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Mailbox Monday #20

Welcome to another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia of The Printed Page.

I cannot believe the influx of books I received this week. It amazes me that every week I get a new book in the mail to read and review. I really enjoy reading and reviewing books here from a variety of genres and I love interviewing and speaking with authors and poets.

Ok, enough of my jabbering, here’s what came in the mailbox this week:

1. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, which I won from In Bed With Books. Published by Penguin Group.

2. The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by C.M. Mayo (a longtime instructor at the local Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Md.), which I received from Unbridled Books for a May blog tour.

3. The Italian Lover by Robert Hellenga, which I won on A Circle of Books. Published by Hatchette Group.

4. The 8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, which I received from Hatchette Group–Mom will be reviewing this one.

5. Rubies in the Orchard by Lynda Resnick, which I received from the author for review. This is published by Doubleday.

6. Torched Verse Ends by Steven Schroeder, which I received from the poet whom I interviewed for 32 Poems. I’ll let you know when the interview is up and ready. His book is published by BlazeVOX.

From Poet H.L. Hix:

7. Estonian Elegy and Selected Poems; a translation of Juri Talvet’s poems

8. Legible Heavens

I also received the following from the great people at Soho Press:

9. Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal

10. Caravaggio’s Angel by Ruth Brandon

11. Silesian Station by David Downing, which may qualify for the WWII Reading Challenge.

12. Zoo Station by David Downing, which qualifies for the WWII Reading Challenge.

13. Exiles by Elliot Krieger

14. God of Luck by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

15. A Deadly Paradise by Grace Brophy, which may qualify for the WWII Reading Challenge.

Mailbox Monday #19

Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. Is everyone ready to see what came in my mailbox this week? It’s been a good two weeks for books.

I snagged a bunch of poetry books from Graywolf Press:

1. After Confession by Karen Sontag and David Graham

2. Antebellum Dream Book by Elizabeth Alexander (the poet who read at the inauguration)

3. Barter by Monica Youn

4. The Art of Time in Memoir by Sven Birkerts (current editor at AGNI Magazine)

5. The Book of Faces by Joseph Campana

From Author Suzanne Kamata:

6. Losing Kei

7. Call Me Okaasan

***Current giveaway of Dan Simmons’ Drood. Check it out, here.***

Mailbox Monday #18


Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia of The Printed Page.

Here’s what made it to my mailbox or should I say bookshelves this week:

1. The Traitor’s Wife by Susan Higginbotham sent by Paul Samuelson at Sourcebooks for a blog tour in April.

2. To My Senses by Alexandra Weis, which I won over at Diary of an Eccentric.

3. National Security Mom by Gina M. Bennett, which I won at Bookroom Reviews.

4. The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone sent by Danielle Jackson at Sourcebooks for a blog tour in May.

5. Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell, which I won at My Friend Amy.

6. How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas Foster I bought this paperback at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, which I took my brother and my friend, Terrie, to. It was fun trekking the eight blocks or so in the freezing wind from Van Ness Metro station to the bookstore. I’ll have more to share on that subject, later.

7. A Pilot’s Journey by George Norfleet, which I bought at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and is about WWII Tuskegee Airmen. The book is signed by the author and the main airman in the memoir, Curtis Christopher Robinson. They were both on hand to sign and chat with visitors at the museum.


8. Training the Best by Dorothy M. Poole, which I also bought at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and is about WWII Tuskegee Airmen and Charles Flowers, who helped train them. This book is signed by Charles as well.

***Don’t forget my Arlene Ang, Secret Love Poems, giveaway***

Mailbox Monday #17

Another edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia of The Printed Page.

Here’s what came in my mailbox this week:

1. MAX by James Patterson sent by Miriam at Hatchette Group; this is a continuation of the young adult series of winged children. This is book 5 in the series and is due out in Hardcover in Mid-March.

2. Of Dreams and Realities by Dr. Frank L. Johnson; courtesy of Bostick Communications and the poet.

Mailbox Monday #16

Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday, which as you know by now is sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page.

It was a slow week, and I only received one book in my mailbox. Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true.


Mainline to the Heart and Other Poems
by Clive Matson; This book will be released in March 2009.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #15

Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page.

Here’s what found its way into my mailbox this week:

1. Voices Under Berlin by T.H.E. Hill, I received this from Bostick Communications and can’t wait to get started.

2. Mission Accomplished: Stop the Clock by Muriel Engelman, from the author and Bostick Communications. This will be a great read for the WWII Reading Challenge.

3. Run for Your Life by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. Miriam at Hatchette Group sent this book to me for review.

4. City Above the Sea and Other Poems by Stephen Alan Saft sent to me by Bostick Communications.

Mailbox Monday #14

Mailbox Monday is sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. I can’t believe that I’ve stuck with this meme this long. I am happy that I have, and that I get to share all of my fantastic book news with everyone. As you might have guessed, I have a tour stop tomorrow, so here is my Mailbox Monday a day early!

