Fanciful Reader

a book blog about romance and more. . .

Month: October, 2011

Mailbox Monday 10/31

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 being hosted by Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit.

I hope everyone has a fun day planned for Halloween. I’m at home from work today with my kindergartener who has a cold. I think we’ll still go trick-or-treating tonight. He’s going as a ninja which seems to be a very popular costume this year.

Here’s what I picked up this week (mostly Kindle books):

Tides of Passion by Tracy Sumner
Scandalous Lord Dere: From Secrets of a Perfect Night by Stephanie Laurens
A Novel Seduction by Gwyn Cready
My Lady Below Stairs by Mia Marlowe
Plain Fear: Forsaken by Leanna Ellis
Merely Magic by Patricia Rice
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I also picked up some ARCs at a school library conference that I attended on Friday morning:

From Sourcebooks I got I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler and Embrace by Jessica Shirvington.

From Bloomsbury USA I picked up Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen and The Mapmaker and the Ghost by Sarvenaz Tash.

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

Mailbox Monday 10/24

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 being hosted by Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit.

Last week I went on vacation so I didn’t buy as many books as usual. Despite encountering a tropical storm for the first few days of the trip, I enjoyed my family’s first cruise ever to the Bahamas.

Here’s what I picked up this week:
Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane) by Elizabeth Hoyt
I’d Change My Life If I Had More Time by Doreen Virtue
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas
The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women by Gail McMeekin

You can tell from the picks above that two of my favorite genres are romance and self-improvement.

What about you? What did you pick up this week? Did you stick to your favorite genres or did you choose something a little bit different?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Haunting of Maddy Clare



“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 Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James.
Expected publication date: March 6, 2012, by NAL.

Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis – rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts – has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death.

Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle. For Maddy’s ghost is real, she’s angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair’s assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance – before she destroys them all?

This title sounds like a great gothic mystery with an unusual historical setting. I can’t wait to read it!

What’s your Waiting on Wednesday pick?

Teaser Tuesdays: Wicked Intentions

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Share the title & author, too, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists!

This week’s selection is from Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt. The Maiden Lane series is one of many that I’m catching up on because book #3 is released next week.

So far I’m enjoying the book. I love the gritty atmosphere and the 18th-century setting. The hero, Lord Caire, is a little over the top with long silver hair (which reminds me of Lucius Malfoy who I don’t find sexy at all) and preferences for some kind of odd bedsport which has not been revealed yet.

He was a creature of the night, unfit for the company of humans.

The gloom of the St. Giles night enveloped Lazarus as he strode rapidly away from Maiden Lane and Mrs Dews’s innocent little home for children.

What about you? What’s your Teaser Tuesdays pick? Have you read Wicked Intentions or any other books by Elizabeth Hoyt?

Teaser Tuesdays: A Lady Awakened

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Share the title & author, too, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists!

This week I chose A Lady Awakened, a historical romance by debut author Cecelia Grant. I’m very excited to read this book!

The official release date is December 27, 2011, from Bantam Books/Random House, and the brief quote below is from the ARC that I received upon request from the publisher.

Last week I included a lot more than two sentences as per Teaser Tuesday rules. This week, I’ll keep it at two.

She raised her chin and met with her reflection as her breaths went quick and shallow. Sheridan’s reflection, too, the sweet springtime face paired with eyes that already knew too much of the world.


What’s your Teaser Tuesdays pick?

Mailbox Monday 10/3

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 being hosted by Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit.

Despite the fact that I have quite a few library books checked out on my Kindle, I still managed to buy more!

Into the Dark Lands by Michelle Sagara West
The English Witch by Loretta Chase
Flawless by Carrie Lofty
Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen
If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path (Compass) by Charlotte Kasl
Red-hot and Royal by Susanna Carr
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Four novellas in the Real Duchesses of London series by Lavinia Kent
In Want of a Wife? (Harlequin Presents Extra) by Cathy Williams
Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer
Doukakis’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan
Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell
Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes

Looks like I’ll have a lot of fun reading to do this week. In the meantime, I’m going outside to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather! What about you? What did you pick up this week?