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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Post June 30, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday July 1, 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.

I still had a good week although staff continued to be out, one not feeling well and two others due to death of friends.
I had a good meeting with the architect and engineer. We are hoping for plans within (optimistically) 4 weeks, realistically 6, maybe.
I spent a good part of the last two weeks listening to CLE audios to finish my current requirements.
This week will be a short week not only due to the holiday but because I will be in trial half day on Monday.
Our yard desperately needs a visit from the lawn crew. In the meantime we have a touch of color left over from flower seeds dropped a few years back.

Hubby was diagnosed with an infection so he is taking an antibiotic. He is feeling better but glassy-eyed drugged. :-(
We hope to celebrate the 4th with our daughter and grandchildren in Panama City Beach. We will also be celebrating hubby's BD as he is a "firecraker" baby.
Our weather here continues to be hot, and expected to be mid-90s this week.

I enjoyed my reading/listening and finished four books: 3 audiobooks and 1 ebook. I posted four reviews on the blog and posted my usual memes.

I visited 18 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Metaphors and Moonlight. Kristen has been sharing reviews for several years on Fantasy/Paranormal & Sci-Fi and more.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A2019- Audible Book Review: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo; Genre: Children's Fairytales & Folklore, Kids Ages 8-10; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.5.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Harden, Lee Harden, Book 1 by D.J. Molles; Genre: Sci Fi, Post Apocalyptic; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.5.

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2019)
Justice Redeemed
    Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    2,791 ratings
    Overall 4.3

Justice Redeemed
By: Scott Pratt
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Release date: 11-17-15
It's hard to trust the legal system when corrupt people are in charge.
May 2019 Sale Audible Sale $5.24.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

The Governess of Penwythe Hall
by Sarah E. Ladd
The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)
I enjoyed this; my review is linked above.
Source: NetGalley 2019.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/Smartphone (CAB2019
Liturgy of the Ordinary

Liturgy of the Ordinary
Sacred Practices in Everyday Life
Author Tish Harrison Warren
Narrator Sarah Zimmerman
Runtime 4.63 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
I found this Wonderful!
Source: 6/3/19 June free download.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Star Nomad
Fallen Empire, Book 1
By: Lindsay Buroker
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Series: Fallen Empire, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
This is a fun, fast military sci fi.
Source: November 2016 Audible Sale.
Publisher's Summary
The Alliance has toppled the tyrannical empire. It should be a time for celebration, but not for fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko. After barely surviving a crash in the final battle for freedom, she's stranded on a dustball of a planet, billions of miles from her young daughter. She has no money or resources, and there are no transports heading to Perun, her former home and the last imperial stronghold.
But she has a plan.
Steal a dilapidated and malfunctioning freighter from a junkyard full of lawless savages. Slightly suicidal, but she believes she can do it. Her plan, however, does not account for the elite cyborg soldier squatting in the freighter, intending to use it for his own purposes. As an imperial soldier, he has no love for Alliance pilots. In fact he's quite fond of killing them.
Alisa has more problems than she can count, but she can't let cyborgs, savages, or ancient malfunctioning ships stand in her way. If she does she'll never see her daughter again.
Fans of Firefly and Star Wars should enjoy this fun, fast-paced new series from USA Today best-selling author Lindsay Buroker.
©2016 Lindsay Buroker (P)2016 Podium Publishing

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

Every Last Breath
by Juno Rushdan
(I had a slow start as I thought my Kindle died.)
I like how it has started; intense characters.
Source: NetGalley 2019.
48 hours, 2 covert operatives, 1 chance to get it right
Maddox Kinkade is an expert at managing the impossible. Tasked with neutralizing a lethal bioweapon, she turns to the one person capable of helping her stop the threat of pandemic in time: the love of her life, back from the dead and mad as hell at her supposed betrayal. Recruiting Cole to save millions of lives may be harder than resisting the attraction still burning between them, but Maddox will do whatever it takes...even if it destroys her.
When Maddox crashes back into Cole Matthews' life, he wants to fight back. He wants to hate her. But the crisis is too strong to ignore, and soon the two former lovers find themselves working side-by-side in a breakneck race to stop a world-class killer with a secret that could end everything.
The clock is ticking.
A race-against-time romantic thriller, perfect for fans of JD Robb and Mary Burton!

2. Audible/Smartphone (A2019)
The Highwayman audiobook cover art

The Highwayman
A Longmire Story
By: Craig Johnson
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
I wasn't sure what to listen to, so I selected this shorter title till I figured it out.
I am loving the narrator accents.
Source: January 2019 Audible Sale $.99.
Publisher's Summary
Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear embark on their latest adventure in this novella set in the world of Craig Johnson's New York Times best-selling Longmire series - the basis for the hit drama Longmire, now on Netflix.
When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half century ago.
With an investigation that spans this world and the next, Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear take on a case that pits them against a legend: The Highwayman.
©2016 Craig Johnson (P)2016 Recorded Books

