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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

YAY! My first Goodreads ‘Giveaways’ win arrived this week.

This is no ebook download, this is the real deal. A bright, shiny new hardback copy, hot off the press of publisher, Canongate Books.

As a ‘newbie’ of just a few weeks, I am still working my way around the Goodreads site, discovering all the great things I can do there, so if you feel like hooking up it would be great to chat with you.


Knowledge is a dangerous thing

The day after a terrible storm, electricity still crackling in the air, a woman is found dead on the outskirts of a Texan town. She has been brutally attacked and nailed to a cross.

The victim is Dr Deborah Gold, a psychologist who has taken a lot of people’s secrets to her grave.

Which means a lot of suspects for Detective Jim Beaudry Bonham to investigate. And lately he could use some psychological help himself …


Image Of Author Tom WrightTom Wright lives in Texarkana, Texas and is a practising clinical psychotherapist, receiving his doctorate from Texas A&M University.

When he is not in a courtroom expert witness box, working at his clinic with patients, or out hunting and photographing nature; Tom is either writing his next novel, painting or drawing a favorite subject, or in his workshop creating his next piece of sculpture.

‘What Dies In Summer’, Tom’s debut novel, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger in 2012.

Now with the publication of ‘Blackbird’, his latest novel, Tom’s many followers and fans can continue to be treated to novels written with intelligence and unique insights into psychological examinations of murder and deception, all with that special Texas flavour.

Catch up with the multi-talented Tom Wright, at his website, here..

‘Like’ Tom on Facebook, here..

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 am looking forward to sharing some of your great ‘new finds’ this week

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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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  • First of all, congrats on your win – a real, hardcover book at that!! Goodreads is not a place I’ve checked into very closely.

    This looks like an interesting and, perhaps, chilling novel. The author sounds like an interesting person, as well. Relatively speaking, Texarkana isn’t that far away from me.

    I got a hankering to download a few things off my wishlist this week since some of the prices were pretty good. Here’s what I got:

    The Grip of God by Rebecca Hazell
    Murder Is Academic by Christine Poulson
    Recognition by Kate Vane
    St. Bartholomew’s Man by Mary Delorme

    • Hi Kelly,

      Thanks, it is always nice to win something, even better when it is a ‘real’ book, rather than a download!

      The story does sound rather chilling, even for me, someone who thrives on thrillers! I have to admit ‘Blackbird’ has received rather mixed reviews, people are either loving it, or hating it, so I am rather hoping to have the former view of it by the time I am finished!

      I couldn’t believe all the things that author Tom Wright, manages to fit into his life …. there just aren’t enough hours in the day …. and this from someone who survives (just about) on three or four hours of sleep a night …. Let’s face it, I am just jealous!

      It sounds as though you have some great new books for your collection …. I am so pleased that you decided to splash out on St Bartholomew’s Man, as I think that you will enjoy it.

      I have Kate Vane’s second book ‘Not The End’ in my TBR pile, although this is a completely different genre to the crime story of ‘Recognition’, which is still on my wishlist.

      I shall definitely be on the lookout for the Christine Poulson book and I just love the ‘Goodreads’ version, black and white cover art, rather than the traditional colour shot!

      I know that you are going to love ‘The Grip Of God’, although sadly this isn’t one I shall be joining you reading …. These epic sagas are really not my thing!

      Have a great reading week and thanks for sharing your new stash!

  • That’s great that you won a book already and are new to Goodreads – I have no luck with giveaways! Also, I feel like I don’t make the most of Goodreads and all it has to offer. I do hope to spend some time having a good explore at some point. I do love the lists section though!

    This book sounds very interesting, and by an author who has background knowledge of what he writes – that always makes a story more interesting, and ‘real’.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Jade,

      ‘Blackbird’ was actually the very first giveaway I requested and like yourself, I generally never win anything …. so perhaps they just felt sorry for me, as I have had no luck since!

      I still seem to be making some mistakes about where and when to comment etc. on Goodreads, but I hope to crack it very soon, so I’ll keep a lookout for you.

      I am determined to be very selective with the giveaways I enter, as I already have so many books, both real and virtual to read and review, that I am in severe danger of overload!

      There is no doubt in my mind, that when a book has anything in the storyline of a psychological or police procedural nature, then the authors who have a ‘hands on’ knowledge of their subject, nearly always make the best reads.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to catch up with you and I appreciate your comments.

  • Congrats on the Goodreads win, Yvonne. That’s exciting! Although I’m not a fan of the genre I know many readers are so I hope you love it.

    • Hi Mary,

      I’m afraid that I am a sucker for a good murder/mystery/thriller, so ‘Blackbird’ sounds right up my street, which is why I am so delighted by my win!

      I do need to make the most of my good fortune though, as that probably won’t happen again any time soon!

