Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews – Geoff Le Pard, Jan Sikes, Bette A. Stevens and Audrey Driscoll


Welcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore Updates with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review for his latest release is Geoff Le Pard for. Apprenticed to My Mother: A Memoir Of Barbara Le Pard 2005 to 2010. A memoir about an extraordinary woman.

About Apprenticed to My Mother: A Memoir Of Barbara Le Pard 2005 to 2010

When my father died in 2005, I assumed my mother would need more support and someone to help with decisions she previously shared with her husband. What I didn’t realise was the role she had in mind for me: a sort of Desmond 2.0. Over the five years until her death, I played the role of apprentice, learning more about her and her relationship with my father than I had gleaned in my previous 50 years. We laughed, we cried and, occasionally we disagreed, and throughout she manipulated me as, I learnt, she had my father. Neither of us minded much; we were both her so willing fools, for she was an extraordinary woman and we both knew we were in the presence of someone very special.

One of the recent reviews on Goodreads

Jul 27, 2018 Darlene Foster rated it Five Stars

A wonderful heartwarming book that will leave you laughing and crying, sometimes on the same page. Mr. Le Pard has a great way with words and gives us a delightful glimpse into the lives of his parents. Sprinkled in between amusing episodes of his life as the youngest of two sons, are poems brilliantly composed by his father, most written for his wife, the love of his life. The stories paint a picture of past times in a lovely part of England, where issues are resolved with a cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake. Barbara Le Pard is a delightful character, strong-willed, tough and with a huge heart. This book is well written, entertaining and most important, it is written with love.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apprenticed-My-Mother-Memoir-Barbara-ebook/dp/B07DGZZYBW/

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Apprenticed-My-Mother-Memoir-Barbara-ebook/dp/B07DGZZYBW/

Other Books by Geoff Le Pard

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0

Read more reviews and follow Geoff on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9791177.Geoff_Le_Pard

Connect to Geoff via his blog: http://geofflepard.com/

Darlene Foster is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

Darlene Foster, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Foster/e/B003XGQPHA
Website: www.darlenefoster.ca

Please visit Amazon or Darlene’s blog to view all her books.

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The next author with good news to share is Jan Sikes with a review for her book Flowers and Stone.

About the book

The epic love story begins here!

A hot Texas summer, dim-lit honky-tonk bars, a young naïve fledgling go-go dancer and a wild rebel Texas musician set the stage for this story. 1970 in Abilene, Texas finds young Darlina Flowers trying to figure out how to fit into the world she is most attracted to – the nightlife, live music and go-go dancing. Luke Stone, a veteran Texas Musician believes he’s lost all reason to care about his music career, his health and most especially his heart. A chance meeting with Darlina changes everything. But, is it too late? Has fate already determined the outcome? Join Luke and Darlina on a passion-filled journey up and down Texas roads while Luke and his band entertain crowds along the way.

Can Darlina Flowers ever hope to fit in to this strange new world and even more important, can she trust Luke Stone with her heart? Luke Stone, a good man who has made a career of bad decisions, falls as completely in love with Darlina as she does with him. But is it too late?  Will their eternal unyielding love survive the test of time, distance and iron bars?

One of the recent reviews from Goodreads

Aug 06, 2018 Laura Libricz rated it Five Stars

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a simple love story about Darlina and Luke and their whirlwind romance. I loved the biographical aspect and the honest, innocent way we were allowed to peek into the lives of these two people. It’s set in the world of country music in the early seventies and I really liked that, too. I found I wanted to tell people about this book as I was reading it and took my kindle everywhere with me so I could finish it. It’s a perfect book for commuters. (I read a lot on the train and not every book is good for the train.) Highly recommended series. I can’t wait to start the second book in the series.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Flowers-Stone-Jan-Sikes-ebook/dp/B00G062JBG/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flowers-Stone-Jan-Sikes-ebook/dp/B00G062JBG/

Also by Jan Sikes.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK

And find more reviews and follow Jan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7095856.Jan_Sikes

Connect to Jan via her website: http://www.jansikes.com

The next author who continues to receive excellent reviews is Bette A. Stevens for her book Pure Trash: The Story

About Pure Trash: The Story

It’s PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction/short story), a Compelling Prequel to the novel DOG BONE SOUP. The year is 1955. Remember the Good Old Days? You know, the 1950s and ‘60s, when America was flying high. The All American Family lived a life filled with hopes and dreams and life’s necessities too. Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American Boomer Boy. No, Shawn is a poor boy. He can’t join Boy Scouts or sports teams. There’s not even enough money for necessities. Besides, Shawn doesn’t have time for that. But when chores are done, there’s always fishing!

In this short story, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. This is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied (and not just by kids). It may redefine your definition of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its synonyms. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of a dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.

One of the recent reviews

This is my first glimpse into the delightful writing style of the author, Ms. Stevens. This short story was compelling and left me interested in reading “Dog Bone Soup” from which this story was derived.

Read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/PURE-TRASH-Bette-A-Stevens-ebook/dp/B00EH0RV6K/

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/TRASH-Historical-Fiction-Short-prequel-ebook/dp/B00EH0RV6K

Also by Bette A. Stevens

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M

Read more reviews and follow Bette on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6037707.Bette_A_Stevens

Connect to Bette via her website: https://4writersandreaders.com/

Now a recent review for supernatural/paranormal author Audrey Driscoll, for Book 3 of the Herbert West series – Islands of the Gulf Volume 2 – The Treasure – Amazon US 99c and UK 99p from 15th to 22nd August.

About the book

Abandoned and abused, young Herbert West resorts to drastic measures to survive. At Miskatonic University, he becomes a scientist who commits crimes and creates monstrosities. Decades later, haunted by his past, he finds safety as Dr. Francis Dexter of Bellefleur Island, but his divided nature threatens those he loves and forces him to face the truth about his healing powers.

More Details: Seeking relief from grief and illness in the refuge of Bellefleur Island, Francis Dexter relives in memory his early years when his name was Herbert West. To survive his mother’s disappearance, the capricious attentions of his father and the brutalities of his brothers, young Herbert makes himself into a juvenile strategist and warrior of vengeance.

Turning to science as a solace for emotional turmoil, Herbert studies medicine at Miskatonic University in Arkham. As both student and physician, he pursues forbidden experiments with single-minded determination, seeking to discover the secrets of life and death. The Great War presents West with a great opportunity, but in that maelstrom of violence he crosses the frontier of rationalism into the territory of the bizarre.

