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Sunday, February 3, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? February 4, 2013

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 managed okay for my Tea last Monday. I'm feeling better but still have a little sinus headache. 

I had another good reading week, finishing five books.  I posted 16+ posts which is more than I like... but with lots of giveaways and January reading list I guess it's okay. I posted four reviews, three with giveaways. There were also four other Giveaways! I posted Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Snapshot, Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

I did good visiting this Saturday but not before then while sleeping off the cold.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me too.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review: Immortal Cravings by Kendra Leigh Castle; Paranormal Romance; my rating 4.5.
  • Book Review and Giveaway: Journey to Forgiveness by Laurean Brooks; Inspirational, Historical Romance; my rating 4.75. Print copy to US/Canada Only. Ends 2/15/13.
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Immortal Craving 
by Kendra Leigh Castle 
Good Paranormal Romance with action. 
Review and Giveaway linked above. 

2. eBook/Kindle

An Amish Kitchen Anthology/Collection 
by Beth Wiseman (Author), Amy Clipston (Author), Kelly Long (Author)  
Lovely stories. 
I will post a Review with giveaway from Thomas Nelson this week.

3. Audible

A Perfect Blood (Hallows #10)
by Kim Harrison
I really enjoy this series.

I'll post a short review later in the week.
From my own TBR.

New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison returns to the Hollows with the electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed Pale Demon!

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.

She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

4. eBook/Kindle

The Escape Diaries: Life and Love on the Lam
(A Loveswept Contemporary Romance)
by Juliet Rosetti
This is LOTS of fun to read.
I'll post a Review this week.

5. eBook/Kindle

Jack Templar Monster Hunter:
The Templar Chronicles: Book One
by Jeff Gunhus
Another fun read - good for middle graders.
I will be posting a review
with Bookblast tour Giveaway on 2/4/13.

Line Edits/Releases:
I have two children's titles that I expect to upload this week.

Currently reading:

1. eBook/Kindle

A New Birth of Freedom The Translator
by Robert G. Pielke
This is such a different tale.
I will be posting my review and feature on February 6.

Noam Chomsky argues that communication with aliens would be impossible. Stephen Hawking argues that it would be extremely unwise even to try. What if it were absolutely necessary to do so? This question arises with extreme urgency at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, in this time-travel, alternate-history trilogy, A New Birth of Freedom.

2. Audio

Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11
    by Kim Harrison
    Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
        Series: The Hollows, Book 11

I was glad to get this for review 
through Audiobook Jukebox!
The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails.

Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. And that the most powerful demon in the ever after - the soul-eater Ku'Sox Sha-Ku'ru - has vowed to destroy Rachel, and has kidnapped her friend and goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn’t give herself up, they will die.

Forced by circumstance, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack - a prospect fraught with dangers of the heart as well as betrayal of the soul - to return to the ever after and rescue those she loves.

Both worlds teeter on the brink, one on a possible interspecies war, the other for its very existence, and it’s up to Rachel to keep both from being destroyed.

3. eBook/Kindle

Showstoppers (Emily Castles Mysteries)
by Helen Smith
I am looking forward to reading
these two mysteries (2. and 3.)
BookBlast 2/6 and Review 2/9.

Book Description
Publication Date: December 5, 2011
"Helen Smith is a master story-teller." Socrates Book Reviews
When twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles helps out at a local stage school in London, she's soon mixed up in murder. She teams up with eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to solve the case.
Showstoppers is a fast-paced 75-page novella. Readers of M C Beaton or Alexander McCall Smith will enjoy discovering a new author in this entertaining British mystery series.
"Suspensefully created and plotted." Vine Reviewer

4. eBook/Kindle

Three Sisters (Emily Castles Mysteries)
by Helen Smith
BookBlast 2/6 and Review 2/9.

Book Description
Publication Date: February 5, 2011
"Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious." Socrates' Book Reviews
Three Sisters introduces twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles in this popular new British mystery series.
Emily has been invited to a party in the big house at the end of her street in London. How could she know, as she left her house that evening, that she was making an appointment with death?
Readers of M C Beaton or Alexander McCall Smith will enjoy discovering a new mystery author in this entertaining 70-page novella.
"Fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one." Eva's Sanctuary
"It grips you from the very beginning." Books Bistro

5. eBook/Kindle

Pandora's Temple
by Jon Land
I expect to start this before next week 
Reviewing for Partner in Crime Book Tour 2/12.
Book Description
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
What if Pandora’s Box were real? Blaine McCracken finds himself facing this very question—and the greatest threat to mankind—in his long-awaited return to the page

Rogue special-operations agent McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of a deepwater oil rig disaster that claims the life of a onetime member of his commando unit. The remnants of the rig and its missing crew lead him to the inescapable conclusion that one of the most mysterious and deadly forces in the universe is to blame: dark matter, both a limitless source of potential energy and an unimaginably destructive weapon.

