Thursday, November 26, 2015

Some Thanksgiving Randomness

Thanksgiving Facts 
from Good Mythical Morning

by eikonik (deviantArt)
by  Gorillastrations (deviantArt)
and for those celebrating...
Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This Weeks Reads

The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman (Goodreads)

I'm almost done with this one. I did not know until I was doing this post that it was part of a series. It reads well and I have not felt like I was missing anything from the previous two books.

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul- Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse (Goodreads)

This was more a curiosity pick than anything. Holmes stories tend to be hit and miss for me. My first thought when I saw this was "Is that the basketball player" (it is). Then I saw him on tv talking about how he became interested in Sherlock Holmes and why he wrote the story and it made me more curious about it. Hoping to start this one this week but with Thanksgiving may not get much reading in.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 11/23/2015

(Dis)content by Melissa Haag (#5 Judgement of the Six)
A Kind of Magic by Shanna Swendson (#3 Fairy Tale)
Beyond The Grave by C. J. Archer (#3 The Ministry of Curiosities)
Bound in Darkness by Jacquelyn Frank (#4 The Immortal Brothers)
Cast in Honor by Michelle Sagara (#11 The Chronicles of Elantra)
Chimera by Mira Grant (#3 Parasitology)
Cold in the Shadows by Toni Anderson (#5 Cold Justice)
Death By Tea by Alex Erickson (#2 Death By Coffee)
Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd (#3 Kurland St. Mary Mysteries)
Denial by Lisa Renee Jones (#1 Careless Whispers)
Desert Wolf by Heather Long (#8 Wolves of Willow Bend)
Detonator by Andy McNab (#17 Nick Stone)
Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister (#2 Dragon Fall)
Feel the Burn by G A Aiken (#8 Dragon Kin)
Fighting for Devlin by Jessica Lemmon (#1 Lost Boys)
Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand (#6 Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill)
I Heard a Rumor by Cheris Hodges (#2 Rumor Has It)
Jackson by Melissa Foster (#2 Wild Boys After Dark)
Legacies Reborn by Pittacus Lore (#13 I Am Number Four: The Lost Files)
Lies by C.A. Harms (#1 Phoenix Undercover)
Lucky Shot by B J Daniels (#3 Montana Hamiltons)
Midnight Wrangler by Cat Johnson (#2 Midnight Cowboys)
Promises I Made by Michelle Zink (#2 Lies I Told)
Queen by Aimée Carter (#3 The Blackcoat Rebellion)
Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin (#2 Wicked Games)
Redeem My Heart by Kennedy Layne (#7 CSA Case Files)
Stars in Your Eyes by Lynn Kurland (#17 De Piaget)
Steal Me by Lauren Layne (#2 New York's Finest)
Sun Kissed by JoAnn Ross (#1 Orchid Island)
Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt (#9 Maiden Lane)
The Bard and the Beast by Jordan Quinn (#9 Kingdom of Wrenly)
The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter (#3 Original Heartbreakers)
The Healing Power of Sugar by C.L. Stone (#9 The Academy: The Ghost Bird)
The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston (#1 Shards of Heaven)
The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston (#2 The Seduction Diaries)
The Striker by Monica McCarty (#10 The Highland Guard Series)
True Riders by Catherine Hapka (#6 Marguerite Henry's Ponies of Chincoteague)
Waking Hearts by Elizabeth Hunter (#3 Cambio Springs)
Wild Cat by Christine Feehan  (#8 Leopard)
Wyoming Rugged by Diana Palmer (#5 Wyoming Men)
Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell (#1 A Tangled Web Mystery)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Around the Web

There has been a lot of these, some better than others, but I liked the use of old movie clips in this one.

I liked the first movie and I'm glad this one is bringing back my favorite character (the queen). I also really like the posters for the two queens.


