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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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  • This one sounds absolutely fascinating. I’m not normally much for time travel stories, I got throroughly confused with The Time Traveler’s Wife for instance, but this sounds a bit more starightforward so perhaps I’lll keep an eye out for it.

    • Hi Cath,

      I have never ventured into the realms of time travel before, so this will be a completely new experience for me.

      As you say, the storyline does sound quite straightforward, which is going to hopefully break me in gently, so that I don’t get too confused.

      John has already written the second book in the series ‘The Show’ and both books have received some excellent ratings and reviews so far.

      Thanks for stopping by, it has certainly been nice to see some spring like weather over the last couple of days, I wonder how long we can hope for it to continue!

  • The premise of The Mine sounds good. I do think it’s hard to imagine living in a world with no cell phones…lol…yet that’s how it was not all that long ago.
    I actually purchased World War Z by Max Brooks this weekend at Target. I had no business buying yet another book, but I went on Saturday to pick up a storage bin for my spring cleaning and I ended up in the book section. The rest is history 🙂
    Happy reading Yvonne 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      ‘The Mine’ is pretty tame stuff compared to ‘World War Z’ and I am not sure that I am quite up to reading something quite so intense in the genre just yet, or whether I would even enjoy something about Zombie’s, but ‘never say never’, as the saying goes!

      When I first read the synopsis for ‘The Mine’, I have to say that my first thought was ‘Back To The Future’, the film, so I am really looking forward to reading this one.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is good to hear from you and I hope that all is well with you.

  • I’ve read a few time travel novels and found, if well written, it’s a genre I enjoy. I hope you enjoy it, Yvonne.
    Have a good week.

    • Hi Mary,

      The genre of time travel is unchartered waters for me, so I have no real expectations of what awaits me. If I find that it is a genre that I would like to explore further, I shall definitely be on the look out for some recommendations.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is always appreciated.

    • Hi Kathy,

      As I said to Mary, if when I read my debut book in the genre, I decide that I would like to read more, then I shall be putting out the distress call for more recommendations.

      It is always good to get the thumbs up for a book from someone I trust, although the author of ‘The Mine’, John Heldt, does seem to have received some excellent reviews for his time travel writing, so it all looks promising so far.

      Thanks for the great supporting comments and have a good week.

    • Hi Marie,

      I am quite glad that I only have the one book this week. If you could see my author / publisher review request pile, you would understand why.

      It is going to be some time before ‘The Mine’ is on the top of the pile, however I am looking forward to the adventure of reading yet another new to me genre.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments and I hope that you have a good week

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      I am always up for the challenge of reading a new to me genre and many other commenters speak highly of the genre of time travel writing, so this book seems like an excellent place to start, given the amazing reviews it has received.

      Thanks for stopping by with your link, I love checking out everyone else’s great finds.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Travelling back in time could sound quite appealing and the idea of losing some of the gadgets and devices which we have come to rely on so much and which so dominate our lives, could be a definite bonus.

      The idea of meeting my relatives, long before they were such, would be a little eerie however and to arrive on the cusp of a looming World War, would really put things into perspective.

      I am looking forward to reviewing this one!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment, you are always welcome.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I was so pleased that you stopped by today, as it is always good to get someone else’s opinion about a book, who you can rely on to lend an objective voice to the discussion.

      The ratings and reviews on many of the review sites, have been excellent, so with your own recommendation, I can’t really go wrong.

      Have a good week.

      • And..thank you for stopping by my blog earlier and deciding on adding a few new books to your TBR stack.

        I did enjoy THE MINE. You can check out my review on my blog if you like.

        Have a great evening.

        Silver’s Reviews

        • Hi Elizabeth,

          You just caught me before I powered down the laptop for the night and went to bed (it is 11.15pm here in the UK).

          I found your delightful review of ‘The MIne’ and I feel much easier about reading the book now. I had been a little concerned that as Time Travel is a new genre to me, I might have found this a little heavy going. However you made it sound like an easy to follow, light read and a great first step into the mysteries of the genre.

          I have to say, that the more I read about the book, the more I am reminded of the film ‘Back To The Future’, even down to Joel meeting his future relatives and changing the shape of the future, by betting on sports matches when he already knows the outcome.

          Thanks for sharing your thoughts about ‘The Mine’ with me and enjoy the rest of your evening.

    • Hi Gina,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I love meeting new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      I am not so sure that travelling back in time would be all that much fun. Just think of meeting all your future relatives and not really liking the look of them all that much!

      Would being able to change the future be a little dangerous as well???

      I am certainly looking forward to reading ‘The Mine’

    • Hi Tracy,

      Yes, it doesn’t sound too heavy going for my first foray into the genre of time travel fiction, does it?

      John has written a sequel to ‘The Mine’, called ‘The Show’ and that synopsis already has me hooked as well.

      Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to your visits.

    • Hi Mari,

      That’s the whole idea of blogging for me, to discover some great new sites and hopefully make a few new friends along the way. It’s amazing just what shared interests I have with seemingly the most unlikely of people and it is always good to keep in touch, no matter the thousands of miles which may separate us.

      Thanks for being a great April host.

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