Rethinking Audiobooks

Books on tapes are nothing new. I can remember hearing about them when I was much younger. At that point in time, they were primarily intended for blind or visually impaired individuals. If I’m not mistaken, they tended to be the classics. They had a special cassette player you were given and then you checked the individual books out of a library.

Spin the years forward to today. Now Audiobooks are widely available. Most authors readily embrace audiobooks as a way to reach yet another segment of the audience. Also, they are available from more places.

Off the top of my head, I can think of 4 different sources. There are more. I can think of NetGalley, BookFunnel, iTunes, and Audible. These are the ones I use.

So why would you listen to an audiobook? There are many reasons, while taking a long trip, while shopping, walking the dog, taking a hike. I’m sure you can think of others. Recently, however, I came across other reasons.

Since I’m somewhat of a speed reader, there are often things that my mind just glosses over. When you are listening to an audiobook, you can’t do that. So details that previously escaped you are brought out. No matter how many times I read “Brought to Heel” by Delta James, I completely missed the fact that Dylan’s pack is located in the Tidewater, Virginia area.

After listening to more of that series, I was delighted to hear how the narrator was able portray the assorted regional accents the characters would have. It also helped me to locate where Ravenscar was. Ravenscar is a major pack in the Alpha Lords series. Obviously, I knew it was in Great Brittan, but until I listened to the last book in the Wayward Mates series, I didn’t know it was located in England itself.

Something else that others may find happening while they are reading. Foreign names just fly by me. I can’t pronounce them to save my soul! But when Anna Lowe had her Aloha Shifters recorded, her narrator does an absolutely fabulous job of the tongue-twisting Hawaiian names!

So there are many reasons to listen to audiobooks. I hope you’ll try some soon!

The Sunday Post #21-27

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

Twinkle, Twinkle, Sassy Little Star by Julia Mills

These two are such a wonderful couple. Star still believes that she is the reason her entire pack was wiped out. Grey still grieves the disappearance of his brother. Neither one knew just how connected the two incidents actually were!

Fire Maidens Greece by Anna Lowe

Another wonderful book in this series. I absolutely love how the great descriptions allow you to picture the setting in your mind. Even better are the characters created, this couple are wonderful together. Well written, yet with flaws that make them come alive for you, I’m dying to read the next one now!

Nearly Twisted by Melanie James

Fabulous! This pairing is great. A little quick with the “insta-love” but still enjoyable nonetheless. Nice job with this continuation of the Twisted Tail Pack

Curves ‘Em Right by Milly Taiden

A BBW in search of love + two sexy wolf shifters ready to claim her as their mate = Sizzling Ménage Romance

Breaking Sass by C. D. Gorri

What happens when a sassy Dire Wolf, with a penchant for breaking rules, and a Lion, who’s in love with the law, clash? She’s a sassy Dire Wolf with a fondness for speed, and he’s a Lion who knows how to lay down the law. Get ready for fireworks when these two dominant personalities clash.

Closing Thoughts

It’s been a bit “wet” around my house. At this point, all of Florida is still on alert about TS Elsa. I’m sure by now, everyone has started running around like a chicken without it’s head trying to get ready for the storm. It usually makes me laugh to see what gets snatched up as emergency supplies.

Thursday night we decided that given my husband is on oxygen therapy, that getting a small generator would be a good idea. We checked the wattage needed for just a few appliances and determined what size to get. Friday morning we were waiting at Harbor Freight for them to open. At that point in time, there was a good number of generators available.

I had to return to the store that afternoon to pick something else up. Almost all of those generators were gone. I wonder how many people will try to return them if the storm doesn’t actually hit our area?

That’s it for this week. Keep dry and keep reading! ‘Til next week!

The Sunday Post #21-26

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

Fire Maidens #7: Venice by Anna Lowe

Ten years ago, lion shifter Tony Pelligrini was forced to flee Venice after being framed for a murder he didn’t commit. But now, a mysterious force is drawing him back. Is it the feeling of a ticking time bomb only he can defuse? Or is it the call of destiny, promising true love?

