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New On My Shelf This Week

Both of my new reads this week, came as the result of direct social media contact from their respective authors, which is always very pleasing.

Whilst both downloads will unfortunately have to take their turn under the weight of my existing TBR mountain, I did want to feature them to thank both Tom and Mike for their consideration.


Camie at 14 is a wild Detroit street girl on the run from an abusive suburban home. In the underbelly parlance of Motown, she is a babytrick and ready to do anything to survive.
Ella is a beautiful black attorney and former cop, who finds herself accused of the murder of a wealthy businessman she used to date.

What do these two very different female protagonists have in common in this fast-moving noir tale? More than you might ever imagine.

When they meet through Mark, a Rolling Stone free-lancer in town to write about Coleman Young’s final term as Detroit’s first black mayor, all three become the target of a vicious ghetto hitman and his brother.

Ingeniously plotted and written with verve and dash, this dark urban crime thiller is the third in “The detroit im dying Trilogy”, and like the others, can be read as a standalone. It will keep you guessing until its final line.


Image Of Author T.V. (Tom) LoCicero

Tom was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and grew up there after his first dozen years in Detroit. He attended Notre Dame and graduated with a B.A. and M.A from the University of Michigan.

Tom has worked in both print and electronic journalism, as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and as a producer of documentaries as well as entertainment and cultural specials.  He has also published articles and short stories in various periodicals, as well as operating his own TV and video production company; writing, producing and directing more than 50 long-form documentaries, 75 shorter features and 30 live event programs.

His work has been recognized with 22 Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Gold Medal from the International Film and TV Festival of New York and numerous awards from the Associated Press and United Press International.

Catch up with all Tom’s news at his website

Join Tom on Facebook




Series description: Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks…or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?


Image Of Author Mike Wells

Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of over twenty-five thriller and suspense novels. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide.

Formerly a screenwriter, Mike’s work has often been compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon; having a fast-paced, cinematic writing style, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.

Catch up with all Mike’s news at his website

Follow Mike on Twitter

Join Mike on Facebook

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 … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

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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  • I know what you mean about the TBR taking precedence over the new arrivals. I hope you enjoy both new books, Yvonne. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind thoughts. Have a great week.

    • Hi Mary,

      I know that we don’t always have the same tastes in reading genres, however I am always keen to see what is new on your TBR pile, as I tend to make very eclectic book choices and a good contemporary romance would never be turned away from this house 🙂

      It will take some time to make lifestyle adjustments now, but I hope that things continue on an upwards path for you, maybe some quiet reading time will be just what the doctor ordered 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      Ah! I didn’t say that I don’t get distracted from my TBR pile when a new book arrives, but that generally only happens when it is a physical copy, which I can sit and look at longingly on my shelves. An ebook is much more easy to pigeon hole into its proper place in the TBR queue, although I always aim to to get as many promotional posts published as possible, to get the book noticed and out there!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

  • My TBR gets put on the back burner when I receive new books that have a requested review. I admire you for that.

    I have some books languishing on my shelves for two years or more…bad me.

    Your featured book looks intense.

    Have a wonderful week…great post as always, Yvonne.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Don’t get me wrong – I do plenty of TBR juggling if an author or publisher requests a specific review date, although I will often only set the expectation of promotional posts, with a full review to follow later.

      I used to also buy a lot of books from various charity shops and sales, although I have been tough on myself and haven’t trawled the many shops, for some time now. Like yourself, I therefore also have a huge backlog of books which have been on the shelves for what seems like forever, with me having no clear idea or plan as to when they will ever get dusted off and read.

      I really should have a cull, but I simply can’t bear to part with a book until I have read it!

      I have to agree that both of my books this time look and sound quite intense and as both are part of quite lengthy series, I’m not sure that I shall be embarking on a fulll series read for either of them.

      I hope that all is well with you and that you enjoy all the books you have lined up for this week 🙂

  • Interesting that both of these authors have connections to TV/film! The books sound exciting and action-packed (and probably disturbing in places).

    My TBR collection is out of control, too, but if I were looking to add one of these, I’d probably choose Babytrick.

