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Mailbox Monday – 6/12

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Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Tell us about your new arrivals by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky at mailboxmonday.wordpress.com.

eBooks

I received the first four episodes of Geek Actually from Serial Box for review.

Meet your new best girlfriends. Michelle is a hard-nosed Science Fiction editor who is used to things going her way; Taneesha is a talented video game programmer who is used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break; Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan – of anything and everything that keeps her from “proper adulting.” Together they are Rebel Scum (at least in their shared group chat), and best friends through thick and thin. They might live far apart but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world side by side.

Mailbox Monday – 6/12WTF by Cathy Yardley
Series: Geek Actually #1.1
Published by Serial Box on June 7, 2017
Source: Publisher
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 69
Format: eBook
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Michelle and Aditi have been friends for ages, but with Michelle as Aditi’s editor for her debut fantasy novel, their relationship is under a bit of strain. Aditi needs to blow off some steam—a hot Tinder date does the trick (and then some). Meanwhile, Taneesha and Elli are both having some job trouble.

Mailbox Monday – 6/12The Invisible Woman by Rachel Stuhler
Series: Geek Actually #1.2
Published by Serial Box on June 14, 2017
Source: Publisher
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 45
Format: eBook
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When Christina meets her new charge on set, Vivi, she’s pleasantly surprised at the definite spark between them. Taneesha’s attempt to speak up at her new job backfires in a big way. Michelle ventures out to a party, but is she really ready to move past Ted?

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Mailbox Monday – 6/12Boss Battles by Melissa Blue
Series: Geek Actually #1.3
Published by Serial Box on June 21, 2017
Source: Publisher
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 43
Format: eBook
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Taneesha’s brother can always cheer her up, but this is going a little too far: trying to engineer her love life? On the other hand . . . his friend Diego is definitely sexy, and owns a game store, to boot. Elli thinks of her new job like a video game (complete with an evil wizard), in an attempt to make this one last, while Aditi tiptoes through a visit from her in-laws.

Mailbox Monday – 6/12The Long Con by Cecilia Tan
Series: Geek Actually #1.4
Published by Serial Box on June 28, 2017
Source: Publisher
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 50
Format: eBook
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Michelle, Aditi, and Elli love a good con, and when they converge at Booklovers, it proves to hold exciting opportunities for each of them. Meanwhile, Taneesha goes to a game night at Diego’s store, hoping to get another chance to gauge his interest. Christina and Vivi get closer, but does Vivi want more than Christina is willing to give?

Paperbacks

I won an ARC of The Resurrection of Joan Ashby from a Goodreads giveaway.

Mailbox Monday – 6/12The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
Published by Flatiron Books on August 29, 2017
Source: Won
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 544
Format: ARC
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I viewed the consumptive nature of love as a threat to serious women. But the wonderful man I just married believes as I do―work is paramount, absolutely no children―and now love seems to me quite marvelous.

These words are spoken to a rapturous audience by Joan Ashby, a brilliant and intense literary sensation acclaimed for her explosively dark and singular stories.

When Joan finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is stunned by Martin’s delight, his instant betrayal of their pact. She makes a fateful, selfless decision then, to embrace her unintentional family.

Challenged by raising two precocious sons, it is decades before she finally completes her masterpiece novel. Poised to reclaim the spotlight, to resume the intended life she gave up for love, a betrayal of Shakespearean proportion forces her to question every choice she has made.

 

Mailbox Monday – 3/27

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Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Tell us about your new arrivals by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky at mailboxmonday.wordpress.com.

Paperback

Death at Breakfast  came from William Morrow.

Mailbox Monday – 3/27Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon
Series: Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on February 21, 2017
Source: Publisher
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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Indulging their pleasure in travel and new experiences, recently retired private school head Maggie Detweiler and her old friend, socialite Hope Babbin, are heading to Maine. The trip—to attend a weeklong master cooking class at the picturesque Victorian-era Oquossoc Mountain Inn—is an experiment to test their compatibility for future expeditions.

Hope and Maggie have barely finished their first aperitifs when the inn’s tranquility is shattered by the arrival of Alexander and Lisa Antippas and Lisa’s actress sister, Glory. Imperious and rude, these Hollywood one-percenters quickly turn the inn upside-down with their demanding behavior, igniting a flurry of speculation and gossip among staff and guests alike.

But the disruption soon turns deadly. After a suspicious late-night fire is brought under control, Alex’s charred body is found in the ashes. Enter the town’s deputy sheriff, Buster Babbin, Hope’s long-estranged son and Maggie’s former student. A man who’s finally found his footing in life, Buster needs a win. But he’s quickly pushed aside by the “big boys,” senior law enforcement and high-powered state’s attorneys who swoop in to make a quick arrest.

