In My Mailbox (20) and Weekly Search

I wasn’t planning on getting any new books this week, since my goal is to make a dent in the ones I already have, but a few opportunities fell into my lap.

From the Publisher:

“What do you imagine when you hear the name” . . . Bradbury?

You might see rockets to Mars. Or bizarre circuses where otherworldly acts whirl in the center ring. Perhaps you travel to a dystopian future, where books are set ablaze . . . or to an out-of-the-way sideshow, where animated illustrations crawl across human skin. Or maybe, suddenly, you’re returned to a simpler time in small-town America, where summer perfumes the air and life is almost perfect . . . “almost.”

Ray Bradbury–peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America’s most beloved authors–is a literary giant whose remarkable career has spanned seven decades. Now twenty-six of today’s most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.


I scored a deal on a used hardcover of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.


When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.


That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be kill in one final, spectacular hunt.


Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.


Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl’s perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys’ band. Char has a house full of stepsisters and a past full of backstabbing (female) ex-best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free…until it isn’t any more.

When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl…and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he possibly wants to be more than friends with Char…being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen — literally, ouch! — both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.




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[learn_more caption="famous lines from no great mischief"] There are plenty, most notably the one that the title is based on: Wolfe’s remark, “No great mischief if they fall,” regarding the Scots under his command at the Plains of Abraham.

Another favourite of mine is when Alex and his oldest brother are discussing their parents’ death. Alex points out that if they’d been with them, they might have died in the accident too. His brother says, “I don’t think of it that way. If I was there I might have saved them.”


[learn_more caption="writing contests about infidelity"] If anyone knows of such a contest, help him/her out and drop the details in the comments section. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="days of blood and starlight download"] I’m shaking my head at you. See the stern face?[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="download the peculiars by maureen doyle mcquerry free"] I wouldn’t pay for it either. Regardless, I’m still shaking my head at you. Try the library. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="similarities girl with the dragon tatoo and the keeper of lost causes"] 1. They’re both books in translation, though KOLC is originally Danish and TGWTDT is Swedish. 2. Very similar cover packaging, perhaps because they’re both crime thrillers in translation. 3. Dry humour. KOLC has it in spades. 4. They’re both part of a series. The sequel to KOLC, The Absent One, will go on sale in North America this August. [/learn_more]



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