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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Post January 29, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 30, 2017

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.

I am thankful for a fairly quiet week. My daughter was out of office because she had her wisdom teeth pulled on Tuesday. I didn't have a lot of appointments so I was able to concentrate on a reporting project and office work.
Hubby came home on Tuesday and he is doing better with his energy.
Our weather has cooled off again but I won't complain about lows in the 40s.

Reading moved along better than I expected. I finished four books: one print, two ebooks and one audible. I posted four reviews on the blog and posted all of my usual memes.

I got to visit 25+ blogs again this past week.
My shout out this week goes to Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Lori is a busy blogger and hosts wonderful cozies and other mysteries.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audible Book Review: Patriots of Treason by David Thomas Roberts; Political Thriller; my rating 4.25.
  • Audible Book Review: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin; Vintage Sci Fi; my rating 4.0.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Pump Up My Book Tour)

The Heatstroke Line: A Cli-Fi Novel
by Edward L Rubin
This was an interesting climate sci fi. 
My review is linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio (ABJ)

By: Steve Alten
Read by: Christopher Kipiniak
This has terrorism madness 
and strong military detailing.
I received the audio book from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (MC Book Tours)

The Remnant
by William Michael Davidson
I enjoyed this Christian suspense.
I will be posting a review and
author Guest Post on February 1, 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Print (LBC / First Book of 2017)

All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life
by Mark Batterson

This is quite remarkable. 
Our Ladies Book Club will discuss this on 2/11/17.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. Audible (TBR)

It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise
Written by: Rob J. Hayes
Narrated by: Schatzie Schaefers
I am 35% along and enjoying the performance.
I received this "fantasy/steampunk heist caper with duels, romance, and airships," from the author.
Publisher's Summary
Set in a new world of corruption, deceit and thievery; mixing magical fantasy and alchemy punk with a healthy smattering of airshippery. It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise follows Jacques Revou and Isabel de Rosier, a couple of charlatans at the top of their game.
After completing the biggest heist of their career, Jacques and Isabel are ready to retire, until the king's shadow councilor freezes their assets and forces them to work for him. Jacques and Isabel find themselves thrust into the social elite, playing the parts of Baron and Baroness Bonvillain, as they attempt to uncover a plot that threatens the entire kingdom.
©2014 Rob J. Hayes (P)2016 Rob J. Hayes

2. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Dawn Study (Study Series)
by Maria V. Snyder
I am 15% in this and loving 
the adventures and dangers facing Yelena and Valek.
I received this through NetGalley; Releases 1/31.

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.
Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond—and a family—that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.
Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall—and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.
With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician…and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

From London with Love: Rebellious Brides
by Diana Quincy
This releases 2/7/17.
Received through NetGalley.
With wedding bells ringing and a killer stalking from the shadows, a former British spy makes up for lost time with the one that got away in this thrilling Regency romance from the author of Spy Fall and License to Wed.
Emilia St. George is moments away from marrying the admired grandson of a duke when the man who once jilted her decides to kidnap her at the altar. It’s the second time in five years Hamilton Sparrow has ruined her wedding day, and Emilia isn’t about to forgive him. The mere sight of her ex-fiancé revives painful memories—and, most regrettably, aching desires that refuse to be ignored.
Scanning the guests at Emilia’s wedding, Sparrow spots a familiar face: an assassin he recognizes from his days as a spy in France. Whisking Emilia away, he’s pleasantly surprised by her newly formed curves. Could this be the same flame-haired slip of a girl once promised to Sparrow? And does the fop she still insists on marrying realize what a prize she is? True, Sparrow left Emilia at the altar. But he’s afraid that the only way to right that particular wrong is to risk the one thing he’s always guarded: his heart.

January 29, 2017 - I am up to date with the One Year Bible; reading along with my husband and others from our church. I hope to take more time this year, staying on the day and listening to the companion commentary online.

I completed four new books and posted four reviews. That leaves me four for this week and one planned for 2/11.
I suspect I will be requesting some more audios.
I now have 19 NetGalley Titles and 12+ author titles in my queue.

Another delightful children's book is available on the eTreasure's NetGalley page this week:
Pixie's Adventure by Jenna Grodzicki -- see below under Mailbox Monday .

