The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-23-19

Sunday Post

As I said yesterday, while you read this I’m sweating to death in Washington DC at the ALA Annual Conference. Or maybe not. The weather report says cloudy, rainy, thunderboomy and in the mid 80s, so it might not be too bad. But climate’s what you expect and weather is what you get, so by the time I get there, it could be anything. Yes, I know that Atlanta is not exactly known for its cool summers but DC is semi-reclaimed swampland – it gets even muggier there than it does here. And the midwinter conference will be in Philadelphia. In January. I can hardly wait. I’d insert a sarcastic emoji here – but what would that look like?

Meanwhile, back on the blog, I may be out of town but I have plenty of stuff queued up and ready to roll while I’m away. Probably picking up more books.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
$20 (USD) Dreamspinner Gift Certificate from Rhys Ford

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Women’s War by Jenna Glass
B Review: Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter
B+ Review: Hell Squad: Dom by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford + Guest Recipe! + Giveaway
A- Review: The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
Stacking the Shelves (345)

Coming This Week:

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss (review)
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker (review)
Phaze by S.C. Mitchell (guest review by Amy)
Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James (blog tour review)
Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-16-19

Sunday Post

If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done. Or at least it certainly seems that way. We’re off for the American Library Association Annual Conference at the end of the week and it feels like there are suddenly a million-and-one things to do before we go. Only because there probably are.

The cats are NOT going to be best pleased. They never are when their human servitors abscond from their duties for any length of time longer than a catnap. Come to think of it, not even then. We’re obviously supposed to be at their beck and call even when they’re sleeping!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Summer on Mirror Lake is Rita W.
The winner of the Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop is Lisa W.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane
B Review: Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan
A- Review: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
A- Review: Finder by Suzanne Palmer
Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (344)

Coming This Week:

The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (review)
Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Dom by Anna Hackett (review)
Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford (blog tour review)
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-9-19

Sunday Post

This has been the drippiest, rainiest, gloomiest weekend ever. You’d think it wasn’t summer around here, but it is. At least it’s cool. But wet. Very, very wet.

It’s terrific reading weather. Every cloud has a silver lining! (p.s. I’m expecting the little old guy with the animals trailing behind him in pairs to march by any minute now!)

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!)
Summer on Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross
The Alchemist of Lost Souls by Mary Lawrence

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Life’s A Beach Giveaway Hop is Danielle

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: The Alchemist of Lost Souls by Mary Lawrence + Giveaway
A Review: The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair
Spotlight + Excerpt: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
B+ Review: Summer on Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross + Giveaway
A- Review: The Summer Country by Lauren Willig
Stacking the Shelves (343)

Coming This Week:

Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane (review)
Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan (blog tour review)
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (review)
Hello Summer Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-2-19

Sunday Post

This was certainly the week that was. Was what, I’m not sure, but was. It’s amazing how fast those 3-day weekends whiz by.

It is definitely summer here in Atlanta. It also seems to be summer on Reading Reality, as I have 3 books with “Summer” in the title scheduled this week! Serendipity reigns supreme!

Speaking of reigning, I have a kitten curled between my feet again. This seems to be one of her new rituals. As soon as I pull my chair up to my desk, she settles in between my feet – and usually ON my feet as well. It’s adorable. She’s adorable. But I’m afraid to move…guess I’ll just get more bloggy stuff done today!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop
Tempest by Beverly Jenkins
The Four Hundred Series by Joanna Shupe

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the May of Books Giveaway Hop is Theresa
The winner of the You May Win Giveaway Hop is Kristen
The winner of the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop is Delia

Blog Recap:

Memorial Day 2019
Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank
A+ Review: Rebel by Beverly Jenkins + Giveaway
B- Review: The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (342)

Coming This Week:

The Alchemist of Lost Souls by Mary Lawrence (blog tour review)
The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair (blog tour review)
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery (tour spotlight + excerpt)
Summer on Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross (blog tour review)
The Summer Country by Lauren Willig (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-26-19

Sunday Post

I’ve just noticed that Amy almost took over the blog this week. Maybe I should just let her do that sometime and see what shenanigans happen?

I did read some really long, involved, complicated and interesting books this week, that will show up on the blog eventually. But big books take big time, even for me, so I really appreciate Amy pinch hitting for me!

Tomorrow’s Memorial Day Holiday helps too! If you’re in the U.S. and have the three-day weekend, welcome to the unofficial start of summer. I don’t know about where you are, but here in Atlanta summer has arrived with a vengeance. It’s in the 90s, and it’s going to be in the 90s all week with no rain or cooling in sight.

As I type this today there is a kitten snoozing under my chair. I’m kind of afraid to move for fear that I’ll either step on her, roll the chair over her, or just plain wake her up. She’s only quiet and not totally intrusive when she’s sleeping. She’s adorable but extremely bouncy and pouncy when awake!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the May of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the You May Win Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Life is a Beach Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the May Flowers Giveaway Hop is Heather

Blog Recap:

D+ Guest Review by Amy: Sworn to Forget by Maria Imbalzano
Life is a Beach Giveaway Hop
B Review: No Saving Throw by Kristin McFarland
B Review: Mission: Her Safety by Anna Hackett
A Guest Review by Amy: Finding Kat by Kimberley O’Malley
Stacking the Shelves (341)

Coming This Week:

Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop
Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank (blog tour review)
Rebel by Beverly Jenkins (blog tour review)
The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-19-19

Sunday Post

It’s  hard to believe that Memorial Day is next weekend. It feels early somehow. Also this is the first year that we haven’t lived in Duluth, GA. The town lines all the major thoroughfares with commemoratives for relatives and ancestors of current residents who served in one of this nation’s armed services, whether that service was during wartime or not. It does bring the significance of the holiday home as you drive by. I say that even though I have a serious problem with all of the markers being crosses. I understand that a simple wooden cross is really easy to create (and inexpensive for the town) but also feels like a slap in the face to anyone who served and was a member of another faith – or no faith at all.

