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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday Post September 19, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday September 20 2021

Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms

I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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 didn't have the best of weeks. I had a different staff member out sick on Monday (migraine), Wednesday (bad tummy bug) and Friday (tummy bug).  I haven't felt super myself but I did not get sick like the girls. 

I took this picture one evening two weeks ago as I was leaving my (still temporary) office.
I look at it as a promise that God has things under control.

We are still having half sunny and half raining days. We had a couple of hot days this week too. I am ready for fall. 

I enjoyed my reading last week, finishing two audiobooks and an ebook. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited only 15 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to CINDY'S BOOK CORNER. Cindy's blog tag is: "Serious book addict reviewing clean reads across multiple genres."

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- Audio Book Review: A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer; Genre: Historical Romance, Inspirational, Romance; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.5; Narration 4.5.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Who in the World is Carmen Sandiego by Rebecca Tinker; Genre: Children's Audiobooks, Literature & Fiction; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.25; Narration 4.25.
  • NGA2021- #NetGalley Audio Book Review: Striking Range (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #7) by Margaret Mizushima; Genre: Crime Thriller, Mystery, Police Procedures, Women Sleuths; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.25; Narration 4.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2021)
The Unwanted Heiress  By  cover art

The Unwanted Heiress
By: Amy Corwin
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Series: The Archer Family, Book 1
Release date: 03-16-17
I enjoyed this Regency romance. I saw that the free Plus Audio was to end 9/19 so I switched to listen to this before Commune Book 3.
Source: 8/2/2021 Audible Plus Catalog.

Publisher's Summary
An American heiress nobody wants; a duke every woman desires; and a murder no one expects.
As a young duke, all Nathaniel wants is to be left alone. So when he meets Charlotte, an outspoken American heiress, he is suspicious of her indifference. Too many women have sought - and failed - to catch him.
However, Charlotte is unimpressed by his title. She has no interest in English dukes. All she wants is to leave dreary England and travel to the sunny sands of Egypt to see the grand pyramids.
Unfortunately, a debutante seeking to entrap Nathaniel gets murdered, and his reputation as a confirmed misogynist makes him a suspect. On impulse, Charlotte comes to his aid, unaware that her actions place her in danger, too.
Neither Charlotte nor the duke know that a highwayman interested in rich heiresses is following Charlotte, and that another debutante lies dead in Nathaniel's carriage. And unfortunately, the evidence soon complicates Nathaniel's efforts to prove his innocence and convince Charlotte that he is worthy of her love.
Some nights just don't go as planned.
©2008 Amy Corwin (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Commune: Book Three  By  cover art

Commune: Book Three
By: Joshua Gayou
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
Release date: 11-15-18
I was fully engaged by this; just sad there is bad language.
Source: November 2020 Audible Credit.

Click on book title for full description.

3. ebook/Kindle App on Phone (ebTBR)

Killer Lawyer (Jake Wolfe Book 3)
by Mark Nolan
This is very good. I want to continue the series.
Source: Author 2019.

Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2021)
Penny Preston and the King’s Blade  By  cover art

Penny Preston and the King’s Blade
Misaligned, Book III
By: Armen Pogharian
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Release date: 08-24-21
I enjoyed books one and two and
I look forward to this one too.
Source: Audible Credit from narrator.

Publisher's Summary
Eight-grader Penny Preston thought she knew how to handle the Bodach, the spirits from the fifth dimension. But suddenly something is attacking the structure of the multiverse. Left unchecked, the attack will tear the fabric separating the dimensions and destroy the universe in a cataclysmic cosmic crunch. As the stress on the fabric grows, higher-dimensional energy escapes into Piper Falls, NY, reenergizing the Bodach. Emboldened, they use their regained powers to wreak havoc on the small town. The extra energy draws several new higher-dimensional entities to Piper Falls. One of them, a former Bodach commander, seeks to rally her followers and avenge her defeat at the hands of King Arthur more than 1,600 years ago by reestablishing her rule. The energy also attracts an especially destructive ethereal Celtic spirit, which has a special taste for ancient artifacts and exotic nuclear particles. The last of the new arrivals is a mysterious and conflicted shape-shifter a spy known as Newiddyn.
The interactions of the newcomers and their empowered brethren with the town's residents results in chaos and brings paranormal researcher Darin Kolchak back to town. Teamed with the deputy sheriff, their high technology investigation leads them to the local lab conducting state of the art nuclear fusion experiments. The same lab where Penny's parents work. Penny and her friends must again dodge detection, as they sort out the capabilities and intentions of these powerful entities. One bad choice or wrong step risks unleashing the apocalypse of the Darkest Day.
Source: 8/26/2021 Audible Code Received from the Narrator for Review.
©2021 Armen Pogharian (P)2021 CamCat Publishing

2. PDF/Compter (Author2021)
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Palm Lines
by Jonathan Koven
I am looking forward to enjoying this debut Poetry Collection.
Source: 7/14/2021 I accepted an Author request to read and review.

