Sunday Post – 20th October, 2019 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost

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

This has been a turbulent week weatherwise, with torrential downpours punctuated by bright spells of weather and over Thursday night and Friday, there were also a couple of thunderstorms. So it’s been hard to get washing dry outside, however the upside is that it is still mild for the time of year and we have also had some lovely rainbows.

I’ve been continuing with my Aerobics and Pilates classes and am gradually getting a bit fitter and less exhausted during and after the sessions. On Wednesday evening, I managed to make Writing Group which was lovely. I hadn’t been for a month and it was great to catch up with everyone and also get some valuable advice on the opening of Mantivore Warrior.

On Thursday, Sally came over and we started work on her second book. Editing is always such an intense business – I looked around twice and the day had gone, though I was absolutely shattered, to the extent that I spent part of Friday morning sleeping because when the alarm went off, I was just too tired to move. When I got up, I felt much better, but this week I must try to get to bed at a reasonable time as I’ve backslid badly. I needed to be sharp, as we collected the grandchildren on Friday after Oscar’s football practice – it was lovely to spend time with them again and catch up on their lives. Yesterday, we had a gathering of the clan at my sister’s flat. My parents and my sister’s sons and daughter-in-law travelled down to view her prospective new home and she also invited the four of us along. So ten of us, plus Darcy – Mum and Dad’s poodle – sat down to a delicious homemade curry lunch in with all the trimmings, while we provided the apple pudding in her compact flat. It was wonderful to catch up with everyone, who we hadn’t seen since David and Hannah’s wedding. For once the weather behaved and we were able to see my sister’s new home in brilliant sunshine and admire the views of Arundel Castle from her driveway.

I am still in the throes of the first draft of Mantivore Warrior and will be writing about my decision to include an extended flashback in tomorrow’s blog post.

Last week I read:

The Hidden Gallery – Book 2 of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood
Thanks to their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf cubs now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees. Yet the Incorrigibles are not entirely civilized, and still managed to ruin Lady Constance’s Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. As they explore the city, Penelope and the Incorrigibles discover more about themselves as clues about the children’s–and Penelope’s own–mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways…
I really enjoyed reading this second book in this series, though perhaps not quite as much as the first one. However, I am looking forward to finding out some answers to the thicket of questions surrounding the children and where they came from…

 

Blue Angel – Book 2 of the Ordshaw series by Phil Williams
Waking on an unfamiliar floor, Pax is faced with two hard truths. A murderous government agency wants her dead – and monsters really do exist. What’s more, her body’s going haywire, which she desperately hopes isn’t a side-effect of her encounters in the city’s tunnels. To survive, and protect Ordshaw, she’s got to expose who, or what, is behind the chaos – and she can’t do it alone. But with only the trigger-happy Fae to turn to, Pax’s allies might kill her before her enemies do…
This is the sequel to the quirky urban fantasy tale, Under Ordshaw and as Williams is releasing the third book in the series very shortly, I wanted to catch up before I fell further behind. Review to follow.

 

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury – AUDIOBOOK 12 of the How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
The Doomsday of Yule has arrived, and the future of dragonkind lies in the hands of one boy with nothing to show but everything to fight for. Hiccup’s quest is clear…but can he end the rebellion? Can he prove himself to be king? Can he save the dragons? The stakes have never been higher, as the very fate of the Viking world hangs in the balance!
Very annoyingly, somehow I started listening to Book 11 in the series and switched into this, the final book without realising until near the end… Which was just amazing. I found it very emotional and uplifting – a truly epic fantasy written for children and yet also engrossing for hundreds of adult fans too. Review to follow.

 

First Flyght – Book 1 of The Flyght series by S.J. Pajonas
Vivian Kawabata can’t wait to claim her privileged destiny. But when the heir to the family agricultural empire finds her bank account empty while shopping for expensive shoes, she’s horrified to discover that her own brother has financially stabbed her in the back. To stand a chance of restoring her rightful place in the universe, the honest and rule-following Vivian may have to break a few intergalactic laws.
I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in a space opera adventure about a young woman struggling to earn enough to keep the family business after the betrayal of her shifty and shiftless brother. Vivian is an enjoyable heroine and I will be definitely reading more of her adventures. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

Review of Lady of Magick – Book 2 of the Noctis Magicae series by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Friday Faceoff featuring Alien by Alan Dean Foster

