Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Post #167

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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Happy Mother's day! For me, it's nothing special. But I hope it is for all of you!

It's been a rough few weeks here with personality clashes and life happening.

So I skipped last weekend because I was being lazy. I was. I didn't want to move off the couch and dozed off and on to about lunch time, though I was up with the dogs at 7 AM. Then, Kiddo hit us with a whammy. The college that he was so thrilled and happy with, he decided he doesn't want to go there. I have no idea what the 180 turn around in a matter of days was from. He claims he has a bad feeling, that he'll be bored there and not want to do anything with the people there. After talking to him, I wonder if it's, unknowing to him, fear of the unknown. A touch of cold feet with leaving home. He wouldn't go far, only an hour and twenty minutes away. But he wants to go to a local college that's closer. And it's a wonderful school as well, it was the one I was pleased with academically and staff wise in helping us. He says he won't play football there though.

Baseball season has started. *fall dead* I don't go with Kiddo to his practices, he's driving and old enough now to go on his own. But I do go to games. And take pictures. :)

Balticon is getting close! I'll be heading there for Memorial weekend. I may not have money to eat, but I'm going! lol.

With all this going on, I'm starting to get anxious. I have a photo scrap type book I'm working on for kiddo for graduation, my current read (which I'm loving when I'm reading) is going slow because all going on and said photo book. And I have a book I have to get to before end of month for work purposes. It's all cramming together! Eep! I need to breath, but so much happening at one time.
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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 I only cut grass. The previous week I got more in, with gym. But I don't remember. My brain is about fried.

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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Slipspace: Harbinger by P.C. Haring

Current Audiobook:
Hound's Bite by E.J. Stevens

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


Finished Last Week: 
Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

Audiobooks from Audible:
Stone Cold Bastard by Jake Bible
The Science of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps


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:

Spellbound in a Flash:
Nothing new last week. I have pictures to touch up and share, but time has not been sharing lately.

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


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
Agent G: Infiltrator by C.T. Phipps

"C.T. is known for pulling the cool and neat elements from spy and action movies to bring together in his own story and adds his own flare to them. I enjoy the twists he creates with a humor to it all."

Gilded Cage by Sherry D. Ficklin

"Speakeasies, flapper dresses, alcohol, gangsters, danger, love, and more all in one place."


Fire Water by Jaye Wells

"This was a nice novella to get a glimpse at the world Kate lives in and her motivations. If you are looking for a quick sample, give it a try."


Magic Undying by Linsey Hall

"...I very much liked Del's new powers and where she comes to. It's an easy urban fantasy story with a sweet romance blooming, just like with Cass."


Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:
STILL TIME TO ENTER: (ends today!)
Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza - 5 winners. You pick 1 of 2 audiobooks offered.

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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have two reviews finished and scheduled.

Mythical Monday posts are now on hiatus until next year.


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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:
Hound's Bite by E.J. Stevens
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab's creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong.

In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.

Will the training Ivy received in her father's court be enough to save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the Lord of the Hunt? She is willing to risk her own life, but some sacrifices come at a cost worse than death. When an ally is bitten by one of The Wild Hunt's hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to love most.

Hound's Bite is the fifth full-length novel in the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The Ivy Granger series has won numerous awards, including the BTS Red Carpet Award for Best Novel, the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Urban Fantasy Series.


Villains Rule by M.K. Gibson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Hi, how are you?

Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of the this book’s description. It’s rude not to answer a person when they ask you a question. OK, I get it, 4th wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to read. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain’s tale.

How often do you get to read a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy. No, I mean a villain’s villain. The ones who use their power because they can, while morality is only a philosopher’s complex.

This is the story of Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master and the top villain adviser. Sadly, even the top villain occasionally gets double-crossed. Trapped in one of the fantasy realms, Jackson has to use his skill and wits to exploit the rules, points out the genre flaws, undermine godly authority, and win the day.

Because, that is what villains should do, shouldn’t they? Read this book, have a few laughs, and find out.
 

Heart of Gold by J.A. Cipriano & J.B. Garner
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Goodreads Synopsis:
My name is Frank Butcher, and when I got out of my truck to deliver the last package of the day, I never expected to get blown up by anti-magic zealots.

Yeah, you heard me right. I said magic. I didn't know it was a thing either.

Now, an ancient artifact is the only thing keeping me alive, and to make matters worse, that artifact is what those cultists wanted.

