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New Reads Here At ‘Fiction Books’ This Week

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, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for October 2012 is: Marcia, the founder of this great meme.

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Marcia, after all, we all like to receive them!

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!


The first new addition to my reading pile this week is the result of another unexpected great win from Vicki, over at ‘I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach’, where she was particpating in a blog tour on behalf of the book’s author.


Cover Image for thriller novel 'Primal' by Deborah SerraWith everything at stake, what are you capable of?  What if the worst happens and you are not a policeman, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart?

 In this gritty crime thriller a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men.  With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must kill or watch her family die – and then things get worse.

A family vacation to a Lake Superior fishing camp turns ugly when the camp is invaded by four heavily armed men running from the law. The Burne brothers do not realize that one of the campers, thirty-year-old Alison Kraft, was sick, and so, when they burst into the lodge and pulled all of the hostages together she was not among them.

Outside the lodge, in the darkness, Alison stands, paralyzed watching in the icy drench of the pounding rain. This gentle woman is left with only her wits, and the element of surprise, to battle for the life of her husband and her child. She is alone. She will win, or they will die.


Next up … This was an author request and copy was supplied as a PDF


In her debut novel, Veronika Carnaby picks up where the Beat Generation left off. Set in 1960, Bohemia chronicles a group of twenty-somethings who defy the “ideals” of a mid-twentieth century society to seek creative fulfillment. In the process, they spotlight the creative path that artists of all mediums tread, all the while depicting the challenges faced by youth in the decade that changed the world.



Finally this week … Another author request, this time from an Australian author I have featured before here on Fiction Books, Dean Mayes. This copy came as a Kindle download.

The small image doesn’t do this cover art any justice at all, however I shall be publishing a feature post about the book and author very soon, with a much larger image. I think you should then be able to appreciate just how alluring and poignant the image is!


In 1950s Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and put to work on an isolated and harsh outback station. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her secretly by the kind-hearted wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia’s prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship and racism. Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter Ruby plays the violin with the passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst poverty, domestic violence and social dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice with her grandmother’s frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor and with his help, she embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a rare opportunity. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.


I would love to see what great finds found their way onto your shelves this week!
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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 Nikki,

      I have to say that ‘Primal’ would probably be the one I would buy if all three books were side by side on the shelf, however I am very intrigued by ‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’. I love Dean Mayes style of writing and I have never read anything about Aboriginal culture before, only of course the text book stuff of school days, which has already been long forgotten!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you.

    • Hi Naida,

      Primal seems to be everyone’s first choice of my selection this week and I have Vicki to thank for finding this one, as I won it in a book tour in which she was participating. This is the author’s debut novel, although she has worked as a screenwriter in the film and television industry for many years. There is already another novel on her drawing board, so I shall need to read this one as soon as possible.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always appreciated.

  • Hi Yvonne! I hope you enjoy Primal as much as I did! I’m going to have to check out the other two books, I don’t think I’ve seen them before!

    • Hi Vicki,

      I have scheduled Primal into my reading list, although I think it is going to be some time before it makes it to the top, but I am definitely looking forward to reading it.

      Veronika Carnaby is a new author to fiction writing, with her book Bohemia. I am probably just a year or two too young to fully appreciate and remember the Beatnik days of the 1960’s, although I am sure that there will be some elements of the story that will ring bells for me.

      Dean Mayes is a fantastic Australian author, whose first book The Hambledown Dream, I read and reviewed in 2011. Given his great story-telling skills and attention to detail, I am expecting Gifts Of The Peramangk, to offer a detailed and fair look at Aborigial life and culture, an area about which I have read nothing before.

      Thanks for visiting, it is always good to talk with you.

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to ‘meet’ new people and I will always appreciate your comments.

      Primal sounds like a real cliffhanger of a book and I am really looking forward to reading it.

    • Hi Kathy,

      It just goes to show how observant I am … I have only just noticed the small print right at the bottom of the cover of Primal “screenplay purchased by James Cameron” … what better credentials and recommendation could you have than that?


      Thanks for stopping by today, your visits are always appreciated.

