Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Fantasy A.J. Alexander, #YARomance Angie Dokos, #Mystery Diana J. Febry

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

The first review is for Demon Tracker: 3rd book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series by A.J. Alexander 

About the book

Zepheira is the best Demon Tracker working for the Good side. With her unusual looks, her phenomenal sense of smell, and her bravery, she quickly draws ‘The Big 7’s attention to her talent. They hire her to find one of them. Leaving her familiar surroundings and regular work environment unsettles Zepheira at first. But the challenge to prove herself and to increase the reputation of her infallibility tempts her.

She is convinced she will be a great asset to ‘The Big 7’. Little does she know she will be a much greater asset in Heaven’s fight against Evil. Zepheira suddenly becomes more than a hired tracker. She finds herself an important pawn in the game of love, heat, and fire. Will her courage and sacrifice be sufficient to dance with the flames?

One of the early reviews for the book

Allan Krummenacker 5.0 out of 5 stars This Universe Continues to Grow With Each Book… Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2020

In this third installment of the Council of Twelve series, the author throws us a curveball of sorts as she introduces not only a new character, but a whole new angle on the mythology of this series. It’s interesting to watch how the author is taking the over-arcing story of the series a step further with each new character introduced.

This time we get to meet a demon tracker, one of the best ever. However, her appearance could easily be mistaken for someone demonic herself, which is of course not the case. Besides those great horns on her head, what else is making her a target of the master of Hell. What is his connection to her and why is he so interested in asking questions about her parentage?

All our old friends are here such as the Council of Twelve, along with Sundance and Kate from the previous installments of the series. As well as some familiar foes and new dangers.

A jolly good read, which I highly recommend.

Read the reviews and buy the book : Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Also by A.J. Alexander

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And on: Amazon UK 

Connect to A.J. Alexander via her website: Aurora Jean Alexander

The next author is Angie Dokos with a recent review for Roadside

About the book

Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

One of the recent reviews for the book

L. Carmichael 5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, Hopeful, Tender  Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2020

Roadside is a contemporary fiction / young adult / romance novel by author Angie Dokos. I’ve previously read another of her books, and when I saw she was doing some marketing for an upcoming tour of this one, I decided to move up the book in my reading queue.

Zayne, a ~20ish college student, finds the almost dead body of a young girl on the roadside with his dad. They take her to the hospital, and Zayne keeps returning to check on her. He feels a weird connection. When she wakes up, he learns her name is Serena. She was attacked and had been unconscious for days. She remembers a lot of details, and Zayne’s father does the investigating with the police to find her assailant. Clues remain in the forest by the roadside, but ultimately, this is a story about the aftermath, how to trust someone you’ve just met, and recovery.

Dokos creates memorable characters. This is a very simple, sweet, and touching story. There is complexity in the plot and relationships, but the writing is casual, easy to read, connective, and makes you feel warm and cozy, even in the scary parts. There’s a balance of light and darkness, given the subject matter, and in the end, you 100% root for Zayne and Serena to fall in love. But there’s a supporting cast you also find yourself keen to get to know. Best friends, siblings, parents, school administrators and staff… everyone plays a pivotal role. Just who did attack Serena and why?

We learn the truth midway through the book, and the remainder is about dealing with the recovery and results of trusting someone you shouldn’t. How can you assign blame and fix the problem when the problem occurred so long ago, you feel bad for the assailant too? Okay, just a little, as (s)he did try to rape and kill Serena. No matter the circumstances, the person needs to be punished.

I enjoy Dokos’ writing style, and she makes you flip the pages quickly to keep investing in the story. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Also by Angie Dokos

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Angie Dokos: Goodreads

Connect to Angie Dokos via her website: Angie Dokos WordPress

The final author today is Diana J. Febry with a recent review for Trouble at Clenchers Mill

About the book

Somebody wants Richard Fielding dead.

Richard was looking forward to making a fresh start with his new wife, Alicia when they moved into Clenchers Mill. Then the attacks started.

Detained in the hospital after an unusual accident, he dismisses the claim his new wife is trying to harm him. He’s convinced the property attacks are the childish pranks of locals annoyed by his plans for Clenchers Mill. As a successful property developer, he’s seen it all before. Mindful of Alicia’s reluctance to involve the police he instructs Kate and Simon to make discreet inquiries.

Kate and Simon are keen to find the culprit, but are inexperienced and blissfully unaware they are dealing with a determined killer toying with their prey before they strike. Their first case may prove to be their last.

One of the recent reviews for Trouble at Clenchers Mill

Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2020

When Richard Fielding is almost killed in a riding accident, his new wife is quick to blame the person who gave him the horse–his ex-wife, Cynthia. Convinced that the horse was drugged, Cynthia hires Kate Chapman to investigate. Kate asks her good friend and landlord, Simon Morris to assist her. When Kate confirms the horse was drugged, they must figure out who wants Richard dead and why. Their investigation reveals a slew of potential suspects from local pro-hunting advocates to those with more sinister intentions. But who is the culprit and will they succeed next time?

This is a very fun and enjoyable mystery. Kate is a blue collar girl while Simon is from a more privileged background and it provides some good conflict. The have’s and have not’s are clearly one of the themes. Though Simon makes his interest in Kate clear by the middle of the book, there wasn’t enough foreshadowing for me. The twists and turns are good and the reveal makes sense. Good job overall. I’m looking forward to picking up the next book in the series.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Diana J. Febry

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And on: Amazon US

Read many more reviews and follow Diana on: Goodreads

Connect to Diana via her Facebook page: Diana J. Febry

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

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