Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Post #137

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.

And we are back to Sunday. This week felt slow, and I think this coming week will feel the same way. Another of my co-workers will be on vacation this week. That makes for a tough week at the office when we are down one person, there are only three of us. So I'm hoping the phone calls are on the low end of the spectrum and I can still listen to my audio books.

I've been working on re-writes pretty good this week. I don't know if I'll finish the book by the end of July as I had hoped, but I will hit the 50k word mark. My counting goes by the words I read and added. I use this method to count as I am not reading at a fast pace. When I read I'm thinking about what needs to be added, how does this affect where the story is going, and how do I make it sound or fit better. This ends in words deleted and words added, here or somewhere else, to clarify and fit it together. Surprisingly, I'm having fun with this!

I took a few more pictures this week. They were of my son in his suit for senior pictures. He seemed so excited to pose for me! lol. It was great! I do have those added to my picture page (Spellbound in a Flash) linked below.

I had one more test on Friday in regards to the same thing that's been going on since May. I'm thinking the results will be good and that will be the end of it, after seeing the doctor, but I still have to wait and see. Once I get these results I think I can share more details of what's been going on. I just didn't want to share information to get anyone worried over nothing.

So, now we head into a new week with high hopes. Hope you all have a great week!


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. This week the session went better with my allergies and all. But I only made one day.*sigh* I just don't seem to get all the things done in a day or week.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Harbinger by Philippa Ballantine
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:
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 Demons We See by Krista D. Ball

Audiobooks from Audible:
Dead of Night by M.R. Forbes
Fast Money by Colleen Helme

Finished Podcast Book Listen:


Last Week on the Blog:

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


What I'm sharing at: Spellbound in a Flash - A photography album/record of my own images.
One Picture, Several Views

I've also been slowly updating my Portfolio Page. You can check out the categories and new images in it.

Around the Internet...

Struck by Amanda Carlson

"Emma is new to audio for me and she did a wonderful job. I'm a huge fan of narrators doing different voices, tones, and attitudes when narrating secondary characters. Emma does that, giving each character their own voice and personality vocally, making them easy to differentiate as she narrates."

Podcast Review:

Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



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 2 reviews to come this week.


Received Last Weeks:

Review & Review Consideration:

Audio Books Requested for Review:
Queen Mab: A Tale Entwined with William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by Kate Danley
Goodreads Synopsis:
"Oh then I see Queen Mab hath been with you..."

Everyone knows Romeo & Juliet, but what if it isn't the whole story? What if Queen Mab, mentioned in only one speech in the entire play, is actually responsible for all the tragedy about to strike the Houses of Montague and Capulet? And her love for Mercutio the key to everything...

Weaving Shakespeare's original text into a new story, fans of The Woodcutter will love this latest retelling by award-winning author Kate Danley. Experience the romance of Romeo & Juliet from a different point of view - through the eyes of the bringer of dreams... Queen Mab.



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Atomic Underworld: Volume Two by Jack Conner
Goodreads Synopsis:
The conclusion to the two-part Atomic Underworld storyline, which follows Tavlin Metzler through the mutant-filled sewers beneath Hissig. Atomic Underworld take place in the same world as The Atomic Sea. 

Keep your eyes on the shadows ...
Washed-up professional gambler Tavlin Metzler is done working with the shadowy criminal network that lurks beneath the city streets, but when a brutal and mysterious set of murders occurs in the very bedroom of his old mob boss, Tavlin gets drawn back into the mix. In the world of the Atomic Sea, mutants thrive--fish-people, lobster-people, turtle-people--the list goes on. But in the country of Ghenisa, many of them are disenfranchised and relegated to life in the vast, alien sewers beneath the capital city of Hissig.
There Tavlin is taken by Boss Vassas's goons and given an edict by the Boss himself: find out who (or what) committed the crimes . . . or else. In no time, Tavlin is hip-deep in danger, dodging spies, cultists, mobsters, monsters and more sewer mutants than he can shake a foul-smelling stick at. But things get really complicated when Sophia, his old flame, shows up.
Atomic Underworld: Part Two is the conclusion to a two-part set of steampunk, horror and fantasy adventure novels by internationally bestselling author Jack Conner. If you like action-packed storytelling, Lovecraftian horrors, and unique twists and turns you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Jack Conner’s incredible mix of fantasy, adventure, mystery and espionage.
Rise of the Dragon by Morgan Rice
Goodreads Synopsis:
Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.