    • Hi Mystica,

      Gifts Of The Peramangk, is an intriguing premise for a story and the first time that I have ever read anything fictional about Aboriginal culture.

      I have read and reviewed Dean’s previous novel, The Hambledown Dream, and thoroughly enjoyed both his style of writing and delivery, so I am looking forward to an engrossing, if emotional and possibly controversial read in this, his latest book.

      Thanks for your valued visit and comment, both are much appreciated.

    • Hi Mary,

      I am really looking forward to reading Primal, this is just my kind of book, although I have to admit that reading the last line of that synopsis ….”This gentle woman is left with only her wits, and the element of surprise, to battle for the life of her husband and her child. She is alone. She will win, or they will die.” …. does make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck!

      Three totally different books, three great new reads.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Bohemia is something totally different from anything I have read before, so I am looking forward to checking it out in more detail.

      I was only a child in the 1960’s, so my memories of the generation of Beatniks and Hippies, is probably clouded a little.

      The idea of following a group who are set on discovering their ‘creative fulfilment’, has to have the premise for an intriguing story.

      I’m afraid that I am not a very creative person, so it’s probably a good job that I wasn’t an adult at this time, I would have been far too stuffy and analytical for this carefree generation!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comments.

  • All three of your selections sound fascinating. I have not read any of them. I may add the Dean Mayes one to my TBR. Maybe the others too, though I will probably wait for your reviews. Have a great week. Hope you are not in Hurricane Sandy’s path. MY POST IS HERE

    • Hi Judy,

      Two of the authors are presenting their debut novels this week, in fact Dean Mayes is the only author to have already published a novel before and I find the premise and storyline for Gifts Of The Peramangk very intriguing and thought provoking.

      I have such a backlog of review requests lined up, that I am not likely to get to any of these books anytime soon, as I do make it a point to read the review books in the order in which they were received, but keep stopping by as they will all be featured in due course.

      I am afraid that the link you left to your post does not work, so I am unable to stop by and see what great new books you received this week, but thanks for your comments and thoughts.

  • Now, as I re read you blod, you are in the UK. I’ll try to remember. It’s a puzzle sometimes, knowing where everyone resides. Sometime I will visit “across the pond”!

    • Hi Judy,

      Yes, I am based here in the UK, way down in the Southwest of the Country, in a county called Somerset. The area I live in is quite rural, although the UK is so small, that you are never really very far away from the urban jungle!!

      We do normally catch the tail end of any weather systems which affect the US, as they head across the Atlantic. I guess we are in for some very wet and windy weather in a couple of weeks then!!

      We are following the track of ‘Sandy’ as it hits land on the Eastern Seaboard and our thoughts are with everyone affected by it, especially any fellow bloggers, who get special thoughts and good wishes.

      I hope to hear that you are visiting our side of the pond very soon, you will be sure of a warm welcome.


    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I have very eclectic tastes in my reading genres and will give almost anything a try, but I have to admit that a good thriller/mystery, will win me over every time.

      Judging by the number of commenters who have opted to pick out Primal for discussion, I get the feeling that I am not alone in my choice.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It is very rarely that I fail to finish a book, or don’t enjoy at least some aspect of it. I am also a very eclectic reader, so having a selection of books from such varied genres, is my idea of heaven. I certainly aim to try and enjoy them all.

      Thanks for the visit, it is always great to speak with you

    • Hi Diana,

      Primal doesn’t sound as though it has too many different characters in the storyline, yet sounds particularly tense and scary! I find that both books and films which have a small cast of characters, are generally great psychological thrillers, which keep the reader/viewer on the edge of their seats! I guess I am thinking of something along the lines of the film ‘Panic Room’, with Jodie Foster, which still scares me witless every time I watch it!

      I am sure that I shall enjoy all the books, each in their own particular way.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments are always welcome.

    • Hi Linda,

      I have very eclectic tastes in my reading genres, but even I don’t think I shall be reading these three books back to back!

      Each of them has something unique about them that I am looking forward to discovering, that’s for sure …. I was only a small child througout most of the 1960’s …. I know little or nothing about Aboriginal culture …. and the psychology involved in the plot of ‘Primal’ is probably going to be quite intense!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you.

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