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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 September 2013, is Yolanda over at ‘Notorious Spinks Talks’

This week, as Yolanda was a little late in putting up her link, Bob over at ‘Beauty In Ruins’ has also posted a link, so double the fun to be had!

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Yolanda and/or Bob, 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 book this week, is another of those self-indulgent ‘must reads’, dangled in front of me by the lovely people at NetGalley. With me having the ‘breaking point of a Crunchie’, I just couldn’t resist. Whilst conducting some follow up research about the author Sandra Brannan, I am so glad that I went with my first instinct, as this is the fourth episode in a great new series, featuring Norwegian born, amatuer sleuth, now turned professional Special Agent, Liv Bergen. If you get the chance, check out the excellent suite of cover art for the series, it is truly amazing! A new author and a whole new series of books for me to catch up on.


Newly minted Special Agent Liv Bergen races against time to solve a child kidnapping—which could take a fatal turn—with the help of her gifted nephew Noah.

From birth, Noah Hogarty has lived with severe cerebral palsy. He is nearly blind, unable to speak, and cannot run, walk, or crawl. Yet his mind works just as well as any other twelve-year-old’s—maybe even better. And Noah holds a secret dream: to become a great spy, following in the footsteps of his aunt, Liv “Boots” Bergen.

Now, freshly returned from training at Quantico, FBI agent Liv Bergen is thrown into her first professional case. Working side by side with veteran agent Street Pierce, enigmatic agent and lover Jack Linwood, and her bloodhound Beulah, Liv must race to find five-year-old Max—last seen at the Denver International Airport—before his Christmastime abduction turns deadly. Meanwhile, Noah, housebound, becomes wrapped up in identifying the young face he sees watching him from his neighbor’s bedroom window, but he can neither describe nor inscribe what he knows. And his investigation may lead to Noah paying the ultimate price in fulfilling his dreams.


An Image Of Author Sandra BrannanSandra Brannan, was born and raised in South Dakota, amongst a large and loving family, she is the seventh of nine siblings. After living in Wyoming, Washington, D.C., Washington state, and Colorado, Sandra returned to her hometown, where she is surrounded by family, who after each having their own adventures, have all decided to return to the homelife they know and love.

Sandra is an engineer, with an MBA and enjoys working in the long established family mining business; living in the Black Hills with her husband, Joel; smiling with pride over the journeys taken by her four sons; doting over her three grandchildren; and appreciating all of life’s blessings, too many to count.

A 9th grade English teacher saw something in Sandra, that she didn’t recognise in herself and encouraged her to write by nominating her for a $500 creative writing scholarship. She now carves out enough time in her busy working schedule to pursue her passion for writing, together with reading as much as she can from her favourite authors.

Write, write, write and read, read, read! Regardless of whether or not you find an agent or a publisher right away, keep writing and learn by reading the books by authors in the genre you most want to emulate in your writing.

As a writer, thank you for giving me the power of speech. I take that right seriously and work to entertain through the stories I tell. If along the way I open some windows to a world some may not realize exist, well then fabulous!

I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link

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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 Laura,

      This is a new to me author, however I love the sound of the new character of Live Bergen.

      I shall probably have to go right back to the first book in the series, to discover just how Liv’s Norwegian roots find her living and working in Colorado, so that should be an interesting journey.

      If you have a NetGalley account, you can apply for a review copy of the book for free, rather than have to keep it on your TBR list, so I hope that you get your hands on a copy very soon.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Harvee,

      Liv Bergen doesn’t sound like your usual agent, especially if, like me, you track back through the synopses of the previous three books in the series .. unconventional is definitely the order of the day!

      From reading all the various book blurbs on Sandra’s website, it does seem as though the stories work well as stand alones, although I don’t know if ‘Noah’s Rainy Day’ tracks back through Liv’s personal life and past history, or if I will have to read the earlier books in sequence, to work things out.

      When I read the premise for this book first off, the first thing that came to mind was the gifted child in the film ‘Mercury Rising’, although after reading as much information as I could find out about the author, it would appear that there is a person with cerebral palsy in her own family, so I am sure that the portrayal of Noah is going to be as accurate, sympathetic and realistic.


