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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.

 

Currently reading

Bound by Faerie (Stolen Magic Book 1)
John P. McKay
Pursuit of Magic (Dragon's Gift: The Valkyrie Book 3)
Linsey Hall
Ghost Gifts
Laura Spinella
Recurve (The Elemental Series Book 1)
Shannon Mayer
Along Came Mr. Right
Gerri Russell
Academy of Magic (Dragon's Gift: The Valkyrie Book 2)
Linsey Hall
Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8)
Jennifer Estep
Sixth Grave on the Edge
Darynda Jones
Skeleton Crew (Underworld Cycle #2)
Cameron Haley
Tyrant's Blood: Book 2 of the Valisar Trilogy
Fiona McIntosh

Favorite Book Quotes


"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold

 

 

 

 

 

 

My internet and power all fixed!!!!!! I'm back with serious booklikes withdrawal.

Well, in the meantime I also activated my Kindle Unlimited trial (because the kindle 3G would load those at least).

 

I've over indulged my library wishlist ebooks .. have a lot of reading to do (probably shouldn't have borrowed so many the same time I borrowed all the KU offerings).  I'm determined to keep my ereaders fully loaded in case it ever happens again.

 

A lot of reading status catch-ups here, libib, fictfact, librarything ...

 

Boy, no internet was horrible.  Seems like I wanted to  do a million things online while it was out.


Review of "A Grave Prediction" (Abby Cooper Psychic Eye # ) - Victoria Laurie

A Grave Prediction - Victoria Laurie

I enjoyed this one — but it somehow wasn't "Abby Cooper" as expected.

 

I think maybe because just her and BFF off away from the rest of the gang, her spirits oddly well behaved and helpful instead of the expected flakiness (even give a first and last name clue).  Made for a breezier read and still fun with a lot of humor.  


Review of novella "Undercover Magic" (Dragon's Gift: The Valkyrie Book 1) - Linsey Hall

Undercover Magic (Dragon's Gift: The Valkyrie Book 1) - Linsey Hall

So, random Amazon prime borrow (Kindle Owner's Lending Library) -- a freebie, self-/indie published  and a shorter length work that I really wound up enjoying.

 

Not really sure why beyond liking the heroine.  It threw so much at you at once that I'm not sure I have a handle on the story, the series or the worldbuilding.  But just go with it; action-packed and full of pretty much everything supernatural, paranormal or fairy-tale-ish.

 

Not sure yet why series is called Dragon's Gift or Valkyrie.  No Valkyries yet.  The main character and her sister's powers are still unknown at end of this one.

 

Probably the best review I can give this is that I plan on reading the next novella in the series.


*sigh* drama and petitions and book reviews and ratings ...

Oh come on book industry and blogosphere and all these petitions and drama over reviews and ratings...

 

If we cannot rate under 4 stars, that is no longer a 5 star/unit scale.  That's like a "+" or "++" rating system, a one thumbs up or two thumbs up ... not out of 5 anythings.

 

If can only write promotional, positive, nice, reviews (presumably as approved by someone with a material connection to the product like the author or publisher -- as I don't see any of the consumer review sites having the personnel to monitor/rule on that) ... that's writing promotions and advertising.  Not customer opinions/reviews.

 

Personally, I don't use the Amazon scale so an average-ly good book for me gets 2 1/2 stars here instead of Amazon's 3 stars or goodreads 2 stars.  Of course, I seldom bother reviewing anything I don't have strong feelings about (and if bad feelings I'm likely to just not finish or review).  Which means I have an unnaturally high average rating on the booksites -- and I still have had drama (even over a 5-star review).  

 

I am not the bird you want to ask to sign such petitions.  Yes, I'm vocal against bullying.  But, no, I don't equate one person saying they didn't find a book to be a 5-star read with bullying even if leads to a consumer boycott of your product.

 

Launched partly because of the post at http://barklesswagmore.booklikes.com/post/1633329/psa-i-might-not-like-your-book-and-that-s-okay .  Partly because I've been asked various places to support such petitions.

 


Review of "No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice" (Lexi Carmichael #1) - Julie Moffett

No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

Well, this stayed unexpectedly action-packed start to finish so was fun (particularly when turning to the James Bond international espionage drawing in MI-6, CIA, FBI, NSA...).

 

I enjoyed the read.

 

Not sure it's what I'd consider Young Adult.  Lots of romantic possibilities with yummy men (not what I'd consider a love triangle, thank goodness -- but definitely a PG or less explicitness so maybe that accounts for the "YA"?  Lexi is an independent adult with degree, steady job, own home, not a teenager, not a 18-24 college student or new adult, not in any academy type of setting -- pretty much not seeing where this is YA.

 

Which is a good thing; YA is a love/hate for me with many great books but far more angst-y, clueless, high school-ish, and loveg ringlets.

 

Read for the booklikes' YA Book Club; I think it may have been just me unless someone has yet to join in or post.


Good news, bad news withh my internet

So, long story short -- my home wifi is currently kaput.

 

On the other hand, it means I've gone to the public library to use theirs.

