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Mailbox Monday – April 9, 2012

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Cindy at Cindy’s Love of Books.

Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar.

A couple of books found their way to my home this week:

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow, April 17, 2012) arrived via a Shelf Awareness offer. This book looks especially good to me as it is being compared to the work of Tom Franklin, John Hart, and Pete Dexter – all writers who I enjoy. This debut novel is a literary thriller set in North Carolina. From the publisher: Told by three resonant and evocative characters—Jess; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience; and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past—A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all.

Read the first chapter.

Watch the author talking about the novel:

Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and teaches English at Bethany College. He lives with his wife in West Virginia. A Land More Kind Than Home is his first novel. Learn more about Cash and his work by visiting the author’s website.

The Stolen Bride by Tony Hays arrived unsolicited from Tor Forge (April 10, 2012). This novel is the latest book in Tony Hays’ Arthurian mystery series. From the publisher:

Malgwyn ap Cuneglas is counselor to Arthur, High King of the Britons. When he accompanies his liege to the West to broker a deal between warring tribes they come across a scene of utmost depravity and murder to sicken even the most battle-hardened warrior. Things don’t get any better when they finally arrive at their destination to discover that King Doged is fighting to keep his kingdom safe from both Saxons from abroad and younger nobles vying for power. Doged loses that fight when shortly after Arthur and his counselor arrive, he is murdered. His young wife, defenseless and alone, appeals to Arthur to find her husband’s killer. Arthur quickly agrees and Malgwyn is given this almost impossible task.

Tony Hays has written three previous books in this series. In addition to fiction writing, he works as a journalist for the Tennessee Press Association and earned that newspaper the Public Service Award in 2000 for his coverage of narcotics trafficking. He has also written articles about political corruption, Civil War history, and the war on terror. He currently lives in Tennessee. Learn more about Hays and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any terrific books arrive at YOUR home this week?

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13 Comments

  1. Serena says:

    Enjoy your books.

  2. Mary says:

    The Wiley Cash book looks good. I enjoyed the one Tom Franklin book I’ve read so when I saw a comparison of Cash to Franklin I put the book on my list.

  3. Oh A land more kind sounds really good. Its a new to me title. I look forward to hearing what you think of it.

  4. I met Wiley at SIBA last year and he’s terrific! I have a feeling his book is going to be huge! Enjoy your new books!

  5. zibilee says:

    Both of these look great, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of them! Great new additions today!

  6. Enjoy this one is new to me.

  7. Mystica says:

    Enjoy your reads.

  8. That second book doesn’t really look like your type of thing! Hope you enjoy A Land More Kind Than Home (which is a great title).

    1. Wendy says:

      Avis: Nope – I probably would not have picked that book up to read! LOL. Don’t be surprised if you see it as a giveaway!

  9. The first one has my attention!!! Enjoy!

  10. Wendy says:

    Thanks everyone for stopping by my mailbox!

  11. Marie says:

    I really want to read the Wiley Cash book. I met him at a Harper Collins dinner but the rep was out of galleys, boo. I hope I can get a copy soon! :) and I hope you enjoy it- it looks so, so interesting! :-)