Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New author on the shelves – Atlantis by Carol Roberts

A welcome to new author on the shelves of the cafe and bookstore. Carol Roberts is the author of Atlantis a metaphysical fantasy published in November 2017.

About Atlantis: The truth is not for borrowing.

When Alanthea, high-priestess of Atlantis, connects to a woman in her dreams, she becomes haunted by a mystery. Compelled to trace the other woman’s life she finds coded poems that hold clues to the predicament of her people. Now she has to venture ever farther into forbidden territory to link past and present, and understand the real danger threatening Atlantis.

Arakon always thought of himself as an orphan, a loner without any real belonging. But after a strange encounter his life changes, and he is drawn into events beyond his control.

They move parallel in their search for answers until their destinies converge, and the weave unravels. Yet what they finally uncover lies deep at the heart of collective evolution, and what has been set in motion cannot be undone.

Two of the recent reviews for the book

Wow that was one hell of a story! So well written and thought through. I loved this book. It was my first Carol Roberts, but it most defiantly won’t be my last. This is a great book and I cannot wait to read more by Carol Roberts.

This book is what you think it is about the fabled Atlantis. The city that disappeared, now whichever you believe be it contented or island. The novel’s main characters in this book are a high priestess named Alanthea and Arakon. We learn some interesting history about what occurred over hundreds of years ago in Atlantis that changes its fate. When Alanthea begins to have visions of a woman named Andromeda she is convinced that finding out the truth of who this woman is will be very important for the future of Atlantis. But she is having a hard time finding out why she just disappeared. Then there is

Arakon is a hard-working man, content to live and work in peaceful solitude in the mountains. But his destiny changes after a meeting with a mysterious woman as he takes a shortcut. He also has visions and powers that draw him to Alanthea. The past cannot stay hidden forever, as long-buried secrets explode into the light, and the fate of an entire civilization is sealed.

Now before I ruin this for you I will leave off here. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. If you do like this book, please consider leaving a review. The Authors really like it when you do; they value your opinions too

The Great Lost City on February 21, 2018

Atlantis is the story of the people who lived in the great mythological city that sunk beneath the sea. There are several well-developed characters that the story follows and we learn about the every day lives of many people. I liked that the author made them regular people who believed in magic and gods. Alanthea is desperately searching to find out who was this woman Andromeda who also bore the high priestess mark and was gifted but never was trained. She first stumbles across the name by accident when reading some scrolls and builds a connection to her while searching through this mystery.

The story pace is slow at first but picks up as Arakon finds out about his past and Alanthea receives a message of the flood. It sometimes felt a little disjointed when jumping from character viewpoints but I think the author brings it all together nicely towards the end. Each character had their own back story that made them relatable. I am hoping the author will write a sequel so that I can find out why Alanthea looked so much like Andromeda. Did Mira and Beren’s family survive? Does Magnus allow the people to use the fleet? Overall, good read for anyone who likes fantasy mixed with mythology.

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About Carol Roberts

Carol Roberts is an author and member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance. She writes visionary/metaphysical genre cross fantasy. She is also a free lance writer with particular interest in cultural myth. Originally from Vienna, she has spent all of her adult life in the Far North of New Zealand. Her work took her to several different countries, where she indulged her fascination with stories, particularly those dealing with the creation of man. ‘Atlantis’ is her first full length novel; speculating on concepts of the human condition, the meaning of individual and collective destiny, and the choices within that.

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Delighted to share Carol’s debut novel and as always it would be great if you would comment and share. Thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore- New Book on the Shelves – Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel: How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night by Peter Davidson

I introduced you to Peter Davidson’s blog last year with a reblog of his posts on Marital Advice to his grandson. On January 5th Peter published the book. Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel: How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night.

About the book

When my grandson, Joel, got engaged, I decided to jot down a few words of marital wisdom for him, based on my vast experience as a husband. Then I thought, why share this wisdom with only one person when I can share it with the whole world. So, I started a blog, listing new marital advice every week. As the popularity of the blog grew, people suggested that the material should be turned into a book and, well, here it is! Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it’s also an upbeat, humorous look at married life that any engaged or married person can relate to and will find insightful and fun to read.

Even unmarried people can enjoy the book and, who knows, it might convince some of you to take the plunge, or perhaps confirm your belief that being single is a blessing. Advice to Joel, and to any man, includes: make sure that you buy a roll of electrical tape before you volunteer to do the vacuuming–and why, how to deal with your wife’s steely-eyed, clinched-jaw scowl, known as “The Look,” how to answer your wife’s questions such as, “Does this dress make my ass look big?,” the warning that your mouth will get you into a whole lot more trouble than your Willy ever will, and how to create the world’s most powerful anniversary card for your wife.

Virtually all of the material in the book is presented in the form of upbeat stories, scenarios, and examples. This is not the type of advice that you’ll find in a textbook on marriage or in a book on marital relations written by some psychiatrist. This is the real stuff for real people.

Here is an example of some of the advice that has been featured on Peter’s blog.

Marital Advice 101.1 – Hidden Truths About Marriage

Joel, to your wife, Abby, you will be more than just a husband – you will be a Project, a Work-in-Progress.

