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Monday, December 11, 2017
Marvelous Monday, Lexi, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Lexi paid a visit to Miss Ashley, her groomer. Afterwards, she acted like she was a poor, pitiful, and neglected little pup. This isn't the best photo of her, and she required several treats before she would even deign to scowl at the camera.

I like how Miss Ashley clipped the hair on the top of her ears a little shorter because it sticks out a bit and makes her look a little more playful, when she's not scowling. In her defense, she has a couple of things to be unhappy about: first, it's getting colder and she doesn't like going outside to do her business when it's cold. Second, she's got a hair up her butt about taking her allergy pill and it looks like I'm going to have to crush it up and add it to her food, which makes her food taste funny. It's really too bad because she was taking it buried in her treat for the past couple of months, but she's decided that this method is unacceptable.

In other news, as of last night, I had not received the ARC I was waiting for. Since that would have left me with one week or less to read and review the book, I decided to let the PR company know that I wasn't going to be able to honor my commitment. As much as it irks me to renege on a commitment like that, and I'm disappointed that I couldn't read the book before its release, I have plenty of authors who give me enough time to read and review their books and are patiently waiting for reviews.

Recently, I've noticed a disturbing trend (at least I find it disturbing) with some of the PR companies I've worked with regularly in the past: they aren't distributing ARCs in a timely fashion. The most recent incident aside, there have been multiple occasions in the past few months in which I have received an ARC a week before the deadline. In one case, the PR company sent the book to my Kindle email less than a week before the deadline and didn't notify me that it had been sent; giving me only two days to read and review a full-length novel.

I'm sure that this is due to the number of dishonest people out there who are pirating books; however, it's frustrating for me because I have a job, regular appointments to keep outside of work, an illness that often affects how much I read and write, other hobbies that I want to continue pursuing, and a life in general. With this in mind, I'll be keeping in touch with a couple of agencies who do give reviewers two weeks or more to read and write reviews; however, for the time being, I'm going to decline most offers from PR companies and focus on reading the books in my multiple TBR lists.

Currently Reading 

"Dead Man Code by R. Weir on Goodreads, TBR, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Cases come and cases go, but private detective Jarvis Mann can't land an easy one these days.

The cops are unhappy Jarvis digs into a murder case they closed, uncovering a crooked tech company, hell-bent on stealing their customers' IDs and US government secrets. Soon Russian mobsters and Chinese government goons arrive to bribe, threaten, beat, and finally kill, in an attempt to stop him and safeguard their criminal enterprise. Can he protect the life of the widow who hired him to find her husband's killer? Will the founder's beautiful and sexy ex-wife provide the key he needs to crack the case, as Jarvis slugs and shoots his way to a pulse-pounding conclusion…

Up Next

An Unexpected Christmas by Lilly Rayman

You won't find An Unexpected Christmas by Lilly Rayman in stores or on Amazon; however, Lilly is holding a Mega Giveaway on Facebook and one of the prizes is this book. I plan on posting a review for this book next week; however, if you like paranormal Christmas romance, make sure to visit Lilly Rayman's Facebook page and enter to win!

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.

Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name—citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.

Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That's when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who's attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery—and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.

Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.
It looks like the holiday season is a busy time for authors and book bloggers alike. Make sure to take some time for yourself and curl up with your favorite book, or find a new favorite.

Have a marvelous Monday and a beautiful week!

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