Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Post #188

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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I'm late getting this post up today, but it's up. I've been keeping my hours full of all sorts of things.

We have finished January. One month into 2018. And what I have done? Well... it feels like not to much. I've been taking free classes on how to use Photoshop. I've learned a great deal and wish I could afford to pay to take the rest of the module. And if I could, I could take their photography classes too. But, as great the price is, I can't justify it in my tight budget. I've been taking more photos, but that's in thanks to a dear friends daughter having her baby. I even got to take some amazing photos of the new born a week old. She's adorable! As for words... Ugh. I've not had a chance to get to those.

The house has been the sick house, so this is slowing me down as well. I had a sinus infection and finally got over it. Husband has been sick about two months now, and it's gotten worse this last week. Kiddo's even got a severe sinus infection now too. I'm ready to move out for a week. Any takers for a guest? LOL! Nah, I'm here helping them get through.

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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 has turned into a dream for me. lol.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier
Starsigns by A.F. Grappin (on treadmill)


Current Audiobook:
Behind Enemy Lines by Terry Mixon

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Alone by Scott Sigler (You can listen for free too! Go to Scott's website.)


Finished Last Week: 
Assassin's Mark by A.F. Grappin
Void Trip #2 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus


Audiobooks from Audible:
Steam by Stacey Rourke
Villains Pride by M.K. Gibson



Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None.


DNFed:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!) - Author's stopped posting it.
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Last Two Weeks on the Blog:


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




Guest Posts:


Posts:

Around the Internet...



Reviews:
Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have two reviews to finish and schedule for you.



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


For Review Consideration:
Void Trip #3 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
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Amazon Synopsis:
Having now discovered the hippy-paradise super-planet Euphoria, our space hobos finally learn that age-old truth: the worst thing that can happen to a person is having their dreams come true.

Good Samaritan: Unto Dust #1 by Mike Luoma
Synopsis:
Boston, Massachusetts - 1965: Father Bill Sullivan is a Roman Catholic priest with a secret – he wields awesome energies that he believes are given him by God. The "Power of the Holy Spirit" manifests around him as nebulous tentacles of purple and gold energy and smoke. It allows "Good Samaritan" – as he calls himself – to hover, grab criminals and restrain them, subject thugs to the experience of their own crimes in his "Confessional", and occasionally render ultimate judgment by turning perps into dust as he proclaims, "Remember Man that thou art DUST and unto dust thou shall return!"A new menace is tangling with Good Samaritan, a creature preying on children, a molester with delusions of being a vampire. And "normal" life is presenting its own problems, as Ernesto Cabral, the new Cardinal of the Archdiocese, apparently has it in for Father Sullivan! He hassles Sullivan after Father Bill helps a young, unwed mother-to-be. The Cardinal might ruin his career... but the creature could take his life!




Audio Books Requested for Review:
Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Darkstorm is the prequel to the dark epic fantasy series The Rhenwars Saga.

Faced with an imminent cataclysm that will destroy the magical heritage of their people, a secret conspiracy of mages has resorted to harnessing the powers of Hell to save their legacy. The only mages who can oppose them are Braden and Quin Reis: two brothers with a turbulent past and a caustic relationship. But both Braden and Quin are compromised, harboring terrible and tragic secrets.

Will Braden and Quin be able to prevent the unsealing of the Well of Tears? Or will they fall victim to the darkmages’ sinister manipulations and join their conspiracy?

Hush by James Maxey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
THE SECOND BOOK OF THE DRAGON APOCALYPSE

The invulnerable, super-strong warrior Infidel has a secret: she’s lost her magical powers right at the moment when she needs them most. To keep a promise to a fallen friend, she must journey to the frozen wastelands of the north.

Her quest leads her through the abstract realms of the Sea of Wine, where she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all life. Hush, the primal dragon of cold, has formed an alliance with the ghost of a vengeful witch to murder Glorious, the dragon of the sun, plunging the world into an unending winter night.

Without her magical strength, can Infidel possibly survive her battle with Hush? If she fails to save glorious, will the world see another morning?

Forbidden Island by Jeremy Robinson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
SEEKING TO CONTACT HUMANITY'S LOST TRIBE...

On the precipice of a cliff, contemplating suicide, dishonorably discharged U.S. Army Ranger, Rowan Baer, is invited to provide security to a research team visiting the most dangerous island in the world--North Sentinel Island in the Sea of Bengal. Seeking redemption, he accepts.

Living among Amazon rainforest tribes, eccentric Israeli anthropologist, Talia Mayer, is recruited to study the island's elusive inhabitants--the Sentinelese--who have resided on the tropical island since the dawn of mankind. Seeing the chance of a lifetime, she joins the team.

