Mailbox Monday, July 21, 2014

Mailbox Monday has returned home to Mailbox Monday’s site this year.

Birthday money burns a hole in my pocket. And 9 times out of 10 I spend it at the book store :):)

The Cuckoo's CallingBurial RitesCinderThe Other Typist

Or at the library book sale, which just happens to land during my birthday month :)

212IcedThe AbductionColder than IceDearly BelovedLive to Tell

I also got these from Paperbackswap:

Worst Fears RealizedSilent Prey

And finally one book from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer Program:

Don't Talk to Strangers In the woods of Whisper, Georgia, two bodies are found: one recently dead, the other decayed from a decade of exposure to the elements. The sheriff is going to need help to track down an experienced predator – one who abducts girls and holds them for months before ending their lives. Enter ex-FBI profiler and private investigator Keye Street.

After a few weeks, Keye is finally used to sharing her downtown Atlanta loft with her boyfriend, A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser. Along with their pets (his dog, her cat) they seem almost like a family. But when Rauser plunks a few ice cubes in a tumbler and pours a whiskey, Keye tenses. Her addiction recovery is tenuous at best.

Though reluctant to head out into the country, Keye agrees to assist Sheriff Ken Meltzer. Once in Whisper, where the locals have no love for outsiders, Keye starts to piece together a psychological profile: The killer is someone who stalks and plans and waits. But why does the sociopath hold the victims for so long, and what horrible things must they endure? When a third girl goes missing, Keye races against time to connect the scant bits of evidence. All the while, she cannot shake the chilling feeling: Something dark and disturbing lives in these woods – and it is watching her every move.

2014.33 REVIEW – Trunk Music by Michael Connelly

Trunk Music
by Michael Connelly

Copyright: 1997
Pages: 427
Rating: 4/5
Read: July 10-July 19, 2014
Challenge: Official TBR Challenge
Yearly count: 33
Format:  Print
Source: Personal Copy
Series: Harry Bosch #5

Trunk MusicBlurb: When B-grade L.A. movie producer Tony Aliso is found stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls-Royce, all signs point to “trunk music” – a mob hit. Detective Harry Bosch, just back from an “involuntary stress lave,” is not so sure. And when he finds the money trail, he follows it … all the way to Vegas.

Seems this Tony had his share of enemies, and in no time, so does Harry: Vegas thugs, LAPD’s organized crime unit, a smarmy internal affairs investigator and, of course, Tony’s killers. Everyone wants a piece of Harry. And somehow, they’ve found just the way to get it…

Turns out that just before his death, Tony was seen at a Vegas poker table with one Eleanor Wish – ex-FBI agent, ex-convict … and ex-love of Harry’s life. Now it’s time for Harry to keep his cards close to the table – and his enemies even closer before it’s time to face the TRUNK MUSIC.

Review: Oh, Harry … how I love you so much! Seriously, I really like Harry Bosch! I’m slowly making my way through this series, but the books are getting better and better.

This one was a really good installment. I found it so much fun to work the case with Harry. I only had part of the “who-dun-it” figured out before it was finally put together by Harry.

There’s not much else that can be said about an older book that has already been read and reviewed a gazillion times. I liked it and I’m looking forward to the next Harry Bosch book!!

Book Spotlight: The Founders’ Plot by Frank Victoria



The Founders' PlotSynopsis 

Clarion Reviews – Five Stars: … an
intriguing and rich novel. The char-
acters, dialogue, and plot will
entertain readers…to the end.

Kirkus Reviews: … for a fictional
account of a contemporary political
dispute, this is a competent if not
inspiring option.

When California Governor Michael J. DiGrasso pushes through a tough immigration law, the Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional, but the decorated Vietnam veteran refuses to accept the ruling. This ignites a clash between federal, state, and judicial power that threatens to jar the country’s political and justice systems. And it leaves the governor’s long-time friend, President of the United States, Martin W. Ballard, with the decision of whether to federalize the California National Guard to enforce the Court’s order.

Tension increases when Elizabeth Stern, a savvy member of the opposition party tries to ram through a new immigration law that will pass judicial review. An expert in back-room legislative machinations, she’ll go to any length to force the governor to obey the Court decision, and her devious maneuvers throw DiGrasso’s personal and professional life into turmoil.

One subplot involves DiGrasso’s close personal friend, Congressman Manuel Mendoza, who is indicted for taking bribes. Another concerns two Mexican families in the country illegally and the tragedies that befall them because of the new immigration law.

The unfolding of these interwoven events creates a tense, fast-paced thriller that parallels the current tumult over illegal immigration and the on-going debate on Constitutional interpretation that will leave readers craving for the eventual outcome.

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Frank Victoria was born and raised in Chicago, a city rich in industry and ambitions and many of his ideas were molded by its brand of politics and immigrant culture. He served in the Marine Corps, which left an imprint of just how much he could do and helped create the persistence needed to earn his BA in Journalism from Northern Illinois University.

