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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

This week’s new addition to my virtual shelf, comes courtesy of an initial review request approach by author Emily Ruth Verona, with the download being made available by publisher Black Rose Writing


Holly Dorren can’t breathe. Think. Feel. Her cousin is dead. Nothing will bring him back. And nothing will ever make her whole again.

In the days following Larry’s funeral, Holly begins to reflect on the childhood they shared. She looks for answers in both the past and the present, convinced that understanding his fascination with death might somehow allow her to cope with his absence. She doesn’t want to disappear, but already she’s fading away from the life she’s led.

Holly knew her cousin better than anyone, she was his best friend, and yet there is still a great deal she cannot accept in their relationship. In him. In herself. She doesn’t know how to move on without him, but refusing to accept his death carries it’s own devastating price.


Image Of Author Emily Ruth VeronaEmily Ruth Verona received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Cinema Studies from the State University of New York at Purchase.

She is the recipient of the 2014 Pinch Literary Award in Fiction and a 2014 Jane Austen Short Story Award.

Previous publication credits include work featured in Read. Learn. Write., The Lost Country, The Toast, and Popmatters. She lives in New Jersey with a very small dog.

Catch up with Emily’s latest news on her website

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You never know which will be the one. The thing which takes all those whens and maybes and transforms them into something tangible. Something outside of your dear and tender imagination. Over the last nineteen years I began writing dozens of novels and completed three of them before beginning the one. The first to be published. The first to change everything.

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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    • Hi Cheryl,

      You highlighted the quote about Larry’s fascination with death, however I was much more intrigued by the following line …

      “She doesn’t want to disappear, but already she’s fading away from the life she’s led.”

      I am left wondering exactly what Holly means by “fading away from the life she’s led”. I can understand some of the strange things that grief does to people, but this seems to be way more than that!!

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Fascinating yes! – But I’m getting the impression of something almost sinister and dark, about this story.

      Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate your comment 🙂

  • What you’ve shared makes me interested in Holly and her relationship with her cousin. While I have many cousins, I was never close enough to any of them to feel the way she describes.

    My only purchase last week was the cute children’s book (Ten Zany Birds by Sherry Ellis) featured on Tracy’s blog. I read it last night and it’s SO cute! I’m sure my younger grandchildren will enjoy it.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Exactly my thoughts, although I did have first cousins who married, back in the 1960s. That was a real ‘no-no’ back then, so they were almost completely ostracised by close family members and the marriage broke up very quickly.

      Holly does seem rather obsessed with Larry and a little too grief stricken by his death – definitely not a healthy relationship – or is there more to it than we know from those opening lines?
      I love the visual impact of the cover of ‘Ten Zany Birds’ and the many interactive possibilities the storyline opens up. My only concern, as a Brit, would be if the text is written in American English, as that could really confuse a child of school age, although it would be great to read as a bed-time story, then hide away as the child became more aware of the technicalities of reading and writing.

      Thanks for sharing and have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      I can’t even begin to pigeon hole this one into any particular genre, I guess it fits into the general ‘contemporary fiction’ category, or maybe even ‘noir fiction’ …

      “Noir fiction (or roman noir) is a literary genre closely related to hardboiled genre with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include the self-destructive qualities of the protagonist.”

      …Especially that last sentence of the definition !

      There are a multitude of questions arising from just those few lines and I am certain that the answers, when they are revealed, are going to be difficult, distressing and damning.

      Thanks for the interest in this book, I hope that any further posts about it, will keep you as intrigued 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      This is definitely a case of “will she or won’t she?” – “did she or didn’t she?” and a myriad of other questions, which are sure to challenge my views on several subjects, the deeper I delve into the story!

      Thanks for visiting today, I trust that your own mailbox was as impressive as usual, I’ll see you shortly 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for your kind comments, but I can’t take too much credit for my book choices. Many of them are author and publisher review requests, most of whom do their homework first and only approach me with titles fitting into one or the other of my preferred genres. So in all fairness I don’t find myself in the unenviable position of having to refuse requests, which is good 🙂

      ‘Steady Is The Fall’ does sound rather good, doesn’t it? and I am also finding the cover art increasingly spooky every time I look at it anew!

      Thanks for stopping by and I apologise for the lengthy reply delay – work has been manic so far this week 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I thought that it would be an advantage to check out some of the reviews this book has already attracted, unfortunately I came across one site which I really wish I hadn’t visited. The review itself was excellent, however there were so many ‘spoilers’ in the text, that I now know most of the storyline, without turning the first page!

      That won’t stop me reading the book, however I can now see just how important it is to keep a review fairly factual and objective, even if it is personal to me. ‘Spoilers’ really do matter!

      I get the feeling that you might enjoy this one 🙂

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