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In My Mailbox #11

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on February 12, 2012

Settling (Solid #2) by Shelley Workinger. At the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids. Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill.
Thanks you, Me, My Shelf and I!

Melissa Schroeder book swag. Postcards, trading cards, bookmarks, and pens.
Huge thanks to Melissa Schroeder!


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In My Mailbox #10

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on November 20, 2011

Two weeks worth of books coming in the mail!!


The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #2) by Molly Harper. Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone’s throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valley’s pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.
Huge thanks to The Book Reading Gals!

Advanced reading copy of Already Home by Susan Mallery. After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She’s supported her ex-husband’s dreams for so long that she can’t even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents’ home and envisions her very own cooking store.
Thank you, Chick Lit Plus!

Shaedes of Gray (Shaede Assassin #1) by Amanda Bonilla. In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin. When Darian’s next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she’s taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished…
Thanks, Sarahjanet!

Shadow Bound (Shadow #1) by Erin Kellison. Death. Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence. Wraiths. Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss. Segue. Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.
Huge thanks to The Book Reading Gals!

Autographed copy of Crossroads by Mary Ting. Claudia Emerson has a good friend who shares the same first name and last name. That friend unfortunately dies in a tragic accident during homecoming dance. Claudia is distraught at the loss of her friend, but is even more disturbed by her dreams, which seem to take her to another place called Crossroads. Unknown to her, Crossroads is like a second heaven, a place between heaven and earth. It is where the souls of humans in comas or near death experiences may wander. Where, Claudia meets Michael, a nephilim, a half angel, half human, whom she often meets in her dreams.
Huge thanks to Portrait of a Book!

The Time in Between by Maria Duenas. This sweeping novel, which combines the storytelling power of The Shadow of the Wind with the irresistible romance of Casablanca, moves at an unstoppable pace. Suddenly left abandoned and penniless in Algiers by her lover, Sira Quiroga forges a new identity. Against all odds she becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. But she is soon embroiled in a dangerous political conspiracy as she passes information to the British Secret Service through a code stitched into the hems of her dresses.
Thank you, Simon & Schuster.

Autographed copy of The Secret Signal (Hal Junior #1) by Simon Haynes. Hal Junior lives aboard a futuristic space station. His mum is chief scientist, his dad cleans air filters and his best mate is Stephen ‘Stinky’ Binn. As for Hal … he’s a bit of a trouble magnet. He means well, but his wild schemes and crazy plans never turn out as expected!
Thank you, Simon Haynes!

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In My Mailbox #9

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 30, 2011


Advanced readers copy of Marzi by Marzena Sowa. Told from a young girl’s perspective, Marzena Sowa’s memoir of a childhood shaped by politics feels remarkably fresh and immediate. Structured as a series of vignettes that build on one another, MARZI is a compelling and powerful coming-of-age story that portrays the harsh realities of life behind the Iron Curtain while maintaining the everyday wonders and curiosity of childhood. With open and engaging art by Sylvain Savoia, MARZI is a moving and resonant story of an ordinary girl in turbulent, changing times.
Thank you, DC Comics.

Autographed copy of The Visions of Ransom Lake by Marcia Lynn McClure. Youthful beauty, naïve innocence, a romantic imagination thirsting for adventure-an apt description of Vaden Valmont, who would soon find the adventure and mystery she had always longed to experience-in the form of a man. A somber recluse, Ransom Lake descended from his solitary concealment in the mountains, wholly disinterested in people and their trivial affairs. And somehow, young Vaden managed to be ever in his way-either by accident or because of her own unique ability to stumble into a quandary.
Huge thanks to Marcia Lynn McClure!

The Explorer’s Code: A Novel Kitty Pilgrim. Cordelia Stapleton receives an invitation to accept an award on behalf of her great-great-grandfather, a famous Victorian polar explorer, she has no idea her life is about to change dramatically. John Sinclair—a dashing, wealthy archaeologist and philanthropist—presents Cordelia with the award at the glamorous Oceanographic Institute Ball in Monaco. He also gives her a journal that her greatgreat- grandfather wrote in 1908. An orphan with very few family belongings, Cordelia is amazingly touched to have this precious heirloom. Once the journal is in her possession, Cordelia learns that she is heir to the land on which the Global Seed Vault in Norway sits. The valuable deed for this land, or at least a clue to its whereabouts, may be hidden in the journal.
Thank you, Kara!


This week in review…

Book-vs-Movie: Water for Elephants + Giveaway

NYCC Author Photos & More Fun

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In My Mailbox #8

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 23, 2011


Book blog BookLove101 key chain.
Thank you, @BookLove101!

