Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Post #27

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.

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It seems to come in weeks around here.  One week I get somewhere, the next, well, no where.  This week feels like a lost week to me.  I hate days and weeks like that.  I don't even feel like I get anywhere with personal life or books.  I have a list of things I want to get done and time is running out on me.  *sigh*

Oh well, I'll get there.

What's Happening in Books:

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

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

Finished Last Week:
(I'm not sure what I'll be starting this week.)

Owners 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.

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Last Week on the Blog:


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



Reviews:
Book Review:
Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger


The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan


GIVEAWAYS:

None this week.


Weekly Posts:

***NEW*** Mythical Monday - With Rachel Neumeier talking of Dragons.
Teaser Tuesday
Who? What? Where? Wend.
Throwback Thursday
Looking Forward To...
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too
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This Week to Come on the Blog:

Big week in the works to come!
- Interview with fantasy author Ken Scholes, and a giveaway of the first book in his Psalms of Isaak series.  --Tuesday
- Guest post from S.A. Huchton for her Nemesis tour (romance fans need to look at this series. I adore it!)  My review will post, and she has an amazing prize pack for you to win as well. --Wednesday
- Guest post from Amanda Bonilla for her Vengeance Borne tour.  My Review will post and a Giveaway of a Digital copy of Vengeance Borne as well!  --Thursday

Woot! Woot!  Big week!  Along with all my regularly schedule memes. :)

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Received Last Week:


Review:
Heartwood by Freya Robertson
Goodreads Synopsis:
A dying tree, a desperate quest, a love story, a last stand.

Chonrad, Lord of Barle, comes to the fortified temple of Heartwood for the Congressus peace talks, which Heartwood’s holy knights have called in an attempt to stave off war in Anguis. But the Arbor, Heartwood’s holy tree, is failing, and because the land and its people are one, it is imperative the nations try to make peace.

After the Veriditas, or annual Greening Ceremony, the Congressus takes place. The talks do not go well and tempers are rising when an army of warriors emerges from the river. After a fierce battle, the Heartwood knights discover that the water warriors have stolen the Arbor’s heart. For the first time in history, its leaves begin to fall...

The knights divide into seven groups and begin an epic quest to retrieve the Arbor, and save the land.

A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish
Goodreads Synopsis:
Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. Marshalling the thieves’ guilds under his control, he declares war against the Trifect, an allegiance of wealthy and powerful nobles.

Aaron Felhorn has been groomed since birth to be Thren’s heir. Sent to kill the daughter of a priest, Aaron instead risks his own life to protect her from the wrath of his guild. In doing so, he glimpses a world beyond poison, daggers, and the iron control of his father.

Guilds twist and turn, trading allegiances for survival. The Trifect weakens, its reputation broken, its money dwindling. The players take sides as the war nears its end, and Thren puts in motion a plan to execute hundreds.

Only Aaron can stop the massacre and protect those he loves…

Assassin or protector; every choice has its consequences.



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Manifesto UF Edited by Tim Marquitz & Tyson Mauermann
Goodreads Synopsis:
From angels to vampires, dragons to wizards, Manifesto brings together twenty-three stories full of action, snark, and unadulterated badassery.

Featuring stories from Lucy A. Snyder, Jeff Salyards, William Meikle, Teresa Frohock, Zachary Jernigan, Betsy Dornbusch, and more.

The time has come to make a statement, to define a genre. This is our manifesto.

Table of Contents:

Rev – Kirk Dougal
I’m an Animal. You’re an Animal, Too – Zachary Jernigan
Los Lagos Heat – Karina Fabian
Savage Rise – Adam Millard
Front Lines, Big City – Timothy Baker
Break Free – Ryan Lawler
Naked the Night Sings – Teresa Frohock
Double Date – Andrew Moczulski
That Old Tree – R.L. Treadway
Dharmasankat – Abhinav Jain
Nephilim – TSP Sweeney
Toejam & Shrapnel – Nickolas Sharps
Green Grow the Rashes – William Meikle
Under the Dragon Moon – Jonathan Pine
Gold Dust Woman – Kenny Soward
Wizard’s Run – Joshua S. Hill
Chains of Gray – Betsy Dornbusch
Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic LA – Jake Elliot
Queen’s Blood – Lincoln Crisler
Beneath a Scalding Moon – Jeff Salyards
Separation Anxiety – J.M. Martin
Blessing and Damnation – Wilson Geiger
Jesse Shimmer Goes to Hell – Lucy A. Snyder


I received my playing cards to go with Time Traveled Tales Kickstarter The Kickstarter had an upgrade you could purchase for playing cards that had images for each story in the anthology.  I loved these images and the idea, so had to do it.  And boy am I thrilled with the results!


Free Ebooks:
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Goodreads Synopsis:
Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there. 

