The Sunday Post #21-17

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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

The Scars of Her Dragon by Julia Mills

The past is never just the past especially when it haunts your every thought and turns your dreams to nightmares. Forgiveness is the only path to peace. Unfortunately, that route is filled with the faces of the dead.

The dove brings love, peace and protection to the world. She has the power to restore what’s been lost and heal the wounds of the past. If only he would let her.

Rebel Lion by Anna Lowe

Lion shifter Dell O’Roarke has never been serious about life, but life is about to get serious with him. The beautiful stranger who’s just arrived in Maui isn’t just looking for anyone — she’s looking for him. And that’s not just any surprise she’s brought along — it’s a baby who looks a hell of a lot like Dell. Soon, he discovers there’s more at stake than his lifestyle as a swinging bachelor. Vengeful shifters are hot on the stranger’s heels, making Dell wonder… Are they after the woman, the baby, or him?

Leap of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair

After a decade of captivity, Darcy MacCormac escapes the corrupt, clandestine organization called the Scythe, leaving family and friends behind. She must find a way to rescue them. Discovered by other shifters, the brand-new cougar gets two mentors. Blademage Gawain is an easy-going blacksmith with a steel-hard core. His brother Owen is a deadly warrior. Grumpy. Rude. And he doesn’t like her.

Matched and Mated by Grace Goodwin

Miranda Doyle has spent months in the arms of a mysterious Trion doctor. His hands are skilled at more than just healing, but their casual “friends with benefits” arrangement isn’t enough for her. She wants it all, and the Interstellar Brides Program guarantees her not just a mate, but a perfect match.

Outlaw Wolves by Heather Long

Luciana Esposito Barrows never imagined her dream of uniting the Lone Wolves and giving them a home could go so terribly awry. First, her brother rejected her, repudiating her from Seven Hills and leaving her without a powerful ally. Then the U.S. packs put her on notice, monitoring their movements, keeping them contained…then the Russians came. The last person in the world she expected to turn on her, was her own mate.

Our last pet wouldn’t go outside when it was raining. It didn’t matter whether it was raining a lot or a little, he just wouldn’t do it.

So you can imagine my surprise when Coco insisted upon going out come rain or come shine. Her coat is rather thick so she stays wet for awhile after coming back inside. We gave in and bought her a rain coat!

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 #21-12

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 Soul by Julia Mills

He’d seen the golden highlights of her strawberry-blonde hair glistening in the firelight and it was obvious. When the seductively soft scent of Angel’s trumpets with their light lemony overtones had invaded his senses, Liam Drennan just knew she was the one the Universe had made for him and him alone.

The few times he’d decided to go to her something had pushed him away, made it impossible for him to get near her. He’d felt the mating call, even sensed the beginning of the mating bond, but something dark almost evil within her had shut it down and denied him access to his mate. There was something about Hannah McKennon that didn’t add up. 

Now, all Liam had to do was figure out how to tell his brethren’s mate that her best friend had something evil living inside her. Who was he kidding? There was no way this was going to end well for anyone involved.

Oh great! Just another day in paradise.

Char-Broil Everybody Grills!

Char-Broil’s Everybody Grills! is the definitive cookbook and how-to guide for everyone who loves preparing meals in the great outdoors!

  • 200 prize-worthy recipes for grilled and barbecued appetizers, main courses, salads, veggies, marinades—even desserts on the grill! 
  • 250 color photos illustrate each recipe in mouth-watering detail 
  • Expert tips & techniques from Sizzle on the Grill Web writer Barry “CB” Martin for brining, marinating, and grilling that yield juicy steaks, ribs, and chicken 
  • Developed in partnership with Char-Broil, one of North America’s leading grill manufacturers 

Sumptuous spreads of exquisitely grilled food; step-by-step prize-winning recipes; lists of ingredients plus preparation and grill/cook times; expert tips on techniques and the latest equipment; delectable marinades, sauces, and rubs: Char-Broil Everybody Grills! is the definitive cookbook and how-to guide for everyone—from the beginner to the seasoned barbecue enthusiast—who loves preparing meals in the great outdoors. 

Lure of the Tiger by Anna Lowe

Tiger shifter Cruz Khala doesn’t trust humans. He doesn’t trust destiny either — not even when it sends him the one woman capable of saving his tormented soul. But there’s more than love at stake as merciless shifter forces gather on sunny Maui, intent on stealing a priceless jewel with mysterious powers. Before he knows it, Cruz becomes the last line of defense between pure evil and the sapphire — and the only one capable of saving his destined mate’s life.

Footloose and carefree? Not anymore. Jody Monroe, pro surfer, is a woman on a mission — until an unknown gunman turns her world upside down. She escapes thanks to a stealthy, enigmatic stranger with haunting, yellow-green eyes who arouses all her fears — and her desires. Cruz is a contradiction: gruff and grouchy, painfully private, yet tender and protective of those he loves. And sexy. Mouthwateringly sexy, all the damn time. Soon, Jody’s life isn’t the only thing on the line — her heart is, too.

