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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

My new book mailbox this week, comes courtesy of a review request from Katie Olsen, representing Little Bird Publicity, on behalf of their client, author James Thayer.

‘House Of 8 Orchids’ probably isn’t the kind of thriller I would typically be drawn to if I was bookshop browsing, however I find myself strangely intrigued by the premise, drawn into a world of which I know relatively little and eager to read on … so here goes!


In 1912, John Wade and his brother, William—children of the American consul—were kidnapped off the street in Chungking, China, and raised in the house of Eunuch Chang, the city’s master criminal.

Twenty-five years later, John is the eunuch’s most valuable ward, a trained assassin and swindler, and William has become a talented forger.

On the brink of World War II, China is in chaos. When William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes to central China, a place of ferocious warlords and bandits, John begins a desperate search to save his brother, while Eunuch Chang hunts them both.


image of author James ThayerJames Thayer is the son of an eastern Washington farmer and his wife is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington State University and of the University of Chicago Law School.

He teaches novel writing at the University of Washington extension school, where he received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Arts, Writing, and Humanities.

James  is the author of thirteen critically acclaimed novels, which have been translated into all major European languages, Japanese and Chinese.  He has recently ventured into the world of non-fiction, publishing a manual for aspiring novelists, ‘The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel.’  

When not writing, James enjoys running and has completed more than 30 years of running 20 or more miles a week. He has competed in a marathon (actually, he says, it was two marathons; his first and his last) and many 10 and 12 kilometer races.

He plays bass for a garage band, The Toneheads.  What the band lacks in talent, it makes up for in volume.

James lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters.

Keep up with all the latest news at James’s website

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James shared this thought about opening sentences:

If in the first chapter a hurricane is going to blow down an oak tree which falls through the kitchen roof, there’s no need to first describe the kitchen.

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.
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