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

The lady Astronomer by Katy O'Dowd
Goodreads Synopsis:
Lucretia's quiet life as an astronomer and hat-maker is quickly turned on its head by her brother. He is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Unfortunately for Lucretia, she is introduced to his majesty as her brother's assistant. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure and danger. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time for the king, her misfortunes take their toll. When Lucretia finds herself held hostage at the Clockwork Court, the innocent country girl doesn't know who to trust. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Even if her brothers manage to build the telescope on time, she might not live to earn her freedom.
With the help of her brothers, Freddie and Al, and her constant companions Leibniz the Lemur and Orion the Eagle Owl, Lucretia embarks on a journey that could change her life forever. Can she find the strength inside to balance her new life and overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.

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Special Note:
We are proud to publish our first novel from an author who lives outside of North America. Katy hails from Ireland. When reading this novel, please keep in mind that English is not spelled the same everywhere! Because she is from Ireland and her characters also dwell in Europe, we maintained her uses and spellings. Enjoy!


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Reviews in the Works:

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
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
Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson

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

34 comments:

  1. I love the cover for A Dance of Cloaks! Great haul this week!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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  2. I truly hope you will like Cloaks more than I did

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    1. I'm...nervous and curious at the same time Blodeuedd. I'm afraid I'll feel the same way as you. Thank you!

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  3. Thanks for telling me about Valkyrie Rising! It sounds amazing :D
    When I'm feeling in a slump and I don't really want to read I just select randomly and start reading. Give it ten pages and if it's a good book it can turn around your week. Have a good one!

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    1. Sure thing Adriana Garcia. Hope you got it free. :) Yea, it seems to be life that's getting in the way of books these days. I'm hoping it'll calm...soon. :) Thank you!

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  4. That's how my life is like. lol I just go with the flow. Can't do anything else.

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    1. Oh A Voracious Reader, I hate that life is like this these days. I'm ready for it to be done. :) Thank you!

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  5. I have The Lady Astronomer but haven't read it yet; it does look good.

    If you can, take a break from blogging and clear your head. Sometimes that's the best thing.

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    1. Bea, I had to pick it up when I saw it was free. But I don't know when I'll get to reading it either. *sigh*

      I don't want to take any more breaks. I'm starting to enjoy the breaks more and more each time. *cringe* I like reading, reading, reading and not worrying about all this with it. *sigh* I'll get through. :)

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  6. Ooo the cards look nice..too nice to play with though. Hope things come together more for you this week! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Kimba, they really do. LOL! I've debated on playing with them. But for now they are on the top shelf for me to look over. :) Thank you!

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  7. Some weeks are like that. Hope this one is better! Enjoyed the Myth Monday feature...

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    1. Thank you Greg! Glad you are enjoying the Mythical Monday posts. :)

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  8. Hope you're week looks up. I've been in a constant state of no progress lately with school, so I understand. Good luck!

    And I love the cards! I just wouldn't be able to bring myself to actually use them!

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    1. Thank you Berls. I've been pondering on if I could use the cards or not. lol. :D

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  9. Oooh, I like the cover of Heartwood, and a Dance of Cloaks looks really badass too (as does the deck of cards)! Awesome haul this week!
    Thanks for stopping by Bookmunchies (:

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    1. Cyn, I'm planning on reading Dance of Cloaks next and Heartwood in October. :) Thank you!

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  10. Nice haul!! You are going to be busy, that's for sure! Slow weeks are allowed, can't have blogging and reading overtaking our lives!

    Thanx for visiting My Weekly Wrap-Up!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Naomi Hop, oh thank you. Slow weeks seem to be a common lately. :)

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  11. Dance of Cloaks looks amazing, love the cover! The cards are also super cool looking! I love Kickstarter, so much cool stuff. I hope you have a good a week!

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    1. I really love the cover to Dance of Cloaks too Michelle @ In Libris Veritas. And glad you love the cards. :) THank you!

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  12. Ooh Manifesto UF has an awesome cover! Must investigate that one for sure! Thanks for visiting my blog, much appreciated!

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    1. Chucklesthescot, glad you like the looks of Manifesto UF. :D Thank you!

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  13. Nice haul! It looks like you have a lot of reading time to get in. I hope you enjoy all your new books :)
    Thanks for stopping by my Sunday Post!
    - Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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  14. Cold blooded was awesome! I hope you'll enjoy as much as I did. Happy reading!

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  15. I spotted Valkyrie Rising a day or two ago, but I love the cover of The Lady Astronomer, so I just picked that one up too!

    I know what you mean about weeks. Sometimes a week goes by and I wonder where all my reading time dribbled away to. (Being on the computer in my case, probably.) It's frustrating when you don't feel like you're getting anything done. I hope this week goes better for both of us!

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    1. Lark @ The Bookwyrm Hoard, glad to hear you got the freebies too! :D And thank you!

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  16. Hey girl. Sorry it took me so long to reply. I've been so busy with life lately! Great haul you raked in and I'm looking forward to all those reviews you're working on!

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    1. Oh Toni Lesatz, no worries. I'm late in commenting back as it is. :) Thank you!

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