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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mailbox Monday September 30, 2013

Welcome to Mailbox Monday.
Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.  This Meme started with Marcia at A Girl and Her Books (fka The Printed Page) but is now hosted at Mailbox Monday and through various blog hosts.
For SEPTEMBER: the Mailbox Monday Tour host is MIA so look for the links at Beauty in the Ruins.
[Starting September, Bob of Beauty in Ruins will be the new back-up host for Mailbox Monday.]

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.


I received five titles this week.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles

I received one eBook for review:
Received for blog tour review through BookBlast:

by Annette K. Larson

I received two more Audio books from Audiobook Jukebox for review:

Helper12 | [Jack Blaine]

Helper 12




and


The Time Fetch


Audiobook (CDs)
The Time Fetch
by Amy Herrick; read by Luci Christian
Unabridged   7.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/27/2013
A Kids’ Indie Next List Pick!






Won

NONE


Purchased
I used the balance of my $5.00 credit at my Audible Subscription to purchase this Daily Deal special for $2.95. 


Brave New World | [Aldous Huxley]
Brave New World

Free
A free book on my Audible Subscription:

We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better | [Dave Eggers]

We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better




I also downloaded a handful or two of free Kindle Titles linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Free Par-tayInspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? September 30, 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.

My work week was pretty good - busy but not overly stressful. Reading has continued to be very good.  I finished five books and posted only four reviews, one with Giveaway.  I posted an author feature plus Giveaway.
I also posted the weekly Mailbox Monday, Friday Pick Giveaway, Saturday Snapshot, Sharing Beyond Books Comment Giveaway and Sunday Words.

I need to get busy visiting again.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts plus win post:
  • Book Review with Giveaway: Convict Dad by P. Ryan Hempree, Cozy Mystery, Christian, my rating 4.25. Ends 9/30/13.
  • Book Review: Double Click by Lisa Becker, Contemporary Romance; my rating 4.25. 
  • Book Review: Always on My Mind by Jill Salvis, Lucky Harbor Series, Contemporary Romance, my rating 4.25.
  • Audio Book Review: Once by Morris Gleitzman, Fiction, children; my rating 4.25. 
Finished Reading:
1. Audible



Shadows of Glass: The Ashes Trilogy Book 2
    by Kassy Tayler
    Narrated by Nicola Barber
        Series: The Ashes, Book 2

I enjoyed this but it ends 
on a cliffhanger for the final book.
I will post a review this week.
Click on Title for full Book Description.



2. Audible
Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5 | [Taylor Anderson]


Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5
I love this series! I will listen to Book 6 as soon as I finish my audio review titles. :-)
Publisher's Summary
Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win.

However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue. For when Reddy and Jenks report the situation to the New Britain Company, they are met with scorn and disbelief. It soon becomes obvious that the ruthless Company is attempting to overthrow the Imperial Throne - and that someone involved knows where Sandra and Rebecca are. From the halls of power to the ballrooms of the nobility, Reddy must navigate through a tempest of politics, deception, and betrayal if he is ever going to save the hostages and live to fight another day.
©2010 Taylor Anderson (P)2011 Tantor



3. Print



My Lady Quicksilver
by Bev McMaster
 TI really liked this one!
I will post review
with ARC Giveaway this week.

Click on Title for full Book Description.



4. eBook/Kindle


Hallowed Eve
by Suza Kates
I am reading this for review for the author during blog tour of her new release.
This review will post October 3, 2013.
Click on Title for full Book Description.



5. Audio/MP3
Helper12 | [Jack Blaine]


Helper12
This is another dystopia 
I selected through AudioBook Jukebox.
I will post a review this week.
Publisher's Summary
Helper12 works as a Baby Helper in Pre Ward, the place where babies spend their first six months of life before they're tracked for vocations and sent to training. She does her job well, and she stays out of trouble. But one day, the Sloanes, Society members who enjoy all the privileges of their station - family unit clearance, a private dwelling, access to good food and good schools - come to "adopt" one of the Pre Ward babies. The Director makes a deal and the Sloanes walk out with a brand new child.

They also walk out owning Helper12 - the Director sells her to them, and there's nothing she can do but go. At the Sloanes, Helper12 enters a world where people should be able to enjoy life - with high position and riches come the opportunity for individual freedom, even the chance to love - but that's not what she finds. The Sloanes are keeping secrets. So is their biological son, Thomas.

Helper12 has some secrets of her own; she's drawing, which is a violation, since Baby Helpers aren't tracked for Art. And she's growing to love the child she was bought to care for - at the same time that Ms. Sloane is becoming disenchanted with her impulse baby buy.

