Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sunday Post #128

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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Happy Mother's day to all! To me it doesn't matter if you have children of two legs or four. You all have helped someone and taken care of them along the way.You are a mother.

So, updates around here. Where do I start?

Kiddo went to prom last night. It was lovely to see him and others together all dressed up. We did pictures then waited at the school for the grand march to begin. I took pictures of Kiddo and a few others that are like extended children of mine. lol. Great to see them all smiling.

Kiddo and his knee. I didn't mention it last weekend because I didn't know if he was going to struggle this week, but it seems to be sticking. He seems to have crossed the threshold and is getting to 0 or 1 degree at therapy. This is what we were fighting for. He seems to be doing really well! We are thrilled and he's excited as they will test his quad muscle strength on Monday to see if he can start jogging. Oh grief! He can't wait to move more. He still has loads of therapy to go through yet.

Athena. She is still limping. Husband took her to the vet again this week. The vet we normally see and have grown accustom to over the years was who I got her appointment with. She thinks she may have sprained her wrist. At this point there's really nothing we can do, keep her from walking on it to much and doing stairs and put ice on it from time to time. She's also got an ulcerated area on her belly so we got medicine for that.

*sigh* I hope that covers everyone. Oh dad. He's doing much better and about back to normal with therapy at the nursing home. I do truly believe he had a stroke or TIA and that's what caused him to aspirate to bring on pneumonia and then struggle with moving and all the problems he had.
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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 did got to the gym 3 days last week, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. My usual. With working on lifting equipment then the elliptical for 30 mins.

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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
The Side of Good / The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
I'm also working on Work as well.

Current Audiobook:
Transition by K.A. Salidas


Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)


Finished Last Week: 
No new books started yet.

Audiobooks from Audible:
Terms of Surrender by Craig Schaefer
The Mainframe by Simone Pond


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've decided to do three reviews a week for a few weeks, just to try to get caught up with what I have to share with you all. Hope you stop by to check them all out! :)
  The Girls from Alcyone
  Waking up Dead
  Terms of Surrender

I have a guest author mini interview and a discussion post.


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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:
The Ghost Rebellion by Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris
Goodreads Synopsis:
The chase is on! After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire.

Meanwhile Ministry agents Brandon Hill and Bruce Campbell travel deep into Russia hunting down a rare ingredient to save Queen Victoria's life. Amid the cold they uncover a threat from the revitalized House of Usher that comes directly from their new Chairman.

All in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences will find their allegiances in question, and their mettle tested as a new dastardly era of international intrigue dawns.



Audio Books Requested for Review:
Finders Keepers by J.J. Dibenedetto
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Goodreads Synopsis:
It should have been a simple job. All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was pick up a box her professor needed and deliver it to him at his dig site, along with his new car. Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water. Still, it should have been simple. And it was, until Jane discovered she picked up the wrong box by mistake. Not the one with boring pottery samples, but instead the one with priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts. The one that a team of international art thieves is after. Now she's chasing - and being chased by - the thieves. And she's picked up a pair of passengers who claim they can help her outwit them, get her professor's pottery back and return the artifacts to their rightful owner. If only she could figure out which one of them is working with the thieves and which one she can trust in this high-stakes game of finders keepers.

Silicon Man by William Massa
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Goodreads Synopsis:
To infiltrate the robot rebellion...
One man must become a machine.

A global pandemic has cut the human population in half. An android workforce fills the void left by the devastation. But some of the AIs have grown tired of being slaves. Some want freedom. An underground movement of runaways has sprung up and wages a shadow war with a simple objective -- equal rights for artificial people.

As head of the elite AI-TAC squad, Commander Cole Marsalis' job is to hunt down rogue robots. Now he has been tasked with the ultimate undercover mission -- infiltrate the android underground. But to do so, he will have to become that which he hates the most... A machine!

I'd Rather Be A Witch by Erin Hayes
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Jordyn wasn’t careful with what she wished for.

After making a reckless choice that destroyed her life and the life of her high school sweetheart, Jordyn fled her small town to be a professional mermaid. Being around water suppresses her earth-based magic, something she desperately needs.

Yet Jordyn can't suppress who she really is - a witch.

When she learns that her mother is dying of cancer, she returns home. But it isn’t until people end up dead and everyone points fingers that she realizes her past is coming back to haunt her. Because her ex-boyfriend Zach has been waiting for her. And he hasn’t forgotten how she brought him back to life that night three years ago.

Jordyn will finally have to embrace being a witch to learn the truth. And it will change her life forever.

** I'd Rather be a Witch is a tie-in with How to be a Mermaid. It uses some of the same characters and can be read as a standalone or a complement to it. **

The Machines of Bellatrix by Cary Caffery
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Alcyone is gone. The Independent stronghold on Scorpii is destroyed. Sigrid and her sisters have fled the Federation to make a new home on the remote world of Medea. 

