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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday Post July 22, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday July 23, 2018

Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms
I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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 had another busy week with my daughter/manager taking a summer vacation week. So I still have plenty to do.

We continue to have hot sunny days with storms in the afternoon.

My reading moved along well - although I did pull in some shorter books for the week. I finished five books! Three Audible books and two NetGalley titles. I posted two reviews on the blog and one at Goodreads. I posted all of my usual memes.

I visited only 21 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to vvb32reads. Velvet has been blogging since 2009. She shares books for World Challenge and movies that are often new to me.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A2018- Audible Book Review: Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima; K-9 Dogs, Mystery; my rating: Story 4.25 of 5.0; Narrator 4.0 of 5.0.
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)


The Year of the Knife
by G.D. Penman
This is strange but entertaining urban fantasy.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.



2. Audible/MP3 then Smartphone (2018Audible)
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son audiobook cover art


Frankenstein: Prodigal Son
By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Frankenstein, Book 1
I enjoyed this strange tale too.
My review is linked above.
Source: 6/3/2018 Audible Daily Deal $3.95.
Click on book title for full description.



3. Audible/MP3 then Smartphone (2018Audible)
The Dispatcher cover art


The Dispatcher
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
Different future dilemma - fun listening.
Source: 2/16/18 Audible Daily Deal $.99.
Click on book title for full description.



4. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)


Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks
by Gavin Aung Than
This cartoon offering is 
very different from my usual read.
I liked most it.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.



5. Audible/MP3 then Smartphone (2008 TBR Audible)


Blue Like Jazz
Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
By: Donald Miller
Narrated by: Donald Miller
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
This was a pleasant, inspiring surprise. My review is linked above.
Source: Audible July 2008.
Publisher's Summary
"I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself....I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened."
Donald Miller
For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a post-modern culture, for anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real, for anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion in life...Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.
©2007 Donald Miller (P)2007 Thomas Nelson Publishers



Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)


Science Geek Sam and his Secret Logbook
by Cees Dekker (Author), Corien Oranje (Author), Perta van Rijssen (Illustrator)
I am 80% in, enjoying the scientific facts and elements of Godly creation shared in this fun read.
Source: NetGalley.
"I'm afraid you're at the top end of the healthy weight range," said the doctor. This is doctor's speak for "you are FAT"! "Do you know how much I'd weigh if I was on Pluto?" "No idea," replied the doctor. "Only 2.3 kilograms. Practically nothing!" Meet Sam, science geek extraordinaire, and have an exclusive peek at his top secret logbook. When a meteorite crashes into Sam’s school bike shed, his class have a LOT of questions about space, the universe, and life on earth. But can they believe in God AND the Big Bang? They make some cool discoveries that show them that, surprisingly, the answer is a clear yes. A fact-filled and thought-provoking story that will make you chuckle.



2. Audible Smartphone (2018Audible - Review)


The Painter of Time
By: Matthew S O'Connell
Narrated by: Susan Fouche
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
I am fascinated already by the history and art detail in this. I'm just getting into the mystery.
Source: Author Marketing Experts.
Publisher's Summary
Contemporary/historical suspense audiobook set amid the art world of modern day NYC and the dawn of the Renaissance in Italy.
Bronx born and bred, Mackenzie Ferrara is both nervous and excited to begin her career as a restorer of fine art at the prestigious Cloisters in New York City. The star of the restoration team is a handsome and reserved Italian, Anthony Bataglia. On loan from the Ufizzi, he is renowned for his ability to bring pre-Renaissance treasures back to life. Despite a rocky start, the two form a close working relationship, which Mackenzie hopes will blossom into something more.
But as she works with him she begins to notice peculiar patterns and unexplainable similarities in all of his restorations. Something is clearly not what it seems to be with the dashing Mr. Bataglia. Mackenzie - with help from her father, a retired detective - is determined to uncover the truth, regardless of the consequences.
©2015 Matthew O'Connell (P)2018 Matthew O'Connell



3. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)


Talon - epic fantasy novel (The Astor Chronicles Book 1)
by Amanda Greenslade
This will finally finish up my 2017 NetGalley titles.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
With a newly awakened icetiger for his companion, Talon is finally learning the magic of the Kriite people, including telepathy and shape-changing. After his home town Jaria is attacked by Zeikas he embarks on a mission to seek help.
Before Talon even understands the power within him, there are demon summoners after him. He is horrified to learn that the Zeika leader plans to use Talon’s body and mind to further his ambition for power. Bal Harar is on a god-given mission to enslave or kill all Kriites.
Talon represents both the greatest threat and the greatest opportunity to the Zeikas—his actions and faith will make all the difference between the two.


July 22, 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 5 books and 3 reviews. This puts me at 2 reviews due.
I still need to find time to add reviews to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.
My NetGalley shelf is at 12; I still have one more author title in queue. Still many through InstaFreebie and many new author requests 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 picked up two audiobooks for review - Love that!
I held off on Audible Daily Deals until today.
I also got the SYNC Audios this week.
I resisted the kindle bargain deals.
I did pick up some free kindle titles this week. (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
I received this audiobook for review from Author Marketing Experts.
The Painter of TimeBy: Matthew S O'ConnellNarrated by: Susan Fouche
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
"Contemporary/historical suspense audiobook set amid the art world of modern day NYC and the dawn of the Renaissance in Italy."

I received this audio title from the author through AudioBook Boom.
Christmas at the Inn audiobook cover artChristmas at the Inn
Rose and Briar Inn Stories, Book 1
By: Andrea Twombly
Narrated by: Lisa Leslie
Length: 50 mins

"...author Andrea Twombly weaves a warm story of the Christmas season, rich in challenges overcome and courage discovered along a twisting road to love."

Won
NONE

Purchased
7/22/18 DD $2.95
Sharkman audiobook cover artSharkman
By: Steve Alten
Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
Release date: 12-06-16


Free
I have downloaded week 13 SYNC audio titles:
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama Read by Katherine Kellgren
The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Read by Glen McCready

I added only 27 free titles to my Kindle 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 July 22, 2018

This morning we had another good Sunday School with our substitute teacher sharing on wonders of nature. Of course, the producers of the program credit the intricacies of the creatures to “eternal engineering” and “nature”. We give creation credit to our God. And we wonder what wonders await us in heaven: 1 Corinthians 2:9 'no eye has imagined'.

Pastor continued his series on “The Strong” covering 1 Peter chapter 4.
1 Peter is a message telling the new church (new followers of Christ) what they need to do to survive as they face opposition and trials.

This week Pastor referenced unexpected construction road blocks. We don’t run into these so often anymore if we use a GPS on our car dash or on our smartphones. But even when we do, there are those who are tempted to drive around the barriers to get to their destination instead of following the detour. Often, they discover that the way really is blocked, and they end up having to turn around and go back to the detour anyway.

God's word is a path to the followers of Christ. John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

We are not supposed to live without God. Whether we are a Christ follower or not, God is always there with each person, calling them and trying to guide them. Our humanness in our fleshly bodies tries to live without God, but we end up on the wrong path and usually in trouble needing to be rescued.

1 Peter 4 tells us to be ready to suffer too, like Christ. Love for this human world will cause pain. Peter admonishes us to “be finished with sin”. (Verse 1.) Don't chase your own desires but anxiously seek the will of God (Verse2.) Live differently which will put you at odds with your former friends. (Verses 3 and 4.)

Point: The strong know that trials come but victory is had by trusting fully in Christ.

Remember that all will face judgment with a pass or fail test: ‘Yes, you know and accepted Christ’ or ‘No you didn’t accept Him’. (Verses 5 and 6.)