When all your choices are made for you, how do you make some for yourself? Helper12 is about to find out.
©2011 Jack Blaine (P)2013 Jack Blaine



Line Edits/Releases:
Caught up on new releases. Back to working on print and Smashwords releases.

Enter the bi-monthly drawings at eTreasures Publishing Facebook page.
This week's giveaway link: The Wonk Decelerator by John Joseph Doody. A fun adventure, new release!

Currently reading:
1. Print


These Boots Weren't Made for Walking
by Melody Carlson
This has started fun.
Reading for Ladies Book Club 10/12.
Book Description
Publication Date: February 19, 2009
Willing to make the necessary sacrifices–even skipping the occasional latte–to ensure career success, 31-year-old Cassidy Cantrell “invests” in a chic pair of boots, certain they’ll make a spectacular impression and help seal the deal on a long-anticipated promotion from her Seattle employer.

But reality tromps all over her expectations. Cassie’s job is abruptly eliminated–and her love life obliterated, when her longtime boyfriend dumps her for a “friend.” Her self-esteem in tatters, Cassie limps home to the resort town she once so eagerly fled–only to find her recently divorced mother transformed into a gorgeous fifty-something babe with a thriving social life. Cassie wrestles with envy and apathy as she considers the dismal shape of her own physique and romantic prospects. What will it take for her to jump back into life and regain her stride?

This sassy and hilarious novel leads readers on a romp through the wilds of relationships, romance, career, and spirituality, revealing that, while God’s plans may look drastically different than our own, it’ll always be a perfect fit.



2. Audio


The Chronology Protection Case
by Paul Levinson
I am just starting this short audio.
Reviewing for Author through AudioBook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
The radio play of "The Chronology Protection Case" was adapted by Mark Shanahan with Paul Levinson, based on the novelette by Paul Levinson which first appeared in the pages of Analog magazine in September 1995. The script of the radio adaptation was nominated for a prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award as "Best Play of 2003" by the Mystery Writers of America.

The radio play was initially performed live before a studio audience at the Museum of TV & Radio in September of 2002. It was subsequently recorded at CDM Studios in New York City in 2003, featuring a cast of nine actors, with an original sound design and score. The CDM recording was produced by Charles de Montebello and Mark Shanahan.

"The Chronology Protection Case" radio play, a science fiction murder mystery, features Shanahan in the role of Dr. Phil D'Amato, the forensic detective who appears in Levinson's acclaimed novels, The Silk Code, The Consciousness Plague, and The Pixel Eye. When D'Amato is approached by the distraught wife of a missing scientist whose work is embroiled in secrecy, he is plunged into an adventure with a terrifying and powerful force of nature at the heart of a series of mysterious deaths.
©1995 Paul Levinson; (P)2005 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.



3. Audio


The Time Fetch 
by Amy Herrick
I will start this before the end of the week.
Reviewing for Highbridge Audio through AudioBook Jukebox.
Product Description
Under normal circumstances, a Time Fetch sends out its foragers to collect only those moments that will never be missed or regretted. It then rests, waiting to be called back by the Keeper, who distributes the gathered time where it is needed in our world and others. When eighth grader Edward innocently mistakes a sleeping Fetch for an ordinary rock, he wakes its foragers too early, and they begin to multiply and gobble up too much time. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it’s begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear as the whole fabric of the universe starts to unravel.

To try to stop the time foragers he has unleashed, Edward must depend on the help of his classmates Feenix, Danton, and Brigit—whether he likes it or not. They all have touched the Fetch, and it has drawn them together in a strange and thrilling adventure where the boundaries between worlds and dimensions are blurred, and places and creatures on the other side are much like the ones they’ve always known—but slightly twisted, a little darker, and much more dangerous.

A fast-paced tale of mythology, danger, friendship, and a shocking centuries-old secret, The Time Fetch is a magical adventure that reveals the extraordinary hiding just inside the ordinary.



4. eBook - undecided!

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: Still working.  I am still working on new print formatting this week.

I enjoyed a more loose review schedule in September and may want to do that again soon. :-)
I currently have eight titles read that need reviews posted so I hope to do at least five this week.

October Scheduled
10/2 - 5 Book Blast Post: Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen
10/3 Author Tour Review: Hallowed Eve by Suza Kates
10/8 - 14 Book Blast Post: A Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure
10/12 Women’s Book Club: These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking by Melody Carson (reading)
10/14  BookBlast Tour Review: Lord Trowbridge’s Angel by G.G. Vandagriff
10/18  BookBlast Tour Review: Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen
[Date to be set: 10/24 to 11/8 BookBlast Tour Review:  Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure]


Sourcebooks
     Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrows
     The Christmas He Loved Her by Julia Stone


NetGalley:
   I may browse for new choices.