Recoiling from these poisoned memories, Francis Dexter turns to his years on Bellefleur Island and relives his tumultuous relationship with the artist Julian Vernon. For the first time since his troubled childhood, he allows himself to become emotionally attached to another human being, but the idyll is eroded by depression, drugs and jealousy and Dexter’s choices result in tragedy.

Saved and supported by Margaret Bellgarde, Dexter allows himself to be drawn into her family to recover from illness and sorrow. Until a day in July when his past confronts him and forces him to face the truth about his role as physician and healer.

One of the recent reviews for the book

This is neither a page turner nor a quick read with its long, dense paragraphs and advanced (to me) vocabulary (like “vulning” . . . I certainly didn’t know what it meant!). The Treasure is a commitment. But like most commitments, the payoff is worthwhile.

Being a well-executed, character-driven story, the book allows the reader to sink his or her teeth into the Herbert West character, into the plot, and into the gorgeous descriptions. I loved Driscoll’s garden descriptions and even doubled back to reread her portrayal of a grassy field. Driscoll’s prose is alive and textured and beautiful.

I loved young Herbert’s tense encounters with street gangs and his tender moments with a classmate. His childhood is laid out in such a way as to totally explain why the adult Herbert West turned out the way he did.

The adult Herbert explores love and experiences loss and learns to see beauty. I came to care for him so much that he will stay with me many years I’m sure.

The Treasure is the third book in Driscoll’s respectful pastiche of Lovecraft’s Herbert West stories. At times, with Driscoll’s style, I felt as though I were reading a classic.

Head over and buy the book at 99c from 15th to 22nd August: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1ROTVY

And Amazon UK 99p from 15th to 22nd August: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Islands-Gulf-Treasure-Herbert-West-ebook/dp/B00J1ROTVY

A selection of books by Audrey Driscoll

Read the reviews and buy the books (some at offer prices): https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC

Read more reviews and follow Audrey on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4202146.Audrey_Driscoll

Connect to Audrey via her website: www.audreydriscoll.com

Thank you very much for visiting today and I hope you have found a book to read from one of these talented authors… thanks Sally

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – A Summer Party, Music, Myths, Food, Great Books and Laughter…You are invited.


I never thought that I would say that I was grateful for some rain this last week.. but I am. Hopefully not too little, too late for farmers whose crops have stalled. It is a lovely afternoon and have been enjoying some sunshine.. so have my feather family who bring me constant amusement.

My best buy this summer was a metre square three inch seed tray that has become the swimming pool for a wide variety of birds. The bird bath and seed tree we bought last Christmas has also been inundated and preparing meals has never been so much fun. Sally’s Cafe and Bird Spa….

At times there are at least 50 or more birds on the feeder and in the baths with everyone joining in together. The starlings are very keen and spend ages in there splashing around, but until recently I had only seen the sparrows taking dust baths. Until this week when they have clearly picked up a few tricks from the starlings, and today there were little birds having a high old time since early morning and they are still at it now.

Normally when the crows come down the other birds scatter. The crows are not acrobatic enough to use the seeders as intended, so they have worked out another method. One stands on the metal ring and bangs his head on the seeders so that they scatter the seed on the ground below for his mates. However, like elegant pole dancers they can be found hanging upside down on the fat ball holder rocking back and forth as they try to get a morsel. They usually come in a group of rowdy teenagers, but we have got a crow who is rather bedraggled and skinny who started coming down on his own. Much to our surprise the starlings, sparrows and tits ignore him and hang around, and I even saw him in the pool with three starlings this morning.

The only bird who is not welcome is the sparrow hawk who sits on branches in the hedge and pounces on my babies… They are protected in Ireland, but there is nothing to say that I cannot come out and shout at him and wave my arms around like a mad woman. It seems to have discouraged him but my neighbour tells me it spends a lot of time in her garden.. ah well…

The Smorgasbord End of Summer Party Weekend 25th – 26th August

Thank you for such an amazing response.  There are four posts over the weekend with the themes Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner on the Saturday and Sunday Lunch. I am delighted to say that 3 spaces left for Brunch, 1 space in the afternoon tea,  and 2 for Sunday Lunch. The details are in the post and if you would like to be promoted then please do so quickly…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-weekend-august-25th-26th-2018-invitation/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – update and new promotional opportunities.

I have updated the directory with the blogger daily and other opportunities to promote authors in the cafe so please take a read.  Also in the second post.. how to put your books on the shelves for the first time.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-updated-free-book-promotion/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-updates-free-book-promotion/

Anyway on with the posts that you might have missed this week and as always a huge thank you for William Price King and Carol Taylor for supplying the music and the food this week, and to you for dropping by.

The Music Column with William Price King – Summer Jazz with Diana Krall

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-william-price-king-summer-jazz-diana-krall-part-three/

Writer in Residence rewind – Ionia by Paul Andruss.

I thought you might enjoy revisiting some of Paul’s ealier posts from the beginning of 2017 as he is on his extended break.. This week Ionia – Gods and Myths.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/posts-from-the-archives-gods-and-legends-ionia-by-paul-andruss/

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor.

This week Carol makes good use of the spices she mixed last week to create some show stopping meals for the family.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-family-favourites-and-spices-in-action-part-two/

Getting to Know You.

Delighted to welcome children’s author, poet and master confectioner Robbie Cheadle as guest on the Getting to Know You interview. A very busy mum who works full-time but still finds time to write, blog, and support so many of us here.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/12/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-you-with-robbie-cheadle/

Personal Stuff

Beatrix is about to end her very long and successful theatre career but what lies beneath the mask?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-beatrix-behind-the-mask-by-sally-cronin/

From early man through to the current day, the birthright of one particular family is carried from generation to generation.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/12/smorgasbord-short-stories-whats-in-a-name-brian-the-birthright-by-sally-cronin/

Letters from America – 1985-1987 – My parent’s visit – Anniversary party and nearly lights out.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-1985-1987-my-parents-visit-rennaisance-festival-and-anniversary-party-and-nearly-lights-out/

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – 1982 – Dionne Warwick and Survivor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/sallys-drive-time-playlist-music-to-get-your-weekend-started-1982blizzards-dionne-warwick-and-survivor/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-childrens-book-wheres-noodles-by-victoria-zigler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-hammers-holy-grail-by-b-r-chitwood/

Author Updates #reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-ali-whitelock-jim-webster-d-wallace-peach-and-terry-tyler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-news-diana-j-febry-lorinda-j-taylor-and-john-w-howell/

Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-reviewers-monday-august-4th-2018-robbie-cheadle-d-g-kaye-and-colleen-chesebro/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-and-reviewers-tuesday-7th-august-2018pirates-with-mary-tod-writing-with-deborah-jay-and-historical-review-with-olga-nunez-miret/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-august-8th-2018-interviews-and-guest-posts-janice-spina-the-story-reading-ape-and-the-sisters-of-the-fey/

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-9th-august-2018-ani-zoe-lucy-bailey-and-twiggy/

Health Column

The components of our blood and Anaemia.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/smorgasbord-health-column-the-cardiovascular-system-and-the-components-of-blood-anaemia/

There has been a dramatic increase in cases of measles in some of the countries in Europe and there is a spike in the UK too. The most at risk are those with compromised immune systems and mothers-to-be and infants who have not been vaccinated.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/smorgasbord-health-column-measles-alert-for-mothers-to-be-infants-outbreak-europe-by-sally-cronin/

Nutrients the body needs – Phosphorus and bone health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/smorgasbord-health-column-nutrients-the-body-needs-phosphorus-and-bone-health/

Humour and Afternoon Videos

More weird facts and trivia

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-or-in-this-case-how-to-be-a-know-it-all-weird-facts-and-statistics-part-five/

The last part of the weird facts and trivia

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-or-in-the-this-case-be-a-know-it-all-part-six-the-finale/

Thank you very much for spending time here today and for your support.. enjoy the week .. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You with Robbie Cheadle.


Thank you for joining me today and I am sure that many of you already are connected to children’s author Robbie Cheadle, who writes story and cookbooks in the Sir Chocolate series with her equally talented son Michael.. The exciting news is that Robbie will be publishing a new book later this year set in wartime Britain, While the Bombs Fell. We can also expect another new release as part of a YA supernatural/horror series under the name of Roberta Eaton. Exciting times ahead.

Before we get to know Robbie a little better, here is the official word on this talented author and poet.

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books

More about Robbie and Michael’s books a little later, now it is time to find out which of the questions Robbie has decided to respond to.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

I never really thought I had any fashion sense as I have a blatant disregard for fashion. My Mother, however, says that I do have a fashion sense, it just isn’t really like anyone else’s. She says it is quaint and quirky.

I am a chartered accountant by training. People have a perception of chartered accountants, especially the women, as having a very conservative way of dressing. Grey, black and navy suits are what come to mind, with formal shirts or blouses, nylons and high heeled court shoes.

I have never favoured these colours or suits of any description. I like to wear colourful and bright clothes in yellows, pinks, pale blues and oranges. During the summer I wear full skirts with frilly, tight fitting tops and flat ballet-style shoes. Alternatively, I wear short dresses with high heeled shoes and no nylons. I love cardigans and have at least 50 in my cupboard. I have a cardigan for every occasion.

Sally here: I found this lovely photo of Robbie on Facebook at a book show wearing a beautiful red dress.

During the winter I like to wear slim fit trousers in bright colours or which sport flowery patterns. I wear long shirts over these trousers with a jersey or cardigan, colourful scarf and often short boots.

Even my hair no longer behaves itself and has gone quite wavy over the past few years. I wear it quite long now and often loose and wavy with a clip to keep it out of my eyes. No short and sharp power haircuts for me.

What do you consider the best “cake” that you prepare – and have you the recipe?

The most popular cake I make is a moist and rich chocolate cake. It is best made in a deep tin. It is not ideal for fondant icing but, as it is my family’s favourite, I often use it, together with a lovely milk vanilla cake recipe, to make a marble cake which is suitable for fondant icing.

I made a short video of how to make the rich chocolate cake which gives the ingredients. I don’t like making videos, partly because my son, Gregory, never seems to have time to do the filming and editing now that he is in high school, and partly because I often do my baking early in the morning when he wouldn’t be around anyway and I am still in my pyjamas. I have never fancied marketing myself as a pyjama-clad baker.

Sally here: You can find a number of tutorial videos on Robbie’s Youtube channel but I have to admit that I was very engaged in her video on how to make my favourite…. Choc Chip Cookies.

What is your favourite childhood song and why?

When I was a young girl we did not have a television in our home. I had to entertain myself by reading books and listening to my Mom’s record collection on her old and battered record player. Before she gave birth to me, my Mom used to enjoy to go to the theatre in London as often as possible. She would buy the record of the Broadway production after the show. She had a huge collection of Broadway records. I loved these records. I used to listen to them over and over again and I learned all the words and would sing along. My younger sister, Cath, also joined me quite often and she also learned the words. Our favourites were Mame, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music.

When my family moved into our new house and my parents moved into the cottage on the same property, my Mom gave her records to me. I still keep them in the old trunk she brought with her from England when we first came out to South Africa when I was a little girl. I often pull them out and listen to them and sometimes the boys come and listen to.

Their favourite is The Warrior from the South African musical Ipi Ntombi.

What is something you look forward to when you retire?

I harbour a hope that when I retire, I will finally have the time to do all the things I want to do. At the moment, I work full time in a demanding job, help my boys with their homework, projects and studying and also write poetry and prose, bake and make my fondant figurines. As a result, I am always frantically busy and never seem to get everything done that I want too. I hope when I retire this will change a bit but it may not as I may just find new projects to take on.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I would love to live in England. I love the history and the literature that you find in England. I am not an outdoors person, preferring to spend my time doing fondant art, writing and reading to being outside. I try to squeeze in a bit of walking and pilates for health reasons but it is not a primary love.

I have travelled the UK a bit and my favourite areas are around Canterbury. I love the castles, Cathedral and other historical and religious points of interest. I feel quite familiar with this area now which is an added attraction.

I also enjoy Reading and the surrounding areas. I did enjoy Suffolk, and we have lots of family there, but I think if we moved we would need to be either close to London or Reading from a work perspective.

And I hope Robbie achieves her retirement dream and ends up living in the UK… and I thought that to end her interview I would share one of her music choices with this snippet from My Fair Lady.

Time to take a closer look at books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

About Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook.

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet get sugar water from the Sugar Crystal Caves to make delicious goodies for their shop. Unfortunately something is making the crystals melt. What can Sir Chocolate do? Includes four lovely new recipes.

One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves.

