In The Mail #16

InTheMail16Hello people of blogland~ First, let’s address some updates on my recent progress. I’m dreadfully behind on my reviews. In fact, by the time this post goes up, I’ll be 5 books behind. That number makes me cringe. The only thing I can say in my defense is that I’ve been busy. Very busy. Between my initial computer problems, spring break, birthday parties, working on Khet, dealing with my yard turning into a watery sinkhole, a bout of food poisoning, and homeschooling, as you can imagine, it’s easy to get behind.

To be honest, it’s probably going to take me awhile to catch up—I just don’t have the time to read right now. However, I am trying to keep posts showing up on my blog throughout the interim, so even though there aren’t two reviews going up every week at this point, you can look forward to more writing related posts as I try and fill up the gaps. I am keeping on top of Free Fiction Fridays. Hopefully things will get back to normal in the next few weeks.

Right now it’s down to ‘Do I want to work on Khet today?’ or ‘Do I want to read a book today?’, and so far, Khet is winning. I’ve made a lot of progress on the outline in the last week—I added another 6 chapters and filled a few plot holes—so even though my TBR list has gone nowhere recently, I do feel like I’m getting things accomplished… and that’s what matters, right?

Anyways, on to the meat of this post. I’ve had a few books added to my “In The Mail” pile recently, and I thought I’d share. I actually have more on the way (Thank you Kindle Scout and Good Reads) but they won’t show up for another 4 weeks… so we’re just going to pretend they aren’t floating around the US with my address attached to them, and get right down to it.

inthemail-death wish-megan tayteDeath Wish [Ceruleans 1] by Megan Tayte

Young Adult, Fantasy->Paranormal, Romance

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Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.

As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.
What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.

To believe the impossible.

inthemail-chimera-nj tangerChimera [Universe Eventual 1] by N.J. Tanger

Science Fiction, Young Adult

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The Stephen’s Point colony is dying. Desperate, the colony must restore the ancient colony ship Chimera for a dangerous return journey to Earth.

To sixteen-year-old Theo Puck, the Mandate to crew the Chimera seems like a game—one he isn’t invited to play. A brutal murder changes everything: left with no choice, Theo has to complete the Selection training and make it aboard the Chimera or face terrible consequences.

Selena Samuelson wants to do what she does best—fly. Piloting her father’s ore trawler is the only life she’s known before a horrifying accident strands her aboard the Hydra, the station responsible for rebuilding the Chimera. Forced into the Mandate testing against her will, Selena encounters an unexpected ally, forever changing the way she sees the Chimera and herself.

Forced to make dark choices in order to survive, Theo and Selena’s fates intertwine. But behind the scenes, someone else sets into motion events that could destroy everything they’re fighting to protect.

inthemail-royal date-sariah wilsonRoyal Date by Sariah Wilson

New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin.

HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing.

Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?

inthemail-captain and countess-alice gainesCaptain and Countess by Alice Gaines

Romance, Historical->Regency

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Captain Jason Northcross desperately desires his sister, Lily, to marry into noble society. To achieve a duchy for his sister, he needs a proper marriage for himself. His status guarantees an easily achieved betrothal, and he should have no trouble selecting one of the eligible young ladies during his party in the countryside. However, distracted from his goal, he has a hard time keeping his hands off his neighbor, Lady Rushford.

The late Earl of Rushford’s widow, Bess Webster, believes romance has passed her by. So why can’t she keep Captain Northcross out of her dreams? And how does he inflame passions she didn’t know she had? While she should be focused on penning novels and finding husbands for her friends, her thoughts center on broad shoulders and laughing green eyes.

Will these misaligned engagements be set straight before the final vows have been spoken?

inthemail-a highland knight's desire-amy jareckiA Highland Knight’s Desire [Highland Dynasty 2] by Amy Jarecki

Romance, Historical->15th Century

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In 15th century Scotland, Sir Duncan finds himself rescuing Lady Meg from the clutches of the Earl of Northumberland, and he is knocked off guard by the sassy, redheaded lass. And aye, the tall, dark, and rugged Highlander challenges Meg’s piety with his every stare.

Sir Duncan focuses on returning Lady Meg to her family and collecting his bounty before the lass can further sink her wiles into his heart. Lady Meg’s kidnapper, Northumberland, is plotting his revenge and is out to ruin them both. If Northumberland’s ruse is not exposed, Meg may end up becoming a nun, and Duncan a pawn in a deadly game. Join us on this passionate adventure as Lady Meg discovers herself – and her desires. Book two in the Highland Dynasty Series; stay tuned for book three!

inthemail-back to the heart-sky corganBack To The Heart by Sky Corgan

Romance, Contemporary

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The past few months have been hard on Ana White. After being seduced by her boss, fired from her job, and discovering she’s pregnant, she’s forced to give up her dream life in New York City and return home to Texas.

Disgraced A-lister Ryan Black has spent the last six months pretending to be someone else and putting his bulging muscles to good use laboring on the ranch once treasured by Ana’s late father. His little white lies and secret identity never seem to hurt anyone until he meets Ana and falls in love.

After being betrayed, Ana had sworn to guard her heart, but Ryan isn’t giving up so easily. He knows what he wants, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make Ana his. Will Ryan’s devotion be enough to allow love back into Ana’s heart?

inthemail-total surrender-rebecca zanettiTotal Surrender [Sin Brothers 4] by Rebecca Zanetti

Fantasy->Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary, Military

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Piper Oliver knows she can’t trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won’t be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she’s done. Something isn’t adding up, though, and she won’t rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it’s buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who’s working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won’t let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for-and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

inthemail-sea air-jule meeringaSea Air by Jule Meeringa & Terry Laster

Romance, Contemporary

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Between raising her seven-year-old daughter and maintaining her job, single mom Nele needs a break. When friends offer to take her daughter, Paula, on vacation with them, it’s the perfect opportunity for Nele to have an adventure of her own.

Nele’s track record with men is bleak, so when she goes on a North Sea getaway, the last thing she expects is romance. But that’s what she finds in the beguiling Mathis, a man twenty-five years her senior. Like Nele, Mathis longs to break free from the ordinary. But are their circumstances too complicated to allow a future together? Nele has her doubts—especially after she returns home to find that her ex, a handsome doctor, is back and ready to settle down.

Now Nele faces a choice, between two different men and two very different lives. Which is the path to her future—and her truest self?

inthemail-ready player one-ernest clineReady Player One [Ready Player One 1] by Ernest Cline

Science Fiction->Dystopian, Young Adult, Adventure

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It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

inthemail-the white giraffe-lauren st. johnThe White Giraffe [Animal Healer 1] by Lauren St. John

Children’s->Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery, Cultural->Africa

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The night Martine Allen turns eleven years old is the night her life changes completely. Martine’s parents are killed in a  fire, so she must leave her home to live on an African wildlife reserve with a grandmother she never knew she had.

When Martine arrives, she hears tales of a mythical animal living there—a white giraffe. They say no one has ever seen the animal, but it does leave footprints behind. Her grandmother insists that the white giraffe is just a legend, but then, one stormy night, Martine looks out her bedroom window straight into the eyes of the tall silvery animal. Could it be just Martine’s imagination, or is the white giraffe real? And if so, why is everyone keeping its existence a secret? Does it have anything to do with the rash of poaching going on at the reserve? To find out, Martine will use all of her courage and smarts, and an emerging gift for healing, in a doing adventure to save her new friend.

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