by Colleen Helme


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A mind-reader, a mob-boss, and a hit-man. What could go wrong? More fun than you can imagine!

Book 1 in the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series

"One of the best and rarest gems of the indie book market."~ Matthew LeDrew

USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Colleen Helme offers a clever mix of mystery, laugh-out-loud humor, and page-turning adventure in the highly acclaimed Shelby Nichols Adventure Series.

Stopping at the grocery store for some carrots shouldn't be dangerous, but in Shelby's case, it changes her life forever. During a bank robbery, she is caught in the cross-fire and grazed by a bullet to the head, leaving her with the crazy ability to read minds. Not only is she hearing what everyone thinks about her, but the gunman who shot her is 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.


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 mystery and Colleen Helme did not disappoint! Loved it! ~Braine - Talk Supe: A Pop Fiction Book Blog

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

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

Perfect for fans of Jana DeLeon, Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, and Denise Grover Swank.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781456414146
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/11/2012
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 426,999
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Colleen Helme
A long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published author, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, Secrets That Kill, and Trapped By Revenge coming soon! Connect with Colleen:, http//, and on facebook:

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Carrots 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
adela3 More than 1 year ago
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.
Whitney_Stevens More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. What do you get when you combine a regular housewife and a shot to the head??? Apparently a lot of trouble. After Shelby is shot during a robbery at the grocery store, she is granted the ability to read minds. What ensues is a hilarious tale of mob hit-men, disguises, a beautiful and shady red-head, and black leather, all with Shelby at the center of it. Add in her every day concerns of school lunches, car pooling, and office parties, and it's hard to figure out how she does it all! This is a great read and especially fun if you imagine it being your mom...or the mom next door. Just think what could be happening next door, and you don't even know it!!! Definitely get this book when you have a chance!
Erin_Pascoe More than 1 year ago
"Carrots" is one of my all time favorite books! I loved reading it! Shelby is a wonderful, if a bit frustrating character. At times I wanted to shake some sense into her, but I was always looking forward to what she would do next! Shelby is an average stay at home mom.until she goes to the grocery store to buy some carrots. While she is there, the bank is robbed. She sees the robber and he shoots! She survives a bullet wound to the head, but when she wakes up she can hear what people are thinking. It sounds like a pretty cool super power, until you realize what people think and what they say can be very different things. I for one am glad no one can hear my thoughts! Hearing people's thoughts gets Shelby into trouble. not only with her husband, but somehow she gets caught up with the mob! This was a super fun read! It had everything I'd want in a novel: romance, adventure, superpowers, conflict, suspense, and laughter! I often caught myself laughing out loud! This is a book I'll read again and again. In fact, my husband and I are reading it together right now and we are both enjoying it! I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves to read!
KimHeniadis 4 months ago
I was drawn to this book because of the title and the cover art. It intrigued me, and after reading the synopsis, I thought I would give it a go. And I am so glad I did. This is a fabulous beginning to the Shelby Nichols Mystery series! The one ability I would never want would be to read people’s minds, but Shelby copes the best she can, and actually tries to help others. Although she constantly digs herself deeper, that is the fun of this book. I can see how some don’t like that she’s married and seems to be attracted to two other men, but I’m enjoying it. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you can’t flirt, and if some of the sexual tension she feels for “Dimples”, the detective , or, Ramos, the assassin, brings some fun sexcapades into her marriage, more power to her. Since this is the first book in the series, none of the characters were really developed, and I look forward to getting to know them more, especially Uncle Joey, Ramos, and Shelby. This is a fast paced book, with lots of thrills, laughs, and some unbelievable situations, that just add to the fun of the story. Others have likened it to the Stephanie Plum series, and Shelby to Sookie Stackhouse, since they both have mind reading abilities. I can definitely see the comparisons, so if you like either of those series, you’ll want to check out Shelby Nichols. Even if you don’t like those series, you should still check her out. I know I’ll be reading the next one, Fast Money, in the very near future.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
*I requested this book from the author or narrator for an honest review. Stopping at the grocery store to pick up carrots for dinner, Shelby's world changes. A bank robbery is in process at the bank inside and when the guy turns, Shelby is standing there. She sees him fully, and he shots her. The graze of the bullet to her head leaves an affect that Shelby never expected. She can hear other people's thoughts. Everyone knows her name as the news put it and her picture in the paper. And the gunmen is still at large. When Shelby meets her husbands new co-worker, Shelby's determination to keep the woman away from Chris she makes a comment about Kate's Uncle Joey. This comment drags Shelby into a life of crime she doesn't want to be involved in. Wendy has embodied Shelby to the fullest in her narration! I believe she is Shelby Nichols as she talks, sounding like she's living the moments. Wendy may not do completely different voices in pitch and sound, but she brings each characters personality to live in her voice and they do sound different. They do have different cadences to fit the moment and each individual. Listening to Wendy, I don't think there is anyone else that could bring Shelby to life as she does. Hearing peoples thoughts. Could you handle it? And hearing what they really think of you? Shelby has that awakening in her. Now she worries about hearing what her husband thinks, especially since they hadn't been spending much time together with his work at the law firm. Is she boring? Then there's her kids, teenagers... Oh the thoughts that Shelby hears from a few others. The ones on the young girl that's drooling over her husband... Yeah. I'd knock her out. Shelby is so well reserved to handle her. But I do worry about Shelby and Chris's relationship in this book. Not because of a possible other woman but because of the thought reading aspect. There is love between them but the thought reading is a lot to take in and know your wife could be reading your thoughts. Also, they sound a little strained as a couple with the long hours he works and her doing for the kids. At times I think this thought reading could help bring them closer again, but not sure. I even started hoping they could work through the changes in their lives because they have a true love to them. How Shelby comes to meet Uncle Joey is a great tie-in here. Just the chances of it all. Someone in "Uncle Joey's" position would definitely be connected on all ends, including with a lawyer. And Shelby reading thoughts, well she's going to learn things she probably shouldn't know. lol. Her life really does change. She offers to help her husband with his clients and cases. But also helps police with tips on another at station, that turn out well and Detective Harris (Dimples) asks her to help from time to time. But the biggest thing is working with Uncle Joey. All the new work as a consultant with her thought reading ability. We get the solution to the robbery/shooting but it brings Shelby into other issues to work through as well. Is it terrible that I love the "hired" gun that is Uncle Joey's man? I really do. The more time Shelby spent with him, the more I liked him. And didn't think he'd kill her, well he would but really not want to. Shelby is a fun person in her adventures. I will be continuing with the next books in the series!
Berls More than 1 year ago
My Initial Reaction… Carrots is a cute story with a good bit of mystery and lovable characters. I wasn’t glued to it, but I did enjoy it. The Narration… Wendy Tremont King is a new to me narrator and she’s solid. I can’t quite give her the mad props I give Amanda Ronconi or Bahni Turpin – she doesn’t have that extra je ne sais quois they have. But she delivers a nice reading with varied character voices. She was a particularly good fit for Shelby. The Characters… The characters were what I liked most about Carrots. Shelby is so relateable and lovable – she’s a stay-at-home mom whose life completely changes when she stops one day to get some carrots, gets shot and, as a result, gains the ability to read minds. What I loved best about Shelby was her spunk. She gets herself into some seriously bad situations, but she never whimpers away. She literally tells off a mob boss and it’s hilarious. You can’t help but love her. We don’t get to know Shelby’s husband, Chris, all that well, but I mostly loved him too. It was so refreshing to read a book about a couple who are married, have two kids, and are clearly way past the honeymoon phase and yet so completely in love. I totally respected that he was working with this young, hot lawyer – Kate – who was throwing herself at him and he didn’t even give her a second thought beyond working with her. It earned him serious points in my book. What I didn’t love about him – he didn’t see his wife for all that she was. Shelby is tough and strong and independent – but sometimes he falls into treating her like she’s dumb/naive and helpless. Finally, there’s the two main mob characters – Uncle Joey and Ramos. They’re supposed to be the bad guys but I was never afraid of them. They were just a bit too nice for the mob. I never believed that they would hurt Shelby, not really. I liked them a lot and found myself really hoping that they would be okay – not even go to prison, honestly. It was the difference between Carrots being a fun, sweet read and an intense read. The Story… Carrots begins with Shelby going to the grocery store to get some carrots that she needs for chicken soup. I knew I liked her from this opening scene because her trip to the store went for just carrots to all kinds of junk food. I was laughing at her rationalizations and realized quickly she was a woman after my own heart. Anyway, through a series of unfortunate events, Shelby gets shot and acquires the ability to read minds. And it completely changes her life in cool, but also seriously dangerous ways. As the story winds together the complications of Shelby’s new ability and the danger of being the eyewitness of a crime and builds in fairly ridiculous, but fun ways, until Shelby gets herself into heaps of trouble. I had plenty of eye rolling moments, but if you aren’t looking for a serious storyline it’s super enjoyable. And one element of the mystery totally through me off and was an actual shocker at the end. Concluding Sentiments… If you’re looking for a quick, sweet read with lovable characters, you’ll enjoy Carrots. It’s far from a serious mystery, but that was the beauty of it for me. **I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS I am enjoying this series of books. This is book 1 Shelby Nichols adventure but actually the second of the series I have read. I read book #5 Trapped by Revenge first. So I knew who was going to survive and some other secrets too. I like the mixture of characters. Of good guys and likable bad guys even. I read it without stopping till the end. It had danger, action, drama, humor. Some violence. Shelby is a mother of two and a housewife. On her way home she stops at grocery store and gets shot in the head during a robbery. She all of a sudden can read minds. She gets in a mess with the robber trying to kill her, reading her husbands mind and a mob boss finds out about her new talent. Shelby is keeping secrets from everybody. Trying to help police, being forced to work for Uncle Joey, Trying to keep her family safe, even from other woman. Trying to get out of working for the mob without getting killed in the process. I have already bought the second Shelby Nichols Adventure.
kmoody83 More than 1 year ago
Helme, Colleen, Carrots. Amazon Digital Services, 2013. Pgs. 183. When Shelby Nichols walks into a grocery store to get some carrots, she never expected her life to change so drastically. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman tries to rob the bank inside the store. When a customer pulls off the guys mask, he is shot and so is Shelby. Soon, the other customer dies and the masked robber comes to find her, so no one can tell his secret. To make matters worse, when Shelby awakens after being shot, she finds herself able to read minds. Her dangerous new ability leads her to finding out a nasty secret about a mob boss known as Uncle Joey and somehow her husband, Chris’ coworker, Kate is somehow involved . To top it all off, the mob boss has a murderer after him too. Are the two situations related? Who is the robber after her head? Will Shelby survive to find the murderer or murderers or will she be another victim? A humorous, action-packed mystery for fans of books like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum or other paranormal mysteries. The characters are likable and entertaining, even the bad guys. The plot is well-developed and engaging. With lots of twists and turns along the way, readers will have a hard time putting this book down.