This latest adventure of Sir Chocolate contains some of the most beautiful decorations in the series so far – the Chrystal Cave must have taken ages to construct and the other fondant figurines are lovely. The recipes are ideal for children as it shows them to make aeroplanes and wind mills with wafer biscuits. Sir Chocolate and Lade Sweet embark on another adventure to make sure that the sugar crystals won’t melt and they would still be able to make cool drinks for the inhabitants.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie and Michael

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle
Plus.googlehttps://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Thank you for visiting today and I know Robbie would love to receive your comments and answer any of your questions.. thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews #Offers – Diana J. Febry, Lorinda J. Taylor and John W. Howell


Welcome to the Friday edition of the author update where I share your most recent reviews and also news of any offers you are currently running.

The first author with a discount on a book is Diana J. Febry for Who Killed Vivien Morse (Peter Hatherall Mystery Book 4) which is 99p/99c 10th- 17th August.

About the book

Vivien Morse, a young social worker is discovered battered to death in Silver Lady Woods. Everyone assumes she was attacked by her estranged husband until her supervisor disappears. The connection appears to be Vivien’s last client. A damaged and disturbed girl who believes a bundle of rags is her lost baby and never leaves the family farm while she awaits the return of her lover.

The matter is confused by the arrival of a stranger to the area clearly searching for something or someone and an escaped convict with connections to the area.

DCI Hatherall has to separate fact from fantasy to discover who did kill Vivien Morse.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I do love a good murder mystery. This was a great one, with a fantastic plot that kept me guessing until the end. It has a very British feel and rich details that allowed me to easily slip into a foreign location. The characters were well developed, I especially enjoyed Fiona and Peter and the dynamic they have together. There were also so many other colorful characters they came across in their investigation.

I try to stay away from details, particularly with a mystery, so I don’t give anything away. So I will just say there are enough twists and turns and moments to keep you flipping pages and fully engaged to the end. Add to that the beautiful style and you can’t go wrong with this one.

Read the reviews and buy the book for 99p until August 17th: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Killed-Vivien-Morse-Hatherall-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07DCTM4JD/

And on Amazon US for 99c until August 17th: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DCTM4JD/

The other books in the DCI Peter Hatherall series

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-J-Febry/e/B00J7AG9U4/

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J7AG9U4https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-J-Febry/e/B00J7AG9U4/

Read many more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5989441.Diana_J_Febry

Connect to Diana via her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dianaj.febry.9

The next author with a recent review is Lorinda J. Taylor for Fathers and Demons

About the book

All human beings must live with demons, but those demons are unusually powerful when they are summoned by the sort of catastrophe that happened aboard the Darter in 2761. No member of the crew completely escaped being affected, including the Engineer Cmdr. Ian Glencrosse. Nevertheless, when Capt. Nikalishin receives command of the first real interstellar mission under the new Phenix Project, he selects Ian Glencrosse to serve as his Chief Engineer; few experts in temporal quantum drive are still alive and Nikalishin and Glencrosse have become close friends. And in spite of (or perhaps because of) his own demons, Glencrosse accepts the appointment.

As the day approaches when the IS Ariana will depart for Epsilon Eridani, the crew takes leave time to attend the wedding of the Communications Officer, Lt. Avi Oman, and Capt. Mercedes Tulu, Administrative Aide to the Phenix Project’s Mission Director. Lt. Oman hails from the Istrian Judish Enclave, a place of origin mysterious to most 28th-century Earthers, and the visit proves to be an enlightening experience. What can we expect to have become of remnant religious populations in the humanist 28th century?

Cmdr. Glencrosse does not accompany his fellow crewmembers on this happy excursion. He has long been haunted by visions of a malevolent entity that inhabits the depths of space – the very entity he sees as responsible for destroying the Darter. Both his Captain and the team psychologist know about this aberration; in fact, Dr. Winehandle had at one time improvised an unfortunate nickname for the entity – “the god in the pod.” While the Engineer’s peers think his delusions are under control, Ian still secretly believes in the reality of this demon space-god – that it disapproves of humans’ invasion of its territory and therefore has doomed the upcoming mission to destruction. Ian is convinced he will not survive the voyage and so he is heading home to Mitchican Prefecture, where he plans to confront his parents and make his peace after a long separation.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Colleen M. Chesebro 5.0 out of 5 stars I’d like to be clear July 15, 2018

I have been an avid reader of the series, “The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars,” by Lorinda J. Taylor. I have read and reviewed part one, “Eagle Ascendant,” part two, “Wounded Eagle,” part three, “Bird of Prey,” and part four, “Survivor.” All of these reviews are searchable on colleenchesebro.com.

I’ve adored this series which is a deep character study of Captain Robbin Nikalishin’s experiences as a starship captain set far into the future. I was thrilled to find out that the author had penned an additional book which appeared to be an offshoot of the original series.

Fathers and Demons is a detailed chronicle of two characters from the series, Captain Robbin Nikalishin and his Chief Engineer, Ian Glencrosse who are survivors of the original Darter disaster. Both men have been scarred mentally and physically from their near-death experiences.

The men embark on a philosophical journey searching for the meaning of their experiences, exploring the future religions of Catholicism and Judaism as perceived by the author. The two men attempt to overcome their fear of a malicious entity they believe is waiting for them in deep space.

Now, I’d like to be clear. The descriptions of each religion are mostly fictional and based on the author’s interpretations of what she perceives to transfer into a future era. I do, however, acknowledge that much of the religious discussion is fact-based. In this way, the characters tend to explain some of the more detailed aspects of their own belief systems.

Taylor explains:

“The theme of fatherhood and the connections between fathers and gods form the mesh that binds the book together. The most appropriate designation to accord this piece is speculative literary fiction; it is science fiction in that it takes place in a future time, at the very inception of interstellar travel, but it also deals with demons and gods that may or may not be real, introducing an element of the supernatural.”

(Taylor, Lorinda J. Fathers and Demons: Glimpses of the Future. Kindle Edition.)

It is into this atmosphere that we meet our characters. Captain Robbie has limited religious training other than a few consultations with a Catholic Priest. Ian, the Chief Engineer has grown up under Judaism. Both men are searching for answers and as most humans do when they can’t find clarification, they turn to religion to help find those explanations. Adding to their turmoil, the men are conflicted by the relationships they had with their fathers.

This is not an action-packed novel, but I found the philosophical discussions to be most gratifying. I learned quite a bit about Judaism that I didn’t know. I would suggest reading the “Note from the Author,” at the beginning of the book to gain further insight into the creativity of this author.

I’m glad I waited to read this book long after I had finished the first four books of the series. I grew to love the characters from the series, so Fathers and Demons only added to my enjoyment.

