Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.
Congratulations to Cathy Cade on the recent release of The Godmother.
About the book
Euphemia Ffinch, godmother to Lucinda Eleanor, has been travelling since she retired as nanny to the Regalian royal family.
Buttons the dog has lived in the basement with Cindy since his master died, while her stepmother and stepsisters live upstairs and treat her as a servant.
Prince Alfred of Regalia is dreading his birthday ball; his stutter gets worse in company and the daughters of the nobility look down on him. They are all taller than he is. He’d rather invite the girl he met online.
Euphemia learns that Cindy’s father has died. Her intuition tells her she is needed back in Regalia, but someone is trying to stop her.
Also by Cathy Cade
A recent review for Witch Way
Cathy is an excellent writer. The well written short stories and poetry in this book are varied and eclectic, the product of a wonderfully fertile imagination.
My favourite but only just, is probably Witch Way, I loved it from the moment of my first reading and have reread it several times.
The next author today is Geoff Le Pard with a recent review for The Sincerest Form of Poetry
About the collection
An anthology of poems, inspired by the top 100 British poems and a love of sonnets
One of the early reviews
This is a cleverly done first collection of poetry which uses well-known poems as an inspiration point and then gives them the Geoff Le Pard Treatment! It begins with a short introduction about his ‘urge to write poetry,’ inspired by his father, Desmond Le Pard, who was also a poet.
The Sincerest Form of Poetry pays tribute to and jokingly rewrites the words of a wonderful array of poets and even the Bard, Shakespeare himself! If you have ever met Geoff, (either virtually or in person,) you’ll know that he can get away with this! He is entertaining, amusing and has a wonderful way with words, .
In The Sincerest Form of Poetry nothing is off limits, toilet humour included. The first poem The Relief of Waterloo (After The Listeners, Walter de la Mare,) praises the public toilet and an urgent need to use it! We’ve all been there and can relate to that!
Here are just some of my favourite poems in the collection:
- Dog at Leisure (Leisure, William Henry Davies.)
- How Do I Love You? (Sonnets From Elizabeth Barrett Browning.)
- Contradicting The Curmudgeon (This be the verse, Philip Larkin)
- Mrs Patterson (Allan Ahlberg: Please Mrs. Butler)
- The Inner Musings of Clouds (Daffodils, William Wordsworth)
- Plus these wonderful sonnets, some of which are on more serious, or heartfelt topics:
- Hand me Down, Global Warming, and Trick or Treat.
And so many others… rather than list them all, save me a huge job and get yourself a copy!
Also by Geoff Le Pard
The next author with a recent review is Richard Dee for his latest book The Hitman and the Thief.
About the book
Assassination can be a messy business, especially if you’re having a bad day.
Dan Jones is the ultimate problem solver, the hitman for crime boss Fliss Bauer.
Fliss has a rival, Kalindra Dallin. She runs a particularly unpleasant planet. Dan is told to arrange her demise. It’s just another job; until a random event means that it all goes horribly wrong.
To save his skin, Dan is forced to try again, only this time he has to work with a partner. He doesn’t want to but it’s the only chance he’s going to get; if he wants to put things right.
Can the hitman and the thief get the job done, more importantly, can they keep each other alive?
One of the recent reviews for the book
I have been a fan of Richard Dee for many years. His sci-fi writing, particularly when describing space travel is very realistic and he uses his knowledge of the living and working on ships as a spring board for his writing. This is one of the things that sets him apart from other writers. Another is his ability to world build, creating realistic worlds for the reader to explore.
The Hitman and the Thief is a fast paced story with lots of action and intrigue.
Dan is an ex-veteran turned hitman/ enforcer but people are starting to wonder if he’s past his best. A dangerous thing in his line of work. He is determined to make a success of his latest hit but it all goes wrong when he meets the thief and he is left to pick up the pieces or pay the consequences….
I throughly enjoyed the pace and action in this book and recommend it to lovers of crime, thrillers, and sci-if!
A small selection of other books by Richard Dee