Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Post #114

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 week. Evenings have been on the go. Football parents meeting, take car to garage, pick car up from garage, go over recruiting site with kiddo, and heavens knows what else. I think this week is going to be close to the same. Kiddo gets his leg cast off on Tuesday, Wednesday he starts back to therapy, Thursday we are going to a college fair, and whatever else we can slip in there. lol. I knew it'd be crazy busy with Kiddo until he finds a college and such, but wow it's a lot of work!

I did get to visit blogs a bit this past week through it all and hope to continue to do so this week. It might only be two evenings, but I hope to get there. :)

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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 didn't get on the treadmill at all this week with all we had going on.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Haven't started anything new.


Current Audiobook:
The New Agenda by Simone Pond


Current Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing


Finished Last Week: 
Trueheart by Mel Sterling

Audiobooks from Audible:
His Dark Empire by M.R. Forbes


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing

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Last Week on the Blog:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have two reviews scheduled.
  Earth Requiem
  Destiny


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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:



Audio Books Requested for Review:
The Games of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Get ready for the action-packed follow up to The Rules of Supervillainy. This time with zombies, zombified heroes and villains, cults, magic, superscience, a dragon, a Greek demigod, and so much more! 

Gary and Cloak have returned from the supervillain prison on the moon only to discover the city he plans to conquer and rule with an iron fist has been overrun with the living dead. Once again taking up the mantle of Merciless, the villain without mercy, Gary will have to pull it together quickly, find his wife, his gang, and a whole lot of help to stop the Brotherhood of Infamy from slaughtering the population of Falconcrest City and opening a portal to summon a Primal force of creation. 

But Gary has a plan, or at least he's sure he'll have one soon. Just give him a second.

Acheron Highway by Gary Jones
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Goodreads Synopsis:
"He stole my heart, Mr. Shade. I want you to find him and steal it back."
The dead won't stay buried in Denver, so Jonathan Shade isn't too surprised when a deceased woman shows up wanting to hire him. A necromancer stalker has stolen her heart--literally--and she needs it if she's going to live.
But Shade's jobs are never simple. The dead won't leave him alone. They work for a lovesick goddess who wants Shade to turn over her former lover. Chased by zombies, and then by an army of skeletons, Shade and his magically-engineered partner, Kelly Chan, fight to stay alive.
Keep your hands and feet in the vehicle at all times, and hang on, because there are no safe exits from Acheron Highway...



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
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Free Ebooks:

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Home from the Hill by Jolie Mason
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Things have changed on the Bell, thanks to the war. Luca finds herself doing some pretty colorful runs for the Carnes Syndicate these days, beginning with a little weapons smuggling. It's not the smuggling that's dangerous, though.It's the thugs following her that catch her first mate's attention. 

Emery Charles trained for years to do the Empire's dirty work, and he did it without flinching. His refusal to bring in the captain of the Carry Bell gets a bounty on his head, and a swarm of operatives out to do the job. 

Now, they have to find a way out of this rat's maze of spies, war and biological weapons alive. Falling in love is bound to complicate everything, but he's not sure he has another option.

Trees, Like Candles, Dripping Wax by Resa Nelson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Cathy opens the kitchen curtains, she looks outside and wonders why the trees are melting. 

She’s scared when she realizes she’s the only one who can see them. The trees look normal to everyone else. Afraid there’s something wrong with her, Cathy keeps the melting trees a secret. 

After all, things are bad enough. She’s starting her senior year in high school as the new kid. Cathy wants to make friends but also has to navigate the treacherous waters of high school politics. All the while, everywhere she looks, the trees are melting and Cathy doesn’t know why she’s the only one who can see them. So she begins to draw what she sees. 
But will her drawings reveal her secret? Could they jeopardize her chances of getting into college? Or will they lead her to a much-needed ally? 

This story was originally published in Fantasy magazine. Appropriate for all ages. 

Road to Shandara by Ken Lozito
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Goodreads Synopsis:
From Earth, A Hero Will Rise…

An epic fantasy adventure series begins
My name is Aaron Jace. Until a few months ago I’d never heard of the world Safanar or a place called Shandara. I was a normal guy about to graduate from college and now….now I’m being hunted, even in the solace of my dreams. My life has been a lie and I’ve been pulled into a war that spans worlds. I am the last scion of the house Alenzar’seth, the lords of Shandara. The ones on the hunt are after the one thing that will grant them ultimate power over the world….Me.

Synopsis

Aaron Jace is about to graduate from college when his grandfather unexpectedly dies. He finds a mysterious note that tells him he is a descendant from an ancient and powerful family called the Alenzar'seth, the Lords of Shandara. Along with the note is a family heirloom with a magic all its own, and two mystical swords forged as if they were made for him. The problem is he has never heard the name Alenzar’seth or of a place called Shandara. With the death of his grandfather, Aaron is thrust headlong into a war where the enemies of Shandara have the power to reach across worlds to pull him into the fight. He is being hunted and his family is in danger as Tarimus, a demon sentinel from the world of Safanar, leads the charge to steal the power of the Alenzar'seth before Aaron has a chance to learn his full potential.

In a race that begins on Earth, Aaron will journey to Safanar launching him on a thrilling fantasy action adventure in search of the fabled land of Shandara and learn that while some nations hold the Alenzar'seth in high esteem, others rejoice in its demise and are still searching for the source of power laid hidden amidst the ruins known only to a powerful few.

During his quest, Aaron will discover that the world of Safanar is built upon the stuff of legends and fantasy with dragons and castles, to cities closely resembling the modern cities of Earth with hints to science and technology that even surpass that of Earth. The Road To Shandara is an epic tale of action adventure with ancient and powerful families on distant worlds involving sacred allegiances and loyalties that span lifetimes.

