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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sunday Post July 18, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday July 19, 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.

Last week was a little more tense with the moisture in the office which made me leave early on Monday so our wonderful cleaning lady could remove a ceiling tile in my office that was dripping black onto my carpet. We had it tested Thursday. Although we don't have the test results back the inspector indicated he doesn't think it is mold (good news) but it is run off water coming through a roof leak, not the AC unit. We'll know more when we get the report and can take suitable action.

This week we celebrated (my baby girl) Heather's 34th Birthday.
The girls in office love to decorate for each other! They did use 34 candles for her cake!

Heather is the blonde.
I got to enjoy cake but then had to leave for a conference three hours away so I missed the full staff picture.

We didn't get all the storms we expected last week but it was hot. This week's forecast is storms everyday.

Again I had good listening even though my reading is still slow. (I am reading the ebook on the computer because I couldn't get it transferred to the Kindle or phone.) I finished two audio books. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 18 blogs again last week.
Shout Out this week to DRAGONS and WHIMSEY. This is Hannah's “geeky hobby blog” where she talks "about books, video games, tabletop games, music, maybe mental health and life, whatever tickles my fancy."

Audible offerings for free children's titles ended June 30. is still sharing some free listens for children.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop; Genre: Alternate History, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 5.0.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Baron Steele by Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle; Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.0; Narration 4.5.
  • ATBR- Audio Book Review: The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch; Genre: Alternate History, Police Procedure, Post-Apocalyptic, Time Travel; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.25; Narration 4.25.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
The Monster Hunter Files audiobook cover art

The Monster Hunter Files
By: Larry Correia, Jim Butcher, Faith Hunter, Jonathan Maberry
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Khristine Hvam, Bailey Carr
Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
I enjoyed this group of stories full of monsters and snark.
Source: Audible Daily Deal 4/24/2018 $4.95.

2. Audible/Smartphone (A2021)

A Change of Plans: A Short Story
By: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
I snagged this for a quick space listen.
Source: Audible Plus Catalog March 22, 2021.

Publisher's Summary
Earth is dying, and humanity is scrambling to set up colonies in other star systems. But the search process for habitable planets is not perfect, as the crew of the Ouroboros discover on arrival at their new home.
©2017 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Currently Reading:
1. ebook/Kindle App on Computer (Author2021)
The Alchemy Thief by [R.A. Denny]

The Alchemy Thief
by R.A. Denny
Small progress this week due to working at night.
I hope to get it finished this week.
Source: Author review request.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (A2021)
A Long Time Until Now Audiobook By Michael Z. Williamson cover art

A Long Time Until Now
By: Michael Z. Williamson
Narrated by: Dennis Holland
Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
Release date: 06-02-15
I see dinosaurs and men and I want to read about it! This has been a little slow as it is setting up but I anticipate there will be more action soon.

Source: 1/31/21 Audible 2 for 1 credit sale.

Publisher's Summary
Book one in a new series from the creator of the best-selling Freehold Universe series.
A military unit is thrust back into Paleolithic times with only their guns and portable hardware. Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow they arrived in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants.
Despite their technological advantage, the soldiers only have 10 people and know no way home. Then two more time travelers arrive from a future far beyond the present. These time travelers may have the means to get back, but they aren't giving it up. In fact they may have a treacherous agenda of their own, one that may very well lead to the death of the displaced in a harsh and dangerous era.
©2015 Michael Z. Williamson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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
I made good progress in this and will complete it this week.
I am making slow progress.
Source: Purchased in March 2021.

Click on book title for full description.

July 18, 2021 - I remain on track. I love seeing new things each time I read the Bible. I am glad to still be current with morning reading. 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 finished the seven day study: God Hears us Pray and a three day study: Choosing Each Day: God Or Self?

I completed three books to review this week.
I forgot I added one last week so NetGalley shelf is at five - 3 old and two new.
Now five author titles are 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, me and new to the team, Velvet at vvb32reads. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
BIG 'mailbox' for me this week!