Still, I could have made a run for it, disappeared down into South America and spent the rest of my life on a beach. I nearly did it, but I didn't.

Why? Because the cultists have offered me a trade. Come to them or they start killing kids.


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Summoned to Rule by C.L. Walker
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When anarchy reigns supreme, Agmundr must unite sworn supernatural enemies before they tear the world apart…
Agmundr has a new group of masters: the angels whose heavens he recently obliterated. Charged with carving out a new home for his past foes, the ancient warrior is the only one who can lead them through pandemonium. As he witnesses battles in the streets, Agmundr realizes the culprit of unrest is none other than the god of chaos himself.
With an endless clash surrounding him, Agmundr attempts to lead the angels to a new home. But when the god of chaos controls the minds of even his closest allies, the warrior has no choice but to confront his enemy. If he fails to defeat the powerful god, then he may do more than lose. He may lose control over the destructive inner wrath he’s kept bottled up for centuries…
Summoned to Rule is the third book in a series of captivating dark urban fantasy novels. If you like supernatural characters, covert conspiracies, and larger-than-life battles, then you’ll love CL Walker’s tale of a cursed god fighting back.
Bewitched & Beloved by Barbara Devlin & Ellen Dugan
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Goodreads Synopsis:
From USA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star Author Barbara Devlin and award-winning author Ellen Dugan comes a crossover event of two beloved series: The Pirates of the Coast and The Legacy of Magick.

The magick of love is timeless...

A ROMANCE FROM THE PAST: THE BUCCANEER
Armed with magickal gifts, Francie Osborne is a housekeeper by day and a witch by night. Ex-pirate Cager Tyne remains a conqueror, seeking something to soothe his restless soul. What happens when a brazen buccaneer develops a taste for virgin flesh?

A CONTEMPORARY LOVE AFFAIR FATED BY HISTORY: THE HIDDEN LEGACY
What could possibly go wrong when Hannah Osborne Pogue, a modern Witch sworn to keep her magickal legacy hidden from outsiders, and Detective Henry Walker, a charming southern scoundrel fall for each other? Just about everything under the moon and stars.

Unleash by Lauren Harris
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Craving a gritty, kickass heroine? If you like guns, magic, & heartbreaking drama, you NEED this book! Get the book reviewers are calling "Visceral" & "At times hilarious and heartbreaking"
Orphaned. Hunted. Pissed as hell.

Helena Martin doesn't know who she hates more, the sorcerers who fired the magic-laced bullet or the gang-lord master who used her mother as a shield. It's not the price she expected for escaping magical slavery, nor is the unstable power now pulsing in her veins.

Caught between her former master's hunters and the Guild Sorcerers determined to kill them, she finds a safe haven at a dog rescue willing to take in a different kind of stray. But Helena's newly-unleashed power is a beacon for her enemies. And they're threatening the first place she's ever thought of as home.

Audio:
An Apple for the Creature
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Goodreads Synopsis:
What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms. 

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s story, "Playing Possum," Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew's entire class but finds she's one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up. 

When her guardian, Kate Daniels, sends her undercover to a school for exceptional children, teenaged Julie learns an all-new definition of "exceptional," in New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews's "Magic Tests." 

For those who like fangs with their forensics, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder offers "VSI," in which FBI agent Claire is tested as never before in a school for Vampire Scene Investigation. 

And in New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sniegoski's "The Bad Hour," Remy Chandler and his dog Marlowe find evil unleashed in an obedience school. 

You'll need more than an apple to stave off the creatures in these and nine other stories. Remember your first lesson: resistance is fruitless! 

Includes stories by: ILONA ANDREWS, AMBER BENSON, RHYS BOWEN, MIKE CAREY, CHARLAINE HARRIS, DONALD HARSTAD, STEVE HOCKENSMITH, NANCY HOLDER, FAITH HUNTER, TONI L.P. KELNER, MARJORIE LIU, JONATHAN MABERRY, THOMAS SNIEGOSKI



Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Water and Fire by Demelza Carlton
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A steamy contemporary medical romance involving a sexy doctor, a naughty nurse, a midwife on a mission and a mysterious predator in Albany, Western Australia. 

