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In My Mailbox



A week ago I requested The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan, Book 3) by Kelly Gay. I was ecstatic when my request was approved and I was told that my book was on its way. Low and behold four days later, for some strange reason the publisher mixed up the packages and I received In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney. Imagine my surprise when I opened the package expecting an awesome Urban Fantasy, only to get a Non-fiction memoir that I was not remotely interested in, at all. Luckily after returning the book and contacting the publisher, they agreed to send me the correct book. It was a simple mix-up, but at least I know that working in this industry it pays off to be pleasant to your contacts, because they could have just as easily said “oh well” and not cared. Thus I want to extend a hearty Thank You to the kind folks at Pocket Books for taking the time to please their book reviewers, even a small town gal like me.


This week’s In My Mailbox will contain a rather lengthy list. I thought it would be fun to include along with my ARC’s, the 10 awesome books I acquired during the Borders closing sale. It was a bittersweet goodbye, walking into the store and realizing that it would be gone forever. But I held my head high, shuffled through the stacks of books, and breathed in the sweet smell of success, purchasing 10 books at 2.50 each. So goodbye Borders and thank you for feeding my addiction as one of my favorite bookstores, and for having the best coffee bar around!



This Week’s Print ARC’s From the Publisher:





  • Pub. Date: September 2011
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 432pp
  • Sales Rank: 33,919
  • Series: Belador Series #2
  • ISBN-13: 9781439195246
  • ISBN: 1439195242

    The way Evalle Kincaid sees it, saving mankind from total destruction should have cleared her name. But when words uttered in the heat of combat are twisted against her, she’s blamed for the prison break of three dangerous Alterants. She has one chance to clear the cloud of suspicion hanging over her…for good. All she has to do is recapture the escapees. But deals with gods and goddesses are tricky at best, and now the lives of all Beladors, and the safety of innocent humans, rides on Evalle’s success. The only person she can ask for help wants to see her dead.


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    Hunger Untamed (Feral Warriors Series #5)



  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 48,252
  • Series: Feral Warriors Series #5
  • ISBN-13: 9780061794711
  • ISBN: 0061794716
    They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release…

    For a thousand years she has haunted him—Ariana, Queen of the linas, a beauty of mist and light. His love, his life mate…Kougar believed her lost to him forever, until the truth of her stunning betrayal left him bitter and hungry for revenge. Now she alone holds the power to save two trapped and desperate Feral Warriors.

    Ariana, caught in a deadly battle of her own, is neither the soulless creature Kougar believes her to be nor the savior he seeks.

    And when darkness threatens to annihilate both races, the greatest danger of all becomes the glorious love Kougar and Ariana once shared. A love that must never rise again. A love that has never died.

    Mercy Burns (Myth and Magic Series #2)



  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 352pp
  • Sales Rank: 22,530
  • Series: Myth and Magic Series #2
  • ISBN-13: 9780440245704
  • ISBN: 0440245702

    Mercy Reynolds is a reporter in the San Francisco Bay area, but she’s also more—and less—than human. Half woman, half air dragon, she’s a “draman”—unable to shift shape but still able to unleash fiery energy. Now something will put her powers to the test.

    Mercy’s friend Rainey has enlisted her help to solve her sister’s murder. Then a horrible accident claims Rainey’s life, leaving Mercy only five days to find the killer: If Mercy fails, according to dragon law, Rainey’s soul will be doomed to roam the earth for eternity. But how can Mercy help when she herself is a target? With nowhere else to turn, she must join forces with a sexy stranger—the mysterious man they call “Muerte,” or death itself, who’s as irresistible as he is treacherous. But can even Death keep Mercy alive for long enough to find her answers?


    The Legend of Michael: Sin and Satisfaction



  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 416pp
  • Sales Rank: 146,246
  • ISBN-13: 9781402251566
  • ISBN: 1402251564

    One of an army of human soldiers injected with alien DNA, Michael is a legend within this new race, split between good and evil. Untamable, he has walked on the dark side and returned to the light. Feared and misunderstood, he leaves everything behind, including the one woman destined to be his mate.




    Cassandra holds the key to Michael’s power, and his pain. With loyalties divided and against insurmountable odds, Cassandra’s heart propels her to Michael’s side-but can her love do anything but destroy him…

    No ordinary woman can control a creature such as Michael, and only one thing is clear-the world will never be the same…


    Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter Series #3)



  • Pub. Date: January 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 352pp
  • Sales Rank: 46,435
  • Series: Guild Hunter Series #3
  • ISBN-13: 9780425240137
  • ISBN: 0425240134

    An ancient and malevolent female immortal is rising in Manhattan to reclaim her son, the archangel Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena Deveraux, a vampire-hunter-and Raphael’s lover.


    Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals after Dark Series #10)



  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 528pp
  • Sales Rank: 24,183
  • Series: Immortals after Dark Series #10
  • ISBN-13: 9781439136805
  • ISBN: 1439136807


    Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.


    When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.


    Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?


    Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series #4)



  • Pub. Date: September 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 480pp
  • Sales Rank: 23,603
  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood Series #4
  • ISBN-13: 9780451229687
  • ISBN: 0451229681

    Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. And if he can’t have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

    But fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him.

    Dragon Bound (Elder Races Series #1)



  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 29,426
  • Series: Elder Races Series #1
  • ISBN-13: 9780425241509
  • ISBN: 0425241505
    Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful-and passionate-of the Elder races.

    Vampire Mine (Love at Stake Series #10)



  • Pub. Date: March 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 13,565
  • Series: Love at Stake Series #10
  • ISBN-13: 9780061958045
  • ISBN: 0061958042
    Nothing on earth can make this vampire fall in love…

    After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He’s been watching his friends—those poor romantic fools—plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. He knows that love leads to nothing but heartache.

    Until Marielle…

    She is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these…feelings. This strange yet pleasant physical yearning—for a vampire! Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss?


    Chosen by Blood (A Para-Ops Novel)



  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 114,161
  • Series: A Para-Ops Novel Series
  • ISBN-13: 9780425241547
  • ISBN: 0425241548
    Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn- humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA-still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.


    This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress Series #5)



  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 14,568
  • Series: Night Huntress Series #5
  • ISBN-13: 9780061783180
  • ISBN: 0061783188

    Danger waits on both sides of the grave.
    Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance…

    With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally”—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war…to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.