Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Colleen Chesebro, Natalie Ducey and Malia Ann Haberman


Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update and lots of news today.  First is a FREE offer from Colleen Chesebro for her book The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy 23rd – 24th June.

Here is the latest review for the book

This is not my usual cup of tea, but I knew Colleen Chesebro’s excellent work as a blogger for a couple years and was curious about her debut novel. I am glad I decided to read it!

This was a wonderful fairy tale, and in terms of the protagonist’s social relations, it was also a sweet, utterly believable YA novel that really tugged at my heartstrings. I loved Abigale’s relationship with her aunt in particular – it was terribly moving in places and the author’s vivid descriptions and excellent prose made it so lifelike for me, as if it all took place before my eyes. It was all very human, very easy to relate to, what they had to go through as they got to know and trust each other, and I loved this in the story more than anything else. Abigale’s relations with the local youngsters and the horse racing were a delight to explore and, of course, I found the fairies enchanting! I expect young teenage girls will most certainly lap up the whimsical fantasy elements in this story.

The antagonist is a scary villain that I believe bordered on madness. His malice balances out perfectly the sweetness and innocence that surrounds Abigale in her world, other than that. I am really surprised this is a debut novel! It’s very well-structured and told beautifully, a real feat for an emerging author. I am already looking forward to the next installment in this delightful tale! (I received a free copy and chose voluntarily to review it.)

Read all the reviews and download the book FREE today and tomorrow: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

Find out more about Colleen Chesebro, read more reviews and follow on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro

Connect to Colleen via her website: https://colleenchesebro.com/

The next author with an update is Natalie Ducey who is celebrating the publication of her second book.

About the book

The Heart’s Lullaby is a candid portrayal of love in all its splendor and pain.

Love, in its purest form, is tranquil and soothes the soul. But love, as is life, can sometimes be cruel and unjust with its paths of uncertainty and forced goodbyes.

In essence, it is a journey of self-discovery. A continuous journey of becoming. Often, it becomes a delicate dance of holding on and letting go.

We linger in memories of ill-fated love; our minds can easily soil them, and our hearts can effortlessly polish them to perfection, altering their resemblance entirely. We can anchor ourselves to yesterday by zealous choice or solemn grief. So easily, we can become obsessed with what “might have been” and miss the beauty that lies before us. Our minds craft spectacular moments that will never be realized. Why? Is it self-indulgence, or are they necessary companions for our soul’s survival?

Love, its force so formidable, transcends time, distance, and even death. Eternal love is the epitome of its grandeur.

To feel the exquisite, majestic splendor of love is the greatest gift we can give or receive. To have another see the unique beauty in our imperfections, that will protect us and elevate us without greed or envy, a soul willing and proud to walk this journey of life with us and share in its joys and sorrows … this is love, a gift unmeasurable and unmatched by earthly possessions.

But two souls must be willing. Therein lies the intricate complexities of the heart.

And in the end, we must never forget … Love, as is life, is a continuous journey of becoming.

Buy your copy of Natalie’s new book: https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Lullaby-Natalie-Ducey-ebook/dp/B072TMDGRB

Also by Natalie Ducey.

One of the recent reviews for this poetry collection.

on May 9, 2017

Natalie Ducey’s intensely emotional debut book of poetry is a collection of 23 poems reflecting upon her views during both her fifteen years counselling others, as well as her own personal journey. Both have given her ample fodder for writing of the many diverse facets of human emotion. Author Ducey says, “I try to capture the essence of the fragility and resiliency of our hearts—the brilliant beauty of life’s journey.” Her words are an apt description of her lovely and deeply moving poems.

This powerfully written book of poetry touches upon all of the emotions of humanity, sometimes with a gentle loving touch, other times with the raging agony of love lost. Her words speak in the brutally honest language of the soul, connecting with readers following journeys similar to her own . . . and to those whose emotional trials are yet to come.
Unlike poets who make their readers study and search for meaning, this poet writes directly to her readers, as the songlike meter of her joys and travails draw them into her journey; feeling with her.

As a published poet myself, I tend to judge poetry on how it affects me. If the meter is slightly off, but the words draw me in to them, I am content. I loved every single one of these poems and could not pick a favorite as each one reached out to me on so many levels. I laughed, loved and cried with these poems which drew out anew memories of my own. Most importantly, I stopped to read some of them yet again, drawn to words that felt like heartbeats, comforting me as I traverse my own journey.

By the books end I was left satiated by a warm sense of peace and an overall warm and fuzzy good feeling. That, to me, is the sign of a true poet.
Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Natalie-Ducey/e/B014XNEG8G

Read all the reviews and follow Natalie on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13534715.Natalie_Ducey

Connect to Natalie via her blog: https://natalieducey.com/

The last update today is from Malia Ann Haberman and her latest release this week. Letters from an American Soldier: A True Love Story told through real Love Letters. The letters were written by Malia Ann’s father who was fighting in the Korean War to her mother..

About the book

Sometimes real life is so much better than fiction.

These real and amazing love letters written by a soldier during training and then while fighting overseas in Korea will make you believe that true love really does exist. They’re filled with the raw emotions of a soldier who wants nothing more than to be with the love of his life. So put on some mood music, pour yourself a tall drink, and then slip into the mind, heart, and soul of an American soldier.

Buy Malia Ann Haberman’s new book: https://www.amazon.com/Letters-American-Soldier-Story-Through-ebook/dp/B072WM24Q3

Also by Malia Ann Haberman

One of the most recent reviews on Amazon for Book One.. Chase Tinker and the House of Magic.

Malia Ann Haberman exhibits her amazing talent through her story Chase Tinker and the House of Magic. I read it all in one day and refused to put it down— Er, close my Kindle app on my computer, to be precise. Her character, Chase Tinker, develops throughout the story in such a “magical” way. I cannot wait for the next to watch Chase develop, and, hopefully, to see where he is going with Persephone.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, it is about a young boy named Chase and his younger brother Andy who have to deal with coming into strange new powers without the support of their magical father. He’s gone missing. So when the boys finally share their lack of knowledge of their powers with each other, they were surprised to find the grandfather, who was supposed to be dead, at their door. They go with him back to the magical home that belongs to the Tinker family, and wondrous things happen as they gain knowledge about their family heritage, powers, and things they weren’t supposed to hear.

Everything quickly starts to go downhill after their arrival, forcing the boys and their cousin, Janie, and the housekeeper’s daughter, Persephone, to have to find their way through the mess of things.

Not only was her book amazing to read, it was amazing to see. I don’t mean that there were pictures or videos, nor that the structure was beautiful to look at (though it was structurally flawless); just that she used a great deal of imagery and description that I felt like I was there with Chase and Andy and Janie and Persephone as they roamed the magical home filled with rooms of bizarre powers.

Find out more about Malia Ann Haberman and buy her books: https://www.amazon.com/Malia-Ann-Haberman/e/B009CJ0DNE

Read more reviews and follow Malia Ann Haberman on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5769159.Malia_Ann_Haberman

Connect to Malia Ann Haberman via her blog: https://maliaannhaberman.wordpress.com

Thank you for dropping by today and if you have news to share about a new book or an offer please let me know. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Shehanne Moore and Gigi Sedlmayer


The first author with an update is Shehanne Moore with another excellent review this week for her book The Writer and the Rake.

