Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Post #26

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.


This Sunday Post is for two weeks.  I didn't get much done the week before last, except collecting books in the mail.  I think things are starting to get tied up around here and maybe a routine surfacing.  I'm not sure though.

I've started waking early in the morning with kiddo and walking on treadmill along with 20 jackknives is making me feel better about the fitness I'm needing in my diet. ;) And the few beta reads and projects feel like they are getting somewhere, which helps feel like a weight is lifting (not done with the projects yet, but getting somewhere).

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
After finish beta read,
Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson (I'll be starting today)

Owners Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book, I'll start listening to while at work

Finished Last Week:
Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Into Chaos by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Vengeance Borne by Amanda Bonilla

Captain's Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book, I'll start listening to while at work

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
I haven't got to the Podcasts yet.  I will, they are lining up on me.


Last Week on the Blog:

My Balticon experience.  Second year and I'm still loving it! Pictures too!

I also shared my WIP updates for August on The Challenged Writers.  Please, feel free to follow my posts there as well.  I have a few ideas and questions to post about over there as well.

Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)
None this week

Book Review:
Requiem by Ken Scholes


None this week.

Weekly Posts:

***NEW*** Mythical Monday
Teaser Tuesday
Who? What? Where? Wend.
Throwback Thursday
Looking Forward To...
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too

This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have the Review of TWILIGHT HUNTER coming up today, and I'll add another later this week.  Also, all my normal meme posts to share what I'm reading this week.


Received Last Week:

The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan
Goodreads Synopsis:
For more than a year Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception --- Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of --- but she's about to find out.

The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles are two separate, but related series, and you can start reading with either Theft of Swords(publication order) or The Crown Tower (chronological order).

The Riyria Chronicles
1. The Crown Tower (now available)
2. The Rose and the Thorn (September 17, 2013)

The Riyria Revelations
1. Theft of Swords (contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha)
2. Rise of Empire (contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm)
3. Heir of Novron (contains Wintertide & Percepliquis)

Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn
Goodreads Synopsis:
As Denver adjusts to a new master vampire, Kitty gets word of an intruder in the Denver werewolf pack’s territory, and she investigates the challenge to her authority. She follows the scent of the lycanthrope through the mountains where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a defunct silver mine: the perfect cage for a werewolf. Her captors are a mysterious cult seeking to induct Kitty into their ranks in a ritual they hope will put an end to Dux Bellorum. Though skeptical of their power, even Kitty finds herself struggling to resist joining their cause. Whatever she decides, they expect Kitty to join them in their plot . . . willingly or otherwise.

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
Goodreads Synopsis:
Enter an epic fantasy world that echoes with the thunder of muskets and the clang of steel—but where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic....

Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. But that was before a rebellion upended his life. And once the powder smoke settled, he was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men and lead them into battle against impossible odds.

The fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order. His military genius seems to know no bounds, and under his command, Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning. But their allegiance will be tested as they begin to suspect that the enigmatic Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural—a realm with the power to ignite a meteoric rise, reshape the known world, and change the lives of everyone in its path.

I won these from Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. Thank you!
Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas
Goodreads Synopsis:
As original as The Hunger Games, set within the walls of a high school exactly like yours.” – Kami Garcia, New York Times best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels

It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school. 

In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don’t fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.

Quarantine: The Saints by Lex Thomas
Goodreads Synopsis:
A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints contunues this frenetically paced and scary young adult series that illustrates just how deadly high school can be.

Nothing was worse than being locked in—until they opened the door...

McKinley High has been a battle ground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.

As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hookup and actually interact with members of other gangs seemed to signal a new, easier existence. Soom after though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.

I received the poster to go with Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan (Yes, I paid for it with being part of the Kickstarter for the book.) And signed bookmarks of Hollow World and Riyria series.

Free Ebooks:
Ambasadora by Heidi Ruby Miller
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Ambasadora-verse...a new futuristic romance series.

If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are.

Sara is part of the Embassy's plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him.

Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.

The River of Dancing Gods by
Goodreads Synopsis:
Life had not been kind to Joe and Marge. Now, according to the stranger who met them on a road that wasn't there, they were due to die in nineteen minutes, eighteen seconds. But the ferryboat that waited to take them across the Sea of Dreams could bring them to a new and perhaps better life.

