Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Romance Christine Campbell, #Sci-Fi A.C. Flory

There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet C.S. Boyack

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

A selection of C.S. Boyack’s books

My review for Viral Blues May 23rd 2020

Having read and enjoyed The Hat, I was looking forward to meeting the crime fighting duo of Lizzie and the Hat again in Viral Blues. And I was not disappointed,and in fact in this book, you get a great many superheroes for your money, with characters drawn from other books by C.S. Boyack.

Lisa Burton is well known as the interviewer of authors on Boyack’s website and her voluptuous figure is present on social media. Sartorially elegant this AI enhanced member of the team can gain access to any system, backing up Clovis and his dog, the smokey Jason, blunderbuss carrying Gina, supernatural Justine and Lizzie and her hat.

There are zombies and other worldly combatants which makes for some action packed encounters as the crime fighters attempt to find the blonde devilish lynch – pin fulfilling the 16th century prophesies of birds falling from the sky and pestilence. In a race against time to save people from the infected vaccines they stay one step ahead of the authorities who have little idea of the paranormal force they are up against.

Brilliant characters and superpowers, a stroke of genius to add the dog into the mix to enhance the dry humour running through the plot. A very satisfactory conclusion to the story, but clearly the door left open for more adventures to come.

At the end of the book, the author provides a background to the characters and their previous appearances and an epilogue that ties up a couple of loose ends.

If you love supernatural action adventures I am sure you will enjoy this book.

C. S. Boyack, Buy: Amazon US – and :Amazon UK – Follow Craig: Goodreads – blog:Cold Hand BoyackTwitter@Virgilante

Meet Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell lives in Scotland, in a small village outside of Edinburgh with her husband.

When she is not distracted by the varied wildlife currently taking up residence in her garden and the field beyond, Christine writes novels for your pleasure and hers – because, let’s face it, writing is fun!

As a self-confessed stationery junkie, Christine has an impressive collection of notebooks and pens, which sit nicely among her many books. In fact, she is almost as passionate about reading as she is about writing.

Books by Christine Campbell


One of the reviews for Rose & Laurie on Goodreads

Lynne 5.0 out of 5 stars  Loved reading Rose & Laurie’s story

Reviewed in Australia on 1 February 2020

What a fabulous story! I loved reading this Christine Campbell book so much. I needed to pace myself so I made it take longer. Rose and Laurie and all the characters feel so real to me, I’m riding along within their lives. I laughed and I cried. Very moving and enjoyable book. Thank you! I want to visit that beautiful island now too! Where to next?

Christine Campbell, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK –  follow Christine : Goodreads –  blog: Christine Campbell at WordPress – Twitter: @Campbama

Meet A.C. Flory

I am Australian, female and an Indie science fiction/fantasy writer, not necessarily in that order. I am fascinated by technology, but my true passion is for the softer sciences – such as biology and psychology. I want to know what makes things tick, both inside and out. Like a little kid, I keep asking ‘why?’ and ‘why not?’.

Two books changed acflory’s life – Dune, by Frank Herbert, and The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K LeGuin. Together, those two books showed what science fiction could be. acflory has been striving to live up to that high standard since 2001. One day she hopes to get close.

A selection of books by A.C. Flory

One of the reviews for Yokhtah

Mar 11, 2020 Audrey Driscoll rated it Five Stars – it was amazing Recommends it for: Readers of serious science fiction.

This book is remarkable for the imagined world on which it’s set. Vokhtah has two suns. Its dominant life forms are the Vokh, creatures I visualized as similar to pterodactyls, and their smaller cousins and supporters, the iVokh. Most of the story is about the latter. These creatures are not human. Humans do not exist on this world, but human readers can relate to the thoughts, dilemmas, and emotions of the iVokh who are the primary actors.

