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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Post March 20, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday March 21, 2016

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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 I stayed in office juggling work as first one employee was out and then the other with sick child and 24 hour bug she caught. We were busy with closings.
We definitely have spring with azaleas and dogwood blooming this week. Our blueberries are full of flowers too! We are expecting a quick cold snap down to 39°F tonight and tomorrow night.

Reading was good and enjoyable. I finished four books (three audios and one ebook this week) and am 50% into another ebook. I posted three reviews and my other usual memes and posts.

Again, I enjoyed visiting other blogs early in the week and a couple mid week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Destroyermen: Straits of Hell: Destroyermen, Book 10
Written by: Taylor Anderson
Narrated by: William Dufris
I love this series.
My review is linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (Tour)

Breaking the Story (Scottie's Adventures Book 2)
by Ashley Farley
I enjoyed this.
My review and tour giveaway are linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/MP3 (ABB)

Good Morning... Processes Must Be Improved
Written by: Ray Jay Perreault
Narrated by: Christopher M. Allport
This was engaging.
I will post the review Monday or Tuesday.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audible/MP3

Good Fences: A Scorched Earth Novel
Written by: Boyd Craven III
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
I liked this realistic post apocalyptic novel.
I will post my review this week. 
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Chakana: Encounter In The Sacred Valley
by W.E. Lawrence
I am 60% into this adventure - scavenger hunt to a treasure.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/MP3 (ABB)

Northern Lights: A Scorched Earth Novel
Written by: Boyd Craven III
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
I have started this and it is a stand alone in the series.
I received this audio from the narrator through Audiobook Blast.
Publisher's Summary
Tom's a prepper, and with his three friends, they embark on a fly-in fishing trip to northern Canada to have a long, relaxing vacation. Things turn deadly when an EMP leaves them stranded and alone 1,000 miles away from civilization. Winter is coming, and they only brought enough supplies for two weeks.

In a hostile land, there's no room for mistakes or illness. One wrong step can prove to be as deadly as the wildlife that has no fear of humans, and that views them as more than a potential food source. Escape by boat or over land would be near impossible.

So much to do, so ill-equipped, and so little time. Follow the four friends in their journey of survival. Survival isn't just an option - It's life or death.
©2016 Boyd L Craven III

3. eBook/Kindle (Tour)

The Ethical Coach Leader
by Dwight Johnson
This sounds interesting and timely.
I received this title through iRead Book Tours for review on 3/24.

Ethics are a growing concern in all sectors of American culture. From businesses to all levels of schooling, as well as nonprofit companies, the values that guide business and teaching criteria are under scrutiny. But, does it take a scholarly textbook to understand how to create an ethical culture? No, Dwight Johnson has delved into the problems and presents practical solutions in his easy to read book, The Ethical Coach Leader: Developing Honor and Integrity.

A fiction book that has universal application, Johnson creates an intriguing story about a college coach who finds out that his star athlete failed a steroid test, putting the coach in the cross hairs of an ethical dilemma. During a couple of restless nights of sleep, Coach is visited by five ghosts: the Ghost of Example, the Ghost of Education, the Ghost of Experience, the Ghost of E-information, and the Ghost of Environment. Each has different advice for Coach on how to resolve his ethical dilemma. With the dreams haunting his every waking moment, Coach also seeks advice from two of his former mentors. The lessons Coach learns can be applied to any industry, business, school or individual life.

The Ethical Coach Leader challenges cultural mindsets and introduces new ideas on how to apply desperately needed teachings in ethics, integrity, honor and good character. This is a must read book for anyone who has influence on others or is in a leadership role. (Dwight Johnson)

4. Audio/MP3

The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
by Paige Shelton
This fun sounding mystery releases 3/29/16.

I received it through NetGalley.
Wanted: A bold adventurer who wants to travel the world from a comfortable and safe spot behind a desk that has seen the likes of kings and queens, paupers and princes. A humble book and rare manuscript shop seeks a keenly intelligent investigator to assist us in our search for things thought lost, and in our quest to return lost items to their rightful owners.