AudioBook Jukebox 
     The Chronology Protection Case by Paul Levinson (listening)
     The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

Authors - I have several requests to consider.

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

Sunday Words of Encouragement September 29, 2013

Our sermon this morning was given by our Youth Pastor. He opened by reminding us how Superman came to Earth as a child, not knowing his history or his destiny. As he was growing up he experienced years of trauma trying to figure out his powers, never getting the girl because of complications, and learning to do good. Next Pastor directs us to David who was a man after God’s own heart and a boy who had a great destiny.  The message was entitled “A Season of Shadows.”

David experienced THE CALLING to his position as a youth when he was anointed by Samuel. 1 Samuel 16:13. But calling is only the beginning; David wasn’t prepared yet to become King. In 1 Samuel chapter 17 David faces Goliath and the Philistines. Then in chapter 18 he becomes a great warrior, celebrated by the people. Then troubles begin as Saul attacks in chapter 19. David is led into his Season of Shadows while he becomes a fugitive running from the enemy. (See Psalm 142: 1-3.)  During a season of shadow we are confused and experience emotional and sometimes physical pain. We don’t understand God’s plan and we question our faith.

To compare to today – we have no GPS to help direct us. We don’t see the bigger picture and we must rely and trust God to take us where He wants us. We need to learn that God knows the outcome as we go through our times of testing. David learned to wait for God’s direction. It was 20 or so years before THE FULFILLMENT when David was finally anointed as King. 2 Samuel 2:1.

We are each created with a special spiritual purpose and destiny. We will all have times of trouble, trauma and crisis – our Season of Shadows. Will we learn to trust God to guide and use us as He plans?


As I was choosing a different song I saw this title. This is perfect for this message!
When God Has Another Plan.

Verses for Today:
James 1:2-4 (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.


Interestingly there was a message in tongues uttered near the beginning of the sermon. The interpretation was: “God is taking you where He wants you to be. Do not fear.” How fitting! Thank you, Lord.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sharing Beyond Books #119 Comment Giveaway 9/28/13

Hello again on Saturday night and Welcome to SBB, Sharing Beyond Books.

I can't believe that it will be October this week! Wow - the year has run quickly.

The larger number of commenters prefer milk chocolate - 12. But 6 people like ALL chocolate and 7 prefer dark. No one chose while chocolate as first preference.

The greater majority do like to read series in a row - 16!  Only 4 prefer time in between and 5 like mixed - depends on the series or the length.

