Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #41


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at A Daily RhythmTo participate you grab your current read, open to a random page and share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INLUDE SPOILERS (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others). Share the title and author. 

"So you're Blackbird," she says. She's older than you thought- nearly fifty, with deep lines around her mouth and eyes. "And I get to do the honors..." 

Deadfall (Blackbird, #2)

Deadfall is the followup to Blackbird, about a girl who wakes up on a subway track with no memory. She soon finds that she's the target of hunters who prey on other people- and in this one she flees from LA to New York, trying to find other targets and fight back. This quote is from when she's cornered...

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sunday Post #98 Happy 4th of July!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This was a good week. I got a bit of reading in, and am gearing up for the 4th of July weekend. Hoping to spend a lot of time outside, do some grilling, and just enjoy the weekend.

This week is also the COYER Red, White and Blue RAT. I'm not participating in it since it looks like a busy week- but I'll be cheering on the participants as much as I can. Remember to hit #COYER to see progress.

I still haven't seen Jurassic World yet- maybe this weekend?

Happy 4th of July to all those in the US!


Elizabeth Cooke is releasing The Gates of Rutherford, the third Rutherford Park novel, in September. I enjoyed the first one a lot but wasn't as crazy about the followup. So we'll see what the third one is like. You can find my thoughts on the first book here.


TUESDAY: Teaser Tuesday
WEDNESDAY: Waiting On Wednesday
THURSDAY: Deadfall
FRIDAY: Bookcover Spotlight #3


Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday
Wednesday: Waiting On Wednesday
Thursday: Time Salvager
Friday: Bookstore Spotlight #4


Big Little Lies Time Salvager The Adventuress (Lady Emily, #10) Murder in the Paperback Parlor Journey Under the Sea (Choose Your Own Adventure, #2)

Remember Choose Your Own Adventure? These were a lot of fun- and they're still available, albeit in revised editions (some of the originals are still available, I understand). This one looked fun so I snagged it to see how it holds up. Got me thinking- how fun it would be to post a story idea, and let readers pick the next step in the story. A Choose Your Own Adventure blog story- hmm. I may try it just for a lark.


Join Megan at Reading Away The Days as she does a virtual road trip of the US, all through July.

This is kind of a cool video- I always liked Tangerine Dream. Very atmospheric. Bonus points if you can name the movie.

Bronze Age Reprints talks Virginia Comicon and meeting Chris Claremont.

Pizza farms are hot!

This weeks transmission from Hearts of Space is American Skies. One of the tracks is a Bill douglas piece. I like his stuff- here's a sampler.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Bookcover Spotlight #3

The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5)

The Chessmen of Mars is the fifth book in the John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Cover art by Michael Whelan. I love this cover for the background. The chess arena with its black and orange squares and domes and towers in the far background. Whelan painted several distinctive Mars covers, but this one grabbed my imagination as a kid. I still love it today.

Imagine a great game of living chess, fought to the death, in a fabulous city on a decadent world. A world with two moons and city states- some savage, some refined- a world of daring swordsmen and beautiful women. That's the Mars books in a nutshell. These were some of my favorites growing up. I re- read some of these recently, and to be honest some hold up better than others. Nevertheless, no one quite captures the feel of ERB's Mars like this artist- and these images still fire my imagination.

Michael Whelan John Carter of Mars

This week is a two for Friday- I have the Spotlight planned out for several months and couldn't figure out where to slot this one, so here it is!

Cash Crash Jubilee: Book One of the Jubilee Cycle

Cash Crash Jubilee  is an interesting name for a book, but what caught my eye about this one is that cover. The story is set in a futuristic Tokyo and I like the neon and the rain coming down. All we need now is a huge billboard advertising the off world colonies! I'm a sucker for futuristic cityscapes and the cyberpunk- ish look here appeals to me. Does this one look good to you?

A cyber-dystopian thriller unlike any other.

In a near future Tokyo, every action—from blinking to sexual intercourse—is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements from moment to moment, and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet, so that every inch of this cyber-dystopian metropolis crawls with information and shifting cinematic promotainment.

Amon Kenzaki works as a Liquidator for the Global Action Transaction Authority. His job is to capture bankrupt citizens, remove their BodyBank, and banish them to BankDeath Camps where they are forever cut off from the action-transaction economy. Amon always plays by the rules and is steadily climbing the Liquidation Ministry ladder.

With his savings accumulating and another promotion coming, everything seems to be going well, until he is asked to cash crash a charismatic politician and model citizen, and soon after is charged for an incredibly expensive action called “jubilee” that he is sure he never performed. To restore balance to his account, Amon must unravel the secret of jubilee, but quickly finds himself asking dangerous questions about the system to which he’s devoted his life, and the costly investigation only drags him closer and closer to the pit of bankruptcy.

