Hello again everyone and I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I finally finished Lost! And OMGOMGOMG I loved it!!! I know that some of you are Lost fans as well, so I will tell you that I was worried about how the series would end. I ended up making it 5 years?? now (something like that) since it ended and still not learning much about it, which is good. I hate getting spoilered, especially about something that I spent years really caring about. But I was worried because the middle seasons lost the thread of the story a bit and even I could see that when it was happening, not just in retrospect. But from the middle of Season 5 to the end of Season 6 it was go.go.go.go and right on target. That’s why I spent several days this week finishing it instead of reviewing 😉 But, I will say that I LOVED it to pieces and I cried like a baby. It would be worth watching again, that’s for sure!
I have a lot to update you about, so let’s get going 🙂
First off, this week is going to be a slow week for us. We’re taking a week off — sort of. We still have a few guest posts this week and a few reviews and giveaways that were intended to go up, so those will still be on. But it’s a naturally slow week and since we have a large group of reviews we’re working on for the next few weeks, we’re going to use this slow week to try to get a bit ahead.
Now, this is exciting 🙂 We’re now going to be posting reviews from Samhain Publishing! While we often review books that we’ve bought or acquired from authors, we get the bulk of our books from the publisher for review. And until now that included just about all of them except Samhain. The good news about this is that because our books acquired for review take precedence over books that we buy and might decide to review, that means that we’ll be posting a lot more reviews of those Samhain books. First review up this week is Burden by Annmarie McKenna, reviewed by Sadonna.
This Week’s Wrapup
Anyta Sunday stopped by this week with a really great post called “On (Not) Coming Out as a Gay Romance Writer” that generated a lot of really interesting comments. Her book, Taboo for You is available here from Amazon!
Talya Andor visited for a third time to talk about her third book in the Appetite series from Less Than Three Press, Surfeit For the Senses (all 3 are now on sale!). Every time she visits to talk about these books I have a day or two of severe cravings! But this was a really interesting post talking about the evolution of a multi-course meal in relation to writing a series. Read her post, “Themes of Progression”, here.
The lovely and talented (and my friend) Anne Brooke visited this week for the first time here at The Armchair Reader! Her post, “Erotica or How to be Fully Human” generated a lot of interest and I love the insight that she has into writing about sex! Check it out and get her book The Beginning of Knowledge from Wilde City Press here. Or, read my review here.
Barry Lowe was here to talk about why he writes the erotica he does and I really liked seeing his views on his own work (that I’m addicted to, which I said in my review). This is Barry’s first time at The Armchair Reader and you still have a chance to win Trucker Fucker by commenting in the post! Ends tonight at Midnight! Buy Trucker Fucker here at Wilde City Press.
Dev Bentham, Clare London and Jordan Castillo Price (three of my favorite authors!) stopped here on Thursday for the last stop in their 3-part Art Appreciation Blog Tour! The other two stops were at Joyfully Jay and Book Reviews and More by Kathy. At TAR, they answered a whole group of random art questions and talked about their characters and their feelings about art. It’s a great tour, so check our their post here and make sure to check out the others as well!
And last this week in a full week of guest posts and visits from authors, Megan Derr stopped by to talk about her new release in the Dance with the Devil series (one of my all time favorites!), Dance Only for Me,talking about the origins of the series in her post, “How Did We Get Here”. I loved this book like I loved the others so make sure to look out for my review, coming soon! Buy the book here at Less Than Three Press.
Here’s what we reviewed this week:
Find a Way (Prince and Trader #2) by RG Green – Pretty Good
Sky Hunter (Skybound #3) by Fae Sutherland – Pretty Good
Audible by Dawn Kimberly Johnson – So So (Sadonna)
The Buyout by Bru Baker – Really Liked It (Nikyta)
Running Up That Hill by Barry Brennessel – LOVED it!! (Sadonna)
Coming Up This Week – 7/28 – 8/3
On Tuesday, Carole Cummings and J Tullos Hennig will be here for the first post in their new series about Spec Fic: “Two old Speculative Fiction Nerds walk into a bar…”. It’s going to be wonderful so make sure you look for it!
On Wednesday, Mina MacLeod is visiting to talk about her new release (on that very day) from Less Than Three Press, Some Rules for Success in the Music Business (available now for Preorder!). I’m excited to read and review this one!
And lastly, Friday brings us a post from TC Mill, who has a new release from Storm Moon Press, Thornless Rose available now! Look forward to my review of that one as well!
Here are our reviews for this week:
Look forward to these giveaways this week!
These giveaways both end tonight at Midnight. Click on the covers to enter!
- For updates on all the posts, click on the button at the top right of the page (first in the right column) to get email updates so you don’t miss anything!
- Be sure to look out for a new update soon. I’m going to be putting the covers of our best reviewed books (monthly) in the right column so you don’t forget the wonderful books that are newly released!
- And lastly, our Author List is newly updated
Thanks everyone! Have a wonderful week and we’ll see you around 🙂
IT’S A BOY! No really, the tv has been on ALL DAMN DAY and that’s all they’ve been talking about. I wondered if after they finally announced that Princess Kate had given birth if they would go off tv and start talking about something else. But, nope.
And I was so sure it was going to be a girl!
