Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves – The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody by Marcia Meara


Delighted to feature the latest release by Marcia Meara – The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody.

About the Novella

In Marcia Meara’s second installment of The Emissary Trilogy, a Riverbend spinoff series of novellas, we find our three heroes at it again. Beautiful new places, exciting new adventures, and a whole assortment of new problems await them, bringing tears, laughter, and an extraordinary amount of love along with them.

Trouble never does a head count before showing up …

They’re back!

Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again.

They’re looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn. You know the ones—the kid thinking about stealing from a corner market or the man planning to lie about a coworker and destroy her career. Yeah, them. People on the brink of making a mistake that could send them down that wrong road and jeopardize their mortal souls.

Of course, there are rules by which the emissaries must play, and the archangel Azrael stands ready to enforce them. First and foremost, a person’s free will must never be compromised. Emissaries are allowed to use only the smallest of mental nudges. Thankfully, a whispered suggestion here or images of a better course of action there is usually all it takes. The potential mugger walks on by. The thief drops the wallet back into the unattended purse. But whether the results are obvious or not, Jake and Dodger are fully committed to making a positive difference, even as they struggle with issues of their own.

Will Dodger get over losing his chance to learn what true love is all about? Will Jake survive the grueling angelic equivalent of Boot Camp? Will Azrael ever finish the Official Emissarial Guidebook—including the chapter titled Do Not Even Think About It?

One thing’s for sure—Jake’s and Dodger’s strengths are growing daily, as they help more and more people make better choices. But is the price for so much power higher than they’re willing to pay?

An early review for the book

This novella is beautiful. Its a very touching story and offers so much in development of the characters and their feelings. In this day and age, we can all enjoy a wonderful novella like this.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JDP2B3D

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JDP2B3D

A selection of other books by Marcia Meara

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Marcia-Meara/e/B00EUCXRU4

And Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marcia-Meara/e/B00EUCXRU4

Read more reviews and follow Marcia Meara on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242441.Marcia_Meara

About Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara is a native Floridian, and lives in Sanford, just north of Orlando, with her husband of 30+ years, four large cats, and two small dachshunds. When not working on her books and blogs, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard.

At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that a mere 64 years later, she finally wrote “Wake-Robin Ridge,” her first novel. Making up for lost time, she has published five more novels and a spinoff novella over the last four years:

Connect to Marcia Meara

Website and blog: http://marciamearawrites.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarciaMeara
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marcia.meara.writer
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marciameara/

Thank you for calling in and it would be great if you could spread the news about Marcia’s new book.. thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Judith Barrow, Jane Risdon and Christina Jones, Teri Polen


Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore and the first author celebrating a recent review is Judith Barrow for the sequel to her trilogy about the Howarth family – A Hundred Tiny Threads which I can also personally recommend.

About A Hundred Tiny Threads

It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.

The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.

One of the recent reviews for the book

A Hundred Tiny Threads, Judith Barrow’s prequel to her great saga about the Howarth family, is a brilliant read!

The characters are well-rounded and credible, the period detail first-class but unobtrusive, the prose masterful and compelling.

The central character is Winifred and she is so well-drawn we feel all her emotions as if they’re our own. She suffers under the spiteful control of her bitter mother but has the courage to make a stand for the things she believes are right. As in life, some of the people who impact on her are positive forces such as her father and grandmother, others are more destructive and malevolent. Winifred experiences hardship, tragedy, happiness and love and what happens to her matters because we know her so well.

The novel focuses on the decade that includes the fight for women to have the vote and some control over their own lives, the Second World War, the troubles in Ireland and the outbreak of Spanish Flu. These form the backdrop to the more personal story of a young woman and her struggles to cope with life in such tempestuous times.

I loved it and am surprised there aren’t more reviews here. I recommend you buy a copy now!

Head over read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/100-Tiny-Threads-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B073W1LTSR

and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/100-Tiny-Threads-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B073W1LTSR

Also by Judith Barrow

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6

Read more reviews and follow Judith on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3295663.Judith_Barrow

Connect to Judith via her blog: judithbarrowblog.com/

The next authors with recent reviews are Jane Risdon and Christina Jones for their collaborative novel Only One Woman.

Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?

One of the recent reviews for the book

An interesting read I wasn’t sure how it would work with two authors, but it is cleverly written like a diary of the two girls Renza and Stella who become involved with Scott the sexy guy from the band. Set in the late sixties there are lots of references to music and magazines and general things of these times. Renza can’t believe her luck when the band move in next door to her. Her life isn’t that exciting and she has to help her Mum a lot with the rest of her large family when all of a sudden she’s popular with the girls at school who want to hang out in her garden to see the boys. After falling for Scott Renza unfortunately has to move to Germany with her Dad as he is in the army. Stella comes into Scott’s life slightly older then Renza who will Scott choose. It was good reading the story through the eyes of both girls in their diary. I won’t give any spoilers to say who Scott ends up with. I wonder if there will be a second book following on so we can see if he made the right decision.

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/dp/B075D88JBP

Read more reviews and follow Jane on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831801.Jane_Risdon

Connect to Jane Risdon via her blog:  https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/

A small selection of books by Christina Jones.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christina-Jones/e/B001K8U57Y/

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Jones/e/B001K8U57Y/

Connect to Christina via her blog: https://christinajones-writing.blogspot.ie/

To finish off today a recent review for The Gemini Connection by Teri Polen.

About The Gemini Connection.

Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is. On their dying planet of Tage, scientists work tirelessly on its survival. Like the twins’ parents, Simon is a science prodigy, recruited at a young age to work with the brilliant creator of Scientific Innovations. To the bitter disappointment of their parents, Evan shows no aptitude or interest in science. As a Mindbender, he travels into the minds of scientists to locate buried memories, connect ideas and concepts, and battle recurring nightmares.

When Simon mysteriously disappears, Evan is plunged into a world of loss and unbearable guilt. For the first time, he can’t ‘feel’ Simon—it’s like he no longer exists. Evan blames himself. No one knows that he ignored his brother’s pleas for help on the night he went missing. A year later, Simon is still gone. Evan lost his twin, but Tage might have lost its last hope of survival when it’s discovered that Simon’s unfinished project could be its salvation. Evan is determined to find him—somewhere—and bring Simon home. Their unusual connection might be more extraordinary than they know, and the key to locating Simon.

