Sunday Post #122

April 19, 2015 Sunday Post 44

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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?

We’ve had some beautifull spring weather this week, the trees are budding and I’ve had the urge to go outside and sit on our balcony. I have cleaned the balcony, although I haven’t sit there yet due to being busy with work. There was a book blitz going on and putting in some hours of marketing assistant work for this month. I think I got the spring cleaning bug as the rest of the week I cleaned out some cabinets in the kitchen (I already did a few last week as well) and dusted off and cleaned the towel rack in the bathroom. We suddenly have more space due to my sister moving and packing up her stuff and I had to urge to clean and reorganize everything.

And I have some big news concerning Lola’s Blog Tours. I decided to make my cover reveals free, no strings attached. Till at least end July and at that point I’ll decide whether to keep them free or up the price again. I explain my reasoning behind that decision in this post. Basically I want to give free cover reveals to authors and as a sample of my services. My cover reveals never have sold well and I hope this change will change that and I am hoping to organize more cover reveals from now on!

My boyfriend and I finished watching the first season of Star Wars Rebels and am now eagerly anticipating the next season. So with us being in a star wars mood we found out there’s another animated series named The Clone Wars (not confusing or anything as there’s a movie with the same name). We watched the first few episodes of the Clone Wars series, it’s not as good as Star Wars rebels so far, but it’s still nice. And Annakin plays an important role which is a good thing as he’s one of my favourite star wars characters.

My mom had her surgery for her tonsils tuesday, the surgery went well, but after that she did have some pain and was nauseous for a whole day. We will receive the test results monday and then hear if it was just an infection or something worse.

My sister and her cat Mimi are moving out today if everything goes well. They painted their new appartment friday, put the laminate flooring down on saturday and today they are moving the boxes and furniture. I would be happy when all this is over. I want to change some things in the house and I’ve had enough of sitting around boxes and finding stuff from her she still had to pack and then have her complain about the packing. And then almost getting into an argument every time I say something. I think living in seperate houses is going to be good for us.

mini blogahead
Like I mentioned last week already I am joining the Mini Blog Ahead which takes place in the first two weeks of May. The goal is to end the challenge with 14 more scheduled posts than you started. I am not sure if I am going to make that amount, but even if I only end with a few more scheduled posts than I started it’s more than worth. I am currently around 35 scheduled posts! I’ll share my updates in my sunday post, like I did with Coyer instead of creating a sign-up post.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Smarties and mount-lots-of-cloth-pieces
Do you remember how during last week’s Sunday Post I posted a picture of the apple juice box when I just put it in the cage, well here’s a picture of what it looks like a day after it’s been in the cage. I call it mount lots-of-cloth-pieces, for some reason they love heaping all the bedding and pieces of cloth around the box like this. btw that’s Smarties next to the box. Thursday morning I hard Snickers beign busy rearranging the beddign against the box and got her out of cage as she seemed active, then Smarties head poked out beside the pieces of cloth. Snickers was actually burrying Smarties in there O_o.

Snickers
And here’s Snicker in the Sputnik. They love their Sputnik, one of the best toys I ever bought for them next to the Igloo which is from the same brand. Snicka has as nickname “Queen of the Sputnik” as she can be found there often and often sits like this with her head queenly out of surveying the room. It’s adorable.

This week I blogged about:

Book Blitz: True Calling (True Calling #1) by Siobhan Davis
Review: Promises Under the Peach Tree (Heartache #1) by Joanne Rock
Review: Enticed by JA Belfield
Lola’s Ramblings: What do you Like about your Job?
Lola’s Kitchen: Carrot Souflé Recipe
Review: A Moment to Love by Jennifer Faye

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Blog Tour: Tara Nikkel and the Shaman of La’la Eek
– Review: Washing Statue Wanderlust (Kami No Sekai short stories #2) by SJ Pajonas
– Review: Nights Under the Tenessee Stars by Joanne Rock
– Lola’s Ramblings: Settings in Books
– Lola’s Kitchen: Egg Salad Recipe
– Review: Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep

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
Review Opportunity: Nights Under the Tennessee Stars by Joanne Rock – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: The Ghostcrow: A Tale of Andor by M.K. Theodoratus – sign-ups open till further notice

Book Blitz: Bound by Blood by Scott Springer – sign-ups open till 20 April
Book Blitz: Suspected by Rori Shay – sign-ups open till 21 April
Blog Tour: Regina Shen by Lance Erlick – sign-up open till 17 May
Book Blitz: Love Overcomes by Angela Schroeder – sign-ups open till 18 May
Blog Tour: Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis– sign-ups open till 30 April
Blog Tour: All for Love by Susanne Matthews– sign-ups open till 25 May

Book Haul:

reclaimedReclaimed (The Nogiku Series #4)
by S.J. Pajonas

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

Blurb:
Coming May 28, 2015! This will be the final book in the Nogiku Series.

