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.
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. @email@example.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.
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.
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.
SALLY’S CAFE AND BOOKSTORE
Dolly Aizenman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Dolly-Aizenman/e/B0789FDS7W
One of the recent reviews for the book – Linda H. Gershater MORE THAN A COOKBOOK, FOOD FOR YOUR SOUL! June 10, 2018
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.
One of the reviews for In the Shadow of Lies on Goodreads
“In the Shadow of Lies” is an historical fiction set in the 1940s during World War ll. I loved all the carefully explored details that were weaved into the story–and it being set where I grew up was a bonus. I knew some of the information, but I learned a lot, too. Ms. Adler’s well-crafted writing easily got across the beliefs of those times. I was sad and disgusted how humans treated each other and unfortunately, some of those issues still linger. The characters were well-written and believable, and there were many story-lines going on, which was a bit confusing to keep track of–but not impossible. I normally would take a star off for any confusion, but the research, intriguing story-line, and thought-provoking emotions, brought it back up to a five star for me. I look forward to more from this author!
Paul Andruss, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC
The most recent review for the book.
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!
Rachele Baker, DVM, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Rachele-Baker-DVM/e/B00AN9TKLS – Goodreads: Rachele on Goodreads
One of the recent reviews for Eighteen Months To Live
An amazingly inspiring story of one woman’s journey throughout her time living with cancer. Certainly made me view the world differently. Could certainly make a difference to oncologists and patients and their families of this particular cancer. I felt like I walked her journey with her.
A recent review for The Great & The Small
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.
A recent review for A Hundred Tiny Threads Story-telling at its very best on 12 September 2018
It’s wholly irrational on my part, but I frequently shy away from books that I believe to be part of a “saga” – with some ridiculous expectation that they will be lesser in some way than the contemporary issues-based fiction that tends to make up much of my reading list. I hate to think what I might have been missing out on – this book was just stunning. If you’re looking for issues, you’ll certainly find them here, set against a social and political background vividly and compellingly described. The research that went into this book must have been immense, transformed into its vivid settings and the authentic portrayal of life of the time.
It’s a sweeping story that takes in life in the slums (and among those who perceive themselves rather more genteel), the rise of the Suffragette movement and the extraordinarily violent reaction to it, moves to the front during World War 1, travels to Ireland with the Black and Tans, and takes in the very different lives of those in the countryside. There are harrowing images in this book that seared themselves into my memory – and others that moved me deeply. But while its scale and reach took my breath away, at its heart it’s a story of two individuals, Winifred and Bill – the twists and turns of their own small lives, the events that changed the world and the lives of everyone they touched seen through their eyes and from their unique perspectives.
The characterisation is wonderful. Winifred is something of a heroine for her time, endeavouring to escape the control of her mother, both warm-hearted and immensely likeable. Bill is rather more of an enigma – his early attraction to and obsession with the lovely shop girl turning into something altogether darker and considerably more menacing. There’s an immense skill in retaining a reader’s compassion for a character when sometimes repelled by their actions – but the author certainly achieves it, making the relationship element of the story totally compelling. The book’s structure, with their alternating stories, drives the narrative at considerable pace, but also serves to bring the key characters vividly to life. Every supporting character is drawn in perfect detail – the excitement of the forbidden and different through Honora and Conal, the family relationships that are so complex and challenging. Every exchange, every moment of dialogue, is absolutely real, moving the story on and illuminating the characters, who have absolute historical authenticity.
When I emerged at the end of this book – during the reading, my immersion was total – it was with a sense of having experienced it all first hand, and of having deeply felt every moment. This was story-telling at its very best… and a book that will long linger in my memory.
Linda Bethea, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Swain-Bethea/e/B01N5HA5C1
A recent review for Just Women Getting By- AAlfieCLike honey on a homemade biscuit, this book is a delight! July 14, 2018
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!
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 – Goodreads: Jacquie Biggar at Goodreads
Please visit Jacquie’s Amazon page of website to view all her books.
Here is one of the recent reviews for Jacquie’s latest release Sweetheart Cove
A quick, easy read, this well-written love story will leave you smiling. The lead characters, Josie Sparks and Jacob Samuels, are troubled people who have lots of healing to do when they meet. Hired to care for Jacob’s disabled daughter, the attraction between Josie and Jacob is instant. Friendship, trust, and love take a little longer.
Strong storytelling, wonderful secondary characters, and an adorable puppy make this a sweet, compelling read about second chances—if you’re willing to take them. The beautiful, homey island setting is great too! Set in summer, this is a lovely read for any time of year—on the beach or in a comfy chair in front of the fire.
