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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Post May 15, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 16, 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.

I had another busy week; not so much traveling but lots of office work. We spent the weekend away visiting our son and d-i-l and celebrating the "gender reveal" party for their twins: one of each!  The weather was beautiful.

I got a lot of reading in but not as many reviews as I hoped. I finished five books: three ebooks and two audios. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I enjoyed visiting other blogs early in the week but then didn't get back to do more.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue)
by Katie Ruggle
I really liked this.
My review is linked above.

2. Audio/MP3 (Author)

Redfall: Freedom Fighters: American Prepper Series, Book 2
Written by: Jay J. Falconer
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
I enjoyed this sequel. My review to post this week.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (PBG)

Carnations in January
by Clare Revell
Nice writing but, sadly, I didn't care for the heroine.
My review to post this week.

Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (PBG)

Violets in February
by Clare Revell
This one, about a missionary doctor in the jungle, I really liked.
My review to post this week.

Click on book title for full description.

5. Audio/MP3 (Narrator)

Making Amends
Written by: Melinda Clayton
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
This is more drama than suspense. 
Quite engaging. 
I hope to get my review posted this week.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Author)

First Fruits
by Brad Duncan
I am liking the beginning of this and interested to see how it develops.
I received this from the author for an honest review.
Pastor Patrick Spakes is a huge success in the eyes of the world. He's the husband of a beautiful wife, and dad of two healthy kids, and leads a large growing church. It appears he's living a happy and blessed life, but appearances can be decieving. Serving the church has drained him to the point his family feels abandoned.
Christy Spakes loves her husband, but feels tired and lonely as her husband makes the church his priority.
Deacon Joe Smith loves the power and prestige he has acquired in his church being best friends with the church's pastor.
What happens when the popular Pastor of a growing church is faced with a crisis of belief? When life spirals out of control where will he place his faith? How will his well-to-do congregation respond to the challenge of sacrificing for God? First Fruits is the inspiring story of what happens when everyday people are challenged to give their very best to God.

2. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Old Man's War
Written by: John Scalzi
Narrated by: William Dufris
I pulled this from my Audible Library for a TBR and "O" read.
Publisher's Summary
John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.
The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.
John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea of what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine. And what he will become is far stranger.
©2005 John Scalzi (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

3. eBook/Kindle (Author)

Embattlement: The Undergrounders Series Book Two 
(A Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopian Novel)
by Norma Hinkens
I enjoyed book 1 and am looking forward to continuing this conflict. I received this from the author.
The Undergrounders prevail. The Craniopolis falls. But victory proves bittersweet.
Against all odds, Derry and a handful of survivors escape the malevolent Doctor Lyong’s clutches, but no one knows if Owen is dead or alive. The shaky plan to rescue him falls apart when the Council splits over rumors of Owen’s ties to the Craniopolis. Forced to find new recruits Derry makes the treacherous journey to Shoshane City, home of the mysterious riders. Mutiny and sabotage is afoot and Derry finds herself caught up in a desperate struggle to save the city from being destroyed by The Ghost, a man who swears allegiance to no one. Time is running out to save Owen, and tensions are rising between Jakob and Sven, who may turn out to be a deadly distraction.
Will Derry emerge victorious from the showdown at the Craniopolis, or will the price of freedom mean sacrificing the man she loves?
Embattlement is the second book in The Undergrounders Series, a sci-fi dystopian thriller trilogy. If you like captivating apocalyptic tales, gritty complex heroines, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love this fast-paced, end-of-the-world adventure!

May 8, 2016 - Current with 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 only posted three reviews last week. I have five reviews to post coming into this week.

I am finally getting to  the five nine, now seven nine (again) author ebook reviews committed with no specific dates.
My NetGalley shelves are down to four which I will continue to work on next week.

A Tale of Two Prom Dates

Evie Alexis
This 'prom' short story has been added this week to eTreasure's 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.

This week I didn't receive any review titles although I am expecting some audio titles to come in.
I needed to resist some offers so I can get caught up on the ones in queue.
I picked up only one kindle title for $.99.
I added more free kindle titles to my library. Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles



I picked up one title for $.99:

Footsteps in Time (The After Cilmeri Series Book 1)
I have another time travel by this author who I keep eyeing. I want to try this series.


Over the past week I added another 44 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'm always impressed with how much you manage to read/review! Have a great week, Martha!

  2. A slow mailbox is a good thing from time to time!

  3. Oh nice to know the gender identity of your next grandchildren, and so nice one of each!
    You sure have been busy reading, and have some great looking ones on the go - some look like they are good thrillers.

  4. ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  5. Have a super reading week everyone.
    I am reading China Doll by Lisa See.

  6. Old Man's War has been on my TBR list for years. Maybe audio is the way to go for me too.

    1. I am loving the listen! Dufris is a great narrator and I the story has humor and action.


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