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Sunday, November 24, 2013

It's Monday What are You Reading? November 25, 2013

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.

It was another busy work week with me coming home tired each evening. I see the oncologist this coming Friday so I will learn what is next in my treatment. 

I wish everyone a Wonderful Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to my sister and brother-in-law joining us.

I had a great reading week - lots of listening while driving to neighboring courthouses. I finished five books but didn't get in as many reviews as I would have liked.  I did post one Tour Giveaway, one Print and one ARC giveaway. 
I also posted the regular weekly memes and posts (except the Saturday Snapshot): Mailbox Monday, Friday Pick Giveaway,  Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

As busy and crazy as my week was I got no visiting done. Phewy. Thinking about it is not going to make it happen.  
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review: Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden, Chirstian Fiction, Apocalyptic; my rating 4.5. 
  • Audio Book Review: Million Dollar Cat by Laura Lond, Contemporary Fiction; my rating 4.5. 
  • Book Review and ARC Giveaway: To Have and To Hold by Leigh Greenwood, Historical Romance; my rating 4.25. Ends 11/29.
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Accidentally Married to...A Vampire? (Accidentally Yours)
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
This was a fun, sassy read.
Book Tour Giveaway and Review linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio

The Last Battle:
When US and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe
    by Stephen Harding
    Narrated by Joe Barrett
I liked this although it is a bit like a documentary.
I will post a review soon. I received this for review through Audiobook Jukebox.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle

Christmas Past (Entangled Ever After)
by Susanna Fraser

This is a quick, sweet romance.
I'll post the review with Ever After Feature on November 25, 2013.
Book Description
Publication Date: November 25, 2013
Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist’s first mission sounded simple enough—spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded of Wellington’s army, then go home to modern-day Seattle and Christmas with her family. But when her time machine breaks, stranding her in the past, she must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect the timeline or to build a new life—and embrace a new love—two centuries before her time.

Rifle captain Miles Griffin has been fascinated by the tall, beautiful "Mrs. Sydney" from the day he met her caring for wounded soldiers. When he stumbles upon her time travel secret on Christmas Eve, he vows to do whatever it takes to seduce her into making her home in his present—by his side.

4. Audio

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
    by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Narrated by Alan Cumming 
I popped this classic in as a quick listen before I started my next review audio.
Publisher's Summary
Two-time Emmy Award nominee (The Good Wife) and Audie
Award winner for best narrator Alan Cumming here narrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first-rate Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". Cumming adds his personal flair to the mystery classic and turns in an outstanding performance of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his pal, Watson.
Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

5.  eBook/Kindle 

Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Novel 
(A Chick-lit Paranormal book)
(The Angela Panther Series)
by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
This is delightfully fun gem.
I received this from the author
and I'll post a review soon.
Book Description
Publication Date: April 24, 2013
Sometimes the dead need our help and sometimes, we need theirs.
ANGELA PANTHER HAS A PERFECT LIFE:  A lovely home, an attentive, successful husband, two reasonably behaved children, a devoted dog and a lot of coffee and cupcakes. But while her life might border on mundane, she's got it under control. Until her mother, Fran dies-and returns as a ghost. It seems Fran's got some unfinished business and she's determined to get it done.

Now Fran's got some nifty celestial superpowers and isn't opposed to using them to levy a little ghostly retribution on her granddaughter's frienemies and even her own daughter, which doesn't make Angela happy.

While Angela's shocked and grateful to have her mother back, she's not thrilled about the portal to the afterlife Fran opened upon her return. Now every ghost in town is knockin' on Angela's psychic door, looking for help-and it's a royal pain in the butt.

Now Angela's got to find a way to balance her family life with her new gift and keep her mother in line. And it's a lot for one woman to handle.

Line Edits/Releases:
I hope to finish the two print releases this week; plus at least one more before Christmas.
Enter the bi-monthly drawings at eTreasures Publishing Facebook page.
This week's giveaway link: To be linked.

Currently reading:
1. Print

Don't Want to Miss a Thing
by Jill Mansell
I have really enjoyed this. 
I only have about 60 pages left.
I will post review with ARC Giveaway later this week.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/MP3

Title: The New Space Opera 2
Editor: Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Stahan
Author: Various
Narrator: Various
You know - I like sci fi adventure and I am looking forward to start this.
This is 23 hours so may take two weeks.
I received this for review through Audiobook Jukebox.
Publisher/Date: Blackstone Audio, 09/01/13
Following the success of their Locus Award–winning anthology The New Space Opera, editors Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan up the ante with The New Space Opera 2, in which more of the most beloved names in science fiction spin stunning tales of interstellar adventure and wonder. Authors include:  Neal Asher, John Barnes, Cory Doctorow, John Kessel, Jay Lake, John Meaney...

3. eBook/Kindle

Traitor's Knife (Five Gems)
by E. Kaiser
I will start this tomorrow.
I received this from the author for review.
Book Description
Publication Date: July 8, 2013
When the loyalist cause enlists the mountain house into a weaponry, apprentice Fia is confronted with three refugee children, a disturbingly upstart former messenger, and accidents happening everywhere. Are saboteurs out to nix the weapons works... or is it the incognito crown prince they're after?

Traitor's Knife continues where Jeweler's Apprentice ended, and nearly seventeen year old Fia Brithin from the foothills still has a lot to learn about the mountains, and the people now in them.

4. Print

Christmas at Harrington's
by Melody Carlson
This is our next Ladies' Book Club

read for December meeting.
Book Description

Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless, friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life after false accusations landed her in prison, but job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store, Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a secret?

This tender story about fresh starts will charm readers as all of Melody Carlson's Christmas offerings do. Full of redemption and true holiday spirit, Christmas at Harrington's will be readers' newest Christmas tradition.

I am really lagging but still listening to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. [Reading and listening on MP3.] I have been remiss and not keeping up with daily reading with my DH.

Line Edits: I will still be finishing poetry formatting this week.

I want to keep enjoying adding stories from my own TBR. :-)
I'm up-to-date on reading but have a small back load for review still. About 7-4 =3 + 5 so now 8. :-) Since a couple of the current reads are longer I hope I will get a chance to catch up. 

November Scheduled
11/25 Entangled Book Blast and Review: Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser


   more to come

AudioBook Jukebox 
    The New Space Opera 2 (listening now)

From TBR Collection - TBD
Won Book - TBD
Free Kindle/Nook or Smashwords: TBD


  1. These book sound great. Christmas at Harringtons has a lovely cover. Enjoy reading this week!

    Take a look at what I'm reading this week.

  2. Have a great reading week and Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Alan Cumming narrating Doyle. Why don't I have more of this in my life? :) New Space Opera looks good too. I have an eye out for scifi for December and January.

    Happy Reading!


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