Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday's Beginnings (30)

Well, here we are again... MONDAY!

How are you faring in reading your books?  Are you starting a new book for the week or finishing one up?

I am just about done with The Emerald Storm by Michael J. Sullivan.  I am hoping to get a review up with in the next few days.  I am really enjoying this one and having a hard time stopping.  I have not made it very far in Strange Brew, the anthology I've been trying to read.  Which is okay.  I just didn't get much time in traveling last week to get to it, and all week I ate lunch out.  This week I think I will have more lunches in and time to read some of it.

I got a good bit of reading done today.  I stayed home from work today as our dog wasn't doing well.  And she had passed on this morning.  So there was a few things to be done, and then I was able to sit down and relax with a book.  So I should be able to get through The Emerald Storm this evening.  Then I am looking forward to starting Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie.  I read the first book with a reading buddy and we discussed it in sections, which is what we plan on doing with this one too.

For my Wishing List... I have added four books.  Three of these books are new releases coming out soon.  I am really starting to think I will never be able to catch up on these wanted books.

I have received two new books this week.  They are:

I was lucky enough to win this book on Twitter from Orbit Books.  This is my fantasy book I am looking forward to reading.

SHALE is the lowest of the low - an outcast from a poor village in the heart of the desert.  In the desert, water is life and currency, and Shale has none.  But he has a secret.  It's the one thing that keeps him alive and may save all the cities of the Quartern in the days to come.  If it doesn't get him killed first...

TERELLE is a slave fleeing a life as a courtesan.  She finds shelter in the home of an elderly painter, but as she learns the strange and powerful secrets of his art she fears she may have traded a life of servitude for something far more perilous...

THE STORMLORD is dying in his tower and there is no one, by accident or design, to take his place.  He brings the rain from the distant seas to his people.  Without a Stormlord, the cities of the Quartern will wither and die.

Their civilization is a the brink of disaster.  If Shale and Terelle can find a way to save themselves, they may just save them all.  Water is life and the wells are running dry...

I broke down and purchased a book too, Spider's Bite.

My name is Gin, and I kill people.

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South-when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge.  And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way-good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction... especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.
The 250 word blip I was writing for over at Deadline Dames is posted.  If you would like to read it, and you don't have too, you can visit the site by clicking here and I am number 11 in the comments.  I hope you enjoy if you stop over, if not okay and thanks for reading. :)

How are you faring this week so far?  Here is to hoping you have a great week in words and pages.


  1. I have both of those books waiting for me. I do feel happy saying I picked up The Last Stormlord before seeing all the hype about it. I'd like to read it soon but who knows when I will actually get to it.

  2. Well.. I am trying to catch up on my reading, lol! So many books, so little time! Story of my life! Ha!

    Great post you had at the Dames!

  3. WonderBunny - I hope you enjoy the books! You may get to them before me. I will definitely keep an eye out for your reviews. I am excited about The last Stormlord too. I didn't realize there was much hype about it till I won it. I am hoping to be able to get to it soon as well. lol. Only time will tell.

    Cecile - HI!!!! You really said it there - so many books, so little time - that seems to be the story of my life too. LOL. Thank you for reading the post over at Dames! I didn't know if anyone would stop by there or not. Thank you!

  4. The first book has the coolest cover I've seen today. I'm in a reading slump right now I think, I just can't get the energy to finish any book right now. Hopefully it wont' last very long. Have a great week.

  5. Ryan - I really like the cover on The Last Stormlord too. Sorry to hear you are in a reading slump. :( I hope you get through it soon. Hope you have a better week this week. :)

  6. Oh The Last StormLord looks amazing!! Congrats on the win, too!

    Oh, and I am ready to start Before They Are Hanged whenever you are :)

  7. Hey Krista! Hope you had a great weekend. I have been having troubles getting on B&N, but I emailed Paul and he checked in on it. They are working on the problem. If you would like to get started. I am ready! :) Is there a day we want to work toward for the first section? As soon as I can get on B&N I'll start a thread for us.

  8. I also love the cover of the Storm Lord! I'm glad you got Spider's Bite. I think you'll like it. Loved your part at Deadline Dames! Congrats!

    I have bee trouble reading this week. My dog got sick and had to take him to the vet today. I think he'll do fine, just needed some meds. Poor thing. Hope your pup is doing well.

  9. Hey Melissa! That cover is pretty cool. I have a good feeling of Spider's Bite too. I can't wait until I get to it. Thank you for reading the little writting over at Deadline Dames, and thank you for the complement - glad you enjoyed it. :) Our dog ended up passing on yesterday. It was sad but she lived a great long life. She is running in the open fields now. :)

  10. oo, SPIDER'S BITE - excellent choice! :D

    I can't wait to see what you thought of it.

  11. So sorry to hear about your dog. It's hard to lose one of our furbabies, but comforting that she had a great life with a family who loved her. *hugs*

  12. Janicu - I am looking forward to Spider's Bite. I just couldn't wait any longer to buy it. But I have a few books ahead it in the stack to read. I am excited to get to it though.

    Alexia - Thank you! Furbabies (I love the word) are hard to let go of. Thank you for your words and hugs.

  13. What would be best for you on when we should try and be finished with part one? I will start this book probably tomorrow after work if that works for you too.

  14. Krista - Tomorrow works for me too. That is when I will be starting. Do you want to aim for the weekend? When would be good for you to get on at B&N? I started a thread over at B&N for us as well.

  15. I haven't heard of The Last Stormlord but it looks very good. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

  16. Hi Simcha! I didn't start hearing about The Last Stormlord till after I won it. I am excited to get into this one. I am hoping I enjoy it, as it sounds good. :)

  17. I agree, The Last Stormlord cover is very cool. Looking forward to your review of Spider Bite, too; it sounds interesting.

    I've seen Joe Abercrombie around a bit and have been eye-ing his books at the discount book store. Can't wait to see what you think.

    Have a great week :-)

  18. Hi Jackie! I am excited about both of these books. I have heard so much about Spider's Bite and it really sounds like my kind of read. I have read Abercrombie's first book, The Blade Itself, if you would like to read that review.

  19. I have Stormlord on the pile no idea when I will get to it. hope to do it soon.

  20. Tyson - I wanted this book as it sounds different, yet still in a fantasy world. I liked the idea behind it. Then I read the way Glenda created the world in the book, getting a little more insight into the book, over at Orbits books. Now I can't wait until I get to it. It is in the stack here, just not sure how soon to get to it. Hope you enjoy it when you get there.

  21. Tyson - I wanted this book as it sounds different, yet still in a fantasy world. I liked the idea behind it. Then I read the way Glenda created the world in the book, getting a little more insight into the book, over at Orbits books. Now I can't wait until I get to it. It is in the stack here, just not sure how soon to get to it. Hope you enjoy it when you get there.


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