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 #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

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.

Weekend Wrap-Up #16

What I Read

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I actually got reading done this week. Woot! I’ve spent a good part of my week trying to catch up on reading, or rather, get ahead. With my upcoming Disneyland trip coming up (Oct 18-24), I only have a few weeks to get a bunch of reviews written up ahead of time and scheduled so that my blog doesn’t fall majorly behind in my absence. It’s a bit of a marathon. I’ve still got about 4 reviews that  I need to finish before the end of October, and about 2 weeks to get them finished and scheduled.

This week, I had some really great books, and some not so great. The first of which was Witch Hunter by Steffanie Holmes. I’ve actually read a book by Steffanie Holmes before, though it was a novella, so when I was given the chance to pick up another book by an author that I thought did a pretty decent book on a novella (you all know how I hate novellas at this point) I was excited to see what she could do with a longer work. I was disappointed. Witch Hunter is a dark historical fantasy romance, and despite it’s questionable content (torture/BDSM/burning people at the stake) I really enjoyed it.

The second book I picked up this week was Poison by Lan Chan, book 1 of the Wind Dancer series. I grabbed this one at NetGalley on a whim, and I’m really glad that I did. It was a fantastic YA Dystopian heavily bent towards world building and a “let’s fight against society!” vibe. No zombies—for once. I really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to moving further on in the series.

The third book I picked up this week was Rising Inferno by Lucile Wild. I was sent this book through one of my ARC review programs, and to be honest, I was kind of thrown. I –thought- the book was a short dragon shifter erotica (though for some reason they chose to give the guy on the cover angel wings), but soon discovered that it was a shifter romance. The lead male wasn’t even really a dragon, and the sex was barely considered sex. They basically dry-humped. It was still a cute story in a way, but certainly not what was advertise (which, by the way, it was advertised as a BBW Ménage—which is absolutely not the case).

The fourth book I picked up this week was 10 Step Plan to Promote Your Book by Scott Hughes. This one made it into my inbox as a bit of a push from an online website geared towards marketing books. No surprise there. It also wasn’t much of a surprise to figure out that it was literally a 10 point bulleted list on some pretty common sense ways to market and a whole lot of self-promotion for the author and his affiliates. I wasn’t impressed. I’ve already gotten a few negative votes on my Amazon review.

Upcoming Reviews & Things:

  • Monday, October 5 – Witch Hunter
  • Wednesday, October 7 – Poison
  • Monday, October 12 – Rising Inferno
  • Wednesday, October 14 – 10 Step Plan To Promote Your Book

What Was Posted

What I Did

DSCN0500Honestly, most of my week was taken up by reading. What little was left was devoted to working on the first draft of Daughter of Abraham (I’m now working on Chapter Six and I’m on schedule to have the entire first draft finished by the end of December).

Of course, all my plans are a bit thrown off by the upcoming Disneyland tip. There’s just so much to do! Cleaning my house, finding a cat-sitter so my fur-babies don’t starve to death while I’m gone, shopping for supplies, getting everyone packed, getting caught up on my blog and having everything scheduled ahead of time, and of course, getting ready for my daughter’s 12th birthday, which happens to fall two days after we return from Disneyland, and about four days before Halloween. October is a busy month in the Morton household.

In less related, but far more pleasant news, my computer (yes, the one that died) has FINALLY been shipped back to the manufacturer to be fixed and have parts replaced. My only fear now is that they’ll ship it back while we’re out of town and my computer will disappear into the ether. I’m trying not to think too heavily about it.

Next Week

More reading. Lots more reading. I need to finish four more book reviews (to have all of October covered) within the next two weeks so I can go on vacation and not worry about missing blog posts. I will unfortunately still be forced to skip a Free Fiction Friday the week I’m gone, but that can’t be avoided. FFF’s aren’t scheduled ahead of time because it would defeat the purpose to post a list of free books that may not be free anymore by the time the post is put up. FFF’s should resume the following Friday. Here’s to a busy October!

Weekend Wrap-Up #15

What I Read

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I’ll admit, I didn’t get a lot of reading done this week. It was a bit chaotic. I did manage to get through two books though (okay, 1 3/4.. I’m still reading the last one).

The first, was Yellowstone Fugitive by Saige Silver, which is a BBW Menage Romance between a drug-running woman and two grizzly shifter park rangers. It’s not my usual foray into romance fiction, and in the end turned out to be more erotica than romance, but it was okay. By biggest complaint was how cheesy the dialogue was, but if you’re looking for a fun shifter erotica with lots of steamy sex scenes, this may be right up your alley.

