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Sunday, July 15, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? July 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.

Thank you to many for your words of comfort and condolences.
I did good in reading again this week with some entertaining reads - note the 4.5 and 4.75 ratings. :-)  I finished five books and have moved well into several more. I posted seven book reviews, one with giveaway and three with giveaway links.  As usual I  posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words. WATCH FOR GIVEAWAY HOP AND BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY COMING UP THIS WEEK!

I got to visit a dozen or so sites early last week. Then no more visits.Thanks as always to the nice people who visited me.

These were last week's posts plus Winner post not listed.
  • Book Review and Giveaway Link for $50.00 GC: Forgive Me Alex by Lane Diamond; Psychological suspense thriller; my rating 4.5
  • Book Review and Giveaway Link for $100.00 GC: Dark Side of Valor by Alicai Singleton; Christian Suspense; my rating 4.75. 
  • Book Review: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury; Christian Romance; my rating 4.5.
Finished Reading:
1. Print

by Brenda Jackson
Enjoyable romance; Review linked above. 4.25

2. Audio/MP3
by Karen Rose
 Marguerite Gavin (Reader)
This is great romantic supsense.
I will post the  review this week. 4.75

3. eBook/Kindle 

by Donna Hatch
This is a really pleasant fantasy.
I will post the review in a couple of days. 4.25

4. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley)

by Karen Kingsbury
Great read.
The review is linked above. 4.5

5. eBook/Kindle

by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley 
More sci fi and excitement.
Review to post 7/18/12 for Pump Up Your Book with Kindle Giveaway link

Line Edits/Releases: Looking forward to some nice releases this week.

Currently reading:
1. Print
Heroes Die Young
by T.M. Hunter
I felt like light Sci fi and picked this up for a quick read.
I won this quite some time ago so it was from my TBR.
Book Description

Publication Date: September 1, 2008
A derelict freighter abandoned in outer space is too much for space pirate Aston West to pass up and he can't fight the urge to pilfer its valuable cache of illegal weapons. However, the ship's one last occupant has other ideas and fights to maintain her hold on the weaponry. After attack craft return to finish the ship off, Aston has no choice but to save her from certain destruction. Who is she? What are the weapons for? Why was the freighter destroyed? For every answer he finds, he discovers more questions, and his life is put in jeopardy every time he stops to catch his breath. Aston's life motto of never getting involved is put to the test, and he must decide whether to become a hero for a people in need, or continue on his path of self-preservation.

2. Audible
The Graveyard Book | [Neil Gaiman] 

This is great entertainment! I have had this in my Audible Library and decided to listen while waiting for my next audio review.
Publisher's Summary:
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family.
Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
Music arrangement of "Danse Macabre" copyright 2008 by Béla Fleck and Ben Sollee, Fleck Music (BMI), admin. by Bug Music.
©2008 Neil Gaiman; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

3. eBook/Kindle

 by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley
7/24 Review post
for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
The heroes go from one crisis to another.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 25, 2012
Dylan, Aislinn and the chosen humans arrive on Nirvana but now the pair faces another alien threat, this time to their homeworld.

Aislinn and Dylan’s joyous homecoming to Nirvana is tempered by yet another crisis. Aliens, assisted by a traitorous member of Nirvanan security and a threat to the royal bloodline, have kidnapped Aislinn’s parents and hold them hostage on the dying world of Klatria. Aislinn and Dylan now face the task of rescuing them before they are killed.

4. eBook/Kindle

by Annie Solomon
I was ready for another good romantic suspense and liked the premise on this.
I picked it up on NetGalley.
Book Description
Publication Date: December 2, 2008

A month ago Margo Scott was a book dealer with family and friends. Now, suddenly, she can't remember the last four weeks of her life, everyone close to her has disappeared, and she's the prime suspect in a murder. When an intruder attacks, she responds with lightning-quick moves she has no memory of ever learning. Undercover agent Jake Wise has her in his sights and can't decide if this mysterious woman is an assassin or a pawn. Is he tempted to protect her because she's innocent or because he's falling for her? Thrust together, these two loners realize that trusting each other is their only hope of survival. Because the good guys and the bad guys have one thing in common. They all want Margo Scott dead-the sooner, the better.

5. Print (Galley)

by Kaylin McFarren
I will start this later this week 
for review/blog tour posting next week.
Book Description
Publication Date: July 1, 2012
Romantic Suspense Novel by Kaylin McFarren: Believing herself responsible for her father s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father s death. *WARNING* This book includes mature and sexual content that is not appropriate for young ages.

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 the reading is the book of Luke.

Line Edits: Still hoping to train one of my assistants to upload conversions to Kindle and Smashwords.

I finally selected fewer titles for a month! I added two from netgalley to bring the committed number up to 14. I have finished reading 10 so far and added a couple. 

Scheduled for July:
7/18 Exodus (The Samsara Chronicles Book 7) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
7/24 Nirvana (The Samsara Chronicles Book 8) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
7/25 Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren - Review and Author Guest Post; Pump Up Your Book Tour.

July but Unscheduled: 
Sourcebooks- I've picked a few for August/September but none in July unless I pick up something at NG during the month.

Other NetGalley Review choices:

Moonglow by Kristen Callihan (July 30 Release) (NG)

Audiobook Jukebox:
Expecting new audio this week

Grand Central Station
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

Glass Angels by Karen Wiesner

Thomas Nelson
Tidewater Inn (The Hope Beach Series) by Colleen Coble

With some open time I really do hope to read a couple of Won books this month.:-)

[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. Queen in Exile has a GORGEOUS cover. :) I'll be back for the party this week!!

    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  2. I agree with you on The Graveyard Book. Gaiman does a wonderful job reading his own work. If you haven't yet, you should listen to him read Stardust.

    My favorite read last week was Sweet Revenge (audio) by Diane Mott Davidson. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  3. As usual you have packed in a lot for the week! enjoy all your reads.

  4. I LOVED Queen in Exile! Glad you liked it too.
    Here's what I'm reading on Clean Adult Fiction

  5. Glad you got some reading in last week! The Karen Rose book is one I want to check out.

  6. What a wonderful group of books!!!! Enjoy!

  7. I like Brenda Jackson novels. You sure do get in quite a few books. I still have not tried audible books, but i will.

  8. Queen of Exile looks gorgeous! That is going on my tbr. Have a great reading week:)


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