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Sunday, October 14, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? October 15, 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.

This was a good week even though I have had several days without internet at work. They upgraded the DSL and neglected to arrange for IT to adjust our network. The guy got everything going by late Friday but as soon as I went in Saturday I discovered my laptop was still not recognizing the system. 
Anyway - reading was good.  I finished five books and posted five reviews trying to keep up.  I had an author guest post, one Giveaway Hop, two print giveaways and one giveaway on tour.  Plus, I posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

I got to visit a bit last Sunday night and a little on Monday but not as much as I would like to. *Sigh*
Thanks again to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review: Blades of Winter by G.T. Almasi; Sci Fi, Fantasy, Action; my rating 4.5.
  • Audio Book Review:  The Aleppo Codex  by Matti Friedman;Documentary Historical; my rating 4.5.
  • Book Review and Giveaway: Everybody Loved Roger Harden by Cecil Murphey; Cozy Mystery, Christian Fiction; my rating 4.0.  Open Worldwide. Ends 10/19

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Once Upon a Remembrance (Women of Strength Time Travel)
by Grace Brannigan
This is a lovely  time travel romance.
The Review, author Guest Post 
and Giveaway opportunity are linked above.

2. Audio

The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
by Matti Friedman
This is quite remarkable and worth reading/listening. The Review is linked above. 

3. eBook/Kindle

Winning Mr. Wrong
by Marie Higgins
I thoroughly enjoyed this fun, clean romance.
I will post a review this week. Rating 4.5
Reviewed for the Publisher, Walnut Springs Press.

4. Print

Everybody Loved Roger Harden (Everybody's Suspect in Georgia)
by Cecil Murphey
This is a nice Christian Cozy Mystery. Review and Giveaway are linked above.

5. eBook/Kindle

The Miracle Inspector
by Helen Smith
This is a thought provoking book.
I will be posting my review on October 17.
Reviewing for Pump Up Your Book Tour.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 17, 2010
A dystopian thriller set in the near future. England has been partitioned and London is an oppressive place where poetry has been forced underground, theatres and schools are shut, and women are not allowed to work outside the home. A young couple, Lucas and Angela, try to escape from London - with disastrous consequences.

Helen Smith was the recipient of an Arts Council Award for The Miracle Inspector.

"The Miracle Inspector is one of the few novels that everyone should read, it's a powerful novel that's masterfully written and subtly complex." 5* SciFi and Fantasy Books

"Helen Smith crafts a story like she's the British lovechild of Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick, only with a feminist slant." Journal of Always Reviews

'Smith is at the very least a minor phenomenon.' The Times

Line Edits: I am working on some children's book issues right now and waiting for a couple manuscripts for formats.

Currently reading:
1. Print


Sultry with a Twist (Sultry Springs) 
by Macy Beckett
This is a marvelously fun romance. I am about 50% done and will post the review and giveaway for the ARC later this week.
Reviewing for Sourcebooks.
Book Description
Release Date: October 2, 2012 | Series: Sultry Springs
When Mae-June July Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry Springs, Texas, with her heart in pieces, she swore she'd never return. But nine years later, one thing stands between June and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend. As lust turns to love, June must decide where she belongs: in the glorious anonymity of Austin or back in Sultry Springs with the man who intoxicates her like no other.

2. Audio 

Scarifyers: o8 The Thirteen Hallows
Author: Simon Barnard, Paul Morris
Narrator: Gareth David-Lloyd, Full Cast
I have just started and this is such fun to listen to!

Reviewing for Cosmic Hobo Productions
through AudioBook Jukebox.

Harry Crow and Professor Dunning head to Wales to stop sinister forces resurrecting Britain's greatest-ever hero.


When a haunted chess set causes consternation at the British Chess Championships, and a horse magically materialises in Kettering Agricultural Museum, MI:13 are called to investigate.
Harry Crow (David Warner) and Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) follow the trail of inexplicable happenings to an unremarkable terraced house in South Wales, home to the mysterious Mr Merriman (David Benson). He’s very old, and very mad; but is there more to Merriman than first appears?
Meanwhile, in the South West of England, famed archaeologist Ralegh Radford (Ewan Bailey) is on the verge of the greatest discovery of the age. Britain’s Tutankhamen, the press are calling it. But what he certainly isn’t expecting to unearth is boisterous 1400-year-old knight Glewlwyd Gafaelfawr (Gareth David-Lloyd).
As Crow and Dunning unravel an unlikely plot to resurrect Britain’s greatest-ever hero, the race is on to stop sinister forces at home and abroad from finding… THE THIRTEEN HALLOWS.

