Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Post #107

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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First, what on Earth happened in Paris!?! I hope all my friends and blogging buddies in Paris are safe. You and your families. I've not watched much television, so I'm not sure what all has happened, but my thoughts are with you all.

It's been a rough few weeks. I know I didn't post my Sunday Post last week. I was rather busy tending to kiddo last Sunday and didn't get to write it up. As many of you know he had reconstructive ACL surgery along with stitching a tear in his lateral meniscus. The muscle used to replace his ACL was taken from the front of his knee. Ouch. He went in Friday morning and, of course as everything is going these days in the States, was sent home Friday evening as out patient surgery. However we didn't get home until late Friday night. Anyway, he came home with a nerve block in his leg and was on pain meds and the best way to keep something in his system ended up being that he took something every two hours. So, I set my alarm on my cell phone and slept on the couch by him on the pull out bed. We were up every two hours for... I believe until Tuesday. The nerve block was easy to remove when the ball was empty, and most of the surgery pain was gone. Though he still hurt. We finally got him down to just the prescription Tylenol and he's even backed off that to as needed here Friday. In a weeks time he's gone from terrible pain to feeling pretty good.

However, there is always a but. He's started his exercises on Monday. But, as hard as he tries, he can't seem to do them. The exercises are the easiest things when I tell you them, but with losing a tendon in one place and having a new one pinned into place makes it rather hard. There are 3 exercises, leg raises, heel slides, and pressing the back of the knee down (muscle wise) to touch the floor and have the leg straight. Easy. Yeah, no. He still can't lift his leg, which makes crutches a bit difficult. So, mom gets to help move him around and help push him to do his exercises.

Oh, we've had our bouts of loud moments, but that's to be expected with us. I'm just hoping he'll be okay to go back to school on Monday. We have a wheelchair for him to get around easier, but he really needs to be able to move that leg.

As that all sounds like it shouldn't be time consuming, it was. I've barely gotten through anything this last week while helping Kiddo around the house and taking care of him. And trying to get sleep between it all.

And after all this, I realized I didn't do a NaNoWriMo post as I had said I would. I started it but never finished and posted it. *head desk* I'll have to do that.


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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... ....

I'm hoping to get back to the treadmill a day or two this week. Even just one day will show some attempt at it...

Episode ?:
I need time to walk again. I have been downloading the episodes each week so I have them, but haven't had the opportunity to walk and listen.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Nothing
AND
Work reads as well.

Current Audiobook:
Should start a new book Monday.


Current Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing


Finished Last Week: 
Nothing

Audiobooks from Audible:
Ghost Moon Night by Jewel Allen
Oracle by David Wood & Sean Ellis


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing

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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have at least one review and a cover to share with you.

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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:
Rise of the Northmen
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Goodreads Synopsis:
What happens when five slightly (or more than slightly) twisted erotic romance authors get together and brainstorm?

Berserkers. Violence. Wolves. Sex. Krakens. Death. Others. Magic. Valkyries. Love. VIKINGS!

RISE OF THE NORTHMEN happens.

Look for this heart-stopping erotic anthology on November 10 featuring Saranna DeWylde, Paul Goat Allen, Alyssa Breck, Mark Henry and Annice Sands!
 

Legends and Liars by Julia Knight
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Legends and Liars is the second book in the Duelist's trilogy -- a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new talents in fantasy.

Vocho and Kacha are brother and sister, and between them they've got quite a reputation. They were once know for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. The only problem is, ever since they were thrown out of the Duelist's Guild for accidentally killing a man they were sworn to protect, it seems everyone wants them dead. Including a dark magician whose plans they recently thwarted...
Now Vocho and Kacha are in the midst of an uneasy truce, not sure whether to trust each other, or anyone else for that matter. What's more, the sinister magician is rumored to have returned. Now he knows who was behind the failure of his last plan, he's determined to put a stop to Vocho and Kacha permanently.
And this time, the flash of steel may not be enough to save them.

