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Sunday, July 29, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? July 30, 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 read several good romantic suspense books this week.  I finished five books and have moved well into one more. I posted five book reviews, one with giveaway and one with giveaway link. I also posted a Blogoversary Flash Giveaway. As usual I posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words. 

Once again I got to visit about 20 or so bloggers early last week but not later in the week. Thanks as always to the nice people who visited me.

These were last week's posts plus Winner post not listed.
  • Book Review: Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren; Romantic Suspense; my rating 4.25.
  • AudioBook Review and Download Giveaway: Eathed, A Dragon's Tale by Troy Lee Henderson; Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction; my rating 4.5.
  • Book Review: Blackout by Annie Solomon; Romantic Suspense; my rating 4.25.
Finished Reading:

1. eBook/Kindle

 by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley
There is good imagination in this series. The review is linked above.

2. Print (Galley)

by Kaylin McFarren
This is good romantic suspense.
The review is linked above.

3.  eBook/Kindle
by Kristen Callihan
I did enjoy reading this and will post a review this week.
Picked up on NetGalley for Hachette.

4. eBook/Kindle

by Colleen Coble
This was a really enjoyable romantic suspense!
I will post a review soon. Read for Thomas Nelson.

5. eBook/Kindle

by Mary Wine
I really liked the premise of this story. 
Check in on August 1 for Author Guest Post and my review.
Book Description
Publication Date: August 7, 2012

Beneath the Surface of Victorian Life Lies a Very Different World...
Hated and feared by the upper classes, the Illuminists guard their secrets with their lives. Janette Aston's insatiable quest for answers brings her to their locked golden doors, where she encounters the most formidable man she's ever met.

Darius Lawley's job is to eliminate would–be infiltrators, but even he may be no match for Janette's cunning and charm...

Line Edits/Releases: coming soon.

Currently reading:
1. Audible
The Watchman of Ephraim: Cris De Niro, Book 1 | [Gerard de Marigny]

The Watchman of Ephraim: Cris De Niro, Book 1
I am a third into this and the intrigue is building..
Reviewing for JarRyJorNo Publishing through Audiobook Jukebox.

2. eBook/Kindle

I just started this to review as part of Bewitching Book Tour on August 2; with Author Interview.
Book Description
Publication Date: February 26, 2011
In August 2012 an amateur astronomer spotted a comet; which was later dubbed Perses, Greek god of destruction. While NASA was tracking its trajectory they discovered it would pass dangerously close to the moon causing Earth’s gravitational field to shift leading to a global catastrophe. The world’s entire nuclear arsenal was launched.

Perses was destroyed and rained down on the unsuspecting world. A dormant alien virus triggered by the nuclear radiation swept across the planet leaving death and mutation in its wake.

Now its time to survive…

3. Print

by Julie Ann Walker 
This is a wild ride! I am 2/3rds complete. 
Reviewing for Sourcebooks.
Book Description
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Nate Weller is a crackerjack sniper and masterful covert operative, and he's loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life. But she's his best friend's baby sister, so he keeps his feelings to himself. When she blows into town with a motherlode of bad guys on her tail, all of his protective instincts kick into high gear. But will keeping her safe cost him his heart?

4. eBook/Kindle

by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley
I will read this for review to post 8/6 as part of
Pump Up Your Book tour - with Kindle Giveaway link
Book Description
Publication Date: May 25, 2012
Directed by one of their Earthly guides, Aislinn and Dylan venture to the Overlap, an ancient castle situated within a temporal rift where they discover the nature of Shakan’s treachery.

Seeking answers regarding the kidnapping of her parents, Aislinn and Dylan follow one of their Earthly guides to the mysterious Overlap, a temporal rift situated within an ancient castle. There they experience past events that reveal the nature of the rival Nirvanan bloodlines as well as the identity of the traitor in league with the Klatrians.

5.  eBook/Kindle

One Breath Away
by Heather Gudenkauf
I saw this on other blogs and it caught my attention.
I was able to pick this up on NetGalley to review.
Book Description

Publication Date: June 26, 2012

In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.

In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.

Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.

As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.

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 Acts 1-12.

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

I am starting August with 14 books to read and review. I have three reviews to post for books finished in July. Looks like I'll be posting 5 reviews a week again in August to keep up with the reading. :-)

Scheduled for August:

8/1 Lady Can Never Be Too Curious by Mary Wine w/Guest Post (Sourcebooks)
8/2 The Perses Effect by R.E. Robinson, Jr., w/Interview (Bewitching Blog Tour)
8/6 Netherworld (The Samsara Chronicles Book 9) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
8/10  Bloodline (The Samsara Chronicles Book 10) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
8/11  Nipped in the Bud by Susan Sleeman (Ladies Book Club) with Print Giveaway
8/15  Entity (The Samsara Chronicles Book 11) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
8/20  A Little Mischief by Amelia Grey w/ Guest Post (Sourcebooks)
8/22  Kindred (The Samsara Chronicles Book 12) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
8/27  Nexus (The Samsara Chronicles Book 13) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
8/30  I Own the Dawn: The Night Stalkers by M.L. Buchman w/ Author Interview (Sourcebooks)

Unscheduled for August:
Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker

Thomas Nelson
The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck
Faithful to Laura (A Middlefield Family Novel) by Kathleen Fuller

Walnut Press:
Wild Irish Rose by Deborah L. Weikel

I plan to slip in at least one "Won"/TBR books again 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. I enjoyed Hell on Wheels and look forward to the rest of the series. Moonglow is getting read all over the place!

  2. You had a busy week and looks like more of the same. Hope you enjoy One Breath Away. Happy reading Martha :)

  3. My favorite read last week was Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch which I read via NetGalley. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  4. I'm reading the book before Moonglow right now...Firelight. It's very good so far, I'm really liking Archer!

    Happy reading this week :)
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  5. Glad you enjoyed Tidewater Inn! I'll have to check it out

  6. You had an awesome week! Yesterday was crazy for me so I am so late!

    Happy Reading!!


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