About the book.

He saw her coming. If he’d known her effect he’d have walked away.

When it comes to doing it all, ‘wild child’ writer Brittany Carter ticks every box. Having it all is a different thing though, what with her need to thwart an ex fiancé and her being transported from the present to Georgian times. But then, so long as she can find her way back to her world of fame and promised fortune, what’s there to worry about?

Georgian bad boy Mitchell Killgower is at the center of an inheritance dispute. He needs Brittany as his obedient, country-mouse wife. Or, rather, he needs her like a hole in the head. In and out of his bed, he’s never known a woman like her. Nor a woman who can disappear and reappear like her either.

And when his coolly contained anarchist, who is anything but, learns how to return to her world and remain, will having it all be enough, or does she underestimate him, and herself?

The latest review on Amazon.

I totally loved everything about this time-travel romance and would give it ten stars if I could.

Brittany Carter is an author, who drinks, smokes, and parties too much. After a surreal encounter with a character called Morte, she’s transported to the Georgian era and meets bad boy Mitchell Killgower, who is locked into an inheritance dispute with some hateful relatives of his deceased wife. When Brittany materialises out of nowhere, he hopes she can prove useful by pretending to be his obedient and mousy wife for long enough to hoodwink those who hold the purse strings and stop his son getting the inheritance. The only trouble is that the feisty Brittany is incapable of fitting into this role and Mitchell has truly met his match on the impossible person’s front.

I don’t want to give too much away, as this will spoil readers’ fun; and the novel is such great fun, in a quirky sense of the word, always sustaining a wonderful forward momentum with wonderfully entertaining dialogue. Come to think of it, I don’t recall the author using any dialogue tags at all, and if she did, they weren’t intrusive.

Brittany is often insufferable, but also pretty cool in a chaotic way. Mitchell is a Mr Darcy type: dark, handsome, brooding, stubborn, hard to impress, and master of his heart, but decidedly sexier than the original. His relationship with Brittany is meant as a short-term arrangement of convenience and nothing more. And the feeling is mutual …until it isn’t.

Speaking of the raunchy scenes, Shehanne Moore knows how to write about sex in a way that’s humorous, playful, erotic and, at times, intense. It’s never explicit, because it doesn’t need to be; the subtle interplay of all the human senses is sufficient.

On the hilarity front, the crowning moment for me is when Mitchell rifles through Brittany’s bag and puzzles over its contents from the future, and then questions her about one of the items in particular.

If you haven’t already guessed, I fell in love with Mitchell and felt really sorry for him when Brittany kept appearing and disappearing. A rake like Mitchell does not give his heart easily to a woman, preferring the casual company of floosies when needs dictate.

The Writer and the Rake can be read as a standalone novel, even though it’s the second part of a series. One reviewer has suggested that, in order to understand the time mutants better, it’s an idea to read the series in the right order, starting with The Viking and the Courtesan.

As you can imagine, Time Mutants #1 is near the top of my reading list, as I can’t get enough of Shehanne Moore’s writing and am delighted to have discovered someone with such a fresh and original voice. A highly recommended read.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Writer-Rake-Shehanne-Moore-ebook/dp/B06XS2R38K

Also by Shehanne Moore

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW

Read more reviews and follow Shehanne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7029905.Shehanne_Moore

Connect to Shehanne via her blog: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/

The next author who has been receiving great reviews for her books is Gigi Sedlmayer and here is the latest review for the first book in the Talon series Talon, Come Fly with Me.

About the book

The adventure of a young girl will captivate your attention in this beautiful book. The words soar off the page and into your heart as you read this imaginative story.

Enjoy seeing the family dynamic from the first moment with her brother, to the gentle times with her mom, and the exciting scenes with her father.

A young girl, Matica, is jealous of her brother, Aiken’s ability to have friends. But Matica’s ability to form friendships is extraordinary. The trust and camaraderie between Matica and the condors is truly wonderful.

The way the author revealed each situation is fun to read and it made one anxious to see what’s next. Acceptance was eloquently woven into the story without being blatant. And the other thing I learned was that when certain things happen, you don’t always know why and just maybe something goodwill come of it.

Talon, Come Fly With Me is not only magical but inspiring. The author is expressive every step of the way and paint such vivid pictures with her words.

The latest review

This inspirational story is the part one of a series of books about a family of condors taken care by a disabled girl named Matica and her Australian family residing in Peru amongst Indians and the wildlife of that country. Matica, a sandy-blonde girl who does not seem to grow in length appropriate for her age, goes through a series of hard events to make sure her condor friends Tamo, Tima, and their son Talon (which this book and those succeeding it are about) survive poachers and thrive in their natural habitat.

I thought this book was moving and endearing because it is a children’s book but the lessons in it are universal and can also benefit adults too. All throughout the book, Matica and I both discovered the beauty of purpose and advantage and how after the storm and turbulence, you come to realize that you have a reason for being here on earth. Matica is disabled and initially she had thought that her life was meaningless, that she did not fit in with her settings and environment, that she was a no-good individual that the Peruvian Indians were excluding from their society and was considered by them to be “weird” and or “cursed.” However, by the end of the book, she comes to terms with her own existence and that despite being disabled, she had a purpose, she had an advantage for living and that is to care for the condors she has named Tamo (the adult male); Tima (the adult female); and Talon (their son).

This book should be in your home library yes, yes, yes! I say this because it has a moralistic teaching about it that you can revisit over and over throughout your life. If you think you are a worthless, invalid person, just pick this book from your shelves and reread it and you will forget about your trouble. It is God-fearing, it is family-oriented, and it is inspirational. Great for your children, grandchildren, nephew/niece, godson/daughter, etc. Come on, reward that dear, favorite child of yours with a didactic story like this! Hey, and while you’re at it, get the other books in this 5-part series as well!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Come-Fly-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00J2643PG

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

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

Thank you for dropping by today and please don’t forget to let me know if you have a great review, new release or a book on offer. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Geoff Le Pard and Pamela Schloesser Canepa


Delighted to share the news that Geoff Le Pard has a brand new book available on Pre-Order for July 15th at the special price of £1.54 or $1.96.  Meet Buster & Moo.

About the book

With their relationship under pressure, is adopting a dog the best decision for Mervin and Landen? As they adapt to fit the animal into their busy lives a chance encounter with Dave and Sheri, the dog’s previous owners, develops into something more and the newfound friendship is tested to the limits.

Life is complicated when Landen loses her job following the discovery of her affair with a colleague and then she becomes involved in a police investigation into alleged money laundering and drug dealing at her old firm. She tries desperately to keep the sordid truth from Mervin as events begin to spiral out of control.

As the four lives overlap and criss-cross the one constant is their shared love of the dog named Moo. But the problems mount up. While Sheri and Mervin grow close as they struggle to help each other, it is the unlikely alliance between Sheri and Landen that leads to the dramatic climax. However, there is only room for one hero in this story – who will it be?

