Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – 1066 by Jack Eason


I am very happy to welcome Jack Eason to the Cafe and Bookstore with his new historical novella 1066. I am also delighted to include my review for the book.

About the book

Down the centuries the British Isles has always been seen by invaders as a legitimate target for exploitation. This novella concerns the last few weeks of Anglo-Saxon occupation, ending on the 14th of October, 1066. In Autumn 1066, author Jack Eason gives a great sense of ‘place’, of detail. The reader is right ‘there’ in that poignant year, marching, shivering with September cold (as ‘…no warming fires were allowed lest ‘enemy spies would soon spot their approach.’) From the very first few lines, Eason, practising his unique drycraft, begins to weave his particular brand of magic on his reader. Eason glamour’s with well-crafted dialogue, drawing his reader into the time and into the action. To accomplish this, the author proffers a gentle blend of informative nomenclature coupled with familiar speech, to ease the reader into his story without distancing with words too unfamiliar, which is a criticism frequently made of Bernard Cornwell’s epics. I long to read more Martin Bradley
My review for 1066 May 18th 2017.

Prepare yourself to stand in the shield wall.

This novella may be a short read, but it so packed with authentic detail and action, that you feel you are reading a much longer book.

Our heritage is founded on the backs of ordinary men such as Aldred and his nephew Cynric pressed into service as were thousands of farmers and craftsmen who were sworn to the feudal Anglo-Saxon lords. The story is factual but told through the eyes of these two fictional characters as warring armies battle to gain control of Britain.

One army is led by the barbaric King Harald of Norway or Hardradå as he is known by his men. He has formed an alliance with the Anglo-Saxon Tostig, claimant to the throne, now held by his brother King Harold, following the recent death of Edward the Confessor. This invasion force has the backing of Duke William of Normandy who has made promises to Tostig should there be victory.

With all the various factions identified, the story then takes us through the build up of forces led by the Norwegian king in southern Scotland, the defeat of the army entrenched in York and the significant and decisive victory by the forces of King Harold at Stamford Bridge.

This leads to the battle that was to change the life of every man, woman and child in Britain on October 14th 1066.

The main characters are portrayed vividly, and their backgrounds and involvement in this pivotal time in history, demonstrate how human traits such as greed, revenge and jealousy leads to the deaths of thousands who follow them.

The battle scenes and the acts of barbarism are very realistically portrayed both through the eyes of Aldred and Cynric, as well as those leading the various forces. The action maintains its pace throughout the story and Jack Eason has recreated the terrifying and brutal results of hand to hand combat and archery.

This was a dark time in our history and 1066 was a turning point for a Britain about to move into the Middle Ages, Jack Eason has captured this moment excellently.

If you enjoy a fast paced story and historical accuracy then I recommend you read 1066.

Buy the book – Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Autumn-1066-Anglo-Saxon-dominance-ended/dp/1546685308

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1546685308

A small selection of other books by Jack Eason

One of the reviews for Turning Point

I have been brought up on the legend of Mu and Atlantis, the secrets of the Giza Pyramid, universes that exist and contain intelligent life, planetary travel etc. It was therefore easy to appreciate the breadth of vision of Turning Point, a fable and a science fiction novella by Jack Eason. The story is based on the legend that planet earth had been seeded by intelligent life from other planets and universes. So we have here an alien race of people known as the Drana, and a subordinate race they seeded known as the Khaz, to rule over our ancestors, and who still control our very existence by manipulating our governments (the cartel who call the shots on earth?).

We have here an explanation for ancient secrets like the electromagnetic grid which surround the earth, the reason for the pyramids, the seeding of the earth, the limited use of our minds capacity. We have here remnants of a peaceful people known as Nephile (Mu) who want to contain the Khaz and the secret designs of Drana to return to earth and form armies and slaves to conquer and colonize other planets. But they find that they are incapable of performing that task, without the supporting DNA of earthlings who have acclimatized themselves to the pollution and life on earth. This can only be accomplished by choosing earthlings who is more conducive to their needs (traces of Shambhala here).
Enter Tom, a man on a holiday in New Zealand, who does not know that he is being watched and manipulated, so that he finds the entrance to their homeland.
You will be enthralled by this story as I was, and appreciate the deeply researched book, the scientific mind of Jack and a possible explanation for the seeding of man on planet earth, and other scientific folklore.

I highly recommend Jack’s book, Turning Point. It will a turning point in your life, from the mumbo-jumbo that is today passed off as science fiction.

Discover all of Jack Eason’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY/

Follow Jack and read other reviews on Goodread: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4026249.Jack_Eason

About Jack Eason

Jack Eason lived in New Zealand for forty-two years until 2000 when he returned to his birthplace in England. As far as he is concerned he will always consider himself to be a Kiwi. After military service in the 1960’s, he travelled the world, visiting exotic lands and making many friends. Now in his mid-sixties he is content to write and travel via the Internet. Besides writing novels and short stories, he contributes to his own blog “Have We Had Help?” Some of his short stories and numerous articles appear in the No: 1 online E-zine “Angie’s DIARY”.

