Sunday Post: Our first frost

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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It’s Halloween and November next week. And we had our first frost here in Iowa Friday night so the growing season for most plants is done for this year. However, even though the weather is cooler we’re still having lots of beautiful, sunny days.

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Greeting cards and a fox and dragon and octopus . . . oh my!

I make cards to send to family and friends and I’ve worked on Autumn and Halloween cards the last few weeks. I got them mailed this week and it’s still Autumn and Halloween hasn’t even passed. A lot of the time I’m late getting my cards off! I had so much fun with these cards and I got a new die which cuts an envelope liner from paper to put in the envelope to create a one-of-a-kind envelope!

We picked up the pottery my daughters and I had painted last week and we’re very happy with the results! The dragon, fox and octopus are all banks which we plan to use for loose change. The star is for a candle and the plate for a wall.

My allergies are still bothering me and I had a couple of days I didn’t feel like doing anything. My husband has caught a cold so I’m not getting too close to him! Hopefully, he’ll start feeling better soon.

Blog

I’m working to get a few posts done ahead so I can schedule my weeks better . . .  especially since November begins next week and November and December are always very busy in our household–in a good way. I love the holidays and around here they start with Thanksgiving which also starts with lots of planning since we have around 50 people who come each year. So the more planning and scheduling I can do for my blog the better off I will be!

I’ve read some really good books lately and that always makes me happy. However, that doesn’t always mean more blog posts. And sometimes I get involved in reading other blogs, but then don’t have time to comment. I’m trying to remember to go back to those blogs and comment later.

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My books

What I’m reading

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless

What I’ve read

Running Out of Space by S.G. Higbee

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

Smoky Mountain Tracks by Donna Ball

Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern

Books I got this week–all audiobooks

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkein

Childhood Classics, Vol 3: Christmas Collection narrated by various celebrities

Evan Help Us by Rhys Bowen

Evanly Choirs by Rhys Bowen

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? 

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Goals

This is my favorite blogging extra curricular activity of the year. I love Christmas and winter and this helps me get in the holiday spirit. And I’m so happy Kimberly hosts it each year. Thank you!

It’s that time of year when the holiday and winter-themed books hit the bookshelves. It’s also time to sign up for the Fifth Annual HoHoHo Holiday/Winter Readathon! hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Gather up your favorite cocoa, comfort foods, holiday music and books and join in the fun!

This year’s event will run from Wednesday, November 8th through Wednesday, November 15th at 11:59 pm. During the event, you can participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter party. You can participate for a day or cozy up by the fire and hang out every day. The more you participate the more entries you will earn for the Participant Giveaway.

Visit Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer to sign up and to read the rules. If you love holiday and/or winter books give this a try. It’s lot of fun.

My goals for the readathon:

I want to read at least three books I’ve chosen as possibilities:

  • Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis
  • Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
  • Wreck the Halls by Sarah Graves
  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Murder Goes Mumming by Charlotee MacLeod (library ebook)
  • “Christmas at Ladybug Farm” by Donna Ball (novella)
  • “Deck the Halls” by Donna Alward (novella)
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie (e-audio)
  • “Christmas Present: A Chronicle of St. Mary’s Short Story” by Jodi Taylor (e-audio)
  • Classics of Childhood, Vol. 3: A Christmas Collection (e-audio)
  • Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien (e-audio)

I may find a few books from the library as well (even though I know I have many more books than I can read in a week…lol).

Participate in two challenges

Participate in the November 15 Twitter Party

The hardest goals for me are to participate in challenges and the Twitter party. They take time away from my reading…lol. However, I want to take part since Kimberly and her volunteers have taken the time to set these up and they are fun!

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months.

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

magic-triumphs-ilona-andrewsSeries: Kate Daniels #1o

Published by Ace

Publishing date: May 8, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

…………………….

One my very favorite urban fantasy series. Always so happy when I see there’s going to be another book in the series. I like this cover a lot, too!

