Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – #Romance – Forgetting My Way Back to You by Karina Bartow

Another new author joins the Cafe and Bookstore today and please welcome Karina Bartow and her latest release – Forgetting My Way Back to You.

About the book

At one point or another, everybody finds themselves wanting a second chance, whether it be missing the mark on an investment, failing to live up to a certain goal, or letting a true love slip away. It’s very seldom, however, that one receives the proverbial do-over.

Charlee Stoll and Hunter Jett become the modern-day exception. After a decade-long estrangement, the high school sweethearts reconnect when Hunter, fresh off a career in arena football, returns to his hometown. Their reunion catches both of them by surprise, and they quickly recapture the love they once shared. When Hunter begins to rethink his choices, though, tragedy strikes. During a heated confrontation, Charlee’s thrown off a horse and sent into a week-long coma.

When she awakens with no clue who he is, he seizes the chance to right his wrongs, but it proves more challenging than he expects. On top of romancing her, he must overcome her father’s displeasure, another ex-boyfriend vying for her love, and her own mission to regain her memory. Through charm and deception, can he win back her love…before she discovers the truth?

One of the reviews for the book

Wit, humor, words of wisdom ….evoking fond memories of dear friends, laughter and tears, and encouraging hope beyond hardship…. all this and more make this book a package as beautiful as a wedding present filled with promise of wonderful things yet to come! A true page-turner! Can’t wait to read the future works of this talented author!

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About Karina Bartow

Karina Bartow grew up and still lives in northern Ohio. Though born with Cerebral Palsy, she’s never allowed her disability to define her. Rather, she’s used her experiences to breathe life into characters who have physical limitations, but like her, are determined not to let them stand in the way of the life they want. She may only be able to type with one hand, but she writes with her whole heart

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – Alchemist Gift (Alchemist Series Book 1) by Mark D. Giglio

Please welcome Mark D. Giglio to the Cafe and Bookstore with his books. Today I am featuring Alchemist Gift (Alchemist Series Book 1)

About The Alchemist Gift.

★★★★★”Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical realism” – Red City Review

Time travel to the age of alchemy.

The life of grad student Roland Hughes changes when he cheats on his long-term girlfriend Liz. Soon after, specters of Renaissance men and women pull him back to a time of witchcraft, magic and curses.

Roland pays dearly for his fling, and desperately wishes for another chance. The cosmos hears and delivers him – with the help of the enchanted Alchemist Cabinet – to a new life and time.

But will he redeem himself, or chase the same temptations?

One of the reviews for the book

As essentially a thriller writer-reader, I took a while to get into the flow of the highly descriptive writing style and magical-realism of “Alchemist Gift” and enjoy the journey. Since I love history in general, I grew to appreciate a story set in mainly in Renaissance Italy with connections to the present through his protagonist, Roland; one that entertains and educates.

Transporting Roland back five hundred years to Italy through to his discovery of an alchemist’s cabinet, the author, Mark Giglio, also a professional Renaissance furniture maker, uses his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the time to paint Roland into a turbulent time when nobles squabbled; religions fought for supremacy; superstition ran rampant; disease and famine could claim their victims into the millions; and peasants simply struggled to survive. A rich setting for the interaction of a myriad of characters: the good, the bad and the very ugly.

As the author points out, he is “interested in the ways people connect with each other and ultimately how they are all connected and, how tenuous our existence is”. His story reflects this: it wanders unpredictably from one character to another. What does the future hold for Roland? It’s unpredictable. As it is for every one of us. Enjoy being transported back to the Renaissance. A great read for lovers of magical realism.

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About Mark D. Giglio

Mark Giglio has always been fascinated by the connections people have with each other and the world around them. What we do or what we say is a result of our most recent and our forgotten ancestors. Like our ancestors, we will have that same effect on countless people yet to be born. He has always loved history, the humanities, art, philosophy, anthropology, world religions and the natural world. All of these things have been a fountainhead of inspiration.

He spent the first nine years in upstate New York and the next ten in southern California.   He started his adult life when he joined the USAF and got his discharge after four years. He then went to SDSU and earned a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. At that point, he didn’t quite know what to do with himself. Somehow that Great American novel didn’t materialize, not for want of trying.

Life gifted him with a wife and in no time a little boy then another and another. Not able to wait around for those huge royalty checks to roll in, he fell back on his family heritage and became a craftsman. He needed something he could do to make a living, cabinet and furniture making to be specific. He worked for an outfit called California Design Group for a couple of years; then decided to go it alone.

Over the years he kept up his writing with little vignettes or the occasional short story for his own amusement. It wasn’t until he made a specific piece of furniture, The Alchemist Cabinet, that he felt inspired to write seriously. He had entered his art furniture in contests and came away with first and second prize ribbons.

His latest novel is “The Patron’s Wife,”  The novel involves a love triangle.  The setting is on a sprawling plantation in the Ecuadorian highlands and the Amazon jungle below.  He has also been working on the next installment to the Alchemist trilogy, “Curious Journey”, and has a toehold on the last novel.

Mark has three grown sons.  He lives in Escondido, California with his partner, Mary Ellen Cavanaugh-Wilson. His other interests include painting, piano improvisation, and interior design.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – Fascinating New Yorkers: Power Freaks, Mobsters, Liberated Women, Creators, Queers and Crazies by Clifford Browder.

Delighted to welcome a new author to the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore today. Fascinating New Yorkers: Power Freaks, Mobsters, Liberated Women, Creators, Queers and Crazies by Clifford Browder.

About Fascinating New Yorkers

A prostitute’s daughter who got to know two ex-kings and a future emperor; a cardinal archbishop known in certain circles as “Franny”; a serial killer who terrorized the city; a pioneer in female erotica who had two husbands and kept a “lie box” to keep her two lives straight – they’re all here in Clifford Browder’s collection of posts from his blog, people who, some remembered today and some forgotten, fulfilled themselves richly or horrendously in the wild and crazy city of New York. Some of these people Browder knew or encountered briefly, and some he got to know through their works. He relates surprising things about J.P. Morgan and his nose, Andy Warhol’s sex life, Nicky (Mr. Untouchable) Barnes, and Polly Adler, Queen of Tarts. Getting to know these New Yorkers, readers will be shocked or angered, puzzled or amused, but never bored.

One of the reviews for the book

The figures in Cliff Browder’s Fascinating New Yorkers: Power Freaks, Mobsters, Liberated Women, Creators, Queers and Crazies are as pulsing with energy and as varied as the city itself. Drawn from Browder’s engaging blog, No Place for Normal, these lively sketches of everyone from David Berkowitz to Edna St. Vincent Millay are informed not only by Browder’s assiduous research but by his rich personal experience and perspective.

These little biographies are studies in concision. His depiction of Robert Moses is a masterful distillation of Robert Caro’s wonderful but massive biography The Power Broker. Yet in each of these chapters he incorporates his own personal perspectives and experiences that give these commentaries a deeply human groundedness. Then there’s the writing. His sketches have a sharpness reminiscent of Dos Passos (if anyone reads him anymore). He describes Thomas Dewey “as devoid of charm as a turnip” and demonstrates Boss Tweed’s nimbleness with a single crafty sentence: “When he hobnobbed at the upper end of the social scale, his speech was trimmed and neat; toward the lower end it grew weedy with ain’ts.”

Browder separates his New Yorkers into six categories: Dark Desires, Men of Power, Remarkable Women, Creators, Celebrities, and Bohemia. Yet it is amazing how many of these figures cross boundaries and encounter each other in their rich and turbulent lives. Plus, typical of the city’s international quality, these characters often bound in and out of New York’s boundaries (Helena Rubenstein comes by way of Poland, Australia, and Paris). Ultimately, these New Yorkers transform the ever dynamic city and often introduce new directions in society. “Both Walter Winchell and Sherman Billingsley wielded a new kind of power … Winchell’s power based on fear; Billingsley’s, on exclusiveness, on getting people to want, and want desperately, what he had to offer.”

The book is filled with amusing nuggets of battles, whether they be between Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson over long-held Hollywood jealousies or between the Catholic dioceses running Peoria and New York over Bishop Fulton Sheen’s remains. One of my favorite elements of Fascinating New Yorkers is Browder’s commitment to ending each story as close to present day as possible. Anaïs Nin may have died in 1977 but through Browder’s research and subsequent encounters with her work the reader observes how his perceptions evolve.