Thank you to all who shared last week.
~~~~
The Winner from SBB #118 comments is: #7 Llehn who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the ARC/Review titles, Christmas titles or Love titles - all linked near the end of the post.  Please let me know your choice by completing the (new) WINNER FORM.

WEEK #119

Q1. Abby (Nikki) asks:  Are you a book wrapper (wraps books in plastic) or just a leave-them-as-they-are person??
A: I do not use any covers for print books. However, my MP3 has a little rubbery cover to protect from scratches and I keep my old Kindle in a cover while in my purse or briefcase.


Image found at MirandaMade.

Q2. My nonbookish Question this week: Do you like and/or will you ride roller coasters??
A: There was a time when I would get nauseous on roller coasters so I would not ride. But when our kids were younger we often vacationed where we could spend a day at parks like Ghost Mountain (Maggie Valley NC), Disney Magic Kingdom (Orlando, FL), Universal Studios (Orlando), Busch Gardens (Tampa, FL), Carowinds (NC/SC line) and Six Flags (GA).
I finally learned to enjoy THE HULK with the kids!
Image found at Orlando Attractions.

Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! We are getting low on questions so hopefully you will send more in -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify to use.
THIS IS THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND THE Q CONTRIBUTORS WERE: Birgit, MaryP, Margaret and Abby. The Q winner is MARGARET -- Please pick a book or GC. 

Your turn to share:

Q1. Abby (Nikki) asks:  Are you a book wrapper (wraps books in plastic) or just a leave-them-as-they-are person??

Q2.My non-bookish Question: Do you like and/or will you ride roller coasters??

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Valentine and "Love" books , the Christmas Giveaway Books, or the June 2012 Newly Updated ARC/Review List.

SBB Rules:
a) Must be a follower.
b) Share a comment on either of the two questions above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.

I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made by Friday, October 4, 2013 at 10 PM central.

Audio Book Review: Once by Morris Gleitzman

This is a remarkable story of occupied Poland lived through the eyes of a story telling young boy.
Once
By Morris Gleitzman
Read by Morris Gleitzman


Published by Bolinda Audio
Series: Once Series, Book 1 
Published:    August 01 2005 
Read by:    Morris Gleitzman 
Number of CDs / Tapes:    3 
Duration:    3 hours  
Available Date:    August 01 2005 
ISBN:    1740949021 

Genre:    Fiction; Childrens
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0


Description:
Felix lives in a convent orphanage in Poland. He is convinced his parents are still alive and that they will one day come back to get him. When Nazi soldiers come to the orphanage Felix decides to escape and make his way home.The journey to find his parents is a long and difficult one, as Poland is occupied by the Nazis and a dangerous place for a Jewish boy. Felix manages to live and look after himself and another orphan, Zelda, with the help of a kind dentist, Barney, who is hiding and looking after a number of Jewish children. When the Nazis discover them, Barney makes the ultimate sacrifice for the children – electing to go with them on the train to the death camps, rather than taking the option of freedom offered by a Nazi soldier, one of his grateful patients.


Review:
"Once I was living in an orphanage in the mountains and I shouldn't have been and I almost caused a riot." And so opens a surprising, fictional tale to paint a picture of the Holocaust as seen from the eyes of a child.

Felix is a young boy living in a convent orphanage in Poland. He is a great story teller creating "once upon a time" bright tales to cheer the other children. Felix believes that his parents, who owned a book store, will be returning for him any day. One day Nazi soldiers come and he sees them burning books in front of the building. This sets Felix on a frenzy to find his parents and save the books in their shop from the book-burning Nazis.

Felix leaves gifts, a whole carrot and a treasured storybook, to his friend in the orphanage and sneaks away. It is dangerous enough for a young child in the woods and along the empty paths but he doesn’t have any understanding how dangerous it is for him, a Jewish boy. Felix makes it to the town only to discover that his parents shop and the home above have been taken over by others. The books are gone and the new people are ready to turn Felix in to the Nazis.

Felix heads off to the city and along the way stumbles upon a farm where he hopes to find welcome and food. To his horror he finds dead chickens and dead people. But the little girl is alive and he runs off with her as his new charge to protect. Felix and Zelda see many people being herded into the city by Nazi soldiers. He doesn’t understand but tells Zelda they are going to city to find their parents.

In the city Felix and Zelda are hidden with other children by a brave dentist, Barney. They struggle along in the basement until Nazis discover them and push them out to the trains. Barney could stay to secretly treat the Nazi soldiers but he decides he must go with the children. In spite of the trauma and horribly cramped conditions, Felix finds a way to share. But are they all doomed to travel to the death camps or is there a chance for escape?

This short, quicl story is wonderfully and remarkably set out from the view of a young boy with a great imagination, a sweet naivety and an unsinkable determination. The horrors of the occupation are subtly told but visual enough to be chilling. I would say the delivery and story are 'delightful' except that is not an appropriate word for the gravity of the setting. I recommend this to those who like  history, especially told from a different perspective and with a child’s wonder.