On the road and gaining ground against Fujiwara, Sanaa and her team find the local population hesitant to accept them. Charm and bribes can only get the colonists so far, and no matter what Sanaa does, she is not welcomed amongst the men and women of Yūsei. When Sanaa is denied help again, she reaches out to a Northern clan, the Odas, and bargains for a secret technology that will give her an incredible advantage but comes at a steep price.

Being on the road means leaving Yamato undefended, though, and when enemies strike, they leave everything in chaos. With Sanaa and Jiro sacrificing all their time and effort to keeping their home secure, they both must give up nearly everything to save the colonization, their future together, and reclaim Yūsei for its people.

Family lines collide, secrets are finally spoken, and the freedom of Yūsei is in the hands of one woman determined to find equality and justice for everyone on the planet.

RECLAIMED, Book FOUR of the Nogiku Series, is the FINAL book in a captivating post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.

selectionThe Selection (The Selection #1)
by Kiera Cass

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley
You can find The Selection on Goodreads

Blurb:
Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…

It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s love.

Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.

Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret – one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever.

the lady of soulsThe Lady of Souls (The Beacon Campaigns #1)
by Jenn Gott

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find The Lady of Souls on Goodreads

Blurb:
For Praxis Fellows, greatness has always been a given. But life doesn’t always go according to plan, and now she finds herself half a world away from where she started. Banned from using magic, employed by the son of a railroad baron to realize a dead man’s dreams, Praxis’ life has become a sort of living death.

Kaedrich Mannly has never done anything of consequence. As the newest member of the household staff of Brindlewood Hall, his role in simple: stay out of sight, and do as he’s told. It’s a far cry from the dreams of his childhood, when he and his twin would rule their imaginary kingdom in the forest, but even if he was brave enough to take on the hero’s role these days, there’s too much at stake for him to risk stepping out of his narrow comfort zone.

When a mysterious beast attacks the local village, both Praxis and Kaedrich end up with more than they bargained for. Soon they find themselves bound together on a quest to discover the source of a growing breach between the land of the living and the dead, on a journey that will take them far beyond the walls of their quiet lives—if they have the nerve to see it through. Because as they both soon realize, saving the world isn’t quite the fate that they’d dreamed it would be.

the right equationThe Right Equation
by Tracy Krimmer

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find The Right Equation on Goodreads

Blurb:
Penny and high school never got along. She attends her fifteen year reunion costume party on Halloween and hopes her high school crush Will shows up. When the lights go out and Will finds her, can their sparks turn the lights back on? This is a short story, approximately 8,600 words.

44 Responses to “Sunday Post #122”

  1. Red Iza

    Snickers looks so funny, with her teeth right on the edge of the Sputnik 🙂 The spring cleaning bug hasn’t bitten me yet, but I understand your need to reappropriate your apartment and arrange it to your liking. Enjoy your new Pajonas and your sunday 🙂
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    • Lola

      I think the spring cleaning bug also bit me becasue my sister is moving out and there are suddenly open spaces everywhere I want to rearrange everything. Although I am really happy with how the kitchen and bathroom look now, so I am happy with that. And Snickers is a cutie!
      It’s been hard reading another book first instead of the new Pajonas book, but I had a book I needed to finish for next saturday, so that took priority. But next is up is Reclaimed! So excited!

    • Lola

      When the cleaning urge hits me I actually enjoy cleaning and it’s just so nice when everything’s clean again. I am not sure if it’s because the warm weather or my sister moving out that I got the urge to clean, but it’s been nice.

    • Lola

      I am always tryign to come up with new ways to improve Lola’s Blog Tours and the cover reveals are selling so bad, that I thought why not offer them for free and give authors a free tour that way. I hope it will be a success.
      Snickers is so adorable and looks so cute in her Sputnik. I am hoping my mom’s recovery goes well, she seemed to feel a lot better this weekend already so that’s good.
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    • Lola

      I was hoping you mitgh say that ;). I would love to organize a cover reveal for your summer contemporary romance! I feel happy to have made this descision and give authors a tour for free this way. I am hoping it brings some new authors to Lola’s Blog Tours and is a nice thank you for returning customers like yourself :).
      They certainly are a happy bunch and I love taking pictures of them, when they finally sit still, lol. I am hoping to start Reclaimed later this week, so excited!

    • Lola

      I hope you get the cleaning bug soon! It’s been nice cleaning the house and it all looks so clean and organized now!

      It’s amazing how they can rearrange the whole cage and even have the carton disapear behind the bedding and cloths. I could watch them whoel day, they are such amazing creatures.

