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Sunday, November 6, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? November 7, 2011

This meme starts at Book Journey!
What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Whew- I had another busy week with more good reading - again I finished five books.  I posted five reviews, four with giveaways. I had another announcement for special offers from Sourcebooks; a Forever Romance Tour announcement and a "New Look" Announcement.  I posted my regular Friday Pick Giveaway; Saturday Sharing Beyond Books, and Sunday posts. 

I am going to have to keep posting at least five reviews a week to keep up with the reading! Yikes!

I did get to visit early in the week. After that my blog visiting and emailing went pffffft.
These were last week's posts plus a Winner post not listed.

Finished Reading:

1. Audio
This was really interesting with all the authors. I will post a review later this week.  I am reviewing this for Audiobook Jukebox and Simon & Schuster Audio.  

2. Print and Audible:
by Thomas Mullen
I enjoyed this "Time Cop" type Story.  
I plan to post the review Tuesday.
Read for Little Brown & Co.

3.  Print/Kindle:
by Cara Elliott
I really enjoyed this historical novel -great characters. The review with double giveaway is set for 11/10 blog tour. But I might post this one on 11/9 to space out the reviews. Read for Hachette - Forever Romance.

4. Kindle:
Sierra Bride
by Suzanne Barrett
This review and eBook Giveaway is linked above.
Reading for the Author.

5. Audible
Bone Crossed: Mercy Thompson, Book 4
I squeezed this in over the last few days while doing chores. :-) Another good book in the series. I may not get to post a review for a week with the other items lined up.
In a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Line Edits/Releases: I had to handle clerical items so no releases this past week.

Currently reading:
1. Print:
Deliciously Sinful
by Lilli Fiesty

I am mid way on this one.
Great characters but a bit hotter level.
The review with double giveaway
is set for 11/10 blog tour.
Reading for Hachette - Forever Romance.
Book Description
November 22, 2011
Things are cooking in the kitchen...and the bedroom.
Restaurant owner Phoebe Mayle thought she had it all under control. Sure, her new chef has a bad-boy reputation - and a chiseled body to match - but she's positive she can whip him into shape.
But from the moment Nick Avalon roars into town in his Hummer, he makes her whole world sizzle. Now Phoebe has lost control of her kitchen, and Nick has taken over her mind and her body. His insatiable appetite for pleasure leaves her breathless with carnal cravings only he can satisfy. Yet can their hunger for each other be a recipe for a love that lasts?

2. Print:
by Shari MacDonald
This is our Church Book Club Selection 
to be read by this coming Saturday.
We picked something very light but it looks like fun.
Lucy Salinger has always been brilliant at making matches--for everyone else. But though she is owner and leading "matchmaker" at one of the most prestigious dating services in Los Angeles, Lucy finds herself withdrawing from every man who might be interested in dating her.
When handsome and successful behavioral psychologist Dr. Campbell Howard comes into her office...and Lucy proceeds to set him up on the most disastrous dates in dating history! Is Lucy just losing her touch? Or is she, on a subconscious level, choosing women she knows aren't right for Cam...just so she can save him for herself?

3. Print:
by RaeAnne Thayne
This is a Harlequin read for survey
that is to be completed by 11/13.
Book Description
Hqn May 24, 2011
Claire Bradford needed a wake-up call.What she didn't need was a tragic car accident. As a single mom and the owner of a successful bead shop, Claire leads a predictable life in Hope's Crossing, Colorado. So what if she has no time for romance? At least, that's what she tells herself, especially when her best friend's sexy younger brother comes back to town as the new chief of police.
But when the accident forces Claire to slow down and lean on others—especially Riley McKnight—she realizes, for the first time, that things need to change. And not just in her own life. The accident—and the string of robberies committed by teenagers that led up to it—is a wake-up call to the people of Hope's Crossing. The sense of community and togetherness had been lost during those tough years. But with a mysterious "Angel of Hope" working to inspire the town, Riley and Claire will find themselves opening up to love and other possibilities by the end of an extraordinary summer….

