Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves -Tallis Steelyard and The Sedan Chair Caper by Jim Webster


Delighted to welcome Jim Webster to the Cafe and Bookstore with his books. This week Jim received a terrific review for Tallis Steelyard and The Sedan Chair Caper from Robbie Cheadle.

About the book

Rather than his usual collection of anecdotes, this time Tallis presents us with one gripping adventure. A tale of adventure, duplicity and gentility. Why does an otherwise respectable lady have a pair of sedan chair bearers hidden in her spare bedroom? Why was the middle aged usurer brandishing an axe? Can a gangster’s moll be accepted into polite society? Answer these questions and more as Tallis Steelyard ventures unwillingly into the seedy world of respectable ladies who love of sedan chair racing.

One of the recent reviews for the book

In this entertaining book by Jim Webster, the reader is treated to the ins and outs of sedan chair racing in Port Naain. Sedan chair racing comprises of chairs, transporting various wealthy ladies of impeccable social standing, borne by fit young men called sedan chair bearers, which raced each other through the streets. The ladies are not at all good sports and all sorts of interesting cheats take place during these races which are bet on by those in the city with a propensity for gambling.

We are introduced to a number of intriguing characters. Mistress Bream is one, an elderly lady whose decreased mobility is depriving her of the fun and social interaction she yearns for. Her various supporters arrange to have a special chair with wheels built for her and Tallis, a poet and the hero of the story, is invited to visit and view her new acquisition. This is the start of an extraordinary tale the results in Tallis seeing Mistress Bream’s son chasing a pair of sedan chair bearers with an axe and being coerced into finding out what has caused this odd behaviour. Tallis’ quest for the truth of the matter leads him to meeting Mistress Graan, the wife of a local gangster, who wishes to be seen as more cultured. Tallis agrees to assist her with hosting a poets soiree and he soon becomes embroiled in her ambitions, including her desires with regards to the sedan chair racing in the city.

I enjoyed the little pieces of poetry that the author wove into the story to enhance it. Once such piece was as follows:

“Who would not stare?
In agitation
When the sedan chair
Comes a cropper
The gyration
Was improper.”

Will Tallis manage to hold a successful soiree for Mistress Graan and help her on her way to social acceptance? Will Mistress Graan achieve her goal of a win in the next sedan chair race? Will Tallis discover why Mistress Bream’s son was behaving so strangely? You will have to read this lovely book to find out.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tallis-Steelyard-sedan-chair-caper-ebook/dp/B079K4LDBT/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tallis-Steelyard-sedan-chair-caper-ebook/dp/B079K4LDBT/

A selection of other books by Jim Webster please visit Amazon to view them all.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Webster/e/B009UT450I/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Webster/e/B009UT450I/

Read more reviews and follow Jim on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22998.Jim_Webster

About Jim Webster

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

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

Connect to Jim Webster.

Blog:  http://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jim.webster.10297
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimWebster6

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Over my Dead Body: Murder at Eurovision – A Bebe Bollinger Murder Mystery by Christoph Fischer


Delighted to showcase the new book by Christoph Fischer – Over my Dead Body: Murder at Eurovision – A Bebe Bollinger Murder Mystery.

About the book

On her return from a cruise ship gig Bebe Bollinger learns that fellow Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler has decided to enter a European Song comptition for the UK. While Bebe jealously watches the pre-publicity trail for ‘Eurovision’ in Malmö, a string of ‘odd accidents’ endangers several participants of the competition. This stirs her desire for playing detective again but also a curiosity to check out the suitability of Eurovision for her own career.
Follow Bebe’s continued search for fame and a comeback before it’s too late, step into the weird world that is Eurovision fandom and see how Bebe gets on with her naughty daughter and deals with those evil TV presenters.

One of the early reviews for the book

This is the second in the Bebe Bollinger series by Christoph Fischer. The is sleuth is once again the charming, talented and a bit snarky Bebe Bollinger, an early 60s chanteuse with a remarkable career behind her but fighting to be back in the spotlight.

It is quite a change up from the first book, the author having chosen the setting to be Eurovision, the longest-running annual international TV song competition, held in a different country each year. I have to admit I didn’t even know Eurovision existed until I started to read this book, but I learned a lot.

