Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #NewRelease Allan Hudson – #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #YA Angie Dokos, #Westernhorror Jessica Bakkers

Welcome to the new look Author Updates where I share new releases and recent reviews for authors on the shelves. If you are a new author and would like to be included in the cafe please check out the links in this post: Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore FREE author promotion.

The first author today is Allan Hudson who has a new release set between 1911 and 1920 The Alexanders Vol 1

About the book

In the turbulent waters off Saltcoats, Scotland, Danny Alexander dies in a boating accident. He leaves behind a wife, seven children and no hope. Dominic is the middle child. With a broken heart, his mother is forced to leave him with his bachelor uncle, Duff. None of them are happy with the decision.Eleven-year-old Dominic Alexander must earn his keep. There are no free rides. Yet despite the difficulties, he finds his place in the structured world of his uncle and overcomes his loneliness.Fortune and misfortune follow the young man until adversity forces him to make a decision that will affect the rest of his life. Is emigrating to Canada the answer?

Buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Allan Hudson

One of the reviews for Shattered Figurine on Goodreads

Jan 20, 2020 Jane Sturgeon rated it Five Stars it was amazing

A surprising and gripping detective story…

The storyline is unusual and a difficult one to tackle. Allan Hudson does this with skill and I was gripped from the first page. Jo Naylor and her supporting characters are engaging and I cared about them from the outset. The plot twists are also unexpected.

This is a different kind of detective story and the pace is tight with beautifully descriptive writing that carries you right into each scene.

I eagerly await the next book in this series and am going on to read other works by Allan Hudson, as he is a talented discovery.

Allan Hudson buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Allan: Goodreads – Website: South Branch Scribbler – Twitter: @hudson_allan

The first review today is for C.S Boyack and Serang a coming of age adventure.

About Serang

Monastic life is all about duty, service, and harmony. For Serang, a young girl abandoned at the temple by her mother after the death of her father, that life becomes all she knows. The monks give her purpose, and become her new family.

When political upheaval brings chaos throughout the land, Serang again loses everything and everyone she loves. Alone, she struggles to survive. She convinces a wandering monk to take her under his wing and complete her training. Thus begin her adventures through strange lands and her trials to become a confident, capable, independent adult.

This is a coming of age story set in fantasy world. It’s filled with monsters and martial arts, difficulties and dangers. The serious situations preclude the story from the levity of it’s predecessor, Voyage of the Lanternfish, but it provides a compelling look at the origin of one of the saga’s most fascinating characters.

One of the recent reviews for the book

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Origin story and companion book.  Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020

This is my first read from Boyack that wasn’t a madcap paranormal adventure and I enjoyed the seriousness of this story. It’s described as an origin story about Serang who has a role in the Lanternfish books (which I haven’t read yet). I think that description is exactly right.

The story begins when Serang is 6 years old and progresses through her teens. As a child, she’s abandoned at a temple by her mother. The monastery becomes her home, its residents her family, until the Emperor has the monks killed. On the run, Serang finds a new master who continues her training as the two of them travel across the harsh land.

The characters are wonderfully 3-dimensional and I enjoyed the way their relationship developed. The worldbuilding is exquisite. After I finished reading, I learned that the tale is a fantasy, and I laughed because I had assumed that the setting was a real place.

The plot consists of the journey as well as Serang’s training and mastery. As an origin story there’s no giant climatic conclusion, but there is a satisfying ending to the intriguing tale. The pace is steady overall with moments of exciting action. I recommend this book as a companion read to the Lanternfish books, which I’ll be reading soon.

Head over read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK

A small selection of other books by C.S. Boyack including new release H.M.S Lanternfish

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

The next book with a recent review is A Year in the Life of Andrea Coe: A Psychological Thriller (In the life of …. Book 2) by Lucinda E. Clarke.

About the book

Andrea was Leah’s best friend. A strange attraction between a wild, confident, fun-loving, widow and a quiet, insecure housewife.

But Leah’s gentle and loving nature hide the depths of an underlying iron-hard mental strength. After surviving her vicious husband’s terrifying games and the mental asylum he committed her to, Leah’s only desire now is for a life of peace with her new partner, and her best friend, Andrea. What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty, as it turns out. With her husband now on the run from a mob hitman, and his family each hiding their own secrets, they are prepared to go to any lengths to finish what they started three years ago. Will they succeed this time?

Leah knew the only person she could rely on was Andrea.

This is book two in the series and answers all the questions raised in Book 1: A Year In The Life of Leah Brand.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Lindylou 5.0 out of 5 stars Friend or Foe  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 August 2020

Wow what a sequel to ‘A Year in the Life of Leah Brand’. Leah’s best friend Andrea tells her story This sequel pertains to what happened after Leah had moved from London and started a new life in Weston with a new man in her life and Belinda her stepdaughter.

Out of the blue Leah’s best friend Andrea turns up and their friendship is renewed. The story is written in monthly episodes in the view point of the main characters taking on lots of twists and turns adding to the suspense of the story. I could not wait to see what the following month would bring and could not put it down.

When Leah’s criminal ex-husband Mason suddenly gets in touch the plot takes on a new twist. This sees the Leah and Andrea and the belligerent teenage Belinda traveling to Australia. What does he want and is Andrea the friend she makes out to be.

This is written with the Lucinda’s usual high standard, and is another edge of the seat thriller.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Lucinda E. Clarke

Lucinda E. Clarke, Buy Amazon US –  And : Amazon UK – Blog:WordPress Lucinda E. Clarke — Follow Lucinda:GoodreadsTwitter: @LucindaEClarke

The next author is Angie Dokos with a recent review for her YA novel Roadside

About the book

Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Wendy Landsiedel5.0 out of 5 stars Friends and Family  Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2020

Great YA story that includes strong family relationships and great friends. A fabulous storyline without all of the harsh language. Romance not unbridled lust. Well done Angie.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Angie Dokos

Angie Dokos, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –  follow Angie : Goodreads –  website: Angie Dokos WordPress –  Twitter: @AngieDokos

And the final author today with a recent review is  Jessica Bakkers for her debut novel Guns of Perdition – The Armageddon Showdown Book 1

About the book


Jessie expects he’ll be forever cleaning up after the cowpokes of the Bad Hoss Saloon. That’s until the day a drifter strides through the doors, and blows away a blood-sucking demon, along with Jessie’s belief in an everyday world. Jessie is captivated by the enigmatic Grace, with her pearl-handled revolvers, and wolf companion. He throws in his normal life and follows her across the Wild West, as she hunts down and slays the evil creatures that roam the frontier.

Along the way, they seek the aid of a Native American warrior, cross paths with a Cajun Queen, and encounter a small-town tycoon with a deadly hunger for gold. Animosity and distrust plague Grace and Jessie, and their strange group of allies, but they must put their differences behind them if they’re to have any hope of finding and defeating the frontier’s true evil, the Darksome Gunman.

The Armageddon Showdown is a dark-fantasy, weird western series of epic proportions, focusing on the age-old battle between good and evil, though in the Wild West, it’s not always clear just who is good and who is evil.

Join Grace Dyer and her band of miscreants as they battle demons and demi-gods, in the frontier’s deadliest conflict…the Armageddon Showdown.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020

This book was my first “Weird Western,” but it probably won’t be my last. I agree with several other reviewers, right down to the gruesome and totally unanticipated shock at the end of the story. It’s been a long time since a book packed a surprise that hit me like this one did, and it might not be not for the faint of heart. But if you love a good, scary, well-told tale, and can take a large dollop of horror along the way, you should give it a try. I found the underlying theme, which is uncovered bit by bit, gives the whole thing an additional, and very interesting, twist. And when I’m braced for more shenanigans of the macabre kind, I’ll be reading the 2nd book, too.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More Reviews: Goodreads

Connect to Jessica: Author pages: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – – FacebookThe Written Word – Twitter@JessicaBakkers


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have found some books to take away with would be great if you could share.. thanks Sally.

52 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #NewRelease Allan Hudson – #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #YA Angie Dokos, #Westernhorror Jessica Bakkers

  1. Thanks SO much, Sally for featuring me, and in such stellar company! I really want to get to Serang as I’ve read Voyage of the Lanternfish and she impressed the heck out of me in that book. I’d love to see what Craig does with her in an entire book about her 🙂

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  2. Sally / please don’t take this the wrong way – but thought I would tell you – your “post titles” are so jam packed I sometimes find them to be too much – I am sure all the hash tags are needed and help other readers. – but wanted to let you know that the titles are some of my lesser favorites

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  3. What a great selection of authors you’ve featured here today, Sally! Lovely to see Serang getting some attention, as she is definitely part of my TBR piles, and I enjoyed the review. Also, thanks for including my review of Guns of Perdition. Jessica is a fine writer, and I won’t be caught off-guard with Book 2. Book 1 was scary, yes, but I’m very glad I read it and am looking forward to more of the story. Will also check out everyone else, too, as I always find great new authors in your shares! THANKS!

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  4. Wow, this is what I call an action-packed post! So many great books, genres, reviews and authors! I am still looking forward to Lucinda’s Leah stories, more from Craig, and still trying to get to Allan’s Box of Memories. Huge congrats to all ❤ xx

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