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Monday, July 2, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? July 2, 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.

My reading was good even with interruptions and a couple of early nights due to stress and exhaustion (related to Dad's deteriorating health and catching up at work). I finished four books and posted three book reviews, one with giveaway link. 
I also posted a Giveaway for Audiobook Week.  As usual I  posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words. 

I got to visit about 20 other sites early last week but never got back for more after that.
Thanks as always to the nice people who visited me.

These were last week's posts plus Winner post not listed.
  • Audible Book Review: Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen; Mystery (Historical); my rating 4.25
  • Book Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein; Historical Fiction; my rating 4.75.
Finished Reading:

1. eBook/Kindle

by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley
I like this series. Rated 4.0.
Review is linked above.

2.  Print

Jayne Fresina
I really enjoyed this story. Rating 4.25
I will post the review Tuesday 7/3.

3. Print/Audible

by Ray Blackston
This was our Ladies' Book Club pick for June 30; fun and a good message. 
We all agreed this was a great read. Rating 4.5
I will post the review on Wednesday 7/4.

4. Print

by Brenda Jackson.
I am not a big fan of "doctor stories" 
but I did enjoy this. 
This author writes warm enjoyable romance. 
I read this for Harlequin Survey 
and will post a review sometime this week.

Line Edits/Releases: I am behind in these and plan to take a day this week to work on only releases..

Currently reading:

1. Audible

Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

I am enjoying this although it seems I haven't had a lot of time to listen as I have been reading and listening to the Kindle books.

 2. eBook/Kindle
by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley
I look forward to continuing this series.
Review to post 7/5 for Pump Up Your Book Tour.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 25, 2012
Suspected of multiple murders, Aislinn and Dylan must flee both human and alien pursuers.
Narrowly escaping danger during their quest to acquire the talismans and suspected of multiple murders, Aislinn and Dylan endure harsh winter conditions to evade the military and corrupt human minions seeking to stop them from the opening of the portal.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

by Kristine Grayson (NetGalley) 
I am 75% on this and it is delightful!
Reviewing for Sourcebooks through NetGalley.
Book Description
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Sleeping Beauty has sworn off kissing...
Emma awakens to an entirely different world than the one she lived in a thousand years ago, and although she's the real Sleeping Beauty, her life is no fairy tale. After parting ways with her supposed Prince Charming, she's determined to be a normal girl—she hides her magic and swears off kissing strange men.
But her gorgeous boss Michael knows there 's something unusual about Emma, and he thinks she's as infuriating as she is beautiful. Now Emma needs to teach Michael a lesson, which means mastering her magic. She knows she's flirting with danger, but after one look at Michael's perfect lips, all she can think is, "What's another thousand years ... ?"
Welcome to the fractious fairy tale world of Kristine Grayson, where the bumpy road to happily ever after is paved with surprises ...

4. eBook/Kindle
by Lane Diamond
This looked interesting so
I am reading for tour review on 7/9,
with Giveaway through Novel Publicity.
Book Description
Publication Date: December 18, 2011
Evolved Publishing presents an intimate look inside the mind of a killer, and of the man determined to end that killer, in "Forgive Me, Alex" by Lane Diamond. (Psychological Suspense Thriller)
Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster's release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, "the devil," terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison.

Tony longs to charge across the street to destroy Norton—no remorse—as if stepping on a cockroach. Only sheer force of will prevents his doing so.

"The devil" walks the world again. What shall Tony do about it? Aye, what indeed.

After all, this is what Tony does. It's who he is. "The devil" himself long ago made Tony into this hunter of monsters. What a sweet twist of fate this is, that he may still, finally, administer justice.

Will FBI Special Agent Linda Monroe stop him? She owes him her life, so how can she possibly put an end to his?

Tony Hooper and Mitchell Norton battle for supremacy, with law enforcement always a step away, in this story of justice and vengeance, evil and redemption, fear and courage, love and loss.

5. Print
by Alicia Singleton
I like how this has started.
Reading to review on 7/10 for Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour with $100 GC link.
Book Description
 Publication Date: February 7, 2012
Child advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.

Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune's specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.

Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts or be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.

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. Last week's reading was Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. This week I start the New Testament with Matthew.
Line Edits: I am behind in these too and hoping to train one of my assistants to upload conversions to Kindle and Smashwords.

I finally selected fewer titles for a month! I have less than 12 committed although I may pick up a couple through the month..

Scheduled for July:
7/5 Tempest (The Samsara Chronicles Book 5) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
7/9 Forgive Me Alex by Lane Diamond - Review with $50.00 GC Giveaway link tour through Novel Publicity
7/10 Dark Side of Valor by Alicia Singleton - Review for Pump Up Your Book with $100.00 GC Giveaway link
7/11 Maelstrom (The Samsara Chronicles Book 6) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
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

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:
None yet.

Audiobook Jukebox:
No One Left to Tell by Karen Rose

Grand Central Station
Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

Queen in Exile by Donna Hatch
Glass Angels by Karen Wiesner

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. Your reads this week have all been added to my tbr list! Thanks for making it even longer :)
    I hope you have an awesome reading week!
    Here's my It's Monday! Post :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

  2. Sorry to hear about your Dad's health ... hope this week is a better one. I've been meaning to make a start on Gail Carriger's series; there's just not enough hours in the day lol
    Enjoy your reads this week :)

  3. I love how organized you are and how you've planned for the month. I try to do it but I can only usually get a week ahead.

  4. You did have a good week! Keeping you and your Dad in my prayers.

  5. Sophie Valentine is sitting right in front of me now on my desk :) Waiting to be read... :) So glad you liked it, maybe it will get my butt in gear!
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  6. My favorite read last week was The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey. Please come see what else I'm reading.


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