MY RATING: Character Believability: 5  Flow and Pace: 5  Reader Engagement: 5 Reader Enrichment: 5  Reader Enjoyment: 5  Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fathers-Demons-Glimpses-Lorinda-Taylor-ebook/dp/B00VQKPFO4

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Fathers-Demons-Glimpses-Lorinda-Taylor-ebook/dp/B00VQKPFO

A selection of other books by Lorinda J. Taylor

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lorinda-J-Taylor/e/B007AKHZW4

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lorinda-J.-Taylor/e/B007AKHZW4

Read more reviews and follow Lorinda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5429943.Lorinda_J_Taylor

Connect to Lorinda via her blog: http://termitewriter.blogspot.ie/

Colleen Chesbro is also an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
Website: https://colleenchesebro.com

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For the final update today, a recent review for Circumstances of Childhood by John. W. Howell.

About Circumstances of Childhood.

When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?

Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.

His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.

If you enjoy stories of riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.

One of the recent reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. The main protagonist, Greg Petros, was a fascinating and well-rounded character. The relationship between Greg and his best friend/brother, Keith, was touching and heart-warming. This is quite a change from the author’s usual thriller books but a refreshing one at that.

The author created a story with great depth and heart. He took the reader on a journey from Greg’s childhood to adulthood with highlights of his accomplishments as a pro football player, announcer and then to his own business as a manager of an investment fund. The story takes a turn into the paranormal which flows into the storyline seamlessly.

The author exhibited his expertise in computers, high finance, and football strategy which added to the storyline making it full and richer. I found this to be an unforgettable read showing how love can heal and conquer all things. John W. Howell is one talented author who is a rising star.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Circumstances-Childhood-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B075SKWHCR

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Circumstances-Childhood-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B075SKWHCR/

Also by John W. Howell.

Read the reviews and buy all of the books: https://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Read more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell

Connect to John via his website: http://www.johnhowell.com

Janice Spina is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

Janice Spina, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG
Blog: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.com

Please visit Amazon or Janice’s blog to view all her books for adults and children.

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Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will check out the authors and books in more detail. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord End of Summer #Party – Weekend August 25th/26th 2018 – Invitation.


You are invited to the End of Summer Party on the weekend of August 25th and 26th to enjoy music, good food, witty conversation and an opportunity to plug your books and your blog.

Of course in this virtual world of ours music is great, and so is the wit, but the food is less fattening. It is a chance to mingle and make new contacts and learn more about your fellow bloggers which is always a good thing.

To enable you to do this, there will be four meals where you can be a guest over the two days.

Brunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner on Saturday and Sunday Lunch.

I want to make this as easy as possible to accept this invitation so please just answer these three questions.

  1. Please give me the title of a piece of music that means a lot to you with a brief reason why.
  2. The one food you could never give up.
  3. Give me your preferred meal – Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner or Sunday Lunch.

Then all you have to do is email me the answer to the three questions above. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

What I need from you – again really easy.

If you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore or have been a guest before I need nothing more from you as your details are on file.

If you are an author and are not currently in the Cafe and Bookstore, please take a look, and if you would like to put your books on the shelves then just send me the link to Amazon. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-free-author-promotion/

If you have never been a guest on Smorgasbord before then please send me the link to your blog and if I need any more information I will email you back.

I have a set number of places at each of the tables, and if I cannot fit you in then I will move you to one of the other meals.

My job as the host is to make sure you are in the spotlight and I will delve into your blog or social media to find interesting snippets!!!

Don’t worry if you have other things going on that weekend and feel you cannot participate… the posts will still be there on Monday and you can catch up then.

Any questions just email me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Look forward to hearing from you pronto… table reservations will go quickly…….thanks Sally

 

 

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Hammer’s Holy Grail by B.R. Chitwood


Billy Ray Chitwood had a very busy month in July with two new releases. Hammer’s Holy Grail was released on July 9th.

About Hammer’s Holy Grail

A star quarterback at Grand View University in Knoxville, Tennessee battles not only his gridiron foes but his Appalachian father’s anger toward his mother and sister. By a turn of fate and nature, Wesley Walton will meet a man ravaged by war and lost love, a man, through his hardships, has come to peace with his spirituality, a man who will become a surrogate soulmate and mentor to the confused young athlete.

This is a short novel but it is long on love, family, forgiveness, and football action – all blending to make this short read a ‘tour de force’ in its own right, with a twist at the end to tie the ribbon to this gift of a novel!

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FCVQX36/

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hammers-Holy-Grail-BR-Chitwood-ebook/dp/B07FCVQX36

Here is a small selection of Billy Ray’s books

 

One of the recent reviews for Mama’s Madness.

Mama’s madness is a work of fiction, but according to the author Billy Ray Chitwood, there are some inspirations from actual criminal behavior. This is a story about the meanest, lowlife, straight razor totin’ woman named Tamatha Preen. She is the mother of six kids and the ex-wife of four husbands. Although this seems a little abnormal in everyday life, compared to mama’s proclivities having four husbands is normal in comparison. Let’s say mama has some problems and as you can guess the children are the ones who bear the brunt of her mental issues. To describe any of the abusive behaviors would be courting spoilers, so I’m just going to summarize by saying mama is evil.

The writing in this story is so good the reader feels like a transportation into the scenes has taken place. The descriptions of people, places, and events are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Mr. Chitwood has been blessed with a golden pen (or keyboard). He can show the reader all the sights, sounds, and smells of each scene through a tapestry that only can be woven by a perfectionist literary genius. I think that pretty much describes Billy Ray Chitwood. He has honed his writing art, and there is no more exquisite example of the resulting output than this book. I would recommend Mama’s madness to anyone who enjoys a deeply disturbing story told effectively and with great taste.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Ray-Chitwood/e/B00502520Q

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Billy-Ray-Chitwood/e/B00502520Q

Read more reviews and follow Billy Ray on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4832225.Billy_Ray_Chitwood

About Billy Ray Chitwood

An Appalachian hill boy from east Tennessee, Billy Ray Chitwood has family roots that go back to tenth century England and a hamlet just north of London called Chetwode.

Billy Ray received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, taught high school ‘Advanced Writing’ in Lorain, Ohio. He has served honorably and proudly in the United States Navy. Aside from sales/marketing management positions with top textbook publishers, he has been a model and an actor in film, stage, television. He is still active in his own business as the CEO of Chitwood, Inc.

Billy Ray has written fifteen books, most of which you will find on amazon and amazon UK. Many of his novels of fiction were inspired from actual crimes. His first book, “The Cracked Mirror – Reflections Of An Appalachian Son,” is a fictional memoir which has much factual and historical accuracy about the author’s own life.

Currently, Billy Ray spends his time on the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee with his lovely wife, Julie Anne, and their feisty but lovable Bengal cat named George.

Connect to Billy Ray

Website: https://brchitwood.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brchitwood
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/billyrayscorner/

Thanks for dropping in today and please share the news about Billy Ray’s new Kindle release.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – #Children’s Book – Where’s Noodles by Victoria Zigler


Children’s author Victoria Zigler has a new release Where’s Noodles  which I am sure will delight her many fans.

About Where’s Noodles

Noodles is a strange red creature with a squeaker in his tummy, who just happens to be the favourite toy of a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie. At least, he is now, since the bushytailed squirrel and cuddly triceratops fell apart while she was playing with them – totally not her fault, by the way!

Now noodles is missing.

Lilie’s sure she left Noodles on the living room floor when she went walkies. But when she comes home and goes to fetch him so they can have a nap together, Noodles isn’t there.

Where’s Noodles? Is he somewhere else, or is he lost forever?”

Currently available in multiple eBook formats, with paperback and audio versions planned for the near future.

Smashwords
Barnes and Noble
iBooks
Kobo

A small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler

One of the recent reviews for Home Squeak Home on Goodreads

Jan 09, 2018 Robbie Cheadle Rated if Four Stars.

When Matthew’s mother takes him to the pet store to choose a pet he ends up leaving with two gerbils. The pet store assistance had told his mother that gerbils are very sociable animals and need company, so they had bought two. How wonderful.

Sooty and Scamp are a little sad to be leaving their two brothers, but they are excited to have a new, permanent home. What a home it turns out to be, so different from their old and very plain cage in the pet store.

Home Squeak Home is a lovely story for young children with a lovely subtle message about coping with change and a new environment

You can download all the other books in all formats and audio from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

Victoria has a great many reviews on Goodreads and I suggest that you head there first to read: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5852247.Victoria_Zigler

About Victoria Zigler

My name is Victoria, but most of my friends and family call me Tori. Feel free to do the same.

Born in the shadow of the black mountains in Wales, I now live by the sea in the south-east of England with my husband, Kelly, a degu named Joshua, a pair of chinchillas named Mollie and Maizie, and a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie.

Having battled with glaucoma since birth, I now find myself completely blind. But I didn’t let that stop me from chasing the dream I’ve had since I was a young child: the dream of being a published author. I’ve loved to read and write since I learned how, and always wanted to get my work published. Finally, in 2012, I made that dream come true by self-publishing eBooks via Smashwords. Three years later, I began using CreateSpace to make my books available in print. So now I’m a published author of children’s fiction, as well as a couple of poetry collections; all of which are available in multiple eBook formats, and as paperback books.

Reading and writing remain my favourite things to do, apart from spending time with my husband, and our rodent gang, of course. I also enjoy doing crafts (such as card making and knitting). Plus, I dabble in things like roleplaying games (such as Dungeons And Dragons) and figure games (such as BattleTech and Monsterpocalypse) from time to time, and enjoy watching movies and TV shows as well as listening to music. On top of that, I have an interest in history, especially stone age and Egyptian history, and in space exploration. I also love almost anything to do with animals and nature. I have to say “almost” because I’m not too keen on spiders and creepy crawly things, though can pretend they don’t exist if they don’t come too close to me.

Connect to Victoria

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VictoriaZigler
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tori.zigler

Thank you for dropping in and it would be great if you could share the news of Victoria’s latest children’s book. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Ali Whitelock, Jim Webster, D. Wallace Peach and Terry Tyler


Welcome to the first of this week’s update for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews.

Ali Whitelock has been enjoying a great deal of publicity for her recently released poetry collection – And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can.

About And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can

Raw and beautiful and completely devoid of pretension, Ali Whitelock’s poems will speak to anyone who’s ever messed up, been confused, wished they’d done things differently; to anyone who’s had an affair and regretted it, who’s been loved completely but was too blind to see it.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Kevin MacNeil author of The Brilliant & Forever

One of the wittiest, liveliest and most moving collections I’ve read in recent years. These poems are sassy, heart-wrenching and unforgettable. They evoke the best of Bukowski and Ginsberg while being the unique product of a contemporary female mind, a mind that is hilarious, provocative and – remarkable. Reading this collection made me feel like I was at a book festival, stand-up comedy night and therapy session all at once. Every poem is an event. 

Head over and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Crumples-Like-Coke-Can/dp/174305534X

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Crumples-Like-Coke-Can/dp/174305534X

Read more reviews and follow Ali here: Alison Whitelock Goodreads

  Buy both books from Ali’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004O9752O

Connect to Ali via her website: http://www.aliwhitelock.com/

Jim Webster has received a recent review for A Licence to Print Money: The Port Naain Intelligence

About the book

An honest cartographer attempts to steer his way though grasping bureaucrats, bent bookmakers, magistrates who practice performance poetry and a young lady who wishes to end an ‘arrangement.’

Can Benor see justice done? Will Mutt finally meet his match? What do they teach aspiring temple dancers nowadays?

A recent review for the book

15 July 2018

Someone has tried to cheat Benor and his young ‘apprentice’ Mutt. They set out, with a little help, to redress the balance. Another in this series of Port Naain novellas that had me smiling. They are not belly-laugh stories but full of wry, clever and thoughtful humour. Often, it’s the way he tells them. I’m always up for more of these stories.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/licence-print-money-Naain-Intelligencer-ebook/dp/B07DNLCD9V/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/licence-print-money-Naain-Intelligencer-ebook/dp/B07DNLCD9V/

A selection of other books by Jim Webster please visit Amazon to view them all.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Webster/e/B009UT450I/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Webster/e/B009UT450I/

Read more reviews and follow Jim on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22998.Jim_Webster

Connect to Jim via his blog:  http://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/

The next author with a recent review is D.Wallace Peach for Soul Swallowers ( The Shattered Sea Book 1)

About Soul Swallowers

When swallowed, some souls gift insights, wisdom, a path to understanding. Others unleash power, proficiency with a sword, and indifference to death. One soul assimilates with ease. But swallow a host of the dead and risk a descent into madness.

