Sunday Post #186

Posted July 10, 2016 by Lola in Sunday Post / 54 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 was pretty meh, we had a change in routine which always is a pain. The week started with a headache and I didn’t sleep good for a few nights in a row, I actually got out of bed to read a bit more one night when I couldn’t sleep. Then another day I got woken by a neighbor drilling on and off for an hour. And I got a neck and headache another day. I just felt rushed and out of sync and behind on work the whole week. Although I actually managed to get all my work done that I wanted to and only fell behind on commenting.

Work wise this week was pretty okay actually. I worked on a new tour and review opportunity, sent out two media kits for future tours. And besides that did some standard work like promoting the currently going on tour and such.

And I decided to revamp my Sunday post a bit. I added a What did I read this week heading as an effort to show you more what I am reading right now as I usually schedule reviews ahead. Weeks run from Sunday till Saturday for this purpose, just like my dinner list. I also changed up how I list my book haul, we’ll see if I like it this way or change it back. I now only list the covers and link to goodreads and I had enough of copy and pasting all the info, and I felt like no one probably even reads everything and if you want to read the blurb you can do so on Goodreads. I also started sharing some freebies I picked up, I never share freebies as I never know whether I will read them or not and didn’t want to make my book haul very large listing all the freebies, but now I just list their titles, genres and link to goodreads. Please let me know what you think of the new changes πŸ™‚

I already mentioned this last week, but 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.


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.

Sparing the Heart is a book by an author who’s books I haven’t read yet, but now own multiple of them and this one sounds so fun with adult coloring and bowling as hobbies that play a role in the book! And it’s free!

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

The Daydreamer DetectiveSparing the Heart

Picture of the Week

Veggie satΓ©
Last Saturday I had these as evening snack. They were discounted and I really wanted to give this veggie satΓ© a try, they had these with meat always, but I only recently discovered they also a had a veggie flavor nowadays. They turned out to be really good, the satΓ© sauce tasted great and the veggie pieces were good too. Will buy these again. You buy them frozen and then put them in the microwave for a few minutes to warm up. It’s really handy and tasty.

What did I read this week?

JaxsonSaven DefianceAugustTill Death Do Us tart

This was a good reading week. I finished 4 books this week and all of them were 4 stars. Jaxson was the first book in a paranormal romance series and a solid read if you enjoy that genre. Saven Defiance was another great installment int he Saven series and had one rollercoaster of revelations at the end that completely took me by surprise. August was an exciting book in this series with some plot twists and a cliffhanger ending and it continues to switch things up instead of turning formulaic, which was what I afraid of, so glad that isn’t happening. Till Death Do Us tart is the fourth book in one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I really enjoyed this one. I am now doing a beta read for a book that isn’t on goodreads yet, so that’s why there’s only one book in my currently reading widget.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

This week I blogged about:

Lola’s Advice: How to make the Most of a Blog Tour
Review: Esther the Wonder Pig by by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane
My To-Be Read List #23: the winner

It was a bit of a calm week on the blog, only had one review scheduled as I have been scheduling them a bit spread out for the next weeks as I knew I had a beta read and a review book that won’t be out for months that I was planning to read this month. Next week will be a bit busier again with 4 reviews.
It was fun to see everyone’s thoughts about blog tours. Esther the Wonder Pig was a non fiction book based on a true story of two men who got a mini pig that turned into a full sized pig. It’s a heartwarming story about kindness and filled with humor. I really would recommend it to animal lovers or people who enjoy a good humorous non-fiction book.

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Undone by Katey Wolfe (Kelley Armstrong)
– Review: July by Audrey Carlan
– Lola’s Ramblings: Do You Read all Books by an Author?
– Lola’s Kitchen: Puff pastry Snacks Recipe

Undone is a book written by Kelley Armstrong under a pen name and it was a great read, a bit different from her normal books, but I really enjoyed it. July is the seventh Calendar Girl book and shakes things up a bit and the main character makes a big decision.
I have a discussion scheduled about how author loyal I am and I wonder how other readers are and if you read all books by an author. And it’s a recipe post week where I talk about my love for puff pastry and show how you can sue them for a delicious dinner or snack. I hope you’ll enjoy next week’s posts πŸ™‚

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
Across Borders by Lee DucoteNew!
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

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
Blog Tour: The Dragon Sphere by Abel Gallardo – 8 till 21 August – New!

