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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sunday Post February 25, 2024/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday February 26, 2024

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 continue to feel productive at work. I'll miss a lot of Monday as I have the doctor appointment in the morning and then dog vet appointments at the end of the day. 
I am hoping to put off buying a new computer for another few weeks at least. (Just as I finished that sentence, the computer crashed. *Sigh*)

February 16 a handful of my woman's club group served as judges for the local Responders Chili Cookoff. The offerings were varied and delicious. The cornbread was excellent too!

I did a little walking last week but I still want to restart the chair yoga. 

I will continue to pray for the Advent messages all year: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

Our weather warmed up pretty nicely this past week. The days were windy but temps were mostly in the 70s during the day and 50s at night. Should be the same this week. 

I finished three audios and made a progress in two ebooks. I did short reviews, two at Goodreads.
I visited 11 blogs last week. is still sharing some free listens for children.
Finished Reading:
1. Audio on Smartphone (ATBR).
Book cover for Prodigal by Judy K. Walker with featured deal banner

A Supernatural Crime Thriller
By Judy K. Walker
Book #1 Dead Hollow
Read by Alex Knox
Run Time 9h 46min
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller.
My Rating 4.25. This read quickly and had interesting characters.
I did a short review at Goodreads.
I needed a change from space so I picked this thriller for my “P” title.
2024TBR, 2024Alphabet, and 2024Audiobook Goals.
Source: 12/4/2021 Chirp purchase $1.99.

Click on link to see full description.

2. Audible on Smartphone (A2024).

Redacted Affairs
By: Kevin Ikenberry, Kevin Steverson, Chris Kennedy - editor, Mark Wandrey - editor
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Series: Rise of the Peacemakers, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Genre: Fantasy, First Contact

My Rating: 4.25 I enjoyed this intriguing story full of alien and human characters working together to uncover corruption. The lead creature characters are newly appointed Peacemakers sent undercover. After observation and engagement on the planet they ultimately are joined by an interesting mercenary team who help when trouble erupts. I am glad book 2 is available and not expiring this month as I will listen to it too.
The narration is very well done with clear, distinct voices and energy that fits the story.
This is another Audible Plus expiring 2/29. It filled "R" title for my alphabet challenge.
2024Alphabet and 2024Audiobook Goals.
Source: February 2024 Audible Plus title.

Publisher's summary
Peacemakers. The Galactic Union’s most capable enforcers and resolute negotiators, their name alone elicits fear and awe among the Union’s citizenry.
It is a time of upheaval throughout the Galactic Union. As the effects of the Omega War ripple outward, a Peacemaker falls silent at the outpost mining colony of Parmick. Sensing danger, the Peacemaker Guild dispatches two new graduates of the Academy to investigate and report. They are a new breed of Peacemaker, perfect for the clandestine infiltration mission.
Parmick is in chaos. The miners are planning to revolt, and the mine owner is rallying every mercenary and ne’er-do-well he can to protect his illegal mining operation; the Peacemakers soon realize it will require combat operations to free the citizens of Parmick. Meanwhile, the Peacemaker Guild also finds the mining operation is financing the actions of the disgraced Enforcer Kr’et’Socae. Honoring the threat, the Peacemaker Guild unleashes its Enforcers.
With the galaxy teetering on the edge of chaos, can the Peacemakers and their surprising new allies liberate Parmick, stabilize the Galactic Union, and unlock the next clue to find Snowman? From the minds of Kevin Ikenberry and Kevin Steverson comes a new set of heroes who will forever change the Peacemaker Guild and the course of the Galactic Union.
©2019 Kevin Ikenberry and Kevin Steverson (P)2020 Podium Publishing

3. Audio on Smartphone (A2024).

Trace of Doubt
Author Diann Mills
Narrator: Tara Langella
Duration: 8 h 50 min
Genre: Christian, Clean, Romance
My Rating: 4.5 I like romantic suspense and this has the plus of having strong Christian faith as part of the characters, not in a preachy way. It is a quick listen.
I did a review at Goodreads.
I selected this as a change to space/sci fi and as my "T" title.
2024TBR, 2024Alphabet, and 2024Audiobook goals.
Source: 7/9/2022 Audiobooks Two for One Credit.

Bestselling and award-winning author DiAnn Mills delivers a heart-stopping story of dark secrets, desperate enemies, and dangerous lies.
Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. Now she’s out on parole and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas. But starting over won’t be easy for an ex-con.
FBI Special Agent Denton McClure was a rookie fresh out of Quantico when he was first assigned the Pearce case. He’s always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account. So he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case.
But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs. It’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby―and the truth―forever.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible on Smartphone (A2024).

