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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox: Overflowing and Full of Fun!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on a blog tour!

This month, Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Mari over at Mari Reads, so stop by and join the fun!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren!

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!! :)

Our family has been on vacation over the past two weeks, so I wasn't online to post last week's Mailbox or Teaser, so this week will be a bit bigger! Here are the wonderful books that have come into my house over the past two weeks. Because I received so many wonderful books, they aren't going to be in order by title this week. :)

From BBP Con (Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference) I received the following seven books:

Deep Kiss of WinterDeep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter ~ Fiction / Romance / Paranormal ~ Available Now ~
Two never-before-published paranormal stories to delight the senses and tantalize the imagination!

KRESLEY COLE delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time...and a Valkyrie aching to be touched.

Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela the Ice Maiden -- the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can't be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure. Soon desperate for closeness, in an agony of frustration, Murdoch and Danii will do anything to have each other. Together, can they find the key that will finally allow them to slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?

GENA SHOWALTER puts a daring spin on a tale of huntress and hunted...and concocts a sensual chemistry that is positively explosive.

Aleaha Love can be anyone -- literally. With only skin-to-skin contact, she can change her appearance, assume any identity. Her newest identity switch has made her an AIR (alien investigation and removal) agent and sends her on a mission to capture a group of otherworldly warriors. Only she becomes the captured. Breean, a golden-skinned commander known for his iron will who is at once dangerous and soul-shatteringly seductive, threatens her new life. Because for the first time, Aleaha only wants to be herself....

Eternal on the Water Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger ~ Fiction ~ Available Now ~
From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine's Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river's treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily...and neither does their love. So when Mary's life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey.

Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting -- a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love's power.

Fierce EdenFierce Eden by Jennifer Blake ~ Fiction / Romance / Historical ~ Available Now ~
She was living in fear...

Beautiful, young widow Elise Laffont embraces her freedom during the daylight hours, running the farm she loves so dearly, but the night brings with it painful reminders of the torment she endured at the hands of her abusive husband. Fate may have taken her husband, but it hasn't erased the scars he left, and Elise wonders if she will ever be able to bear the touch of a man again.

He was a man torn by desire...

From the moment he laid eyes on the beautiful widow, Reynaud Chevalier wanted her. When disaster offers him the chance to claim her as his own, Reynaud seizes the opportunity to bind Elise to him, unaware that behind her determined bravado lays a heart shattered by the past.

A Tapestry of DreamsA Tapestry of Dreams ARC by Roberta Gellis ~ Fiction / Romance / Historical ~ Available Now ~
A maiden who will not marry

For the lovely Lady Audris, taking a husband would mean losing her home. She is content to concentrate on her special gift, weaving gorgeous tapestries that often contain hints of the future. But nothing predicts the arrival of Hugh Licorne, confident in his strength and single-minded in his determination-to have her.

A battle-hardened knight who needs a bride

From the moment Hugh sets eyes on Lady Audris, he knows he has found the woman destined to be his wife. She's courageous and beautiful, delicate yet strong. But winning her trust and defending her from her enemies will be the greatest battle he has ever faced.

TrappedTrapped: A Novel by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen ~ Fiction / Young Adult ~ Available Now ~
A forged letter, a golden vial, an ancient curse...

Her expression remained somber, but excitement crept into her voice. You are the Firstborn She...You must go to them. You want me to act as bait? Not bait, Emi. A spy. Our Trojan horse.

When Emi Warrin wakes one night to find a thief in her mother's house, she has no idea the intruder has planted a trap--a mysterious letter that will change her life forever. Lured to the Austrian Alps with Daniel, the man she loves, Emi is thrown into a perilous, mafia-like world of feuding families and a devastating curse that spans generations. As the Firstborn She--the only firstborn female in hundreds of years--only Emi can free her family from the curse that will soon afflict her as well. But for Emi to break the curse, she must delve into her family's dark past, and she must gain the trust of those who would use her for their own evil designs.
As Emi struggles to understand her destiny as the Firstborn She, she learns that everything isn't as it seems and that all choices have consequences.

Winter BloomWinter Bloom: A Novel by Tara Heavey ~ Fiction ~ Available Now ~
There would be tunnels of roses, beds of strawberries, fountains of overflowing herbs. And there might even be love. . . .

