The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-19-17

Sunday Post

I don’t know about you, but I am just not ready for the holidays this week. And is it my imagination, or does Thanksgiving feel early this year?

This week also feels like the beginning of Giveaway Hop season. It seems like everyone wants to help with holiday shopping by giving away gift cards and other prizes. The Black Friday Book Bonanza starts on Friday, hosted by The Caffeinated Review and yours truly at Reading Reality.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates is Mallory M.
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Jana L.

Blog Recap:

A Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
B+ Review: The Earl Who Loved Her by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
A Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh
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Coming Next Week:

Fury & Darkness by Anna Hackett (review)
The Duke Who Came to Town by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Outsystem by M.D. Cooper (guest review by Amy)
Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to the pre-Turkey Day edition of Stacking the Shelves.

I didn’t have a lot of books drop onto the stack, at least not compared to some weeks. And that’s probably a good thing? Isn’t it? We still haven’t unpacked all the books after the recent move, so it’s definitely a good thing that these are all virtual additions to the towering TBR pile!

For Review:
The Art of Running in Heels (Chinooks Hockey Team #7) by Rachel Gibson
Fury & Darkness (Warriors of the Wind #3) by Anna Hackett
Good Guys by Steven Brust
It Takes Two to Tumble (Seducing the Sedgwicks #1) by Cat Sebastian
The Last Wolf (Legend of All Wolves #1) by Maria Vale
Throne of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa #12) by Steven Saylor
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-12-17

Sunday Post

As I said earlier this week in this Facebook post. this has been a really sucky week. Not just that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, but that life is sometimes too damn short.

When I’m confronted with something I can’t get past or over, my usual response is to retreat into a good book. This week was no exception. I didn’t realize it until afterwards, but the book I retreated into, Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood, was also a perfect book for Veterans Day, AKA Remembrance Day, celebrated yesterday on the anniversary of “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” marking the end of hostilities of World War I.

I do have a week of lovely books to look forward to. I know because I’ve finished two and am in the middle of the third. But I’m planning to make plenty of time to hug my husband, pet the cat (and be hugged and kissed by the cat, which is strange, surprising and very sweet) and get in touch with friends. Life is short.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop (ends WEDNESDAY!)
$10 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes
Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates
4 Digital copies of Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox

Blog Recap:

B Review: Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Governess Who Captured His Heart by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
C+ Review: Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
A- Review: Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood
B Review: Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox + Giveaway
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Coming Next Week:

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai (review)
The Earl Who Loved Her by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (review)
Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Today is Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the UK and many Commonwealth countries, including former members of the Commonwealth. Today marks the 99th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918.

For Review:
Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra #13) by Michelle Sagara
Counting on a Countess (London Underground #2) by Eva Leigh
Court of Lions by Jane Johnson
A Scandalous Deal (Four Hundred #2) by Joanna Shupe
Third Son’s a Charm (Survivors #1) by Shana Galen
The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
War Games (Valiant Knox #4) by Jess Anastasi

Borrowed from the Library:
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 11-5-17

Sunday Post

It was a B+ week, all the way around. Not a bad ending for a week that began in the midst of moving hell, and after losing our Clown Princess. Freddie is starting to emerge from his hidey-holes, and we might get him a playmate this weekend. At the best of times he absorbs a lot of attention, and we know he must be lonely when we are both at work. Mellie was elderly and didn’t roughhouse with him, but they did like to stay within sight of each other – and now she’s gone.

Now that we are at least post-Halloween, the Christmas books don’t feel quite as unseasonable as they did in September. The year is definitely winding down. I like the crisp weather, but I hate that it gets dark so much earlier. The end of Daylight Savings Time, even with the extra hour’s sleep, is not my favorite thing. Speaking of which, did you set your clocks back last night? Or did they set themselves back for you?

Current Giveaways:

$10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is Serge B.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Beast by Anna Hackett
B+ Review: Black Box Inc by Jake Bible
November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
B+ Review: Wilde in Love by Eloisa James + Giveaway
B+ Review: A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe + Giveaway
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Coming Next Week:

Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
The Governess Who Captured His Heart by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire (blog tour review)
So Great a Prince by Lauren Johnson (review)
Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to the first post-move Stacking the Shelves.

We have BOXES! OMG do we have boxes. Most rooms are not too bad at this point, but the center of my office is just a sea of boxes, and probably will be for a while longer. Let’s just say it’s all a work in progress.

