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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Audible Book Review: The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse by Franklin Horton

This is an engaging and realistic post-apocalyptic story.
The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1
Written by: Franklin Horton
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Series: The Borrowed World, Book 1
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:07-02-15
Publisher: Franklin Horton
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci Fi
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0


Publisher's Summary
In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. Life as we know it in America grinds to a halt as the electrical grid collapses, communication networks are damaged, critical bridges and dams are destroyed, and major fuel refineries go up in massive fiery clouds. When the government responds by immediately halting fuel sales to the public, Jim Powell finds himself in a terrifying predicament - trapped five hundred miles from home with a group of coworkers.
With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?
©2015 Franklin Horton (P)2015 Franklin Horton


Review:
A coordinated terrorist attack strikes at the infrastructure of America, taking down bridges and dams and enough of the electrical grid to shut down much of the food delivery and communications systems. Jim Powell and several co-workers are five hundred miles away from home attending a work conference. Jim and his friend, Gary, are preppers who have been expecting trouble and are prepared. The four ladies with them are skeptics and not all cooperative. They do not believe Jim’s explanations of the downward societal spiral that will occur. Still, they all agree to get back in their cars and head for home.

They soon run into difficulties as the government seizes control of all fuel sources leaving them, and many others, stranded. The group are soon surrounded by erupting violence and hard decisions. One woman is killed by panicked gunfire and two others decide to go to a FEMA relocation camp. That leaves Jim, Gary and HHH to continue the long trek towards home.

Meanwhile, the story covers Jim’s family as they face dangers on their home turf. His wife, Ellen, thirteen-year-old son, Pete and eleven-year-old daughter, Ariel, prepare to face the deteriorating society. Jim has left supplies and instructions which the family quickly begins to follow. They life outside of the community but there is a transient trailer park down the road where the tenants soon threaten those they perceive as easy prey. They have no idea the steps a mother will take to protect her family.

This reminds me of the Survivalist Series by A. American that I have listened to. It starts out similarly and is also told, in parts, from first person view of the primary protagonist. Other portions are third person including some bits that are beyond Jim’s knowledge. I liked the addition of the home front point of view and both threads have plenty of action and danger. So far there is no addition of military cohorts but this is just book one.

The story moves quickly and, to me, it is realistic and gives practical aspects for preparing to face an EOTWAWKI (end of the world as we know it) scenario. There is some bad language and of course violence fitting the situation. I suspect I will continue to listen to this although I don’t feel compelled to rush to get the rest in the series just yet. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy the post-apocalyptic genre.

Audio Notes: Kevin Pierce does a good job with narrating. His voice fits Jim and although he doesn’t actually portray individual voices he manages to present the characters distinctly. I did enjoy this in audio format for the ease and engaging listen.

This is from my Audible TBR for Mount TBR, Audio Challenge and “B” in Alphabet Soup Challenge.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: A Spoonful of Grace by Annette Hubbell

Win A Spoonful of Grace by Annette Hubbell @AsHubb @iReadBookTours #giveaway #devotional #mealgrace #giveaway


Book Details:
Book Title: A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime Blessings in Bite-sized Pieces
Category: Christian Living; 444 pages
Genre: Family devotional, Children's devotional
Publisher: Credo House Publishers
Release date: Feb 2017
Tour dates: Aug 7 to 25, 2017 Tour LINK
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Just 2 minutes each day can change your family meal time for a lifetime.

A Spoonful of Grace is a collection of 366 evening meal graces taken from all 66 books of the Bible and designed to provide meaningful exposure to prayer and the Bible at a most opportune time: the family evening meal.

The Scripture/grace devotions are inviting, can be grasped at several levels, and are brief enough (about two minutes) to hold the attention of hungry kids. Here's why:

  • Each day has an application section called Grace Notes: ideas and quotes to further illustrate the message and stimulate conversation.
  • Sundays are for Story Graces. These 52 devotions are a bit longer to afford the suspenseful, engrossing reading of stories such as David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, and Jonah and the big fish.
  • Special Graces are celebrations such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays.
  • Each grace:
    • Supports discussions of God’s attributes and of faith-based values, offering moral examples like forgiveness, friendship, honesty, trust, even table manners. 
    • Creates curiosity about the Bible and ways in which Scripture can be applied to today’s issues. 
    • Demonstrates how the act of praying together lifts one’s own spirit; fosters praise; and increases mutual feelings of appreciation, gratefulness, and accountability. 
    • Teaches without overt instruction, similar to hiding extra veggies in the spaghetti sauce. 
    • Remind us that our food, as well as God’s countless other daily blessings, is a gift.

