Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews #Anthology M.J. Mallon, #Thriller Carol Balawyder, #Mystery James J. Cudney

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

The first review is for This is Lockdown by M. J. Mallon with contributions in part two from writers around the world.

About the collection

An anthology and compilation of diaries, short stories, flash fiction, contributions from the ‘isolation writers,’ plus poetry written during the time of lockdown in the UK. This Is Lockdown is written from a writer’s perspective highlighting the simple pleasures of day-to-day life during such an uncertain and frightening time. It also gives a glimpse of the blogging, writing world. The book showcases several authors and their thoughts on what it is like to experience ‘isolation’ as a writer. I also discuss the handling of the pandemic and my thoughts on what might happen next. In the final part of the book I include my latest short story idea: a YA romance and various short pieces of poetry, and flash fiction inspired by the pandemic.

The full list of authors are:

Richard Dee, (Sci Fi , Steampunk, Amateur Detective author,) Catherine Fearns, (Amazon Bestselling Author of Police Procedural/Mysteries and Music Journalist,) Lynn Fraser, (Humorous Dark Comedy,) Jackie Carreira, (Writer, musician, designer and aspiring philosopher,) Willow Willers, (Poet and writer,) Sharon Marchisello, (Murder Mystery, Financial non-fiction,) Fi Phillips , (Copy writer, Author,) Jeannie Wycherley, (dark stories, suspense, horror,) Chantelle Atkins, (urban fiction, teen/YA,)Tracie Barton Barrett, (Speaker/author,) Peter Taylor Gooby, (Crime, Love Stories, Political Fiction,) Ritu Bhathal, (Chick Lit romance, poet,) Alice May , (Author, Artist and Speaker,) Miriam Owen, (Reader, Blogger, Post Doctoral Researcher and Academic,) Drew Neary and Ceri Williams (Ghost Horror, Supernatural,) Katherine Mezzacappa, (Historical Fiction/Romance,) Sally Cronin, (huge supporter of indie community/blogger/author) Debby Gies (D G Kaye), (Memoirist/NonFiction,) Adele Marie Park, (Fantasy, horror, urban fantasy,) Marian Wood, (blogger, poet and writer.) Samantha Murdoch, (Writer, Blogger,) Beaton Mabaso (blogger, African storyteller.).Frank Prem (Poet, Author) Anne Goodwin (Author, Book Blogger) Sherri Matthews (Writer, Photographer, Blogger) Jane Horwood and Melissa Santiago-Val – Community Masks for The NHS .

One of the recent reviews for the anthology on Goodreads

Jul 23, 2020 Sarah Northwood rated it Five Stars

The corona virus outbreak has been a unique time for many of us, having never experienced anything like this in our lifetimes. This moment is history is an opportunity for writers to help others by expressing this situation through diary entries, poetry, and fictional works. This is lockdown begins in just such a way as we take a look at diary entries from MJ Mallon, which were written in the moment and not only become a documentation of events from this author’s point of view but also a way of making sense of the turmoil encountered during this difficult time.

The book then moves on to poetry which is written by from people of different nationalities, this gives such an insight into how nations can be united in global events and in many ways highlights how experiences through this pandemic have created a unity for us all as humans.

Finally, the author offers us some excellent fictional short pieces illuminating how many of our ordinary routines were shaped and impacted by this pandemic. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to read an early copy of this book and was delighted to see the author putting this collection out into the world. A highly recommended read that I imagine readers of the future looking to.

Read the reviews and buy the collection: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

 Also by M. J. Mallon

M.J.Mallon, Buy:   Amazon US – And  Amazon UK Website: M.J. Mallon – Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon

The next review is for Carol Balawyder for her thriller Warning Signs

About the book

Eugene’s research into his criminal mind is not about the why, but how to prevent his horrific crimes. Angie, a young woman starving for passion sees Eugene as her saviour from a lonely life of caring for her heroin addicted mother. How far is she willing to go in order to save her relationship with Eugene and his promise for a future together?

Detective Van Ray is out on a vindictive mission as he attempts to solve the murders of young girls in Youth Protection.

Their lives collide in a mixture of mistrust, obsession and ignoring the warning signs. A psychological thriller about human frailty and loneliness.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jul 21, 2020 Janet Gogerty rated it Five Stars

More vivid than a television murder drama, this is an intelligent psychological thriller with the killer trying to understand why he could be tempted to kill and how he can stop himself. It is also the story anyone will recognise of young women looking for love, the dating game. Everyone is a stranger when you first meet them, when do we start trusting a person and when you begin dating someone how do you know if you are safe? A great story that kept me on edge all the way through.

Read the reviews and buy the book : Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Carol Balawyder

Carol Balayder buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –  Read more reviews : Goodreads – WebsiteCarol BalawyderLinkedIn: Carol Balawyder

The final review today is for Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 2) by James J. Cudney..

About Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 2)

When an extra ticket becomes available to see the dress rehearsal of King Lear, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies.

When one of them dies of an apparent heart attack in the middle of second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate the death. With family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns that the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks.

But can Kellan find the killer, or will he get caught up his own stage fright?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Cecilia Salinas 5.0 out of 5 stars Great series  Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2020

Second book in the series and it’s as enjoyable as the first one, although all the sassy comments from Nana D, the sheriff and Myriam are sometimes a bit annoying and I celebrate and cheer whenever Kellan defends himself and answers them back to stop the comments. That’s something I have always wondered, why is it okay to be sassy or bully or whatever you want to call it in books and why the character that is on the receiving end never defends himself or herself? Under the “I’m a better person flag” doesn’t work. You still need to speak up and stop the abuse. Back to the plot, I was able to solve a few plot lines but some others were a total surprise. I’ll read the next book because I want to see how the conflict between Kellan and his not-so-dead-wife Francesca gets solved.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

and on Amazon UK: Amazon UK

A selection of books by James J. Cudney

James J. Cudney buy the books: Amazon US andAmazon UK  – Website/Blog: This is my truth nowGoodreads: James J. Cudney – Twitter: @Jamescudney4


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will be taking some books with you.. Thanks Sally.

38 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews #Anthology M.J. Mallon, #Thriller Carol Balawyder, #Mystery James J. Cudney

  1. All wonderful, Sally. I’ve read Jay’s and have the other two on my TBR. Somehow, the memory of a cartoon that either Debby or Ritu shared about a man whose pile of books next to the bed fell over and crushed him. My TBR feels a bit like that cartoon.

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  2. Great trio of talent here today Sal. Congrats to Carol, and I loved her book and hope she might be working on another police procedural story book. Of course I love Marje’s anthology and I have Jay’s book awaiting. ❤

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