Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Post #161

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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We spring ahead looking forward to warmer weather, as snow still coats the ground. I don't know about you but the jumping forward an hour always messes with me. I feel as I lose an hour on the first day then jet lag hits me on Monday or Tuesday. I'll get through.

Weekends never seem to go as I plan. I was hoping to work on re-writes this weekend. I've yet to do so. The whole family being home on weekends makes focus hard. There is always some sort of interruption. I'm hoping when I get done with my daily running today that I'll be able to put time into re-writes.

As for reading. I have an hour on an audio book I want to get through today and I need to wrap up the story I'm reading. Life is moving so fast that it limits my reading time. It starts to bug me when a book is taking weeks for me to finish. I hate that! And it's not the books fault.

Do you struggle when life leaves you little time to physically read?

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... This week I did have a good week. Monday I got a walk in at lunch and on the treadmill in the evening, Tuesday I got a short walk at lunch, Wednesday and Thursday I worked out with weights and elliptical. That's about as normal as I'm going to get.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Every Kingdom Divided by Stephen Kozeniewski
Content Editing Work

Current Audiobook:
Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)


Finished Last Week: 
Nothing yet.

Audiobooks from Audible:
Redemption Song by Craig Schaefer
Treasure of the Dead by David Wood & Rick Chesler


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


DNFed:

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Last Week on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)



Guest Posts:



Posts:


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
Clan by Realm Lovejoy

"I loved the strong feeling of creating a society of clones in Father Krume's manner. We get that feel then watch it slowly crumble to pieces. He thinks this is a perfect concept that's not perfect."


Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

"This book felt like it was one that anyone who loves cop shows could read. The story didn't feel high in the magic field that others would be distracted by it. The story feels as though it's more character driven based on Kate and her wants and desires to do or not do things, also her complicated family connections don't help her but make her beliefs stronger in her mind."


Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


Two reviews. And a Mythical Monday!


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Received Last Weeks:
(Note: Links to Amazon are buy links where I could earn commission, in case you are interested.)


For Review Consideration:



Audio Books Requested for Review:
A Spell of Trouble by Leighann Dobbs
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When town trouble maker, Louella Drummond, drops dead in front of Isolde Quinn's pet store just minutes after threatening both Issy and her cousin Graeme, the police in the small lakeside town of Silver Hollow assume it's from natural causes. 

... Until it's discovered that Louella was murdered. 

Not just any murder, though. Murder by paranormal means. Dark magic that could only have been performed by a powerful witch. And every law-abiding paranormal knows that dark magic is forbidden and carries strict punishment at the hands of "the committee" - the mysterious entity that provides law and order within the paranormal community. 

Being witches, Issy and her three cousins fear they are at the top of the suspect list. To make matters worse, a secret division of the FBI has gotten wind of the happenings in Silver Hollow and sent two agents to ferret out paranormal activity. Even worse than that, Issy is annoyingly attracted to one of them! 

Armed with their unconventional posse of familiars, Issy and her cousins dodge the efforts of the 'real" police and the special FBI agents while following a twisty path of clues that lead to a shocking betrayal.


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:



Audio:
The Buried Book by D.M. Pulley
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he’s left on his uncle’s farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible.

It’s 1952, and Jasper isn’t allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He’s lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle’s good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she’s coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

As he’s drawn deeper into an adult world of corruption, scandal, and murder, Jasper uncovers the shocking past still chasing his mother—and now it’s chasing him too.


Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
The Last City by Logan Keys
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Liza was prepared to die from cancer, but instead she's been gifted super-strength. Since the undead plague, the world's gone crazy: Evil dictators, mad scientists, sick kids imprisoned on an island, and experiments that have created the stuff of myths and legends.

When Liza meets Jeremy Writer, an anarchist rousting the people to revolt, she has a choice to make. Risk imprisonment, or join the rebellion. And she finds she has a talent for enlisting allies to their cause.

Tommy's a normal seventeen-year-old boy, that is, until he's angry. The Underground's created super-soldiers to fight the regime holding the last city. But he struggles to contain his monster more and more, and Tommy wonders how much of himself will be left when they arrive. He's got too many who rely on him, to give up now.

If Liza can't help spark an uprising, and Tommy loses control before victory, then the last of the population will be purged, and freedom will be nothing but a memory.

