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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

This week’s new addition to my shelves, once again comes courtesy of the lovely Samantha, over at ‘Roger Charlie’. Sami has introduced me to some great new books and authors over the months, so I aways look forward to her emails.

‘Lake Of Fire’ is the fourth and latest book in author Mark Stevens ‘Allison Coil’ series and as I haven’t read any of the previous stories, I am hoping that this is going to work well as a stand alone novel, although I am certain that Sami wouldn’t have recommended it, if she had any doubts that I would enjoy it as such 🙂


A giant wildfire is roaring through Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness. The massive blaze is wiping out Allison Coil’s precious hunting grounds, and the flames have set their sights on the beautiful ranch owned by her boyfriend’s family.

Allison and longtime friend Trudy are shocked to learn that a body has been found in the fire ravaged forest—a friend who was a reclusive environmentalist with an unorthodox idea for the battle against global warming. Along with reporter Duncan Bloom, Allison burrows into an underground group of anti-government extremists. As they strike close to home and hurt those closest to her, Allison vows hell might not be punishment enough for this cabal of sinister fanatics.


Image Of Contemporary Author Mark StevensMark Stevens is the son of two librarians and was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

He graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in the suburbs of Boston and later from Principia College in Illinois.

Mark has worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor in Boston and Los Angeles; as a City Hall reporter for The Rocky Mountain News in Denver;  as a national field producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (PBS) and as an education reporter for The Denver Post.  

After his career in journalism, Mark worked in school public relations before starting his own public relations and strategic communications business.  

He lives in Denver with his wife and has two grown daughters. 

Catch up with Mark at 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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  • If a series is well written, each installment can stand on its own. Of course, they’re generally a little better if you know the background. It’s a good thing, too, because I rarely have time to read a series in order these days. I hope you love your new book!

    • Hi Kathy,

      I too have trouble keeping up with the multitude of series I tend to start mid-way through. I admire readers like Kelly, who maintains her stance of reading a series in chronological order wherever possible.

      I appreciate that most authors have an understanding of the difficulties in keeping up with a series and wherever possible they do try to make each installment a stand alone story. However, there are always those small details about a protagonists make-up, personality, or relationships, which only really work if you know their background and how they came to be where they are today.

      Still, despite that small point, if I can’t resist the sound of a book, I’ll always make an exception to my own rules. ‘Lake Of Fire’ is one such book, as it is written about an area of the country I haven’t covered before and I quite like the environmentalist storyline, which is very topical right now!

      Thanks for stopping by this week, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

  • Hmm, I think this book probably intrigues me more than it appeals to me … if that makes sense.

    Something I might pick up were I to see in in the library/a charity shop but somehow I couldn’t see myself buying a copy.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I always enjoy a good murder / mystery, although I admit that sometimes, when government departments are involved, things become a little more political than I may like and the edges begin to become rather blurred!

      I don’t know why, but when I first read the synopsis, I immediately thought of the Steven Seagal film ‘Fire Down Below’, although the similarities are rather tenuous to say the least! Hubbie watches his films quite often, although if it is one of the terrible dubbed stories, it gets switched off immediately!

      Perhaps by the time I get around to my review, you might feel differently about the book 🙂

  • Although not one I would seek out, it does sound interesting and I would give it a shot if handed to me. You know me, though… I like to read my series in order! 😉

    Yep…I added several to my Kindle this week (using credits from my birthday last month) including the trilogy Tracy recommended not long ago by Alexandra Sokoloff.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I also have the Sokoloff trilogy on my ‘Want To Read’ list, as it does sound so good, although I can’t see me getting around to buying the books anytime soon, as I have so many others to get through first!
      I was a bit wary of the fact that ‘Lake Of Fire’ is the fourth book in the ‘Allison Coil’ series, although no-one has made any adverse comments about the books being read as stand alone stories … Although I do know what a stickler you are for keeping a series in order 🙂

      The only aspect of all the stories in the series which rather raised questions in my mind, is the fact that there seems to be quite a heavy accent on hunting, although I am hoping that they may be rather oblique references, rather than anything too specific. As you know from experience, I am rather opinionated about things and trophy hunting for its own sake, is real ‘soap box’ material for me!

      Thanks for taking the time out to post a comment, always appreciated 🙂

  • I hope this book is a good read too.

    ENJOY your week. You always have awesome books and posts on your blog.

    A giveaway for A CURIOUS BEGINNING IS happening on my blog until October 7, then a giveaway for THE SILENT SISTER and also EVERYTHING SHE FORGOT beginning October 6.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for those kind words, I really appreciate the sentiment, which is definitely reciprocated and hope that I have put forward a few book suggestions worth consideration, over the course of the years we have chatted online. I know that you are responsible for a sizeable chunk of my ‘Want To Read’ list 🙂

      A good murder / mystery will always have me reaching for the ‘yes’ button, no matter what the source, although it is always better when someone like Samantha is personally involved, as I know that she has the resource to provide any additional information I may need to get the message out there!

      Thanks for stopping by, have a good week and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Thanks Serena.

      I hope that you too, received a good selection of new reading material, I shall be over to check soon 🙂

      Have a great week.

    • Hi Vicki,

      There are so many issues running in parallel through this story, that I am certain I shall be screaming at the pages before too long … All set for an interesting and intriguing read!

      Thanks for continuing to co-host MM, I always look forward to a Monday 🙂

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