The tale of narcissist Taylor Mead (oh, these pages collect into quite the gallery of narcissists) is a fitting summary to this volume: it is another fascinating story, shot through with Browder’s hard-earned wisdom – a wisdom marked by sensitivity, awareness, and rich experiences. Like Browder’s previous book, No Place for Normal: New York, this book manages to be both tremendously revealing and fun. I deeply enjoyed Fascinating New Yorkers.

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About Clifford Browder

Clifford Browder is a writer living in New York. He has published two biographies, a critical study, and three novels in his Metropolis series of historical fiction set in nineteenth-century New York: The Pleasuring of Men (Gival Press, 2011), Bill Hope: His Story (Anaphora Literary Press, 2017); and Dark Knowledge (Anaphora Literary Press, 2018).

His blog, Nø Place for Normal: New York, is about anything and everything New York. His nonfiction title No Place for Normal: New York / Stories from the Most Exciting City in the World (Mill City Press, 2015) is a collection of posts from his blog that won first place in the Travel category of the 2015-2016 Reader Views Literary Awards; the Tenth Annual National Indie Excellence Award for Regional Non-Fiction; and Honorable Mention in the Culture category of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for 2016. Another collection of posts from his blog, Fascinating New Yorkers: Power Freaks, Mobsters, Liberated Women, Creators, Queers and Crazies is being published by Black Rose Writing in 2018. His poetry has appeared in various journals online and in print.

Browder is fond of slime molds, never kills spiders, and eats garlic to fend off vampires. (So far it seems to be working.) Recently he learned the Charleston; geezers rock.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas -#Children’s Myrtle’s Game by Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange, Illustrated by Jo Robinson

Delighted to share the news of the latest release from Cynthia Reyes and her daughter Lauren Reyes-Grange with illustrations by Jo Robinson, which is a sequel to the lovely children’s book Myrtle the Purple Turtle. It is available in Kindle and would make a wonderful gift for children and grandchildren.

About Myrtle’s Game

Myrtle the Purple Turtle returns with another great adventure! Myrtle and her friends are turned away when they try to join in a game with others. The friends walk away, feeling hurt, but that’s just the start of the story. Find out how Myrtle, Gertie, Hurtle and Snapper solve the problem, in this second picture book about Myrtle the Purple Turtle. A perfect book for children ages 3 to 8 (and adults who like turtles), it follows Myrtle the Purple Turtle — a bestseller, praised by thousands of children and adults, teachers and librarians around the world.

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The first book in the series

One of the wonderful reviews for the book

“Myrtle the Purple Turtle,” a children’s book by Cynthia Reyes, has been out in the world for awhile (it was published in 2017). “Myrtle” has been on my “wish list” for a while, and today I finally broke down and picked up the Kindle version for myself.

Myrtle is a purple turtle, happy with life and what she likes and does, until a crabby, conceited, and prejudiced green turtle comes along. The green turtle makes fun of purple Myrtle’s appearance, and she becomes dejected, wishing to be green like other turtles. In the end, with a little help from Mom and her little turtle friends, Myrtle arrives at the understanding that it’s natural to be different, and in truth, every being is different and unique in its own way.

What I came away with in reading “Myrtle” is the message that we should realize that although we are the same, we each are unique. Moreover, it’s good to fit in with others, but isn’t grand to have distinctive appearances, talents, likes, dislikes, et cetera—some things we can call our own and share with others? I think so.

I believe this is a worthwhile children’s book. Not only does it help teach to be considerate of others, it also teaches that you don’t have to do, or be like, your friends, celebrities, or anybody else. It’s like the old saying many of us heard our parents say as we were growing up: “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you, too?” Don’t follow the crowd. —Something in that vein.

The illustrations by Jo Robinson are brilliantly colored, sharp, and charming. They help the visual aspect of the written story, and they will certainly catch the young – and older – eye.
“Myrtle the Purple Turtle” is great summertime reading and would make a very thoughtful gift for youngsters for any occasion, any time of the year. Recommended.

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About Cynthia Reyes

Cynthia Reyes is the author of A Good Home and An Honest House. Her children’s illustrated book Myrtle the Purple Turtle was published in October 2017 to excellent reviews.

