Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Non-Fiction – Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer by Harmony Kent


Congratulations to Harmony Kent on the publication of Creative Solutions for the  Modern Writer…Inspirational tools to fire your imagination.

About the book

Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer is the perfect gift for the writer in your life.

Do you want to be an author? Are you struggling to find inspiration? Do you ever find it difficult to put words on the page? Or are you simply looking for novel ideas? If so, then this book is for you.

This little guide will help you unlock your story ideas and fire your imagination. The text covers things such as writing from various prompts, to using Chess, Tarot, and even nursing Triage (and much more) for developing your characters, story, and plot.

From the award-winning author of Polish Your Prose: Essential Self-Editing Tips for Authors—an excellent companion text—Creative Solutions focuses on the creative side of writing rather than the technical.

This book gives you the tools you need to make writing fun, as well as tips and techniques on creating characters and stories that will stay with you and your readers forever.

Crammed with easy-to understand examples, this guide is for writers of every genre—both fiction and non-fiction, literary, and commercial. But most of all, it’s about having fun and making friends with your muse.

An early review for the book

While not necessary, you really should read Ms. Kent’s dystopian novel, Fallout first. It’s not required, but it would help you understand when she outlines her method of preparing to write a story. (BTW, I did read and enjoy, ‘Fallout.’)

While I am a 15% planner/85% ‘pantser’ writer, I’ve seen a lot of methods of setting up a novel outline. Ms. Kent gives the reader several different approaches for those who ‘think differently’ than others do. In high school and college, I took several various chemistry courses, but still had a problem understanding the Periodic Table of Elements. In my fifth chemistry course, an instructor said something that opened my eyes, and suddenly the chart made perfect sense.

In a ‘how-to’ book to plan a novel, I never thought I read about ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,’ a month-long topic in one of my psychology courses being used to explain plot development. Interesting concept!

At the end of this story, Ms. Kent lists many useful tools and how to get them. If you are a beginning author, those tools alone are worth the money for the book.

While I’ll never be a ‘planner,’ I will put some of these concepts to use. I’ve always started with a premise, a basic idea of where I was going, and an ending. All I had to do, then was to use my premise and work my way to my conclusion. It’s worked for me. Harmony’s information will influence my next novel. Thank you!

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07WHJPTFW

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WHJPTFW

A selection of other books by Harmony Kent.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U

Read more reviews and follow Harmony on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7086026.Harmony_Kent

About Harmony Kent

After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.

Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours.

Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

Connect to Harmony

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the Shelves #Pre-order #Romance – The Gambling Hearts Series Book Three: My Girl by Jacquie Biggar


USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar has a new release on Pre-order 99c/99p until October 21st for book three in the Gambling Hearts Series: My Girl.

About the book

Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easiest one to make

Trish Sylvester knows her family and when they accept a week long stay at a rustic dude ranch, she is concerned- especially since it’s at her ex’s home.

Aaron is overjoyed at the opening of his family’s guest ranch, until he learns their first guest is his ex-girlfriend, her parents–and a fiancé.

And that isn’t the only surprise.

Head over and buy the book at 99c until October 21st: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XBDVQ35

And on Amazon UK at 99p: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07XBDVQ35/

A selection of of other books by Jacquie Biggar

One of the recent reviews for Book Two – The Gambling Hearts: Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

A high powered New York publicity expert comes home to help her family save their ranch, and to finally resolve her lingering feelings for the handsome ranch hand she left behind but both her brothers and her crush seem to think they can do just fine without her. The thing is, she’s all grown up now, and she’s not willing to take no for an answer.

I loved Sophia’s determination, her spunk and her vulnerability, and it was hard not to feel for the strong and silent Tony with all his conflicted feelings – besides who doesn’t love a cowboy. Their romance made for a great way to spend an afternoon.

Read all the reviews and buy the books including great deals on book sets: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG

And at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG/

Read more reviews and follow Jacquie Biggar on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445812.Jacquie_Biggar

About Jacquie Biggar

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

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

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

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

Connect to Jacquie Biggar

http://Facebook.com/jacqbiggar
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Facebook Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1051448161572521/
http://Twitter.com/jacqbiggar
http://Pinterest.com/jacqbiggar
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jacquie-biggar
Newsletter- https://app.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/h6c2n8

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#Thriller – State Of Denial (The State Trilogy Book 2) by Iain Kelly


Congratulations to Iain Kelly on the release of his latest book State Of Denial (The State Trilogy Book 2).

About State of Denial.

Election time in The State, the citizens prepare to vote. A journalist from the Capital City heads north to report on growing resistance to the powerful ruling Party. An ex-police detective returns to the City he once fled. Together they become entangled in a burgeoning opposition movement. Soon they learn the Party will do whatever it takes to remain in power, and one life is all it takes to spark a revolution.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/State-Denial-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B07VXLK7YB

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/State-Denial-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B07VXLK7YB

Also by Iain Kelly

One of the recent reviews for Book One of the State Trilogy – A Justified State.

This is a compelling read, suggesting a possible dystopian future through the lens of detective/thriller narrative. At various times the writing brought to mind Phillip Marlow, Do Androids dream of electric sheep?, the world of George Smiley, and Robert Harris’ Fatherland; at the same time the story is completely unique and Danny Samson is an excellent addition to the cadre of world weary detectives who have to give more than they think they have in them, while life keeps heaping on more woe. I felt that the State was a character in its own right, and so strongly present that it swamped the personalities of some of the other characters, but I’m very much looking forward to reading the next installments in the trilogy – although I worry about Danny’s ability to survive it!

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iain-Kelly/e/B07K327PC2/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Iain-Kelly/e/B07K327PC2

Read more reviews and follow Iain on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16234941.Iain_Kelly

About Iain Kelly

Iain Kelly lives in Scotland, UK. He is married with two children and works in the media industry as a television editor for the BBC. When he is not creating stories through sound and vision, he is writing them. ‘A Justified State,’ published in 2018, was his first novel. It was followed by a sequel, ‘State Of Denial’, was released in September 2019. ‘The State’ Trilogy will be completed in 2020 with the forthcoming publication of ‘State Of War.’

Connect to Iain.

Website: https://iainkellywriting.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iainkellywriting/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/iainthekid

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Relic Seeker (The Priestess Chronicles Book 2) by Fiona Tarr


Delighted to showcase the latest book by Fiona Tarr published on October 4th. Relic Seeker (The Priestess Chronicles Book 2)

About the Book

A young time-travelling, magic wielding Priestess and her gifted friends must retrieve an ancient Goth relic before it is used to change history.

This isn’t the Priestess Ariela’s first trip through time, but now she has friends along for the journey. When she arrives, she is alone, dressed as a servant, yet surrounded by opulence. Her guide and mentor, the Angel Raziel hasn’t given her a clue about her quest and she quickly finds herself serving a deadly enemy from her past.

Ariela realises that keeping her magical powers secret isn’t going to be easy. She is being hunted by a powerful magic wielder who is determined to destroy her and change history forever. In the midst of a violent and intense battle to protect the ancient relic Brísingamen, once worn by the goddess Freya, Ariela calls upon the strengths and powers of her friends and a group of strangers.

As Ariela gathers her allies, she realises her powerful adversary isn’t the only threat. She has been betrayed by someone she thought she could trust.

Relic Seeker is book 2 in a new series by Fiona Tarr. It is fast paced and offers a great read for young adults or adults looking for a fun, quick, weekend read. If magic and time travel spark your interest, then you’ll enjoy this fun, fantasy adventure.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YKYF8QM

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YKYF8QM

Kobo, B&N, Apple : https://books2read.com/u/bM92aB

Also by Fiona Tarr

One of the reviews for Call of the Druids (The Priestess Chronicles Volume 1)

Feb 12, 2019 Sherrie Hansen rated it Five Stars.

The first in a new series from Fiona Tarr, Call of the Druids gives a much welcome glimpse into the lives of familiar characters Salaman and the Priestess Nina, Kind David’s sister. from Covenant of Grace series, and a riveting introduction to their daughter Ariela and new characters Morrigan, Culaan, Genevieve and the Angel Raziel. The Call of the Druids fast forwards in time to another familiar time in religious history, the Roman Empire just after the crucifiction of Jesus, but is not told from the perspective of Jewish or Christian history, but from the point of views of Druids and Gaul clan members. The collision of the two cultures is fascinating and the perfect backdrop for this coming of age story. Tarr’s supporting characters make for the perfect clash between good and evil and shed a new light on a pivotal period of history. I can’t wait to read book 2 in the Priestess Chronicles!

Read all the reviews and buy the books including a box set: https://www.amazon.com/Fiona-Tarr/e/B00KOL7XI2

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiona-Tarr/e/B00KOL7XI2

Read more reviews and follow Fiona on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8423164.Fiona_Tarr

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.

Connect to Fiona on her website and social media.

Website: http://atime2write.com.au
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/fionatarr.atime2write/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FionaTarr

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #IrishFiction Under a Dark Cloud by Mary Crawley


Delighted to welcome Irish author Mary Crowley to the Cafe and Bookstore with her latest book Under a Dark Cloud

About the book

Under a Dark Cloud is a grippingly emotional story of shattered dreams, haunting nightmares and bitter memories. Kelly Henderson wants reprieve to emerge from Under the Dark Cloud that shrouds her life.

Kelly Henderson returns to Bunreen, a small town nestled in the South East of Ireland, weeks after her husband’s tragic death, wanting to re-establish a relationship with her mother and sister. However, as the taxi approaches her old home, she is harshly reminded of the night her mother Lorraine banished her to live with her father in Scotland, when she was only fifteen years of age.

Kelly’s’ heart is heavy and her grief raw, but she must keep strong as she soon discovers there are more secrets within the family. While Lorraine’s indifference to her pain gives renewed determination to right the wrongs of the past and prove she had not been lying about what had happened to her as a teenager. A wrongdoing that led to the breakdown of her marriage and in Kelly’s mind, inevitably caused her husband’s death. It’s time to take back control and get the reprieve she deserves.

Nessa Quinlan has a simple but happy life with her devoted husband Liam; however, her life is turned upside-down when her estranged brother contacts her to say he is dying of cancer. Nessa had broken all ties with Donald after he had killed a local teenager in a road accident showing no remorse.

Kind-hearted, Nessa becomes his carer which concerns her family and best friend Clodagh, but Nessa has more to contend with than the disagreeable Donald, with ghosts from her past threatening to cloud her happiness, which in turn puts a strain on her marriage. This is not helped by Donald refusing medical treatment until one day Kelly arrives on their doorstep as his new Health Nurse.

Can Nessa save her marriage? Does Kelly hold the answers to Nessa’s problems, or will her presence bring further recriminations?

Under a Dark Cloud is Mary Crowley’s second Novel following her Debut A Sweet Smell of Strawberries, a heart wrenching tale of a mother’s loss when her son, a talented athlete is killed.

One of the reviews for the book

A powerful story full of every emotion you can think of. After reading Mary’s first novel A Sweet Smell of Strawberries, I could not wait to get my hands on this new novel and to say I was not disappointed is an understatement. Once again set in Ireland this story pulled you in to the characters, Kelly returns to Ireland looking for her mother to basically acknowledge her, but soon finds herself caught up in an impossible situation of split loyalties, however I did not expect things to turn out the way they did. Highly recommend this read.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VGNP3MS

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VGNP3MS

Also by Mary Crowley

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Crowley/e/B07H7TCFVB

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Crowley/e/B07H7TCFVB

Read more reviews and follow Mary on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18246222.Mary_Crowley

About Mary Crowley

Mary Crowley is a Contemporary Irish Literature Novelist and Freelance Writer. Author of Under a Dark Cloud and A Sweet Smell of Strawberries, she is also the winner of The Waterford Writers’ Weekend Short Story Competition (2016) with her story entitled The Three Sisters’. Mary’s work focusses on strong emotional relationships, adding humour, hope and most of all heart.

Mary lives in County Waterford, on the South East Coast of Ireland, with her husband and three children. Having worked for many years as a qualified dental nurse, and dental health educator whilst bringing up her family. She is now concentrating on her love of writing. She has had stories published in Writing.ie, one of which was inspired by her literary heroine Maeve Binchy. Several short fiction pieces published in Flash Fiction Magazine, along with articles in Woman’s Way, the Irish Times and local newspaper The Munster Express. Having studied courses in creative writing and journalism, she is currently working on several writing projects along with doing freelance writing.

When she is not writing, she loves reading and spending time with her husband John and their three children Damon, Steven and Katie, though they are growing up too quickly. Her most favoured way of family time is travelling to new and interesting places in her beloved VW Camper.

Connect to Mary

Print available Ireland: http://waterford-wd.irelands-advisor.com/book-centre-waterford/
Blog/Website: https://marycrowleyauthor.wordpress.com/home/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormarycrowley/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marycrowleym

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore, New Book on the Shelves #Sci-fi #PreOrder – Andorra Pett and Her Sister by Richard Dee


Richard Dee fans only have to wait until October 15th to read the latest book in the Andorra Pett series – Andorra Pett and Her Sister.. Please note tha the first to Andorra Pett Books are half price as of today’s date.

About the book

“When a sister hates you, that really is the end of the world.”

Andorra Pett is back for another adventure, and this time it’s personal!

Trouble seems to follow Andorra Pett, wherever she is in the Solar System.

Andorra Pett hasn’t seen her sister for a while, they never really got on; there was a falling out and they drifted apart.

Out of the blue, Andorra gets a call while on a business trip to London. As if she hasn’t got enough to deal with, it turns out that her sister’s in trouble, big trouble.

There are allegations of drug-smuggling and money laundering, it’s so unlike the staid, respectable life that she remembers her sister leading.

How can she be involved in things like that? And why isn’t her husband, Simon, sorting it all out for her? Could he be part of the problem?

The police have decided that she’s guilty, Andorra is her only hope of avoiding prison.

Against her better judgement and without her friend Cy to help her; Andorra starts to investigate.

All she has to do is work out what’s really going on. At the end of the day; family comes first.

Head over and pre-order the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07XMLPRYB

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XMLPRYB

A small selection of  books by Richard Dee

One of the recent reviews for Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe

I really enjoyed this book. From the feisty main character to all the lovable and relatable characters we meet, I enjoyed getting involved in their antics.It kept me in suspense, I was enthralled and submerged in the entire world created.

The plot is well written and keeps you wanting to know more. The science fiction side of things are very well written and even believable in the real world in the not too distant future.

One more thing that was believable and relatable: the electrician never did turn up.

Read the reviews and buy the books from Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/

Read more reviews and follow Richard on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15289756.Richard_Dee

About Richard Dee

Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon, England He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.

Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.

Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. He contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection and is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects.

Connect to Richard

Website: http://richarddeescifi.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichardDeeAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardDockett1

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#Paranormal #Humour Viral Blues (The Hat Book 2) by C.S. Boyack


Delighted to showcase the latest book and add to the other titles on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore by C.S. Boyack –  Viral Blues (The Hat Book 2)

About the book

Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.

One of the early reviews for the book

Mae Clair 5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Furious! September 18, 2019

When nefarious forces tamper with the population’s vaccine supply, substituting lethal viruses in place of inoculations, a group of players with unique gifts unites to bring down the supernatural forces responsible. Think a mash-up of superheroes, zombies, and music, and you’ve got a hint of the fast-paced and highly imaginative story that comprises Viral Blues.

Our group of power players includes an ex-thug who hasn’t lost his knack making people talk, a sexy, brilliant robot girl, a street savvy detective with a habit of evaporating into fog, a girl as handy with pistols as she is fronting a band, and an extra-terrestrial being in the guise of a hat. Yes, a hat.

Boyack gives each of these colorful characters (and more) a chance to shine in his high-octane tale. Our heroes battle hordes of zombies, organized crime bosses, and supernatural bad guys. The action sequences are peppered with near escapes and shoot-outs, and the dialogue flies as fast as the bullets (I love the hat’s snarkiness). Most all of these characters have appeared in other books and novellas Boyack has written, but tossing them together in a melting pot was a stroke of brilliance. I loved watching them interact, particularly Lisa, the robot girl (a favorite of mine) and Clovis, the thug. The hat pretty much steals every scene he’s in (did I mention I love his dialogue?).

The climatic confrontation is explosive and should be filmed. If you like imaginative stories, memorable characters, and superhero theatrics, you’ll love Viral Blues. As an extra treat the author adds a secret chapter at the end, much like the final in a movie after the credits roll. Highly enjoyable! 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Viral-Blues-Hat-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07XVTSYYV

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Viral-Blues-Hat-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07XVTSYYV

Universal Book Link: http://mybook.to/ViralBlues

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

 Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY

And on Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY

Read more reviews and follow C.S. Boyack on Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

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.

Connect with Craig.

Blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgilante
Facebook: Lisa Burton

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – A Ghost in the Kitchen – Three Ingredients book 2 by Teagan Riordain Geneviene


Delighted to be one of the Trolley stops for Teagan Riordain Geneviene’s tour of Haunted Savannah in celebration of her latest release, A Ghost in the Kitchen – Three Ingredients book 2

You can enjoy the full tour of Savannah and meet the hosts at the other stops along the way by checking out Teagan’s launch post: Book Launch Trolley through haunted Savannah

About the book

A Ghost in the Kitchen, Three Ingredients-2 continues the flapper adventures of Paisley Idelle Peabody, aka Pip. It’s a 1920s “pantser” story and a culinary mystery. This time Pip’s pal Andy (from The Three Things Serial Story) returns. Granny Phanny is there too. She’s still trying to teach Pip to cook. Granny is in a lather because of the supernatural goings-on in her kitchen. There’s also one pos-i-lutely potent poltergeist! New adventures abound as Pip and Andy unravel an old mystery. It’s all spontaneously driven by “ingredients” sent by readers of the blog, Teagan’s Books. Jump into the jalopy and enjoy the ride. There’s no telling where we’ll go, but it will be the cat’s pajamas!

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Kitchen-Three-Ingredients-II-ebook/dp/B07Y2KN1NM

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Kitchen-Three-Ingredients-II-ebook/dp/B07Y2KN1NM/

Also by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

A recent review for Brother Love

I am a big fan of Teagan Geneviene’s books as I find her stories to be highly entertaining and imaginative and, despite containing elements of the mystical and supernatural, to be believable and seem quite possible. I also find the author’s characters to be interesting and colourful and I enjoy the way she uses their actions, emotions and dialogues to weave her stories in a natural and heartfelt way.

Brother Love is no exception to this rule and I enjoyed this novella with its setting in a town in Mississippi and its main character a young woman, named Birdie Devovo who, due to her mother’s controversial behaviour, is a social outcast in the town. Despite the circumstances in which she lives alone, having no where else to go, Birdie is a kindly and caring person who would never stand by and watch someone else being hurt or abused.

The story opens with Birdie finding a flyer advertising Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show. Subsequent to finding his flyer, Birdie starts interacting with some intriguing people, all of whom have an interest in the show, which is the central theme of the story. There is Brother Armstrong, an ex-convict who went to prison for killing a man and who is now a preacher, there is an elderly black guitarist who is referred to as Sinnerman, a beautiful woman who looks like Ava Gardner and her daughter, Tammy, a free bleeder in need of healing to live a full life. Jinx, a talking magpie with some supernatural abilities also has a prominent role in this mystical story.

I would recommend this novella to people who are looking for an entertaining and imaginative read with lots of character.

Read the reviews, buy the books : https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

Read more reviews and follow Teagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13707141.Teagan_Geneviene

About Teagan Geneviene

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene lives in a major east coast city, but she calls the desert southwest home. She longs to return to those magical lands.

Teagan had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the southwest. Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

Major influences include Agatha Christie, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris.

You can watch the trailers for Teagan’s books on Youtube

Connect to Teagan Geneviene

Blog: https://teagansbooks.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could spread the news of Teagan’s new book.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – #Children – Petra Pencil Pines for Pizza by Dawn Doig


A warm welcome to the cafe and bookstore to children’s author Dawn Doig and her books. The feaured book today is Petra Pencil Pines for Pizza with illustrations by Ryan Douglass

About the book

Petra is a pencil with flaws who spends her days alone in the pencil box waiting for the day she can draw. One day the pencil box gets knocked over and she finds herself on paper for the first time drawing her love, pizza! Suddenly plump, the other pencils think she is even more useless than before. Then one day a little boy with learning needs joins the class and a special friendship develops.

A review for the book

Petra the Pencil Pines for Pizza is written in a light-hearted manner that easily captures reader’s interest, to keep turning its pages. Well-worded, glossy, and beautifully illustrated, Petra the Pencil Pines for Pizza connects strongly with readers of all ages, though it is purposefully written for children. Doig’s story is driven by her cool choice of words, making Petra the Pencil speak and sound just like a small child. The book’s size is just right for the little, exquisite hands of eager readers.

