Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Delilah and the Dark God: The Eternal Realm Book 2 by Fiona Tarr

Delighted to share the news of the latest book released today by Fiona TarrDelilah and the Dark God: The Eternal Realm Book 2

About the Book

Delilah is young, poor and inexperienced. Discovering Samson’s secret might not be as easy as she thinks!

“Fiona Tarr is a highly entertaining writer with exceptional storytelling skills.Eeva Lancaster for Readers’ Favorite

When Delilah is compelled to discover the source of Samson’s divine strength, she becomes torn between her desire for wealth and growing feelings she cannot yet understand. She has no idea that the Eternal Realm is at war, but she quickly realises there is more at play than religion and politics.

The Goddess Asherah knows Delilah is the key to future peace in the heavens, yet she is forbidden from meddling with humanity….. But when the Dark God Dagon grows obsessed with Delilah, she must choose a side.

Will Asherah risk revealing herself to protect the ancient prophecy and secure peace for her brethren?

Delilah and the Dark God is the second book in The Eternal Realm series; a religious fantasy series that mixes mythology and intrigue in epic fantasy style. If you like strong characters, intricate plots and action, then you will love Fiona Tarr’s contemporary take on this old biblical classic.

Buy Delilah and the Dark God to today discover what really goes on within the eternal realm!

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One of the recent reviews for Book One of The Eternal Realm: The Jericho Prophecy

Laurence St. John 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Novel  April 15, 2019

The Jericho Prophecy – The Eternal Realm by Fiona Tarr is great fantasy story. The main character Rahab reveals that she can hold her own against evil forces. But why does she have to fight anyway? I really enjoyed how the story intertwined religious themes along with mythological content. The story was well paced and it kept me enticed chapter after chapter. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, supernatural, religious, mythological, metaphysical and science fiction stories.

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About Fiona Tarr

My fantasy novels are fast paced, character driven historical stories with strong mystical, spiritual and theological themes mixed with elements of the classic heroic/epic fantasy genre. My writing was first inspired by the heroic fantasy style of David Gemmell, but I have most recently been compared to Traci Harding & Robin Hobb.

I always appreciate legitimate feedback so please don’t forget to review my work when you have read it.

It turns out writing is in the blood. My Great Uncle was George Johnston (My Brother Jack) and although I don’t claim to have his renowned literary style, I do write a mean fantasy novel.

I find culture, faith, philosophy and sociology intriguing and these topics are at the heart of my fantasy.

I live in Noosa, Australia with my husband and two sons and I run a small business involving tourism and watersports. Occasionally I dabble in advocacy, mentoring and spend time on my personal entrepreneurial pursuits. When I am not writing I am either kitesurfing, stand up paddle surfing, travelling or volunteering in some capacity. I love cheese, chocolate and living a creative life.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Adventures of Little Miss HISTORY, Volume I: Adventure Books for All Ages by Barbara Ann Mojica

A new author to the Cafe and Bookstore with her books… Barbara Ann Mojica and her latest release in the Little Miss HISTORY book series, which is a compilation of three of the adventures in NYC. The Adventures of Little Miss HISTORY, Volume I: Adventure Books for All Ages

About Volume 1 of The Adventures of Little Miss HISTORY

Little Miss HISTORY has packed three of her NYC adventures into one exciting book. Visit the STATUE of LIBERTY the symbol of hope and promise for the immigrants who passed it on their way to fulfilling their dreams as they awaited inspection on ELLIS ISLAND. Then journey up the Hudson River to the USS INTREPID to witness and explore hands on one ship’s amazing history in WW II, the Vietnam War, the space age, and the war on terrorism. Hold on to your hats for a rollicking ride back into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with Little Miss HISTORY!

One of the early reviews for the book

History can be dusty and boring. Not in this book, though. Writer Barbara Ann Mojica and illustrator Victor Ramon Mojica and have created a book that is interesting and accessible for readers. The storytelling is clear, the illustrations are attractive and appealing, and the approach of having Little Miss History as both tour guide and (sometimes humorous) participant helps make the story accessible.

