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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Words of Encouragement April 23, 2017

Our Sunday School teacher had a FABULOUS message which I will post another day. We had nice worship songs and then our Pastor continued his series called BROKEN.

Genesis 3:7 says: “At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness.” [NLT; emphasis added.] It was ‘at the moment’, when Adam ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, that the world became broken. BUT God had a plan for salvation; a plan for the best.

Most of us have had dreams from out childhood of what we want for our future. Sometimes we are fortunate to have encouragers tell us: “You can do anything, be anything, you want.” Others have “nay sayers” who say: “Be realistic; find something that is practical.” These might tell a talented young artist to study architecture instead. Many speak negatively and might say, disparagingly: “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” And that is true – but remember who our original father is – we come from God’s tree. God writes our story, no one else.

Too often Biblical people (and we) settled for less than God’s best: Esau settled for less future to meet his immediate needs. Israel settled for less – instead of appreciating the leadership of God, they asked for a human king. King Saul failed to obey God and he became a fallen king, without God’s blessings. So too, Israel became a fallen nation, moving forward without God’s blessings.

Abraham (Abram), the father of Isaac, was promised that he would have a son and be the father of ‘many descendants.’ Abraham and Sarah grew older and couldn’t wait for God to fulfill His promise. They took matters into their own hands, presenting Hagar to Abraham. (Genesis 16.) Hagar became pregnant with a son, Ishmael, who, like the promised son, Isaac, had many descendants. But Ismael’s tribe were destined to always be at enmity with their neighbors. Abraham and Sarah settled for less. God fulfilled His promise with the birth of Isaac (Genesis 21), but now Isaac's descendants forever had enemies in the descendants of Ishmael.

Many times we must give up our current life, even “the good” life, to get “the Best” life that God has for us.
POINT: Give up the good for the best life – the abundant life – that Jesus died to give to you.

We often need to wait and prepare for HIS timing.

[This message continues which will be shared another day.]

God is SO AWESOME.
I had one of our worship songs picked out and included in the post.
But the Spirit said - 'that's not the one; look again.'
This is what I found for this message!
Verses for Today:
Genesis 21: 1-2 (NLT)
1 The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. 2 She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would.

Lord, help me to seek Your Will, Your Plan for me. Then give me patience to wait for Your Timing.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sharing Beyond Books #300 Comment Giveaway April 22, 2017

Hello again and Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB!

Thanks to everyone who commented last week.

Nine of us have found names we liked and some have used them for children or even pets. Five people did not recall any names they liked from books/movies, but two disliked names, rather than liked them.

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The Winner from SBB #299 comments is: #8 Rita who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the Updated (**Finally!) ARC/Review titles or (recently updated) Love and Christmas titles - all linked near the end of the post.

**NOTE: I did post an Updated ARC and Other books for Giveaways. I have to go back and list the titles. 
Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #300
(One Question.)
Natalija asks: Which is better, being the boss or an employee??
There are times I think it would be better to be an employee without the responsibilities of being the boss who provides work and pay for others. I would probably earn more than I do running three businesses. But - an employee would not have the flexibility that I have as a boss. Certainly for me having my own businesses works as I can: take the law cases I want; manage the title office to the best of my ability (while providing work for my daughter, her best friend and another young lady from church); and juggle the publishing company with the help of dedicated editors and authors. So, for me, being the boss, or hopefully, a good leader, is better.
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Good bosses help make a good team!
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Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! The supply of questions is dwindling so share some if you think of any -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify.
This is week four and I'll use one of my questions next week. Comments this month were contributed by 1)bn100, 2)Fredamnas, 3)Nikki and 4) Natalija. Random.org chose #1 so bn100 gets the April comment win!

Your turn to share: Natalija asks: Which is better, being the boss or an employee??

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Updated ARC and Other books, including the "Love" and Christmas titles all in one post.

SBB Rules:
a) Must be a follower.
b) Share a comment on the question above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.
I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made through Saturday April 29, 2017 at 5 PM central.

Book Review: Codename Lazarus: The Spy Who Came Back From The Dead by A.P. Martin

This is an engrossing, and thought provoking, story of espionage during WWII.
Codename Lazarus: The Spy Who Came Back From The Dead
by A.P. Martin
File Size: 982 KB
Print Length: 365 pages
Publisher: Troubador (July 15, 2016)
ASIN: B01IKY3UD6
Genre: Espionage, WWII
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0


Spring 1938 and Great Britain is facing potentially lethal threats: the looming war with Germany; the fear that her Secret Service has been penetrated by Nazi agents and the existence of hundreds of British citizens, who are keen to pass information to her enemies.
John King, a young academic, is approached by his Oxbridge mentor to participate in a stunning deception that would frustrate Britain’s enemies. As King struggles to come to terms with the demands of his mission, he must learn to survive in a dangerous and lonely ‘no man's land’, whilst remaining one step ahead of those in hot pursuit.
Adapted from a true story, ‘Codename Lazarus’ takes the reader on a journey from the dark heart of Hitler’s Germany, across the snowy peaks of Switzerland to the horrors of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz, before reaching a thrilling and decisive conclusion, from which none of those present emerges unscathed.


