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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sharing Beyond Books #378 Comment Giveaway September 21, 2019

Hello again and Welcome back to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB.

Thanks to everyone who commented last week.
Three people claim to be very organized; two are organized; one is organized with their books and one is a little organized. Then there is one who admits to being unorganized.

The Winner from SBB #377 comments is: #3 BN100 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. -- [12/15/18 I am pulling out some new Christmas and Love titles to add to the Win box choices. I had to move the books due to the water threat in office. I will dig them out again soon.]  I plan to add a new box of book pics his week. 

**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 #378
(One Question.)

Alina asks: What movie are you looking forward to??
Aryn Wright-Thompson, Alex Kendrick, Priscilla C. Shirer, and Shari Rigby in Overcomer (2019)I don't go out to movies often and don't keep track. The only one I know about which I do want to see is Overcomer.
I looked up the listings for September through December. I am surprised there are new Rambo, Terminator and Jumanji movies. The ones that caught my interest are Abominable and Knives Out. Maybe Judy, Gemini Man, The Aeronauts and The Rise of Skywalker.
Image found at IMDB.


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 1/2 book choice or $2.50 towards 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.
Thanks go to Becky and Alina for September Questions. They each get $2.50 credit.

Your turn to share. Alina asks: What movie are you looking forward to??

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 October 5, 2019 at 5 PM central.

Audible Book Review: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

This is an engaging horror story.
I Am Legend
By: Richard Matheson
Narrated by: Robertson Dean

Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 12-31-06
Language: English
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Sci Fi, Vintage
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.5.


Publisher's Summary
In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Every other man, woman, and child has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?
©1954, 1982 by Richard Matheson (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.


Review:
Robert Neville is a lone survivor of a plague that turned most survivors to a form of vampire. The authorities took his daughter to the burn pit but he protected his wife as long as he could. When the time came that she died he took her to bury her with dignity – he thought. At least he would be able to visit her grave. But when night came, she arrived at his door to visit him.

The neighbors and strangers prowl his lawn at night seeking his blood; hoping to make him one of them. He struggles with being a true, living survivor, with no one to talk to and only the taunting shouts of the dead outside his barricaded home. During the day Neville tracks the sleeping monsters to their lairs and kills them first with wooden stakes and later by other means he discovers. One night after a drunken rage he decides to study the decease to see if he can find a cure. After all he has hours and days and years…

It has been a long time since Neville has seen a person during the day or heard a voice other than the dead. He is shocked when he finds a woman wondering in a field one day. His ravings frighten her but he ends up dragging her home. Then he begins to wonder if she is another survivor like him.

The character of Neville in the book is not the one I remember from the movie. I suppose it is understandable that Neville would have bouts of craziness – being alone so long and always under night attacks. At times he is a sad character and other times pathetic. I hoped things would improve when he began reading medical journals. Some of the monologues and medical jargon got a bit tedious but it was part of the character development. I especially found the history and myth testing regarding vampires interesting.

This is a Vintage book written in 1954 and it did not have some of the more modern items I think I remember in the movie. I had forgotten enough of the movie to make this worth listening to as part of my TBR. I knew it was horror and I am thinking that the book achieves a different level of sci fi horror than the movie.

I enjoyed the ending dilemma which reveals the meaning of the title. I recommend this to horror fans, fans of a different, dark vampire (no sparkles), and fans of post-apocalyptic. I also recommend it even if you have seen the movie.

Audio Notes: Robertson Dean does an excellent job with the narration. He captures the dark tone of the story and the mania of Neville. I’m glad I listened to this rather than reading.

Source: 11/18/17 Celebrating 20 years of Listeners Membership Perk Free #audible20. This qualifies for 2019TBR and 2019Audiobook goals.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Audible Book Review: The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

This was enjoyable even if not as high octane as Jurassic Park.
The Lost World
By: Arthur Conan Doyle
Narrated by: Glen McCready
The Lost World cover art
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 02-25-08
Language: English
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
Genre: Adventure, Classic, Historical, Science Fiction
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.5.


Publisher's Summary
Here is the precursor to Jurassic Park. Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive, and a group set outs on a dangerous mission to find out more about it.
Download the accompanying reference guide.
Public Domain (P)2008 Naxos Rights International


Review:
Edward D. Malone is a reporter who determines to do something adventurous to impress the woman he wants to marry. He attends a scientific lecture where Professor Challenger, an egotistical, quick tempered scholar, is mocked when he claims he has seen living dinosaurs. Challenger can’t prove his claims because he lost a specimen and his camera in a boat accident as they were leaving the area. His prime cynic is closed minded Professor Summerly. The only way to prove (or disprove) Challenger’s outrageous claims is to take an expedition to the same location. Four people are assigned to go: Challenger, Summerly, Adventurer Sir John Roxton and Malone as a unbiased reporter.