When Abby chose to marry you, she apparently saw in you hidden potential that no other woman in the world was able to spot, including her mother, her sisters, and her friends. For the rest of Abby’s life, she will try on a daily basis to coax, mold, and beat that hidden potential into some semblance of the admirable man she visualizes you have the ability to become.

This wisdom, provided by me, your grandfather, is a guide for how to understand, accept, and fulfill your role in the marriage and how to understand, at least a little bit, what makes your wife tick.

You will be wise to use these words of wisdom to self-train yourself so you can lessen the amount of training that needs to be inflicted upon you by your wife.

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A selection of other books by Peter Davidson

About Penny: Hands I passed through…Things I saw…Stories I can Tell published in May 2017.

Have you ever looked at a coin in the palm of your hand and wondered where it has been, what it has seen and heard, and what stories it could tell? Well, in a nutshell, that is what PENNY is about as this very special one-cent piece passes through the hands of ordinary people, the famous, the infamous, the saints, and the sinners and hangs out in churches, honkytonks, and everywhere in between.

This book tells the stories of the people whose hands PENNY passes through. Why is this particular penny so special? Well, because it was the final penny ever minted of 95% copper, on October 22, 1982. After that, all one-cent pieces are pathetic and puny, consisting of 97.5% zinc with only a touch of copper thrown in. That’s why. After reading PENNY, you might never again be able to pass by a penny lying on the ground without at least giving a thought to picking it up and putting it in your pocket.

Every book should be dedicated to someone or something, and this book is dedicated to the penny pinchers of the world. Okay, also to the penny hoarders. PENNY is Peter Davidson’s twenty-eighth published book.

One of the recent reviews for the book.


In Penny Hands I Passed Through Things I Saw Stories I Can Tell, the story’s told by the one-cent piece or as it prefers to be called, Penny; told in the first person, explaining its genders neither male or female, rather the penny’s gender neutral. Born on October 22, 1982, in Denver Colorado, it has had an illustrious history; It’s the last 95% copper penny made. This one-cent piece, aka penny, traveled everywhere, met people from all walks of life, and played a part in many dramas.

This is Penny’s story. The story of its birth, who it meet, when they meet, and how it traveled on to the next situation. Then sometimes it’s left laying in the street or on a table, any of a thousand places a single penny ends up. Penny ended up in a lot of places; the jar of a hoarder, at the bank, in a little boy’s pocket, in a shoe, and many more.

Peter Davidson created a funny read about the lowly penny which really is not so lowly after all. For one hundred make a dollar, fifty make fifty cent and so on. Where would we be without this shiny jewel? It has seen it all and heard it all from its place of prominence; either the purse, pocket, the street, or ashtray. The places it has been are hilariously funny and sometimes irreverent. Penny met a variety of people and heard many stories of life, love, and crisis; seeing everything in between. From pop stars, salesmen, to church offering plates. It met a secret romance writer, laid in a guitar case, and traveled to Los Vegas and sunny California. This wonderful penny even met Jim Bob and Billy Ray, Southerners to the core. It met too many to name and in each place there’s a story.

It has seen everything from love to murder; been stolen, thrown away, gambled, flipped, and used judiciously. Penny’s been everywhere including the halls of justice and government; it even hung in a beautiful frame in a Senator’s Office for a while. Oh, the wonderful penny and the stories it can tell.

Peter Davidson created a solid funny story of the humble penny. I enjoyed my hilarious journey with Davidson and the humble copper penny. I don’t think I will ever ignore the penny in my purse again. Take a look and see if you have the illustrious penny, world traveler, change maker, and life changer extraordinaire minted Oct 22, 1982. As Penny stated:

“treat me kindly, for I am special, you know. I was the final penny minted on October 22, 1982 and the final penny ever made of 95% copper with just a touch of zinc thrown in.”

Peter Davidson’s writing flowed well as he created an entertaining book, I laughed and laughed reading this tale of the penny. I closed my e Reader with a smile on my face; still laughing and chuckling.

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About Peter Davidson

Peter Davidson is the author or co-author of twenty-nine books published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Perigee/Putnam Publishers, Haworth Press, Sweet Memories Publishing, and others. His works include novels, non-fiction, college textbooks, and children’s picture books. His latest book is PENNY: Hands I Passed Through . . . Things I Saw . . . Stories I Can Tell! It is the story of the last copper penny ever minted in the United States, on October 22, 1982, as it passes through the hands of ordinary people, the famous, the infamous, the saints, and the sinners, and hangs out in churches, honkytonks, and everywhere in between. The book tells the stories of the people whose hands PENNYpasses through.

Mr. Davidson has a Master’s Degree in business, was a real estate broker, college business professor, and co-owner of a professional recording studio. For more than two decades, Davidson was one of America’s most active writer’s seminar presenters, having presented 637 one-day seminars in a fifteen state area from Minnesota to Tennessee and Colorado to Illinois. Mr. Davidson and his wife spend their summers in the Lake Okoboji resort area of Iowa and spend the winters in their home in Arizona.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Caledonia by Amy Hoff

A welcome to Amy Hoff who is joining the cafe and bookstore today with two of her books. Caledonia set in Scotland is shortly to be joined by The Connoisseur. And also released in November 2017… American Drifter

About Caledonia

Supernatural crime novel

“When Scottish folklore meets everyday Glasgow.”

