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Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Update!

I managed to get a bunch of books finished and reviews scheduled. Being sick with a stomach bug helped. I also revamped my Survivalista blog and made it into Surviving a Healthy Lifestyle.  So I can post about healthy stuff, and my journey to get healthy and lose weight. We also got a canoe earlier in the week and took the kids out in it. Unfortunately hubby came down with the stomach bug right after we got it, then I did so we haven't been able to go out again. Since (knock on wood) everyone is starting to feel better were hoping to take it out again and (fingers crossed) go hiking. Ok now for the real reason you are here...

Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! 
Hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

Currently Reading...
Soul Screamers Volume One (Soul Screamers 0.5, 1, 2) by Rachel Vincent (Slow going, I've been using the voice thingy on the Kindle to listen to this while I workout.)
It starts with a scream….
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's compelling Soul Screamers series keeps getting better—here, for the first time, the original stories are compiled into one special volume….
My Soul to Lose
—The prequel: never before in print!—
Kaylee is just your average girl shopping at the mall with friends—until a terrified scream bursts from her that cannot be stopped. Taken to a hospital ward, will she be able to save her mind—and her life?
My Soul to Take
She's always felt different, but now Kaylee discovers why. The screams that cannot be denied mean that someone near her will die—and she can never save them. Because saving one life means taking another….
My Soul to Save
Going on dates with her boyfriend is still new to Kaylee. But when the singer of the band they're seeing dies onstage and Kaylee doesn't scream, she knows something crazy is going on. Soon she discovers souls can indeed be sold….

As a newborn, Janet Larkin died and came back to life. At three her sister drove over her skull with a tractor. And when she was eight years old, she had a conversation with her dead grandmother.

So began a life full of ghostly encounters. When she was still a girl, Janet received forewarning of a triple homicide next door and saw the ghost of one of the victims. In their Memphis apartment, she experienced a terrifying being posing as her husband. Growing up on an orchard in the 1950s, Janet has seen more than her fare share of spirits and spooks. In Surrounded by Ghosts, Janet recalls her creepiest stories and grapples to make sense of a life overflowing with unexplained phenomena.

The Red Queen Dies: A Mystery by Frankie Y. Bailey (Reading for Book Tour in August)
Frankie Bailey introduces readers to a fabulous new protagonist and an Alice in Wonderland-infused crime in this stunning mystery, which kicks off an exciting new series set in the near future.
The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed "Lullaby," has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can't remember the crime? When two women are murdered in quick succession, biracial police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with solving the case. In spite of the advanced technology, including a city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as “The Red Queen,” doesn’t fit the pattern set by the first two murders.
With the late September heat sizzling, Detective Hannah McCabe and her colleagues on the police force have to race to find the killer in a tangled web of clues that involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Fast-paced and original, this is a one-of-a-kind mystery from an extremely talented crime writer.

Murder by Syllabub  by Kathleen Delaney (Reading for a book tour due in August)
A ghost in Colonial dress has been wreaking havoc at an old plantation house in Virginia. The house is owned by Elizabeth Smithwood, the best friend of Ellen McKenzie’s Aunt Mary. Mary is determined to fly to the rescue, and Ellen has no choice but to leave her real estate business and new husband to accompany her. Who else will keep the old girl out of trouble?
When Ellen and Aunt Mary arrive, they find that Elizabeth’s “house” comprises three sprawling buildings containing all manner of secret entrances and passages, not to mention slave cabins. But who owns what and who owned whom? After Monty—the so-called ghost and stepson of Elizabeth’s dead husband—turns up dead in Elizabeth’s house, suspicion falls on her. Especially when the cause of death is a poisoned glass of syllabub taken from a batch of the sweet, creamy after-dinner drink sitting in Elizabeth’s refrigerator.
Monty had enemies to spare. Why was he roaming the old house? What was he searching for? To find the truth, Ellen and her Aunt Mary will have to do much more than rummage through stacks of old crates; they will have to expose two hundred years of grudges and vendettas. The spirits they disturb are far deadlier than the one who brought them to Virginia.
Murder by Syllabub is the fifth book of the Ellen McKenzie Mystery series.

Ghostly Summons by John A. Karr
Breaking Bad (Midnight Justice #3 by Jodi Redford
Lullaby (Watersong #2) by Amanda Hocking

On the agenda:  Book tour books/ reviews and NetGalley books (Almost have them all done.) Finally I will be tackling my TBR.
Check out my Summer TBR Challenge.
So what are you reading this week leave your link and I'll stop by.


  1. Some great books there! I really need to start the Soul Screamers series again soon, I have the first 3 books but only read the 1st. I'm intrigued by The Red Queen Dies, I love anything Alice influenced so this might have to go on the wishlist! Hope you're feeling better and happy reading this week :)

    What I've Been Reading!

  2. Wow you did have an impressive week although I don't know how you managed with stomach bug ughh *shudder*. My son had a vomiting bug last week, poor bugger felt like he had the plague with me disinfecting everything he breathed on or touched but thank goodness I didn't get it lol.
    Haven't heard of The Red Queen Dies until now ... it sounds intriguing. Have a great week and enjoy your new reads :)

  3. Funny! I read almost anything EXCEPT things that go bump in the night! (I'm a terrible scaredy cat!)

    Enjoy your reads this week.

    Here's my It's Monday!

  4. ENJOY...looks like you had a great week.

    Silver's Reviews
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  5. Oooo Surrounded by Ghosts sounds really good!! I will have to check it out on NetGalley!

  6. Ahh, sorry to hear about your stomach bug... Hopefully you and your family have got over the worst of it and manage to do some of the things you plan to in the upcoming week.

    As for books, Surrounded By Ghosts has piqued my interests. I look forward to your thoughts on that one once you've read it.

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  7. I have the Soul Screamers omnibus, and as much as I want to read it, I'm holding off until all the books are released in omnibus form. I hoe you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Whenever I see the cover of title of the Breaking Bad book, I can't get my mind of that show about the science teacher turned meth distributor - Breaking Bad. My mind is a weird thing. :)

    I think I would love to find myself a copy of The Red Queen Dies, it sounds very interesting - SciFi-ish and maybe a bit of fantasy mixed into a detective type of book. Might be fun to read for me.

  9. The Red Queen Dies sounds really interesting. I will have to check it out!


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