Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Brigid P. Gallagher, Jacquie Biggar, Jaye Marie


Welcome to the first of the cafe and bookstore updates and the first author with some news is Brigid P. Gallagher with her book Watching the Daisies on 99c offer until Augusts 9th.

About the book

Millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia; the majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure.

In this memoir, Brigid P. Gallagher shares her experiences on:

  • The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
  • Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
  • Entering a new life of SLOW

Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Natural Medicines therapist, she seeks out therapies to aid her healing and integrates a variety of self help techniques and lifestyle changes. She also unearths a love of solo travel including Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Carcassonne and Bali…

Brigid learns many insights about LIFE on her journey, the most valuable being: “First learn to love thyself.”

In 2006, she began a new career in Organic Horticulture eventually teaching part time in schools. Although she has now retired from teaching, she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for gardening and watching the daisies.

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought Brigid’s book. What I got though, was the author’s personal journey of discovery ; of places, of the mind and of the soul.

This book is written with remarkable openness and honesty, although the graphic detail of a miscarried pregnancy was a bit too much for my mere male sensibilities. Her drive to seek answers and cures spurred her on to knocking on doors and engaging fully in whatever field she entered.

She committed fully, whether it was complimentary medicine, mystical cultures or matters of Faith.

You could say that her journey was Holistic.

It wasn’t all study,though.

Along the way she had plenty of fun and enjoyment. Although she travelled alone, who travels light, travels quicker, she always seemed to meet up with kindred spirits, who embellished her travels.

Like every life journey, there is sadness and sometimes tragedy. Brigid had her share. It would be natural for someone with her outlook to feel close to nature and so it is with her, as her passion for horticulture testifies.

However, it occurred to me, at the end of the book, that she has found her spiritual home, like many others have, in the beauty of her beloved Donegal…the coolest place on Earth. (c) National Geographic.

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the book at 99c: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watching-Daisies-Life-Lessons-Importance-ebook/dp/B01N3M9VJ0

and more reviews at Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD

Connect to Brigid via her blog: https://watchingthedaisies.com/

The next author is USA Today Bestselling Author, Jacquie Biggar with her latest release, Tempted by Mr. Wrong, which is on pre-order for September 5th at a special price.

About the book

Falling for her step-brother is a mistake T.J. doesn’t want to repeat, but one look into those sapphire blue eyes and she’s ready to give Jason whatever he wants.

Tammy-Jo Hawthorne’s marriage was floundering, but she never expected her husband to make her the laughing stock of Magnolia.
And she definitely didn’t expect to trip over him in their front yard after he’d been murdered.

Jason McIntyre was forced out of his home and the love of his life by the man who’d haunted his nightmares for ten long years.

Now Jason’s back–and he wants revenge.

Pre-order the book for 99c for delivery to your reader on September 5th: https://www.amazon.com/Tempted-Mr-Wrong-Step-Brother-Romance-ebook/dp/B072V2G8H2

A selection of books by Jacquie Biggar

 

One of the reviews for Hold ‘Em released in April 2017

on May 15, 2017

I have never read a book by this author but found it to be well written and it held my interest. Professional poker player Matt Shaughnessy wins more than he expected when the one player did not have the means to totally pay up. This player a Canadian diplomat was short the wagered amount, he dug into his jacket pocket and pulled out a diamond ring. Asking Matt if he will accept this as a token? It was a beautiful ring and it was in the family for generations and was for his daughter who was to be getting married soon.

Matt lives in Texas and comes from a good Texas ranch family. His grandmother is dying and her wish is before she dies to see her grandson with a good woman, about to marry.
Gardener from Canada, was feeling like he won and he was about to pull the winnings his way before Matt had a chance to lay down his hand.

Cassandra was Gardener’s daughter and they had just settled on her becoming Matt’s fiancée for a week. To come back to Texas with him, meet the grandma and pretend to be in love with Matt. This was to pay off her fathers $250,000 gambling debt.

Cassandra stepped up to the plate in doing what needed to be done to settle what her father had gotten her into. She would be living in the next room from Matt, with a Jack and Jill bathroom separating them. She had to encounter the whole Shaughnessy family and ranch hands, learning to ride a horse, etc.

You could tell that Matt and his grandmother Madeline had a wonderful strong bond. Madeline firmly believed that Cassandra was the girl that she had dreamt about for Matt.
I hope to be able to read more from this author.

Discover all of Jacquie’s books, read the reviews and buy : https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG

Discover more reviews and follow Jacquie on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445812.Jacquie_Biggar

Connect to Jacquie Biggar via her webstite: https://jacqbiggar.com/

The next book that I would like to give a boost to is the book by Jaye Marie which was published earlier this year sharing a very personal and inspiring story. Apple Blossom: my Story.

This is the light-hearted and hopefully inspiring story of my battle with breast cancer… written to help women just like me, all over the world…

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Blossom-story-womans-survival-ebook/dp/B06XWJXZB

Also by Jaye Marie

A review for A Ninth Life

Suspenseful Story  on January 29, 2015

Kate is an artist who’s had a very painful life and a few close calls with death. After a heart attack, Kate tries to go on with her life, however trouble lurks in the form of her vindictive ex-husband. One by one Kate’s friends and loved ones meet mysterious deaths and Kate, fearing she’s next runs for her life.
Adding to Kate’s dilemma is a the mysterious voice that’s been plaguing her her entire life, which at times proves to be more of a nuisance than of help.

At times Kate comes across as standoffish, but after reading about her history and the tragedies she suffered in the past, gives you a better understanding for her attitude. After reading about her past, I was wishing she’d find the peace that she wanted.

The story is very mysterious and suspenseful, and I was left wondering if Kate would escape the murderer. The mysterious voice plays a big part in the story and the ending does a wonderful job of explaining the voice and it’s purpose in Kate’s life.

One of my flaws with the story is there were some scenes in the final chapters that I felt could’ve been expanded on. For instance, it would’ve helped if there was a little more buildup before Kate has a showdown with the murderer.

Find out more about Jaye Marie and buy her books: https://www.amazon.com/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

Read more reviews and follow Jaye Marie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie

Connect to Jaye Marie via her website: https://jenanita01.com/

Thanks very much for dropping in today and have a great week.. Don’t forget if you have some great news about your books that you would like to share… email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

 

 

 

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Party Guest Playlist, Honey, and Tony Bennett


Welcome to the weekly round up which you may be surprised to discover is shorter and sweeter this week.. My sister is over for the weekend so we are gallivanting about the place. Yesterday was a beautiful day but it did not last long… still one out of three ain’t bad.

Thank you to everyone who popped in, liked, shared and most of all commented.. do love having a chat.

My thanks too for the contributions to the blog and I am so lucky to have such talented people sharing their work here.. Look out for a couple more in the next few weeks.

On with the show which included day three of the End of Summer Party and then several posts featuring the music requests of the guest.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-one-last-fling-with-fantastic-writers-music-and-more-free-books-from-susan-toy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/smorgasbord-end-of-party-playlist-requests-from-pamela-wight-jemima-pett-noelle-granger-judy-martin-john-howell-carmen-stefanescu-lucinda-clarke-bette-stevens-and-darlene-foster/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/smorgasbord-end-of-party-playlist-ritu-bhathal-victoria-zigler-beetly-pete-patricia-salamone-and-marsha-ingrao/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-play-list-jacquie-biggar-christy-birmingham-traci-kenworth-natalie-ducey-and-micki-peluso/

And to bring the party to a close… Paul Andruss was tipped out the door with some final words…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/writer-in-residence-and-to-bring-the-party-to-a-close-home-thoughts-from-abroad-by-paul-andruss-2/

William Price King meets the Legends.. – Happy 90th Birthday Tony Bennett.

