The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-23-16

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As this week’s dubious achievement award, I now have a tour scheduled for 2018. March of 2018 to be specific. That’s a LONG way out to be planning ahead, but so it goes.

This was, however, a terrific week for good books. Three reviews somewhere in the A Grades, including Amy’s awesome review of Sovereign. And while it didn’t quite rise to the A’s, I always love Susannah Sandlin’s Penton series, and I was happy to see it finally conclude with a happy ever after for all those who deserve one. Let’s just say that in the end, everyone got what they deserved, one way or another. And it was terrific to finally get the resolution to all the cliffhangers left hanging at the end of the previous book in the series, Allegiance. I can’t wait to see what this author comes out with next, whether it’s in her Wilds of the Bayou series written as Sandlin, or her Sentinels of New Orleans series written as Suzanne Johnson. Either way, she’s marvelous.

As are several of next week’s authors. I can hardly wait!

Current Giveaways:

Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann
2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards or equivalent orders from The Book Depository from Susannah Sandlin
Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen

Blog Recap:

A Review: Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann + Giveaway
B Review: Illumination by Susannah Sandlin + Giveaway
A- Review: The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth
A Guest Review: Sovereign by April Daniels
B Review: Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen + Giveaway
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Coming Next Week:

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (blog tour review)
The Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight (blog tour review)
Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson (blog tour review)
Summer on Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy (blog tour review)
Assassin’s Price by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

After last week’s huge stack of books, it’s probably a good thing that this week’s is a bit more reasonable. Isn’t it?

For Review:
Christmas in Icicle Falls (Life in Icicle Falls #12) by Sheila Roberts
Code Girls by Liza Mundy
Wilde in Love (Wildes of Lindow Moss #1) by Eloisa James
Worth the Wait (Guthrie Brothers #2) by Lori Foster

Purchased from Amazon:
Level Up (Fandom Hearts #1) by Cathy Yardley

Borrowed from the Library:
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Mage-Guard of Hamor (Saga of Recluce #15) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-16-17

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I have good books to look forward to this week. Well, I always try to have good books! But seriously, Betrayal at Iga and Illumination are both the latest books in series that I have really enjoyed. And Amy’s guest review of Sovereign is a real, although not as funny a gem as her review of Tender Wings of Desire. Now that’s a review that will live in infamy!

But a bit of a recap before we move on to this week’s coming attractions. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “net neutrality” and wondered what it meant or why it should matter to you, please take a look at my post from Wednesday about the Battle for the Net. Even better, take a look at Fight for the Future. If you spend any part of your workday or leisure time anywhere on the net, and I know you do if you are reading this message, Net Neutrality matters to do. And you’ll seriously miss it if it’s gone – along with all too many of the creative and entertaining sites that you love and follow. Because if net neutrality falls, so will many of us.

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne is Tracee
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the July Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Miki
The winner of the $10 Book or $10 Gift Card in the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop is Beth T.

Blog Recap:

A Review: Four Princes by John Julius Norwich
B+ Review: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery
Battle for the Net
B Review: File M for Murder by Miranda James
A Review: Dark Saturday by Nicci French
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Coming Next Week:

Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann (blog tour review)
Illumination by Susannah Sandlin (blog tour review)
The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth (review)
Sovereign by April Daniels (guest review by Amy)
Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This week it looks like my cup runneth ridiculously over, doesn’t it? Tor sent me an eARC for the next book in L.E. Modesitt’s Recluce series, because I love his Imager Portfolio. The only problem is that I’ve never read the Recluce series. I just never got a round tuit. It’s time to rectify that, so I started picking up the previous books in the series. I may not get to them until next year, but now I have most of them, with more on the way. I feel so much better! (But there are so many covers that I’m not including them all in the graphic – it made a TERRIBLE mess!)

Does anyone else do that? Get an urge to read a long-established series and just have to track down every book before even thinking of starting? I know I’m a completist, but sometimes I worry a bit about just how many bookish obsessions I’ve take up. What about you?

