Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Post #84

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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Ug. I feel like I lost a week! I had really thought kiddo's track meets were over, then we found out he made it to the next competition to qualify for states. I'm so proud of him! But, his 4x4 team didn't qualify for states. Truthfully, he's okay with it as he's ready to be done with track season and start into football camps. Yeah, so I guess we don't ever get a reprieve. lol.

I've got to get to my posts from the last week and comment back. That's one thing I really pride myself on and try to follow up with replies, even if they are a week late. And I've got visiting to do as well. But I think that will be tonight when I get home and relax for a bit.

I have started a schedule of rotating nights between blogging and writing. And I actually started that this week. So I'm back to re-writes on one of my wips. I really want to get going and writing again, so that means I have to get serious about re-writes and get them done. :)

Next weekend I'll not be joining Sunday Post. Don't fret! I'll be back the following weekend. But next weekend (Memorial Weekend in the States) is Balticon. I'll be there and on panels all weekend, Friday through Monday. So if you happen go, say hi. :)

I did pick up a good bit o SciFi Romance books. I'm not sure if they are my type of read, but they were all free and I'll have to try them out. ;)

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... Well, it seems to be my thing, I got one day in push mowing grass. And! I did the dreaded hill my kiddo usually does. So that's a bonus in exercise! lol.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone


Current Podcast Book Listen:
Revolution by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
The Horde by Patrick Scaffido


Finished Last Week: 
Nothing.

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Waiting On by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere

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Last Week on the Blog:

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

Click the link to learn more about the books and their series:


Posts:
Writing Update for April - I also share what I'm planning as a schedule for everything.

Around the Internet...


Reviews:




Podcast Review:

Tales from the Archives:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:



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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I only have one post scheduled this week as I'll be packing and on my way to Balticon at the end of the week. I'm hoping to have a Balticon schedule of panels I'll be on to share with you later this week as well.
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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:
Birthright by E.J. Stevens
Goodreads Synopsis:
Being a faerie princess isn't all it's cracked up to be...

Ivy must go to Faerie, but the gateway to the Wisp Court is through Tech Duinn, the house of Donn—Celtic god of the dead. Just her luck.

Unable to share her secret with Jinx, and with Jenna called away on Hunters' Guild business, Ivy must rely on Ceff and Torn to lead her to Death's door, literally, and back again. As if that wasn't dangerous enough, there's no saying what horrors lay in store within the Faerie realm. Too bad the Wisp Court is the one lead Ivy has in the search for her father—and possible salvation.

Maybe hiding away and dodging sidhe assassins isn't so bad after all...


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:



Won:




Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App)
On Raven Wings by Jennifer Melzer
Goodreads Synopsis:
A joyride gone wrong leaves a group of teenage friends at odds about what actually happened. Eric knows he saw a girl in the road. He watched the windshield spider-web as her body rolled across the hood. Horrified, he’s convinced they killed someone, but a roadside search comes up empty.

His mild concussion might explain the hallucinations, but Eric thinks he’s going crazy. They murdered someone and left the scene. Now her ghost is haunting him.

Everyone thinks Eric is losing it, but a clue revealing a missing girl who looks exactly like the ghost he’s seeing suggests otherwise. In search of the truth, Eric discovers some secrets are too grave to share, even among best friends.

Chasing Daylight by Ranae Glass
Goodreads Synopsis:
Isabel Stone wanted a normal life. But when the unexpected death of her father leaves her at the helm of the family business, things quickly go from weird to worse. Vampires are on the loose and out of the coffin, and only Isabel can walk the fine line between the world of the living and the world of the undead. 

Torn between letting go of her past and embracing her future, Isabel will have to decide who she can trust, and be willing to use all the weapons at her disposal, to get to the bottom of a terrifying string of deaths that lead right to her doorstep—before she becomes the next victim. In a city where nothing is what it seems, ending up the target of a deranged killer might actually be the high point of her week. Because in this town, the things that go bump in the night… just might kill you.

Ever Shade by Alexia Purdy
Goodreads Synopsis:
Ever Shade A dark twist on faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be. The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are around every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted. Paperback includes the prequel: Evangeline Books in this series: Prequel: Evangeline Book 1: Ever Shade Book 2: Ever Fire Book 3: Ever Winter Book 3.5: The Cursed Book 4: Ever Wrath

Accidental Abduction by Eve Langlas
Goodreads Synopsis:
Abducted by a space pirate, she fights the temptation to let him plunder her goods. 

