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Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? February 25, 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.

This week I lost work time while helping my daughter clear out the basement and drawers for a Yard sale she is planning. Then they were here most of Saturday to help with a fan installation and.  Children played with my computer as daughter and I watched over her soon to be momma dog. The dog finally had seven pups after they returned home.

I had a good reading week: completed six books (two with summaries below) and posted five reviews. There were two reviews with giveaways. I also posted the usual Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Snapshot, Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

I did get to visit although it was late in the week. :-)
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me too.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review and Giveaway: Waiting for Monday by Margaret Brownley; Historical Romance, Inspirational; my rating 4.5. Open US Only. Ends 3/1/13.
  • Book Review: Into the Dark by Stacy Green; Suspense; my rating 4.25.
  • Book Review and ARC Giveaway: Wait Until Dark by M.L. Buchman; Military Romance; my rating 4.25.
Finished Reading:
1. ebook/Kindle

Into the Dark
by Stacy Green
I enjoyed this suspense romance. The review is linked above.

2. Print

Wait Until Dark
by M.L. Buchman
I love this series and the review and 
ARC Giveaway are linked above.

3. Audio

Love in a Garden: What Happens After Happily Ever After
by Mia Jasper (Author, Narrator)
[Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
This is a quick, sweet listen.
Review is linked above.

4. ebook/Kindle
First Love Second Chances 
This was a 2008 Holiday Freebie at Samhain Publishing
that I picked from my TBR files.
Sadly, I cannot find a link anywhere.
Dana had recently moved back to her home town and decided to 'deck the halls' for the first time since her divorce two years before. She hadn't been able to fit the tree and all the trimmings into her car so she paid the fee for delivery. A bit later she was surprised to open the door and discover her High School prom date from 15 years earlier. Ben explains that he isn't the delivery boy but the store owner. Before he leaves he asks her out to a choice of events and she accepts in a fun way. It took only about 10 minutes to read.
I liked the crisp writing and sweet implications. It left me wanting to read more.

5. eBook/Kindle

Lights Out
by Ann Campbell
This is another short book in my TBR from an April 2009 Blog Contest win. Ms. Campbell also sent me a few small gifts to go with the pdf. Below is the blurb. The writing is good and I liked the characters. However I skimmed the steamy scene from about 70% to 87% and then read the ending which had a cute surprise.
Book Description
Publication Date: March 6, 2009
Spending time with your best friend makes life on the mountain perfect. But when your best friend is the man who stars every night in her most erotic fantasy--and has a girlfriend--what’s a girl to do? Forced to spend the night alone with Caleb and trapped by a snow storm, Payton finds herself yearning to do much more than talk to pass the long hours.

Caleb has spent the past four years harboring secret fantasies about Payton. When the lights suddenly go out and they find themselves surrounded by candles, will they realize they could be more than just friends?

6. eBook/Kindle

Fatal February (Mary Magruder Katz)
by Barbara Levenson
This was my choice from Kindle Free reads. I really enjoyed it and will post a review early this week. 
Book Description
Publication Date: February 1, 2009
For half Jewish, half Southern Baptist Miami criminal defense attorney Mary Macgruder Katz, life starts to spin completely out of control when a minor fender bender turns out to be an unlikely shot from Cupid’s bow.

Line Edits/Releases:
We are completing the last details for more releases.

Currently reading:

1. Print

Lady Eve's Indiscretion
by Grace Burrowes
I am 20% in and I really like Eve and Lucas together! Reviewing for Sourcebooks.
Book Description
Release date: February 5, 2013
"Burrowes delivers red-hot chemistry with a masterful mix of playfulness and sensuality."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Lady Eve's Got The Perfect Plan
Pretty, petite Evie Windham has been more indiscreet than her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Moreland, suspect. Fearing that a wedding night would reveal her past, she's running out of excuses to dodge adoring swains. Lucas Denning, the newly titled Marquis of Deene, has reason of his own for avoiding marriage. So Evie and Deene strike a deal, each agreeing to be the other's decoy. At this rate, matrimony could be avoided indefinitely...until the two are caught in a steamy kiss that no one was supposed to see.

