Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Traces by Sue Hampton


A welcome to Sue Hampton who has written 35 books for both adults and children. As an introduction and ahead of the release of her latest book at the end of March, here is her book Traces.

About Traces

Poppy’s future may be full of promise, but there’s a hole in her past and it’s getting in the way. On her family tree there’s a grandma called Sorrel Golding, but is she alive or dead? When she visits Sorrel’s sister, Great Aunt Lanky, at her donkey sanctuary, she hopes to find the truth. There among the donkey graves she meets sixteen-year-old Kane, whose muck-raking and feed-mixing are described as rehabilitation, and who is almost as mysterious as Poppy’s past. Much as Poppy loves her sad and troubled father, she’s determined to uncover all the secrets he won’t share. But she is unprepared for the first ghostly encounter, in the village school, with her great, great grandmother, Tamarisk the rebel. Its the first of many, but as she meets the remarkable women who were flower girls before her, she still feels a long way from the answer to the question that matters most. Poppy is falling in love, but Kane has his own quest and different shadows. TRACES is about the power of the past, about damage and healing – or love, ghosts and donkeys.

One of the reviews for the book.

Poppy, nearly 14, is a flower-girl – so-called because all the strong and remarkable women on her father’s side of the family are named after flowers. Staying with her great aunt Amelanchier (the admirable Lanky), who runs a donkey sanctuary, Poppy wants to find out more about these women and particularly the mystery of her missing grandmother, Sorrel, who her father doesn’t talk about. Starting with her great-great-grandmother Tamarisk at school, Poppy experiences sudden ghostly `time-flashes’ where she sees and hears scenes from her family’s past. Then there’s great-grandmother Hebe and her conscientious objector husband, Paul. From these traces of her ancestors, Poppy is able to discover more about their lives and understand her own. At the same time she is forging a very special friendship with Kane, a boy helping at the donkey sanctuary. The donkeys too have their own characters and are integral to the story.

Beautifully-written, with style, insight and humour, all these threads are woven into a powerful and satisfying read that also makes you think about things. This is a lovely book and you don’t need to be a teenager to enjoy it!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Traces-Sue-Hampton-ebook/dp/B0062OQZQ6

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Traces-Sue-Hampton-ebook/dp/B0062OQZQ6

A small selection of other books by Sue Hampton

Read the reviews and discover all the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Hampton/e/B0034PD8GG/

And Amazon US. https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Hampton/e/B0034PD8GG

Find more reviews and follow Sue Hampton on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3212403.Sue_Hampton

About Sue Hampton

Sue Hampton writes for adults as well as children and teenagers, and across genres. An ex-teacher, she was inspired by the stories of Michael Morpurgo, because she witnessed their emotional power over young readers. Like him, she aims to write deep, compelling novels that will make people think and feel. Now a full-time author, Sue visits schools of all kinds and works with young people of all ages. Many of her passions can be detected in her novels, which are all different, (some historical, one futuristic, one magical and funny) but have in common themes like love, courage, freedom and our right to be different. Sue herself looks a little different from most women because she has alopecia, having lost all her hair in 1981. After writing THE WATERHOUSE GIRL about a girl with alopecia, she began going bareheaded and feels strangely liberated even though it isn’t easy. As an Ambassador for Alopecia UK she supports others with hair loss and led a team on Eggheads, winning £25K for the charity. Sue also lectures on the importance of fiction in school. Describe Sue in three adjectives? Passionate, individual and idealistic. Describe her novels in three adjectives? Powerful, “beautifully written” (says Michael Morpurgo of THE WATERHOUSE GIRL) and challenging. TRACES made the top three in The People’s Book Prize 2012 and FRANK won bronze in The Wishing Shelf award 2013. Her adult work includes FLASHBACK AND PURPLE, ARIA and two short story collections, RAVELLED and WOKEN.

Connect to Sue Hampton.

Website: https://www.suehamptonauthor.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sue.hampton.5011
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SueAuthor

I am sure that you will join me in welcoming Sue to the bookstore and as always appreciate your feedback Thanks Sally

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Jack Eason, Bette A. Stevens, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Annette Rochelle Aben and Paulette Mahurin


Welcome to Monday’s Edition of my Cafe and Bookstore Update, with news from authors on the shelves. The first author with a new review is Jack Eason with his historical novella Autumn 1066.

About the book

Down the centuries the British Isles has always been seen by invaders as a legitimate target for exploitation. This novella concerns the last few weeks of Anglo-Saxon occupation, ending on the 14th of October, 1066. In Autumn 1066, author Jack Eason gives a great sense of ‘place’, of detail. The reader is right ‘there’ in that poignant year, marching, shivering with September cold (as ‘…no warming fires were allowed lest ‘enemy spies would soon spot their approach.’) From the very first few lines, Eason, practising his unique drycraft, begins to weave his particular brand of magic on his reader.

Eason glamour’s with well-crafted dialogue, drawing his reader into the time and into the action. To accomplish this, the author proffers a gentle blend of informative nomenclature coupled with familiar speech, to ease the reader into his story without distancing with words too unfamiliar, which is a criticism frequently made of Bernard Cornwell’s epics. I long to read more Martin Bradley

The latest review for the book 

Deborah A. Bowman, author  5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done! March 4, 2018

Eason’s authenticity and realism in the end of days for the Anglo-Saxons in what was to become England or Great Britain is a must-read for anyone who cares about the history of this developing country which ruled the world for centuries. The ancient spelling and punctuation of names long buried in antiquity, as well as the proper names of weapons, battle strategies, and language show much research, checked and rechecked, by Mr. Eason in a time when history has been all but forgotten. I highly recommend this novella to the historian, history buff, and the curious, concerned reader for this is all of our heritage in one way or another … all countries, all peoples, all evolutionary ethnicities. This turning point, “Autumn 1066” , shaped the world. The ending, the last line, captured my heart. (No spoilers here.)

Read the reviews and buy the book – Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Autumn-1066-Anglo-Saxon-dominance-ended/dp/1546685308

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1546685308

A small selection of other books by Jack Eason

Discover all of Jack Eason’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY

Follow Jack and read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4026249.Jack_Eason

Connect to Jack via his website: https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/

The next author is award winning children’s author Bette A. Stevens and her delightful book Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale.

About Amazing Matilda

Inspire the Kids with an Award-winning (Excellence in Children’s Literature) Monarch Butterfly Tale.
In this age of instant gratification, there’s an award-winning children’s picture book out that teaches kids that patience and hard work really do pay off.

‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale’ is a timely tale that follows MATILDA, a tiny monarch caterpillar, from the time she hatches from her egg on a giant milkweed leaf until she realizes her dream to fly. The story provides challenges and adventure at every turn.

Grandparents, parents and teachers will find that AMAZING MATILDA is a book that kids will want to read themselves and hear read to them again and again.

A recent review for the book

D.L. Finn  5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Tale! January 2, 2018

This is a sweet story about a caterpillar named Matilda and her friends. She immediately wants to fly, but is given the advice to be patient and keep trying– when she can’t. The book is illustrated by the author and that adds another level of depth to the book. The story has a lesson that not only kids can learn from, but also the adults who read the book with them. I can’t wait to give this to my grandchildren and will enjoy our reading time together with this delightful tale!

Read all the wonderful reviews for the book: https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Matilda-Monarchs-Bette-Stevens/dp/1470187663

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazing-Matilda-Childrens-Literature-Butterfly-ebook/dp/B00AU9ZISA

Also by Bette A. Stevens

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

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M

Read more reviews and follow Bette on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6037707.Bette_A_Stevens

Connect to Bette A. Stevens via her website: https://4writersandreaders.com

The next author who has received a recent review is Vashti Quiroz-Vega for The Fall of Lillith.

About The Fall of Lilith:

So says Lilith, the most exquisite of the angels. The two most important pledges an angel makes to God are those of obedience and celibacy, and dire consequences await any who break their oaths.

At first, the angels are happy in their celestial home, learning and exploring together. As they grow older, though, Lilith begins to question these pledges, which now seem arbitrary and stifling. Her challenge of the status quo leads to disagreement, jealousy, and strife among her peers. As the arguing and acrimony grow, lines are drawn and sides are chosen. Is war inevitable?

Filled with robust characters, incredible landscapes, and exciting action, The Fall of Lilith is an epic tale of seduction, betrayal, and revenge.

Free Will involves asking difficult questions and making hard choices, choices that require strength and sacrifice. These decisions can tear apart friendships and cause rifts between allies.

They can even threaten the foundations of Heaven.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Most people have heard the biblical story of the fallen angels who rebelled against God and were cast out of Heaven. Vashti Quiroz Vega takes up from there with a fanciful and imaginative saga of how the rebellion came about, and what happened after the fall of Lucifer and his allies.

While in the biblical version, Lucifer is the leader of the rebellion, in Vega’s absorbing story, a beautiful female angel named Lilith is the driving force behind the rebellion. She seduces Lucifer and a group of other angels into rebelling against God. Once defeated by the angelic hosts that remain loyal to God, Lilith, Lucifer, and the rest of the fallen angels are expelled from Heaven and cast to earth.

Far from feeling remorseful for her treachery, after the fall, Lilith remains stubbornly rebellious against God and determined to gain a measure of revenge. Lilith is a dark protagonist that the reader quickly learns to love to hate. Rather than eliciting any reader sympathy, the reader feels compelled to keep turning the pages desperately hoping that Lilith will, in the end, get her just comeuppance.

I was truly in awe of how imaginative Vega must be to create a story like this. She supplies abundant details which make this book not only enjoyable and interesting to read, but that makes the story itself so believable that the reader easily imagines how things could have happened just the way she describes it.