Maggie knows that Buster has his deficits and his strengths. She also knows that justice does not always prevail—and that the difference between conviction and exoneration too often depends on lazy police work and the ambitions of prosecutors. She knows too, after a lifetime of observing human nature, that you have a great advantage in doing the right thing if you don’t care who gets the credit or whom you annoy.

Feeling that justice could use a helping hand--as could the deputy sheriff—Maggie and Hope decide that two women of experience equipped with healthy curiosity, plenty of common sense, and a cheerfully cynical sense of humor have a useful role to play in uncovering the truth.

Paperback

I picked up one on NetGalley.

Mailbox Monday – 3/27Toru: Wayfarer Returns by Stephanie R. Sorensen
Series: Sakura Steam #1
Published by Palantir Press LLC on February 16, 2016
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Steampunk
Pages: 274
Format: eBook
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In Japan of 1852, the peace imposed by the Tokugawa Shoguns has lasted 250 years. Peace has turned to stagnation, however, as the commoners grow impoverished and their lords restless. Swords rust. Martial values decay. Foreign barbarians circle the island nation's closed borders like vultures, growing ever more demanding.

Toru, a shipwrecked young fisherman rescued by American traders and taken to America, defies the Shogun's ban on returning to Japan, determined to save his homeland from foreign invasion. Can he rouse his countrymen in time? Or will the cruel Shogun carry out his vow to execute all who set foot in Japan after traveling abroad? Armed only with his will, a few books, dirigible plans and dangerous ideas, Toru must transform the Emperor's realm before the Black Ships come.

Toru: Wayfarer Returns is the first book in the Sakura Steam Series, an alternate history of the tumultuous period from the opening of Japan in 1853 to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. This volume covers the year prior to the American Commodore Perry's arrival in Japan and follows the hero and his young allies as they lead Japan through a massively compressed industrial revolution, dramatically altering that pivotal moment in history.

While Toru and his dirigibles are fictional, the story unfolds against the backdrop of the 'real' Japan of that period, with historical figures and their political environment woven into the tale, staying true to their motivations and agendas even as the alternate history warps their actions, history and a few laws of physics. Underpinning the adventure plot is a young man's yearning for his father's approval and an honorable place in his world.

Baseball Faith by Rob Maaddi

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Baseball Faith by Rob Maaddi Baseball Faith: 52 MLB Stars Reflect on Their Faith by Rob Maaddi
Published by Shiloh Run Press on March 1, 2017
Source: Publisher
Genres: Devotional, Christian Life
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
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Winning the World Series may be the ultimate prize for most MLB players, but a relationship with Jesus Christ is No. 1 for many diamond stars, including:
Hall of Famer John Smoltz
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw
MVP Albert Pujols
All-Star Mariano Rivera
And dozens more.

Baseball Faith will inspire you in your faith journey as 52 MLB players--past and present--share their stories and how they are chasing the success that only comes from being God's man and following His plan. These men are committed to living their lives with eternity in mind. Empowered by God, they are looking beyond the competition to a larger goal: following God's game plan for their lives as team players, as husbands, fathers, sons, and then using their influence to point others toward Him.

Baseball season is just around the bend, and I’m a baseball fan, as is my husband, so Baseball Faith grabbed my attention. It’s a good book, a nice devotional for baseball fans, especially maybe teenage boys who are into the sport.

The setup is well done. Each player’s piece starts with a scripture quote and is followed by the player’s thoughts on why that scripture is important to him or about how faith and the Bible are important in his life. Each devotion can be read in less than 2 minutes. The following two pages contain some of the player’s stats and an interesting fact, like “McCutchen cut his dreadlocks before the 2015 season, and proceeds from the sale of his hair benefited Pirates Charities.” Yeah, we’re Pirates fans around here. And have been for ages, even when we were absolutely terrible. I was glad to see our McCutchen in the book.

The devotions are short and simple. I like that many of the players mention the importance of Bible study groups, attending church, and reading the Bible. Some talk about God always being with them, even when the game is tough, and of being Him being more important than baseball. Some talk about how being a baseball player makes being a good role model even more important. Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays) talks about the verse that gave him strength when he was kidnapped in Venezuela. Each has his own story, his own background, and each is inspiring.

Definitely a good read for the baseball fan in your life. The devotions are topics that are easy to relate to and written so that everyone can understand. They don’t use obscure terms or phrases that only church-goers would understand. It’s not earth-shattering, but it’s nice to see these people who we usually only see on tv sharing their faith.

About Rob Maaddi

Rob Maaddi has been a Philadelphia sports writer for The Associated Press since 2000. He’s covered the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, and numerous major sporting events throughout his career. Rob has co-authored three children’s sports books and has written a biography on Mike Schmidt. A devoted Christian, Rob strives every day to make a difference and be a blessing. Rob is a missionary athlete with the Deacons Prison Ministry softball team. He visits inmates, shares his testimony, and preaches about Jesus Christ.
Rob, his wife, Remy, and their twin girls, Alexia and Melina, reside in South Jersey.

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