Sunday Post #145

September 27, 2015 Sunday Post 46

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Itโ€™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 quiet week for a chance, I got lots of blogging done and also made enough time for reading and some colouring. To compensate for less work I wrote blog posts like crazy. I know Blog Ahead doesn’t start till next month, but I sure got in the mood for blogging this week and wrote a lot of Lola’s Ramblings posts. I am almost three weeks ahead with review posts at the moment, it’s nice to finally am ahead with those again. I have a beta read comming up soon, so it’s nice to have a bit of a buffer.

I finished my marketing assistant work for the month last weekend, so I had more free time. Then this week 3 of my september tours ended, so I wrapped those up. I worked on a new review opportunity for Lola’s Blog Tours, made the media kit and drafted the sign-up post and e-mail. So it’s all ready to go live next week, I am really exicted for this one as it’s a fun sounding YA sci-fi book with a pretty cover!

My sister visited thursday evening for a bit and she bought a late birthday present for my boyfriend, a glass with an image from one of the anime’s he’s watching. We talked a bit and drank tea. She’s job searching at the moment, but not having too much luck yet, but she only just started, so I hope she’ll find something good soon. It was fun to have her visit.

Then thursday evening I finally baked cookies again, I can’t remember the last time I baked cookies. I made nutella cookies and they turned out really good, will be making them again soon and then make pictures for a recipe post. I also made some time for colouring and spent two evenings colouring and finished a page in the colouring book I got for review, there’s a picture under the random pictures heading.

Blog Ahead 2015
Next week the Blog Ahead challenges started! I am already looking forward to it! At the moment I have 30 scheduled posts. I’ve been writing posts like crazy this week, got a few reviews written and half of the Lola’s Ramblings posts for december, now I only have to do the extra end of the eyar Lola’s ramblings posts.

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Autumn colouring
Remember that colouring book I got for review last week? Well I finished a page already! It took me only two evenings and about 3 hours, so this one is a lot smaller than the manadala colouring book. My boyfriend recommended going with the autumn theme for this one and I think it turned out pretty well!

Kruidnoten
Remember how I mentioned Sinterklaas in my previous sunday post? Stores start to sell special sinterklaas candy since september, for which I am very happy as I lvoe most of the sinterklaas candies. These are “Kruidnootjes”, they are cinnamon and other spices flavours small round shaped cookies. Maybe I’ll try to make these myself ones so I can share the recipe. But often I am lazy and just buy a bag of them in the supermarket. They are very yummy.

Amandel staaf
Another Sinterklaas delicacy! I am not even sure how to translate this one, it’s puff pastry dough with sweet almond paste filling. You slice off a piece and warm it up in the oven for a while and then eat it. I love these and often buy a few of these leading up in the month till sinterklaas. It’s delicious!
Last year Read me Away interviewed me about Sinterklaas if you want to know more about it you can read the interview

What did I cook for dinner this week?

This week I blogged about:

Review: Stars Wars the Clone Wars Animated series
Review: Damned if I do (The Harker Trilogy #1) by Erin Hayes
Lola’s Ramblings: Why Do You Review Books?
Lola’s Kitchen: Banana Crumble Muffins
Review: Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Susceptible to Him (Risso Family #1) by Lynn Burke
– Review: Immersed (Immersed #1) by Katie Hayoz
– Bookish Resolutions Challenge: September
– 2015 New Release Challenge Third recap
– Lola’s Ramblings: What Aaspects do You Like to see in a Romance
– Lola’s Kitchen: Potato Curry Recipe
– My To-Be Read List #14: 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

Book Blitz: Maiden of Secrets by Paul Neslusan – runs from 1 till 7 October
Book Blitz: Live by Gillian Zane – runs from 13 till 19 October
Book Blitz: Mischief Under the Mistletoe – runs from 17 till 23 november
Book Blitz: Sonar the Cyclone by B Truly – runs from 30 november till 4 december

Book Haul:

Falling in DeepFalling in Deep Collection
by Melanie Karsak, Pauline Creeden, A. R. Draeger, J. M. Miller, Carrie L. Wells, Blaire Edens, Erin Hayes, Margo Bond Collins, Katie Hayoz, Eli Constant and Poppy Lawless

Format: e-copy
Source: bought it with an amazon gift card I won
You can find Falling in Deep on Goodreads

Blurb:
*** SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE OF JUST 99 CENTS ***

Our collection includes fourteen unique mermaid tales with over 900 pages of enchanting stories from award-winning and best-selling authors!
From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fourteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the FALLING IN DEEP COLLECTION are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before. Are you ready to fall in deep?

