Weekend Wrap-Up #23

What I Read

Absolutely nothing.  Oops! It was my husband’s birthday this week!

Upcoming Reviews & Things

  • Monday, February 6 – Review: Bite of a Vampire
  • Wednesday, February 8 – Cerulean Series Giveaway!
  • Friday, February 10 – Free Fiction Friday #75
  • Sunday, February 12 – Weekend Wrap-Up #24
  • Monday, February 13 – Review: Intriguing Proposition
  • Wednesday, February 15 – Review: Cloud Cuckoo
  • Friday, February 17 – Free Fiction Friday #76
  • Sunday, February 19 – Weekend Wrap-Up #25
  • Monday, February 20 – Review: Legacy of Lies
  • Friday, February 24 – Free Fiction Friday #77
  • Sunday, February 26 – Weekend Wrap-Up #26
  • Monday, February 27 – Review: The Forgotten Girls
  • Friday, March 3 – Free Fiction Friday #78
  • Sunday, March 5 – Weekend Wrap-Up #27

What Was Posted

What I Did

It was a pretty busy week for me. It was my husband’s birthday on the second, so my whole schedule kind of went off kilter, and I didn’t get a lot of work done—but I’m so far ahead on my scheduled posts right now, that it didn’t really matter—and sometimes it’s nice to take a break!

Next Week

I need to get some books read! I’ve got a Cerulean Series Giveaway being posted on Wednesday (so keep your eye out!), and I’d like to get The Forgotten Girls read. My biggest problem with that is that the formatting kind of got messed up for me, so the book reads with four or five lines of numbers in between every half sentence on the actual page. It is super annoying to read right now, even though the book is really interesting. I just need to push through and try to ignore the formatting.

Weekend Wrap-Up #22

What I Read

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This week I finished up Cloud Cuckoo by R.E. Palmer – a YA Science Fiction Dystopian, which was a fantastic 2nd book in the Never Dawn series. My daughter and I have fallen head over in heals in love with this author and his series. I seriously cannot wait for book three in the trilogy! I also started to read The Forgotten Girls by Owen Laukkanen, which is a brand new Suspense/Mystery/Thriller. Although it isn’t a genre of book I usually spend a lot of time reading, I am enjoying it so far. Look forward to reviews of these two books in the near future!

Upcoming Reviews & Things

  • Monday, January 30 – Review: Tormented By Ghosts
  • Wednesday, February 1 – Review: My Fair Assassin
  • Friday, February 3 – Free Fiction Friday #74
  • Sunday, February 5 – Weekend Wrap-Up #23
  • Monday, February 6 – Review: Bite of a Vampire
  • Wednesday, February 8 – Cerulean Series Giveaway!
  • Friday, February 10 – Free Fiction Friday #75
  • Sunday, February 12 – Weekend Wrap-Up #24
  • Monday, February 13 – Review: Intriguing Proposition
  • Wednesday, February 15 – Review: Cloud Cuckoo
  • Friday, February 17 – Free Fiction Friday #76
  • Sunday, February 19 – Weekend Wrap-Up #25
  • Monday, February 20 – Review: Legacy of Lies
  • Friday, February 24 – Free Fiction Friday #77
  • Sunday, February 26 – Weekend Wrap-Up #26
  • Monday, February 27 – Review: The Forgotten Girls

What Was Posted

What I Did

I honestly don’t know where this week went. Between chores, homeschooling my daughter, and getting ready to move in the near future, it seems like time just slipped by. To be honest, I hardly even remember this week! Luckily, I did get a bit of reading done, and caught back up on all the dishes that have been sitting around my house since the beginning of January due to being on bed rest. At least my back finally healed! I’m back to running around like a mad woman from room to room!

Next Week

More reading. Packing. Cleaning. Watching way too much YouTube and playing games. You know, the usual. I feel like I haven’t had much time to write in the last few weeks, and I’d certainly like to get more done on that, but right now packing up my house and cleaning has taken priority. Hopefully once I have my own office things will go a little smoother!

