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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Post July 26, 2015 / It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday July 27, 2015

Sunday Post - It's Monday! is still not up and linking while Sheila finds her way after her family tragedy.
Kathryn at Date Book suggested linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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.

I caught a surprise cold on Thursday and have spend the weekend trying to sleep when not coughing/hacking.

I had a good reading/listening week. I finished two audios and one ebook.  I posted three reviews, one with tour giveaway. I also posted the memes.

I enjoyed visiting at the beginning of the week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review and Tour Giveaway: A Killer Past by Maris Soule; Criminal Thriller; my rating 4.25.  Ended.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible

Written by: Dean M. Cole
Narrated by: Mike Ortego
This is entertaining.
I received this audio from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle

SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Fox
by Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
This has a lot of interesting detail supporting an exciting story.
I selected this title through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible

Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, Book 1
Written by: Gretchen Archer
This is a fun romp.
I received this from Claire McKinneyPR
together with the next two to review.
Publisher's Summary
Davis Way thinks she's hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies.
Davis learns the truth, and it does not set her free - in fact, it lands her in the pokey. Buried under a mistaken identity, unable to seek help from her family, her hot streak runs cold until her landlord, Bradley Cole, steps in. Make that her landlord, lawyer, and love interest. With his help, Davis must win this high-stakes game before her luck runs out.
This book is part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all! Double Whammy is the first book in the Davis Way humorous mystery series.
©2012 Gretchen Archer (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (and Print)

Dying to Read (The Cate Kinkaid Files Book #1): A Novel 
by Lorena McCourtney 
This is a good Cozy/Female PI. I had this in my Kindle Library since 2013. 
I picked up print copies at discount for our Ladies Book Club on February 1.
 "Lorena McCourtney's lively cozy mysteries hit all the right notes for me, and her newest doesn't miss a chord. A quirky, likable heroine, a handsome guy, and oh, a murder. Don't miss Cate Kinkaid's first case as a PI. It's a killer."--Lyn Cote, author of La Belle Christian
All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was a murder.
Cate Kinkaid's life is . . . well, frankly it's floundering. Her social life, her career, her haircut--they're all a mess. Unemployed, she jumps at the chance to work for her PI uncle, even though she has no experience and no instincts. After all, she is just dabbling in the world of private investigating until she can find a "real" job.
All she has to do for her first assignment is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? But when she reaches the dark Victorian house, she runs into an hungry horde of gray-haired mystery readers and a dead body. This routine PI job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

2. eBook/Kindle

A Curse of Ash and Iron
by Christine Norris
I am 37% in and enjoying the steampunk
and mystery elements.
I received this at NetGalley.
Benjamin Grimm knows the theater is much like real life. In 1876 Philadelphia, people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, and never revealing their secrets.
When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be.
She asks for his help, and he can't refuse. Even if he doesn't believe in 'real' magic, he can't abandon her.
Ellie has spent the long years since her mother's death under the watchful and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with her friendship.
But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spell before midnight on New Year's Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever.

3. Audible

Double Dip: A Davis Way Crime Caper
Written by: Gretchen Archer
Narrated by: Amber Benson
I look forward to continuing Davis' crazy antics.
I received this from Claire McKinneyPR.
Publisher's Summary
“A smart, snappy writer who hits your funny bone!” (Janet Evanovich).
It’s Davis Way’s first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last. Things are dicey at work. A personal assistant goes missing, a little old lady goes on a suspicious winning streak, and a Bellissimo executive goes gaga for Davis. She follows a disappearing slot-tournament player trail to the So Help Me God Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama, then jumps headlong into a high stakes holy scandal. She’s on a losing streak at home, too. Her days, nights, and dinners run together, as Davis juggles a revolving door of uninvited guests, namely her rotten ex-ex-husband, Eddie Crawford. And Bradley Cole thinks three’s a crowd. The worst? Davis doesn’t feel so hot. Maybe it’s the banana pudding, or maybe it’s a little bundle of something else. Double Dip. A reckless ride in the fast lane, and Davis Way can’t find the brakes.
©2013 Gretchen Archer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

June 1, 2015- 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.

I posted three reviews last week and I have three so far for this week. 
I am down to nine NetGalley titles.
I'm counting Dying to Read as my TBR eBook in July. I hope to do a few more in August. 

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 still didn't get replies to several new author offered books being busy and then getting a cold.
I added three audio review titles.
I downloaded the free Audio pair from SYNC and I added 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 three Audible titles from Claire McKinneyPR
Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, Book 1
Written by: Gretchen Archer
Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
{See information above under Finished Reading.}

Written by: Gretchen Archer
Narrated by: Amber Benson
It’s Davis Way’s first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last. Things are dicey at work. 
A reckless ride in the fast lane, and Davis Way can’t find the brakes.

Double Strike
Written by: Gretchen Archer
Narrated by: Amber Benson
A VIP invitation to an extraordinary high-stakes gaming event, as thieves, feds, dance instructors, shady bankers, kidnappers, and gold waiters go all in.



Free Downloads from AudioFile SYNC 2015 for week Eleven.

by Geraldine Brooks
Read by Richard Easton
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
Read by Kate Reading

Over the past week I added 45 free Kindle titles to my library this week. 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've done this meme after one month. Where does the time go?

  2. Oh my 45 titles added. Can't even imagine reading them! I hope to start listening to #20 in the J D Robb series once I have finished listening to my present book. I decided to take a leaf out of your example and listen for a change! Hope that cold disappears soon.

  3. Envious of your 9 NG titles, well done! Happy reading :)

  4. March and Little Women will be wonderful audios. Enjoy! I hope you feel better soon. I think summer colds are harder to deal with than winter ones.

  5. The "Double" books look really cute! Enjoy!

  6. Dying to Read sounds good. So does the steampunk book. I am really getting into steampunk this summer. I hope your cold gets better really soon. Come see my weekly report. Happy reading!

  7. The Double books look really good! Enjoy all your new books!

  8. Hope you are feeling better, have a good reading week.

  9. I really like the one titled A Curse of Ash and Iron.

  10. Dying to Read sounds like the perfect book for book bloggers


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