Firelord by Delta James

An arrowhead forged in dragon fire should have killed the beast Caitlyn came to slay, but she missed. Perhaps her aim was poor… or perhaps her body knew its master and betrayed her.

Either way, it doesn’t matter now. She is at her enemy’s mercy, and he is not going to be gentle.

She will be spanked until she is sobbing and begging, but the real screaming will begin when the Lord of Fire claims his mate, ravaging her quivering body in the way only one of his kind can.

Her Viken Mates by Grace Goodwin

Isabella Martinez was always good at rebelling, against her parents, her school, her boyfriends. She had needs no one could meet, desires so dark no one could tame her. When her wild side gets her in trouble with the law, she doesn’t think twice when given a choice between prison or transport to a new world as an Interstellar Bride. Alone on Earth, the decision was easy. But when she arrives on Viken, she learns she’s been matched to not one fierce, alien brute, but three—and their desires, their needs, their demands are far darker and more demanding than her own. As enemies plot to destroy Viken’s place in the Coalition Fleet, Bella will have to learn to trust, or lose everything. Her mates will feed the hunger inside her no others ever could. But their secrets will either break her heart…or set her free forever.

Wolf On Board by Heather Long

Meet Jake Danes of Hudson River—Lone Wolf, avid gamer, extreme sports enthusiast, and surfer. He’s spent the last two years roaming free, exploring the world and escaping the dark place his pack had become after betrayal and murder tore them apart. Sure, life changed back home, but Jake’s having way too much fun to return—riding the waves in Monterrey and living out of a van. It’s the perfect life, one he never wants to give up, no matter how many calls he’s fielding from his big brother…then he catches her scent.

Mimi Chase wanted one perfect year. Time away from pack politics and her mother’s matchmaking efforts. Ever since her big brother settled into mating with a healer, Mimi’s mom seems to have gone into overdrive—throwing her at every eligible male in the pack. Choosing to roam seemed the best option, and California the ideal location to get away from everything pack related. Her plans for art classes, yoga on the beach, maybe a cooking lesson or two while living a hippy dippy lifestyle are all she cares about…until another wolf butts into her every activity. Doesn’t he know the rules?

Lone Wolves aren’t supposed to form relationships, so why doesn’t he catch a hint? Worse, why isn’t she working harder to make sure he does?

Weekly Cup of Coco!

Well, this week my husband and I received our second COVID vaccination shot. I’m glad that’s over with for now. His health has been a concern for awhile now. It upset Coco enough that she practically sat on my husband’s feet while I was out at an appointment.

Regretfully, we also had to come to the decision to close his blog. While I repeatedly tried to coax him into using some of the devotionals that he sent out by email a few years back, he wouldn’t have anything to do with that. That left him with the stress of writing new material for every week. His heart isn’t up to the stress, so we reluctantly ended the blog.

Have no fear though, folks! I don’t plan to end this one any time soon.

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 #21-7

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 #21-5

The Classics

When was the last time that you sat down and read a book that you consider a classic? I never cared for many of the books that are traditionally considered classic such as “Little Women” or “Great Expectations”. I did read others by way of Reader’s Digest. For me, nothing beats “Lord of the Rings”.

I own a box set of LOTR, but rarely get it out anymore. It’s physically heavy and a bit unwieldy. Then a few days ago, I found the box set on Kindle Unlimited! I’m in heaven! This is the first time I’ve started reading it in absolutely years.

Moral of the story? Take a search at your favorite retailer for a favorite classic book!

Weekly cup of Coco!

We love to have Coco sleep on the bed with us, but this was going a little bit too far! I stepped away from the bed to turn the lights off only to find that she stole my side of the bed!

The Sunday Post #21-1

Let’s Wrap Up 2020!

For the last 5 years, I’ve been tracking the books I’ve read using the Goodreads challenge. Each year I exceeded the number of books I thought I would read. So, this year I went for broke. I estimated that I could read 500 books. ……. What was I thinking?

I ended up reading 453 books. I think I may have actually read more but I was rereading books and didn’t always remember to reset the status.

I was surprised to see that I had listened to 22 books on Audible. Spent over 90 hours listening while I walked our dog. I don’t remember getting any kind of report from them in previous years. I liked it!

So what’s ahead?

I think I will keep the book challenge at the same number. See if I can’t beat it! 🤭 Maybe I’ll try to increase the number of Audible titles as well. As for what’s ahead for my blog, I’m working hard at increasing the visibility of my posts. They are already being promoted on Facebook and Twitter. I’m thinking about adding Instagram as well. Stand by for more about that one!

Weekly Cup of Coco

I don’t know what Coco’s previous experience with New Year’s Eve was, but she was shivering as the neighbors set off fireworks Thursday night. It was so bad, I ended up cuddling her for several hours. And I tell you, she doesn’t accept cuddling often!