These four men make for an interesting team, often arguing and occasionally working together for protection and live saving schemes. They retrace Challenger’s earlier trip and then proceed further into ‘the lost world’ to discover the fantastical secrets of a world locked in Jurassic times. There are dangerous encounters with prehistoric creatures and even more startling encounters with prehistoric ape-men and cavemen.

I totally enjoyed the four distinct explorers and the imaginative world they explore. The story wasn’t quite as suspenseful as I expected but it was satisfyingly interesting and creative especially considering it was published in 1912! I was also impressed that it was written by Doyle who is primarily known for the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I did see a hint of the Sherlockian deductive reasoning and the Watson side kick relief in the characters.

This isn’t as thrilling as Jurassic Park but as a classic novel of Jurassic exploration it is quite engaging. The audiobook comes with a pdf download and I was disappointed that there were no images which is what I hoped for. (I found some on the Wikipedia article.) I recommend this to Doyle fans and readers who enjoy classic sci fi. (There are free ebook versions available.)

Audio Notes: Glen McCready does and excellent job with the narration. He matches distinct voices to each of the characters and captures the underlying humor that fits the historic time of the writing. I am very glad I listened to the audio book.

Source: October 2017 Audible Daily Deal $2.95. This qualifies for 2019TBR and 2019Audiobook goals.

Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway September 20, 2019

Happy Friday! My wealthy businessman, paternal grandfather used to say "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." I would be weighed down by that phrase if it hadn't been offset by my maternal, preacher grandfather who was part of my path to faith where I know that my intentions don't control whether I will go to heaven or hell.
I had two staff members out sick half the week so we did not get to mailing books -- in spite of good intentions. My assistant does have the books by her desk and she is good at getting to the tasks.


TO ENTER FRIDAY PICK

US Entrants: Leave a comment and tell me WHICH BOOK you would like to get from the Friday Pick lists.

INTERNATIONAL: Leave a comment indicating "Gift Card" (see further comments near the end of the post.)


CUT OFF TIME IS THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 9:00 PM CENTRAL so I do not have to stay up too late to do the winner post! I will randomly pick two winners to announce Friday mornings with the next Pick post.

Thank you to all who entered the September 13, 2019 Pick. There were TWO automatic wins this week. Automatic wins are those who requested the book four times without other people asking for that book during those weeks. There were no titles blocked.
CarolL gets the Nora Roberts Pair
Di gets Flame Lily


CONGRATULATIONS
to Random.org picked Winners from September 13, 2019 Pick:
ELIZABETH gets Shetland Summer
and
MIKI gets a GC.

All winners please fill in the Winner's Acceptance Form or email me to confirm your win, send your snail mail address information and let me know if you would like bookmarks - sensual, sexy or sweet bookmarks. {The form is new because Google changed their forms and the old one wasn't letting me print out the responses.}
This weekend ushers in Fall officially. I don't expect to see much change in color or temperatures yet. Still in the high 90s here. Are things cooling down for you?
Image found at New York Post.

New Book Group #87 August 23, 2019
PAIRS:
Joan Johnston The Bodyguard and The Bridegroom
Nora Roberts: The MacGregor Grooms (1998) and The MacGregor Brides (1997)
SINGLES:
Siren's Song by Trish Albright (personally autographed)
Dawn Encounter by Jennifer Blake
Flame Lily by Candace Camp (spine creasing)
The Wedding Promise by Carolyn Davidson
The Devil's Daughter by Lara Drewry
Touch of Texas by Tracy Garrett (now Texas Gold)
Captain's Paradise by Kay Hooper
Open Season by Linda Howard AUDIO CASSETTES
Innocent as Sin by Elizabeth Lowell (hardback)
Tempt Me by Lucy Monroe
Abandon by Carla Neggers
The Perfect Gift by Christina Skye


New Book Group #86 June 7, 2019
Another group of variety from my shelves.
SINGLES:
Forged in Steel by Maya Banks
The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
A Place Called Freedom by Ken Follett
Eco-Sisters: The Car by P. Ryan Hembree and Mary Ann Gustin
Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze
Preaching to the Corpse by Roberta Isleib
Show No Fear by Marliss Melton
Pursuit by Karen Robards
Murder at Granite Falls by Roxanne Rustand
A Question of God's Balance (Vol 1) by Joseph Thek
King by Right of Blood and Might by Anna L. Walls


New Book Group #85 March 22, 2019
A variety from my shelves.