It took him nearly eight years to get the degree because he repeatedly had to interrupt his studies with full-time work to pay for his expenses. He toiled on the docks loading and unloading freight, moved furniture, worked construction, was a cabbie, a shoe salesman and a factory worker. The payoff: Time in the ivory tower setting balanced by a nitty gritty education in the real world.


2 winners will receive a copy of The Founders’ Plot + $20.00 Amazon Gift Card by Frank Victoria. Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

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RECIPE: Oreo and Fudge Ice Cream Cake

Oreo & Fudge Ice Cream Cake (12 servings)

  • 1/2 cup  hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
  • 1 tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 pkg.  (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 8 OREO Cookies, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 12 vanilla ice cream sandwiches


  1. Pour fudge topping into medium bowl. Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP. Add dry pudding mix; stir 2 min. Stir in chopped cookies.
  2. Arrange 4 ice cream sandwiches, side-by-side, on 24-inch-long sheet of foil; top with half the COOL WHIP mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sandwiches. Frost top and sides with remaining COOL WHIP. Bring up foil sides; double fold top and ends to loosely seal packet.
  3. Freeze 4 hours or until firm.

Recipe Source: Kraft Recipes


Personal Review: Here’s something I’ve never shared with my readers … a dessert! Why, you might ask? Because I don’t make dessert very often. I have two go-to recipes for dessert … this is one of them (and the easiest).

I make this every year for Easter dinner and it is always a huge hit. I would make it more often if it wasn’t so addicting, ha!

I will say that if you make this and you have trouble getting everything to mix together in step 1, add a splash of milk to thin it out some. By the way, you don’t *need* to buy an entire package of Oreos … I just do it because I’m an Oreo freak :)

2014.32 REVIEW – The Three by Sarah Lotz

The Three
by Sarah Lotz

Copyright: 2014
Pages: 395
Rating: 2/5
Read: July 5-July 15, 2014
Challenge: What’s in a Name
Yearly count: 32
Format:  E-Book
Source: NetGalley
Series: N/A

The ThreeBlurb: Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he’s right?

The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn’t appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.

Dubbed ‘The Three’ by the international press, the children all exhibit disturbing behavioral problems, presumably caused by the horror they lived through and the unrelenting press attention. This attention becomes more than just intrusive when a rapture cult led by a charismatic evangelical minister insists that the survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. The Three are forced to go into hiding, but as the children’s behavior becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival…

Review: I received a copy of this book for free via NetGalley, all opinions expressed below are my own.

I originally saw this book mentioned in a Shelf Awareness email. It sounded really good and I was excited when I got the notification saying that I had been approved for a copy on NetGalley. Then I do like I seem to do with every single e-book I get … I let it sit. And sit. And sit some more. I decided it was time to clear this book off my review list and loaded it up onto my Nook and took off with it.

Now that I’ve finished this book, I’m just confused. First of all this book is billed as “horror.” To me there’s not a lick of horror in this book. I can’t even bring myself to call it creepy in any way, shape or form. I think horror fans are going to be sorely disappointed by this book.

The premise behind the book sounds really interesting. But the execution was just lacking in my opinion. I was okay with the book within a book format, but then it took a really strange turn at the end that I didn’t understand. The ending was so ambiguous and I did not like that at all.

Obviously the book wasn’t horrendous, because I finished it. But it just didn’t work for me.

The Letter R…

So those of you who follow Trish at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity might have seen her Sunday Salon post where she played along with the meme making the rounds right now. I indicated I wanted to play and she assigned me the letter …. R! (Whew, talk about getting lucky and not getting Q,X,Z!)

And just so you know, this is harder than you think …even with an “easy” letter! Because just because something fits the letter requirement, does that really make it a favorite? Doubtful. Anyway, here goes:

Favorite author with the Letter R: I had a really tough time with this one. Looking back at my index, the only author that I have read multiple times is J.K. Rowling. And I just don’t know that I would necessarily call her a “favorite.” Yeah, I read the Harry Potter books. But I haven’t picked up any of her adult books. I just happened to like Harry Potter. So … favorite? Maybe, maybe not … but it’s the only author that fits with this letter.

Favorite song with the letter R: This one was easier. I have two. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin and “Roar” by Katy Perry.

Favorite film starting with the letter R: You’re probably going to laugh at this one, but do you know what came to mind first? “Rocky” Don’t ask me why, it just did. But once again … a favorite? Probably not. Just what happened to pop into my mind first. (All-time favorite movie is without a doubt “Grease”)

Favorite object starting with the letter R: Hmmm …. a radio? I mean, I don’t know what else to put.

As I said up above, this is tougher than you realize. However … I’d love for you to play along! Let me know and I’ll assign YOU a letter :)