Endorsements for "A Spoonful of Grace":

The dining room table is a key place to connect with your children. It's time to put down the phones and pick up this book instead.” --Arlene Pellicane, speaker and author of “31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom”

"...beautiful, winsome and creative...will spark meaningful discussion and thoughtful reflection. This book will nourish both heart and mind.”--Dr. Mark L. Strauss, Vice-Chair, The NIV Committee on Bible Translation and University Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

"Annette Hubbell has made this powerful family life rhythm and tradition SO MUCH EASIER! Give your family the gift that will last for generations to come—‘A Spoonful of Grace!’” --Pam Farrel, author of 45 books including best-selling “Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti,” “10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make”, and “A Couple’s Journey with God.”

"Wonderfully composed and chock-full of wit and wisdom. I wish I’d had this book when my husband and I were raising our four children.” --Susan Meissner, Award-winning author of “Secrets of a Charmed Life”


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Meet the Author:

Annette Hubbell earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from San Diego State University, her M.B.A. from Cal State University in San Marcos, and a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She has been featured in over 160 performances, and starred in the DVD, “Witness to Gettysburg” edited by 33-time Emmy Award winner, Robert Gardner. She was awarded Presenter of the Year twice at the Civil War Round Table of San Diego, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Hubbell lives in San Diego, California with her husband of 33 years, Monte. They have a daughter, Amy. She and her husband Scott live in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit www.AnnetteHubbell.com or www.SpoonfulOfGrace.com.

Connect with the Author: Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Youtube


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Ends Sept 2, 2017.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Post August 13, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday August 14, 2017


I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading now at The Book Date.
Thank you to Sheila for the years that she handled this meme.
Thank you to Kathryn for taking up the baton.
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.

Work was busy; nothing new there. I left Friday night to meet my DH in Mexico Beach where he took the RV so daughter could bring the grand-kids for a mystery ride and surprise weekend at the beach. I went to the beach (for an hour) on Saturday and we played keep away in the pool Sunday afternoon. Kids returned hone late Sunday afternoon but I stayed Sunday night with DH to share time with him.

Reading was really good as the stories have been engaging. I finished four books: two audios books, one ebook and a church study book. I posted three reviews along with all of my usual memes.

I visited 26 blogs last week.
Shout out this week is to FNM, who has some interesting blogger discussion topics.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • eNG- Book Review: Love Takes Two by Patrice Moore; Small Town, Contemporary Romance; My rating 4.25.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP3 (TBR)


The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1
Written by: Franklin Horton
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
This is an engaging and realistic post-apocalyptic story from my Audible TBR.
Click on book title for full description.



2. eBook/Kindle (NG)


How to Charm a Beekeeper's Heart
by Candice Patterson
This is a charming romance.
I received this from NetGalley.




3. Audible/MP3 (TBR)


Red Rising
Written by: Pierce Brown
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
Oh boy! This is a wonderful story. This is another from my Audible shelf; to be "R" in my Alphabet Challenge.


We finished our Wednesday night study called Freedom Course.


Currently Reading:
1. Print (LBC)


A Matter of Character,
Sisters of Bethlehem Springs Series #3
by Robin Lee Hatcher
I am not too far in this as our Ladies Book Club meeting was postponed until September.



2. eBook/Kindle
 

Wolf Hunt (SWAT Book 6)
by Paige Tyler
I am really enjoying this title I received from NetGalley.
A STORM IS BREWING...
Remy Boudreaux is back in his hometown, New Orleans. He's there with three of his fellow Dallas SWAT officers for a week of training with the NOLA PD. On the eve of a tropical storm, Remy and his buddies prowl the French Quarter. One tantalizing scent captures Remy's senses, forcing him to follow until he is face to face with Triana Bellamy—his beautiful high school crush.
After reconnecting, Remy and Triana are close—very. Remy struggles to keep things casual. Ever since his partner—and first love—was killed on the job, he's kept women at a distance.
But when a mysterious wolf pendant ropes them both into danger, Remy's protective instincts kick in. He may have to reveal his true self...and hope Triana accepts him.



3. Audible/MP3 (ABJ)


H Is for Hawk
Written by: Helen Macdonald
Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
I picked this title from my TBR shelves
for "H" on my Alphabet Challenge.
I am enjoying the beginning.
Publisher's Summary
When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T. H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her journey into Mabel's world. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of MacDonald's humanity.
By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement, a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, and the story of an eccentric falconer and legendary writer. Weaving together obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history, H Is for Hawk is a distinctive, surprising blend of nature writing and memoir from a very gifted writer.
©2014 Helen Macdonald (P)2014 Isis Publishing, Ltd. UK


August 13, 2017 - I am up to date in the One Year Bible; reading along with my husband and others from our church. I hope to take more time this year, staying on the day and listening to the companion commentary online.


I completed three books and posted three reviews. That keeps me to three current reviews and one for September release. I am up to last week on linking my reviews to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.
I am still at 4 NetGalley titles (and still eyeing new ones) and still 8 author titles in my queue.


We're working on two fiction books soon to add to eTreasure's NetGalley page.


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 received two review titles this week - one from NetGalley and one through Audiobook Jukebox.
I purchased two $.99 Kindle title.
As usual, I picked up lots 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
Received through NetGalley.
The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel
by Daniel H. Wilson
I saw this at Under the Apple Tree through Mailbox Monday.

