Mailbox Monday

I’m actually in Disney this week. But here are the couple of books I picked up since my last mailbox post. And one that Amber received.  To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.


This is the one Amber got. I’ve listened to the whole series and loved it, but she’s just started the first a while ago. The author held an art contest that she entered and he sent her the book as a prize.

Mailbox Monday – 12/7Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
Series: Powder Mage Trilogy #1
Published by Orbit on April 16, 2013
Genres: Flintlock Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
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The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved...
Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should...


I picked this one up with an Audible credit.

Mailbox Monday – 12/7City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
Narrator: Alma Cuervo
Series: The Divine Cities #1
Published by Recorded Books on September 9, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani.

Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over.


I’ve just started getting into the idea of Bible journaling, so I picked this one up for Advent.

Mailbox Monday – 12/7Advent Illustrated by Sara Laughed
Published by the author on November 1, 2015
Format: eBook
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Bible journaling is a fun and creative way to connect with scripture. People paint, draw, sketch, letter, and scrapbook in the pages of their Bible, all as a way of connecting with the stories and messages that it holds. Advent Illustrated is a Bible journaling challenge that corresponds to Advent 2015. This guide contains:

- A chapter about Bible journaling and how the challenge will work

- A chapter on how to start Bible journaling if you haven't before

- A chapter with my recommendations for Bible journaling supplies

- An outline of the month

- Four different plans you can follow: Love (6 times a week), Joy (5 times a week), Peace (1 time a week), and Patience (just the last week before Christmas). Each plan comes with a printable calendar of your daily scripture verses.

- The Advent selections - a page for every day of Advent with the verse printed on the page and a one- to two-paragraph section that gives context for the verse, as well as some creative prompts if you're stuck for ideas.

I read a short story by Bennett that I enjoyed so I picked up The Grand Babylon Hotel for free on Kindle.

Mailbox Monday – 12/7The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett
Published by Amazon Digital Services on May 16, 2012 (first published 1902)
Genres: Mystery
Format: eBook
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The Grand Babylon Hotel is an exclusive London establishment, and American millionaire Theodore Racksole, visiting the hotel with his spirited 23-year-old daughter Nella, decides to buy the place. What he hasn't counted on is having to deal with a criminal conspiracy whose purposes are not at all clear, and events take an unexpected turn as Theodore and Nella play detective. Replete with evil villains, physical dangers, and secret passages, The Grand Babylon Hotel is a mesmerizing thriller that will be enjoyed by mystery lovers everywhere.


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