Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (133) Vlog Style (18)

And it's Monday.  I'm not ready for a New Week yet...

So a slow weekend for me, but I had a great week.

Finished Last Week:
Sorry, Didn't finish either of my books.  But plan to this week!

Current Read:
Spiders from Memory by Frances Pauli
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

Reviews To Come:
The Graveyard Gymnasium by Kelly Lougheed
Whiskey Sour by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells

Movie Review:

Podcast Review:

Books & Covers Shared:
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore - #3
Soul Trade by Caitlin Kittredge - #5


   Novella Release!
Magic by Gaslight by Philippa Ballantine

Special Posts:

I did do a Flash Fiction Friday, and yes, I continued with Cheyenne and Liam.  Hope you are enjoying these.

My WANT List...I've added 7 books.  And once again I've added new books to my TBR stack that weren't on this list too. :) So all works out in the end, Right?

Received Last Week:
Purchased Books:
I so think this series is worth keeping on the shelves.  So much to go back to with each new book.
Lineage by Skyla Dawn Cameron:
Goodreads Synopsis:
What’s a woman to do when her dad’s the antichrist, her grandma’s the devil, the end of the world is at her doorstep, and she’s out to avenge the murders of her husband and kids? 

Kill everything in her way. 

Quarter-demon Peri Takata exists with but one goal in mind: annihilate everyone responsible for the death of her family. Then—her need for vengeance quelled—she plans to take her own life. 

Her mission brings her to the vampire Zara Lain, the only known survivor of the event that destroyed Peri’s family five years ago. Hunting down a secret society of those who don’t want to be found has its challenges, however, especially when forces are working to keep the antichrist’s daughter very much alive. The apocalypse is closing in and Peri may be playing a role in it whether she wants to or not. 

But when a heart long-thought dead begins to beat again with love for another, she’s not so sure about anything anymore.

Shadow's Master by Jon Sprunk
Goodreads Synopsis:
The northern wastes... 

A land of death and shadow where only the strongest survive. Yet that is where Caim must go to follow the mystery at the heart of his life. Armed only with his knives and his companions, he plunges into a world of eternal night where the sun is never seen and every hand is turned against him. 

Caim has buried his father’s sword and found some measure of peace, but deep in the north an unfathomable power lays waiting. To succeed on this mission, Caim will have to more than just survive. He must face the Shadow’s Master.

Gimme Shelter edited by J.R. Blackwell Synopsis:
The zombie apocalypse is here. This is what happens next. Zombies walk the earth and a father finds food for his daughter in the wasteland. A gun travels from hand to hand. Teenagers make out in a barn while zombies rise outside, and a woman deals with the most important third-date question. Stories of suspense, horror, adventure, and romance meet in this anthology of short fiction. Gimme Shelter features all-new fiction from Filamena Young, Jared Axelrod, PJ Schnyder, Christiana Ellis, Peter Woodworth, Tee Morris, Mur Lafferty, Rob Wieland, David A. Hill Jr., Philippa Ballantine, Chuck Wendig, and JR Blackwell. The zombies are coming...find shelter where you can...

Gifted from a very good friend on Twitter@Rissatoo:
Blood & Bullets by James R. Tuck
Goodreads Synopsis:
He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities help him take out any kind of supernatural threat. But now an immortal evil has this bad-ass bounty hunter dead in its sights. . . 

Ever since a monster murdered his family, Deacon Chalk hunts any creature that preys on the innocent. So when a pretty vampire girl "hires" him to eliminate a fellow slayer, Deacon goes to warn him--and barely escapes a vampire ambush. Now he's got a way-inexperienced newbie hunter to protect and everything from bloodsuckers to cursed immortals on his trail. There's also a malevolent force controlling the living and the undead, hellbent on turning Deacon's greatest loss into the one weapon that could destroy him. . .

Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla
Goodreads Synopsis:
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin. 

When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished...

Purchased for Nook:
Magic by Gaslight by Pip Ballantine
Goodreads Synopsis:
A novella of steampunk and magic, from one of the minds behind the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

Lucinda is a witch in a alternative Victorian London, where being a witch is a death sentence. Her coven harness sensuality and passion to make magic, and that is a crime according to the Association of Magicians. Women with control of sex and magic are too dangerous to tolerate. So Lucinda and her coven live in secret. That is until she meets a young American magician, and their attraction cannot be denied, but they have always been taught such a thing can never be.

Rules however do not apply to the young and powerful. Lucinda and Theo find out just how far they are prepared to go.

