Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz, #Relationships Stevie Turner

Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair where I will be featuring all the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore that would make great gifts for family and friends.

The first author today is USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar with her latest romance release Perfectly Imperfect.

About the book

What happens when Miss Perfection clashes with Mr. Casual?
Chaos!

Georgina’s in trouble. The startup money she borrowed from her parents’ retirement fund is long gone and her dream of owning the next big thing in market-to-table cuisine disappeared with it.
Her only choice? Merge her company into the corporate giant, CLO, and hope she isn’t making a huge mistake.

Rhys Turner is his father’s progeny, born and raised to take over the empire when his dad deems him ready. Rhys doesn’t mind the fast-paced lifestyle, though he detests the coldblooded mantra of the corporation- Buy from the weak and sell at a profit.
It’s made his family millions. But now, just when CLO’s reins are within reach, he’s run into the one woman who could change everything.

A delightful mixture of women’s fiction, chick-lit, romantic comedy, and New adult, Perfectly Imperfect has something for every reader.

One of the recent reviews for the book

BBSROO 5.0 out of 5 stars Good little read  Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2020

Perfectly Imperfect by Jacquie Biggar is what every reader needs right now – full of fun, full of love, full of honesty, and full of OH MY! This book would be a great break in the monotony of the latest bestsellers – full of drama, seriousness, and more drama – for a book club, or any group of friends in their mid-20s (and up) to read.

Anyone, male or female, who has been on the dating scene has been where Georgina and Rhys, Biggar’s main characters, are in their lives right now. She is uptight and tries to be a superwoman, and he, well, he is everything she is not. And thanks to Biggar’s seemingly effortless skill as a storyteller, they discover that being opposite might be just what the proverbial doctor ordered for them.

Georgina needs help. So, her business comes under the umbrella of Rhys’ dad’s company – a bigger corporation. She sees Rhys as reckless; he sees Georgina as uppity. Until… Isn’t there always an ‘until?’ And Biggar does the ‘until’ moment well and turns this into her own, unique tale with the use of the first-person narrative.

I noticed some – not a lot – but some resemblance to my favorite movie, ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ You know the story – Kathleen Kelly, played by Meg Ryan, and Joe Fox, played by Tom Hanks, are total polar opposites, forced together thanks to business, and they end up happily ever after. Best story ever thanks to the comedic timing of the tale brought to life by Hanks and Ryan. Biggar does that with her two characters – expertly putting each piece of the tale in just the right order to make the reader love it, and want more.

Georgina and Rhys sitting in a tree … k-i-s-s-i-n-g … I am calling for a sequel!

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

A small selection of Jacquie’s books

Read the reviews and buy the books:  Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Jacquie : Goodreads – website: Jacquie Biggar – Twitter: @jacqbiggar

Now something for fantasy lovers… The Ballad of Mrs. Molony (The Hat Book 3) by C.S. Boyack

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

Lizzie and the Hat are back in another high octane action-adventure! This time, the pair and their band have infiltrated the country-western music scene in search of a group of vampires who’ve captured a young woman to satisfy their thirst for blood.

The missing girl’s brother approaches Lizzie and the Hat asking for help because his sister is missing… there’s only one problem. He’s a vampire! To make matters worse; he has an uncontrollable lisp, pronouncing his name as Kuvun (Kevin). The Hat is ready to stake the poor guy because, well, you know, they kill vamps. But Lizzie is kindhearted. She wants to help save Kevin’s sister from the blood thirsty vamps.

Now, I know what you’re thinking… what’s wrong with being a vampire? Right?

Well, there’s a lot wrong with being a vampire. A quick trip back to the cabin leads the musical duo to Lizzie’s ancestors’ unique stash of “monster busting” equipment. The Hat explains the mystique behind Mrs. Molony and how to use it since silver bullets won’t kill a monster. To kill a monster, you either have to behead them, burn them, or stake them! Now, Lizzie and the Hat are ready for anything! Or are they?

Lizzie, the Hat, and their band jump into the county music scene hanging out with the cowboy crowd at the rodeo where the vampires that took Kevin’s sister were last seen. There’s plenty of hilarious banter between Lizzie and the Hat to keep you chuckling long into the night. The race is on to save Kevin’s sister before it’s too late.

Boyack’s strengths lay in his smooth storytelling and the dialogue between the characters. In the age of Marvel Comics, everyone loves a talented team, and Lizzie and the Hat are hilarious together. I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next.

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

A selection of other books by C.S. Boyack

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and :Amazon UK – Follow Craig: Goodreads – blog:Cold Hand BoyackTwitter: @Virgilante

And for another Fantasy series here is author Charles E. Yallowitz with a recent review for Ravenous (War of Nytefall Book 5)

About the book

In the shadows of Windemere, fangs are sprouting from the least likely of maws.

