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Sunday, August 5, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? August 6, 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 six good books this week.  I posted five book reviews. Hmm no giveaways this week. As usual I posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words. 

I was tired and crashed Sunday night. I visited a dozen or so blogs Monday but no visits later. Thanks as always to the nice people who visited me.

These were last week's posts plus Winner post not listed.
  • Book Review: Glass Angels by Karen Wiesner; Inspirational Contemporary Romance; my rating 4.25.
  • Book Review: Moonglow by Kristin Callihan; Paranormal Romance; my rating 4.5.
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

by R.E.Robinson Jr.
Good story.
Review and Author Interview linked above.

2. Print
by Julie Ann Walker 
I did enjoy this suspense ride! 4.5.
I'll post a review this week.
Reviewing for Sourcebooks.  

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

The Watchman of Ephraim: Cris De Niro, Book 1
This is a solid thriller. 4.0.
I'll post a review this week.
Reviewing for JarRyJorNo Publishing through Audiobook Jukebox.

4. eBook/Kindle
by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley
I enjoyed the back history in this episode. 4.25.
Review to post 8/6 as part of
Pump Up Your Book tour - with Kindle Giveaway link

5.  eBook/Kindle

One Breath Away 
by Heather Gudenkauf
This is interesting suspense 
though not quite what I expected. 4.25.
I will post the review this week.

 6.  Audio MP3

by Jeff Hirsch (Author), Dan Bittner (Narrator)
This is an  entertaining post-apocalyptic tale. 
I will post a review soon.
I received this as a free download as part of Audiofile Sync 2012 YA Summer Program.
In the aftermath of a war, America's landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived. But when Stephen's grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma, Stephen finds his way to Settler's Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. There he meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny. When they play a prank on the town bully's family that goes horribly wrong, they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler's Landing forever.

Line Edits/Releases: .Two books will be released this week!

Currently reading:
1. Print/eBook Kindle

by Susan Sleeman
This is for Ladies' Book Club meeting 8/11
(with print giveaway).
Book Description
Publication Date: October 1, 2010

Prepare to attend the Pickle Fest in Serendipity, Oregon, along with Paige Turner and Adam Hayes. But first you must help them unravel the mystery of how the city manager wound up dead in a mound of mulch in the city park that Paige was hired to landscape. Can Adam’s knowledge of the law keep her out of jail and win her love?

 2.  eBook/Kindle

by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley 
The conspiracy heats up. This is for review posting on August 10 
for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
Book Description
Publication Date: May 25, 2012
Intrigue and betrayal plague both Nirvana and Klatria, prompting Aislinn to call a tribunal of all Nirvanan nations to address the crisis.

While Vark, Soulmaster and corrupt ruler of Klatria, plots with the Nirvanan traitor to acquire the skull and kill the royals, insurrection grows from within the ranks of his own people. His intention to use Aislinn’s parents as pawns to lure Aislinn to Klatria conceals his true intentions to destroy them all.


by Kristin Billerbeck
I am looking forward to this;
Reviewing this for Thomas Nelson.
Book Description
Publication Date: August 7, 2012

When deprived of her most prized sense, Daphne discovers a life she never expected, right under her nose. 

Daphne Sweeten has left Paris - and a career she loves - in order to marry a man she loves even more. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, Daphne's left reeling. Trained as a professional "nose" or perfume creator, Daphne soon realizes that her sense of smell has somehow disappeared too.

In the days following she moves to Dayton, Ohio, to take on a job creating fragrances for household products. Without her sense of smell, she must rely on her chemistry skills, and hope her handsome new boss, Jesse Lightner, doesn't notice before she can figure out how to get it back.

Despite her desire to return to Paris, she can't deny the way Jesse makes her feel. But when Daphne approaches former contacts, she learns her missing ex-fiance has somehow snagged her old job. 

As Daphne and Jesse work on a signature scent for their new line, she feels God at work in her life as never before. And the promise of what is possible is as fresh as the scent of rain.

4. eBook/Kindle

by Deborah L. Weikel
This sounds like a nice historical to enjoy.
Reviewing for Walnut Press.
Book Description
Publication Date: June 3, 2010
It is May 1865. When Rosaleen O'Shay and her mother lose their factory jobs, and then her father and brother are injured ina coal-mine cave-in, the family is in serious trouble. Rosaleen worries they will never save enough money to fulfill their dream - to leave Pittsburgh and buy a farm in California. Hoping to give her a better life, Rosaleen's father secretly arranges to marry her off to Blaise Cameron, a young man on his way to his parent's ranch near Stockton, California. In a twist of fate, Blaise turns out to be the soldier from the street - the one Rosaleen considers a blackard. To make matters worse, Blaise has a plan - and dubious motive for taking a wife - so Rosaleen will have to drive a hard bargain of her own. Will Blaise tame the fiery redhead and make her truly his? Or will he annul the marriage as promised when he has achieved his objectives? And will Rosaleen realize that unusual beginnings can lead to happily ever after?

I expect I will add at least one audio book but I haven't selected it yet.

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 13-28 .
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'm starting well with 6 books read. Looks like I'll be posting 5 reviews a week again in August to keep up with the reading. :-)

Scheduled for August:
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:

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. My favorite read last week was My favorite read last week was I Was Told There'd Be Cake by (audio) by Sloane Crosley which I listened to on my way to and from work Please come see what else I'm reading.

  2. Quite a mix of books on your list!

    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

  3. I like the sound of The Scent Of Paris. I enjoyed One Breath Away but not my favourite of Heather Gudenkauf's.
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  4. Busy, Busy week! with a huge variety of books - good for you. Have a good week and enjoy your reading.

    My Monday Reading

  5. That's a big ol' stack of books :) Ahhh, who doesn't love a great week of reading? Hope you enjoy your upcoming books as well!

  6. Great week of reading for you. Going to have to check out the Billerbeck book for sure.

  7. One Breath Away is the one I am eyeing.


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