Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews #Mystery Judy Penz Sheluk, #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Writing Denise O’Hagan

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

The first author today with a recent review is Judy Penz Sheluk for The Hanged Man’s Noose…

About the book

Freelance writer Emily Garland is cash-strapped, newly single, and tired of reporting on the same old condo stats. When she’s offered a lucrative assignment in the village of Lount’s Landing, she decides to take a chance. All she has to do is relocate and uncover the real story behind a proposed redevelopment plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty, as it turns out. Not everyone is happy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of the list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of The Glass Dolphin antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street.

But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter dies. A few days later, another body is discovered. Though both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily’s suspicions are aroused.

Putting her interview skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven’s latest scheme—before the murderer strikes again.

A recent review for the book

Debb23 5.0 out of 5 stars Good World Building  Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2020

I totally enjoyed this first in the series. I liked how it started from the viewpoint of one character, then we get to see a second character’s view. The mystery keeps you guessing, as Emily questions the death of a store owner who was against plans for a big box store, it leads you deeper and uncovers layers of deception that leads to the past. Likable characters, great scene setting and a twisting mystery. I will continue on with this series.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Judy Penz Sheluk

Read the reviews and buy all the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Judy on Goodreads: Goodreads

Connect to Judy via her blog: Judy Penz Sheluk

The next author today with a recent review is Teri Polen for The Colony Series Book One – Subject A36

About the book

If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it?

Residents of the Colony would. And do.

Only the Insurgents can stop them.

Seventeen-year-old Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies.

He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to.

Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war.

Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Connie Wyatt 5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Original  Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2020
Subject A36 is action packed with tons of heart from beginning to end. I’m not normally a fan of this genre, but Teri Polen always makes us fall in love with her characters and she certainly does this with Asher Solomon. I found myself feeling his loneliness and sadness in a world gone mad, and turning page after page to see how he would escape the clutches of the evil people who so desperately want to control him. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the next book in this series! Thank you Teri Polen for yet another truly entertaining read!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

Also by Teri Polen

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow TeriGoodreads

Connect to Teri via her website:  Teri Polen

The final author today is Denise O’Hagan for her mini style guide: An Introduction to Good Writing and Manuscript Presentation

About the guide

An easy-to-use guide for writers, editors and students

The Mini Style Guide covers the fundamentals of good writing and explains how to present a manuscript for publication. It is written in a direct and accessible manner suitable for all ages and backgrounds, and assumes no prior knowledge of the writing trade or the publishing industry. Explanations are accompanied by plentiful ‘real life’ examples, and each chapter opens with a humorous quotation. The book consists of three parts.

Part 1 covers the essence of good writing, both factual and non-factual. It covers the principles of Plain English; words that are often misused or misspelled; and common grammatical and punctuation errors. Differences between Australian, British and American English are explored; inclusive writing is defined; and copyright law as it applies to writers is clarified.

Part 2 explains the technicalities of how to present a manuscript. It examines the advantages and disadvantages of working exclusively on computer and working partly on hard copy; outlines the structure of a manuscript and the order of its various components; and explains how to compile a contents page to reflect the heading hierarchy. It explains how to treat quotations, lists, abbreviations and numbers; offers advice on presenting illustrations, tables, charts and graphs; and discusses bibliographical material and indexes.

Part 3 explores possible publishing avenues; that is, commercial publishers, literary agents and self-publishing. It defines the role of each; explains which one is best suited to which type of writing; and includes advice on how to write a synopsis, select sample chapters and draft a covering letter.

The Appendix contains templates of standard forms and letters that can be photocopied and tailored to suit individual needs.
The Glossary contains commonly used terms to do with writing, publishing and printing.
The Bibliography contains sources used and recommended.
Foreword by Robert Fairhead, book reviewer at Writing NSW.

A recent review for the book

Charleann Davis 4.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener an look at real style  Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2020

A real eye opener about style.Opens your eyes to a lot of options.Never expected so much for! A mini style book.It’s opened my eyes in A lot of ways .Thanks so much for a great book.Can’t wait to see what’s next by this multi talented author.

Read the reviews and buy the guide: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

Connect to Denise via her website: Black Quill Press

Thank you for joining us today and I hope you will be adding some books to your TBRs.. thanks Sally.

22 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews #Mystery Judy Penz Sheluk, #Dystopian Teri Polen, #Writing Denise O’Hagan

  1. What a lovely pick-me-up on a cold, snowy, self-isolating April day! Thank you so much! And if there are any audiobook lovers out there, I have a couple of US and UK codes which work on Audible or Amazon. Leave a comment to request (specify US or UK) and I’ll respond.

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I would be delighted to receive your feedback (by commenting, you agree to Wordpress collecting your name, email address and URL) Thanks Sally

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