The Sunday Post #21-16

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Welcome!

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

Resurrecting Her Dragon By Julia Mills

One dragon on the brink of death…

One extraordinary woman who is so much more than she seems…

ONE PROPHECY THAT COULD RUIN THEM ALL…

This one’s for all the marbles.

Fate Will Not Be Denied but that was before the Sun got involved…

Rebel Bear by Anna Lowe

Up-and-coming supermodel Hailey Crewe can’t wait to escape the limelight and return to the modest, anonymous lifestyle she once led. Escaping literally? That was never part of her plan. But when an unwanted suitor — and her scheming mother/manager — go a step too far with a surprise Hawaii wedding, Hailey becomes a bride on the run. Before she knows it, she’s not only being hunted by a greedy oil tycoon, but by his creepy security force too. A good thing she bumps into her very own Lancelot at exactly the right time.

Eventide of the Bear by Cherise Sinclair

All her life, Emma longed for someone to love. Instead, disaster sees the brand-new bard banished from her people for long lonely years. Injured saving a child, the werebear has to steal food from humans, breaking shifter Law. The territory’s Cosantir and his lethal grizzly warrior catch her in the act. To her surprise, she’s healed and welcomed. Obviously, they don’t know her past. But oh, she can’t resist being around other shifters—especially the captivatingly powerful warrior. Maybe she can stay…just a little while.

The Commanders’ Mate by Grace Goodwin

Commander Karter is a Prillon Warrior. His first duty is to protect his people, to defend the Coalition worlds from a fate too terrible to comprehend. Battle is his life. His heart. He fights. He has never once been selfish enough to believe he deserved an Interstellar Bride. Until he’s matched at the worst possible time.

Ghost Wolf by Heather Long

Julian has been juggling the conflict without a real target for months, they always seem to be just one step behind the Volchitsa and even the wolves they’ve captured can’t tell them enough. With the fate of the packs resting squarely on his shoulders, Julian, the Chief Enforcer, will swallow his pride to seek out the one wolf he knows can help them all, the one who seems to know all the players, who can think like them…if anyone can find the Volchitsa it’s the ghost he’s hunted for decades…

Don’t Let Your Guard Down Just Yet!!!

Case in Point:

Yes, folks in many states the age limits for getting a COVID-19 Vaccination is tumbling. But, please don’t let your guard down yet, there’s more to the story that you may not be aware of.

My oldest daughter lives in PA with her husband and the bright 2 1/2 year old daughter they adopted a year ago. They have faithfully taken every precaution recommended. She works from home most days, while he works on construction wearing appropriate gear. Riley wears a mask at her daycare center. Until recently, they have avoided gatherings with people they didn’t know.

Easter weekend, they attended a small family gathering. Sandra didn’t say, but it was undoubtedly outdoors. You would think that everyone would be safe. The older adults were getting their vaccinations as soon as possible, so they were covered.

Two days later one young man who was there tested positive. A week later my daughter started feeling poorly. She skipped church on Sunday because she didn’t feel good. Thinking she needed something for a sinus infection, she called her doctor. The doctor sent her to get a Covid test to rule that out. She stopped by CVS for a 3 day test. During this timeframe, she found herself not being able to taste things.

The three days went by, and she checked in with the pharmacy. They had no record of her having a test done! So she went to the local Urgent Care clinic for a Rapid Covid test. In no time at all, she found herself speaking to their doctor with a positive result!

The next day, her husband went for a test, while they took the baby in later in the evening when it would be quieter. At this point, neither adult has had a vaccination. The county where they live isn’t giving them to people in their 40’s yet. The surrounding counties have just now dropped the age requirement down to that level but are understandably swamped with calls. No appointments are available.

Now she, at least, will have to wait until she recovers from the virus to get her shots. People, remember that just because the state government has lowered the age limit to the next bracket, doesn’t mean every county falls in line. They want to, I’m sure, but they have to take supplies into consideration. It may take a few weeks or more, for your local area to start giving vaccinations to your age group. In the meantime, keep following all the precautions!

