Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Rum Cocktails, Blog Sitters and all that Jazz


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I have had a lovely week with a birthday and Valentine’s Day and I am now about to pack my bags to head off for a girls week with my two sisters to celebrate all our birthdays which all fall in February. I will report on the activities they have planned on my return… at least those I can talk about!

I got very excited when I read the headlines in the Daily Mail online yesterday that promised hotter temperatures than Spain with a high of 16 degrees and sunshine.. As I was planning what to pack, I thought I better check a more reliable source than the DM!  Sure enough, apart from a couple of days with a glimpse of yellow behind the clouds there is a 45 – 55% of rain all week and a high of 10 or 11.

I have put away my swimsuit, shorts and flip flops again in the attic with the other summer clothes that I fear may never see the light of day again.

However, all is not lost as David bought me a therapy lamp with safe tanning for my birthday. I have been using as advised and retire upstairs to the spare bedroom and don goggles, my iPod and pretend for 15 minutes that I am on a tropical island on a sandy beach. It was not quite there…. but David solved that by buying a bottle of rum, and a dram of that in my coconut water and Bob’s your uncle.. (please drink responsibly with only one cocktail per tanning session and only at sundown)

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I was going to put up a few regular posts during my absence just to keep things ticking over. I then thought that it seemed a shame not to use this as an opportunity to promote a few of my blogging friends and so posted a part-time blog sitter vacancy.

I know how busy everyone is with their own blog and projects so was very grateful to receive a wonderful response to the advert.  I have put together a programme of events for the week that I am away beginning Tuesday with posts from this group of talent writers.

Paul Andruss, Tina Frisco, Colin Chappell, Debby Gies, William Price King, Geoff Le Pard, Noelle Granger, Susan M. Toy, Mary Smith, Robbie Cheadle, John W. Howell and Linda Bethea.

The full programme details can be found here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/smorgasbord-blog-sitting-special-21st-28th-february-programme-of-events/

Time for some of the posts you might have missed during the week.

William Price King – Leontyne Price

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As always my thanks to William Price King for his weekly music post and this week we follow the career and performances of Leontyne Price during the 1960s. Look out for William’s Creative Artist Interview on Wednesday March 1st.  It is an interactive interview and I hope that you will drop in and ask William questions about his life and career in the comments.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/classical-music-with-william-price-king-leontyne-price-part-three-1960s/

Paul Andruss

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Although Paul has contributed articles for the blog over the last couple of months I was delighted when he accepted my invitation to be a regular contributor going forward.. This is his official first post as Writer in Residence.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/writer-in-residence-paul-andruss-or-the-horse-might-talk/

Personal Stuff

A short story for Valentine’s Day.. about love.. of course..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/smorgasbord-short-story-the-other-side-of-heaven-sally-cronin/

Weekly Image and Haiku

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/weekly-image-and-haiku-aniseed/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-barb-caffrey-angie-dokos-and-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-who-said-i-was-up-for-adoption-by-colin-chappell/

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily showcasing 25 bloggers and their posts.

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Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017Seasonal Affective Disorder

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/smorgasbord-health-seasonal-affective-disorder-tryptophan-and-winter-blues/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/smorgasbord-health-seasonal-affective-disorder-part-four-immune-system-and-people/

Food to pep you up a bit.. and not just for Valentines Day.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/st-valentines-day-food-aphrodisiacs-a-meal-and-red-roses-here-are-the-ingredients-the-rest-is-up-to-you/

New series – Top to Toe – The Human Body – The Brain

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-brain-introduction-and-anatomy/

A -Z of Common Conditions… nothing more common than the cold!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/smorgasbord-health-a-z-common-conditions-nothing-more-common-than-a-cold/

Humour

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/time-for-some-laffs-from-around-the-usual-haunts-2/

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That’s me done for the week.. It is a bit early for a rum and coconut juice but I might take a cup of coffee up with me to the tropical paradise and listen to some calypsos!

N.B. If you would like to promote your books and blog here on Smorgasbord the details are here. If you contact me and I don’t respond immediately don’t worry I will get back to you on my return after 28th of Feb.

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Thanks for dropping by and see some of you tomorrow for a few of the regular promotions before I head off.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Keys of the Origin: Book 1: The scions of balance. (Aeldynn Lore) by Melissa A. Joy


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Today the featured author is Melissa A. Joy a new fantasy author who has already impressed her readers with Keys of the Origin: Book 1: The scions of balance. (Aeldynn Lore)

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The time has come for the Keys of the Origin to play their part in restoring balance to Aeldynn; but how will their choices affect the outcome?

Two young men; one a righteous law-abiding servant to the people, the other a distinguished outlaw, don’t yet realise they are to play a part in a foretold bid for the future of Aeldynn.

Fate leads them down a road they would never have dreamed of following; a road that leads them into a struggle to bring the world back into a state of balance from the precipice of madness and desolation.

It is not only Zehn and Larkh who are fated to take on the malevolent forces of Aeldynn; there are others who must join with them as they are coaxed into the embrace of the ancient Nays and the fabled Drahknyr, who are also entangled in the masterful puppeteering of a renegade sorceress hell bent on reviving the greatest threat of all; Alymarn.

Two of the reviews for the book

a must read  By Amazon Customer on 26 Aug. 2016

A land that is out of balance and the journey of those who have the chance to save it, the Keys of the Origin, the first book in this saga by Melissa A. Joy.

