Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday Post #144

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.


With Kiddo starting back to school and all the activities that come with it (football), life has gone through another radical scheduling change.

Yes, life has become crazy once again. I've been stopping after work to watch kiddo practice football. He likes, or so I think from his asking if I'm stopping and talking about practice, that he likes when we stop and watch. Then there are the games, parent meetings, fundraisers, and assistance that's needed to make the money for the kids food and gifts. But it's his senior year and I love watching him. He's enjoying it so much this year.

I had volunteered to make the Haluski for the game Friday night. That was one of THE MOST stressful things I've done in ages. Good grief! I couldn't do it all. Thankfully I have an amazing neighbor that's a dear friend and she helped with the cooking. Seven heads of cabbage is insane to cut and cook in one evening along with a HUGE bag of noodles, all on a normal kitchen stove after work. I have no idea how people do it!

This week I'll be limited on days again. I volunteered to cook dinner for the football team again this year. So they will be filling my house for food. They are great kids though.

As for reading, with life and Kiddo, it's going extremely slow. I just can't do it all. The same with writing. I did finish, on Monday, the ending of the story. But I know there are things that need adjusted and touched up. I wanted to do that this, didn't happen. The time thing. My mind has been pondering the huge changes, adjustments, additions, re-writes I've done and know a few small things to touch up. I'm hoping to read through this ending and do that. I also found my notes for the first Christmas Business story and plan on reading through that next. I have editing work coming in October so will most likely put that story to the side when it comes in.


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 this week. Monday I walked over 2 miles while watching kiddo practice. Tuesday was my session with the personal trainer.

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:
The Witch of Roan Mountain by Blaire Edens

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)

Finished Last Week: 

Audiobooks from Audible:
Apocalypse Machine by Jeremy Robinson

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


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:
I'll share again at the beginning of October.

Around the Internet...

The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell

"The story was easy to follow with the authors writing style and we got all the clues and back story we needed as the story went. I found I could draw the connections as I learned the parts from each person. I'm very curious about Joe in this ending. I want to see what comes next for him and how he stays working or involved on cases."

Six Stories, Told at Night by K.T. Bryski

"Should you listen to this podcast? Absolutely! The weaving of the stories that K.T. does here is all talent and gives the feel of an old soul traveling the world to share her words. Stories that hold your attention and heart, leading you to a conclusion that you finish in your mind. Time very well spent listening to. "

Podcast Review:

Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have 3 reviews.


Received Last Weeks:

Review & Review Consideration:

Audio Books Requested for Review:
Tranquility by Dave Creek
Goodreads Synopsis:
An explosion in Tranquility City on the Moon kills 14-year-old Dacia Stark's parents and sends her on a quest to find Julian Walker, the terrorist who admitted to the crime.

Now a detective on Tranquility's police force, Dacia has seen more than her share of blood, death, and grief. But that's only stiffened her resolve, not just to track Walker down -- but to kill him.

Empire of Bones by Terry Mixon
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Terran Empire is dead. Long live the Empire! 

Commander Jared Mertz, the bastard son of the Emperor, and his half-sister, Princess Kelsey, barely speak to one another. To their dismay, their father seizes an opportunity to change that and sends them on a dangerous quest to explore the fallen Empire. 

Separated from home by an impassable gulf and struggling to redefine their relationship, they find themselves thrust into a vicious war. Unless they work together to stop the Empire’s deadly legacy, billions face a horrific fate.



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Kissed by Kimberly Loth
Goodreads Synopsis:
Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father. 

Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets of about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself.

Shearwater by D.S. Murphy
Goodreads Synopsis:
Shearwater is a young adult mermaid novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, Irish mythology, and supernatural folklore. 

After her parents die in a car accident, 15-year old Clara Clark is shipped off to live with a grandfather she never knew existed... in Ireland. Once there, she discovers that her mother’s past is filled with secrets. Determined to discover the truth about her mother, a string of strange incidents cause her to question her sanity. As the mystery deepens, she begins going through changes of her own, until she’s not sure just who – or what – she is anymore. 

Then she meets the charming Sebastian, who won’t leave her alone, and the brooding Ethan, who can’t stand to be around her. Both of them seem to have supernatural powers, and she’s not quite sure whether they want to kiss her or kill her. When a shocking revelation destroys everything she thought she knew, she's forced to choose... whether to cling to the last of her humanity, or venture into the deep abyss in search of her true identity. 

