Thursday, November 11, 2010


Okay, I have a few troubled days behind me that seem to have affected my laptop as well. As known internet and laptop addict, these days were horror. I don´t know how to describe what was wrong, but somehow, the screen was flickering the whole time and I couldn´t read anything anymore without my eyes falling out. :(

Now it´s better (don´t ask why, I have no idea), but I think I have to part from my laptop for a few days to have it repaired.

Still, I decided to change my old layout which I still love very much, to something different.

When I tought about changing the layout, I had no idea how much work it would take… But now I´m finally finished!

So here´s my first post in with the new layout!

In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren on Sundays. Since I didn´t have time to post it this Sunday but still got some awesome books, I thought I might share them today, hoping you´ll forgive me. *puppy dog eyes*

Take a look:


“Close your eyes tightly—tightly—and keep them closed . . .”
From a Victorian Ireland of magic, poetry and rebellion, Ida Jameson, an amateur occultist, reaches out for power, but captures Laura Armstrong, a modern-day graphic artist instead. Now, for the man or demon she loves, each woman must span a bridge through Hell and across history . . . or destroy it.
“Every passionate man is linked with another age, historical or imaginary, where alone he finds images that rouse his energy.” W. B. Yeats
Anchored in fact on both sides of history, Laura and Ida, modern rationalist and fin de si├Ęcle occultist, are linked from the moment Ida channels Laura into the body of celebrated beauty and Irish freedom-fighter Maud Gonne. When Laura falls—from an ocean and a hundred years away—passionately, Victorianly in love with the young poet W. B. Yeats, their love affair entwines with Irish history and weaves through Yeats’s poetry until Ida discovers something she wants more than magic in the subterranean spaces in between.
With her Irish past threatening her orderly present and the man she loves in it, Laura and Yeats—the practical materialist and the poet magus—must find a way to make love last over time, in changing bodies, through modern damnation, and into the mythic past to link their pilgrim souls . . . or lose them forever.


the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.


The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Thanks so much Ash from Smash Attack Reads for her wonderful review on this book that made me buy it instantly! :)


For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.


Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Sometimes life-ending.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.


Defined by magic. Ruled by desire.
In the Court of Edaeii, magic-imbued Evangeline is rewarded for her gift with a sapphire stone set in the perfect curves of her flesh. Her greatest rival in the royal court is the enigmatic Anatol, instilled with his own powers to manipulate illusion. He may better her in magic, but he is her absolute equal in a ferocious sexual energy begging for release.
They share something else—they’re both targets of low-born revolutionaries bent on over-throwing the palace of the privileged few. Rescued from the mobs by Gregorio, a brilliant insurgent, they’re given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magic of one man she has always desired, and the excitingly new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice.
Evangeline, Anatol and Gregorio come together as one to explore the possibilities of love beyond reason, and to indulge—for as long as they can survive—in pleasure without limits.

Thanks for all of your wonderful suggestions for new books for my sister. I few of them I had already bought earlier, a few of them I´ve bought for her (and, okay, I admit it also for me). I´m so excited to see how she´ll like them!

If you can recommend other books for her (or for me for that matter) do tell me! I´m always in the mood to buy new books! ;)


Anna said...

I love your new layout!It's brighter than the last one!
I'm reading myself now Hush Hush (actually rereading it to get ready for Crescendo) would you like to have it for our joint review?

Theresa @ TheCreativeWell said...

I like the new layout! Great job!

Christine said...

Thanks so much!
Since the days in the winter are dark enough, I decided at least my layout schould be light! :)
@ Anna: Sure, I´d love to choose Hush Hush for the joint review! But I still have to finish Afterlight first! I guess I could Start in two or three days? Or Monday at the least!

Kelly aka yllektra(force-oblique) said...

I think the new layout works perfectly! It looks really pretty!
And wheee!
Nice list!
I have read Shiver and Hush, Hush and I loved them both!
I'm sure you will enjoy it! :)


Marcie said...

love the new layout!!! I hope you like Shiver. I thought it was great. I also received Outlander this week too.

Jessica said...

Nice new blog!! Love the look!

Savannah said...

Love the new look! Also great books :)

Magic Faerie said...

Christine, I love your new look! Really easy to read and inviting :) Great set of books too!

Did you design it yourself?

Christine said...

Again, thank you all!
Every time I see my blog like this I like it a even better! :)

@Magic Faerie: No, unfortunatly, I´m not that good! I simply searched the web for a good site for templates, read a lot of tutorials and did some fixings in the sidebars. If you want to, I can give you the lint to the site!

Kate the Book Buff said...

I'm loving the covers of shiver and hush hush :) I also love the site's new look!

GB said...

The layout is great - so much easier to read!

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