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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sunday Post October 17, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday October 18, 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 finished one litigation file and have another set for final hearing in early November. I had a court hearing this week which will move another case forward... one way or another. We'll know when the Judge rules.
This coming week will be interesting as my assistant is out for the week to take her mother to surgery in Gainesville.

I noticed that the grapefruit trees were looking pretty full.
It looks like we will have plenty of grapefruit when they are fully ripe.

We finally got a cool evening last night - into the 50s!

I am happy to report that my contractor on the damaged building and the insurance company are finally coming closer on figures. Another check is on the way that may allow us to get the roof repair finalized -- after 3 years!

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

I visited 18 blogs again last week.
Shout Out this week to FLORA'S MUSINGS. Flora has a cute, nicely organized blog and favors  Paranormal 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:
  • A2020- Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Copperman; Genre: Cozy, Ghost, Supernatural, Woman Sleuth; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
End Time  By  cover art

End Time: The End Time Saga, Book 1
By: Daniel Greene
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
Series: The End Time Saga, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
This zombie story follows a handful of survivors trying to stay a step ahead of the infected.
Source: October 2020 Audible Plus Catalog.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Black Virus: Black Rust, Book 1
By: Bobby Adair
Narrated by: Tristan Morris
Series: Black Rust, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
This was my first listen for #FraterfestRat. It is a quick listen with young protagonists in a messed up world.
Source: August 2020 free Audible Plus Catalog.

Publisher's Summary
Virus. Chaos. Survival. Alienated in a world where he doesn't fit in, Christian Black survives because he's different. Then the virus came, and made the world turn different, too. Now people are dying by the million. Food supplies are short. Riots are blazing through the streets, and Christian's only goal is to keep his family alive. But safety lies far from the city, and just getting out will be tougher than anyone knows.
©2016 Bobby L. Adair (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

3. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Dead Acre Audiobook By Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle cover art

Dead Acre
By: Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle
Narrated by: Roger Clark
Series: Black Badge Series, Book 0.5
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
Audio Listen #2 for #FraterfestRat.
Another quick listen with a unique "hand of God" character. He hunts down demonic monsters.
Source: December 2020 free Audible Plus Catalog.

About This Audible Original
The Witcher meets the The Dresden Files in this Weird Western tale by the Audible number-one bestselling duo, performed by Roger Clark (Red Dead Redemption 2’s Arthur Morgan).
James Crowley met his mortal end in a hail of gunfire. Now, he finds himself in purgatory, serving the White Throne to avoid falling to hell. Not quite undead, though not alive either, the best he can hope for is to work off his servitude and fade away.
His not-so-sacred duty as a Hand of God? Use his new abilities to hunt down demonic beings that have infiltrated the mortal realm.
This time, the White Throne has sent him to the middle of nowhere: a western town called Dead Acre with a saloon, a moldy church, and little else worth talking about. There isn’t even a sheriff. But the local cobbler has gone missing at the same time as a number of graves were desecrated.
Crowley must follow the clues, all while dealing with a cutthroat gang which treats Dead Acre like they own it, an extraordinary woman who makes it hard to focus, and locals not keen on strangers.
Life isn’t simple for a Hand of God.
©2020 Aethon Books (P)2020 Audible Originals LLC

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

The Secret Halloween Costume
by Sophie Vaillancourt
I am looking forward to this cute book for the light side of #FraterfestRat!
Source: NetGalley 2021.

A Halloween story for little ones!
Charlotte is a young witch. For Halloween, her family insists she must wear her darkest clothes and scariest makeup. After all, a witch must be spooky! But Charlotte doesn't want to follow tradition - she wants to wear something that reflects who she is. She asks her grandmother to sew her a secret costume... But what will it be?
An adorable Halloween story about an enthusiastic little witch who follows her heart and inspires others to do the same!

There will be other Audio books from my 2021 #FraterfestRat list. I am picking out the next as I go along.