In the heart of bustling modern Dublin is a littered, overgrown garden of tangled weeds and a stagnant, hidden pond. Belonging to an iron-willed elderly lady named Mrs. Prendergast, who is rumored to have murdered and buried her husband there, the garden draws Eva Madigan, a young mother struggling to move on from the pain of her past. Eva is joined by Emily, a beautiful but withdrawn college dropout; Uri, an old-world immigrant; Seth, his all-too-handsome son; and occasionally even Mrs. Prendergast herself. But what drives Eva to transform the neglected urban wilderness? What makes the others want to help her? Even as Mrs. Prendergast puts the land up for sale, the thorny lives of all the gardeners are revealed and slowly start to untangle. Overgrown secrets are dug up and shared. Choices are made; a little pruning is in order. Now Eva is about to discover that every garden is a story of growth toward a final harvest. . . .

'Twas the Night'Twas The Night by Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes, Trish Jensen ~ Fiction / Romance / Holiday ~ Available Now ~
What do a Blue Angels pilot, a bounty hunter and an ex-NFL football player have in common? The three bad-boy bachelors of Snowdon, Maine have to make it to a friend's Christmas Eve wedding on time or die trying! They're willing to risk anything to make that happen-even dashing through the snow in the goofiest bus on Earth, bright red and filled with a bunch of merry, meddling senior citizens known as the Santa Brigade. All too soon, these men will have met their matches in three special women: a woman from their past, a forest ranger so hot she ought to be declared a fire hazard, and a woman on the run. Ho, ho, OH! Three roguish St Nicks are hoping what they truly want for Christmas will be nestled in their beds after the stockings are stuffed and the gifts placed under the tree. Come along for the ride, as three unforgettable couples discover who's naughty and nice while serving up holiday cheer with the Santa Brigade.

And now for the rest of the books that came into my house from authors, publishers, and tours!

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A NovelThe Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C. W. Gortner ~ Fiction / Historical Fiction ~ Available May 24th 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review, tour and giveaway with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours on June 1st
The truth is, not one of us is innocent. We all have sins to confess. So reveals Catherine de Medici, the last legitimate descendant of her family’s illustrious line. Expelled from her native Florence, Catherine is betrothed to Henri, son of Fran├žois I of France. In an unfamiliar realm, Catherine strives to create a role for herself through her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer. But in her fortieth year, Catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children in a kingdom torn apart by the ambitions of a treacherous nobility. Relying on her tenacity, wit, and uncanny gift for compromise, Catherine seizes power, intent on securing the throne for her sons, unaware that if she is to save France, she may have to sacrifice her ideals, her reputation, and the secret of her embattled heart.

The Fitting Room: Putting On the Character of ChristThe Fitting Room: Putting on the Character of Christ by Kelly Minter ~ Non-Fiction / Christian Living ~ Available Now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Kelly Minter explores what it means—in real life—to “clothe” ourselves (Col. 3:12) in Christian virtues like forgiveness, joy, patience, compassion, and more.

Colossians 3:12 tells us to “clothe” ourselves in Christian virtues like forgiveness, joy, patience, compassion. But how does that work in real life? Can we really “dress up” in the character of Christ? Kelly Minter says the answer is yes—if we let the Master Designer do the fitting. This relatable book offers insightful Scripture study with real-life stories and simple, down-to-earth explanations of tricky concepts as justification and sanctification—stitching it all together with dry humor and down-to-earth honesty. There are no gimmicks, no guilt trips, just an irresistible invitation for women to enjoy a spiritual makeover—to put on a life that’s personally tailored by the One who knows and loves them best.

The Last Letter from Your Lover: A NovelThe Last Letter From your Lover: A Novel ARC by Jojo Moyes ~ Fiction ~ Available July 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review via Shelf Awareness
A sophisticated, page-turning double love story spanning forty years-an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times.

It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband.

Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie's search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance.

My Foolish Heart (Deep Haven)My Foolish Heart: A Deep Haven Novel by Susan May Warren ~ Fiction ~ Available Now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review during an upcoming LitFuse Tour starting June 1st
When it comes to love, sometimes you have to be a little foolish. Unknown to her quaint town of Deep Haven, Isadora Presley is the star host of My Foolish Heart, a popular syndicated talk radio show. From her home studio, she gives listeners advice on romance . . . even though she’s never had a date.

It’s not that she doesn’t want to, but since a tragic accident took her mother’s life, panic attacks have trapped her inside her small neighborhood. And though she always reminds listeners that their perfect love could be right next door, it can’t possibly be true for her. Especially when a new neighbor moves in. Sure, he’s handsome, but with his unruly dog and Neanderthal manners, Caleb Knight is the last man she’d ever fall for.

To Issy, love isn’t worth the risk. Until she starts to have feelings for a caller—a man she’s never even met but finds honest, charming, and sensitive. A man she doesn’t realize lives right next door.

Revise Us Again: Living from a Renewed Christian ScriptRevise Us Again: Living From A Renewed Christian Script by Frank Viola ~ Non-Fiction / Christian Living ~ Available Now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Revise what it means to live the Christian life.

