Sunday Post #110

Posted January 25, 2015 by Lola in Sunday Post / 40 Comments

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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 still a busy week, but less so then last week. I tried a few new recipes, finished up my marketing assistant work for this month and got some blogging done, but didn’t spend as much time blog commenting as I wanted to. Still doing nice with staying ahead, I reached the 40 posts ahead this week and stayed around that number so far. I also have a new tour open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours and working on two more sign-up posts.

My mom’s husband got me a new program with which to record VAT and my income and expenses for Lola’s Blog Tours, so I spend some time checking the 2014 document, fixed some things and added a few things that weren’t there yet. The program is pretty simple, it’s just a excel document with lots of formules and tabs and you can see nice summaries and it computes some statistics for you. It was interesting to see I got most of my money last year through blog tours followed by review opportunities and then book blitzes and as last cover reveals. Cover reveals and review opportunities are both my cheapest service, so it was fun to see how those review opportunities still brought me a lot of money on yearly basis.

Sunday I received a 10 euro gift card for Kobo from my sister! Yay! I immediately bought two new books with it, Hunt by Rachel Vincent and Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish. I am keeping the remainder for when Lion’s Share by Rachel Vincent releases and then we’ll see if there’s anything left.

Tuesday we started lowering the dose of Pita her meds. She seems to be doing okay, but not really good yet and she had some moments were she looks really bad. It really varries from moment to moment, she even has some active moments each evening. She doesn’t squeak as much as before, only if the other girls groom her (one of them damaged her ear this week). She doesn’t bite anymore either, but for some reason that worries me a bit as it looks like she just doesn’t has the energy to bite.

Then on Tuesday evening I got another scare as my eyes hurt a bit after looking at the screen and it seems like I was seeing double. After a while I figured something was wrong with my computer screen instead of my eyes. Everything on the screen had a weird hazy or shadow behind it. The computer monitor is about ten years old, so it wasn’t surprising it’s breaking down. It was a bit better the next day, but I decided it was a good investment to buy a new screen. And wow what a difference it made, I plugged in my new screen on Friday and it really took soem tiem getting used to it. This screen is much larger than the previous one and I am amazed at how many tab I can open and still see everything. It did took me soemtiem to adjust the settings and even now the greens are still a little bit too green, but I figure I’ll get used to it.

I finished my fifth book Riding the Odds by Lyda K Scott. It was a fun book. I haven’t yet started my sixth book. I did participate in the twitter chat yesterday evening, it was a lot of fun and I am happy I could participate. This was also one of my goals for this Coyer challenge, so I reached that goal! I am hoping I can participate in the second twitter party as well as it was just so fun chatting with everyone.

And I am participating in the scavenger readathon. This is my first time participating in a readathon and to be honest I don’t think I’ll read more then one or two books or maybe even none at all if my moodreader ways steer me wrong. But I really wanted to participate in a readathon for a change, so I am giving this one a try. It starts today and runs two whole weeks! I already picked some books I want to read that give me a lot of points.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: Leftover Korma
  • Extra: Peanut Butter Cookies – recipe post in April
  • Monday: Spiced Pointed Cabbage – recipe post in May
  • Tuesday: Beet root Curry – new recipe
  • Extra: Apple flap
  • Wednesday: Chicken Korma and vegetarian korma – recipe post in February
  • Extra: Apple Crumble – new recipe
  • Thursday: Fried Rice – recipe post coming in May
  • Friday: Sajoer Beans – recipe post coming in May
  • Extra: Apple Crumble – recipe post coming in May
  • Saturday: Beans curry – new recipe
  • Extra: Buckeye Brownies – new recipe

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Smarties in her food bowl

Smarties was being cute and sitting in her food bowl while eating, so I was taking a picture of her. Then she came running towards me and I got a close up picture from her as well. And then I took her out of the cage. Seems like I was more interesting than the food 😉

This week I blogged about:

Review: Fear’s Touch by Emma L. Adams
Lola’s Ramblings: Household Chores
Lola’s Kitchen: Risotto Recipe
Book Blitz: Instinct by JA belfield

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Cover Reveal: Dominick
– Lola’s Ramblings: What does a day in your life look like?
– Bookish Resolutions Challenge: January Recap
– Cover Reveal: Adamant by Emma L Adams
– Lola’s Kitchen: Green Curry recipe
– Review: Walking Shadow by Emma L Adams

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: 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
Review Opportunity: Calling California (Hunter Hill University #1) by J.P. Grider – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Mending Michael (Hunter Hill University #2) by J.P. Grider – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: True Calling (True Calling #1) by Siobhan Davis – sign-ups open till further notice
Cover Reveal: Adamant (The Alliance series #1) by Emma L. Adams – sign-ups open till 29 january
Cover Reveal: Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) by Siobhan Davis – sign-ups open till 11 February
Book Blitz: Rescue Me by Catherine Mann – sign-ups open till 1 February
Book Blitz: Bring Me Back by Jennifer Collin – sign-ups open till 5 February
Book Blitz: Bound by Blood by Scott Springer – sign-ups open till 20 April
Blog Tour: Raindrops on Roses by Millenia Black – sign-up open till 8 February

Book Haul:

hunt Hunt (Shifters #6.5)
by Rachel Vincent

Format: e-copy
Source: bought it with Kobo gift card gifted to my by my sister
You can find Hunt on Goodreads

This short story was previously in the anthology Chicks Kick But

It’s been more than four years since Abby Wade survived capture and torture by a quartet of rogue shifters. Back then she was a scared kid, just trying to survive.

