Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – FREE Book Promotion

How to get into the bookstore

The first step is to have an individual promotion for your latest book which will also feature your other books and some examples of reviews.

I have just updated the post that shows you how to get your books on the shelves of the bookstore.

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Promotions for books in the bookstore.

After that your featured book and another six of your other titles will be displayed in the bookstore with your main selling link (usually your Amazon author page) and your website or blog and now Goodreads link, to ensure that there is access to as many reviews as possible.  I will also share an extract from one of your most recent reviews. Please note that it would be difficult to keep the shelves maintained if all an author’s books were displayed. So authors with more than seven will have a note attached to their entry asking readers to head over to Amazon or the website to see all books.

Offers and FREE Books

If you will be running an offer on your books at a discounted price or FREE for a period of time, please let me know and I will try to put you into the nearest Cafe Update. @sally.cronin@moyhill.com

The Blogger Daily

Monday to Thursday I feature blog posts that I have visited and I will add the Cafe and Bookstore entry of the author of the blog as another way to promote the books.

Once you are an author in the bookstore you can take advantage of the Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update  which goes out on Monday and Fridays as well as specials such as the Spring showcase and the Summer Sale for discounted books and Free offers.

Reviews

With the new rules that do not allow you to review a book on an Amazon that is not your country of origin, unless you have bought a print copy or spent $50 or £50, I will now be including the link to an author’s link at Goodreads where you can put a review from anywhere in the world.

N.B with over 100 authors in the cafe it will take me a while to update each entry with the Goodreads link.

I have made a slight adjustment to the timescales for reviews as with so many authors now in the bookstore, it is likely that several weeks might lapse between featuring everyone. So I will be looking at reviews on Amazon UK and US and also Goodreads within the last six months.

I am keen to work with authors who are proactive and let me know when they have a new book or review and also share any updates that they are included in with their own networks. My aim is to increase your sales by sharing your books with my readers across the blog and social media. It really is very helpful if you are featured, if you share across your own networks for yourself and for the other authors who are in the post.

Promotions

I aim to feature an author every four to six weeks and will check listings, it does help if you let me know if you have had a recent review. Bear in mind that it is a review is a selling tool, so select a review that you feel best reflects the key elements of your book. Which is what I will do when picking a review to use.

I look forward to promoting your books and working with you to get you sales. Get in touch please.

N.B – Please let me know if you have released your book with a new cover so that I can change in the bookstore. thanks

If you would like to be featured in the bookstore for the first time then please take a look at this post.

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 SALLY’S CAFE AND BOOKSTORE

Dolly Aizenman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Dolly-Aizenman/e/B0789FDS7W
Website: https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/

One of the recent reviews for the book

So much more than a cookbook. This is a book to warm your heart and soul! I have been privileged to know Mrs. Aizenman for a number of years. Her stories are so warm, heartfelt and sincere. I sat down to look it over, and ended up reading it from cover to cover, enjoying her wonderful stories and anecdotes. I hope that you will add this very special book to your collection of cookbooks, but remember to sit, make a cup of tea (or two, or three) and just enjoy the read. Her recipes are terrific and very true to the way that she cooks. You won’t be disappointed. 

Mary Adler, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Adler/e/B00JAM3VVE/
Website: https://maryadlerwrites.com/ – Goodreads: Mary Adler on Goodreads

  

An extrac from one of the recent reviews for In the Shadow of Lies

This book reminded me of butter, the writing style was so rich and smooth. It is one of the most skillfully written books I’ve read in a long time. The prose was like ambrosia, the imagery vivid and memorable. I always appreciate an author who can render emotions properly and thus draw the reader into the characters. Again, Adler did a stellar job.

This story is far more than a murder mystery. Its coverage of the early 1940s, i.e. the historical period during the early days of WWII, was outstanding. That was such a different time and so much has changed since then. I was particularly drawn in because I have personal connections to the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area as well as that time period through family and in-laws.

Back to the story. Even though I was a teenager in the 60s, I had no idea how bad racism was a few decades before, much less that the KKK had been so active there. I also had no idea how badly Italians were treated during the war, due to their assumed sympathy toward Mussolini. I had in-laws who were Hungarian and some married Italians. Now I understand why some of them were so resistant to providing information when I was doing genealogical research back in the 70s. It’s sad they didn’t share their stories, but they may have been too painful for them to recount. On top of it all, some were Jewish, and had fled Europe just in time; some left behind were exterminated by Hitler.

Paul Andruss, Buy:  https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC
Website: http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/

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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!

Andrea Balsara, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/A.-T.-Balsara/e/B077THW3QL/  and https://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Torrey-Balsara/e/B077TKWPBY

Website: http://www.torreybalsara.com/

A recent review for The Great & The Small

on April 29, 2018

The Great & the Small is a wonderfully imaginative fantasy adventure written and illustrated by A. T. Balsara. A riveting story about courage, love, compassion, and loyalty—reminiscent of Watership Down (and perhaps just as dark)—we meet a community of anthropomorphized rats who, although they live in their natural environment, possess their own language, laws and hierarchy.

Touching on themes of survival, heroism, leadership, political responsibility, alienation, community—and love—the story follows a colony of rats living deep below a market in dark tunnels no human knows exist. A war has begun, led by the beloved Chairman, to exterminate the ugly two-legs who have tortured them in labs, crushed them with boots, and looked at them with disgust for as long as anyone can remember.

When the Chairman’s nephew, Fin, is injured and a young two-leg nurses him back to health, doubt about the war creeps in. Now the colony is split—obey the Chairman and infest the two-legs with the ancient sickness passed down from the Old Ones, or do the unthinkable. Rebel.

A small group of valiant, freedom-fighting rats, led by Fin, will have you rooting for their success—to end the war and save the ugly two-legs from further death. This enthralling story is told with pulse-pounding suspense as Fin and his Resistance buddies are under constant threat of the ARM, protectors of the tunnels. Do they survive to save the day? You’ll have to read the book to find out—and I highly recommend you do.

Judith Barrow – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6
Blog: judithbarrowblog.com/Goodreads: Judith on Goodreads

Please visit Amazon or Judith Barrow’s blog to view all her books.

An extract from a recent review of A Hundred Tiny Threads

We’ve all read epic family sagas—sweeping multi-generational tales like The Thorn Birds, The Godfather, Roots, the Star Wars franchise, and anything remotely connected to the British Monarchy. So as I read Judith Barrow’s Howarth Family trilogy, I kept trying to slot them into those multigenerational tropes:

*First generation, we were supposed to see the young protagonist starting a new life with a clean slate, perhaps in a new country.
*The next generation(s) are all about owning their position, fully assimilated and at home in their world.
*And the last generation is both rebel and synthesis, with more similarities to the first generation made possible by the confidence of belonging from the second one.

But the complex, three-dimensional miniatures I met in the first three books of the trilogy stubbornly refused to align with those tropes. First of all, there’s Mary Howarth—the child of parents born while Queen Victoria was still on the throne—who is poised between her parents’ Victorian constraints, adjustment to a world fighting a war, and their own human failures including abuse, alcoholism, and ignorance.When Pattern of Shadows begins in 1944, war-fueled anti-German sentiment is so strong, even the King has changed the British monarchy’s last name from Germanic Saxe-Coburg to Windsor. Mary’s beloved brother Tom is imprisoned because of his conscientious objector status, leaving their father to express his humiliation in physical and emotional abuse of his wife and daughters. Her brother Patrick rages at being forced to work in the mines instead of joining the army, while Mary herself works as a nurse treating German prisoners of war in an old mill now converted to a military prison hospital.

Linda Bethea, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Swain-Bethea/e/B01N5HA5C1
Blog: https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/

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A recent review for Just Women Getting By

Loved it! I just finished reading this book and didn’t want it to end…then I realized it hadn’t. The characters in Bethea’s book are so real, so captivating, so powerful, that their stories will stay with me even though the last page has been read. If you are looking for great humor, stories of perseverance and triumph, wisdom, and above all, love, this is the book for you!

Ritu Bhathal, Buy:https://www.amazon.com/Poetic-RITUals-Ritu-Bhathal/dp/1533088020
Bloghttps://butismileanyway.wordpress.com/

One of the recent reviews for Poetic Rituals

Fantastic Read  on May 13, 2018

I bought and read this book shortly after meeting fellow blogger Ms. Ritu Bhathal. I didn’t know her as well then as I know her now. The book is and was one of the best I have read in the past 7 years. I have always loved reading poetry one verse at a time, one poem at a time. This book by Ritu was my 3rd adventure into poetry reading by the book. Her writing style changed how I view complete books of poetry and story telling. I am a huge fan of Ms. Bhathal and her writing talents are now something I see daily on her blog. I enjoyed this book and I do believe you will as well.

Jacquie Biggar, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
Website: http://jacqbiggar.com

Please visit Jacquie’s Amazon page of website to view all her books.

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A recent review for The Beast Within

This is the first of Ms. Biggar’s books that I have read. I can assure you it won’t be the last. Right away we get into the story where a TV news person (Julie Crenshaw) finds a severed foot still in a jogging shoe. While out walking. Instead of an annoying “let’s get to the bottom of this crime,” story we find ourselves involved in a story where we learn Julie’s husband and unborn daughter were victims in a fatal accident with a drunk film star. If that is not enough drama, we also learn that the Lord has dictated that Julie’s husband Mike and the drunk actor Lucas must become angels and form a bond to help get over the hatred they have for each other.

So, does the story get easier? Not at all. There is also a serial killer on the loose and has Julie lined up as his next victim. For you romantics, there is also a love story in the making. Julie has fallen for the police detective investigating the serial killer. His name is Connor O’Rourke, and he has fallen for her. Unfortunately for the two of them, Julie’s angel husband keeps watch and gives Connor some bad feelings at times.

So, to sum it up. If you like your thrillers with twists. Romance stories with pizazz. Paranormal stories with unusual characters and situations you’ll love this book. I know I did.

An extract from the most recent review for Versions of the Self

All my life I thought that my emotional reliance on someone was a foregone conclusion, and that my self had to connect with another’s to inject coherence into my life’s abstract manuscript. In several unique ways in Versions of the Self, Christy Birmingham informs that the self can last ‘brutally independent’ longer without such reliance or even when it’s relying on someone. In “Gliding Under Water,” she writes, “I am gliding under the waters and my vision is remarkably clear while my body washes with liquids that contain no mixture of you.”

Christy has succinctly touched on several emotions; that we don’t pause and ponder enough to rationalize. We sense myriad versions of several people, and the only way we could connect with their selves is if it’s a soul-led journey from us, without a destination in mind, in which case, no car had driven my expectations to them. Shake hands, therefore, seeking nothing but simplicity.