One of the recent reviews for the book

on September 1, 2018

This novel was fantastic. I’m not a big science fiction fan, but this one grabbed my attention and kept it through the whole story. (I was directing a play while reading this book, and I was often caught reading the book backstage before performances to see what would happen next.) I loved the complicated relationship between the twin brothers Simon and Evan and that the narrative goes back and forth between them AND back and forth in time. They also have a subconscious bond to each other that is explained well and essential to the plot. Simon is a pure genius. Evan is the athlete, and in this futuristic world, the parents value the brains over the brawn, which is an interesting twist. Another interesting twist to this book is the introduction of a LGBT plot line. It is shown in such a healthy, positive way, and I loved it.

I adored the fact that problem Evan had with the relationship when he discovers it was not that it was homosexual but that he didn’t like the guy because of a long-standing rivalry. There is a lot of emotional tension throughout the story, and the characters are fully formed. Evan has the coolest job. Through technology, he is able to go into the minds of people and eradicate their nightmares. This reminded me of an old 80s movie I loved called Dreamscape. I highly recommend this book for scifi and fantasy readers 12 and older.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Gemini-Connection-Teri-Polen/dp/1684330343/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gemini-Connection-Teri-Polen-ebook/dp/B07BFGFN66/

Also by Teri Polen

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Teri-Polen/e/B01MYOUA6V

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Teri-Polen-ebook/dp/B01NBIFRF4

Read more reviews and follow Teri on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16114393.Teri_Polen

Connect to Teri via her website: https://teripolen.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I am sure that if you are looking for your next book to read you will find plenty to choose from these talented authors. Thanks Sally

There are approximately 500 books on display in the Cafe and Bookstore…and many authors have more than 7 releases that you can link to on Amazon to view and buy. So if you are stuck for your next book… then check them out.. 

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Smorgasbord Reblog – Interview and Review of Tales from the Irish Garden by D.G. Kaye


Launching a new book is a time when you are blessed to be part of a sharing community. Reviews are eagerly awaited as your book circulates and so please forgive me over the next couple of weeks as I make the most of this honeymoon period.

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies featured and reviewed Tales from the Irish Garden on Sunday along with a short extract…and put me on the spot with a few questions.

Featured author of the week

My today’s Sunday Book Review and something more! Today I’m featuring Sally Cronin from the Smorgasbord Invitation here to share in the news of her newest book launch – Tales from the Irish Garden.

Sally’s storybooks are known for her beautiful short stories and her always interesting characters whether they be stories about people or her garden statues she brings to life in her books – Tales from the Garden written while she was living in Spain, to her newest book Tales from the Irish Garden inspired by her move back to Ireland. And of course, Sally wasn’t moving without taking her garden friends and guardians with her.

Sally is a generous sharer and promoter of the works of other writers. She always has something for everyone on her daily blogs whether it be music, recipes, health articles, laughter lines, and especially her tireless promoting of others in her virtual Bookstore and Cafe. If you are an author looking for a place to promote your books, please visit Sally’s promotional offers on her blog, and if you’re in time, you may still make it in with your books to her Christmas Grotto!

Sally Cronin

About Sally Cronin:

I have lived a fairly nomadic existence living in eight countries including the Sri Lanka, South Africa and USA before settling back here in Ireland. My work, and a desire to see some of the most beautiful parts of the world in the last forty years, has taken me to many more incredible destinations around Europe and Canada, and across the oceans to New Zealand and Hawaii. All those experiences and the people that I have met, provide a rich source of inspiration for my stories.

I have been a storyteller most of my life (my mother called them fibs!). Poetry, song lyrics and short stories were left behind when work and life intruded, but that all changed in 1996. After a long and very happy career, I took the step to retrain as a nutritional therapist, a subject that I was very interested in, and to make the time to write my first book. Size Matters was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another ten books since then on health and also fiction including three collections of short stories. I am an indie author and proud to be one. My greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy my take on health, characters and twisted endings… and of course come back for more.

As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books.. as important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog and linked to my social media. If you are an author who would like to be promoted to a new audience of dedicated readers, please contact me via my blog. All it will cost you is a few minutes of your time. Look forward to hearing from you.

 

Tales from the Irish Garden

Get this book on Amazon!

Click  HERE for Amazon UK

Blurb:

The queen of Magia and her court have fled their sun filled Spanish homeland and the palace beneath the magnolia tree.

Arriving on the backs of geese and swans, they seek sanctuary in the magic garden of The Storyteller who welcomes them to the Emerald Island, a place where rain is almost a daily feature. Grateful for their safe haven and the generosity of their host, the queen and her courtiers embrace their new surroundings with delight.

As the seasons change throughout the year, they come into contact with many of the human and animal inhabitants of the garden and the surrounding forest, all of whom have a story to tell. This is a magical fairy story infused with fantasy and romance, as well as opportunities for mischief in the company of goblins, witches and Lerpersians. Suitable for ages 10 to 100 years old…..

Queen Filigree

Queen Filigree created by Donata Zawadzka

Please head over and read D.G. Kaye’s review, read the extract and the interview: https://dgkayewriter.com/booklaunch-review-tales-irish-garden-sally-cronin-sunday-special-feature

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com – Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Cheerio, and thanks for the apocalypse by Ian Hutson


A warm welcome to another new author to the Cafe and Bookstore – Ian Hutson who has a new release on November 3rd…on pre-order… Cheerio, and thanks for the apocalypse. Many of you will already be familiar with Ian’s entertaining and occasionally hair-raising stories of life on his Narrow Boat

About the book

It is seven disconnected tales of self-indulgent, self-deprecating, self-referencing woe, woe and thrice woe, Petunia, filling the pages in a most seriously unserious giggle-fest. Atom bombs rain down, there is some confusion as to who ought to be within the insane asylums and who ought to be without, and England’s pensioners are treated quite implausibly dreadfully. Life never ends, death isn’t forever and the afterlife, such as it is, is in chaos. The greatest thinkers of our time think awe-inspiringly vast, modern thoughts – and their dog makes them look like intellectual minnows swimming with intellectual sharks. This is not entirely unexpected though, since the dog in question, based upon a real-life dog of the author’s real-life experience, put Genghis Khan in the shade and was apt to make Charles Darwin spin in his grave, embarrassed by his demonstrably flawed theories.

England is neither Heaven nor Hell, but both are English Empire territories and you can see both from the White Cliffs of Dover without using binoculars. God often pokes an eyeball down through the clouds and the Devil is apt to leave hoof-marks in the lawns. The politicians in this book, all delicious one-hundred and twenty-six thousand calories each, are not loved and respected as are all politicians in real life, but are here portrayed simply as two-dimensional lying, self-serving, ignorant, shameless mediocrities. Further, the reader must be warned that London, the centre of the universe and beloved by one and all, the only portion of England that truly matters, is …brace yourself …reduced to black, powdery ashes. No, seriously, you ought not to laugh at that. Whatever would we do with the country’s tax income if London were not there to soak it all up?

Is ‘Cheerio, and thanks for the apocalypse’ a book of its time? Well, the author reckons that he’s caught the essential flavour of the present Establishment and of the rank and file, and caught it just moments before we all climb back into the trees and forget how to read and write, too. That much he claims as a success.

What then of the book’s failures? The author is, as are we all, a prisoner of his own constitution and can no more change his ways than fly. Flies are particularly known to not change their ways. The author hasn’t changed his ways since Poonah, in forty-three or forty-four, although it must be said that the charges were dropped then, and an out-of-court-martial settlement reached. Consequently, this book is old-fashioned, it’s verbose, and it’s certainly not subtle. It features strong male leads, mild political incorrectness, wilfully woefully little to no diversity, and yet, the author hopes, a laugh or three. The author, ever the optimist, ever the fool, casts this literary pearl before his readership*.

*Yes, we thought that too, but the man’s both desperate and unstable, so it’s best to just smile, nod, and hurry into your bomb-shelter.

You can buy the book on pre-order for £2.75 for November 3rd: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cheerio-thanks-apocalypse-Ian-Hutson-ebook/dp/B07H2MRJX9

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H2MRJX9

A selection of books by Ian Hutson

One of the reviews for The Cat Wore Electric Goggles

The cat wore electric goggles is a collection of short stories in which I have learnt a great deal about space travel! The author uses space exploration as a medium where he explores (or is that ‘vents’ his spleen) about some of life’s more outrageous areas e.g. politics, religion, homophobia, the class divide, and the age old controversy of putting the milk in the tea cup first! I found his approach ingenious and for the most part funny; although he does have his deeper moments, who wouldn’t if you really want to drink milk?

The author had an amazing imagination that enthrals me – where does it come from? Most of the time during my nightly pleasure (sad life!) of reading Ian Hutson I find myself, thumb in mouth, relishing the nostalgic memories – Miss Rutherford is a particular favourite of mine – but I lived through some of the references and it all came flooding back to me! Another nightly story is like meeting an old friend for tea and cakes (at the appropriate hour of the day, of course!) If you haven’t read any Hutson you are sadly lacking in your life.

Then there is the cat, of course and not being a cat person I wondered what frightened me the most – the cat or what it saw……well that’s another story you need to read for yourself – brilliant once again Sir!  He can’t write fast enough for me!

Read the reviews and buy the books:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ian-Hutson/e/B00C6XFRBG

And at Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Ian-Hutson/e/B00C6XFRBG

Read more reviews and follow Ian on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7043626.Ian_Hutson

About Ian Hutson

Born during tiffin in the sea-side town of Cleethorpes, England, at half-past nineteen-sixty. Whole family immediately moved to Hong Kong where Father worked for the Ministry of Defence, spying on Cold-War Red China by listening in to their radio transmissions. Hutson Minor spoke only Cantonese and some pidgin English and was a complete brat.

At the end of the sixties was to be found on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Still a brat. There finally learned to read and write under the strict disciplinarian regime of the Nicolson Institute and one Miss Crichton. Then spent a year living in Banham Zoo in Norfolk, swapping childhood imaginary friends for howler monkeys, penguins.

Followed, for want of something better to do and for want of a brain, in Daddy’s footsteps and found himself working for the British Civil Service in areas much too foul to be named. Was eventually asked to leave by the Home Secretary. A few years of corporate life earned some more kind invitations to leave. Ran a few businesses, several limited companies, then went down the plug-hole with the global economy and found himself in court, bankrupt with home, car and valuables auctioned off by H.M. Official Receivers. Now lives by candlelight in a hedgerow in rural Lincolnshire as a peacenik vegan hippie drop-out, darning old socks and living on fresh air and a sense of the ridiculous.

Dog person not a cat person. Favourite colours include faded tangerine and cobalt blue. Fatally allergic to Penicillin and very nearly so to Jerusalem Artichokes. Loves coffee and loves curry. Has tried his hardest all of his life to ride bicycles but simply looks like a deranged, overweight orang-utan on wheels. Favourite film Blade Runner. Uses the word “splendid” far too much.

Connect to Ian Hutson

My website/blog/book page https://dieselelectricelephant.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/dieselelephants
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ian.hutson.50

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves – Frolicksome Women and Troublesome Wives: Wife Selling in England by Barb Drummond


Welcome to a new author to the cafe and bookstore… Barb Drummond and her latest book released at the end of August – Frolicksome Women & Troublesome Wives  – Wife Selling England.

About the book

In the late 18th century, French travellers claimed an Englishman tired of his wife could dispose of her at Smithfield’s beast market. Examples can be found scattered through press records. Some were, as often claimed, brutal, sometimes drunken affairs. But others were civilised, even joyful events ending in marriage-style dinners. They varied widely over time, place, and practice. In England marriage was easily entered into, but was virtually impossible to escape. Sales took many forms to ensure they were legal, and rituals were often incorporated.

This book is about the nature of marriage itself, of what it meant to our ancestors, of how the public responded to disputes, and about the rights of women and children. Some sales were initiated by women, who were often nameless, but appear as intelligent, opinionated and who knew their rights. There were many men and women who believed there was an alternative to a life of misery, to be ended by death.

