Sunday Post – 27th January, 2019 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost


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

The weather has been quite a bit colder this week, with several frosts and then it suddenly warmed up again to nearly 50°F. No wonder several students have been off sick and my writing buddy had to cut short our Friday together. On Wednesday evening, I attended our fortnightly writing group and touched base with everyone, though I didn’t take any writing. On Thursday, I had a planning meeting in the morning for the rest of the teaching year with Tim and then taught him for three hours in the afternoon. It was lovely catching up with him, as I hadn’t seen him since the beginning of December.

On Saturday morning, Himself and I went shopping and I also took a stack of books to the local library, who gratefully received them. It was lovely to catch up with the wonderful lady who reads stories to small children in the library on Saturday mornings – she always asks after Frankie and Oscar, who she regularly used to read to. She was amazed when I told her that Frankie is now taller than I am…

I spent the rest of the day working on Mantivore Prey. The first 1,000 words was like drawing teeth and took a looong time. However, I then got into the swing of the narrative – I’m now in the middle of an unexpected subplot which is going very well, though time will tell if it’s going to work out. Fingers crossed…

Last week I read:
The Warrior – Book 3 of The Immortal Dealers series by Sarah Fine
Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger never intended to live among the Immortal Dealers, much less to be party to an ongoing battle where the fate of humanity is in the draw of a card. And the stakes have gotten only higher now that a shady new Forger has been crowned.
Despite crashing into this series by picking up the final book, I enjoyed this world and the magic system, as well as being able to empathise with the sympathetic protagonist. Review to follow.


The Defiant Heir – Book 2 of the Swords and Fire series by Melissa Caruso
Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a rare gathering of all seventeen lords to decide a course of action. Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to stifle the growing flames of war, and she is ready to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, but I really loved this one. The political situation is gripping and the supporting cast are fabulous. Review to follow.


Spacer’s Cinderella by Adria Rose
A broken shoe. A forbidden ball. A sexy cyborg with a secret. Born on an abandoned colony barely held together by sealant tape and hope, Aurora Sato is at the very bottom of the social pecking order. Hard work and brains got her into a coveted spot in the quadrant’s top university… But her new supervisor is a woman who’s not about to let an upstart like Aurora get anything close to a break.
This romance sci fi story has a gripping plotline that drew me in and held me, despite not generally reading this sub-genre.


Traveler in the Dark – Book 1 of the Ex Situ series by Deirdre Gould
Sixteen hundred years ago, they fled Earth. Now their long journey may finally be at an end. None of them have ever walked on soil, felt rain, or breathed unrecycled air. Their resources nearly spent, they sent a last exploratory mission to a new planet. It’s ideal… but they are not alone. In the struggle for survival, they must make a choice. Sacrifice another species or accept their own extinction. And time is running out.
This colony exploration tale took an unexpectedly dark turn, which also explored the moral issues of colonisation.


My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 20th January 2019

Review of Novella The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Friday Face-Off featuring The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Box Set – The Sunblinded Trilogy – Running Out of Space, Dying for Space, Breathing Space

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:
The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse of 2019 I tend to avoid the news these days with the Brexit nonsense going on – but then I miss events like this. Thank goodness I can comfort myself with these superb pics…

Thursday Doors This quirky blog is rarely just about doors – and this week not only do we have pics of the cutest dog in the world, but a grim slice of history, too.

The U.L.S. The Underground Library Society Guest Post by Amanda Cade! Academic and indie writer Charles French runs this meme on his excellent blog – and this week I was blown away by Amanda’s contribution.

Let’s get real about the hot mess of spell-check, grammar and editing tools Given that effective editing is a large chunk of successful writing – I share Guy’s pain in this heartfelt article.

Twisted Conservation Education and Awareness I enjoy Cheche’s blog, and her insightful observations about conservation in Africa – this disturbing article highlights some of the challenges faced by those trying to make a difference…

In the meantime, many thanks for taking the time to comment, like and visit my blog – have a wonderful week!

40 responses »

  1. As pre schoolers, my kids always loved storytime at the library, it was such a nice way for them to learn social skills outside of a classroom environment and, of course, a love of books. Thanks for the share, Sarah, much appreciated.

  2. That back and forth temperature is always so hard to deal with both health wise and practically speaking! When it gets below about 55 I try to leave the house as little as possible. I’m not a fan of cold. I love my library too and we have a wonderful children’s librarian. It’s so nice! Have a great week!

  3. I have a box of books to take to the library. My problem is going into their little book store they have and returning with just as many. LOL The Almanac predicted a colder than usual winter and it seems they got it right this year. We’ve been freezing one day and spring like the next. I long for spring when I can sit outside with a good book!

    My Sunday Post

    • That is sneaky! A book store right alongside… Our library do have a couple of shelves with books for sale, but I was very good and didn’t go near them *unbearably smug*. Yes… that weather sounds like ours – though it has to be exceptional for me to feel tempted to read outside! Have a great week, Laura!

  4. The Warrior looks like a good read! Sarah Fine is a recent author to my TBR list. 🙂

    The weather is whacked. It’s been freezing all week and this weekend it got warmer but I’ve heard people talking about snow warnings for next week! I’ll believe it when I see it… The south so rarely gets lovely snow. 😦 (Last year being a countrywide exception!)

  5. You had a productive week, as did I. I saw a play, went out to lunch twice, cooked up a storm, and am spending today reading and writing blog posts. Hope the week ahead is a great one for you!

  6. Spacer’s Cinderella looks interesting. I will have to check that one out. It has been cold here and then last weekend we had some snow. I hope it warms up but it is most likely going to snow again soon. Have a wonderful week.

    Mary #SundayRoundup #55!

  7. Best wishes with Mantivore Prey! And I got the first book in Melissa Caruso’s series for Christmas, so I look forward to reading that… maybe in a year or two, given my reading plans for 2019 might not make room for it. XD

    • It’s a really interesting book – I love the idea that magic-users are inherently controlled, or in charge. And that makes complete sense, doesn’t it. However I was completely swept into The Defiant Heir in a way I wasn’t expecting – isn’t it great when the second book is even better than the first?

  8. Good luck with the writing on Mantivore Prey! And hope your weather stays moderate. It’s cold and snowy here and looks like it will be all week.

    It seems like everyone around here has been sick. I’m ready for spring. 🙂

    • Thank you, Greg! Yes, I’m hoping the second half of Mantivore Prey goes nice and smoothly, too:)

      And yes… it does seem as if everyone is falling like flies – but we still have the worst of the winter weather ahead of us, sadly. On that cheery note – have a good week!

  9. What a productive and pleasant week. The weather here also swings from about 50 to cold every 4-5 days. It was 50 today so I did the weekly raking of leaves, tomorrow is rain, then cold. At least when it is rainy or cold, I don’t feel guilty I’m not out working in the yard! Enjoy your books! Anne – Books of My Heart

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