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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mailbox Monday 20th December 2010

"Mailbox Monday" is the brainchild of Marcia at The Printed Page.

Mailbox Monday is now on a blog tour. November's host was Knitting and Sundries. December's host is Lady Q at Let Them Read Books! So be certain to stop by her blog and show her some love!

"In My Mailbox" is hosted by The Story Siren.

Every week we will post about what books we have that week (via your mailbox/library/store bought)! Everyone that agrees to participate will try to visit each other's list and leave comments! Everyone is welcome to join! You can join at anytime and you DO NOT have to participate every week.

All my books are from the local library in Carnegie, Melbourne.
No purchases of any books were made. Several wins have come in but these are all being posted direct to my home in Sri Lanka.

Country Pursuits by Jo Carnegie deals with a bunch of racy women in the idyll of Churchminster. The cover is different to what I have - I may not have picked the book if this was the cover actually!!!!

The Long Good Boy by Carol Lea Benjamin is touted as a Rachel Alexander mystery (6) and I like serial mysteries. It also helps that there is a dog on the cover.....

Once Upon a Christmas by Lauraine Snelling and Lenora Worth is my Christmas read for the season. Its described as two joyous romantic Novellas and I thought it is just what I need right now.

M C Beaton's famous Agatha Raisin series the No 8 - I have read a few before this and a light cozy mystery is something I need as well.

This week I have chosen lighter books to get me through the Christmas week as these are ones which for me suit my spirit during the period. This is a Christmas I am away from home after around 28 years - the last one was when I was in Dubai on work!!!! Not one I want to duplicate for another 30 years (if I am around!).

A very happy Christmas to all of you. May peace, love, joy and prosperity fill your hearts and homes.


  1. I love the Agatha Raisin witty and fun.

    Hope you enjoy your books and your holidays :)

  2. Enjoy the books. These are all new to me.

  3. Country of Pursuits looks like a fun read!

    My Mailbox Monday link is on the Let Them Read Books post (it won't post publicly to others until tomorrow). ;-)

    Have a great week, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you!

  4. They all look perfect :-) I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. :) I'm in the mood for another good holiday book, so Once Upon a Christmas sounds great to me. Thanks for stopping by!! Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  6. Once a Upon a Christmas thats a beautiful cover and sounds good to. Believe it or not haven't read any Xmas books yet. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Reading.

  7. You are totally right! I would enjoy that first book, and I would definitely have a look at it cos of that cover, lol

  8. Lots of good books for you. I need to read my holiday book this week.

  9. I need to find a great Christmas read and get started. I'm still coming to terms with how few days there are left before the big day. Time goes so fast when I'm having fun LOL! Enjoy your reads! You can see my mailbox here if you'd like:

  10. Oh, I'm sorry you won't be home for Christmas! At least you've got some good books to get you through it!

  11. I'm a sucker for a book with a dog on the cover.

  12. I'm not a great fan of mystery so I want to read more of it like I used to in the past. The Agatha Raisin book looks like it would be a good mystery read. Thanks for visiting my mailbox!

  13. That Agatha Raisin series does sound like fun, I might have to check it out!

  14. I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers.

    Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

    Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

    But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.

    I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author.

    In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

    As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

  15. I read THE LONG GOOD BOY, Mystica. I love Carol Lea Benjamin's series of books. Wonderful stuff.

  16. Nice mailbox!! Enjoy all your new books!!

  17. Great list. The Long Good Boy looks so cute. Enjoy your books!

  18. Looks like some great books. Country Pursuits looks fun - I look forward to your thoughts on it. I've read one book by Lauraine Snelling and really liked it. I hope this one will be a good read for you.

  19. Namascar mera rani :)

    I really like the look of Once Upon A Christmas... seems like the perfect read for the holidays.

    Enjoy the books and look forward to hearing how they turn out. :)

  20. Happy reading! I haven't heard of any of these so I'm looking forward to your thoughts.

  21. It's funny how much of a difference a cover can make! (Sometimes I see alternate covers for a book I have on LibraryThing and think I would never have picked up the book with that cover!)

    Enjoy all your books and thanks for visiting my blog!