Cynthia is a former journalist, producer-director and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. More than a hundred episodes of her programs appeared on network television. She won national and international awards and acclaim for her work, including The Children’s Broadcast Institute Award , The Trailblazer Award and The Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television.

In October 2016, the country of her birth, Jamaica, inducted Cynthia into the Order of Distinction, Commander Rank, in recognition of her work in Canadian and international journalism.

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Illustrations by Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson currently resides in her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for many years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. Her stories are mostly about people, and the sometimes dark twists that life takes. She also writes science fiction/fantasy, humour, and horror, not being one to restrict herself.

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Apart from offering a range of author services, Jo is a talented writer of several books.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – Mo: The Spotlight Tales by S. Pearce

I am delighted to welcome a new author to the Cafe and bookstore and to feature his books as part of the Christmas promotion. I am featuring the first book in The Spotlight Tales series by S. Pearce.

The series of stand-alone tales which take a critical look at our society. Extremism, nationalism and environmental concerns all come under the spotlight in this remarkable series. The tales will take you to the precipice and leave you dangling there. Get ready to question your thoughts, your actions, and wonder what those about you are planning.

About Mo

Will he listen to the extremist rhetoric, enticing him to commit unspeakable horrors? Will he heed the calmer and more softly spoken voice, coming from an unexpected source?

Catapulted out of the sheltered world of infancy into the raw – sometimes brutal – environment of new adolescence, Mo finds himself abandoned by cherished childhood friends and subjected to racial insults, bullying and general torment.Confusion and anger follow, compounded by an inability to confide in those close to him. All the while, sinister forces are beckoning him to follow a violent path. And yet, another mysterious voice is attempting to guide him. Mo hovers tantalisingly between fantasy and reality, between horror and wonder.

It describes how a young boy tries to find his way as family, friends, and strangers tug at his conscience with their conflicting demands.S Pearce’s enigmatic tale skilfully examines notions of identity in an unsettled world. Delving at times into the supernatural and at others into violent extremism, this intriguing and intelligent story can be seen as a modern day morality tale which will keep readers guessing throughout. This book will challenge your notions of right and wrong. It will take you, with the protagonist, to a cliff edge. You will feel uncomfortable, you will feel wronged, you will feel like Mo.

One of the reviews for the book

An unusual novel, this. The protagonist is a young Muslim boy facing a future he finds unattractive for many reasons. At first, I wondered if this book was meant for children, but that opinion was quickly squashed by the complex language and general tone of the story. The book is aimed, I imagine, at parents, teachers, and, perhaps, those leaders of Islamic groups who might benefit from the ideas it contains.

The character of the young lad is well drawn and it’s easy to form empathy with him. His rather distant father who begins as a man who shows little understanding of his son, and his devoted mother, caught between the needs of her lad and the demands of the father, slowly develop as characters as the story progresses. The other main character, an idiosyncratic and lonely old man with a kind heart and a fascination for moths and other wildlife, is another beautifully drawn player.

The story deals with bullying, isolation, prejudice, the grooming of terrorists, and the dangers of obsessive gaming, which is why it’s a very good read for concerned parents and teachers.
There were odd times when I was a little jarred by a passage of what almost amounted to preaching, but this happened only very rarely. For the most part, the story moves well and the reader is fully engaged.

Either the author has engaged in substantial research, or he has used imagination coupled with some personal experience to get into the head of Mo as well as to understand the methods used by groups wishing to subvert innocents to their cause.

This is an absorbing story; well told and full of events and discussions that provoke thought. Not an easy read, it has much of value to say on the injustice and ignorance that drives certain individuals to extreme action.

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Also by Simon Pearce

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marvelous whodunnit, on November 20, 2018

Sometimes, but not often, a new writer pops up from nowhere who is gifted with natural talent. Mr S Pearce has talent by the bucket load. In this, his second book, I’m reminded of the old school essays we had to write about the adventures of a penny as it changed hands. In this case, the pennies are deadly poisonous sweets! As the story daisy chains between the lives (and deaths) of all those effected, we’re left to work out which of them is the perpetrator. Exit Velocity is a marvelous whodunnit, well written, quick to read, and engrossing. Highly recommended. 