The Fall of Lilith is perhaps one of the most unique novels I’ve ever read. It’s very well written. In many ways, the style of the book was reminiscent of the writings of C. S. Lewis. That said, you needn’t have any religious convictions to enjoy this book. The Fall of Lilith stands on its own as a gripping angelic fantasy novel.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Lilith-Fantasy-Angels-ebook/dp/B074CPKLHH/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fall-Lilith-Fantasy-Angels/dp/1947475002

Also by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Read the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/e/B00GTXG5W4

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/e/B00GTXG5W4

Read more reviews and follow Vashti on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7122693.Vashti_Quiroz_Vega

Connect to Vashti via her website: https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/

Annette Rochelle Aben is celebrating her latest release with cover art by her sister Lorraine Parent. Fresh off the press…. A Haiku Perspective 2018.

About the book

Take a look at life and it’s miraculous energy presented using the format of traditional Japanese Haiku. You’ll smile, laugh out loud and may even find yourself getting a little teary eyed as you journey through a year in the life of a poet. Her observations are woven together with wit, wisdom and will leave you wanting more. A Haiku Perspective 2018 is a book of inspiring, relatable poetry for people ages 12 and better.

Head over and buy your copy in paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Haiku-Perspective-2018-Annette-Rochelle/dp/1546814302

Also by Annette Rochelle Aben

A review for A Tanka Picture Book

This beautiful little book will warm your heart and stir your soul. A Tanka Picture Book by Annette Rochelle Aben is a treasure trove of inspiration, filled with picturesque images overlaid by touching verse. The author explains that Tanka means “short song.” I find this the perfect description, considering I felt my heart singing while I read. Compassion, encouragement, and gratitude create a texture and mood that will leave you feeling both peaceful and exhilarated. Whether your spirit needs fortifying or you’re simply looking for a splendid gift, this book is sure to deliver.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Annette-Rochelle-Aben/e/B00MSQTGUY

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annette-Rochelle-Aben/e/B00MSQTGUY

Find more reviews and follow Annette at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8262554.Annette_Rochelle_Aben

 

Connect to Annette via her blog/website: https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/

The final author that has some wonderful recent reviews is Paulette Mahurin with her recent release The Day I Saw The Hummingbird.

About the book

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via The Underground Railroad.

Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and dangers. Struggling with his inner impulse to seek revenge for the injustices and violence levied on his family and friends, he discovers that in bondage you pray to God, but in freedom, you meet Him.

From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes a story that brings another cadre of memorable characters alive on pages that pulse with hatred and kindness, cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. Oscar’s journey on the Underground Railroad is a heart-pounding ride that the reader will remember long after this story ends.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Although I usually don’t like to read books that have a lot of violence and hardship in them, I had a feeling that this book would have a strong core, and wanted to give it a try. It does have a positive core, despite the tragic events. It was a moving story, although definitely very hard to read at times. However, sometimes violence serves its purpose, as it did in this case. This is a story of human strength and power of soul, which is hauntingly real. I suppose the only reason I don’t give it the full five stars is because it was so hard to read at times that it made me want to skip pages, but that is my problem, as I am quite sensitive.

 

Read all of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Day-Saw-Hummingbird-Novel-ebook/dp/B075QMKXQS

Also by Paulette Mahurin

51i68gzmu9l-_uy250_51kctenodfl-_uy250_51q0487ggfl-_uy250_Read all the reviews and BUY the bookshttps://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Read more reviews and follow Paulette on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895757.Paulette_Mahurin

 

Connect to Paulette:https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will find a book or two to read. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Lyn Horner, Mae Clair, Colleen Chesebro, Annika Perry, Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes.


Welcome to Friday’s author update with new releases and recent reviews from authors in the Cafe and Bookstore. If you have news and are on the shelves then please let me know by emailing me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

The first author is multi-award winning  Lyn Horner with her latest release Tempting Adam: Romancing the Guardians, Book Seven

About the Book

He walked away from her once meaning to protect her and broke her heart.
Can she forgive him and overcome his stubborn resistance to love?

Guardian of Danu, Adam Dvorak has the power to make plants grow with a mere touch, but will he allow love to grow? An agronomist teaching better farming methods in a semi-desert region of northern Kenya, he has an accident and ends up in the local hospital where, to his shock, his former love Ellie Graham is a nurse. He’d never expected to see her again.

Ellie is equally shocked to see him. How could fate be so cruel, putting her in Adam’s path again? Her bruised heart tells her to avoid him, but circumstances dictate otherwise, and their mutual attraction soon flares to life. Will the temptation to accept Ellie as his mate conquer Adam’s fear for her? The High Guardian’s arrival and the pernicious Hellhounds may force him into a difficult decision as this saga builds toward a climax in the eighth and final book, A Might Chieftain.

The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a unique psychic talent and an ancient scroll containing a secret prophecy not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen. Vicious “Hellhounds” seek to steal the prophesies and use them for their own evil ends. When romance enters the picture, expect adventure, suspense and sizzling adult love scenes.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Tempting-Adam-Romancing-Guardians-Seven-ebook/dp/B07B7HLZL7

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tempting-Adam-Romancing-Guardians-Seven-ebook/dp/B07B7HLZL7

A selection of other books by Lyn Horner

One of the reviews for Book Six in the series Beguiling Delilah

I enjoyed the leading man, Leon Tseda. He is a normal man who happens to be Navajo. He’s 5-feet-10 and 52 years old. He’s not a super-jock, a ninja, or a weight-lifting fanatic. I’m happy us old, grey-haired guys have a hero we can relate to. Leon has no Superpowers, just a skilled observer of human nature. Delilah’s unique skill is her ability to process numbers, and like Spock, she is logical. The pair complement each other when things go from bad to worse. The chase leads across France with scoundrels in hot pursuit before they return to, you guessed it, Navajo land, where Leon has the upper hand. I enjoyed this book enough to make me want to read the rest of the series.

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

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

The next author is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair with her latest release published in July, A Desolate Hour, Book Three of the Point Pleasant Series.

About A Desolate Hour

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

A recent review for the book

The culmination of the Point Pleasant series, A Desolate Hour brings all the open threads from the overall story together. This book explains the curse behind Point Pleasant’s ill fortune. (I’ll try to avoid spoilers!) We meet the descendents of the people involved when Chief Cornstalk laid the curse: Quentin Marsh, Sarah Sherman, and Shawn Preech. We also meet the other characters involved again, especially Caden Flynn, with his own connection to the infamous Mothman that haunts Point Pleasant. We also learn more about the Mothman, and feel for it as it faces the source of its pain after a couple hundred years. I especially love how the author continues with the theme of the series, from yesteryears to cold tomorrows. The book is a ride of suspense, and by that last rollercoaster drop, has given the reader a satisfying end to the adventure.

Read all the reviews so far and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Desolate-Hour-Point-Pleasant-ebook/dp/B01MDPY2A5

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Desolate-Hour-Mae-Clair/dp/1601837828

A selection of other books by Mae Clair

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

Read more reviews and follow Mae on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468716.Mae_Clair

Connect to Mae via her website: https://maeclair.net/

The next author with a recent review is Colleen Chesebro for her book The Swamp Fairy: The Heartstone Chronicles Volume One.

About the Swamp Fairy

Fourteen-year-old Abigale Forester, recently orphaned and a ward of the State of Illinois moves from Chicago to Florida to live with her aunt, her last living relative. Magnolia Forester becomes her legal Guardian, and together they claim an ancient inheritance; land that belonged to Abby’s mother’s family for generations. Holding onto the only piece of her mother Abby has left, a calcite pendant and her mother’s most sacred possession, she discovers the truth of her legacy.

The pendant is more significant than she could possibly imagine. Forged from a giant mystical heart-shaped stone found on the very swamp land Abby now owns, it holds the power of her ancestors. But with that power comes greater responsibility, one that pits her against Rafe Cobb, a greedy land developer, who will stop at nothing to own Abby’s swamp land.

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

One of the recent reviews for the book

Feb 11, 2018 D. Peach rated it Four Stars on Goodreads.

I finished this read in the wee hours of the morning in lieu of a good night’s sleep. Chesebro has crafted a thoroughly delightful story about a fourteen-year-old orphan, Abby, who bears a sacred duty to protect a swamp inhabited by tiny fairies. The swamp fairies guard the Pink Sundew plants necessary for human healing, and at her death, Abby’s mother passed the responsibility for the swamp onto Abby. Rafe Cobb, a greedy tycoon, wants to develop the area and will stop at nothing including murder to have his way.

The book is perfect for pre-teens and young adult readers, and if my daughter wasn’t all grown up, I’d pass this read on in a second. It has everything she once enjoyed: magic, fairies, sweet boy-crushes, horses, the ability to talk to animals, and a teen hero. And, of course, there’s escalating pressure and danger as Abby refuses to sell her land. Except for Cobb, his henchmen, and a pair of mean brothers, the characters are charming. Abby has kind friends and a loving aunt who cares for her. The characters are three-dimensional, and the relationships have a dose of realistic conflict along with the support.

The pace is steady and builds to a stormy climax. The book is peppered with wisdom about personal growth, friendship, and family, as well as insights into the different kinds of fairies that inhabit the Earth, their role, and our responsibility as humans to safeguard the planet. In the back matter, the author briefly shares her own experience with a swamp fairy, which was the inspiration for the book. I can happily recommend this book to young readers who enjoy magic, fairies, and tales about growing up.

