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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday Post February 17, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday February 18, 2019

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 all feeling better, although the coughs are lingering.

I am still working on probate and litigation files.
No new progress at the office.
Our front yard looks sad but there is a touch of color from bulbs we put in a planter in the back.

Our weather was up to 76 today. We are hoping that rain will by pass us as our backyard is almost drying out.

My reading was steady and I am enjoying the romance theme, although I need a little action too. I finished 3 books plus one February story: two audiobooks and one ebook. I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 23 blogs during the week.
Shout Out this week to Under the Covers Book Blog. This blog does cover other genres but seems to concentrate on romance.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NG2018- #NetGalley Book Review: The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets; Mystery, Psychological Thriller; My Rating: 3.75 of 5.0.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon; Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Romance; My Rating: 5.0 of 5.0 Overall.

Finished Reading:
1. Audiobooks/Smartphone (ATBR)

The Bird and the Sword
By: Amy Harmon
Narrated by: Trina Nishimura
Series: The Bird and the Sword Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
This was wonderful fantasy, fairy tale romance.
My review is linked above.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audiobooks/Smartphone (ATBR)
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband audiobook cover art

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
A Bridgertons Prequel
By: Julia Quinn
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Series: The Rokesbys, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Another historical romance for this month. 
This is nicely romantic if not my favorite by this author.
Source: December 2018 Audible Credit.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

Never Let Go (Uncommon Justice Book #1)
by Elizabeth Goddard
I enjoyed this engaging romantic suspense.
Source: 2018 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (ebTBR)

January Breeze, February Embers, March Whispers
(Elderberry Croft #1)
by Becky Doughty
The February story makes a lovely valentine story.
This is for my 'Monthly' Goal reading.

Source: Kindle Free TBR 2015.

Currently Reading:
1. Audiobooks/Smartphone (ATBR)

Gracie’s Touch
By: S.E. Smith
Narrated by: David Brenin
Series: Zion Warriors, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
I was ready for some sci fi and had this sci fi romance.
Source: August 2017 Audible sale $4.95.
Publisher's Summary
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of science fiction and paranormal romance brings another action, adventure, and suspense-filled story to transport listeners out of this world. Gracie Jones was little more than a child when Earth was invaded by an alien species. Escaping into the subway tunnels of New York City, she hid in fear of being captured. Discovered by four men who became her protectors, she fought alongside them, and they became known as the Freedom Five. At 17, she made a decision that turned the tide in the war between Earth and the Alluthans, but in exchange, she gave up all that she knew. Kordon Jefe is a Zion Warrior and the commanding officer in charge of the Confederation of Planets' military. When an unknown species begins attacking some of their outer settlements, he is assigned to discover who they are and stop them - at any cost. Gracie finds herself stranded millions of light years and hundreds of years in the future in a distant galaxy on an undeveloped moon. When an old enemy threatens once more, she does not hesitate to use her knowledge to try to stop them once again. Only this time, it is not just Earth she will be saving, but the Confederation itself. When their two worlds are thrown together, Kordon is unsure what to do with the strange, delicate creature who fights and behaves unlike anyone he has ever encountered before. One thing he does know - he plans to keep her.
©2016 S.E. Smith (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)
An Unexpected Redemption: Book One of the Romalo Legacy Series by [Hamsher, Emily]

An Unexpected Redemption
by Emily Hamsher
I liked the description for this medieval romance.
Source: 2018 NetGalley.
Prince Lucian of Brasov has been running from his family, from God, and even from himself. When he decides to take revenge upon his elder brother by stealing away his betrothed, Lucian is taken aback by the woman in his custody. Her pure heart and unabashed kindness thwarts his every cruel intention. Lucian finds himself hoping that she might hold the answers to heal his past, even though he knows she can never be his.
Every girl dreams of marrying her prince, so when Lady Adelina receives the unexpected announcement of her betrothal to the Prince of the realm, she takes it as a clear sign of the Lords will. When she is kidnapped by a band of ruffians and taken far from her home she quickly learns that the road to love is never as it seems. Though her captor portrays himself as a ruthless man, Adelina cant help but feel compassion for him and the pain she finds lurking beneath the dark shadows of his character.

3. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Hello Love
By: Karen McQuestion
Narrated by: Dan John Miller
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
I am ready for a sweet romance next.
Source: November 2018 Audible Sale $4.95.
Publisher's Summary
From the bestselling author of The Long Way Home comes a charming novel about loss and the faith that restores broken lives.
A year after the death of his wife, Christine, Dan is barely holding on. But one thing gets him through the long, lonely nights and that is his cherished dog, Anni. When she is stolen from his front yard, Dan and his daughter, Lindsay, are devastated. Meanwhile in another part of town, Andrea Keller is recovering from the heartbreak of a messy divorce. After she rescues a defenseless dog from an abusive tenant, her life changes in ways she never could have anticipated.
Dan and Andrea cross paths again and again, only to keep missing each other and the opportunity of a lifetime. As Anni works to find her way home, can she bring together these two lost souls desperately in need of a second chance at happiness?
©2014 Karen McQuestion (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

February 17, 2019 - I am staying up to date with the One Year Bible plan reading through You Version App.
I am still reading a 21 day reading with others in our church: Gospel of John; What it Means to Believe.
[You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.]

