So a good week for the most part this week. I’ve been given the OK to go back to work, my GP agrees that I am stable enough now to take the leap so I will be going back on Wednesday, can’t wait, it’s only ten hours a week but it makes a difference seeing a few other people.
I have also torn my rotator cuff ligament in my shoulder though so I need to be careful with that..easily done as it hurts like you wouldn’t believe! Ibuprofen which is the best painkiller for this type of injury interacts badly with Lithium as well so I don’t really have any good options for pain meds. Doh!
I’ve had two books to beta read this week so I’ve paused the editorial work on book two, it is almost finished though so I will be sending back out to a few betas for another check through in a couple of weeks is my guess.
You may have noticed that I changed the banners on the blog. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. I wanted to create a proper brand for the blog that I could match up with my author brand once I set that up. I worked with a graphic designer who helped create this so I now have a transferable logo, a fantastic banner and will be working on the author side of things once I get to setting that up. I think she’s done a fantastic job with it and I hope everyone likes it.
Finally, I did a radio appearance again on Thursday talking about access to mental health services, aside from him getting my name wrong…Doh…it all went smoothly.
On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary…but she never believed the spell would actually work.
When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land—occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land.
CC is soon rescued (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should be falling in love with this dream-come-true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.
This is another of those books I have had on my shelf for years, I bought it while I was deep in the House of Night series which I got a little bored of added to the fact I had never really bonded with mermaid stories I think this just got pushed further and further back on my list. I’m so glad I finally decided to read it though. It was such a refreshing read, with original ideas and a fresh approach to the mythology it uses.
CC or Christine is a woman who has never quite found her place, a sergeant in the US Air Force she is good at her job, she’s also afraid of flying (great twist there). After everybody in her life forgets her twenty-fifth birthday she drowns her sorrows in champagne and performs a goddess summoning ritual she finds in one of her old books.
When her plane crashes on her way to her next posting she finds her self magically transported to a medieval world, and inside the body of a beautiful mermaid, Undine, the daughter of the goddess she summoned. And so her adventure really begins with the match her father has chosen for her pursuing her relentlessly, to escape from him she heads for dry land and is rescued by a bona fide Knight in Shining Armour, but CC has already found love with Dylan a merman who has nothing more to offer her than his heart, but how they find a future together neither of them know.
I loved the complexity of this story, it appears on the surface like a simple love triangle but it is far more than that. P.C. Cast woven together a novel that perfectly sits between the historical and mythological. I spent the last thirty minutes I was reading sobbing as the story unravelled and didn’t end at all how I had expected.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable novel and the first mermaid based story I’ve enjoyed.
Book & Buy Links
Title: Goddess of the Sea Series:Goddess Summoning #1 Author:P.C. Cast Genre: Paranormal Romance | Romance | Mythology | Magic Publisher: Piatkus Publication Date: 7 July 2011 Review Format: Paperback Other Formats: eBook | Audio Pages: 411 Buy:Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)
First I want to send a huge thanks to the five bloggers who have taken part in my blogiversary celebrations this week. I am super grateful for all the time you put into your posts. Thank you so very much each of you.
As a result of those posts this week in review is slightly different as there are no reviews and I want to ensure these guest posts are seen by everyone.
I also launched a Facebook Group this week as part of my celebrations. It’s called BLB’s Love Shack and it’s to particularly celebrate the romance side of the blog. Please do come over and join for lots of chat and fun…authors if you are interested in doing a takeover in the group be sure to let me know!
Finally today is your last chance to enter my blogiversary giveaway to win one of THREE $10/£10 Amazon Gift Cards so don’t miss out! Head to Rafflecopter to enter.
What I’ve Read
Bought / Freebies
On Monday I was joined by Danielle from Books, Vertigo and Tea who did a Tea and Genre Pairing post which I highly recommend! I love tea and am often found drowning myself in tea while I’m reading!
On Tuesday I was joined by Drew from The Tattoeed Book Geek who gave me a thorough roasting like only Drew can with his Brizzle Guest Pizzle!
One Wednesday I was joined by Kaisha from The Writing Garnet who talked passionately about bullying, a topic we all know I’ve had a good rant about recently as well.
On Thursday I was joined by my very good friend Jay from This Is My Truth Now who wrote one of the kindest posts I’ve ever seen, it really did move me deeply. Jay’s second book has just been released, he’s a wonderful writer so I advise you to head over to the post and check out not only what he wrote but the links to his books as well!
Hi Guys, it’s that time again for you to start voting on my next TBR read. So far you have chosen well and I’ve really enjoyed the books you’ve picked for me, I’m really behind with my reviewing at the moment and I still need to review my last two books. Both have been read I just need to write the reviews, I promise to do it soon!
So here are the books on offer this month, don’t forget to vote for your favourite at the end of the post!
Spark and Carousel by Joanne Hall Spark is a wanted man. On the run after causing the death of his mentor and wild with untamed magic, he arrives in Cape Carey where his latent talents make him the target of rival gangs. It is there that Carousel, a wire-walker and thief, takes him under her wing to guide him through the intrigues of the criminal underworld.
But when Spark’s magic cracks the world and releases demons from the hells beneath, two mages of his former order make it their mission to prevent his magic from spiralling out of control. They must find him before he falls into the clutches of those who would exploit his raw talent for their own gain, forcing Spark to confront a power he is not ready to handle.
Meanwhile, a wealthy debutante learning magic in secret has her own plans for Spark and Carousel. But the sudden arrival of the mages throws her carefully laid plans into disarray and she unleashes a terrible evil onto the streets of the unsuspecting city—an evil only Spark’s magic can control.
Everyone wants a piece of Spark, but all Spark wants is to rid himself of his talents forever.
Damned If I Do by Erin Hayes THEY KILLED MY SISTER AND INFECTED ME. NOW I HAVE TO PICK UP THE PIECES BEFORE I DIE.
I’ve spent the last five months trying to find the bastard who took my sister’s life and ruined mine.
Being brought up in a family that hunted the supernatural should have helped, but even with a slim chance that I can save us all, there’s still the bigger chance I’ll die trying.
Unfortunately, there’s one important thing my family didn’t tell me: When you fight against immortal vampires, you’re the one who’s running out of time.
Firestorm by Rachel Caine The genie is out of the bottle. Rogue Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is racing to New York to warn her former colleagues of the impending apocalypse. An ancient agreement between the Djinn and the Wardens has been broken, and the furious Djinn, slaves to the Wardens for millennia, are now free of mortal control. With more than half the Wardens unaccounted for in the wake of the Djinn uprising, Joanne realizes that the natural disasters they’ve combated for so long were merely symptoms of restless Mother Nature fidgeting in her sleep. Now she’s waking up – and she’s angry…
Divine By Blood by P.C. Cast From the bestselling author of the “House of Night” series comes the award-winning world of Partholon, rich in goddesses, intrigue and magic.
Raised as a normal girl in Oklahoma for eighteen years, Morrigan had no idea how special she really was. After discovering the truth of her heritage, her rage and grief take on a power of their own, carrying her back to the world of Partholon.
Yet, instead of being respected as the daughter of the goddess Incarnate, Morrigan feels like a shunned outsider. In her desperation to belong to Partholon, she confronts forces she can’t fully understand or control. And soon a strange darkness draws closer. . .
Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet The Inferno has Evolved… Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of Eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay.