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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday Post November 8, 2015/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday November 9, 2015

I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's Monday! What Are You Reading now at The Book Date.
Thank you to Sheila for the years that she handled this meme.
Thank you to Kathryn for taking up the baton.

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.

This week was another week of getting things done but not as much as I would have liked. My staff was out half the week for child doctor visits and field trips.

I enjoyed my reading and listening with three books completed. I finished two audios, one ebook and more than two thirds of a print. I posted four reviews, one with giveaway, one bookblast with giveaway and the usual memes.

I got to visit at the beginning of the week again but not later.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP3

Murder on Safari: A Thriller
Written by: Peter Riva
Narrated by: R. D. Watson
My review and a giveaway are linked above. I enjoyed this audiobook received for tour review through I Read Book Tours.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle

Nirvana (Nirvana Series Book 1)
by J.R. Stewart 
Mmmm - interesting but puzzling. I plan to post this on November 12. This is a selection from NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/MP3

Just One Da**ed Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
This is a fun listen from my Audible Library from November 2014.
Publisher's Summary
"History is just one damned thing after another."
Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.
Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document - to try and find the answers to many of History's unanswered questions...and not to die in the process. But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And, as they soon discover - it's not just History they're fighting.
Follow the catastrophe curve from 11th-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake....
©2013 Jodi Taylor (P)2014 Audible Studios

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Merry Mary
by Ashley Farley
I received this for tour review to post November 11.
A young woman longing for a child stumbles upon a Christmas miracle.
Investigative journalist Scottie Darden is photographing the homeless for her Lost Souls series when she makes a discovery that could change her life forever. Under a makeshift tent in subzero temperatures in a downtown city park, she finds a woman's dead body with her infant child. Without her cell phone to call for help, Scottie makes the split-second decision to take the baby home. Her initial instinct is to provide the baby with food and shelter until her family can be located. But as her fondness for the baby grows, she finds herself facing a life on the run or worse—prison time for abduction.
Curl up with Merry Mary this holiday season. A heartwarming story of the powerful connection between a caring soul and an innocent child in need.

2. Print

Katt's in the Cradle: A Secrets from Lulu's Cafe Novel
by Ginger Kolbaba, Christy Scannell
I hadn't quite finished this
so I will complete it this week.
This was Ladies Book Club discussed November 7.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Print

You Know What I'm Sayin'?: Poetry * Drama
by Daniel García Ordaz
I will get back to this after my Ladies Club Book.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle

Dead Girl Running (The New Order Book 1)
by Ann M. Noser
I saw this sci fi dystopian available 
at Caffeinated Book Review
and requested it for review.
Eight years ago, SILVIA WOOD's father died in an industrial accident. After suffering through years of Psychotherapy Services and Mandated Medications for depression and multiple suicide attempts, she longs to work in Botanical Sciences. When the Occupation Exam determines she must work in Mortuary Sciences instead, she wonders if the New Order assigned her to the morgue to push her over the edge.
To appease her disappointed mother, Silvia enters the Race for Citizen Glory, in an attempt to stand out in the crowd of Equals. After she begins training with "golden boy" LIAM HARMAN, she discovers he also lost his father in the same accident that ruined her childhood. Then Silvia meets and falls for Liam's older cousin, whose paranoid intensity makes her question what really happened to her father.
As the race nears, Silvia realizes that she's not only running for glory, she's running for her life.

5. Audible/MP3

Written by: Sandra Brown
Narrated by: John Henry Cox
I needed a book starting in U for the Alphabet Soup Challenge. This is from 2003 in my Audible library.
Publisher's Summary
Carl Herbold enjoys being bad. After all, he is terrifyingly good at it. Stimulated by violence, he and his brother, Cecil, had easily graduated from being juvenile delinquents to full-blown killers. And when Carl, serving a life sentence in an Arkansas penitentiary, carries out a daring escape with a fellow inmate, he heads back to where he began - Blewer County, Texas - and sets in motion events that will threaten and change lives forever.
Anna Corbett had been widowed right before her son was born. Beset by debt and personal tragedy, she faces the toughest challenge of her life - holding on to the ranch that is her son's birthright - unaware that she is at the center of Carl Herbold's vengeful plan. Ezzy Hardge is a retired lawman who is haunted by the one crime he sacrificed everything to solve, but could not. And Jack Sawyer, a seemingly easygoing cowboy and drifter whose past is shrouded in mystery, understands Herbold's twisted mind and his hate-filled lust for vengeance. Risking exposure of his own troubled past, Jack arrives at Anna Corbett's ranch asking for work, but in reality hoping to protect the innocent deaf woman and her young son from Herbold's rage.
Carl Herbold's prison break draws them inexorably toward a day of reckoning: Ezzy, an over-the-hill peace officer seeking redemption; Jack, a man stalked by dark secrets he can no longer outrun; and Anna, a beautiful woman locked in silence and self-imposed isolation. All must grapple with their own demons before their tumultuous confrontation with a diabolical killer.
©1998 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd.; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc

October 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 four reviews last week which left one plus two new so now I am back to three although I hope to post four reviews this coming week. I have another NetGalley selection to read this week and I added one so my shelf is still at three.
I have read 8 of my 12 TBR Pile books and I have picked the last four. I hope plan to start reading them before the end of the 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 two new review titles.
I purchased one $.99 Kindle title and found five (5) free Audible titles.
And of course I added more free kindle titles to my library.
(I am trying to hold off requesting anything new at NetGalley. I am going to request some new Audio books through Audiobook Jukebox but other than that I think it is time to work on the TBR piles!)
Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles
I received this eBook through I am a Reader, Not a Writer ebooks for review.
My review can post before January 1st.
Power of the Matchmaker
by Karey White, Rachael Anderson, Kelly Oram, & 9 more
A prequel novella to the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER Series
Mystical . . . Beautiful . . . Romantic . . .

I received this title through NetGalley for tour review for Forever Romance.
My review is to post on November 25.
by Lauren Layne




I purchased this at Kindle for $.99 as the Audible reviews weren't positive for narration and I was interested in the series.

Frontier Justice (The Survivalist Book 1)
by Arthur Bradley


I discovered the author of an audiobook I finished, (see under finished above) had these in between stories for free:

The Very First Da**ed Thing, Book .05
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Jodi Taylor

A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm

Roman Holiday: The Chronicles of St. Mary, Book 3.5 Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm

A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm

Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings: 
A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story, Book 6.5
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm

  Over the past week I added only 43 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. I saw someone else reading Merry Mary and it seemed good so hope you enjoy it. Yes like me catching up on some reading challenges. I'm doing the author one as well as titles and an author beginning with U was incredibly hard to find that I wanted to read.

    1. Hi Kathryn - I bet author alphabet would be challenging. The title one was enough for me. I'm pretty certain I have listened to Unspeakable before so I may have to switch my U choice. I will decide tomorrow when I check my 2005 - 2009 reading lists.

  2. I was thinking about getting Nirvana when comes out, but haven't decided yet. Merry Mary sounds interesting to read. I enjoyed reading Unspeakable. Hope you enjoy your week and enjoy your books.

    1. Becky - I'll be posting my reviews on Merry Mary and Nirvana this week. You may want to check out my review and others when they are linked at Amazon this week.
      I am pretty sure that I am recognizing Unspeakable so I may be switching from that romantic suspense before the week is over.

  3. You Know What I'm Saying really caught my eye, thanks for sharing so many interesting-looking novels! :)

    1. Thanks for visiting Myra. I am enjoying the view of another culture through Ordaz' unifying brushstroke of poetry.

  4. I loved "Unspeakable" by Sandra Brown. Enjoy it"

    1. Hi Natalija - It is sounding familiar and I have to see if it is a re-read and decide if I will switch titles for the challenge. Thanks for visiting and have a good week.

  5. I am curious about Merry Mary...and Katt's in the Cradle. Enjoy your reading, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Thanks for visiting back Laurel-Rain. I will hopefully post both reviews this week.

  6. Power of the Matchmaker looks good. Happy reading!

    1. Hi Kathy - I am looking forward to that novella. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Despite a lot of work, strangely the reading has not suffered in anyway. Reading quite a bit these days myself.

  8. Power of the Matchmaker caught my interest. I hope you have a great week!

  9. Wow....what a great week for you. Nice mailbox.

    ENJOY this week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  10. I used to collect Kindle Freebies until I realized I was never going to get to those I already had, much less any new ones.

    1. RAnn - that is very true but I keep collecting so I don't miss one that I might really want to read someday. :-) There are a few specific genres that I don't bother with though... very few.

  11. Sweet I hope you enjoy Merry Mary and Dead Girl Running. Hope your week is amazing Martha!

    1. Thanks Kim - I just started Dead Girl today and I like it so far.

  12. ENJOY your week.

    I normally do not do challenges...too stressful. I may try one this upcoming year.

    Have a good week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

    1. I enjoy some of the challenges although I rarely get to (or remember to) go back and post links at the host site. Ah well. Still they can be fun and help give me some goals. Thanks for visiting Elizabeth.

  13. Interesting assortment of books. I think Merry Mary and Unspeakable sound like books I would enjoy. Come see what I am reading here. Happy reading!

    1. Kathy -
      Based on what I see you read and like -- yes, these might be titles you would enjoy. I am awed you are almost done your reviews for the year!

  14. Okay, I think you have an underwhelmed view of how much you got this week because to me, it seems you got tons done. Wow-wee! The Jodi Taylor series seems like fun, historical romp. I added the first to my TBR and I like the sound of The Matchmaker series.

    1. Thanks Stefanie. I think the Jodi Taylor series would be fun listening while you knit! I hope you like it.

  15. I LOVE the cover of Christmas Present. I hope you enjoy all your new books.

  16. This week I am reading Edge of Evil by J.A. Jance.
    Have a great reading week everyone.


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