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What’s new this week on Fiction Books shelves?

Mailbox 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 September 2012 is: Kristen@BookNAround

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Kristen, 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!

I have quite a number of author review requests at this time, so I am finding that to avoid confusing myself too much, I am only effecting the download when I can see a slot in my reading schedule.

Hence, whilst authors may have sent me a download link some time ago, I am only counting them into my ‘mailbox‘ when I download to my Kindle or PC.


On the ‘virtual’ shelves this week …. ‘Blue Monday’ by M Thomas Long …. A Kindle gift

If I had the winning lottery ticket …. It’s a fun scenario to imagine…unless you are Matt McAllister.

Blue Monday is the story of Matt McAllister. Matt is the pastor of the fifth largest church in his state. After over 20 years in the ministry he is approaching burn out. Every week begins with blue Monday. The clergy’s equivalent of the morning after.

Matt was a vocal, public opponent to the lottery when it came to South Carolina. When he accidentally purchases another person’s lottery ticket, he is surprised at the reaction of himself, his family, and those around him. The situations quickly become funny, introspective and sad simultaneously when the ticket wins $186 million.
Matt learns some important lessons about human nature, both his and the people around him…then he learns that the woman who picked the numbers on his winning ticket has attempted suicide.
When offered part of the winnings, Matt has an opportunity to leave blue Monday behind…but can he?

This is a great sounding premise for a story an one which I am sure many of us can relate to. This copy was provided as a Kindle gift by its author, M Thomas Long.


Another Kindle gift …. ‘The Dragondain’ by Richard Due.

It’s the middle of the night, you need to send your brother to the Moon Realm, and he won’t wake up. So you improvise. . . .

When a confused Jasper awakes, he’s convinced he’s dreaming. But by the time he meets Greydor, Jasper understands that this is no dream. In fact, persuading the King of the Rinn to work with the men of Dain to defeat their common enemy is a nightmare. Then there’s the other side of the coin: convincing Tavin and Dubb that saddling a Rinn isn’t certain death. (“It’ll be fun!”) And perhaps even a greater worry: can he make friends with Dubb’s daughter Darce before she punches his lights out?

Lily has problems, too. There’s a little mousie scratching in her closet. Or at least, it sounds like a little mousie. Oh, and her second confrontation with Curse, and trying to form her first peerin. (Don’t you have to be from Dain to do that?) And where’s Ebb?

Only one thing is certain. Now that Lily and Jasper have entered the Moon Realm, nothing can ever be the same again.

Illustrated by Carolyn Arcabascio. Volume Two of the The Moon Realm Series.

This is the second book in ‘The Moonrealm’ series and I had the privilege of reading and reviewing its predecessor ‘The Moon Coin’, some months ago. Thanks again to the series author, Richard Due, for another great addition to my reading list.


This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the books, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other articles.

Stop by and let me know what great new book you received 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 Naida,

      Thanks, I am sure I shall enjoy them both, as diverse in genre, as they are.

      Richard Due has been so lucky to have found an amazing illustrator in Carolyn Arcabascio.

      I forgot to put the link in to her website, I shall go back and do that now … it is well worth checking out.

      I hope that the weekend is going well for you, it is evening here and there is a definite chill in the air tonight!

    • Hi Jessica,

      They certainly do, although they also have to accept that any review I give will always only be my own opinion about a book. I am not a book critic, so if I don’t really enjoy the book, I will definitely say so.

      I will also not be frightened to refuse a book, which is too far out of my comfort zone. I read purely for pleasure and have no interest in accepting a book I know I am not going to enjoy.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are appreciated.

    • Hi Gautami,

      They are certainly very diverse stories, so I shall be spoilt for choice that’s for sure.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to catch up with you.

    • Hi Kristen,

      Any week that I get new books in my mailbox, is a good week.

      Depression sets in quickly on the weeks when new books don’t appear!!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and thanks for hosting this month.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Hmm! I hadn’t thought about that, now I am more intrigued than ever about the storyline. I am sure that M Thomas Long has a simple explanation for it, although I can’t for the life of me think what it might be?

      I have never visited the Carolinas, although when we have been across to Florida, we have ventured as far afield as Georgia. For us that was quite a trip, as Florida itself is roughly the same size as the whole of Great Britain.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is always welcome and appreciated.

    • Hi Mary,

      It’s great when I get books from such diverse genres in my mailbox.

      As I always try to read them in the order in which the review request was received, it means that no two books are alike, which seems to make the reading more pleasurable and the review much clearer to articulate.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to catch up with you.

    • Hi Sam,

      It is always exciting for me, when an author writes with a review request. Every book is so unique and I get to read books which I would probably never have picked up off the shelves otherwise.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      M Thomas Long is a new author on the scene, although he obviously has the writing bug, as no sooner does he contact me about ‘Blue Monday’, than he is back in touch with a synopsis for his next book, which is on the drawing board.

      Richard Due has achieved some well deserved success and praise for the first book in the ‘Moon Realm’ series and I am certain that this follow-up story, will be equally enthralling to read.

      Thanks for visiting today, you are always welcome.

    • Hi Melissa,

      I couldn’t think of any other way of keeping track of all the books I have for review.

      I do always try to review in strict order of when the request was recieved, as that seems the fairest way to do it, so if I make the book ‘live’ when I have a space in my reading list, I know where I am …. well at least I think I do …. and it sounds good!!

      Let’s face it .. I just have too many books and not enough time … period!

      Thanks for stopping by and at least trying to make me think that I know what I am doing!

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Thanks, I am sure that I shall enjoy them both and the many other books which I have in my review schedule.

      The real and even the ‘virtual’ shelves, are groaning under the weight of unread books, so I need to have some order and structure in my reading schedule, or I am doomed!

      Thanks for visiting and I hope that you have a great week.

  • I received Blue Monday a week or so ago! Can’t wait to read your review!
    I’ve never heard of The Dragondain, or Richard Due. Enjoy your books!!

    • Hi Vicki,

      Let me know when your review goes up and I’ll stop by. I have a slot ready to read ‘Blue Monday’ but that won’t be just yet! It sounds like it is going to be a good book, intriguing synopsis!

      ‘Dragondain’, is the second book in the’Moon Realm’ series and comes under the genre of YA Fantasy. I am not really into fantasy books in a big way, however I read and thoroughly enjoyed the first book ‘The Moon Coin’ and I would consider it to be just as suitable for an adult audience, as much as YA.

      Fantasy is not generally a genre that I would accept for review from an author or publisher. although I have taken on a couple over the last few months, which looked particularly interesting and not too ‘off the wall’!

      Thanks for taking an interest in the post, I always look forward to your comments.

    • Hi Gigi Ann,

      The author of ‘Blue Monday’, M Thomas Long, is new on the scene, although quite a few people have received the book for review by the looks of things.

      Richard Due has received some glowing reviews for his first book (including my own), so this, the second part of the series, I am really looking forward to reading.

      Good to catch up with you, thanks for stopping by.

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