#Sunday Post – 8th July, 2018 #Brainfluffbookblog


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 got to meet my new granddaughter on Wednesday – but the day certainly didn’t go as planned. I needed to go shopping for my daughter – not all that straightforward, given they live in the depths of the country and I don’t know my way around the area. It didn’t help when I was speeding down the A27 the superstore came into view, peeping through the trees with a field between it and the road and my phone announced that I had reached my destination… I finally managed to get there – and back again. Only for the midwife who had arrived to check over Eliza to decide she needed to go to hospital. Fortunately, they gave her the all-clear – a huge relief. But it wasn’t a day for relaxing cuddles. Though it was great to catch up with my other grandchildren as I held the fort and gave them tea.

Other news… I’ve been busy setting everything up for the book launch as Breathing Space is now being released today. It’s the culmination of a great deal of work – as anyone who has written a trilogy will know – and even now, I can’t quite believe that I have all three books out there. Thank you everyone for your kind good wishes and encouragement.

This week I have read:

Earth and Air – A Second Prequel Novella in the Earth Girl series by Janet Edwards
2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else uses interstellar portals to travel between hundreds of colony worlds, 17-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, abandoned by her parents to be raised a ward of Hospital Earth, she lives a regimented life in one of their impersonal residences.

Jarra is spending the summer at New York Fringe Dig Site with her school history club. While her friends search for lost treasures on the ground, Jarra is airborne in a survey plane and hoping to become a qualified pilot, but the sprawling ancient ruins of New York contain the lethal legacies of the past as well as its treasures.
I love this world and once more, Edwards’ upbeat writing pulled me in and held me until the end. Edwards has clearly mastered the art of pacing the story within the novella form so that the ending didn’t come as an unwelcome surprise, but as an inevitable conclusion to a cracking adventure.

And that’s it – other than lots of checking and rereading my own Sunblinded trilogy…

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 1st July 2018

Teaser Tuesday featuring Running Out of Space – Book 1 of the Sunblinded trilogy by S.J. Higbee

Review of Witch at Heart – Book 1 of the Jinx Hamilton Mystery series by Juliette Harper

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Netgalley arc Murder Takes a Turn – Book 6 of the Langham and Dupré series by Eric Brown

Friday Face-off – Words as empty as the wind are best left unsaid… featuring Windwitch – Book 2 of the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard

GIVEAWAY – Dying for Space is FREE for 5 days only!

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Truth Sister by Phil Gilvin


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

Exploring and Exploding the ‘Just World Hypothesis’ https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/exploring-and-exploding-the-just-world-hypothesis/ Another interesting and insightful post by Viv…

#lessons Learned & an #Author #Interview with Michael Scott, Part I: #writing a #pageturner. Thanks @flamelauthor! https://jeanleesworld.com/2018/07/05/lessons-learned-an-author-interview-with-michael-scott-part-1-writing-a-pageturner-thanks-flamelauthor/ Jean once more writes a fascinating article on how pacing and cliffhangers can enhance the reading experience…

Fun Fact Friday with Franky’s Fun Flamingo Facts https://wandaluthman.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/fun-fact-friday-with-frankys-fun-flamingo-facts/ And no – I had no idea about these flamingo facts – did you?

The Legacy of Millie the Quilter – a series of stories https://jenniefitzkee.com/2018/06/30/the-legacy-of-milly-the-quilter-a-series-of-stories/ This is a wonderful tribute to someone very special…

Venting: Pirating books is wrong! #bookbloggers #bookblogger #bloggers #blogger #books #blog #blogpost https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/venting-pirating-books-is-wrong-bookbloggers-bookblogger-bloggers-blogger-books-blog-blogpost/ Drew of The Tattooed Book Geek has a rant about a particularly baldfaced attempt to steal books from authors – which also has my blood boiling. Be warned, the language is strong.

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

59 responses »

  1. WOOHOO! Love it when I make the cut! And I’m so stoked to write about his villain and share Scott’s thoughts on him. A good villain makes me so happy. 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend, for sharing this!

    • You’re very welcome. And the reason you get included is because your articles are invariably well written and highly readable:)). Yes – a good villain is so important – I read an otherwise entertaining book this week where the villain was such a cliched disappointment.

      • That was my biggest problem with the first half of the Mortal Instruments series–the villain Valentine was a cardboard cutout of a villain. Divergent, too, had such lousy villains. I know many readers adore these trilogies, but when people talk about those books, how often are they talking about the villains?

  2. Earth and Air looks nice. I keep thinking I want to try that series by Edwards at some point. I love the premise. Glad to hear you had some grandchildren time as well. 🙂

    Hope you have a lovely week and nice weather.

    • Oh yes – she has written a variety of series – my personal favourite is Scavenger Alliance – I’m waiting to hear when the second one is going to be released. But Earth Girl is such a very cool premise.

      Thank you for your kind good wishes and I hope that you, too, have a wonderful week.

  3. Awe, I’m happy for you and your family you got see your new granddaughter and spend time with the grandbabies. Getting lost in a place you don’t know well is awful, at least the GPS came in handy. Hope you Have a wonderful week.

    • Thank you, Tammy:) Yes, it’s been a very busy week! Eliza wasn’t due until this week and I was also up to my eyes with the launch. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t my brightest idea to have Breathing Space coming out so close to her birth date – but it sort of just happened that way!

