Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mailbox Monday


Mailbox Monday is a meme from Marcia at The Printed Page.

Slim pickins, I'm afraid!

In The Mail:


A Currier & Ives Christmas by Lynn A. Coleman, JoAnn A. Grote, DiAnn Mills & Deborah Raney from PaperBackSwap (isn't this cover beautiful?  Mine is a special collector's edition too!)

The artistry of renowned lithographers Currier & Ives captures the beauty and nostalgia of simpler days and Christmases past. Yet, while a picture may be worth a thousand words, there are times when even the best illustrations leave viewers with a yearning to know more. Inspired by the classic American art of Currier & Ives, these seasonal love stories delve deep inside the artists' portrayals to imagine and illustrate the untold tales behind each wintry scene. Look beyond the art to discover the heartwarming stories of holiday love of yesteryear in A Currier & Ives Christmas.


A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris which I won from Celticlady's Ramblings.

Every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - in one special volume - from the New York Times bestselling author.

New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her 'spunky' (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume.

Stories include 'Fairy Dust,' 'One Word Answer,' 'Dracula Night,' 'Lucky,' and 'Giftwrap.'


Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman which I won from A Reader's Respite.

On the 20th anniversary of the death of Rebecca, the first wife of Maxim de Winter, family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel containing a notebook - marked "Rebecca's Tale" - and two pictures. Has she kept her word to haunt him for ending up in the de Winter crypt?


The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans (ordered from BOMC2.com)

Dear Reader,

When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Johnson, gave our class the intriguing (if somewhat macabre) assignment of writing our own obituaries. Oddly, I don't remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I do remember how I died: in first place on the final lap of the Daytona 500. At the time, I hadn't considered writing as an occupation, a field with a remarkably low on-the-job casualty rate.

What intrigues me most about Mrs. Johnson's assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy. How do we want to be remembered? That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time: from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapers.

As I began to write this book, I had two objectives: First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw, firsthand, what the world really thought of them. Their legacy.

Second, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true redemption. One of my family's holiday traditions is to see a local production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. I don't know how many times I've seen it (perhaps a dozen), but it still thrills me to see the change that comes over Ebenezer Scrooge as he transforms from a dull, tight-fisted miser into a penitent, "giddy-as-aschoolboy" man with love in his heart. I always leave the show with a smile on my face and a resolve to be a better person. That's what I wanted to share with you, my dear readers, this Christmas -- a holiday tale to warm your season, your homes, and your hearts.

Merry Christmas --Richard Paul Evans (from Amazon)


So, what did you get in your mailbox?

Happy Reading!

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(All excerpts from Fantastic Fiction unless otherwise noted)

9 comments:

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  1. Rebecca's Tale sounds really good. Nice books this week! Check out my mailbox, too :)
    http://virginiebarbeau.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/mailbox-monday-9/

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  2. Slim pickins, eh? LOL Looks like a nice little pile of books! I only got one book last week, but am expecting a bunch this week.

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  3. Never heard of Rebecca's Tale but it looks really good!

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  4. Thanks for the reviews. I always like to hear about the latest and greatest.

    Stephen Tremp

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  5. I like your mailbox better - mine only holds bills! Looks like your reading will help toward getting you in the Christmas spirit.

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  6. You got some good stuff, some ready for the christmas season!

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  7. I can't wait to read your revie of Rebecca's Tale. I've read a few ones that make it sound really good but I'm wanting to know what you think of it.

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  8. I am looking forward to this one, I am a big Richard Paul Evans fan.

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  9. Wow! Some great and timely reading. I posted my first Mailbox Monday this week!

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