William will be back in two weeks after his summer break with a new series.. the wonderful and hip swivelling Sir Tom Jones.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/smorgasbord-summer-jazz-2017-william-price-king-meets-tony-bennett-happy-90th-birthday/

Milestones along the Way by Geoff Cronin

Two more stories from my later father-in-law from Waterford through the decades. The first is the whirlwind romance of his American great uncle of 80 and his new wife of 29.  The second is all about bringing home the bacon.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/milestones-along-the-way-the-american-connection-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/milestones-along-the-way-bacon-by-geoff-cronin/

Writer in Residence – The Dancing Floor of Glastonbury by Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

In June this year thousands descended on Glastonbury in Somerset for a music festival.. As always, images in the media show that there is a certain amount of licence to partake in various shenanigans during the days and nights of the festival.. but there is nothing new in history.. And who knows what ancients stand on Glastonbury Tor looking down on the festival site, laughing at the amateurs emulating a much more fascinating and sometimes deadly time in history.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/writer-in-residence-the-dancing-floor-of-glastonbury-tor-by-paul-andruss/

I also featured a reblog of Paul’s post on Fantastic Creatures.. this week The Thylacene (Tasmanian Tiger)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/smorgasbord-reblog-fantastic-beasts-four-the-thylacine-tasmanian-tiger-by-paul-andruss/

Guest writer – One foot in front of the other by Julie Lawford

Time for another of Julie Lawford’s inspiring posts on lifestyle and weightloss and this week a look at walking. Something most of us do automatically from about the age of 18 months to two years and continue to do so until we die. There are times when we push ourselves physically to lose weight and that is incredibly hard to sustain day after day.. But walking briskly every day is less of a punishment and more a pleasure… as you will discover from Julie today.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/smorgasbord-guest-post-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other-walking-by-julie-lawford/

Smorgasbord health – Sally and Carol’s Cook From Scratch – Honey with Carol Taylor

This week we shared the many health benefits of honey with some delicious recipes from Carol to encourage us all to include in our diet.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

This week I also explored the health benefits of coconut water and oil.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-in-the-news-coconut-oil-50-best-uses-by-charlie-pulsipher-of-sun-warrior/

Pet Health are you breaking the law by not keeping your pet restrained in the car.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/smorgasbord-pet-health-cars-and-dogs-are-you-breaking-uk-driving-laws/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-condemned-by-fate-the-ambition-destiny-series-by-v-l-mcbeath/

Cafe and bookstore Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-phillip-t-stephens-susan-m-toy-lyn-horner/

 

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-carmen-stefanescu-and-tobias-wade/

Smorgasbord Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-ritu-bhathal-colleen-chesebro-mae-clair/

Laughter Academy and Afternoon video

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-one-liners-to-ponder-part-three-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/the-afternoon-video-paws-in-the-cookie-jar/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-one-liners-to-ponder-part-four/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-a-dip-into-the-archives-dogs-cats-and-parrots/

Weekly Image and Haiku

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/smorgasbord-poetry-weekly-image-and-haiku-i-still-see-you/

Smorgasbord Reblogs

John Howell hosted the next episode of my true encounters in Odd Jobs and Characters that later was fictionalised into my novel Just an Odd Job Girl.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/smorgasbord-reblog-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-steak-house-hosted-by-john-w-howell/

Colleen Chesebro kindly hosted my post on my encounters with my guardian angel.. according to a Gypsy… a magnificent African Warrior in full regalia.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/smorgasbord-reblog-colleen-chesebro-my-host-for-my-guardian-angel-by-sally-cronin/

That is it for this week.. thank you again for all your support and I hope that you will join me again this coming week.

Stay tuned for the new series of The Sunday Show where bloggers and authors can showcase their work…as always a new theme…..

Enjoy the rest of the weekend…

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Carmen Stefanescu and Tobias Wade


Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update and the first author with news is Carmen Stefanescu who has re-released Shadows of the Past this week. The book was previously with Carmen’s publisher, and its previous edition received over 75 excellent reviews.  Unfortunately they have not carried over to this edition on Amazon, so I will use one from Goodreads and give you the link to read more of them there.

About Shadows of the Past

Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

One of the many reviews for the previous edition on Goodreads.

Paulette Mahurin rated it Five Stars.

Carmen Stefanescu’s Shadows of the Past was a great read that I enjoyed from the first page through the last sentence, that I was sorry to see end; I tried to savor this one, make it last, that’s how entertaining a read it is. The author writes a tightly worded, intelligent, story, a story within a story, then and now, from a past that needed resolution in a modern day couple.

The dreams and visions the protagonist, Anne, experienced set the stage for the unfolding of a story, brilliantly told, moving through her as a past life apparition, Genevieve. The character development of Anne and her partner Neil, and other story counterparts is really well done, but the star of he story is the tragic Genevieve, as if taken from the pages of Shakespeare, one can not imagine less unfortunate issues to befall a human being, and in counterpoint is the lusciously evil antagonist the Abbess, who you read page after page hoping she gets hers.

The pages invite the reader in with a wanting to know what is going to happen to Anne, to Genevieve, and page after page as the tension builds the reader is not disappointed. This is an excellently crafted work, by an author who clearly knows how to write, who understands literature, and knows how to tell a compellingly great story. I loved this one

You can buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Past-Carmen-Stefanescu-ebook/dp/B0756KGNMP

Read the reviews for the previous edition on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16249401-shadows-of-the-past

Also by Carmen Stefanescu

The most recent review for Dracula’s Prodigy

An Engrossing Read  on August 6, 2017

A complex story that focus on a descendant of the infamous Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula) that is intricately imagined and beautifully told. Linda Cartwright has no idea who the strange man in her dreams is, nor does she understand how the life she once imagined with her husband, Bill, has turned into a nightmare for her and her young daughter.

Fleeing a loveless marriage, Linda discovers courage she never realized she had, and an ancestral history rife with betrayals, revenge, and eternal devotion. Rich with details of both past and present, Carmen Stefanescu continues the story she began in Dracula’s Mistress, but offers a unique twist by placing her heroine in modern times.

I found myself caught up in the emotion of the central characters and a mystery that transcends centuries. The author’s writing flows beautifully, both visual and compelling, keeping the reader turning pages and racing to the conclusion. If you enjoy history and myth with a twinge of the paranormal, woven into a contemporary setting, this is a story you don’t want to miss.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Carmen’s Amazon Kindle Store

Find out more about Carmen’s books and other published work: http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ie/p/works.html

Connect to Carmen via her blog: http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/

My next author today is Tobias Wade and his horror short story collection, 51 Sleepless Nights that was published in June 2017.

About 51 Sleepless Nights

A diverse collection of horror stories including the grizzly confessions of a serial killer, parallel dimensions, becoming trapped in a virtual world, and encountering ancient aliens buried beneath the Earth’s crust. Demons, monsters, psychopaths, undead, mad experiments and paranormal – no matter what makes your heart race, you’re guaranteed to face your fear with these terrifying stories.

One of the recent reviews

I don’t know which was worse, taking the Devil by surprise or letting him know I was coming.”
from The 32

You’re going to be surprised to hear how much I liked this one. First, it’s short stories – a genre I have long-standing issues with – and second, it’s horror – a genre I tend to avoid outside of a very few favorites because I do most of my reading at night these days and I have insane dreams without adding such fuel to their fire! When I was contacted by the author, Tobias Wade, I was initially inclined to decline the request out of hand. Then I looked the book up on Amazon – the cover art absolutely sold me on this one. Isn’t that a fabulously eerie cover?? While I am a firm believer that you can’t judge a book by its cover, sometimes I do find that a cover (or title) will pull me toward giving something a second look. If the cover (or title or whatever) speaks to me, it suggests that what’s inside will to. This isn’t a direct correlation – it doesn’t always hold true – but more often than not it does. Just so with this book…

51 Sleepless Nights is a collection of horror shorts. That much is obvious from the title alone. But what’s not so obvious is the delicate, scalpel-edged, psychological component to so much of this collection. To me, that is what the cover art embodied. The book as a whole is seriously creepy, in the best possible way. There is a lot of “traditional” horror (spiders, death, ghosts, evil), and those stories are very well crafted and original (and original in this genre is increasingly rare to find, particularly given that these are shorts and each and every one has to have its own unique concept or idea). But it was the stories with the psychological elements that I found fascinatingly eerie and thought-provoking (as well as goosebump-inducing)… Many of them are very short, and I would read them very fast. As I was reading, I was thoroughly entertained and a little creeped out. Then I’d finish and think for a second about what I’d just read. Or maybe I’d think about it hours later, when something resonated with my memory of the story(ies). And then I’d get VERY creeped out…

There is a surprisingly deep element to this “horror fiction” that I think catapults it beyond the traditional genre in ways that are both promising and rewarding. Tobias Wade is a talented spin-master, and I look forward to seeing where his twisty mind goes in future!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Horror-Stories-collection-paranormal-psychopaths-ebook/dp/B072WGRGDF

Also by Tobias Wade

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Tobias-Wade/e/B00KMNEVD2

Read more reviews and follow Tobias on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8327290.Tobias_Wade

Connect to Tobias via his website: http://tobiaswade.com/

Thanks for dropping in today and please feel free to share the news from Carmen and Tobias. Thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Phillip T. Stephens, Susan M. Toy, Lyn Horner


As I missed the usual Monday post because of the Bank Holiday and the end of summer party so herewith is the Cafe and Bookstore Update.