 

When I mean "kaput" -- I need to get on my feet to get down to play with circuit breaker for wifi and three rooms in the house.  Then track down the godawful maze of cords and wires my husband has put in place.  From my fall, I'm actually better -- good  eye no longer swollen shut, left hand working with just some sore to the wrist and two fingers and am getting around well on a walker with increasing amounts of unaided staggering.

 

None of which means I'm taking basement steps.  Or that I dragged anyone over last week to help with <20°F temperatures, iced over steps and icy sloping driveway.

 

Yesterday unasked a lovely neighbor shoveled and salted everything and temperatures should be above freezing this week so I can get out.  (Bless you Will.)

 

Important rooms like kitchen, bathrooms, heat and hot water heater are working fine so not attempting basement yet.

 

And boy am I planning on unplugging some of the mess of cords husband left before even trying circuit breaker.  It's a wonder we haven't had more outages -- and he actually is a professional (just at home prone to jury-rig.


Forty new books in series releasing tomorrow

Binti: The Night Masquerade - Nnedi Okorafor Iron Gold - Pierce Brown Grilled Cheese and Dragons #1 (Princess Pulverizer) - Nancy E. Krulik, William F. Balistreri Out of the Darkness - Heather Graham Warrior of the Void - M.R. Mathias January in Atlantis - Alyssa Day Waiting for Spring 4 - Anashin Almost Paradise (Book 4) - Christie Ridgway An Engagement for Two - Marie Ferrarella

See Fictfact.com's book release calendar for full list and series info.

Source: http://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar

You Should Join My New Release Mailing List

Join my New Release Mailing List and I'll send you a weird fairy tale called "I Will Tell You About Knoist." This short story is not for sale and is only available to mailing list subscribers. (It might take me a day or two to send you the story. Fulfillment is not automatic.) You'll receive both ePub and mobi copies of the story.

The mailing list will only be used to inform readers of my new releases. (I can't imagine you'd receive an e-mail from me any more than once every couple of months.)

I will not spam you.

I won't send you e-mails to tell you about my pets or what movies I've just watched.

I won't e-mail you about someone else's project or to ask you to donate to my favorite charity.

I will not sell your e-mail address to a third party.

You can unsubscribe to my mailing list at any time.

Use the form on my website to subscribe to my New Release Mailing List.

Reblogged from Gregor Xane

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution - Diane McWhorter At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68 - Taylor Branch Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 - Taylor Branch Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 - Taylor Branch

Some suggested reading from publisher Simon & Schuster's newsletter.


Kindle Firsts (aka a free ARC for Amazon prime members) for January 2018

Tips for Living - Renee Shafransky As Good as True - Cheryl Reid Punishment (Detective Barnes Series Book 1) - Scott J. Holliday Not Perfect: A Novel - Elizabeth LaBan Twist of Faith - Ellen J. Green The Birdwoman's Palate - Laksmi Pamuntjak, Tiffany Tsao

Oops, almost forgot to look this month.  They are all Amazon imprints again.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads

RIP Katherine Kellgren

Sad news. I know Katherine Kellgren mostly as the narrator of Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness books, but she narrated lots of other works.

Reblogged from Familiar Diversions

Reading progress: 31%.

No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

Hmmm…nothing seems to faze her.Not sure I like that (I mean you are held at gun point several times, your home is broken into several times including when you are home, stuff tossed about ... and you go to bed without even changing sheets?).

 

On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be reading endless whining about it.

 

I certainly don't like that a co-worker she is definitely not interested in (and has told him so) only gives her a safe ride after she promises a tongue kiss ... WTF?  

 

Lots of potential romantic interests have been tossed in (not a love triangle or anything yet).  

 

I want the more collected chick from the beginning of book back.  Not this unfazed one potentially letting the dudes walk all over her; one confident in her own skills instead of self-deprecating them in comparison with all the new guys that have shown up in the story.

 

Reading for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. 

 


Reading progress: 8%.

No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

Enjoying this; probably because so far I like Lexi.  

 

Getting a Romancing the Stone vibe.  Well, not a jewel or a romance yet; just something about the atmosphere with everyone after the "papers" BF supposedly sent her.  

 

I really, really hope this isn't headed to an ending where it was all a setup by BF to get her to have adventure and romance instead of living life in the cube farm.  I'm deliberately avoiding reviews until after I finish book to avoid spoilers.

 

 

Reading for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. 

 


Reading progress: 2%.

No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

So far — in a good way — this is not coming across as YA.  Possibly because Lexi is turning 25, has college degree, a not- new job, and a roommate-less apartment.

 

Reading for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. 

 

I can relate to the "shoulder surfing" comment.  It's always irritating when uninvited, but at least she's civil service at a time where government offices are non-smoking (*bad flashbacks* to tiny offices and cubicles with already poor ventilation where the shoulder surfers chain-smoked and often made snickering comments about needing a brain straw to get in my head ...)

 

 


Reading progress: 1%.

No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

Starting this mystery for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. Feel free to join us.

 

Completely unfamiliar with book and author.  Kinda sounds like YA meets chick flick meets mystery meets Gallagher Girls meets Get Smart.  First in the Lexi Carmichael series.

Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/12/ya-book-club

Reading progress:73%.

 

From:  Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews  

 

Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews