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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Post February 12, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday February 13, 2017

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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.

Once again I had a quiet week which was good since I have still been working under a little cold fog. I just kept plugging away.
Hubby got antibiotics on Friday so he is starting to feel better. He is wearing his LifeVest now to get the monitoring that his doctor wants.
We had some strong winds this week but otherwise the weather has been good.

Reading was good but again I only finished two books: one ebook and one audible. I posted two reviews (never got the third up this week) on the blog and posted all of my usual memes.

I am enjoying my visiting again 25+ blogs last week.
My shout out this week goes to Savvy Verse & Wit. Serena does a wonderful job spotlighting poetry and hosting poetry tours.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ABJ- Audio Book Review: Goliath by Steve Alten; Military Thriller; my rating 4.25.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG TBR)

From London with Love: Rebellious Brides
by Diana Quincy
This is an engaging Regency Romance; released 2/7/17.
Received through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible (TBR)

Written by: S. K. Dunstall
Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
I REALLY liked this and am anxious to get to the second book as soon as I finish two listens that have deadlines.
(TBR Audible.)
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Someone to Hold (A Westcott Novel)
by Mary Balogh
This started a bit down but at mid way I am enjoying the characters and their situations. Received from NetGalley.
Released 2/7/17.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible (TBR)

The Soldier's Secret
Written by: Heather Osborne
Narrated by: Kristyl Dawn Tift
I am two+ hours in and enjoying this.
I received this from AudaVoxx for review as a new member gift.
Publisher's Summary
A picture of pure shock and curiosity, Emma placed her empty glass down, "Surely, you are not suggesting I dress as a man and enlist in the Union Army!"
"That is precisely what I am suggesting."
In an era when women are adornments, northerner Emma Mansfield finds it challenging to fit the mold. It becomes an impossible task when her country is torn apart by civil war. Knowing she must take action, Emma finds herself in the midst of danger and intrigue when she takes up the guise of a young artillery soldier for the Union Army. Desperately trying to find out if her two brothers are alive, Emma must maintain her anonymity as she fights for survival.
Please note: this is historical romance. I have represented the historical facts to the best of my ability and done countless hours of research. However, I have taken some liberties and creatively interpreted some items to make the story more entertaining. I hope you enjoy this work of fiction.
©2015 Heather Osborne (P)2015 Heather Osborne

3. eBook/Kindle (Author)

Glenfiddich Inn
by Alan Geik
I am looking forward to reading this book received  from the author.
One hundred years ago August 1915, the Great War was beginning its second year. Nobody thought the initial battles would last long-and yet it soon evolved into the most devastating, horrific war known to man. It would continue in its senseless brutality for two more years—ultimately dragging the United States into it.
It’s America in 1915—
The still distant Great War in Europe creates unexpected opportunities for the Morrison and Townsend families in Boston while, at the same time, they watch with dread as the ferocious conflict reaches across the ocean.
William Morrison’s boss, the bank president Joe Finnerty, is also a relentless con man. Whether it’s elaborate stock frauds, war profiteering or just dipping into a widow’s trust account—Finnerty’s ever-cheery amorality both captivates and repels William.
William’s wife, Margaret is also captivated—but for her it is with wireless voice transmissions. It’s called “radio,” and while she is certain it will soon transmit a voice, even music, for as much as several miles, she is dismayed by its use on the battlefields of Europe.
Margaret’s sportswriter brother Byron Townsend covers the Boston Red Sox and its simpleton teenage sensation, Babe Ruth. He believes the World War will be the defining event of his generation and he intends to go to the front lines as a journalist.
Byron’s wife, Helen, shares Margaret’s passion for radio. They form a strong bond in their quest for independence—a bond that will be severely tested by love affairs and patriotism.
But after a German torpedo sinks the ocean liner, the RMS Lusitania, no one’s life will ever be the same again.

February 5, 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 two new books and posted two reviews. That keeps me at four due.
I now have 17 NetGalley Titles and 12+ author titles in my queue.

We're working on another title to go up on the eTreasure's NetGalley page this week.

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 review audio books this week.
I resisted the Audible Daily Deals but picked up two $.99 Kindle titles.
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 received three Audiobooks for review:
I received this from AudaVoxx for review as a new member gift.
The Soldier's Secret
Written by: Heather Osborne
Narrated by: Kristyl Dawn Tift
See full description above under Currently Reading.

Received for tour through iReads Book Tours; review on March 16.
A Fine Year for Murder 
by Lauren Carr

Received from eStories.
The Detainee
Written By Peter Liney
Genre: Dystopia
"The island is the end of all hope - until 'Big Guy' Clancy finds a blind woman living in a secret underground warren, and discovers a reason to fight."
This sounded good to me and is not available on Audible.


I picked up two Kindle $.99 deals:

Navigator (Books 1 - 4): Complete Series
SD Tanner
"The Navigator series is a fast paced, action-based story following the people who will need to become a tight knit team if they're to defeat an enemy capable of taking over the world."
This looked like a nice sci fi bargain at $.99.

A Promise in Defiance: A Christian Historical Western Romance 
Set in Colorado (Romance in the Rockies Book 3)
Heather Blanton 
Christian Western
Problem is I will need to buy Books 1 and 2 also.


I only added 52 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. Sorry to hear you're struggling with this cold. Perhaps it's more than that and you need to take some of your hubby's antibiotics!

    And I wouldn't worry about only reading 2 books or writing 2 reviews - far better than none!!! :-)

  2. Oh my I always am blown away by all those free books that get added to your Kindle each week. It must groan from time to time. Good to know that Someone to Hold picked up and you are enjoying it.

  3. I'm always envious of your Kindle freebies! Looks like you had a good reading week.

  4. Looks like an interesting list of books. Enjoy!

  5. I agree about Someone to Hold - but I liked it :) Have a good week, Martha!

  6. We've all been fighting the crud but I think we're pretty much over it now. I hope you're back to normal soon. Have a great week!

  7. I want to catch up on the Lauren Carr series. Enjoy your books, and thanks for sharing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. Happy Valentine's everyone, have a great day.

  9. Sounds like your TBR mountain is bigger than mine. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

  10. Glad you are feeling better. I've got Someone To Hold and look forward to it.

  11. Good that you are feeling better. This has been a really nasty year for colds. I've already been sick twice and I'm avoiding all sick people now!

  12. I enjoy Mary Balogh. Hope you have fun with your new books. thanks for visiting The Busy Mom's Daily last week.


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