Advanced readers copy of Acquainted with the Night by Piper Maitland. Caroline Clifford’s bland life as a London tour guide flips upside down when her beloved uncle is brutally murdered at a Bulgarian archeological site. While traveling to recover his remains, she meets a man who corresponded with her uncle. Jude Barrett is a biochemist on a mission—to eradicate the world of vampires…
Huge thanks to Andrew!

MP3 audiobook of Deadly Defiance (A Stan Turner Mystery #10) by William Manchee. Volume 10 of the popular Stan Turner Mystery Series featuring legal sleuths Stan Turner and Paula Waters. This episode introduces a new addition to the attorney’s at Turner & Waters, Stan’s former secretary, Jodie Marshall, who has worked her way through college, finished law school and has now just passed the bar. Knowing how talented she is, Stan throws her into the deep end of the pool on her first case, and she soon finds herself pitted against an angry boss of a Mexican drug cartel!
Thank you, William Manchee!

Advanced readers copy of I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce #4) by Alan Bradley. It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.
Thank you, Ania!


This week in review…

New York Comic Con (NYCC) Once Upon a Time & Terra Nova Panels

New York Comic Con (NYCC) Movie Props Photos

New York Comic Con (NYCC) Costumes & Decorations Photos

Book Review & Author Interview: Our Eyes Met Over Cantaloupe, by Anne McAneny

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In My Mailbox #7

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 16, 2011

For Review

Advanced reading copy of Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire #2) by Courtney Allison Moulton. Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined. Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.
Huge thanks to @BooksOverBoys and @ACasualReader!


Advanced reading copy of Warrior (Dragons Of Starlight, #2) by Bryan Davis. In the second book in bestselling author Bryan Davis’s Dragons of Starlight series, Jason and Koren travel to the mysterious Northlands to find help in their quest to free the human slaves from their dragon masters. Meanwhile, Jason’s friend Elyssa marches straight into the heart of the dragon kingdom in an attempt to free the slaves with brute force.
Thank you, Z Street Team.

Autographed bookmark of Shelly Crane’s The Significance Series.
Thanks, twimom101 book blog!

Not in the NFL by Terry O’Reilly. Adam Davis isn’t gay! He can’t be — he’s a super star NFL quarterback and gay men don’t survive in the NFL. But along comes Brendan Fletcher, an outstanding, Super Bowl-winning linebacker who awakens something in Adam, something Adam hadn’t known was there. And now it’s wakened, the quarterback will never be the same.
Huge thanks to JMS Books!

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch. In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade for food and other items essential for survival.
Thanks to Scholastic.

Winter House (Kathleen Mallory Novels, #8) by Carol O’Connell. When a serial lady-killer is found with shears sticking out of his chest and an ice pick in his hand, Kathy Mallory and her NYPD Special Crimes partner Detective Sgt. Riker are called in to investigate. One of the occupants of Winter House, the scene of the crime, is 70-year-old Nedda Winter, who immediately confesses to the killing, claiming it was self-defence. Murder solved, case closed.
Thank you, G.P. Putnam’s Sons.


This week in review…

Sorry for the lack of posts this week.  Things have been crazy, and the last three days I’ve been at New York Comic Con. That means I’ll have plenty of good posts coming up!

Book Review: Vengeance in Death, by JD Robb

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In My Mailbox #6

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 9, 2011


Virtual signing of Dark Lover in hardcover by JR Ward. In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There also exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Among them, none relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood…
Can’t even express how happy I am about this one! Although if you’ve ever looked through my blog, I’m sure you can imagine : )


Autographed copy of Song of the Nile (Cleopatra’s Daughter #2) by Stephanie Dray. Sorceress. Seductress. Schemer. Cleopatra’s daughter is the one woman with the power to destroy an empire… Having survived her perilous childhood as a royal captive of Rome, Selene pledged her loyalty to Augustus and swore she would become his very own Cleopatra. Now the young queen faces an uncertain destiny in a foreign land.
Huge thanks to Stephanie Dray!

Lily of the Nile: A Novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter bookmark.
Huge thanks to Stephanie Dray!

Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer. Morning dawns in Cape Town, and for homicide detective Benny Griessel it promises to be a very trying day. A teenage girl’s body has been found on the street, her throat cut. She was an American—a PR nightmare in the #1 tourist destination in South Africa. And she wasn’t alone. Somewhere in Cape Town her friend, Rachel Anderson, an innocent American, is hopefully still alive.
Thanks to Groove Atlantic.