  2. Michelle@Because Reading

    So very glad your mom’s surgery went well 🙂 I hope she has a fast recovery!

    I give you credit for being able to live with your sister. I love my sister but I don’t know if I could live with her lol. I also think it will be good for both of you. This might even make your relationship stronger.

    My daughter loves Star Wars Rebels, she watches them over and over. I’m not sure if she 100% understands the storyline of the show but she loves the characters. I want to show both my kids the old star wars so they can see the new one coming out Christmas but I am not sure if they will fully understand it but I want to watch them again and my husband has never seen them (not ever sure based on that why we got married) 😉

    I am going to do Blog Ahead also but I think I might use it more for setting up all those posts that I have laying around and then maybe by the end of the 2 weeks I can start scheduling. I need to get myself more ahead with drafts and stuff because typing things the night before only stresses me out lol.

    I’ll stop talking now lol
    Have a great week Lola!!! oxox
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    • Lola

      Thanks :). My mom already felt much better this weekend, so I hope it stays that way and the test result she get’s tomorrow are good.

      We didn’t really have a choice whe we moved here, but in hindsight we all think it was better if we solved this differently. Like you said I love my sister, but it’s been struggle living in the same house. I certainly think living in different houses is better for us.

      The characters in Star Wars Rebels certainly steal the show, it’s just so fun and action pakced and there’s a lot of characetr development going on. I am still happy my boyfriend convinced me to watch Star Wars last year as I love the whole Star Wars world now, I am really exicted for the new movie! You have to convince you husband to see the movies!

      I am not sure if I can get a lot of scheduling in during Blog Ahead as it’s been a few busy weeks and I think it will stay that way for a bit longer, but I am just hoping I can get back to have 40 scheduled posts again as I drifted back to 35.

      Thanks for long comment, I always enjoy talking with you :).

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad to hear your mom’s surgery went relatively well, Lola. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll get good test results tomorrow. Also, I’m sure things will calm down between you and your sister once the move is complete. Space is sometimes a good thing. 🙂 I love the pictures of your rats. Sooo cute! Have a great week, my dear!
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    • Lola

      Thanks! I’ll be happy when we know the test result, this waiting is making me anxious.

      I agree space is a good thing and I am hoping our relationship will improve again now we don’t live in the same house anymore. It just wasn’t working.

      I am glad you like the pictures of my rats :). They are adorable and they know it.
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    • Lola

      I am glad to hear that, our rats always make me happy as well. They love their boxes and turn it into cozy nests.

      I already offer free advice, but this is more concrete as it’s actually a tour and I am hoping authors like to have a free service like that to try out my services. I am now trying to word out about my free cover reveals and hopefully I’ll have some authors singing-up for free cover reveals soon!

    • Lola

      Thanks! I hope you’ll give the indian cauliflower mash a try, it’s one of my favourite dishes, it’s really flavourfull and easy to prepare.
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    • Lola

      I’ve wnated to try this series for a while now, so I couldn’t resist requesting it when I saw it on goodreads. I’ve had a few series like that as well, where I enjoyed the first book, but never read the rest of the series.

  4. Mary Kirkland

    Glad that your mom’s tonsillectomy went well. Hope all the test result come back with good news. I love those sputnik’s for my rats too. I had one rat that would chew the edge of the sputnik as he sat in it. He made such a mess with it. Love the rattie pictures, they are so cute.
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    • Lola

      She’s getting the test results back tomorrow, we’re really hoping for good news.

      I am happy to hear your rats love their Sputnik too, it’s one of their favourite toys and it’s so easy to clean. Our rats never really chew on things, weirdly enough. Except boxes, they tear those apart. One of our deceased rats started chewing when she got sick and chewed a small hole out of one of their toilets, but that’s it.

  5. Karen Blue

    Nice haul, the Selection looks really good. I haven’t read any of the series, still don’t know if I will but I love reading all the reviews of the books. Snickers is quite adorable. thanks for including pics of them so often, makes my day!
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    • Lola

      I’ve had the Selection on y to-read list for a while now, heard some good reviews about it and that cover is just so pretty. I couldn’t resist when I saw it on netgalley.
      I am happy to hear that, they have a way of making my days seem brighter just because they are around.

    • Lola

      Thanks! I’ll post another update about my mom next week, I hope the test results is good news tomorrow.

      I am definitely happy that my sister is out of our house. Although I think she’ll be one who is going to be wild ;). I love my sister, but we’re really different in personality and that often clashes when you live in the same house.
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  6. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    LOL, Snickers the Queen of the Sputnik looks great in that photo, Lola 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    I’m sure it’s going to be very nice to not share a house with your sister anymore. I love my sister, but I’m happy we’re not living together – it’s so nice when we spend time together, and then it’s also nice to live in separate houses afterwards.