2. Print

X Marks the Scot
by Victoria Roberts 
I am 20% in to this and
I like Liadain and even the rogue Declan.
Reviewing for Sourcebooks.
Book Description:
Release date: February 5, 2013
"An exciting Highland adventure with sensual and compelling romance."—Amanda Forester, author of True Highland Spirit on Temptation in a Kilt

He was a Highland Rogue Wicked with a Bow and Just as Wicked with the Ladies.
 Declan MacGregor hadn't a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and a willing woman...until he had to escort Lady Liadain Campbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can't just abandon her to that vipers' nest without protection.
She Never Asked for a Bodyguard... 
Liadain wasn't thrilled to be left in the care of her clan's archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows even sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust...

3. eBook/Kindle

The Midwife’s Revolt
by Jodi Daynard
I hope to do this by the end of the week too. 
I picked this up through NetGalley. 
Book Description
Publication Date: December 2, 2012
The Midwife’s Revolt takes the reader on a journey to the founding days of America. It follows one woman’s path, Lizzie Boylston, from her grieving days of widowhood after Bunker Hill, to her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams and midwifery, and finally to her dangerous work as a spy for the Cause. A novel rich in historical detail, The Midwife’s Revolt opens a window onto the real lives of colonial women.
"A charming, unexpected, and decidedly different view of the Revolutionary War."
-- Publishers Weekly
This humorous, exciting and touching story retells the familiar saga of the Revolutionary War in a stunning new way that feels fresh and alive."
-- Kirkus Indie Reviews

4. Audio

Silver (An OgmiosTeam Adventure)
by Steven Savile
I am only a couple of chapters into this and still determining where it is going.
I am reviewing this for Crossroad Press through Audiobook Jukebox.
Book Description
Publication Date: January 5, 2010
Sometimes the truth is anything but honest.

Sometimes the stories everyone knows by heart are lies.

Sometimes lies are all we have left.

Two thousand years ago, thirty silver Tyrian shekels were paid to secure the most infamous betrayal of all time. Melted down by the grandsons of Judas Iscariot, in the dark heart of the Sicarii fortress, Masada, the silver was re-forged as a dagger. When the Sicarii zealots committed mass suicide in AD73 the dagger of Iscariot and the truth of his sacrifice were lost. Until now.

A religious cult calling itself the Disciples of Judas has risen in the Middle East. Its influence is pernicious, its reach long. In thirteen cities across Europe thirteen people martyr themselves in the name of Judas, promising forty days and forty nights of terror. They twist the words of ancient prophecies to drive home the fear. Everything you believe in will be proved wrong. Everything you hold true will fail.

Day by day the West wakes to increasingly harrowing acts of terror. As fear cripples the capitals of Europe, who will be the next to fall? London? Rome? Berlin?

In a race against time - and prophecy - believing the terrorists intend to assassinate the Pope as part of their plan to bring down the Catholic Church, Sir Charles Wyndham's team of combat specialists, codename Ogmios, tracks a labyrinthine course through truth, shades of truth and outright lies that takes them from the backstreets of London to the shadow of Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin and all the way into the heart of the Holy See itself.

Forty days and forty nights of fear. And today is day one.

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 did well on conversions this week and continue to progress.

I started the month with 17 titles + TBRs. I read 16, reviewed 13, summarized two and have one  to be reviewed this week. That leaves three I hope to finish this week. One title was archived so won't be reviewed and the audio, Silver, will go into next month. A good month. :-)

FEBRUARY Scheduled: completed


      X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts
      Lady Eve's Indiscretion by Grace Burrowes  

Random House - done

Thomas Nelson - done

     Fix-It and Forget-It Holiday Appetizers, Finger Foods, and Beverages - Archived so no longer available.
     The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard

Audios: (more to come) 
(Added Silver for March)

From TBR Collection - Done
Won Book - Done 
Free Kindle/Nook or Smashwords: Fatal February (Mary Magruder Katz) - review to be posted


  1. Those puppies will be so much fun! I enjoyed Lady Eve and X Marks the Scot, hope you do as well.

  2. Hope you enjoy this week as well. Your last one was really busy.

  3. A busy week and puppies, how sweet! I only have to see the word Midwife and I'm drawn, will keep an eye out for your review of The Midwife's Revolt. Have a great week and happy reading :)

  4. I read X Marks The Scot the other week and enjoyed it quite a bit, more than I was expecting to. Hope you enjoy it as well.

    Check out my Monday post.

  5. Wow! Awesome week!!! I have been supervising the cleaning of our basement. How did we accumulate so much junk??

  6. I don't know how you read so much!


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