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Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventure (Shelby Nichols Adventures Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Colleen Helme
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


'Carrots' a refreshing, different kind of sleuth story "The dialogue is well written and the story flows along nicely with a good number of twists and surprises. It's a good story, a readable novel and the start of something fine."
~ Sharon Haddock, Deseret News

I adored this book. Colleen Helme knows how to combine humor, mystery, and wit, and serve it up on silver platter! ~ After Dark Rendezvous

Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventure is in the same shelf as Stephanie Plum and Betsy Taylor in terms of comedy and hilarity. I love chic-lit plied with with mystery and CHelme did not disappoint! Loved it! ~ Braine - Talk Supe: A Pop Fiction Book Blog

What a riveting read! Who would have thought that a story about a suburban mom traveling to the store to get carrots would evolve into such a mystery? I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a nice light mystery with hilarious drama. I can't wait to read more from this author. ~ Sizzle & Swoon Book Reviews

Original crime fiction
with a sublime twist of humour, it doesn't get any better than Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventure. ~ Book Viral Reviews

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  • Print Length: 192 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!1 June 22, 2011
By Adela
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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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This was such a fun book to read!!! Enter Shelby Nichols, your average housewife who goes to the store so she can get some carrots to make some chicken soup for her family for dinner, and with a bang, literally, everything changes. After getting shot in the head, she can read minds. As a scifi fan, I definitely loved the mind-reading bit. I've often wondered if I could have a special ability, what would it be??? After reading this book and seeing all the trouble Shelby's mind-reading gets her into, I don't think I'd want that one. Perhaps her other special ability is being able to avoid being killed. There's a lot more action than perhaps the typical house-wife sees, but perhaps just the right amount that the typical day-dreaming housewife imagines she could be involved in. This could be your neighbor next door. Read it, you'll enjoy it!!!!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started out well but just an okay book July 20, 2011
By vree
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I started out with a sample of this book and really enjoyed how it started. I thought the book had such an interesting idea and was excited about the possibilities of where the story would go. After I bought and read the book I became disappointed because, while I realize that you have to suspend disbelief to a degree with fiction, the story just became too outlandish for my tastes.

It was a quick read and I'm not too upset about buying the book because the price was so reasonable anyway but after starting out with such an interesting idea the book headed off in a direction that wasn't very interesting to me.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spell check does not equal editor January 8, 2012
By AmyML88
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This was a fun story. I would have enjoyed it more if there had been better editing. Things like "produce isle", "pealed out of the parking lot", "loosing my mind", "who's car is that?", and "you should see a councilor" (that is a lawyer - what she needed to see was counselor) really bugged me and distracted me from the story. I noted 14 of these types of errors. Normally it doesn't bother me that much, but in this case, there were just too many. Too bad, because although it was rather far-fetched, I did like the story a lot. This probably would have been a series I would enjoy, but I don't think I'll be checking out the others.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't even finish it. January 11, 2012
By Ruth
I wanted something light and entertaining to read, and took advantage of Kindle's lending library to check this book out. Though the idea is interesting - what would happen if you could suddenly read people's thoughts - the concept is weighed down with poor characterization, stereotypical characters and a horrendous lack of editing. It reads as if someone used spell check and decided that was sufficient editing.

I got about a third of the way through this book before I gave up. I had no idea who the main character was. Her relationships with her family were barely sketched in, and I have no idea what motivates this character. I was also irritated by her anger at her husband over another woman being interested in him even though he did not reciprocate, while she's being swoony over the police officer.

I remember reading a considerable amount of mommy mysteries about a decade ago so it is not as though I object to the genre, but there are much better examples of this particular type available. Light and entertaining doesn't have to mean brainless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carrots by Colleen Helme March 21, 2012
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This is such a cute story...I enjoyed the dilemma the heroine found herself in while trying to get her life back in order after bumping her head...I was intrigued with the idea of knowing what someone you love really thinks about you all the time, and the hurt it can cause when she was unprepared for her NEW reality. I liked that she used her new found "gift" to mend those relationships. And I must say, the main character had some creative ideas on how to get herself in and out of trouble...I really enjoyed this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrots June 6, 2012
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This is a great read, life changes in an instant, sometimes in the ways we least expect it... a fun great moving story...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a good read! May 22, 2012
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I ordered this book because it was another free Kindle read and I expected to give it a try and (like many of the others) hate it or have kind of a luke-warmy meh feeling. That was so not the case, I really enjoyed this book! I'm not really sure what it is that kept my interest. I liked the main character, I LOVED Ramos, I'm glad there was a bit of everything: romance, adventure, superpowers, conflict, suspense, and humor. It's just a great book for anyone in search of some literary fun. I'm on to the next one and Ms. Helme has a new fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Light reading
Quick easy beach read. Not literature but a nice break for reading when you have just finished something very cerebral. Odd and funny. Predictable, but like I said light reading!
Published 1 hour ago by Amber Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read!! Funny too.
Published 9 days ago by SANDY H. TILLOTSON
4.0 out of 5 stars A little slow but a good read
The book was a little slow in places but it was suspenseful. It has a great story line and I applaude Colleen Helme.
Published 12 days ago by Theresa Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read..Loved it..
Shelby Nichols is a happy wife and mother. Out shopping for carrots, she is shot when an ongoing bank robbery is interrupted. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Njkinny
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
This book has been in my library for around ten months, I downloaded it while it was free but I must admit the title and the cover always put me off reading it. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrots: A Shelby Nichols Adventure
It isn't the big decisions that change our lives, it is the small ones, like stopping at the store to get carrots. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Pat Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars wow!
Good writing! Great story with the requisite twists and turns that will keep you on your toes. At times to be honest the heroine, Shelby, got on my nerves by being so impulsive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Stefan
3.0 out of 5 stars Carrots
Don't let the title fool you this is more than just what it appears to be. Carrots is both amusing and confusing - but in a good way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Krissy Malott
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise!! I'd like to give it a 4-1/2
I had downloaded this book sometime ago, and don't even know how it got moved up in my books. I keep thinking I have the recipe for finding a good read (ha!!)...the reviews.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by OnAmiraculousJourney
3.0 out of 5 stars Just not my thing
This was not a terrible book. I did finish it. I'm not sure I'd buy another one from this author, the writing is fine just doesn't appeal to my reading style.
Published 1 month ago by Alfred D. Wallace
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More About the Author

As the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. "Definitely," she says. "Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be." Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby's adventures. "I love getting Shelby into trouble...I just don't always know how to get her out of it!" Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.


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