Now Abby is all grown up, and if she’s learned anything from training with Faythe Sanders, the world’s first female Alpha, it’s that she can take care of herself—and anyone else who comes along. So when her college roommate is abducted from a campsite deep in the Appalachian woods, Abby knows exactly how to get her back…

The rules of the hunt are simple. Kill or be killed.

Abby Wade is not ready to die.

owl and the japanse circusOwl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1)
by Kristi Charish

Format: e-copy
Source: bought it with Kobo gift card gifted to my by my sister
You can find Owl and the Japanese Circus on Goodreads

Fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, and Linda Hamilton will flock to the kick-ass world of Owl, a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world.

Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.

Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.

burnBurn (Salem’s Revenge #3)
by David Estes

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

When Rhett Carter finally manages to communicate with his cursed father, he wants nothing more than to discover a way to save him. The only problem: The closer he gets to Martin Carter, the faster he’ll die. To help, Laney secretly seeks out Rhett’s father, embarking on a dangerous mission. Unbeknownst to her, she’s followed by Bil Nez, Hex, and Grogg. Separated from Rhett, their lives sit on a knife’s edge.

Meanwhile, with bloodthirsty packs of Shifters prowling around New Washington, the only hope for survival is Rhett’s ability to unite the humans and magic-born. A tenuous alliance is formed: the Reaper and his Necros; the Clairvoyants; Floss and her witch hunters; and the humans. But will it be enough to defeat their enemies and restore order to a world in chaos? And will Rhett and Laney ever have the chance for a normal life, a life they both desperately want?

Or will the world BURN?


40 responses to “Sunday Post #110

    • They are mostly Lola’s Kitchen posts, but it’s still nice to reach that amount. My goal for this year was to stay around the 20-30, so so far I am doing pretty good!

      I really got a scare that something was wrong with my eyes. I actually told my sister about the issue and when she took a look at my screen she scared for a bit too. It just looked so weird. Happy with my new monitor, I am getting used to the broader screen and it’s actually pretty nice. I can open so many tabs and see much more of my excel documents at once.

      I really liked the sound of the Owl book and read soem great reviews about it, hope to read it soon!

    • I hope I can stay around the 40 posts, it’s a nice buffer to have, even if most of them are Lola’s Kitchen posts. Yeah it was a weird experience with the monitor, the effect was really subtly, but really annoying as well. I am glad it was the monitor and not my eyes.
      I’ll give Pita lots of attention and hope she’s back to normal next week!

  1. Sounds like you’re doing a great job of staying ahead of schedule on your posts! 🙂 That’s great! And I seem to horde gift cards. I have an Amazon gift card that I got for Christmas that I still haven’t spent. I want to do it, but I’m holding off at the same time. I don’t know when I became such an indecisive person! 🙂 I can’t decide which books to buy with it! Hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books!

    SP & STS
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    • Yeah at least with my Lola’s Kitchen posts I am ahead. I love the feeling of knowing I have money to buy something, but as I also wanted to tell my sister I bought some books with it I decided to buy two now and wait for Lion’s Share when it releases in february as that is one of the books I am really looking forward to that I haven’t pre-ordered yet.

      It can be really hard to decide on which books to buy as there are usualyl so many different books we want, lol.

    • Yeah Smarties often wants some attention, especially when she’s active she can run around a lot and then once you get ehr out she probably falls asleep.

    • Yeah I am happy I made the ivestment, the old monitor was really old, but I didn’t notice the difference until I got a newer one. I upgraded to a new computer last year and a new monitor this year, both times I really noticed how much those get better each year, especially when you haven’t upgraded in a while. And this monitor is so thin, it’s a miracle they can fit everything necessary inside that.

    • I was really relieved when I figured it was my monitor and not my eyes, I really had an headache at the end of that day. It was such a nice gesture of her to give my a Kobo gift card!
      I still have to look into the new VAT rules though, sometimes they make it needlessly confusing.

      Owl and the Japanese Circus sounds so good and the price was cheap as well, I just couldn’t resist grabbing it. I hope it’s a good book!

    • It’s amazing how fast david writes, I haven’t even started Brew yet (the first book in the series). Hope to catch up on that series this year.
      Once they are getting older it’s good to start searching for a new one, once things start going downhill it often goes fast. I bought a new pc last year as my old computer was getting old and windows xp wasn’t supported anymore.

