Monthly Archives: November 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Midnight Front by David Mack

waitingonwednesdayTime for some mid-week fun with Waiting on Wednesday.  This meme, hosted by  Breaking the Spine, looks ahead at the books we’re looking forward to adding to our to-be-read pile.

Listening to the first couple of installments of Tor Studio’s Steal the Stars (if you haven’t listened yet, give it a try!), there was an ad for David Mack‘s The Midnight Front.  It sounds like an intriguing blend of lots of different things I like.  And I’ve read a lot of Mack’s Star Trek tie-in novels and enjoyed them.

SFM16_7This one will be a two-for-one for Sci-Fi Month!

Here’s what Goodreads has to say about The Midnight Front.

midnightfront.jpgThe epic first novel in the Dark Arts series.

On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front–the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program–and become a sorcerer himself.

Unsure who will kill him first–his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick–Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul–and there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil

The Midnight Front hits shelves and e-readers in January 2018.

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Review: Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose

Closer Than You Think (Romantic Suspense, #16; Cincinnati, #1)Seeking to escape from her patient turned stalker, psychologist Faith Corcoran changes her identity and relocates to Cincinnati to begin a new life in her grandmother’s home. Her desire to have a quiet life off the radar quickly goes sideways when Faith comes across one of two kidnapping victims on the lonely road to her new home. Now, she’s drawn into the investigation and its lead investigator, Deacon. Will they be able to figure out how Faith’s stalker might be tied to this new kidnapper before time runs out on the other kidnapping victim?

Billed as “romantic suspense,” Karen Rose’s Closer Than You Think is chock full of both. Faith and Deacon’s instant chemistry screams off the page, despite multiple warnings from Deacon’s co-workers that he shouldn’t get involved with a victim in a case he’s investigating. The suspense factor comes from the investigation into where the other girl is and what the potential connection is to Faith’s family and her past. Continue reading

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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: Henry Winkler is Cool Edition

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

    1. 20171031_180453Shortcake was the cutest Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween.
    2. Is it sad that entering the fourth quarter of the UT vs Kentucky game last weekend, my thought was, “What new way will they find to disappoint me this week?”  And then, they went and found a new way to just exactly that.
    3. Just saw the news that The Orville has been renewed.  I’m happy for the show and reminded that I’ve got four (soon to be five) episodes sitting on the DVR, waiting for me to get caught up.
    4. Just when you think Henry Winkler can’t get any cooler, I read this interview where he says, “When I go into a school, the first thing I do — whether there are 100 or 500 children — is ask, ‘Anybody here know what they’re great at?’ Every hand goes up. Every child knows what they’re great at. Whether they are learning-challenged or not. Our job as adults is to make sure they meet their destiny, every single one of them.”  I love it and I hope I can do that for Shortcake as she grows up.
    5. On a related note, Henry Winkler has a series of books for kids that has spun-off into its own TV series. How did I miss this?!? I hope we have the Universal Kids channel on our cable package so I can watch this with Shortcake.
    6. The Fonz had many cool moments on Happy Days. But one of my favorites is this one from season four’s “They Shoot Fonzies Don’t They?” After agreeing to be Joanie’s partner for the big dance marathon at Arnold’s, his motorcycle breaks down on the way back from Chicago.  Exhausted from pushing his motorcycle to the Cunningham’s, Fonzie won’t let anyone tell Joanie he’s exhausted.  At the dance contest, Joanie’s nemesis (who kept her off the cheerleading team) bets that she and her partner will beat Joanie and Fonzie. If Joanie wins, she’s a cheerleader.  If the other team wins, Fonzie gets a crewcut. It all leads to this moment…

 

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Sci-Fi Month 2017

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Just in time to celebrate the anniversary of the greatest television show ever made, November is Sci-Fi Month!  I’ve participated in this in the past and always enjoyed it.

This year, Sci-Fi Month is hosted by Lisa and Imyril (shout out to Rinn for getting it started!)  It’s a month to celebrate all things sci-fi.

And while I won’t be able to participate in the Read-Along for the month (it’s book six of a series that I’ve only read the first book!), I still plan to actively post about sci-fi in lots of pop-culture variations.

Who’s with me?!?

You can sign up at Lisa ‘s site above. And don’t forget that Sci-Fi Month has its own  Twitter handle (@SciFiMonth) and a hashtag (#RRSciFiMonth).

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Review: Vengeance by Newt Gingrich and Mark Early

Vengeance (Brooke Grant #3)On what should be the happiest day of her life, Major Brooke Grant’s world is shattered when a terrorist sets off a car bomb just seconds before she walks down the aisle. Seems that Brooke has ticked off the terrorist leader, the Falcon, who has declared a jihad on Brooke for events in a previous installment of this series. And while a fluke saves Brooke from destruction, the Falcon’s bomb is able to wipe out her friends, family and the president of the United States all in one fell swoop.

The Falcon then decides to make sure the United States knows what it’s like to feel terror and uses a high-profile Arab reporter to issue a threat to wipe out three U.S. cities with nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, several U.S. citizens are seized for possible connections to the plot, putting an Islamic Congressman in a precarious position and the newly installed U.S. president wanting to make sure that the U.S. hits back and hits back hard. Continue reading

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Waiting on Wednesday: Artemis by Andy Weir

waitingonwednesdayBeen a couple of weeks since I participated in Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).  It’s not because I don’t have books I’m eager to start reading. It’s because I’ve had a harvest of great books come in on reserve at the local library as well as having a few wishes granted by the good people at NetGalley.

However, there is one book coming out soon that I’m looking forward to reading.  Andy Weir’s Artemis.  Like many, I read and enjoyed The Martian and have been curious to read Weir’s next novel. Will he be a one-hit-wonder?  Can his next book possibly live up to the hype and expectations?  I’m not sure, but I’m intrigued to find out.

Here are all the details from GoodReads:

artemisJazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Artemis hits shelves, e-readers and audiobook on November 14.

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