Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Sunday Post #2

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.


Sunday Post is similar to my Monday's Beginnings posts, but with a new meme I'm starting on the blog on Mondays, I've jumped to Sunday with the amazing Kimba. :)

I have no IDEA! where the weekend went to. Dang, I had so much I wanted to get done and it's almost past me now.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson

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

Finished Last Week:
The Dimensional Shift by Frances Pauli


Last Week on the Blog:

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews (book review)

The Better to See You by Kate SeRine (book review)
Interview of Kate SeRine (author interview)

Weekly Posts:
***NEW*** Mythical Monday
Teaser Tuesday
Who? What? Where? Wend.
Throwback Thursday
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too


This Week to Come on the Blog:

The Weekly Posts.

Review Unlikely by Frances Pauli
And another review, but not exactly sure what one at the moment. :)


Received Last Week:

For Review:

From NetGalley
Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Goodreads Synopsis:
It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.

Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge --- but Jessica is playing for keeps.

Because she's the only female werewolf in comes with its own set of rules...and powers.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

All in a day's work for a girl.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...

Reading For Shadow Hunter by Kair Ballenger
Goodreads Synopsis:
A timeless seduction A unique temptation And a whole world of dark desires... 

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter 

The Darkest Angel 

Winged warrior Lysander has been alive for centuries, and yet he's never known desire-until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of his enemy, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the untouched Lysander into temptation. He may try to evade her attempts, but even the most iron-willed demon assassin can resist for only so long.... 

And from debut author Kait Ballenger 

Shadow Hunter 

Vampire hunter Damon Brock's first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn't the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family-and she works solo. But being alone is no longer so desirable when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. As they work to massacre the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they are forced to decide between their lifelong beliefs... and their newfound hearts.

As a Gift:
Uprising by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Goodreads Synopsis:
Awakening to his bloodhound abilities, Malcolm’s following dangerous instincts he doesn’t understand and can’t control. As Donovan discovers the truth about who murdered Danu, war is brewing on more than one front, threatening everything the Unseelie have fought for.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Remnants of Magic explodes into action as London, an enchanted human, becomes a huntress of the Sidhe, determined to claim by force the addictive magic that she’ll die without. But making enemies of the dark Unseelie sets her on a path that entangles her in the fate and the future of the Sidhe.

Suffering from the Fade, Lugh fights to reclaim the lost relics that will restore the magic of the fey, a near to impossible task. Then an act of treachery poisons him with a darkness he can not purge and threatens to destroy him and all hopes for the fey.

With a magical war brewing on more than one front, Donovan strives to train the teen-aged ‘earthborn’ Sidhe into a fighting force capable of defending the fey. But one of the earthborns is a dangerous wild card, compelled by instincts he doesn’t understand and can’t control.

One Dangerous World… Three Intense Storylines…

Remnants of Magic - The Sidhe Collection #2 contains the second half of Season One of The Sidhe. It features books from the Rise of the Unseelie, Champion of the Sidhe, and Touched mini-series in the recommended reading order. Over 70,000 words of intense Urban Fantasy action and adventure!

This volume includes the following episodes:

Protector of the Light
Keeper of Secrets

This is ALL of The Champion of the Sidhe stories in one place!
Goodreads Synopsis:
For thousands of years, Lugh has been the Champion of the Sidhe, protecting all the races of fey and their realm. Until an assassin’s treachery bringing the realm crumbling in on itself. The survivors are scattered throughout modern day Ireland, hunted by vampires, werewolves, and wizards. Now the fey are Fading, and only Lugh holds the secret to restore their realm and their magic. A quest that will drive the Shining One into the darkest depths of magic, where the one thing that could save his life will destroy his soul.

Note: Champion of the Sidhe is one of three companion series that comprises Season One of The Sidhe. These three storylines take place concurrently, and have cross-overs and interweaving storyline threads that closely bind the three mini-series. The Touched mini-series takes place from London’s point of view. The Rise of the Unseelie follows Donovan (aka Jhaer) and the earthborns.

