Sunday Post #154

Posted November 29, 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 started a bit slower and more relaxing than the past few weeks, but the second half was busier. The first few quieter days this week I tried out some new recipes, spent some more time visiting other blogs and doing other hobbies. I even played a video game for a few hours. It was a bit of a quiet week for Lola’s Blog Tours, but I am sure things will pick up next week as I have 3 tours starting then. The author for one of the review opportunities I am organizing also offered audiobooks, so it will be interesting to see if soemone request those. This is the first time I toured a book with audiobook review copies.

The second half of the week was a bit busier as I heard back from the author for whom I am setting up her website with changes and feedback, so I spent the rest few days working on that. I made great progress, but still have an hour or two of work left before everything is done. It’s been a busy few days.

I hope those of you who celebrate thanksgiving had a great thanksgiving!

Random Picture(s) of the Week

And another weird thing we dutchies eat on our bread. This is “Hagelslag” or chocolate sprinkles in english, they are small chocolate pieces you can eat on your bread. They are quite popular and you have them in different flavours, like milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate. Although the white chocolate ones are usually a package with both dark and white chocolate in them. I usually buy the milk ones, but then the XL version as they are bigger than the normal ones. On the background you see two “beschuitjes” with chocolate sprinkles on them.

Tentacle Flower Colouring
This is the drawing I finished last weekend. I went with a kind of flower colour scheme with pink and purple for two layers and green and blueish for the other layers. I quite like how this one turned out!

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: leftover vega pie with sweet potatoes
  • Monday: Korma
  • Tuesday: leftover Korma
  • Wednesday: Lasagna
  • Thursday: leftover Lasagna
  • Extra: “Speculaas” Muffins with almond paste
  • Friday: storebought chinese tomato soup with french bread
  • Saturday: couscous with sauce

This week I blogged about:

Review: Risky Tide (Santa Barbara Dolphins #2) by CJ Mathhew
Coyer Winter: Goal post
Review: Death Crashes the Party (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #1) by Vickie Fee
Lola’s Ramblings: Where Do You Read?
Lola’s Kitchen: Fruity Yellow Chicken Curry recipe
Review: Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by KA Tucker

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Bookish Resolutions: November recap
– Review: Longing for Her (Risso Family #2) by Lynn Burke
– Review: Colour me Funky – Advanced Colouring by Jenna Lyn Field
– Lola’s Ramblings: How do you Follow Blogs?
– Lola’s Kitchen: “Kruidnootjes” Recipe
– My to-be Read List #16: poll

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

Review Opportunities:
Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2) by Kelsey Ketch
The Cursed Ground by A. Roy King
3volve and The Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez
Link by Summer Wier
A Bramble House Christmas by CJ Carmichael
Maisy and the Mystery Manor by Elizabeth WoodrumAlso in audiobook format!
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
none open for sign-up at the moment

Book Blitz: Sonar the Cyclone by B Truly – runs from 30 november till 4 December
Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy by Paula Berinstein – 30 November till 13 December
Blog Tour: Pretty Little Creatures by Vince Milam – runs from 1 till 14 December
Book Blitz: The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor – runs from 14 till 20 December
Book Blitz: Sparked by Sheena Snow – runs from 16 till 22 December
Book Blitz: Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis – runs from 15 till 28 December

Book Haul:

Night StudyNight Study (Soulfinders #2)
by Maria V. Snyder

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

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.

Truths We TellTruths We Tell (The Truth Series #2)
by Brenda St. John Brown

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Truths We Tell on Goodreads

Ella Ingraham makes up stories for a living, and even she has a hard time believing the turn her love life has taken.

Hot guy? Cue Josh Devereaux.
Even hotter night together? Hello kitchen counter.
Morning-after phone call to Josh from her ex? Um, what?

The truth about who Josh is and what he’s done are on the other end of that phone. He knows he lied. He also knows that isn’t the worst of it. It isn’t even that Ella’s ex thinks Josh is the right man to help destroy her. Again. The worst part is the way Ella looks at him now. Or doesn’t.

Ella isn’t sure what the worst part is – Josh lying to her about his past, or the fact she can’t stop thinking about him anyway. Not that he’s making it easy for her, with his idea to stop her ex’s slander campaigns against her before her next big book release. Even Ella has to admit it’s a better plan than she – or her lawyer – have come up with. But for the plan to work, Ella has to not only rely on Josh, but trust him. Implicitly.

Ella knows she’d be a fool to trust him a second time. So why does her heart keep trying to convince her otherwise?

Saven: DeceptionSaven: Deception (The Saven Series #1)
by Siobhan Davis

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

I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

When Sadie finally learns the truth about why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

Dangerous TideDangerous Tide (Dolphin Shore Shifters #3)
by C.J. Matthew

Format: e-copy
Source: bought it myself
You can find Dangerous Tide on Goodreads

The Santa Barbara Channel holds a closely guarded secret…

She needed his help…
Corporate physician, Dr. Libra Lewis thinks she knows what is making the males of the Shore Shifters turn violent, but she needs funding for the research, lots of money that hinges on the approval of field ops leader, Rye Walker. When one of Rye’s operatives goes missing, Libra offers to barter her help for the money. But can a woman who’s spent her life in the shadow of her sexy sister really work with a man like Rye ?

He needed a second chance…
Rye Walker’s last mission as the leader of field ops was cut short by scandal and when no one stepped forward to support him, he resolved that in the future, he’d always go it alone. Now Rye has been reinstated, another chance to prove himself –without help from anyone. But Libra has something he needs… and if Rye is honest, he’s finding Libra harder and harder to resist.


