Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Post #146

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.


So, no Sunday Post last week. I've been running behind and hoping to get caught up. *sigh* That's harder than it looks!

Last weekend we went on another college visit with kiddo. This one was about 40 minutes away. We have a friend who's daughter goes there so we stayed longer than the tour to visit with her. It was really nice. At least I liked it. Kiddo? Well, I don't know. It seems every college we go to he's just plain miserable. I am starting to wonder if he's not ready for college, that he doesn't want to think about leaving just yet. But it's something that has to happen. Also, we were a bit let down on the degrees and majors they have. The majors that Kiddo wanted, and were were told by others they had, were not what we saw or found in talking to the teachers. There is a possibility with Physical Therapy Assistant, but it's a two year degree which means no football for him. We'll keep looking around.

This weekend... it's rainy and dark outside. If you have kids in college or coming to that age, you know FAFSA can be filled out on October 1st now. We did that yesterday for kiddo. So hard to believe he's of that age. But the form, even though it took time, was not as brutal as I was expecting. Maybe it's because we don't have much.

I also got through some other items I was working to get to. Now this week is starting all over again and I have lots on the plate to get to. Exciting!


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. I only been getting 2 days a week in with all that's going on. They are days working on the weight equipment at the gym. I'm hoping to get back to 3 days a week here in October.

What's Happening in Books:

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

Content editing work.

Current Audiobook:
Will start a new one Monday.

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

Finished Last Week: 
Exploration: Through the Wormhole anthology

Audiobooks from Audible:
Highland Raven by Melanie Karsak
Hidden Deception by Colleen Helme
Glistens by Chess Desalls
Tarah Woodblade by Trevor H. Cooley
Tranquility by Dave Creek

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


Last Week on the Blog:

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

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...

Apocalypse Machine by Jeremy Robinson

"I am totally amazed with this book! I didn't expect what I got here, and I'm thrilled with it. I was constantly held at attention. Even the last sentence hit me with a whoosh, it made sense."

Solomon's Seal by Skyla Dawn Cameron

"It's well written with a balanced blend of humor and adventure you can't deny is spellbinding. Skyla's smooth writing easily walks me through the dangers with Livi. I could picture what was happening, even though I've never been caving."

"This is a short story, novella, about realizing who you are and what you want in life the most. "

Mirror Mage by Linsey Hall

"I'm enjoying this series thus far. It's fun, relaxing, and I really like the personality of Cass and Aidan. Then there are the small hints of what we learn about Cass that has me curious. Not to mention that Monster Man from her past in that terrible cell."

Highland Raven by Melanie Karsak

"This story is Gruoch's. Who is Gruoch? She's who we know as MacBeth. This story tells of what she's experienced as she has grown up."

Explorations: Through the Wormhole

"A book full of wormhole stories. Each is different in the worlds they create and characters that interact. There is a story here for everyone."

Podcast Review:

Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have 3 reviews scheduled. Hope you visit!


Received Last Weeks:

For Review Consideration:

Audio Books Requested for Review:
The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry
Goodreads Synopsis:
Set in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem - the cryptic lines. If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred's Will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears...

Time for the Lost by Chess Desalls
Goodreads Synopsis:
Calla's disappearance leads her family and friends to suspect that she’s lost. In a desperate attempt to find her, Valcas seeks help from a man he betrayed. A new search begins, one that sounds promising, even if it forces Valcas to confront his past.

The travel team reunites for a mission they never saw coming: a journey to a world caught between life and death, and hidden within the deepest recesses of time. Ivory rediscovers a friend and Ray learns the meaning behind his tattoo. But the connections they make between travelers and the lost may twist the core of the Time and Space Travel Agency inside out.

Time for the Lost is the third installment in The Call to Search Everywhen serial series.



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
I Do Believe in Faeries by Erin Hayes
Goodreads Synopsis:
Abby knew that life wasn’t fair.
That’s why she turned to the Fair Ones.

Abby thinks she’s a disappointment. Even though she’s grown up in a family of powerful witches, she can’t use magick, she can’t connect to nature, she can’t do anything special – she’s just a normal human.

And normal isn’t good enough for her.

When a group of faeries offer her one wish, she doesn’t hesitate to wish for magick of her own. But wishes require a sacrifice. And that sacrifice is her friend Alaina's unborn baby.

Magickal or not, Abby has to make things right. She ventures into Tír na nÓg to rescue the infant before it’s too late. There's only one problem. Once she’s there, she may never be able to leave.

** I Do Believe in Faeries is a tie-in with How to be a Mermaid and I’d Rather be a Witch. It uses some of the same characters and can be read as a standalone or as a complement to them. **

Gretel by Christopher Coleman
Goodreads Synopsis:
There is an ancient evil in the Back Country, dormant for centuries but now hungry and lurking. When it sets its sights on an unsuspecting mother one routine morning along an isolated stretch of highway, a quiet farming family is suddenly thrust into a world of unspeakable terror, and a young girl must learn to be a hero.

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
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
Hidden Deception by Colleen Helme
Glistens by Chess Desalls
Tarah Woodblade by Trevor H. Cooley
Tranquility by Dave Creek


  1. Sorry to hear that the kiddo hasn't found the perfect school yet. Hopefully, you'll find one soon and misery can turn to excitement and happiness! Freshman year is tough, but exciting as well. Good luck!

    1. Thanks Alexia. It takes lots of work and time to look at schools. I'm hoping he'll find something that works for him in the visits to come. :) Thank you!

  2. I hope he finds the perfect one

  3. I hope kiddo will find the one he likes soon, Melissa! Fingers crossed :) Have a nice week and stay warm x

    1. Thank you Kara Karina. Lots of visiting to colleges to see where he wants to go and wants to go to school for. lol.

  4. Hope he finds a college he'll wind up loving!!

  5. It's always miserable when your children are going through a tough time - I hope kiddo soon finds a place where he feels he can thrive. In the meantime, have a good reading week and hope you soon feel on top of things, again... This is my Sunday Post...

    1. Thank you sjhigbee. We aren't ready to give up on visits to colleges, and I think he has a few on the list to visit here in the next month or so. He'll find something, I'm sure. ;)

      Thank you! And have a great week to you as well!

  6. Hopefully your son will find the right college for him. After that first year, things will get better too. It;s always scary and crazy getting started. I grabbed Gretel too. Couldn't resist the cover and blurb!

    My Sunday Post

    1. Thank you Laura Thomas. We keep telling the same about after the first year. His classes will start to get smaller and get to know his professors and whatnot.

      Glad you grabbed Gretel! :D And thank you for all the wishes. :)

  7. Good luck on the college search. I struggled a bit my first year of college, and I had thought I was totally ready to go. But after the first semester, I did much better.

    1. Thank you Got My Book. It's crazy all the searching and visiting. I think he might struggle at first too. But will easily come around once he gets settled and makes some amazing new friends. :) Thank you!


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