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

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy-ebook/dp/B01MU69MXT

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

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

The next author, Annika Perry is celebrating another new review for her collection of short stories and poetry, The Storyteller Speaks.

About The Story Teller Speaks

It only takes one event to change a life. What is that action, decision, occurrence? Whose life is affected? Changed forever?

In this eclectic mix of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry the pendulum swings between first love and murder, from soul-destroying grief to reconciliation. The tales veer from the sweet satisfaction of revenge to new beginnings, from heart-breaking miscarriages of justice to heart-warming Christmas misadventure.

One common thread binds them all; the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.

Open your hearts and minds as The Storyteller Speaks.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I think this book is a good read. Annika Perry is a perceptive observer of the human condition, and has a gift of harnessing the humdrum minutiae of everyday existence and bringing it to life in short, concise, well told stories. She also includes the occasional entertaining poem and limerick to further demonstrate her talents and add to the variety. As a bonus, Ms Perry includes notes at the end of the anthology, explaining her motivation for writing the stories, many of which, directly or indirectly, are borne out of her own experiences.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0789KZVF8/

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789KZVF8

Read more reviews and follow Annika on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/55576285-annika-perry

Connect to Annika via her blog: https://annikaperry.com

A latest release for the writing duo – Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes.. non-fiction this time....Lazy Days : The holiday of a lifetime

About the book

This was our very first holiday. Two women, four kids and two small dogs afloat on a rented boat, 40 years ago. Miles of rivers and waterways to explore. Could we survive for two weeks, or would we end up in a watery grave?

Find out how we survived the holiday and each other in Lazy Days!

A recent review for the book.

These five stars are for the guts, courage and general ‘can do’ attitude Jaye Marie showed in agreeing to ‘skipper’ a boat for the very first time on the Norfolk Broads. I have been a boater for getting on eighteen years, but I know I would never have been brave enough to steer a cruiser I’d never seen before, let alone never having ‘driven’ a boat before in my life. I think what happened to her and her sister was what happened to me too after my first cruise. There is so much to be anxious about, you don’t know whether you have enjoyed it or not until after the event. Nevertheless, they went to some gorgeous places, and I would love to go there myself now. Well done, Jaye and Anita. Hats off for embarking (literally) on this lovely holiday!

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lazy-Days-lifetime-Anita-Dawes-ebook/dp/B077XX2TH1

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Lazy-Days-lifetime-Anita-Dawes-ebook/dp/B077XX2TH1

Books by Jaye Marie

Read the reviews and and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

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

Books by Anita Dawes

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10

Read more reviews and follow Anita on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6586480.Anita_Dawes

Connect to Jaye and Anita via their website:  http://jenanita01.wordpress.com

It would be wonderful if you could help spread the news about these authors and their work.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Paul Andruss, Jann Weeratunga, Sacha de Black, Terry Tyler and Dolly Aizenman


Welcome to the first of the week’s Cafe and Bookstore author update. And the first author with news is our own Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss with a new review for Thomas the Rhymer.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

About Thomas the Rhymer

A magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen

When Fairy Queen Sylvie snatches his brother, schoolboy Jack is plunged into a sinister fantasy world of illusion and deception – the realm of telepathic fairies ruled by spoilt, arrogant fairy queens.

Haunted by nightmares about his brother and pursued by a mysterious tramp (only seen by Jack and his friends) Jack fears he too will be stolen away.

The tramp is Thomas the Rhymer, who only speaks in rhyme. Lost and frightened Thomas needs Jack’s help to find his way home.

The race is on for Jack and his friends to save Thomas from the wicked Agnes Day (who wants to treat Thomas like a lab rat). And save Jack’s brother from Sylvie.
To do this they need the help of Bess – the most ancient powerful fairy queen in the land.
But there is a problem…
No one knows where Bess is… or even if she is still lives.
And even if they find her… will she let them go?

The most recent review for the book.

Magic and mayhem… on February 2, 2018

A child is missing under very peculiar circumstances, there is nothing worse that can befall a family.The tale of magic and mayhem soon unfolds. There is not much time to find Dan or he will be gone forever. I was drawn into the story which soon progressed at some speed at times which left me quite breathless and wanting to read more. Would they find Dan in time? So many dark forces were working against Jack and Co as they raced against time to find Dan. I thought fairies were pretty little creatures who sparkled in the dark and did good deeds …was I wrong.

Author Paul Andruss has a very impressive knowledge of fairies and mythical creature as well as knowing his geography and history I was impressed.

The ending was as it should have been after all the adventures and magic … Dan was home!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC

Also by Paul Andruss

Finn Mac CoolFind out more and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Finn-Mac-Cool-Paul-Andruss-ebook/dp/B018OJZ9KY

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Finn-Mac-Cool-Paul-Andruss-ebook/dp/B018OJZ9KY

Connect to Paul Andruss via his website: http://www.paul-andruss.com/

The next author with a recent review is Jann Weeratunga for her latest release in November 2017 of Polly’s Hogmany Holiday.

About the book

Polly the Parrot, Captain Hake and the crew of The Thistle take a short break in Scotland before they resume the search for Polly’s friends in Africa. The pirates get to meet the street children and their lives are changed forever. And who is Red?

The latest review for the book

Another wonderful tale about pirates and life on the high seas by Jann Weeratunga. Jann has again highlighted real issues, in this case the unfortunate plight of street children, in an interesting and captivating way. All our old friends from The Thistle, Captain Hake’s ship, are featured in this new tale as well as some fabulous new characters, including Red.

Michael enjoyed the enterprising references to technology in this book and was vastly amused by Piramail, Chirping and Cheeping, Piragram and SPMS (Short Pirate Messaging Service). I think it is a stroke of genius by this author to connect with young readers in such a unique way.

My rating for this book is five out of five stars.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Pollys-Hogmanay-Holiday-Sweetie-Piralympics/dp/1979869170

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pollys-Hogmanay-Holiday-Sweetie-Piralympics/dp/1979869170

Also by Jann Weeratunga

Read the reviews and link to buy the books Amazon UK: Amazon UK

and Amazon US: Amazon US

and read more reviews and follow Jann on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15797624.Jann_Weeratunga

Connect to Jann via her website: https://kidsbookswithoutborders.com/home/

The next author with a recent review is Sacha de Black and her book Keepers: The Eden East YA Novels

About Keepers

Eden’s life is balanced… …until her soul is bound to her enemy.

When her parents are murdered, the realm of Trutinor is threatened. Then a mysterious human arrives and changes everything.

As Eden’s world spirals out of control, she doesn’t need a charismatic Siren from her past returning to complicate life.

Now, saving Trutinor is the last thing on Eden’s mind.

Three boys.   Two murdered parents.  One deadly choice.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Keepers is the debut fantasy novel by Sacha De Black and is an engaging accomplishment. The story follows Eden, a young woman from Trutinor, a world parallel to Earth. She is one of the elite Fallon at the head of the Keepers who are responsible for maintaining balance in the worlds. The book starts at the conclusion of her training and covers the brief time of turmoil prior to her coronation.

The premise is interesting and well thought out. Black clearly put a great deal of time into the concepts of balance and imbalance, how they work against and complement each other, and how they’re misunderstood. The idea of balance is threaded through most aspects of the story and provides the basis for most of the conflict.

Black’s world building is highly creative and covers a lot of ground without a lot of backstory gluing it together. I would have liked more background, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment. Eden, in particular, is a beautifully rich character with a full emotional life. Her emotional authenticity is what holds the story together and engaged me as the reader. The supporting cast is well done, but since the story is told in first-person, it’s Eden’s inner world the reader experiences.

Since Keepers is a YA fantasy, the love/relationship/soul-mate aspects of young adulthood are a large part of the story. That said, they’re entwined with the plot, and the book maintains a speedy pace. Though many elements of the book wrap up satisfactorily, there are a number of loose ends and a big cliff-hanger at the conclusion. The book is definitely meant to be read as the first in the series. I look forward to the next book!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keepers-Eden-Novels-Sacha-Black/dp/1999722507

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Keepers-Eden-Novels-Sacha-Black/dp/1999722507

Also by Sacha de Black

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/

I can personally recommend Tipping Point and Lindisfarne, Books one and two of the  Project Renova Series by Terry Tyler which have read and reviewed – very much looking forward to the next in the series.

About the book

‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’

The year is 2024. A new social networking site bursts onto the scene. Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.

A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it’s spreading—fast. The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme. Members of underground group Unicorn believe the disease to be man-made, and that the people are being fed lies driven by a vast conspiracy.

Vicky Keating’s boyfriend, Dex, is working for Unicorn over two hundred miles away when the first UK outbreak is detected in her home town of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. The town is placed under military controlled quarantine and, despite official assurances that there is no need for panic, within days the virus is unstoppable.

In London, Travis begins to question the nature of the top secret data analysis project he is working on, while in Newcastle there are scores to be settled…

This is the first book in the Project Renova series; the second, Lindisfarne, is now available, with the follow-up, UK2, due around late spring/early summer, 2018. Patient Zero, a collection of stand-alone short stories featuring minor characters from the series, is also available.

One of the latest reviews for the book

Chilling! on 2 March 2018

Vicky lives in a small town named Shipden with her teenage daughter and her boyfriend Dex. It’s 2024 and when a new and deadly virus is discovered in Africa there isn’t immediate reason to panic. Dex and a small group of like-minded people are working for Unicorn. They think the virus is man-made and that it has been spread by the government. They’ve been preparing for the end of the world. Vicky is not really into Dex’s ideas and feels left out when he keeps going to these secret meetings. What will happen when this virus, that caused no panic in the beginning, reaches the United Kingdom?

