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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Post April 23, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 24, 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.

Work has busy last week as I ended up going to court four days. Plus my daughter missed two days home sick.
Hubby got a new man-toy work tool -- an Easy Go Workhorse. Working with this is helping to boost his spirits.
Our weather has been warm and we are getting a slight coolness for the next few days.

My reading picked up; I finished one audio book and two ebooks. I posted two reviews plus all of my usual memes.

I visited about 27 blogs last week.
Blog shout out this week is for Bionic Book Worm where I found an interesting post on Top 5 popular books I HAVEN’T read.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • P-TBR- Book Review and Giveaway: A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano; Historical Romance, Inspirational; my rating 4.25. Print US Only; ending 4/29/2017.

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/mp3 (TBR)

A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd
Written by: Patrick Ness
Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
This wonderful story has an interesting message.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG TBR)

Codename Lazarus: The Spy Who Came Back From The Dead
by A.P. Martin
There is great history in this espionage story.
My review is linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG TBR)

by Twist Phelan
This is a good, fast-paced thriller.
I received this through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1.Audio/mp3 (ABJ)

Keystone: Crossbreed Series, Book 1
Written by: Dannika Dark
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
I am half-way through this engaging listen.
I spotted this on one of the link-ups at Mailbox Monday and it looked good.
I received the audio from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
When the road forks, how do you know which path is the right one? Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn't the only reason she's hiding from the law. Half vampire, half mage, she's spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe - a smug, handsome vampire whom she'd rather stake than go on a stakeout with. They're hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven's chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?
©2017 Dannika Dark (P)2017 Tantor

2. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

by Max Gladstone, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery, Margaret Dunlap
30% in. This is a fun read - a squad fighting magic by confiscating the books that let the monsters out.
I received this through NetGalley.
Magic is real, and hungry. It’s trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, and only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. She joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad—Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum—and together they stand between humanity and the magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.
Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in a fast-paced, kickass character driven novel chock-full of magic, mystery, and mayhem, written collaboratively by a team of some of the best writers working in fantasy.
Originally presented serially in 16 episodes, this omnibus collects all installments of Bookburners Season One into one edition.

3. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

Free Space (Admiral)
by Sean Danker
I enjoyed book one and am looking forward to this.
The book releases on May 2.
I will be posting my review with a Giveaway.
I received the title through NetGalley.
In the follow-up to Admiral, the intergalactic war has ended and hostilities between the Evagardian Empire and the Commonwealth are officially over, but the admiral is far from safe. . . .
I’d impersonated a prince, temporarily stopped a war, escaped a deadly planet, and survived more assassination attempts than I could conveniently count. After all that, there shouldn’t have been anything simpler than a nice weekend with a charming Evagardian girl.
However, some corners of the galaxy aren’t as genteel as the Empire, and Evagardians aren’t universally loved, which is how I ended up kidnapped to be traded as a commodity.
Their timing couldn’t have been worse. I'm not at my best, but these people have no idea whom they're dealing with: a highly trained, genetically engineered soldier in the Imperial Service who happens to be my date.

4. Audio/mp3 (ABJ)

The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals: Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 3
Written by: Jordan Stratford
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
This looks like a fun series.
I received this from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
The Wollestonecraft Girls embark on their most important case yet - the famed dinosaur fossil hunter Mary Anning is being blackmailed. Her precious dog has been snatched and the kidnappers are demanding that Miss Anning authenticate some fake dinosaur bones up for auction at the British Museum in order to get him back. Ada and Mary have just three days to track down the fossil fakers, find the dog, and save the integrity of science!
The game is truly afoot in this quirky caper involving blood-sucking leeches, an asthmatic pug, smoke bombs, secret elevators, diabolical disguises, and wicked word-play.
©2017 Jordan Stratford (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

April 23, 2017 - I am one day ahead 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 three books and posted two reviews; this means I have four reviews; not sure if I am doing the children's review now or closer to the release in September.
I have 10 NetGalley Titles remaining but I expect to pick up two for May reviews. Still at 10+ author titles in my queue so I need to start pulling those in also.

