Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Lyn Horner, Sandra J. Jackson, Mae Clair and Lucinda E. Clarke.

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore author update and time to share the recent reviews for more talented authors on the shelves.

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.


One of the recent reviews on Goodreads

Mar 19, 2018 Dianne rated it Five Stars.

It’s time. The seventh Guardian must join the rest at their secret meeting place, ancient scroll in hand. Adam Dvorak has been waiting and knowing this summons could come at any time, he gave up the love of his life to protect her from danger. With the power to grow plants, he has dedicated his life to helping farmers in under developed countries. An accident in Kenya sends Adam to the nearest “hospital” and face to face with his former lover, Ellie Graham.

Ellie was shattered when Adam walked out but the sight of him sends her heart reeling and her defenses on full alert. Could this chance meeting be part of Fate’s plan for them both or is it just another pitfall of life? Adam can only be strengthened by claiming his true mate, but can he be that selfish? Would she be safer in his arms and the protective fold of the Guardians? The Hellhounds are coming and time is running out.

Lyn Horner is back with the latest addition to the Romancing the Guardians series, TEMPTING ADAM a second chance love story in a dangerous world where all Hell could break loose as the clock ticks down for the Guardians to fulfill their destiny. I found myself caught up in the emotional turmoil of two people who both want and need each other, making putting this book down impossible!

Ms. Horner has taken us to the blistering and arid lands of Kenya where we can feel the dust that grits across sweaty skin. Both Ellie’s and Adam’s dedication to do good in the world paints a picture of two souls with so much to give, yet hurting for that one special love that is missing. Feel the tension as evil comes blazing in, and get lost in the world of the Guardians one more time. From the first book to now, these romantic and suspenseful tales are peppered with the paranormal, a feeling of impending doom hiding in the shadows and the faith, determination and dedication of a small group of individuals tasked with saving the world with the strength of those they love. Easily another 5 Star read for me from Lyn Horner!

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A selection of other books by Lyn Horner


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The next author today is Sandra J. Jackson who has a recent review to share for Playing in the Rain.

About Playing in the Rain

When the effects of a hypnosis inducing drug begin to fade, April not only remembers her name but is introduced to a sister she wasn’t aware she had. The more she learns about her environment, the more she wants to escape.

One night, the girls awaken in a strange environment. Confused as to their whereabouts, the sound of rain, a sound they haven’t heard in a long time, interrupts their conversation and eventually lulls them to sleep. They are together, but where?

When dawn arrives, they get a glimpse of their new surroundings and find themselves in a nearly empty room with a large cabinet and a small window. It is a window that offers them a view of the world and a glimmer of hope for freedom.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Playing In The Rain: When All That Matters Is Freedom (Escape Series Book 1) by Sandra J Jackson although classed as a Sci-fi I feel has the elements of a thriller as well. It’s written for the young adult audience in mind, however anyone of any age would enjoy this. I was hooked and can’t wait to see where this series leads.

The reader meets A1 (April) she finds herself in the facility called C.E.C.E.I.L Contagion Eradication Centre For Intelligent Life. The facility is named after the guy running it. April just a teenager has hardly any memory and lost many years of her life. In between sleeping a lot due to the drugs she’s given April tried to piece together the small snippets of memory she has. The facility moves in another girl known as B2 into Aprils room. She learns that she is in fact her sister, or so she’s told. After a fire at the facility the girls wake up to find themselves in a dingy windowless room. The only object in the room is a cabinet that contains clothes and objects that hold clues to the girls past.

This is a wonderful book that takes the reader on the girls journey of discovery, that leads us ready for the next instalment. A really great read, recommended to all.

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Also by Sandra J. Jackson

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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

Fantastic ending to a fantastic series! I love Mae Clair’s writing and she did not disappoint with this third and final book in the Point Pleasant Series.

The author’s research, along with folklore and legend surrounding the Mothman made this an intriguing series. You’ll see familiar characters along with one or two new ones. Caden Flynn is one of my favorite characters and I’m so glad he played an important role in this last installment. (And what I had hoped for him came to pass, but I’ll not tell!)

If you like folklore, myth, legends, suspense, and a bit of romance, I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

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A selection of other books by Mae Clair

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The final author today with a recent review to share is Lucinda E. Clarke for her latest book Amie: Cut for Life

About the book

They told Amie it was a simple look, listen and report back mission, but from the beginning everything went wrong. She is stalked across borders, the aid workers act suspiciously, she’s assaulted, and abandoned in a rural African hut miles from anywhere. What has happened to her partner Simon and can she trust the charismatic Frenchman who befriends her? The discovery of an ancient tribal tradition and a group of young children to rescue, test her skills to the limit. For the first time, she is prepared to kill to protect the innocent caught up in an international sex trade with an extra horrifying twist.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I must say that I’m a huge fan of Amie the spy who doesn’t think she’s any good at it. This time Amie is faced with a terrible dilemma when she spies her parents in a shopping mall in Johannesburg. Should she compromise her position by letting them know she’s still very much alive? Of course she convinces herself that she must. However that decision has implications for future events.

Her next mission is to be apparently, a simple one. She is to join a group of aid workers on a fact finding mission. They are to visit various settlements and report to the British Government back on a number of issues. Very soon she makes a terrible discovery.

Young girls are being sent to Africa to undergo FGM. But what else is happening to them? Our intrepid heroine also discovers that some of her fellow aid workers are not all they appear to be. She has to rescue some of these children and lead them to safety putting herself in mortal danger. I love the way the character of Amie has developed and become someone we really care about. She’s totally believable as she questions herself and makes mistakes. Amy is tested to the limit but eventually succeeds with her mission.

It’s a fast paced thriller and the tension never lets up from start to finish. As well as that there are some wonderful descriptive passages which help readers visualise certain areas of Africa. Just superb writing! The author tackles the subject of FGM and child trafficking and opens reader’s eyes to these horrific practices that are sadly all top prevalent even today. I can only pray that eventually this mutilation of young women and girls will be stopped. It’s to the author’s credit that she chose to highlight this abhorrent practice. I can’t wait to see what Amy gets up to next.


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Also by Lucinda E. Clarke

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Thank you very much for dropping in today and I am sure there will be a book or two here that will tempt you.. ignore the groans from your TBR! thanks Sally



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