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NetGalley Check-In #3

I got this idea from Danni at _ForBooksSake – each week, I will detail what my current NetGalley feedback ratio is, what books I have in the NetGalley TBR, what books I’m currently reading, and what books I’ve finished, if any.

Feedback Ratio

My current feedback ratio is 33%, down 7% from last week. This is probably due to my having been approved for two new books and not having posted anymore reviews.

NetGalley TBR

Tie Die by Max Tomlinson

Back in London’s swinging ’60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a sixteen-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve’s career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback. Until his eleven-year-old daughter is kidnapped. Steve turns to one person for help: Colleen Hayes. She was quite a fan herself, back in the day. And she knows what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the law and live in judgement for the rest of your life. It doesn’t take Colleen long to realize something fishy is going on with the kidnapping of Melanie Cook. What transpires is a harrowing journey through a music industry rife with corruption and crime. Colleen’s search takes her through San Francisco’s underbelly and all the way to ’70s London, where she discovers a thread leading back to the death of a forgotten fan in Steve’s hotel room.

Immortal Fears by Various Authors

Twenty authors, twenty gods, twenty stories that will chill, thrill and kill you. The Gods of the Pantheon present their first anthology of Halloween stories, the time for Samhain draws near…

The Puritan by Birgitte Margen

A gripping thriller in the tradition of Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly, and Jo Nesbø, THE PVRITAN is a thriller fueled by a serial killer terrorizing Boston and the detectives trying to stop him. Who is the Wing-maker? Can he be stopped, or has his next victim already taken flight?

“But the eyes of the wicked fhal faile, and their refuge fhal perifh, and their hope shalbe forowe of minde.” —Iob 11:20, Geneva Bible

All alone, in a dark, earthen tomb, a boy’s prayers are unheard. Now, he has risen from his premature grave–and there is hell to pay.

A MAN’S BODY is found hanging in the Boston Common, his eyes missing and skin mutilated beyond recognition, transforming him into a winged demon. Weeks later, a young girl’s body is discovered under a layer of ice, her skin carved into angel wings.

Boston Homicide Detective Marti Zucco and her partner, Detective Neil Cavanaugh, are in a race against time to stop the wing-maker, a twisted psychopath who has left a trail of complex clues. A gang-ridden path that will take them through the gates of Hell and into an underground world of sexual perversion.

For Marti, her faith will be tested as more bodies continue to mount and she walks among the ghosts, following in the footprints of the killer known as the Puritan.

Can. He. Be. Stopped? Or has the soul of his next victim already taken flight?

This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight

Some vendettas have more lives than others.

The gods walk among us. Some lurk in the shadows, masquerading as mortals; others embrace their celebrity status, launching careers from Hollywood to Capitol Hill.

One of them just murdered Cairn Delacroix’s mother.

As Cairn sifts through the rubble, she uncovers a conspiracy two decades in the making: a cursed island, the fellowship of gods who journeyed there, and the unspeakable act that intertwined their fates. One by one, the members of that voyage are dying, and Cairn’s investigations land her in the crosshairs of the rogue goddess responsible.

With the help of Nanook, a polar bear god turned detective, Cairn descends into Boston’s underworld of supernatural crime and political aspiration. To avenge her mother and unmask her assassin, she’ll first have to reckon with a gut-wrenching secret that will rewrite the life she thought she knew.

Shocking twists cascade toward an explosive finale in this thrilling new mystery from Karsten Knight, author of the WILDEFIRE trilogy and NIGHTINGALE, SING.

The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris

#1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Charlaine Harris is at her best in this alternate history of the United States where magic is an acknowledged but despised power in this third installment of the Gunnie Rose series.

Picking up right where A Longer Fall left off, this thrilling third installment follows Lizbeth Rose as she takes on one of her most dangerous missions yet: rescuing her estranged partner, Prince Eli, from the Holy Russian Empire. Once in San Diego, Lizbeth is going to have to rely upon her sister Felicia, and her growing Grigori powers to navigate her way through this strange new world of royalty and deception in order to get Eli freed from jail where he’s being held for murder.

Russian Cage continues to ramp up the momentum with more of everything Harris’ readers adore her for with romance, intrigue, and a deep dive into the mysterious Holy Russian Empire.

