Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Post #174

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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Yes, I took a day off last weekend. I didn't do a Sunday Post. I think summer is getting to me. I've been slacking all over the place. I think when winter settles in again I'll be more apt to sit in the house and play on the computer. With summer, it's not that I've been outside as much but doing more because the weather is nicer. We seem to be on the go all the time lately.

We went to see fireworks last weekend at a local fair. Wow, they were amazing! They are known for their fireworks but I haven't been in years. The ending was done in 4 corners! There were fireworks going off around us. It was different and so neat to see.

We've had rain the last few days, which is a bummer. I've started relaxing outside in the new hammock in the evening. It's so nice. I either write or take the laptop out with me. I think I might love the hammock. lol.
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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... I've been slacking at working out. I do push mow the grass one day a week but this last week I didn't do anything else. *sigh* I need to change that.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Unleash by Lauren Harris


Current Audiobook:
Queen of the Night by Craig Schaefer

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:
Demon Magic by Linsey Hall
Laced in Lies by Colleen Helme
The Malaise Falchion: The Spade Case Files by Paul Barrett

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:
I've started back up again! I'll work on more pictures.


Challenged Writers:
April, May, and why not June Update on writer-ly items.


Around the Internet...


Reviews:
Steampunk Is Dead by Harmon Cooper

"I thoroughly enjoy the way these storylines are written in the gaming world. I know we are in a video type game, but Quantum and Frances interact as though they were associating with other people. The worlds are different but a pleasure to visit. It's like a treat when we get to dive into The Loop."


Exiled by Amanda Carlson

"I enjoyed this journey with Phoebe. Her time in Helheim was a great time. She has grown as a Valkarie and in her own abilities."


Assassin's Victim by A.F. Grappin

"This book is Luc forming into the person he becomes. He's young, 15 years old, and given an opportunity in something that could help him in what he loves - lacrosse. But he learns it's a lie, to get to him. When his family life is destroyed, he vows to find the people who did this."


Perses by K.A. Finn

"Bray and Garvan. Yes ma'am. And thank you. These two characters were growing to be some of my favorite secondary characters in the previous two books. Well, they aren't the only ones. So to get the treat of them together and fighting to survive along with learning about their pasts, sign me up! I was thrilled to get into this story with them."

Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have two reviews scheduled.



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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:
Fantasy Online: Hyperborea by Harmon Cooper
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Nineteen-year-old Ryuk Matsuzaki and his best friend Tamana decide to start over with new avatars. When Tamana is suddenly killed right in front of him in a Tokyo subway, Ryuk knows there is only one place he can search for answers –Tritania, the world’s most popular online fantasy world. Standing in his way are a mysterious guild known as the Shinigami, and his older brother, a Yakuza crime lord hell-bent on squashing his dreams. 

As a lowly Ballistics Mage, Ryuk must quickly recruit guild members, level up, loot and shoot his way across Tritania to discover the dark and sinister secret behind Tamana’s untimely death. Joining him in his quest are a famous Swedish gamer, a powerful half-dragon half-human female assassin, and a devious ax-wielding goblin. 



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Fire Maiden by Erin D. Andrews
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Violet hires Frank to be her accountant, everything clicks. They hit it off, but Violet convinces herself that she only needs him for work and nothing else. After she decided to date him, she's surprised by how easy it is - until she learns one small detail - he’s a dragon. 

How can she love someone who is a dragon, a creature she didn’t even know was real? Will she be able to accept Frank for who he is?

Ghost Colony by Blake B. River
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The crew of Starship Bethany has mysteriously disappeared on Planet Nexus; their vessel empty and the Cryogenic sleepers in it lying unattended. 

Michael Brenner, 28, holder of a dead end analyst job at NASA 2, accidentally comes across this covert information, and when he tries to bring it to his higher-up’s knowledge, he finds himself being followed, his life in danger. 