Vicky and her daughter Lottie are in Shipden when the whole town is being put into quarantine. Nobody gets in or out. Dex is out of town at that time, so Vicky and Lottie are on their own. Dex stocked up the house with food and water and packed emergency backpacks for them. He even managed to get them the vaccination for the virus. Vicky and Lottie see their world change before their eyes. People are dying and the army will shoot on sight if they think someone has the virus. Vicky and Lottie are going to try to get to the safe house Dex always talked about. Will they be able to get there in time?

Vicky used to live an easy and relatively happy life. Now that this has changed she has to toughen up to survive in this new world. Lottie is a teenage girl and because the world is falling apart, she has to learn to live without all the comforts of her old life. I admired the way Vicky and Lottie are dealing with everything that’s going on. Lottie is a smart girl and accepts the fact that things have changed. She adapts really fast and this also helps Vicky a lot. Vicky is feeling insecure and scared and often wonders if she’s doing the right thing. She stays strong and still tries to see the good in people. I was hoping for them to find a safe haven so they could rebuild some sort of a life again.

Tipping Point is a gripping story about how fast the world as you know it could change. A Tipping Point is the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change. The fact that a deadly and very contagious virus spreads so fast and does so much damage chilled me to the bones. New viruses are made and discovered every single day, so the fact that this could happen in real life is incredibly frightening to me. Terry Tyler has taken her time to give the story a perfect and well thought out start. This made me invested in it even more. Tipping Point is the first book in the Project Renova series and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the second book, Lindisfarne.
 

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tipping-Point-Project-Renova-Book-ebook/dp/B074LSCX5M

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tipping-Point-Project-Renova-Book-ebook/dp/B074LSCX5M

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

Connect to Terry via her blog: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/

Dolly Aizenman with her cookbook – Kool Kosher Kitchen. Many of you may be familiar with Dolly’s blog where she not only shares amazing recipes but the fascinating history attached to them. Dolly published the cookbook in the middle of December, and it is in both print and eBook version.

eBook version

About the cookbook

From the four corners of the world – international fusion cuisine the kosher way! Cook Indian, cook Italian, cook Chinese and Japanese, or cook traditional Jewish; make it vegetarian, pescatarean, or vegan, make it festive and nutritious, always easy to make and delicious, for holiday and every day, but above all, have fun in your kitchen and make your kitchen a fun place to be!

One of the recent reviews for the book

They say that to properly review a cookbook you should try to make at least five of the recipes. I have to confess that I’ve not made any YET, because Kool Kosher Kitchen is no ordinary cookbook. It’s like sitting down at the table with a friend–wine coffee, whatever your poison–and having a long, warm chat about all kinds of everything. Did you know, for example that some of the French non military personnel stayed in Russia after 1812 and this led to the creation of Apple Charlotte? It’s one story at least. Dolly Aizenman doesn’t just share recipes, every page brims with the story, anecdote or family history, connected to the dish. A tall order but one she doesn’t fail to deliver. Soups, sides, main courses, desserts and bread. Indian, Italian, Jewish, whatever. There’s something for everyone here. Dolly’s gift is in making you believe you’re making the dish as you chat.

 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Dolly-Aizenman/e/B0789FDS7W

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kool-Kosher-Kitchen-Collection-Recipes-ebook/dp/B0787F3N35

Connect to Dolly via her website: https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news from these authors around… thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Jack Eason, Janice Spina, Amy M. Reade, John W. Howell and C.S. Boyack


Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update with news of recent releases and reviews from some of the authors in the bookstore.

The first author with a new review for his book Race Against Time is Jack Eason.

About the book

In 2012, many otherwise rational people had convinced themselves that because the Mayan calendar stopped at December 21st of that year, that we were about to enter the biblical end of days. But it didn’t happen. Why are we still alive? Read the archaeological adventure Race Against Time for one possible explanation.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Bob Van Laerhoven – Belgian novelist 5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure story that also is instructive  7 February 2018

“Race against time” is an outstanding example of how an author can turn extensive archaeological knowledge into a superb adventure story, chock-full high-caliber entertainment. With the abrupt ending of the Mayan Calendar in 2012, and the prediction that the Solar System will be annihilated in that very year, as a starting point, Jack Eason tells a gripping tale that spans the world, that is often funny but at the same time suspenseful, and that is populated by characters we love to love or to hate. At the end, when the reader thinks that everything will collapse, Eason provides an ingenious, surprising end. An adventure story that also is instructive, a mix of genres that also is a fast-paced and highly entertaining yarn….Eason succeeded in forging all these elements seamlessly together.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Race-Against-Time-Jack-Eason-ebook/dp/B01LW4MBTF

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Race-Against-Time-Jack-Eason-ebook/dp/B01LW4MBTF

A small selection of other books by Jack Eason

Discover all of Jack Eason’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY

Follow Jack and read other reviews on Goodread: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4026249.Jack_Eason

Connect to Jack via his website: https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/

Then next author with a recent review is children’s author Janice Spina for her book Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Book 3.

About the book

Davey & Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine that has been taken from the local museum.

There are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft.

Their Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone their magical gifts.

A recent review for the book

This is book 3 in the Davey & Derek junior detective series and it is the best one we have read to date. Michael loves these two adventurous boys and the addition of some real magic in their lives really added to his enjoyment of the tale. Magic wands and books in the hands of 11-year old boys really captivated him and my Dad has made him a wand out of wood, painted metallic blue, so that he could have one too.

Davey and Derek learn the history and story of Aunt Gigi’s ivory elephant and discover some of this figurines magic. They are concerned for the safety of this figurine when they hear that a similar type of figurine has been stolen from the local museum. Certain local boys seem to be implicated in the crime and when a school peer asks the twins to help solve the case, Davey and Derek are thrilled to oblige. The boys embark on an exciting adventure to unwind the clues relating to the case, with some help and some confusion being provided by their magic books birthday gifts.

I would recommend this book for middle school children. My rating is five out of five stars.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Davey-Derek-Junior-Detectives-Book-ebook/dp/B01K3FA3RG

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Davey-Derek-Junior-Detectives-Book-ebook/dp/B01K3FA3RG

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Also as J.E. Spina

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

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

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

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

Now time for a brand new release from Amy M. Reade….Murder in Thistlecross (A Malice Novel)

 

About the book

The emerald hills and violet valleys of Wales seem the ideal place to start over after murder—and divorce—shattered Eilidh’s life in the Scottish Highlands. But within the stone walls of an ancient castle, a family’s dark, violent past threatens much more than her newfound tranquility . . .

For the past two years, Eilidh has called the quaint Welsh village of Thistlecross home, embracing her new life as estate manager of a restored fifteenth-century castle. But the long-anticipated arrival of her employer’s three estranged sons and their wives transforms Gylfinog Castell from a welcoming haven to a place seething with dangerous secrets. When the escalating tensions culminate in murder, Eilidh must sift through a castle full of suspects both upstairs and downstairs. She can trust no one as she follows a twisting maze of greed and malice to ferret out a killer who’s breaching every defense, preparing to make Eilidh the next to die.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Thistlecross-Malice-Novel-Reade-ebook/dp/B071L5C6C7

and Amazon US : https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Thistlecross-Malice-Novel-Reade-ebook/dp/B071L5C6C7

Also by Amy M. Reade

One of the recent reviews for Highland Peril on Goodreads

Jan 23, 2018 Anna rated it was amazing

Another brilliant read from Amy M. Reade. There is a reason why she is my favourite author – not one of her books has disappointed me. She writes in a format that makes me feel that I’m standing in the room with the characters. The description of everything is so brilliant that I can clearly see everything in the room or in the area. The suspense is written in a way that instead of everything being spelled out there is room for my mind to imagine a greater suspense. You care about her characters because they are so well written. I highly recommend picking up one of her books!

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2

Read more reviews and follow Amy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

Connect to Amy via her website: www.amymreade.com

Now for an update in the first of the John J. Cannon books My GRL by John W. Howell.

About My GRL

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

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Although I usually don’t enjoy books written in the present tense, John Cannon’s wry humor and engaging voice drew me into this exciting story. Howell’s particular strength is his ability to take the reader through completely unfamiliar territory and make it come alive.

The scenes on the boat were engrossing and exciting. Howell ratchets up the tension until it seems impossible for his protagonist to survive, and yet the resolution was believable and thrilling.

I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B06VY4V2FC/

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B06VY4V2FC

Also by John W.Howell

Buy all of the John Cannon Series and find our more about John W. Howell: https://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Read more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell

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

And now the final  author with news. C.S. Boyack with his novella, The Hat released last month.

About The Hat

Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs, and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Lizzie St Laurent is heartbroken that her grandmother died and she got nothing from the estate. In anger, she grabs a box out of the back of a moving truck vacating her grandmother’s antique shop. Once she finally settled in with a glass of wine and opens it, she is shocked to find a fedora hat. She quickly discounts it and continues grieving the loss of her beloved grandmother. But, the hat is a living entity attached to her family through Lizzie’s grandfather and generations before him. And while it takes her a little time to adjust to it, they turn out to be quite the team.

From playing the upright bass, which Lizzie had never touched in her life, to rescuing kidnapped babies, the Hat takes Lizzie on quite the journey. I loved this novella from C.S. Boyack. It has so many different elements and plot twists that it always kept me guessing. The ending couldn’t have been more perfectly executed. If you like off-the-wall stories with elements of supernatural, ghouls, witches and a Hat that can perform all sorts of magic, you’ll love this story.

