Mailbox Monday – June 7, 2010

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?

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  1. Wow! Lots of nice stuff in that mailbox this week! I hope that you enjoy them all and I will be looking forward to hearing what you think of them!!

  2. I saw Ilie Ruby speak at a panel when I was in New York and have been interested in her book ever since. I look forward to your review.

    • Kaye on June 7, 2010 at 13:40

    Wow, you got some really great books this week. Enjoy them all and have a wonderful week.

    • Nicola on June 8, 2010 at 03:18

    Lots of goodies. That last one sounds intriguing. Interesting cover!

    • Serena on June 8, 2010 at 07:07

    In the Belly of Jonah would be a book to get for my mom…maybe I should get her hooked on a new mystery type series! LOL

    The Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby sounds like a good read.

    • Wendy on June 10, 2010 at 06:41

    Zibilee: Thanks 🙂

    Kathy: I think Language of Trees sounds really interesting.

    Kaye: Thank you – hope you also have a great week!

    Nicola: That last book cover is pretty cool, isn’t it?

    Serena: Go for it – enabling others is always good 🙂

    • Lexi on June 10, 2010 at 17:56

    I’m just curious if you will be doing any kind of a giveaway for Grace. My friend’s daughter (10) was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s in the fall and they are going through treatment now. I thought it would be nice to give her and her daughter a copy to help them through this tough time. If not, do you know where it is available for purchase?

    • Wendy on June 11, 2010 at 05:53

    Lexi: I am so sorry to hear about your friend’s daughter. I know that Melinda (in part) wrote her book to help children like her who are facing cancer. At this time, I do not have a giveaway for Grace planned…but that could change. In the meantime, I know the book is available for pre-order here.

  3. I’ve read the ARC of THE LANGUAGE OF TREES, but am waiting until pub date to post the review …. I think you’ll like it! Beautiful imagery, scenes that you can step into, and very nice integration of Native American lore.

    • Wendy on June 23, 2010 at 07:25

    Dawn: Good to know you liked The Language of Trees – I’m planning to read it closer to the publication date.

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