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Book Blog Walkers: Weekly Check-in June 13 2014

This challenge is organized by Felicia over at the Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog.

Saturday 30 min walk
Sunday – 1.45 hour walk
Monday – 10 km bike and 1 hour workout class
Tuesday – 5 km bike and 30 min walk
Wednesday – 5 km bike and 1 hour zumba
Thursday – 5 km bike + 40 min walk
Friday 5 km bike 

A bit disappointed over Friday. But I got home, had dinner, took a nap, went grocery shopping, sauna time and no time and no will to go out cos it was storming and cold. I thought summer was coming but I guess I was wrong.

Saturday


Sunday


Preternatural – G.S.Anderson

From the reality of the known to the depths of imagination, these twelve tales will skew your perceptions. Embracing mystery, science fiction, horror, and fantasy, the stories examine greed, ignorance, superficiality, and our ideas of home. A little girl wonders about the price of her new home. A woman searches for a place to fit in. A contest exposes hidden personalities. A man tries to overcome his fears. A gift comes with strings attached. A man lives his greatest dream. A fairy tale finds a little girl. An artist describes her process. A soldier discovers the past. A woman encounters reality. A man holds the key to saving the world. Tales to entertain, surprise, and make you think.
My thoughts:
There are 12 stories and as the book is only 60 pages then yes all the stories are really short. But they all pack quite the punch.
That is also why I can’t say a lot about the stories, cos I say one thing and the whole thing is spoiled.
1. Seemingly dystopian, then it change for the little girl. And the end, yes I did not see it coming. It’s about a little girl getting a new home.
2.A story about a woman who has a bookloving sister. A more quiet story.
3. A mum tells her son to go out and play….boom! Ha.
4. A relative dies and sets a contest about who will get it all. Boom! I love her endings!
5. Astraphobia. A man is afraid of the thunder. Honestly all I could say about all of these are, awesome ending!
6. The Gift. Dystopia with a nice twist.
7. One man at a time. A man gets the chance of a lifetime. Happiness or not?
8. The unicorn. I love all the twists and turns.
9. Piecé dé résitance. An artist shows us her work. Freaky.
10. Short fable.
11. To kill Hitler. A time-travel piece.
12. The end. Apocalyptic story with you guessed it, a twist.
I could not say much cos all these stories will surprise you. And in a good way. Twists, turns and surprise endings. Great short stories, and they are great just like that, as short stories. Because this way they all will thrill and surprise you. 😉
I would recommend them and they would fit perfectly for before bedtime. A short story and then night 🙂

ebook, 60 pages
Published April 18th 2014 by The Story Vault
Science-fiction /dystopia /post-apocalyptic
For review 

The troublemaker next door – Marie Harte

Flynn McCauley never thought he’d be so cliché as to fall for the girl next door. But when Maddie calls him over to help fix her faulty sink, he’s a goner. Too bad the fiercely independent interior designer wants nothing to do with him. Even worse, he’s forced to rely on the advice of his nosy brothers—and his five-year-old nephew!—to figure out how to make her give him a shot.
My thoughts:
It’s what the title tells you. 3 women move in together and next door are some hunks 😉 But which one is the trouble maker, Flynn or Maddie? Honestly both are in ways, and that makes it fun.
Maddie is busy with her job, she got some relationship issues, but this is a romance so she will get over it.
Flynn is just hot blue collar, hot, I said hot already, yes hot.
They meet, he wants her, she wants it casual, we know they will fall for each other bit there is a road there to take. And that road is paved with hot smokin’ passion. These two get it on and talk dirty.
Conclusion:
Passion, lots of smexy times and two people that should be together.
Oh and I think I will like the next couple too.
cover
nice

Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2014)
The McCauley Brothers #1
Contemporary romance
for review

Once upon a kiss – Jayne Fresina

These Book Club Belles are ready to put down their novels and find some real-life leading men!

In the sleepy village of Hawcombe Prior, five young ladies of the local book society are reading a salacious romance called Pride and Prejudice. Upon finishing the book, the ladies race to find their own Mr. Darcy, and the handsome, mysterious Darius Wainwright is the perfect mark.

Justina Penny can’t understand why her fellow Belles are starry-eyed in the newcomer’s arrogant presence. But if the town’s only eligible bachelor marries anyone, it should be her sweet, beautiful sister. And it’s up to Justina to make it happen. How could this plan possibly go wrong?
My thoughts:
This book was just delightful 😀 The pages flew by and I was charmed by it. I do hope all the books in this series will be as good.
It’s a book about a book club (yay), and they are reading Pride and Prejudice. And the author weaves her spell and the book reads a bit like PP then too. More fun for me.
Our heroine is, gods, crazy! Ha, in a good way. I loved her. She did all the wrong things, said the wrong things, she just wanted to have fun, to lose her bonnet and get her petticoats dirty by jumping in a puddle. Justine was  a great heroine.
Darius does not know what to do with her. He is more the Mr Darcy kind of guy, quiet, reserved, but he sure got to me at once too. They bring out the best in each other, yes even when bickering.
Great couple, fun things happening, a bit of Pride and Prejudice, and more promised as the rest of the book club will find love too. I can’t wait.
Conclusion:
An amusing and charming book. Finished it in a day.
Cover
cute

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Book Club Belles Society #1
Historical romance
for review

Falling apart – Jane Lovering

Jessica Grant liaises with Otherworlders for York Council so she knows that falling in love with a vampire takes a leap of faith. But her lover Sil, the City Vampire in charge of Otherworld York, he wouldn t run out on her, would he? He wouldn t let his demon get the better of him. Or would he?

Sil knows there s a reason for his bad haircut, worse clothes and the trail of bleeding humans in his wake. If only he could remember exactly what he did before someone finds him and shoots him on sight.

With her loyalties already questioned for defending zombies, the Otherworlders no one cares about, Jess must choose which side she s on, either help her lover or turn him in. Human or Other? Whatever she decides, there s a high price to pay and someone to lose. 
My thoughts:
Truth be told, I could not remember much from book 1. My memory is always bad, so in a way, yes it could work as a stand alone 😉
We are thrown right in. Something has happened to Sil. But what? Is he evil now? Should he be hunted down? Most of the book is about Jessica trying to find out what is going on. And we also learn some interesting facts about..ahem things. 
This is the world were everything was normal and then otherworlders showed up. You can understand the tension. Even if it has been quite some time since that.
We did not see much of Sil, a shame really. But we did see Zan instead, the leaders of the vampires and I must say, I quite fancy him more 😉
Jessica, oh I do not know. I think it was the constant Sil business, she could have thought about other things too. Even though she did but still, a bit lovesick.
Conclusion:
Anyway we have, vampire demons, zombies, werewolves, angry humans, two lovers torn apart in good old York.
cover 
too much on it

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 15th 2014 by Choc Lit
Otherworlders #2
Paranormal fiction
for review