Working as a student midwife in an Australian country hospital is never easy, but Belinda finds more trouble than most.
There's the intern doctor who follows her around like an overgrown puppy, the dangerous local wildlife and her own secrets she must keep. 
When she finds herself without a place to live, what else can possibly go wrong? 
Or is it time for something to go right? 

Major Arcana by Margo Bond Collins



Unjust by Lauren Harris
Goodreads Synopsis:
Charles Martin is happy. He's got a seaworthy boat, passports in countries from Canada to Chile, and no blood sorcerers howling at his back . Plus, he's found a smokin' hot wife and adorable daughter to share it with.

He thinks they're safe from the violent magic in his past, at least long enough for his wife to finish her degree. One calm night on a Miami sound, he discovers how wrong he was...and it's his family that will suffer for it.


The Star Agency by R.E. Weber
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Goodreads Synopsis:
"So many of us dream of another life – a life of excitement and danger.

What if, in the darkest depths of despair, you suddenly had a chance to live that life?

Would you have the courage to chase that dream, even if you had to leave your friends, family and everything you knew behind? 

Would you take that chance?

Theopolis James Logan is about to get that chance. 

The Universe is about to come knocking on his door."

The Star Agency is book 1 of The Star Agency Chronicles, an Interstellar secret agent adventure aimed at readers aged 10 and above.

The Voyages of the Seven by R.E. Weber
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The Seven: the first wave of humanity among the stars. 

Theopolis James Logan is finally living his long-cherished dream. Whisked away from his mundane life on Earth - along with six other gifted teenagers - by an alliance of peaceful, alien civilisations known as The Affinity, he has forged a life of excitement and wonder on another world. To his friends, he is a technical specialist, adept in the use of super-advanced technology. However, in secret, he is a covert operative for The Star Agency: the Affinity’s secret service, defending the galaxy against the shadowy forces of the Metah Dah, the Affinity’s sworn enemy. 

For centuries, the Star Agency has helped maintain a fragile peace, but when a devastatingly powerful secret weapon is lost, presumed stolen, it sets in motion a chain of events, pushing the Affinity towards the brink of war and plunging the seven human friends into a nerve-shredding battle for survival. Can they survive in a universe more dangerous and unpredictable than they can possibly imagine, or will the dark forces of the enemy triumph, tearing the Affinity apart?

Bad Magic: 10 Novels of Demons, Djinn, Witches, Warlocks, Vampires, and Gods Gone Rogue
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Bad magic can be so good ... 

These 10 full-length novels of paranormal romance and urban fantasy will keep you on the edge of your seat and up past the witching hour. Black magic, adventure, and romance … they’re all here. 

Something this good can’t last forever … download this set before it’s gone! 

About the Books: 

Chosen by Christine Pope 
When a fatal fever nearly wipes out the entire world's population, the survivors of what became known as "the Dying" believe the worst is in the past ...  

Dead Rising by Debra Dunbar 
Solaria Ainsworth was born a Templar, destined to take up the mantle of responsibility and duty as her family’s Order had done for hundreds of years. 
Except she refuses to take her Oath of Knighthood. 

Hidden Blade by Pippa DaCosta 
Kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk this Earth for all eternity, Ace Dante is not the hero New York needs, but when Egyptian gods start killing, Ace is the city’s only defense. 
 

Wolves by C. Gockel 
When Amy prays for help, Loki the Norse God of Mischief and Chaos isn’t the savior she has in mind.
 

Bitter Ashes by Sara C. Roethle 
She’s not their long lost fairy princess, she’s their executioner. Legends of Norse Myth and Necromancy collide in this fast-paced Urban Fantasy with a dark romantic twist. 

The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer 
For 5 years, Charlie has lived as a boy in the slums, but when she's arrested, her only means of escape lies with raising the dead. Now people are hunting her for her necromancy, but only one man succeeds in capturing her: a man known as Death, as compelling as he is frightening. 

Nefertiti’s Heart by A.W. Exley 
1861. In a steam and mechanically powered London, feisty Cara Devon uses her dead father's secret notebook as a guide in her pursuit of powerful ancient artifacts. 

Lost Wolf by Stacy Claflin 
She’s hiding a dark secret. It already killed her once. 

Thunder Hunter by Rachel Medhurst 
For Thor to Live, Thunder Hunter must die. For a thousand years, Thor's power has been inside Trygger. Can he finally defeat the Fallen Ones to give it back? 

