Sunday Post – 10th November, 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.

Last week was another busy one – I taught Tim on Monday and Wednesday and spent Tuesday catching up with a number of reviews, emails and admin that stacked up during Mhairi’s stay. I was delighted to get a text from my son, Robbie, who is now back from LA, asking if he could come down the next day. I hadn’t seen him since last December, so it was a real treat. On Thursday, I was working with a former student on her poetry collection, which was lovely as I haven’t seen her in a while. I miss all my former students… Once I returned home, Rob and I – in between catching up – worked on an audition tape, which was quite intense but a lot of fun. However, everything caught up with me on Friday, because when I woke up, I felt absolutely wiped out with a sick headache, which was a real shame as I was supposed to be driving over to Brighton to visit my daughter, watch Eliza having her swimming lesson and take part in a birthday tea with Oscar, who was celebrating his tenth birthday – when did that happen? I’m sure it was only yesterday, he was bumbling around learning to walk, as Eliza is doing just now… Sadly, I had to cancel because I felt too dire to drive over to Brighton. Fortunately Himself was here to drive Rob to the station to catch his train back to Cambridge. I was really fed up that I’d been unable to make the most of his visit AND miss out on Oscar’s birthday tea.

At the beginning of the week, I got back the notes from my main beta reader regarding Mantivore Prey, so what writing time I’ve had has been spent working through those and listening to the manuscript while following the text on the screen – my final major edit. I picked up a sprinkling of niggling errors and one anomaly, and now feel it’s definitely ready to release at the end of the month. I will be making ARC copies available through Booksprout tomorrow. However, I haven’t written a word towards the current WIP, Mantivore Warrior, which has been rather frustrating – I really need that writing clone…

Last week I read:

New Star Rising – Book 1 of The Indigo Reports series by Cameron Cooper
Bellona Cardenas Scordina de Deluca, daughter of the primary Cardenas family, went missing ten years ago. Reynard Cardenas, Bellona’s father and head of the family, receives anonymous, unsubstantiated news that she has been found. He sends the most disposable person in the family to investigate—Sang, the family android.

Sang’s investigation trips off chain reactions which shift the generations-old luke-warm war between Erium and Karassia into a galaxy-wide conflagration which will engulf the known worlds, including the neutral, fiercely independent free states…unless a hero can be found who will fight to hold the line against the two colossal forces.
I thoroughly enjoyed the twisty plot to this space opera series and will be reviewing it in due course.


Pirate Bound – prequel to the Telepathic Space Pirates series by Carysa Locke
A desperate gamble…
Sanah would do anything to protect her little sister, even if it means taking refuge with ruthless pirates. But the psychically Talented pirates terrorizing Commonwealth space are not quite the monsters she has been led to believe. When Sanah’s empathic gift shows her the truth behind the stories, she is no longer certain who the villains are in her world.

A race on the verge of extinction…
Dem’s only goal is to protect his people, especially since a deadly bio-weapon decimated their population. Only a handful of women survived, and every day is a fight to rebuild. With Sanah’s empathy and her sister’s rare ability to heal, they could be the salvation Dem and his people have been looking for.

A dangerous secret that could destroy everything…
But how can Sanah trust Dem with her life? Especially when he’d kill her if he knew the truth.
This was pure escapist fun, with lots of mayhem and tension around some powerful, telepathic personalities and a dash of romance thrown in for good measure.


The Lost Plot – AUDIOBOOK – #4 of The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman
In a 1930s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force, fedoras, flapper dresses and tommy guns are in fashion, and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon vs dragon contest. It seems a young librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him there could be serious political repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.
It’s been a delight to catch up with this entertaining series – I’m so glad that I also have the next book in the series waiting for me… Review to follow

My posts last week:

KU Sci Fi/Fantasy Event

Friday Faceoff featuring Cibola Burn – Book 4 of The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey

Review of First Flyght – Book 1 in The Flyght series by S.J. Pagonas

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Missing Diamond Murder – Book 3 of the Black and Dod series by Diane Janes

Teaser Tuesday featuring Pirate Bound – prequel to the Telepathic Space Pirates series by Carysa Locke

Review of The Switch by Justina Robson

Sunday Post 3rd November 2019

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

COYER Winter 2019 Sign-up Post This isn’t something I take part in – but a lot of bloggers I know do, so I thought I’d spread the word about this year’s event…

Bloggers Wanted For those who want to take their book blogging to another level, becoming a Caffeinated influencer is a really good option – the blog always professional with a high quality of reviews and plenty of activity…

