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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 April 2013 is:Mari over at ‘MariReads’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Mari, 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 was more than flattered to receive this particular review request from author John Heldt, as he is already a well established author in the genre of time travel romantic fiction. Also his first book in the Northwest Passage series and the one he has requested that I review, is already well thought of in the industry, has won him awards and has received nothing but critical acclaim from all who have previously read and enjoyed it.

I have to confess that this is a genre which is completely new to me, however having researched the entire Northwest Passage series of three books to date, it is one that I am eager to explore and have fun with.


In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. ‘THE MINE’ follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.


Image of author John HeldtJohn A. Heldt is a product of the Pacific Northwest. Born in Portland, Oregon, he grew up in the suburbs and small towns of Oregon and Washington as the third oldest of six children.

He began writing professionally a year out of college as a journalist and went on to report and edit for four Northwest newspapers, taking second in a regional sports writing competition in 1994. He changed careers in the late nineties and is now a reference librarian in Montana, where he lives with his wife and son. He has two grown daughters.

John turned to novel writing in 2011 when, inspired by the success of a college friend, the romance novelist Maureen Driscoll, he wrote ‘The Mine’. Reviewed by USA Today and named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2012, the novel has been an Amazon bestseller in its genre since the fall of 2012. It was named Best Time Travel Romance of 2012 in the first-ever SFR Galaxy Awards.

John published ‘The Journey’, the second book in his Northwest Passage series, in November 2012 and ‘The Show’, the third book and the sequel to ‘The Mine’, in February. Like ‘The Mine’, the novels follow a twenty-first century protagonist back in time to critical moment of the twentieth century and offer humor, romance, and a poignant examination of life in America’s forgotten corner.

He plans to release the fourth book in the planned five-part series later this year.

A small Mailbox this week, but one which I am more than pleased with ….

What’s new on your shelves this week?

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a Kindle download of ‘The Mine’ was sent to me free of charge, by its author, John Heldt.

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.

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