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology.

Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.

As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.

Currently Reading

The Perfect Match by Anita Lemke

Matchmakers don’t fall in love with their clients… unless they do.

She doesn’t believe in love… 

Victoria Medrano is a professional modern-day matchmaker who earns her living by finding suitable husbands for her rich clients’ daughters using a foolproof system – one that takes love out of the equation. Snaring the right clients and establishing a sterling reputation is the career stepping stone she needs to finally earn the kind of money she’s always dreamed of. 

… but love can be found in unlikely places. 

When her best friend Tonya becomes her client and gets set up with the handsome and charming-when-he-wants-to-be Mark Dunham, Victoria is inexplicably drawn to him. As she suddenly questions her beliefs about love, she has to make a decision. Is it okay to fall in love with your best friend’s perfect match? 

A modern-day contemporary romance

Read Last Week, But Not Reviewed

The President’s Dossier by James A. Scott

Fired for bias against the U.S. president, ex-CIA Russia expert Max Geller gets a chance to redeem his reputation and make a fortune when he is hired to investigate the president’s incriminating ties to Moscow. Jill Rucker, an undercover CIA agent, is assigned to work with him—and she does—when she’s not pursuing her own conflicting goals. The search takes them to England, Russia, Panama, and Switzerland. Along the way, Max runs afoul of British intelligence by inadvertently compromising two of its operations. He gets help from an anti-Russian underground cell in Moscow, is assisted and threatened by the Russian mafia, exposes a massive Russian-American money laundering scheme in Panama, and uncovers a plot to protect the president from mounting accusations threatening his presidency. Close behind is Zabluda, a Kremlin assassin, who means to kill them and their sources and destroy evidence incriminating the president. Max discovers that he has been betrayed by his former boss, his current employer, and his girlfriend. Seeking revenge, he takes on a powerful Washington law firm, the CIA, and the Russians. Max Geller is the spy who went out in the cold—and no one wants him to come in and tell what he knows.


Well, that’s my week on NetGalley, what was yours like?

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NetGalley Check-In #2

I got this idea from Danni at _ForBooksSake – each week, I will detail what my current NetGalley feedback ratio is, what books I have in the NetGalley TBR, what books I’m currently reading, and what books I’ve finished, if any.

Feedback Ratio

My current feedback ratio is 40%.

This is a 10% increase from last week, because I’ve only been approved for 10 books and I’ve sent feedback in on 4 of them so far.

NetGalley TBR

Tie Die by Max Tomlinson

Back in London’s swinging ’60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a sixteen-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve’s career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback. Until his eleven-year-old daughter is kidnapped. Steve turns to one person for help: Colleen Hayes. She was quite a fan herself, back in the day. And she knows what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the law and live in judgement for the rest of your life. It doesn’t take Colleen long to realize something fishy is going on with the kidnapping of Melanie Cook. What transpires is a harrowing journey through a music industry rife with corruption and crime. Colleen’s search takes her through San Francisco’s underbelly and all the way to ’70s London, where she discovers a thread leading back to the death of a forgotten fan in Steve’s hotel room.

Immortal Fears by Various Authors

Twenty authors, twenty gods, twenty stories that will chill, thrill and kill you. The Gods of the Pantheon present their first anthology of Halloween stories, the time for Samhain draws near…

The Puritan by Birgitte Margen

A gripping thriller in the tradition of Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly, and Jo Nesbø, THE PVRITAN is a thriller fueled by a serial killer terrorizing Boston and the detectives trying to stop him. Who is the Wing-maker? Can he be stopped, or has his next victim already taken flight?

“But the eyes of the wicked fhal faile, and their refuge fhal perifh, and their hope shalbe forowe of minde.” —Iob 11:20, Geneva Bible

All alone, in a dark, earthen tomb, a boy’s prayers are unheard. Now, he has risen from his premature grave–and there is hell to pay.

A MAN’S BODY is found hanging in the Boston Common, his eyes missing and skin mutilated beyond recognition, transforming him into a winged demon. Weeks later, a young girl’s body is discovered under a layer of ice, her skin carved into angel wings.

