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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mailbox Monday - 10th January 2011

Mailbox Monday is the brainchild of The Printed Page. It is now on a blog tour. Last month
it was Lady Q at Let Them Read Books. This month it is being hosted by Rose City Reader.
Every week we post what books we have received either through a library/gifts/wins or purchased.

Those who link to the meme should try to visit each others blogs and leave comments. It is not
necessary to link every week.

This week my books are courtesy of wins.

I am still not able to post the covers of the books where I want them to be placed. The pictures come
alongside the main picture and not where I need them to be. I don't seem to be able to copy and paste
them either which was an easier option. If anyone can help me, please do.

The Lady's Slipper won from Sarah at the Reading the Past. A novel set in mid seventeenth century
and concerns the discovery of a rare orchid. The story eventually leads to murder and exile so it is definitely
slightly different to the normal run of historical fiction.

The other book was The Leopard Unleashed by Elizabeth Chadwick - a win from Teddyree from The Ecletic
Reader. A story of Renard a crusader in Antioch and Olwen a exotic dancing girl and a political marriage in the
form of Elene. The story is both intriguing and romantic. A historical fiction novel which is also different.

Today was spent at the orphanage in Negombo. Due to the fact that I delayed my arrival in Sri Lanka the children
did not get their Christmas presents during Christmas for which I was truly sad. It was just not possible to coordinate
the purchase of things for 35 girls from Melbourne. It was done in two days and all delivered today - the children
and I were very happy to meet after so very long. I visit again next week. I am still trying to finish the backlog of work
so blogging sometimes has to take a back seat for a while.


  1. 35 christmas presents? That is a lot. I guess you have to be there for it to happen (the buying) and I'm glad you finally managed. I think the girls will be very happy with the presents even if it's after christmas.

    The Lady's Slipper sounds like a nice book. I've read something like that called Deadly Slipper by Michelle Wan, which is a modern mystery involving this orchid.

    Happy reading!

  2. Sometimes I have a really really hard time with the pics, they drive me insane.

    Hm, but mostly it works kind of well when I upload from photobucket and tries to have the mouse where it should be

  3. Yay, I'm happy the book arrived safely, and I hope you enjoy it. That sounds like a great thing you're doing, providing gifts for 35 girls.

  4. What a wonderful thing to do- giving gifts for the kids. Very uplifting.

    When you upload your covers to blogger check to see if you have the one option set to center or left or right. If you have it set to none it will be impossible to place the pic.

    Have a great day!

  5. Have you tried editing it in html and cutting and pasting the code for the image?

    I haven't had the particular problem you're having - I wish I could be more helpful.

  6. How nice to give all of those presents.

    As for the photo issues, I have not had that problem with blogger so I don't know what to say; sorry

  7. Wow, what an accomplishment, taking all those gifts to the girls! I love that you did it! Your reason for less reading/blogging is much better than mine :)

  8. Nice win from Teddyree. I've heard good things about Elizabeth Chadwick so I'll watch for your review :)

    I think Dar's advice sounds good. I hope you can get it figured out!

  9. Both your books sound interesting to me. I look forward to your reviews. What a generous act toward the children at the orphanage!

  10. I bet the girls loved the gifts!

    Enjoy your new books.

  11. You got The Lady's Slipper?? I'm soo jealous!! Thanks for stopping by my Mailbox. Happy reading!

  12. I just returned a copy of The Lady's Slipper to the library last week (I didn't get to open the cover...but still want to read it).

    I hope you enjoy it!

    Bless you for taking time to visit the orphanage, creating a special memory for the children. It breaks my heart to think of so many children without loving homes.

  13. How wonderful to bring them all gifts!

    Enjoy your new books!

  14. here's mine

  15. How awesome what you do for the children!

    Both of your books look interesting.

  16. I'm certain the children at the orphanage still loved the gifts, a gift will outrank any holiday. It's the complete squeels of happiness that makes the giving so much more.

    Congrats on the wins, girl your karma is getting some positive hits :)

  17. What a fabulous thing you have done, by buying gifts for 35 girls -- wow -- truly impressive!

    Hope you enjoy your books!

  18. What a wonderful experience! Your books look great, too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  19. Isn't it fun to win books? You seem to have been very lucky in that department recently.

    What lucky girls--and how sweet of you. So much sadness, and yet you brought some light and joy into their lives.
    *Bless You*

  20. Wow - sounds like you are VERY busy! :) Congrats on your wins.

    I sometimes have better luck moving pictures in blogger by cutting and pasting the code for the picture I'm moving in the HTML format. Otherwise, I too sometimes have trouble moving them if they don't get placed where I want them. Sometimes it does work better when I move my curser to where I want the picture to be and then upload one at a time.

    Good luck!! And let us know how all those girls are doing!

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  21. Ooh, I'd love to read The Leopard Unleashed! Hope you enjoy it :)

  22. Enjoy Leopard Unleashed, I got a copy for Christmas from Alaine and I can't wait to read it!
    So glad you were able to take all the presents to the girls in the orphanage ... you must bring them a lot of joy and vice versa