Sally’s Bookstore and Cafe – New on the Shelves – A PorterGirl Novel- First Lady of the Keys by Lucy Brazier


new-on-the-shelves-updateToday I am delighted to welcome Luzy Brazier to the bookstore. Lucy has converted her very successful blog into a debut novel that is already receiving wonderful reviews.  Here is A PorterGirl Novel – First Lady of the Keys.

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About PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys

‘Porters are not the carriers of bags, they are the keepers of keys!’

As one of the most ancient and esteemed establishments of the academic elite, Old College is in for something of a shock when it appoints its very first female Deputy Head Porter. She struggles to get to grips with this eccentric world, far removed from everyday life. PorterGirl, the proverbial square peg in the round hole, begins to wonder quite what she is doing here.

PorterGirl – First Lady Of The Keys is a touching, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, glimpse into a world that is usually reserved for the upper echelons of society. Whether she is chasing after naked students, drinking copious amounts of tea or getting embroiled in quaint, polite murders, Deputy Head Porter is never far from adventure.

Two of the excellent reviews for the book

A captivating read in a highly original setting!   By Hugh Fraser on 25 Nov. 2016

When our heroine enters the hallowed portals of Old College to take up her post as Deputy Head Porter she is introduced to the ancient traditions, arcane practices, and sacred rituals that have underpinned the existence of this revered seat of learning since medieval times. As she progresses through her first year among her highly idiosyncratic colleagues, some of whom appear to believe that time stopped somewhere around the fourteenth century, and that academic life is only sustainable by the consumption of industrial quantities of English Breakfast Tea, she begins to suspect that the sudden deaths of two members of staff may not have been from natural causes.

Her subsequent investigations, and her discovery of a macabre legacy of dark deeds performed many centuries ago, take the reader on a frightening but wonderfully entertaining journey to a breathtaking climax.

A literary phenomenon I believe  By EDC on 1 Nov. 2016

A debut, a blog become novel, imaginative fiction underpinned by unique experience, a literary phenomenon I believe, Lucy Brazier, an author to look out for.

No spoilers here, her guile layering intrigue, mystery, tension, threat and the bizarre laced with humour all the more enjoyable, more involving, more gob-smacking good when you think you know but don’t know what’s coming, Lucy tells a very good story.

A woman, against the odds, Deputy Head Porter, the first of her kind amongst Fellows of Old College, a world steeped in tradition and when deemed appropriate, the darker arts. She’s dressed the part, bowler hat atop buttoned curves, not unnoticed, but more an inquisitive mind, kindness live-wired and the disturbed peculiar give cause to fear for her. Atmospheric prose create images of tranquillity, touching philosophical moments have you thinking too, then with a quite literal ‘bugger this’ she’ll take you places she can’t resist, but decidedly best not to be.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, the first of the PorterGirl novels, may they long continue, and Lucy have the success her talent deserves.

Read all the reviews and buy the bookhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01JT0F9QQ

About Lucy Brazier

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Lucy Brazier is in her 30’s and lives in the university city of Cambridge, England.

She started writing from the age of ten when her primary school teachers were at a bit of a loss as to how to contain her effervescent personality. They tasked her with writing stories for the younger children in a bid to keep it from disrupting her peers. Lucy developed her skills throughout her teenage years, when she was inspired to read the words of Homer, Livy and Virgel. These formative years also saw her develop her other great passion of music, where she threw herself into several years of misbehaving and playing bass guitar in unsuitable rock bands.

She winded her literary horizons through the works of Terry Pratchett, Oscar Wilde and Flann O’Brien – the latter of which remains to this day her favourite writer. Lucy develop a penchant for the unusual and the absurd, something which was exacerbated by her time serving in the Police where the many varied experiences and character she met had a profound effect on her outlook on life.

