Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Post #168

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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Weekend oh weekend, where did you go?!

I took a drive down to the big city, Pittsburgh, Friday night. The SFWA Nebula Conference was/is going on this weekend. Now, I can't afford the pass for all weekend or even one day. Yep, for me it's expensive. But Friday night they did a signing and I knew several authors that were going to be there and wanted to say hi. I asked a friend to go with me and she did. She now has a whoooole new list of books to read. Muahahahahaha. It was great to see everyone and talk to a few new authors.

I wanted to see Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, KT Bryski, Lauren Harris, and Piper Drake (PJ Schnyder in paranormal books). All amazing people and authors. Then I got to talk to a few new authors that I've seen their books around. Marie Andreas which I recognized from a recent freebie that sounded amazing - The Glass Gargoyle. And Keith O. McLaughlin I recognized from seeing his book somewhere on the web that caught my eye - Valhalla Online.

My son's been asking when I'll start the series 13 Reasons Why. He has loved the show. He feels it helps open eyes of those who have no idea what it feels like on the other side and that one should be aware of ones actions. He put on episode one so I had to watch it. I have mixed feelings on this show for so many reasons. I'll watch it with him as he wants to watch it again and we've been talking about the show and what happens for weeks now.

As for the rest of the weekend... Well, baseball game for kiddo and trying to get things done around here. I have a hefty list of things to do.

Next weekend I probably won't post, unless I find a way to squeeze time in. I'll be at BALTICON!!! Woohooo! I missed last year and was so bummed. I need a few days to unwind and relax and this is my time. I may not have much money to eat on, but I'm going. 
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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... Okay. It's been rough with all I have to get done in life. I did get on treadmill Tuesday and Thursday and cut grass on Wednesday. I also got on the treadmill yesterday, Saturday, for a bit.

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What's Happening in Books:

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

Current Audiobook:
Villain's Rule by M.K. Gibson

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


Finished Last Week: 
nothing yet.

Audiobooks from Audible:
Hound's Bite by E.J. Stevens



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)



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:
Ghosts of Empire by Terry Mixon

"It sounds like a lot of people, but the way Terry adds them keeps them all individual and easy to get to know before adding more to the group. I love this as it does not stress me out. He introduces them in their 'home' environment and when they appear on the page it's in relation to who and where they are, even not spoken or written. This makes it very easy for me to remember who's who in this growing cast of characters."

Stone Cold Bastards by Jake Bible

"We see the last Sanctuary with humans who're not possessed pull all they have to stand against the demons, and try one last effort to save what little is left of the world."




Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I will have two reviews and a guest post.

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:
Laced in Lies by Colleen Helme
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Meet Shelby Nichols, mind reader extraordinaire.

A typical day in the life of Shelby Nichols involves cheating husbands, solving the hardest cases for the police, and working for a big time mob-boss, all because of her little secret that she can read minds. It can get complicated, especially considering she has a husband and two kids.

Ramos, Uncle Joey’s hit-man, is reluctant to involve Shelby when an acquaintance from his past comes into town. Uncle Joey has a favor to ask Shelby which involves heading to New York City and meeting his estranged relatives. Then there’s Dimples, a police detective, who needs her help finding the person behind a deadly new drug.

It’s no wonder Shelby has a hard time keeping everything straight. But the worst is deciding how to explain her crazy, mixed-up life to her kids. So far, her explanations have all been laced in lies, and she worries that, if the truth ever comes out, they will never trust her again.

Of course, none of that matters if she doesn’t escape the deadly enemy that takes her by surprise. Facing death has a way of putting things into perspective, if only she can stay alive long enough to appreciate it…

Lucifer's Star by C.T. Phipps
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Goodreads Synopsis:
From the bestselling author of The Rules of Supervillainy:

Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Interstellar Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he'd been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.

LUCIFER'S STAR is the first novel of the Lucifer's Star series, a dark science fiction space opera set in a world of aliens, war, politics, and slavery.




Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Dragon's Magic by Robyn Wideman
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Lyric has won the tournament and an unwanted marriage with Sibylle. But his nemesis Talon Horne won't accept defeat at the hands of a foreign born street rat. Talon and his father manipulate the king and once again Lyric is an outcast.Only this time he is being hunted. With nowhere else to turn, Lyric heads to the mountains to find his dragon. 

However, Lyric isn't the only Finch who is dragon blood.


Audio:




Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.



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
Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells
The Science of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps
Hound's Bite by E.J. Stevens

14 comments:

  1. Hopefully a nice trip will be great for recharging your batteries and having some fun! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Chuckles. I'll likely be exhausted when I return home, but I think getting away and having some fun is well needed. :)

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  2. Do tell us what you think of the show if you watch it

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    1. I will Blodeuedd. I probably wont get to it until I'm off in June, but I'll share about it.

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  3. A trip sounds like a great idea. I should take one too. I started 13 Reasons Why and not sure about the series yet. We'll see how it goes. Nice haul of books this week.

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Thank you Laura Thomas. I hope you get a trip in. I'm curious about the series but yet not so sure about it. But Kiddo and I have been talking about topics brought up so I will watch so we can keep talking.

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  4. Yay for Balticon! Have fun!! And nice that you got to see part of the SFWA Nebula show. I watched 13 Reasons Why and it was definitely thought provoking, no question. Lots of opinions out there on what it does well, what it doesn't do so well, and so on.

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    1. Thank you Greg! I really am looking forward to seeing so many amazing people at Balticon. :) There are lots of opinions on 13 Reasons Why out there. All are very thoughtful too. But it's something that's brought a serious subject into the light for many teens. I just hope they all get help and it helps them to understand.

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  5. 13 Reasons was intense towards the end. I heard a bit ago that season two is a go, so that'll be interesting o_O

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    1. LilyElement, yes! I asked Kiddo if he watched the whole last episode. He said he did not watch the one scene in the end. It was rather graphic. And yep, a season 2 will be coming. *sigh* I don't know if that's good or bad.

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  6. Sounds like you had fun at the author event. I watched a few episodes of 13 reasons as my girls were into. I think it is great you are watching with your son..it will be nice to converse about it.

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    1. Kimba, it was nice getting to see a few authors I know and meeting new ones. They were all so kind. :) Kiddo and I have been talking about some topics in 13 Reasons Why, but now we are going to watch it together (him a second time) and I get to see more detail of what he's saying. Always great to have the conversations.

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  7. Awesome! Can't wait to have your thoughts on Lucifer's Star.

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