Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Post #66

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'm back. Or so I hope so. I can't believe it's been about a month since I did a Sunday Post, and just shy of the same for any posts on the blog. Life has been on crazy fast forward these days. I've been on the go every night with the kiddo and his activities and things along with family things and searching to contact an aunt in Australia (by internet, sadly) with events of another aunt this last month. It's just been a crazy roller coaster ride here.

In all of this, I haven't got much done in the way of reading or writing. I'm hoping to get back on track and at it here for the remainder of October. (Yes, November is so close and I take that off to focus on NaNoWriMo.)

I did spend a good chunk of the time on preparing for a brainstorming about a story idea for NaNo. The session turned out wonderful and I can't wait for the podcast to go live for you all to hear it. :)

So, on to the bookish stuff. It's been a bit slow, but lets get updated. :)

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Stoned in Charm City by Kelly A. Harmon

Current Podcast Book Listen:
The Horde by Patrick Scaffido

Finished Last Week: (in last month)
Dirty Magick: Los Angeles edited by Charlie Brown
A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson
The Broken Road by Teresa Frohock

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None finished yet.


Last Week on the Blog:

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


At The Challenged Writers blog:
Writing Update for September
Flash Fiction (11)
Flash Fiction (12)
I hope you enjoy the quick flash fictions. If you do, please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you.

Around the Internet...


Weekly Posts:

Mythical Monday - Author Patrick Scaffido talks about Mythical African Zombies!
Throwback Thursday


This Week to Come on the Blog:

I don't know yet. I'm going to sit down and figure out what I have.


Received Last Weeks:


For Review Consideration:
The Broken Road by Teresa Frohock
Goodreads Description:
The world of Lehbet is under siege. The threads that divide Lehbet from the mirror world of Heled are fraying, opening the way for an invasion by an alien enemy that feeds on human flesh. 

Travys, the youngest of the queen’s twin sons, was born mute. He is a prince of the Chanteuse, nobles who channel their magic through their voices. Their purpose is to monitor the threads and close the paths between the worlds, but the Chanteuse have given themselves over to decadence. They disregard their responsibilities to the people they protect—all but Travys, who fears he’ll fail to wake the Chanteuse to Heled’s threat in time to prevent the destruction of Lehbet. 

Within the palace, intrigue creates illusions of love where there is none, and when Travys’ own brother turns against him, he is forced to flee all that he has known and enter the mirror world of Heled where the enemy has already won. In Heled, he must find his true voice and close the threads, or lose everyone that he loves.

The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton
Goodreads Description:
In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph.... 
After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she seeks comfort in the arms of aristocratic traveler Jamuka, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man who agreed to marry her and then abandoned her long before they could wed.
Temujin will return and make Borte his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new kingdom. Their daughter, the fierce Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, will transform her desire for revenge into an unbreakable loyalty. And Sorkhokhtani, a demure widow, will position her sons to inherit the empire when it begins to fracture from within.

In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, the tiger queens of Genghis Khan come to depend on one another as they fight and love, scheme and sacrifice, all for the good of their family...and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls.

The whole package from the kickstarter:

River by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Goodreads Description:
Defiant, nocturnal, moody–though River sounds like a typical teenager, she’s anything but. River’s a werewolf. 

The life of an alpha female wolf was irrevocably changed the night she was attacked and bitten, and awoke confused, alone, and human. Three years later, thrust into a world where she doesn’t belong and living in foster care, River barely tolerates humanity and still doesn’t know who bit her or why. 

But River isn’t as alone as she previously thought; someone’s been watching her, someone who holds the answers she’s been seeking. And though the human who changed her seems to be a step ahead of her at every turn, River is determined to beat his game and return to her pack and mate. 

As if being stuck in a world she hates, with a life she never asked for, and faced with a destiny she doesn’t want wasn’t bad enough, River still must find a way to survive every human’s greatest challenge: high school.

Free Ebooks:
Edgelander's by Jennifer Melzer
Goodreads Description:
When Princess Lorelei of Leithe overhears her fiancé’s plot to murder her on the way to their wedding, she does the only smart thing: she runs. 

Into the Edgelands, the savage, woodland home of the legendary U’lfer, a race of fierce wolves who walk as men, she knows she is as good as dead, but she would rather be torn apart by werewolves than die by Trystay’s hand. 