After 7 years on the front line and driven by fascination with Inspector Morse, on a whim Lucy applied for the job of Deputy Head Porter at one of the foremost colleges of Cambridge University. To her great surprise, and that of many others at the time, she landed a role as the first female to don the iconic bowler hat in the colleges six hundred year history. Having left formal education at the tender age of sixteen with little to show for it, being thrown in among the academic elite was something of an eye opener.

Documenting the quirks and fables of College life on social media, Lucy was soon persuaded to start a blog – Secret Diary Of PorterGirl. Acutely aware of the dim view taken by College officials of any slight upon their reputation, she wrote anonymously and in such a way as to disguise the true identity of the now notorious Old College. However, being quite possibly the worst Deputy Head Porter of all time made her decide to hang up her bowler hat and peruse her dream of becoming a writer. Lucy considers this is the best decision she has ever made.

In December 2015 Lucy signed with Kensington Gore Publishing and Secret Diary Of PorterGirl was rewritten and republished in the summer of 2016 as PorterGirl The First Lady Of The Keys. KGHH Publishing see this book and others to follow a great glimpse into the unique world of college life. A world that never seems to change, more evolve into a world of its own.

Connect to Lucy Brazier

Websitehttps://portergirl.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PorterGirl100
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucybrazierauthor/

Please help spread the news of Lucy’s debut novel as far and wide as possible.. Thank you for dropping in today.. Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves -A Sinister Six by Steve Boseley


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Today I am welcoming Steve Boseley to the shelves of the bookstore. His latest release, A Sinister Six was published on February 6th.  A collection of six darkly disturbing stories.. a treasure trove for those of you who enjoy your stories edgy.

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About the collection.

A Sinister Six’ is a collection of darkly disturbing stories, where the ordinary and mundane become extraordinary and fantastic. Come along, as we journey to the edges of reality and glimpse what lies just beyond our reach. Discover that nothing is quite what it seems, and explore the horrors that travel with us throughout our lives.

The characters you will meet within have been forced beyond the boundary of their reality and have encountered what lies beyond.

Die, Blossom Bloom is the story of TED HARRIS, an old man who feels a yawning chasm of grief and guilt from the loss of his wife and the way her life ended. Keeping these details secret leads him to commit acts he never thought himself capable of.

The Girl in the Park tells the tale of a boy who encounters an enigmatic young woman in the park. As he grows, he begins to fall in love with her, but it is only at the end of his life that he discovers how he can be with her.

A Snap of The Fingers asks the questions What would you do for a loved one? Would you die for them? Would you kill for them? Ten-year-old SETH ROGERS is asked that very question by a stranger that offers to save his mother from the cancer that is killing her.

The Photograph. A photograph is rediscovered decades after it was lost, only now the picture has several new faces in it, faces that were not there when it was taken.

The Book demands to be read. It needs to be read. Doctor MONTE HILTON is tasked with helping a man that believes The Book is urging him to read it and that the very existence of our universe is in danger if he does.

I’m Watching You is the story of one man’s descent into insanity. Long hours and late nights force MIKE to question what is real and what is imagined. Some people can only be pushed so far before something breaks.

**Please note – the paperback version of ‘A Sinister Six’ contains and additional TWO stories*** 

An early review.

Six incredible stories! 1 Feb. 2017 By Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews Published on Amazon.com

There are six incredible, magnificent, and horrifying stories. Yes, they truly are sinister. Not just the stories. Not just the characters. But the way the stories bring in the reader and add twists. Boseley is a master of designing these perfectly horrid stories, and brings the reader into his mind. I was intrigued when I saw the quote from Poe in the beginning of the book, and I can see why. There is a lot of “Poe”-ishness within this story. The titles of the stories just bring you in and then … the story keeps you shivering. “He could hear her voice, muffled by the pillow, which he tried to block out and failed. Her voice weakened and then was silent.”

I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews

Buy the collecton: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sinister-Six-collection-disturbing-stories/dp/1541020464

Also by Steve Boseley and as a contributor to an anthology.

