Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Post #148

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.


I'm exhausted yet so much to do!

We left early and returned late yesterday for another college visit. This one went excellent! The people here made us feel welcome and wanted. They were so kind and came up to us offering help. Even the students that gave us the tour were kind and asked if we needed anything before and after the tour. Just felt like home. The college isn't too small that there's nothing to do or too big that you become a number. It's just right. (fell like I'm talking about Goldilocks and the three bears. lol) They even had the degree he was looking for ~ Fitness and Nutrition. He's been looking for this combo and no one seems to have it. He was thinking of double majoring in Fitness and Dietary if need be, but they are one of the few to have it. Sweet! And the director of that department is such a kind, soft spoken man yet he's got to be 6 ft 5 inches! We all had to look up to him! And we are just about 6 foot. lol. Kiddo plays football and we got to hang out to watch a game. The best thing, we walked around the small town feeling community and talked to people in the stores. They all were sweet and talked very well of the school and community, and even some of the people were from down by our home. Totally cool! The football game was fun. They had alumni night so there were extra activities going on too. And watching the players do their thing, this looks like a college I liked they game style. Kiddo could totally play here by seeing their playing ethics on the field.

Just a great day all around. The school is about an hour and a half from home which is a good distance. Far enough yet close too. He could come home or we could go there to watch games.

We have a few more colleges to tour, but I think this could be in top spot for the picking at this point.

It's been a busy week trying to get things done around the house to be gone for the day Saturday, so not much more to tell. Here's to another 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 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.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Will start another Monday.
The Side of Good / The Side of Evil edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Content editing work.

Current Audiobook:
Stolen Magic by Linsey Hall

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

Finished Last Week: 
Freed by Amanda Carlson
Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson

Audiobooks from Audible:
Anubis Nights by Gary Jonas
Ark by David Wood

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...

Tranquility by Dave Creek

"This story felt a bit rough for me going through the first time with the connections and quick glimpses in Dacia's life over a large span of years. All the moments are important in the end though, that's what saved this book from a lower rating."

Empire of Bones by Terry Mixon

"This is the sort of science fiction I really enjoy. It has the feel of a high fantasy setting with adventure and danger, yet set in space. No magic or dwarves in that manner, but in the story telling it resembled high fantasy to me. I really enjoyed the adventure into the dark unknown of space with this crew. "

"It's always a blast to read Amanda's writing as it's well done with the magic and world along with the action and character combinations I enjoy."

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:
Cursed Hearts by Starla Huchton
PICK UP AT AMAZON on November 1st!
At nine years old, Polliandra Quicke became the unwitting victim of a powerful spell, binding her to her best friend. Separated by years after Donnel’s sudden disappearance, Polly seeks answers when her kiss destroys two would-be suitors. Forced by circumstance to become a curse breaker for hire, she travels Valentia in search of a way to free herself; to take back her choices and a chance for a normal life.
Led to the Spires of Elonui, Polly appeals to the council of mages, beseeching their help. Their solution: a quest into the heart of territory overrun by Torn Ones, accompanied by a young mage whose eyes hold her captive. Lyre Aven might be the most frustrating person she’s ever met, but he’s her only shot at freedom.
First love can be a curse, but the closer she gets to an unbound life, the more she wonders if the magic that sealed her fate wasn’t a blessing in disguise.

The Night Bridge by Starla Huchton
Goodreads Synopsis:

For twelve years, she tried to convince herself he wasn’t real. The beautiful man by the lake was simply the product of a child’s overactive imagination. 


For his entire life, all he has wanted is to be one of the elite protectors of humanity, but the only charge he’s ever known is a little girl who didn’t need him. Now, she is his last hope. 

Together, the foundations of their realities will be stripped away. 

Together, they must find a way to save two worlds. 

To survive, they must fight. 

But to live, they need each other.

Dust in the Desert by Starla Huchton
Goodreads Synopsis:
Once upon a time, I was dust. I haunted the shadows, my survival tied to what little I could steal. 

Once upon a time, I refused the darkness. I traded my life to save another, sparing him the cruel fate that was rightly mine. 

Once upon a time, I was sent to my death. There, my destiny found me, and the world I knew changed forever with a secret long-buried by the sands.

Audio Books Requested for Review:
Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps
Goodreads Synopsis:
“Under an alien sky where gods of eldritch matter rule, the only truth is revenge.” 

CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON is the story of a world 100 years past the rise of the Old Ones which has been reduced to a giant monster-filled desert and pockets of human survivors (along with Deep Ones, ghouls, and other “talking” monsters). 

John Henry Booth is a ranger of one of the largest remaining city-states when he’s exiled for his group’s massacre and suspicion he’s “tainted.” Escaping with a doctor who killed her husband, John travels across the Earth’s blasted alien ruins to seek the life of the man who killed his friends. 

It’s the one thing he has left.



Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Hidden Magic by Linsey Hall
(Free when sign up for Author Newsletter)
Goodreads Synopsis:
Cass, Nix, and Del are good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third—but not because they want to be good at hiding. They’re FireSouls, some of the unlucky few to inherit a piece of the dragon’s soul. On the surface, the perks are sweet—they have the power to find and steal any type of magical treasure, including the powers of other supernaturals. But it doesn’t come without a price—stealing powers requires that they kill, and others would destroy them if they discover what they are. 

In a world full of magic, hiding their powers is the only way to survive. That's not too hard, except for the fact that they’re being blackmailed by a criminal overlord who holds their lives in his hands. He wants a pair or rare daggers hidden inside a deadly temple. If Cass, Nix, and Del don’t get him the daggers, they’re dead. But when they get’s into the temple, they realize that things are even worse than they’d imagined. What was supposed to be a normal job is decidedly…not. And surviving it might be impossible.

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Goodreads Synopsis:
Rachel Griffin wants to know everything. As a freshman at Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts, she has been granted to opportunity to study both mundane and magical subjects.

But even her perfect recollection of every book she has ever read does not help her when she finds a strange statue in the forest—a statue of a woman with wings. Nowhere—neither in the arcane tomes of the Wise, nor in the dictionary and encyclopedia of the non-magic-using Unwary—can she find mention of such a creature.

What could it be? And why are the statue’s wings missing when she returns?

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, Rachel soon realizes that, in the same way her World of the Wise hides from mundane folk, there is another, more secret world hiding from everyone—which her perfect recall allows her to remember. Her need to know everything drives her to investigate.

Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel finds herself beset by wraiths, magical pranks, homework, a Raven said to bring the doom of worlds, love’s first blush, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.

Curiosity might kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!

Protector by Joanne Wadsworth
Goodreads Synopsis:
To love and protect…across worlds. 

Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling—thanks to her warrior father she’s never met—does her own skill of forethought develop. 

Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate—an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up. 

With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young couple find their place in the world? 

Hunter by Joanne Wadsworth
Goodreads Synopsis:
Novella in the Princesses of Myth series.

To love and protect...across worlds.

Nineteen-year-old Lieska Alura, a Dralion warrior from the planet Magio, calls an Australian Outback station her home away from home. Hounded by her skilled hunter senses, she is on a mission to track down one man, her soul-bound mate.

Peacian protector and hunter, Cole Cyrano, is driven by his soul’s demand to find his mated one, a woman he knows is his enemy. Dralion and Peacio are at war, and he ignores his soul’s call. Except Lieska shows up during a fierce training session inside his protectors’ arena, and his soul demands he protect her.

Completely, yet impossibly matched, they decide to renounce their bond, only not all goes as planned when Lieska receives word bushfires rage across her Outback station. She leaves, and now nothing can keep Cole from the hunt. He joins Lieska in driving the station’s cattle toward the mighty river, and the chase is on…against both nature and each other. Can the mated pair find their place together in a world at war?

A Young Adult, New Adult Fantasy Romance

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
The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry
Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson
Anubis Nights by Gary Jonas
Ark by David Wood


kimbacaffeinate said...

So happy to hear the college visit went well. It's like buying a new home..when you find the one, you know! Have a lovely week :)

Greg said...

Sounds like a great college visit! Glad it went well, those can be stressful. and good luck with whatever he picks. I like the sound of that SF book with the high fantasy feel. Haven't heard of that one.

Writing Pearls said...

The Night Bridge has such a beautiful cover.

Got My Book said...

So glad to hear that your tour went well. I have a sister studying similar things, and she is having to go the jury rigged path. Good luck with the remaining tours & applications.

Sunday Summary #24

LilyElement said...

Oh YAY!! So glad it went well, I hope he winds up loving it there if he goes there :D

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear how successful this college visit went and hope if he decides to go for this one, the admission goes smoothly:). You've had a good run of books this week - I like the look of Freed...

chucklesthescot said...

I recently read and liked Linsey Hall's Ancient Magic so I plan to catch up with the rest of the series at some point. It also sounds like a very successful college visit!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Kimba. I wasn't a true believer of the saying when you visit The One, you'll know. I think we did that over the weekend. lol. A few more to visit, so we'll see.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

It really was Greg. It was the first we all got along and had a great time. Thank you for the wishes. I really enjoyed that SF book. I have the next in the series to get to too. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

So glad you like the cover, Writing Pearls. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Got My Book, Thank you. He thought he was going to have to double major in fitness and dietary for what he wanted. This college said they are one of five that has this degree in the country. Hard to believe! Thank you for the wishes. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you LilyElements! I want him to find a great place so can have the time of his life and learn too.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you sjhigbee. So far things are good, it's the financial side we are worried about. But hoping he gets to find scholarships to qualify for. All in time. :)

Glad you like the sounds of Freed. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Chuckles, so glad you liked Ancient Magic too. I'm really enjoying the characters and stories. Thank you!