Joining forces again with his trusty sidekick Johnny Wareagle, McCracken races to stop two deadly enemies who want the dark matter at all costs. A powerful energy magnate and the leader of a Japanese doomsday cult both seek the ultimate prize for their own nefarious reasons, and McCracken and Wareagle’s mission to defeat them takes the duo on a nonstop journey across the world and thousands of years into the past where the truth lies in the ancient Pandora’s Temple, built to safeguard the world’s most powerful weapon.

McCracken’s only hope to save the world is to find the mythical temple. Along the way, he and Wareagle find themselves up against Mexican drug gangs, killer robots, an army of professional assassins, and a legendary sea monster. The hero of nine previous bestselling thrillers, McCracken is used to the odds being stacked against him, but this time the stakes have never been higher.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jon Land including rare images from the author’s personal collection.

I continue to listen to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. [Reading and listening on MP3.]  I am studying with the Tyndall One Year Bible this year, hoping to read daily along with my DH.

Line Edits: I'm working on two formats and conversions this week.

Again I am starting the month with 17 titles + TBRs and expecting additional audios.
I have to learn to resist!

Two Reviews to post from January:
     An Amish Kitchen Anthology/Collection
     The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti

FEBRUARY Scheduled: 
2/1 Printed Books Giveaway Hop 
2/4 Review: Jack Templar: Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus (Bookblast Tour) 
2/6 Review: A New Birth of Freedom The Translator by Robert G. Pielke (Tribute Tour) 
2/6 BookBlast: Showstoppers and Threes Sisters by Helen Smith 
2/9 Review: Showstoppers (Emily Castles Mysteries) and Three Sisters (Emily Castles Mysteries)  by Helen Smith (Bookblast Tour)
2/12 Review + a Giveaway:  Pandora's Temple by Jon Land (PIC - Partners in Crime Tour) 
2/14 Review + Scavenger Hunt: Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda E. Brunstetter
2/17 Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop 
2/16 Review: Jabin and the Space Pirates by Bev Allen (Bewitching Blog Tour) 
2/20 Review:  Into the Dark by Stacy Green (PIC Tour)  


      X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts
      Wait Until Dark by M.L. Buchman
      Lady Eve's Indiscretion by Grace Burrowes  

Random House
      A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara  

Thomas Nelson (to post with Giveaway)
         Waiting for Morning (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series) by Margaret Brownley

     Fix-It and Forget-It Holiday Appetizers, Finger Foods, and Beverages by Phyllis Pellman Good
     The Midwife’s Revolt  by Jodi Daynard

Audios: (more to come) 
Ever After (Hallows #11) by Kim Harrison through Audiobook Jukebox  

From TBR Collection - TBD 
Won Book - TBD 
Free Kindle/Nook or Smashwords: Fatal February (Mary Magruder Katz) by Barbara Levenson

Ladies Book Club (For March 2 or 9)
   White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner


  1. Woah!! You had an insanely busy week!! Immortally is on my reading list, it looks really good. Glad you liked it!

    Have a wonderful reading week :)
    Whatcha readin' this week @ the Brunette Librarian and Don't forget to enter to win Philippa Gregory's "Changeling"

  2. Wow! You have a very full list there! Glad you are happy listening to audio books - they put me to sleep!

  3. Wow! You read 5 books. That's amazing. I read two and part of a third. I just finished Let the Sky Fall and Black City. Both fantastic books.

  4. Wow you had a huge week! Sounds like you've been feeling pretty rotten, hope you're feeling much better this week. Happy reading :)

  5. WOW, you have been a busy lady and had an excellent week!! Glad you are feeling better. I hope you enjoy this wonderful list of books!

  6. Glad you were able to get through the Tea. Hope you are feeling better. Have a great week of reading.

  7. Wow, you have your 'work' cut out for you. Happy reading~


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