Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Lyn Horner, Yecheilyah Ysrayl and Tina Frisco

Welcome to the first update of the week and we have two new books and new version of a very popular book which has just been lovingly remastered.

The first book is Bequiling Delilah: Romancing the Guardians – Book Six by award winning author Lyn Horner

About Bequiling Delilah

He’s a Navajo sworn to bring her to America;
She’s a sexy genius in a race with him across France

Delilah Moreau, the glamorous French Guardian, possesses a miraculous mathematical talent that provides her a privileged life, but it can’t give her what she truly wants: lasting love. Leon Tseda, a Navajo whose homeland serves as a hidden gathering place for the Guardians, vows to bring Delilah to safety, thwarting thugs sent to capture her and the valuable scroll she guards. Opening in Paris, the story whisks the pair in a life-and-death chase across France to Nice and Monte Carlo on the breathtaking Côte d’Azur.

Both Delilah and Leon have lost loved ones, and they’re no longer youngsters, but they are not too old for a second chance at love. Their journey is fraught with danger, excitement and steamy, mature romance. Will it lead to love – if they live long enough?

The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a psychic gift and a precious scroll containing a secret prophecy handed down from ancient Irish seers. Not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen, the prophesies are in danger of being seized by vicious “Hellhounds” who want to use them for their own evil ends.

The first readers reviews are in

Lyn Horner is one of those writers you can count on to deliver consistently good storytelling. Often I pick up a book and it’s a bit of a gamble–not so here, because this author always hits the mark. Great read!

Kay Hamilton 7-14-2017
This book kept me completely engrossed from beginning to end with intrigue, romance, and history. Great Read as are aPooll the books in this series ” THE GUARDIANS”. Keep up the good work, Lyn. Cant wait for the next book in this series.

One of my favorites of the series so far! Kept me totally engrossed first in Paris then back in the USA. I just couldn’t put it down, so I read it in one sitting. Highly enjoyable and I can’t wait for the next one to be released.

A selection of books by Lyn Horner

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Our next author with a new book released on July 15th is Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)

About Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)

When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she’s sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black Mecca.

The ambitious, young Nora is fascinated by the prospect of being a famous writer in The Harlem Renaissance and decides she doesn’t want to go to College. Despite her parent’s staunch protest, Nora finds herself in Jacobsville, New York, a small town forty-five minutes outside of Harlem.

Shocked by their daughter’s disappearance, Gideon and Molly White are plagued with visions of the deadly south, like the brutal lynching of Gideon’s sister years ago. As the couple embark on a frightening and gut wrenching search for Nora, they are each stalked by their own traumatic past. Meanwhile, Nora learns that the North is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Can Gideon and Molly overcome their disturbing past in time to find their daughter before it’s too late?

One of the advance reader’s review

A Story Worth Telling  on July 12, 2017

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was invested in the main character, Nora White, right from the start. She’s a Southern girl who dreams of going to New York and becoming a famous author. Despite her naïveté, she’s armed with ambition. In a bold move, she tells her parents that she doesn’t want to go to college. Their responses are the catalyst for a rash decision that she makes.

Nora’s decision leads her to unexpected places and new friends. In time, she meets influential people and starts a writing career. She even begins to rub shoulders with the upper-crust of society. To top it all off, she falls in love with a young, gifted poet. Doors start opening for her. The world, as the saying goes, is her oyster.

But pearls aren’t formed in ease and Nora soon feels the rub.

In time, she discovers that salt can easily pass for sugar. But there’s more. Something sinister lurks beneath the glitter. Nora’s life is in danger. Who will save her before it’s too late?

For me, the major thread in this novel is discovery. Nora’s idea of her dream life is a fantasy. She has a lot of growing up to do and some hard truths to learn. And learn them she does. But there are other truths for which I hope she’s ready. Truths about herself, her family, and her relationships. There are secrets. Lots of them.