There lay a world where fairies still danced by moonlight and sorcery became real. Joe could become a mighty-thewed barbarian warrior. Marge could be beautiful and find her magical self.

And it was even as Throckmorton P. Ruddygore, the strange wizard, had promised. But there was a great deal more, as they soon learned.

This was a world where Hell still strove to win its ancient war and demon princes sent men into battles of dark magic. It was a world where Joe and Marge must somehow help prevent the coming of Armageddon.


Reviews in the Works:

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan
Dragonsoul by Philippa Ballantine
Into Darkness by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Nemesis by S.A. Huchton
Half Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Full Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Double Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Captain's Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book, I'll start listening to while at work
Into Chaos by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart


Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

OOoh nice haul! The latest Kitty book wasn't too bad. Just wish I knew where the series was going. Hope you enjoy your reads!

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Have a GREAT day!

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Bea said...

The Rose and the Thorn sounds really good; I hope you enjoy The Thousand Names!

chucklesthescot said...

Quarantine has been on my wishlist forever. I need to raise some money to buy all these books!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Quarantine is one I so want to read, enjoy and have a lovely week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Jessica @ a GREAT read. I'm afraid to say I've not read any Kitty books and nervous about starting in the middle of the series. The Publisher sent it, so I'm a bit gun shy at picking up (I'm OCD abt reading in order). Thank you! Have a great week.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Bea, I'm a huge fan of Michael J. Sullivan books. :D Hope you get a chance to try his books. And thank you for The Thousand Names!! Eep! :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Chucklesthescot, I was thrilled to see I won Quarantine. I even showed them off to the kiddo. lol. I look forward to reading them. Hope you get them soon too. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Kimba! Hope you have a great week too!

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

The Thousand Names looks really amazing! I really need to start Sullivan's series.I think I have one of his books on my kindle. I hope you have a good week Melissa!

Rashika said...

Yay for Cold Blooded! The first book wasn't that awesome but I've heard that it gets a whole lot better in the sequel ;)
Great Haul and Happy Reading! :)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Cold blooded! *cries* I am so terribly jealous, I'm ashamed to even admit it. I hope you're enjoying it
Happy reading!

Lauren B said...

Looks like you've had a busy week :0)

Hope you enjoy all your books. Thanks for stopping by the Harem!

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Interesting book haul this week! Those Quarantine books look a little too intense for me, but the Chalker book is one I've meant to read for ages -- it was a staple in the bookstores back when I was a bookseller/manager just out of college. Where did you find it?

Good for you for starting a fitness routine, and thanks for the reminder -- now that I'm back, I need to resume daily walks and/or going to the gym.

A Voracious Reader said...

Lex Thomas and Carrie Vaughn are on my TBR. Congrats on the treadmill walking! I need to get back on mine. And find a good yoga DVD.

JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog said...

Great haul. I want to try Carrie Vaughn. I am in love with The Rose and The Thorn Cover.

Thanks for stopping by mine.
Have a great week.

Kristin A. said...

Wow great haul this week! I really hope you like The Quarantine series by Lex Thomas. On a side note, The Rose and the Thorn cover had me doing a double take. At a quick glance I thought the cover featured the guys from Supernatural on it photoshopped in period battle gear, lol.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas, I'm really looking forward to Thousand Names. And I do hope you get to try Sullivan's series, I absolutely love it. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Rashika, Yaaaay! Love Cold Blooded. :) Oh, I really have been thrilled with this series. Each book is better and better for me. I'm not huge on romance, but the love here is wonderful. :) Hope you enjoy the series as you go too. :) Thank you for visiting.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

lol. Maja, it's okay. You've read books I'm terribly jealous about you reading. ;) Thank you for visiting.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Lauren B. I'm trying to keep busy here and get caught up. It's been a bit crazy. :) Thank you for visiting!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Lark @ The Bookwyrm Hoard, I've heard great things about the Quarantine books as well. I really look forward to reading them. The Chalker book, was a free ebook from a science fiction/fantasy site I follow...Phoenix Pick. They give 1 free ebook each month and Chalker was it this month. Maybe if you join their newsletter, you'll find something you'll like. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you A Voracious Reader. :) Hope you find that yoga DVD. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Wickedly Delicious. :) I'm curious to try Carrie Vaughn, I've not read her yet. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Kristin A. LOL! I love when things like that happen with covers and you have to double check. :) thank you for visiting!