Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Post #36

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.


And I'm late to getting to posting this Snowy Sunday. It's been a full weekend of holiday preparations in our house. We went to the tree farm yesterday and cut our tree. With it being covered in snow, I didn't get all the decorations done. That is the delay in my Sunday. We finished putting the bulbs on the tree this morning and did some running for the afternoon. Busy season. However, I think we have gone bigger with the tree than even last year. There is no where on our couch we can sit to watch tv. LOL!

And I've got a few ideas sparking in my head for a holiday story. I've got lots of notes that I dictated on my ipod and phone noted and ready to start writing. Scary getting started, but I'm going there. I will be strong. :)

But, into the new week with high hopes for lots to get done. We shall see what does happen though. ;) Hope you all have a great week!

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Digital Magic by Philippa Ballantine

Tales of the Children by P.G. Holyfield (in audiobook while at work) An Anthology collection in the setting of Land of Caern.

Finished Last Weeks:
Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson

Earth Girls Are Difficult by Frances Pauli (in audiobook while at work)
Murder At Avedon Hill by P.G. Holyfield (in audiobook 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:

Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)
A Touched Girls series by Robyn Jones (WITH GIVEAWAY That's still good for 6 days - 12/14/13)

Just for Thought: Lost...


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:

Another two reviews for you this week.
Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson (with a giveaway)
The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty


Received Last Week:

All of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson
What if the only way you could save your own life was to kill yourself?  Someone is trying to kill Sophie Rippetoe, and she has no place to hide.  But Sophie has a unique option.  Her husband designed and built a duplicator machine to make exact copies of complicated and sophisticated machine parts.  She knows how the duplicator works.  Will it work for people?  No one knows.  There’s just one problem:  the duplication process destroys the original.  The only thing Sophie knows for sure is that trying to make copies of herself will end up killing her.  Sophie isn’t sure who’s trying to kill her or why – but she has her suspicions and has gathered some evidence.  Before she takes the leap of faith to use the duplicator on herself, she leaves a trail of clues, hopeful that at least one of the Sophies she creates will figure it out in time to save herself.

Girl (Songs of the Season #1) by Janine K. Spendlove
Goodreads Synopsis:
Milt knew better than to go spelunking alone. If anything happened to him, like falling down a deep shaft and breaking his leg, he’d probably die before anyone found him, and that suited him just fine. He expected to be thrilled, and he expected to have a great time. What he didn’t expect was to encounter a naked, half-drowned, red-headed woman making her way up to the main cavern entrance.

White Flag (Songs of the Season #2) by Janine K. Spendlove
Goodreads Synopsis:
Two lovers separated for a hundred years by their own selfish behavior. After all this time, can the queen and the minstrel make amends and reunite, or will their elvish pride keep them apart forever?

The World Spins Madly On (Songs of the Season #3) by Janine K. Spendlove
Goodreads Synopsis:
This third short story in the Songs of the Seasons collection tells what happens to Josh after Story disappears in the cave. When a strange and unexpected messenger brings Josh the news that Story is alive and well--or was--Josh quickly realizes there is a whole other world, full of creatures he thought existed only in faerie tales.

Operation: Montauk by Bryan Young
Goodreads Synopsis:
Lost in time after a failed attempt to kill Hitler before his rise to power, World War II soldier Cpl. Jack Mallory finds himself stranded, his whole team killed, nearly 100 Million years off course. Together with a group of other wayward time travelers, Mallory has to fight to survive in a hostile environment swarming with dinosaurs. Desperate to find a way home, the community of lost travelers searches for any solution that might send them all home and unlock the secret that shipwrecked them on the shores of time... But the jungle holds a secret from Mallory's future-past... ...and it's out to kill them all!

Free Ebooks:
The Last Legends of Earth by A.A. Attanasio
Goodreads Synopsis:
Seven billion years from now, long after Earth has been shattered by its exploding sun, an alien being regenerates lost humanity. The Rimstalker intends humans as bait for the marauding, spiderlike zotl, remorseless predators that feed on the pain and suffering of intelligent life-forms. In the Chalco-Doror system - itself a vast machine created by the Rimstalker - the reborn children of Earth build mighty civilizations, worship terrifying gods, and choose sides for the titanic final battle.

A gripping tale of struggle against alien control, a mind-bending excursion through the mysteries of time and death, a cosmic epic of creation and destruction, this grand and challenging visit to strange new worlds is both a towering epic of survival - and an intimate story of human love.

