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Sunday, January 15, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? January 16, 2012

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.

I completed four books last week but only posted three reviews and one author interview.  II may have to post extra reviews this week.) I posted three book giveaways and one Giveaway hop.  As always I posted my regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books and the Sunday post. 

I visited a handful of blogs last Sunday but then was busy and didn't get to visit at all during the week. *Sigh.*

These were last week's posts plus Winner post not listed.
  • Book Review and ARC Giveaway: Bossypants by Tina Fey; Comedic Memoir; my Rating 4.0. 
  • Book Review and ARC Giveaway: Scrumptious by Amanda Usen; Contemporary Romance; my Rating 4.25. 
  • Book Review and Copy Giveaway: Love Engineered by Jenna Dawlish; Historical Romance; my Rating 4.0. 

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle 

This was very nice! I'll post a review this week.
Read for Thomas Nelson through NetGalley.

2. Print
by RaeAnne Thayne
This was a free gift from Harlequin and I have a 2nd one for giveaway too.
I enjoyed this and will post a review later this week.

3. Audible

This was really fun! I do a review sometime this week.

4. Print/Kindle

by Robert Whitlow
Wow! I really liked this Christian mystery!
I read this for my church book club meeting this coming Saturday and will post the review then.
Book Description
Publication Date: June 3, 2008
The Tides of Truth novels follow one lawyer's passionate pursuit of truth in matters of life and the law.

In the murky waters of Savannah's shoreline, a young law student is under fire as she tries her first case at a prominent and established law firm. A complex mix of betrayal and deception quickly weaves its way through the case and her life, as she uncovers dark and confusing secrets about the man she's defending--and the senior partners of the firm.

How deep will the conspiracy run? Will she have to abandon her true self to fulfill a higher calling? And how far will she have to go to discover the truth behind a tragic cold case?

Line Edits/Releases: Nothing new this week.

Currently reading:

1. Print
by Olivia deBelle Byrd
This is really charming. I am almost finished.
The review, author guest post and Giveaway will post on January 18.

2. Audio MP3

by Timothy Woods
This is very engaging!
Listening to review for 
Crossroad Press through AudioJukebox.
Product Description
Washington, D.C., June 1863. It is the week before Gettysburg, and the nation's fate hangs in the balance.

A Union officer was not court-martialed after disobeying a direct order during battle. Why?

Major Russell Johns is being played by puppet-master, Gerard Chantier. Transplanted New Orleans businessman and toast of the town. Chantier hosts the city’s most lavish entertainments attended by members of Lincoln’s cabinet and Washington’s elite.

Little do they know Gerard is coordinating an attack with Confederate general JEB Stuart's cavalry to take over the city, kidnap Lincoln and bring victory to the South.

When Russell’s probing brings him in contact with Chantier's daughter, Thérèse, he has to face his most difficult moral choice: manipulating her to get to her father or honoring the one thing that has sustained him through years of battle and loss—his own integrity.


3. Print/Kindle

by Linda Wisdom
I will be starting this one next.
Reviewing for Sourcebooks.
Book Description
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
After more than a century, Doctor Lili Carter, witch healer extraordinaire, has returned to San Francisco and taken a job at Crying Souls Hospital and Asylum, where something peculiar and wicked his happening. Patients are disappearing, and Lil wants to know why.
Lili finds herself undeniably attracted to perhaps the most mysterious patient of all-a demented but seriously sexy demon named Jared. What's behind the gorgeous chameleon demon's late-night escapades?
Before long, Lili and Jared are investigating each other-and creating a whole new kind of magic.

4. Print

by Daniel O'Malley
This sounds fascinating and
I am looking forward to reading it. 
Reviewing for Little Brown & Co.
Book Description
Publication Date: January 11, 2012
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

I am again listening to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. 
Instead of studying with the Tyndall One Year Bible this year I am studying with Through the Bible in One Year by Alan B. Stringfellow. It is a Study that I used for teaching back in around1989 so I will enjoy it again.  I am at Exodus.

Line Edits: I am continuing to work on Smashword and print releases and making special arrangements for a children's book.

January - I have 16 total for January, plus added Audibles. Hmmm - four a week may be okay.  I am using NetGalley now so the (NG) means NetGalley.

1/18 Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, Ancedotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia deBelle Byrd with Author Guest Post and Giveaway
1/20 Deeper Water Tides of Truth Series, Book 1) by Robert Whitlow - for Ladies Book Club (Read waiting for review post.)

     The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi

(NG) Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) by Michael J. Sullivan

(NG) Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey
Baby, Baby [Family Heirlooms Series Book 1] by Karen Wiesner
Shadow Boxing [Family Heirlooms Series Book 2] by Karen Wiesner

[To be posted - I am setting these up for January interview/feature days since I didn't get them in this year:
These were read and ready for reviews for Authors.
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. As usual your week looks very hectic. I hope you get through it all.

  2. I ADORED Bossypants on audio, I will have to check out your giveaway as I would love to have the book. That werewolf audio looks good too... I keep seeing it around and I like fun audio! :)

  3. There's a few titles here I've written down to check out - looks like some fun reading!

  4. I hope to catch up on some reviews today. Aren't you the busy one?!

    Here is my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I hope you will stop by!

  5. The Rook looks soooo good! I love that description! I'm definitely adding that one to my wish list! I can't wait to read your review! Happy Reading!

  6. I enjoyed Miss Hildreth Wore Brown...hope you do, too. I'm curious about the Karen Wiesner books.

    Thanks for visiting my blog...and have a great week.

  7. I like Robert Whitlow and will keep my eye out for this book. Have a great reading week.

  8. Smitten looks good!!!
    Have an awesome week!!!

  9. With the three day weekend, I had a chance to finish a bunch of books I've been working on the last month. Please come see what I'm reading.

  10. I just read your review of Bossypants and now I think I will pass this one over. I too don't like "toilet humour" or profanity so I will avoid books with either or both when possible. Deeper Water looks interesting!


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