Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves – #Pre-Order Price – Life in a Conversation by Geoff Le Pard

Congratulations to Geoff Le Pard on his forthcoming anthology Life in a Conversation which is available to pre-order for only £1.99/$2.56 – And as a taste of things to come, a short story from the collection.

About Life in a Conversation

Following the success of Life In A Grain of Sand and Life In A Flash, here comes Life In A Conversation, an anthology of short and super short fiction. These pieces are mostly 500 words or less (with a few longer pieces thrown in, if you like to get your teeth into a story) and cover pretty much every major genre apart from YA, MA or children’s fiction. Dip in and enjoy them; better still let them inspire you to write your own.

Here is one of the short stories from the collection to tempt you.

When Trouble Is Baking In Fairyland

His High Mufti, the Archdread of Twee, hurried across the jellied courtyard. As Minister of Works and Cake his days usually involved assessing the calorific content of building materials – gingerbread, marzipan and so on. But the report he’d just read changed that.

Ahead the Palace of Brioche, Twee’s ancient Parliament, loomed large, brown and comfortingly solid, if a touch crusty. But appearances were deceptive. As the report made clear, the chocolate grouting had begun to leak away, the iced mullions were crumbling and the gingerbread walls beginning to bow alarmingly.

Colin, for that was his name, lowered his head against the sugar-high greetings of the populous. Why did it have to be here, in the one democracy in Fairyland, that an iconic structure like the Brioche should be threatened? Other places, run by benign kings and pesky princes, would just channel magic to a rebuild, and damn the consequences. But not here. Magic was needed for universal health care and keeping yellow-brick roads free of potholes. The Sweet Party would insist on lowering the sugar content; the Grand Old Pastry would try and form a coalition with the Tea Party on a platform of keeping out foreign bakers; and the ruling Sugar and Spice confection would caramelise, as usual, along sweet-savoury lines.

The choices were stark: either close the Brioche, call in all grandmas to a Grand Bake On but lose part of the export drive that had been carefully negotiated to keep the other kingdoms Cake-dependant; or keep the Brioche open while employing a Cake a Day strategy to replace the weak parts. But this, he knew, would cost much more in the long run.

They would all hate him. So much for that old fairyland cliché: everything (including a political career) has a happy ending.

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A selection of other books by Geoff Le Pard


One of the recent reviews for Apprenticed to my Mother

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, an open and honest memoir, written by a son about his mother’s life. But it is not just about his mother. The story is as much about his father, his brother, and most of all, himself. Although we grew up half a world apart, the times and attitudes were similar. Although our families were very dissimilar, there are things that are truths for all. The book flows with good humour and love and it is easy to feel how much this family cared for each other. The love between the author’s parents was tangible and beautifully expressed in poetry. That the love was handed down through the generations to their sons and then grandchildren is obvious. A most enjoyable and uplifting read.

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About Geoff Le Pard

I have been writing creatively since 2006 when at a summer school with my family I wrote a short radio play. That led to a novel, some more courses, more novels, each better than the last until I took an MA at Sheffield Hallam. I published my first novel in 2014 – Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle. In 2015 a second followed – My Father and Other Liars. In 2016 I have an anthology of short stories out, Life, in a Grain of Sand. I have now added ‘memoir’ to my list of genres with the launch of Apprenticed To My Mother. Other novels can be found here. I write in a range of genres so there is something for everyone..

Before writing, I was a lawyer, ending up at the London Olympics. Now I mix writing with a range of activities, often walking to find inspiration or taking in a variety of sports events.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Bright Side of Darkness by J. E. Pinto

I am very pleased to welcome another new author to the Cafe and Bookstore today. J.E Pinto with her inspirational novel of family and urban life… The Bright Side of Darkness.

About J. E. Pinto

J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.

Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.

The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.”

About The Bright Side of Darkness

What is a family? Rick Myers is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, “the crew” is all he has.

At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.

But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.

“The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I cannot say enough about this book. It has changed this middle aged person’s view on reading for recreation and the power and excitement reading can bring to a person. I am a person who has struggled her whole life with ADD and reading skills, making picking up a book to just read a pretty disheartening experience most of the time. For the last 25 plus years, I have limited reading to work required materials only (or maybe something to help my daughter in school). When a very special person in my life suggested I pick up this book, I was very hesitant…another “have to” reading project.

