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Mailbox Monday March 5th 2012


Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that 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 March is: … Anna at Diary Of an Eccentric
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Anna, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


This weeks post will bring you up to date on the remaining great books I downloaded from ‘Smashwords‘, as part of the first birthday giveaway offer, from the fantastic ladies at Astraea Press.

They are all from the ‘parent genre’ of romantic fiction, although the individual books come from various sub-genres, from contemporary romance, to historical romance; fantasy romance, through to paranormal romance.

It is also good to see that Astraea Press is run so well by a group of ladies who are themselves romantic fiction authors and have included some of their own books in this great giveaway.

I probably won’t be attempting a marathon romance read anytime soon, however these lovely additions to my TBR titles will fit nicely between books from other genres and I shall definitely be writing and posting reviews for them all.

If you want to discover more about the individual authors then click on the naming links and to read a full synopsis for the individual books simply click on the image.


  ‘A New Dream’ by Elanie Cantrell


  ‘Lizzie and the Geurnsey Gang’ by April Gardner


  ‘Spartan Heart’ by Kristine Cheney


  ‘The Last Great Wizard of Yden’ by S.G. Rogers




Finally, just to ‘ring the changes’ somewhat, this book was passed on to me by my father, who rated this one as ‘average’, which is his version of everyone else’s ‘great’, so I can’t wait to try it!


Sometimes I wish that she’d just leave me in peace.

NOW YOU SEE HER… Gillian is haunted by the disappearance of her little girl two years ago. A devastating fire burned down their home, but she remains convinced her daughter survived.

NOW YOU DON’T… Ten-year-old Tom lives by the town’s neglected churchyard. Is he the only one who sees the strange, solitary child playing there? And what is she trying to tell him?

NOW YOU RUN… There’s a new vicar in town – Harry – and he’s meeting the locals. But menacing events suggest he isn’t welcome. What terrible secret is this town hiding?


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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 Nikki,

      I thought I recognised the name. When you mentioned her book ‘Now You See Me’, it rang even bigger bells, so I did some searching and I found that book as well, in my TBR pile!

      I have put both the books together in a ‘safe place’ and will be reading them ASAP.

      I did a search on your site, but I guess that you didn’t review ‘Now You See Me’?

      Have a good week.

    • Hi Diane,

      I obviously own more S.J. Bolton than I thought, I guess this is indicitive of having such a great TBR pile, it is easy to lose track of just what great books you have collected over time.

      I have only heard good things about her books, so I shall look forward to reading these two very soon.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

    • Hi Mystica,

      There are just so many good new authors about that it is almost impossible to keep track of them all.

      Everyone seems to rate S.J. Bolton very highly, and even though what is good and bad is purely a matter of personal taste, so many people can’t be wrong, can they?

      I am really looking forward to reading her books.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Her books are certainly in the ‘thriller’ category. The video trailers on S.J’s website are chilling enough, but when you are getting resounding endorsements from the likes of Lee Child and Tess Gerritsen, then you know that you need to read this book with the lights on!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week

    • Hi Mary,

      I have trouble keeping up with all the reviews I have outstanding now, so goodness knows how long all these new ones will take to post!!!

      Things have changed around here lately, which means that I am not getting half as much reading time either, I can already hear my TBR pile groaning under the weight of these new additions!!

      Thanks for the visit and enjoy your week

    • Hi Jennifer,

      It is good to have some books that no-one else appears to have in their mailbox, although I do feel a little envious of all the great reads that get sent to so many from the publishers.

      On the other hand, being able to review some of the not quite so well known authors is very satisfying and I have found some real gems this way.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

  • The April Gardner book has an interesting title. I will await your review, to see if I want to consider it or not.

    Have a fun reading week this week.

    • Hi Gigi Ann,

      The synopsis for this book is good too. Living near to the South coast of the UK, I am always interested in books which deal with war-time in The Channel Islands. It is frightening to realise just how close we actually came to facing a mainland inavsion and occupation by the Germans.

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      A week!, it is going to take me forever to get through my pile this week, at the rate I have been reading just lately. I am geting less and less reading time and I am beginning to seriously question whether I have enough time to keep up with blogging, although I would be heartbroken to have to give it up.

      Thanks for visiting and have a good week.

    • Hi Suko,

      I am sitting here now, surrounded by three full height bookcases, triple stacked on each shelf, just wondering how many life times it is going to take me to even make a small dent in the number of books!!!

      Still, what a way to go LOL!

      Have a good week and thanks for the cheery comment.

    • Hello Anna,

      Thanks for hosting ‘Mailbox Monday’ for March. It is always a great meeting place to check out new books on the circuit, which I might otherwise have missed.

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