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Mailbox Monday #110

Mailbox Mondays (click the icon at the right to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at The Printed Page passed the torch.  This month our host is Lady Q of Let Them Read Books.  Kristi of The Story Siren continues to sponsor her In My Mailbox meme.  Both of these memes allow bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week.

Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received:

1.  Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell, which I won from Diary of an Eccentric.

2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, which I received from Diary of an Eccentric.

What did you receive in your mailbox?

  • Laurie Allen

    I bought Pemberley Ranch a few weeks ago and can’t wait to read it (I need to read a few arcs first). Enjoy!

  • Latoya Bridges

    I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers. Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected. Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war. *** I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author. In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he? As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

  • Both look great, I’ve got Pemberly Ranch on my wish list. 🙂 Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi
    Wendi B ~ Wendi’s Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle´s last blog post ..Teaser Tuesday- Highland Hellcat by Mary Wine

  • Oh you got some great books. I just read a couple of reviews of Pemberley Ranch which make it sound like a fun read. Enjoy your new books!
    iliana´s last blog post ..This &amp That

  • I really enjoyed Pemberley Ranch…have a great week!

  • mary Ann Langan

    I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers.

    Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

    Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

    But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.

    ***
    I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author.

    In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

    As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

  • Hope you enjoy both books. The second one just isn’t my thing, so I’m glad you wanted it! 🙂
    Anna´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday — December 20

  • Pemberley Ranch looks like an interesting Austen reinvention!

    Hope you enjoy both your books and your week reading 🙂
    TheBookGirl´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday

  • Pemberley Ranch looks like the perfect book for you. Enjoy!

  • Everybody’s getting Pemberley Ranch and I’m so jealous! I’ve entered a couple of giveaways so I’m keeping my fingers crossed! And if my husband knows what’s good for him, Paranormalcy will be under my Christmas tree come Saturday! Thanks for linking up to Mailbox Monday. Happy reading!

  • I bought Pemberley Ranch a few weeks ago and can’t wait to read it (I need to read a few arcs first). Enjoy!
    Mary (Bookfan)´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday – Dec 20

  • If I don’t read Paranormalcy soon, I may surely die. I’m certain I’m the last reader alive who hasn’t gotten it yet. *oof*. Must. Order. Right.Now.
    Julie Anne Lindsey´s last blog post ..IMM &amp Mailbox Monday 12-18

  • Pemberley Ranch is all over the blogs! it sounds so very good.

    My mailbox is also up.
    Mystica´s last blog post ..Winner of my first Giveaway!