Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Jena C. Henry and Effrosyni Moschoudi


Time for the first Cafe and Bookstore this week and delighted to feature the latest book by Robbie and Michael Cheadle released on Amazon this week. For children and their adults this fondant creation will be treasured by many.

About Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees Story and Cookbook

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

There is already an excellent review for the book.

If there is one thing I know, it is how a child is enjoying a book. When the 7-year-old and I read this book, she was enthralled with the delicious and sweet animals in this book. There are such adorable and realistically shaped animals and these illustrations look good enough to eat. The verses are well formed and well crafted. I have loved the books that came before, and this new book by Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the best and most intricate thus far.

One character had us buzzing in delight. This book is perfect for children and adults that like to share reading time with them. There are bonus additions in this edition that make it an even better purchase. I highly recommend this book.

Buy Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees and Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Sugar-Dough-Story-Cookbook/dp/1911070649

Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-Chocolate-Strawberry-Cream-Berries-ebook/dp/B01MCRJ

and: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Cookie-Monster-Story-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B01N2T89RS

Connect to Robbie and Michael at their blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

Next author to feature is Jena C. Henry whose book The Golden Age of Charli – GPS was released in January and has just received a great review.
About the book

Empty nesters Charli McAntic and her husband, Pud, have settled into their golden years. Although their early days of retirement were filled with disillusion and despair, they are now ready to relax and swing upon a star. Pud continues to golf most days and Charli still organizes her closets and rearranges her collectibles, but now they are a solid team. Or are they?

Charli and Pud are no strangers to the art of creating fun. These days they spend their time sharing gourmet meals with their nieces and nephews, attending Cleveland Cavalier basketball games, and rekindling their romance. But when a series of calamities suddenly rock their world, they each meet a new friend, leaving Charli to worry if she and Pud are heading in the right direction.

Press On! on March 23, 2017

In the third book of this delightful series, an empty nester is left to recalculate her path to happiness after she and her husband both discover that their golden years are full of more surprises.>I always enjoy reading about the McAntics, since their lives so parallel my own. Learning how to navigate days when a person is no longer punching a time clock or waking up to an alarm can be trying and confusing, but Charli’s outlook on life always gets her through the tough times with a sense of humor. “Press on,” she tells herself, and she does.

In the third book in The Golden Age of Charli series, when an unusual and shocking event happens in her neighborhood, Charli mentions that “bad things comes in threes,” and she begins to worry what will come next.

I laughed out loud when Charli decided to make a “death notebook,” being guilty of something similar myself. “Pud and I needed to get our affairs in order. As the past three sad events had showed us, you never knew when something bad would happen.” It’s not that Charli is a pessimist, in fact, she is quite the optimist, but she wants to make sure her life is in order so her sons don’t have to go through what she had to when she deatl with her parents’ home and documents.

With free time that was never before available, Charli cleans closets, and organizes drawers and cupboards. All the while her husband Pud continues to play golf, seemingly unaware of his wife’s dissatisfaction with her empty, quiet house. Wondering what is in store for her she comes to this conclusion: “This is my looking year, so I’ll keep looking.” As she searches for something to keep her interested in life and make sure she is still a contributing member of society, she encourages her husband to join her, and through traveling and volunteering she forges ahead, and proves that life is not over after retirement, but only just beginning.

Life in The Golden Years of Charli:GPS is a surprising and funny romp through life, as Charli proves to us all that the golden years can truly be golden.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Charli-Gps-ebook/dp/B01MUBWVIA

Also by Jena C. Henry

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

Connect to Jena via her website: http://www.jenabooks.com/

Two offers from Effrosyni Moschoudi for The Ebb (book 1): A Greek summer beach read (The Lady of the Pier trilogy) which is currently FREE on Amazon US and UK.  And The Amulet for 99c on Amazon US.

About the book

CORFU, GREECE, 1987
On a long holiday with her grandparents, Sofia Aspioti meets Danny Markson, a charming flirt who makes her laugh. Although she tries to keep him at arm’s length, worried that village gossip will get back to her strict family, she falls desperately in love. That’s when strange dreams about Brighton’s West Pier and a woman dressed in black begin to haunt her. Who is this grieving woman? And how is her lament related to Sofia’s feelings for Danny?

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND, 1937
Dreaming of wealth and happiness, Laura Mayfield arrives in Brighton to pursue a new life. She falls for Christian Searle, a happy-go-lucky stagehand at the West Pier theatre, but when she’s offered a chance to perform there, her love for him is put to the test. Charles Willard, a wealthy aristocrat, is fascinated by her and pursues her relentlessly. Will Laura choose love…or money?

One of the most recent reviews for the book

Another great book by this author. After reading The Amulet I was ready to read another one of her books. I have not been to Greece but feel like I have now with the descriptive scenes and bits of Greek culture in these books. With the two stories in The Ebb well developed I am now drawn to need to read the rest of this trilogy to see how everyone fits together!

Read all the reviews and get this book FREE: https://www.amazon.com/Ebb-book-Greek-summer-trilogy-ebook/dp/B00LGNYEPC

and: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebb-book-Greek-summer-trilogy-ebook/dp/B00LGNYEPC

About the book

The Amulet is a romantic comedy of angel magic and tantalizing descriptions of Greek food. Read it at your own peril; it’ll make you feel ravenous (not to mention all loved-up!)

When Katie loses her Athens office job, a gypsy woman hands her an amulet for good luck. Next, she gets hired as hotel receptionist on the Greek island of Sifnos and everything seems perfect, except for the overbearing hotel owner, Mrs. Matina. One of the guests, heart-stoppingly handsome Aggelos, keeps saving the day whenever Katie needs help. As she falls in love, she grows all the more intrigued by him and his quirky friends, including a little girl who keeps turning up on her own. Add a psychic, half-mad elderly woman into the mix and you’re in for a few laughs. Things are not what they seem in this small, family hotel and get even more complicated when the gypsy woman shows up again. Will Katie ever work out that Aggelos is a guardian angel that came with the amulet? And if she does, will she be able to keep him? It may take a miracle. But on an island as magical as Sifnos, anything is possible!

A recent review for the book.

The Amulet is a lighthearted rom-com, a fun escape from the realities of every day life. With the series of mix-ups and confusions the characters had to endure, at times, it reminded me of a modern day Shakespearean comedy.

Although Moschoudi’s Lady of The Pier trilogy was more the genre I usually prefer, as I continued to read The Amulet I became more and more captivated by it. This simple and entertaining love story was so much more. It was a lesson in humanity, love and compassion. The subtitle of the book says it’s an angel magic romantic comedy. If this is a hint that there will be more to come, I will be waiting to read the next one.

Available for 99c on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Amulet-Greek-holiday-happily-ending-ebook/dp/B01MCZ2UOU

Also by Effrosyni Moschoudi

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Effrosyni-Moschoudi/e/B00I5JKMXS

Connect to Effrosyni via her website: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com

Thank you for dropping by today.. If you are on the shelves of the bookstore then please let me know if you have a new book, great review or an offer. Thanks Sally

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Bruce Springsteen, Books and Blogs and A Musical


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts you might have missed. The weather is still a bit erratic but on our morning walks there are signs of spring. Daisies are appearing on the grassy parts of the park we walk in and there is a smell of garlic in the air.  There is wild garlic growing abundantly along the paths and into the woods so apart from snakes, it looks like we don’t have vampires here either.