Freddie is just starting to come out of his shell. He got very upset by the whole move, and spent a lot of time hiding IN the fireplace. He’s tabby enough that he blended into the logs that are there, giving us some very scary moments. But he’s starting to come back to his usual frenetic, intrusive, overwhelmingly lovey-dovey self. He’s the first cat I’ve ever had who regularly licks my face. It’s weird, but it’s part of his routine at night. And we love him so it’s okay.

And we’re already looking at getting him a playmate. But meanwhile, I have new books. Of course I do. I ALWAYS have new books!

For Review:
Back Home at Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #3) by Jen Gilroy
Cave of Bones (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #22) by Anne Hillerman
Heart Sight (Celta’s Heartmates #15) by Robin D. Owens
Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay #1) by Susan Mallery
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

Purchased from Amazon:
The Forbidden Heir (Four Arts #2) by M.J. Scott

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-29-17

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By the time you read this we should have spent the first night in our new home. We probably can’t find a damn thing, and I’ll bet we’re exhausted, but we’ll have moved and be trying to figure out where amongst all the boxes are enough supplies and equipment to make breakfast and some morning caffeine.  And of course locate a good book to read over that breakfast.

Let the unpacking commence!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
3 copies of Highland Dragon Rebel by Isabel Cooper

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop is Katie

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
Joint Review: Discovering the Mammoth by John J. McKay and Woolly by Ben Mezrich
A- Review: Highland Dragon Rebel by Isabel Cooper + Giveaway
B+ Review: Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods
A- Review: The Women of Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
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Coming Next Week:

Beast by Anna Hackett (review)
Black Box Inc. by Jake Bible (review)
November Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Wilde In Love by Eloisa James (blog tour review)
A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

It’s a short stack this week, and that’s probably a good thing, because this has been the week from hell.

Mellie-cat, our very own Clown Princess, had to be put to sleep on Thursday. She was 17 1/2 years old, and I watched her being born. The docs discovered a tumor at the base of her heart, and her lungs were filling up with fluid. It was just her time. She ran through all the extra lives left to her when her daddy-cat, mommy-cat and sister went on before her. And now she is at peace and with them. We’re all heartbroken, even poor Freddie who can’t figure out where his aunty-Mellie has gone.

And as you read this, the movers will be putting our stuff on a truck and taking it about three miles away to our new house. One chapter has ended, and another is beginning.

For Review:
Beast (Galactic Gladiators #7) by Anna Hackett
The Unmourned (Monsarrat #2) by Thomas Keneally and Meg Keneally
The Upside / You Changed My Life by Abdel Sellou

Purchased from Amazon:
Hooked (Fandom Hearts #3) by Cathy Yardley
The Women of Baker Street (Mrs. Hudson and Mary Watson #2) by Michelle Birkby (review)

Borrowed from the Library:
Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-22-17

Sunday Post

As tempted as I am, I’m not going to repeat the Kermit flail gif from yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves. We’re moving this week. The packers are coming on Friday, and the movers on Saturday. I’m trapped between YAY! and OMG! and YAY! and OMG! on endless repeat.

Mellie the cat already knows that something is up, and she’s even grumpier than usual. Freddie is going to love the new place – he’ll have more room to zoom around, and even stairs to careen up and down. But Mellie is a little old lady cat and we’re worried the stairs might be a bit much for her at her advanced age – she’s 17 1/2 and well into senior cathood.

And I have plenty of reviews coming up this week. As usual. I have to admit that I’ll kind of be seeing what happens with Wednesday’s and Friday’s reviews. Both books look really good, but possibly a bit more serious than I’ll be able to cope with in the chaos. We’ll see.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
10 Paperback copies of Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop is Isa

Blog Recap:

A Review: Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh
B+ Review: Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt + Giveaway
B+ Review: Wild Justice by M.L. Buchman
B Review: Best Laid Plants by Marty Wingate
B+ Review: Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
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Coming Next Week:

Highland Dragon Rebel by Isabel Cooper (blog tour review)
The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
Woolly by Ben Mezrich (review)
Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods (blog tour review)
A History of the United States in Five Crashes by Scott Nations (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

We’re moving next weekend. I’m not totally sure about the YAY usually implied by this gif, but the freak out – definitely!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled Stacking the Shelves…

For Review:
Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Neogenesis (Liaden Universe #21) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Points of Impact (Frontlines #6) by Marko Kloos
The Soldier’s Curse (Monsarrat #1) by Thomas Keneally and Meg Keneally

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Acting on Impulse (Love on Cue #1) by Mia Sosa
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard (edited) by David A. Goodman
La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Grant by Ron Chernow
The Lawrence Browne Affair (Turner #2) by Cat Sebastian
The Soldier’s Scoundrel (Turner #1) by Cat Sebastian
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons