Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday's Beginnings (182)

It's another Monday...

Was a much better weekend this weekend.  I got some stuff done and I'm done with the first read through of my Nano project. LOTS of work to be done, but I was expecting that.  I think I've made some decisions on which way I want to go in some areas and some...well, I still have to decide and fix.  I've come up with a huge scene/travel I need to write to help in this story too.

Current Read:
I've not started any yet, but I'm thinking it's going to be Unlikely by Frances Pauli

Finished Last Week:
The Better to See You by Kate SeRine
Mountains Challenge by John Mierau

Reviews to Come:
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews
The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Outpost by Ann Aguirre
Uprising by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Masquerade by Sarah-Jane Lehoux
Dark Whispers by Krista D. Ball

The Better to See You by Kate SeRine
Mountains Challenge by John Mierau

Book Reviews Posted:
Captivated by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Keeper of Secrets by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart

Podcast Reviews Posted:
Not this week. Sorry.  But I did listen to the next Tales from the Archives and have one scheduled for you on Tuesday!

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

Books and Covers Shared:
Not this week.

Special Posts:
Freebie and Deals, on Nook too (43)

In case you missed it, the Winner of Wrayth Giveaway (who has claimed).

I did not do a Flash Fiction Friday.  I think with working on my Nano Project to try to complete the story I'm not going to be able to do these Flash Fictions for a while.

My WANT I've added... hmmm, it looks like none!  That seems so wrong.  But I do keep adding more and more books to the reading list anymore as I find amazing freebies.  Does that balance it out?

Received Last Week:
Dark Whispers by Krista D. Ball
Goodreads Synopsis:
A rash of teen suicides shakes the remote Newfoundland village that Rachel Mills calls home. As Rachel helps the school investigate, painful memories from her past – events she’d worked very hard to forget – continue to resurface. 

As if she didn't have enough problems. Her beloved 93-year-old neighbor develops heart problems. The man Rachel's in love with, moves into her house--along with his girlfriend, the most perfect woman in creation. And a strung-out wreck of a woman claiming to be Rachel's biological mother shows up on her doorstep. But it isn’t until a local boy with a talent for spellwork, is attacked by a mysterious stranger that Rachel asks the question she’s avoided her whole life: how powerful can a Spirit Caller like herself become?

The 19 Dragons by S.M. Reine
Goodreads Synopsis:
There are nineteen provinces in the Land held aloft by nineteen pillars. Above the earth there is sky, and nobody knows what goes below except the Nineteen Dragons.

That is all you need to know, but that is not all there is to be known.

The Device has been stolen and the godlike Dragons have been rendered mortal. Someone is murdering them one by one, and each death brings the world closer to its end. Unless the Device is somehow restored to its deceased owner, the Dragons are doomed to destruction-- and the human world will go with them.

Monsters by S.M. Reine
Goodreads Synopsis:
Julieta’s never been quite right. She likes the company of corpses. She studied vampires in college. She dreams of darkness and cold metal and blood. She thinks that becoming engaged to Michael—beautiful, warm, godlike Michael—might be her salvation. But then he vanishes, and she buys a gun to take his place.

Alec is nothing like Michael. He assassinates vampires, and he shows Julieta how to be the perfect monster. It’s not love, but killing vampires together is almost better. When Julieta is taken by a coven of vampires, Alec is the only one who can save her, and what they face leaves them only one question: Who is the better monster?

MONSTERS: A BLOODY LOVE STORY is a 70-page paranormal thriller novella filled with action, a not-quite-romance, and gun-toting vampires.

The Mister Trophy by Frank Tuttle
Goodreads Synopsis:
A troll’s missing head could cause Markhat to lose his own.

Markhat story.

All the finder Markhat wanted was a beer at Eddie’s. Instead he gets a case that will bring him face to fang with crazed, blood-craving halfdead, a trio of vengeful Troll warriors, and Mama Hog’s backstreet magic. Plus, the possible resurgence of the Troll War.

All right in his own none-too-quiet neighborhood.

Through the town of Rannit’s narrow alleys and mean streets, Markhat tries to stay one step ahead of disaster. And ignore Mama Hog’s dire warnings that this time, the head that rolls could be his own.

This book has been previously published and has been revised and expanded from its original release.

Product Warnings: This book contains well-dressed vampires, extremely polite Trolls, and occasional bursts of humor. Avoid reading it when landing aircraft, welding in the nude, or taunting grumpy jackals while wearing pork chop earmuffs.

'Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall
Goodreads Synopsis:
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa 

Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems.... 

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre 

After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside-in the Red Zone-is a constant struggle. To protect her family, Mari teams up with the mysterious Thorne Goodman. Together, they'll face an evil plot in both the underworld of the Red Zone and the society inside the fortresses that could destroy those on the outside...for good. 

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall 

Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms-in the cosmos and beyond. And she's not the only one. Sarah believes the Kinetics are destined to join forces and halt the final onslaught of the sun. She'll vow to keep trying to convince the one missing link in their chain of defense, the enigmatic Ian Matthews, up until the world ends.

Hope your week went well, and this week is a great one for you as well.  Do keep checking back this week as I think I might have a few things popping up you'll want to see. ;)

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


  1. You need to come back to flash F, even I did one again ;)

    1. Oooo, Blodeuedd, I so want to! Maybe if I had a weekend day to add to the list...Ga. Monday through Thursday are crazy around here these days. I'm going to have to see about getting into it again.

  2. Many new books to read! I hope you'll enjoy them all. Happy reading!

    1. Thank you Melliane! I'm really looking forward to them if only I had more time. :) have a great week dear!

  3. Oh sounds like a good week! Lots of good books! Can't wait to see what you think of Thistle and Thorne! :D

    1. Thank you Melissa (B&T) And I'm really looking forward to Til the World ends. :D Have a great week!

  4. They say Julie Kagawa is a great author, I still haven't read her books though. I hope your Nano project comes out great, go with your instincts. Have fun reading!

    1. Rivie Bleu, I read the first 3 books of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series. It was good. I'm looking forward to her new worlds too. :) And thank you for the wishes on the Nano Project. :) Hope you have a great week.

  5. Lovely haul, Melissa! I unfortunately missed out on 19 Dragons, but it is a book I plan to read one day no matter what ;) Enjoy your books!

    1. Thank you Kara-Karina. So sorry you missed 19 Dragons. It sounds interesting. :) Hope you enjoy your reads this week. :)

  6. wow you had a great week and your haul is awesome I am curious about The Mister Trophy and loved Til!

    1. Thank you Kimba! I'm really looking forward to reading both of those as well. :)

  7. Wow, you read so many great books recently, I cant wait for the reviews.

    1. Thank you Jennifer Bielman, I'm hoping to keep a running list for any weeks I run behind or get in a long book to keep me going. :) But I look forward to sharing all the reviews. :) Thank you.


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