Monday Mailbag: January 2011

Monday Mailbag: January 2011

Decadence, Wandergurl and I read many more books than we’re capable of reviewing on this blog. This means that not all the review copies we get or the library books we borrow are mentioned on the blog. This is a shame! Some of the books we get have the most interesting blurbs … but for some reason they just don’t appeal to us or we don’t end up reading far enough into the book to be able to write up a decent review.

So this year, we’ll be doing a monthly post highlighting the review copies we receive, notable media releases we get via email, with the occasional borrowed or gifted books thrown in, in case other readers might find them of interest. The plan is to post every third Monday of the month. That’s the plan. You know how well we’ve managed to follow a blogging schedule thus far… *ho hum*

Authors for Queensland

Today is your last day to bid on the items up for auction at Authors for Queensland, an initiative by authors who are aiming to raise funds for victims of the Queensland floods. Romance readers may be particularly interested in signed book packs by Anna Campbell or Bronwyn Parry. Even more fun is Nikki Logan’s offer to use your (or a friend’s) name as the hero/heroine of her next romance book!

Plus check out other romance-related books or services on offer.

See the FAQ for details on bidding and payment. The auctions end at 11pm EDST tonight. If nothing on the site interests you, you can donate money directly to the Queensland Disaster Relief Appeal.

Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter, Book 3)

Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

5/2/2011 – 9780575095779 – Gollancz/Hachette
Urban fantasy with romantic elements, NZ author

New York Times-bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world…

When vampire hunter Elena Deveraux became an angel, with magnificent wings the colours of midnight and dawn, it turned her world upside down.

Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, is used to being in control even when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority … especially not when it seems Raphael is the one who needs her help.

The archangels may be almost all-powerful, but there are some things that only a Guild Hunter can get done and Elena and Raphael may be heading for their most dangerous investigation yet.

Source: Media release

Shattered Sky by Helene Young

Shattered Sky by Helene Young

1/2/2011 – 9780733624919 – Hachette
Romantic suspense, Crime & mystery, Australian author

Intrigue, danger and romance in the tropical far north. Novelist and pilot, Helene Young is a compelling new voice in Australian fiction.

Surviving a missile strike on her aircraft suddenly seems like the easy part for Lauren Bennett.

A year after being attacked mid flight, Lauren is sure she’s overcome her guilt at losing a friend in the ensuing crash. Her brittle, glossy veneer doesn’t fool Callam Granger but the naval patrol boat captain knows he’s got no right to an opinion. He wasn’t there when she needed him most and she’s not going to let him forget it.

On a routine surveillance assignment Lauren uncovers an operation trafficking sex slaves. Pursuing the women—and their captors—will take her deep into the Australian outback and a reluctant Callum knows this time he can’t let her go alone. Is it possible for Lauren and Callam to put aside old enmities to outwit, outrun and ultimately out-fly the traffickers? Or will the frantic race to free the women simply ignite their emotions, endangering yet more lives?

Source: Media release

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

1/2/2011 – 9780340980927 – Hachette
Speculative fiction, Young adult fiction

If you were told love was a disease, would you take the cure?

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found the cure.

Now, everything is different. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable…

Source: Media release

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