On the run from his past, Palestinian linguist, Mahdi Barakat, is given little choice: join the expedition and make contact with the Sentinelese, or be left to face the men tracking him down. Afraid for his life, he finds safe harbor halfway around the world.

As part of an expedition funded by the Indian government and supported by a local resort millionaire, the team struggles to make contact with the Sentinelese, a tribal people renowned for their violence, strange behavior, and mysterious ways. But when the expedition's yacht strikes a reef, and sinks, the team finds themselves stranded on an island few people have ever set foot on and survived, an island that they quickly discover is home to far more than primitive tribal people.

...THEY UNCOVER THE VERY SOURCE OF EVIL.



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Children of Ash by Jaye Wells
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The human rebels are recruited to help save a group of children who were captured by the Troika and sent to a blood camp. Getting inside the prison camp will be easy, but escaping will be hell.



Audio:




Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case by Kristen Painter
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. 

Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.

Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her undercover to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at the Santa’s Workshop toy store are going missing.

Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that’s strictly off-limits. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger.

Will her magic save her? Or will she come up cold?

The Galathea Chronicles: Books 1-3 by J.J. Green
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The first three books of JJ Green’s Shadows of the Void space opera serial, in one discounted bundle. 

Generation (Shadows of the Void 1) 

Humankind entered the age of deep space travel two decades ago, and Earth’s megacorps rushed to exploit the rich resources to be found on unclaimed planets. Prospecting starships roam the galaxy, racing to be the first to lay their hands on the new-found source of wealth. 

But unknown horrors lie at the reaches of the great expanse, ready to be awakened by unsuspecting starship crews. 

Chief Security Officer Jas Harrington’s job is to protect her shipmates from hostile aliens on new worlds. For the efficient if quick-tempered Jas, that hasn’t been too hard up till now. But her captain is drug-addled, and he’s hungry for the bonuses he gets from finding valuable resources. 

When the captain won’t listen to Jas’ fears about a mysterious planet, he is compromised by contact with a strange life form—a life form that threatens to take over the entire ship and return to Earth, where it can spread its deadly infection. 

Now Jas is in a race against time, struggling to quarantine the alien infection and prevent the aliens from achieving their goal: Generation. She doesn't realize it yet, but as she fights to save her crew, the future of all humanity hangs in the balance. 

Stranded (Shadows of the Void 2) 

The starship Galathea has crash-landed on a planet inhabited by deadly aliens, but Polestar, the megacorp that owns the ship, isn’t in a hurry to rescue the crew. Some of the officers were infected by the hostile life forms, and the company may not want to take responsibility or waste money on a lost cause. 

Unknown to Polestar, many of the possessed officers died in the crash. But Jas Harrington isn’t convinced that they were all killed. She thinks that infected personnel remain aboard ship, impossible to detect, and hoping to hitch a ride to a populated planet. 

Now the ship’s life support systems aren’t working, the one remaining engineer doesn’t know how to fix the engines, and the crew is threatening to mutiny. 

Can Jas combat the dangers outside and within the ship? Can she can get the Galathea off the planet? And if she does, how can she be sure she isn’t spreading the deadly aliens to the rest of the galaxy? 

Dawn (Shadows of the Void 3) 

Under orders from Earth’s Global Government, the crew of the Galathea set out for the colony world of Dawn, where the hostile aliens that infested their ship can be rooted out. 

Jas Harrington learns the aliens are called Shadows, and that there has been a conspiracy of silence surrounding the threat they pose to the galaxy. She also finds that there’s more to Dawn than meets the eye. 

On the new world, she discovers the horrible truth of what the Shadows do to victims caught in their traps. 

She discovers what Dawn’s inhabitants are hiding. 

She discovers that the planet’s security has been penetrated. 

As the Shadows draw near, Jas battles desperately to free the people of Dawn from their dark secrets. If she doesn’t succeed, no one can survive.

Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology
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Goodreads Synopsis:
With an introduction by Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns and Red Sister.
Hidden pasts. Secrets untold. Legends half-remembered. Fifteen fantasy writers gather to bring fifteen tales to life, each one a unique glimpse into a wholly original world.
On the Emerald Road, a dead Sage triggers a brutal trial beneath the forest floor. There, a young man must fight--and kill--both friends and enemies to become the next wielder of the fabled Emerald Blade.
In Midgard, a priestess of humble birth forges a strange bond with an ancient being as she searches for justice in a land that often rewards cruelty, betrayal, and bloodshed.
And in the Yarnsworld, the Magpie King teaches two brothers a dangerous lesson about the power of stories. Sticks and stones may indeed break bones...but they cannot hurt the Bramble Man.
In worlds ravaged by flood, fire, and frost, mere mortals strive to make their own legends amidst demons and deities a like. And in lands racked with human strife--where evil endures and no one is ever safe--scarred heroes fight forces even darker than their own personal demons.
Why do they fight?
Some seek to better the world, or themselves. Others are out to right old wrongs. But whatever their goal--reward, redemption, or just respite--the truth will out eventually. For no story is ever truly lost so long as there exists one to tell it.

