Welcome to the first author update in the Cafe this week and the first author is Victoria Zigler who is releasing another of her series in audio. Previously only available as eBooks and paperbacks, the seven books in the “Kero’s World” series are now available in audio, narrated by Giles Miller.
A review for book one in the series on Goodreads
Chris The Story Reading Ape rated it Five Stars
A smashing little tale (or should that be tail since Kero loved to wag his a lot) about the author and her dog going walkies in the park and by the sea.
Great for little ones (with or without dogs) – but be warned – they might want a Kero for themselves.
I am giving you the main links for the series on Audible and Smashwords as not all the series are listed on Victoria’s author pages.
You can buy all the series in audio here: Kero’s World audio series
In print from Smashwords in various formats: Kero’s world Smashwords
Also available at Barnes and Noble and Kobo.
A small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler
You can download all the other audio books from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6
and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6
Victoria has a great many reviews on Goodreads and I suggest that you head there first to read: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5852247.Victoria_Zigler
Connect to Victoria via her website: http://www.zigler.co.uk/
The next author with news is V.L. Mcbeath with her brand new release on November 15th. Part three of The Ambition & Destiny Series: When Time Runs Out.
Inspired by a true story, When Time Runs Out continues the epic saga of one family’s trials, tragedies, and triumphs as they make their fortune in Victorian Era England.
A husband unwilling to change. A wife who craves a place at the business table.
Victorian Era England: Harriet won’t stand by while her family’s inheritance slips through their fingers. Her uncle worked hard to build a stable business before he passed it to her husband William. But when her stepfather-in-law, Mr. Wetherby, presumes ownership of the company, Harriet fights to stand her ground…
William longs for a quiet life, but with a growing family and Harriet’s determination to succeed, he stretches himself beyond his means. When Mr. Wetherby refuses to help, only the intervention of William’s mother Mary keeps their dream of a better future in reach…
After a tragic twist of fate, Harriet fights for her family’s rights. Collaborating with Mr. Wetherby now seems impossible, and she and William must somehow carve out a living without him. But as tensions in the family business escalate, Harriet may have far more to worry about than pursuing her own ambitions…
When Time Runs Out is the third book in The Ambition & Destiny Series, a saga of historical fiction novels covering a seven-decade span. If you like family sagas, accurate historical depictions, and tales that investigate women’s impact on history, then you’ll love the third book in VL McBeath’s captivating series. ;
One of the early reviews for the book.
This is another excellent read in the continuing story of a family’s trials and tribulations. Knowing it is based on a true story gives it an added interest. The various members of the family are becoming very well known and some characters are really liked while others not so! The storyline highlights the pressure on women to know their place in Society by the majority of men. This was particularly difficult for one member of the family. Although there were signs of improvement in the education of girls. It does finish on a cliffhanger so you will need to read the next book but that won’t be a hardship ! I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. This is my honest review.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/When-Time-Runs-Out-Ambition-ebook/dp/B076BTM9
and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Time-Runs-Out-Ambition-ebook/dp/B076BTM9Q
Also by V.L. McBeath
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/VL-McBeath/e/B01N2TJWEX/
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/V-L-McBeath/e/B01N2TJWEX/
Read more reviews and follow V.L. McBeath on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16104358.V_L_McBeath
Connect to V.L. Mcbeath via her website: http://valmcbeath.com
The next author with a brand new release is Sacha de Black with Keepers: The Eden East YA Novels
Eden’s life is balanced… …until her soul is bound to her enemy.
When her parents are murdered, the realm of Trutinor is threatened. Then a mysterious human arrives and changes everything.
As Eden’s world spirals out of control, she doesn’t need a charismatic Siren from her past returning to complicate life.
Now, saving Trutinor is the last thing on Eden’s mind.
Three boys. Two murdered parents. One deadly choice.
One of the early reviews for the book
FIRST THOUGHTS – I have been following Sacha on her blog and social media for some time now. I’ve read and followed her through every update this book and I can’t believe the time has finally come – it is out in the world. Sacha approached me to advance read this book and I was more than happy to accept.
PLOT -Keepers has the most unique plot I’ve seen in a while. The world is fleshed out to the max and the characters are super important in their own way.
We follow Eden East as she tries to do right in her world, Trutinor. Everything changes when her parents are murdered, her soul is bound to not one, but two boys. One of those boys being her enemy and neither of them being the man she truly loves. Then it’s a race against time to fix their binding and Balance their souls once more.
It’s hard to explain only because this world was so cleverly crafted and the rules are complicated (but they’re easy to understand within the pages). A lot of worldbuilding went into this book and it certainly shows. The plot revolves around Keepers, Fallons, Shifters, etc., with the occasional human sprinkled in. While I would not want to be in Eden’s shoes, the world of Trutinor seems like an interesting place.
There was a good amount of romance thrown in, as once you’re Bound your soulmates. You may not be Bound to who you love. That called for a perfect opportunity for a love triangle. I’m not a big fan of romance or love triangles, but it was well done in this story and I found rooting for one guy over the other.
CHARACTERS- I loved each and every character. They all fulfilled a certain role and no talent was wasted.
Eden made a great protagonist. I loved her voice and her strong will. I felt that she had a nice balance of being “tough” and “vulnerable” at the same time.
Victor made a nice antagonist. Though I have to admit, even though we were meant to hate him, I actually liked his character in the beginning… then I hated him.
Trey made a great supporting character as did Bo, Kato, and everyone else in the story. It was a great cast of characters.
WRITING STYLE – This book was written in the third person limited through Eden. I felt that was a good choice for the narrator for this kind of novel.
The pace was smooth, yet it was action-packed. It sped up and slowed down at the right moments. I never got lost in the reading as it was easy to understand and it flowed well.
There’s a lot of learning as you read this novel. It’s a big world with many new terms, but it’s easy enough to stay caught up.
OVERALL – I don’t read a lot of science fiction or even this kind of fantasy for that matter, but I can very easily see myself getting sucked up in this world. The ending had a great twist. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
Favorite Quote: – “Scars are memories. They’re real. Moments we shouldn’t forget.” –Sacha de Black, Keepers
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keepers-Eden-Novels-Sacha-Black/dp/1999722507
Also by Sacha de Black
Buy the books separately or combined: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sacha-Black/e/B072BQ2MP7
and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Sacha-Black/e/B072BQ2MP7
And find more reviews and follow Sacha on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16173650.Sacha_Black
Connect to Sacha via her website: https://www.sachablack.co.uk/
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