Jul 10, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly blog post hosted by Kirsti over at The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

This was a fabulous week for me! My TBR pile is growing, growing, growing!!
I got myself a nice little sampler of upcoming UF books from Devon Monk:

There's samples of:
Dead Iron by Devon Monk
A Soldier's Duty by Jean Johnson
Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawerence
Bloodlands by Christine Cody
Shadow Kin by M.J. Scott
Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin
Dead Mann Walking by Stefan Petrucha

Then books I bought and or preordered that came in the mail were:

Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
Viper Moon by Lee Roland
Heartless by Gail Carriger

And although I already have this on my Kindle, I decided to buy a hard copy because I saw it at BAM--a discount version of Books-A-Million--for only $6! And it was the hardcover! Thought it was a good deal and couldn't pass it up! Hoping that maybe Becca might make it to St. Louis for Silence this year, or at least close enough!
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

For Review via NetGalley I got:

Beyond the Grave by Mara Purnhagen

Then I got this via the publisher that I won in a contest awhile back:

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Also I had myself quite the adventure on Thursday! I went downtown--which downtown St. Louis is pretty crazy--to see Kasey MacKenzie! She's a local author for me. I was all set with my mapquest directions and all, get towards my exit--it was freaking CLOSED!!! Sooo not good. So I get off at the next one and got freaking lost for a good 35-40 minutes! Seriously seriously LOST! I went in circles around blocks, likely passed the library 2-3 times not knowing it was the building I wanted. Started to go down a one way street which I didn't know, thankfully the pedestrians let me know before I got too far! Made several U-turns and turn arounds...

But FINALLY I got to the library and managed a C- version of a parallel park! Of course I still had to ask for some foot directions because the building I walked into the first time was a post office, but then I learned that the same building--that was huge--also housed the library. And then I was in!! It was a huge relief because I was so freaked out! I was literally lost for a good 30-40 minutes top!

There wasn't a major crowd since Kasey is still a pretty new author, but I had a good time! I hung out for awhile with her in the library, got my books signed and asked her a few questions about the series and then we talked a little about writing in general and I mentioned how I want to be a writer and was working on my querying. She offered me some advice and mentioned a few websites, some I knew of and visit occasionally. 

It was a nerve wracking experience to say the least! But I made it! And getting myself back on the right highway was easier than it was getting to the place! Luckily I made the correct turn the first time!

And that was my mailbox this week! What did you get?


  1. It looks like you've got some great books this week! :)

    It does sound like you had a rather interesting outing!

    Enjoy your books.


  2. Great mailbox this week. I bought Heartless, but I really like the sound of Beyond The Grave as well.
    Happy reading!

  3. You got some good books this week, I have Heartless on my bookcase, I just need to get round to reading it!

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    Suzanne @ Under the Covers

  4. Ooo good haul :D

    I have had to add some to my TBR list :D

  5. You got some great books. Your driving adventure sounded really scary too. I am soon planning a driving adventure to a place I have never been before to go to a Maggie Stiefvater signing. I hope my GPS gets me there safely. Happy reading!

  6. wow sounds like you had quite the adventure!! I really want to read ruby red, looking forward to your review of that!

    The Cait Files

  7. Quite the mailbox this week. I hope you enjoy everything.

  8. Oh I hope you like Ruby Red! I really enjoyed that one, I don't read many time travel books so I thought it was fun:) I've only read the first in the Gail Carriger series, but I look forward to getting the rest of the series as well. Fantastic mailbox!

  9. Very awesome mailbox! That is so cool that you got to meet her! I absouletely love meeting authors! That was such a bargain for Crescendo!!

  10. Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry you're having trouble getting approved for Vanish. Have you updated your stats in your Netgalley profile recently? That might help if it hasn't been done recently. Good luck!

  11. You've got some really great books! I still need to get a copy of Crescendo to add to my collection. :) Enjoy!

  12. Hey Jessica,

    Isn't it awesome when you find a hardcover for a great price?!

    Thanks for sharing about your adventure. I think meeting authors is totally worth getting lost. LOL

    Happy Reading.

  13. Lots of great reads for you this week. I would have been so frazzles, driving and getting lost...ergh! Glad you finally made it there and didn't miss it!

  14. Looks like some great books! I might have to look up Beyond the Grave on Netgalley. Hope you enjoy!

  15. Thanks for stopping by the blog! You always come by and I feel bad because I never look at yours in favor. 'Tis my new goal :)

  16. Cool books this week. I loved Crescendo and I am really looking forward to Silence. I lobe discount books! Enjoy your new books and samplers!

  17. You did have a great week!!! Love the Grave Dance cover!!
    Here's My Mailbox.

  18. What a fantastic IMM!!! That's so awesome!!

  19. Oh man! I hate driving when I don't know where I'm going. That sucks that your exit was closed! Sounds like you had a great time anyways. :)

  20. Great books! I can't wait to start Heartless!

    P.S. - Do you have a blog button? I'd love to add yours to my scrolling widget. I got a new follower the other day and I asked her where she got the link to my blog and she said she saw my blog button on your sidebar. So thanks! I'd love to return the favor. :)

  21. Ohh awesome week you had. Can't wait to hear what you think of Ruby Red. :)

  22. Wow, great mailbox this week!

    I keep hearing about the Parasol Protectorate series and should really try it!

    Crescendo wasn't as good as Hush, Hush. It made me angry most of the time. But, the ending sort of made up for it and made me really excited about Silence! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my in my mailbox as well!

    ♥ Sarah

  23. Ohhh! Tons of awesome books! Viper Moon was an excellent book!! Enjoy!


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