Sunday Post – 15th October 2017


This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

I don’t expect to have another fortnight quite like this last one anytime soon. I’m recovering from flu – but it’s taking its own sweet time to move on. In the meantime my nose is running like a tap, I have backache, tinnitus, headaches and a temperature and I’m really fed up with feeling this lousy. Oh, and on Wednesday, I self-published my first novel, Running Out of Space. Needless to say, the launch was very lowkey. But it is ‘out there’. On Amazon. I keep nipping across to have look… And despite feeling like something the cat sicked up, every time I look at the cover I find myself grinning…

I hope you have a good week and in the meantime, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I feel less like a snot-powered zombie and more like my old self by tomorrow night so I can resume my Creative Writing classes before my students forget what I look like.

This week I have read:

The King’s Name – Book 2 of The Tir Tanagiri series by Jo Walton
The warrior Sulien ap Gwien and her lord King Urdo have finally united the land of Tir Tanagiri into a kingdom ruled by justice under a single code of law. But where many see a hopeful future for the land, others believe they sense the seeds of a new tyranny. Soon Tir Tanagiri faces the blight of civil war, and Sulien ap Gwien must take up arms against former comrades and loved ones, fighting harder and harder to hold on to Urdo’s shining dream.
This sequel that concludes Walton’s magical version of the Arthurian legend continues to deliver. See my review of the first book The King’s Peace. Marvellous writing and a wonderful, poignant ending that is still resonating with me…


The Hostage Heart by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
When Emma Ruskin becomes governess to 10-year-old Poppy Ackroyd, the haughty Ackroyd family all treat her with contempt – particularly Gavin, the effortlessly superior eldest son. Yet Emma realises that Gavin alone genuinely cares for Poppy and their unexpected rapport flatters and alarms her – surely he is out of her league?
I requested this book without realising it was a romance adventure this author had written relatively early in her writing career. But as it happens, although romantic fiction isn’t generally my go-to genre, I really enjoyed this sprightly, enjoyable adventure.


Wolfsbane – Book 4 of the Silver series by Rhiannon Held
When an envoy arrives from the secretive Russian werewolf pack, Roanoke alphas Silver and Andrew Dare are instantly suspicious. Tatiana claims she has been sent to locate an heirloom, lost by immigrants centuries ago, but she and the alphas both suspect that Russia fears the strength of the newly-united, continent-spanning Roanoke pack. What Tatiana doesn’t realize is that her pack is willing to sacrifice even their own trained spy for their goals…
I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this clever, nuanced werewolf world once more, after falling in love with the first three books – see my reviews of Silver, Tarnished and Reflected – and I am delighted to see that Held has decided to self-publish this book after her publishers took the decision to no longer continue with this series.


Falling Apart – Book 2 of the Otherworlders series by Jane Lovering
Jessica Grant liaises with Otherworlders for York Council so she knows that falling in love with a vampire takes a leap of faith. But her lover Sil, the City Vampire in charge of Otherworld York, he wouldn’t run out on her, would he? He wouldn’t let his demon get the better of him. Or would he? Sil knows there’s a reason for his bad haircut, worse clothes and the trail of bleeding humans in his wake. If only he could remember exactly what he did before someone finds him and shoots him on sight.
I loved Vampire State of the Mind featuring a feisty heroine who helps to keep the ancient city of York safe for its human inhabitants. This adventure gives us more insights into the courageous, funny cast of characters when one of them is threatened. Or is he actually the threat? The Department for Otherworldly Affairs has to deliver a decision – along with a dead vampire… I really enjoyed this one and the snarky humour was very welcome as I sneezed and snuffled my way through the action.


A Local Habitation – Book 2 of the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
Toby Daye-a half-human, half-fae changeling-has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world had other ideas… Now her liege, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills, has asked Toby to go to the Country of Tamed Lightening to make sure all is well with his niece, Countess January O’Leary. It seems like a simple enough assignment-until Toby discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, and that if the killer isn’t stopped, January may be the next victim.
Another classy series that I started with Rosemary and Rue a while ago and taken a while to return to. This classic murder mystery, where the victims are picked off one by one as Toby desperately tries to unravel who is committing these crimes, is gripping and unexpectedly poignant at the end. There is a real sense of loss over the deaths, which I appreciated. No doubt about it – McGuire’s writing packs a punch.

My posts last week:

Teaser Tuesday featuring Falling Apart – Book 2 of the Otherworlders series by Jane Lovering

PUBLISHED TODAY! featuring Running Out of Space – Sunblinded: 1 by S.J. Higbee

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Shadowblack – Book 2 of the Spellslinger series
by Sebastien de Castell

Friday Face-off – You have nice manners for a thief and a LIAR! featuring Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton

Review of Waking Gods – Book 2 of The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week and a bit, in no particular order:

Saying Thanks to Great Teachers A moving tribute to a clearly remarkable teacher by someone who wants to say thank you. Before it’s too late…

Finding Inspiration in the Space Race – In the Spotlight Guest Post Yours truly musing on the impact that growing up during the height of the space race had on my expectations

Times they are a-changing (I hope) ~ on the prevalence of sexual harassment & on why we’re starting to speak up Viv’s articles are always worth reading and I particularly enjoyed this one…

Richard & Linda Thompson, Sam Cooke and Charlie Rich – The Cry for Home! If you love popular music, then swing by this marvellous site. I don’t know anyone who writes with such passion and knowledge about the music we grew up with.