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About Simon Pearce

Simon Pearce was born in the south of England and spent most of his formative years growing up on the Isle of Wight. He then went on to read English and German at the University of Wales, Swansea, and then wrote his Ph.D. in German history and literature at the University of Nottingham. Finally, he completed a PGCE and spent many years living in Chesterfield, working at schools in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. He now lives near Berlin.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – Book 1 The Gift Legacy – Secret Sky (re-release) by J. P. Mclean

Whilst technically not new books, it might as well be, as J. P. Mclean has re-released The Gift Legacy series with brand new covers and titles, which look stunning. Here is book 1 – Secret Sky and I will share the other new covers later. And congratulations to Jo-Anne and her book cover designers as Secret Sky has won KOBO – BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY COVER FOR 2018! and has progressed to the next round.. The book is on offer until the close of the contest at 99c/99p

About Secret Sky (The Gift Legacy Book One)

An intrepid young woman. An incredible gift. A terrible price to pay.

As a child, Emelynn Taylor accepted a stranger’s gift that changed her life forever. This gift wasn’t wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bow, nor could it ever be returned. Now, it’s taken over her life. Striking without warning, it strips Emelynn of gravity and sends her airborne, unchecked.

Haunted by terrifying flights she can’t control, Emelynn returns to the seaside cottage of her childhood, where she vows to take command of her dangerous gift. Here, she discovers an underground society whose members share her hidden ability, and a man who sends her heart soaring.

But is this secret society using the gift for good, or for evil? Unravelling the truth will plunge Emelynn into a fight for her freedom—and her life.

The first book in The Gift Legacy series, Secret Sky is a thriller that skirts the edges of reality in a world within our own. Buckle up and escape the ordinary: take flight with Emelynn Taylor.
(Secret Sky was previously published as The Gift: Awakening)

One of the reviews for the previous edition

Secret Sky (The Gift Awakening) is a fantasy that starts off slowly and gains momentum. The main protagonist, Emelynn, knows she is different but doesn’t realize just how unusual her gifted talents are. She was just a normal preteen when a woman visited her on the beach near her home and bestowed a strange gift upon her. Odd things begin to happen to her and when she is seen by a doctor after one of these peculiar episodes he makes her aware of what is happening to her. When a handsome stranger comes into her life Emelynn is tossed into more turmoil than she could ever imagine. This story continued to intrigue me and I couldn’t put it down for long. This author has a winning series that is sure to get the attention of fantasy lovers out there. I look forward to the next books in this gripping series.

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About J.P. Mclean

JP (Jo-Anne) McLean writes contemporary fantasy thrillers with a provocative edge. She is best known for The Gift Legacy series. The first book of the series received Honourable Mention at the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Reviewers call the series addictive, smart and fun.

Her books include endorsements from Ethel Wilson fiction prize winner, Jennifer Manuel, and Globe and Mail bestselling author, Elinor Florence, among others. The series has been described as fantasy light and is a good introduction to the genre for the uninitiated.

Jo-Anne neglects the gardens and housework to write full time from her home on Denman Island, off of Canada’s west coast. She writes best when she’s within sight and sound of water, even if it’s just a fountain, and hopes never to stop reading, writing or imagining the impossible.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – Deadly Quotes: Escaping Psychiatry Series by Olga Nunez Miret

Olga Nunez Miret is celebrating the release of her latest book, just in time for Christmas. Book Four (including the prequel) in the Escaping Psychiatry Series: Deadly Quotes.

She is also offering the prequel to the series – Escaping Psychiatry: Beginnings FREE.

About Deadly Quotes

Death by natural causes. That was the official explanation. Until they found the quote.
Killing isn’t as difficult as people think. In fact it can be quite easy.

Was it a novel the dead man had been writing? Was it an eerie suicide note? Was it murder?
Mary Miller and Leah Deakin, friends and doctors, are not sure there is a case worth investigating but are intrigued. Could a serial killer behind bars have orchestrated another killing spree? Can the clues be found in his own autobiography?

The fourth book in the Escaping Psychiatry series sees Mary, psychiatrist, survivor of attempted rape and murder, and amateur crime investigator by default, team up with Leah Deakin, an FBI pathologist, in a case that pitches them against a man who loves to play mortal games. Will they be able to stop him? And at what price?

If you enjoy reading gripping psychological thrillers, prefer strong female protagonists, feel oddly attracted to ultraintelligent and twisted baddies, and can’t get enough of challenging mysteries, you shouldn’t miss this novel.

