Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews- Colleen Chesebro, Jacqui Murray and Sacha Black

Welcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore Updates this week with recent reviews and also a new cover for a popular book.

If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and have a review in the last two months and I have missed it, please let me know.. I just need the link to your book on Amazon or Goodreads and I will do the rest. With being away for a couple of weeks I am still playing catch up..

The first author with a recent review and a book cover change is Colleen Chesebro. First a recent review for Fairies, Myths and Magic..A Summer Celebration.

About the book

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

One of the recent reviews for Fairies, Myths & Magic on Goodreads –  Aug 03, 2018 Lisa Thomson rated it

If you’ve lost the connection to your inner child, you’ll want to pick up Fairies, Myths, & Magic! This is a delightful and magical collection of stories and poems by Colleen M. Chesebro. A devotion to the summer solstice (and a few winter season stories), this was the perfect bed time read to get in tune with the season of full moons, star gazing, and the magic of little winged creatures. I would add that this collection would be lovely to read to a young child. The author brings the reader into her world of fairies with a great variety of settings. I will be re-reading this book every summer!

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Also by Colleen M. Chesebro with a brand new cover…

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Lisa Thomson is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

The next author with a recent review is Jacqui Murray for Born in a Treacherous Time.

About the book

‘The book’s plot is similar in key ways to … Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear–Kirkus Reviews

Born in the harsh world of East Africa 1.8 million years ago, where hunger, death, and predation are a normal part of daily life, Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive. It is a time in history when they are relentlessly annihilated by predators, nature, their own people, and the next iteration of man. To make it worse, Lucy’s band hates her. She is their leader’s new mate and they don’t understand her odd actions, don’t like her strange looks, and don’t trust her past. To survive, she cobbles together an unusual alliance with an orphaned child, a beleaguered protodog who’s lost his pack, and a man who was supposed to be dead.

Born in a Treacherous Time is prehistoric fiction written in the spirit of Jean Auel. Lucy is tenacious and inventive no matter the danger, unrelenting in her stubbornness to provide a future for her child, with a foresight you wouldn’t think existed in earliest man. You’ll close this book understanding why man not only survived our wild beginnings but thrived, ultimately to become who we are today.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Born in a Treacherous Time is a brilliantly researched book with an interesting and realistic story-line. I have read all of Jean Auel’s books and enjoyed them but I found the first book, Clan of the Cave Bear, to be the best by far. Why you may ask? The answer to that question is because it was realistic. I appreciate that in a historical book of this nature. I loved this about Born in a Treacherous Time. The story line and interaction of the various group members with each other rang true to me. Jacqui Murray’s depiction of the group and their suspicion of anyone who has any progressive and different characteristics or qualities makes perfect sense. This type of attitude still prevails in many small towns and villages today. It also makes sense that in a time when the provision of food and an ability to heal are paramount to survival, the group would accept Lucy even if they didn’t like or understand her.

The depictions of the different personalities in the group and their interactions with each other and with Lucy are well described and the main characters, including Raza, the leader of the group Lucy joins, Sahn, the primary female, and even some of the children are well developed and I became quite involved in their struggle for survival in the harsh and unforgiving environment the group lives in. You might wonder why the group doesn’t move on from such a hostile living environment in the shadow of a volcanic mountain. I believe that is answered in the book as the difficulties in travelling while foraging for food and protecting the group members from attack by wild animals and other savage groups becomes apparent. The group also knows nothing different and is ignorant of anything beyond the areas they have traveled to. It is frightening to contemplate moving to foreign territory where you know nothing about the challenges.

This is a book about survival which gives a detailed and fascinating insight into life for early man. It is also a book about hope and provides understanding to the reader as to how man managed to survive and thrive against all the odds stacked against a creature with such a thin skin and few weapons other than a superior intellect.

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and Amazon UK:

Also by Jacqui Murray

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And: Amazon UK

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Connect to Jacqui via her website: Worddreams

Robbie Cheadle is also an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy:
Blog: Robbie Goodreads


The final author today with great recent reviews is Sacha Black for Victor: The Eden East YA Fantasy Novels

About the book

When Eden East kills someone, she expects them to stay dead. It’s only polite, after all.

Exhausted from battle and finally bound to her soulmate, all Eden wants to do is attend university and spend time with Trey. When her demon-ex, Victor, suddenly returns from the afterlife, Eden’s convinced he’s out for revenge. The last thing she expects is for him to ask for help, especially when he’s being controlled by evil forces.

But when an enchanted lock and key go missing, she’s no longer sure who she can trust. If Eden can’t find them in time, not only will her life, and her heart, be torn apart, the very world she lives in could be destroyed – forever.

Victor will transport fans of The Red Queen, The Young Elites, and The Lunar Chronicles to a world unlike any other…

The Eden East Novels: Book 0 – Sirens (coming soon) Book 1 – Keepers Book 2 – Victor

One of the recent reviews for the book

Darque Dreamer 5.0 out of 5 stars Buzzes with Magic! August 8, 2018

Victor buzzes with magic. It’s an intense thrill ride that will have you on the edge of your seat! With a vivid world, dynamic characters, and a heart pounding plot, you will not be disappointed!

Once again, Sacha has astounded me! Victor was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more! I could not put it down!

It picked up shortly after the ending of Keepers and was driven with an exciting pace. Bits and pieces of reminders from book 1 were sprinkled in throughout the story to help bring back important events so I didn’t feel lost. It was well done and I loved it more than the first!

Victor returned me to the incredible world that Sacha had created in Keepers. I loved how the culture and history of Trutinor continued to be developed and flourished with vivacity! I didn’t realize how much I had missed the keepers, fallons, shapeshifters, elementals, and sirens. There was also more history introduced regarding the mermaids of the world!

To avoid spoilers, I’ve decided to only talk about Eden. I loved her tenacity and strength. She continued to grow and develop from book 1 and had some crazy obstacles thrown her way in this one! I’ve become so invested in her, and the other characters, that I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!

This one was so wild and unpredictable. I loved it! I can’t really talk about the main events, or the main characters, without giving spoilers away, but I’d definitely recommend buying both Keepers and Victor and reading them back to back! Victor was so much better than Keepers, and I had already given Keepers 4.5 stars. Both books had this amazingly vivid world that Sacha imagined, and amazing characters, but Victor really kept up the exciting pace and shocked me so many times, and left me in a tizzy with the ending! 

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and on Amazon US:

Also by Sacha Black

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Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will explore these authors and their books further… thanks Sally.


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