A selection of other books by C.S. Boyack

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

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY

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

Connect with Craig via his blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have found more members for your every eager TBRs… thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Andrew Joyce, Olga Nunez Miret, Annika Perry and Victoria Zigler


Welcome to the first Cafe and Bookstore Update and some new releases and recent reviews to share.

The first author with a new release is Andrew Joyce with his new release Ellis: One Man’s Remarkable Life

About the book

From a rich tradition—from a fearless and audacious heritage—came forth a man who would be the embodiment of the Gloucester fisherman.

Ellis Hodgkins caught his first bluefin tuna at the tender age of fourteen, using only a hand line. It weighed 750 pounds. He did it by himself, fishing out of a ten-foot skiff. That feat earned him the title of Boy Wonder in and around Gloucester.

For those who marvel at the deeds of the men of Wicked Tuna, Ellis did it all before those guys were born.

This is the true story of one man’s remarkable life—a life lived on its own terms.

“Ellis is my hero.”—Dave Carraro of Wicked Tuna

One of the early reviews for the book

This is a short story written like a book. LOVE Ellis. Andrew Joyce is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Ellis-Andrew-Joyce-ebook/dp/B079NSFK86

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ellis-Andrew-Joyce-ebook/dp/B079NSFK86

Also by Andrew Joyce

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Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM

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The second author to feature today is Olga Nunez Miret with a recent review for her latest release in a dual language format; English and Spanish.

20 Things I’ve Learned from My Patients/ 20 cosas que he aprendido de mis pacientes. English-Spanish: A Psychiatrist’s Pearls of Wisdom to Help You Thrive. Consejos de una psiquiatra. Bilingual

Bilingual edition (English-Spanish). Edición versión bilingüe (inglés-español)

Over the years that I have worked as a psychiatrist, writer, and blogger, I’ve collected common-sense advice and thoughts that I have passed on and shared with many (patients, friends, and readers). As people don’t have much time to read and enjoy images and quotes, I decided to publish twenty of the things I have learned over the years, illustrating each one of them with a picture and a quote. And as I know many people who want to improve their Spanish but don’t dare to take on a long book, I decided to publish it as a bilingual edition, English-Spanish. I don’t claim to have found the meaning of life, but I hope you enjoy this little book.

Durante mis años como psiquiatra, escritora y bloguera, he acumulado consejos y reflexiones de sentido común que he compartido con mucha gente, incluyendo pacientes, amigos y lectores. Como sé que la gente no tiene mucho tiempo para leer hoy en día, y les gusta compartir imágenes y citas, decidí publicar veinte de las cosas que he aprendido durante mi carrera, ilustrando cada una de ellas con una imagen y una cita. Conozco a muchas personas que quieren mejorar su inglés pero no se atreven a enfrentarse a un libro largo, así que decidí publicarlo en versión bilingüe, en inglés y español. No pretendo haber descubierto el sentido de la vida, pero espero que disfrutéis de este librito.

A recent review for the book

Bob Van Laerhoven – Belgian novelist  5.0 out of 5 stars  A truly heart-warming, but also sly book February 7, 2018

This is a truly heart-warming, but also sly book: I can’t count the times that I smiled while reading these little jewels of insight, empathy and compassion, but regularly I also frowned on moments in which it felt like if a mirror was held before me, reflecting things about myself I would rather forget (and in fact had forgotten). Mrs Miret’s observations are never intrusive or preachy, but they can be quite confronting now and then, but in a friendly way, and rendered in a softly flowing style. Yes, a little compassionate sugar does help to get the medicine down….Nice work, Mrs. Miret, it is my firm intention not to forget your pearls of wisdom….By the way, I’m a Fleming, and we Fleming pride ourselves in our ability to learn foreign languages. Having the Spanish translation alongside the English text has definitely improved my Spanish, and, yes, that is such a nicely flowing, rich sounding language.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077R616CV

and on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077R616CV

A selection of other books in Spanish or English by Olga Nunez Miret

Read the reviews and buy the books Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/author/olganm

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0

Read more reviews and follow Olga on Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

Audio books http://authortranslatorolga.com/my-audiobooks/

Connect to Olga via her website and for translations: http://authortranslatorolga.com/

Time to catch up with Annika Perry and The Storyteller Speaks, a short story, flash fiction and poetry collection.

About The Story Teller Speaks

It only takes one event to change a life. What is that action, decision, occurrence? Whose life is affected? Changed forever?

In this eclectic mix of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry the pendulum swings between first love and murder, from soul-destroying grief to reconciliation. The tales veer from the sweet satisfaction of revenge to new beginnings, from heart-breaking miscarriages of justice to heart-warming Christmas misadventure.

One common thread binds them all; the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.

Open your hearts and minds as The Storyteller Speaks.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jan 15, 2018 Balroop Singh rated it Five Stars

‘The Story Teller Speaks’ by Annika Perry brilliantly illustrates how short stories can capture your heart, transport you to the scene of action and submerge you in the emotional journey of the characters. Her stories are a little above your expectations…a lot has to be discerned, which she leaves unsaid and therein lies their magic. Only few can create it.

The symbolism of Chillies in my Handbag is chilling, the agony that the words hide slowly spills out as Perry writes in the style of dual timeline, lending a touch of realism to the story, keeping a firm grip on the reader’s attention, actually hinting at profound matters of domestic strife. Carl’s loss too unravels itself gently as you keep wondering where is he heading in snow and who is constantly whispering “keep safe” in his ear. It is the style and the exquisite language that raises this book above an average storybook.

My heart missed a beat when Jake and Ellie got lost in the shroud of mist and snow and it sank with each shout for them. Such is the effect of Annika’s style of writing! It is difficult to pick up a favorite one from this collection of stories because all of them strike some chord somewhere as they are based on varied themes, each one connects us with the complexities of life, giving a subtle message that we are mere puppets or mute spectators in many situations that we wish to control.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0789KZVF8/

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789KZVF8

Read more reviews and follow Annika on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/55576285-annika-perry

Connect to Annika via her blog: https://annikaperry.com

The latest release by Victoria Zigler now, in both paperback and audio. Eadweard: A Story of 1066.

 

About the book

It’s October 14th 1066, and King Harold’s Saxon army is about to go in to battle against Duke William’s invading Norman army. Among the ranks of the Saxons are two boys who shouldn’t be there: Eadweard, and his best friend, Cerdic. Daydreams of becoming great war heroes had the boys convinced to disobey their Fathers and go to war, despite the possibility of punishment if they were caught. Now it’s time for the battle to begin, and Eadweard is starting to wish he’d stayed home after all. But it’s too late to turn back now, and Eadweard finds himself witnessing the events of the battle that would later be called

The Battle Of Hastings, and learning how different from his imaginings the reality of war actually is. *Note: This is a work of fiction, which is based on actual events. It tells the story of the battle between King Harold’s Saxon army and Duke William’s Norman army, which took place a short distance away from the town of Hastings on October 14th 1066, in a place now known simply as Battle.

Though this is a children’s story, the recommended reading age for this book is eight years and over, since it is a story that takes place on a battlefield, and therefore contains scenes of violence that are not suitable for younger, or more sensitive, readers.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eadweard-Story-1066-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1539534472

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Eadweard-Story-1066-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1539534472

A small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler

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

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 I hope you have found a book or two to add to your TBRs.. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Balroop Singh, Jack Eason, Toni Pike, Amy Hoff and Lynn Otty


Welcome to the Friday edition of the Author Update where I share new releases and recent reviews for authors in the Cafe and bookstore.

The first author today with news is Balroop Singh with a new review for her poetry collection Emerging From Shadows.

About Emerging from Shadows poetry collection

From darkness into light, from despair onto the wider ways of hope…life oscillates between sunshine and shadows. Emerging from shadows is a choice, which lies dormant, which can be gently inspired by self-talk. Each poem in this book banks on the hope of emerging stronger, saner, positive and resilient. Each poem in this book would talk to you, revealing layers of enclosed emotions. Each poem would divulge a secret path that could lead you into the world of poise and serenity.

When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Vashti Quiroz-Vega  5.0 out of 5 stars What A Good Poem Does, Nothing Else Can Do.  February 1, 2018

“Emerging from Shadows” is a beautiful and profound collection of poems. The poems covered countless emotions both dark and bright, reflecting the many trials and tribulations as well as triumphs that a person faces throughout life. The kind of person that is strong-minded and willing to learn and grow from these experiences. I felt like an intruder as I read, because this book felt like a diary in verse.

When reading the book, I kept pausing to recite the verses out loud. So many of the lines drip from the tongue:

The dazzling rays of sun
Had to pierce through you,
To reach me, while
The moonlight was all mine.

The best books, and that includes poetry books, make us smarter. They teach us new things and make us question what we know. This book is smart without being pretentious. It is also heartfelt, honest and inspiring. I highly recommended it to all poetry lovers.

Read the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Emerging-Shadows-Poetry-Balroop-Singh-ebook/dp/B073YLWLG1/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emerging-Shadows-Poetry-Balroop-Singh-ebook/dp/B073YLWLG1

Also by Balroop Singh

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

Read more reviews and follow Balroop on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh

Connect to Balroop Singh via her blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

The next author with a new review is Jack Eason with his historical novella Autumn 1066.