Sacha Black, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/13-Steps-Evil-Superbad-Villains-ebook/dp/B0722X7Y4P
Blog: http://sachablack.co.uk/about/

An extract from one of the early reviews for Victor. Eden East Novels book 2

Lauren M. Sapala 5.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Addictive Series to Get Hooked On July 5, 2018

The first thing I loved about this book was that the action never stopped. I would promise myself that I’d put the book down after whatever chapter I was reading, and then I would come to the end of that chapter and HAVE to go on to the next one, I could not stop myself. The second thing I loved was the love story/romance storyline—super steamy and absolutely great chemistry between Eden and Trey (our leading lady and man). I loved both of them so much, so it was incredibly satisfying to see them finally together, and navigating the rollercoaster of their relationship and the events happening around them. The story revolves really nicely around the action and the romance elements, and the backstory is seamlessly woven throughout, so I felt literally every second like I was being carried along with the story and had no conception of time passing. This is my favorite “zone” to be in while reading!

I strongly recommend this book for anyone who’s into YA fantasy, YA sci-fi, steampunk fiction, YA/NA romance, speculative fiction, or just wants an amazing series to sink their teeth into. Victor does not disappoint! 

Elle Boca: Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Elle-Boca/e/B00HRCBEYK
Websitehttps://elleboca.poyeen.com/

To discover all of Elle Boca’s books please visit her Amazon page or website.

Deborah A. Bowman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS
Blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com

Please visit Deborah’s Amazon page or her blog to view all her books.

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One of the recent reviews for Quill and Ink

Balroop Singh 5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant anthology of poems; short stories and inspiring articles May 9, 2018

Quill and Ink…Inspirational, Motivational and Creative Writings by Deborah Bowman is an anthology of poems; short stories and inspiring articles that evince author’s understanding of emotional aspect of life. A profound thought that holds your interest right in the beginning is ‘the quill and the ink, the rose and the thorn, teach us patience and reticence.’ The poems exude the philosophy of life…”you’ll have to dig a bit to find your true purpose…Destiny and infinity are never-ending goals!”

Section – 2 of the book is dedicated to writing process that inspires the writers and reassures them how their imagination cannot be hijacked by computers. Only a human mind can keep track of a fictional plot, its consistency and clarity. Bowman wears the hat of a writer and an editor alternately while sharing her experiences in this part of the book.

Deborah’s short stories are gripping as they slowly drift into past and present, with surprising details. Her style is crisp and intuitive, quite different from a storyteller as she writes in various genres. This book clearly reflects her penchant for diverse interests.

C. S. Boyack, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY
Bloghttp://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Please visit Amazon to view all of Craig’s books.

One of the recent reviews of The Yak Guy Project on Goodreads

Jun 23, 2018 Karen rated it Five Stars

This book introduces you to a man who gets a second chance and to a yak.

With The Yak Guy Project, C. S. Boyack presents us with an entertaining and sometimes pretty funny dystopian story. The story is skillfully elaborated and has a great flow. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with this story – he created living people (and an amazing yak) instead of mere characters; even if the yak is not human – it has personality. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to the man and – the yak. The protagonists’ personalities are complex, the others of sufficient depth according to their relevance. Protagonists who grow with their tasks and a yak as a moral guide will take you on an unforgettable journey. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a wonderful time reading The Yak Guy Project; it is a highly entertaining read.

This is for you if you like great story-telling, dystopian stories, interesting personalities to cheer on, as well as thought-provoking, and fun moments. This is a book to read again. Highly recommended! 

Linda Bradley, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS
Website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

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A recent review for Pedal

It’s a Monday. I’ve just come home from my workout and I have a load in the washer and a load in the dryer. I need a pick me up from the day’s treasonous doldrums. Now it is starting to storm so I better find something short and happy to lift my spirits quickly. What could be better than a lovely book set in my favorite place in the world, Northern Michigan? Pedal,Linda Bradley’s newest book was just what I needed with its warm,relatable characters and easy going romantic plot. A perfect escape for any afternoon.

Sarah Brentyn, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Brentyn/e/B01N410987
Blog: https://sarahbrentyn.wordpress.com/

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An extract from a recent review for Hinting at Shadows

Hinting at Shadows by Sarah Brentyn is sheer poetry in the garb of flash fiction. The emotions flow spontaneously and so succinctly convey the hurt, the guilt, the fear, the regret and a myriad other emotions that each story leaves a room for imagination, yearning for more. Coruscating poetic expressions like ‘where sunlight pools just a few feet away from the shadows,’ ‘Home was a minefield,’ ‘Drifting laughter caresses me,’ ‘Until fingernails become half moons of filth,’ ‘Cold seeped into my heart and even in summer, I could never stay warm’ would leave you spellbound!

Sarah’s characters are stoic, resilient and powerful. Whether it is the grief of losing a child, shattered dreams, a simple regret or serious mental health issue, she writes with the brilliance of an accomplished writer, handling emotions with acumen and touching your heart with just few words.

Christine Campbell, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2
Blog: http://cicampbellblog.wordpress.com

 

An early review for Gold Plated

Another wonderful story by the lovely Christine Campbell. This is a story about family, love, loyalty, but also lack of loyalty, sadly. The first part of the story deals with Rosanna’s life, going back to when she was a young girl growing up in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. She is a very talented young woman, encouraged and supported by her mother to pursue her talent for art and fashion design by going to art school. But her course is cut short by developments in her life, which takes some surprising twists and turns. Some good, others not so good. But the events in Rosanna’s life turn out to be the making of her.

And at the end of the book, the author has included YouTube links to the music that is referenced throughout the story. Please check out Christine Campbell’s Facebook page: Lifting the Lid on Christine’s kist of stories.

HL Carpenter, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B007SHS9LA/
Website: https://www.hlcarpenter.com/

To discover all the books please go to Amazon or the website.

A recent review for The Ghost in the Gardens.

Jul 22, 2018 Jane rated it four Stars

I was not sure what to make of this at first it is unusual and pitched really well for the child. It was a quick read and I loved the main characters love of plants and science.

A lovely story and recommended – You would not expect this to have a ghost as all the main character thinks about is plants and a quest to find a rare orchid that is until her teacher disappears and the police suspect her uncle was involved. She need to find out just what this ghost was telling her otherwise it could be too late. Recommended and well written.

Anne Casey, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Lost-Things-Anne-Casey/dp/1910669903
Website: http://www.anne-casey.com/home.html

A recent review for the poetry collection

This is just absolutely gorgeous poetry; really touches your heart, touches your soul. Loved it. Julia

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

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A recent review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves

This latest adventure of Sir Chocolate contains some of the most beautiful decorations in the series so far – the Chrystal Cave must have taken ages to construct and the other fondant figurines are lovely. The recipes are ideal for children as it shows them to make aeroplanes and wind mills with wafer biscuits. Sir Chocolate and Lade Sweet embark on another adventure to make sure that the sugar crystals won’t melt and they would still be able to make cool drinks for the inhabitants.

Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
Website: https://colleenchesebro.com

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One of the recent reviews for Fairies, Myths & Magic

Colleen celebrates summer with fairies, nymphs and those magical creatures that have constantly enchanted mankind. Her spiritual encounter with “a tiny creature, with transparent wings and lavender fragrance” mesmerized her and gave her an amazing power to become a fairy whisperer. Her poetry and stories, which exude magic, are inspired from the swamp fairy she had met. She could sense her presence even after she had vanished into the fog, as it fired her imagination, impelling her to write about their realm.

Colleen transports you to the magical world of fairies, slowly opening each door to reveal the wonders of fairy kingdom where spells are cast to win love or heal, where fairies get tipsy and stop whispering into the ears of Roger, where the thrill of spiritual bliss could be felt. When Regin plans to trick Aerwyna into the words of spell to win her love for a few hours, all he gets is the love of an old woman Mrs Hawkins, the most aged woman in the country while Aerwyna laughs at the spectacle! This book is a superb combination of stories and poetry, which has a mystical connection with spirits and myths.

Website: https://brchitwood.com

Visit Amazon or Billy Ray’s blog to view all his books.

 

A recent review for Mama’s Madness

An Exceptional Story So Well Written on July 8, 2018

Mama’s madness is a work of fiction, but according to the author Billy Ray Chitwood, there are some inspirations from actual criminal behavior. This is a story about the meanest, lowlife, straight razor totin’ woman named Tamatha Preen. She is the mother of six kids and the ex-wife of four husbands. Although this seems a little abnormal in everyday life, compared to mama’s proclivities having four husbands is normal in comparison. Let’s say mama has some problems and as you can guess the children are the ones who bear the brunt of her mental issues. To describe any of the abusive behaviors would be courting spoilers, so I’m just going to summarize by saying mama is evil.

The writing in this story is so good the reader feels like a transportation into the scenes has taken place. The descriptions of people, places, and events are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Mr. Chitwood has been blessed with a golden pen (or keyboard). He can show the reader all the sights, sounds, and smells of each scene through a tapestry that only can be woven by a perfectionist literary genius. I think that pretty much describes Billy Ray Chitwood. He has honed his writing art, and there is no more exquisite example of the resulting output than this book. I would recommend Mama’s madness to anyone who enjoys a deeply disturbing story told effectively and with great taste.

Mae Clair, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0
Website: https://maeclair.net/

Please visit Amazon or Mae’s website to view all her books.

A recent review for Cusp of Night

I loved the back and forth between present day and the past. It was a thrilling journey as you learned piece by piece what happened to Lucinda Glass, and how it effected the present reality of all the characters.

I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of this story. You always feel like you’re going to get an answer, and then the author gives you half an answer and another question. It was never boring, and it was completely unpredictable. When I finished the book, I was in shock at just how well everything fell into place.

I enjoyed out main character, Maya. She has a kind heart, and she is willing to dig deep into the past to help everyone she can. She is a compelling female lead, who is able to fend for herself, and that is a great quality to have. I also enjoyed reading Collin’s character. He seemed to have a bad habit of locking his feelings away, and it was great to see his development as he learned to let Maya in.

Overall, I really loved this story. It was tense, thrilling and mysterious. I wasn’t able to guess what was going on, and I loved the writing quality. It felt authentic and possible.

Lucinda E. Clarke, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914
Website: http://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com

Please visit Amazon or Lucinda’s website to view all her books.

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One of the recent reviews for Amie: African Adventure

I was slightly apprehensive about reading this book as I have traveled to a number of African countries for leisure and work purposes. I have also written a series of non-fiction publications about investment in Africa. I was worried that this book would not jell with my knowledge and experience of Africa. That turned out to be an unnecessary concern. Lucinda E Clarke has a sound knowledge of life for expatriates and the locals in certain war-torn, “least developed” African countries and does an excellent job of setting the scene for this story.

