Friday, August 28, 2009

What Did I Receive?

In case anyone has been wondering, 'What Did I Receive' is a weekly post that I do-- it's pretty much my version of 'In My Mailbox'. I post every Friday, unless I do not receive anything for that week, which happens a lot, then I usually just skip posting it. After all, what's the use of writing a whole post in order to say "No Books"? So, here are the three books I received this week. All three are from a contest I won over at Leontine's "Beef Club Preview"). Thanks again, girl, and don't worry about the little mistake in books-- I promise, I've made plenty of "oops" myself! :D Here's what I won:

Title: Darkest Kiss

Author: Gena Showalter

Genre: Paranormal

Series: Lords of the Underworld Series, #2

Publisher: Harlequin

Publication Date: June 2008

Summary (B&N):

She has tempted many men... but never found her equal. Until now. Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death--a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him. But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining....

My original prize from this contest was to be the first three books in the LOTU series-- but when I mentioned to Leontine that I had read the first two, she gave me the option of choosing two substitutes from the bookstore she order through, along with the third book in the series. But, due to a silly (and forgivable!) mistake, I got another copy of Darkest Kiss, which I already own. That's okay though-- this just means that I'll have another book to add to the small group that I plan on giving away in future contests I hold. So if you want to have your own copy of it, stay tuned-- I don't know when I'll hold my next contest (probably not until next's kind of tight this year), but I'll let you know ahead of time! :D

Title: Forced Mate
Author: Rowena Cherry
Genre: Paranormal/Futuristic
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication Date: November 2004
Summary (B&N):
When the king of a galaxy comes to claim his virgin Earthling bride, he finds that winning her over is far more difficult than he expected.
I chose this one as one of my substitutes since I put it on my LT Paranormal 999 Challenge.. and haven't had the opportunity to buy/read it yet. Plus, it sounds good, and I've had it on my wish list for a while now. Anyone else read this book, or her other novels?
Author: Jen Holling
Genre: Paranormal, Magic, Historical (?)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 2008
Summary (B&N):
On the heels of her "enchanting and action-packed" (Romantic Times) novel My Immortal Protector, acclaimed author Jen Holling returns to a mystical world where the all-too-human desires of rugged Drake MacKay entwine with the icy cunning of one with the power to heal — or curse....
Drake MacKay is no stranger to the double-edged powers of blood witches. His own niece Deidra and his best friend were saved by a baobhan sith: Hannah O'Shea, the same spirit who would not heal Drake's dying wife. Nearly consumed by grief and fury, Drake is nevertheless bound by an unholy promise: for those she gave life, he has pledged his own.
Returning to Hannah's remote isle, Drake is stunned to be released from his obligation. And when he overhears a violent plot stirred up by villagers, he finds himself irresistibly called to warn her — and escapes with her into the night. Alive for more than a century, Hannah has found the words of mortal men to be bitter lies. But there is darkness in their shared past, an evil that threatens Drake's family. Forced to unite, they discover a fire between them that melts their distrust...and a furious passion that may just save them both.
Again, it's on my Para-999 Challenge, so I ordered it as well. I've read a few books from Holling before, and found them to be pretty good, so I have fairly high expectations for this one as well.
That's it for the week-- well, except for another Textbook I had to order for class. I could get into my rant on how ridiculous textbook prices are, or how stupid the UPS company is, but I won't...
Well, okay, maybe I will, briefly. I've bought three textbooks so far. Total? About $180! And now I got the list for my other class, and I've now got to hurry and buy two more, for roughly that much more money! RIDICULOUS! You know how many romance/fantasy novels I could buy for that much? A LOT!
And don't even get my started on the UPS... Let's just say, I had to have my textbook (the one that I got this week) ASAP, so I ordered it on B&N and payed the 15 dollars to have it shipped by Air Mail in 1-2 business days. Fine-- I've had to do it before, and though I hate the price charged, it does get here within the day or two like it says. But this time, they did something I can't figure out for the life of me! The book was shipped out of one of their warehouses in Nevada, to another city in Nevada. Okay, fine. Then, they sent it to TWO separate cities in California.
Where's the problem, you may ask? I live in Utah. On the other side of Nevada, geniuses! They shipped it a whole extra state away from me, and then air shipped it back to Salt Lake City, before sending it down south to the other big UPS station, and then trucking it about 100 miles to where I live in hick-town (though I love it!) Mt.Pleasant.
Really, what where they thinking? Or should I say, why weren't they thinking? Argh.
At least it arrived on time, the day after I ordered it, like they originally said and I payed extra for. Otherwise, I would have definitely called them up to... complain. And that's putting it mildly. :D
Anyway, enough with my petty rambling-- moving on!
That's it for the week-- I'm going to relax and go see a movie with my family (sadly, not the Time Traveler's Wife, which I'm still dying to see)-- We're going to our local drive in to see G.I. Joe. Not sure if it will be great or not, but hey, at least it has Channing Tatum in it! Yummy....
Ooh, did you know that he's going to be in quiet a few movies in the next year or so-- next year, for example, as John from Nicholas Sparks' novel, "Dear John". I haven't read the book yet, but I'm definitely going to see the movie! And he'll be in a few others in 2010/2011, one set in ancient Rome (The Eagle of the Ninth, which was apparently a short TV series in the '70s), that sounds really good!
Okay, enough, I'm signing off now! :D
Until Next Time,

The Book Queen

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