The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-17-17

Sunday Post

Last weekend was the calm before the storm. This weekend, it’s the calm after the storm! In between, there was a storm. We were lucky. We didn’t lose power and we didn’t have any trees fall on the house. So it’s all good.

But the storm did change what I planned to read. I ended up grabbing some comfort reads, because I couldn’t settle down to much of anything else. I’m past the halfway point in my Phryne Fisher series read, and still enjoying them very much. But speaking of Phryne, I got to the books from the TV series, which I absolutely adored. There are plans in the works for a Phryne Fisher movie on the big screen, with the same cast as the TV show. They have a Kickstarter, and so far it’s going great guns. But it can always use a bit more support. The difficulty seems to be, as always, proving to the “powers that be” that there is tremendous interest in any kind of movie with a female lead. I’m willing to help send that message, and I’ve kicked into the kickstarter. If you love Phryne (and Jack!) too, and want to add your bit, here’s the link to the Kickstarter.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Long Way Home is Holly W.
The winner of the $10 Book in the September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Megan S.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Prisoner in His Palace by Will Bardenwerper
A- Review: Fatal Charm by Blair McDowell
B+ Review: Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
B Review: Away with the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood
Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (253)

Coming Next Week:

Casualty of War by Charles Todd (review)
Tramps and Thieves by Rhys Ford (review)
Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
Defending Hearts by Rebecca Crowley (blog tour review)
Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-10-17

Sunday Post

The track of Hurricane Irma is scheduled to reach Atlanta Monday night as a Tropical Storm. Which still means winds up to 72 mph. Which is OMG, but not as OMG as what hit Florida or the Caribbean. It helps to be inland. Pretty damn far inland. The expectation for this area is lots of rain, lots of wind, trees down and power outages. Nothing that can’t be survived, but needless to say a fun time will not be had by much of anyone when it hits.

We went out yesterday to buy the ingredients for “milk sandwiches” at the grocery store. Not that there really are such things as “milk sandwiches” but the way that people run out to buy milk and bread just before a major storm event, makes it seem possible. Peanut butter sandwiches, or something similar, are much more likely. And more useful, as peanut butter doesn’t spoil in a power outage. I suppose it could eventually, but it never lasts that long in this house!

Stay safe everyone. This looks like one for the history books.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$25 Amazon Gift Card from Harlequin and Maisey Yates
The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers is Laura T.
The winner of The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard is Nadine
The winner of The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr is Kathy D.

Blog Recap:

Labor Day 2017
B+ Review: Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
A- Review: Unmapped by Anna Hackett
B Review: The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister + Giveaway
B+ Review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Stacking the Shelves (252)

Coming Next Week:

The Prisoner in His Palace by Will Bardenwerper
Fatal Charm by Blair McDowell
The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone
Virtue by Victoria Vane
Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-3-17

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Interesting and short week coming up. I have several books in series to review this week, and they are all in series that I’ve really, really enjoyed. So a week of good reading, starting with a day off thanks to the Labor Day holiday.

While I’m always happy for a three-day weekend, Labor Day seems a bit anti-climactic these days. It used to be the unofficial start of fall, and school started this week. Now it starts in August, and that just seems WRONG. Of course, that was before they started air conditioning the schools, which may have had something, or a lot, to do with it!

Current Giveaways:

The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard
The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr
Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winners of the book prize packs in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop are Polly and Courtney

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard + Giveaway
A Review: The Shift of the Tide by Jeffe Kennedy
A- Review: The Summer that Made Us by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
B+ Review: Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers + Giveaway
September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (251)

Coming Next Week:

Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Unmapped by Anna Hackett (review)
The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister (blog tour review)
The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-27-17

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OK, how many people dropped everything to view the eclipse on Monday?

We drove to Anderson, SC, which was just within the totality. Of course the totality chose to hide itself behind a cloud, but we did have a great view of the moon covering the sun both before and after. As crazy as the whole scenario was, it was terrific to be part of the shared experience of viewing the eclipse. The shared experience of driving back to Atlanta in bumper-to-bumper traffic, not so much. I was very fortunate that Galen was willing to drive, and I was able to spend a good part of the insanity reading Glass Houses by Louise Penny. I adore Inspector Gamache, and can’t wait until next year’s visit to Three Pines.

