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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Audio Book Review: Jennings Books: According to Jennings (1954) by Anthony Buckeridge

This is a very enjoyable, old-fashioned, easy listening, story break.
Author:  Anthony Buckeridge
Narrator:  Simon Vance
Audio Book Length:  4 Hrs 29 Min
# of Audio CD's:  4
# of MP3 CD's:  1
Download ISBN:  978-1-926910-41-3
Genre: Middle Grade, Classic
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

In this audiobook - the space-craze sweeps through Linbury Court School and the corridors reverberate with 'voom-voom' noises as rockets, piloted by "Butch Breakaway" Jennings and his "bald-headed scientist," Darbishire, take off for the moon. As Mr. Carter prophesies, the craze wears off, but not before Jennings has stuck his head into trouble; nor before he and Darbishire have helped General Merridew, that peppery but most distinguished of Old Boys, to recapture some of the wilder moments of his lost boyhood.

This visit to Jennings and his class mates shares more fun with “silly little boys” trouble (as Mr. Wilken’s would say). The boys are in a space craft minded phase with chases between sets of boys. They manage to ‘capture’ a visiting dignitary, General Merridew, by locking him in the library instead of another team of boys who were thought to be there. Mr. Carter and Mr. Wilkens are appalled espcially when the key has disappeared with Darbishire. They make a plan to go through a window. Meanwhile Jennings and Darby return and release the General who begins to remember his own days of play and shows them a trick that catches Wilkens ringing the bell.

The boys run into more trouble trying to make sure their team is ready for the upcoming swim meet. Sneaking into the closed pool area ends up leading to more trouble and ultimately a punishment that will keep them back at school when their mates head out to an anticipated soccor match with a big celebrity. Jennings and Darby finish their assignments and decide they must get to the game as they were instructed to deliver the assignments to Wilkens “as soon as” they were done. They manage to get a lift from the famous player and then stumble upon a bugalar in the locker room. During the following confusion and hunt Mr. Wilkens is detained as the thief due to miscommunication.

This is the second audio-book I have enjoyed in this series. This is a delightful tale of school boy pranks and missions gone wrong with unintended trouble that all turns out well. Thank goodness. Although this is not exciting reading it provides a pleasureable break and a look at older, gentler times with childhood fun.

Audio Notes: Once again the narration is perfectly fitting for the characters and subject. Gotta love listening to Simon Vance. :-) It is spot on and makes it smooth, easy entertainment.

Also see review for: Jennings' Diary by Anthony Buckeridge

I received this audio from Post Hypnotic Press for an honest review..

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mailbox Monday October 20, 2014

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 Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I received one review title for a Book Tour this week.
I only purchased five $.99 Kindle books this week and I picked up many free kindle titles. :-)

(Although I have gotten to a couple, I still have many author requests to consider and reply to.)

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles

I received this title from a publicist for blog tour
date October 23, 2014.

The Castle Blues Quake (The Ghost Whisperer Book 1)
by Linda Covella

12-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves her best friend, Chrissie, behind when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.


I purchase five titles for $.99 each, three of which are multi-title boxed sets.

Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances
Dale Mayer, Donna Marie Rogers, Stacey Joy Netzel, Amy Gamet, Edie Ramer, Lois Winston, Pamela Fryer, Georgina Lee, Kate Kelly, Wendy Ely, Lyndi Lamont

Highland Shifters: Paranormal Romance Boxed Set
Michelle Fox, Red Phoenix, Tabitha Conall, Liliana Rhodes, Adriana Hunter, Sarah Makela, Arial Burnz, Lisa Carlisle, Victoria Danann, Ripley Sage, Selena Kitt, Skye Eagleday, Linda Barlow

Mission to Murder (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 2)
Lynn Cahoon

Maid to Match
Deeanne Gist

WhiteSpace: Season One (Episodes 1-6 of the sci-fi horror serial)
Sean Platt, David Wright, Jason Whited


I downloaded another 50 free Kindle titles this week. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.

It's Monday! What are You Reading? October 20, 2014

This meme starts at Book Journey!