I'm hoping to put another poetry collection up this week 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 have a pretty full mailbox today!
I received two audiobooks from Audiobook Jukebox and two from iReads Book Tours.
I (barely) resisted Audible daily deals, mainly because I did pick up two Audible selections and 6 audios on sale.
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 these audio books from the publishers through Audiobook Jukebox.
They are both above in Currently Reading:
Keystone: Crossbreed Series, Book 1
Written by: Dannika Dark
Narrated by: Nicole Poole

The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals: Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 3
Written by: Jordan Stratford
Narrated by: Nicola Barber

I received these titles for review through iRead Book Tours.
Review Date: May 23 with Narrator Guest Post
Old Loves Die Hard
By: Lauren Carr
Narrator: James C. Lewis

Review Date: May 24
By: Lauren Carr
Narrator: Mike Alger


Two March Audible Selections
Apocalypse: The Days of Elijah, Book 1Apocalypse: The Days of Elijah, Book 1
Written by: Mark Goodwin
Narrated by:Kevin Pierce

Fan the Flames: Search and Rescue, Book 2Fan the Flames: Search and Rescue, Book 2
Written by: Katie Ruggle
Narrated by: Rachel Dulude

These three on Sale:
The Keeper: A Novel

The Keeper: A Novel  $5.95
Written by: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate

Written by: Evan Currie
Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie

Snapshot $3.95
Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: William DeMeritt

And Three titles for $1.99
(because I already have the Kindle versions)
Written by: MK McClintock
Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond 

Written by: Michael Wallace
Narrated by: Steve Barnes
Written by: J.S. Morin
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore 

Here are just several of some really good sounding free books:
Out of Time Series Box Set (Books 1-3) (Out Of Time Box Set)
Monique Martin

All Four Books In the SPIDER Series
J.R. Wright, Mia Manns

Unclaimed (The Memoirs of Jane E, Friendless Orphan Book 1)
by Erin McCole Cupp

I added 45 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. I'm trying to listen to more audiobooks since I enjoy them. The middle-grade Detective Agency book does look like a fun series. Enjoy your reading week!

  2. It's cool and rainy here today and I don't like it! Enjoy your new books!

  3. You have lots of interesting looking books...I've read Old Loves Die Hard, but haven't read any of the author's newer books.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. I hope your daughter feels better.

    Wow on the books you added to your Kindle.

    ENJOY, and have a wonderful week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  5. I've seen A Monster Calls around a lot. I'm rather curious about it. Hope you enjoy your upcoming reads!

  6. Enjoy all your books! I read the first couple episodes of Bookburners, but it never really hooked me.

  7. A Monster Calls is on my future reading list! And a post about the top five popular books I haven't read does sound interesting. Happy reading!

  8. I haven't read any of these books. I hope you enjoy all of them, especially Fake. It sounds very good and interesting. Have a wonderful week, Martha. :)

  9. Good to hear hubby has something that is sparking his interest - so important after being ill. You always astound me at all that you accomplish and read. May all go well for the coming week.

  10. Codename Lazarus sounds like such an intriguing book! I’ll have to look into that one.

  11. Hi Martha,

    I hope that your daughter is back on form again now and that your courtroom dramas are done with.

    I am not a fan of audio books, as I just don't enjoy being read to and never have since I first learned to read. However the Lauren Carr books do look good and she is another in the long list of authors I have promised myself to try.

    I am going to bookmark the books now and hope to get to them very soon. Thanks for sharing anf helping to host MM :)


  12. wow I love this very comprehensive post with all these wonderful books!

    Sorry to hear about your daughter. Hope she feels better. Hubby will love their tools huh. Hope he has fun with it :)

    A Monster Calls is such a beautiful book! It completely undid me! Glad to hear you liked it too. :)


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