Mailbox Monday – Dec. 20

 

Mailbox Monday is the brainchild of Marcia at The Printed Page and is now on a blog tour.  Click here to see the tour schedule!

This month’s host is Let Them Read Books.   Visit every week this month to see links to the latest and greatest books arriving in mailboxes!  Be aware, though, visiting can lead to book envy and toppling TBR piles!
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From FSB Associates for review:
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
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From my Book Blogger Holiday Swap secret santa Melissa:
Room by Emma Donaghue
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From another booklover exchange:
Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy
Cold River by Carla Neggers
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A giveaway win from Kim at Metroreader:
Charles Dickens; Chuck Fischer
My thanks to Hachette Books for providing this beautiful book!
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In honor of Jane Austen’s birthday
Sourcebooks offered their ebook editions of Jane Austen’s books
as well as Austen-inspired novels by a variety of authors at no charge.
Wow!  Thank you, Sourcebooks!
I downloaded:
Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview
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Continuing the Austen theme I downloaded
a free public domain edition of Lady Susan:

35 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday – Dec. 20

  1. Ooooooo gasping for breath… ooooooooo…. that is a mighty mighty incredible Mailbox 🙂

    Bravo and can’t wait to hear how these Austen inspired books will meet your expectations. Happy reading 🙂

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  2. I need Organized Simplicity, downloaded all the same Jane Austen ebooks in honor of her birthday this week, and really need to get a copy of that Christmas Carol Pop up book because I keep seeing it EVERYWHERE!

    My Mailbox Monday link is on the Let Them Read Books post (it won’t post publicly to others until tomorrow). 😉

    Have a great week, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you!

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  3. Room is one I’ve been wanting to read. I wish I had known about Sourcebooks’ promotion! Thanks for stopping by my Mailbox. Happy reading!

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    • I’m so sorry you didn’t hear about the Sourcebooks giveaway. I think at least a dozen blogs in my google reader featured a post with the giveaway info. Maybe they’ll do it again sometime (we can hope).

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  4. Great mailbox and fantastic Austen books and spinoffs…I really enjoyed Grange’s diary for Darcy.

    Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider looks like another good one.

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    • I’m glad you liked the Grange book. I haven’t read any Austen-inspired novels so I asked a couple of bloggers who have and ended up getting these.

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  5. What a great mailbox Mary! What a generous giveaway with the free e-books. I’m jealous:) I’m very interested in your thoughts on Room. Enjoy!

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  6. 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.

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    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…

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  7. What a great week for you! I think you will really like Room, and how wonderful on the Austen stories. The Christmas Carol pop-up book looks like a wonderful classic story – perfect for children’s storytime! Enjoy all of the new reads!

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