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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mailbox Monday October 1, 2012

Welcome to Mailbox Monday.
FOR OCTOBER: the Mailbox Monday Tour host is (updated) Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.  This Meme started with Marcia at A Girl and Her Books (fka The Printed Page) but is now hosted at Mailbox Monday and through various blog hosts.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. 


I added several nice books for review and free books this week to add to my garden. How about you?

Review Titles
I received/accepted a couple of review books (new and from my pending list)  this past week for current reading:

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









Walnut Press (pending list)
Winning Mr. Wrong by Marie Higgins
NetGalley - BelleBooks (New)
by Jim Melvin






 

Audiobook Jukebox (my request)
 
by MaryJanice Davidson










Authors:
by Leonardo Ramierz


Loving Luke by Suzanne Barrett (New request)











by Karen Wiesner (Pending)



Wins


No new books in this week.



Purchased
None


                                           Free
Harlequin  - for Harlequin Tell Survey program
Relentless Pursuit by Sara Orwig
A Tangled Affair by Fiona Brand


I picked up some free titles on Kindle and Nook... oh like I really need more books in the eBook libraries - NOT!

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




Power
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.
A GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
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.

A PARADISE FOR TWO
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.
Driftwood
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:
Sourcebooks
Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett
Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes

Harlequin
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

NetGalley
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

Authors:
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.]

Sunday Words of Encouragement September 30, 2012


Wow! I don't know whether to share from our great Sunday School lesson or Pastor's insightful sermon. I'll save one for a day when we are away from service. (We had small group dinner club after church today so this post is a bit later than usual.)

We celebrated communion and Pastor shared a message he titled "He Who Has an Ear."   The message was on the well known section of Matthew 13 known as the Parable of the Sower and the Seed. As often as I have read and heard these verses I was impressed with this clear outline.
There are four soils that the seeds fall upon.

First (verse 4):  The seed falls along the path and birds came and ate it. They didn't have highways then so this would be the edge of the property where people walked. The soil was packed down so it wasn't ready for the seed. It represents those whose hearts are closed to the Word of God. They are not open minded; they do not see, nor hear nor understand the message. When they are exposed to the attack of the evil one they have no defenses and the safety or nourishment that might be provided by God's message is snatched away.  (See 2 Corinthians 4:4  The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.)

Second (verses 5-6): Some seed falls on rocky ground.  It springs up quickly but when the sun comes the plant is scorched and withers because it has no root. There is soil there, but not much. The rocks haven't been cleared to allow for the plant roots to take hold and get good growth. This represents people who received the Word of God in joy but don't continue to seek Him. They don't work with the Spirit, especially if they can't control what is going on in their lives. They are not trusting in God but in themselves. They must dig in, ask God to get rid of the stones and allow the Word to grow in their hearts.

Third (verse 7):  Other seed falls among thorny ground and is chocked out as the plant tries to grow. There is good soil for the plant but the weeds are allowed to grow up stealing nutrients and overshadowing the plant.  This represents those people who allow the cares of world to eat up their vitality. They will struggle among the worldly weeds and won't grow properly to a strong productive plant. They must learn not to allow 'things' to crowd out the plant.

Fourth (verse 8):  Finally, other seed falls in good soil where it yields a fruitful crop. The soil is rich, it has been cleared and cultivated - prepared for the seed. The heart is open and the person is willing to Work with the message; to be an intelligent hearer of the Word. I liked that this verse notes that the crop (harvest) will vary in amount.  The fruitfulness is impacted by different gifts, circumstance and responses.

Verse 9 "Whoever has ears, let him them hear."

Are you producing fruit?  What kind of soil in your life? Are you looking to produce a small or large harvest?

I searched a while for the song video that I thought would go with this message.

I have selected this video of a song that is new to me.

It has a message that fits with having an open heart for God's Word.

I hope you enjoy the song and the images, many of which fit the fall season.


Verses for today:
Matthew 13:16-17 (NIV)
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

I thank my creator that He gave me eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart that opened to His calling. I pray: God grant that your Word may grow in me and that I may use the gifts that you have given me to be fruitful for Your Kingdom.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sharing Beyond Books #68 Comment Giveaway September 29, 2012

Welcome to another SBB!