The Sunday Post #21-15

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, then 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 Dragon, His Demon by Julia Mills

Her Dragon is strong and loyal, a leader among his kin. He makes her feel things she never thought possible and…he is her only hope for survival.

His Demon is beautiful and alluring, the other half of his soul. She is the One the Universe made for him and… she is his only hope for eternal love.

Together they must battle a darkness unlike any other led by Hell’s Chancellor himself. It’s not just their love that’s at stake…this time it’s their very existence.

Key Lime Pie

So many people think that making pies is difficult. That’s not necessarily true. Take this pie for instance. Believe it or not, it only takes 3 ingredients besides the pie crust!

This recipe was given to me when we first moved into the place where we live now. I don’t know who created it originally but since it was freely given to me, I am freely passing it on.

Rebel Dragon by Anna Lowe

Off to Maui for a relaxing vacation? Hardly. Surfer Jenna Monroe is on the run from a stalker who lusts after her blood. Instead of combing the beach for lost treasures, she’s forced to venture deep into the terrifying world of shapeshifters. There, even the good guys are hard to trust — all except for the hot-blooded rebel she can’t get out of her head.

Uncorked by Delta James

On the backroads of Italy, a fatal accident takes the lives of three of the four people in the car. The only survivor is an unconscious Kinzie Edwards, who is mistakenly identified as her twin sister. In a targeted act of violence, Kinzie loses her sister, Kayla and her humanity.

Claimed by the Vikens by Grace Goodwin

The only thing former Coalition warriors Calder, Zed and Axon have in common are long years spent battling the Hive, and their eagerness to claim their personal reward—their own Interstellar Bride.

Thunder Wolf by Heather Long

Most Lone Wolves have a story—a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back…

Decorating and Redecorating!

Remember when I first showed you this arrangement? Recently we decided to make a few changes in the centerpiece.

It really is amazing what a big difference just a small change of color can make!

The Sunday Post #21-14

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post! If you are reading this, then 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 Dragon’s No Angel by Julia Mills

Take one snowbound dragon, combine with one Christmas Angel, throw in a healthy dose of an attraction only the Universe could have conjured and top with the largest blizzard in a hundred years. 
Now sit back and enjoy the show! This one’s gonna be a bumpy ride!
Fate Will Not Be Denied but Heaven’s Got A Plan of Its Own!

Lure of the Fox by Anna Lowe

Desert fox shifter Ella Kitt has no problem risking her life — but never, ever her heart. Not that she expects to do either when she flies to Maui to help her Special Forces comrades with an easy security job. Or maybe not so easy, because she’s forced to work — and live — in close quarters with smoking hot army hero, Jake McBride. Jake isn’t just the one-night stand who makes her scarred heart flutter and her fox’s tail wag — he’s also a human, totally off-limits to shifters of her kind.

Winter of the Wolf by Cherise Sinclair

After years in foster care, Breanne Gallagher has the stable life she’s always wanted, living with her foster-sister and working as a chef. Then one devastating night, a hellish creature invades her apartment and shatters her fragile existence. Shifting between monster and man, it slaughters her foster sister and assaults Bree. Alone, wounded, her beloved home tainted by gruesome memories, Bree flees to a tiny wilderness town, following her only clue to her past.

Her Rogue Mates by Grace Goodwin

An Earth member of the medical recovery team on Transport Station Zenith, Harper meets two mysterious strangers from an unknown world. With intense eyes and even more intense desires, it’s easy for the two sexy-as-sin aliens to prove how good it can be with them.

His Moonstruck Wolf by Heather Long

When a matchmaker gets toasted at the after party, she finds the perfect wolf for her in the most unlikely of places. Of course, the last thing he wants is a mate, much less a matchmaking one.

Weekly Cup of Coco

Back in October when my husband first had to go on oxygen therapy, we moved this little stand to the bedroom to make room for the concentrator. At the same time, we put the Echo Show on the window ledge to use.