Hard-drinking Detective Inspector Leah Bishop accepts a transfer from Edinburgh to a Glasgow branch of Interpol. Once there, she discovers that her fellow officers are otherworldly beings, and they police the supernatural world. They have called her in as the first human to ever work at Caledonia Interpol. Her job is to investigate a crime considered unimaginable to the Fae: the first serial killing of supernaturals.
Urban fantasy pairing the grit and dark humour of everyday modern Glasgow with Scottish folklore, Caledonia follows Leah and her Victorian selkie partner, Dorian Grey, as they investigate supernatural crime in Scotland’s city of culture.

One of the reviews for the book

Mar 24, 2015 Seumas Gallacher rated it it was amazing with Five Stars

Come, be enchanted by the Selkies and the Faer Folk in an unusual crime setting…

…I’m totally biased about this book because I was born and bred in Glasgow, where the story is set… notwithstanding that, readers with no knowledge of the city or its tough reputation will appreciate the gritty characterisation of the setting as much the players in the narrative… it is superbly imaginative and clever of the author to wrap the present-day human heroine, Leah Bishop into scenarios with Selkies, the Faer Folk and a modern vampira… all done with admirable credibility… murders of the Faer by one of their own kind is uncommon, and Bishop’s travails and eventual solving of the crimes is superbly handled… the colour and delicacy of the unconscionably beautiful male Selkies is a constant delight as the chapters unfold… regardless of whatever genre is your usual… this tale will tempt you all the way through…. most enjoyable…

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About American Drifter

This was a time when rusted out payphones were the only method of communication. Those long highways were places you could get lost forever, and not always in a good way. Inhabit this world, feel the steering wheel under your hands, and the endlessness of what was once America. Amy Hoff spent years traveling across the United States, living out of cars and cheap motels. She was a weightlifter and street-fighter, collecting monster legends across the country. Eventually she left the USA and continued traveling around the world. She was educated in Scotland and specialized in Scottish history, literature, and folklore. She is now a folklorist and historian whose primary research interest is monsters, and a specialist in American highway legends. She has never owned more than what can fit into a backpack and a suitcase.

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About Amy Hoff

Amy Hoff has been on the road for years. She used to drive across the US and live out of cheap motels, collecting stories. Eventually she kept going. She doesn’t live anywhere; her home is the road, in whatever form that takes. Sunsets off the bow when she was a sailor, flying into Incheon International in Seoul, driving the lonely American highways, walking across borders in the Americas, in Europe and Asia. The stories of Scotland are her favourite, and she became a PhD researcher, an expert in Scottish monster stories. She still travels, and is now a researcher of monster folklore worldwide. Check out the darker parts of any pub, if you are ever washed up on strange shores. You might see her there, looking for stories to tell and be told.

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Thank you for popping in today and it would be great if you could share Amy’s books far and wide. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves Update for 2018 – Free book promotion

If you are not already in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore you may like to take a look at what you as an author will gain by being there.  Please read the section on what I need to do this effectively both before and after the promotional post.

Apart from being showcased with other promoted author on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore, you will be able to share your new releases, great reviews or offers in one of the Twice weekly updates on Monday and Friday. This post is shared on my network of over 35,000 contacts spread over my social media.. The key is the fact that many of those contacts will share on their own networks giving you access to thousands more potential readers.

I am very happy to feature any author on the shelves every four weeks or so and it means that you will be promoted at least 12 times in the year. To be able to do this effectively I do need you to get in touch with your news so that I can share. I do check authors regularly but it makes my life easier if you can remember to drop me a line to

For authors who are not yet in the bookstore I will do a full promotional post which will include their latest book but also a brief review of their other work including reviews.  

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

For this I will need the following:-

  1. Link to Amazon for the book (preferably your author page even if you only have one book this is an essential marketing tool and makes it a great deal easier for people like myself who are promoting your work) Also if you have a central booklink site on your blog or website that is useful.
  2. If you do not have an Amazon author page yet, then I will need an author profile photo or image and your official author’s bio.  Please send any images attached to the email not inserted into it.
  3. You main social media links including website, blog, twitter, facebook, linkedin, goodreads and google+. Links in full please not short links, as they do not always work when inserted into WordPress..
  4. Please note that my blog has some young followers so I do not accept 18+ books.

What I will do.

  1. I have 35,000 connections around the various platforms and I will automatically link the post to those sites and also boost again during the day.
  2. The post will be included in the weekly round up on Sundays.
  3. Your books (up to 7 covers of recent books) along with your profile photo, book covers, links to Amazon and your main website will then be put into the bookstore where it will stay permanently.
  4. You can then be included in the Cafe and Bookstore updates which will go out twice  a week with any new releases and with exceptional reviews (for the reviews would suggest leaving six weeks between being included in an update)
  5. There is also a separate twice weekly promotional posts for authors – Air Your Reviews which you can take advantage of.

