Welcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore Updates for 2018.. There will be two updates a week on Mondays and Fridays and I will feature 5 authors in each post.
If you are in the bookstore and have a new release or a recent review that you would like to share then please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be checking the authors in the bookstore out every week or so but it does help get your book to the front of the queue if you let me know. Thanks.
If you would like to be featured in the bookstore for the first time then please take a look at this post.
On with the update…...
Annika Perry published The Storyteller Speaks, a short story, flash fiction and poetry collection, just before Christmas. It has been gathering wonderful reviews since then.
About The Story Teller Speaks
It only takes one event to change a life. What is that action, decision, occurrence? Whose life is affected? Changed forever?
In this eclectic mix of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry the pendulum swings between first love and murder, from soul-destroying grief to reconciliation. The tales veer from the sweet satisfaction of revenge to new beginnings, from heart-breaking miscarriages of justice to heart-warming Christmas misadventure.
One common thread binds them all; the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.
Open your hearts and minds as The Storyteller Speaks.
One of the recent reviews for the collection
Miriam Natural Storyteller and wordsmith 29 December 2017
Annika Perry is a natural storyteller, a wordsmith of great talent. She writes at times with the language of a poet, at other times with the sharp and daring strokes of Picasso.
Sheer light infuse her pages;
Darkness where the soul cries.
Annika’s Anthology consists of stories filled with depth and entertainment. Joy and grief. Romance and thriller. They all share a deep care and love for their characters. The pace is unhurried, yet entirely without superfluous words. You are left totally absorbed in the events and settings.
How does she do it?
All I can say is … Annika, keep on writing.
I am hungry for more.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0789KZVF8/
and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789KZVF8
Read other reviews and follow Annika on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17498437.Annika_Perry
Connect to Annika via her blog: https://annikaperry.com
The next feature is for two writers, Jane Risdon and Christina Jones who co-wrote Only One Woman released in November 2017. This is the debut novel for Jane Risdon.
About Only One Woman
June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.
December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.
As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?
One of the recent reviews for the book
Bobbi Lerman A delightful, delicious ride of a read! December 30, 2017
For me, Only One Woman by Christina Jones & Jane Risdon was an absolute delight of a read from the first page to the last. I felt like I was transported back to the rock n roll era of swinging sixties England as I walked along with both coming of age heroines as they meet and fall in love with the same soon to be rock god.
The writers literally take you back in time and into the world of the beautiful, lonely, Renza who is dealing with a mom with serious control issues and Stella, the equally beautiful, slightly more experienced budding journalist with health issues that in the end send her seeking a new life journey. When these two music, musician obsessed, young women fall in love with the same man, well….
Both authors meld their unique voices to deliver a combination of fun, fast paced storytelling that nails the lifestyle, free love attitude of the sixties with interesting, engaging characters that draw you in from the start. Not to mention the quirky cast of characters that people this world. I fell in love the boys in the band.
Nostalgic and delicious are the two best words to describe this story. I highly recommend and can’t wait to see if there is a sequel.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/dp/B075D88JBP
Read more reviews and follow Jane on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831801.Jane_Risdon
Connect to Jane Risdon via her blog: https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/
A small selection of books by Christina Jones.
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christina-Jones/e/B001K8U57Y/
and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Jones/e/B001K8U57Y/
Connect to Christina via her blog: https://christinajones-writing.blogspot.ie/
Then next author attracting new reviews for her latest release in December 2017, is D.G. Kaye and Twenty Years: After “I Do” – Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging.
In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.
Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.
Here’s a short excerpt from the chapter “Taking the Plunge and Commitment” to give you a feel for what you can expect to read in this book:
If I commit to something, I’m in it for life. “Till death do us part” is a simple phrase often not analyzed to its fullest extent as we bask in bliss, about to commit to our chosen life partner and join in holy matrimony. After all, who wants to think about possible frightening future scenarios on what’s supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives?
In that euphoric moment, while dreaming of a wonderful future together, we feel confident we can conquer any and everything. We feel invincible while shrouded with love as we stand before our friends and family, promising our beloved to love, honor, and cherish in sickness and health, often without taking in the truest depths of the words. We tend to discount the idea of sickness as a situation that will never happen to us—but often, it does.
Since moving away from home as a late teen, I’d had many suitors and a few marriage proposals through the years, but I had enjoyed my wings of freedom and had no desire to marry. Then I met Gordon, a man like no other I’d known. He was divorced and living it up, content to remain a bachelor. That was until he met me. On our third date, Gordon smiled at me, his sky-blue eyes twinkling with adoration as he embraced me in a warm cuddle, and announced that he was going to marry me one day. I had long resolved to never marry, but truth be told, I too by that third date had an uncanny feeling that I just might marry that man.
I laughed out loud, kissed his sweet cheek, and replied, “That will never happen.” But it did. Our dating life left me more than enough material to write another book, but suffice to say, by the following year’s end, we were living together, and within the following year, I was planning our wedding. I took the plunge after weighing all the fears I had about what the future might hold as older age set in against how much I loved and felt loved by this man. I couldn’t deny the fact that I had found my soulmate.
One of the recent reviews of the book
D.G Kaye bares her innermost thoughts and feelings after 20 years of marriage to her soul mate Gordon, a man 20 years her senior. Gordon is suffering the effects of ageing and the aftermath of prostate cancer treatment.
The author writes with some candour in this short but informative self-help/memoir of several mindfulness strategies she employs to keep her marriage as fresh as the day she said “I do”. These strategies can be used by any couple regardless of their ages, and indeed I aim to take a leaf out of this book to aid my own 37 year marriage!
It is a treat to read of the author’s successful marriage, despite her initial doubts (due to Gordon’s age) at the start of the relationship plus many hardships and health scares of both parties along the way. D.G Kaye and her husband laugh a lot, look after each other, and take heed of their marriage vows. Many younger couples could learn from this recommended 5 star read.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Years-Reflections-Changes-Through-ebook/dp/B077V386TL
Other books by D.G. Kaye
Read the reviews and buy all of D.G. Kaye’s Books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Read more reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7390618.D_G_Kaye
Connect to D.G.Kaye via her website: https://www.dgkayewriter.com
The next author is Richard Ankers whose third book in The Eternals Series, Into Eternity, was published in July of last year.
Queen Serena and her allies have fled the Nordic massacre, taking Princess Linka with them. For Jean, it’s heartbreak; for Merryweather and the abandoned Aurora, far worse. Not even the return of a broken Prince Grella and a dramatic escape from an obliterated Hvit softens the blow of their loss. Tempers flare and the pursuit resumes.
Leaving the Arctic ice behind, Jean and the others must reconcile with both current and past deaths, as they close in on the Baltic home of the hated Duke Gorgon. Here, their enemies gather and confrontation is inevitable.
Under Merryweather’s frustrating tutelage, Jean marches from one infuriating revelation to another, but as the lies unravel and the truth unfurls, he discovers the Britannian is not the fool he’s taken him for. The enigmatic Merryweather appears the key to the greatest mystery of all. But will he ever show his true colors?
In the stunning climax to The Eternals Series, a brooding Jean must do what he’s never done before: place his trust in others. For only at the end of all things, as the sun dies and Shangri-La falls, will Jean know what it means to step Into Eternity.
A recent review for Into Eternity
The final book of Anker’s The Eternals series doesn’t disappoint. Gradually, the trilogy has shifted from a story about a vampire to a story about a man seeking the truth of his life and discovering what it is to be human. This is a trilogy that must be read in sequence as the action continues without backstory through the strange and epic landscapes of a dying world.
The search for Linka leads Jean, Merriweather, and Aurora from the Arctic ice to the Baltic sea. Secrets of the past are revealed and reconciled, and at the final confrontation with his enemies, Jean endures betrayal but also learns the truth of his destiny.
Anker’s writing is stylistically poetic, the pace of the book steady, and dialog natural as well as imbued with personality. The verbal repartee between Jean and Merriweather is characteristic of their relationship and a pleasure to read. Walter Merriweather takes on a greater role in this book. Reveals about his history, personality, and motives is perhaps the most interesting and startling part of the story. The ending is an emotional and exquisite read.
If you enjoy vampires, epic vistas, tales of redemption, and stylistic writing, this series is well worth picking up.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Into-Eternity-Eternals-Book-3-ebook/dp/B073PT8XYR
Also by Richard Ankers
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-M.-Ankers/e/B01GEM7690
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-M.-Ankers/e/B01GEM7690
Follow Richard Ankers on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15271976.Richard_M_Ankers
Connect to Richard via his blog: https://richardankers.com/
The final author today is A.T. Balsara with The Great & The Small which she has written and illustrated…published at the end of October 2017 and now receiving wonderful reviews.
Deep below the market, in the dark tunnels no human knows exist, a war has begun. Led by the charismatic Beloved Chairman, a colony of rats plots to exterminate the ugly two-legs who have tortured them in labs, crushed them with boots, and looked at them with disgust for as long as anyone can remember.
When the Chairman’s nephew is injured and a young two-leg nurses him back to health, however, doubt about the war creeps in. Now the colony is split—obey the Chairman and infect the two-legs with the ancient sickness passed down from the Old Ones, or do the unthinkable…
One of the recent reviews for the book.
It’s not like I love rats. So why on earth do I like A T Balsara’s new book, one of whose heroes is a rat named Fin?
Because it’s a well-written, absorbing book about the friendship between a “four-leg” (Fin) and a “two-leg” named Ananda.
Because the four-legged characters are even more interesting than the humans.
And because the book shows how easily a charismatic tyrant can sow anger, hate and division and bring their followers to war against others.
Fin faces a mighty struggle in this book. His choice could have deadly consequences.
Fin’s guardian “Papa”, a seemingly loving relative, is the leader of the rats. He hates humans. Indeed, the rats seem to have history on their side – humans have done horrible things to them. Humans, meanwhile, still remember the great plague in which people died from a disease carried by rats.
Into this cauldron of hate and distrust, Fin and Ananda meet and become friends, leaving them both to face grim and dangerous choices.
Written for a young adult audience but also suitable for adult audiences, this book handles the underlying themes of trust and hate towards those who are different, and who are deemed to be enemies.
A T Balsara is both writer and illustrator of this book. Her story-telling is compelling, and her drawings are superb.
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/A.-T.-Balsara/e/B077THW3QL/
Also as Andrea Torrey-Balsara for children.
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Torrey-Balsara/e/B077TKWPBY/
Connect to Andrea via her website: www.torreybalsara.com
Thank you for dropping in and if you would like to be featured in one of these updates please refer to the links at the front of the post. Thanks Sally