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 already miss our son, Hui and baby, but it is nice to be back home ... although we are much colder!
This week I will be working to 'catch-up' in the office.
I had a good reading week last week (flying time helped) finishing six books. I posted three reviews, one with giveaway and one with Book Blitz giveaway. I posted the regular Friday Pick Giveaway, Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words. (I completely forgot Saturday Snapshot Saturday morning!)
I did get to do some visiting last week which I enjoyed.
Thanks again to all the nice people who visit me too.
These were last week's posts:
- Book Review: Godspeed: A Love Story by Dan Chabot; Inspirational fiction; my rating 4.5.
- Book Review and ARC Giveaway: Double Danger by Dee Davis; Romantic Suspense; my rating 4.0. Ends 1/4/13
- Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway December 28, 2012. Open Worldwide. Ends 1/3/13.
- Book Review: Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion; Science Fiction; my rating 4.5.
- Sharing Beyond Books #80 Comment Giveaway 12/29/12. Ends 1/4/13.
Godspeed: a love story by Dan Chabot
Review linked above. Watch for Author Guest Post and Giveawy to be posted in January.
Double Danger (An A-Tac Novel)
by Dee Davis
Review and Giveaway linked above.
Perfection Unleashed (Book 1 of the Double Helix series)
Review and Bewitching Blog Tour Blitz with Giveaway linked above.
The Great Christmas Bowl
by Susan May Warren
This is a fun, quick read. I will post a review tomorrow.
Publication Date: December 7, 2012
Marianne Wallace is focused on two things this holiday season: planning the greatest family Christmas ever and cheering on her youngest son’s team in their bid for the state championship. Disaster strikes when the team loses their mascot—the Trout. Is it going too far to ask her to don the costume? So what if her husband has also volunteered her to organize the church Christmas tea. When football playoffs start ramping up, the Christmas tea starts falling apart. Then, one by one her children tell her they can’t come home for Christmas. As life starts to unravel, will Marianne remember the true meaning of the holidays?
Christmas Promises: The Christmas Eve Bride\A Marriage Proposal for Christmas\A Bride for Christmas
by Lynne Graham, Carole Mortimer, Marion Lennox
This is a delightful collection.
I will post a review this week.
Received from Harlequin through Netgalley.
Line Edits: I am still working on more formats.
I am just starting all of these.
Last Chance Christmas
by Hope Ramsay
I just started this and like it already!
Reviewing for Forever, division of Hachette.
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
I've been wishing for a miracle for my oldest boy, Stone, and this Christmas my prayers might just be answered!
Her name is Lark, and she's here in Last Chance, looking into her father's past-and stirring up a whole mess of trouble without meaning to. As the chief of police, Stone sure has his hands full trying to keep up with her. Ever since his wife died, Stone's put everything into raising his daughters and dodging the Christ Church Ladies' Auxiliary matchmakers. And it's clear Lark has been through some trouble and could use a place to finally call home. I only hope Stone can let go of the past soon enough to keep her . . .
Goodness, I need to stop talking and finish up Jane's highlights so we can make the town tree-lighting. You come back by because the Cut 'n' Curl's got hot rollers, free coffee, fresh-baked Christmas cookies-and the best gossip in town.
See you real soon,
The Reluctant Countess: A Loveswept Historical Romance
by Wendy Vella
I liked the sound of this.
Author Q&A and Review to post for 1/9.
Reviewing for Random House.
Publication Date: January 14, 2013
From rising romance star Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.
Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.
Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: The Escape Diaries, The Devil’s Thief, and The Magic.
Rise of the Fire Tamer (The Wordwick Games #1) (An SAT Prep Dystopian Fiction)
by Kailin Gow
This looks interesting and fun.
My review will post on 1/10 as part of Book Blast Tour.
Publication Date: March 31, 2011
After winning a contest for a popular game called Wordwick Games, five teens Gemma, Sparks, Rio, Kat, and Jack, are invited to stay at Wordwick Games inventor Henry Word's mysterious castle and play the newest level of Workwick Games. Little do they know, the castle is the doorway to a wondrous world call Anachronia where words can be used as weapons, power, and commodity. There is unrest in Anachronia, and if the five teens can follow the rules of Wordwick Games and prove to be the best player, one of them will be crowned Ruler of Anachronia. Official Book Trailer at: youtube.com/watch?v=COc3-8c_hnM&NR=1
Book 1 of The Wordwick Games
Book 2: The Ascension - Fall 2010
Book 3: The Return - 2011
I plan to continue listening to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. [Reading and listening on my new MP3.] I am going back to studying with the Tyndall One Year Bible this year, hoping to read daily along with my DH.
Line Edits: I am completing one format this week and working on conversions.
I have listed 16 for January with Audios to be added.
Reviews to Post this week from December:
The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren
Christmas Promises by Lynne Graham, Carole Mortimer, Marion Lennox
The Broken Token by Chris Nickson
Scheduled for January - NOTE THREE GIVEAWAY HOPS THIS MONTH!:
1/3 Book Blast: Dead Running by Cami Checketts
1/4 Clear the Shelf Giveaway Hop
1/7 Guest Post Jade Kerrion (Bewitching Blog Tour)
1/8 Book Blast: The Fire Tamer by Kalin Gow
1/9 Review and Author Q&A The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella (Random House)
1/10 Review: The Fire Tamer by Kalin Gow (BookBlast Tour)
1/15 No Strings Giveaway Hop
1/18 Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop
1/19 Review: Dead Running by Cami Checketts (BookBlast Tour)
1/21 Book Blast: DayNight by Megan Thomason
1/23 Review: DayNight by Megan Thomason (BookBlast Tour)
1/28 Book Blast: Jack Templar: Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus
Unscheduled (dates after the author indicate the release date):
The Officer Breaks the Rules (Semper Fidelis. Always Faithful) by Jeanette Murray (1/8/13) (Print giveaway)
Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay (carry forward) (Print giveaway)
Immortal Craving by Kendra Leigh Castle (1/29/13)
The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti(12/10/12)
Thomas Nelson (Hope to post with Giveaways)
Every Perfect Gift (A Hickory Ridge Romance) by Dorothy Love(12/4/12)
An Amish Kitchen Anthology/Collection (12/18/12)
Waiting for Morning (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series) by Margaret Brownley (1/8/13)
I am requesting new books.
The Blessed and the Damned (Righteous Series #4) by Michael Wallace (carry forward) (10/2/12)
The Publicist by Christina George (12/3/12)
Ladies Book Club (Will post with Giveaways)
(The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren - done)
The Perfect Match (Hometown Mysteries) by Janice Hanna
(I'm thinking I'd like to do a title with January or Winter in it for one of these)
TBR Collection - TBD
Won Book - TBD
Free Kindle/Nook or Smashwords - TBD