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.
Your host for March 2013 is: Caitlin over at ’Chaotic Compendiums’
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!
My mailbox this week, is largely thanks to Stephanie Taylor, of Astraea Press. Astraea was formed in 2010 when Stephanie saw the need for a non erotic, e-publisher that offered wholesome reads but still maintained the quality of mainstream romance.
The first titles for Astraea were launched in February 2011, with just a handful of participating authors, (some of whom I reviewed for) representing a scant one or two genres of fiction writing. Now, in February 2013, celebrating its second birthday, Astraea has gone from strenth to strength, boasting a healthy stable of authors, representing seven individual genres of non erotic titles.
As part of the birthday celebrations and to thank their loyal customers and authors, Astraea have been giving away two books every day for the entire month of February, courtesy of Mark Coker and the gang at ‘Smashwords’, the world’s largest distributor of indie books.
Clutz that I am, I didn’t discover this great daily offering until well into the month, however I have still managed to acquire some excellent titles over the last few days … in fact I shall need two ‘Mailbox Monday’ posts to let you know about them all!
Day 21 – ‘The Trouble With Charlie’ by Catherine Bennett
Love. Desire. A psycho bent on revenge. But can Charlie Reynolds recognize the most dangerous of the three? Since being out on her own at eighteen, Charlotte “Charlie” Reynolds is a street-smart “good” girl who hides her desire for love and security behind her feisty and independent personality. She just never expected a more noxious hero than wealthy, self-consumed Evan Gardner, the CEO and founder of Valley Tech., a successful software company in Los Angeles. From the moment Evan rescues her from an apparent random attack, their attraction for each other bubbles just below the surface of all-out passion.
Day 23 – ‘Jordan’s Battle’ by E.A. West.
My last new arrival this week is a book which I featured on my ‘New Titles’ pages a couple of weeks ago. After seeing the published post, the author contacted made contact and has since sent me a Kindle copy for review:
‘Blood Money’ by Doug Richardson
The disillusioned Marine’s plan seems simple enough: steal a refrigerated tractor trailer loaded with frozen blood product; drive the pirated cargo from Reno, Nevada to the Port of Long Beach; collect a million dollars. Yet even the most deliberate plans can go sideways. On his campaign south, the Marine’s “inner idiot” takes charge, leaving a smattering of dead bodies in his wake.
In the dark before dawn, a telephone rings. Kern County Sheriff’s detective Lucas “Lucky” Dey, no stranger to being awakened with bad news, answers the call. But this time, the voice on the phone tells Lucky that his ill-fated younger brother has been gunned down on a blackened desolate highway.
As Lucky chases the former Marine and his black semi-rig into the bowels of Los Angeles, he’s thrust into a landscape of competing agendas. Conrad Ellis, the multi-millionaire entertainment mogul, demands justice for the murder of his starlet daughter. Ambitious federal attorney Lilly Zoller is determined to turn any opportunity into her personal spotlight. Rey Palomino, the morally-challenged contractor, colludes with the former Marine hoping to crawl out from under a crushing debt. LAPD detective and dedicated single mom Lydia “Gonzo” Gonzales, reluctantly accepts her assignment to “babysit” the unrestrained Kern County detective hell-bent on avenging his brother’s death at any cost.
A knee-breaking private detective, some unwitting feds, and a coterie of gang-busting L.A. Sheriffs deputies further complicate the scenario and round out the cast of characters in this explosive and unpredictable thrill ride.
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