But with a price on her head the size of a planet, and pursued across the galaxy by the Council for Trade and Finance, Sigrid knows she and her sisters are not safe. As long as there are those who would seek to control them, hunt them, they will never be safe. 

Unless Sigrid can stop them first. 

But to stop them, Sigrid must first find them. But how? And where? Her only clue is a mysterious coded message; one that could serve as either warning or invitation; one that will lead Sigrid to a factory world at the very edge of Federation space, and to a deadly confrontation with her most dangerous enemy yet: the machines of Bellatrix.

Amber by David Wood & Rick Chesler
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Goodreads Synopsis:
They called it the Eighth Wonder of the World. For more than two hundred years, the world marveled at the fabled Amber Room. And then came the Nazis. 

Since the second World War, one of the world's most magnificent lost treasures has lain hidden, and it's up to Navy SEALs Dane Maddock and "Bones" Bonebrake to find it again. Joined by Zara Leopov, their squad must follow the trail of clues from history in a perilous, action-packed race to find a treasure and unlock a deadly secret hidden in AMBER. 


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
I won a HUGE basket of books along with a $25 Amazon card. Sweet! The goodies are starting to roll in!
Tales of the Blood Kissed by Seleste deLaney
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Every story has a beginning, and the legend of the Blood Kissed began long before Jocelyn was born. Discover how Jocelyn first became involved in the vampire world, how Max and Chad wound up as her dichotomous duo of protectors, and Remy's views on far too many things. You'll even get his version of how vampires came into being and why there is always a seat on the council for one known only as Remus.

Start this saga from the beginning, and remember, those who don't learn from the past are destined to repeat it.

Includes "Of Course I Try" and "The Ghost of Vampire Present", formerly available as separate ebooks.

Girl on Fire by Melinda Skye
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Goodreads Synopsis:
THE SPARK


At fifteen, orphan Brigitta Bayer was caught up in a tragedy of historical proportions. Yet she was spared by the 1939 explosion that killed so many others. Instead, her feet were set on a path of gradual discovery, a path testing her limits, bravery, friendship and faith, and above all patience, a path leading through the twentieth century to the green-eyed hero who seems her only hope of understanding what she has become, something out of fiction, a worker of wind and flame, so that the next time tragedy strikes she will be ready. Every superhero has an origin story, and this ember began in a blaze.

Whiskey Sour by Skyla Dawn Cameron
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Goodreads Synopsis:
One night without protection led to French-Canadian fae bartender, Juliette Aubrey, catching lycanthropy. Now half faerie, half werewolf, and entirely pissed off, Juliette has the chance for revenge when the last person she wants to see strolls into her bar needing help. 

This short story download also contains:

A Vampire Walked Into a Bar: Pat knows there are vampires in his city, and now he has visual proof. He's set up a meeting with someone who might be able to stop them...but there's a vampire or two who might have something to say about that.

Zombie Faeries: When a vampire entered her territory uninvited, faerwolf Juliette Aubrey decided to teach her a lesson. Unfortunately for her, that vampire is Zara Lain. And unfortunately for the both of them, they aren't the only big, bad creatures of the night in the cemetery when they meet.

Closer Home by Kerry Anne King
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Lise Redding’s estranged sister, country-pop star Callie Redfern, is killed during a publicity stunt, the small-town music teacher is dragged from her quiet life into the spotlight.

Lise hadn’t spoken with Callie in ten years, ever since Callie’s betrayal split them apart, so she’s shocked to discover that she’s inherited her sister’s massive estate. Not only that, but Lise is now the guardian of her sixteen-year-old niece, Ariel, to whom she’s practically a stranger.

Overwhelmed by grief and her new responsibilities, Lise thinks things couldn’t get worse. But overnight she becomes the paparazzi’s latest obsession. Suddenly she and her longtime friend Dale are plastered over the front pages of the tabloids. Desperate to escape both the media and her memories, Lise sets off with Ariel on a search for the girl’s father. Yet instead of granting Lise a reprieve, the quest brings her face-to-face with long-buried secrets. Only by learning to forgive will she be able to find her way back home.

Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Twisting and eerie, sharp and unforgettable, DEAD BEFORE DYING brings a heroine worthy of Sue Grafton to a terror worthy of Dean Koontz. 
In this supernatural thriller, shot through with biting wit, Maureen Keslyn checks herself in to Shadow Valley Manor to recuperate and rehabilitate from her last job. There, she runs afoul of the stern director and makes friends with some of the other residents, mostly older, all harboring either a secret or a grudge. With secrets of her own, like why she has her own Federal Agent checking up on her, and how she injured herself in the first place, Maureen fits right in, even as she sticks out like a thorn. 
But Shadow Valley isn t just for rest Maureen is working undercover, seeking to find and eradicate whatever forces are picking off the residents (and staff) at a grisly clip. With her resources dwindling one death at a time, and unnatural forces seething to rise up once more, Maureen s experience fighting the supernatural will be her only hope to destroy a clever and powerful evil and her only chance at surviving it. She'll need people as paranoid as she is from the sheriff, to the undertaker's daughter, to a cook whose knife skills in the kitchen could prove deadly out of it if she is going to bring rest to the weary, and peace to the dead... 