Bebe is colorful, intelligent and one of my favorite characters. When her friend Bonnie Tyler (think Holding Out for a Hero and Angel of the Morning) is chosen to represent the UK at Eurovision, Bebe jealously watches the pre-publicity trail for Eurovision in Malmö and discovers a string of odd accidents happening to several participants in the competition. This triggers her detective antennae and she decides to attend the event. Going there also allows her to assess the suitability of a Eurovision appearance for her own career.

The author does an incredible job describing Eurovision, with its countries’ representatives, both new and seasoned, the outrageous costumes, lighting, and most of all the crowds and the carnival atmosphere. I know he’s been to one or two!

We again meet Beth, now a former police detective with a drinking problem who does legwork for Bebe when she is otherwise occupied, and Bebe’s grasping and selfish daughter Helen, who shows up at the festival and promises to ruin Bebe’s renewed and growing reputation. Bebe somehow gets herself into the middle of the action, singing a version of one of Bonnie’s songs on stage with another vocalist and being asked to judge the competition, as well as be a presenter on the day of the event. While her status grows, contestants continue to fall until it becomes clear that what Bebe suspected all along: these are no accidents.

Bebe deals patiently and with aplomb with nasty TV reporters and career climbing presenters, but ultimately begins to think she may be the next target. I honestly did not know who dunnit or why until the very end.

For fans of Bebe Bollinger, mysteries with a colorful and detailed setting, followers of Eurovision, or women of a certain age (like me), this is the book for you! I anxiously await the next book to find out what happens with Bebe’s career.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Over-Dead-Body-Eurovision-Bollinger-ebook/dp/B07CGNL2HJ/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Over-Dead-Body-Eurovision-Bollinger-ebook/dp/B07CGNL2HJ/

A  small selection of other books by Christoph Fischer.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ

Read more reviews and follow Christoph on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6590171.Christoph_Fischer

 

About Christoph Fischer

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘
The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ in October 2013 – which completes his ‘Three Nations Trilogy’. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions”, another contemporary novel, in October 2014. The sequel “Conditioned” was published in October 2015. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015 and his second thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015. He published two more historical novels “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and “Ludwika” in December 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

Connect to Christoph

Website: http://www.christophfischerbooks.com/
Blog: http://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/christophffisch/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=241333846
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterChristophFischer?ref=hl

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the shelves – Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia (The Weeia Marshals Book 1) by Elle Boca


Delighted to welcome Elle Boca to the cafe and bookstore with The Weeia Marshals Series.. Beginning with book one.. Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia….

About Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia

Sworn to protect the secrets of their race, marshals are trained to police Weeia hiding among humans. After completing her advanced marshal training, Danni is blown away by her new plum assignment to Paris. But, all is not well in the City of Lights; the offices are a shambles, her boss is apathetic, and her predecessors died under mysterious circumstances; it’s almost like somebody doesn’t want the law there. Despite that she risks her life in the seedy underworld of gypsies and tramps to search for a missing Weeia man.

One of the reviews for the book

Fun Tale  on December 21, 2016

Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia started out with the examination of a young Weeia girl, Danni, who needs to pass in order to become the next level marshal. Weeia is creatures who appear like humans at first glance, but should they gather in a crowd, they’d stand out too much from distinctive features. They possess special powers for the purpose of protecting both humans and Weeia.

When the story opens, we find that Danni’s family makes it hard to build a name for herself. Aside from a couple of faithful friends, Danni is basically paying for the sins of her family. She wants nothing more than to prove that she’s worth a second glance. She finds that chance in her first assignment: Paris.

Having never been to Paris before, I felt as though I was right there. The idea of having the first assignment in Paris can make anyone walk in an excited daze. However, Danni’s excitement is short-lived when she arrives at a dirty apartment, her boss doesn’t care to meet her and she’s stuck trying to orient herself in a new, strange place. But that won’t last for too long–soon, she will be swept up in an adventure of a lifetime.

The plot was well thought-out, characters three-dimensional. I truly enjoyed this fantasy story because it was different than most that I’ve read. There were a few problems in the editing but still didn’t keep me from becoming immersed in this wonderful tale of Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsies-Tramps-Weeia-Marshals-Book-ebook/dp/B01A01R5SI

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gypsies-Tramps-Weeia-Marshals-Book-ebook/dp/B01A01R5SI/

Other books by Elle Boca

One of the reviews for Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter (Weeia #1) on Goodreads.