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Doing Time – Book 1 of The Time Police by Jodi Taylor

Review of AUDIOBOOK The Empty Grave – Book 5 of Lockwood & Co series by Jonathan Stroud

Teaser Tuesday featuring Empire Games – Book 1 of the Empire Games series by Charles Stross

Reblog – Alvin and the area Alert to Literacy Efforts – Monday Memories

Authoring Annals 4 – Tweaking the Outline – Mantivore Warrior – Book 3 of The Arcadian Chronicles series

Sunday Post, 13th October 2019

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

Thursday Doors – Cottage Update https://jeanreinhardt.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/thursday-doors-cottage-update/ I followed the previous posts Jean published on the massive restoration of this cottage with interest – so these pics showing the completion of the project were a delight.

How to Train Your Editor Brain https://writerunboxed.com/2019/10/18/how-to-train-your-editor-brain/ Anyone who has attempted to complete a major writing project will know that finishing the first draft is just the start – it’s the editing which makes the difference between a well written, polished read and a muddled mess…

What Counts as Reading? https://emeraldcitybookreview.com/2019/10/what-counts-as-reading.html I thought this article was interesting in that it made me stop and consider my own assumptions on the subject. What do you think?

Waterford Walls 2019 https://inesemjphotography.com/2019/10/13/waterford-walls-2019/ And this is just a joy – what a wonderful way to bring art and beauty into an urban environment and why isn’t every town and city in the land also following this example?

Alvin and the area Alert to Literacy Efforts – Monday Memories https://powerfulwomenreaders.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/alvin-and-area-alert-to-literacy-efforts-monday-memories/ Yes… I know I also reblogged this during the week – something I hardly ever do, but I didn’t want anyone to miss this uplifting, amazing post…

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you have a wonderful week.

46 responses »

  1. The gathering at your sister’s place sounds wonderful. Glad the weather cooperated for you. I’ll be looking forward to your writing post this week as I really enjoyed reading about your process last week. 🙂

    • It was great fun – always lovely to catch up with everyone:). And yes… we didn’t have any rain today, either so far… Thank you so much for your kind encouragement regarding the writing posts, Suzanne – I really appreciate it, as I was worried that everyone would find it boring and self indulgent.

      Have a lovely week:).

  2. We have a very mild weather here too. But without the heavy storms. The last few days have been very rainy, but nothing out of the ordinary. Guess, nothing compared to the weather you were experiencing. Sounds always nice when I read something about your family being together and having a good time. Thanks for sharing it with us. Happy reading.

    • Thank you, Vi:). It is something of an event to get that number of us altogether, these days. Glad your weather is also mild, without the downpours we’ve been having – it always shortens the winter having fine weather at this time of the year:)). I hope you, too, have a wonderful reading week.

  3. I love that your family was able to get together at your sister’s flat! It sounds like you’ve been very busy, but in a good way. Thank you for sharing some very interesting articles as well😁

  4. You certainly stay busy; I can’t imagine doing all that in a week! I especially enjoyed the “What Counts as Reading?” article, which was quite thought-provoking. I think it should all “count” as reading and believe that our understanding of books related to the way we consume them will vary widely from one person to the next and doesn’t necessarily rely on the method. I understand and internalize a story much more fully if I hold the paper copy in my hands and read every word. That’s just me, though, and someone else might get that same strength from the audio version or even by skipping around a bit within the book. This all makes life interesting!

    • I was quite startled to find that a number of folks don’t count it as having read a book if they listen to it on audio… But as you say, different people seem to find the variety of formats either more or less helpful… And it certainly makes for an interesting dynamic:).

      • Personally, if I were to tell someone about a book I had enjoyed on audio, I would probably say, “listened to” instead of “read,” but that’s just what I’m used to, I guess. It IS an interesting topic!

  5. Glad to hear your sister found her place, and that you were able to have a nice family gathering there! Sounds really nice. And the weather has been iffy around here too- a mix of things. The general consensus being it’s getting cooler ha ha, although that’s not unexpected. It is always nice though when the sun peeks through or the weather stays mild deep into October.

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

    • Thank you, Greg. It was lovely having such a gathering of the clan. And with out weather, having it still mild is a major plus, given how much I HATE the winter.