For Review:
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Completely (New York #3) by Ruthie Knox
The Duke of Her Desire (Diamonds in the Rough #2) by Sophie Barnes
The English Wife by Lauren Willig
The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
The Mongrel Mage (Saga of Recluce #19) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Once a Rebel (Rogues Redeemed #2) by Mary Jo Putney
One True Pairing (Fandom Hearts #2) by Cathy Yardley
The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle
Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

Purchased from Amazon:
Death Before Wicket (Phryne Fisher #10) by Kerry Greenwood

Borrowed from the Library:
Arms-Commander (Saga of Recluce #16) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Chaos Balance (Saga of Recluce #7) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Colors of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #9) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Death of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #5) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Fall of Angels (Saga of Recluce #6) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Heritage of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #18) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Magic Engineer (Saga of Recluce #3) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Magic of Recluce (Saga of Recluce #1) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Magi’i of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #10) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Natural Ordermage (Saga of Recluce #14) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Order War (Saga of Recluce #4) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Ordermaster (Saga of Recluce #13) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Scion of Cyador (Saga of Recluce #11) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Wellspring of Chaos (Saga of Recluce #12) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The White Order (Saga of Recluce #8) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-9-16

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Last week’s schedule fell completely apart at the end. I was expecting to review both Heroine Worship and Beren and Luthien, but things didn’t quite work out. As much as I loved Sarah Kuhn’s first book in her series, Heroine Complex, I simply could not work my way through Heroine Worship. Although both books feature the same set of protagonists, and I love the superhero world she created, we spent the second book inside the head of the character I liked least in the first book, and that includes the demons. I just didn’t want to spend another minute there.

Beren and Lúthien, on the other hand, was richer than I expected, I just couldn’t figure out how to review it. Although it does tell the story of Beren and Lúthien from Tolkien’s Silmarillion, it tells it in multiple version. More than the legend itself, the book Beren and Lúthien is really about the creation of a modern myth. So interesting, but probably mostly of interest to people who are really, really steeped in the minutiae of Tolkien’s worlds. Which I was, once upon a time, but discovered to my chagrin that I no longer am. It may be time to re-read The Lord of the Rings again. It’s obviously been awhile.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the July Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop
Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Lockdown by Laurie R. King are Darlene O. and Amy M.

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Liar’s Key by Carla Neggers
July 4th 2017
B Review: Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne + Giveaway
B+ Review: Thieves’ Quarry by D.B. Jackson
B+ Review: Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood
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Coming Next Week:

Four Princes by John Julius Norwich (review)
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
American Eclipse by David Baron (review)
First Watch by Dale Lucas (review)
Dark Saturday by Nicci French (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

A dubious milestone has been achieved. On July 1 I downloaded my first eARC for 2018. (For the curious, it was Sunday Silence) But OMG, sometimes blogging feels like living in the future. I’m always reading “tomorrow’s” book. Or “next week’s” book. It’s a bit weird.

And here’s where some of the books I saw at ALA are coming in, like Artemis. They gave out print ARCs if you managed to get into the line in time. And a couple of these, Like Jade City and A Plague of Giants, are titles I ran across while compiling an article about upcoming science fiction and fantasy titles.

So much to look forward to reading! What about you?

For Review:
Artemis by Andy Weir
The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women by Elizabeth Norton
Illumination (Penton Legacy #5) by Susannah Sandlin
Ironfoot (Enchanter General #1) by Dave Duncan
Jade City (Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee
Life in Code by Ellen Ullman
Live from Cairo by Ian Bassingthwaighte
Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey #8) by Sawyer Bennett
A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1) by Kevin Hearne
Right Where We Belong (Silver Springs #4) by Brenda Novak
Sunday Silence (Frieda Klein #7) by Nicci French
The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth
Woolly by Ben Mezrich

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-2-16

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So, when are the fireworks in your part of the country? The great thing about living in a major metro area with lots of towns and neighborhoods is that there are always plenty of opportunities to see fireworks on the holiday. The fireworks in our village are visible from our front yard. As long as it doesn’t rain Monday night, we’re all set.

