Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (171)

It's another Monday....*groan*

Well, NaNoWriMo is officially over as of Friday.  I've been able to start focusing on reading and writing up a few things here that are to come.  I even have the characters of the Nano Project still whispering to me, so I've made more notes for future.

Today marks the day that I start blog visiting again!  Yeah!!  I can't tell you all how much I've missed you.  It feels strange to get back out to blogging again.  Such a shift from writing every night.

Current Read:
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Finished Last Week:
Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson

Reviews to Come:
House of Grey Vol. 2 by Collin Earl
Endgame by Ann Aguirre
Curran POV Vol 1 by Gordon Andrews
Curran POV Vol 2 by Gordon Andrews
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews
The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E.B. White - maybe? Do you want to hear about it?
Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson

Book Reviews Posted:
Nothing, sorry.  December I've got a list for you.

Podcast Reviews Posted:
I've not started a new one yet. Maybe in December, or January depending on how the holidays go.

Movie Review Posted:
No movie review, sorry, been running out of time.

Books and Covers Shared:
Nothing new shared

Special Posts:
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too (33)

An AMAZING giveaway by Amanda Carlson; Signed copy of Full Blooded and swag.

I did not do a Flash Fiction Friday.  I'll try to get back to these here, but with the holidays rolling in I don't know if I'll get many in.

My WANT List...I've added 4 books.

Received Last Week:
I couldn't wait to get these two books any longer, so at the click of a button on my Nook, I had them.  Shhh.  Don't tell my family.  I'm not suppose to be buying anything with Christmas coming.
Queen of Swords by Katee Robert
Goodreads Synopsis:
When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she's supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn't matter if the ship's commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don't lie. Ever.

Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock�or into bed.

Even as they fight each other�and their explosive attraction�Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them...and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.

Red by Kate SeRine
Goodreads Synopsis:
“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”

Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little—a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood—has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned—she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters…

Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences…

This was free for a few short days, and I picked it up.
Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson
Goodreads Synopsis:
Attacked by a wolf while hiking in the mountains, Anna Avery's life just got a little hairier. Living in the Big Horn mountains in Wyoming, with a group of werewolves who are more animal than human, Anna must try to hold onto her human side. It's not easy when the alpha continues to persuade her into his bed, while another wolf is chomping at the bit to become her mate. To top it all off, dead bodies are showing up and it just so happens that Anna was the last to see them alive. She'll have to work to prove her innocence and taming the wolf who bites first and asks questions never.

For Review:
Forbidden Love by Robyn Sadler
Smashwords Synopsis:
Charles Johnson and Katrina Grierson are ready to make the next move; marriage. There is just one problem, their families hate each other. To top that off, Katrina is about to discover the truth about her family and herself. A discovery that will change her life forever and might change her relationship with Charles that could destroy their future. 

I Donated and Got:
John had a donation up, I donated and got some of his books for it.  So, I bought they at such a discounted price (well, that's how I see it.)
Asunder by John Mierau
Goodreads Synopsis:
20 years after the American civil war, former slave Marcus Riggs is trapped in a British Harbor after the Invaders came to enslave all mankind. Now the invaders are gone, and new Orders clash as humanity rises from the ashes...but are the aliens gone for good?

Harlan's Wake by John Mierau
Goodreads Synopsis:
In a near-future where alien intelligences steer the bodies of the deceased, Tyler’s life is dedicated to the Silvers...but when word arrives that his alien-hating father is dying he goes AWOL and races home to make peace. Can he make it in time?

Last Man Home by John Mierau
Goodreads Synopsis:
Eight years after the war with the Alotans, Jake, Teddy, Gris and Dru are the only survivors of Tom Callahan's squad. They're gathering in the small town Jake calls home for their annual reunion-but this year a new face wants to join in. One of Jake's alien army buddies will crack when he faces a monster from his past, and it's down to him to save the Alotan going by the name of... Tom Callahan.

Marked Men by John Mierau
Synopsis from Author's site:
A stowaway on a train, running from something horrible, falls into the hands of evil men. Soon, innocent lives will be lost as human monsters will face something ancient, powerful… and hungry.

Mountain Challenge by John Mierau
Synopsis from Author's site:
On a mountaintop, by the light of the full moon, the challenge between wolf… and Dragon… will be decided.

Tools and Means by John Mierau
Synopsis from Author's site:
Meet Tom Brogan. An ordinary guy. With a sister in a coma. Seeing visions of a mass murderer. Becoming one himself…and Tom is our last, best hope against an invasion we don’t even know has begun. Tools and Means. Book one of the ‘Destroyers’ series.

So, hope you all are doing well and had a good week last week.

How did your week go?  How does the new week look for you?  With the holidays racing toward us, I don't know what each week will hold for me now.  We will see.

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


  1. Some nice books!! However, I will now be thinking about telling your family about your book buying unless.. Hm... well... unless you have a good Mon! Yea, I know I suck in terms of threats, but have a good day! :D

    1. Hey Melissa (B&T) Thank you. And I had a good Monday, honest. ;D You were to be my book buddy!! LOL Thank you.

  2. Great haul, Melissa! :) I see Queen of Swords and Red - both of which I really want. Have a lovely week and happy reading!

    1. Oh Kara-Karina!! Hey. I do want to get to both of these soon. I loved the novella leading into the Queen of Swords series, and can't wait to get to it. And Red sounds so cool. lol. Hope you have a great week as well.

  3. I'm so curious about Red, I heard so many great things about it!

    1. He Melliane, I am too. It sounds like a great read. :) Hope you have a great week.

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    1. LOLOLO!! Blodeuedd, yep. ;) And it's so good. You will really like it.

  5. Welcome back from NANO! You know I haven't read anything by Jim Butcher! Also I can't wait to see what you think of Ilona Andrews because they come to Murder by the Book sometimes.

    1. Thank you Cari! I'm so excited to be back, and feeling well rested and ready to post away. :D I really enjoyed Ilona Andrews books, and so far this Butcher book is really good. :)

  6. I hope you enjoy Grave Peril as much as I did! :)

    1. Cherry, I found I wasn't all that impressed with the first two books by Jim Butcher, but this one so far is much better for me. :) So far it's good. :) Thank you.

  7. Love the sound of Red! Looking forward to seeing how you like it! I promise not to tell your family, as eBooks totally don't count for Christmas bans! *L*

    1. Thank you Alexia. ;D And glad to hear ebooks don't count. lol. And I hope to get to Red in the new year. I really like the sounds of it and what I've heard of it. :)

  8. Welcome back hope the writing was successful and oh I totally loved Red and cannot wait for book two..these are clever, fun, fast paced tales. Enjoy!

    1. Hey Kimba! Thank you! Writing was a great success! lol. And now the hard part...rewriting it to make sense. lol. And so glad to hear you loved Red. I can't wait to get to it. Thank you!


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