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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 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 … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

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 generally make it a rule never to read or review works of non-fiction, simply because it is just not my preferred style of writing and I enjoy the pure escapism of knowing that a book is a product of the authors imagination.

However, having worked together with Geraldine closely in the promotion of her previous three contemporary fiction novels, when I recieved the email from her, requesting a review of her debut non-fiction book, I really had little hesitation in accepting.

I love the title of the book, the cover art is fresh and contemporary, at 80 pages there is no fear of a lengthy repetitive read and of course, the content is book related … so what’s not to like?


This may be the best time to be an author, but with thousands of books released daily, what will make your book stand out from the rest? Whether you’re published through a traditional publishing house or are self-published, every author should market his/her book. Although authors need to have a strong face-to-face presence, Authorpreneur in Pajamas focuses on how authors can build their platform in their pajamas while using online tools that increase exposure and visibility. We live in a virtual world, where digital has taken over paper, where smart phones, tablets and eReaders are now necessities, and where building your author’s platform can be done with a push of a button. Authopreneur in Pajamas teaches you how to build your author’s platform without leaving your home.


2014 Image Of Author Geraldine SolonGeraldine Solon is the award-winning, best-selling author of Women’s fiction and Romance novels. Two of her books have been adapted into film.

Geraldine is the Managing Editor of Gastronomique en Vogue, a fashion, food and lifestyle magazine.

She is also the Vice President of the Fremont Area Writers club and the Executive Producer of her upcoming movie, Love Letters.

Geraldine has studied creative writing and screenwriting courses at Stanford University.

She is currently working on a screenplay, although with fiction writing never too far from the forefront of her thoughts, Gerladine has also announced the release of her latest novel, ‘The Lost Flower’, scheduled for May 2014.

Catch up with Geraldine at her website, here


Hard core authors are determined about their craft, and they know that building a brand entails hard work. They eat, breathe and live their writing.

Next to motherhood, I personally believe that being an author is the best job in the world.

I am looking forward to sharing some great ‘new finds’ this week.

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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 Tracy,

      As you know, I am not a huge non fiction fan, however having skimmed the first couple of pages of this book to check it had downloaded successfully, ‘Authorpreneur In Pajamas’ looks to offer some pretty down to earth and sensible advice, written in a clear and easy way to understand. Probably excellent value for money, for any author who having put their all into writing a book, then struggles with the practicalities of getting it out there and noticed!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that the North is getting its share of this beautiful sunny Spring weather.

  • I don’t read a lot of non-fiction and when I do, it’s usually along the lines of religion, history or biography. I’ll agree, though, that this book looks interesting – both in content and cover design.

    Somehow I missed joining in on this post last week, so I’ll include my new acquisitions for both weeks. 🙂

    Death Come Quickly by Susan Wittig Albert (I’ve read and loved this series from the start)
    The Hard Karma Shuffle by Mike Nettleton & Carolyn J. Rose (thanks to your interview with them!)
    A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway #5)
    Ding Dong Bell, the Kitten in the Well by Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen (a short story by a blogging friend I have followed and supported for several years)

    • Hi Kelly,

      When I do occasionally read non fiction, I prefer reference books or poetry, I’m afraid that biographies don’t interest me at all.

      I am really looking forward to reading ‘The Hard Karma Shufle’, although I do have another couple of Carolyn’s books to read and review before then.

      Anything by Elly Griffiths sounds great and I already have a couple of her books in my TBR pile somewhere, although I can’t quite remember which ones.

      Susan Wittig Albert, is a new name to me, although her China Bayles (interesting choice of name, I wonder where that comes from?), series does look like one for my own list, so thanks for the recommendation.

      I am not sure that your short story is something I would enjoy, however it is always good to be able to support blogging friends whenever possible.

      Enjoy all your new finds and have a good week.

      • The China Bayles series is very good. Each book is filled with fascinating herbal facts and lore, some of which figure into the storyline and there are fun recipes a the back of each book. I’ve tried a few successfully. Albert does a pretty good job of “filling in” readers on pertinent information regarding characters so that books can be read as stand-alones, but they do make occasional references to prior storylines. And by not starting at the beginning, there can be spoilers as far as character development and situations.

        In addition to her herbal mysteries, I am reading her other ongoing mystery series, the Darling Dahlias, set in depression-era Alabama. She also wrote a series of light mysteries (eight total) based on Beatrix Potter that I enjoyed. She co-authored a series of Victorian mysteries with her husband (Bill Albert) that were published under the name of Robin Paige. I think there were twelve in all and what I especially liked about them was the addition of “real” characters or events into the story, therefore satisfying my historical fiction craving. I remember finding the dialog a bit “affected”, but still enjoyed the series.

        As for my blogging friend….Dorte has written a psychological mystery (Anna Märklin’s Family Chronicles) in addition to her full length cozy mystery and her short stories (some more dark humor than cozy).

        • Hi Kelly,

          Thanks for all the background information about these two new to me authors. It is always so much better to garner the opinions of someone who you trust to give an honest appraisal and who has actually read their work, rather than the obviously rather biased view of the author themself on their personal website.

          You obviously enjoy Susan Albert’s work in particular, although I am not sure that I would really enjoy her books which incorporate real characters and events. I do like my classics, such as Beatrix Potter, to remain just that, classic which remain unchanged for future generations to enjoy. Given how many China Bayles stories there have been so far in the series, it sounds as though I have some serious catching up to do, if you recommend me reading them in chronological order!! …. So many books, so little time LOL

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I am sure that I shall, especially as we have a long weekend for the Easter holidays, which hopefully means more available reading time, although I am not counting on it!!

      Have a very Happy Easter and thanks for stopping by

    • Hi Vicki,

      From the book browsing I have done so far, Authorpreneur In Pajamas’ seems like the perfect guide for newbie writers. The writing is couched in easily interpreted ideas, with no confusing double-speak or hidden agendas, just the kind of down to earth advice the budding author needs to succeed, in what is after all, a very competitive market right now!

      Thanks for taking an interest in this week’s post, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Naida,

      There is no point in writing the most fantastic book in the world, if you don’t sell any copies, so marketing and promotion is king. ‘Authorpreneur In Pajamas’ sounds as though it will give any newbie writer the first guiding steps to getting both themselves and their writing out there and seen by as many potential customers as possible, without it costing the earth, except for some time and hard work!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your contribution to any post.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      From what I can tell, the cover fits in well with the tone of the book …. Some good sound advice and ideas, without being too heavy going and arduous.

      I will browse non fiction books, but wouldn’t sit down and read them like I would a novel. Biographies would probably be the exception to the rule, as I just can’t see the fascination with reading about someone else’s life and problems!

      I hope that you are well and thanks for stopping by.

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