Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday Post #139

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.

Good morning! Or afternoon. ;) Hope you are doing well this week.

My birthday came and went, just like any other day. I did get dinner for our anniversary from my husband before my birthday and that included both. It was a lovely dinner.

But, talking about my birthday reminded me. I didn't mention it was the blogs birthday too! I have been blogging for 7 years! Hard to believe I've been here that long. This little blog started with a post on July 21, 2009 on a trip to Washington DC I went on with my son and husband. Wow.

So what's the plans this week? I'm going to the local art museum today as it's free admission. Believe it or not, I've never been there. Crazy! I've been trying to take advantage of these things around my local town. There were free concerts at the Palace Theater, and I went to another last week. Oh the band was very, very good! They played swing music and I loved them. :) I'm hoping to have pictures of that up later this coming week at Spellbound in a Flash. Also, the post for Confluence book convention will be finished soon, and also up at Spellbound in a Flash with all the pictures! :D

I have a lot planned for today. Go the museum, fix up pictures and posts, write up reviews (2), write, post reviews, and a few things around home need done.


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. Time is just getting away from me!

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
The Side of Good / The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Current Audiobook:
Will start a new one 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: 
Harbinger by Philippa Ballantine

Audiobooks from Audible:
The Case of the Claw by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Queen Mab by Kate Danley & William Shakespeare

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

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

Around the Internet...

Fast Money by Colleen Helme
"If I wasn't hooked before, this story would have sealed the deal!"

Esoterrorism by C.T. Phipps
"Undead, magic, and spies. Heck yeah! There are so many quick clips and references to spy movies/shows, comics, even Disney movies, and so much more here! It's all blended with magic and mythical creatures of all cultures. I enjoyed seeing the blend of different cultures in supernatural beings here."

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 (maybe 3) and an audio book giveaway to come this week.


Received Last Weeks:

Review & Review Consideration:
Hidden Design, The Prophecy by Tia Tormen & CK Stone
Goodreads Synopsis:
An ancient Prophecy, foretold millennia ago . . . 
Child of the Traitor
Conceived in Betrayal
Shall pierce the Veil
And destroy the Hidden 

Mikki Daneen is living the life she's always dreamed but she hides an extraordinary gift--the ability to perceive her clients' most intimate desires. A secret liaison brings death and destruction to Mikki's life, but she's not the only one in danger. Mikki must uncover the secrets of a culture she never knew existed, and expose the true betrayer. Will her psychic visions be able to help her find the evil that is driven relentlessly to slaughter, before it's too late?

Hidden Design, The Prophecy, is a full-length contemporary fantasy/thriller novel that contains elements of romantica.
The story is set in New York City where Mackenzie Daneen is a successful interior designer, in part because she can psychically link into the most secret desires of her special clients and give them exactly what they want. Mikki is on top of her world until an old boyfriend/FBI agent asks her to glean details on a kidnapping suspect, Seth Harkinson, by using her psychic ability. When she learns more than she bargained for, her life starts falling apart. Through Seth, she uncovers the truth; she may be the child the prophecy speaks of. She runs for her life from a demon-possessed beast that is hell-bent on hunting down and killing the innocent children who possess magical gifts; children of whom the prophecy may speak.
While she and Seth fight for their lives, they discover they have a connection that runs deeper than either of them imagined.

Audio Books Requested for Review:
The Heir to the North by Steven Poore
Goodreads Synopsis:
“Caenthell will stay buried, and the North will not rise again until I freely offer my sword to a true descendant of the High Kings—or until one takes it from my dying hands!” 
With this curse, the Warlock Malessar destroyed Caenthell. The bloodline of the High Kings disappeared and the kingdom faded into dark legend until even stories of the deed lost their power. But now there is an Heir to the North. 
Cassia hopes to make her reputation as a storyteller by witnessing a hardened soldier and a heroic princeling defeat Malessar and his foul curse. But neither of her companions are exactly as they appear, and the truth lies deep within stories that have been buried for centuries. 
As Cassia learns secrets both soldier and warlock have kept hidden since the fall of Caenthell, she discovers she can no longer merely bear witness. Cassia must become part of the story; she must choose a side and join the battle. 
The North will rise again.

