Welcome to Friday’s author update with new releases and recent reviews from authors in the Cafe and Bookstore. If you have news and are on the shelves then please let me know by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org
The first author is multi-award winning Lyn Horner with her latest release Tempting Adam: Romancing the Guardians, Book Seven
About the Book
He walked away from her once meaning to protect her and broke her heart.
Can she forgive him and overcome his stubborn resistance to love?
Guardian of Danu, Adam Dvorak has the power to make plants grow with a mere touch, but will he allow love to grow? An agronomist teaching better farming methods in a semi-desert region of northern Kenya, he has an accident and ends up in the local hospital where, to his shock, his former love Ellie Graham is a nurse. He’d never expected to see her again.
Ellie is equally shocked to see him. How could fate be so cruel, putting her in Adam’s path again? Her bruised heart tells her to avoid him, but circumstances dictate otherwise, and their mutual attraction soon flares to life. Will the temptation to accept Ellie as his mate conquer Adam’s fear for her? The High Guardian’s arrival and the pernicious Hellhounds may force him into a difficult decision as this saga builds toward a climax in the eighth and final book, A Might Chieftain.
The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a unique psychic talent and an ancient scroll containing a secret prophecy not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen. Vicious “Hellhounds” seek to steal the prophesies and use them for their own evil ends. When romance enters the picture, expect adventure, suspense and sizzling adult love scenes.
Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Tempting-Adam-Romancing-Guardians-Seven-ebook/dp/B07B7HLZL7
A selection of other books by Lyn Horner
One of the reviews for Book Six in the series Beguiling Delilah
I enjoyed the leading man, Leon Tseda. He is a normal man who happens to be Navajo. He’s 5-feet-10 and 52 years old. He’s not a super-jock, a ninja, or a weight-lifting fanatic. I’m happy us old, grey-haired guys have a hero we can relate to. Leon has no Superpowers, just a skilled observer of human nature. Delilah’s unique skill is her ability to process numbers, and like Spock, she is logical. The pair complement each other when things go from bad to worse. The chase leads across France with scoundrels in hot pursuit before they return to, you guessed it, Navajo land, where Leon has the upper hand. I enjoyed this book enough to make me want to read the rest of the series.
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y
Read more reviews and follow Lyn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4639926.Lyn_Horner
Connect to Lyn via her website: http://lynhorner.com
The next author is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair with her latest release published in July, A Desolate Hour, Book Three of the Point Pleasant Series.
About A Desolate Hour
For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?
While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .
A recent review for the book
The culmination of the Point Pleasant series, A Desolate Hour brings all the open threads from the overall story together. This book explains the curse behind Point Pleasant’s ill fortune. (I’ll try to avoid spoilers!) We meet the descendents of the people involved when Chief Cornstalk laid the curse: Quentin Marsh, Sarah Sherman, and Shawn Preech. We also meet the other characters involved again, especially Caden Flynn, with his own connection to the infamous Mothman that haunts Point Pleasant. We also learn more about the Mothman, and feel for it as it faces the source of its pain after a couple hundred years. I especially love how the author continues with the theme of the series, from yesteryears to cold tomorrows. The book is a ride of suspense, and by that last rollercoaster drop, has given the reader a satisfying end to the adventure.
Read all the reviews so far and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Desolate-Hour-Point-Pleasant-ebook/dp/B01MDPY2A5
A selection of other books by Mae Clair
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0
Read more reviews and follow Mae on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468716.Mae_Clair
Connect to Mae via her website: https://maeclair.net/
The next author with a recent review is Colleen Chesebro for her book The Swamp Fairy: The Heartstone Chronicles Volume One.
Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations. Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy.
The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors. But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.
As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world. Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?
One of the recent reviews for the book
I finished this read in the wee hours of the morning in lieu of a good night’s sleep. Chesebro has crafted a thoroughly delightful story about a fourteen-year-old orphan, Abby, who bears a sacred duty to protect a swamp inhabited by tiny fairies. The swamp fairies guard the Pink Sundew plants necessary for human healing, and at her death, Abby’s mother passed the responsibility for the swamp onto Abby. Rafe Cobb, a greedy tycoon, wants to develop the area and will stop at nothing including murder to have his way.
The book is perfect for pre-teens and young adult readers, and if my daughter wasn’t all grown up, I’d pass this read on in a second. It has everything she once enjoyed: magic, fairies, sweet boy-crushes, horses, the ability to talk to animals, and a teen hero. And, of course, there’s escalating pressure and danger as Abby refuses to sell her land. Except for Cobb, his henchmen, and a pair of mean brothers, the characters are charming. Abby has kind friends and a loving aunt who cares for her. The characters are three-dimensional, and the relationships have a dose of realistic conflict along with the support.
The pace is steady and builds to a stormy climax. The book is peppered with wisdom about personal growth, friendship, and family, as well as insights into the different kinds of fairies that inhabit the Earth, their role, and our responsibility as humans to safeguard the planet. In the back matter, the author briefly shares her own experience with a swamp fairy, which was the inspiration for the book. I can happily recommend this book to young readers who enjoy magic, fairies, and tales about growing up.
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT
Find out more about Colleen Chesebro, read more reviews and follow on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro
Connect to Colleen via her website: https://colleenchesebro.com/
The next author, Annika Perry is celebrating another new review for her collection of short stories and poetry, The Storyteller Speaks.
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 book
I think this book is a good read. Annika Perry is a perceptive observer of the human condition, and has a gift of harnessing the humdrum minutiae of everyday existence and bringing it to life in short, concise, well told stories. She also includes the occasional entertaining poem and limerick to further demonstrate her talents and add to the variety. As a bonus, Ms Perry includes notes at the end of the anthology, explaining her motivation for writing the stories, many of which, directly or indirectly, are borne out of her own experiences.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0789KZVF8/
and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789KZVF8
Read more reviews and follow Annika on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/55576285-annika-perry
Connect to Annika via her blog: https://annikaperry.com
A latest release for the writing duo – Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes.. non-fiction this time....Lazy Days : The holiday of a lifetime…
About the book
This was our very first holiday. Two women, four kids and two small dogs afloat on a rented boat, 40 years ago. Miles of rivers and waterways to explore. Could we survive for two weeks, or would we end up in a watery grave?
Find out how we survived the holiday and each other in Lazy Days!
A recent review for the book.
These five stars are for the guts, courage and general ‘can do’ attitude Jaye Marie showed in agreeing to ‘skipper’ a boat for the very first time on the Norfolk Broads. I have been a boater for getting on eighteen years, but I know I would never have been brave enough to steer a cruiser I’d never seen before, let alone never having ‘driven’ a boat before in my life. I think what happened to her and her sister was what happened to me too after my first cruise. There is so much to be anxious about, you don’t know whether you have enjoyed it or not until after the event. Nevertheless, they went to some gorgeous places, and I would love to go there myself now. Well done, Jaye and Anita. Hats off for embarking (literally) on this lovely holiday!
Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lazy-Days-lifetime-Anita-Dawes-ebook/dp/B077XX2TH1
Books by Jaye Marie
Read the reviews and and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK
Read more reviews and follow Jaye Marie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie
Books by Anita Dawes
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10/
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10
Read more reviews and follow Anita on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6586480.Anita_Dawes
Connect to Jaye and Anita via their website: http://jenanita01.wordpress.com
It would be wonderful if you could help spread the news about these authors and their work.. thanks Sally