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W… W… W… Wednesdays

Sharing my recent past, current, and immediate future, reading schedules and reviews. Image for weekly meme W... W... W...This weekly meme, hosted by MizB, over at ‘Should Be Reading’, is a snapshot of where I am at in my reading schedule. To play along, just answer the following three questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? As I probably won’t be able to contribute every week, I have taken the liberty of adding in a couple more W…’s, which came to mind.



‘The Mine’ by John Heldt

In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. ‘THE MINE’ follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.


‘Zaremba’ or Love and the Rule of Law by Michelle Granas

 In Warsaw, a shy and high-minded polio victim lives a life of seclusion caring for her odd family until a chance encounter plunges her into the intrigues of dirty politics. Zaremba, a wealthy businessman, is about to be arrested on trumped-up charges and only she can save him. Swept along by events, Cordelia finds her feelings increasingly involved with a stranger for whom she is both rescuer and victim. When Zaremba disappears, Cordelia is painfully uncertain if she has been abandoned and must overcome surveillance, corruption, the media, and mounting humiliations and difficulties to learn the truth. Although set in Poland, this is a story that could happen anyplace, as young democracies struggle against the temptations of covert operations and older democracies sometimes lead them astray. Upbeat, humorous and serious by turns, Zaremba contains an intense but delicate romance, a universal moral about the abuse of power, and a vivid portrayal of a foreign country.


‘Must Love Sandwiches’ by Janel Gradowski

Emma has worked hard to establish herself as an artist. The artists’ colony where she lives is heaven compared to the rundown trailer parks she grew up in. After a relationship comes to an unexpected end she decides to make some drastic changes in her life, but it isn’t as easy as just flipping a switch. Her best friend, Daisy, thinks she’s being too extreme. Plus, the owner of Emma’s favorite food truck is more tempting than the gourmet sandwiches he serves. That makes everything even more complicated. Is taking a different route in life the best thing to do? What if she ends up miserable instead of on the path to happiness?

“Must Love Sandwiches” is the first volume of The Bartonville Series of foodie fiction. This is a “cake” sized (novella) story of approximately 30,000 words. Recipes and two “truffle” sized (flash) stories of about 1,000 words each are also included.


‘Fleeting Glance’ by Sherban Young

John Hathaway just wanted a quiet weekend alone with his fiancée.

Instead, he receives a cryptic postcard from a man he’s never met, gets wrapped up in an elaborate art heist and finds himself framed for murder. And what’s worse, his future in-laws are in town! The palette is certainly thickening here, and there might be only one person who can rally the muses in time to string it all together: the Master himself, Enescu Fleet, retired private eye. You can check out my review here


‘Sea Of Regret’ by Carolyn J. Rose

A woman determined to hold onto her land.

Financial sharks out to make a killing. A life-or-death struggle by the SEA OF REGRET. A year after the violence and tragedy of AN UNCERTAIN REFUGE, Kate Dalton’s life is shattered again. Developers want Evie Hopkins’ former dairy farm on the Oregon Coast, want it bad enough to sabotage the Castaway Beach Wildlife Rehabilitation Center she runs there. Aligned with developers and hoping to cash in on his inheritance early, Evie’s son claims she’s losing her mind and intends to prove that in court. The wildlife center is both home and place of healing for Kate, for Jackson Scovell who traded alcoholic oblivion for life with her, and for Way-Ray, a boy orphaned by murder. They fear for Evie and the sick and injured birds and animals she rescues and nurtures, but they vow to support her decision—whether it’s to sell or to fight. As Evie agonizes over her choice, protests and politics divide the community. Threats and violence escalate. Then two hired killers trap Kate, Jackson, and Way-Ray at a remote cove. And time runs out.

Stop by and leave a link to your own reading schedule, I can’t wait to visit and check them all out!


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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,

      ‘Must Love Sandwiches’ is the first part in a foodie short story series, known as ‘The Bartonville Series’. However it has been in my TBR pile for so long, that Janel has already now completed the second book ‘The Queen Of Bad Decisions’, which not only contains recipes, but finds the main protagonist working in a bookshop. Definitely a fun series methinks … http://www.janelgradowski.com/

      ‘Zaremba’ was a brilliant book. No fast paced action or real surprises, just a well written piece of social commentary, about a country of which I know little. A slow burning lovestory is the backbone of this excellent narrative, with a predictable, yet satisfying conclusion. I really enjoyed it if your couldn’t guess!!

      Thanks for the lovely comment and I hope that your week is going well so far.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I am WAAAAY! behind in writing up my reviews, although I have manged to promote each of the books I have read, several times, in the regular memes such as this, in which I participate.

      I tend to keep a list of my review tiles as they arrive on my desk and then promote, read and review them in the order they were received …. Okay, I know that sounds a bit nerdy, but it is the only way I seem to be able to keep on top of things, so it works for me!

      Great to hear from you, I hope that all is well with you.

    • Hi Laura,

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

      I have to admit, that I don’t read much from the fantasy genres and a time travel story has never crossed my desk before, so I tried to approach ‘The Mine’ with an open mind and not knowing what to expect from it. In fact, from the synopsis alone, I confess to drawing immediate similarities between the story of Joel Smith in ‘The Mine’ and that of Marty McFly in ‘Back To The Future’

      Having now almost finished the book, I have to say that so far I have genuinely enjoyed it, and it looks as though there may be another slight twist to the story before I am done with it, although I am not certain what it is going to be yet and I am resisting the temptation to peek ahead!

      ‘The Mine’ is the first part of author John Heldt’s time travel series and it shows just how long it has been sat in my TBR pile, that he is now onto book 4!

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi there and thank you so much for stopping by.

      I think that one of the best things about accepting review books, is the eclectic mix of genres which they encompass.

      Many of the books I wouldn’t have ever dreamt of going out and buying for myself, however they are amongst some of the best stories I have read and I wouldn’t have missed the opportunity of reading them for the world!

      Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope that you manage some quality reading time.

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