Current Giveaways:

Book Prize Pack in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop (ENDS Wednesday!)
3 copies of Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper
$100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card from Harlequin and Susan Mallery

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Oh the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop is Julie L.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper + Giveaway
B Review: A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
A Review: Forty Autumns by Nina Willner
A- Review: You Say It First by Susan Mallery + Giveaway
A Review: Glass Houses by Louise Penny
Stacking the Shelves (250)

Coming Next Week:

The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard (blog tour review)
The Shift of the Tide by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers (blog tour review)
September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-20-17

Sunday Post

We’re going to watch the eclipse tomorrow. We’ll be driving to someplace within the totality, meeting up with friends, and look at the moon while it swallows the sun. Yes, we have eclipse glasses.

As a public service announcement, let me state that while some, emphasis on SOME, public libraries did get free eclipse glasses to give away, if you’ve waited until today or tomorrow to get a pair for yourself, they are ALL OUT. They’ve been all out for weeks at this point. If you don’t have eclipse glasses, the American Astronomical Society has instructions on other methods for viewing the eclipse safely. Seeing is important, so don’t go out there and blind yourself!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh, the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop (ENDS Wednesday!)
Summer themed prize pack from Harlequin
2 Book Prize Packs in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates + End of Summer Tour + Giveaway
Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Daughters of Ireland by Santa Montefiore
B Review: The Great Quake by Henry Fountain
A- Review: Halls of Law by V.M. Escalada
Stacking the Shelves (249)

Coming Next Week:

Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper (blog tour review)
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (review)
Forty Autumns by Nina Willner (blog tour review)
You Say it First by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
Glass Houses by Louise Penny (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-13-17

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It turned out I was reading ahead a bit this week. Susan Wiggs’ book isn’t out for a couple of weeks, Cat Shining Bright isn’t out until next week, and when the Sherlock Holmes book I originally planned to read didn’t quite work, I picked up A Conspiracy in Belgravia, which also isn’t out for a couple of weeks. Then I saw the announcement that there was a new Penric novella and I dropped everything.

There’s always a bright, shiny new book to dive into, isn’t there?

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh, the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Another Man’s Ground by Claire Booth is Dianna G.
The winner of A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang is Marjorie R.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs
B Review: Untraveled by Anna Hackett
Oh, the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold
B Review: Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Stacking the Shelves (248)

Coming Next Week:

Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop
The Great Quake by Henry Fountain (review)
Halls of Law by V.M. Escalada (review)
The Daughters of Ireland by Santa Montefiore (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-6-17

Sunday Post

I almost included an “Around the Blogosphere” section this week, because Reading Reality has been busy elsewhere as well as here, this week in particular. My spotlight on science fiction and fantasy will be published in the August issue of Library Journal. Of course, the complete article is also available online, under the genre-appropriate title: Galaxy Quests. These annual spotlights are generally forward-looking, showcasing titles that are scheduled to be published in the upcoming months. I have also received a commission to write a “Collection Development” article next spring on one of my fave genres, Science Fiction Romance. It is intended to be a guide to which SFR titles, both forthcoming and previously published, libraries should have or try to get. I’m really looking forward to the research and the writing for that one.

I also had the opportunity to be a “guest commenter” on All Things Urban Fantasy as part of their regular, and regularly terrific Cover Art Coverage feature this week. It was a blast! I always love reading this feature, and it was fun to be part of it. I hope they ask me again sometime.

Current Giveaways:

Another Man’s Ground by Claire Booth
A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Assassin’s Price by L.E. Modesitt Jr. is Susan
The winner of The Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight is Jennifer

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Another Man’s Ground by Claire Booth + Giveaway
B+ Review: A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang + Giveaway
B Review: The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
B Review: Warriors of the Wind by Anna Hackett
B- Review: Death Before Wicket by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (247)

Coming Next Week:

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs (review)
Untraveled by Anna Hackett (review)
Oh the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop
From Holmes to Sherlock by Mattias Boström (review)
Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-29-17

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Is summer 2/3rds or 3/4ths over at this point? It’s a bit hard to tell – especially since summer is showing absolutely no signs of letting up here in Atlanta.