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A selection of other books in the series

One of the recent reviews for Little Miss HISTORY travels to  Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Mar 12, 2019 Coral Walker rated it it was amazing

Passion for history? Then this is the right book. The author certainly has a passion for teaching children history. This three-volume set takes children on a worldwide historic trip to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, and is full of facts and details related to them. It is certain to entertain curious and knowledge-thirsty young minds. I would encourage children who love history and want to know about history-related sites and events to read this book.

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About Barbara Ann Mojica

Barbara Ann Mojica, M.A. S.A.S., S.D.A is a historian and retired educator. Her education career spans more than forty years serving as a teacher, special educator, principal, and school district administrator. Barbara writes monthly historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss History character to narrate her book series, Barbara hopes to educate, entertain and inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. She firmly believes, “If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

The Little Miss HISTORY book series has garnered more than twenty awards including B.R.A.G. Medallions, International Book Excellence Awards, International Readers’ Favorite Awards, Eric Hoffer, and Independent Author Network Awards.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Rivalry (War of Nytefall Book 3) by Charles E. Yallowitz

Prolific fantasy author Charles E. Yallowitz has a new release available. Rivalry (War of Nytefall Book 3)

About Rivalry

Seeking the pleasure of revenge, an ancient rumor will reveal herself to be a deadly legend.

Lurking within the shadows for centuries, the Vampire Queen has been drawn to the conflict that surrounds Clyde. Only whispers have been spread about this elusive figure, who has amassed a kingdom that can rival Nyte and Nytefall. All that she is missing is the strongest vampire to crown as her king. In one fell swoop, she has taken the most powerful of her kind, including Clyde and Xavier Tempest. Hosting a tournament where the rules seem to change at her whim, the Vampire Queen threatens to shatter the already strained world that lurks beneath Windemere’s surface. Yet, there is more to her desires, which seep from a soul that is pulsing with fury. For her kingdom can never be complete until she holds the head of the one who wronged her centuries ago.

Can Mab stand against her ancient rival and save her beloved partner?

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One of the reviews for Lost (War of Nytefall Book 2)

N. N. Light 4.0 out of 5 stars Yallowitz pens an all-encompassing world! October 5, 2018

As the vampire civil war intensifies, a new player emerges and like most in power, judging this teenage girl by her appearance is a deadly mistake. Her name is Lost and she’s a Dawn Fang. She looks innocent and keeps talking about her mission to find her father. Chaos follows in her wake, causing mass confusion between Clyde and the Dawn Fangs as well as Xavier, his wife and their subjects. There’s an army of followers looking for Lost, too. When she reveals she’s womb-born and not fang-born, the vampiric world erupts. Once reunited with her parents, will Lost obey vampiric law or will she destroy them all?

Lost continues where Loyalty left off and for the most part, the plot moves at a good pace. Lost is a deceptive character, appearing innocent yet she’s one powerful vampire. Lost reminds me of Darla from Buffy and Lamia Zacharius from Death Coach. Betrayal, especially in a vampire’s world, is a criminal offense and there’s plenty of it to go around. Yallowitz pens an all-encompassing world with quite a few twists and turns. The ending, though, was a little let-down. It can be read as a standalone, but you’ll understand characters’ motivation if you read book one first. Perfect for this time of year!

Favorite Character/Quote: “Fine, but after we take naps. A grumpy Princess General is a sloppy Princess General.

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About Charles E. Yallowitz
Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire Stare. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. ‘Legends of Windemere is his first series, but it certainly won’t be his last.

Links to connect to Charles on websites, blogs and social media.

Legends of Windemere Blog
Charles E. Yallowitz Website

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves #Shortstories – A Box of Memories by Allan Hudson

Allan Hudson has just released a new collection of short stories based on memories of his life or events he has witnessed. A Box of Memories

About the collection

Many of the short stories herein are inspired by memories I have of events in my life or related events I’ve witnessed or read about. Family is important to me so many stories are about relationships, love, sharing and giving, overcoming difficulties. Read about an older man and an abandoned baby. His last days. Three men acting like boys. Ten year old boys and the trouble they get into. The grueling work of dismantling ships by hand. Retirees with too much time on their hands. The dangers of shopping in Outer Space. Visiting a Food Bank. A covered wagon with a family and all of their possessions. Escaping slaves. Seniors with nothing to eat. The revenge of the wasps. Returning to the country of your birth. A Honey Trap. A detective that discovers crimes too close to home.

