Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday Post #183

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.


The weather has been nice. It's cool, but nice for sleeping. And the sun shines during the day bringing temperatures up in the afternoon. Yes, I've had to leave home in the morning with a jacket on, but it's lovely weather. The leaves are starting to change as well.

One of the things I'm trying to do on the blog is respond to comments again. I use to do this all the time. I love the interaction with my blogging friends, and miss it. So I've been working to do this again with new posts. And I've set 2 or 3 evenings in the week for me to visit blogs for a half hour to an hour.

It's all time management, right? I'm trying to get on a schedule. But when things demand to be done sooner, I shift my time to those items. I've documented the week and still can't believe where the time goes. lol. But, it shows me what I'm doing. *sigh* I've been writing as well, but had problems with Scrivener. I now ca not get into my document. It's frustrating! And Scary!

I'll work on multitasking my time to get more than one thing done at a time.


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 made it to the treadmill twice! Thirty minutes each.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Will start a new book soon.
AND Content Editing work

Current Audiobook:
Will start a new one Monday.

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

Finished Last Week: 
Hoping to get done reading this week.

Audiobooks from Audible:
Air and Ash by Alex Lidell
The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas
Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson



Last Two Weeks on the Blog:

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

Guest Posts:


Spellbound in a Flash:

Spellbound in a Flash now has a Facebook Page!
Football season has started, so you can catch my photos of the games at the Facebook Page.

Challenged Writers:
August and September Update

Around the Internet...

Steamborn by Eric Asher

"The people in this book are kind to each other, with a few slurs or feelings for the lowborn shown. But all are suffering when the village is attacked by the huge insects and they have to work together. This is something our world needs to see more of. The kind hearts of adults and children willing to eagerly help each other, not expecting payment in return."

Reconnaissance in Force by Terry Mixon

"My heart beats for the characters and their dangers. I love this creation."

Podcast Review:

Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have two reviews schedule.


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

For Review Consideration:
Void Trip by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
Amazon Synopsis:
From writer RYAN O'SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They're low on fuel, they're low on food, and they're low on psychedelic space froot, but they're still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it.

Audio Books Requested for Review:
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Grace
Goodreads Synopsis:
In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamed of, but Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.

The Beautiful Ones is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the Belle Époque



Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Armageddon Bound by Tim Marquitz
Goodreads Synopsis:
Half-devil and miles from anything resembling heroic, perpetual underdog Frank Triggaltheron Trigg is the last man standing against Armageddon. As the favorite nephew of the Devil, Frank has led a troubled life, but he'd always had his uncle's influence to fall back on. Now, with God and Lucifer coming to terms and leaving existence to fend for itself, his once exalted status of Anti-Christ-to-be does little to endear him to the hordes of angels and demons running amok in the Godless world. With help from the members of DRAC, an organization of wizards, psychics, telepaths, and low-end supernatural beings, Frank must thwart the pro-Armageddon forces and rescue an angel in whose life rests the fate of humanity. Better luck next time, humanity.

An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus
Goodreads Synopsis:
Life is not easy for the world's first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion. 

As if this wasn't complicating her life enough, Jane also has to decide whether or not she wants to begin a relationship with FBI Special Agent Alex Timmons or local crime lord Lucien Lyons. Both men are determined to get to the bottom of the crime she's investigating but may be distracted by their own agendas--as well as their love for Jane.

Fool's Gold by Zen DiPietro
Goodreads Synopsis:
Omar Freeborn doesn't expect too much out of life. A warm bed and not getting knifed is usually enough for him.

He's thrown a curve when his sister not only steals his bed, but involves him in her business deal gone wrong.

All he can do is dig in and pull off some trading mastery. Maybe, if he's lucky, he won't get knifed in the process.

"Fool's Gold" is a short story in the Mercenary Warfare series, a Dragonfire Station series.

The Cost of Business by Zen DiPietro
Goodreads Synopsis:
Not all good guys finish last.

Cabot Layne has unintentionally become the owner of someone else's problem. In order to get free of it, he'll need to use every bit of his trader cunning. If he does it just right, he might stay out of prison. With a little luck, he'll even manage to turn a profit.

Dragonfire Station is all about highly developed characters who feel like real people you know. In a nutshell, it's about kick-ass, flawed people who are doing their best to overcome the challenges thrown their way.

Fans of Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy will love this sci-fi series, full of rogues, mercenaries, and adventure. Sometimes you have to make the rules up as you go along.

