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Sunday, June 21, 2015

It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 22, 2015

This meme starts at Book Journey! I hope Sheila is doing better. I continue to pray for all of 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 full work week but not overly stressful. The only glitch this week was my car not starting on Saturday. We'll get it to our repair shop on Monday to find out what is wrong.

I had a strong reading/listening week. I finished three books and am nearly done a fourth (audio).  I only posted two reviews  too and the usual memes. :-)

I got to visit a bit two nights this week which was nice.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review: The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen; Sci Fi; my rating 4.25.
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

The Ark
by Laura Liddell Nolen
This was an interesting sci fi. The review is linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle

Murder At Rudhall Manor (A Humorous Murder Mystery)
by Anya Wylde
Best description is: madcap crazy!
I will post the review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/MP3

Eighth Grave After Dark
By Darynda Jones
Narrated By Lorelei King
I enjoyed this fairly quick listen and will review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. Audible/MP3

Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel
Written by: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Narrated by: Jay Snyder
There is good suspense in this sci fi thriller.
I am already 90% complete.
I selected this from my own Audible Library.
Publisher's Summary
His name: Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job: find the Disappeared - outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch: Flint isn't working on the side of the law anymore.
One simple mistake and a Disappeared could end up dead. But this time, the death of an ailing Retrieval Artist has caught Flint's attention. He suspects it was foul play, not a viral infection. Equally suspicious is a young woman's sudden demise during the Moon's prestigious Extreme Marathon. As Flint investigates, he finds an ominous connection. Both deaths lead back to a scientist - a scientist who is now one of the Disappeared.
Listen to more in the Retrieval Artist series.
©2003 White Mist Mountain, Inc.; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

2. eBook/Kindle

Judas the Apostle
by Van Mayhall Jr.
This has some interesting potential but has started a bit slowly. I received this through NetGalley.
Ancient language expert Dr. Clotile Lejeune is happily living a quiet life in Seattle when her world is profoundly shaken. After she learns that her estranged father has been murdered, Cloe must travel with her soldier son, J. E., back to her Louisiana hometown to unlock the mysteries of a two-thousand-year-old oil jar her father has left her—a jar inscribed with the name Judas Iscariot. Anxious to find her father’s killer and dispel her own personal demons, Cloe has no idea that what she is about to uncover has the potential to set the international religious community on fire.

With the help of a mysterious cleric, her son, and a letter from her father, Cloe soon realizes the African oil jar her father unearthed during the war may be the most important relic discovered in centuries. But it is only the beginning. Across the globe, a billionaire arms merchant is leaving a trail of bodies in his wake in his pursuit of the jar and its contents.

In this biblical thriller, the race for answers takes a language professor on a dangerous quest across three continents in order to discover the identity of Judas Iscariot. Now only time will tell if Cloe can find out what the past is reaching out to tell her—before it is too late.

3. eBook/Kindle

A New Hope (Thunder Point series)
by Robyn Carr
I am looking forward to stating this.
I will post a review and giveaway on June 30
as part of Little Bird Publicity Tour.
Starting over is never easy, but in Thunder Point, where newcomers are welcome and friends become family, it's possible to find yourself again. #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr takes us on a moving and rewarding journey as a young woman finds new hope.

After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment.

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.

4. Print

If My People . . .: A 40-Day Prayer Guide for Our Nation
By: Jack Countryman
Enjoyed my second week in this daily reading.
If My People guides believers on a 40-day prayer journey in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14.
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
In the days prior to the election, this prayer booklet guides believers through 40 days of prayer, plus providing seven prayers from past presidents, inspired during some of our country's darkest days.

June/1/15- I am still up to date on Bible reading and greatly enjoying the readings-- It seems my eyes are open to more details and meaning.. 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.

6/30 A New Hope (Thunder Point series) by Robyn Carr

I posted three reviews last week so I have three up for this week.
I am back to four books at NetGalley with a couple more requested.
I did get to two TBR audios and I still hope to get to at least one TBR eBook next week this month.

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 one review title this week from NetGalley and requested some others that are not received yet.
I did purchase two eBooks that I want to read and I downloaded the free Audio pair from SYNC.
And -- as usual, 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 selected this as a "Read Now" through NetGalley because it sounds like a nice warm read:
Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm (Once in a Lifetime)
by Rebecca Raisin
"Maple sugar kisses...
Fall in love with Ashford, Connecticut in this dazzling and beautiful romance from bestselling author Rebecca Raisin."



These are a two titles that I actually purchased:

A Town Called Dust: The Territory 1
by Justin Woolley
I am planning on reading book 2 from NetGalley so I decided to get book 1.
"Stranded in the desert, the last of mankind is kept safe by a large border fence ... Until the fence falls."

Hero (Epic Book 3)
by Lee Stephen
I loved books 1 and 2 so I had to continue the story!
"Redemption awaits. Will the fallen find their way?"


Free Downloads from AudioFile SYNC 2015 for week Seven.

Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein
Read by Sasha Pick

Anne Frank Remembered
by Miep Gies, Alison Leslie Gold
Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Over the past week I added 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. Lovely haul! Enjoy your books, and I hope your car gets fixed problems are the worst!


  2. I've heard such great things about Rose Under Fire. It isn't one I've yet to read myself, but I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!

  3. I hope it is nothing serious with your car and you get it fixed quickly. I haven't read Robyn Carr's story yet myself, but it sounds like a very interesting story. Enjoy your books.

  4. Hope your car is OK. Enjoy the Rebecca Raisin, I love her books!

  5. I'm tempted by Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm! Also, I start the new Robyn Carr book and am hooked.
    Hope the car issue is an easy (and inexpensive) fix.Have a great week, Martha.

  6. I'd like to get Anne Frank Remembered - her diary never fails to move me.

  7. Nice looking assortment of books. I got the SYNC titles too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. Happy reading! These are all new to me.

  9. Can't wait to get to Eight Grave. Thanks for the Rose Under Fire reminder. I just downloaded it.

  10. I am reading J.A. Jance, Birds of Prey, a great read, kind of slow though.
    I hope everyone has a good reading week.

  11. Very nice mailbox.

    ENJOY the rest of your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


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