Sunday Post #68

April 6, 2014 Sunday Post 25

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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 filled with worrying, stress and emotions. Thuesday we went to a vet with Snickers, our rat. We went to a different vet then we went so far, to see if the differences. It felt off from the moment we stepped inside there, so we got our consult (that vet didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know yet) and then told him we would think about the surgery. It just felt really shady there, the prices where cheap, but that was the only good thing. There didn’t seem to be any other customers and he kept saying that there was a risk our rat wouldn’t survive the surgery, ofcourse there is always a risk, but he kept focussing on this. I kept thinking that maybe he never did surgery on a rat before. We weren’t sure whether to have the surgery or not and what to do, so we thought and talked about that a lot. And then decided to first get some more information from another vet.

Then the next day I e-mailed our previous vet and send them pictures of Snickers. She confirmed it was indeed a tumor and that it probably would be easily removeable. I felt much better after hearing a much more professional opinion. We decided to have the surgery for Snickers and I made an appointment for the surgery next theusday. I just hope everything goes alright next week with the surgery. I can’t stand the thought of losing her.

So I worry about her a lot and haven’t been sleeping well. One day I was really tired and after going to bed early I felt a bit better again. And when I told my mom about Snickers having a tumor one of the first things she asked how expensive a new rat is. Okay so mom is not an animal person, not by any stretch of the imagination, but still that questions was just insensetive. I don’t want a new rat I want our Snickers! Okay so I didn’t answer her question and acted like I didn’t read it.

My sister was doing her birthday part this saturday, she asked me to make peanut butter cups. So I made three times the normal recipe, one portion for ourselves and two portions for her birthday party.

Here is a picture of the whole bowl for my sister’s birthday party:
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And a close up of one:
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I plan on making peanu butter cups again in a week or two and will feature them as a recipe post on my blog then 🙂

This week I posted about:
About Me: Favourite Fictional Couples
Book Blitz: Sunset Rising by S.M. McEachern
Blog Tour: Exodus 2022 by Kenneth G Bennet
Blog Tour: Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles
Cover Reveal: One Lucky Night
Recipe: Chocolate Rocks

What to expect next week on the blog:
– Release day blast: Unnatural (Holloway pack #4) by JA Belfield
– Cover reveal: A Late Thawy by Ana Blaze
– Blog Tour: Guns by JA Huss – review stop
– Book blitz: One Broke Girl
– Cover Reveal: The Tethering
– Cover Reveal: When we Fall by Kendall Ryan
– Blog Tour: Unveilling You – guest post stop
– About Me: Ten things you might not know about me

Current Giveaways (can also be found in my sidebar):
Blitz wide giveaway Sunset Rising
Tour wide giveaway and e-copy giveaway Exodus 2022
Tour Wide Giveaway Twelve Steps

Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:
Review Opportunity: Chills: a short story collection by Sahar Sabati – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Flawless by Jennifer McGill – sign-ups open till further notice
Blog Tour: Wingmen Warriors by Catherine Mann – sign-ups open till April 30
Review Opportunity: Grayson’s Surrender and Taking Cover by Catherine Mann – sign-ups open till further notice
Book Blitz: Face Time by SJ Pajonas – sign-ups open till 24 April
Blog Tour: Synchrony (Destiny #2) by Cindy Ray Hale – sign-ups open till 4 May

Book Haul:
synchronySynchrony (Destiny #2)
by Cindy Ray Hale

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

Blurb:
When her parents discover she’s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson, the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it’s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered.

The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac’s bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn’t long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny’s best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need.

Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she’d hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchrony they so desperately need, or will she find a way to forgive Isaac and return to his outstretched arms?

Before the Storm
by Claire Ashgrove

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Before the Storm on Goodreads

Blurb:
Halle Rhoads has a terrifying gift–she can kill with the fury of the storm.

She should have known that kind of power wouldn’t go unnoticed. Thrust into a world full of dark magic with a handsome stranger who claims he can teach her, she struggles to master her abilities and stumbles onto a dangerous truth. She’s a windwalker, the chosen vessel of the ancient dragons who once ruled the world. Many will stop at nothing to possess the power in her blood, should they discover her secret. With necromancers hunting her and Halle’s closest allies guarding secrets, mastering her magic becomes a matter of necessity.

But accepting her destiny is altogether different. For doing so means she must sacrifice everything.

a shot of redA Shot of Red
by Tracy March

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find A Shot of Red on Goodreads

Blurb:
After fleeing DC following a one-night stand that had her reeling, biotech company heiress Mia Moncure has thrived working with a humanitarian aid team administering vaccines in Haiti. When the United States is threatened with a flu epidemic, Mia’s grandmother demands her return to unveil a new flu vaccine for Moncure Therapeutics. She arrives to find that her ex-boyfriend, the company’s PR Director, has died in a suspicious accident in Switzerland that Mia soon suspects was murder.

Determined to reveal a killer, Mia heads to Switzerland where she’s threatened as she discovers a plan to infiltrate the vaccine for nefarious purposes. Desperate for backup, she turns to sexy Gio Lorenzo, Communications Director for her mother, a high-ranking senator—and Mia’s one-night stand. While negotiating their rocky relationship, they race to uncover a deadly scheme that could ruin her family’s reputation. But millions of people are being vaccinated, and there’s more than her family’s legacy at stake. Mia and Gio struggle to discover the truth about the scheme and their feelings for each other, but it just might be too late.

online coverOne Lucky Night
by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips and Melinda Dozier

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find One Lucky Night on Goodreads

Blurb:
One night can change everything…

The crew at Boston’s Brazen Head Pub hasn’t been very lucky in love. Can a mysterious visitor inspire them to look past old hurts and misconceptions and give romance a chance? One Lucky Night is a collection of five sexy interwoven novelettes by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier.

Lucky Break by Aria Kane
Four years ago, chef Derek Chase walked out of Andrea Rivera’s life after a tragedy neither of them were prepared to deal with. When she’s called to the Brazen Head to repair a dishwasher, old sparks ignite buried feelings.

Lucky Star by Grace Teague
When her life is threatened by a mugger, Charlotte Price realizes she’s in love with her best friend, Tommy Leung. The Brazen Head seems like the perfect neutral place to confess her feelings, but nothing goes according to plan.

A New Tune by Ana Blaze
When it comes to dating, Holly Hall has one unbreakable rule: no musicians. Not even gorgeous ones. Especially not gorgeous ones. Dating them only leads to heartbreak. So why did she let singer-songwriter Cian O’Neill kiss her? And why is she thinking about doing it again?

Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips
As a bartender, Sean Whalen meets all kinds of women every night, but none turn his head the way that Lexi has. She’s been playing cat and mouse with him for weeks. Tonight, Sean’s determined to get Lexi to quit teasing and take a real chance on him.

Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier
A bachelorette party Drink or Dare game pairs paramedic students, Rachel Robertson and Killian Whelan, in a flirting match. Soon, the dares threaten to turn their academic rivalry into something much more.

the fallenThe Fallen (Sons of Wrath #0.5)
by Keri Lake

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

Blurb:
To catch the Fallen, you have to become the very evil you were bred to slay.

Show loyalty. Be willing to go deep into the gritty underbelly of the world, where the vilest acts of human carnage thrive and seep into your mind like a black poison, consuming every part of you that was once good. Ignore your dark cravings and keep to the most important rule of all: never save the mortals.

This is the life of a Sentinel.

Some call us the toughest angels in the heavens. Unbreakable. But even the strong can break in the face of temptation.

Human females have always been the forbidden fruit for our kind—an enticement I’ve resisted for centuries, until she came along.

Karinna lusts for vengeance.

She wants inside the darkness, where the Fallen own the corrupted streets of Detroit—the perfect bait to take down the biggest crime ring the city has ever known.

I want her. To have her, though, I’ll have to break the rules.

For one taste of the forbidden, I’ll have to commit the most heinous sin of all …

**Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language.

the weather girlThe Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find The Weather Girl on Goodreads

Blurb:
Turbulence is in their forecast

Summer Raines knows when it’s going to rain. She can feel it. That’s why the local weather girl’s so good at her job. Too bad she couldn’t have foreseen the tumultuous arrival of Travis Lockwood, everybody’s favorite star NFL quarterback. Make that former star NFL quarterback. Sidelined back to Texas after an injury, the golden boy is trying to steal her precious on-air time. Summer is reduced to reporting from…football games. It’s enough to make her quit and become a storm-chaser like her parents. She’s stuck with a career that’s going nowhere and a man who delights in her refusal to be charmed. Falling in love isn’t nearly as easy as predicting the weather.

25 Responses to “Sunday Post #68”

  1. aurian

    I hope your Snickers will get through. I once had a little yellow parakeet who got those things, and the vet did operate on the tiny bird a few times, and it went fine every time, against all odds. Most birds can’t handle stress like that and die because of it. But my Tweety got well each time.
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    • Lola

      That’s good to hear :). Stories like this make me even more hopefull everything will be okay with Snickers as well.