I received this MP3 audio book from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox
The Healer's Apprentice
By Melanie Dickerson
Narrated By Jude Mason
Series: Hagenheim, Book 1
This series looks good so I am glad to try it.
Won
NONE

Purchased
One new Audible daily deal this week.

The Emperor's Soul $1.95.
By: Brandon Sanderson
Narrator: Angela Lin
Duration: 3 hrs and 55 mins



I picked up one Kindle title for $.99:
I spotted this 5 starred Christian Romantic Suspense Collection:

Pursued: A Christian Romantic Suspense Boxed Set Book Bundle Collection
Lynnette Bonner, Mary Alford, Christy Barritt, Lesley Ann McDaniel, Lisa Phillips, Alana Terry, Virginia Vaughan



Free
I picked up Week Sixteen SYNC Audio titles (the final week):
SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel José Older, Narrated by Anika Noni Rose (Scholastic Audiobooks)
METAMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka, Narrated by Martin Jarvis (Naxos AudioBooks)

These are five of my Free Kindle Picks: (All but the first one may still be free):

Wrecker: A John Crane Adventure (John Crane Series Book 2) (I have book 1)
by Mark Parragh





Three Rivers Ranch Romance Box Set, Books 4 - 7: Fifth Generation Cowboy, Sixth Street Love Affair, The Seventh Sergeant, and Eight Second Ride
Liz Isaacson, Elana Johnson




Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
Tee Morris, Leanna Renee Hieber, Karina Cooper, Deliliah Dawson, Tiffany Trent, Jared Axelrod, Glenn Freund, Peter Woodworth, Lauren Harris, Pip Ballantine, Tee Tate



Honeymoon in Italy: Before the Otto Viti Mysteries
Jen Carter
(This one made me think of Laura at Library of Clean Reads.)


I added only 60 free Kindle titles to my library this week. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.

Sunday Words of Encouragement August 13, 2017

We were away for the weekend, having taken our daughter, son-in-law and three grand-kids on a "mystery ride". DH brought the motor home to Mexico Beach so the kids could have a last summer weekend at the beach. (They started school on Thursday.) I even went to the beach for an hour. I’m not a beach fan but I had my MP3 to listen too and it was fun to watch my daughter and youngest toss a ball in the surf.

This morning we went to an 8am service on the beach. It was hot with a little bit of shade. The pastor played a guitar to lead the singing. The message was based on Acts 10:9-48 where Peter was shown a vision and led to share the Good News with the gentile family of Cornelius.

The message noted that God shows no favoritism but “accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right”. The pastor reminded us a favorite childhood song: Jesus Loves the Little Children, “all the children of the World; red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight….” The pastor noted that we are to make disciples by guiding, not steering.

That is certainly a reminder that we are to love all people, no matter their color, race or background. We are to share the love of Christ with all people we come into contact with as we never know when a heart is seeking or ready to turn to the loving grace of salvation which is the gift of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

I had picked one song but found this one instead. 
Sorry it doesn’t have lyrics on the screen but the words fit.
(Our church pastor enjoys Christian rap like this.)
Verses for Today:
Acts 10:34-36
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Once again, Lord I pray, help me to show your love in my daily walk.
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sharing Beyond Books #315 Comment Giveaway August 12, 2017

Hello again and Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB!

Thanks to everyone who commented last week.
Only 4 commenters acknowledge diluting products. Other means of saving are: 3 use budgets; 4 buy on sale/promo; several buy at dollar store; several buy in bulk or stock up essentials; a couple use coupons; one uses websites for savings; one cooks larger meals to freeze and one recommended spliting restaurant meals. I don't always split a meal at a restaurant but I often take half home for another meal.

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The Winner from SBB #314 comments is: #9 Nikki who can make a GC choice if international or book choice from the Updated (**Finally!) ARC/Review titles or (recently updated) Love and Christmas titles - all linked near the end of the post.

**NOTE: I did post an Updated ARC and Other books for Giveaways. I have to go back and list the titles -- someday.
Please let me know your choice by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #315
(One Question.)

Elizabeth asks: How many US states have you visited??
I know some of our distant friends may not have visited the US at all and if you're willing I'm curious if you would compare your country in size to a US state.
I have been fortunate to visit 29 out of 50 states and one territory (the Virgin Islands) of six. As I listed the states I have visited I realize I need to visit the Midwest states - Montana, Dakotas, Wyoming- as I haven't been in those or surrounding states.
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(I had trouble getting an image because we are at campground with the family.)

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! The supply of questions is dwindling so share some if you think of any -- even if they are duplicates I'll weed through or try to modify.

Your turn to share. Elizabeth asks: How many US states have you visited??

SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the Updated ARC and Other books, including the "Love" and Christmas titles all in one post.

SBB Rules:
a) Must be a follower.
b) Share a comment on the question 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 August 19, 2017 at 5 PM central.

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