Audio Notes: Morris Gleitzman does a marvelous job reading the story as the young boy Felix. He manages to express the myriad emotions of friendship, confusion, fear, tenderness, horror and more. His reading made the story even more poignant and alive.
I received this audio from the 2013 summer SYNC YA program. I am so glad for SYNC as otherwise I would not even know about this book.

Saturday Snapshot September 28, 2013 Bahamas Cruising - Day at Sea

Cruise Day 5 was at day at sea. Although it can get crowded because everyone stays on board, we still have a relaxing day. 
We were awake pretty early and I got some lovely early morning shots as the sun was rising.



Robert went out to the deck early while I was still dressing. 
He got some interesting shots not realizing that the camera had fogged over:

You can guess what this picture is and next week I'll post a clear one. :-)


Thanks to all who stop by and visit. I hope to visit around Saturday morning this week.

A big Thank You to Alyce of At Home With Books who has hosted this meme for a number of years. She is taking a summer hiatus at her blog and the new host will be Melissa at West Metro Mommy. Thank you to Melissa for picking up the responsibility.

To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky being hosted this summer by West Metro Mommy. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway September 27, 2013

[** If you are new to Friday Pick Giveaway - Welcome!  Scroll down a bit (below book group #19) for instructions on how to enter.]

Happy Friday Friends!!  How is everyone doing this week? I am finally feeling better. 
Check out the new list today.

[UPDATED NOTE - US entrants I prefer, please, that you pick a book as that is the first purpose of this giveaway - to find new homes for books. The GCs are for the international entrants because postage has jumped up.]

Thank you to all who entered the September 20 Pick. There were FOUR Automatic wins this week - sometimes it seems like feast or famine! :-) (Automatic winners are those who requested the book four times and I did not note other people asking for that book during those weeks). There were three blocked titles with one won.
Di gets My Lady Midnight
Louisa gets The Clairvoyant Countess
Becky gets To Tame a Rebel
and
bn100 gets The Shadowed Heart


CONGRATULATIONS
to Random.org picked Winners from September 20 Pick:

Linda gets a GC
booklady gets the Jude Deveraux pair (won through a several weeks block.)

All winners please fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me to confirm your win, send your snail mail address information and let me know if you would like bookmarks - sensual or sexy and I have a new supply of sweet bookmarks. {The form is new because Google changed their forms and the old one wasn't letting me print out the responses.}



See the fallen leaves? That is what our yard is beginning to look like.
Image found at Darling Magazine.

New Book Group #42 September 27, 2013
Pairs:
Linda Lael Miller:
     The Legacy and Here &Then
Susan Spencer Paul
     Beguiled and The Bride's Portion
Singles:
Whisper on the Wind by Joan Smith
Portrait of Dreams by Victoria Malvey
No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long
Deceptions & Dreams by Debra Deir (spine creases)
Wet & Wild by Sandra Hill
Fulfillment by Barbara Delinsky
Something Extra by Janet Dailey
Trouble Becomes Her by Laura Van Wormer
Dead Silence by Brenda Novak
Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb

New Book Group #41 August 2, 2013
Pairs:
Jude Deveraux
    Return to Summerhouse and Twin of Fire
Mariah Stewart
    Priceless and Brown-Eyed Girl
Singles:
The Shadowed Heart by Nina Beaumont
Hannah by Lori Copeland
My Lady Midnight by Laurie Grant
Wicked and Wonderful by Valerie King
The Door to December by Dean Koontz
Heart of the Storm by Lindsay McKenna
Crucfixtion River by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini
Tabitha in Moonlight by Betty Neels
The Nightingale's Song by Jo-Ann Power
Caught in a Bind by Gayle Roper
Cattle Rancher, Secret Son by Margaret Way
White Heather by Jaclyn Reding

New Book Group #40 June 28, 2013
Pairs:
     (Highlands) Highland Treasure by Amanda Scott and Highlander Unbound by Julia London
     (Angels) Not Quite An Angel by Bobby Hutchinson and An Angel for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
Singles:
What Sarah Saw by Margaret Daley (Cover has black line across where bookstore crossed it for clearance)
Her Last Chance by Terri Reed  (Cover has black line across where bookstore crossed it for clearance)
The Clairvoyant Countess by Dorothy Gilman
Breakfast in Bed by Sandra Brown - Audio Cassette Tapes
Mission: Irresistible by Lori Wilde
Sin and Scandal in England by Melody Thomas
Dance With Me by Luanne Rice
A Mother's Day Anthology - three stories
Rising Moon by Lori Handeland
Star Light, Star Bright by Katherine Stone
Another View by Rosamunde Pilcher
Promise Forever by Marta Perry


New Book Group #39 May 31, 2013 - Plenty of "summer" titles!
Oops - I never added all the links last month so no promises on these either.

Pairs:
Hannah Howell
     Highland Hearts and Highland Destiny
Catherine Anderson
     My Sunshine and Blue Skies
Elizabeth Lowell
     Remember Summer and Too Hot to Handle
Singles:
Touched by Fire by Kathleen O'Reilly
Playing with Fire by Gena Showalter
Shetland Summer by Janet Lynnford
That Summer by Joan Wolf
Shadow of the Sun by Tammy Hilz
Dark Summer by Iris Johansen
Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs
Shadow Beach by Barbara Freethy
It All Began at Monte Carlo by Elizabeth Adler


New Book Group #38 April 20, 2013