Pre-order the book on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Buster-Moo-Geoff-Pard-ebook/dp/B071ZWJM49

Pre-order the book on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Buster-Moo-Geoff-Pard-ebook/dp/B071ZWJM49/

Also by Geoff Le Pard

One of the most recent reviews for Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle on Goodreads

Raymond Mathiesen rated it 5 Stars

Harry struggles in a more and more complicated web…

Harry Spittle is home from first year at university with not exactly spectacular exam results. But that’s the least of his worries. Stephen McNoble, a violent bully-boy from university, is holidaying in Harry’s home town. Even worse Stephen’s father knows Harry’s parents. Things seem to be going better when Harry gets a holiday job at Hemmingway’s, the local upmarket hotel, but things get very complicated and go from bad to worse.

This novel is full of entanglements, confusions and disasters, but light heartedly romps along, endearing the reader to Harry, despite all his weaknesses and faults. It is not a short read, but is entertaining all the way. One of the important themes is the values of family and friends, and the idea that we don’t necessarily cope if we feel we have to be totally self-reliant. But don’t get the wrong idea: this is not at all a ‘heavy’ read. Humour certainly runs throughout the book and you can expect the odd chuckle as you read.

Although this could certainly be described as a ‘guy’s book,’ Dina, Penny and Natalie, among others, represent the female perspective. There are plenty of capable women here, although not all are ‘good,’ indeed femininity in its many and varied forms are well represented.

There are a few mildly spicy scenes and some violence, but as I said this is mostly a light entertaining book. I’m certainly glad I read this

Read all the reviews and buy the books:https://www.amazon.com/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0

Read more reviews and follow Geoff on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9791177.Geoff_Le_Pard

Connect with Geoff on his bloghttp://geofflepard.com/

Another author with a book out today is Pamela Schloesser Canepa with Detours in Time.  A fun time turns intense.

About the book

Feisty Tabatha, a struggling artist, and Milt, an awkward Science professor, set off on a journey to the future. What was supposed to be fun soon turns quite intense when they make discoveries about their future selves and end up on other “detours.” The two set events into action that may save one life, yet destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action? Can Tabatha stick to Milt’s rules of time travel? Both Milt and Tabatha struggle to witness and not participate in a place and time that is not yet their own.

Amid the backdrop of a future that reveals great wonders and horrors, Tabatha and Milt must resist the temptation to use discoveries from future technology to aid them when they return to the present. Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas and surprises that can either destroy the strongest friendship or bring two people closer.

Buy the book Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Detours-Time-Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa-ebook/dp/B0711ZW6XF

Buy the book Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Detours-Time-Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa-ebook/dp/B0711ZW6XF

Also by Pamela Schloesser Canepa

The latest review for Made For Me

There’s an old saying: you love whom you love. I admit it I’m a sucker for a good romance. This story is no exception to the rule. Can we control who we fall in love with? That’s s great question, but when we do, can we envision how our lives are to bee?
This story weaves well. It is a tender love story that reminds us all to cherish each day with our loved ones because it will never come again. At the heart of this book is a tender story of family and love, and by passing on gifts that can benefit others. I very much enjoyed it and will be looking forward to the third book in the series.

I think if I had read this first and then read, “Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes” I would have rated that book higher than I did previously.

Wonderful job on this. I admit I got terry-eyed several times.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa/e/B01E0KV716

Read more reviews and follow Pamela on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15166012.Pamela_Schloesser_Canepa

Connect to Pamela via her website: http://pamscanepa1.allauthor.com/

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will check out these two books by Geoff and Pamela. Sharing would be great thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Lucy Brazier, Colleen Chesebro and Christoph Fischer.


The first update is for Lucy Brazier with the second PorterGirl novel, The Vanishing Lord which was released on June 10th 2017.

About the book

There’s nothing quite so annoying as having the police arrive when you are trying to cover up a crime that may or may not have happened.

Lord Bernard has died unexpectedly. Is Deputy Head Porter being framed? Head Porter just wants to be kept out of the picture.

In this fast-paced whimsical British romp, a priceless work of art – the portrait of Old College founding father Lord Arthur Layton – has gone missing and with the death of Lord Bernard, the Master of arch rivals Hawkins College, there is nothing for it but for our heroine to don her trusty bowler hat and embark upon another eccentric investigation.

In this sequel to the debut PorterGirl novel, First Lady of The Keys, Old College’s first and only female Porter must find the portrait or it will be her that is flat on the canvas and framed like a kipper.
Tenacious detectives, ill-advised disguises, saucy medieval literature and Russian spies conspire to confuse matters further in this entertaining escapade.

An early review

In ‘The Vanishing Lord’ the second of the PorterGirl novels Deputy Head Porter has found her feet – even when disguised as a flighty girl in killer heels! So many scenes Lucy has brought to life in her inimitable way, framed and hung around a missing painting … with a touch of medieval spice … don’t ask just read!
Deputy Head Porter, bowler hat and waistcoat her usual attire, the ‘First Lady of the Keys’ at Old College, a world of doors and gates, dark passages , tea and whisky, secrets and mischievous ways … a world in which everyone knows and known by their place. Such characters, from The Master to the Bedders … all slightly to the downright quirky!
None more so than The Dean, a triumph of imagination, he steals every scene he’s in. And then there are the outsiders – the police, so inconveniently tenacious, and an excitable young man with thighs … no spoilers … I’ll let Lucy tell you … this novel, as the first one, such a joy to read.
Also by Lucy Brazier
 

The latest review for the book on Goodreads

 May 19, 2017 Marje Mallon rated it 4 stars.

Really enjoyed this so much!

I’ve had PorterGirl on my must read radar for some time. For three reasons, one it’s set in Cambridge, (and I live in Cambridge too,) and two I have enjoyed reading Lucy’s blog Porter Girl and following her.

Also, my youngest daughter works part-time as a waitress in one of the colleges in Cambridge so I hear all about college life from her, and all about the sumptuous food….

So my impressions of PorterGirl… I really enjoyed PG. It’s one of those books that lifts your spirits up and puts you in a fantastic mood. It prompts you to put the kettle on and eat lots of forbidden biscuits! Lol… Porter G’s experience as the first female porter of a prestigious Cambridge University college is a lively riot from start to finish, full of humour, tea, and jokes about eating fabulous food when and wherever PorterGirl can… Being a foodie, this constant ambition to raid the fridges and steal food from under her colleagues’ hungry noses had me in stitches, as did crazy but ever so serious tasks such as PorterGirl rescuing a most important College cat via a precarious punting escapade. There’s never a dull moment, but a dollop of rising fear ensues as PorterGirl discovers murders are being committed in Old College. She begins to fear for her life, but PorterGirl is no coward, (a former copper,) she manages to keep herself safe, until…. it gets a bit hot under the bowler hat. Even so, her bowler hat remains proudly on top of her head, never to be removed not even in the most dire, calamitous of circumstance!

My recommendation: 4 stars. A favourite read that will make you smile a lot – and smiling is one of my favourite pastimes. Lucy has a pleasing writing style that makes you feel as if you know her personally. But, this novel should come with a health warning: This will make you laugh so much that you will splutter out your tea and biscuits! I reckon our friends across the water will find the copious amount of tea drinking that is a signature style of PorterGirl exceedingly amusing!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/PorterGirl-First-Lady-Lucy-Brazier-ebook/dp/B01JT0F9QQ

Read other reviews and find out more about Lucy Brazier by following her on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14129066.Lucy_Brazier

Connect to Lucy via her website: https://portergirl.com/

Now for an update for Colleen Chesebro whose book The Swamp Fairy was reviewed by Robbie Cheadle on her blog.