Hello again on Saturday Night.  Welllll - there went another month! Are we ready for October yet?
OH! I just remembered - I have to add a new group of Christmas books for winners to choose from since we only have two months or so to Christmas! I'll be sure to take a picture and add them before next Saturday. :-)

Thank you to all who shared last week.

Those were well received questions last week.  There are a wide variety of items on our bedside tables in addition to books and readers.  Things like glasses, tissues, lamps, alarm clocks, water, medicines, several with lip gloss and more. Don't anyone interrupt nrlymrtl though as she has a handgun there!

I'm am glad that so many of you have all readers in your families or very understanding family members! And at least the others of us have tolerant loved ones. I wonder if any of us know a male who will admit to reading romance!? LOL
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The Winner from SBB #67 comments is: #14 Sarah There are still 5 'love' books to pick from and 1 Christmas choice (see my note above about adding more titles to that list soon). Sarah please choose a book (or GC if international) from the remaining Love Books List for Giveaway, remaining Christmas Giveaway Book, OR pick from the Updated ARC/Review List and let me know your choice, your address and a choice of bookmarks by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #68 Questions

Q1. Winnie asks: Now that summer is over what are your plans for fall??  
A: I don't have special plans for fall other than getting all my work caught up before we go to Hawaii in December. I will be getting lots of details ready for a trial if it doesn't settle at mediation this week. Now that I am thinking plans - I need to do some Mediation "practice" - co-mediation - before I can get fully certified. Okay... why are my plans work related and not relaxing things??  I am hoping my sister will come in October to visit a week or two!

Looking back at my picture folders
 I found a lot of garden photos in October.
I like this pretty butterfly on the lantana. 

Q2. My question to go with Winnie's - Do you plan to read anything special for October - like horror for Halloween??
A:  I have to get my October reading list set up for the Monday post. I do plan to read something for Halloween especially for the JUST FOR FUN Reading Challenge. They are doing a theme: Read a scary, horror, Halloween inspired book or a book that has black or orange in the title in October. Sooo do any of you have a book that meets that criteria to recommend for my reading for October/Halloween?

I have these two available on my Kindle TBR.
Maybe one or both would qualify.







Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask.  Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I will draw from the suggestions I used the month before and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions but some of you others might want to get in a question or two as we have a few people submitting most of the questions so far.  Either way - it works for me. :-)  The question list is being replenished!  Thanks for sending in questions!  
September Questions were provided by: mamabunny, Cheryl C, Margaret, Abby and Winnie.  The monthly pick winner is: CHERYL C. - please pick a book and fill in the form. :-)

Your turn to share:

1. Winnie asks:
Now that summer is over what are your plans for fall??

2.
My question to go with Winnie's - Do you plan to read anything special for October - like horror for Halloween??

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the remaining  Valentine and "Love" books or the remaining Christmas Giveaway Books - there are still about 6 books available to choose from. Also I have added the Updated ARC/Review List now.

SBB Rules:

a) Must be a follower; 
b) Share a comment on any (or all) of the two/three questions above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.


I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made by Friday, October 5, 2012 at 10 PM central.

Book Review with Giveaway: When You GIve a Duke a Diamond by Shana Galen

I wasn’t sure when this started but it turned out to be fun, quick and enjoyable.

by Shana Galen
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402269730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402269738
Genre: Historical Romance
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0


Book Description
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
HE HAD A PERFECTLY ORDERLY LIFE...
William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual. securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next...

UNTIL SHE CAME ALONG...
Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's seriously disruptive to have the duke who's the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide...


Review:
Juliette, dubbed the Duchess of Dalliance is one of the Three Diamonds - three beautiful courtesans in London. She works hard to maintain that image as it helps her keep her classy life-style. Having the local gossip column pair her with the uptight Duke of Pelham, also known as the Dangerous Duke, isn’t necessary helpful.  And she hasn’t even met him yet!

