Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday Post #143

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.

First! Sorry for not visiting this last week. I had set myself a deadline for finishing re-writes and I was working hard to meet it. Sadly, I failed. I decided I had to dedicate all my free time to getting this round of re-writes done so I didn't allow time for blog visiting or writing.

Since I was stuck at a friends house yesterday with my husband, I got nothing done. So I have a lot I want to get done this weekend. Thank heavens for Monday being a holiday as I think that's when it'll all happen. *sigh* I have 4 reviews to fix up, 3 audio books and 1 podcast story.

So, I've watched more of The Magicians, over last weekend. I didn't know going in that this series was based on the books, which never seemed to call to me to read. That's okay. I'm liking the magic here and the visual effects to see the magic. I will say, there are times I think a character (maybe two) act rather immature, like ten year olds. But for the most part I'm liking the series. I'm curious about the far off land that's thought to be only in books and the beast (moth head man) that keeps showing up. My two favorite characters aren't even the main characters of the story. lol.


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 get some exercising in when I was released on Tuesday. I went Thursday and Saturday for V-ups, planks, and 33 minutes on the elliptical. I need to get back to 3 days a week again.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Exploration: Through the Wormhole anthology
The Side of Good / The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Current Audiobook:
Apocalypse Machine by Jeremy Robinson

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)
Six Stories, Told at Night by KT Bryski

Finished Last Week: 

Audiobooks from Audible:
The Heir to the North by Steven Poore
Dead Red by M.R. Fobes

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Six Stories, Told at Night by KT Bryski


Last Week on the Blog:

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

Guest Posts:


Spellbound in a Flash:
This week I didn't post with working on writing. Sorry!

Challenged Writers:
August Update - I did learn one lesson on re-writes this month!

Around the Internet...

Tempered Hearts by Starla Huchton

"Outstanding. Wow. I'm amazed at how in-tuned Starla is with people's emotions and actions. I could see and feel Darius's growth in caring and love as it happens, step by step, through the book."

Extracted by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley

"This world of time traveling and Tesla is riveting for me. I'm drawn to the creation here. The story is strongly character driven from the kids that rift through time."
"This book blew me away. For me, it was beyond better than the first book. Maybe I am more aware as to what to expect from Scott's writing coming into this book... But this book has hit way beyond my expectations with twists and turns, reveals, and unexpected events."

Podcast Review:

Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have 3 reviews.


Received Last Weeks:

Review & Review Consideration:
Explorations through the Warmhole
It's 2052 and the first known wormhole appears in lunar orbit. Earth sends a ship to investigate and the future of space travel changes forever. The Solar System develops in many ways over the centuries, but one thing remains constant; the wormholes continue to appear. 

Join many of today's most exciting indie science fiction authors as they chart a shared universe and future-history, each telling us stories of: Explorations: Through the Wormhole. 

The Challenge - Ralph Kern 
Through Glassy Eyes - PP Corcoran 
Here, Then, Forever - Chris Guillory 
AI Deniers - Rosie Oliver 
Flawed Perspective - PJ Strebor 
The Lost Colony - Josh Hayes 
The Aeon Incident - Richard Fox 
The Doors of the Temple - Jo Zebedee 
Dead Weight - Thaddeus White 
Webbed Prisms - Charlie Pulsipher 
Anathema - Jacob Cooper 
When the Skies Open - Shellie Horst 
A Second Infection - Stephen Palmer 
Personal Growth - Stephen Moss 

Audio Books Requested for Review:
Hidden Deception by Colleen Helme
Goodreads Synopsis:
Book 9 in the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series
Just back from Paris, Shelby barely has time to get over her jet lag before she is right back in the thick of things. Uncle Joey, the local mob boss, needs her help to find out what his son is hiding from him. Detective Harris, AKA Dimples, has an unsolved homicide on his hands, along with a missing engagement ring. Shelby's husband, Chris, just got promoted to partner in his law firm, and she has yet to see his new office or meet his new secretary. Add to that the opportunity to purchase a beautiful home, and Shelby is racing from one thing to the next while trying to keep them all straight.
When a courier in Uncle Joey’s organization turns up dead, it’s up to Shelby and her mind-reading powers to find out who killed him and why. The house Shelby wants to buy has a few problems that go beyond the building code, and the murder she’s helping Dimples solve has ties to Chris’ law firm. Even using all of her skills, Shelby finds one hidden deception after another. And if she’s not careful, it might be the one she least expects that will kill her.



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
The White Gold Score by Craig Schaefer
Goodreads Synopsis:
When a high roller dies in his Vegas penthouse suite, that's a problem. When his ghost refuses to leave, that's a bigger problem. Daniel Faust is the solution. Called in to clean up the casino's mess, the modern-day sorcerer soon learns that the restless spirit isn't going down without a fight. To set things right, he'll have to delve someplace even seedier, even more treacherous, than the Vegas Strip: the Los Angeles music industry. 

In a snare between a scheming record producer, an embattled songstress and a lethal drug cartel, Daniel and his crew hit the streets of LA. Opportunity is knocking. There's a score to be had. And with a quarter of a million dollars on the table, this murder mystery just became a heist in the making. 

The Weight of Blood by David Dalgish
Goodreads Synopsis:
When half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun pledged their lives to the death prophet Velixar, they sought only escape from their squalid beginnings. Instead, they become his greatest disciples, charged with leading his army of undead.

While they prepare, Harruq trains with an elf named Aurelia, to whom he owes his life. She is a window into a better world, but as war spreads between the races their friendship takes a dire turn.

Velixar orders them to fight alongside the humans, changing Aurelia from friend to foe. To protect her, Harruq must turn against his brother and fight the killing nature of his orcish heritage.

