Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mailbox Monday

~Mailbox Monday~  
is hosted by  Passages to the Past  during the month of April
We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week.

Bought from Black Expressions Book Club:

From Goodreads:
Six months ago her three daughters walked out and left Charlotte Rodgers to fend for herself. Charlotte is resentful and bitter towards her children, Clarice, Connie, and especially Camille, for leaving her to face the memories of her painful past. What Charlotte doesn’t know is that the past will soon catch up with her once again.

Justin and Clarice Braxton are struggling to hold on to their marriage. Justin’s affair has taken its toll, and Clarice (Reesy) has to decide once and for all, if she can finally forgive him, and move forward, or if the lure of giving Justin a dose of his own medicine is too tempting to ignore.

Camille Rodgers has lived her whole life under Charlotte’s critical eye, struggling to be the perfect daughter and giving in to Charlotte’s whims. When she steps out on her own for the first time, Camille quickly spirals out of control.

Connie Rodgers has fallen in love with her new son and things are going strong with her son’s father, John King. Then John finds out that his father is on his death bed. Unwelcome blasts from the past resurface, putting their new family to the test.

From Goodreads:

Charity Lavender Evans is a national bestselling author, but she has not achieved the success of her sister, Lynzee Lavender, whose science fiction books reached New York Times bestselling status. No matter how hard Charity tries, she is unable to get her contract renewed. It's been seven years.
Lynzee drops a bomb on Charity and tells her that Charity's husband, Jett, is the father of the daughter she bore thirty-three years ago and gave up for adoption. Unwilling to believe her, Charity hires a private detective. When it is revealed to her that the reason for her career stalling is that Lynzee had her blacklisted, Charity is appalled. She contacts Lynzee, who denies it and then puts pressure on Charity to tell Jett the truth about his daughter. Charity is in total denial.

Without a contract renewal, Charity and Jett are forced to sell their dream home. She and her husband take jobs to make ends meet, but she continues to write. Her hard work pays off, and she gets a new contract. Revelations, which becomes a New York Times bestseller, exposes a part of Lynzee's past that she's embarrassed about. As her own career and book sales plummet, she files a five million dollar civil suit against Charity.

Jett eventually finds out about his daughter. He is furious at Charity for lying to him, and files for a divorce. Trying to define her life as a wife, mother, sister, and writer will cause Charity to make some drastic changes that will eventually make her a stronger woman, but Charity's problems are not over. Someone is playing nasty tricks on her. She fears for her life. Jett and Charity debate if it's his ex-lover or Lynzee who is trying to hurt her. Everyone is shocked to discover the person's true identity.

Won this signed copy from PHE Ink: (I will be giving away my extra copy of this book after I review my signed copy!) 

From Goodreads:
In Search of the Lost is the story of Mallory Towneson Haulm, a sexy financial powerhouse, who lives in a quasi paradise in Austin, Texas. His opulent world is decorated with expensive toys and women more exquisite than an exotic candy shop.

After fourteen years of separation from his family, Mallory is summoned to return home to join The Family Business. Poised for success, Mallory is focused on turning around the ailing business, not realizing that taking his assigned reigns will put him in a position of unrelenting power which he is unaware he even has. His world crashes as he reunites with his brothers and becomes Death, the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse.

With every complication popping up in his life, the biggest one by far is in the form of an old lover from the past coming back to reclaim the spot in Mallory's heart.

 Received this signed review copy from the author:

Chante Chambers is a self-proclaimed princess. She has it all: looks, a body women would pay for, a great career, all the material items a girl could want plus some...all of this maintained by her ex, Jason. Whatever mama wants, Jason makes sure mama gets. The one task he failed at was being faithful. With a toss of a Gucci pump Jason was history. Or so she thought.

In a pursuit for love, happiness, and monogamy sometimes mistaken for sex, Chante encounters an array of men, whom if you took the best traits from them all and combined them, it still didn't create the perfect man. Just as Chante was ready to admit defeat in her quest for love, settle for a battery-operated appliance, and give in to the bottle of brown juice in walks a caramel Adonis.

Chante's new found love has the potential of being a lifelong love affair. Yet a lunch hour spent in between the sheets with a certain ex complicates things, as thoughts of starting their love anew begin running through her mind. What's a girl to do when she's torn between two lovers? Does she grab her panties off the floor and vow to never drop them again? Or does she go back for seconds?


