The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-14-18

Sunday Post

Yesterday the Caffeinated Reviewer and I kicked off the sign up for this year’s Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop. YAY! Black Friday just seems like a perfect day for a bloghop. While you’re doing all of your other online holiday shopping, be sure to stop by and maybe pick up something for yourself!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the October Of Books Giveaway Hop
Hero by Anna Hackett

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Dead Man Walking by Simon R. Green
B- Review: Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
B+ Review: Desert Hunter by Anna Hackett + Pets in Space 3 Spotlight + Giveaway
A- Review: The Arrows of the Heart by Jeffe Kennedy
A Review: Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee
Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop Sign Up
Stacking the Shelves (309)

Coming This Week:

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrara Lewis (blog tour review)
Mission: Her Rescue by Anna Hackett (review)
The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey (review)
Putting the Science in Fiction by Dan Koboldt (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-7-18

Sunday Post

Welcome to the “I have no idea what I’m doing this week” edition of the Sunday Post. I’m sure about tomorrow, because I’ve already finished the book. And I’m sure about Wednesday and Thursday, because I promised that those would be the days. Tuesday and Friday, especially Friday, aren’t nearly so certain. The political mess in the US has me so upset and angry that I’ve been retreating into fanfiction just to get some guaranteed catharsis – because I need to read something where the good guys do win – and Facebook sure isn’t helping at the moment. I’ve also decided to turn off the radio in the car and just listen to audiobooks – because there’s only so much a person can take.

If you have any recommendations for great books that are guaranteed to instantly take me far, far away from this mess (I know it’s only temporary but a bit of distance sometimes is needed), please let me know in the comments to this post. THANKS!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the October Of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
$25 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Of Books Giveaway Hop is Audrey S.
The winner of Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne is Bn100
The winner of A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates is Linda R.

Blog Recap:

October of Books Giveaway Hop
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
B- Review: The Silver Shoes by Jill G. Hall
A Review: The Love that Saved Him by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
A/A Joint Review with Galen: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
Stacking the Shelves (308)

Coming This Week:

Dead Man Walking by Simon R. Green (review)
Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe (review)
Desert Hunter by Anna Hackett + Pets in Space 3 Spotlight + Giveaway (blog tour review)
The Arrows of the Heart by Jeffe Kennedy (blog tour review)
Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Whitehouse (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-30-18

Sunday Post

I thought that this coming week was Banned Books Week. Saying “I thought” means that I was mistaken, and consequently threw this past week’s schedule in a blender to get a post that at least tangentially touched on books, libraries, banned books or all of the above, and ended up with the marvelous The Library Book by Susan Orlean just a bit early.

This coming week is an easy week for me and hopefully a fun week for you all, as I have not one but two blog hops started this week. Tomorrow is also the first day of October (time for the October of Books Giveaway Hop), which means its not too early for Halloween decorations (or Halloween blog hops!).

It is, as always, a good thing that I have plenty of good books to read, because the current political situation makes me want to hide away in a good book for a couple of years – at least. Not that I wouldn’t emerge to vote – because that is absolutely needed. All of us need to get out and vote. As the current Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, put it (I’m not in Atlanta and couldn’t vote for her), she only won by 823 votes in a city with a population of 480,000 people – admittedly not all of whom are eligible to vote. But still, if it only took 800 more committed voters to change an election, just think what all of us who are incensed by recent events can accomplish!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Of Books Giveaway Hop (ends TONIGHT!)
Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne
A Tall Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang is Nicole

Blog Recap:

B Review: Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas
A Review: The Secrets We Carried by Mary McNear
B+ Review: A Tall Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
A Review: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Stacking the Shelves (307)

Coming This Week:

October Of Books Giveaway Hop
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
The Silver Shoes by Jill G. Hall (blog tour review)
The Love that Saved Him by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-23-18

Sunday Post

Looking at this week’s schedule I feel like I should give myself a 10 yard penalty for rushing the season. I have two Xmas books this week’s schedule! The Fall equinox just happened 2 days ago! It’s barely Fall! Even the stores are still focused on Halloween! Why are we talking about Xmas (and SNOW!) already? Does this feel as wrong to you as it does to me?

