Monday, December 20, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday! Originally hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, MM is a place for us to share which books made their way into our homes in the past week. This month MM is being hosted by Lady Q at Let Them Read Books. Warning: MM can lead to towering TBR piles and out-of-control wish lists!

Last week was a great week in books for me. I found in my mailbox a contest win from Chick Lit Central and the author, Chantel Simmons. I won a signed copy of both of Chantel Simmons' books, Stuck in Downward Dog and Love Struck. Thank-you!

I also received a copy of a cookbook, Learn, Laugh, Cook, that one of my blogger friends wrote, which I ordered from She did a great job, and be sure to check back for my review and giveaway, coming this week!

Last week I also received two books from my secret santa from the Book Bloggers Secret Santa. I received one book from my wish list, From Here to Maternity by Sinead Moriarty and Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo.

That's what was in my mailbox last week- what was in yours?


  1. It looks like you're in for some good reading! Enjoy all of your new treasures!

  2. 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.

    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…

  3. Some nice reading ahead for you. Enjoy.

    Merry Christmas.

  4. Love your mailbox - you got some wonderful books. I'd love to see your review for Learn, Laugh, Cook! I'm always on the lookout for great cooking books. Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  5. Can't wait for your thoughts on the cooking book. Happy reading!