He uncovers a deeper mystery to the disappearance of the crew, and in his self-led quest to do the right thing, Michael, with the help of his young protégé and a merry band of interplanetary adventurers who call themselves the Redbands, finds himself travelling across thousands of light years to discover the truth behind this strange disappearance. 

A tale of serendipitous love, an unexpected adventure, and corruption, Lost Planet is a must read if you love space operas and stories that leave you laughing, inspired and filled with wanderlust.


Audio:
Beacon by Chess Desalls
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Serah’s life in Havenbrim becomes unbearable, she accepts an apprenticeship with a celestial mechanic and glazier. Her master assigns her the task of opening a globe framed in copper. But the glass and seal are unbreakable. The solution to the puzzle traps Serah inside the globe, and transports her to a world where she longs for home.



Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Unveiled by Lysa Daley
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Yesterday, Astrid was a regular sixteen-year-old junior at an elite prep school in a sleepy California town whose biggest problem was trying to figure out how to get hottie Chad Olson to notice her. 

But today, after an otherworldly meteorite nearly destroys her house, she discovers a shape-shifting bounty hunter is hot on her trail. 

Her only hope of survival is to team up Jax, the arrogant handyman who works for her uncle. Lucky for Astrid, Jax turns out to be more than she bargained for. 

In her quest to stay alive, Astrid learns the dark truth about her past and how she fits into an ancient alien prophecy about the future of the entire planet.

Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett
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Goodreads Synopsis:
It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.

Rendezvous by Skye Jordan
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Keaton Holt knows all about the badass throwdown—on the movie set and in the bedroom. As the only sixth-degree black belt stuntman for Renegades, he’s made a career of translating those fighting skills to the big screen. He’s sown his oats and is ready for hometown and apple pie. Too bad his rough exterior is a magnet for the women who think vanilla sex includes a drawerful of sex toys that could pass as weapons of mass destruction. So when he gets a second chance with the stunning personal assistant who looks like an angel and feels like home, he knows she’s exactly what he needs—and he’s ready to use all his best moves to keep her this time.

With a demanding new boss and a chronically ill nephew, the last thing Brooke Dempsey needs in her life is one more problem. Even if that problem is a sexy stuntman who knows exactly how she likes it. Keaton is just passing through, while Brooke is just settling in. Her nephew depends on Brooke, and her life is dedicated to getting him through this health crisis, but she’s not going to make the same mistake and part ways with Keaton before taking the chance to love him—just once.
But when Keaton pushes for a future, Brooke finds her heart torn over going after the love of a lifetime or giving her nephew a lifetime of happiness.

Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
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Goodreads Synopsis:
From the Creators of the award-winning steampunk Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series ( Phoenix Rising and the Janus Affair) comes a collection of new adventures from around the world. 

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences investigates the bizarre and unusual, and protects the citizens of the Empire from forces of darkness. Every agent knows that thrusting themselves into danger is part of the job, and may demand of them the ultimate sacrifice. They call on their own inner strength, wits, intellect, and innovations of science and technology. 

But is it enough to face the unknown and the unexplainable? 

This is Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, a collection of short stories featuring the derring-do of secret agents cut from a different cloth. These original short stories feature the imagination and voices of… 

Leanna Rennee Hieber 
The League of S.T.E.A.M.’s Glenn Freund 
Delilah S. Dawson 
Jared Axelrod 
Tiffany Trent 
Karina Cooper 

…and many more! 

Travel to the farthest corners of Queen Victoria’s mighty empire and back again to the shores of Old Blighty, unlocking the mysteries of legend, lore, and shadowy societies. Welcome to a world of steam, secrets, machinations and madness.

Sweet Venom by Gena D. Lutz
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Goodreads Synopsis:
My name is Cassis Dark, and I am a Spider Venin. My bite is venomous and can paralyze a man within seconds of exposure, and if I choose, it can kill.

When I was a teenager, my stepmother sold me into slavery. As a newly freed woman, I fight to protect the innocent from a world of pain with which I'm all too familiar.

