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 Sian Turner
I am a UK author based in East Sussex and am a long-standing member of Shorelink Writers. My first two novels were historical fiction stories, but I now write contemporary novels about heroines dragged into mysterious and chaotic predicaments by various kinds of paranormal ‘super-powers’.
A selection of books by Sian Turner
A recent review for Sweet Erin
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2021
Already from the first page, you can tell that Sian Turner knows how to paint colourful, engaging characters that stick to the reader’s mind and entices you to read in. Sweet Erin Fitzwilliam Beaumont (and what a lovely name at that) is a highly likeable and relatable character who reminded me very much myself at that vulnerable age : her fears for running into local school bully Monica, her social anxiety around making friends, the safety and security she finds the mysterious, seemingly imaginary friend Carys, and her concerns for her mother’s health – all these things resonated with me. Not to mention, Turner has probably invented the most unique snack craving I’ve ever come across in Erin’s squashed sugar sandwiches . Layer upon layer of character portrayal is unfolded until the very final denouement, which is skilfully kept hidden until the very end.
If you enjoy portrayals of childhood life with a historical element, Sweet Erin is the novel for you.
Meet P.L. Stuart
P.L. Stuart lives in Chatham, Ontario, with his wife, Debbie. A Drowned Kingdom is the first novel in The Drowned Kingdom Saga.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 April 2021
Othrun narrates the story; he is the second prince of the island Atalantyx, Son of king Atalan (The Falcon). In the first quarter of the novel, Othrun emerges as a devout yet somewhat hollow, superior chauvinist. I immediately had expectations that he would quickly transform because the novel presents from Othruns opinionated narrative. The reader gets drawn into a bitter sibling rivalry and dogmatic intrigue. Othruns disdain for his brother, the first prince Erthal, and Erthals new wife Dira, who he described in single-minded terms of her pagan ability to bewitch Erthal and persuade him to convert to pagan; therefore, this travesty would bring about the downfall of the kingdom!
Everything the prejudiced Othrun holds sacred he sees tarnished by Erthal, and an irreconcilable wedge stands between the Princes. Othrun takes drastic action not only against Erthal but his father, king Atalan. An epiphany led step by Othrun ultimately saves him and his armies lives and sets them on a new course. However, one wonders if Othrun is standing on the precipice of madness!
Rivalries, radical power plays and an absorbing magic structure in the hands of mesmerising all-female mages, Labyrinthine caves, a cursed sword, even the cruelty of the elements play their part, all driving the story and leading Othrun to question his faith. Some enthralling battle scenes ensue, yet the depth of character remains moving so much that each action segment is delivered packed with knuckle-biting stakes.
For a debut novel, the world building architecture is created in dazzling detail, transporting us into a faraway realm of magic and thrilling adventure. The writing is wonderfully descriptive and splendidly detailed. Much of the dialogue itself keeps you utterly captivated. You are constantly absorbing nougats of information that endear you to the characters and infuse your mind with vivid imagery. The presentation of historical detail, succession, tradition, politics all weaved through the eyes of Othrun. Full marks awarded for superb engaging prose. An epic fantasy in every sense.
Meet Ailish Sinclair
Ailish Sinclair trained as a dancer and taught dance for many years, before working in schools to help children with special needs. A short stint as a housekeeper in a castle fired her already keen interest in untold stories of the past and she sat down to research and write.
She now lives beside a loch with her husband and two children where she still dances and writes and eats rather a lot of chocolate.
Books by Ailish Sinclair
One of the recent posts for Fireflies and Chocolate
The new novel written by Ailish Sinclair, Fireflies and Chocolate is set in the 1740s in Scotland and colonial Pennsylvania. Young Elizabeth Manteith tells her own story of boredom in a lonely castle replaced by a terrifying adventure on the high seas, leading to forced servitude in America. A spirited teenager, she survives the deprivation and threats on board ship due to her own determination to survive and the friendship of a young boy, Peter Williamson, who had also been abducted on the streets of Aberdeen.
The plot is based on the true story of 600 children and young people to whom this actually happened. If they managed to stay alive through the perilous journey, they then had to face being sold in a market without knowing where they would end up. Parted from Peter, Elizabeth is taken by an arrogant old woman to be a housekeeper for an invalid on a tobacco plantation. Not meeting her master for some time, there is a hint of, “the beauty and the beast”.
Finding some of the local community kind and helpful, Elizabeth sends letters to Scotland in hope of rescue, but her father is engaged in fighting with Bonnie Prince Charlie and her mother lies in bed under the influence of laudanum. Soon Elizabeth is actively involved with her new friends and finds some happiness, but she longs to find Peter and return to her home. Is this to be her future or will she spend her life in lonely drudgery?
This is a wonderful story of fortitude and kindness against a background of prejudice and misadventure. Ailish Sinclair writes vividly of carefully cooked food which sounds delicious and amazing scenery in the countryside. She entices you to engage with the heroine and believe in her values, with just a hint of magic.
Read the other reviews and buy the books:Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Other reviews :Goodreads – Website:Ailish Sinclair – Twitter: @AilishSinclair – Facebook: Ailish Sinclair Author – LinkedIn: Ailish Sinclair
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… thanks Sally.