2(+). ebook/Kindle App on Phone (ebTBR)
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The Duke and the Spoiled Wallflower
by Tessa Brookman
I read some more in this and am committed to finish... I've decided I like the primary characters. 
Now this is on old for the week while I read for #FraterfestRat.
Source: Received from author team for review.

Click on book title for full description.

October 17, 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.
No new study yet.

I completed three books to be reviewed this week.
My NetGalley shelf now has 3 old ebooks titles, one of which I still plan to read this month. 
I have two author titles remaining in queue. I'm still 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 requested/received no new review titles this week.
I selected my two Audible credits for September.
I picked up one Audible Plus books.
I again resisted purchasing audios this week.
I picked up nine free Kindle titles.

(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


September Audible Credits - I am starting to consider series that I need to pick up the next book in before 2022:
Heaven's River Audiobook By Dennis E. Taylor cover art
Heaven's River
Bobiverse, Book 4
By: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter

Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins

Unbowed Audiobook By D. J. Molles cover art
Lee Harden, Book 5
By: D. J. Molles
Narrated by: Christian Rummel

Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins

One Audible Plus Catalog titles:
Nancy Drew Girl Detective: Framed
By: Carolyn Keene
Narrated by: Rebecca Rogers
Series: Nancy Drew: Girl Detective, Book 15

Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins

Nine Kindle Titles - from Facebook links.
A Grave Misunderstanding: A Simon Grave Mystery
Len Boswell

Journal of a Deadman: Volume 1 (Journal of a Dead Man)
Alexander Collas, Kira Stone

A Match Made for Thanksgiving (Holidays with the Wongs Book 1)
Jackie Lau

Thanks to Book Connection where I saw this.

Ghost Mortem: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery Romance (Ghost Detective Book 1)
Jane Hinchey

A Forbidden Fondness of The Heart: A Historical Regency Romance Book
Elaine Shields

The Reluctant Coroner (Fenway Stevenson Mysteries Book 1)
Paul Austin Ardoin

Burned (Shenandoah Shadows Book 1)
Melissa F. Miller

Deadly Evidence (Jessie Black Legal Thrillers Book 3)
Larry A. Winters

Omega Trap: A Spy Thriller (Layne Parrish Book 3)
Jim Heskett

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


  1. The grapefruit look like wonderful ornaments. Have a good week.

  2. You sound busy and still getting reading done. I see a touch of Halloween reading coming into the mix!

  3. Mmm baked grapefruit and grapefruit pie and grapefruit cake, please!

  4. Yay for being one step closer on fixing that roof! And it sounds like there's plenty of things moving and happening at work, that must keep you very busy! I'm also going to look up Nancy Drew on Audible, I think that'll be a fun listen! I hope you have a lovely week ahead :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. Glad to hear the roof repairs are closer getting started. You're doing great with the NG progress!

  6. Sounds like work has been busy. Insurance does drag things out, don't they? Nice to hear about the grapefruit tree. I've never tried growing anything other than berries in the fruit realm. I wish I had the know how.

    The Secret Halloween Costume looks cute. Hope you enjoy your books.

  7. Great tree! Enjoy your books...I have fond memories of Nancy Drew books!

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  8. Sounds like a good, productive week. Grapefruit is a favorite of mine. I wish those trees would grow in Minnesota. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. I have in the past few months started to listen to audio books and I am finding that I really enjoy it. I get more reading done and things done I put off to read LOL

    Here is my link:

  10. That's quite a lot of books you've added to your TBR! Happy reading!

  11. My grandpa has grapefruit trees. I loved walking out into his yard and choosing my breakfast fruit. I wish we could grow grapefruit here.

  12. Hope you are having a good week.

    I hope all of your books are good.

  13. Beautiful grapefruit tree! Sadly it wouldn't tolerate the weather here, or I would want one too.

    Have a great week and happy reading! :)


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