Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mailbox Monday – April 22, 2013

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia at Mailbox Monday in which bloggers can ramble on about the books they received/bought/stole over a given week.  Each month a new blogger hosts the meme, and this month it’s Mari at MariReads.

Mailbox Monday is late again… but only by two days.  Not that big of a deal, right?  Plus, we have a gi-freakin-normous haul of books to report.  It takes time to write up all that stuff.  At least, that’s my story.  And believe-you-me, I’m sticking to it. 

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TitlePerfect Flaw
Author:  Robin Blankenship (editor)
PublisherSeventh Star Press
Genre(s):  Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction, Anthology
About the Book:  This anthology features seventeen speculative fiction tales, spanning many different genres, held together by the lynchpin of societies gone wrong—or, in other words, dystopia.  From “utopian” societies masking an underlying controlled state, to stories of people fighting back against repression, the flaws that create a dystopian atmosphere are brought to the fore.  Authors include H. David Blalock, J.L. Mulvihill, Windsong Levitch, and others.
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Author:  Shawnda Currie
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Genre(s):  YA, Science Fiction
About the Book:  Lacey, new resident in the Clear Waters juvenile detention center, is befriended by a mysterious young guy named Taylor who manages to convince her that she is in danger at Clear Waters.  Lacey and Taylor perform a daring escape and meet up with Taylor’s friends who, it is revealed, are agents sent from the future to head off a corporate plot that will lead to a world war unless averted.  They help Lacey tap into the psychic powers of the “evolved” human, and together work to… well, save the world.
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Author:  Richard Danksy
Genre(s):  Science Fiction
About the Book:  Video game projects get shut down all the time, but when the one Ryan Colter and his team have poured their hearts into gets cut, something different happens: the game refuses to go away.  Now Blue Lightning is alive, and it wants something from Ryan—something only he can give it.  And everybody knows how addictive video games can be… Making this tale a little more interesting is the fact that the author is a bona fide video game designer.  Should be interesting, for sure.

TitleNo Alternative
Author:  William Dickerson
Publisher:  Kettle of Letters Press
Genre(s):  Literary Fiction, Coming of Age Tale
About the Book:  In this coming of age novel set in the early 90’s, Thomas Harrison is an American teenager determined to start his own alternative band.  His obsession blinds him to what’s either the mental collapse or the eruption of musical genius in his little sister, Bridget.  Bridget rejects her brother’s music by taking on the persona of an X-rated “gansta rapper” named Bri Da B.  No Alternative probes the lives of rebellious kids who transition into adulthood via the distortion pedals of their lives in an era when the Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll ethos was amended to include Suicide as well.
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AuthorNancy Klann-Moren
Publisher:  AnthonyAnn Books
Genre(s):  Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
About the Book:  A coming of age tale set in Hadlee, Mississippi during the 1980s, The Clock of Life is the story of Jason Lee Rainey.  The adolescent boy struggles to find his way amid the old, steadfast Southern attitudes about race while his friendship with a black boy deepens and strives to be grow into the kind of man his father—a larger than life man who died in Vietnam—would have been proud of.  The story explores who two unsettling chapters in American history—the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, affect the fate of a family, a town, and two boyhood friends.
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Author:  Y. L. Parker
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Genre(s):  Paranormal, YA
About the Book:  Hillary Heremes was once the most feared alchemist of her time.  She awakens today in San Juan County, Washington as Hillary Somers, her memory gone, and all of her inherited powers trapped inside the body of a frail, timid teenager who’s filled with doubt.  Time has transported her through the line of the Somers Witches.  Lovers are caught in the war between vampires and witches.
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Author:  Lionel Shriver
PublisherHarper Perennial
Genre(s):  Literary Fiction
About the Book:  Acclaimed author Lionel Shriver—author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the vivid psychological novel We Need to Talk About Kevin—probes the mystery of charisma in a razor-sharp novel that teases out the intimate relationship between terrorism and cults of personality, explores what makes certain people so magnetic, and reveals the deep frustrations of feeling overshadowed by a life-of-the-party who may not even be present.
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Author:  William E. Thomas
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Genre(s):  Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
About the Book:  In the second book of The Cypress Branches Trilogy (book 1 of which, Pegasus Falling, was reviewed by our own Amanda Amaya), Harry Williamson, an ex-merchant seaman, successful businessman, and a loving family man, disappears from a ferry in the middle of the Irish Sea, and his grieving family are left with more questions than answers.  Who is Mary Robinson, and why did Harry leave her a small fortune in his will?  Had he been unfaithful to his wife Lesley?  What exactly happened to him on that boat?  As they delve into his past, they discover he’s been harboring a secret which threatens to tear apart the fabric of their family history.
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Title:  Nakba: The Civilizing War Volume I
Author:  Jason S. Walters
PublisherBlackWyrm Publishing
Genre(s):  Science Fiction
About the Book:  A thousand years ago humanity’s dissidents fled, leaving behind a peaceful, unified world content to exist in a state of perpetual hedonism.  Then a daring escape plunbed civilization into chaos, forcing its rulers to expand outward to maintain order.  Now all that stands between a newly imperial Earth and the rest of the solar system is a loose coalition of Maasai tribesmen, cloned feminist, shape-sifting humannequins, and vengeful Berbers led by the least likely hero in human history, a young woman with Down’s syndrome and a bad attitude.
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Author:  Helene Wecker
Genre(s):  Historical Fiction, Fantasy
About the BookChava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.  Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free.  The two become unlikely friends and soulmates as they navigate the streets and culture of turn-of-the-century New York.

