Sunday Post – 29th April, 2018


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

I should have kept quiet – we are back to cool, showery weather with really chilly nights. Though the cherry and blackthorn trees are all looking fabulous and branches are now disappearing under the profusion of new leaves, so Spring is thoroughly under way. Not that I’ve been out to enjoy it…

It’s been a mare of a week, where I’ve been running on the spot to keep a nose ahead of all the deadlines thudding into play. Normally, I am far more organised – the reason being that I don’t cope well up when taking everything up to the wire. It didn’t help that the stress of it caused my headache to make a return during the whole of Monday, easing up just sufficiently for me to stagger into college for the first session of the term in the evening. But I was still thick-headed and below par right up until Friday. The good news – I managed to hit all those targets and Tim passed his Speaking and Listening exam with flying colours. Miranda’s Tempest will be going to the editor on time, I’ve finished my short story and my summer term Creative Writing course is now under way. Phew! I’m hoping the coming week is a LOT easier…

This week I have read:

Witch at Heart – Book 1 of the Jinx Hamilton series by Juliette Harper
Jinx Hamilton has been minding her own business working as a waitress at Tom’s Cafe and keeping up with her four cats. Then she inherits her Aunt Fiona’s store in neighboring Briar Hollow, North Carolina and learns that her aunt has willed her some special “powers” as well. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step and Jinx has a major problem. She’s a brand new witch with no earthly clue what that means. Throw in a few homeless ghosts, a potential serial killer, and a resident rat and Jinx is almost at her wit’s end. Thankfully she has the unfailing support of her life-long BFF, Tori and it doesn’t hurt that there’s a hot guy living right next door.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, particularly when I wanted an upbeat, chirpy read while coping with a low-grade headache that nonetheless made life less than fun… And this engaging offering ticked all the boxes – review to follow.


Before Mars – Book 3 of the Planetfall series by Emma Newman
After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist-in-residence. Already she feels like she is losing the connection with her husband and baby at home on Earth–and she’ll be on Mars for over a year. Throwing herself into her work, she tries her best to fit in with the team.

But in her new room on the base, Anna finds a mysterious note written in her own handwriting, warning her not to trust the colony psychologist. A note she can’t remember writing. She unpacks her wedding ring, only to find it has been replaced by a fake…
I have loved this series so far and this tense thriller doesn’t disappoint. Newman’s nuanced protagonist had me turning the pages later than I should have been, as I was very keen to find out what will happen next. I’ll be reviewing this one during the week.


My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 22nd April 2018

Review of Still Me – Book 3 of the Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes

Teaser Tuesday featuring The Hyena and the Hawk – Book 3 of the Echo of the Falls series by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Head On – Book 2 of the Lock In series by John Scalzi

Friday Face-off – When a knight won his spurs… featuring Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

Guest Post – Lindsey Duncan discussing how she developed entertainment in her sci fi novel Scylla and Charybdis

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

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Observations on Life – Old Farmer’s Wisdom and the Centre of the Universe! It’s been the kind of week where I needed a few laughs along the way – and these made me chuckle…

A Short Analysis of Emily Dickenson’s ‘I Started Early – Took My Dog’ Another storming offering from this oh-so-interesting site…

Girls, Girls, Girls – Why Are There So Many “Girls” in Mysteries and Thrillers? An excellent article about something under our noses that needs examining in a bit more detail.

Self Editing: 7 Tips to Tighten the Story & Cut Costs The mighty Kristen Lamb at her fabulous best.

Dying for Space: A Review Yep. I know – it’s my own book. But when this plopped into my Inbox, I was on the floor and it cheered me up immensely, reminding me why I do this. So I’m sharing it with you…

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

35 responses »

    • Yes – we’re very proud of Tim:). Witch at Heart is a really entertaining read – I hope you, too, have a good week, Jenea – and feel better very soon!

    • No – it’s not very nice along the coast here – though I’m delighted to hear the sun is shining on you. Bless you for your kind reblog and the humour – it was something of a lifesaver!

  1. Here we’re also back to windy and rainy weather. It’s strange how the weather keeps flip flopping. Sounds like you had a tough week indeed with your deadlines and a headache. I am glad to hear you managed to hit all your targets and deadlines and I hope next week is a lot better for you!

    Witch at Heart sounds good and I am glad you managed to enjoy it despite your headache.

    • Thank you, Lola:). Yes… windy and rainy just about sums up what we’re experiencing here, too. And that wind is cold!
      Yes, I think you’d enjoy Witch at Heart – it’s a really entertaining read:)). I hope you, too, have a great week.

  2. Oh my gosh, Sarah, I feel you. The end of the year is really tough – both for teachers and students. I hope next week will be easier for you, too.
    You have been amazing at keeping on top of all your deadlines, though, so kudos for that.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

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  4. I’m so excited to start Before Mars, although my May is looking just as bad as April was, in the sense that I have a lot of stuff pulling me away from my blog right now. I’m so sorry to hear about your headaches. Make sure you are drinking lots of water, it could be due to dehydration. Also, as I’ve suffered from headaches most of my adult life, there are certain foods that are triggers. You probably know all this, though! Feel better soon😐

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes and sympathy, Tammy – yes… I do know which foods are a trigger – and I don’t suffer nearly as much as I used to. Sometimes, though, I still get a doozy and it’s often when I’ve been working too hard and got a bit wound up – like this last week. All better now, though:).

    • Thank you, Katherine! Yes – I’m hoping it will be a while before I go through another week like that, again. And I also hope that you, too, have a lovely week:)

    • Yes, I’m so proud of him:). And I’m very glad to see the back of last week – thank you for your good wishes and I hope that you, too, have a happy, peaceful week, Laura:)

  5. Ugh, sorry to hear about the headache and the change to cooler weather. It’s so nice to see things in bloom again! I hope this week turns out better.

  6. Glad the writing went according to plan, even if it was a rough week. And yikes about the weather! We’ve had a few days of sun now, and I don’t know what to do with it- I think I forgot what sunny days were like!

    I enjoyed Before Mars, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it for a while but as it progressed it really took off for me- especially the revelations towards the end.

    • Yes… the weather today is diabolical – wind, rain and cold – the temperature is in the low 40s:(.

      As for Before Mars – I loved the difference in the protagonist and the slow-burn nature of the story. And you’re right – there were twists I didn’t see coming!

  7. It never ceases to amaze me just how very much you achieve. Sorry to hear about your headache and having had an absolute stinker of a migraine a few weeks ago followed by a cold last week I can totally appreciate how rotten it makes you feel – so even more kudos to you for achieving all your deadlines.
    Lynn 😀

  8. I’m amazed at how much you were able to get accomplished this week, especially with that awful headache dogging you most of the week. I hope this week is better for you and that you can relax and get outside to enjoy some spring-like weather.

    • Oh, that would be nice – but for the fact that the weather is diabolical – pouring with rain and very cold! Thank you for you kind comments – I did manage to get it all done – but I’m hoping it will be a while before it’s such a scramble…

  9. Oh no! I’m reading about spring, so the weather should be all nice, mild, and flowery! And then, that week didn’t seem to be kind to you at all, so I feel guilty about reminding you about it. But then, maybe it’ll brighten up your day if you can say, “things are better at the moment!”

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