  2. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Aw lots of little rattie prayers. I’m sorry your mom said that to you. My grams has said similar about our dogs and cats when they’ve gotten expensive and it really does hurt because really could she just replace on of her kids like that? Grrs. Glad you’re feeling better on the vet choice. Sounds like a good call. Gotta trust that gut instinct!
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    • Lola

      Thanks Anna! I hope everything will go right.
      And my mom still hopes we get kids one day, but for us our pets are our babies. And she just doesn’t understand how important they are for us. I still get a bit angry when i think about her comment.
      And yeah I am really glad we decided to go with the other vet, it’s more expensive, but at least I feel a lot of better about this one and actually am pretty hopefull now that Snickers will survive it!

  3. Sofia

    Ugh, those peanut butter cups look so good! I bet they tasted just as good. 🙂 Great haul this week – I hope you enjoy all of them! Happy reading and have a lovely Sunday. 🙂
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  4. Michelle

    Fingers, Toes and Eyes crossed that snickers is ok and everything works out for you <3
    It's so hard to watch a furry friend not feeling well. (((BIG hug))))

    I can't wait for that recipe, those look delicious!!!

    Great Haul this week! I realized I didn't send you the interview questions for the blog tour. I will do that today!
    I just thought it as I was typing lol

    Have a great sunday and try and get some rest!
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    • Lola

      Thanks for the hug! I really hope her surgery goes well.
      Everything just seems to go wrong this week and I hope next week will be better, because I can’t stand another week like this.

      I probably will post the recipe over two weeks on saturday. I just have to find time first to make them again and make pictures while making them.

      I was going to send out reminder e-mails for the posts for that tour today, so I won’t send you one as you already got the reminder now 😉

      I hope you have a great sunday!

  5. Glass

    Oh no… That is horrible. I hope she will be okay. And your mom – I know everything about that. Mine is the same.

    Great books this week.
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    • Lola

      Yeah I hope so too, I am so worried about her :(. We have to brign her to the vet theusday morning and if everything goes alright we can come and get her again in the afternoon.
      Yeah that comment from my mom really stung, I know she doesn’t care about my rats, but I hoped she would at least understood that I do.

    • Lola

      Thanks Greg, I’ll plan on doing a recipe post later this month when I make them again. I really hope the surgery goes well, I am so nervous already!

  6. Peggy @ The Pegster Reads

    Poor little Snickers, I’ll be thinking of you on Thursday. You know, when one of my cats died on the road, my mum said ‘I can understand you are upset but at the end, it’s only an animal’ – and that really did hurt. I thought that actually that cat meant more to me than some of my neighbours… don’t get me wrong, of course I don’t want anything bad happening to my neighbours, but they don’t make a big difference to my life.
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    • Lola

      Aww thanks Peggy :). It’s so weird that some people can’t understand how important animals can be. I care so much about my rats, the though of losing one of them hurts so much.

    • Lola

      Thanks Anna! I am just so worried something will go wrong, I’ll be glad when it’s tomorrow evening and that’s behind us.

  7. Alise

    First-yum! I love peanut butter cups so much.

    Small animal vets are the absolute WORST. I have had the worst experiences with them with my three guinea pigs but we should talk after the surgery because I don’t want to make you worry anymore! Are they sure it’s a malignant tumor? I know small animals are notorious for tumors, two of my pigs have bumps around the chin and belly area but they are benign, which I hear is more common. I definitely understand your stress, all pets are family, no matter how small 🙂 Hope everything goes well!
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    • Lola

      I love peanut butter cups, but they hardly sell them here in the Netherlands, so that’s why I usually make them myself.

      Most vets do know a lot about cats and dogs, but it’s so difficult to find a good vet for small animals. I think the vet mentioned it’s a benign tumor, but I thought it would be still important to remove those?
      I just brought Snickers to the vet this morning, so let’s hope everything goes well! I am so nervous!

  8. RedIza

    You know, the vet probably acted this way because one of his previous customers reacted badly to the death of his pet ? Anyway, I hope Snickers will be all right since the tumor is easily removable, that’s good news ! When I saw the pictures of your peanut butter cakes, I thought you were going to give us the recipe, you awful temptress !!!! They look pretty good. Have a better week *hugs*

    • Lola

      Yeah it’s possible he had a bad experience with a past customer, but his behavior was still a bit weird.
      Snickers surgery went well, although she’s still a bit off.

      You’ll get the recipe for the panut butter cups in a few weeks :). I just didn’t had time to take pictures this time.

    • Lola

      They tasted really good as well ;).

      And I am so happy her surgery went well! It’s indeed a huge relief. And now let’s hope her recovery goes good as well, she seems a bit off at the moment. Her movements are a bit sluggish, but that’s probably due to the narcosis and painkillers. And the other rats seemed really interested in her when she got back in the cage, so she’s sitting with me now, so she can get some rest.

  9. Lola

    Snickers is back home again :). Her surgery went well. She got painkillers for 3 more days and we hope her recovery will go well. She seems a bit off now after the surgery, probably because of the painkillers and the narcosis.

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