Be glad for trials that make you a partner with Christ and if you must suffer, suffer for knowing Christ. (Verses 12-16.) Judgment begins with each of us – how we live and treat others. (Verse 17.) “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” (Verse 18.) Therefore, keep on doing what is right and trust in God who will never fail you. (Verse 19.)

Be careful that you don’t try to take back control in your human, fleshly weakness. This happens when we stop reading the word, stop praying, stop giving time and tithe; when we disconnect from church.

If you don't trust God, you are believing the lies of Satan. You are back in prison, a slave to sin. Be strong. Trust God fully. Live different. It is yes or no.

I found this song today which I think fits for the message.
A Verse for Today:
1 Peter 4:18 (NIV)
18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"

Lord, I pray for today and every day: Help me be strong in You. Help me to live different than the world.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Audible Book Review: Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

This is good, solid mystery with likeable characters.
Killing Trail
A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 1
By: Margaret Mizushima
Narrated by: Nancy Wu

Series: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-19-16
Language: English
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Genre: K-9 Dogs, Mystery
My Rating: Story 4.25 of 5.0; Narrator 4.0 of 5.0


Publisher's Summary
When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, lifelong resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town.
With the help of Cole Walker, a local veterinarian and single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her town holds. And the key may be Cole's daughter, who knows more than she's saying. The murder was just the beginning, and if Mattie isn't careful, she and Robo could be next.
Suspenseful and smart, Killing Trail is an explosive debut that will have listeners clamoring for more Mattie and Robo for years to come.
©2015 Margaret Mizushima (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.


Review:
Mattie is a young officer who has worked hard to be accepted in her hometown force. She tested out above her co-officers in order to participate in the K-9 program, getting to have a K-9 dog, Robo, as a partner and training with the dog. Mattie and Robo are assigned to a work a case when a local high school girl is found dead (by Robo) in a shallow grave in the woods near Timber Creek. It appears that dogs being trained by a local man may be involved in the mysterious death.

Mattie and Robo work with local veterinarian, Cole Walker, who initially is called upon to take care of the victim’s sick dog. Cole is struggling with the news that his wife has finalized divorce proceedings after walking away from the family several months before. His ex-wife wouldn’t even visit with their daughters over the summer when they were nearby. Cole has to find a solution for a housekeeper to stay with his girls while he is at the office/lab so much.

Cole knew the dead girl who was a good friend of his elder daughter, Angela. Angela doesn’t believe that her friend could have been involved with drugs, but she does know some facts that help move the investigation along.

Mattie begins to build a growing list of suspects who may be involved, but sometimes her own experiences cause her to make conclusions that may not be accurate. When one of the main ‘persons of interest’ is found dead the race to uncover the details becomes more urgent. Can she and Robo find the truth before someone else, maybe one or both ends up dead?

I enjoyed Mattie’s strong, smart, but not perfect, character. She shows insecurity and expresses concerns over her decisions which is a little annoying although not unrealistic. I liked how the author shared good details of the abilities of the trained police dog while also showing critical learning issues needed to allow the officer and dog to work together successfully. Cole is a possible romantic interest for future stories but clearly was not in a position to develop a relationship so soon after his divorce. The mystery moves along well making this a solid beginning to a K-9 series which I recommend to those who like the combination of women police and K-9.

Audio Notes: The narration by Nancy Wu is more of a reading than a performance. She does a few voices but mostly just reads. It is an adequate presentation but not special. Still, I liked having this in audio which gives me a chance to ‘read’ (listen) faster.

Source: 2/25/18 Audible Purchase $4.95. This qualifies for Audiobook Challenge and a 2018 title for my Alphabet Challenge.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Martha's Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway July 20, 2018

Happy Friday! Hot July!

My daughter was on vacation this week so it made my work week packed and juggling.
The 90+ temps are still taking a toll on hubby during the days. I am thankful for the office AC.
We have had a couple of heavy afternoon rain storms.

I'm still wishing everyone a cool week of reading! And safety from fires and storms.