This is ALL of the Rise of the Unseelie books in one place!
Goodreads Synopsis:
In the wake of the Collapse that killed most of the Sidhe, only Donovan - former assassin for the Unseelie Court - stands between the abandoned ‘earthborn’ Sidhe and the predators after their blood, bodies, and magic. Fighting vampires, Changelings, and wizards in modern day Ireland, Donovan must train the teen-aged earthborns into an Elite fighting force before the last of the fey are destroyed.

Outside threats pale to the dangers within, as one of the earthborns becomes a deadly wild card in their midst.

Note: The Rise of the Unseelie is one of three companion series that comprises Season One of The Sidhe. These three storylines take place concurrently, and have cross-overs and interweaving storyline threads that closely bind the three mini-series. The Champion of the Sidhe mini-series follows Lugh’s story. The Touched mini-series takes place from London’s point of view.

This is ALL of the Touched books with London in one place!
Goodreads Synopsis:
London’s got a handle on life, even with vampire for friends and werewolves for clients. A couple of weeks ago, she even branched out and did a job for a wizard. So when a drop-dead gorgeous Sidhe, one of the more dangerous races of fey, wants to hire her, London Eyer hasn’t a clue just how out of control her life will become. With one Touch, and she’s cursed for life. The addictive magic of the Sidhe shreds her like nothing she could have imagined. Leaving her with only the question… Will she serve the Sidhe? Or hunt them?

Note: Touched is one of three companion series that comprises Season One of The Sidhe. These three storylines take place concurrently, and have cross-overs and interweaving storyline threads that closely bind the three mini-series. The Champion of the Sidhe mini-series follows Lugh’s story. The Rise of the Unseelie follows Donovan, Malcolm, Kieran and the other earthborns.

Free ebook:
Bulfinch's Mythology
Goodreads Synopsis:
For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known. 
        The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). For the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet's Northern Antiquities. He provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus; the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea; the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas; the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor; and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood.
The tales are eminently readable. As Bulfinch wrote, "Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. . . . Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement."

Thomas Bulfinch, in his day job, was a clerk in the Merchant's Bank of Boston, an undemanding position that afforded him ample leisure time in which to pursue his other interests. In addition to serving as secretary of the Boston Society of Natural History, he thoroughly researched the myths and legends and copiously cross-referenced them with literature and art. As such, the myths are an indispensable guide to the cultural values of the nineteenth century; however, it is the vigor of the stories themselves that returns generation after generation to Bulfinch.

Ambition by Lee Strauss
Goodreads Synopsis:
AMBITION is a FREE short story prequel (5K- approx 20 pages) to PERCEPTION, capturing the beginning of Noah and Zoe’s story from Noah’s POV.

Eighteen year old Noah Brody doesn’t like GAPs—Genetically Altered Persons. He’s taken up his dead father’s cause, speaking out and protesting against unfair GAP policies that are responsible for the massive social divide between wealthy GAPs and poorer naturals.

If only he could keep his mind off of perfect Zoe Vanderveen, daughter of the GAP family his mother works for.

And can he really fill his father’s shoes?

Perception by Lee Strauss
Goodreads Synopsis:
Eternal Life is To Die For.

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along-side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.

Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.

Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

PERCEPTION is a (SF/mystery/romance) Young Adult novel that takes place in the not-too-distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love.

This is the first book in a series.

The Dragon's Clause by Kelly A. Harmon
Author Synopsis:
The Dragon's Clause is about one city’s bargain with a dragon and how forgetfulness can lead to destruction.


Reviews in the Works:

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Outpost by Ann Aguirre
Uprising by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Mountains Challenge by John Mierau
Unlikely by Frances Pauli
The Little Clockwork Mermaid by Philippa Ballantine
The Dimensional Shift by Frances Pauli


  1. My weekend has blurred by as well! How Blooded looks really good and I love the cover, I'll have to look into it more.
    You seem to have gotten some great books this week, I hope you enjoy them all and have a great day!

