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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Post April 2, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 3, 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.

As always my work week was busy. I continue to plug along, completing somethings each day.
We had a couple nights of rain but our day weather is now in the 80s.
I continue to pray for the areas of distress in the states and around the world.
We have two men from the Band of Brothers working with the missionaries in Haiti this week.

Reading was good even though I only finished two books. I finished one ebook and one audio for review. I posted three reviews plus all of my usual memes.

I visited close to 30 blogs last week.
Blog shout out this week is for the Geeky Blogger's Book Blog where Felicia co-sponsers #FitReader posts.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ABJ- Audio Book Review: The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk; Sci Fi, Dystopian, Environmentalism; my rating 4.5.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (iReads Book Tours)

Xenogeneic: First Contact
by Lance Erlick
This Alien First Contact is full of action.
The author guest post, tour giveaway and my review are both linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio (ABJ)

The Hollow Hills: The Arthurian Saga, Book 2
Written by: Mary Stewart
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
I was a little surprised that I finished this 16 hour audiobook in one week but it was gripping/engaging.
I received this audio book from the publisher

through Audiobook Jukebox
Click on book title for full description.

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

Codename Lazarus: The Spy Who Came Back From The Dead
by A.P. Martin
I like how this spy story has started.
I received this through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3

Written by: S. K. Dunstall
Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
I am glad to get back to this sci fi series that I really like.
Publisher's Summary
From the national best-selling author of Alliance, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself caught in a dangerous fight for political power.
The lines. Mysterious yet familiar: the key to controlling every ship in the galaxy. Once they were thought of as tools, but since linesman Ean Lambert discovered strange new lines in an alien vessel, they have become so much more - symbols of a power too great to ignore.
©2016 S.K. Dunstall (P)2016 Recorded Books

3. eBook (NG TBR)

Ivy in Bloom:
The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past
by Vanita Oelschlager (Author), 
Kristin Blackwood (Illustrator)
I think  early spring is a good time to read this.
I received this from NetGalley
Ivy In Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a
long winter. ""I stare out the window,"" she says on the first spread of brown and gray, ""looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don't see any such thing."" But then Spring comes when ""March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest."" And Ivy's ""heart dances with daffodils."" As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy's world erupts into a riot of color. Ivy In Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy's eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author.

4. Print (TBR Ladies Book Club)

A Talent for Trouble (Ladies of Distinction Book #3)
by Jen Turano
We are reading this for Ladies Book Club which meets this Saturday. We've enjoyed this author before.
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?

April 2, 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 three reviews; this will mean I have three reviews for this week so I am up to date.
I have 13 NetGalley Titles remaining and 10+ author titles in my queue.

The new poetry collection needs one more fix and then will go up 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 review book this week.
I resisted the Audible daily deals this week but I did purchase three ebooks for $.99 each.
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

Jeopardy in July: A Jamie Quinn Mystery (Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery Book 5)
by Barbara Venkataraman
"Old people were dying at an alarming rate at La Vida Boca, a posh assisted living facility in Boca Raton, Florida."
I've enjoyed this series and the author let me know it was available for free this past week so I picked it up for review.



I bought two sci fi anthologies for $.99 each and a dog book that looks so cute.

Writers of the Future Volume 30: The Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year  
(L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future)
By: Orson Scott Card, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Val Lindahn, Terry Madden, Amanda E. Forrest, Anaea Lay, K.C. Norton, Randy Henderson, Liz Colter, Leena Likitalo, Shauna O'meara, Paul Eckheart, Megan E. O'Keefe, Oleg Kazantsev, C. Stuart Hardwick, Timothy Jordan, Seonhee Lim, Vicent-Michael Coviello, Kristie Kim, Sarah Webb, Adam Brewster, Trevor Smith, Bernardo Mota, Kirbi Fagan, Michael Talbot, Cassandre Bolan, Vanessa Golitz, Andrew Sonea, Dave Wolverton, L. Ron Hubbard

Writers of the Future 32 Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology
(L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future)
By: L. Ron Hubbard, Tim Powers, Brandon Sanderson, Sean Williams, David Farland, Jon Laser, Stewart C. Baker, Christoph Weber, Stephen Merlino, K. D. Julicher, Matt Dovey, Rachel K. Jones, Julie Frost, Sylvia Anna Hiven, Ryan Row, R.M. Graves, H. L. Fullerton, J. W. Alden, Killian McKeown, Paul Otteni, Talia Spencer, Irvin Rodriguez, Marciela Ugarte Pena, Eldar Zakirov, Rob Hassan, Adrian Massaro, Prestone Stone, Vlada Monakhova, Brandon Knight, Jonas Spokas, Daniel Tyka, Dino Hadziavdic, Camber Arnhart, Christina Alberici, David Farland

Sit, Stay, Love (Love Unleashed Book 1)
Dana Mentink
"Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together."
We have a dachshund and I couldn't resist this Christian romance.

Here is one free book I found this week:

Misty Lake: Book One in the Misty Lake Series
by Margaret Standafer
"Jake McCabe, Misty Lake’s sheriff, is as curious as anyone about the town’s newest resident but it isn’t until Sam becomes the victim of a particularly cruel vandal that he meets her and gets a look at the house that has everyone in town talking."
This sounds like a a good, clean mystery.

I added another 56 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. The Hollow Hills must have had an excellent narrator, it is great when a book is so good like that you just have to keep listening. By the way, yes I think Dragonslayer by Emilie Richards would be perfect for you.

  2. I imagine your work is always busy. I'm glad you had a good week in books.

  3. A Talent for Trouble looks like fun. I would love temps in the 80's. Keep plugging along Martha :)

  4. Codename Lazarus and Ivy in Bloom look so good! Happy reading!

    My Monday post

  5. Visiting 30 blogs is fun isn't it. It is time consuming, but I love seeing what everyone is up to.

    ENJOY your books and your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. Jeopardy in July sounds like a good cozy!

  7. I am sure I left a comment earlier. LOL Gremlins or spam?

  8. Sounds busy! Glad reading was good.

  9. Enjoy your books! I am curious about A Talent for Trouble.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  10. You have a very diverse range of genres this week.

    I hope that the reading choice of your Ladies Book Club is as well received as the books you have previously read by this author.

    Thanks for sharing your usual busy week and 'Happy Reading' for this coming week :)



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