The Sunday Post AKA What’s On My (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-11-13

Sunday Post

I’m surprised by how strong a reaction I’ve had to the death of Dr. Barbara Mertz, better known as author Elizabeth Peters (also Barbara Michaels). Probably because the character she created, Amelia Peabody, made such an indelible impression from the first book I Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peterslistened to, The Last Camel Died at Noon, undoubtedly helped by the marvelous interpretation of Barbara Rosenblat. The series is written from Amelia’s first-person perspective, and I doubt that anyone was ever neutral. Readers either loved Amelia’s “voice” or couldn’t stand her. She mostly skewered the haters with her steel-tipped parasol.

But in addition to a cracking good adventure, the Amelia Peabody stories always portrayed the long-term romance of a happily married couple who sometimes (often) argued ferociously. They also gave the reader an absolutely fantastic glimpse into the dawn of scientific archeology in Egypt, complete with scalawags, ne’er-do-wells, fortune hunters and thieves. And every season, another dead body to investigate. If you like strong, intelligent and extremely opinionated heroines, start with Crocodile on the Sandbank.

Current Giveaways:

Can’t Help Falling in Love by Bella Andre: one print copy (US only)
Mist by Susan Krinard: one print copy (US only)
Tourwide Giveaway from Lindsay Piper: Prizes include a $25 Amazon gift card and copies of the entire Dragon Kings series so far (ends soon, so hurry)

Blood Warrior by Lindsey PiperBlog Recap:

B+ Review: Blood Warrior by Lindsey Piper
Guest Post from Author Lindsey Piper on “So…Paranormal Romance?” + Giveaway
B Review: The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis
B Review: Mist by Susan Krinard + Giveaway
B+ Review: Can’t Help Falling In Love by Bella Andre + Giveaway
B Review: Omega by Susannah Sandlin
Stacking the Shelves (54)

Lovestruck Blog HopComing Next Week:

The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig (review)
Baring It All by Megan Frampton (review)
Matchpoint by Elise Sax (blog tour review and guest post)
Storm Force by Susannah Sandlin (review)
Lovestruck Blog Hop

Stacking the Shelves (54)

Stacking the Shelves

StoryBundle logoIf you’ve never heard of StoryBundle, and you love Classic Doctor Who, you have 10 days to get in on a treat. StoryBundle is HumbleBundle for indie books. Their current bundle o’books is the six Doctor Who titles I purchased this week. The deal is that you pay what you think the books are worth, and you get to download the books, DRM free. Looking at previous bundles, I’m sorry I missed The Fantastic Women’s Fiction Bundle and The Indie Fantasy Bundle. I won’t miss the next one, I signed up for the newsletter.

Photo of Elizabeth Peters AKA Barbara MertzIn much sadder news, Dr. Barbara Mertz, better known to the mystery and romantic suspense worlds as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, passed away on August 8. As Elizabeth Peters, she was the creator of the indomitable Amelia Peabody Emerson, Victorian archaeologist and wielder of sharp parasols and even sharper wit. (I’ve always wondered if Amelia wasn’t one of the progenitors of Gail Carriger’s Alexia Tarabotti) Although I have read all of Peters’ Amelia Peabody series and her Vicky Bliss series (they connect, eventually) I never did read her Jacqueline Kirby series. I am now.

Stacking the Shelves Reading Reality August 10 2012

For Review:
Born Wild (Black Knights Inc. #5) by Julie Ann Walker
Forged in Dreams and Magick (Highland Legends #1) by Kat Bastion
Losing Control by Nina Croft
The Love of My (Other) Life by Traci L. Slatton
Naked Once More (Jacqueline Kirby #4) by Elizabeth Peters
What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton

The Best of TARDIS Eruditorum by Philip Sandifer
Dalek I Loved You by Nick Griffiths
Dining With The Doctor by Chris-Rachael Oseland
Hellfire (Theirs Not to Reason Why #3) by Jean Johnson
The Spy Wore Blue (Lord and Lady Spy #1.5) by Shana Galen
TARDIS Eruditorum Vol. 2: Patrick Troughton by Philip Sandifer
A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader
VWORP by Earl Green
Who & Me by Barry Letts

Borrowed from the Library:
Elisha Barber (Dark Apostle #1) by E.C. Ambrose
Enthralled by Lora Leigh, Alyssa Day, Meljean Brook and Lucy Monroe
Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks
The Seventh Sinner (Jacqueline Kirby #1) by Elizabeth Peters