AuthorLawrence Weill
Genre(s):  Psychological Thriller
About the Book:  Lara Joyner has seen the signs in the direction the leaves blow, in the patterns made by the clouds, in the Tarot cards, and in her prayers.  Hers on Dale is the second coming fo Christ.  Once Dale’s true identity is revealed, Lara will be forever known as the mother of God.  Incarnate follows Lara and her sons as she attempts to have him perform miracles and realize both his destiny and hers.  Meanwhile, Dale’s father and older sister frantically search for the two boys to bring them to safety.  Incarnate is a story of how delusion overpowers reason and the resilience of youth.
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Author:  Michael West (editor)
PublisherSeventh Star Press
Genre(s):  Horror, Anthology
About the BookVampires Don’t Sparkle! Poses the question: what would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?  Would you… go back to high school?  Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom?  Would you spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day?  Or would you do something else?  This anthology spits in the face of the rainbows and sunshine vampire ethos spawned by the Twilight series and takes vampires (and readers) back to their roots—with tales of horror, violence, and blood… and certainly no sparkles.
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Author:  D. M. Yates
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Genre(s):  Romance
About the Book:  Simon is a 36 year old antiques dealer who prefers a solitary, uncomplicated life.  April is his best friend’s 16 year old niece who believes Simon and she were lovers in a past life and are meant to be together.  Simon wants nothing to do with the game, but April will not be dissuaded.  Hmm… May/December romance anyone? 
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Title:  Birthdays of a Princess
Author:  Helga Zeiner
PublisherPOW WOW Publishing
Genre(s):  Psychological Thriller
About the Book:  After growing too old to compete, a former child beauty pageant queen, Tiara has a mental break and commits a heinous unprovoked assault.  Locked up in juvenile detention, a child psychologist attempts to unravel the childhood traumas that so scarred the young pageant queen.  At the same time, her mother attempts to explain Tiara’s childhood from her perspective, all while denying any responsibility for the girl’s psychological wounds.  The psychologist, with the help of police detectives, keeps digging until she find where the truth really lies.
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And now that we’ve shown you ours, it’s time to show us yours.  What did you get in your mailbox this week?


  1. You certainly had a full mailbox. ENJOY your reads.

    My posting was late as well. No biggie.

    Silver's Reviews
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