Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #YA Matthew Keeley, #Psychological Joan Hall, Children’s Emiliya Ahmadova

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 Matthew Keeley

Writing and reading have been life-long passions for me. I studied English Literature and Film & TV Studies at the University of Glasgow and am currently a full-time secondary school English teacher.

I write both fiction (various genres) and non-fiction. My main focus is novel-writing and my debut science-fiction novel, Turning the Hourglass, was released by Black Rose Writing in 2019. I have also had short fiction published in various anthologies and magazines. In 2019 I also won the National Trust Scotland Morton Writing Competition in the Scots category for my story ‘In Ma Heid’ and in 2020 my personal essay ‘Clearing the Fog’ was chosen for inclusion in the Scottish Book Trust’s ‘Future’ anthology to celebrate Book Week Scotland.

My most recent novel, the coming-of-age story The Stone in My Pocket, was published by The Conrad Press in 2021.

Other interests include: cinema, theatre, yoga, vegan cooking, travelling, attending my book group and cat-adoration. I live in Glasgow with my cats: Luna, Matilda, Astrid and Loki.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Bklyn5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Novel  Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021

Incredible novel. Matthew Keely brought his protagonist Nathan to life in a manner that only the greatest writers can pull off. I was both fully immersed and invested in this story and am sitting here, Having just finished the novel, feeling so many beautiful things. I LOVE this novel and am sure you will, too.  

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK – Follow Matthew: Goodreads – Website: Matthew Keeley – Facebook:Matthew Keeley Writer – Twitter:@matthewjkeeley

Meet Joan Hall

Joan Hall has always enjoyed reading or listening to stories about inexplicable events, so it’s not surprising she writes mystery and romantic suspense. A lover of classic rock music, songs often serve as the inspiration for her books.

When she’s not writing, Joan likes to observe the night skies, explore old cemeteries, and learn about legends and folklore. She and her husband live in Texas with their two cats.

A selection of books by Joan Hall

One of the recent reviews for House of Sorrow

M. Meara 5.0 out of 5 stars The Past is Still With Us, and a Mystery Is Just Begging to be Solved!  Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2021

This story makes a perfect lead-in to the upcoming series, and I enjoyed every moment of the tale. There’s nothing like a trip down Memory Lane via someone else living through things that you clearly remember yourself, and for the most part, having the same reactions I had at the time. It was great seeing my past through Ruth’s eyes, and I will definitely be reading the Legends of Madeira when it comes out. Looking forward to finding out exactly what Ruth discovered in that old chest which changed the rest of her life so completely. Can’t wait! 🙂  

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Read other reviews and follow Joan: Goodreads – Website: Joan Hall – Blog: Joan Hall – BookBub: Joan Hall – Facebook: Joan Hall Writes – Twitter: @JoanHallWrites

Meet Emiliya Ahmadova

Although I was born and grew up in Azerbaijan, as a married woman I now live abroad. Because of this redirection in my life, I speak three languages: Azeri, Russian and English. As a believer, mother, author, motivational coach, and former scout and youth leader, my life is entirely governed by the necessity of believing in the possibility of everything. In applying myself to my family and working diligently on my career, I always ensure that God plays the central and key role in my life to avoid a mere existence.

My primary pursuit revolves around writing and helping people in the process by getting published: writing drives me forward by always creating texts from new ideas and thereby bringing a positive force into the lives of those surrounding me. As a writer by craft, I aim to treat subjects that not only spark and capture my readers’ interest, but also instruct by highlighting those issues that we humans confront on a daily basis by providing direction (often by the indirect to find direction out as Iago said in William Shakespeare’s Othello).

Books by Emiliya Ahmadova for adults and children

One of the reviews for My Twin Sister and Me

My Twin Sister and Me by Emiliya Ahmadove is set in Caracas, Venezuela, and told in the slightly formal tones of twelve-year-old twin Julieta. “My jaw almost dropped to the floor” she declares, describing how she found her father dying his beard, she assumes because his “misshapen body made him feel insecure, especially as my mother held an esteemed position as a manager.” Mother and daughters are blessed with good looks, though only Julieta suffers from freckles and twisted teeth. Meanwhile the blonde-headed older sister is described as “repulsive.”

Appearances matter in school of course, and bullies abound, making appearances matter even more. But Julieta is soon helping Fat Boy and, “cognizant of the negative consequences o arguments and name-calling,” threatening a bully with just what things she might reveal to his father (including stealing the teacher’s toilet paper). There’s a pleasing humor behind the formal tones, and pleasing wisdom in the advice.

This tale of teen angst, girls growing up, faith and Scouthood has a serious side, with a sick uncle, shortage of money, questions of faith in a good God when good people are ill, and the desire of a girl to be good. Black and white illustrations add convincing faces to the characters and enhance the old-world feeling of this very modern-world tale.

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… thanks Sally.



37 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #YA Matthew Keeley, #Psychological Joan Hall, Children’s Emiliya Ahmadova

  1. Reblogged this on Joan Hall and commented:
    Hey, everyone. I don’t usually post on the weekends, but wanted to let you know that I’m featured on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore today. Hope you’ll pop over and take a look.

    Liked by 2 people

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