Came across Scott Wade (swadeart) just recently, thanks to DeviantArt's main page. You can also find him on Tumblr here
Art Nouveau Avatars - The Four Seasons (Reorder)
by Scott Wade (DeviantArt)
Fire Emblem: Awakening - Lucina
by Scott Wade (DeviantArt)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This Week's Reads

I'm still trying to finish Sorcerer to the Crown from last week but moved on since it wasn't fully keeping my attention.

The Drafter by Kim Harrison (Goodreads)

I'm only about a 1/4 of the way through this but I'm enjoying it so far. I am finding I'm more interested in the story than the characters. I haven't decided if I like Peri or not. One moment I would say yes and the next I just want to move on to something else.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (Goodreads)

I'm hoping to get to this one as well this week. I ended up liking the first one more than I thought I would while reading it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 11/16/2015

A Pain in the Tuchis by Mark Reutlinger (#2 Mrs. Kaplan Mystery)
All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke (#3 Under Suspicion)
Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan (#2 Millennium's Rule)
Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare, Robin Wasserman (#10 Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy)
Because I Love You by Jeannie Moon (#6 Forever Love Story)
Blood of the Lost by Shannon Mayer (#10 Rylee Adamson)
Campaigning for Christopher by Katy Regnery (#4 Winslow Brothers)
Cowboy Undercover by Alice Sharpe (#2 Brothers of Hastings Ridge Ranch)
Dare to Seduce by Carly Phillips (#8 Dare to Love)
Dark Alpha's Claim by Donna Grant (#1 Reaper)
Game of Lives by James Dashner (#3 Mortality Doctrine)
JAX by Kym Grosso (#7 Immortals of New Orleans)
Kansas City Confessions by Julie Miller (#3 Precinct: Cold Case)
Montana SEAL by Elle James (#1 Brotherhood Protectors)
My Brother's Keeper by Alanea Alder (#5 Bewitched And Bewildered)
Real World by Amy Jo Cousins (#5 Bend or Break)
Sinful Longing by Lauren Blakely (#3 Sinful Nights)
Taking Aim at the Sheriff by Delores Fossen (#2 Appaloosa Pass Ranch)
The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson (#6 Healer's Apprentice)
The Guilty by David Baldacci (#4 Will Robie)
The Pharaoh's Secret by Clive Cussler (#13 The NUMA® Files)
The Shootout Solution by Michael R. Underwood (#1 Genrenauts)
Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich (#22 The Stephanie Plum Series)
Warheart by Terry Goodkind (#15 The Sword of Truth)
Wilde Card by Jenn Stark (#2 Immortal Vegas)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Two movies that I'm looking forward to seeing eventually...
Finding Dory 

 Alice Through the Looking Glass

Finally watched season three of Arrow. It was a very up and down season for me. I liked most of the regular story-line but the Hong Kong flashbacks were very dull and didn't add enough to warrant being added. Need to watch season one of The Flash so some episodes or comments would make more sense.

I'll admit I don't really watch any of the housewives shows. They just have never grabbed my interest. Yet, I find myself loving Ladies of London. I don't know if it's their accents, locations, or what but I find it much more interesting with some trainwreck goodness thrown in.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This Week's Reads

This is to highlight some books that I'm reading this week.
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (Goodreads) : This one is starting slow but I'm still hoping it picks up. I like the setting and find Zacharias' story to be one I want to know more about. I'm not sure about Miss Gentleman yet. I want to like her but so far I'm on the fence.

The Merchant of Dreams (Night's Masque #2) by Anne Lyle (Goodreads) : I'm just starting this one but found it easy to fall back into the world of Mal and Colby. Between rogue groups of skraylings and Mal reconnected with his brother and old friend this is looking promising. Hoping there is not too much focus on a real relationship between Mal and Colby (the only thing I didn't like about book 1).

