Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Melissa Maygrove, Timothy L. Phillips and Linda Bradley


Welcome to Friday’s author update and our first author is celebrating the release of an anthology. Full Dark is a collection of eleven short stories of the paranormal including Retribution by Melissa Maygrove.

FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country’s active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe: https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

About Full Dark

What happens in the dark will come to light.

Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.

Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

Early reviews for the anthology

You may love one story on November 1, 2017

With an anthology, you never know what you’re going to get. You may love one story, only to hate the next. You may smile and chuckle, then turn the page and cringe in disgust. I suppose that’s what makes an anthology so much fun, and this one definitely sparked a full spectrum of emotional reactions. Without reservation, I can say this is a collection I would recommend. It’s a quick, easy read with everything from moments of laughter to horror, magic to murder, sweetness to surprises. I enjoyed every piece enough I thought I’d share my thoughts on them all:

  • Just a Matter of Time – Loni Townsend: This was a cute piece that intrigued and kept me guessing. The first line left me with a question that wasn’t answered until the last second, and wow. Loved it!
  • Forerunner – David King Powers: A very down-to-earth character in a feels-like-reality setting, but something is going sideways. Very interesting.
  • Taking Care of You – Carried Butler: This was one of my favorites because it took me so much by surprise. It goes on the “super cool” shelf.
  • The Apartment – Lisa Buie-Collard: I loved the concept of this story so much that I wanted it to continue. I wanted more, especially the history of the apartment and how it came about, but I didn’t need more. A great read.
  • The Caricature – Nick Wilford: I had to pause after this one and look back at my life, wondering if there were any moments I might (in this fictional realm) regret. An awesome angle.
  • Shifting Sands – Elizabeth Seckman: This character, she’s something. Angel…such a great name for a memorable person–one I had to like even if I wouldn’t like her in reality. There’s a sign of great storytelling.
  • Shadows Falling on Rainbows – Celeste Holloway: I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and this story, while a bit longer, was worth it for that conclusion.
  • Meringue, Murder or Marzipan – Tonja Drecker: Are you in for a touch of the unexpected? This did not go the way I’d anticipated it would–the way the author leads the reader intentionally. What a great sleight of hand!
  • Haunted Lake – Michelle Athy: Language warning on this one, but what an interesting trip through time. It took me back to my days working at a camp lodge in the mountains with some of its own legends.
  • Soul Coin – Laura Rich: This was the most unique tale in the collection. Super fun to dive into a whole different culture for an unexpected tale. Easily one of my favorites.
  • Retribution – Melissa Maygrove: This story was a great tease, because I want to see more of this character. Whew! Talk about awesome.

All in all, there were many dark moments, some tales that ended as true horror does (without a happy ending), and some that just left me thinking. This was a perfect Halloween read, but a book lovers of the paranormal genre would appreciate all year round.

Content warning: Some language, dark themes, minimal gore, etc. Recommended for mature readers.

Read the reviews and buy the anthology – all proceeds to The Gary Sinise Foundation: https://www.amazon.com/FULL-DARK-Anthology-Melissa-Maygrove-ebook/dp/B076P2BFGF

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/FULL-DARK-Anthology-Melissa-Maygrove-ebook/dp/B076P2BFGF

Available in Epub at Nook:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/full-dark-melissa-maygrove/1127276312?ean=2940158565977

Also by Melissa Maygrove

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Maygrove/e/B00JL4UPCY

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Melissa-Maygrove/e/B00JL4UPCY

And read more reviews and follow Melissa on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8103285.Melissa_Maygrove

Make contact with Melissa via her publishing site: http://www.truelovepress.com/

The next author today with an update is Timothy L. Phillips who has released the print version of his book My Camino Walk: A Way to Healing.

CoverPageAbout the book

Timothy Phillips celebrated his sixtieth birthday by hiking Spain’s Camino de Santiago. The almost eight hundred kilometer trek became a month-long test of physical stamina, with weather extremes, a range of fellow pilgrims, and hours of introspection that caused him to question his childhood, his life, and many long-held ideas and beliefs. These challenges shook loose the very foundations of his being. Timothy brings a photographer’s eye to detailed descriptions of the trek that appeal to all the senses and invites the reader to join him on his healing journey.

The record of a journey through a mythic landscape is a staple of world literature. In My Camino Walk Timothy L. Phillips describes his personal journey across the rugged terrain between France and Spain. Along the trail, he meets an international cast of characters, each drawn with the same precision as his exquisite landscape writing. My Camino Walk is a journey his readers will share and treasure forever.

A Review for the book

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, burial place of St. James. It generally starts from the Pyrenees, but there are other traditional starting points, and it can be from much further afield if one wishes. Pilgrims have been walking the Camino for over a thousand years, but in recent times their number has shot up. A glance at the wonderful Wikipedia tells me that, according to the Office of Pilgrims in the city, it was just 690 in 1985, rising to just under 10,000 in 1992 and the following year, a Holy Year, nearly 100,000. In 2015 it was over a quarter of a million although it was not a Holy Year. In 2010, which was, it was some 272,000. Timothy L. Phillips was one of them. My Camino Walk: A Way to Healing is his account. He was 60 and, as the title implies, he wanted to walk and reflect on his life.

I was offered an e-copy to review on publication and was a little cautious, as I thought the book would be introspective, rather than an account of the Camino as such. On the other hand I’m also nearing 60 and understand why one would then want to walk, think and digest everything that has gone before. Also, I was curious about the Camino. And despite some reservations, I liked this book and I recommend it.

Phillips begins his journey in south-west France, crossed the Pyrenees and did pretty much the whole journey, doing only one day’s walk by bus after some leg trouble. He walked about 500 miles all told. Not bad for a man of 60 (and he was to do it again at 65 in 2015, though the book’s about his earlier walk). Along the way he thinks back on his life. English-born, he’s the child of alcoholic parents, including a mother who seems to have had little interest in him. The relationship between his parents – the fights, the drinking, the burned dinners – is well described. In later life, he does well in the hotel and restaurant business, emigrating to Canada in the process. But his first marriage fails early and he feels unfulfilled. In middle age he throws up his career and becomes a holistic therapy practitioner.

My Camino Walk does have a lot to say about Phillips’s life and spiritual journey, and it is indeed introspective. He also says little about his surroundings (except the weather; he was walking after all! Oddly, he does not say what time of year). Now and then Phillips is emotional. In particular, there is an occasion when he finds that someone has left pictures of their dead children, on a mound on a mountain pass; it sparks a catharsis in him and he cries. And he does talk about his past and his feelings a lot.

Yet his introspection is not self-absorption. He gets to know his fellow-pilgrims as they walk together, he learns a lot about them and is genuinely interested in their lives, and the reasons for their journeys. Inevitably, he gets on better with some than with others. At one stage he inadvertently offends a young fellow-pilgrim, and she does not tell him why until much later. But he forms friendships, hears stories and breaks bread with other walkers at the end of the day. In fact, I think Phillips may be rather good company. Certainly he doesn’t think a “spiritual journey” is an excuse to be miserable. Beginning his walk at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, near the Spanish border, he shoulders a couple of wine-bottles and “a wine knife. I don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere without the means to open the bottles.” This is a spiritual journey I can relate to.

Moreover, although Phillips doesn’t seem to notice the scenery much, he does convey a real flavour of the Camino. He stays in refugios, or albergues – hostels provided for pilgrims, friendly but basic. You can find yourself sleeping on a mattress on the floor beside tens of other people, and there may or may not be somewhere to wash your clothes and cook. Now and then, arriving late, Phillips finds there’s no room at the inn – in fact he often has to hurry to claim a space; it’s a busy year. Sometimes he resorts to an hotel. More often, though, he takes his chances, and occasionally cooks not only for himself but for others. In the morning he heads out with a pilgrim he hasn’t met before or more likely someone he already knows; or sometimes they disengage themselves from each other tactfully, sensing that one or the other would like to walk alone today. Given the length of the walk, it becomes a way of life.

As someone who dislikes introspective or self-referential writers (and is wary of alternative medicine), I should not have liked this book. In fact I did, on the whole. I thought it a good introduction to what has now become a popular journey. And although I didn’t especially read it for the spiritual aspect, I did “get” the need to walk and take stock. As I said earlier, I’m of the same age. It also helped that this book is well-written, and properly proofread and edited; those shouldn’t be something to remark upon, but nowadays they sadly are.

I think any reader planning on walking the Camino would learn much from this book. But I also feel that anyone coming to the end of their working lives, and wondering what it has all been about, will relate to Phillips’s journey and feel – as I did – that it might be a chance to think, to take stock, and to move into the later phases of their lives.

