Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In the Mailbox (30 July 08)

There's no dearth of books in my home. In fact, the piles heaped here, there, everywhere make navigation a hazard. Makes me long to have one of those cartoon jet-shoes - they'd really help. There are books I've won, books I've got for review (many thanks to the senders - keep 'em coming), those I've borrowed from the library, exchanged with friends, etc etc etc. Books galore. I'd love to review them all, but being an ordinary human (instead of SuperBookworm that I've always dreamt of being - just tear off my ordinary work clothes, emerge in the comfiest pjs, and then read everything ever written - {dreamy sigh}) that might not be possible. I might still review some of them, but in the meantime I've decided to feature them in these Mailbox posts which will come to you every Wednesday (hopefully!).

That's not all. Amid all this reading, I've still been known to miss some much anticipated reads, all because I didn't know the books had released! So, connecting books with interested readers is another reason for these posts. Here goes:

Scandalous by Night by Barbara Pierce
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (July 29, 2008)
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Even among that band of rakes known as les sauvages nobles, Lord Everod’s reputation is truly wicked. Countless willing partners have enjoyed his sensual prowess, but now one lovely innocent has his undivided attention. The alluring Miss Maura Keighly once lost Everod his family’s regard, and almost cost him his life. And no vengeance could be sweeter than the delicious seduction he has planned.


Soul of Fire by Sarah A. Hoyt
Publisher: Spectra (July 29, 2008)
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British gentleman and were-dragon Peter Farewell has embarked on a daunting task: to recover the Soul of Fire, a magical ruby said to lie at the heart of British-controlled India. But finding one stone in the heart of a land simmering on the cusp of rebellion, and rife with hostile magics, seems an impossible task—until Peter saves the life of a young virgin fleeing a distasteful arranged marriage.

For unknown to Sofie Warington, the flawed gem that is all that is left of her dowry is the very one Peter has been seeking. And if Peter can keep her safe from the sinister factions desperate to gain control of both Sofie and her dowry, he will find more than a jewel; he will find his heart’s destiny.

My Immortal Promise by Jen Holling
Publisher: Pocket (October 28, 2008)
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A fiery witch able to communicate with animals, Deidra MacKay longs to relinquish her powers-they bring her nothing but misfortune and danger. So when she learns that years ago, her ancestors signed a blood pact with a vampire, cursing the MacKay clan with witchcraft, she presumes that a member of the undead can also take her magic away. So she embarks on a quest to find the one who can hopefully ease her misery.

An embittered and crippled Scotsman, Stephen Ross lives as a recluse-hiding from the world in a dreary castle. But when the intriguing and adorable Deidra arrives at his door hoping he is a vampire, he is intoxicated and aroused by her company. He joins her on her journey, hoping a vampire's magic might also heal his wounds-and soon finds himself enraptured in the heat of passion with Deidra, an affair that could put both their lives at stake.

Bound by Flame by Anna Windsor
The Dark Crescent Sisterhood
Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 29, 2008)
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Gorgeous flame-haired Cynda Flynn knows fire–its heat, its power, its magic. A fully trained Sybil warrior priestess, Cynda’s weapon is flame. But she’s unprepared for the passion ignited by Nick Lowell, an undercover cop in the NYPD’s Occult Crime Unit. He’s half human, half demon, and hotter than hell, with fathomless black eyes that ignite something buried deep inside Cynda, making her melt in all the right places.

Luckily, Nick has found a way to control his dark side, but he’s done it old-school–through steel-willed self-control. And after five years working secretly within the deadly Legion cult, he’s unbreakable. Or he was, until Cynda came along. Now it’s personal–and even his big bad love may not be enough to halt a terrible new evil snuffing out fire Sybils like Cynda. It’s nasty. And if it can’t be stopped, they’re all going to fry.


Carry Me Home by Sandra Kring
Publisher: Delta (December 28, 2004)

1940. Rural Wisconsin. Sixteen-year-old Earl “Earwig” Gunderman is not like other boys his age. Fiercely protected by his older brother, Earwig sees his town and the world around him through the prism of his own unique understanding. He sees his mother’s sadness and his father’s growing solitude. He sees his brother, Jimmy, falling in love with the most beautiful girl in town. And while Earwig is unable to make change for customers at his family’s store, he is singularly well suited to understand what other people in his town cannot: that life as they know it is about to change; the coming war will touch them all.

For Jimmy will enlist in the military. And Earwig will watch his parents’ marriage buckle under the strain of a family secret. And when Jimmy returns–a fractured shadow of his former self–it is Earwig’s turn to care for him. His struggles to right the wrongs visited upon his revered older brother by war, women, and life are at once heartwarming and riotously funny. Their family and town irrevocably altered, Earwig and Jimmy fight to find their own places in a world changed forever.


The Secret Life of Josephine by Carolly Erickson
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (August 5, 2008)

The bestselling author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette and The Last Wife of Henry VIII returns with an enchanting novel about the ambitious, amoral, vulnerable woman who became the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Fashion icon, leader of France’s society in the turbulent years of the guillotine and the bloody Napoleonic Wars, the alluring Josephine was a tough survivor—yet she also had a gentle, haunting quality that made her irresistible to her contemporaries, especially to the mysterious, compelling stranger from Martinique who captured her heart.

Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclaine
A Cin Craven Novel
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (July 29, 2008)
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Dulcinea Craven descends from a long line of witches, and she has just inherited wild, untrained magical powers that she has no idea how to control. Now a ruthless vampire and an age-old demon are determined to enslave Cin and steal her power for their own. Her only hope is The Righteous, a band of warrior vampires who slay the rogue undead. Among them is Michael, a fierce swordsman who inflames Cin’s most primal hungers. Showing her a sensual pleasure beyond anything in the mortal realm, she must choose between the human existence she has always known, and immortality as a vampire—a new life filled with forbidden urges, dark yearning, and unearthly passions.


Seduced by the Storm by Sydney Croft
Publisher: Delta (July 29, 2008)
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They met in a steamy Florida bar—then spent a night of mind-bending passion. Two secret agents who each possess unique telekinetic gifts—and whose combined sexual powers leave neither of them unscathed. For ex-Navy SEAL Wyatt Kennedy, assigned by the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives to the most treacherous mission of his career, the woman in black leather and lace has just become more than a one-night stand. Because Faith Black is the sole barrier to the success of his mission—and not even Wyatt’s legendary seduction skills can penetrate her deep cover.

Faith’s psychic gifts make her one of the world’s most dangerous women—but she hides a secret pain she shares with no one. Until Wyatt. And Faith has an agenda of her own: using her unique powers to save someone close to her—a move that pits her against a man she thought she’d never see again. For as a deadly hurricane is unleashed across the eastern seaboard, desire reignites between Faith and Wyatt, exposing secrets that thrust them both into harm’s way. With the hurricane sweeping closer—and their erotic hunger for each other growing—these two wary hearts must come together to heal, to trust . . . and to harness the power of a storm that could consume everything in its path.

As always, if you've reviewed/featured a book listed on this blog, share the link in the comments and I'll add it to the post.
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2 comments :

  1. I'm realizing that I can't write an in-depth review for every book I read, some get just a short paragraph with "thumbs up" or "thumbs down"

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  2. So many books, so little time. I know what you mean.

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