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Sunday, May 6, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? May 7, 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 finished two books which seems less than normal, but I did get  started on several for this week. :-)  I posted two book reviews, three Book Features with Giveaways as well as my usual regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words. 

I visited a handful of blogs last week but not as many as I would have liked. I may not get to visit alot tonight since our power was out for four hours today and I have some things to complete. (At least it provided time to read.)  Thanks again to the nice people who visited me.

These were last week's posts plus Winner post not listed.
Finished Reading:
1. Print:

by Regina O'Melveny 
This is beautifully written and full of historical tidbits.
The Publisher will be providing one copy for Giveaway when I post the review on Tuesday.
Reading for Little Brown & Co.
Book Description
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Dr. Gabriella Mondini, a strong-willed, young Venetian woman, has followed her father in the path of medicine. She possesses a singleminded passion for the art of physick, even though, in 1590, the male-dominated establishment is reluctant to accept a woman doctor. ...
Gorgeous and brilliantly written, and filled with details about science, medicine, food, and madness, THE BOOK OF MADNESS AND CURES is an unforgettable debut.

2. Kindle

by Scott Nicholson
This is a gripping story.
I will post the review on Wednesday.
Reviewing for the author.
Book Description
Publication Date: December 2, 2011
"Scott Nicholson explores the dark legends of the southern end of the Appalachian mountain chain, a nightmare country that ends in Stephen King's yard."-- Sharyn McCrumb, author of The Ballad novels
A modern Gothic thriller

Line Edits/Releases: Worked Saturday to get categories set up and linked.

Currently reading:
1. Print

Charlinder's Walk
by Alyson Miers
I am finding this interesting. The review and interview are scheduled for May 16.  Reading for Blog Tour with Novel Publicity.
Book Description

Publication Date: October 16, 2011
In 2012, the Plague ended the world as we know it. In 2130, Charlinder wants to know why. The origin of the disease remains a mystery. Their ignorance of its provenance fuels a growing schism that threatens to destroy the peace that the survivors' descendants have built. Unwilling to wait for matters to get any worse, he decides to travel to where the Plague first appeared and find out the truth—which means walking across three continents before returning home. Charlinder has never been more than ten miles from home, has never heard anyone speak a foreign language, and he's going it alone. He survives thousands of miles of everything from near-starvation to near-madness before he meets Gentiola. By then he’s so exhausted that the story she offers to tell seems like little more than a diversion...until he hears it. Nothing could have prepared him for what he learns from her, and no one ever told him: be careful what you wish for. The world is a much bigger place than Charlinder knew, and his place in it is a question he never asked before.

2. Audible

    by Maggie Stiefvater
    Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Pierce Cravens, Dan Bittner, Emma Galvin, Maggie Stiefvater
I am half way through this and
I'm interested to learn the conclusion.
This is from my own TBR choice.
In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

3. Print/Kindle

by Shona Husk
I like the characters so far and the conflict and tension are building.
Reviewing for Sourcebooks.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 1, 2012 | Series: Shadowlands
"Steamy, sensual, and dangerous...Dark and delicious."—Fresh Fiction on The Goblin King
The Man of Her Dreams
He is like a prince in a fairy tale: tall, outrageously handsome, and way too dark for her own good. Amanda has been hurt before, though. And with her daughter's illness, the last thing she needs right now is a man. But the power of Dai King is hard to resist. And when he threads his hands through her hair and pulls her in for a kiss, there is no denying it feels achingly right.

In a Land of Nightmares
After being trapped in the Shadowlands for centuries with the goblin horde a constant threat, Dai revels in his newfound freedom back in the human realm. But even with the centuries of magic he's accumulated, he still doesn't know how to heal Amanda's daughter—and it breaks his heart. Yet for the woman he loves, he'd risk anything...including a retun to the Shadowlands.

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 the Book of Isaiah.

Line Edits: Working on new line edits; have several book conversions ready to upload to Kindle/Smashwords.

I have brought a couple of April books into May to finish which gives me 11 or so books scheduled to read for review in May.
This month I have several Promo events without reviews; THREE KINDLE GIVEAWAY EVENTS

May Scheduled Events:

May 8 - Pump Up Your Books Tour for Allergies, and Awesome You; Month long giveaway for a Kindle Fire!
May 15 -30th BookBlast Blogger's Kindle Fire Giveaway 
May 16 Novel Publicity Tour with GC Giveaway: Charlinder's Walk by Alyson Miers
May 19 Review and Author Interview:  Much Ado About Marshals by Jacquie Rogers
May 24 Forever Romance Blog Tour: Book Review and Giveaway Lucky in Love (A Lucky Harbor Novel by Jill Shalvis

Unscheduled but Planned for April:

Henny on the Couch by Rebecca Land Soodak

Under Fire (Elite Force: That Others May Live) by Catherine Mann
Kiss of the Goblin Prince: Shadowlands series by Shona Husk

To be Determined

Author Reviews:
Foolish Games (Book 3 of the Family Heirlooms Series) by Karen Wiesner
Dangerous Favors by Joyce DiPastena.

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. My favorite read this week was Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson Please come see what else I'm reading.

  2. I only finished 1 book last week :(
    I found Linger a little disappointing but I loved the trilogy overall. I'll be adding The Book of Madness and Cures to my wishlist.
    Have a great week and happy reading Martha!

  3. I have a guest post from Shona Husk to post this week.

    Enjoy your reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

  4. I think you've had a busy, busy week! Whew!

    Here's my
    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
    Please stop by!

  5. Want to read The Garden of Madness. I also need to catch up and read the series by Stievater.

  6. Creative Spirit sounds like an intriguing read. I love ghosts and spirits! Can't wait to see your review!

    Take a look at what I'm reading this week!

  7. Even with 2 books you had a great week. I have 2 reviews to write that are going to be tough this week, lol.

    Happy Reading!

  8. Creative Spirit looks like it belongs on my stacks. I have been reading good reviews for Kiss of the Goblin Prince.


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