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New On My Shelf This Week

It may well appear that I am having something of a Carolyn J. Rose moment in my reading schedule, as hot on the heels of the ‘Subbing Isn’t For Sissies’ series, Carolyn has already published and sent me this, her brand new murder / mystery, although this one does have something of a new twist to it, in that it contains the added element of the paranormal.


When her grandmother dies, Rain Paxton inherits an extraordinary gift—the ability to follow a phantom dog into the afterlife, to a place called Nightfall Bay. There, at the edge of a dark sea, the souls of the missing and murdered must wait for earthly mysteries to be solved.

Pierce Jennings is a wealthy man, rich enough to fund a crime task force. But money can’t buy what he wants most—to know whether his wife is dead or alive. Missing more than two years, Ariel is one of a dozen women taken by a serial killer known as the Peddler.

Drawn to Pierce, and longing to learn Ariel’s fate and free the souls of the Peddler’s victims, Rain prepares to journey to Nightfall Bay. But the Peddler will kill to keep her from speaking with the dead and revealing his identity.


Photograph Of Author Carolyn J. Rose - May 2015

Carolyn grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains and graduated from the University of Arizona. She then logged two years in Arkansas, with Volunteers in Service to America and spent twenty five years as a television news researcher, writer, producer and assignment editor, in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

She founded the Vancouver Writers’ Mixers and together with fellow author and husband, Mike Nettleton, Carolyn is proactive about supporting local (and some not-so-local) writers, putting on mini-workshops for libraries, book fairs and pretty much anyone who asks, who fits into their schedule.

Carolyn’s interests are reading, gardening, swimming and NOT cooking.

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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 … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

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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!

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    • Thanks, Mary!

      I have only just begun to have an interest in reading anything with a paranormal element to it and even now, I think I would only take that risk with one of my regular authors such as Carolyn, who I would trust to be even handed with its use in a storyline.

      I hope that all is well with you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • I quite like books with a paranormal element and the idea for this one sounds intriguing, not like others I’ve read in that it has a connection to unsolved murders. I shall look it up.

    • Hi Cath,

      I really think that no matter how many books I read with a paranormal element to the storyline, I shall never quite be convinced that this will be a genre I will follow avidly, as I am quite the sceptic when it comes to accepting anything which can’t be explained.

      However, every once in a while, I can accept a storyline with paranormal elements for what it is, a work of fiction, without needing to tie in any tangible facts to authenticate it – and Carolyn does write a believable story, rich in detail and description.

      I hope that you decide to give ‘Nightfall Bay’ a try, it would be interesting to get your perspective on the story 🙂

  • It’s interesting how many novels with a paranormal element that seem to be finding their way into your mailbox these days! I’m fairly selective along those lines, but admit the idea of the phantom dog sounds intriguing! (much like one I remember from the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz)

    I hope you enjoy this one, Yvonne!

    My only new book is a small gift my daughter brought back from her recent visit to the UK. I’ll share it soon, I’m sure. 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      I shall be looking forward to sharing your new gift. Which parts of the UK did your daughter visit and more importantly, did she enjoy herself?

      I do seem to be attracting books with a paranormal element just recently and this after I was adamant that it was a genre I had no interest in and wouldn’t be reading!

      I still find that it isn’t one of my most favourite genres and I am selective about the books I read, in that I will generally only accept copy from one of the handful of authors I speak with on a regular basis and whose style of writing I know.

      As the paranormal seems to be a growing trend among authors, I definitely shan’t be opening my doors to all-comers, as there are just too many books on my TBR pile from genres I favour more.

      I hope that all is well with you and as ever, thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • I meant to come back and respond to this sooner!

        They had both visited the UK before, but never together, so they had great fun planning their trip. Most of it was spend in London and environs, but they did take a day-trip to your area. (I told my daughter to wave to you!) She had been that way before, but he had not. They had a wonderful time, but as with any trip like that… just not enough time to do everything they wanted. I hope to get back there again someday, myself.

        I’ll share a couple of the things they brought back to me soon. 🙂

        • No problem!
          It is so easy to loose track of checking comments and replies to comments etc.

          At least they did manage to get out of London, if only for a short while. There is so much beauty and culture in the rest of the country, but as you say, when you plan these trips, there is never enough time to fit in all the things you have on your ‘bucket list’.

          I am always amazed at the number of folks from the US and Australia we have spoken to over the years who, when asked if they have ever visited the UK, will respond with “Yes, I wonder if you might know our friends, they live in London?”

          We have stopped trying to explain to them that there is a lot more to the UK than just London, they just don’t get it 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I’ll second your comment 🙂

      I have very eclectic reading tastes, so a good solid murder / mystery is as good as a psychological thriller, so long as the characters are in keeping with a credible storyline.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

  • Thanks for giving Nightfall Bay a shout. It’s a departure from my cozy Subbing isn’t for Sissies series, but after several dreams about the central premise I couldn’t chalk up to indigestion, I put Barb and Cheese Puff aside and wrote this story. Of course, not every dream will become a book – for example, last night I dreamed I was living in a tent in a shipping container storage area in Tucson, Arizona. The night before that I was running an ostrich farm.

    • Wow! Indigestion doesn’t even begin to explain away dreams which are quite so vivid.

      I have been known to talk in my sleep, but only on the odd occasion and I very rarely dream, as when I do, they tend to be quite gory and never very nice and I generally end up by waking both of us up by crying out

      ‘Nightfall Bay’ is definitely something different for both of us, you with your paranormal storyline and me having never read anything about phantom dogs before.

      I shall be on the lookout for your next book which should be very interesting indeed with the storyline you have outlined 🙂 🙂

      Great to have you stop by as always, thanks for always being so kind 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I do think that Carolyn has come up with quite a unique storyline for her journey into the paranormal, although the thought of all those souls waiting at ‘Nightfall Bay’ for their unsolved cases to be resolved, is maybe a little disconcerting?

      I hope that you decide to add this one to your list, it would be good to share our thoughts about the concept 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann.

      Carolyn always manages to come up with a unique storyline for each of her stand alone books and series reading, with no two being the same. So picking up one of her books is always going to throw up a pleasant surprise and a ‘must read’ story.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I don’t think you will be disappointed with Carolyn’s writing style or choice of storylines. She also enjoys interacting with her readers and is a lovely, friendly person. Her books are never too arduous to read, yet are full of local and social detail and interest.

      Thanks for hosting and visiting this week. I hope that things are okay with you and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  • Ooh, I don’t know whether its the thought of a phantom dog or the sound of the souls of the lost/murdered waiting for earthly mysteries to be solved – or indeed a combination of both – but this definitely sounds like my cup of tea.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Being something of both the paranormal and after-life sceptic, I would have to say that I find the thought of all those souls waiting at the edge of a dark sea for justice to be able to move on into the after-life, the most disturbing.

      After reading the comment that Carolyn published above, in which she says that the central promise of ‘Nightfall Bay’ came to her in a repetitive dream, whether that refers to either the phantom dog or the lost souls, that’s one heck of a sleepless few nights!!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy the book should you decide to track down a copy 🙂

Written by Yvonne