I completed three books (plus February story) and posted four reviews. That keeps me current with 2 reviews to post.
I continue to slowly add reviews to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Audible. I still have older ones to catch up on.
My NetGalley shelf is now at 10 unread from November to date plus 4 old titles (2012!) that I might get read this year. I still have four remaining 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.
No new review titles this week.
I picked up eight Audible titles (2 credits, 3 daily deals, 2 Whispersync and one free title.
I purchased the Queen and the Cure on Kindle for $.99 so I could get the audiobook at reduced price.  
I only picked up 13 free kindle titles again. (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 three Audible Daily Deals:
2/11/2019 Audible Daily Deal $3.95
Norse Mythology audiobook cover artNorse Mythology
By: Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
Release date: 02-07-17

2/13/2019 Audible Daily Deal $3.95
The Others audiobook cover artThe Others
By: Jeremy Robinson
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
Release date: 07-24-18

2/17/19 Audible Daily Deal $3.95

A Killer's Mind audiobook cover artA Killer's Mind
Zoe Bentley Mystery
By: Mike Omer
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
Release date: 08-01-18

2/16/18 I purchased four new Audible titles:
Two January Audible Credit Picks (a continuing series and a new series):
Koban: Rise of the Kobani audiobook cover artKoban: Rise of the Kobani
Koban, Volume 3
By: Stephen W. Bennett
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 28 hrs and 14 mins
Release date: 10-12-14

Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland audiobook cover artCuriouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland
Steampunk Fairy Tales
By: Melanie Karsak
Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
Release date: 09-13-17

Purchased at Kindle for $.99, then Audible at $7.99:
The Queen and the Cure audiobook cover artThe Queen and the Cure
The Bird and the Sword Chronicles Series, Book 2: Booktrack Edition
By: Amy Harmon
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
Release date: 06-12-18

I already owned the Kindle version so this one was $1.95:
Escape from Bythos audiobook cover artEscape from Bythos
By: Phil Tucker
Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
Release date: 03-13-18

2/16/2019 Free at Audible:
Little Donkey audiobook cover artLittle Donkey
A Short Story
By: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Release date: 03-24-15

I only added 13 free titles to my Kindle library. I didn't spend much time adding free books again 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.


  1. I like the look of An Unexpected Redemption. Looks like your place is coming along. I hope you enjoy your new books.

  2. Ah the daffodils are lovely and hold promise of good things to come. Nice to read some romance especially in Feb. I liked the original series of the Bridgertons better than her prequels for the series.

  3. Wow. What a huge yard. Our bulbs are blooming too. My weekly updates

  4. I'm glad you're feeling better and I'm sure you're ready for the office stuff to be done. Enjoy your new books!

  5. Looks like you have a lot of variety! I adore the ladies over at UTC (Under the Covers) and frequently go to them for recommendations. Suz has a lot of great sci-fi romance recommendations! Happy Reading!

  6. I'm glad you're feeling better. The cover of Never Let Go grabs my attention; I'm glad you liked it.
    Enjoy all your new books!

  7. The Bird and the Sword looks good. You won't be sorry to have snagged Norse Mythology

  8. Daffodils look like a welcome promise of spring. Not sure when they'll pop up in my neighborhood. Glad your temps are warming up as well.

  9. Enjoy your week! Never Let Go looks intriguing. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  10. That is a typical-looking yard for the winter. :) Love the daffodils!!

    ENJOY all of your books and your week.

  11. Nice looking bunch of books. We still have 2 feet of snow in the yard and certainly more snow to come before Spring arrives. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  12. Your flowers look gorgeous. It's nice to see some colour in the garden.Hope you get plenty of free time to read the amazing books you added this week.

  13. Hi Martha,

    Temperatures here in the UK are expected to climb to early summer values, later this week, although they are not set to last this way for too long. The snowdrops and crocus are out in abundance and the daffodils are just beginning to show their heads, so hopefully we are on the right side of winter!

    I see that you have a copy of 'Norse Mythology' added this week, which is quite a coincidence, as I had a copy donated into the charity shop, where it became part of a book display we are currently running in our window and lasted a matter of a whole 30 minutes or so, before it was sold!

    I have my eye on 'Never Let Go', so I was pleased to see that you enjoyed the read and thanks for sharing.

    Have a good week and Happy Reading :)


  14. It's amazing to see bulbs blooming already. They're looking lovely :) Hope the rain passed yall by. We're getting it good here unfortunately (roof leak they can't fix because the rain won't stop and it's not safe for them ahh! lol)

  15. I'm really curious about this Gaiman one. Oh wow, those flowers, they look million years away from me, we have quite a bit of ice this morning (Chicagoland)

  16. I see you read/listened to The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband. I really enjoyed that one! And it was a pleasure to see your daffodils. Ours are coming up, but nothing's blooming yet, not even the crocuses.

  17. You are doing great with your ARC catchup. I have lots but they are current and some are for May, June or July so I have a little time to get to them.

    We have been cold 40s for highs and rainy this week and I don't like it. I think I can take the cold better without the rain. I hope your week is going great! Anne - Books of My Heart

  18. Daffodils are the perfect spring flower. They are easy to grow and bring a vibrant color that make you think warmer weather must be on the way. Hope you enjoy your new books. Hello Love sounds sweet.


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