About the book

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations.

Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy. The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors.

But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

As Abby learns to be part of a family again and explores her love of horses with friends, Savanna, and Blake, the swamp slowly gives up some of its secrets. She is summoned by a primeval nymph, who teaches Abby that her true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

Can Abby save the swamp and the Naiad Nymph Clan from certain destruction before it is too late?

Robbie Cheadle’s Review: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/my-review-of-the-heart-stone-chronicles/

This book contained absolutely everything I could wish for in a book including an orphan girl, a trained guide dog, horses, wonderful friends, a kind and loving Aunt and, best of all, fairies. The main character is an fourteen year old orphan girl, Abby, who moves to Florida to live with her unmarried and childless Aunt after living her entire life in the city of Chicago.

Abby has an unusual gift in that she can hear and communicate with all forms of animals and insects and, as she discovers soon into her new life, the ability to see and talk to fairies. Abby relocates with very little to her name other than a calcite pendant that is given to her just before she leaves Chicago by her Mother’s best friend and the papers to a piece of land that has been in her Mother’s family for generations. Abby soon discovers that this piece of swamp land, while seeming to be of little financial value in its current state, is the home to a clan of nymphs who play a vital role in ensuring the continued ability of humanity of fight diseases with medicinal plants. The land is, however, very enticing to an unethical and greedy land developer who seems determined to get his hands on Abby’s swamp regardless of anything and anyone standing in his way.

Abby gradually comes to realise that her gifts come with a great responsibility and that it is her destiny to protect the fairy clan that live in the swamp from the current threat.

The book contains some beautiful haikus and descriptive passages. It is not very often in modern books that you get to enjoy language that brings into play all of the senses in such a delightful way. A few of the passages that particularly enchanted me are as follows:

“Her heart beat rapidly in her chest when she glimpsed the butterflies and the resplendent dragonflies. She was ready for the cacophony of sound that vibrated inside her head. These were the communications of those who shared the swamp with her. And, yet, the acoustics overwhelmed her.”

“The late afternoon was hot, and the air felt thick. The smell of ripe grasses filled her nose. She spotted blue and red dragonflies darting in the field. Their wings sparkled in the sunlight as they perched on the wire fence sunning themselves.

I would recommend this book for children, particularly girls, from the ages of 11 years to 111.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

Find out more about Colleen Chesebro, read more reviews and follow on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16254415.Colleen_M_Chesebro

Connect to Colleen via her website: https://colleenchesebro.com/

The next author for an update is Christoph Fischer with his murder/mystery The Body in the Snow.

About the book

Fading celebrity Bebe Bollinger is on the wrong side of fifty and dreaming of a return to the limelight. When a TV show offers the chance of a comeback, Bebe grabs it with both hands – not even a lazy agent, her embarrassing daughter, irritating neighbours or a catastrophic snowfall will derail her moment of glory. But when a body is found in her sleepy Welsh hamlet, scandal threatens. Detective Sergeant Beth Cooper has a string of unsolved cases to her name. Her girlfriend left her and she’s a fish out of water in rural West Wales. Things couldn’t get much worse – until the case of the Body in The Snow lands in her lap. Can Beth solve the case and save her career and can Bebe make her comeback? All will be revealed in this light-hearted, cosy murder mystery by best-selling and award winning historical and crime fiction novelist Christoph Fischer.

The two latest reviews on Amazon

I have to admit that I’d never actually read a who-done-it, but having read most of Christoph Fischer’s earlier books, I just had to take the plunge. And though I’ve nothing in the genre to compare it with, I was not disappointed. I especially like the setting; the description of the Welsh countryside–where the author now resides–made me feel I a was there. As a permanently transplanted Floridian, I haven’t seen (nor wanted to see) snow in 15 years, but Fischer’s depiction brought me back to the specter of a New England winter with a shudder. There is quite a bit of backstory surrounding the characters, so by the time you learn the truth you know them very well. Or think you know them…

I’ve read few cozy mysteries so I won’t address if or how well “The Body In The Snow” fits that category. And due to personal time constraints, the time it took me to read the book reflects only on my circumstances, not the book.

I will say I always looked forward to reading the next snippet of story I sneaked in at bed before no longer pretending I could still see the print well enough to read (smiles). The leisurely style of the story plus the relatively short chapters did make it easier to pace myself reading. My only regret was that the story finished; I hope the author does create a series (as indicated by the title).

I enjoy shifting points of view and each chapter rotated through an increasingly more interesting cast of characters. Pacing as I mentioned was steady yet with moments of acceleration. Descriptions were crisp and clean adding punch and clarity.

This was a fun read. My solid 4.5 for this story easily rounded to a five.

My short and minor wish list includes a desire for a few well placed metaphors or similes. Like a spritz of lemon or sprinkle of herbs on fresh cooked vegetables, short emotional extensions of a description or the garnishing of a stream of consciousness, would have I think widened my imagination.

Beyong that, I thought the third person deep povs worked really well. It made relating to – and suspecting – nearly every character in the book easy (smiles). Surprisingly, the mystery of identifying the opening scene’s murder victim mid-book layered the mystery-level as a whole to an even more tangled level.

And finally, not meeting Beth, the protagonist, till well past the beginning of the book, created such a sense of relief and footing, I don’t know how else this potentially first in a series could have been written. In other words, the story unfolded naturally and unforced. An easy to read yet complex tale. Highly recommend.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Body-Snow-Bollinger-Murder-Mystery/dp/1537329766

A selection of books also by Christoph Fischer.

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Connect to Christoph via his website: http://www.christophfischerbooks.com/

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – John Fioravanti and Judith Barrow


The first author featured today is John Fioravanti with three of his most recent reviews for his latest release Reflections: Inspirational Quotes and Interpretations.

About the book

What do YOU think?

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!

on May 25, 2017

The author, John Fioravanti, has done a marvelous job is selecting each of the inspirational quotes he has chosen for inclusion in this book.

Starting off with a selected quote and who said it, the author then shifts his reader’s attention to how each quote has come to manifest itself in own existence as he reflects on his personal thoughts. As I read through each of the quotes I found myself experiencing my own contemplations as to how each of the quotes relates to life, with a variety of emotions, from sad to happy, coming up for. I read this book over a course of two days, because I wanted to write my review for it; but I feel, anyone who opts to get a copy of his endeavor by Mr. Fiorvanti, should take their time getting through the book by reading one quote a day, then reflecting on what it means to yourself and finally comparing your experience to that of the author’s. The results I had received on a handful of occasions had paralleled that of the author’s signifying how while we might feel our lives are unique to ourselves, they are in fact, shared by others. For having given me and that of other readers, an insightful reading experience by asking us in the beginning of the book’s description; “What do YOU think?”, how can I not give the author the 5 STARS I’ve given him.

