Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Kim Cox and Bette A. Stevens

The first update is for romantic suspense author Kim Cox whose latest release Before We Wed (Style and Profile Series Book 2)  is on pre-order from Amazon for July 27th.

About the book

Just as Sarah Martin and Jon Clayton say their vows, the police crash the wedding to arrest the groom. Jon is terrified and Sarah is heartbroken. Thankfully, their friends support them emotionally and help find Jon an excellent attorney.

When evidence of John’s guilt is found, he swears he’s innocent. But how can he prove it? As if an arrest and pending trial aren’t bad enough, his ex-wife refuses to let him near their seven-year-old son, and has their shared custody agreement rescinded as part of his bail agreement. But when Jon-Jon is injured, Jon breaks the agreement and his bail is revoked.

Sarah sees strange men in Jon’s business one night. One follows her home and attacks her. When Jon finds out, he pushes her way to protect her, but it doesn’t deter her loyalty to him or the attacker’s determination to killer her. Will the enemy get to her?

Is Jon truly innocent, and does he have no idea how the damaging evidence found its way into his business? Are there more sinister people involved? Will Sarah find the evidence she needs to clear him, or will she find out he’s fooled them all? If someone else is framing Jon, who is it and what are their

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All This Time (Book 1 in the Style and Profile Series)

One of the reviews for All This Time (Book 1 in the Style and Profile Series)

I first heard of Kim Cox when we both belonged to a group for designing book covers. Over time I saw different covers that she was working on, and when I saw All This Time advertised I decided to read it.

I was not disappointed with the book, and I loved the cover. That is one of the things that caught my eye!

All This Time is a very enjoyable read that I finished in one long evening—actually into the morning. Trevor Drake had developed the reputation of loving and leaving a long list of women. Jenny Morgan had married a cheater once, and after the divorce, she wasn’t going to give her heart to someone who would break it again. She doesn’t deny her attraction to Trevor, but she doesn’t trust him–and she has work to do.

Trevor had no idea how she felt about him, but he has been crazy about her all along. He just never had the courage to pursue her. He knew that she saw him as a friend who was lacking in ambition and a womanizer.

When her father became very ill he had one wish. He wanted a grandchild before he died. Jenny would do anything for her dad, but she had not created any romantic liaisons because she was intent on managing the business that he had started and then handed over to her. Trevor also has a strong affection for Joe Morgan and he jumps at the chance to marry Jenny and father her child. He is determined to show her how much he loves her and how responsible he actually is. Jenny finally agrees to the marriage, but she is determined that it will be temporary. Trevor is determined to make it last forever.

There is a traitor in the company; one that is intent on destroying Jenny, as well as Joe Morgan and the business. The author kept me guessing for a long time. She wrote some passages from the traitor’s point of view, but never revealed who she truly was until just after Jenny’s father revealed facts that she didn’t know. The woman sensed that things were different, and fled before the police could confront her and make an arrest.

This story is romantic, suspenseful and funny in places. I felt sorry for poor Trevor! He worked so darn hard to prove that he was a good guy, but between Jenny’s lack of trust and the shadows that the traitor cast, he was fighting an uphill battle. It seemed he might never win Jenny’s trust and her love.

Great job, Kim Cox. I recommend “All This Time.”

Also by Kim Cox

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Now for a new review for Dog Bone Soup – A Boomer’s Journey by children’s author Bette A .Stevens.  The book is currently on offer at 99c until June 30th..

About the book

Whether or not You Grew Up in the 1950s and 60s, you’ll find DOG BONE SOUP (Historical Fiction) to be soup for the soul. In this coming-of-age novel, Shawn Daniels’s father is the town drunk. Shawn and his brother Willie are in charge of handling everything that needs to be done around the ramshackle place they call home—lugging in water for cooking and cleaning, splitting and stacking firewood…But when chores are done, these resourceful kids strike out on boundless adventures that don’t cost a dime. DOG BONE SOUP is the poignant tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when others were living The American Dream.

The most recent review for the book

My Hero Shawn  on June 8, 2017

Like Uncle Ted said- planning is important. And I was planning not to be poor.”

This coming of age historical fiction will make you smile as you read, but you may also find your eyes getting misty too. Shawn Daniels is the main character and the hero of this book and certainly the hero for his family. This is the coming-of-age story of Shawn in the 1950s as he deals with the many obstacles that growing up in a poor family with a drunk for a Dad brings.

For every heartbreak, beating, soup made of bones for dogs and meager onion sandwich in his school lunch bag that Shawn endures, he also experiences the small pleasures of life. Fishing and fry ups, Mom’s apple pie, decorating an outdoors Christmas tree, collecting empty bottles, even working hard shoveling snow to make money to buy a ramshackle car give him joy and pride.

By the end of the story Shawn realizes that he is a determined person- something that we readers have already learned. While suffering plenty of abuse and deep poverty, he is boosted by the love of his mother, and the people who saw him as a real person- Hugo, Uncle Ted, and Mrs. Ashley who taught him the beauty of books and words, and gave him a shoebox to store his treasures and dreams.

Author Stevens gives us rich dialogue and well-developed characters and a genuine feel for the time and place. This is a readable and memorable book.

“Someday I’ll have a family of my own.”

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Also by Bette A. Stevens.

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51 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Kim Cox and Bette A. Stevens

  1. Sally, two lovely reviews for Kim and Bette and great that you’re featuring them here! I’ve never come across Kim before but I’m hooked by the review and book blurb of her latest novel – wow, she is one prolific writer! 😀

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  2. Lovely books and authors. Have read all of Bette’s books and enjoyed them and will check out Kim’s. Best wishes for success to both authors. Thanks, Sally, for sharing! Hugs to all xxx

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