36 responses to “Sunday Post #154

  1. Ooh I like your drawing! Also, I kind of love your weird things you eat on bread feature lol. Saven: Deception looks interesting. I didn’t request because I’m not sure if it’s my kind of book, but I’ll be looking forward to seeing your review of it. I’m looking for a good book about aliens to try.
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    • I think I am almost running out of weird things we eat on our bread here. But I have a few other ideas for things to photograph. I beta read Saven Deception, so I actually have already read it, but I am looking forward to read the ARC now and review it as it’s such a different way of reading compared to beta reading.
      It is a good book about aliens, it’s pretty original and has a good romance. The underwater city is also a nice touch. I would definitely recommend it!

  2. Sounds like an interesting week Lola! 😉
    I love your drawing. Looks beautiful. Especially the different colors.
    Since I’m Dutch I probably should like ‘Hagelslag’. But to be honest.. I almost never eat it. Not so much because I don’t like it, but more because when I try to eat it, it’s everywhere except for in my mouth. LOL!!
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    • I do agree that hagelslag can be tricky to eat with it falling everywhere, but I still like it. The XL hagelslag is bigger than normal hagelslag and falls off a bit less eays. I aspecially like it on beschuit, but I usually eat Kokosbrood on my bread.

      I like how the colour combinations worked out on the drawing, it’s hard to predict how things turn out and if it looks nice before you start colouring.

  3. A slow week can be nice some times. 🙂 You got a great book haul!

    I signed up for the Maisy books for audio! I have been wanting to read them and audio will be perfect as that is my preferred listening to method now days…lol.

    Now those chocolate sprinkles I think I could handle on my bread. 🙂

    Happy reading!

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    • Only the start was slow, the second half of the week got really busy. I’ll check the sign-up form for Maisy next and make sure to e-mail you about the review opportunity.

      The chocolate sprinkles are pretty good and you can buy them everywhere here and even at restaurant they serve chocolate sprinkles at breakfast.
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  4. Love that you are helping set up author blogs, I really need to get my HTML skills going so I can start offering website design. I think I can do very good with those even setting up blogs would be fun to do. Next year I plan to get into that.

    Before I read the text I thought they looked like Sprinkles 🙂 I never tried them on bread but those breads look different than what we eat as bread. At least the shape.

    Have a great week, Lola! Happy Reading! ox
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    • It’s only this author I’ve set up her blog and author site so far, but I might want to offer the service to other authors as well. My html and CSS skills are definitely lacking, I keep running into issues that I don’t know how to fix. I do enough often to google what I need to know, so that’s good. I keep learning new things.

      And yes they look like sprinkles, but then chocolatety. Only we don’t call them sprinkles, but hagelslag. We can also buy sprinkles here, but we don’t put that on our bread, only on bakings and desserts.

    • I am glad you’re enjoying the pictures :). Here they sell different sprinkles for on cakes, but hagelslag is mostly eaten on bread, although you can add it to cakes as well.
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  5. Chocolate and bread sound like a good combo to me, although I had never thought of it. It’s nice to see the different ways of doing things. 🙂 Last week went by fast here, with Thanksgiving and all.
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  6. I’m glad you had some quiet time before the busy time and got a few things done. Stuff like sorting recipes etc often gets pushed to the end of my ‘to-do’ pile and never sees the light of day!
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  7. Nice to have some slow days to relax and re-charge. Neat that you have your first audio book tour and another blog site to work on.

    Chocolate sprinkles sound delicious. I would pick the dark chocolate.

    Fun coloring scheme you chose with the variations of green and purple.

    Good stack of books, too. I still want to try Maria Snyder’s books. The Siobhan Davis book looks good too. And yay, you got the next Dolphin shifters. Hope it’s better for you than book two.

    Have a good week!
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    • It was nice to have a few slow days, before thigns got busier again. I plan on asking author if they have audiobooks for their books more regulary in the future as all the audiobook copies for this review opportunity were gone really fast. I never realized how popular audiobooks are, it really surprised me.

      I usually go for the milk chocolate sprinkles, at least when they are XL sized. The normal ones I usually prefer the dark chocolate. They also have super dark chocolate packages of some brands, but those are too dark for me.

      Picking the colouring scheme for a drawing is one of the hardest parts of the process, I am glad it turned out nice.

      I really like this series by Maria v Snyder, I still have to catch up on one of her other series, but I managed to keep up with this one. I beta read the Siobhan Davis book, so I am looking forward to read it just to enjoy now. I’ve been in the mood for romantic suspense lately, so I picked up the next Dolphin Shifters book as I hope to read it soon. And this one is about a character I am really curious about, so I hope it’s a good one.
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    • I think someone should start selling chocolate sprinkles in the US, I think it would be a big success.
      I am curious about Dangerous Tide too, even though the series isn’t wow-ing me, there is something about that dolphin series that keeps me getting the next book as soon as possible. This one is about a characetr we learned about in the previous books already, so I am really curious about it.

  8. Your coloured picture is lovely! Purple and green always make a really good combination! I like purple as a colour as it goes so well with other things. Mmm chocolate sprinkles…haven’t had them in AGES and I might just get that to liven up the cereal or something. Have a good week!
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    • Yes I like the combination between purple and green, purple is a colour that goes well with a lot of other colours indeed. I don’t eat chocolate sprinkles that often either, but I like to have some at home for when I am in the mood for some.

    • The chocolate sprinkles are really good. I haven’t made time for colouring a lot lately, so I was happy to finish ths one. I am curious about the Harry Potter colouring book, I hope you’ll enjoy it and share a picture when you’ve coloured a bit.

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