Mailbox Monday Oct 26



Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme graciously hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page. It’s a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.


Not only did I get a great book in the mail a few days ago, but it was a PRIZE! Woohoo! Or should I say, yeehaw? I won Touched by Love by Tracy Garrett during The Great Western Drive, a blog event for Wild West book lovers.


All it took was one touch… 

Tracy Garrett returns to Texas, 1847, with the story of a love that breaks all the rules…


 Jaret Walker is a loner, a gun for hire with a heart of ice. He’s never had anyone to call his own, and he likes it that way. But when a promise made to a friend leads him on a ride through the desert and to remote Two Roses Ranch where he meets Isabel Bennett, the woman he’s supposed to protect, all he can think of is making her his. She’s the kind of woman a rough-riding cowboy like him can never have. But her hot gaze tempts him like no other woman has before…


The moment Isabel Bennett lays eyes on Jaret Walker, she remembers the dreams she’s denied for so long. She’s sworn never to marry. It’s the only way to protect her ranch. But when Walker rides into her life, she decides to let herself taste what she’s giving up—a passion that burns through her with each kiss—and a desire that won’t be denied…

Well thunderin’ tarnation that sounds like a story I could enjoy! And I love the tag line on Ms. Garrett’s website, “Taming the west, two hearts at a time.”

I usually don’t seek out Westerns so I’m happy to have something fresh on my reading list! But just that one book in my mailbox this week, I’ve been buying them at the regular old brick & mortar stores here in DC since I needed the instant gratification of having new pages and shiny covers in my hands.

Blast from the past in my mailbox

It seemed like the perfect idea at the time…the year was 2004. The setting? My parents’ house. Anticipation sparkled in the air as I packed up my bedroom, readying for my final year of college. A 3 bedroom house off-campus awaited me and my two best friends.

We were going to par-tay. We were going to be the best hostesses, the comfiest place to watch movies, the best backyard beer pong…all the things a college senior could hope for.

But no room for books. Thinking back on it now I can’t remember hesitating at all. For shame, past self, for shame! I am berating myself heavily these days as I’ve been battling bouts of nostalgia for the 100+ books I donated to my library as I moved out of my parents’ house for good. 

Why oh why did I do that?!?! I know my parents didn’t ask me to and now I so so so wish I didn’t get rid of them. I certainly didn’t have much time to read in college, what with all the aforementioned partaying, beer pong, and movie watching…oh yeah and studying and class too, but reading has always been a precious hobby of mine.

I think maybe I thought I would “grow out of” romance novels and I didn’t want to bring them to school since I was still keeping it a secret at that time that I actually read those “bodice rippers.” Well not only did I NOT grow out of them but thankfully I am much more comfortable admitting to my love of this fabulous genre.

You know how when you have a song stuck in your head, it helps to hear the song? Especially when you can only remember two lines or just the chorus? When that happens to me I have to fire up youtube and find the song immediately. Well recently I have had certain scenes from old books stuck in my head. Like that time she escaped by bashing her captor over his head with a candlestick! Or when they found the treasure but it was teaming with cottonmouth snakes and they were afraid to reach in!

So I HAD to read these books to fully develop the scenes into stories; and also to see if I still loved these books as much as I remembered. If only I hadn’t given them away!

My library/libraries (I always search both DC and Northern VA library systems) didn’t have a few of them, so I found some used copies at a few different places including my favorite Better Than Chocolate Book Co. 

Since I just HAD to order them I’m participating in The Printed Page’s meme Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I recently found these blasts from the past in my mailbox:

DSCF0472The Valentine Legacy, by Catherine Coulter

Black Silk, by Judith Ivory

Tiger’s Eye, by Karen Robards

My Lady Notorious, by Jo Beverley

Now we’ll just have to see if my fond memories of these old skool romances stand the test of time now that I’m no longer a teenager and a much more widely read romance novel lover.

Mailbox Monday (April 20)

Thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday! What new books arrived in your mailbox this week?

This is my first time joining in with this meme as most of my books come from the library, but when I received TWO SHIPMENTS of reading treasures in one day last week I knew I needed to join in!!!

Pulling these out of the boxes and making them into a pile made me soo happee:


 The first three come from the Better than Chocolate Book Co. When hubby brought in the mail with the two boxes he gave me the evil eye as we are trying the be thrifty and he knows me buying books is a steep, slippery slope. BUT I got THREE books from Better than Chocolate for TWELVE (12) dollars. I was very mature and stuck my tongue out at him, bragging that my books cost as much as his lunch from Cosi.

They are a great, online, used book store that I would highly recommend. I bought:

  • Born in Ice, by Nora Roberts: I am going through a rereading phase and this was one of the first romance novels that I ever read. And sobbed along with. Why did I EVER donate it back in the day?
  • Night Magic,by Karen Robards: Same thing, I borrowed it from the library wayyy back in high school and remembered really liking it. Plus I was craving a spy, action, romance, story that still has the all important happily-ever-after.
  • Son of Morning, by Linda Howard: OK this one is entirely new to me. I’ve posted about this before but I keep fantasizing about time travel, but my own imagination is a little lonely and short-sighted on this one. When I asked for recommendations this was THE MOST recommended time travel romance. I will definitely be reading it this week!

These books came from Amazon. The first two were recommended to me by other bloggers, but if I got one more book my shipping would be free, so I threw in the third that was recommended by Amazon. I’m a little iffy on that one:

  • The Mirror, Marlys Millhiser: This one sounded a bit moire “fantastical” than my typical preference but the reviews were soooo good. Here is the blurb: A 20-year-old Boulder girl stares into her grandmother’s Chinese mirror on her wedding day in 1978, faints and comes to in her grandmother’s body–in 1900–about to be married to a miner. As she moves through life, even giving birth to her own mother, she becomes known as a fairly decent seer. Had she paid more attention in school, she would have been a great one.
  • Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake, by Laurie Brown: My favorite romance novel plot line is rakes of the Ton reformed by clever heroines, so add that plus time travel? Sign me up!
  • Into Thin Air, by Cindy Miles: So this was the “free shipping” book. My expectations are that it is true fluff. But I always need that to read on the metro. Here is the blurb: After centuries of protecting lost souls, modern-day earthbound angel Gawan of Conwyk is a month shy of retirement (into blessed mortality) when a new case drops in his lap—or, more specifically, onto the road to his ancient, spirit-inhabited castle. When he finds Ellie stumbling in the rain, she doesn’t know who she is or how she got to the north of England; as it turns out, she’s more dead than alive, a corporeal projection fluttering about betwint the living and the unliving. To help her, Gawan’s got to track down her real body and solve the mystery of her near death, but he knows that once he saves her life, she’ll forget him—a matter complicated by Gawan’s discovery that she’s his one-and-only soul mate.