Sunday Post #185

July 3, 2016 Sunday Post 28

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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 more quiet which was a welcome change. I was still busy with tour work, as three tours started this week and sending out media kits for future tours. And I worked on some marketing assistant work this week. But I also had some time to game a bit and read. And I won a 25$ amazon gift card, which totally made my day and I already bought a book with it and am deciding which other books to buy.

I am hoping to read some more sci-fi romance books, so if anyone has a good recommendation for a sci-fi romance book please let me know! I am looking for sci-fi romances with well done world building/ sci-fi elements and a good romance or interesting characters as well. Preferable no time travel or gruesome scenes.

And I made a new recipe this week, which I haven’t done for a long time. It was a Curry Soup recipe with tofu that I turned into a curry with rice recipe. It needed some tweaking, but we ended up with a yummy dish, I really liked the flavor of this curry. So next time I make it I’ll take pictures so I can do a recipe post.

Deals

The Daydreamer Detective by SJ Pajonas is free for a limited time! I really enjoyed this book! If you’re looking for a fun cozy mystery with an unique setting then this might be a book for you. The book is set in japan, there are great characters and side characters and a nice mystery.

Dating for Decades is a book I haven’t read yet, but I bought it this week as it sounded promising and it’s on sale for only 0.99$ for a limited time.

Beyond Reach is the second book in the True Calling series and it’s on sale for 0.99$ for a limited time. The first book in the series is free. I really enjoyed this young adult sci-fi romance series!

I recently read Pirate Bound and I really enjoyed it and am eagerly awaiting the release of book 1. The prequel novella, which is 153 pages long is on sale for 0.99$ for a limited time. The telepathic powers are really worked out and it’s a fun book to read.

make sure to double check the price before you one click!

The Daydreamer DetectiveDating for DecadesBeyond ReachPirate Bound

Picture of the Week

Cheetos-Spinners
A few weeks ago I posted about Ten Dutch Products, in the comments Bookworm Brandee mentions she didn’t see any chips I shared. The reason for that is that I personally am not a big chips eater, although I do buy some now and then. And I have no clue which chips flavors are typical for here or if they sell these everywhere, so no chips made it into that post.
So there are a few chips flavors that I like, so I decided to make a picture of my favorite chips flavour today. This is a fun shaped paprika flavored chips, I really like the taste of these and buy them now and then. What’s your favorite chips flavor or brand?

What did I cook for dinner this week?

This week I blogged about:

Review: The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter by SJ Pajonas
Review: Sunborn Rising Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff
Reading Challenges 2016: second quarterly recap
Lola’s Kitchen: Apple Pie Dough Cookies Recipe
My To-Be Read List #23: poll

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Lola’s Advice: How to make the Most of a Blog Tour
– Review: Esther the Wonderpig
– My To-Be Read List #23: the winner

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

Review Opportunities:
Indestructible by Emma L Adams
Saven: Deception by Siobhan Davis
Summer Haikus by SJ Pajonas
Dominic’s Nemesis by D. Alyce Domain
Secret Baby Scandal by Joanne Rock
Micah by Lee DuCote
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
Electing Love by Victoria Pinder – 20 July
A Tragic Consequence by JC Morrows – 29 July

Tours:
Blog Tour: The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter by SJ Pajonas – 11 till 15 July
Book Blitz: Teenage Temptation & Personal Honor by Meena Jelks – 11 till 15 July
Blog Tour: Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy by Paula Berinstein – 18 till 31 July
Blog Tour: Iron Goddess by Dharma Kelleher – 18 till 31 July
Book Blitz: Sacrifice by Carolyn Arnold – 31 July till 6 August
Blog Tour: A Cunning Plan by Astrid Arditi – 1 till 14 August

Book Haul:

Rules of Accusation
by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley
You can find Rules of Accusation on Goodreads

Blurb:
An original eNovella set in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine universe!

