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Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? April 22, 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 good week and I got to read/listen to some good books.
I finished three books and am nearly done a fourth. I posted four reviews, one with Giveaway and a Sourcebook giveaway too.  I also posted the weekly Mailbox Monday meme, Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Snapshot, Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

Once again I visited about ten Monday posts early in the week and Saturday Snapshot posts at the end of the week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review and Giveaway: An Angel by Her Side by Ruth Reid;  Amish Romance; my rating 5.0. Ends 4/26.
Finished Reading:

1. eBook/Kindle

The Sword in the Stars (Book1)
in The Dark Sea Annals Series 
by Wayne Thomas Batson
A great read! Review post Linked above. 
Click on title for full Book Description.

2. Print and Kindle

Rest in Peace
by Frances Divine
Not the best cozy mystery I have read.
I'll post a review and Giveaway this week.
Click on title for full Book Description.

3. Print

The Forever Knight
by John Marco
A different, interesting story.
This is part of TLC book tour; my review will post on 4/22.
Click on title for full Book Description.

4. Audio/MP3

Hunter: A Thriller 
by Robert Bidinotto
I just finished the exciting conclusion.
Reviewing for Robert Bidinotto through Audiobook Jukebox. I will post a review this week.
Click on title for full Book Description.

Line Edits/Releases:
Working on releases for end or month and May.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Print

The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin
I have started this and like the fairy tale style so far.  Reviewing through NetGalley.
Book Description
Publication Date: August 9, 2010 | Series: The Gates of Heaven Series (Book 1)

In classic fairy tale style, we embark on an enchanted journey with a young blacksmith—Joran—whose only desire is to live a peaceful, uncomplicated life in his forest village, a desire shattered by the sudden and bizarre disappearance of his wife, Charris. Later, Joran is plagued by nightmares of an unimaginable sea, where Charris remains trapped in a sand castle at the whim of the Moon. The goose woman insists he will find no rest from his nightmares until he solves the riddle of three keys. She tells him to travel the treacherous journey to the house of the Moon to find the answers he seeks.

Unable to ignore the urgings of his nightmares, Joran sets out north seeking the Moon. Leaving a town and family where he never felt truly at home, Joran’s journey becomes more than just a search for his wife. His path also leads inward, for he must face emotions that have tormented him his entire life—feelings of alienation and anger, of despair and hurt. Along the way he rescues a wolf—a huge, imposing creature that becomes a companion, and eventually a trusted friend.

Joran has the uncanny ability to speak with animals, and learns from the wolf, Ruyah, that he can manipulate his dreams to affect the real world. With Ruyah’s humor and guidance, Joran finds the courage and fortitude to press on, despite setbacks and disappointments. With the wolf by his side he endures the darkness at the end of the world and the ravings of the lunatic Moon, who sends him off—more confused than before—to the Palace of the Sun with a seemingly useless gift.

After trekking through a vast, unmerciful desert, Joran arrives at the Palace of the Sun, where he meets the Sun’s mother, Sola. She helps Joran understand part of his riddle and then sends him, with the gift of a sunstone, to the cave of the South Wind, whom, she says, will finally reveal the truth to him about his wife—if he dares hear it. He and Ruyah travel south through jungle, and finally arrive at the cave. There Joran is swept along a vision where he sees his past, and in horror, learns truths that send him into deep despair. The South Wind dismisses him with one last gift—but like the other two gifts, he has no idea what they are for or how they will help him rescue his wife. She tells him to find the sea of his dreams—far west, beyond his imagining.

2. Print

Cowboy Take Me Away
by Jane Graves
I will start this tomorrow.
Reviewing for Forever, Hachette.
Book Description
Release date: April 30, 2013 | Series: Rainbow Valley


Rainbow Valley, Texas, has always been a refuge for animals, and Shannon North, director of the local shelter, intends to keep it that way. But with donations drying up and more pets in need of a loving home than ever before, Shannon's beginning to fear she's not the savior the shelter needs. When a tall, dark, and handsome cowboy from her past comes to the rescue, she knows that accepting his help may come with a high price: her heart.


Bad boy Luke Dawson shook the dust from this little town off his boots years ago. He walked away from everything . . . except the memory of the one night of passion he shared with Shannon. Now, a few wins away from becoming the world bull-riding champion, Luke's headed for fame and fortune. But then a crisis calls him back to Rainbow Valley, and Luke is reunited with the good girl who stole-and broke-his heart. As their rekindled relationship deepens into desire, old secrets resurface, and Luke must choose between the future he's always dreamed of and the only woman he's ever loved.

3. eBook/Kindle

Lady of Devices, a steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices)
by Shelley Adina
I am looking forward to reading this book that I won a couple of months ago.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 29, 2011
Book One of the Magnificent Devices series, a novel of 54,000 words.

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

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: Several more releases being prepared for the next few weeks. I am still doing more Smashword conversions in between print formatting.

April is going well. I have read ten books for April so far with three to go plus TBRs if I can still squeeze one or two in.

April Scheduled:
4/22 Review: The Forever Knight by John Marco (TLC)

4/24 Showers of Books Giveaway Hop 

For May 3: Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphreys

Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves

Completed for April


       The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin

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. You had a great reading week. I finished up two audios while doing tons of cleaning! Happy reading.

  2. HapPy reading, Martha!
    would luv your response to the new Book Board on Pinterest for swap/xchange/sell/giveaway ..

  3. Love me some Jane Graves - can't wait to hear what you think of it :)

    Have a lovely reading week!! :) What are you reading this week @ the Brunette Librarian’s Blog

  4. Wow! Aren't you a busy reader!

    Here's my It's Monday. I hope you will stop by!

  5. Oh my gosh, 'Cowboy Take Me Away' - I think my tongue just dropped out. Oops. :-) Hope you love it! Let me know?

  6. I'm reading Perfect Timing by Catherine Anderson. It's a great read, I love the humor. I just finished Reflection Point by Emily March, I enjoyed it very much and was happy to learn it is a part of a series.

  7. Like the look of the steampunk novel. Have a good week and happy reading :)

  8. Oh the books time is causing me to miss out on! I can't keep up with all the intriguing series!

  9. Finished Knots and Crosses and started Haunted Ground.


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