His Twisted Tail by Melanie James

This was good! I can’t say I remember reading anything else by this author, but I will definitely change that! This was a worthy entry into the Paranormal Dating Agency world.

Her Purrfect Match by Milly Taiden

I love how these stories are all stand alone, but yet they easily lead from one to another. The couples are engaging and delightful. This is rapidly becoming one of my “Go To” series.

Shake That Sass by C. D. Gorri

He’s an Alpha looking for a home. She’s an outsider with no one to call her own. Can they find what they’re searching for in each other?

The Sunday Post #21-25

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

Dragon Down by Julia Mills

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Be careful what you wish for. Kamdyn and Callum should have remembered these old sayings!

Starfighter Command by Grace Goodwin

I love how this couple came together. Watching them was so satisfying. The couple are well written, you can almost see parts of yourself in them. The story continued easily from the first book. Now, I can will be on pins and needles until the final one comes out!

Fire Maidens: Scotland by Anna Lowe

Wonderful Second Chance romance with a sexy dragon Shifter. The descriptions of the places are everything we’ve come to expect from Ms. Lowe.

Breathe by Delta James

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing to refresh your memory with this one. So many of our favorite couples make an appearance in this one. It really makes it enjoyable to see the continuity from one story to the next.

Geek Bearing Gifts by Milly Taiden

Mrs Wilder is fantastic as a matchmaker. The world building is something you have to read to believe. There’s humor and romance a plenty in this delightful story. What appeals to me is the leads to the next story. Which, by the way, I can’t wait to read!

It’s Been One of “Those” Weeks!

I spent most of last week without my car. When you get to be my age, that can be an absolute pain in the rear. Let me give you a little background though.

This past January I received a coupon for an oil change from AAA. One of their Car Care Plus centers is near my house. Our car needed an oil change so we took it there. While they were changing the oil, they also checked such things as the fluids, the brakes, and so forth.

The front brakes were fine, but the back brakes would need to be changed before long. It took a month or two, but in April we had the work done. Unfortunately this time as they were doing the complimentary checks, they noticed an oil leak. My husband insisted that it wasn’t anything that needed work on immediately and we took the car home.

Maybe we should have had the work done then, I don’t know. A week ago while driving home from the store, we heard a noise but couldn’t see where it came from. The next day I had a warning light come on to “Service Battery Charging System.” That was my second clue. Two days later the car was dead on it’s axles at the house.

Ted, our carpenter friend, came up to help with it. We checked the battery, we charged the battery, nothing. Using a battery charger/starter, we got it started. The light was still on! Then Ted noticed that the Serpentine belt was missing. That being broken was the noise we heard!

So I called AAA Roadside Assistance and had the car towed up to the Car Care center. Late that day, I got a call back with the bad news. The belt had broken because that little oil leak my husband dismissed had been leaking onto the belt. Once the belt became saturated, it broke. They would need to clean the engine in order to find the source of the leak. We needed the car fixed so we reluctantly agreed to this.

Mid afternoon the next day we got the news. They’d found the source of the leak, but they were going to have to remove several things in order to reach that gasket. It would take replacing the timing cover and seal, the front oil seal, the oil pan gasket and a complete oil change to fix it. Ouch!

It was Friday afternoon before I was able to pick my car back up. That little oil leak in April lead to a $1600 dollar repair in June. The biggest single item on the bill was the labor. The good news is that since the Car Care Plus center is own and operated by AAA, the repairs are guaranteed.

The Sunday Post #21-23

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

Claw, Class and a Whole Lotta Sass by Julia Mills

The Universe may not make mistakes, but She doesn’t make things easy either. It’s gonna take claws, class, and a whole lotta sass to save the day this time.

Fire Maidens 4: Portugal by Anna Lowe

“An exciting and fast paced paranormal romance! The descriptions of Lisbon and the Portuguese islands are truly breathtaking – readers will feel as though they are part of the story. The characters are authentic, likeable, and have great chemistry together.” – Ind’Tale Crowned Heart review

Fur Ever Witched by Melanie James

This was definitely one of a kind. I am sorry it took me so long to get around to reading this. It is a fabulous continuation of the story. Now I have got to get the next book!

