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Sunday, December 22, 2013

It's Monday What are You Reading? December 23, 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.

Once more the work week was busy as we try to finish matters before the end of the year.

I finished four books again but I only posted three reviews and a Blitz Giveaway. 
I also posted the regular weekly memes and posts (except the Saturday Snapshot): Mailbox Monday, Friday Pick Giveaway,  Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

Another frustrating week of little visiting. I am determined to make a change in this for the new year.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Blitz Feature and GC Giveaway - The Double Life of Incorporate Things by Leanna Renee Hieber
    $50.00 Amazon Gift Card  Ends 1/5/13
  • Book Review: Christmas Wishes by Wendy Vella, Historical Romance; my rating 4.5.
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

The Innkeeper of Bethlehem–The Story of Santa Claus 
by Scott Roloff
I am a third into this and so far it is an interesting fictionalized rendition of the birth and childhood of Jesus.
Reviewing for the author.
Book Description
Publication Date: September 28, 2013
A Christmas book for children, families, and anyone who has ever wondered how Santa Claus came to be. This book will permit you and your family to enjoy Santa Claus and the other secular customs of Christmas within the Christian celebration of Jesus’s birth. For little children, Santa Claus becomes a real person delivering presents to them from Jesus. Each Christmas season, reading a chapter a night will become a holiday tradition for the entire family.
[Description continues at link.]

2. eBook/Kindle

Silver-White (The Great North Woods Pack #1)
by Shawn Underhill
This is very engaging but with a cliff hanger ending! 
I featured this in BookBlast and will post a review soon.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Print

Carving Angels
by Diane Stringam Tolley
This is a true delight!
I received this as a win last year and 
I will post a review with a giveaway this week.
Papa Adam, the North Pole's oldest elf and Santa's former chief carver, has given up. Blind, frail, and useless, he counts the minutes in every day as he waits to die. But a challenge to carve, given by his youngest granddaughter, reawakens Papa Adam. Together they prove that the most paralyzing thing you can do is underestimate or undervalue anyone, especially yourself. With the right love and encouragement, anything is possible.

4. Audible/MP4

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Charley Davidson, Book 4
    by Darynda Jones
    Narrated by Lorelei King
I enjoyed Charley's investigation in this installment.
I picked this up from my own Audible Library.
Publisher's Summary
The fourth in this fun and sexy New York Times best-selling paranormal series.

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.
©2012 Darynda Jones (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

Line Edits/Releases:
We released a new eBook for children:
by Stacey Leigh Malloy, Illustrated by Katie Cassidy
When Shelly, a Cape Cod hermit crab, gets caught in a riptide, she lands along the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Shelly enjoys taking in the sights, but she hopes to somehow, someway get back to her home and family.

This is the second book in the "Shelly the Hermit Crab" series. Each book is a beautifully illustrated story of Shelly's amazing adventures with real life lessons, facts, and a happliy-ever-after ending.

Genre: Children's - Ages 2-9
Pages: 36 pages, fully illustrated

As soon as I have the print proof we will link up a new print release for two other titles.

Enter the bi-monthly drawings at eTreasures Publishing Facebook page.
This week's giveaway link: Gift Cards for the Holidays!

Currently reading:
1. Audible/MP4

Ten Things I Love About You
    by Julia Quinn
    Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
I am enjoying this charming Historical Romance from my Audible library.
Publisher's Summary
Ten things you should know about this book....
1. Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret.
2. Annabel Winslow's family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind and The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church.
3. Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything.
4. Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.
5. Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all of his problems.
6. Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother.
Number 7 is shocking, 8 is delicious, and 9 is downright wicked, all of which lead the way to:
10. Happily. Ever. After.
©2010 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

2. eBook/Kindle

Let Me Get This Off My Chest:
A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares
by Margaret Lesh
I am reading this as I prepare for more decisions coming up.
I am enjoying the humorous approach to this serious issue.
Book Description
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
Tamoxifen hot flashes, mastectomy, reconstruction, breast cancer etiquette, Frankenboobs, bras with special attachments—Margaret Lesh shares all in her funny, heartfelt collection of essays, anecdotes, and life lessons from the perspective of a two-time breast cancer survivor. She’ll tell you when it’s okay to play the cancer card, what you should take to the hospital, and gives suggestions on how to cope in those dark moments of the soul. With practical tips sprinkled throughout, LET ME GET THIS OFF MY CHEST explores how breast cancer changed her outlook on life, offering honest insights, humor, and sensitivity as she looks for the silver lining in a not-so-great situation.

Whether you are a woman diagnosed with breast cancer or whether you know someone with breast cancer, this book was written for you.

3. Print

Angel Christmas Anthology
by Patricia Rice, Mary Balogh & 3 more
I have enjoyed the first two of these five stories.
I pulled this from my Christmas TBR box to read and share.
Publisher: Topaz (November 1, 1995)
CATCH A FALLING ANGEL by Carole Nelson Douglas
To prove he's bad enough for hell, a devilish rogue becomes a rock star out to ruin an innocent young girl--unless he gets foiled by some Yuletide magic.

A little girl prays to her special angel for a daddy, and a Texas Ranger returns to his hometown for the holidays in hopes of rekindling the passion he once shared with her mother--his first love.

It takes a little angel mischief to unite a handsome young major and a fiery widow by Christmas.

TIN ANGEL by Patricia Rice
A goodhearted, though skeptical, hero learns the joy of Christmas when he falls in love with an angel sent to make him believe in miracles.

When a mysterious old lady and her young grandson offer their cottage to an estranged couple who got lost during a blizzard, it's a gift that will last a lifetime.

4. eBook/Kindle

The Wanderers
by Cheryl Mahoney
I didn't get to start this last week 
so hopefully will get to it this week.
It is written by a blog friend author.
Book Description
Publication Date: November 13, 2013
Click on book title for full description.

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: We are finalizing several print releases/waiting for more cover flats; and two new eBooks.

I am still enjoying adding books from my own TBR. :-).
Again, I didn't get caught up last week but my backlog for review is now four books and I hope to post four or five this week and then I'll be up to date again.

December Scheduled- done

  couple requests pending

   The Wanderers by Cheryl Mahoney - blog friend author (reading)
   Christmas on Main Street Anthology  - picked up at Kindle

AudioBook Jukebox 
    more being requested

From TBR Collection - Angel Christmas Anthology
Won Book - Carving Angels by Diane Stringam Tolley
(read to be reviewed this week)
Free Kindle/Nook or Smashwords: TBD

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