Book Haul:

Romancing the StarsInfernal magicKiss of a DragonJaceDeath Among the DoiliesThe Immortality CureTrue Calling short story collection

Trying something new here with only listing the covers and we’ll see how that goes. All book covers link to goodreads. Romancing the Stars, Infernal Magic, Kiss of a Dragon and Jace were books that I bought with my amazon gift card won money. Romancing the Stars so I could try out some multiple sci-fi authors and there’s a short story in by an author I already know. Infernal Magic had such a pretty cover and interesting blurb, so I grabbed it too. I recently read my first Alisa Woods book and enjoyed it and this new series sounded promising, so I grabbed a copy of Kiss of a Dragon. And as I enjoyed Jaxson the first book in the series I grabbed book two Jace.

Death Among the Doilies is a review copy from netgalley. I got auto approved for this by Kensington, I hardly ever get auto approved for a book and it sounded good too, so I couldn’t resist. And I saw the author for The Immortality Cure was looking for reviewers and I was lucky enough to get a copy. I got a copy of The True calling short story collection for review, I already have read one or two of these, I think it’s fun they are now bundled.

I also grabbed some freebies: Reckless Rescue (sci-fi romance), Earthrise (sci-fi romance), Sparing the Heart (Contemporary Romance), The Good Girl’s Guide to Being a Demon (paranormal), Rhubarb Frosted Murder (Cozy Mystery) and The Chef’s Mail Order Bride (Historical Romance).


54 responses to “Sunday Post #186

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t have a good week :-/ Headaches suck. And being woken up by construction and other noises that are not necessary in the morning is so aggravating. I also fell a bit behind on commenting on other blogs this week because I haven’t had headaches but have been feeling more tired and out of it than usual. Maybe we’ll both have better weeks this week.

    That veggie thing sounds good, except I’m guessing that one has a peanut sauce since it’s got a picture of peanuts on the cover? I don’t like peanut stuff :-/ Glad you liked it though! I eat lots of frozen meals like that, except I make them in the oven. (You can’t do that with every frozen meal, but I buy ones that you can.)

    You’ve added a section with the books you’ve read this week just like I do in my weekly posts! I love it πŸ˜€

    I also like the new look of the book haul section. I never include books I’ve bought or freebies since it’s honestly just too much work for me. I suppose I could start including them since it was just that I used to download like a million free books a week and I don’t do that anymore lol, but it still seems like too much work. But I totally downloaded Earthrise. I didn’t read the blurb because I’m tired, but it’s free, so it can’t hurt lol.
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    • I agree, headaches really suck. I think we got new neighbors who were moving in this week, so hopefully next week no more drilling. Let’s hope next week is a better week for us both.

      Yes it’s veggie meat in peanut sauce, we call it satΓ© sauce here. I love peanut butter and peanut stuff, so I was happy to find this vegetarian version :).

      I saw you and a few other bloggers add the books you read to their sunday post and I think it’s always fun. I like hearing what people read and knowing what reviews to expect on their blog in the future. So I decided to add that section to my sunday post as well.

      I always include review books and books I bought so far, but didn’t want to include freebies as half of the time I don’t read them, so I thought linking to them instead would be a good alternative. And I usually don’t get too many freebies, so for now I’ll see how this works.
      On amazon Earthrise did cost money for me and I was just considering buying it when I noticed it was free on Kobo and grabbed it. It sounded like a good sci-fi romance.

