Welcome to the last cafe update of 2019… from Friday it will move to Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore…and over the coming weeks, a new look.
The first author with a recent review is Roberta Eaton Cheadle for Through the Nethergate.
About the book
Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Margaret is a girl with a special gift that allows her to see ghosts who are trapped in an overworld between Heaven and Hell. She’s able to help them regain life, then help them move on in the hereafter. When she moves in with her grandfather after the death of her parents, Margaret encounters a number of ghosts, and a particularly nasty black dog that is actually the embodiment of Hugh Bigod, an evil spirit who has held the ghosts trapped for centuries. Hugh has his own ideas how Margaret’s gifts can be used to his benefit.
This is a YA horror novel that will also appeal to adults, especially with the deep research the author layers into the historical aspects of the book. I found those the strongest and was enthralled by how skillfully Cheadle brought the past to life. There are a few POV issues and a good deal of internal thought, the latter which occasionally bogs things down, but for the most part this is a quick and easy read. Margaret’s grandfather is also a strong character, and the background of many of the ghosts adds a fascinating aspect. Most of the spirits are based on historic figures. I don’t usually read books that employ Lucifer as a character, and admit to skimming some of those chapters, but overall, I found this a compelling story on multiple levels.
A selection of other Sir Chocolate stories co-written with Michael Cheadle and other books by Robbie Cheadle
Read all the reviews and buy the books :Amazon US
And: Amazon UK
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Connect to Robbie via her blog: Robbie’s Inspiration
Now for a recent review for C.S. Boyack and Viral Blues (The Hat Book 2)
About the book
Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.
They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.
Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?
Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.
One of the recent reviews for Viral Blues
Okay – maybe they’re not the real Avengers, but these characters are still a talented team fighting for the same cause, each bringing a different skill set to the table. Although I wasn’t as familiar with a couple of characters, I’d had such fun reading about Lizzie and the Hat in the first book, knew Lisa (one of my favs) from the author’s blog, and adored Clovis (love his style) and his dog from The Playground. With such a stellar collection of characters, I had high expectations for this novel – and Boyack didn’t disappoint. The addition of zombies (I’m a big fan) to the story just made it even better.
With a touch of the paranormal, witty and amusing dialogue, thrilling action scenes, and a cast of lively characters, Viral Blues is a rousing adventure I highly recommend. Once you’ve finished, you’ll be anxious to check out each character in their previous books.
A small selection of other books by C.S. Boyack
Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US
And : Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow C.S. Boyack: Goodreads
Connect to Craig via his blog: Cold Hand Boyack
A recent review for the latest children’s book by Eloise de Sousa.. Space Dust
About Space Dust
We’re going on a trip in Big Ox’s canoe. Watch the fire bears roar on Venus as pepper pot trees grow on the moon. As Big Ox steers us to the planets, Litte One wonders if Mum will come home soon.
One of the recent reviews for the book
A very cute picture book that will make both the adult and the child smile. Lovely simple illustrations by the author which are colourful and fun. A recommendation for parents, carers and grandparents to read to their little ones.
Received a copy of the book from the author but my opinions are my own and unbiased.
#Recommended for young children, parents, grandparents, carers.
A small selection of other books by Eloise de Sousa
Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US
And on : Amazon UK
Read the reviews on Goodreads: Goodreads
Connect to Eloise via her: Blog
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will be leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.