Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Post #162

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.

Sorry I went MIA in the middle of the week last week. I just couldn't function any longer. Things hit the low on Wednesday and I shut down. My mind just couldn't deal with the real world any longer. I'm a sleeper, and my sleep was terrible all week. I did get some rest this weekend, though it was all broken up. But I'm starting to feel a bit better. Today, with this post, I'm starting to get back out and do things.

One of the things that happened, I had a sick dog that sent the day over the edge. She's been leaving stool samples all over the house for the last three days. Athena was sick. Got her to the vet Saturday morning to learn she has hook worm. And the reason for the appointment, the skin infection is back to the point of more pills. Lovely.

At the beginning of the week, we jumped back to square one with kiddo and his college search. *head desk* He just has no idea where to go or how to pick where. We are in contact with 4 more colleges, in addition to the 3 he was narrowing down to. Three of the 4 he had cut from the list are back on and adding another one.

I know this is one of the biggest decisions in a persons life. How do you make it? Know what is the right choice? We've been trying to help him, and he gets frustrated then so do we. There are so many aspects to picking a college to look at. It breaks the brain in trying to figure it out.

However! On Friday we had a college visit at a new college (new to the list but he had already applied and was accepted to). It seemed to be the fit. They have the academic structure I understand and he could pick up classes to double major with mathematics and concentrate in the field he wants - actuarial science. Cool. He talked to the football recruiting coach. Goodness was he nice and kiddo liked what he had to say on how the team plays. Will he play? I don't know. This is a higher division school. He could though as it's a smaller school. It's hard to say what the years will bring. But they do red shirt their freshman (which means they will not play but could play for 4 years still, if in school for 5 years). The campus is smaller but seems as it's active enough for kiddo. And the food was really good. So, this may be the place. We'll go for one more visit to get the campus tour, as we missed that when we were there Friday, and see what he thinks then.

So, fingers crossed we will be done with the college search at the beginning of April.


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... Ugh. It's been a bad week. I think Tuesday was the only day I got any exercise in. I did legs workout on equipment and elliptical.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Will start new Monday.
Content Editing Work

Current Audiobook:
Will start new Monday.

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

Finished Last Week: 
Every Kingdom Divided by Stephen Kozeniewski

Audiobooks from Audible:
Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision
A Human Element by Donna Galanti

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.



Last Week on the Blog:

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

Guest Posts:

Mythical Monday - The Myth of Samurai

Spellbound in a Flash:
Nothing new last week. But always enjoy viewing what I have shared.

Challenged Writers:
February Update on writer-ly items, with a picture of book working on.

Around the Internet...

Primal Dawn by Ryan Kirk

"What I found interesting was Kindra and a huge decision she makes. This decision feels unusual from what I thought she would do. Ryan takes the leap to make his characters go further and gives them a setting to do things they would not normally do. This is a decision that will change lives, but could be the only choice to save the life on the planet they've visited. Very interesting. This is one thing that sticks out in my mind about the story, and makes the story individual."

Podcast Review:

Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have a Mythical Monday scheduled, and I'll work to get two reviews finished and scheduled.


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

For Review Consideration:
Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
Goodreads Synopsis:
An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy.

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with wile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present.

As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.

Audio Books Requested for Review:



Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
First World by Jaymin Eve
Goodreads Synopsis:
A paranormal romance series. 
An epic journey. 
If the Seventine are released, will anyone survive?

Abigail Swish might not love her life, living in gang-ridden New York in 2035 and training to fight and survive with Compound 23. But she is grateful for a few things, especially her no-filter-between-brain-and-mouth best friend Lucy and her escape each night into a dream world far different from her own. 

In fact, sometimes she lives for the fleeting moments she spends at night with the man who fuels every romantic fantasy she’s ever had. But each morning reality returns. She could just cry. But she won’t of course; tears don’t change a damn thing.

Then without any warning, a month before her eighteenth birthday, everything does change. A guardian finds her. He explains, in a strangely familiar accent, that she was stashed on Earth for safekeeping and has been lost to her family ever since. And it is time to return home. To the First World; a land of unimagined beauty. 

Abigail and Lucy find themselves escaping New York, ending up on another planet and traversing through an unforgiving wilderness. Yeah, because that sort of thing just happens every day. Luckily an unexpected saviour arrives; the man from her dream-world. Brace is six-and-a-half feet of gorgeous perfectness, wrapped in an arrogance like no other. Unable to trust his assistance, and unsure which of her instincts to follow - kiss him or punch him in the mouth - Abigail eventually accepts his help to find her family. 

And what a family. Enter Josian, her father; larger than life and apparently not even human. He is Walker, a planet-less race revered as gods, causing mischief and mayhem through-out this star-system. Unfortunately, there is no time for a cosy reunion, since no one explained that by returning to First World her half-Walker genetics would act as a catalyst setting forth a chain of events which could spell disaster for not only her existence but that of all worlds.

First World is book one in the Walker Saga, a seven-book paranormal fantasy series.

Blood Warrior by H. D. Gordon
Goodreads Synopsis:
When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa's instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

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
Redemption Song by Craig Schaefer
Treasure of the Dead by David Wood & Rick Chesler
Every Kingdom Divided by Stephen Kozeniewski
Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision
A Human Element by Donna Galanti


  1. I think you'll be relieved when the choice is finally made! You sound like you need two weeks on a nice beach or in a quiet forest beside a river! I could use a nice rest myself. Hopefully things will be sorted out for you soon.

    1. Hi Chuckles. I'm hoping so. It's been a lot of work and frustration for kiddo and us trying to help him see all the views. Then there's always the paychecks not growing with cost of living. Ugh. But we'll get through. Oh, 2 weeks on the beach sounds lovely about now. *sigh* Those fruity drinks with umbrellas in them... yes, I could use that. :)

  2. Oh no!!! I hate bad weeks like that :( Hopefully everything will be better next week.

    1. Thank you Carole Rae. It's get myself back out and about again that I'm working at. It'll all pass, but dang if it don't hit hard all at once. *sigh*

  3. Oh dear... so sorry it's been such a 'mare of a week! Hopefully once the search for the right college is resolved that will at least take that stress out of your life. In the meantime, I very much hope this coming week will be a better one!

    1. Thank you sjhigbee. I'm hoping making a final decision on college will help take one worry off the plate. Then on to the next thing. Thank you!


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