Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Spring Showcase – Cynthia Reyes, Tony Riches, Jane Risdon, Carol Roberts, Hugh W. Roberts, Annette Rochelle Aben, Alexis Rose, Nicholas Rossis, Debra Russell and Patricia Salamone.

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 entry which also includes a link to buy the books but also to 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.

Cynthia Reyes, Buy:


An extract for one of the recent reviews for Myrtle the Purple Turtle

Mar 02, 2018 V on March 02 2018

When I was in grade school, I had to do a project on turtles. For a visual aid, my dad carved a soap turtle that we name Myrtle the Turtle. So, the title of this book caught my eye, and the description of a character accepting her difference appealed. The author offered us a copy of the book in exchange for a review. V’s Review

A talking purple turtle becomes self-conscious before accepting her coloring.

At the beginning of the book, Myrtle thinks nothing of her purple color. When another turtle teases her, however, she tries to dye herself green. Her thought-sequence is clearly explained, which could help a young audience process similar feelings. Mytle’s friends respond to her identity crisis with love, she accepts herself, but there is no resolution with the teasing turtle.

Although T is not old enough to have experienced teasing, he understands that our actions can affect others’ feelings; Myrtle the Purple Turtle was a good springboard for such a dialogue. In asking T questions for his portion of the review, I found that he didn’t understand why one turtle would be mean. We then discussed why someone might be mean, and how we can respond to mean behavior, and how we should try to act even when we feel like being mean. Although T doesn’t identify with the turtles, this was useful in discussing compassionate actions and reactions.

Tony Riches, Buy:

To view all Tony’s books please visit his Website or Amazon

Here is an extract from one of the recent reviews for Mary: Tudor Princess

Writing historical fiction that doesn’t lose its authenticity while also remaining enjoyable to read requires great skill. As the writer creates the story he or she is drawing on a vast reservoir of knowledge and choosing which pieces will serve the story well is a challenge.
Tony Riches manages this juggle exceedingly well.

He keeps enough information in the story line so we understand the period and the political tensions of the time. Historical fiction is a wonderful way to learn more about a period without labouring through text books and I felt better informed about Mary Tudor after reading MARY. It was easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable.

I did not feel at any time that the author slipped into giving me information he felt I needed to know. For example, he brought Mary’s sister, Margaret, into the story and by contrasting hers and Mary’s lives we gained a deep understanding of how life was for aristocratic women and particularly these two key historic figures. This was cleverly done. With the writer making no judgement on their situations the reader was freed to reach his or her own conclusions.

Jane Risdon, Buy:

An extract from a recent review of Only One Woman

on 23 February 2018

Youth, love, and a beautiful rock God could only mean one thing . . . and the reader will ache for both heroines as the novel pulls them into love, travel, good music, and wrenching heartache.

Only One Woman grabbed my attention from the first diary entry of love-stricken Renza and held my fascination to the very last page. Though I grew up post-sixties, I’ve always been fascinated by the music of this era. The author’s extensive knowledge and repertoire of 60’s music had me singing favorite lyrics as I delved into Renza and Stella’s worlds. Ingeniously crafted, we experience the two heroine’s lives, loves, and heartache through their diaries. And through their personal experiences, we meet Scott and his fabulous Rock Band, Narnia’s Children.

Inherently different, the two heroines are raised by parents with a different set of standards and values. Sweet and prudently innocent, Renza lives with her authoritarian mother who wields control like a prison guard. Edgy and stylishly bold, Stella, recovering from a debilitating illness, lives with her liberal, easy-going, and loving parents who allow her many freedoms as an only child. Though Renza and Stella have different upbringings, they have four things in common, their love for Scott, music, reading, and writing.

Carol Roberts, Buy:

One of the recent reviews for Atlantis.

The Great Lost City  on February 21, 2018

Atlantis is the story of the people who lived in the great mythological city that sunk beneath the sea. There are several well-developed characters that the story follows and we learn about the every day lives of many people. I liked that the author made them regular people who believed in magic and gods. Alanthea is desperately searching to find out who was this woman Andromeda who also bore the high priestess mark and was gifted but never was trained. She first stumbles across the name by accident when reading some scrolls and builds a connection to her while searching through this mystery.

The story pace is slow at first but picks up as Arakon finds out about his past and Alanthea receives a message of the flood. It sometimes felt a little disjointed when jumping from character viewpoints but I think the author brings it all together nicely towards the end. Each character had their own back story that made them relatable. I am hoping the author will write a sequel so that I can find out why Alanthea looked so much like Andromeda. Did Mira and Beren’s family survive? Does Magnus allow the people to use the fleet? Overall, good read for anyone who likes fantasy mixed with mythology.

Hugh W. Roberts, Buy:


A recent review for Glimpses on Goodreads

I can’t wait for Roberts’s next book. The sequence of shorts that reveals so much beyond the wedding … secrets that piece together in surprising installments. Other stories in multiple genres (SyFy, futuristic, historical, contemporary) all with attention to detail, smooth flow and well-paced reading that leaves you wanting more, more, more! Don’t miss this anthology that takes you to great heights and depths of enjoyment!

Annette Rochelle Aben, Buy:

Please visit Amazon or Annette’s blog to view all her books.


A recent review for A Haiku Perspective 2018

Andrew Joyce 5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast of Words March 31, 2018
I found this book to be both funny and profound. A feast of words. It’s a book that you’ll pick up when you want to be inspired or if you just need a smile to come to your face. The author’s play on words is amazing. Every poem is a gem. A few of my favorites: Gruel World, Dunno, and Holy Spirit. I could go on, but there are just too many.

Alexis Rose, Buy


One of the recent reviews for If I Could Tell you How it Feels

This is a beautifully written, heart-felt, in depth account of living with PTSD. The author exudes warmth and caring in her written words to those suffering from this complex disorder. The insights into the everyday trials she must deal with on physical and emotional levels are compelling. I am in awe of the courage and persistence she exhibits to forge ahead on a daily basis no matter how exhausting it must be. A unique aspect to the book was the addition of her poetry coupled with beautiful photography. I loved how it supplemented her descriptions of dealing with PTSD. I do not suffer from PTSD, but much of her poetry could apply or speak to me in other ways. She has such insight into the human spirit and a gift for putting it into words. This is a remarkable read for anyone. Thank you, Alexis, for your openness and honesty in sharing “how it feels”.

Nicholas Rossis, Buy:

Please visit Amazon or Nicholas’s website to view all his books.


A recent review for Emotional Beats

After reading this book, I went back to all my workshop writing notes and pitched them (maybe not all, but most) This book has so much reference material needed to perfect the craft of writing, I don’t have to plow through 10 year old notes and five and six books taken off my shelves to keep by my PC.

This can help you achieve a depth of character and create a visual description of place and action. I intend to put this one to good use. I know this had to take a while to put this together. Great job.

Debra Russell, Buy:

A recent review for the book

Wendy Shirley Howard 5.0 out of 5 stars FACTS December 14, 2017

This little gem is a wealth of information for all of us who are looking for easy to find answers or just to peruse to gain and retain more knowledge about a broad range of topics.

Patricia Salamone, Buy:


One of the recent reviews for The Italian Thing

I read this to get to know the author better. And I did! I enjoyed the trip and though I’m not Italian, I want to be 🙂

Thank you for dropping in today and if you could share around that would be great. thanks Sally


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    Thanks Sally Cronin for your continued support for Only One Woman and for sharing some of our lovely 5* reviews with your readers. Always appreciated. Readers, drop over to this FAB blog and discover new authors, articles and more…and Sally is a fab author in her own right…

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