure. Once In A Blue Moon looks pretty interesting too.

Jo-Jo said...

You have a nice variety here today Wendy...and I've only heard of a couple of these.

Anonymous said...

All the books look good, especially It Happened One Night.

Debora Dennis said...

Clicked over from the TwitterMoms and LOVE your blog! My "to-be-read" pile is about to get bigger with a few of the books on your list (I'm a sucker for all historical romances!) :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Wow Wendi, you had an impressive week!! Enjoy your new books :)

Unknown said...

I really want to read the new series by Brandilyn Collins and her daughter...you had a GREAT week!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, too! :o)


Alyce said...

You got a Georgette Heyer book this week too! Neat!

Nikki in Niagara said...

Once in a Blue Moon looks goods and if Enjoy Your Money works you'll have to let us all know! You certainly had a good mailbox week!

BurtonReview said...

Sounds like you've got some romance up ahead for you =)
A great mailbox week for you, and thanks for visiting my box!

Lisa (Southern Girl Reads) said...

Wow!Some really great books there! I especially like The Art of Meaningful Living. I hope you enjoy them all!

Staci said...

You got so many great ones!!!! I wouldn't know where to start reading!!

Margaret Mallory said...

Hi Wendi-I'm glad to see my 2nd book, Knight of Pleasure, is on your reading list. I hope you like it! I can't wait for it to come out. Readers can find my first book, Knight of Desire, in stores now.

Margaret Mallory
Tales of Love & Adventure
Knight of Desire-4 Stars, RT Book Reviews
Knight of Pleasure-Nov 24, 2009
Knight of Passion-June 2010

Just Mom said...

Wow - you had a lot of books come in this week! I have a few Eileen Goudge so that one looks good to me. Thanks for visiting my Mailbox Monday post last week - that was the first time I participated and I felt very welcomed!

Anna said...

Looks like you had a good week. I really need to read a Heyer book already.

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