Now the weather is a little more stable it is time to pick up the house refurb again and we have 14 windows and a new back door on order for a few weeks time. We noticed this first winter here that despite having new insulation in the roof and attic we were still bleeding heat. The windows are the old metal doube glazing in most of the house so they will be replaced. Then there is the jungle outside.. We cleared a huge amount last year but already with a little sunshine and plenty of rain spring has sprung.. The birds and wildlife love it and having put birdseed out all winter we are delighted with the variety of birds who visit us.  We want to make sure that we keep their habitat whilst bringing some sort of order to the garden.. bring me my rake and hoe and into battle we go!

Thank you as always for dropping in this week and for your lovely comments and shares. Do please also remember that you are very welcome here as a guest in either an author or blogger promotion or with a post of your own. Here are the options for you.

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On with the week ….

William Price King meets some Legends

Part two of the Bruce Springsteen story and Bruce’s career begins to take off.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-bruce-springsteen-part-two/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss.

Thomas the Rhymer

Paul is writing exclusive posts every three weeks for Smorgasbord but has kindly thrown open his archives for us so that we can enjoy some of his older posts on his blog for a second time. BTW.. I have been reading Thomas the Rhymer this week and really enjoying it..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/writer-in-residence-extra-kopi-luwak-or-civet-coffee-by-paul-andruss/

Serialisation of the Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin – life in Waterford in the 1930s

Two more chapters from my father-in-law’s first book the Colour of Life and this week life before television and putting food on the table during tough times.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/the-colour-of-life-the-rules-woodstown-of-pitch-and-toss-and-how-to-play-it-1933-and-cricket-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/the-colour-of-life-the-art-of-making-snares-1934-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview with Mary Smith.

Mary is my guest this weekend and has already received some great questions. Please read about her fascinating life in Afghanistan and Pakistan and her interesting work as a journalist.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-at-the-cafe-and-interview-with-mary-smith/

Creative Artist Interview

This week poet, storyteller and blogger Kim Blades talks about her life and work.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/creative-artist-interview-poet-storyteller-and-blogger-kim-blades/

Blogger Promotion – please leave a link to your most recent post in the comments section of any of the following posts.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

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Book Promotion – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

This promotion is for authors who have not been promoted here on Smorgasbord before and would like to join the other authors on the shelves of the bookstore. Once there all authors can enjoy regular updates of their new releases, great reviews of offers on their books.

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Book Promotion – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

This promotion is for authors already on the bookshelves and whilst I do check every author every four to six weeks it does help if you let me know if you have news you would like to share.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-deborah-a-bowman-gigi-sedlmayer-and-nicholas-rossis/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-g-kaye-malia-ann-haberman-and-dariel-raye/

Book Promotion – Collaborative Anthologies

This promotion is for anthologies with several collaborating authors.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-collaborative-anthologies-be-their-voice-an-anthology-for-rescue-volume-two/

Personal Stuff

A woman has had a tough week in the office and needs to talk through her problems with a friend on the drive home.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/smorgasbord-short-story-the-system-administrator/

A trip down memory lane and gratitude for a very patient prickly pear farmer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/16/grazzi-hafna-from-sally-aged-seven-to-the-old-prickly-pear-farmer-and-his-donkey/

St. Patrick’s Day – Irish Weather – The Musical

A musical tribute to the ever changing face that is the weather here in Ireland.. bring your dancing shoes and brollies.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/st-patricks-day-special-irish-weather-the-musical-narrated-by-renowned-author-i-v-e-mildew/

Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-the-heart-and-the-stress-link/

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Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/the-afternoon-video-that-haunted-house-expect-the-unexpected/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/time-for-some-laffs-the-double-entendre-and-a-touch-risque/

Thank you once again for being such an important part of my blog.. you are welcome anytime.  Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – D.G. Kaye, Malia Ann Haberman and Dariel Raye.


Welcome to Friday’s Cafe and Bookstore update and the first featured author is D.G. Kaye with another great review for her travel book, Have Bags, Will Travel. This one is from Terri Webster Schrandt. https://secondwindleisure.com/2017/03/09/my-book-review-of-have-bags-will-travel/

About the book

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

Terri’s five star review

What I love about this novella-length book beside the fact that it’s a fast, entertaining read, is Kaye’s hilarious look inward at herself and her serious addiction to shopping. Her book reads like a series of fun blog posts, highlighting her signature, conversational style, while sharing useful travel information!

A seasoned traveler (well, except for the over-packing part—but life is short, right?), Kaye deftly reminisces her early days of travel when life was simple and “travel was a joy.” (Before TSAs!). She then describes how her obsessive shopping habit has created the need for smart packing and planning.

With everything she has purchased over the years, one would guess she has an extra house for all her goodies! Kaye’s love for travel and adventure is evident as she shares hilarious exploits and nail-biting moments on her many trips that include London, Paris, Venezuela, the Greek Islands, and on to Las Vegas and Arizona.

Kaye shares valuable advice for navigating airport security, planning for purchases and dealing with germs. Her idea of packing sockettes in her purse to wear through the TSA line after removing her shoes is brilliant.

Kaye’s chapter “Admitted Germ Freak” resonates with all of us as we hear more of the dirt, grime and germs associated with hotel rooms, public restrooms, and restaurants.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Have-Bags-Will-Travel-Over-Packer-ebook/dp/B015HP1R6S

Also by D.G. Kaye

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

Connect to D.G. Kaye via her blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com

It’s now time to catch up with Malia Ann Haberman whose book Chase Tinker and the House of Magic was featured as new on the shelves in January.

About the book

Chase Tinker has never believed in real, honest-to-goodness magic, but that’s all about to change when he’s attacked by a ferocious…soccer ball and t-shirts?

Before he knows what’s hit him, he’s thrust into a frightening, yet thrilling paranormal world where a missing dad, out-of-control magical powers, a gigantic 560 year old magical house, a powerful 4,000 year old Relic, and a wicked enemy determined to destroy Chase’s family and steal all their magic are only part of all the craziness.

Now, with the help of his younger brother Andy, their feisty cousin Janie, their fearless friend Persephone, and Maxwell the ferret, Chase is ready to fight for his family and what’s theirs in this unexpected and dangerous new life…

A man towered over Chase. The guy’s top lip was curled up in a snarl, and his cold, light-blue eyes were mean and dangerous-looking. A frightening chill swept over Chase, crushing him to the floor.

“We’re watching you, Tinker,” said the man in a deep, raspy voice. “It won’t be long now. Remember, the worst is coming.”

The latest review for the book

It’s tough to write about the world of magic, big shoes to fill now! However Chase Tinker and his family will leave you wanting more. Chase and his brother suddenly discover a whole new side to their family, when their Grandfather appears. Now they get to explore their new found magical skills and meet more of their family. Then they discover a deep and mysterious past that is threatening to destroy the world they have just found. The Dark Enemies want to steal their magic. Chase and his family have a fight on their hands to save their family history.

This is a great book that children who love magic will enjoy. It has intriguing characters and an interesting story line. The house of magic is so much fun, the reader will be asking for more!!! I look forward to reading book 2!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Chase-Tinker-House-Magic-Book-ebook/dp/B01LYDRRVV

Also by Malia Ann Haberman

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Malia-Ann-Haberman/e/B009CJ0DNE

Connect to Malia via her Website: http://maliaannhaberman.weebly.com/

Finally an update for Dariel Raye whose book Destiny’s Favor: Orlosian Warriors Bk.2
was featured here in a New Book Fanfare last year.  The book is recommended for 18+ and over.

About the book

His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his…

Imagine a man who looks like an angel, wings and all. What would you do if you met such a man, and he told you that he exists for only one purpose, to claim you and only you?

