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Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday Post July 16, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday July 17, 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.

Hubby and I spent three nights in Orlando. We saw all the plays and most of the tours at The Holy Land Experience on Friday. Saturday we relaxed and enjoyed movies with a free DVD pass. It was a day of sci fis:
The 5th Wave, Jupiter Ascending, Oblivian and Passengers. I had read The 5th Wave and we had seen parts of the next two. Hubby was reluctant when I described Passengers but he ended up liking that one the best.

Reading was very good. I finished five books: one ebook, two audio books and two print books. I posted five reviews, one with giveaway, along with all of my usual memes.

I visited about 30 blogs last week.
Shout out this week is to Unbound Worlds for Science Fiction and Fantasy book news (Penguin Random House).
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A (ABJ)- Audio Book Review: Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis; Cozy Mystery, Animals; my rating 4.25.
  • eNG- Book Review: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller; Historical Romance, Inspirational, Regency; my rating 4.75.

Finished Reading:
1. Print (LBC)

A Texan's Choice, Heart of a Hero Series #3
By Shelley Gray
Ladies Book Club enjoyed this sweet western romance with vulnerable characters.
My Review, with giveaway, is linked above.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/MP3 (ABJ)

The Days of Noah: Book One: Conspiracy
Written by: Mark Goodwin
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
This is a compelling view of what could happen in America.
I chose this from my Audible TBR shelf for "D".
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Wild Horse Springs (Ransom Canyon)
by Jodi Thomas
I enjoyed this fun romance.
Received from the publisher through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audio/MP3 (TBR)

The Curse of Tenth Grave: A Novel
Written by: Darynda Jones
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
Series: Charley Davidson, Book 10
I have mixed feelings on this episode.
I pulled this in from my Audible TBR Shelf for "C" in Alphabet.
Click on book title for full description.

5. Print (Poetic Book Tours)

Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry
by Diamante Lavendar
This is a lovely collection. I will post my review on 7/20.
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. Knowing herself the very difficult journey of being a victim, Diamante was abused as a child, and turned to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. Many years later, she started to heal under God’s watchful eyes and was able to find love in her life again. She shares these truly inspiring, religious poems in the hopes that it may help other victims heal their hurts, as she did while writing the poetry collection.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG-Tour)

A psychological thriller with a killer twist you'll never forget
by K.L. Slater
This is interesting suspense.
I received this from NetGalley.
What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?
Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.
But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.
A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister.

2. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Into the Black: Odyssey One
Written by: Evan Currie
Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
I picked this from my Audible TBR shelf as "I" in my Alphabet Challenge.
Publisher's Summary
Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lie a galaxy and universe much larger and more varied than anyone on Earth can possibly imagine. For the new NAC spacecraft Odyssey and her crew, the unimaginable facets of this untouched world are about to become reality.The Odyssey's maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history.
Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero.
A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.
©2012 Evan Currie (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

3. eBook/Kindle (PUYB)

The Duke needs a Wife: The Belles of Bath
by Katy Walters
I received this from Pump Up Your Book Campaign for review before 8/3.
On the untimely demise of her parents, Miss Cassandra Whitney endures abject poverty raising her siblings. She faces further torment as her landlord, the odious Baron Scudder, threatens her with eviction, if she refuses to assent to his offer of marriage to her younger sister Belle. As Cassandra fights to save her family, she inherits a titled estate and a ruin of a castle.
News of Casandra’s inheritance travels fast, reaching the highest circles in the ton. The Dowager Duchess of Taunton immediately sees her as a worthy match for her son Maximillian the 6th Duke of Taunton a renowned rakehell. The dowager also plans to take control over the castle which would be a prestigious venue for her many balls and hunting weekends. However, neither Cassandra nor Maximillian has any desire to wed. The Duke is more than inclined to enjoy his various mistresses without the entanglement of matrimony; besides his time is mainly caught up with horses, gaming and his club. What with her siblings, the estate and a ruin of a castle to renovate Cassandra could not possibly entertain the idea of courtship.
Both did not anticipate the manipulative powers of the dowager who slyly arranges a meeting between them.
On seeing Cassandra, Max is suitably impressed with her wit and ironic humour. Already tiring of one of his mistresses, she would be a welcome replacement. Although charmed with his handsome looks and seductive overtures, Cassandra puts him firmly in his place.
Can Cassandra resist the devilish overtures of the Duke and the devious ploys of the dowager?

