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

Sunday Post

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

Sunday Post

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)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-14-16

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First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. (Including the cat moms (like me) and dog moms and ferret moms and rabbit moms) Today is one of Hallmark’s best days, as so many people send Mother’s Day cards. It’s also one of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s best days of the year. For a lot of families, a bucket of chicken seems to be a great way to get mom out of the kitchen for a day without leaving her a pile of dirty dishes. That KFC acknowledged all of that this year with a surprisingly funny spoof of a romance novel, Tender Wings of Desire, is the icing on the cake. Or the coating on the chicken. I couldn’t quite bring myself to review it, but Amy graciously stepped into the breach with a slightly tongue-in-cheek review on Friday.

But speaking of things to do this weekend, for those of a more geekish persuasion, if you haven’t yet seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I highly recommend it. While it doesn’t manage to capture the lightning in the bottle of the first film, it is still a load of fun. For those of us who lived through the 70s and 80s, it is also a bit scary that I still remember the lyrics to all those songs, even the one-hit wonders like Brandy and Lake Shore Drive. Hopefully I wasn’t singing along with the music loud enough to embarrass Galen. Too much.

The nice thing about being a cat mom is that they can’t be embarrassed by the silly things that their humans do!

Current Giveaways:

$100 Amazon Gift Card and 4 prints of the winner’s choice from Catherine Bybee’s Most Likely To series.
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop (ends TOMORROW!)
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Free Space by Sean Danker is Anne
The winner of The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron is Nadine

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson
A Review: Making it Right by Catherine Bybee + Giveaway
B Review: Moonglow by Michael Chabon
A- Review: The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
EXTRA CRISPY Guest Review by Amy: Tender Wings of Desire by Harland Sanders
Stacking the Shelves (235)

Coming Next Week:

Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop
The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer (review)
The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle (review)
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig (review)
The Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-7-16

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This looks like the first week in quite a while that I haven’t tossed the schedule into a blender mid-week. All winners this time around. And two blog hops. Winners for everyone!

Current Giveaways:

Free Space by Sean Danker
The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winners of the copies of Mitla Pass by Leon Uris are LL, Tracee, Laura R., Nadine S. and Susan
The winner of the Beautiful Bouquet of Tulips from Susan Mallery is Kim M.
The winner of a $10 Gift Card in the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop is Beth

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron + Giveaway
A- Review: The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Hell Squad: Theron by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Free Space by Sean Danker + Giveaway
May I Suggest Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (234)

Coming Next Week:

Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson (blog tour review)
Making it Right by Catherine Bybee (blog tour review)
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick (review)
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (review)
Moonglow by Michael Chabon (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-30-16

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The Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza ends tonight! So if you want a chance at the prize, and all of the prizes all over the hop, get thee hence to the hop participants!

I love the giveaway for Susan Mallery’s Secrets of the Tulip Sisters. There’s a winner at every stop on the tour, which is marvelous. Especially since the prize is a bouquet of tulips that you can either decide to send to yourself, or you can send to someone else, just in time for Mother’s Day. I’ve very tempted to enter on one of the other stops, but my mom doesn’t like to get flowers. Which drives me nuts. I love to get flowers. The only problem is that the cats also love to get flowers. To eat. And to knock over the vase. For them its a win-win. For me, usually a slippy, sloppy wet mess, coming and going.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop (ends TONIGHT!)
Bouquet of Tulips from Susan Mallery and Secrets of the Tulip Sisters
$25 Gift Card from Maisey Yates and Slow Burn Cowboy
Mitla Pass by Leon Uris (5 copies, ebook)

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Any Day Now by Robyn Carr is Susan

Blog Recap:

B Review: Mitla Pass by Leon Uris + Excerpt + Giveaway
C+ Review: Slow Burn Cowboy by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
Sneak Peek at Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery + Giveaway
B+ Review: Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne
B Review: Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (233)

Coming Next Week:

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron (blog tour review)
The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan (blog tour review)
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
Free Space by Sean Danker (review)
Theron by Anna Hackett (review)
May I Suggest Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-23-16

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I don’t normally do promo spots, or cover reveals, or spotlights, or anything that doesn’t include a review of the book being featured. It’s my blog and it is what I say it is, and that’s one of the places where I draw the line. I feature original content as much as possible. Usually mine but not always. Occasionally I give something away, which nobody minds a bit. So why the “Sneak Peek” from Susan Mallery?

Consider it a preview of coming attractions. I am also part of the blog tour for the book, and the review is scheduled for July 11, when the book comes out. I loved her Daughters of the Bride last year, and I can’t wait for this one.

But speaking of features – about Mitla Pass. I read Leon Uris in my teens and early 20s, after having glommed onto Exodus one bored afternoon at my grandparents’. When the estate contacted me asking if I would feature one of the books (they’ve been re-released in ebook), it seemed like a golden opportunity to revisit an author I loved, once upon a time. And while the past is still another country, I enjoyed the book, and the trip down memory lane.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop is Lulu B.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spring into Romance Giveaway Hop is Ann S.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Legend Has It by Elliott James
B Review: Any Day Now by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
A- Review: The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn
B Review: Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon
C+ Review: The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox
Stacking the Shelves (232)

Coming Next Week:

Mitla Pass by Leon Uris (review)
Slow Burn Cowboy by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Sneak Peek at Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery (blog tour)
Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey (review)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (review)

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

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This is another week where the books towards the end look a bit more aspirational than may be possible. We’ll see. We’re having house company for most of the week, and I expect to have a really terrific excuse why I don’t get much reading or writing done this week. And I expect to have LOTS of fun!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Spring into Romance Giveaway Hop (ends Monday!)
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop (ends Wednesday!)

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Stacy T.
The winner of the Penric and Desdemona series by Lois McMaster Bujold is Laura R.
The winner of The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt is Dynal R.
The winner of their choice of book by John Scalzi is Linda R.
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in my Blogo-Birthday Giveaway is Maria M.

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox
A- Review: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton
C+ Review: The Captive Shifter by Veronica Scott
A Review: Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
A- Review: The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood
Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (231)

Coming Next Week:

Legend Has It by Elliott James (review)
Any Day Now by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (review)
Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon (review)
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn (review)