Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Dan Alatorre and Mary Smith

Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair where authors in the Cafe and Bookstore are featuring their books and their best reviews. Where an author has not selected a review I have chosen the one that I feel best sells the book….

I have to say a big thank you to these authors who are also very generous with their support for the other authors in the bookstore by sharing the four promotions each week.  It does make a difference when we all work together.

The first author today with a book that all fantasy lovers will enjoy this Christmas is Vashti Quiroz-Vega and her book The Fall of Lilith: Fantasy Angels Series

About The Fall of Lilith:

So says Lilith, the most exquisite of the angels. The two most important pledges an angel makes to God are those of obedience and celibacy, and dire consequences await any who break their oaths.

At first, the angels are happy in their celestial home, learning and exploring together. As they grow older, though, Lilith begins to question these pledges, which now seem arbitrary and stifling. Her challenge of the status quo leads to disagreement, jealousy, and strife among her peers. As the arguing and acrimony grow, lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Is war inevitable?

Filled with robust characters, incredible landscapes, and exciting action, The Fall of Lilith is an epic tale of seduction, betrayal, and revenge.

Free Will involves asking difficult questions and making hard choices, choices that require strength and sacrifice. These decisions can tear apart friendships and cause rifts between allies.

They can even threaten the foundations of Heaven.

A recent review for the book

The Fall of Lilith is a high fantasy that delivers the reader into the imaginative realm of Floraison, better known as Heaven. Forget what you learned in Sunday School. This version of events has nothing to do with Lilith, Adam’s first wife, from the Hebrew texts. If you love inventive fantasy, read on!

Book One is dedicated to the lives of the heavenly angels in Floraison where they live under God’s laws. They are required to adhere to the rules, with no questions asked. The young angel’s days are filled living blissfully in a celestial Garden of Eden. As these heavenly beings mature, they develop into spectacular angels with resplendent wings and powers that are unsurpassed.

God eventually separates his godly offspring into groups by rank: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.

However, this newfound maturity creates problems for the angels. Raised like sisters and brothers, they suddenly take notice of their own bodies with feelings of love and desire for each other. Lilith feels the first pull of the lust for free-will and wastes no time in questioning God’s rules.

Lilith is the catalyst, and as some of the angels follow her lead, there are others that revolt and refuse to succumb to her wiles. The great manipulator, Lilith convinces a group of angels to rebel against God and his laws believing they can change Floraison into what they desire.

The war between good and evil escalates quickly, and the penalties for failure are harsh. Lilith and her cohorts are banished from God’s kingdom of Floraison and sent to earth. They are stripped of their heavenly abilities and made to live like humans.

Book Two deals with the survival of the earthbound angels. On earth, their celestial forms have been changed. The most noticeable transformations are in Lucifer and Lilith, although some of the angels are made to suffer unbearable lives because of their deceit. Lucifer becomes the red demon and Lilith, now possesses the lower body of a snake. God’s wrath is reflected in each of the fallen angel’s new forms.

Life on earth for the angels is unforgiving and the struggle to survive is strong. The one constant is Lilith and her unquenchable thirst for power and control. Her machinations don’t stop on earth. Instead, they increase, leading to a spectacular ending that will surprise you.

There is a subtle message that resonates with the story besides the good vs. evil theme. It centers on the realization that not all rules are bad – some control is needed to tame the chaos. An excellent lesson for modern times.

Vashti Quiroz-Vega skillfully created Lilith, the protagonist, as the epitome of the evil enchantress. The rest of the characters swirl around her larger than life vileness. I was enchanted by the novel, the characters, and the creative ingenuity of both worlds. It’s a long read but well worth every word.

I’ve added this book to my Me Time category for Fantasy. If you love angels, you won’t want to miss this epic story! The Fall of Lilith (Fantasy Angels Series)


Character Believability: 5      Flow and Pace: 5        Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5     Reader Enjoyment: 5    Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 STARS

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Also by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

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The next author with a book that would make a great Christmas gift is  International best selling author Dan Alatorre and An Angel on her Shoulder.