The Lethal Agent by RS McCoy
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Mable Wilkinson is close to getting everything she ever wanted. She has a home in a facility in New York, a job extracting parasitic insects, and she's even made some friends. If she can keep up this pace for a few years, she’ll earn a lifetime of security for herself—and for Hadley.

But that doesn’t mean her job is easy. Each time she begins to discover something about the bugs, they strike again, wreaking havoc on the world. Researchers are dying with increasing frequency, and Mable is powerless to stop it. 

As the mounting bug attacks threaten to destroy humanity, Mable realizes she’s out of time. Her team has only days to find a solution before the human race loses its homeworld—if the bugs don’t infect them first. 

A new sci-fi romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga, The Alder Tales, and The Luminary Chronicles. 

Book Two of The Extraction Files.

Storm Dragon by Frances Pauli
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Karin knows she’s gone completely insane—nuts—absolutely batshit crazy, when she spots an insidious blue dragon twining through the trees at a rest stop in the Cascade Mountains. Despite agreeing to join her roommate at a psychic fair, she’s never believed in anything metaphysical. She’s pretty sure the Reiki treatment she succumbed to has brought on a frighteningly realistic hallucination—until they roll their mini-van in the middle of I-90, and she is rescued from the vehicle by the same monstrous blue figment of her imagination. 

She awakens to find that she’s been delivered to a cabin high in the mountains instead of to a proper hospital. The “doctor” looking out for her is more of a new-ager than a physician, and the people who own the house, including the urban highlander version of Fabio, don’t have any intention of letting her leave.

Faced with the unimaginable, and strapped to an all-too-real dragon, Karin must decide how to tame the beast or risk losing herself to it forever.

Archangel's Kiss by Anna Santos
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Gargoyles, Angels, and Vampires. Deadly enemies. An Angel Prince looking for his fated mate to break his curse. A Vampire King with a heart of stone. 

Aria loses her humanity after being saved by a monster she believed only to exist in horror stories. But everything isn’t what it seems when her savior becomes a handsome angel prince who awakened her ancient and deadly powers. Powers that can destroy the world, or save it. 
Only true love can break the prince’s curse and stop him from turning into stone for all eternity. Despite the overwhelming chemistry between Aria and the prince, they only have thirty days to fall in love before their bond is put to the test. 
Peril strikes in the form of an addictive drug that can kill vampires and angels are to blame. Conflict is blooming and the peace treaty between the Angel Prince and the Vampire King is threatened. 
Aria is caught in a love triangle when the Vampire King discovers that the girl he had refused to take as his is now the prince’s new mate. Tormented by the rash decision that almost killed her, the king now believes that he’s saving Aria from the clutches of the manipulative prince. 
Finding out that supernatural creatures exist becomes less terrifying for Aria than discovering what she’s destined to become if she lets her Archangel’s abilities take over and change her. 
Aria is much more than the average, eighteen-year-old girl who wanted to find the cure for cancer. She’s now a deadly Archangel warrior and the future queen of the angels and gargoyles if only she can manage to break her lover’s curse and keep the Vampire King at bay. 

Z-Burbia by Jake Bible
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test! 
Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification. 

But, even in the best of times, suburban living has its ups and downs what with nosy neighbors, a strict Home Owners’ Association, and a property management company that believes the words “strict interpretation” are holy words when applied to the HOA covenants. Now with the zombie apocalypse upon them even those innocuous, daily irritations quickly become dramatic struggles for personal identity, family security, and straight up survival. 

Welcome to normal life in Z-Burbia!

Remembrance by Heather Hildenbrand
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Goodreads Synopsis:
She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.

Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyoncé would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.

Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.

Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.

Frenzied by Blaire Edens
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Swimming in the Deep 

Shark-shifter Tiburon Diaz has gone from predator to savior. After saving Eva Buxton’s life, he’s drowning in her. Eva, a high school biology teacher, finally has the bedroom partner she’s always wanted. But when research scientists threaten their future together, the two of them will have to decide if one scorching hot week together is enough to decide forever.




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
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson
Assassin's Mark by A.F. Grappin
Void Trip #2 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
Steam by Stacey Rourke
Villains Pride by M.K. Gibson

2 comments:

  1. I certainly want to read Strange Practice as some point as I liked the sample.

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  2. Maybe check if your library has a lynda account/partnership. I think mine does and when I checked it out I saw a bunch of photoshop classes

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