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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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'Lie or Die' is another fun Shelby Nichols Story - Just because she can read minds doesn't mean the adventurous sleuth Shelby Nichols can always see the trouble headed her way. She's a rare detective, self-confident in her ability to look good and speak up for herself, but way out of her depth when it comes to bad guys. As a consequence, she is routinely in situations that test her wits and her little stun flashlight. The author does a good job of creating family-friendly fiction while still telling an interesting story. ~Sharon Haddock, Deseret News

Great Mystery! In Lie or Die, the characters are charming, likable, and well-developed. This action-packed, well-developed story will not disappoint fans of the other Shelby Nichols adventures who like funny mysteries like Janet Evanovich.  ~ Kira, Imagination Reviews

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Lie or Die
was another great installment in the Shelby Nichols Adventures and I can't wait to see what messes Shelby lands in next time! ~Berls, Fantasy is More Fun
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478277467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478277460
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I travel a lot for my job, so I am very selective about my reading. I am often many long hours on a plane, so I want something totally absorbing, gripping, an edge of your seat page turner that will get me so lost in the story that I forget about time passing. Yes, I read on my Kindle when I work out on an exercise bike and treadmill too, so you can imagine how important a good story is to me.

I really enjoyed Colleen's first Shelby Nichol's book, Carrots, and I liked Fast Money even better. I think that developing a believable, consistent character or set of characters is so important for a story. Unfortunately, we readers are extremely observant, and so often there are chinks and cracks that form in the foundation of a book. One false move by a character in an adventure, and the READER gets it. As in the story can fall apart in a heartbeat.

One of the things that I like best about Colleen's writing, and in fact her story telling is her amazing consistency. Collen's got a tough row to hoe, too, doesn't she? We're not just talking about what people say and DO in her books, we're talking about what they THINK!

With an amazing flair and style, and a consistency that would put a Swiss watch to shame, Collen has done it again! I think I liked Lie or Die even better than the previous two books, because Colleen has built her characters and foundations. She's not building a house any more, we're up to a village and town, and growing.

Shelby is so much like your neighbor. Your friend. Your kid's friend's mom. The person you go to a bake sale with, or run a Girl Scout Cookie sale with. She just has this one tiny little difference. Well, maybe not so tiny. She can read minds.
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Love, love, love Shelby. She is funny and too honest. She gets into scraps all the time. I have read all the series so far. Can't wait for the next book.
Shelby is just a house wife who for some reason gets the ability to read peoples thoughts. She gets into so much trouble. Winds up working for MR. BIG... He is the Mob Boss and has a lot of control over the whole town.
Some scary incidents but somehow she always gets out of them. Like being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Lots of laughs and suspence. Her husband is a Lawyer for a Big firm and he is always somehow involed with her troubles.

Great reads. I give all the books so far a 5.
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It can't be easy knowing what everyone is thinking around you. Shelby Nichols knows the consequences all too well. The third book in her series has her rushing around trying to help everyone. What a busy stay at home mom between helping a bank manager find stolen money, helping "Uncle" Joey with his business, trying to keep her husband from being threatened at his job, helping the police, and still having time to pick up her children and plan a vacation is super impressive.

I think she's dealing with her abilities well. During the second book I wasn't sure if I approved but now I realize she's learning and taking her skills in stride. I love it. Still completely unpredictable. I have no idea where she's going to be off to next. Not to mention the picture frame incident was hilarious.

Shelby quickly grew on me and I'm hoping this isn't the last I'll see of her. Ramos is one of my favorite characters as well so hopefully, I see him more often as well. Too fun. Comedy, drama, suspense, it's all in there. You won't be disappointed.
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If you are a Evanovich fan, check out the Shelby Nichols series. You won't be disappointed! I picked up Carrots, the first in this series, when it came up on the free books list. Upon finishing it, I bought the rest of the series. Very entertaining with lots of "laugh out loud" scenes.
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The third one in the Shelby Nichols series is a great read too. The pages just fly by because you just can't put it down; you have to find out what is going to happen next. All the usual characters are back with some new ones. Her husband and children help keep her centered while all kinds of things are happening in her life because of her mind reading abilities. Shelby solves her first big case so I'm sure now that she will be busier than ever plus she will always be helping Uncle Joey with something. She has so much going on that she leads a very exciting life. I'm definitely hooked on this series and excited to read the next one.
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Third in the series Lie or Die is a good addition. Ms. Helme has come into her own in this book ably crafting a pleasant mystery with a light and humorous hand.

Shelby's character continues to struggle with her ability as well as its effects on those around her. Ms. Helme has crafted her as a particularly human character and you see her struggle with her relationships. Should she use her ability to spy on her children. Should she monitor her husband. Her friendship with her mob protectors also grows stronger.

While not for everyone. You do have to be able to suspend logic (but this is true of most of this genre) to enjoy the story. I see Shelby as a cross between Lucy Ricardo and Stephanie Bond with a little Betty White thrown in.

I will admit I binge read the series and will be watching for more.
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