Website: https://whenwomeninspire.com/ – Goodreads: Christy on Goodreads
An extract from the most recent review for Versions of the Self
Versions of the self is quite an extraordinary book of poetry. The poet, Christy Birmingham, has a very unique style of writing which I found very intriguing. I also thought this style worked exceptionally well for the content of this book which is all about different versions of self. It imitates the flow of thought but in an easy to read and fascinating way.
I felt I would like to get to know the poet as I read her poems. While she does write about a mixture of various emotions, there is a thread of sadness or melancholy that runs through many of them and I felt that the writer had suffered pain in her past relationships. The poems become lighter and happier as you move through the book and I found myself hoping that this is a reflection of Christy’s life.
Sacha Black, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/13-Steps-Evil-Superbad-Villains-ebook/dp/B0722X7Y4P – Goodreads: Sacha on Goodreads
An extract from one of the recent reviews for Victor. Eden East Novels book 2
Victor buzzes with magic. It’s an intense thrill ride that will have you on the edge of your seat! With a vivid world, dynamic characters, and a heart pounding plot, you will not be disappointed!
Once again, Sacha has astounded me! Victor was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more! I could not put it down!
It picked up shortly after the ending of Keepers and was driven with an exciting pace. Bits and pieces of reminders from book 1 were sprinkled in throughout the story to help bring back important events so I didn’t feel lost. It was well done and I loved it more than the first!
Victor returned me to the incredible world that Sacha had created in Keepers. I loved how the culture and history of Trutinor continued to be developed and flourished with vivacity! I didn’t realize how much I had missed the keepers, fallons, shapeshifters, elementals, and sirens. There was also more history introduced regarding the mermaids of the world!
To avoid spoilers, I’ve decided to only talk about Eden. I loved her tenacity and strength. She continued to grow and develop from book 1 and had some crazy obstacles thrown her way in this one! I’ve become so invested in her, and the other characters, that I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!
This one was so wild and unpredictable. I loved it! I can’t really talk about the main events, or the main characters, without giving spoilers away, but I’d definitely recommend buying both Keepers and Victor and reading them back to back! Victor was so much better than Keepers, and I had already given Keepers 4.5 stars. Both books had this amazingly vivid world that Sacha imagined, and amazing characters, but Victor really kept up the exciting pace and shocked me so many times, and left me in a tizzy with the ending!
To discover all of Elle Boca’s books please visit her Amazon page or website.
An Extract from one of the recent reviews for Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia Noelle Colorful world of a paranormal race June 5, 2018
Elle Boca is the prolific author of seven books about Weeia, and three in the Marshalls series, of which this is the first. Although I have not read the previous books, it was easy to immerse myself in this one.
The Weeia look like normal humans but they possess special powers for the sole purpose of protecting humans and Weeia alike. Their lifespan is longer than humans, but they are subject to the same dangers. Marshalls are trained to police Weeia hiding among humans.
At the opening of this story Danni Metraeux, who, while constantly bullied at the academy, completes her final exam and becomes a level 3 Marshall. The bullying is the result of something that happened to her family, but it’s not explained, so I was left wondering exactly what had marked her. Expecting to be given an assignment in a backwater place, Danni instead receives a plum assignment to Paris. Arriving there, she discovers why the assignment isn’t plum: her housing is less than substandard, her immediate superior isn’t interested in working with her, and her predecessors all died.
Deborah A. Bowman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS
Please visit Deborah’s Amazon page or her blog to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Quill and Ink
Balroop Singh 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.
Please visit Amazon to view all of Craig’s books.
One of the recent reviews for the book The Yak Guy Project
I’ve read several books by this author, and his extensive imagination astounds me. A yak teaching a man basic survival skills and how to become a better person? Definitely a unique concept.
Generally, coming of age stories apply to teens, but it’s an apt description of the Yak Guy (Ted) in this book. He comes from a life where he takes advantage of others, doing almost nothing to support himself, earn his way, or take on responsibility. The yak teaches Ted some valuable, but hard-learned life lessons in a new world that lacks the luxuries he’s accustomed to. Not how to live with a lower thread count – more like how to survive life or death situations, and find food, water, and shelter.
As with all this author’s books, there are some quirky and memorable characters along the way, as well as a thrilling adventure. I especially enjoyed the Yak with his practical, no-nonsense approach to life, and sarcastic wit.
I highly recommend this to fans of offbeat, innovative sci-fi/dystopia with characters that will stick with you long after reading.
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.
