Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Author Updates New #Release – Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Reviews – Poetry M.J. Mallon, Shortstories Elizabeth Merry

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore updates with new releases and reviews for the authors on the shelves.

Delighted to be adding The Ballad of Mrs. Molony (The Hat Book 3) by C.S. Boyack to his other books on the shelves..

About the book

Lizzie and the hat are back, and this time they’re chasing vampires across a subculture of America. A pair of rodeo cowboys are holding a woman captive to use like a milk cow since they joined the undead.

The person who put them onto the trail is also a vampire, but he has to be the worst vampire in history. Is he really that pitiful, or is he setting a trap for our heroes? Does the woman even exists? Can Lizzie and the hat find her before she also takes up blood sucking?

Follow Lizzie and the hat as they use their cover band to stalk vamps across the country music scene.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Mae Clair –5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Clever, Supernatural Adventure!  Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2020

C. S. Boyack’s unique crime fighting duo is back in a new Lizzie and The Hat adventure. Not familiar with these two? Lizzie is a twenty-something who wields a mean pistol and plays the upright bass in a cover band with the help of the hat. He may look like a fedora (or whatever hat style he chooses), but he’s actually a being from another world—capable of zinging some of the best snarky dialogue you’re likely to encounter. These two play off each other with witty banter and plenty of adventure as they go up against supernatural bad guys. This time, it’s a group of vampires haunting the rodeo circuit.

That makes for a lot of colorful happenings as Lizzie, the hat, and their band take on the country music scene, mingling with broncobusters and cowboys. Boyack treats us to plenty of rodeo experiences in addition to Lizzie and the hat working to track down the vamps. Some of the moments that stood out for me included Lizzie target-shooting ghouls in a cemetery, egged on by the hat’s snarky asides; a vampire with a speech impediment; the hat’s addiction to “my internet” and his ongoing insistence the band should have a fog machine. And then there’s Mrs. Molony—but you’ll need to read this supernatural romp yourself to find out just how she plays into the story. Clever, clever, clever!

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

A selection of other books by C.S. Boyack

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

The next author is M.J. Mallon with a recent review for her poetry and prose collection, Mr. Sagittarius

About the collection

Twin brothers Harold and William love the magic of the natural world.

When Harold dies he leaves a simple memorial request.

Will his brother William and his sister Annette honour it?

Or, will the garden work its magic to ensure that they do.

A magical story expressed via an original compilation of poetry and prose with photographic images

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Ruch 5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful compilation of Prose and Poetry  Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020

I loved how the author could knit together the prose with the poetry. The story is heartwarming, and the poetry is so apt. It was a magical read. Never felt so light when I reached The End—a recommended read.

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

And the final author today is Elizabeth Merry with a review for her recently released collection of short stories – We All Die in the End: Scenes from a Small Town.

About the collection

This is a diverse collection of interlinked stories set in a small, seaside town in Ireland. Some of them verge on the macabre; others deal with abusive relationships and many of them are grim. But there is humour here too – although it is dark humour:

“SADIE said nothing. She trimmed the fat off the kidneys and the liver, her fingers curling away from the soft, red slither and she held her breath against the faint smell of blood.”

“So, I watched Lydia and waited for some bloody nuisance of a child to come screeching after her but no child came. Well, that didn’t make any sense but then Lydia stopped and I saw her speak to the doll. Oho, ARTHUR, I said to myself and I threw down the cigarette. Oho, I said, what’s this? What have we here?”

“ANDY felt the unhappiness grow in his chest again. It was heavy and he fought against it. No, he said to himself. No. He held his arms up and out in front of him and made soft, crooning, engine noises.”

“ROSEMARY always made Dominic wait outside the door until she was in the bed. He could feel the slackness in her thighs and arms; he didn’t have to look at it as well. ‘Come in,’ she called when she was ready. Dominic bounced into the room half-undressed and dropped his shoes. ‘Wait now,’ he said, and brought in a bottle of red wine and two glasses.”

This is just a flavour of the great characters who people this small town, where everyone knows their neighbours, and everyone else!

One of the recent reviews for the book:

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Polished Writing, mesmerizing stories  Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020

This collection of loosely-connected vignettes offers glimpses into the lives of nineteen different residents in a small, seaside Irish town. For the most part, the stories are grim, the characters ranging from slightly off kilter to severely struggling. There are tidbits of humor and kindness here and there, but those are few and far between.

The writing is polished, and the characters are deeply rendered and distinct. My overall impression was that the characters are trapped in their lives, contributing to a sense of despair, sadness, madness, and violence. Despite the bleakness of the situations, the read is mesmerizing. Each story is unique. Highly recommended to short story readers and readers of literary fiction.

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

Connect to Elizabeth: Author Page: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –  Follow Elizabeth: Goodreads Blog: Embookstuff WordPress – Twitter: @ElizabethMerry1

 

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

62 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Author Updates New #Release – Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Reviews – Poetry M.J. Mallon, Shortstories Elizabeth Merry

  1. What great spotlights, Sally. I love Craig’s work, but I’ve yet to read Elizabeth Merry or M.J. Mallon. I must get busy!! Thank you for the inspiration! 😊

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  2. Congrats to Craig, MJ and Elizabeth for the lovely reviews! Wishing them all much success with their books. Stay safe & well all. Thank you for sharing these authors and their books, Sal. 💕😘🤗

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  3. Wonderful to see Craig’s book featured here today with two other very diverse authors, Sally. I’m hoping to start Mrs. Molony tomorrow night, as my Halloween read. (I figure this year’s vampire is going to be VERY different from any of my past vampity books. 😀 ) Congratulations to Craig, Marje, and Elizabeth for such great reviews. Here’s wishing them all huge success with their books!

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  4. How nice to see my review of Mrs. Molony show up here. I loved that story, and hope many others discover and enjoy it too.
    Wishing the best to all three authors. High fives all around on their great reviews!

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