The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-14-18

Sunday Post

Yesterday the Caffeinated Reviewer and I kicked off the sign up for this year’s Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop. YAY! Black Friday just seems like a perfect day for a bloghop. While you’re doing all of your other online holiday shopping, be sure to stop by and maybe pick up something for yourself!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the October Of Books Giveaway Hop
Hero by Anna Hackett

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Dead Man Walking by Simon R. Green
B- Review: Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
B+ Review: Desert Hunter by Anna Hackett + Pets in Space 3 Spotlight + Giveaway
A- Review: The Arrows of the Heart by Jeffe Kennedy
A Review: Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee
Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop Sign Up
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Coming This Week:

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrara Lewis (blog tour review)
Mission: Her Rescue by Anna Hackett (review)
The Bartered Brides by Mercedes Lackey (review)
Putting the Science in Fiction by Dan Koboldt (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This was going to be another teeny-tiny stack – until Macmillan did a dump into Edelweiss and suddenly I have books! I’ve already started reading Endgames. I’ve loved that series for ten years, and always gobble up the new one as soon as I get my hands on the ARC. I have to wait until February to post the review, but I couldn’t let my treat remain unread for another second.

For Review:
The Best of Us (Sullivan’s Crossing #4) by Robyn Carr
Connections in Death (In Death #48) by J.D. Robb
Death of an Eye (Eye of Isis #1) by Dana Stabenow
Endgames (Imager Portfolio #12) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Flimflam Affair (Carpenter and Quincannon #7) by Bill Pronzini
For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones
Miss Violet and the Great War (Strangely Beautiful #3) by Leanna Renee Hieber

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles #7) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 10-7-18

Sunday Post

Welcome to the “I have no idea what I’m doing this week” edition of the Sunday Post. I’m sure about tomorrow, because I’ve already finished the book. And I’m sure about Wednesday and Thursday, because I promised that those would be the days. Tuesday and Friday, especially Friday, aren’t nearly so certain. The political mess in the US has me so upset and angry that I’ve been retreating into fanfiction just to get some guaranteed catharsis – because I need to read something where the good guys do win – and Facebook sure isn’t helping at the moment. I’ve also decided to turn off the radio in the car and just listen to audiobooks – because there’s only so much a person can take.

If you have any recommendations for great books that are guaranteed to instantly take me far, far away from this mess (I know it’s only temporary but a bit of distance sometimes is needed), please let me know in the comments to this post. THANKS!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the October Of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
$25 Amazon Gift Card from Sophie Barnes

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Of Books Giveaway Hop is Audrey S.
The winner of Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne is Bn100
The winner of A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates is Linda R.

Blog Recap:

October of Books Giveaway Hop
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
B- Review: The Silver Shoes by Jill G. Hall
A Review: The Love that Saved Him by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
A/A Joint Review with Galen: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
Stacking the Shelves (308)

Coming This Week:

Dead Man Walking by Simon R. Green (review)
Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe (review)
Desert Hunter by Anna Hackett + Pets in Space 3 Spotlight + Giveaway (blog tour review)
The Arrows of the Heart by Jeffe Kennedy (blog tour review)
Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Whitehouse (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This stack is extremely short.  So short that I actually looked for books to buy so this cupboard didn’t look quite so bare. Which is really weird, since the towering TBR pile, while virtual, looms very, very large indeed.

I think it’s also an issue that things just didn’t look good to me – not that there isn’t plenty out there. But the political situation in the US has become so depressing that I’m not able to be absorbed in books the way that I normally am. I’m bouncing off a lot of things because I just can’t get my head to stop whirling – with all the nausea that accompanies the whirls. Any recommendations for books that are so absorbing that they make the world go away would be much appreciated!

For Review:
Mission: Her Rescue (Team 52 #2) by Anna Hackett
Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen

Purchased from Amazon:
Death Shall Come (Ishmael Jones #4) by Simon R. Green
Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones #5) by Simon R. Green
Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (preorder)

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-30-18

Sunday Post

I thought that this coming week was Banned Books Week. Saying “I thought” means that I was mistaken, and consequently threw this past week’s schedule in a blender to get a post that at least tangentially touched on books, libraries, banned books or all of the above, and ended up with the marvelous The Library Book by Susan Orlean just a bit early.

This coming week is an easy week for me and hopefully a fun week for you all, as I have not one but two blog hops started this week. Tomorrow is also the first day of October (time for the October of Books Giveaway Hop), which means its not too early for Halloween decorations (or Halloween blog hops!).

It is, as always, a good thing that I have plenty of good books to read, because the current political situation makes me want to hide away in a good book for a couple of years – at least. Not that I wouldn’t emerge to vote – because that is absolutely needed. All of us need to get out and vote. As the current Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, put it (I’m not in Atlanta and couldn’t vote for her), she only won by 823 votes in a city with a population of 480,000 people – admittedly not all of whom are eligible to vote. But still, if it only took 800 more committed voters to change an election, just think what all of us who are incensed by recent events can accomplish!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Of Books Giveaway Hop (ends TONIGHT!)
Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne
A Tall Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang is Nicole

Blog Recap:

B Review: Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas
A Review: The Secrets We Carried by Mary McNear
B+ Review: A Tall Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
A Review: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
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Coming This Week:

October Of Books Giveaway Hop
Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop
The Silver Shoes by Jill G. Hall (blog tour review)
The Love that Saved Him by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Not a big stack this week. Particularly since several of the books are preorders, so they really don’t add to the virtually towering TBR pile – at least not yet. The audiobook of The Consuming Fire is so far preorder that I don’t actually know who the narrator is. I’m hoping it’s Wil Wheaton, because he did such a fantastic job with the previous book in the series, The Collapsing Empire. (And also Ready Player One, but that’s not directly relevant). I’m hoping it will be enough like The Collapsing Empire that it makes me laugh out loud on the treadmill. It’s always fun to keep my workout buddies guessing!

