Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Post #135

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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Hello! Well, I've finally started to feel better this week, though still have a cough and it'll probably linger with the humidity in the air here. So, I can try to get back on track with life and all that's been put on the sideline with vacation and being sick.

Not much else to share about. I've been slow at listening to audiobooks as a co-worker took two weeks off at work to have her bunion surgery. Makes it difficult for the two of us remaining as the work really is a three person place, but we'll get through.

I'm hoping to get back on track here. Kiddo starts going back to therapy on Wednesday. So that will be starting up again too. I'm hoping to get on a schedule with blogging, blog visiting, and writing. Yes, I started that up again too. :)

Also, you'll see a link below to a blog I started for photos I take. I'll use it to share some of my favorite photos and experiments to the images with programs I try to learn.

Yes, I'm feeling energetic to have so much in the works at one time. lol

Oh! I received a credit from Barnes & Nobles for the ebook cases. It was just shy of $11. So, I went on looking at the books they had on sale. I picked up 4 books, three of which were hardcover, for $18! I paid the shipping of the $8 and was set! WOW! I was so excited as they were books I wanted.

Also, I did watch 2 movies on the Hallmark Channel as they celebrate Christmas in July. It's research, I promise. For my Christmas Business series I'm writing. ;) lol.

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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 got 1 day of exercise in last weeks. With being sick and this cough, I wanted to see how it went with only going to the gym and doing the elliptical. It wasn't too bad. ;)

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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 Content Editing Work as well.

Current Audiobook:
xxx by xxx
Will start a new one at work on Monday


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: 
The Ghost Rebellion by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Audiobooks from Audible:
Icarus by Matt Verish



Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing

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Last Week on the Blog:


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




Posts:

I've started a new venture in blogging: Spellbound in a Flash - A photography album/record of my own images.


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
The Silicon Man by William Massa
"I really like how William brings the world alive as Cole and others live in it. There is true interaction with the world and creation to the story and plot. We get a wide view of the way things are with and for the mechs."


Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:



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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I'm back to two reviews a week for a few weeks, until I get caught up with reads and listens. Hope you stop by to check them out! :)

I have reviews to come this week. One that is scheduled for Monday and as soon as I finish what I'm working on, more to write and schedule.


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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:



Audio Books Requested for Review:
Struck by Amanda Carlson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.

Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.

After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…





Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Daybreak by Cheree Alsop
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Liora Day, half-human, half-mess with her and you'll die Damaclan, had been thrown onto a rough path at a very early age. But when she is broken out of a cage by Devren, the young captain of the SS Kratos, she is shown that perhaps humanity does have a heart. The Kratos is set on a mission to rescue fallen surveyors from the Revolutionaries, and Liora is given the choice to follow her Damaclan instincts, or trust Devren's dark eyes and captivating smile that promise an adventure unlike any she has ever experienced.

Daylight by Cheree Alsop
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Cheree Alsop has published over 30 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree is a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, spending time with her wonderful children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book. 
Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming. 

Day's End by Cheree Alsop
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Liora Day and the Kratos crew destroyed half of the Omne Occasus, it turned not only her Damaclan father, but the entire Coalition, against them. The crew of the SS Kratos band together to destroy the rest of the galaxy imploder, but in doing so, they confront a new danger nobody foresaw. Liora is prepared to risk it all to save her race, but when the man she loves puts his own life on the line for hers, everything changes. Can Liora confront death to rescue the human who has given her something worth living for?

Day's Journey by Cheree Alsop
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Liora’s brother is kidnapped as thinly-veiled trap, she follows with the intent of springing it on her own terms. But her plans fall away when she finds that the danger has a greater reach than she could have imagined. Waylaid and nearly dead, Liora finds herself fighting for not only her life, but for mortalkind. If she succeeds, she could thwart the paramount threat to the Macrocosm and those she loves; if she fails, mortalkind will fall at her side. Yet the price of survival may be far greater than Liora is willing to pay. 

“How far will you go to protect your human? How many lives will you take to save the one you love?” 

Liora spoke the truth she saw in the Cherum’s gaze. “All of them.”

