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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Obviously never one to let the grass grow under his feet, this latest review request comes from John A. Heldt, an author, who just a couple of years ago, was promoting his debut novel. Some five books later, the Northwest Passage series is done and dusted, and he has now started work on a second series of five books, which will be known collectively as the American Journey series. I really must try to persuade John to stop by ‘Meet The Authors’ with a guest post sometime. Any author who can conceive, commit to paper and publish an entire series that quickly and with such success, must surely have a story to tell!


When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel.

Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city.

Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, September Sky follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple 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, which was destined to become the first episode of the hugely successful, five part Northwest Passage series.

John is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, reader of thrillers and historical fiction, and active blogger.

Catch up with John’s blog posts at his website

Follow John on Twitter

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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!


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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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