William is called the Dangerous Duke because he has a way of giving an imperious eye in challenge to others to keep them in their place. His life is one of ducal dignity, regimented routine and set schedule, not to be varied.  He has decided on a biddable, proper wife who will suit his orderly and respectable image. He doesn’t realize that Lady Elizabeth may not be as proper as he believes her to be.

Duke William has agreed to make a rare appearance at a ball with Lady Elizabeth as he intends to announce their engagement. Juliette decides this would be a good time to meet the Duke and slides up to “Prinny” for an introduction. When the Duke gives her a cut she ducks outside to gather her composure in the shadows. There she witnesses a terrible event involving the Duke’s betrothed.

Even though the Duke doesn’t believe Juliette’s tale, she must seek his protection when it appears that a murderer is coming to silence her.  Her real fright draws out the protective instincts of the Duke. He fully plans to resist her beauty as a liaison with a courtesan is totally inappropriate for his Ducal line.  Yet her vitality and sincere feelings turn his world upside down.
Can Juliette convince him to break away from his mold and routine before her heart is broken and before she her reputation is completely ruined and she is left with nowhere to turn for safety?

I didn’t like Juliette at first introduction but her character is soon revealed to be so much more than a frivolous flirt. William is a very staid British Duke but Juliette is able to see beneath his austere shell to the hurt and restricted boy within.  I enjoyed how Ms. Galen revealed the histories and true characters of this pair.  Although the story is focused on the romance, there are threats and danger that keep the story interesting beyond just the romance. The romance itself is rather fun as Juliette and the Duke learn to be a bit adventurous.

This is another fun and warm romance from Ms. Galen. A good choice for those who love historical romance with a bit of danger, attraction between an unlikely couple and a romance with fun sizzle.
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Juliette hopes:
   But his hair... that hair would not cooperate with his attempts at order and rigidity.  It had a stubborn streak, an unruly streak.
   She like it. It gave her hope.   Page 91.
Pelham’s routine is disrupted:
   It was nigh eleven. His daily routine was shot to hell. Considering he now had a dead footman, a scared courtesan, and a cryptic note on his hands, he didn’t think his day was going to improve.  Page 124.
The problem:
   Love was not ordered or disciplined. Love was not logical or stately. Love made fools of everyone it touched.  Page 315.
Thank you to Sourcebooks for providing this book to read and review.

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY for the ARC Copy:


For 3 Extra Bonus Visit the author's website and tell me something you find of interest.

* This contest is only open to residents of US and Canada.
* This contest will close 10 PM (Central) on October 5, 2012.
The winner will be randomly selected from all entries.
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED on October 6, 2012.
Winners will have 72 hours to respond by email or the winners form linked in the announcement.  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway September 28, 2012

[** If you are new to Friday Pick Giveaway - Welcome!  Scroll down a bit (below book group #19) for instructions on how to enter.] 

Ahh - it's Friday and cooling weather!  I am feeling better although I am still typing away trying to keep up in my office. The end of this month snuck up on me... I will have to clear out the picked books and post a new group next week. :-)

Thank you to all who entered the September 21 Pick. There were FOUR!! automatic winners this week.  :-) (those who requested the book four times and I did not note other people asking for that book during those weeks).  FIVE other books were blocked again this week - sorry. :-(
Jane chose When Lightning Strikes Twice
Carol NW chose In The Presence of Enemies
Natasha chose His Lady Mistress
and
Sienny chose Tomorrow's Promise

CONGRATULATIONS
to Random.org picked Winners from September 21 Pick:

Becky chose Thunder Creek
and
Mariska gets a Gift Credit

All winners please fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me to confirm your win, send your snail mail address information and let me know if you would like bookmarks - sensual or sexy and I have a new supply of sweet bookmarks. 


I got to meet author Jayne Krentz in Seattle Mystery Bookshop,
Seattle, WA (Full post here)


New Book Group #31 August 31, 2012
I pulled some more books from several of my boxes.