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

I already read two stories from this box set and really enjoyed them! So I am happy to have the whole box set so I can read the rest too!

46 Responses to “Sunday Post #145”

    • Lola

      Yeah I really was on a roll this weekend. I have most of the Lola’s Ramblings posts written for the rest of the year. Sometimes you just need a week like that and you can get a lot done in just one week.

  1. chucklesthescot

    What a beautiful piece of colouring! That looks as if it is an illustration in a book! I’m still experimenting with colour combinations. I tried taking photos of the flowers I’ve done but it didn’t come out great so I’ll need to try again. I’ve been busy reading this week so I haven’t had time to colour. Enjoy!
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    • Lola

      Thanks! The colour combinations can be tricky. For me it helps to establish the feel I am going for with a page first and then set aside the colours I’ll use and then only use those. For this one I had two different colours of brown, two different shades of red, orange, yellow, two shades of light green and a shade of dark green.
      I hope you’ll share a picture of one of your colourign pages next time you do one ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I love the sound of how much blogging you got done. I’m feeling very inspired to blog too at the moment and have loads of ideas floating around that I want to blog about. In fact I’m thinking seriously of booking a day off work mid Oct and using it as a fun day to work in my blog.
    Your sinterklass treats sound yummy. And I’m looking forward to your potatoe curry as I love that combination myself.
    And your colouring photo makes me want to take my colouring books out, Ive neglected them lately due to time pressures but I need to make time for them as it’s just so relaxing. Love your Autumn theme.
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    • Lola

      It’s nice to have a week like this filled with inspiration and to just get those posts written. That sounds like a good idea to just take a day off from work to blog.
      The potatoe curry is very easy to make and yummy too! I love potatoes in curry, they really suck up the curry flavour well. I hope you’ll stop by the recipe post ๐Ÿ™‚

      I don’t always have time to colour either, even only one page takes a lot of time, this one took me two evenings or about 3 hours. Luckily I had some mroe free time this week so I could fit in some colouring.

    • Lola

      Yes the colouring is very relazing. And trust me the colouring looks better on picture than in real life, then you notice not all areas are coloured perfectly. The large areas are hard to colour with my fineliner pens. It’s very relaxing. I have read 3 books from the anthology so far and am looking forward to read the rest soon!
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  3. Elizabeth the Evil Overlord

    Do you have an extra room so I can come live with you and eat all that amazing homemade food? I never cook, because it’s just me and I don’t want to clean up. I hope the BF appreciates what he’s got.
    I just won a coloring book on Goodreads and am excited to begin. Perfect for something to do while watching all the new TV shows that just started in the US.
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    • Lola

      I do have an extra room, but it’s filled with stuff we still have to find a new home for, lol. I often cook for two days so it feels like less effort, with one hour spent in the kitchen we can eat two days. Makes it more worht it. I also heard of a blogger who lived alone and often froze a portion for another day.
      Colouring is a great hobby to cobmine with something else that doens’t require too much brain power, so I think colourign while watching tv would work well. I hope you’ll enjoy your colouring book. I think it’s a lot of fun!
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    • Lola

      I am going to make the nutella cookies again this evening and then make pictures for a recipe post end october. They are really good!
      I thought it was a bargain for get 14 stories for only 0.99$. I just couldn’t resists grabbing it. I really like mermaids and it seems like there are less books with them around, so I really liked the idea for this anthology.
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    • Lola

      Good luck with the Blog Ahead challenge, I probably should’ve waited till Blog Ahead started to write those posts as now I wrote most of my already existing ideas. Ah well I hope I can come up with more ideas to write next month.

      I have about 6 colouring books lying around at the moment and not enough time to colour them all. And I still have the urge to buy more. There are so many great ones!

      I am really enjoying the sinterklaas goodies these few months that I can buy them!
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    • Lola

      Thanks! I am really happy with the colours I used for this one and how it turned out. It really get’s me into the autumn mood!

    • Lola

      I read 3 stories so far from the mermaid box set and I am glad I could get the whole set for that cheap. One of the stories wasn’t for me, but I also read two already that I really enjoyed, hope to read more of them this week. Mermaids are one of my favourite paranormal creatures, so it’s fun to run into a whole box set with them.

      Yeah I was really in the productive mood this week. It’s nice to have one of those week.

