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Mailbox Monday #25

I really have stuck with this meme, and I can say I am proud. I love sharing what came in the mail the previous week, even though I am still waiting for my L.L. Bean messenger bag, which seems to be missing in action.

Ok, back to Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page; Here’s what I got:

1. Fatal Light by Richard Currey, which I purchased at last weekend’s reading with Currey at The Writer’s Center.

2. The Whole Truth by David Baldacci (audiobook), which I won from Dawn at She Is Too Fond of Books

3. Lit Windowpane by Suzanne Frischkorn, which I received from the poet for review.

4. Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch, which I received from Hatchette for review.

5. Follow Me by Joanna Scott, which I also received from Hatchette for review and an Early Birds Blog Tour

6. The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner, 2 copies for a giveaway with Pump Up Your Book Promotion and the author.

7. The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel, which is th latest selection for the Book Club Girl show.


8. Season of Flowers and Dust by Gregg Mosson; this was one of the three free book selections at yesterday’s Conversations & Connections writer’s conference and is written by a former colleague of mine, and he’s a former writing group member. He even was kind enough to sign it for me.


9. Your Ten Favorite Words by Reb Livingston, which I purchased at the Conversations & Connections conference from the poet, whose blog I’ve followed for a long while and finally got to meet face-to-face. She graciously signed it as well.


That’s it from my mailbox. What did you get?

Mailbox Monday #24

Hello! Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. Ok, I know it’s Sunday, but I have a tour on Monday, so here you go. . . a day early.

Here’s what I got in my mailbox:

1. Midnight Voices by Deborah Ager, which I ordered from the author who also administers the 32 Poems blog and published 32 Poems.

2. Green Bodies by Rosemary Winslow, which I received from the author for review.

3. Becoming the Villainess by Jeannine Hall Gailey, which I received from the author for review.

Mailbox Monday #23


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

I can’t believe I’ve stuck with this weekly meme for 22 weeks. Now, I think its a habit.

Here’s what came in my mailbox this week:

1. The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris, which I received from the author for a June 2009 TLC Book Tour.


2. Sway by Zachary Lazar, which I won over at Teddy Rose’s So Many Precious Books, So Little Time!


3. Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa for review from the author.


4. The Shipwreck of a Nation: Germany: An Inside View by H. Peter Nennhaus, which I received from the author for review.


5. Aesop’s Fables retold by John Cech, illustrated by Martin Jarrie, which I won from Booking Mama


6. Coventry by Helen Humphreys, which I received for review as part of the WWII Reading Challenge from W.W. Norton & Company.

7. Stroke by Sidney Wade, which I received from the poet for review.

8. The Hardship Post by Jehanne Dubrow, which I bought at her most recent reading at The Writer’s Center on March 29. More on that later.


9. City of a Hundred Fires by Richard Blanco, which I bought at his most recent reading at The Writer’s Center on March 29. More on this later.

Mailbox Monday #22


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

What books did I get in the mail this week? Would you believe I had a slow week? Well, I did.

Here’s what I got in the mail:


1. Rubber Side Down: The Biker Poet Anthology by Jose (JoeGo) Gouveia, which I received for review thanks to Lisa Roe and Rosemary Tribulato from Archer Books.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

***Giveaway Reminder***

3 Copies of Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly for U.S./Canada residents
1 copy of Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly for an international resident
Deadline is March 24, 5pm EST

1 copy of Plum Spooky Audiobook by Janet Evanovich; Deadline is March 26 at 5PM

Mailbox Monday #21


Marcia’s The Printed Page sponsored Mailbox Monday each week. Ready to see what came in my mailbox this week?

Here are the goodies:

1. A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal from Hatchette Group

2. Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell for a tour with Sourcebooks

3. The Mechanics of Falling by Catherine Brady for an April TLC Book Tour

4. Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales by Eleanor Bluestein for an April TLC Book Tour

5. Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews for Book Club Girl‘s March 25 show

6. The True Keeps Calm Biding Its Story by Rusty Morrison from the American Academy of Poets, which won the James Laughlin Award.

7. Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert from A Novel Menagerie for a small virtual tour.

8. The Italian Lover by Robert Hellenga from my great friend Janel at Janel’s Jumble, and somehow I have two copies of this book. But this one is special because Janel included a cute little beaded book thong, which I assume she made herself! Janel, you’re a gem!

***GIVEAWAY REMINDER***

I also have two copies of Diana Raab‘s My Muse Undresses Me and one copy of Dear Ana├»s: My Life in Poems for You. Deadline is March 18 at 5PM EST.

One gently used ARC of Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas; Deadline is March 20 at Midnight EST.

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.