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 good reading week: finished 2 print books, 2 short Kindle books and one Audible listen. Reading more good books now. :)
I posted four reviews all with giveaways!
Still working on more overdue reviews now; making slow progress but NOT getting behind on any new reviews - if you don't count my reads from TBR which I may or may not get to review.
I did get to visit more last week including 18 It's Monday posts.I didn't make as many as I wanted but that was better than usual.
These were last week's posts plus several Winner posts not listed.
- Review and ARC Giveaway Plus Playing Cards
PB: Two Lethal Lies by Annie Solomon. Review and Giveaway posted - see links above.
PB: Simply Irresistible (A Lucky Harbor Novel) by Jill Shalvis. This was a delightful read. I will be posting the review and Hachette Giveaway on Thursday October 7, 2010.
Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.Kindle: First Flight: A Tor.Com Original by Mary Robinette Kowal. 4.0 A quick fun read- it just ended too soon. Check it out as a free Kindle read.
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.
Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
Product Description The past is another country, in Mary Robinette Kowal’s Tor.com tale of time travel and aviation history. "First Flight" is a finalist for the 2010 Locus Award. The winner of the 2008 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of short fiction published in Strange Horizons, Cosmos, and Asimov's. Her first novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, will be published by Tor in 2010.
Overtime: A Tor.Com Original by Charles Stross. 4.0 This was another quick free Kindle ebook read for fun before I picked my next Kindle review book. It is set at Christmas time and made me think a little of Men in Black.
Product Description Introduced to readers in the novels The Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue, the Laundry is a secret British government agency charged with preventing dark interdimensional entities from destroying the human race. Now, in "Overtime," the Laundry is on a skeleton staff for Christmas — leaving one bureaucrat to be all that stands between the world and annihilation by the Thing That Comes Down Chimneys. Written especially for Tor.com’s holiday season, Charles Stross’s novelette is a finalist for the 2010 Hugo Award.
Audible: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. 4.5. I enjoyed this werewolf story listen and will look forward to more in the series.
Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success. But it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew.Line Edits: Working on final line edits for Love from the Ashes.
PB: Highland Hellcat by Mary Wine. This is another good and fast read. I am two thirds complete. This book was provided by Sourcebook and I plan to post the review with ARC giveaway this week.
In the raw, rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, tumultuous times bred warrior men and women who fought for country, keep, and kin, and loved as passionately as they lived. An illegitimate son, chosen as laird after the ruling Douglas clan slaughtered his family, Connor Lindsay is surrounded by men who challenge his right to lead. Looking for a virtuous bride to cement his leadership by presenting him with an heir, he kidnaps a feisty laird’s daughter. To keep this Highland Hellcat in his bed, he’ll have to do battle with the Douglases, the Church, and most of all Brina herself.
Kindle: Moonlight Bleu by Renee Rearden. I just started this and there are some complex relationships and unique dynamics in this interesting story. The book was provided by the author for review.
Product DescriptionAudiobook: Whiteout by Ken Follett. I wanted an audio for the ride back from the airport on Friday. I got lucky to get this one a few months back at the thrift store. Still enjoying this good mystery at the fourth of five discs.
Saari Mitchell sees a psychologist in order to understand why-500 years later-she's still dreaming of her dead lover. Her shrink isn't helping, the nightmares come every time she closes her eyes, and the lack of sleep is interfering with her job at Sacred Heart Hospital. With her psychic ability to heal the human spirit on the fritz, her auric radar becomes as reliable as her spotty cell phone service. By day, Dhelis Guidry works as a detective for the new Angeles Police Department investigating the missing or murdered women in the Full-Moon Killer case. In his spare time he hunts rogue vampires as a Tueri executioner. Brogan Vincent is a Tueri healer. Though he could offer his miraculous talents to the rich and powerful, he has chosen anonymity and peace by only using his psychic abilities among the Tueri. One look into Saari's tri-colored eyes and both men realize she is Tueri. One touch tells them each she's their soul mate. But can either of them protect her from the Full-Moon Killer?
Product Description Jealousies, distrust , and hidden rivalries uncover dark secrets, then a dozen vials of a deadly virus go missing. As a blizzard whips out of the north on Christmas Eve, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, director of a pharmaceutical research company, has everything riding on a drug he is developing to fight a lethal virus. Several others are interested in his success too: his children, at home for Christmas with their offspring, have their eyes on the money he will make; Toni Gallo, head of his security team and recently forced to resign from the police, is betting her career on keeping it safe; an ambitious local television reporter sniffs a story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs are on their way to steal it, with a client already waiting. As the storm worsens and the group is laid under siege by the elements, the emotional sparks crackle and dark secrets are revealed that threaten to drive Stanley and his family apart for ever. Filled with startling twists, "Whiteout" is the ultimate knife-edge drama from an international bestselling author who is in a class by himself.Audible: Real Murders (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery) by Charlaine Harris. I am enjoying the mystery in this; not so crazy about the narration. This is an Audible from my own choices.
Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side - and its crime buffs. One of them is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime - until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss.Line Edits: I hope to finish formatting two more books this week for release.
As other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects - or potential victims.
PB: Just One Taste (Recipe for Love) by Louisa Edwards. Book giveaway with swag coming next week. ARC and swag provided by Nancy Berland PR.
PB: The Passionate Brood: A Novel of Richard the Lionheart and the Man Who Became Robin Hood by Margaret Campbell Barnes. Reading and reviewing for Sourcebooks.
Kindle: I will probably start one of the Sourcebook prints on the Kindle to keep the books moving.
Audio: I hope to get in some new audio books for review and giveaway this week!
I have a dozen good Soursebook paperback books lined up for October, November and December with book giveaways. Plus several Hachettes and some blog tours for Pump up Your Book Promotion. More busy times ahead. :)