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 V.M Sang
Vivienne Sang was born in Northwich, Cheshire in the United Kingdom. She was educated at Northwich Girls’ Grammar School and at Elizabeth Gaskell Teacher Training College in Manchester. She taught Science, Maths and English in Salford and Heywood, Lancashire until she had her first child.
After staying at home to bring up her two children, a girl and a boy, Vivienne returned to teaching when her son started school. At this time, the family lived near Southampton, but moved to Redhill in Surrey where she taught in Croydon.
When she took early retirement in 2001 Vivienne moved with her husband to East Sussex.
As well as writing and reading, Vivienne enjoys many crafts and also paints. She enjoys cooking and walking on the Downs as well as cycling.
Vivienne enjoys travelling and has visited many countries in Europe and has made two visits to the USA.
A selection of books by V.M. Sang
One of the recent reviews for Vengeance of a Slave
Vengeance of a Slave by V.M. Sang highlights historical atrocities of Romans who snatched away children from their parents to enslave them. Adelbhert is six years old and his sister just four when they are sold to a rich merchant. Adelbhert could never forget the trauma and nurses the desire of wreaking vengeance. Every night before closing his eyes to sleep, he chants: “I hate the Romans…” He keeps repeating the reasons of his hatred and grows up with the resolve to plan his revenge. How far does he trek on this arduous journey? Is he happy with stooping down to their level?
Written in a simple and straight-forward style, the pace of this book is better than usual historical fiction and keeps you captivated with new developments. The characters are realistic and the settings give you a vivid glimpse of those times. Adelbhert grows up into a kind and responsible young man, wins some good friends and learns to handle the challenges of life.
Sang conveys some subtle but profound messages to youngsters: all people are not alike and it is unfair to accuse all the countrymen for the cruelties of few persons. There are some benevolent persons in every community; hatred disturbs our inner peace and leads us into darker alleys. The story ends well and I liked it
Meet Barbara Spencer
In 1967, Barbara Spencer hi-tailed it to the West Indies to watch cricket, the precursor to a highly colourful career spanning three continents, in which she was caught up in riots, wars, and choosing Miss World.
A regular visitor to both primary and secondary schools, in 2010, the publication of Running, a Y/A thriller, took Barbara countrywide, her travels eliciting a series of Blogs and short stories which were published in 2017 as Age and the Antique Sideboard. This marked her retirement from writing, since when Barbara has written several books for an older audience.
The first of these, The Year the Swans Came, a magical fairytale for adults/top teens, was published at the end of 2018.
Latest release March 2021 – The Drumming of Heels (Trilogy, The Children of Zeus Book 3)
About the book
1944 approaches and Europe is haemorrhaging under the yoke of their oppressors. Of the three children who survived the massacre, only two remain. Yöst has given his own life to rescue Rico, the boy he loved, and Maestro the musician and, in so doing, has bought himself immortality as people tell stories of the angel who gave them hope. Now it is up to Zande and Tatania to face both the majesty and complexity of the carinatae life – or will they renege, as did Albert Meijer, and choose a human life instead?
A selection of other books by Barbara Spencer
One of the recent reviews for The Year the Swans Came
What I most enjoyed about Barbara Spencer’s novel was the beautiful descriptions and the warm family scenes she created in a post-war city, which I presumed to be Amsterdam. With hints of the past occupation but a determination to carry on and try to forget about the past, it was still evident that the scars of the past were not quite healed. I kept thinking I must pass this on to my Dutch friend, who grew up in a Dutch town and now lives close to the Anna Frank house. I think she’ll love it for the memories it would evoke. I have walked along those streets and canals many times and so I felt close to the family. I could picture the father working down in his basement, making mirrors. There was a hint of mystery about the past, particularly about the main protagonist’s brother who returned to the family home after a long absence. This made me curious. What was going on here? And who were these beautiful young men who were in love with Maidy’s best friend, Ruth. There’s a tale of love, sadness and betrayal, wrapped in beautiful prose and a lingering mystery throughout. I honestly didn’t see the ending coming until the final couple of chapters. I am reminded of a similar bit of folklore involving swans and one of the lakes near where I grew up in Ireland.
Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Barbara: Goodreads – Connect to Barbara Spencer: Blog: Barbara Spencer Author – Twitter: @BarbaraSpencerO – Facebook: Barbara Spencer Author – Facebook: Barbara Spencer
Meet J.Q. Rose
Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.” She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her mystery novels. Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information with articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines.
Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.
A selection of books by J.Q. Rose
One of the recent reviews for Arranging a Dream
J. Q. Rose’s husband had a full-time job and grew plants in a greenhouse in his spare time. He dreamt of his ‘green fingers’ earning his living. Although it meant leaving their families behind, with J.Q.Rose’s encouragement and enthusiasm he resigned, and they bought what is now described as a garden centre, with greenhouses and a florist shop. They moved far from family and friends to Missouri with their baby girl. With help from the previous owners, and many ups and downs they learnt how to manage their enterprise. Guilt over childcare for their daughter warred with how much the young mother enjoyed her fulltime job managing the shop.
In J.Q’s autobiography she describes being a mother, a housewife, a working woman and, with her husband arranging their dream.
I really like the author’s vibrant voice which kept me turning the pages when I read about their mistakes, the bitterly cold Missouri winters, and how to capitalise on weddings, and important days for their business, for example, Easter, and Mother’s Day.
I recommend this inspirational book which lingers in my mind after I reached the end.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will check out the books by these newcomers to the Cafe and Bookstore.. thanks Sally.