The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-18-18

Sunday Post

We’re home after 10 days away at back-to-back conferences. It is SO GOOD to be home. Especially now that the cats have forgiven us, and seem to have meowed all the things they needed to tell us. THAT took a while. Obviously they had a lot to say, and just couldn’t wait to say it. We missed them, so it’s good to know that they missed us, too.

One of the most important things that I was at ALA Midwinter to accomplish was to participate in my final round of voting and wordsmithing as part of the ALA Notable Books Council. For the past four years, I have been part of this excellent group that picks the 25 (or so) best literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry for adults. This year’s list was awesome. If you’re looking for great books to read and recommend, you can’t go wrong with one of our lists.

But Notables is a lot of work (we get over 1,000 books each year to at least look at) so the rules are that we can only serve four years in a row. This was my fourth and final year for this go around. I can come back later, and I might. But in the meantime, this coming year I’ll be part of the Carnegie Medal Committee, which picks one best book in fiction, and one in nonfiction, each year, for adults. (Sometimes there’s overlap with Notables, and sometimes there isn’t). It’s a new group and a new process, but still passionate about books and reading. I’m looking forward to it!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
3 paperback copies of Christmas Cowboy and Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the February Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Gaby N.

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard
Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
A Review: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
B Review: Modern Loss by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner
B+ Review: Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
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Coming Next Week:

A Plunder of Souls by D.B. Jackson (review)
The Upside by Abdel Sellou (blog tour review)
The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron (blog tour review)
Shelter My Heart by L.G. O’Connor (review)
Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I’m writing this far, far ahead of when it is being posted. Because when it’s posted, I’ll be in the middle of my second all-day meeting at the ALA Midwinter Conference. In Denver. In the winter. Probably freezing. Hoping I brought warm enough clothes. After all, we live in Atlanta now, I’m not supposed to need lots of sweaters and heavy coats. Until ALA Midwinter. Next January we’re in Seattle. It won’t exactly be warm, but it won’t exactly be cold, either. Something to look forward to. After that, it gets pretty grim for a couple of years.

But I didn’t have much to list by starting early. And I’m hoping not to pick up a metric butt-load of print ARCS at the conference.

So I ended up buying a couple of books that I’ve had my eye on, just to have something to put in the list. And frankly, Dark in Death looks like perfect airplane reading – if I can keep from opening it right now!

For Review:
The Kill Wire (Jamie Sinclair #5) by Nichole Christoff

Purchased from Amazon:
Dark in Death (In Death #46) by J.D. Robb
Imprinted (Magic Ex Libris #4.5) by Jim C. Hines

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-17-16

Sunday Post

We came back from the ALA Midwinter Conference in chilly, windy Boston late Wednesday night. And we’re still a bit tired and frazzled. I love conferences, but they are exhausting. And I was not looking forward to the cold winter weather in Boston. Next year, the winter conference will be here in Atlanta, so it won’t be such a slog to get there, and the weather obviously won’t be any worse than I would have had to put up with anyway.

Oh, and the communal coat racks ate Galen’s coat at an event Sunday night, just as the weather turned really cold. Murphy definitely was an optimist!

But part of my business at the conference was to be on the ALA Notable Books Council and select what we thought were the 26 best books of 2015. That’s 12 Fiction, 12 Nonfiction and 2 Poetry, just in case you’re wondering where that number comes from. For the curious, the list of this year’s selections is here.

We were gone almost a week. LaZorra has turned herself into “cat glue”, pasting herself to my husband’s side at every conceivable opportunity. It’s adorable. And just ever so slightly intrusive. Wait, I think I just said she’s a cat.

And now back to our regularly scheduled blogging:

dreaming of books 2015[1]Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop (ends tomorrow!)
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Wolf Haven by Lindsay McKenna is Tabathia B.
The winner of a $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Hello My Name Is…Giveaway Hop is Danielle.

rising by ian tregillisBlog Recap:

B Review: Thrill-Kinky by Teresa Noelle Roberts
B+ Review: Bad Kitty by Teresa Noelle Roberts
A Review: The Rising by Ian Tregillis
B- Review: On a Barbarian World by Anna Hackett
A Review: Unbound by Jim C. Hines
Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop




rogue retrieval by dan koboldtComing Next Week:

The Lady’s Command by Stephanie Laurens (blog tour review)
Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman (review)
Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson (blog tour review)
The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt (review)
Redemption by Kate Douglas (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 1-10-16

Sunday Post

I’m working way ahead here. Which means that next week’s schedule is likely to fall apart, at least at the end.

keep warm and read onAs you read this, I am in Boston, probably freezing, at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. In fact, when this goes to “press”, I’ll probably be in a committee meeting finalizing the ALA Notable Books list for 2016. I bet we pick some real winners. But then, we always do!

Wherever you are on this wintry weekend, I hope you are keeping warm, and reading a terrific book.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop
Wolf Haven by Lindsay McKenna
$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Hello My Name Is Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Anything for You by Kristan Higgins is Victoria B.

night hawk by lindsay mckennaBlog Recap:

Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop
16 for 2016: My Most Anticipated Books of 2016
B Review: Night Hawk by Lindsay McKenna + Giveaway
Hello My Name is Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Adrian by Heather Grothaus
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on a barbarian world by anna hackettComing Next Week:

Thrill-Kinky by Teresa Noelle Roberts (review)
Bad Kitty by Teresa Noelle Roberts (review)
The Rising by Ian Tregillis (review)
On a Barbarian World by Anna Hackett (review)
Unbound by Jim C. Hines (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-8-15

Sunday Post

Last weekend I was in Chicago for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Yes, Chicago in January. And it snowed. The 5th largest snowfall in recorded Chicago history. I used to live in Chicago and let me tell you, Sunday night the streets were as deserted as I’ve ever seen them. Next January in Boston. OMG.

One of the reasons I went to the blizzard was to participate in the ALA Notable Books Council. We spend two or two and a half days locked in a room together picking the 25 or 26 best books of the year, at least according to the collective us. Although the timing of the awards program couldn’t have been worse (in the middle of the blizzard and just as the Super Bowl was kicking off) the books we selected are awesome. If you enjoy literary fiction and excellent non-fiction, you might find something on the list for you. I hope so.

share the love hopCurrent Giveaways:

$10 Amazon or B&N Gift Card in the Share the Love Giveaway Hop
Stuffed dragon from Rhys Ford in her Black Dog Blues tour

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller is: Kate I.

beneath a trojan moon by anna hackettBlog Recap:

Author Guest Post and Giveaway: Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford
B+ Review: Ghosts of Christmas Past by Corrina Lawson
B Review: Rough Rider by Victoria Vane
A- Review: Beneath a Trojan Moon by Anna Hackett
Share the Love Giveaway Hop
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accidental empress by allison patakiComing Next Week:

The Promise by Robyn Carr (review)
Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (review)
Death of Yesterday by M.C. Beaton (review)
The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki (blog tour review)
Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton (review)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 2-1-15

Sunday PostYou may be planning to watch the Super Bowl sometime today. I’m at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Chicago, and wondering if the entire place is going to shut down at 5:30 pm CST. Probably not the city, after all, it’s been a long time since the Bears made it to the big show.

SFRGalaxyAwards_iconIf you’re planning to read through the game, or at least the pre-game hoopla, I’d like to make a suggestion. Yesterday, the 3rd annual SFR Galaxy Awards were announced. If SFR is your thing, there are some great reads suggested for your delight and amusement.

If your preferences run to  literary fiction and nonfiction, the ALA annual book awards will be presented at 5 pm on Sunday. While that may not be the best choice of timing for the program, the list will still be current after the game, and the books are all winners.

Current Giveaways:

The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop is: Mira A.
The winner of Through the Static by Jeanette Grey is: Raymond S.

on a rogue planet by anna hackettBlog Recap:

B+ Review: Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
B+ Review: The Chance by Robyn Carr
A- Review: On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller
Q&A with Linda Lael Miller + Giveaway
B+ Review: Ghost Phoenix by Corrina Lawson
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share the love hopComing Next Week:

Author Guest Post and Giveaway: Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford
Ghosts of Christmas Past by Corrina Lawson (review)
Rough Rider by Victoria Vane (review)
Beneath a Trojan Moon by Anna Hackett (review)
Share the Love Blog Hop

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One of the terrific things about American Library Association conferences is the ARCs. In piles on the floor. On tables. Everywhere you look. Authors talking about their process. Lauren Dane was signing copies of the latest book in her Delicious series, Tart.

I would have loved to have been able to attend more author signings, but there was this pesky thing called work. On the weekend. <sigh>

I did snag the very last ARC of Gail Carriger’s Etiquette & Espionage. Unsigned. I don’t care. I was just happy to get it.

Likewise, I was personally thrilled to snarf up a copy of Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French. I was enthralled by the first book in this series, Blue Monday. I’ve kind of been stalking NetGalley and Edelweiss waiting for this second one, because it’s been out “across the pond” for months.