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Visit Steve Boseley’s author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G

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About Steve Boseley

Steve is a horror and dark fiction author, living in Nottingham, UK. His dark fiction and horror short stories have appeared in several online webzines, and the anthologies The Asylum Within and Dead but Dreaming Halloween Edition. Most recently, Steve was a guest author for the short story collection Deathly Musings.

In 2016 Steve published his first novella, ‘Die, Blossom, Bloom.’ It’s the story of a old man whose love for his wife led him to take some actions he never thought possible.

His latest book, ‘A Sinister Six’ is a collection of darkly disturbing stories, where the ordinary and mundane become extraordinary and fantastic.

Connect to Steve.

Website book linkhttp://www.authorsteveboseley.com/books
Websitehttp://www.authorsteveboseley.com
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/SteveBoseley
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authorsteveboseley

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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 bookshttps://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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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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Also by Deborah A. Bowman

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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

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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.

51ntfyg0il-_uy250_One of the recent reviews for The Guardian.

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

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Smorgasbord Round up – Eagles, Irish Fairies, Opera and thrills and spills.


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Welcome to this week’s round-up of posts you might have missed. It has been a fairly busy week as I prepare for the new series of interviews beginning in March and I am thrilled with the response. Twenty five talented authors, poets, musicians and other creative people have come forward to take part in either Book Reading at the Bookstore or The Creative Artist Interview.

Whilst there are some set questions there are also three personalised questions that I am including in each interview so as you can imagine I am taking my time with that. I hope to have them all out by Monday… It looks like I may go to two posts a week to make sure that nobody is hanging around for weeks waiting for their interview to go live. That being the case if you have not already volunteered.. here is the link which includes the format for the interviews.

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On the subject of promotions.

On the 21st I am off on a girls week with my two sisters to celebrate our three birthdays that are all in February. I will be taking a break from writing posts for the blog but the blog will be handed over to some fabulous and talented members of the blogging community who will be filling in for me in my absence.

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I have no worries about leaving the blog for the week to fend for itself but I thought it was another promotional opportunity for you all. As well as the guest post.. I will make sure to top and tail with an intro, feature books, blog, art etc as well as links. Definitely good for the blog and perhaps a little boost for you. Especially as I will not be doing the usual book promotions that week.

If you would like to apply for the job of part-time blog sitter please come back to me by Thursday so that I can get it scheduled in time.

As always I am hugely grateful for your wonderful support, comments, shares and motivation. ♥♥

Enough of the mushy stuff.. and on with the posts from the week…..

Classical music with William Price King

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So pleased that so many of you are enjoying the last in the classical music series and the story of American soprano Leontyne Price. This week a look at her performances in the 1950s and the bigotry that she endured in her early career.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/classical-music-with-william-price-king-leontyne-price-part-two-star-on-the-rise-2/

Weekly Image and Haiku

I am so lucky to have some wonderful co-hosts on occasion for the blog and one post this week seemed to touch the hearts of many of you. Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photographs has been a blogging friend for the last three years and he sent me some recent photographs of the eagles Romeo and Juliette.. he very kindly agreed to let me use one of the images for this week’s Haiku.. You can see the full sized version in the post.

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Short Story – After the Festival 

Another collaboration with illustrator Donata Zawdska with After the Festival. I was very privileged to be able to use the artwork for my short story..a new one from my upcoming Tales from the Irish Garden later in the year.. I hope you enjoy.

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The new interview series if you missed them last week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/new-series-smorgasbord-creative-artist-interview-musicians-bloggers-artists-photographers/

Book Promotions

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-wind-follower-by-carole-mcdonnell/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-frank-immersed-a-frank-rozzani-detective-novel-frank-rozzani-detective-novels-book-5-by-don-massenzio/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-golden-age-of-charli-rsvp-by-jena-c-henry/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-sleeping-serpent-by-luna-saint-claire/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-teri-polen-colleen-chesebro-and-sally-cronin/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-amy-m-reade-olga-nunez-miret-and-gigi-sedlemayer/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Another 25 bloggers promoted this week.

