Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Spring Showcase – Paulette Mahurin, M. J. Mallon, Sharon Marchisello, Judy Martin, Don Massenzio, Melissa Maygrove, V.L. McBeath, Marcia Meara, Shehanne Moore and Adrienne Morris

Welcome to spring….. and there might be a hint of colour in the garden, as daffodils push their way to the surface, but there is plenty of colour on the shelves of the bookstore that I thought I would share with you over the next week.

If you are looking for you next book to read then look no further than these talented authors and over 600 books currently on the shelves.

Instead of the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates on Friday and Monday.. I will be featuring a number of authors each day with their updated reviews.

I will give you their listing which also includes a link to buy the books but also discover others that they have written but are not listed. You will also find a link to their website or blog to find out more information, and as you can imagine… they write great posts too.

Here is the next ten featured authors from the Cafe and Bookstore with their recent reviews.

Paulette Mahurin, Buy:

Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.


One of the recent reviews for The Day I Saw The Hummingbird

Although I usually don’t like to read books that have a lot of violence and hardship in them, I had a feeling that this book would have a strong core, and wanted to give it a try. It does have a positive core, despite the tragic events. It was a moving story, although definitely very hard to read at times. However, sometimes violence serves its purpose, as it did in this case. This is a story of human strength and power of soul, which is hauntingly real. I suppose the only reason I don’t give it the full five stars is because it was so hard to read at times that it made me want to skip pages, but that is my problem, as I am quite sensitive.

M.J.Mallon, Buy:

A recent review for The Curse of Time

Ritu 4.0 out of 5 stars A mystical debut Young Adult fiction book from M.J. Mallon 26 March 2018

It took me a short while to get into the swing of the story, but once I was there, I really enjoyed the tale.

Drawn into the life of the main character, Amelina, you are quickly whisked off into a world filled with supernatural happenings, people in mirrors and crystals. Lots of crystals!
There is an element of change evident in Amelina as the book progresses, showing her development as a person who is capable of having a huge effect on those around her, as she learns of the powers she has had bestowed upon her.

I didn’t like Ryder… not that you are really meant to. Ryder is someone who she meets, and who influences her negatively. The fact that I didn’t like him shows that his character was written well within the story.

Over all, a book brimming with supernatural happenings, a mysterious cottage and a family problem that needs solving.

Sharon Marchisello, Buy:
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One of the recent reviews for the book

Very Good By Don S and TeamGolfwell on December 4, 2017

I really liked “Going Home” by Sharon Marchisello, and found it to be an excellent and exciting mystery. I am familiar with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and the author wrote an excellent mystery with many interesting characters. Ms. Marchisello has a lot of talent as a writer and I enjoyed it very much.

Judy Martin, Buy:

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One of the recent reviews for the collection

A most amusing read on October 14, 2017

I love Judy E Martin’s poetry. It is so enjoyable and humorous. Judy has a delightful way of turning everyday situations into a real laugh. Her book of poetry is divided into ten chapters, as follows: Family, Festive, Seasons, Women, Ages, Music, Food, Creativity, Miscellaneous and Sex. This book fairly pulses with vitality and enthusiasm for life and I really look forward to reading a few of her uplifting verses at the end of a hard working day.

One of my absolute favourite poems is Ode to Cadbury’s and my favourite verse is as follows:

“They have moved across the water
To give their sales a Boost
But the chocolate’s taste is different
And the bar size is reduced.”

What absolute fun!

Don Massenzio, Buy:

Please visit Don’s Amazon page or his blog to view all his books.

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A recent review for Frank Incensed

The stakes are high as Private Detective Frank Rozzani races against time to save the love of his life. Will Frank rescue her from the terrible man in the trench coat or will this man end the life of yet another person that Frank is close to? Find out who survives in the new Frank Rozzani Detective Mystery (from Amazon)
Frank Incensed is book three in the Frank Rozzani Detective Series by Don Massenzo. It is a perfect continuation of the story. What made it special for me there were new facts about Frank’s personality that came to light. I can’t go into too much detail here but take my word this story will have you on the edge of your seat as Frank tries to work his way through a sinister situation in an attempt save the life of the one he loves.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detective stories that have exciting plots and well-developed characters.