The book was a little slow to start, I normally prefer to be gripped by the story almost straight away, but I am very glad I stuck with it. The story is complex, and that coupled with exceptionally detailed and descriptive writing has made for a wonderful start to this series. The descriptive writing enabled me to immerse myself in the story and in some places, like the fair in Almadeira; I could almost hear the music and feel the atmosphere whilst still being sat in my living room.

There are lots of twists and turns throughout and jumping between places and characters, but it in this case I felt that it worked really well because you get a well rounded view of the story as it happens. It was very difficult to figure out what was going to happen next, which made it a brilliant page-turner. If you stick with it as I did, you will find yourself unable to put the book down!

The characters are very well thought out, so much so that I found myself cheering on some, while strongly cursing others, and each have many layers to them. I found them very believable and in some cases relatable. They also link in and contrast extremely well, creating brilliant doses of tension and humour throughout the book, that add a little something extra to the story. My favourite character is Melkhar, one of the Kaesan’Drahknyr. A fierce redheaded warrior with a dark past, that everybody fears and admires.

I thought that the maps and glossary included in the book are also a wonderful touch. I could use the map to see where everything actually was during the story, which really helped with picturing the land in my mind, and in doing so, added to the story itself, and the glossary so I could easily look up what was being said when there was not a footnote to translate.

Overall, I would say this is an exceptional book that I would happily recommend to readers young and old that enjoy a good fantasy novel. Very well thought out, brilliantly written, and I eagerly await the next installment!!

An interesting and promising fantasy epic!  By Chris Isaaks on 10 Nov. 2016

A very groundbreaking and interesting read; a new fantasy series by a promising new author. As expected of a fantasy epic world, Aeldynn is highly complex and interlinked, and I was very impressed with the author’s attention to detail with developing the lore, characters and particularly the language within the continuity. At times it can be very easy to become lost in the complexity of the narrative and lore (hence the need for a re-read) but it’s indicative of the amount of thought and effort that has gone into it.

The main characters have very distinct personalities (I love Larkh in particular!) and it is clear that there is a common quality that binds them all together. I feel at times that different characters seem to represent different aspects and moral views of the author, sometimes very strongly so. In some parts this can become consuming but the strength of the plot, setting and characters maintains the link between this and the story. It is clear that the author has invested a lot of time, effort and emotion into tying all of the many details of the story together into a focused narrative.

Ultimately, the book shows a lot of promise for future instalments! It is clear that it has the potential to be an epic new fantasy series, and I look forward to seeing where the author is going to take it next.

Read all the reviews and buy the bookhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Keys-Origin-scions-balance-Aeldynn/dp/1911368079

Also by Melissa A. Joy

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This was terrific. I enjoy the fantasy and piratical/nautical elements that …  By ChilliDog on 10 Jun. 2015

I bought this taster book to prepare myself for the wondrous world building that Melissa has been dedicating herself to for so many years. This was terrific. I enjoy the fantasy and piratical/nautical elements that she has infused the overarching story with, it is an eclectic mix and one I strongly believe worth persevering with, since it has a charm all of its own. Melissa deftly provides backstory at a gentle pace, all the while mixing human elements within her narrative, so that even if we are presented with unique and unfamiliar themes, it is her enthusiasm and passion for her subject matter that help bind us to the tale.

We want to be taken along for the ride and to explore this richly evocative and interesting world, the characters are enigmatic and mysterious and I could easily find myself wanting to know more about them. I cannot wait until the full debut novel comes out, as this will mark the beginning of an exciting new series for us to sink our teeth into – I’m done with the taster, please bring on the main course!

Read the reviews and buy both books:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Melissa-A.-Joy/e/B00V3XGK4I

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About Melissa A. Joy

Melissa A. Joy is a new fantasy author who challenges the conventional expectations of fantasy and takes them to a whole new level. It is no secret that she believes in the existence of all things fantastical, and that anything is possible.She began building the world of Aeldynn and started writing seriously aged approximately 13, and has since developed it into something truly magical worth sharing.

From the glorious winged Drahknyr and wise and fearsome dragons to pirates of the high seas and a world rich with history and lore, her imagination could be said to be limitless.

When she isn’t locked in a reverie about what’s going on in the world of Aeldynn, she’s probably out sailing the high seas on a tall ship, or perhaps dressed up in costume at an anime convention.

Connect to Melissa

Website: http://aeldynnlore.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DefineImagineMJ/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DefineImagineMJ

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Thanks for dropping by and it would be great if you could spread the news of Melissa’s books around. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Hugh W. Roberts, Charles E. Yallowitz and Stevie Turner


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Welcome to today’s author update and to get us off to a flying start another terrific view for Hugh W. Robert’s short story collection Glimpses.. This time by Robbie Cheadle of Robbies Inspiration and author with her son Michael of the Sir Chocolate Books.

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About Glimpses

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh. Here’s what one reader has already said about the book. “If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future.

Robbies review: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/glimpses-by-hugh-w-roberts-my-book-review/

I found Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts to be quite a unique book. It is a collection of short stories, mainly written along a supernatural theme. I am a great lover of supernatural and horror books and have been avidly reading Stephen King since I was ten years old, so this was right up my street. I had two absolute favourite stories/groupings of stories in this lovely book.