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One of the reviews for Dark Side of A Promise

This is a complicated and complex novel. The prologue sets the scene and conflict initially, but there’s a lot of back story that has to be told to connect all the players. And there are many! The author shows good insight into the main characters psyche, motivations, description of inner thinking, etc. The action scenes are well done.
Most of the story is written in present tense, not necessarily a favorite for me, but it does bring the reader a more immediate connection with the story. After the first few chapters, I was fine with it. There’s tons of intrigue, clandestine meetings, death, murder, exotic and unusual settings. All the qualities that come with a well crafted novel. And a unique writing style. Well done, and well worth the read.

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About Allan Hudson

I live by Cocagne Bay in Eastern Canada where the summers are hot by the seaside and the snow is deep in the winter. I married the greatest gal on earth, Gloria, and have a wonderful son Adam, two great stepsons Mark (Nathalie) and Chris (Mireille)Young. Three grandchildren Matthieu, Natasha and Damian.

I love reading. My mother was my school teacher and taught me to read and write when I was young. I’m thankful for that. I’m a carpenter, woodworker, aspiring author and I sell jewellery for a living at Peoples Jewellers.

I love jazz music and am a HUGE fan of JJ Cale.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Trudy’s Diary (Libraries of the World Mysteries Book 1) by Amy M. Reade

Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Amy M. Reade available on pre-order for April 16th, Trudy’s Diary (Libraries of the World Mysteries Book 1)

About the book

Daisy Carruthers moved to Washington, DC, from New York City following an emotionally draining murder investigation, little knowing she would soon be involved in two more. But when her boss and her best friend come under suspicion for killing two adulterous lovers, Daisy has no choice but to help when they ask.

And when she comes across a diary and an old dime novel with suspiciously similar stories and unknown origins, she knows all the mysteries are somehow connected.

​Can she figure out the identity of the killer–or killers–before it’s too late?

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One of the recent reviews for Murder in Thistlecross on Goodreads

Feb 22, 2019 Anna rated it Five Stars

What an absolute treat it was to spend time with Eilidh, Sylvie and her husband Seamus once again. This is the third book in the Malice series and a true treasure. Eilidh has left the Scottish Highlands behind when she divorced her husband Callum after he went to prison. Since then she has been living in the village of Thistlecross in Wales. She has barely worked in her life but she has been the very successful estate manager of a 15th century castle. She adores working for Annabel Baines, whom she considers not just her employer but a good friend. When Annabel’s sons arrive for a visit, the warmth and happiness of the castle is replaced with doom and gloom.

As guests and staff alike start dying, Eilidh needs to keep her whits about her, not only to figure out what exactly is going on but to keep herself alive.

As always Ms. Reade has characters that are extremely likable and there are ones that you are just not happy with because they are so full of malice. Her words are so clear and descriptive that you feel as if you are sitting on Eilidh’s shoulders and seeing things unfold through her eyes. There is not in your face blood and guts, it’s very subtle and it delivers a much stronger punch that way. She also explored the horrors of drug abuse, the symptoms and the effects on the individual and the family in a very informative and sensitive way.

It was very hard to say goodbye to characters that I’ve grown to love in the Malice series. Maybe one day our paths will cross again

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About Amy Reade

USA Today Bestselling author Amy M. Reade writes Gothic, traditional, and cozy mysteries. Her books have been compared to those by authors such as Daphne du Maurier, Phyllis Whitney, and Victoria Holt. Amy’s standalone novels feature vivid descriptions of exotic and fascinating locations, such as the Thousand Islands region of New York State, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Big Island of Hawaii. Her Malice series explores a family’s secrets and mysteries set against the breathtaking backdrops of Scotland and Wales. Her newest mystery, The Worst Noel, is the first in her Juniper Junction Holiday cozies.

A former attorney, Amy found that writing was her true calling. She loves cooking, reading, and travel.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Special Pre-Order Price 99c/99p -The Mayhem Series Book 3 – Silent Mayhem by Sue Coletta

Delighted to share the news of the latest book by Sue Coletta, Silent Mayhem, which is on pre-order at the special price of 99c/99p until April 24th.