Wisdom to Dream On  on May 16, 2017

This is a wonderful book to keep bedside. Beautiful reflections on quotes and sayings that we may have read, but not really considered in depth, or at least Fioravanti’s depth. The author endows his interpretations with unique and personal insight, bringing new life to even the most familiar quotes. Really enjoyed this book, and plan to keep it as a handy reference.

Reflections by author Fioravanti is an absolute gem of a book. The author candidly shares his interpretations of 50 inspirational quotes by well-known and highly distinguished people, such as: Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, and Anne Frank, just to name a few. The author articulates his thoughts so eloquently, with such candour and grace, it’s impossible not to look within and dare to reflect on our own thoughts and perceptions, without self-imposed judgement or fear.

I took my time reading this book, allowing myself to reflect and engage with my personal views. I have since revisited many of the 50 interpretations, and firmly believe this book will be one that will stay with me for years to come. I currently have the eBook version, but will be treating myself to the printed version for sure.

This is a gift for the soul and a highly recommended read!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/REFLECTIONS-Inspirational-Interpretations-John-Fioravanti-ebook/dp/B01MSJUPDI

Also by John Fioravanti

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

Read more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5246942.John_Fioravanti

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

I am a huge fan of Judith Barrow’s books and have read all of them. We are waiting eagerly for her prequel to the story due out in August, but in the meantime Judith has released a short story collection. Secrets: In the Shadows Lurks the Truth, shares stories of some of the characters we met in the series.

Judith was my guest on Saturday at the book reading at the cafe and if you missed the interview here is the link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-reading-and-interview-with-judith-barrow/

About the book

Ashford, home of the Howarth family,is a gritty northern mill town, a community of no-nonsense Lancashire folk, who speak their minds and are quick to judge. But how many of them are hiding secrets that wouldn’t stand up to the scrutiny of others?
Judith Barrow’s Howarth Family trilogy, Pattern of Shadows, Changing Patterns and Living in the Shadows, along with the prequel, A Hundred Tiny Threads, published by Honno Press, is peopled with just such characters. Here are some of their secret stories – the girl who had to relinquish her baby, the boy who went to war too young, the wife who couldn’t take any more…

“Judith Barrow has surpassed herself in writing this great family saga… There is such a wealth of fantastic characters to fall in love with and ones to hate! (Brook Cottage Books)

Also by Judith Barrow

One of the reviews for Living in the Shadows and the series in general.

I loved the first two parts of this series so was delighted when a friend bought me the final book in glorious paperback as a present. Living in the Shadows, like the rest of the series, is quality through and through.

This part is set in the late 1960’s and Mary and Peter Schormann are living a quiet life in Wales with their nearly grown up children, Richard and Victoria, who are at that late teenage stage where good and bad decisions are made over the choices that lie before them. Despite being twins, they are very different. Richard is studious and steady aiming for a career in medicine whereas Victoria is much less settled and causes a lot of distress by running away with the romantic idea of joining a hippie commune.

Mary’s niece, Linda Booth, is working in a hospital as a nurse but an altercation with the husband of one of her patients awakens the past and secrets dating back to the war come back to haunt the present.

This author doesn’t rely on the image of the swinging sixties as a happy hippie time of peace and free love but shows the darker side, the side not viewed through rose tinted glasses I suppose. Therefore, homophobia, domestic violence and the more sinister view of hippie communes all feature and help to paint a more realistic feel to that time.

Here is the cover reveal for the new book out in August.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6

Read more reviews and follow Judith on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3295663.Judith_Barrow

Connect to Judith via her blog: judithbarrowblog.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and please help spread the news of John and Judith’s reviews and new release. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Karen Ingalls, Janice Spina and Fiona Tarr


Welcome to the update and we begin with an offer from Karen Ingalls whose book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is FREE from 4th – 8th June. You can also obtain signed copies direct from Karen for only $2.99 on  kareningalls1941@gmail.com. Karen is celebrating nine years clear of cancer and all proceeds go to research into this life threatening and certainly life changing disease.

About the book

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized how little she knew about what is called “the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that “the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Feb 22, 2017 Harmony Kent rated it it was amazing

Outshine is an Oavarian Cancer survivor’s memoir full of inspiration and hope. The author shares her journey from diagnosis to cure and the part her strong faith played in that process. This book would prove useful for those suffering from cancer as well as their caregivers and significant others. One line I love is, ‘… attitude, acceptance, and determination are important factors in healing the body, mind, and spirit.’ The writer learnt many life lessons along the way and shares these unashamedly for the reader’s benefit. At the end of the book, the author includes helpful questions, signs and symptoms, and a list of resources. Well written and honest, this is a book that can find a place on any shelf.

Read all the reviews and download the book FREE from 4th June:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

Also by Karen Ingalls

Read all the reviews, find out more about Karen Ingalls and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen Ingalls: www.kareningallsbooks.com

Our next author to update is Janice Spina with her latest children’s book. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe released a few days ago and illustrated by John Spina.

About the book

Jeffrey is a nervous giraffe due to a terrible storm on the day of his birth. He remembers that day and is frightened of any kind of noise or unexpected things happening to him. His mother tells him that he is stronger than he thinks. One day Jeffrey meets another giraffe who needs his help. Read this story in rhyme and find out what important lesson Jeffrey learns when he thinks of others before himself.

An early review

Jeffrey is a nervous young giraffe because he constantly remembers the day when he was born. There was a loud, scary thunderstorm that day so any noise at all made Jeffrey afraid. His mama taught him a little rhyme to repeat whenever he was scared, but it didn’t seem to help. One day something happens that changes everything for him and Jeffrey learns an important lesson. This is another delightful book by Janice Spina and children will love it. They’ll enjoy learning about Jeffrey’s problem, and especially about the valuable solution. I highly recommend this entertaining story. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Jeffrey-Jittery-Giraffe-Janice-Spina/dp/0998240435

A selection of books also by Janice Spina.

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy:https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

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

Our next author Fiona Tarr has just released the fourth book in the Covenant of Grace series. First let’s set the scene by looking at Destiny of Kings the first in the series.

The beginning of the series – Destiny of Kings – FREE on Kindle currently.

The King is going slowly mad, bewitched by the dark magic and seductive powers of the Egyptian Princess. As war breaks out, his trusted General seeks to raise an army and will find a young shepherd boy, bound for greatness.

General Martinez grows tired of the fighting and craves retirement until he meets the Priestess and the strange little Holy man who share a prophecy that cannot be ignored.

The General must now choose between the life of a young boy and his life long friend and King. Death is inevitable and when it comes, pain will follow…..

Behind the scenes:
A controversial twist on the Old Testament story of King David. Where dark magic, prophecy and religious turmoil reign.  A different kind of fantasy

One of the recent reviews for Destiny of Kings on Amazon

This is the first book in the Covenant of Kings trilogy. A fast paced Biblical tale of King David, his battle with Goliath and his affair with a married woman, Bathsheba.. Lots of suspense, emotion, witchcraft, revenge and drama. I received this book during a free promotion and voluntarily chose to review it. I really enjoyed this book and think you will also.

