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Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? November 28, 2011

This meme starts at Book Journey!
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.

It was a good reading week with five books finished.  I posted three reviews and two giveaways. I also did a 'Give Thanks' post for six days, Mon - Sat. Then of course I posted my regular Friday Pick Giveaway; Saturday Sharing Beyond Books, and Sunday posts. 

I missed the fourth review last week so will have maybe five reviews to post this week to keep up! *Gulp*. :-)

I got to visit a handful of blogs late last week. Still really busy at work and in the evenings plus had a lovely Thanksgiving with the kids. I did not go out for Black Friday.  I'm not really a shopper - unless it's for books. :-)
These were last week's posts plus a Winner post not listed.

Finished Reading:
1. Print (Kindle)

Good read. The review, Author Guest Post and
Giveaway are linked above.

2. Print (Kindle)
By Grace Burrowes
This was delightful and I will post the review and ARC giveaway this week. Reviewing for Sourcebooks.

3. Print (Kindle)
by Gillian Bradshaw
The story from Guinevere's perspective.
I will post the review and 
ARC giveaway this week.
Reviewing for Sourcebooks.

4. Audio CD:
by Laini Taylor
Engaging and Surprising. I will post a review this week. Reviewing for Hachette Audio. 

by Nibi Soto
This is the sequel to 
Beyond The Map's Boundary.
A dangerous adventure in time traveling.
I am reviewing for the author.

Line Edits/Releases: Nothing completed this week although two print releases are just waiting for covers.

Currently reading:
1.  Print (Kindle)

by Amanda Forester
I am midway and enjoying this.  
Reviewing for Sourcebooks
Book Description
Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Fleeing into the wilderness to escape an abusive marriage, Lady Isabelle Tynsdale would sooner face down a wild boar than spend another night with her wretched husband. Battered by the elements, desperate to elude a band of attackers, and defending herself against, as fate would have it, a wild boar she is rescued by the handsome Laird David Campbell.

Campbell knows holding Isabelle captive for ransom is his best chance to temper the storm threatening to destroy his clan. The ransom of an English countess should be more than enough to pay off his debts to England and save him from an unwanted marriage. But Isabelle didn't escape her husband just to become another man's captive and Laird Campbell is seriously misguided if he thinks she's going to go quietly. 

2. Print
by Billy Coffey 
I will start this next.
Reviewing for Faith Words
Book Description
Series: A Novel | Publication Date: November 9, 2011
Andy Sommerville seems no different than others in his rural Virginia community, but what sets him apart is that his best friend is an angel. The angel is God's answer to a childhood prayer Andy offered to a twinkling star that his deceased mother once called "the door to heaven." The first angelic proclamation instructs Andy to find the wooden keepsake box in his grandparents' attic. Over the years, he directs Andy to fill it with apparently meaningless objects from twelve people with who Andy randomly crosses paths.
Andy's world is turned upside down when a brutal attack leaves Andy burned and the boy he loved as a son dead. At this crucial juncture, the angel abandons him to loneliness and pain. All that remains is the wooden box Andy has always kept safe, and a new angel, who will use its contents to reveal truth to him as a result, he discovers the defining truth of his life, new hope in the community he loves, and greater trust in the God who sustains him.
The story is told from Andy's hospital bed, where he awakes feeling God has abandoned him. Without being preachy or saccharine, the author brings the small town to life and reveals a spiritual secret--the presence of angels--that helps a wounded man discover the defining truth of his life, place new hope in the community he loves, and trust totally in the God who sustains him. (2011)
by Leonard Rosen
read by Grover Gardner
I have only started but like it already.
I like this narrator and recognized his voice right off.
Reviewing for Audiobook Jukebox and Blackstone Audio.
Book Description
Series: Henri Poincare | Publication Date: September 1, 2011
[This is the MP3CD audiobook format.]
All Cry Chaos, a debut thriller by the immensely gifted Leonard Rosen, is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens.
The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster's Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincare on a high-stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.
Together with his chain-smoking, bon vivant colleague, Serge Laurent, Poincare pursues a long list of suspects: the Peruvian leader of the Indigenous Liberation Front, Rapture-crazed militants, a hedge fund director, Fenster's elusive ex-fiancee, and a graduate student in mathematics. Poincare begins to make progress in America, but there is a prodigious hatred trained on him--some unfinished business from a terrifying former genocide case--and he is called back to Europe to face the unfathomable. Stripped down and in despair, tested like Job, he realizes the two cases might be connected--and he might be the link.
This first installment in the Henri Poincare series marries sharp, smart mystery to deep religious themes that will keep both agnostics and believers turning pages until the shattering revelatory end. Anyone who enjoys the work of John le Carre, Scott Turow, Dan Brown, and Stieg Larsson will relish Rosen's storytelling and his resourceful, haunted protagonist. Others will appreciate his dazzling prose. Still others, the way he bends the thriller form in unconventional ways toward a higher cause, in the vein of Henning Mankell in The Man from Beijing. In short, All Cry Chaos promises to become a critical success that garners a broad readership throughout the nation and across the globe.

I am also listening to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. 
I am at Daniel 4 and Jude.

Line Edits: I am finalizing two Novellas for release and continuing to work on Smashword and print releases.

November is winding down now and these will slide into December.

Additional Publisher Books Coming Up
Hachette: Three Day-Town by Margaret Maron
Little and Brown:
         Help for Writers by Roy Peter Clark 
         Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Remaining Author Selections - These are now into November and I am going to be pushing to get them in between the publisher selections.
Karen Wiesner -Souls on (B)oring Street [Denim Blues Mysteries Book 3]
Nathan Patrick Hardt - The Second Sonata

[To be posted:
These were read and ready for reviews for Authors. I am sending out interviews for these. I hope to post them all soon.
Quest for Magic by Jean Hart Stewart - Read; review to be posted with interview.
Seeing for the First Time (What You See is What You Get) and To See (What You See is What You Get) by Nicole Zoltack - Both Read; setting up author interview with reviews.
Steamrolled by Pauline Baird Jone. Read; review to be posted with author interview.]


  1. Isn't Grace Burrowes wonderful? :) She can really write a romance! Busy week!

  2. I'm impressed. Five books? Wow.

    The In Winter's Shadow sounds interesting. I think it's refreshing when someone decides to go with a different perspective than what we're used to. I don't think I've come across any other books with Guinevere's perspective for awhile.

    Here's my reading post if you're interested.

    Hope you enjoy all your books and have a great week.

  3. A busy week and more to come! I liked Three Day Town - hop you do as well!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd oUt

  4. You had a great week. I hope this one is as successful for you. My Monday report is here. Happy reading!

  5. Wow - great reading week! Hope this one's just as good :-)

  6. I'm in awe of the number of books you read, I'm looking forward to your review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. In Winter's Shadow sounds good too.
    Have another wonderful week and happy reading :)

  7. Wow! What a busy week! It looks like you're enjoying the books, though, and the blog activities. Have another good one...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Looks like a fantastic week for you! I had a good audio week... but it was hard for me to sit with books during the business of the week.


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