    • Oh, I’ll echo that! My granddaughter is 13 and my grandson is 8 – and they are a total joy… I am lucky in that they come and stay regularly throughout the year:))

  4. The language is strong?🤔 And there I thought I’d been fairly clean in the post especially as I was in a bad mood when I wrote the post and the subject is such an awful one too.😂😂😂 Thank you for including my post though, appreciate it.👍📚

    • No, to be honest it was a really stressful day. But I’m just so relieved she is okay… Thank you for you kind good wishes regarding the book release – it’s lovely to now have all three books published:)

  5. Yay! Congrats on having the whole Sunblinded Trilogy out in the world, Sarah! 🙂 And please don’t mind me asking, but is there any chance that at least the first book might come out in print?

    That must have been scary, to have your baby granddaughter go back to the hospital suddenly. (My family can relate, though – I actually had to go back to the hospital just days after initially coming home.) Hopefully you got to enjoy a few minutes with her once she was home again…?

    • Thank you, Sara:)). I’m surprised at just how thrilled I feel to have ALL of them out! And yes… the next project is getting Running Out of Space ready for a paperback edition – and I’m also planning to release an audio version before the end of the year – fingers crossed! The paperback version should be ready by the end of August.

      Yes… the pregnancy wasn’t straightforward in any way and Eliza’s sleep patterns have been causing concern. But the hospital were very reassuring. I did manage to sneak a quick couple of cuddles – but to be honest, I spent a chunk of time with the older children who were very worried about their baby sister and so pleased to have her back!

      • Oooh! I’ll have to keep an eye out for paperback news in the near future then!

        Poor Eliza. 😦 But you’ll have plenty of time to spend with her in the future, I’m sure.

      • Don’t worry – I’ll be jumping about like a flea on a hot brick and yelling about it all from the rooftops when the paperback version is all set.

        Yes, though Eliza is doing well, which is such a relief…

    • Thank you, Deb – I’m gaining a readership, which is lovely. And I now have a marketing-savvy friend who is helping me through the thickets of that dark art… And yes – happy-bubbly is very good description of how I’m feeling about it, right now:))

    • Thank you so much, Nicci – yes – so glad she is here and doing so well:)). And yes… I’m feeling rather high at present – a mixture of relief and excitement!

  6. Congrats on finishing. That must feel great. Glad to hear you met your grandbaby too. Hope you have a wonderful week. Oh…I picked up Book I and Book II. I look forward to reading them. I thought I was a follower, but….I am now. 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

    • Thank you so much, Sherry:). That’s really kind of you and I hope that you enjoy Sunblinded I & II. And yes – it was lovely seeing the baby – and a relief she is okay! I hope you, too, have a great week!

  7. A new grand baby and time with the others! My what a week you’ve had. My friends who have grand babies assure me there’s nothing else like it. Did they name the new baby after you?

  8. Oof, sounds like Wednesday was a chaotic time. Very glad things worked out in the end, though–many happy wishes for your daughter and your new granddaughter! ❤
    And congratulations on your book launch! I can't imagine how it must feel to see one of your written works published, let alone THREE. 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Kathy. While I love the hot weather, I could wish it a whole lot cooler for my daughter and granddaughter!

      As for the book launch – I was so busy getting all the necessary bits and pieces sorted out, it wasn’t until last night that it actually hit me that I now had the whole trilogy out there. And yes… it was a fabulous feeling:))

  9. Happy release day! That must be awesome having the whole trilogy be out there now :). Sorry to hear it was a bit of a stressful day, but that’s nice you got to meet your new granddaughter and spend some time with family. I hope you’ll have a great week!

    • Thank you, Lola. Yes – having the complete trilogy published is a marvellous feeling! I’m still on a high about it. And Eliza is now doing well, though she could do with some cooler weather. I hope you, too, have a wonderful week.

  10. Happy release day! You must be excited to have all your books in the trilogy out there! Glad to hear that your daughter and granddaughter are doing well. I can totally sympathize with getting lost in the back of beyond.

    • Thank you, SJ:). It was lovely – and I didn’t realise just how emotional and excited I’d feel getting the third book out there. I suppose there might come a time when I get used to doing this – but won’t be for a while!

      Yes… I’m not a fan of getting lost, but when I was on a mission for a breast pump, there was some pressure to get myself sorted out quickly.

  11. How crazy about the directions. I’ve had that happen a time or two and I always end up completely discombobulated! Lovely about your new granddaughter and I’m so glad everything was well and good. Even though you didn’t get too many new baby cuddles I’m sure the time with your other grandkids was nice and very appreciated from your daughter! My grandmother always used to complain that when she had a new baby her mother-in-law would come and cuddle the new baby and leave her with the other kids to deal with! Have a great week!

    • Yes… I was a tad panic-stricken when the phone announced my arrival!

      Lol… I wouldn’t dream of trying to prise the newborn away from her mother – and besides, the other two are adorable, anyway:)). I hope you, too, have a wonderful week, Katherine.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes – it has been a very exciting time:))

      Oh it was a bleak moment when the phone started telling me allll I had to do was bunny OFF the dual carriageway, across a ditch and a field to arrive at my destination!

  12. I’m glad you got to meet your new granddaughter and that she got the all clear on the hospital visit. That had to be a bit stressful for everyone. I hope you’ll get to visit with her again soon!

  13. I haven’t been able to visit people for two weeks now for their Sunday post because I’ve been so busy – I wanted to thank you for visiting all of mine! Here I am, finally cathing up, at least a little 🙂

    I hope your weeks have been good!

  14. Sounds like it has been an intensive week that you likely have already forgotten… Still – as belated as they are, congratulations on your release are in order. Many people fail to even finish book 1, let alone write 3 of them and see them all released into the world. 🙂

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