Boston Homicide Detective Marti Zucco and her partner, Detective Neil Cavanaugh, are in a race against time to stop the wing-maker, a twisted psychopath who has left a trail of complex clues. A gang-ridden path that will take them through the gates of Hell and into an underground world of sexual perversion.

For Marti, her faith will be tested as more bodies continue to mount and she walks among the ghosts, following in the footprints of the killer known as the Puritan.

Can. He. Be. Stopped? Or has the soul of his next victim already taken flight?

This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight

Some vendettas have more lives than others.

The gods walk among us. Some lurk in the shadows, masquerading as mortals; others embrace their celebrity status, launching careers from Hollywood to Capitol Hill.

One of them just murdered Cairn Delacroix’s mother.

As Cairn sifts through the rubble, she uncovers a conspiracy two decades in the making: a cursed island, the fellowship of gods who journeyed there, and the unspeakable act that intertwined their fates. One by one, the members of that voyage are dying, and Cairn’s investigations land her in the crosshairs of the rogue goddess responsible.

With the help of Nanook, a polar bear god turned detective, Cairn descends into Boston’s underworld of supernatural crime and political aspiration. To avenge her mother and unmask her assassin, she’ll first have to reckon with a gut-wrenching secret that will rewrite the life she thought she knew.

Shocking twists cascade toward an explosive finale in this thrilling new mystery from Karsten Knight, author of the WILDEFIRE trilogy and NIGHTINGALE, SING.

The President’s Dossier by James A. Scott

Fired for bias against the U.S. president, ex-CIA Russia expert Max Geller gets a chance to redeem his reputation and make a fortune when he is hired to investigate the president’s incriminating ties to Moscow. Jill Rucker, an undercover CIA agent, is assigned to work with him—and she does—when she’s not pursuing her own conflicting goals. The search takes them to England, Russia, Panama, and Switzerland. Along the way, Max runs afoul of British intelligence by inadvertently compromising two of its operations. He gets help from an anti-Russian underground cell in Moscow, is assisted and threatened by the Russian mafia, exposes a massive Russian-American money laundering scheme in Panama, and uncovers a plot to protect the president from mounting accusations threatening his presidency. Close behind is Zabluda, a Kremlin assassin, who means to kill them and their sources and destroy evidence incriminating the president. Max discovers that he has been betrayed by his former boss, his current employer, and his girlfriend. Seeking revenge, he takes on a powerful Washington law firm, the CIA, and the Russians. Max Geller is the spy who went out in the cold—and no one wants him to come in and tell what he knows.

Currently Reading

The Perfect Match by Anita Lemke

Matchmakers don’t fall in love with their clients… unless they do.

She doesn’t believe in love… 

Victoria Medrano is a professional modern-day matchmaker who earns her living by finding suitable husbands for her rich clients’ daughters using a foolproof system – one that takes love out of the equation. Snaring the right clients and establishing a sterling reputation is the career stepping stone she needs to finally earn the kind of money she’s always dreamed of. 

… but love can be found in unlikely places. 

When her best friend Tonya becomes her client and gets set up with the handsome and charming-when-he-wants-to-be Mark Dunham, Victoria is inexplicably drawn to him. As she suddenly questions her beliefs about love, she has to make a decision. Is it okay to fall in love with your best friend’s perfect match? 

A modern-day contemporary romance

Read Last Week

Haunting in Old Tailem by Janice Tremayne

From the finalist of the 2020 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards in Fiction—Supernatural comes the much-anticipated sequel of the Haunting Clarisse Series.

★This book can be read as a stand-alone

Running from evil is not a bad idea…until you realise you can’t hide.

Old Tailem Town is an Australian pioneer village that has built a reputation as the creepiest ghost town in the southern hemisphere.

But some ghosts get tired of hanging around and latch onto you. Running from evil is not a bad idea until you figure out you can’t hide. The houses and the Church that were moved and renovated to create the perfect paranormal tourist attraction carries dark secrets within its walls.

Will Clarisse be able to confront her biggest evil challenge yet or will Little Charlie rally all the towns ghost into an impeccable evil stronghold? Will her meeting with the local Shaman unleash secrets with evil consequences for digging too deep into the towns past?

Matters become complicated for Clarisse when a circus of young performers passes on the outskirts of town triggering unexpected paranormal events and unleashing memories of a one hundred year curse.

