Sunday Post – 20th May, 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.

My sister has moved back to her own flat, which is really good news as she is hopefully now on the road to recovery. Though I am missing her – if the road works would allow it, she is only ten minutes away.

On Thursday, Mhairi came over for the day and we spent some of the time poking the Marketing Monster with a big stick, which is both terrifying and enjoyable. Other than that, I’ve been busy line editing Breathing Space with the help of Dragon’s dictation tool, as I follow the manuscript with a cursor. It’s time-consuming, but I don’t know another way to do it, as my speed-reading habit isn’t conducive to weeding out those fiddley mistakes that dog my writing.

Yesterday, I went over to my sister’s and we watched the Royal Wedding together, having great fun critiquing the outfits while quaffing tea and jam doughnuts. It was a wonderful service and I wish the couple all the very best in their life together.

This week I have read:

Crimson Ash by Hayley Sulich
Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the weapons needed for revenge.

After raiding a rebel camp, sixteen-year-old Ember doesn’t understand why killing some boy bothers her. She’s a soldier—she has killed hundreds of people without remorse. But after she fails a mission, the rebels hold her hostage and restore her memories. Ember recognizes her sister among the rebels and realizes the boy she killed was Solanine’s fiancé.

This was certainly a dystopian world, leaving a trail of devastated, broken people in its wake and the writing was intense and fast-paced.

A Trail Through Time – Book 4 of The Chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor
At St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, the historians don’t just study the past, they revisit it.

Behind the strait-laced façade of a conventional academic institution, the secret of time travel is being used for ground-breaking and daring historical research, taking the historians on a rollercoaster ride through history. Meanwhile, within St Mary’s itself, there are power struggles and intrigues worthy of a book in themselves.

Max and Leon are reunited and looking forward to a peaceful life together. Sadly, they don’t even make it to lunchtime.
From 17th-century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th-century Southwark, Max and Leon are pursued up and down the timeline until, finally, they are forced to take refuge at St Mary’s – where a new set of dangers await them.

After the darkness of my previous read – I wanted something with humour, so I turned to this offering on my TBR pile. It didn’t disappoint. Packed with adventure that had me laughing aloud and nearly weeping, I finished this one buzzed and re-energised. Nobody does it like Jodi…

Scourged – Book 9 of the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne
Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, a.k.a. the Apocalypse, upon the earth. They’ve made allies on the darker side of many pantheons, and there’s a globe-spanning battle brewing that ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard-pressed to survive, much less win. Granuaile MacTiernan must join immortals Sun Wukong and Erlang Shen in a fight against the Yama Kings in Taiwan, but she discovers that the stakes are much higher than she thought.

Meanwhile, Archdruid Owen Kennedy must put out both literal and metaphorical fires from Bavaria to Peru to keep the world safe for his apprentices and the future of Druidry. And Atticus recruits the aid of a tyromancer, an Indian witch, and a trickster god in hopes that they’ll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. There is a hound named Oberon who deserves a snack, after all.

I have read and enjoyed all the previous books in this series, so hoped that this one would bring all the plotlines to a satisfactory conclusion. It was a delight to plunge back into this world for ending to work so well.

The Flowers of Vashnoi – Book 14.1 of the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
Still new to her duties as Lady Vorkosigan, Ekaterin is working together with expatriate scientist Enrique Borgos on a radical scheme to recover the lands of the Vashnoi exclusion zone, lingering radioactive legacy of the Cetagandan invasion of the planet Barrayar. When Enrique’s experimental bioengineered creatures go missing, the pair discover that the zone still conceals deadly old secrets.

This novella takes us back to the amazing world Bujold is rightly best known for writing – what a treat this little gem is. The only grumble I have is that it ended too soon.

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 13th May 2018

Review of Talon – Book 1 of the Talon series by Julie Kagawa

Teaser Tuesday featuring Scourged – Book 9 of the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring The Flowers of Vashnoi – Book 14.1 of the Vorkosigan Sage by Lois McMaster Bujold

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich

Friday Face-off – I’m freeee… featuring Traitor to the Throne – Book 2 of the Rebel of the Sands series by Alwyn Hamilton

Review of Scourged – Book 9 of the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne

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

5 ways you should not react when an annoying friend says they don’t read Yes… I’m aware this was published over a week ago – but I’ve only just caught up with it and figured you would still want a giggle over your Sunday cuppa…

Get Caught Reading I’m spreading appreciation for my favourite hobby – and this is a great scheme to promote a love of books…

A Summary and Analysis of the ‘Bluebeard’ Fairy Tale I love the insights offered in the articles produced by this cracking site…

Thursday Doors – Jacobean This is another lovely set of doors, windows and graves… there isn’t anything more evocative than the ruins of a long-ago building.

Fabulous opportunity to get hold of over a 100 sci fi books featuring feisty females… There is a wonderful spread of books featured for fans wanting more ebook goodness in their lives of the science fiction kind.

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

37 responses »

  1. I was watching the wedding too…got a bit teary when Harry saw his bride for the first time and when the gospel choir started singing ‘Stand By Me’! Quite an emotional service overall!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my post, Sarah! You’ve certainly had a great week.

    I missed the royal wedding, which is really weird because it wouldn’t have involved staying up or waking up early in my timezone. And I missed an exam to watch Prince William’s wedding. I guess I just didn’t feel like it yesterday? I did catch up through a gazillion Buzzfeed articles, though, so there’s that. xD

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

    • I’d even forgotten the wedding was on – and if the grandchildren had stayed over as planned, then I probably wouldn’t have spent the time watching it, but given that they didn’t come, I grabbed the chance:). Have a great week – and you’re welcome – it was so much fun, I couldn’t resist sharing it with everyone else…

  3. I didn’t watch the royal wedding live but did catch some coverage of it after the fact. It looked like a lovely ceremony. Best of luck to you with all of your editing. It does sound somewhat tedious but it’s great that there’s a tool for that process. I hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Thank you, Suzanne:). Actually, I find the line editing more fun than you might think – though perhaps I need to get out more… I hope your week is a good one, too.

  4. We watched the Royal Wedding. They are ahead of us time wise, so we were up bright and early to be able to watch. It was beautiful! Enjoy your Sunday!

  5. I watched the royal wedding a couple hours after it happened (I was still asleep when the live coverage was airing). And yes, what a beautiful ceremony. It was touching to see them pay tribute to Meghan’s biracial / African American heritage while honoring the more traditional parts of those weddings.

    Ha ha, the Marketing Monster. But it IS a monster, in its own way. Hope you taught it a good lesson – er, I mean, tackled it successfully – and good luck on your Breathing Space edits! Enjoy the rest of your week, too. 🙂

    • It was a joy, wasn’t it? Like you, I particularly liked the way the ceremony departed from some of the stuffier traditions. I had the privilege of seeing Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing Elgar’s Cello concerto in March – it was sublime…

      Yes… the marketing is something of a monster, although I’m slowly getting to grips with it. Sitting back and expecting eager readers to flock to your books simply doesn’t work… And the line edit is going steadily.

  6. I haven’t watched the royal wedding yet but I do have it recorded. I have been hunting down all the pictures I could find though and I do love how happy they look. I can imagine that having your sister go home is a bit bittersweet but hopefully you’re enjoying having your space back. Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Katherine. Yes, it’s a relief to think that she is feeling so much better. Oh, you’re in for a treat, Katherine, if you haven’t yet seen the Royal Wedding – I think it’s the loveliest service of all… She is such a beautiful bride:))

  7. I am glad to hear your sister is recovering well! I hope your editing goes well, that does seem like a good way to catch errors having dragon dictate the book to you, although I am sure it’s time consuming. I didn’t watch the royal wedding, but I did see some posts on social media about it. Sounds like you had a good reading week as well. I do get what you say about needing a lighter read after a darker one. Have a great week!

    • Yes, it’s lovely that she is now well enough to live in her home again – I think she is feeling very relieved! It does take a while line editing, whichever way you choose, I think… Thank you, Lola:). I hope you, too, have a great reading week.

    • Thank you, Kristen:). Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed discussing all the fashion choices – the hits and the misses… And it has been a lovely reading week – I hope your coming week is a great one and a LOT less stressy.

  8. I am glad your sister is doing better, and hope her recovery tends to go smoothly. I didn’t get to see the royal wedding, but I know it’s been all everyone’s talking about here. The photos I have seen have been lovely. The couple look so happy together. I hope you have a great week, Sarah!

  9. I always enjoy when family visits. Nice to know your sister is doing better and lives so close and you can visit often. I didn’t watch the wedding. I’m sure it was lovely though.

    • Yes – after years of not being able to be together, I still can’t quite get used to having her so close – it’s such a treat. Now that she is finally getting better, it is even better. Have a great week, Laura:)

    • Yes, it’s such a relief that my sister is on the road to recovery – and the editing went far more smoothly than I had feared, which was a bonus! Thank you for checking out the posts, Jean – and I hope that you and yours are all thriving. Looking forward to catching up with your posts when I finally get back online again!

  10. Another busy week, and I get to see your progress throughout the year in a fast forward (except for when I fall behind). I wonder what you think of the Marketing Monster now… 🙂

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