This week my oldest daughter contacted us. She’d just gotten a Show as well and wanted to see how to contact us on it. In the process of getting it set at the right height, we discovered that it worked better if we brought the little stand back to the living room. Coco wasted no time at all in claiming the bottom shelf as hers!

The Sunday Post #21-10

In case you didn’t see it on the home page, I’ve started a Podcast called “Book Reviews by the Reluctant Retiree.” Yeah, I know, not exactly original. WordPress has partnered with Anchor, a Spotify division, to create podcast episodes from blog posts. My husband and I had looked into creating a podcast for him but were always afraid of the costs involved. With Anchor, there is no cost involved. My plan at the moment is to create episodes from the Sunday Posts rather than trying to create episodes from all the posts during the week.

Books Reviewed This Past Week

Fighting for Her Dragon by Julia Mills. Dragon Guard Series Book 7. One doomed dragon. One very special woman. One destiny no one could have predicted. Will they save dragon kin or destroy it?

The Science of Good Cooking from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine. Unlock a lifetime of successful cooking with this groundbreaking new volume from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated, the magazine that put food science on the map.

Lure of the Wolf by Anna Lowe. Jewels of the Heart Book 2. Nina only has the vaguest memories of who she is or why two men tried to kill her one terrifying night. All she knows is how quickly she’s falling in love with her rescuer — a man with secrets of his own. With her, he’s kind, gentle, and fun — but there’s a ferocious, animal side to Boone and the group of Special Forces vets he shares an exclusive seaside estate with. Can Boone help her uncover the past before the killers catch up with her? Or will an unexpected twist of fate steal her only chance at true love?

Sealord by Delta James. Alpha Lords Book 6. Only one thing could have awakened Kellan from long centuries of sleep. The scent of his mate.

Míorúilt has the blood of dragons in her veins and taming her will be no easy task, but Kellan wouldn’t want it to be. While he slumbered he dreamed of how sternly and shamefully he will punish her defiance and how thoroughly he will claim and ravage her beautiful virgin body.

Now it is time.

Her Mate’s Secret Baby by Grace Goodwin. Interstellar Brides Program Book 9. An attack on their outpost leaves Roark fighting for his life. For her protection, Natalie is transported back to Earth. Roark thinks she’s dead. But she’s very much alive and so is his newborn son. Natalie’s anger and regret grows with each passing day her mate does not keep his promise to come for her. By the time he discovers his mistake, it may be too late to win back her heart.

Desert Wolf by Heather Long. Wolves of Willow Bend Book 8. Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, leads the most ruthless and dangerous pack in the United States. A pack comprised of misfits who didn’t fit in their previous packs, cast offs discarded by their packs and forgotten wolves who rose to create a pack more than a century before it utter defiance of the order of the day. Sometimes pitiless and cruel, he wants more for his people than a yearly bloodbath as they fight for a new place, a better spot in the pecking order. To change his pack, means to change himself and he will find rebellion on all sides, not the least of which is his own defiant heart.

Coming Up!

As you can see (I hope), I am trying to expand the information I present on Sundays. Not everybody is interested in the paranormal romances and that’s okay. I plan to keep including the cookbooks and other informative posts. A blog should always be evolving otherwise it grows stale. So if you are listening to this as a podcast episode, thank you very much for your support.

Upcoming Posts:

  • Her Dragon’s Heart by Julia Mills
  • Accessories for Your Instant Pot
  • Lure of the Bear by Anna Lowe
  • Skylord by Delta James
  • Mating Fever by Grace Goodwin
  • Snow Wolf by Heather Long

Recently my husband and I decided that it was easier to get a couple of fleece throws to cover up with when things got a bit chilly. The weather can be quite changeable in early spring and if we put a heater on, it only leads to needing the AC by afternoon. Needless to say, Coco had to investigate this new covering. At this point, I gave in and bought her a blanket of her own.

The Sunday Post #21-9

Covid Vaccine

After seeing shots like this one on our local station, I wasn’t too sure about the whole process. Some of these folks waited for over 3 hours in their car even with an appointment!

But when the VA texted my husband on Tuesday offering vaccination shots, we jumped at the chance. And wow, what a difference. As we came on the VA campus we noticed that there was a separate lane designated for Covid appointments. Following the signs brought us to a separate temperate check tent. From there, we were directed to follow a path that led us back to the parking garage. The ground floor was set up with 10 or so small areas where 8 people at a time could be accommodated with social distancing.

Each area was identified by a service and a number. After looking around, this was just a handy way to identify where to go. There was a nurse and one other person there. We happened to have a doctor we knew as the second person. I can’t say for certain that each area had a doctor, but they might have.

They gathered your information and set up the appointment for the next shot right away. After you were given your vaccination, a small time was set for 15 min. This way they could keep tabs on you to make sure you were okay before leaving. We were sent on our way with a vaccination card and a monitoring record. If you had any side effects, you were to write it down and bring the sheet back with you for your next shot. We were done in about 30 min.

Now, when we arrived there, no line existed for parking. But by the time we left, a line had formed and was starting to wrap around the block. Hopefully, those folks didn’t have to wait very long. All in all, it turned out to be a pleasant experience!

Weekly Cup of Coco

This is the look I get when Coco wants a walk. She is so adorable when she prances around trying to get me to hurry up!

The Sunday Post #21-8

Decorating

This past week, my husband and I did something that we do about 4 times a year, we changed the set of dishes we are using. I remember how my mother loved to decorate her house for the seasons. Unfortunately, I don’t have the space to decorate that she did. She had a 3 story house, I have a single wide trailer. So over the years, I have collected 4 sets of dishes to use for the different seasons. This week we brought out the ones for spring.

Now, one of my husband’s greatest joys is buying me Crystal to use in our house. He’s wanted to do that for years but we were never in a position to afford it. Recently we have been. Last year, he bought me two things to use as centerpieces for the table. Godinger Swan Centerpiece Bowl Crystal Giftware and Godinger 25517 Dublin Hurricanes – Set of 3,. Those candleholders look like they hold votives, don’t they? Noooo, they hold 3 inch candles!

Christmas decorating using these was fairly simple. Red candles, red and gold ornament balls and 3 strands of holly wound around the base of the candlesticks. But look at how elegant they look! I got rave reviews all season long.

This week I changed that for spring. White candles, smaller flowers in the bowl, and 2 different flower garlands woven together then wound around the candlesticks.

Book Reviews for this Past Week

  • Saved By Her Dragon by Julia Mills
  • Planning for Canning
  • Deception by Anna Lowe
  • Fated by Delta James
  • Tamed by the Beast by Grace Goodwin
  • River Wolf by Heather Long

Weekly Cup of Coco

This week was Coco’s “Spa Day.” She’s not happy with me but accepted a rawhide chew as a bribe.

The Sunday Post #21-7

Rant Time!

Being a veteran couple, my husband and myself fly a flag attached to the trailer. Last September I bought a new new flag, already attached to a pole, to replace my tattered one. The pole is nice and sturdy but the flag was a bit oversized. During most days it was fine, but when the wind blew, it got wild. This past week I finally gave in and bought a new one to replace it. Now I don’t know how I was expected to get the flag off those hooks but I had to get a pair of Pliers to squeeze the hook enough to wiggle the grommets out!! Enough Already! Face it, it’s the older folks and veterans who tend to use these. Make it a little bit easier to replace it!

New series coming soon to the blog

Okay, I’m looking at a couple of series to add to the blog. One, “The Wild Hunt Legacy” is a shifter series, but with a bit of a twist. Herne, God of the Hunt, and Gaia, Mother Earth, have a very large input into the way things are run. This is a series that I would have sworn was finished. The author recently added another book to the four already published, and in the last chapter gave me the impression that there might be more coming.

The next one, Dragons of Preor, is another I thought was finished. But again, the author is still adding to it. In order for things to make sense, I’ll need to include the first series, the Ujal. One series runs right into the next.

The other series that I’m considering are a great deal like Delta James’ “Wayward Mates” in that the males are firmly in charge, and the ladies will get their bottoms “warmed” for not obeying. Now, personally, I enjoy reading these types of books, but anyone trying it on me is in for a fight!

Weekly Cup of Coco

Coco’s new hiding place

While Coco has no problem going out in the rain, she doesn’t enjoy the sounds of the thunder. We’ve blocked off her access to behind the sofa and the bed, but being the resourceful little dog that she is, she found another spot to curl up in!

The Sunday Post #21-6

What’s new with me!

I’ve been planning to do this for quite awhile now, but never quite got around to doing it. Instagram, that is! I use the same handle, reluctantretireebookreviews for Instagram and Twitter both. I’ve started posting just once each day, until I get the hang of doing this.

I was surprised to see that sometimes an author will just post a quote from their book on a abstract background. This was not what I was expecting, but definitely something I can work with. I don’t take photos so much as I create 3d renders of the scene. I’ve got several different scenes set up that I can just change a few things, (along with the book covers) and it will render in just a few minutes. I’m not going for photorealism because that can take way too long.

Since I noticed that several of the series now have updated covers, I’m going through and updating the blog posts. You should already be seeing these. I’m trying to keep up with all the different series without just totally dropping any of them.

Lastly, I’m giving you a look at reviews written by people other than myself. I know that my reviews can be, shall we say, short? For the most part, I write reviews on my iPad and I just don’t care for trying to do long, involved reviews that way. So I try to give you reviews that look at things from a different perspective. These reviews may be recent or from when the book was published. Expect to see 3 – 4 reviews in each post.

Weekly Cup of Coco

As we age, my husband and I enjoy having our fur baby sleep with us. Some nights, Coco will stay, other nights she wants down. Thursday night was definitely a different gameplan! My nightstand lamp is just out of reach so I have to get out of bed to turn it off. That night I turned back around to get in bed only to see Coco settling in my space. I laid down anyway, thinking she would scoot further down in the bed. Nope, she crawled up on the top part of my pillow, and there she stayed all night!

The Sunday Post #21-4

This past week saw a great deal of change in the US. We actually swore in a female Vice President, never mind all the other firsts involved there! Then there was the somewhat hidden footnote for history, Joseph Biden is the first Catholic president since JFK. That’s worth taking note of. If it wasn’t for his using a family Bible for taking the oath, many people might not know that.

This year was the first time my husband and I watched an inauguration on TV. Previous years, we just didn’t have the time or perhaps the interest. In this year, facing a resurgence of the Coronovirus, we all need to pay better attention to what is going on around us.

Weekly Cup of Coco

Warm and cozy!

My husband and I love bringing Coco to bed with us. Neither one of us believes that she was ever spoiled before and we are trying to make up for that lack. On the nights when she doesn’t want to spend the entire night in the bed, I drop my extra pillow on the floor for her to use.

The Sunday Post #21-3

Never fail, Favorite Series

Do you have a favorite series, one that when nothing else seems to catch your interest, it just feels right? It’s the one that is your “fallback” favorite. For me, that honor goes to “The Prisoner” a serial that unfortunately, was never finished. Another series I enjoy periodically going back and rereading is “Dragon Fury” by Coreene Callahan. I’ve recently started reading that one again.

Do you listen to Audiobooks?

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Whether it is from Audible or any other service, have you tried them? Thanks to reviewing them for different authors, I have accumulated a nice library of them. I have to tell you, my hat is off to some of these narrators! It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s the spicy language of Emily Tilton or the tongue twisting names from Anna Lowe, these folks deliver flawless reads. If you haven’t tried audiobooks, give them a try!

Weekly Cup of Coco

Ever since the groomer added bows to Coco’s ears last Saturday, I’ve been trying to do the same. I found some different bows on Amazon and have been using them as well. She doesn’t always like the process of putting them in, but she endures it without growling at me. So that’s a win!