Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews -#Supernatural Marcia Meara, #Romance Teagan Riordain Geneviene, #post-apocalyptic Sandra J. Jackson

Welcome to the first of the author updates of the week with recent reviews for authors in the Cafe.

The first author today with a new review is Marcia Meara for A Boy Named Rabbit: Book 2 of the Wake-Robin Ridge series.

About the book

In Book 2 of the Wake-Robin Ridge series, Marcia Meara, author of Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, returns to the rugged beauty of the North Carolina mountains, introducing a little boy whose remarkable gift will change the world for everyone he meets.

“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”

The remote mountain wilderness of North Carolina swallowed up the ten-year-old boy as he made his way down from the primitive camp where his grandparents had kept him hidden all his life. His dying grandmother, gifted with the Sight, set him on a quest to find the Good People, and though he is filled with fear and wary of civilization, Rabbit is determined to keep his promise to her. When he crosses paths with Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, neither their lives nor his, are ever the same again.

The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power light up the darkness, and the resourcefulness to save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him. His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.

One of the recent reviews on Goodreads

Feb 15, 2020 Deborah rated it Five Stars

Sarah and Mac survived a terrifying encounter with a vengeful ghost in book #1 of this series, ending up happy and settled together, but nothing could have prepared them for the way their world is turned topsy-turvy in book #2 by the arrival of an elusive figure on their land. Quite what – or who – is the wild, half-starved boy Sarah sees near the grave of Mac’s son?

Meara has created a truly unique character in Rabbit – a child raised in complete isolation from the modern world. The only people he has ever known are his grandparents, and when he is suddenly left alone, he undertakes a perilous journey to locate the man his gran – who has ‘the Sight’ – instructs Rabbit to find with her dying breath. The man who looks exactly like Mac.

Rabbit’s reactions to everything, from the magic of electricity, to living under a roof, to the sound of music, are wondrous, and ring so true for how a complete innocent might genuinely regard such miracles. And Rabbit’s charming dialogue is such fun to read!

Add Meara’s signature supernatural twist, when it transpires that Rabbit’s gran has passed her gift onto him, and you have a tale that is heart-warming, shocking, scary, and truly satisfying, all rolled into one. Once more, I stayed up far later than I should to keep reading another chapter, and another, and then did the same as I did on finishing book #1, going straight on to the next one without pause. Highly recommended.

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 is Teagan Riordain Geneviene for her recent release the romantic novelette Fiona Finch & the Pink Valentine

About the book

Put your feet up and enjoy a whimsical break with this quick, lighthearted story. There’s some romance, and a lot of silliness. It’s a steampunk/Victorian setting. You might call it a long-short story or a novelette.

This is a tale of an old lost valentine and the shenanigans that ensue when it turns up. Fiona Finch and her brother Steele – along with a helping “wing” from Quellie the duck, work to bring two long ago sweethearts back together. Even though it is a Valentine’s Day story, it does not include sex or passionate romance. It does, however, include a lot of imaginative fun.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Robbie Cheadle 5.0 out of 5 stars A light and fun-filled read which is clever and entertaining Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020

This delightfully whimsical Valentine novella is filled with the author’s trademark creativity, humour and sharp insight into human characters and relationships. Fiona is a fun-loving girl with a passion for pink. She lives with her genius stepbrother, Steele, who is the protegee of the famous inventor, Professor Quirinius. The Professor has been absent from their lives for some time at the start of the story, as he has been pursuing his own inventions and initiatives. When he left them, however, he gave Steele a gift of a cheeky and troublesome duck, which Fiona has nicknamed, Quellie. Quellie is also clever and likes to help out around the house with certain tasks including delivering the mail.

After a disastrous episode where Fiona’s efforts to create a lovely pink dye result in Quellie dying herself pink and reacting to the change with great annoyance, Steele tries to reinstate peace by sharing with Fiona a wonderful gift from the Professor. The gift is a selection of delicious chocolates encased in a beautiful pink wooden box. The box is for Fiona who loves pink. Quellie’s annoyance with Fiona bubbles over and she charges her, causing the lovely pink box to fall to the floor and break. A quick inspection proves that it is not broken. The box actually has a secret drawer which has sprung open due to the fall. Inside is a pink Valentine’s letter to a well-to-do and wealthy woman who as recently been widowed.