Review:
John King is a graduate student who is completing two years of research in Heidelberg, Germany. As he and friends gather to commemorate his last days in Germany in 1933, he is saddened that one of his best friends has joined the SS - the Schutzstaffel, paramilitary, surveillance forces under Hitler. His friend, Joachim Brandt, rejects John for socializing with other friends who are Jewish. Joachim becomes angry that John does not show proper deference or respect to Joachim’s new uniform and life choice. From this point on the lives of these young men are on different paths.

John helps two half-Jewish friends, Rachel and David, to leave Germany to find careers in Britain while being helped by John’s parents. He later finds their parents in need of rescue and tries to arrange to get them out of Germany to safety.

A few years after returning to Britain, John is asked to return to Germany under the guise of ‘security research’ interests, while observing what he can of German activities. This work expands as John is asked to fake his own death so that he can become an intelligence operative infiltrating the German intelligence network in Britain.

The story describes the covert training that John is given and the planning for his accidental death. It then moves to his experiences as he steps into the role of a German Abwehr agent leading several sympathizer cell groups. The story pace picks up in the last quarter. John’s former German friend, Brandt, who has been undercover in America, is reassigned to Britain. His activities set him on a collision course with John's world. David, the other friend whom John helped move to England, has become a cop tasked with investigating the meager leads to a cell leader known as “Lazarus”. David is pulled in to help find German infiltrators and his path weaves towards Brandt and John’s tense confrontation.

The history is interesting with strong detail of physical settings, as well as social and political sentiments. The author does a good job describing the devastation and fears, first at battle scenes at Dunkirk, and again during the German bombing of London and surrounding communities. The author also portrays the impressive strength and resilience of the British people. The detail makes this story very engaging, if a bit slower in pacing. There were a couple of awkward point of view shifts and stronger editing might have helped to move the story through better action. I was wrapped in the intense climax when the book abruptly ended, leaving me with several questions.

This is a worthwhile read, especially for history buffs interested in life-like details of the earlier years of WWII. I also found the portrayed thought processes of the German and Russian sympathizers interesting as it made me more aware how citizens could betray their country with justifications of different political ideologies, including fascism, communism and socialism.

I received this through NetGalley. It qualifies for NetGalley Challenge, Mount TBR and “L” in Alphabet Soup Challenge.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway April 21, 2017

Happy Friday!
This has been a busy week. I've been in court four days out of five. Our weather has been beautiful.


TO ENTER FRIDAY PICK

US Entrants: Leave a comment and tell me WHICH BOOK you would like to get from the Friday Pick lists.
INTERNATIONAL: Leave a comment indicating "Gift Card" (see further comments near the end of the post.)


CUT OFF TIME IS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 9:00 PM CENTRAL so I do not have to stay up too late to do the winner post! I will randomly pick two winners to announce Friday mornings with the next Pick post.

Thank you to all who entered the April 14 Pick. There were two automatic wins again this week. Automatic wins are those who requested the book four times without other people asking for that book during those weeks. There were no titles blocked this week.
Elizabeth gets All I Want for Christmas
and
Winner chose an author whose books were already selected.

I will email her.

CONGRATULATIONS
to Random.org picked Winners from April 14 Pick:
bn100 gets The Panic Zone
and
CAROL L gets A Visit From St. Nicholas

All winners please fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me to confirm your win, send your snail mail address information and let me know if you would like bookmarks - sensual, sexy or sweet bookmarks. {The form is new because Google changed their forms and the old one wasn't letting me print out the responses.}

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Even Spring Flowers shine on books!
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New Book Group #71 March 10, 2017
Mysteries and Thrillers
PAIR:
Matthew Reilly: Temple and Area 7
SINGLES:
Deception on His Mind by Elizabeth George
‘E’ is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
In Plain Sight by C.J. Box
Keepers by Gary A. Braunbeck
Lullaby and Goodnight by Wendy Corsi Staub
One Dark Night by Kevin F. McMurray
Rattlesnake Crossing by J.A. Jance
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina
The Silenced by Heather Graham
The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood by Susan Wittig Albert
Total Exposure by Tori Carrington
There Was A Little Girl by Ed McBain (Audio Cassettes)
The Old Silent by Martha Grimes (Audio Cassettes)


New Book Group #70 January 27, 2017
Thought I’d share some romances for February:
PAIRS:
Betty Neels: The Girl With Green Eyes and the Damsel in Green
Linda Howard: The Touch of Fire and Loving Forever
SINGLES:
The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke by Jillian Hunter
Kissed by Shadows (Get Connected Romances) by Jane Feather
Love's Brazen Fire by Betina Krahn
Love Letters From a Duke (The Bachelor Chronicles Book 3) by Elizabeth Boyle
Love Wild and Fair by Bertrice Small
Only With Your Love (Vallerands Book 2) by Lisa Kleypas
Scandalous Love by Brenda Joyce
Someone to Love by Jude Deveraux
Valentine by Jane Feather
A Visit From Sir Nicholas (Effington Family Book 9) by Victoria Alexander
Winter Fire by Jo Beverly