I cannot believe how this book changed my opinion of the power of reading and the incredible picture of life the words could paint . I found myself looking forward to reading, thinking about the characters, being upset when I did not have time to read it and yearning to know how it ended and what would ultimately be the fate of the characters who had become my first literary friends. My mind was not wondering to anything else while I read. This author was able to describe the emotions and traits of these characters so deeply, bringing out both the good and bad in them as is true of all of us in real life. The characters were so real that I felt their pain, fear, hopelessness and ultimately their joy! The struggles seemed real and the outcomes seemed realistic, bringing me to moments of tears and laughter as I followed them in and out of the ebb or flow of their lives. She expresses her thoughts so clearly, and the details so brilliantly that I often thought these were real people in real neighborhoods for which she was just narrating their lives as they lived them.

Thank you very sincerely to this author for this positive and healthy experience with literature. Also thank you for so clearly and so very powerfully sharing the strength, courage and resilience of the human spirit, even when it seems to be against all odds. As a social worker, I have seen many things and worked with many people. I pride myself on kindness, persistence and empathy. But, this book allowed me to feel the characters struggles like they were my own, rather than walking beside those in their struggles as I have for many years.

This book will definitely not disappoint. What can I read next that will keep my excitement for reading alive?

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves – #Paranormal- End of Day (A Hode’s Hill Novel Book 2) by Mae Clair

Delighted to share the news of the latest release of Mae Clair End of Day (A Hode’s Hill Novel Book 2)

About End of Day.

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or something more sinister?

As the descendants of those buried in the church yard begin to experience bizarre “accidents,” Jillian tries to uncover the cause. Deeply empathic, she does not make friends easily, or lightly. But to fend off the terror taking over her town, she must join forces with artist Dante DeLuca, whose sensitivity to the spirit world has been both a blessing and a curse. The two soon realize Jillian’s murky family history is entwined with a tragic legacy tracing back to the founding of Hode’s Hill. To set matters right, an ancient wrong must be avenged…or Jillian, Dante, and everyone in town will forever be at the mercy of a vengeful spirit.

One of the early reviews for the book

I was eager to read Mae Clair’s latest Paranormal Thriller, as I had been so delighted with the first in this series. (Cusp of Night) I love it when a book exceeds my demands for intrigue and excitement. End of Day does just that and then some. This author takes you into her work with seamless artistry. You are invited to participate in every wonderfully atmospheric scene. You are able to see, smell and feel the location, as the author takes you ever deeper into her creation.

The character’s possess rich depth and the ability to make you invest in them and the outcome of their individual quests and their at times urgent need of answers.

The wonderful combination of times past that are inextricably connected to the present is delivered with great skill. Author Mae Clair has a deft and assured touch with this genre. It’s marvelous to read a book from an author who so clearly loves what she is creating. That talent shines through every paragraph.

If you want a read that challenges you, a read that leaves you gasping and hungry to keep reading, then End Of Day is an absolute must-read.

I love it when I finish reading a book with a grunt of satisfaction, as I did with this one. I will be revisiting these pages again when I need a hit of beautifully written Paranormal work. I am delighted to add to my reading year with a novel of this quality.

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A selection of other books by Mae Clair

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About Mae Clair

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae loves creating character driven fiction in settings that weave contemporary elements of mystery and suspense with urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania, and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Non-Fiction – The Universal Mind by Peter Weisz (Dip. Psych, HND, BACP)

Delighted to welcome a new author to the Cafe and Bookstore, Peter Weisz, with his recently released The Universal Mind.

About  Peter Weisz

Peter Weisz (Dip. Psych, HND, BACP) was born in London, England in 1961 and practices as a psychoanalyst and therapist, specializing in psychodynamics and the study of the subconscious and unconscious mind. He majored in psychology, music and English language and literature. He is the founding director of “One 2 One Counseling”, an organization offering personal therapeutic support to those with emotional and psychological disorders. He has worked at a number of private clinics and treatment centers since 1996 including the world renowned Priory Clinic in London.

Peter is knowledgeable in ancient and contemporary philosophy, transcendental thought, general science, theology and mystical & esoteric writings, both classical and modern. He is also known as a musical performer, singer/songwriter, producer and stage director and is the founding director of “A Major Events”, a music production company in Cape Town, South Africa, where he currently resides.

About The Universal Mind

Are we all slaves to a gross illusion? Who are we? What is the mind, what is consciousness and what is reality? This book offers educated answers and explanations to all these questions and more.

