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Mailbox Monday – 12/21


Mailbox Monday

It was chilly here this weekend, but the forecast says 68º for Christmas Eve and 59º for Christmas, which makes me happy. I am not one who needs snow on Christmas – or any time really. I received a couple of books this week. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.


Really Good F Words by Lorrie Forde, along with a coaching session with the author, was a win from Vicki at I’d Rather Be at the Beach. Thanks! I think this will be a great way to start the new year.

Mailbox Monday – 12/21Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care by Lorrie Forde
Published by Influence Publishing on November 1, 2015
Genres: Self-help
Pages: 238
Format: Paperback
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Where are you on your priority list? A key question in measuring self-care. Uncover your own customized strategies for moving further up that list as you bring this thought provoking and interactive book to life around your own kitchen table. Connect with friends and get your sense of self back with doable self-care strategies. Author Lorrie Forde invites you to break all the old rules about not writing in books—this one is yours to write in, reflect back on, and share as you choose. Make it work for you!
This is not another thing to add to your ‘to-do’ list. Let the pages do the work and before you know it, you’ll be laughing with friends, reconnecting with your passion, and the envy of your peers as you figure out what ‘feeds you’ and where your ‘weak spots’ are. How long will it take till you’re using “F” words all the time and your cookie jar is overflowing? Analogies like this cookie jar and using really good “F” words help us to laugh at reality and a little laughter really can make all the difference.


I’m always drawn to mysteries that involve the art world, so when I was offered The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O’Keeffe for review, I decided to take a chance on it, even though it’s the 7th in the series.

Mailbox Monday – 12/21The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O'Keeffe by J. Michael Orenduff
Series: Pot Thief Mysteries #7
Published by Open Road Media on January 26, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
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A dealer in traditional Native American pottery, Hubie Schuze scours New Mexico in search of ancient treasures. The Bureau of Land Management calls him a criminal, but Hubie knows that the real injustice would be to leave the legacies of prehistoric craftspeople buried in the dirt. In all his travels across the state, there is one place that Hubie hasn't been able to access: Trinity Site at the White Sands Missile Range, where the first atomic bomb was detonated. Deep within the range are ruins once occupied by the Tompiro people, whose distinctive pottery is incredibly rare and valuable. When an old associate claims to have a buyer interested in spending big money on a Tompiro pot, Hubie resolves to finally find a way into the heavily guarded military installation. But Hubie has more on his mind than just outwitting the army's most sophisticated security measures. He's in love with a beautiful woman who has a few secrets of her own and his best friend, Susannah, may have just unearthed a lost Georgia O'Keeffe painting. It's a lot for a mild-mannered pot thief to handle, and when his associate is murdered and Tompiro pots start replicating like Russian nesting dolls, Hubie suddenly realizes he's caught up in the most complex and dangerous mystery he's ever faced.

I picked up a book for Amber for Christmas, but that’ll probably be the only book under our tree on Friday.

Mailbox Monday – 12/7


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.

Mailbox Monday – 11/16


Mailbox Monday

I can’t believe we’re half-way through November. The end of this year is speeding by.

I picked up a few new books this week. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.


My in-laws got me The Sleeper and the Spindle for my birthday.

Mailbox Monday – 11/16The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Published by HarperCollins on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Fairy tale, Fantasy
Pages: 69
Format: Hardcover
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It was the closest kingdom to the queen’s, as the crow flies, but not even the crows flew it.
You may think you know this story. There’s a young queen, about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle, shrouded in thorns; and a princess, cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever.
But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines. A queen might just prove herself a hero, if a princess needs rescuing…


I purchased a couple of Christmas mysteries on audio.

Mailbox Monday – 11/16Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh
Narrator: James Saxon
Series: Roderick Alleyn #27
Published by Hachette Audio UK on October 1, 2015 (first published 1970)
Genres: Mystery, Christmas
Length: 7 hrs 20 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Holed up at Hilary Bill-Tasman's manor estate for Christmas, Troy Alleyn is to paint the man's portrait and, while she's there, view the Druid Christmas pageant. Along with a pack of eccentric guests, Troy enjoys the festivities-- until one of the pageant's players mysteriously disappears into the snowy night. Did the hired help-- each a paroled murderer from the nearby prison-- have a deadly hand in this Christmas conundrum? Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to join his wife in finding the lost man-- and unraveling the glaring truth from the glittering tinsel.

Mailbox Monday – 11/16Gold, Frankincense and Murder by Barbara Early
Narrator: Madison Brightwell
Published by Pelican Book Group on January 3, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Christmas, Christian
Length: 2 hrs 22 mins
Format: Audiobook
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High school geometry teacher, Donna Russell likes her life well-ordered and logical, even if it is a tad solitary at times. But when a charming co-worker at the local food bank disappears just before Christmas, Donna is left with more questions than solutions.
After the missing man's neighbor, muscle-bound EMT Sam Holton, volunteers as Donna's crime-fighting sidekick, sparks fly between them. Donna wonders if Sam can be trusted, or if he's trying to throw an unknown into her calculations - and her life.


And this was a Kindle freebie when I picked it up.

Mailbox Monday – 11/16Early Bird Special by Tracy Krimmer
Published by Amazon Digital Services on November 5, 2014
Genres: Chic Lit
Pages: 30
Format: eBook
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Francie excels at her job as a party planner, but can't say the same about love. When an obnoxious, but handsome, man approaches her in line at a Thanksgiving sale, she pushes him away like she always does. Can Francie put her fears aside and nab an early bird special, or is she destined to plan every wedding but her own?

Any new reads arrive at your house this week?

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