When Kyra comes of age and the local lord comes to take her away, her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she journeys out on her own, into a dangerous wood, where she encounters a wounded dragon—and ignites a series of events that will change the kingdom forever. 

15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that wards off the army of Trolls to the east. On the far side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Watcher of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the magical source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they prepare for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever.

With its strong atmosphere and complex characters, RISE OF THE DRAGONS is a sweeping saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, destiny, monsters and dragons. It is a story of love and broken hearts, of deception, of ambition and betrayal. It is fantasy at its finest, inviting us into a world that will live with us forever, one that will appeal to all ages and genders.

Glistens by Chess Desalls
Goodreads Synopsis:
Marian Spritz won’t gain guardian fairy status if she fails her summer school project. But when she hears a call for help—a song felt only by Glistens—she must choose between not letting her schoolwork and teammates suffer and protecting a ward who faces grave danger.

A guardian can't shine without the song of her ward.

Cursed by J.A. Cipriano
Goodreads Synopsis:
My name is Mac Brennan and that's the only thing I can remember about myself. Not why I woke up in a dumpster. Not why my right arm is as black as pitch and covered in glowing red tattoos, and certainly not why a vicious death cult is after me.

Actually, that last part isn't true. I know why the death cult is after me. It's because I saved that damned girl from them. I didn't know who she was at the time, but I'd have done it anyway. I just don't like it when girls get beat up, call me old fashioned.

Still, I can tell she's hiding something behind those devilish eyes, and if I want to find out what it is, I'll have to help her.

My name is Mac Brennan. I have no memory, and I'm a werewolf-hunting, hellfire-flinging version of Faust himself. 

(On my Nook)

Free Audio Books/Stories:

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
Solomon's Seal by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Demons We See by Krista D. Ball
Dead of Night by M.R. Forbes
Fast Money by Colleen Helme


  1. Co-workers vacations do make things hectic. I do hope things go well at the doctors this week. Hope your son's leg is fully healed too. Have a great week Melissa!

    1. Thanks for the well wishes, Kimba. And my son is doing well. :) He's gotten acupuncture a few times to help with the tight hamstrings, but seems to be healing well. :) Thank you!

  2. My co-teacher was on vacation last week but luckily for me it wasn't too hectic. Fingers crossed that your work week goes well and you get good news from the doctor!

    1. Bea, glad to hear it wasn't hectic for you! That's great. And thanks for the well wishes. :)

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    1. Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads, I'm with you! :D I really liked the sounds of this one. :) Have a great week!

  4. OOoh nice new reads!! Those are some new to me ones! Hope you enjoy them all!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Hi Jessica @ a GREAT read. :D Glad you saw some new books here! :D

  5. Hope you get back the results you're hoping for. Some good books this week. I'm doing well with hitting my exercise goals, but seem to have hit a weight loss plateau and don't seem to be losing anything right now. I can only hope that once school starts back up and I get back into a routine, things will start getting better.
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    1. Hi Lisa Mandina, thanks for the well wishes. :) Sometimes you hit those loss plateaus and it takes a lot of time to get going again. Hope it happens soon for you. :)

  6. I hope work isn't too hectic for you this coming week - the holiday period can full-on when covering for people who are away, can't they? Your book haul has some really strong-looking reads - particularly Queen Mab... Have a great reading week:)

    1. Hi sjhigbee, Yeah, it gets crazy covering. But I think after this week it should be over. Glad you like the looks of Queen Mab too! :D Thank you! Have a great week!

  7. Good luck with the doctor! Hopefully this work week will be calmer. It's surprising how little it takes to throw everything in chaos. That's great that your son was excited to pose for you! Mine are willing but definitely not eager. Have a great week!

    1. Hi Katherine P, thank you for the well wishes. :) Oh my, you are so right about not taking much to throw everything into chaos. It's crazy! lol. Have a great week!

  8. Keeping my fingers crossed that you get the results you are looking for. I know what it is like to worry and wait. Take care and have a good week!

    1. Thanks Chuckles. It's been one of those years, that's for sure. *sigh* Hope you have a good week and got results yourself.

  9. I hope it's all good news and all feel better soon. It does get tough at work when you are short some people. I'm going through that right now. At least it's only for a while, right!
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    1. Thank you for the well wishes Laura Thomas. Hope your week is going well at work too. It's crazy, but hopefully it'll be over soon. :)


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