About the book

Some things in life defy comprehension, but that doesn’t make them any less real. Or deadly.

When a familiar crow drops a cryptic scroll at Shawnee Daniels’ feet, she’s compelled to open it, even though everything in her power warns her not to. Mr. Mayhem—the most prolific serial killer the North Shore has ever known—claims her life is in danger. He “claims” he wants to help her, but just last year he threatened to murder everyone she loves.

While Mayhem taunts her with oddly-placed feathers, like The Creator left at his crime scenes, an interstate killing spree rocks Massachusetts and New Hampshire. A madman is decapitating men and women, dumping their headless corpses on two area beaches. But what Shawnee soon uncovers shatters all she’s ever known, her memories shredded, the whispers of the past in shambles on the ground.

Can she find the strength to move forward, or will the truth destroy her?

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A selection of books by Sue Coletta

One of the recent reviews for book 2 in the Mayhem Series – Blessed Mayhem

Sherry Fundin 5.0 out of 5 stars GIVE ME MORE!!!!! March 14, 2019

The cat burglar and the serial killer collided in a most unexpected way. HE took it as a challenge…and with Shawnee, it certainly will be. He is looking forward to breaking her will, but Shawnee bends for no one.. Sparks fly whenever she is around and I love the snarky dialogue. She is a risk taker. She’s not a cop, but she works for them, running their cyber crime unit. If you get on her bad side, she would just as soon kick your a** as look at you.

Sue Coletta has taken a different route with Mr Mayhem and Shawnee Daniels. I love it! I find it very refreshing and challenging, and exciting, because I don’t know where she’s going to take me.

And…What’s up with the crows? That is a whole ‘nother issue.

Shawnee walks through a nightmare, at times the past and present merging together, making it hard for her to pull herself back from the brink of insanity. She guards her secrets closely, but sooner or later she is going to have to explain Maggie…and Jessup.

She tries more than Levaughn’s patience with her antics. He works as a detective for the police department. He knows about her burglaring, but thought she had given it up. I think she is hooked on the adrenaline high, and a safe, normal life won’t work for her.

She’s like an M&M, hard on the outside, soft on the inside. Her love for Berkley, her sleeping pill is his purr. Her motto, she’d face Lucifer himself to save a child. And she can’t say no to Levaughn, needing him to hold her, love her, when life becomes unbearable.

I can see Mr Mayhem’s resemblance to Hannibal Lector. I can see Shawnee’s resemblance to Clarice. I love that Sue Coletta took Blessed Mayhem so far out there, I had to reign myself in after the last page was read.

I don’t know if it is just me, but I wanted to be ‘shown’ more. Shawnee is so hard on the outside, I wanted to be ‘shown’ more of her love for Levaughn, her best friend and lover. I also wanted to be ‘shown’ more of the badass side and the evil that befalls her in her battle with Mr Mayhem. I wanted to get lost inside their heads. Maybe I just wasn’t ready for the story to end. If I did half stars, I would rate this 4.5, but seeing I don’t, I round up…5 Stars it is..

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About Sue Coletta

Proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is always looking for new ways to commit murder…on the page. InSinC Quarterly published her forensic article, Radiocarbon Dating and Skeletal Differences. Sue’s published in an anthology, Murder, USA and OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive and one of her short stories is slated for publication in an upcoming anthology, RUN.

She runs a popular crime website and blog, where she shares crime tips, police jargon, the mind of serial killers, and anything and everything in between. If you search her achieves, you’ll find posts from guests that work in law enforcement, forensics, coroner, undercover operatives, firearm experts…crime, crime, and more crime. If you’re a writer with murder in your plot, pick up your free copy of 60 Ways To Murder Your Fictional Characters.

For readers, she has the Crime Lover’s Lounge, where subscribers will be the first to know about free giveaways, contests, and have inside access to deleted scenes. As an added bonus, members get to play in the lounge. Your secret code will unlock the virtual door. Inside, like-minded folks discuss their favorite crime novels, solve mindbender and mystery puzzles, and/or relax and chat. Most importantly, everyone has a lot of fun.