  2. Sorry your week was meh, Lola! Hopefully this coming week will be awesome!

    I do the same with my bookhaul now, the cover links to Goodreads, so that my post doesn’t look too long πŸ™‚ I think including freebies is a good idea, I might do that myself, too. Adding books when they are free is always nice, even if I might not actually read them one day.

    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading πŸ™‚
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    • Thanks Lexxie! I really hope this week is better.

      I like showcasing other information about the books as well, but that information is on goodreads anyway, so I figured I would give only including the covers a try and so far I like how it looks more neat and keeps my post shorter.
      We’ll see how the freebies go, but so far i am enjoying listing them like that. So people know what I picked up and maybe can grab the book themselves as well if it sounds interesting.
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  3. I’ve avoided urban fantasy recently that even hints at romance but I need more UF in my life so I’m starting to look at those that are free and 99p in the hope I might find a few other good series. After all things like Mercy Thompson and Night Huntress have romance and I loved them. Time to grab some great covers too so I got Infernal Magic today. Have a good reading week!

    • I usually prefer my Urban Fantasy with a touch of romance. I have been in a fantasy and sci-fi mood lately, so I’ve been picking up a lot of books in those genres. I like finding free or 0.99$ books that sound food. Infernal Magic sounds really good and it was cheap as well :).

    • If I don’t get enough sleep I often get headaches. And changing schedules is so difficult, but this week seems to go better so far!

  4. I’ve been pondering ways to change things up on my weekly post. Usually I switch blogs every few months, and I did that again. This week and going forward, I’m at Serendipity.

    But changing the format is a good idea. I will think more on this.

    Enjoy your week, and hopefully, the headaches will go. I am curious about Secret Baby Scandal.

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  5. Hope this week is headache free. And I like the What Did I Read part of your post- that’s nice to see what people are reading every week. Til Death Do Us Tart- love those cozy titles!

    I like the topics you come up with for the Ramblings and this weeks sounds good. Reading everything an author writes (or not) is an interesting one.

    I may have to check out The Daydreamer detective.
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    • I hope you’ll check out The Daydreamer Detective, it’s one of my favorite cozy mystery series and the first book is free at the moment ;).

      Glad you like the what did I read part, I saw a few other blogger do something similar and thought it was fun to share what I read each week. Till Death Do Us tart was really good, this series continues to impress me. And I love the titles!

      I am happy you like my Ramblings topics. I thought it would be interesting to hear how other bloggers deal with this and if they read multiple books by the same author or not and on which factors it depends.
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    • I hardly ever change things on my blog, little changes like this one in the sunday post is the limit of what I do usually. I am feeling better now luckily. The sate is basically peanut sauce, it was really good!

  6. I shared the headache with you except mine hit during the middle of the week and I’m pretty sure it was because our weather was changing (odd, I know) b/c it eased up when the storm was gone from the area.

    Glad you got your work done even if it felt like you should do more. I got my list of things done and it felt good, but I was restless the two days I had the headache and couldn’t do as much.

    I like your new book haul presentation method. You’re right, we can hunt down the blurb if it grabs the attention. Looks like you had a nice variety of meals this week. A couple of days we ate cold salads because it got so hot and humid that I didn’t feel like cooking. And hey, we had rice and veggie wraps one night, too. πŸ™‚

    Have a good week, Lola!
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    • Headaches can pop up for the strangest of reasons sometimes. Lack of sleep is a common one for me, but weather can cause them too sometimes. Sorry to hear you had a headache too πŸ™

      Sometimes it just feels like I haven’t done enough even though I did, it was weird. Although without the headache I probably would’ve been more productive.

      I am glad you like the new book haul presentation. I am always a bit reluctant to change things, but so far I like this better. This showcases the covers better and everyone who wants to know more can click to go to goodreads.
      Salads are great when it’s so warm. And what a fun coincidence you had rice and veggie wraps too one night.

    • Jaxson was a good paranormal romance book, I hope I can read the second book soon. So far this week is better, no headaches so far.

