The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-15-18

Sunday Post

Now I know my Blogo-Birthday is really past – all the Rafflecopters have finished for the week of giveaways. But next year’s Blogo-Birthday is only 350-ish days away! LOL

I really wanted to include a review of Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman this past week, but…My Dear Hamilton, which was absolutely marvelous, weighed in at 670 pages. By the time I finished, I was kind of out of reading juice and had a terrible book hangover. I finished Cave of Bones over the weekend and it is just as absorbing as every book in the series has been.

Don’t forget, the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop ends TONIGHT!!!!!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop (ENDS TONIGHT!)
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Rain Rain Go Away! Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winners of my Blogo-Birthday Giveaway are Shirley and Jen.
The winners of books in the Gateways to Alissia Trilogy by Dan Koboldt are Anne, Anita and L Lam.
The winner of the Anna Hackett Prize Pack is Rachelle.
The winner of their choice of any book by John Scalzi is Adik.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Claws for Concern by Miranda James
Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
B Review: Farewell My Cuckoo by Marty Wingate
A Review: My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
A Review: Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Stacking the Shelves (283)

Coming Next Week:

The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Full Bloom Giveaway Hop
Hot Response by Shannon Stacey (blog tour review)
Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian (blog tour review)
Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I certainly got stuff this week. Lots and lots of stuff. And Audible is having a sale, so I picked up more of the Iron Druid Chronicles just as I finished Hammered. Good timing. I know that people have said that it doesn’t wear well later in the series, and I usually try not to binge on a series because the patterns start getting old, but I’m listening to this one and Luke Daniels’ voice is just perfect for Atticus. And yes, I’m well aware that I already have the entire series in ebook. But so far, they are absolutely perfect for listening while working out, even if the person on the next treadmill thinks I’m weird for smirking, sniggering, and occasionally even laughing out loud.

For Review:
Broken Trust by Tanya Jean Russell
Combatting Fear by Sandy Vaile
The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
Her Claim (Legally Bound #2) by Rebecca Grace Allen
Love Song by KG Fletcher
Murder in Mayfair (Atlas Catesby #1) by D.M. Quincy
Murder Most Unusual by Michelle Somers
Mustang Summer (Walker Five #2) by Marie Johnson
Out of Time (Out of Uniform #3) by Melissa Klein
Remember Me and You (Devil’s Kettle #3) by Susan Sey
Risking It (Stolen Moments #2) by Angela Quarles
The Secrets We Carried (Butternut Lake #6) by Mary McNear
Space Unicorn Blues by T.J. Berry

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Besieged (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.1, #4.2, #4.6, #4.7, #8.1, #8.2, #8.6, #8.7, #8.9) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
The Purloined Poodle (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.5, Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #1) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
The Squirrel on the Train (Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #2) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Three Slices (Iron Druid Chronicles #7.5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Trapped (Iron Druid Chronicles #5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Tricked (Iron Druid Chronicles #4) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Two Ravens and One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)
Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.6, #3.5) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-8-18

Sunday Post

It’s been a wonderful Blogo-Birthday Celebration Week. I got to review lots of great books, I hosted a whole bunch of giveaways, and hopefully a good time was had by all. But now it’s time to call it a week – at least until next year. All of the giveaways are still open, so you have plenty of time to get in, or tweet about the giveaways to get more chances to win.

I want to take this opportunity to once again thank all of you who read, follow or just stop in here at Reading Reality. And I also want to give a shout out and a very warm thank you to the two authors who sponsored giveaways for my celebration, Anna Hackett and Dan Koboldt. I love their books, so I’m very happy to have a chance to share them with more readers.

Today is the start of an entirely different celebration week. It’s National Library Week, at least here in the U.S. So if you haven’t visited your local library in a while, please take this opportunity to stop by and see what they have to offer, whether in person or online.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh (3 winners)
Winners choice of book in the Gateways to Alissia Trilogy by Dan Koboldt (3 winners)
$25 Amazon Gift Card and $25 Book(s) from the Book Depository (2 winners) in my Blogo-Birthday Giveaway
Anna Hackett Prize Pack (books + swag)
Winners choice of any book by John Scalzi

Blog Recap:

B Review: Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh + Giveaway
A- Review: The World Awakening by Dan Koboldt + Giveaway
Blogo-Birthday Giveaway
A- Review: Cyborg by Anna Hackett + Giveaway
A Review: Head On by John Scalzi + Giveaway
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Coming Next Week:

Claws for Concern by Miranda James (review)
Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop
Farewell My Cuckoo by Marty Wingate (blog tour review)
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (blog tour review)
Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I didn’t pick up a lot this week but I did get a couple of things that I’m really looking forward to. Isn’t that always the way?

I’m very happy to see a wrap-up for Rhys Ford’s marvelous Sinners series, as well as another continuation (actually it’s a continuation of the continuation) of Jeffe Kennedy’s fantastic Twelve Kingdoms series. And I’m always happy to read pretty much anything by Connie Willis.

They had to give me an eARC for Blood Ghast Blues – the cover quote is from my review of the first book in the series, Black Box Inc. Wow!

For Review:
Blood Ghast Blues (Black Box Inc #2) by Jake Bible
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis
Prisoner of the Crown (Chronicles of Dasnaria #1) by Jeffe Kennedy
Sin and Tonic (Sinners #6) by Rhys Ford
A Wolf Apart (Legend of All Wolves #2) by Maria Vale

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 4-1-18

Sunday Post

Happy April Fool’s Day. Hoppy Easter, Happy Passover, and welcome to the first day of my Blogo-Birthday Celebration Week!

Officially the celebration is April 4 and April 5, but over the years it’s gotten bigger and bigger and now it’s a whole week. I will be giving something away every day this week. There will be books, gift cards and even some swag! Stop by every day to see what’s in store.

