Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Yvonne Payne, Linda Bethea, Sacha de Black, Deborah Bowman

Welcome to another showcase of the authors in the bookstore with books that make great Christmas gifts. If like me you look out at grey, wintery skies and long for some sunshine and warmth, Yvonne Payne with her book Kritsotopoula: Girl of Kritsa might just be the book for you.

About the book

Throughout her childhood exploits, the feisty daughter, Rodanthe, of Kritsa’s pappas (priest), yearns for her father’s approval without appreciating his efforts to keep her safe under Ottoman oppression.Years later, the ruling Pasha orders Rodanthe’s kidnap intent on making her his wife. Determined not to yield, Rodanthe tricks the Pasha, and then flees to the mountains dressed as a young man.

After joining rebels as Spanomanolis (Beardless Manolis), she draws on her unusual experiences and rare education to maintain her disguise throughout daring raids.Now, honored as Kritsotopoula (Girl of Kritsa), villagers celebrate Rodanthe’s exploits annually in front of a poignant stone carving. This monument portrays the moment in 1823 when brave Rodanthe’s secret was exposed – a point mirrored as this story culminates with a twist.

Infused with myths and local flavour this historical adventure gives insight to customs that still shape many lives in Kritsa today.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Exciting story that has wonderful historical facts while continuing to give you the flavour of true Cretan life that is still in evidence in villages today.
A story of courage and true conviction that reminds you of the important things in life such as love, friendship and honour.
I really enjoyed this book and I am sure anyone would enjoy it who is interested in Crete or is looking for a beach read. Hope there is more to come from this author.

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Now time to showcase the books of Linda Bethea whose unique sense of family and humour are reflected in her two books. Earlier this year she released a short story collection.. Just Women Getting By.

About the collection


In this collection of six serials, Linda Swain Bethea weaves narratives of women through several centuries. The stories span from 1643 to 1957. Beginning in England in 1643, a young couple travels to Jamestown, Virginia, to begin a new life in the American frontier. The rest of the stories travel from West Texas to North Louisiana to the Texas Panhandle to East Texas.

Disease, death, starvation, and prison are faced with stoicism and common sense, and always, with a sense of humor.

The women in each tale stand tall and possess the wisdom and tenacity to hold families together under the worst conditions. Through it all, they persevere, and Linda Swain Bethea’s storytelling is a testament to the legacy they left.

Conversational and homey, you’ll fall in love with the women of Just Women Getting By – Leaving a Legacy of Strength, which celebrates the courage of those women who had no choice but to survive.

One of the reviews for the book

Linda Swain Bethea has done it again. I have just finished reading “Just Women Getting By.

The riveting stories of women, strong women living through years of hardship, love, childbirth, death and hard work. Survival is what comes to mind about this book. Stories about life that will make you cry, and laugh at the same time. It is a tribute to women who have silently contributed to family, and country, making do with very little yet keeping the home fires burning.

Linda is an excellent storyteller and will keep you turning the pages, wanting to know more about her characters and how they managed to survive throughout the centuries.The legacy they leave behind for a brighter future for the children they raised and the men they loved.

I also recommend reading her book “Everything Smells Like Poke Salad”.

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Also by Linda Bethea

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The next author with a book that would make a wonderful gift for lovers of Fantasy and Science Fiction is Sacha de Black with Keepers: The Eden East YA Novels

About Keepers

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 recent reviews for the book

The Keepers by Sacha de Black. I started reading this a month ago and finished last night. Wow, the pace is fast, the writing smooth and seamless. The characters are fantastic. Although, I did get annoyed at the main character, Eden at times but only because she doesn’t admit to the one person her true feelings. The rest of the time I’m rooting for her as the only one who can open up a can of worms.

The action doesn’t trip up the story rather it becomes a necessity to push the development of the main character forward.

Eden has a hard time trying to sort out her feelings, her powers and the world she knows. Brought up to think one way only to find out later that everything she knew was a lie.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story and to those of us who love to wander in different worlds.

The world building aspect of this novel is superb with new concepts and a completely different set of rules for us to get to know.
I want Keepers 2 now………………………………. 

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Deborah A. Bowman with Annie’s Story: Blessed with a Gift which was released earlier this year. This book may be written by a little girl born centuries ago, but even today, those who are born who are different from the rest of us, find it a tough road to travel.

About Annie’s story

This story of love and faith by “different” people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about a dwarfed, mentally slow child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift” from the Spiritual Universe. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Annie’s message is timeless, and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” in the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs.

Factual research has confirmed what many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done in the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. JOIN THE ANNIE MOVEMENT to continue the fight for women’s rights, cure birth defects, and stop bullying. Have perceptions changed all that much since the mid-1600s? Have they changed enough? Sadly, they have not. Purchase the book to support women and children. Please, write a review and contact the author. Fundraiser opportunities available.

A review for Annie’s story

A unique story on June 25, 2017

Annie’s Story provides a unique insider’s look into the world of newly emigrated people, the Scots, to a free land where they could safely continue worshipping their faith—Catholicism. For Annie, born into a world where one’s physical differences and abilities were considered the child of the devil, it was life threatening.

Annie was raised by her grandmother, a renowned Scottish healer, after her parents died from the plague. This story highlights the hardships endured by immigrants in a world vastly different to their own, who contend with harshness of the land, weather and hiding their beliefs from their neighbours—the Puritans.

Annie was a dwarf and a healer, born in the mid-17th century in Colonial America. Her family left Scotland to avoid the harsh and imperial rule of the English King Charles II, migrated to Massachusetts Bay area, not far from a Puritan settlement. Her grandmother, taught Annie the art and skills of ‘pagan’ medicine after witnessing her miraculously heal a man who almost died.

Annie’s grandmother, her best friend Janey, her parents and the Scottish community protect and shield Annie from outsiders, who don’t understand her physical and mental disabilities. The young girl heals a boy from the Puritan township, which they later become friends and then fall in love.

One of the subjects I am not overly familiar with is American history. The Civil War was perhaps its greatest exponents, as was Abraham Lincoln, and so when I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I read historical fiction, but tend to go for books that predate Christianity.

What intrigued and drew me to the story was that it was premised on a past-life regression, in this case, the author’s. Bowman prefaces the book with background information that she underwent an “age” regression, and in follow up sessions, learnt she lived in another time and went by the name of Annie. The book has facts interwoven within the story, about Annie, the period and the way people who were different were treated. It is evident a great deal of research has gone into the story, describing what life was like during Colonial America for migrants, the Indians and how the Puritans lived.
The use of Scottish phrases and terms is great and it remains true to the characters, but I would have preferred a glossary at the end of the book rather than the explanation within the narrative.

For readers who know little about America’s early history, Annie’s Story is a good introduction to life during a period of unrest in Colonial America. For those who know a lot more, you will enjoy the various historical elements that feature in this story.

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A selection of other books by Deborah A. Bowman

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you have enjoyed the selection. Thanks Sally


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