Here is a group with many mysteries.  Links to be added as I get time.


Pairs:
Amanda Scott
      Abducted Heiress and Highland Bride
Sandra Brown
     Texas! Chase and Exclusive (spine wear) (not the covers as on the links)
A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris
Deadly Advise by Roberta Isleib
Dial Emmy for Murder by Eileen Davidson 
On Deadly Ground (Love Inspired Suspense) by Lauren Nichols
Happy Never After by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
Female Intellignece by Jane Heller
Improper English by Katie MacAllister
Sheer Dynamite by Jennifer Skully
Golden Chances by Rebbecca Hagen Lee
Caitlin's Guardian Angel by Marie Ferrarella
Burning Alive by Shannon K. Butcher
Awaken the Senses by Nalini Singh


New Book Group #37 March 22, 2013
As I am linking these titles it is clear to me why they were in my TBR boxes and it is really hard to let them go but I have soooo many. Better that they find good reader homes than sit on my shelves, or in a box, and collect dust. 
Pairs:
Singles:
Anthology: Something Borrowed, Something Blue - this book has spine creases and minor water damage...I thought I had read it and liked it but now I realize it was another anthology I read with Elaine Barbier.
To Tame a Rebel by Georgina Gentry
While Passion Sleeps by Shirlee Busbee
The Admiral's Bride by Suzanne Brockmann
Lady Ice by Joan Hohl



New Book Group #36 February 15, 2013
Pairs:
Tara Taylor Quinn
     Father: Unknown and McGillus v.Wright
Singles:
Timeline by Michael Crichton
The Trailsman: Texas Lead Slingers by Jon Sharpe


New Book Group #35 January 11, 2013
*asterisks indicate lighter, smaller books possibly suitable for international mailing 
Pairs
Singles-- I found a couple of boxes of romances (a lot of Harlequins) that I haven't gotten to read over the past 8 years so... I will send them off to others to read!

*Merger of Fortunes by Peggy Moreland

New Book Group #34 December 7, 2012--- (All gone)

New Book Group #33 October 27, 2012
*asterisks indicate lighter, smaller books possibly suitable for international mailing

SINGLES - CHRISTMAS TITLES (Better sizes for international) 
*Deck the Halls by Arlene James (slight spine creasing)
*A Holiday Prayer by Deb Kastner  (slight spine creasing)


New Book Group #32 October 5, 2012
- Oops upside down book! NOTE This book has dog bite damage; it is missing half back cover and the edges of pages in the back third of the book... it does not effect the text but I will understand if no one wants this one - A Courtesans Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley


New Book Group #31 August 31, 2012
I pulled some more books from several of my boxes.

An Honorable Man by Rosemary Rogers (spine creases)


New Book Group #30 July 27, 2012
This time I pulled some books from one of my older boxes.
*asterisks indicate lighter, smaller books possibly suitable for international mailing


The Willful Widow by Valerie King (spine wear)
Wild Escapade by Lisa Bingham
Dancing on Snowflakes by Jane Bonander (postage too much - replaced with GC)

New Book Group #29 June 29, 2012
*asterisks indicate lighter, smaller books possibly suitable for international mailing

Magic: The Gathering Distant Planes, An Anthology
*One is the Lonliest Number - Tom Clancey's Net Force

New Book Group #28 May 18, 2012 (All gone)

New book Group #27 April 13, 2012 (All gone)

New book Group #26 March 2, 2012--- (All gone)

New Group #25 January 12, 2012---(All gone)

New Group #24 Pick Books November 25, 2011---(All gone)

New Group #23 Pick Books October 14, 2011
I tried to pick some books that would be good for October -
Halloween or dark minded.
Ghost Writer (Shivers #3) by M.D. Spenser


New Group #22 Pick Books September 2, 2011---(All gone)

New Group #21 of Pick Books July 29, 2011
Mallory's Oracle (Kathleen Mallory Novels) by Carol O'Connell

May, 2011 New Group of Pick books Group #20
Luciano's Luck by Jack Higgins - Audio Cassettes

3/25/11 I did get to set up a new group of books: Group #19
Primary Colors - audio tapes
*Note of Peril (black strip on cover)

2/19/11 Book Group #18- Pairs!---(All gone).

I have finally updated the intro and Entry paragraphs here:

If you saw the pictures posted of my bookshelves and boxes you know I do have lots of books! And that doesn't include the other eight or so boxes at my office!! And more books as I find deals too good to pass up! I am sharing my book bounty by these Friday Pick Giveaways.

I started Friday Pick in November 27, 2009 and in three years I have posted 33 groups of 16 (528) books to find new homes! (as of November 2012)

I periodically update the lists - deleting those won. You can still go to the Friday Pick list link to see older posts and the older lists book pictures if you want! I am happy to say that so far about 556+ books (I forgot to update this number for a month) have found new homes! YAY. I have to update my print out to check the exact number sent out - a few were never claimed.

Note rules here regarding international entries.
Because postage to overseas can be prohibitive I am willing to give a $5.00 book certificate to international winners - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, ARe, TWRP, ClassAct Books, eTreasures, Desert Breeze, etc....you tell me where and I'll set it up. So for my overseas visitors your comment may indicate a smaller book and I'll check postage or note your choice of gift card.

I learned that The Book Depository does not ship to everywhere. The postage for some of the books to far away places runs between $5.00 $7.00 and $6.00 $10.00 and up. Since I would award $5.00 for The Book Depository to an international winner, as an alternative you may choose a smaller book and we will hope the postage will not exceed $6.00. If the postage is more, or if you want to pick a larger book and you are willing to pay any extra postage beyond the $6.00 I will work with you on that. This may not make a difference to many but if it helps one or two of you to give one of my books a home that will make me happy too. :o)

