Sunday Post – 21st February, 2021 #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.

At least it’s been a lot milder this week, but there has been a lot of wind and rain – so once again, I’ve stayed indoors. The major family issue that was hanging over us has finally been lifted, which is HUGE relief. I’m floating around a foot off the floor, now I’m no longer weighed down with the worry of it😊. It’s been a busy week – I’ve been editing Flame & Blame, the first novel in the Picky Eaters series, and completed the plot outline for Council of Dragons, which is the third book. During that process, I realised I still have lots of story to tell regarding dear old Castellan, so have also got plotpoints for the next trilogy in the series after that – Claws & Queens, Tumult in the Timescape and An Anarchy of Elves.

The photos this week are part of a walk we did this morning along the beach at very low tide. You can see views of the pier we’re normally walking along from below!

Last week I read:

AUDIOBOOK Night Watch – Book 29 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
For a policeman, there can be few things worse than a serial killer at loose in your city. Except, perhaps, a serial killer who targets coppers, and a city on the brink of bloody revolution. The people have found their voice at last, the flags and barricades are rising…And the question for a policeman, an officer of the law, a defender of the peace, is:
Are you with them, or are you against them?

This was one of my favourite Discworld novels when I first read it longer ago than I care to recall – and listening to it was pure joy. As ever, when hearing Pratchett’s writing read aloud, I’m struck by its quality and truth. Review to follow.

The King’s Evil – Book 3 in the Marwood and Lovett series by Andrew Taylor
London 1667. In the Court of Charles II, it’s a dangerous time to be alive – a wrong move may lead to disgrace, exile or death. The discovery of a body at Clarendon House, the palatial home of one of the highest courtiers in the land, could therefore have catastrophic consequences.

James Marwood, a traitor’s son, is ordered to cover up the murder. But the dead man is Edward Alderley, the cousin of one of Marwood’s acquaintances. Cat Lovett had every reason to want her cousin dead. Since his murder, she has vanished, and all the evidence points to her as the killer.
I’ve now caught up with this classy, gripping series and just in time – for I’ve been lucky enough to have been offered the arc to the latest book in this series, which is coming out in April – The Royal Secret. As ever, this one held me throughout and I love the continued development of the two main protagonists and the tense atmosphere in the wake of the English Civil War. Review to follow.

Werewolves of London – Book 3 of the Monster M*A*S*H series by Angie Fox
In The Heat Of Battle
The hard-won cease-fire between the battling immortals doesn’t last long. In the blink of an eye, human surgeon Dr. Petra Robichaud is back on the frontlines, and starring in yet another of the oracle’s prophesies. As the only healer who can talk to the dead, Petra doesn’t have much choice about her role—even when her breathtaking ex-lover shows up at exactly the wrong time…

Once again, I fell into the trap of requesting the book without realising exactly where it is within the series – and found when it arrived that it was the third book in the series, not the second one. I decided to go for it and read and review it anyway. If I have time to go back and get hold of the second one I will. As it happened, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it did a good job of concluding this quirky, enjoyable series. Review to follow.

The Court of Mortals – Book 3 of the Stariel series by A.J. Lancaster
Marrying your fae prince shouldn’t be this hard.
Hetta’s family now know Wyn’s true identity, but that doesn’t mean they approve of their relationship. Princes are all very well – but Wyn’s not human, for all he’s spent ten years pretending to be.

With gossip spreading like wildfire, Hetta and Wyn receive a royal summons. The Queen of Prydein has heard the rumours of fae intruders, and she’s not letting Wyn go until she’s satisfied he and his people aren’t a threat. Convincing her would be a lot easier if someone wasn’t trying to blacken Wyn’s name – and if his sister wasn’t trying to kill him.

For mortal politics aren’t the only problem the pair have to face. The Court of Ten Thousand Spires is still without a ruler, and the only way out may be for Wyn to assume the throne himself – meaning he and Hetta can never be together.
I inhaled this one… This series has been one of the highlights of my reading year so far – and in August, the final book comes out. And I’ll be right there at the front of queue waiting for it. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

Castellan the Black and His Wise Draconic Sayings

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Reaper of Souls – Book 2 of the Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Friday Face-off featuring The Reptile Room – Book 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett

Covet the Covers – Rachel Aaron

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Galaxy and the Ground Within – Book 4 of the Wayfarer series by Becky Chambers

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring Werewolves of London – Book 3 of the Monster M*A*S*H series by Angie Fox

Tuesday Treasures – 27

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Library of the Dead – Book 1 of the Edinburgh Nights series by T.L. Huchu

Sunday Post – 14th January 2021

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

THE EXPANSE PODCAST: Ty and That Guy – Episode 1 Podcasts are another way of accessing books and TV series – this one focuses on a successful book series that has been made into a successful TV series…

Views of the Neighborhood – #Lakewaystorywalk This is absolutely charming…

A Tale of Two Dale Chihuly’s – Part 1 Jennie gives us another shining example of why a school curriculum needs to be flexible…

A Summary and Analysis of the Myth of Tiresias A fascinating article that linked up nicely with some of my recent reading…

Feathers, Fortesses and Flora – More of Cindy’s stunning photos…

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog. I hope you had a peaceful, healthy week – and do take care. x

41 responses »

    • The Night Watch is a joy, though I would read Guards, Guards! and Men at Arms before tucking into Night Watch. Despite there being no strong narrative arc running through Discworld, it will give you a strong sense of what Sam Vimes is fighting for… Thank you for your kind good wishes, Laurel – and have a great week:)

  1. I’m so glad to hear your family worries are gone, that must be a wonderful feeling. Looking forward to your review of Werewolves of London, I saw it on another blog and now I’m very curious. Hope you have a wonderful week, Sarah😁

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Tammy – I am so relieved! And Werewolves of London nicely wraps up this original, quirky series – I will be posting it this coming week. I hope your coming week is a good one.

