Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Post #158

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.

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Okay. These unexpected days spent going to colleges or standing in line to get the pavilion for his graduation party (for the day we want) are getting me all messed up! I don't know what day it is and everything is all out of wack. My schedule is totally messed up as is my house. lol. I'm sorry I've been so MIA this last week. I just can't keep caught up.

I was hoping to get through the end of Dirty Magic by now. That didn't happen. Sure there is time left today but I have to bath the dogs, go to the grocery store, and visit with my dad yet so the odds are little that I'll get through it. Also, WALKING DEAD IS BACK TONIGHT! lol. I've been watching the series with my son, so it's fun time for us. :)

Okay, I don't normally talk about the weather. Where I live it's a bit of everything but that's through out the year and seasons. Right now, it's like Mother Nature is on crack! We go from 65F to 30F and six inches of snow within 24 hours! Then we warm up so all the white stuff is gone, to 55F, just to return to snow. All this temperature changes are 24 hour frames. It's crazy!

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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... This week was a week of life things. I didn't get as much exercise as I wanted. Tuesday I did the elliptical and Thursday I worked out with weights and elliptical.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells


Current Audiobook:
Infinite 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: 
Not yet.

Audiobooks from Audible:
Wizard's Nocturne by Gary Jonas
Infinite Magic by Linsey Hall


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


DNFed:

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Last Week on the Blog:


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



Guest Posts:



Posts:
Mythical Monday - Baekho - The Korean White Tiger of Myth


Spellbound in a Flash:
This week I shared: Christmas Fun - where I share a few photos with friends from a visit to a local lights display.


Challenged Writers:
January Update on writer-ly items.


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
The Bee Charmer by Poppy Lawless

"Seriously, these are just the sweetest books. I love the feeling I get from them. You know they are HEA but you can't help wanting to see how they stumble there and how things are righted for them."


Hunting Down Dragons by Tricia Owens

"I enjoyed the blend of friends that Anne has, and her love interest. The world here is full of supernaturals - monkey shifter, gargoyle, fortune teller, wolf shifter water fae, and Anne herself who's dragon blood, and these are just Anne's close friends. Anne is a great person that's also of a diverse nationality."



Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:

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This Week to Come on the Blog:


Two reviews. And a Mythical Monday!


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Received Last Weeks:
(Note: Links to Amazon are buy links where I could earn commission, in case you are interested.)


For Review Consideration:



Audio Books Requested for Review:
Knightswrath by Michael Meyerhofer
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Rowen Locke has achieved his dream of becoming a Knight of the Crane, and he now bears Knightswrath, the legendary sword of Fâyu Jinn. But the land remains torn, and though Rowen suffers doubts, he would see it healed. His knightly order is not what it seems, though, and allies remain thin. When Rowen and his friends seek an alliance with the forest-dwelling Sylvs, a tangle of events results in a midnight duel that teaches Rowen a dangerous lesson and leaves him with a new companion of uncertain loyalties.

The sadistic Dhargots still threaten the kingdoms, but another menace lurks in the shadows, playing a game none can see. As Rowen struggles to prove his worth—to his allies and to himself—chaos raises its hand to strike. A price must be paid, and not even the wielder of Knightswrath will remain untouched.

Kingsteel by Michael Meyerhofer
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Rowen Locke has won the battle. But from the shadows comes an ancient enemy. Rowen is now mired in a war bigger and more terrible than anything he could have imagined.

The world’s only hope lies in Knightswrath, whose hard-won powers he has only begun to understand, let alone control. Calling upon unlikely new allies, Rowen must raise an army to defeat the vengeful Dragonkin.

The Dragonward by Michael Meyerhofer
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Three years after the War of the Lotus, alliances have already begun to unravel. As Rowen Locke struggles to maintain peace, troubling news reaches him from every corner. Persecution of the Shel'ai has reignited in the south, spurred on by a fanatical priest. To the north, the Isle Knights are withering under the leadership of mad Crovis Ammerhel. Old friends fight each other when not drowning their sorrows in taverns.

A new threat emerges from across the sea, dispatched by the same exiled Dragonkin who have been plotting their revenge for centuries. Rowen and his companions soon realize that the target is the Dragonward itself: their one and only defense against an evil so vast even Knightswrath could not vanquish it.

A Human Element by Donna Galanti
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Evil comes in many forms…

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.

But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Countless Hues of Crimson by Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris
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Goodreads Synopsis:
From the writers of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 
comes the erotic novel you haven’t been waiting for. 

