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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 now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

 Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

 Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

 Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

 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!


This week, my new book on the shelf, features an author request which was sent via NetGalley.

In fact, when I suggested to the author that, further down the line she might like to consider taking part in ‘Meet The Author’ with a guest post, she was so quick off the mark with her copy, that I have incorporated her lovely spontaneous post into Mailbox Monday, for you all to enjoy …


When Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car everyone believes she killed herself. But the day after her death Lorna was set to sell a scandalous story to one of Britain’s biggest tabloid papers. For six months she had been the Deputy Prime Minister’s mistress.

Will Lorna’s secret die with her? While her family try to move on and come to terms with her death one person refuses to believe that Lorna killed herself. Her twin sister, Laurie is convinced that Lorna was murdered and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it, even if that means teaming up the very man her sister had been having an affair with…

Meet The Author … CARYS JONES

Image Of Author Carys JonesHi, I’m Carys Jones and I hail from Shropshire, England, where I live with my husband, two guinea pigs and my adored canine companion, Rollo.

I love nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. To me, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which I try to bring to my books, drawing inspiration from more or less anything and everything.

John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews are among my favourite authors and when I am not writing I like to indulge my inner geek by watching science- fiction films or playing video games.

You can catch up with all Carys’s news at her website twitter … and facebook pages


Image of Author Carys Jones's Dog 'Rollo'

I think that the most unique aspect of my writing habits is that I don’t write alone. Whenever I sit down to write I am joined by my two year old Cavalier, Rollo. Normally he sits either across my shoulders or on my lap. The latter can be quite tricky when I’m trying to balance my laptop on my knees to write. Sometimes he snores or barks in his sleep so loud that it can be hard to concentrate!

He’s my constant companion and when I need to clear my head or focus on some story ideas I take him for a walk in the woodlands near my home.

Writing can be such a solitary pursuit so it’s nice to have some company with me throughout the day when I’m working. And sometimes he attempts to contribute by tapping his paw upon the keyboard!

Image of Author Carys Jones's Dog 'Rollo'

Thanks to Carys and of course Rollo, for stopping by today.

I am looking forward to sharing some of your great ‘new finds’ this week.

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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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    • Hi Tracy,

      Carys actually dedicates the book to her Dad, however her biography details also feature in the opening acknowledgement pages, so Rollo does indeed get a mention.

      Hope that you are enjoying your Easter weekend, despite Sunday’s gloomy, wet weather!

  • What a wonderful writing companion! The books sounds quite interesting and I’m glad we got to see both the author AND Rollo.

    Two books arrived at our house this week. One because I’m determined to continue with the series despite the fact it needs to end (Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich), and the other at the request of my husband (Forrest Gump by Winston Groom). We’ve already finished our respective books and now I’m reading his.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I don’t know whether Rollo would be a help, or a distraction, if he were my writing companion. We have friends with a Cavalier and he is quite a demanding little fellow, doesn’t like to be left alone and can’t sit still for 2 minutes!!

      I have to admit that I must be about the only person on the planet, who has not watched the film of ‘Forrest Gump’, let alone read the book. I can’t say why, but I just don’t think I would enjoy either. If you both enjoyed the book, I wonder if you know about the sequel ‘Gump & Co.’ …


      The ‘Stephanie Plum’ series, sounds as though it has you hooked, at the same time hoping the experience will be over soon! With book 19, you are still a little way behind, as we are now up to book 21 …. and counting!!


      Once again, not a series for me, however having come this far, I really think you should stick with it …. LOL!

      Enjoy the rest of the Easter weekend and thanks for sharing your new finds.

    • Hi Mary,

      It is a pity that the picture of Rollo is in black and white, so that we can’t see his true colouring, although the black and white image does make him look quite distinguished, don’t you think?

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your week is a good one.

    • Hi Pat,

      Given all the controversy in the UK courts and legal system right now, surrounding the corrupt nature of both the press and politicians in the country over the past few years, I would have to say that the theme of ‘Prime Deception’ does sound somewhat topical.

      Thanks for the interest in today’s post and for taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Laura,

      I have to admit that I am not really a cat lover, in fact cat’s scare me. I will cross the street to avoid having one come too close to me and if, as happened once, a cat should jump into my lap, I just freeze and scream!! I am not too sure where this strange phobia comes from, however I do remember that niether of my parents liked cats either, so I am certain that influence would have had something to do with it!!

