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Sunday, March 19, 2017

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

This week was busy within schedules. I continue to whittle away at my work pfiles.
The weather got cold for two days but has been lovely otherwise.
This week I add prayers for those suffering through snow storms in the north and east and those facing fires in the west.

Reading was good as I managed three titles - all on review deadlines. I finished two ebooks for review and one audio. I posted four reviews to get up to date, plus I posted all of my usual memes.

I continue to enjoy my brief blog visiting. I visited 25+ blogs again last week.
Blog shout out: Last week I stumbled upon this fun blog site that encourages multicultural children's books: Jump Into A Book.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Publisher)

Eric Olafson: Space Pirate
(Eric Olafson Series)
by Vanessa Ravencroft
This is a great adventure! My review is linked above.
Received from Inkitt.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio (iRead Book Tours)

A Fine Year for Murder: A Thorny Rose Mystery, Book 2
Written by: Lauren Carr
Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
This is a fun listen. My review is linked above. 
Received from iReads Book Tours.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (Partners in Crime)

Cat in the Flock (Dreamslippers Book 1)
by Lisa Brunette
This is an engaging mystery with a touch of paranormal and a touch of religion - interesting mix.
I received this from Partners in Crime
for tour review 3/21/17.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Partners in Crime)

by Steven Manchester
This has started interestingly.
I received this from Partners in Crime.
Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life – and death – has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other's company. It's either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he's left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.
At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal.

2. Audio (ABJ)

The Fifth Sacred Thing
Written by: Starhawk
Narrated by: Maya Lilly
I've gotten back to this interesting story.
I received this audio book from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (iReads Book Tours)

Xenogeneic: First Contact
by Lance Erlick
I am looking forward to this sci fi read.
Review through iReads Book Tours on March 30, 2017.
Xenogeneic: First Contact is a science fiction thriller about first contact with an alien race that lost their civil war and wants to take over Earth.
Dr. Elena Pyetrov's father vanished in space 18 years ago while searching for extraterrestrial life. As an aerospace engineer, Elena travels into space to search for answers and continue his work. Her ship is pulled off course and crashes. She suspects extraterrestrial interference.
The alien Knoonk lost their civil war in a distant star system and fled to Earth's neighborhood to hide and regroup. They seek a new home--Earth. Unable to live in Earth's toxic environment, the aliens kidnap and use humans to genetically modify their species to adapt.
Surviving the crash, Elena and her shipmates are transported to a closed cave system where the Knoonk monitor and control everything. Elena tries to make a connection with her hosts and find ways to work together, but Knoonk leaders rebuff her and force the humans to submit as slaves. The aliens use illusions, distractions, and social experiments to learn from their hostages and keep them off balance. Resistance by captive humans brings swift punishment to break the human spirit.
While Elena continues to look for ways to cooperate with the Knoonk, it becomes apparent that there can be no compromise. The Knoonk want to capture Earth for their species. It is winner take all. With time running out, Elena must dig deep to uncover the alien plan and find a way to stop them before the human race faces enslavement and extinction.

March 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 three new books and posted four reviews which brings me right up to date on reviews.
I have 15 NetGalley Titles remaining and 10+ author titles in my queue.

We added a Short Story Collection this week at eTreasure's NetGalley page.
16 Short Stories.
Romance, witch apprentice, mystery, fantasy enchantment and more.

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 didn't receive any review books this week but I have listed one I forgot before.
I did purchase one Audible daily deals and selected my second Audible credit for February.
I didn't purchase any ebooks again this week!
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 this book a month ago but do not see that I listed it so I am showing it here now.
Review to post 3/30 as part of iReads Book Tours with guest post and tour giveaway.

Xenogeneic: First Contact
by Lance Erlick
See above under current reading for full description.


I bought at Audible:

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
• By: April Henry
• Narrator: Cristina Panfilio
• Duration: 5 hrs and 25 mins
(Daily Deal $1.95)
This one sounded interesting to me - thought I'd give it a try.

• Silence Fallen
• By: Patricia Briggs
• Narrator: Lorelei King
• Duration: 11 hrs and 17 mins
(February credit pick.)
I love this series and will be glad to listen to Mercy's latest troubles and escapes.


I added only 47 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. Here we're expecting rain and and off for the next week. I'm joining up in the fun again and I'm hoping you'll stop by to my new domain.

    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

  2. First time I've come across Ashes, sounds interesting... and simple yet striking cover art - enjoy!

  3. Our weather needs to pick a season and stick with it. Have a great week!

  4. Our foot of snow that fell last Monday is almost completely gone. Happy Spring! :)

  5. A Fine Year for Murder sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy your books this week.

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

  6. I got Silence Fallen for my Kindle and can't wait to read it. Come see my reading week here. Happy reading!

  7. I hope you enjoy your many books that look tempting. Here are

  8. I read The Girl Who Was suppose to die a while ago. It was okay. Its interesting for sure but it was a bit short and felt a little rushed at times.

  9. How do you manage to read so many books! I am in awe of you. Have a great reading week.

  10. The Patricia Briggs series is one I want to read, I have read the first one but will need to reread it. Now that I am being more careful with the review books I take on I most likely will get to the series sooner rather than later.

  11. Have a good reading week everyone.

  12. Hi Martha,

    I must admit that I am not a fan of audio books, as I don't enjoy being read to and prefer to sit quietly with a book I can concentrate on completely.

    I really like the sound of 'The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die'. April is another new to me author and some of her storylines sound quite intense and intriguing.

    Enjoy all your books this week and 'Happy Reading' in this first week of Spring :)


  13. Some good titles.

    ENJOY your books and reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


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