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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday Post June 2, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 3, 2019

Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms
I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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.

Happy JUNE! I am not sure I am really ready for mid year but here it is.
If I stop and think of the work I have to do I may become overwhelmed. Hubby and I will be traveling to Illinois at the end of the week to visit son and family for a week. I always try to get the work done before I leave but I know that won't happen.
We had a conference call with the structural engineer, architect and contractor. YAY!. At last there is forward movement.
I hope the video/sound will work.

This is the chicken 'morning song' after they lay their egg. :-)
Hubby has decided to give the chickens away as the coop cleaning is difficult for him and they restrict us when we want to travel. Our daughter is going to stay at the house next week to take care of them.
Our cat must be doing okay. Twice this week she brought birds into our bedroom. We're not so happy about that but don't know how we would stop it since she comes and goes through the doggy door.
I continue to pray for so many people suffering from floods, tornadoes and severe weather.
Our weather last week was 97-99 hot each day; mid 70s at night.

My reading/listening week was good - Five books: 4 audiobooks and 1 ebook. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.
WINNER: Giveaway: The Breaking Point by Karen Ball

I visited 18 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Lovely Audiobooks. Eline and I have a couple of things in common: loving audiobooks and lsitening in an RV.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A2019- Audible Book Review: The Hammer Commission by John Van Stry; Paranormal, Shifters, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0.
  • NG2019- #NetGalley Book Review: Read on Arrival by Nora Page; Amateur Sleuth, Animals, Cozy Mystery; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • A2019- #NetGalley and Audible Book Review: Nightstalkers, An Area 51 Novel, by Bob Mayer; Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Sci Fi; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0.

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2019)/(NGTBR)

An Area 51 Novel
By: Bob Mayer
Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
Series: Area 51: The Nightstalkers, Book 1, Area 51, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
Review linked above.
Source: 2013 NetGalley and Kindle Unlimited and Whisper Sync pick up 5/4/19.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
In Darkest Days May Blossom by [Snow, Leila]

In Darkest Days May Blossom
by Leila Snow
Dark history with strong romance.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/Smartphone (A2019)

The Anatomy of Peace, Expanded Second Edition
Resolving the Heart of Conflict
By: The Arbinger Institute
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
I was very happy with this!
Source: Audible Daily Deal 2016.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Noble Beginnings audiobook cover art

Noble Beginnings
By: L. T. Ryan
Narrated by: Dennis Holland
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
I wanted to try this series. It was a fast listen.
Source: 9/21/18 Audible Daily Deal $1.95
Publisher's Summary
In March of 2002, while the eyes of the world focused on Afghanistan, Jack Noble finds himself on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. A Marine in name only, Jack is on loan to the CIA. Normally an integral part of the team, he finds that he is nothing more than a security detail in Iraq.
Jack and his partner Bear have a run-in with four CIA special agents over the treatment of an Iraqi family. Within hours Jack and Bear are detained.
All Jack wanted was to finish his enlistment and move on with his life. All he did was intervene and save a family from unwarranted violence at the hands of four CIA agents. But he soon discovers that he did far more than intervene. He has placed himself dead square in the middle of a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of the US government.
This fast-paced political crime thriller by USA Today best-selling author L.T. Ryan will leave you burning through the minutes as Jack races to stop the conspiracy before it claims his life. Fans of Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne should enjoy Jack Noble.
©2012 L.T. Ryan (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

5. Audio/Smartphone (A2019)
The Event audiobook cover art

The Event
By: Nathan Hystad
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
I slipped this into May as a quick sci fi listen.
Source: 1/24/2019 Audible Daily Deal $2.95.
Publisher's Summary
The ships came at dawn. Dean’s wife is dead. Her last words: When the ships come...wear the necklace. Then the ships arrived.
Cities all around the world reported strange alien vessels descending. Some saw them as the heralds of a new age; others fired everything they had at them. All were taken as the beams lashed down and drew them into the sky.
Dean was left behind, seemingly the last man on Earth. A trail of clues left by his dead wife guides Dean on a perilous journey across America and beyond to learn the truth behind the mysterious ships and save humanity from its doom.
But not everything is as it seems.
The Event is the epic first novel by Nathan Hystad, creator of the best-selling Explorations anthology series.
©2018 Nathan Hystad (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
Finder by [Palmer, Suzanne]

by Suzanne Palmer

I am working through my NetGalley titles and this sounded like a good sci fi.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Fergus Ferguson has been called a lot of names: thief, con artist, repo man. He prefers the term finder.
His latest job should be simple. Find the spacecraft Venetia's Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nobleman turned power-hungry trade boss. He’ll slip in, decode the ship’s compromised AI security, and get out of town, Sword in hand.
Fergus locates both Gilger and the ship in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a backwater deep space colony called Cernee. But Fergus’ arrival at the colony is anything but simple. A cable car explosion launches Cernee into civil war, and Fergus must ally with Gilger’s enemies to navigate a field of space mines and a small army of hostile mercenaries. What was supposed to be a routine job evolves into negotiating a power struggle between factions. Even worse, Fergus has become increasingly—and inconveniently—invested in the lives of the locals.
It doesn’t help that a dangerous alien species Fergus thought mythical prove unsettlingly real, and their ominous triangle ships keep following him around.
Foolhardy. Eccentric. Reckless. Whatever he’s called, Fergus will need all the help he can get to take back the Sword and maybe save Cernee from destruction in the process.

