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

alightfullsharperThis is what you get when I put in a placeholder image of something I painted  3 years ago because I’m to exhausted to whip out my camera and find something worth taking a picture of for my blog. It’s been a long week guys.

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.

In The Mail #17

inthemailbookhaul17Hello ladies and gentlemen of blogland! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an In The Mail, and I figured it was about time. I’ve gotten quite a few new books lately as long with a few bits of swag, and I wanted to let you take a sneak peek!

So with no further ado, let’s take a look at what I’ve received lately. Most of these are books won in Good Reads Giveaways, obtained through the Kindle Scout program, or were sent directly to me by authors/publishers.

You’ll find book descriptions and links to where you can find them below if any of them sound interesting to you!

itm-1Your Body Is My Prison by Oksana Leslie

Science Fiction->Horror, Young Adult

Humanoids from Cassiopeia don’t feel pain and they have chose Earth as a perfect place for punishment of their perpetrators. Cassiopeians call that process “the rehabilitation”. A soul of a criminal has to suffer and die with its human host in order to learn about the pain and appreciation of a life. The bloodshed measures the sentence.
An eighteen-year-old girl from Florida, Michelle, really enjoys fiction and UFO footage videos. Her biggest dream is to meet an alien from another world and feel connected to the universe.

Tavy used to be a healer in his world. However, jealousy turned him into a murderer. He is sentenced to suffer in Michelle’s body.

Tavy feels everything she does; her personal path lies with Tavy’s as she tries to help the alien prisoner to get his freedom back. They both have to experience different executions and deaths in other people’s bodies when Michelle is asleep. Tavy found many weird things about the Earth. Michelle was wondering before, why aliens do not contact humans? She finds the answer during bloody rehabilitations, when she and Tavy learn about creepy rituals and traditions people of the modern day still practice.

I received my copy of Your Body Is My Prison through a Good Reads Giveaway. The author was a gem and signed, dated, and personalized my copy, as well as sending me a photo greeting card along with it. I can’t wait to start reading it!

itm-2The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction->Dystopian

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

This was another book I received through a Good Reads Giveaway. The cover is so gorgeous!

5x8TemplateDiscovering April by Sheena Hutchinson

New Adult, Contemporary Romance

April Landau thinks she has everything she’s ever wanted. Her high school sweetheart, a house she can’t afford, her bipolar tabby cat, and she’s all set to begin her Junior year of college. Just when she least expects it, her life gets thrown for a loop. When things between her and her long time boyfriend unravel, she becomes stuck in a downward spiral of emotion. Finally, opening her eyes to the fact that she may have given up more than she ever could have imagined in this relationship. She finds herself struggling to keep her head above water.

Enter April’s next door neighbor— Jared Hoffman. He’s her complete opposite. A high school drop out who was forced to take over his parent’s business after their untimely death. It’s no surprise this tragedy affected him greatly, causing him to recede almost completely from society.

But he has one secret. A secret he’s been carrying around for years.

What happens when their worlds collide? Can an old friendship be the one thing that brings these two back to life?

Yet another book obtained through a Good Reads Giveaway. The author was nice enough to sign the book, and also sent along a bookmark and a post card with a personal message attached. So nice!

itm-4Trusting Liam [Taking Chances 2] by Molly McAdams

New Adult, Contemporary Romance

When Kennedy Ryan moves to California, she never expects to come face-to-face with Liam Taylor—the intriguing man who has haunted her thoughts for a year. A man who led her to breaking every one of her rules for a single night of passion that ended up meaning more than it was ever supposed to. Accustomed to disastrous experiences with men, Kennedy shields herself before he can break down more of the carefully built control she’s clung to for the last four years. But every time she sees Liam, she feels her resolve weakening.

Liam Taylor has been asked to help socialize his boss’s nieces. But what he thinks sounds more like a babysitting job ends up leading him to the only girl who ever slipped away before morning—a girl he thought he’d never find again. And now that she’s within reach, Liam’s determined to never let her go.

But when a secret from her past tests their relationship, will they be able to cling to the trust Liam has worked so hard to build?

…And again, I obtained this book through a Good Reads Giveaway. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but I’m looking forward to giving this once a chance. It’ll be released June 9, 2015.

itm-5Weakest Lynx by Fiona Quinn

Fantasy->Paranormal, Adventure, Romance

20-year-old Lexi Sobado is a woman with a psychic gift caught in the middle of a sinister web of crime and corruption. The victim of a stalker, Lexi finds herself romantically entangled with the special agent charged with protecting her. Thing is, Lexi herself has worked for the intelligence community in the past. What she hides, what she reveals and what she keeps trying to uncover become the juggling act our heroine deals with as she tries to save her own life and stop the killer.

This is one of many books I’ve recently received through the Kindle Scout program—which I adore at this point. If you haven’t checked out the Kindle Scout program, you should. Basically, you get to nominate up to three books at a time that Kindle’s press is evaluating for print… the more nominations the books get, the more likely they are to be accepted into the program. At the end of a brief waiting period, each nominated book is reviewed by staff, and if it’s chosen for print, anyone who nominated said book gets a free e-book copy once it’s published. It takes awhile for each book to go through the process, but I’ve gotten quite a few books through this program already. It’s completely legit, free, and you get the warm fuzzies for helping an independent author get published.

itm-6The Billionaire’s Bodyguard Bride by Lisa Weaver

Contemporary Romance

Bodyguard Lauren Reynolds grew up lying to survive, while billionaire Rafe Dimitriou was raised to uphold a strict code of honor. The sexy billionaire’s most formidable competitor, Milton Payne, isn’t as scrupulous.

Both Rafe and Milton are vying to gain control of Gracious Living. In order to make an offer, the company requires the buyer to be married.

Knowing Lauren will do anything to protect brother, Rafe threatens to destroy her only sibling’s career if she doesn’t agrees play the role of his wife. Lauren accepts his proposal, but her motivation is far more compelling than family loyalty. She’s been assigned to covertly protect Rafe in the wake of threats made against the Dimitriou family. As his wife, Lauren knows she’ll have the perfect opportunity to watch over him without arousing his suspicion.

She’ll guard him with her life, but who will protect her heart?

I obtained my copy of The Billionaire’s Bodyguard Bride through the Kindle Scout program!