Monday, April 28, 2014

Mailbox Monday - April 27

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Last week is a blur. Between taking my real estate exam and the girls' being on vacation, I can't even tell you much of what happened. I do know that no books arrived in the mail--only because I'm looking at the floor where I keep them and there aren't any there.  :)  However, I bought a couple of Kindle books last week.

This first one was self-published by a friend of mine. He is a long time outdoors writer for our local paper. He is the one who introduced me to Write Angles Conference. This is his first book, but he is already working on his third.

Brought up in the Depression, Johnny DaSilva is leader of a fun and imaginative gang that lives out their dreams in the Big Tree in which each has a branch that serves as the Lone Ranger’s Silver, the race car of Morey Amsterdam, the rocket ship of Buck Rogers, the crow’s nest for Black Bart the Pirate.

When World War II broke out, they tried every ruse their young imaginations could think of to get into the marines, army, and navy but had to settle for the Boy Scouts. But the faux pas war to end all wars came too soon for the Big Tree Gang.

Johnny is best described by an aunt as having the millstone around the neck of having a strict English Episcopalian conscience and bucking bronco Portuguese sexual proclivities.

Two girls are in love with him, one wealthy and popular, the other sexually abused and who considered herself a worthless toy, until she met Johnny.

Whatever they knew about the facts of life, male and female, were learned pretty much by trial and error.

This was on sale for only $1.99, so I picked it up. I love Jerry B. Jenkins' books, but I have a hard time buying anything these days when I have so many unread books here.

Watch out! The Timberline twins are on the loose. Bryce and Ashley are ATV-riding tweens from Colorado who unearth action-packed mystery and adventure wherever they go. From clearing the name of a local miscreant to thwarting a gold-stealing heist, the twins' growing faith and the strong example of their parents guide them through even the most life-threatening situations. With the trademark page-turner style used by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, these fast-paced books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Readers will definitely get hooked by the unbelievable cliff-hanger at the end of book one, Haunted Waters. Perfect for ages 8-12.

That's it for me. What did you receive?


  1. Both of those are new titles for me. Good luck on the real estate exam.

  2. I love Fabry and Jenkins books! My granddaughter would probably love that!

  3. Hi Cheryl,

    Do you have a job lined up for when you pass your exam? I hope that it went well and that you don't have to wait too long for the results.

    I can't remember the last time I bought a book for myself...

    1. I have a huge backlog of author review copies to get through.

    2. I buy books for my Dad which he reads and then gives back to me to read, so they don't really count as my books as I buy more for his taste in storylines.

    3. My mother-in-law is a voracious reader of the cheap and freebie daily Kindle offers, so whilst her Kindle is on hubbie's account and the books also get archived to my machine, she re-imburses us for books she has purchased, so I didn't buy them myself and they are not always to my taste ... 342 of them and still counting!!

    An empty floor is just never going to happen is it?

    I hope that you enjoy both your books, particularly as you know one of the authors personally and have a good week,


  4. They both sound promising. Good luck with your exams! Here’s my MAILBOX this week. Happy reading!

  5. Hope you enjoy them. I feel a little guilty when I buy new books too - I can't even think about the number of books on my Kindle. An embarrassment of book riches ;-)

  6. Great mailbox! They both sound really good!

  7. Great cover on your friend's book