This is my “crystal ball” post. I’m prepping it almost two weeks ahead because we’ll be away, so I’m attempting to predict the future. I have almost everything set up and ready to go, with one book that I’m planning to read on the plane and write up in Ireland. We’ll see how well my predictions match reality when I get home.
Speaking of getting home, all giveaway winners will be determined and notified (YAY Rafflecopter!) when I get home this coming week.
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh! The Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Back to School Giveaway Hop
A Guest Review by Amy: Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey
A+ Guest Review by Amy: Mischief and Mayhem by L.E.Rico
A+ Review: The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
A- Review: American Magic by Zach Fehst
Back to School Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (353)
For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones (review)
Sentinel of Darkness by Katie Reus (guest review by Amy)
The Oystervile Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs (blog tour review)
Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest (blog tour review)
Defender by Anna Hackett (review)
There’s a kitten napping under my chair as I write this. She’s adorable. I’d take a picture, but she’s a mostly black tortie and she’s deliberately hiding in the shadows. She’s also deliberately positioned so that I can’t move my chair to take her picture. They’re devious little devils when they want to be.
We’re gearing up for our trip, which should be an absolute blast. But it means setting all my posts up ahead – and I’m mostly there. And I’ll have my laptop for dire emergencies. When I’ll have time to deal with said dire emergencies is anybody’s guess. But I can’t wait!!!
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sweet Goodness Giveaway Hop
Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn
Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz
The winner of the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop is Coline
The winner of the All That Glitters is Gold Giveaway Hop is Nikki
The winner of Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean is Linda
B Review: A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb
B Review: Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
B- Review: Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn + Giveaway
Sweet Goodness Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (351)
The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre (blog tour review)
Oh! the Places You’ll Go! Giveaway Hop
The Hound of Justice by Claire O’Dell (blog tour review)
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe (blog tour review)
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare (blog tour review)
This has been one of those weeks where I’m really feeling the “so many books, so little time” thing. And I’m starting to panic about our trip to Worldcon. Thanks to Amy, I have enough posts to fill in the time I’ll be gone, because I know I won’t get a lot of time to either read or write while we’re there – nor should I. That’s kind of not the point, after all. But I do have two assignments to write about the con after we get back.
Sufficient unto the day are the evils thereof, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself!
When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the All That Glitters is Gold Giveaway Hop
The winner of the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop is Carolyn D.
Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
All That Glitters is Gold Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal + Giveaway
A+ Review: Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews
B Review: The Eagle Has Landed edited by Neil Clarke
Stacking the Shelves (349)
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (review)
Becoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski (blog tour review)
Sentinel by Anna Hackett (review)
A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb (review)
Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean (blog tour review)
The Star Spangled Giveaway Hop ends tomorrow, just in time for the Xmas in July and All That Glitters Giveaway Hops to begin!
Is it just me, or is summer absolutely flying by? It feels like they go faster the more of them I have behind me in the rearview mirror. Maybe it’s just me. All I can see is that our trip to Ireland for Worldcon is whizzing towards me at accelerating speed. I can’t wait! And Amy is going to take over the blog while I’m gone, so it should be fun times for everyone!
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop (ends TOMORROW!)
Her Other Secret + The Protector by HelenKay Dimon
3 Signed Print Copies of Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard
B+ Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
A- Review: Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin
B Review: Her Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon + Giveaway
A- Review: Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard + Giveaway
A- Review: A Beach Wish by Shelly Noble
Stacking the Shelves (348)
Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
All That Glitters is Gold Giveaway Hop
When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal (blog tour review)
Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews (review)
The Eagle Has Landed edited by Neil Clarke (review)
I hope all the USians reading this had a terrific July 4th! We’re in a new neighborhood, so didn’t know how long – or how many days – the fireworks would be “bursting in air” here. The answer turns out to be one night and only one night – which is fine. We’ve lived plenty of places where it goes on all week – and it stops being remotely fun after midnight on the first night.
This was also Hecate’s first Independence Day, and it doesn’t seem like the noise bothered her much – nor does it seem to matter much to either Freddie or Lucifer. Which is good.
Speaking of Lucifer – or a Lucifer, sorta/kinda, we finished watching Good Omens over the weekend – and it was marvelous. If you love the book – watch the series. And if you’ve never read the book – watch the series. Oh, just watch it already. I miss Sir Terry. I still have the final book in the Discworld left to read. I just don’t want it to be over. Even though I know it is.
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
Bound Manuscript of The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep
B+ Review: The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite + Giveaway
Independence Day 2019
B+ Review: Hunter by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (347)
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (blog tour review)
Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin (blog tour review)
Her Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon (blog tour review)
Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard (blog tour review)
A Beach Wish by Shelly Noble (blog tour review)
There’s booming in the other room. My husband is playing Cat Quest, and it’s adorable. Cats going on adventures! With puns. Lots and lots of puns. The game is adorably cute AND fun to play.
I’m still digging out from the usual post-conference disorganization. There tends to be both a post-conference boost and a post-conference crash. So many great panels. So many excellent speakers. So many, many, many bright shiny new books. Followed immediately by the rush to get home, the continuing aching of the feet, and the need to figure out what happens next. Getting home at 1 in the morning didn’t help any.
But it’s good to be home. The kitties missed us and we missed them. Watching them over the kitty-cam is NOT the same!
Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
The winner of the $20 Dreamspinner Press Gift Certificate is H.B.
The winner of the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop is Chelsea W.
A+ Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
B Review: Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker
A- Guest Review: Phaze by S.C. Mitchell
B+ Review: Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James + Giveaway
A- Review: Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh
Stacking the Shelves (346)
Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep (blog tour review)
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (blog tour review)
Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh (review)
As I said yesterday, while you read this I’m sweating to death in Washington DC at the ALA Annual Conference. Or maybe not. The weather report says cloudy, rainy, thunderboomy and in the mid 80s, so it might not be too bad. But climate’s what you expect and weather is what you get, so by the time I get there, it could be anything. Yes, I know that Atlanta is not exactly known for its cool summers but DC is semi-reclaimed swampland – it gets even muggier there than it does here. And the midwinter conference will be in Philadelphia. In January. I can hardly wait. I’d insert a sarcastic emoji here – but what would that look like?
Meanwhile, back on the blog, I may be out of town but I have plenty of stuff queued up and ready to roll while I’m away. Probably picking up more books.
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
$20 (USD) Dreamspinner Gift Certificate from Rhys Ford
A Review: The Women’s War by Jenna Glass
B Review: Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter
B+ Review: Hell Squad: Dom by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford + Guest Recipe! + Giveaway
A- Review: The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
Stacking the Shelves (345)
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss (review)
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker (review)
Phaze by S.C. Mitchell (guest review by Amy)
Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James (blog tour review)
Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh (review)
If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done. Or at least it certainly seems that way. We’re off for the American Library Association Annual Conference at the end of the week and it feels like there are suddenly a million-and-one things to do before we go. Only because there probably are.
The cats are NOT going to be best pleased. They never are when their human servitors abscond from their duties for any length of time longer than a catnap. Come to think of it, not even then. We’re obviously supposed to be at their beck and call even when they’re sleeping!
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
The winner of Summer on Mirror Lake is Rita W.
The winner of the Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop is Lisa W.
A- Review: Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane
B Review: Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan
A- Review: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
A- Review: Finder by Suzanne Palmer
Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (344)
The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (review)
Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Dom by Anna Hackett (review)
Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford (blog tour review)
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (review)