The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-11-18

Sunday Post

On this day, one hundred years ago, at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918, the guns of the Great War finally went silent. Although it was only an armistice and not an actual peace, the final shots had been fired and the formal peace agreement, the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year. This day is celebrated as Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth countries and Veterans Day in the United States.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November of Books Giveaway Hop
Paperback set of the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross is Linda R.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews + Giveaway
A- Review: An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
A Review: Imager by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
B Review: Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate
B Review: Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery
Stacking the Shelves (313)

Coming This Week:

Apollo to the Moon by Teasel E. Muir-Harmony (blog tour review)
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
Seasons of Sorcery by Amanda Bouchet, Grace Draven, Jennifer Estep and Jeffe Kennedy (review)
Gratitude Giveaway Hop
Pirate’s Passion by Lisa Kessler (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-4-18

Sunday Post

Did you remember to set your clocks back? Did they all do it for you automagically? I just realized that my bedside clock is only semi-automagic – I have to sync it with my iPhone to get it to automatically reset itself. No wonder I feel like I got enough sleep!

If you live in the US and have not voted yet, don’t forget that this Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day. As a reminder to vote, and that your vote does count, I leave you with the immortal words of Lazarus Long, as promulgated by the late and often great SF writer Robert A. Heinlein:

If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There
may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for
… but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against.
In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you rarely go
wrong.

If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning
fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then
vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if
such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of
time on it that truly intelligent exercise of franchise requires.

Current Giveaways:

Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the October of Books Giveaway Hop is Patricia
The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is Lauren B.

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
B+ Review: Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross + Giveaway
B+ Review: Very Important Corpses by Simon R. Green
November of Books Giveaway Hop
B Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Stacking the Shelves (312)

Coming This Week:

Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews (blog tour review)
Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate (review)
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris (review)
Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates (review)
Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-28-18

Sunday Post

If you are US citizen, have you voted yet? If not, are you planning to vote? It is your right as a citizen to vote. Personally, I also feel that if you are eligible to participate but don’t participate in the process, you really don’t have the right to complain about the result. (If you’re not a US citizen but you vote in your own country, I think you get reciprocal complaining rights. The world has become way too small to pretend that what happens someplace else does not affect where you are and vice versa.)

And on the bloggy and bookish front, the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop ends, appropriately, on Halloween, the spookiest day of the year. Also appropriately, but for an entirely different reason, the October Of Books Giveaway Hop ends on Wednesday, too, since Wednesday is the last day of October. The November of Books Giveaway Hop starts the next day. As it should, on November 1.

The year is winding down. Once Halloween has passed Thanksgiving will be looming on the horizon, and along with it, the Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop. If you’re a blogger, please sign up to hop with us – Black Friday is the perfect day to post a giveaway. And if you’re a blog follower, it’s the perfect day to spend a few minutes doing a little holiday present shopping for yourself!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the October Of Books Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop (also ends WEDNESDAY!)

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Six Cats a Slayin’ by Miranda James
B+ Review: The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey
A- Review: The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
B Review: Magnolia Mystic by Lisa Kessler
B- Review: Murder in the Dark by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (311)

Coming This Week:

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor (blog tour review)
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by Jo Ann Ross (blog tour review)
Very Important Corpses by Simon R. Green (review)
November of Books Giveaway Hop
Time’s Children by D.B. Jackson (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-21-18

Sunday Post

There’s a very good chance that one of this week’s reviews is going to be postponed to make room for a review of The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi. I’m in the middle of the audiobook right now and so far it is absolutely awesome. And the man himself is going to be just a hop, skip and a jump away from us this week. On Thursday he’ll be doing a reading in Athens GA sponsored by Avid Bookshop. If you like his writing, or just like SF, and you’re going to be within reasonable driving distance of Athens (or somewhere else on The Consuming Fire tour), Scalzi always gives a great reading and an interesting and amusing time is always had by all.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the October Of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Hero by Anna Hackett is Linda R.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop is Dan D.

Blog Recap:

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
A- Review: When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis
B+ Review: Mission: Her Rescue by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Whitehouse
B+/C+ Review: Putting the Science in Fiction by Dan Koboldt vs. The Science of Science Fiction by Mark Brake
Stacking the Shelves (310)

Coming This Week:

Six Cats a Slayin’ by Miranda James (review)
The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey (review)
Time’s Children by D.B. Jackson (review)
Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven (review)
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (review)

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

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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)