The second book I picked up (and will be finished and reviewed by Monday) is Devil and the Deep by Megan Tayte. This is the fourth book in the Cerulean series, and so far, I’m enjoying it. I’m only about 72% into it, but should be done soon. I love Megan Tayte’s writing, so I was really excited to get ahold of this book—she’s been super generous to let me read the whole series so far in exchange for reviews—and I’ve loved all of the books. If you enjoy Megan Tayte’s Cerulean series, you should keep an eye out. I’ll have the review up for Devil and the Deep on Monday, September 28th, and on Wednesday, September 30th I’ll be hosting a Release Day Party + Giveaway. The first three books in the series will be free on amazon for the entire day, and I’ll have links to a giveaway for the fourth book too! So stay tuned!

Upcoming Reviews & Things:

  • Monday, September 28 – Book Review: Devil and the Deep
  • Wednesday, September 30 – Release Day Party + Giveaway: Devil and the Deep
  • Thursday, October 1 – Book Review: Sparked
  • Friday, October 2 – Free Fiction Friday #57

What Was Posted

What I Did

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So, this week was sort of a bust. I did get some writing done on the first draft of Daughter of Abraham—though I haven’t made much progress. I’m on chapter 3. Part of that, is because my health took a massive dive.

For the last several weeks my sleep schedule has been way off. I think a big part of it has been because it’s summer, and summer and I are NOT friends. At night it’s ridiculously hot without the AC running all night, but with it running, it’s too cold. My AC is old fashioned and isn’t set to a thermostat, so if I need to turn it on/off, I have to do so manually. That makes most nights uncomfortable, and I end up getting up 10 times a night to adjust the temp. My sleep schedule became so mangled at one point that I was sleeping 9-11 am, getting up for lunch, and going back to bed 1-5pm, and then staying up all night. It was like I was on some sort of weird graveyard shift.

In the end, a combination of my lack of sleep and my weather-induced allergies became this raging monster that ate my immune system, and I woke up a few days ago with yet another horrendous case of Oral Thrush. For those of you who don’t know what Oral Thrush is: It’s a really uncomfortable condition, often caused by a low immune system (like when people have been put on too many antibiotics, or are very very sick) where the body’s natural defenses get so low that the completely normal and safe levels of yeast that naturally live in a person’s mouth are no longer kept in check by the good bacteria that also live there, and all hell breaks loose. It’s basically a yeast infection of the mouth/throat that causes the outer layers of the mouth/throat/gums/tongue to slough off and bleed. It is painful and gross, and a pain in the ass to treat. I’ve had it twice before now, both times due to an over-use of antibiotics when I was very very ill due to sinus/ear infections. This time, the lack of sleep/allergies just ate my immune system away.

The unfortunate treatment of Oral Thrush is pretty miserable. Because yeast thrives off sugar, when you have Oral Thrush, one of the few ways to treat it is to go on a heavily restricted diet. This diet is NOT safe for extended periods of time, but it’s about all you can do to treat this particular illness. Basically, I’ve been restricted to eating only eggs, rice, chicken broth, and water for the last week. No carbs or sugars of any type allowed. On top of that, I have to brush my teeth/tongue about 8 times a day, and gargle a saltwater/baking soda mixture (or peroxide, whichever is less nasty) to kill the fungal infection.

You guys, I live off coffee and sugar. I’ll admit it. I feel really ill when my blood sugar drops, so this week has been utter hell. On the upside, my Oral Thrush is basically gone except for an irritated throat at the moment, so after the weekend I’ll be very slowly venturing back into real food again. After a week of basically eggs/rice, I can’t tell you how much I crave just a single piece of toast. It’s pathetic really.

Next Week

I need to read. Luckily, I seem to be back on a normal sleep schedule again, and I’m starting to feel better after my bout with Oral Thrush, so I’m hoping to get a lot more work done this upcoming week. I don’t have any book reviews lined up past October 1st, though I believe I have another Paranormal Shifter-Romance book waiting in my inbox for that first week. So many books, so little time!