Weekend Wrap-Up #21

What I Read

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I read some excellent books this week that I am really excited to review for you guys. Legacy of Lies by Jillian David was a contemporary rancher-romance with a bit of a paranormal thriller undertone. The Never Dawn and Cloud Cuckoo by R.E. Palmer are books 1 & 2 in a Dystopian YA Science Fiction series, and I am seriously flabbergasted that this author has gone relatively unknown in the last few years. I’m only party way through the second book, and it’s already one of my favorite YA Dystopian series. I absolutely loved all of these books!

Upcoming Reviews & Things

  • Monday, January 23 – Review: Silver City Seductions
  • Wednesday, January 25 – Review: The Never Dawn
  • Friday, January 27 – Free Fiction Friday #73
  • Sunday, January 29 – Weekend Wrap-Up #22
  • Monday, January 30 – Review: Tormented By Ghosts
  • Friday, February 3 – Free Fiction Friday #74
  • Sunday, February 5 – Weekend Wrap-Up #23
  • Monday, February 6 – Review: Bite of a Vampire
  • Friday, February 10 – Free Fiction Friday #75
  • Sunday, February 12 – Weekend Wrap-Up #24
  • Monday, February 13 – Review: Intriguing Proposition
  • Friday, February 17 – Free Fiction Friday #76
  • Sunday, February 19 – Weekend Wrap-Up #25
  • Monday, February 20 – Review: Legacy of Lies
  • Friday, February 24 – Free Fiction Friday #77

What Was Posted

What I Did

Another short week, I spent most of my week reading, looking at houses, and hanging out with my family. We’re hoping to move in the next few months, and we’re finally looking into house listing—I am so excited and ready to be somewhere new after years of being in this house. It’s simply too small, too old, and frankly, falling apart around us. I can’t wait to have my own office, and a working washer/dryer/dishwasher again.

Next Week

I’m hoping to finish up Cloud Cuckoo by R.E. Palmer next week. I’ve been reading the series with my 13-year-old daughter, and we’re flying through the series. Other than that, I’d like to say things are getting back to a sort of normal. My back is almost all healed up, and I’m finding it easier to move around. I’d like to get some more work done on my outline for Book 3 of my Gilded Court series, but I don’t honestly know if I’ll get any work done on it next week—I just have so many other things to do (like clean my house… nothing got done while I was on bed rest).

Weekend Wrap-Up #20

What I Read

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It’s been a long week…

Upcoming Reviews & Things:

  • Monday, January 16 – Review: Moonlight
  • Friday, January 20 – Free Fiction Friday #72
  • Sunday, January 22 – Weekend Wrap-Up #21
  • Monday, January 23 – Review: Silver City Seductions
  • Friday, January 27 – Free Fiction Friday #73
  • Sunday, January 29 – Weekend Wrap-Up #22
  • Monday, January 30 – Review: Tormented By Ghosts
  • Friday, February 3 – Free Fiction Friday #74
  • Sunday, February 5 – Weekend Wrap-Up #23
  • Monday, February 6 – Review: Bite of a Vampire
  • Friday, February 10 – Free Fiction Friday #75
  • Sunday, February 12 – Weekend Wrap-Up #24
  • Monday, February 13 – Review: Intriguing Proposition
  • Friday, February 17 – Free Fiction Friday $76
  • Sunday, February 19 – Weekend Wrap-Up #25

What Was Posted

What I Did

So, this is a short one this week. Honestly, I didn’t do a lot. I’m still stuck on bed rest because of my thrown-out back. So, I spent most of my week reading, messing around on twitter, and just hanging out with my family. I did manage to finish the outline for book 2 of my Gilded Court series (Sister of Solomon), but other than that, just resting up, trying to heal.