First author with a great review recently is Phillip T. Stephens for his book Cigerets, Guns & Beer.

About the book

Dodd breaks up a convenience store robbery when his car breaks down in Sweet Water Falls, Texas. What’s the thanks he gets? The sheriff won’t let him leave, the car lot can’t find the parts and everybody wants him for something—sales pitch, church membership, and even stud pony.

But most of all, it seems a family named Dodd were shot down robbing the bank in 1949 and the half million they stole remains missing. Everyone thinks Dodd returned to dig up the loot and no one intends to let him leave until he finds it—along with (or so the legends go) a long lost flying saucer.

Here is the most recent review.

The cover of Cigerets, Guns & Beer by Phillip T. Stevens catches the eye immediately. Beer and cigarettes are present, necessary for any good breakfast. While a gun is not displayed, bullet holes are, perhaps from the night before. A reader might predict that this will be a “good ol’ boy” novel replete with rednecks. The reader would be correct. This novel will make those who grew up in a small town nostalgic; a place where there might be only one law enforcement officer who also read water and electric meters, sold alcohol in defiance of Sunday “blue laws,” was a source of under-the-table porn, and served as a de facto judge deciding what town residents could and could not get away with.

This was the case with Sweet Water Falls, Texas. Joe Bob Meeker was the law. Brother Ralph Meeker was the mayor and JP (Justice of the Peace). Ralph also owned a general store, a car dealership, an insurance agency, and a hotel. Both men along with banker Mal Rafferty completely controlled the town. All served on the town council and exercised rezoning authority to force businesses to relocate or cease operations. The three would then buy the pieces left of the defunct property and open the businesses again under a new name and ownership.
The three men had gotten greedy, some of their business dealings were fraudulent. Up to now, geographic isolation had blocked an investigation. A series of robberies and shootings had never been thoroughly investigated by anyone other than Sheriff Joe Bob. An impartial investigation would have placed the sheriff in the category of a suspect. Any small business owners left in Sweet Water were under control of one of the three powerful men; they were forced to follow any rules formulated by the trio. There was resentment but no organized opposition had surfaced. That was about to change.

Dodd was just passing through town on the way to his new job as a partner in a law firm. The township that employed him as an intern lawyer didn’t want him to continue after his parole was up. The idea of a lawyer who obtained his education in prison was bad for publicity. Dodd was moving on to join a firm at the invitation of a former colleague. He hadn’t planned the gas leak that necessitated car repair and a stop in Sweet Water. It was just coincidence that more than decades previously Sweet Water was a town with history for a family named Dodd. Three brothers named Dodd had robbed a bank of USD 500 000. Two of the brothers were shot and killed and the third got away to hide the money before being shot and killed days later. Sheriff Joe Bob, possibly with the collusion of Ralph, had shot the first two Dodd brothers. The money was never found.

Dodd entered the town to repair his car. He entered Ralph’s store to buy supplies as he continued his trip. The store was being robbed by a nervous 17-year-old and Dodd, an ex-convict, decided to defuse the situation by recounting to the teenager the joys of prison life while attempting to convince him to surrender. Successful in foiling the robbery, Dodd was now stuck in the town until a statement could be prepared for Sheriff Joe Bob for adjudication by brother Ralph. This would take a few days. Meanwhile, town residents would speculate on the coincidence of a Dodd reappearing in the town. Was he there to find the money? Or was he there to find the UFO?

After the initial set-up for the story, all eyes are on Dodd. Especially female eyes. He either has sex with every female or is invited to but turns them down. It seems there is little else to do in a small town. They seem to be the frontline agents for finding out if he is related to the Dodd robber family, a claim Dodd will deny throughout the book. Dodd (first name) Dodd (last name) middle initial D. will apply home style wisdom combined with prison savvy in an attempt to right wrongs in this thoroughly corrupt community. He might even look for the missing money as he tries to find the UFO.

This book has laugh-out-loud understated humor in its description of small town insular life. There are several surprises to keep the reader from putting the book down. Although there seems to be a lot of sexual activity going on, offensive language is MOSTLY absent. Readers will only have to shield their sensibilities for approximately six pages of the 376-page novel.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cigerets-Guns-Beer-Phillip-Stephens-ebook/dp/B00QLI1Q3K

A selection of books also by Phillip T. Stephens

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Phillip-Stephens/e/B0091XK7HS

Read more reviews and follow Phillip on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/583139.Phillip_T_Stephens

Connect with Phillip via his website: https://ptstephens.com/

The next review is for One Woman’s Island by Susan M. Toy which I read and reviewed last year.

About the book

Running away from Canada, Mariana hopes to forget a failed marriage and the death of her husband by embarking on a whole new life. She moves lock, stock, and two cats to the small Caribbean island of Bequia. But the move brings more than she could have imagined. New friends ask her to help solve a recent murder in the expat community. And then there’s the problem of her neighbours, a young woman and her children. Seemingly abandoned by family and friends, Mariana believes they need her help! By becoming involved, Mariana is carried along from wanting to simply “live with the locals” to being overwhelmed by their culture, one so vastly different to what she had left behind in Canada that she doesn’t know who among her expat friends she can turn to for advice. So she carries on regardless and discovers that Bequia isn’t exactly the tropical paradise it had promised to be.

One Woman’s Island is the second novel in the Bequia Perspectives series that picks up again a few months in time after the first novel, Island in the Clouds.

The most recent review for the book

One Fine Book  on July 19, 2017

Like her Island in the Clouds, Susan Toy’s second Bequia Perspective novel is a complex story. On the surface, it’s a crime novel. Mariana, a Canadian woman in her forties, arrives on the island of Bequia running away from the ghosts of her past. Her new friends – a small community of expatriates—ask her to help them to solve a murder. In the orderly, organised world that Mariana’s coming from, meddling in the police investigation would be impossible, but rules are different on Bequia. The local police, with very little experience with serious crimes, are slow and inefficient. Mariana is more than happy to help. She needs a distraction anyway…

Beneath this first layer there is an intimate story of a lonely and deeply hurt woman, whose seemingly safe and comfortable world collapsed when her husband died, leaving her to deal not only with his unexpected demise, but with his emotional betrayal as well.
Mariana’s choice of her temporary exile is not random: years ago, when she was young and happy, she visited the island with her husband. And now she’s back, to heal her wounds, and even more importantly—to look for the happy woman she once was and reconnect with her.

It won’t go smoothly. The seductive, exotic and unique world of Bequia knows how to throw out a challenge and headstrong and stubborn Mariana, with her North American set of values, will have many clashes with the island’s mentality and customs before she realizes that she should stop trying to fix things that others don’t see as broken.

Yet, in spite of all the up and downs, the Bequia experience will have a profound influence on Mariana. Instead of that young, happy woman who once visited the island, Mariana will find—and accept—herself, firmly grounded in here and now.