In the Presence of Enemies by William J. Coughlin
Shattered by Dick Francis
Shadow Fires by Dean Koontz
Hard News by Jeffrey Deavers
Palindrome by Stuart Woods (spine creases)
Afterimage by Jay Brandon
Tall, Dark and Cajun by Sandra Hill
Hot Streak by Susan Johnson
When Lightning Strikes Twice by Barbara Boswell
Ice Blue by Anne Stuart
An Honorable Man by Rosemary Rogers (spine creases)
Thunder Creek by Jill Gregory
His Lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls
The Body They May Kill by Stallsmith
Beautiful Dreamer by Elizabeth Lowell
Summer Light by Luanne Rice


New Book Group #30 July 27, 2012
This time I pulled some books from one of my older boxes.
*asterisks indicate lighter, smaller books possibly suitable for international mailing


Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottline
The Willful Widow by Valerie King (spine wear)
Threads of Destiny by Arnette Lamb
A Dangerous Devotion by Barbara Kyle
Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts (some spine wear)
An Independent Woman by Candace Camp
Wolf Mountain Moon by Terry C. Johnston
Wild Escapade by Lisa Bingham
Dancing on Snowflakes by Jane Bonander
Virtue by Jane Feather
Don't Bargain with The Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
Mistress by Amanda Quick - Audio Cassettes
*Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown
*The Contrary Corinthian by Emily Hendrickson (spine wear)
*There Was a Little Boy by Claire Rainwater Jacobs
*On Thin Ice by Linda Hall

New Book Group #29 June 29, 2012
*asterisks indicate lighter, smaller books possibly suitable for international mailing
 
The Promise by Kasey Michaels
Winning Ways by Barbara Boswell
Tomorrow's Promise by Sandra Brown
Midnight Rainbow by Linda Howard
Death's Door by Meryl Sawyer
Life Support by Tess Gerristen Audio Cassettes
Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich
Exit to Eden by Anne Rice
While My Pretty One Sleeps by Mary Higgins Clark
Gifts from the Heart by Jillian Hart
*Simon Said by Sarah R. Shaber
*One is the Lonliest Number - Tom Clancey's Net Force
*Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Mueller
*Covert Pursuit by Terri Reed
*Close to Home by Carolyne Aarsen


New Book Group #28 May 18, 2012
*asterisks indicate lighter, smaller books suitable for international
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts
Game Over by Fern Michaels
Forever Victoria by Dorothy Garlock
Sleeping Alone by Barbara Bretton
Gentle From the Night Meagan McKinney (spine creased)
In Too Deep by Tina Wainscott
Wildflower by Jill Marie Landis
*Love and Other Four Letter Words by Caroline Mackler
*The Carousel by Rosamund Pilcher
*Shades of Grace by Barbara Delinsky (audio tapes)
The Heart of Justice by William L. Coughlin
Cross Country by James Patterson


New book Group #27 April 13, 2012
Some of the books on the right end are smaller and suitable for overseas mailing. :-)
Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris (spine damage)
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Midnight Hour by Debra Dixon
September Morning by Diana Palmer
Beneath the Surface by Annie White (slight spine wear)
*The Dream Horse by Virginia Campbell Scott
*Summer's Belle by Paige Winship Dooly


New book Group #26 March 2, 2012--- (All gone)
These are Paired sets - two per author.
Four are parts of series the others are just singles by the same author.
Winners get both books if you pick these.


New Group #25 January 12, 2012

*Smaller books on the right would be okay for most international mailing.

Leopards Kill by Jim DeFelice
Category 7 by Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson
Hell's Belle by Jane Holleman


New Group #24 Pick Books November 25, 2011---(All gone)
(The only Thanksgiving title I found is a Harlequin I'd like to read someday so no Thanksgiving titles for November.)


New Group #23 Pick Books October 14, 2011
I tried to pick some books that would be good for October -
Halloween or dark minded.

Ghost Writer (Shivers #3) by M.D. Spenser
Emily's Good Nightmare by Cosmic Debris Cosmic


New Group #22 Pick Books September 2, 2011


New Group #21 of Pick Books July 29, 2011
There are eight mysteries and I have asterisked nine books that are smaller and would be good for oversea choices if so desired.