4. Audio:
by Laini Taylor
I have seen a lot of buzz on this and was thrilled to get it on Audio for review. I will start listening tomorrow.
Book Description
September 27, 2011 Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

I didn't get to start this and it will wait until after those I need for this week!
by Gillian Bradshaw  
I will start this at the end of the week.
Reading for Sourcebooks.
Book Description
October 1, 2011
Arthur Pendragon strives to unite a fragmented empire as his bastard son threatens to tear down the king, his queen, and their bravest champions. From the sudden death of innocence to a perilous campaign that strikes at the very heart of the empire, this third and final book of the acclaimed trilogy by Gillian Bradshaw offers the reader a front-row seat as Arthur's dream and his kingdom collapse around him.

I am also listening to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. 
I am at Ezekiel 3 and Hebrews 8.

Line Edits: I still have one more of the Dark Bride Anthology series; then many Smashword and print releases to work on.
November is another busy month
Scheduled Reviews and Tours:
11/10 Blog Tour: Forever Romance Turning up the Heat - two book Reviews and Giveaway
11/17 The Storm That is Stirling by Lisa Renee Jones with Author Guest Post - Sourcebooks
11/17 to 27th Gratitude Giveaway Hop - Mine will be International although the list currently says US
11/19 Blog Tour: Forever Romance Great Scots and Highland Heat - two book Reviews and Giveaway -     Highland Hero by Amanda Scott and The Sinner by Margaret Mallory
11/22 Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney with Guest Post -Sourcebooks

Additional Publisher Books
         Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes
         The Highlander's Heart by Amanda Forester
FaithWords:  Paper Angels by Billy Coffey
Hachette: Three Day-Town by Margaret Maron
Little and Brown:
         Help for Writers by Roy Peter Clark 
         Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Remaining Author Selections - These are now into November and I am going to be pushing to get them in between the publisher selections.
Karen Wiesner - Love Is Blind and It Don't Pay the Bills Either (Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 2) (read)
Souls on (B)oring Street [Denim Blues Mysteries Book 3]
Anne Patrick Renegade Hearts
Nibi Soto - The Chronicles of Quant
Nathan Patrick Hardt - The Second Sonata
Suzanne Barrett - Gift of the Heart Christmas Novella

[To be posted:
These were read and ready for reviews for Authors. I am sending out interviews for these. I hope to post them all soon.
Quest for Magic by Jean Hart Stewart - Read; review to be posted with interview.
Seeing for the First Time (What You See is What You Get) and To See (What You See is What You Get) by Nicole Zoltack - Both Read; setting up author interview with reviews.
Steamrolled by Pauline Baird Jone. Read; review to be posted with author interview.]


  1. You are such a prolific reader! I'm so impressed...and envious. =O)

    LOVE your new blog look. The header is gorgeous!

    Have a great week!

  2. Congrats - you accomplished a lot this week! I hope you enjoy your reading this week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Wow,that's a lot of reading and reviewing! I saw Thomas Mullen at the Texas Book Festival...he was so funny and witty. I am looking forward to reading The Revisionists.

  4. Lovely new look! Fantastic reading week. Looking forward to your thoughts on The Revisionist.

  5. What a busy week you had! I've only read the first book in the Mercy Thompson series but I enjoyed it so must continue with the rest :)
    Daughter of Smoke & Bone sounds great, hope it's as good as it looks!

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading.
    PS love the new blog look :))

  6. Ohh- I sort of miss being able to make individual replies allowed by Intense Debate.
    Hi Michelle - I owe you an email plus! I have been so swampy at work. Thanks for visiting.

  7. Hello Shelleyrae - thanks for your comment. It feels good to get the reading AND reviews done.

  8. Hello Lisa - Hmmm... I would say there is certainly irony and dry wit in The Revisionists rather than funny. :-) Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Nise' - glad you like the new look. Hope you got to look at the review on The Revisionists.
    I'll pop in to say "hi" at your place. :-)

  10. Hey Teddyree - I really like the Mercy Thompson series. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is very interesting so far. I'm on disc 3 - I think it is about 25%. Thanks for commenting on the new look too.


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