I enjoyed her balanced approach to describing the life styles of both the expatriate community and the locals and the detail that was provided about the schooling, hospitalisation, politics, corruption and difficulties with business dealings in this fictional country of Togodo. The descriptions of Aime and her husband’s visit to a game farm and the African countryside are beautiful and the author shares some interesting facts about survival in the bush.

The story of Aime’s adventure is fast paced and entertaining. My only criticism is that there were to many fortunate coincident and lucky breaks for Aime and her husband that were a bit unbelievable but this did not detract overly from a jolly good story.

I would recommend this book for people who like the idea of an entertaining adventure in a realistic African setting.

Sue Coletta, Buy: www.amazon.com/author/suecoletta
Website/blog: www.suecoletta.com

An extract from an early review for Scathed

Sue has done it again! I was so happy to receive this book as an ARC and I am very happy to give an honest review of this book. I must say that Sue Coletta is one of those authors that I will purchase her books as soon as I hear that she has a new one out, without reading the blurb, or reviews. Sue is a great author and there is so much of her in her books. For anyone who follows Sue on social media and then reads her books will see her in the story. One of my favorite lines from the book is “We all want to be remembered after we die. Through the power of the written word authors are immortalized.” This is only part of the quote, but the quote really resonated with me and I loved it.

I loved Scathed. It was a story that had me thinking and trying to figure out who the killer was, but Sue doesn’t make it easy to figure out. The twists and turns in this story were intriguing and interesting. I found myself thinking one thing and finding out that I was not on the right trail after all. The characters are so real to me in Sue’s books. I love Niko and Sage, they are such a great couple and they work so well together to figure out the cases. They are so well developed that they feel like my neighbors. Being a Vermonter myself, I felt as if I could see the mountain they were on and the area they live in with no problem.

Sally Cronin, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Georgina-Cronin/e/B003B7O0T6
Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com

Please visit Amazon or the blog to view reviews and all the books.

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An extract from the most recent review for Just an Odd Job Girl

Imogen has been rejected by her husband of 20 years. She discovers that he has been having an affair, that the woman has become pregnant and that he wants a divorce all in one go. It is devastating to Imogen who has devoted her life to building her home, raising her children and being a good wife and mother. Somehow, along the way, Imogen seems to have lost all her vitality and spunk and changed into another, less vivid, version of herself. Although she knows this, Imogen struggles to overcome her depression and feelings of inadequacy until she makes a impulsive decision to go for an interview with a placement agency for older women and find herself a job.

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An extract from a recent review for A Threat from the Past

A 5* review for Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul Cude. I was lucky enough to be sent a signed copy in a Goodreads Giveaway and I was very pleased I was, because although not a genre i usually read, i actually really enjoyed it.

The author has reinvented our world where humans exist on the surface, but beneath us live dragons in vast caverns connected by tunnels that lead to the surface. They are highly developed and can travel at incredible speeds, can alter their shape and become humanoid in appearance and by doing so look after us, nurturing us in ways we would never fathom.

In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon team sports, you’ll learn the true story of George and the Dragon, get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile!

Anita Dawes, buy https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10/
Blog: https://jenanita01.com/

One of the reviews for Lazy Days co-written with Jaye Marie

What a wonderful family tale. This book was a real adventure. The authors share their stories about cramming two adults, lots of children and dogs into a car on the way to a longboat holiday when they haven’t ever having done this before. Not only did the dogs have to stay on leads, with one taking a dive into the river after a duck and almost garrotting itself, but there was lots of other mishaps along the way. The authors really capture the memories from their holiday and make you feel like you were almost there with them.

Blog: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/

A recent review for Mackenzie’s Distraction

Apr 02, 2018 Ann Jones rated it Five Stars

Mackenzie’s Distraction a romance by Angie Dokos. Follow the family as they deal with tragedy and a secret past that comes back to haunt. Can Mackenzie let go of the past to have a future with the engaging Trevor she meets while dealing with her family tragedy? Will the family secrets tear them apart or can they rise above what has been to make room for the future

Blog: http://audreydriscoll.com   Goodreads: Audrey on Goodreads

To view all of Audrey’s books please visit her Amazon page.

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One of the recent reviews for The Treasure

This is neither a page turner nor a quick read with its long, dense paragraphs and advanced (to me) vocabulary (like “vulning” . . . I certainly didn’t know what it meant!). The Treasure is a commitment. But like most commitments, the payoff is worthwhile.

Being a well-executed, character-driven story, the book allows the reader to sink his or her teeth into the Herbert West character, into the plot, and into the gorgeous descriptions. I loved Driscoll’s garden descriptions and even doubled back to reread her portrayal of a grassy field. Driscoll’s prose is alive and textured and beautiful.

I loved young Herbert’s tense encounters with street gangs and his tender moments with a classmate. His childhood is laid out in such a way as to totally explain why the adult Herbert West turned out the way he did.

The adult Herbert explores love and experiences loss and learns to see beauty. I came to care for him so much that he will stay with me many years I’m sure.

The Treasure is the third book in Driscoll’s respectful pastiche of Lovecraft’s Herbert West stories. At times, with Driscoll’s style, I felt as though I were reading a classic.

Natalie Ducey, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZO1KJDI/
Blog: https://natalieducey.com/

An extract from a recent review for The Heart’s Lullaby

Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers’ Favorite The Heart’s Lu …
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The Heart’s Lullaby by Natalie Ducey is a beautiful book of poetry that describes the fragility as well as the strength of the human heart. The book is separated into four parts. Embers of Love focuses on the bittersweet aspect of heartbreak, the pain of saying goodbye to someone you care about. Eternal Love illustrates the beauty of love lasting forever, even after death. The Agony of Holding On & The Angst of Letting Go is about falling out of love, and that despite everything you do to hold onto that person, sometimes it’s better to let go. Finally, The Journey of Becoming is about being comfortable with yourself, and knowing that both the heart and the mind need to work together to bring peace and comfort. Whether it be through pain, loss, or peace, Ducey shows us that love can comfort us in our time of need, and show us how human we really are.

M.C.V. Egan, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/M.C.V.-Egan/e/B0069W9NY2
Website :http://thebridgeofdeaths.com/

A recent review for Death of a Sculptor.

I’ll start by saying that this author – M.C.V. Egan – is a new author for me to read and I was definitely NOT disappointed with the story!!!

The story is about a rich and famous artist who is known for his sculptures. Bruce Jones, age 62, dies unexpectedly. Bruce was loved by all of his exes’ and his current wife (5 in all), his mistress and his seven children. Through his art, he has given each wife a different color of his choosing that best describes each women in his mind. Each chapter of the book tells part of the story through the eyes of one of the characters that he so loved. It wasn’t until the funeral that all the exes’ came together and ended up being friends. Especially when a new color was show during the slide show of his life.

The one question that was brought up after the funeral was – Was this a heart attack or was this murder??? I won’t tell you the answer because you really need to read the book and discover his life for yourself!!!

This was an amazing book and I love love loved it!!!

Jack Eason, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY/
Bloghttps://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/

To view all of Jack Eason’s book please visit his Amazon Page or his blog

One of the recent reviews for Autumn 1066

Apr 16, 2018 M.J. J Mallon rated it Four Stars.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review. This is not my usual genre that I read but nevertheless I enjoyed this short novella and would recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fact/fiction and people like myself who appreciate a well written and researched story. I would say that its strengths lie in the accuracy of the historical terms used, the sense of brutality of the time period coupled with the human interest aspect of the story – an uncle, Aldred wishing to protect his young archer nephew Cynric from harm and possible death during battle. There is also a breathe of humour in the novella which gives a wonderful sense of the jibes of men, the tenderness and greenness of a young man going to battle and how the very young can surprise us too. On reflection Jack Eason has packed a heck of a lot into a very short novella and this demonstrates his ability to write a thoroughly engaging narrative. Highly recommended

Mary Anne Edwards, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Anne-Edwards/e/B00HZ28TIQ
Website: http://maryanneedwards.com/index.html

Please visit Amazon or Mary Anne’s website to view all her books.

A review for Flirting with Time

My husband and I were married on Valentine’s Day and I get a few hearts around that time. Marian is getting more than a few and not around Valentine’s Day either. Charlie must try to solve one conundrum at a time. He must also try to do this quickly because someone seems to be after Marian. This was a very fast moving book with quite a few conundrums popping up. It turned into a game similar to Who Do You Trust. I enjoyed it and recommend it to those who like to try to solve the story before the end of the book. Bet you can’t do it!!!

Diana J. Febry, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-J-Febry/e/B00J7AG9U4/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dianaj.febry.9

An extract from one of the recent reviews for Twisted Truth

Megan Roach is a journalist working with her University photographer friend, Rob, for a local newspaper. Not quite what Megan had envisaged as a career. Their present brief is to show care homes in a good light after the recent scandals. While packing up the equipment, Megan’s attention is caught by an elderly man in a wheelchair. She was amazed when the man jumped out of the wheelchair and shut the door, before handing her a package, saying he had evidence of a murder. Megan was skeptical but the man was insistent, and Megan was still searching for her big break. What could she lose by taking a look at the package?

DCI Peter Hatherall is very reluctantly attending a pagan wedding with his wife and partner DI Fiona Williams. The description of the wedding is fabulous and, judging by the one I watched at Glastonbury Abbey, it’s pretty spot on and although there wasn’t a maypole it was a sight to behold. Peter is approached by the groom, who’s worried because two of the guests who apparently possess some disturbing information, hadn’t made it to the wedding. He believes they are in terrible danger and wants Peter to investigate.

Christoph Fischer – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ
Website: http://www.christophfischerbooks.com/

Please visit Amazon or Christoph’s blog to view all his books

A recent review for Over my Dead Body

Great to see Bebe Bollinger back! Love this character with her quirky ways. While still working on her comeback Bebe is asked by her friend Tom if she would help him with a problem at the Eurovision song contest. Bebe agrees and enlists the help of Beth (a former policewoman). Beth and Bebe teamed up once to solve a murder in Wales and work well together.

There is much to enjoy in this book thanks to excellent writing by Mr Fischer. A fascinating insight into Eurovision. I could feel the atmosphere and excitement of this song contest.

I love how Bebe deals with various unusual situations, in fact let’s just say I really enjoyed the whole experience of Bebe’s latest adventure and hope there is many more to come.