TO ENTER:
Leave a comment and tell me WHICH BOOK you would like to get from the Friday Pick lists.
CUT OFF TIME IS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 10:00 PM CENTRAL so I do not have to stay up past midnight to do the winner post!
I will randomly pick two winners to announce Friday mornings with the next Pick post.
Automatic wins are those who requested the book four times and I did not note other people asking for that book during those weeks.
WINNERS PLEASE CHECK THE WIN POST ON FRIDAYS AND fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me at mesreads@gmail.com. [I will confirm receipt of the addresses- well I realize I haven't always done this. But if you filled out the form and don't get the book within two weeks nudge me with an email please!] If I have the winners e-mail I will send a reminder in a week or so....

Thanks for helping these books find new homes!!

Repeating this helpful blog tip: You can right click on a link and you will be given the choice to open the link in a new window or tab so you do not navigate away from the screen you are on!! I use this all the time!

1/14/11 New List #17--- (All gone)

12/3/10 Book Set: #16
Sleight of Hand by Robin Hathaway
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown  (postage too much - replaced with GC)

List #15---(All gone)

List #14---(All gone)

Here is set #13 of Used books! ---(All gone)

Group #12---(All gone)

Group #11
Cat's Eyewitness by Rita Mae Brown
Alien Chronicles - The Crimson Claw by Deborah Chester

List #1
Circle of Stars by Anna Lee Waldo

Pick #2---(All gone)

Pick #3---(All gone)

Pick #4
Talking God by Tony Kellerman

Pick #5
See Jane Lead by Lois P. Frankel
Cold Hit by Linda Fairstein - Audio Tapes

Pick #6---(All gone)

Pick #7
Prey by Michael Crichton - Audio Tape
Princess Charming by Jane Heller (slightly creased)

Pick #8
(sc) = slightly creased on binding otherwise all in good shape
The Jury by Steve Martini - Audio Tapes
No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson - Audio Tapes

Pick #9
On Treacherous Ground by Earl Murray
Guardian by Dee Henderson - Audio Tapes
Time to Hunt by Stephen Hunter - Audio Tapes

Pick #10---(All Gone)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Always on My Mind Feature and Excerpt, Plus #Giveaway: Lucky Harbor Backlist!

ALWAYS ON MY MIND
by Jill Shalvis
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Genre: Contemporary
ISBN: 978-1-4555-2110-4



Summary:
After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack's ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib - that she and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle . . .

No-strings attachments suit Jack just fine - perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their "just friends" rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?


Author’s Social Networking links:
Blog: http://jillshalvis.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JillShalvis
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JillShalvis
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22370.Jill_Shalvis


Buy Links:
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1aIeV6N
Indiebound: http://bit.ly/16c0lPH



Author Bio:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

ALWAYS ON MY MIND excerpt:

     He stared at her. “That’s quite a list of shortcomings,” he eventually said. “Is that all?”
     “No.” She shoved her wet hair from her face, though she managed to keep her regal stance, nose firmly in the air at nose-bleed height. “I held back because I didn’t want to be overly rude.”
     He laughed softly. “Don’t hold back, Leah. Let’s hear all of it.”
     “Well, your truck has more sporting goods than a store, you never say you’re sorry, and your girlfriends look like supermodels. I mean, what is that? There’s nothing wrong with real boobs, you know!”
     “I fail to see the problem.”
     She snorted again, and he was starting to feel greatly insulted. “You’re not exactly a walk in the park, Leah.”
     “No?”
     “No. You’re flighty, you live for your every whim, you downplay any real emotion you feel.”
     She hugged herself tight. “Good thing this is all pretend then, isn’t it,” she said softly.
     “Yeah.”
     She was freezing. And hauntingly gorgeous, so damn gorgeous standing there wet and silvery by the moon’s glow, like a goddess. It’s Leah, he had to keep reminding himself. Leah, who’d once beaten him in a marshmallow-eating contest, only to puke all over him. Leah, whose dark-green eyes had a way of telling the world to bite her. Leah, who’d run off on him and left him heartbroken. He took a step into her—for what exactly, he had no idea—and she poked a finger into his chest.
     “God,” she said. “You’re so…” Words apparently failed her, but she let out a sound that managed to perfectly convey how annoying he was.
     “Ditto,” he said, and then grabbed the finger drilling a hole between his pecs and tugged her hard enough that she lost her balance and fell against him.
     He wrapped an arm around her waist, entangling a hand in her wet hair.
     She went still as stone and stared into his eyes. And then lowered her gaze to his mouth.
     Yeah, they were in sync there. Suddenly he couldn’t breathe. Hers caught audibly in her throat, a good sign, he decided. Maybe she wouldn’t knee him in the balls. Testing the waters, he grazed her jawline with his teeth.
     She shivered.