You can buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frolicksome-Women-Troublesome-Wives-Selling/dp/191282907X

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Frolicksome-Women-Troublesome-Wives-Selling/dp/191282907X

A selection of other books by Barb Drummond:

A review for Stride, Shuffle or Crawl: A Glastonbury Walk

Gives you exactly what you want. I wanted to know more about the Tor and getting up there. I might crawl up one side but then I think I could walk on the easy side!

You can find all the reviews and books via: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barb-Drummond/e/B0034PP5YY

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barb-Drummond/e/B0034PP5YY

You can find all the books and follow Barb on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1244006.Barb_Drummond

About Barb Drummond

Barb Drummond has been researching and self-publishing books on British history for over a decade. She writes about art, architecture, civil engineering and abolition of the slave trade. She has appeared on local tv and radio, carried out research for the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum and is often consulted by researchers.

On September 4 2018 she published a trio of quirky, original books:
Mr Bridges’ Enlightenment Machine: Forty Years on Tour in Georgian Britain
Frolicksome Women and Troublesome Wives: Wife Selling in England
The Midas of Manumission: Samuel Gist and his Virginian Slaves

Connect to Barb Drummond

Website: https://barbdrummond.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/texthistory
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barb.drummond.92
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barb-drummond-a8b54417/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore Barb Drummond’s books further.. I do love the title of Frolicksome Women…..thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Paulette Mahurin, Annika Perry and Jan Sikes


The first author with recent reviews is Paulette Mahurin for  A Different Kind of Angel.

As with all Paulette’s books, profits from will go to rescue dogs from kill shelters.

About A Different Kind of Angel

Inspired by real events chronicled by a journalist for The World News, Elizabeth Cochrane (pen name, Nellie Bly), in 1887.

Klara Gelfman’s life in Kiev was serene until she turned nineteen. That’s when Russia’s Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, and a vicious propaganda campaign spread that blamed the Jews for his death. Klara and her family became victims of the many pogroms breaking out throughout Russia. None were so violent as what hit Kiev in 1881. It was there that Klara’s family was torn asunder and her world changed forever.

This is the story of what happens to this traumatized, orphaned, young Jewish woman when she escapes Russia and crosses an ocean to arrive on the rough streets of New York City able to speak only a few words of English. There, in the land of the free, Klara’s life is thrown into turmoil when she is mistaken for a drunken prostitute. Mistreated by those entrusted to protect her—the police, a judge, doctors, and nurses—she is condemned to an unrelenting hellscape when she is incorrectly and involuntarily committed to a lunatic asylum.

At a time when women had no political, economic or professional rights, comes a story where corruption by the powerful was as overt and commonplace as was garbage on the New York City streets. From the award-winning, international best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes an unforgettable story of the devastating effects of persecution, hatred, and arrogance. A Different Kind of Angel is also a story of love, family, friendship, and loyalty. It is a journey into the nature and heart of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave readers thinking about the story long after they finish the book.

One of the recent reviews for the book  A Part of History We All Should Know About  on October 8, 2018

This book possessed me. It was a haunting read. Also, as I read it, it all seemed so familiar. I checked, and possibly I saw the movie “Ten Days in a Madhouse”. At any rate, I knew the story, but it had been shoved back into my memory until I read this book. And, even though Klara, Catherine, and Roy weren’t real, if I understood it correctly, they held some kind of memories for me, maybe some past life flashback. I hope not.

It reeked Twilight Zonish to me as well, as this was happening to women, two perfectly sane women being confined, their lives taken away from them, one by a politician. I also drew parallels with what is happening today in the news and women being taken seriously. What a gruesome thought of being shoved into insane asylums again.

This atrocity is akin to slavery, and we all should be aware of it.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GZYXNR4

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GZYXNR4

Also by Paulette Mahurin

Read all the reviews and BUY the books: https://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Read more reviews and follow Paulette on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895757.Paulette_Mahurin

 
The next author with a recent review is Annika Perry for The Storyteller Speaks.

About The Story Teller Speaks

It only takes one event to change a life. What is that action, decision, occurrence? Whose life is affected? Changed forever?

In this eclectic mix of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry the pendulum swings between first love and murder, from soul-destroying grief to reconciliation. The tales veer from the sweet satisfaction of revenge to new beginnings, from heart-breaking miscarriages of justice to heart-warming Christmas misadventure.

One common thread binds them all; the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.

Open your hearts and minds as The Storyteller Speaks.

One of the recent reviews for the book
Sep 06, 2018 Janice Spina rated it Five Stars

The Storyteller Speaks is an electric collection of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry that makes for an entertaining read. These stories cover a wide range of situations such as love, murder, revenge, misadventures, injustices and grief.

The author bares her soul and grief over the loss of her Morfar and Mormor in the story, “Loss of a Patriarch.” She keeps the readers on edge and guessing until the end of some of the stories as in “Sofia.” She has an innate ability to use her words sparingly and dribble out little clues to keep the reader hanging on her every word until the end of the stories.

At the back of the book the author shares her inspiration for each story. It’s evident that she uses daily experiences in her life to create intriguing and fascinating tales.

This is a commendable beginning book for this talented author who will be one to watch for future books

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0789KZVF8/

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789KZVF8

Read other reviews and follow Annika on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17498437.Annika_Perry

Connect to Annika via her blog  https://annikaperry.com

The book is reviewed by Janice Spina

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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The next author with a recent review is for award-winning author Jan Sikes with Two Shorts and a Snort

About Two Shorts and a Snort

This book consists of two short stories and one poem from award-winning author, Jan Sikes, in response to a writing challenge from the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB.

Obsessed:
How far will one man go to satisfy an obsession? The price could cost him his life.

Maggie:
Is it possible to pray up a baby? Frank and Mary Pyburn are convinced that is what they’ve done.

Friends Instead of Lovers:
Sometimes it’s better to remain friends, instead of giving in to desires and crossing a line.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Michael Lynes 4.0 out of 5 stars A fun “Obsession” September 3, 2018

“Two Shorts and a Snort” by Jan Sikes is an interesting read. The writing is clean apart from a couple of typos and the stories are quite short. The Longest of the two shorts “Obsession” is my favorite of the collection. It is a worthy effort, a story constructed around the West Texas oil boom and its roughneck culture. Overall the story moves well – motivation is clear and the central conflict is well depicted. The feeling for the minor characters is a bit lacking but the overall resolution is good. I was less of a fan of the ‘moral’ at the conclusion as I’d rather that was left as an exercise for the reader to conclude rather than a sort od ‘Aesop’s Fables’ type of end.