Roxanne Becknel: When Lightning Strikes
SINGLES:
Summer Skies by Judith Christenberry
Windfall (two stories) by JoAnn Ross
Daddy's Little Cowgirl (two stories) by Judith Bowen and Kimberly Raye
Almost Forever by Linda Howard
The Forever Year, Cold Pursuit, Lover's Lane and Temporary Sanity (Reader's Condensed)
ToxiCity by Libby Fischer Hillmann

New Book Group #84 December 15, 2018
Here are some Christmas titles to pick from.
One PAIR:
Susan Wiggs: Snowfall and Fireside
SINGLES:
A Family for Thanksgiving
On this Holy Night
A Rancher for Christmas
Christmas Haven
Christmas Homecoming
King Harold's Snow Job


New Book Group #83 November 30, 2018
(Starting bottom left and continuing up then down)
SINGLE
Seductive Secrets by Lynne Connolly
Seven Up by Janet Evanovich - Audio Cassettes
A Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein Audio Cassettes
Three Reader's Digest Condensed Books - each hardback:
Cold Harbour and The Courtship of Peggy McCoy
The Things We Do for Love, Three Weeks With My Brother, The Murder Artist and Night Train to Lisbon
Follow the Stars Home, Hunting Badger, The Quiet Game and Second Wind

New Book Group #82 November 9, 2018

Stella Cameron: Key West
SINGLES:
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Killing Time by Linda Howard
Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee
The Wedding Night by Barbara Dawson Smith

New Book Group #81 August 17, 2018
There are three audios at the top:
Kisscut is Cassettes
SINGLES
Best Laid Plans by Allison Brennan
Darkness Tell Us by Richard Laymon
Cooking Most Deadly by Joanne Pence


New Book Group #80 August 17, 2018
Note: The Final Judgment and
The Book of Fate are Audio Cassettes
PAIRS
James Patterson NYPD Red 2 and NYPD Red 3
SINGLES:
Summer’s Moon by Lacey Baker
The Final Judgment by Richard North PattersonAudio Cassettes
Firebird by Janice Graham
No Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores Fossen
The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer Audio Cassettes


New Book Group #79 July 13, 2018
I found this box of books buried under some other boxes.
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lenox by Maggie O’Farrell
P.S. by Helen Schulman
Her Sexiest Surprise by Dawn Atkins (personally autographed)
The Maverick Preacher by Victoria Bylin (personally autographed)
Dakota Child by Linda Ford
Calling the Shots by Ellen Hartman
Promises, Promises by Amber Miller
This Time for Keeps by Jenna Mills
A Daughter’s Legacy by Virginia Smith
Another Man’s Baby by Kay Stockham


New Book Group #78 April 27, 2018
SINGLES
Blackberry Bush
Breaking Point
A Tangled Affair
To Wicked to Love
Roses are Red Audio Cassettes


New Book Group #77 February 16, 2018- All gone

New Book Group #76 November 3, 2017
13 books remain of the original 37:
I finally Have them Listed!
Boots & Booties by Kristine Rolofson
Saucer the Conquest by Stephen Coonts
The Scorpion Seducer by Bonnie Vanak
Hell On Earth by David L. Porter
White Night by Jim Butcher
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
Crisscross by Harmon Henkin
Maelstrom by Anne McCaffrey
Inhuman Condition by Clive Barker
101 Commonsense Rules for the Office by John R. Brinkerhoff


This shelf of 35 books are what is left from Groups #1 (11/27/09) through Group #75 September 29, 2017
(Title list reads left at bottom to right at top - 14 titles.)
Rehabilitation
Secret Blessing
Named of the Dragon
Daring by Jillian Hart

Aunt Erma's Cope Book
JoAnn Ross: Confessions
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Bound by Destiny by Rayka Mennen
Rainbow Mars by Larry Niven


(Title list reads left at bottom to right at top - 21 titles.)
Plan of Attack by Dan Brown
(*Three more very old books from my Gothics box.)
*The Man in the Garden by Paule Mason (1969 - yellowed)
Fire Dancer by Ann Maxwell
*Four books are very old; pulled from a box of gothic novels I found.
*Maggie – Her Marriage by Taylor Caldwell (1953 very old, yellowed pages, some stain damage doesn't effect reading)
First Things First by Stephen R. Covey- Audio Cassette
Trilogy Of Mysteries Audio Book Shadow Prey, There Was A Little Girl, Smokescreen Audio Cassettes (NOT CDs)
Raintree Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones (spine creases)
The Shadowing by Joan Overfield
The Sweetheart Dance by Patti Ann Colt
BOX 4 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 47-53)
Undateable by Ellen Rakieten & Anne Coyle
Jezebel by Katherine Sutcliff
The Hidden Truth of Cytech's Randall Forty by Vickie Kennedy
Breakfast in Bed by Sandra Brown - Audio Cassette Tapes (link is for mass media version)
BOX 3 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 39- 47)
Shetland Summer by Janet Lynnford
BOX 2 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 24- 38)
The Trailsman: Texas Lead Slingers by Jon Sharpe
A Courtesans Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley -- NOTE This book has dog bite damage; it is missing half back cover and the edges of pages in the back third of the book... it does not effect the text but I will understand if no one wants this one
An Honorable Man by Rosemary Rogers (spine creases)
The Willful Widow by Valerie King (spine wear)
Foundation (Foundation Novels) by Isaac Asimov
BOX #1 2015 (reboxed from Boxes 1- 23)
Ghost Writer (Shivers #3) by M.D. Spenser
Alien Chronicles - The Crimson Claw by Deborah Chester

If you saw the pictures posted of my bookshelves and boxes you know I do have lots of books! And that doesn't include the other eight or so boxes at my office!! And more books as I find deals too good to pass up! I am sharing my book bounty by these Friday Pick Giveaways.