What I would ask you to do.

I love promoting other authors and I am very happy to do so as a FREE service but it does take considerable time during the week to compile and promote  posts with several authors work. But it takes two to tango.

Book promotions work best if it is a collaboration..

On the day I will send you a link to your post that I suggest you send out to all your email contacts.. I also ask you to share on your own social media sites and I suggest that if you are a blogger too; you reblog a couple of days later.

Twitter and Facebook

I will tag you on Twitter if you have an account and I would ask that you respond to those people who have shared your post. This is a great way to meet like minded writers and readers who are of course potential purchasers of your books.

Responding to comments.

I have found in the last three years that there is a very strong connection to sharing and commenting on promotional posts if the author engages with those who have taken the time to leave their comments. So I will ask you to pop in over the first few days to respond to them.

I belong to a very generous community of writers who have books themselves or blog regularly. If you would like to be part of that community on a regular basis then you are very welcome.

Your books will stay in the Cafe and Bookstore for three months but if you are not finding the listing beneficial or are not interested in regular updates then I will move your listing into a separate directory.

Finally... I will usually find a notification of a new book when I am checking my social media but it is much simpler if you contact me directly once your new book is available to buy on


Look forward to hearing from you…..thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Only One Woman by Christina Jones and Jane Risdon

Over the last few weeks we have been enjoying the posts from the archives of Jane Risdon. This week however, I am sharing the great news that her new book, co-written with Christina Jones is now available.

About Only One Woman

Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?

One of the early reviews for the book on Goodreads

Nov 21, 2017 Linda Hill on November 21st 2017

When band members move in next door to Renza, her life will never be the same again, but Stella could put a fly in her ointment!

What a roller coaster of emotions for Renza and Stella. Only One Woman is a real insight into the lives of these two young women in the 1960s. They experience the whole range of experiences for women of their time with their contrasting families shaping them very differently. I’d much rather have Stella’s family in my life than Renza’s!

Right the way through reading Only One Woman I couldn’t make up my mind about Scott. At times I thought I would like to meet him myself and at others I felt I’d prefer to hit him several times with a very heavy blunt instrument. Even by the end of Only One Woman I hadn’t made up my mind. I think this shows what a good job both authors have done in creating complex and real characters.

However, I have no such vacillations of opinion about the atmosphere and 1960’s setting. Although I was quite a bit younger than Renza and Stella in the 1960s, I remembered so many of the cultural references that give Only One Woman such a vivid era, from the music to world events. The authors deserve great praise for the quality of the research to ensure the accuracy of these details. The music really sets the scene but readers of a certain age need to be careful otherwise they will have earworms for days reading this book!

I also enjoyed the variety of settings and was fascinated especially by the depiction of army life in Germany.

I think anyone who has lived through the 1960s will find so many personal memories are prompted by Renza, Stella, Scott et al so that there is so much more to enjoy than simply reading a narrative in Only One Woman. It’s a highly evocative read.

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About Jane Risdon

Jane Risdon began writing five years ago having had a successful career in the International Music Industry which has taken her all over the world working with everything from Rock, Thrash Metal, and R&B/Pop to Chinese Opera. Her work has taken her to North America, Europe, and Singapore: even to Taiwan.

She’s been involved in Television, Radio, and the Movies around the world.

Travelling extensively and living overseas she draws upon her life experiences when writing Crime/Mystery novels, short stories in all genres – including humour, and she has dabbled in flash fiction.

Some of these experiences have found their way into her short stories about the Music Business, and she is presently working on a novel which will bring a lot of her more crazy ‘rock ‘n roll’ experiences into one tome.

Her main focus remains crime however, and she is working on a series of novels called ‘Ms Birdsong Investigates’ centered around a glamorous ex MI5 Officer forced into early retirement, who is trying to keep a low profile in a rural village in Oxfordshire. Her past experiences come to the fore when she finds herself investigating murder. Soon she finds herself back on old territory with Russian Mafia, Ukrainian People Traffickers and an old flame to deal with.

Some of the anthologies that Jane has contributed to

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About Christina Jones

Christina Jones, the only child of a schoolteacher and a circus clown, has been
writing all her life. As well as writing romantic comedy novels, she also contributes short stories and articles to many national magazines and newspapers.

She has won several awards for her writing: Going the Distance was a WH Smith Fresh Talent Winner; Nothing to Lose, was shortlisted and runner-up for the Thumping Good Read Award with film and television rights sold; Heaven Sent was shortlisted in The Melissa Nathan Comedy Romance Awards and won a Category Award; Love Potions won the Pure Passion Award; The Way to a Woman’s Heart was short-listed for the Rom-Com of the Year; and An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding won The Reviewer’s Choice Award.

A small selection of Christina’s books

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will help spread the news of this new book and its authors. Thanks Sally


Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Many Hats of a Lady: Ladies of Entrepreneurship by Brenda Scruggs

Delighted to welcome Brenda Scruggs to the Cafe and Bookstore with her book Many Hats of a Lady: Ladies of Entrepreneurship released in October 2017.