Received this signed review copy from the author:

From Goodreads:
Am Going Where I Belong", the latest novel from master storyteller Hans Lindor, is a gripping journey through the plight of a once-wealthy immigrant family from Haiti...

Received these from the author as well.  Please note that this author is from Detroit!!!!!!  I live in Michigan, so it's exciting to find authors from my home state!

From Goodreads:

Has a ho ever called your house playing on the phone? Or left her underwear, lip gloss or hair pin in your home to let you know that she had been there? Has a ho sent you a letter, text or an email? Has a ho ever keyed your car or slashed your tires? If so, this book is for her! Help a ho out and send her a copy of this book! Now I know what you're thinking and you're probably saying "forget dat ho"! But real a ho out, you may be saving someone s life!!! A Ho Needs 2 Stay in a Ho's Place is a handbook for ho's. The vision to create such a handbook came from years and years of passing on the same advice to many women, both young and old. I have been selling shoes in Detroit, Michigan for over 13 years and for some reason, numerous of women have entered my store asking for my advice or opinion regarding their relationships. However, most can not handle the truth. Many have had attitudes and disappear for a while and a few have totally stopped patronizing my business altogether. Nevertheless, I feel that the time has come to put it in writing. This handbook provides the same information I have passed on over the years however one can now have the opportunity of processing the information alone and in the comfort of their own home. Attention non-ho's: Please find the following reading enlightening and entertaining, however do remember to never become a ho. If you do have a moment of weakness and fall under the spell of ho-ism, please remember to stay in your place!

From Goodreads:

It has been brought to my attention that many women are suffering silently in their romantic relationships regarding the sexuality of their male counterparts. I have owned a women s shoe store in Detroit, Michigan for over a decade and I can not count how many times a woman has voiced this concern to me. Many women have poured their hearts out to me regarding their personal lives and homosexuality is the number two concern following infidelity. I decided to write a series of books regarding the most popular topics discussed at my shoe store. My first book, A Ho Needs 2 Stay in a Ho s Place was pretty much a satirical piece as Is Your Man Gay? was going to be. However, when I began to conduct research for the book, I was astonished by the AIDS related statistics and decided that this is not a joke. If one person reads this book and takes what I have said seriously then I have accomplished my goal. I can not tell you if your man is gay however I have put together a handbook which should provide you with enough information for you to make your own decision. After reading this book, you should be able to look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, Is Your Man Gay?

She also sent me a t-shirt! Here is a pic of me and the books and t-shirt along with a couple book thongs that I received from Debra Owsley at Simply Said Reading Accessories!

Here is a better picture of the book thongs that I received from Simply Said Reading Accessories.  I was so surprised when I got these in the mail!  I have one already, but I am excited to have more of these since I read more than one book at a time!

I got this uncorrected proof from Shelf Awareness:

The White Devil by Justin Evans

From Goodreads:

“Evans is so good at nail-biting narrative.” —Washington Post
“[A] crackling literary mystery. . . . Harrow itself contains Shirley Jackson levels of gloomy passages and dark secrets. Smart, scary, sexy, and gorgeously written to boot.” —Booklist (starred review)
Joe Hill’s Horns  meets Donna Tartt’s The Secret History in this bold new thriller from Justin Evans, author of the critically acclaimed A Good and Happy Child. When seventeen-year-old Andrew Taylor is transplanted from his American high school to a British boarding school—a high-profile academy for the sons of England’s finest—his father hopes that the boy’s dark past will not follow him from across the Atlantic. But blood, suspense, and intrigue quickly surround Andrew once again as he finds himself struggling with a deadly mystery left unsolved by a student from Harrow School’s past—the enigmatic poet Lord Byron.

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  1. Oh, great selection of books. The book thongs look great! Happy reading!

  2. Ah, several of these look very tempting....hope you enjoy them all.


  3. A lot of variety in your mailbox - Happy Reading this week!

  4. You had an exciting week! I hope you enjoy all of your new treasures!

  5. Nice mailbox, enjoy!

    Stop and see mine and my giveaways.

  6. the book thongs are so coool!!! You got some great reads that I know you will enjoy!