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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Post June 25, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 26, 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.

I had another busy week of catch up at the office. Fortunately I didn't have a repeat of the stomach bug. It's hard to think this is the last week of June!

I enjoyed my reading again this week. I finished two ebooks and one audio book. I posted four reviews, one with giveaway, along with all of my usual memes.

I visited about 27 blogs last week.
Shout out this week is to Read With Katie who gets new books that are almost always new to me.:-)
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • eNGTour- Book Review and Giveaway: Infinity (Horizon) by Tabitha Lord; Space Opera, Genetic Engineering; my rating 4.5. U.S. Only Ending 7/22/2017
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi ; Epic Fantasy; my rating 5.0.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (eNG)

Dear Heart: The Courting Letters
by Judith Pinkerton Josephson (Author), Kirsten Josephson (Illustrator)
This is an easy, sweet read;
received through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/mp3 (Author tour)

The Zoo at the Edge of the World
Written by: Eric Kahn Gale
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
This is engaging with a different ending. This is from my TBR shelf for "Z".
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

When the English Fall
by David Williams
I really liked this fast paced read;
wish there was more.
Received from the publisher through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audio/MP3 (ABJ)

Mission Impawsible: Paws & Claws Mystery Series, Book 4
Written by: Krista Davis
Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
I am enjoying this light/cozy mystery.
I received this from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG)

The Elusive Miss Ellison
by Carolyn Miller
I started this and was immediately
caught up by the characters.
I'm happily reading now (25%).
This is from my NetGalley shelf.
Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.

That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother--who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.
Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.
That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.
These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.
Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister's daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God's grace and the true strength of love.

3. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Avenging Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 7
Written by: A. American
Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
I am working on my TBR and Alphabet Challenge now with Audibles.
This is a series I like and "A" title.

Publisher's Summary
In Enforcing Home, Morgan and his group suffered some loss. They discovered their old foes weren't gone, as they'd thought. Not only were they not gone, but they were also stronger than before. Morgan would have to deal with this threat while at the same time trying to restore some sort of quality of life to his community.
But this wasn't going to be easy. With the bombing at the market and the wounding of his daughter, Taylor, it became all too clear to Morgan that he was once again in a fight for the lives of those who mattered most to him. Taylor was injured and would need care for some time. It wouldn't be easy. Added to that was the realization that he would have to deal with second-guessing himself. Was it his fault that she was now hurt?
In Avenging Home, we see how this long-running battle between Morgan's people and their number one nemesis plays out. While Morgan thinks this is the biggest threat they face, there are things on the horizon he cannot yet see that are going to dwarf these problems.
Morgan has lived in a vacuum. He's had little information about the outside world. While he's used radios to listen to what he can, there's been precious little real information. But now he's found what he believes to be a reliable source and knows when and where to listen. But is it valid? Or is it simply propaganda? News and information can be powerful tools, but they must always be taken in context to make an educated decision. And the challenge is that there's only one source. When you have to make decisions that mean the difference between life and death, the process becomes even more critical.
So we'll follow Morgan and his tightly knit group as they are once again in the fight. Will they finally defeat the federal thugs in their backyard? And, more importantly, what will be the cost?
©2016 A. American (P)2016 Podium Publishing

4. eBook/Kindle (NG-Tour)

Serenity Harbor: A Heartwarming Small Town Romance
(Haven Point)
by RaeAnne Thayne
I like this author and am
looking forward to reading this.
I received this through NetGalley for review on July 6
as part of Little Bird Publicity Tour.

In the town of Haven Point, love can be just a wish—and one magical kiss—away…
Computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. As far as she can see, he's arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. But Kat is, especially if it brings her closer to her goal of adopting an orphaned little girl. And as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there's more to sexy, wary Bo than she'd ever realized.
Bo never imagined he'd be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn't know existed. Then again, he never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight. Now he's ready to make her dream of family come true…and hoping there's room in it for him, too…

June 25, 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.

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

I completed three books and posted four reviews; this means I have four reviews current and one for later release. I still need to add the children's books at Goodreads and I've been working on getting the reviews linked.
I am down to 9 NetGalley Titles and still 10 author titles in my queue.