And in a subtle way, she’ll will leave her own imprint on Bequia—I’m sure that young Philbain and Ayayla will never forget Mariana and the stories she read to them.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Womans-Island-Bequia-Perspectives-Book-ebook/dp/B01M27PD14

Also by Susan M. Toy

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Toy/e/B008WXIJ46

Read more reviews and follow Susan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1316805.Susan_M_Toy

Susan was a guest at the End of Summer Party and she is offering three lucky winners the chance to read one of her three titles. All you have to do is put a comment in the reblog on Susan’s blog, with a chance to win and Susan will announce the three names on September 1st.  I have read both Bequia novels and reviewed them with five stars so it is well worth heading over.

https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-one-last-fling-with-fantastic-writers-music-and-more-free-books-from-susan-toy

Connect to Susan via her website: https://islandeditions.wordpress.com/

My next author with an update is Lyn Horner, whose latest release Beguiling Delilah: Romancing the Guardians Book Six which was published in July, is receiving great reviews.

About the book

He’s a Navajo sworn to bring her to America;
She’s a sexy genius in a race with him across France

Delilah Moreau, the glamorous French Guardian, possesses a miraculous mathematical talent that provides her a privileged life, but it can’t give her what she truly wants: lasting love. Leon Tseda, a Navajo whose homeland serves as a hidden gathering place for the Guardians, vows to bring Delilah to safety, thwarting thugs sent to capture her and the valuable scroll she guards. Opening in Paris, the story whisks the pair in a life-and-death chase across France to Nice and Monte Carlo on the breathtaking Côte d’Azur.

Both Delilah and Leon have lost loved ones, and they’re no longer youngsters, but they are not too old for a second chance at love. Their journey is fraught with danger, excitement and steamy, mature romance. Will it lead to love – if they live long enough?

The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a psychic gift and a precious scroll containing a secret prophecy handed down from ancient Irish seers. Not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen, the prophesies are in danger of being seized by vicious “Hellhounds” who want to use them for their own evil ends.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I loved this book for several reasons. The biggest reason was the characters. It was refreshing to read about characters closer to my own age rather than sweet young things in their twenties. Delilah is a mathematical genius and a business woman. Pairing her up with a rugged American Indian couldn’t have been easy. But Lyn pulled it off with flying colors. They weren’t shy about expressing their extreme differences but maturity gave them the advantage of the wisdom of how to overcome those differences and still enjoy a romantic relationship that would last a long time. But have to say, having a Leon was easy to fall for. He’s proud and protective at the same time and he knew a good woman when he saw her.

Another reason I really enjoyed the book is the French location. I’ve visited the settings in this book and it was fun to revisit them through this book as the Hell Hounds (bad guys) chase them through the French countryside to gain access to the secret scrolls Delilah protects. With each of her books in this series, Lyn takes us to a new world location and it keeps this series fresh. I recommend that fellow readers read this entire series for better understanding but I’m certain none will be disappointed. Each book gets us closer to the secrets and the big battle that is sure to happen when the Hell Hounds, descend to steal the secrets along with the power of the knowledge they contain. Can’t wait!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Beguiling-Delilah-Romancing-Guardians-Book-ebook/dp/B073XPVHSP

A selection of other books by Lyn Horner

Read the many reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

Read more reviews and follow Lyn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4639926.Lyn_Horner

Connect to Lyn via her website: http://lynhorner.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and check out these authors and their books.. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – End of Summer Parties, Great guests and Music


Good morning from Ireland and you might wonder what the round up is doing here at just after midnight on a Monday morning. After the first two party days of the rave on the blog I thought it might be better sent out after the revellers had gone home. However, there appear to be some who are in not just a time zone of their own but a world of their own.

It has been an amazing weekend and wonderful to see so many bloggers from the last four years dropping in with their links and music requests. So many requests in fact that I will be scheduling a couple of music posts later in the week for the tracks that I could not feature over the three days. Including of course everyone’s links and books etc.. Still time for you to put yours into the final party post later today.

 

If you head over to the posts you will see that my book Just an Odd Job Girl is FREE for the weekend.. You will need to email me for a copy sally.cronin@moyhill.com and let me know if you would like a mobi for Kindle or epub for all other devices.

Also this week I will be introducing the new series of the author interviews. As always I have changed the theme and I will be interviewing myself to give you an idea of the format. I hope that you will be tempted to participate even if you have been interviewed before.

My thanks to my guests this week. William Price King and Paul Andruss for their regular weekly valued contributions and also to Carol Taylor and Julie Lawford who have become very popular guest in the last few weeks.

I need to get some sleep before the party post goes out at 10.00am.  so without further ado… here are the posts that you might have missed during the week.

Just a reminder of my recommended author services, design, formatting, publishing, illustration, translation and promotion.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/author-services-and-promotion-sites-4/

Summer Jazz with William Price King – the 1990’s with Tony Bennett

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/smorgasbord-summer-jazz-2017-william-price-king-meets-tony-bennett-the-1990s/

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss get’s the party started.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/smorgasbord-invitation-to-end-of-summer-party-26th-28th-august-lets-dance-with-paul-andruss/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/smorgasbord-invitation-to-end-of-summer-party-august-26th-28th-far-from-this-thing-by-paul-andruss/

The party posts so far.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-music-dancing-headliners-and-you-and-free-books/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/smorgasbord-end-of-summer-party-day-two-three-musketeers-the-a-team-and-free-book/

Milestones along the way by Geoff Cronin – Tales of Waterford and the culture of the 1930s and 1940s – my father-in-law’s final book written at 88.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/milestones-along-the-way-the-money-ball-shop-and-snippets-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/milestones-along-the-way-the-sailors-mass-waterford-by-geoff-cronin/

Smorgasbord Guest Post – Size Matters by Julie Lawford – How big is your plate and how much are you putting on it?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/smorgasbord-guest-writer-size-matters-by-julie-lawford/

The Odd Jobs and Characters Series- Guest Posts – this week The Cosmetic Department hosted by D.Wallace Peach

Each week I share the story of one of my quirky job that introduced me to the characters that now fill my stories.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/smorgasbord-reblog-odd-jobs-and-characters-the-cosmetic-department-hosted-by-d-wallace-peach/

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

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-luanne-castle-teagan-riordain-geneviene-chuck-jackson-and-paul-cude-update/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-john-maberry-colin-chappell/

New book on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-and-the-whippoorwill-sang-by-micki-peluso/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-george-washington-from-boy-surveyor-to-soldier-by-gay-ingram/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-part-of-me-by-deanna-kahler/

Blogger Promotion – Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-21st-august-2017-robbie-cheadle-yvonne-payne-teri-polend-wallace-peach-and-norah-colvin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-22nd-august-2017-don-massenzio-jena-c-henry-the-recipe-hunter-and-david-prosser/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-23rd-august-charli-millsm-j-mallon-angie-dokos-olga-nunez-miret-story-reading-apeandrew-joyce/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-24th-august-2017-colleen-chesebrom-j-mallon-the-story-reading-apeaurora-jean-alexander-lillian-csernica-carolee-croftr-k-lander/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-august-25th-2017-hugh-roberts-michael-stephen-wills-joann-chateau-and-john-howell/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-patricia-salamone-d-g-kaye-and-geoff-le-pard/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-sarah-brentyn-brigid-p-gallagher-marcia-meara/

I was so delighted to receive two reviews in the same post from Judith Barrow for What’s in a Name volumes one and two.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/my-reviews-of-whats-in-a-name-shortstories-and-whats-in-a-name-volume-2-stories-of-life-and-romance-by-sally-cronin-tuesdaybookblog/

Cook From Scratch with Sally and Carol – Carrots from Afghanistan. – The health benefits and wonderful recipes from Carol Taylor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-carrots-from-afghanistan/

I was also invited to submit my recipe for brown rice pilaf – Vitamin Supplement on a plate to the Recipe Hunter…And Marjorie Mallon tried it out and sent a photograph..much better than mine and perhaps she might let me use in future.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/%ef%bb%bfaugust-guest-13-cook-from-scratch-multi-vitamin-on-a-plate-brown-rice-pilaf-2/

Smorgasbord Health – Preparing for an Operation.

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/smorgasbord-health-2015-peace-of-mind-talking-about-death-and-wills/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-preparing-for-an-operation-get-fit-and-make-good-use-of-the-time/

Smorgasbord Pet Health – Herbal Remedies for Pets.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/smorgasbord-pet-health-herbal-remedies-for-pets/

Smorgasbord Laughter Academy and Afternoon Videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/laughter-the-best-medicine-one-liners-part-one/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-one-liners-to-make-you-ponder-part-two/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/the-afternoon-video-do-you-need-to-teach-your-baby-to-crawl-leave-it-to-the-dog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/the-afternoon-video-and-you-thought-teenagers-were-tough-to-get-out-of-bed/

Thank you again for taking the time to visit the blog and you are definitly the reason I keep motivated to show up every day..

