Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (156)

And it's Monday...grrr...

I had a busy week last week in books.  I sprained my ankle and had one day off work to try to keep it propped up, so of course I read!  It felt like I did really good during the week with books, being stuck on the couch and not able to exercise or anything.  But the weekend was not so promising.  I had lots of house work to get caught up on.

I'm not sure how this week will play out in books though.  I think we have a good bit going on in the evenings.  I'll see what happens.  I have a few books I am trying to decide on picking up next.

But to the bookish list for last week...

Current Read:
Shadows Before the Sun by Kelly Gay

Finished Last Week:
Bloodhound by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Hunter of the Dead by Katee Robert
The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod & Steve Walker

Reviews to Come:
The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morrise
The Ripple Effect by J.A. Saare
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
Tethered by Meljean Brook
Spirits Rising by Krista D. Ball
The Dragonslayer's Sword by Resa Nelson
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Bloodhound by S.A. Arcer & S. Ravynheart
Hunter of the Dead by Katee Robert
The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod & Steve Walker

Book Reviews Posted:
Discount Miracles by Brand Gamblin
9 Crimes by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Movie Review Posted:
Resident Evil & Chronicle

Podcast Reviews Posted:
Fables of the Flying City Ep 34-37

Books and Covers Shared:
The Dragon's Egg by Resa Nelson - Cover & Synopsis
Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson - Cover & Synopsis

Special Posts:
Blog Book Chat stop 1 for Shadows Before the Sun by Kelly Gay
I was curious what story you would like to hear about from my next listen.
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too (21)

I did not do a Flash Fiction Friday.  There was no picture last week.  But I'm not sure what exactly is going on with images on the internet, so I'm not sure how this will work out in the future.  Maybe we can us an idea or a word or something to gear the stories we create instead of images.  We'll see what happens.

My WANT List...I've added 6 books.  Not bad. :)

Received Last Week:
Wrong Side of Dead by Kelly Meding
Goodreads Synopsis:
Monster hunter Evangeline Stone woke up on the wrong side of dead this morning—and now there’s hell to pay. 
Barely recovered from her extended torture at the hands of mad scientist Walter Thackery, Evy can use a break. What she gets instead is a war, as the battered Triads that keep Dreg City safe find themselves under attack by half-Blood vampires who have somehow retained their reason, making them twice as lethal. Worse, the Halfies are joined by a breed of were-creature long believed extinct—back and more dangerous than ever. Meanwhile, Evy’s attempts at reconciliation with the man she loves take a hit after Wyatt is viciously assaulted—an attack traced to Thackery, who has not given up his quest to exterminate all vampires . . . even if he has to destroy Dreg City to do it. With Wyatt’s time running out, another threat emerges from the shadows and a staggering betrayal shatters the fragile alliance between the Triads, vampires, and shapeshifters, turning Evy’s world upside down forever.

I will lay blame on Bastard Books & Mihir.  I ordered the second one as they didn't have it at the store, so when I get it I'll get on this series.
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Goodreads Synopsis:
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. All par for the course for Chicago’s only professional wizard.

But in all of Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble—and not just of the door-slamming, ‘boo’- shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly.

Someone—or something—is stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....

Lost and Found:  (okay, it wasn't lost, I forgot I bought it some time ago for the kid. Now I'm keeping it.)
The Sons of Liberty by Alexander Lagos, Joseph Lagos, Steve Walker, Oren Kramek
Goodreads Synopsis:
Forget everything you thought you knew about America's early days-history packs a punch in this full-color, two-fisted, edge-of-your-seat adventure!

Graphic novels are a revolution in literature, and The Sons of Liberty is a graphic novel like no other. Visual and visceral, fusing historical fiction and superhero action, this is a tale with broad appeal-for younger readers who enjoy an exciting war story, for teenagers asking hard questions about American history, for adult fans of comic books, for anyone seeking stories of African American interest, and for reluctant readers young and old.

In Colonial America, Graham and Brody are slaves on the run-until they gain extraordinary powers. At first they keep a low profile. But their mentor has another idea-one that involves the African martial art dambe . . . and masks.

With its vile villains, electrifying action, and riveting suspense, The Sons of Liberty casts new light on the faces and events of pre-Revolution America, including Ben Franklin and the French and Indian War. American history has rarely been this compelling-and it's never looked this good.

For Tour & Review:
Stitch by Samantha Durante
Goodreads Synopsis:
Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa's body screams at her to run... but yet she's powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees - and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell - Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn't figured out yet is that she's not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university's idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface...

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results. was your week?  How does this week look for you?

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


  1. 3 books in a week is pretty awesome. I think the most I do is two, if I am lucky. I didn't get a lot of reading done during the weekend either. Hope you have a great week!

    Beth ^_^

    1. Well, Beth D. I kinda cheated. One of those three books is a graphic novel, but I did get lost in the artwork too. :D Thank you!

  2. Aww...poor thing! At least it's a sprain. Ice and reading....definitely a good prescription. ^_^

    1. Thank you GMR, the only reason I like this sprain is the down time to read. ;D lol.

  3. There are a lot of free images on the web, you just have to check to see what is required. Sometimes it is only credit.

    Hope your ankle feels better!

    Btw, Hank is mine! :)

    1. It's strange with all this publishing things, Melissa (Books&Things). I've really not kept up with the details. But it's definitely something we'll have to keep in mind. And thank you! And we can talk about Hank...later. ;D

  4. Just wanted to come by and say hi

    1. Hey Ryan! Sorry so late at responding. Hope you are doing well.

  5. You had a busy week! That's too bad about the flash fiction. Can they not attribute the image and not worry? I'm still using images, but being more careful about attributing and crediting.

    Are you still doing a lot of writing? I'm hosting a write-a-thon this week over at my writing blog. You should join us!

    Hope everything is going well for you. =O)

    1. Hey Michelle, it was a rough week. I even ran out of time to get on to respond. *sigh* Hope you had a great time writing!

  6. Hope you enjoy Grave Peril as much as I did! Happy reading!!

    1. Thank you Cherry! I'm going to get into Fool Moon at the end of this week, and look forward to Grave Peril. :)


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