Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Post #196

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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It's been two weeks. I was so tired last Sunday that I couldn't bring myself to post. lol. I did a swing band concert on Friday evening and walked through town for an Art Walk with works from local artists and young singers. I really enjoyed myself. And, took pictures of it all. I got the band photos done this week and posted them on my Facebook page and starting to post on Instagram. I'm still working on the art photos.

I'm trying to get a few things done at once. It's going slow but I want to read more, so I'm trying to get more read time in. Summer use to be best for it because of tv shows not playing. Now there are different shows on that I want to watch! lol. *sigh* Time is working against us. lol.

Our weather turned beautiful, like over 80F, for the Art Walk then two days later we had snow. Ugh! This is crazy. But the weather is starting to normal out. It's cooler but the sun is shining and hopefully will warm soon.

Hope everyone is doing well.

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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... Ummm... I've become bad at this.

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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Volatile Bonds by Jaye Wells


Current Audiobook:
Renegades by Melissa Meyers


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


Finished Last Week: 
Books:
Not this week.


Audiobooks :
Devil in a Black Suit by Colleen Helme
Hunting In Bruge by E.J. Stevens


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:


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GIVEAWAYS:
Audiobook Release Party Giveaway
Enter to win a Hunting in Bruges Prize Pack, including a pen, custom earbuds, a Hunting in Bruges mini poster signed by the author, and a Passport to the World of Ivy Granger signed by the author and the audiobook narrators!


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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:
Vamp City by C.D. Brown
COMING APRIL 25th
Goodreads Synopsis:
All Sophia Fontanelle wanted was to be left alone. On the run from New Orleans and its vampire council, she heads to Los Angeles to start a new life. But when The Caballero, the ancient peacekeeper rumored to be the great Zorro himself, is murdered, Sophia finds herself caught up in a fight to clear her name. Threatened by a 1950’s era gangster turned vamp by the Caballero himself, can she survive in VAMP CITY?

Urban fantasy meets detective noir in C.D. Brown’s memorable debut novel!
 





Audio Books Requested for Review:
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
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Goodreads Synopsis:
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus
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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. 

Dark Watcher by Lilith Saintcrow
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Theodora Morgan knows she's a little strange. Her talent for healing has set her apart, marked her as different all her life—a life spent moving from town to town when too much notice is taken of her abilites. Unfortunately, her talent for healing has brought her to the attention of the Crusade—and the Dark. The Crusade wants her dead because she's psychic, the Dark wants to feed on her talent—and then there's Dante. Tall and grim and armed with black-bladed knives, guns and a sword, he says he's here to protect her. But what if Theo needs protection from him?

Dante is a Watcher, sworn by Circle Lightfall to protect the Lightbringers. His next assignment? Watch over Theo. She doesn't know she's a Lightbringer, she doesn't know she's surrounded by enemies—and she doesn't know she's been marked for death by a bunch of fanatics. Perfect. He can't protect her if she doesn't trust him, but how can she possibly trust a man scarred by murder and warfare—a man who smells like the same Darkness Theo has been running from all her life?

Exile by David Wood & Sean Ellis
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Jade Ihara is caught in a centuries old power struggle between a slave cult who believes she might be the incarnation of the goddess of liberty, and a secret cabal with plans for world domination. Can she unravel the mystery of the Cult of Veritas and find their sacred relics before it’s too late? David Wood and Sean Ellis deliver another action-packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Fans of Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, Rogue Angel, and Dane Maddock will love Exile!



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
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Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
A Throne for Sisters by Morgan Rice
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Goodreads Synopsis:
In A THRONE FOR SISTERS (Book one), Sophia, 17, and her younger sister Kate, 15, are desperate to leave their horrific orphanage. Orphans, unwanted and unloved, they nonetheless dream of coming of age elsewhere, of finding a better life, even if that means living on the streets of the brutal city of Ashton. 

Sophia and Kate, also best friends, have each other’s backs—and yet they want different things from life. Sophia, a romantic, more elegant, dreams of entering court and finding a noble to fall in love with. Kate, a fighter, dreams of mastering the sword, of battling dragons, and becoming a warrior. They are both united, though, by their secret, paranormal power to read other’s minds, their only saving grace in a world that seems bent to destroy them. 

As they each embark on a quest and adventure their own ways, they struggle to survive. Faced with choices neither can imagine, their choices may propel them to the highest power—or plunge them to the lowest depths. 

