As there are some great reviews being posted this week, I am slipping in an extra Cafe update for authors on the shelves.
NB. If you have a new release coming out in February please let me know. If you are already an author in the Cafe and Bookstore I just need the date, if you are new to the Cafe.. then details are in this post. It is FREE: Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore
The first author is D.G. Kaye who is of course a much loved contributor to the blog. She has a recent review for her memoir Twenty Years After ‘I Do’.
About the Book
In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.
Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.
A recent review for the book
Avid Reader – A heart-warming memoir that made me smile a lot January 19, 2020
A heart-warming memoir that made me smile a lot
We’re nearly there, at 20 Years after “I Do”, my husband and I.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. Kaye has a sharp sense oh humor, although it brought a tear or two in my eyes.
It takes courage and pride to put your marriage life on paper, a testimony that respect and communication are at the very foundation of any relationship.
Do not take tomorrow for granted, an advise I will gladly follow.
This is the first book I read by Kaye. I discovered an author with a deep understanding and respect for life, in all its aspects.
A poignant read, highly recommended for all ages, irrespective of where they find themselves in their relationship.
Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US
And: Amazon UK
Other books by D.G. Kaye
Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US
and: Amazon UK
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Connect to Debby via her blog:D.G. Kaye Writer Blog
The next author with recent reviews 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
I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough of this horror book that can also be considered historical fiction. Margaret is a teenage orphan with special powers. She can reincarnate the dead who are trapped between the underworld and heaven. She first experiences this when she spends time with her grandfather at his inn. As she reawakens those who have died violent or unnatural deaths and were tricked into turning away from the white light by an evil man whose presence is seen as a black dog, she discovers each person’s story, and we, the readers, also learn about true historical figures from ancient to present times. When Margaret is captured and brought to the Underworld, we also see a different version of Hell than brimstone and fire. This one features office cubicles where demons track disasters and use the Dark Web to aid terrorists and modern evildoers. Lucifer gets into the act, and Margaret’s (and the world’s) only hope lies with the good incarnates and God. This read will really make you think, and the action is fast-paced. Don’t miss it.
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
The final book today with recent reviews is Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney.
About the book
After 40 years of marriage, Olivia’s husband unexpectedly passes away. But when Ben’s will reveals a life-altering secret, she suffers a blow no widow should ever experience.
Olivia learns that she gave birth to a baby who later died in the nursery. Instead of telling his wife what happened, Ben switched the child with another. And as if that’s not enough, Ben’s will doesn’t reveal which of their five sons is truly not hers.
Olivia visits each of her sons to share a final connection before facing the truth that will change their family, and discovers that each of them has been harboring a painful secret, just like their father. But will the secrets destroy their family, or bring them closer together?
A recent review for the book
I’m glad that the first book I’ve read in the new year is the book from the author I very much respect and love reading, James J. Cudney. I can say nothing but praise for his debut novel Watching Glass Shatter, a moving family drama with strong and memorable characters, which I’ve read after all his other books published to this day.
Two letters that Benjamin Glass leaves to his wife Olivia after his unexpected death, explode with a threat of shattering the whole family. Supported by her sister Diane, Olivia struggles with many family secrets she learns about while visiting each of her five sons. Will she be able to reunite them as a family as each secret cuts her heart like a shattered piece of glass?
Watching Glass Shatter is an impressive portrait of the Glass family members with their real problems, successes and quickly-to-like personalities. It is a story of sadness, pain and love, but also a story of humanity and determination to rise from the sorrow and differences and build a garden where everyone will belong and bloom.
A note to the author: I uncovered Ben’s secret already in Chapter 2 after the family gathering to read his will. That should be a compliment, for you allowed me to connect and empathize with Ben’s sons and their personal situations so early in the book. Thanks and kudos!
There are over 180 excellent reviews for the book: Amazon US
and: Amazon UK
A selection of other books by James J. Cudney
Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US
And on Amazon UK: Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow James: Goodreads
Connect to James via his blog: This is my Truth Now
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.