Download the Kindle version of the book FREE: https://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Kings-Heroic-Fantasy-Covenant-ebook/dp/B00KNQ6EYC

The other books in the series

The series so far is also available as a Kindle boxed set for only $3.99: https://www.amazon.com/Covenant-Grace-Boxed-Set-1-3-ebook/dp/B01MYSABI9

The latest book in the series – Heir of Vengeance

Egypt is rising, as the House of David is beginning to crumble.

A promised betrothal threatens to drive a wedge between David and those closest to him, but that isn’t the real issue. Jezebel can feel her powers returning and when she disappears, General Martinez fears the worst.

The Palace is rife with politics and when the plotting is revealed, death will follow….

‘Wow, absolutely amazing.’ Claire Simpson
‘I was absolutely enthralled. I believe it is the best one yet.’ Debra Foster

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Vengeance-Heroic-Fantasy-Covenant-ebook/dp/B071W4F3S5

Find out more about Fiona Tarr and connect via her Website/blog: http://atime2write.com.au

Thank you very much for dropping by today and please let me know your thoughts and sharing would be much appreciated. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Bette A. Stevens and Stevie Turner


Our first author update today is for Bette A. Stevens with two recent reviews for her book Dog Bone Soup.

About the book.

Whether or not You Grew Up in the 1950s and 60s, you’ll find DOG BONE SOUP (Historical Fiction) to be soup for the soul. In this coming-of-age novel, Shawn Daniels’s father is the town drunk. Shawn and his brother Willie are in charge of handling everything that needs to be done around the ramshackle place they call home—lugging in water for cooking and cleaning, splitting and stacking firewood…But when chores are done, these resourceful kids strike out on boundless adventures that don’t cost a dime. DOG BONE SOUP is the poignant tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when others were living The American Dream.

The latest review for the book on Goodreads by  Brigid Gallagher  who rated it  5 stars on April 3rd 2017

 The poignant story of Shawn and his family opens as he leaves home to serve in the armed forces. Looking back over his childhood, he recounts his father’s struggle with alcohol addiction, and the poverty his family endured.

Shawn and his brother have daring adventures on their bicycles, collecting bottles along the roadside, exchanging them for cash, and buying pop, ice cream and other sweet delicacies.

As money becomes tighter, Shawn uses his ingenuity to put FREE food on the table, by milking their neighbours cows in early morning and taking windfall apples from a lady who refuses to give them these fruits, preferring them to rot…

The families money struggles force their mother to make soup out of bones that would otherwise have been given to dogs.

However, Bette’s book is never depressing. It is filled with the innocence of a childhood spent amongst the New England countryside, and a love of Nature.
I absolutely loved her writing style, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

And on Amazon.co.uk

An enjoyable read By Annabelle on 13 April 2017

A triumphant tale, skilfully told, of a boy’s battle with – and ultimate escape from – poverty in 50s and 60s America. The story is told in the first person, in authentic conversational style, which made it easy to identify with the main character. I really enjoyed this book – though I was glad the soup turned out not to be made from the actual bones of a dog!

The universal link to read all the reviews and buy the book: http://bit.ly/1HGpCsZ

Also by Bette A. Stevens

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M

Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6037707.Bette_A_Stevens

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

Time to revisit one of Stevie Turner’s previous books Repent at Leisure with a recent review on Goodreads.

About the book

Gripping psychological thriller from Stevie Turner, author of The Donor.

Paul wakes up to find a mysterious woman in his bed. With no memory of how she got there, Cat Taylor worms her way into his life and eventually moves into his flat. This arrangement suits Paul well — until he meets Anita Fairfax.

Soon after, they find Cat dead in Paul’s apartment. Despite little evidence, the police suspect him of murder. Anita stands by her new husband… but doubt soon creeps in as his behavior becomes increasingly erratic.
Reviewed By: Arlena DeanApr 01, 2017 Arlena rated it  four stars.

This read I must say left me on the edge of my seat with this psychological thriller read. There were so many of twist and turns the reader simply may not be able figure it out until the very end. I am simply not sure who I felt more sorrier for…Paul or Anita….definitely there was some help needed. What happens as someone comes up dead? What happens after Paul and Anita are married? Will she start regretting rushing into this marriage due to Paul’s strange behavior shifts? Will he seek help? What will happen after Paul gets in touch with his brother Terry who lived in Australia? What secrets will come out from that visit to Australia? After they return back home what will happen next between this couple.

This is where I will stop and say you will have to pick up “Repent at Leisure” to get all of these questions answered and so much more. I will say I was left shaking my head and saying I didn’t see that one coming. However, this author is noted for giving the reader surprises and that was one surprised ending for me.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Repent-at-Leisure-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01DFTXW2A

A selection of books by Stevie Turner

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

Follow Stevie Turner on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner

Connect to Stevie via her website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/

Thanks for dropping by today and if you have any news about your books such as a review, new release or an offer please drop me a line. The Cafe updates go out Monday and Friday and it helps me out if you let me know. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Marcia Meara and Shehanne Moore


Welcome to the first of the cafe updates of the week and the first author to showcase is Marcia Meara with the third book in her Riverbend series, That Darkest Place.

About the book

In Book 3 of her popular Riverbend series, Marcia Meara, author of Wake-Robin Ridge, A Boy Named Rabbit,and Harbinger, takes another look at the lives of the Painter brothers—Jackson, Forrest, and Hunter. While Hunter is home again and on the mend, the same isn’t true for his oldest brother. Jackson’s battle has just begun.

“There are dark places in every heart, in every head. Some you turn away from. Some you light a candle within. But there is one place so black, it consumes all light. It will pull you in and swallow you whole. You don’t leave your brother stranded in that darkest place.”
~Hunter Painter~

The new year is a chance for new beginnings—usually hopeful, positive ones. But when Jackson Painter plows his car into a tree shortly after midnight on January 1, his new beginnings are tragic. His brothers, Forrest and Hunter, take up a grim bedside vigil at the hospital, waiting for Jackson to regain consciousness and anxious over how he’ll take the news that he’s lost a leg and his fiancée is dead. After all, the accident was all his fault.

As the shocking truth emerges, one thing becomes obvious—Jackson will need unconditional love and support from both of his brothers if he is to survive.

Just as he begins the long road to recovery, danger, in the form of a sinister, unsigned note, plunges him back into bleak despair. Scrawled in blood red letters, the accusation—and the threat—is clear. “MURDERER!”

Will the long, harrowing ordeal that lies ahead draw the Painter brothers closer together, or drive them apart forever?

Suspenseful and often heartbreaking, this small-town tale is a testimonial to the redemptive power of love and paints a story filled with humor, romance, and fierce family loyalty.

An early review

That Darkest Place, a mystery that looks at a family dealing with a variety of real-life problems – with angst, humor and love.on May 14, 2017

Having been one of Marcia’s beta writers on her last novel, I was unavailable for this one, but I so looked forward to her next Riverbend novel that, as soon as she posted her completed novel – I immediately ordered it, sat down and completed it in three evenings of reading. The characters’ lives picked up from where her last novel ended, and I was immediately drawn into the waiting game played by so many as they await the outcome of and recovery of a family member from a serious medical trauma. Add to that the tight relationship between brothers who, in spite of totally different personalities and perspectives on life, none-the-less stick together and support one another as they deal with their own unique troubles.