So what has everyone else been up to lately? I’ve been trying to stay out of the heat. I just put in a new window AC unit because it’s just way too hot and the central air in our house just can’t keep up. I’ve been reading a LOT. What is up with all of you authors releasing books at the same time! I swear, Spring and Summer have so many great releases (not counting the mass releases around Christmas) and I’m just trying to keep up. This week’s reviews are some of the best books I’ve been having the pleasure of reading, and some of my most awaited.
In the meantime, I’ve been re-watching the whole Lost series, now that I finally realized that the whole series is available to watch on Amazon Prime. I was a Lost fanatic back when it was on tv from the first episode of Season 1 thru Season 3. Season 4 is where it started to get a bit wonky and I was too busy with school to keep up anyway. But before the last season started on tv, I watched up until the end of Season 5 and I’m almost ashamed to admit that I’ve still never seen the last season. I’ve even avoided learning what happened in the last episode! And it’s been about 5 years now! NO DON’T TELL ME! Please 🙂
And a quick notice, make sure you read the Announcements section lower down the post, I have a really great one!
Anyway, I’ll get on with it now.
This Week’s Wrapup
We had so many great guest posts last week and several awesome giveaways. Ewan Creed visited to kick off my Wilde City Press erotica reviews, with a post about his two books/stories that I reviewed last week — The Leather Bar Mural and The Erotic Adventures of the Masked Raider Part One.
Tali Spencer visited to talk about writing the awesomest blurb ever, “My Blurb Has Balls” for her new book Thick as Thieves!
AF Henley visited on Wednesday for her new release Sonata, and talking about “Kids in Fics”.
Clare London was here with her post on Thursday, “The Unreliable Narrator” and the re-release of her book Freeman from Wilde City Press.
And lastly, but definitely not leastly, I was eagerly awaiting Edmond Manning’s guest post here on Friday. He visited to talk about his new book King Mai, the sequel to King Perry (which I LOVED) and he talked about “Opening a Man’s Heart”.
Two of those guest posts still have open giveaways! Clare London is offering a copy of her book Freeman and the giveaway is ending tonight at Midnight. Edmond Manning is offering a copy of King Mai and the giveaway will end at Midnight tomorrow.
Here are last week’s reviews:
Blood Bathory: Like the Night by Ari McKay – Really Liked It
The Leather Bar Mural by Ewan Creed – So So
The Battle for Galerir (The Galerir Saga #2) by Anna Lee – Pretty Good
The Erotic Adventures of the Masked Raider (Part One) by Ewan Creed – Pretty Good
Trucker Fucker by Barry Lowe – So So
The Man I Know by Dale Chase – Pretty Good
Sweet Young Thang (Theta Alpha Gamma #3) by Anne Tenino – Loved It!
Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player (Part One) by Patrick Darcy – So So
The Beginning of Knowledge by Anne Brooke – Really Liked It
And So It Begins (Prince and Trader #1) by RG Green – Really Liked It
Coming Up This Week – July 21 – 27
Anyta Sunday visited today to talk about “On (Not) Coming Out as a Gay Romance Writer, One author’s perspective” and is offering a copy of her new book, Taboo For You, for giveaway to commenters! So go, get over there and enter to win. And while you’re there take note of the great post she wrote for us. I found it really interesting from a female author’s perspective 🙂
Talya Andor also visited today to talk again about her Appetite series. This is the third time she’s visited and I’m always interested to hear what she has to talk about because these books are all about FOOD! This one was quite interesting, talking about “Themes of Progression” and how her books in this series are mimicking a proper multi-course meal. Yum! She’s also offering a copy of her book, Surfeit the Senses, so go comment to enter!
Anne Brooke is visiting tomorrow to talk about writing erotica, in a post entitled “Erotica, or How to Be Fully Human” 😀 And in a surprising twist (yeah right, just kidding!) there’s another giveaway! Her book that I reviewed last week, The Beginning of Knowledge is on offer, so don’t miss it.
Wednesday will see us a guest post by Barry Lowe, a new visiter to The Armchair Reader! I reviewed his story Trucker Fucker last week and he’s here to talk about it and offer a copy!
And that’s not even all, I also have a guest post coming from Megan Derr about her new book in the Dance with the Devil series, Dance Only For Me, and a guest post from Dev Bentham. So please stay tuned all week for a chance to win several books and read some interesting posts. I promise you 😉
Here are the planned reviews for this week:
As some of you have no doubt realized, Jo Myles hasn’t posted one of her “Confessions of a Shameless Yarn Slut” in several months now. I have been remiss in keeping you updated and for that, I’m dearly sorry! Jo has a really full plate right now, and I’m sure that you all don’t mind that she’ll be discontinuing her knit/crochet series here at The Armchair Reader for now, because you’ll all be happy to have more of her books 🙂 I know I will. And I’ve really, really loved all that she’s brought to the blog. I thank her so much for her awesome posts. She’s definitely held up the crafty side of this blog since last Fall and done more than enough.
I do, however, have a new announcement to make. I’ve been looking around and hoping to find a new interesting series for you all. And I’ve found two really amazing, awesome ladies to fill the spot! Carole Cummings and J Tullos Hennig have come together to talk about Spec Fic and their first post goes up on July 30th, titled “Two old Speculative Fiction Nerds walk into a bar…”. Carole and Jen will be writing a monthly column about Spec Fic and I’m so excited to have these two wonderful ladies here at The Armchair Reader 🙂 Both have new releases coming as well and I’ll be profiling those as well!
That’s a wrap folks. It takes me so long to put together these posts, don’t hold it against me if it’s another month by the time there’s another one!