Friday, July 17, 2015

*Mail Call* July 13 - 17

It's a new week which means new book mail! I only got 6 books in the mail this week, but since I only average reading 3-4 books a week, I'm still ahead of the game I guess. Of these six books, I'm most looking forward to reading The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie. Which one looks most interesting to you? - Katie 

The Sweet Life by Dulce Candy Ruiz

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One of YouTube’s top beauty and fashion influencers offers her motivational manual on finding your passion, building confidence, and creating your own success story.
After emigrating from Mexico at six years old with her family, Dulce Candy Ruiz spent her formative years in a trailer park, watching her parents work in strawberry fields. After high school, Dulce joined the military as a mechanic and was soon deployed to Iraq, fixing generators in an environment that forced this bubbly girlie-girl to blend in. Tired of wearing fatigues and no makeup for weeks on end, Dulce started filming makeup tutorials and posting them to YouTube to reclaim her femininity—and have a little fun. In just a few years, Dulce has skyrocketed into superstardom with the creation of her YouTube channel, Dulce Candy—which now has more than two million subscribers—becoming one of the site’s top beauty and fashion influencers, transforming Dulce from a shy, self-doubting army specialist into a risk-taking businesswoman, confident role model, and beauty expert.
THE SWEET LIFE chronicles Dulce Candy’s inspiring story, sharing her hard-won wisdom about finding your passion, answering opportunity when it knocks on your door, and overcoming failure. She emphasizes the importance of inner and outer beauty and being true to yourself, embracing the things that make you unique and using them to live your dreams, including practical advice on building your career (“keep your role models close but your mentors closer”), staying focused when the going gets tough (“progress, not perfection”), and balancing the personal and professional (“don’t settle, settle down”).

The Ultimatum by Dick Wolf

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When a leaker named Verlyn Merritt releases sensitive documents from the NYPD Intelligence Division to WikiLeaks, some of the deadliest criminals have access to Detective Jeremy Fisk’s unlisted home address. Within hours, three mysterious assailants arrive at his Sutton Place apartment. Who are they and why do they want Fisk dead? 

Authorities quickly identify and arrest Merritt. But the case takes a sinister twist when threats are made by an anonymous third party if authorities don’t release Merritt immediately. Forced from his home and his bank accounts drained, Fisk confronts Chay Maryland, a reporter who has been covering Merritt’s case. Fisk wants the journalist’s help to get close to the leaker—to find out what Merritt really wants and who else is involved.

The investigation is nearly derailed when a serial sniper begins shooting people on the street who seem to have no connection to Merritt’s case. The killer’s aim is eerily accurate—and Fisk believes the shooter might be using a drone rigged with unusual sighting capabilities. Then the sniper contacts the New York Times and promises to kill one person every day, “for the greater good of the citizens of America.

With the clock ticking and millions of lives at stake, Fisk and Chay must find the mastermind before he can wreak havoc on a city paralyzed by fear.

Love and Second Chances by Rachel E. Cagle

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Tiffany Boudreaux thought she had it all, a husband who loved her, four wonderful children, a loyal best friend, and her own event planning business. However, after the birth of their fourth child, Tiffany was forced to deal with severe depression which lead to a wounded self image and estrangement from her husband, Cameron. 

With the stresses of raising four children, running his automotive shop, keeping a marriage together, and trying to cope with his father's death, Cameron Boudreaux fails to see he's neglected the people he holds nearest to him. When temptation appears, it will test him and his marriage.

Will the introduction of new friends and the steadfastness of old ones be enough to help Tiffany overcome her self-consciousness and allow Cameron to show his wife that he is the husband she so desperately wants? Can Cameron and Tiffany fight their personal demons to rekindle their love and give each other a second chance?

The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie

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A sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King. Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France's most "well-beloved" monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.

Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.

Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters: Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne, four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.

Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot - and women - forward. The King's scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters:sweet, naive Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne, will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.

In the tradition of The Other Boleyn GirlThe Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour. Based on meticulous research on a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie's stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood; of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough.

All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank

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The perennial New York Times bestselling author returns with an emotionally resonant novel that illuminates the power of friendship in women’s lives, and is filled with her trademark wit, poignant and timely themes, sassy, flesh-and-blood characters, and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry.

Few writers capture the complexities, pain, and joy of relationships—between friends, family members, husbands and wives, or lovers—as beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank. In this charming, evocative, soul-touching novel, she once again takes us deep into the heart of the magical Lowcountry where three amazing middle-aged women are bonded by another amazing woman’s death.

Through their shared loss they forge a deep friendship, asking critical questions. Who was their friend and what did her life mean? Are they living the lives they imagined for themselves? Will they ever be able to afford to retire? How will they maximize their happiness? Security? Health? And ultimately, their own legacies?

A plan is conceived and unfurls with each turn of the tide during one sweltering summer on the Isle of Palms. Without ever fully realizing how close they were to the edge, they finally triumph amid laughter and maybe even newfound love.

Frankie Teardrop by Bill Kte'Pi

Frank Train was born restless, the grandson of cowboys and tumbleweeds, the kind of guy who got into fights because he was bored and got drunk because he was awake. Family settled him down, but now, in the space of a few months, Frank's lost his parents, his wife, and two of his children in a series of bizarre tragedies, each of which is marked with the same strange symbol. The only survivors are his son Ricky and his prodigal brother, each of whom battles the same kind of demons Frank has carried with him all his life. That symbol though, Frank's seen it before. On Halloween night, the scarecrow at the crossroads came to life and offered him a deal, and that was what started it all. Now time's running out as Ricky becomes stranger and stranger and Frank struggles to discover just what the scarecrow took from him -- and what he has coming in return.

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