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Sunday, June 10, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? June 11, 2012

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.

I finished seven books with the help of cruise time. I posted six book reviews but no giveaways last week.  I also posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words. 

I didn't get to visit at all last week since I was away on cruise with limited internet access.  Thanks as always to the nice people who visited me. I haven't had a chance to visit Armchair BEA either. We had a great day today with family visiting.

These were last week's posts plus Winner post not listed.
  • Book Review: Foolish Games by Karen Wiesner; Inspirational Romance; my rating 4.25
  • Audio Book Review: Wired Kingdom by Rick Chesler; Thriller; my rating 4.25.
Finished Reading:
 1. ebook/Kindle

by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley  
This is was interesting start of the series.
The review is linked above.

2 Kindle

by Sparkle Abbey
This was paired with Desperate Housedogs through NetGalley.
The reviews are linked above.

3.  Print

by Caridad PiƱeiro
I liked this alot.
Interview and review to post on June 12.
Reviewing through Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 1, 2012 | Series: Sin Hunters (Book 2)

4. Audio CD

J.A. Jance (Author)
Karen Ziemba (Reader)
We listened to this in the car
as we drove to our Port destination.
I hope to do a short review later this week.

5. eBook/Kindle

Nadir (The Samsara Chronicles Book 2)
Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley
This is book two in the series and building the story.
The review will post on June 13.
Reviewing through Pump Up Your Book.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 25, 2012
The fate of a besieged Earth rests on Aislinn and her soul mate, Dylan, to battle the alien Eletarii bent on conquering humanity.

Aislinn, directed by circumstance to meet her past and future soul mate, Dylan Young, begins to understand the daunting task awaiting her. In order to save Earth, she and Dylan must open the portal, the celestial gateway that will allow salvation of Earth's chosen. Facing opposition at every step from a world plunged into chaos, they have until midnight, December 31st, to reach their destination.

6. Audio

Wired Kingdom
 I enjoyed listening to this thriller.
The review is linked above.

 7.  Audible

This is a fun story and great narration.
I will do a review later this week.
        Series: Royal Spyness, Book
Publisher's Summary

 Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932.

So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

Everything seems to be going swimmingly until she finds a body in her bathtub... and someone is definitely trying to kill her.

Line Edits/Releases: I hope to have two books complete soon.

Currently reading:

1.  eBook/Kindle

I started this and almost finished it in one day. Very engaging.
I will post author Interview, Guest Post and Review on Thursday June 14
as part of Bewitching Book Tour.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 25, 2011
On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America. The blast, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), destroys every electrical device in the country, and results in the crippling of the power grid, the shutting down of modern communications, and bringing to a halt most forms of transportation.

Kyle narrowly escapes when his airplane crashes on take-off, only to find himself stranded 2,000 miles from home in a country that has been forced, from a technological standpoint, back to the 19th Century. Confused, hurt, scared, and alone, Kyle must make his way across a hostile continent to a family he’s not even sure has survived the effects of the attack. As Kyle forges his way home, his frightened family faces their own struggles for survival in a community trying to halt its slow spiral into chaos and anarchy.

77 Days in September follows Kyle and his wife, Jennifer, as they are stretched past their breaking point, but find in their devotion to each other the strength to persevere. 

2. Print

by Brenda Jackson
This is reading quickly too.
I am reading this for Harlequin Survey.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 24, 2011 | Series: Westmorelands
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Brenda Jackson brings you the story of Jason Westmoreland. With one convenient proposal, he could have a Southern beauty in his bed and her birthright in his hands. If only the lovely lady would say yes….

Plus a Brenda Jackson classic—the first in the Steele family series, Solid Soul.

3.  Audible

I am looking forward to listening to this book in the series.    
Publisher's Summary
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?

4. eBook/Kindle

by Phillipa Ashley
I will be reading this later in the week.
Reading for Sourcebooks through NetGalley.
Book Description
Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Praise for Carrie Goes Off the Map:

"Engaging...Ashley's charming prose makes the journey enjoyable."—Publishers Weekly

"This tale has its own Bridget Jones–style appeal."—Booklist
"Quirky and fun!"—RT Book Reviews

"Fulfills all the best fantasies, including a gorgeous humanitarian hero and a camper van!"—Katie Fforder, UK bestselling author of Love Letters
There's one question a girl should always say yes to...
But Lucy Gibson said no. On national TV. Now she's hated by nearly everyone.
Fleeing the spotlight's glare, Lucy holes up in a cottage in the country, where she just might find the right reasons to say yes after all...
From beloved novelist Philipa Ashley, Just Say Yes is a sharp and exuberant tale of the rocky road to love that'll leave you saying "Yes!"
. .

I am again listening to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. 
[Reading and listening on my new MP3.]
Instead of studying with the Tyndall One Year Bible this year I am studying with Through the Bible in One Year by Alan B. Stringfellow. It is a Study that I used for teaching back in around 1989 so I will enjoy it again. This week's reading is Obadiah, Jonah and Micah.

Line Edits: Working on finishing a format; still working on final adjusts on book conversions to upload to Kindle/Smashwords.

I am really looking forward to my June reading.  I have at least 15 books I plan to read and review.With a few extras it will be a busy month posting reviews. :-)

Scheduled for June:
6/12 Claimed - Interview and Review - Review for Pump Up Your Book
6/13 Nadir by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book
6/14 77 Days in September by Ray Gorham - Review for Bewitching Book Blog Tour
6/14 Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop
6/19 Kidnapped by Maria Hammarblad - Interview and Review for Bewitching Blog Tour
6/20 Covenant by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book
6/28 Itineras by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book
6/30 Flabbergasted: A Novel by Ray Blackston - Ladies' Book Club  

June but Unscheduled: 
The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine by Jayne Fresina
Just Say Yes by Phillipa Ashley (NetGalley)
Thoroughly Kissed by Kristine Grayson (NetGalley)

Other NetGalley Review choices:
Get Fluffy by Sparkle Abbey
Deadly Dance by Dee Davis
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

Next - TBD

Grand Central Station
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

I also hope to read a couple of Won books this month too.

[To be posted - I am setting these up for interview/feature days.
These were read and ready for reviews for Authors.
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.]


  1. You got a great week of reading in - jealous of cruise time! =) I hope you have another good week this week.

  2. You had an awesome reading week. I'm getting excited about my 1st cruise in 5 weeks time :)
    Love the cover of Just Say Yes.

    Have a wonderful week and enjoy your reads Martha!

  3. I really like the cover of Nadir. :-)

  4. So many great reads! Have a super week - I have been on two cruises and I think they are so much fun!

  5. Love the cover of Claimed! :) Wowzas! Can't wait for the tour.

    Happy reading! What are YOU reading @ the Brunette Librarian??

  6. I had a very quiet week of reading. My favorite read last week was Swahili for the Broken Hearted by Peter Moore. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  7. Wow - you were sure busy last week. I'm not familiar with your books this week, but I hope you enjoy them!

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  8. I have Get Fluffy on my Kindle. Enjoy all!

  9. Reading on a cruise sounds like heaven. I love Katherine Kellgren as a narrator. Have a great week of reading.


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