About Many Hats of a Lady: Ladies of Entrepreneurship

After the war between the North and South, in a time that seemed impossible to mend division, can Lacey Mills and Daniel Bartlett be able to let their differences dwindle to let love flourish. When an opportunity presents itself for Lacey Mills to follow her dream, she didn’t think twice even though, it would take her to the South. A place she never thought she would go since it claimed the life of her father during the war. Yet, her hands had designed some of the prettiest hats that anyone had seen and her dream was in reach. But, would her dream turn into a nightmare after encountering Curtis Kirkland.

A man destined to sabotage her dream and make her his willingly or not. Instead of, opening her own Millinery and Chocolate Shop would she end up being forced to work for her previous employer. Daniel Bartlett still didn’t favor Northerners and especially a fiery red head wearing colorful hat wear. He knew she would be trouble and wouldn’t entangle himself in her affairs, no matter how attractive she appeared. But, when a certain scoundrel targets the redhead, would he let her suffer at his hands or would he conquer the war that was raging on the inside of him and let the feelings for her turn for the better.

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Also by Brenda Scruggs

Two of the reviews for The Chocolatier

Loved This Book on May 31, 2017

I highly recommend reading this book.
I loved how the characters meet and developed a love story with suspense with the stalker and how they believe the lord will get them through anything. Who doesn’t love chocolate.
Continue writing stories like this and I will purchase them anytime.

The story flowed well and was alive with danger and emotion. I liked that Charles and Charlene were struggling with each other until it became apparent that Charles had more feelings for her than he had imagined. The intensity of the stalker and the harrowing actions were well written.

I enjoyed the thriller aspect of the story as much as the romance. It is a complex story that takes you into a deep place and shows that love can happen when you least expect it.

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About Brenda Scruggs

Brenda Scruggs is an inspirational author, blogger, along with a daytime job. By day, she works as a merchandiser and by night her fingers tap the keyboard producing contemporary/historical stories that take the reader on travels of conflict and suspense with a flavor of romance. Her characters are strong and determined while facing oppositions that could alter their way of life.

She is married and lives in Tennessee. She takes pleasure in watching television with her husband, eating Mexican food and scribbling her thoughts on paper.

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Thanks for popping in today and it would be great if you could spread the news of Brenda’s new release around the usual haunts.. many thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Trivia Lovers Ultimate Reference: A Factual and Researched Guide to Knowledge by Debra Russell

Today I am introducing Debra Russell  who has just published a book that is close to my heart. I love Trivial pursuit and this book would make a wonderful Christmas gift for anyone who loves finding out odd facts and statistics.  Trivia Lovers Ultimate Reference: A Factual and Researched Guide to Knowledge.

And the good news does not stop there. From next Monday 9th November, for four weeks, we will be holding a Trivia contest. Debra has set some multi-subject questions for you and you will send the answers to her direct message on Facebook.- The winner each week will receive an eBook version or pdf as a prize for you to test the whole family.

So look out for Quiz Night with Debra Russell from Monday November 9th at 9.00pm. UK time.

About Trivia Lovers Ultimate Reference.

A thoroughly researched, contemporary trivia book containing thousands of questions and answers from a wide variety of subjects, a section of tips for learning, retaining and retrieving information and a section of lists on specific information such as capital cities, US Presidents and chemical symbols. The printed version has been formatted so the reader can cover the answers on the opposite side of the page to test their own knowledge.

Here are two early reviews for the books

“Trivia Lovers Ultimate Reference” is a well written and researched book and a must read for all Trivia Lovers. Full of researched facts that Trivia Lovers can go back to time and time again to ensure their knowledge is relevant and up to date. Love section 2 “Tips for learning, retaining and retrieving information”, this will be a great learning tool to help Trivia Lovers achieve the best they can.Helen Scott – Family Day Care Coordinator

“Trivia Lovers Ultimate Reference” is must read for all Trivia lovers who thirst for more factual knowledge. All questions and answers have been properly and thoroughly researched and are presented in an easy to read manner. The section titled “Tips for learning” will definitely help readers retain factual information and retrieve that information when needed. Great book Debra.Carleen Augustus -Teacher

This book delivers on everything it promises and more. The author has compiled a factual, up to date and comprehensive resource of general knowledge that should appeal to both lovers of trivia and people like myself who just have a thirst for knowledge. I was particularly impressed with the logical approach of section 2, tips for learning information and would highly recommend the book to both trivia buffs and anyone just wishing to increase their general knowledge. – Wendy Howard – -Graphic Designer, Artist

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About Debra Russell

Debra Russell lives in Queensland, Australia. She gained her Bachelor of Fine Art with honors at Griffith University in Brisbane and founded the Brisbane based arts organisation Impress Printmakers Studio Brisbane. Debra worked for many years as a professional artist and curated a number of high profile art exhibitions.

She has been writing poetry for her own enjoyment for over 20 years. Due to family commitments and her art career she has not been able to pursue her dream of becoming a writer up until the last 2 years. She has just published her first book Trivia Lovers Ultimate Reference in September 2017.

In the future Debra has plans to write fiction as well as a book on Urban Myths and their origins.

