Stacking the Shelves #2

Welcome back to Stacking the Shelves! This is my second stab at both this meme, and my new Gimp graphics program. About the meme, the deets on that are over at Tynga’s Reviews. We all post what we’ve received, borrowed, bought, etc. during the week.

About the graphics program…Gimp stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It’s Open Source, and it’s an alternative to Adobe Photoshop. I wanted to do a big cover spread picture, and MS Paint just isn’t that able. So far, well, see big cover spread below.

From Kensington Books (in response to On My Wishlist #6)
The Seduction of Phaeton Black (print ARC)

From the author or publicist for review at Book Lovers Inc.
Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards (ebook)
Star Dust: First Contact by Ann O’Bannon (ebook)
Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller (print)

From BookBrowse First Impressions for review:
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (print ARC)

From the publishers:
Dreams of Joy by Lisa See (print)
I am Forbidden by Anouk Markovitz (print)
The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents (print)
The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya (print)
The Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspian Kang (print)
All the books above, except for the Lisa See book, came in a plastic-wrapped wodge from the publisher. I don’t know why. They also came with their very own tote bag. Based on the size of said plastic wodge, they really NEED that tote bag!

From NetGalley (ebooks all):
Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson
The Rare Event by P.D. Singer
The Wanderers by Paula Brandon
The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood (part of Penguin First Flights)
Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller (for review at Book Lovers Inc)

From Entangled Publishing for book tour
The Fallen Queen by Jane Kindred (ebook)

I know, I know. I was bad this week. I’m not quite sure what to do with that tote from Hogarth Press (that’s the wodge). Have a contest and give it away?

But please tell me, did you get lots of books this week too? What’s stacking up on your shelves?


On My Wishlist #1

I give in!

Instead of buying more books to add to the ever-growing TBR piles and electonic ion storms, I’m joining On My Wishlist, a terrific meme that’s hosted by Book Chick City.

So instead of putting it on my Nightstand and buying it, I’m listing it here and saying why I want it. It doesn’t even have to be a new book. I just have to want it.

So not at problem! My problem is that I want to read more books than I have hours in the day.

Crystalfire by Kate Douglas
DemonSlayers #4
April 3, 2012
Kensington Zebra
Paranormal Romance

This is book four of the DemonSlayers series. I loved books 1, 2 and 3 (Demonfire, Hellfire, Starfire). Any time a sword talks back, and it’s snarky, I’m laughing. (Swords with attitude are fun, if you don’t believe me, read Mercedes Lackey’s Tarma and Kethry books in the Valdemar universe) But I’m also a pushover for romances and fantasies that cross over from a magic universe to ours.

Worldsoul by Liz Williams
June 6, 2012
Prime Books LLC
Science Fiction

This one had me at the opening of the description. I’ve got to find out what’s going on. Besides, I love Liz Williams’ Snake Agent/Detective Inspector Chen series, even if (ahem) I’m not caught up. I have The Iron Khan and haven’t gotten around to it yet.

What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?

Worldsoul, a great city that forms a nexus point between Earth and the many dimensions known as the Liminality, is a place where old stories gather, where forgotten legends come to fade and die—or to flourish and rise again. Until recently, Worldsoul has been governed by the Skein, but they have gone missing and no one knows why. The city is also being attacked with lethal flower-bombs from unknown enemy. Mercy Fane and her fellow Librarians are doing their best to maintain the Library, but… things… keep breaking out of ancient texts and legends and escaping into the city. Mercy must pursue one such dangerous creature. She turns to Shadow, an alchemist, for aid, but Shadow—inadvertently possessed by an ifrit—has a perilous quest of her own to undertake.

The Seduction of Phaeton Black: Paranormal Investigator by Jillian Stone
April 1, 2012
Paranormal/Steampunk/Erotic Romance/Urban Fantasy/All of the above???

This is the one that got away at the Public Library Association Convention March 14-16. The cover looks so incredibly cool. And I tried to convince the folks at the Kensington booth to just let me have the display copy to review, but they weren’t having any of it. (I did cart away oodles of review copies, this was my only turndown).  Now I want to find out if the book is half as good as the cover.

There’s an additional thing on my wishlist that is not a book. We came back from the conference last night to discover that there’s a water pipe wonked out in our subdivision. We have no water. So the biggest thing on my wishlist today is for the plumbers to fix the pipes!