The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-8-19

Sunday Post

It feels like the year is starting to wind down. As soon as Labor Day weekend ended, all the stuff that nobody wants to deal with over the summer popped back up. Like organizing the Black Friday Giveaway Hop, starting to think about the Library Journal Best SF/F Books list, writing a couple of articles that were post-Worldcon, thinking about what we’ll do for the holidays and seeing just how fascinated the cats are with the leaves falling in the backyard.

Hecate, who is under my desk as I type this, is not quite a year old. We got her last October, so this is actually the first time she’s seen the falling leaves. She’s absolutely absorbed by them, at least until she has to run off to do other catly things. Like run up the stairs on the outside of the banister and scare her people half to death. The life of a cat!

Current Giveaways:

$20 Amazon Gift Card or $20 Book in the Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

Labor Day 2019
Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop
B Review: The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul
A- Review: Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
B Review: Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb
Stacking the Shelves (356)

Coming This Week:

The Heart of the Circle by Keren Landsman (review)
September to Remember Giveaway Hop
The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White (blog tour review)
Medusa in the Graveyard by Emily Devenport (review)
Dead Man Stalking by TA Moore (blog tour review)

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Stacking the Shelves

A short stack this week (mm-mm, pancakes, yum) but plenty of good stuff in it. And a reminder to anyone who is an Amazon Prime member, if you’re in Prime you can get two free ebooks every month from a selected list. While there are some months that I look and pass, this month one of the books is The Vine Witch, which looks fascinating. So it’s always worth at least a look if not a download or two.

For Review:
Above the Bay of Angels by Rhys Bowen
The Bodies in the Library (First Edition Library #1) by Marty Wingate
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Life and Limb (Blood & Bone #1) by Jennifer Roberson
The Prince of Broadway (Uptown Girls #2) by Joanna Shupe

Purchased from Amazon:
Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra #1) by Brian Naslund (ebook and audio)
Castle on the Rise (Lost Castle #2) by Kristy Cambron
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 9-1-19

Sunday Post

It’s hard to believe that it’s already September 1, that this is Labor Day Weekend in the U.S. and that summer is unofficially over. I say unofficially because it’s still going to be in the low 90s here in Atlanta for most of the week. While one of the things I love about living here is that winter mostly skims by us – at least compared to other places I’ve lived – summer most definitely does not.

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest is Danielle H.
The winner of the Back to School Giveaway Hop is Sharon B.

Blog Recap:

A- Review: Spaceside by Michael Mammay
A+ Review: The Passengers by John Marrs
B- Review: The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks
A- Review: Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
A+ Review: A Better Man by Louise Penny
Stacking the Shelves (355)

Coming This Week:

Hello Autumn Giveaway Hop
The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul (blog tour review)
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews (review)
Cold Storage by David Koepp (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

A considerably shorter stack this week. Jet lag is still beating me and I barely started going over all my notes from Worldcon – which will certainly produce yet more books, as this week’s entries from C.E. Murphy can attest. That’s my project for this weekend, along with possibly the Decatur Book Festival. Dragon Con is also this weekend, but a crowd of 80,000+ in 90°+ temperatures is too much on too many levels for my comfort.

For Review:
The Cost of Honor (Black Ops Confidential #3) by Diana Muñoz Stewart
Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #1) by Rena Barron
The Last Smile in Sunder City (Fetch Phillips #1) by Luke Arnold
A Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose #2) by Charlaine Harris
The Painted Castle (Lost Castle #3) by Kristy Cambron
A Pale Light in the Black (NeoG #1) by K.B. Wagers
There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool
Upon the Flight of the Queen (Ring-Sworn #2) by Howard Andrew Jones
Word to the Wise (Library Lover’s #10) by Jenn McKinlay

Purchased from Amazon:
Atlantis Fallen (Heartstrike Chronicles #1) by C.E. Murphy
From Coffin to Grave (Heartstrike Chronicles #2) by C.E. Murphy

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-25-19

Sunday Post

Dorothy was right. There is no place like home. (There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.) We had a fantastic time in Dublin, and Worldcon was awesome, but it is SO GOOD to be home. We missed the cats SO MUCH, and the pet cam is no substitute for cuddling them. Also jet lag is a complete bitch. I’ve seen the sun come up more times this week than I have in years because my body clock just isn’t adjusting back to my usual night owl schedule. And it’s driving Lucifer a bit spare because I’m just not assuming the position he wants me in for nearly as long as he requires for his nightly snuggle. He has to be in the feline superior position and my going to sleep right away is just not working for him.

This is a bit of a catch-up Sunday Post, as I’ll finally be announcing – and notifying – the winners of all the giveaways that ended while we were gone. But speaking of giveaways ending, the Back to School Giveaway Hop rather appropriately ends this week, as everyone seems to have gone back to school by now!

And I’d like to give a very big shout out to Amy Daltry, who provided so many wonderful guest reviews while I was away. Thanks a bunch Amy!

Current Giveaways:

Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Back to School Giveaway Hop

Winner Announcements:

The winner of Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz is Anita Y.
The winner of Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn is Marjorie R.
The winner of The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare is Jen M.
The winner of the Sweet Goodness Giveaway Hop is Angela C.
The winner of the Oh! the Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop is Jenness M.

