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...

40 Ways to Get Closer to God by Jerry MacGregor - #review #

Practical Steps to a Deeper Faith

Sometimes faith demands action. This practical book gives Christians ideas for how to adjust their hearts to get closer to God.

Friday Bookish Post - Altdorf by J.K. Swift


Thanks to Freda from "Freda's Voice" and Gilion at "Rose City Reader" for hosting these bookish link-ups!  Click one of the buttons to go to the link-up page.

Book Blogger Hop   

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Thanks to Ramona at Create With Joy, and Janice at Mostly Blogging for these fun link-ups!  Click on the button to visit the sites to join in!  The more the merrier...really! :O)



At the end of the thirteenth century, five hundred orphans and second sons are rounded up from villages in the Alpine countryside and sold to the Hospitaller Knights of St John. Trained to serve as Soldiers of Christ, they fight in eastern lands they know nothing about, for a cause they do not understand.

Thomas Schwyzer, released from his vows by the Grandmaster of the Hospitallers, returns to the land of his birth a stranger. Once a leader of men, and captain of the Order's most famous war galley, he now settles into the simple life of a ferryman. He believes this new role to be God's reward for years of faithful service fighting the Infidel in Outremer.

Seraina, considered a witch by most, a healer by some, is a young woman with a purpose. A Priestess of the Old Religion, and the last Druid disciple of the Helvetii Celts, she has been gifted by the Great Weave to see what others cannot. Her people need her guidance and protection now more than ever. For Duke Leopold of Habsburg, in his efforts to control the St. Gotthard Pass, builds a great Austrian fortress in Altdorf. Once finished, the Habsburg occupation will be complete, but the atrocities visited upon her people will have just begun.


Like shepherds from Hell, the demons drove their flock of evil spirits and twisted minions over the Alps far into the valleys below, spreading disease, insanity, and chaos.  The only warning of their approach was the fohn, a warm, dry wind that preceeded the horde's arrival.  It was not superstition or myth to the locals, but simply and event that occurred a scattering of times every year, and the fohn in the late winter of 1314 was longer and warmer than any could remember.


Pirmin cursed Thomas in his native Wallis dialect, and although Thomas could not understand the words, he was glad ten feet of water separated him from the enraged giant.


Thanks to Elizabeth from Silver's Reviews for this week's question:

Is every day a reading day for you?

Unless I'm sick or on the road to Texas (in-laws).  It's not unheard of to finish an average length book in a day, but some days are busier than others.  Now that I've 'rediscovered' reading for pleasure, I really think their should be a UN RDA of Reading!



So what's up with YOU these days?  If you have a post for any of the above link-ups, feel free to leave your link in your comment!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It's Winter Bloggiesta Time! *New Updates*

Thankfully I subscribe to Silver's Reviews Blog, because she reminded her readers that it is time for the Winter 2017 Mini Bloggiesta this weekend!  The above button is linked to the bloggiesta challenge sign-up page.



1.  Post review for 40 Ways to Get Closer to God on my blog.
(Friday, January 13, 2017 10:07 am)

2.  Post review for 40 Ways to Get Closer to God on GoodReads.
(Friday, January 13, 2017 10:07 am)

3.  Post review for 40 Ways to Get Closer to God on Amazon. 
(Friday, January 13, 2017 10:07 am)

4.  Post DNF review for The Vampyre Legal Chronicles: Marcus on my blog.
(Friday, January 13, 2017 1613 hrs)

5.  Post review for The Vampyre Legal Chronicles: Marcus on GoodReads.
(Friday, January 13, 2017 1613 hrs)

6.  Post review for The Vampyre Legal Chronicles: Marcus on Amazon.
(Friday, January 13, 2017 1613 hrs)

7.  Post review for Perception on my blog.
(Sunday, January 15, 2017 0804 hrs)

8.  Post review for Perception on GoodReads.
(Sunday, January 15, 2017 0804 hrs)

9.  Post review for Perception on Amazon.
(Sunday, January 15, 2017 0804 hrs)

10.  Add a "Book Review Policy" page.
(Sunday, January 15, 2017 1001 hrs)

11.  Clean up my sidebars.
(Sunday, January 15, 2017 0945 hrs)

12.  Write two reviews that are A.G.E.S. out of date.
a.  Well bugger.  I went and made an entire post for "Deliver Her", which I was to have posted on October 26, 2016.  Then I went to contact the tour company and found out that I had actually posted a review on November 16th, 2016.  So I'm counting that as one of my two OLD reviews:
b.  Devil Sent the Rain - originally due October 11, 2016: 
(Sunday, January 15, 2017 1054 hrs)

13.  Complete one past mini-challenge.


So what are you doing this weekend?  (In any case, I hope you all have a great time!)



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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 1613 hrs - HUZZAH!  One more review and I am caught up with reviews for books read in 2017.  I'm a little freaked about keeping up this year, since I've fallen behind so badly before.

Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer - #review

Thirteen-year-old Abby Leigh yearns for her family to be reunited - in Cambridge, not Castine Island where she feels like an outsider. Her younger brother, Jordan, is having no problem fitting in and making friends.

Everyone on Castine Island is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the purple moon, caused by a comet entering the Earth's atmosphere. Scientists expected this thrilling phenomenon and food companies are churning out purple-colored products in celebration of the comet’s arrival.