Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Post #5

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


So, it's Sunday and Easter.  I'm off to the races again.  Yesterday we were visiting and today I'm at it again.  Don't know when I'll be around to visit blogs, but hopefully I'll have time tonight.

But, I did something yesterday I always wanted to do.  Want to see?  I wanted this when I was younger and waiting...oh, about 20 years to get it.  So yes, I really wanted it. :)
Yep, I got my tattoo.  It's on the outside of my right calf.  Cool, huh?  It has some feelings in it, love does hurt - even stabs you sometimes.  But live can still bloom and grow.  I love the way he used the rose vine to make the handle of the sword.  Kind of has a hopeful feeling to the sword.  And I picked the yellow and orange roses on purpose for the meaning of the colors.  Yellow - joy, friendship, Orange - Desire, enthusiasm.  Then you have your Red Buds - love beauty and courage.  I know they are buds and not open, which has a different meaning, but that's what worked better with the image.  I love how the sword has a kind of fey feel to it with the rose vines as the handle and the blue tip.  So, yea, I'm really happy with it.  Now if only one of my dogs would leave it be!  LOL.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Clockwork Mafia by Seleste DeLaney (I've not started yet, but plan to tonight)

Current Podcast Book Listen:
The Dreamer's Thread by Starla Huchton

Finished Last Week:
In The Beginning by Philippa Ballantine
Bloodright by William Greenleaf


Last Week on the Blog:

This week might be a little slower on cover reveals and extra posts.  I didn't have any time this weekend to work anything extra up.

International GIVEAWAY of Time Heals by Dina James (ends in 1 more day)  (Giveaway)

Make your own Faberge Egg and winner of Danielle Trussoni's Angelology set  (winner)

The Dreamer's Thread Ep 5 & 6  (thoughts on)

Time Heals by Dina James  (review)
Outpost by Ann Aguirre  (review chat with my son)

Excerpt!  For Along Came A Spider by Kate SeRine  (excerpt & Kate's giveaway)

Horded by Frances Pauli  (book cover & trailer)

Weekly Posts:
***NEW*** Mythical Monday ~ Philippa Ballantine on Magical Mythical Mermaids & Deadly Water Horses.
Teaser Tuesday
Who? What? Where? Wend.
Throwback Thursday
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too (there are two short stories there this week you can read online)


This Week to Come on the Blog:

The Weekly Posts.

I'm.... not so sure yet what's coming this week.  I haven't had a chance to look over my reviews that are ready to go or the calendar.


Received Last Week:

Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Goodreads Synopsis:
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can't control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there's no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.

Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson
Goodreads Synopsis:
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They're the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders if the vampires of Tahoe are plague-ridden.

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the area safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and—oh, yeah—not lose her heart to the wrong guy or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, he's coming for her and her sisters. 

This Wird girl has never had it so tough.

Agave Kiss by Ann Aguirre
Goodreads Synopsis:
Chance was gone; he’d sacrificed himself so Shannon and I could escape Sheol. We’d raised him on Shan’s spirit radio, which meant his soul wasn’t wholly destroyed by the demon gate….

Once Corine Solomon only had the touch—the ability to read an object’s past by handling it. Then she inherited her mother’s magick, and that ended up being a hell of a burden. But if Corine can wrestle a demon queen and win, she can bring back her lover Chance after he’s made the ultimate sacrifice. Can’t she? All Corine knows is that she can’t leave Chance behind if there’s anything she can do about it.

But the clock is ticking—and she still has to deal with debt-collecting demons and a maniacal archangel who’s running a recruitment drive. The stakes have never been so high…and this time it’s truly Corine’s last chance to save the love of her life.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Goodreads Synopsis:
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!

This one is for me to research with, learn from, for an idea with a friend.  Thank you Jackie!
The Instant Tarot Reader book & Cards by Monte Farber & Amy Zerner
Goodreads Synopsis:
You are holding the key to your future. For less than the price of a single tarot reading you can enjoy endless hours of revealing, inspiring answers to your burning questions about love, money, career...everything!

The Instant Tarot Reader unveils the mysteries of the tarot for beginners and experts alike. There's nothing to memorize. Insightful, easy-to-use, and fun-- it's like getting a reading from an expert advisor in the privacy of your own home.


* 78-card Zerner/Farber Tarot Deck
* 344-page illustrated hardcover book
* 5 diagramed card layouts
* Quick-read Guide

The Instant Tarot Reader's unique do-it-yourself method:

* works with virtually any tarot deck
* interprets every card, in every position
* provides sample questions you can easily personalize

The included, 78-card Zerner/Farber tarot deck is beautifully illustrated with award-winning fabric tapestries by Amy Zerner.


Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
Goodreads Synopsis:
Mars stinks

It's hot. The air reeks of burning fuel; the rivers and lakes seethe with sulfur. In the shadows, evil men plot terror and beasts hunt the innocent. Out on the barren crags of the terraformed planet, there is nowhere to hide. No one to heed a call for help.

No one, except Durango.

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Goodreads Synopsis:
Note from author: Blue Hearts of Mars has been selected as a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. Longer excerpts are available through the ABNA page on Amazon. Reader reviews and ratings are welcome and encouraged. 

Seventeen-year-old Retta Heikkinen is in love with a boy--a thoroughly gorgeous, captivating, and mysterious boy known as Hemingway. The situation is rather ideal: he likes her, she likes him. There's just one little problem.

He's a blue heart, an android.

Being in a relationship is its own complicated mess, but how long can a forbidden love last? Soon Retta discovers a secret that could destroy the uneasy truce between the blue hearts and humans, which makes life under the domes on Mars possible. Would exposing what she knows make things better or worse? And how can she know for certain without exposing the secret?


Reviews in the Works:

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan
Mountains Challenge by John Mierau
The Dimensional Shift by Frances Pauli
The House of Grey Vol. 3 by Collin Earl
Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Bloodright by William Greenleaf
In The Beginning by Philippa Ballantine


Mel said...

I love that your tatoo has so many meanings and is so personal for you!

Have a lovely week!

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Good for you for doing something you've wanted to do for a long time!

Have a great week!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I loved Sealed with a Curse and cannot wait for book two. Your tat is lovely and I am glad you finally did it. The Sunday Post

Bea said...

Oh, you got the Hitchhiker's Guide! Have you read it before? I love it.

That's a lovely tat and good for you finally getting it done.

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

OOO, I love your tattoo, Melissa!!! Well done! It's something I've been thinking of for years, but still haven't decided what exactly I want. I am such a chicken, and you, my dear, are a brave lady! *HUGS*

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Loving the tat. I have been thinking about getting one for a long time, but it would have to wait until I can afford a good one. Yours looks great!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Mel! Hope you have a great week as well. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Lark @ The Bookwyrm. I know it's not for everyone, and I was told when young to wait and if still want, to get it. Hope you have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh Kimba, I really loved Sealed with a Curse as well. I had to have it for the shelf. lol. And YES! I'm with you on book two. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Bea, Hitchhiker's Guide was on sale at the store, so I picked it up. I've never read it. I look forward to reading it though. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Kara! I spent a lot of time looking through pictures to find pieces I liked and the tattooer did an amazing job of pulling the pieces and what I said to him together. I just love it! And I have to say, it didn't hurt anywhere as bad as I thought. Really, it's not that bad! LOL! Thank you!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) Thank you!! I've wanted it for a long time, and was told to wait and if I still wanted it, to then get it. Well, I got it. ;D Thank you!!

Silverlight said...

The tat. looks great! Love the sword, and the colors are so vibrant! I really need to pick up Sealed with a Curse, and Full Blooded! Happy belated Easter!

Christine said...

Oh my gosh, I love your tattoo!! It looks awesome! I love all the meaning behind each element. The sword and vine combo is amazing. I bet you can't wait to show it off :) Sealed With a Curse sounds really good. I haven't ever heard of it before. I'll be sure to check back and see if you like it! I tried to read Hitchhiker's back in middle school, once. It was so long and probably a bit over my head for a 13 year old that I ended up not making it very far. I've been meaning to pick it back up again since then but always forget or just don't have the time. I still haven't even seen the movie. And recently it seems like the majority of the books I've been reading have to do with aliens. I'd probably love it now! Blue Hearts of Mars sounds really good too! I was going to join a blog tour for it but it interfered with another tour I'm signed up for. Can't wait to read your review! You have lots of good reads coming up!

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

OMG, I love the tattoo. I always wanted to get one but I could never think of something I want on my body for the rest of my life.

Unknown said...

The bad thing is that Blue Hearts of Mars is only free on Amazon. I want to read Sealed with a Curse, I like the cover

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Silverlight! I thought my favorite part would be the heart and roses, but I'm loving the sword and the handle the most! :) Oh, I really enjoyed Sealed with a Curse and Full blooded. I had to get them to have the print versions on my shelves to show off. :) Thank you! And hope you had a lovely Easter as well.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh thank you Christine P! I had to share it here and on twitter first. :) I have a few friends I have yet to see to share it with. I can't wait. :) Sealed with a Curse was really a great read. I've always heard amazing things about the world in Hichhikers Guide, but never read it. It was on sale so I had to pick it up for dirt cheap. Blue Hearts of Mars was one I've seen around the blogs on it's tour, so thought I'd pick it up and see. :) Thank you greatly for stopping by!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Jennifer Bielman, I waited...for about twenty years before I got it. lol. But now I want a few others. :D I'm addicted! Thank you!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Rivie Bleu, yes, it is, and that bums me out too. Sealed with a Curse was very good. I had to have the print version to love the cover up. :) Thank you!