      Thanks for the interesting comment.

    • Hi Pat,

      Coming from the UK, I always get confused with the posting times for the links of the many different memes in which I participate from time to time.

      As we are ahead of you folks in the US, by between 5 and 8 hours, if the link isn’t posted until your morning, that is well into our working day, so by the time I get home and am able to publish my post and link up, most others have already done the rounds and left all their comments.

      A couple of regular meme hosts have tried publishing the link up page, on the evening before the meme is due and that works so much better for us Brits and probably for our Australian friends as well.

      Luckily, there aren’t too many UK hosted memes out there, or things would get really confusing!

      Have a great week and enjoy your books.

  • I haven’t heard of this book…ENJOY!!

    I don’t know what I have received since I am out of town, but I did attend a Hachette Book Event and received 9 books. I will report about those books on next week’s Mailbox Monday when I return.

    Actually my husband just called and told me I received SIX books. I said please tell me the titles, and he said he didn’t feel like opening all the packages. 🙁 Oh well…it will be an even bigger surprise.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It sounds as though you had an excellent time at the event and snagged some great new books into the bargain!. Fifteen books in a week, must be some kind of record.

      I am looking forward to your feature post, next week, although the chances of me not wanting to add a high percentage of them to my reading list, are very slim.

      Have a good week.


    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I don’t think that there is much not to enjoy about this book. Great characters, excellent storyline, fantastic cover art, free to download from NetGalley …. what else could a bookaholic ask for?

      Thanks for stopping by this week,

  • awwww….Noah Hogarty’s character sounds like one the reader would love right away. The book sounds great and I like Sandra’s writing advice. Happy reading Yvonne!

    • Hi Naida,

      Sandra certainly sounds like a person with unlimited energy and enthusiasm, doesn’t she and I just had to highlight those couple of quotes when I came across them, as they are so sensible and such good advice.

      I am thinking that quite a lot of Sandra’s own family circumstances feature in this series. Like Sandra, the character of Liv Bergen comes from a very large family. Also, Sandra also has a family member with cerebral palsy, although he is no longer a child, so is able to write with some authority and compassion about the character of Noah and bring him to life in a totally authentic and realistic way.

      I am really looking forward to reading this book.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a great week.

    • Hi Sam,

      I can see that NetGalley could become quite addictive, if I allow it to, but I really am trying my hardest to curb my enthusiasm every time an email pops into my inbox.

      I am setting up my first line of defence by only opening the emails with titles that instantly intrigue me and second line defence is only to click on the ‘read more’ button, if I still like the sound of the short synopsis.

      There are some books that just won’t be ignored however, and ‘Noah’s Rainy Day’ is one such story.

      I may never need to visit a book shop again, with so many great titles ‘on tap’, but of course that is just wishful thinking, as nothing will ever take the place of a ‘real’ book.

      Double the temptation, means double the TBR pile!

      At least I know I am not alone.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Is this not a saying that is used ‘up North’ then? I know it isn’t as commonly used now as it was a few years ago, however most ‘Southerners’ still know of it.

      Actually Crunchie Bars are quite tough to break aren’t they, which makes the saying a bit silly really. I love the chocolate though, although I haven’t eaten one for ages, so perhaps, as with all the rest of the Cadbury’s range, it has been ‘Americanised’ and is now not quite so addictive.

      Thanks for stopping by, I am now craving chocolate big time!

  • Isn’t it fun (and exciting) to discover a new author who has several books you can read! NetGalley loves to tempt us 🙂
    Thanks for pointing out there’s another MM link. I didn’t know that. Have a good week!

    • Hi Mary,

      The dilemma now, is do I wait to read ‘Noah’s Rainy Day’ until I have amassed the first three books in the Liv Bergen series, or do I just plow into the book and catch up on the rest of the series later?

      It’s a real shame that NetGalley only has the one book in its catalogue and the Kindle downloads of the other three books are still over £5 (8$) to buy.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

Written by Yvonne