Patty Fletcher, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00Q9I7RWG/
Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com

One of the reviews for Bubba’s Tails

Wow! I loved reading this! What an amazing story about an incredible journey. This is about a journey from The Seeing Eye, Inc. in New Jersey to Kingsport Tennessee, but is also about the journey of a loving owner, and her special canine companion. I loved reading the story through King Campbell’s point of view, and how he is talking to the next litter of pups about to train as Seeing Eye Dogs. This is something the has always fascinated me and was the first time I was really allowed a look at some of what goes into training these special dogs. The book is made all the more exciting because the author and her dog Campbell went through this journey years ago. Such a creative way to share their story, and I can’t wait to read more of King Campbell’s Bubba Tails!

Darlene Foster, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Foster/e/B003XGQPHA
Website: www.darlenefoster.ca

Please visit Amazon or Darlene’s blog to view all her books.

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One of the recent reviews for Amanda in New Mexico

Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind finds student Amanda Ross on a school trip in Taos, New Mexico. While there, her classmate Cleo thinks she sees ghosts. Amanda feels anxious too, sensing that something or someone is watching her. An engaging adventure ensues during their visit to the Land of Enchantment in this sixth book in the fun and educational series for early middle grade readers. 5/5

Annabelle Franklin, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Annabelle-Franklin/e/B00CHL8RF0
Blog: http://annabellefranklinauthor.wordpress.com

An extract from a review for The Slapstyx

I have an eight year old step son who I think would absolutely adore this novel! It is a middle grade story about twin sisters who can leave their bodies and fly as spirits, and in Slapstyx by Annabelle Franklin, the twins are on a mission to stop an evil magician and his goblin cohorts from selling their uncleanly and unsafe “cleaning” product to the world.

Zachary Zigstack wants to take over the world with his product ZOOM!!! which is apparently going to rid the world of dirt and grime. In reality, he wants to pollute the ocean, and make the entire planet as unsanitary as possible. the twins, Gem and Georgie use their magical projection powers to spy on Zachary and his evil goblins and try to find a way to stop them from polluting the planet.

This was a cute book for a pre-teen, I definitely think that my step son would enjoy it.

Tina Frisco, Buy; https://www.amazon.com/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY
Website: https://tinafrisco.com/

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A recent review for Vampyrie

A very different storyline in the vampire genre.Different, in a densely populated genre, is a good thing. But that’s not the main draw of this telling. It’s well-written and keeps you turning virtual pages. The characters are well-developed and believable. I knew I’d like it after the first few paragraphs. If you like a combination of horror, suspense and thriller, you’ll like this one. It even has a surprise twist that I didn’t see coming. I’m big on twists myself.

Claire Fullerton, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4
Website: http://www.clairefullerton.com

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An extract from one of the recent reviews for the book.

In Claire Fullerton’s MOURNING DOVE, Millie is the intrepid, resilient narrator whose tells us her story and that of her spectacular brother, Finley. Other unforgettable characters spin in and out of their story, but it is this brother-sister team for the ages that drives the novel. Their loyalty and devotion to each other underscores their mission as conspirators out to protect their shared past. Uprooted from an idyllic life in the Midwestern woods of Minnesota as their father is losing his struggle with alcoholism, they are deposited by their southerm-to-the-bone mother at the other end of the Mississippi River in Memphis. Two children grieving the absence of their adored if flawed father must begin the adjustment to southern life which for them represents a tectonic shift. That they navigate the shift and thrive comes as no surprise as we get to know them, but heartbreak becomes ours as we see that nothing can protect some of the gentlest souls from the world or themselves.

Brigid P. Gallagher, BUY: https://www.amazon.in/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD
Blog: https://watchingthedaisies.com/

An extract from one of the recent reviews for the book.

I began following a blog entitled Watching the Daisies earlier this year shared by Brigid P. Gallagher and discovered she’d also written a book, Watching the Daisies: Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow a few years ago. I purchased Ms. Gallagher’s holistic memoir last month and dropped it into my reading queue this week. It came at a great time and helped provide a few clear reminders we should all remember when things get too complex or tough.

Life can be difficult, especially when we encounter illness, pain, and death. It can also be wonderful when we meet new friends, fall in love, or share our days with family. Ms. Gallagher covers it all in this ~50 year memoir of many key events that occurred in her life. One of the biggest impacts I felt from reading her personal insights and history is an acute awareness of how lucky many of us are to have little to no physical pain or be raised by two loving parents who hadn’t died young. The author spent lots of time in hospitals, surgeries and doctors trying to diagnose symptoms that ultimately took a rather long time to discover. Along the path, Gallagher shares her home remedies for dealing with the pain, both mental and physical, as her career develops and she travels throughout the world studying and learning about different medicines, approaches and healing powers. I enjoyed reading about the path she took and felt sadness and happiness with each of her own ups and downs.

Teagan Geneviene – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Blog: https://teagansbooks.com

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A recent review for Murder at the Bijou

Charles R. 5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and mysterious….. June 13, 2018

I received this book as a gift, and it truly was the gift of entertainment. It was hard to put down. It picks up where “The Three Things Serial Story” left off. Again it is set in the Roaring Twenties. New characters are added, including the feisty Granny. The author added a food element to this story, making the random “things” from her blog readers “ingredients.” It was fun to see the food-related items made into part of the story. Another thing I liked was the fact that I didn’t need to worry about kids seeing the book. The author wrote an exciting mystery without using extremes in violence, language, or sex. This story follows the first book, but I don’t think anyone would have trouble picking it up without reading the first one – but there are some spoilers. So if that bothers you be sure to read the Three Things novella first.

Agnes Mae Graham  Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Vibrating-Vertebrae-other-poems-ebook/dp/B01HA8Q116
Blog:https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/

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A recent review for the collection

These are stories or narrative poetry centered in Ireland written metrically with rhyme. The language flows well. Even when the stories seem dark the author’s heart shines through to light the way. For example, in “Ulter’s Shame”, a dark narrative with “blood stained footpaths and bullet spattered walls” we are not left with “screams” and “terror” but a resolution: “What matters is the depth of God’s sighs.”

She describes the people around her with kind brevity. The ending of “The Brownie Pack” states her love and humbly leaves it to God whether it is returned.

She describes the joyful and sorrowful mysteries of life. In “Tender to Touch” an old man buys a medicine from her. In his confusion he rubs it on his pained stomach rather than drinking it. Nonetheless, he’s cured and returns to thank her. In sadness, such as “Life!!”, she prays to God not to let the Devil win.

In the “The Lover” and “Kitty and Joe” we see death and love tied closely together and even though death wins in its ever objective way, I sense love redeeming each such victory as its own. This is a beautiful collection of very short stories or narrative poems that, perhaps because of their brevity, will linger in my mind enriching it.

Noelle Granger, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ
Blog: https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/

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An extract from a recent review for Death in a Mudflat

When a dead woman’s body emerges from a mudflat in Pequod, Maine, it doesn’t matter that part-time detective Rhe Brewster and the chief of police are at a wedding across the way. Rhe and her former brother-in-law (and new love interest), Sam Brewster, are more than willing to run over, don a set of hazmat suits and secure the scene.

Sam and Rhe can only initially guess at the whys and hows, but their expert team’s careful attention to detail and Rhe’s nose for making connections take the reader on an investigation that is both cozy and challenging and in which Rhe places herself in many dangerous situations. Is she reckless or is she just an ace detective? Now that they’re a couple, Sam may have trouble working this out.

Death in a Mudflat is Granger’s fourth Rhe Brewster mystery, a fun series set in the fictional coastal town of Pequod. In this small-town setting, Granger has developed a cast of characters and community that reflect New England values and personalities. But just like other small towns and larger communities across the country, Pequod struggles with modern problems, including the east coast’s growing heroin crisis.

Malia Ann Haberman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Malia-Ann-Haberman/e/B009CJ0DNE
Blog: https://maliaannhaberman.wordpress.com

Sue Hampton, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Hampton/e/B0034PD8GG/
Website: https://www.suehamptonauthor.co.uk/

An extract from one of the recent reviews for The Lucy Wilson Mysteries

AlaranTop Contributor: Doctor Who TOP 1000 REVIEWER 4.0 out of 5 stars Lethbridge-Stewart: The Next Generation 12 June 2018

With the ongoing publication of Lethbridge-Stewart novels as well as the Brigadier’s daughter, Kate, now a recurring character in onscreen Doctor Who and his genetic grandfather, Archie, making an appearance in ‘Twice Upon a Time’, the Lethbridge-Stewart extended family has been quite prominent in the last few years. Now his granddaughter receives her own spinoff series of novels.

Clearly this is intended to be a children’s or young adult novel. However, it seems more likely that its primary market will be adults who have been following the Lethbridge-Stewart series of novels. It is independent enough from those, though, that it will hopefully attract a young fan base new, perhaps, to the Brigadier and maybe even Doctor Who.

Jena C. Henry, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jena.c.henry/

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An extract from the most recent review for The Golden Age of Charli RSVP

While reading The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP, I moved from wanting Charli to be my aunt, to wanting Charli to be my best friend, and finally to wanting to BE Charli when I retire someday. I found the main character to be delightful, warm, honest and fun; and I appreciated her life’s motto – “press on” – and admired her determination to deepen her relationships with her husband (the newly-retired and golf-loving Pud) and with her many nieces and nephews. I also found myself drooling over the author’s abundant descriptions of food, wine, and cocktails – an unexpected and delicious part of this book! One month from now, my youngest will be heading off to college, so I ended up relating more than I expected I would to Charli’s empty-nest pursuits. Although my husband and I are far from retirement, I still felt a kinship with Charli, and I look forward to reading the next books in Jena Henry’s charming series!

Linda G. Hill, Buyhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JQWMQAE
Blog: https://lindaghill.com

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A recent review for The Magician’s Curse.

Jul 28, 2018 Claire rated it it was amazing

Recap: Herman Anderson, nearly 18, meets a tall, handsome magician, accepts a job offer on the train and goes home with him. Stephen Dagmar, the tall, handsome magician is trying to break his families curse by impregnating the help. It gets more complicated.

Review: It helps that I had a long journey to read this book on so I didn’t have to put it down. I found the sexual tension absolutely gripping and fantastically well written without being coarse or terribly cliche. A highly unusual girls name, a bizarre family curse, real magic hinted at, family secrets, a foul mouthed spirit, a deranged pregnant lady all mixed up with a healthy dollop of sex – fantastic!

Lyn Horner, Buy:  http://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y
Website: https://lynhorner.com/

Please visit Amazon or Lyn’s website to view all her books.

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A recent review for Rescuing Lara

Living under an alias in Ireland to escape the Hell-hounds and their evil master who conspired the car crash that killed her uncle and scarred her physically and emotionally, Lara Stevens has been given the responsibility of following in her uncle’s footsteps in this amazing supernatural story by the fabulous Lyn Horner, that starts the Romancing the Guardians series that’s sure to be a winner!

