Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #YA D.L. Finn, #Shortstories Mandy Haynes, #Vampires Susanne Leist

Since the last series of meet the authors in June last year another 25 authors have joined the Cafe and Bookstore. This is an opportunity to get to know them and their books a little better. I will also include their blog social media links and it would be great if you could follow them there too.

Meet D.L. Finn

D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her.

A selection of  books by D.L. Finn

A recent review for Dolphin’s Cave

Cathleen Townsend5.0 out of 5 stars A YA coming of age story that should appeal to fans of teen fantasy adventures  Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021

Coral has always wanted to go to Hawaii, ever since her parents died there when she was only a kid. A recurring dream has visited her every night since—she rides a dolphin to an underwater cave. Only there will she find the answers she seeks about her parents’ death. But she always wakes up before she discovers what really happened.

Shortly before her sixteenth birthday, she’s thrilled to learn her aunt and some friends are taking her to Hawaii for Christmas. Coral loves the ocean, and she doesn’t get to see it very often, living as she does in a desert near Reno, Nevada.

But once they arrive in Hawaii, disquieting events steal some of her joy. Her aunt has met a new guy—nothing wrong with that—but this one seems to be nothing but a weasel. When Coral’s aunt nearly gets run over in the street, he merely stands there and watches. And everywhere they go, people seem to be taking their picture. Not just catching them in group photos, but specifically shooting photos of them, as if they were celebrities or something.

But then matters turn dangerous. Her aunt is hospitalized, the result of a near-fatal car crash. Coral can’t afford to ignore all the strange things going on anymore, or some of them may never make it home…

Dolphin’s Cave is a YA coming-of-age story that should appeal to fans of teen adventures, especially ones who love dolphins.  

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Finn: Goodreads – Connect to D.L. Finn – Website: D.L. Finn Author – Facebook: D.L. Finn Author – Twitter: @dlfinnauthor

Meet Mandy Haynes

Mandy Haynes has spent hours on barstools, at backstage venues, and riding in vans listening to some of the best songwriters and storytellers in Nashville, Tennessee. She now lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida with her three dogs, one turtle, and a grateful liver. Her first collection, Walking the Wrong Way Home was a finalist for the Tartt Fiction Award, and selected as a bonus pick for The Pulpwood Queens’ 2020 Reading List

Books by Mandy Haynes

One of the recent reviews for Sharp As A Serpent’s Tooth

D.M. Birt 5.0 out of 5 stars A song to the South!  Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2021

Sharp as a Serpent’s Tooth’ is an exceptional collection of short stories that bleeds the authenticity of the South. The strong, yet damaged characters that Ms. Haynes has created~ what they stand for, and what they will not, is as entertaining and meaningful as the day is long..

With it’s hypnotic descriptions, to it’s down and dirty, you’ll be caught-up in the lives of Eva, Cordelia, Laurel, Junebug, and more, as they lead you on an emotional journey that immerses as you find yourself having a good cry, a few chuckles, and feeling as nervous as a cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs~ now that’s what I call a great read!

The author has hit on every single element of being a great story-teller by allowing the reader to “feel” what the characters are feeling. Written with wisdom, charm and passion, you will be hard-pressed to find a collection such as this, elsewhere. It’s unique, messy, and real with a splash of sweet. As ‘Sharp as a Serpent’s Tooth’ leads you down the crusty, and dusty back roads of the southern landscape, with its desperation, bravery, revenge and hope, you’ll quickly realize what a true gem this is, through and through!

I thank Ms. Haynes in her deciding to bring these stories to life! Through her talent and her voice, she gifts to the reader a song to the south that will have you cheering, and cursin’ in all the right places~ and most certainly, wanting more. I highly recommend this collection and happily give a 5+ Star rating! 

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Mandy: Goodreads – Blog/Website: Mandy Haynes – Facebook: Mandy Haynes – Twitter: @MandyHaynes

Meet Susanne Leist

I have always loved to read. Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean, Robert Ludlum, and many other authors filled my young imagination with intrigue and mystery. When I wasn’t reading late into the night, the TV shows–Murder She Wrote and Columbo–entertained me with murder and suspense tales.

