Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday Post #18

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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So a lot is going on around here.  I didn't get to do a post last week with trying to build a wall.  Yes, we were building a real live wall.  A retailing wall in our back yard.  Let me tell you, it was a lot of work!  I wasn't able to pick up the block, but I could dig with the shovel and digging bar, and I did.  Also, I think I might be getting somewhere with the paperwork for my dad.  My husband goes back to work this week, he was off all week, so maybe I can get back to a routine of normalcy this week.

I think I've been on the same book for two weeks, which is a dreaded shame as I'm LOVING it!  But with family issues and building walls it's hard to find reading time.  I'm about 1/2 way and loving this fantasy read. WOW!  This is the fantasy I've been wanting to pick up, so glad I did.

But since I didn't do a Post last week, I'll do for the last two weeks today...

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Also, I'm doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month.  But I only set the goal at 10k words, and there is many re-writes that need to get done at the same time.

Finished Last Week:
After Dark by Gena Showalter and Kait Ballenger


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
I haven't got to the Podcasts yet.  I will, they are lining up on me.

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Last Week on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)
A Cursed Moon by Cecy Robson



Ravenous by Eden Summers


Reviews:
Book Review:
GIVEAWAYS:
Signed copy of A CURSED EMBRACE by Cecy Robson, including swag.  (ends today!!)
Print copy of AFTER DARK by Gena Showalter & Kait Ballenger, signed by Kait Ballenger

Author Posts & Interviews:
Interview with S.A. Huchton on Endure series & 1st book Maven
Gail Z. Martin guest post on:  What comes first, Character or Plot?
Interview with Kait Ballenger on Execution Underground series and After Dark

Weekly Posts:

***NEW*** Mythical Monday ~ there were 2!  Chloe Jacobs talking of Hansel & Gretel influencing her story.  And Margaret Ronald talking of the Werewolf.
Teaser Tuesday
Who? What? Where? Wend.
Throwback Thursday
Looking Forward To...
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too
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This Week to Come on the Blog:

Ooookay, I'm not sure.  I have all my normal posts and the review of After Dark is coming, but other than that...I think that's all.
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Received Last Week:


Review:
Requiem by Ken Scholes
Goodreads Synopsis:
Ken Scholes’s debut novel, Lamentation, was an event in fantasy. Heralded as a “mesmerizing debut novel” by Publishers Weekly, and a “vividly imagined SF-fantasy hybrid set in a distant, postapocalyptic future” by Booklist, the series gained many fans. It was followed by Canticle and Antiphon. Now comes the fourth book in The Psalms of Isaak, Requiem.

Who is the Crimson Empress, and what does her conquest of the Named Lands really mean? Who holds the keys to the Moon Wizard’s Tower?

The plots within plots are expanding as the characters seek their way out of the maze of intrigue. The world is expanding as they discover lands beyond their previous carefully controlled knowledge. Hidden truths reveal even deeper truths, and nothing is as it seemed to be.


Shudder by Samantha Durante
Goodreads Synopsis:
-- Book 2 in the Stitch Trilogy --

It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

Purchased/Winnings:
I'm soooo excited I won this one.  Thank you Maja!! (The nocturnal Library) for giving away a copy. Eeep!  And, Maja sent me UNBREAKABLE extra content by Elizabeth Norris.  I soooo need to get this series as well! 
Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre
Goodreads Synopsis:
Hy Breasil is grimmer than it used to be.

Before the Architect closed the door, there were regular crossings, and a great war decimated both humans and Ferishers. The native fae who refused to treat with the invaders faded; their bodies withered and died, stranding them as hungry, angry spirits that haunt the countryside.

That means there’s always trouble brewing in Dorstaad.

Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work for the Criminal Investigation Department, keeping citizens safe from things that go bump in the night. He’s a hardboiled cynic with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s determined to justify her promotion as the first female detective in her division. Together, they’re trying to keep a black tide from drowning the city.

But when the second body surfaces, murdered with the same type of infernal device, the entire CID must face the truth. There’s a madman on the loose, twining magic and blood… and only Mikani and Ritsuko can unravel the intricate, lethal conspiracy before the Royale killer completes his macabre plan, unleashing old, forbidden magic on an unsuspecting populace. If the maniac succeeds, it could mean the end of everything…

The Tao of Feeblecorn by Paul Goat Allen
Goodreads Synopsis:
On an idyllic summer afternoon, the end of the world arrives uninvited on the doorsteps of the residents of a sleepy little town in the suburbs of Syracuse, New York.

