Sunday Post #129

Posted June 7, 2015 by Lola in Sunday Post / 36 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 week was again a good week, just like last week busy, but in a good way. This week started off great with a cover reveal on monday and a new review opportunity open for sign-up. Then 3 new cover reveals that opened later in the week! I can’t express how happy I am that my cover reveals are finally getting more popular! At the moment I have 5 cover reveals open for sign-up, so in one month I organized more cover reveal than I organized in 2014 in total.

I am reading a great book on my Kobo and after a few 3 stars reads it was great to read a book I really enjoyed from the start. On my ipad I am reading a book that isn’t bad, but it just feels to keep my interest and it feels like I am literally crawling through it, not sure whether I want to continue or not. It’s not that I am disliking it, more that I just don’t really care or connect with the book.

It was great weather here this week. Most days it was a nice temperature and not too warm, but friday was a really warm day. It cooled down in the evening whith some rain and thunder. Now we’re back to normal summer weather, with a bit cooler weatehr in the evenings. We went outside for an evening walk on saturday evening.

And I ran into a problem with my banner images for Lola’s Blog Tours this week, which were hosted on my designer her flickr account and wednesday morning they stopped showing up. So instead of my banners an error message that the image was currently unavailable showed up. I wasn’t sure what was causing the problem. I now have the pictures uploaded on my account as well and changed the html codes on all the places I could think of, but I was pretty sad and annoyed about how many sites would now have the error message. Two days later it seemed to work again, so it was something temporarily luckily. So I am glad that got fixed, even though it did gave me a scare.

I also changed one thing in how I list review opportunities on both Lola’s Reviews and Lola’s Blog Tours, I no longer display the full list only the 3 or 5 most recent ones as the list was getting too long for in a sidebar in my opinion. On the Current and Open Tours page on Lola’s Blog Tours you can see the full list ordened by Age Category and Genre.

My boyfriend finished up his thesis this week, so it feels a bit calmer now that he finished that. Not that he stressed about it, but I did, especially when the deadlien got close by. So he has summer vacation now. Now hoping he can graduate and start his mayor next year.

After a request from one of my visitors last sunday I decided to try and get a picture of both rats this week. It took me two days and multiple attempts, but I eventually got one good picture with both of them. Oh and I decided to move the random pictures of the week to below this section and mvoed the what I did cook heading to below that.

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Was trying to get a picture of both rats and only saw Smarties, even though I was sure Snickers was in that Sputnik as well. I just couldn’t see her.

Snickers and Smarties noses
A few seconds later, after calling their names and hoping Snickers would show up as well, both their noses are visible.

Snicka being adorable in the Igloo (from the same brand as the Sputnik and another one of their favourite hiding places)

Snickers and Smarties
Both of them lying on my lap and enjoying a good petting. They seemed very happy and content and I finally managed to get a good picture of both of them.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: Cajun Pasta
  • Monday: leftove cajun pasta
  • Tuesday: Indian Cauliflower Mash
  • Extra: Chocolate Rocks
  • Wednesday: leftover Indian Cauliflower Mash
  • Thursday: leftover Indian Cauliflower Mash
  • Extra: Sandwhich Oatmeal Cookies
  • Friday: Red Bell Pepper, Green beans, Onion and Potatoes in satesauce with noodles
  • Saturday: Leftover Red Bell Pepper, Green beans, Onion and Potatoes in satesauce with noodles

This week I blogged about:

Cover Reveal: When Faults Collide by Claire Granger
Review: Pursued by the Rich Rancher (Diamonds in the Rough #2) by Catherine Mann
Review: Suspected (Elected series #2) by Rori Shay
Lola’s Ramblings: Being a Mood Reader and Doing Reading Challenges
Lola’s Kitchen: Sugar Cookies Recipe
My To-Be Read List #10: poll

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Nemesis (Adamant #1) by Emma L. Adams
– Release Day: Colour Me Funky – Alphabet: Graffiti by Jenna Lyn Field
– Review: The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
– Lola’s Ramblings: Why do you want to read a book?
– Lola’s Kitchen: Sandwhich Oatmeal Cookies
– My To-Be Read List #10: chosen book

Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:

Check the full list of open review opportunities here.
Review Opportunity: The Other Side of Summer by Elyse Douglas – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: The Case and Hard Case by Marc Hirsch – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Love Spell by Mia Kerick – sign-ups open till further notice – New!