Grab your copy, and join the resistance today.

Stranger Worlds: A Young Adult Urban Fantasy Collection eBook
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Nine Books. One Boxed Set. Endless Adventure.

Find your next favorite YA series in Stranger Worlds. This urban fantasy collection includes nine full-length, first-in-series books. Gods and ghosts, portals and shifters, werewolves and fairies... there’s a magical new world waiting for every reader. Explore them all!


Stealer by A.M. Yates

When Dee chases a thief out of her house, she ends up with a whole new set of troubles... in a whole new world. Now, all she wants is to get back home again.

The Portal and the Panther by R.A. Marshall

All Jon Parker really wants is to graduate high school and escape his sleepy little hometown, but everything changes one day when he stumbles into the boys' bathroom and transforms into a panther. Without choice, he's thrust into a world in which alternate universes exist, people control the elements with a mere thought, and somehow it's his job to protect our world from interdimensional "intruders". But whether or not it's a job Jon will accept... well, that remains to be seen.

Undraland by Mary E. Twomey

Still reeling from the deaths of her parents and brother, Lucy is trying to get her life back on track — until short-tempered, handsome Jens saves her from a bear attack. Soon, Lucy is swept away to an enchanting world where Scandinavian fairytale creatures run wild... and adventure is for the taking.

Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman

Reading people’s thoughts and making things move with her mind is nothing new for Kristyl, but she hopes to leave her past behind when she moves to Clearwater. But when a curse threatens her aunt’s life, she must do anything for a cure—including tapping into the magic that terrifies her.

My Fair Assassin by C.J. Anaya

After a childhood of foster families and being labeled freakish for her strange looks and eating habits, Crsyta is emancipated and providing for herself. Just when it seems she's finally settling into the normal life she always wanted, a dangerous man with lethal intent breaks into her apartment. But has this enticing stranger come to kill her or to protect her from others who will?

A Brush With the Moon by Raquel Lyon

When Sophie moves away to university, she isn’t expecting to be thrown into a world where supernatural creatures are real, nor is she expecting to attract the attention of the most eligible werewolf in town.

Soul Slam by Allie Burton

On her first heist, sixteen-year-old Olivia steals an ancient Egyptian amulet and inadvertently receives the soul of King Tut . . . and the curse that comes with it. But Xander believes it’s his place to inherit King Tut’s soul. Now, he must deal with the thief who stole the amulet. When the two find themselves up against a secret society that wants to use the curse to rule the world, they reluctantly join forces to end the curse before it turns deadly.

Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

Olivia Black has a rare birth defect. Instead of a hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a ghost hand.
Avoidables (Books 1-3) By Rachel Medhurst
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Avoidables have defects ranging from looks to unexplained gifts. Some of us are half breeds. Dragons and animals were known to have bred with the human race thousands of years ago. We all live in cities, usually divided in two. The Perfects live on the Upper Side, while the Avoidables inhabit the Lower Side. We've been consumed by hate for a race that rejects us so heartlessly. We've become dangerous. All we want is the Perfects to love and respect us. 

Follow Hope, Purple and Jason on their individual journeys. 

Hope uncovers a great secret about herself when she meets Jason, a Perfect that brings out the best in her. 

Purple tries to rescue a kidnaped Hope, but soon realises that she's in better company than they knew. When he meets Alia, he's determined not to follow his best friends footsteps in love. 

Jason needs to prove himself. Avoidables view him as the Perfect mummy's boy, but he will find a way to show Hope that he is perfect for her. 

'This is a bundled serial.'

The Wall by Jen Minkman
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Goodreads Synopsis:
This is a revised edition of the novellas The Island & The Waves combined into one storyline with brand new content!

'I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.
Our world is small. We’re on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us as taught to us by our forefathers.
If I were to walk westward from here, I’d come across a barrier - the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that's what everyone says. I’ve never seen one.'

Leia lives on an island where children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they’re just ten years old. Across the island runs a Wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it should be shunned because they believe in salvation from across the sea. That's what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same again. Walt, the boy from the other side of the Wall, isn’t as foolish as she was always led to believe. And as Leia and Walt set out to bring the truth about both their societies to light, all the things they once took for granted fall by the wayside.

Their island world is about to change... for better or for worse.