4. eBook/Kindle

Jeopardy in July: A Jamie Quinn Mystery (Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery Book 5)
by Barbara Venkataraman
I received this from the author and thought I should get it read in July.
Old people were dying at an alarming rate at La Vida Boca, a posh assisted living facility in Boca Raton, Florida. With its sterling reputation, dedicated staff, and top-notch medical care, none of the deaths are considered suspicious, but when members of the poker club start to die under strange circumstances, attorney Jamie Quinn finds herself once again embroiled in a mystery. With help from her new friend, Jessie Sandler, and her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie uncovers a crime that took place forty years earlier. Can she stop the killer in time? Or is she in danger of becoming the next victim?

July 16, 2017 - I am two days behind 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 five books and posted five reviews. I have four reviews current and one for later release. I still need to add books at Goodreads and my latest reviews to Goodreads and Amazon or Audible.
I am down to 6 NetGalley Titles and down to 8 author titles in my queue.

We're working on two fiction books soon to add to 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 didn't get review books this week but have this month's Ladies Book Club book.
I am still resisting NetGalley.
I picked up one Audible on sale but didn't purchase any 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 didn't pick up any review titles this week but I have pulled a book from my box for Ladies Book Club. I picked these up in 2015 for $1.99 a copy.
A Matter of Character (The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs Book 3)
by Robin Lee Hatcher

This looks like fun. We will discuss it August 12.


I resisted the Audible Daily Deals but got one on sale. I need to make my June credit selections but it is hard to choose!
Pax (Sale  $3.95)
By: Sara Pennypacker
Narrator: Michael Curran-Dorsano
Duration: 5 hrs and 35 mins
I have been eyeing this and decided to get it when I saw the sale price.

I picked up Week Twelve SYNC Audio titles:
THE DORITO EFFECT: THE SURPRISING NEW TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR by Mark Schatzker, Narrated by Chris Patton (Dreamscape Media)
SUGAR by Deirdre Riordan Hall, Narrated by Tara Sands (Brilliance Audio)

Here are five of my Free Kindle Picks: (the last three of these may still be free)
Watching You: A Police/Psychological thriller with a mind-bending twist 
(Detective Kerri Blasco Book 3)
by J.A. Schneider

The Man With Two Names: A Novel of Ancient Rome
(The Sertorius Scrolls Book 1)
by Vincent B. Davis II

The Key to Justice (A Marc Kadella Legal Mystery Book 1)
by Dennis Carstens

A Home for Haley (Crystal Springs Homecoming Romances Book 3)
by Mary Jane Morgan

I added 58 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. Five books and five reviews is good going for a normal week. Plus the memes and the giveaways!

  2. I know what you mean about picking books for your credits at Audible, like you I have many in my wish list and then to pick!! Sometimes it is about mood. I rarely get a dud so I don't know why I worry and they are good because they took one back I didn't like. Happy picking!!

  3. I strive for your level of NG resistance :) I'm whittling my list from there down though. Have a good week, Martha!

  4. I'm impressed that you went on busy vacation and still managed to read five books! The Dorito Effect sounds fascinating.

  5. Great collection of eclectic books featured here. BLINK sounds very suspenseful. Hope you enjoy your new books!

  6. You had a very full week. So many of the books you list sound so good to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. Love, love, love Charley Davidson! Great haul.

  8. Nice free Kindles...enjoy your books and your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  9. I am curious about your books. Blink looks intriguing. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  10. Hi Martha,

    You have so many good books to choose from that I am on overload and my TBR pile certainly would be if I added any of them to it!! - So look but don't touch is definitely this weeks policy!

    If on the other hand, I were to just pick my very favourite, it would have to be 'Blink', so I'll wait to see what you think of it .. 'Happy Reading' :)


  11. I cannot wait to see your review of Poetry & Ponderings.

  12. Sounds like a nice time away :) I really want to try the Jodi Thomas one. Such a pretty cover.


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