The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-12-18

Sunday Post

The next two weeks are going to be a bit odd. We’re going to be at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon76) in San Jose, California for part of this week and the beginning of next week. (Insert jokes about “Do you know the way to San Jose?” here. And if that doesn’t ring any bells, schedule a trip in Peabody’s WAYBACK Machine…)

It’s not just that I’m doing a bunch of stuff early, but also that I signed up for back-to-back bloghops to have stuff to post every day. I kind of assumed that no one would really mind more chances to win Amazon Gift Cards and/or books while I’m off having a good time. I’ve also got some of Amy’s guest post scheduled next week to pick up some of the slack.

I love doing this blog (obviously or I wouldn’t still be doing it after 8 1/2 years) but it is nice to occasionally get far enough ahead to take a few days “off”. Especially somewhere I can learn about more new and new-to-me books and authors in my favorite genres!

Current Giveaways:

$15 Amazon Gift Card from Jess Anastasi

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Entropy by Jess Anastasi + Giveaway
B+/B-Review: Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster / Sweet Heat at Bayside by Addison Cole
B+ Review: The Wedding from Hell: The Reception by J.R. Ward + Excerpt
A+ Review: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
B+ Review: Gift of Griffins by V.M. Escalada
Stacking the Shelves (300)

Coming Next Week:

Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose (blog tour review)
Planetside by Michael Mammay (review)
Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop
A+ Giveaway Hop
Mission: Her Protection by Anna Hackett (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-5-18

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The dust is starting to settle at the new house. It’s going to settling for a while, but it is starting, at least. One of the better side effects of the move is that Freddie and Lucifer seem to be banding together more. They slink down the stairs together at night to explore the brave new world, as well as seek out fresh kibble. As soon as we get a new door installed on the back porch, they’ll be able to boldly go where no cat has gone before – at least as far as we know.

The built in shelves in my office now contain my ALA committee books and our fiction collection up to the beginning of the letter G. More shelves are upstairs, just waiting to be loaded with the rest of our library.

It’s definitely an adventure!

Current Giveaways:

Hardcover set of The Wildes of Ludlow Castle series by Eloisa James
(1) $50 Amazon Gift card and (5) $10 Amazon Gift Cards from Suzanne Johnson

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Shattered Silence by Marta Perry is Becky
The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop is Lisa

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Born to Be Wilde by Eloisa James + Giveaway
A Review: Frenchman Street by Suzanne Johnson + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal
B Review: Hard in Hightown by Varric Tethras with Mary Kirby
A Review: The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks
Stacking the Shelves (299)

Coming Next Week:

Entropy by Jess Anastasi (blog tour review)
Wedding from Hell: The Reception by J.R. Ward (blog tour review)
Gift of Griffins by V.M. Escalada (review)
Southernmost by Silas House (review)
Meet Me at the Museum by Ann Youngson (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-29-18

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I was right about last week’s prediction of this week’s schedule. It did turn out to be a bit more aspirational than realistic. And I think this week’s might have some of the same issues. The packers are coming today, and the movers are coming tomorrow. I’m hoping to get stuff scheduled at least through Monday if not Tuesday by the point I collapse on Saturday evening. I’m prepping this post a bit early in furtherance of that goal.

We are a bit at sixes and sevens, as they say, at this point in the moving process. We haven’t cleaned up as ruthlessly as we have in the past, on the other hand our stuff doesn’t have to move across country, and we don’t have to worry about what we do and don’t need for two, three or even six weeks. All we have to do is get everything there and start unpacking. We try to unpack the bedroom the first evening, so we don’t wake up in the morning to a sea of boxes. It helps cut down on the whelm.

