Sunday, January 22, 2012

IMM Week 20 - In which I gush about Maddy Hunter

In My Mailbox is weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren.  The idea is to share books you've acquired during the week, whether you've won them, bought them, picked them up at the library, received them for review, whatever.  It's a great way to bring attention to books and authors and share the love!
I contemplated making a video this week, but A) I only got two books, B) one of the books I got made me so excited I was afraid I'd embarrass myself by being a squeeing, gushing fan-girl, and C) I didn't feel like getting dressed and making my hair unscary. So. Here we are. 

From the library:
Entwined by Heather Dixon. I've seen this book around quite a bit, and decided to read it as part of the January HarperCollins Imprint Challenge. I've started it already, but I'm not really far enough into it to comment.

Received in the mail:
Let me give you a little back story first. A few months ago, I was doing a Top Ten Tuesday and the topic was something like books or series you wish more people knew about. I immediately thought of the Passport to Peril series by Maddy Hunter. I read them a couple years ago and loved them. They have everything - action, humour, romance, suspense, and I don't think I ever read one where I figured out the murderer before it was revealed. Plus, they helped satisfy my wanderlust because I can't afford to travel (yet). The series ended a few years ago and I was so sad. They were amazing and I wanted more! 

Anyway, to do my Top Ten post I went to Fantastic Fiction (my favorite site next to GoodReads) to look up the order of the books, and was absolutely shocked to see that a brand new book in the series was being released - Dutch Me Deadly. I rushed to Facebook to see if Maddy had a Facebook fan page, and she did, so I messaged her and told her what a huge fan I was, how I'd even gotten my mum to read the books, and how I was thrilled she was releasing another book because I thought the series was over. She replied and told me that she thought it was over too, but that a different publisher had wanted more books, so she was writing more books! I mentioned to her that I was a book blogger and (*hint hint nudge nudge*) if she needed any early reviewers to keep me in mind. She looked into it and said her publisher would send me a book. *squee* That was ages ago, so I assumed something happened and her publisher wasn't sending it to me, and I hate bothering people, so I didn't mention it to Maddy and figured I'd just buy a copy when it came out next month. Then it arrived in the mail and I happy danced for like 10 minutes! It's so pretty and shiny and I love it! I had to stop myself from sitting down right then and reading it, because I have a few deadlines that I need to meet first. But I'll be reading it very soon because the release date is coming up in the next few weeks - I can't wait! Also, I meant to take a picture of myself with it but forgot, and it's 1am now and I look super scary, so maybe some other time...

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Maddy Hunter and Midnight Ink for sending me this book. Maddy is a real sweetheart - we're friends on Facebook and she's not one of those authors who friends you and then never speaks to you, we've actually spoken a fair bit. She even posted this on her fan page the day of my book release this past week: "Marie Landry is launching her first novel today on Kindle. She is a dedicated, hardworking writer who is to be congratulated for keeping her eye on the ball, getting the job done, and writing a charming novel that will please fans of good fiction. Yeah, Marie!!" I was stunned and touched, and can't even begin to tell you how surreal it was because she's been one of my favorite authors for years!

Anyway, please forgive my gushing, I'm just super excited, and I really wish more people would read this series because it's fantastic. 

The series in order:
Alpine for You
Top O' the Mournin'
Pasta Imperfect
Hula Done It
G'day to Die
Norway to Hide
Dutch Me Deadly

Find Maddy online:
Maddy's website
Maddy's books on GoodReads
Pre-order Dutch Me Deadly on Amazon or The Book Depository.

Since I don't have a vlog of my own for you this week, I've decided to share a vlog by someone else. As a lot of you know, my debut novel Blue Sky Days came out this past week, and the blog tour started as well. Mist (one of my favorite bloggers) from Bookaholics Book Club (one of my favorites blogs) is hosting a guest post for the tour, and posted her review separately in the form of a vlog. Mist's IMM vlogs were actually what originally gave me the courage to start doing vlogs of my own. AND she's got a U2 song playing on the video, because she knows they're my favorite band ever. How cool is that? You can visit her original post with a little blurb and stuff here. Blue Sky Days' very first vlog review! :-D

What did you get in your mailbox this week?


  1. That is so great! I'll definitely have to look into Maddy Hunter and her books.

  2. I need to read Entwined, I have it sitting on my shelves waiting to be read.

    Happy reading

  3. I have never read any Maddy Hunter books. They sound really good. I have Entwined and havent gotten to it yet. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. Entwined is so lush and beautiful. You will love it!!!

    Thanks for visiting My IMM

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  5. You have me intrigued with the Mandy Hunter Books, I am heading over to goodreads to ck them out.

  6. No... Video... *dies*......... Ok, I guess I can let you off for sharing my video!! Thanks :D

    I've been wanting entwined for a while, sounds really good! And also that's such a lovely story, I'm so glad you got that book then :)

  7. This sound like a good mystery series! I love mystery (I'm a big Nancy Drew fan).

    Great IMM!
    here's mine-

  8. Great set! I've been meaning to read Entwined. It sounds great.
    My IMM

  9. Eeeee, congratulations! I'm so happy for you! :) I'll definitely have to take a look at her books!


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