Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews -#Supernatural Mae Clair, #Poetry Balroop Singh, #Children’s Janice Spina

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author is Mae Clair with a review for Book 2 of the Point Pleasant series… A Cold Tomorrow.

About the book

Where secrets make their home…

Stopping to help a motorist in trouble, Katie Lynch stumbles upon a mystery as elusive as the Mothman legend that haunts her hometown of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Could the coded message she finds herald an extraterrestrial visitor? According to locals, it wouldn’t be the first time. And what sense should she make of her young son’s sudden spate of bizarre drawings—and his claim of a late-night visitation? Determined to uncover the truth, Katie only breaks the surface when a new threat erupts. Suddenly her long-gone ex-boyfriend is back and it’s as if he’s under someone else’s control. Not only is he half-crazed, he’s intent on murder….

As a sergeant in the sheriff’s office of the famously uncanny Point Pleasant, Officer Ryan Flynn has learned to tolerate reports of puzzling paranormal events. But single mom Katie Lynch appears to be in very real danger—and somehow Ryan’s own brother, Caden, is caught up in the madness, too. What the skeptical lawman discovers astounds him—and sends him into action. For stopping whatever evil forces are at play may just keep Katie and Caden alive…

A recent review for the book

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling paranormal read  Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2020

Book 2 of the Point Pleasant Series starts off a few months after Book 1 ends but can be read as a stand-alone (not that I recommend skipping the first). Katie Lynch takes over as the lead character and shares the limelight with brothers Ryan and Caden Flynn.

Strange supernatural happenings are taking place in Point Pleasant—dead animals, UFOs, aliens, voices in the TNT bunker, and of course, Mothman sightings. Claire tangles in a secondary plot to mix things up a bit and provide some red-herrings. The plot is complex and the pace has to be quick in order to wrap it all up and still have time for some lovely character development.

The best plot won’t survive thin characters, and Claire doesn’t fall into that trap. Main characters, as well as secondary characters, are all unique and three-dimensional. Claire carves out time to provide an emotional foundation with a bit of backstory and to dive into their relationships with each other. I particularly like books that make me feel connected to the characters and this is one of those.

The Mothman becomes more intriguing as does Caden’s character and his connection to the creature. The emotion and compassion between them is particularly riveting, and I MUST read the next book for that reason. An excellent series with polished writing. I highly recommend A Cold Tomorrow to readers of paranormal thrillers and to those who enjoy urban legends.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Mae Clair

mae clair 2020

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And on: Amazon UK

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Connect to Mae via her Blog/Website: Mae Clair

The next author is Balroop Singh, with a review for her most recent poetry collection Moments We Love

About the collection

Moments of fragrant love that stand frozen in time, of dreams that dare not unfold, of passion that fleets by, of erratic joy that we meet at the crossroads of life, butterflies of time that add color to our dark moments to scare the demons away – I have gathered all of them in this book. Some of them whisper softly to create a magical aura while spring of life sings with them, trying to wipe silent tears. Mother Nature steps in with all her grandeur to breath quiet messages of tranquility.

Each poem would soothe your emotions with élan and add a dash of color to your life. Life – that doesn’t halt for your sad moments; that just floats by. You just need to dive in to soak in myriads of moments to discover how it could ignite positive tones. All the poems in this collection are imaginary but inspired from people around me, some of whom chose to share their frustrations and tremors with me. Sometimes I could read between the lines to pen my thoughts down.

Memories and moments merge here
Today when I return to share
The glow of rainbows
Embers of emotional entreaties
And smoldering debris.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

The late comedian, Richard Jeni, had a routine called ‘Love Songs.’ It chronicled how love songs on the radio were designed to specifically drive those who were not in relationships to the brink of suicide (the irony of Jeni’s death in 2007 by a self-inflicted gunshot wound is apparent).

You might wonder how that relates to Balroop Singh’s collection of poems, ‘Moments We Love.’ The author, in her preface, states that she looks for the reader to drink deeply of the emotions colored here. Yet poetry is transactional – not only what the poet brings in shaping these words, but what the reader brings with them when they open the book and read what is there.

The book is divided into three sections – Moments of Love, Moments of Harmony, and Moments that make Life. The poet’s style is free verse, stanzas of anywhere from three to five lines, more evocative of feeling than rhythm. Depending on your take in poetry, you might or might not prefer the style. But in every poem, Singh seeks to touch the reader gently, like a soft rain or a gentle breeze, not pushing the point as much as inviting the reader in to consider the moment.

Read the reviews and buy the collection: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Also by Balroop Singh

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and : Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Balroop on: Goodreads

Connect to Balroop via her blog: Balroop Singh on WordPress

The final review today is for the fourth book in the Abby and Holly Series: The Hidden Stairway by award winning children’s author Janice Spina..

About the book

Join the cousins, Abby and Holly, as they search for clues about who placed an urn up in their attic with the remains of a young girl who lived a century ago. Their old Victorian holds many secrets and the girls are determined to solve this mystery with the help of two ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva, who inhabit their home.

As the girls are searching for clues in their basement they discover a hidden stairway. Upon entering the stairway they find themselves unexpectedly catapulted back in time to a century ago. Will they be able to return with the answers to the mystery? If not, who will help them get back? Or, will they be forever lost in time?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Michelle Clements James 5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting adventure for Abby and Holly  Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2020

Abby and Holly are cousins who have special powers, they can see and speak to ghosts, and in this book, they find they can travel back in time with the reassurance that should anything go wrong, they will get help from their ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva. This opens an exciting new adventure for the girls, though it is quite worrisome for their mothers.
Once again, Janice Spina has created a riveting adventure for the cousins. I couldn’t put it down and I’m sure middle-grade readers will get wrapped up in the story as much as I did.

As with all of Spina’s books, there will be no objectionable language and there is always a life lesson – to be respectful to others, to be kind and considerate, to recognize and accept that there are differences in all of us. To parents, grandparents, and teachers – I recommend this be read aloud by children so you can have a lively discussion about the story and the lessons in ABBY & HOLLY SERIES, BOOK 4 – THE HIDDEN STAIRWAY. This is positively a 5-star book. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A very small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Also as J.E. Spina

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and on: Amazon UK

Find more reviews and follow Janice: Goodreads

Connect to Janice on her blog: Jem’s Books

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

35 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews -#Supernatural Mae Clair, #Poetry Balroop Singh, #Children’s Janice Spina

  1. I love seeing Mae Clair’s books featured here. I have read almost all of them and they NEVER disappoint! She is such a talented writer. I have Balroop’s Poetry book on my Kindle and look forward to reading. I’m heading over to check out Janice’s books! Thank you for sharing, Sally!

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