Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews- #WritingProse Harmony Kent, #Fantasy Jack Eason, #Thriller Allan Hudson

Welcome to the second edition of the Cafe and Bookstore updates this week where I share recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Harmony Kent for her non-fiction guide Polish Your Prose.

About the book

Polish Your Prose is a powerful new guide that gives essential editing tips for authors.

Lots of books have been written on the art of writing, and here—at last—is a guide that will teach you the essential techniques of editing your own book. This will help you turn a promising manuscript into a published novel. And, it does this without the jargon. You don’t need to know all the grammatical terms in order to make use of this book. You don’t need to know the definition of a split infinitive, a comma splice, or a ‘to be’ verb, as this manual explains these in detail in easy to understand terms, and a lively and engaging style.
Chapters on Passive Writing, Tense, Point of View, Dialogue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an editor would go through to polish and perfect your manuscript.

Good writing is nothing without good editing. Learn the secrets of good editing and writing with this essential author reference, which offers so much more for so much less.

Harmony Kent is an award winning author, and accomplished editor and proofreader. Her passion is helping Indie Authors to successfully achieve their goals and dreams.

New Apple Book Awards Top Medalist Winner 2015

One of the recent reviews for the book

A concise writer’s guide written in simplicity with easy to refer to chapters, no filler babble in these bite-sized chapters to help hone your editing skills. This book succinctly covers chapters on all bibs and bobs of writing a clean and concise manuscript. However, this is not a book about how to write a book, but rather, a complete checklist on the dos and don’ts of writing clean, complete with easy to understand lessons with examples covering all the topics that make for better writing.

In this book Kent covers such topics as: show don’t tell, how to avoid head-hopping, weeding out adverbs and cliches, importance of staying in tense, use of contractions, dialogue tags, overuse of starting sentences with same pronouns, common stylistic and grammar issues, and more! Kent also adds good tips for proofreading, what to include when writing book reviews – and what not to, how to handle bad reviews, and once learning the rules – how they can be broken.

Polish Your Prose also includes added bonus charts on common word replacements from British to American English, and a list of commonly used words that are used incorrectly. Point of view use is also discussed and demonstrated with concise examples.

This book is a handy guide for writers on all levels. For the seasoned writer, it’s a wonderful refresher guide for those moments we are stumped while revising and editing. And for new writers, it’s a must have on every desktop 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Harmony Kent.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And on: Amazon US

Read more reviews and follow Harmony: Goodreads

Connect to Harmony via her website: Harmony Kent

The next author receiving great reviews for his latest release is Jack Eason for The Magisters: Book One.

About the book

The Magisters is a science fiction story with a difference. Apart from chronicling the ultimate change of life for a select few individuals, it questions all accepted ideas by closeminded academics that leave no room for alternative thinking by some among their number. It is also about a woman born ten years after the Romans left Britannia forever and a man born in the twentieth century. Add to that everything that is currently environmentally wrong with our planet today, and you have all the necessary ingredients for an enthralling tale. Now read on…

One of the recent reviews for the book

R J DOCKETT 4.0 out of 5 stars  A well-told tale  on 7 January 2020

The Magisters is a well-told tale; based on a lot of what we think we know about our past. What is the real purpose of a collection of monuments scattered over the globe? Are the things we believe really true?

With Jack’s usual flair he blurs the line where his imagination takes over from the history we have been taught, leading us into what might happen next and why. He addresses important issues in this fast-moving story, the end of which suggests that book two will be forthcoming. Soon, please.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Jack Eason

Discover all of Jack Eason’s books and read the reviews: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Follow Jack and read other reviews: Goodreads

Connect to Jack via his blog: Have We Had Help

And the final author today with a recent review is Allan Hudson for his most recent release.Shattered Figurine – A Detective Jo Naylor Adventure.

About Shattered Figurine.

Detective Josephine Naylor receives an email telling her where to find the last body. The messenger tells her “only you can stop this madness”. Discovering a shattered figurine on the corpse, she’s overwhelmed by the possibility it might be the one she sold in a yard sale. If so, she knows who the killer could be. She prays that she’s wrong.

An recent review for Shattered Figurine.

The opening chapter presents the detective, Jo Naylor, with a very important question. One she didn’t really want to answer but knows she must.

The next chapter, one year later, hits you square in the face with full on complicated and violent action as we discover what this story is all about.

Shattered Figurines is a surprisingly unusual detective story in that it doesn’t follow the usual plotline for this genre and the characters aren’t run of the mill either. The author has captured a very real element in both the story and the characters and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I love a good detective mystery story and Shattered Figurines is one of the best I have read this year. I shall be first in the queue when the author writes another one in this series.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

Also by Allan Hudson

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And:Amazon UK 

Follow Allan: Goodreads

Connect to Allan via his website: Southbranch Scribbler

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

37 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews- #WritingProse Harmony Kent, #Fantasy Jack Eason, #Thriller Allan Hudson

  1. Thanks so much for showcasing my books today, Sally. Just the lift I needed (it’s been a tough week, and hubby and I have three funerals to attend soon; one for someone very close to us).

    I haven’t read the other two books, but they sure look like good reads. Heading over to Amazon now to take a look. As ever, thanks for all your generous support and showing us books we might otherwise not have discovered. (I’m largely blaming you for the size of my TBR!) **giggles**.

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    Hugs xx

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  2. Me again, I just thought I’d share an observation for some authors here. Make sure your books are all listed on your Amazon book page. Sally shared 2 author page links today – Allan Hudson and Richard Dee, and when you follow the supplied link to their Amazon author page, those books weren’t there. We have to keep on top of the Zon. 🙂

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