You can buy the print version and Ebook: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Camino-Walk-Way-Healing/dp/1927950104

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/My-Camino-Walk-Way-Healing-ebook/dp/B01FY6XIIU

TimConnect to Tim Phillips via his website: http://www.caminodetim.com/

The last author today with an update is Linda Bradley with a novella, A Montana Bound Christmas: Ho,ho, Home for the Holidays (Book 4 in the Montana Bound Series)

About the book

Chloe and John McIntyre await Maggie Abernathy’s arrival at the 617 Ranch, but snowfall has halted flights from Michigan to Montana. While Maggie and her mother prepare for a delayed departure, eight-year-old Chloe prepares for disappointment by inviting her Hollywood mother to the ranch in hopes of filling the void. Brook’s unexpected acceptance raises the stakes for John who longs for the perfect Christmas. This cast of misfits bands together in true Montana Bound style when unexpected guests arrive and a curious dog goes missing.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Montana-Bound-Christmas-Home-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0772BBQ4W

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Montana-Bound-Christmas-Home-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0772BBQ4

Also by Linda Bradley

A recent review on Goodreads for the series so far

Debbie Oliphant rated it 5 stars.

I was pleasantly surprised by this series and it is highly recommended to read the three books. It is so worth it. The pace of the series keeps you engaged and by the third instalment, I found myself trying to slow my pace so I can savor the ending.

Maggie has battled and survived cancer during the same time her husband leave her. She is unsettled and doesn’t believe happiness is in her future and if it is, could she take the risk of a broken heart. It is during these changes that she befriends a precocious seven year old girl who attaches herself to her. Maggie can’t seem to shake little Chloe and the two find they have a bond. Chloe is finding a place in Maggie’s heart and soon Chloe father, John, is finding his place, too.

This journey was wonderful and you’re elated as Maggie and John find their way to o e another and you’re cheering for both of them because they deserve this second chance, but the real gem is the relationship between Maggie and Chloe. Chloe has wisdom beyond her years and is so self aware and she seems to find the right words and feelings to reach Maggie. I loved how the story took its time as you begin to love these characters as the author intended

Read all the reviews and buy the series: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Read more reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

Connect to Linda via her website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will head over and check out the authors and their books.. thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Sue Coletta, Robbie and Michael Cheadle and Deanie Humphrys- Dunne


Welcome to the first of the Cafe Updates this week and the first author with a recent review is Sue Coletta for her thriller novella – Hacked.

About the book

Shawnee Daniels wrongly assumes she’s being punished for innocently hacking the Police Chief’s photos. Okay, maybe not-so-innocently, but someone had to expose him for the dog that he is. When she arrives at the mandatory computer seminar, the FBI enlists her help in stopping a serial killer who’s remotely hacking vehicles while the owners are behind the wheel.

Why he’s targeted these people remains a mystery. None of the victims frequent the same places, some don’t even live in the same state. The only commonality is they all drive Fords.

When Detective Levaughn Samuels is taken hostage—his life teetering on the edge of a high-speed chase—there’s nothing Shawnee won’t do to save him, no line she won’t cross. And when her BFF shows up unannounced with problems of her own, she only complicates matters.

Can Shawnee stop the killer before she loses the only man she’s ever loved? Or will the ride of his life end in death?

One of the recent reviews for the novella.

Reviewed by Karen for the Rosie Amber Review Team: https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-karen-reviews-thriller-novella-hacked-by-suecoletta1

This book re-introduces you to Shawnee Daniels. Shawnee has to stop a serial killer hacking into his victims’ cars.

With Hacked, Sue Coletta has once again created an incredibly chilling thriller with a stubborn young woman hacking her way to identifying a serial killer. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Sue Coletta paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Shawnee and Levaughn. The characters are very complex, believable with their flaws and virtues; sometimes too believable for comfort. Some characters (human and feline) are the source for some fun moments for the readers, not so much for Shawnee, though. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. Sue Coletta’s thorough research shows; you find proof throughout the story.

This is a book for you if you like psychological suspense, novellas, thrillers with serial killers and hackers, stubborn characters, and if you are a fan of excellently researched topics.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Special-Forces-Operation-HACKED-Novella-ebook/dp/B073RSR5JD

Also by Sue Coletta

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO

Read more reviews and follow Sue on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14078869.Sue_Coletta

Connect to Sue Coletta via her website/blog: www.suecoletta.com

Next the latest creation from Robbie and Michael Cheadle in the Sir Chocolate series. Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River Story and Cookbook.

About the story

The Condensed Milk River where Sir Chocolate goes fishing has stopped flowing. The water creatures are losing their homes. Can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet solve this problem? Five lovely new recipes are also included.

Review for Sir Chocolate by Paul Andruss on his blog http://www.paul-andruss.com/sir-chocolate-and-the-condensed-milk-river/

Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River by Robbie and Michael Cheadle is a story and cookbook in one. It is the latest in a great fun series from a mother and her young son, the Author/Baker team of Robbie and Michael Cheadle​. Their series of gloriously illustrated books for younger children are quite simply unique.

The books tell of the adventures of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and their friends. The inhabitants of Chocolateville; where everything and everyone is edible.

The concept was the brain child of Robbie’s son Michael. When he was a few years younger than he is now, and learning to read, he cleverly realised he could draw his mother away from dull lessons by weaving tales about made-up characters in a land of chocolate.

Equally clever (like mother like son, no doubt) Robbie turned it to his educational advantage by encouraging him write down his stories. So was born a family–friendly, cross-generational series that combined their love of spending precious family-time together indulging in favourite pastimes such as writing poetry, cooking, and it must be said, eating chocolate.

The series of books consist of cute and clever child-friendly poems, which adults can read to youngsters, and even encourage youngsters to read along. More family-fun time is guaranteed by the inclusion of uncomplicated recipes. Describing the scrumptious delights as simple; simply does not do them justice. Each recipe is designed to allow the youngsters to fully participate, thus passing on valuable life skills, and creating memories that will last both generations a lifetime, while also making fun things to eat.

The book and its predecessors are all illustrated with delightful figures made from fondant icing and sweets. Edible works of art that are easy enough for readers to copy: perhaps even making their own versions of Chocolateville for birthday parties and other celebrations.

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet’s latest adventure has an ecological message. It explores what happens when the river of condensed milk running through Chololateville dries up causing all the fish to die. This is a subtle way of introducing very young children to the world issues that will no doubt be plaguing generations for some time to come. Plus the guaranteed happy ending helps youngsters feel they can really make a difference to the world.

Any one of Robbie and Michael’s clever and unique books would make great presents with Christmas coming up. Not just for Kids but for Parents and Grandparents too! They are charming and packed with fun recipes and stories to turn every kitchen day into an adventure that brings young and old together to create enduring memories.

Perhaps it’s time to collect the set!  AND YOU GET TO EAT THE CAST. AN OGRE’S DREAM!

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Condensed-River-Story-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B076KTHXY2

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chocolate-Condensed-River-Story-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B076KTHXY2

Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ/

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

My next author with a recent review for her memoir My Life at Sweetbriar : A Life Changed by Horses, is Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.

About My Life at Sweetbriar

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?

One of the recent reviews for the book

on October 2, 2017

Although the relationship between Deanie and her horses make for a charming children story, the greatest value the book offers is the idea of persistence. Deanie faced a lot of challenges, and though she cried at times, fell down many times, she was determined and had the heart of a champion. This book is a great chapter book for children 8 and older to learn about overcoming difficulty, adversity, sadness and rising above and never feel defeated. Each challenge makes us stronger. Life is truly a lesson. I think this is a great birthday or Christmas gift for any child.

I really enjoyed reading it. I give this book 5 stars. It is well written, engaging, detailed, and nicely illustrated. Although the message was very clear, the author ensures the reader gets it by having a final chapter called Pearls of Wisdom and follows up with reading comprehension questions that the author calls a quiz, the answers so that children can check their understanding and the biography. I received this book as a complimentary copy and freely chose to review it.

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

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/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

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15

Follow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3309880.Deanie_Humphrys_Dunne

Connect to Deanie on her website: http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Victoria Zigler, Angie Dokos and Rebekkah Ford


Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update and my first guest is Victoria Zigler with news about the availability of more of her books in audio. Victoria is blind and for the millions of readers around the world who are sight impaired, audio books are vitally important.

Previously only available as eBooks and paperbacks, all four of Victoria’s  Degu stories – the two in her Degu Days Duo, and both her stand alone Degu books – are now available in audio, thanks to the skills of narrator James Watkins.