About the book

Down the centuries the British Isles has always been seen by invaders as a legitimate target for exploitation. This novella concerns the last few weeks of Anglo-Saxon occupation, ending on the 14th of October, 1066. In Autumn 1066, author Jack Eason gives a great sense of ‘place’, of detail. The reader is right ‘there’ in that poignant year, marching, shivering with September cold (as ‘…no warming fires were allowed lest ‘enemy spies would soon spot their approach.’) From the very first few lines, Eason, practising his unique drycraft, begins to weave his particular brand of magic on his reader. Eason glamour’s with well-crafted dialogue, drawing his reader into the time and into the action. To accomplish this, the author proffers a gentle blend of informative nomenclature coupled with familiar speech, to ease the reader into his story without distancing with words too unfamiliar, which is a criticism frequently made of Bernard Cornwell’s epics. I long to read more Martin Bradley

One of the recent reviews

Although not the genre I would normally read I must say I enjoyed this book. If you can imagine a documentary with a powerful and authoratative narration of one of the bloodiest events in Britain’s history, that’s what the author has achieved. His historical knowledge blended with a diverse mixture of characters means this is a gripping work of fiction.

Buy the book – Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Autumn-1066-Anglo-Saxon-dominance-ended/dp/1546685308

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1546685308

A small selection of other books by Jack Eason

Discover all of Jack Eason’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY

Follow Jack and read other reviews on Goodread: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4026249.Jack_Eason

Connect to Jack via his website: https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/

Now for a new release from Toni Pike, the fourth book in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series – Holey Spear of Magus.

About the book

THE MAGUS COVENANT WILL BE FULFILLED AND TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY WILL BE SWEPT AWAY…..

Jotham and Madena Fletcher remain dedicated to finding the Simonian Sect whose goal is to destroy the Christian Church. They leave their baby daughter at home and travel to Krakow in Poland to investigate a theology professor known as the Guardian of the Spear. Meanwhile, a mysterious Hungarian arrives at the hilltop monastery of Saint Dimitrios in Greece in search of an ancient relic that is rumoured to be buried there.

When a large Pentecostal Church in San Diego is crippled by a cyberattack, Jotham heads there with young computer genius, Eugene Beaudreau, to find out if the sect is responsible. They meet Pastor Silas Conrad and his strange family who are all obsessed with the Holy Spear and its curative powers.

When two monks arrive from the ruthless Brotherhood led by Father Dominic, Jotham is catapulted into a desperate struggle to track down the Holy Spear and stop it falling into the wrong hands. He races to Europe – but his enemies are more diabolical than he could possibly imagine.

Don’t miss this action-packed thriller!

There are three other books in this series – enjoy Jotham Fletcher’s continuing story.
Book 1: THE MAGUS COVENANT – The secret that will change the world
Book 2: THE ROCK OF MAGUS – Code Red in the Vatican
Book 3: THE MAGUS EPIPHANY – Ancient treasures and a new revelation

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spear-Magus-covenant-fulfilled-ebook/dp/B079KK9F8S

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holy-Spear-Magus-covenant-fulfilled-ebook/dp/B079KK9F8S

Also by Toni Pike

A recent review on Goodreads for The Magus Covenant – Book 1 The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series.

Nov 07, 2017 richard w calvert rated it it was amazing  · 

Great biblical fiction – This story was a cleverly crafted fictional work that expertly intertwined many characters to make a fulfilling and intriguing start as the first of many new books in series By Toni Pike embarks on a tantalizing new series which is well written and excellent by an exquisite author who I look forward to reading every book in her new series.

Find out more about Toni Pike, read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y

Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14736589.Toni_Pike

For more information on Toni connect via her website: https://tonipike.com/

The next author with a brand new release on 3rd February is Amy Hoff with The Connoisseur.

About The Connoisseur

Loka’i is known for its excesses. The cultural capital of the world is famous for its food, its wine, and its pleasures, but the jewel in the crown of the city are the men of the famed harem of Loka’i, chosen by the Connoisseur.

Aiea, a young girl, is chosen as the next Connoisseur of Loka’i. She is immersed in a world of luxury and beauty, with a lingering darkness behind the gilded veneer. The shadow of war threatens to upset everything those in Loka’i hold dear, and the carefree tropical days on their island.

A world of beauty and hedonism, choice and sacrifice, The Connoisseur is a story of the sea, island life, and the importance of a good bottle of wine.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Connoisseur-Amy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B079KJ2NBK

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Connoisseur-Amy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B079KJ2NBK

Also by Amy Hoff

One of the reviews for Caledonia.

Mar 24, 2015 Seumas Gallacher rated it it was amazing with Five Stars

Come, be enchanted by the Selkies and the Faer Folk in an unusual crime setting…

…I’m totally biased about this book because I was born and bred in Glasgow, where the story is set… notwithstanding that, readers with no knowledge of the city or its tough reputation will appreciate the gritty characterisation of the setting as much the players in the narrative… it is superbly imaginative and clever of the author to wrap the present-day human heroine, Leah Bishop into scenarios with Selkies, the Faer Folk and a modern vampira… all done with admirable credibility… murders of the Faer by one of their own kind is uncommon, and Bishop’s travails and eventual solving of the crimes is superbly handled… the colour and delicacy of the unconscionably beautiful male Selkies is a constant delight as the chapters unfold… regardless of whatever genre is your usual… this tale will tempt you all the way through…. most enjoyable…

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Hoff/e/B00U5ZN8EA

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-Hoff/e/B00U5ZN8EA

Read more reviews and follow Amy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1258585.Amy_Hoff

Connect to Amy via her Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/officialamyhoff

The final author in the update today is Lynn Otty to with a recent review for her debut release.  Having a Ball & Other Stories.

About Having a Ball & Other Stories.

Having a Ball is a collection of seventeen short stories that deal in varying ways with the human condition. Lynn Otty’s characters range from children at the beginning of life’s adventures through to adulthood and the frustrations of old age. Their situations will amuse, sometimes shock but always entertain the reader. This is her debut collection.

Here are brief introductions to three of the  stories in the book.

The Power – A young girl who believes she has the power to bring people back from the dead decides to try that power out on a corpse in her father’s funeral home.

Blackcurrants – A monologue by an old woman who lives an itinerant life in Latvia after the fall of communism.

Under the Locust Tree – The final moments of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln’s.

 

A recent review for the collection 

Margaret Newlands  5.0 out of 5 stars A wee treat 4 January 2018

A book for dipping into, allowing time to reflect on each thought-provoking story. Touching and sensitive in the telling, the author takes the reader through nostalgic memories, inspiring a range of emotions. A lovely read.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Having-Ball-other-stories-Lynn-ebook/dp/B077FBDDKW

and at Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Having-Ball-Other-Stories-Lynn/dp/197810801X/

Connect to Lynn via her blog: https://prairie796.wordpress.com/

I hope that you will have found a book or two to add to your reading pile. Thanks for dropping in. Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Adele Marie Park, Don Massenzio, Brigid P. Gallagher, Cynthia Reyes and Teri Polen


Welcome to the first of the author updates for the week and I am sure that you will find some new books to add to your TBRs.

The first author with a new review is Adele Marie Park for her book Wisp published in 2016

About Wisp

Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.

When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case. He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.

What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.

A recent review for Wisp.

Really enjoyed this book , not usually a fan of fantasy type books but really got into this story and can’t wait for the next one , very talented author
 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

Read more reviews and follow Adele on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16214999.Adele_Marie_Park

Connect to Adele via her website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/

The next author with a new book released on February 2nd is Don Massenzio with Blood Match: A Brad Rafferty Novel.

About the book

Intelligence analyst Jake Balrich boards his Monday morning flight, as he has so many times, for routine field work. When the plane lands, a passenger fails to wake up. Jake soon realizes that the death was not accidental and is part of a murderous plot that will have Jake running for his life as he struggles with an unknown enemy that seems to guess his every move.

Blood Match is a thriller that examines the desire for gaining power with little regard for the human lives that are affected.

Follow Jake Balrich, as he enlists the help of Commander Brad Rafferty, to take down an enemy more powerful and dangerous than the United States has ever faced.

One of the early reviews for the book

An excellent thriller with a great storyline and plenty of action. Contains several twists and turns with many very interesting characters. Jake is a great main character whom is very likeable. A book that was very enjoyable and hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book to family and friends.

Read the other reviews and buy the new book: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Match-Brad-Rafferty-Novel-ebook/dp/B0792KCNKG

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Match-Brad-Rafferty-Novel-ebook/dp/B0792KCNKG

A selection of other books by Don Massenzio

Discover all of Don’s books, read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI

Find more reviews and follow Don Massenzio on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8157756.Don_Massenzio

Connect to Don via his blog: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com

The next author with news is Brigid P. Gallagher with a recent review for her book Watching the Daisies.

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.

One of the recent reviews for the book

This delightful memoir has a number of threads running through it, all of which the author skilfully weaves together into an appealing whole.

Music is one of the threads, right from Brigid’s youth when she danced to Alan Freeman’s Pick of the Pops in the living room, to attending concerts of performers like Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Tina Turner, to later trips to see Tom Jones and Clannad. One day in her youth she even spent her lunchtime work break stalking Cliff Richard as he did some shopping!

Unfortunately, another major thread is ill health. From childhood dental abscesses, laryngitis and joint pains, to insomnia, depression and pleurisy later in life, afflictions crop up regularly. Eventually Brigid is diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Not surprisingly therefore, Brigid develops a keen interest in healing, and over the years shows a breath-taking enthusiasm and determination to study, practice and even commercialize her skills, as she explains herself: “colour healing, crystal and electro-crystal healing, reflexology, aromatherapy, nutritional medicine, counselling skills, spiritual healing, radionics, space clearing and the ancient art of Feng shui. I reckon I had attained the equivalent of a master’s degree in natural medicines!”

She establishes the Scottish School of Holistic Healing, followed closely by Healthworks, a healing centre and shop in the middle of the Scottish town of Stirling.

