Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly News – #Western #Folklore Staci Troilo, #Shortstories Sian Turner, #Western #TimeTravel Sandra Cox

Whilst the Meet the Authors Series is running I will share recent reviews for authors already featured in the usual Weekly News.

The first author is Staci Troilo for her short story Valuable Treasures (The Medici Protectorate)

About the book

Life in the Colorado mountains isn’t easy for immigrants Anita and Ottavio Notaro, particularly when they’re isolated on a hillside and barely speak the language. Anita is carrying their first child, and Tav works many long, hard hours away from home. This isn’t the American dream they were promised; this is a brutal life on the frontier. Tav has been saving money to make their lives easier, and he stumbles on a windfall. The only problem is, he isn’t the only one who knows about it. Trouble befalls these two humble Italians, threatening their livelihoods—and their lives.

A strange posse made up of fellow countrymen ride to their rescue. But will they get there in time?

One of the recent reviews for the book

JanS 5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Short Story  Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2021

This short story sets the stage to begin the Medici Protectorate Series and after reading this introduction, I will be reading the rest of this series. The story gripped me from the first word on the first page to the last. A young Italian couple living on the frontier in the Colorado mountains is struggling to survive. Ottavio and Anita Notaro have one dream and that is to return to their beloved homeland. Anita is heavy with their first child. Ottavio works hard and when he finds a treasure that will pay for their trip back home, he is overjoyed. But he isn’t the only one who knows about the treasure. The tragedy that befalls Anita and Tav is heartbreaking. This story is written in rich narrative, heavily descriptive, and filled with emotion that drips off the pages. It includes folklore, history, and even a touch of mysticism. I am anxious to dive into book one of the Medici Protectorate Series to see what happens next!

Other books by Staci Troilo

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK – Follow Staci Troilo: GoodreadsBlog: Staci Troilo WordPress – Website: Staci TroiloTwitter@stacitroilo –

The next author is Sian Turner with a recent review for her latest release – a short story collection A World of Impossibilities

About the collection

A collection of eight magical realism stories (about impossible events, but set against the backdrop of ordinary lives). Read about a wish-granting entity, an unexpected second chance, a ghostly encounter and more. Tear up the rules of known science and stretch your imagination with these variously chilling, humorous, sweet – and often thought-provoking – stories from Sian Turner, author of Splitting Infinities and Sweet Erin.

Contains the following stories (of varying length):

  • The Second Life of Grizelda the Cat – Grizelda, being a cat, should have nine lives, but two is quite enough.
  • I have a Reservation – A reservation in a restaurant with a most unusual atmosphere.
  • Gran’s Loft – Laying insulation in a loft should be child’s play, but not for Gregor.
  • Real Life Magic – A little girl with a special gift bites off more than she can chew.
  • Vota Torquent – a wish-granting entity helps a woman in need of a job.
  • That’s the Ticket – A string of numbers can be more trouble than they’re worth.
  • The Mirror – Susan makes a discovery in the loft of her new home, but her find has unexpected consequences.
  • Lacking Inspiration – Author Stella takes a walk in the park seeking inspiration, but gets way more than she bargained for.

One of the early reviews for the book

Helen Warburton  5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine if…. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2021

The author takes the reader into the realm of ‘What if…?’, leading us from our everyday life into a world that we sense may lie just beyond, and so exploring our understanding of normality and our sense of self.

What if we were someone else?, What if we were the ghost?

Each story is fun and thought -provoking in equal measure.

A selection of  other books by Sian Turner

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Sian: Goodreads – Website/Blog: Sian Turner Author WordPress – Facebook: Sian Turner Author – Twitter: @SianTurner1066

The final author today is Sandra Cox for her time travel western Montana Shootists.

About the book

Present Day:
Abby loved David all her life.
Growing up they were inseparable. When he joined the Marines she did too.
Then disaster struck.

After leaving the Marines, she returns to the family ranch in Montana hoping to heal her shattered heart.
On a ride into the foothills she sees something glowing in the side of the mountain. When she goes to investigate she discovers a fist-sized sapphire that turns her already fragile world upside down.

Jake Barrow is a part-time gambler, full-time hired gun. His decisions are based on hunches and the turn of a card. He’s in the foothills when a young woman comes tumbling down the mountain. Unsure whether Lady Luck has dealt him a good hand or a bad, he takes one look at the beauty at his feet and doesn’t need to shuffle the deck to know she’s his destiny.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Western Romance meets a rift in time  Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2021

A hard-nosed lady shootist and Marine, a rift in time, and a love story straight out of the Wild West. As always, the authors prose is crisp and thrilling, the characters wonderfully crafted and developed, and a story that’ll keep you guessing till the very end. Seriously, the twists and turns at the very end are phenomenal. I was thoroughly entertained and delighted by this story. Great for fans of the western genre, but it’s so much more.  

A selection of other books by Sandra Cox

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon UK –And: Amazon US- follow Sandra Cox: Goodreads – Blog: Sandra Cox Blogspot – Twitter:@Sandra_Cox


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





63 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly News – #Western #Folklore Staci Troilo, #Shortstories Sian Turner, #Western #TimeTravel Sandra Cox

  1. What a trio of writers that need to be read. I have enjoyed one of Staci’s novels. Sian’s stories sound just the sort of tales I enjoy reading and writing and of course time shifts in Sandra’s novel would be very intriguing.

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