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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday Post November 18, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday November 19, 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.

We are slowly getting set up in the new office so we don't have to wade through water when raining and work in mildewy conditions. I'll share a couple of pictures this week showing the problems.
My hubby is still chaffing at not being allowed to drive or do much. He seems to be feeling a bit better.
My listening and reading was good but seemed slow. I will soon have to start using the Fire Kindle as my old one dies way too often. I finished two audio books and one ebook again. I posted four reviews on blog, one with Giveaway. I didn't get any reviews up at Goodreads but I plan to do that this week. I am back to posting my usual memes.

I got to visit 23 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to The Tattooed Book Geek. Drew, another blogger from UK, reads some similar genres. If you are brave, check out his Fun and Inappropriate Covers and Titles links.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A2018- Audible Book Review: The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson; Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall, Story and Audio.
Finished 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 enjoyed continuing this series and will pick up book 3 soon. :-)Source: Credit Purchase November 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Cartwright's Cavaliers audiobook cover art

Cartwright's Cavaliers
The Revelations Cycle, Book 1
By: Mark Wandrey
Narrated by: Craig Good
Series: The Revelations Cycle, Book 1
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
Source: May 2017 Audible Credit Purchase. 11/12-15.

Publisher's Summary
Heir to one of the leading "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed his high school VOWS tests, he's just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright.
But the Horsemen of eras past were smart - they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company. It's up to Jim to find the people he needs to operate the machinery of war, train them, and lead them to victory. If he's good enough, the company can still be salvaged.
But then again, he's never been good enough.
©2016 Mark Wandrey (P)2017 Mark Wandrey.

3. eBook/Kindle and Smartphone (NG2018)

Kill Shot: A Novel (White Knights Book 2)
by Susan Sleeman
This Christian romantic suspense has all the elements I like.
Source: 2018 NetGalley. 11/7-18.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
29 Gifts audiobook cover art

29 Gifts
How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
By: Cami Walker
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
I thought this was appropriate for the week going into Thanksgiving!
It is very well done. I am on day 27 so will finish it soon.
Source: June 2017 Audible Daily Deal $1.95. 11/16-___.

Publisher's Summary
At age 35, Cami Walker was burdened by a battle with multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological condition that made it difficult for her to walk, work, or enjoy her life. Seeking a remedy for her depression after being hospitalized, she received an uncommon prescription from an African medicine woman: give to others for 29 days.
29 Gifts is the insightful story of the author's life change as she embraces and reflects on the naturally reciprocal process of giving and receiving. Many of Walker's gifts were simple - a phone call, spare change, a Kleenex. Yet the acts were transformative. By day 29, not only had Walker's health and happiness improved, but she had created a worldwide giving movement.
The book also includes personal essays from others whose lives changed for the better by giving, plus pages for the reader to record their own journey. More than a memoir, 29 Gifts offers inspiring lessons on how a simple daily practice of altruism can dramatically alter your outlook on the world.
©2009 Brightside Communications, Inc. (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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

Christmas at Draycott Abbey (Draycott Abbey Romance)
by Christina Skye
I am starting this tonight.
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. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Uncommon Protector
Living an Extraordinary Life One Day at a Time
By: Shelley Shepard Gray
Narrated by: Nan Gurley
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
I picked this sweet romance to enjoy
as a "U" title for 2018.
Source: October 2018 Credit Purchase.
Publisher's Summary
Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict - a man who's just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one-year post.
The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her 200-acre ranch as best she can.
When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.
Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he's in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn't pay a few fines. Laurel's offer might be his only ticket out. Though she's everything he ever dreamed of in a woman - sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong - he's determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he's free again.
But when cattle start dying and Laurel's life is threatened, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn't long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He's a trustworthy hero, and he needs more than just his freedom - he needs her love and care, too.
©2017 Shelley Shepard Gray (P)2017 Zondervan

4. eBook/Kindle and Smartphone (NG2018)

Somewhere The Bells Ring (Somewhere in Time Book 3)
by Beth Trissel
I thought I'd get this NetGalley Christmas title in.
Source: NetGalley 2018.
Ghosts aren't real, are they?
December 1968: Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative's ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn't so bad.
To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope--until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.
As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe--in Bailey and the ghost--before the Christmas bells ring?

November 18, 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 up tp date on the additional reading plan started 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 four reviews. I still have 14 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 still at 9 as I am reading one and added 1 title. 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 one new review title through NetGalley.
I picked up two Audible Credits, one Audible Daily Deals and my two free November Originals.
I didn't pick up any Kindle paid titles.
I only picked up seven free kindle titles as I was pretty busy just treading emails. (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
This is a Christmas book I picked through NetGalley.
A Chance at Christmas
by Beppie Harrison
"Will this chance to share a wondrous sparkling Christmas not only provide a glorious holiday but a new turn in their futures and the astonishing possibility of romance?"


11/14/18 Daily Deal $3.95
Dread Nation audiobook cover artDread Nation
By: Justina Ireland
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
I like alternate history stories and this was on my wish list.

11/17/18 Two Credits:
Uncommon Protector audiobook cover artUncommon Protector
Living an Extraordinary Life One Day at a Time
By: Shelley Shepard Gray
Narrated by: Nan Gurley
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
This sounds good to me and it is a "U" title.

Zoe's Tale audiobook cover artZoe's Tale
Old Man's War, Book 4
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 10 hrs
I want to continue this series and it's good for a "Z" title.

These are the two Free Audible Originals I picked:
Patti Smith at the Minetta Lane audiobook cover artPatti Smith at the Minetta Lane
Words and Music
By: Patti Smith
Narrated by: Patti Smith
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
I found her interesting as a poet and musician who became a hit in the 70's - during my college years.

Laurie Berkner's Song and Story Kitchen audiobook cover artLaurie Berkner's Song and Story Kitchen
By: Laurie Berkner, The Laurie Berkner Band
Narrated by: Laurie Berkner, Josiah Gaffney
Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
I picked this one to share with the Grandkids. It sounds cute. :-)

I added just 7 free titles to my Kindle library over the past week. 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 hope you enjoy the Christmas book from NG. I've read several this Fall - nice diversions, for sure. Hope your hubby continues to improve and hope he'll be able to drive again soon- that's a tough one. Looking forward to seeing your photos of the new office space. What a relief for you.

  2. You've got so much on your plate, I don't know how you have time to read. The Patti Smith book sounds good to me.

  3. Enjoy your lovely books...and your week! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. The Christmas ones are catching my attention these days. Enjoy those ;-)

  5. I don't tend to concentrate too much on 'seasonal' reads, however I do seem to have had several romance books, both contemporary and historical, cross my desk for promotion and review just lately. They always make for a good fill in between those deeper, darker stories I generally prefer.

    I hope that hubbie continues to improve and that working conditions improve for you before winter takes too hard a grip on us.

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Reading :)


  6. I like the look of An Uncommon Protector. I hope you settle your things soon even if it takes time. Sometimes you just can't rush things. Take care!

  7. oh you Dread Nation! How exciting I've been trying to get to it ALL YEAR! I hope to get to it next week it is a MUST READ!


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