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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for October 2013, is Gina @ ‘Book Dragon’s Lair’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Gina, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

My featured author this week, contacted me direct with a review request and was certainly not deterred when I told him straight out, that his new book is not from a genre which I read regularly. In fact, he was surprisingly upbeat about the prospect of introducing me to the world of Urban Fantasy, written in his own unique style, so much so that his enthusiasm was contagious .. and the rest as they say .. is history!

To start with, let me tell you a little about this intriguing premise..

‘THE WORLD BELOW’ – Chronicles Of The Goblin King Book One

In ancient times, magical creatures inhabited the earth. They lived on mountaintops, in trees, at the bottom of lakes and rivers. But that was long ago, before the human race declared war on the creatures they feared and hated. Now the enchanted peoples are all but gone. Those few that remain fear being stretched out on an examination table in some secret, governmental facility. The only place they can hide from the ever increasing number of satellites and smart phones is in the World Below. 

Mitch Hardy is going through a hard time in his life. In his early twenties, he was working his way through college when he suffered an accident that left him flat broke and physically deformed. When Mitch decides to make a fresh start in a new town, things start looking up. He finds a place to live, a decent job, good friends. He even meets a nice girl. Unknown to Mitch, his new girlfriend is one of the Elder Race, what some call the Faerie Folk. Mitch doesn’t know that Elizabeth is looking for a father she never knew. The key to finding him is somehow tied up with the mysterious Blade of Caro. Desperate, she steals the Blade from its protector, the despotic ruler of the World Below, the Dragon of Worms, Baron Finkbeiner. When Elizabeth is kidnapped by the Baron, Mitch is pulled into a world or magic and monsters he never imagined.

Now let me introduce you to the book’s author Mike Phillips, who is going to tell you a little about himself and introduce you to some of lesser known characters from, ‘The World Below’.

Image of author Mike PhillipsHi, I’m Mike Phillips and I grew up on a small farm in West Michigan, living much the way people did at the turn of the century. Whether it was growing fruits and vegetables or raising livestock, I learned the value of hard work and responsibility at a young age.
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While my friends spent their summers watching reruns of bad sitcoms, my father gave me a very special gift. He turned off the television. With what was affectionately referred to as “the idiot box” no longer a distraction, I was left to discover the fantastic worlds that only exist in books. When not tending sheep, gardening, building furniture, chopping wood, or just goofing off, I spent my time reading.
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With all that hard work at home, I was always eager to go to school. I excelled as a student and went on to pursue a career in the sciences. Working as a Safety Engineer in the Insurance Industry, I soon became bored with the corporate grind. Writing engaged me like nothing else. After a few novels and numerous short stories, I thought getting published would be a pretty neat idea. And so, here it goes…
I love storytelling. I try to make my writing as imaginative and as vivid as I can. I write in the horror and dark fantasy genres, but I don’t go for blood and guts and the gross stuff. I like suspense and things that puts the senses on edge. That said, in The World Below goblins become the heroes. They do, admittedly, tend toward the behavior of fifth grade boys. So you might get a gross out or two from them.

Hello everyone, and thank you for reading this mini guest post, in which, I decided to talk a little about character development.One of the more unique aspects of the story is my use of goblins, so I thought it might be interesting to explore that.
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In folklore and literature, goblins have always been evil creatures. To this day, goblins are hiding in our closets and under our beds. They are wicked monsters that are no happier than when they are burning fields or robbing cradles.
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In ‘The World Below’, Mitch Hardy unknowingly rescues a goblin from getting hurt in a storm. Living on the fringes of society as they must to avoid camera phones and governmental laboratories, goblins lead harsh lives. By this small act of kindness, Mitch makes a true friend. Later on, this kindness is returned.
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I don’t want to spoil the fun, so let’s just say a pan-dimensional, man-eating garbage dumpster is involved. Friends like that are hard to find! Once they have been won over, goblins are the best sort of friends. They may have terrible manners, they may say awful things, they may smell bad, but we can all be that way sometimes. In the end, my use of goblins helps us see the best in humanity.
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Thank you so much for joining me. ‘The World Below’ is one of the wildest rides you’ll ever take. It’s full of crazy characters, imagination, magic and action. I hope you all agree.
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Please visit me at mikephillipsfantasy.com
Mike recently gave a brilliant interview to the standby host of Mailbox Monday, Bob over at ‘Beauty In Ruins’, so if you are intrigued enough to want to know more about the heroes and villains of the story, then why not stop by and say hi to Bob and Mike.
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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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