The Upheaval
By: Erica Stevens , Claire Bloom
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Series: The Survivor Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Genre: Disaster, Horror, Suspense
I was ready for an apocalyptic type tale and chose this as my "U" title.
2024TBR, 2024Alphabet, and 2024Audiobook goals.
Source: September 2020 Audible Plus.

Publisher's summary
The first tremors of the earth were felt at 7:22 EST. time. Every single person felt the rumbling and experienced the tremors that would forever alter the course of history. Most did not survive. These are the accounts of some of those who did.
Following three sets of people, The Upheaval is filled with heartbreak and hope. The day starts out like any other but soon goes to calamity. From earthquake to fire to tsunami, they must face disaster from every angle - the world they once knew has shattered in a just a few hours.
©2018 Erica Stevens (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.

2. eBook - NetGalley App on Smartphone (NGeB2024)

If the Boot Fits
By Karen Witemeyer
Pub Date 12 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 21 Apr 2024
Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Christian | Historical Fiction | Romance
I am still enjoying this - reached 50%
2024NetGalley, 2024Alphabet, and 2024ebook Goals. Source: 1/12/2024 ebook from NetGalley.

Click on link to see full description.

Sort of ON HOLD. Kindle (/NetGalley )App on Smartphone (NGeB2023)

The Altered Moon 2: The Tyrant of Unity
By James McGettigan, Jingjing Huntley (Photographer), Fabiana Granado, Kyle Davis, Jason Frank, Serena Lucatero, Jacqui Corn-Uys (Editor), Anthony McGettigan (Editor), Judy McGettigan (Editor)
Genre: Alien Invasion, Space Sci Fi.
This is still reading slowly. I have reached 67%.
Although I am reading the other NetGalley ebook, I open this each day to read on the Kindle App.
Source: December 27, 2023 NetGalley.

2024TBR, 2024NetGalley, 2024Alphabet, and 2024ebook Goals.
Click on link to see full description.

I will be looking for titles with the letters O, Q, X, and Y for my next picks. I only have these 4 letters of the alphabet left. 

February 25, 2024 - I am enjoying the YouVersion App called The Bible Recap with Tara Leigh Cobble. (The link is to the plan online.) We are reading in Numbers now. I appreciate how Tara Leigh Cobble's discussion points out each day that "God is where the Joy is."
I also started a 40 day study for Lent to Easter: Hillsong: 40 Days of Revival. 

I finished three books, rated with mini reviews at Goodreads or in comments above.

I continue on two ebooks. I still have another ebook and an older audio on my shelf I need to listen to.
I still have the two old NetGalley ebook titles.

Other Sources: I have a dozen or so books that I received from Facebook links and newsletter sign-ups, not specific review requests. plus many titles through InstaFreebie over the past few years.

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, and Me. Emma has retired so we are looking for another person willing to assist.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
No new review titles.
I selected a two for one Dystopian deal at
No new Kindle titles this week.
Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles


2/24/2024 Two for One Credit Dystopian Deal at
A Longer Fall
Written By: Charlaine Harris
Narrated By: Eva Kaminsky
Series: #2 Of Gunnie Rose
Duration 8 hours 9 minutes
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci Fi
The Last Exit
Written By: Michael Kaufman
Narrated By: Emily Woo Zeller, J. D. Jackson
Duration 10 hours 58 minutes
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Police Procedure

These are the last 8 Audible Plus titles acquired on 12/30/2023.
Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter
By: Lisa Patton
Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Series: Dixie Series, Book 1

Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins

Living Lies
By: Natalie Walters
Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
Series: Harbored Secrets, Book 1

Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins

Murder's a Witch
By: Danielle Garrett
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries, Book 1

Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins

The Tower of Ravens
By: Kate Forsyth
Narrated by: Elle Newlands
Series: The Rhiannon’s Ride Series, Book 1

Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins

The Shining City
By: Kate Forsyth
Narrated by: Elle Newlands
Series: The Rhiannon’s Ride Series, Book 2

Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins

A Christmas Dinner on Marshall Street
By: Jacie Middlemann
Narrated by: Virtual Voice

Length: 1 hr and 58 mins

When You Least Expect It
By: Haley Cass
Narrated by: Lori Prince

Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show
By: Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Tim Pratt, James Maxey, David Lubar, Eric James Stone, Ty Franck, Scott M. Roberts, Peter Orullian, Rachel Ann Dryden
Narrated by: J. Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, Emily Janice Card, Mark Deakins, Don Leslie, Rosalyn Landor, Stefan Rudnicki
Series: The Enderverse

Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins

I still have many Audible Plus titles to list from January and February 2024.

No new free titles added to Kindle library.  Free titles might be found at Bookbub, Book Adrenaline, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, or Kindle ebooks.

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