    1. Oh Michelle @ In Libris Veritas, it seems the week has followed suit with the weekend. Hope your week is going better than mine. :) And I've loved Blooded thus far. Thank you for stopping by!

  2. I came by earlier but your post wasn't up yet. I also downloaded Bullfinch's Mythology, it was too good to pass up. :)

    Hot Blooded sounds good; I'll have to check out your review when you post it.

    Happy reading :)

    1. Hi Bea, yea, some Sundays are hard for me to get on and get the post done as I go visit my dad. But It made it up. :) I've loved Amanda Carlson's books, you should definitely give them a try. :)

  3. Great books and awesome freebies! Got both Ambition and Perception as well :) Can't find Bulfinch's Mythology though.

    Happy Reading!

    - Nyx @ Unraveling Words

    1. Thank you Nyx. ANd glad you got the two great sounding books too.

      If you want Bulfinch's Mythology, here's the link for you. :)

  4. Nice haul. They all sounds really good. Enjoy.
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's Sunday Post

    1. Hi Jenea Whittington, it was a pleasure to stop by and thank you in turn. :) Have a great week.

  5. OOoh very envious of Hot Blooded! Loved the first book! Happy Reading!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Hi Jessica @ A GREAT read, oh I soooo loved Hot Blooded too. :) You'll love it. :D Thank you!

  6. Lots of great finds this week! And I didn't know there was a Perception prequel! Happy Reading and Thanks for stopping by my Added to the Bookshelf post!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    1. Oh Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf, so glad to share with you the prequel too! :D Thank you greatly for stopping.

  7. Hi, Melissa! Thank you for stopping by The Bookwyrm's Hoard earlier. Looks like you got some really interesting books this week. I haven't browsed through Bullfinch in years, but I remember it as being really useful. Enjoy reading and have a great week!

    1. Hi Lark @ The Bookwyrm Hoard, you are so welcome. I'm enjoying making all the stopps. And I look forward to looking through Bulfinch, glad to hear you liked it. :) Thank you.

  8. Great week :D Aww hot blooded, I do want that book

    1. Oh Blodeuedd, I have to say Hot Blooded is action packed and so good. You'll enjoy it. :)

  9. After Dark looks really good and I so agree the weekend seemed to slip away! The Sunday Post

  10. Wow! You've got a lot this next week Thanks for stopping by my Sunday Post

    1. Hi Kacii! Thank you for stopping back in turn. Hope you are having a wonderful week.

  11. Hot Blooded looks fun, and that mythology book looks really interesting - I love mythology so much :-) Hope you enjoy all these and have a lovely week!

    1. Hi Victoria Hooper. Hot Blooded is an awesome read. And I'm really getting into Mythology. :) If you like mythology you might want to check out my Mythical Monday posts. I have different authors stop by and talk about a myth or myth creature that influenced their writing. :) Thank you greatly for stopping.

  12. I still have not read a book by Showalter can you believe that? I have been seeing those Strauss books around and I need to check them out. you have a bunch of great reviews in the works I see. I need to read Outpost as I really enjoyed Enclave!

    1. Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings. Don't tell any one, but I've not read Showalter either. This will be my first experience. ;) And thank you greatly for stopping! I will warn you Outpost kind of leaves you dying for Horde, so maybe wait until Horde comes or is close to release to read it. ;) Thank you!

  13. Fab books, Melissa!!! Especially Hot Blooded :) Dying to read this one myself! Enjoy all your reads, darling!

    1. Thank you Kara-Karina! Oh you are going to absolutely love Hot Blooded. I just have that feeling. :) Thank you for stopping and hope you have a great week.!

  14. Wow!! Great haul!! Have fun reading and goodluck picking another book to post a review about this week!!

    Thanx for visiting my StS and Sunday Post!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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