Monday, July 02, 2007

Mail Call: "Miss Fortunes"

A few weeks ago I submitted my name to Jennifer Crusie's The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes web site, via a call on her blog Argh Ink titled "Free Books," to receive a copy of her newest collaborative project with Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart called "The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes." In return, entrants promised to write a review and/or talk about it on their blog (no great hardship).

"Here’s the deal: If you have a blog that’s been active at least six months (that’s active, folks, not in existence) and you would like to review The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes on that blog, please enter below. Mollie will choose fifty people from the first 100 entries and send a copy of the real book (not the butt ugly ARC) with this gorgeous cover that says “A Novel,” right there on it. In exchange, all we ask is that you review the book. You don’t have to give it a good review if you don’t like it, but you do have to talk about it. And if you let us know, we’ll link back to your review from the UMF site." (Argh Ink, Free Books, 6/19/07)

After filling out the online form I went gleefully on my way to ALA and, because I'm invariably number 51 on any proverbial list of 50, forgot about the entry. This afternoon I lugged my accumulated mail into the apartment and found joy amongst the bills ... a copy of The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes. How cool is that? Anyway, while Amazon does have a Publisher's Weekly review posted (I won't get into that), it does not have a book synopsis. So, here's the back cover blurb:

"You're invited to spend the weekend with three extraordinary sisters ..."

"When she was sixteen, Dee Fortune kidnapped her two younger sisters and ran from danger. Now twenty-nine, she's still trying to control her shape-shifting power - no easy task when Danny James shows up one Friday morning with his deadly smile and dangerous questions about the past."

"Lizzie is determined to save her family from financial ruin by turning straw into gold; now, if she could only stop turning forks into bunnies. Then Elric, a sorcerer, appears one Friday - annoyed with the chaos Lizzie is creating in the universe and in his heart."

"The youngest Miss Fortune, mare, towers above her sisters but her telekinetic power is dwarfed by their gifts. She spends her days at Value Video!! and her nights contemplating the futility of her existence. But then a gorgeous Value Video!! VP and Mare's long-lost love turn up ... and they all turn up the heat on a weekend that no Fortune will soon forget!" (The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, Back cover)

A regular reader of Argh Ink and a fan of Crusie's work I must admit to two things before reading and/or discussing/reviewing this book: (1) I have not read the Miss Fortune's blog and website, and (2) I am unfamiliar with Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart's writing. Depending on your point of view, that may help or hinder my enjoyment of the book. I'll put this book at the top of my "to-read" pile and enjoy it over the upcoming holiday. Thanks for the book!

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