If you would like to be included in the Blogger Daily then just leave a link to your most recent post in the comments section of the round up today..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-6th-february-2017-welsh-chapels-interviews-celebrating-books-and-angry-bird/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-7th-february-2017-share-buttons-reviews-crime-settings-poetry-and-octopus/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-8th-february-2017-dr-dolittle-the-turin-shroud-sexism-politics-and-emotional-beats/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-9th-february-2017-smoking-dickens-leftovers-water-shortages-and-childrens-illustrations/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-10th-february-2017-multi-culturism-drinking-war-correspondent-snow-cream-and-dog-rescue/

Smorgasbord Health – series Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/smorgasbord-health-seasonal-affective-disorder-part-two-vitamin-d-the-sunshine-vitamin/

Smorgasbord health – A – Z of Common Conditions – Lung Cancer.

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Humour and Afternoon Video

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/time-for-some-laffs-and-some-cat-and-dog-views-on-life/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/time-for-some-laffs-from-around-the-usual-haunts/

That is it for another week on Smorgasbord.. Couldn’t do it without you.. Please remember that it saves me time if you volunteer your news about new book releases, fantastic reviews or share your blog post link.. Help me share your work.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell


new-on-the-shelves-updateWelcome to the start of this week’s book promotions and also to a new author on the shelves. Today’s featured author is Carole McDonnell a novelist, a writer of fiction, devotionals, poetry, reviews, and essays. We will take a look at two of her books but I do recommend that you check her other books and writings out via Amazon and her website.

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Light-skinned newcomers are changing the Land of the Three Tribes. Dark-skinned Satha and her husband Loic are torn asunder. With the Creator’s aid there is hope they will be reunited and find their mutual destiny, even if it means losing the love and respect of their families, clans, and tribes.

Two of the excellent reviews for Wind Follower.

The story tells of the love two characters who are quite different from one another By Debra A McCall on February 25, 2015

Wind Follower is a romantic fantasy set in a world rich with the myths and history of colonial Africa. Three clans interact and vie for supremacy while facing incursions from invaders outside their traditional lifestyle. Carole brings out how modern religion migrated throughout colonial countries finding points of similarity in the traditional beliefs of the people and using that to form a strong bond.

The story tells of the love two characters who are quite different from one another,differences in age, culture and economic status are very real and touching and has such a spell binding emotional impact on the reader. Loic falls madly in love with Satha at first sight because of her compassion for others and he is smitten and demands to marry her. Satha has a hard time in believing that someone of his stature would even consider her hand in marriage, let alone the fact that they come from different clans. Their lovemaking is sensual and binding, and draws you right in to “feel” the passion that exudes from them. Despite their differences, both are joined by their belief in the Wind God and the blessings he provides.

As the grow closer to each other, terrible circumstances tear them apart. The tragedy happens when a trusted friend betrays Satha and the family sends them down different roads- with Loic seeking revenge. As events unravel, ancient spirits who have been usurped by demons challenges Satha and Loic’s faith in the Wind God. The speculative part of the story unrolls at the end. Both characters suffer great loss and tragedy and only at the end are they able to recognize each other as the other half of their own strength. Their love is one combined.

Carole McDonnell’s poetic writing, strong characterization, and the mysterious world she created in this book will keep the reader wanting more and more.

Wind Follower  By Green Fire on January 2, 2016

This was the first book I’d read by Carole McDonnell. I loved the cover of the book and admittedly that’s what drew me to the book. However, the cover is only one aspect of wonderful detail and it get more beautiful as you pore through the pages. I was particularly drawn the rich detail of the book. The tribal nature of the narrative as a uniqueness to the book. It’s as if you’re sitting at the feet of the queen and king of the tribe as they relate their story.

More than once I forgot I was reading. I could feel the emotions of the characters so well. Loic was rash, Satha stoic and it makes for a wonderful contrast. The interpretation of the story is left up for grabs but I chose to see it as a parallel of our world and that the gospel was taken to another world so that all could come under the knowledge. Loic and Satha went through so much.