Overall a good show – four stars. With better attention paid to character development – always a challenge in the short form – these stories could evolve into an excellent collection.;

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DY8FSWL/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Shorts-Snort-Jan-Sikes-ebook/dp/B07DY8FSWL

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

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that this has given you some ideas for your next book… thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sunday Interview – Getting to Know author Jaye Marie


Delighted to welcome author Jaye Marie to the Sunday Interview.. Jaye lives with her sister-in-law, author Anita Dawes and they team up and spend time and effort in sharing our posts on social media.

Before we find out which of the questions Jaye has chosen to answer.. here is a little more about her.

Most people may know me as one-half of the writing partnership, Anita & Jaye Dawes, and I have come to writing quite late in life. I always used to think I didn’t have an ambitious bone in my body, content to potter about with my many craft hobbies. Always preferring to be in the background and invisible if at all possible.

And for the last ten years since my retirement, that’s what my life has been like. I love books and have read my way through stacks of them, so when my sister-in-law Anita needed someone to edit and type up her manuscripts, I was happy to help and that’s when I discovered my vocation.

Then one day everyone was talking about “Indie” or self-publishing. Now, I knew only too well how hard it was to be published the traditional way, so I became very excited at the prospect of being able to do it ourselves.

At first, I concentrated on publishing Anita’s books. It wasn’t quite as easy as they made it sound, but with my usual stubbornness I kept at it, learning more and more as I went along, and somewhere along the way I starting thinking about a story that had been nibbling away in the corner of my mind for months.

I tried to ignore it, but before too long, The Ninth Life demanded to be written and turned out to be a Mystery/Thriller. I am reasonably pleased with the outcome, basically to be honest, because my characters took charge and practically wrote it for me! They had quite a say with the sequel too, and I am proud of our achievements!

I also enjoy running a website/blog and all the wonderful people I continue to meet from all around the world. I learn something new every single day and it is much appreciated.

More about Jaye’s books a little later… but first time to get to know her better.

Welcome Jaye and perhaps we could start by finding out what you consider to be your favourite Book

As a child, I was a prolific reader. I would read anything, including several things I shouldn’t have. When I was in the hospital with appendicitis, I read every book in the ward.
The one book that still haunts me, is an illustrated copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
The story enthralled me, but it was the beautiful illustrations that filled my dreams. They brought the story to life so well, that the nightmares in Jane Eyre’s life quickly haunted my dreams too. I have tried to find another copy of this book, as the drawings were exquisite, but so far I haven’t managed to track one down. There were so many illustrated versions, so surely the one I remember so well must be out there somewhere?

Sally here:  I found this one on Amazon Jaye..I loved the cover… link is attached…

What was the one thing you could never learn how to do no matter how hard you tried?

I grew up listening to tales of my father playing the piano. How he would come home on leave from the army, and still in uniform and huge army boots, he would pound out all the popular tunes of the day.

By all accounts, I was supposed to be the image of my dad, tall and cheeky, and always optimistic. So in the beginning, I assumed I would be able to play the piano too. But despite countless lessons from some of the best teachers, I just couldn’t do it. I could pick out a tune with one hand, but that wasn’t enough for me.

I wanted to play like the classical pianists. All those powerful pieces that had always stirred my heart, and had my blood racing, but it wasn’t to be. The desire has never left me though…

Sally here: sorry that didn’t work out for you Jaye, but to cheer you up here is that incredible pianist and humourist… Victor Borge.

If you could choose a different career, what would it be and why?

When I was a child I wanted to be many things when I grew up. I hovered between being a film star, a doctor or a hairdresser. I honestly thought I could be any of them, given a following wind and a liberal amount of determination.

It wasn’t until much later that I narrowed it down to the medical profession. Probably because I had exhausted most of the others. The desire to be a famous actress quickly faded when I realised I didn’t have any of the necessary qualifications, like good looks and a modicum of acting ability.

In my heart, I still want to be a doctor and I think I would have been a good one, just a shame that life got in the way!

What is something you look forward to when you retire?

I always imagined my retirement would be a time of peace and tranquillity, a welcome change from the chaos of my working life.

I would be living in a delightful cottage in the New Forest, surrounded by trees and wildlife.
My days would be spent tending my garden or making jam or other preserves. There would be plenty of time for reading, sewing or knitting. Maybe a little watercolour painting.

But I don’t have the cottage in the forest and my days are busy with writing and blogging a completely different retirement from the one I planned.

We have had to make the best out of what life has given us, even though it was difficult in the beginning.

The joke is on me; for I prefer the retirement I have now. The dream will have to wait for me…

Sally here: In the meantime Jaye… here is a cottage you can pin on the wall…

If you were granted three wishes what would they be?

This is the stuff that fairy stories are usually made of.

Without giving it too much thought, I would probably wish for a lovely house, enough money in the bank and be slim and healthy.

But are these wishes good enough?

I mean, it’s not every day you get given three wishes, is it?

With a bit more thought, I might ask for health, wealth and happiness for my friends and family, but these sound too flippant as though I hadn’t given the matter any thought at all.

I just asked Anita what she would choose, and straight away she said that good health was important, for without it nothing else would matter.

She then said that harmony was important too. If everything in your life was in harmony, you wouldn’t have many problems.

Finally, she said that she would ask for good fortune, for unlike money or wealth, good fortune in all things would create a wonderful life.

I could agree with all of this, although I might ask for a peaceful end when my time runs out…

Wishing you everything that you have on your list Jaye and thank you for sharing your life with us today.

A selection of books by Jaye Marie

One of the recent reviews for Out of Time

I hadn’t read the previous novel about Kate, so knew nothing about her, but Kate knows nothing about herself either when she wakes up. This is a thriller with no heroes, the Snowman is desperate to help her and it seems at last he can., but it is not to be. If this was a television thriller the Snowman would save the day, but the story becomes more complex. We follow the killer’s thoughts as well as the other main characters, an advantage of books over screens. The reader will never sympathise, but we might comprehend what’s going on in Jack’s mind. Michael is another character who we think might save the day, but he is a mix of flaws and must face up to the grief he has caused the woman he loved and the other woman who loves him.