Estranged from his family over the murder of his wife, young Raze Anvrell wields his fists to vent his rage. Then a chance at a new life beckons, and he retreats to the foothills of the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts. He and his mentor build a freehold, a life of physical labor and the satisfaction of realizing a dream. They raise horses and whittle by the fire until the old man dies, and Raze swallows his first soul.

When his brother reaches out, open wounds begin to scar. But the tenuous peace won’t last. While those who rule the Vales yield to the lure of their ambitions, slavers of Ezar roam the countryside, hunting for human chattel. While one man manipulates the law, another heeds the souls of violence howling in his head.

Raze too listens to his soul’s whispers, and as danger intrudes on his quiet life, he has no choice but to return to his father’s world and join the fight.

One of the recent reviews for the book

In a sentence: I can’t wait for Book 2   VINE VOICE on July 25, 2018

As I’ve come to expect, D. Wallace Peach’s latest fantasy novel, Soul Swallowers (2018) is well-constructed with addictive characters, a riveting plot, and a world I believed. In this story, Raze Anvrell, son of Lord Rydan Anvrell of Kestrel and heir to that mighty empire, rejects an arranged marriage that would strengthen his father’s power and expand their holdings. His trump card in the contentious argument that comes to a head one evening is that he has already married–and to a commoner. In short, he chose love over politics. When his wife is killed by marauders, Raze abandons his royal life for the world of a laborer, choosing drunken brawls and hard work over a luxurious life of privilege. Life leads him to the farming freehold of a good man who is gathering like-minded individuals to help him live out his dream. Raze becomes, if not happy, at least content. When this good man dies, Raze swallows his first soul in a maybe desperate attempt to gather this man’s peace and tranquility, his vision of life, even his moral purpose and respect for all around him. When Raze’s brother seeks him out, not to return to the family but in friendship, it seems to be the nexus for change in Raze’s world.

As we travel with Raze through about a decade of his life, fight slavers, befriend a witch, cross paths with spirits of the dead, and ultimately reconnect with the woman he was promised to, the intrigue and mystery never ends. Raze’s world, though fantasy, is so realistic, I found myself subconsciously trying to figure out where in time and place it could be, knowing–of course–it was nowhere. At the root of this story is redemption, forgiveness, and family. Maybe mostly family.

Some of the great lines I found–and have come to expect in Diana’s writing:

“…brushed by the sea in hues of silver and slate, the sun swallowed by masses of churning clouds.”

“He’d kissed her and lost his grip on the boundaries framing his life, heart swept sideways and head muddled.”

“The weight of his loss drenched the very air and pressed on the clouds until they ripped open.” 

Read the reviews and buy the book https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Swallowers-Shattered-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B07DKV4FGJ/

And on Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soul-Swallowers-Shattered-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B07DKV4FGJ/

A selection of other books by D.Wallace Peach

Read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Read more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

Connect to D. Wallace Peach via her website/blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com

Jacqui Murray is also an author in the cafe and bookstore.

Jacqui Murray, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacqui-Murray/e/B002E78CQQ
Website: https://worddreams.wordpress.com/

The next author celebrating recent reviews for her latest release is Terry Tyler for UK2 (Project Renova Book 3)

About UK2 (Project Ronova Book 3)

‘Two decades of social media had prepared them well for UK2.’

The pace steps up in this final instalment of the Project Renova trilogy, as the survivors’ way of life comes under threat.

Two years after the viral outbreak, representatives from UK Central arrive at Lindisfarne to tell the islanders about the shiny new city being created down south. UK2 governor Verlander’s plan is simple: all independent communities are to be dissolved, their inhabitants to reside in approved colonies. Alas, those who relocate soon suspect that the promises of a bright tomorrow are nothing but smoke and mirrors, as great opportunities turn into broken dreams, and dangerous journeys provide the only hope of freedom.

Meanwhile, far away in the southern hemisphere, a new terror is gathering momentum…

‘I walked through that grey afternoon, past fields that nobody had tended for nearly three years, past broken down, rusty old vehicles, buildings with smashed windows. I was walking alone at the end of the world, but I was a happy man. I was free, at last.’

Although this concludes the Project Renova trilogy, there will be more books in the series. A collection of five side stories is planned, and another novel, set far into the future.

One of the recent  reviews for the book

This is the third (and final?) instalment of the Project Renova series, and it doesn’t disappoint. In this book, our time is equally divided between Lindisfarne in the north and the dreadful UK2 city in the south. As always, excellent characterisation is the author’s bedrock. Characters may be lovely, stupid, evil, thoughtless or naive, but they always drew an emotional response. I loved the way that some characters (such as Flora) developed throughout the book and came to slowly realise the truth of the situation, whilst others turned out to be not what they seemed initially.

On a technical front, some liberties were taken e.g. the microchipping of UK2 residents, because as any dog owner knows you need to get very close to a microchip to read it.

I hope there is more to this series – I’d really like to find out what happened to Chester and Verlander amongst others.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/UK2-Project-Renova-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07C9H3XNP

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/UK2-Project-Renova-Book-3-ebook/dp/B07C9H3XNP

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

Connect to Terry via her website: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/

Thanks very much for dropping in today and if you could it would be great if you could spread the word about these authors and their recent reviews.. thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – M.J. Mallon, Linda G. Hill and HL Carpenter


Welcome to the Friday edition of the author update with reviews from authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author celebrating a great review is M.J. Mallon for her book The Curse of Time: Book One – Bloodstone, a YA fantasy and science fiction adventure.

About The Curse of Time

On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.

Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the illusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.

With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free?

A YA/middle grade fantasy set in Cambridge, England exploring various themes/aspects: Light, darkness, time, shadows, a curse, magic, deception, crystals, art, poetry, friendships, teen relationships, eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety, depression, family, puzzles, mystery, a black cat, music, a mix of sadness, counterbalanced by a touch of humour.

The most recent review for the book on Goodreads

Jul 29, 2018 Karen rated it it was amazing

This book introduces you to 15-year-old Amelina Scott, living in a rather unusal home.