      I don’t have any children either, but happily they don’t have quite the same effect on me! … LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      We have friends with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Frodo, after Frodo Baggins, the fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendarium. As you say, a very cute dog, but full of boundless energy!!

      ‘Prime Deception’ sounds as though it is going to be an intriguing read, with a storyline full of ‘cat and mouse’ tactics, where you never know who is telling the truth!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always look forward to your visits.

    • Hi Kathy,

      It sounds as though the two of them are virtually inseparable, doesn’t it? … although let’s not forget the two guinea pigs! My sister-in-law has a great fondness for guinea pigs and rabbits and she would swear that hers understood every word she said!! … Once both of her ‘pigs’ had passed away, my hubbie had the great idea of buying her a trio of garden cast guinea pigs to replace them. Much to our amusement, she still has them in the original cage in the garden and unless you knew differently, you would swear they were real!

      ‘Prime Deception’ certainly has more than a passing relevance to current news stories about the power and misuse of power within the press, so I am looking forward to reading it .

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are valued.

    • Hi Serena,

      I am not sure that having a dog in the room whilst I was trying to work, wouldn’t be something of a distraction! I suppose that having an audience gives you a legitimate reason to be caught talking aloud to yourself and you certainly won’t be getting the wrong answers!!

      Mind you, hubbie will swear that I talk to myself all the time and if I am absolutely honest, I have to say that he would be right!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it.

    • Hi Vicki,

      I have never had pets, apart from a multitude of budgerigars which didn’t have a very long life span, but this was back when I was a child. Hubbie had a dog as a childhood family pet, however with both of us out of the house most of the day since we were married, to leave a dog alone all day has always seemed rather cruel.

      Thanks for hosting and taking the time to stop by, I hope that you had a good Easter.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Rollo certainly looks at home lying across Carys’s shoulders, doesn’t he? Surely not the most comfortable position in which to write, but I guess that she is so used to it now, that she doesn’t even notice any more. As for the occasional snoring …. Well that’s no more than sleeping next to a husband, surely! … although I am certain that my own husband would have something to say about that!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Cavaliers have such beautiful eyes don’t they? …. Who could resist!

      ‘Prime Deception’ certainly has an intriguing synopsis … I never could resist a bit of scandal and of course a murder in the mix, is never to be missed!!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a good week.

    • Hi Lucy,

      I think that if I had a companion like Rollo, who snuggled up to me, I would be the one falling asleep at my desk and yes, probably snoring as well!!

      The book sounds great doesn’t it? Politicians are renowned for scandal, as much as the press and media are, so it sounds as though there are several people who may want Lorna out of the picture permanently.

      Thanks for the comments and for taking the time to stop by, I hope that all is well with you.

  • Rollo is adorable! I can relate to a writing companion. My lovebird, Charlie, likes to perch on my shoulder or computer monitor when I work from home. It’s nice to have someone to talk to even if she doesn’t answer me.

    • Hi Leslie,

      Personally, I am not sure that an animal writing companion wouldn’t be more of a distraction than a comfort companion. I would have thought that a bird might be more troublesome than most other pets, as they are prone to flitting around, rather than sitting still.

      Mind you, the budgerigars we always had as childhood pets, loved to be played with and were quite happy being pushed around the floor as passengers on ‘lego’ trains and cars … Not what you want if you are trying to work though!!

      Many of our birds were prolific ‘talkers’, so the atmosphere certainly wouldn’t have been quiet and peaceful with any of them around and I certainly wouldn’t have been talking to myself all of the time.

      We really are very protective of our animal companions, aren’t we?

      Thanks for the great comment, it is good to speak with you.

    • Hi Naida,

      I can see from all the comments, that Rollo has definitely been the star of this show.

      I also want to give a shout out for what sounds like an inriguing and suspenseful storyline in ‘Prime Deception’. Given the secretive nature of the two professions of journalism and politics, I am certain that this story is going to be full of more twists and turns than enough, before the truth surrounding poor Lorna’s death is discovered … if it ever is!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you had a good Easter break. It has been quite good to get back into a normal daily routine after the long weekend.

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