Stand by Me Anthology with Dallas Schulze, Roberta Leigh and Linda Randall Wisdom (spine creased)

May, 2011 New Group of Pick books
Group #20

Singles
Luciano's Luck by Jack Higgins - Audio Cassettes


3/25/11 I did get to set up a new group of books:
Group #19
Singles
Primary Colors - audio tapes
Note of Peril (black strip on cover)

2/19/11 Book Group #18- Pairs!---(All gone).

I have finally updated the intro and Entry paragraphs here:
If you saw the pictures posted of my bookshelves and boxes you know I do have lots of books! And that doesn't include the other eight or so boxes at my office!! And more books as I find deals too good to pass up! I am sharing my book bounty by these Friday Pick Giveaways. 

I started Friday Pick in November 27, 2009 and in two years I  posted 26 groups of 16 books to find new homes! (March 2012)

I have periodically update the lists - deleting those won. You can still go to the Friday Pick list link to see older posts and the older lists book pictures if you want! I am happy to say that so far about 417 books have found new homes! YAY. I have to update my print out to check the exact number sent out - a few were never claimed.

Note rules here regarding international entries.
Because postage to overseas can be prohibitive I am willing to give a $5.00 book certificate to international winners - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, ARe, TWRP, ClassAct Books, eTreasures, Desert Breeze, etc....you tell me where and I'll set it up. So for my overseas visitors your comment may indicate a smaller book and I'll check postage or note your choice of gift card.
I learned that The Book Depository does not ship to everywhere. The postage for some of the books to far away places runs between $5.00 and $6.00 and up. Since I would award $5.00 for The Book Depository to an international winner, as an alternative you may choose a smaller book and we will hope the postage will not exceed $6.00. If the postage is more, or if you want to pick a larger book and you are willing to pay any extra postage beyond the $6.00 I will work with you on that. This may not make a difference to many but if it helps one or two of you to give one of my books a home that will make me happy too. :o)

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment and tell me WHICH BOOK you would like to get from the Friday Pick lists.
CUT OFF TIME IS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 10:00 PM CENTRAL so I do not have to stay up past midnight to do the winner post!
I will randomly pick two winners to announce Friday mornings with the next Pick post.
Automatic wins are those who requested the book four times and I did not note other people asking for that book during those weeks.

WINNERS PLEASE CHECK THE WIN POST ON FRIDAYS AND fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me at mesreads@gmail.com. [I will confirm receipt of the addresses- well I realize I haven't always done this. But if you filled out the form and don't get the book within two weeks nudge me with an email please!] If I have the winners e-mail I will send a reminder in a week or so....

Thanks for helping these books find new homes!!

Repeating this helpful blog tip: You can right click on a link and you will be given the choice to open the link in a new window or tab so you do not navigate away from the screen you are on!! I use this all the time!

1/14/11 New List
#17--- (All gone)

12/3/10 Book Set:
#16
Sleight of Hand by Robin Hathaway
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

List #15---(All gone)
List #14---(All gone)

Here is set #13 of Used books!
Pearl Beyond Price by Claire Delacroix

This is a group of books I have had for several years but not gotten to read. Since it doesn't look like I will get to read them for another year (or more!) I am passing them on. Although as I type them part of me still says "But you may want to read that some day!" Yes, yes; along with the other 700 books I am housing! Must Let goooooo.....
Group #12---(All gone)

Group #11
Cat's Eyewitness by Rita Mae Brown
Alien Chronicles - The Crimson Claw by Deborah Chester
Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher
Looking Back by Belva Plain
The Ring on Her Finger by Elizabeth Bevarly

List #1
Circle of Stars by Anna Lee Waldo

Pick #2---(All gone)

Pick #3---(All gone)

Pick #4
Talking God by Tony Kellerman
Everything to Gain by Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Sixth Sense
The Shadow by Shelley Munro (PA)

Pick #5
See Jane Lead by Lois P. Frankel
Misfortune by Nancy Geary
Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein - Audio Tapes

Pick #6---(All gone)

Pick #7
Prey by Michael Crichton - Audio Tape
Princess Charming by Jane Heller (slightly creased)