The ending does leave something to be desired but even the ending makes sense. It’s because rarely is life a fairy tale and even with individual happiness and success, the overall picture can be bleak. But then, the story for -us and for the people in the book – is not over yet.

Read all the reviews and buy The Wind Follower: https://www.amazon.com/Wind-Follower-Carole-McDonnell-ebook/dp/B006287M8

A look at Carole McDonnell’s latest book – The Charcoal Bride.

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The Charcoal Bride is the first of a trilogy of short novels called The Hanrisor Chronicles. The trilogy chronicles the rise to power of Hanrisor’s King Skall and the family curse –called “The Hanrisor Legacy–that troubled him and his descendants.

An early review for the Charcoal Bride

I read this in one night. The charcoal Bride is a moral lesson wrapped in a beautiful, captivating, mind blowing, powerful and entertaining story. The wisdom of Prince Torrent had me reflecting on scriptures of the bible and there were other moments in this story that made me think of how people allow sin to take root in their heart. Carole Mcdonnell has proven you can deliver a Christian message without a book being overtly Christian.

Buy The Charcoal Bride: https://www.amazon.com/Charcoal-Bride-Hanrisor-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7NKR98

Also by Carole McDonnell

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Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Carole-McDonnell/e/B0034Q3BWG

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About Carole McDonnell

I am a novelist, a writer of fiction, devotionals, poetry, reviews, and essays and my works have appeared in many publishing venues, in print and online. I live in New York with my husband, two sons, cat Freddie and my dog, Hemotep.

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. My Jamaican family was always telling stories and mother had memorized the opening chapters from several books, such as Ivanhoe, A Tale of Two Cities, etc. I was especially good at adapting. Somehow I felt the stories I had inherited from the European tradition (stuff we learned in school or watched on TV) always needed to be tweaked to include (subtly) matters that were important to a little Jamaican girl growing up in a Jewish-neighborhood in Brooklyn. I remember the day I decided I was a writer. It was the day a classmate grasped a poem I had written from my desk and brought it to the teacher who proclaimed the poem “great.” I was hooked.

I studied Literature in college, not creative writing. Because I wanted to write great literature that would be ageless. I still hope my stories will be timeless. My reviews appear in print and at various online sites. My first novel, Wind Follower was published by Juno Books in September 2007. I write in the following genres: African-American fiction, African-American Christian Fiction, Christian Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Black fiction, African American science fiction, Women’s Poetry, African-American poetry, Black poetry, Steampunk, steamfunk, afrofuturism,

Connect to Carole

website: http://www.carolemcdonnell.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaroleMcDonnell
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/carole.mcdonnell1
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CaroleMcDonnell
youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/scifiwritir1
goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7770713.Carole_McDonnell

Thank you for dropping by today and as always your feedback is very welcome.. If you are an author and would like to be in the Cafe and Bookstore and enjoy several update promotions over the year then please take a look at the promotions available.

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New promotions, Leontyne Price, Myths and awesome talent.


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Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. In particular I would like to draw your attention to these two new promotional series.

Although my Cafe and Bookstore is as yet, virtual.. it is still a platform for promotion. Apart from the twice weekly updates for new releases and outstanding reviews…You can now do a virtual book reading. To mix things up a little; I will not only send you a choice of questions to answer including some personalised ones about your work, but we will open the comments section up to questions from the audience.. i.e. those who pop in to read the post.  This does mean that the author in question will have to pop in on the day and perhaps the next once of twice to respond to the questions.  I hope that this little twist will bring a new element to boost the post’s promotional reach.  Here is the post with all the details.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/new-series-sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview/

The second new series is for those who might not have published a book and are therefore not on the shelves of the bookstore. Bloggers, book reviewers, short story writers, artists, musicians, photographers and any other creative talent. The same format as the author book reading.. with personalised questions and the interaction with the audience. This is an opportunity to showcase your work and to meet new followers and possibly customers through the Q & A in the commments.  Here are more details.