With The Curse of Time, M. J. Mallon has created a well-crafted paranormal teen story that made me follow Amelina as an invisible ally; inwardly cheering her on as she tried to find a solution for her family’s issues. It is a very compelling read that draws you close to Amelina and her quest. M. J. Mallon introduces Amelina with utmost care, she is a complex and believable teenager, and you want to find a possibility to support her. The story has a steady yet fast-paced flow, still leaving you sufficient opportunity to grasp the situations. Even if I am way past my teenage times – I had a great time reading this first book in the Bloodstone series. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

This is a book for you if you like paranormal and occult stories with believable characters, mysteries, the young adult genre per se, and if you appreciate great story-telling. Highly recommended

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074CDJPY9

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L

Find more reviews and follow M.J. Mallon on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

Connect to Marjorie Mallon via her website: https://mjmallon.com/

The next author with a recent review is Linda G. Hill for her book The Magician’s Curse : A Paranormal Romance – The Great Dagmaru Book 1.

About the book

When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love.

Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins?

Amidst lace and leather, innocence and debauchery, The Magician’s Curse begins the Gothic tale of The Great Dagmaru. Magic and romance await.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jul 28, 2018 Claire rated it it was amazing

Recap: Herman Anderson, nearly 18, meets a tall, handsome magician, accepts a job offer on the train and goes home with him. Stephen Dagmar, the tall, handsome magician is trying to break his families curse by impregnating the help. It gets more complicated.

Review: It helps that I had a long journey to read this book on so I didn’t have to put it down. I found the sexual tension absolutely gripping and fantastically well written without being coarse or terribly cliche. A highly unusual girls name, a bizarre family curse, real magic hinted at, family secrets, a foul mouthed spirit, a deranged pregnant lady all mixed up with a healthy dollop of sex – fantastic!
 

Read  the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Curse-Paranormal-Romance-Dagmaru-ebook/dp/B0721ZH2KN

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magicians-Curse-Paranormal-Romance-Dagmaru-ebook/dp/B0721ZH2KN

Also by Linda G. Hill

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-G.-Hill/e/B01K2LICL0

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-G.-Hill/e/B01K2LICL0

Read many more reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15577348.Linda_G_Hill

Connect to Linda via her website: https://lindaghill.com

HL Carpenter is a mother and daughter writing team who have recently released their latest book for children, the fantasy The Ghost in the Garden. About the book

Until the first spooky visit, ten year old Chrysantha Howe doesn’t think about ghosts. She thinks about plants.

All.  The.  Time.

She has her future planned out, and that future includes plants. Chrys is going to be a plant scientist like her uncle and her favorite teacher, and she’s determined to find the very rare Coralroot orchid.

The ghost is not in the plan.

But when her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved, Chrys has to figure out what the ghost is trying to tell her—before it’s too late.

One of the recent reviews on Goodreads

Jul 22, 2018 Jane rated it four Stars

I was not sure what to make of this at first it is unusual and pitched really well for the child. It was a quick read and I loved the main characters love of plants and science.

A lovely story and recommended – You would not expect this to have a ghost as all the main character thinks about is plants and a quest to find a rare orchid that is until her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved. She need to find out just what this ghost was telling her otherwise it could be too late. Recommended and well written.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Gardens-HL-Carpenter-ebook/dp/B07CV2GJZY/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Gardens-HL-Carpenter-ebook/dp/B07CV2GJZY/

A selection of other books for adults, YA and children by HL Carpenter

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B007SHS9LA/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/HL-Carpenter/e/B007SHS9LA/

You will find a lot more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820921.H_L_Carpenter

Connect to HL Carpenter via their website and blog: https://www.hlcarpenter.com/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on book on the shelves – Kentucky Kernels by B.R. Chitwood


Delighted to showcase the latest Kindle release by Billy Ray Chitwood Kentucky Kernels is a collection of short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

About Kentucky Kernels

This is a book of Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Poetry, and two excerpt sections devoted to two of the author’s 15 books. The major purpose of the book is to introduce the author and his writing style to a wide audience of readers who might wish to read some of his longer novels of mystery, suspense, thriller, romance, and memoir.

The book has short fiction for the Sci-Fi lovers, and there are short fiction for those readers who lean toward Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Romance, and Memoir.

Head over and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Kentucky-Kernels-BR-Chitwood-ebook/dp/B07FBQ3KN6/

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kentucky-Kernels-BR-Chitwood-ebook/dp/B07FBQ3KN6/

Here is a small selection of Billy Ray’s books

 

About Stranger Abduction

It is a sunny Sunday in May, 1993. After church, a mother and her lovely fourteen-year old daughter walk three miles to a country store for cigarettes and ice cream. It is a walk members of the family often take in this rural Sulphur Springs Valley area of southeastern Arizona near the Mexican border.

The mother and daughter arrive at the store in a jovial mood, trading pleasantries with customers and the owners… The daughter timidly flirts with a boy from her school. The daughter and mother leave the store in a silly mood, finger painting ice cream on their faces.

They never make it home…

The deputy sheriff of the county believe there has been a ‘stranger abduction’.

There are lots of action, interesting characters, and romance to go with this fictional account of an incident inspired by true events…events that brought tragedy to a shaken family.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Can you imagine anything more frightening than a mother and daughter disappearing from a quiet rural road? That’s exactly the tale that Billy Ray Chitwood relates in Stranger Abduction. This is a fictitious account of an actual event. A mother and daughter walking home from the store, happy and eating ice cream when evil pounces. The way the author wove this tale around all the characters involved is gripping. I discovered many sub-plots in this book and sometimes that doesn’t work. But, in this book, it worked perfectly and I had no trouble following along. This is a chilling, well-written story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, break your heart and then mend it slowly but surely. A great read!

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Ray-Chitwood/e/B00502520Q

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Billy-Ray-Chitwood/e/B00502520Q

Read more reviews and follow Billy Ray on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4832225.Billy_Ray_Chitwood

About Billy Ray Chitwood

An Appalachian hill boy from east Tennessee, Billy Ray Chitwood has family roots that go back to tenth century England and a hamlet just north of London called Chetwode.

Billy Ray received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, taught high school ‘Advanced Writing’ in Lorain, Ohio. He has served honorably and proudly in the United States Navy. Aside from sales/marketing management positions with top textbook publishers, he has been a model and an actor in film, stage, television. He is still active in his own business as the CEO of Chitwood, Inc.

Billy Ray has written fifteen books, most of which you will find on amazon and amazon UK. Many of his novels of fiction were inspired from actual crimes. His first book, “The Cracked Mirror – Reflections Of An Appalachian Son,” is a fictional memoir which has much factual and historical accuracy about the author’s own life.

Currently, Billy Ray spends his time on the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee with his lovely wife, Julie Anne, and their feisty but lovable Bengal cat named George.

Connect to Billy Ray

Website: https://brchitwood.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brchitwood
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/billyrayscorner/

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