Degu’s Day Out

Oscar has everything a degu could need, or want, in the cage he shares with his brother, Romeo, but it’s not enough; Oscar longs for freedom. Convinced he’s missing out on an amazing adventure, Oscar dreams of the day when he’ll be able to investigate the world beyond his cage bars without the human caretakers telling him where and when he can explore. Now, at long last, his chance has arrived. But will it be the exciting adventure he’s always dreamed it would be?

Buy the book and get the audio: https://www.amazon.com/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1519326319

The other books in the series now in audio and click on the image for Amazon

You can download all the other audio books from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

If you have an Epub reader: Victoria Zigler Kobo

A small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler

Victoria has a great many reviews on Goodreads and I suggest that you head there first to read: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5852247.Victoria_Zigler

Connect to Victoria via her website: http://www.zigler.co.uk/

The next update is for Angie Dokos for Roadside which tells the story of Serena and her journey back from violence with the help of a stranger.

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?

One of the recent reviews for the book

I’ve never been much into romance novels, but ‘Roadside’ by Angie Dokos has changed this.

Serena is a young woman brutally assaulted in the middle of the night on her way to the store. Zayne finds her left for dead on the side of the road. The desire to help this young woman compels Zayne to remain by her side until she’s recovered. While the police search for her attacker, Zayne and Serena develop a fast-friendship. But something keeps them from moving forward to the next step of a serious relationship. Why? What is it that keeps Serena from opening up to Zayne. And what keeps Zayne from doing the same.

Readers will enjoy this book which has dark moments as Serena explains her ordeal to the police, and then awaits the outcome of finding her attacker. Then there’s the developing relationship between Zayne and Serena. It’s tender, sweet, and loving. I actually related with Zayne’s shyness (much to my own embarrassment). And there’s the friends of each, who support, encourage, and joke about how Zayne and Serena keep putting off the inevitable first date. You’ll love Destiny who presses Serena to open up, while Zayne’s friends do the same.

The author has a vivid style leaving you feeling like you’re in the same room with the characters. She creates scenes that leave you laughing over the jokes they have on one another, and scenes which remind you of first love. This is my first book I’ve read by Angie Dokos, and it won’t be my last.

I highly recommend this book for readers of all genres! If a reader like myself (who prefers action-suspense, thriller stories) can enjoy a romantic story, then so will you.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/ROADSIDE-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B0722T3Y58

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ROADSIDE-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B0722T3Y58

Also by Angie Dokos

Visit Angie’s Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY

Read more reviews and follow Angie Dokos on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14905574.Angie_Dokos

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

The next author with an update today is Rebekkah Ford with Legends of Deceit (Book One of the Legends of Deceit Series)

About Legends of Deceit

What would you do if you discovered your life had been a lie, and you were destined to rule a kingdom where mythical creatures both beautiful and frightening exist?

Immerse yourself in a magical world where fairies and werewolves exist alongside each other and an ordinary, foul-mouth 22-year old college student named Haven Evergreen is destined to rule.

Fans of fantasy and paranormal will be captivated by this thrilling and spellbinding new series by Rebekkah Ford.

 

One of the recent reviews for the book

Legends of deceit is a fantasy novel written about a girl named Haven. When she comes home one day after a trip to see her parents murdered, her life turns upside down.

Larkin, a handsome soldier convinces her to come with him to a realm as he believes that she is princess Alaris. The world is filled with mystical creatures and is beautifully described. Haven discovers that she is, in fact, a princess and that her biological mother and grandmother both hid certain memories in her mind and sent her to earth in order to protect her. As things begin to unravel, she also learns a lot about who she can trust and what her destiny is.

The storyline may have not been a novel one however, it was extremely pleasing to read. The added romantic connection between Larkin and Haven was sweet and made things even more interesting.

The plot and the pace were very well thought through. The realm and world setting felt researched and were intriguing. The best thing about the book, in my opinion, is how everything came together. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Legends-Deceit-Fantasy-Paranormal-Book-ebook/dp/B07374MKJ3

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Legends-Deceit-Fantasy-Paranormal-Book-ebook/dp/B07374MKJ3

Also by Rebekkah Ford

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Rebekkah-Ford/e/B00896OMB0

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rebekkah-Ford/e/B00896OMB0

Read more reviews and follow Rebekkah on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6180865.Rebekkah_Ford

Connect with Rebekkah via her website: http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share these authors and their news. Thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Paul Cude, D.G. Kaye and Alethea Kehas


Welcome to the Friday Cafe and Bookstore Update and the first author with news in recent weeks is Paul Cude with his boxed set for Bentwhistle the Dragon Series.

A brief summary of the three books in the series.

 

Book 1
Can you be heroic and naive? For Peter Bentwhistle, the answer would most certainly have to be YES! Blissfully unaware of what’s going on around him, for the most part he remains fully focused on blending in and keeping a low profile.

But fate and just plain bad luck have other designs on him. Not so bad, you might think. Until you discover the TRUTH! Just like his friends, Tank and Richie, he is a…..DRAGON!

Book 2
Treachery from the sands of Egypt to the plains of Antarctica. Following on from the harrowing events of ‘A Threat From The Past’ (Book 1), a new found friendship with the dragon king is forged.

Soon though, young and old alike are unwittingly drawn into a deadly plot, when a straight forward meeting with the monarch sees them helping an injured dragon agent, straight back from his mission in Antarctica with news of a devastating encounter with another ancient race.

Book 3

Hearts and minds ripped to shreds. Amid turmoil surrounding devastating attacks across the world, the dragon domain faces the planet’s greatest fear: global terrorism by an unknown force of magic users. Against this backdrop, and with Manson’s deadly scheme in full swing, events quickly turn from bad to worse.

The most recent review for the series.

Loved this book. I loved the hockey games (Played at school and watched husband). But there is more….there be dragons. Dragon Dragons, human dragons, dragon railways, and especially the wild rides in the dragon funparks, not to forget the food. And there is St George too.

In this fast-paced book you will be egging on the little dragon, or in your head screaming can’t you see it at him, whether on the astroturf or fighting the big, bad, ugly dragon at the exciting nail-biting end.

To accompany the boxed set is a Prequel to the series – A Right Royal RumpASS

Remember how rowdy your education was at times?

Throw in prehistoric battle urges, violent outbursts of combustible flame, the ability to fly and a natural affinity for magic and what do you have? A group of mismatched young dragons studying at a renowned nursery ring, thrilled to be learning how to use their dragon abilities and the inherent magic each of them possess.

But like classrooms across the world, it’s not quite as simple as that. With a class bully determined to outwit everyone, including their ‘tor’ (teacher), the friends must work together to expose not only the unknown magic used, but also his dastardly method of cheating.

As an unflappable newcomer becomes a worthy ally, aerial antics abound in an illicit laminium ball match whose outcome may yet determine one dragon’s fate.

Read the reviews, buy the boxed set and the prequel: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Cude/e/B007339206

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Cude/e/B007339206

Read more reviews and follow Paul on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5368048.Paul_Cude

Connect to Paul Cude via his website: http://www.bentwhistlethedragon.co.uk/

The next author with consistently great reviews is D.G. Kaye and this week she received feedback for her book Words We Carry.

About the book

“I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?
D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.
Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.

The most recent review for Words We Carry on Amazon

Thoroughly Recommended! on October 16, 2017

The dysfunctional childhood suffered by author D.G Kaye has left her with great insight into the human condition, which she writes about with much accumulated wisdom in her inspirational non-fiction book ‘Words We Carry’. We read how parents, teachers, and events in our childhood shape the adults that we become. I suffered quite a few similar events in my own childhood that the author did, and found the whole book excellent and eerily uncanny to my own life experiences.

Ms Kaye believes, just as I do, that we should put on a smile, think positive thoughts, and dress to please ourselves and not others. It doesn’t matter if we are not blessed with outward beauty, a happy and friendly demeanour will shine through and attract new friends. Beauty is as beauty does; nobody gets pleasure from being around a miserable complainer, even though they may be the best looking person for miles around.
By the time the reader reaches the last page, they would have the recipe in their hands to give their self-esteem a huge boost. Over the years I have learned to feel comfortable in my own skin, just like the author had to, and to ignore or walk away from people whose only aim in life was to make disparaging comments in order to make me feel bad about myself.

I received this book in a free promotion, but I will definitely read it again. Thoroughly recommended!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Words-We-Carry-Obsession-Self-Esteem-ebook/dp/B00OQJGE42

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Words-We-Carry-Obsession-Self-Esteem-ebook/dp/B00OQJGE42

Also by D.G.Kaye

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

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

About D.G. Kaye

Connect to Debby via her blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com

And I recently featured the next book in the New on the Shelves promotion and the book has been receiving wonderful feedback. A Girl Named Truth by Alethea Kehas

About A Girl Named Truth

Some mystics believe we choose our name, along with our life’s lessons, before we are born. The name we select becomes our constant guide, helping us to navigate the journey ahead. In her memoir, A Girl Named Truth, Alethea explores the subjective nature of truth while she untangles the uncomfortable wrap of narratives she was raised on. Her name serves as her beacon, guiding her to heal and find the inner voice of her own truth.

The author’s story begins with her formative years, when her mother left her father and went into hiding with the Hare Krishnas. Months later, the young Alethea finds herself living 3,000 miles away from her extended family, trying to love a new father and forget the one she has left behind. Only she never forgets…A Girl Named Truth is a story of loss, love and the redemptive power of awakening a silenced voice.

Two of the most recent reviews for the book

In telling the stories of her life, Alethea connects to the child within, searching out the truths that have carved her journey as a seeker, writer, mother, and healer. Her beautifully crafted prose and poetry take us into her complex family life and her unique emotional landscape with courage and vulnerability. She understands that each person’s truth is meant to be uncovered if we are to be truly free. Highly recommended!

Beautiful on October 15, 2017

This is an inspiring and beautiful story of a life defined by the search for truth – soul truth, which truly, is the most personal and relevant truth there is. So much of Alethea’s story is similar to my own, her words brought tears to my eyes and helped me release things I didn’t even realize I was holding on to. Thank you for sharing your truth, Alethea.

Buy A Girl Named Truth: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Named-Truth-Alethea-Kehas/dp/0692921575

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Named-Truth-Alethea-Kehas/dp/0692921575

Alethea Kehas has also contributed to a number of short story and poetry anthologies.

You can find all Alethea’s books on her Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Alethea-Kehas/e/B00NO1SB9O

Connect to Alethea via her website: www.aletheakehas.com 

Thank you for dropping in today and if you have news to share about a recent review or release then drop me a line.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Sacha Black, Marcia Meara and M.J. Mallon


Welcome to the first of the bookstore updates today and the first author with news is Sacha Black who has combined her guide to create characters with a darker side, 13 Steps to Evil with a workbook in one edition. Both books are also available separately.

About the Textbook and Workbook set

2 Jam-packed guides with over 300 pages of tips and tricks to help you master your villains

13 Steps To Evil – How To Craft A Superbad Villain – Textbook

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

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

In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover:

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

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

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

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

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13 Steps To Evil – How To Craft A Superbad Villain – Workbook

Sacha Black’s book 13 Steps To Evil – How To Craft A Superbad Villain showed writers how to create their ultimate villain in an easy and humorous, step-by-step guide.

This workbook puts those lessons to use by building on each chapter in 13 Steps To Evil and guiding you through the development of your indisputable bad guy. It’s time to get to the core of your villain and supersize that evil.

Inside the workbook you’ll find hundreds of thought provoking questions, exercises and creativity boosting prompts. This resource will help you:

•Choose the perfect villain traits
•Create sinister character histories and motives
•Avoid pesky clichés
•Design conflict and tension that grips your reader
•Build your market knowledge so you create a villain that sells

Craft your characters through easy to digest exercises that empower you to conquer your villain for life.

Read the 13 Steps To Evil Workbook today and start creating kick-ass bad guys.

One of the recent reviews for 13 Steps to Evil – How to Craft Superbad Villains

I consider myself something of a collector of writing books. Over the past 3 years I purchase as many writing books as I do fiction book on different subjects to strengthen my skills as a writer and to build on my writer toolkit. I have a few authors I stick with, a few series I frequent, then every so often I’ll grab one if it has the right kind of title. This book fell into my third category, so props on the title.

I’ve been working on Point-of-View and tips on choosing the best POV to tell your story, and in one book they suggested that you should never show your villain’s point-of-view until you are at least 3/4ths of the way through your story. That struck me as odd, so I began to think of what the story would or could look like if I were to look through the villain’s perspective the whole way? I didn’t expand much on the thought at the time, but sure enough, I came across this title and decided “Oh, I gotta buy this.”

Let me tell you, I’m so glad I did. I got the Kindle version, but I’ll most likely invest in an actual paperback copy in the future so I can make notes and loan it to my young mentees. This book will forever be a part of my writer’s toolkit, because if I start from this perspective in every book I write, I don’t see how I’m going to lose.

Sacha takes us step-by-step through the careful crafting of a fully-fleshed three-dimensional villain, exposing our lopsided love affair with our hero/protagonist, and even providing us with a list of the different kinds of villains and what choosing one of them means for how your ending plays out. Sacha is mostly talking about the Bad Guys and how they relate to the story overall, but her advice, if followed, will make for some well-structured story and character arcs. As previously stated, I read a lot of writer books written for writers, and this one is easily one of the most indispensible for me going forward. I am very serious about purchasing two copies of this book.

I’ll be on the lookout for anything else that has Sacha’s name on it.

Buy  the books separately or combined: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sacha-Black/e/B072BQ2MP7

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Sacha-Black/e/B072BQ2MP7

And find more reviews and follow Sacha on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16173650.Sacha_Black

Connect to Sacha via her website: https://www.sachablack.co.uk/

The next author with a new release is Marcia Meara with The Emissary – A Riverbend Spinoff Novella which follows the story of a previous character in the series.

About The Emissary

Was Gabe Angelino, the mysterious truck driver in Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2, really an angel, as Willow Green believes? Or was he simply a good man, determined to help a stranger in need? Find out, as author Marcia Meara reveals the truth in the first Riverbend spinoff novella, The Emissary.

An angel’s work is never done—that’s part of the gig. But angels hadn’t been created to deal with such a vastly over-populated planet, rife with misery, suffering, and general chaos. Helping souls in peril has become a nearly impossible job, and even angelic tempers are frayed.

The archangel Azrael has had enough. He believes he’s found a way to ease their burden while saving jeopardized humans, too—hired help.

When Jake Daughtry lost his life rescuing a total stranger from certain death, he was on the fast track to Heaven. But that was before Azrael pulled him right out of line at the Pearly Gates. Now, as an Emissary to the Angels, Jake is taking to the highway in a quest to help souls in trouble. But the innate stubbornness of human beings bent on self-destruction is a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced.

It’s up to Jake and Azrael to bridge the gap between humans and angels. Will they ever convince the Council of Angels this endeavor is worthwhile? Can Jake figure out how to play by Azrael’s complicated rules? Will Azrael ever master the use of contractions in general conversation?

To find out the answers, hop on board Jake’s big red-and-white semi and travel the roads from the Florida Keys to north Georgia on an adventure that will make you laugh hard and cry even harder.

Some early reviews for The Emissary.

I want more  on October 2, 2017

I am a Beta reader for Marcia and so have been privileged to reading this as the story evolved. This opinion is mine–this novella is wonderful. It takes a prior character from her books and expands on him. There are lots of twists, turns and emotions throughout and an absolutely lovely read. You will absolutely enjoy this novella.

An incredible read! Marcia has a way of description that simply takes your breath away. I have read many of her books but there is something about this story that is so beautiful and so real. I laughed and I cried and I love when a story had an erray of emotions. I truly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Emissary-Riverbend-Spinoff-Novella-ebook/dp/B075Y2T3CL

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emissary-Riverbend-Spinoff-Novella-ebook/dp/B075Y2T3C

A selection of books by Marcia Meara

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

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

And for the final update today a recent review for M.J. Mallon for her book The Curse of Time: Book One – Bloodstone is a YA fantasy and science fiction adventure, which is on pre-order with delivery for August 26th.

About The Curse of Time

On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.

Dreams and a puzzling invitation convince Amelina the answer to her family’s troubles lies within the walls of the illusive Crystal Cottage. Undaunted by her mother’s warnings, Amelina searches for the cottage on an isolated Cambridgeshire pathway where she encounters a charismatic young man, named Ryder. At the right moment, he steps out of the shadows, rescuing her from the unwanted attention of two male troublemakers.

With the help of an enchanted paint set, Amelina meets the eccentric owner of the cottage, Leanne, who instructs her in the art of crystal magic. In time, she earns the right to use three wizard stones. The first awakens her spirit to discover a time of legends, and later, leads her to the Bloodstone, the supreme cleansing crystal which has the power to restore the balance of time. Will Amelina find the power to set her family free?

