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Mar 3, 2013

Books in Mailboxes are Fun!

The Sunday   
Visit Svea's blog at The Muse in The Fog Book Review to start linking up your Sunday posts; Suddenly Sunday is a weekly event hosted by Svea whose purpose is to share all the exciting events that have occurred on your blog throughout the week.

Mailbox Monday is a meme originally from Marcia's Mailbox and is being hosted by Caitlin @ chaotic compendiums. The Story Siren also hosts IMM, so we can find some cool YA titles there as well.

The What Are You Reading meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.

In the Mail:

I did a write up this week on some books that I have gotten in the mail. The Plantagenet series is shown above by Juliet Dymoke and the synopses can be found here. All six of the titles shown are part of the Plantaganet series, and they each focus on a different set of characters.

Also received the William Marshal series of historical romances by Mary Pershall. They do look like bodice rippers, so these sound like a good hot summer read if I can ever get myself in the mood for those again =) The write up on their descriptions can be found here.

I bought:
The Redemption (Legacy of the King's Pirates #1) by MaryLu Tyndall
Lady Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage in search of a father she never knew, only to find herself shipwrecked on a desert island. Near starvation, she is rescued by a band of pirates and their fiercely handsome leader, Edmund Merrick. Will Clarisse win her struggle against the seductive lure of this pirate captain? While battling his attraction to this winsome lady, Edmund offers to help Charlisse on her quest-until he discovers her father is none other than Edward the Terror, the cruelest pirate on the Caribbean. Can Edmund win this lady's love while shielding her from his lecherous crew and working to bring her father to justice?

For Review:

March 2013

Elizabeth Graver’s fourth novel, The End of the Point, is a family saga in a summer community on Buzzard’s Bay from 1942 to 1999. I am really aching to have some fantastic mesmerizing saga epic story telling... Of the new book, her publisher writes:

For the Porter family, summers at Ashaunt Point – a mile and a half long finger of land on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts – have anchored life, providing sanctuary for generations. But in 1942, everything abruptly changes when the U.S. Army sets up a base on the Point. The two older girls – teenagers Dossie and Helen – run wild. Their Scottish nanny, Bea, falls in love. And the youngest daughter, Jane, is involved in an incident that cuts the summer short, unsettling notions of safety and home. As decades pass, first Helen and then her son Charlie return to the Point, seeking refuge in rapidly changing times. But Ashaunt proves to be a space at once protected and contested – geographically remote, but never entirely removed from the events of history unfolding beyond its borders. Neither Charlie nor his mother – nor any other family member – can escape the long shadow of the Vietnam War, the bitterly disputed development of the land around them, economic misfortune, and illness, both psychological and physical.

A powerful portrait of one family’s journey through the second half of the twentieth century, The End of the Point artfully traces the hairline fractures that lie beneath the surface of our lives, even after they’ve been reassembled by time, place, and one another. The result is a layered exploration of the complex legacy of place, and of family – what we are born into, what we pass down to the next generation, and what we must preserve, cast off, or willingly set free.

March 2013
Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall (Escape to Paradise Book 1)
Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new Utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?

Currently Reading:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I got tired of the old green button for book journey's Monday Meme, so I used my iPhone and my personal library and quickly created the image above. You are welcome to take it also, just don't edit it yourself, and remember to link it to BookJourney.

This past week I finished reading the debut Tudor novel from Elizabeth Fremantle, Queen's Gambit. It was an intriguing view on Katherine Parr which started from her marriage to Lord Latimer to the King and then to Thomas Seymour. It doesn't release until June, so the review will be held over till later, but it was a 3.5 star read for me as opposed to some of those were all over giddy about it on Goodreads.

That's ME! Oh and Sweetie. And Tyndall's new book.
I then started Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall shown above. Remember a few weeks ago I was all agog about Daphne du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek and the pirate adventures? Well, this one will be some more voyaging as opposed to gothic I imagine, but I am looking forward to the journey. Of course, my cat wants to come along too, she's a nosy thing. Here is my intro post to Forsaken Dreams.

It's been a very long week, and I didn't feel very relaxed in order to.. relax.. and read.
I've been hooked on Foster Dad John's livestream page. New kittens arrived on Friday!

I also had a Mini Blog Breakdown; the folks at cutest blog on the block had designed my background, my swirly images etc that are linked to their accounts, and one day I came to my blog and I had all big ugly "this picture cannot be found" all over site. Panic. I wiggled my way around and way able to sort of fix it on my own, but I am a little perturbed at those folks who took my money and pretty much left me hanging. Yes, it's been several years, but I did pay them over $60 for them to host the images. So anyway. Things still need to be tweaked but I don't have the patience. But - let this be a warning - back up your stuff. Save your Images that are an integral part of your blog, and don't count on cyberspace to back you up. I also backup my reviews to a secondary site at wordpress, so in case blogger explodes I will have those posts as well.

I wanted to say to my loyal followers a quick thank you, but a heartfelt one. I have breached the 200,000 mark on the blog's pageviews. I had set my sights on hitting it sometime in March, and I hit it in mid-February, so I thank you. It's the little things I strive for! It would be nice to have a zillion followers, but I seem to have thresh-holded around 500 (508) and it hovers there for the last year or so. Others just use the Email Subscriber function, which I found is more helpful myself as I read other blogs, but then those folks who just read/delete the emails and don't click over to the actual blog don't register on my page count hit. So, please come and comment every now and then so I know you're listening, and I thank you! =) My blog was born on 12/31/2008, and it's been an interesting evolution for me. But it's always been historically minded, which surprises even me since I get bored with stuff easy. Looking forward to the next four years!