2. Audible/Smartphone (A2019)
Mirror Gate audiobook cover art

Mirror Gate
The Harbinger Series, Book 2
By: Jeff Wheeler
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
I listened to book one at the end of last year and decided to listen to this now.
(It will free up a Kindle Unlimited slot.)
Source: 1/3/19 Free with Kindle Unlimited.
People who bought this also bought...
Publisher's Summary
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler continues his wondrous Harbinger series in which two young women unite as two worlds approach the brink of war…
Though relations between Princess Seraphin Fitzempress and her father have been strained, Sera’s royal position has remained unchallenged. Filled with self-doubt, she struggles to grasp the Mysteries - her greatest trial yet.
An education in the enigmatic magic is a necessary one, should Sera plan to rise in her station and invoke her powers during war. But the emperor’s death now leaves both Sera and her ambitious father eligible for the throne - a contest the prince regent intends to win. Even if it means an alliance with a rival empire.
Sera’s hope lies in Cettie, a waif raised in the world below, whose life has intertwined with Sera’s in the most unexpected ways. The Mysteries come easily to Cettie, and her studies have begun to yield new insight into her growing powers. But those same powers put Cettie in the path of those who would destroy her.
Now as the threat of war ignites and an insidious sickness spreads throughout the kingdom, Sera and Cettie will need to gather their courage and fight for each other’s lives…and for the future of their endangered world.
©2018 Jeff Wheeler (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

3. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)
Forever in a Moment (Deerbourne Inn) by [O'Shay, Charlotte]

Forever in a Moment
by Charlotte O'Shay
I think I'll enjoy this one too.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
A stormy encounter...
Samantha DeMartino's Christmas wedding is two weeks away when her fianc√© calls the whole thing off. Word on the street: his cold feet are being heated by an old flame. With her well-ordered world in complete disarray, Sam's friends convince her to go on her honeymoon—alone. A week at a charming Vermont inn away from the city and her demanding corporate career could be just what she needs to figure out her next steps.
Between his twenty-four seven work schedule on his family's dairy farm and teaching tourists to ski, Jed Armstrong's too busy to think about how lonely he is...until Sam sings her way into his life during a Christmas blizzard. Now he has to figure out a way to convince her to stay.
Can a vivacious city girl find forever with a reclusive farmer?
Will her secret keep her from trying?

I think I'll pick the next audio when I get there. :-)

June 2, 2019 - I have stayed up to date. I am still enjoying the devotions and readings with the One Year Bible plan through You Version App. I am on day 2 of 3 of: A Positive Outcome. 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 five books and posted three reviews. I continue to be current for review posts.
I have been adding newer reviews to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Audible. (Eventually I will add older reviews.)
My NetGalley shelf is still at 14 unread (added one but reading 2). I am working on now 8 April titles. [I have 4 old titles (2012-13!)]
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 received one review book from NetGalley.
No audios this week - Shocking!
I downloaded week 6 titles from SYNC.
I picked up two 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
From Callisto Media and Rockridge Press NetGalley:
The Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens
How to Raise a Happy Backyard Flock
by Anne Kuo
I'll get to enjoy this even if we give up our chickens. :-(



SYNC Audio 2019
6/2/19 Week 6: May 30 – June 6
THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED by Kerry Kletter, narrated by Jorjeana Marie (Penguin Random House Audio/Listening Library)
WILD BIRD by Wendelin Van Draanen, narrated by Alex McKenna (Penguin Random House Audio/Listening Library)

I added only 2 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. Wow, that's a lot of books read and listened to in the past week. Very exciting! Have a great week ahead.

  2. I’m sure your thrilled you finally have some momentum on the building front!

    Have a great reading week, it seems you have a sci-fi theme this week.

  3. Those chickens sure make a good noise of celebration of egg laying! Enjoy your trip and good to hear finally some building progress being made.

  4. I've been getting into Sci-Fi lately, so I'm marking down some of the titles you talk about here.

  5. Great picks this week! Happy Reading!

  6. Ah yes, our pets and their offerings. They are only trying to show their love and provide for the family.ūü§£Safe travels!

  7. Great assortment of books. Finder caught my eye. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. Hi Martha,

    At last some good news on the building front, so that you can hopefully now go off relax and enjoy your trip :)

    You had another great reading / blogging week by the looks of things, with 'In Darkest Days May Blossom' catching my eye in particular.

    I am in the midst of a very long line of thriller reads of one sub-genre or another, so your featured book would make a welcome break for a short while - definitely heading for my list!

    Happy Reading and thanks for sharing :)


  9. I liked Finder. It was different though. It was also hot here last week but we are having a breather so I finally got out to do some yardwork. Have a wonderful week. Happy reading!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   


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