Monday, March 1, 2010

Mailbox Monday -- March 1st

Thanks to host Marcia at The Printed Page I'm participating in the Mailbox Monday round up. This week I received the following advance review copies:

1) Seeing Stars by Diane Hammond. Amazon Product Description. Ruth Rabinowitz believes. She believes that her daughter, Bethany, is a terrific little actress, so they have come to Hollywood, where dreams come true. Ruth’s husband and Bethany’s father, who thinks their quest for stardom is delusional, has been left behind in Seattle.

Joining Bethany Rabinowitz in Hollywood’s often toxic waters are fellow child actors Quinn Reilly, who has been cast adrift by his family and excels only on Hollywood sets; beautiful Allison Addison, who is misled by her powerful need for love; and Laurel Buehl, who brings a desperate secret to LA that makes the stakes impossibly high. As talent managers, agents, coaches, directors, and teachers nurture—and feed on—their ambitions, stars will be made, hearts will be broken, children will grow up, and dreams will both be realized and die.

Thanks to the publicist!

2) The Accessory by James G. Hutchison. Amazon Product Description. The Accessory is a story of intrigue that explores how religious extremism is used by the country's elite to further their own agenda of power and control. Sean and Leslie Hodges are two aspiring young adults heading to the top of the charts with their indie band 'Indigo Insight'.

Twelve miles south of town, a mining corporation with ties to a secret society are trying to set up shop... the teens' lives are forever changed by a bizarre discovery about their past, and the corrupt activities of the country's financial power brokers.

The assassination of a doctor rocks their town, and the people that are secretly involved are the least anyone would suspect....

Thanks to the author!

3) The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar. Publisher's Summary. Every day we make choices. Coke or Pepsi? Save or spend? Stay or go? Whether mundane or life-altering, these choices define us and shape our lives. Sheena Iyengar asks the difficult questions about how and why we choose: Is the desire for choice innate or bound by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Sheena Iyengar's award-winning research reveals that the answers are surprising and profound. In our world of shifting political and cultural forces, technological revolution, and interconnected commerce, our decisions have far-reaching consequences.

4) The Undervalued Self by Elaine N. Aron, PhD. Publisher's Sumamry. Elaine Aron follows up her bestsellers on the highly sensitive person with a groundbreaking new book on the undervalued self. She explains that self-esteem results from having a healthy balance of love and power in our lives. Readers will learn to incorporate love into situations that seem to require power and deal with power struggles that mask themselves as issues of love. From the bedroom to the boardroom, her strategies will enable us to escape feelings of shame, defeat, and depression; dissolve relationship hostility; and become our best selves.

5) How to Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp. Publisher's Summary. The new groundbreaking style-guide from bestseller author Charla Krupp on how to look 10 pounds lighter, 10 years younger and 10 times sexier every day, all year--in summer, winter, at the gym, even in a swimsuit!

You'll never get dressed the same way again once you discover:

*smart, easy ways to hide arm flap, a big bust, a muffin top, back fat, Buddha belly, a big booty, wide hips, thunder thighs, and heavy calves-and that's only half the book.

*which fabrics, colors, and styles make women look fat

*absolutely the best shades, shapes, and brilliant buys to make the pounds invisible

*clever solutions for special fashion situations--workout gear, evening wear, and even swimsuits!

*which products, fashions, and services you shouldn't waste your money on

*the top ten tips that will make you look thinner by tonight!

So, if you've ever put on a piece of clothing and asked "Does this make me look fat?" Finally, here is the book that will answer your question.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group!


  1. Nice mailbox! I think How to Never Look Fat Again sounds really interesting.

  2. Seeing Stars looks interestiing.

  3. Enjoy your new books; they look great!

    Here is my link:

  4. Wow, you got a lot of great sounding books. Have a wonderful week and enjoy!

  5. Some interesting sounding books for you once again :)

  6. This is a great variety of books. This is the first I've heard of The Art of Choosing but it looks interesting.

  7. That is a nice assortment of books...enjoy!

  8. Nice haul, happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  9. Kim -
    I highly recommend Krupp's first book - How to Not Look Old. Very sound and realistic advice. Being in the beauty industry for years has attuned me to this way of thinking. I certainly hope this one is as good. I would think so.

    Cant wait for your thoughts.

  10. I'm really intrigued by Seeing Stars. The character's name makes me wonder if there's enough of a Jewish angle that I could bring this to my book club...

  11. They all sound like interesting reads. I could stand to read How To Never Look Fat again. Middle-age has done some evil things to me!

  12. Nice collection and wide variety - have fun reading!

  13. You received some great books! Those 3 personal-development style books cover some very important topics.

  14. Seeing Stars sounds very compelling - as do the others - can't wait to read your review

  15. I read Seeing Stars last week. Hope you enjoy it!