Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Kristina Stanley, D.G. Kaye and Judith Barrow

Welcome to the Friday Cafe and Bookstore Update and we kick things off with news of the next book by Kristina Stanley to be released on August 1st – Look the Other Way.

About Look the Other Way

Submerged beneath the depths is a sea of secrets

A year after her Uncle Bobby mysteriously disappears in the turquoise waters surrounding the Bahamas, Shannon Payne joins her grieving aunt to trace Bobby’s last voyage. Shannon hopes the serenity of the sea might help her recover from a devastating breakup with her fiancé.

Sailing the 38-foot catamaran, A Dog’s Cat, is Captain Jake Hunter, a disillusioned cop who has sworn off women. While Shannon tries to resist her growing attraction to the rugged captain, she uncovers dark truths about her uncle’s death that might send them all to the depths.

What some of the advance readers are saying about the book

“An entertaining beach read…a suspenseful island romp.”
—Elle Wild, Arthur Ellis Award Winner for Strange Things Done

“An intriguing mystery, with psychological undercurrents, family conflicts, and a big splash of romance.”
—Roxy Boroughs, romance author

You will not want to put this gem down until the very surprising and very satisfying end.
—James Osborne, bestselling author of The Ultimate Threat

“Look the Other Way whips up a storm of suspicion and intrigue in deceptively tranquil Bahamian waters.”
—J.P. McLean, author of The Gift Legacy series

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Also by Kristina Stanley

One of the recent reviews for Descent (Book 1 in the Stone Mountain Mystery Series)

THIS book races along like a gold-medal winning bobsleigh team on the Cresta Run. When a top skier dies on the slopes and it’s discovered that his equipment has been tampered with, murder suspects line up like snowboard enthusiasts at a ski lift in a peak holiday period. As a former Head of Security at a mountain resort, Kristina brings her knowhow to bear in crafting a plot to keep you guessing right up to its dramatic conclusion. The first in the Stone Mountain Series, heroine Kalin and her team are likely to leave you panting for another slalom ride into deceit and betrayal.

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Our next author with an update is D.G. Kaye whose memoir P.S. I Forgive You has received another glowing testimonial from author Deborah Jay on her blog this week. The review is also on Amazon and Goodreads.

About P.S. I Forgive You

“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.

Inspirational  on July 17, 2017

I found Kaye’s first book about her narcissistic mother a true eye-opener, an education about a condition I’d heard of, but never understood in all its desperately sad reality. I have since realised that I know someone with this condition, and it helps me to understand her often bizarre decisions and behaviour, rather than just being confused by them.

This sequel book, which also stands alone as an education of a different kind, is a raw and open story of how to deal with the guilt that comes from finally saying “I have had enough!” and sticking with that decision to the bitter end.

As a work of self-help, which is many respects it is, this book is a good guide to dealing with those relationships that just cannot be fixed, no matter how much we would like them to be, and regardless of the depth of love involved. No one should have to endure what Kaye and her family went through, but despite the heartache and hardship, this tale demonstrates how one can turn such pain around and become stronger as a result, and discover how to leave the inevitable regrets behind by recognising the realities, rather than the fantasy version of how things might have been.

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

Also by D.G. Kaye

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And last but not least it is Judith Barrow with a pre-order link for her long awaited prequel to her series set in the second world war through to the 1960s.  A Hundred Tiny Threads is released on August 17th but you can order now at the special advance price.

About A Hundred Tiny Threads

It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.

The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.

Both formats are available to pre-order for August 17th with the Ebook at a special price:

Also by Judith Barrow

One of the reviews for Pattern of Shadows – Book one of the series

Wonderful story!  By Cathy Murray on 11 April 2017

Pattern of Shadows is a wonderful story set in the latter days of World War Two somewhere in the north of England. Mary Howarth is a nurse who is part of a medical team given the unenviable task of caring for sick and injured prisoners of war at the prison camp hospital. Mary starts a relationship with one of the guards at the camp, Frank Shuttleworth. The relationship proves difficult for Mary but Frank is persistent. Meanwhile, Mary’s home life is far from easy and she finds solace in her work. As the novel evolves Mary’s life becomes increasingly fraught and complicated.

To say more would be to give away an extremely well constructed plot which explores some challenging issues of the day. I’ve already read Silent Trauma by this author and know that Judith Barrow can write about difficult subjects with sensitivity and honesty. The writer displays that same talent again in this novel. The novel is well researched and the sense of time and place is established securely. The author has created a group of characters who are very real and the dialogue and interactions between them are a strength of the writing.

The romance element of the novel has a degree of predictability but when the concluding chapter is reached there is a sense of relief that what was anticipated has occurred. Pattern of Shadows is the first of a three part set which takes the story on further and it’s going to be fascinating to see what happens next.

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Thanks for dropping by and if you are an author in the Bookstore, don’t forget to let me know your news.  Thanks Sally

33 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Kristina Stanley, D.G. Kaye and Judith Barrow

  1. Thanks so much Sal for including my latest review from Deborah Jay. I was so moved by it. And what a treat to be in such great company today with Kristina and Judith. I have books awaiting my TBR from both of these talented authors. Just have to get there! 🙂 ❤

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  2. Reblogged this on Judith Barrow and commented:
    So grateful to Sally Cronin for this lovely surprise addition to her post. As you will all know (and if you don’t where have you been!!) Sally is an invaluable supporter of authors, poets, artists, musicians. I’m honoured today to be part of this eclectic mix.

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