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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday Post December 17, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday December 18, 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.

Because of the work in our office my husband and I postponed our travel plans by a week. We agreed it would be best if I stay this week to help our daughter with the extra closings, including her own. I haven't been home before 8pm except Friday night for our granddaughter's birthday party. I get home and am pretty wiped so I have still been struggling to get reviews done.
I have been thinking about and planning challenges for 2018 as you will see below by the books I picked up.
Our weather was 30-65s last week but expected to warm up to 45-70s this week.

I enjoyed my listening and reading. I finished 3 books for the week: one Audible and two ebooks. I posted three reviews plus I posted my usual memes.

I visited only 22 blogs early in the week.
Shout out this week to Top Shelf Text who shared some great holiday gift ideas in the linked post.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black; Action and Adventure, Religious, Sci Fi; my rating 4.25.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Defining Diana by Hayden Trenholm; Cyberpunk, Mystery, Police Procedure, Sci Fi; my rating 4.0.
  • eAuthor- Book Review: Kristian's War by Peter Wisan; Religious, Sci Fi; my rating 4.25.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Sugar Pine Trail: A Small-Town Christmas Romance (Haven Point)
by RaeAnne Thayne
This has fun characters and a fun romance.
Received through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1
By: Molly Harper
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1
I wanted something light and this has been on my Audible shelf since 2012.
This was a quick listen with the usual fun Molly Harper snark.
Publisher's Summary
Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.
Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?
Love in vein: bite into more of Jane Jameson's paranormal exploits.
©2009 Molly Harper White (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

The Rancher's Christmas Song 
(The Cowboys of Cold Creek)
by RaeAnne Thayne
This is another charming Thayne Christmas romance.
Received through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audio/CD
About a Dog cover art

About a Dog
By: Jenn McKinlay
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Series: Bluff Point Romances, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
I am still listening in the car with two CDs left to go.
I received this CD audiobook from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Print/Ladies Book Club

The Christmas Code Booklet
by O. S. Hawkin
I am still enjoying this Advent reading for December.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Saving Grace
By: Lee Smith
Narrated by: Christina Moore
This is another Audible TBR from 2010.
This is an unusual listen and I am interested to see where it goes.
Publisher's Summary
Having justly earned her reputation as a master storyteller, Lee Smith's name evokes images of authentic country folk struggling through some of life's most arduous tests. Saving Grace adds a stunning spiritual dimension. The daughter of a snake-handling preacher who ignores the needs of his destitute family, Florida Grace doesn't think much of Jesus. He's the reason she's lived in squalor most of her life. He certainly doesn't keep her womanizing zealot of a father on the straight and narrow. In fact, Jesus hasn't been there for her through her failed marriage, or the death of her son. But in one shining moment everything changes when He calls out to her, and she returns to her roots to heed His call.
Narrator Christina Moore gives perfect voice to the vulnerability and wisdom of a young woman on a turbulent spiritual journey.
©1995 Lee Smith; (P)2003 Recorded Books

4. eBook/Kindle (NG)

by H. L. Burke
I am already enjoying this 'fairytale' story.
Received from NetGalley.
A healing touch. A hideous face. A looming curse.
As the ugly twin to a perfect sister, Princess Laidra lives her life in the shadows—until her parents offer her as bait for a giant serpent.
Her escape attempt leaves her shipwrecked on a secluded island with only one inhabitant: Prince Calen, who lives under a curse. If anyone looks upon him, he turns into a giant serpent. Speaking to him in the darkness, Laidra sees past the monster to Calen’s lonely soul, and she determines to free him from the magic’s hold.
But if Laidra can’t break the curse in time, Calen will become a mindless creature of scales and fangs forever.
A YA mythology/romance that retells the myth of Eros and Psyche with adventure, magic, and true love.

December 17, 2017 - I am half a day ahead and enjoying the last weeks of reading in the One Year Bible. 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 3 books and posted 3 reviews. I still have 8 reviews pending - Maybe I'll have some time this week to double up reviews. 
I am three weeks (sigh) behind linking my reviews at Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.
My NetGalley shelf WAS down to 6 but went on a spree in preparation of the New Year and TBR reading for 2018. I now have 21. I still have one committed author title in queue 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 went on a NetGalley and Audible binge to prepare for challenges in 2018 (Alphabet, NetGalley and TBR).
I picked up 15 new titles through NetGalley "Read Now".
I bought two Audible daily deals, selected two credit titles, five titles on sale and one free title.
I did not purchase any Kindles this week.
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
The After War by [Zenner, Brandon]Consent of the Governed by [LoPinto, Bernard]The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover by [Wittig Albert, Susan]The Edge of Memory by [Brennan, Maura Beth ]Fade to Black: A Doug Brock Thriller by [Rosenfelt, David]
The After War by Brandon Zenner (Sci Fi/Dystopian)
Consent of the Governed by Bernard LoPinto (Sci Fi/Dystopian)
The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover by Susan Wittig Albert (Mystery/Woman Sleuth)
The Edge of Memory by Maura Beth Brennan (Mystery/Thriller Psychological)
Fade to Black by David Rosenfelt (Mystery/Thriller)

A Gem of a Problem (Emma Berry Murray River Mystery Book 1) by [Sauman, Irene]The Hills of Mare Imbrium by [Chinner, Carleton]In Wolves' Clothing by [Levin, Greg]Let There Be Light by [Gordon, Dan, Sorbo, Sam]Precisely at Midnight (Kinsman Book 2) by [Swann, Joyce, Swann, Alexandra]
A Gem of a Problem by Irene Sauman (Mystery/Historical)
The Hills of Mare Imbrium by Carleton Chinner (Sci Fi/Colonization)
In Wolves' Clothing by Greg Levin (Mystery/Noir)
Let There Be Light by Dan Gordon and Sam Sorbo (Christian/Romance)
Precisely at Midnight (Kinsman Book 2) by Joyce and Alexandra Swann (Christian/Holidays)

Queendom of the Seven Lakes (Legends of the Godskissed Continent) by [Endacott, A B]Talon - epic fantasy novel (The Astor Chronicles Book 1) by [Greenslade, Amanda]The Voice Inside (Frost Easton Book 2) by [Freeman, Brian]The Year of the Knife by [Penman, G.D.]
Queendom of the Seven Lakes by A B Endacott (Fantasy/Historical)
Talon by Amanda Greenslade (Fantasy/Word & Sorcery)
The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman (Mystery/Thriller Police Procedure)
What If God Wrote Your To-Do List? By Jay Payleitner (Christian Living)
The Year of the Knife by G.D. Penman (Sci Fi)

12/13 Daily Deal $2.95
The Fountains of Paradise cover artThe Fountains of Paradise
By: Arthur C. Clarke
Narrated by: Marc Vietor
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
Release date: 08-25-09
12/16 Daily Deal $.99 since I already had the Kindle version.
The Phantom of the Opera cover artThe Phantom of the Opera
By: Gaston Leroux
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
Release date: 12-06-04

12/14 Two November Credit Selects:
Xenos: Warhammer 40,000
By: Dan Abnett
Narrator: Toby Longworth
Duration: 9 hrs and 55 mins
The Last Colony
By: John Scalzi
Narrator: William Dufris
Duration: 9 hrs and 51 mins

12/14 Five Audibles On Sale (half price)
X-Files: Cold Cases 1 $.88
By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs
Narrator: Gianni Bersanetti, Claudia Catani
Duration: 1 hr and 13 mins
Leader of the Pack $9.74
By: David Rosenfelt
Narrator: Grover Gardner
Duration: 6 hrs and 59 mins

Genesis: Arisen, Book 0.5  $6.99
By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
Narrator: R. C. Bray
Duration: 5 hrs and 50 mins

X Minus One: A Gun for Dinosaur (March 7, 1956) $.95
By: L. Sprague de Camp, Ernest Kinoy - adaptation
Narrator: Fred Collins
Duration: 29 mins

For We Are Many  $9.97
By: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrator: Ray Porter
Duration: 8 hrs and 58 mins

Free at Audible:
The Earliest Signs of Brain Damage? Just Listen
By: Lawrence K. Altman, M.D.
Narrator: Kristi Burns
Duration: 7 mins

I also added another 52 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. You seem to find good Audible titles on sale. I just put my membership on hold for a few months so I can catch up a bit. Have a good week, Martha!

  2. Wow you got a lot of books this week! Your weather sounds like mine, one day cold the next warm. I hope you have a great week and a Merry Christmas!

  3. I don't know how you get any reading done after the long days you put in. Your mailbox must have toppled over this week! Enjoy your new books.

  4. Enjoy your week and your books. I am curious about The Edge of Memory. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  5. Wow! I added some review books but you definitely have me beat. I read Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs and really enjoyed it. Coiled sounds good too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. You are a good role model for me, you have me trolling the Audible sales now and picking up a few! I have a rule that they must be about $8 or less otherwise not really a bargain! I picked up The Rejected Writer's Book Club that way!. You work crazy hours, hope Christmas although a busy time you get to leave the office!

  7. I hope you enjoy your new books. I'm dying to read The Phantom of the Opera.

    Happy readings! ;)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  8. Lots of great looking reads! Love Molly Harper. I'm always so tempted by Thayne. Happy reading this week!


    ENJOY all of your books and your week.

  10. So many great books, especially the seasonal ones. Thanks for visiting An Imperfect Christian Mom. Wishing you a safe journey and a blessed time with your son's family.


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