Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update – FREE offer and new reviews

Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites.  In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know..

I have actually read four of the books here today and can recommend them as gifts to yourself or to lovers of a great read.

The first book today is FREE from today through to December 2nd. Have Bags, Will Travel is by D.G.Kaye also known as Debby Gies who is an ardent supporter of Indie authors and bloggers in our community.  Elegant and sassy she keeps us all on our toes in the the glamour department as well as writing superb memoirs that hit home.


About the book

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.
In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

My review

This is a not a long book but you will find D.G. Kaye packed it the same way that she does her suitcases when on one of her frequent trips. Overflowing with hilarious encounters with custom officers and bemused check-in agents, crammed with memories of travelling companions and skillfully closed with an in-depth look at one of her favourite destinations; Las Vegas.

International travel is no longer straightforward; so a little humour goes a very long way. D.G. Kaye relives those halcyon days when passengers were welcomed with open arms, allowed some leeway on number of bags and their weight instead of being herded through various lines to be interrogated. But if you are going to travel, then take advice from an expert; relieve some of the stress.

Like many women, I find that shoes, handbags and the odd bit of jewellery have an added touch of glamour when you are infected with holiday fever. It seems almost impossible to pass by and not take home a memento. Trouble is today the airlines have weight and size of both check in baggage and carry-on locked down tight. This is where the expertise of the seasoned traveller comes in. And D.G. Kaye is certainly that. Having learned lessons from her run-ins you can benefit from her ‘how to’ pack your bags to get a little extra through the system.

I have visited Las Vegas a number of times through the decades but not for the last fifteen years so I was intrigued by the up to date review. Not sure that I am tempted to go there again but it was great to revisit through D.G’s experiences.

Overall Have Bags, Will Travel is a delightful book and a terrific read on the outbound flight so that you can strategize for your return.

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D.G. Kaye Author

Also by D.G. Kaye

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Next a romantic suspense set in San Franciso and a quiet California town. The book has an updated review since it was promoted on the blog earlier this year. Twin Desires by Pamela Wight and Ashley Brandt.

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Twin Desires, a romantic suspense set in San Francisco and the quiet CA town of Stinson Beach, follows Sandra Eastman and the two men who almost destroy her world.

Blake Sinclair, Sandra’s boss and president of a prestigious investment firm, is successful and charismatic. But his twin brother, Alex, is his opposite – a twisted, tormented soul. Sandra becomes a pawn in a deadly game between these powerful opposing forces.
In this fast-paced thriller, Sandra is scooped up into a whirlwind of suspense from the mansions of the S.F. elite to a remote beach house 30 miles north.

As each page turns, she becomes more entangled with the skeletons in the Sinclair closets while desperately confronting her own skeletons and discovering strength she never knew she possessed.

The most recent review for the book.

As I have said before, I don’t usually read romance novels because there doesn’t seem to be anything new and exciting. REFRESH! Adding the suspense of the twin brothers brought a whole new light to the subject. There was a whole lot of suspense, and just enough romance to keep the reader interested in both. I found myself reading well into the night when I really should have been sleeping.

Being a twin myself, I was able to relate to the feelings of the twin brothers. And it is true my friends, that a twin can feel the pain of their sibling. It has happened to me on more than one occasion. Of course, in this story we have a good twin and an evil twin, constantly leaving the reader wondering what the evil twin would do next.

The authors do a great job of building not only the main characters but the secondary characters as well. As an avid reader, I enjoy getting to know each of the characters, not just the main ones, So I especially enjoyed the character development from the beginning right through til the end. I am definitely looking for more from these authors in the future and I highly recommend Twin Desires.

Also by Pamela Wight


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The last update today is for the third book in the series about Mary and her family and follows their lives and challenges from the devastation of war through to the more liberal 1960s. Living in the Shadows by Judith Barrow.  I have read and reviewed all three books in the series so far and can highly recommend them.

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Sequel to the acclaimed Changing Patterns and Pattern of Shadows. It’s 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria. Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse – following in Mary’s footsteps – and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire.

At the end of a long night shift, a bullying new father visits the maternity ward and brings back Linda’s darkest nightmares, her terror of being locked in. Who is this man, and why does he scare her so? There are secrets dating back to the war that still haunt the family, and finding out what lies at their root might be the only way Linda can escape their murderous consequences.

One of the excellent reviews for the book and series.

This is the third and final book in the series that follows a family’s lives from the early 1940’s to the 1970’s as Judith Barrow wraps up all the threads that have woven this, sometimes, intense story. Mary, living in contentment in South Wales is dragged back to her home town as a dark part of her past resurfaces. Judith wracks up the tension slowly as the younger generations make decisions that will have you shouting at them not to.

This is no romance; it’s a realistic tale of society’s rules, love and marriage played out within this family.

As with the previous two books, the research she has done shows through as the reader is taken through the fast paced changes of the era. From tasting the coal dust in the small two up two down terrace houses, to the fashions, sexualities and culture of an era not always understood by the parents, Judith has it spot on.

An excellent book to finish the story, it’s good to read a book that doesn’t play with the reader and leave you frustrated with the not knowing.

Apart from one thing…. When is your next story Judith Barrow?

The two other books in the series.


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Thank you for dropping by today and please help spread the word about these three authors books. Don’t forget to let me know if you have a new review for your most recent book or you have a new release so that it can be promoted.

43 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update – FREE offer and new reviews

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  3. Wow Sal! Thank you so much for including my book and promo in this wonderful company of fabulous authors! You’re a gem! (PS I’m on my desktop where it won’t let me ‘like’ a post :() still working on the WP gremlins, lol. But I’ll be back later again from the laptop. xo ❤

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  4. As Judith said, I’m honored and jumping in joy at being in such fine company, and being included in your rich joyful generous Christmas Reading Update. THANK YOU, Sally, and thank you to all bloggers who support each other in our books – whether fiction or non – which come from our heart and our passions. I’ve placed my books – softback and e-books- on special sales for this holiday time. Let the reading begin – I know I’ve added more on my to-be-read list because of this post. xo

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