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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Post May 7, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 8, 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.

I had everyone at work this week which helped. I am working away on various files and this week we have underwriter audits which are normal.
Hubby continues to work around the house and he was in his element this morning helping to cook at church for spaghetti lunch.
Our weather was in the 50s several mornings but still warmed up to 82.
I continue to pray for those suffering the freakish weather events, including famines in Africa.

I enjoyed my reading this week. I finished two ebooks and one audio book. I posted four reviews plus all of my usual memes.

I visited over 30 blogs last week.
Blog shout out this week is for Our Familiarium who has a remarkably busy and creative blog!
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • eNGTBR- Book Review and Giveaway: Free Space by Sean Danker; Sci Fi, Thriller; my rating 4.0. Print Copy, US only ; ends 5/13/17
  • eNGTBR- Book Review: Fake by Twist Phelan; Suspense, Thriller; my rating: 4.5.
  • ABJ- Audio Book Review: Keystone by Dannika Dark; Paranormal, Urban Fantasy; my rating: 4.25.

Winner of Talent for Trouble is Vicki W.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

by Max Gladstone, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery, Margaret Dunlap
This was a long read but I liked the team dynamics.
I received this through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/mp3 (ABJ)

The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals: Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 3
Written by: Jordan Stratford
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
This is a fun little mystery.
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.

3. eBook/Kindle (Author TBR)

From Afar
by Roger Thomas
This is beautiful and moving. I plan to get it for the Ladies Book Club closer to Christmas.

Currently reading:
1. Print (Ladies Book Club TBR)

Plain Proposal (Daughters of the Promise Book 5)
by Beth Wiseman
I am just starting this for our Ladies Book Club
discussion on May 13.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (Pump up Your Book Tour)

Desert Melody
by Laura Evans Serna
I received this through Pump Up Your Book for tour review to post on May 17.
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.
Teagan is a Voyan wet nurse saving the lives of newborns. As the mother of a half-Human child, she struggles to fit into the Voyan world. When she falls for Josh, a Human man eager to take on the roles of husband and father, she starts to question her deepest beliefs about her people and her own fate.
Soon Teagan faces threats from unknown and unlikely foes. She must decide what she's willing to risk for a chance at love, security, and a future for her child.

3. Audible/mp3 (iRead)

Old Loves Die Hard: A Mac Faraday Mystery
Written by: Lauren Carr
Narrated by: James C. Lewis
I received this title through
iRead Book Tours; review date May 23.
Publisher's Summary
Old loves die hard...and in the worst places.
In Old Loves Die Hard, Lauren Carr continues the rags-to-riches story of Mac Faraday, an underpaid homicide detective who inherits 270 million dollars and an estate on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, from his birth mother on the day his divorce becomes final.
Mac is settling nicely into his new life at Spencer Manor when his ex-wife Christine shows up-and she wants him back! Before Mac can send her packing, Christine and her estranged lover are murdered in Mac's private penthouse suite at the Spencer Inn, the five-star resort built by his ancestors.
The investigation leads to the discovery of cases files for some of Mac's murder cases in the room of the man responsible for destroying his marriage. Why would his ex-wife's lover come to Spencer to dig into Mac's old cases?
With the help of his new friends on Deep Creek Lake, Mac must use all of his detective skills to clear his name and the Spencer Inn's reputation, before its five-stars - and more bodies - start dropping!
©2016 Terri Lynn Zaleski (P)2016 Terri Lynn Zaleski

May 7 2017 - I am half a 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.

Some of my reading time is going to a Wednesday night study we are doing called Freedom Course.

I completed four books and posted four reviews; this means I still have four reviews current and one for later release.
I am back to 13 NetGalley Titles and still at 10+ author titles in my queue.

Shades of Darkness and Light, A 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 two review audio books from the author; for June.
I have one review title from Pump Up Your Book for July.
I received two review titles through NetGalley, one for tour and one for me.
I resisted the Audible Daily Deals but bought two Kindle ebooks.
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 two Audible books from the Author for review in June with tour and giveaway:
Shadow Sight: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Series
Written by: E. J. Stevens
Narrated by: Traci Odom

I enjoyed this series and am glad to listen to the first and the latest.
Hound's Bite: Ivy Granger
Psychic Detective, Volume 5
By: E.J. Stevens
Narrator: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony A. Bowlin

I received one review title from Pump Up Your Book
for Campaign read before July 11:

by Hayley Rose
Children’s Picture Book
Rhyming trip through the states looks like fun.

I received these titles from NetGalley.

From Little Bird Publicity for tour review on July 6:
Serenity Harbor
by RaeAnne Thayne
"In the town of Haven Point, love can be just a wish—and one magical kiss—away…"
I enjoy Ms. Thayne's writing and this sounds like a nice romance.

No Specific date; releases June 1
Weaver's Needle
by Robin Caroll
"Two recovery specialists.
One murder.
A hunt for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.
This Christian suspense sounds good.


I purchased one Kindlge title for $2.99
Last Stand: The Complete Four-Book Box Set 
(A Post-Apocalyptic, EMP-Survival Thriller)
William H. Weber
I purchased this Kindle title for $.99

I picked up Week One and Two SYNC Audio titles:

Here are just some really good sounding books I got for free - all new to me authors again:
Because of the Rain
by Deborah Raney

Alternative outcome: Where fact and fiction collide
(Mike Stanhope Mysteries Book 1)
by Peter Rowlands

God's Hammer (Hakon's Saga Book 1)
by Eric Schumacher

I added (only) 40 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. What a wide range of books you have in your post this week. I have Serenity Harbor too to read thanks to Little Bird Publicity.

  2. Only 40 free reads? Well done :) You always find some great reads!

  3. Desert Melody looks interesting. You have a lot of differnet types of books here. I hope you enjoy them!

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

  4. I'm looking forward to Serenity Harbor - love RaeAnne Thaynes books.

  5. Thats an enormous pile of reading material handy. I do have books on my Kindle but nothing like your pile!

  6. It looks like you're in for some good reading!

  7. From Afar by Roger Thomas caught my eye. I love the cover and your comment. I will look it up.

  8. What a collection!!

    ENJOY your books and your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  9. Nice variety of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  10. I got tired of trying to keep track of NetGalley and all it's various deadlines and demands, so I stopped taking requests from them a few years back.

    It was another busy week but I did manage to finish some books. Come see what I'm reading.

  11. Hi Martha

    Another bumper bunch of goodies this week!

    Although some of your chosen genres amy not be for me, I did find one little gem amongst them to add to my own list ... 'Alternative Outcome', so I shall look forward to catching up with your review, in the future!

  12. Shadow Sight is one I want to try, in fact in may be on my I use to love working the spaghetti dinner for Rotary club...such fun! Hope this week is a good one!

  13. You had a great week! I love RaeAnne Thayne's books, so Serenity Harbor is going on my list.

    I enjoyed Old Loves Die Hard. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  14. OMG, you are so lucky. You got so many great looking books and audiobooks for reviews. I'm so happy for you. I hope you enjoy all these books and audiobooks. Happy reading and have a wonderful week. :)

  15. OMG Thanks a lot for the Blog shout out!!! you are the best!!!
    [curiously blushing now!] I love your blog too!

    I think it's great Hubby likes to cook and go through his Honey-do list :) I hope that gives you more time to read all the fabulous books you are listing here. Desert Melody sounds incredibly unique!!! I'll add it to GR! Dame as the two audio books!

    And THANKS AGAIN! :) You made my week, possibly my month :)


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