Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Carol Balawyder, Kim Cox, Darlene Foster and Sally Cronin

Welcome to the first of the author updates this week and the first author with news is Carol Balawyder with a brand new book released on 6th October. The Longest Nine Months – A Getting to Mr. Right Series.

About The Longest Nine Months

In Getting to Mr. Right, Campbell debunked the Prince Charming myth, only to meet a special man who turned all her assumptions upside down.

Now she’s married to Chand..

But Happily-Ever-After turns out to be another illusion.

Campbell deals with job burnout and struggles to find her place in the world. An unexpected pregnancy and its complications undermine her relationship with Chand and take her to a difficult crossroad. No matter which way she decides to go, nothing will ever be the same!

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0765RYGLK

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Longest-Nine-Months-Getting-Right-ebook/dp/B0765RYGLK

Also by Carol Balawyder

A review for Not by Design book four in the Getting to Mr. Right Series

Not by Design Works  on September 2, 2016

Not by Design” is the latest offering from multi-published women’s fiction author Carol Balawyder. It is a sequel to “Getting to Mr. Right,” which you should read if you haven’t. “Getting to Mr. Right” is the story of four women who meet at a support group (the focus of which is women who have men/father issues) and form lasting, sincere friendships.

“Not by Design” is Felicity Starr’s story. She is one of the women in the support group, and she has it all—looks, youth, a rich father, talent, true-heart friends and the love of a handsome, successful man. She is living a fairy tale life in France, studying art and pursuing a career in art, while enjoying an active social/love life. But even fairy tales are wrought with obstacles and that’s exactly what our heroine encounters—one setback after another. There’s the death of her father, a dwindling bank account which brings on financial woes, an art career that has stalled, and the painful decision to end her relationship with her fiancé and call off the wedding. But that’s not all. The biggest blow of all—a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). With all this dumped on her, Felicity makes the hard decision to release her dream of being an artist and living in France. She returns home to Canada to try and piece a life together.

The move back home is met with more bitterness. She fights to recover her reputation in the work world. She has disagreements with her mother and step-mother. She gambles on several romantic interests and loses. And, she must make a slew of difficult choices in regard to her living arrangements and medical treatment, decisions made more difficult because of her limited funds. One wonders if Felicity will ever catch a break when…help arrives. At the strong suggestion of her doctor, she attends a MS support group meeting and finds the support and acceptance she so desperately needs. With the encouragement of the group, she shares her medical condition with her friends, who surround her with love, care and acceptance. The end of the story details the good life Felicity has finally secured. No, it’s not the one she would have designed for herself, but it works. She’s happy.

This is a story that will take you low on the scale of human emotions and then pick you up. You will feel despair, then happiness; fear, then joy. This emotional seesaw is achieved in part by the story’s conflict—dreams and desire versus medical and financial worries, a situation many readers may relate to. I certainly did. And then there’s the overall story question: are we willing to release our version of our dream or life in exchange for an uncertain version? This is the question Felicity struggles with throughout the story but I dare say it is one many readers struggle with as well.

There are many things to appreciate about this story. It is inspiring, well written and has relatable characters. But the one aspect I appreciated the most was the focus on MS. Reading about the symptoms, the various treatments, the expense, and how it requires life adjustments was a real education. Thank you Carol for that.

I finished reading the book and shut down my e-reader thinking, I can’t wait to read the remaining sequel. The other three—“Café Paradise,” “Missi’s Dating Adventures” and “Not by Design”—have been purely enjoyable. Check ‘em out and see for yourself.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00QYYX008

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00QYYX008

Read more reviews and follow Carol on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7704883.Carol_Balawyder

Connect to Carol via her website: http://www.carolbalawyder.com

The next author with a new release and also news of a giveaway to celebrate is Darlene Foster with Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind. There is a giveaway currently running for the book with prizes linked to New Mexico and you can find details at his link. a Rafflecopter giveaway 

About Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind

Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her fellow creative students. Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb, as they visit an ancient and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past. Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps the Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.

