Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews #Paranormal Marcia Meara, #Shortstories Karen Ingalls, #Fantasy Lorinda J. Taylor

Welcome to the last author update for 2019 and some recent reviews for authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author with recent reviews is Marcia Meara for Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4: The Light the latest in the Paranormal fantasy series.

About the book

The Magic is Back!

For Robert MacKenzie Cole—or Rabbit, as he’s known to all—the chance to accompany his family to see North Carolina’s infamous Brown Mountain Lights has him nearly dizzy with excitement. And what better night to watch this unexplained phenomenon unfold than Halloween?

But when the entrancing, unpredictable lights show up, Rabbit gets far more than he bargained for. He’s gifted with what folks in the Appalachians call “the Sight,” and it’s this extrasensory perception that enables him to spot the one light different from all the rest.

In his biggest challenge to date, Rabbit—aided by his daddy and his newest friend, Austin Dupree— begins a quest to learn more about the mysterious light. Their investigation unveils a web of cons and corruption none of them expected and exposes a brutal murder along the way.

Throughout all, Rabbit is unfaltering in his commitment to do whatever it takes to understand the truth behind the glowing orb and to determine how he can help it. After all, it followed him home.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I have read and enjoyed all of Marcia Meara’s Wake Robin Ridge books, but The Light, is quite possibly my favorite. Rabbit¬—a very special eleven-year-old boy who grew up in Appalachia, now the adopted son of Sarah and Mac—takes center stage yet again. Gifted with “the sight” which allows him to see future events as well as “read” others, he is wise beyond his years. An old soul who has a unique way of viewing the world, he has a folksy charm that resonates with every word he utters. Meara’s gift of writing him is exquisite, and despite numerous well-rounded and lovable characters, it’s Rabbit who steals the show.

I adore Mac and Sarah—mostly because of Rabbit’s pure-hearted love for them, and their utter devotion and fierce protective love for him. I’m enamored of several new characters who make their debut in this book—especially Austin—but once you meet Rabbit, you’re eternally smitten. No two ways about it. He’s a character who lingers long after you’ve read the last paragraph.

An added bonus is the inclusion of the Brown Mountain Lights, an unexplained phenomenon that has long fascinated me. Meara does an excellent job of weaving their appearance into a multi-layered plot which covers the gamut from high-brow society to misguided con artists.

If you like family stories with plenty of warmth, ¬¬¬threads of the supernatural and folklore, plus a well-plotted mystery, don’t miss the latest in the Wake Robin Ridge Series. Five big glittery stars!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Marcia Meara

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Marcia Meara on: Goodreads

Connect to Marcia via her blog: Marcia Meara Writes

The next author with a recent review for her recently released collection of short stories is Karen Ingalls for When I Rise: Tales, Truths and Symbolic Trees

As always Karen will be donating all proceeds o to ovarian cancer research.

About the collection

When I Rise: Tales, Truths, and Symbolic Trees is a series of twelve short stories inspired by a poem written by Ms. Ingalls’ grandson. Each story (tale) brings to light one or more social or moral issues, the truth is the lesson(s) to be learned, and the symbolism of a tree provides the ways we can learn how to live, grow, change, and die.

A recent review for the book

Ms Fiza Pathan 4.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Collection!  November 30, 2019

When I Rise’ is a charming collection of short stories based on special trees & their unique symbols to the plots. Be it child abuse, a difficult divorce, bulimia, caring for the elderly, Alzheimer’s disease etc., each short story in this collection has a tree to celebrate it’s gifts to humanity. Award winning author Karen Ingalls captures the heart of the reader by her wonderful prose. Her love for gardening & nature is brought out beautifully in this little book. I recommend this book to every tree lover out there. Buy your copy of Ingalls’ book today & be uplifted. This book will let you know the magic of trees & how we must persevere in spite of all the odds against us, to achieve everlasting bliss, like the eternal trees themselves. Go & get your copy of ‘When I Rise’ today, you won’t regret it. I liked the way each tree highlighted a different social issue & I think you will too. I hope to read more books by Karen Ingalls in the near future. She has done a marvelous job with this tiny book. My favorite part was about the story of Daisy the duck. No! You’re not getting any spoilers from me – get your copy today. Happy reading to everyone!

