Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (145) Vlog Style (28)

It is Monday... good or bad.

Current Read:
Exhumed by Skyla Dawn Cameron, if you would like to follow my quick thoughts on Twitter: #ReadingExhumed

Finished Last Week:
Eyes of Magic by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart

Reviews To Come:
Devil's Punch by Ann Aguirre
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Love, Death, and Loneliness by Douglas Brown
Hunter and Fox by Philippa Ballantine
Eyes of Magic by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart

Book Reviews Posted:
Tranquility's Blaze by Krista D. Ball
Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica

Movie Review Posted:
In Time

Podcast Reviews Posted:
*Sigh* The week was packed full and went so fast. But I do have some to share this week. :)

Books & Covers Shared:
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Book Trailers Shared:
The Janus Affair, by Tee Morris & Phillipa Ballantine
The Sidhe Books, by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart

Special Posts:
My Trip to Balticon! With pictures and links.

Interview & GIVEAWAY of Tranquility's Blaze by Krista D. Ball
Interview & GIVEAWAY of Blue Magic by A.M. Dellamonica
Special Event & GIVEAWAY of Blooded by Amanda Carlson (5 Kindle Copies!)

Blog Chat Next Book, Blue-Blooded Vamp & Schedule

I did not do a Flash Fiction Friday last week. *hangs head in shame*  I'm so sorry.  It's been crazy with kids and end of school.  And step-daughter graduated from high school. Just crazy I tell ya!

My Want List...

Received Last Week:
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Goodreads Synopsis:
17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye.

Darklight by Lesley Livingston
Goodreads Synopsis:
Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt. 

Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.

When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power. 
Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart.

With breathtakingly high stakes, the talented Lesley Livingston delivers soaring romance and vividly magical characters in Darklight, the second novel in the trilogy that began with Wondrous Strange.

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston
Goodreads Synopsis:
"I don't love Sonny Flannery."
That's the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn't know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats to a haven for Lost Fae that's hidden deep underneath New York City.
But Kelley's not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she's got to find out who's after his magick—and how to use her own. She's got to uncover who's recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She's got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she's got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he's around Kelley.
The intrigue and romance that began with Wondrous Strange andDarklight come to a stormy head in Tempestuous, the breathtaking conclusion to Lesley Livingston's ravishing urban Faerie trilogy.

For Review:
The Hidden Institute by Brand Gamblin
Goodreads Synopsis:
Rising above your station can be deadly. 

Cliffy is a child born on the streets of a Neo-Victorian world. Witnesses to a murder, he blackmails a nobleman, receiving a unique bribe. In exchange for his silence, the nobleman introduces him to the Malcolm Rutherford Holden Institute of Regentrification. There, Cliffy learns to walk, talk, and act like a nobleman, so that he may infiltrate high society. But that type of fraud is punishable by death, and when Cliffy uncovers a plot to assassinate a head of state, he's hunted by more than just the aristocracy. 

Royal intrigue, daring escapes, sub-dermal machines, and bear polo. A grand adventure in a not-so-distant world.

Harmonics: Rise of the Magician by Collin Earl & Chris Snelgrove
Goodreads Synopsis:
Set in our world in the near future, Harmonics: Rise of the Magician follows the life of Samantha Montgomery of Academy City 676, a normal primary education girl, and the actions of MESA, a defense contractor responsible for the world's most advanced weaponry. Elsewhere in other parts of the world, the super governments of United Western Collective and the Jade Empire follow the exploits and dealings of the world's most notorious assassin, a man known only as "The Magician". Some consider him a myth, others think of him as a legend, while others still believe he's the world's most brutal slayer of men. Still all look on in awe at any mention of the Magician. With the supposed ability to manipulate his surroundings at will, the world has seen the actions of this man whose purpose and identity remains hidden. They all look for him. The government, the fans, the law enforcement agencies search the world over for him without really knowing how truly dangerous he is...

They're about to find out. 

A school in siege, a weapon so advanced it defies the law of physics, an assassin out for blood, and Samantha caught in the middle. When reality as you know it ceases to be, can you live with the reality yet to come? Join Sam as she discovers for herself how dangerous life outside of school really is.

