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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

WoW [337] - Wherever You Are by Maya Banks

Author: Maya Banks
Series: KGI #12
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019

A KGI novel of nonstop suspense and explosive passion from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Brighter Than the Sun.

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering.
Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t...

When some well-deserved R & R turns into a volatile situation for Skylar Watkins, she knows her team will never get to her in time. Her only hope is a promise once made to her by a desperate, grateful man—and his squad is within range…

Driven by a steely demeanor and fierce loyalty, the warrior now tasked with saving Skylar’s life knows her value to the KGI. He’s seen firsthand how daring—and lethal—she can be. He’ll get her back or die trying, but what he isn’t prepared for is the desire to keep her close, for wanting her to remain in his arms and under his watch…forever.
Why I am waiting:
I did say awhile back I wanted to try some more Romantic Suspense novels. I haven't tried any of this series yet but it sounds interesting. I'd love to hear what you thought if you've read them!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: Scribd Unlimited Membership


So I'm shaking things up and not doing a book review today. I wanted to give you some details on another membership program like Audible/Kindle Unlimited/etc but a bit different. My membership through Audible ran out and I ran across Scribd. It sounded too good to be true with it's "unlimited* number of books, audiobooks, magazines, and more" for the low monthly price of $8.99.

I went ahead and signed up on 10/08/18 and so far I've listened to 3 full audiobooks, and read 1 ebook. This is when I ran into an issue. The rest of my saved titles that I want to listen to next are now marked "Available Soon" and shows me that they'll be ready to listen to on 11/08/18, basically when my monthly membership renews.


I emailed Scribd to see what was going on, and I also googled to see if this was an issue I could resolve. It looks like if you read/listen to a certain number of books/audiobooks per month they start throttling what you can do next. You're not fully cut off, but the selection is quite limited at that point. 


There is also this (LINK) information that Scribd sent out to previous subscribers that new subscribers aren't able to find easily which explains a bit about the Unlimited* plan from when they switched over from a credit based plan.

"Our new unlimited offering will be truly unlimited for the vast majority of subscribers, but occasionally some of these most voracious readers will see a temporary reduction of the catalog for a portion of the month."

Would I recommend this?
Yes, and no. I typically listen to 1 audiobook per week, so 4-5 per month. I quit getting the selection I wanted after finishing 3 audiobooks. If you're not a heavy user of audiobooks and just do 1-3 a month, this might be a good fit for you! I don't believe the ebooks are affected when they start throttling what you can pick from so if you're an ebook reader this might be a good option. Personally, I'm probably going to cancel before my free 1 month trial ends, but I might resubscribe at some point in the future since this does have audiobooks that aren't available from my library and it's cheaper than Audible.

Monday, October 29, 2018

New Releases 10/30/2018

Shades of Wicked - Jeaniene Frost
The Rule Breaker...

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he's never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker...

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait...well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s carefully cultivated, devil-may-care roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences.



The Highlander Who Protected Me - Vanessa Kelly
Lady Ainsley Matthews, heiress and darling of the ton, was expected to make a magnificent match. Instead she’s hiding on a remote Scottish estate, terrified that her vicious former fiancé will use her pregnancy to force her into marriage. One man can help her—Royal Kendrick, son of a distinguished Highland clan. Though a mistake drove them apart long ago, Royal is the only person Ainsley trusts to protect her baby—even if that means agreeing to never see either of them again . . .

Scarred in body and soul by war, Royal suddenly has a purpose—caring for an innocent babe and thereby helping the woman he can’t stop loving. But when Ainsley ultimately returns to Scotland, determined to be a real mother to her child in spite of the risk, there’s only one solution: marriage. And only one likely outcome: surrendering to the desire that’s simmered between them for so long, no matter how dangerous it may be . . .



Archangel's Prophecy - Nalini Singh
Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind—and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.

This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.



Wolf Rising - Paige Tyler
Just when he's found The One...he might lose her.

SWAT Officer Jayden Brooks doesn't believe there's a soul mate out there for him—The One. But when he saves high school teacher Selena Rosa from a hostage situation, he knows he's in big trouble. Her scent is irresistible.

Selena finds the big cop irresistible, too. In fact, the buttoned-up teacher gets a little carried away—during a steamy make-out session, she bites him. Turns out, the traumatizing events at the school triggered her werewolf gene. Fangs and claws are appearing and her aggression is out of control. The change is happening, and Selena doesn't understand.

It's going to take everything Brooks has to pull her back from the edge...and ultimately win her heart.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Review: Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge

Title: Sugar Spells
Author: Lola Dodge
Series: The Spellwork Syndicate #2
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 30th, 2018
Length: Novel (270 pages)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [291]

Happy Thursday everyone, I hope you're having a lovely week! I went to the book event (Buns & Roses) this past weekend and sat at Elizabeth Hoyt's table. They brought more authors than last year and changed the venue to a slightly larger one and the place was jam packed, a bit too much for my taste since I'm an introvert and it was draining but I still had a good time. Melody went with me again this year and now we get to wait to see which new authors come next year! I also stopped by a local book store yesterday and snagged a signed copy of An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris *happy dance*


Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

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$0.99

$2.99

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

WoW [336] - Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost

Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Rebel #1
Release Date: October 30th, 2018

In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!

