Sunday Post #141

August 30, 2015 Sunday Post 36

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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 a bit better, we’re slowly getting used to not having the rats around anymore. It’s still hard though and there are moments where I still miss them all so much. The house is still too empty, although we’re sort of getting used to it now. There was enough to keep me busy this week, but I also had more time to relax, read and colour. Which was nice. I had a tour starting and another tour to send out the last materials before the start next week. Things have been a bit slower at Lola’s Blog Tours, probably because authors have vacation too, so let’s hope it picks up again next week.

Tuesday was my birthday and my mom and sister visited and we went out for lunch and then visited my grandma. I got an apron from my sister and a delicious home made lemon meringue pie, my sister makes the best pies! My sister, my mom and my sister her boyfriend all got a piece and I ate the rest, it was really good and it lasted multiple days. I love pies, but I hate making them, so getting pie is the best. Oh and can you believe I never had an apron until now? It’s red with fishes on it, it’s pretty cute. I already used it twice when cooking dinner. My mom got me matching oven cloth and teacloths. My mom and grandma also got me a new soft duvet covering for our bed, it’s dark brown and very soft. She also got me a new muffin tray as our old one was getting pretty bad. Beside that she got me a package to make muffins, some muffin cups and a shower mat. It was a bit of a busy day as I also had to get some work done after they left, but it was a nice day.

Last saturday when we visited my boyfriend’s parents I already got their present for me, which were four new colouring books and pencils. I tried out one of the new colouring books this week. I also bought a few books for myself as birthday present. I got some nice responses to my pictures of last week, so I’ll continue to share pics about my daily life and products I buy when grocery shopping.

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I read 21 boks for this challenge so far, which is pretty neat! I finished Thor’s Serpents this week and started The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn as evening book. On my ipad I am still reading The Marked Ones series by Alicia Kat Vancil, I finished the second book The Storm Behind Your Eyes and am now reading The Other Side of Truth. It’s so nice to binge read a series in a row. I also bought the first book in her new series.

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Colouring Books and pencils
Colouring Books and Pencils that I got for my birthday from my boyfriend his parents. I got started on a drawing in the lowest colouring book that says “Mandala Kleurboek” on the cover. It’s a very big colouring book, which makes for nice colourings, but it also takes a lot of time to finish one, so I hope I can show you a picture of that next week. Oh and “kleurboek” is the dutch word for colouring book.

Lemon Meringue Pie
The lemon meringue pie that my sister made for me for my birthday. It was delicious!

bubble wrap
Bubble Wrap was a constant companion in my life this week. I am a very fidgety person, I can’t stand it when my hands are not doing something. It sort of calms me down to fidget. When I am very anxious I fidget most, but I also fidget when I am relaxed. So years ago my boyfriend bought me a huge roll of bubble wrap, best present ever, but the rats didn’t like the sound of bubble wrap popping. So I haven’t popped a lot of bubble wrap in the past few years and now I can’t cuddle and pet the rats anymore, so I went back to my bubble wrap.

Pizza
I don’t often buy frozen pizza, but when I do, I buy this brand. It’s one of my favourite frozen pizza brands. They are affordable and taste very good. Oh and the crust is actually good too, I hate frozen pizza’s that have almost no crust. I always buy this flavour as it’s the only vegetarian flavour they have, but I love this flavour so that’s okay. You really taste all the individual ingredients. I think Dr Oetker is a dutch brand? What’s your favourite brand of frozen pizza?

