Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Brought to us by The Printed Page.

This week I am a little late in posting this, but it did give me enough time to get another book to add to this list.

Well, the book that I have already started reading is Fireworks over Toccoa by Jeffery Stepakoff. This is a summary from barnes and noble.com, but I have already read about half of it.  I will probably have a review up before the end of the week.  Anyways, enough about me, let’s focus on the book.

Every so often that story comes along that reminds us of what it’s like to experience love for the first time—against the odds, when you least expect it, and with such passion that it completely changes you forever.

An unexpected discovery takes eighty-four-year-old Lily Davis Woodward to 1945, and the five days that forever changed her life. Married for only a week before her husband was sent to fight in WWII, Lily is anxious for his return, and the chance to begin their life together. In honor of the soldiers’ homecoming, the small Georgia town of Toccoa plans a big celebration. And Jake Russo, a handsome Italian immigrant, also back from war, is responsible for the elaborate fireworks display the town commissioned. But after a chance encounter in a star-lit field, he steals Lily’s heart and soul—and fulfills her in ways her socially-minded, upper-class family cannot. Now, torn by duty to society and her husband—and the poor, passionate man who might be her only true love—Lily must choose between a commitment she’s already made and a love she’s never known before.

Fireworks Over Toccoa takes us to a moment in time that will resonate with readers long after the book’s unforgettable conclusion. A devastating and poignant story, this debut novel will resonate with anyone who believes in love.

M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts.  Again, summary is brought to you from Barnes and Noble.com:

Frannie is desperate to get the attention of her crush, Jeffrey, but too shy to make a move. Frannie’s gay best friend, Marcus, advises her to get the ball rolling by chatting with Jeffrey online, but Frannie won’t type a word. Marcus takes over at the keyboard, and soon his plan is a success! But the more he chats, the more it seems Jeffrey is falling for Marcus, not Frannie. Whose romance is this, anyway?

This next book I will probably not read, but I got it to add to my library for my Call of the Wild Unit.  The book is How To Survive in the Wilderness by Tim O’Shei.  Here is a quick summary from Barnes and Noble.com:  The wilderness can be a peaceful, relaxing place – but if you’re lost, it can be a dangerous place. From escaping wild animals to making fire without matches to building a comfortable shelter, How To Survive in the Wilderness will give you the tips you need when the wilderness turns wild.

The next title that I received is Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger.  Summary to follow:

Since his parents’ divorce, John’s mother hasn’t touched him, her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It’s no wonder John writes articles like “Interview with the Stepfather” and “Memoirs from Hell.” The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a self-proclaimed “Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian.” Haning around the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born.

While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfuntional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom leaves that friendship in ruins. Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John realizes just how hard love can be.

With keen insight into teenage life, Ellen Wittlinger delivers a story of adolescence that is fierce and funny — and ultimately transforming — even as it explores the pain of growing up.

Now to the adult books that will be for me only whenever I get a chance to read them.  The first one that came is Faeries Gone Wild.  This is a compilation from Maryjanice Davidson, Lois Greiman, Michele Hauf, and Leandra Logan.  Summary is:

MARYJANICE DAVIDSON “Tall, Dark and Not So Faery”

Scarlett is not your typical pint-sized faery. At six feet, four inches tall, she’s an unlikely candidate for a match made in heaven. But when she ventures to Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on royal orders to survey its extraordinary residents, she stumbles upon the one man who just may measure up to size…

LOIS GREIMAN “Pixie Lust”

William Timber is a cutthroat developer who refuses to let a few trees come between him and his next million. But when Avalina—a sparkling faery charged to protect all things green—comes to town, William is forced to choose between life as he knows it and the unknown reaches of his heart.

MICHELE HAUF “Dust Me, Baby, One More Time”

A librarian by day and a tooth faery by night, Sidney has absolutely no time to find Mr. Right. Until she flies smack dab into sexy, sun-bronzed Dart Sand, a man who makes her wings a-flutter…and whose allure could get her banished from the Mortal Realm.

LEANDRA LOGAN “A Little Bit Faery”

Tia is mystified when she strikes out on the Luna faery singles scene, in spite of her hourglass curves and vivacious charm. Then she takes off for Manhattan and lands on the doorstep of a steamy firefighter who sets her soul on fire—and shares a strong connection to her secret past.

Last but not least (because it is the biggest book I’ve received), is the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance.  There are too many authors to count on this one, but it was edited by Trisha Telep. No summary for this one.  I think that you get the point.

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