Next Week

Though it didn’t happen this week, I’d like to be pain-free and back on my feet next week. My back is definitely better, but it’s still taking time to get back to 100%. I’m hoping to get some more books read next week (even though I’m already way ahead of schedule) Maybe get started on the initial outline for book 3 of my series, and I don’t know—just get shit done.

Weekend Wrap-Up #19

What I Read

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It has been such a hectic last week or two. I got down to the last week of 2016 and did a huge crunch of about 9 books in about five days, and then I sat down this past week, and read even more! Thankfully, I got them all done, I met my year quota, and I’m happy to say that most of them were pretty good.  I feel like I’ve done quite a bit, and I’m scheduled with book reviews nearly till the end of January 2017 already!

Upcoming Reviews & Things:

  • Monday, January 9 – Review: Caged
  • Friday, January 13 – Free Fiction Friday #71
  • Sunday, January 15 – Weekend Wrap-Up #20
  • Monday, January 16 – Review: Moonlight
  • Friday, January 20 – Free Fiction Friday #72
  • Sunday, January 22 – Weekend Wrap-Up #21
  • Monday, January 23 – Review: Silver City Seduction
  • Friday, January 27 – Free Fiction Friday #73
  • Sunday, January 29 – Weekend Wrap-Up #22

What Was Posted:

What I Did

C1XYbw0WEAApWpjI regretfully spent most of my week in bed. As soon as 2017 hit, so did a major Asthma attack that almost sent me to the ER. I had trouble breathing for about 5 days before I finally got in to see a doctor and got it all under control, but I was given a ton of meds—six prescriptions! It seemed like as soon as that was under control, I was up, I was ready to get some stuff done, and the first day back on my feet, I slipped a disk in my back. I’m on day 2 of my second round of bed rest. Le sigh.

On the plus side, I did get a lot done so far this year. Despite being stuck in bed, I’m now half-way through the outline for book two of my Gilded Court series (Sister of Solomon), and it’s going well. I managed to get a bunch of books read, reviewed, and waiting to be posted for most of this month, Free Fiction Friday was put out, and Weekend Wrap-Up. On the one day I had on my feet, I got dishes and laundry done… so despite being incapacitated, I still got a lot of stuff done, and I’m happy about that.

Next Week

Honestly, I’d just like to be on my feet next week. I am so tired of laying in bed. I’d like to get more chores done, work on my outline some more, read another book so January is all scheduled and ready to go. I don’t know, there’s just something about the beginning of the year, the whole “clean slate” feel to it that makes me want to get up and do things before I lose momentum, and 2017 isn’t being very supportive of that so far.

Weekend Wrap-Up #18

What I Read

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Wow, it was one hell of a busy reading week. I can’t even begin to give brief synopsis of all these books—there were so many! Looking at the list, you’d probably find it hard to believe that I spent the week in Disneyland, but I did. Let me just sum up this part of the Weekend Wrap-Up by saying: WOOT! SO MANY BOOKS! I feel accomplished for someone who 6am to 10pm running around an amusement park for a week.

Upcoming Reviews & Things:

  • Monday, October 26 – Love Beyond Time
  • Wednesday, October 28 – Love Beyond Reason
  • Monday, November 2 – Love Beyond Hope
  • Wednesday, November 4 – A Conall Christmas
  • Monday, November 9 – Beyond The Fortuneteller’s Tent
  • Wednesday, November 11 – A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court
  • Monday, November 16 – Forever His
  • Wednesday, November 18 – Out of the Past
  • Monday, November 23 – Spirit Legacy
  • Wednesday, November 25 – Five Weeks in the Amazon
  • Monday, November 30 – Boyfriend From Hell
  • Wednesday, December 2 – The Chef’s Mail Order Bride
  • Monday, December 7 – Different

What Was Posted

What I Did

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So, I spent my week in Disneyland, and my God, what a long trip. My family and I left El Paso, Texas at 6 am last Monday and drove straight through to Anaheim, California only making stops to pee, eat, and get gas. It was after 6pm by the time we reached Disneyland, and we ended up hanging around Downtown Disney until after 10 pm. By the time we got into our hotel and into bed, it was after midnight. For the remainder of the week we were up once again by six am to get ready, have breakfast, and head into the park when it opened first thing. We’d run around visiting the shops and riding all the rides until the park closed late into the evening, and by 9 or 10 pm we were in bed, passed out from sheer exhaustion.