The roots of this impending cataclysm go back almost a century and stretch deep underneath the ground to the subterranean labyrinths beneath an abandoned quarry with a dark history—where a nightmarish evil has been growing unchecked for decades...

This isn't that story.

Free Ebooks:
Cursed by Tara Brown
Goodreads Synopsis:
One tragic event can change everything in a life. 
It can change the way we see the world around us.
Sometimes it can change the worlds we see.
Worlds we didn’t know existed.

When she slips into the In-Between for a few seconds she sees him.
He's more beautiful than anything she has ever seen before.
She's drawn to him in a way she's can't explain. 

Between the popular girls being poisoned and loves first kiss,
she hardly has time to chase down a mystery man.

As the poison that sent her to the In-Between wreaks havoc on her body,
the man she met there is equally damaging on her heart.

Discover how it all started, how it all unfolded

The first time

Revised with new scenes!!!


Bane by Tara Brown
Goodreads Synopsis:
"Ari, this is Aimee James. She’s different, like you.” The old lady smiled brightly, “Until you get to know each other, I wouldn’t go holding hands. Who knows what’ll happen.” 

This is the second book of the completed series, The Devil's Roses

Aimee is now a Devil's Rose. She has a ring that makes her brand of deadly force acceptable. She has killed every flavor of bad. Vampires, shifters, weres, demons, Nephilim. She has lived through nearly every kind of loss, and yet that still can't prepare her for the arrival of Ari.
Tattoo's, piercings, scars, and a poor attitude are pasted across the girl's face when she arrives at the old haunted house where Aimee has found refuge.

The problem with Ari, this isn't Ari. She isn't the girl she was a day ago. She's something else. 

Something powerful and dark and dangerous.

Something very few have ever seen.

Hyde by Tara Brown
Goodreads Synopsis:
Hanna doesn't know what's happening to her.
She doesn't know why her father has just sacrificed his life for hers.
She doesn't know who Aimee James is, or why she must fear her.
She doesn't know what the Roses are or why they're interested in her.

She knows there is a dusty stack of journals that drag her into a world she can't comprehend.
She knows there is something more to the world she has been forced into.
She knows no matter how hard she fights it, her attraction to Marcus is overwhelming and all consuming.

Until she meets Sam.

History and the present collide in this explosive tale of betrayal and lust.
Don't miss out on the excitement of the Devil's Roses, now a completed series.


Witch by Tara Brown
Goodreads Synopsis:
The old house at the end of the haunted street seems emptier with the people missing and the lives lost.
Sam thinks he has Hanna all to himself now but The Roses have other plans. 

Ari and Aimee struggle to cope with the changes they've suffered through, the newest one being Giselle. She is thrust into the role of Vampire Royalty and with it come certain obligations and limitations.

None of them really have much time to feel sorry for themselves and the deaths of their loved ones. An ancient bloodline, tracing as far back as Adam and Lillith, is discovered with an heir to the power living closer than they thought.

Enter the young and confused Ophelia, who has no idea of the power she has or the role she plays in it all.

Time is running out for the Roses.

The Devil's Roses

Mature Readers Recommended


Death by Tara Brown
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Final Rose

Sadness looms over the old mansion at the end of the road where the massive oaks and willows line the street.
With no one recovering from the losses they have experienced and D-Day creeping up on them, Ari decides to make a final push. Only this time she has a little help from O. Between the strongest magic in the world and the control Ari has learned, they hope they will be able to manipulate the time change and make everything better with a single push.
There is one thing they don't account for, Angels. Angels and the gifts they bestow upon us change us. Sometimes permanently. 

Don't Miss The Finale


The Witch, the Princess and the Dragon by S.T. Matthias
Goodreads Synopsis:
Fairy Tale/Humor/Adventure... 

The Princess is locked in the tower, where she is giving the dragon a hard time. The Prince goes to her rescue, but is getting lost. The king is confused and doesn't care too much about the happening. The dragon has a paternal love for the Princess. And there is also an old witch trying to make the things right, in the memory of the old good times...


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Reviews in the Works:

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan
Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Damaged by Skyla Dawn Cameron

32 comments:

  1. Nice... I picked up Browns books last week. They sounds good. Happy reading.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's Sunday Post

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    1. Thank you Jenea Whittington, now to find the time to read Browns books. :) And hope they are good. :)

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  2. I can't wait for a cursed moon, Happy reading darling!

