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Sunday, September 30, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? October 1, 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 am feeling better and getting ready for a new month. :-)

I finished five books last week and posted four reviews.  I had one author interview with a giveaway link plus one ARC giveaway. I also had a post for special Book Signing! I posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.  (11 posts total.)

I got to visit a bit last Sunday night but not later in the week. *Sigh*
I truly appreciate all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audible Book Review: The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card; Fantasy; my rating 3.75.
  • Book Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMasters; Paranormal Romance, Steampunk; my rating 4.5.
  • Audio Book Review: Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs; Forensic Mystery; my rating 4.24.
Finished Reading:
1. Audio

Bones Are Forever: A Novel (Temperance Brennan)
Kathy Reichs (Author), Linda Emond (Reader)

I enjoy this series. The review is linked above. 
Reviewed for Simon & Schuster through Audiobook Jukebox.

2. eBook/Kindle

by Debra Webb
I liked this alot! I will post the review soon with author Q&A.
Reviewing for Forever/Hachette.

3. Print

When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton)
by Shana Galen
This is a fun, easy read.
 Review and Giveaway are linked above.

4. eBook

Risking it All
by Suzanne Barrett
This is a delightful contemporary romance. I received this from the Author and will post a review this week.
Pushed out of his own start-up company, Tom McKittrick is ready to lick his wounds in private at the rural family estate he’s inherited. But he isn’t prepared for his Garden of Eden to have a built-in Eve—a reclusive naturalist with a long-term lease on the caretaker’s cottage, a knack for gardening, and an incredibly beautiful face.

April Fairchild is not about to let Tom McKittrick order her out of the home that has been her cozy retreat from the world. But she has to feel sorry for him—the corporate bigwig is clearly out of his element in, well, the elements. April knows she can teach this hunky guy a thing or two about how to relax. All she has to do is sow the seeds of romance…and let nature take its course.

5. eBook/Kindle

by J.D. Robb 
I do love this series and had to get some of it in before the year flew by! This is from my own TBR Kindle library.
Book Description
Release Date: September 27, 2005 | Series: In Death

The number-one New York Times bestselling In Death series explodes with intrigue, passion, and suspense.  Now, Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, propels you into the darkest night of Lieutenant Eve Dallas's life—when a killer comes to call...
Eve's name has made a Christmas list, but it's not for being naughty or nice.  It's for putting a serial killer behind bars.  Now the escaped madman has her in his sights.  With her husband, Roarke, at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance—or die trying...

Line Edits: I am working on more formatting this week and uploads of different formats.

Currently reading:

1. Audio

Dying for You
by MaryJanice Davidson
(50%) This is entertaining so far.
Received from Penguin Audio 
through Audiobook Jukebox
Together for the first time, four devilishly entertaining novellas by the New York Times bestselling author prove that there’s not only life after death, but desire too…
The Fixer-Upper
Cathy’s new home is handsomely furnished—by an amorous male ghost. If only she had something she could…touch. Her neighbor may have a lousy personality, but he does have a perfect body. Now, spirit is about to meet flesh, to Cathy’s delight.
Paradise Bossed
While traveling in the Cayman Islands, Nikki loses her life in a tragic accident, but has no intention of cutting her vacation short. When a handsome male psychic is engaged to get a grip on Nikki’s spirit, he does more. He finds himself falling in love with her.
A Cape Cod werewolf agonizes over the death of a woman by his own paw. Well, to be fair, he never really killed her. She’s a vampire. Now she needs his help to kill the bloodsucker who turned her.
Witch Way
For centuries their families have been embroiled in a violent, irreversible feud. Today, can a witch and a witch-hunter find common ground...without killing each other first? Sometimes opposites do attract.

2. Print

Relentless Pursuit
by Sara Orwig
(50%) I received this for survey.
I wouldn't have picked it myself.
So far it is reading a bit better than I expected.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 1, 2012 | Series: Harlequin Desire (Book 2159)
A cool million to help a withdrawn child in time for kindergarten? Widowed teacher Ava Barton is touched that the girl's guardian, Texas billionaire Will Delaney, cares so deeply. But the job includes moving into Will's mansion for the summer. And suddenly, Ava is working nights and weekends trying—unsuccessfully—to resist the gorgeous tycoon down the hall. Will wants her in his bed for June, July and August. But come fall, he'll move on. Unless she can teach him a thing or two about opening his guarded heart to love.