As she guards the ancient family heirloom with only an old housekeeper/carer, Una, for company, Lara must seek out someone who can be a bodyguard and driver, until she recovers enough to fulfill the mission entrusted to her by the family, by the centuries-old Conhairle or Council of Elders, of which her Uncle Malcolm was the High Guardian of the Scrolls of Danu.

Who does she hire for the new position? How else does he help her? Why is he in Ireland and for how long? Where does he live when not working on the oil-rigs? What did he do in the US Army? What is special about his mother Josefina? What is found in the burned-out ruins of Uncle Malcolm’s property? Why is it important to Lara? Who is Dev? How does he help his old friend/now enemy – and why? Where is Lara pursued by the Hell-hounds? Who is Milo? When Lara finally reveals the truth of who she is and what her secret mission involves you’ll be thrilled and as excited as Lara’s lover and protector, to whom she is bound by love forever!

John Howell, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C
Blog: https://johnwhowell.com/

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One of the recent reviews for the book

This is an exciting, action packed thriller but it has a unique twist. The two central characters have their bodies taken over by spirits sent to Earth to save the world from impending disaster. However, the two characters are not aware of the spiritual connection and they have no special powers! Instead we have a fast moving and suspenseful story as our two characters meet in their earthly form and attempt to stop an act of terrorism. At the same time a love story develops so there really is something in this book for lovers of all genres!

An extract from a recent review for Wall of War

The introductory chapter of Wall of War, “1953” had me so captivated from the beginning that I don’t think I exhaled until the last full stop. Mr. Hudson has done an admirable job of tightening up the script, omitting a lot of needless details about various types of boats, planes, communication systems and weapons that the casual reader might find bothersome. (However, if you are a globetrotting mercenary or imagine being one, then you’ll appreciate the details he does provide!)

That’s all I can tell you without getting into “spoilers”! What I can tell you that with Wall of War, you have an excellent story that doesn’t get bogged down at any point and keeps the reader turning page after page. The action takes place almost exclusively in Peru, so there’s no continent-jumping and forgetting who is where and so on. Wall of War is a taut, intriguing, action-filled adventure novel perfect for long winter nights (or summer beach reading). Mr. Hudson has set the bar high for himself if a third installment in the Drake Alexander series is planned. Four stars at Goodreads.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Buy : http://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

Please visit Amazon or Deanie’s website to view all her books.

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A recent review for My Life at Sweetbriar 

I really enjoyed this book and I think it is special… it brings to life Deanie’s wonderful upbringing on a horse farm called Sweetbrier, in Connecticut in the US. Although Deanie’s upbringing sounds idyllic, Deanie experienced great physical challenges and overcame these in a sport that is demanding, requires strength, bravery, and through developing unique partnerships with her beloved horses. Her doctors prognosis when she was a young girl wasn’t good… many families would try and accept these facts, but Deanie’s parents encouraged her to believe she could achieve her dreams and she certainly did! These days Deanie would probably be competing in events for rider’s who suffer a disability. Deanie went out against able bodied, talented riders at big competitions and beat the odds. This book is truly inspiring and I couldn’t put it down. I think it is a lovely book for children, adults, horse lovers and people that love inspiring true stories. This book also captures some history in the equestrian world, and what it was like to live on a horse farm in the 70’s in Connecticut, what the competition scene was like – I found that very interesting. Overall this was a touching story, that was easy to read, but not easy to forget!

Karen Ingalls, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY
Website Two:  http://www.kareningallsbooks.com

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One of the recent reviews for Davida:  Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens

While a bit slower paced than my usual reads, I did enjoy Davida. It is a tale of forbidden love during a time of extreme social conservatism.

The main character, Albertina, has a sweet innocence and charm that capture the reader’s adoration.

Her lover, Gus, is a driven artist who is torn between his desire for Albertina and his passion for art. He’s already married and has a son. If he chooses Albertina exclusively, his career as a sculptor is over.

I would highly recommend Davida to anyone who is a fan of romance, history, and art.

Chuck Jackson, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Chuck-Jackson/e/B01IX2PBEG
Website Blog: http://www.chuckjacksonknowme.com/

A recent review for Guilt My Companion

I happen to know Chuck Jackson, and I consider him a fine man and a wonderful friend. How he has turned out so well with the traumas and betrayals he has endured is a miracle. How he could even write this book is amazing. It is a page turner and reminds me of the book, UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. It is difficult to imagine that a boy, growing into manhood could even survive what Chuck endured. Given the times we live in with abuse and harassment so pervasive, Guilt–My Companion, is a book of encouragement for those who are going through terrible times with a dysfunctional family, workplace abuse or especially for those who have been told they were worthless and won’t ever amount to anything. It is an account of suffering, struggle, hopelessness that turns out to be a story of a tough life with a beautiful outcome. Inspirational!

Sandra J. Jackson, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY
Website: www.sandrajjackson.com

A recent review for Playing in the Rain.

I’ve read Sandra’s first novel and that one was excellent. So, when I saw that she had written a second novel I jumped at the chance to read it, not knowing what it was about and I was not disappointed. Just like her first novel this story is well written, with attention to details which makes all the difference. “Playing in the rain” is thought provoking, and captivating the whole way through. I’ll be honest, this type of story is not my usual cup of tea as I tend to shy away from the dystopian stuff a bit but this story became the exception to that rule from the opening pages right to the very end. I wanted to punch that Cecile in the face, and you will end up with a lot of questions at the end which leads me to believe that there may be another story in the works here?? I’m hoping my theory is correct, Sandra is an excellent author and has quickly become one of my favorites. You have found your calling! 

Deborah Jay, Buyhttps://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Jay/e/B00E4X3UHY
Website: http://deborahjayauthor.com/

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One of the recent reviews for The Prince’s Man

Captivating story. on May 19, 2018

Surprising bits of magic popping up when needed, most of the time, caught my imagination. The world we live in has the same cruel, kind, selfish, generous, self-centered and loving people as those in this book of Jay’s, but we have to manage without magic. Considering some people, I am thankful we do not have magic. But I really enjoyed the escape into Book 1 of The Five Kingdoms.

Helen Jones, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Helen-Jones/e/B00VG6SWN4
Blog: www.journeytoambeth.com

A recent review for A Thousand Rooms (translated from German) on Goodreads

May 10, 2018 Julia rated it Five Stars.

A wonderful book!

Katie wakes up and has an “out-of-body” experience, just that it’s not an experience. She was actually killed in a car accident. But there is no white light to go into. There’s only Katie – in her chic outfit, with the new red shoes – she sees everything, can travel to different places, but nobody can see her. Now, Katie wanders through the “spaces” of her life and visits the people that are close to her heart to find her version of the sky.

The book is not religious and it surprises with sad as well as encouraging moments. There is even a love story that I did not expect 

Andrew Joyce, Buyhttp://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM
Blog/website:   http://huckfinn76.com/

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An extract from one of the recent reviews for Ellis

Andrew Joyce is an American historical fiction author who creates tales as large as the characters in his books, and Ellis Hodgkins is definitely one of those characters.

At fourteen, Ellis caught his first bluefin tuna by hand, which was no easy task considering the fish weighed over 750 pounds. That single feat of strength initiates the teen on a path to fame and fortune.

“Ellis,” is the character study of a man motivated by an inner determination to succeed which follows him throughout all the stages of his life. Descended from tough Gloucester fishermen, Ellis is constantly evolving and changing which I found to be part of his allure. This young man embraces change. He has the foresight to recognize the big picture in many of his adventures resulting in even more opportunities. Nobody could ever say Ellis was a slacker.

MY RATING: Character Believability: 5  Flow and Pace: 5  Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5 Reader Enjoyment: 5 Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 STARS

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com – Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Please visit Amazon or Debby’s blog to view all her books.

A recent review for Conflicted Hearts

I give this author kudos for revealing the deepest parts of her soul and sharing her experience with readers. Many readers, myself included, will identify with many of this author’s feelings of loss and abandonment in childhood. The guilt, anger and resentment felt growing up and the sense of urgency to break free was well-described—even to the point of triggering in me some of the feelings I also experienced. These are feelings that when held inside eat away at us and make us physically and emotionally unhealthy. Letting go of the guilt, anger and sadness is sage advice. This is a must-read self-help memoir for those who have harbored resentment and have yet to let go.

A recent review for the book

An absolutely compelling memoir about family, what is the “truth”, and finding your footing in both love and family. It was a hypnotic read; I couldn’t put this book down. Truly recommend it.

Daniel Kemp, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daniel-Kemp/e/B075XRTBRP/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbydaniel/

One of the reviews for The Story That Had No Beginning

An intriguing, thoughtful, and intricate observation of how to write a good murder mystery. It is unique, complicated, and takes readers’ around the block for an insider’s eye view of cut-throat business, politics, sex, media, and the law. Everyone is suspect, and none are innocent. Like the best of a good soap opera, almost anything can, and does, happen to siblings Tom and Alicia. There is order and insight behind the writing and the characters. I would think that this story would be easily adaptable as a four-part series for Masterpiece Mystery on BBC or PBS.

Heather Kindt, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heather-Kindt/e/B077QPHKKB
Website: http://heatherkindt.com/

One of the recent reviews for the book.

So many Oz references, but a very novel way of making an entirely different story. A good read even if you had never heard anything about the wizard of oz before. Loved the wisecracking no holds barred characters.nbsp;

Joy Lennick, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joy-Lennick/e/B00J05CJLY/
Blog: https://joylennick.wordpress.com/

An early review for The Moon is Wearing a Tutu

on December 19, 2017 Five Stars

A light-hearted look at life and the characters we all know! It certainly made me smile.A little book to treasure and dip into when you just need to relax a while – there is something for everyone in this book and hopefully we can look forward to lots more “little gems” in the near future from Joy and Eric

Geoff Le Pard, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0
Website: http://geofflepard.com/Goodreads: : Geoff on Goodreads

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One of the recent reviews for Apprenticed to my Mother

Jul 27, 2018 Darlene Foster rated it Five Stars

A wonderful heartwarming book that will leave you laughing and crying, sometimes on the same page. Mr. Le Pard has a great way with words and gives us a delightful glimpse into the lives of his parents. Sprinkled in between amusing episodes of his life as the youngest of two sons, are poems brilliantly composed by his father, most written for his wife, the love of his life. The stories paint a picture of past times in a lovely part of England, where issues are resolved with a cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake. Barbara Le Pard is a delightful character, strong-willed, tough and with a huge heart. This book is well written, entertaining and most important, it is written with love.

