Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Natalie Ducey, Melissa Maygrove and Effrosyni Moschoudi

The first author with an update is  Natalie Ducey and her latest collection of poetry The Heart’s Lullaby

About The Heart’s Lullaby

The Heart’s Lullaby is a candid portrayal of love in all its splendor and pain. Love, in its purest form, is tranquil and soothes the soul. But love, as is life, can sometimes be cruel and unjust with its paths of uncertainty and forced goodbyes. In essence, it is a journey of self-discovery. A continuous journey of becoming. Often, it becomes a delicate dance of holding on and letting go.

We linger in memories of ill-fated love; our minds can easily soil them, and our hearts can effortlessly polish them to perfection, altering their resemblance entirely. We can anchor ourselves to yesterday by zealous choice or solemn grief. So easily, we can become obsessed with what “might have been” and miss the beauty that lies before us. Our minds craft spectacular moments that will never be realized. Why? Is it self-indulgence, or are they necessary companions for our soul’s survival?

Love, its force so formidable, transcends time, distance, and even death. Eternal love is the epitome of its grandeur.

To feel the exquisite, majestic splendor of love is the greatest gift we can give or receive. To have another see the unique beauty in our imperfections, that will protect us and elevate us without greed or envy, a soul willing and proud to walk this journey of life with us and share in its joys and sorrows … this is love, a gift unmeasurable and unmatched by earthly possessions.

But two souls must be willing. Therein lies the intricate complexities of the heart. And in the end, we must never forget … love, as is life, is a continuous journey of becoming.

A recent review for The Heart’s Lullaby

Poetry from the Heart on October 30, 2017

This book of heartfelt poetry is gorgeous. Once you get started into reading these poems you can get a deep feel for the author’s emotion she engraves into her beautiful words. Her poetry revolves around life and matters of the heart and in the second part Ducey shares some more intimate passages dedicated to more concrete issues such as PTSD, Dementia, and tributes to her own family members.

If you’re looking for a short time out from chaos and need to rejuvenate with some poetic words of inspiration I recommend reading this book.

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Also by Natalie Ducey

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Full Dark is a collection of eleven short stories of the paranormal including Retribution by Melissa Maygrove.

FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country’s active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe:

About Full Dark

What happens in the dark will come to light.

Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.

Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

A recent review for the anthology

This is a terrific smorgasbord of fast-reading stories guaranteed to please even the pickiest of readers. Will every single reader love every single story? Of course not, but that’s no reflection on the writing. Just as some people reach for the chicken and steak on the buffet line and turn up their noses at lobster and crab, (For Heaven’s sake!) readers will naturally gravitate toward some stories more than others. But every single one of these stories is well-written and engaging. (And for those of you concerned about the “dark,” this isn’t an over-the-top creepy kinda book meant to scare you away or give you nightmares. I’d describe it as more clever and thought-provoking.)

Still not convinced? All proceeds from the sales of this book are being donated to an organization benefiting active military members, veterans, and first responders. Kudos for the authors for donating their time and talent. Four and a half stars, rounded up to five.

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Available in Epub at Nook

Also by Melissa Maygrove

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The next review is for Effrosyni Moschoudi  for her book The Amulet a romantic comedy set in Greece.

Check out the link for Black Friday offers on some of Effrosyni’s books:

About The Amulet

The Amulet is a romantic comedy of angel magic and tantalizing descriptions of Greek food. Download it at your own peril; it’ll make you feel ravenous (not to mention all loved-up!)

Katie has a guardian angel . . . she just doesn’t know it

When Katie loses her Athens office job, a gypsy woman hands her an amulet for good luck. Next, she gets hired as hotel receptionist on the Greek island of Sifnos and everything seems perfect, except for the overbearing hotel owner, Mrs. Matina. One of the guests, heart-stoppingly handsome Aggelos, keeps saving the day whenever Katie needs help. As she falls in love, she grows all the more intrigued by him and his quirky friends, including a little girl who keeps turning up on her own.

Add a psychic, half-mad elderly woman into the mix and you’re in for a few laughs. Things are not what they seem in this small, family hotel and get even more complicated when the gypsy woman shows up again. Will Katie ever work out that Aggelos is a guardian angel that came with the amulet? And if she does, will she be able to keep him? It may take a miracle. But on an island as magical as Sifnos, anything is possible!

One of the recent reviews for the book

This is a sweet story that offers readers several hours of delightful escapism. In fact you’ll very likely want to physically escape to the island of Sifnos long before you’ve finished reading. Having lived in Greece for some years myself, the enchanting atmosphere evoked by Effrosyni Moschoudi had me feeling quite homesick, and longing to return for a visit.

‘The Amulet’ is peopled with colourful, fascinating characters, every one of whom you feel could be the centre of his or her own story. Katie, the centre of this one, is such a nice, kind-hearted person that it’s hardly surprising she’s surrounded by guardian angels. However, it seems even the pure of heart have lessons to learn about themselves and for Katie, life on Sifnos becomes a surprising journey of self-discovery and personal growth. When she falls deeply in love with Aggelos, you worry for her future happiness, since there seems to be no possible happy resolution to the romance.

The writing is generally clear and simplistic, though in some places it waxes poetic, while in others it has a quaintness that I found refreshingly different. It made me want to read more from this author – and not just to immerse myself in the Greek life and culture once again.
You don’t have to believe in angels and miracles to enjoy this charming romantic fantasy. Just read it – you won’t be sorry.

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Also by Effrosyni  Moschoudi







Effrosyni has a number of Black Friday offers on some of her books so check out her post today:

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Thank you for dropping in today and please share the news from these authors wherever you can. thanks Sally

Don’t forget that from Monday there will be a slight change to The Christmas Book Fair where all authors in the Cafe and Bookstore can feature one of their books and its best review in the run up to Christmas.

32 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Natalie Ducey, Melissa Maygrove and Effrosyni Moschoudi

  1. No one writes poetry like Natalie Dulcey—lulls one into a sense of joy and satisfaction rarely seen. Melissa your covers are stunning and the stories sound like winners.Effrosyni Moschoudi, The Amulet reall caught my attentions as I love comedy romances.

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