Late again, but my weekly recap is finally up! My doctor visit Tuesday wasn’t particularly encouraging. I have a referral to a liver specialist. I need to have bloodwork done, then make that appointment. The doctor feels that my increasing drowsiness is related to my liver getting worse. The itching I’ve been experiencing despite taking my daily med to control it seems to indicate the same, so yay….
Speaking of drowsiness, I’ve not gotten any writing done on LotT this week 🙁
Plushie of Scorpius, Chief Technomancer of the Kujata, from Evalyce: Worldshaper
Books read, reviewed, and posted/scheduled this past week:
Open Your Heart by Ruth Cherry, 5🌟
Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick, 5🌟
Barcelona on a Budget: Save on Tours and Travel for Free by Raul Fattore, 4🌟
Barcelona on a Budget: Attractions for Less, and Even for Free by Raul Fattore, 4🌟
Barcelona on a Budget: Free Museums? Yes! by Raul Fattore, 4🌟
Barcelona on a Budget: The Gaudi Tour by Raul Fattore, 4🌟
Favourite read of the week:
Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick
“Moonstone for empathy. Azurite for memories. Lapis lazuli for truth… In the quiet village of Noon Sun, Benedict Stone has settled into a complacent and predictable routine. Business at his jewelry shop has dried up; his marriage is on the rocks. His life is in desperate need of a jump start…
And then a surprise arrives at his door.
Gemma is Benedict’s audacious teenage niece—the daughter of his estranged brother, Charlie. The two Stone brothers had a falling out and haven’t spoken in almost two decades, since Charlie left for America. Reckless and stubborn, Gemma invites herself into Benedict’s world and turns his orderly life upside down. But she might just be exactly what he needs to get his life back on track…
Filled with colorful characters and irresistible charm, Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone is a luminous reminder of the unbreakable bonds of family, and shows that having someone to embrace life with is always better than standing on your own.”
Stillwell by Michael Phillip Cash
“Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.”
Tune Up by Joe Klingler Jul 17. CBR
The Way it Hurts by Patricia Blount due Aug 3, NG/ Sourcebooks- Fire
The Ice Queen by Rebecca Bauer Aug 5
Misadventures of Lady Ophelia by Christina McKnight Aug. 9, Barclay
Banged Up Heart by Shirley Melis Aug 10. CBR
Women Within by Anne Leigh Parrish. Aug 10. CBR
Mr Prescott by Carlos Dash Aug 16 XP
The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester Aug 17 XP
Northwood Magick by Desiree LaFawn Aug 20, Xpresso
The Brightest Fell by Seannan McGuire, Sept 1 or 6, Berkeley
Temptation Trials by B Truly. Sept 7, XPresso
Henry and the Hidden Treasure by BCR Fegan Independent
Remember, Remember by Anne Elliot (Sherlock) NG
Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Legends by Lydia Sherrer ASAP
Your Crossroads, Your Choice by EP Apicello. ASAP
Sun Born by Kathleen O’Neal and W Michael Gear CBR
Skeleton God by Elliot Patton. CBR
Mad or Bad by David Vaughn CBR
How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci CBR NG
Spymaster by Margaret Weis. CBR
Age of Swords by Michael J Sullivan. CBR NG
The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor CBR
The English Slave by David Eugene Andrews. CBR
Education of a Coroner by John Bateson. CBR. NG
Besieged by Kevin Hearne CBR
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton. CBR
Hail to the Chin by Bruce Campbell CBR
Hamilton and Philosophy edited by Aaron Rabinowitz. CBR
Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory NG
The Highwayman by RA Salvatore £££
13 reasons by Jay Asher ?
Juniper by Kelly and Thomas French (A to Z) NG £££
Firefly Summer by Nan Rossiter (A to Z) NG £££
79 Squares by Malcolm Bosse NG
Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley. NG £££
The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena McDonald. NG £££
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero EdW
Luca by Sarah Castillo NG £££
The List by Patricia Forde, release Aug, NG/Sourcebooks- Jabberwocky
No hardcopy books, but several egalleys. Ones I’m most looking forward to-
Dark Asylum by Email S Thomson, releases Nov 7, 2017
“Set in a crumbling Victorian asylum where a gruesome murder is committed, this sequel to Beloved Poison explores the early science of brain study while giving chilling insight into an asylum’s workings.
1851, Angel Meadow Asylum. Dr. Rutherford, principal physician to the insane, is found dead, his head bashed in, his ears cut off, his lips and eyes stitched closed. The police direct their attention towards Angel Meadow’s inmates, but to Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain the crime is an act of calculated retribution, rather than of madness.
To discover the truth Jem and Will must pursue the story through the darkest corners of the city—from the depths of a notorious rookery, to the sordid rooms of London’s brothels, the gallows, the graveyard, the convict fleet and then back to the asylum. In a world where guilt and innocence, crime and atonement, madness and reason, are bounded by hypocrisy, ambition and betrayal, Jem and Will soon find themselves caught up in a web of dark secrets and hidden identities.”
The List by Patricia Forde, releases Aug 8, 2017
“Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver for tweens in this gripping story about the power of words and the dangers of censorship.
In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.
On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.”
Maladies and Medicine by Sara Read and Jennifer Evans, releases Jul 30, 2017
“Maladies and Medicine offers a lively exploration of health and medical cures in early modern England. The introduction sets out the background in which the body was understood, covering the theory of the four humours and the ways that male and female bodies were conceptualised. It also explains the hierarchy of healers from university trained physicians, to the itinerant women healers who travelled the country offering cures based on inherited knowledge of homemade remedies. It covers the print explosion of medical health guides, which began to appear in the sixteenth century from more academic medical text books to cheap almanacs.
The book has twenty chapters covering attitudes towards, and explanations of some of, the most common diseases and medical conditions in the period and the ways people understood them, along with the steps people took to get better. It explores the body from head to toe, from migraines to gout. It was an era when tooth cavities were thought to be caused by tiny worms and smallpox by an inflammation of the blood, and cures ranged from herbal potions, cooling cordials, blistering the skin, and of course letting blood.
Case studies and personal anecdotes taken from doctors notes, personal journals, diaries, letters and even court records show the reactions of individuals to their illnesses and treatments, bringing the reader into close proximity with people who lived around 400 years ago. This fascinating and richly illustrated study will appeal to anyone curious about the history of the body and the way our ancestors lived.”
New events added!
Book Blitz: Worth Remembering by Holly James/ July 14_20
Blog Blitz: Crash Land on Kurai by SJ Pajonas/ July 19- 20
Blog Tour: The Way it Hurts by Patricia Blount/ July 31- Aug 11
Cover Reveal: Black and White by Nick Wilford/ July 31