Sunday, July 11
In My Mailbox is a meme brought us by the Story Siren. This is a great way for book bloggers to preview that books they receive, and thus help add to your TBR piles. Check out all the wonderful books that I had the pleasure of receiving.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (August 1st, 2010)
A woman wakes up in the middle of the night. A strange man is in her bedroom. She lies there in silence, paralyzed with fear. The woman is an author and the man one of her characters, one in a long line that waits in her driveway for the time when she’ll tell his story. He is so desperately eager for his story to be told that he has resorted to breaking into her house and demanding that she begin. He, the author decides, is named Alvar Eide, forty-two years old, single, works in a gallery. He lives a quiet, orderly life and likes it that way—no demands, no unpleasantness. Until one icy winter day when a young drug addict, skinny and fragile, walks into the gallery. Alvar gives her a cup of coffee to warm her up. She returns a few weeks later, and then one day appears on his doorstep
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (August 6th, 2010)
Lucas Page, a once ambitious historian now resigned to mediocrity, visits St. Louis to give a sparsely attended reading—nothing out of the ordinary. Except among the yawning attendees is someone he did not expect: Lola Faye Gilroy, the “other woman” he has long blamed for his father’s murder decades earlier.
Reluctantly, Luke joins Lola Faye for a drink. As one drink turns into several, these two battered souls relive, from their vastly different perspectives, the most searing experience of their lives, one that destroyed them both in very different ways. Slowly but surely, the hotel bar dissolves around them and they are transported back to the tiny southern town where this defining moment—a violent crime of passion—is taken up once again and turned in the light to reveal flaws in the old answers. As it turns out, there is much Luke doesn’t know. And what he doesn’t know can hurt him. Trapped in an increasingly intense emotional exchange, and with no place to go save back into his own dark past, Luke desperately struggles to gain control of an ever more threatening conversation, to discover why Lola Faye has come and what she is after—before it is too late.
“No other writer takes readers as deeply into the heart of darkness as Thomas H. Cook,” says the Chicago Tribune, and nowhere is that more true than in Last Talk with Lola Faye, a taut literary thriller in the gothic tradition of Master of the Delta.
Publisher: Running Press (August 2010)
Full of dark seduction and modern romance, this short story collection presents a variety of talented voices sure to satisfy every werewolf, ghost, fallen angel, zombie, and shape-shifter’s dark desires.
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (August 2010)
Custo Santovari accepted pain, blood, even death, to save his best friend. But a man with all his sins just isn't cut out to be an angel.
One moment he's fleeing Heaven; the next, he's waking up stark naked in Manhattan. In the middle of a war. Called there by a woman who's desperately afraid of the dark.
It gathers around Annabella as she performs, filled with fantastic images of another world, bringing both a golden hero and a nightmare lover.
He pursues her relentlessly, twisting her desires even as she gives herself to the man she loves. Because each of us has a wild side, and Annabella is about to unleash the beast.