3. eBook

Blades of Winter: A Novel of the Shadowstorm 
by G. T. Almasi
I will be reading this next - looks like good action. 
Picked up from Del Rey on NetGalley.
Book Description
Release Date: August 28, 2012 | Series: Shadowstorm
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.

“Smart, sassy, and seriously appealing: a stunning debut.”—Jeff Long, New York Times bestselling author of The Descent

4. Print

Tears Water the Seeds of Hope
by Kim Tews
I will pick this up before the end of the week
to be ready for Blog Tour date: 10/9.
Book Description
Publication Date: September 6, 2012
Tears Water the Seeds of Hope is the inspiring true story of a Midwest husband and wife that become disenchanted with the relentless pursuit of the American Dream and embark on a journey that spans six countries and redefines their values and lives. The story begins in a small town in Wisconsin and weaves its way through South and Central America as the couple gathers an army of supporters and establishes an organization to save the lives of children in the end stages of starvation in eastern Guatemala. The narrative is filled with action-packed adventure and heartwarming victories as the characters face incredible odds and seemingly hopeless situations, while hundreds of volunteers join mission teams to offer help and hope through the programs of the ministry. Readers of all ages will enjoy the roller-coaster ride of emotions-from laughter to tears to sheer joy-as they realize that ordinary people can make a difference one life at a time.

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 Colossians.

Line Edits: I am working on more formatting this week.

I finished 16 of the 17 titles listed for September. I have three reviews that will hopefully get posted this first week.  Hmmm- I have 22 books listed for October so they may not all make it, even at five a week.  One title is complete and two others are almost complete to get a running start on the month.
Read - Reviews to Post:
Angels Landing by Rochelle Alers
Power by Debra Webb
Risking it All by Suzanne Barrett

Scheduled for October
10/2 BookBlast Promo with Giveaway - The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachel Anderson
10/9 Tears Water the Seeds of Hope by Kim Tews, Review for Great Escape Book Tours
10/9 to 10/14 Happily Ever After Giveaway Hop
10/11 Once Upon a Remembrance by Grace Brannigan with Guest Post
10/17  The Miracle Inspector by Helen Smith, Review for Pump Up Your Book Tour
10/23 The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachel Anderson, Review for BookBlast Tour

UnScheduled for October:
Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett
Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes

Relentless Pursuit by Sara Orwig
A Tangled Affair by Fiona Brand

Thomas Nelson
The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter (Review with Giveaway)

Walnut Press
Winning Mr. Wrong by Marie Higgins

Blades of Winter: A Novel of the Shadowstorm by G. T. Almasi
Uninvited by Heather Graham
Forged In Death, Book 1 of The Death Wizard Chronicles by Jim Melvin

Audiobook Jukebox
Dying For You by MaryJanice Davidson
The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible by Matti Friedman

The Mine (Northwest Passage) by John Heldt
The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot by Leonardo Ramierz
Loving Luke by Suzanne Barrett
Shards of Ashley (Book 5 of Family Heirloom Series) by Karen Weisner

From the TBR shelves
Midnight in Death
a Halloween Title - TBD
I'd like to read at least one "Won"/TBR books and one free Kindle book.:-)
1 Free Kindle -TBD;
Won TBR: The Shifters of 2040, a Shifter Dystopia by Ami Rebecca Blackwelder

[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. You read such a nice variety of books. I love the "In Death" series.

  2. great Monday reading post - waaaay more than i have time for [or ability]! but bells is def improving! verrry grateful!
    thx for prayers...!

  3. 5 books in one week - way to go! ANd also getting everything schedules - so organized :-)

  4. Went to o Shana Galen blog ,what's interesting ? Quills they are writing about Quills. It's different. DebP

  5. I am glad you are feeling better and you accomplished a lot too!! I didn't visit anyone last week and that was a first for me that I don't want to repeat.

    Have a great week!!

  6. Looks like you had a great week. I added Tears Water the Seeds of Hope to my wishlist after seeing it on Lori's blog.
    Enjoy your choices this week

  7. I am finally getting around to some of the Monday posts! It has been pretty crazy with the Banned Book Week festivities and hosting all the giveaways... fun but crazy. I wanted to tell you happy reading this week :)


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