Welcome to the first of the updates this week with recent reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.
The first author with a recent review is Stevie Turner for Finding David.
About Finding David
When Karen and Mick Curtis attend a demonstration of clairvoyance for the first time, Karen is singled out by the medium, Rae Cordelle. Rae has a message from Karen’s son David, who passed over to the spirit world many years before. The message shocks Karen and sends her on a journey of discovery, rocking her previously happy relationship with second husband Mick, David’s stepfather.
One of the recent reviews for the book
This short story took me about two hours to read. It was delightful. If you have a longish wait it’s an ideal read for entertainment to while away the boredom of waiting.
Author Stevie Turner is a good storyteller. The yarn simply galloped along. In spite of (I guess) some of the subject matter or theme of the book comprising of the paranormal, it was written in an entirely credible way.
There is some excellent dialogue throughout the book. I also liked the character building – unusual in a short story but this one was just long enough for Stevie to put some ‘flesh and bones’ on the main characters.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RLZF1JW
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RLZF1JW
A selection of books by Stevie Turner
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU
Follow Stevie Turner on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner
Connect to Stevie Turner via her website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/
The next author celebrating great reviews is Terry Tyler for the 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 the book
I rarely read dystopian books because I find them a bit scary. Yet from the blurb (and reviews), I became evermore intrigued. This is the third book I chose to read on holiday, a bit of dark, doom-filled escapism… but wow! What a story! I struggled through the first chapters with a frown, thinking ‘Hell, this depicts just about everything in Britain I fear; automated machines replacing humans, giant corporations swallowing up the smaller companies, more and more people put out of work, food banks, spiralling rents, cuts in social provision, less affordable housing and an ultimate increase in homelessness. ‘Hope’ is a wake up call, a chilling depiction of where this country could be heading if we allow it.
I loved the main characters. Dystopian or not, it is the people at the heart of this book that captivated me; from the cheerful camaraderie to a fight for survival. For looming over society, is the toxic influence of an American style political system with big business governing the people. Friends Lita, Kendall and Nick are secure in a shared house, happy to be working, while concerned for the number of citizens funnelled into ‘Hope Villages,’ a government initiative devised to resolve homelessness. The villages are financed by a US corporation known as Nutricorp, world leaders in food production and supply. But when influential blogger, Lita, grows suspicious, flat mate Nick leaks what little they have discovered about the hidden complexes. Next the danger starts to unfurl. Piece by piece, their world crumbles all around them, the loss of their jobs, their home, before the power of the government sees them confined to the very place they dread. And as ‘residents’ of a Hope village, they discover a truth so atrocious, it drives them to take drastic measures. These are one step away from concentration camps. With the sinister realisation that people of no use to society will gradually disappear, Lita yearns to expose the truth, but with terrifying consequences…
I loved this book. The plot was good, the characters even more so and despite the dark subject matter, it concludes in a manner that is satisfying and up-lifting. Furthermore I loved the short stories at the end.
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 Teagan Riordain Geneviene for A Ghost in the Kitchen (Three Ingredients Book 2)
About the book
A Ghost in the Kitchen, Three Ingredients-2 continues the flapper adventures of Paisley Idelle Peabody, aka Pip. It’s a 1920s “pantser” story and a culinary mystery. This time Pip’s pal Andy (from The Three Things Serial Story) returns. Granny Phanny is there too. She’s still trying to teach Pip to cook. Granny is in a lather because of the supernatural goings-on in her kitchen. There’s also one pos-i-lutely potent poltergeist! New adventures abound as Pip and Andy unravel an old mystery. It’s all spontaneously driven by “ingredients” sent by readers of the blog, Teagan’s Books. Jump into the jalopy and enjoy the ride. There’s no telling where we’ll go, but it will be the cat’s pajamas!
One of the recent reviews for the book
The author’s excellent talent for storytelling and kept me enthralled with the characters in this novel. She has a knack for vivid description that it makes it seem like all things are possible — like you are there with her characters experiencing their adventures. The 1920s setting came to life.
I enjoyed Pip and Andy’s friendship. It reminded me of Agatha Christie’s “Tommy and Tuppence” series.
This is a culinary mystery, so food is prominent, because of the “ingredients” provided by the author’s blog readers. She let those random things (ingredients) drive the plot of the story, writing it spontaneously as the ingredients were provided. It was a “recipe” for a fun book.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Kitchen-Three-Ingredients-II-ebook/dp/B07Y2KN1NM
Also by Teagan Riordain Geneviene
Read the reviews, buy the books : https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Read more reviews and follow Teagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13707141.Teagan_Geneviene
Connect to Teagan via her blog: https://teagansbooks.com/
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with plenty of books under your arm.. thanks Sally.