Taste by Mary E. Twomey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Taste is book one in an 8-part fantasy romance series, with characters based in Filipino folklore. 

Just when correctional nurse October Grace has a handle on her stressful job and taking care of her mentally ill mother, a shapeshifting warrior and a half-vampire plunge her into a foreign land that’s on the brink of starvation. Now, with a ticking clock and a target on her back, October takes up the mantle of becoming one of the rare Omens who can bring hope to a dying world. 
Mason and Von remain by her side to shield the national treasure while she sacrifices herself to reap the souls that will feed the nations of Terraway. As the death toll rises daily, October finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat world where Filipino fairytale creatures run wild… and every day is a new bloody battle. 

Blue House Magic by Catherine Stine
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Goodreads Synopsis:
This little treasure box of stories from USA Today bestselling author Catherine Stine contains three offerings. The first is Blue House Magic, the sequel novella to her futuristic Fireseed series. The second is a story called A Strange Penitence. The third is the first chapter of Fireseed One, which kicked off the Fireseed series. This collection is a great introduction to Stine’s work. 

Blue House Magic: Can Ruby, a talented seer find a cure for the baffling plague drifting down from the enemy north before it's too late? 

A Strange Penitence: A young artist pays a supernatural price when a drawing trip turns deadly. 

Fireseed One: Set on the future earth, the son of a famous marine biologist must travel to a lethal hot zone with his worst enemy, a girl who helped destroy the world’s food source, to search for a mythical hybrid plant that may not even exist. 

Dark Legends: Second Edition
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Goodreads Synopsis:
This Collection is packed with 20 Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads from New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors! 

Don't miss this collection of more than twenty unique twists in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, providing over one million words of supernatural suspense that will transport you to new worlds with smoking hot action and heart-throttling adventure! 

The DARK LEGENDS boxed set includes: Mermaids, Sirens, Shifters, Vampires, Dragons, Sorcerers, Warriors, Angels, Faeries, Demons, Witches, Psychics, Ghosts, Mythology, Folk Tales, Legends, Dark Magic, Time Travel, and More!

The Thorns of Life by Philippa Ballantine
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Goodreads Synopsis:
From the author of Geist, and Kindred and Wings, and the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, comes a short story of clones, rebellion and poets.


A company decides to clone the first famous figures from the past, and they settle on the trio of Romantic Poets, Shelley, Byron and Keats. After all, how much trouble can a few poets cause?


But the insipid Victorian view of the men has led the corporation astray, and they may live to regret their choice.

Gaia by Karen Ann Hopkins
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Watchers and Angels are at war. Which side will Ember choose?

Humankind is on the precipice of the apocalypse. 

As the Demons grow bolder and the walls between the planes of existence weaken, Ember is forced to develop her powers as quickly as possible, and she seeks out a powerful earth Watcher to continue her supernatural lessons. Her glimpse of the future demands she fight the dark forces spreading across the earth.

But her new mentor has his own agenda, making her question everyone and everything she ever trusted.

When Ember is thrust into the world of the Watchers, she learns of their plans—ones that defy the scripture and make them enemies of the Celestial Host. Ridding the world of evil gets complicated when it becomes impossible to take sides. 

As Ember struggles with morality, she soon discovers that there’s something more frightening than anything she’s faced before.



Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Primal Dawn by Ryan Kirk
Redemption Song by Craig Schaefer
Treasure of the Dead by David Wood & Rick Chesler

7 comments:

  1. happy reading my friend and have a nice week!

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  2. Avoidables caught my eye right away. Might check it out. I usually suffer from jet lag symptoms the second day of the time change too. Probably because it also happens to be a Monday. LOL

    My Sunday Post

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  3. I feel you, if it weren't for audiobooks I would be sooo far behind. Have a wonderful week, I hope you are able to read a little more.

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  4. I'm lucky not to have family issues to get in the way of my reading. After dinner at night my dad watches films or sports or plays PS games downstairs and I get in a solid 4 hours of reading in my room. That and the odd extra hour during the day allows me to read plenty. So I'm lucky that I get uninterrupted time!

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  5. What an amazing selection of books! I hope you soon get to grips with that lost hour... we have that pleasure to come in a fortnight. Have a great week:).

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  6. If I'm having a hard time with books I typically rely heavier on my audiobooks ;)

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