Sunday Post #163

Posted January 31, 2016 by Lola in Sunday Post / 42 Comments

sunday post

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?

Another more quiet week, but it was a fun week and I still had enough to do to keep me busy. I got some time for my hobbies like reading and gaming, wrote some new blog posts and wrote a guest post for another blog. Oh and I won an amazon gift card this week, yay!

I’ve decided to not do a Lola’s Ramblings posts in the weeks I do a Lola’s Advice post, as writing 5 long posts in a month is getting a bit too much for me. Those posts costs a lot of time and effort to write and this way I am making a bit more space in my schedule. So there will be no Lola’s Ramblings post next week.

On Lola’s Blog Tours it was a bit quiet this week, but I do have some exciting news, I am organizing my first non-fiction cover reveal! This way I am trying to gauge if there’s an audience for non-fiction tours and organize a cover reveal for an awesome colouring book in the meantime. So I am wondering do you host non-fiction books on your blog? And if yes what kind non-fiction books do you host? And would you be interested in joining tours for non-fiction books if I decide to organize them?
I have received a few request from authors for a tour for their non-fiction book, but so far always said no as I only toured non-fiction, but when I got a request for this cover reveal I decided to give it as try and I am hoping to branch out into non-fiction tours later this year if enough people are interested. So we’ll see how that goes. If you’re interested in being added to my non-fiction mailing list you can sign-up here

getting cozy with a mystery
And I decided to join the Getting Cozy with a Mystery chalenge that runs the whole month february and is hosted byBooks, Movies, Reviews Oh My. I am in a cozy mystery mood lately so it seems like good timing to join this readign challenge. I already started my first book ;).

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Look at these pretty bookmarks! The author was nice eough to send me some, so I know which bookmark I’ll be using when I read the third book in this series. Aren’t they awesome? I like how these bookmarks have the feel of the first cover, but depict a different scene than on the cover.

fish bookmark
And remember I mentioned I won a handmade bookmark in a giveaway from Lilybloombooks? It arrived this week and it’s so pretty! I love the fish charm and will be using this one next time I read a phsyical book.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: leftover Wraps with curry sauce and rice
  • Extra: kaiserschmarrn
  • Monday: leftover Wraps with curry sauce and rice
  • Extra: kaiserschmarrn
  • Tuesday: carrot pasta with beans, peas and tomatoes
  • Wednesday: leftover carrot pasta with beans, peas and tomatoes
  • Thursday: vegatarian meat with chili/ soy sauce
  • Friday: Storebought soup with french bread
  • Saturday: Lemon Risotto with spinach and red bell pepper

This week I blogged about:

Review: Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis by Paula Berinstein
Review: The Halfling by H.D. Gordon
Lola’s Ramblings: Buy links in reviews, yay or nay?
Lola’s Kitchen: Mini Applecake Recipe
Review: The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Lola’s Advice: Why Exposure is Important
– Review: Driven by Kelley Armstrong
– Lola’s Kitchen: Veggie Pie Recipe
– My To-Be Read List #18: poll

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

Review Opportunities:
Maisy and the Mystery Manor by Elizabeth Woodrum
Indestructible by Emma L Adams
Saven: Deception by Siobhan Davis
Summer Haikus by SJ Pajonas
Buried and Forgotten by CJ Carmichael
Dominic’s Nemesis by D. Alyce Domain
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
Avalee and the Dragon by Patricia Hamill – February 1
When Lucifer met Calamity by D. Alyce Domain – February 15
A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land – February 16
Crash Landing by Nikki Godwin – February 17
Trees of Life: A Colouring Experience by Jenna Field Lyn – February 18 – New!

None open for sign-up at the moment

Book Haul:

MarchMarch (Calendar Girl #3)
by Audrey Carlan

Format: e-copy
Source: lend to me by Berls
You can find March on Goodreads

A fiancée. I’m going to Chicago to pretend to be some Italian Stallion’s future wife. Why a massive hunk, boxer, and rich restaurateur needs a fake bride is beyond me. Then again, I’m not paid to know why. I’m paid $100,000 to be his escort, or in this case, the woman he’s supposedly “going” to marry.

The moment I met Antony “Tony” Fasano, I thought I might have lost my ability to breathe. In my twenty four years of life, I’d not seen anything like him. Clad only in a small towel precariously dangling from his hips–water droplets streaming down every inch of his muscular frame–I knew right then and there, I’d finally seen male perfection in all its raw glory.

What happened next blew me away. It was now abundantly clear why he needed me…a fake fiancée.

Mia Saunders continues her mission to save her comatose father from her dangerous, loan-shark ex-boyfriend. This month, she serves as a high-priced escort to a restaurateur named Anthony Fasano in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia’s journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.

Tea with Milk and MurderTea with Milk and Murder (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries #2)
by H.Y. Hanna

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Tea with Milk and Murder on Goodreads

While at an Oxford cocktail party, tearoom owner Gemma Rose overhears a sinister conversation minutes before a University student is fatally poisoned. Could there be a connection? And could her best friend Cassie’s new boyfriend have anything to do with the murder?

