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Monday, January 16, 2017
#MarvelousMonday, ice storm, TBR, #iamreading, On My Kindle Book Reviews

The image above represents what meteorologists in our area predicted; ice, and lots of it. In reality, the image below is a better representation of what happened in Springfield, MO.

rainy day bench, #MarvelousMonday, TBR, #iamreading, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Since the ice storm of 2007, every single time precipitation mixed with temperatures in the 30's is predicted, people in this area tend to act like it's the end of days. Don't get me wrong, the ice storm of 2007 was bad. Some went for weeks without power, some were stranded on back roads out in the middle of nowhere because the roads were bad, and grocery stores in the area couldn't keep up with demand because the trucks took longer to get to them.

What most people fail to remember is how the ice storm started. It started with a very light rainfall; a misting of water from the sky which accumulated on everything it touched, including trees and power lines, and froze. As a result, meteorologists and locals get themselves worked up once a year over a combination of rain and lower temperatures.

This inconvenient memory loss that many people in my area who survived the storm of 2007 are afflicted with leads me to make a prediction of my own: people will eventually get tired of false alarms, ignore the warnings and be caught completely unprepared when an epic ice storm does strike. To make this relevant to books, let's just say that it will be a practical demonstration of the story, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Changes

Ranting about the weather aside, I'm making a change to my "Marvelous Monday" posts. The 'To be Read' section will remain, but the 'To be Reviewed' section is being removed. It will be replaced by a section called 'Currently Reading' when applicable. I'm making this change because there are times when I'm falling behind, or I've finished by TBR list for the week and moved on to the next book in the queue.

I also expanded my Review Policy to include information for authors whose books I reviewed through Sprkit. A situation popped up in which an author whose book I reviewed for Sprkit asked me to review more books. After discussing the situation with the CEO, I discovered that Sprkit doesn't have a non-compete agreement in place for authors or reviewers. I was given permission to take the author on as a client; either pro-bono or for a fee.

While it is nice that Sprkit allows reviewers to offer fee-based services outside of the company to former clients, I felt uncomfortable with the proposed transaction for a couple of reasons:

First, if I agreed, I'd be taking return business away from Sprkit. Sprkit's CEO has treated me with the dignity and respect; like I'm an experienced professional. I also happen to believe in the company, so I want to help it grow.

Second, if I agreed, the proposed transaction was that I would review several more of the author's books for free. The author was very satisfied with my review; so satisfied that the author didn't want to pay for my services again, or share the review and the blog on social media.

What it boils down to is that I changed my Review Policy to prevent the perception that I'm poaching authors from Sprkit, or allowing Sprkit clients to take advantage of a service that I offer to indie authors who have few consumer reviews and are under-appreciated.

Currently Reading

The Eye of Nefertiti, Pharaoh's Cat, Maria Luisa Lang, #iamreading, On My Kindle Book Reviews

The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter.

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him.

The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera.

To be Read

Tracking a Shadow, Jarvis Mann Detective Novel, R. Weir, TBR, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Never knowing where his next case will come from, Private Detective Jarvis Mann is thrilled when his voicemail is lit up by the sexy tones of a lady looking to hire him. Successful business woman Emily White with girl next door looks, is certain someone is stalking her and wants Jarvis to track down the elusive shadow. Even with three suspects, an ex-husband who lives to play softball, a sexist pig ex-employee and a mystery man who he encounters with painful results, Jarvis believes it's all in Emily's head until a killing in her home convinces him otherwise. Further complicating matters a powerful business man and crime boss becomes involved muddying up the case, leaving Jarvis the prime suspect in the brutal beating of one of the possible stalkers, threatening to put his PI career on ice. Navigating through each twist and turn in the case, and the affections of two desirable women both with an agenda, Jarvis uses dogged determination and razor sharp wit in Tracking a Shadow that moves across the Denver landscape with each shift in the sun.

Daughter of Destiny, Guinevere's Tale, Nichole Evelina, TBR, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Before queenship and Camelot, Guinevere was a priestess of Avalon. She loved another before Arthur, a warrior who would one day betray her.

In the war-torn world of late fifth century Britain, young Guinevere faces a choice: stay with her family to defend her home at Northgallis from the Irish, or go to Avalon to seek help for the horrific visions that haunt her. The Sight calls her to Avalon, where she meets Morgan, a woman of questionable parentage who is destined to become her rival. As Guinevere matures to womanhood, she gains the powers of a priestess, and falls in love with a man who will be both her deepest love and her greatest mistake.

Just when Guinevere is able to envision a future in Avalon, tragedy forces her back home, into a world she barely recognizes, one in which her pagan faith, outspokenness, and proficiency in the magical and military arts are liabilities. When a chance reunion with her lover leads to disaster, she is cast out of Northgallis and into an uncertain future. As a new High King comes to power, Guinevere must navigate a world of political intrigue where unmarried women are valuable commodities and seemingly innocent actions can have life-altering consequences.

You may think you know the story of Guinevere, but you’ve never heard it like this: in her own words. Listen and you will hear the true story of Camelot and its queen.

Fans of Arthurian legend and the Mists of Avalon will love Daughter of Destiny, the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy that gives Guinevere back her voice and traces her life from an uncertain eleven year old girl to a wise queen in her fifth decade of life.
This week is going to be a little different here at On My Kindle. I have a book release blast to participate in tomorrow, I will post a review on Wednesday, and then I have a book release and review to share with you on Friday. This means that this week's Flashback Friday post will be shared on Friday of next week.

What are you reading this week? Are you looking forward to reading a particular book on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments.

Have a marvelous Monday and an awesome week!