Pirate's Vengeance by L.J. Andrews
Goodreads Synopsis:

"A wild and fun ride with pirates! Danger, fun, magic, and a touch of romance"

The tattooed pirate jumped onto the side of the ship and held tight to the rigging. "Gents," he smiled. "Ye know what to do." With a maniacal laugh he leapt across the gap between ships until joining his captain on deck. Two enormous men with blackened teeth faced the captured crew.
"Ye needs be vetted to join the crew of Smythe. Any deemed unworthy, or cowardly will fly to the Below. Boys, line 'em up." It was time to join the world of sky pirates, or die.

Launi Kingdom is built on floating islands, full of wonderful adventures for eighteen year-old Nova. But when her father is kidnapped by sky pirates, her carefree days are over.
Armed with her father's leather bag, an old pirate seal, and a mysterious jeweled dagger found in the wall of her home, Nova sets out disguised as a boy to find the legendary Captain Phoenix. Only a man such as him could bargain for her father's safe return.
But before she can reach Captain Phoenix her ship is attacked by pirates, and Nova is forced to join the crew or die. Now she must survive the riotous crew for her father's sake. Soon she finds there is something more to the jeweled dagger⸺ and herself. Something dangerous.
Nova must unravel her family's secrets before the dark power overtakes her, or her father will be lost forever and she'll become what she fears most. A pirate.

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
Primordial by David Wood & Alan Baxter
Air and Ash by Alex Lidell
The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas
Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson


Somewhere Only We Know said...

Good luck on getting more organized and multitasking. I find that responding to comments isn't as much of a priority for me as I'd like too. Really it is a matter of my personal life taking priority. Hope you have a great week!

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks said...

I always respond to my comments on the phone, whenever I have a spare minute. I don't know how I would manage otherwise! They are taking up a big amount of time, yo9u are right.
Have a great week :)

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I love replying and commenting and make time each day. Nice haul this week. Glad you are enjoying the cooler nights.

Blodeuedd said...

Commenting is so hard sometimes

Unknown said...

It's been warm here and the humidity is back but supposed to get down to low 70s or a bit lower for a few days midweek. Perfect weather:) I reply to comments on my blog every day so they don't build up. And alternate blogs I visit each day. Then play catch up on Sunday posts. It does take time and sometimes I don't have it.

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Carole Rae said...

They all sound good, but the best one is the "Pirate's Vengeance".

I have been so sparce lately because we are in the middle of moving.

Geybie's Book Blog said...

I always have problems with multitasking and keep things organized as well. Good luck. I hope you enjoy your new books this week and have a wonderful week. Happy reading. 😁❤️

chucklesthescot said...

The blogging part for me has been fine-it is the reading time I'm struggling with!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

It is so hard to get everything done you want to get done. I think that is why I've gone to just 2 days a week blogging. :) Hope you have a great week!

LilyElement said...

I'm hoping the cooler weather stays! I'm loving leaving the house with a light jacket.

sjhigbee said...

Sorry about the problems with Scrivener - I had the same issues when I started using it for writing a novel and reverted to Word. Like you said - too scary! And I know how you feel about keeping up with commenting on blogs - I need a clone... Maybe we can share one. I hope you get hold of The Beautiful Ones on audio - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Sandy Farmer. Yep, personal life is always at the front, but I enjoy chatting with everyone on their blogs and mine as well. So I'm trying to get what extras I've been doing organized, but family will always be first on the list. :) Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Evelina, I could try doing the phone responding. I haven't done that. I...didn't know how to do it before, but might try it. Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Kimba, I'm with you on replying and commenting. I love the community out here. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

That it is Blodeuedd. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Laura Thomas, Oh hope the weather cools for you. Humidity can be the worst.

I try to respond and comment rotating days with other things in the evening. Sometimes I can sneak in responses on my blog in the morning, that's not common though. Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Carole Rae, I really liked the sound of "Pirate's Vengeance" as well. Sounds good and a bit different. :)

Oh, hope the moving is going well for you. Take it easy!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh thanks Geybie. It's hard to keep everything going. I know I really like my days of relaxing and letting the brain vegetate too. lol. Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh yes, Chuckles. Reading time is hard to come by some weeks. :) And if you have a slow book, it's easier to set it aside. lol. Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) I've gone to posting only two days a week as well. With everything going on in life it's hard to keep up. But I still like to visit and try to keep up with everyone. Ugh. Time just isn't my friend lately. ;) Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

LilyElement, I'm with you. And it makes it so much nicer to sleep at night! :D Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh thank you S.J. Higbee. (And love seeing your name!) I just got it fixed tonight. I've been emailing Scrivener back and forth for a few days (since I work during day) and we found the issue. It was an easy fix. So all is safe with the project. *phew* I've kept those emails, just in case I need them in the future to fix it again.

Oh, a clone would be wonderful! And I'm looking forward to The Beautiful Ones. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)

Have a great week!