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Look forward to hearing from you once you have read the posts.. I already have twelve authors lined up for the Book Reading posts and two for the Creative Artists…don’t delay.

As I am an author on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore I get to promote my latest book in the update tomorrow….I hope you will pop in and also take a look at the other two authors who will be sharing the post with me.

William and his music

In the meantime I would like to thank my two amazing contributors to the blog. William Price King and Paul Andruss who are amazing.  We are just coming to the end of the Classical Series in the next few weeks and this is going to be followed by a look at some of the iconic contemporary music artists. William is going to be starting this new series with an idol of mine and I am sure of many of you too.. The Boss.. Bruce Springsteen.

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Paul Andruss has certainly made an impression on followers to the blog with his posts across different worlds… From Ancient Greece and the myths and legends of Ancient Ireland to the worlds behind the modern artists who have left their mark in history such as David Bowie and Mark Bolan.. You will find a wonderful and eclectic look at these worlds on Paul’s website. http://www.paul-andruss.com/about/

Also thanks to all of you who have dropped in this week…liked, commented and shared. It is so appreciated.

On with the show.

Classical Music with William Price King

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Part one of the American soprano Leontyne Price who not only enjoyed a stunning professional career but paved the way for other African American opera singers to perform in their rightful place on the world stage.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/classical-music-with-william-price-king-leontyne-price-the-early-years/

Guest Writer Paul Andruss

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A stunning piece on the myth of The Birch Maiden with the most beautiful illustrations by Donata Zawadzka.. I hope you will visit both their websites to enjoy more.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/guest-writer-the-birch-maiden-by-paul-andruss-illustrated-by-donata-zawadzka/

Book Promotions

new-on-the-shelves-updateFour new authors will be on the shelves from today and I hope you will enjoy their introduction to the Cafe.. If you are not currently on the shelves with your books then please take a look at the details.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-naked-alliances-a-richard-noggin-novel-the-naked-eye-private-investigator-series-book-1-by-s-k-nicholls/

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author-update-jpgCafe and Bookstore Update

This week’s look at new releases and recent reviews from the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-ali-isaac-n-a-granger-and-sally-cronin/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-kevin-morris-jane-dougherty-and-judy-e-martin/

Personal Stuff

A tongue in cheek look at our financial value.. and how we might perhaps encourage the universe to catch up to our expectations!

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/why-i-am-giving-myself-a-salary-increase-and-perhaps-you-should-too/

Weekly Image and Haiku

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Special mention for Terri Webster Schrandt who has opened up her photography files for our use.. this was my reblog and the image for this week’s Haiku was courtesy of her generosity.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/how-to-get-hundreds-of-free-photos-for-your-blog/

Blogger Daily – 25 more bloggers showcased in the week day look at some of the outstanding posts of the day.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-30th-january-2017-castle-douglas-wordpress-addiction-change-and-author-interview/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-31st-january-2017-dragons-strong-women-peace-favourite-things-and-a-review/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-1st-february-2017-medieval-horses-fashion-savvy-bloggers-bash-caboodle-and-new-words/

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Health

A final look at how we change as we grow and age and some of the voluntary and involunatry emotions we experience.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/smorgasbord-health-the-dynamics-of-health-emotional-being/

When was the last time you had a really good laugh?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/smorgasbord-health-why-laughter-really-is-the-best-medicine/

The second in the series of cancers that are most common… Prostate which is followed by lung and then bowel cancers.

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Humour

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/time-for-some-laffs-life-span-speeding-and-highway-to-hell/

Thank you again for making this a regular stop on your blog tours.. Look forward to seeing you again..Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – The Viking and the Courtesan by Shehanne Moore


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Today’s featured author is Shehanne Moore who has a smexy historical romantic theme in her books that is proving very popular. I suggest that you head over to her blog and enjoy her many interviews of fellow authors… conducted alongside some furry ‘dudes’ who have minds of their own and a very direct line of questioning.