A young U’lfer warrior named Finn catches her scent on the wind and finds himself possessed by an unnatural desire to shield and protect her from that which hunts her. From the moment he first sees her, Finn knows she is his. He feels her heartbeat, knows her soul, and he will do anything, even suffer exile from the Edgelands to be with her. 

But there is more to Lorelei than meets the eye. She is like Finn; there is U’lfer blood in her veins, a beast beneath her skin she never knew was there. The answers she seeks lie south, in the frozen tundra of Rimian, where a village of people just like her have been waiting for Lorelei to come and save them since before she was even born.

Sorrow's Peak by Jennifer Melzer
Goodreads Description:
Once a princess of Leithe, Lorelei has been exiled from her homeland and led to the city of Dunvarak in the tundra of Rimian. The people of Dunvarak call her Light of Madra, and nearly every one of them has a story about the white hand of light and comforting voice who saved them from death during the War of Silence.

She is their savior, and being a savior is no small task. It comes with expectations, and the fate of an entire race rests on her shoulders. Tasked with embarking on a cross-country journey to the ruins in Great Sorrow's Peak, the half-bred U'lfer of Dunvarak believe the fractured horns of their god, Llorveth, are hidden among a long-dead dragon's treasure hoard. Only with that relic in their possession will they finally be able to embrace the dormant wolf and rise to stand beside their U'lfer brethren in the coming war with men.

But there is more to her task than simply retrieving the mystical horns of a silent god. Lorelei and her companions, Finn, an U'lfer warrior she shares a mate bond with and a half-Alvarii mage named Brendolowyn, have made this journey before, and unless they can figure out where they went wrong in past cycles, time threatens to repeat itself for eternity.

Demons at Deadnight by A&E Kirk
Goodreads Description:
For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle. 

Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it's just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti. 

The Hex Boys--mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction--have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move. 

The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway. 

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Goodreads Description:
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn't want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .

Free Audio Books/Stories:
Mitosis: A Reckoners Story by Brandon Sanderson
Goodreads Description:
From "New York Times" bestselling author Brandon Sanderson's action-packed novel "Steelheart" comes "Mitosis," a short story set in the world of The Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format.

Steelheart may be dead, but Epics still plague Newcago and David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

Catch all the action before "Firefight," the exciting sequel to "Steelheart," hits shelves in January 2015.


Reviews to Come:

Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
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
The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
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.
Harlan's Wake by John Mierau
The List by John Mierau
Tales from the Archive: 4 - Wooden Go to Waste by Sandra Wickham
Tales from the Archive: 5 (part 1 & 2) - Those Dark Satanic Mills by Suna Dasi
Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Dirty Magick: Los Angeles edited by Charlie Brown
A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson

The Broken Road by Teresa Frohock


  1. Oh NaNo is coming..I hope you do well, and meet your goal. Life can certainly get in the way, it is good to see you back or at least checking in!

    1. Thank you Kimba. I aways have fun with Nano and look forward to it. :) And thank you, it's great to be back!

  2. Looks like we nabbed some of the same books and I'm hoping to read Bruges. It sounds excellent! Great haul this week and that's a killer win!
    here is my Sunday post -

    1. Oh Laura Thomas, cool to hear we picked up a few of the same. :) Awesome! Have a great week and enjoy!

  3. Good luck with NaNo! Writing is outside my skill set but I'm always impressed by those that do! Looks like you got some great books! Have a fantastic week!

    1. Thank you Katherine P. Writing might be outside of my skill set too, but I enjoy it. ;) Hope you have a great week!

  4. Not my genre, but I hope you'll enjoy your books :)

    Here's mine:
    My Week in a Wrapped #3

  5. many books! that's nice! Happy reading lady!

  6. Glad to "see" you! I missed you! Looks like you have been and are going to be quite busy! Take care of yourself.

    1. :) Thank you Melissa (B&T). I'm hoping to get a bit of visiting in tonight. It's been crazy here, but hoping to stomp it down to a low roar so I can enjoy blogging again. :)

  7. Life does get insane at times. Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

  8. I hope your life will quiet down, Melissa, and hope NaNoWriMo will treat you very well *wink* hugs

    1. Thank you Kara. It's always crazy, but should be calming (even a tad) in time for Nano. :)


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