Mailbox Monday – December 20, 2010

Welcome to the pre-Christmas edition of Mailbox Monday, hosted this month by Jenny at Let Them Read Books.

As always, make sure you drop by the host blog sometime today to view links to readers’ mailboxes and add your own!

What arrived at YOUR house this week? I found some goodies in my mailbox and at my front door…

Publicist Leah Paulos sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Frank Delaney’s newest book The Matchmaker of Kenmare (due for release in February through Random House). This historical novel is set in 1943 and brings back Ben McCarthy (the narrator of Delaney’s previous novel Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show). When Ben meets matchmaker Miss Begley, he finds himself following her into enemy territory on a mission to snatch a man the American’s need ahead of D-Day. Described as rich and tense, this novel is predicted to delight Delaney’s fans who have enjoyed his Irish novels in the past.

Frank Delaney is a best-selling author of more than 21 books, and has interviewed more than 3,000 writers for his BBC and international television and radio shows (Bookshelf, The Book Show, The Frank Delaney Show). He has served as a judge of many literary prizes (including the Booker Prize), and has acted as Literary Director of the Edinburgh Festival. Born in  Tipperary, Ireland,  his first book (James Joyce’s Odyssey which was published in 1979) received critical acclaim and best-seller status. He currently lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with his wife, Diane Meier. Read more about Frank Delaney and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Picador sent me The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (due for release in January). This magical debut novel won the Desmond Elliot Prize, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. This literary novel  is described as “a fairy tale; a fable; an allegory; a fantasy” in the style of Murakami and Marquez. The story takes place on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land where magical winged creatures flit and albino animals hide. Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass and has returned to the islands in search of a cure.

Ali Shaw is a British writer who graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in English. He is also a talented artist (check out some of his drawings here). The Girl With Glass Feet is his first novel. Learn more about Shaw and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Amanda from Simon & Schuster sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee (due for release in February). This is an epistolary novel told entirely in emails, Blackberry texts and messages, Facebook and profiles. A love triangle develops  between quirky Izabel Chin (a wannabe-actress-turned-lawyer), Peter (her preppy friend and co-worker), and Marty (a guy who appears alluring through his profile). This debut novel is all about dating in the digital age – a funny look at what happens when relationships are instantly created and destroyed by the stroke of a “delete” key. I have a feeling this is going to be a fun novel to read!

Cavanaugh Lee grew up in San Francisco and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA’s School of Theatre and her law degree from UNC. She works as a federal prosecutor in Savannah, Georgia by day and works on her writing by night. Read more about Lee and her work by visiting the author’s website.

18 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday – December 20, 2010

  1. All of these look great!! I had no idea that Delaney was coming out with a new one, so I am excited about that, and also, Save as Draft looks really fun! I hope you enjoy them all!

  2. Mystica: Thanks – and Merry Christmas to you too!

    Wendi: I thought Save as Draft looked fun too 🙂

    Booklover: I should listen to more audio books – I used to listen to them in my car, but lately the ones they make don’t seem compatible with my car CD player and I am not about to go out and buy a new CD player for my car!!

    Julie: I agree – sometimes I need a lighter book to read in between those heavy ones!

    Mary: I think there was a big marketing push on Delaney’s book.

    Nicola: Thank you!

    Farrah: Thank you! Happy Holidays to you as well 🙂

    Lady Q: This will be my first Delaney – so I am excited 🙂

    Heather: Thank you! I love checking out mailboxes and seeing ones from my favorite author who I didn’t know was publishing a new book!

  3. I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers.

    Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

    Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

    But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.

    I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author.

    In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

    As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

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