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 11/09/2015

Autumn's Kiss by Bella Thorne (#2 Autumn Falls)
Billionaire Unbound by J. S. Scott (#8 The Billionaire's Obsession)
Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston (#15 Pendergast)
Dirty Twisted Love by Lili Valente (#1 Dirty Twisted Love)
Easy Melody by Kristen Proby (#3 Boudreaux)
Fate of the Union by Max Allan Collins (#2 Reeder and Rogers)
Home by Nightfall by Charles Finch (#9 Charles Lenox Mysteries)
Justice for Mickie by Susan Stoker (#2 Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes)
Kiss the Flame by Christopher Rice (#1.5 Desire Exchange)
Nauti Seductress by Lora Leigh (#3 Nauti Girls)
No More Heroes by Loren Rhoads (#3 In the Wake of the Templars)
Our Now and Forever by Terri Osburn (#2 Ardent Springs)
Ready or Not by Melissa Brayden (#3 SoHo Loft Romance)
Reap by Tillie Cole (#2 Scarred Souls)
Reaper's Fall by Joanna Wylde (#5 Reapers MC)
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Sundown Speech by Loren D Estleman (#25 Amos Walker)
The Bride Wore Crimson by Adrianne Lee (#2 Weddingville)
The Promise by Robert Crais (#14 Elvis Cole #5 Joe Pike)
The Virgin's Spy by Laura Andersen (#2 Tudor Legacy)
Unforgiven by Lauren Kate (#5 Fallen)
Untimely Death by Elizabeth J Duncan (#1 Shakespeare in the Catskills)
Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray (#3 Chicago World's Fair Mysteries)
Wicked Edge by Rebecca Zanetti (#2 Realm Enforcers)
Winter by Marissa Meyer (#4 Lunar Chronicles)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Still in a reading slump, even trying series I know I usually enjoy is not working. In the meantime, I've been binge watching and falling into internet time sucks.

Around the Web
Saw this while on Colossal (link). I found both the music and the graphic calming and enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Slowly Rising from kanahebi on Vimeo.

Rolling Stone did a great article on Adele (link), it's long but interesting all the same. Love her new song and cannot wait to hear more.
Short film by artist Glen Keane called Nephtali. The art of both the ballerina and artist/animation is beautiful.

Loved these steampunk pieces from Sue Beatrice (All Natural Arts) created from Natural, Recycled and Upcycled Elements