We won Best Books And Literature Blog Of The Year! I thoroughly enjoy browsing this entertaining library blog where the staff chat about books in an approachable entertaining way. No wonder they won – congratulations, guys.


Rainne Atkins has kindly invited me today to share my top ten fiction authors during my blog tour for Running Out of Space on her delightful book blog Just Books


Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site and may you have a great week.

49 responses »

  1. Sarah, I’m so sorry you’re still feeling so awful. I hope you start feeling better very soon. As always I see so many interesting sounding books when I read your posts. I will go and check out these books. I love the Seanan McGuire series and am glad you’re reading and enjoying it. I have to get back to it as I’m two or three books behind.

    And I’m so excited for you that your book is out. I’ve gone to Amazon and bought it. Looking forward to reading it.

    I hope you have a great week because you’re finally over the flu.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes – and thank you so much for buying the book. I really hope you enjoy it! Yes – I have really enjoyed the first two books in the series. As yet, I don’t have any others and I need to get hold of more of these books:)

  2. Congratulations on the publication of your novel! And having a blog tour can be a good thing, as bloggers are great book lovers, of course.

    I hope you feel better soon…the flu sucks!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and may your next week be better than this one.

    I like the look of The Hostage Heart. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. That flu sure is stubborn. Hope you finally kick it, Sarah. I’m almost finished reading your book and excited to share during the tour! A Local Habitation is going on my list. Looks interesting.

    My Sunday Post

    • A Local Habitation is really good – have you read the first book, Rosemary and Rue? I would start there, first, if you haven’t. And I’m both thrilled and terrified that you are nearing the end of Running Out of Space…

  4. I hope you feel better soon, Sarah, so you can get back to your classes and everything else you’ve had to miss lately. Though you’ve managed to get a stunning amount of reading done, too. And congrats again on the release of ROoS!

    • Thank you. Yes – the timing of the flu could have been better. As for the novel – it’s a great feeling to finally get it out there:). Have a great week, Kristen.

  5. Congrats on your book being out there!!! How exciting! I hope it’s very successful- and that you feel better soon. The flu- ugh, especially when it lingers. No fun.

    I should really start the October Daye series.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Greg. Yes… I think I am now FINALLY starting to throw off the flu, though it’s taken ages and been thoroughly miserable. And yes… the October Daye series is really worth reading. Have a great week!

    • Thank you! Yes – I decided to go for a blog tour as no one knows much about my writing and there are gazillions of other books out there. And – to ensure that I didn’t come up with a sensible-sounding reason to pull it at the last minute!xxx

  6. I am so sorry you still aren’t well!!!!!! This one has really stuck around! I’m glad you’ve had something of a ‘pick-me-up’ to keep you smiling 🙂 Congrats again.

    You’ve got a lot of reading done at least! So many series on the go there. 🙂

    Hope you have a better week this week and feel better soon!!!!

  7. Sorry to hear you aren’t well. I hope you’re feeling better this week. Yay, congratulations on publishing your first book!!! So happy for you. I’ll check it out. 😁❤️👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  8. These cold strands have gotten harder and harder to shake over the years. I do hope you feel better soon. But do get your rest. 🙂

    • Yes… I think this was full-blown flu – I certainly had most of the symptoms! Fortunately I FINALLY seem to have shifted it. Thank for your kind good wishes and have a great week, Melissa:)

  9. Sorry you’ve felt so rotten – but apart from that you’ve had a great week and what an accomplishment getting your book out there! I’ve already picked up a copy and read the first few chapters. I’ve got some catching up to do but hope to fit it in very soon.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thank you so much for getting hold of the book – I’m aware you have a massive reading load, but I do hope you at least enjoy it:) And yes – I’m really pleased that it’s finally published!

  10. I think I caught your flu. Is that possible over the computer? LOL Probably some little darling freshman at the junior college or a millennial at the university caught the bug and generously passed it on as I was leaning over his/her desk, examining a writing effort. I am truly missable tonight. I have an 8:00 class, then I plan to collapse in bed until further notice. Man, I MUST be sick; I don’t even feel like reading!

    • Oh no! I do hope that it isn’t the same thing – it was horrible:(. Wishing you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. In the meantime get plenty of rest! I know it took me longer because I kept trying to work…

      • I did keep trying to keep going Rae – but finally went down with this thing like a sack of spanners – so my advice would be to rest up whenever you possibly can:))xxx Sending lots of healing thoughts your way!

  11. I don’t understand why I’ve been missing your Sunday posts! I even checked back last week and it wasn’t there (it seemed?) Is it the flu? I hope you’re better now anyway 🙂 and the biggest congrats, of course, about your book!!!

    • Thank you for your kind congratulations. You’re right – there was no Sunday Post from me last week – I was simply too ill and had been most of the week so there didn’t seem any point in posting.

  12. Proper flu like that is really miserable to suffer through so I hope you feel better now. Congrats on the book release…that must be very exciting! I’ll do a promo for it on my blog, see if we can drum up a few sales for you!

  13. I hope you’re feeling a bit better now! Sorry to hear you were so sick with the flu this week. And congrats again for publishing your book! It does sound like you got some good reads. I hope this week was a good one!

    • Thank you Lola – yes… I’m finally recovering:)). I’ve been thrilled with the blog tour and I’ve had a steady trickle of purchases. I’m delighted to say that this week has been MUCH better!

  14. I’m still catching up, so I’m just leaving a note here. 🙂 Flu always picks the worst possible time to hit, doesn’t it? Right in the middle of your release efforts…

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