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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Post May 1, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 2, 2016

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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.

This was another fast week. Work was steady but good. I had to deal with a virus in one of my Dropbox folders but Dropbox has been great and I expect all to be fixed in the next day or so. [Just to clarify, the virus came from a staff person whose computer became infected so when she downloaded and uploaded to the dropbox a group of the files became infected. It was not the fault of Dropbox at all but it was alarming until I learned that Dropbox is able to roll back to before the infection so only a few items will have to be reloaded.] Weather has been nice - very spring: warm with some rain.

I finished three books: two audios and one ebook. I posted three reviews, a special offer post and a Mother's Day giveaway. I also posted my usual memes.

I enjoyed visiting other blogs early in the week. some new ones which I was glad to 'meet'.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review: The Rage by Matthew Babaoye; Horror, Occult; my rating 3.5.
  • Audio Book Review: Bad Deeds by Robert Bidinotto; Thriller, Espionage; my rating 4.5.
  • Audio Book Review: Dark Sanity by Paul L. Centeno; Sci Fi, Steampunk; my rating 4.5.

Finished Reading:
1. Audio/MP3 (Narrator)

Dark Sanity
Written by: Paul L. Centeno
Narrated by: Martin Wurst
I enjoyed this action-packed audio.
My review is linked above.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Admiral (An Evagardian Novel)
by Sean Danker
I really liked this sci fi mystery.
I will be hosting an author interview as well as my review on May 4.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible (TBR/free)

Professional Integrity (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)
Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
This is a quick listen with the usual Riyria 'charm' and mystery solving.
This is from my own Audible Library.
Publisher's Summary
One of the genre's favorite pairs returns in a classic fantasy short for both Riyria veterans and first-time readers.
Several years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start their thieves-for-hire organization better known as Riyria. Things have gone well enough for the team as they do "jobs" for various nobles throughout Elan. Usually that means stealing something, but when a young heiress asks them to steal her…well, that's a first for the pair. All is not as it seems, but Royce is determined to get the bottom of what's actually going on. After all, he has his professional integrity at stake.
Originally released in the Blackguards anthology published by Ragnarok Publications, this is a standalone short story of 10,800 words. No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it to its fullest, making this a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for existing fans to spend a little more time with old friends.
©2015 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Tour)

Reaching Angelica: Book #2 in the Tag Series
by Peter Riva
Midway through; this is reading quickly and I'm enjoying it.
My review for iRead Tours will post 5/3.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/MP3 (Narrator)

In the Mist of Killarney: An Irish Faery Tale
Written by: Robert McCallum
Narrated by: David Ocean
I am looking forward to this which looks/sounds like a fun, easy listen.
I received this from the Narrator.
Publisher's Summary
Ireland, 1911. After encountering a faery in the woodlands near his home in Tralee when he is a child, Professor Emmet Brehon spends his life pursuing the belief that faeries are more than just elements of mythology. While teaching Irish mythology and folklore at a university in Dublin, he receives a note from a stranger who claims to know where faeries can be found. Following the map that the stranger gives him, Emmet travels to a faerie circle and mound near Lough Leane in Kerry, where he encounters two ghostly little girls and a faery light. Snapping a photograph of the girls and faery light with his Brownie camera, Emmet's life becomes twisted when he discovers that he can't rid himself of the photograph, and disasters occur whenever he is present. He soon loses all in life that it is precious to him, including his sanity.
©2015 R. L. McCallum (P)2016 R. L. McCallum

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Much Ado About Highlanders (The Scottish Relic Trilogy)
by May McGoldrick
Time for a romance and this one sounds good.
I was invited to read this and received the title through NetGalley. 
(Releasing 5/3/16.)
In the heart of Scotland, this Highlander is about to meet his match in a brand new romance from bestseller May McGoldrick.

Highland warrior Alexander Macpherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn't expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.

Kenna Mackay thought she was safe in a priory full of nuns learning the craft of healing, but when she is kidnapped by her own husband, the battle of wits begins anew. But even as passions ignite, a deadly secret from Kenna's past rises to the surface and put their new love in jeopardy. As a heartless villain closes in, two headstrong lovers find themselves locked in a struggle between evil and the power of undying love. And this time, Alexander is determined he will not lose his wife again.

4. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue)
by Katie Ruggle
This sounds like a romantic suspense I will like.
This is a new author for me. Received through NetGalley.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month!
“Sexy and suspenseful, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”—Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
“Chills and thrills and a sexy slow-burning romance from a terrific new voice.”—D.D. Ayres, author of the K-9 Rescue Series
In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...
When captain of Field County's ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook, meets new diver Louise "Lou" Sparks, his orderly existence is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he's never felt more alive...even if keeping her safe may just kill him.
Lou’s new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she’s determined to make it on her own terms…no matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themselves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who’ll stop at nothing to silence Lou—and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever.

April 10, 2016 - I got caught up while we were away. 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 three reviews last week which leaves me two coming into this week plus others I hope to post.
I have one more scheduled review for May:
May 3 Tour Review Reaching Angelica by Peter Riva (iRead)
May 4 Admiral by Sean Danker
and I hope:
May 5 Much Ado About Highlanders by May McGoldrick
May 7 Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

Unscheduled for May:
Carnations in January by Clare Revell
Violets in February by Clare Revell

I have begun the five nine, now seven nine (again) author ebook and audio reviews committed with no specific dates.
My NetGalley shelves are still at six which I am getting to this week/ month.

I hope to add a 'prom' short story to eTreasure's NetGalley this week. Plus we are preparing the next release.

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 week I accepted eight ebooks for review.
I picked up two kindle titles one for $.99 and one for $1.99.
I added more free kindle titles to my library. Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles
I received these twp titles from PBG (Pelican Book Group) Booklovers:
Carnations in January
Violets in February
both by Clare Revell
I am looking forward to these Christian romances. :-)

I received a four eBook series by Lance Erlick from iRead Book Tours for tour reviews; two in June and two in July:

Regina Shen: Resilience (Book 1) and
 Regina Shen: Vigilance (Book 2)

Regina Shen: Defiance (Book 3) 
and Regina Shen: Endurance (Book 4) (Releasing in July.)

I received this ebook  title from the author:
by Barbara Venkataraman
Once again I am very pleased the author offered the next book to review.

I received this title through NetGalley:

The Bluebonnet Betrayal, A Potting Shed Mystery
by Marty Wingate
I read The Red Book of Primrose House and decided I would like to read another.



I picked this one up for $.99:
Anything for You (The Blue Heron Series)
Kristan Higgins
I have a print book by this author and having heard good things thought I would pick this up.

This one was $1.99:
Windwalker (The Prophecy Series Book 1)
Sharon Sala, Dinah McCall
I saw this by an author I like. I took a quick look and liked it.
So I succumbed. :-)


Over the past week I only added 41 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. Enjoy the good weather and all your reads.

  2. Eek Martha! You've reminded me I'm part-way through an audiobook (Wuthering Heights). It's about 12hrs and I was listening to it for a heap of work travel recently and think I'm near the end but have completely forgotten about it!

    Thanks for that! Hope you have a great week!

  3. Happy Monday, and sorry to hear about the virus. No fun. I think Admiral sounds interesting.

  4. The Irish fairy tale has me curious. Ooo I use Dropbox for my business how scary. Hope all is well soon. Happy reading Martha

  5. Hmm well didn't know you could get a virus in Dropbox. Ouch. I like the look of the May McGoldrick romance and great score with the Kristan Higgins book.

  6. That's a good deal on the Kristan Higgins book- I've heard good things about that author too. Happy reading and have a great week!

  7. Good to know about Dropbox - we are looking at using it for a committee I'm on.
    Some great bargains in your mailbox though!

  8. Hold Your Breath looks pretty good! :)
    Thanks for sharing & happy reading!

  9. I really am enjoying Katie Ruggle's series. I just finished reading book 2 from NetGalley. I also got The Bluebonnet Betrayal. I have liked all the earlier books in that series. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  10. Enjoy your books! They are all new to me, but have some interesting titles and covers. Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great that with "feel better" days.

  11. Stopping by via Mailbox Monday, and those Clare Revell books rather interest me -- I'll have to look into them. I hope you enjoy all these :-)

  12. It's so good that DropBox was able to fix the issue, must have been a relief! I miss the week of 3 reviews or more but I've been incredibly busy as well. Time is flying and it's scary! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great next week!
    My Monday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  13. You have many interesting choices!

  14. Interesting new series.

    I hope you enjoy the books.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  15. I am reading Ruthless by John Rector, very good mystery.
    Have a great week everyone.

  16. I also bought the Higgins book. Can't wait to read it!


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