Taking A Little Break Because I'm Burning Out

Hi everyone, I'm going to be taking a little break here at the blog because I feel burnout nipping at my heels. I have been having a lot of back pain, so much lingering sadness from the loss of my Buddy and now I seem to have lost the will to pick up a book. I think that is 100% because I have kept none of the promises I made to myself back in January. I've been reading ARC's, contest wins, book group reads and basically everything except the books piled up all around my home. I also can't seem to find a blogging groove. I have spurts of busyness and then I lose the enthusiasm and have to drag myself to the screen. I'll still be visiting around and will hopefully have more time to do so now that I'm not trying to squeeze too much into a day. You might see sporadic posts now and again but there will be no schedule (so, what else is new?!). I am also closed to any review submissions. I need to be completely selfish for awhile and spend some serious time healing …

DNF Review: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Some books just aren't for everyone. This is one that wasn't meant for me.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
Narrated by Ellen Archer
Romantic Thriller
Released November 2016
In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. 

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. 

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. 

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it's her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To…

Can't Wait Wednesday: Year One by Nora Roberts

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the Jill at Breaking the Spine.

To find out more about linking in visit the Can't-Wait Wednesday page at Wishful Endings here.

Year One by Nora Roberts
Scheduled Release: December 5, 2017
Amazon ♦ Goodreads

A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author―an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed―and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was …

Bookishfirst Turns Out To Be Kind of Fun

I won this book from Bookishfirst, Netgalley's sister site for readers. I'm thrilled to receive a real book as a win but I honestly wasn't expecting to win anything and, crap, now I have three weeks to get it read!! I don't know if I can handle the pressure. Patrick is unconcerned.

For those who don't know,Bookishfirstfeatures excerpts of a handful of upcoming releases. They ask that you read any that tickles your fancy and write a review of the excerpt and then you'll get tossed into a lottery to win the actual book. If you win, you have three weeks to write the review (yikes, the stress!). You will get points for any excerpt you read and any reviews you submit and when you gather enough points you can choose a free book. I thought this was a very strange new thing (who the heck reviews excerpts? and why do they want reviews of them anyway?) but I'm curious and nosy and signed on to see what it was all about. At first I thought this was a weird way to g…

Review: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Yep, I'm still feeling lazy.

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Released March 2017
Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. From a writer with "exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl," (Janet Maslin) YOU WILL KNOW ME is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.
My Thoughts
My will to review has left the building so this book is getting shafted. Sorry book, …

Audible Introduces An "All You Can Eat" Romance Subscription Plan

The cost:  $14.95 or $6.95 for KU & Audible subscribers. That sounds like a great deal to me and I am interested. I've always thought that Audible charges way too much for a book credit. Supposedly this streaming catalog includes 10,000 romances and you can listen to as many as you can consume. Update from Audible:This service would be similar to Kindle Unlimited and you would be able to borrow up to ten books at a time and keep them for as long as you want. You can also swap them out whenever you are ready.Sounds intriguing and I say FINALLY and friggin' yay (and we need one for horror) but the articles coming out today are pissing me off. Apparently Audible has added a new feature that allows one to type in terms to bring you to the good parts; sexy bits, witty banter, etc. It sounds unnecessary and like click-bait to me but it's brought out the misinformed who think romance readers a…

Review: Souljacker by Yasmine Galenorn

So I gave this author another try and have come to the conclusion that she might not be for me.

Souljacker by Yasmine Galenorn (Book #1 in Lily Bound Series)
Paranormal Fiction
Released March 2017
Lily O'Connell, a succubus, has put her unique talents to work. She owns Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle. When a client turns up dead in her club, and she hears the news that the Souljacker-an old tattoo-artist friend-turned-vampire, who was institutionalized years before-has escaped to reclaim his "artwork," Lily knows she's next on his list. With one of his tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn, Lily hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to track the vampire down before he tracks her. But she didn't expect to fall for Archer-and they say a succubus who falls in love will destroy the heart of the one she seeks to claim... 
My Thoughts
Lily is a succubus who staves off the hunger and makes her liv…

Retro Review: Strain by Amelia C. Gormley

An apocalypse story that probably isn't for everyone but I mostly loved it.

Strain by Amelia C. Gormley
Dark M/M Romance Fiction
In a world with little hope and no rules, the only thing they have to lose is themselves.

Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might confer immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary …

So, I Tried Shutting Off the TV and Reading

I even went outside with a "real" book to escape the lure of the Ipad apps and other things lured me away instead. Namely, this big coonhound named PainInTheButt Bailey.

Seriously, you're going to sit there and ignore ME?!

Ah well, at least the book that I was supposed to finish for book group last Monday (ugh!) is getting some love from Patrick.

Thanks for sticking by me with my flighty blogging ways and for always visiting me when I remember to post! Have a great reading week. 

Horror Fiction Review: The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman & Norman Prentiss

Make sure you're not that house. You know the one. The lights are out and there is not even a bowl of teeth rotting candy left out for the little beggars . . .

The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman & Norman Prentiss
Horror Fiction
Released June 2017
The Halloween Children are watching—they’re always watching in this chilling novel of suburban horror from Bram Stoker Award winner Norman Prentiss and Brian James Freeman of Cemetery Dance Publications.

The accommodations at Stillbrook Apartments aren’t exactly glamorous, but they’re quiet, affordable, and well maintained. The handyman is usually available to help with a leak or a broken bulb, his wife and two adorable kids often tagging along. When occasion dictates, the neighbors gather to wish each other well and spread the requisite holiday cheer. Everything’s very nice. Very normal.

But as Halloween approaches, strange occurrences are happening all around Stillbrook. The children tell disturbing stories, b…