Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (140) Vlog Style (24)

And it's Monday... *crickets*

Current Read:
Tranquility's Blaze by Krista D. Ball
Devil's Punch by Ann Aguirre

Finished Last Week:
Dormitory of the Dead by Kelly Lougheed

Reviews to Come:
Corrupts Absolutely - an anthology
Dormitory of the Dead by Kelly Lougheed
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
My Sanctuary by Sarah-Jane Lehoux
Dead Drop: A Lawson Vampire Bonus Story by Jon F. Merz
Love, Death, and Loneliness by Douglas Brown
Short Stories, Curran POV 3 & 4 by Gordon Andrews

Book Reviews Posted:
A Mere Formality by Ilona Andrews
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch
Gimme Shelter Edited by J.R. Blackwell
Shaman Healer Heretic by M. Terry Green
Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella by Amanda Carlson

Movie Review Posted:
Captain America: The First Avenger

Podcast Reviews Posted:
The Gearheart: Artifice Ep 27, 28, & 29
The Gearheart: Artifice Ep 30, 31, & 32

PC Game Review Posted:
Tiger Eye: The Sacrifice

Books & Covers Shared:
Outland Cover & Short story Endurance link, by Ann Aguirre

Special Posts:
Just for Fun...movies & books
Character Interview & GIVEAWAY from Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
11 Question Meme
Book Chat, stop 1 for Devil's Punch
I guest posted, talking about little dogs
Interview with Amanda Carlson
Freebie & Deals, and on Nook too (11)

I did not do a Flash Fiction Friday last week.  Sorry.  I got caught up with running for the kid for his birthday on Saturday, which is when I wanted to do it. *sigh* We'll see about this week.

My WANT List...Surprise!  I've only added 2 books.  Wow.  I've been adding so many lately I can't believe I only added 2 book.  Huh.

Received Last Week:
I won a copy of this book from Kristi at The Book Faery!  Thank you dear!! :)
Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle
Goodreads synopsis:
Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

Must Love Hellhounds
Goodreads Synopsis:
From New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris and Nalini Singh and national bestselling authors Ilona Andrews and Meljean Brook, tales of man’s worst friend...

In these hound-eat-hound worlds, anything goes… and everything bites.

Follow paranormal bodyguards Clovache and Batanya into Lucifer’s realm, where they encounter his fearsome four-legged pets, in Charlaine Harris’s The Britlingens Go to Hell. Seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non-lethal vampire trackers, one that intends to eradicate the entire species of bloodsuckers, in Nalini Singh’s Angels’ Judgment. Find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world—and whose scent he’s following—in Ilona Andrews’s Magic Mourns. Embark on a perilous search for the kidnapped niece of a powerful vampire alongside her blind—and damn sexy—companion and a hellhound in Meljean Brook’s Blind Spot.

These four novellas by today’s hottest paranormal authors will have hellhound lovers everywhere howling.

Endurance by Ann Aguirre
When rebellion destroys the underground world in which  Thimble and Stone have grown up, they take Stone’s son and try to escape the chaos. Along the way, they must evade the Freaks, beings who on human flesh.  Leaving behind the roles of Builder and Breeder which they were assigned at birth, they wander the underground tunnels, looking for safety, yet afraid to go “topside” where legend has it that the light and water will burn their skin from their bones.

Their journey takes them upward to an unimagined world of tinned food, comfortable furniture, and books.  Away from their regimented society for the first time, and still surrounded by imminent danger, Thimble and Stone acknowledge the forbidden attraction which both have denied for years.

For Review:
Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica
Goodreads Synopsis:
Indigo Springs is a sleepy town where things seem pretty normal . . . until Astrid's father dies and she moves into his house. She discovers that for many years her father had been accessing the magic that flowed, literally, in a blue stream beneath the earth, leaking into his house. When she starts to use the liquid "vitagua" to enchant everyday items, the results seem innocent enough: a "'chanted" watch becomes a charm that means you're always in the right place at the right time; a "'chanted" pendant enables the wearer to convince anyone of anything . . .

But as events in Indigo Springs unfold and the true potential of vitagua is revealed, Astrid and her friends unwittingly embark on a journey fraught with power, change, and a future too devastating to contemplate. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as Astrid discovers secrets from her shrouded childhood that will lead her to a destiny stranger than she could have imagined . . .

Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica
Goodreads Synopsis:
This powerful sequel to the A.M. Dellamonica's Sunburst Award–winning contemporary fantasy Indigo Springs starts in the small town in Oregon where Astrid Lethewood discovered an underground river of blue liquid—Vitagua—that is pure magic. Everything it touches is changed. The secret is out—and the world will never be the same. Astrid’s best friend, Sahara, has been corrupted by the blue magic, and now leads a cult that seeks to rule the world. Astrid, on the other hand, tries to heal the world.

Conflicting ambitions, star-crossed lovers, and those who fear and hate magic combine in a terrible conflagration, pitting friend against friend, magic against magic, and the power of nations against a small band of zealots, with the fate of the world at stake. 

Blue Magic is a powerful story of private lives changed by earthshaking events that will ensnare readers in its poignant tale of a world touched by magic and plagued by its consequences.

Light in a Dark World by Dina James
Goodreads Synopsis:
Kyle abhors the word "vampire." He prefers the more accurate term "lost soul," for that is how true vampires are made – through a damning bargain with the Devil. Kyle is unique among what could loosely be called his kind, for he not only wants the return of what was, he feels, stolen, but because he was once the demon lord Kailkiril'ron, servant of Lucifer. Known as The Betrayer, Kyle is a powerful force to be reckoned with by any standard, both feared and shunned by every single vampire clan in existence, including the renegade Destrati. Why he would choose to assist one of their members – the very member sent to bring Kyle to justice – is his own affair. The better question is why anyone, let alone a Destrati, would accept the Betrayer's help.

The Destrati differ from other vampire clans in that the whole of its members have turned away from the Darkness they once dealt with. Destrati feel that the parasitical cost of their cursed existence is too high, and have sworn to redeem the souls they bargained away for their immortality. They make it a fierce point to keep others from being coerced into trading their souls. This is seen as interference by the other vampire clans, and while most clans are at perpetual war with one another over such differences in philosophy, Clan Destrati members are among the most hated, for they, like Kyle, are seen as betrayers.

Among Ethereals, Clan Destrati's reputation and exploits are as renowned as the associates it boasts. Within these pages are but a few of their legends.

Eyes of Magic by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Goodreads Synopsis:
He's defective. Damaged. Malcolm knows he is. How could he not be, after a year of torture in the belly of a goblins' nest? The only magic he can do is the Touch, a perverted magic he despises and learned at the end of a whip. Everyone else in the Glamour Club has loads of magic, but not him. He doesn't fit it. But if he can't find his magic, and his place among the Sidhe, then where could he go? And what if those that enslaved him before came after him again?

Lots of stuff going on. :) I'm hoping to have a great week in books by finishing the two I've got going and starting into a new one.

How was your week and how does this week look for you?

Here's wishing you all the best in words and pages.


  1. Some weeks the reading is better than other weeks. I hit a slow week in April too, but this last week was great! This one looks very promising too! :)

    1. Mirjam, so true. I was hoping last week would have been a good one, but was a little off my game. ;) Sounds like you've been having several good weeks. :) Hope you have a great one this week and keep going. :) Thank you!

  2. LOL Love the kitty bum! :)

    Great winnings! Hopefully you'll get your one from me soon. :) I also need to get Must Love Hellhounds. I mean... I want one... so...

    Oh and *whip*! But I forgive you. The little man deserves to come first. :)

    1. Melissa (books&THings) - lol. So glad you liked seeing Bently. ;D He is a ham these days. It was a wonderful week in books, and yes I could go for a hellhound too. ;D And I'm soooooo looking forward to getting the book I won at your blog! EEeeep! :D hope you have a wonderful week, and I'll see what I can do about maybe getting 2 flashes up for you this week. ;D

  3. Very informative post/vlog! You're much more organized than I am, as I could never keep track of everything like that. And loved the cameo from Bently! Have a great week!

    1. Alexia, I'm that organized, really. I just look back over the weeks posts and add them in. lol. And Bently's cameo lol! Darn cat. ;D Hope you have a great week as well.

  4. Wow, so many books. How do you find the time to read all of these? I am getting so behind on reading all the books I get.

    1. Jennifer L. Bielman, I don't know where the time comes from. lol. I don't even get through as many as many other people do. Just keep plugging away at them.. :) Thank you!!


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