In My Mailbox

It’s been over 2 months since I put up an In My Mailbox post.  First I was procrastinating because I couldn’t decide what to do (then life got a little out of control when I broke my leg and my son was in the hospital so I had no time to think about it).

Should I continue to call my post In My Mailbox, should I switch it to Mailbox Monday or one of the many other meme titles that are out there or should I create my own name for it? 

I try to steer clear of drama and also try really hard to not judge other people.  If I continue to call it In My Mailbox does that mean I’m taking a side, if I change the title does that mean I’m taking a stand? Can’t I somehow remain neutral without condemning or condoning?

Now that I’m home and my leg is doing better I have time to think about what to do… No one is perfect and we all make mistakes so I try to never to cast stones at anyone.   I’ve decided that for now I will continue to call this post In My Mailbox.  I won’t be posting often because I’m not accepting much for review right now but I still receive some great books from time to time that I want to share.  

I’ve got a couple dozen books to post about so I’ve just picked a few favorites for today!

Untethered by Marcia Lynn McClure
Marcia usually sends me review copies of her books if I ask for them but life was a little crazy last month.  I’ve read NOTHING lately and really wanted to read something I knew I would enjoy so I bought a Kindle copy of Untethered on Tuesday night.  Good decision, my love of reading is back!

A man tethered by pain and guilt borne of past tragedy,A young woman with the soul of a guardian angel,And an unspeakable evil about to be unleashed.
As Cricket lay in the soft comfort of her bed, continuing to let her mind nest on thoughts of how truly wonderfully attractive Texas Ranger Thibodaux was, she giggled, thinking that looking at him was more refreshing than swimming naked on a summer Sunday afternoon. He was a tall drink of water—far taller than most of the other men in town—and his shoulders were as broad as the state of Texas itself. Sky-blue eyes, bronze skin, square jaw, and dark hair—and that smile! In truth, Cricket had only seen Heathro Thibodaux smile three or four times, but each incidence was something she’d never forget. His smile was bright and white, and the gold tooth he owned on the upper-right incisor of his smile only embellished the richness of it.
That one tooth. Cricket’s smile faded as she thought of it. Oh, no doubt the flash only added to the splendor of his smile. Yet it also served as a reminder to anyone who had ever read or heard of what had happened in Texas one year before. No doubt it was a powerful remembrance to Heathro Thibodaux himself—a visual indication of true barbarity, pain, and loss. 
In that moment, Cricket wondered—when Heathro looked in the mirror each morning and saw that tooth, did he think of eight dead girls buried in the bottom of a bleak and barren canyon? Did he think of the eight dead girls that he, for no fault of his own, had been unable to save?

For Review
Betrayed by Ednah Walters
So this one made me laugh.  Ednah knows I’m not a fan of her book covers.  My copy of the book arrived from the publisher with a shirt on Bran.  Love it!!  

Lil isn’t just an average teenager. She’s one of the Nephilim–the descendants of humans and angels–which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she’s found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she’s warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves… and won’t stop until she’s been lured to the dark side.

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman
Bought this one after a friend recommended it to me.

Intelligence That Comes from the Heart
Every parent knows the importance of equipping children with the intellectual skills they need to succeed in school and life. But children also need to master their emotions. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child is a guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world. And as acclaimed psychologist and researcher John Gottman shows, once they master this important life skill, emotionally intelligent children will enjoy increased self-confidence, greater physical health, better performance in school, and healthier social relationships. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child will equip parents with a five-step “emotion coaching” process that teaches how to:
* Be aware of a child’s emotions
* Recognize emotional expression as an opportunity for intimacy and teaching
* Listen empathetically and validate a child’s feelings
* Label emotions in words a child can understand
* Help a child come up with an appropriate way to solve a problem or deal with an upsetting issue or situation
Written for parents of children of all ages, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child will enrich the bonds between parent and child and contribute immeasurably to the development of a generation of emotionally healthy adults.

The Savage Grace (Dark Divine #3) by Bree Despain
I’ve got to finish this series!  I have really enjoyed it.

Grace’s life is a mess. Daniel is still a werewolf, Talbot can’t be trusted, and Caleb is still out there. With Sirhan’s impending death, war seems imminent. Will Grace give in to the wolf to save her family? What will happen to Daniel . . . and can their love survive one last test?

For Review
A Farewell to Charms (Princess for Hire #3) by Lindsey Leavitt
Another great series I need to finish up.

Desi Bascomb is a princess substitute prodigy—she’s the fastest employee ever to advance to level three in the Facade Agency, and the youngest to ever be a full-time sub. But now with all eyes on Desi, the only thing she wants is a moment alone to talk to Reed, who’s a Façade legacy and secretly a sub for princes!

As Desi trains for her new role, she spies more than a few cracks in Façade’s perfect appearance. But uncovering the agency’s dark past might require more than a princess sub can handle by herself. Desi is no damsel in distress, but sometimes a girl needs a knight in shining armor.

For Review
Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon Hale
I love Shannon Hale. So excited to read this sequel.

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she should help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city. 
Picking up where Princess Academy left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom.