Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mailbox Monday: July 4

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour!
This month's host is A Sea of Books.

Happy Independence Day, ya'll!

I received three books for review this week:

Anna Dressed in BloodFrom Amazon Vine. To be published August 30.
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

The Lightkeeper's Ball (A Mercy Falls Novel)From Amazon Vine. Published April 2011.
It is the dawn of a new century and Olivia Stewart is heiress to an empire. Her family numbers among the Four Hundred-those considered the wealthiest and most distinquished in America. Unfortunately their wealth has nearly disappeared, and now their security rests upon the Stewart daughters' marrying well.

Olivia's sister, Eleanor, was engaged to Harrison Bennett, one of the nation's wealthiest men, but has since died. Now the pressure is on Olivia to take her place, despite her suspicions about Eleanor's fiance. Using her family's long-forgotten English title, Olivia travels to Mercy Falls, California, as Lady Devonworth, hoping to learn more before committing to marriage. There she finds that Eleanor's death was no accident. And Harrison is not the man she thought he would be.

When Mercy Falls holds a charity masquerade ball to raise funds for the new lighthouse, secrets-and truths long hidden-will be revealed. But can Harrison really love Olivia when he finds her true identity? Can she live with the repercussions of failing her family, or will she finally realize that nothing-not money, family, or romance-will ever compare to God's unconditional love?

EromenosFor participation in an upcoming
Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour.
In this coming-of-age novel set in the second century AD, Antinous of Bithynia, a Greek youth from Asia Minor, recounts his seven-year affair with Hadrian, fourteenth emperor of Rome. In a partnership more intimate than Hadrian's sanctioned political marriage to Sabina, Antinous captivates the most powerful ruler on earth both in life and after death.

This version of the affair between the emperor and his beloved ephebe vindicates the youth scorned by early Christian church fathers as a "shameless and scandalous boy" and "sordid and loathsome instrument of his master's lust." EROMENOS envisions the personal history of the young man who achieved apotheosis as a pagan god of antiquity, whose cult of worship lasted for hundreds of years far longer than the cult of the emperor Hadrian.

In EROMENOS, the young man Antinous, whose beautiful image still may be found in museums around the world, finds a voice of his own at last.

And two purchases from my wishlist:

Seduction & Scandal (Hqn)With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage—even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attentions of the reclusive Earl of Black…whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.

Isabella tries to resist the mysterious Earl of Black. Yet as he pursues her, with inexplicable knowledge of her past and kisses that consume her, Isabella fears she will succumb. If only the earl could tell Isabella the truth. With very real, and treacherous, thieves endangering her life, Black will need to protect Isabella from the very people she trusts the most…

Shadowy HorsesWith its dark legends and passionate history, the windswept shores of Scotland are an archaeologist's dream. Verity Grey is thrilled by the challenge of uncovering an ancient Roman campsite in a small village. But as soon as she arrives, she can sense danger in the air.

Her eccentric boss, Peter Quinnell, has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it--not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has "seen" a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead conmrades. Surprisingly, Verity believes in Peter, and the boy, and even in the Sentinel, who seems determined to become her own protector...but from what?

That's it for me!
Have you read any of the books in my Mailbox?
If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. I like the sound of that last one :)

  2. I think the last one sounds really good too!

  3. I haven't read any of these, but Eromenos really has my attention. They all look wonderful! Enjoy!

  4. Great group of books there Jenny, I hope you enjoy them all!

    Have a great 4th!

  5. Great set of books, Jenny. I hope you love The Shadowy Horses as it's one of my all-time favourites.

  6. Eromenos by Melanie J. McDonald looks interesting.

  7. I haven't read any of these, but they look enticing. Enjoy!!


  8. These are all new to me, but they look great. Happy reading!

  9. I stopped by your blog today.

  10. Great books...that first one is interesting and the second one I got from NetGalley. The book you're reading on your Nook is one that I have on my Kindle...enjoy!

  11. Wonderful mailbox. All new to me as well - enjoy them all.

  12. Weirdly enough, I can't see the titles of the books but from the descriptions, they all sound great! (I think my adblock is blocking anything connected with but I'm not totally sure). I'm on the Eronemos tour too -- can't wait to read it!

  13. Great books this week! I love the cover for The Lightkeeper's Ball.

  14. All of those books are new to me. I hope they're all winners! We were in Blacksburg last week - you should see the beautiful new visitor's center!

  15. These look good! I bought a couple of books last week and can't wait to read them.

  16. I read Anna Dressed in Blood and it surprised me in a good way..I enjoyed it!

    Here's my Mailbox

  17. Wait a minute... you GOT ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD! Hoh hoh hoh hoh... JEALOUSY runs through my veins... uhmmmm trade you for that ONE!

  18. This looks like a fun mailbox. I love making wishlist purchases!! Enjoy!

  19. The Lightkeepers's Ball sounds really good! I hope you enjoy it.

  20. This looks like a great week of reading ahead.

  21. Yay! The Shadowy Horses - loved that book! enjoy.


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