Yoghurtijs
I saw this in the discount e-mail I got and had to give it a try. I love yoghurt ice cream and when I noticed they sell it and it was discounted I just had to grab it. I tried it and it’s really good. The weird thing is that I don’t like bland yoghurts, but I love yoghurt ice cream as it’s less sour. Albert Heijn is the name of the supermarket I always go to and their brand is pretty good for most things. Albert Heijn is dutch supermarket, although they have stores in other countries as well, under different names. The company that owns Albert Heijn is called Ahold. I love shopping at Albert Heijns as their stores make sense to me and I can always find everything easily. I even worked in an Albert Heijn store for three years in the bakery department. Here in the Netherlands we call ice cream “ijs”, so that’s what it says on the package yoghurt ice cream. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: leftovers chinese Dinner from the day before
  • Extra: Puff Pastry Twisters with Cinnamon Sugar
  • Monday: Pasta Salad with Corn and Egg
  • Tuesday: yellow potato curry
  • Wednesday: leftover yellow potato curry
  • Thursday: Red Pasta sauce with Pasta
  • Friday: French Bread Pizza
  • Saturday: Baked red bell pepper with onion, veggie burger and fish burger for my boyfriend

This week I blogged about:

Review: Torn Sky (Rebel Wing #3) by Tracy Banghart
Lola’s Ramblings: Why I read English Books
Lola’s Kitchen: Naan Recipe
Review: Thor’s Serpent (Blackwell Pages #3) by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
Bookish Resolutions Challenge: August Recap

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Destiny Rising (True Calling #3) by Siobhan Davis
– Review: Daemons in the Mist (The Marked Ones #1) by Alicia Kat Vancil
– Lola’s Ramblings: Does it Matter in Which Language you Read a Book?
– Coyer 2015: recap post
– My To-Be Read List #13: poll

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
Review Opportunity: The Case and Hard Case by Marc Hirsch
Review Opportunity: Love Spell by Mia Kerick
Review Opportunity: Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2) by Kelsey Ketch
Review Opportunity: The Cursed Ground by A. Roy King
Review Opportunity: 3volve and The Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez

Blog Tour: Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis – runs from 1-21 September
Book Blitz: The Bro Code by Jacqueline Patricks – runs from 6-12 September
Book Blitz: Best Friends… Forever? by Krysten Lindsay Hager – runs from 14-20 September
Book Blitz: The Grave Winner by Lindsey R. Loucks – runs from 15-21 September

Book Haul:

Damned if I doDamned if I Do (The Harker Trilogy #1)
by Erin Hayes

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Damned if I Do on Goodreads

Blurb:
They killed my sister and infected me.
Now I have to pick up the pieces before I die.

I’ve spent the last five months trying to find the bastard who did this. Yet, even with the help of a hot amnesiac vampire named Jude, I’ve had zero luck.

Until now. And it could change everything. Even though I grew up in a family that hunted the supernatural, there were still things I didn’t believe in.

Now I have to hurry for the slim chance that I could save us all. Because when you fight against immortal vampires, you’re the one who’s running out of time.

A Moment to Dance A Moment To Dance: (A Whistle Stop Romance #2)
by Jennifer Faye

Format: e-copy
Source: bought it myself
You can find A Moment to Dance on Goodreads

Blurb:
When trouble strikes…Whistle Stop pulls together

For Ella Morgan, moving to Whistle Stop is a chance to start over, put her horrific past behind her. But now she’s living in a mountain cabin–in dire need of renovation–that her grandmother left her, along with a sizable tax bill. Her job teaching school isn’t going to cover it. She needs cash, and soon.

Volunteer firefighter Tony Granger has returned to Whistle Stop to run the family ranch and be guardian to his orphaned nephew, Johnny. But being a single parent isn’t coming easy, and he’s worried sick he won’t succeed with his plan to adopt the boy, especially if Johnny’s grades don’t improve. He needs a break, and fast.

When Ella finds out Tony doesn’t have a partner for the Dancing With the Firefighters’ benefit–which is offering a large cash prize–and he hits upon hiring her as Johnny’s tutor, it looks like their problems might be solved. But taking dance lessons to win the competition sets alight a burning attraction between them. Can they let go and learn to trust again, or will the scars of their pasts still haunt them?

The Other Side of TruthThe Other Side of Truth (The Marked Ones Trilogy #3)
by Alicia Kat Vancil

Format: e-copy
Source: bought it myself
You can find The Other Side of Truth on Goodreads

Blurb:
Sometimes the truth is more dangerous than a lie.

