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Sunday, March 3, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? March 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 had a pretty good week with lots of driving to other counties to cover hearings. That let me listen to my Kindle. :-).

Reading was good: completed four books and posted three reviews. There were two reviews with giveaways plus two other giveaways posted. I also posted the usual Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Snapshot, Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

I didn't get to visit this week hardly at all. :-(
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me too.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review: Fatal February by Barbara Levenson; Cozy Mystery, Legal Procedures; my rating 4.25. 
  • Book Review and ARC Giveaway: X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts; Historical Romance; my rating 4.0. Open US Only. Ends 3/8/13.
  • Book Review and eBook Giveaway: A Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard; Historical Fiction, American Revolution; my rating 5.0. Open Worldwide. Ends 3/15/13.
Finished Reading:
1. Print

X Marks the Scot
by Victoria Roberts
Good Highlander story.
Review and Arc Giveaway linked above.

2. eBook/Kindle

The Midwife’s Revolt
by Jodi Daynard
I loved this story!
Review and eBook Giveaway linked above.

3. Print

Lady Eve's Indiscretion
by Grace Burrowes
I really enjoyed this! 
I will post the review and ARC giveaway this week.

4. eBook/Kindle

Lynn Ricci
This was an interesting read. 
I will post a review 3/5 as part of Bewitching Blog Tour.
Book Description
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
When Sarah Carter moves to Boston to escape her past she realizes there's more than meets the eye with the landlord and her mysterious new best friend. What happened to the owner of this brownstone and what secrets lie within its walls and continue to torment? Witchcraft, curses and timeless love are not what Sarah expected to find, but as she learns more, she wonders is she actually running back to her past instead of from it?

Line Edits/Releases:
We hope to upload two new children titles on Monday: Arny Armadillo's Pillow by Lynne Anne Bendoly; her second release. This fully illustrated charmer is for younger children ages 3-7. Also we are releasing Flick Flick and Dreamer by Margaret Karmazin. This is her second release too. The story, with lovely illustrations, is about a sweet hummingbird and her snail friend. This is suitable for ages 5 to 10.

Currently reading:
1. Print

The Return of Cassandra Todd
Darrel Nelson
I am enjoying the suspense and drama in this.
I will post a review 3/7 as part of Glass Road PR tour.
Book Description
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
When the popular girl whose friends bullied him in high school suddenly reenters his life, little son in tow, Turner Caldwell must put the past behind him if they are to survive.

Turner Caldwell works at a local motel as a handyman while attending college full-time. On his way to class one day, he is shocked to see Cassandra Todd and her young son in town. The sight of her brings back powerful memories of being bullied in high school—she was the popular head cheerleader and he the target of her friends’ mean-spirited pranks.

When Cassandra and her son check into the motel where he works and she asks for his help in eluding her abusive husband, he finds himself entangled in a dangerous drama that will require him to forgive and draw on every skill he has if they are to survive.

2. Print and Audible

White Picket Fences 
    by Susan Meissner
    Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
We are reading this for Ladies Book Club. 
I downloaded it on Audible to speed my "reading" time.
It is moving along quickly. 
Publisher's Summary
When her black sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her 16-year-old niece, Tally. The girl is practically an orphan: motherless, and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands - in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm - and regularly takes off on wild schemes. Amanda envisions that she, her husband Neil, and their two teenagers can offer the girl stability and a shot at a "normal" life, even though their own storybook lives are about to crumble.

Seventeen-year-old Chase Janvier hasn't seen his cousin in years, and other than a vague curiosity about her strange life, he doesn't expect her arrival will affect him much - or interfere with his growing, disturbing interest in a long-ago house fire that plagues his dreams unbeknownst to anyone else.

Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won't make them go away.

Will Tally's presence blow apart their carefully-constructed world, knocking down the illusion of the white picket fence and reveal a hidden past that could destroy them all - or can she help them find the truth without losing each other?
©2009 Susan Meissner; (P)2009 Random House

3. Print

Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane)
Elizabeth Hoyt
I am doing a giveaway on Book 5 
so GC-Hachette was nice enough to send the print of 
Book 4 so I didn't miss in the series. :-)
Book Description
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.

Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting.

During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.

4. eBook/Kindle

Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane)
Elizabeth Hoyt

I am looking forward to reading both books.

I will be posting this review and a Giveaway 3/12 thanks to Hachette.
Book Description

Publication Date: February 26, 2013
"Elizabeth Hoyt has outdone herself." --Jennifer Ashley, New York Times bestselling author

He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John's only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head-and realizes she is his wife . . .

Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles-the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn't seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be-and so much more . . .

When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can't keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth-that the Ghost is her husband-the game is up and the players must surrender . . . to the temptation that could destroy them both.

5. Audio

Silver (An OgmiosTeam Adventure)
by Steven Savile
I had to put this on hold for scheduled titles.
I expect to pick it up again by the end of the week.
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.

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 have completed two more formats for galleys out to authors and I will be doing more Smashword conversions this week.

I started February with 17 titles + TBRs on my list. I read 18, reviewed 15, summarized two and have one to be reviewed this week. So I did pretty well for the month.
Now for March I have 16 on the list + 2 TBRs still to be determined so it should go nicely at about four a week.

MARCH Scheduled: 
3/5-11 No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop
3/5 Review: Cursed by Lynn Ricci (Bewitching Book Tour)
3/7 Review: The Return of Cassandra Todd (Glass Road PR )
3/9 Review: White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner (Ladies Book Club)
3/11 Review: Thief of Shadows (Book 4 The Maiden Lane Series) by Elizabeth Hoyt (Hachette)
3/12 Review: Review and Giveaway: The Lord of Darkness (Book 5 The Maiden Lane Series) by Elizabeth Hoyt (Hachette)
3/13 or 14: Giveaway: The movie-tie-in edition of ADMISSION (Hachette)
3/20-25 2nd Annual Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop
3/21+/- Review: Miranda's Mount by Phillipa Ashley
3/23 Review: The Persnickety Princess by Falcon Storm (Novel Publicity)
3/27 Review, Interview + Cross the Line by Jack Patterson (Partners In Crime)


     Free Fall (Elite Force) by Catherine Mann
     A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett

Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Jake by R.C. Ryan

Thomas Nelson (through NetGalley invitation)

     An Angel by Her Side by Ruth Reid

    White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner (Ladies Book Club)
For Audiobook Jukebox
    Silver by Steven Savile
    Did You Miss Me by Karen Rose

    Scent of Magic (The Healers) by Maria V. Snyder
(Maybe if I can fit it in) Hammer of Angels: A Novel of Shadowstorm by G. T. Almasi
     Sportsman’s Bet by Judy Nichols
     Miranda's Mount by Phillipa Ashley

From TBR Collection - TBD
Won Book -
Lady of Devices, a steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices)
by Shelley Adina
Free Kindle/Nook or Smashwords: TBD


  1. A nice mix of genres here. Enjoy.

  2. Listen to your kindle? I am out of the loop- I didnt know you could listen to books on the Kindle!

  3. What a great week you had! Visiting from BookJourney's It's Monday! What are You Reading? White Picket Fences looks like one I'd want to read. Have a good week!

  4. WOW you have been really busy. I hope you have another great week!

  5. I'm reading Karen Ranney's 'The Lass Wore Black'.


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