Monday, February 17, 2014

Mailbox Monday - February 17

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

While I don't often enter book giveaways these days--I have way too many books in my office I haven't read yet--if there is something I am really interested in, I'll shoot for it. Dick Wolf, creator of Law & Order, has turned his attention to novels. I entered a giveaway to win the first two books in his Jeremy Fisk series and won them.

Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic New York Police detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer: that this is just the work of another lone terrorist.

Fisk—from the department’s Intelligence Division, a well-funded anti-terror unit modeled upon the CIA—suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. Fluent in Arabic and the ways of his opponents, Fisk is a rule breaker who follows his gut—even if it means defying those above him in the department’s food chain. So when a passenger from the same plane, a Saudi Arabian national, disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin.

Watching each new lead fizzle, chasing shadows to dead ends, Fisk and Gersten quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. Extremely clever and seemingly invisible, they are able to exploit any security weakness and anticipate Fisk’s every move. And time is running out.

NYPD Detective Jeremy Fisk must make an uneasy ally - the disturbingly beautiful and assertive Mexican Intelligence Agency Detective Cecilia Garza. She recognizes the signature of assassin Chuparosa - a hummingbird carved on a corpse. After years of pursuit, she knows only that he is heading to Manhattan - with the rest of the world for UN Week.

Ten days after the Mexican presidential election, 23 bodies were found beheaded on the US border, each carved by Chuparosa. Near New York, Rockaway has a mass murder. There is more to this threat than meets the eye — and justice is not always blind.

I picked up the following free books for my Kindle:


In ROMANCE-ology 101, Award-winning "Passion Most Pure" expert Julie Lessman tackles the subject of romantic tension in today's inspirational/sweet markets with humor and heart. Offering tips for ramping up the WOW factor with romance that is both sweet and swoon-worthy, Lessman highlights tried-and-true methods with before-and-after examples to illustrate the following points:

-- Getting inside the Hero's Head with Internal Monologue
-- Maximizing Use of Beats in Dialogue
-- Effectively Using Dialogue to Escalate Tension
-- Utilizing Dual Point of View
-- Escalating Romantic Tension with Anger
-- Using All Five Senses for Heightened Effect
-- Cashing In on the Kid and Pet Factor
-- Enhancing Mood with Emotionally Charged Words/Verbs
-- Capitalizing on the Element of Surprise
-- Exposing Desire in an Unwilling Character
-- Immediate Hero/Heroine Confrontation
-- Making the Most of Touch and Response
-- Implementing the Concept of Forbidden Fruit
-- Words with a Hint of Taboo
-- Appropriate "Bleep" Words for Inspirational Romance
-- KISS-ology 101: The Many Faces of a Kiss

New Beautifully Illustrated Edition of a Well Loved Classic Tale of God's Love

"A charming book about a mysterious bear that shows up in the right place at just the right time. His comforting message and his cache of supplies always solve the problem at hand. The story is very reassuring on many levels, reiterating the old adage that all's well that ends well." - reader review

God Loves You. Chester Blue was originally written as a children's chapter book. However, since its launch it has become an inspirational story for all ages.

What if when you most needed help, a blue bear appeared with a note from God One night, Miss Millie of Blossom, Ohio turns her face to the stars and asks God for help. The next day, a package arrives on her doorstep containing a blue teddy bear and a very special note. God will meet us where we are... Over the course of a year, this remarkable blue bear travels across the country, showing up just when he's needed most. During his journey, Chester Blue helps a young girl trying to impress her big sisters; helps a man who has lost his job; saves a sailor caught in a terrible storm; reunites two constantly fighting brothers suffering from a terrible case of sibling rivalry; watches a cowboy become a rodeo clown; and helps a father and daughter after divorce.

Each chapter is short story demonstrating God's love for us in every situation. God is everywhere. His love can find us anywhere. Whether you are a child or an adult, God has a very important message for you, too... God Loves You. Chester Blue is an inspirational book for kids, adults, parents, families, in other words, everyone.

Eralee is a misfit among immortals. She is supposed to marry a philandering river Prince. She doesn't want him. She wants to save the human called Klaus. Klaus lives alone at the edge of the Everaude Forest, a dangerous forbidden place. He's convinced he will never know love until he meets Eralee. Unfortunately, she's immortal and he isn't sure how such a love could work. There is another immortal who wants him. She is Kamichen, the Winter Witch, known in legend for eating men's hearts. She has plans for Klaus and they don't include Eralee.

Growing up in an orphanage, Samantha Austin has never had a family. When her one and only true friend lay dying she begs Samantha to care for her child. Unable to refuse, Samantha vows to do anything to keep the child safe... anything. Struggling to survive she unwittingly becomes an unwilling accomplice in a series of bank robberies. Labeled the Masked Lady, Samantha, with the help of her friends concoct a foolproof plan to escape. Will it set her free; or will it put them all in mortal danger?

Rance Harding is a Texas Ranger, sworn to uphold the law. When he receives a telegram from his estranged brother he finds himself on the trail of the Masked Lady. Promising to bring her to his brother, Rance tracks her down. He quickly realizes that everything may not be as it seems. Is she a ruthless outlaw? Or is she just a beautiful woman caught in an impossible situation. Either way, Rance will see to it that justice prevails.

When Rance reveals everything he knows about her past, Samantha is stunned. What will she find at the end of the trail? Heartache? Or will Rance and Samantha both find the one thing they desire most.

That's it for me. What was in your mailbox?


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'm going to have to check out Dick Wolf's books. Tempting!

Thanks for visiting my blog...and I hope you'll start reading the Tradd Street books. They turned me into a Karen White fan.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for visiting, Laurel. I've read the first two books in the Tradd Street series. I simply haven't had time to read the third one. Last year was crazy. I've got it on the top of one of my stacks, so I hope to catch up soon.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I don't enter many book giveaways either for the same reason. Congrats on the wins!

Tribute Books Mama said...

I have The Execution, can't wait to start it.

Elizabeth said...

ENJOY your books. I don't know any of these titles.

THANKS so much for stopping by my blog and for the prayers for my Mom. She is improving. :)

The book plate was something fun to get.

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Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Cheryl,

I seldom get the chance to enter for any giveaways, as many of my blogging buddies are from outside the UK and generally restrict the entry into competitions, to US and Canadian residents only.

Lucky you, not one, but two excellent titles, from an author who is new to me, but who is now going onto my reading list. You can't beat a good thriller and these two sound like a couple of the best!

Have a good week and enjoy all your books,


Cheryl said...

Thanks for the comments, everybody. It's always nice when friends stop by.

Vicki said...

The Wolf books look good!