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Sunday, August 19, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reaing? August 20, 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.

DH and I will be going on a cruise 8/27 so in addition to what I have pictured in today's post I hope to read the remaining three titles for the month before I go so I can have reviews scheduled to post ahead of time.

Once again I finished five books and have two that are midway.  I posted five book reviews, one with giveaway links. As usual I posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words. 

I got to visit a little last Sunday but not during the week. Special thanks to the nice people who visited me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review: One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf; Suspense, Thriller; my rating 4.25.
  • Book Review: Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck, Inspirational Fiction, Romance  my rating 4.5.
  • AudioBook Review: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch; Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic; my rating 4.25.
  • Book Review: Wild Irish Rose by Deborah Weikel; Historical Romance, Inspirational; my rating 4.25.
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley 
Some great descriptions in this episode of the series.
The Review with Kindle Giveaway link are linked above.

2. Audible/MP3
Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2 | [Veronica Roth]

Play Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2
Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2
Some slowness in the middle but still good. 
I'll post a review this week. 4.25. This is from my own Audible Library.

 3. eBook/Kindle

by Amelia Grey
This is a light historical; nice read.
Review and Author Guest Post with Giveaway 
to post on Monday 8/20.

4. Print 

by Skhye Moncrief
I like the dragons and hero in this strange tale. 
I'll post a review this week. Rating 3.75.
From my own books won TBR stack.

5. eBook/Kindle

by Ari Marmell
There is  lots of battle action in this fantasy!
I picked this up through Random House on NetGalley 
and will post a review later this week. Rating: 4.25.
Book Description
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
Ride with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they seek to unearth a plot that could plunge all of Creation into chaos!

Ages before the events of Darksiders and Darksiders II, two of the feared Horsemen—Death and War—are tasked with stopping a group of renegades from locating the Abomination Vault: a hoard containing weapons of ultimate power and malice, capable of bringing an end to the uneasy truce between Heaven and Hell . . . but only by unleashing total destruction.

Created in close collaboration with the Darksiders II teams at Vigil and THQ, Darksiders: The Abomination Vault gives an exciting look at the history and world of the Horsemen, shining a new light on the unbreakable bond between War and Death.

Line Edits/Releases: eTreasures released.The Well by Andrew Richardson.
When beautiful heiress Connie Straker wakes from a drugged sleep, she has no idea why she is at the bottom of a dry well.
Connie anticipates freedom when her prison floods, but is dismayed to find she remains a captive. If she is going to escape, she must outthink two violent brothers with a grudge against her family, overcome wild animals and find a way through the cage barring her way.
Connie’s best chance of freedom might lie with the college nerd who has had a crush on her for years.  But Julian is a creep who Connie despises and she has to decide whether to trust him.  Can he overcome his fear of the brothers and help her escape?  Or will her captors put a violent end to Julian’s efforts?  Will Julian take advantage of her desperation and make Connie’s life-or-death situation even worse?

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley 
I am at least midway on this and will post the Review with Kindle Giveaway link on Wednesday 8/22. (Pump Up Your Book Tour)
Book Description
Publication Date: May 25, 2012
After Aislinn and Dylan witness Shakan’s confession regarding the abduction of the royals, he is sentenced to banishment in the Overlap.

Shakan’s sentencing to the Overlap for his betrayal of the royals and his collaboration with the Klatrians leads Aislinn and Dylan to finalize their plans to rescue her parents before the Fortieth Tribunal. In the meantime, the Klatrian resistance make their own plans in response to Aislinn and Dylan’s arrival.

2. Print

by Patricia Rice
I will be hosting a Giveaway on 8/25
for the new Sourcebooks release.
I happen to have the older book 
from my collections to read and review. :-)
Book Description
Publication Date: August 5, 2003
The magical Malcolm women and logical Ives men return-in Patricia Rice's most magical novel to date...

Felicity Malcolm Childe's gift for experiencing visions through touch has always felt more like a curse than a blessing. Only the maddeningly handsome Ewen Ives provokes tingles of pleasure rather than pain, but he is already betrothed. Her last hope is to let him escort her to Scotland and help her find the ancient book of spells that could allow her to extinguish her gift-and free her from its burden.

3. Print

by M.L. Buchman
This is starting with good action and character interplay. 
I will be posting a review with Author Interview 
on August 30 but I want to finish the print book 
before our trip. (Sourcebooks)
Book Description
Publication Date: August 1, 2012

Name: Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III
Rank: First Lieutenant, Dap Hawk Copilot
Mission: Strategy and execution of special ops maneuvers

Name: Kee Smith
Rank: Sergeant, Night Stalker Gunner and Sharpshooter
Mission: Whatever it takes to get the job done

You Wouldn't Think It Could Get Worse, Until It Does...

When a special mission slowly unravels, it is up to Kee and Archie to get their team out of an impossible situation with international implications. With her weaponry knowledge and his strategic thinking, plus the explosive attraction that puts them into exact synchrony, together they might just have a fighting chance.

Plus, as mentioned above I will be reading the remaining August titles and maybe adding an audio this week.

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 1 Corinthians.

Line Edits: Still hoping to train one of my assistants to upload conversions to Kindle and Smashwords.
I started August with 14 books to read and review. I have completed 16 books - obviously added a couple - and still have 3 on the schedule to complete for this month.  I am posting 5 reviews a week to keep up with the reading. :-)

Scheduled for August:

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
8/23  Feed your eBook Giveaway.
8/25  The Trouble With Magic by Patricia Rice - Sourcebooks Giveaway plus Review.
8/27  Nexus (The Samsara Chronicles Book 13) by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley - Review for Pump Up Your Book - with Kindle Giveaway link
8/29   Equilibrium (The Samsara Chronicles Book 14) 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:
Sourcebooks (read)

Thomas Nelson
Faithful to Laura (A Middlefield Family Novel) by Kathleen Fuller - to post with giveaway.

Walnut Press: (read)

I did get one "Won"/TBR books in so far.:-)  

[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. Have a wonderful cruise!

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  2. Have a great time! I've enjoyed The Night Stalker series.

  3. glad to catch up!
    finally posting a boatload of Austenesque for all my Austen in August reading [2 challenges!]
    hope to find you there... :)

  4. Those are all new to me. I had a fantastic week of reading so it's really difficult to pick a favorite book. I'm going to have go with a fan girl response and say the best (out of an extremely good set of books) was The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente. Please come and see what else I'm reading.

  5. Enjoy your cruise, looking forward to seeing some photos! I liked your review of One Breath Away and glad you enjoyed Insurgent. Happy reading :)

  6. The books are great, but YOU ARE GOING ON A CRUISE!!!!!! Have an awesome time and take lots of pictures to share!!!

  7. The Amelia Gray story looks pretty great :) Love her stories!
    The Brunette Librarian's Blog


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