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Sunday, May 17, 2015

It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 18, 2015

This meme starts at Book Journey! My prayers continue for Sheila as she struggles to regain her footing in a world forever changed 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 hope everyone is enjoying May. 
Last week was very busy in the office. I had a hearing to prepare and appear for, while also preparing for a large closing. I'm glad my staff was handling things well. 

My reading was good, finishing two audios and one ebook.   I posted three reviews (one with giveaway). I also posted the usual memes. :-)

I visited only a little early in the week and then had computer troubles for two nights. I finally did more visiting on Friday night.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
Finished Reading:
1. Audible
When Death Loved an Angel | [Cheree L Alsop]

When Death Loved an Angel
Written by: Cheree L Alsop
Narrated by: Michele Carpenter
This is very intriguing! I'll post a review this week.
I received this title through Audiobook Jukebox.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Kindle

Letters to the Lost
by Iona Grey
I enjoyed this poignant story with two romances -
WWII and present. I'll post a review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible

Gabriel's Redemption: Evan Gabriel Trilogy, Book 1
Written by: Steve Umstead
Narrated by: Ray Chase
This is engaging and I hope to post the review for both the prequel and Book 1 this week.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Once Upon a SEAL (Lucky Thirteen Book 5)
by S.M. Butler
This is reading very quickly.
I will be posting a tour review on 5/20.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Maddie Benson has spent her entire life in Sugar Falls and has never ventured—nor wanted to venture—beyond her small town’s safe borders. But when her delivery job takes her to the doorstep of one very reclusive, former Navy SEAL, Sebastian McIntyre, her small town perceptions are challenged with every conversation they have. It’s not long before she’s losing herself—and her heart—to the mysterious man behind the door.
Bastian’s scars are deeper than the surface. They’re embedded into his soul, and he’s content to keep them buried. But the second Maddie ends up on his doorstep with her sparkling smile and her sunshine hair, his quiet new life shatters and she just might be able to excise the demons he’s tried hard to keep tucked away—if he lets her in.
When Bastian’s old life comes haunting them, he knows he should let her go. But the light she shines on his soul keeps the darkness within him at bay. Letting her go may take more strength than he has, and keeping her close could get her killed.

2. Audible

Virgin River
Written by: Robyn Carr
Narrated by: Therese Plummer
This has been in my Audible library since 2012. I will be listening to more in the series so I thought I would start with Book 1. 
Publisher's Summary
Fan-adored author Robyn Carr presents the story of a woman who "needs a change [and] gets something very different than she bargained for" (Booklist).
Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.
©2007 Robyn Carr; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

3. Print

The Cancer Solution: Taking Charge of Your Life with Cancer
by Jack C. Westman M.D. M.S.
This is good information.
I will take another week to finish.
I received this for review through The Cadence Group.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle

by Abigail Schwaig
I received this from the Author at EPICon 2015.
I am looking forward to reading this.
Book Description
Publication Date: October 21, 2014 | Age Level: 10 - 18
Meet Natalie Pryce- an artist at heart, constantly misunderstood by most of the people she knows. She has changed her career aspirations more times than she can count and feels like a grand failure at life. She is directionless until accidentally falling into an exciting relationship with David, a charming and expressive young man who is more than willing to live moment to moment with her. Life starts looking up, until, just her luck, disaster strikes, secrets are revealed, and Natalie is forced to flee for her life.
If you are tired of young adult novels having unrealistic expectations for true love and if you want to explore a new galaxy set in the elusive Deka Quadrant, then you’ll enjoy this first installment about the mysterious Deka region of space.
Fortune’s Detour was meant to be a prequel to the up and coming sci-fi series. It should serve as both an entertaining read and a preparatory journey from “summer reading list” to “it happened in a galaxy far, far away.”
So prop your feet up, brew a hot mug of Nib juice (make sure those pesky nuts have been properly prepared first!), and sit back and enjoy the first of The Deka Series.

5/3/15- I am up to date on Bible reading but not the daily Devotions. I am only reading those sporadically.
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.

May Scheduled -
No specific date: The Cancer Solution by Jack C. Westman
5/20/15 Tour Review: Once Upon a Seal by S.M. Butler
5/27/15 Tour Review Grey (The Romany Outcasts Series, Book 1) by Christi J. Whitney
5/28/15 Tour Review The Clockwork Crown (Clockwork Dagger Novels Book 2) by Beth Cato
5/30/15 Tour Review and Giveaway: Passionately Yours (The Hellions of High Street) by Cara Elliott

I posted three reviews last week which still left one to add to the three titles for this week.
I still have have three NetGalley titles for tours and two separate selections.  I hope to get to a TBR eBook next week.

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 four review titles this week.
Of course 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
Received from Barclay Publicity for Review 5/20:

Once Upon a SEAL (Lucky Thirteen Book 5) 
by S.M. Butler
See more information above under currently reading.
Romantic Suspense

Received from Hachette for Review  and Giveaway 5/30:

Passionately Yours (The Hellions of High Street)
by Cara Elliott
I am looking forward to the third sister's story in this series.
Historical Romance

Received from iRead Books in Audio Format for Review 6/9:
Dawn of Destiny (Epic Book 1)
by Lee Stephen
"For Scott Remington, war is entirely different. It is a belief. It is a calling. It is a destiny."
Sci Fi

Received eBook from iRead Books for Review 6/16:
Outlaw Trigger (Epic Book 2)
by Lee Stephen
"Only when stretched to the limit will a man truly learn who he is.
That limit is about to be breached. Lines will be crossed.
Sides will be chosen. And faith will be put to the test.
Will the righteous prevail?"
Sci Fi


I resisted again this week. :-)


Over the past week I added a mere 39 free Kindle titles to my library - a lot of the offered titles I already had. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. I so loved the Virgin River series and I believe the narrator is good, although I read them - all still sitting on my shelf! Letters to the Lost looks interesting so will keep my eye out for your review.

  2. I've heard so many good things about the Iona Grey. Have a wonderful reading week!

  3. I really like the cover art on the Iona Grey title, so elegant.

  4. Sadly most of the Sync titles aren't available to me being outside the U.S.
    Have a great week

  5. I want to try a Cara Elliott book. One of these days...

  6. Those should keep you busy for a while! Enjoy!

  7. ENJOY your books and your week of reading.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  8. Letters to the Lost looks good....and I have Virgin River; hope to read it soon! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. I have given up looking at the free books because of my goal to read in 2015 books I add to my collection in 2015. I do hope you enjoy all your new books. Come see what my week was like here. Happy reading!

  10. Interesting selection; Happy Reading

  11. I am reading a triology of Iris Johansen, Eve, Quinn and Bonnie very good.
    I have not won any books recently.


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