Debra is interested in a wide variety of topics including the environment, animal welfare, human rights and social justice to name a few.

Connect to Debra on her blog and social media.


Don’t forget to look out for Quiz Night with Debra Russell at 9.00pm UK, Monday November 9th here on Smorgasbord for the chance to win an eBook or pdf copy of the book.


Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – A Roman Death by Joan O’Hagan

Today I am featuring the work of Joan O’Hagan who passed away in 2014. However, her work lives on in the books that she wrote in the 1980s and 1990s and a new novel published in October. Here is her daughter Denise to introduce us to her work.

Hi, I’m Denise, editor and daughter of the author. I’ve edited many books, but tackling my mother’s manuscripts was the most challenging of all, not least because of her temperamental nature. Her first book was published when I was a teenager and, used to the persistent click-clack of typewriter keys, I thought nothing of it. It was only later, wearing my ‘editorial’ hat, that I came to appreciate her accomplishments. The writing process was harder and less forgiving then – no cut-and-paste or control ‘z’, so if you made a mistake you had to retype the page, or chapter. I sometimes wonder if the rigour involved in this style of writing obliges us to think more clearly in the first place…

A Roman Death is a historical thriller set in Ancient Rome at the time of Caesar’s assassination. First published by Macmillan in 1988, and translated into Japanese and Swedish, it was her most acclaimed novel. This new edition contains her latest amendments and includes a Foreword by Steven Saylor.


Jerome & His Women is an historical fiction about the irascible St Jerome, the man behind the creation of the Latin Bible. Controversial even in his day, my mother was endlessly fascinated by this man, as I came to be also. I edited this with her during her last years under difficult circumstances, and was honoured to be short-listed for the inaugural Rosie Award.

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About A Roman Death

Historical thriller set in Ancient Rome. In 45 BC, Julius Caesar is at the height of his power. Lucius Scaurus, the young, good-looking fiancé of a high-society girl is poisoned at the couple’s own pre-wedding banquet. In the trial that follows, Roman society is shocked when the girl’s mother, Helvia, is accused of not only of murder, but of incest. Cicero comes to Helvia’s defence, but the killer’s identity remains a mystery until the final twist – or two.

‘Poison, poetry (both high-minded and salacious), marriage for money, marriage for love, gang-rape, cowardice in battle, scheming slaves, conniving aristocrats, malicious matrons casting magical curses, and (as if all this were not enough) a previously unknown oration by Cicero – there’s so much going on, so expertly conveyed ...’ — Steven Saylor

‘An absorbing story, with fully drawn characters, a fascinating place and period, all given vibrant life in the author’s best work so far.’Kirkus Review

An original setting, carefully researched and vividly portrayed.’The Times Literary Supplement

‘Religious beliefs and superstition in the ancient world play a key part in Joan O’Hagan’s novel about mayhem in Rome … The identity of the killer, in this excellent classical puzzle that is also a classic whodunit, is revealed in a splendidly contrived shock ending.’ — Gerald Kaufman, The Listener

‘Who put the poison in Lucius’s wine, what truth in the scabrous accusations? Cicero for the defence; an unusual treat, don’t miss it.’ — Christopher Wordsworth, The Observer
One of the early reviews for the new edition.

Richard BlakeExcellent Novel Set in Late-Republican Rome November 5, 2017

If you are upset by discussions of poisoning by aconite, or by descriptions of multiple anal rape, or by sympathetic portrayals of incest, this is probably not a book for your reading list. I, on the other hand, greatly enjoyed it.

It is 44BC, and we are in Rome. The Republic has been suspended. Caesar is Dictator for Life. The streets know at best a fragile peace – a peace maintained only by keeping the proles from doing anything by themselves. This aside, life goes on as normal. Lucius Scaurus is an aristocratic bag of scum. His main achievement in the Civil War was to stay alive by running away from battle. He is beautiful. He is amoral. He is not terribly bright. He and his family are short of cash. So a marriage contract is negotiated with the upstart Fufidius clan. It is the usual matter of trading social prestige for money.

Then Scaurus falls dead. The doctor swears it is aconite poisoning, and that he must have been fed the poison at a dinner given by his prospective father-in-law. The young man’s father goes into a rage of grief and anger. He has Helvia, the wife of the girl’s father, charged with murder.

It all looks rather grim for Helvia. She is known to have opposed the marriage. There is evidence that she tried magic spells against the young man. She was at the dinner. She had means, motive and opportunity.

Cicero is brought in to handle the defence. He has no doubt his client is guilty, but does his usual job in court of making the worse sound the better reason.

How the trial ends I leave to you to find out. Equally the matter of who did poison Lucius Scaurus. All I will add is that this novel puts you in late-Republican Rome. You are dropped straight into an alien moral environment – or perhaps it is not so alien. You can see and smell the streets. You are given a seat at the counsels of a ruthless and cynical ruling class. You do not see the murder of Caesar – this gets one sentence at the end of a chapter. But you do see how the murder is used to advance a family feud.

