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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Sunday Post September 4, 2022/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday September 5, 2022

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.

My internet router at home apparently went down and the IT fellow is out of town. I hope to get back on line in the next day or two. It has been frustrating not to have service at home. By the time I get home and eat dinner I have been too tired to even get on the computer so the reviews have not been done. I had to stop in the office Sunday to do the two posts.

We have most items moved back to my real office. There is still much unpacking to do and a bit more supplies and file cabinets to be moved.

Here are images of our front lobby although it is not fully set-up.
Lobby West Wall, paddle ceiling fan and barn door.

Lobby East Reception - hand made privacy desk.
The decorations need to be hung up.

The Sign
I had to turn the light off on the neon sign to make it readable.
My staff ordered that as a surprise.

We are all very excited!

I continue with my previous prayer lists.
Our temps may be a little cooler this coming week at low 80s to just 90 during the days. We are still getting regular summer downpours in the afternoons. 

I enjoyed three more audios.  I posted very little due to the lack of internet at home.
I visited 16 blogs last week.
No Shout Out today.

Audible offerings for free children's titles ended June 30, 2021. is still sharing some free listens for children.

These were the posts last week:

Finished Reading:

1. Audio Audiobooks App Smartphone (ATBR)
Spellsinger [Dramatized Adaptation], Alan Dean Foster

Spellsinger [Dramatized Adaptation]
By Alan Dean Foster
Narrated by: Multi
Duration: 8 hours 1 minutes
This is a fun fantasy listen.
Source: 3/14/2021 Two for One Young Adult Credit Deal at

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)
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 like this series which provides an easy listen.
Source: 9/18/2021 Audible August Credit.

Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio Chirp App Smartphone (ATBR)
Book cover for A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl & April Henry with limited-time offer banner

A Matter of Trust
Written by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
Read by Eleni Pappageorge
Run Time 9h 6min
This is an okay mystery.
Source: August 2020 Chirp Purchase at $3.99.

Publisher Description
When life is murder, who can you trust? One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute she hears a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death.
Mia’s a natural for heading up the murder investigation, but these days it’s all she can do to hold her life together. As a new widow with a pile of debts, a troubled teenaged son, and a four-year-old who wakes up screaming at night, she needs more time with her family, not less-and working Colleen’s case will be especially demanding. But Colleen was her friend, and she needs to keep her job. So Mia reluctantly teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate. But the deeper they dig, the more complications unfold-even the unsettling possibility that someone may be coming after her.
Lis Wiehl’s signature plot twists and relatable characters shine in this absorbing series debut … with an intriguing cameo from her best-selling Triple Threat series. ôA stunning crime series debut … Smart, suspenseful, and full of twists that only an insider like Wiehl could pull off”. (Linda Fairstein, New York Times best-selling author).

Currently Reading:
1. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)

After The Ending
The Ending Series, #1
By: Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue
Narrated by: Natalie Duke
Series: The Ending Series, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
I went to the older TBR to get this post-apocalyptic.
9 hours in. A bit on the teen angsty side for me but I am interested in the supernatural abilities.
Source: April 2014 Audible Credit.

Publisher's Summary
The best-selling first audiobook in the emotionally charged post-apocalyptic romance series, The Ending Series.
The virus spread. Billions died. The ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the virus changed us.
When people started getting sick, they thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family ...they're all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them - with the rest of the world - but I didn't. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I'd ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O'Connor, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived the ending.
The virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We've all had to start over. I've been stripped of my home, my dreams ...all that is me. I'm someone else now-broken and changed. Other survivors' memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won't let them consume me. I can't. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I'm twenty-six-years-old, and I survived the ending.
We've been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing - we'll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we're strong ...we're survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamiliar world plagued by crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.
And more than anything, we have to find each other.
This audiobook contains some adult content and language.

2. NetGalley App on Smartphone (NGA2022)

Until Someone Listens
A Story About Borders, Family, and One Girl's Mission
by Estela Juarez; Lissette Norman
Narrated by Estela Juarez
Listening Length: 11 minutes
I am interested to listen to this short plea.
Source: NetGalley August 2022.

When Estela Juarez's mom is deported to Mexico, Estela knows she has to speak up for her family. Told in Estela's own words, Until Someone Listens is a true story about a young girl finding her voice and using it to make change.
Estela’s family lives together in a happy home full of love. Or, at least, they used to… until their home was torn apart.
My mom had to go back,
to the other side of the river,
because she wasn’t born in this country.

For years her family fought and fought for permission for her to stay in the U.S. But no one listened. When Estela was eight, her mother was deported to Mexico.
Estela knew she had to do something. So she wrote letters: to local newspapers, Congress, the President, and anyone else who could help. She wrote and wrote and wrote until, finally… someone listened.
In this heart wrenching, autobiographical story, Estela Juarez's letters take her from the local news all the way to the national stage, where she discovers the power in her words and pledges to keep using her voice until her family―and others like hers― are together again.

I am sure I will get to another audio but I haven't decided yet. This time maybe a historical romance or space sci fi.

September 4, 2022 - I continue on track and enjoying the informative videos in The Bible Reading Plan is: BibleProject | One Story that Leads to Jesus. It really soothes me to read the pieces each day.
No new study this week.

I now have 8 books to review plus 7 children's books. I don't recall being this far behind before.

NETGALLEY STATUS-- One new short audio book being listened to this week.
My NG shelf is back to the three old ebook titles. I will probably end up letting A Place Called Armageddon go as DNF.
I don't have any author reviews in my queue right now.
(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 title this week.
No audio titles - no internet to be looking.
Two free Kindle titles this week.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?
***ATTENTION: Mailbox Monday is looking for a new host! If you’re interested, please email savvyverseandwit AT gmail ***

Review Titles



9/2/2022 - Facebook link

Fallen Out: A Jesse McDermitt Novel (Caribbean Adventure Series Book 1)
Wayne Stinnett

9/2/22 Another Facebook link

Crossing Over
Paul Clayton

Two titles added to Kindle library. Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Book Adrenaline, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. The office pics are so nice! I hope your home internet issues are cleared up soon. I'm trying to read through my NetGalley stack - hopefully by the end of October (unless I add to it which is entirely possible, lol). Have a good week, Martha!
    Mary @Bookfan

  2. Love the office lobby photos. looks like it is coming together nicely.

  3. The office looks great! Hopefully the internet problems get fixed quickly.

  4. Hope the home internet is resolved soon. Meanwhile happy reading/listening. -vvb


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