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 11/02/2015

A Likely Story  by Jenn McKinlay (#6 Library Lover's Mystery)
A Specter of Justice by Mark de Castrique (#5 Sam Blackman Mystery)
A Sword Named Truth by Sherwood Smith (#1 Sword Named Truth)
A Talent for Trickery by Alissa Johnson (#1 Thief-Takers)
Air and Darkness by David Drake (#4 Books of the Elements)
All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (#3 The Naturals)
All Men Fear Me by Donis Casey (#8 Alafair Tucker Mysteries)
Battle of the Bots by C J Richards (#3 Robots Rule)
Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon (#9 The League)
Burn It Up by Cara McKenna (#3 Desert Dogs)
Claws for Alarm by T. C. LoTempio (#2 Nick and Nora Mysteries)
Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle (#3 Fixer-Upper Mystery)
Daniel's Desire by Grace Burrowes (#2 True Gentlemen)
Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers (#1 A Postmistress Mystery)
Dreamseeker by C S Friedman (#2 Dreamwalker)
Edge of Danger by Katie Reus (#4 Deadly Ops)
Enigma by Tonya Kuper (#2 Schrodinger's Consortium)
For the Dignified Dead by Michael Genelin (#5 Jana Matinova)
Forever And Always by Leigh Greenwood (#3 Cactus Creek Cowboys)
Going Dark by Linda Nagata (#3 Red Trilogy)
Hard Beat by K. Bromberg (#7 Driven Trilogy)
Heart Legacy by Robin D. Owens (#14 Celta)
Her Christmas Protector by Geri Krotow (#1 Silver Valley P.D.)
His Kind of Trouble by Terri L Austin (#2 Beauty and the Brit)
Hollowgirl by Sean Williams (#3 Twinmaker)
How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch (#3 Hereville)
It's In His Touch by Shelly Alexander (#2 Red River Valley)
It's Only Love by Marie Force (#5 Green Mountain)
Jeweled Fire by Sharon Shinn (#3 Elemental Blessing)
Lowball by George R. R. Martin (#22 Wild Cards)
Lowcountry Bordello by Susan M. Boyer (#4 Liz Talbot Mysteries)
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher (#1 L.A. Trilogy)
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (#4 The Finishing School)
Mind Magic by Eileen Wilks (#12 World of the Lupi)
Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything by Nancy Martin (#1 Miss Ruffles Mystery)
Murder Most Unfortunate by David P Wagner (#3 Rick Montoya Italian Mystery)
Murder on St Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson (#18 Gaslight
Mystic Warrior by Alex Archer (#57 Rogue Angel)
Neverseen by Shannon Messenger (#4 Keeper of the Lost Cities)
No Good Deed by Allison Brennan (#10 Lucy Kincaid)
Nuts and Buried by Elizabeth Lee (#3 Nut House Mysteries)
Olive and Let Die by Susannah Hardy (#2 Greek to Me Mystery)
Once Kissed by Cecy Robson (#1 O'Brien Family)
One King’s Way by Samantha Young (#6.5 On Dublin Street)
One Man's Flag by David Downing (#2 Jack McColl)
Passion Ignites by Donna Grant (#7 Dark Kings)
Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon (#5 Black Cat Bookshop Mystery)
Reap the Wind by Karen Chance (#7 Cassandra Palmer)
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany (#1 A Year Round Christmas Mystery)
Rock Me Two Times by Dawn Ryder (#1 Rock Band)
Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts (#1 Guardians Trilogy)
Stop at Nothing by Kate SeRine (#1 Protect & Serve)
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray (#2 Firebird Trilogy)
The Black Wolves by Kate Elliott (#1 Black Wolves Trilogy)
The Chocolate Falcon Fraud by JoAnna Carl (#15 Chocoholic Mysteries)
The Conjurer's Riddle by Andrea Cremer (#2 The Inventor's Secret)
The Crossing by Michael Connelly (#20 Harry Bosch)
The End by Charlie Higson (#7 Enemy)
The Exhibitionist by Tara Sue Me (#6 Submissive)
The Geomancer by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith (#4 Vampire Empire)
The Gilded Chain by Lauren Smith (#3 Surrender)
The Golem of Paris by Jonathan Kellerman (#2 Detective Jacob Lev)
The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman (#4 Playful Brides)
The Lost Codex by Alan Jacobson (#3 OPSIG Team Black)
The Midnight Watch by James Rollins (#10.5 SIGMA Force)
The Opposite of Right by Christi Barth (#1 Bad Decisions)
The Puffin of Death by Betty Webb (#4 Gunn Zoo Mystery)
The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel (#2 The Book of Ivy)
The Stitching Hour by Amanda Lee (#9 Embroidery Mystery)
Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies by Denise Grover Swank (#8 Rose Gardner Mysteries)
This Gulf of Time and Stars by Julie E Czerneda (#1 Reunification)
Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier (#2 Blackthorn & Grim)
Traffick by Ellen Hopkins (#2 Tricks)
Trimmed with Murder by Sally Goldenbaum (#10 Seaside Knitters Mystery)
Untamed by S C Stephens (#4 Thoughtless)
Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley (#1 Viking Warrior)
White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton (#5 Vintage Kitchen Mysteries)
Wild About the Wrangler by Vicki Lewis Thompson (#2 Sexy Texans)
Wrapped and Strapped by Lorelei James (#7 Blacktop Cowboys)
Writing All the Wrongs by Ellery Adams (#7 Books by the Bay Mystery)