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.

We have been in four states in two days although we didn't stop in Tennessee. I've taken some pictures which I hope to get posted although the internet connection may not be strong enough. We did not notice too much in fall leave colors until we hit Kentucky. Still, it is not a lot yet.
I enjoyed my reading last week and what I have started for this week. I finished three books and posted three reviews. I also posted the usual memes. :-)

I only got to visit a few blogs early in the week as the first two nights were hindered by internet interruptions. I won't have strong internet this week as we travel so I'll see I can manage.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
    Finished Reading:
    1. Audible/MP3

    10th Anniversary: The Women's Murder Club
    Written by: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    I really enjoyed stepping back into this series which I have always enjoyed. I wasn't disappointed. 
    I'll post a review this week.
    Click on book title for full description.

    2. eBook/Kindle

    Pumpkins in Paradise 
    (Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mysteries Book 1)
    by Kathi Daley
    This is a nice small town, cozy mystery with just a hint of romance.
    I'll post a review this week.
    Click on book title for full description.

    3. eBook/Kindle

    The Kindness of Neighbors (A Short Story)
    by Matthew Iden

    This is oh so interesting with a twist at the end!
    I'll post a review this week.
    Click on book title for full description.

    eTreasures Publishing:
    Two more ebooks still out for galley proofs; to be released soon.

    Currently reading:
    1. Audio/MP3

    Unwritten: A Novel
    Charles Martin (Author)
    Kevin Stillwell (Narrator)
    I am well-engaged and wondering where this will go.
    I received this audiobook as a free download.
    Book Description
    Publication Date: May 7, 2013
    An actress running from her past finds escape with a man hiding from his future.
    When someone wants to be lost, a home tucked among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast is a good place to live. A couple decent boats, and a deep knowledge of fishing and a man can get by without ever having to talk to another soul. It's a nice enough existence, until the one person who ties him to the world of the living, the reason he's still among them even if only on the fringes, asks him for help.

    Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn's problems may be beyond his abilities. Katie is a world-famous actress with an all too familiar story. Fame seems to have driven her to self-destruct. Steady knows the true cause of her desire to end her life is buried too deeply for him to reach. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself.

    He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. But Katie still must confront her past before she can find peace. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he's found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.

    2. eBook/Kindle

    The Castle Blues Quake
    by Linda Covella
    I will start this Monday morning for tour blitz this week.
    Book Description
    Publication Date: July 20, 2014
    12-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves her best friend, Chrissie, behind when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.

    While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather.

    Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an odd-ball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park. Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the end of her search as she learns about the give and take, the heartache and joy, of true friendship.

    3. eBook/Kindle

    What a Lady Needs for Christmas (MacGregor Series)
    by Grace Burrowes
    I started this and love the characters already.
    I received this from Sourcebooks through NetGalley.
    Book Description
    Publication Date: October 7, 2014
    The Best Gifts are the Unexpected Ones...
    To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family's estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.
    Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.
    As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan's marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping...

    I am caught up on my daily Bible reading.
    I have disciplined myself each morning to read my Bible passage before I pick up print, Kindle or mp3. I am really enjoying the reading.

    Line Edits:
    We are still finalizing formatting for two educational, non-fiction ebook releases which we sent back for a bit more polishing. We are also working on releasing several additional novels in print -- also polishing.

    I keep plugging away at the books carried forward and the added NetGalley titles as well as the publicist/Author requests. 
    I am one behind on posting reviews but it is written and I just have to be able to get online to post the reviews this week.  

    October Scheduled -
    Mid Oct: 
    10/23 The Castle Blues Quake by Linda Covella Blog Blitz

    NetGalley - To be read in October/November:
    Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
    The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate  (for Nov)
    What a Lady Needs for Christmas (MacGregor Series) by Grace Burrowes (Reading)

    Nov 7: Hilltop Sunset: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery by Joyce Strand
    Nov. 12: Peace & Goodwill a Christmas Novella (The Minstrel Series Book 4) by Lee Strauss
    A Touch of Nerves by Dennis Hampton
    The Founders' Plot by Frank Victoria
    We Are the Destroyers by D.K. Lindler

    From Story Bundle - I am enjoying the romance bundle and so glad I got these. There are Cyperpunk, Supernatural and Mystery Bundles available now - soooo tempting!
    Huntress For Hire by Terry Spear
    Peter's Christmas by M. L. Buchman
    The Death of Davy Moss by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

    Still many more requests to consider and reply to.