Day's Hunt by Cheree Alsop
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Confronted with the truth about her origin, Liora has to make a difficult choice that can change the entire fate of the Macrocosm. Battling loss, Ketulans, and the desires of her own heart, Liora confronts an evil she thought long banished from her life and the cosmos. The fight she faces turns out to be the most difficult of her life in more ways than one. Can she survive the consequences of her own actions long enough to defeat the greatest peril of her existence?

The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
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Goodreads Synopsis:
On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

Arlen Bales was once an ordinary man, but now he has become something more—the Warded Man, tattooed with eldritch wards so powerful they make him a match for any demon. Arlen denies he is the Deliverer at every turn, but the more he tries to be one with the common folk, the more fervently they believe. Many would follow him, but Arlen’s path threatens to lead him to a dark place he alone can travel to, and from which there may be no returning.

The only one with hope of keeping Arlen in the world of men, or joining him in his descent into the world of demons, is Renna Tanner, a fierce young woman in danger of losing herself to the power of demon magic.

Ahmann Jardir has forged the warlike desert tribes of Krasia into a demon-killing army and proclaimed himself Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer. He carries ancient weapons--a spear and a crown--that give credence to his claim, and already vast swaths of the green lands bow to his control.

But Jardir did not come to power on his own. His rise was engineered by his First Wife, Inevera, a cunning and powerful priestess whose formidable demon bone magic gives her the ability to glimpse the future. Inevera’s motives and past are shrouded in mystery, and even Jardir does not entirely trust her.

Once Arlen and Jardir were as close as brothers. Now they are the bitterest of rivals. As humanity’s enemies rise, the only two men capable of defeating them are divided against each other by the most deadly demons of all--those lurking in the human heart.

Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The first installment in a fabulous dark urban fantasy series—think Kill Bill with demons and gangsters instead of martial arts—from the award-winning author of the Iron Codex trilogy and Vertigo comic Coffin Hill...

Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.

As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger . . . or die trying. 

But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava . .

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…

Includes the new stories…
“Silver”
“Roses in Winter”
“Redemption”
“Hollow”

…and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Gray”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

Omens by Kelly Armstrong
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.



Audio:




Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Highlander's Desire by Joanne Wadsworth
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Goodreads Synopsis:
There can be only one…for both of them. 

In the twelfth century, a man named Gilleoin was gifted with the ability to shift into a bear. His clan was called Matheson, and when he mated with a woman carrying faerie blood, they created a line shrouded in secrecy, yet still, far into the future, whispers would abound... 

For five long years, Isla Matheson has run from the one man her fae ancestor prophesized would be hers, but now her time for running is done. Her shifter mate is closing in and when he captures her and takes her home to his clan, she can no longer deny either of them. She chooses to merge with him in all ways, and in doing so sets a twelfth century prophecy in motion, one that sends her hurtling back through time to when their clan first began. 

Highland warrior shifter Iain Matheson has fallen under his mate’s spell. She’s the one woman he would die to protect, and when a portal opens and takes her from him, he dives in after her. He’ll never allow her to escape him, not even when he becomes embroiled in one of the greatest feuds raging at that time. 

Now they have a mission, to save their future line from extinction, to give hope to their people, both in the future and the past. 

Highlander's Castle by Joanne Wadsworth
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Book One in the Highlander Heat series.

HIGHLANDER’S CASTLE

Traveling through time…for a Highlander.

Anne MacLeod’s identical ancestor has made a wish on the Fairy Flag at Dunvegan Castle, one which sees the two young women swapping places in time and leaving Anne set to handfast with the very man her ancestor wished to escape. Only Anne sees the possibilities, because now she could change the future and ensure her parents never perished in the inferno which took their lives.

Highland warrior Alex MacDonald has made an agreement to handfast with Anne in order to bring a halt to the feud raging between their clans. The last thing he expects though is a woman claiming to come from the future, a woman who stirs him on a physical and emotional level to protect, and to even believe.