Fiona takes it upon herself to send the 30-year old Valentine’s letter to its intended recipient with rather hilarious and entertaining consequences.

If you are looking for a light and fun-filled read which is clever and entertaining, this novella is the book for you.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

Read the reviews, buy the books : Amazon US

and : Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Teagan : Goodreads

Connect to Teagan via her blog: Teagan’s Books

And the last review today is for the post-apocalyptic adventure from Sandra J. JacksonThe Escape Series Book 2 – Catching Butterflies: Search for Home

About the book

April and Beth have escaped, and their captor is dead. Freedom is in their grasp – if only they knew where they were.

With some memories returning, April and Beth struggle to find answers to their questions. What they know is that they’ve been vaccinated against a strange virus. But what happened to their family, and to the rest of the world?

As they head out, they stumble onto the compound where their nightmare began, but the empty building only brings more mystery into their lives. Soon, they encounter others wandering on the numerous trails throughout the woods. For April, finding her family is priority one; for Beth, it’s sticking to the trails.

How can April ever convince her to leave the forest… and why are they being hunted?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jennifer Coffey 5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite dystopian YA series!  Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2020

The Escape Series follows two sisters, April and Beth, as they try to piece together what has happened the world in the last five years.

The plot of the last two books has kept me on the edge of my seat. The plot is fast, but still leaves time to digest what is happening around them. Jackson does a great job of slowly giving the reader the information they need to help the sisters piece together the mystery of the Butterfly Virus.

The world-building is perfect and nothing to convenient. Jackson wrote the story, so the girls wouldn’t suddenly remember what happened to them. The girls needed to experience and encounter to trigger a memory, and I thought that was brilliant. (Also, the world they live in is absolutely terrifying!)

The organization is straightforward, and I was never confused.

In the first book, I didn’t like the girls as much as I wanted too. I found them both to be too immature, but on in this book. As the sisters regain their memory, they become more relatable and lovable.

My favorite part was the big plot twist at the end. I had been waiting for that moment for so long, and I was so happy when it happened.

My least favorite part was around the middle of the novel. The girls stumbled across the location where they were held captive for five years. During their search through the rubble, I found that scene to be slightly slower from the rest of the novel.

I give Catching Butterflies 5 out of 5 stars. I loved almost everything about this novel. Specifically, the characters stood out to me the most because they drove the story in a positive direction, and they developed significantly over time.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys YA dystopian novels. I liked this better than The Darkest Minds trilogy by Marie Lu!

Also by Sandra J. Jackson

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Read other reviews and follow Sandra on: Goodreads

Connect to Sandra via her blog: Sandra Jackson WordPress

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

38 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews -#Supernatural Marcia Meara, #Romance Teagan Riordain Geneviene, #post-apocalyptic Sandra J. Jackson

    • I’m so happy to hear you’re reading Wake-Robin Ridge, Robbie. It was my very first attempt, and I’m very pleased it’s still drawing new readers. I hope you’ll enjoy the story, which centers around a real deserted cabin I used to see on my trips to North Carolina. I always wondered what stories it could tell, but couldn’t find any info on it, so–I made up my own! 😀 Here’s hoping you enjoy the whole series, to date, even if that little boy named Rabbit did usurp the entire thing! 😀 ❤

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      • I absolutely recommend starting at the beginning of either of my series, Robbie. Yes, the books will make sense (more or less) read out of sequence, but without the previous history of the characters involved, it won’t make nearly as much. So, I’m very glad you’re reading them in order. 😀 Each one builds on the one before. 🙂 ❤

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing Deborah’s super review of A Boy Named Rabbit, Sally. I’m very proud of the reviews Rabbit’s stories garner, and this was one of the best! And it’s lovely to be featured today along with Teagan and Sandra! A great way to see friends getting some recognition and discover new (to me) writers, as well. Yep. Filling up the old TBR stack, for sure! Sharing! 🙂 ❤ (Rock on! 😀 )

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