His literary interests include science fiction, history, both ancient and modern, and humorous tales like those written by his fellow writer Derek Haines, such as “HAL”. He lives in semi-retirement in his home town surrounded by his favourite books, ranging from historical fact to science fiction. His literary icons are J.R.R Tolkien, George Orwell, Arthur C Clarke and John Wyndham.

Connect to Jack

Bloghttps://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Akhen1Khan2
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/jack.eason.18

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – 13 Steps to Evil by Sacha Black


Delighted to welcome a new author to the bookstore today with her new release 13 Steps To Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains by Sacha Black

About the book

Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is.

Are you fed up of drowning in two-dimensional villains? Frustrated with creating clichés? And failing to get your reader to root for your villain?

In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover:

+ How to develop a villain’s mindset
+ A step-by-step guide to creating your villain from the ground up
+ Why getting to the core of a villain’s personality is essential to make them credible
+ What pitfalls and clichés to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs

Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create superbad villains. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will help power up your bad guy and give them that extra edge.

These lessons will help you master and control your villainous minions, navigate and gain the perfect balance of good and evil, as well as strengthening your villain to give your story the tension and punch it needs.

If you like dark humour, learning through examples and want to create the best villains you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting superbad villains. Read 13 Steps to Evil today and start creating kick-ass villains.

An early review on Goodreads

Lucy Mitchell rated it 5 stars

LOVED this book! It gets you feeling excited about writing. After reading a couple of chapters you find yourself getting strong urges to create some villains. Love the author’s witty and engaging tone. She tells you how it is and puts in such a way you can’t help but smile. It’s very readable and the exercises are fun. I am hoping she will bring out a workbook as that would be ideal. A must read for aspiring writers!

And one on Amazon

it takes the unusual approach of presenting the ideas through the lens of writing better villains, on May 13, 2017

I have probably read over a hundred books on writing craft as well as hundreds of blog posts, so I was dubious about whether I would find anything new in “13 Steps to Evil”.

The book does cover a lot of what will be familiar material if you’re well read in this area, but it takes the unusual approach of presenting the ideas through the lens of writing better villains, meaning many ideas are combined and emphasised in novel ways. As a result, I think most readers are likely to get some valuable take-aways.

Having said that, the book is likely to be most useful for novice writers. As well as some more advanced material, it covers many important points that are often overlooked by novice writers, eg villains need to be hard to beat.

Because the whole book focuses on villains, reading it will make you think harder about how (and if ) you characterise your villain (assuming you have one). What Sacha says is true—many writers put effort into developing their protagonists at the expense of developing their villains.

The tone of the book is irreverent and entertaining, and the reader should be prepared for some bad language.

I found the chapter on the mental health of villains most interesting. Villains are frequently written with various mental health disorders, and if this is something you’re considering then this chapter provides some excellent information on things to watch out for: cliches, common inaccurate representations of mental health disorders, and potentially stigmatising representations. Because of the length of the chapter, the information on the disorders themselves is not comprehensive, but the chapter a very good starting point and references for further reading are provided.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/13-Steps-Evil-Superbad-Villains-ebook/dp/B0722X7Y4P

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.

Connect to Sacha Black

Blog: http://sachablack.co.uk/about/

Connect to Sacha.
https://twitter.com/sacha_black
https://www.facebook.com/sachablackauthor
https://www.pinterest.com/nicadek/

Thank you for dropping in today and please give Sacha a warm welcome to the bookstore by sharing the news of her new book.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Made For Me by Pamela Schloesser Canepa


Welcome to author Pamela Schloesser Canepa and her novella Made For Me the first in the science fiction and fantasy Made For Me series.

About Made For Me.

An unusual, futuristic romance. What will the search for love be like in the future? The year is 2032, and Abrielle is looking for true love. In a world ruled by technology, where computers make much of our decisions for us, Abrielle is about to meet the man of her dreams, thanks to a guaranteed matchmaker website. What she encounters on that first date will be a tale to rival any first date story you’ve ever heard.

Sampson is also looking for love. Open-minded, spontaneous, and financially stable, he seems to be the perfect man. Yet, underneath it all, he harbors a glaring secret. Sampson has spent his lifetime passing for something that he is not, yet his love surpasses that of any human Abrielle has known. Though they seem to be a match made in heaven, Abrielle and Sampson are breaking many rules and will certainly face some unique challenges. In order to live a life with him, Abrielle must decide which rules are actually worth breaking, and in the process, learn a lot about herself.

The latest review for Made for Me.

Made For Me, by Pamela Schloesser Canepa is a futuristic romance that demonstrates the true strength of love. When Abrielle finds Sampson via a dating website (yes, they still use them in 2032), she is surprised to learn that he holds a secret that will impact them both.

I got a certain love conquers all type feeling from this tale. Not in a cliché way, but in a tender way that spoke to my heart. The relationship between the two main characters showed a charming and at times cheeky bond that blossoms into life.

The words flowed well and made for a delightful read that unfolds naturally.

Can Abrielle and Sampson keep their secret? I recommend that you give this a read and find out. Rated 5/5 stars.