My outright favourite was The Truth App which I read twice. It is a collection of a few short stories all in the same theme and it really “creeped” me out. Maybe I identified with it so much because it is all about blogging and bloggers which is a world in which I have recently become very immersed. I must say that I had to stop reading this tale in the evenings because it was giving me bad dreams. My advice to bloggers and other readers of this book, be careful what apps you choose to download!

My other outright winner was a short story about a woman who goes to India to have eye and dental treatment. This one stayed firmly in my mind because it made me reflect on the fact that, even if you read the completely incomprehensible list of ingredients on cosmetic and facial and other products, one rarely has any idea of what really goes into that cream that you are liberally apply all over your face. It also summoned up horrible thoughts of articles that I have read recently about testing medications and products on animals. A story that can make you think like that has got to be superb.

I found rating this book a huge conundrum because five star rating doesn’t allow for much scope with rating. I actually don’t really like this limited system. I finally settled on four out of five because I really enjoyed this book but I have rated my favourite Stephen King books five out of five, namely, The Stand, The Shining and The Dead Zone. These are lengthily novels which gives the writer a lot more scope to flesh out the characters and his ideas and story line. It felt reasonable to give Glimpses four out of five on this comparative basis.

I would recommend this book but, perhaps, don’t read it at night when you are home alone.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

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Connect to Hugh via his blog: http://hughsviewsandnews.com/

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The second author update is for Charles E. Yallowitz who has just released Chasing Bedlam Book Two… the sequel to Crossing Bedlam.

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About the book

Lloyd and Cassidy’s last adventure was to honor a life. This time they are out to end one.It was a normal, violent mission to Texas that should have had nothing more than beer-induced hiccups. That is until an old enemy makes off with Cassidy’s jeep and most of their gear. Needless to say, she’s pissed off and challenging Lloyd for the psychopath of the month award. With the mouthy serial killer by her side, she is going on the warpath from Dallas to Miami even if it means declaring war on the drug cartels.So strap in for another wild ride through the Shattered States and learn why you never mess with Cassidy’s jeep.

 Buy Chasing Bedlam: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X8ZCGG5/

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One of the reviews for Crossing Bedlam.

So. Much. Fun.  By Ionia Froment TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 29, 2016

Crossing Bedlam is chaos between two covers. I liked this book for all of the action and the strange characters. When I say strange, I mean that they remind you of a lot of favourite villains and unlikely heroes all rolled into a couple of badass characters that keep the story interesting. I think this book will appeal to a wide audience (adults) because of the female lead character and her crazy and yet highly entertaining partner in crime–and other things–Lloyd.

The idea behind this story is interesting and the author did a good job of describing his shattered states and coming up with creative ideas for how to show the destruction that has happened in his version of the apocalyptic USA. If you are a fan of fast moving plots with lots of unexpected twists and books that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, this would be a good one to choose. I particularly liked the scenes that dealt with wild animals on the loose.Even the supporting characters are exciting in this one. Recommended.

A selection of books by Charles Yallowitz

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Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

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 Connect to Charles via his blog –  www.legendsofwindemere.com

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My next author update is for Stevie Turner with her memoir Waiting in the Wings which first appeared here as a new release in December. I am delighted to update it with its most recent review.

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At the grand old age of 92, my mother Dot suddenly starts telling me that she loves me. I am quite dumbstruck at these outbursts of emotion, as she has never mentioned the fact before in all of my 58 years. Over the entire course of my lifetime we have often argued bitterly, and have never really seen eye-to-eye over anything. I squirm with the inner knowledge that she wants me to reply in a similar vein, but try as I might, I cannot.

The guilt I feel at being unable to grant Dot her wish is overwhelming. As Dot’s health deteriorates more towards the final chapters of her life, I take on the role of carer. I find the only way to bring her out of her perpetual misery is to reminisce on past events by showing her old family photographs, and by helping her to remember holidays and happier times. We look back without anger and sometimes with a lot of laughter, getting to know each other better, raking over the past, and talking more than we have ever done. The process helps me, a middle-aged woman, understand the perils of ageing that I might one day face, and also the struggles that elderly people suffer on a day-to-day basis while stoically attempting to maintain their independence.

This is a true story, told in flashbacks and in modern-day often humorous conversations with my mother.

The most recent review

I greatly enjoyed this biography as we are invited to have a look into the childhood of Dot Stevie’s mother and soon after also following Stevie’s childhood in a part of Eastern London that now is changing due to a total makeover. Dot doesn’t seem to have much understanding for her only child which causes lots of tension through out Stevie’s childhood and youth. The key to understand this lies in Dot’s early childhood where she was put away in a hospital without being allowed to have visits from her mother. Her father had totally forsaken family and as we get glimpses of Dot’s early life she is more understood by the reader to have had difficulties in relationships.

I enjoyed the way the book is built up so that you change between the childhood of Stevie and background of Dot and the presence describing the frailty of Dot’s health and her stubbornness she shares with many old people. It seems that love and acceptance is growing between mother and daughter as Dot starts to articulate her gratitude to Stevie for her faithful help.

Read the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waiting-Wings-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01M3MOEPV

A selection of other books by Stevie Turner.

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

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Connect to Stevie via her Website:  http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Thanks for dropping by today and if you are already in the bookstore please remember to keep me up to date with any new releases or terrific reviews. If you are NOT in the bookstore.. here is how you can join the 145 other authors.  Thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series by Deborah A. Bowman


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Today the featured author is Deborah A. Bowman and a look at the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series beginning with Stroke of Fear. This book is age appropriate for teens, young adults and adults interested in the paramormal.

