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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sunday Post June 13, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 14, 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.

We continue to work away although this week saw a little breather with fewer closings. Heather was out three days as her nose swelled again - looked like she had a broken nose. Her doctors gave her additional antibiotics and are planning a CT scan for her nose rather than her ear.

This was a surprise today. Hubby was in the kitchen cooking lunch and he saw this blue heron on the corner of our pool fence. This isn't the clearest picture but still made me happy. I took the picture from the kitchen window so I had to crop/zoom in.
Our weather has had hot days and torrential storms of rain. Nothing too unusual.

Listening and reading was good this week.  I finished one ebook and two audio books. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 16 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Mom with a Reading Problem. Lillian and Amanda are two moms sharing their love of reading by sharing reviews.

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:
  • NG2021- #NetGalley Audio Book Review: Old Abe by John Cribb Genre: Biographical, Historical Fiction; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.5; Narration 4.5.
  • NG2021- #NetGalley Audio Book Review: Out, Mouse! by Valerie L. Egar; Genre: Children's, Folk Tales, Mice, Multicultural; My Rating: 5.0 of 5.0 Overall; Content 5.0; Narration 5.0.
Finished Reading:
1. NetGalley App/Smartphone (NG2020)
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Day Zero
by C. Robert Cargill
This dystopian pitting robots against humans preseents some interesting ideas.
Source: NetGalley 2020.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone/NetGalley App (NG2021)

The Library of the Dead
by T. L. Huchu
Narrated by Tinashe Warikandwa
I really did like this and hope it begins a series.
Source: NetGalley 2021.

Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

By Jeff Hirsch
Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
Release date: 01-31-19
I thought I'd fit in a shorter title and I wanted sci fi.
It's not gripping but it is an interesting listen, suitable for younger readers.
Source: 2/10/19 Free Audible Original.

Jeff Hirsch, the mastermind behind such dark YA dystopias as The Eleventh Plague and The Darkest Hour, goes interstellar with Sovereign, a middle grade Audible Original voiced by Jesse Einstein, who listeners have called "first-rate."

Micah Cole has been in deep space for four years now. While his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligent life deeper and deeper into the universe, Micah can’t help but dream of the friends he’s left behind and counts the days until the family returns to Earth. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys the Coles’s ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded alone on Sovereign—a vast planet of raging rivers and towering forests. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn how to survive on this hostile alien world. Armed with only his wits and determination, he’ll have to battle the elements, his own deepest fears, and a strange presence that might just hold the key to his parents’ obsession—and be his ticket back home.
©2019 Jeff Hirsch (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Currently Reading:
1. Kindle App/Smartphone (NG2020)

Christians Entering a New Era of Global Crisis
by Jeff Kinley
I like this author.
This is the last of my 2020 NetGalley titles.
Source: 2020 NetGalley.

In a time of global upheaval and uncertainty, uncover God’s prophetic plan for the ages—and your place in it.
Living in this era of pandemics, economic chaos, natural disasters, and political strife, you may feel tempted to question whether God is in control. Yet when you look to the Bible, you’ll find these events actually signal that His promises will soon be fulfilled.
In Aftershocks, bestselling author Jeff Kinley reveals how current societal and global trends foreshadow the nearness of the end times—and how the prophecies about what is to come should renew your passion to lovingly proclaim Christ to a suffering world. This book will supply you with critical intel concerning how your life will likely change in the years ahead provide you with biblical wisdom that enables you to respond to current events with confidence and grace reveal how recent cultural convulsions on this restless planet play into heaven’s plan for earth Aftershocks unveils the raw reality of these last days while inspiring you to live with hope—a hope that vaccinates you against the ignorance, naivety, and anxiety that plague our world today.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
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After It Happened
Publisher's Pack 2
By: Devon C. Ford
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
Release date: 10-24-17
I chose to continue in a series this time. It is moving very quickly. :-)
Source: May 2020 Audible Credit.

Publisher's Summary
This publisher's pack contains Society (book three) and Hope (book four) of the After It Happened series.
Society, book three:
Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness which swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.
The survivors have prospered, but their home is an enticing prospect for others to take. Besieged, they must respond with a savagery to dissuade further attempts.
Is this the end of society?
Hope, book four:
In the aftermath of the shocking revelations about the propagation of the human race, Dan latches on to a desperate chance to change the future which many have accepted. The group splits and Dan leads his closest allies on an uncertain journey to find a solution. They find themselves battling against the elements, against new foes, and above all, against time.
They must succeed.
They must have hope.
©2017 Devon C. Ford (P)2017 Podium Publishing

3. Print (2021)

The Iron Triangle: Inside the Liberal Democrat Plan to Use Race to Divide Christians and America in their Quest for Power and How We Can Defeat Them
by Vince Everett Ellison
This is my fiction book for June.
I am only a few chapters in and
still engaged by the arguments.
Source: Purchased in March 2021.

Click on book title for full description.

June 13, 2021 - I am on track again. 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 started a new study this week: What Does God Really Expect From You?