One of the early reviews for the book

This is the latest installment in a series about a 6th grade girl who is lucky enough to travel, this time with many in her class on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico. They are all students who are artistic, write blogs, take photographs or express themselves in other ways that they are producing each evening after their sightseeing. Taos is a place I have visited and enjoyed so I find it exciting to see it used for the setting of a young adult novel. I also read mysteries when I was young and enjoyed the opportunity to see what is being produced today in this area,and with that hint of the paranormal.

Amanda’s character seems likable to me, smart, but not off-putting. She is also friendly and able and willing to be friends with an outsider. She is adventuresome but also loves learning. I enjoyed the way the author sprinkled the elements of education carefully throughout this novel, providing information on Taos Pueblo and the people who live there. There are also tidbits on cowboys who populated the Southwest and their culture as well as elements of the lives of the many current residents.

Were there ghosts in the Taos area? Did Amanda or her friend Cleo actually see or experience one or more? Well that’s a difficult question to answer. This story combines a good young adult adventure story with hints of the paranormal while also providing some well placed educational material lightly in the text and great ideas for other young people to aspire to.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-New-Mexico-Ghosts-Travels/dp/1771681209

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amanda-New-Mexico-Ghosts-Travels/dp/1771681209

Also by Darlene Foster

Read the reviews and buy all of Darlene’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Foster/e/B003XGQPHA

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darlene-Foster/e/B003XGQPHA

Read more reviews and follow Darlene on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3156908.Darlene_Foster

Connect to Darlene via her website:https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/

The next author with a new release is Kim Cox with Haunted by her Past – Book Five in the Lana Malloy Paranormal Series.

About Haunted by her Past

Abused and scared, Jena runs away only to be haunted by her abuser.

Paranormal Investigator, Lana Malloy, is faced with the task of helping a domestic abuse victim escape the ghost of her dead ex-boyfriend.

Jena Edwards escapes a bad relationship in Georgia only to be ambushed one night in her new Charleston home. When she’s attacked, her only option is to protect herself. Her ex is killed in the struggle. She’s beside herself with guilt. What’s more, her now-dead boyfriend is haunting her and he’s more abusive now than he was when he was alive.

Demi Lancaster, Charleston’s Police Chief, calls in a very pregnant Lana to help with the situation. Knowing Tony will worry if she tries to help in her condition, she tries to help from afar. She soon discovers it’s vital for her to be on the scene—stuck in the middle of an impossible situation.

How can Lana convince a man who was abusive in life to move on so his ex-girlfriend can find the peace of mind she deserves?

An early review for the book

What a powerful book, scenes so intense I felt I was there in the room with furniture flying but so poignant was the conversation between the mother and son spirits my heart was breaking a bit.

It’s so easy to walk away and close our eyes to abuse but here is Lana stuck on bed rest seeing these visions of abuse and she just has to help. A quick call to her BFF gets the ball rolling. So much happening in this book fun new characters to meet and of course the welcoming of a new baby. Welcome Aidan! I can’t wait to watch you grow up.

I’d like to remind anybody if your stuck in a bad situation there is help out there.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Haunted-Her-Past-Paranormal-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0759Z8ZHB

and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunted-Her-Past-Paranormal-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0759Z8ZHB

A selection of other books by Kim Cox

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-Cox/e/B004WFKDAG

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kim-Cox/e/B004WFKDAG/

Read more reviews and follow Kim Cox on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1065068.Kim_Cox

Connect to Kim Cox via her website: http://www.kimcoxauthor.com/

This week I received a wonderful review for Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story from Tina Frisco.. delighted that the old boy is still touching hearts.

About Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

The true story of Sam, a rough collie, written from his perspective. A tribute to a true friend and a genuine family member.

Millions of families around the World believe that their pet, dog or cat is the most intelligent, beautiful and loyal friend that anyone could have. And they are absolutely right.

