Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Post #69

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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It's been a long month since I've posted. It feels like it went by so quick. I know I said I'd try to post in November with updates....erm, sorry that didn't happen. Life kind of took over.

NaNo.... didn't pan out as I'd hoped. I wanted to finish re-writes on a current work. I didn't get through the whole thing. I added over 6,000 words and re-read in great detail over 5,000 words. But the good thing, I had an author contact me to do content editing so that's where I've been focusing my time. Hey, can't blame a girl as it's coming up on the holidays and I could use the extra paycheck.

I'm hoping to be around at least part time in December and January. I have plans for the WIPs I have here and hope to pick up more content editing jobs. So to do all that, it will limit my time here. Sorry! But I will be around.

So....what all happened that last week of October and in November in the way of books? Take a look!


What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
nothing


Current Podcast Book Listen:
The Horde by Patrick Scaffido


Finished Last Week: (in last month)
Edgelanders by Jennifer Melzer


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None finished yet.

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Last Week on the Blog:



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

Posts:

NaNoWriMo 2014 plans

#PromoteTheGood

Around the Internet...



Reviews:
GIVEAWAYS:




Weekly Posts:

Mythical Monday
Throwback Thursday


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This Week to Come on the Blog:

What's to come.... erm, let me think...

Covers and Releases that I missed in November (Tues.)

Review:  Tales from the Archives Vol 3 #4 (Wed.)
Review:  Shadows on the Snow by Starla Huchton (Thurs.)

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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:
All In by Amanda Carlson
Goodreads Synopsis:
Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions. 

Ginger Elliot is a succubus on the run. She’s in danger of being Collected, but her first priority is to find her brother. Even though she operates the biggest spy network in the supernatural world, it may not be enough to free her from the crimes she’s been accused of committing. It doesn’t help that she hasn’t fed in months, and keeping her deteriorating condition from the sexy shifter who’s accompanying her is getting trickier by the hour. 

Luke Jones is on a mission to save the succubus he’s fallen for—not only from her brother—but from herself. The two have been on the incubus’s trail for weeks and finally have him backed into a corner. Luke knows the succubus is in trouble, but he has no idea how to help her. In the end, letting go of his painful past is the only way he can save her.


What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...

Mystery Night by Krista D. Ball
Goodreads Synopsis:
(Not on Goodreads yet.)

Christmas Nookie (anthology)
Goodreads Synopsis:
Why settle for just one when you can have multiple? Our second annual Hot Holiday Reads anthology serves up another batch of tasty bits sure to warm your heart…and other places. Featuring all new quickies by your favorite Fuse Literary authors and more, this is one sleigh ride that will make you hold on tight. Are you dreaming of a wet Christmas?

Contributors include: Blake C. Aarens, Paul Goat Allen, E.B. Ashcroft, Philippa Ballantine, Peggy Barnett, Bethany Hyde, Nicola Jane, Mairi Kilaine, Maureen Lee, Melissa Lenhardt, Anh Leod, Elizabeth Shandy, and Wendy Vogel.


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Apollo's Daughters (anthology)
Goodreads Synopsis:
(no cover or synopsis available)




Free Ebooks:
(Kindle)
The Star Thief by Jamie Grey
Goodreads Synopsis:
Stealing another galactic secret will get her arrested, but playing by the rules might just get her killed.

At twenty-three, Renna Carrizal is the most notorious thief in the galaxy. There's just one problem - all she wants is to get out of the business.

But after Renna rescues an injured boy on her final job, she finds herself on the run from the mob instead of enjoying retirement. She unwittingly becomes ensnared by MYTH, a top-secret galactic protection agency who offer her a choice - either help them on their latest mission, or spend the rest of her life on a prison ship.

Forced to work under the watchful eye of handsome but arrogant Captain Finn, Renna learns the former mercenary-turned-hero has a few dirty secrets himself. As Renna works to discover the truth about Finn's past and keep the tantalizing man at arm's length, she unearths a plot to create an unstoppable army. The target? The human star fleet.

Now Renna must pull off the biggest job of her career - saving the galaxy. And maybe even herself.
 

Spellbound in Sleepy Hollow by Rosalie Lario, Boone Brux, and Patricia Elmer
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Von Tassel sisters are in deep. With a new inn opening up to non-magic guests, these three witches have enough to worry about, but after a deal with the Headless Horseman, all three Von Tassel sisters must find their true loves by All Hallow's Eve or forever be trapped as ghosts in Sleepy Hollow like their ill-fated aunties.