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – John Maberry, Colin Chappell, Robbie and Michael Cheadle


First author today with an update is John Maberry who is offering his latest short story collection The Fountain FREE from today until Sunday 27th August. Here is a reminder of what you can enjoy.

The Fountain and six more fantasy & Scifi stories.

Humor, twists and more in this collection of seven fantasy and sci-fi short stories. Karma can be painful in “The Fountain”–when a plunderer meets a long-dead shaman. A family adopts a retriever with special talents in “Lily, an Amazing Dog.” A vampire has a strange problem, in “Alfred’s Strange Blood Disorder.” A perennial favorite, dimensional travel, with a strange twist in “The Closet Door.” What could that column of fire be, rising from the Atlantic off the Outer Banks? Read “The Flame” to find out what it meant to troubled writer Carson. A wizard casts a spell that works well for a princess, but will it be as good for him? Check out “The Wizard.” Finally, “The Fribble” offers an alien encounter of an odd sort, to a pharmaceutical company rep searching for new drugs in the Amazon Rain forest.

One of the most recent reviews for the collection

I wonder if The Fountain’s stories should be labeled speculative or science fiction, as they remind me more of Twilight Zone and less of Philip K. Dick. Maybe that’s the best definition of them; the common ground between these works. Whichever it is, I enjoyed them and their twists. Maberry writes in a clear way that immerses the reader into the story. He has a gift for creating easily identifiable characters who feel familiar after just a few lines. All in all, a fine collection for those who enjoy their short stories with a twist.

Read the other reviews and download the book: http://smarturl.it/6mp9z7

Also by John Maberry

Read all the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/John-Maberry/e/B002BM82FU

Follow John Maberry on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1210538.John_Maberry

Connect to John via his website: http://waitforwest.eaglepeakpress.com/

It is National Dog Day tomorrow in the United States so delighted to share a recent review for Who Said I Was Up For Adoption by Colin Chappell. A wonderfully personal and inspiring story of a man meeting a dog that stole his heart.

About the book

Is there any expression of FRIENDSHIP as endearing as a dog voluntarily touching its nose to yours?

When Colin Chappell contemplated the idea of adopting a dog, he did so warily, for he had seldom spent time with dogs and one of his primary canine experiences came when he was bitten by a German Shepherd at age fourteen. He certainly was unprepared for the complexities of caring for the seventy-five pounds of rescued, furry attitude he encountered in Ray. But perhaps what he was even more unprepared for were the emotions he would feel once Ray invited him to be his friend.

Who Said I Was Up For Adoption? tells the evolving story of this adoption (though it remains unclear just who did the adopting). Funny, heartwarming, and emotional, Colin and Ray’s story is really two stories, for part of learning to let an adopted dog into one’s life is learning to see from a perspective other than your own. True to that knowledge the book is narrated from parallel, alternating viewpoints—Colin’s and … Ray’s!

All net profits from sales of Who Said I Was Up For Adoption? will be donated to the Oakville and Milton Humane Society, a remarkable organization that rescues and rehabilitates dogs (and many other creatures) and matches them with suitable, loving humans.

The most recent review for the book

What a wonderful story about a man and a dog ‘finding’ each other and, yes, rescuing each other in different ways. Being a dog lover myself, I immediately melted into this book of a man who was once afraid of dogs, yet agreed to rescue a dog who’d been neglected and probably mistreated before taken to an adoption center. This story of how a man and dog learn to read each other’s signals, to understand each other, and then love each other, is heart-warming and sincere.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FIT5PAM

Connect to Colin via his blog: https://meandray.com

And finally today the most recent review for Robbie and Michael Cheadle, the mother and son creators of Sir Chocolate and his adventures. Here is Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook.

About the book

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

The most recent review for the book:

This is a children’s story and activity book about food.

It contains two rhyming poems. The first and longest is mainly for the children. It is about Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet’s adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have the magic sugar dust that can save the wilting flowers. The second is mainly for the parents reminding them that the moments spent with their children are wonderful and go by quickly.

These poems are illustrated with photographs of fondant artfully shaped like the characters in the poems.

The book ends with five recipes children can make with help from their parents: cheese bread, butter biscuits, jammy scones, rainbow cupcakes and banana bread.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Sugar-Dough-Story-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B06XXR7JGY/

 Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

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

That is it for today and thank you for dropping in.. I hope you enjoy the reviews and will head over and buy the books. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Luanne Castle, Teagan Riordain Geneviene, Chuck Jackson and Paul Cude


Welcome to the first of the update for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore this week and we have a full house… you might need a cup of coffee and a few minutes to enjoy.

Our first author with news is Luanne Castle who is celebrating the release of her second book  Kin Types.

About Kin Types

Kin Types is a collection of lyric poetry, prose poetry, and flash prose that imaginatively retells the lives of private individuals from previous generations. Using family history research, the writer has reconstructed the stories of women and men from Michigan to Illinois to the Netherlands. Read together, the pieces create a history of women dealing with infant mortality, vanity, housewife skills, divorce, secret abortion, the artist versus mother dilemma, mysterious death, wife beating, and a brave heroine saving a family’s home.

The most recent review for Kin Types

Luanne Castle, the author of the wonderful genealogy blog The Family Kalamazoo, has done just that in her new remarkable collection of prose-poems, Kin Types (Finishing Line Press, 2017). In these clear and beautifully written poems, she has brought to life the people she has researched and studied for many years. Collectively, her poems evoke the hard and often bitter lives of her ancestors while also piercing beneath the surfaces of those hard lives to uncover the love and the beauty that each one of these people experienced.

For example, in “An Account of a Poor Oil Stove Bought Off Dutch Pete,” a poem that describes in horrifying detail how a fire envelops a home and the woman living in it, Castle creates this image:

“Under the smoke, she can make out the sliced strawberries centered on the oilcloth nailed to the tabletop.”

In these few simple words, Castle uses the image of strawberries sliced by a caring wife and mother to remind the reader that this is a loving family woman who is threatened by a deadly fire. It evokes birth and life amidst the threat of death and destruction.

And when Castle wonders about the history of an old house that is in serious disrepair in “The Fat Little House,” she creates a story about the man who built the house and his family. Her words convey the love between the husband and wife through the man’s response to his wife’s description of the house as “short and fat:”

He laughed, I like my houses like apples.
And swaddled inside the crisp
sugary walls she nurtured and nestled
babies, slippery as fruit flesh…

From these few words and the images created, you can imagine the sweetness between these two people. Once again, fruit becomes a metaphor for love, for life, for birth.
In other poems Castle describes the fears of a dying mother that her children will be separated and sent to orphanages where “Teachers like scavengers pick at the remains of my family,” the anxiety of a mother as her teenage daughter gives birth on the kitchen table, the joy and sadness of a mother seeing in the face of her young son the face of her now deceased brother, and the guilt and love shared by another family whose lives are torn apart because of a fire in the family home.

These are just a few of the stories Castle tells in this book of poetry. Each poem made my heart ache for the lives of these people—people I never knew, people Castle herself never knew, but whom she has given new life through her words.

If you also have ever imagined what life was like for your ancestors, you will enjoy this wonderful collection. In fact, anyone—whether interested in family history or not—should read this book for the beauty of its language and for the light it sheds on our shared humanity.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Kin-Types-Luanne-Castle/dp/1635342546

Also by Luanne Castle

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Luanne-Castle/e/B00SBX9JT6

Read more reviews and follow Luanne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12756924.Luanne_Castle

Connect to Luanne via her website: http://www.luannecastle.com

Another new book to hit the shelves this week is Three Ingredients- IMurder at the Bijou by Teagan Riordain Geneviene.