For Review:
The Love that Saved Him by Sophie Barnes
Storm of Locusts (Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse
Untouchable (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #3) by Jayne Ann Krentz

Purchased from Amazon:
The Consuming Fire (Interdependency #2) by John Scalzi (audiobook preorder)
Infomocracy (Centenal Cycle #1) by Malka Older
Null States (Centenal Cycle #2) by Malka Older
Embrace the Passion (Pets in Space #3) by S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, E.D. Walker, Tiffany Roberts, Carol Van Natta, Alexis Glynn Latner, J.C. Hay, Kyndra Hatch (preorder)
Snowed in with the Cowboy (Gold Valley #3.5) by Maisey Yates

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-23-18

Sunday Post

Looking at this week’s schedule I feel like I should give myself a 10 yard penalty for rushing the season. I have two Xmas books this week’s schedule! The Fall equinox just happened 2 days ago! It’s barely Fall! Even the stores are still focused on Halloween! Why are we talking about Xmas (and SNOW!) already? Does this feel as wrong to you as it does to me?

And that’s not taking into account that I live in Atlanta and it’s been in the 90s this past week. This coming week is supposed to be cooler, with highs merely in the 80s. It’s much too warm to be thinking about the holidays.

One of the things about focusing on books, especially new and forthcoming books, is that it often feels like I’m living in the near future instead of the present. It’s weird. But mostly in a good way. But speaking of the future, I’m working on the Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop right now – and that’s scheduled for, you guessed it! the day after Thanksgiving!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September of Books Giveaway Hop
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card in the Oh! the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop is Chrisy B.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang + Giveaway
A+ Review: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
A- Review: Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson
B Review: A Forgotten Place by Charles Todd
A- Review: Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh
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Coming This Week:

Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas (review)
The Secrets We Carried by Mary McNear (blog tour review)
A Tall Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Definitely a mixed bag this week, from all sorts of places. Some stuff I got from one or the other committee that I’m on. Dark Queen Rising came from a forthcoming mysteries webinar. Amazon actually managed to guess right with one of their “since you looked at these books you might like these other books” and I was enticed into the Montague and Strong series. I love a good urban fantasy, and there just aren’t as many of those as there used to be. And then there’s the upcoming books from a couple of my faves – the next Uncharted Realms from Jeffe Kennedy, and Anna Hackett’s entry into this year’s Pets in Space collection. If you haven’t seen the Pets in Space collections before, they are always marvelous – and only available for a limited time. Grab yours while they’re available. (Mine’s on pre-order) I almost said “get ’em while they’re hot”, but they are ALWAYS hot! Also warm and fuzzy.

Wait a minute, that didn’t sound quite right, did it?

For Review:
The Arrows of the Heart (Uncharted Realms #4) by Jeffe Kennedy
The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark
Dark Queen Rising (Margaret Beaufort #1) by Paul Doherty
The Descent of Monsters (Tensorate #3) by JY Yang
Desert Hunter (Galactic Gladiators) by Anna Hackett from Pets in Space 3
The Power Game (Monsarrat #3) by Meg Keneally and Thomas Keneally
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Time Was by Ian McDonald
Winter at the Beach (Moonlight Harbor #2) by Sheila Roberts
Zero Sum Game (Russell’s Attic #1) by S.L. Huang

Purchased from Amazon:
The Date (Montague & Strong #2.5) by Orlando A. Sanchez
No God is Safe (Montague & Strong #0.5) by Orlando A. Sanchez
Tombyards & Butterflies (Montague & Strong #1) by Orlando A. Sanchez
The War Mage (Montague & Strong #0.1) by Orlando A. Sanchez

Borrowed from the Library:
The Common Good by Robert Reich

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-16-18

Sunday Post

While yesterday’s Stacking the Shelves post is split fairly evenly between books I HAVE to read and books I WANT to read, this coming week’s schedule is filled with books I’ve been itching to read. I’m in the middle of The Grey Bastards right now and loving every minute of it!

I figured that if there’s a chance of spending today holed up with books due to hurricane rain – they needed to be books that were guaranteed to take me far, far away from whatever might be happening – or falling – outside the house!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Of Books Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop (ends TUESDAY!)
Fantasy Romance Starter Kit from Ace Books
The Four Hundred Series by Joanna Shupe

Blog Recap:

A- Joint Review: All Systems Red / Artificial Condition / Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
B Review: Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
B+ Review: The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp
Spotlight + Giveaway: Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven
B+ Review: A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe + Giveaway
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Coming Next Week:

The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang (blog tour review)
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French (review)
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson (review)
A Forgotten Place by Charles Todd (review)
Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Another relatively short stack this week – and a stack fairly evenly divided between stuff I HAVE to read and stuff I WANT to read. All stuff I’ll have plenty of time to read if we get the edge of Hurricane Florence here in Atlanta. It won’t be a hurricane by the time it reaches us – we’re blissfully too far inland for that. But we might get rained on – a lot. This is the first place we’ve lived in the Atlanta metro area with a basement – so we’ll see how THAT goes, too. We’re not expected to get much, but as a great writer once said, “Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you GET.”

For Review:
California Girls by Susan Mallery
The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King
Cherry by Nico Walker
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
Educated by Tara Westover
Facism: a Warning by Madeleine Albright
Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum
The Mortal Word (Invisible Library #5) by Genevieve Cogman
Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh
State Tectonics (Centenal Cycle #3) by Malka Older