Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Scifi #Shortstories ACFlory, #Historical Noelle Granger, #Poetry Jude Itakali

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

Meet ACFlory

acflory is a science fiction writer from Australia whose favourite questions are ‘why?’ and ‘why not?’ Favourite novels include ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’, by Ursula K.LeGuin, ‘Dune’, by Frank Herbert, ‘Otherland’ by Tad Williams, ‘Cyteen’, by C.J.Cherryh, ‘Shift’, by Hugh Howey and ‘The Farseer’ series by Robin Hobb. When not reading or writing science fiction, acflory spends her time playing mmorpgs [such as Final Fantasy XIV online], listening to epic trailer music by artists such as Two Steps From Hell, landscaping her garden and cooking. She also loves dogs, cats, motorbikes, computers, biology, genetics and psychology, not necessarily in that order.

A selection of books by ACFlory

A recent review for The Vintage Egg

Chris Graham 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2021

Several short stories, the first and last linked, all set in a world where climate change has changed the way humanity lives.

But there are glimmers of hope.

Humanities thinking and mindset might actually mature.  

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US And: Amazon UK – Follow A.C. Flory: Goodreads Blog : A.C Flory Twitter: @ACFlory

Meet N. A (Noelle) Granger

Noelle A. Granger grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in a rambling, 125-year-old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming. She was also one of the first tour guides at Plimoth Plantation. Granger graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents, the last 28 years of which were spent at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. The Rhe Brewster Mystery Series was born.

In addition to the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Granger has had short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, published in Deep South Magazine, Sea Level Magazine, the Bella Online Literary Review, and Coastal Style Magazine, and has been featured in Chapel Hill Magazine, The News & Observer, The Boothbay Register, and other local press. Granger lives with her husband, a cat who blogs, and a hyperactive dog in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She spends a portion of every summer in Maine.

Books by N.A. Granger

A recent five star review for The Last Pilgrim

Jan 15, 2021 Sarah Hitchcock-DeGregori rated it five stars it was amazing
The Last Pilgrim is a fictional biography of the life of Mary Allerton who arrived as young child on The Mayflower in Plymouth in 1620. It’s an enjoyable read. Granger did a lot of research into the place and period and puts the reader in the scene, of what it was like to be a member of this small and growing colony, the houses they lived in, to learn about the food they ate, and their struggles for survival. It is timely not only because of the coincidence of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Plymouth Colony, but also because she gives a glimpse into some of customs accepted at the time (but not now), behavior and dynamics of the colonists to each other, their children, and the native people. It is readable and could be enjoyed by young readers as well as adults. The book includes beautiful drawings to illustrate different aspects of colonial life

Noelle A. Granger Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK Blog: Sayling Away – Goodreads:Noelle A. Granger – Twitter: @NAGrangerAuthor

Meet Jude Itakali

Jude Itakali was born and lives in Kampala, Uganda. He is publishing his first collected works, “CROSSROADS (Winds of love)

When not being an athlete on the rugby field, or crunching down numbers on a computer for work, he delicately pens the epiphanies from life and its different relationships and encounters.

He writes about all sorts of topics, finding a way to relate them with each other, because no one theme exists in a vacuum. Empathy is sometimes considered a gift, and Jude has it in abundance.

Jude is a regular participant in the Colleen Chesebro weekly poetry challenge and contributed the recently released  Poetry Treasures

Jude’s debut poetry collection

A recent review for Crossroads.

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars A journey through love  Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2021

I enjoyed Jude Itakali’s debut poetry book. This is no ordinary collection of poems about love. Instead, Itakali’s poems tell a story about the journey of love, beginning with a prologue and progressing through three Parts. Part 1: Longing and searching. Part 2: Intimacy and Lust, and Heartbreak and its horrors, and Part 3: The other side of love, and New beginnings. The structure intrigued me as well as how he describes some of the poetry as short stories. The styles range from rhyming sonnets to free form verse to a number of syllabic forms including haiku, tanka, senryu, and nonet.

Personally, I agree that love is a journey with parts (or stages), and it was interesting to see the poems divided this way, as well as to follow the emotional journey with the author. A favorite from the section on longing, entitled Hope:

Sing me to sleep
Nightingale of sorrow
Soothe my lonely heart
Cool breeze of twilight
Let the robin trill in the dawn
And bring my soul hope
Let the first rays of sunrise
Beam upon the One
With whom I’ll spend, my last days  

Connect with Jude:Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Follow Jude:GoodreadsBlog: WordPress – Tales Told Different – Facebook: Kirya Itakali Jude – Twitter: @jude_clutch


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


31 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Scifi #Shortstories ACFlory, #Historical Noelle Granger, #Poetry Jude Itakali

  1. What a beautiful poem by Jude, and what a wonderful idea for the book, putting the ideas of Love into chronological context.
    My favourite books are much the same as ACFlory’s, so maybe I’ll enjoy her writing, too.
    I like historical fiction, and The Last Pilgrim sounds as though it will give us an insight into the life of new arrivals in what is now the USA.
    Thank you for bringing these wonderful writers to our attention.

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  2. Thanks so much, Sally! I’m your biggest fan!
    It’s interesting that you chose Sarah Hitchcock-DeGregori’s review. She and I competed against each other as the #1 singles in tennis when we were in high school (different schools) and met up again when she followed me by a year to Mount Holyoke College. Small world.

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