      To be honest, I enjoy most genres of fiction, with the possible exception of fantasy and the definite exception of sci-fi! There is nothing wrong with a good romance or two occasionally!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, even though this isn’t one for you and have a good week.

  • Goodreads is an awesome site! Often I’ll see reviews on your site or another site and decide I want to try the book out. So I’ll go over and add it. The only thing I wish is that I could put notes with the book when I put it on my “to read” shelf because often I have no idea why I added a book when I go to look for something new to read!

    • Hi Stephanie,

      I think that I was put off of the idea of joining Goodreads earlier, as I had previously belonged to another book social networking site which went bust, after myself and many others had put in lots of time and effort, which was a little disheartening to say the least.

      Goodreads is a brilliant site however and despite making a few stupid posting mistakes early on, I am having great fun hooking up with some excellent authors and friendly bloggers.

      I have discovered that when I add a book to my ‘To Read’ shelf, by using the ‘edit’ function in the last column and scrolling right down the page, there is a ‘private notes’ box, where I can make notes which are visible only to me…. Would that be of some help to you I wonder?

      I hope to catch up with you on Goodreads one day, meantime thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I generally trawl the Goodreads Giveaways on a daily basis, although it isn’t that often I see something which really takes my fancy. The cover art is the thing which attracted me to ‘Blackbird’ initially, although once I had read that startling synopsis, I was well and truly hooked.

      It never really occurred to me before, just how many professionals, such as psychologists, know so many secrets and private thoughts about so many people, who then might regret ever having opened up and left themselves in a potentially vulnerable position! I’ll bet the suspects are queueing up in ‘Blackbird’ and it’s bound to be the person I least suspect!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and have a great week.

    • Thanks Gautami.

      I hope that you also received some great new finds this week, I shall be hopping across directly to check them out.

      Have a great reading week!

    • Hi Mary Ann

      ‘Blackbird’ definitely has a storyline to savour, I am looking forward to some real twists and turns in the plot.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, your time is valuable and I appreciate it.

  • Hey Yvonne:

    CONGRATS on your win. I am so glad you are enjoying Goodreads. It is a great site.

    This book looks like something I would like……storms and bodies. 🙂

    ENJOY, and have a good week.


    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I can’t think why I didn’t sign up to Goodreads long ago … or perhaps I can! It is so addictive and can be quite time consuming, just what I need right now!

      I trawl the Giveaways each day, but have only been lucky the once so far, although I have some fantastic new titles on my all new ‘Want To Read’ list!

      I hadn’t given too much thought to the fact that psychologists would know so much about their clients and their friends and families, that they are actually quite vulnerable to anyone with a grudge or personal vendetta. I am sure there are going to be plenty of twists and turns in this story, before Bonham gets his man!

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

  • Well done both on discovering the world that is GoodReads (I’ll be sure to look you up) and your win.

    I generally enjoy books featuring psychologists so will be sure to keep a look out for Blackbird.

    I’m looking forward to reading a book called The Frankenstein Diaries, a 1980 book edited from the original German by the Rev Hubert Venables I’m hoping its going to be a gem of a read.

    • Hi Holly,

      It is going to take me a month of Sundays to work out all the ins and outs of the Goodreads site, there is just so much to take in. I have copied across some of my reviews and have started up the inevitable ‘Want To Read’ list, however that has simply added to my problems, as having another list on the go is the last thing I need! I am thinking that I should amalgamate all my ‘To Read’ lists into Goodreads …. but I don’t want to get the blame if the whole site comes to a grinding halt when I do!!… LOL

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Leslie,

      It is one of those sites which can become very addictive, as well as being a very useful tool.

      I haven’t even had chance to look at the group discussions yet, but the information appears to be almost endless and hooks up readers, bloggers and authors beautifully, with just about every book being catalogued.

      I did manage to work out how to ‘friend’ you, so I can keep track of what you are reading and reviewing.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to catch up with you.

  • This book really sounds interesting! I might have to add it to my list!!

    I love Goodreads! I’d like to add you as a friend but didn’t see the name you’re using anywhere.

    • Hi Vicki,

      This is one of the things I am still unsure about on Goodreads. I managed to hook up with some of my blogging friends through an option to use my Twitter list, however it seemed to be adding just about everyone who followed me, rather than the friends I wanted to select, so I gave up on that option.

      My profile name is Yvonne (Fiction Books), does that help any? I have searched and can’t find you either, which is really frustrating! Please let me know how I can track you down, or ‘friend’ me and I can catch you from there!

      Thanks for taking the time to catch this week’s post. ‘Blackbird’ does sound like an interesting read, I do love a good thriller.

    • Hi Naida,

      Yet another place where I can spend WAYYYYYY too much time!!

      It really is so intuitive and has so much to offer ….. it makes NetGalley look ‘clunky’ and dated by comparison! Although all those NetGalley ‘freebies’ are always appreciated!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I hope that all is well with you.

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