In book one of the Jubilee Cycle, Cash Crash Jubilee, debut novelist Eli K. P. William wields the incisive power of speculative fiction to show how, in a world of corporate finance run amok, one man will do everything for the sake of truth and justice.
Hardcover392 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Talos

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Deadfall (Blackbird, #2)

Deadfall by Anna Carey picks up right where the first book Blackbird left off with Sunny taking a train to escape the people hunting her. She's a pawn in a game where people hunt other people for sport- and she only has a few vague memories of her time before she woke up. In Blackbird she eventually met a boy named Ben who helped her- but she discovered that he was part of the game. Fleeing from a hunter who almost killed her, she went to the train station- and found Rafe, a boy she vaguely remembered.

This one starts off with Lena (her real name) and Rafe on the train heading for New York. Rafe knows there are other targets out there, on the run, and hopes to meet up so they can help each other. But when things don't go according to plan, they find themselves on the run again. Meanwhile, the group behind the hunt sends Ben to New York after her- and Ben has to decide where his loyalties lie.

"Come out, come out, wherever you are," she calls. Her tone is playful, singsong. It gives you chills. 

This is a fun, quick read. The story is told from Lena's POV, although we get some other POV's as well, helping to understand crucial parts of the backstory. It flows well, with lots of action, and it's nice to see other targets. This is a fast paced thrill ride, with New York City as the backdrop, and a pretty twisted set of antagonists. Being a duology, it might feel a little rushed the way everything is wrapped up, but then again there's no second book syndrome- everything is moving. The characters aren't super deep, but there's enough there to satisfy. This is a fun actioner and a nice follow up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday

Butter Off Dead (Food Lovers' Village mysteries #3)

This week I'm waiting on Butter Off Dead. This looks like fun and I love old time movie theaters.

From Goodreads:

As the national bestselling Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries continue, the merchants of Jewel Bay, Montana, try to heat up chilly winter business with a new film festival. But their plans are sent reeling when a dangerous killer dims the lights on a local vendor...

In an attempt to woo tourists to Jewel Bay and cheer up the townies, Erin Murphy, manager of the specialty local foods market known as the Merc, is organizing the First Annual Food Lovers’ Film Festival, filled with classic foodie flicks and local twists on favorite movie treats. But when her partner in planning, painter Christine Vandeberg, is found dead only days before the curtain rises, Erin suspects someone is attempting to stop the films from rolling.

To make matters worse, Nick—Erin’s brother and Christine’s beau—has top billing on the suspect list. Convinced her brother is innocent and determined that the show must go on, Erin has to find who’s really to blame before Nick gets arrested or the festival gets shut down. But the closer she gets to the killer, the more likely it becomes that she’ll be the next person cut from the program...

Paperback304 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2015 by Berkley

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at A Daily RhythmTo participate you grab your current read, open to a random page and share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INLUDE SPOILERS (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others). Share the title and author. 

"She's a wanted ship now," I reminded her, but Leia shrugged it off. 
"The Millennium Falcon is wanted everywhere. We just change the transponder codes and it's fine."

Star Wars Heir to Jedi 

Heir to the Jedi

I don't read many Star Wars books but I enjoyed this one a lot. It's told from Luke's perspective and concerns his activities early with the Rebel Alliance. There's a bit of a romance with an attractive pilot, and they do a lot of flying around the galaxy and getting in trouble. A fun read.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunday Post #97

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Lots of sunshine this week. I finished  a few books. I read and reviewed Star Wars Heir to Jedi and read Deadfall as well. My thoughts on Deadfall will be up on Thursday. I also had my Bookcover Spotlight #2 on Friday- you can check it out here. It was a good week but went by fast. We're almost to July already- hard to believe.

Heir to the Jedi Deadfall (Blackbird, #2)


Julie Mulhern is releasing the next book in the Country Club Murders this fall. 

Guaranteed to Bleed


Tuesday: Tease Tuesday #39
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: Star Wars Heir of Jedi
Friday: Bookcover 


Tuesday: Tease Tuesday #40
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: Deadfall
Friday: Bookcover Spotlight #3 


Time Salvager The Adventuress (Lady Emily, #10)

The Royal Assassin (A Victorian Bookshop Mystery #3) The Marbury Murders (Rachel Markham Mystery Series Book 5)

Butter Off Dead (Food Lovers' Village mysteries #3)


The Introverted Reader reviews The Little Paris Bookshop

A Novel Start reviews Matched

Between My Lines has a great discussion post- why do you read

Here is the trailer for the Peanuts movie. Can't wait for this! 

Thos movie looks kinda good too- and Cobie Smulders is in it.