Time For A Change

It’s been one of those weeks here at my house. Actually, to be honest, it’s been that way for a few weeks. RL has taken me away from doing more than just blasé book reviews for a while now.

That’s going to change. I’m tired of going back through old book series. For example, Milly Taiden’s Paranormal Dating Agency. These last few books are ones that I just can’t seem to force myself to even finish. After looking at the reviews, it looks like I’m not the only one having problems with it.

Julia Mills’s Dragon Guard is another series that I seem to have a “love-hate” relationship with. The last few books feature the MacAllen clan which is okay. It looks like she is spinning them off into a new series, Dragon Intelligence Agency. I will admit, I don’t do books with cartoon covers so there are several of her holiday Dragon Guard books that I won’t be reading.

Anna Lowe and Heather Long are another two authors that seem to be slowing down and failing to keep my interest. For both of them, their most recent series seems to be dragging on with no end in sight.

So where does that leave me???

For awhile at least, you can expect fewer actual book reviews. Delta James has several new series started that have captured my interest. The packs and families that she began in “Wayward Mates” and “Tangled Vines” have had children. The story of this next generation is being told in “Fated Legacy.” I was amused to see that a number of the clubs mentioned in these series also show up in other series by her.

I want to post a few more “Lifestyle” posts. Cooking, decorating, just general “what’s going on in my world” posts. It’s fall now and for most of country, our focus is changing. The weather is changing and there are major holidays coming up. I’d like to capitalize on those.

So stick around, and we’ll all enjoy a new phase of the journey together.

The Sunday Post #21-40

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Dreaming Of A White Dragon by Julia Mills
Touch of Darkness by Delta James
Fury of Conviction by Coreene Callahan
Dragon Falling by Julia Mills
Zadri by Celia Kyle

Sticker Shock

My husband and I were never into electronics and cellphones. It wasn’t until recent years that we bought cellphones. Only to follow them with tablets. That doesn’t mean we like change though.

After seeing one too many ads for the iPhone 13 Pro, I decided to look into the cost of upgrading our equipment. In the past, I have had laptops die because they couldn’t be upgraded anymore. I didn’t want that to happen again.

I started by calling one provider who had recently been in our area for a quote. They came by the house and talked to us about the costs. To get started would cost us $500 up front. Oh my! Then I stopped by my current provider and posed the same question. Our initial cost would be a little bit less here.

Now mind me, we are still talking about spending about $2500 on phones and tablets. The difference is that my current provider would give me sufficient credit for trading in my current phone to completely cover the cost of the phone we want. We’d still be paying for the tablets but the monthly cost would be considerably less!

Moral of the story is to shop around and don’t be afraid to let your current provider know what you are doing! They might be able to make the deal sweeter.

The Sunday Post #21-39

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

She Thinks My Dragon’s Sexy by Julia Mills
Touch Of Fate by Delta James
Fury Of Surrender by Coreene Callahan
Piece Of Tail by Milly Taiden
Rendan by Celia Kyle

Final Thoughts

Sometimes it seems like time is just flying by. It’s not. What is flying by is our appreciation of time. The time our friends take to check in on us, or that our family takes to be with us. Here of late I’ve seen so many stories in the news of people dying young, and there are so many regrets.

Stop, take a minute and look around you. Take note of all that is happening around you. All of these things are happening because someone took time to make it happen. So if you have the opportunity to help someone else, do it. You don’t want to leave regrets behind when you go.

The Sunday Post #21-38

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Burn Dragon, Bury by Julia Mills
Late Harvest by Delta James
Fury of Obsession by Coreene Callahan
Throw In The Growl by Milly Taiden
Kozav by Celia Kyle

Final Thoughts

I don’t want to go on a rant this week so I’ll keep it short. If the current Covid cases statistics aren’t scaring the heck out of you, where have you been hiding? I’m starting to see stories about young couples dying and leaving behind their children. That bothers me.

One recent story that was mentioned involved a couple with 5 children dying within a few weeks of each other. This was in California. The oldest child was only 7, the youngest? The youngest is a newborn who had to be delivered by emergency C-section after the mother was intubated. Neither parent got to meet their youngest child, let alone name him/her.