A YA/middle grade fantasy set in Cambridge, England exploring various themes/aspects: Light, darkness, time, shadows, a curse, magic, deception, crystals, art, poetry, friendships, teen relationships, eating disorders, self-harm, anxiety, depression, family, puzzles, mystery, a black cat, music, a mix of sadness, counterbalanced by a touch of humour.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Adele Marie Marie rated it Five Stars on October 12th 2017

From the beginning, I was drawn into the main character, Amelina’s world. It is quickly established that Amelina’s world is not like other girls her age. I can’t say more than that as I don’t want to give spoilers away.

Amelina is written so well. There is a part of her that all of us will recognise and emphasise with. At that awkward age where nothing fits and at the same time you feel as if you can conquer the world.

Darkness creeps in slowly in the form of Ryder who at first seems the answer to all Amelina desires, or is he? The circle of friends she has are all different personalities but they fit together like a circle. The description of each girl is short but gives us an immediate picture of their personality. Then there are Amelina’s parents, her growing power and the strange invitation.

I give Curse of Time Book One five stars.

I enjoyed reading this novel and the only consolation I had when finishing it was there will be a book two. Marjorie has written a magical tale and drawn for us a world where nothing is what it appears to be on the surface. I loved this novel and Marjorie’s telling of it. Amelina has a strong voice and I could see everything crystal clear through her eyes.

A book to go back and read time and time again.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074CDJPY9

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L

Follow M.J. Mallon on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

Connect to Marjorie Mallon via her website: https://mjmallon.com/

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

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Linda G. Hill, Helen Jones, J.A. Owenby and Robbie and Michael Cheadle.


Welcome to Friday’s Cafe and Bookstore update and another full house today beginning with Linda G. Hill with the most recent review for her book The Magician’s Curse: A Paranormal Romance – The Great Dagmaru Book 1.

Until the end of October all proceeds from books sold by Linda G. Hill will be donated to the fund for hurrican relief for the Islands.


About the book

When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love.

Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins?

Amidst lace and leather, innocence and debauchery, The Magician’s Curse begins the Gothic tale of The Great Dagmaru. Magic and romance await.

One of the most recent reviews for the book

A demon incubus passed from generation to generation and handed down from father to son is the creative genius of Canadian author, Linda G. Hill. In, The Magician’s Curse, those infected with the scourge have one sole purpose in life – to seduce women and create offspring. Stephen Dagmar inherits this bane of his existence which ties his family to their servants, the Currys’ involving some creepy relationships in the true gothic sense of the genre.

Yet, as the author states, “Things don’t always go as planned.” Enter, Herman Anderson, an almost eighteen-year-old ready to break free from the restraints of a broken family. Her mother is dysfunctional with some kind of strange malady, and her father is gone most of the time. Yet, determined to strike out on her own, Herman leaves behind her eleven-year-old brother to fend for himself with the promise that she will send for him when she is situated at the job she accepted at a far from home horse farm.

While on the train heading to the new job, Herman engages in a conversation with the captivating magician, Stephen Dagmar. There is an immediate attraction between the two, and the story takes off, sweeping the reader off your feet in much the same fashion. Before you know it, Herman is under Stephen’s spell and agrees to become his magician’s assistant.

I found this reaction hard to believe at first until I realized there was more at play here. Much in the same way that Dracula held power over the ladies, Stephen Dagmar commands the physical attraction of men and women alike. Herman is no exception, and for one so young and inexperienced in the ways of men, she falls for Stephen immediately. Stephen senses something special in Herman and is clearly smitten himself.

Immediately, Herman enters the fairy tale world of Dagmaru, the magician, where money is no object. Stephen spends lavishly on the teen, and as they get to know one another, their physical attraction grows. Finally, in desperation, Stephen explains that until Herman is eighteen, they will not consummate their relationship. There is a dark thread of sexual tension that runs through the book from beginning to end that at times gave me the shivers.

Deep down I suspected that I knew where the story was headed, but for the life of me I couldn’t predict the twists and turns the novel produced. The writing was crisp and clear as it propelled me on toward the explosive ending. In fact, the suspense kept me turning pages long into the night. Even so, by the end of book one, I was haunted by more questions than answers. I look forward to the second book in the series with the hope that these issues will be solved.

The Magician’s Curse is a deliciously eerie tale unlike any I’ve read so far. Be prepared to be seduced by the supernatural potential of the series. I loved it and can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Curse-Paranormal-Romance-Dagmaru-ebook/dp/B0721ZH2KN

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magicians-Curse-Paranormal-Romance-Dagmaru-ebook/dp/B0721ZH2KN

Also by Linda G. Hill

Read all the reviews and buy the books:https://www.amazon.com/Linda-G.-Hill/e/B01K2LICL0

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-G.-Hill/e/B01K2LICL0

Read other reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15577348.Linda_G_Hill

Connect to Linda via her website: https://lindaghill.com

The next author with an update is Helen Jones with a recent review for her book A Thousand Rooms.

About A Thousand Rooms

Katie is thirty-two, single, and used to work in advertising. She’s also dead. A lost soul hitching rides with the dying, trying to find her way to… wherever she’s supposed to be.

And whoever she’s supposed to be with. Heaven, it seems, has a thousand rooms. What will it take to find hers?

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Laurie rated it Four Stars on September 5th 2017

Wow! Haven’t we all wondered what happens when our time on earth end?
Helen Jones took the plunge thru a character named Katie who dies suddenly and quite by accident. Obviously, Nobody was expecting her,which causes some problems for Katie as she attempts to find Heaven.

Heaven isn’t about one big cloud we all sit on, but finding peace and complete happiness and forgiveness in those we have left behind. Katie- after visiting so many rooms in Heaven that she does not belong in, finds her room and her complete love.

“Maybe I would have been able to show you a little, but you had to find it in yourself. You’re the only person who can help you, in the end.”  “I was blessed.”

An interesting read that would be an excellent book club discussion. I truly enjoyed it.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Rooms-Helen-Jones-ebook/dp/B01MDP0TX9

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thousand-Rooms-Helen-Jones/dp/1539010724

Read many more reviews on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32721282-a-thousand-rooms

Also by Helen Jones

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Helen-Jones/e/B00VG6SWN4

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Helen-Jones/e/B00VG6SWN4

Read more reviews and follow Helen on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13910923.Helen_Jones

Connect to Helen Jones via her blog: https://journeytoambeth.com/

The next author with an update is J. A. Owenby with a recent release, the novella My Hurricane.

About the novella

Do you ever think you know things, but realize that you don’t know jack?

That was me. I thought I had the world in the palm of my hands.

Senior year was a breeze, complete with raging parties, a hot girlfriend, and a future all laid out for me. Life was perfect. Christ, was I wrong.

And when everything started crumbling down, there was not one damn thing I could do to make it stop. Life started spiraling out of control, one letdown and setback after the next. And now, suddenly, I’m trapped in a hurricane of hell that I can’t escape.

I’m Walker Farren, And this is only the beginning.

One of the recent reviews for the novella

Great read on September 5, 2017

Owenby does it again. This novella is told from Walker’s perspective. Having read the Truth trilogy, this short story took me back to the beginning of Walker’s teen years and brought the trilogy to a full circle. I was immediately drawn in on the very first page and couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want it to end.

If you haven’t read the Truth series, I highly recommend that you do. J.A. Owenby has a way of pulling you in and making you want more.

Read all the reviews and buy the novella: https://www.amazon.com/My-Hurricane-Truth-Book-0-ebook/dp/B0752XDK53

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Hurricane-Truth-Book-0-ebook/dp/B0752XDK53

Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35706396-my-hurricane

Also by J. A. Owenby

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/J.A.-Owenby/e/B00J77KCFK

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/J.A.-Owenby/e/B00J77KCFK/

Read other reviews and follow J.A. Owenby on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751226.J_A_Owenby

Connect to J.A. Owenby via her website: http://www.jaowenby.com/

And finally today great news for fans of Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s, story and cookbooks with the latest release of Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River Story and Cookbook.

About the book

The Condensed Milk River that flows through Chocolateville has narrowed to a slither. All the fish and other water creatures have lost their homes and the people of Chocolateville are at a loss as to what to do. Join Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet on this new adventure to find out what is causing the problem. Learn to make some of their 5 fun recipes along the way, including mini quiches and marshmallow flowers. (A5 version)

An early review for the book

on 11 October 2017

I just love these rhyming stories about Sir Chocolate and his adventures. I could almost taste the “enormous milky jewel” condensed milk river! The recipes look delicious and so easy too.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Condensed-River-Story-Cookbook/dp/1911070916

And at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chocolate-Condensed-River-Story-Cookbook/dp/1911070916

Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK:

Read more reviews and follow Robbie and Michael on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

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

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and explore the books of these talented authors. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Carol Balawyder, Kim Cox, Darlene Foster and Sally Cronin


Welcome to the first of the author updates this week and the first author with news is Carol Balawyder with a brand new book released on 6th October. The Longest Nine Months – A Getting to Mr. Right Series.