I’ll get down off my soapbox now.

Our black cat, Lucifer, has finally started coming downstairs again during the day. We’re beginning to wonder if the poor baby has seasonal affective disorder as he kind of hibernated for most of the winter. But he’s been increasingly out and about in the house, and its wonderful to see him when we can actually see him. After all, he has the perfect camouflage to hide in the shadows at night. He’s still my nighttime reading buddy, but I love seeing him during the day!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the May of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the May Flowers Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the You May Win Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B- Review: Shadowblade by Anna Kashina
A+ Review: The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning
Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop
You May Win Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
Stacking the Shelves (340)

Coming This Week:

Sworn to Forget by Maria Imbalzano (guest review by Amy)
Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop
No Saving Throw by Kristin McFarland (blog tour review)
Mission: Her Safety by Anna Hackett (review)
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-12-19

Sunday Post

I seem to be getting a slow start on this rainy Sunday here in Atlanta. It’s just the sort of day that’s tailor made for curling up with a good book and a sleepy kitty. And the cats all agree!

Current Giveaways:

Paperback set of A Duke Changes Everything and Anything But a Duke by Christy Carlyle
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the May of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the May Flowers Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr is Linda

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Pets in Space Sampler by S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Donna McDonald, Cassandra Chandler and Alexis Glynn Latner
A Review: Westside by W.M. Akers
B+ Review: Anything But a Duke by Christy Carlyle + Giveaway
A- Review: The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan
May Flowers Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (339)

Coming This Week:

Shadowblade by Anna Kashina (review)
The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning (blog tour review)
Love In Bloom Giveaway Hop
You May Win Giveaway Hop
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-5-19

Sunday Post

It’s been kind of a dark and stormy weekend here in the Atlanta area, which makes it a perfect weekend to stay in and READ! Of course, I do tend to think that all weekends are perfect weekends to read.

We did see Avengers: Endgame last Sunday and it was AWESOME! Not perfect, but terrific all the same. It’s amazing how fast those three hours go by – even without a bathroom break. If you haven’t seen it yet I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I will give you two tips. Number one, bring tissues, you’ll need them. Number two, in spite of the way that Marvel has trained us over the past 22 movies, there are no end trailer features or Easter Eggs. When the credits begin, the movie is over. That’s a good thing, because you will need to make tracks to the nearest facilities!

Current Giveaways:

The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the May Of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop is Gina
The winner of the Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop is Angela

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
A- Guest Review by Amy: Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey
May of Books Giveaway Hop
B Review: Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer
A- Review: Tightrope by Amanda Quick + Excerpt
Stacking the Shelves (338)

Coming This Week:

Pets in Space Sampler by S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Donna McDonald, Cassandra Chandler and Alexis Glynn Latner (review)
Westside by W.M. Akers (blog tour review)
Anything but a Duke by Christy Carlyle (blog tour review)
The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan (blog tour review)
May Flowers Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-28-19

Sunday Post

We have tickets to Avengers: Endgame this afternoon. YAY!

And in other news, I’m already a bit behind this week, so I’m very glad (and extremely grateful) that I have one of Amy’s Guest Reviews on tap. She’s working her way through Jacqueline Carey’s Agent of Hel series, and it’s making me want to read them RIGHT NOW!

Both the Hoppy Easter and the Something to Marble At Giveaway Hops end on Tuesday, so you still have time to enter. And the May Of Books Giveaway Hop starts on Wednesday, so there will be even more chances to win.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop (ENDS TUESDAY TOO!)

Blog Recap:

B Review: Cat Chase the Moon by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
A- Review: Heart of Eon by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Pirate’s Pleasure by Lisa Kessler
B Guest Review by Amy: Tangled Dreams by Cecilia Dominic
A Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Stacking the Shelves (337)

Coming This Week:

The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey (guest review by Amy)
May of Books Giveaway Hop
The Binding by Bridget Collins (review)
Tightrope by Amanda Quick (blog tour review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-21-19

Sunday Post

It’s both Passover and Easter Sunday today, so HAPPY whatever you celebrate in this Spring season!

I’m trying to figure out what to say about either last week or this coming week, and for some reason I’m drawing a blank. At least I didn’t do an actual blank and just leave the “XXX” from the template in this space!

The upcoming week feels like a relatively quiet week, at least at the moment. No blog hops, no new tours, no new giveaways. It feels a bit anticlimactic. But fear not, the next several weeks have bloghops and tour reviews galore!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Worth Melting For Giveaway Hop is Jen B.
The winner of the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop is Lisa

Blog Recap:

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
Something to Marble At Giveaway Hop
A- Review: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
B+ Review: Winds of Marque by Bennett R. Coles
B+ Review: Old Baggage by Lissa Evans
Stacking the Shelves (336)

Coming This Week:

Cat Chase the Moon by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (review)
Heart of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)
Pirate’s Pleasure by Lisa Kessler (review)
The Fire by John A. Heldt (review)
Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich (review)