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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Post November 11, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday November 12, 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.

The structural engineer hasn't made it to the office yet but the insurance approved rental of temporary space. We will start moving on Monday. It will be good to get back to some regular work.
My husband's pacemaker procedure went well Monday. He has chaffed all week at inactivity. We are eager to see how he will do over the next week.

I passed on the HO HO HO Challenge this year as I feel I have so much to catch up on. However I will be adding Christmas titles to my reading queue the rest of the year.

My listening and reading was good. I am still working off the old Kindle while I figure out how to get the books I want on the Kindle Fire without having to go through my huge library. I thought I had it figured but it isn't working seemlessly. I finished two audio books and one ebook. I posted four reviews on blog and six at Goodreads. I am back to posting my usual memes.

I got to visit 22 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Gemma's Book Nook. Gemma is a "bookish nerd" (her description) from UK.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • eTBR- Goodreads Book Review: Haunted by Willow Cross; Ghosts, Supernatural; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • eTBR- Goodreads Book Review: Lilah’s Ghost by Deb Logan; Coming of Age, Ghost, Paranormal; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • A2018- Goodreads Book Review: Where Wolves Run by Jason Parent; Dark Fantasy, Horror, Short Story; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • A2018- Goodreads Book Review: First Death by AD Starling; Sci Fi, Short Story; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • NG2018- #NetGalley Book Review: The Rancher's Gift by Dennis Worden and Jeff Dunn; Christian, Inspirational, Religion; my rating: 5.0 of 5.0.
  • eA2018- Book Review: To Thine Be the Glory by Angela D. Martin; Christian, Memoir, Religion; my rating: 3.5 of 5.0.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson; Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller; My Rating: 5.0 of 5.0 Overall, Story and Audio.
  • NG2018- #NetGalley Book Review: Once Upon A Heartbreak by Cassie Rocca; Contemporary Romance, Second Chance; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

By: Mercedes Lackey
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: Hunter, Book 1

Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
I enjoyed this fantasy enough to pick up book two.
Source: Audible Daily Deal July 2017. 11/1-5.

Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Smartphone (NG2018)
Light's Dawn: A Novella (Light in the Darkness) by [Bostic, Yvette]

Light’s Dawn: A Novella (Light in the Darkness)
by Yvette Bostic 
This was an interesting prequel for the series.
Source: NetGalley 10/21- 11/6.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible Smartphone (A2018)

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, A Novel
By: Darynda Jones
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Series: Charley Davidson, Book 11
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
I picked this audio to catch up on the series since I have Book 12 and 13 to read on NetGalley.
Source: Audible Credit November 2018.
Publisher's Summary
Series narrator Lorelei King returns to narrate Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, the latest installment of Darynda Jones' New York Times best-selling paranormal series.
My entire life can be summed up in one sentence: "Well, that didn't go as planned." (T-shirt)
A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, philandering business owners, and, oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people.
As a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. Now Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, will Charley be able to defeat the ultimate evil and find a way to have her happily ever after after all?
©2017 Darynda Jones (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Currently Reading:
1. Audible Smartphone (AB2018)
Elite, Mercedes Lackey

Written By: Mercedes Lackey
Narrated By: Amy Landon
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: September 2016
Duration: 10 hours 12 minutes
I decided to continue this series right away. 
I only have an hour to finish so I may have to pick up book 3 this week. :-)
Source: Credit Purchase November 2018.
Hunting monsters was supposed to be the hard part. When Joy came to Apex City, all she cared about was protecting the Cits from the dangers lurking outside protective barriers. She understood the need for the secrecy surrounding her Hunts-no need to cause a panic by announcing just how real of a threat the Othersiders pose.
But as she quickly discovered, the conspiracies of the city run much deeper. And a dangerous new covert mission leaves Joy with a target on her back once more. Under the orders of her uncle, the city's prefect, Joy begins patrolling the abandoned tunnels and storm sewers under Apex Center. With her large pack of magical hounds, she can fight the monsters breaking through the barriers with the strength of three hunters.
Then she starts finding bodies. Psimons are turning up dead in the bowels of the city with no apparent injury. Reporting the incidents makes Joy the uncomfortable object of PsiCorps' scrutiny, and the organization appears more interested in keeping her quiet than investigating. Joy's situation grows more precarious, and her relationship with her Psimon boyfriend, Josh, begins to fray. Long-held tensions between PsiCorps and the Hunters seem to be reaching a breaking point.
While infighting threatens the stability of Apex City, Othersider forces are gaining strength and momentum outside the borders. Joy desperately seeks answers to figure out who her real enemies are before she and everyone she cares about are locked into an all-out war. "Avoiding second-volume sag with plenty of charisma, this outing proves to be a satisfying read that takes the baton neatly from the first and leaves readers ready for more."-Kirkus Reviews...

2. eBook/Kindle and Smartphone (NG2018)

Kill Shot: A Novel (White Knights Book 2)
by Susan Sleeman
I am 25% in and enjoying this romantic suspense.
Source: 2018 NetGalley. 11/7 - ___.
Suspense and romance combine in Susan Sleeman's thrilling new novel about an FBI agent who must team up with a beautiful therapist to stop a killer with a deadly new weapon.
Some fears haunt you forever....
As the ballistics and weapon's expert for the FBI's special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets--which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper--would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.
Until they become reality.
When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it's clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren't the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI's prime witness, and suspect.
Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can't--no he won't--let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn't a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

3. eBook/Kindle Fire (TBR)
Christmas at Draycott Abbey (Draycott Abbey Romance)

Christmas at Draycott Abbey (Draycott Abbey Romance)
by Christina Skye
This looks like a fun Christmas story and I haven't read this author in years.
Source: 2012 Free Kindle; "C" title.
As Christmas draws near and darkness veils the haunted English abbey, a tale of loss and love betrayed begins.
As cold closes in, old hatreds spring to life, bringing danger to a vulnerable woman betrayed by those she trusts most. Wounded and lost, Clair Haywood will seek haven within the abbey's ancient granite walls. But her enemies are closer than she knows.
Only one man can save her. And he has been dead for 200 years.

3. eBook/Kindle Fire (TBR)
Cadaver in Chief: A Special Report from the Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse

Cadaver in Chief: A Special Report from the Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse
by Steve Hockensmith
I haven't progressed on this. I am setting it aside for a "C" Christmas title (above).
Source: Kindle 2012 Freebie. 11/3- ____

November 11, 2018 - I am up to date and enjoying the One Year Bible plan reading through You Version App. Although I am on track on my smartphone I haven' t been steady for each morning and find myself finishing the reading at the end of the day instead of beginning. I need to get back to starting my day with scripture.
I am joining several ladies from church in an additional reading plan starting 11/12: Names of God, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am looking forward to this reading too!
[You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.]

I completed three books and posted ten reviews. I still have 15 reviews to post!
Obviously I have all of these reviews to add to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible so I am way behind again. I still have older ones to catch up on too.
My NetGalley shelf is now at 9 as I am reading one and added 2 titles. I still have one author title in queue - I think. 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 added two new review titles through NetGalley.
I picked up One credit; three Audible Credits and two Audible Daily Deals.
I didn't pick up any Kindle paid titles.
I only picked up a one free kindle titles through my phone internet when we were near internet. (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 picked up this book through NetGalley. These will likely be read in the new year.

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series Book 13)Summoned to Thirteenth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series Book 13) Jan 15, 2019
by Darynda Jones

I finished book 11 and now have 12 and 13 from NetGalley.

The Last Woman in the Forest

The Last Woman in the Forest Mar 5, 2019
by Diane Les Becquets
This is a crime suspense with rescue dogs.


11/5/2018 Credit Purchase:
By Mercedes Lackey
I wanted to continue this series.

11/5/2018 Audible - Three Credits:
Harden audiobook cover artHarden
Lee Harden, Book 1
By: D.J. Molles
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Release date: 10-23-18

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight audiobook cover artEleventh Grave in Moonlight
A Novel
By: Darynda Jones
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Release date: 01-24-17

Lone Wolf audiobook cover artLone Wolf
F.B.I. K-9, Book 1
By: Sara Driscoll
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
Release date: 11-29-16

11/6/2018 Daily Deal $3.95:
I Am Number Four audiobook cover artI Am Number Four
By: Pittacus Lore
Narrated by: Neil Kaplan
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Release date: 08-03-10

11/11/18 Daily Deal $3.95
The Retreat audiobook cover artThe Retreat
By: Mark Edwards
Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
Release date: 05-10-18

There are six new Audible Originals offered for November and I have to narrow down my choice from four that I like.

I added just 1 free title to my Kindle library over the past weeks. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. I'm glad to hear your hubby is doing well. I'm seeing The Last Woman in the Forest on several blogs. Enjoy your reading week!

  2. I like how Audible is offering the 4 free originals each month, although I only choose if I am interested. Good that the Pacemaker op went well and may he continue to improve. Adapting to a new bit of technology always has its hiccups!

  3. Oh my, you've had a time lately. I'm glad the office stuff is getting (kind of) straightened out and your husband is doing well. Happy reading!

  4. Wishing your husband well with the pacemaker!
    I decided not to do a holiday reading challenge this year - even though I've read several. Just not into the challenges in recent years. Enjoy your new NG titles when you get around to reading them and have a great week.

  5. You had a good week. Enjoy those books and whatever else you do this week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. The Darynda Jones covers always look so appealing. Happy reading.

  7. Glad to hear all went well for your husband.

    You had a busy posting week. :)

    The Last Woman in the Forest is catching my eye.

    Have a good week. Hope the move is smooth.

  8. I read the first in that Mercedes Lackey series and enjoyed it. I'd have to re-read before going on to the rest of the series. I don't remember very many details. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. You have some great new titles to enjoy this week. I quite like the sound of 'The Last Woman In The Forest', but the one which really interests me the most is 'The Retreat' by Mark Edwards. I would have to get my hands on an ebook, as I am not a fan of audio books, but that wouldn't be an issue, I'm sure!

    I am so pleased that your husband's procedure went smoothly and that he continues to make good progress, despite the trying circumstances in which you currently find yourselves. Here's to a speedy full recovery and an even speedier resolution to your problems :)


  10. Glad the pacemaker procedure went well.
    I passed the HoHoHo read-a-thon this time around too, I have too much to catch up on and I know I wouldn't be able to commit. Hopefully next year. Happy reading!

  11. Hope the Kindle transfer goes well. Glad your husband's procedure went well. Have a great reading week.

  12. I’m glad your husband’s operation went well. I hope he feels better soon. Enjoy your new books. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  13. You're really making progress on your Netgalley shelf! You certainly have been busy enough without HoHoHoRAT. I'm doing it and I need more diverse genres if I do it again. Too much holiday romance. I hope your husband will be feeling well quickly. I bought Emperor's Soul with some Audible sale but have yet to listen; I'm happy to see you enjoyed it so much. Anne - Books of My Heart

  14. I hope all goes well with your husband and that things are progressing well since the storm.


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