To side with one means to turn on another. No matter Harruq’s decision, someone he loves will die.

Dragonfly by Resa Nelson
Goodreads Synopsis:
In a medieval fantasy world where a handful of refugees from a Viking-like world now live in peace in a village of Shining Star people in the Great Turtle Lands, Greeta faces a dilemma. Although she longs to be married and have children, her sweetheart is balking. Something is wrong, and she suspects it’s because she looks nothing like any other young women. Instead of being petite and dark, Greeta is tall and pale. 

For the first time in her life, Greeta is beginning to realize she has nowhere to fit in. And she could be facing a lonely life without love or a family of her own. 

The appearance of a shaman in her village changes everything. The shaman insists Greeta must learn to walk in the Dreamtime because dark days approach and a key to the survival of all people in the Great Turtle Lands will be a gift that Greeta doesn’t yet know she has. Convinced she no longer belongs in her own village, Greeta leaves with the shaman. 

But the travels beyond the village Greeta has always known and loved soon become perilous. She will soon learn that Dragonfly, the name given to her by the Shining Star people, is a clue to both the mysterious past she can’t remember as well as her future. 
Dragonfly is Book 1 in the new epic fantasy adventure series that is also the second series set in Resa Nelson’s Dragonslayer World, a world brimming with female heroes, shapechangers, ghosts, and dragons. The Dragonfly series revolves around fantasy cultures inspired by the Norse exploration of Native America over 1000 years ago. 

Vixen by J.R. Barrett
Goodreads Synopsis:
Superheroes are dropping like flies. Cause...Unknown. Supervillain-in-charge, Alley Cat, holds the key. My task? Convince her to let me in on the secret so I can save the day and my superhero lover.

Vixen Two by J.R. Barrett
Goodreads Synopsis:
I'm Dr. Meera Driver, lover of all things superhero-- carrying Nighthawk's super baby, acting as substitute boss of the super villains in Alley Cat's absence, and all the while I'm still researching the integrity of cell membranes and mitochondrial disease. 
When who should appear? No, it's not Santa and all his mini-reindeer. It's my former lover, Green Ghost. The reason? He's after a secret I've hidden from him for ten long years. It's a super secret. Is this the end of Green Ghost or the end of the world as we know it?

Vixen Three by J.R. Barrett
Goodreads Synopsis:
I'm in trouble. I helped free Green Ghost from an eternity in purgatory, but now Alley Cat is stuck in my brain, sharing my body. I've had barely a month or so to recover from birthin' the first super baby, and the Council of Superheroes is already after me. My lover, Nighthawk, won't break the rules, so it's up to me to clear my name, free Super Villain, Alley Cat, from my head, and, oh, I'm expecting super baby number two. You think I've done enough for superhero kind? 

Shrouded by Frances Pauli
Goodreads Synopsis:
Dolfan believed in the Heart... until it gave her to another man. 

When Vashia arrives on Shroud as an indentured bride, Dolfan recognizes immediately that they are meant to be together. Broken, lost, and on the run, she trusts no one, but Dolfan has enough faith for the both of them... Until his people's sacred ritual gives Vashia to someone else. Until Dolfan's faith, and his heart are tested. 

Vashia's arrival ignites a storm on Shroud, and the full-scale invasion that chases after her threatens to destroy Dolfan's home, his culture, and his planet. If he can't challenge his own beliefs enough to admit the ritual was wrong, the only woman he wants will likely be the end of everything he's ever known.

Free Audio Books/Stories:
Six Stories, Told at Night by KT Bryski

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 World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell
The Heir to the North by Steven Poore
Dead Red by M.R. Fobes
Six Stories, Told at Night by KT Bryski


  1. Well done on exercising, Melissa, and enjoy all your books. I think I have first Vixen on kindle, need to read it!:-)

    1. Thank you Kara! I figured all three the Vixen books were free, so why not pick them up. Just in case. :)

  2. You get such cool books to review

    1. Thanks Blodeuedd. I try to find new and nifty stuff to read. ;)

  3. I've been curious about The Magicians, the books never appealed to me either but sometimes a show will where the books don't. I'd like to try at some point. And Extracted looks fun.

    1. Greg, I was curious from all the commercials about The Magicians, so gave it a try. It has it's flaws but in the long scheme, I think it's good. :)

  4. Dragonfly and Shrouded caught my eye. As did Six Stories. Good luck with your re-writes and hope you find time to enjoy the holiday weekend.

    My Sunday Post

    1. Laura Thomas. So glad you found a few stories that caught your attention. :) And thank you for the wishes on re-writes. :)

  5. Hmm I wonder if I can see The Magicians on Hulu? Might be worth a try.

    Good luck with your re-writes!

    1. Oh, you might be able to catch it on Huly, Bea. I don't do Hulu anymore, not since they started charging for it. *sigh* Thank you!

  6. Many different books for yu, that's nice! happy reading!

  7. Well done on the exercise front... I need to increase my exercise as well. I started but there have just been THINGS getting in the way of late.

    1. Thank you Deborah! I'm going to have lots of THINGS in the way in the near future, so exercise will fall to the wayside. Hope you get through it all. ;)

  8. Hopefully you still had fun at your friends house. Now I'm curious about The Magicians. :)

    1. Melissa (B&T) It was nice to be at another's home, to relax. :) And I'm glad to hear you are curious about the show. I'd be curious to hear what you think of it. :D

  9. Moth head man creeped me out when I watched it!

    1. OH MY!! LilyElement, Moth head man creeped me out too! lol. He really did. I didn't want to watch the show before I went to bed because of him.


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