Sunday Post: Family birthday fun

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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Family birthday

A very busy week. This is my younger daughter’s birthday weekend so we’ve done lots of fun things this weekend plus doing a bit of planning during the week. My older daughter came from Illinois to help celebrate and we’ve all had so much fun. Saturday morning we went to a craft store which has lots of activities to choose from–painting pottery, fused glass, making candles as well as painting parties. We decided to paint pottery and we had so much fun we ended up staying over four hours. I painted a fox and a star lantern. My daughters painted an octopus and a dragon plus the birthday girl painted a winter scene on a small plate. We’ll see how they all look once they’re fired. We pick them up next weekend. We had so much fun! My husband didn’t paint pottery with us, but we all went out to dinner Saturday night and came home for birthday cake and a board game called Train. Such a fun day.

Yard work and home work

The weather was beautiful all week, but once again we got rain on the weekend! During the week we (mostly my husband) worked in the backyard. He’s putting in a brick extension on the patio (which is only a small cement slab now). He mowed and cleaned the yard a bit and put up bird feeders.

We also had new higher seat toilets put in. Our toilets were the original toilets in our 30-year-old house and the shut off valves were stuck so that made the job take longer.

Blog

I still haven’t decided what I’m doing for reviews, but I am trying to get more posts done ahead of time so when I have a busy week I will have things to post.

I forgot to post my sign up post for the HoHoHo Readathon so will do that this week.

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  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • HoHoHo Readathon Signup
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Running Out of Space by S.G. Higbee

Dead Man’s Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek

What I’ve read

Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Kreuger

Flash by Donna Bell

Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson

Books I got this week

Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson (library e-audio)

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong (library ebook)

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (library e-audio)

Smoky Mountain Tracks by Donna Ball (Kindle e-book)

Christmas on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball (Kindle e-book)

Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern (Kindle e-book)

Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman (Kindle e-book)

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless (Kindle Unlimited)

Interesting on the Internet

Type M for Murder blog had a post by author Vicki Delany about Rapid Reads Novellas and the story she wrote for them. Rapid Reads Novellas are short books for adults with low literacy skills–ESL students, the elderly who might not have an attention span for a longer book, or anyone who wants an exciting fast read. This sounds like an excellent program. Vicki Delany also writes one of my favorite police procedural series–the Constable Molly Smith series.

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Turning the Tide by Edith Maxwell

I used to take part in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I’ve decided to begin participating again, but with Can’t-Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings since the Breaking the Spine blog is no longer active.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that aren’t released yet. I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m looking forward to . . .

Turning the Tide by Edith Maxwell

Series: Quaker Midwife Mystery #3

Published by Midnight Ink

Publishing date: April 8, 2018

Genre: Historical Mystery

288 pages

Synopsis: A suffragist is murdered in Quaker midwife Rose Carroll’s Massachusetts town.

Excitement runs high during Presidential election week in 1888. The Woman Suffrage Association plans a demonstration and movement leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton comes to town to rally the troops. When Quaker midwife Rose Carroll finds the body of the group’s local organizer the next morning, she can’t help but wonder who could have committed the murder.

Rose quickly discovers several people who have motives. The victim had planned to leave her controlling husband, and a recent promotion had cost a male colleague his job. She had also recently spurned a fellow suffragist’s affections. After Rose’s own life is threatened, identifying the killer takes on a personal sense of urgency.

………………….

I really enjoyed the first book in this series–Delivering the Truth–about Rose who is a Quaker midwife. I enjoyed the mystery in the book as well as Rose’s work as a midwife. Reading about the Quaker religion was also interesting since some of my ancestors who came to the U.S. in the 1700’s were Quakers.

Sunday Post: More Autumn Rain

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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My daughter is out-of-town again this weekend so we’re watching her dogs and, of course, we had heavy rain and thunderstorms again on Saturday! Almost an inch of rain so the dogs didn’t go outside very much on Saturday. More mud, but I admit I don’t mind too much as I enjoy the dogs.