A boyfriend’s attempted murder leaves Megan floundering in the ocean. Sinking without hope, the bright light she sees in the night sky isn’t her doorway to heaven, but rather the beginning of her accidental abduction by a space pirate. While thankful of his rescue, Megan stays true to form and just can’t keep her mouth shut, even when he keeps threatening to kill her--or auction her off to the highest bidder. Even odder, despite her decision to not get involved with her wickedly hot captor, she can’t help craving his touch. 

Tren retired from his job as a mercenary so he could enjoy life, but he never counted on the boredom of normalcy. The acquisition of rare items has somewhat filled the void, but his accidental abduction of an outspoken earthling, who doesn’t know when to shut up, turns his life upside. Her fiery spirit draws him while at the same time drives him insane. Struggling with his urges, he must decide-- throttle her barbarian neck or ravish her delectably lush body? 

Despite what his heart tries to tell him, he’s determined to sell her to the highest bidder even as he seduces her body. However, despite his best intentions, he discovers he can’t let her go. And when a foe from his past thinks to steal her, he’ll do anything to get her back.

Solia's Moon by Lyn Brittan
Goodreads Synopsis:
SciFi Love Bites: Quick and Steamy Futuristic Romances 

When her terraforming company expands beyond creating habitable places to creating humanoid life, Lunar Physician Solia Calian has to find a way to stop them. She’ll have the help of a mysterious sheriff, Giancarlo Sable, but they’d better hurry up. When the creatures they want to liberate start turning on them, figuring out where the real danger lies is the only way to leave the colony in one piece.

A Viking's Peace by Zoe York
Goodreads Synopsis:
Thrown together in an intergalactic diplomatic mission, Reinn and Ashleigh know they must fight the burning attraction between them. But this Viking has finally found his mate in the beautiful Earth officer, and nothing else matters.

Mercenary Instinct by Ruby Lionsdrake
Goodreads Synopsis:
Skulking around in the ruins on a planet swarming with treasure hunters, slavers, and bounty hunters isn’t good for one’s health. But Ankari Markovich needs a few archaeological samples for her latest business venture, a venture that might prove lucrative enough to move her family off the impoverished planet where she grew up. Unfortunately, she has no sooner collected her samples than she’s captured by a band of brawny mercenaries. The captain might be handsome, but he’s intent on turning her over to some finance lord who has, for reasons unknown, put a bounty on her head, a ridiculously large one at that. If she can’t figure out a way to escape before she’s delivered to the lord’s home world, she could be forced into a life of indentured servitude—or worse.


Captain Viktor Mandrake doesn’t usually take on piddling bounty hunting gigs, but when his intelligence officer informs him of a criminal on a nearby planet, he decides it wouldn’t hurt to take a shuttle down to collect the woman. But Ankari Markovich is trouble from the start, nearly eluding his elite forces, then fighting and tricking his people left and right. He finds himself admiring her spirit, but according to her warrant, she’s a criminal. The safest thing is to keep her in the brig and ignore her until she can be handed off to the man who wants her.


But the situation grows more complicated when other bounty hunters show up, wanting to claim Ankari for themselves. Thanks to this woman, Viktor’s ship is in danger, his crew members are going missing, and he’s fighting enemies he never asked for in a jungle in the middle of a hurricane. He’s either going to strangle Ankari… or fall in love. Either scenario could get him killed.


Mercenary Instinct is a full-length, stand-alone novel of 90,000 words. It is part of the “Mandrake Company” series of science fiction romance stories and is recommended for readers who enjoy space-based adventure (such as Firefly) and steamy love stories (in the style of Linnea Sinclair).

The Ruins of Karzelek by Ruby Lionsdrake
Goodreads Synopsis:
Kalish has been a successful treasure hunter for years, relying on only herself to deal with deadly predators, impenetrable jungles, and diabolical booby traps. But with her father kidnapped, and a notorious pirate demanding an ancient alien artifact that may or may not exist, Kalish needs help.

She hires a mercenary company because she needs their combat experience and their piloting skills—the intelligence officer with the background in translating alien hieroglyphics could come in useful too. Sedgwick Thomlin is charming and handsome, when he isn’t busy sneezing at something from his long list of allergies. But she’s not sure if she can trust him or the mercenaries, not when the most valuable and coveted relic in the galaxy might turn out to be real.

The Ruins of Karzelek is a 95,000-word novel of space-based adventure and romance that can be read as a stand-alone. It is also part of the Mandrake Company series and brings back characters from the other books, such as Val, Gregor, Tick, and Striker.
 

Breath of Life by Christine Pope
Goodreads Synopsis:
Anika Jespers, a homesteader's daughter on a Gaian colony, thinks she's destined for a dull existence on her family's farm. But when her father makes an impossible bargain with their neighbor, one of the alien Zhore, she faces a future different from anything she could have possibly imagined.