About Murder at the Bijou

Long ago I developed a writing exercise. I would ask friends to give me three completely random things. Then I would write until I had mentioned all the things. I brought that exercise to my blog, but I had the readers send me their things. I let the random things drive every detail of a serial story, setting, plot, and characters. That resulted in The Three Things Serial Story, which gave birth to this culinary mystery. However, this time the “things” are food related — or ingredients.

As with the first serial, Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I is a spontaneously written, pantser story. I let the “ingredients” readers sent each week drive every aspect of a new serial story. This is the “bookized” version of that serial.

This time the Jazz Age setting is Savannah, Georgia where our flapper, Pip is “sentenced” to live with her grandmother and learn to cook. Pip gets caught up in a layered mystery that includes bootleggers, G-men, and the varied challenges of being a young woman in changing times. She meets new friends including some animal characters.

If you have not read The Three Things Serial Story, be warned. This adventure contains a bit of a spoiler, but does not go into detail about it.

Murder at the Bijou is available in paperback and eBook: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Bijou-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene-ebook/dp/B074S5ZK7L/

and: https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Bijou-Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/dp/1974544273

Also by Teagan Riordain Geneviene.

One of the excellent reviews for Three Things Serial – A Little 1920s Story.

Are you ready to step back into the 1920’s to join Paisley Idelle Peabody, in solving a mystery? Hurry up and dig your best suit out of the attic and grab your sequined flapper dress because you are in for a fun time. It’s the real cat’s meow!

This was my first time reading a Teagan Geneviene serial novella. What a unique and novel idea! What I enjoyed most was the randomness of the words chosen at the beginning of each chapter. This required some writing skill because she had to structure each chapter in such a way as to use the selected words from her readers. And, the author had no idea how the story was going to evolve. I found some insight into the writing of the story on her blog, Teagan’s Books. Here’s what she had to say:

“Everything about this story was determined by the random “things” readers sent. Absolutely nothing was pre-planned. First came the narrator, Pip, aka Paisley Idelle Peabody. I imagined the voice of Lucille Ball as Pip, telling a story of her youth. Then came the 1920s setting, inspired by an oscillating fan. Next, the “things” brought characters, particularly Andy who came back for another serial. Eventually, a thing gave me the Florida setting. I think you get the idea of how this worked.”

“Pip, a modern woman — a flapper, begins the first of several adventures. In this story, a mysterious white-haired woman is kidnapped. Pip finds a bent key, a scrap from a special quilt, strange tattoos, and other “things.” Later, Pip and her friends find themselves on a luxurious yacht where they encounter figures from history and celebrities of the era. The mystery comes to the forefront when they reach the destination, the gilded mansion, Cà d’Zan.”

The tale unfolds quickly, much like the old black and white movies from the period. You get right into the story and meet the characters, who are likable and believable as they comfortably fit into the Roaring Twenties time frame with their language and mannerisms. There is a mystery to be solved, and I liked the way the story evolved. There were even some surprises along the way.

At first, I read a couple chapters a night. Finally, I couldn’t wait any longer, so I finished the book off. I had to find out what became of the little old white-haired lady!
This was a fun and engaging trip back into the flapper era, and I loved it!

Read the reviews, buy the books and find out more about Teagan Geneviene: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

Connect to Teagan via her blog: https://teagansbooks.com/

And now we have an offer for you from Chuck Jackson whose memoir What Did I Do? was recently featured in the New Book on the Shelves Promotion. The book will be 99c to download for one week from 18th August.

About What Did I Do?

What Did I Do?  is Chuck Jackson’s true recollection of the abuse he received from both his parents. It is a story where he spent years struggling to please them without succeeding. It is a story where they told him he was irredeemable and unworthy of being their son. When he saw love and happiness in other families, he wondered why not his.

Chuck came out of the darkness to expound on the stigma attached to child abuse. He admitted to the affects of shame, anger, guilt, and depression that he and so many experience. He tells the story of survival where he felt invisible. Follow him where he sought a warm touch and a kind word of praise. Follow his desperation for love from anyone. Follow Chuck’s story and help answer his question, What Did I Do?

One of the recent reviews for What Did I Do?

A wonderfully written true story of the cruelty, physically and emotionally, that a parent can inflict on a child. Everyone with children, or thinking of having children, should read and realize that everyone of your actions has consequences. Every child living in an abusive relationship should read, if for no other reason, then to know that are people that love you and are willing to help you once you allow yourself to break your vow of silence. A true story of survival and the strength of the human spirit at the hand of treachery. I highly recommend to one and all.

The book is on offer for 99c for one week to download: https://www.amazon.com/What-Did-I-Do-Memoir-ebook/dp/B073R2B3RK

Also by Chuck Jackson

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

Connect to Chuck via his website and blog: http://www.chuckjacksonknowme.com/

The final update is for Paul Cude and a great review for the third book in his Bentwhistle Dragon series – A Twisted Prophecy.

About A Twisted Prophecy

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 of fear, the friends’ relief at having Richie back from the jaws of death is quickly tempered when they discover the price she has paid and exactly what she will have to forfeit. With Manson’s deadly scheme in full swing, events quickly turn from bad to worse. An army of nagas controlled by the threat to their king, help the evil dragon storm the kingdom, capturing Peter, Tank and Flash in the process.
With no help on the horizon and the dragons below ground neutralised, how will the threat be stopped? Will the white dragon turn out to be their saviour, or will a fierce lacrosse match prove to be the turning point for a rescue so unconventional, nobody could ever see it coming?

With a hoard of treasure and more magical artefacts than a witch’s kitchen, you’ll have to read on to find out if everything will turn out all white!

The latest review for A Twisted Prophecy

on August 4, 2017

Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Twisted Prophecy is such a book.

The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.

This is book 3 of 3 in the series, so it’s well worth checking out book 1 Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past and book 2 Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Chilling Revelation to see what the author has created here. I couldn’t recommend it enough.

The book synopsis says it all; “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 of fear, the friends’ relief at having Richie back from the jaws of death is quickly tempered when they discover the price she has paid and exactly what she will have to forfeit. With Manson’s deadly scheme in full swing, events quickly turn from bad to worse. An army of nagas controlled by the threat to their king, help the evil dragon storm the kingdom, capturing Peter, Tank and Flash in the process. With no help on the horizon and the dragons below ground neutralised, how will the threat be stopped? Will the white dragon turn out to be their saviour, or will a fierce lacrosse match prove to be the turning point for a rescue so unconventional, nobody could ever see it coming? With a hoard of treasure and more magical artefacts than a witch’s kitchen, you’ll have to read on to find out if everything will turn out all white!..”

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens next, you’ll just have to turn the pages yourself to find out!

This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a spellbinding journey!

It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!

I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Paul Cude in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.
 

Head over and read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Bentwhistle-Dragon-Twisted-Prophecy-Paul-ebook/dp/B015KUUIK6

Also by Paul Cude

Read the reviews – Download the Kindle of A Threat from the Past FREE and buy the other books: https://www.amazon.com/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/

Thank you for dropping by and if you have a new release or a recent review for your book that you would like to share drop me a line to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – New books released by Judith Barrow, Dariel Raye and Mary Clark


Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update, with news and reviews from some of the authors on the shelves. I try to keep up with everyone, but it really helps me out if you share your news with me.

Very happy to feature you every four to six weeks and that is at least 12 promotions a year that keeps your books in the minds of my followers here and on social media. It is FREE and just takes a few minutes to drop me an email sally.cronin@moyhill.com.  Have you checked your entry in the bookstore recently..Do you have a new release that has not been featured or have you changed a book cover? Let me know so I can update alongside these new books over the weekend. Thanks Sally.

The first guest this morning is Judith Barrow who has just released her long awaited prequel to her series set between the end of World War II and the 1960s. I have read the trilogy and will be adding this next book and Secrets, Judith’s short story collection to my next Amazon shopping run. Here is A Hundred Tiny Threads – Hot off the press yesterday.

About A Hundred Tiny Threads

It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.

The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/100-Tiny-Threads-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B073W1LTSR

Also by Judith Barrow

Here is the most recent review for Secrets – short story collection

Very enjoyable  on July 17, 2017

This is a wonderful collection of short stories, focussing on characters from Judith Barrow’s Howarth family trilogy and giving a brief but heartfelt glimpse into some of their lives, pre saga. Including situations and misfortunes, some of which were brought about by the restrictions and expectations of the time, unmarried women who have no choice but to give up their baby and the cruelty meted out to a conscientious objector to name just a couple. Others which are sadly still relevant today, namely the victims of incest and rape.

