Welcome to the first edition of the Cafe and Bookstore this week with two new releases and a review for authors on the shelves.
The first author with a new release is Richard Dee with another adventure for the intrepid Andorra Pett.. takes a break.
About the book
Just when she thought it was all over, there’s another adventure for space sleuth Andorra Pett.
Yearning for peace and quiet with her partner, Derek, Andorra heads home to the space mine off Saturn. It’s been a while since she left, she wants to be among her friends again.
Despite her good intentions, she soon gets dragged into station politics, so it’s a relief when the chance of a holiday comes up.
All she has to do is give a speech on the maiden voyage of the Solar Breeze, a new type of cruise ship. A voyage around the solar system will soon be the must-have vacation.
Andorra will be one of the first to try it, along with the great and the good.
But nothing is ever simple in Andorra’s life. Things get serious when the Solar Breeze is hijacked by eco-terrorists. They want an end to the dumping of rubbish on Mars.
Or else! Andorra’s trip on the Solar Breeze might just be the voyage of a lifetime.
A small selection of other books by Richard Dee
One of the reviews for first book in the series Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café:
Andorra and her best friend Cy are fabulous as the lead characters in this entertaining science fiction mystery story that takes place on a space station operating on the rings of Saturn. Dee writes with a natural and relaxed style, infused with humour and observant insight into human behaviour and responses.
The story itself is well-crafted, immersing the reader in the station’s community and keeping them guessing with well-executed twists and clever diversions woven seamlessly into the plot. The world building is original and complex, opening the reader’s imagination to the vast possibilities of life beyond our own world.
The cast of characters and their individual personalities, quirks and motivations remind the reader that people are the same wherever you go, which is why the premise and assumptions of the story work so well. This is a most enjoyable read that will appeal to lovers of sci-fi and murder mysteries alike.
The next author with a new release is Teagan Riordain Geneviene with the first book in a fantasy serial Dead of Winter- Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
About the book
Dead of Winter takes place in a fantasy world that resembles some countries in the past of our own world. In this monthly series we travel through many lands, each with a distinct culture. The adventure begins in the Flowing Lands at Forlorn Peak.The Brethren are fanatics who gradually took over the Flowing Lands. They say all beliefs but theirs are heresy. Women are little more than property. Emlyn is only twelve, but to the Brethren she is an abomination. Why? She can see ghosts and other things. That’s a secret she can admit only to her teacher, Osabide.The stronger Emlyn’s ability gets, the harder it is for her to hide it. Now she has also gotten a supernatural warning that she knows is not about the weather, “Winter is coming!”
One of the early reviews for the book
This story will unfold in monthly installments (Journeys), and in this first novelette, the author introduces the reader to the fantasy world, to the main protagonist, Emlyn, and to a few secondary characters who impact her life. I read this Journey in less than an hour.
Emlyn lives with her father and sister in a rural village where the culture is patriarchal and restrictive, with women bearing the brunt of the harsh control. This doesn’t bode well for Emlyn who has the ability to see ghosts. Osabide, Emlyn’s elderly teacher and a wise woman reminds her not to share knowledge of her gifts with anyone, because her strange skill could cost her everything, including her life.
The story is told from Emlyn’s point of view, and the reader gets glimpses of her encounters with ghosts as well as a mysterious white wolf. The novelette raises questions, and there are teasers galore, including an underlying sense of danger. An excellent start to an epic tale, recommended to readers who enjoy fantasies and want to try a different sort of reading experience. I’m looking forward to the next Journey.
A selection of other books by Teagan
Now for a recent review for Sue Vincent and the small black dog Ani...and their Christmas themed observations, verse and anecdotes Pass the Turkey
About the book
It is almost Christmas and things are not looking good for the Small Dog. There are too many Santas, too few tennis balls and not enough snow. To make matters worse, her two-legs says there is no room for a Christmas Tree in their new home and there isn’t even a chimney!In a bid to save Christmas, the Small Dog decides to write to Santa. Every day. Join Ani as she tells Santa about her days, explores what Christmas means to her and asks him some very awkward questions…A seasonal collection of verse, humour and anecdotes from the inimitable Small Dog.
A recent review for the book
A delightful selection of musings, memories, poems, and letters to Santa from the author’s dog, Ani. You’ve never read a holiday story quite like this one as Sue Vincent gets inside Ani’s head and cuts loose! Numerous photos add much to the book’s charm and make you wish you had a dog like Ani for yourself, minus a few naughty quirks. A feel-good, laugh out loud look at Christmas you’ll never forget. Highly recommended!
A small selection of other books by Sue Vincent