We all have secrets. Some we keep from others. And some we keep from ourselves. But when your life becomes nothing more than a lethal construct of secrets and lies, one false step could mean your death.

In the wake of overwhelming tragedy, Patrick, Travis, and Nualla are frantically trying to piece their lives back together. Unfortunately, there’s only so much super glue and duct tape you can paste onto something before you have to admit it might be beyond fixing. However, Travis is unwilling to just give up and accept the devastation of the family he has tried so desperately to patch together. But as he delves into the secrets of the past to uncover how his little brother became the most deadly weapon in the Kakodemoss’ arsenal, Travis begins to realize that there are some secrets better left unlearned.

A spectacular collision of unrelenting love, harrowing secrets, and heartbreaking realities. The Other Side of Truth, the final book in the Marked Ones Trilogy, rips the world of daemons wide open.

Bride of the Harvest MoonBride of the Harvest Wolf: Episode One (Bride of the Harvest Wolf #1)
by Alicia Kat Vancil

Format: e-copy
Source: bought it myself
You can find Bride of the Harvest Wolf: episode one on Goodreads

Blurb:
Longing can be a very dangerous thing.

Reckless wild-child Sienna Kendrick has longed for one thing since she was thirteen—the attention of Thomas Zurent, the dashingly handsome son of the town’s wealthiest founding family. And on the night of the New Grand Cycle festival when this plucky weaver’s daughter turns seventeen she gets exactly what she desires. But is Thomas’ attention truly what Sienna wants? Or is she concealing a yearning within her heart for something darker—something taboo—something forbidden?

The hour has come, the clock has struck fourteen, and per ancient accord, the thirty-sixth bride of the Harvest Wolf is about to be selected. But will she be his beloved…or his dinner?

Beauty and the Beast, Red Riding Hood, and mythology collide in this re-imagined coming of age shape shifter romance.

Bride of the Harvest Wolf: Episode One is approximately 27,000 words, and is the first of fourteen episodes in the Bride of the Harvest Wolf serial fairy tale.

ImmersedImmersed (Immersed #1)
by Katie Hayoz

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

Blurb:
What if love turned you into a monster?

Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine Doré prefers armored corsets and knives and slays evil creatures for a living. The grim and gruesome don’t frighten her; she’ll take on a cyclops or a dragon and not even break a sweat. But when her rival, the charismatic Levi Cannon, comes to town, all her buried fears begin to surface. Melusine realizes she is in danger of something much more horrifying than facing blood-thirsty beasts – she’s in danger of falling in love. Because love alone has the power to reveal a secret terrible enough to completely shatter her world.

Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago, Immersed by Katie Hayoz is a dark yet romantic fantastical romp. It is a stand-alone novella, but the first in a series of adventures that follow Melusine on her quest to rid the world of monsters…and her struggle to come to terms with every monstrous facet of herself.

Immersed is also part of the Falling in Deep Collection: From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

InkInk: A Mermaid Romance (Falling in Deep Collection)
by Melanie Karsak

Format: e-copy
Source: free on Amazon
You can find Ink on Goodreads

Blurb:
A mermaid princess destined to wed a handsome king…

It sounds like a fairy tale, but the reality is far murkier.

Ink, Princess of the Florida Atlantic mers, is slated to wed the ancient enemy of her tribe, the King of the Gulfs. After years of war that led to countless mer deaths, as well as the genocide of aquatic shapeshifters and the freshwater mers of Florida, Ink’s marriage will bring lasting peace.

Or so it seems.

Mere hours before she’s supposed to leave the ocean for her customary year as a drywalker, Ink meets Hal, an alligator shifter who warns her that a storm is brewing. There is malicious intent behind Ink’s marriage—and worse, meeting Hal has also caused a storm to rage in Ink’s heart. Nevertheless, loyal to her tribe, Ink will put aside her feelings and journey to Miami to marry the decadent King Manx.

Ink soon learns that her only hope of surviving the crashing force swelling around her is to tap into a power deep inside—a forbidden power that might destroy them all.