All are well written and filled with emotional reality, but these are the stand outs for me.

Edith Jagger’s Secret tells of an abused wife and the desperate measures she took to escape.

In Stan Green’s Secret, Stan, desperate to leave home, signed up for the army with his friend, Ernie. Both boys were underage and despite slight misgivings, they were unaware of what horrors awaited them or the enormity and terrible consequences of their decision.

Gwyneth Griffiths’ Secret means a life on the run from an abusive husband.

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

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

Connect to Judith via her blog: judithbarrowblog.com/

Another author with a new book on the shelves is Dariel Raye with Outreach: An Orlosian Warriors Novella which was published at the end of July.

About Outreach

Broken dreams, an ancient enigma tainted by the past, and a mystical bond beyond time and space.

Thrilled about receiving funding for her new outreach program, Jaci meets Andreus and embarks on a journey wrought with mystery and answers to questions that have plagued her for years.

Three years after the accident, Jaci Allen believes she is as lost now as she was the day she awakened to the sudden, tragic deaths of her husband and two-year old daughter. Throwing herself into her work has allowed her to avoid the reminders of her broken dreams, leaving her dangerously empty inside, always seeking…something.

Accused and convicted of the murder of his adoptive mother’s husband at the age of sixteen, Andreus admits his guilt, but acknowledges to himself that his memories of the night the abusive man was killed remain incomplete at best.
Meeting Jaci ignites the awakening of Andreus’ frightening special gifts – gifts he has not only tried to hide from the rest of the world, but from himself. Can two shattered souls find a way to heal one another?

One of the early reviews for Outreach

It is the first story I have read by Dariel Raye, and I am very impressed. She built the atmosphere of mystery and tension very well, and unveiled each piece of the puzzle in a way, that kept me on the edge of my seat. The story was fast paced, with a few twists and turns, and a couple of big surprises. Not knowing what Orlosian warriors were, that was a big one.

The characters were very interesting and complicated. Both Jaci and Andreus struggle with their traumatic past, hunted by the reassuring nightmares, but feeling an instant bond the moment they met. It was very easy to care about both of them, about their tragedies and what they will face in the future. I liked them very much, and would love to read about them again.

The whole premise of the Orlosian universe and who they were was fascinating. I loved following Andreus’ awaking, from a vague feeling of being different, to fully embracing his powers. And the electricity between Jaci and Andreus was wonderful.

Highly recommended to any paranormal romance lover. Or to anybody, who would like to try this genre. I was hooked from the beginning to the end and would love to read more about this universe.

Read the other reviews and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Outreach-Orlosian-Warriors-Dariel-Raye-ebook/dp/B072V52GRW

Also by Dariel Raye

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

Read other reviews and follow Dariel on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/806122.Dariel_Raye

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

The final author today with a new book being released shortly is Mary Clark with the second book in the Leila Payson series – Racing the Sun. It is on pre-order for

About Racing the Sun

Leila and her friends are back with more adventures in Racing The Sun, a short novel and sequel to Miami Morning. Leila works to start her new group, bringing together people of varying abilities. She meets Doug, a paraplegic, who wants to design and build better wheelchairs. With Leila’s support he prepares to debut his new chair at a local race. Leila’s relationship with Mark evolves, and she discovers both her father and mother have secret lives.

Leila’s friend Dov goes to Cuba in search of his new love, the hunky bird guide, Nìco. Cran, the father of Leila’s friend Charles, and husband of the erstwhile Berry, loves his vintage cars. After a racing accident, his life takes a different course. Leila and Mark visit Africa, where they have both worked before. And what does Doug mean–and Leila understand–when he says he feels like he’s racing the sun?

The book is at a very special pre-order price until August 22nd: https://www.amazon.com/Racing-Sun-Leila-Payson-Book-ebook/dp/B074QLPLR3

Also by Mary Clark

One of the excellent reviews for the first book in the series – Miami Morning

Miami Morning is an excellently written novel that is a “must read” for anyone who has been involved in the educational system. It is a book that would be highly enjoyed by anyone who is or ever has been a teacher, student, or parent. Since I have been all three at one time or another, I truly loved reading this book and savored the experience by stretching it out a few weeks. The author, Mary Clark, has divided the book into very short chapters (usually only a couple of pages each), and so I was able to enjoy making this book part of my morning wake-up-to-the-world ritual by starting each day with a relaxing read of a couple of chapters, along with a cup of coffee.

The main character is Leila Payson, a Social Studies teacher in Miami, who goes to South Africa to teach and learns the importance of listening to the people with physical challenges that she served as though they were “equal citizens” of the community rather than “her students” or “disabled.” When she brings this lesson of compassionate perspective back to Miami and applies it in her teaching there, she is able to help resolve a number of challenges that students share with her, including those who are struggling with problems like drug addiction and life issues like disabilities including hearing impairment. As she weaves through these challenges with her students, the reader is privy to both her inner philosophical dialogues and profound communications with students and colleagues. I thought that the highlight of the book was in the deep questions brought up concerning the importance of a strong community for a person facing hearing impairment. She makes a psychologically powerful case that no one overcomes adversity without help from others.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Clark/e/B00DE1O5LW

Read more reviews and follow Mary on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242815.Mary_Clark

Connect to Mary via her website: http://maryclarkauthor.weebly.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and check these new books out.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – D. G. Kaye, Deborah A. Bowman and Linda Bradley


Welcome to the first of the updates for autho’s in the bookstore this week and before I get started just a reminder that D.G. Kaye has her book Words We Carry FREE for the next couple of days.

Head over to download your copy:  https://www.amazon.com/Words-We-Carry-Obsession-Self-Esteem-ebook/dp/B00OQJGE42 and dowload your copy.

Our first update is for Deborah A. Bowman with Annie’s Story: Blessed with a Gift which was released earlier this year.

About Annie’s story

This story of love and faith by “different” people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about a dwarfed, mentally slow child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift” from the Spiritual Universe. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Annie’s message is timeless, and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” in the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs.

Factual research has confirmed what many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done in the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. JOIN THE ANNIE MOVEMENT to continue the fight for women’s rights, cure birth defects, and stop bullying. Have perceptions changed all that much since the mid-1600s? Have they changed enough? Sadly, they have not. Purchase the book to support women and children. Please, write a review and contact the author. Fundraiser opportunities available.

A recent review for Annie’s story

A unique story on June 25, 2017

Annie’s Story provides a unique insider’s look into the world of newly emigrated people, the Scots, to a free land where they could safely continue worshipping their faith—Catholicism. For Annie, born into a world where one’s physical differences and abilities were considered the child of the devil, it was life threatening.

Annie was raised by her grandmother, a renowned Scottish healer, after her parents died from the plague. This story highlights the hardships endured by immigrants in a world vastly different to their own, who contend with harshness of the land, weather and hiding their beliefs from their neighbours—the Puritans.

Annie was a dwarf and a healer, born in the mid-17th century in Colonial America. Her family left Scotland to avoid the harsh and imperial rule of the English King Charles II, migrated to Massachusetts Bay area, not far from a Puritan settlement. Her grandmother, taught Annie the art and skills of ‘pagan’ medicine after witnessing her miraculously heal a man who almost died.

Annie’s grandmother, her best friend Janey, her parents and the Scottish community protect and shield Annie from outsiders, who don’t understand her physical and mental disabilities. The young girl heals a boy from the Puritan township, which they later become friends and then fall in love.

One of the subjects I am not overly familiar with is American history. The Civil War was perhaps its greatest exponents, as was Abraham Lincoln, and so when I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I read historical fiction, but tend to go for books that predate Christianity.

