Welcome to Friday’s update and time to catch up with some of the talented authors on the shelves with news to share. The first author is Matthew Drzymala with a new release, the sixth in The Bumpkinton Tales – short story series – The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread.
About the book
World-renowned author Sara Hawthorne has chosen the village of Bumpkinton to launch her new book.
However, as the writer arrives, all hell breaks loose as the community faces its worst crime wave in living memory. Even the church roof tiles have been stolen!
The time has come for a fundraising event the likes of which Bumpkinton has never seen. But when the big night turns sour, the village needs a hero.
It needs a run of spectacular shows orchestrated by a theatrical genius.
It needs the fantastical Gregory Shortbread.
Also by Matthew Drzymala
Here is a review for Volume one of The Bumpkinton Tales on Goodreads.
Filled with wit, and good old English humor. This was a very smooth, enjoyable read. A great book to grab and go to the beach, you can pick and choose which short story to enjoy. The characters were all very unique and had that typical small-town mentality, which I can relate to.. seeing it and growing up around it. The small town talk, radiated with humor, and you found yourself chuckling to yourself, because it is oh so accurate!
Everyone focuses on the “exciting/different” person/couple in town, talk and create more drama surrounding the topic at hand, because they are bored and that is what small town minds do, and then the next week they forget about it and chose another victim haha. All of the characters were a reflection of the small town characters in any town. Everyone is unique or weird in their own way, and people seem to talk about who ever is the most exciting/strange in that moment. I have always loved small towns, and will continue to love them, because of this simple aspect.. I think it’s absolutely hilarious. And to really truly laugh about it, you have to not care what people think of you, and never participate even though they will always try to suck you in and pull you down to that level.
The author did an excellent job in connecting the reader to the characters in such a short time frame, that is not easy to do. Everyone has their own story and the author communicated this across in a beautiful way. And of course there is always more to it. Definitely a great read, and I recommend this to anyone who loves small towns or is interested in their functioning.
You can read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matthew-Drzymala/e/B00HGBB17W
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Connect to Matthew via his website: http://matthewdrzymala.com/bumpkinton-comedy-books/
And now a recent review for Deborah A. Bowman with Annie’s Story: Blessed with a Gift which was released in 2017.
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.
One of the recent reviews for the book.
This was a fascinating account of a young girl’s life growing up in a Scottish clan in Colonial Massachusetts between 1630 and 1648. Annie is born to parents who are dying of a disease. Through a stroke of good fortune, she is rescued from the house of death before it is torched to prevent the spread of the illness. Annie, who is also suffering from the disease, is delivered to her aged grandmother, the clan’s healer, who manages to save her from an early death. The illness, unfortunately, leaves Annie deformed and mentally slow but she is a delightful child who shows signs of a second sight and healing ability early on.
The story delves into the lives of the people who are close to Annie, including a married minster masquerading as a Catholic Priest and a young Indian squaw whose parents die during the measles epidemic, and goes back in time to give an insight into the terrible reign of fear in Scotland due to religious persecution of Catholics during that troubled time.
There are some very disturbing scenes and descriptions about the horrific treatment of women deemed to be witches and their families. This information provides a lot of background to the circumstances that gave rise to the Puritan settlement in Massachusetts at that time and their fanatical and ultra conservative outlook. The book provides fascinating detail about life during that time in both the Scottish Catholic settlement and in the nearby Puritan settlement and is heart wrenching in its descriptions of the rejection and ill treatment of people born with disabilities during that period of history and also the plight of ordinary men and women who are believed to have gone against the religious law.
While the story does have some focus on Annie’s extraordinary healing and spiritual talents, it is also a well research historical account of life in the early 17th century in Massachusetts and has an interesting love story which reminded me a bit of Romeo and Juliet.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly and rated it five out of five stars.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman/dp/1520487398
A selection of other books by Deborah A. Bowman
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And next a release by Christine Campbell at the end of last year – For What it’s Worth.
About the book
Yvonne’s biological alarm tells her it’s time to start a family before she’s past her prime, but first her husband, Hugh, must find a job. But will any job do?
When Hugh seems to be taking his time to find one, Yvonne finds one for him, but is it the right job? Will it cause more stress when she is already juggling two jobs herself and is trying to hold on to their flat?
When things start to go wrong, Yvonne finds herself facing a choice no woman should ever have to face – her marriage or a baby.
When she met Hugh, Yvonne was working as an Edinburgh tour guide, so she knows the city well and has a great fondness for it, taking us to some of her favourite places as she tries to work out what the important things in her life are worth: her dreams, her plans – and her marriage.
For What it’s Worth is contemporary women’s fiction with more than a touch of romance, seasoned with a sprinkling of humour, a spot of drama and a splash of tears.
It is not part of The Reluctant Detective Series by the same author, but it is a spin off where we get to know Mirabelle’s sister, Yvonne, better. Mirabelle has a part to play in For What it’s Worth, but in a supporting role rather than the main character.
Although it is a stand-alone novel, those readers who have enjoyed the earlier series will no doubt enjoy being reacquainted with many of the characters and finding out what Mirabelle has been up to since finding Summer, but the main storyline concentrates on Yvonne and her husband Hugh and explores themes familiar to many young thirty-something couples when they decide it’s time to expand their family.
Life is complicated, love is complicated, must our dreams be complicated too?
A recent review for the book
A brilliant read. I am so tired coz i just couldnt put it down at night. Kept saying just one more page and then another and another. This author’s use of language and descriptive text transports you in all her books and she has done it again with this one. I was so impressed with how this author portrayed real life events. Real sensitivity and knowledge. Well worth the money. I can not wait for her next book.
A selection of other books by Christine Campbell.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2
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Connect to Christine via her website: http://cicampbellblog.wordpress.com
The next author with a recent review is Angie Dokos for her book Roadside which tells the story of Serena and her journey back from violence with the help of a stranger.
Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?
A recent review for the book
I found this book to be very intriguing and filled with delimas of the characters who know that doing the right things make differences in any situation, sometimes it’s just hard for some to get the nerve to go about it.. While the outcome usually comes out good, I loved the having to wonder about this book! A true page turner with
Mostly compassionate characters.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/ROADSIDE-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B0722T3Y58
Also by Angie Dokos
Visit Angie’s Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY
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And last but not least, I was delighted to receive a new review for What’s in a Name? volume two.
About What’s In a Name – Volume Two.
Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.
Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.
Meet Queenie and Rosemary who have both lost their husbands and must face a very different future. One that will take courage and the use of new technology.
Sonia is an entitled princess whose father has reached the end of his tether and Theresa has to deal with a bully in the checkout. Usher is an arrogant narcissist with a docile wife and is used to getting his own way and Vanessa worries about the future of her relationship with her teenage son.
Walter is a loner and is happy with just his dog for company, Xenia is the long awaited first baby of a young couple. Yves is a dashing romeo who has the tables turned on him unexpectedly and Zoe… Well she can see into the future.
In one way or another all these characters will be remembered by those whose lives they have touched.
The most recent review for What’s in a Name Volume 2
A brief romance that lasts a life time and longer, a poignant story of Easter eggs and then we meet Martha, a colleague we would all love to have… Three stories in and I was already enjoying the deliciously different tales in this collection. Cheer on Norman, admire Patrick and have the last laugh with Rosemary. Dip into this these easy to read short tales any time, but expect some to have dark twists.
You can buy the Kindle version here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0748MLZ1W/
And in print and Kindle here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whats-Name-Stories-Life-Romance-ebook/dp/B0748MLZ1W
My other books
All my books are available on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B003B7O0T6
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