The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-10-19

Sunday Post

Did you remember to “Spring” your clocks forward last night? Or did your clocks take care of that themselves? And isn’t the whole concept of “Daylight Saving Time” getting just a bit ridiculous?

Review-wise, this week turned out to be pretty interesting, just not necessarily in a good way. It began and ended with books that I much anticipated – only to have them both fall more than a bit flat. C’est la reading vie. Your mileage, of course, may vary. A tremendous number of people thought that both books were the bee’s knees, but for me they just didn’t live up to their predecessors.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Snow Much Fun Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B Review: Wild Country by Anne Bishop
A- Review: Jacked Cat Jive by Rhys Ford
B+ Review: Hunting Game by Helene Tursten
B+ Guest Review by Amy: Orb by Gary Tarulli
C+ Review: The True Queen by Zen Cho
Stacking the Shelves (330)

Coming This Week:

Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra (review)
Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton (blog tour review)
Titanshade by Dan Stout (review)
The Last Act by Brad Parks (review)
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-3-19

Sunday Post

Once upon a time I read somewhere that if you have the opportunity to see a band you’ve always wanted to see, you should take that opportunity and go. So we’re going to see Fleetwood Mac tonight. Hopefully Galen has prepared himself for another singalong!

It’s March already, which is hard to believe. Has it come in like a lion where you are, or a lamb? I think we got the lamb. A fairly damp lamb (say that 3 times fast) but a lamb just the same. It’s spring here and a few things are blooming. I’m looking forward to the leaves filling in the trees in the backyard. It’s interesting to see the neighbors’ houses on the other side of the creek, but I prefer the tree canopy!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Snow Much Fun Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop is Gaby
The winner of the February of Books Giveaway Hop is Laura

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: California Girls by Susan Mallery
C Review: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
A Review: Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long
A+ Review: How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
Snow Much Fun Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (329)

Coming This Week:

Wild Country by Anne Bishop (review)
Jacked Cat Jive by Rhys Ford (review)
Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra (review)
Hunting Game by Helene Tursten (review)
If This Goes On edited by Cat Rambo (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-24-19

Sunday Post

I almost did it this time. I almost posted this with the “XXX” in place of the usual verbiage. Thank goodness for the ability to preview the post – also that I seem to have had just enough caffeine for it register on my consciousness – which is admittedly still a bit lacking.

We just got back from another cross-country flight yesterday morning in the ridiculous hours. I can’t sleep sitting up, so overnight flights are generally hell. Hopefully this is my last trip until ALA Annual in late June. I’m still having the “happy happy joy joy” reaction to being home and I expect it to last for a while. The cats were SO GLAD to see us! Hecate seemed to have saved up a week’s worth of pouncing and bouncing in anticipation of her people coming home. She also seems to have hit another growth spurt.

I’m looking forward to getting back to normal this week. Especially since it seems to be SPRING in Atlanta!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the February of Books Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop (ends THURSDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen is Susan

Blog Recap:

A+ Guest Review by Amy: Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey
B Review: The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick
Spotlight + Excerpt: California Girls by Susan Mallery
B+ Review: When Love Leads to Scandal by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
A Review: The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
Stacking the Shelves (328)

Coming This Week:

California Girls by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie (review)
Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long (blog tour review)
How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin (review)
Snow Much Fun Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-17-19

Sunday Post

This week’s schedule kind of collapsed at the end there. Like last week, I had a few days where I didn’t need a review or was posting a review I’d already written, so I planned on taking the opportunity to read a really long book. Howsomever, once I started those two really long books, I changed my mind. Not that I didn’t like what I was reading, but that both books (The Ruin of Kings and Black Leopard, Red Wolf) are what I call “stories being told” where the book is the written version of someone in the story telling their story to someone else within the story (or in the case of The Ruin of Kings, multiple someones telling their stories). I decided to get them both on audio, so that I could also listen to the story being told. So far in The Ruin of Kings that decision feels correct. It reads well but it listens better.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the February of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
The Victory Garden by Pam Jenoff

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff is Laura D.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen + Giveaway
D+ Review: Duchess by Deception by Marie Force
Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Mission: Her Defense by Anna Hackett
B Review: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Stacking the Shelves (327)

Coming This Week:

Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey (guest post by Amy)
The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick (blog tour review)
California Girls by Susan Mallery (blog tour excerpt and spotlight)
When Love Leads to Scandal by Sophie Barnes (blog tour reviwe)
Dead Man’s Reach by D.B. Jackson (review)

~~~~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~~~~

I did a major oops at the beginning of the week and forgot to include the giveaway for The Victory Garden in the review post. That has been corrected, but I wanted to make sure that people saw the rafflecopter, so here it is again!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-10-19

Sunday Post

In Atlanta we had “Fools’ Spring” this week. The temps went up to the low 80s for a couple of days. Then, of course, they dropped like a rock.

Little Hecate was spayed and microchipped this week, so she’s officially a big girl now – at all of 5 pounds soaking wet. Something that actually happens. Food is to eat, but water is to play with! (Unfortunately, so is iced tea!)

And this week’s schedule went into a blender. I started The Ruin of Kings, and it seems awesome – but it has footnotes. I don’t mind footnotes, but in an ebook they are at the end of the chapter, which is awkward. I got the audio and I’m hoping it will be like the audio of Ready Player One, where the footnotes were read just a bit sotto voce in their proper places in the text. Where they make sense. And I need an audio break from Recluce, not that I’m not loving the series. But they’re long, and I’ve been pretty deeply steeped in the series for months now. Time for a bit of a change.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the February of Books Giveaway Hop
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Valentine’s Day Giveaway from BookTrib (14 romance novels!)

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker
B+ Review: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff + Giveaway
B+ Review: Oria’s Enchantment by Jeffe Kennedy
A- Guest Review by Amy: Derik’s Bane by MaryJanice Davidson
B Review: Dragon Age Library Edition Volume 2 by Greg Rucka, Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Carmen Carnero, Fernando Heinz Furukawa
Valentine’s Day Giveaway from BookTrib
Stacking the Shelves (326)

Coming This Week:

The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen (blog tour review)
Duchess by Deception by Marie Force (review)
Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
Mission: Her Defense by Anna Hackett (review)
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-3-19

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First of all, I did a thing. On January 31, 2019 the winners of the SFR Galaxy Awards were announced. We had a terrific fleet of winners this year – as we do every year. I’ve already added stuff to the virtually towering TBR stack. If you like science fiction romance, or action adventure romance, this year’s winners will be a real treat. And if you’re new to the genre or just want to see what all the fun is about, the list of ALL the award winners, from this year and previous years, should provide you with plenty of places to start. (Full disclosure, I’m one of the judges).

Second thing, as in previous years, I have been appointed to one of the American Library Association committees that produces a “best books of the year” list. This year it’s The Reading List, which judges genre fiction in the categories of Adrenaline, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction and Women’s Fiction. Almost all of the categories are my jam to one degree or another, so I’m really looking forward to this year’s selections. Which will never be highlighted on any of my Stacking the Shelves posts or in my reviews – but they will be there.

Third, speaking of ALA, I just got back from the Midwinter Conference. The committee I served on this past year, the Carnegie Medals, announced the winners at this year’s conference.

And I picked up what would be an actual metric buttload of books at the conference – if I got print ARCs instead of eARCs. That list is in yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves.

It’s great to be home. The cats really missed us – to the point where they seem to be clinging to us all night and underfoot all day – at least when they’re not cat napping!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the February of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Hats Off! Giveaway Hop is Cassandra D.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Target of One’s Own by M.L. Buchman
B Review: Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
A- Review: Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara
A- Review: Forged in Blood I by Lindsay Buroker
February of Books Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (325)

Coming This Week:

Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker (review)
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff (blog tour review)
Duchess by Deception by Marie Force (review)
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons (review)
Oria’s Enchantment by Jeffe Kennedy (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-27-19

Sunday Post

I’m writing this very far ahead, as when you read it I’ll be in Seattle for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Where it will probably be gray, gloomy and a bit rainy, but hopefully not snowy. Or so my memories of living in Seattle tell me. But “climate is what you expect, weather is what you get” so we’ll see what really happens.

But that means that my attempt to predict what I will post the week of 1/28 probably counts as attempting to see into a crystal ball – or read tea leaves. At least at home I actually HAVE tea leaves, but that doesn’t mean my powers of prognostication are all that good. Divination is generally bunk – but we’ll see just how good I am at predicting my own behavior in the weeks to come.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hats Off Giveaway Hop (ends THURSDAY!)