What intrigued and drew me to the story was that it was premised on a past-life regression, in this case, the author’s. Bowman prefaces the book with background information that she underwent an “age” regression, and in follow up sessions, learnt she lived in another time and went by the name of Annie. The book has facts interwoven within the story, about Annie, the period and the way people who were different were treated. It is evident a great deal of research has gone into the story, describing what life was like during Colonial America for migrants, the Indians and how the Puritans lived.
The use of Scottish phrases and terms is great and it remains true to the characters, but I would have preferred a glossary at the end of the book rather than the explanation within the narrative.

For readers who know little about America’s early history, Annie’s Story is a good introduction to life during a period of unrest in Colonial America. For those who know a lot more, you will enjoy the various historical elements that feature in this story.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman/dp/1520487398

Also by Deborah A. Bowman

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

Read other reviews and follow Deborah on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman

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

The next update is for Linda Bradley and the third book in her Montana Bound Series: Maggie’s Montana which has received some great recent reviews.

About Maggie’s Montana

Maggie Abernathy, best friend Judy, and Judy’s two young sons travel cross country to visit John McIntyre and daughter Chloe at their Montana ranch. Maggie’s convinced herself that she’s only making the trip to fulfill her promise to visit Chloe, but once there she can’t help but fall in love with the horses, the land, the ranch, and the Montana ways of life. With Chloe’s loving antics, Winston’s gift, and a handful of wranglers showing her the ropes, will Maggie have the heart to say goodbye?

One of the recent reviews on Amazon

I enjoyed this series and the people Bradley brought to life. I have known everyone of them at different times. The story was romantic in it’s restraint, with desire. I do get a little bored with some romance novels repeating the same scene, different people. I also have lost 2 great friends as well as my mother and grandmother to cancer. Sometimes when everything you care about caves in, after the shock, you have to dig yourself out and up. Only you can decide to try to love again. And if you are lucky enough, you will say yes again and again to children, animals, family and friends. But when you find a really good man, a partner, you will understand that it is by far the most Important decision you will ever make, even the second time around.

A recent review on Goodreads

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 book: https://www.amazon.com/Maggies-Montana-Bound-Book-ebook/dp/B01M6VA5J1

Also by Linda Bradley

Read all the reviews and buy the series: http://www.amazon.com/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

Thanks for dropping in today and please help share the reviews for these authors far and wide.. thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Dan Alatorre, Pamela D. Beverly and Jacquie Biggar


Welcome to the author update and news from the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore. Delighted to begin the post with a new book by International best selling author Dan Alatorre and An Angel on her Shoulder.

About An Angel on her Shoulder

A series of unexplainable tragedies surround a family and their young daughter as they seek to determine whether they are possessed, paranoid or collectively going insane. Meanwhile, forgotten clues from the father’s past may indicate forces are at work in ways more ominous than any of them could have imagined.

Two of the early reviews

An excellent read. What I like most is the slow build-up of tension through the occasional killer punch. This is woven into a story of everyday life that gives it a ring of authenticity through the childhood memories, the couple’s relationship and their interaction with their daughter, Sophie. Though the book can indeed be called a paranormal thriller, the pace isn’t relentless, which personally suits me fine – I don’t go a bundle on the breathless type of thriller (or at least, I tend to forget them pretty quickly). Here there’s more reasoning, subtlety, and depth in the background context, and that to me is what gives the story its appeal. In short, what we have here is a thriller that isn’t formatted to fit neatly into a genre template, but instead goes its own way. And that’s all to its credit.

A Gripping Tale!!  on July 31, 2017

There is so much to this story, a topic we all grapple with when faced with tragedy…Why is this happening? I think this story just might have the answers. As always, Dan Alatorre’s writing strikes such a good balance, with action, suspense, and humor. All laid out with vivid detail, emotion, and likable characters. The main character is in search of answers for his family, and will stop at nothing until he finds them. His open mind leads him to places one would normally not go, and he does it without hesitation. A very thought-provoking story, so much so, it had me rethink my beliefs and open my mind to other possibilities. This story grabbed me from the beginning, and kept me turning each page in anticipation to see where it was going to take me next, and did not disappoint. And the ending? The ending wrapped up this whole package and topped it with a nice shiny bow. Such a good read!! This book would be an excellent choice for a Book Club. This is a story that doesn’t need to be just read, it needs to be discussed.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Her-Shoulder-Dan-Alatorre-ebook/dp/B073GLVT71

A selection of other books by Dan Alatorre

Discover all of Dan’s books, read the reviews and buy: http://www.amazon.com/Dan-Alatorre/e/B00EUX7HEU

Read more reviews and follow Dan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7847408.Dan_Alatorre

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

The next author is Pamela D. Beverly with a recent review for her book The Love Labryrinth.

About The Love Labyrinth

Noelle Harrison is a hard-working wife and loving mother to two young sons. Although supportive of her husband Wayne’s professional pursuits, she rails at his constant out-of-town travel to conferences and seminars. What about her needs and wants?

Then one day on her way home from church…

There are two sides to every story. Or maybe three.

A recent review for the book

Love Triangle  on June 8, 2017

When Noelle Harrison meets Clark Johnson on her way out the church doors, she immediately discerns that his kindness is not appropriate for a married woman. Already we can see Noelle struggling. Should she go out to lunch with the young, fine, Clark? He claims he just wants to be friends, is that possible? Can a married woman be friends with another man without romance being involved? This is the question I asked myself as Clark and Noelle made plans for lunch.

The plot thickens as we discover that Mr. Wayne Harrison is a workaholic who is always away on business. In fact, he is so busy that he practically ignores Noelle’s cries for attention and is not as helpful with their two sons as he should be. Frustrated with being ignored, Noelle continues to go on lunch dates with Clark while struggling to hold onto her integrity. Clark wants Noelle and he wants her bad. She has taken over his mind and is now all he thinks about. Noelle has no idea the kind of life altering decision a simple lunch date can be.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. For me, it has a mixture of everything. Of course, there’s the serious question of fidelity and married life but there’s also drama and laughs (Clark’s a bit of a crybaby. I am sure that’s him smiling on the cover.) When things got deep my heart broke for each of the main characters (Noelle, Wayne, Clark) at different points in the story. It reminded me of how precious marriage is but also how important it is not to play around with someone’s heart. The Love Labyrinth is a smooth read, not too fast and not too slow with some well-developed characters.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Labyrinth-Pamela-Beverly-ebook/dp/B06XKGFQ5R

Also by Pamela D. Beverly

Read the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-D.-Beverly/e/B008D278XY

Read more reviews and follow Pamela via Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6487140.Pamela_D_Beverly

Connect to Pamela via her website: https://relationspdbeverly.com/

And the last update today is for USA Today bestselling romance author Jacquie Biggar with new reviews for her book My Baby Wrote me a Letter which was published in July.

About My Baby Wrote me a Letter

A family’s brush with the past will threaten the foundation of their lives.

Grace Freeman is eight months pregnant. With her Navy husband away on a mission, she craves the security of her childhood home in Canada.

When a letter, written by her long-lost mother, is found it creates a tear in the fabric of the lives of those she loves.

Can Grace find a way to bring her family peace, or will a message from the past destroy their future?

One of the recent reviews for the book

What a beautiful short story from Jacquie Biggar. Grace Freeman is getting ready to return to her home country of Canada while she waits for the birth of her first child. Her husband is in the Navy and may not make it home in time for the birth and so Grace’s father is helping her with the move. Grace finds a letter written by her mother, but never mailed, stuck behind a drawer in an old desk that has been in the family for years. Grace’s mother abandoned her four children when Grace was little and they have no idea what happened to her.

The letter will either bring closure to Grace, her father and her three brothers or leave more questions unanswered, but you will need to read the book to find out. I so enjoyed this book, as I have all of the books by Ms. Biggar. I received a free copy of this book in order to provide an honest review and I have done so. This is the kind of story that makes me sigh when I am finished and wishing I could (and probably will) read it all over again. (by paytonpuppy)

Read the reviews and buy the book: http://books2read.com/MyBabyWroteMeALetter

A selection of books by Jacquie Biggar

 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG

Discover more reviews and follow Jacquie on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445812.Jacquie_Biggar

Connect to Jacquie Biggar via her webstite: https://jacqbiggar.com/

Please let me know if you have a new release available or on pre-order so that I can feature in the Cafe and Bookstore Updates.. email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com  Thanks.