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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Dean Mayes is another of my regular author review requests and I am so pleased, that despite deciding to rationalise the sites on which he discusses and promotes his work, he has once again offered Fiction Books the opportunity for a sneak preview of his latest book.

Dean’s two previous full length noves, have both earned well deserved 5 star status here, with ‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’ securing an early place on my all time favourites list, over at Goodreads!

Share my thoughts about ‘Gifts Of The Peramank’ here

Share my thoughts about ‘The Hambledown Dream’ here


Taken From Amazon, The Cover Image Of 'The Recipient' a Novel By Dean MayeCasey Schillinge is a vivacious young woman on the verge of making her mark on the world. While backpacking, she is struck down by a tropical disease and suffers cardiac failure. But at the eleventh hour, Casey receives a life-saving heart transplant – and a rare second chance to begin again.

Three years later, Casey has become a withdrawn shell of her former self: she is estranged from her loved ones, afraid of open spaces and rides the line between legitimate and criminal work. The worst of her troubles come in the form of violent night terrors; so frightening that she resorts to extreme measures to keep herself from sleeping. When she can take no more, she embarks on a desperate search for the source of her dreams. ​In so doing, she makes a shocking discovery surrounding the tragic fate of the donor whose heart now beats inside her chest. As she delves deeper into the mystery of her donor, she realizes her dreams are not a figment of her imagination, but a real life nightmare.


Revised Image Of Author Dean Mayes June 2015

Dean grew up with an early love of words – a trait a little out of step for most children of his age and has been writing and creating for most of his life…or at least for as long as he could wield a pen and knew how to use it.
The genesis for what became his first published novel came in 2008, when Dean started an internet blog and decided to craft a story ‘on the fly’, with no bells or whistles and put it up in instalments each week. He would announce a new edition on Facebook and Twitter and let anybody who wanted to, read it. Dean suddenly found himself with a dedicated readership, a following who, hooked on the story, would ‘tune in’ each week to read the next instalment and encourage Dean to keep writing more.
One particular message, was to signal the turning point in Dean’s writing career. It invited him to take a look at Central Avenue Publishing of Vancouver, Canada. After talking with C.A.P’s creative director Michelle Halket, Dean became very serious about his project. He stopped publishing the story to the blog and began constructing the manuscript, stealing time whenever he could to work on the story. Within a few months the manuscript, now renamed The Hambledown Dream, was completed, submitted and accepted for publication.
Since its publication, The Hambledown Dream has received critical acclaim from across the globe and fired Dean’s creative spark to continue writing. His second full-length novel, Gifts Of The Peramangk, was nominated as a finalist in the prestigious EPIC Awards for contemporary fiction, in 2013 and has been described as a work of significant literary achievement.
Dean lives in Adelaide, Australia with his partner Emily and their two children Xavier and Lucy.
Catch up with all Dean’s latest news on his Website
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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 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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  • Oh my, this sounds really good and I can just imagine what direction it’s headed from that excerpt you shared! I can almost guarantee this will end up in my TBR pile.

    When I have a little more time, I must go back and read your reviews of his earlier work.

    • Hi Kelly,

      This is definitely a story that could put me off the idea of any kind of transplant forever!

      My sister-in-law has had a couple of kidney transplants now, so I probably won’t be sharing this book with her – although as the second donor was my brother, I’m hoping that there were no nightmare scenarios to go along with it 🙂 – They do leave the original failed donor organs in place though, as it is much less risky than removing them!

      Dean Mayes is definitely one of my all time favourite authors and it would be a few minutes well spent in checking out his two previous books 🙂

      • I’m totally fascinated – I had no idea they left the failed organs in place! Only when it’s a repeat transplant? I would think they’d get in the way when “hooking up” the new one, but that shows how little I know. 😉

        • I must admit that I was more than a little surprised to know, that as my SIL had already had one failed transplant procedure, she now technically has four kidneys after my brother offered her a live donation, although only this one of them is in working condition!


          “You will then have surgery to insert the new kidney and connect it to your blood vessels and bladder. The new kidney will be placed in the lower part of your abdomen (tummy). Your own kidneys will usually be left in place.”

          “It is unlikely that your own kidneys will be removed at any time unless they are causing you problems or will interfere with the transplant. For example, if you are getting repeated water infections from diseased kidneys, or they are causing persistent high blood pressure despite taking many drugs, then your kidneys may be removed. The position of your own kidneys make transplantation at that site difficult therefore the transplanted kidney is actually placed in the lower abdomen just above the thigh and close to the blood vessels supplying your legs. The kidney can be comfortably accommodated in this position. The kidney transplant is usually easy to feel on examining your abdomen compared to your own kidneys, which are well hidden underneath the rib cage.”

          SIL has more lumps, bumps and scars than I could imagine, I don’t know how she remains so resolute and cheerful. It makes me feel squeamish just thinking and talking about it! 🙂

            • And just so you know what a weird kid I was, I have a plastic kidney that opens up to show the insides. It was a gift from my oldest brother when he was in medical school (I was a pre-teen at the time) He also gave me a rubber brain stem. 😉

    • Hi Tracy,

      Michelle Halket, over at Central Avenue Publishing, who has represented Dean from the word go, has certainly pulled out all the stops in producing a cover image which is relatively simple, yet could be so menacing and eerie!

      I don’t know if I should really be reading this book at all really … On the one hand, I have often wondered whether any part of the donor’s personality or soul, is transmitted through the donated organ and into the new host body. On the other hand, with my sister-in-law having now been the recipient of two donor kidneys, I am probably better off never finding out!

      Dean has certainly not shied away from traversing the genres; from the slightly paranormal element incorporated in his first emotional novel ‘The Hambledown Dream’, through to the cultural identity crisis visited in the tense storyline of ‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’, to this suspense filled thriller!

      A talented author for sure 🙂

      Thanks for your comment and for taking the time to stop by.

    • Hi Mary,

      I knew this probably wouldn’t be your own personal choice of storyline, however it is good to know that it might be a suitable recommendation for your husband, so all is not lost 🙂

      I owe you an even bigger than usual thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      The premise for ‘The Recipient’ is definitely unique for me, so I am looking forward to discovering Dean’s approach to this rather delicate subject.

      If he treats it with the compassionate and passionate treatment with which he has infused his previous two novels, then I am in for a real treat!

      Summer colds are so much more difficult to shift and this one has been hanging around for some time. Tired and lethargic sums up life right now, but “normal service will be resumed as soon as possible”, as the saying goes 🙂

      Thanks for your kind thoughts and for stopping by, as always it is appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Interesting, but with the real potential to become much more menacing and threatening …

      It could possibly make me wonder just why I decided to sign up to the organ donor scheme!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits 🙂

    • Hi Serena,

      A peaceful, quiet space, a nice mug of black coffee and the latest Dean Mayes book – now that will definitely be Happy Reading 🙂

  • Another story with some dark dreams, this one sounds very good. I read a book with a similar theme called What the Heart Remembers. The idea that transplant recipients are connected to the organ donors has been a subject of much speculation, heart transplants in particular. It’s called cellular memory and there are many documented cases. It is a fascinating topic. I hope you enjoy the book.
    The authors other works sound good as well, I’ll have to keep those in mind.

    • Hi Naida,

      I can see where you are coming from on in comparing this book with ‘What The Heart Remembers’. I may have to read both, just to compare and I definitely need to check out more about cellular memory!

      Thanks for adding such an interesting, yet to me, very spooky twist to the conversation.

      Good to hear from you and I hope that all is well 🙂

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