Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday Post #195

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.


How's everyone doing? I hope well. I'm, once again sounding like a broken record, sorry I didn't get to visiting last week. Some days I really wonder about hanging up the keyboard and retire from blogging. I love doing it and want to be on more, but it seems life has grown bigger in the last few years. I thought I'd have more time once kiddo went to college. And in a sense that's true. But I've filled that time with other things. I've started seeing old friends again, going out more, and taking photos. All these things take from the time I would be putting into my blog. I love reading and writing and won't stop that. I just wonder about the hours of a day anymore. This is NOT me saying I'm leaving, just babbling about how I wish I could put the hours together better to do everything I want to do. *sigh*

Sorry for the venting. It's so hard to do all the things.

But, how are you? I want to know what awesome things are happening for you. I'm hoping to get on this week to visit and respond. Last week started well. I did one hour a day for Camp NaNoWriMo and planned on visiting blogs on Thursday. It didn't happen as I remembered I had a friend who had an art opening, so I went to that. Then Friday was ladies night with two friends from high school. I hadn't seen them in years and we spent hours talking and catching up. Yesterday I had plans, that fell through. lol. Kiddo was in a dodge ball game that benefited Dementia and wanted me to take pictures. So I did.

I think this week will be more relaxed. I do have three hours of Camp NaNoWriMo work to get caught up on and blog visiting to do. I'm going to get there this week. I'm determined.


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... Ummm... I've become bad at this.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Volatile Bonds by Jaye Wells

Current Audiobook:
Will start new one on Monday.

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

Finished Last Week: 
Starsigns by A.F. Grappin
Void Trip #3 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
Void Trip #4 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
Void Trip #5 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus

Audiobooks :
The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

Finished Podcast Book Listen:

Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!) - Author's stopped posting it.

Last Week on the Blog:

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

Guest Posts:


Around the Internet...


Podcast Review:

Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



This Week to Come on the Blog:

I will finished up two reviews for you this week.


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:

Audio Books Requested for Review:
Hunting in Bruges by E.J. Stevens
Goodreads Synopsis:
The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges.

Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.

On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all.

With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.

Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions—but some secrets are best left buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles to unearth the truth about an ancient enemy.

Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series set in the world of Ivy Granger.



Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
20 Shades of Shifters
Goodreads Synopsis:
20 Shades of Shifter is a limited edition collection of new and exclusive paranormal romance novels guaranteed to suck in you from page one. 

A shape-shifting dragon must win over his reluctant mate and stop Jack the Ripper. A Fae trucker becomes allies with an MC member when trying to deliver magical motorcycles to the Fae Queen. A wolf shifter is held captive in a human research lab where he is tortured until he meets one sexy scientist. An angel risked it all to steal the elixir of life and save his mortal love’s life and over two millennia later must get her to remember she once loved an angel. These stories and many more are included in this steamy, hot collection. 

Don’t wait to read this set. It is only out for a short time before it will be gone forever! 

Demelza Carlton 
Evelyn Lederman 
ML Guida 
Aidy Award 
Carmen Fox 
David Adams 
Sascha Illyvich 
Lynn Best 
Lilly Cain 
Emma Alisyn 
Vonnie Davis 
Brenda Trim and Tami Julka 
Nina Croft 
K.L. Bone 
Natalie Jones 
Kailin Gow 
Moxie North 

Awaken by Michelle Bryan
Goodreads Synopsis:
Imagine a world devastated by The Shift. The cities left in ruins and the people all gone. Technology now nothing but the subject of folklore. Each and every day a struggle to survive. This is Tara's world.
Raised as a survivor in the harsh, lawless sand lands, Tara is no stranger to hardship. But when her village is destroyed and the young people taken by the merciless Prezedant, she quickly learns how much of a fighter she really is.
Now on a quest to rescue her only remaining kin, she is joined by the most unlikely of companions. Finn, an orphaned boy who has a devil Cat as a pet. Tater, the dwarf storytelling trader who seems to know more than he is willing to admit. And Jax, a surly young man who seems to hate everything about Tara. Together this little band of adventurers will face dangerous adversaries on a journey into the unknown. Nothing will ever be the same.