Pick #8
(sc) = slightly creased on binding otherwise all in good shape
The Jury by Steve Martini - Audio Tapes
No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson - Audio Tapes

Pick #9
On Treacherous Ground by Earl Murray
Guardian by Dee Henderson - Audio Tapes
Time to Hunt by Stephen Hunter - Audio Tapes

Pick #10
The Third Twin by Ken Follett (spine creased)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Audiobook Review: Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs

This is another engaging mystery from a solid series with forensic focus and a strong female lead.
Bones Are Forever: A Novel (Temperance Brennan)
Kathy Reichs (Author), Linda Emond (Reader) 



  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144234900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442349001
Genre: Forensic Mystery
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0


Book Description
Release Date: August 28, 2012 | Series: Temperance Brennan
Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the Fox hit series Bones, is at her brilliant best in a riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan—a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption set in the high-stakes, high-danger world of diamond mining.

Temperance Brennan has been asked to examine the corpses of three dead babies in Montreal. It’s a difficult assignment, complicated further by the fact that her long-time flame Detective Ryan is investigating the infants’ mother, a former (and possibly current) prostitute. When the woman flees to Edmonton, the investigation is joined by Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant with whom Tempe had an ill-advised fling over a decade earlier. The dissonant team heads to remotest Yellowknife—mining country—to pursue an ever more sinister trail.

     With the Fox series Bones in its seventh season and her popularity at its broadest ever, Kathy Reichs reaches new heights in storytelling and suspense-building. Bones Are Forever shimmers with sexual tension, crackling dialogue, and the thrilling twists Reichs delivers so well.


Review:
This is book 15 of the Temperance Brennan series. Tempe is a forensic anthropologist who spends much of her time consulting on crime scenes when bodies are found that are so degraded that they need her special expertise to sort through the bones, the dirt, the bugs and other details that can help to identify the age and gender of the body and the time and cause of death. Each book describes crime scenes that Tempe is called in on and then she digs in and pursues the clues with the help of the police until she solves the crime. Most of the time Tempe works along side Detective Ryan with whom she had a long, up and down, relationship through the series.

In this volume three abandoned infants are discovered. Tempe sets off to hunt down the murderous mother with Ryan and Oliver, a Canadian Detective with whom Tempe had a post divorce fling ten years before.  Although there is jealous posturing and denigrating between the men, there is no romance in this episode. The hunt for the mother of the dead babies takes the three across Canada to Edmonton and the remote mining country of Yellowknife.  Tempe pushes the investigation, getting a few bumps and bruises along the way. New murders follow her inquiries, and the trail leads to what appears to be a conflict between caribou  conservationists and diamond mining interests. Tempe (and the reader) is given quick, but detailed, lessons on diamond mining. Ryan and Oliver are pulled off to other tasks just as Tempe unravels the mystery and is kidnaped by the killers.Will anyone find her before it's too late or will she be able to fight her way out?

Ms. Reichs writes with crisp details, including the dirt, the maggots and the deteriorating bones.  Tempe, as usual, goes beyond her basic duties to embroil herself in the investigation. As soon as I started listening to the Audio I remembered how much I enjoyed Tempe’s persistent character and her unique, vivid description of the crime scene and the forensic process. The narrator, Linda Emond has done the past several books and she has a good grasp of the crisp attention to detail as well as the sometimes weary tone for the characters who face so much frustration in the cruel crimes they investigate. Ms Emond does a beautiful job with the French words that go along with the Quebec setting.  Although I didn't find this episode to be overly exciting, the steady narration helps to keep the listener engaged through the suspenseful ending.

This series is a great one for readers who like mystery, strong female characters and aren’t too squeamish to be put off by the nitty-gritty forensic detail.  I had read or listened to books 1 through 12 so I knew the background of the characters and was only missing the latest fall out between Tempe and Ryan. I think this particular book could be read as a stand alone as it has less personal complications and emotions than many of the prior books. However, I do recommend the whole series, listened to or read in order.
Audiobook Jukebox


Thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing this Audio to review through Audiobook Jukebox.
I will add this to my Audio and Mystery Challenge lists.

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