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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday Post April 4, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 5, 2021

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 hope everyone who celebrates had a beautiful, blessed Easter day!

Heather still had days out this week with doctor appointments for her, her significant other and the children.
I had to do a rush hire for a new clerk this week so we had time spent on training. But I do feel we are getting work done, bit by bit. Have to do some bookkeeping these next two weeks for tax preparation.

Stock market started to pick up at the end of the week. I watch closely but am comfortable right now. 

We got to enjoy a few hours visit with our grandchildren Friday night! Saturday I took my granddaughters to the nail salon with me. They left earlier since I was getting pedicure too.
I wanted to get a picture of their nails too but right now I just have mine.
Pink toenails for spring (3 months) and
Easter egg nail colors for the next four or five weeks.

We are enjoying the cooler Spring weather. I did have to drag out the umbrella one night to get out of the office.

I had a good reading/listening week. I finished three audio books and one NetGalley ebook. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 19 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Let Them Read Books. Jenny Q says “I love books! I love to read books, talk books, smell books, dream books! I love to escape into a different world,…”

Don't forget- Audible is offering free children's titles during these days at home. is also offering free listens for children.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Departure by A.G. Riddle; Genre: Adventure, Alternate Universe, Technothriller, Time Travel; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.5.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Bluebird Memories by Common, Awoye Timpo, NSangou Njikam; Genre: Arts & Entertainment, Audio Performances & Dramatizations; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.25.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Ever Winter
By: Peter Hackshaw
Narrated by: Dan Stevens
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Release date: 01-26-21
Publisher: Podium Audio
This is a suspenseful dystopian, revenge story with strong characters.
Source: 2021 NetGalley.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone and MP3 (ATBR)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe audiobook cover art

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia
By: C.S. Lewis
Narrated by: Michael York
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
Release date: 12-26-04
I enjoyed listening to this Christian Classic.
Hubby and I look forward to discussing this with our granddaughter.
Source: 11/3/18 Audible Daily Deal $1.95.

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3. Kindle App on/Smartphone (eTBR)
Low Tide (The Forgotten Coast Florida Suspense Series Book 1) by [Dawn Lee McKenna]

Low Tide (The Forgotten Coast Florida Suspense Series Book 1)
by Dawn Lee McKenna
This is a real to life mystery with a strong female protagonist. I look forward to discussing this with our woman's group readers.
Source: Free Kindle 2017.

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4. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
After the Galaxy: The Unsung audiobook cover art

After the Galaxy: The Unsung
By: Scott Bartlett
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
Release date: 03-27-19
This is a mix up of sci fi ideas - with some strange twists.
Source: 9/21/19 Audible Daily Deal $3.95.

Publisher's Summary
The galaxy’s not big enough....
Commander Joe Pikeman has his share of demons. But after a long deployment, he just wants to enjoy some home leave with his daughter.
The galaxy has other plans.
His last assignment takes him to Earth, humanity’s deserted homeworld. There, he finds Earth’s last settlement littered with the bodies of the people who lived there.
As he hunts down those responsible, he runs head-first into some galaxy-shaking questions.
Why did humanity really abandon the galaxy for a computer simulation?
Who would want to start killing off the last real humans left?
There’s one thing Joe knows for sure. If they’re going after his neighbors...his family...his daughter....
They’ll need to go through him first.
If you like action-packed, run-and-gun military science fiction, you’ll love After the Galaxy. Fans of Firefly will also love After the Galaxy. Download this military space opera now and jump into the action.
©2018 Scott Bartlett (P)2019 Mirth Publishing

Currently Reading:
1. Print (TBR)

The Faith of Condoleezza Rice
by Leslie Montgomery
I like how this started.
I expect to push into this more this week.
Source: February 2018 Discounted price at

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2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Book cover for Unforgettable by Eric James Stone with limited-time offer banner

by Eric James Stone
This looks like one I will like.
Source: 8/30/2020 Chirp $2.99.

Publisher Description
In the near future, a fluke of quantum mechanics renders Nat Morgan utterly forgettable. No one can remember he exists for more than a minute after he’s gone. It’s a useful ability for his career as a CIA agent, even if he has to keep reminding his boss that he exists. Nat’s attempt to steal a quantum-chip prototype is thwarted when a former FSB agent, Yelena Semyonova, attempts to steal the same technology for the Russian mob. Along with a brilliant Iranian physicist who wants to defect, Nat and Yelena must work together to stop a ruthless billionaire from finishing a quantum supercomputer that will literally control the fate of the world.

3. Kindle App on/Smartphone or Fire Tablet (NG2020)

Rescuing Harmony Ranch
Jennie Marts
I expect to enjoy this clean romance.
Source: NetGalley 2020.

A bearded blacksmith
and a marketing exec
join forces...and sparks fly.

After her grandmother calls her asking for help, Jocelyn drops everything and heads back home to Harmony Creek, Colorado. Her grandmother runs a living history museum: a ranch and homestead where volunteers wear clothing from the early 1900s and demonstrate how things were done in the old West, from making soap to shearing sheep. The place is in financial trouble, and it needs the revenue from the annual festival to survive.
There’s just one thing that makes this a little awkward: Mack, who’s divorced, and who’s now the caretaker and blacksmith at the homestead. Jocelyn and Mack have their own shared history, which includes both stolen kisses and teenage rivalry.
Even as the past and present collide, they have to save Harmony Ranch. Matchmaking grannies, a meddling mutt, and a flood of fun festival activities might just be enough to overcome their differences and forge two broken hearts back together.
This heartwarming romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Turkey Sliders with Mac and Cheese.

April 4, 2021 - I love seeing new things each time I read the Bible. I am glad to still be current with morning reading. (I got one day behind but and caught up again.)
I am reading/listening to the NLT Tyndale version of the Bible on You Version App so Hubby and I are reading the same passages each day.
I enjoyed another Easter study this week: Holy Week: Pause, Ponder, Pray.

I completed four books and plan to get those reviewed this week.
NetGalley shelf is still at 7.  I added one to the shelf and added one to reading this week.
Three author titles now in queue.
(Plus a few that I received from facebook links and newsletter sign-ups, not specific review requests.)
Still many titles 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.
A smaller mailbox this week which is just fine.
One new review book this week.
I had no purchases this week.
I didn't pick out any audios this past week.
I picked out March Prime First Reads and received one title from an author on Facebook.
I added no other 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
Received from NetGalley Read Now:

The Madman's Library
The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History
by Edward Brooke-Hitching

This looks really interesting!



I selected this title as my free Prime First Reads for March:

The Secret Stealers: A Novel
Jane Healey

I downloaded another book from author Facebook post:
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Black Autumn: Surviving the Crash (The Black Autumn Series Book 1)
by Jeff Kirkham & Jason Ross

"Black Autumn is a survival/military thriller, post-apocalyptic saga."

No free titles this week. Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. These Easter egg nails are so lovely! They fit perfectly for Easter and for the coming weeks of spring, too.

    Low Tide sounds good. Have a great week, happy reading!

  2. As always a nice round of books to be reading. Love the painted nails, I am too lazy to do that, but enjoy others when I see them.

  3. Happy Easter 🐣
    Love your nails, so pretty!

    Wishing you a great reading week

  4. Ooh I adored 'The Madman's Library'and just finished by review for it! I hope you enjoy it as well. And yay for the time spent with the grandchildren and colourful nails! I hope you have a lovely week and do drop by my Monday post if you have the time! - Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. Happy Easter, Martha.
    Love the mani/pedi colors! So springy.

  6. Some good looking books there .. I have to get to Ever Winter.

  7. Uh-oh, lost my comment. Enjoy your books and your nails!

  8. Love your fingernails! You have a great assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. Your nails are pretty! And reminds me I NEED a mani/pedi, lol!

    That's quite a list of reading & blogging, I've been slow to pick up posting as I'd much rather read :D Happy reading!

  10. Time with grandchildren is so much fun. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is such a nice story. Rescuing Harmony Ranch sounds good, too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you have a great week.

  11. Those Easter egg colored nails are so pretty! Love it! The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of my all time favorite books. I hope to get my niece reading it soon! Hope you have a good week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

  12. Love the nails! My NetGalley shelf is slightly out of control so I'm working on getting some reviews and feedback out this month.

  13. Ooo, festive nails to enjoy this week along with your current reads ;-)


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