Sue lives in northern New Hampshire with her husband, who deals with a crazy crime writer feeding circus peanuts to crows named Poe and Edgar, a squirrel named Shawnee (the Marilyn Monroe of squirrels, with her silky strawberry-blonde tail), and a chipmunk dubbed “Hippy” for his enthusiasm and excited leaps each time he scores a peanut in “Hip, hip, hooray!” fashion.

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Tirgearr Publishing: www.tirgearrpublishing/authors/Coletta_Sue/index.htm

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves – Amie: Savage Safari (Amie in Africa Book 5) by Lucinda E. Clarke

Delighted to showcase the latest release from Lucinda E. Clarke which is also receiving terrific reviews. Amie: Savage Safari (Amie in Africa Book 5).

About the book

Amie, the world’s most reluctant spy is back.

Amie is assured that her next assignment will be easy and very safe. How could a safari camp in the African bush along with the President and international representatives from several countries possibly be dangerous?

She has no choice but to do as they say.

Simon has flown back to England for a brief meeting and then disappears. Amie has no idea where he is.

But not everyone is pleased about the rare and precious minerals discovered in the north and they are prepared to do whatever it takes to disrupt the safari and stop the auction even if it causes an international incident and people are killed.

Amie now has two lives to save and faces a bleak future on her own.

Fans of Wilbur Smith, Peter Rimmer and Tony Park will love this series by award winning author Lucinda E Clarke set in the modern day in the African bush.

One of the early reviews of the book

S. Jackson  5.0 out of 5 stars Truth, Strength and Love    March 2, 2019

What a tangled web we weave. Amie is such a strong women—good thing or she would be dead by now. Life was good, her job was good, love life good—uhoh. Simon was called to London. Amie arrived home to find Ian in her apartment and told she had a new assignment. Amie tried to resist but when Ian left she was locked in her apartment with no escape and no phone to notify Simon. On the other side of the pond Simon was having his own problems—is it really his government or has he been kidnapped. Both Amie and Simon will have to use their wits and strength to get thru this one—is it really fiction or does this happen in real life—sounds real to me. I highly recommend this book

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A selection of other books by Lucinda E. Clarke

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About Lucinda E. Clarke

91l7ti29K8L._UX250_Lucinda E Clarke [not her real name] was born in Dublin, but has lived in 8 other countries to date. She wanted to write but was railroaded into teaching. She had a habit of “falling” into other careers, announcing on radio, then scriptwriting for radio and television. She has been a professional writer since 1986 winning over 20 awards for her work, including mayoral speeches, company profiles, drama documentaries, educational programmes for radio and television, adverts, news inserts, court videos, National Geographic, cookery programmes, to name but a few!

She lectured in scriptwriting, had her own column in various publications, and written for national magazines. She was commissioned for two educational books by Heinemann and Macmillan, and book reports for UNESCO and UNICEF.

She graduated into running her own video production company in South Africa.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Children’s – Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five Story and Cookbook by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

Delighted to showcase the 6th book in the Sir Chocolate series of stories and cookbooks by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

About the story

Number 6 in the Sir Chocolate series: Five zoo animals go missing and Sir Chocolate needs to find them. Includes five lovely new recipes. Not only a storybook but a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to create wonderful recipes together.

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

This is a story about Chocolate Land. You meet there sir chocolate, an alligator, a marshmallow sheep and more.

This is an adventures story, a poem and cookbook all in one book. This story is told in rhymes, It makes it very unique and appealing.

I love the illustration. This is different, it is beautiful, very invested. I recommend this book for kids ages 3-7.

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About Robbie Cheadle

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

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

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

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on Book on the Shelves – Survival of the Fittest (Book 1 of the Crossroads Trilogy) by Jacqui Murray

Delighted to showcase the latest release from Jacqui Murray – Survival of the Fittest (Book 1 of the Crossroads Trilogy)

About the book

Five tribes. One leader. A treacherous journey across three continents in search of a new home. Written in the spirit of Jean Auel, Survival of the Fittest is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion.

