Sunday Post #102

November 30, 2014 Sunday Post 22

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

What happened this week?
This was a nice week, I got quite some reading done and spent time scheduling blog posts. I hope those of you who live in the US had a great thanksgiving!

Our dishwasher broke last week and this week someone stopped by to fix it. It seemed to be a minor problem as it was fixed pretty fast and luckily it felt within our warranty. I didn’t mind doing the dishes by hand, but I am happy to have my dishwasher back as well!

I always go to a certain supermarket close by, but as it was close I had to go to another supermarket for twoo weeks. This week it opened again and it changed a lot. They rebuild the whole store and it looks a lot different now, the store is a lot bigger and their assortment of goods is bigger. It was a lot of fun shopping there, although I had some trouble finding things due to the different layout. And they sell the vegetarian bapao’s again, yum! Those things are delicious and I haven’t been able to buy them for a few years and now they’re back!

I’ve been busy working on some more recipe posts for my upcoming cooking feature and decided I wanted a plugin to show those neat pin-it buttons over images to make pinning easier for people. I did some searching around and eventually decided on a plugin. It works pretty well and now almost every image is pinneable. I think it’s pretty neat!

I think I am going to stay away from Netgalley for a while. I got two books I was really excited for last week, but I ran into some problems when trying to read them and this isn’t the first time. I have a kobo e-reader and epub files work best on it. When I get a netgalley file it opens it in Adobe Digital Editions and from there I place it on my Kobo. Now in Adobe I can’t easily see whether the file is an epub or pdf, so only after putting it on my Kobo I find out if I cna read it. A pdf file shows up really small and I can’t read it without straining my eyes. And I hate having to contact publishers or authors for another file. And sometimes they don’t have another file and it’s just so frustrating as I really wanted to read those books and now I can’t.

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I am a bit sad today is the last day of sci-fi month as I had a lot of fun participating. I do have to say that a month long challenge like this is quite challenging and I am kinda happy to get back to my normal schedule.

blog ahead
I am really happy with how well I did for blog ahead. I ended this month with 30 posts scheduled and wrote 25 of those during this month. I hope I can keep up the work and stay ahead! I really surprised myself as I didn’t expect to get this many posts written

What did I cook for dinner this week?
– Sunday: Mashed Potatoes with Apple – recipe post coming in January
– Monday: Peanut Pasta – recipe post coming in February
– Tuesday: Risotto with Apples and corn – recipe post coming in January
Baked: Chewy Chocolate Snickerdoodles – recipe post coming in February
– Wednesday: Spinach Dahl – recipe post coming in February
– Thursday: Spinach Dahl leftovers
Extra: Egg Salad – new recipe
– Friday: Baked Rice
– Saturday: veggies in sauce with noodles – used a wok sauce for the sauce and it was so bland the whole dish didn’t really taste lik anything.
I plan to try new recipes at leats once before making a recipe post as it’s easier to make something I already made once.

Random Picture(s) of the Week
Ratty cave
We made a cave for our rats in their cage this week. Pita found it first as we hid a doggy cookie inside, I think she smelled it. They seem to like their cave and it ust looks so cool. My boyfriend came up with the idea.

This week I posted about:
Review: Penance (Debt Collector #15) by Susan Kaye Quinn
Lola’s Ramblings: Dystopia likes and dislikes
Review: True Calling (True Calling #1) by Siobhan Davis
Blog Ahead: Recap

What to expect next week on the blog
– Book Blitz: Click Date Repeat by KJ Farnham – excerpt
– Book Blitz: Slip by David Estes – review
– Review: by Susan Kaye Quinn
– Blog Tour: The Girl in Between – interview & giveaway
– Lola’s Ramblings: blurbs
– Blog Tour: A League of Her Own – review
– My To-Be Read List #4: poll

Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours
Review Opportunity: Chills: a short story collection by Sahar Sabati – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Flawless by Jennifer McGill – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: The Luthier’s Apprentice by Mayra Calvani – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1) by Kelsey Ketch – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Cross Roads by Donald Wilson II – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Last House Burning by Katy Scott – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Click Date Repeat by K.J. Farnham – sign-ups open till further notice

Book Blitz: Slip by David Estes – sign-ups open till 30 November
Book Blitz: Inspired by Night by L.E. May – sign-ups open till 7 December

Blog Tour: A League of Her Own by Karen Rock – sign-ups open till 30 November
Blog Tour: Wearing the Cape by Marion G Harmon – sign-ups open till 14 December

Book Haul:

judgment(Debt Collector #16)
by Susan Kaye Quinn

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Judgment on Goodreads

Blurb:
Urban Fantasy with a Cyberpunk Twist
***sixth episode of the second season***
Recommended: start with Season One.

