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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Post November 12, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday November 13, 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 a good, steady week of work. Always more to do.

My reading/listening time went well. I finished five books again: one print, two audios and two ebooks. I posted three reviews on the blog and one at Goodreads; plus I posted my usual memes.

I visited 32 blogs during the week but still I have a few I would like to visit.
Shout out this week is to Reading Reality a co-host of Stacking the Shelves (who has a striking header with a cute bear).
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • PTour- Book Review and Tour Giveaway: King Harald's Snow Job by Richard Audry; Animals, Cozy Mystery; my rating 4.25. Ending 11/13/17.
  • eNG- Book Review: The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson; Holiday, Romance, Second Chance Romance; my rating 4.0.
  • eTBR- Goodreads Book Review: The Snow Owl by Jon Hartling; Fantasy, Sci Fi; my rating 4.0.

Starting November 1 I am reading and
listening to Sci Fi stories for #RRSciFiMonth.
I am also participating in HoHoHo Readathon
from November 8 through November 15.

Finished Reading:
1. Print for LBC (TBR)

Patched Together: A Story of My Story
By: Brennan Manning
This has a wonderful faith message. I'll post a review and giveaway this week.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Always Gray In Winter
by Mark J. Engels
This is a fun action story that I enjoyed. 
I pulled this up on my NetGalley shelf for #hohohorat and #RRSciFiMonth.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (TBR)
The Snow Owl by [Hartling, Jon] 

The Snow Owl
by Jon Hartling
This is a charming Fairy Tale. 
My review at goodreads is linked above. 
I picked this from my Kindle TBR shelf for #hohohorat and #RRSciFiMonth.
Ben thinks his son’s talk of the magical kingdom of Lukana is just typical childhood imagination. But one winter day, when seven year-old Eric sculpts a snow owl in his backyard, he seems to set in motion events that cannot be anything but magical. Now Ben faces the terrifying prospect of losing his only child to a wintry spirit… a spirit that just might be the boy’s true father.

4. Audible/MP3 (Author)

Virus: Earth's Last Battle
By: Ray Jay Perreault
Narrator: George Napier
Duration: 9 hrs and 10 mins
This is entertaining. 
I received this audio from the author and read it as part of #RRSciFiMonth.
Click on book title for full description.

5. Audible/MP3 (TBR)
Christmas Present cover art

Christmas Present
A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
By: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
I like this fun series and 
wasn't disappointed for a quick listen.
I pulled this from the Audible TBR for #hohohorat and #RRSciFiMonth.
Publisher's Summary
It's Christmas Eve at St Mary's. And all through the house. Nothing is stirring.... Except for Max, Peterson, and Markham, sneaking out at midnight for an assignment that is very definitely off the books.
It was ten years ago tonight that senior historians Bashford and Grey went missing in 12th century Jerusalem. So how did they end up in AD 60 Roman Colchester?
Max has a theory. Peterson has a plan. Markham has bacon sandwiches. Colchester has Boudicca and her bloodthirsty Iceni hordes.
And then there's the giant pig...the enraged, giant pig....
Jodi Taylor is and always has been a history nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate, and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then. She wanted to write a book about time travel that was a little different and, not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy, and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.
©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Currently Reading:
The next five titles are from my Kindle or Audible TBR shelves for #hohohorat and #RRSciFiMonth.

1. eBook/Kindle (TBR)
Christmas, Corpses, and Clockwork Kittens by [Nisula, L. A.]

Christmas, Corpses, and Clockwork Kittens
by L. A. Nisula
Sounds like a quick, fun mystery. 
(Kindle 1/2017.)
A short Christmas mystery set in the world of the Cassie Pengear Mysteries. While preparing their tinkering/ haberdashery shop for the Christmas season, Kate and Ada find a body on their doorstep. When Inspector Wainwright is sent to investigate, they start looking into the crime themselves before he can scare away all of their Christmas patrons. A short Christmas mystery of approx. 5000 words.

2. eBook/Kindle (TBR)
Hey, Santa: SciFi Alien Holiday Romance (An Alien for the Holidays) by [Subject, Jessica E.]

Hey, Santa: SciFi Alien Holiday Romance
 (An Alien for the Holidays)
by Jessica E. Subject
The green face got my attention.
(Kindle 11/2016.)
She doesn’t want a lot for Christmas…
Claire Otton dreads spending another holiday alone. When her best friend convinces her to approach the sexy mall Santa, she takes the chance and asks him out, hoping for so much more.
He’s waiting under the mistletoe…
Although Andreas Castellanos blends in on Earth, he knows he will never belong. But when the gorgeous woman he’d been staring at invites him to dinner, he has a hard time saying no.
All they’re asking for…
Can these two lonely souls find magic together or will their secrets steal their chance of a happy Christmas?