So I give the novel five out of five. My only regret is that it was first published in 1988, and I wholly missed it until the present republication by Black Quill Press. But I will certainly now look out more by Joan O’Hagan.  Author Richard Blake Amazon

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Jerome & His women

About Jerome & His Women

Rome, 382 AD. The Empire is fragile, the pagan beliefs that sustained it are fading. One man stirs up controversy like no other – Jerome.

When the Pontiff, Damasus I, commissions Jerome to translate the Bible into Latin, it is a political masterstroke. Jerome’s Vulgate displaces the many alternative biblical texts and is the quintessence of Christianity as a world religion, with Rome at its centre. He is assisted by a circle of aristocratic, educated women who risk their lives in the pursuit of their ideals. Chief among them is the attractive young widow Paula, who is as devoted to Jerome as she is to his cause. Rumours soon circulate as his enemies try to dispose of him once and for all…

Joan O’Hagan was a crime writer, and author of the internationally acclaimed A Roman Death. Thanks to meticulous research, a wicked imagination, and over thirty years of living in Rome, she breathes new life into an ancient saint and his world, drawing us irresistibly into a highly-charged life of danger and intrigue, while reminding us to question our own values.

One of the reviews for Jerome & His Women.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith

Who was Jerome? Saint Jerome was born Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus about 347 BCE in Stridon, Dalmatia (in what is now known as Croatia) and died in 420 CE in Bethlehem. Jerome was commissioned by Bishop Damasus I of Rome to undertake a new and definitive Latin translation of the Bible from Greek by 390 CE. The focus of this novel is on Jerome’s relationships with the Christian community in Rome, specifically his patron Paula and a number of other Roman women.

The setting of this novel, the fourth century CE, was a time of upheaval for the Roman Empire. In addition to a series of internal riots and external threats, the spread of Christianity with the worship of a monotheistic God was replacing pagan beliefs and gods. In Rome, Jerome was surrounded by ‘his women’: a circle of well-born and well-educated women. These women included the patrician widows Lea, Marcella and Paula, together with their daughters Blaesilla and Eustochium. By concentrating on these women and Jerome’s dealings with them, Ms O’Hagan paints a picture of a complicated man: at times introspective and at other times argumentative. Jerome was critical of the secular clergy of Rome and, shortly after the death of Damasus I, he was forced to leave his position. It was alleged that he had an improper relationship with the widow Paula. Eventually he and Paula travelled to the Holy Land where they built two monasteries and a hospice.

I found this novel fascinating, partly because I know so little about this particular aspect of Christian history. Ms O’Hagan brings to life Jerome’s women, with her descriptions of how they chose to turn their back on luxurious Roman life, instead selling off their property and possessions to donate to the poor and to the Church. These women then chose, with varying degrees of success, to live celibate lives of prayer in poverty.

Ms O’Hagan started work on this novel in the 1990s, and completed it shortly before her death in 2014. I think it is a tribute to her writing skills that the research she undertook to write this novel never weighs the narrative down.

I am always on the lookout for books by Australian women, and when Joan O’Hagan’s name was mentioned, I added her to my list. Now I’ve read ‘Jerome and His Women’, I’ll be looking for her other novels.

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About Joan O’Hagan

Joan O’Hagan (1926−2014) was a published author of crime fiction, and author of the critically acclaimed ‘A Roman Death’ (1988). Her last work, ‘Jerome & His Women’, released in 2015, brings to life the life and times of St Jerome, and is a testament to her enduring fascination with the ancient world as well as her imagination.

Born in Australia, she lived in New Caledonia, England and Italy before returning to Australia in 1997. Her publications include:

‘Incline and Fall: The Death of Geoffrey Stretton’ (Angus & Robertson, 1976).

‘Death and a Madonna’ (Macmillan 1986, Doubleday 1987)

‘Against the Grain’ (Macmillan 1987, Doubleday 1988, Mondadori 1988)

As well as the two books featured today.

‘A Roman Death’ (Macmillan 1988, Doubleday 1989, Tokyo Hawakawa Publishing 1990, Legenda 1990).

‘Jerome & His Women’ (Black Quill Press, 2015).

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Mid-Life Joyride: Love in the Single Lane by J. Hope Suis

Welcome to a new author to the bookstore with a brand new release published on 24th October…Mid-Life Joyride: Love in the Single Lane by J. Hope Suis

About the Book

Mid-Life Joyride is the ultimate user’s manual for mid-life relationships. Being single in mid-life is not usually where many SIMs (Single In Mid-Life) expected to wind up. In Mid-Life Joyride, J. Hope Suis takes SIMs on an incredible and often humorous journey from how they ended up here (widowed, divorced, or never married) to learning to love again. With a lighthearted yet meaningful collection of stories, advice, and encouragement from both personal and anecdotal experiences, she provides insightful navigational tools for every SIM including:

* Entering the dating cyber highway, creating your profile, and recognizing red flags
* Dating etiquette as a SIM (who now pays for the date and what not to wear.)
* Developing and maintaining new relationships and when to walk away
* Learning and discovering how to love yourself FIRST
* Sexcapades of today’s boomers

Mid-Life Joyride is a manual for SIMs as they discover (and own) their current situation and explore the possibility of new roads to travel and paths to pursue. With a personal RPS – Relationship Positioning System – Suis guides hearts towards personal happiness in a relationship whether it be a long term-term monogamous commitment, marriage or even being content staying single. Buckle up and laugh your way through an adventure to being the best version of YOU.