On the space station Deep Space 9, Quark’s Public House, Café, Gaming Emporium, Holosuite Arcade, and Ferengi Embassy can’t legitimately be called an embassy until the Grand Nagus—namely, Quark’s brother Rom—dedicates it as such. Not that Quark really cares about Ferengi protocol, but a well-publicized dedication ceremony will naturally draw people to the bar. Everybody loves a good open house—free appetizers, half-price drinks, door prizes, etc.—all of which Quark can write off as Embassy expenses. It’s a win-win situation, with him on both sides of the win. There’s even a plan to display the original scroll of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition—which no one has seen for decades given that it’s been held in protective storage—and charge patrons by the minute to look at it up close. Nothing, of course, could possibly go wrong with this big plan. Absolutely nothing at all…

My boyfriend and I recently watched Star Trek Deep Space 9, so I was really excited when I saw this e-novella on netgalley and requested it and got accepted, yay!

Till Death do Us Tart (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries #4)
by H.Y. Hanna

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Till Death do Us Tart on Goodreads

I’m Not Afraid of Wolves (The Cotton Candy Quintet #4)
by Erin Hayes

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find I’m Not Afraid of Wolves on Goodreads

Blurb:
Christine would do anything to get away from it all.

After escaping an abusive marriage and heading up a group of brand new performers, she’s tired and in need of a vacation. So when her sister Sara wants her to go camping out in the mountains of Georgia with the girls, she packs her bags for some rest and relaxation. Not even meeting a gorgeous park ranger like Colton Donnelly is going to distract her.

Except Sara didn’t tell her the real reason for the trip: she’s running away from a terrible secret. One that puts all of their lives in danger.

Now the vacation that Christine so desperately needed is ruined, but that’s the least of her worries. She has to use her wits and skills to save them all. Because she soon finds out that werewolves are very real. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into her sister.

Dating For DecadesDating For Decades
by Tracy Krimmer

Format: e-copy
Source: bought with amazon gift card money
You can find Dating For Decades on Goodreads

Blurb:
IT guru Cassie Noble can depend on networks and servers. It’s the people in her life that always let her down. With her fortieth birthday looming, she’d love to find a way to trust and commit to someone.

Eager to work out her problems methodically, Cassie reaches out to her support group. Electrician Keith manages to infiltrate their all-female ranks, infuriating her with his flippant jokes and his all-too laid back attitude. The other women all find him hilarious and she can’t see why. She takes this seriously and he’s doing anything but.

When Cassie needs Keith’s help on a project at her day job, she’s dreading having to work closely with him, however much his hazel eyes make her stop dead in her tracks. As days turn to weeks, he starts to break down her hard exterior. She’s seeing new possibilities. She’s seeing the future…a life that is joyful and bright. A life that includes Keith.

But when a letter from her mother drags her back to the world where Cassie has no control, she shuts down. Can her support group yank her back from that place where hope is lost? And can the man who once drove her crazy be the one who finally doesn’t let her down?

AugustAugust (Calendar Girl #8)
by Audrey Carlan

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

Blurb:
Pretending. I’ve always been good at pretending.
Being someone else is easy, and that ability has served me well these last seven months.

This time, I’ve been hired to be the long lost sister of oil tycoon, and down to earth cowboy, Maxwell Cunningham. Recently, Maxwell’s father passed away and in his last Will and Testament he dropped a bomb no one saw coming.

One of the richest men in the world, left forty-nine percent of his company to a sister my client never knew he had. A woman named Mia Saunders.

Maxwell has a year to find this sister or he loses almost half of his empire to a greedy board of investors. Somehow, he found me and here I am.

Sharing in family dinners, pretending to be someone I’m not and fooling bigwigs left and right. Only I’m finding myself falling in love with a family I can never have. One that will hurt to leave.

Stetsons, soul-searching, and sisterly duty all come into a sharp tangle with twists and turns I never saw coming.

***

In the eight book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Dallas, Texas. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be the long lost sister of Maxwell Cunningham, one of the newly richest men in America.

