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New On My Shelf This Week

It was so nice when author Anne Goodwin made contact to request a guest post slot here at Fiction Books, to coincide with the release of her latest book ‘Underneath’. This introductory post is just meant to whet your appetite a little, with Anne’s personal post due to be published on 21st May 2017, so be sure to stop by then 🙂


He never intended to be a jailer …

After years of travelling, responsible to no-one but himself, Steve has resolved to settle down. He gets a job, buys a house and persuades Liesel to move in with him.

Life’s perfect, until Liesel delivers her ultimatum: if he won’t agree to start a family, she’ll have to leave. He can’t bear to lose her, but how can he face the prospect of fatherhood when he has no idea what being a father means? If he could somehow make her stay, he wouldn’t have to choose … and it would be a shame not to make use of the cellar.

Will this be the solution to his problems, or the catalyst for his own unravelling?

Clicking on the book’s cover image will link you directly with it’s Amazon listing.


Image Of Author anne GoodwinIn Anne’s own words, she has been scribbling stories ever since she could hold a pencil and now writes fiction for the freedom it offers her to contradict herself, although she hates bios for fear of getting it wrong!

During her career as an NHS clinical psychologist, Anne’s focus was on helping other people tell their negelected stories to themselves, although now that her short fiction publication count has overtaken her age, her ambition going forward is to write and publish enough novels to equal her shoe size.

Anne juggles her sentences whilst walking in the Peak District, only to lose them while battling the slugs in her vegetable plot.

As a break from finding her own words, Anne is also an avid reader and describes herself as a barely competent soprano in an all-comers choir.

I write to tame and organise the thoughts that bubble in my head. I write for the part of me that’s inconsolable and don’t have the hands or the talent for painting, pottery or the piano. I write because it’s proven more effective than screaming to communicate my personal truths. I write because publication provides the perfect payback for a painful childhood and because I’m addicted to alliteration, a glutton for grammar and ruled by the rule of three. I continue writing to discover where my imagination will take me; because if I stopped, I’d no longer be me.

Keep up with all the latest news at Anne’s 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 … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

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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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    • Hi Kathy,

      I’m obviously getting the same vibes as you, as to where the storyline is taking me.

      It only remains to be seen whether Liesel, who is clearly going to be kept against her will, is going to be imprisoned in bad conditions, or if Steve intends to make the cellar at least a little comfortable for her, being as he “can’t bear to lose her”

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and comments 🙂

  • I’ve read other stories that deal with holding people against their will, but this one sounds like it has an interesting twist. I look forward to the guest post in May.

    Love that cover art!

    • Hi Kelly,

      At first I wasn’t too sure about the cover art, however once I enlarged the image a little, it grew on me quite quickly, especially the little light within the letter “A”, which is particularly spooky!

      I can’t remember reading any other fiction story where someone is kept in the cellar against their will; although there are the obvious true, high visibility cases which have emerged over the years and the many films which have used the self same storyline as their plot.

      I am wondering how Anne is going to approach her guest post, however if the quote from her I have featured above, is anything to go by, then it should be very interesting.

      I hope that all is well with you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Oh my goodness – this sounds rather creepy. I was confused as the book link took me to a book with the same title about merfolk! I had to look twice.
    I hope you enjoy Anne’s book. Thanks for sharing at Mailbox Monday.
    Happy Reading!

    • Hi Martha,

      Nope! Sorry, I can’t seem to recreate the problem you have. This is the physical link to the same Amazon page as clicking on the book’s cover will land …


      … No merfolk in sight here 🙂

      This does sound like a very creepy and disturbing storyline though. Steve definitely has some serious problems to deal with and I shall be interested to see if we discover why he is so averse to becoming a father. Is it simply a matter of jealousy at having to share Liesel with a child, or is there a deeper, more psychologically disturbed reason!!

      Thanks for stopping by and for co-hosting MM. I always look forward to the weeks when I have time to take part 🙂

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