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‘The Mine’ by John Heldt

Icon Image For The Teaser Tuesdays MemeTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by …

MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. 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.



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, or to read more about both book and author go here.

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.

Joel walked around a walnut coffee table and sat down on the middle cushion of a plush silk brocade couch.

Mel smiled, shook his head, and looked at his plainspoken guest as if trying to decide whether he was a serial liar or a marketing genius.

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download of ‘ The Mine’, was gifted to me, by its author John Heldt.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, 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 article.


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  • I clicked on your link to read more about the story and was fascinated to see that you don’t have doggie bags. We do see huge steaks on the menu at some places here but I don’t think many people order them. I hope you enjoy the book!

    • Hi Kathy,

      It’s not to say that we don’t have any doggie bags, but one would only be offered somewhere like a pizza place and certainly not in a restaurant or pub. I guess this is just one of those cultural anomalies which makes us the same, yet different!

      I have only just started the book, but so far, so good.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Naida,

      If you or I were talking to Joel in the present, then he would look and sound quite normal.

      However, taking into account that ‘The Mine’ is a time travel story, then as a house guest Joel wouldn’t fit in quite so well and as his host you might be forgiven for feeling a little uncomfortable with his appearance, mannerisms and conversation!

      A good little storyline is building here and although I can see where it might be heading, the final outcome is still very much unknown.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your week is going well so far.

  • I can’t believe you all don’t use doggie bags in your little corner of the world. When we eat in a set down restaurant we almost always are served more than we can eat, so we almost always ask for doggie bags.

    Nice teasers, but not sure it is my cup of tea.

    • Hi Ann,

      We did notice how large a US portion of food is, compared to what you might expect in a UK restaurant. US visitors to this country must be quite shocked when they sit down to eat, especially as the average price of a smaller meal here is so much more than that of your large one.

      Perhaps that is why we don’t typically have doggie bags, as we are only served up the right amount of food for the average appetite? Anyway, most good restaurants would look at us aghast if we were to ask for a doggie bag. Typically, the only food ‘to go’ here, comes from a takeaway restaurant, or possibly a pizza place.

      Time travel is a new genre of book for me too, although so far I am really enjoying the story. It isn’t too heavy going, although I believe that there may be challenging times ahead for our main protagonist, as he wrestles with his conscience.

      Thanks for stopping by, these ‘offshoot’ discussions are always fun.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Some might say that they were one and the same thing!!

      I checked out the link to ‘The Devil In The Marshalsea’, but dunce that I am, didn’t realise that Marshalsea was actually a real gaol in London, until I decided to google it on the off chance. This sounds like a great story, an epic debut novel and as you so rightly say, a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation, it’s already on my list.

    • Hi Kelley,

      Thanks for dropping by. I am really enjoying the book so far and there are plenty of interesting passages I could have highlighted, I was spoilt for choice, so just decided to stop on the page I was reading and select something from there.

      I hope that your week is going well so far.

    • Hi Cleo,

      I have to admit that taken out of context, this line can appear a little random, however when you take into account that ‘The Mine’ is a story of time travel, then it suddenly takes on an entirely new perspective.

      At this stage, I am not sure which of the two men is the most confused by the situation, and it seems as though things are set to get a whole lot worse!

      Thanks for visiting today, it is always good to catch up with you.

    • Hi,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      I am so glad that it isn’t just my small corner of the world that doesn’t really do doggie bags, I was beginning to feel very paranoid.

      Whenever we have visited the US, they are a common request in just about every kind of eating establishment, from takeaway to silver service. Over here a silver service restaurant would throw you out if you asked for such a thing … it simply isn’t the done thing.

      I guess it makes us finish up all the food on our plates, rather than it go to waste!

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

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