The evils that stalk the night aren’t all human. Good thing for their intended victims…neither am I.
 

Infinite Spring by J.A. Armitage
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Goodreads Synopsis:
With the evil Jago caught and locked in the cellar and the girl of her dreams in her arms, Anais has finally got everything she ever wanted. Things are not always what they seem though and soon Anais realises she's in for the fight of her life, not just to save the world but also to save her first love.

Strain of Defiance by Michelle Bryan
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Goodreads Synopsis:
It's been eight years since the invasion. Eight years of fighting alien and human predators alike. Each day a struggle to survive. 
Bixby, and her crew of survivors at the Grand Hotel, thought they had lived through the worst of it.

They were wrong.

The invaders have evolved. They've become smarter. Stronger. Deadlier.

There may be a way to eradicate this new threat. But that entails a perilous expedition over three hundred miles of infested territory. Three hundred miles of leeches, ravagers, and hybrids, all on the hunt for blood.

What could possibly go wrong?

Raven by Stacey Rourke
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Goodreads Synopsis:
An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.

Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?

She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.

Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?

Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.

Lover's Knot by Karen Chance
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Goodreads Synopsis:
One of the most powerful vampires alive has gone missing, which is fine with Dorina Basarab. As a dhampir, a half human, half vampire hybrid, her job is killing vampires, not saving them. But then the man sent to find the missing vampire also goes missing, and he happens to be her lover, Louis-Cesare. She therefore finds herself on a rescue mission with an old enemy, while forgotten memories from deep in her past play out in her head. What are they trying to tell her? And can she figure it out before it's too late?



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
Demon Magic by Linsey Hall
Laced in Lies by Colleen Helme
The Malaise Falchion: The Spade Case Files by Paul Barrett

12 comments:

  1. It's so weird to here about somewhere where rain isn't welcomed! The heat index where I live was hovering around 110 last week and I would love to see some rain.

    As far as exercising goes, I've had more luck when I find something I enjoy doing, as opposed to some exercise I feel like I should do. I absolutely hate running, but I've tried to make myself do it. But I found that I love yoga, so that's an exercise that it's easy to keep up with for me.

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    1. Anna, It's been raining here for almost two weeks straight and the humidity is so thick it's hard to breath. I'm one who likes when it dries out and grass starts to die because of my allergies. That, and it's nice to relax outside when it's not raining.

      I do enjoy exercising, it's just time has not been working with me very well. I love how I feel more relaxed after I exercise and the world feels much better. It's just life has other plans. ;) Thank you for visiting!

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  2. We've pretty much had a lazy week here too. Which is a welcome change for us. You picked up some really good new self additions. Happy reading.

    Jenea's Book Obsession

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    1. Jenea, it's nice to get some relaxing in. We've been so busy lately, that it feels different. lol. Hope you have a great week!

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  3. Too cold to chill outside in the evenings here

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    1. Oh that's right, Blodeuedd. You live in winter wonderland. ;D Lol. Do hope you are doing well!

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  4. Everyone is feeling the summer slow down. I know I struggle to write reviews and visit posts as much as usual. That's what summers for. To have fun and not stress. Have a great week!

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Laura Thomas, it really is that. The summer slow down. Crazy. It's like it's to hot to do much and to burned out from all the stress the rest of the year.

      Hope you have a great week!

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  5. We have had some lovely warm weather, but since Friday it has been cloudy and showery - we have been spoiled as I am finding the cooler, wetter version of the summer a bit of a shock. Doubtless it's getting ready for me to finish the summer term when we'll probably have non-stop rain and storms... Have a great week:)

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    1. sjhigbee, It was really nice here, then started raining for almost 2 weeks straight. Ugh. Hard to do anything with that weather. lol. But we get by.

      And it always seems the weather does that! When you have time off, it rains. Hope it cleared up for you.

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  6. I'm so excited for Volatile Bonds!

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