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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday Post March 11, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday March 12, 2018

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading now at The Book Date.

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 left Monday for a week long cruise to Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico. We had a goal to purchase a replacement aquamarine as I lost the one in my engagement ring a year or more ago.
So here is the ring without the stone and the new stone.
Our weather was very nice on the trip but we have had storms today and I understand we are expecting some cold weather this week.

I got hubby listening to the "If I Run" series which was nice sharing! I enjoyed listening and a little bit of reading. I finished 5 Audio titles, one Print Book and one ebook. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I didn't get to visit last week because the internet was spotty - especially the first three days.
No Shout Out this week since I wasn't visiting.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Dead Ever After
A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13
By: Charlaine Harris
This is a good place to end the series.
Source: Audible 2015 Credit or Sale purchase.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone (TBR)

If I Run
by Terri Blackstock
Narrator: Nan Gurley
My husband listened with me and we were glad to get book 2 right away.
Source: ChristianAudio Sale 2017.
Click on book title for full description.


When the Morning Comes, Sisters of the Quilt Series #2
by Cindy Woodsmall
This is another emotional story with engaging journey. I will read book 3 soon.
Source: 2016 for Ladies Book Club.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audible/Smartphone (2018)

If I'm Found
By: Terri Blackstock
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Series: If I Run, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
I was able to get this second in the suspenseful series downloaded as Hubby was involved listening with me.
Source: 2018 Audible Credit Purchase.
Publisher's Summary
Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?
Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn't commit. Dylan Roberts - her most relentless pursuer - is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He's let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn't come easily.
As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who's also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture - and if she's captured, she has no doubt she'll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.
In this riveting sequel to the USA Today best seller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows...but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her or another heartache yet to happen?
©2017 Terri Blackstock (P)2017 Zondervan

5. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Hell Divers
The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
This is a dark, action-packed sci fi.
Source: Audible Daily Deal 2017.
Publisher's Summary
An Audible Editor's Pick of 2016 and An Audible Best of 2016 Science Fiction.
More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.
When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there's something down there that's far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past - something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.
Narrator Interview:
©2016 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

6. eBook/Kindle (NG 2018)

If I Live (If I Run Series)
by Terri Blackstock
This is a satisfactory conclusion of this intense series.
Source: NetGalley 2018.


Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes her.
Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan’s life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?
With If I Live, Terri Blackstock takes us on one more heart-stopping chase in the sensational conclusion to the If I Run series.

7. eBook/Smartphone (NGTBR)

Fade to Black: A Doug Brock Thriller
by David Rosenfelt
This is a good crime suspense with a detective who has much of the wry humor found in
Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter character.
Source: NetGalley; Title releases March 13, 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/MP3

Quarter Share
A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
By: Nathan Lowell
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
I am working on my TBR and Alphabet list.
Source: Audible 2016 Credit Purchase.
Publisher's Summary
What if we sent freighters instead of frigates?
In a universe run by corporations, where profit matters more than life, how can an orphan with no skills, no money, and no prospects survive?
When Ishmael Wang's mother dies in a senseless accident, he's given a choice: leave the planet on his own, or the company will remove him. To avoid deportation Ishmael finds work as a mess deck attendant on an interstellar freighter.
Find out what Ishmael must do to earn his Quarter Share.
©2013 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

2. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

Consent of the Governed

by Bernard LoPinto
I am just starting this.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
It’s 2029, and the United States has fallen under the sway of an oppressive government where all citizens’ rights have been stripped, Red Shirt platoons patrol the streets, and people die for voicing opinions. Into this chaos step Sid and Annie Winthrop. The elderly couple sets out on a deadly journey of revenge against the Red Shirts who murdered their son.
Red Shirt members Victor and Brooklyn have devoted their young lives to the cause of the president in protecting the nation. When attacks on their home town leave dozens of Red Shirts dead, Victor must help his superiors find the vigilante.
At their darkest moment, each couple finds a common bond in their suffering and must decide where their loyalties lie.

3. eBook/Smartphone (NGTBR)

In Wolves' Clothing
by Greg Levin
This sounds good.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
On his best days, Zero Slade is the worst man you can imagine. He has to be. It's the only way to save the Lost Girls.
During his seven years on a team fighting sex trafficking, Zero's become quite good at schmoozing with pimps, getting handcuffed by cops and pretending not to care about the young girls he liberates. But the dangerous sting operations are starting to take a toll on his marriage and sanity. His affinity for prescription painkillers isn't exactly helping matters.
When the youngest girl the team has ever rescued gets abducted from a safe house in Cambodia, Zero decides to risk everything to find her. His only shot is to go rogue, and sink deeper into the bowels of the trafficking world than he's ever sunk.
It's the biggest mission of his life. Trouble is, it's almost certain death.

March 11, 2018 - I had to read at different times on ship when I could catch internet but I managed to stay up to date reading the One Year Bible plan on my new smartphone. It is a great way to start my day. However we realized that it does not match the book plan so we aren't not reading the same scriptures. You can check out the audio on the companion commentary online.

I completed 7 books and posted 3 reviews. That moves me to 7 current reviews.
I am now a good three weeks behind linking at Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.:-(

My NetGalley shelf is down to 16. I have two committed author titles in queue and many through InstaFreebie. I have more new author requests but haven't had time to reply.

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 request or receive any review titles.
I resisted the Audible daily deal titles again but purchased one title.
I resisted Kindle deals this week too - especially since I wasn't online.
However, 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 picked up this Audible with a February Credit to complete the trilogy:
If I'm Found
By: Terri Blackstock
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Series: If I Run, Book 2

I added only 44 free titles to my Kindle library this week even with only two days of internet! Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. What a gorgeous ring! Glad you found such a beautiful stone. I want to read the If I Run series. Have a great week.

  2. Sounds like you a had a nice trip. The ring is lovely. When the Morning comes sounds good. In Wolves' Clothing sounds great too, but the topic is so tough to read about. Hope you enjoy your new book. Stay safe and dry during the storm.

  3. Oh enjoy that trip and the new stone is double gorgeous. I have put a reserve on the first Cindy Woodsmall book at the library.

  4. I like the setting of the ring and that is a beautiful stone. The trip sounds really good.

  5. Looks like you're having a wonderful vacation! Your engagement ring is lovely. It's fun to share books with hubby. Mine is not reading much these days.

  6. Your ring is gorgeous. Our folks bought jewelry when we cruised there. You can get some wonderful deals.

  7. Beautiful ring! I'm curious about the Terri Blackstock books. Enjoy your week...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. The cruise sounds nice and the ring is lovely.
    Enjoy your books!

  9. I have the Terri Blackstock series on my Wishlist, sounds so good.

  10. Beautiful stone. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. Happy reading

  11. What a nice getaway and how lovely to have gotten to replace the stone. Hope you have a good week!

  12. I'm sure you're glad to have a new stone in your ring. Your cruise sounds like fun to me.

  13. What a gorgeous ring, Martha. I hope you have a fabulous time on your trip!

  14. I would love to go on a cruise right now. That ring is beautiful. I hope you have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  15. Six months into being engaged I lost the stone from my ring. Thankfully I've managed to hold onto the replacement all these years. Glad you were able to find one too. Come see what I'm reading


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