Anastasia Brassingware is a daughter of English aristocracy, but her station has been brought low by her father’s belief in ridiculous quick schemes. Now forced into penury, she must take any menial job. 
A chance meeting with enigmatic pineapple merchant, Lord Heathcliff Redd, has changed everything. Drawn in by his brooding ways, the maiden discovers the pineapple merchant’s darker pleasures, and technological wonders that do more than just core his tropical bounties with ease. 

Take caution, dear reader. This is a novel of shadow, of desire, and of wanton lust. This novella is not a collection of standing orders for a clandestine organization within Her Majesty’s government. No sir. No how. No way. Nowhere in this scintillating novel of erotic perversion are coded messages intended for agents that investigate the strange, the bizarre, and the unnatural. No. In this novella are pages of good British smut, just the way God intended. This is the story of a wide-eyed ingénue innocent to carnal pleasures, a wealthy English lord with a pineapple fetish, and fresh fruit bending to their will. 

No standing orders whatsoever. 

“I think a small part of me just died.” — Wellington Thornhill Books, Esq. 

“It made me rather tingly.” — H.J. Rodwell



Audio:




Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Steampunk Fairy Tales
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A toyshop owner builds a set of magic clockwork dolls that delight a factory town. A three-inch tall samurai faces a giant iron ogre with only a sewing needle and a coin. A scientist seeks an antidote to his formula gone wrong, with the help of his partner’s beautiful daughter. 

All of these stories and more are included in Steampunk Fairy Tales. Written by authors from three different continents, every enchanting tale combines the futuristic Victorian concept of steam and fashion with memorable stories, from the recognizable “Jack and the Beanstalk”, to other popular and unfamiliar works from Germany, France, Italy and Japan. 

With steam driven gadgets such as mechanical goggles, hoverboards, and an orchestra of automatons. Steampunk Fairy Tales is a charming and unique collection of works for current lovers of the genre, and those just diving in. 

Steampunk Fairy Tales Volume II
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A heart-broken scientist travels back in time to prevent his wife's death, but a mysterious creature foils his plans.

Escaped slaves Thomas and Mia find an ancient train in the desert. What peculiar magic does it contain?

A three-inch tall samurai goes missing in a house full of demons and possessed vegetable graters, and it's up to his girlfriend to rescue him.

And what, exactly, is a beerbot?

In Steampunk Fairy Tales Volume II you’ll find whirling airships, puzzling brides, wheezing drunkards, and evil thief-kings.

Each enchanting fairy tale contains elements of futuristic Victorian fashion and steam-powered machinery; with inspiration from eight countries, including Australia, Iceland, and Russia.

Volume II follows in the rich vein of charming and unique works contained in Volume I, for lovers of the genre and for those who are just discovering it.

Eye of the Moonrat by Trevor H. Cooley
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Goodreads Synopsis:
What if you were terrible at the one thing in the world you wanted to do most? 

Justan was raised on the outskirts of the premier Battle Academy in the known lands. His only goal in life has been to enter the academy and become a powerful warrior like his father. Unfortunately, he has failed the entrance exams multiple times. He is given one last chance, but there is a condition. He must undergo a year’s tutelage under a fierce warrior woman from a far off land. 

Meanwhile, an evil wizard of immense power is transforming wild creatures into an army of monsters. Ogres and dragons, warriors and wizards are destined to clash, their fates guided by The Bowl of Souls. 

Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone. 

To get her life and boyfriend back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

Stuck With You by Kristy Tate
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Andie, real estate photographer, wanna-be philanthropist and blogger, is saving her pennies and dimes until she can afford to travel and shine a bright light on the world’s poor and needy. Whit, an investment banker and adventure travel magazine writer, wants nothing more than to escape his mother’s match-making schemes. 
When Andie breaks Whit’s glasses, he offers to forgive her debt if she’ll pose as his date to his brother’s wedding. It's the perfect mixture of business and pleasure, until business threatens to get in the way of a happily-ever-after neither Andie nor Whit could have ever imagined. 

Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw sixteen point two billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. 

Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp. is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

Captain Jeff Colgan of the survey ship ASN Canada is at the tip of the spear. His ship made the discovery, his crew's lives are on the line, and his decisions will decide the outcome. Will the Alliance make new friends or will he be responsible for another sixteen billion deaths? When the aliens discover his ship and begin hunting him through their system, his mission changes from one of study to one of survival.

Rune Gate by Mark E. Cooper
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Alexandra Yorke is one of a few trusted clairvoyants working with police on murder cases, but she has a secret. She isn't a clairvoyant, she's a witch unlike any other she has ever met. For years she has struggled to control her gifts, but years living inside one serial killer's head after another has taken its toll, and Alex has reached the end of the road. 