Feb 25, 2014 Nicholas Rossis rated it Five Stars.

I don’t know what I expected when I read Unelmoija, the Dreamshifter. Probably another coming-of-age, young adult story. Instead, I was treated to an endearing, rich tale, expertly written, with many twists and surprises that made me finish it in a single weekend, unable to put it down. Boca’s writing is sharp and witty, much like Amy, her lovable heroine. It’s hard to believe this is her debut novel, first in the series.

I loved the clearly defined characters, and particularly how she avoided using a cliched “good vs. bad” approach to them. Her nuanced descriptions add much to the story, as does her constant mentions of food that reminded me of Camilleri’s books.

I’m now off to read the next book in the series, the Mindshifter… 

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Elle-Boca/e/B00HRCBEYK

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elle-Boca/e/B00HRCBEYK

Read more reviews and follow Elle on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7499807.Elle_Boca

About Elle Boca

Elle is the author of the Weeia urban fantasy series about superhumans. The Unelmoija series is set in Miami. In the Garden of Weeia, a novella, is set in Portland, Maine, and her newest Marshals Series is set in Paris, France. Growing up the only child of a monkey mother and a rabbit father she learned to keep herself entertained and spend time reading.

Weeia:

Unelmoija Series Miami urban fantasy – Unelmoija: The Dreamshifter, Unelmoija: The Mindshifter, Unelmoija: The Spiritshifter, Unelmoija: The Timeshifter, Unelmoija: Paradox

Portland, Maine urban fantasy novella – In the Garden of Weeia

Marshals Series Paris urban fantasyGypsies, Tramps and Weeia, Weeia on My Mind, Smells Like Weeia Spirit

Connect to Elle Boca

Author websitehttps://elleboca.poyeen.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/elleboca

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can by Ali Whitelock


Very pleased to welcome Ali Whitelock to the Cafe and Bookstore with her books, including the newly released poetry collection – And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can.

About And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can

Raw and beautiful and completely devoid of pretension, Ali Whitelock’s poems will speak to anyone who’s ever messed up, been confused, wished they’d done things differently; to anyone who’s had an affair and regretted it, who’s been loved completely but was too blind to see it.

Editorial reviews for the collection

‘One of the wittiest, liveliest and most moving collections I’ve read in recent years. These poems are sassy, heartwrenching and unforgettable. They evoke the best of Bukowski and Ginsberg while being the unique product of a contemporary female mind, a mind that is hilarious, provocative and – remarkable. Reading this collection made me feel like I was at a book festival, stand-up comedy night and therapy session all at once. Every poem is an event. Kevin MacNeil, author of The Brilliant & Forever, The Stornoway Way, A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll & Hyde, The Diary of Archie the Alpaca.

‘Ali Whitelock’s observations are funny and playful, there is a real honesty to her work and it is in no way pretentious, it’s the kind of poetry that I want to re-read even before I have finished reading it. Edward Crossan, Poetry Editor, Polygon Edinburgh.

‘Ali Whitelock writes a poetry of excoriating tenderness. Whitelock is Bukowski with a Glaswegian accent and a nicer wardrobe. These poems, trying not to be poems at all, are acts of love and defiant triumphs of order over disorder, Hurrahs that cry down all disarray.’ Mark Tredinnick, poet and author of The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, Blue Wren Cantos, The Lyre Bird & Other Poems.

You can read some of Ali’s Poetry: American Journal of Poetry

The book will be available shortly on Amazon US

Head over and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Crumples-Like-Coke-Can/dp/174305534X

The book is available from Amazon UK

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Crumples-Like-Coke-Can/dp/174305534X

and also worldwide from the Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/And-My-Heart-Crumples-Like-a-Coke-Can/9781743055342

Also by Ali Whitelock

About Poking Seaweed with a Stick and Running Away from the Smell

Alison Whitelock dreamed of shooting her father with a sawn-off shotgun. Her brother planned to use the longest knife in the cutlery drawer, and her mother tried to poison him with out-of-date tranquillisers. This wee book is a bittersweet account of growing up in Scotland in the strange and brutal kingdom we call home. But ‘Poking Seaweed with a Stick’ is anything but a tale of childhood suffering; it is an enchanted Scottish tale that will have you smiling through your tears and laughing till you cry.

