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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 June 2013 is: Bellezza over at ‘Dolce Bellezza’

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

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I was contacted by K.C. (Kasi)  Blake and offered the chance to review her latest book ‘Bait’, as part of its Summer Blog Tour…

A full list of ‘Bait’ tour dates and participating blogs can be found here, on K.C’s blog.

There is a K.C. Blake Author Page on  Facebook here.

A Goodreads Book Club ‘Bait’ discussion page has been opened here.


At sixteen, Bay-Lee Bishop is not a typical girl. The last thing she wants is to be popular, but flying under the radar is nearly impossible when you’re the tallest kid in the eleventh grade. She works hard to maintain a steady C point average, never raises her hand in class, and avoids extra-curricular activity of any kind. The other students would be shocked to learn she’s living under an alias, relocating at her uncle’s whim, and hiding from monsters who want her dead because she’s Van Helsing’s daughter.

Life is weird. Then everything changes. A reaper uses her closet to cross over from the Spirit Realm right before her father whisks her away to a new school. This is the school she was born for, the school where she will learn to hunt and kill monsters, but it isn’t what she imagined. Students hate her, her mentor refuses to help her, and wraiths are murdering hunters on their birthdays. She is laser-focused on training. Love is not an option for her. Try telling that to her heart.


IImage Of Author K.C. BlakeBorn and raised in sunny California, K.C. (Kasi), decided on a career in writing when she was just twelve, after reading ‘The Outsiders’.

Her favourote authors today, include Stephen King, John Saul, Cassandra Clare, J.K. Rowling and Carrie Jones and she currently resides in the Midwest.

For years she honed her craft and nurtured her love of writing, by reading books and taking creative writing classes, instead of running around with her friends.

Then, the break she had been waiting for and the best day of her life, came when she got a phone call from  ‘Harlequin’ in New York, wanting to publish her first book.

Unfortunately, after publishing just two books, K.C. and her editor agreed that Harlequin was not the great tide that would take her to fame and fortune and were not the right publisher for her, although they have since re-published one of her stories as an e-book.

A few years later K.C. read Twilight and was instantly hooked.  Loving YA books as she always had, she decided that writing for young adults would offer her a new focus and seemed to be the perfect solution. So she dusted off an old idea she’d had months before, about a vampire who becomes human again and has to learn to adjust and she hasn’t looked back since. .

When she is locked in her office, pounding out another story on the computer screen, no one dares disturb her. What they don’t know is she isn’t even in there. She’s in another world, fighting vampires, hunting werewolves, or falling in love with a tall, dark, and handsome creature of the night.

The characters have to become real to me and fill me with positive emotions. Sometimes even negative emotions can inspire me to write though. Also, I get inspired by listening to music. Or it can be as simple as something another person says to me.

In her spare time K.C. enjoys shopping (she literally ‘shops ’til she drops’), reading, searching for creative ideas to improve her home and, as she lives on a farm, taking care of animals.

 I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link


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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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  • Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment on my Mailbox post. It’s nice to meet you, too, and see what you’re reading.

    • Hi Bellezza,

      It is great to ‘meet’ you and to have you host Mailbox Monday for the month of June.

      I love checking out new to me blogs and although my sometimes too lengthy comments may ramble on a little, I love to have a conversational interaction with the new people I meet.

      I have to admit that ‘Bait’ may be a little outside my usual reading genres, however I am very intrigued by the synopsis, completely captivated by the alluring cover art and definitely looking forward to reading the book.

      Have a good trip.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      An intriguing storyline definitely and as you so rightly say, a great looking cover.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your week is good also.

    • Hi Pat,

      I particularly noticed the opening lines of the synopsis, where Bay-Lee is bemoaning the fact that she is the tallest kid in her grade. Being slightly vertically challenged as I am (just plain short!), I can well remember trying to remain invisible at school, for exactly the opposite reason.