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Stroke of Fear starts off with a bang! Denise Ryder is in the midst of a gruesome car accident. She’s thrown against the door, pitched to the floor, twisted upside-down, falling, as she claws her way out of a shattered window. She hears loud crashes, hysterical screams, screeching metal, and the voices of two dear friends. Her stomach heaves, and she’s choking, gagging, can’t breathe! Blood is everywhere.

10 YEARS LATER: Pleasant memories of her childhood. She grins at the antics of the two sisters, different as night and day. Denny is just waking up from a soothing, happy dream. She’s had “dreams come true” since she was a child. Sounds like a fairy tale, right? Wrong! It’s her nightmares from that come to life! Yet, she does everything in her power to deny the images.

Denny becomes embroiled in a missing child investigation. When a dream shows her where the boy is, she won’t let herself believe it. A twist of fate reveals that the dream “could” be true. She’s scared, but relieved that she can take action based on fact. She meets Detective Ted Collins, an investigator who doesn’t scoff at the paranormal. The two of them use facts, clues, and intuitive visions to piece the case together. Will they be able to save Jeremy?

A new piece of evidence pulls Denny into another horrific dream. She fears she’s had an out-of-body experience where she meets the psychopathic serial killer who feeds on the blood of innocent children. Denny isn’t even sure whether she believes in astral projection or not, but somehow she becomes caught between the dreamscape and reality. She knows she can’t be both places at the same time. Where does she go from here, and what about Jeremy?

Here is a review for the series as well as for Stroke of Fear.
 

The “STROKE OF” novella series is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. I don’t read a ton of Paranormal literature, but I’ve read enough to have covered most of the major tropes in the sub-genre. STROKE OF FEAR employs several common tropes to great effect, including a physically disabled psychic, lucid dreams, second sight, and dreams a harbingers of future (or current) events. What makes STROKE OF FEAR unique isn’t the setup or the characters, but rather the style of the writing and the way the story is told.

BOWMAN has found a way to marry some pretty dark thematic material to a lighthearted writing style. Somehow it works. I didn’t know what to think of it at first, but BOWMAN won me over, and by the time I finished this relatively short novella, I was ready to read the next two.

Though the author indicates that each of “STROKE OF” novellas is a standalone book, I found that they’re more a serialization of a longer plot arc that deals with a missing boy. Yes, each novella has a self-contained plot arc as well, but the three novellas are all required to finish the longer, most compelling plot line. Go into this first book knowing that you’ll need to buy the next two to have your curiosity satisfied fully.

These are interesting, unique novellas and worth the read if you enjoy paranormal. Even more so if you eschew gore; while the novellas don’t shy away from the darker aspects of the story, BOWMAN steers clear of anything too graphic, which I for one appreciated.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/STROKE-Novella-Denny-Ryder-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B00CFWYAX4

The other books in the series

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Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

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About Deborah A. Bowman

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Deborah is also a professional editor and you can find out more about this essential writers resource here.  https://bowmanauthor.com/editorial-and-publishing-services/

Connect to Deborah on her blog and social media

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bowmanbooks
Blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bowmanauthor

Thank you for dropping by and please feel free to leave your feedback and to share Deborah’s work around the usual haunts.. thank you Sally

If you are not currently in the bookstore then it is very easy… here are the details of the promotions available for authors and bloggers on Smorgasbord.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Hinting at Shadows by Sarah Brentyn


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Today’s author is Sarah Brentyn with a collection of flash and micro fiction. Hinting at Shadows which was released in November 2016.

Author’s Note: Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.

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No One Escapes Life Unscathed

Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there.A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

Two of the recent reviews

A string of story pearls on February 12, 2017

I just finished Hinting at Shadows and had to rave a little about this book of short fiction. When Brentyn says short, she means short. Most of the stories are about 100 words, what I refer to as flash fiction. I enjoy flash fiction, but wasn’t sure about reading a whole book of it. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least.

Every story is a pearl. The writing is exquisite and full of pathos with a focus on the poignancy of the human condition. Hinting at Shadows is the perfect title as each story is a tiny hint at a larger human story, one that is characterized by shadows – sometimes secrets, but more often complex feelings of loneliness, regret, longing, disappointment, and hope.

It would be possible to whip through this book in a couple hours, but I think it’s meant to be savored, just as one might read poetry. So that’s what I did. It’s perfect for someone who enjoys filling their free moments with words or someone who just loves beautiful writing.

A book to savour. highly recommended. By roger waters on February 1, 2017

Although short this book gave me a long read. Rather than read in a single sitting, I preferred to have the thought provoking flash fiction, short stories, micro flash and one liners, wash over me slowly, letting me digest the twists and turns and black places Sarah Brentyn took me. She I s a master at this genre of writing, with twists that are unexpected as they are shocking. no story exceeded 100 words and many, including those that hit hardest, were over in a blink of an eye, yet stayed with you, rocking you to your core.

I am going to give nothing away and hence my review is as short as Brentyn’s book but nowhere near as powerful. I highly recommend this book of psychological shorts.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the Collection: https://www.amazon.com/Hinting-Shadows-Collection-Short-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01N0DVWKO

Anthologies that Sarah has contributed to.

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Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Brentyn/e/B01N410987

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About Sarah Brentyn

Sarah Brentyn is an introvert who believes anything can be made better with soy sauce and wasabi.She loves words and has been writing stories since she was nine years old. She talks to trees and apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them.When she’s not writing, you can find her strolling through cemeteries or searching for fairies.

She hopes to build a vacation home in Narnia someday. In the meantime, she lives in New England with her family and a rainbow-colored, wooden cat who is secretly a Guardian.

Connect to Sarah

Blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/
Website: http://www.sarahbrentyn.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahBrentyn/

Thank you for dropping by today and please give Sarah’s collection of stories a boost across the networks. Thanks Sally

If you would like to join the other authors on the shelves in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore please read the following.

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 15th February 2017 – Devil story, Ruby Wedding, 1960s, Kathmandu, #RRBC


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We kick off today with the very flash fiction writer Teresa Karlinski who delights us weekly with her responses to challenges..  Tess has also contributed to several anthologies..Here is her latest short story.

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Find the Rules at Rachael Ritchie’s blog: http://wp.me/p7rsge-cB   Genre:  Realistic Fiction – Prompt:  Cowboy

The Devil is in the Details

Anita picked up the cordless and counted down the speed-dial list with a finger. No wooing, nor scheming, nor monetary enticements had worked. She had made the effort each time with high hopes. Nothing had changed in five years. She drew in an unsteady breath. The phone chirped in her ear. Once. Twice. And again. A tired female voice answered.

“Hello, Grandma, that you?”

I’m not your grandma, darnit. Simmer down, Anita. She rolled her shoulders and pasted a smile on her face. Everyone knew a smile traveled through the telephone and out the other end. “That you, Sylvia? How are you? How are the boys? What about Emma?” Her face hurt but she maintained the smile though her jaw quivered and her eyes leaked.

Read the rest of the story here: https://letscutthecrap.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/blogbattle-6-prompt-cowboy/

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Valentine’s Day continues to weave its magic as Darlene Foster and her husband revisit York to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Forty years ago, this farm girl took her first ever trip on an airplane to York, England, where I married my dear hubby. We recently celebrated our ruby anniversary by returning to York. We had a marvellous time retracing our steps in his hometown, enjoying the history, walking the cobblestone streets, relaxing in the many teashops and visiting relatives we hadn’t seen for some time. We’ve been back a few times since January 1977 but it had been awhile since our last visit. I fell in love with the city all over again.

See the city of York and read the rest of the post: https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/york-revisted/

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If you are old enough to have memories of the 1960s, then Eugenia of Amanpan.com would love to hear from you.. She reminds us of some of the new trendy tag lines for the advertisers at the time.. some still being used today ‘because you’re worth it’.  I have added my memories.. head over and add yours.

It’s time to chat and nothing old hat, please. The coffee is hot, bold and strong. Let’s sit a spell and discuss what’s right and what’s wrong. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those chats.

1967 was an interesting year and in fact, the 1960s were a decade of growing and movement. More than that, these were times of revolution and reform. There was The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Voting Rights Act of 1965. The 1960s was an era of slogans like “stop the war”, “New Frontier” and “Great Society”. 

Read the rest of the post and add your memories: https://amanpan.com/2017/02/12/tuesday-chatter-67/

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At this time of year many of us are looking at the holiday destinations and I will be honest…. I always try to be…. but my idea of a holiday these days is a good hotel or private villa.. big pool (preferably to myself) and great local produce.. My days of trekking are over as one of my knees is very uncooperative.. I do however enjoy loitering in front of the computer and enjoying other bloggers travels.  Anya Carion of Unexpected Occurrence shares her recent visits to Kathmandu

My first trip to Nepal, when I had decided to check Everest Base Camp off the bucket list, I had two days (total) to explore Kathmandu. Initially, I didn’t like it. After being in the mountains for two weeks, Kathmandu seemed so polluted, loud, and chaotic.

Upon my second trip to Nepal, the time I had decided to trek the Annapurna Circuit, I had really started to like the crazy city.

Third trip here, and I’m sold. I really enjoyed my quick little stay in Kathmandu. The dirty chaos because vibrancy and liveliness. The pollution smelled like adventure, like the entirety of my whirlwind trip in the beautiful country. The loud horns, shouts, and construction became white noise.

See Anya’s amazing photographs and her tourist tips: https://unexpectedoccurrence.com/2017/02/13/unexpected-kathmandu/

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I am sure that many writers will be familiar with the Rave Reviews Book Club.. Mae Clair is delighted to interview the president of the RRBC Nonnie Jules.

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Hoy, boy! Do I have a special guest for you today, gang! I am honored to be hosting Nonnie Jules, the woman whose vision became Rave Reviews Book Club. Please welcome the president of RRBC and the founding member/president of the Rave Writers International Society of Authors! I’m thrilled to have her here today for an awesome Q&A and personal post!

Read the interview: https://maeclair.net/2017/02/15/welcome-nonnie-jules-president-of-rave-reviews-book-club-and-rave-writers-international-society-of-authors/

Thank you for dropping by today and please leave the link to your latest post in the comments section. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Who Said I Was Up For Adoption? by Colin Chappell


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If you are dropping into the blog regularly you will know that I cannot resist anything to do with dogs and cats.  So of course delighted to welcome Colin Chappell to the Cafe and Bookstore with his book Who Said I Was Up For Adoption?

