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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Post April 30, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 1, 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 continues to be busy. My second employee was out two days which slows things.
Hubby has had more energy this week and is working a bit around the house.
Our weather has warmed up to 80s and moving toward the 90s.
I am concerned and praying for those suffering tornadoes, floods and even late snow storms.

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

I visited about 28 blogs last week.
Blog shout out this week is for Lost in Lit who has a lovely peacock header and looks very busy with children and reading!
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A-ABB- Audio Book Review: Streets of Payne by Jeff Brackett; Cyperpunk, Sci Fi; my rating 4.5.
  • ENG-TBR- Audible Book Review: The Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; Teen, Fantasy, Family; my rating: 4.5.

Winner of Talent for Trouble is Vicki W.

Finished Reading:
1.Audio/mp3 (ABJ)

Keystone: Crossbreed Series, Book 1
Written by: Dannika Dark
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
This is engaging fantasy with interesting characters and good action.
I received the audio from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/mp3 (TBR)

Silence Fallen: A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10
Written by: Patricia Briggs
Narrated by: Lorelei King, George Newbern
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
This is a must read/listen series for me. My only disappointment was that it ended. :-)
Publisher's Summary
In the New York Times best-selling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack - and her mate - is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone....
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe.
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise....
©2017 Patricia Briggs (P)2017 Penguin Audio

3. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

Free Space (Admiral)
by Sean Danker
This was another exciting ride... 
or space flight as the case may be.
I will be posting my review with a Giveaway on May 2 3.
I received the title through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audible/mp3 (TBR)

The Quilt
Written by: Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
This was lovely and had me in tears by the end.
This was from my Audible TBR shelf.
Publisher's Summary
A six-year-old boy goes to spend the summer with his grandmother, Alida, in a small Minnesota town. With the men all gone off to fight, the women are left to run the farms. There’s plenty for the boy to do - trying to help with the chores; getting to know the dog and the horses, cows, pigs, and chickens.
But when his cousin Kristina goes into labor, he can’t do a thing. Instead, the house fills with women come to help and to wait, and to work on the quilt together. This is no common, everyday quilt, but one that contains all the stories of the boy’s family. And as they wait, and work, the women share these stories with the boy.
In this spare, affecting novel, ordinary life and ordinary things take on a new meaning, and the bond between a boy and his grandmother shines through.
©2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; 2005 Gary Paulsen

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

by Max Gladstone, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery, Margaret Dunlap
I am at 80%. This was longer than some but fun.
I received this through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (Author TBR)

From Afar
by Roger Thomas
This is one from my Author queue that I had hoped to get to much sooner.
The Magi, or Three Kings, of the Nativity story are among the best loved yet most mysterious figures in all history. The fleeting and sparse account in St. Matthew's Gospel raises as many questions as it answers. It has been so embroidered over the centuries that the original historical context has been almost completely buried. Yet the world of the early first century was as dynamic and intriguing as any legend - and much more perilous.
In his compelling novelization of the journey of the Magi, Roger Thomas draws on Scripture, history, and modern research. This swift-moving tale brings these shadowed figures to vivid life. You meet them as men of their time and culture: learned and noble, yet experienced with a brutal world and even violent when necessary. Come with them as they search for a King they do not understand, and seek for answers to questions lying in the deepest parts of their souls - providing they survive the dangers of the journey.

