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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday Post June 5, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 6, 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.

This week Heather was out on vacation so Meghan and I were really juggling in the office. It was pretty intense for me.
We had a wonderful visit with our son, D-I-L and Granddaughter whose visit was extended through the week. They headed out this morning. I loved visiting but it did impact a bit on computer and reading time.
Our weather is still warm but we have had a few strong rain storms blow through.

I didn't get quite as much reading done or reviews as I might have wanted. I only finished two of my books --one audio and one ebook-- although I am 70% into the other ebook. I posted three reviews and most of my usual memes - I missed Saturday night Sharing Beyond Books and will post that Monday night.

Again, I did not get to visit many blogs last week, even with Monday off. We spent the day as a family day with cook out.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audible Book Review: Old Man's War by John Scalzi; Sci Fi, Military Sci Fi; my rating 4.5.
  • [Sharing Beyond Books #255 Comment Giveaway delayed.]

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Publicist/Author)

Cast Adrift
by Mannah Pierce
This is engaging and really good world building.
I will be posting my review this week with an interesting guest post.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Burning Bright: Ivy Granger Book 3
Written by: E.J. Stevens
Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, David Wilson Brown
This is fun with various paranormal characters.
I'll be posting a review and listening to the newly released fourth book in the series.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (iRead)

Regina Shen: Resilience
by Lance Erlick
70% in. This is an interesting start to the series.
I received four books for this tour;
through iReads Book Tours.
This first review will post on June 9, 2016.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3 (ABB)

Dangerous and Unseemly: A Concordia Wells Mystery, Book 1
Written by: K.B. Owen
Narrated by: Becket Royce
This looks/sounds like a fun historical mystery.
I am looking forward to listening.
I received this audio title from the narrator through AudioBook Boom.
Publisher's Summary
An unseemly lesson…in murder.
The year is 1896, and college professor Concordia Wells has her hands full: teaching classes, acting as live-in chaperone to a cottage of lively female students, and directing the student play, Macbeth. But mystery and murder are not confined to the stage, especially when the death of Concordia's sister, Mary, appears to be foul play. To make matters worse, the women's college is plagued by malicious pranks, arson, money troubles, and the apparent suicide of a college official.
With her beloved school facing certain ruin, Concordia knows that she must act. As she struggles to seek justice for her sister and discover who is behind the college incidents, there are some closest to Concordia who do not appreciate the unseemly inquiries and bold actions of the young lady professor. Can she discover who is responsible…before she becomes the next target?
©2013 K.B. Owen (P)2014 K.B. Owen

3. eBook/Kindle (Author)

Guardian of Paradise
by W.E. Lawrence
I enjoyed Chakana: Encounter In The Sacred Valley and I am glad to read another adventure by this author.
In 1888, Kira Wall, surviving daughter of missionaries swept away in a tsunami, lives a primitive, but enjoyable life with natives on an isolated island in the South Pacific. But her serene world is turned upside down when an Australian merchant ship, commanded by the sinister Captain Darcy Coleman, arrives with an overabundance of modern and lavish goods. Kira suspects ill intent. Chief Ariki refuses to listen to Kira’s warning, forcing her to uncover the real plan of the captain on her own. Unfortunately, she has a distraction. A six-foot tall, blond, and handsome distraction. Trevor Marshall, doctor and botanist, hopes to find exotic plants on the island to research new cures and medicines. He is dedicated to science, but when meeting the strong-willed, beautiful Kira Wall, he’d prefer to spend time researching her—all night.

The captain thwarts Kira’s attempts to call him out at every step, turning the village chief against her. With only Trevor and her best friend Malana by her side, she stalks the captain and his officers through the dense, predator infested jungle, toward the island’s inactive volcano. Frustrated by her failure to reveal the captain’s true intentions, Kira begins to think maybe she’s wrong about everything. Then an explosion and earthquake bigger than anyone on the island has ever seen renews her resolve. Was the blast natural or man-made? She is determined to prove it was the captain’s doing. Kira races against time and the island people’s naivety to stop the captain from destroying her home and killing everyone she loves.

4. Audible/MP3 (Author)

Birthright: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Book 4
Written by: E.J. Stevens
Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony Bowling
Now that I know the characters I am ready to jump into more Ivy sass and action.
I will be hosting the tour Giveaway next week and review the following week.
Publisher's Summary
Being a faerie princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Ivy must go to Faerie, but the gateway to the Wisp Court is through Tech Duinn, the house of Donn - Celtic god of the dead. Just her luck.
Unable to share her secret with Jinx, and with Jenna called away on Hunters' Guild business, Ivy must rely on Ceff and Torn to lead her to Death's door, literally, and back again. As if that wasn't dangerous enough, there's no saying what horrors lay in store within the Faerie realm. Too bad the Wisp Court is the one lead Ivy has in the search for her father - and possible salvation.
Maybe hiding away and dodging sidhe assassins isn't so bad after all.
Birthright is the fourth full-length novel in the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The world of Ivy Granger, including the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series and Hunters' Guild series, is filled with action, paranormal mystery, magic, dark humor, quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, flirtatious demons, sarcastic gargoyles, sexy shifters, temperamental witches, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.
©2015 E.J. Stevens (P)2016 E.J. Stevens

June 5, 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 so I am still a bit behind. I still have two prior plus two new reviews due.

I am finally getting to the five nine, now seven nine (again) back to five four author ebook reviews committed with no specific dates.
My NetGalley shelves are down to four with one of those next in line.

I hope to add another upcoming release 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 received two audio review titles from the narrators and one ebook through Netgalley..
I resisted kindle titles other than the usual free ones.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles
I received this audio title from the narrator through AudioBook Boom:
Dangerous and Unseemly: A Concordia Wells Mystery, Book 1
Written by: K.B. Owen
Narrated by: Becket Royce
I really liked the sound of this one. Full description is above under current reading.

I received this title from Hachette through NetGalley:
Ultimate Courage (True Heroes)
by Piper J. Drake
I enjoyed Extreme Honor and am pleased to be invited to read this next book.
Blitz day will be July 26.

I received this audiobook directly from the Narrator:
The Pit Stop: This Stop Could Be Life or Death
Written by: Carmen DeSousa
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
I like the sound of this ghostly detective story.




Over the past week I only added 35 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. If you had someone away from the office and family visitors at home then I can sure understand not getting quite as much reading done as usual. Hope the coming week calms down a little for you.

  2. Ultimate Courage looks good. 2 1/2 books with all that happened last week isn't bad at all. Hopefully you will have more time this week!

  3. My reading and reviewing books is going well - but its the heat thats killing me!

  4. I love when the kids come for a visit but it does kind of take reading out of the equation. I hope you enjoy your new books!

  5. The Pit Stop sounds pretty exciting!

  6. I enjoyed Resilience and really enjoyed it. Hope you do too!

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  7. Ultimate Courage looks good. Happy Reading!

  8. We had rain storms here too. And got caught in the rain yesterday when we went shopping. I'm enjoying Resilience too. Hope you get a breather at work.

  9. Happy Reading!!

    Have a great week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  10. I am reading the 2nd Ivy Granger book this week and will be listening to the audiobooks for #3 & #4 in the next two weeks. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying them.

  11. The Pit Stop sounds like an interesting read.
    I am reading Gone Girl.


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