Will Stephanie be able to forgive her playboy ex? Will Bri be able to win back her childhood cruch-turned-ghost hunter? Will Lexi be able to sway her supernatural employee? And will they all be able to fall in love by the week's end?

Flashy Fiction & Other Insane Tales (Bundle vol 1 & 2) (anthology)
Goodreads Synopsis:
Flashy Fiction AND OTHER INSANE TALES VOL 1 & 2 To the quiet ones, the trodden on, the kids in the hall The wolves in sheep's clothing, fooling them all. To the Goth, the dark, and the utterly strange The bizarre, the mutants, and the strangely deranged To the clinically insane and those not yet diagnosed Even un-medicated, you understand us the most This Flashy combo's for you An anthology of the strange, bizarre, and just plain weird. In Volume 1 find Zombies, vampires, ghosts, and ...crickets? If you dare, keep reading Volume 2 for Unicorns, zombies, devils, dark whispers, teddy bears, and ...fireflies? Try a taste of writing from two very different fantasy authors. Flash fiction stories are super short and perfect for when you 'just have a minute'. These anthologies each contain 15 stories (both flash and longer short stories) from authors Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie. Run the rampart of emotions in this exciting mix of tales. From humor to horror, sweet to twisted, there is something for everyone.

Happily Ever Afterlife (anthology)
Goodreads Synopsis:
Revisit your favorite childhood fairy tales…with a paranormal twist. Eight classic stories rewritten by eight talented authors with one common theme, they all feature the undead. From angels to vampires and ghosts to zombies, you'll be sure to fall in love with the classics all over again and quickly learn that even the undead can have a happily ever after.

In the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda Carman
Don't talk to strangers. Don't stray from the path. If you do, the wolf will eat you. Once swallowed, you will be trapped forever in the dark and musty limbo of the belly of the wolf, a larger and more crowded world than you ever suspected. You can't blame him, though. After all, wolves will be wolves.

The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson
When Marianna's stepmother betrays her by having her turned into a vampire, she must flee home and the love of her life. Darren, her werewolf lover, believes he's found a cure. Will it lead to heartache or happily ever after?

Hans and the Best Day Ever by G.L. Jackson
After a seven-year apprenticeship with the Boss Lady, Hans decides it’s time to go home. Accompanied by Gabe, the two boys make their way back to the house in the woods where they hope to find Hans’ mother. Gabe is never at a loss for words but Hans is always quick to act on what might either be a fantastic idea…or the worst idea ever.

The Baron and the Firebird by J.A. Campbell
In the depths of the Russian wilderness, Baron Pyotr Vasilyev does his best to care for his people but his long years weigh heavily and he’s beginning to lose his taste for life. The only things that keep him going are his devotion to duty and his magical cherries. When his cherries go missing the thief turns out to be the Firebird. The desire to hear her sing one last time drives him through the centuries.

Clara and the Coon by M.K. Boise
Clara is born the height of a quarter–an abomination to the village of Fankfret. Left to die in a teapot on the outskirts of town, she learns that her story is far from over. Getting eaten by a raccoon is just the beginning.

Blood Borne Pathogen by Shoshanah Holl
Javier is too young to be waiting for death, but in the hospital battling late-stage AIDs there isn't room for much else in his mind. A mysterious woman begins visiting him and they form a strange friendship. Aurora only comes to visit after the sun goes down, leaving long before dawn. On the Day of the Dead, they both face the choice between life, death...and what comes after.

In Spite of Fire by Tilly Boscott
Alice's husband, Henry, died, leaving her to wander the world alone, searching for a way to bring him back. When she stumbles upon village gossip describing a place where ghosts dwell, she sets off to find her lost love. Instead of her husband, she discovers a ghost with eyes of fire, keen on the contents of a ragged tree. Alice clambers into an adventure of fear, darkness and true love.

The Angel by Troy Lambert
Abel is a poor urchin, trying to survive on the streets with only his wits to protect him and a tiny garden of struggling flowers to bring him pleasure. Zach is a young boy struggling in the fight of his life against the blight of cancer who wants to see the flowers of spring one last time. It seems inevitable that these young souls will soon leave the earth. But what awaits them in the beyond?


(Nook)
Strange But True by Monica-Maria Stapelberg
Goodreads Synopsis:
Why do we: 
• Christen ships and sailing vessels or refer to them as ‘she’? 
• Avoid the number thirteen, breaking mirrors or walking under ladders? 
• Use the phrase having a ‘skeleton in the cupboard’? 
• Dress baby boys in blue, speak of ‘true blue’ or ‘blue-blooded’? 
• Decorate the Christmas Tree or eat Easter Eggs? 
• Kiss under the mistletoe or 'trick or treat’ on Halloween? 

In this easy-to-read book – a revised and updated re-publication of her previous book, Curious and Curiouser! – author, lecturer and public speaker, Dr. Monica-Maria Stapelberg, shares the results of her many years of research to uncover the historical background behind numerous commonly-held beliefs and traditions. These range from general popular beliefs to the more specific and enlightening traditions of western culture. Strange but True also brings to light how many of our day-to-day words, phrases and actions are anchored in past ritual or sacrificial observances, or simply based on fearful superstitious notions. This book is a must read for a curious mind! 

Kaleidoscope by Mindy Hayes
Goodreads Synopsis:
Was I still a human? Gosh, I still wanted to be human. Even just to keep a sliver of who I thought I was. But as I thought about being human, standing in the shade of the forest, I felt less human than ever. The trees fought for my allegiance."


It starts in her chest. The change Calliope doesn't see coming. It pulses like a second heartbeat, urging her to give in to the need to be in the depths of the forest. She's compelled to fight the pull, but the more she denies it the stronger it becomes until she finally surrenders and is pulled into a secret world of enchantment.


Kai and Declan need her to accept what she is, but with everything left unsaid, acceptance may be the least of their worries. Knowing their fate lies in her hands, they’ll stop at nothing to protect and prepare her for what lies ahead.


Will Calliope be able to accept what Kai and Declan reveal or will her desire to be normal keep her from acknowledging her true destiny?

Blood of the Demon by Rosalie Lario
Goodreads Synopsis:
Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, interdimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment.

Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her ability to read memories embedded in objects and drain people of their life force means she has demon ancestry. Unfortunately for Brynn, she's also the key to raising an ancient zombie army, which puts her on every demon's Most Wanted List.And no one wants her more than Keegan's father.Keegan must protect Brynn from his father by any means necessary, but he'll have to learn to harness the other half of his genetics-the far deadlier, uncontrollable half-when he starts to fall for the one woman standing between him and the vengeance he so desperately seeks. The one woman he'll never be able to resist.


Free Audio Books/Stories:
Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson
Goodreads Synopsis:
Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous…

What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at it most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent—and unpredictable—voices.

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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)
The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
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
Edgelanders by Jennifer Melzer
The Stillness of the Sky by Starla Huchton
Shadows on Snow by Starla Huchton
Master of Myth by Starla Huchton

14 comments:

  1. AT least you got something done :)

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    1. I guess a little bit is better than none. :) Thanks Blodeuedd.

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  2. OOOh very nice!! I loved All In! I love this series really! So fun and the stories are always sooo gripping! Happy Reading!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Jessica @ a GREAT read, I've been loving all of Amandas works. :) Hope you have a great week!

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  3. YAY for a new editing job. Mystery Night is on goodreads BTW, just so ya know. I hope you like Happily Ever Afterlife, it has some good stories in it.

    Happy holidays!

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    1. Thank you Bea. And I searched for Mystery Night and couldn't find it. She must have added it after I was looking. ;D Thank you. Glad to hear Happily Ever Afterlife is good too! :D Have a great week.

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  4. Congratulations on your new editing job. And I really like your book haul. Spotted a few I'll be checking out. Welcome back:)
    Here's my Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/12/07/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-88-and-the-sunday-post/

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    1. THank you Laura Thomas. I was excited to have a client contact me. :) Thank you. I hope you get to check out a few of the books for yourself. :)Have a great week!

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  5. Oh many interesting books for you and many new to me. I'm curious to learn more about them. Happy reading!

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    1. Melliane, so glad to share new books with you. :) Hope you get to check them out. :) Have a great week!

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  6. Oh well!Life happens to the best of us :) Great haul sweetheart! :)

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    1. Unfortunately, it does Kara. :) Thank you. Hope you have a great week!

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  7. Congrats on the editing job. Totally understand. Looks like you have some good books coming up too!

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    1. Thank you Melissa (B&T) . I do enjoy reading and sharing with the author about books. Hope you have a great week!

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