This is not a novel for the faint hearted; what starts as a mystery of unconnected murders is also the story of those unfotunate enough to be in the path of a killer or know his intended victim. We know from the news that bizarre killings can occur when a murderer becomes obsessed and this murderer is obsessed with Kate.

Read the reviews and and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

Read more reviews and follow Jaye Marie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie

Coming soon…..

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Connect with Jaye on Social Media.

WordPress:  http://jenanita01.wordpress.com
Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/jayemarie44
Twitter:         https://twitter.com/jaydawes2

Thank you for visiting today and I am sure that Jaye would love to receive your comments. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Even Salt Looks Like Sugar by Yecheilyah Ysrayl


Today I am featuring the latest release by Yecheilyah Ysrayl – A novella – Even Salt Looks Like Sugar.

About the book

Wanda wants nothing more than to escape the oppressive upbringing of life with her abusive foster mother. Miss Cassaundra manipulates the system by bringing lost children into her home turned whorehouse and collecting the money. Wanda knows what it’s like to be abandoned and has no doubt Abby is Cassaundra’s next case. When an opportunity arises, that could save them both, Wanda must find a way to get the paperwork that will secure their freedom. But Cassaundra’s got eyes everywhere and no one can be trusted when even salt looks like sugar.

One of the early reviews for the novella

Lisa T 4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read! October 3, 2018

Don’t trust everything you see. Even Salt Looks Like Sugar is a poignant tale of a 16 year old girl named Wanda who was abandoned by her parents and taken in by a neighbor. The story takes place in a rural Louisiana town where everybody knows you and your business.

The “kindly” neighbor, Miss Cassaundra, had a habit of taking in children who had been abandoned. She would feed and clothe them, but also made them feel trapped. She received money from the government to care for the kids, but she didn’t show they live and affection. In fact, they lived in a brothel, run by Cassaundra, a woman who rarely got off of her couch due to being morbidly obese.

Wanda wanted out, but the only way she knew to do that was to get a job. Each time she had an interview, Cassaundra found out and threw a wrench in her plans.

Things escalate and eventually Wanda is told the truth about why her father abandoned her, leaving her in a whore house. Wanda’s only saving grace was the young girl who was left in her charge, Abby. Cassaundra was getting money for her, but Wanda was taking care of the child. Things come to a head and secrets are revealed. One such secret ends up saving Abby from Cassaundra’s clutches.

I loved the dynamic between Wanda and her BFF, Rosa. They grew up in foster care together and had each other’s backs no matter what.

This was a quick read, more like a short story. It held my attention and gave some good info on the foster care system. I expect nothing less when I read a novel by Yecheilyah.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G2VLM24

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Even-Salt-Looks-Like-Sugar-ebook/dp/B07G2VLM24

Also by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA

Read more reviews and follow Yecheilyah on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8336941.Yecheilyah_Ysrayl

About Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Yecheilyah (e-SEE-li-yah, affectionately nicknamed EC) is an Author, Book Blogger, and Poet. Originally from Chicago, she now lives in Marietta, GA with her wonderful husband. Yecheilyah studied Professional and Technical Writing at Chicago State University and is currently a Psychology student at Argosy University, Atlanta with a concentration in Child and Adolescent studies. She is the founder of Literary Korner Publishing, the publishing name under which she publishes her books, and The PBS Blog where she offers Indie Author tips, advice, and resources for authors. The PBS Blog has been named among Reedsy’s Best Book Review blogs of 2017 and 2018. When she’s not writing, Yecheilyah is teaching Pre-K, studying, and spending time with her lovely family

Connect to Yecheilyah

Website: https://www.yecheilyahysrayl.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yecheilyah.ysrayl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ahouseofpoetry

Thank you for visiting and it would be great if you could spread the news of Yecheilyah’s new release as far as possible. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews – Judy Penz Sheluk, Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton, Billy Ray Chitwood and Diana J. Febry


The first book with a recent review is one that I am currently reading and is the latest release of Judy Penz Sheluk – Past & Present – A Marketville Mystery.

About Past & Present

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present…

It’s been thirteen months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother thirty years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?

Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.

It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone—least of all Callie—could have predicted.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

This is the second in Judy Penz Sheluk’s Marketville Mystery series, set in a small town outside Toronto, and the series establishes a cozy, warm-hearted atmosphere. As in her earlier book, Skeletons in the Attic, the first-person narrator is Calamity (Callie) Barnstable.

Along for the adventure are her friends Chantelle Marchand and Arabella Carpenter, owner of a nearby antiques shop (the protagonist in Sheluk’s other series, the Glass Dolphin Mysteries).

In this book, Callie and Chantelle team up in a new business called Past & Present Investigations, in which they hope to use Callie’s research acumen and Chantelle’s genealogical knowledge to help people find missing relatives. Arabella will help if someone brings in an old object related to the missing person, and Callie’s retired librarian friend will do the archive searches.

Callie vacillates between loving the business idea and fearing they will find nothing but dead ends, but Sheluk has written nicely three-dimensional characters that are game to try. Callie also faces an ongoing personal challenge. It seems she cannot escape the hostility of her grandfather. He has never forgiven her mother for marrying Callie’s father who was, her grandfather felt, many ladder-rungs beneath her.

Before long, Arabella sends Callie a potential client. Louisa Frankow’s German grandmother, Anneliese, immigrated from England in 1952 on the ship Canberra. A mystery surrounds her grandmother’s death only a few years after that voyage. Family papers and photos and other clues to the grandmother’s past are few, but Callie locates an ephemera dealer with relevant artifacts from voyages of that era—much more glamorous than modern-day trans-Atlantic air travel, that’s for sure!

Callie and Chantelle capitalize on the growing online availability of genealogical databases, newspaper archives, and the like. You may be familiar with these possibilities, if you’ve done some family research of your own, and Sheluk makes the search for Anneliese’s past full of the thrill of discovering how the pieces fit. They learn that Anneliese was murdered, and her husband convicted of manslaughter (on very flimsy evidence, in Callie’s view). He’d been in prison only a few months when he was stabbed to death in the showers. If he was not guilty, as Callie suspects, the real murderer is responsible for two deaths.