Read all the reviews and buy the novella: https://www.amazon.com/Made-Me-Its-chemistry-isnt-ebook/dp/B01DZ5230G

Also by Pamela Schloesser Canepa

One of the reviews for the third book in the series From Bedlam to Ben

Ben is considered a second class citizen. In a racist society, he’d be the oppressed minority. I personally believe that many common religious identities/groups create this superiority mindfulness in humans, therefore fostering this sense of disrespect for all other living things. This is one underlying theme that I gathered from this novel. Norrie on the other hand, was brought up learning to respect all, specifically Ben’s android type. The author brought this across this theme very subtly, which I really loved. Blending this theme with Sci-Fi is quite rare, and it was an interesting plot development. Great style of writing, smooth, and a nice easy pace that at the same time keeps you absorbs with the story.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa/e/B01E0KV71

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15166012.Pamela_Schloesser_Canepa

About Pamela Schloesser Canepa

Pamela had a childhood full of travel and moving, and started writing poems and stories as a child to provide entertainment for long trips. After a while, her family settled in the southeast. Writing provided an outlet for private thoughts and emotions for years, until she decided she was ready to share her ideas with the world. Pamela’s genres include science fiction, realistic fiction, and poetry of all types. “Made for Me” is Pamela’s first published work of fiction. Her sequel, “Seeing through Sampson’s Eyes”, has been published as of June 6th. Pamela is now working on editing a full-length time-travel novel for publication in e-book and print, hopefully in the next year!

Connect to Pamela

Website: http://pamscanepa1.allauthor.com/
Blog: http://pamelascanepa.weebly.com/blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PamSCanepa1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pamelacanepablog

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – A Minger’s Tale by R.B.N. Bookmark


The new author for the bookstore today is R.B.N. Bookmark who has written a memoir that shares his childhood growing up in Manchester in the 1960s. A path that was not always easy but clearly from the reviews, humour also played an important role. A Minger’s Tale: Beginnings  was released in March 2016 in print and Kindle.

About the book

If only he knew where God lived, he would urinate in his letterbox! Growing up is a difficult time in the life of Ribban Bookmark, this book traces his journey down a Minger Highway, signposted with humour and littered with roadkill oneliners.

Two of the most recent reviews

Hilarious! ByAmazon Customeron April 5, 2017

“Hilarious! I was pulled into this book right from the beginning by the funny prose and the stripped-down style of writing. It paints a picture of growing up in the mid-20th century in England that reminds me of a classic sitcom or something. But one of those that you had to sneak downstairs and watch after your parents went to bed.

Ribban Bookmark ( a pseudonym that was so hilarious that I chuckled every time I read it, honestly) had a hard life. The son of two Irish immigrants, Ribban grew up in Manchester, England in the 1950’s and 60s. He had a very hard scrabble childhood but the stories don’t come across as grim since he brings out the more comedic moments of them wonderfully. Being American and much younger than the author, I was worried going into this book that I wouldn’t understand a lot of the lingo but he brings the reader along for the ride, explaining things when they might be more confusing and HELPFULLY explaining a lot of the language that would have been impossible for me to understand otherwise. I had heard the word, ‘Minger’, however, before reading this and the title was what actually made me pick it up in the first place (or download it, as it were).

I did not know, as Ribban illustrates, that the word apparently means: “Someone who fell out of the ugly tree at birth and hit every branch on the way down.” Like I said, that kind of self-flagellating humor that had me dying laughing throughout the book. I loved all of the characters, (especially his mother. She was a riot) but the witty, gritty prose was what sold this as 5 stars to me. Like Bookmark says in the beginning, “If only I knew where God lived, I’d show my dissatisfaction by pissing in his letterbox.”

Well written, full of humor, and tragic By Teddy on April 7, 2017

Wow, I thought I had a rough time as a kid. What I endured was not much compared to what R.B.N. Bookmark (Ribban) endured. First, it’s important to know the definition of a “Minger”. “A minger is a male or female who fell out of the ugly tree at birth and hit every branch on the way down.” When I read that, I envisioned the old ‘Road Runner’ cartoons. That poor Coyote always got hurt in the end. He hit every rock, fell off cliffs, exploded, etc. It was funny! The different was that Coyote got what he deserved for going after Roadrunner. Ribban did not usually go looking for trouble but it found him. He was born into it.

With humor, Ribban tells his story of growing up in one of the poorest parts of England, Manchester. Life was hard and the people in it did not make it any easier. The entire neighborhood seemed like one big dysfunction from the way Ribban describes it. I laughed so much at his expense and antics, he wants the reader to. He lightens the load while still telling his truth. Sure, there were times he got to laugh as a kid but not as much as I laughed reading his story. I felt sad for what he had to go through.

It takes a lot of talent to make comedy out of tragedy but that is just what Ribban has achieved. I admire his courage and his ability to make a better life as an adult. ‘A Minger’s Tale’ is well written, full of humor, and tragic. It reminds me somewhat of ‘Running With Scissors’ by Augusten Burroughs. I highly recommend ‘A Minger’s Tale’!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/R.B.N.-Bookmark/e/B01IPV2RIS

About R.B.N Bookmark

“Do greener pastures exist for the colour blind – and how would they ever know?”