Harmonics: Revelations by Collin Earl & Chris Snelgrove
Goodreads Synopsis:
It’s been weeks since the attack on Academy City 676 but Samantha Montgomery’s nightmares make her relive those events almost every night. 
Struggling to adjust to her new home at an underground facility deep within in the reaches of the Rocky Mountains, Sam wonders just how dark things can get before her will gives out. Faced with the realization that her once best friend, now the new super Richard, is a man foreign to her, that she will never see her home again, and that her life is inexplicably caught up in a three-way war between a group of domestic terrorists, the world’s largest weapons manufacturer, and the elite of a foreign superpower, Sam stands alone to answer the questions that plague her.
Why her? When will she see her friends, her family…Adam again? What mysterious power does the silver box hold to make so many people kill for it?
Little does Sam know that there are explanations to all her questions just beyond her grasp, but only if she has the courage to look. 
Join Sam on her quest as the future reveals itself in Harmonics: Revelations

Harmonics: The Jadian Sun by Collin Earl & Chris Snelgrove
Smashwords Synopsis:
For Samantha Montgomery, it seems there is no end to the reach of the Jadian Empire, as she once again finds herself at its mercy. Although life in an underground military facility was no picnic, the dangers within the elusive Empire may prove even more perilous.

With Richard’s sacrifice all for naught and Adam a part of those responsible for the attack on her school, Sam must find a way back to her home, back to her family…back to the life she once knew on her own.

Sam isn’t sure who she can trust as everyone around her seems tangled in the Empire’s vast web of deceit and duplicity. As she descends deeper into the heart of the Seven Cities, she realizes that nothing is certain- not even her beliefs about herself. Now she must choose between the life she has always known, or the truths she has discovered.

Join Sam as she uncovers the legacies, legends, and lies in Harmonics: The Jadian Sun 

The House of Grey, Volumes 1, 2, & 3 by Collin Earl
Goodreads Synopsis:
Fantasy, friendship, and fate await you in Collin Earl’s The House of Grey, based on the popular audio fiction by the same name. 

14-year-old Monson Grey faces the same challenges that any freshman high school kid would: difficult classes, weird teachers, food fights…girls. Except, Monson Grey is not Monson Grey. At least, when he looks at himself in the mirror, the scarred face staring back is not someone he recognizes. 

Now he finds himself attending an extraordinary school, the recipient of an incredible scholarship, among ridiculously rich classmates, all with no memory of how he got there or what to expect.

All he has from his former life are the flashes of haunting images that plague his dreams and the echoing voices that he hears, but cannot see. 

Luckily, Monson finds fast friendship in two of his classmates, Casey and Artorius. Little does Monson know, they too carry their own skeletons. Yet, as bizarre events start to unfold around them, Monson wonders what secrets lay buried in his mind or if he will ever be able to share his true fears with his newfound friends.

Join our three heroes as they roam the halls of the most prestigious high school in the country, finding love, mystery, and answers to their algebra homework- all while peeling away the layers of Monson’s shadowy past. 

Author’s Note: The House of Grey was originally a serialized audio fiction. Volume 1 begins the written adaptation of that story told in a six part series. Individual volumes do not contain the complete story.

Fables of the Flying City by Jared Axelrod - podcast Episodes 11-20

So, another big week here with preparing for the graduation party.  I'm hoping to get lots done and read.  lol. I can't wait for June to be over with all these parties!  I want to relax with my books again.

Well, here's wishing you all the best in words and pages.


  1. Replies
    1. Carol, Thanks! Hope you have a wonderful week as well. :)

  2. Yes shame on you! We demand a flash! ;)

    1. Blodeuedd, I know, I'm a bad flasher. Um, that doesn't sound very good. LOL! I'll try hard this week!

  3. Those Lesley Livingston covers are just gorgeous!

    1. Skyla, I think the Lesley Livingston covers are amazing looking too! :D Thank you for watching. :)

  4. Excuses... excuses... *cracks whip* BWA HA HA! *CRACK*

    Congrats on all those books! Oh and did you get your winnings from me yet? I hope so.

    Have a great week my dear... *evil laugh* I'm NOT putting the whip away until I get my flash!

    1. *ducks* Can I come out from behind the couch now?

      LOL! I'm sorry Melissa (Books&Things) I'll try really hard for this week. This kid stuff and graduation is cramping my style here.

      And I was going to email you tonight. No I haven't received the book. :( Bummer. I wanted to see if it showed up today.

      Hope you have a great week!

  5. Congratulations to your step-daughter on her graduation!! :)

    1. Thank you Cherry! She was excited and sad with the leaving of friends. But we are proud she made it. :)


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