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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday Post December 3, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday December 4, 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 had a nice dinner out on Thursday to celebrate our 32nd. He bought me flowers and I bought dinner since he cooks most nights. LOL.
I did get a Kindle Fire but I haven't opened it yet. I'm still nursing my old Kindle a half hour at a time.

I enjoyed my reading/listening. I finished 4 books for the week: two audios and two ebooks. I posted three reviews plus I posted my usual memes.

I visited 30 blogs early in the week.
Shout out this week to Between My Lines who has a very nice "bookish" blog.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Tech World by B.V. Laron; Military Space, Sci Fi; my rating 4.5.
I continued titles for #RRSciFiMonth.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Author)
Kristian's War (The Searcher Series Book 1) by [Wisan, Peter]

Kristian's War (The Searcher Series Book 1)  
by Peter Wisan
I liked this post-apocalyptic, Biblical allegory.
Received from the author.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3 (TBR)
Defining Diana cover art

Defining Diana
By: Hayden Trenholm
Narrated by: Art Carlson
Series: Steele Chronicles, Book 1
This is a good sci fi, gene-based, mystery.
This was from 9/2012.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/MP3 (TBR)
Letters from Atlantis cover art

Letters from Atlantis
By: Robert Silverberg
Narrated by: Tom Parker
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
This was the last book I pulled out for #RRSciFiMonth.
It ended up I recognized the story so it was a re-read or re-listen.
Publisher's Summary
It was a legendary island, a fantastic island. Atlantis. Or as its prince called it, Athilan. Roy had traveled through time with his partner, Lora, to find it - and now he was tantalizingly close to its shore. Time travel allowed Roy's consciousness to enter the mind of the heir to Atlantis' throne, and what he found disturbed him. Strange dreams. Impossibly futuristic inventions and machines. How could such an advanced city exist at this time? The rest of the world was, as Lora witnessed in her travels, a dark, barbaric land still thawing from the ice age.
Roy had been preparing for the odd isolation of time travel, but nothing had prepared him for his final arrival on Atlantis - a shimmering city far beyond his imagination! Roy knew this island's fate. According to legend, it would vanish into the sea. Roy also knew he had a limited amount of time to decipher the strange message in the Prince's mind - visions of cataclysmic events, mysterious rites to a faraway star. If Roy was in an Atlantis unlike anything the researchers had predicted, then what were its secrets? And when would it be destroyed?
©1990 by Agberg, Ltd.; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks

4. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Gift From The Stars
by James Gunn
This is interesting hard sci fi from my NetGalley stack.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Print/Ladies Book Club

The Vision and Beyond
by David Wilkerson
This is my Ladies Book Club read 
to be discussed next Saturday, 12/9.
This book has the same content as the Original 1974 version, but is has 2 additional chapters added that Update the book and includes important segments from "Racing Toward Judgment.

2. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

A State of Treason
By: David Thomas Roberts
Narrated by: Charles Craig
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
This is good listening!
I am interested in how it ends.
Publisher's Summary
A US president with outward contempt for the Founding Fathers and the limits of the US Constitution, who's administration is rocked by scandals....
The Governor of Texas, the self-described mortal enemy of the president, directs a legendary Texas Ranger to rescue a Tea Party organizer from the clutches of federal agents. The resulting struggle sets the stage for a cataclysmic power struggle between officials in Austin and Washington, DC, further polarizing the nation and resulting in arrest warrants for duly elected state officials.
The rest of the country and, the world, watches in awe and despair as the "Texas Crisis" unfolds, affecting world financial markets amid skyrocketing fuel prices. The Texas legislature sends the vote to the people of Texas and the president orders the vote stopped as he suspends the Second Amendment and declares martial law. Texas is now in A State of Treason.
©2014 David Thomas Roberts (P)2015 David Thomas Roberts

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Sugar Pine Trail: A Small-Town Christmas Romance (Haven Point)
by RaeAnne Thayne
I'm ready to start my holiday reading.
Received through NetGalley.
An unlikely attraction brings comfort, joy and unforgettable romance this holiday season!
Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she's been living. She's made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn't one of them. Julia's looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker's latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia's care for the holidays, she'll take any help she can get—even Jamie's.
Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that's much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can't last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever…

