Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Thriller S. Burke, #Mystery Lizzie Chantree, #Shortstories Anne Goodwin

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

The first author is Suzanne Burke with a review for her most recent release, a thriller, The Reckoning Squad.

About the book

The Reckoning Squad was the new name being whispered in the darkened corridors of the powerful in Washington. The name was whispered with awe, and the whispers grew louder.

Twenty people had been carefully vetted and recruited to undergo specialized training. Training engineered to break them utterly, intended to shatter everything they once believed themselves capable of surviving. Only the best of them made it through the twelve weeks of hell. They now formed a cohesive black-ops unit, known as The Reckoning Squad.

Their facility is breached, and the team’s numbers are decimated. The survivors know that they’re in a fight for their lives. They have been betrayed from within. Trust has now become a rare commodity. They want answers.

The betrayers don’t understand just what they’ve unleashed.

But they are about to find out.

The Reckoning Squad are coming, and they have just rewritten the rules.

One of the recent reviews for the book

John 5.0 out of 5 stars  A real thriller  Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2020

The Reckoning Squad by Ms. S. Burke grabbed my attention from the very start and made it difficult for me to put this story down. Readers are introduced to Chastity / Chaz when she is thirteen years old. She is a typical sixth-grader who befriends a fellow classmate, one who is always picked on. When something happens at school, she is forced to do something that she’ll never forget. Unknowingly, a certain witness to the event, marks her as ‘special” and monitors her life going forward.

Chaz makes it into the FBI and after a few years, she is asked to join a special top-secret special black ops group. Chaz is the only female and one of only twelve members who survived the intense training. This new group is quite successful in achieving their missions. But, somebody wants them eliminated.

On a day when all twelve members and their leaders are together, their top-secret training center is breached and almost everyone killed. Only a handful of government officials were aware of this group and its special facility – somebody from the inside gave them away. Chaz and a prisoner survived the bombing and made their escape per the group’s protocol. They were on their own now as nobody could be trusted.

No matter where they went, killers were on the heels of Chaz and her prisoner. The only solution to their survival was to find out who was trying to kill them and why. It’s a roller coaster ride and readers continue to be surprised by all the twists and turns. The story seemed so realistic, I wondered if the author was a former spy and is now writing of her past experiences.

I highly recommend The Reckoning Squad and feel that readers have not seen the end of this group. Great job Ms. Burke. Looking forward to reading more about your former experiences!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Suzanne

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And:Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Suzanne: Goodreads

Connect to Suzanne via her website: Soooz Burke Author

The next book is If You Love Me I’m Yours by award winning inventor and author Lizzie Chantree.

About the book

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Anna 5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh! SO. GREAT!!  Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020

I was captivated by this story, from start to finish! Ahhh! The ending was beautiful, I was silent screaming for days! The story of these artists, their transformations, and their loves. I will definitely be reading this book again and recommending it to so many! It was all very well written, and I could relate to Maud! Thank you, Lizzie Chantree! I will for surely be checking out more of her stuff!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Also by Lizzie Chantree

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

And find more reviews and follow Lizzie: Goodreads

Connect to Lizzie via her website:Lizzie Chantree

The final author today is Anne Goodwin with a review for her short story collection Somebody’s Daughter

About the collection

What does it mean to have a daughter? How does it feel to be one?

A child carer would do anything to support her fragile mother. A woman resorts to extreme measures to stop her baby’s cries. A man struggles to accept his middle child’s change of direction. Another uses his daughter to entice young women into his car. A woman contemplates her relationship with her father as she watches a stranger withhold his attention from his child.

Mothers of daughters, fathers of daughters, daughters from infancy to middle age. Three award-winning short stories plus a couple more. You’ll never think about daughters the same way again.

Prize-winning short stories from the Polari Prize shortlisted author of Sugar and Snails.

A recent review for the collection on Goodreads

I had to limit myself to reading one story a day, because there was so much in each on to mull over and consider. The author has such an evocative way of expressing her characters – in so few words, she creates their whole world. Heartbreaking, poignant, thought-provoking.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

Also by Anne Goodwin

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And on : Amazon US

Find more reviews and follow Anne on: Goodreads

Connect to Anne via her blog: Annecdotal

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.

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