Yecheilyah ably keeps the story moving along until it reaches a cliffhanger ending. Since this is the first book in a series, the reader will be on tenterhooks to know what happens next. I liked the plot twist and didn’t see it coming.

What I loved the most are Yecheilyah’s vivid descriptive style and her use of language. Her style is poetic, without being overblown. The slangs and expressions of the era bring the dialogue to life. They help to make the conversations more natural and relatable.

Also relatable are the characters. I like flawed characters, especially those who do stupid or irrational things with far-reaching consequences. Yes, you want to smack them over the head. But their actions are what makes them and the story authentic. So while I don’t agree with Nora’s actions, I understand them and empathise with her.

A nice touch concerning the characters is the addition of some notable stars of the Harlem Renaissance. Of course, if you’re going to write a novel set in that era, then certain elements need to be represented.

My least favourite parts of the book are the flashback chapters. I understand their role but think the flashbacks could be more seamless.

Another thing that jumped out at me is the fact that the main character’s name is close in sound and spelling to that of another character. It’s not a major issue but in another situation, readers could mix up the characters.

All in all, this is a story that will transport you to a bygone period that was as dark as it was glittering. Lovers of the Harlem Renaissance era and the works of that time will enjoy this book. Nora’s story is the tale of any artist or creative who seeks to follow their dream, despite opposition and challenges and make it come true. Therefore, it’s a story worth telling.

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Also by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

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Last but certainly not least, is Tina Frisco who has taken back her book Plateau: Beyond the Trees from the publishers and lovingly remastered and designed herself with a wonderful new cover.  She took some time offline to accomplish this and we are all very pleased to see her back in our lives.

About Plateau : Beyond the Trees

Is there any hope for humankind? Will love prevail over fear? A young tribal female is unaware she holds the answers to these questions. W’Hyani was born strong and willful and the Keeper of the Crystal Heart. Her mettle is tested by the cosmic forces that shaped her destiny. She comes face-to-face with fear in a battle that would shrink the will of the most daring warrior. The fate of all beings in the Universe depends on her defeating the bloodthirsty gondrah and unlocking the mystery of the Great Mosaic of Life.

Two of the previous reviews for the book

Plateau is an imaginary world inhabited by a tribe called the E’ghali. This is a place where kindness prevails, where nature is honored, no technology exists, and where the people live in peace and live solely off the land. W’hyani is a young girl of 15, whose life we follow as she takes in her life lessons and demonstrates the power of love, wisdom, healing, and facing fears. As we become engrossed in W’hyani’s world, we too will be reminded about the value of natural resources, the importance of compassion and gain a sense of faith that all these elements factor into a better world. In the end, after W’yhani has found the meaning of the Crystal shard she carries with her and made to understand the Great Mosaic of Life, she will set forth for the outside world. We are left with hope, and wondering if she can spread her wisdom into the outside world. This is an inspirational read, beautifully written in storyline and prose.


I loved everything about this book – from the storyline to the well-developed characters, to the imaginative language used to create the world of The People. Words and terms uniquely intuitive, causing no disruption in the reading. That is a skill all on its own. We meet the lead character, W’Hyani, as a young girl of 15 years, a girl who lost her parents at an early age, a girl who is predestined to become the leader of The People. The author takes us on a delightful journey with W’Hyani, her family and friends, and during all of their adventures, I marveled at the goodness of heart, pureness of soul, and strength of character shown by The People, but especially by this young girl.

When W’Hyani reunites with the parents she thought were dead, they are in the Cave of Illumination, where everything, for both the characters and the readers, becomes crystal clear. I will say no more–no spoilers from me! Besides, I could not say it anywhere near as well as Ms. Frisco already did. This is an important book and I highly recommend it. The events in the Cave of Illumination is supposed to be the ending, a beautiful and hopeful ending. The big surprise is that, for many, it will be the beginning.

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Also by Tina Frisco

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Thanks for dropping by today and it would be great if you would share the news from these authors across the networks..Thank you Sally

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

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