Monthly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up: August 2019

Summer is finally over and we are about to have a temperature drop and I’m sooooo ready for not boiling finally.

August went away in a blink of an eye and I’m both sad and happy about it. I had some great times, but I also got damned behind on EVERYTHING. September will be about trying to catch up to myself. I also realised that I was wasting a lot of time with the way I was doing my freelancing gigs, so I sucked it up and started to read on my laptop too, which hopefully will make me more efficient and much faster. Even if it’ll suck reading on a screen, boo.

I also owe you guys at least one write up post about WorldCon – I’ll do it, I promise, I’m just trying to keep my head above the water at the moment.

But instead of saying what I didn’t do, let’s take a look at what actually we managed to do blogging-wise:

Book Reviews

In case you missed any of our reviews in July you can read them by clicking on the title! 🙂 Well, shit, I managed to read exactly 1 book (beta read), and 1 magazine (review will come in a day on GdM), and 2 samples for SPFBO. Which, let’s face it not a whole lot. Oh, I did finish 1 audiobook, and I’m already on the last book of my Harry Potter relisten marathon. Though none of these made it to the blog as a review, so I really can’t show much… at least I had a chance to catch up with reviews and Jen, as always, came to my rescue. And we made up for it with a lot of SPFBO content too.

Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence – 4.5/5

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This review was long overdue as I’ve read it back in June, but what’s late does not hurry… on the plus side, only 2 months to go until the  third book will be released!

Limited Wish, the second book of the Impossible Times trilogy is just as fast paced, intriguing and full of heart as the first book was. Maybe even more so. Maybe some twists didn’t sit as well and was a bit predictable at places, but I’m just really nitpicking here. I would have jumped right at book 3 if I could, but alas, I have to wait – impatiently – for it to be released.”

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5/5

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Let me say, this book was one of my favorite reads this year. And I did read some awesome books.

Daisy Jones & The Six is one hell of a tour of emotions, life and music. I don’t think a book ever made me tear up by page 38. And those were even happy tears!! Honestly, I just loved everything about this book from start to finish. It’s not happens every day that my extremely high expectations are met and I fell in love with a book everyone else seems to love. Just… go for it. Give this a read if your love the ’70s, rock and roll or just music in general. You won’t be disappointed. 


We had a busy month regarding SPFBO. We had some mini reviews, and our first Reaping as well! You can follow everything that happens with us on my SPFBO 5 page and you can get to know the team better here!


I decided to put these reviews separately, as they are still under updating. I will gather all 4 of us views under one review, but in the time of posting we might not have all of them ready. Thus the overall rating will change too. Please keep checking back on our SPFBO 5 page for further progress!

The Werewolf Whisperer by Camilla Ochlan and Bonita Gutierrez – 5.1/10

At this time, we have 4 ratings (though only 3 reviews) out of 4 for this one, as follows:

Jen: 5.5/10   Belle: 6.5/10   Timy: 5.5/10   Nick: 3.5/10


Ferocious Werewolf Virus Hits L.A. 
Werebeasts Rampage Through The Streets. 
The City’s In Chaos. 
Nobody’s Safe.

Enter Lucy Lowell, TheWerewolf Whisperer. 
Some call her savior.
Some call her bitch.
Xochi Magaña just calls her, FRIEND.

Together they kick Werebutt.
They thought there’d be no stopping them.
They didn’t know the half of it.

Welcome to the werewolf apocalypse. Hope you’re locked and loaded.

Dragon’s Price: Rise of the Horned Serpent by Daniel Potter – 6/10

At this time, we only have Jen’s review, so definitely come back later to check all of our reviews out.


With a breath, the Dragon ruined everything. 

Yaki simply wanted to marry rich and then kill her husband. 

Her sister Ishe wished to inherit their mother’s airship and become the world’s youngest captain. 

Now the twins are on their own for the first time in their lives. Ensnared by the dragon’s schemes to conquer their homeland. With Yaki grievously wounded, the twins must escape the mountain. Ishe’s got a plan, but if she fails, they might not survive the Dragon’s Price.