I completed three books to review this week.
NetGalley shelf grew last week but I have listened to two and am reading one this week. That puts me back to five on the shelf.
Four author titles remain in queue. I'll be working on these next soon.
(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: Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit and (yours truly). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
As for MM, we’re looking for someone to volunteer to take over some MM duties. Sunday evenings are when we post MM for overseas participants and BTCOE posts go up on Friday afternoons. If you have interest please email: savvyverseandwit [at] gmail [dot] com.
No new review or NetGalley titles this week.
I am eyeing some titles at Chirp but have resisted so far which is good since I went click crazy on free Audible Plus titles - 47!
I need to pick my two May Audible credit picks this week.
I've listed three ebooks received through Author promos on Facebook.
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



Three books from author promotions on Facebook that I have forgotten to list:
6/12/2021: Jingled (A Charlie Cooper Christmas Short Story) (A Charlie Cooper Mystery) by Deany Ray
6/2/2021: Troop of Shadows: Apocalyptic Disaster and Survival Series by Nicki Huntsman Smith [I discovered I have this in my Kindle Library from 2018 so I may be able to read it with Text to Speech.]
5/20/2021: INCEPTION: A Black Flagged Thriller Prequel (The Black Flagged Series) by Steven Konkoly

Well - I went a little crazy on Audible Plus adding 47 audio titles by Authors I like or want to try.
Orson Scott Card – I haven’t read this author in a few years but I think I would like these.
Stonefather  By  cover art
Stonefather, Book 0.5 Mithermages, narrated by Emily Janice Card (I’ve read Book 1)
Ruins, Book 2, Pathfinder, narrated by: Orson Scott Card, Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
These five narrated by Stefan Rudnicki:
The Call of Earth, Homecoming: Volume 2
The Ships of Earth, Homecoming, Volume 3
Earthfall, Homecoming: Volume 4
Earthborn, Homecoming: Volume 5

Carla Neggers -- I've enjoyed lostsof her romantic suspense. Narrated by: Cassandra Livingston
A Rare Chance, Narrated by: Cassandra Livingston
Finding You, Narrated by: Cynthia Barrett
Just Before Sunrise, Narrated by: Cassandra Livingston
Night Scents, Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
White Hot, Narrated by: Alyson Silverman

Margaret Mizushima – The Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series, narrated by Nancy Wu. I liked book 1 so am glad to get these:
Stalking Ground  By  cover art
Book 2, Stalking Ground
Book 3, Hunting Hour
Book 4, Burning Ridge
Book 5, Tracking Game

Jaime Castle, CJ Valin – New to me. Raptors Series:
Sidekick  By  cover art
Book 1, Sidekick, Narrated by: Jack Meloche
Book 2, Superteam, Narrated by: Jack Meloche , Jessica Almasy
Book 3, Scions, Narrated by: Jay Snyder , Jessica Almasy , Jack Meloche

Beverly Barton – Should be good Suspense/Romantic Suspense. The Cherokee Pointe Series. Narrated by Marguerite Gavin (really good narrator):
Book 1, The Fifth Victim
Book 2, The Last to Die
Book 3, As Good as Dead

K.F. Breene – New to me but I have book 1, Chosen, of The Warrior Chronicles. Narrated by Caitlin Davies:
Book 2, Hunted
Book 3, Shadow Lands
Book 6, Overtaken

Will Wight – Sci Fi/Fantasy; new to me; Cradle Series; Narrated by Travis Baldree:
Unsouled  By  cover art
Book 1, Unsouled
Book 2, Soulsmith
Book 3, Blackflame
Book 4, Skysworn
Book 5, Ghostwater
Book 6, Underlord
Book 7, Uncrowned
Book 8, Wintersteel

J.N. Chaney – Sci Fi/Space. Renegade Star Series
Book 0, Nameless narrated by Tess Irondale
Book 1-2, Renegade Star narrated by Luke Daniels

Thomas Sowell -- I like his throughtful, conservative perspective:
Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Narrated by: Hugh Mann
Dismantling America, Narrated by: Robertson Dean

Sun Tzu – I have been wanting to read this.
The Art of War narrated by Simon Vance
The Art of War narrated by Aidan Gillen (captivating voice on the sample!)

SINGLE titles (8):
The Redemption Trilogy Box Set: Emergence, Penance, Resurgence  By  cover art
The Redemption Trilogy Box Set: Emergence, Penance, Resurgence, Books 1-3 by AJ Sikes, Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
A Stranger in the Citadel by Tobis S. Buckell, Narrated by: Janina Edwards
One-Eyed Jaz: A Forgotten Realms Adventure (Legend of Drizzt Series) by R.A. Salvatore,                     Narrated by: Victor Bevine
To the Edge (Bodyguards, Book 1) by Cindy Gerard, Narrated by: Alastair Haynesbirdge
Once in a Blue Moon by Eileen Goudge Narrated by: Julie Briskman
When You Find Me by P.J. Vernon, Narrated by: Amy McFadden , Bahni Turpin
The Coldest Case: A Black Book (0.5) by James Patterson, Aaron Tracy and Ryan Silbert,                       Narrated by: Aaron Paul , Krysten Ritter , Nathalie Emmanuel , Beau Bridges , full cast
The Martian by Andy Weir narrated by Wil Wheaton (Released in 2020) (I read the 2013 version              narrated by R.C. Bray)

No free Kindle titles again this week.
Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. Oh wow, good that you were able to get a picture of that blue heron! I would have been excited too.
    Lots of interesting titles here! I've looked a bit at the Audible Plus catalogue and spotted some books and authors I want to read too.

  2. I love your photo of the blue heron. An interesting list of Audible books added this week. I am yet to try Audio but I'm pretty sure once I organise myself to start I will be hooked.

  3. Fancy having a heron sitting out there on your fence. Truly to be appreciated. Poor Heather, she has had a tough time, hope they can sort it properly for her.

  4. I'll look for the audible plus on Thomas Sowell. I admire his common sense as well as his own story.

  5. Same here with the weather...I love the hot days. :)

    ENJOY your week and your books.

  6. Looks like a great week! It took me a minute to see the blue heron, lol, but oh, yes! An interesting surprise.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. This is an amazing round up, looks like there is loads of new titles and good reads in your future! And yay for a calmer week but boo for a swollen nose, I hope your colleague feels better soon! I hope you have a lovely start to the week and do drop by my Monday postif you have the time! - Juli @ A Universe in Words

  8. I should look at the Audible Plus catalog. I've been curious about K. F. Breene's books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


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