A THRONE FOR SISTERS is the first book in a dazzling new fantasy series rife with love, heartbreak, tragedy, action, magic, sorcery, fate and heart-pounding suspense. A page turner, it is filled with characters that will make you fall in love, and a world you will never forget.

A Court for Thieves by Morgan Rice
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Goodreads Synopsis:
In A COURT FOR THIEVES (A Throne for Sisters—Book Two), Sophia, 17, finds her world upside down as she is cast from the romantic world of aristocracy and back to the horrors of the orphanage. This time the nuns seem intent on killing her. Yet that doesn’t pain her as much as her broken heart. Will Sebastian realize his mistake and come back for her? 

Her younger sister Kate, 15, embarks on her training with the witch, coming of age under her auspices, mastering the sword, gaining more power than she ever imagined possible—and determined to embark on a quest to save her sister. She finds herself immersed in a world of violence and combat, of a magic she craves—and yet one that may consume her. 

A secret is revealed about Sophia and Kate’s lost parents, and all may not be what it seems for the sisters. Fate, indeed, may be turned on its head. 

A COURT FOR THIEVES (A Throne for Sisters—Book Two) is the second book in a dazzling new fantasy series rife with love, heartbreak, tragedy, action, adventure, magic, sorcery, dragons, fate and heart-pounding suspense. A page turner, it is filled with characters that will make you fall in love, and a world you will never forget. 

Sanctuary from the Dead by R.J. Spears
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Goodreads Synopsis:
How can you retain your humanity when the undead rise?
Eight months ago, Joel found his world turned upside-down in the most horrifying way. The dead came back to life and started killing the living. Within weeks, zombies ruled the world. In a small southern Ohio town, Joel, a twenty-something slacker finds himself holed up with a group of survivors as they take refuge in a church. Fighting the undead in a desperate attempt to survive, they try to maintain some semblance of what makes us human. In this grueling post-apocalyptic world, they discovered that while the undead are terrible, the living can be just as merciless and even more deadly.
Sanctuary from the Dead tells the story of a group of survivors who desperately try to maintain their humanity as they try to survive in an undead world.
Contains adult language, violence, and gore.
Moms Against Zombies by Alathia Paris Morgan
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Emma Jackson is an army wife and new mom with all the uncertainties that come with it… until that fear is pushed in a different direction. Instead of worrying about diapers and feeding schedules, her only objective is to keep her child alive after being chased by a man who looks entirely too dead.

Trish Walsh thought her day was bad when she had to drag all four of her children on an errand, but she rethinks the meaning after what she can only hope was someone dressed up like a zombie beats on her car door. Yet, the bloody mess left behind is anything but reassuring.

Cooper Walsh’s job is top secret. When criminals break in to steal his company’s secrets, he overhears the conspiracy devised to create chaos as a cover-up. Knowing he must do everything in his power to right the wrong, he sets out on a mission.

Surviving long enough to reunite with their families is all that matters. That… and stopping the zombie apocalypse before it destroys them.
 

The Girl Who Shot First by Angel Lawson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The last time Alexandra Ramsey sees her scientist father, he tells her to wait two weeks for him to return. If he doesn’t, she and her mother must locate her sister, who is over three hundred miles away in one of the states under quarantine. Assuming she survived, that is.

The virus spreads through the southern states, infecting the healthy and turning them into raging, cannibalistic versions of their former selves. Dr. Ramsey has spent months studying the E-TR Virus, seeking a way to stop the annihilation of the human race. Before he disappears, he hands Alexandra what may be the most valuable information in existence. Information that more than one powerful group will go to great lengths to possess. 

Alexandra is no match for this world—one where men and women’s brains burn with infection and a compulsive need to spread the parasitic virus that could potentially wipe out mankind. The weak are a liability, but she made her father a promise. It's a vow she intends to keep no matter how many lives are lost on the way. 

Heaven Before Hell by Dia Cole
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Goodreads Synopsis:
On the eve of the apocalypse… 

Twenty-year-old Lee Walker is struggling to make ends meet in the aftermath of a worldwide flu epidemic. Her life is complicated by a dangerous drug lord who can’t seem to take no for an answer, a sister who can’t keep herself out of jail, a close friend who wants to take things to the next level, and a coworker who’s nasty pranks are no laughing matter. But when people start turning into zombies, Lee realizes the only thing that matters is saving her family from a world rapidly devolving into hell. 

This novella is a prequel to the Heaven in Hell series.