This book motivates the reader to reconsider everything they think they know about themselves and the world today, examining the different models of creation, evolution of humanity and the universe, the essence of matter and of life itself, exploring all manner of scientific, theological, psychological and philosophical and metaphysical hypotheses and offering insights into ancient mystical wisdom and the road to enlightenment. Can it be, that this complex, living, breathing, sophisticated, opinionated, creative and conscious entity that we call human, is made up merely from a few invisible atoms of nothingness?

We are not simply made from flesh and blood – we are beings of an infinity of dimensions, too vast to contemplate, but our brains and our senses are only able to perceive that which is rooted in matter, for that is the substance from which we believe we are made. What we call reality, is most definitely not what it appears to be.

One of the early reviews for the book

The universal mind is a book written to help you explore yourself and your mind to find the real you. This book explores visualization techniques, to leave your body behind and explore the world around you. Floating upward and seeing that you, and your problems are really small compared to the rest of the world or even the universe for that matter.

How can we change the world? It all begins with you treating others, the way you would like to be treated, and the world will give back to you your kindness. Detach yourself from the anger of others, and let go.

To begin healing the world you need to heal yourself. As this book progresses it explores feelings. Feelings are what you take in, and as such it is important that you experience a different range of feelings. From fear, through to happy feelings, this book explains both.

People are able, by the power of thought, able to change negative desires to normal chemical balances. More realizations like this, are revealed as the book progresses. We learn about growing up, god and science, to eventually the highly valuable knowledge of this book The Universal Mind.

You are limited only by your beliefs, move beyond belief and you find that you are knowledge. So many valuable insights can be found within this book, which everyone needs to read to find out your true self. The whole universe is no more than an illusion. A worthwhile read to find out, more about yourself.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Fancy meeting you here by Jim Webster

Released in December, another series of tales of his livestock and dogs and more about farming in the Lake District…Jim Webster and Fancy meeting you here.

About the book

More tales from a lifetime’s experience of peasant agriculture in the North of England, with sheep, Border Collies, cattle, and many other interesting individuals. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is just one of those things.

One of the early reviews for the book

Ignite TOP 1000 REVIEWER 5.0 out of 5 stars Real life 17 December 2018

This is the third collection of farmer Jim Webster’s anecdotes about his sheep, cattle and dogs. This one had added information on the Lake District’s World Heritage status. This largely depends upon the work of around 200 small family farms. Small may not always be beautiful but it can be jolly important. If you want to know the different skills needed by a sheep dog and a cow dog, or to hear tales of some of the old time travelling sales persons – read on! This is real life, Jim, but not as I know it.

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A selection of other books by Jim Webster

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About Jim Webster

Jim Webster is probably fifty something, his tastes in music are eclectic, and his dress sense is rarely discussed in polite society. In spite of this he has a wife and three daughters.
He has managed to make a living from a mixture of agriculture, consultancy, and freelance writing. Previously he has restricted himself to writing about agricultural and rural issues but including enough Ancient Military history to maintain his own sanity. But seemingly he has felt it necessary to branch out into writing SF and fantasy novels.
He lives in South Cumbria.

He has even been cozened into writing a blog, available for perusal by the discerning (or indeed by the less than discerning).

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – How to Craft A Kickass Protagonist: 10 Steps to Hero by Sacha Black

Sacha Black has two new releases in her better writing series… How to Craft A Kickass Protagonist: 10 Steps to Hero and an accompanying Work Book.

About How to Craft a Kickass Protaganist: 10 Steps to Hero

From cardboard cut-out to superhero in 10 steps.

Are you fed up of one-dimensional heroes? Frustrated with creating clones? Does your protagonist fail to capture your reader’s heart?

In 10 Steps To Hero, you’ll discover:

+ How to develop a killer character arc
+ A step-by-step guide to creating your hero from initial concept to final page
+ Why the web of story connectivity is essential to crafting a hero that will hook readers
+ The four major pitfalls to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs

Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create your perfect protagonist. Whether you’re writing your first story or you’re a professional writer, this book will help supercharge your hero and give them that extra edge.

These lessons will help you master your charming knights, navigate your way to the perfect balance of flaws and traits, as well as strengthen your hero to give your story the conflict and punch it needs.

First, there were villains, now there are heroes. If you like dark humor, learning through examples,and want to create the best hero you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting heroes.

An early review for the book

I’m really not one for reading texts for how to improve your writing.

It’s not that I don’t think I need them, but I often feel that if someone is telling me how to write, then what I churn out is not really my voice, but that of another…

Having said that, I have read a few recently, by trusted authors, some who I feel I know, some whose name I have grown up with… Stephen King, Karen McQuestion, Bryan Cohen, Nicola Morgan, Sacha Black…

And they haven’t been telling me what to write, rather how to go about the process, sometimes how they started off, in order to reach the heights they have climbed.

