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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Post February 19, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday February 20, 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.

I am finally past the cold bug. I had a busy week with Heather away Thursday and Friday. Hubby and I got to have the grand kids (12, 9 and 6) over plus their two dogs so we had a full house Thursday through tonight. It was fun but tiring too.
Hubby feels better but is still tired a lot and fussing about wearing the LifeVest,
We had pretty pleasant weather all week.

Reading was better than expected but I had to push to get reviews done while the kids were here. I finished four books: two ebooks and two audios. I posted three reviews 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 Readers In Wonderland, a site I stumbled on a few weeks ago.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Someone to Hold (A Westcott Novel)
by Mary Balogh
MBalogh succeeds once again with strong, natural characters in a different situation.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible (AudaVoxx)

The Soldier's Secret
Written by: Heather Osborne
Narrated by: Kristyl Dawn Tift
I enjoyed this Civil War story.
I received this from AudaVoxx for review as a new member gift.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

The Blue Hour
by Isabelle Simler
I was pleased to read this visual book with my granddaughters.
Received through NetGalley.
A lovely and tranquil celebration of nature
The sun has set, the day has ended, but the night hasn't quite arrived yet. This magical twilight is known as the blue hour. Everything in nature—sky, water, flowers, birds, foxes—comes together in a symphony of blue to celebrate the merging of night and day.
With its soothing text and radiant artwork, this elegant picture book displays the majesty of nature and reminds readers that beauty is fleeting but also worth savoring.

4. Audio (eStories)

The Detainee
Written By Peter Liney
This sounded good to me and is not available on Audible. I received it from eStories.
When the fog comes down and the drums start to beat, the inhabitants of the island tremble: for the punishment satellites - which keep the tyrannical Wastelords at bay - are blind in the darkness, and the islanders become prey.
The inhabitants are the old, the sick, the poor: the detritus of Society, dumped on the island with the rest of Society's waste.
There is no point trying to escape, for the satellites - the invisible eyes of the law - mete out instant judgement from the sky. 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.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Author)

Glenfiddich Inn
by Alan Geik
I am 40% into this and learning interesting historical tidbits.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio (ABJ)

Author: S.K. Dunstall
Narrator: Brian Hutchinson
I really liked book one and am looking forward to book two.
I received this audio book from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox

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. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only ten, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space-before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean's ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool-or weapon-to command. Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything-her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines. Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover-and those who oppose won't hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them.

3. eBook/Kindle (Author)

Girl of Fire: The Expulsion Project Book One
(A Science Fiction Dystopian Thriller)
by Norma Hinkens
I enjoyed another book by this author (Immurement) and wanted to try this sci-fi dystopian.
I received this from the author.
ORIGIN. DESTINY. FATE. How far would you go to unravel the truth?
Trattora is the adopted daughter of the Chieftain on a primitive frontier planet. Velkan is an indentured serf who has never known a day of freedom. Forced to flee a terrifying invasion by Galactic Pirates, they find themselves thrown together on a ramshackle mining vessel that harbors more than one dark secret. Fate and chemistry combine when the pair’s matching birth bracelets lead them to a shocking discovery about their true lineage. Stakes rise when they uncover the classified Expulsion Project, and the devastating sacrifice their birth families made to spare their lives. Determined to save them from liquidation, Trattora and Velkan plunge headlong into a frantic race against time and space to take down the genocidal self-actualizing software that now controls large swathes of their home planet.
But will they navigate the treacherous dealings of the seedy Galactic underworld in time to rescue the families who loved them enough to let them go?
Girl of Fire is the first novel in The Expulsion Project, a sci-fi, dystopian thriller trilogy with a whisper of romance, a heavy dose of adventure, and action galore. If you are a Firefly or Dark Matter fan, or still in Hunger Games or Cinder withdrawal, this is the book mashup for you!

February 19, 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 three reviews. That puts me at five reviews to post.
I now have 15 NetGalley Titles and still 12+ author titles in my queue.

We're working on two more titles 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 only one review eBook this week.
I resisted the Audible Daily Deals again but picked up two more $.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 one eBook for review:
I received this from Inkitt for review early March. It releases March 1.
Eric Olafson, Space Pirate
by Vanessa Ravencroft
"It's the year 5019 and the Milky Way Galaxy is teeming with life and exotic species. The majority of the known civilizations have formed a multi-cultural mega organization called the United Stars of Galaxies. This Union is protected by the brave men and women of the United Stars Space fleet against external threats."
This sounds like an action sci fi I would like.


Again I picked up two Kindle $.99 deals:
Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force Book 1)
Craig Alanson
"We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news."
I picked this sci fi up for $.99; now I might get the Audible version for $2.99.

The Unexpected Bride (The Brides Book 1)
Lena Goldfinch
"What's a man to do when his father orders him a bride?"
I just liked the looks and sound of this.


I only added 58 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. You achieved a lot this week and I can imagine with your grandchildren around it was "all go". A special but tiring time. Good to hear Mary Balogh's new series is going down well. Want to get to it some time.

  2. Space Pirate sounds movie-ready! Hope you enjoy it.
    I also liked Someone to Hold. Mary Balogh is fairly reliable as a go-to author, isn't she?

  3. Wow, I can't believe you got that much reading done with all you had going on. I'm glad you're feeling better and hope your hubby doesn't have to wear the vest too much longer. Enjoy your new books!

  4. You had a great week! Thanks for sharing, and your books are all new to me, so I'll be watching for reviews.

    Enjoy! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. Having the grandkids overnight is a blast, but usually when they leave in the am we are pooped, so I feel you. Glad you are feeling better. Have a wonderful week.

  6. Having that time with the grandkids sounds like it's frantic but enjoyable... and well done to keep up with your blogging amidst it all!

    I'm also glad you're now feeling better.

  7. I am still in a reading slump.
    Have a good week all.


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