Seasons of the Moon by S.M. Reine
Goodreads Synopsis:
Six Moon Summer, 
Rylie's been bitten.

She's changing.

And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf... forever.

Rylie Gresham hates everything about summer camp: the food, the fresh air, the dumb activities, and the other girls in her cabin. But the worst part is probably being bitten by a werewolf. Being a teenager is hard enough, but now she's craving raw flesh and struggles with uncontrollable anger. If she doesn't figure out a way to stop the transformation, then at the end of summer, her life is worse than over. She'll be a monster.

All Hallows' Moon, 
Rylie survived becoming a werewolf at great cost. She moves to her aunt’s ranch in the hopes she can enroll in a new high school and quietly continue her life... with a few distinct changes. She transforms into a beast every new and full moon and struggles to control her murderous urges.

Without many werewolves left, it’s hard to stay in hiding. A family of hunters -- Eleanor, Abel, and Seth -- recognize the signs and follow Rylie to her new home. They want to stop her before she murders someone, and the only way to do it is with a silver bullet. Seth soon realizes the werewolf is Rylie, the one monster he failed to kill. Worse yet, he’s still in love with her.

Torn between family and love, Rylie struggles to reconcile her feelings and control the wolf within while Seth fights to do what’s right. But what is right-- obeying desire or duty?

Long Night Moon, 
Something is killing innocent people around Rylie Gresham's town. The police think it's a wild animal, but she has other suspicions. There are new kids at school, and they have a lot in common with her: gold eyes, super strength, and a habit of turning furry. It seems Rylie's not the only werewolf around anymore.

It's up to Rylie and her werewolf-hunting boyfriend, Seth, to stop the killings. But saving lives doesn't come naturally to a monster, and territory battles could risk the life of her sickly aunt--not to mention her own. Rylie has no choice but to stand her ground, protect her home, and stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt.

Gray Moon Rising,
It’s been almost a year since Rylie Gresham was bitten by a werewolf on Gray Mountain. Now something is beckoning her back to the place she was attacked, along with every other werewolf in the world. But they aren’t the only ones heeding the call. A group of hunters notices them gathering and sees it as their chance to wipe out the entire species.

Seth is about to graduate high school when he learns of the final hunt. He secretly plans to save Rylie and his werewolf brother even though he has to play along with the hunters to do it. But Rylie doesn’t want to be saved. She’s already decided to solve her problems with a silver bullet if answers aren’t waiting on Gray Mountain.

One way or another, everything is about to end—whether it means Rylie’s liberation or the end of her life…

The Rainbow Man by P.B. Kane
Goodreads Synopsis:
When Daniel Routh, together with friends Jill and Greg, and little brother Mikey, discover a body washed up on the beach after a storm, it's one of the most exciting things ever to happen on the island of Shorepoint. And, as the man in question slowly recovers, he befriends the inhabitants of this small fishing community one by one. Only Daniel suspects something might be wrong with the newcomer, who cannot remember who he is, nor how he came to be there. To start with, this John Dee (as they label him, short for Doe) brings prosperity and happiness with him, but it isn't long before the tide begins to turn. When John begins to worm his way into Daniel's own family, trying to take the place of his late father, the teenager knows something must be done. Little does Daniel realize that he's now involved in one of the most ancient conflicts of all time-one that might decide the fate not only of Shorepoint, but of the entire world. 

This novel from the imagination of award-winning and bestselling author P.B. Kane (The Arrowhead Trilogy, Lunar, The Butterfly Man – as Paul Kane), marks his first foray into the realms of YA fiction. With great characterization, emotional impact, action and shock twists, this is a genre release that's sure to become an instant classic.

The Grimm Chronicles by Isabella Fontaine & Ken Broskij
Goodreads Synopsis:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally. Now the characters of the Grimms’ stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.

This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series: Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Episode 2: Happily Never After
Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats

Free Audio Books:
Tales of the Children, and anthology in P.G. Holyfields Land of Caern

Reviews in the Works:

Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
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
Owners Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
The Coffee Legacy by Katharine Bordet - a podcast reading of the book
Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens (in audiobook while at work)
Marco and The Red Granny by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
Into Destiny by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Seducing Her Rival by Seleste deLaney
Heaven by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
Hell by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
Earth by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
Wasteland by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
War by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
The Quill & The Crow by Lilith Saintcrow
Hapax by K.T. Bryski (in audiobook while at work)
Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson
Murder At Avedon Hill by P.G. Holyfield (in audiobook while at work)
Earth Girls Are Difficult by Frances Pauli (in audiobook while at work)


Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Wow! Lots of new to me reads there! Hope you enjoy them all!