    AudioBook Jukebox
    I'll be looking for new titles to request this week.

    Post Hypnotic Press
    I have several more audiobooks from this publisher that I will be reviewing.

    From TBR Collection - 10th Anniversary: The Women's Murder Club (reading)
    Won Book - TBD
    Free Kindle/Nook or Smashwords - TBD for October

    Sunday Words of Encouragement October 19, 2014

    We didn't get to church this morning but we both read our Bible readings. Ever church we past I was mindful of and said prayers for our church family at home. We don't have internet while driving and spotty internet at the RV campgrounds.  I didn't have internet until later today and then we were caring for the dogs and eating dinner.  I felt the need to post a Sunday post before I worked on my Monday Reading post.

    Here is a song I set up a long time ago (as I have several in my draft files).
    Every day I am thankful that: Your Grace Still Amazes Me!
    Verses for today:
    (These are verses from today's daily readings in the NLT One Year Bible. How nicely they fit together!)
    Jeremiah 33:11
    ...the sounds of joy and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will be heard again, along with the joyous songs of people bringing thanksgiving offerings to the LORD. They will sing, 'Give thanks to the LORD of Heaven's Armies, for the LORD is good. His faithful love endures forever!' For I will restore the prosperity of this land to what it was in the past, says the LORD.
    1 Timothy 4:8-10
    8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.
    Psalm 89:1-2
    1I will sing of the LORD’s unfailing love forever!
    Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
    2Your unfailing love will last forever.

    Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.

    We are thankful for safe travel and nice weather on our trip so far. We are winding down and relaxing which is good. :-)

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    Sharing Beyond Books #173 Comment Giveaway October 18, 2014

    Hello again on Saturday night and Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB!
    We are on the road! Had a good travel today and are in a nice campground at Arley, AL. The weather is lovely but not too much tree color yet. The internet went off once already so I'm not positive this will get posted but I will try.

    Thanks to everyone who commented last week.
    At least two commenters do not celebrate Halloween in their country/area. I loved the idea of Fredaman's custome fav which is totally new idea to me: a lamp with a lampshade on her head! Rubynreba's custome memory was sweet too as she remembers the time she wore a mask and her husband's clothes and surprised her dad


    The Winner from SBB #172 comments is: #11 Di who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the ARC/Review titles, Christmas titles or Love titles - all linked near the end of the post.  Please let me know your choice by completing the (new) WINNER FORM.

    WEEK #173 (One Question.)

    Q1. This week Miki asks: 1. Did you ever visited a place/ city because it was where the story took place in a book you read??
    A: I was glad when I visited London that I knew of Hyde Park and other areas but we didn't visit there because of a book. On the other hand, this trip we had planned to visit 
    Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania which is the setting of the movie Groundhog Day and home of Punxsutawney Phil. Unfortunately my DH said today we may reroute as that is almost a 100 miles distance out or our way. That is not such a big deal but the mountains or hills may make a difference with the motor coach driving so we are still thinking about it. :-)

    Image found out Wikipedia.

    Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask. Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I draw from the suggestions I used during the month and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions. Thanks for sending in questions! We still have a supply of questions but from the same people so hopefully others will send more in -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify to use.

    Your turn to share:

    Q1. Miki asks: 1. Did you ever visited a place/ city because it was where the story took place in a book you read??

    SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Valentine and "Love" books, the Christmas Giveaway Books (this is the new link), or the June 2013 Newly Updated ARC/Review List.

    SBB Rules:
    a) Must be a follower.
    b) Share a comment on either of the two questions above.
    Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.
    I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made through Saturday October 25, 2014 at 5 PM  central.


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