The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-5-20

Sunday Post

Welcome 2020! Welcome to the first Sunday Post of the new year!

We had a pretty quiet holiday, except for the neighbors across the street exploding fireworks until, well, until much too late for the cats who spent the holiday under the bed.

This will be the first real post-holiday week. So NetGalley and Edelweiss will probably explode with new eARCS and the “Taj Mahal of dumpster fires” in Romancelandia will probably sink to new depths. I wish that second part weren’t true, but it probably is.

And in other news, this is both a leap year and a presidential election year in the US. A situation that is already heating up – literally.

Happy New Year!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the 3…2…1…Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Dashing Giveaway Hop is Tracie C.

Blog Recap:

20 for 2020: My Most Anticipated Books for 2020
B+ Review: Blood and Blade by Lauren Dane
3…2…1…Giveaway Hop
Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop
B Review: Mark of Eon by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (373)

Coming This Week:

The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman (review)
The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Atlas Alone by Emma Newman (review)
The Secret She Keeps by HelenKay Dimon (blog tour review)
The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-29-19

Sunday Post

Welcome to the final Sunday Post of 2019. And the unofficial final post of the 2010s. Yes, I know the decade technically ends on 12/31/2020, but it just doesn’t feel that way, does it?

I’ve been following the “Taj Mahal of dumpster fires” in Romancelandia over the holidays and the hashtag #RWAShitShow pretty much sums it up. It’s a train wreck. Or a multi-car pileup on the Highway, complete with gazer block. I can’t turn my eyes away either. If you want more on this I’ve included links in my posts Friday and yesterday. And here are a couple more, a terrific summary at All About Romance and a thoughtful and personal commentary by Nora Roberts. (THANKS Arlene for the tip!)

But back to real life – or at least real blogging life. And real reading life and not just obsessively checking twitter. This past week included Xmas and most of Hanukkah, which ends tomorrow. This week is New Year’s, which doesn’t feel quite real at the moment as we’re thinking about turning on the A/C or at least running all the fans. Life goes on.

Happy New Year!

Current Giveaways:

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

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
B Review: Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield
Happy Holidays 2019
Best of My 2019
A- Review: The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
Stacking the Shelves (372)

Coming This Week:

Blood and Blade by Lauren Dane (review)
Most Anticipated Books of 2020
3..2..1..Giveaway Hop
Welcome 2020 Giveaway Hop
Mark of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-22-19

Sunday Post

I really have no idea what I’m doing this week, so the “Coming This Week” section is kind of a guess. I’m definitely doing my “Best of the Year” list this week, but the rest feels iffy. I’ve kind of fallen down into a black hole of excellent fanfiction and can’t seem to pull myself away from the event horizon. It’s been that kind of a year. It’s been that kind of year for a couple of years – and next year will probably be even crazier.

I know the Mark Twain version goes “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” That probably works for people who love dogs. But it’s definitely just as true for those of us who love cats. And I think I need to go pet mine right now!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Dashing Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop is Edye

Blog Recap:

Dashing Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fleury
B Guest Review: Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper
A Review: Thunderbolt by M.L. Buchman
A- Review: A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden
Stacking the Shelves (371)

Coming This Week:

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde (review)
Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield (review)
Best of 2019 (feature)
Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-15-19

Sunday Post

This year is definitely winding down. With the holidays coming up, this week is the last full week of pretty much everything. Which leaves lots of time for reading around this house. Also plenty of cats looking for laps – or for toys we hadn’t intended as toys. This morning we found the shower mat dragged out of the shower and halfway across the bathroom. Why any cat thinks something wet and plastic is a toy is anyone’s guess – but someone was certainly DETERMINED.

I’m determined to get a bunch more books read before the end of the year. What about you?

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci is Dianna

Blog Recap:

B Review: My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh + Giveaway
A- Review: Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery by Sharon Ibbotson
A- Review: Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
A Review: The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole
B- Review: The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams
Stacking the Shelves (370)

Coming This Week:

Dashing Giveaway Hop
The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury (review)
Thunderbolt by M.L. Buchman (review)
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (review)
A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-8-19

Sunday Post

It’s OMG December. The year is winding down. It’s sorta/kinda winter-ish around here.

But I’m starting to think about end of year things – or rather beginning of year things. I’m thinking about the Read Harder Challenge from Book Riot, and wondering if anyone has any experience about participating in it that they could share? I’m also looking back at some things that used to be around and wondered if there would be any interest if I restarted the “Saturday Situation”. It used to be a great place for promoting giveaways – especially blog tour giveaways for books. I miss that resource being available, so if anyone knows of something similar, I’m very interested.