Neither parent was vaccinated despite the mother, a nurse, having worked with patients since the start of the pandemic. That bothers me greatly.

So please, if you aren’t vaccinated, what’s holding you back? If you have children, is it worth losing them to refuse to be vaccinated? Please, please, think about them!

The Sunday Post #21-37

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Save A Horse, Ride A Dragon by Julia Mills
Untamed: Ghost Cat Canyon by Delta James
Fury of Fate: Dragonfury Bad Boys by Coreene Callahan
Oh, My Roared! By Milly Taiden
Taulan: Dragons of Preor by Celia Kyle

Final Thoughts

Do you know what an “ear worm” is? It’s that piece of music that just sticks in your head long after the music has stopped. A famous ear worm is that Disney song about the size of the world! The chorus to that just keeps playing in your head.

Wednesday I had a Dr’s appointment at the VA. While driving down there, an old song from the 70’s came one. First I started singing the chorus then I started hearing it repeatedly in my head! 😱 It took hours to get that song off my mind!

The Sunday Post #21-36

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Imagine Dragon by Julia Mills

Can you imagine being the son of a god and he knows who your fated mate is?

Is it time to check yourself – Revisited

Sometimes we just need to pause and take stock of our lives. What is going on in the world around you?

Determined: Ghost Cat Canyon by Delta James

The start of another great series by Delta James

Fury of Desire by Coreene Callahan

Wick, the scariest warrior in the lair, steps up to pay a debt he feels he owes. He just didn’t expect to face the one thing that scares him the most!

Claim to Flame by Milly Taiden

Milly is at it again with a flurry of new stories featuring Gerri Wilder, matchmaker extraordinaire!

Jarek: Dragons of Preor by Celia Kyle as Erin Tate

The start of a great series with wonderful world building!

Final Thoughts

As I sit and type this up, I find myself shaking my head at people. The remnants of Hurricane Ida has wrecked havoc on the Northeast. The images we see show flooding everywhere.

A common theme seems to be cars stranded on roads and intersections where the drivers thought they could drive through the water. Folks, take a good look at just how high your car sits up off the ground. For newer cars, that clearance isn’t all that much! If the water is deeper than that, you aren’t going to make it!

Trucks and SUVs have somewhat more clearance, but I remember seeing images of 18 wheelers up to their axles in water. People, pay attention! Don’t drive through the water. It will cost you more than you can think to fix that car.

Is it time to check yourself? Revisited

A few years ago, there was a saying “You need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.” Usually said between frenemies, it was a not so subtle way to warn someone that they needed to be very careful what they said next. I’m not talking about that kind of checking however.

It’s been a year since the Pandemic shut the world down. In those first few months, country after country slammed their borders closed and instituted almost draconian measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. People all over the world shuddered at the incredible numbers of cases and deaths that were attributed to the virus.

The medical and scientific communities leaped into action and by working far beyond overtime, managed to create vaccines that are quite effective against the virus. As cases numbers declined, some countries, including the US, started to relax the restrictions. People were getting fatigued with the efforts being asked of them. They just wanted to get back to normal.

India, and Brazil are currently experiencing Coronavirus spikes. India’s numbers have reached staggering numbers and the effects are spreading to neighboring countries. The same can be said of Brazil. In the case of India, at least, the spikes are due to relaxed restrictions and new variants.

All of this brings me back to my original question, is it time to check yourself? Are you still doing all the protective and preventative measures that were first put into place a year ago? When you go shopping, do you still wear a mask? Do you make an honest attempt to maintain some distance between yourself and the person in line in front of you? Do you take the time to wipe off the hard surfaces of items you are bringing into your home?

More importantly, if you are eligible in your area, have you been vaccinated? I don’t mean just getting one shot if the brand requires 2 shots. Have you gotten both of them? While yes, just one dose of either Pfizer or Moderna is 80% effective against the virus, it also allows for more breakout cases to occur. Getting that second shot is important.