Destiny Carter is a feisty, take-charge, Rubenesque beauty with a tough façade. She finds herself caught in that age-old quandary of always being the bridesmaid but never the bride. A string of lackluster relationships leaves her hopeless and ready to settle for whatever comes along, until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend. Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s life, but somehow, from some instinct deep within her, she knows this is only the beginning.

Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel, but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even to drink human blood, if it means having the one that he believes is meant for him alone. When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, though, Japheth will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and, perhaps hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.

Two of the most recent reviews for the book

Hooked on big, bold beautiful Destiney from the beginning!! Had to warm up to Japheth as he wasn’t the nicestof guys , deciding to do whatever it took to make Destiney his, including stabbing his best friend in the back !! Not your ordinary love story , has enough twists to make you go “hmmmm” !! And keep reading it the whole night through, though i do suggest reading Book One first as there is an overlap in some of the characters. 4⭐’s for great characters, world building and being an unusual love story , that starts out with dishonesty and the coveting of a best friends girlfriend.

I received a gifted copy of the book and am voluntarily choosing to leave an honest and unbiased review.

Destiny is in a unsatisfying relationship with Robert and he insists they pick his college roommate up at the bus terminal in the wee hours of the morning.
When she sees J she thinks of a panther walking, a beautiful male specimen, lust and conceit. J knows she’s his, the one he has been looking for and will fight to stay with her.
Raye has a well written fast paced and intriguing love story. It has twists and turns and so many secrets. I would highly recommend this story.

I voluntarily reviewed this ARC book.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Destinys-Favor-Orlosian-Warriors-Bk-2-ebook/dp/B01FOUJTX

Readers recommend that you buy Calm Assurance: Orlosian Warriors Bk. 1 first.

Some headlines from the reviews for the book

Also by Dariel Raye

 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Dariel-Raye/e/B008NRCZ0K

Connect to Dariel via her blog: http://www.pendarielraye.com/

Thank for popping in and it would be great if you could share the news about these authors. If you are in the bookstore and have a new book, review or an upcoming offer on your books.. let me know sally.cronin@moyhill.com  Thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Deborah A. Bowman, Gigi Sedlmayer and Nicholas Rossis


Welcome to the first of the Cafe & Bookstore updates this week. If you are an author in the bookstore then please let me know when you have a new release or would like to share a great review…or if your book is on offer. All the details for the promotions are in this link.

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The first featured author is Deborah A. Bowman with her book Annie’s Story, Blessed with a Gift, released in January 2017.

About Annie’s Story, Blessed with a Gift

“Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” is based on life in Colonial Massachusetts from 1630 to 1648. Annie’s message is timeless and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” with the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Yet, have perceptions changed all that much? Have they changed enough? The answer is a resounding, “No!”

Annie came to me in an age regression that somehow slipped into a past-life regression by an Instructor of The National Guild of Hypnotists. Instead of returning to my childhood—WHAM! like hitting a brick wall—I was in someone else’s body, crushed in a pitch black hole, surrounded by wood and earth. This is how I met Annie; or rather I should say, I became Annie.

The Colonists laughed at Annie’s dwarfed appearance and sluggish way of talking. My conscious mind of the 21st century, however, realized that Annie was mentally slow, stunted in growth, and lacking in social and emotional development. I also knew she was innocent and childlike as well as an incredible telepathic savant, blessed with a gift from the Spiritual Universe. Hence, began a quest that has spanned years. I made amazing discoveries about a time in American history that many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done with the Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. This story of love and faith, coupled with the inequality of different people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift.”

A recent review for Annie’s Story.

I read this book a couple of months ago. It is the story of a little girl who was born in the 17th century in North Eastern United States, a time of trouble, war, fury, cold, hunger, suffering, sorrow and a lot of joy too. The little girl seemed to be immune to most of the negative human emotions that trouble human beings. She was brought up lovingly and with care by her grandma, she having lost her parents as she was born. But having been blessed with a sixth sense and the ability to perceive things which are not in the dimensions we human beings know, she was far advanced for her age, time and space. She was well versed in native medicine as was her grandma.

Times were hard but Annie, the little girl grew up as a Blythe spirit. She was physically handicapped but mentally she had the development of people far beyond other human beings. In addition she could speak to animals and nature.

This story is about love, and hope and courage and survival.

It gives us hope that in spite of all ills and disabilities, man can still live and live well. Dorothy Bowman the writer writes in a clear language and has done her research into the time period well. She has tried to use the language of the times and that increases the authenticity of the content.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman-ebook/dp/B01N9NRYMU

Also by Deborah A. Bowman

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

Connect to Deborah via her blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com

My next update is for Gigi Sedlymayer and her series Talon. All the books have received terrific reviews but Talon, Connected has had two excellent ones in the last couple of weeks.

About Talon, Connected.

Talon, Connected, the fourth book inthe Talon series. In this book you’ll find Matica feels more mature andresponsible. She also begins to understand the idea of getting older andpassing away. This is a great story of love, trust and how families and groupsare connected.

The characters of Talon, Tamo andTima are recognized as being members of the family, they are all connected, asElcano, the elder of the village said just before he died. They are remarkablebirds. Crayn, for one, admits the birds saved his life.

Two of the most recent reviews for Connected.

When Matica’s Dad Crayn is gravely injured by a large spider that bites him twice, the Condors come to the rescue. They bring him the mysterious healing leaves which save his life. What are these special healing leaves? Where do the Condors find them? Matica wonders how the Condors know what the leaves do and how to use them. She meets with the village eldest and wisest man Elcano, who tells her ‘we are all connected to each other, Matica’s family and the Condors’. What a wonderful thought! I loved reading how the birds are intelligent, caring and playful. Danger is back as the poachers have returned, and they want the Condors. Will they get them? I received this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

Gigi Sedlmayer has written another remarkable tale about Matica and her family. Matica adores her family, her friends, and her amazing condor birds. She and the birds have an incredible connection. They keep astounding the Indians, and even Matica’s parents, and younger brother with their understanding and wisdom. Will the “You know who” capture Talon, Tima, or Tamo? Readers of every age will keep turning the pages, eager to see what happens next. In this story, we are reminded “We are all connected.” Those are wise words, don’t you think? This is a heartwarming, engaging tale with many words of wisdom. I highly recommend it. Congratulations, Gigi on completing another remarkable story. Thank you for sharing your gift with so many others. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Connected-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00HY4ISJU

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

Connect to Gigi via her new website: http://gigised.com/

The final update today is for Nicholas Rossis and Pearseus: Endgame the final book in the Pearseus epic fantasy series

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About Endgame

Cyrus will risk everything to gain back his throne. But new enemies are waiting for him; enemies that will stop at nothing to destroy humanity once and for all. With the Capital invading Anthea and the north in turmoil, every step of the journey is fraught with peril. In a world falling apart, can Cyrus and his friends prevent humanity’s extinction?

One of the most recent reviews for the book and the series.

I got an Advance Review Copy but didn’t manage to get to this book until mid January. With much anticipation, having thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series, I finally got started. Because a fair amount of time had passed since reading the preceding books, I had to reread them to more fully appreciate this one. So buy the set; don’t try to read this as a standalone. What stands out about this series is the character development and the conflict between the characters. It’s epic fiction of a sort without the massive complexity of GRR Martin’s A song of Ice and Fire. You can actually follow the characters.

Much like with other books that end a series, I felt both eager and sad for the resolution to come. For me, it’s hard for any author to end a series well–no matter who they are and how much I enjoyed what came before.This conclusion to the series moved along at a faster pace than the books that preceded it. On that note, some new characters introduced in this book may seem less developed or as accessible. But I still strongly recommend it and the entire series as very well written, readable and entertaining.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Endgame-book-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B01N5AKBU6

Endgame is also available as part of a bundle for the series – and a small selection of Nicholas’s other books.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA

Connect to Nicholas via his website: http://nicholasrossis.me/

Thank you for dropping by and the next update is Friday.. If you have some news you would like to share or an offer on one of your books please let me know as soon as possible.  sally.cronin@moyhill.com  Thanks

Smorgasbord Round up – Bruce Springsteen, Book Readings, Creative Artists and Top to Toe.


