Welcome to the first of this week’s update for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews.
Ali Whitelock has been enjoying a great deal of publicity for her recently released poetry collection – And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can.
About And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can
Raw and beautiful and completely devoid of pretension, Ali Whitelock’s poems will speak to anyone who’s ever messed up, been confused, wished they’d done things differently; to anyone who’s had an affair and regretted it, who’s been loved completely but was too blind to see it.
One of the recent reviews for the collection
One of the wittiest, liveliest and most moving collections I’ve read in recent years. These poems are sassy, heart-wrenching and unforgettable. They evoke the best of Bukowski and Ginsberg while being the unique product of a contemporary female mind, a mind that is hilarious, provocative and – remarkable. Reading this collection made me feel like I was at a book festival, stand-up comedy night and therapy session all at once. Every poem is an event.
Head over and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Crumples-Like-Coke-Can/dp/174305534X
Read more reviews and follow Ali here: Alison Whitelock Goodreads
Buy both books from Ali’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004O9752O
Connect to Ali via her website: http://www.aliwhitelock.com/
Jim Webster has received a recent review for A Licence to Print Money: The Port Naain Intelligence
About the book
An honest cartographer attempts to steer his way though grasping bureaucrats, bent bookmakers, magistrates who practice performance poetry and a young lady who wishes to end an ‘arrangement.’
Can Benor see justice done? Will Mutt finally meet his match? What do they teach aspiring temple dancers nowadays?
A recent review for the book
15 July 2018
Someone has tried to cheat Benor and his young ‘apprentice’ Mutt. They set out, with a little help, to redress the balance. Another in this series of Port Naain novellas that had me smiling. They are not belly-laugh stories but full of wry, clever and thoughtful humour. Often, it’s the way he tells them. I’m always up for more of these stories.
Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/licence-print-money-Naain-Intelligencer-ebook/dp/B07DNLCD9V/
A selection of other books by Jim Webster please visit Amazon to view them all.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Webster/e/B009UT450I/
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Webster/e/B009UT450I/
Read more reviews and follow Jim on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22998.Jim_Webster
Connect to Jim via his blog: http://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/
The next author with a recent review is D.Wallace Peach for Soul Swallowers ( The Shattered Sea Book 1)
About Soul Swallowers
When swallowed, some souls gift insights, wisdom, a path to understanding. Others unleash power, proficiency with a sword, and indifference to death. One soul assimilates with ease. But swallow a host of the dead and risk a descent into madness.
Estranged from his family over the murder of his wife, young Raze Anvrell wields his fists to vent his rage. Then a chance at a new life beckons, and he retreats to the foothills of the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts. He and his mentor build a freehold, a life of physical labor and the satisfaction of realizing a dream. They raise horses and whittle by the fire until the old man dies, and Raze swallows his first soul.
When his brother reaches out, open wounds begin to scar. But the tenuous peace won’t last. While those who rule the Vales yield to the lure of their ambitions, slavers of Ezar roam the countryside, hunting for human chattel. While one man manipulates the law, another heeds the souls of violence howling in his head.
Raze too listens to his soul’s whispers, and as danger intrudes on his quiet life, he has no choice but to return to his father’s world and join the fight.
One of the recent reviews for the book
In a sentence: I can’t wait for Book 2 on July 25, 2018
As I’ve come to expect, D. Wallace Peach’s latest fantasy novel, Soul Swallowers (2018) is well-constructed with addictive characters, a riveting plot, and a world I believed. In this story, Raze Anvrell, son of Lord Rydan Anvrell of Kestrel and heir to that mighty empire, rejects an arranged marriage that would strengthen his father’s power and expand their holdings. His trump card in the contentious argument that comes to a head one evening is that he has already married–and to a commoner. In short, he chose love over politics. When his wife is killed by marauders, Raze abandons his royal life for the world of a laborer, choosing drunken brawls and hard work over a luxurious life of privilege. Life leads him to the farming freehold of a good man who is gathering like-minded individuals to help him live out his dream. Raze becomes, if not happy, at least content. When this good man dies, Raze swallows his first soul in a maybe desperate attempt to gather this man’s peace and tranquility, his vision of life, even his moral purpose and respect for all around him. When Raze’s brother seeks him out, not to return to the family but in friendship, it seems to be the nexus for change in Raze’s world.
As we travel with Raze through about a decade of his life, fight slavers, befriend a witch, cross paths with spirits of the dead, and ultimately reconnect with the woman he was promised to, the intrigue and mystery never ends. Raze’s world, though fantasy, is so realistic, I found myself subconsciously trying to figure out where in time and place it could be, knowing–of course–it was nowhere. At the root of this story is redemption, forgiveness, and family. Maybe mostly family.
Some of the great lines I found–and have come to expect in Diana’s writing:
“…brushed by the sea in hues of silver and slate, the sun swallowed by masses of churning clouds.”
“He’d kissed her and lost his grip on the boundaries framing his life, heart swept sideways and head muddled.”
“The weight of his loss drenched the very air and pressed on the clouds until they ripped open.”
Read the reviews and buy the book https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Swallowers-Shattered-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B07DKV4FGJ/
A selection of other books by D.Wallace Peach
Read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Read more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach
Connect to D. Wallace Peach via her website/blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com
Jacqui Murray is also an author in the cafe and bookstore.
The next author celebrating recent reviews for her latest release is Terry Tyler for UK2 (Project Renova Book 3)
About UK2 (Project Ronova Book 3)
‘Two decades of social media had prepared them well for UK2.’
The pace steps up in this final instalment of the Project Renova trilogy, as the survivors’ way of life comes under threat.
Two years after the viral outbreak, representatives from UK Central arrive at Lindisfarne to tell the islanders about the shiny new city being created down south. UK2 governor Verlander’s plan is simple: all independent communities are to be dissolved, their inhabitants to reside in approved colonies. Alas, those who relocate soon suspect that the promises of a bright tomorrow are nothing but smoke and mirrors, as great opportunities turn into broken dreams, and dangerous journeys provide the only hope of freedom.
Meanwhile, far away in the southern hemisphere, a new terror is gathering momentum…
‘I walked through that grey afternoon, past fields that nobody had tended for nearly three years, past broken down, rusty old vehicles, buildings with smashed windows. I was walking alone at the end of the world, but I was a happy man. I was free, at last.’
Although this concludes the Project Renova trilogy, there will be more books in the series. A collection of five side stories is planned, and another novel, set far into the future.
One of the recent reviews for the book
This is the third (and final?) instalment of the Project Renova series, and it doesn’t disappoint. In this book, our time is equally divided between Lindisfarne in the north and the dreadful UK2 city in the south. As always, excellent characterisation is the author’s bedrock. Characters may be lovely, stupid, evil, thoughtless or naive, but they always drew an emotional response. I loved the way that some characters (such as Flora) developed throughout the book and came to slowly realise the truth of the situation, whilst others turned out to be not what they seemed initially.
On a technical front, some liberties were taken e.g. the microchipping of UK2 residents, because as any dog owner knows you need to get very close to a microchip to read it.
I hope there is more to this series – I’d really like to find out what happened to Chester and Verlander amongst others.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/UK2-Project-Renova-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07C9H3XNP
A selection of other books by Terry Tyler
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM
Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler
Connect to Terry via her website: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/
Thanks very much for dropping in today and if you could it would be great if you could spread the word about these authors and their recent reviews.. thanks Sally.