Welcome to another Monday from the Interior, in which we share about the books we received in the mail (or bought), and talk about our bookish week, past and future.

Mailbox Monday is hosted through January by Alyce, At Home With Books; and What Are You Reading? is led by Sheila, at Book Journey.



This week, I received one e-book as a contest win, and downloaded two more that I purchased.

1.  Creative Spirit, by Scott Nicholson, came from Books, Thoughts and a Few Adventures.


“Scott Nicholson explores the dark legends of the southern end of the Appalachian mountain chain, a nightmare country that ends in Stephen King’s yard.”– Sharyn McCrumb, author of The Ballad novels

When artists gather at a remote Appalachian estate for a retreat, they are unaware that their energy is feeding something unwholesome. Sculptor Mason Jackson and dying parapsychologist Anna Galloway must uncover the dark secrets of Korban Manor before their spirits become trapped forever.


2.  Alice in Bed (e-book), by Cathleen Schine

Stricken by a mysterious malady, college sophomore Alice Brody has suddenly lost the use of her legs. How does a bright, beautiful, and now immobile young woman proceed with her passions? As she convalesces in a Manhattan hospital, Alice finds herself attended by a motley group of visitors: indifferent nurses, doctors both good and bad, divorcing parents, and eccentric relatives. But Alice is a creature of many charms, whose wit can enchant those bearing even the worst bedside manner. With a captivating heroine of great comic depth, Alice in Bed is balm for whatever ails you.


3.  Love in a Nutshell (e-book), by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly

Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she’s been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan. Kate’s plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory.
Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and Kate is just new enough in town that she can insert herself into Culhane’s business and snoop around for him. If Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. Needless to say, Kate is highly motivated. But several problems present themselves. Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling hard for her boss.
Can these two smoke out a saboteur, save Kate’s family home, and keep a killer from closing in…all while resisting their undeniable attraction to one another? Filled with humor, heart, and loveable characters, Love in a Nutshell is delicious fun.
I’m loving these new arrivals.  Now let’s move on to talking about the books I read and plan to read, and the blogs I wrote:

So far this year, I’ve done some blog posts focused on New Year’s issues, and finished reading and reviewing three books- (Click Titles for Reviews):





Review:      Brava, Valentine – Adriana Trigiani

Review:      One Voice Too Many – Paul Martin Midden

Review:     Room Swept White, A – Sophie Hannah


What’s Up Next?

1.  So Pretty It Hurts, by Kate White (Amazon Vine)

True-crime journalist and sassy amateur sleuth Bailey Weggins has scarcely begun her hard-earned weekend getaway when something comes up: a dead body, belonging to one of the world’s most glamorous supermodels. Now Bailey’s trapped at an upstate New York home amidst the glitterati—and any one of them could be a murderer. She’s determined to find out who’s responsible, but her investigation could provoke the killer into striking again… From Kate White, the New York Times bestselling author of Hush and the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, So Pretty It Hurts is an addictive addition to the Bailey Weggins mystery series, and the book that fans of If Looks Could Kill, Over Her Dead Body, and Lethally Blond have been waiting for.

2.  I’ve Got Your Number, by Sophie Kinsella (Amazon Vine)

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

3.  Hot Chocolate (e-book), by Dawn Greenfield Ireland (Review will be up 2/2/12 – blog tour- also watch for the guest post on 2/3/12)

Meet the middle-aged Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks.

Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center.

Robert, Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong.

The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse.

Arrangements are made for Bernie to be transferred over to Lake Sides Assisted Living Center in the Uptown Galleria area and a severance package is drawn up for Bambi….

Watch for my review to find out what happens next….


What an intriguing first week of 2012!  I’m excited about the New Year so far, enjoying the challenges and whittling away at those TBR stacks.

What was your week like?  Hope you’ll stop by and share….



  1. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    What a great mix of books in your mailbox this week. I can see why ‘Creative Spirit’ has bee likened so much to a Stephen King book. I used to read a lot of King books, but haven’t picked one up in years, although I still have several in my TBR pile.

    The ‘Evanovitch’ book sounds pretty much the usual format and looks like it will be a great easy read for a cold winter’s day.

    The one which really intrigued me and which I definitely want to read, is ‘Alice In Bed’. This is a great storyline and I am eager to see just how the author deals with the subject. I am expecting a tough, emotional read, which spans all the emotions. No doubt you will get to finish it way ahead of me, so I shall look for your review with interest.

    Have a great reading week.


    1. Thanks, Yvonne…I like the mix of books this week, too. I’ve enjoyed other books by Evanovich, Schine, Kinsella, and Kate White; the others reeled me in with the covers and blurbs.

      Glad you could stop by….and enjoy your week.


  2. Alice in Bed has caught my eye. Sophie Kinsella’s latest has been getting good reviews and I want to read it. Hope you enjoy your reading week. Looks like your 2012 got off to a great start!


  3. Alice in Bed seems like it will be an interesting read. The new Evanovich looks cute. I think I read one of her more romance type of novels that took place during Thanksgiving. It was so long ago but I do remember it being a very cute and quick read. Enjoy your new reads!


  4. I can’t wait to read the new Sophie Kinsella! Her books are so much fun that a new one is always an event. Alice in bed looks very intriguing too. I love the premise and look forward to your review.


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