The Treat of Madness by D.K. Holmberg
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The arrival of the mysterious Magi, along with their near invincible guardians, signals a change. For Jakob, apprentice historian, and son of a priest longing for adventure, it begins an opportunity. 

When his home is attacked, Jakob starts a journey that will take him far from home and everything he has ever known. Studying with a new swordmaster, he gains surprising skill, but also strange new abilities that make him fear the madness which has claimed so many has come to him. He must withstand it long enough to finish the dangerous task given to him, one that with his new abilities he may be the only person able to complete. 

With a strange darkness rising in the north, and attackers moving in from the south, powers long thought lost begin to return. Some begin to suspect the key to survival is the answer to a lost prophecy, yet only a few remain with the ability to find it.

A Spirited Manor by Kate Danley
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Goodreads Synopsis:
When Clara O’Hare lost the love of her life, she felt her own life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin.

Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful cast of strangers. But something sinister has decided to make itself known. It will be up to her and the dashing young medium, Wesley Lowenherz, to find out what the spirits of the manor are dying to tell them.

Laced with gothic romance and paranormal mystery, A Spirited Manor is book one in the O’Hare House Mystery penny dreadful series.

Fear University by Meg Collett
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Goodreads Synopsis:
I’ve always known I was a monster, and I don’t mean some teenage vampire shit either.

My mother abandoned me when I was ten years old because I have a freakish mutant disease that makes me incapable of feeling pain. I bounced from one foster family to another because too many people like to test my medical condition in a game of “Try To Make Ollie Scream.” At sixteen, I killed a man for taking that game too far.

Two years later, I’m still on the run in Kodiak, Alaska. Here, I’m the most dangerous person around, until I come face to face with a creature that should only exist in folklore. The monster is an aswang, and I, with my medical anomaly, am uniquely qualified to hunt the beast that haunts the night. At least, that’s what the two scarred, mostly crazy ‘swang hunters tell me when they kidnap me and take me to Fear University, a school where young students learn to hunt and kill aswangs.

I arrive at the university a prisoner, but I stay because I finally find my freedom. 

For once in my life, I belong. I’m needed. I make a home for myself inside the university masquerading as an old Alaskan prison. Something close to happiness warms my icy heart when I’m with my scarred, still mostly crazy tutor, Luke Aultstriver. For a murdering runaway like me, Fear University is a haven where I can put my skills to good use hunting monsters in the night.

But when certain truths come to light and even more lies are exposed, I fear that I, Ollie Andrews, am the worst kind of monster of all. And, maybe, they should be hunting me.


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
Starsigns by A.F. Grappin
Void Trip #5 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
Devil in a Black Suit by Colleen Helme

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had good reason to be tired:) I have On Demand so I can record all of my shows while reading and spending time out by the pool in the summer. Sure does come in handy. LOL Nice selection of reads. I spy a few I want to go check out!

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Hi Laura, It's been a busy time here. But I'll keep on going. ;) Thank you!!

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  2. Yikes, you've done a lot. I feel you on the tired. I have the Royals 40 hours a week now and oh boy. I am not twenty anymore. Yes, I remember when we had summers with the tv would be off!

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    1. It's been busy around here, Kimba. I thought things calmed when kids go to college. LOL! That's funny. But I'm starting to do what I enjoy again. :) Thanks for stopping.

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  3. That's a lot to cram in - no wonder you're feeling wiped out! It can't help with the weather being so mad - temperature in the 80s and then plunging to be so very cold... I hope you feel better, soon:).

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    1. Yeah, I seem to do it to myself. I go all out when I start doing things. lol. And the temp is crazy added in. When the weather's nice, we jump to get all the things done.

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  4. That is a lot to do! I hope you've been able to relax since then. Our weather has been so up and down, my kids are constantly getting sick. I hope your week is better! i'm going to have to check some of the books you posted, the covers are interesting.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Hi Tina! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you found some books to look into. :) Have a great week! And I'll be visiting you soon.

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  5. I just finished up Sky in the Deep!! I hope you enjoy the audio as much as I did :D

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    1. I'm looking forward to Sky in the Deep, LilyElement. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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  6. Lovely weather :D
    I am so curious about that SKy book

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  7. I think TV makes it hard to find time to read as well, there are so many shows ha ha and Netflix knows no seasons. :) The swing concert and Art walk sound fun.

    Vamp City looks fun and Sky in the Deep is one I definitely want to get. Seen several good reviews for that one. Oh and American Weredeer in Michigan??? That caught my eye since I live in Michigan! I should probably check that one out...

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