Gemma decides to start her own investigation, helped by the nosy ladies from her Oxfordshire village and her old college flame, CID detective Devlin O’Connor. But her mother is causing havoc at Gemma’s quaint English tearoom and her best friend is furious at her snooping… and this mystery is turning out to have more twists than a chocolate pretzel!

Too late, Gemma realises that she’s could be the next item on the killer’s menu. Or will her little tabby cat, Muesli, save the day?
(** Velvet Cheesecake recipe included!)

by Mari Biella

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

The past never dies…

When journalist Cat Armistead visits the small village of Wintergreen over Christmas, she thinks that staying in the peaceful English countryside will give her a chance to relax. Her illusions are shattered, however, when a local businessman, Hugo Montbray, is found dead in a wooded area near the village.

As Cat delves into the mystery she finds that Montbray was a man with many enemies, and that his death might not have been accidental. Her search for the truth uncovers local and family rivalry, broken trust, and even a touch of the supernatural. And, as if that weren’t enough, Cat reluctantly finds herself being drawn to Jake Fernsby, the detective who is investigating Montbray’s death.

However, Cat’s interest in the case has not gone unnoticed – and, in investigating it, she might have put herself in grave danger.

A cozy crime mystery set around Christmastime, Wintergreen is the perfect read for long winter evenings.


42 responses to “Sunday Post #163

  1. I’m glad you had a good week, Lola, and good luck with the non-fiction cover reveal!
    Having weeks that are a bit more quiet can do us so much good, I think it’s necessary in order to fully re-charge our energy levels.
    Your new books look really good, and I hope you’ll enjoy them all.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…The Sunday Post #68 – Slow and SteadyMy Profile

    • So far the non-fiction cover reveal got quite some sign-ups already, so that’s exciting. It’s nice to recharge for a bit and start fresh the next month again. I already read March and enjoyed it and am reading Tea with Milk and Murder, which is good too. It’s nice to have a week where I didn’t got so many enw books as the previous weeks, lol.
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    • I love winning gift cards, but it’s so hard to decide which books to buy with it. I only reviewed a colouring book myself once and Fate roleplaying books and that’s about my only experience with non-fiction. I did request a non-fiction book on netgalley yesterday as it was about blog tours and being a blog tour organizer it picked my interest. So I think I am the same and a non-fiction book really needs to grab my attention.
      However I do like the idea of touring non-fiction books as well as I can imagine the posts and reviews would be very different than in a fiction tour, so I am excited to give that a try.

    • I usually only do yearly challenges, but as I am sure I will read soem cozy mysteries next month anyway, I thought why not sign-up?

      I think I reviewed one or two non-fiction books myself last year, so I kinda thought everyone was like that, but so far I got some positive replies of people who would like to host non-fiction. So once enough people express interest I probably will start organizing those as well. It sounds fun to branch out in that direction.
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  2. You had a great week! I hope the non-fiction books work for you! That is a good mix since most Tours do fiction books only. Very excited for you!

    Love the bookmark it’s so cute and the fish is adorable!

    Only read one cozy and I think it was cozy lol. They aren’t my think really but I have wanted to try another one like the one I read.

    I hope you have an amazing week, Lola! Happy Reading! ox
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    • Yes indeed most tour organizers only do fiction tours, so it will be interested to see how non-fiction tours go. And it sounds interesting to see how non-fiction tours are and what kind of posts and topics will be featured durign those. I am really gettign exicted about the idea :). Now just to get enough bloggers interested.

      I was so happy to have won the boomarks giveaway, the fish is so cute!

      I really enjoy cozies so far, so it sounded like a good challenge for me to join. I am reading a lot of cozies lately. I hope you’l give another cozy a try, there are some really good ones in the genre.
      Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #163My Profile

    • I don’t know planning and organization things seem to come easy to me. I documents with schedules and sign-up forms and it just works. And I love organizing tours, so that makes it easier too 🙂
      Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #163My Profile

    • I am sorry for making you hungry, but I just love talking about food 😉

      I actually requested a non-fiction book from netgalley as it catched my attenton, but mostly the only non-fiction books I read are cookbooks or colouring books. It will be fun to see how non-fiction tours go once I give them a try. I am hoping to build my non-fiction list a bit more and then start offering them to authors.
      Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #163My Profile

  3. Glad you got some reading and gaming in- I miss having time for gaming. Maybe if I blogged less LOL. I signed up for Stormi’s mystery thing too- it looks fun and I have a cozy or two around to read. 🙂

    Congrats on the gift card, and nice bookmarks!
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    • I try to fit in half an hour gaming each evening before I read, so I guess it costs me a bit of reading or blogging time. I have quite some cozies on my ipad and physical copies I hope I can read a few during Stormi’s mystery event. I am glad to hear you’re participating too!
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  4. I love that fish bookmark! Maybe I’d not have always lost my bookmarks if I had one like that lol. The other ones are also pretty. And congrats on winning a gift card!

