Welcome to the third of the Summer Sale posts with discounted books by authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore. There is one more sale posts scheduled for the 20th of July.
Some of the books from Monday 9th may still be on sale so worth checking: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-brigid-p-gallagher-hugh-w-roberts-jacquie-biggar-and-victoria-zigler/
And from Friday 13th (lucky for some): https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-99p-99c-children-ya-poetry-african-adventure-lucinda-e-clarke-darlene-foster-natalie-ducey-and-annette-rochelle-aben/
All the spaces have now been filled but if you have any of your books that are FREE in July there is still some room on those posts.
Wednesday July 18th and Saturday July 21st – Spaces filling up quickly
Just let me have the link to the book on Amazon or Smashwords and the dates the book is free … I will have all your other details on file.. firstname.lastname@example.org
The first author today with a discounted offer on his latest book is Charles Yallowitz – Quest of the Brokenhearted is on offer at 99c/99p throughout July.
About the Quest of the Brokenhearted
(From the pages of ‘Legends of Windemere’)
As Windemere moves forward, a broken spirit falls into the shadows.
Two years have passed since Luke Callindor was lost during the champions’ battle against Baron Kernaghan. Many mourn the loss, but none have been hurt more than the fiancée he left behind, Kira Grasdon. Plagued by grief and determined to prove he is alive, she has sacrificed her business, her reputation, and her hope. Surviving on the streets of Gaia, she has become an emotional husk of her former self. It is only by chance that Kira crosses paths with an old friend and learns of a path, which will either end her suffering or revive her shattered soul. As the rumors state, hundreds of adventurers have flocked to Lacarsis and none have returned.
Will Kira meet her death in the City of Evil or will she thrive among the monsters?
Head over and buy the book for 99c: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F5V3CT5/
And on Amazon UK at 99p : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quest-Brokenhearted-Charles-Yallowitz-ebook/dp/B07F5V3CT5
A selection of the most recent books by Charles Yallowitz
One of the recent reviews for War of Nytefall
Nytefall is an interesting book. It’s set in the previously designed world of Windemere, but uses a different cast, and one that isn’t completely likeable. Clyde and his band are vampires. There is a certain amount of human destruction that’s given no more importance than a different character eating a jelly doughnut.
I understand why the author did this. I suppose a vampire would look at humans as nothing more than food, but among real humans some people feel remorse for farm animals.
After the Great Cataclysm, Clyde is changed into something new. He is much more powerful than others of his kind. He is stripped of any magic he had, but is given new powers that don’t rely upon incantations and such. It reminded me a bit of some games where a character earns a skin that gives them an edge. Only Clyde’s edge is much bigger than that.
He reunites his old group and tries to go on with his old life. I’ll stop here to avoid spoiling the story. Nytefall explores prejudice from a new angle, that of jealousy and fear over the rise of the Dawn Fangs. This is for you if you enjoy extensive fantasy worlds, don’t mind a bit of casual murder, and can cheer for the underdog even if he isn’t a hero.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA
Read more reviews and follow Charles on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965804.Charles_E_Yallowitz
Connect to Charles via his website: http://www.legendsofwindemere.com/
The next author with a reduced offer for you is John W. Howell with the first of the John Cannon Trilogy – My GRL. It is on offer at 99c/99p just today until 11 PDT which is 7.00am tomorrow UK time. Get it while you can..
About My GRL
John J. Cannon, a successful San Francisco lawyer, takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. John is unaware his boat has been targeted by a terrorist group to be used to destroy a symbol of America’s greatness. John’s first inkling of trouble is when he wakes up in the hospital and learns he was found unconscious next to the body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now is the only one standing between the terrorists and the success of their mission. An excellent summer read
One of the many excellent reviews for the book
I often find work written in first person/present tense to be jarring. Overuse of “I” and “me” coupled with an awkward reveal of the POV character’s name and appearance usually work against an author’s intent and keep me from engaging in the story.
That’s not the case with John Howell’s MY GRL.
Mr. Howell penned a story that, while written in first person/present tense, actually sucked me into the story. I thought what main character John Cannon thought, I felt what he felt. Howell is to be commended for his ability to immerse the reader into his story world through his protagonist.
This thriller captured me not only for the reason listed above, but also because the author crafted a realistic hero. John Cannon isn’t the thirty-year-old alpha male, Navy Seal, superhero. He’s a regular guy, with realistic fears and logical fallacies. He’s so likable because he could be your uncle, your neighbor, your coworker. We all know John Cannons, and we all love them.
While I found this novel to be character-driven, there’s no shortage of action in the plot. This was a quick read because both the character was relatable and the pace was full-throttle.
This is book one of three in the series. I’ll be looking for the next installment and highly recommend this one.
Read some of the reviews and buy the book for 99c : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06VY4V2FC/
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B06VY4V2FC/
Also by John W.Howell
Read the reviews and buy all of the John Cannon Series : https://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C
and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C
Read more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell
Connect to John via his website: http://www.johnhowell.com
Children’s author Jemima Pett has a three book box set for the Princelings of the East books on offer in July on Smashwords which is excellent value at $3.50 which is half-price until the end of the month.
About the series
A time tunnel, a pirate king, a lost city. In three separate adventures, Princelings Fred and George aim to solve trifling problems, but uncover dangerous and sometimes desperate foes, each with his or her own agenda, threatening the peace of the Realms. This first box set from the series comprises the Princelings of the East, the Princelings and the Pirates, and the Princelings and the Lost City.
A time tunnel, a pirate king, a lost city. In three separate adventures, Princelings Fred and George set out to solve trifling problems, and uncover dangerous and sometimes desperate foes, each with his or her own agenda, threatening the peace of the Realms.
The Princelings of the East: the saga starts with Fred and George leaving their cosy Castle in the Marsh. They encounter the mysterious cola vendor Hugo, the playboy Prince Lupin, and the over-worked innkeeper Victor, and have to use their own wits to decide who to trust, and how to prevent their ordered society descending into chaos.
The Princelings and the Pirates sees our heroes setting out to discover what has gone wrong at Castle Dimerie – a simple errand that ends in kidnap, shipwreck, and a battle in which no quarter is given.
The Princelings and the Lost City introduces George to the delights of flying, and Fred to the tortures of true love. Their inventions and experiments take a back seat as the puzzle of the Lost City and its all-female society lead to questions that may be too difficult to solve.
Buy the three book set at Smashwords for half- price : https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/678311
Jemima also has some of her books FREE on Smashwords in July and you can find out more in Saturdays Sale Post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-summer-sale-free-books-adventure-childrens-memoir-mary-smith-annabelle-franklin-jemima-pett-and-chuck-jackson/
A small selection of books by Jemima Pett
Read all the reviews for all the books and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jemima-Pett/e/B006F68PVE/
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jemima-Pett/e/B006F68PVE
Read more reviews and follow Jemima on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5388872.Jemima_Pett
Connect to Jemima via her blog: http://jemimapett.com/blog/
The next author with a reduced price is M.J. Mallon for her book The Curse of Time: Book One – Bloodstone is a YA fantasy and science fiction adventure. The book is on sale at £1.99 grab while you can.
On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.
Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.
Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the illusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.
With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free?
A YA/middle grade fantasy set in Cambridge, England exploring various themes/aspects: Light, darkness, time, shadows, a curse, magic, deception, crystals, art, poetry, friendships, teen relationships, eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety, depression, family, puzzles, mystery, a black cat, music, a mix of sadness, counterbalanced by a touch of humour.
One of the reviews for the book
This reviews is adapted from a post which originally appeared on my blog, This Northern Gal. I was sent a copy of the text in exchange for an honest review.
The Curse of Time is all about Amelina, a teenage girl who receives a mysterious invitation. Her already crazy life takes a turn for the weird and unusual. She becomes fixated with the idea that there is a curse on her family and that she has to find a way to break it. Along the way she finds herself in a world that revels in the strange and mysterious. This world building was where M.J Mallon excelled. It allowed her to be wonderfully creative, which in turn meant that I was sucked into the world of The Curse of Time. I particularly enjoyed the way the writer seemed to be inspired by fairy-tales, though in quite a twisted way. From strange reflections in the mirror to vanishing black cats, there was a familiarity in the characters that was really welcoming. They were all presented in new and creative ways however.
This is particularly apparent in the character of Amelina, who is creative and artistic. This meant that her art and poetry were brilliantly woven throughout The Curse of Time. It added a good extra layer to the novel itself.
I also really enjoyed the way crystals were used throughout the text to make the world that Amelina inhabited. It would be interesting to see how this is expanded and sustained in the rest of the M. J Mallon’s writing, particularly in the sequel to The Curse of Time
Read the other reviews and buy the book for the sale price of £1.99: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074CDJPY9
And on Amazon US at the reduced price: https://www.amazon.com/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L
Follow M.J. Mallon on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon
Connect to Marjorie Mallon via her website: https://mjmallon.com/
The next author with a book reduced this month is Diana J. Febry with Bells on her Toes ( A DCI Peter Hatherall novel) at 99p/99c until July 21st.
About Bells on her Toes
Horse race trainer, Ben Halloway thought the murdered car mechanic found near his gallops was a minor annoyance that didn’t concern him.
That was his first mistake.
Turning his back on those he trusted was his final mistake.
All he wanted was to train a winner.
DCI Hatherall is led a merry dance around the starting gates. As potential witnesses disappear he is in a race against time to solve the case and protect the people he cares for.
One of the reviews for the book
I’ve been reading this series recently and have found all of the books real page-turners. This one, Bells on her Toes is particularly gritty and realistic. It starts off with an apparently straight forward drug-related execution murder, but what follows for DCI Peter Hatherall and his side kick Fiona embroils them in more twists and turns than a wriggling mamba.
There are red herrings galore and by the end, when the series of subsequent murders is eventually solved, the reader feels deeply sympathetic to Hatherall and Fiona for the frustrations and time wasting leads that somehow always distract them from the real clues. As in real life, protagonists die before they can explain their role, so in the end we still don’t know the reasons for all the incidents along the way, but that is real life. I found this an exceptionally compelling and unputdownable mystery. I just hope Diana Febry will write some more DCI Hatherall books so I can learn how the poor detective solves his personal problems, a running subplot in all the books that gives him a somewhat prickly character at times. It would be good to see Fiona happy too, so keep on writing Ms Febry!
Read the reviews and buy the book for 99p until 21st July: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bells-Toes-Peter-Hatherall-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07D5F91TF/
And on Amazon US at 99c: https://www.amazon.com/Bells-Toes-Peter-Hatherall-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07D5F91TF/
The other books in the DCI Peter Hatherall series
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-J-Febry/e/B00J7AG9U4/
Read many more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5989441.Diana_J_Febry
Connect to Diana via her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dianaj.febry.9
Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of these reduced books on your own social media. There will be more free books on Wednesday including one of mine and more reduced books on Friday 20th. Thanks Sally.