Monday, July 05, 2010

Mailbox Mondays, Oldies but Goodies and Hot New Upcoming Releases

The Sultan's Harem by Colin Falconer
"From the author of the critically acclaimed When We Were Gods comes a dramatic, unforgettable novel of cruelty and passion, set in the great Harem of the Ottoman Empire.

In Constantinople there is only one ruler: Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, Lord of Lords of this World, Possessor of Men’s Necks, Allah’s Deputy, absolute ruler of the mighty Ottoman Empire. And at the heart of his palace is the Sultan’s vast Harem, the domain of hundreds of scented, pampered women—some wives, some concubines, some merely slaves. Among them is Gülbehar, the Sultan’s submissive favorite and mother of his heir; Julia, the daughter of an Italian lord, kidnapped when she attempted to flee Venice with her lover; and Hürrem, a Tartar girl from the Russian steppes, sold into slavery.

All three women are beautiful, but Hürrem is the most dangerous—ruthless in her desire to rule the Harem and, ultimately, Süleyman himself. Endlessly manipulative and clever, she carefully arranges the downfall of her rivals and endears herself to the Sultan, who places her at the center of the Empire’s power. It is his obsession with Hürrem—not his enemies—that in the end costs Süleyman his allies, his sons, and finally his dynasty.

Bestselling author Colin Falconer offers an irresistible glimpse into a world of intrigue, sensuality, and violence, where an empire can be controlled not by the might of its king but by the women hidden behind the Harem walls".

The Wild Irish by  Robin Maxwell, Hardcover for my collection
The glorious, turbulent sixteenth century is drawing to a close. Elizabeth, Queen of England, has taken on the mighty Spanish Armada and, in a stunning sea battle, vanquished it. But her troubles are far from over. At home she is challenged at every turn by the brilliant but reckless Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, whose dangerous mix of passion and political ambition drives the aging queen to distraction. Just across the western channel, her colony Ireland is embroiled in seething rebellion, the island's fierce untamed clan chieftains and their "wild Irish" followers refusing to bow to their English oppressors.
In the midst of the conflict is Grace O'Malley, notorious pirate, gunrunner, and "Mother of the Irish Rebellion." For years, the audacious Grace has plotted and fought against the English stranglehold on her beloved country. At the height of the uprising Grace takes an outrageous risk, sailing up the River Thames to London for a face-to-face showdown with her nemesis, the Queen of England.
The historic meeting of these two female titans --perfectly matched in guts, guile, and political genius -- sets the stage for the telling of the little-known but crucial saga of Elizabeth's Irish war, a conflict at the very root of every subsequent Irish uprising. No one breathes life into these strong and pugnacious women as does Robin Maxwell in this captivating novel, a rousing tale that makes history gloriously real.

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
The Boleyn InheritanceThe Constant Princess (Boleyn)
Just like "The Wild Irish" I scored these ones in hardback. I am currently working on upgrading my library to hardbacks starting with my first loves, Robin Maxwell and Philippa Gregory. I figure I will just keep adding them as I find them.
The Portable Book of Birthdays by Dennis Fairchild and Peter Weber

The Portable Book of Birthdays No one can resist reading their own birthday profile, and then looking up the birth dates of family members, friends, and partners. Drawing on astrology and numerology to provide 366 on-target personality profiles-one for each day of the year-this entertaining new addition to our Cyclopedia series zeros in on everyone's birthday. In the attractively priced, portable format that has made Cyclopedias such a success, this new book offers profiles that detail specific character traits, potentials to develop, foibles to guard against, tendencies with regard to love and finance. Each entry also lists prominent men and women who share that birth date.

From Publisher's

The Canterbury Papers by Judith Koll Healey
"Set in lavishly described medieval England and France, The Canterbury Papers is an enthralling and suspenseful debut novel combining dark family secrets, duplicity, and a missing heir to the throne.
The wily Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and then of England, sends her former ward, Alaïs, the sister of the king of France, to retrieve a cache of letters hidden in Canterbury Cathedral. Letters that, in the wrong hands, could bring down the English king. In return, Eleanor promises to reveal a long-held and dangerous secret involving Alaïs -- a bargain the French princess is powerless to resist.
Before Alaïs can complete her mission, she is abducted, an event that sets in motion a dangerous plot. It will require all of Alaïs's considerable strengths, along with help from the very intriguing leader of the Knights Templar, to unravel dark secrets, unmask evil villains, and escape with her life.
A vividly rendered, spine-tingling historical novel filled with intrigue and peopled with compelling legendary figures, The Canterbury Papers is an extraordinary tale from a brilliant new writer".

The Rebel Princess by Judith Koll Healey June 22nd Re-Print
"Comes the compelling 2nd installment of the popular 13th century mystery following the exploits of the French princess Alais Capet...
Princess Alais Capet, sister to King Philippe Auguste of France, battles corrupt court officials, religious fanatics and her beloved Lord William as she engages a band of underground Cathar noblewomen to assist her in the rescue of her illegitimate son Francis, a young knight whose very existence could unsettle the thrones of England and France".

Dracula In Love by Karen Essex In stores August 10th
Dracula in Love"In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.

From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.

Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium. 

Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined".
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  1. What an historical-fiction-tastic mailbox Liz!!! I got Dracula in Love too..can't wait to see how it is.

    Enjoy your new goodies!

    My mailbox is HERE.

  2. Amy, Dracula has drawn me in big time. I am really excited about it because it has been awhile since I have read anything related to vampires. I really do hope it is mostly about the man not the vampire. I will just have to wait and see.

  3. i got dracula in love this week too :) Can't wait to read it!

  4. Hi Liz! The Canterbury Papers looks very intriguing to me. I hope you will be reviewing it soon, after Dracula, of course. :)

  5. The Wild Irish and The Rebel Princess both sound fabulous! I enjoyed both of those Gregory titles. Happy reading! Here's my Mailbox.

  6. I love the sound of The Wild Irish (I seem to be gravitating towards Irish inspired books these days) and I also like the sound of the Portable book of birthdays. Sounds nice stuff.

  7. I can see at least three that will be added to my must read list: THE SULTAN'S HAREM by Colin Falconer and both of Judith Koll Healey's books. I hope the libraries have them, my poor husband will choke if I buy any more books.

  8. Carrie, I am on it right after The Red Queen. I have a feeling I will inhale it because there just are so many good books right on the verge of release I can not wait.

    Christine, You know me too well or what, crazy. That is what is going after Dracula unless the new Jeanie Westin shoes up here before then.

    Lady Q, sounds like we are liek minded. I will check it out thanks for adding it.

    Mystica, I lately have steered clear of the Irish for the most part but plan on doing so in the future. I am working on an about me post and will include a blur from it about my birthday it is a funny one. All the birthdays I have read so far have been right on.

    LibraryPat, Ha I added Sultans Harem because I saw it on someone else's mailbox too. I know I call my husband the "book police" because he regulates. LOL

  9. Some awesome books, Liz! I'm excited to read DRACULA IN LOVE. I would love to get my hands on a copy of THE WILD IRISH to add to my ever-expanding Robin Maxwell collection. Colin Falconer's books always seem interesting, and I love the covers! I bet THE SULTAN'S HAREM will be really area of the world I've not much explored in HF.

  10. Allie, I think I am going for Dracula after His Last Letter, I have already started that one because I could not help myself. My mission for fining Wild Irish finally paid off and now I can let my mom have my paperback copy of it. Colin Falconer's books always have appealed to me on an area I have not really read too much on before. I too love his cover art they are enticing.


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