The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-9-18

Sunday Post

This has been one of THOSE weeks. We’ve both been sick all week, with a cough that won’t quit, and is bad enough and deep enough that I expected to cough up my toenails, from the inside, on more than one occasion. We’re both at the point where we still don’t exactly feel good, but we both feel less bad. So things are looking up.

This week coming up features a bunch of books that I seem to have missed when they first came out – under the influence of the “so many books, so little time” conundrum. As well as the first book in Anna Hackett’s new SFR series – a book which I have been eagerly awaiting. Lets just say it was definitely worth the wait!

Current Giveaways:

The Frame-Up by Megan Scott Molin
Ask Me No Questions by Shelly Noble (4 copies) + Drink Coasters
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the December Of Books Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B- Review: The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin + Giveaway
Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: For the Sake of the Game edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
A- Review: A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle
A- Review: Ask Me No Questions by Shelley Noble + Giveaway
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Coming This Week:

Script of the Heart by Robin D. Owens (review)
The Temple by Jean Johnson (review)
Half Empty by Catherine Bybee (review)
Want Me Cowboy by Maisey Yates (review)
Edge of Eon by Anna Hackett (review)
Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

What is it about traveling? Probably all the recycled air and recycled germs on the plane and in the airport. We both came back from our Thanksgiving trip with whatever crud is going around, and let me tell you, it’s really nasty crud. There’s been a whole lot of coughing, and sneezing, and coughing around here. I keep expecting to cough up my toenails – from the inside. Horrible stuff.

But I still got a few interesting books this week, as I do every week. Reading is definitely my happy place! And WOOT! I don’t know what made me look, but there’s a Jean Johnson book that I managed to miss. And have now started. WOOT!

For Review:
Edge of Eon (Eon Warriors #1) by Anna Hackett
Flare Up (Boston Fire #6) by Shannon Stacey
The Infamous Duchess (Diamonds in the Rough #4) by Sophie Barnes
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Mahimata (Asiana #2) by Rati Mehrotra
Terminal Uprising (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #2) by Jim C. Hines
The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr
Who Slays the Wicked (Sebastian St. Cyr #14) by C.S. Harris

Purchased from Amazon:
The Temple (Guardians of Destiny #4) by Jean Johnson

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 12-2-18

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On the one hand, both of us are sick. One of the folks we visited over Thanksgiving had the crud, and now we have the crud. No one is happy about the crud.

On that other hand, in spite of the above, we went to the second night of Elton John’s farewell tour last night here in Atlanta. And it was absolutely awesome. Captain Fantastic is still fantastic, and the show was terrific. I’m so very glad we went, even if we’re both paying for it a bit today. If the tour is coming to your town, get tickets.

And on my alien third hand, it was a damn good week for books. And this coming week includes one of my annual treats, the latest collection of Sherlock Holmes inspired stories edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. I’m planning to start it this afternoon, and it looks like fun. As always. A cup of tea, a sleepy kitty, and Sherlock Holmes. If I have to be sick, that’s great company to spend the day with!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the December Of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Black Friday Giveaway Hop is Jennifer R.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop is Polly K.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop is Allie G.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November of Books Giveaway Hop is Jaime L.

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
B- Review: Mission: Her Security by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh
A- Review: An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
B+ Review: Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
December of Books Giveaway Hop
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Coming This Week:

The Frame-Up by Megan Scott Molin (blog tour review)
Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
For the Sake of the Game edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (review)
A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle (blog tour review)
Ask Me No Questions by Shelley Noble (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This is two weeks’ worth of stack, and for that time period, it’s not too bad. Or rather, it’s not too big. More books is always good, even if I don’t have time to read all the books I get. So many books, so little time!

For Review:
The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs #15) by Jacqueline Winspear
Duchess by Deception (Gilded #1) by Marie Force
A Duke Changes Everything (Duke’s Den #1) by Christy Carlyle
Faking Forever (First Wives #4) by Catherine Bybee
Hunting Game (Embla Nyström #1) by Helene Tursten
Indian Paintbrush (Carson Chronicles #3) by John A. Heldt
The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
The Lost Puzzler (Tarakan #1) by Eyal Kless
The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne #2) by Anthony Horowitz

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets by John Woolf and Nick Baker (audio)
The Towers of the Sunset (Saga of Recluce #2) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (audio)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-25-18

Sunday Post

We’re back after being away for most of the week for Thanksgiving. It is always excellent to spend the holiday with friends. And it is equally excellent to come home to the cats. They seem to have missed us. AND they seem to have forgiven us for “abandoning” them either to the arms of friends (baby Hecate) or to the care of an excellent cat sitter that both the boys like. But home is where the heart is, and for us, that means that home is where the cats are.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop (ends TOMORROW!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November of Books Giveaway Hop 
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander
B Review: A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden
Thanksgiving Day 2018: A Reading List (Guest Post by Galen)
Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (315) – Comfort Reads Edition

Coming This Week:

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (review)
Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh (review)
Mission: Her Security by Anna Hackett (review)
An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten (review)
Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra (review)
December Of Books Giveaway Hop

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-18-18

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m in the midst of the run-up to Thanksgiving. So far, the hurrieder I go, the behindeder I get. It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us!

Speaking of the holidays, it’s almost time for the Black Friday Giveaway Hop. Skip the crowds, stay in on Friday and hop with us!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Apollo to the Moon by Teasel E. Muir-Harmony
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
A/B+/B/C Review: Seasons of Sorcery by Amanda Bouchet, Grace Draven, Jennifer Estep and Jeffe Kennedy
Gratitude Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Pirate’s Passion by Lisa Kessler + Giveaway
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Coming This Week:

The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman (review)
The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander (blog tour review)
A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden (blog tour review)
Black Friday Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to the pre-Thanksgiving edition of Stacking the Shelves! Thanksgiving feels early this year or maybe it’s just that the holiday seems to have rushed towards me at breakneck speed. It feels like it was summer only yesterday.

I don’t have a lot this week, but one book I’m really glad to see: The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman. I loved this series (Leaphorn & Chee) when her dad, Tony Hillerman was writing it, and I think I love it even more now that she’s picked it up! Winds of Marque also looks interesting. It’s being billed as Aubrey & Maturin (Master and Commander) in space. That’s been done before (Honor Harrington among others) so I’m curious to see just how well it’s done this time.

For Review:
The Chaos Function by Jack Skillingstead
Christmas Camp Wedding by Karen Schaler
Not the Duke’s Darling (Greycourt #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Smoke and Ashes (Sam Wyndham #3) by Abir Mukherjee
The Tale Teller (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #5) by Anne Hillerman
The Unquiet Heart (Sarah Gilchrist #2) by Kaite Welsh
Winds of Marque by Bennett R. Coles
The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-11-18

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On this day, one hundred years ago, at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918, the guns of the Great War finally went silent. Although it was only an armistice and not an actual peace, the final shots had been fired and the formal peace agreement, the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year. This day is celebrated as Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth countries and Veterans Day in the United States.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November of Books Giveaway Hop
Paperback set of the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross is Linda R.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews + Giveaway
A- Review: An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
A Review: Imager by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
B Review: Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate
B Review: Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery
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Coming This Week:

Apollo to the Moon by Teasel E. Muir-Harmony (blog tour review)
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
Seasons of Sorcery by Amanda Bouchet, Grace Draven, Jennifer Estep and Jeffe Kennedy (review)
Gratitude Giveaway Hop
Pirate’s Passion by Lisa Kessler (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

There’s a very tiny kitten trying to eat my ear as a type this. It’s very distracting – alternately ticklish and painful. I had to put her back in her playpen when she nearly succeeding in giving my ear another piercing.

It’s cold and rainy here in Atlanta, so it’s a lovely weekend for reading. And I have plenty of new stuff to choose from!

For Review:
Apollo to the Moon by Teasel E. Muir-Harmony
Cast in Oblivion (Chronicles of Elantra #14) by Michelle Sagara
Christmas Camp Wedding by Karen Schaler
Do You have Kids?: Life when the Answer is No by Kate Kaufmann
Mission: Her Security (Team 52 #3) by Anna Hackett
Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

Purchased from Amazon:
Blackmark (Kingsmen Chronicles #1) by Jean Lowe Carlson
Bloodmark (Kingsmen Chronicles #2) by Jean Lowe Carlson
Debris & Detritus, the Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok by Patricia Burroughs (Editor), Rhonda Eudaly (Foreward), Max Adams, Toni McGee Causey, Mark Finn, Claire M Johnson, Jeanne Lyet Gassman, Michelle Muenzler , Robin D. Owens, Irene Radford, ChandaElaine Spurlock, Weyodi Squid, Beth Teliho, Antioch Grey, M.J. Butler
Goldenmark (Kingsmen Chronicles #3) by Jean Lowe Carlson
In the Stacks by Scott Lynch
Script of the Heart (Celta’s Heartmates #15) by Robin D. Owens
Unfettered by Shawn Speakman (Editor), Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Carey, Tad Williams, R.A. Salvatore, Naomi Novik, Geno Salvatore, Peter V. Brett, Daniel Abraham, Lev Grossman, David Anthony Durham, Peter Orullian, Blake Charlton, Michael J. Sullivan, Eldon Thompson, Robert V.S. Redick, Carrie Vaughn, Kevin Hearne, Jennifer Bosworth, Todd Lockwood, Mark Lawrence
Unfettered II by Shawn Speakman (Editor), Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Michael J. Sullivan, Janny Wurts, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Mark Lawrence, Seanan McGuire , Peter Orullian, Aidan Moher, Erin Lindsey, John A. Pitts, Anthony Ryan, Scott Sigler, Django Wexler, Rachel Caine, Sarah Beth Durst, David Farland, Terry Brooks
Unfettered III by Shawn Speakman (Editor), Tad Williams, Naomi Novik, Megan Lindholm, John Gwynne, David Anthony Durham, Katherine Arden, Callie Bates , Jason Denzel, Carrie Vaughn, Deborah A. Wolf, Anna Stephens, Patrick Swenson, Ramon Terrell, Peter Orullian, Terry Brooks, Lev Grossman, Seanan McGuire, Delilah S. Dawson, Mark Lawrence (preorder)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-4-18

Sunday Post

Did you remember to set your clocks back? Did they all do it for you automagically? I just realized that my bedside clock is only semi-automagic – I have to sync it with my iPhone to get it to automatically reset itself. No wonder I feel like I got enough sleep!

If you live in the US and have not voted yet, don’t forget that this Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day. As a reminder to vote, and that your vote does count, I leave you with the immortal words of Lazarus Long, as promulgated by the late and often great SF writer Robert A. Heinlein:

If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There
may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for
… but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against.
In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you rarely go
wrong.

If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning
fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then
vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if
such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of
time on it that truly intelligent exercise of franchise requires.

Current Giveaways:

Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November of Books Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the October of Books Giveaway Hop is Patricia
The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is Lauren B.

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
B+ Review: Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane by JoAnn Ross + Giveaway
B+ Review: Very Important Corpses by Simon R. Green
November of Books Giveaway Hop
B Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
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Coming This Week:

Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews (blog tour review)
Midsummer Mayhem by Marty Wingate (review)
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris (review)
Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates (review)
Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery (review)