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Sunday, May 10, 2015

It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 11, 2015

This meme starts at Book Journey! My prayers continue for Sheila's family.

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 had a nice week, but as always I have plenty of work to do. I hope every mother had a nice Mother's Day. My DH bought me flowers and a pair of sketchers casual shoes. 

I enjoyed my reading and just barely finished the two eBooks.   I posted three reviews (one with tour giveaway). I also posted the usual memes. :-)

This week I did visit the beginning of the week and more at the end of the week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audible Book Review: The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen; Fairy Tale Thriller, my rating 3.5.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP4

Mail-Order Brides of the West: Trudy
Written by: Debra Holland
Narrated by: Lara Asmundson
This was lovely!
I'll do a review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle

Cassidy (Big Sky Dreams Book 1)
by Lori Wick
This is another lovely story. I will do a review with giveaway this week.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle

The Shadow Cartel (The Dominic Grey Series)
by Layton Green
There is excellent writing in this thriller
which I enjoyed. I will post a review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. Audible
When Death Loved an Angel | [Cheree L Alsop]

When Death Loved an Angel
Written by: Cheree L Alsop
Narrated by: Michele Carpenter
This is Very intriguing!
I received this title through Audiobook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
Death loved his existence. He charmed women, completed his list, and was content until the day he tried to kill Gregan Parker and came face to face with Gregan's guardian angel. She fought for the man's life, challenging Death the way no angel ever had. In the face of her defiance, he felt his heart do something it hadn't for centuries; it beat. Death found himself falling for the angel, but she already loved Gregan, a man who had never seen her.
Watching Nyra love a man who didn't know of her existence could terminate Death's heart when it had just begun to beat, but taking away the one thing she cared about would destroy any chance he had with her. Could Death truly put himself last and risk letting his love slip through his fingers, or would he figure out a way to save both his heart and the angel who stole it?
©2013 Cheree Alsop (P)2014 Cheree Alsop

2. Print

The Cancer Solution: Taking Charge of Your Life with Cancer
by Jack C. Westman M.D. M.S.
I just started this. The writing is very direct.
I received this for review through The Cadence Group.
Book Description
Publication Date: February 8, 2015
This book should be read as a requirement for anyone diagnosed with cancer. It will serve as a tremendous practical guide for cancer patients and their families.
—Thomas N. Seyfried,
Professor of biology at Boston College and author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer.

3. Kindle

Letters to the Lost
by Iona Grey
I am looking forward to starting this.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
An accomplished novel from a talented writer, Letters to the Lost is a stunning, emotional love story. Iona Grey's prose is warm, evocative, and immediately engaging; her characters become so real you can't bear to let them go.
I promised to love you forever, in a time when I didn't know if I'd live to see the start of another week. Now it looks like forever is finally running out. I never stopped loving you. I tried, for the sake of my own sanity, but I never even got close, and I never stopped hoping either.
Late on a frozen February evening, a young woman is running through the streets of London. Having fled from her abusive boyfriend and with nowhere to go, Jess stumbles onto a forgotten lane where a small, clearly unlived in old house offers her best chance of shelter for the night. The next morning, a mysterious letter arrives and when she can't help but open it, she finds herself drawn inexorably into the story of two lovers from another time.
In London 1942, Stella meets Dan, a US airman, quite by accident, but there is no denying the impossible, unstoppable attraction that draws them together. Dan is a B-17 pilot flying his bomber into Europe from a British airbase; his odds of survival are one in five. In the midst of such uncertainty, the one thing they hold onto is the letters they write to each other. Fate is unkind and they are separated by decades and continents. In the present, Jess becomes determined to find out what happened to them. Her hope--inspired by a love so powerful it spans a lifetime--will lead her to find a startling redemption in her own life in this powerfully moving novel.