I accepted a poetry collection from the author (with the warning I might not get to it for a month or so).
I selected my second June Audible credit AND bought oodles of audiobooks (4 from Chirp and 9 at Audible).
One 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
I accepted an Author request to read and review:
Debut Poetry Collection
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Palm Lines
by Jonathan Koven


I had a bit of a shopping spree this week on Audio titles.
First: 7/17/2021 four audiobooks at Chrip for total $9.96
Fevre Dream
Written by George R. R. Martin
Narrated by Ron Donachie

Run Time 13h 35min
$25.00  $3.99 (Fantasy)
Written by Annelie Wendeberg
Narrated by Emma Galvin

Run Time 6h 4min
$16.95  $2.99 (Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian)
Fatal Intent
Written by Tammy Euliano
Narrated by Kathleen Godwin

Run Time 8h 50min
$10.50   $0.99 (Mystery/Thriller)
Moon Marked Trilogy
Written by Aimee Easterling
Narrated by Piper Goodeve

Run Time 17h 1min
$19.99   $1.99 (Fantasy - I listened to and liked book 1)

7/18/2021 Then I found that Audible was having a $5.00 sale on Sci Fi and Fantasy titles.
I had to spend time going through the offerings – adding way too many to my Wish List – then weeding out those that I might buy later with credits or could get through Kindle Unlimited. Whew, it’s hard to resist and stay in (some kind of ) budget! Final total $46.00 for 10 books.
10 NEW to me Authors and Series:
Audible Second June Credit Pick
(I’ve been eyeing this series for a while.)
The Blade Itself
By: Joe Abercrombie
Narrated by: Steven Pacey

Series: The First Law Trilogy (Abercrombie), Book 1 (3 books)
$Credit Regular Price: $25.08
(Two Military Sci Fi titles.)
Junkyard Pirate
By: Jamie McFarlane
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore

Series: Junkyard Pirate, Book 1 (4 books)
Length: 10 hrs
$5.00 Regular Price: $19.95

Man of War
By: M. R. Forbes
Narrated by: Jeff Hays

Series: Rebellion, Book 1 (3 books)
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
$5.00  Regular Price: $29.99

(I enjoy the LitRPG genre now and then.)
Barrow King: An Epic LitRPG/GameLit Adventure
By: C.M. Carney
Narrated by: Armen Taylor

Series: The Realms Series, Book 1 (8 books)
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
$5.00  Regular Price: $24.95

(This “horror” looks/sounds like fun and a good book for my October reading of ghostly things.)
A Dirty Job
By: Christopher Moore
Narrated by: Fisher Stevens

Series: Grim Reaper, Book 1 (2 books)
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
$5.00  Regular Price: $30.79

(The next three are Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian choices. )
End of Summer
By: S.M. Anderson
Narrated by: Jay Snyder

Series: Seasons of Man, Book 1 (2 books)
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
$5.00  Regular Price: $34.99
What's Left of My World
By: C.A. Rudolph
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce

Series: What's Left of My World, Book 1 (7 books)
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
$5.00  Regular Price: $24.95
EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots
By: Jonathan Hollerman
Narrated by: Kent Clark

Series: EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots, Book 1 (4 books)
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
$5.00  Regular Price: $23.08
This two Fantasies are Singles (so far)
(Fantasy Romance)
The Emperor's Arrow
By: Lauren D. M. Smith
Narrated by: Felicity Munroe

Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
$5.00  Regular Price: $28.51
(Fantasy – vampire, wolf and hunter working together)
The Black Wolves of Boston
By: Wen Spencer
Narrated by: Ian Alan Carlsen, Corey Gagne, J. Paul Guimont, Jennywren Walker

Series: The Black Wolves of Boston, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
$6.00  Regular Price: $29.95

One free Kindle titles this week:
Christmas at Hideaway Lake (A Hideaway Lake Novel Book 3)
Terri Lorah

Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. All those Audible goodies! I have so many waiting for me to listen to. Heather's cake looks amazing, pity you had to leave early.

  2. Wow, you've been busy; I'm kind of in a slump

  3. Happy birthday to Heather. Cake sounds yummy.

    Hope you enjoy all your books this week.

  4. Fingers crossed the black goo isn't anything dangerous and y'all can get rid of it soon! All of your books and audiobooks look great, I keep meaning to get into G.R.R. Martin one of these days, but it hasn't happened yet! I hope you have a lovely week :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. Happy birthday to your baby girl! My baby girl is also named Heather, but is a decade older than yours. LOL.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing.

  6. Nice assortment of new audiobooks. Thanks for alerting me to the Wen Spencer title. I really like that author but this title had slipped by me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. Some interesting books! Cut intrigues me, the summary makes it sound quite interesting. And I love a cake with this many candles!
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  8. Busy lady...enjoy this week or reading and your books.

  9. Hope the office situation is better for you this week. Christopher Moore books are fun.

  10. Belated birthday wishes to Heather.
    You've got a pile of audible books to listen to. Have a good week.

  11. Happy Birthday to your daughter. I love reading poetry. I hope your new book is good reading.

  12. I hope you enjoy Palm Lines. I posted a guest post from him earlier.

  13. So many books last week! Happy belated birthday to your daughter and good luck with your drippy ceiling!


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