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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Sunday Post August 15, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday August 16, 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 enjoyed our event last weekend - Tuesday at Amelia Island. I was glad to see old friends and the girls enjoyed poolside sunning and swimming. I came out for lunch and here is the Oceanside (my company name) crew at Oceanside Pool! Heather did join us although she didn't feel well most of the time. Her doctor advised she still has four or five more weeks of staying at home, minimal activity, no driving.

My third commercial closing is supposed to occur tomorrow (Monday).
I did get to a few of my legal files this week and I will continue those as well as residential closings.  

We are facing a tropical storm on Monday night/Tuesday. We hope it will not do damage anywhere.
Saturday my car temp read 100 degrees. Ugh.

I enjoyed my listening again this week, finishing three audiobooks.  I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I visited only 16 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to WHAT I MADE. Sharon shares wonderful crochet projects with her reading progress.

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: Hour of Need by Melinda Leigh; Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.0; Narration 4.5.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Lost Valley by Walt Browning; Genre: Military Sci Fi, Post-Apocalyptic; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.0; Narration 4.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Zero Hour audiobook cover art

Zero Hour
Expeditionary Force, Book 5
By: Craig Alanson
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
Release date: 02-06-18
I enjoyed this episode - more snark and action.
Source: 3/14/2020 Two For One Credit Sale at Audible.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone (A2021)
Q&A Audiobook By Ben H. Winters cover art

By: Ben H. Winters
Narrated by: John Zdrojeski, Robert Creighton, Jay Snyder, Nicole Lewis, Kathryn Kates, Michael Braun, Elizabeth Evans, Chris Andrew Ciulla, Justis Bolding
Length: 2hrs and 8 mins
I liked the legal aspects and irony of this
quick mystery suspense.
Source: January 2021 Audible Plus Catalog.

About This Audible Original
An interview recorded on an iPhone.
A police interrogation tape.
An FBI wire.
At the center of them all is a writer researching a legal thriller... or is he? And somewhere within those recordings is the truth about a murder trial and a web of lies stretching back three decades.
Written by Ben H. Winters, the best-selling author of Underground Airlines, The Last Policeman, and the Audible Original Inside Jobs, Q&A is a tantalizing puzzle and a gripping tale of obsession and revenge.
Because you can never really know the truth of a conversation—even when it's all on tape.
The full-cast production of Q&A stars:
John Zdrojeski as The Young Man
Robert Creighton as Lou Douglas
Jay Snyder as Detective Murphy
Nicole Lewis as Detective Garcia
Kathryn Kates as Judge Goldman
Michael Braun as Fannon
Elizabeth Evans as Mary-Ellen
©2021 Ben H. Winters, LLC (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC

3. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Secrets of a Summer Night
Written by Lisa Kleypas
Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
Run Time 8h 35min
This delightful story moved very quickly.
Source: July 2021 Purchase at Chirp for $1.99.

Publisher Description
The Wallflowers
Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands … no matter what it takes

Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.
Annabelle is determined to resist Simon’s wicked propositions, but she can’t deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans—and it will take all of Annabelle’s courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.

Currently Reading:
1. ebook/NetGalley App on Phone (NG2021)

The Keepers
by Jeffrey B. Burton
I am 30% in and enjoy this easy, engaging writing.
(Seen at Inside of a Dog.)
Source: NetGalley 7/11/2021.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

The Reaper
Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers
By: Gary Brozek, Nicholas Irving
Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
I was reminded I had the book in TBR as I have struggled with the impacts of America's withdrawal from Afganistan. Source: March 2016 Sale at Audible.

Publisher's Summary
Groundbreaking, thrilling and revealing, The Reaper is the astonishing memoir of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving, the 3rd Ranger Battalion's deadliest sniper with 33 confirmed kills, though his remarkable career total, including probables, is unknown. In the best-selling tradition of American Sniper and Shooter, Irving shares the true story of his extraordinary career, including his deployment to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, when he set another record, this time for enemy kills on a single deployment. His teammates and chain of command labeled him "The Reaper," and his actions on the battlefield became the stuff of legend, culminating in an extraordinary face-off against an enemy sniper known simply as The Chechnian. Irving's astonishing first-person account of his development into an expert assassin offers a fascinating and extremely rare view of special operations combat missions through the eyes of a Ranger sniper during the Global War on Terrorism. From the brotherhood and sacrifice of teammates in battle to the cold reality of taking a life to protect another, no other audiobook dives so deeply inside the life of a sniper on point.
©2015 Nicholas Irving (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

3. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Trouble with Dukes, Grace Burrowes

The Trouble with Dukes
Windham Brides, Book 1
By: Grace Burrowes
Narrated by: James Langton
Series: Windham Brides, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
I decided to listen to another 
Historical/Regency Romance.
This is from my TBR and fav authors.
Source: 8/9/18 Two for One Credit

From the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Windham series comes 'a wonderfully funny, moving romance,' (Eloisa James) perfect for fans of 'sexy heroes, strong heroines, intelligent plots, [and] enchanting love stories' (Mary Balogh).
THEY CALL HIM THE DUKE OF MURDER... The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse--a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different. No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he'll take on any challenge--even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn't the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she's fighting battles of her own. For her, he'll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.