Hunter, Forrest and Jackson Painter, like all of us, struggle with getting it right in dealing with life, friends, and loved ones. Throw in a vindictive mystery letter writer and you have another great Riverbend story. I thoroughly enjoyed her book and look forward to her upcoming novella, as well as her next full novel. Way to go Marcia – you give us other old timers (Marcia and I are the same age!) a boost in confidence and incentive to follow our dreams no matter what.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LCVP6M

Also by Marcia Meara

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Marcia-Meara/e/B00EUCXRU4

Follow Marcia Meara on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242441.Marcia_Meara

Connect to Marcia via her website: http://marciamearawrites.com/

Our next author update is for Shehanne Moore who has a brand new release, Splendor (London Jewel Thieves Book 2) which hit the shelves on the 18th of May.

About the book

The only thing he hates more than losing at chess is marriage…

For Splendor, former servant to London’s premiere jewel thieves, pretending to be someone else is all in a day’s work. So when she learns of a chess tournament—a men’s chess tournament—with a ten thousand pound prize, pretending to be a man is the obvious move. The money will be enough to set her fiancé up in his own business so they can finally marry, and more importantly, it’ll pay off her bills and keep her out of debtor’s prison. But she doesn’t plan on her opponent, the rakish Kendall Winterborne, Earl Stillmore, being a sore loser—and a drunken one, at that. But before she can collect her prize, she finds herself facing the most merciless man in London across a pair of dueling pistols at dawn. Chess may be Splendor’s game, but she’s never fired a pistol before. And dressed as a man with ill-fitting shoes on the slippery grass and borrowed glasses that make it hard to see, she’s certain she’s finally tipped her own king.

Bitter divorcee Kendall Winterborne, Earl Stillmore, is the ton’s most ruthless heartbreaker. And he’s got three pet peeves: kitchen maids, marriage…and losing. So when he realizes the “man” opposite him has entered the chess tournament under false pretenses, he’s in the perfect position to extort the little chit. But that’s before the exasperating woman begins to slip beneath his skin, and soon all he can think about is slipping beneath her skirts. But the confounded woman is engaged to someone else, and worse—she’s nothing but a former kitchen maid, just like the one that lured his father into the marriage that ruined the family name. And his ex-wife taught him more than he cared to know about why marriage was the worst kind of checkmate of all…

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Splendor-London-Jewel-Thieves-Book-ebook/dp/B071S9W9WN

Also by Shehanne Moore.

One of the latest reviews for The Writer and The Rake

Give me an historical romance with pale, delicate heroines and alpha heroes flexing their six packs and I’ll hand it back to you. Unread. But give me a historical time travel romance by Shehanne Moore and I’ll grab it with both hands, dive in there and have a whale of a time. I certainly did with The Writer and the Rake, as I have with all the author’s previous books. 100% entertainment, with the ‘bad girl’ unwitting time traveller, Brittany Carter and the Georgian rake – Mitchell Killgower – sparring off each other… when he’s not stealing her cigarettes.

Add Francis Dashwood and his notorious Hellfire Club, a son Mitchell cannot stand, plus a distinctly dodgy ex-husband, and this novel takes the reader on an often hilarious journey with a heroine your mother would not want you to be friends with but with whom you’d be guaranteed a rollercoaster time. This is the second in series but reads as a standalone. Loved it and looking forward to her next book.

Discover all the books, read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW

Read more reviews and follow Shehanne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7029905.Shehanne_Moore

Connect to Shehanne via her blog: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/

Thanks for popping in today and please help spread the news of these two new books by fantastic authors. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and Lesley Fletcher


Welcome to the Friday edition of the author update for writers in the bookstore. And the first author with an update is Deanie Humphrys-Dunne with her latest book – My Life at Sweetbriar: A Life Changed by Horses, an inspiring memoir that shares the story of how she overcame her disability with the help of her equine family. The book is already receiving wonderful reviews.

About the book

What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?

Two of the early reviews for the book

Very encouraging! By Deborah S. Hockenberry on May 13, 2017

Can you imagine living on a farm with horses but not being able to ride them? What would it be like to sit there, looking out the window, watching your sisters’ ride, and jumped over fences on them? I think it would be horrible! What if you were disabled and one day your doctor says that you’ll never walk? What would your parents say or do?

This all happened to author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. She takes us into her world of learning to ride a horse while having a disability. Not only that, but she tells us how she went on to showing the horses and jump them in horse shows! She has the ribbons to show for it, too!It all started when that doctor said Deanie would never walk. Her dad had other ideas contrary to what the doctor said.

Thus, started Deanie’s long journey to the horse shows. It all started with her dad finding her a pony that she could handle and then strengthening her legs so that she could stay up. Then, she learned to walk the horse without falling off; everything up to jumping when she was eighteen. Through the years she’s ridden many horses as she grew and progressed. In this autobiography, the author takes us through all of the up and downs of her life. She tells us of the horses’ barn burning and her mother losing her favorite horse to Deanie finally getting a horse of her own!I was very impressed with this inspirational book and the courageous author who wrote it! I feel it should definitely be in your home library. It will teach your children that they can overcome whatever obstacles life throws in their direction.

An inspirational story of a little girl’s determination to succeed! By Jjspina on May 13, 2017

If you are looking for an inspirational and unforgettable read this is the book for you. This book will bring you to tears as you read about this inspiring little girl who learns never to say no to her dreams. She was born with a handicap and her parents were told that she would never walk. With a surprisingly strong will and determination to do what her sisters could do, ride horses and win championships, Deanie learned to ride. She found it very difficult and had to adjust many times to falling off her horse and getting up again and again. She never gave up and finally she did succeed and became a championship jumper.

This is quite a feat for this little girl and through her trials and tribulations she teaches children and adults that perseverance pays off. If you want to live your dream then you must work hard even if you at first fail you must keep trying and never give up. By not giving up you will be rewarded with success and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Deanie is a remarkable woman who has inspired me by her example. She is a talented and creative author of four books and continues to pursue her dreams in being a very successful author. I think she is well on her way to success for nothing will keep her from obtaining her goal.

This is an excellent story for middle school and high school students to encourage them to pursue their dreams and proving by Deanie’s example, that no obstacle is too great.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Sweetbrier-Changed-Horses-ebook/dp/B0711P67DM

Also by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Read all the reviews and buy the books:  https://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S

Read more reviews at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3309880.Deanie_Humphrys_Dunne

Connect to Deanie via her blog: http://dhdunne.blogspot.ie/

My second update is for Lesley Fletcher who has a brand new cover for her book Crystal Ball Persuasion and a good opportunity to update with some of the reviews for the book.

About the book

Since being given her mentor’s gift of a premonition at a very young age, Gypsy has had her sights on a life far away from the one she leads. Standing in her way are two men; one who has been waiting a lifetime for her love and one who depends on her gifts for a living wage.

Trusting the Universe, she throws herself into a new life when she finds the seeker who fits the premonition. She sets out with a new identity and a zest for adventure on her quest for the truth. Their journey together leads to questions about what the future will hold and how the past will impact it. There is only one thing is set in stone. Neither will ever return to their former life.

