The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-19-17

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I don’t know about you, but I am just not ready for the holidays this week. And is it my imagination, or does Thanksgiving feel early this year?

This week also feels like the beginning of Giveaway Hop season. It seems like everyone wants to help with holiday shopping by giving away gift cards and other prizes. The Black Friday Book Bonanza starts on Friday, hosted by The Caffeinated Review and yours truly at Reading Reality.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates is Mallory M.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Jana L.

Blog Recap:

A Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
B+ Review: The Earl Who Loved Her by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
A Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh
Stacking the Shelves (262)

Coming Next Week:

Fury & Darkness by Anna Hackett (review)
The Duke Who Came to Town by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Outsystem by M.D. Cooper (guest review by Amy)
Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-12-17

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As I said earlier this week in this Facebook post. this has been a really sucky week. Not just that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, but that life is sometimes too damn short.

When I’m confronted with something I can’t get past or over, my usual response is to retreat into a good book. This week was no exception. I didn’t realize it until afterwards, but the book I retreated into, Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood, was also a perfect book for Veterans Day, AKA Remembrance Day, celebrated yesterday on the anniversary of “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” marking the end of hostilities of World War I.

I do have a week of lovely books to look forward to. I know because I’ve finished two and am in the middle of the third. But I’m planning to make plenty of time to hug my husband, pet the cat (and be hugged and kissed by the cat, which is strange, surprising and very sweet) and get in touch with friends. Life is short.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes
Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates
4 Digital copies of Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox

Blog Recap:

B Review: Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Governess Who Captured His Heart by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
C+ Review: Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
A- Review: Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood
B Review: Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (261)

Coming Next Week:

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai (review)
The Earl Who Loved Her by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (review)
Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-5-17

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It was a B+ week, all the way around. Not a bad ending for a week that began in the midst of moving hell, and after losing our Clown Princess. Freddie is starting to emerge from his hidey-holes, and we might get him a playmate this weekend. At the best of times he absorbs a lot of attention, and we know he must be lonely when we are both at work. Mellie was elderly and didn’t roughhouse with him, but they did like to stay within sight of each other – and now she’s gone.

Now that we are at least post-Halloween, the Christmas books don’t feel quite as unseasonable as they did in September. The year is definitely winding down. I like the crisp weather, but I hate that it gets dark so much earlier. The end of Daylight Savings Time, even with the extra hour’s sleep, is not my favorite thing. Speaking of which, did you set your clocks back last night? Or did they set themselves back for you?

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is Serge B.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Beast by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Black Box Inc by Jake Bible
November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Wilde in Love by Eloisa James + Giveaway
B+ Review: A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (260)

Coming Next Week:

Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
The Governess Who Captured His Heart by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire (blog tour review)
So Great a Prince by Lauren Johnson (review)
Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-29-17

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By the time you read this we should have spent the first night in our new home. We probably can’t find a damn thing, and I’ll bet we’re exhausted, but we’ll have moved and be trying to figure out where amongst all the boxes are enough supplies and equipment to make breakfast and some morning caffeine.  And of course locate a good book to read over that breakfast.

Let the unpacking commence!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
3 copies of Highland Dragon Rebel by Isabel Cooper

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop is Katie

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
Joint Review: Discovering the Mammoth by John J. McKay and Woolly by Ben Mezrich
A- Review: Highland Dragon Rebel by Isabel Cooper + Giveaway
B+ Review: Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods
A- Review: The Women of Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
Stacking the Shelves (259)

Coming Next Week:

Beast by Anna Hackett (review)
Black Box Inc. by Jake Bible (review)
November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Wilde In Love by Eloisa James (blog tour review)
A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-22-17

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As tempted as I am, I’m not going to repeat the Kermit flail gif from yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves. We’re moving this week. The packers are coming on Friday, and the movers on Saturday. I’m trapped between YAY! and OMG! and YAY! and OMG! on endless repeat.

Mellie the cat already knows that something is up, and she’s even grumpier than usual. Freddie is going to love the new place – he’ll have more room to zoom around, and even stairs to careen up and down. But Mellie is a little old lady cat and we’re worried the stairs might be a bit much for her at her advanced age – she’s 17 1/2 and well into senior cathood.

And I have plenty of reviews coming up this week. As usual. I have to admit that I’ll kind of be seeing what happens with Wednesday’s and Friday’s reviews. Both books look really good, but possibly a bit more serious than I’ll be able to cope with in the chaos. We’ll see.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
10 Paperback copies of Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop is Isa

Blog Recap:

A Review: Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh
B+ Review: Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt + Giveaway
B+ Review: Wild Justice by M.L. Buchman
B Review: Best Laid Plants by Marty Wingate
B+ Review: Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Stacking the Shelves (258)

Coming Next Week:

Highland Dragon Rebel by Isabel Cooper (blog tour review)
The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
Woolly by Ben Mezrich (review)
Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods (blog tour review)
A History of the United States in Five Crashes by Scott Nations (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-15-17

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This week may be a first. All the books I reviewed were A’s, with one an A+. I’m not sure that’s ever happened. It was a GREAT reading week!

The Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop ends tonight at midnight. Today is your last chance to enter the Rafflecopter for your choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or Book. But there are two other, completely different chances now available. The Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop will be hopping until, naturally, Halloween, and the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop started this morning.

Speaking of hops, the 7th Annual Black Friday Book Bonznza Giveaway Hop is now open for sign-ups. This year the hop is co-hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer and yours truly. Black Friday is a great day for a hop for anyone who plans to do their shopping far from the madding crowds.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop (ENDS TONIGHT!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A Review: Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
A Review: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop Sign Up
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
A Review: Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger
A+ Review: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
Stacking the Shelves (257)
Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Coming Next Week:

Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh (review)
Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt (blog tour review)
Wild Justice by M.L. Buchman (review)
Best Laid Plants by Marty Wingate (blog tour review)
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-8-17

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This was a good reading week, even if a bit stressed out by the whole “having to move again” thing. C’est la vie. But we found a house! YAY! Whoopee! Now we just have to pack. And move. And unpack. C’est la vie all over again.

This coming week’s schedule feels like a bit of a crapshoot. Not that the books don’t all look good, and of course the giveaways are always awesome, but…I had a list of seven or eight books all listed as “possible” for Thursday, and had to pick one from the group. I’m not completely sure if the one I picked is what will actually get reviewed that day. I might change my mind. Again. And possibly again. Sometimes my mood ends up dictating what I read rather than what I planned on – at least if it’s not a tour book.

We saw Blade Runner 2049 this weekend. It was interesting, but not exactly fast paced. And I’m afraid that Ryan Gosling is no Harrison Ford. Or Rutger Hauer. And a little of Jared Leto goes a very, very long way. At least for moi. Your movie mileage may vary.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop
Winner’s choice of a signed copy of any one of Gigi Pandian’s novels + A set of 8 book-themed recipe cards, each featuring a recipe inspired by the location where each of her novels takes place (Scotland, India, France, Italy, Japan, and the US)
$15 Amazon or B&N Gift Card from Sharon Struth and Kensington Publishing
15 trade paperback copies of The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Completely by Ruthie Knox
B+ Review: The Ninja’s Illusion by Gigi Pandian + Giveaway
B Review: The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth + Giveaway
A- Review: Hell Squad: Ash by Anna Hackett
B- Review: The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (256)

Coming Next Week:

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor (blog tour review)
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (review)
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (review)
Awesome Jones by Ashleyrose Sullivan (review)
Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-1-17

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We’re moving. Again. Our landlord has decided to sell the house we’re living in, so we have to move. It’s been three years, and that makes this the longest we’ve lived in a dwelling since we moved in together back in 2001. We move a lot. But we weren’t quite ready to do so right this minute. But we are anyway. So we’re spending this weekend looking at houses to rent. Not that there aren’t things about this house we’d be happy to change, but moving is no longer a thrill.

We’ve moved so many times that our older cat, Mellie, recognizes the boxes. In her life we’ve moved ten times not including this one. Even though cats supposedly don’t have enough long-term memory to retain this kind of thing, ten times in 17 years is enough to make an impression even on a cat’s brain. Freddie will be over the moon for a couple of days. All those boxes to climb! His own personal cat tree forest everywhere in the house. Then strangers will come and he will hide under the bed until the bed is taken away.

I may not be looking forward to this, but I still have plenty of wonderful books to tide me over the most stressful days!

Current Giveaways:

$100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card from Harlequin and Susan Mallery
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop is Brandy S,
The winner of Defending Hearts by Rebecca Crowley is Megan
The winner of Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne is Brandi D.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
A- Review: Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2
A Review: Provenance by Ann Leckie
B Review: Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery + Giveaway
A Review: A Snow Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
Stacking the Shelves (255)
Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop

Coming Next Week:

Completely by Ruthie Knox (review)
The Ninja’s Illusion by Gigi Pandian (blog tour review)
The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Ash by Anna Hackett (review)
Virtue by Victoria Vane (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-24-17

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Today is the first day of Banned Books Week. And I’ll admit that my review of Dear Fahrenheit 451 on Monday is also an excuse to talk about banned books in general and Banned Books Week in particular. Again. Because I also wrote a bit (more than a bit) about it in my Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop post a couple of weeks ago. And that’s still going on, by the way, so there’s still a bit of time left to get in on your chance at either a $10 Gift Card or a $10 Book. Maybe even a banned book.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop
Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne
Defending Hearts (ebook) by Rebecca Crowley

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: A Casualty of War by Charles Todd
A- Review: Tramps and Thieves by Rhys Ford
B Review: Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne + Giveaway
B Review: Defending Hearts by Rebecca Crowley + Giveaway
A- Review: Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee
Stacking the Shelves (254)

Coming Next Week:

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (review)
Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 (blog tour review)
Provenance by Ann Leckie (review)
Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
A Snow Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller (blog tour review)
Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop

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

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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)