Sacha Black is definitely one of those authors. Hers was actually the first ever writing craft book I read actually. When she released her guide to creating villains, I had to get it. Partly because I had been with her step by step, via the blog, as she wrote it, and partly because she always sounds like she knows what she’s talking about!

And I wasn’t disappointed!  So… Did it help me? I gotta say YES!

For the first time, since reading these kinds of books, I was inspired to get a pen and paper, any paper, and jot down ideas to hopefully improve my characters, and their reasoning behind doing some of the things they do in my own book!

I’m weaving my own web of connectivity, creating character arcs, looking through my hero lens… (you’ll need to read it to get what all those are!) And all with the help of this rather cool guide that is rather funny too. Sacha is like me, she tends to create her own words, to describe things. She’s not afraid to say it like it is either.

And would I recommend it to other aspiring writers? Absolutely!!!

I was provided with an electronic copy for an honest review, and I purchased my own copy too.

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About the workbook

Sacha Black’s book, 10 Steps To Hero – How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist, showed writers how to create their ultimate hero in an easy and humorous, step-by-step guide.

This workbook puts those lessons to use by building on each chapter in 10 Steps To Hero and guiding you through the development of your indisputable hero. It’s time to cut through the charm, get to the core of your character,and supersize that hero.

Inside the workbook you’ll find hundreds of thought-provoking questions, exercises, and creativity boosting prompts. This resource will help you to:

+ Develop a killer character arc
+ Weave your web of story connectivity seamlessly through your book
+ Design page turning tension and conflict
+ Build market knowledge to help you create a hero that sells

Craft your characters through easy-to-digest exercises that empower you to master your heroes.

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Also by Sacha Black

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About Sacha Black

Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves – #ScienceFiction #Fantasty – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C.S. Boyack

Delighted to showcase the latest release of C.S. Boyack...the Science Fiction/Fantasy – Voyage of the Lanternfish.

About Voyage of the Lanternfish

An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.

He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him. But first, they need guns and munitions to outfit the ship properly. Deception and trickery will only get them so far. Eventually, they’re going to have to engage the enemy.

James’ goals aren’t necessarily the same as his crew. It’s a delicate balancing act to collect enough loot to keep his crew happy, while guiding them back to rescue the girl.

Voyage of the Lanternfish is filled with adventure, magic, and monsters. Lots of monsters. Hoist the colors and come along for the ride.

One of the early reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jan 02, 2019 Judith Post rated it Five Stars.

I got the chance to beta read this, and it was so much fun! Not the usual type of book I pick up. The story burst with imagination and one adventure after another. It gave me the feel of Pirates of the Caribbean with its pirates, sea battles, and magic. There are some really interesting minor characters to support the good captain of the Lanternfish. A fun, fast read!

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A small selection of other books by C.S. Boyack

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About C.S. Boyack.

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – #Paranormal #Romance – Soul Taker (The Council Of Twelve Book 1) by A.J. Alexander

Delighted to welcome A.J. Alexander to the Cafe and Bookstore with her brand new release Soul Taker (The Council Of Twelve Book 1)

About the book

Kate finds herself drained from strength after long years in the line of duty as a ‘Soul Taker’.
When she gets a new job offer from the ‘Powers Above’, she accepts her new job as a Guardian gratefully without knowing that her teacher is one of the most powerful beings in existence, the Archangel Raphael. Along with Raphael, she takes on her new task and the connection between them grows.

Raphael helps, protects and supports Kate, but suddenly, she becomes a target for the Demons of Hell.

Raphael realizes that Kate means more to him than he expected, which causes him to fight furiously against danger. If he fails, Kate’s future will contain eternal darkness, evil, and torture.

An early review for Soul Taker


Kate’s job as a Soul-Taker has been weighing heavily on her especially when there are children involved. Now she is given a new job as a Guardian Angel and her teacher is none other than Archangel Raphael (Rafe). Rafe and Kate will be working together for at least three or four years while she learns everything she needs to know.

A fight between demons finds her in Hell in the hands of Abbraxxas whose nickname is “The Butcher” because of his love for torture. When the Archangels finally rescue her she is near death and Rafe is always by her side. When she is well enough she is put through weeks of vigorous training to get her back in shape and during this time Kate and Rafe’s feelings for each other grow.