Discover Mary Miller’s new adventure, and if you’re new to the Escaping Psychiatry series, you can read the prequel Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings, in e-book format, FREE.

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A selection of books in Spanish or English by Olga Nunez Miret

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One of the reviews for Book One – Escaping Psychiatry in audio.

I listened to the audio book of Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Nunez Miret. The reader had a pleasant speaking style which made the audio book enjoyable. My only criticism is that in some parts the narration felt a bit rushed.

This book comprises of three short stories all featuring Mary Miller, a single female and a well known psychiatrist and writer of non-fiction, as the main protagonist. Each of the stories has a completely different setting, perpetrator, victim and set of extenuating circumstances which made them compelling and believable. In the first two stories the perpetrators are also victims and that creates emotional conflict for the reader because, while you want to see justice done and the victims are innocent, the perpetrators are the results of their unfortunate backgrounds and their own inability to rally mentally against the stresses and strains of their childhood abuse.

Mary is portrayed in both of these stories as a strong and independent woman with a talent for making people feel comfortable and share their concerns and problems and an ability to help the perpetrators to make the right social decisions.

The third story is a bit different as Mary becomes the victim and her views and attitude to life are put to the test. The development of Mary as a character in the last tale is very satisfying and we are proud of her coping skills and ability to pick herself up and carry on. I thought the ending to this story, in particular, had a good twist and was entertaining and clever.

The author has a background in psychiatry and this shows through in her believable and detailed portrayals of the discussions and interactions between Mary and the people she is attempting to help.

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About Olga Nunez Miret

Olga Núñez Miret is a doctor, a psychiatrist, a student (of American Literature, with a Doctorate and all to prove the point, of Criminology, and of books and people in general), she writes, translates (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and although born in Barcelona, Spain, has lived in the UK for many years. She’s always loved books and is thrilled at the prospect of helping good stories reach more readers all around the world. She publishes a bilingual blog ( ) where she shares book reviews, advice, talks about books (hers and others) and about things she discovers and enjoys.

Olga has translated her own books into Spanish of course and she has also translated some excellent Spanish books into English and you can find out more here.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas -#Mystery – Murder on the Books by HL Carpenter

Another new book just in time for Christmas a #mystery from mother and daughter writing team HL Carpenter.  A Murder by the Books.

About the book

A letter from beyond the grave brings accountant Fae Childers face to face with murder, embezzlement, romance, and a hidden family legacy.

Certified public accountant Fae Childers is not an embezzler, despite the belief of the accounting firm that fires her for stealing.
But proving her innocence is harder than convincing an IRS agent to allow a deduction. She’s lost her mother, her job, her fiancé, and her self-respect. She’s running out of money and the lease is about to expire on her apartment.

Then the fortune-telling grandmother Fae never knew existed, whose name and psychic abilities she now learns are also hers, issues a challenge from beyond the grave—a challenge that brings Fae face to face with murder, embezzlement, romance, and a hidden family legacy.

When the mystery of Fae’s past collides with the troubles of her present, the situation veers out of control. Her very life is threatened. Who can she trust? The man she’s falling in love with? The former fiancé who has already betrayed her once? Or only herself?

With justice, romance, and her future at stake, Fae must overcome personal and professional obstacles to save herself and those she loves. And she’s going to have to do it fast, before someone else dies.

An early review for the book

A good plot but still felt a bit let down. The embezzlement at her old firm was still unpunished and her name was still tarred by suspicion. Nice twists although I must admit that i did have my suspicions as to the killer. The characters were vivid and clear although wish that she had had a bit more get up and go.

She’s been fired under suspicion of embezzlement, her fiance has ditched her and with her mother’s death only a few months ago she feels as if she drowning. A letter from a solicitor has her driving to a small community after hearing that she’s her Grandmother’s heir. A grandmother she know nothing about. Everyone talks about her Grandmother’s gifts but she doesn’t believe she has any. Now she is drawn into the recent death which left a neighbour as heiress to millions. When her neighbour dies after being attacked she starts looking into why.

Break-ins, attacks and threats seem to be flying around the small community. Is the solicitor she feels drawn too involved? What does a past embezzlement case have to do with anything? As she prepares the estate financial reports for the dead neighbour she notices some things that cause her to question things further. Will they find the killer before more people die?