I grew up in the city of Manchester in north west England.

The eldest of 3 siblings to Irish immigrants, my story has at times resembled that of a blind man piecing a jigsaw puzzle together….. with bits missing!

It has taken me many years to find those missing pieces, and it is only now in my late 50`s I`m finally able to write an account of that turbulent period in english history I unwittingly found myself a part of.

The story of Ribban Bookmark begins in the 1960s in post war Manchester, he fails brilliantly at school…..top of the class even – depending ofcourse on which way you are looking up.

His approach to life is haphazard and unfocussed…..he is a dyslexic in denial.
Like a dog looking for a lamp post in a blackout, his search for paradise results in damp feet and foot fungus.

A Minger´s Tale-Beginnings is the first part in this tale of meandering mayhem, misery and mirth.

# In 2016 I had my first short story published in an anthology by Bridge House publishers – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Salford-Stories-Gill-James/dp/1907335447

 Connect to R.B.N. Bookmark

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/R.B.N.-Bookmark/e/B01IPV2RIS
Blog: https://rbnbookmark.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rbnbookmark

I am sure you will join me in welcoming RBN to the bookstore and it would be great if you could share please.. thanks Sally

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Smorgasbord Round Up – Divas, dastardly devils, and dedicated wordsmiths


Welcome to the week’s update of posts that you might have missed. As always I am very grateful for the time that you spend here, your comments and support in general. Whilst I have been known to talk to myself… I do prefer to converse with you.. please do even just say ‘Hi’ in the comments.. it is appreciated.

Our garden looks like a lumber yard with seven trees despatched into logs and kindling. they were not trees that provided nesting sites for any of our lovely wild birds and many were on their last legs. Three more have to go however; but they are more of a challenge.. they are 60 foot tall and were planted within two feet of the wall.. Their roots have damaged both the wall and the pavement as well as encroached into the road and so need to come out. Sad in some ways but they cannot be allowed to do more damage.

David is doing the tree climbing and chopping – taught by his father Geoff who if you have been reading The Colour of Life..you will know worked as a lumberjack when a young man. I do help occasionally with stripping branches to be put through the mulcher.. Music required and I have written a couple of short stories when working as pretty mind numbing.

I am really pleased that so many are participating in the marathon challenge.. (more later in the post) Several people are now knitting together their exercise programmes so that they can celebrate when they have completed 26 miles or the equivalent. I am half way thorugh my second marathon and hope to shave 30 minutes off my last one…

It is the #BloggersBash 2017 in London on June 10th that several of you are attending.. If you live in the UK and have not got your tickets yet then you need to get a twerk on… they are going fast.  You can buy them through Sacha Black’ site. Only £10 for the ticket.. and the fun of finally putting faces to the names that you know so well..https://sachablack.co.uk/2017/04/22/tick-tock-the-bash-clock-are-you-coming-bloggersbash-bloggersbash/

On with the posts from the week… thanks again for dropping in…. Sally

William Price King meets some legends.

Shirley Bassey did not have a great time during the 1960s and spent time in tax exile in Italy. However, the 1970s saw her career back on the fast track and it was a wonderful decade for her.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/william-price-meets-some-legends-dame-shirley-bassey-the-1970s/

Writer in residence extra – Paul Andruss – Venus in Furs

Finn Mac Cool

Another brilliant post from Paul’s archives that looks at the origins of the words we commonly use today ‘sadism’ and ‘masochism. Unlike the way it is portrayed (badly) in books and movies such as 50 Shades of Grey, it has a dark and sinister background that Paul uncovers in this informative article.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/writer-in-residence-extra-venus-in-furs-by-paul-andruss/

The Colour of Life – The Memoir of Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/the-colour-of-life-the-digs-in-dublin-1945-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/the-colour-of-life-the-nuns-at-the-glue-pot-1946-by-geoff-cronin/

Author Promotion – Book Reading at the Cafe.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-with-matthew-drzymala/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-yecheilyah-ysrayl/

Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-the-art-of-murder-by-dakota-mcgraw/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-draculas-mistress-by-carmen-stefanescu/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-heritage-of-deceit-short-story-graham-downs/

Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-mary-c-blowers-bette-a-stevens-and-p-h-solomon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-janice-spina-pamela-s-wight-and-judith-barrow/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-seumas-gallacher-and-john-w-howell/

Personal Stuff

Weekly Image and thoughts…

Smorgasbord Poetry

I am working my way through my poems that were written in my teens onwards and left to languish in a drawer.. this was written in 1998 following my first visit to my grandfather’s grave in Northern France where he died on November 2nd 1918. Just days before peace and having served since 1914 and been wounded three times.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/smorgasbord-poetry-requiem-for-a-grandfather-by-sally-cronin/

Time for some laffs..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/time-for-some-laffs-ducks-seniors-and-boiled-eggs-be-careful-what-you-wish-for/