An excerpt from the Prequel

Excerpt from Prologue: As a society, we have become obsessed with directions and never getting lost. Every Smartphone we buy and almost every new car on the market has a built-in GPS. There are apps that talk to you, map your route, pick out your food stops, rest stops, and even sightseeing stops. You can plug in any destination throughout most of the world and immediately know your arrival time (by plane, train, or automobile) if you left right now! We have an abundance of navigational tools at our disposal to get us from point A to point B. What many of us are sorely lacking in, however, is instruction on how to navigate the personal relationships in our lives, our love lives in particular.

Before I go any further, I want to make one thing VERY clear. It is not my goal, nor is it my suggestion, that to be happy we must be in a marriage/dating relationship. Far from it. I think finding love is a beautiful thing, and if it happens to you (or me), I’m all in favor, but please know the most important relationship you will ever be in is the one with YOURSELF! By the time the last page is read, I want you to walk away believing you are capable of giving and receiving love, but also with the full knowledge that you are an amazing, strong, worthy and complete person just the way you are, with a precious heart and a beautiful future. We only have this one life and it goes by so quickly. We should all do our best to make it a wonderful JOYride!

An early review for the book

Excellent writing! on October 24, 2017

Loved this book! The author is easy to follow, sharing great insight, tips and advice for “mature” singles like me. Her use of analogies is delightful and dead on! You will find yourself chuckling at her humor and shaking your head in agreement, with the trials, tribulations and adventures of a SIM! I definitely recommend this book!

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About J. Hope Suis

J. Hope Suis is an inspirational writer and relationship expert with over 20 years of experience in single-parenting, dating, relationships, with a phrase she coined as “Solitary Refinement”, which is simply a season of being single to grow and develop as an individual. Her new book, Mid-Life Joyride, is a light-hearted yet meaningful collection of stories, advice and encouragement from her experiences.

Her passion in life is Hope Boulevard, which is a blog and website focused on uplifting and challenging her readers to live their best life now. She is a strong advocate for mid-life issues and committed to the idea of sharing ‘hope’. In addition to her blog, she also wrote a weekly newspaper column entitled; “A Single Thought”. J. Hope currently writes for,, has a platform on and has been cited in national magazines including the Chicago Tribune and Reader’s Digest. She believes it is never too late to pursue a dream or achieve a goal and always encourages her followers to Hope With Abandon.

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If you would like to know more about J. Hope Suis, she will be sharing some of her expertise with posts from her Archives from next Monday 13th of November.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Forget Me Not: The Tenafly Road Series by Adrienne Morris

Delighted to welcome Adrienne Morris to the Cafe and Bookstore with her books and today I am featuring her most recent release Forget Me Not: The Tenafly Road Series Book Four

About Forget Me Not.

After Lieutenant Fred Crenshaw’s young wife dies in childbirth, secrets are exposed. At the funeral, the Crenshaw and Weldon families confront mortality but also find hope in young love and news of a child brought back into the Crenshaw fold.

In the third book of The Tenafly Road Series, Buck Crenshaw and William Weldon call an uneasy truce. Thankful Crenshaw wrestles with guilt and lack of direction. Lucy McCullough becomes Doctor and Mrs. Crenshaw’s pet and captures Buck’s attention.

The shocking illness of a parent forces members of both families to reveal their hidden desires and to consider what it would take to forgive themselves and others.

A review for the book

At this point, I have kind of grown up with this series and it is interesting how it has somewhat mirrored my life. You always think the next phase is going to provide answers and while it does often do that, it then brings a whole new set of catastrophes to worry about. I love that this series has a subtle humor to it, similar to that of a private joke you have with yourself. I’ve cared for each character almost equally, kind of the the way I would love those in my family. They each provide a different perspective that I can find myself relating to in some way, even if I completely disagree. Definitely my favorite in the series so far.

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About Adrienne Morris

Adrienne Morris is author of the novel The House on Tenafly Road (selected as an Editors’ Choice Book by The Historical Novel Society and a Notable Indie Book of the Year) and The Tenafly Road Series, the continuing family saga of the Weldon and Crenshaw families of Gilded Age Englewood, New Jersey.

“I write family sagas because I love people. I love their flaws. I love their dreams and deceptions. Historical fiction allows me to reckon with thoughts and feelings I’d rather not address in the here and now. There’s a certain safety and freedom in placing personal revelations one hundred years behind you.”

Musty old libraries, abandoned houses and corsets bring to life the many characters crowding Adrienne’s imagination, but it’s the discovery that people, no matter the century they live in, share the same struggles, hopes and desires (the greatest desire being love) that keeps her up at night writing. Adrienne’s novels are love letters to those of us who feel less than perfect. They are an invitation to love ourselves and others despite our many imperfections.

Adrienne also milks goats, chases chickens and sometimes keeps her dogs off the table.

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I hope you will head over and check Adrienne’s books out and if you would like to join the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore please let me know.

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