      The pastry with almond paste is so good, I wish they sold them the whole year. I often pop a piece into the oven in the evenings when I want a sweet snack.
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    • Lola

      I am a planner and organizer by nature, so when it comes to hobbies I often put a little of that in it too, as it comes natural to me. I like the feeling of being ahead. It also can be annoying at times when I write a great posts that won’t be posted till 3 months later, so I can also see how posting when you feel like it would be nice. Reviews are the type of posts I am usually not ahead with, until now.

    • Lola

      Yeah it’s great when the blogging mood hits like that. I just kept having the inspiration to write and managed to write 1 or 2 posts each day, it was great. Now let’s hope this mood continues into next month!

      It was nice to finally make cookies again, they were so good I made them again today and this time with pictures for a recipe post.
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  4. Stormi

    Sounds like you were on fire for blogging! I would love to do blog ahead but since it’s for post in November and I am blogging like mad right now for October I don’t have time for Nov. yet…lol. Enjoy your box set!
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    • Lola

      I managed to get ahead with my reviews for October, so I actually think I can mostly focus on November this time. Last year I wrote a lot of post for the month it took place, which meant less time to post for later that month. It’s a great challenge and I probably won’t get to the full 30 posts, but every post helps.

  5. Rachel

    Wow. It sounds like you’re really far ahead on your posts. I pretty much have to post on-the-fly right now because I don’t have the time to get ahead. In fact, I’m way behind on my reviews. I’ve got a choice right now: review a book or study. But I think I’ll study for at least a little while. ๐Ÿ™

    Good luck with keeping ahead during the Blog Ahead activity!
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    • Lola

      I am usually a few weeks or about 1-2 months ahead with my Lola’s Ramblings and Lola’s Kitchen posts, but not this far and this is the first time in a long time I am ahead with review posts that far. It’s a great feeling. And getting ahead is the most difficult part, staying ahead is easier.

  6. Lisa @ Lost in Literature

    Wow! Sounds like you had a pretty eventful week! I’m absolutely loving the coloring book picture you did. What did you use to color? It looks so vibrant, I’m assuming markers? I use gel pens in mine. It’s so much fun, isn’t it?! Soooo relaxing. Though I do have some neck and back problems, so I can only lean over the book coloring for so long before I’m in pain and need to take a break. Man, I guess I’m getting old. LOL Have a wonderful week!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Lola

      Thanks! That’s the nice part of this colouring book, you can frame the pictures as there’s nothing on the other side.

  7. Kathy

    That’s great you have a lot of posts setup. I have some reviews to finish up on and I’ll be a couple weeks ahead. I love your coloring. I’ve just started coloring and now I want to buy more books. It is very relaxing. Have a great week Lola!
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    • Lola

      It’s a great feeling to be ahead! Thanks! I hope you’ll share some of your colouring pictures as well. It’s a lot of fun and relaxing indeed! I keep having the urge to buy colouring books, even though I already 6 of them I still want more.

    • Lola

      Signing-up for Blog Ahead got me in the mood for blogging it seems :). I think I have about 5 or 6 books now and some I haven’t started in yet. I just pick one up and find a picture I want to. I think I’ll do another picture in this book next so I can review it after that.

  8. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I love that funky heart you colored, with the black background, it looks truly fantastic, Lola!

    Your new books look amazing, and I hope you’ll enjoy them all.

    You’re so far ahead you don’t even really need Blog Ahead, but I think it will still be fun to cheer each other on with new posts scheduled for after November as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a fantastic week and happy reading.
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    • Lola

      I really like the black background for the page. I am hoping to colour more in that book soon.

      I love being ahead and in my opinion the more ahead the better and even if I only compensate for the posts that get posted in November, I’ll be happy already :). And it’s such a fun challenge, that I want to be part of it.

  9. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad you had such a productive week, Lola. It’s always nice to get ahead in blogging and I’m happy you had time for reading and coloring! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the picture of your fall leaves. It’s gorgeous! And those Sinterklaas cookies sound divine. I might have to pick up Falling in Deep – that list of authors is impressive.
    I hope you’ve had a good week so far. Sorry I haven’t been around – I’ve been sick and am now trying to catch up. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Lola

      I love productive weeks like that. This week was less productive, so that makes me extra happy for everything I got done last week. I am really happy with how the fall leaves colouring turned out. I read 3 stories for the falling in deep collection so far and there are some really good ones so far and one I didn’t like.

      I hope you’re feeling better! It’s not fun being sick.
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