What’s your life worth on the open market?
In this gritty urban fantasy, debt collectors take your life energy and give it to someone more “worthy”… all while paying the price with black marks on their souls.

In order to save her friends, Wraith has to do the one thing she dreads most of all: reveal her true self.

Contains mature content and themes.

fears touchFear’s Touch: A Darkworld Novella (Darkworld, #0.5)
by Emma L. Adams

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Fear’s Touch on Goodreads

Blurb:
This is a standalone novella, intended as a prequel to the Darkworld series. As it takes place one year before the events of Darkness Watching, it doesn’t contain any spoilers (although it does hint at things which will come into play later in the series).

Freakish powers and staring demon eyes aren’t part of Claudia’s plans for the future – and neither is ending up stuck at the gloomy, isolated University of Blackstone. But bad life decisions are the least of her problems, when a split-second decision to help out another magic-user puts her in the crossfire of both the shadow-beasts and the creepy organisation which hunt them down.

Claudia’s never had to worry about making the right choice before, but every decision matters when you have a Darkworld connection. Soon, she’s going to have to make a choice: turn her back on the crazy and try to live a normal life, or take the monsters down.

But in a world where everyone seems to have secrets, can she really trust her fellow magic-users – or even herself?

ParagonParagon (Legacy Code #2)
by Autumn Kalquist

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Paragon on Goodreads

Blurb:
Book Two in the Bestselling Fractured Era: Legacy Code series
Tadeo Raines knows what they say about him. It’s all lies.

But lies are better than the truth.

He broke the rules once and swore he’d never do it again. Now traitors plot against the fleet, and he’s tasked with hunting them down and stopping them. Permanently.

Tadeo was born to command, born to lead the last remnants of humanity to a new Earth. He knows there’s a better world out there: Daylight at the end of humanity’s long night. And he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get the fleet there.

Even if it means walking the line between loyalty and treason. And breaking the rules… Again.

these broken starsThese Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Format: paperback
Source: bought it myself
You can find These Broken Stars on Goodreads

Blurb:
It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, These Broken Stars sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

A League of Her OwnA League of her Own
by Karen Rock

Format: signed paperback
Source: gifted by the author
You can find A League of her Own on Goodreads

Blurb:
He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she’s a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father’s struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It’s going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she’s worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather’s world falls apart and Garrett’s the one who’s there to catch her…

Romance, Baseball, Rivals to Lovers, Contemporary Romance

soul enslavedSoul Enslaved (Sons of Wrath #3)
by Keri Lake

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Soul Enslaved on Goodreads

Blurb:
Imprisonment in Obsidius. Enslavement to a soul-sucking succubus. A reproductive cycle that’d send a sex fiend running into the arms of celibacy. Given the choice, most demons would opt for death.

Gavin, eldest son of Wrath, has been sentenced to all three.

When the succubus decides its time collect, though, he fears his nightmares have only just begun.

And Sabelle’s timing couldn’t be worse.

With a bad case of uncontrollable lust, thanks to his Savidon, the last thing Gavin wants is a vengeful succubus stoking his darkest desires, but debts must be paid—he just didn’t bank on enjoying his punishment so much.

Because the swinging bachelor may have found his perfect mate in the sexy seductress.

However, just as things seem to be looking up, past sins resurface, plunging the two into a deadly game of power and deception. As their worst fears merge into one unexpected threat, Gavin is determined to protect Sabelle and win her freedom.

At any cost.

22 Responses to “Sunday Post #102”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    It’s good that your dishwasher is working again, and that the repairs were under the warranty! Those repairs can become pretty expensive sometimes! I love going to the same supermarket, because I know where everything is, and then my shopping is a lot quicker! It’s nice when they re-do a whole store, but it’s also very confusing. Even if you found your fave veggie meal again 🙂
    YAY for These Broken Stars! I hope you’ll enjoy it, Lola.
    I’ve had the same trouble sometimes with Netgalley books, I use Bluefire on my iPad when I receive epubs, but even that doesn’t always work. And it also means I really have to read a book before a certain date. I much prefer the mobi versions, as they will stay on my kindle until I want to read them – even if the book is archived on Netgalley.
    Have a wonderful Sunday and a fantastic week 🙂
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    • Lola

      Not sure if we would’v ebeen able to afford repairs if we had to pay, os I am really happy it still fell under the waranty. If it had broken 3 weeks later we would’ve had a problem.
      I had to go to another store for the past 2 weeks and it was horrible, although at the new store I still had to search as they rebuild it completely, but their store design just makes mroe sense to me. And it was so fun to see what changed! I am really happy they seel the bapao’s again, it’s more a snack, but they are so yummy!