When You Lose Someone You Love by Joanne Fink I don’t normally include reviews of books in this round-up, but this one felt important, for obvious reasons…

Pete Seeger, Eric Bibb, Johnny Rivers & Harry Belafonte: An Archangel, A Sacred River, A Spiritual & The Folk Process! Thom is revisiting some of his most popular posts from his first year of blogging – if you enjoy popular music and haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting The Immortal Jukebox, it is a joy…

Read for the Record It’s important for a whole host of reasons to encourage new generations to love books, too – so inspirational teachers like Jennie are to be treasured…

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

31 responses »

  1. Thank you for including my post, and for your kind words, Sarah. Yes, encouraging the love of books and reading starts with the youngest of children. Happy Sunday to you!

  2. Sounds like you had a busy week indeed. I am sorry to hear about your headache later in the week which caused you to miss that birthday party. That’s great new you made some progress on your next book. And it seems you finished reading some good ones too. I am glad you liked Pirate Bound. Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Lola:). Yes, I’m really pleased with the way Mantivore Prey has turned out after a tricky old beginning. And yes – I thoroughly enjoyed Pirate Bound. Thank you for your good wishes, still feeling a bit wobbly and I hope you have a great week.

    • Thank you, Tammy:). The Invisible Library is very reasonably priced for a traditionally published series – and The Mortal Word is currently on offer at 99p so you might want to get hold of it now…

  3. I’m so sorry to hear you were feeling under the weather last week. I hope you’re feeling better now. I have the first book of The Invisible Library series sitting on my shelf now and really need to start that soon. I always hear such great things about the series.

    • Thank you, Suzanne – not feeling quite as shiny as I’d like, to be honest… And yes! If you get a moment, do tuck into the first book of The Invisible Library – it is SO much fun!

    • Thank you, Shelleyrae – still feeling a tad fragile, sadly. And yes – I highly recommend The Invisible Library series, it’s very well done. I hope you, too, have a wonderful reading week.

  4. I’m so sorry you missed the events at the end of the week but you had some great ones at the start. Sometimes I think life is up and down so we enjoy the up even more? I hope you are feeling much, much better. I wish you good tidings on writing this week.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

    • Thank you, Anne:). Yes – you’re so right about Life being a series of ups and downs. Still feeling a bit hung over and fragile – except I didn’t have the booze to cause this symptom, which always seems a tad unfair…

      I appreciate your good wishes for the upcoming week – and hope yours is also a good one:)

  5. Glad you got to spend time with your son this past week, although sorry to hear about Friday! Hope you had a lovely weekend.

    I love the sound of that telepathic pirates series. That sounds fun! 🙂

    • Thank you, Greg. Yes, it was lovely seeing Robbie after such a long time… I’m torn – I’d love to see him get established in the US where the work is, but I do miss him!

      And yes – that telepathic space pirate series is enjoyable mayhem:)

    • Thank you, Deb. Yes, it’s lovely when family suddenly appear, especially when I’m not expecting it…

      Yes, the editing process is always tough. It takes time and practice to effectively knock a manuscript into something readable, but I have got Mantivore Prey sorted out, at long last:). And I hope you, too, have a great week.

  6. I’m glad you liked Pirate Bound! That is one of my favorite series! Sorry to hear about your headache. I had a two day headache earlier this week and it was awful. I totally feel you.

    • Thank you, SJ. It’s a while since I’ve been quite so zapped… sorry that you were also suffering – it’s such a misery!
      And yes – it’s a delightful series, isn’t it?

  7. It must have been such a treat to see your son and such a shame that nasty headache interfered – I’ve found that when I have a lot on, particularly visitors that I’m really looking forward to I always develop a migraine – it must be a stress thing for me because I have to overthink everything.
    Hope all is good for you now.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thank you, Lynn. Yes… it was a lovely when Rob suddenly came for a visit – I do miss him, particularly when he is in the US.
      Sorry that you also suffer with migraines, too – they are wretchedly miserable. I’m now feeling a lot better – thank you for your kind good wishes:)

  8. Aw, that’s so sad about missing out, but you’re absolutely right about knowing your body and its limits. This past week was just…ugh, it was shit, with running from town to town subbing, dealing with fourth graders acting like tantrum-throwing toddlers, grading finals while prepping next term, and trying to be a mom somewhere in all that. Like, Thursday I just dumped a mess of tears. There’s only so much the body can take. You have to give yourself a chance to breathe, you know? And you’ll make it up to your grands. Any day spent with Grandma is a special day. (Plus, what kid doesn’t love a chance to celebrate his birthday twice?) xxxxxxx

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