New Book Group #69 November 18, 2016
(I'll post a picture and links later)
Some books for Christmas
Mistletoe Marriage by Jessica Hart
Jingle Bell Blessings by Bonnie K. Winn
Snowbound with Mr. Right by Judy Christenberry
The Christmas Cowboy by Michele Dunaway
All I Want for Christmas by Gina Wilkins
All She Wants for Christmas by Stacy Connelly


New Book Group #68 October 28, 2016
SINGLE:
The Seventh Tower, Book One by Garth Nix
Plan of Attack by Dan Brown
Critical by Robin Cook


New Book Group #67 September 9, 2016

(*Three more very old books from my Gothics box.)
SINGLES:
*The Man in the Garden by Paule Mason (1969 - yellowed)


New Book Group #66 June 25, 2016
(I will post a picture later. *Four of these books are very old; pulled from a box of gothic novels I have had for many years. They may not be wanted by anyone and if so, I will donate elsewhere in time.)
SINGLES:
*Maggie – Her Marriage by Taylor Caldwell (1953 very old, yellowed pages, some stain damage doesn't effect reading)
Fire Dancer by Ann Maxwell


New Book Group #65 April 29, 2016
SINGLES:
The Champion by Heather Grothaus


New Book Group #64 March 4, 2016
SINGLES:
First Things First by Stephen R. Covey- Audio Cassette

New Book Group #63 January 22, 2016 -- All Gone

New Book Group #62 November 6, 2015 -- All Gone

New Book Group #61 October 30, 2015
SINGLES:
Border Bride by Deborah Hale

New Book Group #60 September 18, 2015
A set of "haunting" tales and a few mysteries for October!

SINGLES:
The Shadowing by Joan Overfield
Trilogy Of Mysteries Audio Book Shadow Prey, There Was A Little Girl, Smokescreen Audio Cassettes (NOT CDs)

New Book Group #59 July 31, 2015 -- All Gone

New Book Group #58 June 26, 2015 -- All Gone

New Book Group #57 May 1, 2015 -- All Gone

New Book Group #56 March 20, 2015
SINGLES:
The Sweetheart Dance by Patti Ann Colt
Raintree Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones (spine creases)

New Book Group #55 February 5, 2015 -- All Gone

New Book Group #54 December 26, 2014 -- All Gone

BOX 4 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 47-53)
The Hidden Truth of Cytech's Randall Forty by Vickie Kennedy
Jezebel by Katherine Sutcliff
Undateable by Ellen Rakieten & Anne Coyle


BOX 3 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 39- 47)

Shetland Summer by Janet Lynnford
Breakfast in Bed by Sandra Brown - Audio Cassette Tapes (link is for mass media version)
Sweet Talking Man by Betina Krain


BOX 2 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 24- 38)

Thinner by Stephen King
Foundation (Foundation Novels) by Isaac Asimov
Magic: The Gathering Distant Planes, An Anthology
The Willful Widow by Valerie King (spine wear)
An Honorable Man by Rosemary Rogers (spine creases)
A Courtesans Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley -- NOTE This book has dog bite damage; it is missing half back cover and the edges of pages in the back third of the book... it does not effect the text but I will understand if no one wants this one
The Trailsman: Texas Lead Slingers by Jon Sharpe
Anthology: Something Borrowed, Something Blue - this book has spine creases and minor water damage...I thought I had read it and liked it but now I realize it was another anthology I read with Elaine Barbier.


BOX #1 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 1- 23)

Alien Chronicles - The Crimson Claw by Deborah Chester
Ghost Writer (Shivers #3) by M.D. Spenser

If you saw the pictures posted of my bookshelves and boxes you know I do have lots of books! And that doesn't include the other eight or so boxes at my office!! And more books as I find deals too good to pass up! I am sharing my book bounty by these Friday Pick Giveaways.

I started Friday Pick on November 27, 2009 and in almost seven years I have posted 68 groups of 16 (1,088) books to find new homes! (as of November 4, 2016).

I am happy to say that so far about 1,056+ books have found new homes! YAY. I have to update my print out to check the exact number sent out - a few were never claimed. I periodically update the lists - deleting those won. You can still go to the Friday Pick list link to see older posts and the older lists book pictures if you want!

Note rules here regarding international entries.
Because postage to overseas can be prohibitive I am willing to give a $5.00 book certificate to international winners - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, ARe, TWRP, ClassAct Books, eTreasures, Desert Breeze, etc....you tell me where and I'll set it up. So for my overseas visitors your comment may indicate a smaller book and I'll check postage or note your choice of gift card.

