Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday Post #131

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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Sorry, I've been MIA the last two weeks. It's been crazy here with all going on. And holiday's, no matter how small like Memorial Day, seem to throw a huge wrench in my schedule. I've also had some personal tests done, that I was NOT expecting. One more test and I should have results by Friday this week. I think all is going to be well though, after the last test, but they want to make sure. So there is the good side. But, I will say, I'm sick and tired of all the scares and bullshit going on lately. Our family has had about as much as it can take. Or, well, me.

Now I have lots of comments to respond to and a ton of visiting to make up for. I'm going to try my best to visit everyone. THANK YOU for being patient with me. *hugs*

There was a local author doing a small event at our local library yesterday. I went! I got to listen to and talk with Rebecca Drake yesterday. Was a wonderful time! She is a delight of a person and very easy to talk to about anything and everything. 
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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 have managed to at least keep going to the gym 3 days a week. I think working out my frustration is helping through all that's been going on. I do weights and walk on the elliptical for 30 minutes.

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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
The Side of Good / The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
The Ghost Rebellion by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
I'm also working on Content Editing Work as well.

Current Audiobook:
Carrots by Colleen Helme


Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)
Alight by Scott Sigler (You can listen for free too! One episode, a few chapters, a week!)


Finished Last Week: 
Struck by Amanda Carlson

Audiobooks from Audible:
Finders Keepers by J.J. Dibenetto
I'd Rather Be a Witch by Erin Hayes
Amber by David Wood & Rick Chesler
The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
Birthright by E.J. Stevens


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
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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 Glass Mermaid
  Amber



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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:




Audio Books Requested for Review:
Retribution by K.A. Salidas
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Immortality is never guaranteed... 

As much as she dreams of a simpler existence, blood and violence are Mira’s way of life. Former gladiator turned freedom fighter; she’s carved a trail from New Haven to Caldera Grove and back, freeing her people, the vampires, from enslavement by the humans. 
But with victory almost within reach, a new and powerful enemy emerges. One who’ll be satisfied with nothing less than complete subjugation—or destruction—of all supernatural beings. 
With a secret army of his own, he’s more than prepared for any resistance Mira and her patchy rebel forces can offer, and demands their immediate surrender. 
Never one to back away from a fight, Mira believes she’s ready for anything. But with the battle lines drawn she will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. 
Kill or be killed. 

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Kate I'm the last mermaid. I'm back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters are silent. There is nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that litters the rocky shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole survivor, and at long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me. Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what happened to my people. The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give me simple pleasure. They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion them into trinkets: necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things. The humans seem love them. Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes, until the day he says hello. Cooper I'm dying. It's not a question, it's a fact. The cancer is eating me alive. They told me I have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back to Chancellor on Lake Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will relish every one. I've never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake Erie sunset until I see her. All life is as fragile as glass. What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

The Hierophant by Madeline Claire Franklin
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Demons are watching. They move invisible through our world, hunting for rare prey–most humans don’t see the monsters that lurk in the dark, and as long as you can’t see them, they can’t hurt you.

But Ana sees the demons. Monsters once found only in her late mother's bedtime stories have crept from the shadows, whispering her name and stirring ancient magic in her blood.

On the day her tarot deck foretells a disturbing change, Ana encounters an uncanny young man who literally stops (and starts) her heart. Trebor has strange powers, and an even stranger quest, and for some reason wants to help her. But the closer Trebor gets to the truth behind Ana’s power, the more important–and dangerous–his own quest becomes. Even more important that keeping Ana alive.

Because in a world haunted by demons determined to find the key to their empire, there is much more at stake than one girl’s soul.

Otherlife Dreams by William D Arand
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Runner has a problem. He and 499,000 men and women of the military are trapped in a game. Runner is the only person in the IT department in game, the only one with administrative access rights. And he doesn't remember his password. When their brains were synched with the game, it scrambled most of their memories. 

The problem is that whoever loaded their minds into the game, loaded them completely. If they die, their brain dies. 

Now it's time for Runner to flex his skills as a power gaming min maxer and see what he can do. Because every time he levels, he might just gain the memory of the password. Time to go Hardcore.

Icarus by Matt Verish
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Cole Musgrave’s dream of interstellar travel is about to become a nightmare. When a high-profile delivery is compromised aboard a state-of-the-art cargo vessel, the newly appointed captain finds himself embroiled in an assignment far above his pay grade. 

Blackmail, terrorists, a malfunctioning prototype A.I. pilot, and a sinister terraforming corporation with deep criminal ties await him. Who knew delivering cargo to the deep recesses of space could be so dangerous? 

Armed only with his cunning and past military experience, Cole is one against many. But this unorthodox interstellar cargo pilot won’t go down without a fight—even after he is faced with a choice that will alter the course of his life forever.

Extracted by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
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:




Free Ebooks:

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Rise of the Six by Matt Ryan
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Joey Foust has no idea he’s a wanted man and his parents aim to keep it that way. They raised him as a normal boy in a small American town, hoping he and his friends don’t discover what lies beyond. And for eighteen years, they succeed. 