On with Shehanne’s books beginning with The Viking and the Courtesan which was published in 2015…

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In 898 AD she wasn’t just from another land. Wrecking a marriage is generally no problem for the divorce-obtaining Lady Malice Mallender. But she faces a dilemma when she’s asked to ruin her own. Just how businesslike should she remain when the marriage was never consummated and kissing her husband leads to Sin—a handsome Viking who wants her for a bed slave in name only?

She came from another time.

Viking raider Sin Gudrunsson wants one thing. To marry his childhood sweetheart. Only she’s left him before, so he needs to keep her on her toes, and a bed slave, in name only, seems just the thing. Until he meets Malice.

One kiss is all it takes to flash between two times.

But when one kiss is no longer enough, which will it be? Regency London? Or Viking Norway? Will Malice learn what governs the flashes? Can Sin?

Where worlds collide, can love melt the iciest heart?

Two of the reviews for the book.

A real page turner! 4.5 stars By Nicole Laverdure on August 29, 2016

I usually don’t have a problem writing a review, but this story, The Viking and The Courtesan, written by Shehanne Moore, has so many twists and turns that I don’t know how to start! What happens when two headstrong women, Malice and Snotra, compete for the same man, a Viking named Sin?

The story starts in London 1819 and wanders into 898 AD, back and forth. Forced to marry Cyril, Malice becomes the victim of this arrangement because he really doesn’t love her . . . he only wants her money. But a single kiss will send her into the arms of a Viking named Sin, who is betrothed to another woman, Snotra. Sin will make her his bed slave. This story is filled with twists and turns to kept your attention! Follow their journey to discover the true nature of Malice and her discovery of how she can control her destiny. Which men will choose to love for eternity?

Which woman will win the Viking’s heart for eternity?

I loved the inconvenient time travelling and the gradual reveal of its meaning By Jolliffe on July 29, 2015

The Viking and The Courtesan is an historical tale—well-written, fast paced and intriguing, with a touch of time travel!

Lady Malice is not your typical Regency heroine but she is compelling and strangely likeable. A victim of an arranged marriage, she is still, woefully innocent and unfulfilled. Maybe this is why she enjoys her chosen career so much?

Destroying marriages is an unusual pursuit for a married lady but it keeps her in shoes and stops her thinking about her own disastrous nuptials. Faced with an unthinkable dilemma she seeks out her errant husband to carry out her latest commission, with life changing results.The time slip is seamless and the shift from Regency drawing room to Saxon village under Viking attack, swift and shocking. Malice’s surprise and fear is tangible but her cynical outlook and sharp tongue remain. Both traits help her withstand the unexpected ordeal, despite the carnage surrounding her.

Sin is less than impressed with the latest slaves but he needs a bed slave to keep his fickle fiancée interested. Malice is no one’s slave but she finds Sin hard to resist. The chemistry between the courtesan and the Viking is memorable, despite the incongruity of their situation.I loved the inconvenient time travelling and the gradual reveal of its meaning. Malice is prepared to risk all for her man and her strength and tenacity are legendary.

I purposely delayed writing this review for a few days, to see what I could remember. Malice, Sin and their compatriots’ formidable personalities, are easy to recall

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/VIKING-COURTESAN-Shehanne-Moore-ebook/dp/B011J6ZLF2

Also by Shehanne Moore

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW

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About Shehanne Moore

Shehanne Moore is a Scottish born author who writes gritty, witty, more risky than risqué, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy–stories that detail the best and worst of human behaviour, as opposed to pouts and flounces.

For years she did various jobs while pursuing her dream of becoming a published writer, so she was thrilled to be offered a contract by Etopia Press for The Unraveling of Lady Fury, six days after subbing it.

Shehanne still lives in Scotland with her husband Mr Shey. She has two daughters. When not writing intriguing, and of course, sizzling, historical romance, where goals and desires of sassy, unconventional heroines and ruthless men, mean worlds do collide, she fantasizes about cleaning the house, plays the odd musical instrument and loves what in any other country, would not be defined, as hill-walking.