    • Thanks, will check them out. I’ve heard of Eve Langlais before, but haven’t read one of her books so far. And the other author sounds familiar too.

    • I agree, I love finding freebies! The headache and the being awoken due to the drilling didn’t make me happy, luckily this week is going better so far. I am glad you like the new presentation πŸ™‚

    • Jaxson is only 0.99$, so it’s a nice way to start the series for cheap. It was a good PNR book. I already grabbed up the second book as well, will have to make time to read that soon.

      One of the authors I recently tried has a short story in Romancing the Stars and as it’s an anthology it sounded like a fun way to try some new to me authors :). I am the same I love sci-fi romance,s but haven’t read as many, so i am hoping to change that this year.
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    • It’s not too much work to include the descriptions, but I found it got a bit long and messy when I got a lot of new books and this is a bit faster. And the description is onyl one click away as I always link the covers to goodreads.

  7. I like how you share the books you acquired. It’s much easier on you, and yeah, if we are interested, we’ll click the book cover! I also like seeing what you read in the past week. Sorry you had some bad headaches, but I hope this week is MUCH better.

    As for sci-fi, I don’t read a lot of the genre…but I LOVE Illimunae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Have you tried that?

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    • Glad to hear you like the new changes. I figured all the book info is only a click away this way and it saves some time and looks neater like this.

      This week is a bit better, still some trouble adjusting to the new routine, but no headaches so far.

      I heard a lot of good things about Illuminae, but I am still on the fence about it as I am not sure whether it’s a book for me or not.

  8. Thanks for sharing the deals – will have a look! No wonder you have a headache girl – you’ve been busy! Your Sunday Post looks very nice by the way. Hope this week will be a whole lot better for you.

  9. Oh no! Sounds like you had a rough week with all the headaches and neck aches and everything. πŸ™ I’m sorry to hear that. I really hope this week goes better for you in that regard.

    I love satay, and that veggie satay sounds really good. It’s the peanuts that do it for me. πŸ™‚
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    • It really was a rough week, luckily this one is a bit better. No headaches yet, but still trouble with the new routine.

      Ah I guess satΓ© isn’t a word used in English, for some reason I thought it was english as well. And I know you love peanut butter as much as I do, so I am not surprised you like satay as well πŸ˜‰

  10. Agh, so sorry to hear about your awful week sleeping-wise though. THAT IS THE WORST. I hope this week is a bit calmer and more in routine for you! (I loooove routines so I totally understand getting frazzled when things get mucked up.) BUT AT LEAST YOU HAD SO MANY GOOD BOOKS! *cheers for you* I’ve had like 8 two and three star reads in a row. *dies* Hehe. Hopefully I read something magnificent really soon!!

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    • It’s so difficult when you have to change your routine and sleep bad. This week is a bit better so far and I am getting used to the new routine a bit more.

      And yes at least I had a good book week. I am sorry to hear you had so many 2 and 3 stars in a row. I hope you’ll read something good soon!

  11. I’m sorry you were feeling so out-of-sorts last week, Lola. Headaches and neighbors drilling…yuck! That’s no fun but you did manage to accomplish quite a bit from the sound of it, so that’s excellent! πŸ™‚ I like your new format and I don’t blame you one bit for linking the covers to Goodreads rather than copy/paste-ing all the info. That’s time consuming and as we all know, time is precious. You read some good-looking books and picked up some as well. I hope you enjoy all your new goodies. And thanks for sharing the freebies. πŸ˜‰
    I hope you’re having a good week. I’m trying to get caught up with everyone. Summer has been busy with the kids – especially since my oldest will be leaving in a month for college. She’ll be 1200+ miles from home. πŸ™
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    • Yes it was good I still managed to get a lot done even with the headaches and sleeping weird.

      I actually think my book haul is easier to get the overview now instead of listing them with all the info. The copy and pasting didn’t take much time, but this is faster. I am glad you like me sharing about the freebies.

      And thanks for stopping by! I can imagine summer is busy with your kids being home and your oldest planning for college.

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