August 15, 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.
No new study yet.

I completed three books to review this week.
NetGalley shelf is still at four - 3 old and one 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.

No new review book again this week.
I selected my two Audible credits and purchased four audiobooks at Chirp.
I also selected five audios from Audible Plus Catalog.
One Kindle title 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


8/14/2021 Two July Audible Credits; one continuing series and one new:
Marked in Flesh Audiobook By Anne Bishop cover art
Marked in Flesh
A Novel of the Others, Book 4
By: Anne Bishop
Narrated by: Alexandra Harris

Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
Release date: 03-08-16

Ava's Crucible Audiobook By Mark Goodwin cover art
Ava's Crucible
The Complete Box Set
By: Mark Goodwin
Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski

Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
Release date: 06-17-19

8/14/2021 Four books at Chirp for $7.96.
Three More Jack Reacher Novellas
Written by Lee Child
Narrated by Dick Hill

Run Time 8h 9min

An American Bullet
Written by John Stonehouse
Narrated by J. Rodney Turner

Run Time 7h 59min

Written by Bridget E. Baker
Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya

Run Time 14h 28min

Lost Relics
Written by Chris Niles
Narrated by Brian Meslar & Kelsey Ann O' Dowd

Run Time 6h 22min

Five audiobooks from Audible Plus:
The Bone Farm  By  cover art
The Bone Farm: A Jane Hawk Case File
By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers , James Anderson Foster

Series: Jane Hawk, Book 0.5
I've been eyeing books in this series so I am glad to listen to a prequel to get a better feel for the series.

Legend  By  cover art

Legend: Four Horsemen Tales, Book 1
By: Christopher Woods
Narrated by: Marc Vietor

Series: Four Horsemen Tales, Book 1

Plus books 2 through 4:
Weaver  By  cover art

Weaver: Four Horsemen Tales, Book 2
By: Kacey Ezell , Mark Wandrey
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart

The Colchis Job  By  cover art

The Colchis Job: Four Horsemen Tales, Book 3

By: Kal Spriggs
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin

Warrior’s Fate  By  cover art
Warrior’s Fate: Extinction Survival Series, Book 4
By: Walt Browning
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot

I downloaded one Kindle book through Facebook link.

A Book of Truths (Mui Thriller Series 1)
by Ty Hutchinson

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


  1. Glad you had a nice break :-) The Trouble with Dukes looks like a fun one. Enjoy.

  2. Ohhhh! Q&A sounds interesting, as does The Keepers. Both are added to my ever growing TBR list! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Ooh! You have a couple of my favourites in your reading list Lee Child and Dean Koontz, so I hope you enjoy those.

    I also quite like the look and sound of the Grace Burrowes and Lisa Kleypas books you are currently listening to. They would make a nice short break for me right now, as I have literally just turned the last page of my current 800 page WWII novel, which was amazing, but not easy to read because of the harrowing storyline!

    I think that strange weather conditions are on everyone minds right now and it is all so difficult to predict anymore. I think the only true weather forecast is looking out of your own window each morning!

    Glad you had a good 'time-out' weekend, you all look happy, although it is a shame that Heather still isn't back to her normal self, it must really be getting her down now!

    Velvet seems to have settled in well as a member of the MM team. I miss my regular posts, although I do visit the site and Blog Hop occasionally. All the regular posting and answering of comments was just getting to be really stressful, so I have taken a short break to re-evaluate where I am going with my blog - if anywhere! I am still posting the odd Blog Tour and Review, but trying not to get too bogged down with it all! Who knows, one day I might turn the corner and decide to open things up again.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to check in on me, I really appreciate the kind thought and support. Have a lovely week and stay safe in the storm! :)

  4. I'm glad you guys had a fun outing and that Heather could join, even if she wasn't feeling well. Fingers crossed she'll feel better soon! Marked in Flesh sounds really intriguing, I'll have to look it up on Audible. I hope you have a lovely week and good look with the last closing :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. Wow, so many good finds this week. I'm constantly tempted by the Audible Plus catalog but could use a few more hours in the day to actually listen, ha. Have a good week. Your pic from the Ritz pool is lovely and made me want to go!

  6. Your week looks good! Enjoy the upcoming week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. I hope the storm passes you by.
    Wishing you a great reading week

  8. Looks like you had a good week..enjoy this week, Martha.

  9. Nice looking variety of books. Just seeing a book in The Others series makes me want to schedule a reread. I hope the storm doesn't do any damage where you are. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  10. Good your reading is going so well. Poor Heather she will remember 2021 for sure. That Lisa Kleypas series is so good. Funny I felt like regency romance this week too.


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