Is there any expression of FRIENDSHIP as endearing as a dog voluntarily touching its nose to yours?

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When Colin Chappell contemplated the idea of adopting a dog, he did so warily, for he had seldom spent time with dogs and one of his primary canine experiences came when he was bitten by a German Shepherd at age fourteen. He certainly was unprepared for the complexities of caring for the seventy-five pounds of rescued, furry attitude he encountered in Ray. But perhaps what he was even more unprepared for were the emotions he would feel once Ray invited him to be his friend.

Who Said I Was Up For Adoption? tells the evolving story of this adoption (though it remains unclear just who did the adopting). Funny, heartwarming, and emotional, Colin and Ray’s story is really two stories, for part of learning to let an adopted dog into one’s life is learning to see from a perspective other than your own. True to that knowledge the book is narrated from parallel, alternating viewpoints—Colin’s and … Ray’s!

All net profits from sales of Who Said I Was Up For Adoption? will be donated to the Oakville and Milton Humane Society, a remarkable organization that rescues and rehabilitates dogs (and many other creatures) and matches them with suitable, loving humans.

Two of the reviews for the book

The Unbreakable Bond! By Carolyn on May 21, 2016

“A dog leaves paw prints on the heart that last forever!” This heartwarming story of the bond created between a German Shepherd and the owner he chose will keep you turning the pages. It will make you cry; for did you know that dogs can sob? And it will make you laugh, Houdini is no match for Ray! Most of all it will make you fall in love with a German Shepherd who was given a second chance at life, thanks to a very patient and caring human, Colin. If you are a dog lover you will want to add this book to your collection! And if not a dog lover, you may just change your mind after reading this!! Find out what you are missing!

Wonderful story with a happy ending! By Kate on June 18, 2016

This is the story of the connection between an antisocial, sad stray dog and a human who had no clue what he was getting into. It’s a fun and interesting read. The dog is 75 lbs. of determination and strength that can be quite a challenge. As the story is told you can see the connection, cautious at first, continue to form a firm bond. The stories are funny, sad and some are heart breaking. It’s a must read for any dog person especially if you’ve rescued one. Even if you don’t have a dog (I don’t), it will tug at your heart strings.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FIT5PAM

Also at: http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000018826578/Colin-Chappell-Who-Said-I-Was-Up-For-Adoption%3F

More reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30145179-who-said-i-was-up-for-adoption

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About Colin Chappell

Having been bitten by a German Shepherd when 14, I was indifferent to dogs until 2012. I had met a number of friendly dogs by then, and decided that perhaps there was room in my life for one! While I was looking to adopt a large, even temperament, self assured, sociable and huggy kind of dog… Ray was looking to adopt me.His plan was clearly more successful than mine because he moved in during March 2013.He was not socialized; had no house training; was afraid of anything that moved; lunged and barked without warning and did not like to be touched. He did, however, meet my criteria in size! At 75 lbs, he was most certainly a large dog!

Ray was my first dog!

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Connect to Colin Chappell

Bloghttps://meandray.com
Facebook Book: https://www.facebook.com/whosaidiwasupforadoption/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colin.chappell.71
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OnlyColinC
LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/colin-chappell-a55b3133

Thank you for dropping in today and your feedback is always welcome… If you are in the bookstore then please remember to let me know if you have a new release or a fantastic review.. If you are not in the bookstore.. why not?   Thanks Sally

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 14th February 2017 – Upcoming Release, Daisies, Love Poetry, Free Books, Frank Immersed and Sir Chocolate


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Welcome to the Blogger Daily and a quick look at some of the posts I have read in the last couple of days. It is Valentine’s Day and have tried to find a flavour of that amongst the selection… but all the posts are from talented writers.  There are also some FREE books on offer to take advantage of.  Don’t forget to leave the link to your latest post in the comments section so that I can share.

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First is author D. Wallace Peach who is looking forward to her latest release in March.. Diana has shared some of the characters in recent weeks but today introduces us to The Goddess.. The Rose Shield is a four book fantasy series and the first book is Catling’s Bane. Here is an excerpt from Diana’s post where she introduces us to The Goddess.

 Meet the Goddess
(Raker’s voice in the fog is no longer simply a voice)

Raker poled the raft through the narrow channels, wandering his way toward the floating village deeper in the swamp. Morning mists hovered as a forbidding sky scudded eastward, promising sheets of rain. The goddess caressed him, twirled in languid circles, veils of dew flowing from her arms like wings.

She stroked his back with a fingertip. “Your indifference is as disputable as your madness.”

Read the rest of the post: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2017/02/14/the-rose-shield-the-goddess/

51p3tby-elBrigid Gallagher is celebrating International Book Giving Day and a year of blogging with a great offer…

Today is International Book Giving Day, thus I am making “Watching the Daisies” FREE on Amazon Kindle for two days – 14/15 February. This is my way of thanking you all for your support through my first year of blogging – I started this blog on 19th February last year.  https://www.amazon.com/Watching-Daisies-Brigid-P-Gallagher-ebook/dp/B01N3M9VJ0

Read the rest of the post: https://watchingthedaisies.com/2017/02/14/52-weeks-of-thankfulness-week-34/

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Now for more than a touch of romance.. a poem and a tribute to love from N.N. Light on her blog Princess of the Light.  And her book  Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year is FREE today. https://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Love-Engagement-N-Light-ebook/dp/B01M13IKRH

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s time to talk about romantic love and I dedicate this day and inspirational thought to the man who taught me the real meaning of love, Mr. N.