This week we uploaded Parrots of the Caribbean children's story 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 picked up one title at NetGalley and received one print book for tour review.
I bought one Audible Daily Deal and picked up one $.99 Kindle titles.
I also picked up more free kindle titles as usual. (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 picked up one ebook from the publisher through NetGalley.

Resurrection America
by Jeff Gunhus

This is touted as a fast-paced post apocalyptic story.

I received one print book for tour review July 20, 2017 with Poetic Book Tours:
Poetry and Ponderings
by Diamante Lavendar
"In this rare collection of nonfiction Christian poetry and prose based on real life experiences, Diamante Lavendar, a victim of abuse, shows the reader the raw emotions of pain, hate, and denial that occur before a victim of abuse can find a way to heal from the pains of assault."


I purchased one Audible Daily Deal:
By: Philip K. Dick
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Duration: 7 hrs and 56 mins
I didn't resist this classic sci fi for $2.95.

And I purchased one Kindle title for $.99:
A Place to Call Home: Contemporary Christian Romance
(Front Porch Promises Book 1)
Merrillee Whren

I picked up Week Eight SYNC Audio titles:
THE WITCH'S VACUUM CLEANER AND OTHER STORIES by Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt (HarperAudio)
THE WITCHES: SALEM, 1692 by Stacy Schiff, Narrated by Eliza Foss (Hachette Audio)

Here are five of my Free Kindle Picks: (Three of these may still be free)

From Jennifer Ashley, With Love: 
Three Paranormal Romances from Bestselling Series
Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James

Montana Brides Boxed Set: Books 1-3
Leeanna Morgan

Future City Blues: a tech noir collection
Simon Kewin, Milo James Fowler, Neil Vogler

The Girl and the Clockwork Cat 
(Clockwork Enterprises Book 1)
Nikki McCormack

I added only 42 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. Dear Heart and When the English Fall are two books I will be looking out for. Thanks for the post. Have a good week.

  2. I've been eyeing Serenity Harbor, as I enjoyed the first book in this Haven Point series.

    Enjoy your books and reading, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Glad to hear you're feeling better! I couldn't resist the Ashley set or the Clockwork Cat one. Sounds like my catnip! Looking forward to hearing about Mission Impawsible.

  4. Hi Martha,

    As usual, your post is so packed full and busy, that I can hardly keep up with all your news - I don't know how you do it :)

    I picked out two books for myself ..
    'The Elusive Miss Ellison' amd ..
    'When The English Fall'

    I was so intrigued by the title of the second choice and I wondered what the author might have meant about us English 'falling'. Imagine my surprise when I checked out the book and found that 'English' in this instance, referred to anyone of non-Amish faith? I had to eat some virtual humble pie I can tell you!!

    Thanks for sahring and have a great week :)


  5. I enjoyed Serenity Harbor after one book from her that I didn't like, so good to try her again and change my mind. Leanna Morgan lives locally here in my town, she was a chief librarian but has been able to stop work and just write!!

  6. The Zoo at the Edge of the World looks amazing! I hope you enjoy all your books.

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

  7. As usual, I enjoyed the RaeAnne Thayne book so I hope you do as well. Have a nice week, Martha!

  8. I'm glad your stomach behaved and hope you have another great week!

  9. Ya your Netgalley queue is awesome. I have 7 and I am at 99%. I would love to get the ratio to 100 even for a minute...but I always end up adding a book each month. Glad you are feeling better!

    1. 99% is awesome! I just hit 90%. I would have to resist anymore titles if I want to try to get a higher %

  10. THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON should be good. I always love when the characters grab you from the start.

    ENJOY all of your books and your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  11. The Elusive Miss Ellison sounds good. It has been a while since I read a historical romance. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  12. I've been looking for Mission Impawsible at my used bookstore for months! It's been so long since I read the last one of hers that I can't even remember what happened. Might be time to just break down and Amazon it.... :)

  13. I hope you enjoy Poetry & Ponderings, though I suspect enjoy is not the right word.... English Falling sounds like a book I might want to read.

  14. The Paws and Claws series looks cute. It's been a busy week with a cracked toilet, day camp, and paperwork for cross country. Come see what I'm reading

  15. You have lots of new books to me here. I hope you enjoy them. I'll check out some of them. Thank you for sharing. Happy reading and have a wonderful week. :)

  16. I've been wanting to read The Elusive Miss Ellison. So glad you're enjoying it!


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