Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (132) Vlog Style (17)

Aaaand, it's Monday!

I think I had a good week last week, in books and blogging, and just all around. :)

Finished Last Week:
Whiskey Sour by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Graveyard Gymnasium by Kelly Lougheed

Current Read:
Spiders from Memory by Frances Pauli
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (for chat on Thursday ~ 1st half)

Reviews To Come:
Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells
Lodestone Book 3: The Crucible of Dawn by Mark Whiteway
The Graveyard Gymnasium by Kelly Lougheed
Whiskey Sour by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Devil's Luck by Carolyn Crane

Movie Review Posted:
Nope, none posted.  I wasn't a fan of the movie I got for the men, so I'm not posting it.  But I think there might be one this week.

Podcast Review:
The Gearheart: Artifice  - Episodes 1 & 2 together.  A new story podcast I got hooked on quickly.

Covers Shared:

Special Posts:
Available Today!  Well this was on Tuesday. Two amazing Novella's became available for purchase.
A New Book!  A new Zombie anthology I found with 2 amazing authors I enjoy.
Just Some Cover Fun... I talk about the first thoughts I had on seeing this cover.

I did do a Flash Fiction Friday, which is a continuation with Cheyenne and Liam. :)

My WANT List... I've added 5 books!  Ok, so it's not many.  But again I've added books to my TBR pile that were not on the WANT list, hee hee.  I'm getting bad about that.

Received Last Week:
Goodreads Synopsis:
One night without protection led to French-Canadian fae bartender, Juliette Aubrey, catching lycanthropy. Now half faerie, half werewolf, and entirely pissed off, Juliette has the chance for revenge when the last person she wants to see strolls into her bar needing help. 

This short story download also contains: 

A Vampire Walked Into a Bar: Pat knows there are vampires in his city, and now he has visual proof. He's set up a meeting with someone who might be able to stop them...but there's a vampire or two who might have something to say about that. 

Zombie Faeries: When a vampire entered her territory uninvited, faerwolf Juliette Aubrey decided to teach her a lesson. Unfortunately for her, that vampire is Zara Lain. And unfortunately for the both of them, they aren't the only big, bad creatures of the night in the cemetery when they meet. 

Nook Freebie:
Goodreads Synopsis:
To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience--past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . . 

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge. 

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.
Along with this signed book Jenn Bennett also sent a signed cover for her next book in this series. I love it!

Goodreads Synopsis:
In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord's son, Dominic Raikes, plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father—until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever. 

Lady Cassandra has been raised in outward purity and innocence, while secretly being trained as an assassin. Her mission is to bring down the Elven Lord and his champion son. But when she gets to court, she discovers that nothing is what it seems, least of all the man she married. 

But beneath the gilded castles lies an unspeakable evil, greater than either Dominic or Cassandra had ever fathomed, and without each other they may not survive.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Storm lord's daughter Cecily Sutton's powers over sea and sky have put her life at risk. Giles Beaumont is reluctant to protect her, until he falls under her enchanting spell . . . 
Goodreads Synopsis:
He'll do anything to save her... 

Rebel Lord Drystan Hawkes dreams of fighting for England's freedom. He gets his chance when he finds a clue to opening the magic portal to Elfhame, and he must race to find the slave girl who holds the key to the mystery. But even as Drystan rescues Camille Ashton from Dreamhame Palace, it becomes unclear exactly who is saving whom. 

For the fate of humankind lies with Camille... 

Enslaved for years in a realm where illusion and glamour reign, Camille has learned to trust nothing and no one. But she's truly spellbound when she meets Drystan—a man different from any she's ever known, and the force of their passion may yet be strong enough to banish the Elven Lords from this world forever.
Along with these three lovely signed books I won an Earth Fairy for in the garden.  Which is sitting by my orchard.

Downloaded onto iPod:
The Gearheart: Artifice ~ Episodes 1-10

So, I'm hoping for a good week this week.  But I didn't get to the Nano projects this weekend, so I'll have to hit those hard this week.  And I'm hoping to get through 1 book.  Wow.  I think there is a lot to do this week!  Um, Mr. Time....

How's your week looking? 

Here's to hoping you have a great week in words and pages.


Blodeuedd said...

The fairy looks really nice :) Yay that you won.

And ohh I got the Kindling book too, gotta read it soon

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

You had to remind me it was Monday again? ;)

Such great books. I have Kindling Moon but haven't gotten to it. Love that you got a cover flat of the next one.

Fairy is so cute.

You really rocked the week!

Mel said...

Ooo, I've been wondering of Kindling Moon is worth adding to my own want list! Guess you can tell me now! :-)

Good luck at stopping reading Magic Strikes for your chat - I gobbled the whole book down in a couple of days...

carol said...

I love the fairy. Enjoy all the new books!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd - :) I love the fairy! She is perfect and starring at me from her new seat by the orchad. :D Do hope you enjoy Kindling. Thank you!

Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh, so hope you enjou Kindling the Moon as well! And glad you like the fairy too. :) Have a great week!

Mel - I'll have to get to Kindling Moon soon. I was so excited to win that one. I'd seen it before it was published and wanted it. :) And I think I'm going to have a hard time stopping in Magic Strikes! Oh Derek!!! But, I'll be strong, or maybe I can fake it.... hmmm.... ;D Thank you! Have a great week!

Carol - Thank you! I adore the fairy. :) Hope you have a great week!

Ryan said...

I'm sure the fairy will feel right at home with you. Hope your week started off great and finishes that way.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hi Ryan! Thank you. :) I have the fairy sitting by the flowers and looking at me. ;D Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

Bex said...

I'm curious to hear what you think of the Fire Lord's Lover! I remember knowing someone who read it, but I can't recall if it was good or not! It sounds interesting though. You won a lot this week, so yay! Congratulations. :D Lol. I really like that Earth Fairy too!:) Enjoy all your new books!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Rebecca (Kindle Fever) - I look forward to reading the Fire Lord's Lover. :) They sound great when I read the reviews over at Blodeuedd's blog. :) Thank you!!