Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Bookish Post - Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell


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After the events of Blood Money, CIA case officer Bai Hsu is assigned to a high-security private school for what he’s told is an easy assignment. Just a few months after he arrives, a hostile operative with ties to North Korea tries to break in to a school event, with motives unknown.

As his investigation progresses, he unravels a plot that, if not stopped, will result in the untimely and murderous deaths of tens of millions of people. In order to stop the attack, Bai must recruit the one person he absolutely cannot trust in order to break into one of the most isolated, dangerous countries in the world.

Bai Tide is Bai’s greatest challenge yet. A mission that will take him from the windswept beaches of San Diego to a whiteout blizzard in the foothills of Pyongyang, and make him question everything he thought he knew about working in the field…and about himself.

Note:  I just finished reading Bai Tide and will review it on the blog as part of a TLC virtual book tour on February 6, 2017!



The following quote from Bai Tide shows why even well trained spy types sometimes have trouble when they conduct operations in hostile territory.  It also describes two characters' breakfasts ... someplace that will probably never show up on Michelin's radar.

"She'd already thrown a few handfuls of oats into the trough by the time I joined her, neither of us feeling the need to speak as we worked to chew our breakfast.  We washed our oats down with cautious sips of frigid water until our stomachs registered they'd had enough.  Cindy draped a tattered saddle blanket from a dark corner of the barn around her shoulders, and we set off through the snow again, grateful to have slipped away before the villagers found us."



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell - #review

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.

As Scarpetta watches she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece, whom she has loved and raised like a daughter. That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn. She doesn’t know whom she can tell—not her FBI husband Benton Wesley or her investigative partner Pete Marino. Not even Lucy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My #WintersRespite Readathon Sign-up/Goal Post

So, winter is about 1/3 gone and, yeah, I'm ready for some respite.  In swoops Michelle at Seasons of Reading Blog (chock full of bookish challenge and readathon goodness) to provide just that.

It's pretty laid back (think curling up in front of a fire with a comfy quilt and a nice mug of hot chocolate) and a turning the pages of a 'book book' or lots of swiping with your reading finger! *lol*

If you want to challenge yourself to read more than you did last year, go for it!  If you don't have a lot of time for sitting down and reading, one book can make a successful readathon for you!  (Audio books are supposed to be good for those with busy schedules as well ... but I don't listen to many of those.)

So anyway...

1.  Finish up 3 of the books listed on my "currently reading shelf" on GoodReads:

  • Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell - Asian American 'company' man tries to foil plots kidnap a young Asian woman who just happens to be a brilliant nuclear physicist and one the could cause the death of tens of millions of people.  About half-way through.  Enjoying so far!
  • Altdorf: The Forest Knights #1by J.K. Swift -   I chose this book in the first place for the European Reading Challenge and also because it takes place in 13th/14th century Switzerland - where my mother was born.
  • Hound of the Sea by Garrett McNamara - radical surfing memoir.  Received for a book tour.


  • write/post review of Bai Tide.  (cannot post until Feb 6th - is on a book tour)
  • write/post review of Altdorf
  • write/post review of Hound of the Sea

Now, I know that is not really a reading goal, but if I let things pile up too much, between finishing a book and writing the review ... let's just say it gets messy in my head! *lol*  It's like doing dishes after every meal.  It does nothing for your nutrition, but if you don't, they turn into a big stinky pile in your kitchen sink!

3.  spend today (Tuesday, 17 January, 2017) going through my various challenges, etc, and make a 'lineup' for the rest of the read-a-thon and the month.  I don't expect to be reading all of this, it's just my next read from each of my reading challenges more or less.

a.  When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna
b.  A Death by Any Other Name by Tessa Arlen
c.  Tough Justice: Takedown (#1-8) by Cassidy, Snell and Curtis
d.  Gateway to Nifleheim by Glenn G. Thater
e.  A Dead Red Oleander by R.P. Dahlke
f.  Every Trick in the Rook by Marty Wingate
g.  The Jakarta Pandemic by Steve Konkoly
h.  The Year God's Daughter by Rebecca Lochlann
i.  Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff
j.  No Ifs, Ands or Bears About it by Celia Kyle
k.  Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers

4.  Finish one reading challenge.  (Actually, the European Reading Challenge is a good candidate for this goal, as I signed up for 3 books - from three different European countries.)  And Altdorf represents my 2nd book for that challenge.