Cover Reveal: Finding the Cure by Cassandra Giovanni – 11 June
Love Hard by Roe Valentine – 17 June – New!
The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn – 22 June – New!
Cover Reveal: Hard case by Marc Hirsch – 15 July
Summer Haikus by SJ Pajonas – 17 July – New!

Blog Tour: The Cursed Ground by A. Roy King – sign-ups open till 30 June
Blog Tour: When Faults Collide by Claire Granger – sign-ups open till 30 June
Book Blitz: 3volve by Josefina Gutierrez– sign-ups open till July 5
Book Blitz: Heir of the Blood King by W.O. Cassity – sign-ups open till 19 July

Book Haul:

second chance summerSecond Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1)
by Jill Shalvis

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley
You can find Second Chance Summer on Goodreads

Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it’s the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there’s an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .

I requested this one a while ago and forgot about it, not thinking I would get accepted. And then this week I suddenly got the e-mail from netgalley that I got accepted to read this book, yay!

Bride on the RunBride on the Run (Runaway Brides #4)
by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley

Valerie Dimitri is on the run from her former fiancé who’d only wanted to marry her for her family’s questionable criminal ties. She also has the perfect cover with an assumed name and a thriving call-in advice show, “Sex Talk with Serena”, until one messy call blows up in her face. When she counselled “Anna J” to break up her with her boyfriend, she had no idea that she was telling a local celebrity to dump the hometown hero ballplayer, Boone Sullivan.

Boone has discovered Valerie’s real identity and he’s determined to expose her secrets… and maybe more. What he didn’t expect was to be blindsided by a crazy attraction to the buttoned-up lady with the sultry voice and a hidden past. He had carefully plotted his revenge, but soon all he can think about is how much he’d like to take Valerie as very own his stand-in bride…

I really enjoyed the first 3 books in this series so far, so I am happy I got approved for the fourht book as well. It’s a light and fun romance series about brides that run away from their wedding for some reason.

The Rogue You KnowThe Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs #2)
by Shana Galen

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

She’s beyond his reach…
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London’s dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society’s most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.

…and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London’s glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it’s too late. But as she descends into London’s underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she’s willing to pay…for the love of a reformed thief.

Let’s hope this one can be read as a standalone as I dont have the first book, but it sounded like a fun historical romance and I had the first one on my to-read list already. So couldn’t resist requesting it.

love gamesLove Games
by Eden Scott

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley
You can find Love Games on Goodreads

Technology-challenged historian Regis is on a mission of mercy: his miserably pregnant cousin, Penny, needs a diversion and the only thing that will satisfy is the latest version of a video game, Dead Knights at Castle Kill.

When Regis braves the aisles of a video game retailer, he’s swept off his feet by Mars, the tall, dark, and gorgeous salesclerk who works there. But there’s very little chance that such a savvy gamer would ever notice a man who can barely use his computer.

Deciding the obvious solution is to fake it, Regis enlists the aid of his cousin to convince Mars he’s a high-level gamer. The plan works perfectly right up until Mars invites him to a prestigious gaming conference, where even Regis’s high IQ isn’t enough to fake his way through dozens of real gamers—and will definitely cost him the man he’s been lying to the whole time.

This one soudned so fun and I remember there being a Coyer Scavenger Hunt goal for a book with a game, so I might have to read this book this Coyer. I think by now it’s obvious I couldn’t stay away from netgalley this week, anyone else had this problem?


36 responses to “Sunday Post #129

    • Yes he is very smart, but he tends to wait till the last moment to finish things, which stresses me out a bit as I like to finish things early. We’re hoping to do some fun things this summer, but haven’t had much planned yet, it’s nice that he has some more free time now.
      I agree the cover for The Rogue You know is gorgeous and that’s one of the reasons I requested it.

