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 awesome in terms of work, but very stressful and annoying in non work related terms. Let’s start with the good part. Work has been awesome, I’ve been busy with assistant work and tour work. I got some new tours in again this week and put two sign up posts live for new tours and am working on more. I’ve been keeping my banner designer busy with all the banner requests. Last month was the best month so far this year in terms of how much money I made and that makes me really happy as I’ve had some difficult months money wise earlier this year. I just hope this keeps up.
I also made a slight change to my tours and included both a square and rectangular tour banner standard with each tour, except for the bookstagram blitzes. Up until now I’ve been offering this as an add-on authors could pick for some extra money. I love having the square banners for easy instagram posting and so I can switch up the graphics on social media. So I added it standard to all tours now as well as a slight increase in price to compensate for that. I haven’t upped my prices in a long time and thought now would be a good moment to do so and add something extra to each tour too this way with the square banners.
And thanks for all your understanding replies last week about me being less active with the blog visiting. I hope once this month is over I can be more active with all the visiting again.
I’ve been reading some good books this week which helped a bit. One book is my re-read of Chaos in Kadoma Ward, by one of my favorite authors S.J. Pajonas. And I’ve been reading the next book in Lindsay Buroker’s Dragon Blood series and the third book in Hillary Avis her cozy mystery chicken series.
Now for the less good parts. This week has been crazy and stressful with lots of non work related things going on. We’ve been dealing with high humidity levels in our house for a few weeks now, like high humidity as in our windows being all wet. Due to being busy we didn’t really look into it and hoped it would go away, but it only got worse, with now mold started to grow on and around our windows. It’s usually quite humid where we live, but it never has been this bad. I cleaned all the windows this week and removed the mold and then we did some internet research and now are airing out our house twice a day. Which really is tedious and no fun as it’s really cold outside. It does help tough, but having frigid air in your house twice a day is no fun. So it might be worth looking for another solution there or maybe it will be less humid soon.
Besides that I’ve been dealing with a tedious issue with my email service provider for my Lola’s Blog Tours email. I just wanted to renew my yearly payment, but for some reason they won’t send me an invoice and keep telling me to add a credit card which I don’t have and I told them that and they keep asking for changes and upgrades and still no invoice that I can pay. That email address is super important for my business and I have no idea what will happen if I can’t resolve this by late next week as that’s when the new year payment should start. I emailed them, called them and even just sent a message to their social media and tried multiple other email addresses for the same company. If I can just get someone else to speak with I think I can resolve it and finally pay. How difficult can it be for a company to make sure a loyal happy paying customer can pay? I just can’t wrap my head around this. Their customer support has been unhelpful, sending canned replies saying I have to do one thing then another and nothing actually gets me the invoice. I’ve been super stressed and worried about this.
Besides that we’ve been dealing with some other issues as well. I had a product I ordered where I got the wrong version and had to email support about that. Another order that I had to send back as it wasn’t the right size. And then a few more things like that, which all had to happen this week. And ofcourse things like this always happen when I am already busy. I just want to focus on work and not have so many other things that pop up and I have to deal with or worry about. On top of that I’ve not been sleeping well, probably because of all the stress and worries.
As for another topic, here in the Netherlands a new law got passed that now we have to wear masks in all inside public places. Which is great. This is the first time since this whole corona situation started that I saw everyone wearing a masks while I was grocery shopping. Unfortunately I had to go shopping at a slightly later time than usual and it was still busier than I would’ve liked.
I bakes some toasted coconut cookies with chocolate chips this week. This is a twist on a recipe I already have, but this time I toasted the coconut before putting it in the cookies and it really made a big difference in the taste. Both are great recipes, just very different in terms of taste. I was happy with how these turned out.
And I perfected my recipe for vegan kaiserschmarrn. They are like thick pancakes cut in pieces basically and as I don’t always have eggs in the house I am happy to have this vegan alternative as well.
What did I read this week?
I finished listening to A Roost and Arrest this week. This was another great cozy mystery, not my favorite one in the series, but I still enjoyed this one and the narrator did a great job with this one.
This week I blogged about:
What to expect next week on the blog:
– Review: Sympathy for the Demons by Lidiya Foxglove
– Lola’s Kitchen: Vegetarian Wellington Recipe
Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:
– Review Opportunity: Spooks by Athena Flores
– Review Opportunity: Kiss of Salt by Smita Bhattacharya
– Review Opportunity: The Road to Hell by Christopher C. Starr
– Review Opportunity: Who Let the Demon Out? by Naomi Bellina
– Review Opportunity: Knitted and Knifed by Tracey Drew
– Blog Tour: The Flyght Series by S.J. Pajonas – 7 till 11 December
– Book Blitz: Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee – 1 till 14 January – New!
– Book Blitz: A Cat’s Guide to Bonding with Dragons by Chris Behrsin – 1 till 14 January – New!
– Blog Tour: Death and Decluttering by Nancy McGovern – 4 till 24 January
– Blog Tour: Heaven Falls series by Christopher C. Starr – 10 till 23 January
– Blog Tour: The Twelve Tasks by Katharine E. Wibell – 18 till 31 January