And that’s not taking into account that I live in Atlanta and it’s been in the 90s this past week. This coming week is supposed to be cooler, with highs merely in the 80s. It’s much too warm to be thinking about the holidays.

One of the things about focusing on books, especially new and forthcoming books, is that it often feels like I’m living in the near future instead of the present. It’s weird. But mostly in a good way. But speaking of the future, I’m working on the Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop right now – and that’s scheduled for, you guessed it! the day after Thanksgiving!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September of Books Giveaway Hop
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Oh! the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop is Chrisy B.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang + Giveaway
A+ Review: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
A- Review: Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson
B Review: A Forgotten Place by Charles Todd
A- Review: Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh
Stacking the Shelves (306)

Coming This Week:

Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas (review)
The Secrets We Carried by Mary McNear (blog tour review)
A Tall Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-16-18

Sunday Post

While yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves post is split fairly evenly between books I HAVE to read and books I WANT to read, this coming week’s schedule is filled with books I’ve been itching to read. I’m in the middle of The Grey Bastards right now and loving every minute of it!

I figured that if there’s a chance of spending today holed up with books due to hurricane rain – they needed to be books that were guaranteed to take me far, far away from whatever might be happening – or falling – outside the house!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
Fantasy Romance Starter Kit from Ace Books
The Four Hundred Series by Joanna Shupe

Blog Recap:

A- Joint Review: All Systems Red / Artificial Condition / Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
B Review: Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
B+ Review: The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp
Spotlight + Giveaway: Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven
B+ Review: A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (305)

Coming Next Week:

The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang (blog tour review)
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French (review)
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson (review)
A Forgotten Place by Charles Todd (review)
Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-9-18

Sunday Post

I feel like I re-worked this week’s schedule at least four times, if not more. Partially because I got into a tour at the last minute, but mostly because I kept bouncing off things. I couldn’t settle down to read anything for Tuesday, and then I went back to the book that was originally scheduled before all the bouncing. The In Death series is always a comfort read for me, and the new one came up just in time. Ironically, it was the original book for Tuesday, then I re-thought – and then I re-thought again. Then I went back to my starting point. Some weeks are just like that.

Current Giveaways:

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

Blog Recap:

Labor Day 2018
Oh the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop
B Review: The Illegitimate Duke by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
A- Review: Undetected by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Exile of the Seas by Jeffe Kennedy
Stacking the Shelves (304)

Coming Next Week:

All Systems Red / Artificial Condition / Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells (joint review with Galen)
Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb (review)
The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp (review)
Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven (blog tour review)
A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-2-18

Sunday Post

It is DragonCon weekend here in Atlanta, and we are not there. We loved the few times we went, but DragonCon has more than 70,000 attendees, and that’s just too many people for me. The 5,000 people at Worldcon always feels like a much more manageable size – we get to see more people, attend more panels and just do more stuff. Your mileage, of course, may vary.

We will probably spend at least part of today at the Decatur Book Festival, which is always fun and interesting and slightly less packed to the rafters. Virtual rafters in this case as most of the DBF is outdoors.

And there are always books to read and kitties to pet and naps to be had for everyone on this last long weekend of Summer.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Of Books Giveaway Hop
$25 Amazon Gift Card from Shannon Stacey and Under Control

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the A+ Giveaway Hop is Brittany
The winner of the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop is Gaby

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Good Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates
B Review: The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
Spotlight + Excerpt: The Wedding from Hell Part 3 by J.R. Ward
A-/B+ Review: What Makes This Book So Great / An Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton
B Review: Under Control by Shannon Stacey + Giveaway
September Of Books Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (303)

Coming Next Week:

Oh the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop
The Illegitimate Duke by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Undetected by Anna Hackett (review)
Exile of the Seas by Jeffe Kennedy (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-26-18

Sunday Post

I already thought this week was weird, but I just got my first call for a “Best of 2018” list. Wow! This year feels like it’s just barely half over, and we’re already closing the books on it!