This past week I got to review books in two of my favorite series, Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy, and L.E. Modesitt’s Imager Portfolio. Coming up this week is one that has me both glad and sad. The late, great Barbara Mertz, better known as Elizabeth Peters, left behind most of the manuscript for one final Amelia Peabody book. When she passed, I thought the series was over. I’m glad to have one last chance to read a new Amelia Peabody adventure, but she’ll be missed. Amelia was a unique voice, and we shall not see her like again. She wouldn’t stand for it.

Current Giveaways:

Avon Romance Prize Pack including Hate to Want You, Just One Touch, White Hot and Wildfire
The Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight
$25 Amazon Gift Card & paperback copies of The Cottage at Firefly Lake and Summer on Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy
Assassin’s Price by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen is Bn100
The winner of Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann is Francisco S.

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews + Giveaway
B Review: The Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight + Giveaway
B Review: Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson
B Review: Summer on Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy + Giveaway
A- Review: Assassin’s Price by L.E. Modesitt Jr + Author Q&A + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (246)

Coming Next Week:

Another Man’s Ground by Claire Booth + Giveaway (blog tour review)
A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang + Giveaway (blog tour review)
The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess (review)
The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women by Elizabeth Norton (review)
Warriors of the Wind by Anna Hackett (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-23-17

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As this week’s dubious achievement award, I now have a tour scheduled for 2018. March of 2018 to be specific. That’s a LONG way out to be planning ahead, but so it goes.

This was, however, a terrific week for good books. Three reviews somewhere in the A Grades, including Amy’s awesome review of Sovereign. And while it didn’t quite rise to the A’s, I always love Susannah Sandlin’s Penton series, and I was happy to see it finally conclude with a happy ever after for all those who deserve one. Let’s just say that in the end, everyone got what they deserved, one way or another. And it was terrific to finally get the resolution to all the cliffhangers left hanging at the end of the previous book in the series, Allegiance. I can’t wait to see what this author comes out with next, whether it’s in her Wilds of the Bayou series written as Sandlin, or her Sentinels of New Orleans series written as Suzanne Johnson. Either way, she’s marvelous.

As are several of next week’s authors. I can hardly wait!

Current Giveaways:

Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann
2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards or equivalent orders from The Book Depository from Susannah Sandlin
Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen

Blog Recap:

A Review: Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann + Giveaway
B Review: Illumination by Susannah Sandlin + Giveaway
A- Review: The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth
A Guest Review: Sovereign by April Daniels
B Review: Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (245)

Coming Next Week:

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (blog tour review)
The Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight (blog tour review)
Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson (blog tour review)
Summer on Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy (blog tour review)
Assassin’s Price by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-16-17

Sunday Post

I have good books to look forward to this week. Well, I always try to have good books! But seriously, Betrayal at Iga and Illumination are both the latest books in series that I have really enjoyed. And Amy’s guest review of Sovereign is a real, although not as funny a gem as her review of Tender Wings of Desire. Now that’s a review that will live in infamy!

But a bit of a recap before we move on to this week’s coming attractions. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “net neutrality” and wondered what it meant or why it should matter to you, please take a look at my post from Wednesday about the Battle for the Net. Even better, take a look at Fight for the Future. If you spend any part of your workday or leisure time anywhere on the net, and I know you do if you are reading this message, Net Neutrality matters to do. And you’ll seriously miss it if it’s gone – along with all too many of the creative and entertaining sites that you love and follow. Because if net neutrality falls, so will many of us.

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne is Tracee
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the July Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Miki
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop is Beth T.

Blog Recap:

A Review: Four Princes by John Julius Norwich
B+ Review: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery
Battle for the Net
B Review: File M for Murder by Miranda James
A Review: Dark Saturday by Nicci French
Stacking the Shelves (244)

Coming Next Week:

Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann (blog tour review)
Illumination by Susannah Sandlin (blog tour review)
The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth (review)
Sovereign by April Daniels (guest review by Amy)
Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen (blog tour review)