I learned that The Book Depository does not ship to everywhere. The postage for some of the books to far away places runs between $7.00 and $10.00 and up. Since I would award $5.00 for The Book Depository to an international winner, as an alternative you may choose a smaller book and we will hope the postage will not exceed $6.00. If the postage is more, or if you want to pick a larger book and you are willing to pay any extra postage beyond the $6.00 I will work with you on that. This may not make a difference to many but if it helps one or two of you to give one of my books a home that will make me happy too. :o)

Repeating this helpful blog tip: You can right click on a link and you will be given the choice to open the link in a new window or tab so you do not navigate away from the screen you are on!! I use this all the time!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway: A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano

This is light, fun, sweet romance.
A Talent for Trouble (Ladies of Distinction Book #3)
by Jen Turano
File Size: 1360 KB
Print Length: 354 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
ASIN: B00CIUJYZM
Genre: Historical Romance, Inspirational
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0


For years, Miss Felicia Murdock's every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister's wife. When the minister she'd set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change--and soon--before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she's not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who's to say nay?
Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations.
Just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia's life endangers her. As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication, will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?


Review:
Felicia had convinced herself that she was to marry the local preacher. She conducted herself as 'piously' as she could for four years trying to gain his affections. When the preacher married someone else, Felicia had to rediscover who she truly was. According to her family and friends Felicia is a good person with an impulsive nature… and a talent for trouble.

Felicia’s friends coerce Grayson, Lord Sefton, to begin to escort her so that other men of society will see she is available. Grayson had a rebellious, wild youth that sent him off to China. After tragedy struck he returned home and learned to control himself to protect his young daughter.

Felicia was delivering food and clothing to some seedy parts of town when her pony refused to move. Next thing Felicia is helping an elderly man who stumbled on the sidewalk. She helped him into a nearby pub where no respectable young lady should go. Felicia strides into one inappropriate situation after another. Fortunately, Grayson seems to be following her and is able to extricate her from most of the troubles. But Grayson has a past that has followed him from China and Felicia has managed to insinuate herself in the midst of his troubles.

Grayson is attracted to the lively young woman but feels his past makes him unacceptable for someone as good as Felicia. Can these two find forgiveness and grace to accept their past and find a future with love?

This is light, easy and enjoyable reading. Once you get past the first couple of pages and Felicia’s true personality is released, she is a hoot! Grayson thinks he has done awful things, and perhaps he did. But underneath he is a good man and it takes Felicia’s acceptance and shared grief with his sister for Grayson to begin to believe there may be redemption. The faith messages are lightly woven in.

The ladies’ book club members enjoyed this author before and we agreed it is nice to pick up a reliable, easy read once in a while. We recommend this to readers who enjoy light, clean romance.

This was Ladies Book Club read for March. It qualifies for 2017 Mount TBR.

GIVEAWAY:
One (very gently read) PRINT COPY - US Only

(Don't forget to fill in the form for entry!)
For 3 Extra Bonus entries
(a) comment on the review, OR
(b) Visit the Author's website and tell me something you learned or like there.

* This contest is open to US for Print Copy.
* This contest will close 5 PM (Central) April 29, 2017. Winner will be announced in the Sunday Post on 2/26/17.
Winners are asked to respond on the winners form linked in the announcement or by email.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Post April 16, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 17, 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.

Work has continued to plug along. Last week I had an appellate brief due so I was glad to have no court hearings and fewer office appointments. I plan to finish my tax preparation Monday this week and then I have two days traveling for court.
We praise the Lord -- Hubby got a very good report on his heart monitoring! They gave him a new pill to help remove the excess water that is effecting his breathing and energy.
Our weather has continued to be nice.
I am praying for wisdom for world leaders as they address the traumas in the middle east.

The ebook reading has been slow. I grabbed a children's book so I could read more than one book this week! I finished one audio book and one children's book. I posted three reviews plus all of my usual memes.

I visited about 29 blogs last week.
Blog shout out this week is for Mareli Thalk ink who has a great sense of humor and adds fun gifs to her blog posts!
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A- Audible Book Review: Confluence by S. K. Dunstall; Military Sci Fi; my rating: 4.75.

Finished Reading:
1. Audio (ABB)
Streets of Payne Audiobook


Streets of Payne
Written by: Jeff Brackett
Narrated by: Joy Nash
This is engaging futuristic detective action.
I received this audio title from the author through AudioBook Boom.

Click on book title for full description.



2. eBook (NetGalley)


Yak and Dove
by Kyo Maclear (Author), Esme Shapiro (Illustrator)
I picked this charming book up at NetGalley for a quick read.
I'm not sure if I will post the review soon or closer to the September release.
Sometimes the unlikeliest friends form the greatest friendships. A funny, charming picture book from a dynamic duo.
Friends Yak and Dove are complete opposites. Yak is large and Dove is small. Yak has fur and Dove has feathers. Yak is polite. Dove is ill-mannered. Yak likes quiet. Dove likes noise. One day as Yak and Dove list their differences they come to the conclusion that maybe they aren't meant to be friends. In the hope of finding a new best friend, Yak holds auditions. But when a small feathered contestant sings Yak's favorite song, the two begin to think that maybe they are alike after all . . .
Yak and Dove whimsically captures the highs and lows of friendship through the three interconnected tales of two very different friends.




Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG TBR)


Codename Lazarus: The Spy Who Came Back From The Dead
by A.P. Martin
I'm not too far along since I jumped to the LBC book.
I am just getting to the spying, I think.
I received this through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.



2. Audible/mp3 (TBR)


A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd
Written by: Patrick Ness
Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
I am enjoying the beginning of this.
I pulled this up from my TBR while waiting for some requested audio review books.
Publisher's Summary
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.... This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.

Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

©2011 Patrick Ness (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.



3. eBook/Kindle (NG TBR)


Fake
by Twist Phelan
I'm still looking forward to this thriller.
I received this through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.



April 16, 2017 - I have to read today's group to be up to date in 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 three reviews; this means I have three reviews.
I still have 12 NetGalley Titles remaining and 10+ author titles in my queue.


Through the Eyes of a Lost Boy by Ed Bonner, a new poetry collection, is available  at: eTreasure's NetGalley page.





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 one eBook from Netgalley.
I picked up one Audible daily deal and I purchased two ebooks for $.99 each.
I picked up more 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 title from NetGalley.
Yak and Dove
by Kyo Maclear (Author), Esme Shapiro (Illustrator)
This looked cute.
See more description above under finished reading.



Won
NONE

Purchased
I picked up one Audible Daily Deal for $3.95:
The Heavens May FallThe Heavens May Fall
Allen Eskens
"Vividly told from two opposing perspectives, the truth about the stunning death of Jennavieve Pruitt remains a mystery until the very end."
This sounds like a good mystery.

I bought two Kindle ebooks for $.99:
Karen Odden
This sounds really interesting. I thought about getting it at Audible but the performance reviews weren't so good.


Susan Wiggs
I like this author and figured this was a bargain at $.99.



Free
Here are some of the free books I found this week:
Displaced: Psychic Visions and Ghosts Books 1-3
by Andrew Butcher




(The Chris Johnson Series)
by Stiles Hillier

The Exonerated Trilogy
by JC Ryan




by Lauren Giordano


I added 65 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.

Book Review: How Good is Good Enough? by Andy Stanley

This book gives a message that I encourage everyone to read and learn.
How Good Is Good Enough?
by Andy Stanley
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Multnomah; Ppk edition (February 17, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1601422507
Genre: Christian, Salvation Theory
My Rating: 5.0 of 5.0


Surely there's more than one way to get to heaven? Bestselling author Andy Stanley addresses this popular belief held even among Christians. But believing that all good people go to heaven raises major problems, Stanley reveals. Is goodness not rewarded, then? Is Christianity not fair? Maybe not, he says. Readers will find out why Jesus taught that goodness is not even a requirement to enter heaven - and why Christianity is beyond fair. Andy Stanley leads believers and skeptics alike to a grateful awareness of God's enormous grace and mercy.
Good People Go to Heaven...Don’t They?
Sure they do. It only makes sense.
Actually, it doesn’t really make any sense at all. Smart, educated, accomplished men and women everywhere are banking their eternities on a theory that doesn’t hold water. Chances are, you’ve never really thought it through. But you owe it to yourself to do so.
Find out now what’s wrong with the most popular theory about heaven—and what it really takes to get there.


Review:
I decided to share this on Easter as it is fitting.  I encourage everyone, even firm believers, to read this short gem. Andy Stanley is a pastor and teacher for the world we live in today. His many teachings are Biblically sound and presented in a straight forward, down to earth manner that simple men and women can understand.

This short book reminds us that being good is not the way to get into heaven as many religions promote. Have you ever asked someone why they will or should go to heaven, and had them reply: “Because I try to be good, and I help others”? That is lovely, but good deeds, or being good, won’t get you into heaven.

This book reminds us how we can never be good enough to earn our way into heaven. Even the righteous leaders are not good enough. Matthew 5:20. Even some bad people go to heaven – like the thief who was hung beside Jesus. Luke 23:43.

At some point we each are faced with the question: Who do I say Jesus is? He either is who He claimed to be (the Lamb and sacrifice for the sins of the world), or He is not.

Life is not fair and Christianity is not fair. Why do we have to pay for the sins of Adam and Eve? (See the Easter message 4/16/17.) But, “Thanks be to God”, we do not get the punishment we deserve. Only by the Grace of God are we forgiven and made heirs of a heavenly Kingdom.

I encourage you to find one of these little books and read it. Buy a six pack if you need to – keep one to read and re-read and pass the others to loved ones and strangers!

Our church has these available to share. I wanted to read it and put one at my office.

HAPPY EASTER! Sunday Words of Encouragement April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER! - HE is Risen - HE is Risen Indeed!

This morning was a beautiful day to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Our church shared ‘goodies’ in the narthex before the service and a candy hunt for the little ones after.

Pastor started a new series titled “Broken”. The world is broken; all lives are broken. We are so broken we question everything: “Who am I? When is a fetus a ‘being’?

