Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer Lovin’ Readathon! I’m in, are you?!

The Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon is a week-long read-a-thon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon read-a-thon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.


I'll be posting updates via Twitter and will do a final wrap-up post here once the read-a-thon ends. Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

Monthly Reflections (#18) ~ June

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Monthly Reflections, where we take the time to reflect on the previous month.

My goals for June were...

To read/finish 12 books, including:
2 nonfiction
2 eBooks

In June I...

Read 12 books
2 nonfiction
5 eBooks
Books read:



Favorite Read This Month:

Ring of Secrets was probably my favorite fiction read this month. It was just so good! :)

Reviews:


Reviews on Goodreads that I haven't posted here:
(yet. I might later on...)


Interviews & Special Posts:


Cover Reveal: Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes


Interview: Virginia Carmichael


Interview: Heather Dawn

My thoughts on June:

I knew June was going to be a busy month, and it was, so I'm really happy that I was able to make all my reading goals this month. I probably won't have a lot of reading time in July, so my reading goal will be simple and lower than normal.

Looking ahead:

My goals for July are:

To read 10 books, including:
1 nonfiction

If you want to do your own Monthly Reflections, feel free to grab the button and post about it on your blog, then leave a comment with the URL - otherwise, please share your thoughts in a comment!

Now it's your turn! What did you accomplish in June, what do you hope to accomplish in July?
Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl with April Henry


A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl with April Henry
A Mia Quinn Mystery: Book One
Thomas Nelson / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:

When life is murder, who can you trust?

One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor's office. The next minute there's a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death.

Mia's a natural for heading up the murder investigation, but these days she has all she can do to hold her life together. As a new widow with a pile of debts, a troubled teenaged son, and a four-year-old who wakes up screaming at night, she needs more time with her family, not less--and working Colleen's case will be especially demanding. But Colleen was her friend, and she needs to keep her job. So she reluctantly teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate Colleen's death. But the deeper they dig, the more complications unfold--even the unsettling possibility that someone may be coming after her.


Lis Wiehl's signature plot twists and relatable characters shine in this absorbing series debut . . . with an intriguing cameo from her best-selling Triple Threat series.

My rating:
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My thoughts:

A Matter of Trust is the first book I've read by Lis Wiehl and, while it's definitely not a favorite, I did still like the book.

The first and last few chapters of this book were really good and very suspenseful, but the middle of A Matter of Trust, when the story seemed to be more about relationship and family issues with little to no suspense, was kind of boring to me and I had a hard time connecting with it.

The mystery was good and I didn't guess who Colleen's killer was until a couple chapters before the reveal. I found it interesting how Mia was working on two different cases at the same time - made for an unique story.

Overall, A Matter of Trust was a nice one-time read. If you tend to like slower-paced books with suspense and some legal aspects, I think you might enjoy A Matter of Trust. I don't know whether or not I'll be reading the next Mia Quinn book.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

Friday, June 28, 2013

Weekend Wrap-Up (June 28th)


Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well.

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)

 What I've read this week:


What I'm currently reading:

Fiction:

Just starting Small Town Girl, over halfway done with A Matter of Trust, 15% done with The 'Naturals: Awakening (Season One: Episodes 13-16). Haven't read much (if anything) of It Happened At The Fair, The Aristocrat's Lady, and Poison this week.

Nonfiction:


  What I hope to read next week:


So excited to read all these books! Especially Anomaly and The King. :) Hoping I'll have a lot of reading time and be able to read them all. :)

Reviews posted this week:


Current Giveaway!


Giveaway Winners!

Giveaway!
The winner of a print copy is...
Shelly H.*

The winner of an eBook copy is...
Amada C.*

*Winner has claimed their prize.

There you have it, that is what I'm reading this week! What about you?
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday: A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

 This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes
The Daughters of Bainbridge House Series: Book 3
Revell / ISBN# 9780800734688
Expected Publication Date: October 2013
Find on: AmazonGoodreads

About the book:


Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family's country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome-what more could a girl ask for? But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French and American prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. For his part, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach, which Honore certainly is not. Amid a political climate that is far from friendly, Honore determines to help Ashmoor prove his innocence-if she can do so and stay alive.

From the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, comes the exciting conclusion to the lush Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts her readers into high drama from the very first sentence and keeps them on their toes until the final page.

Why I want to read this book:

It sounds really good and I've read the first two books in this series - both were great!