    Maybe you can still feature them both in other promotional posts, even if you can’t read and fully review them any time soon.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I am actually finding that more and more I find myself promoting books, rather than reading and reviewing them, so I think that 2017 will be ‘make your mind up’ year for me, when I need to decide which direction, if any, Fiction Books is going to take.

      I have come across quite a few screenwriters who have had great success at transitioning to writing novels, but then I suppose given the fact that so many films are based on original books anyway, that’s not really too much of a surprise. Although I do wonder if it might be tempting for an ex-screenwriter to then deliberately write a novel in such a way that it might be suitable for film or television adaptation..

      Strangely enough, both of the books featured this week, are currently part of a three book series, although the author contact came from two very separate sources!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I will be over to visit your site very soon, but as you can imagine, retail is super manic at this time of year 🙂

      • No worries, Yvonne. My last couple of posts might not be up your alley, but I do have several jigsaw puzzles scheduled on the horizon, along with the review of Kate Morton’s The Lake House on Friday. 🙂

        And yes… I think some authors DO write with the idea of a movie coming out of it!

        • Now I’m intrigued … Your posts may not always be up my alley, but they are always interesting to read, so I shall certainly stop by later – Another mad day and the kitchen now beckons for dinner preparations 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann, but I seem to be in rather a reading slump right now, so everything (including myself) needs a good shake up and sort out. I have a whole heap of reviews to get online and I have to set a much tighter reading schedule for the New Year. Hopefully it then won’t be too long before these two great sounding books are at the top of my Kindle index.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your visit 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      I know that ‘Babytrick’ is the third book in the series, however I think that Tom is being quite straight when he says that each book can be read as a stand alone story, as each one features different protagonists, both male and female, who appear to be very strong and well defined lead characters, although I’m not sure that the series might not be a bit too ‘urban’ for my liking!

      I’m sure to catch up with your review should you decide to add this one to your TBR pile 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by

    • Hi Serena,

      You have no idea how many bloggers I have spoken with who are saying exactly the same thing, so obviously out of control TBR piles and unachievable review deadlines are beginning to take their toll on everyone.

      In fact there are several sites I used to visit regularly and which seemed to be well supported, which have gone altogether. Alongside them are the bloggers who have decided to give up on hosting regular memes, which is such a shame, as they form a crucial connecting point in getting promotional posts out there and circulating.

      I wonder if authors will find themselves facing the dilemma of how to get their books reviewed, or if a new channel will open up to offer such a facility.

      I know that from my own perspective, I spend more time promoting books than I can ever hope to spend reading and reviewing them.

      Thanks for the interesting digression, it is always good to chat about things 🙂

  • I decided to slow down the usual holiday chaos and start a book in December. I chose The Boy and the Dolphin by Dick Schmidt, dickschmidtbooks.com is his site. I felt like I needed a feel good story that reaffirmed to me that there is and still can be good in the world! It’s working so far.

    • Hi Heather,

      Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated.

      I don’t know if you are active on social media or any review sites, such as Twitter or Goodreads, but if you are perhaps you could swing by with your contact details so that we can hook up 🙂

      I have just finished my current book, ‘Hello Again’ by Stan Schatt, which was a paranormal mystery that took me a little out of my usual reading genre, although I did end up by thoroughly enjoying the experience.

      However the book next up on my TBR pile, ‘Deacon’s Folly’ by James Thibeault, is a real leap of faith, which I hope is just as enjoyable; a little like ‘The Boy And The Dolphin’ would be, should I decide to ever add it to my reading list. I can see how this one would calm life down a little before the mayhem of Christmas kicks off!

      Happy Reading and have a good weekend 🙂

  • Oh the ever growing TBR mountain. I don’t know what to do honestly lol. The Mike Wells book sounds like an adventure. Enjoy these when you get to them 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I’ve given up worrying about my TBR mountain now. I just keep on adding titles I fancy reading and I’ll think later about how I ever hope to get through even a small fraction of them in my lifetime!

      I hate to be the one to have to say this when you have expressed an interest in the Mike Wells book, but the title ‘Lust, Money & Murder’ actually reflects the three stories in the series, although if it is any consolation, they sound as though they will work just fine as stand alones!

      Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and I hope that you are almost ready for Christmas 🙂

Written by Yvonne