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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Post May 27, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 28, 2018

Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading now at The Book Date.
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.

I am making better progress at the office with the help of a new assistant for my law practice. We had to get a new computer set up and do training but it is going to help a lot.
Our weather remains nice in the high 70s to mid 80s. Of course we have had rain and may be getting outer bands of the first tropical storm of the season.

My reading was steady but I had to push to finish three of the books on Sunday. Finiahsed: 1 Audible, 1 Audio, 1 ebook and 1 print. I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I visited only 22 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week for Books of My Heart which is a new to me blog site. Looks like she enjoys Audios and some genres similar to me.:-)
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • eBook Tour 2018- Book Review and Tour Giveaway: The Deadliest Sport by June Trop; Historical Fiction, Mystery; my rating 4.0.
  • eBook Author TBR- Book Review: Hearts Under Fire by Antonio Scotto di Carlo; Mystery, Romance, Suspense; my rating 4.25.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston; Adaptation, Fairy Tale, Romance; my rating 4.0.
  • NG2018- #NetGalley Book Review: Nick Newton is Not a Genius by S.E.M Ishida; Adventure, Clockwork, Middle Grade, Sci Fi; my rating 4.5.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (TBR)

Koban: The Mark of Koban, Volume 2
By: Stephen W. Bennett
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Series: Koban, Book 2
Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
This is a good adventure plus interesting futuristic weapon detail.
Source: 2017 Audible Credit Purchase("K" title).
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley 2018)

Lock 'N' Load (Federal K-9)
by Tee O'Fallon
I enjoyed the romantic suspense; 
too much cursing for my tastes.
Source: NetGalley Selection 2018.

Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/MP3 (TBR SYNC) 

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
Read by Will Patton
This is a YA story with strong, sometimes dark, magic elements.
I pulled this out for Alphabet Challenge.
Source: 2013 SYNC("R" title).
"Do you believe in magic?" Answer that after you've listened to the first title in Stiefvater's new Raven Boys series. Narrator Will Patton takes you into a world of psychic powers, legends of the Welsh King Glendower, and the ley lines (mystical energy fields) that transect a sleepy Virginia town. Patton inhabits young Blue Sargent, who is raised in a family of psychics but whose own power amplifies what others see or sense. Blue is justly wary of the boys from the elite private academy, known as the Raven Boys. Listeners, like Blue, are fascinated and snared by the quest for Glendower led by Raven Boy Gansey. Patton is masterful with the suspense and the mysticism and seductively plays the emotional line of real and imagined events. Don't miss this compelling listen, and pray that Will Patton has already signed on for the other titles of the series. R.F.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2012]

4. LBCPrint (TBR)

A Simple Change, Home to Amana Series #2
By: Judith Miller
This moved along once I settled into it.
Source: on sale.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Author TBR)

Meet Your Match (No Match for Love Book 4)
by Lindzee Armstrong
I wanted to fit in at least one more book for May and this was short. It's fun so far.
Source: 2017 Author Newsletter Sign up.
Nothing slows love down like the friend zone.
a No Match for Love prequel novella
Sixteen-year-old Brooke Pierce doesn’t need her mom to tell her all boys are trouble. After watching her dad break up the family for a woman half his age, dating is the last thing on her mind.
On the first day at a new high school Brooke meets Luke, the school flirt with a reputation for heartbreak. He’s interested. She’s not. That only makes him chase her more.
After a shocking revelation from her dad, Brooke and Luke form an unexpected bond, complete with crazy rules to keep them safely in the friend zone. Problem is, that’s the worst place to be when you’re falling in love.
Part of the No Match for Love series, Meet Your Match is a delightfully sweet prequel novella that can be read as a stand-alone. It's sure to delight readers who love Hallmark movies and sweet romance. This series combines complex characters with smart dialogue and a fast-paced plot.

2. Audible/MP3 (TBR)
The Vanished Man audiobook cover art

The Vanished Man
A Lincoln Rhyme Novel
By: Jeffery Deaver
Narrated by: Adam Grupper
This is my "V" title for Alphabet Challenge.
Source: 2004 Audible Credit Purchase.
Publisher's Summary
It begins at the prestigious music school in New York City. A killer flees the scene of a homicide and locks himself in a classroom. Within minutes, the police have him surrounded. When the scream rings out, followed by a gunshot, they break down the door. The room is empty.
Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are brought in to help with the high-profile investigation. For the ambitious Sachs, solving the case could earn her a promotion. For the quadriplegic Rhyme, it means relying on his protégé to ferret out the master illusionist they've dubbed "the conjurer", who baits them with gruesome murders that become more diabolical with each fresh crime. As the fatalities rise and the minutes tick down, Rhyme and Sachs must move beyond the smoke and mirrors to prevent a terrifying act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all.
©2003 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2003 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved

3. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

Queendom of the Seven Lakes (Legends of the Godskissed Continent)
by A B Endacott
I like how this is starting.
Source: 2017 NetGalley. "Q" for Alphabet Challenge.
“Your Majesty, I take life. I am not certain that my skills actually extend to preserving it.”
There are always those who are willing to pay for someone else’s death. Having grown up amongst the Family of Assassins, ELEN-AI knows well the prices people are willing to pay to see their enemies fall quickly, quietly, and discreetly. When she is asked to preserve life rather than take it, she is surprised. Upon hearing that her charge is the Queen’s only child GIDYON, who is secretly being groomed to succeed his mother, she is horrified. To ensure political stability, no man has ever sat on the throne of the Queendom of the Seven Lakes. Yet one does not easily refuse a Queen, and so reluctantly, Elen-ai accepts the contract.
Her fears only deepen upon meeting the sixteen-year-old Prince Gidyon, who treats her as no better than a petty murderer. However, following an attack on his life, Elen-ai is forced to admit that the danger of leaving this boy-prince alone may be even worse than leaving him to his own devices. Elen-ai reluctantly accompanies Gidyon across the country to identify those within the seven most powerful families who are responsible for the attempt on the Prince’s life.
Somewhere in their travels from the calm waters of Lake Tak to the looming cliffs above Lake Bertak, the two form an unlikely yet profound friendship, and Elen-ai begins to see that Gidyon has the makings of a great ruler within him. As they meet with the families of power, it becomes increasingly clear that secrets and power games run far deeper throughout the Queendom of the Seven Lakes than either of them ever suspected.

May 27, 2018 - I am still enjoying the prayer app which gives me five prayer groups each morning! I continue on track with my morning reading the One Year Bible plan on my smartphone. You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.

I completed 3 books and posted 4 reviews. This puts me up to date with 4 reviews due.
I need to find time to add more reviews to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.

My NetGalley shelf is at 13. I have two newer author titles in queue. Still many through InstaFreebie and many new author requests but I haven't replied to.

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 one author title for review, one new NetGalley title and a new book of Ladies Book Club.
I picked up two Audible daily deal titles this week.
I also purchased one Kindle deal this week.
I got two free SYNC audios.
I also picked up some 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


5/24/18 DD $2.95
The Mistake audiobook cover artThe Mistake
By: K. L. Slater
Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
Release date: 11-28-17
I like Slater for suspense.

5/27/18 DD $3.95
Sweet Tea and Sympathy audiobook cover artSweet Tea and Sympathy
By: Molly Harper
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
Release date: 11-21-17
This is different for Harper but I like her humor.

I picked this up for $.99 with a $3.00 credit from Amazon.

Extracted (Extracted Trilogy Book 1)
by RR Haywood
Can these three heroes, extracted from their timelines at the point of death, save the world?

I missed the first three weeks of SYNC but downloaded week 5 titles:

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Read by Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam
Baker's Magic by Diane Zahler Read by Tavia Gilbert, Michael Crouch, Stephen DeRosa, Kenneth Cavett, L.J. Ganser, Robin Miles, Stina Nielsen, Elisabeth Rodgers

I added only 18 free titles to my Kindle library this week. (Again I was too tired most nights to download titles.) Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. It still sounds very busy. We having rains here and now floods. No half measures here.

  2. I'm jealous of your weather - it won't stop raining here. Sweet Tea and Sympathy looks good to me.

  3. Will Patton is *amazing* on that Raven Boys series!

  4. Nice that you got the Molly Harper audio for such a good deal!

  5. 22 blog visits this week sounds like alot, hmmm, I wonder how many blogs I visit a week, I've never counted. Happy reading, Meet Your Match sounds like a fun one. :)

  6. Yay for office help. Your temps sound delightful We are of course melting, but I am fine with that. Locked N Loaded was a good one. Enjoy!

  7. It has been a while since I read Jeffery Deaver, and I enjoy the Lincoln Rhyme character. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. Nice variety of books. I downloaded the SYNC titles this week too even though I don't know the last time I actually listened to an audiobook. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. Lots of good books.

    Sweet Tea and Sympathy looks good.

    ENJOY your week and your books.

  10. I still need to read The Raven Boys. I feel like I’m very late to the party with that one. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. We do have some things in common. Thanks for the shout out. I have been wanting to read The Raven boys on audio for awhile but I'm behind on audio reviews so not right now. Yes I'm an Audible Daily Deal addict. I also got the Mistake. I debated about Sweet Tea & Sympathy but since I read it I didn't get it. I did not get around to other blogs much last week. I'm trying to get to everything this week but honestly I'll be lucky if I manage to get to them all once a month. I love that you got 18 freebies; I think that's more than me. I'd only do a Sunday post monthly instead of weekly but the freebie portion would be waaaay huge and embarrassing. lol Anne - Books of My Heart

  12. Nice selection of books. Lock N Load looks good, but they can keep the cursing. Hope you have a great week.

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