    As for the non-fiction books, it’s not something I’d be interested in. I’ve read, I believe, two autobiographies in the past few years, and that was only because one of them was about a famous circus owner and one was a comedian I really liked. But maybe other people will be interested 🙂
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…The Weekly Update: 1/31/16My Profile

    • The fish bookmark is so awesome. I collect bookmarks and am quite carefull with them. It’s fun to see how many different types of bookmarks there are.

      I don’t read mnay non-fiction myself, so I wasn’t sure if others would be interested. Concidently I requested a non-fiction book about blog tours from netgalley recently, it caught my attention as I organize blog tours and was curous what the author writes about the topic. Then I reviewed some rolelaying books in the past and a colouring books last year, but that’s about it.
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  5. I love the bookmarks. I have some similar that I haven’t used since I primarily read on my Nook. But I do love collecting them. Good luck with the cozy mystery challenge. They sound like fun and they always have great covers. I have some cozy mysteries I plan to read this year. I hope you have a great week!
    Kathy recently posted…Weekly Wrap-Up #87My Profile

    • Same here, I love collecting bookmarks, even though I read a lot on my Kobo and ipad and thus not always need a bookmark. Yes the cozy mysteries always have such cute covers, I really like the style. I am really enjoying the gerne so far, I hope you can get around to reading some cozy mysteries this year!

  6. Aw, that fish bookmark is too cute. It reminds me of the fish in this picture book, The Rainbow Fish. I like non-fictions books; I’m doing the Non-Fiction Reading Challenge for my other blog, Shooting Stars Mag, so hopefully you’ll get enough interest to help tour more. I’ll go check out your coloring book cover reveal post though!

    Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance recently posted…Repost Review: The Danish Girl by David EbershoffMy Profile

    • It will be interested to see if there’s enough interest for non-fiction tours, the colouring book cover reveal is getting a nice amount of sign-ups so far.

      I am not sure what I will post on thursdays when I don’t have a Lola’s Ramblings post, I have a product review for this month and probably a guest post for next month, so we’ll see how that goes.
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  7. Sounds like you had a fun quiet week. I’m hoping this week will be a little more quiet for me, since I’m not really feeling like myself lately.
    Good luck with the non-fiction cover reveal. I really hope it works out for you! 😉
    Have a great week! BTW.. I love the bookmarks!! Very cute!
    Maureen Hinten recently posted…The Sunday Post #5My Profile

    • This week will probably be a more busy week again for me, I hope you get a week with a bit more quiet. I hope you’re feeling better soon!
      The non-fiction cover reveal has more sign-ups so far than most of the fiction cover reveals that are open for sign-up at the moment. So it looks like it’s going to be a succes :). Just saw the cover for it and it looks pretty!
      I am using the Amanda Lester bookmark at the moment as I am reading the third book in the series.
      Lola recently posted…Lola’s Advice: Why Exposure Makes a DifferenceMy Profile

  8. That cozy mystery challenge sounds fun! I subscribed to her blog so I could see what you all are reading and hopefully add a few more books to my queue. I’m so interested in this non-fiction book you’re going to be touring! That’s exciting that you’re able to branch out into something new. 🙂 Have a great week!
    S. J. Pajonas recently posted…Sunday Update – January 31, 2016My Profile

    • As I am really enjoying cozy mysteries lately, it sounded like a fun challenge to join. She reviews quite some cozy mysteries and I got some recommendations for cozy mysteries from her.

      The cover reveal I am doing now is for an adult colouring book and I might do a tour for that one too, not sure yet. I am hoping to build a list for bloggers who like non-fiction and once it’s large enough start organizing tours for non-fiction too.

  9. I’m so happy you had a good week, Lola, with some extra time for hobbies. That’s always nice. Congrats on the new non-fiction avenue in your tour business. I hope it works out well! I don’t know if you know, but I collect bookmarks and I love your new additions…particularly the fish one! It’s lovely!! And I look forward to seeing your thoughts on the next Calendar girl installment. I’ve very curious about the series. Have a great week! <3
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    • I haven’t officially added the non-fiction tours yet, but once enough bloggers express interest I’ll start organizing those as well.

      I also collect bookmarks and I love it when I get new additions to my collection ;). The fish one is so cute. I didn’t realize you collect bookmarks too!

      I’ll be reviewing one calendar Girl book a month, so you’ll get my february review this month, but I my March review scheduled for March. I thought it would be ncie to space them apart a bit.
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    • The fish is so adorable!

      I am curious how the non-fiction thing will go, I am hoping I can get enough people interested in non-fiction tours.

      Just finished the second book in that series and both the first and second book were 4 star books to me. I would recommend them if you like a good cozy mystery! The cat on the cover is so cute indeed!

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