The Rule Breaker

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s devil-may-care, roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers that Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences…
Why I am waiting:
Yay - Ian's story! I'm always happy to see another book in the Night Huntress world so this is going to be a must read for me.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Title: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Series: Standalone
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: James Cameron Stewart
Release Date: September 18th, 2018
Length: Novel (448 pages/17.1 hours)
Genre: Mystery
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Monday, October 22, 2018

New Releases 10/23/2018

Duchess by Design - Maya Rodale
In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen...

Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family’s estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry when an enchanting seamstress tumbles into his arms instead.

...and true love is always in fashion

Miss Adeline Black aspires to be a fashionable dressmaker—not a duchess—and not even an impossibly seductive duke will distract her. But Kingston makes an offer she can’t refuse: join him at society events to display her gowns and advise him on which heiresses are duchess material. It’s the perfect plan—as long as they resist temptation, avoid a scandal, and above all do not lose their hearts.



Shadow and Ice - Gena Showalter
Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her.

On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire.

Though Vale is his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can triumph, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Review: Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep

Title: Venom in the Veins
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #17
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Release Date: June 12th, 2018
Length: Novel (356 pages/9.6 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [290]

Happy Thursday everyone!! It's going to be a busy weekend for me, but a super fun one. There is a book-ish event happening locally and a friend is coming into town so we can go together. So expect a few pictures of that next week :) I think the only other thing I have to report this week is that I finally hit my weight goal!! I started my weight loss journey in 2016 and have lost 123 lbs.


Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

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$1.99

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WoW [335] - Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Gods of War #1
Release Date: October 23rd, 2018

Knox of Iviland has spent his life competing in the All Wars, where vicious warriors with supernatural powers fight to the death to claim new realms. One winner takes everything—and all losers die. Enslaved as a child for his ability to control shadows, the most ruthless champion in history will stop at nothing to kill his king. But first he must win the battle for Earth. When a fearsome weapon imprisons every combatant in ice, centuries pass without progress…until she walks in.

Vale London craves a fun arctic getaway with her foster sister before settling down to open a bakery. Street-tough but vulnerable, she is unprepared to find ancient gods escaping a frozen cave—merciless beings who target her when she inadvertently enters their war.

Though Vale is now his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can prove victorious, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.
Why I am waiting:
Hellooooooo handsome, I mean *cough* this blurb sounds amazing. I NEED IT NOW. We're just gonna leave it there so I can stare at the cover some more :)

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Title: Magic Triumphs
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #10
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Length: Novel (336 pages/12.1 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5.0-stars

Monday, October 15, 2018

New Releases 10/16/2018

Wind Rider - P. C. Cast
Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders, in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all that Mari and Nik hold dear.

But will the mysterious Wind Riders accept the Pack, or will Mari and Nik and their people be rejected by the mighty Riders and be forced to flee for their lives? And what happens when a rogue Lead Stallion gets too close to the Pack, rejecting all Wind Riders and turning to a stranger for companionship instead?

In the next installment of the Tales of a New World series love and goodness are put to the ultimate test. Will the Wind Riders and the Pack be strong enough to withstand the God of Death? Will the Great Goddess of Life awaken to join the battle, and if so, will it be as Death's consort, or will the Goddess stand with Mari and her people against the great love of her eternal life?



Lionheart - Thea Harrison
King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries, until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace, while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life.

A skilled trauma surgeon and magic-user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist—she is asked to cure the uncureable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

Roused from darkness by Kathryn’s presence, Oberon confronts the beautiful stranger who claims she wants to save his life. But the enchantment has frozen his emotions. How can he learn to trust her when he can’t feel anything?

Oberon’s desire is icy, devoid of all tenderness. Not only must Kathryn match wits with him, she must also fight her reaction to his touch, because there is so much more at stake than her own endangered heart.

For the Dark Court faces its most deadly peril yet. Its ancient enemy Isabeau, Queen of the Light Court, is obsessed with its annihilation, and Oberon must be brought to remember his loyalty and affection for his people.

Because if he won’t fight for them, Lyonesse itself may very well be destroyed…



How the Dukes Stole Christmas
Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.

"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go.

"The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm--the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving...or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay...but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas...

"Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan
When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms.

"Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe
Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing--especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland

Title: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
Author: Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Length: Novel (320 pages/9.1 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [289]

Happy Thursday everyone! I'm loving the cooler weather in Texas right now, but sick and tired of all this rain. I've been working on another knitting project lately and should wrap it up soon. Hubby asked for a bow tie, so I let him pick out yarn in exchange for dragging him to several yarn stores a few months back and I'm finally working on it haha It kind of reminds me of fish/mermaid tails right now. We saw Venom last weekend and thought it was good, a bit light on plot but still entertaining. I think the only thing I have scheduled for this coming weekend is one of those Painting with a Twist type classes. I'm ready for the weekend *happy dance*


Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!


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$0.99

$1.99