Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Post #41

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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Wow. the week is past. *phew* This one felt like it would never end. Cold weather seems to be our friend this year. We got snow and cold. It's so nice to watch for the inside of the house. And that's what I got to do on Saturday. That was nice.

It seems the weekdays are a rat race around here. So much to do and never enough time to get it all done. But Saturday I got to relax after cleaning in the morning. Very nice.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
I haven't started these 3 yet but will be reading:
The Girl of Hrusch Avenue by Brian McClellan
Risen by Laura Jennings
Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier

AND have been reading as chapters come up:
Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron (2 chapters a week for free on her site!)

Current Podcast Book Listen:
I have 2 I can listen to this week:
Flash in a Can by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee


Finished Last Weeks:
Conning for Keeps by Seleste deLaney
Forsworn by Brian McClellan
Hope's End by Brian McClellan

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
The Secret World Chronicle: The Hunt by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)

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Last Week on the Blog:



Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)





Posts:


Reviews:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:




GIVEAWAYS:



Weekly Posts:

***NEW*** Mythical Monday - Danielle Ackley-McPhail talking of Road Gremlins.
Teaser Tuesday
Who? What? Where? Wend.
Throwback Thursday
Looking Forward To...
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too -- LOADS of Sci Fi Romance reads for free, and much more too!
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This Week to Come on the Blog:


Mythical Monday is back! This week will be a Phoenix! (Mon)

Audio Book Review of HAPAX by K.T. Bryski (which I loved by the way, come check it out) (Tues)
An Author guest post by K.T. Bryski. I was so taken with her magic, science, and religion that I HAD to have K.T. stop by and talk about it. (Wed)

Book Review of novella: Forsworn by Brian McClellan (Thurs)

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Received Last Weeks:


Review:
Forsworn by Brian McClellan
Goodreads Synopsis:
Erika ja Leora is a powder mage in northern Kez, a place where that particular sorcery is punishable by death. She is only protected by her family name and her position as heir to a duchy.

When she decides to help a young commoner—a powder mage marked for death, fugitive from the law—she puts her life and family reputation at risk and sets off to deliver her new ward to the safety of Adro while playing cat and mouse with the king’s own mage hunters and their captain, Duke Nikslaus.

Occurs 35 years before the events in Promise of Blood.


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
So I go gift cards and started buying books. I *might* have got carried away with things calming in the new year...

Nemesis by S.A. Huchton
Goodreads Synopsis:
Tech genius Daniel Brewer isn't the only one with a romantic history. Already weighed down with the impossible problem of the Maven Initiative's plans for world domination and disaster, Dr. Lydia Ashley is finding it more and more difficult to keep things in balance. With an old flame reappearing and the schemes of a vindictive new rival thrown into the mix, her hopes for a life with Daniel may be on the brink of annihilation. 

When Lydia's past is brought to light, one big secret could destroy everything.

Progeny by S.A. Huchton
Goodreads Synopsis:
Heartbroken over Lydia's unexplained departure, Daniel Brewer is barely functional. When she left the Endure, she took everything important with her: his purpose, his heart, his reason for breathing. Daniel's convinced Nick Miller has the answers to his questions, but Dr. Gorgeous isn't talking.

A world away, Dr. Lydia Ashley struggles with her choices and mistakes. With one small discovery, everything she thought was true is shattered in an instant.

The buried secrets of the Maven Initiative surface. 

No one is safe.

And Daniel and Lydia must both decide exactly how far they'll go for love.

Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
Goodreads Synopsis:
The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should be never say never.

The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin
Goodreads Synopsis:
The incredible conclusion to the Inheritance Trilogy, from one of fantasy's most acclaimed stars. 

For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri's ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war. 

Shahar, last scion of the family, must choose her loyalties. She yearns to trust Sieh, the godling she loves. Yet her duty as Arameri heir is to uphold the family's interests, even if that means using and destroying everyone she cares for.

As long-suppressed rage and terrible new magics consume the world, the Maelstrom -- which even gods fear -- is summoned forth. Shahar and Sieh: mortal and god, lovers and enemies. Can they stand together against the chaos that threatens?

Includes a never before seen story set in the world of the Inheritance Trilogy.

The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone
Goodreads Synopsis:
In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all. . .

He's The Man With The Magic Touch

A master of deduction, seduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard's secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he's asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he's ever known. . .

She's The Devilish Miss Jones

Pressing a knife to his throat--and demanding he make love to her--Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing her. As deadly as she is, with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampiric killer he's been staking out--but she may be just what Phaeton needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possesses uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only salvation. . .or ultimate sacrifice.

The Moonstone and Miss Jones by Jillian Stone
Goodreads Synopsis:
Mooning For The Moonstone

Barely escaping the clutches of a succulent succubus, Phaeton Black returns to London only to get sucked into another unearthly scheme. Professor Lovecraft has been tinkering with the secrets of life and death, replacing body parts with the latest mechanical marvels. To succeed, he needs to tap the power of the fabled Moonstone—and he needs Phaeton’s help. Of course, Phaeton would prefer to investigate the more interesting body parts of Miss America Jones. Perhaps, bringing his lady friend along for the ride won’t be to too much trouble…

Shanghaied In Shanghai

The bewilderingly beautiful and bountifully gifted daughter of a Cajun witch, Miss Jones is always up for an adventure, especially with Mr. Black as her traveling companion. But when Phaeton is mysteriously shanghaied in Shanghai, America thinks he’s run out on her. Stranded in the Orient—and steaming mad—she’s prepared to look under every stone for the missing detective. The case has put them both in the most compromising positions, but this time, Miss Jones is on top and Mr. Black is at the bottom…of a truly infernal plot.

