The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-17-17

Sunday Post

Last weekend was the calm before the storm. This weekend, it’s the calm after the storm! In between, there was a storm. We were lucky. We didn’t lose power and we didn’t have any trees fall on the house. So it’s all good.

But the storm did change what I planned to read. I ended up grabbing some comfort reads, because I couldn’t settle down to much of anything else. I’m past the halfway point in my Phryne Fisher series read, and still enjoying them very much. But speaking of Phryne, I got to the books from the TV series, which I absolutely adored. There are plans in the works for a Phryne Fisher movie on the big screen, with the same cast as the TV show. They have a Kickstarter, and so far it’s going great guns. But it can always use a bit more support. The difficulty seems to be, as always, proving to the “powers that be” that there is tremendous interest in any kind of movie with a female lead. I’m willing to help send that message, and I’ve kicked into the kickstarter. If you love Phryne (and Jack!) too, and want to add your bit, here’s the link to the Kickstarter.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of The Long Way Home is Holly W.
The winner of the $10 Book in the September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop is Megan S.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: The Prisoner in His Palace by Will Bardenwerper
A- Review: Fatal Charm by Blair McDowell
B+ Review: Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
B Review: Away with the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood
Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop
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Coming Next Week:

Casualty of War by Charles Todd (review)
Tramps and Thieves by Rhys Ford (review)
Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne (blog tour review)
Defending Hearts by Rebecca Crowley (blog tour review)
Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Not a big list, but hopefully an interesting one.

While waiting out Tropical Storm Irma, I yearned for comfort reads, so I dove into Phryne Fisher’s world, again. While there’s a new eARC in the pile, I also discovered that one of the upcoming books in my reading order was one that I did not have in any format. That omission has been rectified. It looks like another book that was not adapted for the TV series. It’s always interesting to read those and try to figure out why not.

I also borrowed the whole Ravenels series (so far) by Lisa Kleypas from the library. I read a spotlight/promo about book 4 in the series, Hello, Stranger, and it sounded so fascinating that I decided to get the whole series and read up to it. It looks like fun!

For Review:
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger (Lady Travelers Guide #2)  by Victoria Alexander
Murder on a Midsummer Night (Phryne Fisher #17) by Kerry Greenwood
Of Spice and Men (Pancake House #3) by Sarah Fox
Season of Blood (Crispin Guest #10) by Jeri Westerson

Purchased from Amazon:
The Castlemaine Murders (Phryne Fisher #13) by Kerry Greenwood

Borrowed from the Library:
Cold-Hearted Rake (Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas
Devil in Spring (Ravenels #3) by Lisa Kleypas
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels #2) by Lisa Kleypas

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-10-17

Sunday Post

The track of Hurricane Irma is scheduled to reach Atlanta Monday night as a Tropical Storm. Which still means winds up to 72 mph. Which is OMG, but not as OMG as what hit Florida or the Caribbean. It helps to be inland. Pretty damn far inland. The expectation for this area is lots of rain, lots of wind, trees down and power outages. Nothing that can’t be survived, but needless to say a fun time will not be had by much of anyone when it hits.

We went out yesterday to buy the ingredients for “milk sandwiches” at the grocery store. Not that there really are such things as “milk sandwiches” but the way that people run out to buy milk and bread just before a major storm event, makes it seem possible. Peanut butter sandwiches, or something similar, are much more likely. And more useful, as peanut butter doesn’t spoil in a power outage. I suppose it could eventually, but it never lasts that long in this house!

Stay safe everyone. This looks like one for the history books.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
$25 Amazon Gift Card from Harlequin and Maisey Yates
The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers is Laura T.
The winner of The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard is Nadine
The winner of The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr is Kathy D.

Blog Recap:

Labor Day 2017
B+ Review: Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates + Giveaway
A- Review: Unmapped by Anna Hackett
B Review: The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister + Giveaway
B+ Review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
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Coming Next Week:

The Prisoner in His Palace by Will Bardenwerper
Fatal Charm by Blair McDowell
The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone
Virtue by Victoria Vane
Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

We saw Hamilton when we in Chicago this summer. But I hadn’t read the book, yet, and wanted to. I’ve been on the hold list at the library all this time, and my copy finally came in. Ebook, of course. Now I just need to carve out some time to read it. The author has a new book about Ulysses S. Grant coming out next month, and I’ll probably end up reading that one first. There are reasons…

While I’m looking forward to everything, of course, the one that has me really intrigued is Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. They wrote one of my favorite post-Katrina New Orleans books, The Map of Moments. And while that was kind of urban fantasy, and Blood of the Four is either epic fantasy, dark fantasy or both, I’m still eager to see what they’ve done this time.

Speaking of hurricanes, it looks like Atlanta is going to get the rump end of Irma on Tuesday. Thankfully, we are far enough inland that by the time it reaches us it should be downgraded back to a tropical storm. But it looks like my friends in Gainesville FL are going to get hammered when it’s still at Cat 3. Stay safe everyone!

For Review:
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
Christmastime Cowboy (Copper Ridge #10) by Maisey Yates
An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King
Gorbachev by William Taubman
Heart of Crystal by Lauren D.M. Smith
Hold Her Again by Shannon Stacey
Iron Angels by Eric Flint and Alistair Kimble
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

Borrowed from the Library:
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-3-17

Sunday Post

Interesting and short week coming up. I have several books in series to review this week, and they are all in series that I’ve really, really enjoyed. So a week of good reading, starting with a day off thanks to the Labor Day holiday.

While I’m always happy for a three-day weekend, Labor Day seems a bit anti-climactic these days. It used to be the unofficial start of fall, and school started this week. Now it starts in August, and that just seems WRONG. Of course, that was before they started air conditioning the schools, which may have had something, or a lot, to do with it!

Current Giveaways:

The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard
The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr
Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers
$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winners of the book prize packs in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop are Polly and Courtney

Blog Recap:

B Review: The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard + Giveaway
A Review: The Shift of the Tide by Jeffe Kennedy
A- Review: The Summer that Made Us by Robyn Carr + Giveaway
B+ Review: Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers + Giveaway
September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop
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Coming Next Week:

Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates (blog tour review)
Unmapped by Anna Hackett (review)
The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister (blog tour review)
The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

It’s Labor Day weekend in the U.S. That means a three-day weekend for lots of people. Here in Atlanta, that means it’s also DragonCon weekend and Decatur Book Festival weekend. Lots of stuff to see and do. We’ll probably hit the Decatur Book Fair. When DragonCon crossed the 70K attendance line, it just got to be too big to cope with. Your mileage, in this case possibly literally, may vary.

For Review:
Best-Laid Plants (Potting Shed #6) by Marty Wingate
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 by S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michele Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green , Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject
Hearts Unleashed by Paris Wynters
Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
Highland Dragon Rebel (Dawn of the Highland Dragon #2) by Isabel Cooper
Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores #14) by Sherryl Woods
Ride it Out (Desert Dogs #4) by Cara McKenna
Unmapped (Treasure Hunter Security #6) by Anna Hackett
Unraveled (Whiskey Sharp #1) by Lauren Dane

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-27-17

Sunday Post

OK, how many people dropped everything to view the eclipse on Monday?

We drove to Anderson, SC, which was just within the totality. Of course the totality chose to hide itself behind a cloud, but we did have a great view of the moon covering the sun both before and after. As crazy as the whole scenario was, it was terrific to be part of the shared experience of viewing the eclipse. The shared experience of driving back to Atlanta in bumper-to-bumper traffic, not so much. I was very fortunate that Galen was willing to drive, and I was able to spend a good part of the insanity reading Glass Houses by Louise Penny. I adore Inspector Gamache, and can’t wait until next year’s visit to Three Pines.

Current Giveaways:

Book Prize Pack in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop (ENDS Wednesday!)
3 copies of Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper
$100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card from Harlequin and Susan Mallery

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $10 Gift Card in the Oh the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop is Julie L.

Blog Recap:

B Review: Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper + Giveaway
B Review: A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
A Review: Forty Autumns by Nina Willner
A- Review: You Say It First by Susan Mallery + Giveaway
A Review: Glass Houses by Louise Penny
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Coming Next Week:

The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard (blog tour review)
The Shift of the Tide by Jeffe Kennedy (review)
The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr (blog tour review)
Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers (blog tour review)
September Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

I may end up wanting to set the assassins from Markswoman onto the protagonists of The Curious Affair of the Witch at the Wayside Cross. When I read the first Jesperson and Lane book, The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief, I ended up infuriated. The premise had so much promise, but it failed so miserably in so many directions. This may be a “train-wreck” series for me. I just can’t turn my eyes away, at least not yet.

On that other hand, I’m glad to have one more collection of stories from P.D. James. I loved last year’s The Mistletoe Murder, but I didn’t expect to see more from the late, lamented Baroness James.

And is it just me, or is the cover of See What I Have Done more than a bit creepy?

For Review:

The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross (From the Casebooks of Jesperson & Lane #2)  by Lisa Tuttle
Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra
Sleep No More by P.D. James

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger (audiobook)
The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (audiobook)

Borrowed from the Library:
Marlena by Julie Buntin
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-20-17

Sunday Post

We’re going to watch the eclipse tomorrow. We’ll be driving to someplace within the totality, meeting up with friends, and look at the moon while it swallows the sun. Yes, we have eclipse glasses.

As a public service announcement, let me state that while some, emphasis on SOME, public libraries did get free eclipse glasses to give away, if you’ve waited until today or tomorrow to get a pair for yourself, they are ALL OUT. They’ve been all out for weeks at this point. If you don’t have eclipse glasses, the American Astronomical Society has instructions on other methods for viewing the eclipse safely. Seeing is important, so don’t go out there and blind yourself!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh, the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop (ENDS Wednesday!)
Summer themed prize pack from Harlequin
2 Book Prize Packs in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates + End of Summer Tour + Giveaway
Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop
A- Review: The Daughters of Ireland by Santa Montefiore
B Review: The Great Quake by Henry Fountain
A- Review: Halls of Law by V.M. Escalada
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Coming Next Week:

Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper (blog tour review)
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (review)
Forty Autumns by Nina Willner (blog tour review)
You Say it First by Susan Mallery (blog tour review)
Glass Houses by Louise Penny (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Another stack of irresistible (at least to me) books. I will say that August still seems a bit early to be even thinking of Xmas books, but I understand why they’re popping up.

Two books on this list I’m particularly happy to have gotten, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall and Terminal Alliance. And they couldn’t be more unalike. Seven Stones is a collection of Outlander short stories and novellas. I know that I’ve read at least one of the stories included in the collection, The Custom of the Army, and probably others. And it doesn’t matter. I’m happy to dip my toes into this world again.

On that other hand, Terminal Alliance is the first book in a new series by Jim C. Hines. I loved his Magic Ex Libris series, which was more-or-less urban fantasy. There wasn’t all that much urban, but it was set in a 20th-21st century where magic worked behind the scenes. Terminal Alliance is space opera, with more than a touch of gallows humor. It has to be gallows humor, because it’s about a spaceship crewed by zombie janitors who are trying to save the universe. Yes, you read that right. Zombie janitors. I can’t wait!

For Review:
Blade of Empire (Dragon Prophecy #2) by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Close Contact (Body Armor #3) by Lori Foster
Defending Hearts (Atlanta Skyline #2) by Rebecca Crowley
Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America by Damien Lincoln Ober
Double Portrait by Brittany Perham
The Eterna Solution (Eterna Files #3) by Leanna Renee Hieber
Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #3) by Amanda Bouchet
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss
The Night Dahlia (Nightwise #2) by R.S. Belcher
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
A Snow Country Christmas (Carsons of Mustang Creek #4) by Linda Lael Miller
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #1) by Jim C. Hines
The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota #3) by Ada Palmer

Borrowed from the Library:
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
The Loyal Son by Daniel Mark Epstein
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon