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Sunday, April 12, 2015

It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 13, 2015

This meme starts at Book Journey! In case anyone is not aware, Sheila's younger son, Justin, was killed in an accident on April 4. Right now the family is dealing with the tragedy and their grief. I am not sure when she will get back to setting up IMWAYR links. Meanwhile my prayers continue for her family.

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 work week with a couple of small closings and preparing for a big closing next week. I finished the week working on taxes to be filed next week. I was finalizing records Saturday and didn't even think until I came home that I hadn't posted a review during the day. 

I enjoyed my reading last week although I only finished one audio and one eBook.  I posted three reviews (one with a giveaway) so I stayed up to date. I also posted the usual memes. :-)

I visited blogs early in the week and I did get to visit a bit more late in the week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review: A Hope Remembered by Stacy Henrie; Historical Romance, WWI; my rating 4.25
  • Audio Book Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril; Teen, Sci Fi Thriller; my rating 4.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP4

Dog Tags
Written by: David Rosenfelt
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
I really enjoyed this plot and the humor.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle

Before the Scarlet Dawn: Daughters of the Potomac - Book 1
by Rita Gerlach
We read this for Ladies' Book Club. It had good points and not so good issues. I will post a review this week. 
Click on book title for full description.

I did watch two books made into movies this week too: 
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Book 1) by Cassandra Clare -- I read the third book, City of Glass. I certainly wish I had read book 1 as it would have helped me understand book 3 better.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game (The Ender Quartet series Book 1) by Orson Scott Card -- I read this maybe 10 or more years ago at the encouragement of my son. I never did get around to reading the sequels and had been thinking I should re-read book 1. I enjoyed the movie which helped me remember the book.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Shadow Study (Soulfinders)
by Maria V. Snyder
I am 60% along on this adventure and enjoying the danger.
I hope to post the review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/ MP4

Blood for Ink: The Scarlet Plumiere Series, Book 1
Written by: L. L. Muir
Narrated by: Jim McCance
I selected this through AudioBook Jukebox 
because it sounded like fun.
I am really enjoying it!
Publisher's Summary
If he unmasks her, she's as good as dead....
As the mysterious writer who exposes gentlemen's secrets, it is not the first time The Scarlet Plumiere has been hunted. But this time it's different. This time, she interferes with one of the Four Kings, and the brotherhood will not rest until they marry her off and place her securely under a man's thumb. Only they have to catch her first.
The Earl of Northwick is falling for this writer, sight unseen. Will she be pretty? Will she have all her teeth? In his rush to claim her for himself, regardless of who she might ultimately be, he places her in grave danger - her desperate enemies are watching closely for the moment her mask is removed.
Blood for Ink is a full-length Regency romance and is the first of four novels in The Scarlet Plumiere Series. The sequel is Bones for Bread and an excerpt is included at the end of Blood for Ink.
©2012 Lesli Muir Lytle (P)2012 Lesli Muir Lytle

3. eBook/Kindle

The Fire Sermon
by Francesca Haig
I am looking forward to this book I received through NetGalley.
Book Description
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

I am reading The One Year Bible again along with my husband and others from our church. I am also listening to the companion commentary online. -- Really enjoying my Bible reading. It seems my eyes are open to more details and meaning. To go a step beyond the Bible reading I am also reading Jesus Daily 365 Interactive Devotions.

April Scheduled -
4/23/15 Fringe Benefits by Sandy James Blog Tour Review
4/28/15 Sinfully Yours (The Hellions of High Street) by Cara Elliott Blog Tour Blitz
4/30/15 The Brass Giant: A Chroniker City Story by Brooke Johnson Blog Tour

I am still focusing on reading NetGalley titles and TBR titles for the next couple of months.

I posted three reviews last week so I am still up to date. :-)
I am (very) slowly reading the waiting NetGalley titles in between the new ones.

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) and after a tour of hosts has returned to its permanent home at Mailbox Monday. Thanks to the ladies sharing hosting duties: Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit and Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. 

I received two audio review titles, one print win book and selected two Audibles with credits..
I downloaded more free kindle titles to my library.
(Although I have gotten to a couple, I still have many author requests, old and new ones, to consider and reply to.)
 Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles
I received two audio books from AudioBook Jukebox:
Blood for Ink: The Scarlet Plumiere Series, Book 1
Written by: L. L. Muir
Narrated by: Jim McCance
I selected this through AudioBook Jukebox because it sounded like fun.
See the full description above under current reading.

Trident's First Gleaming: 
A Special Operations Group Thriller
Written by: Stephen Templin
Narrated by: Brian Troxell
Former SEAL Chris Paladin leaves SEAL Team Six to become a pastor, but CIA spook Hannah Andrade pulls him back into Special Operations Group, the ultra-secret unit...

Another book I won From Mary's Bookfan:

The Bookseller: A Novel
by Cynthia Swanson

"A provocative and hauntingly powerful debut novel reminiscent of Sliding Doors, The Bookseller follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams."
This is hardcover no less - I haven't had one of these in a while. :-)
Thank you Mary and Cynthia.

I selected these two audible titles with my March credits - they both had high ratings and look very interesting!
Stolen Songbird
Written by: Danielle L. Jensen
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Erin Moon
"As Ccile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer's daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever."

Written by: Jonathan Maberry
Narrated by: Ray Porter
"Joe Ledger and his team begin a desperate search for the secret to this new technology and the madmen behind it. But before they can close in, the enemy virus infects Air Force One. The president is trapped aboard as the jet heads toward the heart of New York City. It has become Predator One."


Over the past week I added only 44 free Kindle titles to my library. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. Wow! A busy posting week from you and A LOT of new arrivals. The Fire Sermon looks interesting!


  2. Dog Tags sounds like a read I would enjoy. Love animals and humor, they work well!

  3. Lucky you winning a copy of The Bookseller - enjoy!

  4. I like the only tag added to the 44 added to your kindle!

  5. I've heard The Bookseller is really good. Congrats on the win!

  6. I really liked Snyder's Study series. I'm glad you are enjoying it too. Happy reading!

  7. Congrats on your Bookseller win! I'm on hold for the audiobook. Happy reading and listening :)

  8. I plan on reading The Bookseller as part of the She Reads Spring books.
    I hope you have a great reading week!

  9. Wow, that's a busy week and check out all those new arrivals. Happy reading

  10. Looks like a good week for you. Too bad the Scarlet book was disappointing.

    The Bookseller seems to be quite popular.

    ENJOY this week of reading.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  11. I am looking forward to reading The Book Seller! I have the Scarlet book on my Kindle. Look forward to your thoughts.


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