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
An extract from a recent review for Gold Plated
Rosanna and Paul are celebrating their Golden Wedding with a grand party at the local Golf Club. Aided by their only daughter Heather, Rosanna is making sure that everything is perfect including baking a delicious cake and buying Paul the ideal gift, but have all their years together been so perfect?
The clock is turned back to 1964 when Rosanna started at Art college and Paul was her young, charismatic tutor. Lacking confidence in herself, she was astonished that he chose her as his “secret” girlfriend, but against all odds, they have now been married for 50 years.
Abandoning her earlier artistic ambitions, Rosanna has looked after their lovely home while Paul continued his successful teaching career.
To discover all the books please go to Amazon or the website.
A recent review for The Ghost in the Gardens.
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
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
While The Bombs Fell is a well written book about growing up in England during World War II. It’s brimming with great appreciation for the simple things in life that we take for granted these days, such as, eating bread and butter and getting a new dress. The accounts about families spending time together enjoying songs brought a smile to my face. It was impossible not to be in awe of the hard work and patriotism of the men, women and children so vividly depicted in this novel.
If you enjoy reminiscing or are interested in learning about growing up in Britain during World War II, then you’ll definitely enjoy While The Bombs Fell.
If you’ve lost the connection to your inner child, you’ll want to pick up Fairies, Myths, & Magic! This is a delightful and magical collection of stories and poems by Colleen M. Chesebro. A devotion to the summer solstice (and a few winter season stories), this was the perfect bed time read to get in tune with the season of full moons, star gazing, and the magic of little winged creatures. I would add that this collection would be lovely to read to a young child. The author brings the reader into her world of fairies with a great variety of settings. I will be re-reading this book every summer!
Visit Amazon or Billy Ray’s blog to view all his books.
A recent review for Hammer’s Holy Grail.
Billy Ray Chitwood has a wonderful way of telling a story. He writes as though he is sharing with a close friend. With humble casualness, he draws the reader into situations often hidden from sight and exposes a deeper story. His characters are familiar and their passions relatable. Through their vulnerabilities, we see our own. We experience domestic violence – as the hurt child, as the beaten spouse, and as the abuser. We experience love – driven, consuming and also tender. Hammer’s Holy Grail takes the reader on a journey through life’s challenges and life’s gifts.
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
Please visit Amazon or Lucinda’s website to view all her books.
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.
A recent review for review for Scathed Paul Dale Anderson Fast-paced thrill ride August 25, 2018
Each of Sue’s novels is better than the last. With their dogs Colt and Ruger, Sheriff Niko Quintano and Sage, his best-selling authoress wife with infant son Noah in tow, are the Nick and Nora Charles of rural New Hampshire. Wherever they are, there’s always a mystery to solve and a murderer to apprehend. And. of course, the plot is always thickened by the unorthodox Frankie Campanelli, Niko’s chief deputy. These are the essential elements we’ve come to expect in a Grafton County series novel, and Scathed doesn’t disappoint. A brutal serial killer who calls himself “Paradox” challenges Niko to solve a riddle or he’ll kill another person. Niko has to enlist Sage’s aid to try to solve the riddle in time, but Paradox has no intention of stopping no matter what. There are mysteries within mysteries, and the tension builds. A quick read from a writer I admire.
Sally Cronin, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Georgina-Cronin/e/B003B7O0T6
Please visit Amazon or the blog to view reviews and all the books.
An early review Tales from the Irish Garden
Fairy Queen Filigree moves her court from the dry Spanish plains to the Emerald Isle, where she and her courtiers soon need warm tweed clothing and fortifying amber nectar. But romance is on the cards to warm things up too. If you want a gently paced read full of enchanting detail, soothe yourself in the author’s carefully imagined world of fairy feasts, storytellers and ever so slightly petulant princesses. Like going back to childhood… This isn’t my usual thing but made a welcome change from real life – and there are some beautiful illustrations too.
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/
One of the recent reviews for Secrets
I finished reading this in the middle of last night; though it is not unusual for me to turn my Kindle on in the early hours, this is not the sort of novel you should be reading in the dark watches of the night! It is a good paranormal thriller, but more than that it will make you reconsider all our childhoods. How responsible are children for what they do and what is really going on in their minds? In some ways I felt most sorry for Jack’s parents, a poignant back story gradually revealed, an event that ruined any chance of his father continuing the life he loved or his mother coming to accept their rural life. There is a lot going on in everyone’s lives, but Jackie is a reminder that those of us who have led ordinary lives cannot know what others have had to overcome.
