March 2017 Wrap-Up and April 2017 TBR reading goal

Posted March 31, 2017 by Minx

Anyone notice the new theme? Yeah unplanned uber mistake on my part. I did a bad bit of code and I shut down my previous theme. I was not even able to re-upload the zip file for the theme. Doh! So I had been looking at this theme off and on but it was also a bit pricey but when I managed to screw myself with a post scheduled for publishing in 2 hours I jumped on it and got to setting it up. I am quite happy with it but I do miss my other theme. Oh well, this is better for book reviews which is what I do. 🙃


Here is a quick re-cap of books I have reviewed on the blog in the month of March:

  1. [1 Mar] The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  2. [2 Mar] Nobody's Hero by Bec McMaster
  3. [3 Mar] Rain by India R. Adams
  4. [6 Mar] Charity's Wrath by Jane Blythe
  5. [8 Mar] Knock Before You Enter by D.A. Bale
  6. [9 Mar] Can't Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon
  7. [10 Mar] Didn't Get Frazzled by David Z. Hirsch
  8. [13 Mar] Girl in Disguise by Greer MacAllister
  9. [14 Mar] Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson
  10. [15 Mar] A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd
  11. [16 Mar] Taming a Rake into a Lord by Tammy Andresen
  12. [17 Mar] Deception in Emeralds by Laura Landon
  13. [21 Mar] Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  14. [22 Mar] Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis
  15. [23 Mar] Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead
  16. [27 Mar] Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads
  17. [28 Mar] Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
  18. [29 Mar] Bound by Benedict Jacka
  19. [30 Mar] Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

 

Here is some of the blog tours etc. that I have done on the blog this month:

  1. [1 Mar] Flights of Fantasy Update February 2017
  2. [2 Mar] March 2017 Books to Read Goals
  3. [7 Mar] Firestorm by Donna Grant Release Day Blitz
  4. [15 Mar] Ravenheart Cover Reveal!
  5. [17 Mar] Deception in Emeralds by Laura Landon
  6. [20 Mar] Chasing Eveline Cover Reveal!
  7. [24 Mar] Spotlight: Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer
  8. [31 Mar] Support Indie Authors! 3 Day Event March 31, 2017 – April 2, 2017
  9. [31 Mar] March 2017 Wrap-Up and April 2017 TBR reading goal
  10. [31 Mar] Flights of Fantasy Update March 2017

My TBR shelf for this month is overflowing again. I try and I try but if I could just stop buying the books I would be able to manage this shelf. Alas, I have an addiction and it is to books. Wonder if I should call this my shelf of addiction? Hmmmm? Well here it is in all its glory:

The Genre Minx Book Review March 2017 TBR Shelf

 

I do apologize for the slightly fuzzy photo and the darkness. It was an evening shot and the light was limited to decrease on the glare. I cover all the dust jackets with a clear cover when I add them to my library so it is pretty reflective.

My reading goals off my TBR was to read the following books:

I was successful on reading 3 out of 4 books. I started to read Poison’s Kiss but it didn’t really engage me and I set it down. I will read it however as I made it a reading challenge goal for the Flights of Fantasy 2017 Reading challenge. So what am I considering reading off this shelf for the month of April?

April is going to be a light month for me as far as reading goes. I am participating in more blog tours during the month which is good because it will be showcasing upcoming books that may just tantalize your interest. My youngest is having surgery the first week of April and her recovery time is expected to be a week. I am of course nervous and worried because no matter how rational I normally am – this is my kid! So yep, I don’t imagine I am going to be reading much that week. Moving on…..


eARCs (electronic advanced reviewer copies) I will be reading and reviewing in April

The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. KiernanFrom the critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day

On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country.

Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

But in the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves—contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.

But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope—the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.


True to You by Becky WadeAfter a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.


Dating the Undead by Juliet LyonsIt’s Bridget Jones with vampires in this fresh and funny paranormal romance from debut author Juliet Lyons

When Silver Harris kisses sexy Irish vampire Logan Byrne on New Year’s Eve, she knows other humans just won’t suffice. Convinced she’ll never see him again, she joins the uber-popular vampire dating site, V-Date.com.

What Silver doesn’t know is that the site is more dangerous than she could ever imagined, and soon she’s in over her head. When Logan returns, sparks fly and attraction sizzles, but they’ll have to escape some very real demons if they have any chance of lasting forever.

 


Cold Reign by Faith HunterJane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds.


Exodus 95 by Kfir LuzzattoClaire, a young graphic designer, learns a secret that her dying New York neighbor has kept for twenty years: the whereabouts of Moses’ Biblical staff.

Claire needs the help of an Israeli engineer and the money of a Russian oligarch to recover the staff before her body betrays her. But first she needs to stay alive in a race with fanatics, who will do anything to keep the staff from coming to light.

 


Until it Fades by K.A. TuckerTwenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?


Semi-Broken by Isabel JordanWolf shifter Lucas Cooper is usually up for any wild mission Harper Hall throws his way. But impersonating a doctor and breaking a woman out of the psych ward at a supernatural prison? That’s a little crazy even for him. Until he sees her. One look into her haunted blue eyes and every protective instinct he has flares to life. He’ll do anything to save her. Not that it’ll be easy. Break her out of prison? No problem. Convince her she’s not broken, undeserving of love, and incapable of redemption? That might be trickier.

She’s 754821 and she’s a perfect killing machine. A nameless Sentry cleaner raised from birth to destroy paranormal threats, she’s the thing monsters fear. But then Lucas rescues her and everything changes. According to him, she has a family, a home, a purpose. To Lucas, she’s not just a number; she’s Seven, and she’s beautiful.

They’re nothing alike. He’s warm, open, easy to talk to. Her? Not so much. Violence is all she’s ever known.

And none of that matters when she’s in his arms.

But when a threat from her past emerges to destroy the new life she’s worked so hard to forge, Seven knows she’ll need to rely on her killer instincts to protect the future she longs for with Lucas. She can only hope she doesn’t lose what’s left of her humanity—and Lucas—in the process.


Charmed by Charlie by Amanda UhlEverybody loves marketing whiz Charlie Solanger—except the woman he really wants.
Creative genius Charlie Solanger has it all: good looks, money, intelligence, charm. And when he swoops in to save Reynolds Paint Company with a brilliant marketing campaign, he has all the ladies in the office vying for his attention. Everyone except math whiz Valerie Wilson.

Val’s not happy Charlie stole her promotion. Worse, his brand of flirtatious charm is reminiscent of her cheating ex-fiancé. So, how come she can’t get him out of her head? The more she challenges him, the more interested—and interesting—he becomes. What secrets is Charlie hiding, and who or what is behind the sudden mysterious drain on their company’s funds? The only way to find out is to join forces. Then it will be a battle of wills…and a triumph of hearts.


So that is it for my March wrap-up and April 2017 To Be Read goals. What are your plans?

Love Always,

Minx


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