Freddie and Lucifer have no idea what’s about to happen. It’s going to be an adventure!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the A Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
Shattered Silence by Marta Perry

Blog Recap:

B Review: Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan
B+ Review: Shattered Silence by Marta Perry + Giveaway
B Review: Day of the Dead by Nicci French
A- Review: Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates
C+ Review: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
Stacking the Shelves (298)

Coming Next Week:

Born to be Wilde by Eloisa James (blog tour review)
Frenchman Street by Suzanne Johnson (blog tour review)
The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal (blog tour review)
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld (review)
The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-22-18

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This week’s schedule seems a bit more aspirational than realistic, but I’m going with it anyway. Last week’s certainly turned out to be that way. I had surgery on Monday, and although the procedure was minor, it is throwing me for more of a loop than I expected. And the move is scheduled for a week from tomorrow, with the packers showing up a week from today. So that is also proceeding apace. So much stuff happening and so little time.

Freddie and Lucifer have no idea just how much their world is about to get thrown into a blender. I think they’re going to love the “kitty television” in the new house, but the process of getting there is not going to be something they will enjoy.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the A Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann is Danielle
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop is Ann S.

Blog Recap:

A Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop
C+ Review: Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson
B+ Review: The Wedding from Hell: The Rehearsal Dinner by J.R. Ward + Excerpt
B Review: Lowcountry Bookshop by Susan M. Boyer
B Review: The Seas of Distant Stars by Francesca G. Varela
Stacking the Shelves (297)

Coming Next Week:

Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan (blog tour review)
Shattered Silence by Marta Perry (blog tour review)
The Day of the Dead by Nicci French (blog tour review)
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (review)
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-15-18

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When I discovered that the publication of Hope Never Dies had been moved up from mid-August to early July I simply could not resist reading it – pretty much the way I could not resist picking it up in the first place. When I saw the blurb on Edelweiss, it struck me as a case of the bear dancing, where you’re not surprised it’s done well, you’re simply surprised that it’s done AT ALL. It was a boatload of fun. Possibly even a Trans Am trunkload of fun, as long as you fling your willing suspension of disbelief out the window before you start.

Don’t forget, today is your last chance to seize your chance at the prize in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop. The hop ends tonight at midnight!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop (ends TONIGHT!)
Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann
Taste of Seattle Gift Bag from Susan Mallery

Blog Recap:

B Review: Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann + Giveaway
B+ Review: Imperator by Anna Hackett
A+ Review: Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs
A- Review: When We Found Home by Susan Mallery + Giveaway
B- Review: Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
Stacking the Shelves (296)

Coming Next Week:

A Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop
Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson (review)
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (review)
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld (review)
Lowcountry Bookshop by Susan M. Boyer (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-8-18

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It’s been an eventful week. Not as productive as it might have been on the blog front, but c’est la vie. Also c’est la view as I originally typed. We closed on the house on Friday, so now the fun begins. We’ll probably move around the end of July, as there’s a few things that need to be taken care of before we move in. We need to get the place that the dryer plugs into fixed before we can plug in a dryer. Also we need a dryer – and a washer. Lots of little things like that but nothing major and nothing else that prevents us from moving in. Before Worldcon in mid-August.

We moved so often, and we had our original clowder of cats for so long, that they all understood what it meant when the boxes started appearing everywhere. Freddie and Lucifer have no clue what’s about to upset their world – but they are going to love the giant catio in the new house!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A Review: Night Fall by Simon R. Green
B+ Review: The Dark Side of the Road by Simon R. Green
Fourth of July 2018
A- Review: Mycroft Holmes by Kareen Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
B+ Review: Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Stacking the Shelves (295)

Coming Next Week:

Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann (blog tour review)
Imperator by Anna Hackett (review)
Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs (blog tour review)
When We Found Home by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
Hunting the Truth by Beate and Serge Klarsfeld (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-1-18

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We’re still basking in the glow of “it’s so good to be home” after spending last weekend at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. I saw way, way, way too many bright, shiny new books at the conference, and yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves post is proof. When they’re all eARCs, the weight doesn’t register. But looking at the size of the list, it’s clear that I need a reading equivalent for the phrase “my eyes were bigger than my stomach”. “So many books, so little time” doesn’t convey quite enough.

There’s also a certain amount of gibbering going on around here. We’re closing on our first house this Friday. YAY! But that means we have to move again. BOO! But we’ll be able to get Freddie and Lucifer a sister. YAY! But we have to pack again. BOO! In between the YAYs and BOOs there’s a certain amount of OMG, OMG, OMG.