Audio:



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Starbound: Eleven Tales of Interstellar Adventures
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Her stories... her stars. A fabulous collection of short stories with great female characters (most of them lead-ins to series, so a great way to discover some new reading material!) You'll also find dragons, smugglers, vampires, aliens, a street-ruffian mathematical genius, a princess desperate to save Earth, and more. It’s amazing what’s out there traveling the stars. 

PASSAGE OUT (Anthea Sharp): Street rat Diana Smythe has long since given up her hopes of escaping Earth, but that doesn't mean she can't watch the ships fly in and out of the spaceport and dream... 

BLOOD TIES (Christine Pope): On the outlaw world of Iradia, Miala Fels and her computer-hacker father discover that taking the wrong commission can have unexpected consequences. 

RAISING A DRAGON (Sara Reine): Nobody knows that retired war hero Aja Skytoucher took an alien from an enemy's nest. Hiding on a farm planet with the dragonet, she finds that the hardest part of committing treason may not be the treason itself, but going home again. 

EXILE (Nathan Lowell): When her graduation party goes awry, Natalya Regyri finds herself on the run from the most powerful police force in the galaxy. 

ARCTURUS 5 (Debra Dunbar): Xella went to Arcturus 5 to mediate a simple trade dispute between the Mol and the Dark, but now she’s not sure she’ll get out alive. 

A TALE OF TWO SHIPS, A KarmaCorp Story (Audrey Faye): Two ships crash into an unimportant digger rock. The first carries a newborn baby. The second will rewrite her destiny. 

CARL SAGAN'S HUNT FOR INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE (C. Gockel): Sometimes intelligent life is right in front of your whiskers. 

BLUE LIGHT (Phaedra M. Weldon): You gotta run... before you burn. 

TREASON'S COURSE (LJ Cohen): When a soldier is given a covert assignment, she must decide if treason lies in carrying out her orders or disobeying them. 

SILENT WITNESS (Colleen Vanderlinden): Aria is about to become the next ruler of a society that is sworn to Witness and record the lives and histories of all beings, but when the planet that has fascinated her since childhood is threatened with annihilation, she must decide between fulfilling her duty or creating her own destiny. 

THE FINAL SUNRISE (Shawntelle Madison): A lonely vampire, with no memories of her past, must face looters who have infiltrated her powerful spaceship.

Fireseed One by Catharine Stine
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Goodreads Synopsis:
What if only your very worst enemy could help you save the world? Fireseed One, a futuristic YA thriller, is set on a near-future earth with soaring heat, toxic waters, tricked-out amphibious vehicles, ice-themed dance clubs and fish that grow up on vines. Varik Teitur inherits a vast sea farm after the mysterious drowning of his marine biologist father. When Marisa Baron, a beautiful and shrewd terrorist, who knows way too much about Varik's father's work, tries to steal seed disks from the world's food bank, Varik is forced to put his dreams of becoming a doctor on hold and venture with her, into a hot zone teeming with treacherous nomads and a Fireseed cult who worships his dead father, in order to search for Fireseed, a seemingly magical hybrid plant that may not even exist. Fans of Divergent will likely enjoy this as well as those who like romance with their page-turners.

Beyond Secret Worlds
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Goodreads Synopsis:
This collection has something for everyone: from second chances to last chances, passion-filled nights with steamy shapeshifters to dark days with not-so-wicked witches, alternate worlds and supernatural events. These prequels, sequels and other tantalizing tie-ins to the bestselling Secret Worlds boxed set will leave you breathless. 

Tough As Nails - Aimee Easterling - A runaway werewolf stumbles across a stalker as she struggles to grow into her own skin. 

Dark Intent - Lisa Swallow - A reaper is forced to choose between two dying humans, one slated for Heaven, the other for Hell. 

Lust at First Sight - Katie Salidas - Who wouldn't spring at the chance for a one-night-stand with a werewolf? 

Not a Witch - Debbie Herbert - A Ouija experiment goes terribly wrong for two young witches. 

Black Friday - Kate Corcino - Christmas shopping becomes even more treacherous after the world as we know it disintegrates into dust. 

Blue House Magic - Catherine Stine - Can a seer find a cure for the baffling plague drifting down from the enemy north before it's too late? 

Dream's End - L.G. Castillo - An archangel weighs dreams against responsibilities as she decides whether to give a fallen angel one last chance. 

The Hex - Lucy Leroux - Betrayed becomes betrayer when this witch puts too much juice behind the hex on her ex. 

Her Sweetest Downfall - Rebecca Hamilton - Ophelia's initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man she loves. 

Take Me - Susan Stec - A doppelganger, a myth with no name, no sex, no flesh, and no identity...unless it wears one of you.

Wings of Hope by Pippa DaCosta
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Goodreads Synopsis:
"I am his muse. But not for long..."

When Mammon, the Prince of Greed, 'acquires' a half-blood slave known as 'Muse' for three nights, and bespells her with tales of a world where people live like kings and queens among towers of steel and glass, the seed of hope takes root in Muse's soul. But hope, for a half-human half-demon creature like her, is a dangerous thing. Especially when that tentative hope springs from the honeyed words of a Prince of Hell. What is Mammon's price for freedom?

Meanwhile Da'mean, her ruthless owner, would rather see her dead, than free. She belongs to him. She is his muse. And no beast will take her from him.

The world of the elemental demons is harsh and violent. Muse's kin are merciless, blood-hungry beasts, but little do they know, Muse has something far more dangerous coiled inside her, desperate for a taste of freedom. 

Her humanity.

(Get a free copy here: http://eepurl.com/O5Aq5 )

Accord of Honor by Kevin O. McLaughlin
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Goodreads Synopsis:
War over energy resources devastated the Earth and her colony on the moon. A new agreement was reached between the nations of the world: The Lunar Accord. Designed to end the possibility of war in space for all time, it bars nations or individuals from arming ships in space. 

Twenty peaceful years have passed since the Accord was signed. Now someone has broken the rules, and now armed ships are attacking freighters and kidnapping their crews. 

One man saw the danger, all those years ago - Admiral Nicholas Stein, hero and villain of the last war. He argued against the Accord and was ridiculed for it. 

Now he and his son Thomas are all that stands between humanity and a ruthless enemy who will stop at nothing to control space - and from there, enslave us all.

By Darkness Revealed by Kevin O. McLaughlin
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Ryan Blackwell thought to escape his magic by burying himself in the military college at Northshield, Vermont.

Instead, he finds himself in the midst of a deeper and more dangerous sorcery than he has ever encountered before.

Suddenly, only Ryan's wit, will, and the talent he once hoped to leave behind stand between a nightmarish creature and everything he cares for.

Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman
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Goodreads Synopsis:
"The dead never bothered me. That honor was reserved for the living." 

Hauling dead people around Manhattan is all in a day's work for body mover Gideon Black. He lives in his van, talks to corpses, and occasionally helps the police solve murders. His life may not be normal, but it's simple enough.

Until the corpses start talking back.

When Gideon accidentally rescues a werewolf in Central Park, he's drawn into the secret world of the Others. Fae, were-shifters, dark magic users and more, all playing a deadly cat-and-mouse game with Milus Dei, a massive and powerful cult dedicated to hunting down and eradicating them all.

Then a dead man speaks to him, saying that Milus Dei wants him more than any Other. They'll stop at nothing to capture him and control the abilities he never knew he had.

He is the DeathSpeaker. He is the key. And he's not as human as he thought...

Life was a whole lot easier when the dead stayed dead.

Pagan Apocalypse by John Triptych
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Goodreads Synopsis:
THE END OF THE WORLD HAS BEGUN. WHAT DO YOU DO? 

Steve Symonds is just a typical 13-year old boy living in London. His main interests revolve around videogames, the internet, inline skating, and annoying his friends and family. But when the ancient gods of myth and legend suddenly appear out of nowhere and begin to cause havoc all over the world, Steve must find the strength and courage within himself in order to survive and ultimately prevail against a monstrous, supernatural tide of chaos that threatens all of humanity. 

Pagan Apocalypse is a complete stand-alone novel and it is not necessary to read the other books in the Wrath of the Old Gods series in order to enjoy it. This book is suitable for ages 12 and up. 


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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
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
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
The Girls From Alcyone by Cary Caffrey
Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins
Terms of Surrender by Craig Schaefer
The Mainframe by Simone Pond

6 comments:

  1. Nice new books there! happy reading my friend!

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  2. Prom was such fun for me. I bet they all looked fabulous. I hope every one is recovering nicely. Including your furbaby:) So many fabulous looking books. I confess I sometimes buy a book because I can't resist the cover art. I've been lucky and most of them were excellent reads. Happy Mother's Day!

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  3. Good news for your son at last! You must all be relieved about that!

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  4. Glad to hear your son is on the road to progress!! Hope he heals quickly :)

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  5. Yay for getting to the gym three times! My goal is twice a week till the end of May. I only went once last week, but I'm going to try to get there 3 times this week to make up for it. Lots of great books there!
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