Never an adventurer, no one was more surprised than Delaney Nichols when she packed her bags and moved halfway across the world to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job at The Cracked Spine, a bookshop located in the heart of the city. Her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, has given her the opportunity of a lifetime, albeit a cryptic one, and Delaney can’t wait to take her spot behind the desk.

The Cracked Spine is filled with everything a book lover could want, each item as eclectic as the people who work there; the spirited and lovable Rosie, who always has tiny dog Hector in tow; Hamlet, a nineteen-year-old thespian with a colored past and bright future; and Edwin, who is just as enigmatic and mysterious as Delaney expected. An extra bonus is Tom the bartender from across the street, with his cobalt eyes, and a gentle brogue—and it doesn’t hurt that he looks awfully good in a kilt.

But before she can settle into her new life, a precious artifact goes missing, and Edwin’s sister is brutally murdered. Never did Delaney think that searching for things lost could mean a killer, but if she’s to keep her job, and protect her new friends, she’ll need to learn the truth behind this Scottish tragedy.

February 28, 2016- up to date -
Reading The One Year Bible again along with my husband and others from our church.
I will also be listening (sometimes) to the companion commentary online.

I posted three reviews last week which leaves two (so front) for this week - pretty much up to date.
I don't think I will get too many TBRs this month as I have a month full of scheduled reviews:
Rel 3/1/16 Dear Emma by Katie Heaney - (NG) from Grand Central Publishing
3/5 Ladies Book Club - Talon
3/15 Those Who Walk In Darkness (Jacks Jackson Mystery Book 1)
by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene - Great Escape Book Tours
3/17 Breaking the Story (Scottie's Adventures Book 2) by Ashley Farley – (NG) through Caffeinated Book Reviewer
3/24 The Ethical Coach Leader by Dwight Johnson - through iRead Book Tours
Rel 3/29/16 The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton – (NG)

In addition to March reviews I have five more author reviews committed with no specific dates. My NetGalley shelves are down to 8 books.

This is another new title this week at eTreasure's NetGalley:
 Princess Salina and the Unicorn by Lynne Anne Bendoly.

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 Audio review titles again this week. I'm holding off on more author ebooks/NetGalley right now.
TBR Triple Dog Dare update: It has been 80 days and I only bought one $.99 Kindle book.
I added more free kindle titles to my library.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles
I picked up two review books at Audible through Audiobook Jukebox:
Written by: LJ Cohen
Narrated by: Bill Burrows

Teens accidentally crew a derelict space ship in this sci fi.

Dream Kisses: Romance on the Ranch Series Book 1
Written by: Verna Clay
Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson

I thought this sounded like a fun romance when I'm in the mood.




Over the past week I added another 46 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. Hope you enjoy your new audiobooks! Way to go on the TBR Triple Dog Dare challenge. Happy reading and happy spring :)

  2. Happy Sunday! Sounds like a busy week. And yes things are starting to bloom- it's nice to see spring coming. Glad your reads were good. :)

    The cracked Spine looks like a fun cozy.

  3. I've family and friends that are dealing with sickness. I am trying to avoid it. Have a great week of reading/listening.

  4. I hope everyone in your office stays healthy this week!

    The Cracked Spine looks really fun. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. The Ethical Coach Leader sounds interesting, with the visits of the ghosts. Have a great reading week!

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  6. Nice to have those signs of spring around. The birds usually get my blueberries before I do! Even though I wired them in I notice they got in anyway!

  7. A flu bug went through some of our family a week ago - not fun.
    I just saw that the Verna Clay book is a kindle freebie right now :)
    Have a good week, Martha.

  8. It's been really warm here until yesterday - spring brought us cooler weather. Wow, 46 new titles for your Kindle - I hope they're terrific.

  9. Happy reading this week. Being sick is sucky! I hear you.

  10. You are a reading and listening machine! I hope everyone is health this week! Have a great week and I hope the reading continues :)

  11. Nice week and nice mailbox.

    ENJOY the blooming flowers. We had a very cold day today, and some of the plants emerging are most likely not happy.

    Have a great week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  12. Wow you do have a LOT of books here. Hope you enjoy the rest of your reading week.

  13. Looking forward to your review of Paige Shelton, a favourite cozy author of mine.
    I am reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, very good.


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