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Mailbox Monday … 16/01/2012


Mailbox 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.
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Alyce, 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!


I think that my luck must really be in, at the moment. My single new book into the house this last week, was another author request for a read and review. I am getting to read so many great new books, from established and debut authors alike and I am discovering a whole new raft of genres, which are stretching my reading preferences beyond belief …. and I am having a whale of a time with all my new discoveries.



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“Martin White, editor of The Shallow Review of Books, likes his life as he likes his work: shallow. Living in purposeful near-isolation in the middle of a crowded city, he keeps his relationships superficial and his life uncomplicated. His deliberate avoidance of social potholes prompts his colleagues to turn to him for assistance handling their own life and relationship baggage, which only strengthens his resolve never to allow any of it into his life. He’s pretty happy, albeit hollow and empty.

But then Kasia turns up. Young, Polish, focused on minding her own business, she neither invites, nor encourages Martin’s flailing attempts at romance, but he can’t help himself. For reasons that defy logic for an isolationist such as he, he falls for her, hard. Years of handling baggage have done nothing to equip him to handle his own however as he realizes with excruciating displays of ineptitude, again and again. He’s way out of his depth …

Faced with a challenge by Rich, his more socially adept colleague, to ask Kasia out within a week or Rich will, Martin has no option but to open the doors to all the complexity of modern life and relationships as he re-emerges from the shadows.

A twisted romantic comedy, written from the male perspective, The Baggage Handler is an acknowledgement that if you’re going to be serious about it, this love stuff is hard.


As this was an author invitation to read and review, a copy of The Baggage Handler was sent to me free of charge by its author, Colin J. Browne.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

I hope that you all had some great new arrivals this week, I would love you to share them with me.


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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 Diane,

      Romantic Comedy is not a genre that I would choose to read on a regular basis, but reading for new authors lately, has taken me into the realms of some amazing new styles and genres, so that I am going to have to stop making that comment soon.

      The twist in the tale with ‘The Baggage Handler’, is that it is Romantic Comedy written from a man’s perspective, so I am doubly eager to see what it is all about.

      Thanks for the visit and enjoy your week.

    • Hi Alyce,

      Although Colin has been writing for many years, this is his debut published book, so I am hoping that it will be a huge success for him.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment, have a great week.

    • Hello Kaye,

      I must admit that I was more than a little surprised when I read Colin’s email and his comments about the book being a romantic comedy, so I am really looking forward to reading this one, just to see how a man handles the genre.

      There are plenty of female writers who tackle the more traditionally male genres of violent thrillers and horror, so the genre of the author shouldn’t really make too much difference … good writing, is good writing, no matter who does it!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

    • Hi Kathy,

      This is another book that is going to take me right out of my reading comfort zone, as romantic comedy is not a genre that I would be going out to buy anytime soon.

      Neither would I be paying good money to go and watch a romantic comedy film at the cinema, or on television come to that.

      I have received several author review requests just lately and they cover such a diverse range of genres, that I am really having good fun dealing with the diversity, although I can’t see me fundamentally changing my reading preferences permanently.

      Thanks for the visit today and for leaving your valued comments.

    • Hi Mary,

      I am looking forward to a nice, light read next. My current book, ‘Hoodie’, although it has a few humorous moments, is quite an intense and disturbing story. You wouldn’t want to read too many stories of this intensity back to back.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      The synopsis certainly reads as the complete antithesis of a traditional romance plot and has me quite intrigued. I’m certainly glad that the author decide to give me the opportunity to read and give my thoughts about it.

      Thanks for the visit and have a great week

    • Hi Julie,

      A great new twist on a story writing technique, that’s for sure and I am really keen to see how well it works.

      Mind you, so many of the romance authors we assume are female because of their published names, are in fact male, so the phenomenon is probably not all that unique.

      What is unique, is that Colin has had the courage to put his own name to the book.

      Thanks for the visit and for the great comments, have a good week.

    • Hi Kim,

      Thanks Kim and for taking the time to stop by.

      A light, fun read sounds good about now, so I am looking forward to starting on ‘The Baggage Handler’.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Another newly published author who seems to have hit on a different formula for presenting their work, which is always good to see and more importantly, interesting to read.

      It is really good to be invited to share a new author’s journey to published success, and it means that I am getting to read books which are not on the general radar in blogland, which all adds to the mix.

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

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