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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 May 2013 is: Abi over at ‘4 The Love Of Books’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Abi, 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!

Carolyn Rose, has so far gifted me three of her mystery/suspense novels, of which I have read one, ‘An Uncertain Refuge’. I have now been lucky enough to have the sequel to this excellent story and her latest title, ‘Sea Of Regret’, land in my Kindle reader.

Carolyn is one of the most inclusive and appreciative authors I have met to date, always ready to take part in any discussion about her books, commenting when she spots a post concerning one of her stories and responding to comments when she feels she can add value to what is being said.

Carolyn is also a very prolific writer and there is yet another new story coming out soon. ‘No Substitute For Money’ is the sequel to ‘No Substitute For Murder’ and promises to be another great mystery. On Tuesday May 28th, I shall be turning over the ‘Meet The Author’ page here at Fiction Books to Carolyn, when I publish her guest post about snakes, which  feature in a couple of her other stories, although she promises that ‘No Substitute For Money’ is a snake free zone! Just the thought of having to format the post and read it through is making me squirm!! Especially as I have my own ‘snake moments’ to recall!

Carolyn will also be giving away a free e-copy of ‘No Substitute For  Money’, so stop by on May 28th, if you want to be in with a chance of winning and of course, being an e-copy means that there will be no geographic boundaries, so the competition will be open worldwide.


A woman determined to hold onto her land.

Financial sharks out to make a killing.

A life-or-death struggle by the SEA OF REGRET.

A year after the violence and tragedy of AN UNCERTAIN REFUGE, Kate Dalton’s life is shattered again. Developers want Evie Hopkins’ former dairy farm on the Oregon Coast, want it bad enough to sabotage the Castaway Beach Wildlife Rehabilitation Center she runs there. Aligned with developers and hoping to cash in on his inheritance early, Evie’s son claims she’s losing her mind and intends to prove that in court.

The wildlife center is both home and place of healing for Kate, for Jackson Scovell who traded alcoholic oblivion for life with her, and for Way-Ray, a boy orphaned by murder. They fear for Evie and the sick and injured birds and animals she rescues and nurtures, but they vow to support her decision—whether it’s to sell or to fight.

As Evie agonizes over her choice, protests and politics divide the community. Threats and violence escalate. Then two hired killers trap Kate, Jackson, and Way-Ray at a remote cove. And time runs out.


Photograph of author Carolyn J. RoseCarolyn J. Rose is the author of several novels, including ‘Hemlock Lake’ and its sequel  ‘Through a Yellow Wood’; ‘An Uncertain Refuge’ and its sequel ‘Sea of Regret’; ‘No Substitute for Murder’ and the sequel to that, ‘No Substitute for Money’, which will be released in June, 2013.

She has also penned a young-adult fantasy, ‘Drum Warrior’, with her husband, Mike Nettleton ( the second protagonist of the Deadly Duo Mysteries team), as well as several mysteries now out of print, but soon to be re-released.

Carolyn grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.

She founded the Vancouver Writers’ Mixers and is an active supporter of her local bookstore, Cover to Cover. Her interests are reading, gardening, and not cooking.

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a Kindle gift copy of  ‘Sea Of Regret’, was sent to me free of charge, by Carolyn J Rose.

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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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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  • I remember your review for An Uncertain Refuge. This one sounds good too. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

    P.S. – I hope you’re enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend too!

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have published a couple of promotional posts for ‘An Uncertain Refuge’, however the review is yet to come, as I only finished reading the book yesterday.

      It was really good though and had me turning the pages as quickly as possible, to find out what happened next!

      It wasn’t a particularly fast paced edge of the seat thriller, more of a well thought through suspense story, which managed to deal with several difficult social issues at the same time, which made me want to read every single word on the page.

      ‘Sea Of Regret’, whilst the sequel book is, according to Carolyn, a stand-alone story, with a whole new plot and set of challenges facing the main protagonist Kate Dalton.

      The Bank Holiday is good so far thanks and we have a family BBQ planned with my brother tomorrow, after we have taken my dad out for a short time in the morning (he is 87 and gets pretty tired after walking for more than a couple of hours).

      Thanks for asking and for stopping by. I hope that your weekend is a relaxing one too!

  • How great that you enjoyed the first book and are now moving on to the next. And it’s awesome when you enjoy working with an author who is appreciative. It makes book blogging so worthwhile.

    • Hi Laura,

      I enjoyed the first book so much, that it would be good to move onto ‘Sea Of Regret’ straight away. Unfortunately that cannot be, as I owe the other authors waiting patiently on my TBR pile, their turn first.