      It’s susch a shame to get books through netgaley and then not beign able to read them. My kobo always had that too were the books stayed on my device even after they are archived, but last week I suddenly couldn’t access a book naymore as it was archived :(. Not sure what changed, but it’s annoying.

      I hope you have a great sunday and week as well! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lola

      Our dishwasher is almost 2 years, so I am glad they could fix it. I hope your appliances won’t die all at onc,e must be horrible trying to replace them all.

    • Lola

      I hope you can find a new dishwasher soon, it’s hard getting used to life without a dishwasher when you’re used to it.

  2. laura thomas

    I bet it’s nice to have the dishwasher back and glad it fell under the warranty.
    I just finished A league of Her Own and really enjoyed it. I sometimes have trouble with a file when it loads to my kindle. Even when I enlarge the text it sometimes stays too tiny. I’ll admit, unless I can easily get a different file, I don’t often read them when they are that hard to see.
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    • Lola

      Yeah when our dishwasher broke we suddenly noticed how much we got used to having it, so I am glad it’s working again! I already finished A League of Her Own as well, I got an e-copy file as well. I really enjoyed it and liked learning more about baseball, my review will be up on the blog next week!

      Just like you unless I can easily get a different file I probably won’t read the book. In my early days on netgalley I once read a book with too small font, but it was just too frustrating. It just isn’t nice when you have to strain your eyes while reading. The enlarge text function works a bit sloppy on my e-reader and turnig gpages/ seeing the rest of the page is difficult.

    • Lola

      Thanks 🙂 I certainly got some great books this week, I am really looking forward to reading them. I already read A League of Her Own (as I also got an e-copy earlier) and Judgment.

    • Lola

      Don’t want them to get bored 😉 and it’s fun to think of new things to add to their cage. They did throw al the aubiose from the cave, but closed a few entrances, it’s fun seeing them enjoy the cave.

    • Lola

      I have read and enjoyed the first two books, so I am looking forward to this book. The rats really enjoyed the cave, so it will make a more regular appearance from now on!

    • Lola

      Hi Peggy, long time no see! Glad to hear you’re still bloging! Those 30 posts are spread out over the next 3 months, but it feels good to have some post written and scheduled in advance.

  3. S. J. Pajonas

    Aha!! I’ve been subscribed to your Blog Tour blog and not Lola’s Reviews! I’ve missed so much. Now I’m subscribed here and on top of posts. Isn’t it exciting when a grocery store gets an overhaul for the better. I really love grocery shopping. It’s the only place I don’t budget and I buy what I want and what I need (within reason). Because food is awesome.

    Yay for THESE BROKEN STARS! I loved that book! I hope you enjoy it too 🙂
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    • Lola

      Well glad to hear you’re subscrribed here as well :). I am really happy with the overhaul the grocery store got, it certainly was for the better! I love grocery shopping as well although we do have to budget while gorcery shopping. Usually we budget on the yummy stuff and try to buy cheaper products if available and the quality is still good.

      I hope I get the chance to read These Broken Stars soon, I heard so many good things about it and the cover is so pretty!

    • Lola

      Yes the rats seemed to like their cave :). I am really happy I participated in blog ahead, it really helped with scheudling some posts in advance!

  4. Megan

    I know, it seems like this year went by faster than usual! I just can’t believe that 2015 will be here in a month’s time. It’s crazy. O_O Oh my gosh, your dinner schedule last week looks so perfect — especially the mashed potatoes with apples! I never would have thought of adding apples to mashed potatoes, but it sounds really, really good, so I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for that recipe. I apologize in advance if I start drooling. xD

    Anyway, I hope you have a great month ahead of you, Lola! And hopefully that NetGalley problem, if it is one, gets fixed. I know how horrible it is needing to strain your eyes to read small prints. I do it all the time when I read manga on my phone, but thankfully there’s the zoom option available even if it’s troublesome.

    Happy December! 😀

    • Lola

      It’s really good! I never would’ve thought of it myself eithe,r but I foudn the reicpe in a magazine once and I loved it! Glad to hear you liekd my dinner schedule, I plan on adding that to my sunday posts from now on.

      I contacted the publisher’s of the books I had issues with, but both didn’t have an epub file :(. So I probably will just buy them once they release.

      Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great december as well!

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