  2. Don´t know what your “major family worries” have been but I am glad to hear that you feel good about it now. Also glad to hear that you are working on new stories now. I need to check out some of the books you showed in your post. Happy reading.

    • It was a horrible issue hanging over a family member, which fortunately has now gone away to our profound relief. Thank you for your kind concern and yes… it’s been so much fun working on the Castellan stories:)). And I hope you, too, have a lovely happy reading week!

  3. I am so relieved that the family issue you were being weighed down with has now passed! 🙏 Also great to hear you have done some great writing/editing, as well as reading lots! I am sure you know I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld too and have yet to read the one you mention – Hopefully will be able to in the not-too-distant future. 🤞 Take care and happy reading in the coming week.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Jessica – yes, such a relief! It was a great week all round – I’m glad it was so productive. And yes – I love all the Discworld novels, but some are a bit more special than others and Night Watch falls into that category. I do feel a bit jealous that you have more Pratchett reads ahead of you! I hope you, too, have a lovely reading week.

  4. I’m glad the issue has been sorted out, Sarah! It’s always such a physical relief when things like that get resolved. Love the beach pictures! It’s been cold here (and snowing last week!) because of the arctic storm, but luckily nowhere near the temperature that other parts of Canada are experiencing. Hope your 2021 is going well so far! ❤

    • Yes – I really do feel so much better physically. Thank you for your kind good wishes, Kathy:)). I hope you aren’t too cold, though I’m guessing you are fully prepared for it it. And I have to say that this week, my 2021 has now vastly improved! Can’t lie – it’s been a bit grim to date… Have a great week!

  5. Hi there Sarah! So glad that your family issues have been sorted and that you feel as light as air. I’m always so amazed at the diversity in your book choices. I must really read Picky Eaters! I love always reading the passion and enjoyment you have for it.

    Hope you will have a wonderful week and take care of yourself.

    • Thank you so much for you kind good wishes, Mareli:)). I must admit, I’ve found my Picky Eaters world a huge comfort over the last few months. I hope you, too, have a great week and are able to rest up a bit. I know what a demanding job being in school is under normal circumstances – so now it must be hugely stressful at times…

  6. I’m very happy to hear your family issues have been settled and that you aren’t worried. That must be a relief. As always, I love your pictures. I hope you have a great week!

  7. I’m so happy your family issue is through with worrying you. I think we have your weather this past week but it’s going to get nice here this week. I’m looking forward to that sun and warmth. Lulu is but doesn’t know it since it means more walks for her. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Anne:)). Yes – it looks as though we are due some sun this week, too, which would be a lovely change. I hope you have a happy reading week, too:)

  8. Very glad to hear that your family issues have been relieved. I bet you are happy.

    Thanks for sharing your walk along the beach. We keep talking about taking a nice long walk somewhere. Our beaches are just down the road. We should do that.

    I am late to the table with Discworld; I only discovered it a few years ago. I have only read eight of the books so I still have lots and lots to read. Happy day!

    • Thank you, Deb – I’m over the moon! And yes – the beach being so close is handy. This time of year, the countryside is a tad muddy, which is why we like going to the beach. And I envy you having so many Discworld books ahead of you – you have some really marvellous reads to tuck into:)). Have a great week, Deb!

  9. I’m glad to read your family issues have been going better. That must feel like such a relieve. 😉
    I love the beach photo’s!!
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  10. This is my first time seeing the Marwood and Lovett Series. I will check that out for sure! The weather has been better here too. We had a week straight of rain, which is unusual here. I’m glad you were able to take a stroll on the beach. Sounds good to me.

    • I highly recommend this series – but do start at the beginning The Ashes of London, which starts off during the Great Fire… Yes – we were pleased to be able to have a wander along the beach, too! Have a great week:)

    • Thank you, Shelleyrae – it’s been horrible and I only realised just how much now it’s over… And I appreciate your good wishes regarding the writing:)). So glad you mother is enjoying Andrew Taylor’s series – I hope she is also looking forward to the new one coming out in April! I hope that you, too, have a better week…

  11. I’m glad the issue is gone and you’re finally relieved, such a good feeling. I really need to read the Discworld novels, I plan on reading one sci-fi book per month next year. Congratulations on all the work done and the inspiration 😉 Enjoy your week !

    • Oh, it’s lovely to hear from you Iza! And thank you so much for your kind concern… I hope you enjoy your sci fi reads – I’m intrigued to know what kind of science fiction you are interested in reading, as it covers a very wide range of books. And thank you for your kind encouragement – I’ve had such fun writing the Picky Eaters books:)). I hope you have a lovely week, too!

  12. I’m glad to hear your family issue has been resolved! It’s always nice to have a huge weight lifting off you.

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