The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-23-16

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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

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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)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-9-16

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Last week’s schedule fell completely apart at the end. I was expecting to review both Heroine Worship and Beren and Luthien, but things didn’t quite work out. As much as I loved Sarah Kuhn’s first book in her series, Heroine Complex, I simply could not work my way through Heroine Worship. Although both books feature the same set of protagonists, and I love the superhero world she created, we spent the second book inside the head of the character I liked least in the first book, and that includes the demons. I just didn’t want to spend another minute there.

Beren and Lúthien, on the other hand, was richer than I expected, I just couldn’t figure out how to review it. Although it does tell the story of Beren and Lúthien from Tolkien’s Silmarillion, it tells it in multiple version. More than the legend itself, the book Beren and Lúthien is really about the creation of a modern myth. So interesting, but probably mostly of interest to people who are really, really steeped in the minutiae of Tolkien’s worlds. Which I was, once upon a time, but discovered to my chagrin that I no longer am. It may be time to re-read The Lord of the Rings again. It’s obviously been awhile.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the July Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop
Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Lockdown by Laurie R. King are Darlene O. and Amy M.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Liar’s Key by Carla Neggers
July 4th 2017
B Review: Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne + Giveaway
B+ Review: Thieves’ Quarry by D.B. Jackson
B+ Review: Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (243)

Coming Next Week:

Four Princes by John Julius Norwich (review)
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
American Eclipse by David Baron (review)
First Watch by Dale Lucas (review)
Dark Saturday by Nicci French (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-2-16

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So, when are the fireworks in your part of the country? The great thing about living in a major metro area with lots of towns and neighborhoods is that there are always plenty of opportunities to see fireworks on the holiday. The fireworks in our village are visible from our front yard. As long as it doesn’t rain Monday night, we’re all set.

When we lived in Anchorage, the whole summer fireworks things was a bit weird. It doesn’t get dark there this time of year, but people’s patience generally runs out about midnight. It does get kind of twilight-ish between 1 and 3 in the morning, but no one wants to wait quite that long. Attempting to see fireworks when it’s not really even dusk is an interesting experience.

But speaking of fireworks and Independence Day, we did see Hamilton when we were in Chicago for ALA. And wow! Even with a slightly obstructed view it was still marvelous and I’m so glad we went. I’d love to see it again, but the ticket prices have become even more obscene than they were just a few months ago. Hopefully, one of these days a film of the play will be available through Fathom Events at the movies.

Current Giveaways:

Lockdown by Laurie R. King
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the July Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop is Adik

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Take Out by Margaret Maron + Giveaway
B- Review: Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams
A+ Guest Review by Amy: Kith and Kin by Kris Ripper
B+ Review: Barbarian by Anna Hackett
B Review: A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
July Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (242)
Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Coming Next Week:

Liar’s Key by Carla Neggers (review)
Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn (review)
Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-25-16

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Welcome to the ALA Edition of the Sunday Post. As you read this, I’m in Chicago at the American Library Association Annual Convention, looking at oodles of forthcoming books and walking my feet off. ALA is pretty much like BEA for librarians. There are also a lot of meetings. And a lot of running around. The Exhibits Hall, where all the books are, is usually miles and miles of carpet over concrete. At the end, there is no thrill of victory, there is only the agony of the feet. Along with the chance to see 15,000 or 20,000 of my nearest and dearest friends.

And we have Hamilton tickets for the night before the conference begins! It’s not coming to Atlanta until NEXT May. But since we were planning to be where it already was, it was impossible to resist!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop
1 ecopy of Escape Velocity and 1 ecopy of Damage Control by Jess Anastasi
3 hardcover copies of The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Cover Fire by Jess Anastasi + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Admiral’s Bride by Suzanne Brockmann
B Review: The Right Side by Spencer Quinn + Giveaway
C Review: The Light in Summer by Mary McNear
A Review: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
Stacking the Shelves (241)

Coming Next Week:

Take Out by Margaret Maron (review)
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams (review)
Sovereign by April Daniels (guest review by Amy)
Barbarian by Anna Hackett (review)
A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-18-16

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Have you ever had a book just call your name? You know what I mean, where the book is singing this siren song (not literally, I’m not that crazy) that says, “Read Me. Read Me NOW! You know you want to.” That was The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes this week. It wasn’t what I’d planned to read, but I didn’t have an actual commitment. And even though the Goodreads ratings weren’t all that, I just couldn’t resist that song. And I was right not too. It was absolutely the right book at the right time, and I just fell into it and didn’t look up until it was done. I’m not sure it would appeal that much to people who didn’t have a thing for Sherlock Holmes, but for those of us that do, it works. And it helps tide me over, just a bit, until the next Holmes/Russell book by Laurie R. King. Which I definitely had a taste for after reading Lockdown, even though that was definitely not it. Still excellent, but not the detective I really wanted to see.