We spent Tuesday and Friday in the main Disneyland park, Wednesday at Universal Studios (which, by the way, was not nearly as impressive or fun), and Thursday at California Adventure (we also returned there on Friday). We met lots of really nice people from all over the world, ate way too much junk food, and by the end of the week we were so sore you’d think we’d all turned into 90 year olds. Still, we had a lot of fun. Saturday morning we got up, got in our car, and once again began the loooooooong car ride home. We pulled in just around midnight last night, and for some unfathomable reason, I was up again at 6 am. That is not a habit I’d like to keep. We had a really fun week, but I am infinitely glad that it’s over with.

Amazingly, I managed to read my way through quite a few books while in Disneyland (I read in the evenings, and all of Friday—when I refused to make another round at the parks), finishing up a whopping 11 books in my time away (that is a lot for a week!) Unfortunately, now begins the daunting task of writing up all the reviews (which I wrote down on notebook paper while I was away, but now must be typed up). Le sigh.

In other news, my brand-spanking-new Kindle should be arriving in the mail today (or tomorrow, but they promised me today), and my hopefully fixed computer will also be arriving tomorrow (I hope, I hope). We learned last week that my hard drive, Nom Nom, may not be actually dead (we think the external shell died instead) in which case, I may still have all my files, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. This has been one hell of an exhausting week, and it’s not even truly over. Later this week (Tuesday) is my daughter’s 12th b-day., and Saturday is of course, Halloween. I can’t wait for October, and this chaos, to be over!

Next Week

Next week, I somehow have to plan my daughter’s Birthday. We’re not having a party because my husband will be out of town for work and, heck, we just got back from DIsneyland, but I do need to do something special for her… I just haven’t decided what yet. We’ve also got Halloween to get ready for (we haven’t even attempted costumes/candy/decorations yet)… and well… frankly I don’t want to think about next week. I’m still trying to come down off the chaos that was this last week. All I want is a nap and catch up on e-mails.  Anyways, I hope everyone had a great week! Enjoy some random pictures from our trip.

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Weekend Wrap-Up #17

What I Read

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Woot! Despite all my doubts, I did it. I somehow managed to read ahead enough to cover all of October with scheduled posts so that I won’t fall behind when I head out to Disneyland for a week. I can’t tell you how good it feels to not have to worry about missing posts in my absence.

This week I read four books, the first of which was Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kirstin Pulioff. This was one of those books that I picked up on a whim at Amazon because it was free and it had a gorgeous cover—and because I was looking for books I knew I could read quickly to get my posts scheduled ahead of time, I decided to pick it up and give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book was actually quite good. Dreamscape is a YA Fantasy Adventure with a tad bit of Romance thrown in about a girl who gets sucked into her favorite 8-bit video game from when she was a child, and then has to survive it in order to return to her own world. It was fun and imaginative, and I loved every minute of it.

The second book I picked up this week was a surprise pick: Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer. This was a book that I heard about last minute as part of the 10th anniversary release of Twilight, and though I’m not a huge fan of the series (it was Meh.) I figured I’d give it a shot. In a lot of ways, I liked it better than the original book. There were a lot of strong female characters, and it was interesting to see some changes that were made. The editing was much better than the original. But, it still wasn’t a ‘great’ book. A lot of people hated it, but I think a lot of the reviews it’s gotten on Goodreads and Amazon are based solely on the disappointment of Twilight fans who were waiting for a hopeful release of Midnight Sun, and were disappointed to get a simple gender-swap re-write of Twilight. Personally, I think it was a novelty read, released as a ploy to somehow keep Twilight relevant. She should have written a new book.