Warlords and Wastrels by Julia Knight
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The epic conclusion to the fast-paced new adventure fantasy series, the Duelists trilogy, from one of the most exciting new talents in fantasy. 
Vocho and Kacha may be known for the first swordplay in the city of Reyes, but they've found themselves backed into a corner too often for their liking.
Finally reinstated into the Duelist's Guild for services rendered to the prelate, who has found himself back in charge, Vocho and Kacha are tasked with bringing a prisoner to justice. But this prisoner is none other than Kacha's old flame Egimont. The prelate wants him alive, and on their side. However the more they discover of Egimont and his dark dealings with the magician, the more Kacha's loyalties are divided. Soon she must choose a side -- the prelate or the king, her brother or her ex-lover.
The fate of Reyes is balanced on a knife-edge...


Audio Books Requested for Review:
Dissension by K.A. Salidas
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The great cataclysm wiped almost all life from the face of planet Earth, but tiny pockets of survivors crawled from the ashes, with only one thought: survival, at any cost.
But not all survivors were human.
In the dark, militant society that has risen in the aftermath, vampires, once thought to be mythical, have been assimilated and enslaved. Used for blood sport their lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the masses. Reviled as savages, they are destined to serve out their immortal lives in the arena, as gladiators.
And there is no greater gladiator than Mira: undefeated, uncompromising...and seemingly unbreakable. When an escape attempt leads Mira into the path of Lucian Stavros, the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.
Lucian, raised in a culture which both reviles and celebrates the savagery and inhumanity of vampires, finds Mira as intriguing as she is brash. An impulsive decision - to become Mira’s patron – changes more than just Lucian’s perception about vampire kind. The course of his life is altered in ways he could never have predicted – a life that is suddenly as expendable as hers.
Can Mira prove to Lucian that all is not as it seems? Can Lucian escape centuries of lies, bloodshed, and propaganda to see the truth? Or will the supreme power of the human overlords destroy them both?

The Rules of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits. Yet, after the death of his hometown's resident superhero, he gains the amazing gift of the late champion's magical cloak. Deciding he prefers to be rich rather than good, Gary embarks on a career as Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. 

But is he evil enough to be a villain in America's most crime-ridden city? 

Gary soon finds himself surrounded by a host of the worst of Falconcrest City's toughest criminals. Supported by his long-suffering wife, his ex-girlfriend turned professional henchwoman, and a has-been evil mastermind, Gary may end up being not the hero they want but the villain they need.



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Raging Sea by Terri Brisbin
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Goodreads Synopsis:
From the USA Today bestselling author of Rising Fire comes the next novel in the spellbinding series that explores the wondrous and tantalizing mystery of the Celtic stones…

Eons ago, seven ancient deities trapped the goddess of chaos under a ring of stones. But now, in the darkest days of the 13th century, Chaela threatens to escape, leaving the fate of all humanity in the hands of two young lovers...

Ran believed herself to be a normal fisherman’s daughter, until a turbulant storm unleashed within her powers she never knew she had. Those powers have drawn her into the battle of two warring factions: the Warriors of Destiny, whom she knows in her heart to be noble, and a menacing army holding her father captive. Her hope for survival is in the hands of Soren, the man she once loved, the man who betrayed her, and the only man she can trust in a raging battle against evil.

Persuasion by Martina Boone
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Beautiful Creatures meets The Raven Boys in the spellbinding second novel in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy that “skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure” (Publishers Weekly, on Compulsion).

Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.

A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.

While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).

Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The wild second adventure for unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like.

Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.

There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.

Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels...

Audio:



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
The Aware by Glenda Larke
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Imagine what it's like to be born citizenless in a world where citizenship is everything.
Imagine what it's like to be abandoned by the parents you can't remember before you are two years old, in a city that despises you for being a halfbreed.
Imagine what it is like to be able to see magic when others can't.
Imagine what it's like to live in the Glory Isles at a time when your archipelago is about to be discovered by another civilization from half a world away. Changes are in the wind

This is the world of The Aware.

'I almost regretted having Awareness. Without it, I wouldn't have noticed a thing; I would have been as oblivious to the danger as everyone else.' Blaze Halfbreed doesn't like Gorthan Spit, but she's being paid to find an enslaved Cirkasian woman needed by the Keepers to further their political ambitions. When she sees dunmagic running over the floor in the taproom of The Drunken Plaice, she knows she is in trouble. Her search for the elusive slave takes her deep into the horrors of the Spit, where she discovers a threat to all the Isles of Glory and a more immediate threat to her own life. And perhaps the key to it all could lie somewhere in wild tales of vanished islands.