We continued slush piling our books and kept writing mini or full reviews. We also said goodbye to 6 books in our group.

So, here is how we fared in the second month of Phase 1:

First Round of DNFs by Jen

Nick’s next to last batch of mini reviews

The First Reaping

Tales from the Asylum

Tales from the Asylum is a new feature I came up with for SPFBO. I wanted to create a unique opportunity for the authors to show off their story telling skills by taking their characters and putting them in an asylum room to see how they would deal with the situation. A lot can happen in a closed space…

Honestly, I just love this one, and can’t wait to read even more in future. I also won’t confine it to only SPFBO, I plan to keep it as a once a month feaure when the competition ends.

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Cath Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and adults, from humor to horror. She is the author of the Klaereon Scroll series, the most recent of which is The Pawn of Isis. She lives and works in Iowa, teaching English. You can find her online at Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, @cathschaffstump,, and, and follow her column The Crone on

Read Catherine’s tale!

I’ve always believed there’s more to the story than we know, and I read and write to explore possibilities. I attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and still live in the Pacific Northwest where I enjoy hiking in the mountains, playing ultimate Frisbee, and being a member of the Olympia Writers Group. I’m a night owl who is most comfortable in the company of cats, fire, strong coffee, dark chocolate, and interesting weather.

Read I. W. Ferguson’s tale!

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Born in the year of Star Wars, in the birth town of Charles Darwin, he caught the fantasy bug as a child at the top of a faraway tree, in a hole in the ground and through a snowy wardrobe. He left Shropshire to study literature, travel the lands and seek his fortune. He settled in Madrid, where he teaches English and art, whilst scratching his imagination onto parchment.

Read C.F. Welburn’s tale!

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Benjamin Hope is the author of gothic fantasy novel, The Procurement of Souls, and a number of short stories which have been published in speculative fiction journals. The sequel to The Procurement of Souls, A New Religion, is due for release at the end of 2019. He blogs regularly on the writing process and offers up recommendations in 60 words for novels within speculative and gothic fiction. He also occasionally guest lectures at universities on public speaking. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and daughter. Find him at or follow him on twitter and Instagram @BenjamHope.

Read Benjamin’s tale!

Author Spotlight


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Carly Rheilan was born in Malta and lives in the UK. She was educated in the grand cloisters of Oxford University (which she hated and left) and then at Brunel (a small-town technological university where she discovered new worlds and stayed for a PhD). She is a psychiatric nurse. She has done research into criminal justice. She has children of her own and has also fostered two children with mental health problems. She has worked many years in the NHS. Her novels address issues at the edges of psychiatry, crime and personal trauma.

Carly Rheilan is shy and private person. If you want an image of her, you may picture her working late into the night in the rain of an English village, in a conservatory full of tropical plants, hunched over a computer and drinking too much coffee. When not working or writing, she spends time with family, rages against the politics of her unequal country, and battles against acres of nettles in a community garden.

This author interview became an in-character interview, which I didn’t expect, but turned out pretty good in the end 🙂

Other Bookish Posts

The Questioning

My anniversary celebration event was pretty fun and people seemed to like it, so I decided to make into a monthly feature, just in a smaller scale: 1 blogger and author a month. Due to time issues, this month I only had the Blogger Edition, but I’ll get an Author Edition out too soon.

Blogger Edition: TS Chan


As you all know, yours truly made an appearance in Dublin this August, where the 77th WorldCon was held. As I mentioned before, I still owe you a write up, but let’s just say I had a good time. Met old and new friends and also upgraded myself as Queen Terrible Timy. I will tell you all about it in due time! But until then, I wrote up a post before I travelled there about what panels I planned to attened, and generally how I felt about going to the first big con ever.

I’m going to an Irish WorldCon in Dublin, eeek!

Music Musings

Music Monday

If you missed any of them, give them a listen and read my personal notes/thoughts/ramblings regarding them 🙂

I think that’s it for August. I hope to see you all in September!