News is spreading that wild beasts with vampiric natures have been attacking mortals and carrying off random victims. With the Dawn Fangs still a secret from mortal society, Clyde fears that these strange creatures will reveal his peoples’ existence before they are ready. Old enemies and trusted friends begin to disappear as the investigation goes deeper into a business that has been lurking in the shadows of Windemere for decades. Those who return are beholden to a new master whose cunning is matched only by her primal desires. As his allies disappear, Clyde is left with the one he trusts the most in all of the world to help him solve this mystery. Too bad Mab has her own secret that can cause more damage to Nytefall than any vampiric beast.

Is this how the Dawn Fangs will be revealed to Windemere?

One of the recent reviews for the book

N. N. Light VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars If you love slasher films, you’ll love this!  Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020

The saga of the Dawn Fangs continues and this time, Clyde fears the end may be near. Rumors are spreading of vampire-like creatures biting mortals. The more Clyde investigates, the more he realizes there’s a new enemy to defeat but this enemy is crafty with a new utopia plan for the world. It becomes clear to Clyde his allies are siding with this new enemy and he’s running out of options. Is Clyde and the Dawn Fangs ready to be revealed to the mortal realm or is this finally the end for his kingdom?

War of Nytefall: Ravenous is a gritty vampire horror story. When I say gritty, I’m talking about both the plot and the action. Charles E. Yallowitz doesn’t just emote Clive Barker, he invokes his writing style as well. Rich in description with provocative plot twists I didn’t see coming, I found myself whipping through the pages. A slow unraveling of the plot had me wondering where the story was headed but that speaks to his Barker-like narration. The world-building is spot-on with a world I’m familiar with yet surprising with characters and vampire lore new to me. If you’re a slasher film fan, this is a must-read for you. If you’re a Clive Barker fan, this is a must-read for you

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A small selection of books by Charles Yallowitz

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US –  and:Amazon UK –  follow Charles : Goodreads –  Blog: Legends of Windemere BlogTwitter: @cyallowitz

The final author today is Stevie Turner with a novel that explores an often complex relationship, The Daughter-in-Law Syndrome

About the book

The Daughter-in-law Syndrome investigates the complicated relationship causing much friction between Grandmother Edna Deane and her daughter-in-law Arla. In addition it focuses on the sometimes tumultuous partnership between Arla and her husband Ric.

Arla Deane sometimes likens her marriage to undergoing daily psychological warfare. Husband Ric will never voice an opinion, and puts his mother Edna up high on a pedestal. Arla is sick of always feeling that she comes in at only second best to her mother-in-law, who much to Arla’s fury is never told anything by Ric or his sisters that she would not want to hear.

This novel explores the husband/wife, mother/son, and mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships. After twenty eight years of marriage, Arla, the daughter-in-law, is at the end of her tether and persuades a reluctant Ric to accompany her for marriage guidance. As they look back over their lives with Counsellor Toni Beecher, Arla slowly comes to realise her own failings, and eventually discovers the long-hidden reason why Ric will never utter a cross word to his mother.

Also, adding to Arla’s stress is the fact that her son Stuart will soon be marrying Ria, a girl whom Arla feels is just looking for a free ride. Arla is convinced that Ria will be no asset to Stuart at all; her new daughter-in-law just wants to be a mother and has no intention of ever working again once the babies start to arrive. After visiting Stuart and Ria for Sunday lunch, Arla is convinced that her son is making the biggest mistake of his life…..

A recent review for The Daughter-in-law Syndrome

Shhhh  5.0 out of 5 stars In-law blues  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 July 2020

The cover made me chuckle a bit… is this a self-help book for quarrelling in-laws? The Daughter-in-law Syndrome is a women’s fiction novel about Arla and her husband Ric. Sick of playing second-fiddle to Ric’s family Arla suggests marriage guidance counselling. The story unfolds with each appointment, I was invested in this because marriage guidance must be a very tricky job. The characters were brilliant. Ric is a people pleaser- but he has his reasons. Arla is spikey and disappointed in life but becomes less so as the book progresses. Arla herself becomes a mother-in-law and the same thing happens again! As for Grandmother Edna, blimey what we have here is a master manipulator. Actually, Arla had a bit of luck thrown in to provide a beautiful resolution to the story. Bravery was employed by the characters, proving there is nothing wrong with saying how you feel. Back to my original point, this is fiction, the cover is fitting and this book will probably make you feel better if you’ve got the in-law blues.

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

A selection of books by Stevie Turner

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Stevie : Goodreads  blog: Stevie Turner on WordPress – Twitter: @StevieTurner6

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some gifts to share.. thanks Sally.

63 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz, #Relationships Stevie Turner

  1. Wonderful to see Craig Boyack here as part of this great selection of authors, Sally! I’ll be following this whole series as I can, and enjoyed reading more about each of these writers today! Great post! 🙂

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