In our world things break.  Sadly we are accustomed to it. Can you imagine how you would have felt on Friday as Christ, an innocent, was hung on the cross?

When God created the world it was as it should be. Adam and Eve in the garden; they were naked yet knew no shame. They walked and talked with God. Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17, 21-25.

Then Satan tempted Eve saying “Did God really say you would die? He knows if you eat of the tree you will be wise like Him.” What Satan said was true but see how he twisted it? Eve ate and shared the fruit with Adam who also ate. At that moment the perfection of creationwas Broken.

Everything we experience is the result of sin. But God has an answer!God  always has a plan. He planned a solution. The serpent was cursed with a prophesy of victory. Genesis 3:14-15. “He will strike your head, and you will strike his heal.”

Jesus cancelled the brokenness of the world in the moment he died on the cross.

Sermon Point: Where sin left us broken, we are restored at the cross.

Some people try to be good enough but they will always fail. Every relationship has failure. Someone must forgive. Jesus brings forgiveness.

We are all guilty and have all been convicted to the punishment of death. But those who accept Christ have a mediator… and more-- a savior who takes took our punishment. 1 Timothy 2:3-7.

The Hope of the believer is in forgiveness and new life through the RISEN LORD. 1 Corinthians 15:19-22. Surrender yourself to Jesus and accept new life. He says "I forgive you."

This is a song we have been signing this past month. I saved it for today.
No wonder we call Him savior!
Verses for Today:
1 Corinthians 15:19-22
19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sharing Beyond Books #299 Comment Giveaway April 15, 2017

Hello again and Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB!

Thanks to everyone who commented last week.

Four of us consider sleeping our only way to unwind other than reading. Two walk, one exercises, two work in the garden, one knits, another crafts, others play games, do puzzles, soak in the tub or watch TV. And I like Sue's method: cuddling with her pets.

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The Winner from SBB #298 comments is: #3 bn100 who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the Updated (**Finally!) ARC/Review titles or (recently updated) Love and Christmas titles - all linked near the end of the post.

**NOTE: I did post an Updated ARC and Other books for Giveaways. I have to go back and list the titles. 
Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #299
(One Question.)
Nikki asks: Are there any book/movie characters or even celebrities whose names made you LIKE a certain name??
I'm not sure I have seen the name "Eustacia" in use but I liked it as a pen name after seeing Anastasia. My husband has always loved the name "Shane" from the cowboy movie with Alan Ladd. We also like "Zane" from author Zane Grey. Those are the ones that come to mind.
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This book fits the topic!
Image found at Amazon through Google Search..

Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! The supply of questions is dwindling so share some if you think of any -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify.

Your turn to share: Nikki asks: Are there any book/movie characters or even celebrities whose names made you LIKE a certain name??

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Updated ARC and Other books, including the "Love" and Christmas titles all in one post.

SBB Rules:
a) Must be a follower.
b) Share a comment on the question above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.
I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made through Saturday April 23, 2017 at 5 PM central.

April 2017 - Updated ARC and Other Books for Giveaways

7-30-16 I have to update this list soon. I think I have marked out chosen titles but I am not positive.
THIS IS NOT A GIVEAWAY POST but a list of titles available to select from for winners from Sharing Beyond Books weekly comment giveaway and occasionally other comment giveaways.
I have taken NEW pictures of the ARC and review boxes which are now in three groups. Christian and 'clean' titles and other Mixed Genre titles.
(If you want to see the older pictures, in case they seem clearer to you, they are at the old Updated ARC post linked HERE (July 2012 updated to May 2013), HERE (June 2013 updated to May 2015). and HERE February 2015.

Newer Images :
Christian Titles


An ** means I reviewed it and you can do a Search on my blog from the left hand side bar. I will link all titles as I get the chance. (Don't hold your breath for that since it has been two years.)
1.**Love in Disguise
2. Unexpected Love
3. Rhode Island Weddings
4. **A Match Made in Heaven
5. **Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda Brunstetter (small book on top)
6. **His Love Endures Forever by Beth Wiseman
7. **The Last Christian by David Gregory
8. **Lonestar Secrets by Colleen Coble (found another copy)
9.  New Mexico Weddings  Anthology
10. **Nipped in the Bud by Sleeman
11. **The Perfect Match by Hanna SBB
12. Sword of Silence by Carol D. Slama13.**Unwilling Warrior by Andrea Boeshaar
14.  Race to the Altar Anthology 
15.**Paper Angels
16.**Between Sundays
17. **Hood by Stephen Lawhead
18.**Every Skull Tells a Story

Christian and other "Clean" titles

1. **Illuminations of the Heart by Joyce DiPastena
2.**Dying to Read
3.  The Silent Gift by Landon & Kelley
4.**Falling to Pieces
5. Lost Mission 
6. Heaven's Road
7. The Princess by Lori Wick
8.**Arena
9. **Flight of the Raven
10. Broken Arrow 
11. **Seattle Cinderella
12. Eye of the God
13. Sin, Salvation and Shadowmancer
14. -Not sure I'll have to check title as it is tucked in.
15. Broken Arrow
16. The Silent Gift
17.  New Mexico
18. Jennifer by Dee Henderson (smaller book on top)