Kate appears to be a constant target for evil and the reason is finally revealed by Kate herself when she remembers something from her childhood. Of course there is no way I will reveal this important piece of information. The very next time she is caught off guard she finds herself face to face with Lucifer himself and he knows what she is capable of and wants her. Archangels to the rescue once again but there is much more to this story that I can reveal without giving too much away. There is no fun in reading a book when you know all the answers in advance.

I loved this book, a book about good vs. evil and a book filled with wonderful characters and a beautiful romance. I look forward to more in this series and truly highly recommend it. I actually read this book in a few hours that was how interesting it was.

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About Aurora Jean Alexander

I’m doing quite many things, by thinking about it. I work for a government-owned corporation as a part of the management team and travel a lot, as well nationally as also internationally.
Currently, I’m planning to move to a new home, together with my three beautiful active and demanding cats. In my rare free time, I love to play the piano, go skiing or horseback riding, amongst other sports, meet friends or go for walks.

I learned reading and writing at the age of four and realized quite early in my life that I love painting pictures with words. During my school time, I participated in poetry and short story contests which I won quite often.

Later on, I participated in writing and poetry workshops to learn the craft.

Creative and journalistic Writing;’ were some of my favorites during my University time. Part of my poetry I published on my blog ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest.’

I’m working on a series of paranormal romance novels and novellas. Writing fantasy books has always been my dream, and I’m looking forward to sharing my first published work with my audience. The need to write a novel had been nesting in my head for quite some time.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore, New Book on the Shelves for Christmas – #Thriller – The Widow’s Son by Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp is celebrating the release of his latest book in time for Christmas...The Widow’s Son released on December 13th.

About The Widow’s Son

Three months before the invasion of Iraq, a member of a Masonic fraternity known as the Rosicrucians escapes from a British Intelligence holding station.

Orchestrated by the head of the Russian Federal Security Service, this event is somehow linked to a the highly classified CIA file only known as Gladio B. Tasked to destroy an unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, the chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee plans to bring the criminals to justice.

But he is running low on both time and allies, as mass annihilation threatens the whole planet. Who are the mysterious eight families that seem to be behind the mysterious events, and what do they have to do with the ancient 33rd degree level of understanding, only known by the mysterious Rosicrucian brotherhood?

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One of the recent reviews for The Story That Had No Beginning.

A beautifully written classic tale which is a joy to read. From the first page to the last it has the reader transfixed.

A dinner party for four, with an extra, silent guest, progresses into an intriguing plot revealed by all four parties, before transpiring into a formidable conclusion.

This one from Mr Kemp is un-put-downable. Those of you who are already fans will understand immediately. Those who haven’t as yet become acquainted, don’t know what they are missing. An extremely clever well-crafted piece.

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About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel –The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do?

In May 2018 his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? became a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows best; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning.

He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication, been described as –the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live’ television in the UK.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves for Christmas -#Historical- Brandon: Tudor Knight by Tony Riches

A new book in time for Christmas from an author with books that I have enjoyed reading over the last couple of years. If you love well written and riveting historical novels about the Tudor period.. then you will enjoy Brandon: Tudor Knight  the latest release from Tony Riches.

About Brandon: Tudor Knight

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy:

Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the King’s consent.

Brandon becomes Duke of Suffolk, but his loyalty is tested fighting Henry’s wars in France. Mary’s public support for Queen Catherine of Aragon brings Brandon into dangerous conflict with the ambitious Boleyn family and the king’s new right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell.

Torn between duty to his family and loyalty to the king, Brandon faces an impossible decision: can he accept Anne Boleyn as his new queen?

One of the early reviews for the book

This book was fantastic, I was immediately transported back in time from the very first page. I was no longer sitting in my living room but sitting in the court of Henry VIII watching the past unfold. I had never read a book specifically about Charles Brandon, who is usually a side “character” in many historical fiction novels, and I was incredibly pleased to find myself learning new things about a period I believed myself to be a self-taught expert on.

I enjoyed the pace of the book as everything seemed to flow to cover such a long time period, only at one point did a time jump catch me off guard. This novel was incredibly well written and researched as well as hard to put down, much to my husbands dismay.

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About Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time writer and lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. After several successful non-fiction books, Tony turned to novel writing and wrote ‘Queen Sacrifice’, set in 10th century Wales, followed by ‘The Shell’, a thriller set in present day Kenya. A specialist in the history of the early Tudors, he is best known for his Tudor Trilogy. Tony’s other international best sellers include ‘Warwick ~ The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses’ and ‘The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham’.

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