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Mailbox Monday – October 15, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and it looks like it will be hosted on the dedicated blog for the meme this month. You can go there see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar as well.

Here is what showed up at my house since my last Mailbox Monday post on October 1st:

Leyane from FSB Associates sent me an advance readers edition of The Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay (Penguin, November 2012). The book centers around Sean Doran, a man convinced he has inherited a life-threatening genetic disease.  Determined to do as much good as possible with the time he has left, Sean resolves to travel the world as a nurse caring for the poor, sick and injured, found among natural disasters and war zones. Physically and emotionally burned out, Sean returns home to Belham, Massachusetts, only to realize that home may be the one place he is needed the most.

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Juliette Fay, author of The Shortest Way Home, won the 2009 Massachusetts Book Award Book of the Year for her first novel, Shelter Me. Her second novel, Deep Down True, was short-listed for the Women’s Fiction Award by the American Library Association. She received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from Harvard University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. The Shortest Way Home is her third novel. Learn more about Fay and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Angie from Viking sent me a finished copy of Joanne Harris’s newest novel, Peaches for Father Francis (October 2, 2012). This novel brings back the characters from Chocolat, including Vianne Rocher, her friend Armande and Vianne’s adversary, Father Francis. The novel opens eight years after Vianne has left the small village of Lansquenet. She, and her daughters Anouk and Rosette, are summoned back by Armande where they discover that everything and nothing has changed. Newcomer Inés Bencharki is part of a new Muslim community and is stirring up things. Tensions between cultures and characters reach a fever pitch and it’s up to Vianne to rescue Father Francis and to discover what’s really going on in Lansquenet before it’s too late.

Check out the book trailer for the UK edition of the book:

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread Award-shortlisted Chocolat, which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film, and eleven other bestselling novels.   She is published world-wide, in approximately 50 countries, and is the winner of several international and UK awards.  She is an Honorary Fellow at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and lives with her husband in Yorkshire. Learn more about Harris and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Two finished books arrived from Tor Forge:

The Gemini Virus by Wil Mara is a medical thriller (October 2012). It starts with a sneeze. It kills in four days. There is no cure. Bob Easton thinks he has a cold. Before he dies in agony, four days later, he infects dozens of people. Dr. Michael Beck and Cara Porter must race to identify the deadly bug. The superbug—and the panic—quickly spreads beyond America’s borders. On a packed plane, someone coughs—and at their destination, the pilots are told, “you can’t land here.” US military bases are quarantined. Yet the virus continues to spread. Some believe the plague is man-made. Others see it as a sign of the end times. Read an excerpt.

Wil Mara is the author of more than seventy books for adults and young readers, including Wave, which won the New Jersey National Book Award. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Learn more about Mara and his work by visiting the author’s website.

The Witch of Babylon by DJ McIntosh (October 2012) is a debut novel rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world. This is the first book in a projected trilogy. From the publisher: John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York’s art world. Caught between his brother’s obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq’s National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.

D. J. McIntosh’s The Witch of Babylon has been sold in nineteen countries, was short-listed for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award, and won a Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished novel. McIntosh is a member of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies. She is a strong supporter of Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Learn more about McIntosh and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Francesca from Penguin UK sent me Reflected in You by Sylvia Day (October 2012). This is the second book in a series which began with Bared to You. Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series is captivating readers all over the world having now sold to 34 territories. Described as “thoroughly enjoyable, addictive sexy reads, with a dark edge,” readers are going wild for the passionate and intense love story between feisty, intelligent Eva and enigmatic Gideon.

Sylvia Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels written across multiple sub-genres – contemporary, fantasy, historical, futuristic, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy – under multiple pen names: three. A wife and mother of two, she is a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. Learn more about Day and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Finally, Dana from Kaye Publicity sent me a copy of Big Maria by Johnny Shaw (Thomas & Mercer, September 2012). There is gold in Arizona’s Chocolate Mountains, where one hundred years ago a miner stashed a king’s ransom of the stuff. But times have changed. The world has changed. And now the Chocolate Mountains are the home of the largest military artillery range in the world. Harry(living on disability and getting liquored up), Frank (a feisty old-timer battling cancer and a domineering daughter), and Ricky(a good kid in a bad spot) are staking what little they have left to make the dangerous quest to the Big Maria Mine, looking for gold that can offer them a new beginning.

Johnny Shaw was born and raised on the Calexico/Mexicali border, the setting for his debut novel, Dove Season, and his follow up novel Big Maria. He is acting editor-in-chief and is a frequent contributor for the online fiction quarterly BLOOD & TACOS. Shaw received his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA , and for the last ten years, has taught screenwriting at both Santa Barbara City College and UC Santa Barbara. He is the owner of Johnny’s Used Books, an online bookstore. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Learn more about Shaw and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR home this week?


  1. October 14, 2012    

    Ooh, a medical thriller. I am in the mood for another good one. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Enjoy!

  2. October 15, 2012    

    You had a big week! I’m interested in The Shortest Way Home and Peaches for Father Francis. I hope you love your new books!

  3. October 15, 2012    

    I’ve been wanting to read The Shortest Way Home. Enjoy all of your books!


  4. October 15, 2012    

    PEACHES FOR FATHER FRANCIS looks good. ENJOY all your books.

    Stop by my blog if you like for my Mailbox Monday.

    Silver’s Reviews

  5. October 15, 2012    

    The Witch of Babylon sounds good, hopefully it lives up to the synopsis. Have a great week.

  6. October 15, 2012    

    The Shortest Way Home sounds poignant. I will look forward to your thoughts on it.

  7. October 15, 2012    

    The Shortest Way Home is going on my must read list. It sounds very good!

  8. October 15, 2012    

    Wow! What a great bunch of books. The Witch of Babylon really caught my eye. Hope you enjoy them all!

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