Accompanying her on the adventurous escape and leading the way is Jules, a woman whose life was recently thrown into merciless turmoil. Together they conquer goals, soul search and open their bruised and broken hearts as they travel to far off destinations. Their journey is filled with mystical charm, sisterhood and page-turning events as the story unfolds.

Along the way a question arises – Will building a fresh life based on crystal ball readings, intuition and a premonition, also change destiny?

Two of the reviews for the book

This is a great story that examines how lives intertwine. The first time Gypsy and Jules meet, Gypsy is doing a reading for the woman. From there the author takes the reader into a fascinating story and on an incredible journey. The story is well written and the tale is unique as a search for truth and reaching goals by two women who although it seems have nothing in common at first have a date with destiny.

I received this book as the result of a giveaway. I enjoyed the style of writing straight away, it flows well and gets on with the story from the start. I also took a liking to the main characters, so quickly became interested in what happened to them. I know little about the Gypsy life and a little about the places Gypsy and Jules travelled to, but there was enough information to bring the places to life without it being obvious. I read this on my commute to work and there were occasions when I wished my journey was longer so I could continue reading. A thoroughly enjoyable book following the development of a friendship between two women from very different backgrounds.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Ball-Persuasion-Changing-Destiny-ebook/dp/B01LY7X7GE

Also by Lesley Fletcher

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lesley-Fletcher/e/B003LSC1OG

Read more about Lesley and her books on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3068528.Lesley_Fletcher

Connect to Lesley via her website: http://lesleyfletcher.com/

Thanks for dropping in today and if you have news to share about your books in the cafe then please let me know. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Dan Alatorre and Angie Dokos


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The first author update is for Dan Alattore and his new release at the end of April,  Poggibonsi – An Italian Misadventure.

About the book

When family man Mike Torino lands a project in Italy, home of naked art, Valentino, and taxi-crashing yoga pants, he brings along his wife, hoping to rekindle their marriage. But romance gets derailed by head colds, constant bickering, and assaults from ankle-breaking cobblestone streets. Their daughter develops a gelato addiction. Mike’s Italian partner has a coronary. And as for amore . . . Mattie tells Mike to handle things himself—and storms back to America.

Mike is trapped. Leaving Italy will blow a promotion; staying might cost him his wife and family.

While reeling from Mattie’s frantic departure, a replacement liaison is assigned—a top-notch, beautiful young Italian woman who is instantly smitten with Mike and determined to reveal the passions of her homeland—whether he wants to see them or not! Normally immune, Mike is tempted—but is headstrong, voluptuous Julietta worth the risk?

The book has already received rave reviews

Author and humorist Dan Alatorre became a first-time dad at the age of 47 – a daughter by the name of Savvy. His comedic debut book “Savvy Stories” tells humorous tales about a loving dad who sees the magic in children, and isn’t a bumbling stooge about changing diapers like some TV sitcom. Dan was born in Ohio, and graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida before earning an MBA from Tampa College and served with honors in two Fortune 500 companies. Dan, Michele and Savvy live in the Tampa area.

Beware! There is a problem with reading Dan Alatorre’s books – they are addicting. Few writers today have that keen gift for finding the humor in challenging situations and Dan has a secure place at the top of the heap for comedic writing. He knows how people think, and better yet he knows how to appreciate their joyful outlook …and wisdom. But alert! – Dan has other aspects to his writing talent, from the very tender book of insights and of course humor about a cardiac condition, the long QT syndrome in THE LONG CUTIE, to THE TERRIBLE TWOS (lessons learned from his daughter) to children’s books and marketing books, to cookbooks, first in conjunction with others (35 MORE AMAZING RECIPES YOUR MOTHER WOULD BE PROUD OF, etc) and then his solo cookbook ALL AMERICAN FAVORITES. The binding element is his easy going lighthearted manner of writing while at the same time offering fine advice and some really delicious adventures in the kitchen.

But beware! Yet another genre Dan is exploring is present in this romance travel adventure that bears that indelible stamp of Alatorre ingenuity. He maintains his inimitable humor and everything is wrapped in this gifted writer’s accomplished prose.

The synopsis offered suffices to summarize the tale: ‘’When family man Mike Torino lands a project in Italy, home of naked art, Valentino, and taxi-crashing yoga pants, he brings along his wife, hoping to rekindle their marriage. But romance gets derailed by head colds, constant bickering, and assaults from ankle-breaking cobblestone streets. Their daughter develops a gelato addiction. Mike’s Italian partner has a coronary. And as for amore . . . Mattie tells Mike to handle things himself—and storms back to America. Mike is trapped. Leaving Italy will blow a promotion; staying might cost him his wife and family. While reeling from Mattie’s frantic departure, a replacement liaison is assigned—a top-notch, beautiful young Italian woman who is instantly smitten with Mike and determined to reveal the passions of her homeland—whether he wants to see them or not! Normally immune, Mike is tempted—but is headstrong, voluptuous Julietta worth the risk?’

Unexpected other aspects of a talented craftsman surface here – and they are solid enough to push Dan into even more serious novels. Grady Harp, April 17

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Poggibonsi-Italian-Misadventure-Dan-Alatorre-ebook/dp/B06Y5TT1BT

Also recently released on May 2nd with Dan as a contributing author.

A small selection of books by Dan Alatorre – Some of Dan’s books have also been translated into Italian, Chinese and Spanish

Discover all about Dan, his books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Dan-Alatorre/e/B00EUX7HEU

Connect to Dan via his blog: www.DanAlatorre.com

My next update is for Angie Dokos who is celebrating the release of her latest book a contemporary romance – Roadside

About the book

Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/ROADSIDE-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B0722T3Y58

Also by Angie Dokos

A recent review

on February 10, 2017

A tragic family accident suddenly turns Mackenzie’s world upside down. But then a long-held family secret is exposed, ripping open old wounds with heart wrenching results. Fighting her own demons from an uncertain past, Mackenzie, with the help of her family, desperately fights to turn a negative past into a positive future. But that emotional roller coaster has its own challenges, ending up with her pushing away and hurting some people that love her and want to help her, especially Trevor, an unexpected love interest she wasn’t prepared to deal with.

Emotions run deep as a family struggling to deal, not only with a tragic accident, but must handle a highly charged secret that threatens the very fabric of their family. Will old wounds heal? Can Mackenzie let her past dictate her future, or can she come to terms with the past and accept it? This story conveys a positive message regarding the importance of family, accepting the past, healing, turning your life around, and looking forward to a future Mackenzie dared not to hope for: a promising future with those she loves.

Breaking News.

Mackenzie’s distraction is one of ten novels that will be released on May 24th as a boxed set written by these authors.  E.G. FOX, Elaine Raco Chase, Donna Fasano, Ashley Fontainne, Dee Dee Covas, Angie Dokos, Diane Nelson, Lorne Oliver, Michael Cody, Ashley Goss

The box set will be at the amazing price of 99c: https://www.amazon.com/Cocktails-Ten-E-G-Fox-ebook/dp/B07223MYW5

Read more about Angie, her books and reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY

Connect to Angie via her blog: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/

Thank you for dropping by today and please help spread the news of these terrific writers. Thanks Sally