Here’s what’s coming up this week, as well as all the goodies that are usually a part of the Sunday Post.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop is Tari
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the March into Madness Giveaway Hop is Judith
The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the All About Diversity Blog Hop is Adik

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai + Giveaway
A Review: To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear
B Review: The Morcai Battalion: The Pursuit by Diana Palmer
B+ Review: The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff
A- Review: Queen of the Flowers by Kerry Greenwood
Stacking the Shelves (281)
April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Coming Next Week:

Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh (blog tour review)
The World Awakening by Dan Koboldt (review)
Blogo-Birthday Giveaway
Cyborg by Anna Hackett (review)
Head On by John Scalzi (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

It wasn’t a big week this week, but I definitely picked up a couple of real winners. I know because I’ve already finished one of them!

Tomorrow begins my Blogo-Birthday Week Celebration, kicking off in the wee hours with the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop. There will be giveaways all week long, to be sure to stop by!

For Review:
Cyborg (Galactic Gladiators #10) by Anna Hackett
The Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Untamed Cowboy (Gold Valley #2) by Maisey Yates
When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-25-18

Sunday Post

My Blogo-Birthday Celebration begins next Sunday. The opening salvo, so to speak, will be the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, but I’ll be giving stuff away all week long!

But speaking of giveaways, I have three blog hops still going on, but they all end sometime this week, just in time for Blogo-Birthday Week. But there is still plenty of time to enter them all.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the All About Diversity Blog Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the March into Madness Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

C+ Review: Fast Burn by Lori Foster
A Review: Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
B Review: The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
A Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne
B Review: The River House by Carla Neggers
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Coming Next Week:

Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai (blog tour review)
To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear (review)
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (review)
Court of Lions by Jane Johnson (review)
The Morcai Battalion: The Pursuit by Diana Palmer (review)
April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

Happy First Weekend of Spring! Even if it doesn’t feel like Spring yet where you are, it has to be coming. Whether you’re ready for it or not.

It is definitely Spring here in Atlanta – to the point where we already have a bumper crop of dandelions in the backyard and need to figure out what to do about them!

Speaking of Spring, my 7th Annual Blogo-Birthday Celebration is coming up really soon now, starting April 1. I’ll be giving stuff away every day that week. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

For Review:
Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot by Narelle M. Harris, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Jody Lynn Nye, R. Rozakis, Sarah Stegall, hildy Silverman, Daniel M. Kimmel, Stephanie M. McPherson, Derek Beebe, Gordon Lizner, Mike strauss, Chuck Regan, Nat Gertier
Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs
Brief Cases (Dresden Files #15.1) by Jim Butcher
Fall of Angels (Inspector Redfyre #1) by Barbara Cleverly
Half Empty (First Wives #2) by Catherine Bybee
Marek (Cold Fury Hockey #11) by Sawyer Bennett
Taking Chase (Chase Brothers #2) by Lauren Dane
Trial on Mount Koya (Shinobi Mystery #6) by Susan Spann

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Hammered (Iron Druid #3) by Kevin Hearne

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 3-18-18

Sunday Post

This week marked my first A+ Review for the year, for Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. If you like epic fantasy at all, this one is not only awesome, but also complete in a single not-quite-a-doorstop volume. I picked this one because The Map of Moments by these same two gentlemen is one of my absolute favorite books about post-Katrina New Orleans. That one is urban fantasy rather than epic, but equally awesome.

I also have three blog hops going on, and these will last until the end of the month. When not only will the April Book of Choice Giveaway Hop begin, but my Seventh Annual Blogo-Birthday week will commence. I’ll be giving stuff away all week to commemorate the OMG seventh anniversary of the start of Reading Reality as well as my own birthday. There should be something to appeal to everyone!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the All About Diversity Blog Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the March into Madness Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card or $10 book in the March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Valentina.
The winner of the ebook copy of Surrender My Heart by L.G. O’Connor is Alli.
The winner of the print copy of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan is Dianna.

Blog Recap:

B Review: A Dangerous Game by Heather Graham
A+ Review: Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
B+ Review: Good Guys by Steven Brust
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
March into Madness Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (279)

Coming Next Week:

Fast Burn by Lori Foster (blog tour review)
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell (review)
The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter (blog tour review)
Court of Lions by Jane Johnson (review)
The River House by Carla Neggers (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Thank Dog I neither bought any books nor picked up any from the library this week. Because this isn’t just a stack, it’s an absolute haul.

And it’s absolutely marvelous. There are so many books in here that were on my anticipated list that I can’t wait to dive in! So many books, so little time, so much fun!

For Review:
Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Adventures of Arabella Ashby #3) by David D. Levine
A Borrowing of Bones (Mercy Carr #1) by Paula Munier
The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal
City of Ink (Li Du #3) by Elsa Hart
The Cottages on Silver Beach (Haven Point #8) by RaeAnne Thayne
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
Kill the Farm Boy (Tales of Pell #1) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Leverage in Death (In Death #47) by J.D. Robb
Live Long and…What I might Have Learned Along the Way by William Shatner and David Fisher
Mary B. by Katherine J. Chen
The Monster Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #2) by Seth Dickinson
Night Fall (Secret Histories #12) by Simon R. Green
Owl and the Tiger Thieves (Owl #4) by Kristi Charish
So Say We All: the Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman
The Spy of Venice (William Shakespeare Thriller #1) by Benet Brandreth
A Study in Treason (Daughter of Sherlock Holmes #2) by Leonard Goldberg
Total Bravery (True Heroes #4) by Piper J. Drake
A Touch of Flame (Cowboys of Colorado #2) by Jo Goodman