Chased by a ruthless enemy, Xhosa leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands following a path laid out decades before by her father, to be followed only as a last resort. She is joined by other fleeing tribes from Indonesia, China, South Africa, East Africa, and the Levant, all similarly forced by timeless events to find new lives. As they struggle to overcome treachery, lies, tragedy, secrets, and Nature itself, Xhosa is forced to face the reality that her enemy doesn’t want to ruin her People. It wants to ruin her.

The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia, where ‘survival of the fittest’ was not a slogan. It was a destiny. Xhosa’s People were from a violent species, one fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened their lives except for one: future man, a smarter version of themselves, one destined to obliterate all those who came before.

One of the early reviews for the book

Balroop Singh  5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant imaginative saga of early humans  March 22, 2019

Survival of the Fittest by Jacqui Murray records the imaginative history of tribes of those times, (850,000 years ago) about which there is no conclusive evidence. So the arena is open for writers to explore and Jacqui has made a brilliant effort. While Born in Treacherous Times by her was my introduction to pre-historic times, this story is more intense, as it brings out the conflict between tribes trying to establish their supremacy.

Xhosa and her people seem no different than human beings of today. They were competitive, observant, strong and ferocious. They were eager to learn from each other, from friendly tribes, even from the strategies of an opponent. It is interesting to note that basic emotions of responsibility, co-operation, loyalty and jealousy stand out amongst all tribes. Though Jacqui has given them words but I wonder what was their language and how much of it they knew!

Murray’s characters are crafted so well that a reader could predict their behavior. Xhosa and Pan-do shine while Nightshade possesses some streaks of wickedness and jealousy. Lyta is sensitive, appreciated the sounds of nature, walking in rhythm with sounds soothed her and seems to possess a divine power, as she had the ability to smell evil and dishonesty, a subtle hint that human instincts were well-developed even in early man. Do they find a homeland? When did they find peace, which remains elusive even to modern man.

If you are fond of challenging adventures, this is the book for you.

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Also by Jacqui Murray


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About Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray is the webmaster for Worddreams, her blog about all things writing. She is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming prehistoric fiction, Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for Ask a Tech Teacher an Amazon Vine Voice  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics.

Connect to Jacqui Murray

Blog: Worddreams,
Twitter: @WordDreams
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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#Scotland – A Mountain of Memories by Christine Campbell

Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Christine CampbellA Mountain of Memories.

About A Mountain of Memories

A childhood trip from Edinburgh to explore Caitlin’s family’s history results in tragedy on a mountainside above the village of Kinlochleven.

As an adult she is still affected by the events that took place there, though most of her memories of that day were lost as a result of its trauma.

Over a century earlier, Caitlin’s great-great grandmother, Mhairi, watched the village of Kinlochleven being born, suffering through its birth pangs. Caitlin and Mhairi’s lives are linked by their common heritage, and as their stories become intertwined, Caitlin is drawn back to the question that has haunted her for eleven years.

What really happened on that mountainside?

A historic story folded into a contemporary story, the two linked by family, location and events.

One of the early editiorial reviews for the book

This is an absolute MUST read! I was utterly captivated from the very beginning. This is the 12th book I have read this year and is by far my favourite. A Mountain of Memories is completely immersive, strikingly intelligent and enticingly interesting with a twist you will not see coming. This book explores something all of us can relate to, written with a depth of feeling, warmth and understanding using words and language with such care and attention and characters so full of depth that they are left in your heart well after turning the last page! Find a cosy chair, get a cup of something hot, put your phone on silent, curl up and enjoy!”

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About Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell lives in a small village outside of Edinburgh with her husband, whatever assortment of children and grandchildren happen to be visiting at the time, and awaiting her first great-granddaughter. How exciting is that?

When she has a moment of peace, and is not distracted by the varied wildlife currently taking up residence in her garden and the field beyond, Christine writes novels or posts on her blog at as well as producing occasional videos about her writing on her Facebook page and YouTube.

She is currently working on her ninth novel, Gold Plated, as well as researching for her tenth. So busy, busy, busy writing for your pleasure and hers – because, let’s face it, writing is fun!

You can find all her novels, in paperback or ebook, here on Amazon.

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