Monday, July 4, 2011

In My Mailbox (11)

Happy Sunday, everybody!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Each week I will post books (or book-related things) that I've bought, won in contests, or received in the mail.

There are 7 books this week, so let's start:
Books, I've won:

Matching Wits with Venus by Therese Gilardi which I won directly from the author during the Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop. I got it this Wednesday and I already started reading it. The beginning is very promising!

Summary from Goodreads:

Matching Wits With VenusFor centuries, Cupid has longed to be more than Venus's arrow boy. When he is sent to eliminate Happily Ever After by Amelia, the matchmaking business threatening Venus's status as the goddess of love, Cupid decides to steal Amelia's methods and make his own matches. While spying on Amelia, Cupid accidentally shoots himself with his magical arrow and falls in love with her. But bereaved Amelia does not believe in the existence of Roman gods, and she certainly is not looking for romance. She is too busy perfecting the patented personality profile that has made her Hollywood's favorite matchmaker.Disguising himself as a mortal financial advisor, Cupid manages to break through Amelia's guarded exterior. As their passion deepens so does Cupid's guilt about deceiving Amelia. Cupid's interference with Amelia's life causes her business to falter, leads to a sterile spring that threatens the animal kingdom and shatters the longstanding peace between the Roman and Greek gods. With the fate of the natural and under worlds at stake, Cupid must decide whether to reveal his true identity and risk losing the chance to live happily ever after with Amelia.
Books I've received for reviewing:
From Simon & Schuster UK:
Taboo by Casey Hill
Summary from Goodreads:
TabooA first thriller co-written by Melissa Hill and her husband Kevin.

The story is set in Dublin and features forensic investigator Reilly Steel who has moved from the US to Dublin to be close to her father.

But what should have been a quiet period filled with training and Irish forensics team turns sinister and violent when body after body is found of people killed in what appears to be a twisted game.
Snapshot by Craig Robertson
Summary from Goodreads:
SnapshotA series of high-profile shootings by a lone sniper leaves Glasgow terrorised and police photographer Tony Winter - a man with a tragic hidden past - mystified. Who is behind the executions of some of the most notorious drug lords in the city? As more shootings occur - including those of police officers - the authorities realise they have a vigilante on their hands. Meanwhile, Tony investigates a link between the victims and a schoolboy who has been badly beaten. Seemingly unconnected, they share a strange link. As Tony delves deeper, his quest for the truth and his search for the killer lead him down dark and dangerous paths.
As you can see, both books from Simon & Schuster are thrillers and suspense books, and since it has been a while I've read books from these genres, I'm looking forward to it! These two books were also the first ones, that Simon & Schuster sent to me for reviewing, it's extra exciting for me.
From NetGallery and Cedar Fort Books:
Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth by Andy Hueller
Summary from Goodreads:
Skipping Stones at the Center of the EarthCalvin Comet Cobble lives at Hidden Shores Orphanage. Location: the very center of the earth. Cal's life is full of the school bully and mean teachers, but when he meets Mr. E, who can skip a stone clear across Lake Arctic, everything about Cal's life changes. Told with wit and charm, Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth is guaranteed to excite and inspire readers of all ages.
Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure by B.K. Bostick
Summary from Goodreads:
Huber Hill wishes he could exchange lives with somebody - anybody! He endures each day of junior high, tormented by his long-time adversary, Scott McCormick. And at home, his parents bicker endlessly. His only escape from all the madness is Grandpa Nick.

Huber Hill and the Dead Man's TreasureBut tragedy strikes when Grandpa Nick dies, and Huber is left devastated... until he opens a mysterious box left behind just for him. An old gold coin and directions to a hidden Spanish treasure send him off on a mind-blowing adventure, but he's not the only one on the hunt. Filled with dangerous animals, cryptic puzzles, and long-dead Spanish corpses, this book will enthrall you to the last page.

I will be participating in the blog tours of these two middle grade books from Cedar Fort Books, so I got them from NetGalley. Both of them sound like a good fun to read.

Count Down to Love by Julie N. Ford

Summary from Goodreads:
Count Down to Love

Abandoned at the altar, Kelly Grace Pickens finds herself left holding not only the bouquet but also the exorbitant bill for an A-list wedding. Homeless, a once promising singing career floundering, and her life bearing an uncanny resemblance to one of her country music ballads, she reluctantly accepts a last minute offer to appear on a reality TV show akin to the bachelor. Pitted against silicon-enhanced supermodels in four-inch heals, Kelly feels confident that she will be among the first would-be fiancés to be excused. Only, when the mysterious bachelor from New York City, Dillon Black, invites her to stay, Kelly finds herself thrust into the vortex of a game she doesn’t have the first idea how to play. Nursing her hopelessly broken heart while avoiding the foils of her fellow contestants, Kelly is oblivious to Dillon’s affections as she wades through hurt and betrayal to discover, in the end, that she has landed firmly on both feet.

Leaving behind Nashville’s Music Row for the majestic Grand Teton mountains, Count Down To Love takes readers on a journey from duplicity to sincerity as Kelly discovers that being true to oneself is the first step in finding happiness and everlasting love.

Deal with Devil: Part II by J. Gunnar Grey

I got this book from author for reviewing. I am reading Part I at the moment and looking also forward to the second part of the story.

Summary from Goodreads:

Wehrmacht Major Faust has a dangerous secret: he likes England. But it’s May 1940 and his Panzers are blasting the British Army off Dunkirk’s beach, so he keeps his mouth shut even though it hurts. When the Waffen SS try to murder their English prisoners of war, Faust helps the POWs escape. Now it’s treason, with his neck on the line.

Deal With the Devil Part TwoThen a friend gets him drunk, straps him into a parachute, and throws him out over Oxford during a bombing run. He’s quickly caught. Because he helped type the battle plan for the invasion of England, Faust cannot allow himself to be broken in interrogation. Two German armies depend on it. But every time he escapes, someone rapes and murders a woman and the English are looking for someone to hang. He’s risking disaster if he stays, someone else’s life if he runs, and execution by the Gestapo if he makes it home.

Major Stoner, professor turned British intelligence officer, sees three possibilities. Faust perhaps was joyriding in that bomber, as he claims. Or he’s on a reconnaissance mission for the German invasion. Or he’s a spy. Stoner must break Faust to learn the truth, no matter how it strains his old heart. He must save England, and his granddaughter.

Their battlefield is confined to a desktop. Only one of them can win. Someone must break. Someone must make a Deal with the Devil.

So I have 7 books this week: 2 romance books, 2 middle-grade books and 2 supenses and 1 historical fiction. Interesting mix, wouldn't you say?!

Happy reading!


  1. I love getting books straight from the author. I love the title of the book.

    Happy reading

  2. You have a nice list of books that you received this week in your mailbox.
    Happy Reading,
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  3. Kristina, thanks for coming by! I absolutely agree! I love recieving books from authors! The title of the books is good and I can tell you, that the content of the books is even better! I'm really enjoying it!

  4. Kristin, thanks for coming by! Thank you. I love doing IMM posts! I will come by and check yours, too!


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