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Sunday, May 27, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? May 28, 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 had a surprisingly good week, finishing four books and getting well into two more. I posted four book reviews, two with Giveaways, and posted two announcements.  I also posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words. 

I visited a handful of blogs last week for What are you reading and Mailbox Monday. I haven't figured out why I don't get to visit past Sunday and Monday. Thank you to the nice people who visited me.

These were last week's posts plus Winner post not listed.
  • Audible Book Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs; Urban Fantasy; my rating 4.5.
  • Book Review: Dangerous Favors by Joyce DiPastina; Historical Romance; my rating 4.75.
  • Book Review with Review Giveaway: Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis; Contemporary Romance; my rating 4.25; Ends June 1.
  • Book Review and Giveaway: Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy; Christian, Historical Romance, Comedy;  my rating 4.25.
Finished Reading:
1. ebook/Kindle

by Joyce DiPastena
This was lovely.
The review is linked above.

2. Print

by Jill Shalvis
Fun read. The review and Giveaway are linked above.

3. Print

by Mary Connealy
This is a fun historical, Christian read.
The review and Giveaway are linked above.
Product Description
Let yourself be swept away by this fast-paced romance, featuring Grace Calhoun, an instructor of reading, writing, and arithmetic, who, in an attempt to escape the clutchs of a relentless pursuer, runs smack dab into even more trouble with the 6R's - widower Daniel Reeves, along with his five rowdy sons. When a marriage is forced upon this hapless pair - two people who couldn't dislike each other more - an avalanche isn't the only potential danger lurking amid the shadows of Calico Canyon. Will they make it out alive? Or end up killing each other in the process?

4.  Audio MP3

by Laura Kreitzer
Narrated by Karen Savage
I really liked this! It reminds me of Hunger Games and Divergent.  I will be posting the review this week. Reviewing for Revolution Publishing through AudioJukebox.

Line Edits/Releases: Nothing uploaded this week but a Galley is out as well at least one, maybe two prints ready to go live maybe this week.

Currently reading:

1. Print

by Rebecca Land Soodak
I am not quite two thirds in this.
Interesting but not a fast read.
Reviewing for Hachette.
Book Description
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
..... Click on title link for full description.

Kara's narration, at turns heartbreaking and hilarious, captures the imperfect thoughts we have about ourselves and those around us. Rebecca Land Soodak's debut novel asks the difficult questions about the choices we make while revealing the minute details that end up defining our lives.

2. Print/Kindle

by Catherine Mann
Good romantic suspense! I like this author. Review and ARC giveaway to post this week.
Reviewing for Sourcebooks.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 1, 2012 | Series: Elite Force: That Others May Live

"Riveting action, to–die–for heroes!"—Suzanne Brockman, New York Times Bestselling Author of Night Watch

No Holds Barred, In Love or War...

A decorated hero, pararescueman Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, her and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake in the Bahamas. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, but then they parted ways. Still, Liam has thought about Rachel every day—and night—since.

Now, after ignoring all his phone calls for six month, Rachel has turned up on base with a wild story about a high–ranking military traitor. She claims no one but Liam can help her—and she won't trust anyone else.

With nothing but her word and the testimony of a discharged military cop to go on, Liam would be insane to risk his career—even his life— to help a woman who left him in the dust.

"Catherine Mann is one of the hottest rising stars around!"—Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author of Savor the Danger

3. Audio
Wired Kingdom
 This is an interesting thriller.
Reviewing for Variance LLC through AudioJukebox.
Publisher's Summary
When a blue whale tagged with a web-cam designed with stolen defense technology broadcasts a brutal murder at sea as part of a television nature program, Special Agent Tara Shores finds herself navigating an ocean of manipulation and deceit. It's a deadly race to reach the 100-ton creature roaming the Pacific before an unknown killer can destroy the digital evidence it carries. As Shores dives deeper into the case, what she initially dismisses as a publicity stunt for the glitzy reality series soon sweeps her out to sea in a riptide of greed, intrigue, and high-tech crime. 

by Karen Wiesner
I will start this one next. Reading for the author.
(Book Description from Amazon)
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Falling in love will take letting go of their fears. That, or a miracle…
Nuggets of faith can be passed down as family heirlooms from parent to child, sibling to sibling, spouse to spouse.

Family Heirloom, Book Three – Healing
A year after he lost his beloved wife, Peter Samuels still struggles with overwhelming grief. As the sole caretaker of growing children, the first anniversary of her death hits especially hard as he faces the world without a partner.
There is only one man for Kimberly Wolfe. Her boss, Peter. But he’s taken. First, by a marriage she envied from afar. Now by his grief. However, she’s used to the idea that happily-ever-after may never happen, not with a childhood haunted by a domineering father who used the Bible to justify his God-given place as the head of their household. A father who still refuses to repent for the wrong he’s done. Kim has tried, but forgiveness comes hard when trust is in short supply.
An innocent kiss on New Year’s leads to a growing awareness—of each other, and of the gaping holes in their lives that only love can fill. But before they can take the first steps on the road to healing, first they have to build a bridge…

I am again listening to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. 
[Reading and listening on my new MP3.]
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 around 1989 so I will enjoy it again. This week's reading is Daniel.

Line Edits: Working on finishing another line edit; making final adjusts on book conversions to upload to Kindle/Smashwords.

I brought a couple of April books into May to finish which gave me 11 or so books scheduled to read for review in May. --Fourteen completed; 4 this week; done for May. :-)
Don't miss the THREE KINDLE GIVEAWAY EVENTS posted this month and noted in the Tour box on the right sidebar.

May Scheduled Events:

Unscheduled but Planned for April:

Henny on the Couch by Rebecca Land Soodak

Under Fire (Elite Force: That Others May Live) by Catherine Mann

Wired Kingdom by Rick Chessler

Author Reviews:
Foolish Games (Book 3 of the Family Heirlooms Series) by Karen Wiesner

I have several chosen but not sure if they will make May reading.

[To be posted - I am setting these up for interview/feature days.
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.]


  1. always a good scope in variety Martha!
    thx for introducing us to sooo many good possibilities...

  2. I've got a friend guest reviewing Lucky in Love tonight, she enjoyed it too. Foolish Games sounds quite moving.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading Martha :)

  3. Under Fire and Wired Kingdom sounds good. I finished Lucky In Love last week too..loved it!
    Here is my meme:

  4. I absolutely love Mary Connealy's books and Calico Canyon is one of her very best.

  5. A nice mix of genres, Henny and the Couch sounds good

    Have a great reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

  6. I'm also reading a lot recently. Nice, isn't it? I hope you have another good week!

  7. I like the books you have read or are going to read.

  8. It's such a busy time of year that I feel lucky to post once a week!

    I'd love to have you stop by my
    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  9. Henny on the Couch looks like a good read.

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  10. You did have a great week. I have some Jill Shalvis waiting on my TBR stacks. Adding several of these to my wish list. Have a wonderful week!!

  11. All the books sound so good. Have a great week!

  12. I love Mary Connealy's books too! Have a great week of reading.

  13. I have a couple of your books on my shelf here at home and loved the variety of books you are reading. I am new follower to your blog and would love to have you stop by mine as wel.

  14. My favorite read last week was Amulet 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  15. Thanks for sharing--I really like your format!


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