Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Childrens Nicholas C. Rossis, #Blogging Anne R. Allen, #Scifi Jack Eason

Welcome to the first of the Cafe Updates this week with recent reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author today is Nicholas C. Rossis for his children’s book Runaway Smile.

About the book

A sweet chapter book about the unique bond between mother and son.

Where do smiles come from?Who can help you get a new one?
Winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, in the Young Adult Fiction category. Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Fiction” category of the 2015 International Book Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

“I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…”

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

One of the recent reviews for the book

This is one of the best books for children I have read in a long while. Packed with imagination and adventure it is about a little boy who goes in search of his smile after discovering he has somehow lost it overnight. He is initially helped in his search by his best friend, an aging dog who wears spectacles and reads books. They look everywhere in his room, including in his trunk which is full of most unusual and intriguing toys, and in his closet which is inhabited by a closet monster who eats his clothes. They can’t find his smile in his room or in the kitchen while he is eating his breakfast. It is not under his pancakes or anywhere else to be seen.

The little boy packs his oversized school bag with the books he needs for the day and sets off to school. On the way he approaches everyone he meets who is wearing a smile to see if they can help him find his. He comes across a workman who is drilled a hole in the ground, but the workman has not seen his smile in his hole or anywhere else. He does, however, gain a cart for his school bag. You will have to read the book to find out how he gets it.

He meets a king with a great big smile who looses it when his courtiers mistakenly think the little boy wants his head, and bolt away. Next, he meets the world’s greatest salesman with the biggest smile he’s ever seen. The salesman tries to sell him a number of products and looses his smile when he realises the boy doesn’t want to buy anything. He comes across a clown with a fake painted smile and finally asks his teacher to help him find his smile, but she doesn’t think the classroom is a good place for smiles.

The little boy returns home after school, sad and dejected, and finally finds his smile when his mother shows him how.

There are some really funny bits for example: “The dog jumped off the bed and slipped into its robe and slippers. It reached for its pipe, then remembered it had quit: smoke ruined its sense of smell, and a dog unable to smell is about as useful as … well, a cat.”

“Chewing absent-mindedly, he watched some ants windsurf across the creamy surface of his bowl of milk. The windy season had started, and, as everyone knows, ants love their sea sports.”  I think that children, especially boys, aged 4 to 10 years old will love this story.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Nicholas Rossis

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US 

and: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Nicholas: Nicholas Rossis Goodreads

Connect to Nicholas via his blog:Nicholas Rossis

The next author is Anne R. Allen with a review for her non-fiction guide – The Author Blog: Easy Blogging for Busy Authors

About the book

Book Authority named The Author Blog to the “Best Blogging Books of All Time” in September 2019. It’s a fun, easy-does-it guide to simple, low-tech blogging for authors who want to build a platform, but not let it take over their lives.

An author blog doesn’t have to follow the rules that monetized business blogs do. This book teaches the secrets that made Anne R. Allen a multi-award-winning blogger and one of the top author-bloggers in the industry.

And you’ll learn why having a successful author blog is easier than you think.

Here are some things you’ll learn in this book:

*How an author blog is different–and easier to maintain–than a business blog
*What authors should blog about at different stages of their careers
*Choosing the right blog topics for your genre and audience
*How one type of blogpost can build your platform quickly
*Basic SEO tips that don’t make your eyes glaze over with tech jargon
*How to write headers that will grab the attention of Web surfers
*How to keep your audience by learning the tricks of content writing
*Essential blog and social media etiquette rules
*What happens to your blog when you die?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jan 28, 2020 Marlene Cullen rated it Five Stars
Do you wonder if you should have a blog? If you have a blog, are you happy with how that’s going?
The Author Blog: Easy Blogging for Busy Authors by Anne R. Allen contains clear, concise, succinct information to guide you in the blogging process.
Anne explains:
How an author blog differs from a business blog.
What authors should and shouldn’t blog.
Choosing the topics for your genre and audience.
How blogging can build your platform.
And much more, including topics most of us don’t think about, like what happens to your blog when you die?

A small selection of other books by Anne R. Allen

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Find more reviews and follow Anne on: Goodreads

Connect to Anne via her blog:  Anne R. Allen

And now for a recent review for Jack Eason, whose latest release is going well – 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

This book is an engaging read that left me wanting more. It challenges our accepted beliefs about ancient monuments and civilisations and the author’s imagination carries us into ‘what if’ scenarios and pins them into current situations.

We are living in times where political systems are shuddering at their foundations and ‘The Magisters’ gifts us a different way of looking at things.

Yes, please to Book Two.

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

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

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