Over the years, my taste in TV expanded to include such shows as Supernatural and The Originals. I searched for paranormal, murder mysteries, but found few at the library or bookstore. So, I wrote one.

The Dead Game, Book One of The Dead Game series, brings fantasy and surrealism to the classic murder mystery with dead bodies, suspects, and clues. It offers vampires, vampire derivatives, and a touch of romance to spice the motley mix.

The story continues in Book Two, Prey for The Dead, as The Dead vampires use an exclusive club in Disney World to infiltrate the rich and famous. As The Dead grow in power, not even the bright sunshine of Florida can weaken them. Linda and her friends join forces with human vampires–known as hybrids–to defeat the evil threatening to control Oasis. A masquerade ball and a romp through the tunnels beneath the town lead to a showdown in southern Florida’s swamps.

The Dead At Heart is Shana’s love story. Will her love for William strengthen, or will Sam lead her on a different path? At Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, Shana and her fearless friends fight for Oasis and their lives.

A career in writing has been a big leap for me. Accustomed to the number-crunching field of budgeting and the hectic commodity markets, I left my first career and M.B.A. in Finance behind to pursue my dream. I do not regret my foray into literature for one moment. Fellow authors helped me make my way through the competitive field. I write every day and even tried my hand at poetry. If someone tells you it’s too late in life to try something different, they are wrong. It is never too late to follow your heart.

Books by Susanne Leist

One of the recent reviews for The Dead at Heart

Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2021

The Dead at Heart by Suzanne Leist is the third installment of this cleverly crafted supernatural series. Fans of the author are acquainted with her parallel universes in which mortals and nocturnal creatures live side by side in a fragile existence. In this episode, the vampire stronghold of Oasis finds itself under attack by mysterious forces. Sheriff Sam sets out in pursuit of the werewolf team that kidnapped the lady of the estate. He asks Shana for assistance as her beloved William is suspected of complicity. She accompanies him on a hair-raising chase from the swamps of Florida to the historic city of Quebec. Shana’s loyalty to William is compromised yet she has no choice to continue the pursuit with Linda’s safety at risk.

The plot thickens as the Watchers, represented by Samantha and the Archangels, intercede with the intent of ending a potential conspiracy among a contingency of rogue vampires. Shana realizes that William may be condemned by the Watchers, yet dares not hamper the search as Linda’s fiance Gregg has joined forces with Sheriff Sam. They soon learn that an autoimmune virus has infected the outlaws and caused their insurgency. Proclaimed as the Dead by their fellow vampires, Shana fears the worst. Can she help rescue Linda from the damned and save William in the process?

This is a Gothic suspense/thriller that remains true to the vampire mythology while exploring fresh storylines and plot twists guaranteed to keep readers enthralled throughout. For vampire genre enthusiasts and romantic horror fans alike, The Dead at Heart by Suzanne Leist is one you won’t want to miss.  

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK –Follow Susanne: Goodreads – Nook: Susanne Leistwebsite:Susanne Leist –Blog: Susanne Leist at WordPress – Twitter: @SusanneLeist


Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… thanks Sally.



53 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #YA D.L. Finn, #Shortstories Mandy Haynes, #Vampires Susanne Leist

  1. Another great round up of authors, Sally. I’ve read several of Denise’s books and have enjoyed them all. Thank you for the introductions to all the authors gathered here today. Happy Easter!

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  2. Another very interesting collection. I want to know what was behind Coral’s parents’ car accident. Why is she suddenly being considered a celebrity in Hawaii?
    Sharp as a Serpent’s teeth also sounds very interesting as a collection of several stories. I’ve always been interested in vampires anyway. 😉 I have apparently related relationships, at least in the direction of Transylvania. Lol
    Will have to choose which one first, but i think the order does not matter. Thank you, Sally! Best wishes for a silent and happy Easter Monday! Michael

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  3. Thank you, Sally for having Dolphin’s Cave here today! I enjoyed Suzanne’s books, and I’m happy to meet Mandy here!
    Sending lots of hugs xo

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