This has been a strange week in that we came home from Worldcon Monday night. After listening to one panel where I wanted to get every book they discussed, I started a list. It’s even longer than yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves post, and that was long enough. I didn’t pick up any print books, although I did buy ebooks and grab plenty of eARCs after panel discussions. I also got a bunch of cool t-shirts.

I keep saying that I don’t normally do Spotlights without reviews, but there’s one this past week and one this coming week as well. I signed  up for the Release Day Event for Maisey Yates’ Good Time Cowboy because I love her books, and I’m reviewing the book this week. I’ve also been part of the “teaser tour” for J.R. Ward’s Wedding from Hell prequels to her upcoming firefighter romance, Consumed. The first two prequels teased me enough that I’m definitely planning to read Consumed, so I decided to post this week’s excerpt from the upcoming book. And, I admit, I needed a day’s grace.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the A+ Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose is Ellen

Blog Recap:

A- Guest Review: Sleeping with the Fishes by MaryJanice Davidson
Spotlight + Excerpt: Good Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates
B+ Guest Review: The Gender Game by Bella Forrest
A Review: The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
B Review: Impostor’s Lure by Carla Neggers
A Review: City of Ink by Elsa Hart
Stacking the Shelves (302)

Coming Next Week:

Good Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah (blog tour review)
The Wedding from Hell Part 3 by J.R. Ward (blog tour spotlight)
Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien (review)
Under Control by Shannon Stacey (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-19-18

Sunday Post

I’m at Worldcon this weekend. As you read this post I’m eagerly awaiting tonight’s Hugo Awards Ceremony, to find out who won the awards for Best SF Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story and all the other awards that will be given out during the proceedings. I have some favorites in all of the categories, so I can’t wait! And the ceremony itself is always interesting in one way or another – this year I’m hoping for a celebration no matter who takes home the rocket. (The Hugo Award is a rocket)

Because I’ve been away, there were two blog hops this week, and I was oh so glad to have new material to post each day that did not require me to read an entire library in advance of the con. Likewise, my dear friend Amy Daltry gave me not just one but two fascinating guest reviews for this week, which will give me a chance to recover from jet lag before rushing back into the blogging.

I’ll have plenty of books ready to write up when I get home. Flights from Atlanta to San Jose and back are long. Just perfect for reading!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the A+ Giveaway Hop
Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose + Giveaway
A+ Review: Planetside by Michael Mammay
Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop
A+ Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Mission: Her Protection by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (301)

Coming Next Week:

Sleeping with the Fishes by MaryJanice Davidson (Guest Review by Amy)
The Gender Game by Bella Forest (Guest Review by Amy)
The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick (blog tour review)
Impostor’s Lure by Carla Neggers (blog tour review)
City of Ink by Elsa Hart (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-12-18

Sunday Post

The next two weeks are going to be a bit odd. We’re going to be at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon76) in San Jose, California for part of this week and the beginning of next week. (Insert jokes about “Do you know the way to San Jose?” here. And if that doesn’t ring any bells, schedule a trip in Peabody’s WAYBACK Machine…)

It’s not just that I’m doing a bunch of stuff early, but also that I signed up for back-to-back bloghops to have stuff to post every day. I kind of assumed that no one would really mind more chances to win Amazon Gift Cards and/or books while I’m off having a good time. I’ve also got some of Amy’s guest post scheduled next week to pick up some of the slack.

I love doing this blog (obviously or I wouldn’t still be doing it after 8 1/2 years) but it is nice to occasionally get far enough ahead to take a few days “off”. Especially somewhere I can learn about more new and new-to-me books and authors in my favorite genres!

Current Giveaways:

$15 Amazon Gift Card from Jess Anastasi

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Entropy by Jess Anastasi + Giveaway
B+/B-Review: Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster / Sweet Heat at Bayside by Addison Cole
B+ Review: The Wedding from Hell: The Reception by J.R. Ward + Excerpt
A+ Review: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
B+ Review: Gift of Griffins by V.M. Escalada
Stacking the Shelves (300)

Coming Next Week:

Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose (blog tour review)
Planetside by Michael Mammay (review)
Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop
A+ Giveaway Hop
Mission: Her Protection by Anna Hackett (review)