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May 4, 2009

Mailbox Monday

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Is is that time again!? Boy what a whirlwind of a week it's been.. maybe now it will get back to normal .. and I feel like absolute royal poo-poo and I am praying that we don't have swine flu bugs over here. (They have started closing schools in North TX!! including the entire Fort Worth School District!) I've been going to bed with a headache and a stomach ache and waking up with it too. Having kids in germ hell daycare does not help matters at all.

But enough of my woes.. on to Happy Happy Joy Joy Things = Books in my Mailbox!!!

From Sourcebooks to review for August:
Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst, ISBN 9781402224386, Austen Sequel, Pub. Date: 9/1/2009
He’s Like a Big Brother to her...Fitzwilliam Darcy never disliked his cousin Anne de Bourgh. He certainly never wanted to marry her, but when she shows up at Pemberley alone, of course he won’t send her back to her miserable life at Rosings
Without his Help, She’ll Never Get Away From her Mother…Anne has never had a chance to figure out what she wants for herself, until a fortuitous accident on the way to Pemberley separates Anne from her formidable mother. With her stalwart cousin Darcy and his lovely wife Elizabeth on her side, she begins to feel she might be able to spread her wings…But Lady Catherin’s pride and determination to find Anne a suitable husband threaten to overwhelm Anne's newfound freedom and budding sense of self. And without Darcy and Elizabeth’s help, Anne will never have a chance to find true love…

The Treasures of Venice by Loucinda McGary, ISBN 9781402226700, Romantic Suspense, pb. 9/1/09
He’s a Charming Irish Rogue Who Never Met a Lock He Couldn’t Pick
Keirnan Fitzgerald is desperate to locate the missing Jewels of the Madonna. With danger at every corner and time running out, he must use whatever means possible to uncover the stolen jewels in time to save his sister’s life…
She’s Simply in Venice to Relax and Heal her Broken Heart
Samantha Lewis is shocked when a dashing stranger approaches her in a Venetian cafĂ© pretending to know her. She’s ready for something new and exciting in her life, so she throws caution to the wind and accompanies the Irish charmer into his dangerous world of intrigue, theft and betrayal…
As the centuries-old story behind the jewels disappearance is revealed, Samantha must decide whether the man she’s so compellingly drawn to is her soul mate from a previous life, or if they are merely pawns in a relentless quest for a priceless treasure.

Highland Rebel by Judith James, ISBN 9781402224331, September 2009, Historical Romance (Medieval)
He’s Never Trusted Anyone
Amidst the political upheaval of Cromwell’s England , Ireland , and the Scottish Highlands , Jamie Sinclair’s wit, good looks, and military prowess have served him well. A notable rake and libertine, heir to lands and a title but without funds, he has been variously employed as soldier, diplomat, adventurer, and spy. Leading a troop of mercenaries in Scotland for King James, he impetuously marries a maid captured on the battlefield, saving her from a grim fate.
She’s Much More than he EVER Bargained For…
Raised in the Highlands , heiress to title, fortune and property, Catherine Drummond is far from the camp follower Jamie believes her to be. When her people effect her rescue, and he can’t now annul the marriage, off he goes to the Highlands to recapture his hellcat of a new wife...
In a world where family, creed, and princes cannot be trusted and faith fuels bigotry, intolerance, hatred, and war, Catherine and Jamie test the bounds of loyalty, friendship, and trust....

From Phenix&Phenix to review: "The Osiris Alliance" by Jack Ford "Chilling and original, The Osiris Alliance is a brilliant debut thriller from an insider whose knowledge of politics, terrorism, law, and forensics makes a deadly formula for suspense."

From ShelfAwareness: "The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers" by Angie Fox Publisher: Love Spell (April 28, 2009) ISBN-10: 0505527707 Vegas, Demonslayers, romance, humor.. should be a fun weekend read

From the Awesome Arleigh of & Royal-Intrigue, the Jean Plaidy Reading Group pick:
Indiscretions of the Queen (1970) by Jean Plaidy, book 8 in the Georgian Saga. You can participate in the Reading group also, this one will be discussed 6/1/09.
It was necessary for the Prince of Wales to marry and the choice fell on Caroline of Brunswick. Caroline wanted to marry a Major in her father's army and her unpredictable behaviour had already resulted in scandals about her private life. Arriving in England she found her bridegroom's mistress waiting to undermine her position and to spy on her, the Prince determined to hate her, and her new family, with the exception of the half-crazy King, hostile to her.

And finally, from Paperbackswap:
Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle (Tristan and Isolde Novels, Book 1) Rosalind Miles ISBN-10: 1400047862Book Type: Paperback
In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea—one of the last strongholds of Goddess-worship and Mother-right. Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland’s great ruling queen, a lady as passionate in battle as she is in love. La Belle Isolde, like her mother, is famed for her beauty, but she is a healer instead of a warrior, “of all surgeons, the best among the isles.” A natural peacemaker, Isolde is struggling to save Ireland from a war waged by her dangerously reckless mother. The Queen is influenced by her lover, Sir Marhaus, who urges her to invade neighboring Cornwall and claim it for her own, a foolhardy move Isolde is determined to prevent. But she is unable to stop them. King Mark of Cornwall sends forth his own champion to do battle with the Irish—Sir Tristan of Lyonesse—a young, untested knight with a mysterious past. A member of the Round Table, Tristan has returned to the land of his birth after many years in exile, only to face Ireland’s fiercest champion in combat. When he lies victorious but near death on the field of battle, Tristan knows that his only hope of survival lies to the West. He must be taken to Ireland to be healed, but he must go in disguise—for if the Queen finds out who killed her beloved, he will follow Marhaus into the spirit world. His men smuggle him into the Queen’s fort at Dubh Lein, and beg the princess to save him.From this first meeting of star-crossed lovers, an epic story unfolds. Isolde’s skill and beauty impress Tristan’s uncle, King Mark of Cornwall, and—knowing nothing of her love for Tristan—he decides to make her his queen, a match her mother encourages as a way to bind their lands under one rule. Tristan and Isolde find themselves caught in the crosscurrents of fate, as Isolde is forced to marry a man she does not love. Taking pity on her daughter, the Queen gives her an elixir that will create in her a passion for King Mark and ensure that their love will last until death. But on the voyage to Ireland, Tristan and Isolde drink the love potion by accident, sealing their already perilous love forever.So begins the first book of the Tristan and Isolde trilogy, another stunning example of the storyteller’s craft from Rosalind Miles, author of the beloved and bestselling Guenevere trilogy.

At least a bit more manageable pile of books.. and I am looking forward to reading these! What was in YOUR mailbox this week?