The final thread is travel, which for the most time she undertakes solo. In many of these places, such as Malta, Morocco, Bali, India and Lourdes, Brigid seeks out and learns from local healing practices, which she then implements back home.

Watching the Daisies is well-written, informative, entertaining in parts, harrowing in others. At the end of each chapter Brigid gives a quick summary of insights learned, and at the end of the book she gives her top ten tips for self-healing. In other words, the book is extremely practical.

Finally, we find Brigid beginning to cut back on some of her many activities to take life a little slower (hence the title). However, as she was told once by a numerologist that “the best years of your life will come later, probably in your sixties,” I suspect that Brigid won’t be letting the daisies grow too long!

Read the rest of the reviews and buy the book: 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

Read more reviews and follow Brigid on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16119226.Brigid_P_Gallagher

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

The next author receiving great reviews is Cynthia Reyes with Myrtle the Purple Turtle. The book was beautifully illustrated by Jo Robinson.

About Myrtle the Purple Turtle

Myrtle is a lovely Turtle. Not an ordinary Turtle. She is Purple and different from other turtles. After being bullied by another turtle, Myrtle tries to become someone else. In the end, Myrtle and her friends help children learn to not be afraid of being different. Myrtle the Purple Turtle is a thoroughly engaging story that stresses the importance of self-acceptance and friendship.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

I loved reading this book to my young daughters. It emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance in a very relatable way to young kids and it gave me the opportunity to explain the issue of bullying, friendship and staying true to oneself.

My kids enjoyed the colourful drawings and my daughter’s favourite colour is purple which made it extra special. I highly recommend every parent read this book to their children. 

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075ZGB235

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Myrtle-Purple-Turtle-Cynthia-Reyes/dp/0620773421

Also by Cynthia Reyes

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Read the reviews for both books and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6

Read more reviews and follow Cynthia on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7072186.Cynthia_Reyes

61etre3zbbl-_ux250_Connect to Cynthia Reyes via her blog: https://cynthiasreyes.com/

The final author today is Teri Polen with her YA horror novel Sarah. The book has just received a terrific new review.

41jwrqyo45l-_uy250_About Sarah

Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

One of the recent reviews.

Sarah is categorized as YA horror and the book fits the genre perfectly. Sarah is a teenage ghost seeking revenge for her murder. She returns to the scene of the crime, now the home of Cain Shannon, a 17-year-old horror fan. At first, she appears shy and vulnerable, and Cain agrees to help her, but she’s not as helpless as he believes. With each bloody act of revenge, she grows in power, and her tactics increase in brutality. Before long, Cain is in the battle of his life against a ghost intent on death.

This book has some really creepy, icky, suspenseful, and scary things going on, but the scare-factor and gore feel appropriate for YA readers (as well as adults). The story grabbed my attention from the first page, and the tension and suspense escalate at a steady pace without much of a break right up to the climatic end. Even the last few paragraphs of the epilog are worthy of a few terrifying chills.

Though the horror aspects of the book were engaging, what impressed me the most was Polen’s outstanding characters. All of them felt well-rounded to me with fully developed personalities, but I was totally taken with the main character Cain and his friend Finn. They felt authentic to me in their thoughts, emotions, dialog, banter, friendship, and relationships with others. I’m in awe of the author’s ability to capture the essence of teenage boys with such expertise. I found the pair of them refreshing and likable, and therefore enjoyed the non-horror moments of the book as much as the horror, if not more so.

Another thing that impressed me was the believability of the characters’ choices. I often find that characters in horror (movies) make stupid choices because the plot would keel over and die if they acted sensibly. Polen was meticulous in building a backstory that supported Cain’s decisions, particularly his choice not to involve his mother and to stay in the house despite the presence of a murderous ghost. This careful attention to character and plot kept me enmeshed in the story from chapter one right through to the end.

An excellent book for both YA and adult readers of horror and suspense

The book is in Print, Ebook and also Audible.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Teri-Polen/e/B01MYOUA6V

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Teri-Polen-ebook/dp/B01NBIFRF4

Read more reviews and follow Teri on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16114393.Teri_Polen

Connect to Teri via her Website:  https://teripolen.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and please help spread the news of these authors and their news. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Alexis Rose, Angie Dokos, Annika Perry, Paulette Mahurin and Geoff Le Pard


Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore update and the first author with news is Alexis Rose with If I Could Tell You How It Feels released on 16th January.

About the book

If I Could Tell You How It Feels is a series of essays and poems about living authentically with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Alexis Rose takes us on a journey into the reality of living with triggers, flashbacks, and the challenges of working through trauma. She writes with intimate vulnerability about the tough subjects of family, friendships, loss, grief, parenting, and therapy.

With a sense of universal hope and honesty, the author collaborated with artist Janet Rosauer to add a dramatic and soulful dimension to many of the chapters.

Whether you are a survivor, someone living with a mental or chronic illness, a professional working within the mental health industry, or you are simply interested in learning more about the intricacies of living and thriving with PTSD, this book will provide new insights and an appreciation of this invisible illness that affects millions of people around the world.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0792P9ZB9

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0792P9ZB9

Also by Alexis Rose

A recent review on Goodreads for Untangled.

Oct 20, 2017 Didi Oviatt rated it Five Stars

This is hands down the hardest memoir I’ve ever read. The life that Alexis Rose survived is so completely unfathomable. It’s hard to even imagine, let alone begin to comprehend, the pain both physical and psychological that she was forced to endure. To be put through such trauma by the hand of those who should have loved, shielded, and protected her, is utterly heart wrenching. Parent’s should nurture, love and support their children. What Alexis’ parents did was so completely opposite of that. It is, in my opinion, practically impossible to even put into words how horrible the things are that Alexis was subjected to.

This book shattered my heart into a million pieces. Despite it being such a short easy read, it took me a few days to get through because I had to put it down quite a few times to process. And to cry. I had to take breaks to hug my kids and to stare blankly at the wall for minutes at a time, just to make any sort of failed attempt to understand how people out there can be so cruel and twisted.

Not only was Alexis abused by her parents, but they willingly passed her over to others to abuse her in ways that are arguably worse than most people could even come up with in their worst nightmares. Heart wrenching!

Luckily, Alexis’ story isn’t only one of such unfathomable abuse. It’s an inspiring tale of resilience and a deep rooted strength. Alexis is by far the most admirable woman who’s story I’ve read. Not only do I recommended this book (and have), but I feel like it’s quite possibly a necessity to anyone who may be taking their own lives for granted. I know for a fact that I will never look at my own troubles the same. I’m actually grateful for them, and all their minuscule quirks. I’m grateful to have a life full of love, and I’m positive that I will hold my children closer for as long as I’m alive to do so.

Thank you Alexis, for sharing your life’s story. Thank you for your example of how a human can have such a wholesome and compassionate heart despite everything you’ve been through. And most importantly thank you for giving me such a live changing prospective on the value of the life of my loved ones!

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Alexis-Rose/e/B013RU85PG

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexis-Rose/e/B013RU85PG

Read more reviews and follow Alexis on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7448942.Alexis_Rose

Connect to Alexis via her website: https://atribeuntangled.com/

The next author with an update is Angie Dokos with a recent review for her first novel MacKenzie’s Distraction.

About the book

Mackenzie’s Distraction is a New Adult Romance about a young lady with a rough past and a promising future. Just when he career is within reach, tragedy strikes. A terrible accident and a family secret turn Mackenzie’s world upside down. She’s sure her life can’t become any more complicated, then she meets Trevor. Will he be just what she needs or the distraction that pushes her over the edge?

This book is not erotica, but does have sexual content. It includes some curse words, but not many. It doesn’t have any major violence.

A recent review for the book

I give this book 5 out of 5 Heartfelt Stars! From the very beginning of this book there was twists and tragedy. I loved the characterisation in this book and felt that I could really relate to Mackenzie in so many ways. This book shows you what can come out of tragedy and the pursue of young love.

I have been reading pieces of this book and when I got a lot of time on my hands I completely devoured it, even though I should be focusing on all of my ARCs! This story was what I needed while I am facing a crossroads in my life and could look back and see the hardships I survived. I felt like I could feel the author’s passion through the pages and it was a truly heartfelt experience.

I loved Angie Dokos’ style of writing and can’t wait to read her next adventure! I will hold Mackenzie and this book close to my heart and she won’t soon be forgotten!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B01BL4H20E

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B01BL4H20E

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

And another author who is celebrating this week is Annika Perry with the print edition of her short story collection The Storyteller Speaks hitting the shelves with some more excellent reviews.

About The Storyteller Speaks

It only takes one event to change a life. What is that action, decision, occurrence? Whose life is affected? Changed forever?

In this eclectic mix of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry the pendulum swings between first love and murder, from soul-destroying grief to reconciliation. The tales veer from the sweet satisfaction of revenge to new beginnings, from heart-breaking miscarriages of justice to heart-warming Christmas misadventure.

One common thread binds them all; the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.

Open your hearts and minds as The Storyteller Speaks.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Balroop Singh 5.0 out of 5 stars Each story in this book is riveting! January 14, 2018

‘The Story Teller Speaks’ by Annika Perry brilliantly illustrates how short stories can capture your heart, transport you to the scene of action and submerge you in the emotional journey of the characters. Her stories are a little above your expectations…a lot has to be discerned, which she leaves unsaid and therein lies their magic. Only few can create it.