The third and fourth books I read this week are part of the Morna’s Legacy Series: Love Beyond Time, and Love Beyond Reason by Bethany Claire. This is a 7-book series, of which I own the first three. They are Time Travel Romances about a series of women who are sent back through time to medieval Scotland to save a famous Scottish clan from being massacred 400 years earlier. These are true Romance genre books, and perhaps a little too romance for most avid Fantasy readers to enjoy, but for Romance readers, they’re pretty good books. I’ve enjoyed them so far, though I’ll admit, they have their problems. Things are often wrapped up and solved a little too easily for my liking. I reserve judgment on the series as a whole until I’m a few books further in.

Upcoming Reviews & Things:

  • Monday, October 12 – Rising Inferno
  • Wednesday, October 14 – 10 Step Plan To Promote Your Book
  • Monday, October 19 – Dreamscape: Saving Alex
  • Wednesday, October 21 – Life and Death
  • Monday, October 26 – Love Beyond Time
  • Wednesday, October 28 – Love Beyond Reason

What Was Posted

What I Did

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I spent most of my week reading and trying to get things written up and scheduled ahead for my upcoming vacation. We’re a week away from our Disneyland Trip, and things are starting to get serious in the Morton household. It still feels like there’s so much to do before I leave for a week, but unfortunately, a lot of it has to be done last minute, and I don’t do well with stress and anticipation.

So, I also spent a lot of my week catching up on dishes, laundry, (reading of course), and making lists of what we need to buy/bring on our upcoming trip. Unfortunately, all of the preparation has been left to me, because my husband works out of the city 4-5 days every week. He’s across the state from Monday-Thursday, meaning I’m the one that’s gotta get everything cleaned, organized, and packed, all while maintaining the usual household chores, work on my blog, and my soon-to-be-12-year-old’s homeschooling.

Did I mention that my daughter’s B-Day is  2 days after we get back from Disneyland? My husband’s going to miss the entire day this year due to work (he leaves the previous Monday for the other side of the state yet again) so it’s going to be a pretty quite event this year. Somehow I need to get B-day shopping done before our trip, and in the one day I have between our return and my husband’s departure, I need to get al my shopping done for the following week, Mara’s B-Day, and Halloween. We don’t even have costumes yet.

I’m a wreck. I do not due well with time crunches.

Next Week

My next week consists mostly of cleaning. I need to get my house presentable for when we leave so I don’t come back to dirty dishes in my sink or even more laundry to wash. We have a cat sitter coming to take care of our three Fuzz-Babies while we’re gone (I can’t even tell you how nervous I am to leave them for a week—Imhotep is getting pretty senior and usually eats nothing but soft canned food, but will have to be put on kitty kibble for the week because he won’t eat with a stranger nearby, and if someone doesn’t sit with him while he eats, the other cats bully him into giving them his food). I still need to B-Day shop, shop for trip supplies, and Halloween costumes/candy. Meanwhile I get to stress over the fact that both my PC (which I hope gets fixed while we’re gone) as well as my brand spanking new Kindle Fire Tablet may arrive while we’re out of town…and I swear to god if either get stolen off my porch there will be a massacre the likes of which has never been seen. I hate stress. I don’t do well with stress.

All I want to do is go eat a Dole Whip and have breakfast at the River Bell Terrance in Disneyland. Seriously.

Things that will not happen next week: Probably Free Fiction Friday and Weekend Wrap-Up. Maybe. I have a feel I’m going to be very busy those last few days before the trip. I’ll be missing them the following week as well (as I’ll actually be gone), but review posts should continue as scheduled. I’ll be back Monday, October 26 (my daughter’s birthday is the 27th!) So unless I’m totally stressed out or busy washing a week’s worth of clothes, posts should be back to normal then. I hope.