Fanciful Reader

a book blog about romance and more. . .

Month: July, 2011

Mailbox Monday 8/1

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This month Mailbox Monday is hosted by Staci at Life in the Thumb.

This week I picked up quite a few more books in the Kindle store because of the big sale that was on through July 27th.

Daughters of the River Huong by Uyen Nicole Duong

To Seduce an Earl (The Seduction Series) by Lori Brighton

The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Kiss an Angel with Bonus Material by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Gathering of Faerie) by Maggie Stiefvater

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Legacy by Jeanette Baker

A Vintage Affair: A Novel by Isabel Wolff

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton

The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland–For a Little While: A Tor.Com Original by Catherynne M. Valente

A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak #1) by Dana Stabenow

The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton (Burgundy Club) by Miranda Neville

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody 01) by Elizabeth Peters

Borrower of the Night (Vicky Bliss Mysteries 1) by Elizabeth Peters


What about you? What did you pick up this week?

Waiting on Wednesday 7/27: Overseas



“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I chose the title Overseas by Beatriz Chantrill Williams. This is a time-travel romance with a setting and characters that I’ve never encountered, and I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ve included the summary below–no cover available yet as far as I can tell.

Expected publication 2011 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Julian Ashford is a man out of time: a decorated officer swept off a First World War battlefield into modern-day Manhattan by a force he can’t explain. As Julian Laurence, he’s built an investment empire; yet he shuns attention, desperate to conceal his past and unable to forget the woman who emerged from the rain-darkened shadows of the Western Front to save his life, on the eve of his disappearance from the pages of history.

When Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. After all, she’s just an analyst, trying to make her mark in the high-stakes world of international finance without losing herself in its moral thickets. Julian’s brilliant allure – his relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect – all electrify her, but she’s baffled by his mysterious behavior. Why would he fall so hard, so passionately? And what history-transforming secret drives his fateful obsession with her?

What about you? What are you looking forward to this Wednesday?

Mailbox Monday 7/25

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This month Mailbox Monday is hosted by Gwendolyn B.at A Sea of Books.

Here’s what I picked up this week. I bought quite a few books thanks to the “Big Deal” sale in the US Amazon Kindle store.

In for a Penny by Rose Lerner

Ember by Bettie Sharpe

Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell #1) by Dana Stabenow

England: An Illustrated History by Henry Weisser

Bewitching by Jill Barnett

The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen

Android Karenina by Ben Winters (with help from Leo Tolstoy)

Gotcha! by Christie Craig

Magical Mischief by Anna Dale

Breadcrumbs by by Anne Ursu and Erin Mcguire (ARC from Walden Pond Press/Harper Collins)

A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant (ARC from Bantam)

What about you? What did you find in your mailbox this week?

Waiting on Wednesday 7/20: Cold Fire



“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I chose Cold Fire by Kate Elliott. I have the first in the series, Cold Magic, on my Kindle. Given the steam bath that we have for weather in the upper Midwest, it sounds like the perfect book to help cool things down, so maybe I’ll read it soon. The world of the Spiritwalker series is reminiscent of the “His Dark Materials” series, which I really enjoyed–at least the first two books. I haven’t read The Amber Spyglass yet because I’ve heard that the ending is not-so-happy, and I’m worried it would ruin my wonderful experience with the first two books.

Expected publication: September 26th 2011 by Orbit

Cat and her cousin are key players in a drama of dragons and politics. Everyone wants something from them – including the warlord who’s conquering all Europa and the Cold Mages who dare defy him. But the Master of the Wild Hunt is most dangerous of all. He will command Cat’s loyalty using what she holds most dear.

In a world where science and magic are at war, one girl must save those she loves, or lose everything.

What about you? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Mailbox Monday 7/18

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This month Mailbox Monday is hosted by Gwendolyn B.at A Sea of Books.

This week it looks like my only book purchases were in the Kindle store. Many of the titles below were on sale. For instance Sourcebooks has some of their Scottish Highlands-themed romances on sale for 99 cents. I also downloaded a few eARCs from Netgalley that I can’t wait to read–actually too many to list below!

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Fever Cure by Philippa Ashley

Highland Rebel by Judith James

Lady Elizabeth’s Comet by Sheila Simonson

Highlander’s Sword by Amanda Forester

Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Material Girl (Lear Sisters Trilogy) by Julia London

The Devil Earl by Deborah Simmons

The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart

What about you? Which of your new books are you looking forward to reading the most? For me that would be The Devil Earl by Deborah Simmons because I’ve read so many great reviews.

Waiting on Wednesday 7/13: A Midnight Dance



“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I chose A Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua. For some reason I haven’t read many adaptations of fairy tales. I love watching movies with fairy tale themes such as Ever After and The Slipper and the Rose, which I saw for the first time a couple weeks ago. So I’m sure I’ll enjoy A Midnight Dance just as well!

Expected publication: August 2nd 2011 by Penguin Trade

Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, Lila DiPasqua weaves a steamy story that offers a glass slipper, a dangerous deception, and an impoverished beauty determined to find her handsome prince…and make him pay.

Born into wealth, Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury, their father’s prestigious theater frequented by royalty and aristocracy alike. And Sabine dreamed of her own prince charming—the devastatingly handsome Jules de Moutier.

That was before the loss of her sister and her family’s fall from grace—a disaster Sabine blames on the Moutier family. Now, with her father’s death, she’s inherited his sizable debt and the responsibility of caring for his spoiled long-time mistress and her two wastrel daughters. But with the help of Sabine’s eccentric friends—the balance of her father’s acting troupe—she plans to get very close to her old infatuation, seduce the rake—and make away with a fortune.

Resisting Jules’s skillful mouth and tantalizing touch is not as easy as Sabine supposed. And soon she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince…

What about you? Do you like fairy tale adaptations? What else are you waiting for this Wednesday?