William Luvaas, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/William-Luvaas/e/B000APB892
Website: http://www.williamluvaas.com

A recent review for Welcome to Saint Angel

Arbor Books Reviews 5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Comedy of Deniers, Developers, and Defenders May 1, 2018

I’ve known Bill personally for almost a decade and love his novels and short stories. “Welcome to Saint Angel” is his latest work and it’s made for Hollywood: a blistering, dark comedy with villains (evil developers, drought deniers) and heroes (madcap activists, loony Luddites), which perfectly captures our current zeitgeist. When an aggressive real estate developer sets out desecrate the pristine Saint Angel Valley with a sprawl of houses and appropriate the ever-dwindling water supply to fill swimming pools during California’s worst drought, Al Sharpe and his somewhat unhinged band of buddies decide to form the resistance–with a little help from local Indians and even an ancient demon.

Hilariously unsparing, with just the right amount of satiric skewering, Bill once again puts his stamp on vital issues of our time with his spot-on, inventive plot and zany cast of characters. And the questions Bill sets out to answer are right out of today’s headlines: Who decides what is the appropriate balance between preservation and progress? Who decides (and gets to bequeath) our nation’s natural inheritance? Who decides when enough is enough — on either side of an issue? A terrific book by one of America’s top writers.

 

Will Macmillan Jones, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-Macmillan-Jones/e/B005TIMXI0/
Website: http://www.willmacmillanjones.com/

An extract from one of the early reviews for the book from Jim Webster on his blog.

The books follow the career (in this case, career as in ‘When the brakes failed, the wagon careered downhill’) of Captain Frank Eric Russell, who becomes a Scout pilot of the Free Union. The stories are told by the good Captain in the first person.

This means that we whilst we see events through the eyes of our hero, we also begin to realise that he is in some things an unreliable observer. It begins to dawn upon the reader that Russell is a far better pilot and far more generally competent than he admits.

The universe is divided between three main powers. The first two that we meet are the Free Union, which our hero serves, and the Imperium, who are the enemy in waiting. There is no war between the two but there is a constant bickering at the outposts and attempts to destabilise the other. Finally there are the Merchant Princes, who happily trade with anybody.

In the first book, ‘Scout Pilot of the Free Union’, each chapter seems to be a separate mission and a separate story. But eventually you start to realise that there is a common thread starting to pull them together, until by the time you get into the second book, ‘Infinity is for losers’, we see that our hero is caught up in something far more complicated and dangerous than he first thought. I have no intention of saying more and spoiling the plot for anybody.

Paulette Mahurin, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/
Blogsite: https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

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An extract from one of the recent reviews for The Day I Saw The Hummingbird

Lynda Dickson – Books Direct 4.0 out of 5 stars This story will haunt you March 29, 2018

The book begins and ends in 1914, when Oscar Mercer attends a talk given by Booker T. Washington honoring Harriet Tubman, the woman responsible for coordinating the Underground Railway and, therefore, securing Oscar’s freedom.

Oscar reminisces about his life, from his birth in 1852 into a life of slavery until the time he gains his freedom, aged ten. As a child, he stands by helplessly as friends and family members suffer the cruelty inflicted by the plantation’s foreman. When he is five, the slaves start hearing tales of “a Negro woman who was working with a group to help free slaves.” That woman is Harriet Tubman. We never meet her, but her presence runs through the narrative. Another milestone in Oscar’s life is when he gets the opportunity to learn how to read and write. He is drawn to comment, “Why do learning things feel so good?” Then, on the day he sees the hummingbird in the field, a chain of events is set into motion that ends in tragic consequences but eventually leads to his freedom. Armed with a Bible, a dictionary, and the skills taught to him by “conductors” with the Underground Railway, Oscar finally makes it to freedom. It is a gruelling journey from Louisiana to New York City, during which his faith is tested and he learns the true meaning of freedom.

Oscar’s story will haunt you for a long time after you have finished reading.

M.J.Mallon, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L/
Website: https://mjmallon.com/

A recent review for The Curse of Time

Jul 29, 2018 Karen rated it it was amazing

This book introduces you to 15-year-old Amelina Scott, living in a rather unusal home.

With The Curse of Time, M. J. Mallon has created a well-crafted paranormal teen story that made me follow Amelina as an invisible ally; inwardly cheering her on as she tried to find a solution for her family’s issues. It is a very compelling read that draws you close to Amelina and her quest. M. J. Mallon introduces Amelina with utmost care, she is a complex and believable teenager, and you want to find a possibility to support her. The story has a steady yet fast-paced flow, still leaving you sufficient opportunity to grasp the situations. Even if I am way past my teenage times – I had a great time reading this first book in the Bloodstone series. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

This is a book for you if you like paranormal and occult stories with believable characters, mysteries, the young adult genre per se, and if you appreciate great story-telling. Highly recommended

Sharon Marchisello, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/
Blog : https://smarchisello.wordpress.com/

One of the recent reviews for the book

Very Good By Don S and TeamGolfwell on December 4, 2017

I really liked “Going Home” by Sharon Marchisello, and found it to be an excellent and exciting mystery. I am familiar with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and the author wrote an excellent mystery with many interesting characters. Ms. Marchisello has a lot of talent as a writer and I enjoyed it very much.

Jaye Marie, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK
Website:  https://jenanita01.com/

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And extract from a recent review for The Ninth Life

Sep 06, 2017 Rosie Amber rated it Four Stars.

The Ninth Life is a psychological thriller set mainly in Guildford, Surrey. Kate is a fifty-nine year old artist. She has an unusual voice in her head that provides commentary on her life; however, she has always tried to ignore what it says. Kate is currently working on a series of seascape pieces for Sam, a gallery owner and best friend, who is opening a new gallery in London.

We learn about Kate’s earlier life in a series of memories; her hardships, relationships and her current desire for solitude are all fed to us in easy-to-absorb chunks. Early on we are introduced to a sinister character who is besotted with her. As the story develops there is a slow build-up of tension, with a net of mishaps and murder that draw closer.

Don Massenzio, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI
Blog: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com

Please visit Don’s Amazon page or his blog to view all his books.

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A recent review for Frank Incensed

The stakes are high as Private Detective Frank Rozzani races against time to save the love of his life. Will Frank rescue her from the terrible man in the trench coat or will this man end the life of yet another person that Frank is close to? Find out who survives in the new Frank Rozzani Detective Mystery (from Amazon)
Frank Incensed is book three in the Frank Rozzani Detective Series by Don Massenzo. It is a perfect continuation of the story. What made it special for me there were new facts about Frank’s personality that came to light. I can’t go into too much detail here but take my word this story will have you on the edge of your seat as Frank tries to work his way through a sinister situation in an attempt save the life of the one he loves.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detective stories that have exciting plots and well-developed characters.

Marcia Meara, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Marcia-Meara/e/B00EUCXRU4
Bookin’ it blog: https://marciameara.wordpress.com/

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A recent review for Finding Hunter

A very different novel from the first Riverbend book and it would work fine as a stand alone novel, but those of us who enjoyed the first were eager to see if it was Willow’s turn to find true love, only to fear she would lose the love of her life so soon after finding him. Anyone who has had strange experiences when meeting the boyfriend’s family for the first time will sympathise with Willow and admire the way she stands by her man. But how can she stand by her man when he disappears? Hunter is a complex man with a difficult life, can love be strong enough to save him? I am looking forward to reading Book Three and following the next part of Willow and Hunter’s life together.

WordPress: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/

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A recent review for The Writer and The Rake

Ms Moore has done it again. A true time travailing adventure for those of us stuck in this century. I adored Brittany and wished i was more like her. She is wild and fun and damaged. Her adorable love (?) interest keeps tight reins on his heart refusing to even ponder that he has feelings for Brittany. The two have word battles yet no one seems to come out the winner. I did wonder till the very end how this book would end and that made the story more intense and thrilling. I will not spoil the end but i do wonder if i would have made the same decision as our heroine.

Jacqui Murray, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacqui-Murray/e/B002E78CQQ
Website: https://worddreams.wordpress.com/

An extract from one of the early reviews for Born in a Treacherous Time

Move over Jean Auel (Clan of the Cave Bear) for Jacqui Murray. I went to bed right after dinner last night because I had to finish this book and would have stayed up all night to do it. What a fabulous read.

Born in a Treacherous Time takes place at the very start of mankind’s development – we are inventive, communal, thoughtful, emotional beings, but still deeply rooted in our animal origins, fully integrated into the harsh volcanic landscape and with the creatures who share our world. Survival is an ongoing challenge and hunger a constant companion. Overlaying the struggles of daily life is the threat of man-who-preys, the next generation of mankind.

The story follows Lucy (Woo-See) through a period of years. She’s a strong character, a healer, and a hunter who’s eager to learn new skills that make her an asset to her group as well as an outsider. There are a number of compelling characters, fully developed and distinct, with a wide range of personalities.

Jessica Norrie, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26
Blog: https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com

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An extract from a recent review for the book

Well-written and acutely observed on 14 December 2017

Jessica Norrie’s novel, set on a sun-drenched island somewhere in the Mediterranean, examines the personalities and pitfalls encountered on the sort of package holiday that offers holistic life-skills and self-improvement courses. While practising yoga and suchlike activities, guests at the Serendipity resort, together with staff and, from time to time, local villagers, confront social, personal and philosophical challenges.Norrie has a confident narrative voice and a shrewd and sympathetic view of human nature, which makes her account of the goings-on at Serendipity entertaining as well as thought-provoking.

The central character is absent for much of the book: this means that the reader builds up a picture of him through the thoughts and observations of other characters, like a photographic negative – he is defined by his impact on others. When he re-emerges in his own right, his condition is so altered that we learn about other people from their decidedly contrasting (and sometimes unattractive) reactions.

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B009UC58G0
Blog: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com – Goodreads: Olga on Goodreads

Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.

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An extract from a recent review for Escaping Psychiatry

I listened to the audio book of Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Nunez Miret. The reader had a pleasant speaking style which made the audio book enjoyable. My only criticism is that in some parts the narration felt a bit rushed.

This book comprises of three short stories all featuring Mary Miller, a single female and a well known psychiatrist and writer of non-fiction, as the main protagonist. Each of the stories has a completely different setting, perpetrator, victim and set of extenuating circumstances which made them compelling and believable. In the first two stories the perpetrators are also victims and that creates emotional conflict for the reader because, while you want to see justice done and the victims are innocent, the perpetrators are the results of their unfortunate backgrounds and their own inability to rally mentally against the stresses and strains of their childhood abuse.

Mary is portrayed in both of these stories as a strong and independent woman with a talent for making people feel comfortable and share their concerns and problems and an ability to help the perpetrators to make the right social decisions.