The symbolism of Chillies in my Handbag is chilling, the agony that the words hide slowly spills out as Perry writes in the style of dual timeline, lending a touch of realism to the story, keeping a firm grip on the reader’s attention, actually hinting at profound matters of domestic strife. Carl’s loss too unravels itself gently as you keep wondering where is he heading in snow and who is constantly whispering “keep safe” in his ear. It is the style and the exquisite language that raises this book above an average storybook.

My heart missed a beat when Jake and Ellie got lost in the shroud of mist and snow and it sank with each shout for them. Such is the effect of Annika’s style of writing! It is difficult to pick up a favorite one from this collection of stories because all of them strike some chord somewhere as they are based on varied themes, each one connects us with the complexities of life, giving a subtle message that we are mere puppets or mute spectators in many situations that we wish to control.

Read the reviews and now buy in print: https://www.amazon.com/Storyteller-Speaks-Powerful-Stories-Heart/dp/198188372X

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Storyteller-Speaks-Powerful-Stories-Heart/dp/198188372X

Read other reviews and follow Annika on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17498437.Annika_Perry

Connect to Annika via her blog:   https://annikaperry.com

The next author that has some wonderful recent reviews is Paulette Mahurin with her recent release The Day I Saw The Hummingbird.

About the book

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via The Underground Railroad.

Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and dangers. Struggling with his inner impulse to seek revenge for the injustices and violence levied on his family and friends, he discovers that in bondage you pray to God, but in freedom, you meet Him.

From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes a story that brings another cadre of memorable characters alive on pages that pulse with hatred and kindness, cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. Oscar’s journey on the Underground Railroad is a heart-pounding ride that the reader will remember long after this story ends.

One of the recent excellent reviews

Recommended  on 11 January 2018

This is the second book I have read by this author and I have to say I am fast becoming a fan. Deeply poignant, difficult to read at times, this historical novel possesses a depth of emotion that comes from some place special. It takes skill to write a book but talent to tell a story and this is a superb story told with flair. I am often distracted by small things in books I read but in truth I couldn’t have been distracted in the case of this story. The narrative simply grabs you and never lets go. A great read, highly recommended.

Read all of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Day-Saw-Hummingbird-Novel-ebook/dp/B075QMKXQS

Also by Paulette Mahurin

51i68gzmu9l-_uy250_51kctenodfl-_uy250_51q0487ggfl-_uy250_Read all the reviews and BUY the bookshttps://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Read more reviews and follow Paulette on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895757.Paulette_Mahurin

 

Connect to Paulette:https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

Time to check up on Geoff Le Pard and his short story collection Life in a Flash published at the end of November 2017.

About Life in a Flash

Life is fast, life is short. In a series of short fiction pieces, most under 500 words, we explore the world, its inhabitants and their trials and tribulations, their ups and downs and sideways shifts, all with humour and decent grammar. You’ll find something to amuse and intrigue here and if, unlikely as it is, one piece isn’t for you, well, turn the page and start again.

A recent review for the collection

Geoff Le Pard’s book is a collection of 157 pages filled with short stories. Each one has 500 words or less. Geoff Le Pard is a master in bringing out the irony of life in his special way. He has this dark British humor, adds twists, and always leaves something to ponder. What I loved most are the stories in which he combines Greek Mythology with the modern world.

This is a book made for those who like to be into the story quickly… but you won’t stop with one story because it makes you want more!

The book is available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Flash-Geoff-Pard-ebook/dp/B076T96M2Y

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Flash-Geoff-Pard-ebook/dp/B076T96M2Y

Also by Geoff Le Pard

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

And Amazon US:https://www.amazon.com/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0

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

Connect to Geoff via his blog: http://geofflepard.com/

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

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – C.S. Boyack, Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Sally Cronin, Lucinda E. Clarke and Sandra J. Jackson


Welcome to the first of the Author updates this week and the first author with news is C.S. Boyack with a novella, The Hat released on January 11th.

About The Hat

Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs, and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.

One of the early reviews for The Hat

Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Story with Intriguing Characters! January 13, 2018

This new book by C. S. Boyack is very creative in approach. His characters are highly engaging as the story unfolds. There are several twists along the way Lizzie discovers her hat is more than it appears and she’s then drawn into an adventure with her new companion. Boyack, holds your attention and keeps you turning pages with this entertaining story and intriguing characters. This book won’t disappoint readers.

Head over the buy The Hat: https://www.amazon.com/Hat-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B078YYCNSF

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hat-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B078YYCNSF

A selection of books by C.S. Boyack

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

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY

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

Connect with Craig via his blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

The next authors with a new review are Robbie and Michael Cheadle with the Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook.

About Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees

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.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Deborah A. Bowman, author 5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art; Sweet Treats of Magical Creatures; Recipes; and a Darling Story in Verse! January 11, 2018

This is the most creative children’s and bakers’ heavenly book I’ve ever experienced! This is definitely a one-of-a-kind treat!

There are no illustrations, just incredible photographs of “… visions of sugarplums that dance in their heads …”; made of chocolate with vivid colors and totally edible.

What an amazing collection of literature with uniqueness I’ve never encountered before, and I’m a collector of classic and unusual books as well as an avid reader and reviewer!

This little book is a treasure of mixed art for all ages. This BOOK is for families and generations to come. An incredible, delectable keepsake.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Sugar-Dough-Story-Cookbook/dp/1911070649

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chocolate-Sugar-Dough-Story-Cookbook/dp/191107064

Other books 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: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

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

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

Now time to blow my own trumpet.. well Sam’s trumpet really since this book is his autobiography. Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story.

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.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Since reading Barca’s Rufus and Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain (click to see the reviews)–both told through a dog’s voice–I am always on the hunt for stories told from the dog’s perspective. I’ve read many and found most without the empathy and confidence that makes we humans so love our dogs as companions, not as mastered creatures. Sally Cronin’s Sam: A Shaggy Dog Story (Moyhill Publishing 2013) is one of those books. Sam is a sheepdog, considered one of the smartest of the dog breeds, and Sam doesn’t let us down. I’m honored that through Sally, Sam shares his life with me, takes the time to tell me his dreams, his mistakes and victories. Sam is wise, loving, understanding, and most important, as good a friend as any human could ever have. In this book, readers see how Sam separates from his pack and adapts to his two-legged replacements. We see how he trains his humans and models a life filled with companionship, respect, trust, and loyalty. In the end, all I wanted (besides a sequel) was to be more like Sam.

Enjoy the pictures the author included. Sam is gorgeous!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Sam-Shaggy-Story-Sally-Cronin/dp/190559741X

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sam-Shaggy-Story-Sally-Cronin/dp/190559741X

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

The next author with a recent review to share is Lucinda E. Clarke for her latest book Amie: Cut for Life

About the book

They told Amie it was a simple look, listen and report back mission, but from the beginning everything went wrong. She is stalked across borders, the aid workers act suspiciously, she’s assaulted, and abandoned in a rural African hut miles from anywhere. What has happened to her partner Simon and can she trust the charismatic Frenchman who befriends her? The discovery of an ancient tribal tradition and a group of young children to rescue, test her skills to the limit. For the first time, she is prepared to kill to protect the innocent caught up in an international sex trade with an extra horrifying twist.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I’ve read others in the Amie thriller series and this one must be one of the best. As with each of the books, the author creates a great feeling of the presence of primal Africa and its exotic beauty. This episode reflects on an old but brutal tribal tradition of FGM and the sex-trafficking danger facing vulnerable young women. A fascinating story unfolds that twists and turns to produce surprise after surprise especially when it’s not clear who is trustworthy and who is not. Well-plotted suspense, fast-paced, with engaging characters who are brought to life by disarming and vivid writing. The main character, Amie, has developed in so many ways over the series and even more so in this episode in which she crosses a significant line, which would have been unthinkable for Amie in the first book. Highly recommended.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Amie-LIFE-Lucinda-E-Clarke-ebook/dp/B07545M9DB

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amie-CUT-LIFE-Lucinda-Clarke-ebook/dp/B07545M9DB

Also by Lucinda E. Clarke

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914

Read more reviews and follow Lucinda on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7996778.Lucinda_E_Clarke

Connect to Lucinda via her website: http://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com

Now time to catch up with Sandra J. Jackson and her book released late last year, Playing in the Rain ( Escape Series Book 1).

About Playing in the Rain

There’s nothing harder than pretending to be unaware, robotic even, but that’s exactly what A2 has to do once the drug starts wearing off. Constantly being followed by the camera’s red eye, A2 is mindful of her every move as she tries to understand where she is and why. Things get more complicated for her when she is introduced to another robotic girl.

Who is she and how did they both get there?

A recent review for the book

The Indomitability of the Human Spirit
Playing in the Rain by Sandra Jackson features a protagonist, CECIL, with political nihilist leanings who seems to be advocating for destruction of the current social system as a condition for future advance of the species. Well intentioned or not, there is no free will in the contrived colony of his creation. Instead social advancement, in his “Utopia” is to be gained by subjecting the young and intelligent to mind bending, identity suppression and reprogramming and even death. It is in the very artificial world where this aging protagonist makes aliens of real people that he ironically mutates into a sinister alien. However as he becomes trapped in the destructive inescapable reality of his own making, the remaining survivors hear the rain and develop a new determination to free themselves.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Rain-Escape-Book-1-ebook/dp/B075NN3HQ4

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075NN3HQ4

Also by Sandra J. Jackson

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sandra-J-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY

Read many more reviews and follow Sandra on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13681910.Sandra_J_Jackson

Connect to Sandra via her website: http://www.sandrajjackson.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore these authors and their books further. You will find over nearly 150 authors in the cafe and bookstore with books across most genres.

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