* * *

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

36 Responses to “Sunday Post #141”

    • Lola

      I’ll have to try and remember to make a picture of my apron soon. I really like this design, it’s pretty cute and colourfull. The material feels realy nice and soft as well. I am so used to cooking without one, that I have to remind myself to wear it when I start cooking.

  1. chucklesthescot

    Seeing that pizza has made me hungry! There is nothing better than a hot and tasty cheese and tomato pizza…I also like the Hawaiian versions! I think I might grab one out of the freezer tonight if I have the energy later.
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    • Lola

      Another blogger reviewed pizza on her blog and I really have been craving pizza since then, so I had to buy one. I probably will eat the pizza tomorrow.

  2. S. J. Pajonas

    I’m glad you had a good birthday! It looks like you really scored with the coloring books! The mandala one looks really cool. I love having frozen pizzas in the house. My kids like a brand called Amy’s and I like them too. They’re all organic and pretty tasty. http://www.amys.com/products/product-categories/pizzas And I like this Ionian Awakening American Flatbread Pizza. http://www.americanflatbreadproducts.com/ionian-awakening/ I prefer frozen yogurt to ice cream because it’s easier on my stomach. Whole milk really bothers me. I try to go out and treat myself to frozen yogurt every now and then with my kids. It’s fun and a tasty treat.
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    • Lola

      Yeah I’ve got lots of variation in colouring books now! The mandala one is realy nice, although it’s a big colouring book, so each colouring takes a long time, but the end result is very pretty!
      We don’t have those brands of pizza here, but I did take a look at those sites andthey look yummy! I’ve only eaten frozen yoghurt once at a store here, I don’t think they sell any at supermarkets yet. My stomach is okay with milk, luckily.
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    • Lola

      I am still so happy with that whole roll of bubble wrap, I cut tiny pieces from it to kepe it manageable and keep them with me to pop.
      The Lemon Meringue pie was so good! I tried to make it once myself and it was a disaster, so my sister offered to make one for me.

  3. Trish @ Between My Lines

    Belated happy birthday Lola! I’m glad you are feeling a little bit better but I know it’s going to take time. Your colouring books look fab, I’ve neglected mine lately but I love relaxing over them while watching tv. And I know I’ve seen Dr Oetker pizzas here but I don’t think I’ve ever tasted one. Do you ever make your own, I buy the bases in Aldi and then just add my own toppings based on whatever I have laying around in the fridge and they turn out delicious. I like the look of A Moment to Dance and I’m looking forward to your review on it.
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    • Lola

      Thanks Trish! I did a lot of colouring this weekend as I didn’t really feel like doing anything and just finished the first colouring in my new book, will take a picture for next week’s post.

      I sometimes make sort of my own pizza. I like picking my own toppings, but I haven’t found a good brand of pizza dough without toppings storebrought that I like. Maybe I’ll have to try Aldi’s dough next time, unfortunately we don’t have an aldi close by though.
      So my version of homemade pizza consist of buying a french bread and cutting it in four pieces and putting my own pizza sauce on top. I have a recipe post planned for that this month I think?

      The first Whistle Stop romance was a 3 star read for me, but I loved the setting and liked the sound of the second book, so I am hoping I’ll enjoy A Moment to Dance even more than the first book. I was in the mood for a good small town romance, so I am hoping to read this one soon.
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  4. Mary Kirkland

    Both of my rats are just over two years old now, so I know they won’t be with me for probably more than a year. I don’t plan on adopting anymore after they are gone. The heartache after losing one is just to much for me at this point. And I know that will take some getting used to.

    I’m glad you had a good birthday, that pie looks delicious.
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    • Lola

      The heartache after losing them is really hard to deal with. And knowing they only live so shortly and you’ll lose them within a year once they are two is so sad to realize, I’ve had that with my rats too, that moment when you know they won’t be around much longer. But they are such great pets and maybe I’ll take rats again later or mayeb not, we’re not sure yet. They are awesome pets, but their short life span is hard to deal with, with a cat you know they probably will live for 10 years or so and know they will be around longer.

