It’s hard to believe that it’s already September 1, that this is Labor Day Weekend in the U.S. and that summer is unofficially over. I say unofficially because it’s still going to be in the low 90s here in Atlanta for most of the week. While one of the things I love about living here is that winter mostly skims by us – at least compared to other places I’ve lived – summer most definitely does not.
The winner of Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest is Danielle H.
The winner of the Back to School Giveaway Hop is Sharon B.
A- Review: Spaceside by Michael Mammay
A+ Review: The Passengers by John Marrs
B- Review: The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks
A- Review: Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
A+ Review: A Better Man by Louise Penny
Stacking the Shelves (355)
Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop
The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul (blog tour review)
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews (review)
Cold Storage by David Koepp (review)
Dorothy was right. There is no place like home. (There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.) We had a fantastic time in Dublin, and Worldcon was awesome, but it is SO GOOD to be home. We missed the cats SO MUCH, and the pet cam is no substitute for cuddling them. Also jet lag is a complete bitch. I’ve seen the sun come up more times this week than I have in years because my body clock just isn’t adjusting back to my usual night owl schedule. And it’s driving Lucifer a bit spare because I’m just not assuming the position he wants me in for nearly as long as he requires for his nightly snuggle. He has to be in the feline superior position and my going to sleep right away is just not working for him.
This is a bit of a catch-up Sunday Post, as I’ll finally be announcing – and notifying – the winners of all the giveaways that ended while we were gone. But speaking of giveaways ending, the Back to School Giveaway Hop rather appropriately ends this week, as everyone seems to have gone back to school by now!
And I’d like to give a very big shout out to Amy Daltry, who provided so many wonderful guest reviews while I was away. Thanks a bunch Amy!
Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Back to School Giveaway Hop
The winner of Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz is Anita Y.
The winner of Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn is Marjorie R.
The winner of The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare is Jen M.
The winner of the Sweet Goodness Giveaway Hop is Angela C.
The winner of the Oh! the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop is Jenness M.
B Review: For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones
A- Guest Review: Sentinel of Darkness by Katie Reus
A Review: The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs
B+ Review: Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest + Giveaway
B+ Review: Defender by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (354)
Spaceside by Michael Mammay (review)
Passengers by John Marrs (blog tour review)
The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks (blog tour review)
Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone (review)
Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan (review)
There’s a kitten napping under my chair as I write this. She’s adorable. I’d take a picture, but she’s a mostly black tortie and she’s deliberately hiding in the shadows. She’s also deliberately positioned so that I can’t move my chair to take her picture. They’re devious little devils when they want to be.
We’re gearing up for our trip, which should be an absolute blast. But it means setting all my posts up ahead – and I’m mostly there. And I’ll have my laptop for dire emergencies. When I’ll have time to deal with said dire emergencies is anybody’s guess. But I can’t wait!!!
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sweet Goodness Giveaway Hop
Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn
Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz
The winner of the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop is Coline
The winner of the All That Glitters is Gold Giveaway Hop is Nikki
The winner of Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean is Linda
B Review: A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb
B Review: Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
B- Review: Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn + Giveaway
Sweet Goodness Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (351)
The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre (blog tour review)
Oh! the Places You’ll Go! Giveaway Hop
The Hound of Justice by Claire O’Dell (blog tour review)
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe (blog tour review)
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare (blog tour review)
This has been one of those weeks where I’m really feeling the “so many books, so little time” thing. And I’m starting to panic about our trip to Worldcon. Thanks to Amy, I have enough posts to fill in the time I’ll be gone, because I know I won’t get a lot of time to either read or write while we’re there – nor should I. That’s kind of not the point, after all. But I do have two assignments to write about the con after we get back.
Sufficient unto the day are the evils thereof, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself!
When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the All That Glitters is Gold Giveaway Hop
The winner of the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop is Carolyn D.
Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
All That Glitters is Gold Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal + Giveaway
A+ Review: Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews
B Review: The Eagle Has Landed edited by Neil Clarke
Stacking the Shelves (349)
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (review)
Becoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski (blog tour review)
Sentinel by Anna Hackett (review)
A Conspiracy of Wolves by Candace Robb (review)
Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean (blog tour review)
There’s booming in the other room. My husband is playing Cat Quest, and it’s adorable. Cats going on adventures! With puns. Lots and lots of puns. The game is adorably cute AND fun to play.
I’m still digging out from the usual post-conference disorganization. There tends to be both a post-conference boost and a post-conference crash. So many great panels. So many excellent speakers. So many, many, many bright shiny new books. Followed immediately by the rush to get home, the continuing aching of the feet, and the need to figure out what happens next. Getting home at 1 in the morning didn’t help any.
But it’s good to be home. The kitties missed us and we missed them. Watching them over the kitty-cam is NOT the same!
Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
The winner of the $20 Dreamspinner Press Gift Certificate is H.B.
The winner of the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop is Chelsea W.
A+ Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
B Review: Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker
A- Guest Review: Phaze by S.C. Mitchell
B+ Review: Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James + Giveaway
A- Review: Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh
Stacking the Shelves (346)
Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep (blog tour review)
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (blog tour review)
Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh (review)
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!
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
The winner of Summer on Mirror Lake is Rita W.
The winner of the Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop is Lisa W.
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)
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)
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!
$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
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
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)
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)
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!
$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
The winner of the May Flowers Giveaway Hop is Heather
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)
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)