4. 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 received this CD audiobook from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
Mackenzie "Mac" Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine after being left at the altar and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend's off-limits brother, Gavin. Seven years later, she's back to attend her best friend's wedding, and she figures she's safe now from the mistakes of her youth.
But Gavin, the town's veterinarian, has never forgotten the woman who has always held his heart. And when Mac rescues a stray puppy named Tulip, only Gavin can help. With a little assistance from Tulip, Gavin vows to make Mac realize that their feelings are more than just puppy love....
©2017 Jenn McKinlay (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

5. eBook/Kindle (NG)

The Rancher's Christmas Song 
(The Cowboys of Cold Creek)
by RaeAnne Thayne
This is another Christmas read from NetGalley.
Keep a song in your heart this holiday season…
Music teacher Ella Baker’s plate is already full. But when single dad Beckett McKinley’s wild twin boys need help preparing a Christmas song for their father, Ella agrees on one condition: they teach her to ride a horse. She’s hoping that’ll help mend her strained relationship with her rancher father; it certainly has nothing to do with the crush that’s lingered since her one and only date with Beck.
It isn’t disinterest spurring Beck to keep his distance—if anything, the spark is too strong, with Ella reminding him of his ex-wife. Soon what started as an innocent arrangement is beginning to feel a lot like family. But with the holidays approaching, Beck and Ella will have to overcome past hurts if they want to keep each other warm this Christmas…

6. Print/Ladies Book Club

The Christmas Code Booklet
by O. S. Hawkin
I picked this up on sale for my book club as Advent reading for December.
The holidays can be a busy time! Keep your heart and mind focused on Jesus with this Advent devotional. Hawkins offers 25 seasonal entries tracing the story of Jesus from its earliest roots in the Old Testament to God's gift of salvation. Each entry features a Scripture passage, inspirational thought, "code word," and prayer of reflection. 64 pages, softcover from Nelson.

December 3, 2017 - I am 1/2 day ahead 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 4 books and posted 3 reviews. I am behind with 7 reviews pending. 
I am a week behind linking my reviews at Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.
My NetGalley shelf is now at 7; 5 more for this year and 2 for 2018. 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 have two Ladies Book Club books to list and I received one audiobook and two hardback review titles last week.
I bought one Audible daily deal.
I bought one Kindle titles at $.99 and a special book at $9.99.
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 Vision and Beyond,
by David Wilkerson.
See above under Currently Reading for full description.

The Christmas Code Booklet
by O. S. Hawkin
See above under Currently Reading for full description.

About a Dog cover art
About a Dog
By: Jenn McKinlay
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
See above under Currently Reading for full description.

I have book three, Battle Hymn (releasing 2/2018), from NetGalley and the publisher publicity assistant was kind to send me books one and two to read.
Into the Guns (America Rising)
by William C. Dietz
Seek and Destroy (America Rising)
by William C. Dietz

Audible Daily Deal title Purchased 12/2/17 $3.95
Fata Morgana cover artFata Morgana
By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
Release date: 06-13-17
I like alternate history plots.

I picked up two Kindle titles:
One for $.99:
Tech Mage: The Magitech Chronicles Book 1
by Chris Fox

And this Special purchase for $9.99:
25 For One: A Charity Bundle
For Hurricane Relief in TX, FL, PR, and USVI
by Tom Abrahams (Author, Editor),‎ Bobby Adair (Author),‎ Jay Allan (Author),‎ & 22 more

Because it is late I am not linking any of the free titles this week.

I added 59 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. I really enjoyed Sugar Pine Trail so hope you find it a happy Christmas read, I think you will. Lovely flowers and dinner to celebrate, nice treats to each other.

  2. Sugar Pine Trail and About a Dog both sound great. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. I'm liking your Christmas themed picks. Have a great week!

  4. I like the look of the RaeAnne Thayne books. Thanks for sharing, and have a great week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Oh my gosh, loving the look of all those book covers - these books are all unfamiliar to me - where have I been the past months?? :)

  6. Happy Anniversary - 32 years is something to be proud of these days! Enjoy your new books!

  7. Nice mailbox and week.

    I like the looks of the RaeAnne Thayne.

    Have a good week, Martha.

  8. Hi Martha,

    You will have to introduce your hubbie to mine, so that he can share his culinary prowess, as my hubbie's idea of cooking the occasional meal, is ordering in a takeaway!

    Still, we have been married for 38 years, so I must either be a glutton for punishment, or I love him dearly for his many other, more thoughtful attributes :)

    I believe that I have very eclectic taste in my reading genres, but the diversity of your selection this week, is astounding.

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Reading :)


  9. I can't say I've heard of most of these! Anyway, have a great week, Martha :)


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