3. eBook/Computer (NG2019)
Princess Arebeena: and the Crystal Fairies

Princess Arebeena and the Crystal Fairies
by Fiona Boyd
I will have to read the NG children's titles 
within 30-40 days as they expire.
Source: NetGalley 2019.
Welcome to the magical Kingdom of Treenesta, governed by King David and Queen Trixie!
This is the first book in the Crystal Fairy series, which features seven feisty sisters with a touch of attitude. This story is set around the day of Princess Arebeena’s birthday where Princess Arebeena is tasked with a treasure hunt. Accompanied by her best friend Isabella, Princess Arebeena sets out on an exciting adventure looking for her missing tiara… but what else will she find along the way? As you travel through the land of Treenesta, you will meet some interesting animal characters, including Fern the frog, Saffi the barn owl and Dreeva the dragon. Find out how Princess Arebeena makes friends with the seven crystal fairies: Ruby, Amber, Citrine, Emerald, Sapphire, Amethyst and Rose.
Will the Princess find her tiara? And after such a tiring quest, how will she get back to the Royal Palace in time for her birthday celebrations? The storyline encourages a positive attitude, bravery and emphasises the power of friendship, and is beautifully illustrated at each step with detailed, full-colour paintings. It will be enjoyed by children aged 5-7 years.

4. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners
By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Series: Monster Hunter, Monster Hunter Memoirs, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
I am going to be pulling TBR audios and ebooks as I am behind on my TBR goals.
This is one that should be a fun listen.
Source: July 2017 Audible Sale $4.95.
Publisher's Summary
A new novel in the Monster Hunter Memoirs series. Two authors, who combined have over four million books in print and 10 New York Times best sellers, team up to expand Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe!
Nightmare in the Big Easy
With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness.
Chad had once taken a werewolf while wearing only jogging gear. With half a dozen or more loup garou appearing every full moon, mysterious shadow demons, houdoun necromancers, 50-foot bipedal crocodiles showing up every couple of months, and more vampires than a Goth concert, New Orleans in the '80s gives a whole new perspective to the term hell on earth. In fact more monsters are popping up than crawfish at a fais do do! Chad may be able to collect enormous bounties for the monsters he kills. But there's one catch: He has to stay alive to do it!
©2016 Larry Correia and John Ringo (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

June 30, 2019 - I am still enjoying the devotions and readings with the One Year Bible plan through You Version App. I enjoyed the six day devotional titled AIM. I will be picking another study this week.[You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.]

I completed four books and posted four reviews. That keeps me current on reviews to post.
I have been adding newer reviews to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Audible. (Eventually I will add older reviews.)
My NetGalley shelf is at 113 unread. The April titles are down to 2 not counting the current reads. [Plus 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 didn't pick up any new review titles this week although I put in requests at NetGalley.
I resisted the daily deals until today.
I downloaded week 10 titles from SYNC.
Two free kindle titles this week. (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


6/30/19 Two for One Credit at Audible
I really had a hard time picking two. I listened to many samples before deciding on these:
Foundations of Economic Prosperity audiobook cover artFoundations of Economic Prosperity
By: Daniel W. Drezner, The Great Courses
Narrated by: Daniel W. Drezner
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Release date: 07-08-13

The Conservative Tradition audiobook cover artThe Conservative Tradition
By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
Release date: 07-08-13

6/30/19 Audible Daily Deal $4.95
Keep Her Safe audiobook cover artKeep Her Safe
A Novel
By: K. A. Tucker
Narrated by: Robin Eller, Will Damron, Wendy Tremont King, Roger Casey
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
Release date: 01-23-18

6/30/19 2nd June free Audible Original
Jukebox Joyride audiobook cover artJukebox Joyride
By: Jacob Stein, Jason Rabinowitz, The Pop Ups
Narrated by: Jason Rabinowitz, Jacob Stein, Cara Samantha, Susan Bennett, Noel MacNeal, Carly Ciarrocchi
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
Release date: 06-06-19

6/24/19 Free at Audible- I have also downloaded the full report. I have looked at summaries (and news ad nauseam of course) but someday hope to read/listen to the full report.
The Mueller Report audiobook cover artThe Mueller Report
The Findings of the Special Counsel Investigation
By: Robert S. Mueller III, Special Counsel's Office U.S. Department of Justice
Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, Victor Bevine
Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
Release date: 04-22-19
SYNC Audio 2019
Week 10: June 27 – July 4
YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS by Meg Medina, narrated by Roxanne Hernandez (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio)
HERETICS ANONYMOUS by Katie Henry, narrated by Michael Crouch (HarperAudio)

I added two titles this week 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. Hi Martha,

    It is my niece's birthday on July 4th and we all love visiting the US, so we never have an excuse to forget the day!

    It sounds as though you have a lot going on again right now, so take the chance to have a break with your family and just relax a little.

    'The Governess Of Penwythe Hall' and 'Keep Her Safe', are potentially heading for my own list, so thanks for sharing those.

    Have a great week and Happy Reading :)

    Yvonne xx

  2. I hope you enjoy your 4th July celebration with family!

    Have a great reading week

  3. I hope your husband feels better soon so he can celebrate his birthday in style. Panama City is beautiful!

  4. Sorry to hear about your husband's infection. Hope he gets better soon!
    K. A. Tucker is an author I've heard good things about but haven't try yet.

  5. Enjoy your week and the holiday. Your books look tempting.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. At least things are moving if slowly building wise. Hope you enjoy your 4th of July celebration and that your reading week is prosperous!


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