Mixed Genres, Many Mysteries Box 3

Titles to be listed soon.
Forever Knight SBB
Coming Back
Deadly Codes
Alex Cross's Trial
Death Mill Mansion
The Woman He Loved Before SBB
Talon
Spinning Forward SBB
Russian Roulette SBB
Tween Heaven and Hell  January SBB 2016
Synarchy Book 2
Circle of Souls
Eureka Point SBB
We Are the Destroyers
Hilltop Sunset
Severed Thread

 Romance Titles

All of these have been reviewed and can be found through search on my blog or through the title link.
I will have to go back and look to determine which were ARC or review. [A = ARC; otherwise it was a Review Book]:
I have to list the books on the left; the books to the right are:
  1. Angels Landing by Rochelle Alers
  2. Never a Gentleman (The Drake's Rakes Series) by Eileen Dryer
  3. A - Two Lethal Lies by Annie Solomon (1 ARC)
  4. A- Accidentally Married to...A Vampire? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff 
  5. A - I Own the Dawn by M.L. Buchman  

These are some of the Love and Christmas Titles which I will list later.


  • A - What in God's Name


  • AND I moved the other Love and Christmas picture here so all the pictures would be in one post.






    Friday, April 14, 2017

    Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway April 14, 2017

    Happy Friday!
    This has been a good week. I didn't have any court hearings and not too many appointments. This worked out well as I finished and filed an appeal brief and worked on taxes.

    I sent Amazon Gift Card wins out and have two or three people to email with their balances.

    Our weather has been in the 80s during the day and 60s at night so pretty nice.

    TO ENTER FRIDAY PICK

    US Entrants: Leave a comment and tell me WHICH BOOK you would like to get from the Friday Pick lists.
    INTERNATIONAL: Leave a comment indicating "Gift Card" (see further comments near the end of the post.)


    CUT OFF TIME IS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 9:00 PM CENTRAL so I do not have to stay up too late to do the winner post! I will randomly pick two winners to announce Friday mornings with the next Pick post.

    Thank you to all who entered the April 6 Pick. There were two automatic wins this week. Automatic wins are those who requested the book four times without other people asking for that book during those weeks. There was one title blocked this week.
    Carol NW gets The Old Silent Cassette Tapes
    and
    SueF gets Rattlesnake Crossing


    CONGRATULATIONS
    to Random.org picked Winners from April 6 Pick:
    BECKY gets The Silenced (through the block)
    and
    LESLEY gets a GC

    All winners please fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me to confirm your win, send your snail mail address information and let me know if you would like bookmarks - sensual, sexy or sweet bookmarks. {The form is new because Google changed their forms and the old one wasn't letting me print out the responses.}
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    Read some Poetry this month!
    Image found at The Writer's Almanac Bookshelf.

    New Book Group #71 March 10, 2017
    Mysteries and Thrillers
    PAIR:
    Matthew Reilly: Temple and Area 7
    SINGLES:
    Deception on His Mind by Elizabeth George
    ‘E’ is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
    In Plain Sight by C.J. Box
    Keepers by Gary A. Braunbeck
    Lullaby and Goodnight by Wendy Corsi Staub
    One Dark Night by Kevin F. McMurray
    Rattlesnake Crossing by J.A. Jance
    The Cat Who Sang for the Birds by Lillian Jackson Braun
    The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina
    The Silenced by Heather Graham
    The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood by Susan Wittig Albert
    Total Exposure by Tori Carrington
    There Was A Little Girl by Ed McBain (Audio Cassettes)
    The Old Silent by Martha Grimes (Audio Cassettes)


    New Book Group #70 January 27, 2017
    Thought I’d share some romances for February:
    PAIRS:
    Betty Neels: The Girl With Green Eyes and the Damsel in Green
    Linda Howard: The Touch of Fire and Loving Forever
    SINGLES:
    The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke by Jillian Hunter
    Kissed by Shadows (Get Connected Romances) by Jane Feather
    Love's Brazen Fire by Betina Krahn
    Love Letters From a Duke (The Bachelor Chronicles Book 3) by Elizabeth Boyle
    Love Wild and Fair by Bertrice Small
    Only With Your Love (Vallerands Book 2) by Lisa Kleypas
    Scandalous Love by Brenda Joyce
    Someone to Love by Jude Deveraux
    Valentine by Jane Feather
    A Visit From Sir Nicholas (Effington Family Book 9) by Victoria Alexander
    Winter Fire by Jo Beverly


    New Book Group #69 November 18, 2016
    (I'll post a picture and links later)
    Some books for Christmas
    Mistletoe Marriage by Jessica Hart
    Jingle Bell Blessings by Bonnie K. Winn
    Snowbound with Mr. Right by Judy Christenberry
    The Christmas Cowboy by Michele Dunaway
    All I Want for Christmas by Gina Wilkins
    All She Wants for Christmas by Stacy Connelly


