Since the middle of November I have featured all the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore with a recent review and since we have a few days left, I will now share more up to date reviews that have been posted.
First a recent review for the writing team of Sue Vincent and Ani have released a new book for dog lovers just in time for Christmas. Doggerel: Life with a Small Dog
The relationship between Ani, the inimitable Small Dog and her two-legs, first came to light in ‘Notes from a Small Dog: Four Legs on Two’. Their poetic adventures continued in ‘Laughter Lines: Life from the Tail End’. In this new collection of poems, their daily life together takes centre stage. From the perfidy of humans who insist on bathing dogs, to the unpunctuality of writers at mealtimes, the relationship between two legs and four is explored in verse. The Small Dog reveals her continuing fascination with chicken, tennis balls and the compulsion to re-write Shakespeare, while exposing her two legs’ misdemeanours to the world.
A recent review for Doggerel
Doggerel is a form of loosely styled poetry, often though not always, irregular in rhythm and in rhyme, and frequently light or comical in intent. It’s the perfect title for this collection of poetry by Vincent and her co-author…her small dog.
About half of the poems are written by Vincent, and the other half by her tennis-ball-obsessed dog. The book includes numerous photos of the dog-author busy with the tasks of daily life or mugging irresistible expressions surely for the purpose of getting toys, pats, and chicken.
The points of view of both Vincent and her small dog are entertaining, and the poems cover a wide range of topics related to the relationship between a two-leggeds and four-leggeds and how they spend their time together. There’s plenty of humor as well as touching sentiment. What comes across strongest in this collection of well-wr
A small selection of other books by Sue Vincent
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and: Amazon US
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Connect to Sue via her blog: S.C. Vincent
The next author with a recent review, is Vashti Quiroz-Vega for the first book in the Fantasy Angels Series – The Fall of Lilith.
About The Fall of Lilith:
So says Lilith, the most exquisite of the angels. The two most important pledges an angel makes to God are those of obedience and celibacy, and dire consequences await any who break their oaths.
At first, the angels are happy in their celestial home, learning and exploring together. As they grow older, though, Lilith begins to question these pledges, which now seem arbitrary and stifling. Her challenge of the status quo leads to disagreement, jealousy, and strife among her peers. As the arguing and acrimony grow, lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Is war inevitable?
Filled with robust characters, incredible landscapes, and exciting action, The Fall of Lilith is an epic tale of seduction, betrayal, and revenge.
Free Will involves asking difficult questions and making hard choices, choices that require strength and sacrifice. These decisions can tear apart friendships and cause rifts between allies.
They can even threaten the foundations of Heaven.
One of the recent reviews for the book
When I saw this book was about the Fallen Angels, I jumped at the chance to read it. This is the first book I have read from this author and I can happily say it won’t be my last! What a fun and interesting twist to the Biblical event of God’s perfects becoming not so perfect. Were there really celestial beings created by God that turned to defiance of his rules eons ago only to experience the pleasures of the flesh? According to the Dead Sea Scrolls and many other texts from around the world, this event did indeed take place and humans have suffered the consequences from their actions, even unto this day. Vashti Quiroz-Vega does a wonderful job with this first book in her fantasy series of the Fallen Angels. I’m so looking forward to reading the next!
Also by Vashti Quiroz-Vega
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and : Amazon UK
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Connect to Vashti via her website: Vashti – WordPress
And the last recent review today is for award winning Jan Sikes for her novella Jewel...
For almost eighteen years, Jewel has known little beyond hopelessness and hunger. Barely existing in a ramshackle cabin, on the edge of a Louisiana swamp with her little sister and their mother, she sees no way to stop the downward spiral. When her mother falls gravely ill, Jewel learns that her life is about to take a drastic turn. But will it lead to joy or more devastation?
Take a heart-warming journey with Jewel as she struggles to rise from the clutches of poverty and shame.
One of the recent reviews for the book
This is an enjoyable short story about a young girl, Jewel, whose family experiences extremely hard times following a work accident by her father. He finds solace in drinking and his family slides further and further into poverty as his ability to support them declines. Their circumstances take a turn for the worse when he suddenly disappears, never to return.
Jewel realises that her mother is very ill as she has a hacking cough and knows that something has to be done to save her younger sister, her mother and herself. She persuades her mother to go into the town and see a doctor. Her mother, however, returns with finery for her beautiful daughter, Jewel, instead of the expected medicine and the two girls soon realise that their mother, who is dying, has given them away to the best takers she can find.
Jewel goes to work for a Madam in a brothel and her younger sister is put into foster care. Interestingly, Jewel doesn’t fight against her fate, seeming to quickly accept that she has no other options for the time being.
Jewel becomes an object of interest for one of the brothel’s wealthy clients. Will she find happiness or will she become just another mistress to be cast aside when her admirer looses interest? You will have to read the book to find out.
A selection of other books by Jan Sikes
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And Amazon UK: Amazon UK
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Connect to Jan via her website: Jan Sikes
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some last minute gifts to yourself under your arm.. thanks Sally.