Every person follows a script for living, a life-guide that offers cues for our behavior and direction for our choices. As believers, the Word of God gives us a script for experiencing life as God intended. Yet our scripts are often distorted by our environment, our culture, and our religious traditions. As a result, all of us are in constant need of revising the scripts that we live by.

Author Frank Viola believes we need to revisit and revise what it means to live the Christian life. Drawing from his rich background in ministry, Viola shares how believers can benefit from rescripting their lives in ten key areas. Written in a conversational tone and filled with practical insights, Revise Us Again is ideal for any reader who longs to follow God's original script for living.

A Weekend With Mr. Darcy ARC by Victoria Connelly ~ Fiction ~ Available July 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Full of characters obsessed with Jane Austen and set in Jane Austen locations in England, this lively modern Jane Austen romantic comedy trilogy features two pairs of lonely hearts who find each other and themselves at a Jane Austen Addicts weekend.

Dr. Katherine Roberts is a Jane Austen lecturer at St Bridget's College, Oxford, who secretly loves the racy Regency novels of Lorna Warwick. But Lorna is really a man who's slowly been falling in love with Katherine. He's hoping that the Jane Austen Addicts weekend will be the perfect opportunity to declare his feelings...

Whispers in the Sand ARC by Barbara Erskine ~ Fiction ~ Available July 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Past and present collide in richly mysterious Egypt, where recently divorced Anna Coburn is retracing a journey her great grandmother Louisa made in the 19th century. Cruising down the Nile from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, Anna carries with her two mementos: an ancient Egyptian scent bottle, and the diary of that original Nile voyage, which has lain unread for a hundred years. As she follows Louisa's footsteps, Anna discovers both the chilling secret of the bottle and the terrifying specters that pursued her great grandmother.

WildefireWildefire ARC by Karsten Knight ~ Fiction ~ Available July 26, 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review via Shelf Awareness
Every flame begins with a spark.

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate. I get a very small amount for any purchases made when you click through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, which I then save up to buy more books. :)


Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

Nice selection of books to come home to. I read Eternal on the Water. Although I enjoyed the backdrop of the story in the wilderness it was more than a little depressing. I read this one on a vacation and it was a bit too heavy for the beach.

Anne said...

I have seen other people mention A Weekend with Mr. Darcy and it looks really good! Hope you enjoy all of your books.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Great mailbox, Wendi! I picked up Eternal On The Water (because of great blogger reviews) a while ago but it's still on the TBR shelf - hope to read it soon.

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

What a great mailbox. I hope you enjoy them all.

Passages to the Past said...

Wow...jackpot!!! Nice mailbox Wendi! I hope you enjoy all of your new reads and have a great week!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I thought Eternal on the Water was a beautiful read! I hope you enjoy it as well. I ordered The Fitting Room yesterday. It seems like it will be a great read!

bermudaonion said...

Your mailbox did overflow! You got such a great variety too - you'll be ready for whatever reading mood you're in.

DCMetroreader said...

Although I agree that Eternal on the Water dealt with a difficult subject matter, I loved it (kind of like a good tear jerker movie).

Enjoy all your books!

Elysium said...

I loved The Confessions of Catherine de Medici! Hope you enjoy it too :)

Anonymous said...

A wow! mailbox, they sound fantastic.

Holly said...

I've heard the Gortner book is really good. Usually not one for historical romance but I have been slowly collecting Roberta Gellis because several say she is incapable of writing a bad book. Happy reading!

Unknown said...

Nice bunch of books! I want to read Trapped, Wildfire and A Weekend With Mr. Darcy. :)

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow, you have a nice selection here! The Last Letter From Your Lover sounds tempting....

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Laura said...

Wow, amazing haul! I hope you enjoy each and every book! :)

Playing Librarian said...

Amazing titles you have there. The Last Letter from you Lover sounds like something I would enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by my Mailbox and happy reading!

Confuzzled Shannon said...

The one on The Confessions of Catherine de Medici looks like good one. Enjoy!

Crystal (I totally paused!) said...

What a great mailbox! Confessions of Catherine de Medici has been on my TBR list for awhile :)

Anonymous said...

What a great list of books. Enjoy!

Amused said...

Oh my goodness I don't even know where to begin there are so many awesome books in that mailbox! Happy reading!

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

An overflowing mailbox, indeed! You got a great variety. I also got The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. If it's anything as good as his previous novel, you are in for a fantastic read.

Alyssa (Hesperia Loves Books) said...

Thanks for stopping by my MM!

Looks like you have quite a collection of books. Happy Reading ♥

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