(When I finish The Year God's Daughter (above) I will have finished my commitment to the European Reading Challenge!)

5.  Read at least 2 books for the COYER challenge.

6.  Visit 3 other #WintersRespite blogs each day (starting today).

That's probably enough goals for now.  Once I really get underway, I'll see how things are going and adjust as necessary.


1st Updates in Blue entered on Friday, 20 January, 2017 2033 hrs.
2nd updates in Red entered on Saturday, 21 January, 2017 2025 hrs

Devil Sent the Rain by Lisa Turner - #review

Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 27, 2016)

Edgar-nominated and bestselling author Lisa Turner’s hard-boiled Detective Billy Able returns in this dark Southern mystery about the murder of a dazzling Memphis socialite—and the scandals revealed in the wake of her death

The heart can be an assassin. Detective Billy Able knows that from experience.

Fresh from solving Memphis’ most sensational murder case, Homicide Detective Billy Able and his ambitious new partner Frankie Malone are called to a bizarre crime scene on the outskirts of town. A high society attorney has been murdered while dressed in a wedding gown. Billy is shocked to discover he has a very personal connection to the victim. When the attorney’s death exposes illegal practices at her family’s prestigious law firm, the scandal is enough to rock the southern city’s social world.

In a tale of the remnants of Old South aristocracy and entitlement, twisted by greed and vengeance, Billy must confront the secrets of his own past to have any chance at solving the murder of the girl he once knew. But as he seeks the truth, he’s drawn closer to an embittered killer bent on revenge—and eliminating the threat Billy poses.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Bookish Post - January 16, 2017



Thanks to Stephanie of Tynga's Reviews, Kathryn at Book Date, Ramona at Create With Joy and Janice at Mostly Blogging for hosting these respective link-ups!  (Click on the buttons to go to the respective blogs.)




An espionage thriller for people who like explosions and sarcasm.

CIA case officer Bai Hsu is stationed in San Diego, where his job is to safeguard the valuable emotional collateral of some of the world’s most powerful people (read: their kids). Just when he thinks he’s landed the easiest assignment of all time, an operative starts targeting the school and it’s up to Bai to figure out who the operative is after, and why. This fast-paced story will take you from the picturesque beaches of San Diego to a deadly blizzard in Pyongyang and make Bai question everything he thought he knew about working in the field, and about himself.

And in the e-book department, here is a selection of this week's titles:

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 10 Step Plan to Promote Your Book by Scott Hughes
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - Chez Stinky by Susan C. Daffron
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - The Trouble With Flying by Rochelle Morgan
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Food BS:  Where Science, Sanity and Satire Collide by Barbara McDermott
Friday, January 13, 2017 - Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - Before He Sees (MacKenzie White Mystery #2) by Blake Pierce
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - The Genghis Tomb by Daniel Leston



I'm still working on Altdorf, due to having a couple of days with not a lot of reading, while I caught up some things on the blog for the Winter Mini-Bloggiesta.  I'll probably go for Bai Tide (above) after that, as it is for a book tour in early February.



(linked to Pinterest page where I found this)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Perception by Lee Strauss - #review

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along-side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.

Her brother Liam is missing.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Vampyre Legal Chronicles: Marcus by CC MacKenzie - #DNFreview

Magic will return to the human realm of Earth. And Earth will burn as the ground shakes and mankind will perish under the combined fists of pestilence and disease. And magic will rule the land. And so it begins... 

Take one broodingly hot vampyre. Add one gorgeous New Born. And this is just the beginning...