Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #YAParanormalFantasy, Heather Kindt, #HistoricalMystery Amy M. Reade, #Children’s Janice Spina

Welcome to the first of the author updates this week with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author is Heather Kindt with a review for her recent release, a YA Paranormal Fantasy, The Green Door (The Eternal Artifacts Book 1)

About the book

The game was supposed to be easy… enter the door, find the object, collect the prize money.

But nothing is ever that easy for Meg Covington. Her dad keeps a roof over her head, but college is out of the question. Her best friend, Brek, will leave for school, and she’ll be trapped in her hometown—that is until Meg discovers the flyer for Rosenbaum’s game hanging in the entryway of the record store.

Within the basement of the mansion lies the white passage, a hallway lined with colorful doors. When each door turns out to be a portal to another world, things get complicated quickly. If they find the object within the world, Meg will take her first step towards freedom. But is it really just a game, or a one-way ticket to something much more dangerous?

The Green Door is the first book in Heather Kindt’s young adult fantasy series. If you like strong female leads, adventure, snarky attitudes, and sexy sirens, then you’ll love the first installment in the Eternal Artifacts series.

One of the recent reviews for the book

D.L. Finn 4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed what was behind the door.  Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2020

“The Green Door” is a YA fantasy that focuses on the lives of two teens in their last year of high school. Meg works at a record store to make ends meet at home, while her best friend, Brek, is preparing for college. They find a flyer about a game, and the two teens try it. The first step is to choose a door that is based on the money awarded if they complete the task. The action starts the moment they open the door. I enjoyed what was behind the entrance and the unknown world’s storyline that included magic. I liked the friendship between Meg and Brek and how protective they were of each other. Then enters someone from their school, and it sets up a romantic triangle. There are a couple of adult scenes in this story; otherwise, this would be an enjoyable read for younger readers too. The story is a quest with some moral decisions. The book ends at a place where some questions were answered, but others were left unanswered for the next book — which I will be reading.

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And: Amazon UK

Also by Heather Kindt

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Heather: Goodreads

Connect to Heather via her website: Heather Kindt

The next book to receive a recent review is Cape Menace: A Cape May Historical Mystery (Cape May Historical Mystery Collection Book 1) by USA Today Bestselling author Amy M. Reade

About the book

The year is 1714. Two years have passed since Ruth Hanover vanished into the wilderness of the New Jersey colony without a trace, leaving behind her husband, William, and their daughter, Sarah. Though William and Sarah have never stopped hoping that Ruth will return, as time goes by it becomes less and less likely they will ever see her again.

Now William is acting strangely. He won’t tell Sarah why he’s conducting business with a mysterious stranger in the middle of the night, he won’t explain the sudden increase in his income, and he won’t share with her what people in town are
saying about her mother’s disappearance.

When the time comes for Sarah to face her father’s secrets and figure out why her mother never came home that December day in 1712, what she learns will shock her tiny community on the New Jersey cape and leave her fighting for her life.

One of the recent reviews for the book

C. Raleigh 5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery in Colonial America  Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2020

As a lover of history and mystery, I couldn’t wait to start reading Cape Menace. I wasn’t disappointed. Sarah Hanover is an artful mix of a young Colonial girl living within the demands of her station and a maturing woman of intellect, ingenuity, and independence. The pall of her mother’s unsolved disappearance never dissipates as bits and pieces of information surface over time. I enjoyed the scenes of both Sarah and her father acting as apothecary for the settlement, as well as the daily life of early 18th century colonists and the layers of society that exist even in the newest communities. Sarah’s perseverance in discovering what happened to her mother is rewarded in the end with a satisfying, and yet poignant, realization. I look forward to the other books in the Cape May Historical Mystery series.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Amy M. Reade

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And : Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Amy on : Goodreads

Connect to Amy via her blog: Amy Reade at WordPress

And the final author today is award winning children’s author Janice Spina for the most recent in the Abby & Holly Series Book 5: The Copper Key

About the book

The main protagonists, cousins Abby and Holly, find paintings by a young teenager, from the past with a copper key taped to the back of one of her paintings. This teen’s remains were found in their attic in Book 4.

The girls’ search begins to find the source of this key. They hope to use this key to unlock secrets or something valuable from the past. Will this key help uncover another mystery for the cousins? How far will the girls go in their search for truth or will they have to go back to the past? Will they be able to return home without somehow changing history forever?

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

May 25, 2020 Frances B. rated it Five Stars – it was amazing

In Book 5 of the Abby & Holly series, The Copper Key, cousins Abby and Holly are compelled to solve the mystery behind an old copper key they find in the attic of Abby’s home. They are joined in their sleuthing by resident ghosts Felicity and Minerva as they travel back in time to discover what the key unlocks. Suspense, plot twists, and excitement are featured as we learn what the girls uncover. Author Janice Spina does a great job of character development and seamlessly weaving themes of problem solving, cooperation, and friendship into the book. Fans of this series will love this latest installment, as I did! Middle school kids and young teens will be looking forward to Abby & Holly’s next adventure!

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Other books in the series

The selection of other children’s books

 Also as J.E. Spina

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and on: Amazon UK

Find more reviews and follow Janice: Goodreads

Connect to Janice via her blog: Jem’s Books

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

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