These heartfelt poems speak to a transformative journey "to rediscover love as both a question and an answer." Seeking hope, honoring family, finding love, accepting time's passage, and understanding gratitude are all major themes explored in this dreamlike collection.

I expect to get to another audio but I haven't decided which - again.

September 19, 2021 - I am 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 have started a 3 day devotional titled "Living An Authentic Christian Life".

I completed three books to review this week.
NetGalley shelf is now at 1 new audio, 1 new children's title and 3 old ebooks titles. 
I have three author titles remaining in queue. I've been working on reading these.
(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.

I selected one NetGalley children's title this week.
I have an ebook from an author I forgot to list two weeks ago.
I selected the 2nd August Audible credit.
I resisted other audios this week.
Seven 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
9/18/2021 from NetGalley
The Secret Halloween Costume
by Sophie Vaillancourt

“A Halloween story for little ones!”

Received from author team for review.
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The Duke and the Spoiled Wallflower
by Tessa Brookman

I will be reading this one next.


9/18/2021 Audible August Credit:
Double Share Audiobook By Nathan Lowell cover art
Double Share
A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 4
By: Nathan Lowell
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer

Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Release date: 09-13-16
I picked up this next in a series that I like.


Seven Free Kindle Titles - most downloaded from Facebook posts.

Deal with the Devil (Forge Trilogy Book 1)
Meghan March

Sisters (Sun Valley Series, Book 1)
Kellie Coates Gilbert

Another Ridiculous Week in Bakersfield (or Archie, Elise, and the Class of 1997) (or Stage Fright!) (An Archie and Elise Mystery)
Grant Fieldgrove

Work in Progress: A House Flipping Rom Com (Cook Brothers Book 1)
BJ Harvey

Not the Faintest Trace: The Sergeant Frank Hardy Mysteries: # 1
Wendy M. Wilson

The Star Of The Desert (The Jason Green Series Book 3)
Gordon Wallis

We've Only Just Begun (Oregon Trail Dreamin' Book 1)
Kathleen Ball

Lady Victoria's Mistake (The Archer Family Regency Romances Book 7)
Amy Corwin

Beyond the Night (The Envy Chronicles Book 1)
Colleen Gleason, Joss Ware

Blood Claws (New York Paranormal Police Department Book 1)
John P. Logsdon, Ben Zackheim

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


  1. Hope that tummy bug fully passes you by. No fun for the sufferers. Good that reading at least gives a little stress relief!

  2. Poetry is not my thing, but I hope you enjoy it

    Wishing you a great reading week

  3. Hope you have a great reading week! Certainly lots of good books on your list this week.

  4. I hope everyone feels better this week, Martha. Cool rainbow pic!

  5. I am curious about Commune.

    Enjoy your books and your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. Sorry to hear that illness is running through your office. I hope everyone feels better soon. Interesting assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. Thank you for the shout out to my blog!! What an unexpected surprise :) The Secret Halloween custom looks cute. I am feeling behind on my reading/reviewing, so going to do my best not to request any more books for the rest of the year, LOL, we'll see how it goes.

  8. I'm sorry to hear about everyone feeling ill. I pray everyone recovers quickly.

    The Unwanted Heiress and Palm Lines caught my eye this week. Hope you enjoy all your books.

  9. We have been having wonderful summer temperatures, but I think we are moving toward cool temperatures by the end of the week. I love the hot to sit outside.

    ENJOY your week and your books.

  10. Oh, I'm curious about The Duke and the Spoiled Wallflower! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great week!

  11. I hope everyone is feeling better, that rainbow is beautiful! Enjoy your books this week, The Duke and the Spoiled Wallflower caught my eye.

  12. I featured the poet for Palm Lines on the blog a month or so ago. I hope you enjoy the collection. Happy reading


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