Welcome to this round up of posts during the week and a second chance for me to showcase the guests and authors and bloggers who have featured.

This blog is sustained by the everyone who comes to visit whether as a guest or to view the posts. I am not very good at talking to myself and whilst I love to write it is so much more satisfying when it is read.  So a huge thank you for stopping by and collaborating with me here.

Special thanks to William Price King for his new series on the iconic legend that is Bruce Springsteen. I have most of his music and since working on the new series I have been playing my favourite tracks and also revisiting some of his earlier work. I was only 17 when his career began and we in the UK were behind when it came to appreciating his work. I must have been in my early 20s when Born to Run hit the charts in 1975 and I have been hooked since then. Part two this coming Wednesday.

Paul Andruss is now firmly into his tenure as Writer in Residence and in addition to new and exclusive posts for the blog every three weeks, he has opened up his archives so that we can also enjoy some of his earlier posts in the intervening weeks.  This week it is an original in the form of Dorothy – My Gift from God.  At a time when Paul was in need of a work mum, Dot stepped in to offer a shoulder and a sense of humour that lifted his spirits. I am sure that when you read the post you will identify someone in your life who has occupied a similar role.

The new interactive interviews are going very well and I am delighted that so many are takiing the opportunity to ask their own questions of the guests. There are two formats for Creative Artists across every talent and the Book Reading in the Cafe for authors. Earlier in the week storyteller Raili Tanska who lives in Australia shared her live and work with us and you can still ask her questions in the link below. Yesterday author, poet and blogger Sue Vincent was in the hot seat and is looking forward to responding to you.

I would like to remind you that your participation is always valued and that if you are an author the Cafe and Bookstore with its various promotions is there for you.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

If you are a blogger and would like to share your most recent post then all you have to do is let me know. Either in the comments section of the Smorgasbord Blogger Daily or by email sally.cronin@moyhill.com

But for now it is time for a recap of the week’s posts…. enjoy.

New Series William Price King meets some Legends – Bruce Springsteen.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/new-series-william-price-king-meets-some-legends-bruce-springsteen-the-early-years/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss – Dorothy – My Gift from God

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/writer-in-residence-paul-andruss-dorothy-my-gift-from-god/

Creative Artist Interview – with Raili Tanska of Soul Gifts – still open for questions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/the-creative-artist-interview-blogger-and-storytellerraili-tanska-of-soul-gifts/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview – Sue Vincent – still open for questions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview-sue-vincent/

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin – My father-in-law’s stories of life in Waterford in the 1920s onwards.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/the-colour-of-life-chapter-two-my-grandfathers-story-1930-by-geoff-cronin/      Chapter Two

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-colour-of-life-chapter-three-the-crane-1930-by-geoff-cronin/  Chapter Three

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/the-colour-of-life-chapter-four-the-miser-1931-by-geoff-cronin/ Chapter Four

Book Promotions – How to get the best out of a book promotion here or any blog.

Book promotions are more effective with a joint effort and to get the most out of them you need to have some basic essentials in place. Help me to share your work.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview-sue-vincent/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-greenbeard-the-pirate-pig-by-andrea-torrey-balsara/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-not-by-design-getting-to-mr-right-series-by-carol-balawyder/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-modern-waste-by-marc-d-crepeaux/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-john-w-howell-alyssa-drake-and-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-ailsa-abraham-j-e-spina-and-lauren-linwood/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Another 25 bloggers in the spotlight.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-6th-march-2017-skin-cancer-bullies-local-history-book-marketing-book-reviewing/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-7th-march-2017-mary-smith-john-fioravanti-anas-lair-fiona-mcvie-linda-bethea/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-8th-march-2017-olga-nunez-miret-geoff-le-pard-d-g-kaye-christy-birmingham-and-norah-colvin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-9th-march-2017-sue-vincent-christoph-fischer-phillip-t-stephens-smashwords-sarah-brentyn/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-10th-march-2017-madelyn-griffith-haynie-kevin-morris-jessica-norrie-pamela-wight-and-nicholas-rossis/

Health – Top to Toe – Heart Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-your-heart-is-only-as-good-as-the-food-you-eat/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-heart-attack-warning-signs-and-symptoms-men-vs-women-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/smorgasbord-health-a-z-of-common-conditions-dandruff-snow-on-your-shoulders/   Dandruff

Personal Stuff

A look back at some exceptional people doing ordinary things is an inspiring way.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/thank-you-mrs-miller-luv-sally-age-four-n-haf-influencers/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/afternoon-video-toddler-conducts-the-choir-behind-you/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/smorgasbord-time-for-some-laffs-and-aahh-moments-what-life-look-like/

Thank you again for being part of my week.. look forward to seeing you again. Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Ailsa Abraham, J. E. Spina and Lauren Linwood


Welcome to Friday’s update for three of the authors in the bookstore. And first is the lovely Ailsa Abraham with her latest release, Attention to Death, hot off the press today.  In fact there is a launch party on Facebook to celebrate the release.

1.00pm – 8.00pm https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=752363234915685&set=gm.410047022663258&type=3&theater

About Attention to Death

Finding a murderer among a group of killers is not going to be easy for two Royal Army Military Police investigators, Captain Angus Simpson and Staff-Sergeant Rafael ‘Raff’ Landen, whose Christmas leave is cancelled for an investigation into a suspicious death on a base in Germany. The case is further complicated by unhelpful senior officers who make pre-judgements on colour, creed, race and sexuality. Yet the insight of the investigators helps them uncover a sinister plot, although they too have something to hide: their own fledgling relationship.Will Angus and Raff be able to solve the murder without giving away their secret?The best and worst of human nature is represented in this story, which is why it is suggested for over 18s only.

One of the early reviews for Attention to Death

“In Attention to Death, Ailsa Abraham pulls off something I wouldn’t have thought possible – a steamy romance with a twist of murder and a splash of social conscience. A remarkable book that will have you turning pages as quickly as you can to find out what happens next.” ~India Drummond, author of the Caledonia Fae series

Buy Attention to Death: https://www.amazon.com/Attention-Death-Ailsa-Abraham-ebook/dp/B01MRBTYLX

Also by Ailsa Abraham

 

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Ailsa-Abraham/e/B00AYKUBQ4

Connect to Ailsa via her website: https://ailsaabraham.com/home/

Another new release this week and this time it is children’s author Janice Spina with her books for adults written as J. E. Spina.  An Angel Among Us is dedicated to Janice’s friend who recently passed away and you can find out more about the story here: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/short-story-collection-an-angel-among-us-is-now-here-cover-reveal/

About the collection

There are fifteen stories in this collection. There is something for everyone here.

A collection of short stories that covers several genres including romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. This book is dedicated to a courageous friend who passed this year. The first story is specially created for her and is the inspiration for the title of this book. The cover was designed by John Spina.

Here is the first review for the book

The stories are tear jerkers & thought provoking. Very well written & hard to put down! I got caught up in the characters & felt like I was a part of their world. I was gifted a book in return for my honest review.

Also by J. E. Spina

 

To discover all of Janice’s children’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Connect to Janice via her blog: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/

Another author in the bookstore is Lauren Linwood with Illusions of Death recently published in paperback on February 24th following the Kindle release last year.