Bitterwood by James Maxey
Goodreads Synopsis:
Bitterwood has spent the past twenty years hunting down dragons, one at a time. But he is getting old and the hate that he has carried in his heart since a group of dragon-soldiers killed his family is beginning to fade. When he kills the royal prince dragon, the king decides the only retribution is genocide of the human race. Bitterwood is forced to enter the Free City, the grand trap designed to eradicate mankind, with thousands of others. Can he lead from within, or can a select few dragons unite to stop the king's madness from becoming reality. Full of rich characters and drama, this is an amazingly astute vision of our own culture by way of a feudal kingdom where dragons rule, and humans are used as workers or pets. 

Let Me by Cecy Robinson
Goodreads Synopsis:
Once he was broken beyond repair. Now this MMA contender is fighting to be a better man—for her. RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!” And in Let Me, it is Finn’s turn to discover how love can heal the deepest wounds.

A mixed martial arts star on the rise, Finn O’Brien dismantles his opponents with brutal precision. And yet beneath his fierce persona, Finn is raw from a trauma he’s buried for years . . . until the day his deep-rooted rage erupts and lands him in court-mandated therapy. Finn’s not one to bare his soul, but if talking it out means meeting beautiful women like Sol Marieles, he’ll give it a shot.

Sol is working toward her masters degree in psychology, and already she feels like she’s in over her head. With an important internship on the line and a scary family situation demanding her attention, the last thing Sol needs is Finn around to distract her. The man is ripped and seriously sexy yet it’s his troubled side that warns her to keep her distance. But their attraction is intense, and he clearly has the heat to see how far and fast their passion takes them.

Alone, Finn and Sol have been fighting to find happiness in their lives. Together, there’s no stopping them as they face their greatest challenges—not in the ring, but in their hearts.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Goodreads Synopsis:
In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

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
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson
The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso
Starsigns by A.F. Grappin
Void Trip #3 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
Void Trip #4 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus

Void Trip #5 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus


Laura said...

We can't blog 24/7 can we. LOL I thought blogging ahead would give me more time for other things, but nope. I have to continue doing it to stay ahead. Life needs to be lived and enjoyed. My blog comes second. I'm lucky its my hobby:)

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sjhigbee said...

Oh I know what you mean about not being able to fit eveything in... I REALLY need a writing clone AND a houseworking clone. I hope we both have easier weeks coming up. Many thanks for listing All Systems Red - I've really wanted this one for a while and have just picked it up on special offer at Amazon, thanks to you! Have a less fraught week, Melissa:)

Aj @ Read All The Things! said...

I hope everyone understands that blogging is a hobby. We can’t all be online constantly. :) Enjoy your new books!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

chucklesthescot said...

It's good that you're getting to rediscover old interests and spending time doing stuff for you. You're right though, it can be hard to fit blogging into real life at times!

Unknown said...

Definitely blogging is not a full time venture. Have a wonderful week!

LilyElement said...

Do what makes you happy <3333

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Laura Thomas, I hear ya. I tried the blogging ahead as well. But you don't really get time off as you are always blogging ahead. lol. I just miss being here more than what I am now. *sigh* Thank you!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

S.J. Higbee, I hear ya. I want a few clones as well. lol. So glad you got to pick up All Systems Red. :) Hope you enjoy it. Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh AJ, it's a hobby, but I wish I could be here more often than not these days. I miss doing more and chatting with everyone. Hope you have a good week.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Chuckles, thanks. I have been enjoying myself, like a little kid again. lol (I could only wish.) But to do all the things is hard to budget. I'll have to figure something out. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

That's true Cyndy G. S. I would like to put more time into it though. :) Thank you for visiting and have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thanks LilyElement. I've been trying to do all the things because all the things make me happy. lol. It's hard! LOL! Hope you have a great week.