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Sunday, January 24, 2010

In My Mailbox (18)

I haven't done one of these in ages. I haven't really been getting many books in the mail. But as always, In My Mailbox is brought to us by The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea.

For review:

Kissing Games of the World by Sandi Kahn Shelton - Paperback

If there’s one point that Jamie McClintock and Nate Goddard can agree upon, it’s that love is overrated. Jamie doesn’t have time for it. Nate doesn’t need it. And they certainly don’t want it from each other.

Jamie, a struggling free-spirited artist, is a devoted single mother who hasn’t been in a serious relationship since her boyfriend abandoned her after their son was born. Nate, a charismatic jet-setting salesman, is widowed and estranged from his father and five-year-old son, Christopher. Jamie would rather glue glitter to pinecones than go out on a date. Nate spends most of his nights wooing his clients. Then one afternoon Nate’s father drops dead of a heart attack. In that moment, their highly guarded worlds collide.

When Nate shows up at his childhood home to settle the estate and reclaim his son, he discovers that Jamie has been living in the Connecticut farmhouse as his father’s roommate. Mistrustful of each other’s motives, Nate and Jamie bicker about everything from children’s nicknames to Jamie’s fashion choices to Nate’s home renovation methods. It doesn’t help that Christopher prefers Jamie to his absentee father.

But after the funeral, Nate and Jamie begin to see each other in a more forgiving light. Nate, traveling to sales conferences all over the country with a sullen Christopher in tow, learns he can’t breeze his way through single parenthood. Jamie, who has moved back in with her sister, wonders at the wisdom of her unconventional choices as a woman with a child to support. And both begin to realize they don’t know as much about love as they thought. Still wounded by past heartbreak and sorrow, can they learn to trust each other and open their hearts?

(Summary from goodreads.)

I really like this cover. You can't tell in the picture, but it has this really nice soft matte feeling... it's just cool. And the book sounds really cute and fun. :)

A House Afire by Emma Kinna - Paperback

Phyllis Sorin has seen all sorts of people. With two kind Aunts who rent out the rooms of their house to anyone in need, the people she calls family are a little different from most. There’s Bill, who takes on the personalities of movie characters. There’s Quincy, whose best friend is a drag queen. There’s Anna, an opera singer and kung-fu master.
And Phyllis, well, she’s not exactly normal herself. But even as she begins to navigate high school’s social jungle, Phyllis finds comfort and humor in her odd home.

When Dominick Siddons moves in, however, all of Phyllis's priorities become inferior to finding out his secret. A young lawyer with a vicious wit and ferocious temper, Sid may understand Phyllis in a way no one else can. And through truth and fiction, through the inevitable chaos of the house, Phyllis finds much more than she bargained for.

(Summary from goodreads.)

I think this one is self-published, but the story sounded good, and I read a little bit of the writing and it sounds alright, so I figured I'd give it a shot, and we'll hope for the best. :)

Edit: I was incorrect in saying this was self-published. It's published by a smaller publisher. Sorry about the confusion!!!


Ashley went to a book signing and I begged and pleaded with her to get me some signed bookmarks and because she's AWESOME!! She did. :)

Aren't they pretty? :D And the Lisa Schroeder postcard is signed by her, how awesome is that?!?!?!

Okay, so, that's about it for me for this week.

Peace and cookies,


  1. They are very pretty :) I also want to read A House Afire. I watched the trailer (which I posted on my blog) and it looks pretty interesting.

  2. Nice swag and those books sound interesting. Enjoy!

  3. Hey Laina! Glad to see you got the book ;) Just want to let you know that it isn't self-published! If you could edit your post I would appreciate it!

  4. Amber: Oh, I'll have to check that out. I didn't know there was a trailor!

    Fay: You should see the other side!! That's just the back, but I needed something black to balance my flash. http://twitpic.com/xo9ay

    BrittLit: Thanks for the comment!!

    Emma: Oh, sorry!! It's edited. :)

    Jenny: I know, right?? The Angela Morrison bookmark is signed too! :D Ash rocks.


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