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! Its January Giveaway Hop is Monique S.

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
B Review: The Show by John A. Heldt
A Review: Endgames by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
A+ Guest Review by Amy: Perennial: A Garden Romance by Mary Anne Mohanraj
Spotlight + Excerpt: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Stacking the Shelves (324)

Coming This Week:

Target of One’s Own by M.L. Buchman (review)
Connections in Death by J.D. Robb (review)
Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara (review)
Forged in Blood I by Lindsay Buroker (review)
February of Books Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-20-19

Sunday Post

This was an excellent week in a way that very few weeks manage to live up to. All Grade A Reviews – including Amy’s guest review of one of my all-time favorite SFR authors/books. If you like space opera-type SF with a touch of romance, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Linnea Sinclair – not ever. I just wish there were more!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hats Off Giveaway Hop
$20 Amazon Gift Card from Jeffe Kennedy

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Best of Us by Robyn Carr is L Lam
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or Book in the 3…2…1 Giveaway Hop is Joanna P.

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards
A+ Guest Review by Amy: Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair
Hats Off Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Warrior of the World by Jeffe Kennedy + Giveaway
A+ Review: Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport
Stacking the Shelves (323)

Coming This Week:

Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (review)
The Show by John A. Heldt (review)
Target of One’s Own by M.L. Buchman (review)
Perennial: A Garden Romance by Mary Anne Mohanraj (guest review by Amy)
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff (guest post/excerpt)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-13-19

Sunday Post

It already feels as if this coming week’s schedule has been tossed in a blender multiple times – and the week hasn’t even started yet. Some of that’s good. Amy sent me a guest review just in time for a day when I have a review due to Library Journal. (Speaking of Library Journal, I was named one of their Reviewers of the Year for 2018 and I am SO CHUFFED! Also extremely grateful to both of my LJ editors! (Apologies if the article is behind a paywall))

The blog hop I thought I was participating in this week isn’t happening after all, but I found a different one that is. ALA Midwinter Conference is next week and I’m already scrambling to get stuff together so that I’m not attempting to write posts in a place where I know I won’t have time to write posts. (Amy, thank goodness, gave me a second guest review to put up while I’m out. YAY!)

I’m getting my laugh for the day as I write this. The kickplate on our front door is reflective, enough so that the local birds see themselves in the reflection and come down to peck at the door. Freddie-cat is sitting by the front door, watching the birds. It’s clear that he is desirous of going out to play with the birds and scared to death of the birds at the same time! Poor, confused cat.

Current Giveaways:

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the 3…2…1 Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Best of Us by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Touch of Eon by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Death Shall Come by Simon R. Green
B- Review: Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz
Stacking the Shelves (322)

Coming This Week:

The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards (review)
Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport
Hats Off Giveaway Hop
Warrior of the World by Jeffe Kennedy (blog tour review)
Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair (guest review by Amy)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-6-19

Sunday Post

I got distracted while writing this. There are two new “Dear Kitten” videos from Friskies! If you have a cat, or if you just enjoy well-done and funny videos, this series is a gem.

Back to books – one of the few times where that’s actually difficult!

Also, what I really want to do is go back to reading Wild Country. I swear there is crack between the pages of that series. I’m couldn’t resist reading a 400 page book that I can’t post a review of for TWO MONTHS! What was I thinking? But I can’t resist them!

It feels like life is back to “normal” after the long holiday weekends. This is probably a good thing, but it was fun to laze around, read a lot and cuddle the kitten – while the big boys look on with tolerance. I’ve also discovered that closing my office door when I go to bed is useless. It doesn’t latch, and the new carpet seems to be much too fascinating for certain people to knead half the night. I walk in each morning and discover blue and white tufts EVERYWHERE!

Everything belongs to them. Everything. Including the humans.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card OR $10 Book in the 3…2…1 Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the December of Books Giveaway Hop is Angela C.
The winner of the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop is Heidi R.

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Gown by Jennifer Robson
3…2…1 Giveaway Hop
19 for 2019: My Most Anticipated Books for 2019
B Review: Zachary’s Christmas by M.L. Buchman
A- Review: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
Stacking the Shelves (321)

Coming This Week:

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop
Touch of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)
Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz (review)
Death Shall Come by Simon R. Green (review)