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  3. Awesome haul and you go girl building a wall!! I am anxious to start Paul's book. I cannot wait for Cursed Moon and Bronze God and Cursed Embrace rocked! The Sunday Post

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    1. Oh Kimba, it was crazy here with that wall! So much rain too. *sigh* Yes, I'm excited to start Pauls story and for all the others. :) Thank you!

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  4. Busy lady. :) You got some excellent books and those covers, wow.

    I hope this is a better week for you.

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    1. Hi Bea! Yes, it's been a bit hectic here lately. We'd been planning to do this wall since last year. And with all the family stuff too...well just insane. :) Hope you have a great week!

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  5. Ooh nice! Lots of these are new to me! Haven't heard of this latest novella by Cecy! Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Oh glad to share that there's a new Cecy novella with you then Jessica @a Great read. :) Thank you!

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  6. I hope wall building was enjoying haha! It's probably not a every day occurrence. Great haul! Bronze Gods looks pretty. Happy readings!

    Here's my Sunday Post at Bookmunchies (:

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    1. Hi Cyn! Thank you! And Ga! That wall was crazy to get done. lol. I should have shared a picture. Maybe next week. :)

      Thank you!

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  7. I saw the TW Brown books last week but didn't pick them up. I really should have though. Sounds like you had a great week! Thanks for stopping by My Weekly Wrap Up and sharing yours.

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  8. my reading has really slowed lately too, due to summer stuff going on. I feel ya there, and I'm very curious about your ebooks, may have go check them out :) Happy reading, and thanks for stopping by my sunday post! Book Savvy Babe

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    1. Book Savvy Babe, yes, Summer is usually better for me with books, but it's just been crazy here this year. Hope you like what you find in the ebooks. :) Thank you!

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  9. You have been busy!! Nice haul and an awesome week on your blog!
    Have a great week!!

    Thanx for visiting my StS and Sunday Post!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Naomi Hop, Yea, it's been a bit hectic here. Hope you have a great week as well, and thank you for visiting in turn. :)

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  10. Building a wall? I'm impressed! And a nice haul, too. The Witch, the Princess, and the Dragon sounds like fun.

    Thank you for stopping by my Sunday Post!

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    1. Hi Lark @ The Bookwyrm Hoard. :) Yea, it was one looooong wall. I'll have to see about sharing a picture next week. :) And The Witch, the Princess,and the Dragon might still be free if you look into it. :) Thank you!

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  11. Awesome book haul...and a busy week with the blog & building a wall to boot. You go girl! Good luck with Camp NaNo. If you ever need a sprinting partner to get those words down, hit me up on twitter! (@katmorrisey) Happy reading and have a great week! :)

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    1. Thank you Kat Morrisey! And I'm going to go find you on Twitter! I love sprints, although I need to get a bit set up in 1st book before sprinting with new work. But I'm game. :) Thank you!!

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  12. So many great books! I'm bummed, I missed the Cursed Embrace giveaway. Oh, well.. next time. :D I managed to pick up Tara Brown's whole series free too a couple weeks ago.

    Life does get in the way sometimes. Sounds like you're working hard, though!!

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    1. Toni Lesatz, oh sorry you missed the Cursed Embrace giveaway. Maybe there will be another to come. :)

      Thank you!

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  13. Trying to keep me out with that wall, eh? ;)

    Oh I hope things slow down for you. At least it is a good book you have been on for a while. If it wasn't it would be hard to pick back up!

    Have a better week!

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    1. Melissa (B&T) LOL! Well, if walls will help... ;P lol. Thank you and have a great week.

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  14. Oh my gosh! A wall?? Sounds wild. I'm really looking forward to those books that you have lined up for us - looks like you have a lot of great ones with some nice supernaturals. I should enjoy those a lot. Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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    1. Oh it was hard work Jaclyn Canada. I think I'm going to have to share a picture of the wall next week. :) And thank you.

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  15. Oh I hear you on the lack of time front...whew! These last few weeks have wreaked havoc with my online time. Here's to things getting back to normal! *hugs*

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    1. Oh it's been a really strange summer this year. *sigh* Thank you! *hogs*

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  16. oh wow, Melissa!!! The bronze Gods!!! I am dying to read this book! Fabulous haul all round this week, sweetheart, enjoy!

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    1. If things would just calm some, I'd love to get to Bronze Gods. :) Thank you Kara!

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