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

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About HL Carpenter (Helen and Lorri)

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves for Christmas #ShortStories – Becoming Someone by Anne Goodwin.

Anne Goodwin released her latest short story collection, Becoming Someone, on November 23rd, just in time for Christmas. It is in print so still time for it to reach someone special before the big day.

About Becoming Someone

What shapes the way we see ourselves?

An administrator is forced into early retirement; a busy doctor needs a break. A girl discovers her sexuality; an older man explores a new direction for his. An estate agent seeks adventure beyond marriage; a photojournalist retreats from an overwhelming world. A woman reduces her carbon footprint; a woman embarks on a transatlantic affair. A widow refuses to let her past trauma become public property; another marks her husband’s passing in style.

Thought-provoking, playful and poignant, these 42 short stories address identity from different angles, examining the characters’ sense of self at various points in their lives. What does it mean to be a partner, parent, child, sibling, friend? How important is work, culture, race, religion, nationality, class? Does our body, sexuality, gender or age determine who we are?

Is identity a given or can we choose the someone we become?

One of the early reviews for the book by Literary Flits

I enjoy reading short story collections, but it’s rare for me to find one where I love every tale. Usually there are hits and misses so I was delighted to find that every single one of the forty-two stories in Becoming Someone is a hit!

Anne Goodwin has such an observant eye for human motivation and behaviour so all her characters came across to me as authentic and genuine – quite the achievement when the stories run such a wide gamut of human experience encompassing pretty much all ages, genders and relationships. Anne can also vividly portray scenes within a few sentences. Becoming Someone includes stories of varying lengths from vignettes that barely last a page to full tales that are several pages in length. I felt that they were each as long as they needed to be though. None were too abrupt or overstayed their welcome, and every one had a thought-provoking point to make.

I did find that I needed to frequently set this book aside in order to think over the story I had just read – and this is certainly not a criticism! Despite their brevity, the Becoming Someone stories cannot be considered light reads and this isn’t a book to dash through. I enjoyed dipping into it, particularly of an evening, but long enough before sleep to allow sufficient pondering time!

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One of the reviews for Underneath

I really enjoyed this book. I had read Goodwin’s first book, found that she is very good at plot and at linking all different parts of the story together, and was delighted to hear that she had a second book published. This I enjoyed even more. It is a real page turner with a wonderful twist towards the end. I do not know why a previous reviewer found it difficult to follow. It is clear that Goodwin’s previous life as a clinical psychologist has given her a great understanding of, and ability to explain how, our childhood relationships can stay with us for a long time and impact upon the later relationships that we make.

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About Anne Goodwin

Anne Goodwin loves fiction for the freedom to contradict herself and has been scribbling stories ever since she could hold a pencil. During her career as an NHS clinical psychologist her focus was on helping other people tell their neglected stories to themselves. Now that her short fiction publication count has overtaken her age, her ambition is to write and publish enough novels to match her shoe size. Her debut novel, Sugar and Snails, was published in July 2015 by Inspired Quill and shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Her second novel, Underneath, was published in May 2017. She has a new short story collection due in November 2018

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas -#Romance #Humour – If You Love Me I’m Yours by Lizzie Chantree

Although not new to the bookshelves of Amazon, If You Love Me I’m Yours by bestselling author of Ninja School Mum, Lizzie Chantree, is new to the Cafe and Bookstore. It was released in July of this year and is receiving great reviews… just one of Lizzie’s books that would make a great gift for Christmas.

About the book

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

One of the recent reviews for the book

The author obviously has a love for, and knowledge of art in all its forms …and human nature as well. Clever the way she shows the influence of parents on their offspring, who either try to live up to expectations or deny their true selves to fit in. I felt for repressed artistic Maud, who was impelled to express her talent anonymously and leave her works of art to be picked up by anyone who wanted to give them a home. ( I also loved the brilliant descriptions of her amazing bedroom and her hidden ‘shed’. ) And then poor Dot, who only truly found her talent when she found Maud. The interweaving plot carries you along, willing and hoping for a happy ending for all these engaging characters. Another different story from Lizzie Chantree. It’s as funny and compulsive as her Ninja School Mum. More please.

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About Lizzie Chantree

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex.

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