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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Post January 10, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 11, 2016

I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading now at The Book Date.
Thank you to Sheila for the years that she handled this meme.
Thank you to Kathryn for taking up the baton.
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.

My work week was busy but not crazy. We are settling into the new year. Weather was warmer but going cold again Sunday and Monday nights. We are spending a few nights in our RV since it is smaller to keep warm and we have a new memory foam mattress. :-)
Reading was enjoyable and I finished four books, 3 ebooks and 1 audio. I posted five reviews (three in one), the usual memes and one new 'challenge' post.

I enjoyed visiting early in the week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1 eBook/Kindle

The Colossus
by Ranjini Iyer
Good action but strange heroine.
Review is linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG)

The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson Book 9)
by Darynda Jones
Another good installment.
I will post the review in time for Release date 1/12/16.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/MP3

Time Heist: Firstborn Saga Volume 1
Written by: Anthony Vicino
Narrated by: Adam Verner

This has some good twists!
I received this audio title from the author
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle

The Feral Sentence: Part One
by G. C. Julien
This is an interesting beginning to a series.
I received this novella from the author for review.
The year is 2087, and the federal government has implemented a new sentence for criminal convictions—banishment to a remote island.

When Lydia Brone is wrongly convicted of murder, she is sentenced to three years on Kormace Island. She must forget all she’s ever heard about life in prison and develop the necessary skills to survive in the wild and defend herself against savage enemies—other felons who will fight for their rightful place within the island's hierarchy system by means of violence and sheer brutality.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Jessica's Christmas Kiss: (Christmas Kisses Book 3)
by Alison May
I am looking forward to enjoying one last Christmas story.
Received through NetGalley.
Real Christmas miracles only ever happen in the movies – don’t they?
When Jessica was fifteen, she shared the perfect kiss with a mystery boy at a Christmas party. It might have only lasted a moment, and the boy might have disappeared shortly afterwards but, to Jessica, it was just a little bit magic.
Fourteen years later, and Jessica is faced with a less than magical Christmas after uncovering her husband’s secret affair. And, whilst she wouldn’t admit it, she sometimes finds herself thinking about that perfect Christmas kiss, back when her life still seemed full of hope and possibility.
But she never would have guessed that the boy she kissed in the kitchen all those years ago might still think about her too …

2. Audible/ MP3

Buster: The Military Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives
Written by: RAF Police Flight Sergeant Will Barrow, Isabel George
Narrated by: James Langton
This caught my attention.
I received this audio from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
"With some dogs you share a boil-in-the-bag breakfast and maybe a blanket on a cold desert floor. Some you wouldn't leave in charge of your Grandma unless you wanted to find out just how fast the old girl could run. But if you're very, very lucky, there will be the one dog you would lay down your life for - and for me that dog is Buster."
Buster, an English springer spaniel who has served his comrades and his country with unstinting devotion, has saved thousands of lives. This is the story of his partnership with RAF Police Sergeant Will Barrow, told by Will himself, describing how each came to save the other's life. It is a relationship that produced some heroic feats - including sniffing out explosive vests that led to the arrests of two suicide bombers - in the dust and desert heat of Afghanistan and beyond.
Buster, uniquely, has served five tours of duty in three theaters of war (Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan) - more than any other military dog. He also won the prestigious Crufts Friends for Life Award in 2012 and has gone on to become the official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police, the only dog in history to have been honored in that manner. A best friend in dog's clothing, an RAF dog with his mossy feet firmly on the ground, Buster is truly a dog in a million.
©2015 Will Barrow (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Night Study (Study Series)
by Maria V. Snyder
I am looking forward to continuing this series 
that I really enjoy.
I received this through NetGalley.
New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue.

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

January 3, 2016
We start again "In the Beginning" reading The One Year Bible again along with my husband and others from our church.
I will also be listening (sometimes) to the companion commentary online.

I posted all reviews for last week plus one for this week, so I am starting out up to date. 
I am thinking I may try to get ahead... such a dream for me.

NetGalley friends:
eTreasures added another book to our NetGally account. This will also be releasing later this month:

King's Reign 
by Joy Brooks
Book two of the King Trilogy

Fantasy, General Fiction

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 two titles for review, one audio and one through NetGalley.
I resisted purchases now for 9 days.
I added more free kindle titles to my library.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles

I received this audio from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.

Buster: The Military Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives
Written by: RAF Police Flight Sergeant Will Barrow, Isabel George
Narrated by: James Langton
This sounds so good!
See Current Reading above for full description.

AND I got this eBook through Forever Romance from NetGalley:
by Piper J. Drake
Forever Romance (Releasing 1/26/16)
Romantic Suspense/Military hero (and note the dog too).





Over the past week I added (only) 49 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. I have one Christmas book left to read and I was thinking of packing it away until next Christmas but a part of me really wants to read it. Not sure if I will try and squeeze it in this week or not. Happy reading

  2. Once I got into 9th Grave I could not put it down. Have a great week.

  3. Like the look of Buster, hope its good. Hmm never heard of a foam memory mattress but I take it, it is extra comfortable. Hope so. Stay warm and enjoy your reading.

  4. Oooh, The Feral Sentence sounds good. I'll have to add that to my wish list!

    Here's mine:It's Monday

  5. I have a few of the Darynda Jones books sitting on my tablet that I need to find time for. They sound like they are going to be funny. Looks like you had a busy week. You can see mine here:

  6. I really have to get started on the Studies series. I'm so far behind, and the series sounds so intriguing.

    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  7. I m looking forward to reading Night Study

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  8. I hope you enjoy both of the books in your mailbox. I like the dog theme :)

  9. The Heist sounds good. And BUSTER too. We are currently in the process of adopting a dog so I notice books about dogs more than I did before. Enjoy your reading week!

  10. Great mailbox, great week for you.

    The Feral Sentence looks good.

    ENJOY all of your books and your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  11. You have been very busy reading and reviewing. Some interesting titles, not in my usual genre, but interesting none the less.

  12. Martha, you are always reading some stories or just finished some stories that sound very interesting. I had pre-ordered The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones, so I will be checking my mailbox for that book. I hope you have a good week and enjoy the books that you are reading or listening to.

  13. Ejoyed the cover of Buster, that's our dog's name, Have to look into this one.


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