    New Book Group #68 October 28, 2016
    SINGLE:
    The Seventh Tower, Book One by Garth Nix
    Plan of Attack by Dan Brown
    Critical by Robin Cook


    New Book Group #67 September 9, 2016

    (*Three more very old books from my Gothics box.)
    SINGLES:
    *The Man in the Garden by Paule Mason (1969 - yellowed)


    New Book Group #66 June 25, 2016
    (I will post a picture later. *Four of these books are very old; pulled from a box of gothic novels I have had for many years. They may not be wanted by anyone and if so, I will donate elsewhere in time.)
    SINGLES:
    *Maggie – Her Marriage by Taylor Caldwell (1953 very old, yellowed pages, some stain damage doesn't effect reading)
    Fire Dancer by Ann Maxwell


    New Book Group #65 April 29, 2016
    SINGLES:
    The Champion by Heather Grothaus


    New Book Group #64 March 4, 2016
    SINGLES:
    First Things First by Stephen R. Covey- Audio Cassette

    New Book Group #63 January 22, 2016 -- All Gone

    New Book Group #62 November 6, 2015 -- All Gone

    New Book Group #61 October 30, 2015
    SINGLES:
    Border Bride by Deborah Hale

    New Book Group #60 September 18, 2015
    A set of "haunting" tales and a few mysteries for October!

    SINGLES:
    The Shadowing by Joan Overfield
    Trilogy Of Mysteries Audio Book Shadow Prey, There Was A Little Girl, Smokescreen Audio Cassettes (NOT CDs)

    New Book Group #59 July 31, 2015 -- All Gone

    New Book Group #58 June 26, 2015 -- All Gone

    New Book Group #57 May 1, 2015 -- All Gone

    New Book Group #56 March 20, 2015
    SINGLES:
    The Sweetheart Dance by Patti Ann Colt
    Raintree Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones (spine creases)

    New Book Group #55 February 5, 2015 -- All Gone

    New Book Group #54 December 26, 2014 -- All Gone

    BOX 4 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 47-53)
    The Hidden Truth of Cytech's Randall Forty by Vickie Kennedy
    Jezebel by Katherine Sutcliff
    Undateable by Ellen Rakieten & Anne Coyle


    BOX 3 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 39- 47)

    Shetland Summer by Janet Lynnford
    Breakfast in Bed by Sandra Brown - Audio Cassette Tapes (link is for mass media version)
    Sweet Talking Man by Betina Krain


    BOX 2 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 24- 38)

    Thinner by Stephen King
    Foundation (Foundation Novels) by Isaac Asimov
    Magic: The Gathering Distant Planes, An Anthology
    The Willful Widow by Valerie King (spine wear)
    An Honorable Man by Rosemary Rogers (spine creases)
    A Courtesans Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley -- NOTE This book has dog bite damage; it is missing half back cover and the edges of pages in the back third of the book... it does not effect the text but I will understand if no one wants this one
    The Trailsman: Texas Lead Slingers by Jon Sharpe
    Anthology: Something Borrowed, Something Blue - this book has spine creases and minor water damage...I thought I had read it and liked it but now I realize it was another anthology I read with Elaine Barbier.


    BOX #1 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 1- 23)

    Alien Chronicles - The Crimson Claw by Deborah Chester
    Ghost Writer (Shivers #3) by M.D. Spenser

    If you saw the pictures posted of my bookshelves and boxes you know I do have lots of books! And that doesn't include the other eight or so boxes at my office!! And more books as I find deals too good to pass up! I am sharing my book bounty by these Friday Pick Giveaways.

    I started Friday Pick on November 27, 2009 and in almost seven years I have posted 68 groups of 16 (1,088) books to find new homes! (as of November 4, 2016).

    I am happy to say that so far about 1,052+ books have found new homes! YAY. I have to update my print out to check the exact number sent out - a few were never claimed. I periodically update the lists - deleting those won. You can still go to the Friday Pick list link to see older posts and the older lists book pictures if you want!

    Note rules here regarding international entries.
    Because postage to overseas can be prohibitive I am willing to give a $5.00 book certificate to international winners - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, ARe, TWRP, ClassAct Books, eTreasures, Desert Breeze, etc....you tell me where and I'll set it up. So for my overseas visitors your comment may indicate a smaller book and I'll check postage or note your choice of gift card.

    I learned that The Book Depository does not ship to everywhere. The postage for some of the books to far away places runs between $7.00 and $10.00 and up. Since I would award $5.00 for The Book Depository to an international winner, as an alternative you may choose a smaller book and we will hope the postage will not exceed $6.00. If the postage is more, or if you want to pick a larger book and you are willing to pay any extra postage beyond the $6.00 I will work with you on that. This may not make a difference to many but if it helps one or two of you to give one of my books a home that will make me happy too. :o)

    Repeating this helpful blog tip: You can right click on a link and you will be given the choice to open the link in a new window or tab so you do not navigate away from the screen you are on!! I use this all the time!

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