About The Longest Nine Months

In Getting to Mr. Right, Campbell debunked the Prince Charming myth, only to meet a special man who turned all her assumptions upside down.

Now she’s married to Chand..

But Happily-Ever-After turns out to be another illusion.

Campbell deals with job burnout and struggles to find her place in the world. An unexpected pregnancy and its complications undermine her relationship with Chand and take her to a difficult crossroad. No matter which way she decides to go, nothing will ever be the same!

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0765RYGLK

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Longest-Nine-Months-Getting-Right-ebook/dp/B0765RYGLK

Also by Carol Balawyder

A review for Not by Design book four in the Getting to Mr. Right Series

Not by Design Works  on September 2, 2016

Not by Design” is the latest offering from multi-published women’s fiction author Carol Balawyder. It is a sequel to “Getting to Mr. Right,” which you should read if you haven’t. “Getting to Mr. Right” is the story of four women who meet at a support group (the focus of which is women who have men/father issues) and form lasting, sincere friendships.

“Not by Design” is Felicity Starr’s story. She is one of the women in the support group, and she has it all—looks, youth, a rich father, talent, true-heart friends and the love of a handsome, successful man. She is living a fairy tale life in France, studying art and pursuing a career in art, while enjoying an active social/love life. But even fairy tales are wrought with obstacles and that’s exactly what our heroine encounters—one setback after another. There’s the death of her father, a dwindling bank account which brings on financial woes, an art career that has stalled, and the painful decision to end her relationship with her fiancé and call off the wedding. But that’s not all. The biggest blow of all—a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). With all this dumped on her, Felicity makes the hard decision to release her dream of being an artist and living in France. She returns home to Canada to try and piece a life together.

The move back home is met with more bitterness. She fights to recover her reputation in the work world. She has disagreements with her mother and step-mother. She gambles on several romantic interests and loses. And, she must make a slew of difficult choices in regard to her living arrangements and medical treatment, decisions made more difficult because of her limited funds. One wonders if Felicity will ever catch a break when…help arrives. At the strong suggestion of her doctor, she attends a MS support group meeting and finds the support and acceptance she so desperately needs. With the encouragement of the group, she shares her medical condition with her friends, who surround her with love, care and acceptance. The end of the story details the good life Felicity has finally secured. No, it’s not the one she would have designed for herself, but it works. She’s happy.

This is a story that will take you low on the scale of human emotions and then pick you up. You will feel despair, then happiness; fear, then joy. This emotional seesaw is achieved in part by the story’s conflict—dreams and desire versus medical and financial worries, a situation many readers may relate to. I certainly did. And then there’s the overall story question: are we willing to release our version of our dream or life in exchange for an uncertain version? This is the question Felicity struggles with throughout the story but I dare say it is one many readers struggle with as well.

There are many things to appreciate about this story. It is inspiring, well written and has relatable characters. But the one aspect I appreciated the most was the focus on MS. Reading about the symptoms, the various treatments, the expense, and how it requires life adjustments was a real education. Thank you Carol for that.

I finished reading the book and shut down my e-reader thinking, I can’t wait to read the remaining sequel. The other three—“Café Paradise,” “Missi’s Dating Adventures” and “Not by Design”—have been purely enjoyable. Check ‘em out and see for yourself.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00QYYX008

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00QYYX008

Read more reviews and follow Carol on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7704883.Carol_Balawyder

Connect to Carol via her website: http://www.carolbalawyder.com

The next author with a new release and also news of a giveaway to celebrate is Darlene Foster with Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind. There is a giveaway currently running for the book with prizes linked to New Mexico and you can find details at his link. a Rafflecopter giveaway 

About Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind

Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her fellow creative students. Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb, as they visit an ancient and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past. Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps the Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.

One of the early reviews for the book

This is the latest installment in a series about a 6th grade girl who is lucky enough to travel, this time with many in her class on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico. They are all students who are artistic, write blogs, take photographs or express themselves in other ways that they are producing each evening after their sightseeing. Taos is a place I have visited and enjoyed so I find it exciting to see it used for the setting of a young adult novel. I also read mysteries when I was young and enjoyed the opportunity to see what is being produced today in this area,and with that hint of the paranormal.

Amanda’s character seems likable to me, smart, but not off-putting. She is also friendly and able and willing to be friends with an outsider. She is adventuresome but also loves learning. I enjoyed the way the author sprinkled the elements of education carefully throughout this novel, providing information on Taos Pueblo and the people who live there. There are also tidbits on cowboys who populated the Southwest and their culture as well as elements of the lives of the many current residents.

Were there ghosts in the Taos area? Did Amanda or her friend Cleo actually see or experience one or more? Well that’s a difficult question to answer. This story combines a good young adult adventure story with hints of the paranormal while also providing some well placed educational material lightly in the text and great ideas for other young people to aspire to.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-New-Mexico-Ghosts-Travels/dp/1771681209

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amanda-New-Mexico-Ghosts-Travels/dp/1771681209

Also by Darlene Foster

Read the reviews and buy all of Darlene’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Foster/e/B003XGQPHA

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darlene-Foster/e/B003XGQPHA

Read more reviews and follow Darlene on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3156908.Darlene_Foster

Connect to Darlene via her website:https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/

The next author with a new release is Kim Cox with Haunted by her Past – Book Five in the Lana Malloy Paranormal Series.

About Haunted by her Past

Abused and scared, Jena runs away only to be haunted by her abuser.

Paranormal Investigator, Lana Malloy, is faced with the task of helping a domestic abuse victim escape the ghost of her dead ex-boyfriend.

Jena Edwards escapes a bad relationship in Georgia only to be ambushed one night in her new Charleston home. When she’s attacked, her only option is to protect herself. Her ex is killed in the struggle. She’s beside herself with guilt. What’s more, her now-dead boyfriend is haunting her and he’s more abusive now than he was when he was alive.

Demi Lancaster, Charleston’s Police Chief, calls in a very pregnant Lana to help with the situation. Knowing Tony will worry if she tries to help in her condition, she tries to help from afar. She soon discovers it’s vital for her to be on the scene—stuck in the middle of an impossible situation.

How can Lana convince a man who was abusive in life to move on so his ex-girlfriend can find the peace of mind she deserves?

An early review for the book

What a powerful book, scenes so intense I felt I was there in the room with furniture flying but so poignant was the conversation between the mother and son spirits my heart was breaking a bit.

It’s so easy to walk away and close our eyes to abuse but here is Lana stuck on bed rest seeing these visions of abuse and she just has to help. A quick call to her BFF gets the ball rolling. So much happening in this book fun new characters to meet and of course the welcoming of a new baby. Welcome Aidan! I can’t wait to watch you grow up.

I’d like to remind anybody if your stuck in a bad situation there is help out there.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Haunted-Her-Past-Paranormal-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0759Z8ZHB

and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunted-Her-Past-Paranormal-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0759Z8ZHB

A selection of other books by Kim Cox

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-Cox/e/B004WFKDAG

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kim-Cox/e/B004WFKDAG/

Read more reviews and follow Kim Cox on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1065068.Kim_Cox

Connect to Kim Cox via her website: http://www.kimcoxauthor.com/

This week I received a wonderful review for Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story from Tina Frisco.. delighted that the old boy is still touching hearts.

About Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

The true story of Sam, a rough collie, written from his perspective. A tribute to a true friend and a genuine family member.

Millions of families around the World believe that their pet, dog or cat is the most intelligent, beautiful and loyal friend that anyone could have. And they are absolutely right.

From the first moment that I met Sam, when he was just three weeks old, his personality and charm shone from his button eyes. Like many pet owners, we were convinced he understood every word we spoke and he actually could say one or two himself. Rather than tell his story from our perspective I have given him a voice and let him tell his own.

I can only imagine what he really thought about his two and four-legged friends but I do hope he loved us as much as we adored him and the time he spent with us shining brightly in our lives.

If only our pets could talk how much richer the world would be, and funnier.

The most recent review for the book

Sam: A Shaggy Dog Story is one of the most delightful books I have ever read. Sally Cronin gives her Rough Collie a voice, allowing him to narrate his own tale.

A few of the things Sam tells us about are his friends (cat, dog, and human alike), his favorite things (sausages, cheese, ice cream, snow), his job as security consultant, car rides while singing along with Sally, and walks along the beach.