3. Print (Ladies Book Club TBR)

Plain Proposal (Daughters of the Promise Book 5)
by Beth Wiseman
This is our Ladies Book Club read 
for discussion on May 13.
Miriam secretly vows to follow Saul no matter what the future holds. She never thought that future might take them away from their Amish community.
Miriam Raber could have her pick of any of the eligible bachelors in Lancaster County. But she only has eyes for one . . . Saul Fisher. He captured her heart years ago, and she's never looked back. Even when rumors circulate that Saul may leave their Amish community to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship, Miriam makes a bold assertion: she will stand by him, whether he stays or goes.
Saul Fisher has experienced an inordinate amount of loss in his short life. Raising his two brothers and caring for a grieving father who privately seeks solace in the comfort of his homemade wine, Saul has kept his father's drinking from the community. But if he leaves Lancaster, the burden of secrecy will be left to his young brothers. How does he balance this with the dream that burns bright within him?
As Miriam and Saul consider leaving their lives behind, God starts revealing things to Miriam that make her think twice about what it means to be a Daughter of the Promise, and what it means to make a home.
Experience this love story with a surprising resolution by one of the most popular voices in Amish fiction.

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.
[I had a download issue on my end that has delayed this.]
Click on book title for full description.

April 30, 2017 - I am 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 four books but only posted two reviews; this means I have four reviews current and one for later release.
I am back to 12 NetGalley Titles and still at 10+ author titles in my queue.

I'm still hoping to put another poetry collection 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 listed my Ladies Book Club title that I pulled from the TBR box (purchased in 2016).
I have one review title from Pump Up Your Book I forgot to list a few weeks ago.
I received two review titles through NetGalley for iRead Book Tours.
I purchased one two Audible Daily Deals and one Kindle ebook.
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
Ladies Book Club April read for discussion on 5/13.

Plain Proposal (Daughters of the Promise Book 5)
by Beth Wiseman
See full description above in current reading.

I received one review title from Pump Up Your Book (I forgot to list a few weeks ago) for tour Review on May 17.
Desert Melody
by Laura Evans Serna
"For generations the Voyan have lived peacefully among Humans, blending in despite their special thought-sharing abilities and unique communal culture. But now a mysterious disease is killing Voyan babies."
Sci Fi, Metaphysical; sounds interesting.

I received these titles from NetGalley for review through iRead Book Tours.
Review Date: May 31 with Giveaway
by Tabitha Lord
"Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. "

Review Date: June 20
Infinity -- Release date 6/6
by Tabitha Lord
"Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction."


I ended up buying one Audible Daily Deal for $3.95 and one for $1.95
A Study in Scarlet Women: The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
Written By: Sherry Thomas
Narrator: Kate Reading
Duration: 11 hrs
"USA Today best-selling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down."

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie
Written by: Jordan Sonnenblick
Narrated by: Joel Johnstone
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
"In a debut that has won raves, Jordan Sonnenblick digs deep into the heart of a family in crisis with humor, hope, and impressive sensitivity."
I think this would be good to listen to with my grandkids.

I purchased this Kindle title for $.99
Space Team: The Collected Adventures: Volume 1
by Barry J. Hutchison

Here are just some really good sounding books I got for free - all new to me authors:
Winter's Edge: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure
(Outzone Drifter Series Book 1)
by Mike Sheridan

(Walking Calamity Cozy Mystery Book 1)
by CeeCee James

UNDER THE COLD STONES: a gripping thriller, dark and full of suspense
by Dan McNay

(A Maternal Instincts Mystery Book 1)
by Diana Orgain

I added 59 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 have The Quilt in my wish list at Audible and good to hear you loved it. Good to know hubby is gaining energy and sounds like the sun is too. The seasons pass quickly.

  2. I haven't read The Quilt but I've read other books that feature Alida and her grandson.

    Saturday was my the junior to cadette bridging ceremony in San Francisco. My daughter and I are sore and sunburnt from our adventure but we had fun. Come see what I'm reading.

  3. The Wollstonecraft Academy looks interesting. Gorgeous cover too. I hope you enjoy your books!

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

  4. I'll be interested in your thoughts on the Sherry Thomas audiobook. I resisted temptation :)

  5. I don't know how you have time to read so much! Enjoy your new books!

  6. I am loving the Crossbreed series. I held off on Free Space, since early reviews scared me, but you have given me hope! Have a great week.

  7. I like the looks of THE QUILT.

    ENJOY your books and week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


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