Surprise Mates by Grace Goodwin

Remember the old saying what goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Well, this young lady only thought that what happened on Prillon Prime would stay on Prillon Prime!

Purrfectly Naughty by C.D. Gorri

Take one Tigress with a cub to raise, add in a Andean Bear that’s new to the states, mix it all with the celebrated Gerri Wilder and the fur is gonna fly!

The wonders hiding among us!

Cooper's Hawk

Remember this guy? This is a Cooper’s Hawk. He lives in the area where I live. Recently, I started looking on the Internet and discovered some interesting facts about this hawk.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS:

Medium-sized hawk from 14 to 20 inches in length. The adults have a gray/blue back, the underside is white, horizontally streaked with rufous bars. The head has a black cap, and there are three black bands on the tail. Males and females look the same, but the female is about one-third larger than the male. The immature birds are brown above and vertically streaked with brown below. The adult’s eye color is orange to red, while the immature has a yellow eye.

HABITAT:

A forest-dwelling bird found in deciduous woodlands but also seen in urban areas. Not uncommon around farm woodlots.

NESTING:

Cooper’s hawks build a stick nest high in the middle of a deciduous tree, usually in the crotch, where they lay two to five eggs. Cooper’s hawks are known to return to the same area to nest year after year, although recent studies have shown that individual birds change mates and nest sites frequently in succeeding years.

FEEDING HABITS:

Known as a predator of birds, the Cooper’s hawk also feeds on mammals, particularly squirrels and chipmunks. Once known as a regular denizen of poultry yards, it is one of many “chicken hawks.”

CONSERVATION STATUS:

Populations of the Cooper’s hawk were thought to be declining as early as the 1930s. This species has suffered greatly from persecution due to its poultry eating habits. It has also suffered from habitat destruction.

A week or so ago, I had another close encounter with this delightful fellow. He was perched on something as I left the bike trail with Coco. He flew up into one of the Palm trees where I snapped this picture.

He absolutely blends in to the tree!

The Sunday Post #21-22

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and showcase books and things I have received. Share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead.

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

Kiss of Her Dragon by Julia Mills

You know the old saying about “All’s fair in Love and War?” This Guardsman is ready to swear that love should come with Hazard Pay!

Fire Maidens Rome by Anna Lowe

“A gem of a novel…Searing hot love scenes, a sexy-as-sin wolf and a determined, strong female character make this book not to be missed.” – Ind’Tale Magazine

Fur Ever Yours by Melanie James

I am absolutely captivated with the Black PawPack. This is already gearing up to be one heck of a saga.

It’s hot; it’s paranormal. But mostly it’s MelanieJames at her best.

This is a captivating story with characters that are easy to fall inlove with!

If you are looking for intense emotion and unrelentingaction this is the book for you!

The author starts the action with the firstpage and keeps it moving until the very end!

Rebel Mate by Grace Goodwin

This was so different from all the other stories. The beginning truly grabbed my attention and never let go. It’s a little difficult to figure out what to say without giving things away. So let me just say that you are going to love it!

Purrfectly Caught by C.D. Gorri

I’ve been waiting to get this one. I loved the couple, and Gerri’s reaction to what was going on was absolutely priceless. What more could you want?

Tomorrow I will be attending the funeral of dear friend who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. As a young man, he enjoyed running and entered many races in his area. That was taken from him by this disease. As he aged, he found other things that gave him pleasure. Then the pandemic hit, and he became isolated in his home. Finally he fell victim to Parkinson’s Dementia.

So many people have been isolated during this period. Do everything you can to keep them connected to the world at large.

The Sunday Post #21-20

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and showcase books and things I have received. Share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead.

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

Guarding Her Dragon by Julia Mills

This is the first of many holiday stories in the Dragon Guard series. Julia doesn’t hesitate to use every and any mythological beings in telling her tales. It’s only one of the many reasons I love her work.