The tourists keep flocking in for the paranormal experiences run by a local entrepreneur–unbeknown, caught in the crossfire of a battle for evil supremacy. Will the town succumb to Little Charlie and his evil crew?


Well, that sums it up, how is your NetGalley feedback going?

Meme

NetGalley Check-in #1

I got this idea from Danni at _ForBooksSake – each week, I will detail what my current NetGalley feedback ratio is, what books I have in the NetGalley TBR, what books I’m currently reading, and what books I’ve finished, if any.

Feedback Ratio

My current NetGalley Feedback Ratio is 30% – I actually deleted my old NetGalley account and started fresh because I was so overwhelmed by the books I still needed to read.

NetGalley TBR

Tie Die by Max Tomlinson

Back in London’s swinging ’60s, Steve Cook was teen idol number one. But that changed when a sixteen-year-old fan was found dead in his hotel room bed. Steve’s career came to a crashing halt after he was dumped by his record company and arrested. Now, in 1978 San Francisco, Steve works construction, still dreaming of a comeback. Until his eleven-year-old daughter is kidnapped. Steve turns to one person for help: Colleen Hayes. She was quite a fan herself, back in the day. And she knows what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the law and live in judgement for the rest of your life. It doesn’t take Colleen long to realize something fishy is going on with the kidnapping of Melanie Cook. What transpires is a harrowing journey through a music industry rife with corruption and crime. Colleen’s search takes her through San Francisco’s underbelly and all the way to ’70s London, where she discovers a thread leading back to the death of a forgotten fan in Steve’s hotel room.

Immortal Fears by Various Authors

Twenty authors, twenty gods, twenty stories that will chill, thrill and kill you. The Gods of the Pantheon present their first anthology of Halloween stories, the time for Samhain draws near…

The Puritan by Birgitte Margen

A gripping thriller in the tradition of Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly, and Jo Nesbø, THE PVRITAN is a thriller fueled by a serial killer terrorizing Boston and the detectives trying to stop him. Who is the Wing-maker? Can he be stopped, or has his next victim already taken flight?

“But the eyes of the wicked fhal faile, and their refuge fhal perifh, and their hope shalbe forowe of minde.” —Iob 11:20, Geneva Bible

All alone, in a dark, earthen tomb, a boy’s prayers are unheard. Now, he has risen from his premature grave–and there is hell to pay.

A MAN’S BODY is found hanging in the Boston Common, his eyes missing and skin mutilated beyond recognition, transforming him into a winged demon. Weeks later, a young girl’s body is discovered under a layer of ice, her skin carved into angel wings.

Boston Homicide Detective Marti Zucco and her partner, Detective Neil Cavanaugh, are in a race against time to stop the wing-maker, a twisted psychopath who has left a trail of complex clues. A gang-ridden path that will take them through the gates of Hell and into an underground world of sexual perversion.

For Marti, her faith will be tested as more bodies continue to mount and she walks among the ghosts, following in the footprints of the killer known as the Puritan.

Can. He. Be. Stopped? Or has the soul of his next victim already taken flight?

This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight

Some vendettas have more lives than others.

The gods walk among us. Some lurk in the shadows, masquerading as mortals; others embrace their celebrity status, launching careers from Hollywood to Capitol Hill.

One of them just murdered Cairn Delacroix’s mother.

As Cairn sifts through the rubble, she uncovers a conspiracy two decades in the making: a cursed island, the fellowship of gods who journeyed there, and the unspeakable act that intertwined their fates. One by one, the members of that voyage are dying, and Cairn’s investigations land her in the crosshairs of the rogue goddess responsible.

With the help of Nanook, a polar bear god turned detective, Cairn descends into Boston’s underworld of supernatural crime and political aspiration. To avenge her mother and unmask her assassin, she’ll first have to reckon with a gut-wrenching secret that will rewrite the life she thought she knew.

Shocking twists cascade toward an explosive finale in this thrilling new mystery from Karsten Knight, author of the WILDEFIRE trilogy and NIGHTINGALE, SING.

The President’s Dossier by James A. Scott

Fired for bias against the U.S. president, ex-CIA Russia expert Max Geller gets a chance to redeem his reputation and make a fortune when he is hired to investigate the president’s incriminating ties to Moscow. Jill Rucker, an undercover CIA agent, is assigned to work with him—and she does—when she’s not pursuing her own conflicting goals. The search takes them to England, Russia, Panama, and Switzerland. Along the way, Max runs afoul of British intelligence by inadvertently compromising two of its operations. He gets help from an anti-Russian underground cell in Moscow, is assisted and threatened by the Russian mafia, exposes a massive Russian-American money laundering scheme in Panama, and uncovers a plot to protect the president from mounting accusations threatening his presidency. Close behind is Zabluda, a Kremlin assassin, who means to kill them and their sources and destroy evidence incriminating the president. Max discovers that he has been betrayed by his former boss, his current employer, and his girlfriend. Seeking revenge, he takes on a powerful Washington law firm, the CIA, and the Russians. Max Geller is the spy who went out in the cold—and no one wants him to come in and tell what he knows.

Currently Reading

The Perfect Match by Anita Lemke

Matchmakers don’t fall in love with their clients… unless they do.

She doesn’t believe in love… 

Victoria Medrano is a professional modern-day matchmaker who earns her living by finding suitable husbands for her rich clients’ daughters using a foolproof system – one that takes love out of the equation. Snaring the right clients and establishing a sterling reputation is the career stepping stone she needs to finally earn the kind of money she’s always dreamed of. 

… but love can be found in unlikely places. 

When her best friend Tonya becomes her client and gets set up with the handsome and charming-when-he-wants-to-be Mark Dunham, Victoria is inexplicably drawn to him. As she suddenly questions her beliefs about love, she has to make a decision. Is it okay to fall in love with your best friend’s perfect match? 

A modern-day contemporary romance

Haunting in Old Tailem by Janice Tremayne

From the finalist of the 2020 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards in Fiction—Supernatural comes the much-anticipated sequel of the Haunting Clarisse Series.

★This book can be read as a stand-alone

Running from evil is not a bad idea…until you realise you can’t hide.

Old Tailem Town is an Australian pioneer village that has built a reputation as the creepiest ghost town in the southern hemisphere.

But some ghosts get tired of hanging around and latch onto you. Running from evil is not a bad idea until you figure out you can’t hide. The houses and the Church that were moved and renovated to create the perfect paranormal tourist attraction carries dark secrets within its walls.

Will Clarisse be able to confront her biggest evil challenge yet or will Little Charlie rally all the towns ghost into an impeccable evil stronghold? Will her meeting with the local Shaman unleash secrets with evil consequences for digging too deep into the towns past?

Matters become complicated for Clarisse when a circus of young performers passes on the outskirts of town triggering unexpected paranormal events and unleashing memories of a one hundred year curse.

The tourists keep flocking in for the paranormal experiences run by a local entrepreneur–unbeknown, caught in the crossfire of a battle for evil supremacy. Will the town succumb to Little Charlie and his evil crew?

Read Last Week

None so far. I need to get back to reading my NetGalley Books.

Do you have a NetGalley backlog to get to? What is your feedback ratio?

Meme

Music Monday: Inside Out by Five Finger Death Punch

Welcome to Music Monday, where each Monday, I bring you a song that I like by one of my favorite bands. I picked this up from The Tattooed Book Geek. Play along if you like!

This week I’ve chosen Inside Out by Five Finger Death Punch:

When Five Finger Death Punch released Inside Out as the first single from F8, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The band had described F8 as being more like their first couple of albums, which while I do like them a lot, they aren’t my favorites (Got Your Six is my favorite). However, I quickly fell in love with Inside Out.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings based on Waiting on Wednesday that was created and run by Breaking the Spine where each Wednesday you get to showcase a book that you are really looking forward to and that has yet to be released. 

This week, I’ve chosen Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin.

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

Blood & Honey is scheduled for release on September 1, 2020. I read (and loved) Serpent & Dove and have been anxiously awaiting this one. I’ve preordered it, so I’m hoping it shows up sometime by the release date.

About the Author

Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and obsesses over her Twitter feed. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband, semi-feral toddlers, two dogs, and one cat.

Shelby’s favorite books include A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and, of course, Harry Potter.

Taken from Goodreads.com