Blog Recap:

B Review: For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones
A- Guest Review: Sentinel of Darkness by Katie Reus
A Review: The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs
B+ Review: Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest + Giveaway
B+ Review: Defender by Anna Hackett
Stacking the Shelves (354)

Coming This Week:

Spaceside by Michael Mammay (review)
Passengers by John Marrs (blog tour review)
The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks (blog tour review)
Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone (review)
Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

This is about three weeks’ worth of stack. While I did not pick up any books at Worldcon, I did write down plenty of suggestions – which I haven’t gone through yet. Scary, isn’t it? But it looks like I grabbed more SF and Fantasy than usual – probably because I was, let’s call it, “under the influence”, if not of something alcoholic, then just because of the atmosphere.

We had a marvelous time at Worldcon in Dublin – and still have the jet lag and the aching feet to prove it. If you’ve ever been interested in going to a Worldcon, 2021 will be in Washington DC and 2022 will be in Chicago – which might be closer to you than either Dublin or Wellington (next year in New Zealand!) If you like to read either science fiction or fantasy it’s a great time!

For Review:
All Fired Up (Road to Love #3) by Lori Foster
All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 edited by Jonathan Lethem
A Choir of Lies (Conspiracy of Truths #2) by Alexandra Rowland
The Deep by Rivers Solomon with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
Defender (Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone #2) by Anna Hackett (review)
Full Throttle by Joe Hill
Ghoster by Jason Arnopp
The Killing Fog (Grave Kingdom #1) by Jeff Wheeler
Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull
The Light After the War by Anita Abriel
Ninth House (Ninth House #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Nothing to Fear (Final Hour #2) by Juno Rushdan
Pets in Space 4 by S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E. D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, Cassandra Chandler
The Princess Beard (Tales of Pell #3) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Queen of the Conquered (Islands of Blood and Storm #1) by Kacen Callender
Someone to Remember (Westcott #7) by Mary Balogh
This Poison Will Remain (Commissaire Adamsberg #7) by Fred Vargas
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan
The Throne of the Five Winds (Hostage of Empire #1) by S.C. Emmett
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro (Annals of the Bitch Queen #1) by K.S. Villoso

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-18-19

Sunday Post

This is my “crystal ball” post. I’m prepping it almost two weeks ahead because we’ll be away, so I’m attempting to predict the future. I have almost everything set up and ready to go, with one book that I’m planning to read on the plane and write up in Ireland. We’ll see how well my predictions match reality when I get home.

Speaking of getting home, all giveaway winners will be determined and notified (YAY Rafflecopter!) when I get home this coming week.

Current Giveaways:

$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh! The Places You’ll Go Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Back to School Giveaway Hop

Blog Recap:

A Guest Review by Amy: Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey
A+ Guest Review by Amy: Mischief and Mayhem by L.E.Rico
A+ Review: The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
A- Review: American Magic by Zach Fehst
Back to School Giveaway Hop
Stacking the Shelves (353)

Coming This Week:

For the Killing of Kings by Howard Andrew Jones (review)
Sentinel of Darkness by Katie Reus (guest review by Amy)
The Oystervile Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs (blog tour review)
Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest (blog tour review)
Defender by Anna Hackett (review)

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Stacking the Shelves

I’m away on vacation as you read this, hopefully picking up all sorts of fascinating books at Worldcon. And probably running around like crazy. Hence this crazy Stacking the Shelves post.

The books listed below are books that I picked up on either Netgalley or Edelweiss a while ago, but then things got weird. One has no cover. One has a cover but I’m not sure it’s official yet. One has a cover, but as soon as I picked it up from Edelweiss it disappeared off the face of the earth – or at least off the face of the net. It’s not on the publisher’s website, not on Goodreads, not on Amazon. It’s a mystery – in more ways than one!

And of course all of the above could have changed by the time you read this. We’ll see when I get back!

For Review:
Highfire by Eoin Colfer
The Glass Thief (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt #6) by Gigi Pandian
The Immortal Conquistador by Carrie Vaughn

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The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 8-11-19

Sunday Post

As you read this, I’m in Dublin (Ireland, not Ohio) doing some sightseeing before Worldcon at the end of the week. I’m posting a whole bunch of stuff ahead so that I don’t have to worry too frantically about the blog while I’m away.

That means that all Winner Announcements are postponed until I get back.

It probably also means that I’m seeing a virtual ton of new and fascinating books to add to the virtually towering TBR pile. This will be grand!

Current Giveaways:

$25 Amazon Gift Card from Ann Aguirre and The Third Mrs. Durst
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Sweet Goodness Giveaway Hop
$10 Amazon Gift Card or $10 Book in the Oh! the Places You’ll Go! Giveaway Hop
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe (3 copies)
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

Blog Recap:

A+ Review: The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre + Giveaway
Oh! the Places You’ll Go! Giveaway Hop
A Review: The Hound of Justice by Claire O’Dell
A- Review: The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe + Giveaway
B+ Review: The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare + Giveaway
Stacking the Shelves (352)

Coming This Week:

Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey (guest review by Amy)
Mischief and Mayhem by L.E. Rico (guest review by Amy)
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (blog tour review)
American Magic by Zach Fehst (review)
Back to School Giveaway Hop

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Stacking the Shelves

I cut this one off a little early, to get it ready before our trip. And I still had plenty of books!

For Review:
Dead Man Stalking (Blood and Bone #1) by TA Moore
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
This Earl of Mine (Bow Street Bachelors #1) by Kate Bateman
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes
The Lying Room by Nicci French
Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc. #5) by Susan Mallery
Murder at Kensington Palace (Wrexford & Sloane #3) by Andrea Penrose
The Queen’s Secret by Karen Harper
Salvaged by Madeleine Roux
A Trace of Deceit (Victorian Mystery #2) by Karen Odden

Purchased from Amazon:
Medusa in the Graveyard (Medusa Cycle #2) by Emily Devenport (audio)

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