The Girl of Hrusch Avenue by Brian McClellan
Goodreads Synopsis:
Vlora is an orphan living at a boarding school as a ward of the state. Even at her young age, she already has enemies: the Bulldog Twins, Baron Fendamere, and her own headmistress. When a strange man offers to buy her, Vlora runs away and takes to the roofs above the gunsmithies of Hrusch Avenue. It is there that she meets a boy named Taniel and begins a friendship that will change her life forever.


Free Ebooks:
Hope's End by Brian McClellan
Goodreads Synopsis:
Captain Verundish has two problems. On campaign with the Adran army and far from her homeland, she is helpless when the young daughter she left at home is threatened. To make matters worse, General Tamas has put her lover in command of a Hope's End—the first charge through a breach straight into the teeth of enemy cannon and sorcery. To save the people she loves, Verundish will have to come up with a deadly solution...

Rae of Hope by W.J. May
Goodreads Synopsis:
How hard do you have to shake a family tree to find out the truth of the past? 

Fifteen-year-old Rae Kerrigan has never questioned her family’s history. That is until she accepted a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School in England. Guilder is a very unique, gifted school. 

Rae has no idea what she is getting herself into or that her family’s past is going to come back and taunt her. She learns she is part of an unparalleled group of individuals who become marked with a unique tattoo (tatù) on their sixteenth birthday. The tatù enables them to have supernatural powers particular to the shape of their marking. 

Both her parents were marked though Rae never knew, as they passed away when she was young and never told her. Learning about her family’s past, her evil father and sacrificial mother, Rae needs to decide if there is a ray of hope for her own life.


Free Audio Books/Stories:
The Secret World Chronicles: World Well Lost by Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
Goodreads Synopsis:
Continuing the action and intrigue of the first two books, World Well Lost joins the ensemble cast of metahuman characters as they struggle against the growing powers of the Thule Society as well as Echo's own waning popularity. Famed fantasy and sci-fi author Mercedes Lackey and newcomers Dennis Lee and Cody Martin bring this superhero-themed braided novel podcast series to life with characters such as the Seraphym, Victoria Victrix, John Murdock, and Red Djinni, with stories read by Veronica Giguere.

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Reviews to Come:

Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
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)
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)
Hapax by K.T. Bryski (in audiobook while at work)
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)
Tales of the Children by P.G. Holyfield (in audiobook while at work) An Anthology collection in the setting of Land of Caern.
Tales from the Archives, Vol 2 #12 - The Taniwha of Ana Cove by Lewis Hoban (audio while at work)
Digital Magic by Philippa Ballantine
The Princess and the Coffee Bean by Katherina Bordet (a short story in her Coffee Legacy world)
The Secret World Chronicle: Invasion by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)
All of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson
Conning for Keeps by Seleste deLaney
Forsworn by Brian McClellan

Hope's End by Brian McClellan
The Secret World Chronicle: The Hunt by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)

14 comments:

  1. I'm about ready for this cold weather to be over! I moved south to get away from winter, and it followed me! :o

    Looking forward to tomorrow's post, as I'm not very familiar with the phoenix legend. Am loving your Mythical Mondays!

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    1. Alexia, I'm with you on this cold. It's crazy! I know we get winter and snow, but this bitter cold is the worst and this year it's terrible.

      Glad you are looking forward to the Mythical Monday. :)

      thank you!

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  2. I can't wait to see what you think of Forsworn

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    1. Blodeuedd, I loved it. But, then again, I love the world Brian created and his writing. :)

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  3. OOoh nice haul!! Hope you enjoy all your new reads! Jaye Wells' new series has a lot of promise I think! Happy Reading!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Thank you Jessica @ a GREAT read. And I'm really looking forward to Jaye's new series. I actually just saw that the second book is coming out later this year too! Crazy fast. :D

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  4. You did pile up the goodies, didn't you! :-) Enjoy them all. Dirty Magic sounds particularly intriguing.

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    1. Thanks Lark @ The Bookwyrms' Hoard. I *might* have over done it on the books lately. A few gift cards to a book lover and see what happens! LOL

      Thank you, have a great week.

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  5. I have Jillian Stone on my TBR. I need to bump her books up. Have a great week! :)

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    1. A Voracious Reader, I've heard really good things of Jillian Stone's books. I really look forward to getting to them. Hope you enjoy them When you get there. :) Thank you!

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  6. Oh, Dirty Magic. I want to read that. :)

    I'm ready for warmer weather too; spring, not summer.

    Happy reading!

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    1. Bea, Oh yes. Now I need to find time to read Dirty Magic. :) Hope you had a great week.

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  7. wow I think it's the first time I see so many books here! I loved the Stone books and I have Dirty Magic so I need to try it now! happy reading!

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    1. Melliane, Oh glad to share new books with you. :) I remember you enjoying Stone's books. When I saw they were on sale I had to pick them up. :) Thank you!

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