Is It Time To Check Yourself?

It’s been a year since the pandemic started wrecking havoc on the world. So many things flew off the shelves as people did everything they could to keep their family safe. Are you still doing this?

Fire Maidens #1: Paris by Anna Lowe

Our story moves from Hawaii’s beautiful shores to the many great cities of Europe. The Fire Maidens seem to have been lost to the passage of time, or have they???

Harvest: Tangled Vines Prequel

Do you ever wonder how some of the supporting couples met as you connect with a new series? This couple contributes so much to this new pack, so here is their story!

Viken Command by Grace Goodwin

Take one woman, who’s life has been destroyed by her father’s lies, add 3 men currently working undercover, who need to lie to her to keep her safe. Mix in a past that comes back to haunt all of them and what do you get?

Purrfectly Kissed by C.D. Gorri

Another one bites the dust! Another single Tiger of the Maverick Pride. Or in this case, a Tigress bites the dust! Will this dauntless Tigress catch her reclusive Bear?

The ups and downs of diets!

The original concept behind the word “diet” is simply “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” A secondary definition includes the concept of restriction to obtain a desired outcome i.e., loosing weight. Remember that!

After my husband’s scare with an infection in his leg, I kept tabs on how swollen his leg looked to be. Somehow, it never seemed to go down any significant amount. So I asked his Primary Care doctor the last time we saw him.

He ended up reading us the riot act. The problem, it seemed, was the amount of sodium in our diet. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think we were that bad off. I don’t use a lot of salt when I cook, we don’t eat processed food that much. So to say I was perplexed is being mild! Then I looked a little deeper at the problem.

The problem isn’t “salt,” it’s “sodium!” A lot of the foods we routinely eat have sodium in them that we don’t expect. I was surprised to find that almost all seafood has more than 300mg of sodium in it, even fresh!

In the near future, I’m planning a full post on the hidden sodium that we don’t expect to find. At the same time, I’ll give you some of the alternatives that I am finding to get around the sodium. Your food doesn’t have to be bland to be low sodium or sodium free!

The Sunday Post #21-19

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and showcase books and things I have received. Share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead.

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I 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

Tears For Her Dragon by Julia Mills

Escaped from hell on earth, lost and alone, a wail in the night calls to not only his beast but also his heart. Finding this tortured woman is all that matters.

On the run, hiding in plain sight, the icy fingers of doom invade her soul. The pull of the world she fled tears at the fiber of her being.

Rebel Alpha by Anna Lowe

All dragon shifter Cynthia “Brown” wants is a safe place to raise her child and heal from bitter betrayal. When Cal — her first love, her only love, and her destined mate — unexpectedly appears on Maui, he stirs up all kinds of other desires too. But trouble — as usual — is hot on his heels

Decanted by Delta James

The Hunters are becoming bold. Damian Steel has called a summit of all wolf packs along the Pacific Coast. When Hudson Rhodes arrives on the same motorcycle Steve McQueen once rode, he is expecting nothing more than to come up with a plan to eradicate the Hunters… turning predators into prey.

Hunted by Grace Goodwin

Vice Admiral Niobe has resisted the temptation of the Interstellar Brides Program for years, certain there is no male in the universe willing to sacrifice his vision of a perfect life to be with her. Shocked to be matched to her father’s home world of Everis, she transports, expecting to find an eager mate waiting for her. Instead, she arrives within a secret Hive integration center to find him resisting a merciless enemy.

Purrfectly Mated by C.D. Gorri

He’s the leader of his pride, she’s a normal with no idea Shifters exist. Can Hunter convince Elissa she’s his purrfect mate?

The leader of the Maverick Pride needs a mate and who better to help him out than the incomparable Gerri Wilder!

My apologies for how late this podcast is. It’s been one of those weeks!

The Sunday Post #21-18

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and showcase books and things I have received. Share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead.

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, I 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 Mad Dragon by Julia Mills

One lone dragon pulled from his mountain to save the clan he’s sworn fealty to and the only family he’s ever known.