So take a minute to do a quick check. Are you still doing everything you can to keep YOUR family from being infected??

Time to Reconsider…

It’s been a few months since I first posted this and I find myself asking the same question. Is it time to check yourself? At this point in time, the Delta variant is running rampant around the world. What are you doing to keep from getting the virus?

By now, everyone over the age of 12 in the US is eligible for the vaccination. The Pfizer vaccine has full approval. Still the numbers keep rising. Just a few months ago in Florida, the positivity rate was below 5%. Now it’s back up to just under 25%. That’s unbelievable.

Saddest of all are the reports from the hospitals telling us that over 90% of new cases are in people who didn’t get vaccinated. A recent story on the internet told the tale of a young couple who put off getting their vaccinations.

They planned to get them, but just hadn’t made the time yet. They both contracted the virus. The wife was sick enough to be hospitalized, the husband had a mild case and stayed home to recover. When the wife was released from the hospital, she made her way home.

Imagine her feelings when she discovered her husband dead in the bedroom, their dogs showing signs of not having had food or water for a few days. What’s worse, her husband had already started to decompose.

I’m not trying to scare you, I’m trying to make you aware of the risks you take everyday that you put off getting vaccinated. Yes, there are a certain percentage of vaccinated people who are still getting sick, but their illness is much less severe. You aren’t just risking your own life, you are putting your family, friends and neighbors in jeopard!

The Sunday Post #21-35

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Aww Snap, Dragon: Finder of Fated Love by Julia Mills

This was previously written as part of Milly Taiden’s Paranormal Dating Agency world. Recently Julia withdrew all her books from that shared world and is re-writing them. I’m tickled pink to see the changes!

A Fang in the Sass by Milly Taiden

This is currently the last of the books that Milly has written in the Sassy Ever After world.

Fury of Seduction by Coreene Callahan

Mac and Tania’s story.

All Kitten Aside by Milly Taiden

What happens when an alpha lioness meets an alpha wolf? The Fur Flys!

Peregrin by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Final Thoughts

Back in March, 2021, WordPress and Spotify made arrangements to allow bloggers to easily transfer their blog posts to podcasts. It sounded like a really great idea so I started recording the Sunday Post as a podcast to help people to catch up on the books I’ve reviewed.

Since then, I’ve faithfully recorded (almost) all of the Sunday Posts. Each week I include the full review for the books into the podcast. Now, when I publish the podcast, I immediately update the blog post to include a link back to the podcast.

It has occurred to me, that I may not have announced that podcast to you, my blog follower. Most weeks it only takes about 30 min. to listen to the podcast.

So Book Reviews by the Reluctant Retiree – the Podcast can be found here:

Stop by, give it a listen. Tell me what you think!

The Sunday Post #21-34

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I have included links to the book reviews from the past week. If you are listening to the podcast, I’ve included the entire book review post within this podcast. Enjoy people and let me know what you think!

Book Reviews from Last Week

Her Dragon’s Treasure by Julia Mills
Fighting For Her Mate by Milly Taiden
Fury Of Ice by Coreene Callahan
Barefoot And Pregnant by Milly Taiden
Magpie by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Final Thoughts

When you finish one book series, have you ever just sat back and struggled to decide what to read next? I found myself in that situation recently and started thinking about “Go To” series.

Paranormal – If I just want a paranormal series, not worrying about anything magical, I’m likely to pull out Heather Long’s Wolves of Willow Bend series. Lots of intrigue, romance and action. For the most part, the heat level is acceptable without straying into areas I’d rather not have my boss know about.

Magical Paranormal – This is where I would put Coreene Callahan’s Dragonfury series. Each of the guys has a different magical gift that they use daily in their battles. Again, clean enough for work.

Paranormal Domestic Discipline – Anything, and I do mean anything by Delta James will work here. I love reading these or listening to them! Not safe for work.

Not Safe For Work Emily Tilton tops my list in this department. She has a number of different series going, plus ones that seem to be complete. Among these are three that echo each other.

So there you have it, my “Go To” series. Sorry this is late getting out!