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 (yours truly). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I received three more NetGalley titles plus an audiobook for review.
I did get one Audible Daily Deals  and picked up one $.99 Kindle title.
I picked up a good number of free kindle titles again. (Note these are in my Amazon library, NOT on my Kindle until I download and transfer them.)

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles
I picked up three NetGalley titles:
I will be reviewing this title on March 14 with Great Escapes Book Tours:

Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany
"Fans of Sherlock Holmes will delight in the sleuthing duo of Gemma and Jayne in Elementary, She Read, the clever and captivating series debut by nationally bestselling author Vicki Delany."
One look at the cover and I couldn't resist!

by Jenna Grodzicki
"Pixie is a curious cat who longs to explore the world outside."
Admittedly I already worked on this sweet title since it is an eTP upcoming release.
I will review the NetGalley version.

by Patrice Moore
"It is a complicated tangle of emotions and past hurts that prevent Molly and Nathan from agreeing, but can they come together to keep Ken from going down the wrong path…and maybe find their own path to love on the way?"
This is another cover that drew me to the story.

I received the audio book from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Author: S.K. Dunstall
Narrator: Brian Hutchinson
"As the Linesman series continues, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself facing an alien ship he doesn't understand-and a terrifying political threat he cannot fight The lines. "

I have book one on Audible so I will get to listening to that so I can get to this one. :-)


I picked up one Audible Daily Deal this week and one Kindle $.99 deal:

Hell Divers: The Hell Divers Trilogy, Book 1
Written by: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
"An Audible Editor's Pick of 2016 and An Audible Best of 2016 Science Fiction."

Dark Humanity
Gwynn White, Erin St. Pierre, Norma Hinkens, Melanie Karsak, Jamie Thornton, Jeff Gunzel, E.E. Isherwood, Michael-Scott Earle, Christopher D. Morgan, Joanne Wadsworth, Constance Burris, Nirina Stone, Andrea Ring, M.D. Cooper, Aaron Hodges, Robyn Wideman, Felix R. Savage, K.R. Thompson, Patricia Loofbourrow, Jamie Campbell, Kristen Middleton, Nancy Segovia, K.N. Lee, Monica Corwin

"The Dark Humanity Boxed Set is a compilation of 10 Full-Length Science Fiction and Epic Fantasy reads with a bonus 11 full-length stories available via free download at the end of the collection!"


I only added 66 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. Good to hear you hubby is feeling better and is home. You had a good reading and blogging week. Very industrious! All the best for this week.

  2. Glad your husband is feeling better. You have had a full reading week as well.

  3. I'm glad your husband is feeling better and hope your daughter recovered from her wisdom tooth surgery.

    I tend to binge blog read... today I've read over 50 Sunday Posts (or It's Monday) posts and will try to get through a few more. But then I don't get any blog reading done for a couple of days - so it's good to space out my link-ups!

  4. Glad your hubby is home and is doing better. I hope you have a great week. Enjoy your reads and hope you can find time for yourself to relax!

  5. Glad your husband is home and feeling better, Martha. Hope you love your new review books!

  6. Good job on tracking down free books! We read such different books, it's fun to see what's on your list.

  7. I'm glad your hubby is feeling better. I still can't figure out how you get so much reading done in one week.:-) It Takes a Thief sounds like a fun read. Enjoy all your new books.

  8. I love Dawn Study and Elementary, She Read. It's nice to hear that your husband is feeling better. Come see my reading week here. Happy reading!

  9. Good news about your hubby being home....and your week sounds busy, but enjoyable. I saw Elementary, She Read on another blog, too; it looks tempting.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  10. Have a great read this week everyone. I am in kind of slump, haven't read anything lately.

  11. I enjoyed From London with Love and hope you do as well. Glad your hubby is getting his energy back. Quiet weeks rock!

  12. Hi Martha,

    Good news about your hubbie being back home, that in itself will make his recovery much faster, I'm sure.

    I also hope that your daughter isn't suffering too badly after her dental surgery. I remember that hubbie had to have all four of his wisdom teeth taken out when he was in the forces and after the RAF surgeon had got to work with his hammer and chisel, hubbie looked like a hamster for some considerable time!

    Only 66 new download titles this week then? Just joking, I would be crying into my Kindle if I had downloaded that many. It's not that I couldn't find enough books that I would want to read, it is simply that I would never have the time to make even a small dent in the pile!!

    Happy Reading and thanks for hosting MM :)


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