      I hope that you, too, have a wonderful week:)

  6. Oyr weather was chaotic too. Lots of rain and up and down temps. I think it was partly caused by the tropical storm in the Gulf. It sounds like you’ve been having a wonderful time with your family, Sarah. I hope you get your much needed rest:)

  7. It sounds like a good week and I totally understand about the sliding thing. I just keep doing things and then I’m up too late and have things need doing the next day as well. It’s good my daughter has a schedule or I’d be hopeless. I love the family day you had yesterday. Have a lovely week!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

    • Yes – I was doing really well at going to bed at a reasonable time, and then I had a couple of nights when I overran my allotted bedtime and it all went to pot! Need to get back on the straight and narrow!

      I hope you, too, have a lovely week, Anne:)

    • Urg! I hate it when the weather swings around like that – it normally ends in illness and colds:(.

      Yes… I have been a bit shaken at how out of condition I was and it’s nice to start getting fitter. There’s still a long way to go, though!

  8. We had plenty of rain as well these past few weeks, but the temperatures have been mild. The trees look amazing with all the nice autumn colors. Sounds like you had a nice week and fun family get together.

    I am happy to see you read First Flyght and that you enjoyed it. I am looking forward to your full review! Have a great week!

    • Yes, the autumn colour is lovely here, too. And the trees and bushes are laden with berries.

      I really enjoyed First Flyght. I was a bit concerned about the reverse harem aspect, but it wasn’t a problem. I will be reviewing it during November, as part of Sci Fi Month:)

  9. I’m glad you had so much fun with your family, Sarah. It sounds like a wonderful time. Good for you getting to aerobics and Pilates. I’ve been trying to make time for some walking, but not doing very well.

    So happy you’re working on the next Mantivore book! I was going to ask you about it since I just finished Mantivore Dreams this morning and I loved it!

    Have a great week!

    • Oh wow! That’s enormously cheered me up, Jan:). Really delighted that you enjoyed Mantivore Dreams – I’m actually working on Mantivore Warrior, the third book, as Mantivore Prey is being released on 30th November. Would you like an arc when they’re ready?

  10. I’m glad you were able to spend time with your sister and extended family. Those are special times.

    I’m not surprised book two of the Incorrigibles was not as good as book one. Is book two ever as good as book one? In my experience, book two is always the weakest.

    I loved seeing how you shared Rae’s post on your blog. She has devoted her life to encouraging reading in our community, and her LFL is a big part of that work now. I hope to stop by and visit on Halloween. She always gives out scary books that night.

    Have a great week!

    • I realised that Rae is a remarkable lady and am so glad to have had the chance to blog with her. In fact, while I do realise that social media can have a dark underbelly – it has been a solid blessing in my life. I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people around the world who share my love of reading and books.

      And yes – Saturday was a lovely gathering – you’re right, they are special times. I recall a moment as everyone was funnelling through the door of Mona’s new home, chatting and laughing together – it was one of those golden moments…

      Have a lovely week, Deb:)

    • As regards you observation about Book 2 often being a less satisfactory read than Book 1 – there are some striking exceptions. Emma Newman’s Planetfall series started well enough – but ‘After Atlas’ absolutely blew me away. Though in series there are always ups and downs in quality, I think.

  11. Oh what a fun gathering and the food sounds delicious! Pilates sounds wonderful. It’s so surprisingly difficult but I did love it. Editing sounds unbelievably exhausting. I’m glad you got some extra rest Friday and good luck getting back to getting to bed to at a decent time. I have such a hard time with that! Have a great week!

    • Thank you – it’s a bit of a jolt to think of you experiencing Spring just as we’re in the middle of autumn and sliding into winter! I hope that you, too, have a lovely reading week:))

    • Well that’s mouldy luck. Though while I always love rainbows – they are especially precious to my husband and I as the end of a wonderful double-rainbow appeared on the bonnet of our car on our wedding day – we didn’t get any pots of gold, either. Though perhaps a long, happy marriage counts instead!

      • It get’s better. Because I knew it shouldn’t happen – I tried to take a photo of it – and the camera broke… But Himself was there and also saw it. We have always known the rainbow is a symbol for us…

  12. It’s so hard to gather up energy this time of year. I’m also falling prey to the allure of my bed. I’d like to spend more time there, not less! Thank you for reading FIRST FLYGHT! I really enjoyed writing that book. 🙂

    • I know! I find this a sad time of year…

      It was a solid pleasure reading First Flyght – I can tell you had fun writing it, as it comes across. I will be reviewing it in due course:))

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