Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday Post #193

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 took last Sunday off from blogging. It had been a tough week prior and I needed a break. Watching grandma decline so fast those last few weeks was hard. We knew it was coming, but it doesn't make it any easier. But, now life goes on and we adjust. She will always be in my mind with great memories.

This past week, I finished up photos for a new born session I did and got them to the parents. I had so much fun doing the session and thought the photos turned out wonderful. Especially for my first time. :) I hope to be sharing them on my photo blog but if you are curious about them, you can visit and follow my Instagram account for photos: SpellboundinaFlash.

I did decide to join Camp NaNoWriMo. Like life isn't busy enough, right? lol. I have a few things I need to do here to finish out March, but I want to get back to writing. I want to get my 1st Christmas Business book done, so I'll be working through it as another round of re-writes. I have a few things to research, so if anyone knows anything about business owners and board of directors that can answer some questions and talk with me, I could use some insight. But I'm getting back to it. :)

How have you all been doing?

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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... Ugh. Nothing.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Starsigns by A.F. Grappin


Current Audiobook:
I Was a Teenage Weredeer by C.T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus


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


Finished Last Week: 
Books:
Not yet.



Audiobooks :
Blood Codex by David Wood & Alan Baxter
Blood of Assassins by R.J. Barker


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 Week on the Blog:


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




Guest Posts:


Posts:

Around the Internet...



Reviews:
Dragon School: First Flight by Sarah K.L. Wilson

"I love the dragon that picks her though. Raolcan doesn't see a handicap. He sees a strong young woman who is like him in views."


Winter Rose by Rachel A. Marks

"This is such a short read/listen and I can't believe how emotional I got with it. That says a lot for Rachel and Starla. The perfect words and the exact voice for the characters. Wow."


Hush by James Maxey

"The world is expanding for us. We know the world is full of history and magic, and we are seeing more of it now. We seem to dive into the thinking of magics in the world and belief in it. "


Blood Codex by David Wood & Alan Baxter

"I always enjoy adventures for the mystical unknown. This book takes Jake and Rose on an adventure they never thought to go on. They end up searching for the Devil's Bible. I did enjoy the journey. The rush to stay ahead of those looking for Rose. Then learning about the Devil's Bible and what they find. It's not the complete reason why the guys are after Rose, but it does back the reason."

Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I will finished up two reviews for you this week.



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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:
One of Us by Craig DiLouie
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Goodreads Synopsis:
They call him Dog.

Enoch is a teenage boy growing up in a rundown orphanage in Georgia during the 1980s. Abandoned from the moment they were born, Enoch and his friends are different. People in the nearby town whisper that the children from the orphanage are monsters.

The orphanage is not a happy home. Brutal teachers, farm labor, and communal living in a crumbling plantation house are Enoch's standard day to day. But he dreams of growing up to live among the normals as a respected man. He believes in a world less cruel, one where he can be loved.

One night, Enoch and his friends share a campfire with a group of normal kids. As mutual fears subside, friendships form, and living together doesn't seem so out of reach.

But then a body is found, and it may be the spark that ignites revolution.

Void Trip #4 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Now, finally alone in the universe, Ana has to confront her past, her future, and an old friend returning. All the while, the Great White edges closer and closer, now with an ally of his own in tow.

Void Trip #5 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
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Amazon Synopsis:
The villain descends, the hero ascends, and Ana finds freedom in a universe without it.


Audio Books Requested for Review:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.




Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Operation: Endgame by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Join Agents Books and Braun on their final adventure with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences!


There is no time to rest for Eliza D Braun and Wellington Thornhill Books. The man who has haunted and hounded them since the fall of the Maestro, Doctor Henry Jekyll, is now on a killing spree, using bizarre, theatrical murders as a way to taunt their inability to capture the. It falls on Books and Braun to turn the tables on Jekyll and bring him to justice.


As Wellington and Eliza continue their pursuit of the madman Jekyll, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences stand against a recent surge in House of Usher activity. Agents Bruce Campbell and Brandon Hill discover more about the intention of Operation: Ragnorok, and the Ministry find themselves in a race to thwart Usher’s intent to plunge the world into chaos, despair, and a noticeable lack of clotted cream for Devon Teas.


The Ministry will not let this stand.





Audio:
The Greystone Chronicles by David Willmarth
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Goodreads Synopsis:
In the latter half of the 21st century, Alexander and his guild mates play Io Online for fun and to earn a living. It’s the largest VRMMORPG on the planet, and the source of income that supports families around the globe. While completing a rare “First Kill” dungeon in hopes of epic loot, they discover that demons, who have not been seen in the realm for ages, have once again invaded Io. 

Given the chance to test a new experimental immersion system, the friends must give up their high level characters and begin again at level one. As they work through the noob zone quests, they discover that the new immersion system allows them to play in ways that hadn’t been possible before. Casting is faster. Movement more fluid. Even magic itself behaves differently. 

They quickly run afoul of a party of player killers, and become the targets of an entire PK guild bent on spawn camping them until they leave the game. War has been declared. 

The fight expands into populated areas, where innocent citizens are murdered, and player accounts are terminated. The guild works to help citizens rebuild what has been destroyed, but are repeatedly forced to stop and defend against enemy attacks. 
After the gods of Io and a powerful being of darkness get involved, Alexander and his friends learn the hard way that their in-game actions have consequences, both in the game, and in the real world. 

**This is a LITRPG novel. Which means that in addition to monster fights, dungeon runs, crafting adventures, and battles of swords and magic, there are game elements involved. If you’ve not played MMORPG’s or even tabletop RPG’s, or you don’t know what those terms mean, this book may not be for you. For the uninitiated, there is a sort of cheat-sheet narrative in the back of the book. 

Warning: This book contains adult language. 





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
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson
Blood of Assassins by R.J. Barker

5 comments:

  1. Looks like a lot of great books. I am sorry about your grandmother. Prayers for your family. Have a great week.

    Mary my #SundayRoundup

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  2. I am always amazed at the baby pics, srsly, would not have happened! Baby s woke at everything

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  3. Sorry it’s been a tough few weeks. Good luck with NaNo. Have a great week and enjoy your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. *hugs* It sounds like you needed a break, don't worry about blogging <3

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  5. I am sorry about your grandmother - even when you know it's coming, it never is easy. I'm delighted the baby portraits came out so well - have a better week, Melissa...

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