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 Andrew Joyce
Andrew Joyce left home at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until years later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written seven books. His first novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, was awarded the Editors’ Choice Award for Best Western of 2013. A subsequent novel, Yellow Hair, received the Book of the Year award from Just Reviews and Best Historical Fiction of 2016 from Colleen’s Book Reviews.
Joyce now lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
A selection of books by Andrew Joyce
A recent review for My Name is Danny
I’ve always wondered what dogs really think about the people who own them. This book answers that question. If you end up with the likes of houseboat owner Andrew, it fluctuates between “toleration” and “all out love.”
This book takes you down to small dog level – right next to the ground – where all of the good smells are. There are places you can go hide where no one can find you, and if you are cute, which Danny is, you learn how to use that to your advantage in all situations.
I enjoyed these dog adventures very much, especially the Q and A Interviews, where Danny speaks his mind – no holds barred. He certainly earned his turkey slices and won my heart in very short order.
Meet Julia Benally
Born to the Bear Clan of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, Julia enjoys writing stories, mostly horror, about her area, but every once in a while, she delves into romance, and she loves fantasy.
When not writing, she loves dancing, playing the piano, and killing zombies.
One of the recent reviews for the book
This book is great, just don’t read it as a bedtime story for your kids! I would have read it sooner if the summary on the back had specified that it was a high-action adventure rather than a horror story that spent lots of time in a compound with a wasteland of monsters everywhere else (no offense, but that’s how I interpreted the summary). The new vocabulary takes some getting used to but is well worth it!
Meet Iain Kelly
Iain Kelly lives in Scotland, UK. He is married with two children and works in the media industry as a television editor for the BBC. When he is not creating stories through sound and vision, he is writing them. ‘A Justified State,’ published in 2018, was his first novel. It was followed by a sequel, ‘State Of Denial’, was released in September 2019. ‘The State’ Trilogy will be completed in 2020 with the forthcoming publication of ‘State Of War.’
Books by Iain Kelly
One of the recent reviews for State of Denial
A newspaper reporter, Maxine Aubert, asks an unscripted question during a government news brief. They sack her. The “State” is playing lip service to democracy and has created an illusion in which the citizens conform or else! The up-and-coming elections are a sham and there is an underground force prepared to confront the State; there is a rebel movement gathering in the Northern Wilderness.
This second novel of the trilogy expands on the politics of the dysfunctional State and justifies the social unrest that hums in the background. However, it was not clear to me how the rebels intend to replace the “State” and what the new social structure will be.
If you enjoy both the mix of Sc-Fi and political upheaval in society fighting against the government type of scenario – then you may enjoy reading this.
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.