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.

Dark DiscipleDark Disciple (Star Wars canon)
by Christie Golden

Format: paperback
You can find Dark Disciple on Goodreads

Blurb:
Based on unproduced scripts from the blockbuster TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars!

The only way to bring down the dark side’s most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

28 Responses to “Sunday Post #185”

  1. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    A $25 gift card is awesome!!!

    Hmmm, I don’t know of any good sci-fi romances. I feel like I haven’t actually read that much sci-fi period. The only sci-fi romance I can think of was one I wouldn’t recommend because I didn’t think the characters or the romance were done well :-/

    I’m not a big chips eater either. I used to sometimes buy these garden vegetable flavored pita chips and bbq sour cream potato chips, but I haven’t bought either in a long time. I do sometimes buy flavored popcorn though! And sometimes these cinnamon flavored sunflower seed cookie/chip things. I don’t really know what they are, but I like how they taste. I get them from a health food type store.

    Enjoy all your new books and have a great week!
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    • Lola

      Yes I was really excited to win that gift card 🙂

      I have been in a sci-fi and fantasy mood lately and would like to add some good sci-fi books to my to-read list. But it seems hard to find a sci-fi book that really catches my attention, so I am hoping for some good recommendations.

      I very rarely buy chips, but sometimes they are nice when i am craving something salty. Oh those cinnamon flavored sunflower seed cookie chip things sound good! I would try those if they sold something similar here.
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  2. Sophia Rose

    Glad you had a restful week. It’s nice to get those once in a while to let the brain and emotions settle so you’re ready when a crazy week comes along. Neat that you won the GC and found some good books on Net Galley.
    Your curry dish sounds interesting and those Cheetos Wheels look fun. I don’t remember seeing them around here, but maybe they are.

    As for sci-fi, I would recommend Aubrie Dionne’s A New Dawn series, Pippa Jay’s Keir, Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series (they are YA, but still pretty good), Starkissed by Lanette Currington, Rinelle Gray’s Reckless Rescue, anything by Linnea Sinclair, No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn, LF Hampton’s Winged Victory, and for just lighter and sexier stuff there’s Eve Langlais’, Laurann Dohnner’s, and Cara Bristol’s cyborgs and Gail Koger’s alien warlords. There! That’s part of what I’ve read. I didn’t include any of my favorite m/m ones, but if you want to know those, too, let me know. 😉

    And this is always free on Amazon US so maybe it’s free for you, but I enjoyed the anthology, Tales of the SFR Brigade, that gave me a nice sampling of sci-fi rom writers to try.
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    • Lola

      Yes it was nice to have a somewhat calmer week, but still enough to keep me busy during the day. I was so happy to win the gift card and I got some exciting new books this week.

      I’ll have to make the curry dish again soon, it was good. Just a bit sweet and filled with curry flavor and loss of veggies, potatoes and tofu. The cheetos wheels are tasty.

      Thanks so much for the recommendations! Will go and look up those books now and see if any of them catch my attention. And sure feel free to recommend me m/m ones as well. I am not opposed to reading m/m romances, I just don’t seem to find them as often.

      Will check to see if the anthology is free.Ii recently saw another sci-fi anthology, maybe I just pick it up to get a feel for different authors, good idea!

    • Lola

      The Calendar Girl series is a good one so far. I am halfway through August and I am enjoying it so far.

  3. Greg

    Congrats on the gift card! As for Sci fi romances… have you read Starflight? You may have, but that one comes to mind… I haven’t read it lol but I’ve heard really good things, and I have it on my list to hopefully read this summer.

    Dark Disciple looks fun! So does the DS9 book… I see it on netflix and remember you saying it was good, I’m going to watch them at some point. 🙂
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    • Lola

      Thanks! It was so exciting to win the gift card! I just looked up Starflight and it sounds good, adding it to my to-read list.