From the time I was three, I dreamt of my Prince Charming, the handsome man who would love me and make all my dreams come true. I know it sounds like the total cliche but that is exactly what Mr. N did. 

Read the rest of this loving post: https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/february-14th-is-the-most-romantic-day-of-the-year-or-is-it-valentinesday-inspiration-love/

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Next Aurora Alexander interviews Don Massenzio in her Author Spotlight post.

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  1. Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres?

Interestingly enough, a couple of months before last year’s interview, I had released a terrorist thriller Blood Orange which, after writing three detective mystery novels, was a change in genre. I have since released another two detective mysteries, but I am writing a follow-up to that thriller as readers seemed to like the main character and his team. It will, however, crossover into the universe of my detective novels.

Read the rest of the interview: https://aurorajalexander.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/featured-author-interview-the-return-of-don-massenzio/

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Last but not least Vicki (Author Sojourner McConnell) hosts from Robbie Cheadle and her son Michael who are the authors of the Sir Chocolate series of books.

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Robbie and Michael are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate series of books which are all about a little man, Sir Chocolate, who lives in a land where you can eat everything, even the flowers and the trees. Sir Chocolate and his lady love, Lady Sweet, have a number of little adventures, sourcing ingredients for their fabulous chocolate creations and helping their friends in Chocolateville out of various scrapes and problems. Each book contains illustrations made from fondant, biscuits, and cake and also includes five simple recipes that children can do under parental supervision. Each book also features a poem about life with children by Robbie and a fondant creation by Michael, aged ten years.

Read the rest of the guest post: https://vickgoodwin.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/valentines-day-guest-post-from-mtw-authors-robbie-and-michael-cheadle/

I hope you have enjoyed the selection today.. please don’t forget to leave the link to your latest post in the comments section.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – The Beast Within: Mended Souls- Book 2 by Jacquie Biggar


new-on-the-shelves-updateDelighted to welcome another author to the Cafe & Bookstore. The recently published The Beast Within: Mended Souls – Book Two by USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar.  Can two displaced angels save a woman from the clutches of a vicious psychopath? The book is set on Vancouver Island the home of the author.

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When Julie Crenshaw is offered a news reporter’s job on beautiful Vancouver Island she didn’t expect to land in the crosshairs of a serial killer.

Connor O’Rourke has seen his share of human depravities during his fourteen years as a homicide detective, but is still sickened by the murderer terrorizing his island shores.
And threatening his key witness.

As the stakes rise, can two people get a second chance at love?

Or will a killer become the winner?

The most recent review for the book.

I have been looking forward to reading and reviewing this second book in the Mended Souls series. THE BEAST WITHIN by Jacquie Biggar did not disappoint! These books are a great blend of contemporary romance with added suspense and the paranormal element of guardian angels that have ties to the main characters.

Julie Crenshaw has made the move to Vancouver from Chicago with her two boys to help move on after the deadly accident a year ago that killed her husband and unborn daughter. It has been a difficult adjustment for them all, but at times she feels Mike is there to help her get through her toughest days, and he is watching over them.

One morning as she is out jogging, she stumbles across a severed foot inside of a sneaker. She reports her find and meets Detective Connor O’ Rourke, who is working similar cases attributed to The ABC Killer. Julie cannot get the detective off her mind and is surprised that she is finally attracted sexually to a man besides her deceased husband, but that cannot interfere with her job as a reporter for the local news to look into the murders.

Detective Connor O’Rourke is struck by the strength and not just the beauty of Julie to survive her past trauma. He is also worried about her safety since her find on the beach and her continued investigation into the killings. Julie takes his advice and sends her boys to visit their grandparents in Chicago. The sexual tension comes to a head and both Julie and Connor have to decide if they can have more than just a sexual relationship and build a future together. What neither of them realize is that they both know the killer and he already has plans for Julie.

Interwoven between the main romance plot, guardian angels Lucas and Mike are still both working to watch over those they loved before they died. They also are still working towards the forgiveness necessary to move on instead of the hate, blame and suffering after the accident that killed them both.

I loved this book as much as the first in this series. Ms. Biggar’s characters come to life emotionally in scenes that move you in every way. The second chance at love, the letting go of previous love lost, forgiveness and understanding. Both plotlines intertwine into a moving read that has me anxiously awaiting the next book!
Written for and posted first on The Romance Reviews.com.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQEVI55

Mended Souls Book 1 – The Guardian.

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The Guardian is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read. It all begins with a wreck…or does it. One could say it began long before that. However, the wreck creates repercussions beyond imagination that will continue into book 2 as well.

Two vehicles crash, leaving a man dead in one, and a young woman and her older brother dead in the other. The now dead older brother has a funny sense of humor, even when he wakes up in the Medical Examiner’s room. Good news! There is an afterlife and Lucas gets some really large pigeon wings.

The reason why I’m so cheery about this, is because despite all the violence, the story is mostly about forgiveness and second chances at love…for those still living. That would be Scott and the female medical examiner, Tracy.

But there remains at the end of this story, two problems, one living, one dead, so be warned of a late night cliff hanger. Still, this story was properly wrapped up except for one strand that heads off to book two with you.
I enjoyed the story and give it a 4.5 rounding to 5

Also by Jacquie Biggar

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG

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About Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar is a USA TODAY bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want. That is until they’re gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She has also contributed to several successful anthologies.

