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.

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!

The Sunday Post #21-33

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

Cupcake Kisses & Dragon Dreams by Julia Mills
Sassy in Diapers by Milly Taiden

Try, just try, not to bust out laughing at this one!

Fury of Fire by Coreene Callahan

One of the many reasons I like this series is how well each book flows into the next. And yes, many reviewers will complain about the similarity to Black Dagger Brotherhood. You know what? It’s not the destination that counts, it’s the journey along the way.

Scrooge Me Hard by Milly Taiden
Finch by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Okay, I don’t think the authors meant this series to be a comedy, but try to keep your reaction to smiles, not giggles!

Final Thoughts

Friday morning as I was checking my email, I noticed a warning from my system that it needed to reboot in order to install an update. I finished my email and decided to go ahead and install the update. I got it started and got up to get more coffee.

When I turned back around, there was an error message on the screen! Somehow, don’t ask me how, my system had an error that kept it from rebooting. Great, just great! Not exactly what I wanted to see.

Luckily, I save everything to the cloud as well as my pc so I was covered there. Just a month or so ago, I created a recovery drive on a USB flash drive. Good thing I did, because I had to reinstall the entire operating system. RATS!

Once the system was back up, I had the fun of picking and choosing what programs to reinstall. Thankfully, I did have my email password saved somewhere safe.

Morale of the story? If you haven’t created a recovery drive yet, consider doing so. Since mine had been recently created, I only had one update that needed to be installed. I will probably recreate the drive again in a month or so, that way I won’t have a bunch of updates to deal with!

The Sunday Post #21-32

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post. Available as a podcast, this post is a chance for me to wrap up my week. Also a chance for you, my readers, to catchup on any posts you might have missed. So enjoy!

Books Reviews From Last Week

Tangled in Tinsel by Julia Mills is another wonderful holiday story addition to her great Dragon Guard series.

The Mate Challenge by Milly Taiden is Emma and Mason’s story. This couple is so adorable that I had a hard time not laughing out loud.

Full-Bodied by Delta James is the latest addition to the Tangled Vines series. If you enjoy watching an Alpha doing everything he can to convince his Fated Mate to stay, this is right up your alley!

In The Roar by Milly Taiden is another romp set on a planet other than earth. Gerri Wilder is as funny as ever.

Swallow by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly is another story studded with adorable Omega males and hot Alpha studs. Only this time, it’s the family patriarch of the Drake family, Grimbold, who finds his mate!

Final Thoughts

School starts soon for everyone. I don’t know about your school situation, but please consider the ages of your children. If they are old enough to be vaccinated, give serious thought to having that done. I know that children under 12 are not yet able to be vaccinated, but if you have teenagers in the house, do it. The children’s hospitals in my area are reporting record number of children with COVID.

What’s worse is that almost all of the adults testing positive for COVID are not vaccinated. Those folks greatly regret not getting the shots. A vaccination, at the very least, greatly reduces the severity of the disease should you still contract it. There is a big difference between simply being on Oxygen and being on a ventilator.

The Sunday Post #21-31

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post. Available as a podcast, this post is a chance for me to wrap up my week. Also a chance for you, my readers, to catchup on any posts you might have missed. So enjoy!

Books Reviews From Last Week

Dragon Got Run Over by A Reindeer by Julia Mills
The Making of a Blog Post Image
A Sassy Wedding by Milly Taiden
Twisted Lies by Melanie James
Scaling Her Dragon by Milly Taiden
Mate by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Final Thoughts

The Twisted Tail Pack series is at an end for now. This led to me considering what series to tackle next. Yes, I could have tackled another series set either in the Paranormal Dating Agency world or the Sassy Mates world. Doing that would have been a bit of an overkill.

Then a book popped up on my screen, Fury of Conviction by Coreene Callahan. Oh My! A few years ago, I’d read the original Dragonfury series and enjoyed it. However, I always wondered about the other members of the pack and did they ever meet their mates. Fury of Conviction is the second novella in a spin-off series. The first one featured Ivar. This one features Hamersveld. Wow!

Now, to be fair there is also a second series about the Scottish pack. In searching for information about the books, I discovered that Coreene is returning to the original pack!!! So, while I wait (impatiently), I want to review as many of the previous ones as possible!