It was only 70 degrees, but very humid so I’m glad that on Sunday it’s only supposed to be a high of 57 degrees and a low of 39 degrees Sunday night. However, I have to remember to move the houseplants back inside today. We’re hoping to get all the bulbs I ordered planted next week.

Television

We finished watching Ken Burns’ Vietnam. Very intense, but very good. We watched the final game between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals. It was a great game and the Cubs ended up winning. We enjoy watching Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. We TiVo it and watch it the next day! We record most of our shows and watch them later.

Blog

I did a little blogging. I’m still having trouble reviewing books. I love reading the books, but I’ve lost my enthusiasm for writing reviews. Can I have a book blog if I don’t review books??? I don’t know. I still love seeing what other people are reading and reviewing and love to comment on their blogs.

I’m also excited that Kimberly is hosting the HoHoHo Readathon again this year and have already signed up for it. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It has so many things I love: beautiful leaves, cooler weather, a sense of exciting things coming–Thanksgiving, snow, Christmas! And holiday books!

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My books

What I’m reading

Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Kreuger

Flash by Donna Bell

Dead Man’s Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek

What I’ve read

Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson

One Last Lesson by Iain Cameron

Dark Horse by Craig Johnson

Books I got this week

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

Deck the Halls by Donna Alward

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless (Kindle Unlimited)

 

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

I used to take part in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I’ve decided to begin participating again, but with Can’t-Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings since the Breaking the Spine blog is no longer active.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that aren’t released yet. I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I want to read . . .

. . . Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs because I love the two related series set in the same world that she writes–the Alpha & Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series.

burn-bright-by-patricia-briggsBurn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Series: Alpha & Omega #5

Published by Orbit

Publishing date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

384 pages

Synopsis: They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

……………..

Charles and Anna are great characters and I want to see what has happened with them since the last book. I like the direction Patricia Briggs has taken this series with humans finding out just how scary the fae are as well as humans finding out about more of the supernatural world. This book sounds like there will be more about damaged and dangerous werewolves as well as scary witches.

Autumn book covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes. Check out their blog for more information.

This week I’m showing books with Autumn covers and colors and even a few that take place during Autumn!

For me the colors of the covers are what says “Autumn”  . . . the oranges and browns. Of course, trees with colored leaves, pumpkins, golden grasses all help me think of Autumn–one of my favorite times of the year.

The Watership Down cover above is the cover I think of (and love) when I think of Watership Down, but there are other Watership Down covers and I don’t think of Autumn at all when I see them. The cover on the left makes me think of spring–and it doesn’t make me think Watership Down–even though it’s a nice cover.

What about you? Are there book covers that make you think of Autumn–and maybe the book doesn’t even take place in Autumn?!!

Sunday Post: Rain! And sun and cooler weather

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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Another busy week. My allergies frustrated me all week since it keeps me blowing my nose even though I take allergy pills every day. My husband worked in the yard a lot this week. He found a few plants on sale including a small tree so those got planted plus the fence addition is finished and he’s working on a new flowerbed for me. I came outside and gave moral support! Luckily, all the plants were planted before the rains came! According to my rain gauge we got about three inches of rain over about three days. Since it was a dry summer it is really good to get rain and more is forecast for next week.

My husband is visiting his dad this weekend and I’m taking care of my daughter’s dogs while she’s out-of-town. They’re lots of company, but I’ve spent a lot of time drying off and wiping mud from the dogs’ feet! My daughter had a trial version of a meal delivery service she hadn’t had time to fix so I fixed the Tomato-Braised Cod. I haven’t tried any of these services before. The cod was good though I had to throw away some of the chard included in the box (received two days before).

Television

We watched more of Ken Burns’ Vietnam. Very intense, but very good. I watched the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals baseball games on Friday and Saturday nights. One win for each team.