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 July 13 Pick. There was on automatic win this week. Automatic wins are those who requested the book four times without other people asking for that book during those weeks. One title was blocked.
AUTO: CarolL gets Tempted All Night.

CONGRATULATIONS
to Random.org picked Winners from July 13 Pick:
Nikki gets a GC and
DI The Cowboy's Christmas Miracle (through the block)

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.}

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Maybe this will help send cooling thoughts waving your way.
Image found at Los Angeles Times.

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)
The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
The Doctor’s Forever Family by Marie Ferrarella
Dakota Child by Linda Ford
Branded by the Sheriff by Delores Fossen
The Italian’s Inexperienced Mistress
Calling the Shots by Ellen Hartman
Promises, Promises by Amber Miller
This Time for Keeps by Jenna Mills
Rhapsody in Time by Judith O’Brien
A Daughter’s Legacy by Virginia Smith
Another Man’s Baby by Kay Stockham
The Cowboy’s Christmas Miracle by RaeAnne Thayne


New Book Group #78 April 27, 2018
Midnight Rainbow
Betrayal
Indigo Blue
By a Spider's Thread 
Johanna Lindsey Pair 
Judith Krentz Pair
Breaking Point

New Book Group #77 February 16, 2018
I thought I would look for some 'Springish' titles but that didn't happen. Hope someone finds a title or two you like.
PAIRS
Betty Neals: Tabitha by Moonlight and Fate Takes a Hand
Nora Robert: Hot Ice (spine creased) and Sanctuary
SINGLES:
My Lord Conqueror by Samantha James
Surrender by Pamela Clare
Dessert Rogue by Suzanne Simmons
The Rose and the Shield by Elaine Barrieri
Hannah’s Courtship by Emma Miller
Someone to Watch Over Me by Judith McNaught
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
A Husband’s Wicked Ways by Jane Feather
Hot on Her Heels by Susan Mallery
Indigo Blue by Catherine Anderson
Between the Devil and Desire (Scoundrels of St. James Book 2) by Lorraine Heath (hardback)


New Book Group #76 November 3, 2017
21 books remain of the original 37:

I finally Have them Listed!
Boots & Booties by Kristine Rolofson
Saucer the Conquest by Stephen Coonts
Echo Burning by Lee Child
The Scorpion Seducer by Bonnie Vanak
Hell On Earth by David L. Porter
Tempted All Night by Liz Carlyle
Day of the Dead by J.A. Jance
White Night by Jim Butcher
Five Gold Rings Anthology Constance O’Banyon and three others
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell
Crisscross by Harmon Henkin
Wizard’s Daughter by Catherine Coulter
Pearl Beyond Price by Claire Delacroix
Maelstrom by Anne McCaffrey
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice
Inhuman Condition by Clive Barker
Night Whispers by Judith McNaught
101 Commonsense Rules for the Office by John R. Brinkerhoff

 THESE BOOKS CHOSEN/WON ARE THE ONES STRICKEN HERE:
Finger Licken' Fifteen
How to Tame a Highland Warrior
The Texan
Total Control
Atlantis Found
Stephanie Laurens Pair
Desperado 
Rebellious Desires 
Forget Me Not 
The Eighth Commandment
Ghost Riders
The Manning Brides by Debbie Macomber 
Shadow Music 
Corbin's Fancy 
Hawk's Lady


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

Aunt Erma's Cope Book
JoAnn Ross: Confessions
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
The New Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman
A Kiss Before Dawn by Kimberly Logan
The Fireman’s Fair by Josephine Humphreys (Hardcover)
Bound by Destiny by Rayka Mennen

Rainbow Mars by Larry Niven
There Was A Little Girl by Ed McBain (Audio Cassettes)
Love's Brazen Fire by Betina Krahn 

(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 75 groups of 16 (1,200) books to find new homes! (as of November 2, 2017).

I am happy to say that so far about 1,175+books have found new homes through this feature! YAY. [A month 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, July 19, 2018

Audible Book Review: Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz

Surprisingly engaging with underlying questions.
By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Frankenstein, Book 1
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son audiobook cover art
Series: Frankenstein, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 12-04-17
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Genre: Horror
My Rating: Story 4.0 of 5.0; Narration 5.0


Publisher's Summary
From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of...
Every city has its secrets. But none as terrible as this. He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more - and less - than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios - once known as Frankenstein.
©2005 Dean Koontz (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.


Review:
The story caught my interest from the start. Further in I didn't want to put it down. I was fully engaged and enjoying the characters (the good guys). The primary villain is horrible and it is fascinating to see how his creations are slowly breaking out of his planned control. I was captured by the narration and intrigued at the implications of seeking happiness and meaning in life by the created monsters. I was caught up in the protagonist's transformation .. and then the ending! Arrgh! I had forgotten this was the first in a series.

I was surprised by the imagination and depth, although perhaps I shouldn’t have been since Koontz is a well known and accomplished author. I know some of his books are off the edge horror, but this one is creepy and wonderfully strange without being really scary horror.

I found this to be a little drawn out to get where it is going. Still, the characters, including villains, are well drawn and the story moves well. I recommend this for those who enjoy the idea of a Frankenstein monster with a heart fighting a truly evil megalomaniac.

Audio Notes: I found the narration by Christopher Lane to be spot on for the tone and intent of the story. It is a great entertaining experience.

Koontz is the author of one of my favorite time travel titles: Lightning.
Source: Audible Daily Deal $3.95 6/3/2018. This qualifies for Audiobook Challenge and 2018 title for Alphabet Challenge.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Post July 15, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday July 16, 2018

Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms
I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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 had another busy week with some nice closings to end the week well. Still very busy...sigh.

After several sunny days we had a heavy storm this afternoon. It chased the chickens into their coop.

My reading was good but slower this week. I only finished two Audible books. I posted two reviews on the blog and one at Goodreads. Plus I posted all of my usual memes.

I visited only 23 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to L.A. To LA. She's been busy with a new little ones this past year.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NGTBR- #NetGalley Book Review: The After War by Brandon Zenner; Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic; my rating 4.5.
  • PLBCTBR- Book Review and Giveaway: The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher; Amish, Christian, Romance; my rating 4.75. Open Worldwide. 2 Winners. Ending 7/28/18.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (2018Audible)



Home Invasion
The Survivalist Series, Book 8
By: A. American
Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
Series: Survivalist, Book 8
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins 
This is a series I have liked.
My review is linked above
Source: Audible Feb 2018 credit.
Click on book title for full description.



2. Audible/Smartphone (2018Audible)



Killing Trail
A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 1
By: Margaret Mizushima
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Series: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
I was eyeing another book in this series so decided to listen to book one. It is good mystery and I like the characters.
Source: 2/25/18 Audible Purchase $4.95.
Publisher's Summary
When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, lifelong resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town.
With the help of Cole Walker, a local veterinarian and single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her town holds. And the key may be Cole's daughter, who knows more than she's saying. The murder was just the beginning, and if Mattie isn't careful, she and Robo could be next.
Suspenseful and smart, Killing Trail is an explosive debut that will have listeners clamoring for more Mattie and Robo for years to come.
©2015 Margaret Mizushima (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.



Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)


The Year of the Knife
by G.D. Penman
I am 75% through this action packed, 
strange urban fantasy.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.



2. Audible/MP3 then Smartphone (2018Audible)
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Frankenstein: Prodigal Son
By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Frankenstein, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
I am a bit over a third in this engaging (another strange) tale.
Source: 6/3/2018 Audible Daily Deal $3.95.
Click on book title for full description.