    • I am glad you like the pictures :). I am happy I could get two pictures of them together. Once in a while they like to sit on my lap and get petted. They both had their eyes closed, but Smarties noticed the camera and opened her eyes.
      I am looking forward to read The Rogue You Know, it sounds good and the cover is so pretty. Hoping it can be read as a standalone as I don’t have the first book.

    • Thanks! They really look happy lying on my lap like that, it’s not often they sit there. Smarties and Snickers both had their eyes closed before I got out the camera, then Smarties opened her eye to see what was going on. I also love their little paws, they are so cute!

  1. I want that Cedar Ridge book. and I am auto-approved but would have to double post reviews, which I hate…grr. With the images did you use up the free amount? I know with Photobucket you get a limited amount of storage and towards the end of the month sometimes I would run out. I just got an account and it solved the problem for only 20.00 a year.
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    • I am not sure what happened with the images as they were hosted on the account of my designer, I now have them hosted on my own account as well, so next time something is up at least I can try to figure out what happened. I think it was an issue on their side.
      I was really happy and surprised I got approved for that Cedar Ridge book. I also don’t like cross posting my reviews, but luckily it’s not too much effort, it’s just that I often tend to forget.

  2. I have to admit those little buggers are adorable. They are super cute in there little houses. I love the picture of their noses 🙂

    You had a busy week and it’s been very nice here as well but we got a lot of rain which is great for my garden but not for driving to work in.

    Drives me crazy when stuff doesn’t work right maybe you can take the banner off of Flikr and just add it to your media area on WordPress? That might avoid that happening later. Just a thought 🙂

    I do hope you have a fantastic week, Lola! ox
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    • Me too, it’s so adorable only seeing their noses poke out of the Sputnik. I don’t mind rain as long as I can stay inside the house.

      Problem with hosting it on wordpress is that I also want tour hosts to feature that banner on their sites, it takes a lot of usage from my hosting if multiple busy visited sites have a picture I host. Basically my hosting has to load that picture as it’s loaded on my wordpress then. So better to host them externally. I’ll have to upgrade to my own server next, so I am doing anything I can to avoid that as I can’t afford the cost yet. I know hosting on wordpress itself is saver as you have total control then, but if I do that my sites get slow and it’s not good for the RAM and CPU usage.

  3. I’m excited we’re trying out a cover reveal! We’ll see how it goes 🙂 It’s another experiment along the way of my career!

    I gotta say that the photo of the two of your rats in their igloo with the two little noses is absolutely ADORABLE. Gah. So cute.
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    • I hope the cover reveal goes well :). I am happy to be organizing an event for you again.

      I am happy I got that picture with both their noses. They are so cute!

    • Thanks! They are adorable indeed 🙂

      It’s a relief indeed that he has finished his thesis. He did a lot of work right before the deadline, which stresses me out. He worked really hard on it, so I hope he gets a nice grade for it.

    • I actually made the sandwich cookies this week can’t wait to share the recipe with you all :). It’s greatboth rats are okay again, although Snickers was a bit grumpy yesterday evening and today and didn’t want out of the cage and was making a mess. When we finally got her out and I petted her, she was normal again. Guess she just needed some attention.
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  4. Your rats are too cute! I love the picture of them hiding in Sputnik. Congrats to your boyfriend on finishing his thesis, what a great accomplishment! And congrats to you, with all the cover reveals – how exciting to have more in a month than you had all 2014. Looks like you had a great week – hope next week is just as good Lola!
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    • Thanks, they are adorable hiding in that sputnik. I am really happy he finished his thesis, now it’s just waiting to hear his grade and hearing if he did the test for his mayor well enough.
      I am really happy with the increased amount of cover reveals, although it does got a bit overhwelming to make so many sign-up posts after another. It’s good though to have more work. I’ll have to work on increasing my tour host amount next.

    • It’s been nice to have some nice weather. We had pretty cold weather up till now for summer and then suddenly a wamr week like this, the weather sure is strange sometimes.

  5. Aw at your rats hiding 🙂 I love what you have cooked last week, I rarely cook nowadays, my sister does it mainly but hopefully soon I can start sharing. I look forward to your posts especially on your thoughts of The Heir, maybe you might have liked it more than me? Great post Lola.
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