Sunday Post #213

Posted January 15, 2017 by Lola in Sunday Post / 44 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 was another pretty good week. It was a decent work week, two tours that ran ended and a new one started. And a new review opportunity went live on Lola’s Blog Tours, if you like NA books with a forbidden romance, please have a look. I also had some time for reading and blogging. I finished two books and am making progress on my current reads as well.

It was a decent week blogging wise as well, besides the reviews for books I finished I also got a ramblings and kitchen post written and scheduled. And I am training facebook to show me more posts from blogs I follow, every time I see a post from a blog I try to like it and click on the link. It’s nice to see how much of a difference it already made and I am seeing more posts from blogs already.

Bookish wise it seemed to be a good week too. I got a lot of new books this week. Oh and Kensington added new cozy mysteries to netgalley, I couldn’t resist and requested three of them. I already got approved for two of them and now keep checking multiple times a day to see if I got approved for the other two. I also was on edelweiss to link up a review and noticed Lost and Found Sister by Jill Shalvis just got added and requested that too. I also signed-up for a blog tour early February and got a few e-mails about upcoming ARC’s. My netgalley percentage won’t be happy with me, but all the newly requested books are making me happy and I hope I get approved for them all.

Also anyone has a good sweet recipe with cocos/ shredded coconut in it? It can be anything from cakes, pies, cookies etc. I bought a big bag of cocos this week and I want to use it in some bakings. I already got some ideas from pinterest to try out, but would love to hear any ideas you have!

Picture of the Week

I won a mug last week with the pets from one of the novella’s from Pets in Space on it. And I’ve been drinking tea out of it already. It’s such a great mug!

What did I read this week?

Four of a KindOne Snowy Night

Four of a Kind and One Snowy Night were both 3 star books. Four of a Kind was a fun read, but something missed to bump it up to a 4 star. One Snowy Night was a fun addition to the series and I liked getting Rory her story, but it was a bit short. I hope to read book 3 in the series soon.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

This week I blogged about:

Review: Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis
Review: Speak No Evil by Jordan Ford
Review: The Royal Trade by Erin Hayes
My To-Be Read List #29: the winner

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early
– Review: I Found my Rhino by Erin Hayes
– Lola’s Ramblings: When you want to read Everything
– Lola’s Kitchen: Curry Rice Recipe

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

Review Opportunities:
Single Chicas by Sandra C Lopez
Here Comes the Witch by Ani Gonzalez
Newborn by Edward Hoorneart
Necromancer by Graeme Ing
Teach Your Heart by Tracey Alvarez
Naughty or Nice by Jessie Logan
Right Under Your Nose by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Fated Memories by Joan Carney
Remember by Joan Carney
Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis
Vanquished by S.E. Green
Making Bad Choices by Rita StradlingNew!
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David – 24 January

Book Blitz: Lana’s Ex Prom Date by Amy Sparling – 16 till 22 January
Book Blitz: Amanda Lester Series by Paula Berinstein – 30 January till 5 February
Book Blitz: Reckless Hearts by Heather Van Fleet– 7 till 13 February
Book Blitz: Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor – 21 till 27 February

Book Haul:

Forest of RuinBloom and DoomSailHimCinderstellarDeath by Chocolate labMagick Reborn

Forest of Ruin and Bloom and Doom are both paperbacks that I bought with Christmas money. Forest of Ruin in the third book in a trilogy, I now own all three books and haven’t even started it yet, but it’s by one of my favorite authors and now I can binge them in a row if I want to. I read Death of a Toy Soldier last year and found out the author also wrote under another pen name, so i bought Bloom and Doom and hope it’s just as good as Death by a Toy Soldier. Sail, Him and Magick Reborn are books that were 0.99$ on amazon and I bought a copy. Still happy with that amazon gift card money I got and won in December. Cinderstaller I got for review form the author. And Death by Chocolate Lab I got for review through netgalley.

Freebies I grabbed:

I got the following freebies this week (they were free when I got them):

  • The Midnight Society by Rhonda Sermon (YA sci-fi time travel) Amazon|Goodreads
  • Third Time’s the Charm by Liz Isaacson (Inspirational Western Romance) Amazon|Goodreads
  • Fifth Generation Cowboy by Liz Isaacson (Inspirational Western Romance) Amazon|Goodreads
  • Lavender Grape Dust Murder by Susan Gillard (Cozy Mystery) Amazon|Goodreads

Also check out my facebook post here where I list freebies and cheap books during the week.