Here’s what found its way into my mailbox in the past week:


1. Drood by Dan Simmons, which I received from Hatchette Group for an upcoming tour in February. I’m looking forward to this book, even though it is over 700 pages.


2. Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly; I also received this from Hatchette Group. The tour is in March on St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favorite holidays. I cannot wait to read this Irish saga.

3. The Best American Essays by Susan Orlean and Robert Atwan; I received this through the generosity of Lisa at Books Lists Life.


4. Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You by Diana M. Raab; the author was kind enough to send me her book of poems for review. Look for this review in February.


5. The Fourth Hand by John Irving; I snagged this one from Heather at Book Addiction. She was kind enough to send it to me.

Mailbox Monday #13

Welcome to another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. This is where bloggers will share what goodies came in their mailboxes the previous week.

Here’s what made its way to me:

1. Katie Brown Celebrates

2. Gold Dust on His Shirt by Irene Howard, which finally arrived from Minibook Expo; my cover is brown and gold.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Mailbox Monday #12, Writing Goal #2


Mailbox Monday on Sunday has returned. Mailbox Monday is sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. I only received one book in the mail this week, which is a fine departure from the last several weeks.

From Danielle at Sourcebooks, I received:

1. Two Shall Become One: Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Writing Goal Week 1:

Apparently last week was not the week to start my writing goals. I was sick as a dog with some kind of flu or cold. I spent a lot more time sleeping and less time reading and writing.

This time I failed to meet my writing goal, though I do have a poem idea running around in my head.

Writing Goal Week #2:

I will repeat my goal from last week and accomplish it this week. I am determined. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in myself. Here are the goals:

a. write one poem
b. write 5 pages for my novel
c. or rework my short story that I had shelved over the last few months.

Stop back tomorrow for my TLC Book Tour stop with Kirk Curnutt‘s Breathing Out the Ghost.

Mailbox Monday #11


Mailbox Monday is here once again! Thanks to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting this wonderful meme where we get to see what lands in everyone’s mailboxes during the week.

Here’s what I got in my mailbox; It was more than I expected:

From SantaThing:

1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, which I presume was picked because I mentioned that I wanted to branch out into fantasy reading more.


2. The Odyssey by Homer, which I’m not sure why this was selected given that I noted I would love to read more contemporary poetry. I have read Homer’s Odyssey many times, and I doubt I’ll be reading this again anytime soon.

3. Now Silence by Tori Warner Shepard, which I received from the author and will be reading during the WWII reading challenge.

4. The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick, which is an ARC I received from Paul Samuelson at Sourcebooks. It’s a big one at nearly 600 pages, so lets hope this one keeps my attention long enough for a March review.

5. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, which I purchased at Target shortly after Christmas. I couldn’t resist this best-seller. I’ve heard so many great reviews of this book, I just had to have it.


6. A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock is my first book from the Harper Collins’ First Look program. I’m bit annoyed that I have less than a month to review it, especially since many of the others I’ve seen have at least until the first of the next month. This book is slated for release on 1/27/09.


7. The Scent of Sake by Joyce Lebra is another book I received from Harper Collins’ First Look program. It’s interesting that I only got one email about getting a First Look book and it wasn’t this one. This book is slated for release 2/17/09. I probably won’t be reviewing this one until near the end of January.

***Today’s the last day for a chance to win Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips! The Gods Behaving Badly Contest, which runs through January 5 at Midnight EST.***

Mailbox Monday #10

Welcome to my 10th edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. Ok, it’s on a Sunday again.

Here’s what I got in my mailbox before the Christmas holiday:

1. Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker, which I won at A Circle of Books. Thanks Toni and Mariam at Hatchette Group.

2. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, which I received for the next Book Club Girl on January 27 at 7PM. I had no idea that this would a signed first edition volume. I was tickled pink when it came in the mail.

The Bookish gifts I received over the holidays:


3. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry, which Anna at Diary of an Eccentric got me. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, and I even got a copy for Suey on her birthday, though I hadn’t read it or owned it yet. I can’t wait to dive on in.

4. The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty, which came from Anna as well. This one is an audio book, which will be great for those commutes into work with the hubby.

5. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, which came from Carrie at Care’s Online Book Club through the Book Bloggers Christmas Swap 2008, sponsored by Nymeth and Dewey. This book has been on my to-read list for a while.

6. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, which also came from Carrie, my Secret Santa. This is another of those books that has been on my to-read list. I can’t wait to dig into this one.

Mailbox Monday #9

Welcome to another addition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page, and you’ll never guess, its appearing on a Monday!

Here’s what I got in my mailbox this week:

From M.J. Rose for the upcoming TLC Book Blog Tour:

1. The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose

2. The Memorist by M.J. Rose

Also in this week’s mailbox:

3. The Sinner’s Guide to Confession by Phyllis Schieber for a January tour

4. Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz (I bought this new one in the Blue Blood Series at Target–I wasn’t supposed to buy any before the holidays, but I couldn’t resist it)

What did you get in your mailbox?