Remarkably life-affirming.’ – ‘Sydney Morning Herald’
‘A hilarious, no-misery memoir,’The Scotsman
‘Candid and rhythmic…humour is her safeguard against the terrible things she tells us,’ – Sunday Herald (Glasgow)
‘Charmingly cynical,’The Scottish Review of Books

And from the readers…

This is a great read – very funny with the Scottish humour and style really coming through.

May 28, 2017 Gwen Wilson rated it Five Stars

This is a delightful memoir, even though many of the stories are about painful events. All told in a unique voice with clever use of repetition without being annoying. A strong use of humour carries the emotional load. There were a couple of stories I would have liked to know the outcome – perhaps these will be revisited in a sequel. Passed it on to my husband and he read it within a couple of days, and I overheard him talking to others about it. That’s big praise indeed!

Other reviews can be found here: Alison Whitelock Goodreads

 Discover more at Ali’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004O9752O

About Ali Whitelock

They say those born overseas will always ache for the sky under which they were born. My particular bit of sky hovers directly above Scotland and spends most of its time obscured by clouds––almost permanently pregnant with rain, hail, occasionally snow.

I am a Scottish poet/writer living in Australia. My first book, ‘poking seaweed with a stick and running away from the smell’ was launched at Sydney Writers Festival and published to critical acclaim in Australia and the UK. A few years later, after an abrupt life lesson, then stumbling upon Mary Oliver’s, ‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’ I took the decision to give up my spectacularly boring day job in order to write full-time.

Connect to Ali

Website: http://www.aliwhitelock.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonWhitelock
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ali.whitelock.3

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on book on the shelves – The Yak Guy Project by C.S. Boyack


C.S. Boyack is a prolific author and popular blogger who supports Indie authors in a number of ways, including with his entertaining and effective Lisa Burton Interviews

He is celebrating the release of his latest book over the weekend… The Yak Guy Project.

 

About The Yak Guy Project

Imagine waking up in the desert with no idea what happened to you. You have clear memories of situations and places, but a complete loss in personal matters… like your own name. This situation is bad, and you have no idea how to get home.

When you’re rescued by a talking yak, the situation gets exponentially worse. You’ve obviously lost your mind. The immediate needs of a ride off the salt pan and searing heat, along with a drink of water, outweigh the concerns about your mental state.

This is exactly what happened to the Yak Guy. In fact he’s been placed in an alternate world and given a chance to start over in life.

Can this selfish, almost parasitic, young man learn to start over in a world where charity is hard to find? Life is brutal and short here, but he’s going to have to adapt or perish.

The Yak Guy project is loosely based around The Fool’s Journey from the Tarot. Those with experience in Tarot will spot people and situations from the Major Arcana.;

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Yak-Guy-Project-C-Boyack-ebook/dp/B07D1QY9Y7

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yak-Guy-Project-C-Boyack-ebook/dp/B07D1QY9Y7

For all other Amazon Bookstores: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B07D1QY9Y7

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

One of the recent reviews for The Hat.

Splashes Into Books Fun, cosy mystery – great read. 23 March 2018

What a brilliant, original story this proved to be – I loved it! ‘The Hat’ is one that Elizabeth (Lizzie) St Laurent took from her grandmother’s possessions that her Uncle was disposing of. Little did either of them realise that ‘The Hat’ is sentient, adaptive and a great character in its own right! As soon as she puts it on, ‘The Hat’ communicates with Lizzie. When Lizzie has a phone call from her friend and boss, Dave, telling her that his newborn baby has been stolen ‘The Hat’ offers to help her find it! So starts a very entertaining, funny adventure and mystery!

‘The Hat’ has some interesting abilities and talents that you’ll discover as you read the story which is well paced and engaging with plenty of action. There are new discoveries for ‘The Hat’ to make regarding contemporary artefacts, events, language and fashion as ‘he’ has been in a box for the last couple of decades. I enjoyed the interactions between ‘The Hat’ and Lizzie but must confess that some of the author’s language choices detracted from my enjoyment of the story – the use of foul language added nothing to the story IMHO, but that’s most likely just me! Still, other than that, this is a great story that I really enjoyed reading and I do hope there will be more stories involving this dynamic duo in future.

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

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

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

About C.S. Boyack.

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

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

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

Connect with Craig.

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

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Guilt – My Companion by Chuck Jackson


Delighted to share the news of Chuck Jackson’s latest book that was released in April – Guilt – My Companion – A Journey of Healing.

About Guilt – My Companion

Guilt—My Companion is a story based on the author’s strength and recovery from a dysfunctional family. It begins in the ‘60s during a period filled with social and personal injustice. It tells the struggle of his conscience against societies’ ignorance and prejudice. It follows his journey to recoup from personal tragedy and grief. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Live is a journey, not a destination.”.

But for this story, the journey is the destinations he took. It wasn’t where he intended, and he had little control of the paths he took. Along those paths were heartaches and defeat. He found deception, prejudice, and hate. Lay in waiting was his companion, guilt; the robber of personal pleasure. Follow his story and discover when he conquered guilt, there was nothing inhibiting his self-growth and happiness.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Guilt-My-Companion-Journey-Healing/dp/1717393012

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guilt-My-Companion-Journey-Healing-ebook/dp/B07CPZJ4BQ

Also by Chuck Jackson

One of the recent reviews for What Did I Do?

This is a very touching and beautiful story. I broke into tears during some of the chapters because I felt so sorry for this kid growing up in such an unloving and unsupportive home.

If you plant a seed in asphalt, it will not grow. Not because something is wrong with the seed, but because the environment around it does not allow for it to grow. We need healthy supportive people around us. A healthy community of people who encourage us and show us love and compassion.
I am very thankful that the author took the time to write this book and share it with us.

For people recovering from TRAUMA, childhood neglect, anxiety or PTSD I recommend 2 books that have helped me profoundly –  The body keeps score – The boy who was raised as a dog

I hope the Author has settled into a life of more joy with a healthy and supportive community surrounding him.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Chuck-Jackson/e/B01IX2PBEG

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chuck-Jackson/e/B01IX2PBEG

About Chuck Jackson

Chuck Jackson is a retired accountant living in South East Florida. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BBA in Accounting. He spent the last 25 years of his career working as the Budget Manager for a Special District in Palm Beach County. He was a member of Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) and Florida’s GFOA.

He is a two-time cancer survivor and draws his strength from his faith and church activity. He is his church’s Treasurer and serves on it’s Vestry.

Since his retirement, Chuck has spent his years studying and enhancing his love for writing. In June 2016, he released his first e-book: One Month, 20 Days, and a Wake Up. In July 2017 he released his second book: What Did I Do? that is available as an e-book and paperback. He continues to work on his memoir manuscript, in anticipation of releasing a third book in 2018.

Chuck is an avid golfer and a member of a local golf club. He is married to Anthony, his partner of 33-plus years. He has a daughter and a new grandson.

Connect to Chuck Jackson

Website Blog: http://www.chuckjacksonknowme.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chuck_cljjlk
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/cljjlk/?ref=bookmarks
Google Plus:   https://plus.google.com/105624026158453424361
Flipboard –  https://flipboard.com/@ChuckJackso2017

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War by Marina Osipova


Delighted to showcase Marina Osipova and her book The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War and to welcome her to the Cafe and Bookstore.

About the book

October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.

As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.

This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup

One of the most recent reviews for the book on Amazon

Beautifully-written and emotionally-involving By Sophie Masson on March 10, 2018

An absorbing, complex novel about relationships in a time of war and political constraints, The Cruel Romance is beautifully-written and emotionally-involving. Set in Russia during and after the invasion by the Germans in World War 2, it focusses on one young woman’s story in a time when personal fates were at the mercy of vast historical forces as much as individual circumstances. Unflinchingly, yet always with compassion and understanding, it depicts both pain and tenderness, revenge and kindness, sweetness and horror, in its portrayal of Serafima and the three men who each, in very different ways, impact her life forever: Vitya, Werter and Jakob. The historical background is richly-depicted, with a feeling of research lightly-worn, and the character depiction is both believable and moving. And it’s a page-turner too–I read it in one sitting! Highly recommended.

And a review on Goodreads.

Jan 17, 2018 Réal Laplaine rated it Four Stars.

The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War, by Marina Osipova, is an excellently written story that draws the reader through every page of this bitter love story, set in World War II and post-war Russia. It is the dramatic and realistic rendering of one young girl’s journey, through German occupation, to post-war trauma and the fight to find relevance and happiness in life again.

This is a haunting tale, beautifully scripted and laced with wonderfully composed metaphors and descriptive passages that turn an otherwise dark and heinous period of human history, into something that is palatable and at times, even simplistically beautiful. It is an historical fiction, and certainly, provides an insight into what life was like in Russia during the German invasion, and the Stalinistic society that evolved in the aftermath of the war. A gripping, somewhat tragic, and yet, mesmerizing tale of love and war

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

And Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

Read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29457862-the-cruel-romance

About Marina Osipova

I was born in the German Democratic Republic to a military family. I am a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives and also graduated from the Moscow Institute for Foreign Languages as a German language interpreter. I worked for a Soviet Governmental Department in the section of International Affairs, then for various German and Austrian firms. Extensive travel to these countries gave me a chance to become intimately familiar with the lands and the people.

In 2001, I immigrated to the United States and eventually made my home in Pawling, NY.
Before publishing The Cruel Romance (Historical Fiction), I have written two other books, The Garden of Weeds and Katyuscha.

My new book, How Dare The Birds Sing, also in the genre of Historical Fiction, is in the early stage of pre-publication.

My next project is related to the occupation of a part of Austria by the Soviet Army in 1945 – 1955 (working title, österreichisches Engelchen und Alescha. Die Okkupationsromanze).

Connect to Marina

Website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marina.osipova.14
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-osipova-65b81418/

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Jericho Prophesy- Book One of The Eternal Realm by Fiona Tarr


Delighted to showcase the new release of Fiona Tarr. The Jericho Prophesy is the first book of The Eternal Realm.

About the Book

The battle for divine power rages within the Eternal Realm.

As the conflict escalates a prophecy is born that will set god against god amidst the mortal world below.

When the young priestess Rahab saves two foreigners from execution, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could see the death of everyone she knows and loves.

The future of humanity hangs in the balance as two bloodlines converge to battle over the city of Jericho. Now the Goddess Asherah must protect the prophecy and ensure both ancestral lines survive.

If either bloodline dies, the Host of Heaven will continue to battle for eternity…..

A truly wonderful read with the plot very skillfully woven throughout the book. Claire Simpson

“Great book by a great author!! Definitely a Must Read!!! Ellen Engelbrecht

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CNBWX9F

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CNBWX9F

Universal Book Link: https://www.books2read.com/u/mBMjrp

Also by Fiona Tarr

A recent review for Destiny of Kings – Covenant of Grace Book 1

A mad king bewitched by dark magic!

This story is based on the bible’s story Saul and David. I am not a religious person but loved the way the author told this tale. It was an enjoyable read infused with magic and fantasy.

An intriguing tale told in a different light that kept my interest to the end. The descriptions and overall writing is brilliant with witchcraft’ sins and good vs evil the story is a great fantasy read!

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

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

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

About Fiona Tarr

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to Fiona on her website and social media.

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

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Impending Disaster by Colin Guest


Welcome to Colin Guest and his latest release a short Action/Adventure story, Impending Disaster

About Impending Disaster.

Three friends had been out enjoying a sightseeing plane trip. They were happy and carefree as they were about to pass over the mountain above their town nestling down in the valley. A gently bubbling creek ran through the centre of it. On each side of its banks were a variety of timber built summer homes and cabins. It looked and was a peaceful town of around 350 inhabitants. As they woke that morning, no one knew that high above them a terrifying plane crash would result in most of them able to live and enjoy another day.

As the plane past through some light hazy clouds, disaster in the form of a flock of geese brought the three friends light banter to an abrupt end. The cockpit screen was instantly transformed into a mass of blood and feathers. With the engine blocked and the wings damaged, Ian, the pilot could do nothing as the plane plunged down towards the forested pine mountaintop. Through the badly damaged screen, Ian saw they were heading straight at the towns communication tower. Although they missed it, a wing was ripped off as it hit one the trees. After coming to a rest, Ian and Mark who sat next to him climbed out of the plane, which then burst into flames. They found Jane who had been sat behind them, lying draped on top of some bushes. Fortunately, none of them was seriously injured. While making their way down the mountain, a bear paid them a visit during the night. This, however, was nothing to what would happen the next day.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Impending-Disaster-Colin-Guest-ebook/dp/B07CQTDJ9X

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Impending-Disaster-Colin-Guest-ebook/dp/B07CQTDJ9X

For other bookstores: https://www.books2read.com/u/4DopND

Also by Colin Guest

A review for For the Greater Good

Colin Guest captured me from the very first sentence right to the last page. This masterful wordsmith has produced another winning story that should sit in all reader’s libraries.

