Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Post #49

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.


I think it was a good week. Not much to share though. Barnes & Nobles and Amazon sent their credits out in the US now that the ebook case with a few publishers has been finalized. I got a small credit as I'm more of a print kinda girl than ebooks. But with the credit at Barnes & Noble I did purchase an ebook.

I finished the current WIP I was working on. It's a bit short of the total words I wanted, but it will get there when I go back through it. For now, it's shelved for a few months, this way I get to forget about it and have a fresh set of eyes when reading for revisions. Now, I'm back to Jayda's story and trying to make something of it. this point (and I'm only 3500 words in) I don't know if I like the story anymore. *sigh* I don't know anymore. The idea is to get through some of it to send to a writer friend. I'm scared to send anything to anyone, and I need to get away from that. I need to send to someone and talk about it to make the story stronger, the characters deeper, the world more vibrant...and to fill those gaping holes I'm finding.

I do have several reviews to write - two books and 3 podcast stories. Hmm, this week coming is looking short on reading time.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
This week is going to be revisions for me and beta reading for a friend. If I get through a good bit, I plan on starting The Lascar's Dagger by Glenda Larke.

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:
What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank by Krista D. Ball
Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #1 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #2 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #3 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.


Last Week on the Blog:

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


Around the Internet...
Did you know Baen Ebooks has a free library you can download from? Two of my free ebooks listed below are from this selection. Go ahead and head over to check out the many free ebooks.


Weekly Posts:

***NEW*** Mythical Monday - P.G. Holyfield talking Hindu Gods and Incarnation.

Throwback Thursday


This Week to Come on the Blog:

Mythical Monday Freya on her firebird in Sunstone. (Mon)

Book Review Heaven by Mur Lafferty (Wed)

Book Review Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell (Thurs)


Received Last Weeks:


This one is out of print. But I found a copy through Amazon and the additional sellers listed. After listening to
Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana, I was curious for more.
Legacy of Morevi by Tee Morris
Goodreads Synopsis:
The adventures of Naruihm's warrior-queen and England's privateer captain begin once again in Legacy of Morevi, the highly-anticipated sequel to the award-nominated debut work of Tee Morris and Lisa Lee.

Life in Morevi is hardly a "happily ever after" for privateer captain Rafe Rafton. As he deals with the animosity from the Ladies of the Blood and from his own daughter, Ashtari, his only ally is Morevi's First Queen, Askana Moldarin. But soon, the peace they find with each other is shattered in a single night. Now, Morevi faces a threat far greater than that of political opponents or frontier rivals. As their realm stands on the brink of a war they cannot win, Askana and Rafe must risk another Riftcrossing while sending their daughter, the future Second Queen of Morevi, into hiding.
Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey by Chuck Wendig
Goodreads Synopsis:
“No seriously, he’s not f**king around, you really don’t want to be a writer. But if you’re mad enough to decide that you do, Wendig will be your gonzo-esque guide, from the technical advice about structure, query letters and submissions, to dealing with agents and editors and how to make your characters do as they’re damn well told, he’s full of good advice. Like a cursing, booze-soaked Virgil to your Dante, let him show you around.
Buy this book, your editor will thank you.”
-- Jenni Hill, Editor, Solaris Books

Want to become a novelist? A screenwriter? An all-around freelance penmonkey? Don’t know the difference between beats, scenes, sequences and acts? Not sure where to begin your edit, or how to query an agent, or what liquor goes best with the madness of being a writer? Then CONFESSIONS OF A FREELANCE PENMONKEY is all yours.

CONFESSIONS is a collection of 50+ essays on the subject of writing and the writing life. It covers a wide array of subjects, from technical advice to discussions of publishing versus self-publishing to what to do if you wake up pantsless and ink-stained in the basement of a Tijuana bookstore. 

Equal parts hilarious, insane, profane, and profound, CONFESSIONS will take you through the many trials and tribulations of the penmonkey’s moonbat existence, offering advice every step of the way.

Features popular TERRIBLEMINDS essays: 

…“Beware of Writer”
…“Drop That Pen, Grab A Hammer: Building The Writer’s Platform”
…”Exposing Yourself: Do You Write For Free?”
…“No, Seriously, I’m Not F**king Around, You Really Don’t Want To Be A Writer”
…“The Penmonkey’s Paean”
… “Why Your Novel Won’t Get Published”
…“Why You Won’t Finish That Novel”
And more!

(TERRIBLEMINDS has been named one of the top 101 websites for writers by WRITER’S DIGEST magazine!)

Free Ebooks:
On Basilisk Station by David Weber
Goodreads Synopsis:
Honor Harrington in trouble: Having made him look the fool, she's been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her. Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station. The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens. Parliament isn't sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling, the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is Up to Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn't work to police the entire star system. But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They've made her mad!

The Honor of the Queen by David Weber
Goodreads Synopsis:
It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven—and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor’s mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

At first Honor doesn’t take it personally; where she comes from gender discrimination is barely a historical memory, right up there in significance with fear of the left-handed. But in time such treatment becomes taxing and she makes plans to withdraw until Grayson’s fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning. Now, Honor must stay and prevail, not just for her honor, but for her sovereign’s, for the honor of the Queen.

Those Poor, Poor Bastards by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, Kenny Soward
Goodreads Synopsis:

The year is 1868...IN THE SIERRA NEVADA, during the expansion of the Central Pacific Railroad, Nina Weaver and her pa, Lincoln, trundle into Coburn Station with a wagonful of goods they're looking to barter. Of all the rotten luck, their world—and the future of the American West—is forever changed when a sudden swarm of zombies invades town on the hunt for some human-sized vittles.

THOSE POOR, POOR BASTARDS is the first volume in the all-new Old Western Action-Horror series, "Dead West." 

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
What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank by Krista D. Ball
Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #1 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #2 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.

Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #3 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.


  1. Busy week for you, Melissa! :) I'll check Baen library, see what kind of treasures are there! :)

    1. Kara-Karina, hope you found something in Baen Library freebies. :) Thank you.

  2. Enjoy your new books! I think that's a good idea to step away from the WIP after the first draft....breathing room. I did that with my recent book, which is soon to be published. I started it at NaNoWriMo in 2010, so it was hibernating for a while.


    1. Creations by Laurel-Rain, thank you. I'll see about getting back to the WIP in a few months, we'll see. ;) Thank you.

  3. You had a very productive week. Happy reading for the coming week!

    Here is my post.

  4. Great week and glad you are getting things done. Enjoy your new books, although I imagine once NaNo starts you will be crazy busy :)

  5. I need to go and check those ebooks

  6. Oh interesting covers for your new books, I didn't know them. Happy reading!

  7. I'm sorry about the block, hope you'll sort it out eventually :) Have a great week !

  8. If you have someone who will be honest and constructive with you about your story - go for it! But there is me talking, and I'm not sure if I had the courage tbh! Have a great week and Happy Reading.
    My Sunday Post is here

    1. Peggy Farooqi, thanks. I'm going to share just a small piece. I'm not ready to go much bigger yet. :) Thank you.


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