And now I have to catch up on the Sebastian St. Cyr series, because I got the next one. I’m one behind. What’s a biblioholic to do, I ask you?

For Review: (ebook)
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Purchased: (ebook)
Master of Love by Catherine LaRoche

ARCs picked up at the ALA Midwinter Conference: (all print)
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister
Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon
The Iron King (The Accursed Kings #1) by Maurice Druon
Mistress of My Fate (The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot #1) by Hallie Rubenhold
Tart (Delicious #2) by Lauren Dane
Tuesday’s Gone (Frieda Klein #2) by Nicci French
What Darkness Brings (Sebastian St. Cyr #8) by C.S. Harris
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s On My (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand? 1-27-13

Right this minute, what’s probably on my actual nightstand is my feet. Aching. Trying to secede from the union with the rest of me. Sending messages in expletive deleted wanting to know why I’m torturing them in ways that must be outlawed by the Geneva Convention.

The American Library Association Midwinter Conference is in Seattle this weekend. I’ve never been certain about the thrill of victory, but by Sunday afternoon (the conference officially starts on Friday), I’m all too aware of the agony of the feet. Or at least my feet.

Possibly also my back. I can pick up all the ARCs I want. Not just because I’m a librarian, and I’m who they are here for, but also because I don’t have a problem shipping them home. I am home!

But books, as we are all too aware, are damn heavy. Especially when you are carting them around with you all day like a turtle with its house on its back. (This is part of the reason why I’ve gone for ebooks in such a big way. My iPad weighs exactly the same, no matter how many books are in it!)

I’m going to try really hard to only pick up print ARCs for stuff I truly want to read. The galley guide that came out this week showed that a lot more publishers were planning to have NetGalley widgets available, so I’m hopeful. We’ll see.

By the time you read this, the Happy Endings Blog Hop will have ended. I’ll announce the winner next week.

There are other giveaways that still have plenty of time left! Lacy Danes is giving away a Favorite Things Prize Pack and a Kindle Fire on her tour introducing her Dragon’s Fate series.

Stacy Gail is awarding a $25 Amazon Giftcard to a random commenter on her tour for the first book in her Earth Angels series, Nobody’s Angel.

And finally, you can win a copy of Stacey Kennedy’s new book, The Cat’s Meow, by entering the giveaway here. This cat is definitely worth meowing over!

Now that I’ve teased you, here’s the complete list of last week’s posts:

A Review: Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
B Review: Waterfall by Lacy Danes
Author Interview with Lacy Danes + Giveaway
B Review: Nobody’s Angel by Stacy Gail
Guest Post: Stacy Gail is Making Heroes + Giveaway!
A- Review: The Cat’s Meow by Stacey Kennedy
Guest Post: This or That with Stacey Kennedy + Giveaway
A- Review: The Hunter by Theresa Meyers
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There is life after conference, even if my poor feets disagree. So what’s happening this week?

The big event will be the SFR Galaxy Awards. On Thursday, I think all the judges (except Jo Jones, she’s on an around the world cruise!) will be talking and blogging and tweeting about these absolutely fantastic awards for books we loved in science fiction romance in 2012. For the complete details on how the SFR Galaxy Awards came to be, head on over to The Galaxy Express and Spacefreighter’s Lounge. These ladies were inspired by Ursula K. LeGuin, and I ask you, who better?

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I think I’m mostly going to let this issue of Stacking the Shelves speak for its overwhelmingly massive shelf. I mean self. OMG.

This is two weeks’ worth of shelfing. Not a misspelling. Shelving is where you put them in order. I think what I have here is definitely shelfing. Where you accumulate them lovingly for future reading pleasure.

As you contemplate this abundance, think of me. I will be at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference this weekend. It is being held in Seattle, and the Convention Center is the Exhibit Hall.

Among other things, guess what will be there? More ARCs!

I don’t even have to worry about shipping the ARCs home this time. I live here.

OMG indeed.