The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell
Goodreads Synopsis:
Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell drops you into a vast, dark world: 100 miles of living, breathing, tunnels that is the New York City underground. This subterranean labyrinth inhales three million bustling commuters every day. And every day, it breathes them all out again... except for one. Software millionaire Joe Tesla is set to ring the bell on Wall Street the morning his company goes public. On what should be the brightest day in his life, he is instead struck with severe agoraphobia. The sudden dread of the outside is so debilitating, he can't leave his hotel at Grand Central Terminal, except to go underground. Bad luck for Joe, because in the tunnels lurk corpses and murderers, an underground Victorian mansion and a mysterious bricked-up 1940s presidential train car. Joe and his service dog, Edison, find themselves pursued by villains and police alike, their only salvation now is to unearth the mystery that started it all, a deadly, contagious madness on the brink of escaping The World Beneath.



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts
Amazon Synopsis:
Stir up a little magic from our cauldron full of cocktails and desserts. 

The authors of Bewitching Book Tours conjured a collection of delicious potions inspired by their books and characters. 

Grab your wand (or spoon) and cast one of these spellbinding recipes today.

Evangeline and the Alchemist by Madeleine D'Este
Goodreads Synopsis:
In 1882, “Marvellous” Melbourne was flush with gold-rush cash and the British Empire’s second biggest city. 

Evangeline, a seventeen year old reformed urchin and acrobat, is settling into a new comfortable life in Melbourne with her long lost father, Professor Caldicott. But learning to be a lady is awfully dull. Then one day, the police arrive, seeking the Professor’s expertise in catching an Alchemist. 

Is this a chance for Evangeline to test out her new invention and save the day? With regular breaks for tea and cream buns, of course. 

Evangeline & the Alchemist is a steampunk mystery-adventure novella and the first in The Antics of Evangeline series.

Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley
Goodreads Synopsis:
When monsters appear on Earth, Maggie MacKay is on the job. No one is better at hauling the creepy crawlies back where they belong. No one, that is, except Maggie's dad, who vanished in the middle of an assignment. Now, an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie's uncle teamed up with the forces of dark to turn Earth into a vampire convenience store, serving bottomless refills on humans. Ah, family...

The only hope for survival lies in tracking down two magical artifacts and a secret that disappeared with Maggie's dad.

WARNING: This book contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed with caution.

Shadows of the Gods by S.M. Schmitz
Goodreads Synopsis:
As a powerful demigod, Selena has been running from the gods who control the government agency, the New Pantheon, for the past three years, but now, they’ve caught up to her. 

When they trap Selena in an alleyway in New Orleans, she is ready to admit defeat. But an unfamiliar demigod rescues her, and the more she learns about Cameron, the more she discovers their common bonds may be the key to unraveling her own mysterious history. 

In the first book of The Unbreakable Sword series, Selena and Cameron must not only evade the New Pantheon, which is ruthlessly hunting the remaining gods and their descendants, but an angry Aztec god that wants Selena’s power to himself. And they will discover in the impending final battle of the gods, no one can be trusted.

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
Harbinger by Philippa Ballantine
The Case of the Claw by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Queen Mab by Kate Danley & William Shakespeare


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary! I completely forgot about mine earlier this summer. I wonder how many years I've been blogging....need to check....

Here's my first (what?!!) movie review.

Bea said...

WOOT! Happy birthday and happy blogaversary!I hope you had fun at the museum.

Silvia said...

Lots of things to celebrate, how amazing!! *WOOT* Happy Belated Birthday and Blogoversary!! :D

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on both your birthday and blogaversary - a very respectable period of time:). The Madeline d'Este book looks very interesting. I hope you have a great reading week.

chucklesthescot said...

I'm trying not to think about the amount of DIY needed in the house plus all the gardening. It took two days to put my new bed in and get the place fit to live in again. Next is repainting the living room but there is so much furniture to move! Enjoy your books! Glad you had a good birthday and anniversary.

Blodeuedd said...

Happy 7th!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Glad you had a good anniversary and b-day! Also happy blogoversary! Have fun at the art museum!

LilyElement said...

Happy belated birthday! I hope you have a blast at all the events you're going to go to :D

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Happy belated birthday and wow! Congratulations on your 7th blogoversary! I hit that milestone recently, too. Feels good, doesn't it?

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hi Deb Nance, it's easy to forget the time when you are having fun with books. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Bea! We did have a nice time at the museum. Not really our art, but it was different. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Silvia. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you sjhigbee. It feels long yet not. :) And I'm glad you like the sounds of Madeline's books. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Chuckles, oh my! You are going to have some catching up to do. lol. But I bet the bed was worth it. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Blodeuedd!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Melissa (B&T). It's crazy how time flies! :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you LilyElement!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Lark. It seems like it hasn't been 7 years of blogging. It does feel good. :) Congrats to you too!