Sheluk includes a couple of features that require a bit of a leap of faith. She relies on a long-ago coincidence, which, granted, might have been more likely in the early 1950s when Toronto’s population was a third its current-day size. And, she’s helped by a psychic who interprets objects, and while Callie remains skeptical of the validity of psychic phenomena, the psychic’s revelations help confirm her hypotheses about the crime.

The murder in this book is many years old, but it has consequences for Louisa and Callie too, which makes it significant even without splattering fresh blood all over the pages. It’s fun to watch Callie and her friends in action, and the book ends with the promise of another interesting case to come.

It’s a quick and satisfying read for those who like cozy mysteries or are fascinated by the long tail of the past.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FYZ6HPF/

And Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Past-Present-Judy-Penz-Sheluk-ebook/dp/B07FYZ6HPF/

Also by Judy Penz Sheluk

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Read the reviews and buy all the books: http://www.amazon.com/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04/

Read more reviews and follow Judy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8602696.Judy_Penz_Sheluk

About Judy Penz Sheluk

Connect to Judy via her blog: http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/

While the Bombs Fell which is written by Robbie Cheadle and her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton is also receiving new reviews.

About While the Bombs Fell

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes

One of the recent reviews for the book

While The Bombs Fell is a well written book about growing up in England during World War II. It’s brimming with great appreciation for the simple things in life that we take for granted these days, such as, eating bread and butter and getting a new dress. The accounts about families spending time together enjoying songs brought a smile to my face. It was impossible not to be in awe of the hard work and patriotism of the men, women and children so vividly depicted in this novel.

If you enjoy reminiscing or are interested in learning about growing up in Britain during World War II, then you’ll definitely enjoy While The Bombs Fell.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZ2NZFK

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/While-Bombs-Fell-Robbie-Cheadle-ebook/dp/B07GZ2NZFK

Children’s books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

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 Cheadle via her blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

The next author with a recent review is Billy Ray Chitwood for Hammer’s Holy Grail – A novel of Love and Redemption.

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!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Billy Ray Chitwood has a wonderful way of telling a story. He writes as though he is sharing with a close friend. With humble casualness, he draws the reader into situations often hidden from sight and exposes a deeper story. His characters are familiar and their passions relatable. Through their vulnerabilities, we see our own. We experience domestic violence – as the hurt child, as the beaten spouse, and as the abuser. We experience love – driven, consuming and also tender. Hammer’s Holy Grail takes the reader on a journey through life’s challenges and life’s gifts.

Read the reviews 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

 

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

Connect to Billy Ray via his website: https://brchitwood.com

Reviewer Gwen Plano is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Gwen Plano, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Gwendolyn-M.-Plano/e/B00I5TAJ04/
Website: http://www.gwenplano.com/

The final author today with a recent review is Diana J. Febry the author of the Peter Hatherall mysteries and her recently published book Five…Twisted Truth

About Twisted Truth

It’s hard to defend yourself when you have memory lapses, and everyone thinks you are crazy.

Journalist, Megan Roach, is given a story by an old man in a nursing home that could make her famous. When her carefully constructed life starts to unravel, she is forced to confront her childhood demons and the possibility she could be a murderer.

DCI Peter Hatherall uncovers a conspiracy that confronts his own beliefs and goes far deeper than Megan Roach imagined. But can he believe anything she says?

One of the recent reviews for the book:

Twisted truth. What an apt title in our age of fake news and so much corruption, where truth is hard to come by or believe. Of course that title captured my attention but I’m also a frequent reader of this author, having read the earlier in the Powell series. And speaking of fake news, no surprise that one of the main characters is a reporter, Megan Roach, who works with her photographer, Rob. They are cast well; she with the frustration of working for a rag newspaper and wanting for her chance at fame and accolades and he a great counter-part to her character, a gay man who is just embarking on a relationship with a man in the closet (an elementary school teacher). Then factor into the cast of great characters is Peter Hatherall, his side-kick DI Fiona Williams (who he has an unrequited attraction for), his wife Sally, and their children (featured in the backdrop).

Into the storyline comes David Prater a wealthy and influential businessman, his mother, Miranda, a deceased wife, Carolyn (the victim who we learn about in hindsight who has a lover on the side who was also murdered with her), and mention of the rich and well connected deceased politician father. There are many other characters who enter for subplots that shine richness into the story: the newly married couple who ask Hatherall to check into another of their friends who have gone missing, a young runaway boy who stole a horse from a glue factory but this is no ordinary horse, and Lorna a friend who mysteriously pops up from Megan’s childhood (a childhood she doesn’t remember as she’s been adopted).

The story begins with Megan and Rob covering a story at a nursing home. There an elderly man on a wheelchair surreptitiously captures her attention. She mistakes him for a demented elderly, which couldn’t be further from the truth. He has a box he wants to give to a reporter. He can’t go to the police; it’s too dangerous—the police are in cahoots with the powerful involved. Megan is doubtful about its contents until later when she opens it and see evidence that points to a murder; of David Prater’s wife and lover. As the story unfolds the reader comes to learn that Carolyn Prater knew her life was endangered. She wanted to leave her husband who she claims has secrets.

The storyline’s intensity increases when Megan asks a police officer friend of hers to send her the file on the auto accident that killed Carolyn and others. It’s missing. Been deleted or sideswiped and she is told to leave it alone. Into the story factors the earlier mentioned boy on the horse who Hatherall and Fiona are now looking for. This leads them to David Prater, who takes an interest in working with the boy; training him for races as news has spread that the boy on bareback is jumping hedges and fences and showing great show promise. While on that case Hatherall catches wind that a reporter has asked about Prater’s wife’s missing file. When his interest is piqued, he enquires to some locals to discover that David and Carolyn had a discreetly open relationship. And another juicy tidbit is it’s questionable that their sons are his.