When we lived in Anchorage, the whole summer fireworks things was a bit weird. It doesn’t get dark there this time of year, but people’s patience generally runs out about midnight. It does get kind of twilight-ish between 1 and 3 in the morning, but no one wants to wait quite that long. Attempting to see fireworks when it’s not really even dusk is an interesting experience.

But speaking of fireworks and Independence Day, we did see Hamilton when we were in Chicago for ALA. And wow! Even with a slightly obstructed view it was still marvelous and I’m so glad we went. I’d love to see it again, but the ticket prices have become even more obscene than they were just a few months ago. Hopefully, one of these days a film of the play will be available through Fathom Events at the movies.

Current Giveaways:

Lockdown by Laurie R. King
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the July Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop is Adik

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Take Out by Margaret Maron + Giveaway
B- Review: Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams
A+ Guest Review by Amy: Kith and Kin by Kris Ripper
B+ Review: Barbarian by Anna Hackett
B Review: A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes + Giveaway
July Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
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Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Coming Next Week:

Liar’s Key by Carla Neggers (review)
Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn (review)
Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

The ALA Exhibits Hall was interesting. Yes, there are lots of books. Lots and lots of books. The publishers give away absolute oodles of ARCs to attendees. (The feeding frenzy when the opening bell rings on Friday evening can be…intense.) But there weren’t a whole lot of things that tempted me this time around. Or perhaps I should say, that tempted me but that I didn’t already have an eARC for. The titles I wanted to see are now the really far out ones (possibly in more ways than one) like John Scalzi’s Head On, which isn’t due out until April 2018. That one will probably be at ALA Midwinter, next February in OMG Denver.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Denver. But I do not like Denver in the middle of winter. And then I have New Orleans in June to look forward to. Why, oh why, aren’t those reversed?

For Review:
Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien
A Daring Arrangement (Four Hundred #1) by Joanna Shupe
The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen
Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini
I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott
Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-25-16

Sunday Post

Welcome to the ALA Edition of the Sunday Post. As you read this, I’m in Chicago at the American Library Association Annual Convention, looking at oodles of forthcoming books and walking my feet off. ALA is pretty much like BEA for librarians. There are also a lot of meetings. And a lot of running around. The Exhibits Hall, where all the books are, is usually miles and miles of carpet over concrete. At the end, there is no thrill of victory, there is only the agony of the feet. Along with the chance to see 15,000 or 20,000 of my nearest and dearest friends.

And we have Hamilton tickets for the night before the conference begins! It’s not coming to Atlanta until NEXT May. But since we were planning to be where it already was, it was impossible to resist!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop
1 ecopy of Escape Velocity and 1 ecopy of Damage Control by Jess Anastasi
3 hardcover copies of The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Cover Fire by Jess Anastasi + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Admiral’s Bride by Suzanne Brockmann
B Review: The Right Side by Spencer Quinn + Giveaway
C Review: The Light in Summer by Mary McNear
A Review: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
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Coming Next Week:

Take Out by Margaret Maron (review)
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams (review)
Sovereign by April Daniels (guest review by Amy)
Barbarian by Anna Hackett (review)
A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

As you read this, I’m at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. ALA is kind of like BEA for librarians, so I’m probably wandering through the exhibits desperately trying NOT to pick up too many books.

I know that sounds contradictory, but books are HEAVY. The exhibits floor is HUGE and everything I pick up has to ride on my back until I get back to my room. Overindulgence is painful. Which doesn’t mean I won’t arrange for entirely too many eARCs from Netgalley and Edelweiss. Because I most certainly will.

For Review:
Barbarian (Galactic Gladiators #6) by Anna Hackett
Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson
A Love to Remember (Disgraced Lords #7) by Bronwyn Evans
The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein
The Sea King (Weathermages of Mystral #2) by C.L. Wilson
Someone to Wed (Westcott #3) by Mary Balogh
Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu

So what did you add to your stack this week? Adding your Stacking the Shelves to the linky here will add it at both Reading Reality and Tynga’s Book Reviews.