Sam is very observant and intelligent. He learns to understand both cat and human vocal sounds. He also learns to speak a few human words! Mawgh is more; heyoo is hello; and Orh, Ee, Va is Oliver. ‘More’ and ‘Oliver’ are interchangeable, as they both indicate he would like ‘mawgh’ of a delicious treat he had just enjoyed.

Sam’s introduction to cats is very positive. When he is still a puppy, Sally and her husband David – the alpha humans in Sam’s pack – adopt a feral cat whom they dub ‘Henry.’ Henry teaches Sam many worthy things about life, and they become great friends. Also, a feral mama cat has kittens on Sam’s property, and he dubs himself their guardian. These experiences prepare Sam for when Sally brings home two kittens. He readily steps up to the plate, nurturing and protecting them.

Sam’s story is heartwarming and humorous, sure to amuse and delight adults as well as children. I read this book in one sitting and was disappointed when it ended. I wanted more, and so will you.

What I appreciated most about Sam’s story is that it leaves the reader with a heightened respect for nonhuman animals. They think and feel as we do; and anyone who thinks otherwise will be hard-pressed to hold on to that opinion after meeting Sam. I would like to see this book offered for sale through animal rights and humane organizations around the world. And for me, that is the highest praise…

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Sam-Shaggy-Story-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00GM0HPQE

and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sam-Shaggy-Story-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00GM0HPQE

A selection of other books by Sally Cronin

To read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

Read more reviews and follow me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7979187.Sally_Cronin

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you explore these books and their authors further. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Cafe and Bookstore revamp, Archived Post bonanza and great guests.

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Welcome to the weekly round up and so pleased that there have been so many guests this week. Delighted too that the Posts from your Archives has proved so popular. Some wonderful posts this week from Pete Johnson, Debby Gies, Carol Taylor, Jennie Fitzkee and Deana Metzke with more bloggers joining next week with the start of their four week series.

My thanks as always to William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor for their contribution to the blog with fabulous posts covering music, mystery and legends and food.

And, last but not least, thank you for your continued support, views, likes, shares and comments...

Here are the posts from the week that you might have missed..

William Price King Meets Some Legends – Sir Tom Jones The Finale

This week was the last part in the series featuring Sir Tom Jones and some of his hits from the last decade. Still going strong at 77, this dynamic performer clearly has a huge following across all age groups.  Here he is in 1977 with another performer who has crossed the decades with style.. Tina Turner and Hot Legs. Next week we begin a new series with that fabulous talent – Dionne Warwick.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-career-and-hits-2007-to-2017/

Writer in residence – Paul Andruss

It was Paul’s birthday yesterday and he recently sent me a post called The Gift and rather than share later in the series, I decided to share on Friday in honour of his special day. Paul writes exclusive posts for Smorgasbord that take a huge amount of research and time to prepare and I am eternally grateful that he accepted the invitation to be writer in residence. I am sure if you missed this post you will enjoy heading over to read. Thought provoking and resulted in some interesting comments.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-gift-by-paul-andruss/

Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor and this week the health benefits of watercress and some wonderful recipes provided by Carol after creating in her kitchen in Thailand.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-watercress-more-iron-than-spinach/

The Ultimate Bucket List – the top two items on Luanne Castle’s bucket list… time travel…and read on to find out what else.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-author-luanne-castle-with-time-travel-and-zeeland/

Posts from your Archives

So pleased at the response to this series which showcases posts from YOUR archives. Perhaps from the start of your blogging career when you may have had fewer followers and you would like to share again with MINE.. It is a way of not only promoting your blog but also if you have books to promote I will add those in too. Email me with four links to posts that you would like to share again. If you want to promote your books then we can do that separately. I am looking for posts that are about life, love, adventure or an experience that you feel made a difference in your life.  Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Here are this week’s Posts From Your Archives.

Carol Taylor with an entertaining anecdote about her father who despite requiring a walker for mobility managed to do some Cirque de Soleil moves!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/posts-from-your-archives-its-not-what-you-look-at-that-matters-but-what-you-see-by-carol-taylor/

Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete with a life changing experience that all parents can relate to.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/posts-from-your-archives-pete-johnson-with-not-waving-but-drowning/

Deana Metzke shared her experiences with the Olympics and her young son’s reaction to watching on television

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/posts-from-your-archives-parenting-raising-readers-the-little-engine-that-could-and-the-olympics-by-d-metzke/

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies with a post on a relationship issue that applies to both male and female partners. When one is receiving more attention and success than the other it can require careful thought and management.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/posts-from-your-archives-5-indicators-your-partner-may-feel-insecure-with-your-success-and-how-to-rectify-by-d-g-kaye/

Jennie Fitzkee with reflections on the natural and unaffected conversation with young children

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/posts-from-your-archives-lunchtime-conversations-in-the-classroom-its-important-by-jennie-fitzkee/

New Series – Guess Who I Bumped Into – I shall be doing my usual browse through my readers and will share a blogger each week who is new to me and who I think you might like to meet too. This week  author Peter Davidson who has published 28 books and has just begun a blog.. Marital Advice to my Grandson.. very entertaining.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/new-series-guess-who-i-just-bumped-into-author-peter-davidson-and-marital-advice-to-my-grandson/

Book Promotions – Air your Reviews – A chance to show case your most recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-judith-barrow-and-vashti-quiroz-vega/

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paulett-mahurin-teagan-geneviene-and-bette-a-stevens/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates – New Releases and Reviews

N.B. The cafe and bookstore has had a facelift and over the coming weeks I will be increasing the number of book covers displayed and will also be including and extract from the most recent review for one of those books. The aim is to encourage readers to click the review link and end up in the buy page… I hope it helps.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-joyce-k-gatschenberger-john-w-howell-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-jane-dougherty-mary-smith-and-lucy-brazier/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves – New authors on the shelves of the Bookstore… if you would like to be featured then please email me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-come-back-by-melissa-maygrove/

Odd Jobs and Characters – hosted by author Lyn Horner – My odd jobs that inspire my stories and characters.

This week I get to grips with a sword wielding champagne magnet and fall in love – not a bad day’s work! https://lynhorner.com/2017/10/02/special-guest-sally-cronin-the-odd-jobs-gal-swashbuckle-and-romance/

Media Training for Authors – the series continues with a look at the some of the online watering holes where readers gather. There are several out there and once you get started you can explore others that might suit you better but achieve the same result. Bringing you together with readers and reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-advertising-gather-around-the-right-waterholes/

Moyhill Publishing – Update.

Now that the house and garden renovations are nearing the end (garden weather dependent!) Moyhill Publishing is up and running again and we have been working quietly in the background for the last couple of months. We have just received a wonderful testimonial and I have updated some of the details and covers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/moyhill-publishing-working-with-indie-authors-established-2004/

Health – that time of year when we need to make sure we are making dietary and lifestyle changes to boost our immune system.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-health-2017-winterising-your-body-influenza-the-opportunistic-pathogen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-snacks-and-dips-for-your-guests/

Smorgasbord Pet health – Hip Dysplasia – get to know your puppy’s relatives.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-pet-health-hip-dysplasia-a-good-reason-to-meet-you-puppys-relatives/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-some-gender-specific-nouns/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/afternoon-video-rewind-abstract-art-by-a-mammoth-talent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-more-observations-on-life-from-cowboys-and-cats/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-dog-language-and-other-canine-behaviours/

Thank you once again for dropping and as always your feedback is very welcome. 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – D.Wallace Peach, Mary Smith and Victoria Zigler


Welcome to the first Cafe and Bookstore Update of the week and two new releases and news of an audio book.  The first author with exciting news is D.Wallace Peach with the release of her first children’s book, Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters. Not only written by Diana but illustrated by her too. An amazing amount of work but as you will see from the cover it is fantastic. Available in print only in US, UK and Canada.

About the book

Grumpy Ana Goblyn is sour, dour, and cranky. Her lips droop in a frown. She’s bored with every place and person in her friendly town. With the help of her father, she builds a spaceship and travels to a soggy planet where she meets her perfect monster playmates. But there’s a problem! The monsters see her grouchy frown and think she’s a monster. In this children’s space adventure, Ana discovers that her attitude affects her happiness, and she can change it if she chooses.

Available in print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1975723945

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1975723945

A selection of other books by D. Wallace Peach

One of the most recent reviews for Farlander’s Law, Book Three in the Rose Shield Series.

I truly believe this series will become one of the classics of Fantasy. It’s that good. Reading the book description for this book, Farlanders Law, seems confusing, but only if you haven’t read the two books before it. There is no confusion for the reader in these books – they grab you and don’t let go. Amazingly, this is done not in just a thriller sort of fashion (although there is a lot of that) but also in so many other ways – these books hit all the high points of wonderful fantasy reading and make them ring like a bell with high clear notes, over and over again. And the momentum continues on without a break into Kari’s Reckoning. Thank you D Wallace Peach for this wonderful Tetralogy.

To discover all the books and read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Connect to D. Wallace Peach via her website: http://mythsofthemirror.com.

Another new release is the short story collection, Donkey Boy & Other Stories by Mary Smith. 

About the collection

Shot through with flashes of humour the stories here will entertain, amuse, and make you think. Mary Smith’s debut collection of short stories is a real treat, introducing the reader to a diverse range of characters in a wide range of locations. A donkey boy in Pakistan dreams of buying luxuries for his mother; a mouth artist in rural Scotland longs to leave the circus; a visually impaired man has a problem with his socks; and a woman tries to come to terms with a frightening gift – or curse.

Buy the collection: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075VC1XNX

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075VC1XNX/

Also by Mary Smith

A recent review for No More Mulberries

I have to be honest; this has been on my TBR pile for ages and I’m sorry but it was the cover that put me off; I wasn’t sure I liked it. And I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even read the blurb; the book was recommended to me by a friend so I just bought it.

I should have listened to her; this is a brilliant read. Different from my usual preference but the writing style of Mary Smith is wonderfully paced; flows so well, and she tells a great story. Not only that, the reader (me!) learned a lot about Afghanistan some twenty years ago, about the culture, the society, the politics and the people. Because the author has first hand knowledge of all these; she lived and worked in the country.

It’s fictional but comes alive through the portrayal of the characters and the way they behave: the Western doctors, the people who live in the rural villages, the children. But none more so than Miriam and her husband. Miriam is in a strange country and place, in a second marriage (having been widowed) and her poignant memories of her first husband mingle with the loyalty to her present husband, Iqbal.

This is such an emotional read: of love, allegiances, losses, secrets and, I think, emancipation.

The dialogue, both internal and spoken is excellent, fits the characters well. I could feel great frustration for Miriam though her words and thoughts.
And the descriptions of the setting of the book; the larger picture of Afghanistan and the smaller, more intimate scenes of everyday existence bring the whole book to life.

For me No More Mulberries is an unusual and interesting story and I have no hesitation in recommending Mary Smith’s evocative book to any reader.

Oh, and by the way, I decided I really do like the cover!

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Smith/e/B001KCD4P0

Read more reviews and follow Mary on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5239367.Mary_Smith

Connect to Mary via her website: http://www.marysmith.co.uk/

Next an announcement by Victoria Zigler about the availability of all her books in audio. Victoria is blind and for the millions of readers around the world who are sight impaired, audio books are vitally important..Previously only available as eBooks and paperbacks, all five books in Victoria Zigler’s “Toby’s Tales” series are now available in audio, read by the very talented Joseph A. Batzel.

Regardless of the format you’d prefer, if you’d like to grab copies so you can learn about the fears and frustrations Toby struggles with as a blind person.,

One of the reviews for Toby’s New World

Aug 09, 2015 Gita Reddy rated it Five Stars

Toby’s old world, the one in which he could see, is gone. He has glaucoma, the kind which cannot be treated, and will remain blind. His mother tells him he will be okay, his father tells him he will be okay but Toby is upset and angry. How can things be okay when he is not able to eat without covering himself and his stuffed bear with food? How can things be okay when he cannot find his clothes or his toothbrush? How can things be okay when his brother and sister laugh at him blundering about?

Toby’s New World is a very short book but gets to the root of a difficult subject: how do parents and children handle a situation wherein illness changes a child’s world. Do they smother him with love? Protect him? Challenge him? The answer is amazingly simple.

This story touched my heart. I recommend it to parents and children alike.

You can find Toby’s New World in audio with links to Victoria’s other books at Audible: http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-New-World-Audiobook/B074P7FV1M/

You can also download all the audio books from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

If you have an Epub reader: Victoria Zigler Kobo

A small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler

Victoria has a great many reviews on Goodreads and I suggest that you head there first to read: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5852247.Victoria_Zigler

Connect to Victoria via her website: http://www.zigler.co.uk/

Thank you for dropping in today and if you have news to share about your books in the Cafe and Bookstore, please drop me a note. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round up – Sir Tom Jones, King Arthur and other VIPs..


Welcome to this week’s round up and a week of two halves. One half had failing internet, which like a dodgy hair piece, was all over the place for four days. On for 10 minutes and then off for 20 minutes and variations along that theme. Thankfully I had scheduled posts so that I could take a writing break, but it was frustrating to say the least.  The good half of the week is that I got on with Tales from an Irish Garden and made good progress.. A way to go yet, but it will get there in its own good time.

Apart from that I was lucky to have great guests and their contributions to entertain you, and I am very grateful for their time and effort.

William Price King provided us an insight into the career and music of Sir Tom Jones in the mid 1960’s for the rest of the decade. A very busy time for him both in chart success and his residency in Las Vegas.  Here is a later performance of Tom Jones and Pavarotti which you might enjoy as you browse.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-1960s-las-vegas-elvis-presley-and-delilah/

Also this week we enjoyed the latest post from Carol Taylor who turned my post on the health benefits of mushrooms into a fantastic feast. Carol has put so much love and effort into her recipes that even those who don’t normally eat some of the foods we feature, are giving the a try.. Don’t miss…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-mushrooms/

Delighted to welcome Debby Gies with some posts from her archives and this week she took us through the various social media platforms available to us as writers, and the pros and cons

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/post-from-your-archives-how-are-you-spending-your-most-valuable-time-on-social-media-by-d-g-kaye/

Also with a post for all dog lovers Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete, shares some tales of Ollie… fabulous face and the only creature who can wear wrinkles well…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/post-from-your-archives-guest-pete-johnson-with-ollies-gang/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss – Smorgasbord Reblog – A companion piece to the post on King Arthur last week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/smorgasbord-reblog-who-was-arthur-part-two-by-paul-andruss/

On a personal note.

This week’s episode of Odd Jobs and Characters was very kindly hosted by Robbie and Michael Cheadle and thank you to everyone who went over and commented and shared. If you missed you might like to find out how I managed to cook 3000 meals a week in a boarding school.. and still have time to wave a feather duster.

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/odd-jobs-and-characters-with-sally-cronin/

The next episode next week will be on my own blog before resuming its travels around blogland.

A quick look at my WIP with a story that appeared earlier the year with an illustration by Donata Zawadzka

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/my-wip-tales-from-the-irish-garden-after-the-festival-illustrated-by-donata-zawadzka/

A new series – Media Training for Authors -ways to promote you and your books locally and on a national scale.  All four posts so far.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/media-training-for-authors-introduction-dont-be-shy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/media-training-for-authors-getting-a-foot-in-the-door-press-releases-and-door-knocking-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/media-training-for-authors-radio-or-podcast-interviews-gold-dust-for-an-author-get-prepared/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/media-training-for-authors-preparing-for-an-interview-on-camera/

New Series – The Sunday Interview – The ultimate Bucket List

The first guest was our resident food expert Carol Taylor who shared the top two items on her ultimate bucket list. I am sure that they will both come true. Tomorrow the author, poet and fabulous blogger, Sue Vincent.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-with-carol-taylor/

Book Promotions – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-d-g-kaye-and-mary-anne-edwards/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-teagan-riordain-geneviene-and-m-c-v-egan/

Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-judith-barrow-charles-e-yallowitz-and-sandra-j-jackson/

Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/sallya-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-girl-named-truth-by-alethea-kehas/

New Series – Something to think about – this week volunteering – helping out charities, school, libraries can be both rewarding and teach you new skills.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/voluntary-work-a-hugely-valuable-sector-of-the-workforce-and-beneficial-to-those-who-volunteer/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/afternoon-video-rewind-the-intelligence-of-crows-the-8-part-puzzle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-the-irish-view-on-life-bars-accents-and-heaven-and-hell-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/afternoon-video-rewind-snowball-the-cockatoo-another-one-bites-the-dust/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-rewindhot-dogs-swim-aids-and-venetian-blinds/

Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-safety-listeria-an-invisible-and-unwanted-visitor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-leprosy-hansens-disease-a-modern-miracle/

Pet health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-pet-health-house-training-reward-not-punishment-for-you-or-your-dog/

Thank you for all your visits, likes, comments and shares during the week… it is so appreciated.