Joan O’Hagan, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-OHagan/e/B001KDEZXE
Website: https://www.joanohagan.com/

A recent review for A Roman Death

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective February 19, 2018

I chose the book because I’m a whodunnit fan. But the author has obviously researched ancient Rome thoroughly, and I came to trust what she was saying. So, although it’s a good whodunnit, that became secondary to the interesting way the Romans operated. It’s a pleasure to recommend.

Marina Osipova, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW
Website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/

An extract from one of the most recent reviews for the book

A Cruel Romance Indeed  on May 27, 2018

A cruel romance indeed. And as we all know, nothing is fair in love or war.

A fast paced, unputdownable engaging read from Osipova where she takes us into the troubled, and life of hardship of Serafima, a poor Russian girl, barely yet 18 years old. Serafima is caught in the midst of WWII and a sorrowful parting with her newly flourishing love with Victor who is heading off to the Russian front to join the war. Serafima vows to wait for him, both in virtue and in her heart. The author paints vivid imagery with poignant settings and well fleshed out complicated characters in a complicated time.

Already living in a tiny village in the forest, well outside of Moscow, Serafima knows poverty and hunger well, yet never complains. Living with her emotionless mother in a tiny hut, she learns that her hardships are about to get a lot worse after two German soldiers invade and take over her tiny home, complete with her and her mother as their private slaves, where Serafima endures the brunt of mental and physical abuse.

Lynn Otty, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Having-Ball-other-stories-Lynn-ebook/dp/B077FBDDKW
Blog: https://prairie796.wordpress.com/

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.

Adele Park, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adele-Park/e/B01G9VHA9W
Website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/

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An extract from a recent review for Wisp

Colleen M. Chesebro rated it 5 Stars

Meet Wisp, a law enforcer in the land of Edra, where magic is encouraged to flourish and is often needed for sheer survival. A mages council rules Edra compared to the neighboring area of Finah, who prefers humans to control their resources. After a bloody civil war, many years ago, the two lands exist beside each other in a fragile peace.

Wisp is a marsh fairy (YES! Can you believe it?) with raven hair and pointy ears pierced with silver earrings. Marsh fairies are rare and possess special powers. Wisp keeps his real identity under wraps, known only to his superiors. Abandoned as a child, the “Senior” Law enforcement officer raised him ensuring his survival.

In a desolate area filled with putrefying rubbish, Wisp comes across the body of a High Elf, a member of the Thorns, who was a high-ranking council member found murdered in the circle. The elf’s throat had been brutally cut. Wisp sets out to solve the murder not realizing he is to play an integral part in solving the mystery.

Frank Parker, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I
Blog/website: https://franklparker.com/

An extract from a recent review for Strongbow’s Wife

Strongbow’s Wife by Frank Parker is a sprawling saga of 12th century Irish history as told through the eyes of Aoife MacMurrough, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster. Though a work of fiction, it is evident that Parker used extensive research to bring to life the challenges of ancient feudal clans fighting for cultural preservation.

Parker’s story begins in 1152, when Aoife is a child watching her father struggle to maintain his kingdom. She travels for several years with her father and mother in search of the King of England who might be able to provide support for Leinster. The plan fails, and Dermot MacMurrough plots another strategy, offering Aoife in marriage to Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke. In return, de Clare would lead the Norman invasion to fend off feuding usurpers of Leinster. Aoife MacMurrough marries Richard de Clare, also known as Strongbow, in 1170. The union assures the sovereignty of Leinster and leads to greater stabilization of peace. The story ends in 1187, the year before Aoife, princess of Leinster and countess of Pembroke, died.

Micki Peluso, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Micki-Peluso/e/B002BLZ7JK
Blog: http://mallie1025.blogspot.ie/

An extract from one of the recent reviews for The Whippoorwill Sang

on March 2, 2018

“Memories” I looked forward to reading this book, because my sister and my brother-in-law had lost four friends in one night to the acts of a drunken driver. This accident left six orphans behind, and my sister and my brother-in-law would forever remember their anniversary, the 20th of September, as the day two sets of good parents lost their lives to a drunken driver.

This is a book which needs to be read by anyone who ever had the audacity to get in behind a wheel and drive under the influence of alcohol. There is just no excuse and hopefully more and more countries will enforce legislation to impose maximum sentence on those who think it’s okay to destroy others’ lives in such a callous manner.

I loved that the author had the courage to write her story. She has a wonderful engaging style of writing, clear crisp dialogues and writes with brutal honesty when describing her feelings throughout the book.

If you have not had a chance to read this memoir, I encourage you to do so. Especially the second half of this account will stay with you for a long time!

Judy Penz Sheluk, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04
Blog: http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/

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A recent review for A Hole in One..

I enjoyed this book, the second in the Glass Dolphin Mystery series. Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland once again find themselves in the middle of a murder when they agree to sponsor a hole-in-one prize at a charity golf tournament. But things are not what they seem.

Shortly after the tournament begins, Arabella shoots into the woods on the third hole, and while she tries to retrieve her ball, she stumbles over a dead body. Even worse, it turns out to be the father of her ex-husband, Levon Larruquette, who is still carrying a torch for his her. Levon becomes the number one suspect, and Emily and Arabella must dig through layers of blackmail, fraud, and murder to try to prove him innocent.

I really like the characters in Penz Sheluk’s books, and this one has enough unique and funny characters–like an Elvis impersonator–to keep the plot moving along.

Annika Perry, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0789KZVF8/
Blog    https://annikaperry.com

An extract from one of the recent reviews for the collection

Writers may exaggerate the negative and write dystopian fiction. They may exaggerate the positive and write utopian fiction. In this fascinating collection of short stories, the positive being brought into greater relief is our ability to choose integrity and kindness rather than degenerative and uncaring mindsets and actions. Each story is a core sample of a human moral issue, a history of resiliency and loss, exposed to the light.

In most of the stories the characters are challenged by a tragic or potentially damaging event outside their control; in a moment, their lives are changed drastically, forever. Some of the characters have caused their own dilemma. They go on in a fog or struggle with painful memories and swings of emotion before they reach the tipping point: how will they respond? And it is to their credit they reach this tipping point, because it is done through conscious moral effort. But whether tragedy has come to them or they have made their own mistakes, they eventually recognize the situation through a severe exercise in honesty. This honesty springs from valuing the best sense of who they can be and become. They often draw on enriching relationships with other people and humanizing traditions. Then they go beyond: they make amends. By taking this action, they rise to a new level of moral and ethical consciousness. This is portrayed in clear-eyed fashion, showing how difficult it is to do, and yet liberating.

Jemima Pett, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jemima-Pett/e/B006F68PVE
Blog http://jemimapett.com

Please visit Amazon to view all of Jemima’s books.

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A recent review for The Princelings of the North on Goodreads

Apr 18, 2018 Ahdev rated it it was amazing  ·

A very nice read. Adventurous ride which adults can enjoy as well!

This is the book 8 in the series but one can even read it as a standalone, as the author has given character introductions in the beginning itself. It’s very easy to grasp the story and get engrossed with the Princelings Dylan & Dougall and exiled Prince Kevin’s journey!

The writing is simple and neat, engaging throughout. The chapter drawings and its one-two line details are great ideas! I loved the story and all the characters, a nice travel with fantasy and kingdoms and power games! And happy with the good ending too!! Recommended for all :

Toni Pike, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y
Website www.tonipike.com

An early review for Dead Dry Heart

Tyler wins the hearts of the readers when he exhibits a very amazing attitude in the face of all the abuse meted out on him by his parents. Just when the reader is compelled to step into the book to take Tyler away from the abuse, an “angel” in human form intervenes, saves the boy, sends him off to safety with specific instructions. Tyler’s memory of the events is very hazy. Tyler makes a strong enemy of the ‘angel ‘ when he points to him as the killer of his abusive parents in the court!

Tyler is adopted by an extremely loving couple who encourage him to reach stupendous heights. Thanks to them, he progresses from excellence to excellence and his momentum reaches the pinnacle of success when he gets elected as the PM of Australia, an immensely popular one! He also has acquired a very loving wife and a very precious baby. This is when the ‘angel’ who has been released from the jail comes back to seek his revenge.

Events take such an unexpected turn that the readers are on tenterhooks to know what happens next. Are Tyler’s family rescued from the clutches of the mad man, what exactly transpired twenty five years ago when Tyler’s parents died, does Tyler get redeemed are questions that are answered in this outstanding thriller.

The narrative is magnificent, the characters are endearing and it was an incredible reading experience. Thank you Ms. Pike!!! 

Gwen Plano, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Gwendolyn-M.-Plano/e/B00I5TAJ04/
Website: http://www.gwenplano.com/

One of the recent reviews for Letting Go into Perfect Love

Author Gwen Plano’s intimate portrait of her abusive marriage causes powerful reactions of anger, sympathy, and finally joy as she breaks away and finds her happily-ever-after. Unless one has been in an abusive relationship, it’s hard to say what one will do. Ms. Plano takes us inside the workings of a woman’s mind as she considers not only herself, but also her children. While I won’t say “Letting Go …” was the kind of story to be enjoyed, I got a greater understanding from the sufferer’s perspective, and I was happy with the positive outcome of Ms. Plano’s well-written work.

That outcome is that when an abused person has gone as far as he or she can go, there’s help, both spiritually and physically. The sufferer grows stronger, thinks clearer, and discovers that the tormentor no longer has control.

Teri Polen, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Teri-Polen/e/B01MYOUA6V
Website: https://teripolen.com/

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An extract from a recent review for The Gemini Connection

Darque Dreamer 5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating! June 1, 2018

The Gemini Connection is exhilarating! It’s an edge of your seat sci-fi with a mystery! You are gong to love the emotion and uniqueness this one has to offer!

Oh, the feels! On the surface, this began as a fast paced sci-fi story. Having dug deeper, it offered emotional connections, thrills, and a bit of the paranormal!

This was my first book read by Teri Polen, and it certainly won’t be my last. I loved her writing style. It flowed seamlessly. It sparked vivid images in my mind, and strong feelings in my heart. I loved how she took a typical YA sci-fi setting and gave it life. I loved the fact that her main character was a teenage male instead of a female. And, I loved how she took a little predictability and twisted it with some shocking moments to create an incredibly exciting story!

An extract from one of the recent reviews for The Fall of Lilith

I really enjoyed this book. I love when stories put a spin on biblical/historical stories, and this one definitely kept me entertained. Lilith is a deceptive little thing, and I loved reading about her journey, though I will admit that Gadreel held most of my affection throughout the book (which would probably really anger Lilith…lol!).