I started Friday Pick on November 27, 2009 and in almost EIGHT years I have posted 82 groups of 16 plus an additional 21 totaling 1,333 books to find new homes! (as of November 9, 2018).

I am happy to say that so far about 1,275+ books have found new homes through this feature! YAY. [A year or so ago I posted I had reached 2000 books given away. As I calculated the numbers 11/2/17 I realized that had to be an error. I realized I went from 1098 to 2001 instead of 1101. Guess I was tired; sorry for the error.] I have to update my print out to check the exact number sent out - a few were never claimed. I periodically update the lists - deleting those won. You can still go to the Friday Pick list link to see older posts and the older lists book pictures if you want!

Note rules here regarding international entries.
Because postage to overseas can be prohibitive I am willing to give a $5.00 book certificate to international winners - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, ARe, TWRP, ClassAct Books, eTreasures, Desert Breeze, etc....you tell me where and I'll set it up. So for my overseas visitors your comment may indicate a smaller book and I'll check postage or note your choice of gift card.

I learned that The Book Depository does not ship to everywhere. The postage for some of the books to far away places runs between $7.00 and $10.00 and up. Since I would award $5.00 for The Book Depository to an international winner, as an alternative you may choose a smaller book and we will hope the postage will not exceed $6.00. If the postage is more, or if you want to pick a larger book and you are willing to pay any extra postage beyond the $6.00 I will work with you on that. This may not make a difference to many but if it helps one or two of you to give one of my books a home that will make me happy too. :o)

Repeating this helpful blog tip: You can right click on a link and you will be given the choice to open the link in a new window or tab so you do not navigate away from the screen you are on!! I use this all the time!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Audio Book Review: Cyclone, Linear Tactical Series, by Janie Crouch

I enjoyed this second chance romance with its conflicts and suspense.
Cyclone
Linear Tactical Series
By: Janie Crouch
Narrated by: Tom Campbell
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Release Date: December 3, 2018
Publisher: Calamity Jane Publishing
Run time: 6 hours and 51 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook
Genre: Military, Romance, Suspense
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.25.


PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION
He’d protect her from any threat… But what if the biggest threat is him?
Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone.
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.
Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him?
Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place.
But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons…


Review:
Anne is a talented and confident doctor, but her confidence fails in social relationships. She was teased in school because of a stuttering problem. Anne’s only true friend, Becky, married high school crush, Zac. When Becky and their young child died in an accident, Zac and Anne had a consoling encounter that was a dream and a nightmare for Anne. For Zac it is a blacked-out night of drunkenness.

Anne left town after the incident and has only returned after abandonment and divorce by her faithless husband. Anne managed to stay ‘invisible’ to the locals until Zac and his friends show up in the hospital and recognize her. Zac’s initial reaction adds to his prior rejection of Anne. When he begins to realize that he did something horribly wrong Zac sets out to find the truth and heal the relationship.

While Anne and Zac are trying to decide to avoid or embrace each other, they become involved in investigating a serial rapist. Anne is on scene to help victims and Zac and his friends are on scene to seek forensic evidence. As they review several crime scenes, Anne comes under the eye of the villain. Zac is quick to step up to provide protection.

Anne is not a typical beautiful, brilliant, and confident heroine. She is shy and flawed in spite of her intelligence and attractiveness. Zac is a former special forces hero with keen skills and a caring heart. Their relationship is complex and past misunderstandings have to be overcome. The sexual scenes are on the sexy side but not over powering.

I was drawn into the story quickly and the well-balanced blend of romance and mystery kept me interested until the end. I also liked the Linear Tactical team whom, I suspect, will star in their own books as the series continues. I would be willing to read more in the series which I recommend to readers who enjoy stories with romantic conflict and strong action.

Audio Notes: Tom Campbell does a very nice job narrating. He gives voices to the characters that worked and he presented the story with solid pacing and emotion. This is the first book I listened to from Chirp and the quality of the audio production is good. Apparently Chirp is a distribution venue of regular audiobooks so it is a chance to listen to some good books for a discounted price – win -win.

Source: July Chirp Purchase $1.99. This qualifies for 2019Audiobook goal.

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