Bargain Book recommendation

And I’ve got another 0.99$ recommendation for you this week. I want to recommend The daydreamer Detective by SJ Pajonas. It’s only 0.99$ for a limited time. It’s a cozy mystery set in japan and it was one of my favorite reads of 2016, can’t recommend this one enough!
The daydreamer detective


44 responses to “Sunday Post #213

  1. I couldn’t resist Magick Reborn either. The great advantage of the author newsletters is getting told when the special offers are on! I gained a lot from that this week! I really like the cover for The Daydreamer Detective. I used to read a lot of Asian themed books but never cozy mystery so I’m not sure if it would be my thing. Might be worth trying it at such a reduced price though! Have a good week!
    chucklesthescot recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #164My Profile

    • Glad to hear you also got Magick Reborn, I heard about that from another author their newsletter. It’s a great way to hear about special offers.

      If you like books with mystery, but without the gore where the main character does a bit investigation you might like cozy mysteries. And the author knows so much about Japan, it’s great to get a feel for that country through her books. At least 0.99$ is a great price to give it a try to see if you like it.
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    • I am pretty sure that would work best, but I just can’t stay away. I want to see what’s new. I hope I can read the Age of legends series this year, now that I own all three books. I am looking forward to hear what you think of City of the Lost!

  2. * sigh* It must be the time of year, Lola – I’ve already completely busted my good intentions to keep tight control of my NetGalley list and requested a whole tranche of books I just couldn’t resist! Oh well. It’s not as if I’m tempted to do anything outside with the cold, wet weather. Have a great week! My Sunday Post
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    • Now I am kinda glad I am not the only one who went lose and requested a bunch of books. I think it’s the time of the year, there are so many books I want being released in the next few months.

  3. Oh I’ve been on NetGalley too! I didn’t mean to request anything, but then…I’m auto-approved for one publisher and that didn’t end well lol I’m glad they only release a few books a month, and I’ve not been interested in any they’ve put up for ages. I hope you get approvals for the ones you’re waiting for πŸ™‚

    I just looked at your Hot Lightning recipe as I’ve not heard of that before. I like potatoes, and I like apples, so I’m super curious about how they go together. Might need to give that a go some time soon. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!
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    • I keep thinking that if Kensington ever auto approves me I am in big trouble, I always request a bunch of their cozies. They do usually approve me for them luckily. And it’s a good thing they only put up new books a few times a year, but when they do I am always excited and check out their new books.

      Hot Lightning is really good, it sounds a bit weird at first, but the potatoes and apples go really well together. Please let me know if you decide to give it a try :).

  4. I tend to only go on NetGalley once and a while just for that reason. I get sucked in and then who knows how many books I’ll request. Although I’ve gotten better and try to limit myself. But you know how it is. πŸ™‚
    Have a great week!
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  5. Looks like we were both busy this week. I have been trying to avoid Netgalley but I got a request to review a book in a series I have read and I just requested another on. Oh well, I am sure I will get to them eventually πŸ™‚

    Look at you with all those new shiny books this week! πŸ™‚ I need to start doing that on FB too, I am not seeing a lot of things I want to see.

    Have a great week, Lola! Happy Reading! ox
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    • That’s what I keep telling myself, I’ll get to them eventually. And they are all books I want to read.

      It’s taking some time, but it’s nice to see some progress from this week already. For some pages I probably just have to go and visit and then like a bunch of posts.

      It was a good week for new books :).

  6. Well, with these tours and blog work you really did have a productive week. My brother bought me a Winnie the Pooh mug for Christmas a while back and it’s my favorite winter mug. Your Pets in Space mug reminded me of it.

    Oh man, I saw all those cozies on Net Galley and wondered if you would be able to resist. I got two books this week. One I was planning to request and the other was an impulse click. I went a bit crazy clicking on some freebies too. Three were on my wish list in my defense. LOL

    Have a good week, Lola!

    • I like a good mug, as I use mugs daily. I am currently drinking from a mug with miffy on it.

      The answer to that question was no, when they add all those cozies I just have to request a few especially when they are first in a new series or series I want to continue. Cozies are my weakness when it comes to netgalley. Can’t resist them. I still haven’t been approved or declined for the other two cozies I requested through. So I am still impatiently waiting.

  7. I’m glad you had such a good week! I read your note about Netgalley and clicked over and *almost* started grabbing up books. And then I paused and thought, nah! I have way too many books to read right now. LOL! Enjoy your new reads though πŸ™‚ Have a great week!
    Berls recently posted…Sunday Post | Ughhh!My Profile

    • Netgalley is so tempting ;). I usually go there once a day at least to check out the newly added books, it’s almost a habit by now. Even though I have way too many books already.