The author does an incredible job in character building. Each and every one of her characters is unique and has a voice of his/her own. The author writes in third person omniscient, and many might even call it head-hopping because she shares the thoughts and feelings of each character, but she does a brilliant job of making it clear whose point of view is being used. I enjoyed being able to experience each character’s emotions and reactions in the moment.

The book is also very descriptive, and the author did a great job of world-building. The areas of paradise were written in such a way that I just wanted to lose myself in them, whereas the areas of danger were written so that the reader could truly feel the angst of the characters.

Amy Reade, Buyhttp://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com

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One of the recent reviews for Murder in Thistlecross

A castle, a sweet woman who loves her job but needs to find some love in her life, a dysfunctional family who has its own terrible secrets, all set in the lush lovely country of Wales. Amy Reade mixes together all of these ingredients to give her readers a delicious gothic novel. I’m not one who needs to categorize books into certain genres.

I don’t generally read “gothic’ novels, but after reading this book, I wonder why not? if it’s written as seamlessly as Reade’s book is, with well-detailed characters, a main character who we root for throughout the book, some suspense and murder and “whodunit” questions, perhaps I DO like gothic novels. The writing does not rush the reader; we slowly get to know the castle that the main character manages and all of its inhabitants. There’s also a bit of downstairs/upstairs vibe, and of course a slowly simmering romance. I’ve read all of Reade’s books, and this one did not disappoint.

Cynthia Reyes, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Reyes/e/B00F1HTQQ6
Blog: https://cynthiasreyes.com/

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An extract for one of the recent reviews for Myrtle the Purple Turtle

Mar 02, 2018V on March 02 2018

When I was in grade school, I had to do a project on turtles. For a visual aid, my dad carved a soap turtle that we name Myrtle the Turtle. So, the title of this book caught my eye, and the description of a character accepting her difference appealed. The author offered us a copy of the book in exchange for a review. V’s Review

A talking purple turtle becomes self-conscious before accepting her coloring.

At the beginning of the book, Myrtle thinks nothing of her purple color. When another turtle teases her, however, she tries to dye herself green. Her thought-sequence is clearly explained, which could help a young audience process similar feelings. Mytle’s friends respond to her identity crisis with love, she accepts herself, but there is no resolution with the teasing turtle.

Although T is not old enough to have experienced teasing, he understands that our actions can affect others’ feelings; Myrtle the Purple Turtle was a good springboard for such a dialogue. In asking T questions for his portion of the review, I found that he didn’t understand why one turtle would be mean. We then discussed why someone might be mean, and how we can respond to mean behavior, and how we should try to act even when we feel like being mean. Although T doesn’t identify with the turtles, this was useful in discussing compassionate actions and reactions.

Tony Riches, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-Riches/e/B006UZWOXA
Website: http://www.tonyriches.com

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Here is an extract from one of the recent reviews for Owen – Book One of the Tudor Trilogy

Jun 06, 2018 Erika Messer rated it it was amazing

First off I am a HUGE Historical Fiction fan, and also a True Tudor buff! So these books had been on my to read list for a while and I was thrilled to get to be on this tour and review them 🙂 I was not aware of Owen Tudor when I started this book – which is great for me because I love to discover new people from the Tudor era and learn about their stories.

The book starts as Henry VI is a young infant and his mother Catherine of Valois is alone after Henry V has passed away. Owen is sent to help her with the household and from the very beginning it was clear to me that he had sentiments for the Queen which went further than just being her servant. But of course as with everything in the Tudor era, there is intrigue and there was ALWAYS someone who wanted to rule themselves. I found the characters to be believable and likable, especially Owen because we see him go through a lot of different feelings. He develops a great relationship with a servant woman named Juliette and it’s clear he has strong feelings for her, but it’s also clear that there is still some part of him that is thinking of the Queen. Things begin to change when Harry starts to grow up and Sir Richard Beaufort who has been “helping” the Queen while spying on her decides to take the heir under his wing and teach him to be a King.

Jane Risdon, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/dp/B075D88JBP
Blog:https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/

One of the recent reviews on Goodreads.

May 16, 2018 Kathryn Gauci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A walk down memory lane. Being a child of the sixties, I was attracted to this novel for something different. Authors, Christina Jones and Jane Risdon take us into a world of innocence when we listened to Radio Luxumberg, followed our favourite bands, wore Biba and Mary Quant, PVC, and ate Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney Pies. This is the era when we pushed the boundaries against parents who seemingly, micro-managed us – all with the aim to be free and explore ourselves and our love affairs. A thoroughly enjoyable light-hearted and witty read. Highly recommended

Hugh Roberts, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP
Bloghttp://hughsviewsandnews.com/

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A recent review for Glimpses

A smashing collection of short stories on February 28, 2018

I found Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts to be quite a unique book. It is a collection of short stories, mainly written along a supernatural theme. I am a great lover of supernatural and horror books and have been avidly reading Stephen King since I was ten years old, so this was right up my street. I had two absolute favourite stories/groupings of stories in this lovely book. My outright favourite was The Truth App which I read twice. It is a collection of a few short stories all in the same theme and it really “creeped” me out. Maybe I identified with it so much because it is all about blogging and bloggers which is a world in which I have recently become very immersed. I must say that I had to stop reading this tale in the evenings because it was giving me bad dreams. My advice to bloggers and other readers of this book, be careful what apps you choose to download!

Annette Rochelle Aben, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Annette-Rochelle-Aben/e/B00MSQTGUY
Blog: www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com

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An extract from a recent review for PhoKu

Phoku by Annette Rochelle is an exquisite tribute to Mother Nature and its various hues and moods that have been captured along with poet’s reflections about sun and seasons. It is amazing to note that she could hear the call of geese to share their fun and peace in their natural surroundings. Images of Spring and Fall inspire magnificent poetry and Annette’s haiku are brilliant. I have read this pictorial haiku book on my Kindle Cloud reader but a paperback must be fantastic to hold and read.

Nicholas Rossis, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA
Blog:http://nicholasrossis.me/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7426506.Nicholas_C_Rossis

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A recent review for Emotional Beats

After reading this book, I went back to all my workshop writing notes and pitched them (maybe not all, but most) This book has so much reference material needed to perfect the craft of writing, I don’t have to plow through 10 year old notes and five and six books taken off my shelves to keep by my PC.

This can help you achieve a depth of character and create a visual description of place and action. I intend to put this one to good use. I know this had to take a while to put this together. Great job.

Luna Saint Claire, Buy: http://amzn.to/1VwAmjA
Website: http://www.compelledbooks.com/Goodreads: Luna on Goodreads

One of the recent reviews for The Sleeping Serpent

Riveting plot.Dark but very romantic and almost platonic, despite the sizzling scenes however, that was not the intention of this gifted author. No. I found myself so immersed into the story, I just couldn’t put the book down. Her female characters could had been any of us falling prey to Mr. Spiritual Perfect.

I was biting my nails from the intensity that this book evoked. Very well thought psychological profile of the characters.

This book should be made a cautionary read for all young and all ages women out there. A real eye opener for any female. Very few writers out there can bring this about in such a wonderful way as this author did. Bravo. A sexy book with substance. A must read.

Patricia Salamone, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Italian-Thing-Patricia-Salamone-ebook/dp/B00EL0AGIG
Blog:https://the-italian-thing.com/

One of the recent reviews for The Italian Thing

I read this to get to know the author better. And I did! I enjoyed the trip and though I’m not Italian, I want to be 🙂

Gregg Savage, Buy: amazon.com/author/greggsavage
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Gigi Sedlmayer, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC
Blog: http://gigised.com/

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A recent review for Book one in the Talon Series Come Fly With Me

“Talon, Come Fly with Me” is the first book in the 4 book Talon series written by noted and talented writer Gigi Sedlmayer. At the beginning of the story we meet a 9 year- old little girl Matica who has moved with her missionary family from Australia to a small remote Indian village in Peru called Pucara. Crayn is Matica’s father, Mira is her mother and Aikon is her 4 year- old little brother.

Matica unfortunately has been born with a growth hormone disorder which has affected her appearance and given her short stature making her even smaller than her little brother. Matica’s father teaches at the local school and has helped to build a local water pipeline for the village. Despite this, the local Indians do not like Matica as they find her to be very strange looking and they consider her “possessed” by evil spirits. The locals will not let their children play with Matica and she becomes ostracized. She is often teased and mocked and has no friends.

Jan Sikes, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK
Website: https://www.jansikes.com/Goodreads: Jan on Goodreads

One of the recent reviews from Goodreads for Flowers and Stone

Aug 06, 2018 Laura Libricz rated it Five Stars

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a simple love story about Darlina and Luke and their whirlwind romance. I loved the biographical aspect and the honest, innocent way we were allowed to peek into the lives of these two people. It’s set in the world of country music in the early seventies and I really liked that, too. I found I wanted to tell people about this book as I was reading it and took my kindle everywhere with me so I could finish it. It’s a perfect book for commuters. (I read a lot on the train and not every book is good for the train.) Highly recommended series. I can’t wait to start the second book in the series.

Balroop Singh, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U
Blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

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A recent review for Emerging Shadows

In a topsy-turvy world where people grapple to make sense of the events around them, they look to literature for a moment of reflection. Poetry by Balroop Singh helps clear the chaos by making life easier to navigate, find, and feel cheerful about.

In The Secret of Being Alive, she writes, “sharp shards of shattered emotions, pierce as I try to gather those sensations, wilderness walks with me; yet a dim, discrete light beckons” – has such spunk, that last shred commanding us to hang on to hope, not rope, as the first step. And, no matter how glossy the outside world looks, there’s always a struggle “beneath that beauty lie broken dreams, beneath that smile recline unspoken words,” which she pens in When Darkness Deepens. What she does in How Can I Thank You? “The dazzling rays of sun, had to pierce through you, to reach me, while the moonlight was all mine,” is pure enchantment.

So many pearls of unalloyed magic glisten in Emerging from Shadows, worth visiting and revisiting. Anyone can externalize, but if one wishes to internalize in a world where emotions are fast dying, grab a copy of this book. Now.

Mary Smith, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Smith/e/B001KCD4P0
Website: http://www.marysmith.co.uk/

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An extract from a recent review for No More Mulberries

No More Mulberries is more than just a love story but a tale of hardship, loss, survival against all odds, and the importance of family. It is a story about two people who are different as any two can be. Miriam, from Scotland meets Jawad, an Afghan, and fall in love. She moves to his country and begins a love affair with Afghanistan.

When Jawad suffers an untimely death Miriam must decide whether to go back to her own homeland of Scotland with her son or stay. She meets another Afghan man, Iqbal, and sees a way to stay in this country with her son.

The cultural differences are numerous and difficult for the couple to overcome. They must come to terms with complicated problems in her new