3. Audible/MP3 then Smartphone (2018Audible)
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The Dispatcher
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
I figure I could use a short audio this week plus this is a 2018 "D" title for my Alphabet Challenge.
Source: 2/16/18 Audible Daily Deal $.99.
Publisher's Summary
Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)
Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Original Work
Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi.
One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.
Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher - a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death's crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge a supposed wrong.
It's a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it's too late...before not even a Dispatcher can save him.
©2016 John Scalzi (P)2016 Audible, Inc.



4. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)


Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks
by Gavin Aung Than
This is different from my usual read.
This is "Z" for the NG titles on my Alphabet Challenge.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Gavin Aung Than, an Australian graphic designer turned cartoonist, started the weekly Zen Pencils blog in February 2012. He describes his motivation for launching Zen Pencils: "I was working in the boring corporate graphic design industry for eight years before finally quitting at the end of 2011 to pursue my passion for illustration and cartooning. At my old job, when my boss wasn't looking, I would waste time reading Wikipedia pages, mainly biographies about people whose lives were a lot more interesting than mine. Their stories and quotes eventually inspired me to leave my job to focus on what I really wanted to do. The idea of taking these inspiring quotes, combining them with my love of drawing and sharing them with others led to the creation of Zen Pencils."


July 15, 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 2 books and 3 reviews. This gets me to just 1 review due.
I added some books this week but still need to find time to add more to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.
My NetGalley shelf is at 13; I still have one more author title in queue. Still many through InstaFreebie and many new author requests 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 didn't pick up any review books.
I picked up one Audible Daily Deal.
I also got the SYNC Audios this week.
I resisted the kindle bargain deals.
I did pick up some free kindle titles this week. (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
NONE

Won
NONE

Purchased
7/13/18 DD $2.95
Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection audiobook cover artAndrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection
By: Alexander C. Kane
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Release date: 08-22-17

Free
I have not yet downloaded week 12 SYNC audio titles:
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather Read by Adriana Mather
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Read by Donada Peters

I added only 11 free titles to my Kindle 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 July 15, 2018

We had an excellent Sunday School lesson today and enjoyed a pretty full house for church. Church. The praise and worship team introduced a new song that fit with the message of our Sunday School. I love when God orchestrates that sort of confirmation!

Pastor continued his sermon series titled The Strong, based on 1st Peter. This a book where Peter is giving instructions to the new church on right living. The strong (the Christians) are to live different than the world. Last week Pastor spoke on exhibiting Godly Honor rather than honor of the world

This week Pastor spoke on Chapter 3. How do we deal when we have been treated unfairly? Sometimes we experience loss of a job; unkept promises; outright lies. The mistreatment may cost relationships, job, finances, reputation. Most of us have experienced a time when we felt mistreated, sometimes because we, as Christians, are different and see things from a different world view. We live in a broken world that has been damaged by sin. As parents we tell our children the important life lesson: “Life isn’t fair.”

What do we do when we are mistreated? When this letter was written, Christ followers were treated differently than others. Peter said to search for peace, and work to maintain it. 1 Peter 3:8-12. Give blessing instead of world response. Then God will give you a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9. In the days of Peter, blessings and curses meant something.

Point: The cost we pay to bless those who mistreat us is repaired with the promise of God's blessing to us.

Our response should be to pray for them. Jesus was attacked. Christianity gets attacked. We need to show them God and His love. 1 Peter 3:13-17.

Blessing others changes my heart and attitude toward them.
Paul and Silas were beaten and falsely imprisoned. Yet they were singing praises and praying in jail. A supernatural earthquake caused the doors open, and the shackles to fall off all the prisoners but they did not escape. Instead, Paul and Silas used the opportunity to witness. Acts 16:25-30.

The mistreatment of Jesus resulted in salvation and power. 1 Peter 3:18-22.
The question to ask yourself today: Who do you need to bless?

I remembered this song which fits today’s message: Forgiveness.
Verses for Today:
1 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV)
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 

Lord, I pray that, with the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me, You help me to face mistreatment with a loving, blessing response.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sharing Beyond Books #348 Comment Giveaway July 14, 2018

Hello again and Welcome to Sharing Beyond Books, SBB!