      K.C definitely seems to have re-invented herself, since her earlier days writing for Harlequin, although those early successes must surely have given her the spur she needed to keep her plugging away with her writing. She has certainly found her niche with her current genres of books.

      I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Shoshanah,

      I know that this is ostensibly a book targeted at the YA market, however I think that it might well have a storyline which translates equally strongly to a much wider age group and as you say, that cover colour is certainly arresting and eye-catching!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi Sam,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments much appreciated.

      This is the first time that I have agreed to be part of a blog tour, for no other reason than that the author generally requres the host to have read the book prior to said post. I have such a vast pile of author and publisher reviews waiting by my desk, that I have decided should be read strictly in the order they were recieved, that I don’t make exceptions.

      This is why ‘Bait’ is appearing as a joint Blog Tour and Mailbox Monday post and it seems to be working quite well, offering exposure to K.C. and the book and highlighting my new find this week, which will now take its place in my review pile.

      I do like the sound of this storyline though and will certainly be looking forward to reading it in due course.

      Have a great week.

        • Hi Marie,

          Ain’t that the truth!!

          I have more lists of promotional material to post and reviews to write, than I know what to do with.

          I make lists so that I don’t forget to publish a post, then I panic that the list is getting too long and I can’t keep control of it!

          I love it all really …. LOL!

    • Hi Tracy,

      I’ll let you know if I recommend ‘Bait’, after I have finished reading it, however I am very intrigued by the synopsis, so that’s a good start!

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Marie,

      I am still trying to work out whether Bay-Lee is the ‘bait’, or the ‘bait’ are the people she comes into contact with?

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

    • Hi Kathy,

      This probably isn’t a book that I would have gone out and bought for myself, however it does have an intriguing premise and these days, the line between YA and adult fiction has become so blurred as to be almost indistinguishable. Far too mature for the kids to get their hands on though, at least until I have finished with it!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      ‘Bait’ is still way down my reading list and although there haven’t been too many reviews posted yet, the book is getting some quite high ratings on the major review sites, so that bodes well for its author, K.C. Blake, who is already working on the second book in the series.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate it.

  • Hey there! I’m dropping by all the sites on the blog tour. You did a great job! I hope you enjoy Bait when you get around to reading it. It is a ‘clean’ book. I hate it when people write books for teens and make them so nasty I wouldn’t want my adult child to read it let alone a younger kid.

    I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t tell you why it’s called Bait. It is getting great reviews, and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks again for participating in the tour. 🙂

    • Hi Kasi,

      You are most welcome and thanks for taking the time to drop in on all your ‘tour sites’.

      There will be several more mentions for ‘Bait’ in the many various regular memes in which I participate, so hopefully that will all help towards getting those reviews and ratings up there!

      Good luck with the rest of the tour dates and with continued success for all your future projects.

    • Hi Kristen,

      Check out the author’s comment above……

      K.C. says “I hope you enjoy Bait when you get around to reading it. It is a ‘clean’ book. I hate it when people write books for teens and make them so nasty I wouldn’t want my adult child to read it let alone a younger kid.”

      ‘Bait’ is clearly not designed to give the reader nightmares, even the ‘ridiculous cowards’ … I don’t believe that for one moment!!

      I am between books at the moment and desperately trying to tie up the last loose ends on a couple of reviews!

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

    • Hi Mystica,

      ‘Bait’ hasn’t been around for too long and it was not until this week that it started its virtual blog tour, to get the message out.

      K.C. has managed to fill several dates, in a tour which is to last the entire three months of summer, so I am sure that you will see ‘Bait’ popping up on several more of your regularly visited blogs, very soon.

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

    • Hi Vicki,

      I always vowed that I would never read YA fiction, when I first started accepting books for review. However, I did eventually concede and have to say that I have since read some excellent examples in this genre. The standard of writing in th YA genre has improved so much with time, that most books are now almost indistinguishable from their adult counterparts.

      Thanks for stopping by, your views and opinions are always appreciated.

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