      Really curious about Dark Disciple and getting to know those characters better! I was excited about the DS9 short story and such a coincidence that I saw it now after we just finished watching the series.
      Let me know if you get around to watching Ds9, I hope you’ll enjoy it. The first episode is a bit meh and some characters take some time to get used to, but it’s a great series overall in my opinion!

  4. Stormi Johnson

    Glad you had a slower week some times those are just what you need. Yay for the gift card, I wish I could win one…lol. I keep trying but my luck comes in spurts. 🙂 You got some great books so I hope you enjoy them!

    Stormi
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    • Lola

      Same here, I enter quite some giveaways and hardly ever win one, but I keep trying and sometimes I get lucky. It’s amazing when you do win one :).

  5. Silvara

    The only sci-fi romance that springs to mind is an older one. Restoree by Anne McCaffrey, it’s always been one of my favorites though, so there’s that? *laughs*

    The Cheetos brand is one we have where I live too, but I didn’t know they made chips! What I usually see from them (and sometimes buy) is kind of a puffed corn snack covered in powdered cheese.
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    • Lola

      Thanks for the recommendation, will check it out! I think they have those puffed corn snacks here as well, but also this one. This one has a similar texture, but the flavor is very different.

  6. S. J. Pajonas

    So if you’re looking for some scifi romance books and want to try some new authors and read some first chapters, you should download each of the Portals books. We have them on all vendors and they’re free! It’s a great way to try out some scifi romance. I’ll link to the first on Kobo and there’s plans for many more (I think the first four are out).

    https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/portals-13

    (Shoot me an email if you can’t find the others. I know Kobo’s website can be a pain with the search.)

    Anyway, I’m glad you had a quieter week and you even got in some gaming! That’s nice to have a little time off. And thank you for listing The Daydreamer Detective in your deals section. Every bit of help is super appreciated! 🙂
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    • Lola

      Thanks for the recommendation! So the Portals includes the first few chapters of multiple books? I grabbed all four volume’s on Kobo, so I can check them out and hopefully find some new authors.

      I already grabbed a sci-fi anthology with short stories as well this week so I can try multiple authors. I haven’t read that many sci-fi romances, so not sure yet what exactly to look for, so collections like those seem like a nice way to start.

      Yes it was nice to get some gaming time in last week. I hope some of my blog followers grab a copy of The daydreamer Detective while it’s free :). Will list it next week as well.

    • Lola

      Thanks for the recommendation, will look it up. I don’t mind it if sci-fi romances have some sex, as long as there’s a good plot as well.

      I recently read Pirate Bound which was a good sci-fi romance, I even think it’s in audio if you’re interested.

    • Lola

      This week so far is busier again, so I was glad last week was a bit of a break. And the gift card win made me so happy! I already bought some new books with it 🙂

  7. Lorna

    I am interested in the True Calling ones-Are they the ones the television series is based on? I did like that show but you all might not have got it over there. I will have to check. Sound like you really like to cook and tweek things so you will like them. I wish I had more of an imagination while cooking-I just mainly cook what my mother taught me. Oh, and congrats on winning the gift card-that’s always nice when you read as much as we all do! I have never seen those cheetos before, but I do like the regular ones. Yay for having a calmer week! Hope this one is as well :)(By the way the review I did today on Rabid Reads is a human/alien romance although not a whole lot of world building because it’s kind of a spin off of the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout.)
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    • Lola

      No these aren’t the ones of the television series. It’s a good YA sci-fi/ dystopia romance series, really enjoyed the books.

      Yes almost all recipes I make need some tweaking. Either ingredients I don’t like that get removed, ingredients that get swapped for something else or more spices than the recipe said. I never learned how to cook until I had to and then mostly learned myself everything and I use pinterest a lot for inspiration.

      Yes it was awesome to win the gift card :). I already bought some books with it. I also like the regular Cheetos, these have a similar texture, but taste differently. They are great.

      I’ll check out your review next! I actually have read the first two Lux books, but haven’t continued the series yet.

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