Sorceress Awakening by Lisa Blackwood 
When Lillian finds herself facing off against vampires, help comes from an unlikely source—the stone gargoyle who has been sleeping in her garden. In a heartbeat, her ordinary life becomes far more complicated, and if her overprotective, shape-shifting guardian is to be believed, there’s an evil demi-goddess just waiting for the chance to enslave them both. 

The Glass Gargoyle by Marie Andreas
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Archeologist Taryn St. Giles has spent her life mining the ruins of the elves who vanished from the Four Kingdoms a thousand years ago. But when her patrons begin disappearing too—and then turning up dead—she finds herself unemployed, restless, and desperate. So she goes looking for other missing things: as a bounty hunter.

Tracking her first fugitive—the distractingly handsome and strangely charming Alric—she unearths a dangerous underworld of warring crime lords, demonic squirrels, and a long-lost elven artifact capable of unleashing a hell on earth.

Chased, robbed, kidnapped, and distressingly low on rent money, Taryn just wants one quiet beer and to catch her fugitive. But there’s more to Alric than his wicked grin—is he a wanted man or the city’s only hope? With menacing mages in pursuit and her three alcoholic faery sidekicks always in her hair, Taryn’s curiosity might finally solve the mystery of the elves… or be the death of her and destroy her world.
 

Awaken: Sleeping Beauty Retold by Demelza Carlton
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Goodreads Synopsis:
A sleeping beauty. A kingdom frozen in time. Only one can save them all.
Once upon a time...
Lord Siward intended to go hunting, but when he stumbles upon a ruined castle and accidentally wakes the mysterious maiden sleeping inside, he knows his holiday is over.
With the kingdom in trouble, Siward should be protecting the realm, but every time Rosamond looks at him, he gets lost in the girl's green eyes. Who is the mysterious beauty, and why does he feel she holds the key to the kingdom's deliverance?

I Wish I Weren't a Djinn by Erin Hayes
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Goodreads Synopsis:
All she wishes for is freedom. 

After being trapped inside her bottle for so long she has forgotten her own name, a djinni is summoned by a young man who needs his wishes to come true as much as hers. 

The hardest part is proving to him that she has the power to grant them. He simply has to believe her enough to ask.

Sun of the God by Kimberly Loth
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Goodreads Synopsis:
She’s a crown princess running for her life. He’s desperately trying to save his kingdom from annihilation. After being enemies for so long, they must depend on one another or risk a war that could kill them all. 

Enter a world where some never see the light of day and others cannot fathom the dark of night. 

With breathless romance, unexpected betrayal, and a ruthless hidden dictator, this incredible fantasy will leave you begging for more….

The Sun God's Heir by Elliott Baker
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The Sun God's Heir is a swashbuckling series, set at the end of the seventeenth century in France, Spain and northern Africa. Slavery is a common plague along the European coast and into this wild time, an ancient Egyptian general armed with dark arts has managed to return and re-embody, intent on recreating the reign of terror he began as Pharaoh. René Gilbert must remember his own lifetime at the feet of Akhenaten to have a chance to defeat Horemheb. A secret sect has waited in Morocco for three thousand years for his arrival.


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
Ghosts of Empire by Terry Mixon
Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells
Stone Cold Bastard by Jake Bible
The Science of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps

6 comments:

  1. Happy Mother’s Day! I was really nervous to go to college, but it ended up being awesome. It did help that I was living at home. I don’t think I would have liked living in a dorm. Have a great week, and enjoy your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thank you AJ. I think that's part of the issue with college, he's nervous about leaving and the unknown ahead of him. Thank you!

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  2. It must be frustrating to have him change his mind when you thought things were sorted. Still it's an important decision and he doesn't want to make the wrong choice. Hope it is all sorted out now!

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    1. Chuckles, it is but I want him to feel comfortable. He seems to be going backwards a bit with everything and I feel like I can't fix it. It's a rough spot to be as a parent. But the college he picked now is also on the top of my list with where he was going to go. So both are great choices. :) Thank you!

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  3. Happy belated Mother's Day. That's a bit surprising about him changing colleges! I hope it all works out and he loves it at the closer one :)

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    1. Thank you LilyElement. Hope you had a lovely Mother's day with family. I was surprised when he changed as well! He was so thrilled and happy with his pick. But this pick would have been top for him with the one he was going to go to. So both were great picks. :)

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