Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Post #48

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 is going to be a quick post as not much has happened this week.

It seems Saturday and Sunday are my catch up on sleep days. Maybe because I didn't get to go hibernate as my body wanted too for winter? Who knows. But haven't got much accomplished this weekend. I really hate when that happens.

Not much is happening around here during the week either. I'm moving slow, which seems the norm lately.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank by Krista D. Ball

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 haven't started a new one yet. Will think about it for this week.

Finished Last Weeks:
Weather Child by Philippa Ballantine

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Morevi by Tee Morris & Lisa Lee


Last Week on the Blog:

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

Giveaways that are happening:
Kait Ballenger for Execution Underground - $25 Amazon card, AFTER DARK, TWILIGHT HUNTER, and Swag (8 more days)

Superhero Prize Packs by S. A. Huchton

Around the Internet...


Weekly Posts:

***NEW*** Mythical Monday - Terri Bruce talking of Pooka.

Throwback Thursday


This Week to Come on the Blog:

Mythical Monday (Mon)

Book Review Earth Girls Are Difficult by Frances Pauli (Wed)

Book Review Weather Child by Philippa Ballantine (Thurs)


Received Last Weeks:


Podcasting for Dummies by Tee Morris, Chuck Tomasi, & Evo Terra
Goodreads Synopsis:
Podcasting is like blogging out loud It gives you a voice--one that can be heard worldwide on computers, iPods, or other MP3 players. You can podcast to boost your business, promote your passion, share your opinions, or just have fun. The point is to say what you want to say to those who want to hear it. With step-by-step explanations, screen shots, and tons of examples, this guide clues you in on recording, producing, and hosting your very own podcast with info on: Finding your voice and your niche, whether you want to talk tech, make your own kinds of music, educate listeners, make people laugh, do soundseeing tours, serialize your novel, or invent a new podcasting genre Getting the bare necessities (if you don't already have them), including a microphone, recording software, and an audio cardAudio editing software such as Audacity, Cakewalk for PCs, GarageBand for musicality, and Audio HiJack Pro for MacsRecording, including understanding dB (decibel levels), capturing or minimizing ambient noise, and moreEditing with GarageBand or Audacity, adding bed music, and including intros and outros for a signature finishing touchYou want your podcast to be heard. "Podcasting For Dummies" helps you launch and promote it with info on how to: Downsize your audio files with MP3 compressionChange bit rates and sample rates in Audacity and iTunesCreate and edit your ID3 tags in Audacity or iTunesPost your show notes using Movable Type or LibsynSimplify the RSS 2.0 feed by using blogging software or a podcast-hosting company such as, Podcastamatic, and FeederPing for publicityCommunicate with your listeners on your blog, through online discussion groups such as Yahoo Groups or Google Groups, or on online forums

Of course, if you want to be a podcatcher (a listener) and subscribe to podcasts, this guide shows you how to do that, too Complete with a companion podcast--a free weekly audio commentary that will keep you up to speed on the podsphere--this guide helps you get your message heard, loud and clear.

Free Ebooks:
Keeping it Close by Stacia Kane
A free short story set in the Downside world found on Stacia's blog. I so need to get back to this series!

Better off Dead by H.P. Mallory
Goodreads Synopsis:
If there's such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn't have it. Killed in a car accident before it's her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn't exactly what she hoped it might be. First, there's AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after, ) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.) Learning that Lily's death was indirectly their fault (her guardian angel, Bill, was MIA during her accident and was one of their employees, ) Afterlife Enterprises offers Lily the chance to live again. But, as with most things involving the afterlife, beware the fine print. Most notably, Lily will have to become a soul retriever, venturing into the bowels of the Underground City to retrieve souls that were mistakenly sent there by Afterlife Enterprises during a Y2K computer glitch. Second, there's angel Bill. As if risking her second life in the Underground City wasn't enough, Lily's guide to the Underground is none other than her incompetent, alcoholic, womanizing guardian angel, Bill, the antithesis of anything wholesome. With only Dante's Inferno and Bill to help her in her quest, Lily's future isn't looking bright. Finally, there's the legendary bladesmith, Tallis Black. As Scottish as his kilts and heavy brogue, Tallis Black is a centuries-old Celt who, for reasons only known to him, offers to train Lily and act as her escort into the depths of the Underground City. Dark, brooding and definitely dangerous, Lily knows she shouldn't trust Tallis, but she also can't deny her attraction to him. Between soul retrieving in hell, dealing with Bill and trying to figure out what's in it for Tallis, Lily wonders if maybe she would've just been better off dead.