Afternoon video

Three videos for the price of one.. cat being a jerk, cat doing the washing up and a bulldog on a motorbike.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/afternoon-video-helpers-around-the-house/

Blogger Promotion – Some outstanding blog posts from the week.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-kevin-morris-curry-lives-d-g-kaye-paul-andruss-and-thom-hickey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-25th-april-2017-patricia-salamone-teagan-geneviene-jane-dougherty-and-granny-moon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-26th-april-2017-the-story-reading-ape-darlene-foster-sue-vincent-and-stuart-france-kirt-tisdale-and-teagan-geneviene-and-d-g-kaye/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-27th-april-2017-noelle-granger-saucebox-balroop-singh-and-beetley-pete/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-28th-april-2017-sue-vincent-jessica-norrie-russell-ray-teri-polen-with-darlene-foster-and-some-funnies/

Health: Let’s Walk a Marathon.

This is not about completing 26 miles in one go.. It is however a target that is meaningful. I was walking regularly but felt that apart from measuring the time and distance it was not leading anywhere. I know I felt better for it but I wanted to challenge myself more. I have no ligaments in my right knee so walking briskly is the most I can hope for. To make it more interesting I decided to use my new treadmill to walk a marathon. My first one took 10 hours over 14 days. I am now half way through my second marathon and have shaved a little time off.

In the weekly posts I am not just talking about walking but also the other areas of fitness that will help you achieve your own marathons.. including how to get more oxygen into your system with breathing exercises and the right fuel.

Coming up tomorrow.. how to burn fat more efficiently and some equivalents in terms of other exercises so that you can still complete a marathon if you swim, go to dance classes or zumba.

The posts so far.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/lets-walk-a-marathon-the-internal-fitness-programme-coming-next-week/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/lets-walk-a-marathon-internal-fitness-programme-preparation-day-plan-clothing-fluids-stretching/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/lets-walk-a-marathon-internal-fitness-programme-day-two-getting-enough-oxygen-to-walk/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/lets-walk-a-marathon-part-three-taking-in-the-right-fuel/

Smorgasbord Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Important new research into the link between Vitamin D deficiency and austism.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/smorgasbord-health-latest-research-into-vitamin-d-deficiency-link-to-autism/

Thank you for all your support this week and don’t forget that you are always welcome to promote your book, blog or other creative work here.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Heartstone: The Drowned Tower by Nicholas Rinth


Todays’ author Nicholas Rinth and released the debut novel, a science fiction fantasy Heartstone – The Drowned Tower on April 18th.

About the book

“If the future was bared before you, would it still be yours? If the past could chase you, would you run from it? If the world crumbled tonight, would you carve your own?”

Freedom is out of the question for practitioners of the Institute, and any supporters otherwise are dealt with violently. A system Sylvie Sirx neither refutes, nor endorses—born from an enviable family, talented in her skills, and entirely too content with her position, her path has always been a straight one… until now.

Her qualifications backfire when an elder from the north descends upon her home for a Choosing. He calls upon the Drowned Tower’s most sought after practitioners for a simple job that ends in blood, and then Sylvie’s blissful world erupts. She finds herself in the company of the Elementalist, Jacques Dace, an insufferable but deadly enthusiast of personal reform. Together, they’re swept into a spiral of powerful magic and ancient grudges. Where truth bends, stones whisper secrets of the past, and their home lies at the heart of what could very well be Ferus Terria’s next recorded war.

And for once, she is forced to choose a side, learning for herself what it means to master fate.

An early review from Goodreads  Apr 18, 2017 Stu Richard

Without a doubt, this is a book for fantasy lovers. There’s proper lore, a brand new world, deities, classes, religion, and of course, magic… everything you need for fantasy tbh. But with that said, there’s also nothing crazy new about it that hasn’t already been done by the thousands of fantasy novels that have come before it. Old and true. It was a good read, regardless.

I was pleasantly surprised to find the romance in this book to be just a sub-genre. Usually when its listed, there’s so much focus on it that it ruins the rest of the story by giving the characters less time to shine. But here the author gives subtle hints that show you which direction the relationship is going, yet doesn’t focus on romantic relationship building during the story. While reading the first book, I found it to be more about personal growth for the characters, either showing their dreams and aspirations or giving them some. The author also sheds light on the characters’s backgrounds and the overall plot of the story—as well as what’s to come. I hope the relationships get expounded on in the future though. If done right, they could be perfect.

If you’re looking to read this, be sure to be a good fantasy reader and read every bit of world-building because you need to pay attention to certain names or else you won’t get the VERY subtle twist near the end. There are some plot points touched upon in this book like the Mentalists and the First Zenith that I would like to know more of. From the ending, I can tell that the author will (hopefully) explore them in the future.

I eagerly await the sequel

The book is available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Drowned-Tower-Heartstone-Nicholas-Rinth/dp/099882160

Universal book link for all bookstores: https://www.books2read.com/DrownedTower-ebook

About Nicholas Rinth

Now, where to begin? If it wasn’t obvious by my picture to the left, then Nicholas Rinth is actually just a pseudonym—defeats the purpose when I say it, huh?—but this is more for my sake since I’m not a fan of constant reiteration. I prefer writing under a nom de plume, there is comfort in anonymity, however little that may be with the internet nowadays.