But I can always escape into a good book – at least until something drags me out again – like a cat demanding attention.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop
Taste of Seattle Gift Bag from Susan Mallery

Winner Announcements:

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

Blog Recap:

Spotlight + Excerpt: When We found Home by Susan Mallery + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Secret of the Irish Castle by Santa Montefiore
B+ Review: Whiskey Sharp: Torn by Lauren Dane
A Review: The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
A- Review: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Stacking the Shelves (254)
Seas the Day Giveaway Hop

Coming Next Week:

Night Fall by Simon R. Green (review)
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (review)
Circe by Madeline Miller (review)
A Touch of Flame by Jo Goodman (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-24-18

Sunday Post

As you read this, I’ll be sweltering in hot, sticky New Orleans at the American Library Association Annual Conference. We went to Denver in February for the Midwinter Conference and now we’re in NOLA for the summer conference. If that sounds backwards to you, you are far, far, far from alone. But it’s always good to see my friends and colleagues, all 15,000 or 20,000 of them. However, there is no thrill of victory, there is only the agony of the feet.

But speaking of the thrill of victory, our offer was accepted on a house. YAY! We’ll be moving again. Admittedly that’s a bit of a BOO! but it will great to put down roots and finally have a place of our own. We’re thinking of getting Freddie and Lucifer a sister, especially since the new house has a giant catio big enough for the cats to share with the humans and enclosed and screened in so that the humans can share with the cats!

Current Giveaways:

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

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Echo Moon by Laura Spinella is Elizabeth
The winner of The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne is Linda

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Privilege of Peace by Tanya Huff
A Review: The Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King
A- Review: Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger
B+ Review: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
B+ Review: Prisoner of the Crown by Jeffe Kennedy
Stacking the Shelves (293)

Coming Next Week:

When We Found Home by Susan Mallery (blog tour excerpt)
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (review)
Whiskey Sharp: Torn by Lauren Dane (blog tour review)
The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah (blog tour review)
Circe by Madeline Miller (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-17-18

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Looking for a house is hard work. Also hot and hungry work. I don’t know how real estate agents do it, especially in the summer in the South. Or, come to think of it, the winter in the north. We think we found a place. We’ll see.

Of course, then the real work begins!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop
Echo Moon by Laura Spinella
The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop is Patricia

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Echo Moon by Laura Spinella + Giveaway
C+ Review: A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg
B+ Review: The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne + Giveaway
A-/B Review: Unidentified by Anna Hackett
Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (292)

Coming Next Week:

The Privilege of Peace by Tanya Huff (review)
Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King (review)
Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger (blog tour review)
A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey (review)
Prisoner of the Crown by Jeffe Kennedy (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-10-18

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I read two absolutely terrific fantasies this week and they were glorious! The other books weren’t half bad either.

But seriously, Spinning Silver and The Magic of Recluce were both epically awesome. If you liked Uprooted, you’ll love Spinning Silver, and vice versa. They are not part of the same series, so you can read one without the other or in any order. But they are both wonderfully fractured fairy tales, so if you like that sort of thing (I certainly do!) get them both. You’ll thank me later.

I adore Modesitt’s Imager Portfolio, but I was able to get in on that on the ground floor, so to speak. When Imager came out in 2009, The Saga of Recluce was already on book 16, and none of the books in that series are exactly skinny. I just couldn’t get a round tuit. But now that I’ve read the first one and loved it, I’m going back. The Magic of Recluce was grand!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Beach Reads Giveaway Hop
Hardcover copy of Wilde in Love by Eloisa James and a peacock keychain
Signed print copy of The Girl Who Stepped Into the Past by Sophie Barnes + a $10 Amazon Gift Card

Winner Announcements:

The winner of I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart is Judy C.

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
B+ Review: Death by Water by Kerry Greenwood
A+ Review: The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
B+ Review: Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa James + Giveaway
B Review: The Girl Who Stepped into the Past by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (291)

Coming Next Week:

Echo Moon by Laura Spinella (blog tour review)
High Season by Judy Blundell (review)
The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
A Study in Treason by Leonard Goldberg (review)
Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop