Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update -John W. Howell, D.G. Kaye and Lyn Horner

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

Welcome to my Cafe and Bookstore Update and the first author is John W. Howell.  My husband bought me all three of John’s book in December as part of my Christmas wish list and I made sure that I took the time to read My GRL the first in the series about John Cannon.

If I could just make a quick note about reviews. I do review every book that I read, but  unfortunately, whilst I do make time for this very essential part of my life, I cannot accept books for review.  There are some great reviewers on WordPress that I suggest you might approach and if you google ‘book review sites’ you should also get some good recommendations.

So here is my review for My GRL by John W. Howell.


About the book

John J. Cannon a successful San Francisco lawyer takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly-purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

My review for My GRL

I like books that are written in the first person, as I think it allows for a more intimate connection with the main character. In the case of John Cannon, it leads to more of a ‘we’ are in this mess together kind of relationship!  From the moment he wakes up in hospital, until the last page, you are dragged into a number of incidents that would be terrifying and seemingly impossible to resolve. However with careful consideration and some keen observational skills, John achieves some interesting solutions to the problems.

John Howell maintains the tension throughout the book and has you sitting on the edge of your seat as he takes you through John Cannon’s predicament. There are also some flashes of humour from the protagonist, who uses wit to deffuse potentially lethal interactions.

The mystery is centred around his new boat that he plans to sail the high seas during his sabbatical, but My GRL is the key to a terrorist plot that could cause carnage. The characters in the story are all believable and demonstrate many of the human frailities from vulnerability to power hungry evil.

This is the first book in the series and I am looking forward to John Cannon’s next outing in Our Justice.

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My next update is for D.G. Kaye also known as Debby Gies... Late last year Debby published her memoir P.S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy, and it has been receiving a great deal of attention. Time to update the book with its latest review.

P.S. I Forgive You by D.G. Kaye

About P.S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

The latest review for the book

How to survive life (and death) with a narcissistic parent  By Jacqui Murray VINE VOICE on January 2, 2017

Originally a sequel to Conflicted Hearts: A Daughter’s Quest for Solace from Emotional Guilt, PS I Forgive You (Amazon Digital Services 2016) became a stand-alone final chapter to D.G. Kaye’s emotional story about surviving a narcissistic mother. You can feel Kaye’s strength as she’s forced to break off communication with her mother as a last-ditch effort to protect her own mental health–even as her mother is dying.

If you come from a loving supportive family (like I do), it’s very difficult to understand the damage caused by this sort of emotional abuse, but through Kaye’s eyes, I felt it. Suffered it. At one point, Kaye mentioned a concern that her mother might read what admittedly was a less than flattering book about her, but I already knew enough about her mother to know that she would never either read her daughter’s published words or listen to them.

That is how powerful this story is: I feel like I knew both Kaye and her mother well by the time I turned the last page. Highly recommended by anyone with a narcissistic family member. This will help you.

Read all the reviews and BUY the book: P.S. I Forgive You

Also by D.G. Kaye

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The final update today is for award winning author Lyn Horner and her book Profiling Nathan – Book Five – Romancing the Guardians.  The book was published in October 2016.

Lyn HornerAbout the book

Nathan Maguire is a Guardian of Danu, and he possesses a deadly psychic gift. He also has a checkered past. As a young man, he spent time in prison, where he learned the rudiments of tattooing, a skill he has built into a successful business in Tampa, Florida. He’s content with his life – until a beautiful FBI profiler walks into his shop.

Talia Werner has come to deliver an urgent message from one of the other Guardians. The trouble is no one outside that select group is supposed to know they exist. Nate doesn’t believe Talia and suspects she is up to no-good. Meanwhile, she finds out a woman was brutally murdered not far from Nate’s shop. This is the third such killing in the past two months. A serial killer is loose in Tampa.

Working with the police, Talia discovers all three of the victims bore a blue butterfly tattoo, one of Nate’s designs. Suspicion falls on him but quickly points to other tattoo artists. Enlisting his aid in meeting and interviewing them, Talia develops a growing attraction to the man, who isn’t at all what he seems to be on the surface. Nate returns her feelings and their relationship heats up.However, the killer is still on the hunt, and he knows Talia is after him.

Will the stubborn woman accept Nate’s protection or will she be the murderer’s next victim?

A review for the book.

Good and Balanced, Starts Fast and Keeps Going.By Craig A. Hart on December 2, 2016

Lyn Horner doesn’t waste any time getting into the meat of the story with this book. One thing that bothers me about a lot of writers is that they take forever to get to the actual story–not an issue here!I also enjoyed the characters. Nathan Maguire, a psychic tattoo artist, and Talia Werner, a sexy FBI profiler are both larger than life and help move the story along.

The story itself is a good mix of romance and murder mystery, so there’s something for everyone! Horner also does a good job of creating some great Florida atmosphere, although early on in the book, I got hungry for a Cuban sandwich and had to stop reading to eat something!

A great read!

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A selection of books by by Lyn Horner – please visit her author’s page for the full list.

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How to get into the bookstore

The first step is to have an individual promotion for your latest book which will also feature your other books and some examples of reviews. Please read the following post with the information that I need to do your book justice.

If you are an author already in the bookstore then your new releases and recent reviews will be featured in one of these regular Cafe and Bookstore updates.

Thanks for dropping in today and please help spread the news from these three authors. thanks Sally

31 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update -John W. Howell, D.G. Kaye and Lyn Horner

  1. I am so delighted you enjoyed the book, Sally. When I heard your husband got you the set I have been on pins and needles knowing one of your Christmas wishes was to take the fictional journey with John Cannon. (Not much pressure there) I hope you will enjoy the others since you like first person narratives and the action does not ease off. Thank you so much for the lovely review. Hugs.

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