The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-14-19

Sunday Post

The Star Spangled Giveaway Hop ends tomorrow, just in time for the Xmas in July and All That Glitters Giveaway Hops to begin!

Is it just me, or is summer absolutely flying by? It feels like they go faster the more of them I have behind me in the rearview mirror. Maybe it’s just me. All I can see is that our trip to Ireland for Worldcon is whizzing towards me at accelerating speed. I can’t wait! And Amy is going to take over the blog while I’m gone, so it should be fun times for everyone!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop (ends TOMORROW!)
Her Other Secret + The Protector by HelenKay Dimon
3 Signed Print Copies of Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard

Blog Recap:

B+ Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
A- Review: Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin
B Review: Her Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon + Giveaway
A- Review: Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard + Giveaway
A- Review: A Beach Wish by Shelly Noble
Stacking the Shelves (348)

Coming This Week:

Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
All That Glitters is Gold Giveaway Hop
When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal (blog tour review)
Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews (review)
The Eagle Has Landed edited by Neil Clarke (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

Not a huge stack, but some interesting books on it all the same. Like always.

About Empress of Forever. Well, I was on a treadmill, and was about to bail on my second audiobook in a week. And I was in an SFnal mood and well, here we are. A couple of days in, this one looks like a winner! At least it keeps the time on the treadmill feeling shorter than it is – as an audiobook is supposed to do. There were a couple there that were making the time on the treadmill seem LONGER, and it’s long enough already!

For Review:
Angel Mage by Garth Nix
Black Hornet (Lew Griffin #3) by James Sallis
The Blacksmith Queen (Scarred Earth #1) by G.A. Aiken
Bluebottle (Lew Griffin #5) by James Sallis
The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup
Cooperative Lives by Patrick Finegan
Count on Me (Petal, Georgia #3) by Lauren Dane
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
Eye of the Cricket (Lew Griffin #4) by James Sallis
Ghost of a Flea (Lew Griffin #6) by James Sallis
Moth (Lew Griffin #2) by James Sallis

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone (audio)
Half Moon Street (Leo Stanhope #1) by Alex Reeve

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 7-7-19

Sunday Post

I hope all the USians reading this had a terrific July 4th! We’re in a new neighborhood, so didn’t know how long – or how many days – the fireworks would be “bursting in air” here. The answer turns out to be one night and only one night – which is fine. We’ve lived plenty of places where it goes on all week – and it stops being remotely fun after midnight on the first night.

This was also Hecate’s first Independence Day, and it doesn’t seem like the noise bothered her much – nor does it seem to matter much to either Freddie or Lucifer. Which is good.

Speaking of Lucifer – or a Lucifer, sorta/kinda, we finished watching Good Omens over the weekend – and it was marvelous. If you love the book – watch the series. And if you’ve never read the book – watch the series. Oh, just watch it already. I miss Sir Terry. I still have the final book in the Discworld left to read. I just don’t want it to be over. Even though I know it is.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
Bound Manuscript of The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

Blog Recap:

Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
A+ Review: Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep
B+ Review: The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite + Giveaway
Independence Day 2019
B+ Review: Hunter by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (347)

Coming This Week:

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (blog tour review)
Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin (blog tour review)
Her Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon (blog tour review)
Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard (blog tour review)
A Beach Wish by Shelly Noble (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

For those of us in the U.S., I hope you are having a good 4-day July 4th weekend. For those of us who have pets, I hope your furry friends are not too traumatized by the nightly fireworks. Our new neighborhood has been quiet so far this weekend, and we’re all happy about that!

For those in Canada, I hope you had a terrific Canada Day weekend last weekend.

Whatever you celebrate, even if it’s just the ability to stay inside where it’s cool, it’s a wonderful long weekend to read. But aren’t they all – even if they aren’t nearly long enough!

In addition to all of the books below, I received the fruits of my participation in the Diving Universe Kickstarter and got ebooks of the entire Diving Universe series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Which was a LOT of lovely books!

For Review:
A Cruel Deception (Bess Crawford #11) by Charles Todd
Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Heart of the Circle by Keren Landsman
Hunter (Galactic Gladiators #12) by Anna Hackett (review)
The Ingredients of Us by Jennifer Gold
The New Voices of Science Fiction edited by Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman
A Queen in Hiding (Nine Realms #1) by Sarah Kozloff
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
Those Who Came Before by J.H. Moncrieff

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Deception Cove (Neah Bay #1) by Owen Laukkenan (audio)
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde (audio)
Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles #4) by Ilona Andrews (preorder)

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-30-19

Sunday Post

There’s booming in the other room. My husband is playing Cat Quest, and it’s adorable. Cats going on adventures! With puns. Lots and lots of puns. The game is adorably cute AND fun to play.

I’m still digging out from the usual post-conference disorganization. There tends to be both a post-conference boost and a post-conference crash. So many great panels. So many excellent speakers. So many, many, many bright shiny new books. Followed immediately by the rush to get home, the continuing aching of the feet, and the need to figure out what happens next. Getting home at 1 in the morning didn’t help any.

But it’s good to be home. The kitties missed us and we missed them. Watching them over the kitty-cam is NOT the same!

Current Giveaways:

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

Winner Announcements:

The winner of the $20 Dreamspinner Press Gift Certificate is H.B.
The winner of the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop is Chelsea W.

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
B Review: Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker
A- Guest Review: Phaze by S.C. Mitchell
B+ Review: Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James + Giveaway
A- Review: Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh
Stacking the Shelves (346)

Coming This Week:

Star Spangled Giveaway Hop
Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep (blog tour review)
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (blog tour review)
Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh (review)

Stacking the Shelves (346)

Stacking the Shelves

I saw some wonderful books at the ALA Conference last week. From the looks of this list, possibly a few too many. Maybe. But for anyone wondering how I carried so many books around, the answer is that I didn’t. These were all ebooks and eARCs. Not that I didn’t see wonderful things, but when I saw them (or heard their authors) I placed requests on NetGalley and Edelweiss. My days of carrying this much around are long over.

I did also get some terrific books read in between conference sessions. And on the plane. There just isn’t enough time in the universe to read ALL THE BOOKS. Dammit.

For Review:
Akin by Emma Donoghue
Angel in a Devil’s Arms (Palace of Rogues #2) by Julie Anne Long
A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Bursts of Fire (Addicted to Heaven #1) by Susan Forest
Coming Home for Christmas (Haven Point #10) by RaeAnne Thayne
A Divided Loyalty (Inspector Ian Rutledge #22) by Charles Todd
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
Golden in Death (In Death #50) by J.D. Robb
The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards #1) by Juliet Marillier
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
A Little Hatred (Age of Madness #1) by Joe Abercrombie
The Murders of Molly Southbourne (Molly Southbourne #1) by Tade Thompson
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
The Rage of Dragons (Burning #1) by Evan Winter
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman
Rival’s Break (Sharpe & Donovan #10) by Carla Neggers
Royal Holiday (Wedding Date #4) by Jasmine Guillory
Sidelined by Suzanne Baltsar
Shrouded Loyalties by Reese Hogan
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
The Warehouse by Rob Hart
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-23-19

Sunday Post

As I said yesterday, while you read this I’m sweating to death in Washington DC at the ALA Annual Conference. Or maybe not. The weather report says cloudy, rainy, thunderboomy and in the mid 80s, so it might not be too bad. But climate’s what you expect and weather is what you get, so by the time I get there, it could be anything. Yes, I know that Atlanta is not exactly known for its cool summers but DC is semi-reclaimed swampland – it gets even muggier there than it does here. And the midwinter conference will be in Philadelphia. In January. I can hardly wait. I’d insert a sarcastic emoji here – but what would that look like?

Meanwhile, back on the blog, I may be out of town but I have plenty of stuff queued up and ready to roll while I’m away. Probably picking up more books.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
$20 (USD) Dreamspinner Gift Certificate from Rhys Ford

Blog Recap:

A Review: The Women’s War by Jenna Glass
B Review: Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter
B+ Review: Hell Squad: Dom by Anna Hackett
A- Review: Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford + Guest Recipe! + Giveaway
A- Review: The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
Stacking the Shelves (345)

Coming This Week:

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss (review)
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker (review)
Phaze by S.C. Mitchell (guest review by Amy)
Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James (blog tour review)
Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This is the during-ALA stack, which mostly consists of books held over from last week’s stack. Even so, there are a couple of books here that I’ve been looking for for quite some time, like The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl and The True Bastards. Both are followups to books I absolutely adored (see Monday’s review of European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman for plenty of squeeing about the Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club and my A+ review of The Grey Bastards for more deets on both series)

While you read this, I’ll be at the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC, hopefully not sweating to death, and trying not to pick up many too many ARCs and eARCs after seeing all the bright, shiny new books on display! I’m not sure whether to ask you to wish me luck – or not!

For Review:
Gallows Court by Martin Edwards
Grave Expectations (Dickens of a Crime #2) by Heather Redmond
A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3) by Theodora Goss
Steel Frame by Andrew Skinner
The True Bastards (Lot Lands #2) by Jonathan French

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts #1) by Rachel McMillan
Conductor of Light (Herringford and Watts #2.5) by Rachel McMillan
A Lesson in Love and Murder (Herringford and Watts #2) by Rachel McMillan
Of Dubious and Questionable Memory (Herringford and Watts #1.5) by Rachel McMillan
A Singular and Whimsical Problem (Herringford and Watts #0.5) by Rachel McMillan
The White Feather Murders (Herringford and Watts #3) by Rachel McMillan

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 6-16-19

Sunday Post

If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done. Or at least it certainly seems that way. We’re off for the American Library Association Annual Conference at the end of the week and it feels like there are suddenly a million-and-one things to do before we go. Only because there probably are.

The cats are NOT going to be best pleased. They never are when their human servitors abscond from their duties for any length of time longer than a catnap. Come to think of it, not even then. We’re obviously supposed to be at their beck and call even when they’re sleeping!

Current Giveaways:

$10 Gift Card or $10 Book in the Hello Summer Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Summer on Mirror Lake is Rita W.
The winner of the Fantastic Father Giveaway Hop is Lisa W.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane
B Review: Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan
A- Review: The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
A- Review: Finder by Suzanne Palmer
Hello Summer Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (344)

Coming This Week:

The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (review)
Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter (blog tour review)
Hell Squad: Dom by Anna Hackett (review)
Ramen Assassin by Rhys Ford (blog tour review)
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This is the pre-ALA stack, which quite frankly means that I split what should be this stack into two so I can prep posts ahead. I will be tied up in meetings next weekend, possibly literally. Sometimes literarily, but definitely meetings.

So this week’s stack and next week’s stack are both a bit short, to be followed by the post-ALA stack which tends to be ginormous. We will see.

Lead me not into temptation; I can find it myself – at least when it comes to books!

For Review:
The Art of Theft (Lady Sherlock #4) by Sherry Thomas
Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron
Dom (Hell Squad #17) by Anna Hackett
Missing Person by Sarah Lotz
The Mythic Dream edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
For the Killing of Kings (Ring-Sworn #1) by Howard Andrew Jones (audio)
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (audio)
The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne #2) by Anthony Horowitz (audio)

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