“She had figured out how to set bail, and how high.”

In the six months since she had been sworn in she had stumbled through her first arrest warrants, fumbled through her first search warrants, and muddled through her first arraignments. She had figured out how to set bail, and how high. She had issued half a dozen restraining orders, and had taken emergency action in one case of child abuse that still gave her nightmares. She had tried, convicted and sentenced no less than sixteen drunk drivers. She had tried and convicted one fisher of fishing without a permit, a second for fishing past the end of the period, a third for harvesting female opilio, a fourth for harvesting undersized kings, and a fifth for fishing outside the district to which his permit restricted him. She had learned to discount most excuses offered by fishers, because if all the engines alleged to have broken down in her courtroom really had, half the Bering Sea fishing fleet would be in dry dock.

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Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya! Tomorrow!


In Everything Under the Heavens, 16-year old Johanna and her companions fled Cambaluc and her murderous stepmother to join her uncle’s westbound caravan on the Silk Road. At Terak Pass, where Mongol China ends and the scattered sheikdoms of the Persian empire begin, in an act of bloody betrayal Johanna was abducted and her foster brother Jaufre left for dead.

As By the Shores of the Middle Sea begins, Johanna is imprisoned in the Talikan harem while in Kabul far to the south Jaufre lies recovering from his near-fatal wound. Thousands of leagues to the west is Gaza, the port city where Johanna and Jaufre once meant to take ship for Venice and sanctuary with Johanna’s grandfather, Marco Polo.

Gaza and Venice: two cities on opposite shores of the Middle Sea that together open a door to the West. For Johanna and Jaufre, it’s a passage that will shape their destiny. But first? They have to get there.

By the Shores of the Middle Sea publishes in e on October 15th. Why, that’s tomorrow, isn’t it?

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    I’ll be signing the trade paperback edition of By the Shores of the Middle Sea, live! and in person! at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale on Saturday, November 29th, at 2pm.

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    Of course because I love you, but mostly because I’m determined to seduce all of you die-hard “I only read Kate books and when is the next one coming out” fans, upon publication of By the Shores of the Middle Sea the price of the first Silk and Song Book, Everything Under the Heavens, drops to $4.99.

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    Cook’s name is now a bad word all over the Pacific

    Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone BeforeBlue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz

    In Blue Latitudes journalist Tony Horwitz follows in the footsteps of Captain Cook, beginning with a week working as a member of the crew on board a replica of Cook’s ship Endeavor. I’d always thought of Cook as this stereotypical British officer, all his buttons properly polished and looking down a very long nose at all these dreadful loincloth-clad natives. In fact, Cook was born in a pigsty, was subject in his youth to a strong Quaker influence, and worked his way up from shoveling coal to captain in the British Navy. He wrote about the aboriginal people he met with respect and admiration. His name is now a bad word all over the Pacific, but in truth Cook was the best white man they’d ever meet. This already lively narrative is made more so by Horwitz’ travelling buddy Roger, one of the funniest, most cynical guys ever to walk through the pages of a book.

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