First Snow

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We woke up this morning to the first real snow of the season – only about an inch…but, it was a surprise and then a delight for Raven who has never experienced the white stuff before. She initially stood on the deck with a concerned look on her face. Then Argus sauntered off into the yard and she followed. She jumped, leaped and sprinted around the yard at top speed, scooping snow into her mouth as she went. Chasing a frisbee in the snow is apparently lots of fun…

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Argus preferred basking in the sun to romping through the snow:

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And the cats? Well, fireside is their favorite place on a cold wintry day:

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Mailbox Monday – December 7, 2009

mailboxMonday1Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday – a weekly event hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Each week readers share what books arrived at their house and link up their posts to Marcia’s blog.

I received three intriguing books this week…

LotusEatersThe Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli arrived from St. Martin’s Press thanks to TLC Book Tours. This book is due for publication in April 2010 and you can find an early review of it here on Caribousmom when I tour it March 24th (to see the full tour schedule visit TLC Book Tours here). In Soli’s debut novel, an American photojournalist captures the chaos of the Vietnam War, and finds herself caught between the love of two men. Although this is Soli’s first novel, her short stories have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Confrontation, Gulf Coast, Other Voices, Nimrod, Third Coast, Carolina Quarterly, Sonora Review and North Dakota Quarterly among other publications. To learn more about Soli and her work, visit the author’s website.

FairestPortionofGlobeThe Fairest Portion of the Globe by Frances Hunter came to direct from the authors (Mary and Liz Clare writing as Frances Hunter). This novel is due for publication in February 2010 through Blind Rabbit Press. This historical thriller is set along the American frontier in the 18th century and is marked by a conspiracy to liberate Louisiana from Spain. Mary and Liz Clare are known for their extensive research and have previously published To The Ends of the Earth which won them several literary awards. To learn more about the book and the authors’ work, visit their website.

storminthebloodStorm in the Blood by Jon Stephen Fink arrived from Erica at Harper Perennial. Based on a true story, this novel is set in 1910 and explores the roots of terrorism and the perils of the immigration experience in London at that time. Fink is also the author of four previous novels, one of which was recently re-issued by Harper Perennial (Further Adventures). Read more about the author on the Harper site.

What arrived at YOUR house this week? Link up with other readers through today’s post on The Printed Page.