From the first moment that I met Sam, when he was just three weeks old, his personality and charm shone from his button eyes. Like many pet owners, we were convinced he understood every word we spoke and he actually could say one or two himself. Rather than tell his story from our perspective I have given him a voice and let him tell his own.

I can only imagine what he really thought about his two and four-legged friends but I do hope he loved us as much as we adored him and the time he spent with us shining brightly in our lives.

If only our pets could talk how much richer the world would be, and funnier.

The most recent review for the book

Sam: A Shaggy Dog Story is one of the most delightful books I have ever read. Sally Cronin gives her Rough Collie a voice, allowing him to narrate his own tale.

A few of the things Sam tells us about are his friends (cat, dog, and human alike), his favorite things (sausages, cheese, ice cream, snow), his job as security consultant, car rides while singing along with Sally, and walks along the beach.

Sam is very observant and intelligent. He learns to understand both cat and human vocal sounds. He also learns to speak a few human words! Mawgh is more; heyoo is hello; and Orh, Ee, Va is Oliver. ‘More’ and ‘Oliver’ are interchangeable, as they both indicate he would like ‘mawgh’ of a delicious treat he had just enjoyed.

Sam’s introduction to cats is very positive. When he is still a puppy, Sally and her husband David – the alpha humans in Sam’s pack – adopt a feral cat whom they dub ‘Henry.’ Henry teaches Sam many worthy things about life, and they become great friends. Also, a feral mama cat has kittens on Sam’s property, and he dubs himself their guardian. These experiences prepare Sam for when Sally brings home two kittens. He readily steps up to the plate, nurturing and protecting them.

Sam’s story is heartwarming and humorous, sure to amuse and delight adults as well as children. I read this book in one sitting and was disappointed when it ended. I wanted more, and so will you.

What I appreciated most about Sam’s story is that it leaves the reader with a heightened respect for nonhuman animals. They think and feel as we do; and anyone who thinks otherwise will be hard-pressed to hold on to that opinion after meeting Sam. I would like to see this book offered for sale through animal rights and humane organizations around the world. And for me, that is the highest praise…

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Sam-Shaggy-Story-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00GM0HPQE

and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sam-Shaggy-Story-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00GM0HPQE

A selection of other books by Sally Cronin

To read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

Read more reviews and follow me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7979187.Sally_Cronin

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you explore these books and their authors further. Thanks Sally

41 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Carol Balawyder, Kim Cox, Darlene Foster and Sally Cronin

  1. Reblogged this on Darlene Foster's Blog and commented:
    Today is Thanksgiving in Canada and I have so much to be thankful for. The list is long but included in that list is my amazing blogging friends. Thank you so much to Sally Cronin for all you do for the writing community. Today she has included Amanda in New Mexico: GHosts in the Wind in her Cafe and Bookstore author update along with a fabulous review.

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  2. So much to read and so little time to read it all! (Retired but writing and busy…) Thanks for your amazing output, Sally, as I know you’re a very busy lady too. I love helping other writers, and YOU know all about that…Gracias. xxx.

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  3. Thank you so very much, Sally, for including me in your author update series. I’m honored. And pleased to be here with Darlene and Kim. Kim, thank you for your free offer 🙂 and Darlene for your giveaway. I have a free book offer on my blog which ends today. So, if you have a chance, pick it up. All the best to all! ❤

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  5. It is lovely to See you featured among these must read authors Sally and having read and loved Sam a Shaggy god Story- this is exactly where you should be. Off to check out all the offerings now. XX

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  6. What excellent reviews. I particularly enjoyed reading the review on Carol’s book Not by Design and her new one in the series, The Longest Nine Months, since I read Not by Design and wondered if we the reader will find out what happened to Felicity. I know that so many readers appreciate learning more about MS, as well as relational problems.
    Darlene Foster just keeps writing and publishing her wonderful series on Amanda. I can’t wait for my granddaughter to get a little older so she can read them all.
    Kim Cox’ books sound enticing and interesting. And since I do speak ‘dog,’ I know that your shaggy dog story will be wonderful.

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