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Mailbox Monday … 24/10/2011

 ‘Mailbox Monday’

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.
Your host for the month of  October is Serena at:  ‘savvy verse and wit’
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Serena, we all like to receive them!
My first mailbox entry for this week was a win in an author interview giveaway.
The interview was conducted by Nikki, over at Notes Of Life, where she met author Catherine Ryan Hyde and posted a great review about the book ‘Don’t Let Me Go’.
This is a new author to me, but she doesn’t seem afraid to tackle the emotional and difficult issues in her work, which makes this a ‘must read soon’ for me.
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Ten-year-old Grace knows that her mum loves her, but her mum loves drugs too. And there’s only so long Grace can fend off the ‘woman from the county’ who is threatening to put her into care. Her only hope is…


Grown-man Billy Shine hasn’t been out of his apartment for years. People scare him, and the outside world scares him even more. Day in, day out, he lives a perfectly orchestrated silent life within his four walls. Until now. . .


Grace bursts into Billy’s life with a loud voice and a brave plan to get her mum clean. And it won’t be easy, because they will have to confiscate the one thing her mum holds most dear . . . they will have to kidnap Grace.

My Second Mailbox Find Was Also A Win, This Time From A Fellow Blogger Giveaway

This was a great win, from a blogger who opened her giveaway internationally, so I can’t believe I was lucky enough to secure the prize. The giveaway was hosted by Bev, over at ‘My Reader’s Block’, as part of her ‘September Giveaway’ post.

This is not a novel that I would be rushing to read personally, however my father-in-law has a real interest in The American Civil War and I know that ‘The Killer Angels’ will read and appreciated by him, as I am certain it is a book that he definitely hasn’t read on the subject (and there are few of those, as he has acquired most of them)


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   In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life.

Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war.

It is the third summer of the war…On June 15, 1863, Robert Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia slips across the Potomac to begin the invasion of the North. His army is 70,000 strong but mostly unpaid and self-equipped. It has won nearly every battle it has fought. Lee knows a letter has been written, a letter offering peace. It is to be placed on the desk of Abraham Lincoln the day after Lee has won this battle.

Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny.

I can’t believe that I managed two wins in the same week, so thanks once again to Nikki and Bev, I am looking forward to reading the spoils of my victory!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Vicki,

      I am really looking forward to reading this one, then moving on to some of Catherine’s other books, if I enjoy it as much as I think I shall.

      All of her books seem to deal with some pretty hard-hitting issues and difficult relationships, so should make for some pretty intense reading.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for the congratulations, there was nobody more surprised than me, believe me!

      I am not too sure that I shall be reading ‘The Killer Angels’, war books are not some of my favourites. I do know that my father-in-law will be very pleased to receive it though, as he has always had a passion for the American Civil War, so it will definitely be going to a good home.

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for the congratulations, both wins were totally unexpected and very welcome.

      I’m glad that someone else also enjoyed ‘The Killer Angels’, Bev also recommended it when she posted it as her giveaway.

      I know that my father-in-law will appreciate it and I may even give it a try when he returns the book to me. War books are not generally part of my reading remit, but hey! I will try anything once.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Harvee,

      I do have very eclectic tastes in reading and will give most genres a chance.

      Murder/Mystery and Crime/Thriller are my favourite genres, with the occasional Historical Romance.

      The one genre that I do try and steer clear of is Biography/Autobiography, which doesn’t really interest me.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Yes, it certainly sounds like there are no holds barred with Catherine’s books. She isn’t afraid to tackle difficult issues head on and I am anticipating a pretty emotional, intense read

    • Hi Beth,

      Thanks for the congratulations and for stopping by today.

      Both of these titles are new to me, but having read a review of ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ by fellow blogger Nikki who organised the giveaway, and the great interview that she conducted with the author, I really wanted to own this book and couldn’t have more pleased to win it.

    • Hi Serena,

      Too many books, so little time!!!

      I need to live into the next century to ever see the bottom of my TBR pile.

      Yet who can resist a competition when they see one?

      I am sure to enjoy both books,

      Thanks for stopping by.


    • Hi Mary Ann,

      ‘The Killer Angels’ certainly provides a different take on the Civil War, having read the numerous great reviews about it and scanned through the book when it arrived.

      There are obviously a great many factual books about those terrible times and many historical romance books which deal with the loves lost and won. This book seems to be a combination of the two, woven together, so that the transition between fact and fiction is almost seamless.

      The more I look at the book and read some of the in depth reviews, the more minded I am to definitely give this one a try myself.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Peggy,

      Thank you so much for the best wishes, it was good to hear from you.

      ‘Never Let Me Go’ is certainly going to be next on my list, as it is a complete contrast to the story I am working on right now, and I do like to mix my genres whenever possible, to add variety to my reading.

    • Hi Alyce,

      That’s three good recommendations for ‘The Killer Angels’, so I can see that I am going to have to read it, once my father-in-law has had his turn with it first.

      I was so pleased that Bev opened this giveaway up to overseas visitors, the postage rates seemed to be quite outrageous just for a paperback book and I really did appreciate it.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting

  • Sorry, I’m a bit behind on my log visiting.

    I really hope you enjoy Don’t Let Me Go. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

    Congratulations on both wins! 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have to say that I am running a little behind with my reviewing, but I suspect that has more to do with the amount of memes I have taken part in just lately, there just aren’t enough hours in the evening to keep up with it all …. and read!

      I am really looking forward to reading ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ , made all the sweeter because it was a rare win for me, so thanks once again … your review and author interview were fantastic!

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