And who wouldn’t pine for pizza? I, for one, couldn’t resist two slices or three of a four-cheese special! Eating pizza was a good move by Petra the Pencil because it let her gain a few more centimetres, as she swelled in diameter. That was a serendipitous and happy occasion for the boy who picked up the upsized Petra the Pencil. Petra the Pencil’s more rounded shape helped the boy acquire a legible handwriting because he was now able to grasp the pencil in a proper way.

Doig’s picture book highlighted and captured one of the challenges that some children face when they enter school: learning proper pencil grips.

Well done, Dawn Doig! Thanks for this gem of a picture book: Petra the Pencil Pines for Pizza.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1948390043

And on Amazon UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1948390043/

A selection of book by Dawn Doig

Head over and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Doig/e/B07BTPQJH7

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dawn-Doig/e/B07BTPQJH7

Follow Dawn on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17568616.Dawn_Doig_nee_Young_

About Dawn Doig

Dawn Doig, M.Sc., M.Ed, is the author of several children’s picture books on a variety of topics including childhood hearing loss, bullying and forgiveness, dysgraphia, and learning English as an additional language. She has been blessed with two extremely rewarding careers working with children as an audiologist and as an English as an additional language teacher. Dawn has two grown children who live in Canada. She currently resides in Cameroon with her hubby Bruce and two very rambunctious but adorable female kitties. She gets her inspiration for her children’s books from her family, the children she has the pleasure of working with, general life experiences, and her feline friends. Dawn is a passionate baker who loves to share her homemade goodies with others. She is always ready to head out on the next thrilling adventure with Bruce and they never know where the wind will blow them to next.

Connect to Dawn

Website:   https://doigda.wixsite.com/mysite-1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shoebears
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shoebears
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawn-doig-058a0219/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore Dawn’s books further. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#Pre-order – Haunted House Ghost: Death At The Fall Festival (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 5) James J. Cudney


Prolific mystery author James J. Cudney has a new book out in time for Halloween – at a great pre-order price until October 1st at $2.49.  Haunted House Ghost: Death At The Fall Festival (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 5)

About the book

It’s Halloween, and excitement is brewing in Braxton to carve jack-o’-lanterns, go on haunted hayrides, and race through the spooky corn maze at the Fall Festival.

Despite the former occupant’s warnings, Kellan renovates and moves into a mysterious old house. When a ruthless ghost promises retribution, our fearless professor turns to the eccentric town historian and an eerie psychic to communicate with the apparition.

Meanwhile, construction workers discover a fifty-year-old skeleton after breaking ground on the new Memorial Library wing.

While Kellan and April dance around the chemistry sparking between them, a suspicious accident occurs at the Fall Festival. Soon, Kellan discovers the true history and dastardly connections of the Grey family. But can he capture the elusive killer – and placate the revenge-seeking ghost.

One of the advance reviews for the book

This season we are back with Kellan as he’s once again pulled in a million different directions what with parenting not only Emma but his cousin as well, along with teaching, other family obligations with Nana D, Violet, Eleanor, etc., and being co-chair of a Halloween/Fall Festival being held at Danby Landing, all while trying to complete fixing up his newold house so they can move in. But all is not smooth sailing for the Ayrwick family as strange things have been happening during the renovation process. Conveniently, Gabriel has been away so they’ve been able to stay in the cottage. And the possibility that these things are being caused by the supernatural causes Kellan (though he doesn’t believe) to agree that Eleanor can contact her psychic friend Madam Zenya to see if she can help.

The renovations for the Braxton Campus library also get underway in this book but those are put on hold when during the demolition a body is discovered in the foundation. So now Kellan feels compelled to investigate that situation as well.

I quite enjoyed reading this story, and it’s always good to catch up my friends in Braxton. I also often emulate Nana D, as I also bake pie the first weekend of October. And I think this story has just enough suspense and mystery and humour and just Fall fun to make it the perfect read to curl up with on a cool Autumn night, along with a blanket and a hot chocolate.

Read other reviews and pre-order the book at $2.49: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WGKGZ9J/

And on Amazon UK at £1.99: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07WGKGZ9J/

Also by James J. Cudney

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M

Read more reviews and follow James on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17128817.James_J_Cudney

About James J. Cudney

James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Connect to James J. Cudney

Website and Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4/

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will take advantage of the pre-order price of book 5 in the Braxton Campus Mysteries.. I have just reviewed book three and can highly recommend the series.