Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted each week by Marcia at The Printed Page.
This weekly event encourages readers to share the books which have found their way to their home over the last seven days. To play along, visit Marcia’s blog and leave a link to your mailbox, then go visit other bloggers!
Here is what landed on my doorstep this week:
Jocelyn at Kelley and Hall Book Publicity and Promotion sent me a galley of The Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby. Due for release through Avon A Trade paperback/Harper Collins in July, this debut novel centers around the sleepy town of Canandaigua Lake where restless spirits (both living and dead) refuse to let the past remain the past. The book focuses on the unexplained and unresolved disappearance of a seven year old boy ten years in the past…and the current disappearance of that boy’s sister. Author Elizabeth Rosner describes the book as ‘a haunting novel about the enduring power of love.‘
Ilie Ruby has previously published poems and short stories in literary and online magazines, and is the former fiction editor of The Southern California Anthology. She has worked on PBS documentaries in Honduras. Ruby lives near Boston with her husband and three children. The Language of Trees is her first novel. To learn more about Ruby and her work, visit the author’s website or follow her blog.
St. Martin’ Griffin sent me a finished copy of Life Without Summer by Lynne Griffin. The novel is about a woman who loses her four year old child in a hit and run accident. When she seeks solace from a grief counselor their lives unexpectedly converge when “the answers one needs turn out to the be the others only chance for peace.‘
Lynne Griffin is the author of Sea Escape (due for release by Simon and Schuster on July 6th) which I am touring in July with TLC; and the parenting guide Negotiation Generation. She teaches family studies at the graduate level, and writing at Grub Street Writers in Boston. She appears regularly on Boston’s Fox Morning News talking about family life issues. Griffin lives outside Boston with her family. To learn more about Griffin and her work, visit the author’s website.
Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey through Cancer and Recovery by Melinda Marchiano arrived from the author (autographed!). In the Summer of 2007, when she was thirteen years old, Melinda Marchiano was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She battled the disease with chemotherapy and radiation and survived this terrifying illness. Grace is her memoir, penned when she was only fourteen. This second edition of the book (which includes over sixty photographs and a foreword written by Dr. Joshua Schiffman) is due for release through Happy Quail (distributed by Greenleaf Book Group) in October 2010. The first edition of the book won the 2010 International Book Awards in the Health: Cancer category and was an award finalist in the Spirituality: Inspiration category. The book has received many endorsements and has been praised for its vivid and engaging descriptions, exquisite writing, and empowering message.
Melinda is a gifted child who dances with the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo and San Luis Jazz, and is currently in High School where she is academically at the top of her class. She speaks and participates in fundraisers for organizations such as the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, The Children’s Miracle Network, and The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Julie at JKS Communications sent me an unsolicited Advance Readers Edition of In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan. Due for release September 2010 through Greenleaf Book Group Press, this suspense-thriller is the first in a planned series of nine novels. It centers around female crime-solver Liv Bergen who is tracking down the murderer of a summer intern at a limestone mine.
Sandra Brannan has spent her career working in the mining industry which includes running a division in the mining company founded by her grandfather, father and uncle in 1944. She lives with her family in South Dakota. In the Belly of Jonah is her first novel.
Did any good books arrive on YOUR doorstep last week?