      The pie was delicious!

  5. Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads

    Oooooh! Adult coloring books! I have a couple myself. I’ve not done a lot of coloring in them yet because, darn it, coloring takes so much more time than I remember it doing when I was younger. Haha. If I need a quick fix, I use the Colorfy app on my iPad. 🙂

    Have a great week!
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    • Lola

      I really underestimated how much time it takes! I thought I could colour something in half an hour and it took me a whole hour and the mandala colouring I just finished took me around 3-4 hours for only one colouring. I also couldn’t remember they took that much time when I was younger or maybe we had more time back then so it felt like it took less time? My ipad can’t handle the colurfy app as my ipad is too old 🙁

  6. Sophia Rose

    Glad your birthday was fun! Lots of visiting, good pie, and nice presents. I love the idea of pie for dessert, too. I don’t prefer a specific pie flavor though I don’t like coconut so no coconut cream pie.

    I still haven’t found a frozen pizza around here that I like best though I do like french bread pizza once in a while.

    Hopefully your tours will pick up business when everyone’s back from vacation and the children are settled back in school.

    Have a good week!
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    • Lola

      Oh my sister once made a delicious coconut pie, I might have to ask her to make that next time. I am not a big fan of fruit pies as I am picky when it comes to fruit. I do like banana and apples in pie.

      I like french bread pizza as well, although it does taste very different from normal pizza. I am glad I found this pizza brand as some frozen pizza brands are very bad. I once ate one that was so bland I just threw it away.

      I already got a few more e-mails this week, so I hope in a week or two everyone is back in their normal ritme and business will pick up as well. I don’t handle those slow weeks very well, although I think I did okay this week by colouring and relaxing more.
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    • Lola

      The pie was delicious! And yes I got a lot of new books this week, which is nice once in a while. Now let’s hope next week is a bit calmer.

  7. Nise'

    I am so sorry about the loss of your pets! It is a difficult thing. Glad you had a great birthday celebration. I could eat myself sick on mint chocolate chip ice cream. Hope you have a good week.
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    • Lola

      It’s been hard to lose them and not have them around anymore. Luckily this week was beter than last one, being busy and celebrating my brithday helped. I don’t think I have ever eaten mint chocolate chip ice cream, that flavour isn’t as popular here for some reason, wil have to see if I can find it once.

    • Lola

      I read one of the author her other books and really enjoyed it so she offered me this one for review as well. I am hoping to start it next. I really like the cover as well. Colouring is pretty addicting, but also a lot of fun!

    • Lola

      I had hoped to read more books, but I still did well, especially considering what a bad summer I’ve had. I also have that problem, making the decision to read or colour is hard, sometimes when I have enough time I colour first and then read, those evenings are the best.
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  8. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

    Happy Birthday!!

    I love colouring books, they are the best and they are so relaxing.

    I love pie, especially lemon meringue and yours looks lovely.

    It is so strange without a pet in the house, I hated it when we lost our first dog four years ago, you are right the house just feels empty.

    I hope you have a good week and get lots of use from your new apron.
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    • Lola

      Thanks! I am really enjoying the colouring books they are pretty relaxing and addictive at the same time. I love pie, but I hate making them myself for some reaosn, so I was so happy to receive a pie from my sister. It was delicious.
      The house feels empty and a bit lonely now, I still can’t fully get used to it. I already used my apron twice, I really have to remind myself to use it as I am so used to cooking without one, but I am really happy I have an apron now.

    • Lola

      Thanks Kimba! The pie was really good! I hope business picks up again in fall, it always seems to go in waves a bit, some slower weeks and then some busier weeks.

  9. Bookworm Brandee

    Happy belated birthday, Lola!! It sounds like you had a fabulous day. 🙂 And that pie…you made me hungry for pie and my birthday isn’t for 7 more months! *haha* I’m glad you got yourself some coloring books. I love to color myself so I look forward to seeing your projects. 🙂 I hope you’re having a great week so far!
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