Melissa Maygrove, Buy:

A recent review for Come Back

I didn’t know what to expect, but by the end of it, it had taken me on a full adventure. There was a perfect amount of everything: Description. Dialogue. Memory stories. Adventure. Romance(both hot and both emotional). Drama. Sadness. Shock. I really liked it.

I kept looking at the percentage expecting to be further into the book, but the author gave us a full story where you were excited to see where she takes you.  

V.L. McBeath, Buy:

 A recent review for Only One Winner

Part 4 of the Wetherby-Jackson saga, which spans several generations. William-Wetherby, William’s eldest son, was very close to his parents and worked well with William when William was a partner in Mr Wetherby’s business. Now that William has finally moved on to having his own business, he relied on William-Wetherby to provide the stable income, while he builds his business up, and it would have worked very well if it were not for Lydia, the fragile young beauty who reminds William so much of his dead Harriet that he falls in love with her. Lydia the fun, mischievous girl who is only a few years older than William-Wetherby and has so much in common with the young man that he is also smitten by her. But when William marries Lydia, the relationship between father and son could not take it any more.

The whole series was a well written, well researched piece of work and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters are well developed and the storyline is gripping and absorbing. It has been very difficult to step back into 2018 once the book is closed, I could not help but feel so connected and so much part of the story that McBeath has written. Totally 5 stars!

Marcia Meara, Buy:
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Please visit Marcia’s Amazon page to view all her books.


A recent review for  The Emissary

This is a well-written, entertaining novella. The author gives one of the characters from her Riverbend series his own story. And it’s a fun one. Gabe is an ordinary fellow who gets caught up in a plan to recruit some newly-deceased humans to help the overwhelmed angels. There’s some amusing dialogue between “boss” angel, Azrael, and sarcastic-yet-nice-guy, Gabe. The story takes readers along for the ride (literally) with this truck-driving angel-helper. No heavy-handed religion here. Just a sweet (slightly angelic) tale. The author tackles some difficult topics but doesn’t delve too deeply into them. Recommended for fans of Marcia Meara’s Riverbend series or anyone wanting a light, enjoyable read.


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A recent review for The Writer and The Rake

Oct 15, 2017 Fiona Chapman rated it Five Stars

I love a bit of time travel romance, so I was looking forward to falling into this story and discovering how the two main characters would stumble across each other – or, in the heroine’s case, appear in the 18th century in the blink of an eye.

Brittany is your classic heroine; she portrays a strong, don’t-mess-with-me, nothing-can-hurt-me-exterior, but as the story moves on you begin to notice cracks in her resolve.

It took me a while to warm to Mitchell, however, as he came across as conceited and totally void of emotion and empathy. Except this is where Ms Moore has written her colourful, full-bodied characters so well. They are perfectly flawed, because no-one is ever as they seem on the surface.

The overall story arc is beautifully chaotic, comical and a touching read. It left me with that wistful sigh of the happy-ever-after, and tailed-off thoughts of… what happens next?

Adrienne Morris, Buy:

A review for The House on Tenafly Road

Compelling! on March 18, 2018

The storyline was incredibly interesting, happy, sad and complex. It was well written and the history was so entertaining. I loved this book.

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the authors and their books on social media. Thanks Sally


28 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Spring Showcase – Paulette Mahurin, M. J. Mallon, Sharon Marchisello, Judy Martin, Don Massenzio, Melissa Maygrove, V.L. McBeath, Marcia Meara, Shehanne Moore and Adrienne Morris

  1. I can’t believe how many authors and their books you promote, Sally! God bless you for all that you do. Thanks for sharing all these authors and their intriguing books. My TBR is yelling at me now each time I add another book! It began texting four letter words to me! LOL! Hugs xx

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  2. Sorry I’m late to the party, Sally. I’m way behind due to having my 5-year-old grandson for a week. Thank you SO much for including me in this list of fun and interesting writers. It was a lovely surprise tonight as I sat down to begin the catching up process, and I’m very pleased and appreciative to be part of your Spring Showcase. THANKS!! 🙂 ❤

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