As the storyline comes together the reader goes beyond questioning if Carolyn and others in the car were murdered to who did it? No spoilers here. This is a tightly-written, well-crafted, detailed story rich in a main theme and subplots. The relationship between Hatherall and Fiona is witty and well dialogued, which has always been a treat in reading this author. Febry knows how to weave a mysterious yarn that not only captures and holds attention but is highly entertaining. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twisted-Truth-Peter-Hatherall-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07DK5L1YT/

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Truth-Peter-Hatherall-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07DK5L1YT/

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

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will head over and check these authors and their books out further. thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the Shelves – Pre-Order #Offer- She Who Comes Forth (The Herbert West Series Sequel) by Audrey Driscoll


 

The ebook version of the soon-to-be released novel She Who Comes Forth by Audrey Driscoll, is available at a special pre-order price of $2.99 from now until the release date, November 7th, 2018.

About She Who Comes Forth

The novel is a standalone sequel to the Herbert West Series. Readers who enjoy a combination of realistic adventure and supernatural elements in an exotic setting — Luxor, Egypt and the Theban Necropolis — may wish to have a look.

October 1962. The developing nuclear missile crisis in Cuba is of no concern to Francesca “France” Leighton. Recently turned 21, France travels from her home in Providence to a job at an archaeological dig in Luxor, Egypt. She takes with her two legacies—an emerald ring from the grandfather she never knew, and an antique cello from his friend, a man she loved like a grandfather.

The dig disappoints. France is relegated to sorting chunks of stone, the dig’s director makes unwanted advances; rivalries and mistrust are everywhere. And it’s too darn hot! Tasked with playing her cello at a gathering of archaeologists, France meets the enigmatic and fascinating nuclear physicist Adam Dexter. She’s smitten, especially when he promises to show her the secrets of Egypt, including a hitherto undiscovered tomb.

After a risky balloon cruise ends in a crash landing, France is forced to leave the dig. Despite warnings against solo explorations on the west bank, she finds herself with Adam Dexter in an eerie house near the Theban Necropolis. Adam’s promises are alluring, but he is both more and less than he seems and his motivations are disturbing. Fleeing his house, France makes a horrifying discovery.

Through an image of Osiris, France discovers the true reason for her presence in the Theban Necropolis. As the world teeters on the brink of nuclear war, she must call upon resources both within and beyond herself to meet the perils that await her in the world of the dead beneath the Western Peak.

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SMASHWORDS

A selection of books by Audrey Driscoll

One of the recent reviews for The Friendship of Mortals

I’m familiar with Lovecraft only by reputation, since I’m generally not into horror. And after looking at some of the other reviews, I think that’s an asset when you read The Friendship of Mortals. If you come with no preconceptions, you won’t be disappointed that the author has not written an imitation of Lovecraft. Instead, she’s extracted some concepts and made a whole new tale.

The book has a lot of things I like – libraries, universities, mysterious characters, Gothic atmosphere that is both seamy and elegant, plenty of dialogue (dialogue is how people communicate, after all), and outstanding descriptions. It’s a long book, but that’s not a problem for me. I had no trouble with the flow of the plot. It kept me riveted.

You can’t really like Herbert West, but you can be fascinated by him, even as the narrator, Charles Milburn, is. In fact, I found Milburn to be more interesting than West, because we can watch his complexity developing, even as West remains a mystery. There is always a paranormal element in the book, but this increases toward the end, as Milburn becomes more familiar with ancient alchemical writings. He begins to see ghosts and is visited by the apparition of John Hocks become a demon (the existence of Hocks haunts the entire book).

And then of course there is what happens to the Necromancer’s blood … And the unexplained mystery of the emerald ring …

The early 20th-century period in which the book is laid is perfect for this tale of pseudoscience. Medical knowledge was advancing rapidly, but it hadn’t reached the stage of forensic DNA testing – still primitive enough that experiments such as West’s might be plausible.

Some fine descriptions gem the book, just enough of them to enhance the atmosphere. Here is an example from the very first page:

“I will admit that certain of my memories are too heavy to carry around with me. I have entrusted them to a mental root cellar – dark, cold and difficult of access. The key to this place, unlike most keys, permits itself to be found only on nights such as this, when I have drunk deeply enough to set aside daytime scruples.”

One might say that the idea of cellars and darkness dominates the book, in contrast with certain passages of beauty and light, such as these:

“Her home resembled a ship’s cabin, afloat on a sea of leaves visible through the window.”

“The wind blew over the cliff top, stirring the grass tussocks that clung to the thin soil on the rock. On the far horizon was a bank of high-piled cumulus clouds, their battlements and crenellations like the gate of heaven.”

Great stuff!

This book is only the first of four parts, which I plan to read before too much time passes.

How can you not want to learn what happens next to Herbert West and his steadfast friend, Charles Milburn?;

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About Audrey Driscoll

I grew up reading books, and became interested in making stories myself. I worked out scenes and bits of dialogue, and made my friends act out little dramas based on my favourite book at the time – Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

With that background, it was inevitable I would become a writer. It just took a while. After establishing a career as a librarian – first at the University of Saskatchewan and then at the Greater Victoria Public Library in British Columbia – I had a meaningful encounter with H.P. Lovecraft’s character Herbert West.

Strangely fascinated by HPL’s corpse-reanimating physician and his friend the nameless narrator, I built a set of stories around them. In 2000, I was compelled to write them down. The result was The Friendship of Mortals and three more novels, which constitute the Herbert West Series. Self-publishing became respectable and relatively easy just in time to rescue me from the sad fate of the Unpublished Writer.

Reluctant to abandon the characters I had spent so much time with, I wrote and recently published several short stories as supplements to the Herbert West Series. I am currently at work on a sequel to the series.

My other interest is gardening a patch of earth on southern Vancouver Island. I post about that at least as often as I do about books and writing — with pictures! To me, writing and gardening are forms of alchemy — a mysterious process of creating excellence from the chaos of the world.

Connect to Audrey

Website: www.audreydriscoll.com
Bookpage: https://audreydriscoll.com/the-herbert-west-series/
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/audrey-driscoll/id380553438?mt=11
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Google+: https://plus.google.com/112007806078190610820

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  1. Link to Amazon for the book (preferably your author page even if you only have one book this is an essential marketing tool and makes it a great deal easier for people like myself who are promoting your work) Also if you have a central book link site on your blog or website that is useful.
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If you would like to browse my own books you can find them in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2018/