4. Audible

Written by: Steve Umstead
Narrated by: Ray Chase
I enjoyed the free prequel so I got book one.
Publisher's Summary
"A cast of interesting and believable characters and a plot that kept me listening…I enjoyed the author's take on technology and the political landscape of the future. Definitely recommended!" (Michael R. Hicks, bestselling author of the In Her Name science-fiction/adventure series and the bestselling thriller Season of the Harvest).
North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel was dishonorably discharged after a disastrous mission on a far off world called Eden. He's spent the last five years hiding from his past, from those responsible for the failed mission, from those responsible for running him out of the Navy, and from those originally responsible for making him into who he was - a highly-trained, physically and mentally augmented Special Forces soldier.
Two mysterious visitors appear unannounced at the door of a Gabriel's seedy hotel room in the slums of Jamaica. His past has finally caught up with him. From the decaying Caribbean to politically charged South America, from the back alleys of Mars to a tiny colony on a planet 600 light years from Earth, Gabriel's Redemption is a near-future military science-fiction story of a personal journey seen from the perspective of a soldier who has lost everything - one who desperately needs to redeem himself not only in his government's eyes, but also his own. Interstellar action and political intrigue mix with one-on-one battles on the surface of a frozen planet in Book One of the science fiction-adventure trilogy.
©2011 Steve Umstead (P)2013 Podium Publishing

5/3/15- I am up to date on Bible reading but not the daily Devotions. I am only reading those sporadically.
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.

May Scheduled -
No specific date: The Cancer Solution by Jack C. Westman
5/27/15 Tour Book Review Grey (The Romany Outcasts Series, Book 1) by Christi J. Whitney
5/28/15 Tour Book Review The Clockwork Crown (Clockwork Dagger Novels Book 2) by Beth Cato

I posted three reviews last week which leaves one to add to the three titles for this week.
I am reading another NetGalley title this week, which gives me two for tours and two separate selections.  I choose a new audible but next week I will get to a TBR title.

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 added one audio review title, seven audible books and one ebook purchase this week.
Of course 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 received this title through Audiobook Jukebox.
When Death Loved an Angel | [Cheree L Alsop]

When Death Loved an Angel 
by Cheree L Alsop
Narrated by: Michele Carpenter
Death falls in love with a guardian angel.


I selected seven books at Audible, two with my subscription and five at $1.99 or less with a $10.00 credit awarded in April.
Gabriel's Redemption

1. Gabriel's Redemption: Evan Gabriel Trilogy, Book 1
by Steve Umstead

by Peggy L Henderson

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

3. Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson 
by Patricia Briggs

Into the Black: Odyssey One

by Evan Currie
Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

5. Swarm: Star Force, Book 1 
by B. V. Larson

by D.V. Berkom
No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead, Volume 1

7. No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead, Volume 1 
by James N. Cook

I purchased another Kindle title for $.99:

The Watchman
V.B. Tenery
Christian Suspense


Over the past week I added 65 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.


  1. Happy Mother's Day to you. Though I am reading quite a bit I have not had the time to put together the memes I usuallyfollow. Work has got to be impossibly busy right now.

  2. Oh wow that was clever shopping with the $10 Audible credit, I am not as good, I usually get one around the $7-9 mark. Hate using a credit for those ones, so save them for the $10 extras. Have a great week.

  3. You have done so well reading wise!

    Keep it up...

    Here is my ​post

  4. Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day! Enjoy your week.

  5. Busy week...nice mailbox.

    ENJOY your books and your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. Gabriel's Redemption sounds good. I'll be looking for a print version. Here is my Monday Report. Happy reading!

  7. Great audible buys! Belated Mothers Day wishes. I had a nice day.
    Happy Reading :)

  8. I really like "Letters ToTthe Lost." Have seen a few books which take place during WWII.

  9. Enjoy! your reading week.

  10. I am impressed with how you stretched out your $10 Audible credit! I still haven't decided on what book to redeem yet. Happy reading and listening! Don't forget to pick up your free audiobooks from Audiobook Sync YA!


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