The Road to Shandara is the first book of the Epic Fantasy Series of the Safanarion Order.

This is not your traditional fantasy novel.

A Winter of Rolling Thunder by Resa Nelson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Every time Elaine has a new boyfriend, she goes out of her way to make time for her best friend Meg. But when the tables are turned and Meg begins a new relationship, Elaine feels left out in the cold. 

During a normal workday, sudden changes startle everyone. A white light flashes in the sky. A shock wave shudders through the earth. Traffic freezes because car engines fail, and elevators won’t work. Everyone panics, many believing a bomb has been dropped and that nuclear winter has begun. People race to find the fastest way home to their loved ones. 
Elaine finds herself lapsing in and out of consciousness. Every time she awakes, the world has shifted in a new, surrealistic way. Strangely colored storm clouds race across the sky. Some people float up and down in the air. Nothing makes sense. And yet, every time the world changes, she gains a better understanding of what kind of friend Meg really is. 

This story was originally published in Tomorrow SF magazine. Appropriate for all ages. 

The Conduit by Stacey Rourke
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Goodreads Synopsis:
All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for. And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met. Instead, because of a pact her ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.

While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon. She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop. Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves. Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.

Okay, little side note here. If a psychopathic killer asks if you want to see a trick, say no. That’s the smart thing to do. I, on the other hand, responded, “Bring it.”
-excerpt from THE CONDUIT

Rebecca's Hell by Resa Nelson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Peter is a 35-year-old curmudgeon making his living as an art history professor. A brilliant artist, his career has never developed what it could have been, thanks to his fellow art professor, Rebecca. She received the recognition Peter believes he deserved, but she’s allowed her career as an artist to falter and go nowhere. 

Peter knows it’s not her fault. He’s been in love with Rebecca since they were students, although he’s never found the courage to show it. Desperate, he encourages her to divorce her husband, the art critic who failed to help her launch what could have been a successful career. Embittered, Peter takes his frustrations out on his students. 

At a Halloween party, Peter’s concerns for Rebecca escalate when she tells him that Earth is hell. The world begins to merge with art by famous painters, and Peter struggles to separate reality from Impressionism. Soon enough he will understand Rebecca’s Hell and what it has in store for him. Recommended for adults (ages 17 and up).

Nightwalker by Allyson James
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Stormwalker Janet Begay, proprietor of the Crossroads Hotel, a place where the paranormal stop for a safe night’s rest, discovers the hard way that a slayer is targeting Ansel, a Nightwalker who’s become the hotel's more-or-less permanent resident.

When Janet and her lover Mick intervene to save Ansel’s un-life, they find that the attack is the beginning of an oncoming storm. Janet has her hands full already with the upcoming marriage of her father, the return of a woman who claims to be Coyote’s wife, her crazy half-sister, a couple dragons on her back, and her worry about Mick, who’s behaving strangely again. 

But it seems that everyone is after Ansel, who fears he killed the woman he loves in a Nightwalker frenzy. Janet must choose between protecting Ansel, or facing the most powerful magical beings in the world, who are willing to destroy Janet, Mick, her hotel, and everyone she cares about to get to Ansel and his secrets.

Murder at the Kinnen Hotel by Brian McClellan
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Special Detective Constable Adamat may be the most capable young investigator in all of Adopest. He's sharp, thoughtful, and his particular sorcery gives him a flawless memory. A transfer to the First Precinct seems like the perfect opportunity to showcase his abilities and advance his career. 

But things work differently in the First Precinct. The murder of a businessman's mistress quickly pulls Adamat into an unexpected world of conspiracy and politics where he's forced to use all his wits to stay one step ahead of unseen enemies and keep his friends—and himself—from the guillotine. 

Occurs twenty-two years before the events in Promise of Blood.


(On my Nook)



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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
Earth's Requiem by Ann Gimpel
Destiny by David Wood & Sean Ellis
Bound by Prophecy by Stormy Smith
Serpent Singer and Other Stories by M.H. Bonham
Bound Together by Stormy Smith
His Dark Empire by M.R. Forbes
Trueheart by Mel Sterling

18 comments:

  1. OOh nice! Free ebooks are the best! Hope you enjoy the new reads!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  2. Busy week! Hope you get to catch your breath this week. I like the sound of Truthheart, that one looks good!

    Take care and have a good week.

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    1. Greg, it always seems to be a busy week these days. *sigh* Thank you. And glad to hear Trueheart caught your eye. :)

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  3. Wow you seem crazy busy! Have a good week and happy reading!

    Laura @ http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hi Laura Greenwood! Thank you for visiting. It seems the kiddo is keeping me busy even as he ages. *sigh* But I'm enjoying it. :) Thank you!

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  4. Wow. A bunch of great looking books. And most I haven't heard about before. My poor TBR! LOL Hope you have fun while you're so busy:)

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2016/01/31/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-145-and-the-sunday-post/

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    1. Hi Laura Thomas. I keep picking up new books, but my reading time is so limited these days. I need to stop getting them, but they do look sooo good. ;) Thank you!

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    1. Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads, from what I see of that book and series, it does look like one you'd enjoy. :) You'll have to keep an eye on them, maybe you'll see them free on kindle. :)

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  6. always many new books for you my friend! happy reading!

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    1. Hi Melliane! Yes, I seem to keep picking up the books. I need to try to stop. lol. But I'm addicted. ;)

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  7. Hopefully your boy will be back on his feet very soon without all the problems he had before. Hope everything goes well!

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    1. Thank you Chuckles. He's doing well and just got the cast off today. He's stiff and needs to get it moving again, but I'm hoping things will move much more swifter now. :)

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  8. It does sound like you had a crazy busy week! Yay for no cast, hope it is back to 100% quickly.

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