Free Audio Books/Stories:


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
Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
Marco and The Red Granny by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
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)
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.
The Secret World Chronicle: Invasion by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)
The Secret World Chronicle: The Hunt by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)
Rusted Veins by Jaye Wells
Haunted by Amanda Bonilla
Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine
The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
Morevi by Tee Morris & Lisa Lee
Weather Child by Philippa Ballantine


  1. Podcasting is something I was thinking doing on my farming blog, so perhaps I should get this one as well! :) Hope you are having a lovely weekend, Melissa!

    1. Oh Kara-Karina, we'll have to share notes on Podcasting then. :) Thank you and have a great week!

  2. My weekend wasn't as productive as I'd like, either. I spent most of it trying to catch up on blogging! But I'm headed off to direct my choruses in an hour or two, which will be fun (and hopefully productive; we need to get the music learned.)

    I'm looking forward to your eventual review of What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank! Happy reading, and have a great week.

    1. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard, Oh do hope you have a nice time at chorus. :) That's always nice. I can't wait to share about What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank. It's such a helpful book. :) Thank you, have a great week.

  3. OOh nice! Haven't read H.P. Mallory myself, but see the books around a lot! They sound entertaining! Like the new look, yet still enjoyed the cartoony ones too! Hope you enjoy your reads!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Jessica @ a GREAT read, I've not had the chance to read any of H.P. Mallory's books yet either. Thank you. :D

  4. Sometimes down weekends are needed. I try to do one a most of the time but try. I want the New Orleans mystery with Zoe and will be watching for a price drop on the eBook. Have a fantastic week!!

    1. Kimba, I guess that's true. I just feel like I lost a weekend by doing that. And glad you like the sounds of Zoe's story. :) Thank you!

  5. Catching up on sleep is vital :D

  6. I liked What Kings Ate, it was really interesting. My weekend has been moderately productive but I also slept late both days. I needed it after last week.

    Happy reading!

    1. Bea, I'm really taken with all I'm learning in What Kings Ate. I knew of a lot, but there is so much I can use and has my brain thinking about what I can add into my stories. :) Thank you!

  7. What Kings ate and Wizards Drank sounds great, I'll bet there's a lot of interesting tidbits in that book.

    1. Oh Greg, it really is full of interesting tidbits. :) Have a great week!

  8. Really curious about What Kings Ate, this book has been popping up on my radar! :) Hope you had a lovely weekend.

    1. Victoria S. I have to write that review yet, but I did enjoy all I learned in What Kings Ate and what it got me thinking about. :) Thank you!

  9. I know about HP Mallory but I didn't know this one, I hope you'll like your new books. Happy reading!

    1. Melliane, I've seen HP Mallory's name around but I've not read any books by the author yet. I'm curious though. :) Thank you!

  10. The weekends are always too short! I do love my lazy Sundays though.
    Better of Death sounds like a nice read.
    Thanks for stopping by :)

    1. Oh Peggy Farooqi, isn't that the truth. We need longer weekends. ;) Thank you!

  11. I'm with you on the hibernating, we should do that too ! Better off dead looks great, it's an original angle :)

    1. Red Iza, things would be so much simpler if we got to hibernate. lol. Thank you!


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