      So many of the authors who contact me are great to work with and are very understanding, given the amount of time they have to wait for a review. I have read some excellent books, from genres which I have previously never tried and it certainly does make blogging so worth while, as do the new friends I have made with folks like yourself, out there in the blogosphere.

      Thanks for the great comments and I hope that you have a good week.

    • Hi Abi,

      I don’t take part in many of the memes every week, however I do enjoy them all immensely. I definitely like the idea of Mailbox Monday being ‘on tour’ and hosted by someone different each month. I have come across so many great blogs and their authors, including yourself and it is always good to see just what great book finds are out there and just what you are all currently reading.

      Have a great week.

    • Hi Mary,

      Yes, If I were ever forced to choose just one single genre to read, it would have to be the mystery/suspense/thriller grouping.

      Blogging has definitely guided me into new genres, which I might otherwise not have tried and in most cases enjoyed, however I think that I would always gravitate back to this single genre if I ever stopped blogging and reviewing.

      I have enjoyed Carolyn’s style of writing in the single book I have so far read, so I am looking forward to catching up with the characters again in ‘Sea Of Regret’.

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

    • Hi Diane,

      I have just finished the first book in this series ‘An Uncertain Refuge’, which was an engrossing and suspenseful read, so if this sequel book is as good, I shall be more than happy.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Carolyn is a brilliant author and personality in her own right, however together with her husband Mike Nettleton, they form the ‘Deadly Duo Mysteries’ alliance, which writes very successfully about mystery, suspense, fantasy and love.

      Carolyn simply always comes across as an author who is very passionate about her storylines and characters, which has me already involved with the book, long before I have turned even the first page.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I really enjoyed the first book in the series, although I have yet to publish the review. So if this sequel story, ‘Sea Of Regret’ is anything like as good, then I shall be very happy.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate it.

    • HI Laurel-Rain,

      I have just finished ‘An Uncertain Refuge’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. The fact that you are adding ‘Sea Of Regret’ to your own list, would indicate that you liked the first book in the Kate Dalton series as much as I did.

      I don’t know if you ever published a review of ‘An Uncertain Refuge’, but I would be interested in reading your thoughts about it, if you did. If you read this and want to stop by with the link to your review page, that wold be great and I don’t mind including that link on my own review page, when it is time for me to publish it.

      Have a good week and thanks for stopping by.

  • Yvonne,
    Thanks again for putting my books on your TBR list and for inviting me to hang out here on May 28th. The weather is gorgeous here in the Pacific Northwest and I planted herbs and peppers over the weekend and prepared the soil for tomatoes – and even weeded the flower garden. After all that, I still had a little time to sit on the deck with the dogs and enjoy what I’d accomplished. It feels good to dig in the dirt – and better to have that work completed.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      It has been an extended weekend holiday, here in the UK and whilst Saturday and Sunday were both reasonable days, today has been the best, with wall to wall sunshine.

      I have been very lax in my household and garden chores this holiday and have chosen instead to get out and about as much as possible. The garden chores are still going to be there next weekend, when they really do have to be done!

      I am looking forward to publishing your post on May 28th, although I have yet to draft my own ‘snake-like story’.

      The review for ‘An Uncertain Refuge’ won’t be available just yet, but I can categorically say, that it was a great hit with me and I am looking forward to the time when I can get started on ‘Sea Of Regret’.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment, your remarks are always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. I am certainly looking forward to ‘Sea Of Regret’ getting to the top of my reading pile! I love a good mystery / suspense book and Carolyn is surely the master of edge-of-the-seat intrigue.

      Have a good week

  • Well done Carolyn, its nice to find such an appreciative author.

    Not an author I’m familiar with, I shall be certain to keep an eye out for her books. An interesting and informative post as always Yvonne, thanks.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Carolyn has already gifted me copies of four of her books and I aim to read both those and the other books which the duo have published to date.

      Carolyn devised her own guest post, which is also great, as I am quite averse to the traditional question and answer interview. I would much rather the author talk freely about something which they consider would have some interest to the readers and once again, I have been able to pick out the authors who are willing to put in the effort and take affirmative action to promote themselves and their writing.

      Carolyn’s guest post will air May 28th and there will be an e-reader giveaway of her new book ‘No Substitute For Money’ . So watch out for that if you would like the opportunity to read some of her work for yourself.

      Thanks for the nice comments, I always appreciate them.

Written by Yvonne