Sunday Post – 21st June, 2020 #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.

And finally I’m feeling back to normal, again. No more thick head, sore joints, scratchy throat and the taste of petrol. I also managed to touch base with both children. They are both doing well – I’m so proud of them both for entirely different reasons. My daughter has been thrown SUCH a curved ball and she has been coping brilliantly. While my son is happier than I’ve ever seen him and long may it continue. I just wish he wasn’t quite so far away…

The weeds are taking hold after the rain we’ve had, though we are hoping to get out into the garden in the coming week and get it back under control. The echiums hum with bees and we have lavender in flower and strawberries in the garden… My very favourite time of year!

On the writing front, I have been working on a new space opera adventure, Unearthly Things Above and I am looking forward to Picky Eaters being released tomorrow. Below is a lovely review written by Hayley at Rather Too Fond of Books.

Last week I read:
Flower Power Trip – Book 3 of the Braxton Campus mysteries by James J. Cudney
At a masquerade ball to raise money for renovations to Memorial Library, Kellan finds a dead body dressed in a Dr. Evil costume. Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill the annoying guest who’d been staying at the Roarke and Daughters Inn, or does the victim have a closer connection to someone else at Braxton College?
I thoroughly enjoy this cosy mystery series featuring a single father trying to bring up his small daughter in between holding down a job and solving the murders that keep turning up at his university. And this is yet another well-plotted whodunit, with a steady stream of convincing suspects, entertaining characters, and a sympathetic protagonist with secrets of his own… See my reviews of Academic Curveball and Broken Heart Attack.

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken – Book 3 of the Vish Puri series by Tarquin Hall
Vish Puri is as fond of butter chicken as the next Punjabi. So when it’s served at the Delhi Durbar hotel at an India Premier League cricket match dinner, he’s the first to tuck in. Faheem Khan, father of Pakistani star cricketer Kamran Khan, can’t resist either. But the creamy dish proves his undoing. After a few mouthfuls, he collapses on the floor, dead…
This series is another firm favourite – I fell in love with this one after reviewing The Case of the Reincarnated Client as a Netgalley arc and was so impressed that I went out and bought the rest of the series. I’m now working my way through it and loving the vivid Indian setting, which is beautifully evoked by Hall’s wonderful writing.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate – NOVELLA by Becky Chambers
In her new novella, Sunday Times best-selling author Becky Chambers imagines a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves. Ariadne is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind and of a unique perspective on the passage of time. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it always does. Ariadne may awaken to find that support for space exploration back home has waned, or that her country of birth no longer exists, or that a cult has arisen around their cosmic findings, only to dissolve once more by the next waking. But the moods of Earth have little bearing on their mission: to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home.
I loved this one. It takes great technical skill to successfully write a novella – and Chambers nails it. I finished this one with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat and whatever you do, please read the Afterword – because there you find the reason for that striking title… See my reviews of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit.

The Ruthless – Book 2 of The Deathless series by Peter Newman
THE REBEL.
For years, Vasin Sapphire has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Now, as other Deathless families come under constant assault from the monsters that roam the Wild, that time has come.
THE RUTHLESS.
In the floating castle of Rochant Sapphire, loyal subjects await the ceremony to return their rule to his rightful place. But the child raised to give up his body to Lord Rochant is no ordinary servant. Strange ad savage, he will stop at nothing to escape his gilded prison.
AND THE RETURNED…
Far below, another child yearns to see the human world. Raised by a creature of the Wild, he knows its secrets better than any other. As he enters into the struggle between the Deathless houses, he may be the key to protecting their power or destroying it completely.
THE WILD HAS BEGUN TO RISE.
I loved The Deathlesssee my review. So when I was reminded of this series, I tracked down this second book, which had all the taut tension and atmospheric worldbuilding of the first book, with a cast of vivid characters and a suitably twisty plot. As it left everything on a cliffhanger, I’m relieved that the third book is being released in August.


My posts last week:


Review of Relatively Strange – Book 1 of the Strange series by Marilyn Messik

Friday Face-off featuring The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Book Character Quarantine Tag

Can’t-Wait-Wednesday featuring Entangled Secrets – Book 3 of the Northern Circle Coven by Pat Esden

Review of NETGALLEY arc Hostile Takeover – Book 1 of the Vale Investigation series by Cristell Comby

Sunday Post – 14th June 2020



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

A Summary and Analysis of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
https://interestingliterature.com/2020/06/shakespeare-midsummer-nights-dream-summary-analysis/ One of my favourite Shakespeare plays – along with The Tempest…

When You Want to Help Someone: What Helps, What Doesn’t https://mrsozzie.wordpress.com/2020/06/15/when-you-want-to-help-someone-what-helps-what-doesnt/ The hard fact is that in these times, we are more likely to encounter someone in serious trouble. And often we are unprepared and don’t really know what to say or do for the best. This helpful article provides great advice…

Regarding Privilege, Empathy and Voice https://writerunboxed.com/2020/06/15/regarding-privilege-empathy-and-voice/ As I’ve said before – I don’t generally get involved in politics on this blog. But this article written by a white, middle-aged man on what is going on right now has some important things to say for those of us who desperately want to do something to help things change, but because of our colour and privilege, we don’t quite know how or what. I also recommend you read the comments…

Rose Garden Haiku https://mythsofthemirror.com/2020/06/11/chaos/ Diana also turns to her garden when she finds the world too hard to take – but in addition to taking photos, she writes beautiful poetry, too…

Book review: Picky Eaters by S.J. Higbee @sjhigbee https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2020/06/19/picky-eaters-s-j-higbee/ This is a lovely review by Hayley for my short story Picky Eaters, which is due to be released tomorrow… All proceeds are going mental health charities for the duration of this book’s publication life.