  8. NetGalley and I are nothing but trouble! I get totally click happy and its insane! I just can’t say no! I think have like 35 books from there right now. Thankfully, my percentage is still high (90%), but I just can’t stop clicking books!! Crazy! Hope you have a great week!
    Samantha recently posted…Sunday Post: Is it June yet?My Profile

    • I also still have about 30-40 books from there unread, but my percentage is pretty good too, around 68% at the moment. I can’t resist requesting new books.

    • I really enjoyed the few books by Jill Shalvis that I’ve read. And Bloom and Doom sounds fun, I’ve read a book by that author under another pen name, so I am hoping this one’s good too.

  9. Glad it was a good week all around! I need to get on Netgalley and look at some of those mysteries maybe, I haven’t read one of those in ages. So far I have resisted but my defenses are weakening lol as far as NG is concerned.

    Forest of Ruin looks like a good Kelley Armstrong book, I’m definitely going to read more of her this year. And Cinderstellar and Death by Lab look fun too…

    Congrats on the mug! Looks nice… πŸ™‚
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #177My Profile

    • I can’t resist Netgalley, quite a big chunk of the cozies I get come from there. I just wish I would hear if I get approved for those other two books soon!

      I have the whole trilogy now, so I can read them in a row if I want to πŸ™‚

  10. Thank you for mentioning that Daydreamer is discounted! I really appreciate all the support you give. <3 I love the coaster you put your tea mug on! it looks like you've flattened someone! Lol. Very funny. I don't have any cocoa recipes for you. I feel like I hardly make chocolate things anymore. My youngest daughter is not a fan of chocolate so we tend to bake vanilla things at home.
    S. J. Pajonas recently posted…Sunday Update – January 15, 2017My Profile

    • You’re welcome! I like spreading the word about your books, you’re one of my favorite authors and I wish more people read your books! The coasters are awesome. They are shaped like a person and you can fold them together as each one has a hand outwards and a hand shaped hole in it’s belly, so you can arrange them in a circle.

      It was supposed to to say cocos, although I think in english shredded coconut is the more common term for it? I am trying to make coconut balls with chocolate around them at the moment.

    • It takes some time, but I am making progress. I hope to visit more blogs during the day now and then and I am hoping fb will help with that as I almost always have that open.

    • I’ve read her Cedar Ridge series and am now working on finishing her Heratbreaker bay series, so I haven’t read much more than you. Her new series sounds good indeed!

  11. Well a decent/pretty good blogging/reading/work week is better than a bad one πŸ™‚

    That does look like a really great mug! It has a nice size and shape to it. Is that a weird thing to notice? And it just looks sturdy.

    Wow you did get lots of new books this week lol. I’ve been considering Sail myself. And Cinderstellar looks kinda cool, is it a retelling?

    Yum, I see you had peach crumble. I just had apple crumble the other day, though it was store bought because you know I never make anything myself. It was good though! I’d buy it again.
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    • Definitely. I hope to get a few more posts scheduled next week as I still have quite some ideas for posts.

      It is pretty sturdy, but surprisingly light. I really like it’s shape and size too. It’s a nice mug to drink tea from.

      I never actually looked at the blurb of sail, but I got an e-mail that mentioned it and then I read the blurb and I was sold and I had to buy it. And yes Cinderstellar is a sci-fi retelling. It’s from that same author as the other two sci-fi retellings I read last year.

      That’s nice you also had crumble and that it was a good one. I really like crumble, it’s so easy to make and I always make sure I have a can of peaches at hand in case I want to make it. I might make apple crumble this week as we got a bunch of apples.

    • I was wondering if you had read Him, guess that answers my question. Us was only 0.99$ too, so I got that too after I read your comment. I hope I’ll enjoy both book πŸ™‚

    • The mug is awesome :). I am not sure if I am a granola person, but I’ll have a look at the recipe. I made some coconut balls covered with chocolate last weekend, a bit like bounties, they were really good!

    • I don’t even try to stay away, just try to not request all the books. I gave feedback on two books I didn’t plan on reading anymore this week and my percentage went up a bit which is nice. I hope I can read the Magick book soon.

    • I think it’s mostly publishers cancelling existing series and publishing less cozies, but I don’t think they’re dropping them completely. And I don’t think Kensington is one of them, but not 100% sure. I always get happy when they add new cozies πŸ™‚

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