Friday, September 11, 2015

*Mail Call* September 7 - 11

It's Friday again, which means it's time for another edition of mail call. This was a relatively slow week for mail, but I still got 5 books (which is 2-3 more books than I ever read in a single week normally.) I also finally got my Indie Authors and Book Blogs "On Thursdays We Wear Purple" shirt today (like a month after everyone else got theirs because the military mail service can be very slow sometimes.) I think the shirt is the item I was most excited to receive. But without further ado, here are the books I got in the mail this week.

21 Days by Bethany Lopez

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Sasha and TJ are no strangers to enjoying sex with no strings attached, so when they decide to act on their mutual attraction, there should be no reason why they can’t apply that same philosophy to each other.

Money has never been an issue for Sasha, which made proving herself as a real estate dynamo a personal challenge she was determined to conquer. Raised in a gilded world masking neglect and disappointment, she learned not to depend on anyone, especially when it comes to love and relationships. Men are great for companionship, but she isn’t looking for anything serious.

Used to going without, TJ has worked hard to be able to support himself. When he loses his job and his home in one fell swoop, he faces relying on others for the first time in his adult life. Then Sasha steps in, offering him a place to stay until he’s back on his feet. He grudgingly agrees, but vows to be out of her guest room within 21 days.

They'll discover that a lot can change in 21 days, especially when they decide to give the idea of "friends with benefits" a try. As each day passes, Sasha and TJ become closer than they’ve ever been. Will they be able to go back to being just friends when their days together are up, or will they allow their personal hang-ups to get in the way of what they really cherish most?

This story is meant for readers 18 and older.

Series Reading Order:
8 Weeks
21 Days
42 Hours 
15 Minutes ~ Releasing, Nov 4, 2014
10 Years ~ Releasing, Feb 3, 2015


Operation King Cobra by Steve Doherty

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A tidal wave of terror sweeps southern Asia after the Japanese capture Hong Kong and Singapore. Over a one hundred thousand American, British, Canadian, and Indian prisoners of war are put to work building a Japanese railroad in some of the toughest jungle terrain in Asia; tens of thousands die of malnutrition, starvation, malaria, and Japanese mistreatment. Thousands of allied military and civilian prisoners are killed by illegal biological and chemical experiments conducted by a secret Japanese Army research program. The Japanese appear to be unstoppable. When the US Army Chief of Staff implements Operation King Cobra and sends the highly trained and swarthy special missions agent Jonathan Preston into Asia, things begin to turnaround. After Preston teams up with two British Special Operations Executive agents, Miles Murphy and Henri Morreau, the trio wreaks havoc on Japanese supply lines, foils sabotage, and assassination attempts by Japanese agents, frees allied prisoners of war, and begins shutting down the secret biological and chemical warfare programs of the Japanese Army's Unit 731. After nearly a year of solid success, a Japanese hit team is now after the Cobra trio. When the two teams collide there is only one outcome: death. Operation King Cobra is based on the true story of an American clandestine agent from Ohio.

Safe Harbor by Mary Fremont Schoenecker

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A tale of mystery,guilt,redemption and romance unfolds at the seaside home of Jacques Fontaine. The loving existence of two families is thrust into chaos when Jacques's wife disappears under Margaret's watch. Woman of faith and reluctant clairvoyant, Tante Margaret tries to unravel complicated circumstances when she is dubbed a person of interest in the police investigation.

The Village by Eleanor Watkins

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The Village is beautiful, a place of order and security, but it harbours three outsiders--Ellen the tinker's daughter, returning with her father to the place where he grew up, a freewoman among serfs; William, whose father is Lord of the Manor; and Sam, who is 'different'. As each strives to find their identity and their place in a world where they can never fully feel accepted, they are unexpectedly faced with a bigger challenge: the Black Death. 

How will they cope with the terror that is all around them? What inner resources can they find to make sense of life? In the face of such devastation, can things ever be the same, or what new world should they build? As each of them tells their story, we see the glimmerings of hope and new life in the midst of great uncertainty. 

Ellen, William and Sam-three young people with an extraordinary challenge to face.

Shadow of Empire by Jay Allan

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The first installment in the Far Star series, a swashbuckling space saga that introduces the daring pirate Blackhawk and the loyal crew of the Wolf’s Claw, from the author of the bestselling Crimson Worlds saga

Smuggler and mercenary Arkarin Blackhawk and the crew of the ship Wolf’s Claw are freelance adventurers who live on the fringe of human society in the Far Stars. A veteran fighter as deadly with a blade as he is with a gun, Blackhawk is a man haunted by a dark past. Even his cynicism cannot banish the guilt and pain that threaten his sanity. 

Sent to rescue the kidnapped daughter of his longtime friend Marshal Augustin Lucerne, Blackhawk and his crew find themselves drawn into one deadly fight after another. When the Wolf’s Claw is damaged, they are forced to land on an remote planet subsumed by civil war. Pulled unwittingly into the conflict, they uncover disturbing information about secret imperial involvement that could upset the plans of Lucerne. 

For the Marshal is determined to forge a Far Stars Confederation powerful enough to eliminate all imperial influence and threats in the sector. He needs a skilled warrior like Blackhawk on his side, but the mercenary, plagued by dark memories from the past, refuses to join the cause. All too soon, though, he and his crew will have to take a stand.

So there you have it. The five books that I got in the mail this week. I think I'm most looking forward to reading Shadow of Empire because it's been a while since I read a good science fiction book, and I really like science fiction. Which of these books are you most interested in hearing my thoughts on? - Katie 

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