     Then he slid his mouth to the very corner of hers and was rewarded by the clutch of her hands on his shirt. Having her hold on to him like this, like he was her only anchor, sent a bolt of lust straight through him. “Leah,” he murmured, hearing the surprise in his own voice, feeling the heat course through him as he finally—God, finally—covered her mouth with his.
     Her lips parted for him eagerly, and he groaned, drowning in the erotic collision of her hot tongue and chilled, wet body.
     Serious trouble. He was in serious trouble.


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Book Review: Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis

This is another visit to Lucky Harbor with wonderful characters in denial leading to a sexy romance.
  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • ASIN: B00AFHHACO
Genre:Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0


Book Description
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
"Count on Jill Shalvis for a witty, steamy, unputdownable love story." -- Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Harvest Moon
THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING
After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack's ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib - that she and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle . . .
No-strings attachments suit Jack just fine - perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their "just friends" rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?


Review:
Leah had a rough childhood with a father who insisted on perfection and belittled her every effort saying she would always fail. As soon as she was old enough Leah got away. She did well in college but dropped out her last semester. She repeated the performance at chef school, fulfilling the predictions that she couldn’t finish anything.

Now Leah has come home to take care of her grandmother’s bakery while her grandmother recovers. The whole town is watching her as she has been the sweetheart of a cooking competition show. Leah is until contract not to reveal the final outcome but everyone expects her to win. She figures that her grandmother will recover and she will escape town before the finale airs.

Now that Leah is home she can spend time with her best friend and confidant, Jack. Jack is a handsome fire chief being chased by most of the women in town. When they were graduating high school Jack almost convinced Leah to be more than friends but just when he was sure they would be together Leah disappeared. Jack’s mother is fighting cancer and in an effort to cheer her Leah announces that she and Jack are dating. This is news to Jack who isn’t sure he wants to risk his emotions with Leah again.

Even though they fight acknowledging their true feelings they can’t resist their passion. Now Leah and Jack dance around each other trying to decide if they should admit that their pretend romance is real.

I really liked these two characters.  Poor Leah has to overcome the failure complex that was instilled by her abusive father. Jack has to be willing to risk changing his job and risk giving his heart. A large part of the book is filled with intimate, sexual encounters. Although I generally prefer more substance than intimate encounters I still enjoyed the conflict and the story beyond the passion as I waited to see how the pair would resolve their situation. This read quickly and I did enjoy it. Although it is part of a series this reads fine as a stand along.

See Tour Giveaway next post!
I received this title from Hachette/Grand Central Publishing for blog tour and an honest review.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Review: Double Click by Lisa Becker

This is a fun story of friends sharing and supporting each other in life situations.
Double Click
by Lisa Becker


  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482004992
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • ASIN: B00C1RIZHU
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0


Book Description
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley's judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.


Review:
I enjoyed the first book, Click: An Online Love Story, and wanted to find out how the characters progressed. This book continues the same rather unique and fun format of being presented completely through email messages between the characters.  Interestingly the characters seemed to be ‘tempered’ or more mild than portrayed in the first book. This made them even more likeable for me, except perhaps for Mark’s bouncy but annoying love interest. The lady doesn’t know what a capital letter is and can’t spell ... but she sure is cheerful.

Each of the characters is going through their separate life experiences - new mommy with postpartum blues, moving to new town for new work and new love interest, etc.- and it is interesting how they react, share together and support each other. There is a travel journal of sorts reporting on Renee and Shelley’s road trip from LA to Seattle with lots of crazy fun sites to report along the way in funny, punny emails.

I really liked Ethan’s input with Renee, from sharing business advise and philosophy to travel games.* I also enjoyed how Ethan listened to advise from Shelley and managed a perfect “do-over” of a very important event for Renee.

This is a fun story of friends and sharing.  I am not really a lover of ‘life drama’ and I appreciated that this story and format shares emotions between friends and lovers in little e-bites instead of long drama. It is quick and easy reading once you get used to the format. And it is a story that made me smile.

I received this book from the author for review.
*(Some of the questions are so fun I might use them for my Sharing Beyond Books Comment posts!)

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