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Stacking the Shelves

I certainly got stuff this week. Lots and lots of stuff. And Audible is having a sale, so I picked up more of the Iron Druid Chronicles just as I finished Hammered. Good timing. I know that people have said that it doesn’t wear well later in the series, and I usually try not to binge on a series because the patterns start getting old, but I’m listening to this one and Luke Daniels’ voice is just perfect for Atticus. And yes, I’m well aware that I already have the entire series in ebook. But so far, they are absolutely perfect for listening while working out, even if the person on the next treadmill thinks I’m weird for smirking, sniggering, and occasionally even laughing out loud.

For Review:
Broken Trust by Tanya Jean Russell
Combatting Fear by Sandy Vaile
The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
Her Claim (Legally Bound #2) by Rebecca Grace Allen
Love Song by KG Fletcher
Murder in Mayfair (Atlas Catesby #1) by D.M. Quincy
Murder Most Unusual by Michelle Somers
Mustang Summer (Walker Five #2) by Marie Johnson
Out of Time (Out of Uniform #3) by Melissa Klein
Remember Me and You (Devil’s Kettle #3) by Susan Sey
Risking It (Stolen Moments #2) by Angela Quarles
The Secrets We Carried (Butternut Lake #6) by Mary McNear
Space Unicorn Blues by T.J. Berry

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Besieged (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.1, #4.2, #4.6, #4.7, #8.1, #8.2, #8.6, #8.7, #8.9) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
The Purloined Poodle (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.5, Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #1) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
The Squirrel on the Train (Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #2) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Three Slices (Iron Druid Chronicles #7.5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles #5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Tricked (Iron Druid Chronicles #4) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Two Ravens and One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.6, #3.5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

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I didn’t pick up a lot this week but I did get a couple of things that I’m really looking forward to. Isn’t that always the way?

I’m very happy to see a wrap-up for Rhys Ford’s marvelous Sinners series, as well as another continuation (actually it’s a continuation of the continuation) of Jeffe Kennedy’s fantastic Twelve Kingdoms series. And I’m always happy to read pretty much anything by Connie Willis.

They had to give me an eARC for Blood Ghast Blues – the cover quote is from my review of the first book in the series, Black Box Inc. Wow!

For Review:
Blood Ghast Blues (Black Box Inc #2) by Jake Bible
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis
Prisoner of the Crown (Chronicles of Dasnaria #1) by Jeffe Kennedy
Sin and Tonic (Sinners #6) by Rhys Ford
A Wolf Apart (Legend of All Wolves #2) by Maria Vale

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It wasn’t a big week this week, but I definitely picked up a couple of real winners. I know because I’ve already finished one of them!

Tomorrow begins my Blogo-Birthday Week Celebration, kicking off in the wee hours with the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop. There will be giveaways all week long, to be sure to stop by!

For Review:
Cyborg (Galactic Gladiators #10) by Anna Hackett
The Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Untamed Cowboy (Gold Valley #2) by Maisey Yates
When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis

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Happy First Weekend of Spring! Even if it doesn’t feel like Spring yet where you are, it has to be coming. Whether you’re ready for it or not.

It is definitely Spring here in Atlanta – to the point where we already have a bumper crop of dandelions in the backyard and need to figure out what to do about them!

Speaking of Spring, my 7th Annual Blogo-Birthday Celebration is coming up really soon now, starting April 1. I’ll be giving stuff away every day that week. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

For Review:
Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot by Narelle M. Harris, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Jody Lynn Nye, R. Rozakis, Sarah Stegall, hildy Silverman, Daniel M. Kimmel, Stephanie M. McPherson, Derek Beebe, Gordon Lizner, Mike strauss, Chuck Regan, Nat Gertier
Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs
Brief Cases (Dresden Files #15.1) by Jim Butcher
Fall of Angels (Inspector Redfyre #1) by Barbara Cleverly
Half Empty (First Wives #2) by Catherine Bybee
Marek (Cold Fury Hockey #11) by Sawyer Bennett
Taking Chase (Chase Brothers #2) by Lauren Dane
Trial on Mount Koya (Shinobi Mystery #6) by Susan Spann

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Hammered (Iron Druid #3) by Kevin Hearne

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Thank Dog I neither bought any books nor picked up any from the library this week. Because this isn’t just a stack, it’s an absolute haul.

And it’s absolutely marvelous. There are so many books in here that were on my anticipated list that I can’t wait to dive in! So many books, so little time, so much fun!

For Review:
Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Adventures of Arabella Ashby #3) by David D. Levine
A Borrowing of Bones (Mercy Carr #1) by Paula Munier
The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal
City of Ink (Li Du #3) by Elsa Hart
The Cottages on Silver Beach (Haven Point #8) by RaeAnne Thayne
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
Kill the Farm Boy (Tales of Pell #1) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Leverage in Death (In Death #47) by J.D. Robb
Live Long and…What I might Have Learned Along the Way by William Shatner and David Fisher
Mary B. by Katherine J. Chen
The Monster Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #2) by Seth Dickinson
Night Fall (Secret Histories #12) by Simon R. Green
Owl and the Tiger Thieves (Owl #4) by Kristi Charish
So Say We All: the Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman
The Spy of Venice (William Shakespeare Thriller #1) by Benet Brandreth
A Study in Treason (Daughter of Sherlock Holmes #2) by Leonard Goldberg
Total Bravery (True Heroes #4) by Piper J. Drake
A Touch of Flame (Cowboys of Colorado #2) by Jo Goodman

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I could say that it was a weird week. I didn’t pick up many review books, and I didn’t buy anything from Amazon or Audible nor did I get anything from the library. On that oh so famous other hand, I did get eARCs for two books that I am really looking forward to – the next Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes book from Laurie R. King, and the next Psy-Changeling book from Nalini Singh. So I may not have gotten much, but what I did get is excellent!