Barely able to control her gifts any longer, Alex retreats from the world to live at her grandparents farm where she grew up. Seclusion is her answer, but the world will not leave her alone. 

A few months of peace is all she has before a friend calls her in need of help and Alex can't say no. A body has been found, and evidence points to a connection with witches. Who is it that everyone just knows is a witch? Why, that strange woman who just moved back from the big city of course. 

What a coincidence!

The God Decrees by Mark E. Cooper
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Lord Keverin is desperate to save his people and the kingdom he serves from the sorcerers of the Protectorate. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

A spell is cast to bring a champion to Lord Keverin's aid, but something goes wrong and a Julia Morton suddenly finds herself stranded on an alien world with no friends and no way home. The God Decrees is a fine beginning to this fantasy series.

The Way of the Wolf by Mark E. Cooper
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Goodreads Synopsis:
His old life shattered, his new life is consumed with revenge… and love.
Dr. David Lephmann lived a normal existence until he was attacked by a shifter. Thrust into a world of violence and mistrust, he must battle for a place among his new people.
Only strange new alliances can keep him alive. A powerful master vampire may help him take his revenge on the shifter who destroyed his life. There's only one distraction from his mission: an intriguing shifter woman who opens up his world to werewolf romance.
With no way back to his old life, David has no choice but to bend to the rules of his new people. Can he survive the challenge?
Way of the Wolf is the first book in the Shifter Legacies dark fantasy paranormal series. If you like shifters or the work of Anne McCaffrey, Christine Feehan, and Lynsay Sands, then you'll love the tantalizingly action-packed story.

Guarding Honour by Rin Grey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A short story set in the Prophecy Unravelled world. 

When you’ve been quiet too long, risk can be its own reward. 

City Guard Digger hangs onto his honour fiercely, despite realising that laws he enforces are just a charade. Until his captain orders him to do the unthinkable: kill a man without trial. 

His refusal could cost him everything, including his life. But honour wins. Pursued by his fellow guards, he has no chance of escape. 

Until she arrives. 

She saves his life. 

Will he find the courage to change his life for the better?

Dragon's Cowboy: Fated & Forbidden by Rinelle Grey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Part of the Fated & Forbidden Collection. Each book stands alone. Read about Allendra and the story that starts it all in The Challenge by Kallysten via instafreebie 

Wayrian is caught between two fates. A crazy goddess is threatening to turn her whole dragon shifter clan human, and her grandfather is pushing her to impress the new dragon prince. She's used to being pushed around by her grandfather, but the crazy goddess demands that she pair up with her fated mate, Chase, before the Blood Moon. 

Chase, the human cowboy who saved her clan in the last battle, is the last person on Earth her grandfather would accept. When a reporter shows up and the dragon’s secret is suddenly at risk, Wayrian finds herself a fugitive. Chase offers her safety on his family's cattle station. 

But Wayrian can't run from her responsibilities forever. Will Wayrian risk her grandfather’s ire to save her people, or will she make her own choice?



Free Audio Books/Stories:


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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
Blue Blooded by Amanda Carlson
The Beast of the North by Alaric Longward
Wizard's Nocturne by Gary Jonas

Infinite Magic by Linsey Hall

11 comments:

  1. Wow, lots of books! Thanks for sharing...

    I like the idea of Mother Nature being on crack. LOL.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. I think many people are readying for Valentines day so they are giving away books like crazy. :D lol. It was the first thing that came to mind with Mother Nature. ;D Thank you!

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  2. OMG sounds like that here. One day freezing and snowing. Next day 40s and 50s. Ugh. My poor allergies.

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    1. Yes, Carole Rae! Our sinuses are a mess with this crazy weather. It's more crazy than normal for this time of year.

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  3. some nice books! have a nice week and happy reading!

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    1. Thank you Melliane. I hope you have a wonderful week as well!

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  4. I got Rune Gate recently too-it hasn't made it onto a STS yet as there is a bit of a backlog of ebooks to be added! If I add them all at once, my tbr reduction will be destroyed!

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    1. Chuckles, I know the feeling with the backlog and adding new ones. Ugh! I don't ever get to many of the new books.

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  5. Oh my goodness - those temperature swings are absolutely crazy:(. How do plants, insects and birds cope?? Or you, come to that... Hope the weather calms down soon, Melissa! As for the tide of books threatening to engulf me at the side of my bed - one of these days they will topple and I will be found squashed under them!

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