I’m the author of a fantasy series called, Heartstone, which you can find more information on in my Books page on my blog. I’m also a huge fan of everything and anything Noel Gallagher. I like the manga, Berserk, and I have a terrible weakness for sweets and coffee. It’s my diet and all I run on. Wont to trance, the only thing that’s really held my attention throughout the years is writing.

I tend to binge write when the mood strikes and procrastinate when it doesn’t. I read books when I can and I like to think I’ve read a lot, but life gets in the way most days, so writing has been my only past time as of late. Though I will make time for the authors that I love. (Erin Morgenstern, David Gaider, JRR Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Rainer Maria Rilke, a dozen others.)

Connect to Nicholas Rinth.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34644227-the-drowned-tower
Bloghttps://nrinth.wordpress.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholasrinth/
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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nicholasrinth
Amazon Author Centralhttps://www.amazon.com/-/e/B071CPG7WM

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Heritage of Deceit – Short Story – Graham Downs


Today the featured author is Graham Downs who has written several children and YA books short stories and flash fiction collections. Today I am showcasing his published short story Heritage of Deceit and I hope you will give him a warm welcome to the bookstore.

About Heritage of Deceit – Short Story

While surfing the Internet at work, Lloyd believes he’s found a relic from an old genocide. If he’s right, the artefact would be worth a ton of money, and it will give lots of people closure when they find out what really happened to their families.

But there’s one problem. The artefact–if it really exists–is in the possession of Carla, a shy woman in the company’s Accounts Department, and she never lets it out of her sight.
Lloyd seeks the help of his friend and fellow employee, Robert, whom Carla is desperately in love with. Will Robert agree to use Carla’s feelings for him to get information about the mysterious object?

Two of the reviews for Heritage of Deceit

Excellent Short Story on December 15, 2013

Interesting premise for a short story. Contained properly in a short time, entertaining and a believable setting. I can picture this story happening in real life. Pacing is quick, no fluff conversations, swiftly moving you through the story until you are finished.

Characters are developed well in a short time. The main characters are able to be understood, their motives, even their naivety. Can you see the ending coming? Maybe you can, I did not, I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. After all of the books I have read of late, I have become fairly jaded to endings. This one got me a bit. I highly recommend this one.

A great short story. on November 11, 2015

Co-workers Lloyd and Robert think that Carla’s ring is a link to a genocide. They plan a robbery to get hold of it that goes horribly wrong, and even the robbers don’t get what they bargained for.

This is a well written short story The dialogue between Lloyd and Robert is realistic and their plans develop quickly and move the story along nicely.

I don’t think that you have to like all the characters in a book to enjoy their story. I found myself really disliking both Lloyd and Robert. They were deceitful and underhand in both and action which made me keep reading to find out what would happen to them.

This book is titled Heritage of Deceit. Lloyd and Robert both seemed to have inherited some deceit from their heritage – and it didn’t do them any good!

A great short story.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Heritage-Deceit-Graham-Downs-ebook/dp/B00H0V36R6

Also by Graham Downs

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Graham-Downs/e/B00AT8SE38

Read further reviews at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/grahamdowns/

About Graham Downs

Graham Downs is a South African author. He was born in Alberton, in Gauteng, South Africa, where he now lives with his wife. Aside from being an independent author of six books (as well as an inclusion in the charity anthology, I Am Not Frazzle!), he is a computer programmer in Rivonia.

His newest work was released on 1 June 2016. It’s called Tales From Virdura, and it continues the Flash Fiction format. However, he decided to revisit his roots, so to speak, as this collection expands upon the world and characters introduced in his first published story, A Petition to Magic

In addition to his published works, Downs has written many free flash fiction stories and essays, in a wide variety of genres. They’re all available for free on his blog. You can also find a monthly crossword puzzle there, sometimes with prizes for solving it correctly. Find both his free writing, and the monthly crossword puzzle, by visiting his Blog.

Connect to Graham.

Website – https://www.grahamdowns.co.za/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/writergraham/
Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/grahamdowns/
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/grahamdowns/

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Dracula’s Mistress by Carmen Stefanescu


Welcome to new author on the shelves Carmen Stefanescu, with her gothic paranormal Dracula’s Mistress. Only released on March 15th it is already receiving great reviews.

About Dracula’s Mistress

From the day that the powerful, brave and merciless Vlad III Basarab, a descendant of the Draculesti family—better known to most people as the infamous vampire Dracula—ascends the throne, he knows only battles, betrayal and intrigue.

Evil grips the town of Targoviste, capital residence of Walachia. The secrets behind the stone walls of the palace are as dark and violent as a winter’s night, as terrifying as the prince’s deeds. Dead bodies, drained of blood and missing their little finger keep appearing in the streets at night.

Lovely, smart, determined, Angela Oltenescu ignores all the aggressive rumors and her mother’s warning regarding Vlad. Will she suffer the consequences of falling in love with a man nicknamed Dracula by his enemies—an infamous creature of the night?

