STRW July Review Summary and Best July 2014 Covers

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July 2014 Book Review Summary

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Best Covers of July 2014

 

*Key:
STRW S series
C contemporary
F-fantasy
SF-science fiction
PN-paranormal
SP-supernatural
H-historical
HR-horror
N-Nonfiction
YA-young adult

Rating Scale: 1 to 5, 5 stars is outstanding

5 Star Rating:

Blown Hard by Havan Fellows STRWCS PF2014
Flare-up by Laura Harner STRWC PF2014
In Despair by Megan Derr STRWFS
Loving Luki Vasquez by Lou Sylvre STRWCS
Tremors by T.A. Webb STRWC PF2014

4 to 4.75 Star Rating:

Faire Protector by Madeleine Ribbon (4.5) STRWFS
Forever Hold His Peace by Rebecca Cohen (4.75) STRWHS
Hard As Stone by Rory Ni Coileain (4.5) STRWFS
Noble Metals by L.A. Witt (4.25) STRWFS Steampunk
Second Helpings by Charlie Cochrane (4) STRWC
Strength of the Mate by Kendall McKenna (4.5) STRWSPS
Taking Chances by Lee Brazil (4.5) STRWCS PF2014 side story
The Rusted Sword by R.D. Hero (4) STRWF
Wolf Run by B.A. Tortuga (4.5) STRWSP m/m/m

3 to 3.75 Star Rating:

Belligerent Beta by Poppy Dennison (3.5) STRWSPS
Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield (3.75) STRWC
One Door Closes by G.B. Lindsey (3.75) STRWCS
Running Wild by SE Jakes (3.75) STRWCS
Somebody to Love by Merry Farmer (3.25) STRWHS
Son of a Fish by Kenzie Cade (3.75) STRWC
Unexpected Rescue by Sylvia Violet (3.5) STRWCS

2 to 2.75 Star Rating:

None

*rounded up to 5 stars

Best Covers of July 2014:

Forever Hold His Peace coverHomeTheHardWay_500x750Loving LukiNobleMetals_500x750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Despair coverRunningWild_400x600Strength of the Mate coverFlare-Up cover by Laura Harner

 

 

 

 

 

Flare-Up, Cover Art by Laura Harner
Forever Hold His Peace. Cover Art by Anne Cain
Home the Hard Way, Cover art by Amber Shah
In Despair, Cover Art by Aisha Akeju
Loving Luki Vasquez, Cover Art by Reese Dante
Nobel Metals, Cover Art by April Lee
Running Wild, Cover Art by L.C. Chase|
Strength of the Mate. Cover Art by Jared Rackler

August is Here and the Week’s Schedule at ScatteredThoughts!

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Where did the summer go?  August is arriving this week so thoughts of Fall is trailing in its wake.   I have seen ads for Back to School already, and even (hides my eyes) a few for Christmas.  Really, people?  Christmas?  Sigh.  I am still working on my gardens and the work progresses with the weather.   Like the tides, the work and I flow in and then out.  Cool weather?  Then I can work outside and still breath.  Hot and humid? The typical Washington,  oh right we are surrounded by water and were built on a swamp, DC summer?  Well, that sees me inside, knitting,reading, writing, and grateful for air-conditioning.

Surprisingly, this summer has been pretty good, better than good, so far.  Yesterday barely made it into 80 degrees.  It was lovely and appreciated by all here, including the terriers.  Today humid and 90’s.  Tomorrow more of the same and then down again.  A rollercoaster approach that I will take over weeks of constant 90 degree heat or higher.

It’s also been a wonderful summer so far for books.  New authors, old favorites,  and a new perspective on authors whose new stories I have really liked.  The Pulp Friction 2014 series, Elemental Connections, is off the charts in terms of great plots and even better characters.  I have been reading lots of  books with Fae in the plots, and guess what?  All terrific!  Angel Martinez’ Semper Fae?  Unbelievable!   Rory Ni Coiliean’s SoulShares has me hooked too! On the contemporary side, Lou Sylvre’s Vasquez and James?  Love, love, love them.   Shira Anthony has a new Blue Notes story coming out, Dissonance!   I have two in line from TJ Klune waiting to be read.  I will need more boxes of tissues for those I am sure.  What a happy reader I am these days!

♦If you have noticed, I have started to display current and future book tours to the right hand side of the page.  You can click on those and it will take you to the  entry forms associated with those tours!  Also I have joined the ranks of the Amazon,All Romance Affiliates and Totally Bound Affiliates, so if you buy it through the links at the bottom of each post, it will help support ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords and my efforts to continue to upgrade this website.

♦Now, one last thing.  I have been thinking about this for some time and have decided that I need to add another reviewer to help me cover more books coming out and the review requests I am receiving.  I have a standard format and requirements.  If you are interested, contact me at melaniem54@msn.com and we can talk!

Now on to the week ahead at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords:

Monday, July 28:

  • Review: Hard as Stone by Rory Ni Coileain

Tuesday, July 29:

  • Riptide’s and Z.A. Maxfield’s Home the Hard Way Book Tour/Contest
  • Book Blast:  Jennifer Cie’s Down the Other Street Book Tour/Contest
  • Review:  Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield

Wednesday, July 30:

  • Book Blast Book Tour:  Silvia Violet’s Unexpected Trust
  • Review:  Unexpected Trust by Silvia Violet

Thursday, July 31:

  • Virtual Book Tour: That You Are Here by Meredith Allard
  • July Summary of Reviews and Best Covers of the Month

Friday, August 1:

  • Review:  Hero by Heidi Cullinan
  • Review: Gale Force by Rory Ni Coileain

Saturday, August 2:

  • Ink and Flowers by J.K. Pendragon (removed)
  • The Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs

 

Now stay cool, everyone.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Here’s a summer cocktail to try out!

Cucumber Lemonade Mocktail. A111206 Food & Wine March 2012Cucumber Lemonade Mocktail (no alcohol)

Ingredients:
1 paper-thin, lengthwise slice of European cucumber, for garnish
Ice
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped dill, plus 1 dill sprig, for garnish
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cucumber juice (see Note)
1/4 cup chilled club soda

Directions:

Press the cucumber slice against the inside of a chilled highball glass and add ice. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped dill, agave syrup, lemon and lime juices and 1 tablespoon of water until the syrup is dissolved. Add ice, then add the cucumber juice and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass and stir in the club soda. Garnish with the dill sprig.
NOTES Cucumber juice is available at juice counters. You can also make it by pureeing peeled cucumber chunks in a blender and then straining the puree through a fine sieve. One large cucumber yields about 3/4 cup of strained juice.