Hurricane by Jenna-Lynne Duncan swag pack: bookmark, autographed bookmark, autographed postcard, button.
Thank you, Paper Cuts!

The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley. In 2007, American writer Susan Conley moves to Beijing with her husband and two young sons. Six months later, she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Set against the fascinating backdrop of modern China and full of insight into the trickiest questions of motherhood, this wry and poignant memoir is a celebration of family and a candid exploration of mortality and belonging.
Thank you, Jen.

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie. What most matters to you? Should you focus on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you don’t have to choose—and that you’ll find more success if you don’t. That’s the breakthrough message of TOMS’ One for One movement. You don’t have to be rich to give back. You don’t have to retire to spend every day doing what you love.
Thanks, Jake!


This week in review…

TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E4

TV Review: Dexter S6E1

Giveaway: 1,000 Twitter Follower Appreciation Giveaway

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In My Mailbox #5

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 2, 2011


Advanced readers copy with personalized bookmark of The Wedding Affair by Leigh Michaels. The Duke of Somervale’s sister’s wedding brings together three couples who must sort themselves out to avoid scandal. The handsome Duke persuades Lady Reyne to pretend to be his fiancée so he can avoid the matchmakers but falls in love with her anyway. Lady Reyne’s friend Kate discovers how much she has in common with adventurer Andrew Carlisle, and Lady Penelope Townsend discovers new love with her estranged husband.
Huge thanks to Joan Swan!

Autographed copy of PineLight by Jillian Perry. “I loved him – that was my torment. And I was losing him all over again.” Walls crumbled all around me. An undeniable force pulled at my core. I tried to fight it, I tried to deny it the power, but I was weak. I felt pain in my side, and I knew that this dark force was winning. My veins started to burn, and I screamed, but it didn’t stop.
Huge thanks to Refracted Light!

Bookmark for The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell.
Thanks you, Refracted Light!

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance edited by Trisha Telep. If love transcends all boundaries then paranormal romance is its logical conclusion. From the biggest names around, here are 24 tales to take you to another time and place. Within these pages mythical beasts, magical creatures of all shapes and sizes, heart-stoppingly handsome ghosts, angels, and mortals with extra-sensitive sensory perception play out the themes of extraordinary desires.
Huge thanks to Into The Morning!

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. Aminatta Forna has established herself as one of the most breathtaking writers out of Africa today, winning readers’ hearts and critical acclaim. Now, in her newest novel, The Memory of Love, she evokes the haunting atmosphere of a country at war, and the powerful stories of two generations of African life. In contemporary Sierra Leone, a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with terrible secrets to keep.
Thank you, Groove Atlantic.

Drummer Boy at Bull Run (Bonnets and Bugles series #1) by Gilbert Morris. Jeff Majors and Leah Carter share a sorrowful goodbye as the Civil War brings a heartbreaking separation of friends. Despite being on opposite sides of the War, Jeff and Leah vow to stay friends forever and see each other through battle after battle, both on the field and off.
Thanks to Moody Publicity.


This week in review…

TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E3

I’m Going on a Picnic… #2

TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E2

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In My Mailbox #4

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 25, 2011

Best week of In My Mailbox yet!  Woot woot!  I made out like a bandit this week.  A huge shout out to everyone that had badass giveaways!


Autographed copy of DreamWeaver by Rejean Giguere. Zeke Jackson’s sister has gone missing in the jungles of Southeast Asia. His search for her takes him from the red light districts of Vietnam to the mean streets of New York. Finally he finds the help he needs in the back alleys of one of South Africa’s most notorious shanty towns.
Huge thanks to Rejean Giguere!

Advanced reading copy of A Crimson Warning (Lady Emily #6) by Tasha Alexander. Secrets prove deadly in this new novel from Tasha Alexander featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves. Some very prominent people in London are waking up to find their doorsteps smeared with red paint, the precursor to the revelation of a dark secret – and worse – by someone who enjoys destroying lives.
Thanks to jeanne-marie.

Autographed copy of Shadow’s Lure (Shadow Saga #2) by Jon Sprunk. There are some things a son of the Shadow cannot ignore, and some fights from which he can’t run. In this battle, all of Caim’s strength and skill won’t be enough. For none can resist the Shadow’s Lure . . .
Huge thanks to Jon Sprunk!

Faefever (Fever #3) by Karen Marie Moning. When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt; For answers. For revenge.
Thank you, @Adm_SWalker.

Badass swag: Night is Darkest, Jayne Rylon trading card; Death’s Mistress, Karen Chance bookmark; Starfire, Kate Douglas postcard; Ghost Hunter, Paige Tyler bookmark; Stone Kissed, Keri Stevens coaster; Wicked Seduction, Jade Lee teaser pamphlet.
Huge thanks to @Adm_SWalker.

Enticed by this Forgotten Lover (Pregnancy & Passion #1) by Maya Banks. Bryony Morgan pulls no punches. Even when she’s very pregnant and facing down the father of her unborn child. She fell for wealthy hotelier Rafael de Luca when he courted her for her beachfront real estate. Then he disappeared. Now, she’s in New York for answers—and she won’t accept a brush–off.
Thanks to Fatin of Novel Sidekick!

Tempted by His Target by Jill Sorenson. Wanted for the murder of a Mexican drug lord’s son, party girl Isabel Sanborn fled to Oaxaca. Now she owes her life to Brandon Knox, a passing tourist who just saved her from a hit man. But Knox is no accidental hero—he’s an undercover U.S. marshal assigned to bring Isabel to justice. Instead, wanting to protect her, he joins her on the lam…with cartel goons and corrupt police in hot pursuit!
Huge thanks to Jill Sorenson!

Legend of a Ninja 2: Rise of the Shadowsalve by Jarius Raphel. Five years after the secrets Beneath the Shadows were revealed… Leena wants to feel like a ninja. Looking for honor, she finds herself in the middle of a war between the Gods and the Ninja. A Bond of eternal love, to the son of a God, may be the only way to save her life… and doom everyone else.
Huge thank you to Jarius Raphel!

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos. What would you do if an old friend needed you, but it meant turning your new life upside down? Pen, Will, and Cat met during the first week of their first year of college and struck up a remarkable friendship, one that sustained them and shaped them for years – until it ended abruptly, and they went their separate ways.
Thank you, Chelsey!

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In My Mailbox #3

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 19, 2011


Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn. Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever. Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat.
Thanks to Jen from Red Hot Books!

ARC copy of The Radleys by Matt Haig. Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever. Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat.
Thanks to Free Press Books.

Autographed Paradise 21 mini poster.
Thank you, Aubrie Dionne!


This week in review…

JR Ward Book Signing Recap

Guest Blog Post: Book that Thing! Interview and book review of Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

BBAW: My Favorite Blogs

TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E1

Book-vs-Movie: The Da Vinci Code

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In My Mailbox #2

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 11, 2011

For Review
The Golden Sky by EC Stilson. A memoir: The “death home” gave my son a really nice funeral, the kind I’d never wished to attend.  When they tried closing his casket, I nearly fell on my face, not wanting them to shut the lid on my baby.
Huge thanks to EC Stilson.

by JR Ward. As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas DelVecchio Jr grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father.

Triangles by Ellen Hopkins. Ellen Hopkins has made her mark as the wildly popular author of several novels for young adults—every one of them a New York Times bestseller, and every one a hard-hitting exploration of tough-to-tackle topics. Now, in Triangles, Hopkins brings her storytelling mastery and fearlessness to take on the challenges of adult dramas.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster.

Dark Passage (Dark Mirror #2) by M.J. Putney. The Irregulars return home to 1803 England safely, but their worldview has changed. Not only have their heroic efforts at Dunkirk given them pride and confidence but their dangerous mission has increased their magical powers.

Autographed copy of Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut. Griffin Rising is an urban fantasy about an apprentice angel and his coming of age under the tutelage of a father-like mentor. As one of the mysterious Terrae Angeli, Griffin secretly navigates life among humans while preparing for the trial-by-combat every apprentice must pass or become mortal.
Thanks to Darby!

ARC copy of The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson. Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. And after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together.
Thanks to Karissa!

ARC copy of Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) by Elizabeth Miles. Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better–the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
Thanks to Karissa!

ARC copy of So Silver Bright (Theatre Illuminata #3) by Lisa Mantchev. All Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has ever wanted is a true family of her own. And she’s close to reuniting her parents when her father disappears.
Thanks to Karissa!

ARC copy of After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel. Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can’t stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them.
Thanks to Karissa!

ARC copy of The Ronin’s Mistress (Sano Ichiro #5) by Laura Joh Rowland. Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin two years before. Clearly this was an act of revenge–but why did they wait so long?
Thanks to Cassie!


This week in review…

Giveaway: Autographed Lisa Schroeder Bookmarks & Postcards

Book Review: One Grave at a Time, by Jeaniene Frost

I’m Going on a Picnic… #1

Book Review: Carpe Corpus, by Rachel Caine

Book Review: Bloodlines, by Richelle Mead

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