For Review:
Blood Veil (Mission #2) by Megan Erickson
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
Island of the Mad (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #15) by Laurie R. King
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
Obscura by Joe Hart
Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling #17) by Nalini Singh
Unmasked by the Marquess (Regency Imposters #1) by Cat Sebastian

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I’ve already read and reviewed The Night Masquerade. I picked it up because we saw Black Panther last weekend, and I was looking for more Afrofuturism. Then I remembered that I hadn’t finished the Binti Trilogy yet, and it was definitely time to do that. And we’re talking about seeing it AGAIN.

The Secret of the Irish Castle is a book I’ve been waiting for. It’s the third book in the trilogy that began with The Girl in the Castle, or at least that’s what the title was here in the U.S. One of the disadvantages of not reading print is that when a book is published in the UK I have to wait for it to cross the pond to get the ebook version. The Secret of the Irish Castle has been out for almost a year over in England, under the title The Last Secret of the Deverills. The publishers have been doing very strange things with all the titles in this series. But the books are excellent, especially if you like big, sprawling family sagas, because this one is a doozy.

For Review:
Cooper’s Charm by Lori Foster
Guardian (Galactic Gladiators #9) by Anna Hackett
Hot Response (Boston Fire #4) by Shannon Stacey
The Secret of the Irish Castle  (Deverill Chronicles #3) by Santa Montefiore

Purchased from Amazon:
The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor (review)

Borrowed from the Library:
Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2) by Thea Harrison

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This is one of the rare weeks when I bought more books than I picked up from NetGalley and Edelweiss.

I’m finishing up an article for Library Journal about science fiction romance. It’s impossible to talk about SFR without bringing up Linnea Sinclair. Her books are marvelous, and it’s a big huge gigantic shame that she isn’t writing more of them right now. Because when SFR readers are asked who got them started, hers is inevitably the first name that comes up. I have copies of everything in print, but I needed to look up a specific reference in Games of Command, and searching a print book is such a pain compared to using the “Search” function of an ereader. And I wanted to have them in ebook anyway, because I think I want a reread. So I bought them all. Again. If you like SFR or just like space opera, Sinclair is a real treat. Don’t let the romance covers fool you, her books are excellent science fiction, they just also contain terrific romances.

For Review:
Fatal Chaos (Fatal #12) by Marie Force
Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates
A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
Then There Was You (Angel Falls #1) by Miranda Liasson

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair
Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair
Gabriel’s Ghost (Dock Five Universe #1) by Linnea Sinclair
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles #2) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Hope’s Folly (Dock Five Universe #3) by Linnea Sinclair
Rebels and Lovers (Dock Five Universe #4) by Linnea Sinclair
Shades of Dark (Dock Five Universe #2) by Linnea Sinclair
Wintertide by Linnea Sinclair

Borrowed from the Library:
Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1) by Thea Harrison

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I did manage to resist temptation at ALA Midwinter. I only saw one book that I wanted that I didn’t already have – but I only saw a poster for it – they didn’t have any ARCs left. Howsomever, the book appeared on Edelweiss the next day, so I have it exactly the way I wanted it. (If you’re wondering, it’s The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz. I loved Magpie Murders)

So temptation has been staved off for another five months. Not really, I’m tempted by the egalleys on NetGalley and Edelweiss every day!

For Review:
Farewell My Cuckoo (Birds of a Feather #4) by Marty Wingate
Mr. Blakely by K Webster
Murder at Half Moon Gate (Wrexford & Sloane #2) by Andrea Penrose
The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer
Shelter My Heart (Caught Up in Love #2) by L.G. O’Connor
Surrender My Heart (Caught Up in Love #3) by L.G. O’Connor
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Purchased from Amazon:
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
Murder on Black Swan Lane (Wrexford & Sloane #1) by Andrea Penrose

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I’m writing this far, far ahead of when it is being posted. Because when it’s posted, I’ll be in the middle of my second all-day meeting at the ALA Midwinter Conference. In Denver. In the winter. Probably freezing. Hoping I brought warm enough clothes. After all, we live in Atlanta now, I’m not supposed to need lots of sweaters and heavy coats. Until ALA Midwinter. Next January we’re in Seattle. It won’t exactly be warm, but it won’t exactly be cold, either. Something to look forward to. After that, it gets pretty grim for a couple of years.

But I didn’t have much to list by starting early. And I’m hoping not to pick up a metric butt-load of print ARCS at the conference.

So I ended up buying a couple of books that I’ve had my eye on, just to have something to put in the list. And frankly, Dark in Death looks like perfect airplane reading – if I can keep from opening it right now!

For Review:
The Kill Wire (Jamie Sinclair #5) by Nichole Christoff

Purchased from Amazon:
Dark in Death (In Death #46) by J.D. Robb
Imprinted (Magic Ex Libris #4.5) by Jim C. Hines