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Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday November 24, 2014

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 pretty good week but I had some tension getting ready for a trial this week and beginning to prepare for holidays.  The weather was cold for us and the usual spread of 30-35 degrees - ie. 32 in the mornings and 65 in the afternoon.
We had fun with the kids on Saturday making Christmas cookies.

I had a good week of reading although I am pressed now to finish two titles for tour reviews this week. I finished three books and posted four reviews, one with giveaway.  I did get all the usual memes posted this week. 

I only visited a couple of sites last week. :-( I sure hope to do better this week, starting with a few tonight.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
Finished Reading:
1. Audio/MP3

WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P.)
by Eoin Colfer
This is a fun time travel sci fi.
I will post the review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle

The Red Book of Primrose House
by Marty Wingate
I enjoyed the characters and plot of this cozy mystery.
The review is linked above. 
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audio/MP3

Divided We Fall
Written by: Trent Reedy
Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
This is a very realistic story.
I will review this title this week too.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Sugar's Twice as Sweet: Sugar, Georgia: Book 1
by Marina Adair 
I had to pull this one up to get read for this week.
It is very sassy and fun.
It is for Forever Romance tour and review on November 26.
Book Description
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
"Marina Adair writes with heart and sizzling heat. SUGAR'S TWICE AS SWEET will charm you!"  --Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author
"A can't miss read with small town sweetness, endearing characters and a unique quirky flair."  --Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author on SUGAR'S TWICE AS SWEET
He's trouble she doesn't need . . .
Thanks to a cheating fiancé, Josephina Harrington's perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitely not an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will-by turning her great-aunt's old plantation house into a destination getaway. She's just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on-and so totally irresistible.
. . . but everything she wants
Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet 'n sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn't know a nut from a bolt and before long, he's renovating her house . . . as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he's ready for forever?

2. eBook/Kindle

Last Chance Family
by Hope Ramsay
Forever Romance
This is another last minute slip in for tour, author Top 5 and review on November 29.
Book Description
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high - there's no way he's prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veterinarian he can't get out of his mind.

Charlene Polk has two talents: healing sick critters and falling in love with the wrong men. Mike has trouble written all over him, but she can't leave him in the lurch. And the more time she spends with the sexy high roller, the more she sees that this ready-made family is the best stroke of luck they've ever had . . .

3. Audible (and Kindle)

Free: I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas
Written by: Molly Harper
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
I figured I would have time to slip this short (under 4 hours) audio in.
Publisher's Summary
It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow. And then there's the small matter of the handsome, frustrating vampire who keeps appearing in Gigi's peripheral vision, then disappearing before she can talk to him. Can the Scanlon sisters negotiate romantic problems, vampire politics, and Christmas cookie disasters and enjoy a relatively normal holiday?
©2013 Molly Harper (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

4. Print

We Are The Destroyers (We Are***Are We Book 1) 
by D. K. Lindler
I am a third into this and enjoying the story.
I had to set it aside to get to two review titles for this week.
Click on book title for full description.

I am half a day ahead on my daily Bible reading.
I have disciplined myself each morning to read my Bible passage before I pick up print, Kindle or mp3. I am really enjoying the reading.

November I am participating in Sci Fi Month but I haven't done as well as I hoped since I kept accepting last minute tour assignments. I still get in maybe one more Sci Fi before the end or the month. I have two sci fi title reviews that I will post this coming week (as well as two tour titles I need to finish reading). 

Novenber Scheduled -
11/26 Sugar's Twice as Sweet: Sugar, Georgia: Book 1,by Marina Adair  w/ ebook GW (reading)
11/29 Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsey tour review and GW (reading)
12/3 Home for the Holidays by Rochelle Alers tour review and GW.

Welcome to Mailbox Monday.
Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.  This Meme started with Marcia at A Girl and Her Books (fka The Printed Page) and after a tour of hosts has returned to its permanent home at Mailbox Monday.
Thanks to the ladies sharing hosting duties: Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit and Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This covers two weeks as I didn't post last week.
I received/selected four review titles.
I purchased four $.99 kindle titles this week as well as getting many free kindle titles.

(Although I have gotten to a couple, I still have many author requests to consider and reply to.)

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles

I selected these titles for last minute tours and review from Hachette/Grand Central Forever Yours Romance line (through NetGalley).

1>Last Chance Family -linked in current reading above.

2>Seducing the Ruthless Rogue (The Rogue Agents Trilogy Book 2)
by Tammy Jo Burns
This Regency mystery/romance involving government secrets sounded fun.


I purchased two Audible titles with my October subscription:

Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1
by Faith Hunter
This series has some good ratings and looked like action I would like.

by Jodi Taylor
Inspite of the swearword in the title this sounded good when I was looking at titles.

I purchased two $.99 Kindle titles this week.

Merkiaari Wars Series: Books 1-3
Mark E. Cooper


Over the past two weeks I downloaded another 47 free Kindle titles. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. I love Christmas themed novels (at this time of year) so I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Home For the Holidays. Have a great week!

  2. An amazing amount of work accomplished!

  3. I really like The Book of Primrose....I'm going to price it. My library is down today. Can't check there.

  4. Lots and lots of books to keep you busy.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  5. Happy reading and have a great holiday

  6. Divided We Fall is one that has intrigued me. Glad you hear you thought it was a realistic seeming read. I'll have to check it out.
    Check out my STS

  7. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy all your new books and audiobooks!

  8. Looks like you got a few good reads. Have a great week and Thanksgving..

  9. I have never read a book by Hope Ramsay but I think I might like to try her out some time. Will look forward to your review for your thoughts.

  10. We have been having temps like that as well. Hope your week is full of reading.

  11. Looks like you have had a week of good reads, I hope this week is brings you the same!

    Read on,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  12. Wow you got a lot of reading done! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on some of them!



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