It seems that I’m just pondering all sorts of things today – including all the wonderful books I have on tap to read this week!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Black Friday Giveaway Hop is Danielle
The winner of The Cost of Honor by Diana Munoz Stewart is Sharon

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: The Case of the Spellbound Child by Mercedes Lackey
Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci + Giveaway
B Review: An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow + Excerpt
A Review: Upon the Flight of the Queen by Howard Andrew Jones
Stacking the Shelves (369)

Coming This Week:

My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh (blog tour review)
Hanukkah at the Great Greenwich Ice Creamery by Sharon Ibbotson (blog tour review)
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh (review)
The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole (review)
The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-1-19

Sunday Post

This is one of those weeks where I’m really sure about the beginning, but not so certain about the end. There will be something, because there’s always something. I’m just less than certain that the something will be the something I’m thinking of at the moment. We just got home from the Thanksgiving weekend and I’m still all about the “Happy Happy Joy Joy” reaction of being home. We missed the cats so much we went to a cat cafe! Which was lovely and we wanted to adopt ALL THE KITTEHS – even the ones that just wanted to be left alone. After all, our Lucifer needs someone to be left alone with!

But speaking of cats, isn’t the graphic for this week’s Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop the cutest thing EVAR?

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Black Friday Giveaway Hop (ENDS TOMORROW!!!!!)
The Cost of Honor by Diana Munoz Stewart

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Gratitude Giveaway Hop is Kelly G.
The winner of the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop is Lori B.

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Cost of Honor by Diana Munoz Stewart + Giveaway
B Review: Mission: Her Freedom by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Mycroft and Sherlock: the Empty Birdcage by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
Thanksgiving 2019
Black Friday Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (368)

Coming This Week:

The Case of the Spellbound Child by Mercedes Lackey (review)
Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci (blog tour review)
An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow (blog tour review)
The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-24-19

Sunday Post

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I seem to be having one of those weekends where my sh*t and I are not only not together, we’re not even speaking to one another!

Thanksgiving is this week, which feels, I don’t know, not exactly early but not exactly on point somehow. It’s like it snuck up on me when I wasn’t looking. Or that even after five years back in the South I still expect Thanksgiving to be accompanied by winter weather. Which it isn’t here. But then, I usually don’t feel like winter here really FEELS like winter. Not that it’s exactly warm, but it’s never below zero and only occasionally below freezing, so how can that be winter? Of course, that’s one of the reasons I love living here.

Like I said, my sh*t and I are not together this weekend. On the other hand, there’s a kitten sleeping under my chair, so things are definitely looking up! Well, at least things are looking up if I’m looking down – at the kitten.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!!!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss
A- Review: Permafrost by Alistair Reynolds
B Review: The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
A Guest Review by Amy: Accidentally Yours by Bettye Griffin
A- Review: Drone by M.L. Buchman
Stacking the Shelves (367)

Coming This Week:

The Cost of Honor by Diana Munoz Stewart (blog tour review)
Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage by Kareen Abdul Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (review)
Mission: Her Freedom by Anna Hackett (review)
Black Friday Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-17-19

Sunday Post

I’m getting kind of a late start on today. I had a migraine yesterday like I haven’t had in a while. The kind where I go “white blind” for a while – and then just start looking for the license number of the truck that hit me. Attempting to read around the sparkles in my vision until they pass is always a special kind of treat – NOT. But they are a lot less frequent than they used to be, so I call that a win.

And there are always more books to read! That’s a win too!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Lucky Leaf Giveaway Hop is Brittany

Blog Recap:

A Review: Death in Focus by Anne Perry
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
A Review: The Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott
B Review: All Fired Up by Lori Foster
Gratitude Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (366)

Coming This Week:

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss (review)
The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz (review)
Permafrost by Alistair Reynolds (review)
Drone by M.L. Buchman (review)
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-10-19

Sunday Post

I keep wanting to talk about just how fast the year is winding down. Tomorrow is Veterans Day and Thanksgiving is right behind it.

And they’ve already started playing Xmas Carols! Someone needs to receive at least a 15-yard penalty for rushing the damn season! The Xmas onslaught really shouldn’t begin until after Thanksgiving. Really Truly!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leaf Giveaway Hop
Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long
(3) Deluxe Gold Digger Prize Packages (Gold Digger Book, Gold Facial Mask, Peacock Feather Earrings, Flowered Fan)
(2) Print copies of Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble

Winner Announcements:

The winner of This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman is Gloria B.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble + Giveaway
A- Review: The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock
B Review: Gold Digger by Rebecca Rosenberg + Giveaway
B Review: Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long + Giveaway
A- Review: Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh
Stacking the Shelves (365)

Coming This Week:

Death in Focus by Anne Perry (review)
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
The Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott (blog tour review)
All Fired Up by Lori Foster (blog tour review)
Gratitude Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-3-19

Sunday Post

Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour? Did your cats (or dogs or other pets) remind you this morning that all is not right with the universe – meaning that you are sleeping too late and they want their breakfast?

Tonight, when it will feel like sunset has come too damn early, we’ll all be reminded that DST is a crock. On that other hand, falling back in the Fall is a forcible reminder that another year is winding down – whether we’re all ready for the holidays or not. Definitely not.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leaf Giveaway Hop
This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Nothing to Fear by Juno Rushdan is Linda

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
B+ Review: Lady Abigail’s Perfect Match by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
B+ Review: This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman + Giveaway
A- Review: Those Who Came Before by J.H. Moncrieff
Lucky Leaf Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (364)

Coming This Week:

Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble (blog tour review)
The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock (blog tour review)
Gold Digger by Rebecca Rosenberg (blog tour review)
Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long (blog tour review)
Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh (review)