About Illusions of Death

Best-selling author Karlyn Campbell is ready for a new start after her recent divorce from a temperamental artist. When she receives word that her father had a stroke, she heads for Walton Springs with mixed feelings. Broderick Campbell wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning literary novels and denounced his daughter’s work as pedestrian and commercial, causing a rift that finally heals on his deathbed. Karlyn chooses to stay in the small Georgia town to write her popular Matt Collins series and decides to try her hand at true crime when Atlanta’s Rainbow Killer, Roy G. Biv, captures her interest.

Detective Logan Warner’s marriage didn’t survive after he lost his twins to a crazed killer who was never caught. He returns to his hometown’s police force and runs for police chief, happy he’s escaped big city crime and corruption. Emotionally dead, his interest in life is renewed when he falls in love with Karlyn and begins to build a new life with her.

But the Rainbow Killer moves beyond Atlanta, leaving a trail of dead bodies painted in bright hues in several towns north of the city. Leaving no trace evidence or DNA and choosing random victims with no apparent rhyme or reason, Roy proves unstoppable. Then he arrives in Walton Springs, threatening the peaceful town with his murder spree. With a serial killer in their backyard, Logan and Karlyn unite with the FBI to find the killer—before he finds them.

One of the reviews for the book in Kindle format.

Good reading on July 12, 2016

A serial killer with an appetite for blood and death.

Atlanta’s Rainbow Killer has been killing people of all demographic; careers, ages, sexes and so on.

When author Karlyn Campbell gets a call notifying her of her father’s death, she goes back to her small town. She never expected to find the love of her life in a small town. Neither, did she think that she would begin to finally understand why her father was the way he was.

Karlyn starts a new life in Walton Springs but a serial killer threatens not only her life but also her relationship with her new love.

Detective Logan Warner’s failed marriage and the death of his children wounded him in such a way that he never thought he would be able to truly live his life again, until he met the Karlyn. However, when the serial killer comes into town, he fears he may just lose his second chance for love and life.

The author gave away just enough to keep me on the edge of my chair. The feel of small town life was truly captured in Walton Springs. The friendship and the community aspect that is part of small towns was also perfectly captured. I loved how the book was written. It was interesting and gave a great insight into the mind of a serial killer. With the suspense and mystery and the romantic element added into it, Illusions of Death was a perfect novel.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Illusions-Death-Lauren-Linwood-ebook/dp/B019Y45TS0

A selection of books by Lauren Linwood

Read all the review and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lauren-Linwood/e/B00CSSG8BC

Connect to Lauren via her Websitehttp://www.laurenlinwood.com

Details of how you can join over 150 authors in my cafe and bookstore and enjoy regular updates and interivews can be found here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

Thanks for dropping by and your support is greatly appreciated.  Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – John W. Howell, Alyssa Drake and Sally Cronin


author-update-jpgFirst a brand new look for John Howell’s first book in the John Cannon Series… fabulous new cover and a book that I definitely enjoyed and reviewed. If you are considering reading John’s books I suggest that you start with My GRL and get to know his hero.

John J. Cannon, a successful San Francisco lawyer, takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. John is unaware his boat has been targeted by a terrorist group to be used to destroy a symbol of America’s greatness. John’s first inkling of trouble is when he wakes up in the hospital and learns he was found unconscious next to the body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now is the only one standing between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

And a review for the new edition.

My GRL is the first of the John Cannon series. Having read the second book, His Revenge, and the third and final book, Our Justice, I wanted to complete the series with My GRL. Each book is independent of the others; however, there is a definite overlap which adds depth and intrigue.

MyGRL is the first of a 3-book series. In this book, the foundation is set and much like Jack Webb on the old Dragnet series, the reader is introduced to the world of John Cannon through first-person monologues. I commend the writer on his skill to successfully engage the reader in the present, such that we walk with the protagonist through his various hurdles – which are many.

Terror becomes real within the first chapter. And, from this moment forward, the reader joins John Cannon in trying to understand what is going on, who can be trusted, and how to circumvent the threatened horror.

This book earns 5-stars from me, as did His Revenge and Our Justice. They are all well-written and scarily timely.

Buy a copy of the new My GRL: https://www.amazon.com/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B06VY4V2FC

To read all the 60 plus reviews for the previous edition of My GRL: https://www.amazon.com/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B00HV3QECW

Connect to John via his website: http://www.johnhowell.com

Delighted to share a very recent review for the debut novel of Alyssa Drake which was promoted here last year.. It has received 49 reviews which is terrific and delighted that not only is the book doing so well but people are clamouring for book number two.

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.

When Samantha’s brother, Edward, is killed while travelling to France, she is called away from her country home, back to the city and world she worked hard to stay away from. Benjamin was Edward’s best friend, and was supposed to find Samantha a husband. He was not expecting his reaction to her, the little girl is all grown up and every possible husband is rejected by Benjamin. When Edward’s disappearance turns out to be foul play, Samantha’s life is in danger, and Benjamin is running out of time.

First up: CLIFF HANGER!!! We all have that love hate thing for cliff hangers and I did not see this one creeping up on me!! I was loving this book, really enjoying it and then THAT happened and I was not a happie chappie, not at all.

Second: First time author. And you really can’t tell!! I only know this, because I went to look for future books in this series, and can’t find any of them, nor any other books by this author! Excellent work, Ms Drake, very well done.

I did get who might be up to no good, very early on and I loved watching things become clearer. Love having at all laid out as much as I love being kept on my toes. But while we know WHOdunnit, we don’t know the WHY they did it, not yet.

The book open with a murder ten years previous (we get that from the murderer’s point of view, so loved that!) which turns out to be Edward and Samantha’s father. Then there is Edward’s disappearance, and some missing jewellery. It all comes together, or at least its BEGINNING to come together, then I ran out of bloody book!!

So, book two, Ms Drake?? When should we expect that, because I want to know what happens to Samantha and Benjamin but also what Benjamin’s mother is up to, taking in that young lady, and whether what I see happening between that young lady and Thomas, Benjamin’s twin, actually happens.

4.5 stars, but rounded down to 4 cos Goodreads/Amazon/the blog don’t do half stars

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Plan-Wiltshire-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01CMK5ZPU

Connect to Alyssa via her website: http://www.alyssadrakenovels.com

And as a final update I am delighted to say that Tales from the Garden has received a new review from author N.A. Granger.. This is one of the benefits of being on the shelves of your own bookstore.

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About the book

Tales from the Garden reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees. You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories. The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found a home here.
Fairy Stories for children of all ages from five to ninety-five that will change the way you look at your garden forever.

Noelle Granger’s review: https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/book-review-tales-from-the-garden-by-sally-cronin-scg58-children-fairy-tales/

This is a collection of imaginative stories giving life to the various stone creatures that inhabit her garden: lions, eagles, dogs, dwarves, butterflies, young boys and beautiful girls, and of course the world of fairies living under the magnolia tree. All of them come alive at night and there is a story about each of them – how they came to live there, how they contribute to the busy life of the garden.

The author imbues each of these creatures with a charming personality and a backstory that reminds the reader of long ago folktales. The writing is smooth with a gentle quality and effortlessly provides lessons in responsibility, loyalty, love, and respect. This adult was transported back to her childhood and was left smiling and a little bereft after the last page, reminding me of The Borrowers, one of my early favorites.

I highly recommend this book to the parents of young children – it will be on the list of books that I give each year – and I hope all who read this review will indulge their inner child and get a copy for themselves.

Ten stars if it were possible!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Garden-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B0180Q6CKM

Also by Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin Books

What's in a Name

Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2/

If you would like to be in the bookstore and take advantage of the frequent updates here is the link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – John Howell, Janice Spina and M.C.V. Egan


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Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore Update and today I am going to review another book that I received at Christmas as a gift.. the second book by John W. Howell, His Revenge starring John Cannon.

His Revenge John Howell

About the book.

America loves John Cannon, its newest hero, and the President wants to present him with the highest civilian medal for bravery for saving the Annapolis midshipman from a terrorist plot to destroy them. While in Washington for the award ceremony, John unwillingly becomes an accomplice in another plan by the same group to attack the credibility of the US President and the stability of the worldwide oil market. There is no way out as John either becomes a traitor to America or causes thousands of innocent people to die if he refuses.

The second John J Cannon Thriller moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot, refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in the world political arena. If John refuses, Matt plans to murder innocent Americans including John’s latest relationship. John’s only way out is to pretend to go along with the plan and hope for a miracle.

My review for His Revenge.

I received all three of John W. Howell’s books featuring John Cannon as a gift at Christmas and so was able to follow up on the first book My GRL quite quickly. I think that was a benefit as some of the characters that follow John Cannon into the second book were familiar. There was some recap in the first couple of chapters and that helped get the action packed book off to a good start. 

John Cannon is not your typical hero, and for those used to the Steven Segal or Arnold Schwarzenegger approach to villains, it may make you wonder how he is going to survive. He does so by using brain power rather than brawn and manages to manipulate himself in and out of situations cleverly.  With a the stability of the US at stake and the lives of thousands, including someone he loves, John Cannon is faced with a seemingly impossible choice.

The action is non-stop and the pace is maintained throughout the story.   I am looking forward to the third book Our Justice and to share John Cannon’s next adventure. Overall I would recommend His Justice to those who enjoy a good thriller.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/His-Revenge-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B016P42OH6

Also by John W. Howell

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

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Connect to John via his website: http://www.johnhowell.com

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Now time for an update on Janice Spina’s latest adventure for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives which was published in December 2016. The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog is the fourth book in thise popular children’s series.

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Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away. Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells. Clues surface that suggest that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

Reviews for the book

This time junior detectives Davey and Derek have a new adventure when a mysterious Scraggly dog appears in their neighborhood with blood on her paw. What happened? Where is her owner? Readers will love this mystery and be anxious to find out what happens next. The twins’ Aunt Gigi has her own magic to share and the boys learn more about amazing ways to travel.The story is engaging, as are all of Janice Spina’s tales.There’s even a surprise ending. Be sure to get your copy today.

*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

The twins are learning a new magic spell & stumble on the Mystery of the brown scraggly dog! The dog has blood on its paw & the clues seem to lead to someone being injured. What Davey & Derek find is NOT what they thought! Love the twists this takes. Very good again, Janice! I am giving an honest review for a copy of the book as an advance reader. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Scraggly-Davey-Junior-Detectives/dp/0998240419

A selection of other books by Janice Spina

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And as J.E. Spina

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Janice Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

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Connect to Janice via her website: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/

For the last update today new reviews for M.C.V. Egan’s book published in January 2017; Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color

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About the book

Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones.

In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children.

Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer.

Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself.

Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own.

Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day.

Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down.

Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise.

Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers.

Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.

One of the recent reviews

I absolutely loved how the author wrote this story. This author has always had a unique style of writing and can reel in and capture her audience with her words on paper and this story is no different. This story was so much fun to read!! It was a magnificent mystery full of surprises, and a few giggles, that I didn’t see coming, with a remarkable twist to it at the end. The characters were incredible and the story-line was just fantastic.

I loved how we got to know the thoughts and feelings of each individual character that played a roll in Bruce’s life. I also loved how each ex-wife was a different color in the sculptor’s mind and how the death of Bruce brought the whole family together in the end. This was a great work of art and I can say that I believe that this author is a complete genius!!

I highly recommend this story to all adults to enjoy!!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Sculptor-Hue-Shape-Color-ebook/dp/B01MZ3Z8TC

Also by M.C.V. Egan

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/M.C.V.-Egan/e/B0069W9NY2

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 Connect to Catalina Egan via her website: http://thebridgeofdeaths.com/

If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new release or a great new review you would like to share contact me sallygcronin@gmail.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Toni Pike, Andrew Joyce and Hilary Custance Green


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Welcome to the first of the March Cafe and Bookstore updates. The first author to be updated today is Toni Pike who has released the third book in the Jotham Fletcher Mystery series, The Magus Epiphany

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ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP THE REVELATION THAT WILL SHATTER THE WORLD.
Jotham Fletcher returns in a deadly quest to save his own family and unravel the mystery behind two ancient relics, the murder of a young woman and a shocking series of messages about an epiphany.

Jotham and Madena have dedicated their lives to stopping the work of the long-hidden Simonian Sect and the Brotherhood who will commit any crime to achieve the same goal. Their belated honeymoon in Italy is interrupted when they cross paths with the sect and hear news of a mysterious object left at the spot where Simon Magus died in Rome two thousand years ago. The hunt begins for answers – and soon they are both in mortal danger.

The maniacal new leader of the sect has a plan to rewrite history. Father Dominic, the head of the Brotherhood, flees across Europe with the help of a brutal killer. A strange series of messages about a solar eclipse has the world waiting for a revelation. And with Jotham’s family at stake, he must confront a nightmare from his past.

FEATURING: a fast-paced and gripping plot, mysterious relics left in Rome and Winchester, kidnapping, robbery, murder and a pursuit stretching from Assisi in Italy to an unforgettable climax in the Scottish Highlands.

By the book: https://www.amazon.com/Epiphany-Jotham-Fletcher-Mystery-Thriller-ebook/dp/B06WD6TCR6

Also in the series

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One of the recent reviews of the first book in the series The Magus Covenant.

A beautiful edge of the seat thriller based on Simon the Magician or Simon Magus mentioned in various places in the Bible. The way the story is woven, the characters developed, the twists and turns that the plot develops as it moves along makes the book alluring, fascinating and irresistible. The revelation at the end takes the reader by total surprise and makes this book a topnotch one! One gets enthralled as one goes through each page! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading Toni’s other book too! 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y

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For more information on Toni and her books and international buy links: https://tonipike.com/the-jotham-fletcher-mystery-thriller-series/

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My next update is for Andrew Joyce and it is my own review for Yellow Hair. The book was on my Christmas book list and I took the opportunity over my recent break to settle in and enjoy.

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Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people and the author uses their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century.
This is American history.

My review for Yellow Hair.

As a child of the 1960s, and with a father who was a huge Western fan, it was easy to get carried away with the dramatic and sweeping misinformation that was paraded before us. John Wayne led the charge across the plains and the common theme running through these Hollywood epics was ‘the only good injun, is a dead injun!’

Then in my late teens I read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown and my love affair with many of the western films was at an end.

I had read the reviews of Yellow Hair and I was interested to read this fictionalised version of actual events. I was not disappointed and as I was introduced to the back stories of the white settlers, and their often very pragmatic and desperate reasons for heading into the West, I began to see how it was not usually a malicious intrusion and greedy land grab but two cultures being misled and manipulated by the US Government and those with commercial interests.

You reach a point early on in the book; having been introduced to the settlers in this wagon train, when you are shocked into the recognition of how very dangerous their undertaking was and how unprepared the majority of them were.

Then begins the saga that becomes the story of a white man living as part of this besieged indigenous people, struggling to maintain their traditions and to survive the destruction of their way of life and the land that sustains them.

The list of injustices is very long, and the brutality of the clashes between the cultures, graphic and very disturbing. Peace was brokered time after time and promises were made that were only as good for as long as it took the ink to dry. You will be shocked at your sense of outrage as the behaviour of those in power and also saddened that these once proud and flourishing tribes should be so decimated in just 85 years.

Andrew Joyce does not pull any punches, but he presents the facts well and fairly. The thread that binds the story together, and humanises it, is the story of a young man with a foot in both cultures. Seeing the events and catastrophic impact on both settler and Indian through his eyes, will make you question much of the history written by the victors and then dramatised for our entertainment.

I recommend that you read the book for yourselves and you can find it here:

Read all the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Hair-Andrew-Joyce-ebook/dp/B01LXOXHBI

Also by Andrew Joyce

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BUY all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM

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Connect to Andrew: https://andrewjoyce.wordpress.com/

The final author update today is for Hilary Custance Green and her book Surviving The Death Railway – A POW’s memoir and Letters from Home.

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About the book

The ordeals of the POWs put to slave labour by their Japanese masters on the ‘Burma Railway’ have been well documented yet never cease to shock. It is impossible not to be horrified and moved by their stoic courage in the face of inhuman brutality, appalling hardship and ever-present death. While Barry Custance Baker was enduring his 1000 days of captivity, his young wife Phyllis was attempting to correspond with him and the families of Barry’s unit.

Fortunately these moving letters have been preserved and appear, edited by their daughter Hilary, in this book along with Barry’s graphic memoir written after the War. Surviving the Death Railway’s combination of first-hand account, correspondence and comment provide a unique insight into the long nightmare experienced by those in the Far East and at home. The result is a powerful and inspiring account of one of the most shameful chapters in the history of mankind which makes for compelling reading.

The latest review for the book

By OlgaNM on 28 Feb. 2017

Thanks to Hilary Custance Green (who edited part of her family history and that of many others) and to Katie Eaton from Pen & Sword Books Limited (www.pen-and-sword.co.uk) for sending me a paperback copy of this book that I freely choose to review.

As a reader, when it comes to stories about the war, I’ve always been more interested in the individuals (both in the front and back home) than in the way the battles were fought. I had heard, read, and mostly watched TV programmes and movies about Japanese war camps (I won’t forget Tenko in a hurry). Probably lots of people have. This book provides the personal experience of a family whose lives were affected and transformed by the war. We get to know Barton (Barry) Custance Baker, born in Malaya, before the war; we later learn of his marriage to Phyllis and then we follow him all the way back to Malaya and read on as he becomes father and prisoner of war. We also read (thanks to the correspondence of the period, some that reached its destination and some that didn’t) about Phyllis’s life, the thoughts of those left back home and the way they tried to hang on to hope.

The book combines letters from Barry to Phyllis about his life in the East, most of the time not sure if any of them would make it to his wife, letters from Phyllis to Barry, trying to keep up his spirits with news about their son, Robin, and his family, and the diary Barry wrote, containing more details about his time abroad, although always trying to emphasise the positive and understate the difficulties. The combination of these narratives creates a complex and complementary testimony of the varied experiences of the war for those on both sides of the conflict, such as the difficulty of being away and separated from those you love for years, missing the early years of a son you hardly know and worrying that you might no longer know your partner when you go back (or when they come back), and contrasting the often mistaken ideas and thoughts about what the other party might be enduring.

Barry’s parents thought he would be bored as a PoW, never imagining he would be building a railway line, the Thailand-Burma railway, appropriately called Death Railway, as it cost so many lives (not only British). That he, as an officer, might be engaged in heavy labouring work, starved and ill did not enter their imagination.

Barry also had little concept of life back home and did not have news of his parents’ move to San Francisco to help with radio transmissions in Malayan or later, of the death of his younger brother, John. He imagines there might be some restrictions and even danger, but not how unsettling the lack of news was.

Barry’s efforts trying to ensure he kept track of his men and that he did all he could to keep them safe were echoed by those made by Phyllis, who tried her hardest to create a network of information to share any news between the relatives and friends of the men in her husband’s unit, sending encouraging letters, and even creating a dossier with as much data as possible about all the men, to facilitate the task of the War Office in identifying and reporting their fate.

The book is extraordinary too because it clearly shows the tireless efforts they all made to try and keep in touch at a time when communication with each other wasn’t only a click away, and when sometimes years might pass without any news of the other person (and in the best case scenario the news might be years old by the time they get it). Forget about 140 characters on Twitter. The rules of their communication kept changing and at some point they could only send 25 words to their loved one, and that included the date. And the best they could hope for was a prewritten card with only a few words added by hand.

If physically the experiences are very different (although not full of gross details, we get a clear sense of the trials and suffering the men had to endure), mentally, the toll of the lack of information, of the separation and the impotence is clear on both sides. And those letters of mothers, girlfriends, uncles, asking for information about their loved ones, sharing the good and bad news, but always trying to encourage the other person, no matter what their lot has been, are impossible to forget. Even the replies to Phyllis request for particulars about the men convey so much more than what is written. It is amazing how a few words to describe somebody can be so full of feeling and be so touching, and how much they say about unspoken emotions.

As readers, we can but share in the feelings, and are touched by the hopes, anxieties, and stress of the situation. We are given an extraordinary insight into the lives of people whom we might have known, and who could have been our neighbours, friends, or family. We read about their joy at the impending reunion and their wish to get to know each other (and the worry that they might no longer recognise or like the persons they have become). Barry and Phyllis become our ersatz family and we’re happy to learn they had more children and lived happy and fulfilling lives. I was particularly moved by a moment towards the end of Barry’s life when he’s ill in hospital and for a moment believes he’s back at the camp. When his daughter (Hilary) explains to him what has happened since and he realises he’s ill and dying but has lived a full life he says ‘I’ll settle for that’. I hope we all can say that when our time comes.

Hilary Custance Green, the editor of the book, and Barry and Phyllis’s daughter has found the way of letting the letters and the diary tell the story, with very little explanation or unnecessary interference, other than minimal clarifications or explanations when needed. The material is powerful enough in its own right. She has done a great job and the book is a great memorial not only to her parents but also to all the men and women who went through the experience. At the end of the book, there is a call to anybody who might have information about families of members of the Men of 27 Line Section to get in touch with the editor. Don’t forget to pass the message on if you know anybody connected to the menor with contacts who might have more information.

In summary, this is a fantastic book for those interested in World War II, both from the point of view of war action and of the home front, those interested in stories about PoW, tales of human bravery, valour, endurance and the heroism of extraordinary ‘ordinary’ people. Don’t miss this book and don’t forget to pass it on to anybody who might have known a member of the unit.

 Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Surviving-Death-Railway-Pows-Memoir-Letters-Home/1473870003

Also by Hilary Custance Green

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Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hilary-Custance-Green/e/B0034Q4SEQ

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Connect to Hilary via her website: http://www.hilarycustancegreen.com

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Scream Anthology, John Fioravanti, Bette A. Stevens and Annette Rochelle Aben


author-update-jpgAs I am not going to be posting a Cafe and Bookstore update until I get back from my break on March 1st.. I am adding an extra author today with her new release.. more later about Annette Rochelle Aben’s latest book.

A couple of weeks ago I featured the collaborative anthology Run – A collection of Dark Tales and here is the follow up Scream...Time to get behind the sofa as these talented writers take darkness to a whole new level.

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About SCREAM: A Collection of Dark Tales

Biohazard by Kathy Love
Jenny knew when she took a job working for a crime cleaning company, she would experience some weird situations. But she never thought one of her co-workers, David, would fall in love with her, and man, does he have a strange way of showing it. Hearts drawn in blood spatter and notes out of body tissue? That takes weird to a whole new level. Add to that, with a serial killer on the loose, she finds herself spending a lot of time at work—and with David. Soon, she can’t help wondering if he could be the one killing these people. Just so they can spend more time together.