October is going to be schedule hell for me. It is every year. Between Halloween + my daughter’s Birthday (She’ll be 12 on October 27th), October is usually pretty busy as it is, but on top of that, it’s also the month I get my heaters turned on for winter (which, let’s face it, anytime I get my house worked on in any capacity it is a scheduling nightmare), AND this upcoming month my family has decided to take a week-long trip to Disneyland! I believe we’ll be gone October 18-24, but I’m not certain. It’s also “let’s send the entire family to the dentist” month… so of course, this means I need to either hurry up and schedule a bunch of posts ahead of time, OR admit defeat and just not post for a week. Either way, Free Fiction Friday will be gone the week of our Disneyland trip. We’ll see how my reading goes. I have a bunch of books from NetGalley I need to get through, and this month would be a great time for that if I can get them finished up far enough ahead of time to schedule the review posts. Here’s to hoping it all works out!

Weekend Wrap-Up #14

What I Read

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It’s been a pretty slow week for reading around here. I’ll admit it. I’m actually coming very close to some review deadlines that I need to finish up (I still don’t have a book read for next Wednesday or the following week). It just seems to be one of those weeks where I had every intention of cranking out a couple of reviews, but other things got in the way.

I did manage to pick up and finish The Billionaire Brothers: Chase by Violet Walker. To be honest, it wasn’t my sort of thing. Everyone here on my blog knows that I’m not a huge fan of novellas. I tend to find them rushed and lacking the depth of character that I usually look for in my fiction. I picked up this particular novella, however, because I’m part of a review team who was implored to do so… and no surprise, found I didn’t care for it. You can look forward to that review on Monday. Btw—can we take a moment to discuss how ridiculous this book’s full title is? BILLIONAIRE ROMANCE: The Unforgettable Billionaire Brothers: CHASE (Young Adult Rich Alpha Male Billionaire Romance) (A Steamy Alpha Billionaire Romance Book 1) … it’s a mouthful. Also, for future reference, it’s not a YA Romance, it’s a very Adult Erotica.

I didn’t finish any other books this week, but I did pick up quite a few. The first of which I’m about halfway into called Yellowstone Fugitive by Saige Silver. Unfortunately, I do not have a cover for it yet, but it will be released September 24th. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. The book was spun to me as a BBW Menage Paranormal Romance, and although that’s a particular genre that’s been rather hit and miss with me in the past, I decided to give it a try. Right now, I’m not sure if I’m going to give it 2 or 3 stars. The book started out pretty good—the technical side of the book is really well done and the plot is unique… but the character dialogue is so ridiculously cheesy that I don’t know if I should cringe or laugh. The steamy bits are extremely explicit and a little too blunt for my tastes. I’m reserving too much judgment for now, but I’d certainly label this more of an Erotica than a Romance.

Another book I picked up this week was Poison by Lan Chan. I don’t know much about the book really—I picked it up on Netgalley on a whim, but so far, the little I’ve read has me intrigued. The writing is very well done, and I’m excited to keep reading. I wish I had more to tell you at this point, but I’ve literally read less than a chapter.

The last book I’ve picked up this week (and will be reading very shortly, although I haven’t actually cracked the cover yet) Is Devil and the Deep by Megan Tayte. I’ve previously read the first three books in this series (all of which I gave five stars) so when the author sent me an email a few weeks ago asking if I’d be interested in reviewing the fourth book as well as hosting a Release Day Party + Giveaway, I jumped at the chance. I’m super excited to start reading, and I’m hoping to have it done by the end of next week. The Release Day Party/Giveaway will be September 30th, so stay tuned (also, the first three books in the series will be FREE on Amazon the same day, so links will be available if you’re interested! Be sure to check in next week!

Upcoming Reviews & Things::

  • Monday, September 21 – The Billionaire Brothers: Chase
  • Wednesday, September 23 – Yellowstone Fugitive
  • Monday, September 28 – Devil and the Deep (? Hopefully)
  • Wednesday, September 30 – Devil and the Deep Release Day Party + Giveaway
  • Thursday, October 1 – Sparked

What Was Posted

What I Did

DSCN0487Yup. This is the weather outside my house this morning. See that barbed wire fence? That’s the back end of Fort Bliss. Yes, I live directly behind the base.

It’s been a bit of a long, busy week, even though I didn’t get a lot of reading done. I managed to get the outline for my book finished (Now named Daughter of Abraham) and have started on the first draft. It’s been a bit of a weird experience. Almost immediately after I got the first two chapters of the first draft done, I realized that I needed to set those chapters aside. They didn’t really fit into the book, but luckily, they would fit into a prequel, so for now, I’m holding onto them.