  2. I wish I was 40 posts ahead! Congrats that’s awesome 🙂 I hope Pita does better this week – it sounds like she could. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Yay for the new monitor, I bet that was kind of scary though! I would have freaked out if I thought my eyes were going crazy on me! Anywho have a great week!
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    • I have Lola’s Kitchen posts shceduled up till the end of the May, so I think about half of those posts are Lola’s KItchen posts, lol. I just have so many recipes I want to share with everyone.

      We discovered a small wound on Pita today, so I send an e-mail to the vet. It could be a side effect of her medication. I am cuddling with her now.

      Yeah I was really scared for aminute my eyes had gotten so abd I couldn’t read the text on my monitor anymore. I am really happy with my new monitor, it’s so much bigger then the old one.

    • Those 40 posts are spread over 5 different months though, so I am still nto as much ahead as I want to.

      Hunt is a prequel to her new series. In february the first book Lion’s Share will be released.

  3. Smarties is so cute! Hope Pita feels better soon. The buckeye brownies sound delicious. I love peanut butter and chocolate combinations. I’m looking forward to reading The Owl and the Japanese Circus so I hope you enjoy it! I have some serious post envy at your 40 posts ahead. I’m trying to get 2 weeks ahead and it’s a struggle. Have a great week!
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    • Same here, chocolate and peanut butter combinations are the best. I really liked how the brownies turned out, although next time, I’ll do a smaller layer of peanut butter. It was a bit too much now.
      I hope you enjoy Owl and the japanese Circus as well, it sounds like a fun book, I hope to read it somewhere this month.

      Getting 40 posts ahead really took a lot of effort, but I am so proud of myself. If only I could get a bit mroe ahead with my review posts that would be great.

    • Yeah I heard that as well and I think it’s such a fun twist to have anormal human as a mc in a paranormal series. I hope I get aroudn to reading it soon!

    • I just finished my 6th book for Coyer and the first oen for the readathon, so I am doing okay. I think I am going to reach my goal of reading 8 books during Coyer. I agree the banner for the scavenger hunt readathon is awesome!

  4. Dang, you go! I thought we were ahead at 20 posts but you are rockin’ it at 40! I’ve heard a lot about Owl and the Japanese Circus, hope you enjoy it 😀 And >< Poor Pita, I hope everything works out. Smarties is so cute! I've only had hamsters and guinea pigs.
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    • I was pretty happy to have reached that a few months ago I was at 20 and I am happy to have been able to up that number, even though most of them are recipe posts.
      I read some good reviews of Owl and the Japanese Circus and it sounds like a book I would enjoy, so I just had to grab it.

      I hope at the end of next week she off her medicine. We’ve been lowered the dose slowly, but it’s difficult to tell if it’s working or not.

    • That’s the weird thing, while I am 40 posts ahead, I am only a week ahead in total. Most of the other posts are Lola’s Kitchen posts scheduled on each Friday up till the end of May.

      I never realized how handy a big screen could be until I got one, I can see so much more of everything withotu scrolling!

    • My plan was to hold steady around 20 as well, but I have so many recipes I want to share, so I just keep scheduling them.

      I amnot sure yet whether I want to wait with Hunt until Lion’s Share is released or rea dit now. I am so excited for this spinn-off series as I loved her Shifters series. I saw Owl and the Japanese Circus on your blog twice and on a few other blogs and it sounds so good! I hope I can read it soon.

    • Yes it, although it’s a bit addictive and every time I reach a new number I want to stay there. I think 15 is a great amount, that’s about two weeks worth of posts!

      I actualy surprised myself and read a book in one sitting yesterday. It’s fun so far!

  5. You’ve had a good, but busy week it seems, Lola. Congrats on getting a VAT program that helps you work out your accounting, it’s important to have everything in order for the taxes 🙂

    I’m sorry Pita still isn’t back to her own healthy self, I hope she’ll continue to do better.

    Your new books look great! I love Rachel Vincent and her Shifter series, but I’m not sure I’ve read Hunt, I need to check:)

    Have a fantastic week, happy reading, and good luck in the Scavenger Hunt.
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    • The VAT stuff isn’t too difficult yet as I am not making too much money yet, but it’s a neat program and I love seeing how much money I make from the different type of tours and it makes do the yearly VAT easier as the program computes everything for you.

      It probably will take another week before we’re sure if she’s getting better.

      Hunt is the prequel novella for her new spinn-off series of the Shifter series. I love her Shifter series, so I am really excited for this spin-off.

      Just finished my first Scavenger Hunt book yesterday evening, so that’s a good start :).

    • I don’t often have the chance to capture those moments, so I was happy to have the chance now! And I agree book related gift cards are the best!

    • That makes me happy to hear you shared the picture with your older daughter. I am hoping that more people realize how fun rats are as pets thanks to me sharing cute pictures of them ;).

      I am really excited for both Hunt and Owl. I think I’ll wait with reading Hunt until I have Lion’s Share. I am hoping to read Owl soon, it sounds so good!

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