Keep them coming Mr. Guest – you’ve got an addicted fan.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Colin-Guest/e/B00OM3VCLW

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Colin-Guest/e/B00OM3VCLW

About Colin Guest

As an expat, Colin Guest has worked in fifteen countries and lived a life most only dream.
Colin loves writing and has written six books. His latest is a short action/ adventure story entitled “Impending Disaster.” In conjunction with Voyage Media, Colin has written a pilot episode based on his memoir Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps. Voyage think this could be suitable as the basis for a television series. Apart from his books, Colin has had articles published in various online magazines, with one published in Nexas, a UK expat magazine. Colin also writes poetry, with several in the final four in competitions, and one made into a film. He took part in a live American radio show and did a one-hour podcast, re his writing, and taken part in several online interviews. A local newspaper in his hometown of Plymouth in England, UK, published an article on Colin and his writing.

Connect to Colin on his website and social media.

Website: www.colinguestauthor.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tigerman55
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Tigermanguest
Pinterest:   http://www. pininterest.com/colinguest9
Google + :     https://plus.google.com/114915246700348284463/about
Linkedin :     https://tr.linkedin.com/in/colin-john-guest-33457256

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Twenty-Four Days (Rowe-Delamagente Thriller Book 2) by J. Murray


Delighted to welcome J. Murray to the bookstore with her most recent book Twenty- Four Days (Rowe-Delamagente Thriller Book 2).

About Twenty-Four Days.

In the latest Rowe-Delamagente thriller, the two unlikely partners have less than a month to stop a North Korean missile strike after hijackers steal nuclear warhead-armed submarines. If they don’t, the USS Bunker Hill, on a peaceful mission to observe a North Korean missile launch, will be in grave danger. Piece by piece, Rowe and Delamagente uncover a bizarre nexus between a man Rowe thought dead, a North Korean communications satellite America believes is weaponized, an ideologue that cares only about revenge, and the USS Bunker Hill (a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser) tasked with supervising the satellite launch. As the deadline looms, they call on the unusual skills of a quirky AI named Otto with the unique ability to track anything with a digital trail.

One of the reviews for the book

What do you get when you combine technology and espionage? Geek spies. This military/academia thriller novel has all the ingredients to keep readers invested in the characters’ plight to avert World War III.

J. Murray has written an amazing book. Twenty-four days finds Rowe and Delamagente racing against time to thwart the actions of jihadis. Having defeated Salah Mahud al-Zahrawi in To hunt a sub, Rowe and Delamagente find themselves involved in another act of terrorism.

The story starts with character, Eyad Obeid, who is a nuclear physics and becomes embroiled in a plot to destroy nuclear submarines. From there on, J. Murray takes you on a whirlwind story, introducing new jihadis commanded by al-Zahrawi, who supposedly was killed in book 1 or was he? [No spoilers here] I must say, it added to the suspense of the story. These jihadi recruits are certainly well-rounded characters as their convictions to destroy the ‘infidels’ comes across very realistic and frightening. In the meantime, Zeke Rowe, the ex-SEAL/professor is called upon to investigate at the expense of his and Kalian Delamagente’s tenuous relationship. Kalian despises the whole espionage fraternity following the events in book 1, and in spite of the FBI’s attempts to woe her and bring with her the incredible AI, Otto, she refuses. However, Delamagente finds herself a reluctant participant and the plot heats up when her son, now in college, gets entangled as well.

This was a great book, and I particularly enjoyed the suspense and fast-pace of the story. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy learning about navy protocols and espionage. I will be purchasing J. Murray’s spin off novel Born in a Treacherous Time, when it is published in 2018.

Read the Reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Twenty-four-Days-Rowe-Delamagente-Book-2-ebook

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twenty-four-Days-Rowe-Delamagente-Book-2-ebook/dp/B072NZF8N8

Also by J. Murray

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And:  Amazon Author Page US

Read more reviews and follow Jacqui on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/84832.Jacqui_Murray

About Jacqui Murray

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

Connect to Jacqui Murray

Blog: Worddreams,
Twitter: @WordDreams
GoodreadsJacqui Murray
PinterestAsk a Tech Teacher
Amazon author pageJacqui Murray
My writing websiteJacquiMurray.net

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