Undying Love by Kristine Mason
Till death do us part does not apply…Morgan Smithwell’s first love is killed in a car accident, leaving her devastated and heartbroken. When she claims his ghost has visited her, Morgan’s parents and psychiatrist believe she’s had a psychotic break. But Morgan knows the truth. Death cannot come between her and the boy she loves. Now, to keep their love alive, Morgan must find her lover a new body. Again and again…

No Eulogy for a Stranger by Caleb Pirtle III
Easy Eddy Dollar is not quite sure where he is when he awakes on a park bench with a bullet wound in his stomach. And just who are all these people entering his life? With only twenty-four hours to find out, Easy Eddy Dollar knows he’s a stranger among strangers, and nobody has a prayer to recite at the grave of a stranger.

The Woman of My Dreams by Joe Broadmeadow
The cut of a truth long hidden is quick, deep, and painful. Yet, life has a way of never missing a beat, even when breaking your heart. Is there such a thing as loving too much?

The Hunter by Drew Jordan
Not every woman is fortunate enough to be married to a serial killer like I am. Why is that lucky? Because he will protect me from everyone and anyone…and never ever hurt me.

Follow The Hunter from Alaska to Canada to reclaim his wife, Laney. Or to make her his final victim. The Hunter is a short story related to the dark and sexy CRASH trilogy, which includes Crash, Hide, and Expose.

The House That Weeps by Elle J Rossi
Andrew Stevens has one shot left to do something good with his life. But will the horrors inside the house that weeps be his savior or his ultimate demise?

The Silent Widow by Kimberly McGath
Eight-track tapes and bell-bottoms were all the rage in the late 1970’s. Citizens had become familiar with serial killers such as Zodiac, but nothing prepared them for this sweetheart killer. Valentine’s Day will be red with blood in this rural town. Author Kimberly McGath will keep you guessing in The Silent Widow, with many twists and turns that will make you Scream. But will you be able to?

Chimes at Midnight by Paul Dale Anderson
Never play blind man’s bluff with a blind man. Never play games with an old man entering his second childhood. And never ever play for keeps or bet your life because the odds are not in your favor.

A Sultry Abyss by Sue Coletta
Crime Writer Sydney Slaughter has spent her life researching serial killers. What she never expected was to find herself at the center of a brutal murder spree. When visions hit too close to reality, Syd goes to a hypnotist to tap into her subconscious. What she envisions shakes her very core. Can she use her skills to expose the killer? Or will fate turn the table, reveal things she never wanted to know?

Buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUCLDZ9/

The previous collection RUN.

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One of the reviews for RUN

A fabulous collection of stories that will keep you riveted and reading, Run, is a collection of short tales that are alternately, disturbing, surprising and chilling. The authors in this collection have done a bang-up job of looking at the darker side of human nature. From crime fiction and espionage, to tales of psychological terror and even supernatural horror, this gem of a collection will appeal to a diverse variety of readers. These authors know their craft. The writing is polished and I was blown away by the twists and turns in several of the tales. Highly recommended! I look forward to reading more of their individual books.

 Read all the story summaries, reviews and buy the anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Run-Collection-Tales-Elle-Rossi/dp/1539653935

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Time to look at John Fioravanti’s book Reflections – Inspirational Quotes & Interpretations; published in late December last year. Have you read quotes from both classic and modern thinkers.. and wondered what they actually mean.. particularly to those of us living in this modern age?

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About Reflections – Inspirational Quotes & Interpretations

Does this question engage you or take you out of your comfort zone? Does it put you on the spot? REFLECTIONS is award-winning author and former educator John Fioravanti’s answer.

Offering his interpretations of fifty quotes by contemporary and ancient thinkers alike, John dives deep below the surface of words and explores the deeper meanings that shape his view of the world.

Deeply personal and presented in a self-effacing manner, these self-aware reflections will encourage you to dig deep within yourself and to discover more about the underlying truths that guide you.

Without trumpets or fanfare of any kind, John Fioravanti aspires to inspire you!

 One of the early reviews for the book

REFLECTIONS was a perfect book to read over the holidays. Each chapter focuses on an inspirational quote from such notable people as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Anne Frank; and, because of this approach, the book can be read non-linearly. The reader can move from one reflection to another, as interest dictates.

There are 50 quotations included in the book, each of which author Fioravanti provides his interpretations, a practice he adopted for his weekly blog. His thoughts, measured and insightful, spur the reader to consider his or her own. This book earns my endorsement and support with Five well-deserved Stars.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/REFLECTIONS-Inspirational-Interpretations-John-Fioravanti-ebook/dp/B01MSJUPDI

Also by John Fioravanti

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Read all the reviews and BUY the books: https://www.amazon.com/John-Fioravanti/e/B00JSAHGAU

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Connect to John via his website: http://fiorabooks.com/

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One of my guests for the Book Reading at the Cafe starting in March is children’s author Bette A. Stevens.. She has an offer starting on Wednesday for her book Pure Trash.. so let’s take a look at the book first.

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It’s PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction/short story), a Compelling Prequel to the novel DOG BONE SOUP.

The year is 1955. Remember the Good Old Days? You know, the 1950s and ‘60s, when America was flying high. The All American Family lived a life filled with hopes and dreams and life’s necessities too. Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American Boomer Boy. No, Shawn is a poor boy. He can’t join Boy Scouts or sports teams. There’s not even enough money for necessities. Besides, Shawn doesn’t have time for that. But when chores are done, there’s always fishing!

In this short story, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. This is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied (and not just by kids). It may redefine your definition of bullying.

If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its synonyms. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of a dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.

One of the reviews for Pure Trash

How can so much imagery fit in such a small space? A host of human emotions and an entire era are crammed within a handful of pages. What’s even more impressive, this is all accomplished from the point of view of a a simple boy.

This short story speaks volumes about Stevens’ writing skills and her ability to pick the seemingly insignificant details that make all the difference – such as the self-made metal basket on the hero’s bike, or the casual measuring of his father’s drunkenness level, in order to ascertain whether the old man is ready to take the boys fishing.

The hero’s voice is all the more poignant for his innocence. He knows what he loves and hates, but is content to describe; not judge. This makes Pure Trash all the more compelling, as any judging is left to the reader.

All in all, a powerful short story, and a great introduction to the novel.

Read the reviews and take advantage of the #FREE offer from February 22nd to 26th: https://www.amazon.co.uk/TRASH-Historical-Fiction-Short-prequel-ebook/dp/B00EH0RV6K

 Also by Bette A. Stevens

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://viewauthor.at/BetteAStevens

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Connect to Bette via her website: http://www.4writersandreaders.com

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And last but definitely not least is Annette Rochelle Aben with her latest release, hot off the press..Go You: Some encouragement when you need it.

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About Go You.

If you follow Annette on social media you will know that she gives us daily nuggets of encouragement and inspiration. Apart from a very talented poet, Annette has the knack of bringing a smile to your face, even when you are at your wit’s end.

Encouraging words raise the spirit and provide strength. Find some encouragement when you need it in this book. You ARE SPECIAL! You ARE WONDERFUL! You ARE A TERRIFIC PERSON! So, GO YOU!!

There is already a review in.

Thank you, Ms.Aben. This is just what I needed this week. I now keep this by my bed and read one passage every morning when I get up.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Go-You-some-encouragement-when-ebook/dp/B06VTQD6TW

Also by Annette Rochelle Aben

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Connect to Annette via her blog: www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com

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