Here's my STS

Have a GREAT day!

Old Follower :)

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

That is too funny, that tree is so wide..well I guess you will be reading for the rest of the month since tv is out!!!!

Greg said...

That is a pretty nice sized tree... so much for the TV! We finally got ours decorated too, it was up for almost a week with lights only before we got around to getting the ornaments on. :)

Good luck w/ the story!

A Voracious Reader said...

Aw, who needs tv? I love staring at Christmas lights. When I'm not reading. ;)

Great book haul!

Naomi Hop said...

Love the tree!! Looks awesome! You have been super busy and I'll be on the look out for some of your reviews... particularly The Quill & The Crow. Have a great week!

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

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Jessica @ a GREAT read. Glad to share new books with you. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

lol. Kimba that sounds like the truth. ;D I only have two shows I really watch, so It's safe. lol.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Greg, glad you like the tree. lol. Oh, hope you enjoyed decorating. :) Have a great week.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh A Voracious Reader, I'll be sitting in the living room reading with the lights of the tree on until Christmas. ;) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Naomi Hop, Oh thank you!! Glad you like the tree. :) And yes, I've been doing lots of audio books, which helps. I hope to have The Quill & The Crow up in the next few weeks. :) Have a great week!

Cyn @ Bookmunchies said...

I love your christmas treeeee! It's sooo adorable! Wow lots of review in the making! I see audiobooks are working well for you ;) Hope you enjoy all your new books!
Thanks for stopping by Bookmunchies (:

LoveOfBooks said...

Oh my gosh, your tree is so fat and cute! Hope you enjoy your books this week!

Bea said...

The tree is lovely with the ornaments on it! You have lots of books and they look good, enjoy!

Melliane said...

your tree is perfect...well even if you can't watch TV. I love it! Happy reading!

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

That tree is so freaking cute! I love that it's so wide that it's in the middle of everything, lol. I hope you enjoy your new books and I hope that sparky new story idea works out for you!

Anonymous said...

I live in the Tropics so we don't have Christmas tree farms :( Getting Christmas tree sounds so fun!

Wow, you've got some really good books! Happy reading and have a great week ahead!

Blodeuedd said...

I love the tree :D

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Lovely tree! And you got a lot of new books this week, plus I can't believe how many reviews you're working on! I've got about 4 to write at the moment, and it I don't do them soon, I'll forget enough of my first reaction to make it hard to write them.

Have a wonderful week, and thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!

Unknown said...

The tree is pretty! Enjoy all the new books. :)

Thanks for stopping by my Sunday Post.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

That's one gorgeous tree! I really like it. And I think we all enjoyed Cursed by Destiny and A Cursed Moon. Can't wait to read your thoughts on Bren's novella.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

That tree is so pretty!!

Btw, totally don't have to do the giveaway... I'm here! *opens greedy hand* ;) J/K

Love all your books. Seasons of the Moon looks good.

Anonymous said...

What a cute tree! As others have said who needs've got books to read!

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

I love the look of your tree :) It's so cute looking. I hope you enjoy your new books and thank you for stopping by my Sunday Post this week.
-Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

lol. thank you Christy @ Love of books. :D Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Bea, aww, thank you. I do look forward to getting some reading and writing done. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

LOL! Thank you Melliane. :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Michelle @ In Libris Veritas. :D We seem to always have to outdo last years tree. lol. And thank you, have a great week.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Scentfragrance, oh, sorry you don't have Christmas tree farms. Do hope you have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Blodeuedd!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Lark. Yea, I think of all the reviews I have 2 that need to be written. All the others are in the wings waiting to go live. So I'm good. It'll be nice to read the reviews again. :D Thank you and have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Jenea! Have a great week.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh thank you Maja! And yes, everyone seems to be loving Bren and Celia. :D Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Melissa (B&T). LOL! And I would love to hand over the giveaway, know. ;) Thank you!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Readerholicnotes, yes, you caught me. I'll be doing more reading than watching tv. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh thank you Kimberly May. And thank you greatly for visiting in turn!

Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts said...

Ooo, love the tree! Thanks for stopping by my Sunday Post and hope you enjoy your new reads! :)

~Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

Berls said...

I love the tree - how funny that you can't watch tv! And good luck with the holiday story - writing is both scary and exciting :-)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh thank you Sophia. Hope you had a great week.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Berls. And, we haven't been doing much tv watching anyway. lol. Thank you!