One Grand Priestess, the most magical witch of her time, the leader of her kind, and a survivor of torture.

Two powerful beings, blessed by the Goddess, destined by the Universe… a couple unlike any other.

Can their combined magic, all the love that they have and a faith in all they hold dear be enough to defeat the evil that’s sworn to destroy them all?

How Are You Doing?

During this pandemic, my local ABC station has been playing a commercial that features this statement. Asked by different news staff, the emphasis changes from person to person. The point being that we can all get through this pandemic, together.

If you read Sunday’s post, then you are aware that my oldest daughter has been diagnosed with Covid-19. We both have Amazon’s Echo Shows, so I was checking in with her to see how she was doing. In doing so, I was reminded of another couple who are friends of ours.

Rebel Wolf by Anna Lowe

Sophie Wilkins — bookworm and smoothie chef extraordinaire — has moved to Maui for a reminder of all the beauty and love in the world. And love is what she gets from shy, retiring, and utterly gorgeous man she meets. Chase is everything her lonely heart has ever yearned for. He’s mysterious too, with a raw, animal intensity that appeals to a wild side she never knew she had.

Healing of the Wolf by Cherise Sinclair

A decade in captivity tore away all hope.

But Margery never lost her resolve to help the sick. The village she’d hoped to serve as banfasa, caring for the ill and injured, is long gone. Humans captured the young shifters and killed the adults. Finally rescued, she has a chance at her dreams—at least for meaningful work. With her leg crippled and her face scarred, she knows she has no hope of ever finding love.

The First Starfighter: Game 1 by Grace Goodwin

Starfighter Training Academy. It was just a game. The newest, hottest video game release of the year. Choose a role. Build the perfect hero who joins you on missions to save the Vega star system from the evil Queen Raya and her merciless Dark Fleet.

Wolf Unleashed by Heather Long

Change swept through the packs of North America, leaving in its wake seven packs where once only five stood. Old enemies still lurk, past hatreds fester, and the shadow of invaders linger. The challenge of diplomacy, evaluating the old laws, and instituting the new ones falls squarely on the shoulders of the pack Seconds. It’s a whole new world, and what took so long to construct…remains vulnerable.

It can happen anywhere.

Face it folks, when we are watching the evening news and they show neighborhoods where there has been some kind of crime, our first reaction is “that would never happen in my neighborhood.” It’s just human nature to assume that nothing bad ever happens around us. The truth is, it does.

I live in a very quiet neighborhood. The most exciting thing to happen here is when a nearby street was closed for repaving, and all the traffic was rerouted on to our street. This led to a lot more speeding than we normally see. Then this morning, something else occurred.

As I turned the corner from our trailer park on to the street, I was greeted with the sight of police tape across the street at the bike trail and the street was filled with police cars. Both from the city I live in, and the one that starts on the other side of the street. Now this was decidedly not a normal occurrence!

An admittedly nosy question to a police officer  yielded the story that it was still an active crime scene. For me, that was enough said. As I turned to go down the trail, a young woman who could barely keep herself together, walked up. She was a family member, and my heart hurt for her.

As I took Coco on her second walk. I noticed that the police presence had reduced. A question to the volunteer you see in this photo got me the information that the other officers had been sent home to get some sleep. In other words, this crime started sometime during the night. As I said before, this is a quiet area. Our peace had been shattered.

As the morning went on, other police officers arrived. Here’s the police photographer taking shots down the street.

The Mobile Command Center was a surprise. The local NBC affiliate was there talking with people. Surprisingly, a crew from Telemundo News was there. I didn’t know the family who was involved, but the Spanish crew was a wonderful addition

The next time you are tempted to think that crime couldn’t touch your neighborhood, think again. Look at the peaceful street behind the police vehicle. It could happen anywhere.

P.S.

The local news services reported later that this was a double homecide. Two older women, believed to be mother and daughter, were killed during the night. The suspect is a 19 year old man who climbed in a window and grabbed the sharpest kitchen knife he could find. It is believed to be a random attack.

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