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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday Post August 5, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday August 6, 2018

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

This was a good week with Thursday and Friday out at conference.
We drove through rain all day on Thursday but the drive back was good.

I had good reading and listening. I finished two NetGalley eBooks and three audible titles. I posted two reviews on the blog and two on Goodreads. Plus I posted all of my usual memes.

I visited 22 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to The Little Library X. Hannah shares book reviews, interviews and character posts.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

Talon - epic fantasy novel (The Astor Chronicles Book 1)
by Amanda Greenslade
I really enjoyed this fantasy adventure with animal shifters and a battle of good and evil. 
My Review is linked above.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible Smartphone (2018Audible - Review)

The Painter of Time
By: Matthew S O'Connell
Narrated by: Susan Fouche
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
Great history, art detail and a twist in this.
Source: Author Marketing Experts.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible Smartphone (2018Audible - Review)
Christmas at the Inn audiobook cover art

Christmas at the Inn
Rose and Briar Inn Stories, Book 1
By: Andrea Twombly
This was sweet. My review is linked above.
Source: author through AudioBook Boom.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audible Smartphone (2018Audible)

Into the Storm
Book One of The Malcontents
By: Larry Correia
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: The Malcontents, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
This is an engaging military fantasy. 
My review is linked above.
Source: 2018 Audible Sale $4.95.
Publisher's Summary
A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all.
The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division. In this climate, every soldier is valuable, even those fallen from the honor expected of a Storm Knight. A group of such men - thieves, drunkards, and worse - comprise the Sixth Platoon. All they need is someone to lead them.
Lieutenant Hugh Madigan, a peerless warrior knighted during the reign of deposed King Vinter IV, has spent years in obscurity, punished for his loyalty to the former king. Now he has been ordered back to the front and given command of the Sixth, his task to turn a platoon of miscreants into elite soldiers fit to be called Storm Knights. Time is short, and war is coming. One way or another, Lieutenant Madigan must lead his men into the storm....
©2013 Privateer Press (P)2014 Audible Inc.

5. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

Jack Gilmour: Wish Lawyer
by Ed Ryder
This is a fun noir lawyer tale.
Source: NetGalley 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible Smartphone (2018Audible)
River of Bones audiobook cover art

River of Bones
Destroyermen Series, Book 13
By: Taylor Anderson
Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
I was happy to get this latest installment when released in audio.
Source: Audible June Credit.
Publisher's Summary
The crew of a WWII destroyer face their greatest challenge yet as they try to survive in a strange new world in the next thrilling book in The New York Times best-selling series.
Commander Matt Reddy and his crew are afraid it may finally be the end of the USS Walker. Ever since their ship was transported to another world, and they became embroiled in a deadly conflict between the Lemurians and the vicious Grik, the Walker has been taking a pounding. With Walker out of commission for repairs, Reddy takes command of a different ship and joins a desperate battle to block the Grik swarm.
Meanwhile, the humans and their allies face a deadly second front in the Republic to the south. All of Reddy's forces are committed, and there's no turning back. Either they'll win - or lose - everything....
©2018 Taylor Anderson (P)2018 Tantor

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)
One Perfect Spring

One Perfect Spring
by Irene Hannon
I am reading this for Ladies Book Club July title to be discussed 8/11.
Source: Purchase through
Claire Summers is a determined, independent single mother who is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Keith Watson is a results-oriented workaholic with no time for a social life. As the executive assistant to a local philanthropic businessman, he’s used to fielding requests for donations. But when a letter from Claire’s eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk, everything changes. The girl isn’t asking for money, but for help finding the long-lost son of an elderly neighbor.
As Keith digs reluctantly into this complicated assignment, he has no idea how intertwined his life and Claire’s will become–nor how one little girl’s kindhearted request will touch so many lives and reap so many blessings.
Through compelling characters and surprising plot twists, Irene Hannon offers readers this tenderhearted story of family connections that demonstrates how life is like lilacs–the biggest blooms often come only after the harshest winters.

3. eBook/Kindle

Tribal Affairs
by Matt Dallmann
This sounds like a fun read.
My review and giveaway day is 8/16.
Source: iRead Book Tours.
Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

August 5, 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 only 5 books and 4 reviews. That keeps me up to date with only two reviews due.
I still need to find time to keep adding reviews to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.
My NetGalley shelf is at 12. I now have three author titles 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 have a a pretty full haul this week. 
I picked up one review book and am including one I forgot to include the week before.
I held off on Audible Daily Deals this week but succumbed to the Sci Fi titles on sale! I picked up four.
I resisted the kindle bargain deals but bought a bundle of Sci Fi at ARC Manor-Phoenix. 

And I got two free romance audiobooks.
I only picked up a handful of 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 through Publishing Push.
To Thine Be the Glory
by Angela D. Martin
Angela Martin’s memoir, To Thine Be the Glory, describes her background, early family life and her changing thoughts on Christianity as she moved into adulthood.
I am looking forward to this spiritual journey.

I received this title through Partners In Crime. 
My review date is late August.
The Former Assassin
by Nikki Stern.
"Susan Foster wants to retire. Her boss wants her dead."
This sounds like an exciting murder suspense.


I picked this up from the ARC Manor - Phoenix Pick Book of the Month - instead of just one title for free, I got the 4 for $3.99.
Mother Grimm Plus Three Books Of The Earth Series

8/2/18 Audible Sci Fi Sale $4.95 each.
Ghost Talkers audiobook cover artGhost Talkers
By: Mary Robinette Kowal
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Release date: 08-16-16

Off to Be the Wizard audiobook cover artOff to Be the Wizard
By: Scott Meyer
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Release date: 03-18-14

The Wolves of Winter audiobook cover artThe Wolves of Winter
By: Tyrell Johnson
Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Release date: 01-02-18

Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) audiobook cover artLock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Release date: 08-26-14

Two Forever Romance Audios from RWA-exclusive giveaway at
I choose these two books: The Trouble with Dukes and Hometown Cowboy.
The Trouble with DukesHometown Cowboy

I added only 6 free titles to my Kindle library this week - not much time for free downloading. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. Great list of books. Christmas at the Inn and River of Bones sound amazing. Glad to hear you are on track with your Bible reading. I am doing my best to check in with my reading plans on my Bible app. I think to post a little inspiration in the morning.

    Hope you have a lovely week.

  2. Good to hear you had a good week. I like the look of One Perfect Spring, I have been noticing Irene Hannon books and wondering what they were like.

  3. The Painter Of Time looks interesting. Will await your review! I enjoy books that explore art and its creatiin

  4. Martha, isn't driving in rain the worst? My least favorite time to drive. I hope you enjoy your reading this week!
    Also, I'm encouraged to finally see my usual avatar in the comment box. I think that means my comment will post when allowed. Yay!

  5. ONLY 5 books last week? I think that's a lot. Enjoy your new reads!

  6. Christmas at the Inn sounds delightful. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Back again. I added you to the link up from the link you left in the comments section, so all done!

  8. Christmas at the Inn looks like one I could get into :D Glad yall had a safe trip!

  9. I loved One Perfect Spring - charming cover matched contents!
    Christmas at the Inn looks a delight... will look for it.
    thanks for posting the inspy :)


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