    You got some nice-looking books this week, and I hope you will enjoy them all. I saw The Selection on Netgalley, too, but I don’t think it’s a story for me at all, so I didn’t download it.

    Have a great week ahead and happy reading.
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    • Lola

      I was happy to have a nice picture of the queen on her throne, lol. She often sits there, but I often forget to take a picture.

      I agree, I can interact very well with my sister, but when living in the same house it just doesn’t work. It had been a struggle for a while now, so I am happy she finally moved out.

      I am really excited about Reclaimed as I love that series and am starting that on my Kobo next. I am thinking I will read the Selection next on my ipad. I’ve been curious about the series fgor a while now, so I had to request it when I saw it on netgalley.
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  7. Vlora

    Your What I Had for Dinner This Week is making my mouth water! It all sounds really delicious. 🙂 And your pets are adorable of course. We had spring weather as well this week, and it’s been lovely. Good luck with your mom’s results!
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  8. Stormi

    So if your big Star Wars fans then I bet you can’t wait for the new one to come out. 🙂 I never was a big fan but I have watched them all..think I will like this one more than the other new ones since it will have Harrison Ford in it..LOL

    Enjoy your new reads! 🙂

    Stormi
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    • Lola

      I try to avoid watching the trailer as else I get too excited and the wait will be harder, but yes I am excited for the new movie :). I always thought I wouldn’t like Star Wars and sci-fi until my boyfriend forced me to watch the movies about a year ago and then I became a fan of it.
      I actually liked the newer trilogy (the prequel movies) the most as I enjoyed watching Annakin transform and change like that. he’s one of my favourite characters, so I am a bit sad he won’t be part of this movie, but I am sure it will still be a great movie.

  9. Sophia Rose

    I need to get bitten by the cleaning bug too. Spring is here and the back porch needs some work so I can sit out there in the nice weather. Hope the stress goes down for you and your sister when the move is over and also that your mom’s illness isn’t more than infection (though that is bad enough.
    Neat idea to get more interest in your cover reveals.

    Love the Sputnik pic!
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    • Lola

      I was nice to have the urge to clean. I still have a few more cabinets to clean out, but I am glad with what I cleaned so far. I am hoping that the move of my sister helps clam thigns down now.
      My mom got her test results today and while her recovery will take a bit longer, there is nothing wrong. I am really relieved to have gotten good news! I am hoping the free cover reveals help, I already am organizing my first free cover reveal and heard of 3 other authors who expressed interest in a cover reveal for their upcoming book :).
      I shoudl try and get mroe Sputnik pictures, they regulary sleep in there with the two of them, it’s adorable.
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  10. Elizabeth

    I lived with my sister and her family for 4 months when I relocated across the country. I had to get a part time job to keep me out of the house more, or we might have killed each other. That was 20 years ago and now we are both worried (but not saying it out loud) that I may be moving back in if my disabilities make it so I can’t live alone any more. I know I’m welcome, and they’d even buy a more handicap-friendly home, but sisters living together after living alone is not a good thing in our situation.
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    • Lola

      I know the feeling, while it’s ncie to your family now and then, living together in the same house just doesn’t work. Especially once you get older and try to build your own life. My sister and I differ on a lot of things and it just clashes sometimes. I am hoping you can stay live alone, although I understand that it your disabilities make that impossible going to live with your sister might be the only option.

  11. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Isn’t wonderful that Spring is FINALLY arrived?! Man, I don’t know about you but for us Winter was heavy duty this year so more than ever, I’m welcoming the warmer weather and sunshine. Star Wars Clone Wars is a series that me and the bf seriously need to catch up on – I think we’ve only seen the first two seasons so far. Cute pictures of Snickers in the Sputnik 🙂 Gorgeous haul too, I hope you enjoy all your goodies^^ Happy reading! And thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! New follower via Bloglovin’ 😀
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    • Lola

      We had a very mild winter, but I don’t like how everything looks so barren during winter in spring everything looks so alive! I think they have quite some seasons. We’ve only seen the first 2 episodes so far, but hopefuly can watch more soon.
      Thanks for following my blog on bloglovin :). I am glad you like the picture of Snickers, she’s a cutie.

    • Lola

      Yes that what’s I am hoping will happen. I already had a few authors express interest in a cover reveal now that they are free. I think they really were too pricey and I am hoping some new authors will try out my tours because of this and will check out my other services as well. And regular customers get something free as a thank you. I am really happy I can do this for authors and am hoping it will be good for business as well.
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    • Lola

      I’ve heard that a few times indeed that it’s mroe romance than dystopian, so I hope it helps to start the series with that in mind. I am curious about this series and happy I can now give it a chance and see if it’s something for me. I am hoping to read it after I finish my current ipad book, so I hope to review it in a few weeks.
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