MM: October 15, 2012

It's been a few weeks since I published a Mailbox Monday. I haven't been picking up many books, and I don't like including them until they arrive (not when ordered.) Finally I not only have books to make a MM post, but these are ones I'm ultra-excited about and have been anticipating for months!

Amazon Pre-Order Fun

I have to say I'm in love with Amazon right now. They've always provided such quick service and some good deals along the way.

I had INTO THE WOODS pre-ordered since last month. When I had the new Stacia Kane novel pre-ordered, they waited until the day of release to mail it out of course, and it arrived a few days later.

That's not what happened this time - on the 10th this book was released and available for purchase. On the 10th, I walked out to my car and found the box already on my doorstep! I don't see how I ended up getting the book the day it was supposed to be released, but there is was :)

Finally I have Into the Woods! Now just to start that wait for Ever After in January. It's a collection of all the short stories published for the Hollows series, including a few non-Hollows stuff. 

A true queen of urban fantasy--the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan--the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories. Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes. Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison's previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up--and readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher; fans of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight novels and of paranormal romance superstars Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will be likewise enchanted.

Second, I finally caved in and purchased Gunmetal Magic. I was going to hold off since I wasn't crazy about a non-Kate novel in the series and found it bizarre (even though I always liked Andreas personality), but the reviews for this have been so phenomenal I want to read it. I was surprised to see how thick this book was, and I wasn't aware until it arrived that it had a bonus Kate/Curren novella attached in the back. Oh happy days.

 Includes a free bonus: a Kate Daniels novella, "Magic Gifts"
The "New York Times "bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as "top-notch urban fantasy" ("Monsters and Critics"). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate's world, and reveals its untold stories...
After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano--the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover--die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world...

I needed another book to throw in for the free shipping, so I picked up the third in the Alex Craft series. I have the first two read and reviewed on the site. This third one came out a few months back and I heard was pretty good as well.

 As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.

But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a mysterious suicide occurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raises has no memory of the days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why does the shade lack the memory of his death? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won’t have a life to remember at all…

American Heart Association Charity

This was a sweet present from my fiance Nathan. I picked him up from work and he had bought this for me from the charity as a surprise. I didn't have this one and it's an in-between in the series. Thought it was a sweet thought and I'm sure I'll enjoy reading it.

Stephanie Plum is back between-the-numbers and she’s looking to get lucky in an Atlantic City hotel room, in a Winnebago, and with a brown-eyed stud who has stolen her heart.
Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck . . . and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He’s back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who’s lost a giant bag of money. Problem is, the money isn’t exactly lost. Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen, she’s hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots. With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home, but the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone: Lula’s found a job modeling plus-size lingerie. Connie’s found a guy. Diesel’s found Stephanie. And Stephanie has found herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of hives.
Plum Lucky is an all-you-can-eat buffet of thrills, chills, shrimp cocktail, plus-size underwear, and scorching hot men. It’s a between-the-numbers treat no Evanovich fan will want to miss!