Joey and his friends, the Preston Six, were all born on the same day, but soon come to find they have much more in common than a simple birthdate. Details of their past are suspicious, and they are determined to figure out what their parents are hiding. 

Small threads of new information are discovered, leading the Preston Six to venture in search for the truth. What they find pushes the boundaries of their beliefs. Now, they’re forced to leave behind everything to face an unknown adversary who’s been hunting for them since the day they were born. 

They must rise as one, or fall to enemy hands 

This book contains mild language and violence. It is approximately 90,000 words(350 pages).

Impossible Paradise by Leeland Artra
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Pioneer or Heretic? The world's future hangs in the balance.
An incredible pulp steampunk adventures.
Captain Reinvo is ordered to take a prototype iron-sided steamship on its first voyage. The simple cargo run turns deadly when a storm drives the ship so far off-course the crew is sure they're going to fall off the edge of the world. Reinvo fights to save his crew, only to discover a place that shouldn't exist and which may yet get them killed as heretics.
If you like steampunk with elements of fantasy, speculative science-fiction, and thrilling tales, then you’ll love the fantastic serial adventures of the Endless Horizons Sagas, written in true homage to the pulp science-fiction classics.
Love and Challenges by Deborah A. Bailey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Business owner Mac Mackennon is a perfect catch: attractive, ambitious and successful. He's a member of an old, established pride of lion shapeshifters, but determined to live life as a loner. Except that when Zora Mason walks into Mac's coffee bar one day and applies for the position of assistant manager, he knows without a doubt he's met the woman of his dreams. 

Can she accept life with a shifter-boyfriend? 

Zora knows a lot more about Mac (and the other shifters in town) than she's been letting on. Falling in love with a sexy shifter is more than she bargained for when it comes to dealing with sibling drama, learning the business, and managing an alpha male who's used to doing things his way. When a challenge to Mac's Pride threatens to destroy Mac's family, Zora has to decide whether to be claimed as his mate in a ritual in front of the pride. 

Who knew that love with a lion shifter would be so challenging?

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 Witch of Roan Mountain by Blaire Edens
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Maeve McMahan, a criminal defense attorney, has just blown the case of her career. When she returns home to the mountains of North Carolina to clear her head, she moves back in with her grandmother. On an easy hike, she meets the one woman she never expected to see: Delphine, The Witch of Roan Mountain. 

Accused of a terrible crime she didn’t commit, Delphine has been haunting the county since just after the Civil War and she can’t rest until her name is cleared. She’s counting on Maeve’s help to get to the bottom of the century-old mystery. 

Campbell Hyatt, a sheriff’s deputy, has never gotten over his first love, Maeve. When her grandmother breaks her leg, Campbell’s on duty and he finds Maeve at the top of Roan Mountain, convinced she’s seen a ghost. A cop who doesn’t believe in ghosts, he thinks Maeve needs to be focused on her grandmother not an old legend that hits a little too close to home for his liking. 
With Maeve’s car out of commission and Granny stuck in the hospital, Campbell and Maeve are thrown together in a quest to find out why Delphine was branded a witch. It will take both of them to get to the bottom of a nineteenth century story love story that may impact them more than they realize. Can they banish a ghost without rekindling an old flame of their own?

Lightning Kissed by Lila Felix
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Colby Evans can leap from one country to the next in a heartbeat. She can see every sunset in every time zone in the same day. She can travel across the world in a flash. She defies gravity and physics with every breath she takes. She's tested her abilities and found them limitless. 

She is the lightning. She is Lucent. And nothing can stop her. 

Except him. 

Theodore Ramsey isn't supposed to be able to flash like Colby. The power of travel is passed on from mother to daughter in their people. Except once in every hundred generations. 

Theo is the one. 

He can flash like Colby. And it makes him a target to their enemies and to himself. His abilities change everything he knows about life and throws his future into an uncertain tangent. In fact, the only thing certain in his life is the love he feels for Colby. 

Their love defies time and space and has been the only constant thing in their lives since childhood. But even their infallible love will be stretched to its limits. 

She will risk her life to protect him. But he will risk everything to protect them all.

The Boy Who Lit Up The Sky by J. Naomi Ay
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Lydia Kalila, the Princess Royal of Mishnah is forced into marriage with the son of her country's mortal enemy for the sole purpose of producing an heir. Duty comes before personal choice for a princess especially when her country has been at war for more than a thousand years. Lydia's pregnancy removes her brother and new husband from their respective lines of succession placing her yet unborn infant at the head of the both queues. No one is happy about this, especially Lydia who dies during childbirth from wounds caused by the talon-like toenails of her very strange newborn son.

Grief stricken at the loss of his daughter, the Mishnese King hastily sends Senya, his infant grandson off to a decrepit inner city orphanage with the intent to retrieve him much later when things got sorted out. At the orphanage, Senya is protected by the invalid Sister Meri who instantly falls in love with the little fellow. She's not bothered at all by his strange telekinetic and telepathic powers, flickering pupil-less silver eyes or wicked clawed toenails. The House Father takes a shine to the lad too and when Senya is six years old, he is summoned to the Father's chamber. The Father ends up in flames forcing Meri and Senya out into a snow storm running for their lives. 