Connect to Shehanne.

WordPress: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShehanneMoore
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/shehanne/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShehanneMoore

I am sure that we shall be seeing Shehanne again soon in an update with her next book.. in the meantime it would be great if you could spread the news about her current books far and wide.

If you would like to be on the virtual Cafe and Bookstore shelves with regular updates on your new books and great reviews then please take a look at the Free options to promote here on the blog..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

Thanks for dropping by.. you are always welcome.  Sally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Naked Alliances: A Richard Noggin Novel (The Naked Eye Private Investigator Series Book 1) by S.K. Nicholls


New on the shelves

A riveting romp through Central Florida, Naked Alliances air-drops you into the seedier side of Orlando that the amusement park industry tries to keep under wraps. Naked Alliances: A Richard Noggin Novel (The Naked Eye Private Investigator Series Book 1) by S.K. Nicholls

51kkwa1-0nl-_uy250_ About the book

When a young immigrant woman and an exotic dancer are fleeing men with guns and have no place to hide, Richard Noggin, P.I., can’t turn his back on them, even if helping them makes him a target.

Richard plans to impress an aspiring politician by taking on a big white-collar case with the potential of getting him off the streets and into air-conditioned offices. Instead, he’s handed a cold case and quickly finds himself sucked into a shadowy world of sex, secrets and…murder.

Marked for a bullet and stretched thin by his investigations, he reluctantly teams up with the unlikely, brassy custodian of the young woman on the run. With bodies piling up, they go undercover in a nudist resort, determined to catch the killer and bring down the mastermind of the Alliance before someone else dies.

From the dark corners of Orlando’s Little Saigon, to the sunny exposure of Leisure Lagoon, the Naked Eye juggles to keep his balls in the air.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I’m hooked and will be waiting impatiently for Book Two. Nicholls’ got a great idea here for a mystery series–adventurous mysteries that feature the nudist resort Leisure Lagoon and diverse Orlando as backdrops. What an original concept. And one S.K. understands since her “family owns and operates one of the oldest and largest nudist resorts in the nation.”

The book is fast-paced and plausible. The mystery itself takes some twists and turns and always seems to have one more twist ahead (even at the end). Richard Noggin (yes, think about it) is a semi-stable, humane, and very human protagonist, and his at-first-unwilling helper Brandi has a colorful personal style. I hope we see more of the two of them teamed up solving crimes. Not sure Richard can do without Brandi’s assistance!

Maybe the most glowing praise I can pin on this book is that I kept envisioning everything as if it were a movie playing out before my eyes.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Naked-Alliances-Richard-Private-Investigator-ebook/dp/B01LFW4XAE

Also by S.K. Nicholls

51thhsg13tl-_uy250_ One of the editorial reviews – there are also 41 customer reviews for the book.

Red Clay and Roses is a beautiful and inspiring Southern story…Nicholls has crafted an incredibly touching piece of written art…The author has blended fact and fiction together very well to write a compelling story. The characters are so interesting and believable that you cannot help but be drawn into their tales and both sympathize and connect with them

… A clear portrayal of the Deep South’s early 20th century past…In the end, it makes me think hard about our present society; how far have we come. I definitely recommend it. ~ Reader’s Favorite

Read all the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/S.K.-Nicholls/e/B00C8EX4GS

71gtrdqi9bl-_ux250_About S.K Nicholls

S.K. Nicholls is a crime romp and historical fiction novelist that lives in Central Florida where her family has owned and operated Cypress Cove, a nudist resort, since 1964. A Registered Nurse and former Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, (S.A.N.E.), she has a special interest in sex-trafficking. Social issues are at the forefront of her writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found tracking down Snorlaxes, wandering city parks with the homeless, or sipping margaritas on the bow of a boat. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Florida Writer’s Association and Writers of Central Florida…or Thereabouts.

Connect to S.K. Nicholls.

Blog: https://sknicholls.wordpress.com/
Website: http://www.sknicholls.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sknicholls1

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