Head over to read the reviews: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

Also by Karen Ingalls.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Karen: Goodreads

Connect to Karen via her blog: Karen Ingalls Blog

And the final author today with a recent review is Lorinda J. Taylor for The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Six: Merlin: A Biographical Fiction

Part one and two of this series are 99c/99p until midnight December 31st on Amazon and Smashwords.

About the book

As preparation for the first star-mission continues, the new crewmembers begin to interact with one another, new relationships form, old ones continue to evolve, and life on Earth moves forward. Capt. Nikalishin’s wife persists in disrupting his life no matter how he tries to discourage her. Cmdr. Glencrosse remains under psychiatric treatment for his delusions about an entity out to destroy the mission, but nevertheless his Captain continues to support his appointment as Chief Engineer of the Ariana. Too many complexities exist in their relationship for either of them to cast the other aside.At last the mission’s destination and date of departure are set. Ian Glencrosse attempts to reconcile with his father, with ominous consequences which he reveals to no one. Furthermore, on the eve of departure, the High Feather makes another unexpected appearance … It’s too late to alter history …

One of the recent reviews for the book

The sixth part of this biographical fiction, and we’re deep into the life story of spacefarer Robbin Nikalishin. In this book, temporal quantum flight resumes at last, for the first time since the disaster that ended Part 1. Part 6, therefore, is largely concerned with preparations for the Big Mission to the stars — recruiting a crew, team building, training, testing, and dealing with a multiplicity of issues. Tech is a big part of this, of course, and I was impressed by how realistically it’s described (but then, I’m not a physicist or engineer!) One thing I really like about all these books is that even though they are hard science fiction, the tech is delivered in digestible form and complemented with human issues anyone can relate to.

A subplot involving one of the Darter survivors deals with religion and its place in the new world of the 28th century, especially the conflict that arises from faith-based convictions.
As the date of the Big Mission approaches, tension builds, reaching fever pitch in the final chapters. Personal issues add to it, in particular Robbie’s broken marriage and his conflicted feelings about his estranged wife, Fedaylia. An even more troubling element is his Chief Engineer, Ian Glencrosse, and his irrational conviction that the mission is doomed unless he takes drastic action. The book ends with a convergence of these issues at the very brink of humanity’s ascent to the stars.

I can’t wait for Part 7!

While I enthusiastically recommend this book to any reader who enjoys adept and thoughful writing, I suggest anyone new to this multi-volume work start with Part 1 and prepare for a long and fascinating experience.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK: Amazon UK

A small selection of other books by Lorinda J. Taylor

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

and on: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Lorinda on : Goodreads

Blog: Termite Writer Blog Spot

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm… thanks Sally.

27 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews #Paranormal Marcia Meara, #Shortstories Karen Ingalls, #Fantasy Lorinda J. Taylor

  1. What a lovely surprise to find this morning! Thanks so much for including my latest book, The Light, in today’s selection! I hope some of your readers will be intrigued by Mae Clair’s wonderful review, and will check out the Wake-Robin Ridge books, which began as a romantic suspense series, but was totally usurped by the little boy named Rabbit. 😀 He’s such fun to write!

    It’s great to be sharing the post with Karen Ingalls and Lorinda Taylor, too. Hope lots of folks check out their books, as well.

    Happy New Year Sally, and to Karen and Lucinda, also! I think it’s going to be a great one! 😀 ❤

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  2. Thanks so much for posting Audrey Driscoll’s review of The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Six: Merlin. She’s one of my best supporters! I might mention that the first two volumes in this series are only 99 cents on Amazon and on Smashwords, but you’ll have to hurry because the sale ends on December 31!

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