I watched the colored lights and sparkles coming off of Sebastian in the dark water, as the ocean began the process of rebuilding his tail. I longed to join him in the water, to wrap my arms around him and let him carry me under the sea; but I wasn’t ready. For him, the ocean was a home; for me it was death. Without being able to transform, the ocean depths would suffocate me, the pressure collapse my bones and flesh. 

The Scarlet Thread by D.S. Murphy
Goodreads Synopsis:
My name Kaidance Monroe, and sometimes when I touch people, I see how they die. After I saw my little brother’s death but failed to stop it, my parents abandoned me to a juvenile detention facility. I don’t let people touch me anymore. Not my fingertips, not my skin, not my heart. I make my own clothes by stitching together the donations we get; usually a bunch of crap that fits like a parachute. My sweater is a patchwork of different shades of inky, dark squares. I make plain gray skirts that hang to my knees, with cute or funny T-shirts sewed in. They clash ironically with my unsmiling face. My Allstar high-tops are black and frayed, like my soul. 

I also wear a chunk of brightly colored legos around my neck. My little brother was working on it the day he died. The day I failed to save him. It’s unfinished, so I’ll never know what it was meant to be. Most days, I just try to get by. But then I got a visit from a cute guy, who tricked me into giving up my secrets. He said I was special. That he needed me. For a while, I believed him. But once I found out what I could really do, I learned everybody wanted the power I possessed. The power to destroy deities. To kill gods. To end the world... or to save it. My heart is torn, and those I loved most betrayed me. I'm trying so hard to do what's right, but nobody can tell me what that is anymore, and the moral boundaries I'd always let define my life have been shattered. Whose rules should I obey now? Or do I have to make my own? 

The Scarlet Thread is a dark fantasy for fans of Greek mythology and Gothic romance. Fans of Fallen and Percy Jackson will be captivated by this mashup of fallen angels and forgotten gods. 

This is PART ONE of the first book in the Fated Destruction series.

Orpheum by D.S. Murphy
Goodreads Synopsis:
I always knew music was powerful. Even though I rebelled against the marathon forced practice sessions that turned my adolescence into a prison camp, there were moments--even in the mechanical repetition of practice--where I stopped being a robot and felt a kind of transcendence, a connection to something deeper.

But that was before I learned what music really was, and that it was capable of more than just pretty feelings. That it was a weapon, which could cause great pain and destruction; that it was deeper and older than humanity; and that there were forces in the world that wanted to reclaim it for themselves.

And there's something beyond the music, something darker and more violent. Something waiting to be invited, something only I can control. I'm more powerful than I ever could have imagined, but the price is something - and someone - I can't bear to lose.

This is PART ONE of the first book in the series.

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 Heir to the North by Steven Poore
Dead Red by M.R. Forbes
Apocalypse Machine by Jeremy Robinson


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    1. Blodeuedd, I was having a nervous break down over all the cabbage. It's unreal! Worked all day then worked all night on the cabbage. Not something I can do.

  2. School makes everything crazy doesn't it? Ha ha that is a lot of cooking. Good luck with the writing. I think The World Beneath looks good, I've always liked stories about the NYC underground/ subway tunnels, that kind of thing. And Tranquility sounds good too.

    1. Oh my, Greg. School really does make everything crazy. And it's starting to get dark earlier so I feel even more rushed. Thank you for the wishes. The World Beneath was good. It was different and I liked it. :) Thank you!

  3. Yay for good neighbors. We use to host the Rugby breakfast and oh my those boys can eat! Hope ya'll settle into the busy schedule :)

    1. Kimba, she really helped save my mind that night. I was over taxed and really frustrated. lol. Yes! Those sports kids really put the food away. ;D

  4. Holy moly! That is a lot of cabbage and noodles. And now you are cooking the dinner too. You have some great neighbors too:)

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  5. Sounds like you've been super busy with school starting back. I'm sure your kiddo does love that yall come!! :) And oh my that's a ton of cabbage. Bet it was delicious!

    1. Oh my, LilyElement. I forgot how much work it was when the kiddo's are in school. Ugh. lol. Thank you!

  6. I absolutely hate cooking for a lot of people. SO stressful! Well done, Melissa! :)

    1. Oh Kara, I usually stress over it, but this one meal isn't to bad. However I do feel as I'm running out of time. lol. So I guess I still do stress. Thank you!


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