>Mailbox Monday ~ Cashing In

> Welcome to The Burton Review Mailbox Monday Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week. And I am adding what I purchased.

Here’s what I received during the last week:

I received two books for review purposes:

Dark Moon Of Avalon: Part Two in the Trystan & Isolde Trilogy” by Anna Elliott; Publisher: Touchstone (May 4, 2010) I am so excited to read this sequel to Twilight of Avalon, which I really enjoyed. This one is a bit longer too at 432 pages, which makes me happy!

Dark Moon of Avalon, Book Two

I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires” (Civil War Series #2) (Paperback)by Cathy Gohlke
Cathy Gohlke (Author) Visit Amazon’s Cathy Gohlke Page
The bonds linking family and the lines separating enemies have become very blurry for 17 year old Robert. With his father away fighting for the Union, Robert must decide to act alone in order to help his ailing mother, extricate his injured Confederate Uncle, and bring relief to his cousin, Emily.When he unwittingly gets entangled in a Confederate escape plot, Robert must forge his anger and shame into a new determination to save his family. And, perhaps, he must also realize that the saving might not be entirely up to him.Honor and duty to God and country aren’t as clear-cut as he hoped them to be.

Via Paperbackswap I received:
The Wild Irish“The Wild Irish” by Robin Maxwell
Two female titans — perfectly matched in guts, guile, and political genius. Elizabeth, queen of England, has taken on the mighty Spanish Armada and, in a stunning sea battle, vanquished it. But her troubles are far from over. Just across the western channel, her colony Ireland is embroiled in seething rebellion, with the island’s fierce, untamed clan chieftains and their “wild Irish” followers refusing to bow to their English oppressors. Grace O’Malley — notorious pirate, gunrunner, and “Mother of the Irish Rebellion” — is at the heart of the conflict. For years, she has fought against the English stranglehold on her beloved country. At the height of the uprising Grace takes an outrageous risk, sailing up the Thames to London for a face-to-face showdown with her nemesis, the queen of England.”

From three different giveaway’s courtesy of Hachette Books:
From http://ajourneyofbooks.blogspot.com/ I won:
My Name Is Will“My Name is Will” A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare By Jess WinfieldA Tale of two Shakespeares… Struggling UC Santa Cruz grad student Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is trying to write his thesis about the Bard. Kind of…Cut off by his father for laziness, and desperate for dough, Willie agrees to deliver a single giant, psychedelic mushroom to a mysterious collector, making himself an unwitting target in Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs.Read More Here

From http://wrightysreads.blogspot.com/ I was supposed to receive some Mothers Day titles but they (Hachette) cancelled it, so they were generous enough to let me pick my own!! So I picked:
“Great Tales from English History” by Robert Lacy A Treasury of True Stories about the Extraordinary People — Knights and Knaves, Rebels and Heroes, Queens and Commoners — Who Made Britain Great (Paperback)
A feast for history lovers–the whole colorful parade of English history brilliantly captured in a single volume.From ancient times to the present day, the story of England has been laced with drama, intrigue, courage, and passion. In GREAT TALES FROM ENGLISH HISTORY, Robert Lacey recounts the remarkable episodes that shaped a nation as only a great storyteller can: by combining impeccable accuracy with the timeless drama that has made these tales live for centuries.This new paperback edition is encyclopedic in scope, gathering together all of Robert Lacey’s great tales previously published in three separate hardcover volumes.

Athenais” by Lisa Hilton As biography, as history, as a rich story superbly told, ATHENAIS will appeal to readers of Antonia Fraser, Amanda Foreman, Francine du Plessix Gray, and Alison Weir.- ATHENAIS quickly sold through three hardcover printings.”

From a Twitter contest at Random House I won:
“Girl in A Blue Dress” Girl In A Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold

“The celebrated debut novel inspired by the life and marriage of Charles Dickens Alfred Gibson’s funeral is taking place at Westminster Abbey, and his wife of twenty years, Dorothea, has not been invited. The Great Man’s will favours his children and a clandestine mistress over the woman he sent away when their youngest child was still an infant.

Dorothea hasn’t left her small apartment for years, and accepts her exclusion — until an invitation to a private audience with Queen Victoria arrives. The exhilaration of finding that she has much in common with the most powerful woman in England spurs Dorothea to examine her own life more closely. Her recollections uncover deviousness and the frighteningly hypnotic power of the genius she married, but also raise questions about her own complicity in her unhappiness. Questions that finally compel her to face her grown-up children and the two women she has long felt stole her husband: her own younger sister, Sissy, and the charming actress, Miss Ricketts.

This remarkable debut is as wise in the ways of the human heart as it is witty and vivid in its depiction of the charismatic Alfred Gibson, and the habits, mores, and personalities of Victorian London.”

And finally, my order from Amazon last month came (I was afraid they were going to cancel it like last years Christmas gift!):Mary Boleyn
Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII’s Mistress” by Josephine Wilkinson (Pub. July 2009, and pretty short at 240 pages so it shouldn’t be boring. “The scandalous true story of Mary Boleyn, infamous sister of Anne, and mistress of Henry VIII.
The fictionalized story of Mary Boleyn is told in the current Hollywood blockbuster The Other Boleyn Girl (based on Philippa Gregory’s bestseller) starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman which has generated huge interest in Mary as a historical figure.
Mary Boleyn, ‘the infamous other Boleyn girl’, began her court career as the mistress of the king of France. Francois I of France would later call her ‘The Great Prostitute’ and the slur stuck.
The bete-noir of her family, Mary was married her off to a minor courtier but it was not long before she caught the eye of Henry VIII and a new affair began. Although a bright star at Henry’s court, she was soon eclipsed by her highly spirited and more accomplished sister, Anne, who rapidly took her place in the king’s heart. However, the ups and downs of the Boleyn sisters were far from over. Mary would emerge the sole survivor of a family torn apart by lust and ambition, and it is in Mary and her progeny that the Boleyn legacy rests

Off to quit my day job..



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19 responses to “>Mailbox Monday ~ Cashing In

  1. >Great tales from English History sounds promising. Enjoy your week!

  2. >Wild Irish and My Name is Will look like two good books.happy reading.I just posted a new interview on examiner.

  3. >I hope My Name Is Will arrives here soon! And Girl in a Blue Dress looks fabulous. Color me jealous.

  4. >Wow! Great list of books!

  5. >These all look good to me! Seriously quitting your day job? If so, I am totally envious.

  6. >Girl in a Blue Dress sounds very interesting. So does the English History stories. I've never heard of anyone canceling a giveaway. You got a lot of reading in the mail this week. Enjoy.

  7. >Wow, many great books on that list! Maxwell's book and "Girl in a blue dress" sounds really interesting! And the sequel to Twilight of Avalon, too, although I still have to read the first (but any book with a painting of Waterhouse on the cover is a book I want!)

  8. >I so want The Wild Irish, you will have to tell me how it is. It would have been terrible if they cancelled your book order – I hate when that happens.

  9. >Wow! Girl you cleaned up! I think I would love Mary Boleyn. 🙂 I just got My Name is Will the other day. I am totally looking forward to it. 🙂

  10. Dar

    >Wow, what a mailbox Marie. You got so many there that I want to read that I couldn't even begin to name them. lol. Enjoy!

  11. >I look forward to your review of Girl in a Blue Dress.I read an excerpt and was fascinated, but not enough to buy it just yet 🙂

  12. >I would love to hear your thoughts on Girl in a Blue Dress. Haven't seen it reviewed much. I need a book with blue in the title for The Colorful Reading Challenge. 🙂

  13. >Wow…with a list like that, it really would be wonderful to "quit your day job" and just read all the time! I'm right behind you with the letter of resignation!! Happy reading! You can see my mailbox here.

  14. >Hi, it's Robin Maxwell here. I see that you've got THE WILD IRISH on your pile to read. I just got off the phone with my Australian producer, Monica O'Brien, who assures me that the movie version of this book (I adapted in into a screenplay) is GOING TO BE MADE. She's already gotten most of the financing nailed down (for a probable Australian/Irish production) and a couple of A-list directors chomping at the bit, so I'd like you to keep everything crossable crossed for us. Everybody's calling it "Bravetart," as Grace O'Malley really is the Irish, female counterpart to William Wallace ("Braveheart'), though Wallace didn't have as his rival, as Grace does, Elizabeth I. This is one story that proves that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

  15. >Isn't that awesome news?! Good Luck with your movie venture, Robin!

  16. >Wild Irish looks good, but I am super jealous of you over the second Avalon book. Enjoy it and I so look forward to your review. Savor it sweetie.

  17. >Mary Boleyn sounds good. I have Girl in a Blue Dress but haven't read it yet. I'm looking forward to your thoughts.–AnnaDiary of an Eccentric

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