Winter Wolf by RJ Blain
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The Hunted Wizard 

When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live. 

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race. 

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted. 

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls. 

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…

The Seventh Sense by Kim Richardson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
From award-winning author Kim Richardson comes this first installment of a non-stop thrill-ride and gripping new fantasy series.

Fourteen-year-old Zoey St. John is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary gift. She can see monsters.
But when she meets a secret society called The Agency, a group of people that share her unique ability to see the supernatural, Zoey is whisked off to a strange place, where monsters and humans coexist, where leprechaun gangs, giant fairies and vampire bowling balls are the least of her problems.
Soon a mystery unfolds and together with her friends, Zoey must retrieve a stolen device and prevent a catastrophic outbreak of monsters, and time is running out.

The first book in this enthralling new series by Kim Richardson leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters, hidden plots, secrets and a world filled with mystics.

Steel Maiden by Kim Richardson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
In a land where magic is banned and where cruel High priests rule, Elena steals the most valuable jewel in the Empire in the hopes to sell it and start a new life. But she is caught, and the punishment for stealing is death. And yet in that moment she is given a choice—death or to become one of the High priests' champions in The Great Race.

Elena is catapulted without warning into the bloodiest race in all the realms, forced to compete with a man she hates while she develops a growing passion for another. She struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious healing powers that she must keep secret. Within a world built on a religious sect and dangerous secrets, she becomes a woman torn between obligation and desire, between a man she supposedly hates and another.

As Elena comes to terms with her own secret, she discovers the truth behind the race and must stop the ancient, wicked evil that threatens all living things before it's too late.

Marked by Kim Richardson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Kara Nightingale is unpopular, awkward and positively ordinary—that is until one day she is struck by a bus and dies...Within moments her life changes from ordinary to extraordinary as she wakes up in a mysterious world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara is pulled into the supernatural where monkeys drive the elevators, oracles scurry above giant crystal balls and where demons feed on the souls of mortals.


When an Elemental child is kidnapped, Kara is sent on a danger-filled quest and plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything she could ever imagine.

Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell
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Goodreads Synopsis:
THE GOLDEN AGE OF SAIL HAS RETURNED -- IN THE YEAR 2351 

When his mother dies in a flitter crash, eighteen-year-old Ishmael Horatio Wang must find a job with the planet company or leave the system--and NerisCo isn't hiring. With credits running low, and prospects limited, he has just one hope...to enlist for two years with a deep space commercial freighter. Ishmael, who only rarely visited the Neris Orbital, and has never been off-planet alone before, finds himself part of an eclectic crew sailing a deep space leviathan between the stars. 

Join the crew of the SC Lois McKendrick, a Manchester built clipper as she sets solar sails in search of profit for her company and a crew each entitled to a share equal to their rating.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is.


(On my Nook)



Free Audio Books/Stories:




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Reviews to Come:

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
Danube Waves by Katharina Bordet
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
House of Grey 6 by Collin Earl
The Secret World Chronicle: World Divided by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
The Secret World Chronicle: Waiting On by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
The Secret World Chronicle: Revolutions by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Oracle by David Wood & Sean Ellis

6 comments:

  1. I've no doubt that helping your son and caring for are quite time consuming. I hope for his sake that the results will be worth it.

    You got a LOT of books last week; you'll be busy just with books. :D

    Take care and have a good week!

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  2. It sounds like he is making a really good recovery considering the kind of surgery. Medicine has come a long way since my dad had an operation for knee ligament damage in the 80's-he was off work for three months! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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  3. Sounds like your son is doing well. I need to pick up Persuasion on audio. Have a good week.

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  4. I'm glad to hear your son is feeling better with the pain and hopefully the movement will return soon. I think it's amazing that you even got the post on NaNo written! You've got a lot going on. Have a great week and enjoy all your new books!

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  5. Many interesting books for you! I hope you'll enjoy them. happy reading!

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