Rich, sly, treacherous, Marin Craioveanu, a powerful landlord, craves the same woman loved by Vlad. Marin’s hatred toward the prince will make him an ally to Handsome Radu, Vlad’s brother and Sultan’s friend, ready to sell the country to the Ottomans to get rid of his rival.

Dracula’s Mistress will awe legions of fans of Gothic literature, paranormal and historical fiction.

Two of the recent reviews for Dracula’s Mistress

Enjoyable read on April 3, 2017

Dracula’s Mistress Kindle Edition by Carmen Stefanescu (Author) starts out in 1462 with the introduction of Angela who is at the palace with her father Gregore, a military man and confident to the Prince. Tension and action is instantly introduced to the story conflicting the thrown and wealthy noblemen with mention of the blood shed in building the castle by many not used to hard labor died. The walls of the palace are proverbially “haunted” with their blood. The tension of who will succeed or maintain the thrown adds to the tension.

The story progresses on and enters the love interest who ascends to the throne, a descendant of the Draculesti family—more widely known as Dracula, the vampire. And here is where the dark, secret story behind the palace’s walls comes alive. Angela, young and naïve and clearly enamored with the story’s love interest, Dracula, ignores the rumors.

As if that’s not conflict enough there is a love triangle involved to complicate matters further. The story progresses at a fast clip that holds interest. Interspersed on the action and story line are beautifully crafted clothing, manners, and appropriate historical factors. Without retelling this entire well-written story, suffice it to say it will hold interest and for me was very enjoyable. A must read for Gothic paranormal fans

on April 4, 2017

This book was an unusual deviation for me, but I occasionally get in the mood for historical fiction, and lately I’ve watched a ton of old Dracula movies, so I was drawn in by this title.

Lots of betrayal and secrets scattered throughout this gothic tale, kept my interest although I did have to stop reading sometimes to get the hairs on my neck to go down. We are dealing with Dracula’s descendant, so we expect dark eeriness and lifeless bodies, but author Stefanescu wove an unusual story together that keeps readers intrigued despite its gory details.

I appreciated the character, Angela, being a brave woman. Every novel needs one. But I almost jumped out of my skin during her exploits and going out into the dark evenings might become more rare for me.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Draculas-Mistress-Carmen-Stefanescu-ebook/dp/B06XNW7RXD

Also by Carmen Stefanescu

One of the excellent reviews for Till Life us Do Part

A compelling novel that delves into the arena of past life regression and reincarnation. The author has put an original twist on the subject of souls crossing decades, even centuries. Barbara Heyer is gifted with the ability to communicate with spirits of the departed. But when her brother is suspected of murdering his girlfriend, Barbara’s life careens with others in ways she never expected—particularly when handsome detective Patrick Fisher is assigned to the case.

The author deftly juggles multiple storylines and plots throughout this engaging novel—Barbara and Patrick, a young girl named Catherine who knows far more than possible for her age, a doomed centuries-old love affair, and deceptive dealings in Patrick’s police department. Part murder mystery, part romance, and part supernatural journey, TILL LIFE DO US PART is a book filled with multiple twists, turns, and surprising revelations. The author’s take on reincarnation is uniquely presented and richly rewarding for the reader.

When the book shifts in time, you are transported to another age, as vividly realized as present day in the author’s capable hands. The historical setting is superb, a time when just whispers of witchcraft could send someone to the stake. Tie all of these elements together for an explosive finish in the present day, and you have a riveting story that stays with you long after you close the cover.

About Carmen Stefanescu

Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

Connect to Carmen

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6624397.Carmen_Stefanescu
Blog: http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Carmen_Books
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/carmens007/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-Stefanescu-Books/499245716760283
Google: https://plus.google.com/117216040843648957646/posts

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Tales of Ejoma (Dual Realms Book One) by Paige Addams


Welcome to author Paige Addams and her recently released paranormal romance Tales of Ejoma (Dual Realms Book 1)

About Tales of Ejoma (Dual Realms Book One)

Ejoma and Thavos are immortal and human realms, held separate from one another by a magical barrier. Ejoma is a world of magic, danger, and beauty that humans have long forgotten exists. The shimana can change their shape or bend the elements to their will, and have filled their countless years with learning. Thavos is a world of science and machines. Always striving to invent new things and understand the world around them, humans became strong.

Balance has been maintained between the two realms for millennia, for the safety of immortals and humans alike. But a deadly enemy is growing steadily more powerful with dark magic. Soon, neither realm will be safe.

This series of novellas and short stories will introduce you to:

Shauna, an ordinary human dragged across the barrier, who comes face to face with beings she thought only existed in stories. As confusing and strange as this new world is to her, she can’t help her fascination with Ori, a powerful immortal who manifests wishes and hears the dreams and desires of others. When a rogue group of immortals takes an interest in her accidental jump across the barrier, can Ori protect her?