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you and yours have a peaceful, healthy week. Take care.

48 responses »

  1. I’m glad you’re feeling better😁 And your garden looks lovely as always. I adore bees and I wish I had more bee and butterfly plants and flowers.

    • Thank you, Tammy:)). Though it is VERY weedy at present! But I do have lots of insects and bees because I’ve been gardening organically now for 26 years…

  2. So glad you are feeling better, and I love your garden photos. I feel the same way about my eldest son…wishing he wasn’t so far away! Thanks for Skype, however. (He is in Prague).

    .You have featured some tempting mystery books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    • Both murder mystery series are really excellent and I highly recommend them, Laurel if you want something different. The bonus is they also represent excellent value for money:))

  3. I am glad to hear you’re doing better! Your garden is looking beautiful with all those flowers in bloom. That’s exciting you’re starting a new space opera series. I hope the writing goes well. I hope you have a good book and hope your launch for Picky Eaters goes well!

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes for Picky Eaters – I’m really excited. And the garden is looking great, still. The space opera series is one I wrote a while ago and I’m in the middle of a major rewrite, which is going really well:)). Have a great week, Lola:)

    • Thank you. Fortunately, we are in a part of the country where there aren’t many squirrels – they are a complete pest in my parents’ garden. And I’m guessing the squirrels don’t tuck into the weeds, do they? Have a great week!

  4. Sounds great that you feel better. I know it is not easy to deal with all the bad circumstances we´ve had during the past few months. Hopefully, we can have our normal back as soon as possible. And thank you for your wonderful garden pictures. Love them!

  5. I am so glad you are feeling better. I still have a wee bit of my cough, but it seems like the cough is here for the long haul, after almost three months with me.

    I love the sound of the plot of that new novella from Becky Chambers. I read book one of her series and somehow never read the succeeding books. (I am almost always disappointed with the second book in a series and so I rarely push on.) I will look for the novella.

    I’m going to take a look at Regarding Privilege, Empathy, and Voice. I’m not one for politics on my blog, either, but I am very interested in learning more about how to respond to troubles we face.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Deb. Yes – my mother had one of those wretched coughs and she only managed to shed it last month and it had been hanging around since Christmas… I highly recommend the Becky Chambers’ novella – it isn’t part of her Wayfarer series, so there are no issues with having to catch up with former characters, etc. I hope you find the article useful. Have a great week!

  6. I am so glad that you are feeling much better! And that’s always a relief when you see your kids bouncing back. Have a great week!

    • Yes, it’s always great to touch base with the children – I’m looking forward to meeting up with my daughter during the coming week. And I hope you have a good week, Sophie.

  7. I’m glad you are feeling better and the children are well. I’ve been wanting to read James J. Cudney’s series. It looks wonderful. I hope you have a great week!

    • Thank you, Laura:). And yes, those wretched old weeds do keep coming – though I know the bindweed will ease up a bit during August/September. I hope you get a chance to put your feet up a bit before having to tackle your weeds!

  8. Greetings from Sydney, Australia! Thank you for sharing my article about what helps and what doesn’t during difficult times, and for your kind words about it. I’ve enjoyed reading over your blog and gaining a glimpse into your lovely garden and passion for literature. It’s quite a thrill when writing connects us with one another across the miles, particularly at a time when plane travel can’t… 🙂

    • Thank you so much for getting in touch, Kez and I hope all is well with you – on the other side of the world… Isn’t social media a wonderful thing, when 2 people can connect in such a way… I hope you have a wonderful week.

  9. Glad you are feeling better! And yes don’t the gardens and outside need constant upkeep? Mine never seems to be done!

    I love space opera. 🙂 Good luck with the writing!! And I’ve been wanting to read To be Taught but honestly, your words make me even more anxious to do so. I love her writing.

  10. Thanks so much for the link, Sarah. 😀 And I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better. I haven’t visit my garden in about a week, so I can relate to the weeds. They are relentless! Happy Gardening and Happy Summer!

  11. Great articles to share – I keep forgetting to keep track of articles I read along the way 🙂 So glad your children are doing well. We’re finally getting rain here now. I need to move my baskets of flowers out to the walkway to catch a free drink! 😉 Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week.

    • Thank you, Becki! We have just moved into another another warm, sunny spell so it’s all about trudging around the garden with watering cans, again… I hope you are have a lovely week, too!

  12. I’m glad to read you’ve been feeling better. And I’m so glad your kids are doing well.

    Happy reading.

  13. Ooh, that illness sounds awful. Glad you’ve recovered.
    The rain is great but the combination of lovely weather followed by downpours definitely favours the weeds.
    Lynn 😀

  14. I’m sorry to hear you were poorly! But I’m glad you’re on the mend. To Be Taught, If Fortunate was such a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed that one.

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