About An Angel on her Shoulder

A series of unexplainable tragedies surround a family and their young daughter as they seek to determine whether they are possessed, paranoid or collectively going insane. Meanwhile, forgotten clues from the father’s past may indicate forces are at work in ways more ominous than any of them could have imagined.

One of the excellent reviews for the book

A brilliant story.. on August 11, 2017

I chose to read and review this supernatural thriller with a twist by Dan Alatorre because I am a great fan of his work. The last book I read, ‘Poggibonsi’ nearly had me splitting my sides, I laughed so much. There is always such a strong human element to his writing, which adds to the magic.

From the brilliant opening chapter, I knew this book would be good. The unusual chapter arrangement threw me at first, but I soon realised how well it gradually ramped up the tension.

Parts of the story were traumatic, enforcing the deep and dark theme of this book, despite being about a happy family unit. The main characters, Doug, Mallory and their daughter Sophie are portrayed so well, you feel you have known them all for years, and makes what happens to them all the more terrifying and exciting to read.

The supernatural element was handled well, really down to earth stuff that will raise the hair on the back of your neck time and again.

Near the end of the book was another shocking chapter, and then the unbelievably terrifying footage of being caught in a storm. So well depicted, I felt soaked to the skin and scared to death as the lightning rent the air.

Not many books have me cheering at the end, but this one did, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good thriller!

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A small selection of other books by Dan Alatorre

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Having read and reviewed this short story collection I can recommend Donkey Boy and Other Stories by Mary Smith as a great Christmas present.

About the collection

Shot through with flashes of humour the stories here will entertain, amuse, and make you think. Mary Smith’s debut collection of short stories is a real treat, introducing the reader to a diverse range of characters in a wide range of locations. A donkey boy in Pakistan dreams of buying luxuries for his mother; a mouth artist in rural Scotland longs to leave the circus; a visually impaired man has a problem with his socks; and a woman tries to come to terms with a frightening gift – or curse.

One of the most recent reviews

Short Story Collection Worth Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 October 2017

How I discovered this book: It was submitted to Rosie Amber’s Review Team, of which I am a member. Two years ago I read No More Mulberries by this author, which I liked a lot.

This is an interesting and diverse collection of stories, set in several locations, from Scotland to Pakistan, where the author lived for a while. Some of them were written as monologues, which have been performed.

I liked those set in Pakistan best, my very favourite being Accidents Happen, about a girl whose mother marries a man she hates. I liked it so much I read it again, straight away. I also liked Donkey Boy itself, about a little boy who has to work for his father instead of going to school, and Trouble with Socks, about the sort of ghastly, patronising auxiliary in a care home who thinks that physically disabled means mentally deficient. The last one, a longer story called The Thing In Your Eye, was interesting. A woman believes she sees evil in people in their eyes; this left me a little unsure, as I didn’t know if we were meant to think it was all in her mind (as everyone else does), or if she really could ‘read’ people.

They’re all unusual, with a theme of private sadness. I liked a very short one called My Name is Anya, too, about an Afghani girl adopted by Scottish parents. They’re ideal for a nice bit of lying on the sofa, afternoon reading when you’re not in the mood for complicated plots.

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Also by Mary Smith

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope it has given you some ideas for your Christmas book purchases. Thanks Sally


47 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Dan Alatorre and Mary Smith

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  3. These are a great choice of books Sally.
    I have had Mary’s sitting on my TBR pile for a couple of months and have just started reading it.I have always like how Mary writes. The title story is remarkable- beautifully written, full of our common humanity, and understanding of other people and how they perceive themselves and us and the dynamics that shape generations, and deeply, deeply tender.

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  4. Wowza, these are fantastic reviews! I’m currently trying to read Mary’s book if life wouldn’t keep getting in the way, and Love the reviews for Dan and Vashti’s book which I intend to read too! Congrats my friends!!! 🙂 xxx

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