When Anne finds herself in her MacLeod chief’s presence, she chooses to go with him in order to leave a message for her parents. In full pursuit, Alex wages a battle of the heart, and of the very essence of time. Can he defy the odds as Anne is taken from him…to work his own magic and get her back?

A Historical Highlander Romance

Highlander's Kiss by Joanne Wadsworth
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Goodreads Synopsis:
There can be only one...for both of them.

Fae-blooded Julia holds the ability to read another's aura and determine their true intent. Her skill has only ever aided her in life, until the day when their neighboring enemy clan arrive to discuss a marriage of alliance between her and their chief's son. She misjudges their enemy's intent and all goes horribly wrong. Her parents are captured and imprisoned and now she must find a way to free them. Only now standing in her path is a fiercely protective warrior who has traveled from the future into the past, a man who insists they are soul bound, and a man whose aura shows no sign of such a bond. She is wary, yet still, she can't deny how much he stirs her deep within.

Highland warrior shifter Tavish Matheson has traveled through time to find the woman his soul demands is his, yet convincing her will be a mission all unto itself. When Julia is kidnapped by the enemy while on a mission to save her parents, he sets out in fierce pursuit. All he desires is to keep her close, rescue her parents, and most of all, to offer her his love.

He's a warrior who will not be denied. She's a lass devoted to her kin.

Sparks by R.S. McCoy
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Goodreads Synopsis:
“Everyone in the world has a Spark, a light inside that guides them, keeps them alive.” 

Starting school is supposed to be a fun and exciting time for any new student. But for Lark, a skilled archer and fledgling mind-reader, it’s a creative form of torture. Locked in rooms and hallways with both friends and enemies, bombarded by the thoughts and feelings of his peers, Lark is a prisoner. 

On a quest to master his Spark, Lark’s mentor–his one ally–is anything but helpful. What Lark fails to realize is the value of his rare ability, and just how far some are willing to go to have control of him. 

Now including Chapter One of Spirits. 

Galdoni by Cheree Alsop
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Goodreads Synopsis:
“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically-altered gladiators, the winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. Kale, rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human. When he is captured, he has to use what he learned in the world outside the Academy in order to free the other Galdoni and return to the human girl he loves. 

Dark and exciting, Galdoni pushes the boundaries of love in a world of violence.

Silver by Cheree Alsop
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Silver, book one of the Silver Series, is a coming of age story about a teenage werewolf whose father is murdered. He has to come to terms with his new life, new school, and new friends while trying to prevent more killings. 

Attempting to make peace with the territory’s pack and finding out that the girl next door might be more than she lets on make his situation even more perilous.


(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
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 Ghost Rebellion by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
Icarus by Matt Verish

12 comments:

  1. Boo for still being sick. :( Take care of yourself!

    You got so many books! I loved Omens and Shifting Shadows. I hope you enjoy them.

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    1. Thank you Bea. It is terrible being sick. I'm just glad it didn't hit me until I was on the plane home from Disney.

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  2. Hope you feel better. I read Silicon Dawn but haven't gotten to Silicon Man yet. Hopefully soon...

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    1. Thank you Greg. And I think you'll like Silicon Man too. It had a nifty twist to it. It also used a piece of equipment we were introduced to in Silicon Dawn. Was very neat! :D

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  3. Xmas in July...no, I cant. FInland is winter for like 9 months

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    1. lol. I can understand that, Blodeuedd. I just couldn't pass it up. I do enjoy the Christmas movies. ;) It's a guilty pleasure of mine.

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  4. I've got the Mercy Thompson book but I haven't read it yet...I'm saving it for a special day! Hope you had a good week!

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    1. Chuckles, I need to get to the whole Mercy Thompson series. I will probably get the books all bought before I get time to read it with all I have here. lol. Oh well. Hope you enjoy the book when you get to it! :D Have a great week!

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  5. Hope you're feeling better! I also got Black Dog last week :D

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    1. Thank you LilyElement. Haha! That's cool that you picked up Black Dog too! It was a steal of a deal I couldn't pass up. ;D

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  6. Glad you are feeling energetic, Melissa, and hope all is well! Lovely haul, well done! :)

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