Blogging

I’m still trying to get more blogging done. I am reading some really good books which is great!

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My books

What I’m reading

Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson

One Last Lesson by Iain Cameron

What I’ve read

Death Without Company by Craig Johnson

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine

Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson

Books I got this week

Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart

Dead Man’s Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek

Flash by Donna Ball

Savage Run by C.J. Box

Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson (Library)

Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson (Library)

Dark River Rising by Roger Johns (Library)

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? 

October 2017 books on my list

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of asbooks-on-my-list the months go by.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I missed.

October 3

Ironfoot

by Dave Duncan

Series: The Enchanter General #1

Published by Night Shade Books

Genre: Fantasy

344 pages

Synopsis: Medieval magic, murder, and mayhem! 

It is 1164, and for a hundred years England has been ruled by the Normans. A young Saxon boy named Durwin, crippled by a childhood accident, had caught the eye of a Norman sage teaching at a rural school of magic. Realizing that the boy had promise, Durwin was made stable boy, and eventually allowed to attend classes. 

Now twenty, Durwin is proficient enough that he is assigned to teach, but the other sages refuse to promote him and he is hassled by the Norman juniors for his disability. But those troubles turn out to be the least of his worries when he manages to corrects errors in an ancient corrupted spell, which promptly prophesies murder. 

Sure enough, word soon reaches the school that one of the local count’s house sage has died, perhaps slain by black magic. Durwin is whisked away to the family’s castle, only to find that one death was only the beginning. The young sage quickly learns of a dizzying plot to assassinate King Henry. Dropped into the middle of the complex politics of England’s royal courts, can Durwin stop them in time?

Select

by Marit Weisenberg

Series: Select #1

Published by Charlesbridge Teen

Genre: YA

352 pages

Synopsis: Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

October 10

The Stone in the Skull

by Elizabeth Bear

Series: Lotus Kingdoms #1

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire. 

The Rules of Magic

by Alice Hoffman

Series: Practical Magic 0

Published by Simon & Schuster

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Magical Realism

384 pages

Synopsis: Find your magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. 

Running Out of Space

by S.J. Higbee

Series: Unknown

Published by Griffinwing Publishing

Genre: Science Fiction

294 pages

Synopsis: Jezel Campo has yearned to serve on the space merchant ship Estrella Fugaz for as long as she can remember – until one rash act changes everything…

I can’t recall whose idea it was. Just that me and mis amigas were sick of wading through yet another unjust punishment detail. So we decide to take ourselves off on a short jaunt to the lower reaches of Space Station Hawking to prove that fertile Iberian girls can also deal with danger.

The consequences of that single expedition change the lives of all four of us, as well as that of the stranger who steps in to save us down in lawless Basement Level. Now I have more excitement and danger than I can handle, while confronting lethal shipboard politics, kidnapping, betrayal. And murder.

October 17

Dark Signal

by Shannon Baker

Series: Kate Fox #2

Published by Forge

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

304 pages

Synopsis: Reeling from her recent divorce, Kate Fox has just been sworn in as Grand County, Nebraska Sheriff when tragedy strikes. A railroad accident has left engineer Chad Mills dead, his conductor Bobby Jenkins in shock. Kate soon realizes that the accident was likely murder.

Who would want to kill Chad Mills? Kate finds that he made a few enemies as president of the railroad workers union. Meanwhile his widow is behaving oddly. And why was his neighbor Josh Stevens at the Mills house on the night of the accident?

While her loud and meddling family conspires to help Kate past her divorce, State Patrol Officer Trey closes in on Josh Stevens as the suspect. Kate doesn’t believe it. She may not have the experience, but she’s lived in the Sandhills her whole life, and knows the land and the people. Something doesn’t add up―and Kate must find the real killer before he can strike again. 

Breach of Containment

by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Series: Central Corps #3

Published by Harper Voyager

Genre: Science Fiction

576 pages

Synopsis: A reluctant hero must prevent war in space and on Earth in this fast-paced military science fiction thriller from the author of The Cold Between and Remnants of Trust—a page-turning hybrid combining the gritty, high-octane thrills of James S. A. Corey and the sociopolitical drama of Ann Leckie.

Space is full of the unknown . . . most of it ready to kill you.

When hostilities between factions threaten to explode into a shooting war on the moon of Yakutsk, the two major galactic military powers, Central Corps and PSI, send ships to defuse the situation. But when a strange artifact is discovered, events are set in motion that threaten the entire colonized galaxy—including former Central Corps Commander Elena Shaw.

Now an engineer on a commercial shipping vessel, Elena finds herself drawn into the conflict when she picks up the artifact on Yakutsk—and investigation of it uncovers ties to the massive, corrupt corporation Ellis Systems, whom she’s opposed before. Her safety is further compromised by her former ties to Central Corps—Elena can’t separate herself from her past life and her old ship, the CCSS Galileo.

Before Elena can pursue the artifact’s purpose further, disaster strikes: all communication with the First Sector—including Earth—is lost. The reason becomes apparent when news reaches Elena of a battle fleet, intent on destruction, rapidly approaching Earth. And with communications at sublight levels, there is no way to warn the planet in time.

Armed with crucial intel from a shadowy source and the strange artifact, Elena may be the only one who can stop the fleet, and Ellis, and save Earth. But for this mission there will be no second chances—and no return. 

 

A Plague of Giants

by Kevin Hearne

Series: Seven Kennings #1

Published by Del Rey Books

Genre: Fantasy

624 pages

Synopsis: In the start of an enchanting new series, the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles creates an unforgettable fantasy world . . . one that is forever changed when an army of giants invades. The kingdom’s only hope? The discovery of a form of magic that will call the world’s wondrous beasts to fight by the side of humankind.

 

Cold as Ice

by Julie Mulhern

Series: The Country Club Murders #6

Published by Henery Press

Genre: Historical Mystery

268 pages

Synopsis: Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.

 

Weaver’s Lament

by Emma Newman

Series: Industrial Magic #2

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Fantasy Novella, Steampunk

160 pages

Synopsis: Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical prowess under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins. Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently in revolt.

But it isn’t the workers causing the trouble. The real culprits are far more extranormal in nature.

And they have a grudge to settle. 

 October 19

A Matter of Loyalty

by Anselm Audley & Elizabeth Edmondson

Series: A Very English Mystery #3

Published by Thomas & Mercer

Genre: Historical Mystery

287 pages

Synopsis: January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he’s the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn’t so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo’s instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn’t selling secrets to the Soviets, who is?

As Hugo digs deeper into buried connections and unlikely coincidences, he knows there’s more to this case than his London superiors believe. But following his instincts will pit him against the Establishment—and tangle him once again in the poisonous legacy of the late Lord Selchester.

As he closes in on the truth, Hugo finds himself confronted by an adversary who will stop at nothing, in a case that will prove the most personal of his career.

With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to John Le Carré, A Matter Of Loyalty is the third and final book in this delightfully classic and witty murder-mystery series. 

October 31

Barbary Station

by R.E. Stearns

Series: Barbary Station #1

Published by Saga Press

Genre: Science Fiction

384 pages

Synopsis: Adda and Iridian are newly-minted engineers, but in a solar system wracked by economic collapse after an interplanetary war, an engineering degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Desperate for gainful employment, they hijack a colony ship, planning to join a pirate crew at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space.

But when they arrive at Barbary Station, nothing is as they expected. The pirates aren’t living in luxury — they’re hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station’s exterior hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station’s security system has gone mad, trying to kill all station residents. And it shoots down any ship that tries to leave, so there’s no way out.

Adda and Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the security system suffered explosive decapitation, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds.

There’s a glorious future in piracy…if they can survive long enough.

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