Aside from working on my book, I listened to a ton of podcasts over the week—mostly while writing. I’ve found a few gems so far that I’m really enjoying, including: Self Publishing Podcast & Self Publishing Podcast Classics / Dear Bitches, Smart Authors / XOXO After Darkcast – all are available FREE on iTunes, and I’d highly recommend checking them out. DBSA and XOXO are both Romance Genre related book podcasts, and SPP and SPPC are both podcasts by the same crew of authors that talk a lot about writing and self publishing. They have a lot of really interesting conversations and publishing tips, so I’d highly recommend you check them out.

And in more “My house broke again” news, I learned to McGyver a toilet, because once again, my plumbing broke in my house. The stupid little flusher lever that basically makes it possible for your toilet to flush broke, and having no vehicle for the week, my options were limited. Basically: stick my hand in the toilet tank every time I want to flush the toilet to manually lift the flapper valve, OR McGyver the hell out of it. What has my life become?

Next Week

I need to read. Period. I’m behind and I have three spots to fill in the next two weeks. I’m flailing right now. Other than that, my plans are to continue to crank out the first draft of Daughter of Abraham, fix my stupid toilet (because let’s face it.. it’s super annoying right now), and maybe bake some pie… cause fall is a thing that is now happening (see weather above for reference). I’m ready for apple pie.

Weekend Wrap-Up #13

What I Read

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I can admit it, I didn’t get a lot of reading done this past week. I don’t feel bad about it though—because I spent that time writing instead, and I got a lot done. I did find time, however, to pick up A SEAL’s Temptation by Tawny Weber, which was my monthly ARC read from The Naughty List ARC Club. Honestly, it was a nice change to read something kind of mindless. It was a pretty cute romance with lots of steamy bits, and what I like to refer to as “brain candy”.

Upcoming Book Reviews:

  • Monday, September 14 – Aisuru
  • Wednesday, September 16 – A Seal’s Temptation

What Was Posted

What I Did

Khet6Like last week, I spent most of my free time working on my outline for Khet (which still doesn’t have a real name). I added about 17k words and 27 scenes in that time, and lot a whole lot of sleep. It’s not much in comparison to how fast other’s write, but given that I’m in the process of figuring out the scenes and moving POV’s and characters/scenes around… I’m all right with that. Considering the book sat around with 9 chapters under it’s belt for the better part of two years, being 75% of the way into the outline doesn’t seem like a small task. I’m pretty proud to be this far in.

The next step, of course, is to finish up the last little bit of the outline, and then go back and start picking apart any chapters/characters/events that really don’t need to happen… getting things cleaned up for the initial draft. I’m hoping to have everything sorted out and ready to write by the end of the year (and I have every hope that I’ll be able to do so). Ultimately, I’d like to get it written, beta read, edited, and published a year from now. It’s time to stop procrastinating—and I think I’ve made a good start on that.

Other than writing, I didn’t get a lot done this week. I waited around for our lawn service to come and mow my grass so I could walk outside without having an allergic reaction…but of course, they never show up on time, and didn’t arrive. No big shocker there. My daughter is currently dealing with her first cold of the school year, which made our week pretty lax since she was running a fever. I took pity on her and had her watch cartoons for two days rather than attempt school work.

We also haven’t sent my computer back in yet, mostly because of time restraints. My husband’s been working out of town for his job (and for the next three weeks will continue to be out of town), so finding time to get to the post office, go grocery shopping, etc for the one day during the weekend that he’s here and the post office is actually open, is an exercise in madness. We only have one vehicle, and I don’t have it while he’s gone (not that I like to drive anyways), so getting my computer shipped out for repairs has been rather difficult. I’m hoping to get it sent out next week—but it’s not as urgent now that I have access to most of my files (my wonderful husband went and bought an external dock for my hard drive that we’re able to hook up to the laptop and access my files through—YAY!). It’s not perfect. I can’t play games and I don’t have most of my programs, but at least I can get to my e-book library again as well as my writing and blog files. Just being able to get to them is a huge relief!

Next Week

I don’t have a lot of plans for the upcoming week past general errands I have to do, and lots more writing. I need to get some reading done (before I run out of book reviews to schedule!), but honestly my heart isn’t in reading right now. It’s consumed with writing—and I can’t justify putting down the work I’ve tried so hard not to procrastinate on in order to fill blog posts. I desperately want to finish Khet’s outline, and I’m so close to the end that it’s hard to ignore the voice in my head that’s telling me to suck back copious amounts of coffee and just get the damned thing finished. I guess we’ll see what happens!

I hope everyone has a great week!