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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday Post March 24, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday March 25, 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.

Heather was out all week and I had to double up on work. I had a bit of rant (10 minutes) late Thursday afternoon. Lots of stress with another staff scheduled to be out on Friday and three out on Monday.
I'll be handling a couple of closings early this week and working on legal tasks. Limited court hearings this week.
Still no word from the engineer and architect. The contractor is contacting them to try to get a reply.
We haven't seen any evidence of the opossum this week - not even stealing eggs. My husband is treating one injured chicken who we put in a pet carrier so the others wouldn't attack it.
Our small cat isn't doing too well. We saw the vet and he really couldn't say what the problem is, although she is 14 years old. She goes through phases of not eating. She hangs and tilts her head. I have been getting her to eat a spoonful of food with the potassium pills the vet ordered. But the last couple of days she has started scooting on her hind legs... not good.
Our weather was cool but beautiful!

My reading went well as I finished 2 audiobooks and the long ebook. I posted two reviews and my usual memes.

I did got to 20 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to The Bookwyrm's Hoard. Lark reads "mainly genre fiction — fantasy and science fiction, mystery, and romance..."
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A2019- Audible Book Review: Ghost Squadron Boxed Set by Sarah Noffke; Genetic Engineering, Sci Fi, Space Military; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4,25 and Narration 4.25.

Finished Reading: 1. Audible/Smartphone (Author)
The Double-A Western Detective Agency audiobook cover art

The Double-A Western Detective Agency A Holmes on the Range Mystery By: Steve Hockensmith  
Narrated by: John McLain  
Series: Holmes on the Range, Book 6  
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins  
This is fun listening and detecting. 
Review linked above.  
Source: Received March 2019 from the author for review.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Zero G  
By: Dan Wells  
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, Eddy Lee, Jennifer Van Dyck, Allyson Johnson, David Shih, Betsy Hogg  
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins   
This fits the target audience - children.  
Source: Free Audible Original December 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (Author)
Indian Paintbrush (Carson Chronicles Book 3) by [Heldt, John A.]

Indian Paintbrush (Carson Chronicles Book 3)
by John A. Heldt  
Wonderful historical details in this time travel family drama/adventure.  
Source: 12/18 Author review request.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2019)
Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland audiobook cover art

Curiouser 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
I have been interested in this Steampunk.
Source: 2019 Credit Purchase.

Publisher's Summary
To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him.
Alice thought she'd turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London's criminal underbelly. But she'd been bonkers to dream.
Hatter's reckless behavior leads Alice back to the one person she never wanted to see again, Caterpillar. Pulled into Caterpillar's mad schemes, Alice must steal a very big diamond from a very royal lady. The heist is no problem for this Bandersnatch. But protecting her heart from the man she once loved? Impossible.
Sometimes love is mad.
©2017 Clockpunk Press (P)2017 Clockpunk Press

2. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

Trouble on the Books
by Essie Lang
This meets my 3rd NetGalley goal for the month...and I'm ready for a cozy mystery.
Source:  NetGalley 2018.
Essie Lang’s series debut is perfect for fans of Lorna Barrett, Vicki Delany, and book lovers everywhere.
Rookie bookstore owner Shelby Cox must hit the books to learn the ropes before she loses a killer in the stacks.
Shelby Cox never intended to become a bookseller, so when the former editor returns to her hometown of Alexandria Bay, nestled in upstate New York’s breathtaking Thousand Islands region, to take over her aunt’s bookstore, she has no idea what to expect. To her amazement, she discovers that she now owns a fifty-percent share in Bayside Books, and will also run the store’s second location in the majestic castle on nearby Blye Island.
But just as Shelby is gearing up for the start of the tourist season, the Castle volunteer coordinator is found murdered in the nearby Grotto. Castle caretaker Matthew Kessler is suspect number one, but Shelby thinks the killing may be connected to an earlier era, when violence among Prohibition-era smugglers was rampant in the region. As Shelby launches her own investigation, handsome and unnerving Special Agent Zack Griffin of the Coast Guard Investigative Services tries to quell her smuggling theory and keep her safe. But Shelby is determined to summon all her savvy as a book editor to plot the murder—and find the killer before he strikes again—in Trouble on the Books, Essie Lang’s clever and captivating series debut.

3. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

So Long, Lollipops
The Free Until The End of the World Novella
By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Series: Until the End of the World, Book 1.5
Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
I enjoyed the first book and thought I'd squeeze this shorter book in this month.
Source: Audible Free Title 9/2014.
Publisher's Summary
This novella contains major spoilers from the novel Until The End of the World. It's suggested you read the novel before you hear So Long, Lollipops. Unless you're someone who likes to read the last page of a book first - in that case, enjoy!
Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way.
Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.
©2014 Sarah Lyons Fleming (P)2014 Podium Publishing

March 24, 2019 - I am enjoying my daily morning devotion and reading with the One Year Bible plan through You Version App. Tonight I'll finish a 5 day reading plan: Your Work Matters. Then I'll pick another study this week. [You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.]

I completed three books and posted two reviews. That puts me current with only 2 reviews to post for current reading.
I need to catch up adding newer reviews to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Audible again. (Not counting the older reviews.) 
My NetGalley shelf is still at 13 unread (only 2 left from December) to date, since I added one and am reading one. I have 4 old titles (2012!) that I might get read this year too. 
I still have four author ebook 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 added one new title from NetGalley and have two outstanding requests.
I purchased one audio title at special price and picked up my 2nd free Audible Original.
I picked up only 3 free kindle titles. (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 this title up from NetGalley:
Every Last Breath
by Juno Rushdan
This sounds like a good Terrorism Thriller.


The Kasari Nexus audiobook cover artThe Kasari Nexus: Rho Agenda Assimilation, Book 1
by: Richard Phillips
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
I picked this up for $1.99 since I had the ebook.

This was my second Audible Original choice for March.
A Mind of Her Own audiobook cover artA Mind of Her Own
By: Paula McLain
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
Release date: 02-28-19

I only added 3 free titles to my Kindle library.  Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. Oh dear Martha, that sounds like a really busy and stressful week. Hope the coming week is better. Trouble on the Books looks like a perfect cozy read.

  2. You had a busy and stressful week... sending you peaceful vibes :)

  3. Sounds like a tough week, I hope it is easier for you this week.

    Have a great reading week, and thanks for stopping by.

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  4. Lots of prayers for your herd babies. What a hard week. I hope hey both start feeling better and mending.

  5. Sounds like quite a stressful week - I can see why you went on a rant and impressed you managed to keep it to 10 minutes.

    Every Last Breath looks really good.

  6. Every Last Breath sounds good. A love a good thriller. I hope your poor little cat is feeling better and the vet can work out how to help her.

  7. A very busy week indeed! Sorry to hear about all the stress. Looks like a good reading week - I think the steampunk fairy tales one looks like fun! My recent reading:

  8. Visiting 20 blogs is great!!

    I try my best to get to everyone in the list.

    ENJOY your week.

  9. I hope this week is better.

    A Mind of Her Own sounds like a good read.


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