For Review: (all ebooks)
An Affair to Dismember (The Matchmaker #1) by Elise Sax
All He Ever Dreamed (Kowalski Family #6) by Shannon Stacey
Beer and Groping in Las Vegas by Angela Quarles
The Best Man (Blue Heron #1) by Kristan Higgins
The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
Binding Vows (MacCoinnich Time Travel #1) by Catherine Bybee
Blood and Magick (Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter #3) by James R. Tuck
Captain Durant’s Countess (The London List #2) by Maggie Robinson
Falling For Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen
Firebrand (Rebel Angels #1) by Gillian Philip
Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach (Rachel Aaron)
Game for Marriage (Game for It #1) by Karen Erickson
Going Under (Bound by Magick #3) by Lauren Dane
Holding Out for a Hero by Christine Bell, Ella Dane, Nico Rosso, Tamara Morgan, Adrien-Luc Sanders
Lycan Unleashed (From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency #3) by Tiffany Allee
Midshipman’s Hope (Seafort Saga #1) by David Feintuch
One for the Wicked (Dark Mission #5) by Karina Cooper
The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance (Blud #2.1) by Delilah S. Dawson
Redeeming Vows (MacCoinnich Time Travel #3) by Catherine Bybee
Ruby’s Ghost by Shona Husk
Silent Vows (MacCoinnich Time Travel #2) by Catherine Bybee
Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc. #4) by Julie Ann Walker
Treacherous Temptations by Victoria Vane
The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1) by Robyn Carr
What’s a Witch to Do? (Midnight Magic Mystery #1) by Jennifer Harlow

Purchased: (all ebooks)
The Human Division #1: The B-Team by John Scalzi
The Human Division #2: Walk the Plank by John Scalzi

Borrowed from the Library: (all print)
Lord Gray’s List (The London List #1) by Maggie Robinson
The Truth of All Things (Archie Lean #1) by Kieran Shields

The Sunday Post AKA What’s On My (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand? 1-20-13

No football metaphors this weekend. Not that you could tell that from the Seattle news–they’re still talking about the Seahawks dream season. It’s right up there with Boeing’s nightmare week.

Guess where Boeing’s headquarters are?

Let’s just say that the Seahawks were way more fun to watch than what’s going on with the 737 Dreamliner right now.

Although speaking of mad scrambles, there’s going to be a totally different kind of mad scramble going on in Seattle next week. The Librarians are Coming! The American Library Association Midwinter Conference will be here in Seattle next weekend, January 25-28.

Between 5,000 and 10,000 librarians, vendors, exhibitors and associated hangers-on will descend upon Convention Center and the environs. It’s agonizing on the feet. It’s a terrific learning and networking experience. And did I mention it’s in 5 days?!?!?!

Meanwhile, the Happy Endings Blog Hop started yesterday, it runs until January 26, right in the middle of my ALA adventure. You still have plenty of time to enter for your chance at a $10 Amazon Gift Card and lots of other fabulous bookish prizes. Think of me as I’m destroying my poor feet in the exhibit hall. (There are lots of lovely ARCs, but you have to walk miles of carpet over concrete to get them)

Enough about next week for the moment. What about last week?

B+ Review: Heels and Heroes by Tiffany Allee + Giveaway!
B Review: Sonata by Blair McDowell
Guest Post from Blair McDowell On Character Studies + Giveaway!
B- Review: Double Time by Olivia Cunning
B+ Review: King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab
A Review: The Killings at Badger’s Drift by Caroline Graham
Happy Endings Blog Hop

And we’re off to another exciting week at Reading Reality!

Three author visits this week! On Tuesday, Lacy Danes will be here for an interview, talking about the first book in her new paranormal/fantasy romance series. The book is Waterfall, and the series is Dragon’s Fate. So yes, we have dragons, and even better, they’re living in an alternate Regency. The first book was a terrific introduction. I’ll be reviewing Waterfall as part of Lacy’s tour.

Wednesday it will be my pleasure to host Stacy Gail as part of her tour for Nobody’s Angel, the first book in her Earth’s Angels series. Stacy’s going to have a guest post, and I have a review of the book. This Angel may not exactly be angelic, but that just makes him a lot more delicious.

And on Thursday, Stacey Kennedy is going to be at Reading Reality to introduce the first book in her new series (yes, this looks like first books week!) The Cat’s Meow is the first book in Stacey’s new Witch’s Brew series. I’d have reviewed anything with a “cat” title, but this witchy book has all of Stacey’s trademark humor mixed with romance.

Looking ahead to the last of January (that’s after ALA madness), on January 31 we’ll announce the winners of the SFR Galaxy Awards! Woohoo! What are the SFR Galaxy Awards? They are annual awards (this is the first year) for science fiction romance. Yours truly is one of the judges. We want to recognize some of the terrific work in SFR and raise awareness of this fantastic genre.

Love and spaceships. We think they go together like chocolate and ice cream!