3. eBook/Kindle

The Mine (Northwest Passage)
by John Heldt
Cannon Colegrove (Illustrator)
I am 20% into this and enjoying the ride. 
Reviewing for the Author.
Book Description
Publication Date: February 12, 2012
In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

4. eBook/Kindle

The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot
by Leonardo Ramierz
I'll start this one by the end of the week.
Reviewing for the Author.
Book Description
Publication Date: August 15, 2012
It is the year 1892 and Ian and Callie Castillo have had to suffer the hardships of a single parent family since their father went missing five years ago. Since then Ian has refused to use the last gift that his father left the wounded boy; a telescope that sits collecting dust in the attic.
When Callie decides to peer through its murky lens it activates the device and sends the Castillos to the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter to rescue their father and save the Jovians before the Martians launch their attack.

What follows is the beginning of an era that will forever be known by its strange name…Steampunk.

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 the reading is 2 Thessalonians.

Line Edits: I am working on more formatting this week.

Hmmm- I have 22 books listed for October so they may not all make it, even at five a week.  I finished five more this week so there are still 13 to go. 
Read - Reviews to Post:
10/16 Angels Landing by Rochelle Alers

Scheduled for October
10/17  The Miracle Inspector by Helen Smith, Review for Pump Up Your Book Tour
10/23 The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachel Anderson, Review for BookBlast Tour

UnScheduled for October:
Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett
Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes

A Tangled Affair by Fiona Brand

Thomas Nelson
The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter (Review with Giveaway)

Uninvited by Heather Graham
Forged In Death, Book 1 of The Death Wizard Chronicles by Jim Melvin

Audiobook Jukebox
Added: Scarifyers: o8 The Thirteen Hallows

The Mine (Northwest Passage) by John Heldt
The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot by Leonardo Ramierz
Loving Luke by Suzanne Barrett
Shards of Ashley (Book 5 of Family Heirloom Series) by Karen Weisner

From the TBR shelves
A Halloween Title - TBD
I'd like to read at least one "Won"/TBR books and one free Kindle book.:-)
1 Free Kindle -TBD;
Won TBR: The Shifters of 2040, a Shifter Dystopia by Ami Rebecca Blackwelder

[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. Hope the computer issues are all fixed! You had a great week of reading.

  2. An amazingly busy week. and isn't it weird how complex the problems are with computers - the very same computers that are supposed to make our lives so much better cause an awful lot of stress, don't they? But when everything is going well, it's an amazing system.

    The Jupiter Chronicles sounds very interesting, I believe it needs to go in my "books to yearn for" file.

    have a great reading week

    Mardel - Rabid Reader

  3. Winning Mr. Wrong looks tempting, as does Sultry with a Twist. Have a great week!


  4. What a busy, busy person you are! How do you keep up?

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I hope you will stop by!

  5. I've been seeing The Aleppo Codex book all around this weekend - it sounds really intriguing.

    Hope you have a good week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  6. Internet issues are so frustrating but sounds like you took it all in your stride and still managed a great reading week. Happy reading this week too :)

  7. Have a good week and I will cross my fingers for you re the computer.

  8. What a great week of reading! Hope you enjoy your new ones this week :)

  9. I would be in a rubber room without my internet. I don't know how you did it but the extra ready time must have been wonderful.

    Have a great week!!

  10. It's such a pain when there's no internet! I'm glad it all got sorted out. Have a great week!

  11. All of your books are new to me, so thanks for sharing! I love seeing what titles I've missed.

  12. I just read Monica McCarty's first six books - the MacLean Trilogy and the Campbell Trilogy - if you enjoy historical romance about highlanders these are for you!

    1. Thanks for the tip Di. I'll check those out.


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