Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Yecheilyah Ysrayl, Carol Balawyder, Linda Bradley, Sarah Brentyn and Frank Parker

Welcome to the Friday edition of my Cafe and Bookstore author update.. A full house today with new books and new reviews.

The first author today is Yecheilyah Ysrayl and a new release just before Christmas.

About  I Am Soul

I am Soul is a short collection of poetry and prose from Yecheilyah’s PBS Blog covering Black History, Faith, Love and all things Soul.

One of the early reviews for the collection


I was pleased to find out this author had a poetry book up her sleeve for one last release in 2017. Poetry has intrigued me lately and I’ve been trying to read more of it. So I was eager to give this one a try.


As the summary suggests, I Am Soul is a collection of poetry from the author’s blog or personal journal.

These poems are based on African history and literature as well as Women’s literature. It’s interesting to read from such a perspective because I come from a different background than the author. It reads just like a journal and it’s refreshing.

The poetry comes in all shapes and sizes so that it doesn’t get monotonous. Some are long lasting two to three pages while others are just a few lines taking up half a page. Some of them rhymed and some didn’t. Some lines were long reading like prose and others weren’t. It kept my attention and I was able to read it in one sitting, despite how short it is at 96-pages.


If you’re interested in history or even just poetry in general, this is a great book to read.

Favorite Quote:

“But I can write, / articulating the suffering / of the now silent.” –Yecheilyah Ysrayl, I Am Soul

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Other books by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

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The next author is Carol Balawyder and a recent review for The Longest Nine Months published in October 2017.

About The Longest Nine Months.

In Getting to Mr. Right, Campbell debunked the Prince Charming myth, only to meet a special man who turned all her assumptions upside down.

Now she’s married to Chand..

But Happily-Ever-After turns out to be another illusion.

Campbell deals with job burnout and struggles to find her place in the world. An unexpected pregnancy and its complications undermine her relationship with Chand and take her to a difficult crossroad. No matter which way she decides to go, nothing will ever be the same!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Carol Balawyder’s The Longest Nine Months (2017) starts with a million dollar question, one every woman I know has faced at least once: Is my life going as I wish it would? Forty-two-year-old Campbell Jones, at the top of her career as a therapist, courageously arrives at the answer I had always wanted to: I quit!! And then, she moves on, taking the steps required to make that choice a reality despite detractors, the most painful being her husband, Chand. Chand doesn’t like change so treats Campbell’s decision as a phase, something she’ll get over, until she adds the exclamation point and becomes pregnant. This he argues against, suggests an abortion, kindly and then aggressively, especially when Campbell finds out that there are complications to the pregnancy. For a long nine months, Campbell addresses the problems of a pregnancy she wants and her husband doesn’t, the worries of raising her child alone, and how to reinvigorate her career in a way that better-serves her changed attitudes.

The gift of this book is that we are with Campbell as she goes from shock over the pregnancy to the joy of a new life. It’s written in a personal first person, present tense, which makes it as intimate as it gets.

This is the final installment of her exceptional women’s fiction series, Getting to Mr. Right, though it stands alone with no problem.

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Also by Carol Balawyder

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The next book that received recent reviews is A Montana Bound Christmas (book 4) by Linda Bradley.

About the book

Chloe and John McIntyre await Maggie Abernathy’s arrival at the 617 Ranch, but snowfall has halted flights from Michigan to Montana. While Maggie and her mother prepare for a delayed departure, eight-year-old Chloe prepares for disappointment by inviting her Hollywood mother to the ranch in hopes of filling the void. Brook’s unexpected acceptance raises the stakes for John who longs for the perfect Christmas. This cast of misfits bands together in true Montana Bound style when unexpected guests arrive and a curious dog goes missing.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Uncaged Review: When we last left John, Maggie and Chloe in the Montana Bound three book series, we had our happy ending, and it ended in a good place, I was happy with the series. Imagine my excitement when Ms. Bradley sent me this fourth installment – and a Christmas one at that!

I’m not going to give a lot away, but I think I see even better closure for a couple more characters. This book alternates point-of-views each chapter – and I liked seeing in the thoughts of the other characters like John’s father and his ex-wife. If you’ve read the Montana Bound series, this is a welcome addition, and if you haven’t – you can read it as a standalone, but to get the full impact of what these characters have been through, start at the beginning, Maggie’s Way.

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Also in the series

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Time to catch up with the latest collection of flash fiction by Sarah Brentyn, On The Edge of a Raindrop

About the collection

When You’re on the Edge, It’s Easy to Fall

These are stories of lives on the edge.

A girl tortured by the world within her. A boy powerless to escape his home. A mother doomed to live with her greatest mistake. A man lost in a maze of grief.

Each raindrop provides a microscopic mirror of ourselves and those around us. But we can’t always trust what we see. The distorted images disorient the mind, altering our view of reality.

This second collection of flash and micro fiction explores the depths of the human condition and the fragile surface of our perceptions.

Dive into these tales of darkness and discover what life is like On the Edge of a Raindrop

Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.

A recent review for the collection

It was Brentyn’s first book, Hinting at Shadows that drew me in to the mysterious world of micro-fiction. This type of writing fascinates me, how a whole story can be painted in so few words, leaving so much to be taken in with pause and reflection.

On the Edge of a Raindrop leaves plenty thought provoking moments from Brentyn – Mistress of Flash Fiction. She can sum up a life in a paragraph and create moments of human awareness with so few words. As she writes, “There is a world inside a drop of fiction.”

This passage in particular resonated with me, “Sugar coated lies, though easier to swallow, have a bitter aftertaste.” Two other stories grabbed at my heartstrings – Puddles and Wishes.

These short bursts of stories pack a real punch and because of the short length are easy to go back and read again and again, and perhaps leave a different impression. Highly recommended, especially for those who enjoy being able to read shorter works without losing the impact of a story.

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Also by Sarah Brentyn and anthologies contributed to.

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Although Frank Parker has appeared in the Posts from Your Archives series, I never formally welcomed him into the bookstore. Here is Frank’s latest book released in November 2017 and a recent review.

About the book

A layman’s guide to the worst man made disaster to afflict Great Britain, it’s causes and lessons for the future.

Whilst the British elites were celebrating the achievements of Empire, a million people died from lack of food and housing elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
Is it possible for humanity to achieve the Liberal ideal of the greatest good for the greatest number or are Malthus’s predictions about the relationship between population and food production about to come true?

A recent review for the book

Joseph Willson  Our history is not always pretty. 2 December 2017

I have always wondered about the story behind the cause and effect of the Irish potato famine. Never have I really come across anything at any time that could hold a candle to this in-depth chronology. The way that both government and church played a part in this ‘atrocity’ if one looks closely enough at the events. It begs the question, “Have we as a people truly learned anything from this considering the current state of the world?” Are there still not the exact same things happening all over the world if one just alters the context a little? Makes you wonder.

A well written and well researched work well worth the look for anyone interested in what I shall refer to as social injustices. Our history is not always pretty.

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Also by Frank Parker

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you found something that you would enjoy reading.. thanks Sally




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