The familiar story of Beauty and the Beast takes on new life in this inventive SF romance novella, with the Beauty a homesteader's daughter and the Beast an alien on a faraway colony world.

Novella: 32,000 words, approximately 120 pages

Noelle in His Heart by C.E. Kilgore
Goodreads Synopsis:
A Christmas romance with a Sci-Fi twist! 

Noelle has made the same wish for the past six years to the angel on top of Father Nathan's Christmas Tree. All she wants for Christmas is someone with warm arms to hold her and who can understand that she has commitments - commitments which include the twenty-six children at the foster center she volunteers for. 

Stranded on Earth six years ago, Steve and his crewmates have done a pretty good job of secretly finding a place in human society, but it doesn't erase the loneliness that hits hardest around the holidays. He longs for companionship and someone who will understand that his alien heart can love just as deeply.


(On my Nook)



Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
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
Master of Myth by Starla Huchton
Danube Waves by Katharina Bordet
Rhune by Michael J. Sullivan
Heartstealer by K.T. Bryski
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
7th Son: Deceit by J.C. Hutchins
7th Son: Destruction by J.C. Hutchins
House of Grey 5 by Collin Earl
7th Son: 7 Days anthology by J.C. Hutchins
House of Grey 6 by Collin Earl
Waiting On by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere

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    1. Blodeuedd, I've become lazy about my writing too. I am hoping to change it though. *sigh*

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  2. Wow, you wasted no time getting Fury read and reviewed! :D

    Have fun at Balticon and good luck with the new blogging and writing schedule.

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    1. LOL! No Bea, I couldn't wait. I had to get to it, and since I did thought I'd post for release time. :)

      Thank you!!

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  3. Some beautiful covers on your post this week. I don't think any of them are my kind of reads but they look good!

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    1. Thank you Chuckles. Some of them are really stunning looking. I'm not sure if they are all my type of reads, but willing to give them a try. :)

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  4. I don't know those books but chances are you're going to have a fun time reading Eve Langlais - I know I always do ! Have fun at Balticon and thumbs up with the writing ;)

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    1. Oh good to hear you liked Eve Langlais's books, Theereaderjunkie. I'm really drawn to her books description and curious about it. :D Thank you!

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  5. I do enjoy Eve Langlais but I have tried her alien series yet...but want to. Hope you get some good exercise this week...its sometimes hard to fit in with busy schedules though.

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    1. Oh Lover of Romance, good to hear! Eve Langlais's book has really caught my attention with the description. Glad to hear you've enjoyed her other works. :) This one was free...in case you'd like to pick it up. ;D

      Thank you!! Have a great week!

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  6. It's my first time here but I really like your blog. I hope everything goes well in the competition, you must be so proud! I really liked the sound of "Ever Shade", it sounds right up my street so I'll have to give it a go.
    Happy reading,
    Amy.

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    1. Hi Amy! Glad you could visit for a bit and enjoyed your visit. :) Hope you get to return in the future. Thank you, I'm very proud of him. He's done an amazing job. He doesn't always seem to think the same way, but I keep telling him he's only a sophomore in high school and accomplishing things that many others aren't. He'd done great. Maybe Ever Shade is still free in ebook on Amazon for you to pick it up. :) Thank you!

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    2. No problem :D I don't mind paying for books so it's ok if it isn't free any more. He should be really proud though, a lot of people stop because they don't think they can do it, they have no motivation. Pep talks are always good and encouragement can go a long way to settling nerves :) Bless him I love it when they're modest :D It's cute!
      Amy x

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    3. I'm with you on paying for books Amy. Authors deserve to get paid too. :)

      And thank you. We're really proud of him.

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  7. I totally forgot abut Memorial Day Weekend. (probably cause I work from home) Glad the new schedule is working for you Melissa!

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    1. Thank you Kimba. And oh working from home does seem to do that to holidays. :) Hope you got to spend time with friends and family.

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  8. Yay for Balticon so soon! so many new books for you too. Happy reading!

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  9. Congrats to your son! Hope you have fun at Balticon! Looks like some good books to read as well. Hope you had a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you Melissa (B&T). I'll let him know you said congrats. :)

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    1. Glad you like the looks of Birthright Jennifer. :) I'll be coming out soon!

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  11. Really like your idea of rotating blogging time with writing time! Hope it works out for you! And have fun at Balticon!

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    1. Thank you Alexia. I have to do something if I want to do both. I just have to cut back and do it. ;) Thank you!

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