Thus begins the tale of Senya, a prince created to be king of a planet but then tossed aside until his twelfth birthday when Lt. Taner, a Royal Guard detective is sent to retrieve him. It is unclear to all whether Senya is the product of something good or something evil but in either case, it is very apparent that he is something more than just Lydia Kalila's son.

Note to readers - This title contains graphic language, violence and sexual situations. It is not intended for children or young teens.

Metal and Magic: A Fantasy Journey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Six fantasy novels take you on magical adventures you won't soon forget! 

DIXXON - Teen Witch by Steve Windsor and Lise Carter 
In seven days, if teen witch, Dixxon Dubois, survives turning sixteen, she'll decide the fate of magic and mortals alike. 

The Natural Order by R. J. Vickers 
Fifteen juvenile delinquents are recruited to harvest magic...only to discover that the magic is being used for a dark and twisted purpose. 

Wayward by Ronald Long 
A man without any memory of his past is thrown into a racial war that threatens to consume a continent. 

The Gauntlet of Feona by Kelechi Agu 
A hunter-thief discovers he is a king in waiting and needs to rid his world of an ancient menace. 

A Thread of Time by J Naomi Ay 
Spaceforce, it's like prison with benefits. 

The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn 
A thief robs the wrong wizard and ends up on the run as monsters, assassins and the Darkness itself try to end his life.

Mike v2.0 by J. Naomi Ay
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A Firesetter Prequel Short Story 

Let's face it, Mike is a loser. Despite being born with the proverbial silver spoon, he's a failure at just about everything. After being hit in the head with a baseball, Mike wakes up unable to see, prompting his grandfather, Steve to take him across the stars in search of cure. However, Mike and Steve end up finding something more than just Mike's lost sight, something that will turn Mike into a king.

Waking the Dragon by Rinelle Grey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Taurian the dragon prince awakens to find the world changed and an ancient enemy waiting for him, he needs the help of the woman who wakes him ensure his survival, even if she is a human.

Karla is irresistibly drawn to the half-naked man she discovered in an ancient chamber. But when he starts claiming to be a dragon, she’s sure he’s crazy. The sensible thing to do would be to drop him off at the nearest police station.

But she soon finds out that dealing with dragons is never that simple.

Waking the Dragon is part 1 (16,000 words) in a new paranormal romance serial set in a small outback town in modern day Australia. Part two is coming soon!

Forbidden Bond by Rinelle Grey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Born together, wed together…

The ancient law is a curse to Brianna, whose twin sister has fallen in love with a man Brianna can’t bring herself to marry. To avoid disappointing her family, she fakes her death and escapes Eryvale to hide in the dazzling city of Bymere…but the city doesn’t live up to its promise.

Lonely and homesick, Brianna regrets her decision until she meets Lyall, a handsome mage. Their instant bond grows deeper, and despite knowing she can never marry him, Brianna accepts Lyall’s offer to leave Bymere before travellers from her village discover she’s still alive. Journeying to the exciting Isla de Magi, Brianna makes plans for a new life and is shocked to find she possesses mage magic as well.

However, when a chilling dream warns of an impending threat to her village, Brianna must leave the Isle and rush home to help her sister. Soon Lyall follows, chasing after the same threat and longing to reunite with Brianna. But can the two work together to stop the danger? Or will Brianna be forced to choose between her love for Lyall and the safety and happiness of her sister?

Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Devastated by the loss of her mother, Triss throws herself into uncovering clues surrounding her mother’s disappearance. When the Witch Avenue Coven turns their back on Triss, she realizes she’s caught in a world that is ruled by Lonely Souls. But who is controlling them? 

Recognizing the herbal lore she grew up learning will do little to fight against the underworld, she is relieved when her best friend from childhood, Logan, returns to help her find answers. When they begin uncovering secrets from her family’s past, she learns her mother might not have been the only target. 

But as Triss falls deeply for Logan, she discovers her family isn’t the only one with secrets and his may be deadly.

Altered Souls by Karice Bolton
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past. 

Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities. 

With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love.



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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
Amber by David Wood & Rick Chesler
The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
Birthright by E.J. Stevens

9 comments:

  1. Glad your tests have come back good! That is so stressful :( Hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books!
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  2. I loved Extracted and Struck looks good. I really hope the news is good. You have had your fair share of bullshit and deserve a nice relaxing summer!

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  3. I love those book events and meeting authors. Extracted looks like a fun read.

    And good luck with everything going on. I hope things calm down and you get some relax time :)

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  4. I have several of these books. Witch has such an interesting cover. Lots of freebies to choose this week aren't there!

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  5. So sorry you're going through it with the tests and hoping all is well on Friday:(. You have some books in this week's haul I wish I'd got hold of - Icarus and I'd Rather Be a Witch both look really good. Have a great week.

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  6. so many books for you there! happy reading!

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  7. I thought I posted on this earlier, sorry!! I hope everything goes well with the tests! You've had so much on your plate lately.

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  8. Wow, you've got some great looking books there.

    Good luck with getting your medical issues straightened out.

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