Free for Nook:
Dead Drop by Jon F. Merz
Goodreads Synopsis:
Dead Drop: A Lawson Vampire Bonus Story (Includes a sneak peek of THE KENSEI!) Meet Lawson. A cynical, wise-cracking vampire charged with protecting the Balance between vampires and humans, he is part cop, part spy, and part commando -- a James Bond with fangs. Lawson mixes shrewd cunning with unmatched lethality to get his job done. He tries his best to dismantle conspiracies, dispatch bad guys, and live long enough to get home.
This time, Lawson has been given an easy assignment, a “dead drop.” That is until an old enemy returns…
In The Kensei, a battle-weary Lawson heads to Japan for a little rest and some advanced ninja training. But he no sooner steps off the plane than lands in the midst of a Yakuza turf war orchestrated by a shadowy figure known as the Kensei. With the help of Talya, a former KGB-assassin, Lawson must put a stop to the Kensei’s organ trafficking networks, prevent the creation of an army of vampire-human hybrids, and save his own skin in the process.

A Mere Formality by Ilona Andrews
Goodreads Synopsis:
The alarm chimed, sending tiny shivers through Deirdre's fingers, coated in liquid interface.

For Review:
Corrupts Absolutely? edited by Lincoln Crisler
Goodreads Synopsis:
The only family member to survive the 9/11 attacks. A sidekick-turned-construction-worker. The teenaged products of an institute for unwanted metahuman children. The man who can make anyone do anything. Are they heroes? Are they villains? Sometimes they’re both. Often, even at the same time. 

Corrupts Absolutely? collects twenty brand-new stories from veteran authors and newcomers, each with a unique perspective on what it might really be like to be superhuman in today’s day and age. In the center of such a roiling mass of uncertainty and excitement lies one important truth: the fight against good or evil is never as important as the fight for or against oneself.

Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch
Goodreads Synopsis:
Captain Alexander Outland of the Sixty-Nine (short for Space Vessel 3369, of course) is the best pilot in the galaxy. He’s also a pirate, a smuggler, and loved and loathed by women in umpteen solar systems. His crew of strays and misfits includes an engineer of dubious sanity, a deposed planetary governor, an annoyingly unflappable Sexbot copilot, and a slinky weapons chief who stubbornly refuses to give the captain a tumble. 

Outland just wants to make a decent living skirting the law, but when an invisible space armada starts cutting into his business, he soon finds himself in hot water with the military, the mob, mad bombers, and an extended family of would-be conquerors. And that’s not counting an occasionally telepathic spy . . . . 

Like any sensible scoundrel, he hates heroics. They’re risky and they don’t pay well. But to keep his ship and crew in one piece, and make time with a certain hard-to-get weapons chief, he might just have to make an exception–and save the galaxy in spite of himself!

Downloaded on iPod:
The Gearheart: Artifice ~ Episodes 11 - 15
Okay, so I've been hitting the stores hard.  I really do need to slow down now.  I'll be on a book buying Hiatus for a while...really. *shacks*

So, I did really well (compared to normal) Monday through Thursday.  Then when Friday hit, well it was all down hill.  I had so much I hoped to get done; more podcast listening, working on Nano projects, read, write reviews, blah, blah, blah.  None of it happened.  Sucks!  

This week, I have running to do Monday & Tuesday, so reading & blogging will pick up Wednesday.  And I'm hoping to get some done over the weekend, but with being St. Patrick's Day, well I'll have to go get my green beer. ;)

Let me know how your week went, and plans for the week coming.

Hope you have a great week in words and pages!


Mirjam said...

I have Shaedes of Gray lying on my TBR-shelf, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Enjoy your books!

Blodeuedd said...


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Mirjam - Oh, I've been wanting Shaedes of Gray before it was available. I'm so excited to have it. :) Thank you! hope you have a great week!

Blodeuedd - LOL! It' is under lock and key. ;D

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

I almost forgot about that series by Amanda Bonilla! And it looks like you grabbed a lot of great freebies! Lucky. :)

Have a green beer for me.

Natalie Frampton said...

Gimme shelter looks so cool. I'm loving the cover

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Missie, The Unread Reader - Funny you mention about almost forgetting about Amanda Bonilla's series, as I did until @Rissatoo mentioned it to me again. lol. And did find a few freebies. :) Thanks!

Natframpton - I'm really excited to get to Gimme Shelter. I'm hoping to get to it soon. :) Thank you!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Wow! Lots of books. Might have been a slow weekend, but you seem to be rocking it!

Me? Nope, had to slow down. Had no choice. So, I hit my brick wall at fast force.

You deserve the break, so have fun! And we all blame everything on the time change. I know I do! ;D

Have a green beer for me!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (Books&Things) - Yes, it was a big week for receiving. Figures, all the books I've ordered of the last several weeks show up at the same Well, hope you get a good bit of relaxing in. We all need that from time to time. :) I will definitely drink a green beer for you! :D Thank you!