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Publisher:  CreateSpace ISBN-10:  1456414143


Copyright:  Feb. 23, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781456414146

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Colleen Helme | Author of Romantic Fantasy

A perfect combination of humor and wit with just the right amount of mystery and mayhem make this contemporary fantasy a must read novel!

Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer. The next thing she knows, she's lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn't suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly 'hears' what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she's bossy and too old to understand them, but that's nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn't want her to know? As if that isn't enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he's out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone's thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.

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Carrots, A Refreshing Different kind of Slueth Story by Sharon Haddock of Deseret News
"Because she stopped for carrots on her way home, Shelby Nichols' world changed.

"She was caught in the crossfire as a bad guy tried to rob the bank inside the grocery store, and she was injured. She woke up with the ability to read minds, something she soon discovered comes with rewards and problems.

In her novel "Carrots," Colleen Helme writes that Shelby's mind becomes crowded with many unbidden thoughts; she quickly has to learn to put up mental shields to survive. She also has to use her abilities to help a mobster who will have her killed as soon as she is no longer of use to him.

The story becomes one of tension and narrow escapes as Shelby tries to walk the fine line between doing what she must and keeping her former life as a soccer mom intact.

Helme does a credible job keeping the action going while making her main character likable and real. She also bangs up Shelby on numerous occasions: it's hard at times to believe she is going to live through the story.

Helme pulls off the herculean task of thinking for Shelby and incorporating the thoughts of the characters around her without the story becoming muddled and confusing.

The dialogue is well written and the story flows along nicely with a good number of twists and surprises.

It makes for a different sort of tale, almost a cross between the TV show "Medium" and LDS author Josi Kilpack's culinary series.

Shelby is no shrinking violet, but she isn't foolhardy either. She probably should enlist help a little sooner, but her husband is working a little too closely with one of the characters involved in shady business, so she's a little distracted by the possibilities.

Without giving too much away, let's just say the beautiful lady lawyer in the picture isn't very nice.

There are a couple of minor typos and setting errors that detract slightly in this self-published novel that should be taken to a recognized publishing house so it gets the respect it deserves.

Otherwise, it's a good story, a readable novel and the start of something fine.

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Reader Reviews for "Carrots"

Reviewed by adela g 6/22/2011
The new novel Carrots is such a delight to read and should be added to your summer reading list today! From the moment you open the cover and meet Shelby Nichols, you will love being in her world and experiencing things right by her side. Author Colleen Helme has provided us with a quirky, endearing, and at times delightfully frustrating character who finds herself surviving a supermarket shooting, and can then hear what people are thinking when she wakes up. You will love following Shelby get herself into some adventurous and hilarious situations with her newfound talent – you simply will not want to put this book down! This book has everything from mobsters to marital stress, and turns a very average woman’s life upside down with her newfound ability to read minds. The writing is fresh, witty and well done, you are never left feeling as if things are dragging on, and I was continuously entertained while reading this book.

Well done Colleen Helme, cannot wait for your next creative creation! If it is half as good as Carrots, I’ll be reading! Such a treat, I will be gifting copies to my friends soon so we can discuss it soon, because believe me, you will want to connect with someone else who has read it to re-live the well crafted moments of the book.

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