Welcome to the first of this week’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.
The first author today with a recent review is D.Wallace Peach for The Sorcerer’s Garden.
About the book
Recently fired and residing with her sweetly overbearing mother, Madlyn needs a job—bad. In a moment of desperation, she accepts a part-time position reading at the bedside of adventurer and amateur writer Cody Lofton. A near-drowning accident left the young man in a vegetative state, and his chances of recovery wane with each passing day.
Cody’s older brother, Dustin, and eccentric grandmother aren’t prepared to give up on the youngest son of Portland, Oregon’s royalty.
Dustin’s a personable guy, bordering on naïve, and overwhelmed by familial corporate duties and cutthroat partners. Grandmother Lillian’s a meddler with an eye for the esoteric, dabbling in Dustin’s life and dealing out wisdom like a card shark. One innocent conversation at a time, she sucks Madlyn into the Lofton story, dubbing her the princess and bestowing on her the responsibility of both grandsons’ destinies.
And all Madlyn wanted was a simple reading job.
Uninspired by her self-imposed stack of literary selections, Madlyn opts for Cody’s work-in-progress. Fantasy isn’t her favorite, but with only four chapters completed, reading The Sorcerer’s Garden should be no sweat, right?
Little does she realize, the story will begin writing itself and, by the hand of destiny, become her own.
A recent review for the book
The Sorcerer’s Garden, by D. Wallace Peach, is a contemporary fantasy reminiscent of Inkheart. Cody and Dustin, brothers and heirs to a huge company, meet Madyln, an recent ex-employee of said company. Add in a grandmother with a strong sense of magic and unusual things are bound to happen.
Cody suffers a serious accident and Madlyn is hired to read to him in his vegetative state. She reads different things until she gets a hold of his unfinished manuscript that deftly describes the people in the company, his brother, and uncannily, Madlyn herself. Madlyn, never having met Cody in person, enters a fantasy filled with danger, battles and passion.
I enjoy stories that turn sideways, and this was certainly no exception. D. Wallace Peach handily combined reality and fantasy, bringing a sweeping story together. It drew me in, making me want more.
I did think the battle scenes near the end could be trimmed as they bogged the story down. And the ending I found surprising. But all in all a creative read filled with great friends, a good moral message, and hope for a better future.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010GU1QJ2
A selection of other books by D.Wallace Peach
Read the reviews for buy the books: 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
Time to check on recent reviews for the latest release by Terry Tyler – a psychological thriller set in the future – Hope
About the Book
‘We haven’t elected a Prime Minister, we’ve elected a lifestyle’.
As the fourth decade of the 21st century looms, new PM Guy Morrissey and his fitness guru wife Mona (hashtag MoMo) are hailed as the motivational couple to get the UK #FitForWork, with Mona promising to ‘change the BMI of the nation’.
Lita Stone is an influential blogger and social media addict, who watches as Guy and Mona’s policies become increasingly ruthless. Unemployment and homelessness are out of control. The solution? Vast new compounds all over the country, to house those who can no longer afford to keep a roof over their heads.
These are the Hope Villages, financed by US corporation Nutricorp.
Lita and her flatmates Nick and Kendall feel safe in their cosy cyberspace world. Unaware of how swiftly bad luck can snowball, they suspect little of the danger that awaits the unfortunate, behind the carefully constructed mirage of Hope.
Terry Tyler’s nineteenth published work is a psychological thriller that weaves through the darker side of online life, as the gap between the haves and the have-nots grows ever wider. Whether or not it will mirror a dystopian future that awaits us, we will have to wait and see.
One of the recent reviews for Hope
The Project Renova series by Terry Tyler reintroduced me to dystopian fiction. I’m a huge fan of The Stand by Stephen King but apart from that book have largely stayed away from dystopian books. However, became completely hooked on Terry Tyler’s Project Renova book series, eagerly awaiting each book to be released.
Reading the first few pages of Terry’s new dystopian book Hope, felt a tad disappointed that it wasn’t about the characters I’d come to love, but soon became absolutely HOOKED on the story and characters within that I read it non stop until the very end. I sincerely hope that Hope is the start of a new series
Read the blurb because I’m not going to rehash any of that in review. Terry Tyler is such a good writer, a people watcher and a society observer. Tyler is uncannily aware of the troubling social issues we face in this country that could take us forward into an uncertain future with many different scenarios that could take place and evolve our society here. The scenario in Hope is one of them. Read it and be aware!
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S89DK54
And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S89DK54
A selection of 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 Blog: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/
The final author today with a recent review is Fiona Tarr – Delilah and the Dark God: The Eternal Realm Book 2
About the Book
Delilah is young, poor and inexperienced. Discovering Samson’s secret might not be as easy as she thinks!
When Delilah is compelled to discover the source of Samson’s divine strength, she becomes torn between her desire for wealth and growing feelings she cannot yet understand. She has no idea that the Eternal Realm is at war, but she quickly realises there is more at play than religion and politics.
The Goddess Asherah knows Delilah is the key to future peace in the heavens, yet she is forbidden from meddling with humanity….. But when the Dark God Dagon grows obsessed with Delilah, she must choose a side.
Will Asherah risk revealing herself to protect the ancient prophecy and secure peace for her brethren?
Delilah and the Dark God is the second book in The Eternal Realm series; a religious fantasy series that mixes mythology and intrigue in epic fantasy style. If you like strong characters, intricate plots and action, then you will love Fiona Tarr’s contemporary take on this old biblical classic.
Buy Delilah and the Dark God to today discover what really goes on within the eternal realm!
One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads
I don’t usually read mythology,but I gave this one a try. I’m glad I did. Though I basically know the story of Samson and Delilah, this author made it come to life with great characters. I look forward to reading more mythology tales from now on.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QPJY3PP
Also by Fiona Tarr
Read all the reviews and buy the books including a box set: https://www.amazon.com/Fiona-Tarr/e/B00KOL7XI2
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiona-Tarr/e/B00KOL7XI2
Read more reviews and follow Fiona on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8423164.Fiona_Tarr
Connect to Fiona via her website: http://atime2write.com.au
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the selection of books and their reviews.. Sally.