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‘Blue Monday’ by M.Thomas Long

Icon image for Teaser Tuesdays postsTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:


  1.  Grab your current read.
  2.  Open to a random page.
  3. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  5. Remember to share the title and author too.
  6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.


My teaser lines are taken roughly from the 50% marker of my Kindle download.

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

 It was just after 9:00 p.m. when Matt walked through Rosemary Harper’s ICU room door. His heart almost stopped. She was sitting up in her bed and when her eyes met his, a look of shock streaked across her face.

“Mrs. Harper, I fought the lottery tooth and nail. If you’ll pardon me, I must admit that I’m convinced that the money you won came from people who have been misled into risking money they could ill afford to risk, in an effort to obtain happiness …”

As this was an author  invitation to read and review, a Kindle download of ‘Blue Monday’, was sent to me free of charge by M.Thomas Long, in return for an honest and unbiased opinion.

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

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    • Hi Kristen,

      This is definitely an accomplished debut novel, with a great storyline and some well written dialogue. For a Christian fiction book it is not at all ‘preachy’ (or I wouldn’t be reading it!) and yes, I am thoroughly enjoying it, thanks!

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

    • Hi Vicki,

      If you are looking for a good, well written, character driven story, with no bad language, or sex scenes, then this is a great book and one I can recommend so far.

      Yes, the religious connotations are there, as the story revolves around a preacher, his family and congregation. However, I can in no way, shape, or form, be described as having any religious tendencies and I think that it’s a great debut novel.

      Hope that you are having a good week so far and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Eustacia,

      I have to admit that this has been my first foray into the realms of Christian reading of any kind, fiction or otherwise.

      Whilst it may be an area that I will only dip my toe into on very rare occasions, I have to say that I am enjoying ‘Blue Monday’ a lot and am delighted that I decided to take the plunge into unchartered waters.

      For a debut novel, the writing is surprisingly mature and perceptive and for me, Mark Thomas Long is definitely a name to track in the future.

      Thanks for stopping by today, it is always good to ‘meet’ new people and your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Actually, both those teaser lines come from the same page and are in fact part of the same conversation.

      I didn’t see them coming, I have to admit and was quite surprised by Pastor Matt’s strong words to Mrs. Harper. From where I am at in my understanding of the story, it is almost as though he is blaming the woman for the consequences of his own actions and whilst it might well be that he is correct in what he says, the way he has handled the situation hasn’t really helped matters very much.

      A good read so far.

      Thanks for the comments, they are always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I must admit that at this stage of the book, I wasn’t sure where the whole conversation was going to end up, as Matt’s words to Mrs. Harper weren’t at all what I was expecting from a pastor to a complete stranger. When you read the book and discover just why Mrs. Harper is in hospital, then the tone and content of the conversation I am sharing this week, are put very much into perspective.

      Thanks for visiting, your comments are appreciated.

    • Hi Linda,

      When I started talking with Mark Thomas Long and realised that ‘Blue Monday’ was actually a Christian fiction book, I have to admit to a certain amount of scepticism, about whether I would enjoy reading the book at all.

      I do however have to eat my words, as far from a ‘preachy’, overly religious book, ‘Blue Monday’ examines the failings which we all have has humans and has certainly given me food for thought.

      Sorry that I can’t tempt you this time around, but thanks for taking the time to read the post and reply.

    • Hi Sandra,

      Basically that’s the premise for this intriguing story of human emotions, failings and greed.

      Except, the person who wins, can’t win, doesn’t want to win,didn’t choose the ticket in the first place, but did buy it! and is vilified by everyone around them!

      The person whose ticket it was is distraught to the point of ……!!
      Their family really shows its true colours!!

      Now you can see why it is all so addictive … the book that is, not the lottery! … I hope that you do decide to read this one.

      Thanks for stopping by, your thoughtful comments are appreciated.

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