We’re finally getting around to seeing Wonder Woman this weekend. I was tied up last weekend finishing up an article and just couldn’t think of anything else. But this weekend was free and I can’t wait!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop is Aimee K.
The winner of An Ancient Peace and A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff is Susan

Blog Recap:

B+/A- Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
A- Review: Lockdown by Laurie R. King
B+ Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish
Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg
Stacking the Shelves (240)

Coming Next Week:

Cover Fire by Jess Anastasi (blog tour review)
The Admiral’s Bride by Suzanne Brockmann (review)
The Right Side by Spencer Quinn (blog tour review)
The Light in Summer by Mary McNear (blog tour review)
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-11-16

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What do you do when you bounce off of a book? It’s always a puzzle for me. Usually not why, that’s pretty obvious, but what to do next. It’s happened a couple of times with tour books, and I always feel incredibly apologetic when I have to beg off like that, although fortunately that’s been extremely rare in six years. Only twice. I’m not saying that the book is necessarily bad, because that’s not what’s happening. It’s just that the book is NOT FOR ME. I bounced off of Come Sundown by Nora Roberts this week. And while I’m hit or miss with what she writes as Roberts, I always love her In Death series as J.D. Robb. But this one, I just couldn’t. There was just something about the situation that was too dark, grim and nightmarish for me. I think I kept having that sense of there but for the grace of G-d, because as women we are all bombarded with so many messages about the horrific things that can happen if we are not vigilant about our safety at every single turn. I’m not sure. But I knew it was just a situation that I did not want to read about. At all. So I stopped.

And picked up a comfort read. Even a murder mystery felt more comfortable, and that’s saying something!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop
An Ancient Peace and A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff + Giveaway
B Review: A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman
A- Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
A- Review: Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
B+ Review: Urn Burial by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (239)

Coming Next Week:

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (review)
Lockdown by Laurie R. King (review)
Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish (review)
Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-4-16

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The Beach Reads Giveaway Hop started yesterday morning, and runs until 6/15. Personally, I’m not totally certain about that whole “beach reads” concept. I read everywhere, all the time. No beach is required. And I find a cozy chair with either a cup of tea or a glass of iced tea, depending on the season, at my side and a cat or two curled up in my lap or next to me or behind my head. I’ve had cats do all three, but usually not the same cat. Of the current feline population, Freddie is a “sit next to and lean on” cat, and Mellie is a toe-sniffer. Yes, I have a cat with a foot fetish.

I kind of miss have an actual lap-cat. It can be lovely. It can also put one’s legs and feet to sleep. Cat gravity is a very real phenomenon!

But reading on the beach? If the book is good, that’s just an invitation to sunburn. And sand in places NO ONE wants to have sand.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
5 copies of From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop is Angela

Blog Recap:

Memorial Day 2017
B+ Review: From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh + Giveaway
B Review: The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander
A+ Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews + Giveaway
B- Review: Hell Squad: Hemi by Anna Hackett
Beach Reads Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (238)

Coming Next Week:

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff (review)
A Touch of Frost by Jo Goodman (review)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (blog tour review)
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts (review)
Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-28-16

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I’m writing this on Friday, and my eyes are still dilated from the eye doctor. Everything is a bit too sparkly and shiny. My original schedule for this week was a bit less shiny. I had a couple of real winners, including my first A+ Review in 2017, The Guns Above, and a couple of books I bounced off so hard that I’m still vibrating a bit. I don’t think they were bad, just not necessarily what I was in the mood for. Or in one case, will ever be in the mood for.

To each their own taste and your mileage may vary, etc., etc., etc.

In the U.S. this is the three-day Memorial Day weekend. Which is always a fairly awesome way to start the summer.

Speaking of awesome, yesterday was my first Saturday co-hosting the Stacking the Shelves meme, thanks to Tynga’s Reviews. It’s a terrific meme, and it is always so much fun to see all the lovely book covers that everyone has picked up over the week. And as usual, I’ve picked up too many. So many books, so little time.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis
B Review: A Cruel Necessity by L.C. Tyler
A- Review: A Twisted Vengeance by Candace Robb
B Review: The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge
B+ Review: Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (237)

Coming Next Week:

From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh (blog tour review)
The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander (blog tour review)
White Hot by Ilona Andrews (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Hemi by Anna Hackett (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-21-16

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I feel like this is a draft even though I’m publishing it. I am SO not sure about the end of the week.

But speaking of things I’m not sure about…I’ve been doing a whole bunch of unsubscribing from mailing lists I’m subscribed to. It’s not that many of them aren’t interesting, it’s that there are just too many. When you unsubscribe, there’s usually a multiple-choice thing as the last step asking why you are unsubscribing. The thing I want to pick is always missing. I can’t honestly say that “I did not subscribe to this mailing list”. What I always want to say is, “I don’t remember subscribing to this mailing list.” Who does?

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop is Keeana S.
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop is Nika C.

Blog Recap:

Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer
C- Review: The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle
B+ Review: The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris
B Review: The Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson
Stacking the Shelves (236)

Coming Next Week:

The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (review)
A Cruel Necessity by L.C. Tyler (review)
A Twisted Vengeance by Candace Robb (review)
City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker (review)
Ice Ghosts by Paul Watson (review)