3. eBook/Kindle (TBR)
Chasing Christmas Past: An Airship Racing Chronicles Short Story Prequel (The Airship Racing Chronicles) by [Karsak, Melanie]

Chasing Christmas Past: An Airship Racing Chronicles Short Story Prequel
(The Airship Racing Chronicles)
by Melanie Karsak
I do like Steampunk. 
(Kindle 11/2015.)
Top Ten Finisher, Best Steampunk Short Story of 2014
Preditors & Editors Poll, Second place prize awarded to Chasing Christmas Past by Melanie Karsak
***6,000 word short story prequel to The Airship Racing Chronicles***
Christmas Eve 1820.
At Rose's Hopper, a popular London tavern frequented by airship jockeys, all is merry and bright--except Lily Stargazer. Lily and her crew are set to run the Christmas Day Yuletide Airship Race from London to Calais, but not before spending the night swimming in mulled wine and longing for absent lovers.
Even the prospect of a Yuletide win can't convince Lily that this Christmas will be better than any that came before. But Lily is about to find out that there really is a Father Christmas.
Join Lily Stargazer in this steampunk romance short story, a prequel to the steampunk romantic adventure series, The Airship Racing Chronicles.

4. eBook/Kindle (TBR)
A Ninja Dinosaur Christmas!!! by [Saturday, Sonya]

A Ninja Dinosaur Christmas!!!
by Sonya Saturday
This looks like Christmas fun for kids.
(Kindle 2012.)
Millions of years ago, a regular dinosaur is turned into a ninja by space aliens. Sent forward to our time, Ninja Dinosaur sets out to wreck Christmas (in exchange for an awesome reward). Now it's up to one girl, her purple cat and a surprising guest to stop Ninja Dinosaur and save Christmas!
“A Ninja Dinosaur Christmas!!!” is filled with laughs and fun. It's pretty awesome.

5. Audible/MP3 (TBR)
A Literary Christmas cover art

A Literary Christmas
By: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, Laurie Lee, Samuel Pepys
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow
This was an Audible Christmas gift 12/2016.
Publisher's Summary
Read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow, A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology that collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language.
Like Charles Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new - from John Donne’s Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Rudyard Kipling’s "Christmas in India", from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to Laurie Lee’s "Cider with Rosie".
Enjoy a convivial Christmas Day as described by Samuel Pepys, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, or Nancy Mitford. Venture out into the snow in the company of Jane Austen, Henry James, and Dickens’ ever-popular Mr Pickwick. Entertain the children with the seasonal tales of Dylan Thomas, Kenneth Grahame, Louisa May Alcott, and George Mackay Brown.
©2013 The British Library Board (P)2013 The British Library Board

6. eBook/Kindle (Author)
Mistletoe Kiss by [Landry, Marie]

Mistletoe Kiss
by Marie Landry
I received this from the author through
#hohohorat and I will read it after my first TBR ebook.
Bridget Higgins hasn't allowed herself to think too much about fairytales or the magic of Christmas since her dad died. Her life has been dedicated to work, her mom, her best friend Ivy, and little else. But when her kind and gorgeous boss, who she's secretly harbored a crush on for the last three years, offers her a night of fun on top of an unexpected Christmas bonus from work, Bridget starts to remember what it feels like to believe in magic and fairytales once more.
Mistletoe Kiss is a 20,000-word contemporary romance

7. eBook/Kindle (Author)

The Letterbox
by Layton Green
I am 75% in on this engaging story
with ghostly elements.
I plan to finish this after the readathon.
I received this from the author.

Click on book title for full description.

November 12, 2017 - I am back up to date in the One Year Bible reading. I have been 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 five books and four reviews. That keeps me mostly up to date.
I still need to link reviews to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.

My NetGalley shelf is still at 12. I added a new author title in my queue so I have two committed and many through InstaFreebie.

We're working on two more 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 received one ebook last week from the author (through #hohohorat)
I resisted ALL Audible daily deals but got one free book from Audible.
I also purchased three Kindle titles.
As usual, I 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 received this title from the Author:
Mistletoe Kiss by [Landry, Marie]
Mistletoe Kiss
by Marie Landry
This sweet sounding Christmas romance will go with HoHoHo Readathon.
See full description for this under Current Reading.


I picked up a couple of Kindle titles for $.99 or less:
I've been eyeing the first two for a while. The Sara Humphrey's title was/is only $.69

I received one free Audio book:
11/11/2017 Free through #audible20 - Celebrating 20 years of Listeners.
The Good Girl cover artThe Good Girl
By: Mary Kubica
Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, Andi Arndt
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
Release date: 07-29-14

Here are some of the Free Kindle titles I picked up. (All of these may still be free) (Click on the picture for the Amazon link):

I added 70! 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. Interesting Christmassy reads here! enjoy them all.

  2. Mistletoe Kiss sounds like a nice read. I haven't finished one book in over a week due to travel and being with family (a wonderful trade-off). Have a good week!

  3. Hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

  4. Enjoy your books! You have a nice variety. I loved The Good Girl...and other books by the author.

    The Letterbox looks like fun. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. I didn't know that the combination of Christmas and Science Fiction in one book was even possible. Some of those look like fun. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. Christmas, Corpses, and Clockworks Kittens should be good.

    Have a great week.

  7. I've added Always Gray in Winter to my wishlist. Come see what I'm reading this week.

  8. I hope you enjoy your new books, Martha. Thank you for the freebies. Have a wonderful week and happy reading. 😁❤️

  9. Chasing Christmas Past looks lovely! And Hey Santa. Ha! Looks fun.


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