Rina sees a mysterious man reach out to her in her dreams with such a heartbreaking smile that she can’t help but wish he were real. A commander who leads one of the contingents of warriors in the capital city, she should push him out of her mind and focus on her work, but she can’t forget him. When she’s sent to defend a city under siege by rogue immortals, she hears a familiar name…Isaro. How far is she willing to go for him?

Future ruler or not, Mayun would rather die than be stuck with her protector, Toren, while she trains to master her alternate form. He’s overbearing, annoying, and has made it clear that he thinks she’s unfit to become ruler. So why does he seem so determined to stay by her side? And why can’t she stop fantasizing about him? When the enemy begins targeting her, can Mayun and Toren set aside their issues long enough to escape?

Bonus Materials: Also included are a glossary, a bit of the history of Ejoma, and teaser standalone chapters for future books. For the full glossary and history, and blog exclusive

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Ejoma-Dual-Realms-Book-ebook/dp/B06ZZ66C1C

About Paige Addams

Paige Addams is a pseudonym. She lives with her very patient and amazing husband and their dog in Ohio. When she’s not writing, she’s growing her business as a LMT, practicing Aikido (and trying not to kill herself in the process) and trying to learn contact juggling (like that scene from Labyrinth). Otherwise, she’s generally procrastinating with video games and far more YouTube than is probably healthy.

This is Paige’s first novel, but there will be many more!

Connect to Paige

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Paige-Addams/e/B071Y7JS4S
Blog:https://paigeaddams.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaigeAddamsAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaigeAddams

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Pamela D. Beverly – The Love Labyrinth


Delighted to welcome Pamela D. Beverly to the bookstore with her latest novel contemporary romance, The Love Labyrinth published on March 17th 2017.

About the book

Noelle Harrison is a hard-working wife and loving mother to two young sons. Although supportive of her husband Wayne’s professional pursuits, she rails at his constant out-of-town travel to conferences and seminars. What about her needs and wants? Then one day on her way home from church… There are two sides to every story. Or maybe three.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Labyrinth-Pamela-D-Beverly/dp/099867320X

Also by Pamela D. Beverly

About Relations

Frank Ellis has it all-good looks, a charismatic personality that draws people to his financial seminars in droves, and a multitude of women for the choosing. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough anymore.

As Frank leads one of his entertaining seminars on financial planning, one audience member captures his attention-the beautiful Delilah Carpenter from Savannah, Georgia. Bewitched by her charming accent and sexy curves, he is thrilled when he encounters her again in the hotel bar after the seminar. They go to dinner, but not before he has had too much to drink. After he makes a less-than-favorable impression, he passes out at the table, leaving Delilah to ensure he gets back to his room safely. When he awakens the next morning and discovers she has already checked out, Frank wonders if he will ever get a chance to redeem himself.

Frank and Delilah come from different races, different backgrounds, and different parts of the country. But in a passionate affair of two lonely hearts, only time will tell if all of that really matters.

Two of the reviews for the book

It’s not the color of a person’s skin you fall in love with it’s their heart, soul, mind and spirit….

Relations invite you into the lives of main characters’, Frank Ellis and Delilah Carpenter.
Two people from different worlds discover in love there is no color. Sweetly told story of a couples fight for what is right for them.

The author tells the story with honesty and sensitivity. She touches on a subject of two different cultures coming together. The odds are stacked against them to succeed in a successful relationship.

Ms. Beverly brings to life the characters in her book. She conveys their emotions, conflicts, desires that bind these two people together and yet separates them.
Relations give an insight into the mind set of prejudice. How her character’s deal with it, their acceptance that interracial relationships is still taboo in the 21st Century.
Relations is a story of love without color it’s a tale of Frank and Delilah facing the issue of bigotry dealing with a long distance relationship and conflicts in their own personal lives. The author does a wonderful job in addressing those issues. She has performed a virtuous job in making you feel for her characters.

Relations, is a wonderful read and Ms. Beverly should be applauded for her debut novel.
( I received this book as a gift for review )

Relations is an excellent book about interracial relationships and the difficulties that couples face. The book is well written. The discriptors bring realism to the story. Whenever you can visualize the characters and the locations it makes for fun reading. This is not normally the type of book that I would read but I would read anything that this author writes. You can tell that she did a great job in researching. Relations is a good book to refer to if a trainer is discussing diversity. Our society has made some progress but there are still racial strongholds that need to be broken and this book gives the reader hope in race relations. Ms. Beverly, job well done. I love Frank and Delilah and Andy and Twyla.

Read all the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-D.-Beverly/e/B008D278XY

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pamela-D.-Beverly/e/B008D278XY

About Pamela D. Beverly

Pamela D. Beverly considers herself a Jacqueline-of-all-Trades but a master of none. Mostly she is a student of human nature that enjoys writing and studying mankind. Pamela has traveled all over the United States as well as to several foreign countries and enjoys meeting people of all races, religions and creeds. Her main wish for mankind is that people learn to get along and enjoy one another’s differences.

Connect to Pamela

Website: https://relationspdbeverly.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PamelaDBeverlyAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/writesistah
Google+ : https://plus.google.com/113382930115725906168

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