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Sunday, March 15, 2015

It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday March 16, 2015

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 have had a lovely week off work (mostly) and visiting with others who love reading and the publishing industry. (See more comments below in Monday Mailbox.)  
DH and I are enjoying our drive home and sorry we didn't add some extra days. I did get to post four reviews (yay!) of books I enjoyed. I also posted the usual memes.

I did not get to visit this week as I had intermittent internet.  Now I will try harder this week even if it is mid or end of week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audible Book Review: Review: The Beast Master by Andre Norton; Sci Fi, Fantasy; my rating 4.0.
  • Audible Book Review: Finding Mr. Right by Emily Carmichael ; Fantasy, Paranormal; my rating 4.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP4


The Keeper's Calling: The Keeper's Saga, Book 1 Written by: Kelly Nelson
Narrated by: James Simenc
I did enjoy this time travel/YA romance.
 I received this title through Audiobook Jukebox.
I will post a review this week 
Click on book title for full description.



2. eBook/Kindle


The Last Heiress 
by Mary Ellis
I enjoyed the history and gentle, sweet romance in this Historical very much.
I am reviewing this through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.



3. Audible/MP4



Legendarium
Written by: Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
Narrated by: Robert Rossmann
Oh, was this crazy and perfect 
listening during a book convention.
This was a free audible downloaded in Dec 2014.
Publisher's Summary
In every generatioen, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium. Bombo Dawson, newly published author and the hero of Michael Bunker's novella Hugh Howey Must Die!, and Alistair Foley, aspiring author and Bombo's harshest critic, become unlikely partners in a mission to protect The Legendarium. Their adventures will take them across the worlds of literature, but will hostile enemies learn to work together before the accumulated knowledge of all of humanity is lost forever?
©2014 Michael Bunker and Kevin G. Summers (P)2014 Michael Bunker and Kevin G. Summers




Currently reading:
1. Print



Interlude In Death: In Death, Book 12.5
by J. D. Robb
I am mid way and will probably finish this on Monday.
Click on book title for full description.




2. Audible/MP4


Quitter
by Jon Acuff
I have just started this title which my son recommended to me and I picked up as a free read over a year ago.
Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job? That gap between what you have to do and what you’d love to do?
I have.
At first I thought I was the only one that felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we’re becoming the “I’m, but” generation. When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, “I’m a teacher, but I want to be an artist.” “I’m a CPA, but I’d love to start my own business.” “I’m a _____, but I want to be a ______.”
All too often, when we search for an answer to this dilemma people tell us that dreaming big means you, “Quit your day job, sell everything you own, and move to Guam.” But what if there was a different way?

What if you could blow up your dream without blowing up your life?
What if you could go for broke without going broke?
What if you could start today?
What if you already had everything you needed to begin?

From figuring out what your dream is to quitting in a way that exponentially increases your chance of success, Quitter is full of inspiring stories and actionable advice. The book is based on 12 years of cubicle living and my true story of cultivating a dream job that changed my life and the world in the process.
It’s time to close the gap between your day job and your dream job. It’s time to be a Quitter.



3, eBook/Kindle


Monday's Lie
by James Mason
I am starting this tonight and looking forward to it.
I picked this up on Netgalley.
Book Description
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
From the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) debut novel Three Graves Full comes a new thriller about a woman who digs into her unconventional past to confirm what she suspects: her husband isn't what she thought he was.
Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life...a life without her, one way or another.
Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect her mother’s lessons and the “spy games” they played together, in which Dee learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in deciding if a “normal life” is really what she wants at all.
With pulse-pounding prose and atmospheric settings, Monday’s Lie is a thriller that delivers more of the “Hitchcockian menace” (Peter Straub) that made Three Graves Full a critical hit. For fans of the Coen brothers or Gillian Flynn, this is a book you won’t want to miss.



I am reading The One Year Bible again along with my husband and others from our church. I am also listening to the companion commentary online. -- Really enjoying my Bible reading. It seems my eyes are open to more details and meaning. To go a step beyond the Bible reading I am also reading Jesus Daily 365 Interactive Devotions.

March Schedule:
March (dateTBD but looks like pushed off until April) - Ladies Book Club Book: Before the Scarlet Dawn: Daughters of the Potomac - Book 1
3/21 Echoes (Mind Games) by Laura K. Curtis Review for RockStar PR.

I am still focusing on reading NetGalley titles and TBR titles for the next couple of months.


I did post four reviews last week so I am up to date. :-)
I am continuing to read the waiting NetGalley titles.


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. 

I received four new print books at EPICon 2015 for review.
I downloaded more free kindle titles to my library.
(Although I have gotten to a couple, I still have many author requests, old and new ones, to consider and reply to.)
 Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?
Review Titles
I was very pleased this past week during the convention to meet some authors whose books I have reviewed and new authors I will be reviewing for. I sat at lunch with Molly Harper who wrote How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf and I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas which were fun audios.
I also was very pleased to meet in person Timothy S. Johnston, the author of The Tanner Sequence trilogy which I enjoyed so much.
I met several new authors and speakers and was gifted several titles which I will be reviewing.
I received two poetry collections from Daniel Garcia Ordaz, I am really looking forward to reading these.
Twenty: In Memoriam
Paperback – March 4, 2014
by Edward Vidaurre (Author, Editor, Cover Design), Katherine Hoerth (Editor), & 2 more
This is "a collection in response to the tragic school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012."
Paperback – August 7, 2011
by Daniel García Ordaz
"...a collection of poetry by the eclectic Daniel García Ordaz, The Poet Mariachi, "the voice of the Rio Grande Valley" (Texas)."
Thank you Daniel!

The speakers at the EPICon 2015 were wonderful and I learned a lot! I was excited to meet Penny Sansevieri of Author Marketing Experts Inc. who did two very good presentations on marketing.  I have done several review tours with Penny and it was a pleasure to meet her and enjoy lunch and chatting.
She was so kind to give me a print copy of Red Hot Internet Publicity.
Thank you Penny for great information and the book!

The fourth book is a fantasy novel by one of the author presenters. This was actually purchased by my friend Kim and lent to me to  read and review.
Paperback – January 5, 2010
by Carol Berg
Thank you Kim and Carol.

Won
None
Purchased

I am continuing to resist making any purchases. :-)

Free

Over the past week I added 69 free Kindle titles to my library. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.

11 comments:

  1. Monday's Lie looks quite tempting. It sounds like my sort of book but i can't recall seeing it on NetGalley. Keen to hear what you think!

    Deb

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  2. Pleased to know you have had some time away and visiting with friends. Smiling at your success at avoiding buying books! Quitter sounds interesting, but surely you are doing your dream job!! Have a great week.

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  3. Looks like you met some great authors at the convention!

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  4. It looks like you've had a busy week. Monday's Lie is on my tbr list, but I'm not sure how far in advance (probably years lol) before I'll get to it. *sigh*

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  5. Enjoy all your new books! EPICon sounds like a blast. Have a good week!

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  6. OOO, the book of Ordaz sounds great. Happy reading

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  7. I hope you have a great week in books!

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  8. A great week for you,
    Enjoy
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  9. Nice week for you and a nice mailbox.

    I hope you have been having a good week. I am a bit late visiting.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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  10. Martha thanks so much for the mention of Red Hot Internet Publicity, I really appreciate it! I hope you enjoy the book. Be well, Penny

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