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Sunday, November 3, 2013

It's Monday What are You Reading? November 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.

Last week I was pushing to get work complete before my surgery. It wasn't overtly stressful but anytime you have surgery there is some stress. The surgeon was confident they removed the cancerous lump and the lymph node appeared clear so I was pleased with that news. 
Reading was good - with a little bit of extra recovery hours.  I finished for books and managed to post four reviews as I had hoped.  There were two Tour Features with Giveaways.
I also posted the regular weekly memes and posts: Mailbox Monday, Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Snapshot, Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

I only did a little visiting last week and have to find time to do more.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts plus win post:
  • Book Review: No Escape by Mary Burton, Romantic Suspense; my rating 4.5.
  • Audio Book Review: Battle for L.A. by CJ Henderson, Mark Sparacio, Pulp Fiction; my rating 4.0. 
  • Audible Book Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead, Book 3, by Darynda Jones, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense ; my rating 4.25. 
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Accidentally In Love With...A God? 
(Accidentally Yours)
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff 
This was fun; Review and Giveaway post is linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle

Lace & Lead, a novella
by M.A. Grant
I enjoyed this action-packed, fast read.
I'll post a review later this week.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/MP3
Prime Suspects: A Clone Detective Mystery | [Jim Bernheimer]

Prime Suspects: A Clone Detective Mystery
by Jim Bernheimer
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

This was different and I liked it. I'll post the review this coming week.

Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle

I'll Be Home For Christmas
by Jessica Scott 
I am participating in a Hachette Release Blitz 
for this book on 11/5.
I decided to squeeze it in for review and I'm glad I did.
Check for review and Giveaways on Tuesday.
Book Description
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
There's nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband's tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic's bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.

Line Edits/Releases:
Two ebooks released this past week:
New poetry collection: Shades of Darkness and Light.
Fantasy ThrillerA Ghost Hunt by Jack Horne.

Enter the bi-monthly drawings at eTreasures Publishing Facebook page.
This week's giveaway link: Coming Home by Joy Brooks; part of Anthology set: Spring Historicals - Sweethearts in Bloom. New Book to go up mid week.

Currently reading:
1. Print

The Last Christian: A Novel
by David Gregory
I am not quite halfway in this interesting book.
This is our Ladies' Book Club selection for November 9.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle

by Kristen Ashley
This is another Hachette Release Blitz
for Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
I didn't think I'd have time to finish for review but after I finished the Christmas title 
I thought I could at least start this.
Whew - not sure I was prepared for two emotional books in a row 
but I was quickly drawn into this story too.
Look for the Blitz with info and Rafflecopter Giveaway on Tuesday and the review later this week or early next week.
Book Description
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
The next novel in Kristen Ashley's sizzling Colorado Mountain series introduces a new electrifying relationship that turns Carnal, Colorado into a hotbed of action, romance, and suspense.

An old flame rekindled . . .
Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn't interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara's lost her business, her marriage, and she's barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara's plight, he's on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham's faced his own demons, and he's learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he's meant to live. So when he hears that Zara's having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he's a changed man.

3. Audible/MP3

Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen, Book 7
    by Taylor Anderson
    Narrated by William Dufris
        Series: Destroyermen, Book 7
My next review audio is only an hour or so long. Since I have enough reviews to fill this coming week I decided to listen to one of my series TBRs before the next audio.
Publisher's Summary
In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

War has engulfed the other earth. With every hard-won victory and painful defeat, Matt Reddy and the Allies encounter more friends-and even more diabolical enemies. Even, at last, in the arms of the woman he loves, there is little peace for Reddy. The vast sea, and the scope of the conflict, have trapped him too far away to help on either front, but that doesn't mean he and Walker can rest. Cutting short his "honeymoon," Reddy sails off in pursuit of Hidoiame, a rogue Japanese destroyer that is wreaking havoc in Allied seas. Now that Walker is armed with the latest "new" technology, he hopes his battle-tested four-stacker has an even chance in a straight-up fight against the bigger ship - and he means to take her on.

Elsewhere, the long-awaited invasion of Grik "Indiaa" has begun, and the Human-Lemurian Alliance is pushing back against the twisted might of the Dominion. The diplomatic waters seethe with treachery and a final, terrible plot explodes in the Empire of New Britain Isles. Worse, the savage Grik have also mastered "new" technologies and strategies. Their fleet of monstrous ironclads - and an army two years in the making-are finally massing to strike.
©2012 Taylor Anderson (P)2012 Tantor

4. eBook/Kindle

Realm Walker
by Kathleen Collins
After several emotional contemporaries
I think I'll be ready for a Sci Fi & Fantasy romance.
Book Description
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name…

As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.

Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…

Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever.

I am really lagging but still listening to The Listener's Bible NIV read by Max McLean. [Reading and listening on MP3.] I have been remiss and not keeping up with daily reading with my DH.

Line Edits: I am working on poetry formatting this week.

I want to keep enjoying adding stories from my own TBR. :-)
I'm still reading for reviews to post the following week which is working ok. I only have 10 titles set for November and have finished one and am well into two more. 

November Scheduled

11/4 November Kindle Fire Giveaway
11/5 Blitz and Giveaway Jagged
11/5 Blitz, Review and Giveaway I’ll be Home for Christmas
11/9 Ladies Book Club - Review and Giveaway The Last Christian
11/19 BookBlast Tour Review: Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden
11/20 Review and Giveaway: I Accidentally Marred a Vampire

   Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Jill Mansell (Print)
   To Have and to Hold by Leigh Greenwood (print)

    Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins

   Unfinished Business by Carolyn R. Aspenson

AudioBook Jukebox 
   Five Million Dollar Cat: A Novella by Laura Lond

From TBR Collection - TBD
Won Book - TBD
Free Kindle/Nook or Smashwords: TBD

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