Mailbox Monday

Another Monday, Another Mailbox!! This is a feature where we all share with each other the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!!

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but for the month of February MM is on tour and hosted by Library of Clean Reads.  Yours truly will be the MM host for April!

Hello everyone!  I hope this Mailbox Monday is finding you well!  I received three books for review this past week, all of which have been on my wishlist for a long time so I was super excited to see their appearance!  

The Raven Queen
by Jules Watson

Release Date:  February 22, 2011


In this dazzling retelling of one of Ireland’s most stirring legends, acclaimed author Jules Watson brings to life the story of Maeve, the raven queen, who is as fierce as she is captivating.

She was born to be a pawn, used to secure her father’s royal hold on his land. She was forced to advance his will through marriage—her own desires always thwarted. But free-spirited Maeve will no longer endure the schemes of her latest husband, Conor, the cunning ruler of Ulster. And when her father’s death puts her homeland at the mercy of its greedy lords and Conor’s forces, Maeve knows she must at last come into her own power to save it.

With secret skill and daring, Maeve proves herself the equal of any warrior on the battlefield. With intelligence and stealth, she learns the strategies—and sacrifices—of ruling a kingdom through treacherous alliances. And to draw on the dangerous magic of her country’s oldest gods, Maeve seeks out the wandering druid Ruan, whose unexpected passion and strange connection to the worlds of spirit imperil everything Maeve thought true about herself—and put her at war with both her duty and her fate. 

by Leslie Carroll

Release Date:  March 1, 2011


The author of Notorious Royal Marriages presents some of history's boldest, baddest, and bawdiest royals.

The bad seeds on the family trees of the most powerful royal houses of Europe often became the most rotten of apples: über-violent autocrats Vlad the Impaler and Ivan the Terrible literally reigned in blood. Lettice Knollys strove to mimic the appearance of her cousin Elizabeth I and even stole her man. And Pauline Bonaparte scandalized her brother Napoleon by having a golden goblet fashioned in the shape of her breast.

Chock-full of shocking scenes, titillating tales, and wildly wicked nobles, Royal Pains is a rollicking compendium of the most infamous, capricious, and insatiable bluebloods of Europe. 

by Ariana Franklin

Release Date:  March 1, 2011


In 1176, King Henry II sends his daughter Joanna to Palermo to marry his cousin, the king of Sicily. Henry chooses Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to travel with the princess and safeguard her health. But when people in the wedding procession are murdered, Adelia and Rowley must discover the killer's identity . . . and whether he is stalking the princess or Adelia herself.

That's my mailbox...what goodies showed up in yours?



  1. I love the cover of A Murderous Procession... so sad about the author :(

    Royal Pains sounds fun! I have been wanting to read some Leslie's books for a while.

    Enjoy :)

  2. What a wonderful collection of books.

  3. I tried to comment and it disappeared! What a wonderful mailbox.

  4. Royal Pains sounds interesting. Happy reading!

  5. I was sorry to see that Ariana Franklin recently passed away. She's been on my TBR list forever. I really want to read Leslie Carroll's books--they look like such fun. Anxiously awaiting my copy of The Raven Queen. Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading :)

  6. I think I am going to sneak over and steal all of the books out of your mailbox.

  7. Lucky you getting to review all of these delicious reads! Sure you don't need some help??? :) All I seem to get in my "physical" mailbox is junk mail. Wish someone would send me books too!!! Enjoy them and have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  8. I too was saddened to hear of Ariana Franklin's recent passing, so it is nice to see they have done a beautiful cover for it. I wonder if if she had any others of this series in the works? I hope no one takes this in the wrong context but, I am hoping publishers might republish the books written under her real name, Diana Norman.

    For anyone who might be interested here is a nice write up from the Guardian

  9. Royal Pains: A Rogues' Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds looks worthwhile to me. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on it.

    I received 2 historicals.

  10. A Murderous Procession was good! Enjoy your books!


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