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂

Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her web site: http://jacqbiggar.com

Connect to Jacquie Biggar

http://Facebook.com/jacqbiggar
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Facebook Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1051448161572521/
http://Twitter.com/jacqbiggar
http://amazon.com/author/jacquiebiggar
https://www.goodreads.com/JacquieBiggar
http://Pinterest.com/jacqbiggar
https://plus.google.com/+JacquieBiggar
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jacquie-biggar
Newsletter- https://app.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/h6c2n8

Thanks for dropping in to meet Jacquie and it would be great if could share her work around the Internet..

If you are not already in the Cafe and Bookstore then please do look at how easy it is to get your books on the shelves.  thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Barb Caffrey, Angie Dokos and Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


author-update-jpgWelcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore updates this week and three featured authors. Barb Caffrey, Angie Dokos and Deanie Humphrys – Dunne.

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Now for a book released on February 7th by sci-fi/fantasy author Barb Caffrey. In the fantasy romance Changing Faces, a couple find themselves at a crossroads in their lives that might separate them for ever…The Ebook version is currently on offer at 99c.

About the book

Allen and Elaine are graduate students in Nebraska, and love each other very much. Their life should be idyllic, but Elaine’s past includes rape, neglect, and abuse from those who should’ve loved her—but didn’t, because from childhood, Elaine identified as transgender.When Elaine tells Allen right before Christmas, he doesn’t know what to do. He loves Elaine, loves her soul, has heard about transgender people before, but didn’t think Elaine was one of them—she looks and acts like anyone else. Now, she wants to become a man and is going to leave.

He prays for divine intervention, and says he’ll do anything, just please don’t separate him from Elaine…and gets it.Now, he’s in Elaine’s body. And she’s in his. They’ll get a second chance at love.

Why? Because once you find your soulmate, the universe will do almost anything to keep you together—even change your faces.

Buy the book currently 99c: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Changing-Faces-Barb-Caffrey-ebook/dp/B01N3CQKWJ

Also by Barb Caffrey

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A selection of reviews for The Elfy books.

A Little Elfy in Big Trouble

If you’re a fan of fantasy (Harry Potter anyone), you’ll love this book!  By N. N. Light on January 18, 2016
Thoughts for Elfyverse/Humanity today…  By Jeff  on January 18, 2016

An Elfy on the Loose

I love the rich details and how the author makes the …  By Annemarie L. Grey on July 17, 2016
Fresh, innovative, daring and very different from the rest.  By M.M. on November 21, 2014

Barb is the widow of Michael B. Caffrey (1958-2004), and has vowed that Michael’s work — his words — will live on as long as there are people to read them. It’s because of this vow that she’s republished Michael’s Adventures of Joey Maverick series, which currently consists of “A Dark and Stormy Night” and “On Westmount Station.

Books by Michael Caffrey and Barb Caffrey

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Barb-Caffrey/e/B00H8EROC8

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Connect to Barb via her website: https://elfyverse.wordpress.com/

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Now for an update for author Angie Dokos who continues to receive excellent reviews for her book Mackenzie’s Distraction.

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Mackenzie’s Distraction is a New Adult Romance about a young lady with a rough past and a promising future. Just when he career is within reach, tragedy strikes. A terrible accident and a family secret turn Mackenzie’s world upside down. She’s sure her life can’t become any more complicated, then she meets Trevor. Will he be just what she needs or the distraction that pushes her over the edge?

This book is not erotica, but does have sexual content. It includes some curse words, but not many. It doesn’t have any major violence.

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A tragic family accident suddenly turns Mackenzie’s world upside down. But then a long-held family secret is exposed, ripping open old wounds with heart wrenching results.

Fighting her own demons from an uncertain past, Mackenzie, with the help of her family, desperately fights to turn a negative past into a positive future. But that emotional roller coaster has its own challenges, ending up with her pushing away and hurting some people that love her and want to help her, especially Trevor, an unexpected love interest she wasn’t prepared to deal with. Emotions run deep as a family struggling to deal, not only with a tragic accident, but must handle a highly charged secret that threatens the very fabric of their family.

Will old wounds heal? Can Mackenzie let her past dictate her future, or can she come to terms with the past and accept it? This story conveys a positive message regarding the importance of family, accepting the past, healing, turning your life around, and looking forward to a future Mackenzie dared not to hope for: a promising future with those she loves.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BL4H20E

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Connect to Angie via her blog: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/

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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is author of the wonderful series of books for children and young adults (of all ages). Her book Charlene the Star is now available in a revised edition.

charlene-newAbout the book

Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom?

The latest review for the book

Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. She had beautiful dark red hair, brown eyes, and nice long legs just perfect for being a racehorse. However, Charlene decides racing is not for her. Charlene does not know how to tell her mother this. Quite a dilemma for a youngster. You will have to read Charlene the Star to find out what happens next in this delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. I recommend this book for young readers 7-12, and especially for those who are horse lovers.

If you have not read Tails of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, it is a must do! Tails of Sweetbrier is a touching true story of determination about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk. Her father would not accept that diagnosis and instills faith in his little girl, and he set out to teach her to ride horses and felt if she could do that, she would be okay. Loved this book!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Charlene-Star-Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/dp/1620242141

Also by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S

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Connect to Deanie via her website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

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