Thanks to everyone who commented last week.
Six people choose bird, two of which were eagles. Three choose horses; two elephants, a lynx, a cat, and one dog.

The Winner from SBB #347 comments is: #6 Sue 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 #348
(One Question.)

Marjorie asks: Do you watch game shows?? I still like Let's Make a Deal and The Price is Right.
I don't watch much TV and rarely anything besides news and movies. Back in the day I used to like to watch Jeopardy.
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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. Marjorie asks: Do you watch game shows??

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 July 14, 2018 at 5 PM central.

Book Review and Giveaway: The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher

This is a delightful read.
The Letters (The Inn at Eagle Hill Book #1): A Novel
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
File Size: 6488 KB
Print Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Revell (August 1, 2013)
ASIN: B00B85MPMC
Genre: Amish, Christian, Romance
My Rating 4.75 of 5.0


Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined to find a way to support her family and pay off her late husband's debts, she sets to work to convert the basement of her Amish farmhouse into an inn. While her family, especially her cranky mother-in-law, is unhappy with Rose's big idea, her friend and neighbor, Galen King, supports the decision and he helps with the conversion. As Rose finalizes preparations for visitors, she prays. She asks God to bless each guest who stays at the Inn at Eagle Hill. As the first guest arrives and settles in, Rose is surprised to discover that her entire family is the one who receives the blessings, in the most unexpected ways. And she's even more surprised when that guest decides to play matchmaker for Galen King.
With her signature plot twists combined with gentle Amish romance, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for fresh stories of simple pleasures despite the complexity of life. Fisher's tale of God's providence and provision will delight her fans and create many new ones. Welcome to the Inn at Eagle Hill.


Review:
Rose is a widow caring for her husband’s two older girls, their own eight- and ten-year-old boys and her ailing mother-in-law. Her husband was facing scandal about his financial company when he died of suspected suicide. His oldest son, who was involved in the company has disappeared. The boys are an energetic handful and thirteen-year-old Mim is an observant, studious young girl who is just beginning to notice a boy in her class. The eldest daughter, nineteen-year-old Bethany, has a special gift for helping with their cranky grandmother, Vera. Meanwhile Bethany is not so patiently waiting for her father’s business associate to come claim her hand.

Rose decides to turn the basement into a bed and breakfast inn to help pay off some of her husband’s debts. Vera isn’t thrilled with the idea, but Rose’s neighbor, Galen King, a steady and solitary man, is being supportive and helping her. Rose prays for each guest even as they arrive unexpectedly. The first guests are by accident, but they are blessings. The first real guest, Delia, has come to the Inn seeking refuge from trauma that has turned her life upside down. She finds blessing in her recuperative time as she watches the love and caring in the family and community.

The title could come from several different groups of letters which are part of the story. The story has mysteries, intrigues, and a little gentle romance. The writing is smooth, descriptive and moves along very nicely. The daily living by the characters is engaging and delightful. The dedicated faith presented through Rose’s character is beautiful. There are questions remaining at the end that cause interest in the next book in the series which I am likely to get. My book club ladies all enjoyed the title and they asked about book two

Although I have a couple other books by Ms. Fisher on my TBR I think this is the first I have read. It won’t be the last. I recommend this to readers who enjoy lovely Amish stories.

Source: 2013 print copy; 2016 Kindle. Ladies Book Club. This qualifies for 2018TBR.

GIVEAWAY:
TWO WINNERS!
Paperback Book (US and Canada Only)


(Don't forget to fill in the form for entry!)
For 3 Extra Bonus entries
(a) comment on the review
(b) visit the author's Website and tell me something you like there.

* This contest is open to US and Canada only for the paperback book.
* This contest will close 5 PM (Central) July 28, 2018.
Winners are asked to respond on the winners form linked in the announcement or by email.

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