In My Mailbox (15)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren in which we share the books we received for the week.

The King's Mistress by Emma Campion
From Goodreads:
When had I choice to be other than I was? From childhood Alice Salisbury has learnt obedience in all things and at fourteen, dutifully marries the man her father has chosen for her - at the cost of losing the love of her mother forever and the family she holds dear. But merchant Janyn Perrers is a good and loving husband and Alice soon learns to enjoy her marriage. Until a messenger brings news of his disappearance and she discovers that her husband had many secrets, secrets he didn't want her to know - but which have now put a price on her own head and that of her beloved daughter.Brought under the protection of King Edward III and Queen Philippa, she must dutifully embrace her fate once more - as a virtual prisoner at Court. And when the king singles her out for more than just royal patronage, she knows she has little choice but to accept his advances. But obeying the king brings with it many burdens as well as pleasures, as she forfeits her good name to keep her daughter free from hurt. Still a young woman and guided by her intellect and good business sense, she learns to use her gifts as wisely as she can. But as one of the king's favourites, she brings jealousy and hatred in her wake and some will stop at nothing to see her fall from grace.

Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
From Goodreads:
Karen Essex turns on the heat in this transporting and darkly haunting new tale of love and possession that puts forth the question: What if everything you knew about Dracula . . . was wrong?

From the shadowy banks of the River Thames to the wild and windswept coast of Yorkshire, the quintessential Victorian virgin Mina Murray vividly recounts in the pages of her private diary the intimate details of what transpired between her and Count Dracula—the joys and terrors of a pas­sionate affair and her rebellion against a force of evil that has pursued her through time.

Mina’s version of this timeless gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into the dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and locked asylum chambers where she led a secret life, far from the chaste and polite lifestyle the defenders of her purity, and even her fiancĂ©, Jonathan Harker, expected of her.

Bram Stoker’s classic novel was only one side of the story. Now, for the first time, Dracula’s eternal muse reveals all. What she has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than ever imagined. The result is a scintillating gothic novel that reinvents the tragic heroine Mina as a modern woman tor­tured by desire.

10 thoughts?:

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read July 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

Wow, great new purchases! I would love to read Dracula in Love, it's so cool you bought it.

Amelia Robinson July 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM  

Lovely grabs! "Dracula in Love" looks really good but I wanna know just how graphic it is. Me and my mental chastity issues and all...

XD Enjoy the read.


Anonymous July 4, 2010 at 12:10 AM  

I just started reading Dracula in Love today and I'm already hooked!

Kelly July 4, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

Dracula In Love looks fantastic, can't wait to see what you think of it! :)

Little Miss Becky :) July 5, 2010 at 3:25 AM  

These both looks pretty amazing! I'll be watching for your reviews of them! Enjoy!

Life After Jane July 5, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

All- So far, and I can probably go ahead and wager that this will apply all the way through- Dracula in Love is AMAZING.

Vanessa Book ♥ Soulmates July 5, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

Great books! Looking forward to your reviews, especially Dracula In Love - I just started reading it. Was surprised it began with a rape scene! Should be an interesting book, lol :)
These are the ones we got this week: Vlog
Take care!
Book ♥ Soulmates

Deb July 5, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

Very nice. I think they sound great. Can't wait to hear what you think. Have a great week.

brandileigh2003 July 5, 2010 at 7:29 PM  

Looks like a great week. Happy Reading! Here’s mine if you wanna check it out.

Ladybug July 7, 2010 at 7:15 AM  

Both books sounds great. I would love to hear the other side of Dracula's story. I just saw your rating on Goodreads and that didn't exactly put me off the book LOL ;)

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