The Vokh reign like feudal lords over their eyries, which are managed and maintained by the iVokh, who are divided into a variety of physical types with different abilities, including (in the case of a few) telepathy and mind control. Traders are a clan who distribute goods among the eyries, and Healers are a guild with skills and knowledge to maintain life, and end it when necessary. The interactions of the groups are governed by iron-bound protocols and traditions and complicated by secrets and enmities. Sex, especially for the Vokh, is a brutal, violent business, but outside of mating occurrences, there is no gender. The only personal pronoun is “it.”

This is not a quick, easy read. I re-read the first half of the book before writing this review to make sure I understood some of the details. The characters, even the sympathetic ones, don’t actually have names. They are designated by ranks and titles, some of which change over the course of the story. The reader is plunged into this alien world on the first page and has to figure out how things work while following the action. Some might give up in confusion, but the dilemma of the Drudge who is the first character encountered is eminently relatable. By the time that’s resolved, I was thoroughly engaged in the world and the story, keen to find out more about the strangely fascinating creatures with two hearts and inflatable wings.

The book features a constructed language (conlang), but it does not appear frequently enough to be daunting. There is a helpful glossary at the end, which also explains how the creatures vocalize. Otherwise, the prose is clear and straightforward, with description kept direct and businesslike. There is no hyperbole. Dialogue is minimal, even though the iVokh have a characteristic (and curiously attractive) way of expressing themselves.
Setting aside the alien aspects, the theme of this book is change and difference. Individual characters, and the groups to which they belong, must come up with ways to cope with situations they find unacceptable or challenging. Both the physical environment and the social structure are harsh and unforgiving. Transgressions come with a high price.

It appears this is the first book in a series, and indeed much remains unresolved at the end. I hope a second volume is forthcoming

A.C. Flory, Buy: Amazon US  –  And: Amazon UK – Follow A.C. Flory: Goodreads Blog : A.C Flory Twitter: @ACFlory

Thank you for joining me today for this series and I will be sharing another three authors and their work every weekday during June and July. It would be great if you could share. Thanks Sally.

61 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Romance Christine Campbell, #Sci-Fi A.C. Flory

  1. I know Craig well already and it’s lovely to see him showcased here. A C Flory and Christine Campbell are both new to me, and I love learning about them.

    Christine’s book covers are great.

    That’s another couple of writers I’ll have to check out.

    Thanks for sharing, Sally. Hugs x 😊

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  2. Super nice to see Craig featured here today, Sally, along with two writers I haven’t checked out–YET! 🙂 I’ve read The Hat and loved it, and have Viral Blues on my Kindle, hoping to get to it soon! Another great group of writers today, and a double addition to my TBR list. Thanks so much! And yep. Still rockin’ over there, my friend! 😀

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  3. I read Craig’s The Hat a few months ago and loved it for its quirkiness, fun and compelling plot. I’m going to follow it up with Viral Blues.
    Good to see and read about these other two authors as well. It’s through blogs like this one that I discover what’s out there. x

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  4. Congratulations to Craig, Christine, and A.C.! You do such a lovely job showcasing authors, Sally!

    I, too, loved Viral Blues–especially with so many of my favorite characters in one story. Wishing all three authors the very best!

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  5. Wonderful post, Sally. I’ve read two of Craig’s books and loved them. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work. The other two writers are new to me. Thank you for introducing them.

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  6. Thank you, once again, Sally. You are so kind to still remember me and feature me in your post. I go off the grid a bit from time to time, and I’m always grateful that you still give me a boost occasionally. You’re a star! X

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  7. I read and thoroughly enjoyed “Viral Blues,” and agree that the writing was brilliant! I am not familiar with the other two authors, but I will check them out based on your recommendation, Sally!

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  8. Another amazing group of prolific writers, Sally! I’m a huge fan of Craig’s work. He’s extremely talented, and there are no limits to his imagination and creativity. It’s great to see him here. ❤ xo

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  9. I’ve been busy, but I sure miss checking out this series, Sally. I think I’ll probably play catch-up somewhere down the road and read them all. I find it so much fun to learn about the background of others.

    For what it’s worth, Craig, I’ve traveled through Elko more than a couple of times. Of course, if one is going through Nevada, there’s not a whole lot else in that part of the state.

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