Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Poetry M.J. Mallon, #Fantasy A.J. Alexander, #FamilySaga Judith Barrow

Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet M. J. Mallon

I am a diverse author who blogs at: M.J. Mallon. My interests include writing, poetry, photography, and alternative therapies. My favourite genres to write are: Fantasy YA, Paranormal, Ghost and Horror Stories and I love writing various forms of poetry and micro poetry – haiku and Tanka and flash fiction.

I am proud to be included in the best selling horror anthology Nightmareland which received best seller status with best-selling author Dan Alatorre at the helm.

It is one of my greatest pleasures to read and I have written over: One hundred book reviews

I write collaborative articles celebrating the spiritual realm and love of nature and all things magical, mystical, and mysterious. I am a member of two professional writing bodies: The Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators – SCBWI and Cambridge Writers.

Books by M.J. Mallon

One of the recent reviews for Lockdown Innit

Colleen M. Chesebro 5.0 out of 5 stars Covid Poetry You Will Relate to!  Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2021

“Lockdown Innit – Poems About Absurdity” is a collection of poetry about the third wave of lockdowns in the U.K. because of the Corona Virus pandemic. Seen through the eyes of poet and author M. J. Mallon, not everything is as it seems, and we should take nothing for granted.

The Coronavirus has brought much of the U.K. and Europe to their knees, while here in the U. S. they’ve taken a more lackadaisical approach to the pandemic. Mallon shares the trials and tribulations of her life in lockdown through her poetry.

Her poem, “The Face Mask Rolls” left me with the haunting image of a discarded mask rolling down the road, clearly, a metaphor for the despair this virus has wracked upon humanity.

This is a short, poignant collection that will forever remind us of a time when no one had control over their lives. A must-read! 

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK Website:M.J. Mallon – Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon

Meet Aurora Jean Alexander

I’m a fantasy author working on a paranormal romance series. The first book of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, ‘Soul Taker’ was published December 15, 2018.

I have written short stories and poetry in the past. Some of my poems can be read on my blog ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest.

My rare free time I’m spending in extreme reading, excessive pool swimming and playing monster-monopoly. My strongest support system are my sister, most of my family, my friends and my three cats.

Also by A.J. Alexander

One of the recent reviews for Bounty Hunter

Jasmin5.0 out of 5 stars Centriel‘s point of view  Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2021

Bounty Hunter is already the fourth book in the ‘The Council of Twelve’ series. While reading it, we meet not only the meanwhile quite familiar characters like Raphael, Katie, Sundance, Zepheira, and Uriel; we’re also introduced to Simin Arnatt. She not only turns Centriel’s head, but she also keeps a huge secret…

In this latest adventure, for the first time, Alexander wrote a big part of the story from the point of view of one of the Archangels, which I liked very much.

Of course, with Simin, we get to know another new, strong, interesting female character. But I also enjoyed very much how the author let us peek into Centriel’s life.

Bounty Hunter is a terrific book, filled with secrets, suspense, and the perfect amount of AJ Alexander’s unique humor. I didn’t like too much about the book because it ended at one point, and I will have to wait for the next book in the series.  

A.J. Alexander, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Website: Aurora Jean Alexander – Twitter: @AuroraJean_A

Meet Judith Barrow

Judith Barrow,originally from Saddleworth, a group of villages on the edge of the Pennines,has lived in Pembrokeshire, Wales, for forty years.

She has an MA in Creative Writing with the University of Wales Trinity St David’s College, Carmarthen. BA (Hons) in Literature with the Open University, a Diploma in Drama from Swansea University and She has had short stories, plays, reviews and articles, published throughout the British Isles and has won several poetry competitions..

She is a Creative Writing tutor for Pembrokeshire County Council and holds private one to one workshops on all genres.

Books by Judith Barrow

One of the recent reviews for The Heart Stone

This is a compelling read – well researched and written.

I read another review where the reviewer states that the book stayed with them after they had finished it – and I felt the same each evening when I had to put it down to go to bed – I have to admit to an extra 5 mins here, chapter there and more sometimes.

It was a story of the hardships of WW1 – the boys that went to war, underage, for the patriotic chance to help their King and Country, the women left behind often cowed by those men who didn’t go to war and made to feel inferior.

In fact, the main character, Jessie, was married to a man who did so purely because ‘What was hers was his’ when in fact the Law had changed and she was entitled to inherit her family business in her own right.

Jessie. like so many thought she had lost her love and married for respectability.
Her lost love, forced to become and act like a man when little more than a boy himself and was traumatised by what he had seen and endured in the Trenches of WW1 which was described with horrific detail by the author. This meant it was obvious the book was well researched for the finer details of how futile and terrible aspects of WW1 were.

I have written far more about the storyline than I would normally but I felt it important to point out that this was more than a tale of love and loss in WW1 – there was the horror of the Trenches, injuries sustained, women left behind struggling to cope emotionally and financially, domestic abuse and in the end redemption and hope.
Though not necessarily complete healing for the soldiers traumatised by the scenes they had endured.

If normally you would pass this book by then maybe give it a chance 

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – Goodreads – blog: Judith Barrow – Twitter: @judithbarrow77


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books… thanks Sally.



26 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Poetry M.J. Mallon, #Fantasy A.J. Alexander, #FamilySaga Judith Barrow

  1. Thank you so much Sally for featuring my books with these awesome writers. The curse of time is being republished by Next Chapter Publishing and is currently not available to buy.
    It will be republished with a new title Bloodstone (The Curse of Time Book 1) more about that soon! I will send you the details. x

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