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It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

I may have challenge update posts but I don't know when I'll be posting regularly or when I'll get to visit everyone who is working on the challenges I'm hosting.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Monday



Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Don't forget to link up your list



~ here are the new books in my house this week ~

A Distant Tomorrow by Bertrice Small
World of Hetar, 2012, mass market paperback

The time of peace is over. After the murder of her husband, Lara—half faerie, half human—must leave the home she has made in the Outlands and follow the destiny that has long called her. Using her brilliant sword and even sharper mind, Lara must journey toward the coast, seeking alliances to protect the future of her land. But when treachery binds her once more in chains, the green-eyed beauty is taken far beyond the world she knows. Only there will she discover that destiny has a mind of its own—and that true passion knows no boundaries.


Metal Cats by Alexandra Crockett
2014, paperback

Skulls and Siamese. Corpse paint and Persians. Baphomet, pentagrams, blood, and tabbies!

Metal Cats combines two amazing subjects: the extreme personalities of the hardcore metal music scene and their adorable kitties. These incredibly cute and fluffy felines have been photographed with their loving owners in and around the dark abodes of musicians, fans, and promoters of metal

Metal isn't all dark and disturbing, violent and misanthropic. Metal Cats is proof that while the music may be brutal, the people in the scene are softies for their pets just like you and me...

A portion of the proceeds from this book and a series of benefit shows held along the West Coast will go towards one no-kill shelter in each of the four main cities visited.

This one is all photography.

The Return of Brody McBride by Jennifer Ryan
The McBrides, 2014, ebook

The black sheep of fallbrook is back . . . And he's in for the surprise of his life.

Former bad boy, now-decorated Army Ranger Brody McBride is home and on a mission: Find the woman he never should have left behind and right the wrong he did eight years ago.

When the man she loved broke her heart and skipped town, Rain Evans picked up the pieces. But along with heartbreak, Brody left her something infinitely better than she could have imagined: two beautiful daughters. One she gave birth to, and the other she rescued from the woman who helped destroy her relationship with Brody.

Brody is shocked to discover he's a father, and he's more determined than ever to win back Rain and protect his girls. Can they rekindle the love they once shared and become the family they were always meant to be? Or will a danger from their past return and ruin everything?



That Darn Yarn! by Tony Millionaire
picture book, 2005, hardcover

By popular demand, Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire returns to bring you another charming adventure. Here is a book that contains two stories in one. On the right-hand side is a story about a sock monkey getting his foot snagged on a tack as he's going down the stairs and unraveling. (in color) On the left-hand page, in black and white, is a story about Ann Louise finding a ball of yarn and beginning to knit a sock monkey. The stories merge as the book unfolds and the adventure develops.



Dragon's Teeth by Mercedes Lackey
short story collection, 2013, trade paperback

Over 500 pages of short stories gathered from the many anthologies they were apart of. Part I includes previously published collections Fiddler Fair and Wearhunter. Part II contains five stories written for this edition.








Piers Anthony's Visual Guide to Xanth by Piers Anthony and Jody Lynn Nye
1989, paperback

Readers take a guided tour to the strange geography, magical locations, and the fantastical creatures that make the Land of Xanth unique. A visual treat especially for fans of the newest Xanth novel, Man from Mundania, book 12.






Falling for Owen by Jennifer Ryan
The McBrides, 2014, ebook

Attorney by day, rancher by night Owen McBride conquered his dark past and made it his mission to help the innocent—even at the expense of a personal life. But when a client's abusive ex-husband targets Owen and his gorgeous neighbor Claire gets caught in the crossfire, his feelings turn anything but professional. The mysterious beauty awakens something in him, and he'll move heaven and earth to keep her safe.

Coffee shop owner Claire Walsh learned the hard way that handsome men aren't to be trusted. Owen may be sexy as hell and determined to take care of her, but she's reluctant to put her heart on the line. His presence in her life puts a target on her back, yet the more time she spends with him, the more she finds she can't help falling for Owen.


PLUS Rides a Dread Legion and At the Gates of Darkness by Raymond E. Feist for my son. These are books one and two of The Demonwar Saga and as I've ready most of the series, I'm sure I'll get around to read these also. You know, when I run out of my own things to read. ;-)

*REVIEW BOOK* review scheduled for July 18

The Hard Way by Cathi Stoler
release date: April 15, 2014, ebook, Trade paperback

Private Investigator Helen McCorkendale’s childhood friend, Jimmy Scanlan, has just opened January, the most lavish casino and hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip. After attending the grand opening, Helen returns to New York and encourages her friend, Laurel Imperiole, Senior Editor at Women Now magazine, to create a get-away contest for readers offering a weekend at the hotel as the grand prize. The winner, Dawn Chapman, a jewelry store employee from Cincinnati, denies entering the contest and initially refuses the trip. Finally persuaded by Laurel to accept, she arrives at the hotel and nearly faints when she passes the hotel’s elite meeting rooms where the International Diamond Dealers Consortium is holding its annual meeting. She insists on returning home immediately.

Suspicious of her behavior, Jimmy visits her suite to encourage her to attend the Saturday afternoon pool party, saying she can leave on his private jet the next day. Later in the afternoon, he finds Chapman’s dead body by the pool. She’s been murdered—an unusual double poisoning by cyanide and diamond dust.

Dawn Chapman was not who she appeared to be, and therein lies a mystery. But to Helen and Laurel, the main task is to take Jimmy Scanlon off the suspect list and clear his name. Will their luck hold? Or will it be a crap shoot, as they roll the dice and do it ‘the hard way,’ going for doubles when the odds are against them. Losing may mean losing their lives.

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I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added several to my ereader, most were even free.

added to my ereader: (kindle app, html, etc.) ~ I find out about free/discounted ebooks at amazon mostly from Pixel of Ink. I do go through the Top 100 at amazon once in a while. I'm getting better at pinning my new ebooks, 2014's books




What are you Reading?

A weekly Monday meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Post what you read last week and what you're planning to read this week then link to Shelia's post. Then visit others and be prepared to add to your TBR pile!




Finished:
Noodle's Knitting by Sheryl Webster
Nine Words Max by Dan Bar-el
Following His Footsteps by T. A. Chase
A Cat Named Hercules by KC Kendricks
That Darn Yarn! by Tony Millionaire
A Gentleman's Bargain by Hunter Raines
The Return of Brody McBride by Jennifer Ryan



Books stacked by my reading chair:
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
In Mint Condition anthology
Cats in Space anthology
Riding and Regrets by Bailey Bradford
The One And Only by Emily Giffin
. . . and about 6 unread library books



Started in 2013 but not finished until 2014:
What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (on page 34/384)
Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn (on page 44/384)
Dragonwriter edited by Todd McCaffrey (on page 42/271)
Mischief and Mistletoe, anthology (on page 312/402)
Jockeys and Jewels by Bev Pettersen (ebook - 21% read in 2013)
Montana Standoff by Sharon Dunn (18/280)
Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley (on page 18/284 + Home-Renovation and Design Tips)

6 comments:

Kathy Martin said...

What a great assortment of books. That series by Ryan sounds especially good to me. Come see my Monday Report. Have a great week!

gautami tripathy said...

I see wonderful books in your mailbox! Hope you like your new books!!

Here is my Mailbox post!!

Joy said...

Looks like some fun reading! Have a great week!

Joy's Book Blog

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I've been meaning to read a Beatrice Small book. I hope you enjoy it!

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

Enjoy your new books!

Elizabeth said...

ENJOY...a very nice mailbox.

Happy Reading.

Have a great week.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Mailbox Monday

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