Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Poetry Frank Prem, #Fantasy Teagan Geneviene, #Humour #Mystery Mae Clair

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 Frank Prem

I’ve been a storytelling poet for about forty years. Longer in fact, as I remember the first poem I wrote while at secondary school was about 150 – 200 words long and was accepted in lieu of a 500 word essay. I think that may have been the start.

I love to read my work to a live audience, and have audio recorded some recent recordings and popped them on my author page. I have also done some studio- recorded work under the direction and accompaniment of my wife Leanne Murphy that can be listened to there. These poems are on mythological themes and the accompaniment by Leanne makes them a little bit extraordinary.

By profession, I am a psychiatric nurse and have worked across most facets of public psychiatry and the mental health/mental illness spectrum. My experiences and reflections on what I have seen and done are the subject of a forthcoming memoir – scheduled for late 2019, or perhaps more likely, 2020.

I’ve been published in magazines, zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, but for a long time I haven’t sought much publication. The whims of editors are a little too capricious and unknowable, so I have preferred to hone my craft and self-publish on my poetry blogs

Leanne and I reside in the beautiful township of Beechworth in the North-East of Victoria (Australia).

Books by Frank Prem

A recent review for A Kiss for the Worthy

Mary Dharsi 5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Lovely Kaleidoscope  Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020

A Kiss for the Worthy is the second book in, A Love Poetry Trilogy. Each line in, Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman served as a muse for Prem’s creativity in this next collection. A Kiss for the Worthy, branched from the first book in its love between two people and delved instead into love and reflection for oneself.

I thought the opening poem, “mmm-hmmm (this day)” immediately set a wonderful tone in how it conveyed the waiting beauty of perspective when love and respect for self is held dear. I also felt the joy that can be brought to others in this but for me it seemed this aspect was more a complement to feeling the fruitful contentment in the open-mindedness of “only I” and finding “the whole of me.”

I think the best way to describe this second book of love poems is a kaleidoscope. It used many parts of the world to make me feel my own light inside was a little brighter, a little bigger, a little more. For me, I loved seeing and feeling every turn within this collection’s patterns.

Frank Prem, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website: Frank Prem – Goodreads: GoodreadsTwitter: @frank_prem

Meet Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene 

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene lives in a “high desert” town in the Southwest of the USA.

Teagan had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the southwest. Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no *extremes* in violence, sex, or profanity.

Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers. Teagan’s Books

Major influences include Agatha Christie, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris

A selection of books by Teagan

A recent review for Brother Love

D.L. Finn 5.0 out of 5 stars I love the magic woven into the story!  Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2020

I read “Brother Love” over several weeks on Ms. Geneviene’s blog and enjoyed it. I was happy to see it released and read it as a book. I appreciated it just as much the second time around. My favorite character was the magpie, Jinx, and his insights. Although Birdie, the town outcast, is a second close, because of what others perceived her mother to have done and where she lives near. The humor and setting drew me into the story that was set in the south in the 50s. I could see myself at the town revival as people went forward to get healed. I loved the magic woven into a story that otherwise felt very real. I recommend this novella for all fantasy readers who appreciate a unique tale as I do

Teagan Geneviene – Buy: Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Blog: Teagan’s BooksGoodreads:Goodreads Twitter: @teagangeneviene

Meet Mae Clair

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections.

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats.

A selection of books by Mae Clair

A recent review for In Search of McDoogal

Balroop Singh 5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable tale you would love!  Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020

In Search of McDoogal is a gem that shimmers amongst the engaging works of Mae Clair, a superb storyteller, with a unique style. I’ve never read a story that could make me smile till the last page. At places, giggles erupted unknowingly, adding a blush to my ears, as I like to laugh loudly but felt guilty, with Kindle in my hand. It is a pleasure to read that McDoogal was the name of Mae’s loving cat whose cherished memory has been encapsulated so lovingly within this story.

Brady’s love for his girlfriend impels him to retrieve the precious painting that he had inadvertently sold to a guy who drove a bright orange Dodge pick up and the whole fun starts. Though Brady is really upset with the situation he is placed in, but Clair turns it into a light-hearted tale with crafty dialogues, funny situations, eccentric characters and names like “Abe Barr,” “Webb,” “Jenks,” “Clark Barr,” who looked like “a rat.” Even names of places evoke humor. I loved the ending, which left me craving for more such stories.

Mae Clair, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Mae on: Goodreads
Website: Mae Clair – Twitter: @MaeClair1

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you have enjoyed meeting more of the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and discovering their books. Thanks Sally.

35 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Poetry Frank Prem, #Fantasy Teagan Geneviene, #Humour #Mystery Mae Clair

  1. All of Teagan’s books are wildly creative, and while I haven’t read Mae’s In Search of McDoogal yet (it’s waiting on my Kindle), I’m a huge fan of her Point Pleasant and Hode’s Hill series. I’ve also read some awesome reviews of Frank’s poetry. Thanks for featuring some more amazing authors, Sally!

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  2. Super nice to see my good friend and fellow Story Empire blogger Mae Clair here this morning, Sally, along with Teagan and Frank. What a great trio! I have read and enjoyed both Teagan’s work and Mae’s, and definitely have Frank’s Devil in the Wind on my Kindle. Thanks for sharing their reviews this morning! Sharing! 🙂 ❤

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  3. Sally, thank you so much for your ongoing and unfailing support. You’re a marvel.

    Thank you also to all visitors for your well wishes. It’s an honour to be included in such a grouping of wonderful authors.

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