There were only a few things that jarred – I thought it was likely the social services would have got involved, Maggie did not guess an obvious pointer as Jack’s story was revealed and some dialogue and characters’ thoughts could be confusing in the pace of the story. But overall I really enjoyed this unusual novel.
Please go to Amazon or Richard’s website to view all his books.
A recent review for Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe
I wouldn’t consider myself a sci fi fan, but I so enjoyed this book maybe I am? The setting is clever and unusual which gave a really fresh feel to the story. There is also a well crafted crime mystery and some excellent characters – some of whom I hope will appear again in further adventures. The title alone is intriguing and the Andorra is a wonderful creation.
An extract from a recent review for Mackenzie’s Distraction
Reading new genres has become part of my routine to find fantastic new authors, understand different writing styles, and explore great stories and content. I found all three with the latest book I read, Mackenzie’s Distraction, written by Angie Dokos in 2016. The book is considered new adult contemporary fiction, but it’s stocked full of romance, emotions, attitude, and possibilities. I bought the book a few weeks before a recent vacation and read it poolside on the Amalfi Coast while in Italy. What a perfect combination of beauty in a book just like the many splendors of my surroundings.
I’m normally a plot, then character guy. In this book, though the plot is important, it’s less about what the secrets and actions are and more about how Mackenzie deals with all the repercussions. It was a great change of pace for me as you had to settle in, listen, and understand why Mackenzie reacted the way she did in each instance. I didn’t always agree, and I sometimes got angry with her for what seemed like an unnecessary or spoiled adolescent attitude; however, I also haven’t suffered through the craziness that hits her in the span of a few days. In that sense, she certainly tries to find a balance, and readers can easily connect with her on the journey. I vividly recall thinking, if she didn’t accept Trevor’s love and attention, I’d certainly volunteer to stand in. (I won’t tell you if she does or doesn’t, but it’s complex!) He was practically perfect in every way, what exactly was stopping her? Well… that’s where psychology and personality truly co
Audrey Driscoll, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC
Blog: http://audreydriscoll.com Goodreads: Audrey on Goodreads
To view all of Audrey’s books please visit her Amazon page.
One of the recent reviews for The Treasure ACFlory Deeper and deeper August 19, 2018
Book 3 begins as a series of flashbacks to Herbert West’s childhood as he recovers from the illness that almost finished him off in book 2. I love character driven stories and I found book 3 incredibly satisfying. It’s not often that all the parts of an over-arching story are equally good. These are. Very good.
Barb Drummond, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barb-Drummond/e/B0034PP5YY
Website: https://barbdrummond.com – and on Goodreads
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An extract from a recent review for The Heart’s Lullaby
Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers’ Favorite The Heart’s Lu …
14 days ago –
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.
Dorinda Duclos, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Dorinda-Duclos/e/B00LE97O5K
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One of the reviews for Night Owl Poetry
I purchased a copy of the Night Owl Poetry for myself to read in the morning time when I am reading on the sofa while also enjoying drinking my vanilla latte. I find that all of the poems inside this book were wonderfully written and the poems focus towards the young adults to adult readers. She has a variety of poetry in her book, but my favorites are “Believe,” “Daddy’s Little Girl,” and “The Cherry Tree Haiku.” Those poems stood out the most to me and were the most meaningful to me in my life right now. Thank you for writing such a lovely poetry book and I will be sure to share this with others.
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!!!
To view all of Jack Eason’s book please visit his Amazon Page or his blog
One of the recent reviews for Autumn 1066
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
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A recent review for Brilliant Disguise
What a fantastic beginning to the series, these are crime/thriller books. Very well written and characters are real and down to earth. I do enjoy a book that can keeping you guessing until the end ‘who done it’. This author has definitely found how to lead you up different tracks. 5 start read. Can’t wait to read the next one.
Diana J. Febry, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-J-Febry/e/B00J7AG9U4/
An extract from one of the recent reviews for Twisted Truth
Twisted truth. What an apt title in our age of fake news and so much corruption, where truth is hard to come by or believe. Of course that title captured my attention but I’m also a frequent reader of this author, having read the earlier in the Powell series. And speaking of fake news, no surprise that one of the main characters is a reporter, Megan Roach, who works with her photographer, Rob. They are cast well; she with the frustration of working for a rag newspaper and wanting for her chance at fame and accolades and he a great counter-part to her character, a gay man who is just embarking on a relationship with a man in the closet (an elementary school teacher). Then factor into the cast of great characters is Peter Hatherall, his side-kick DI Fiona Williams (who he has an unrequited attraction for), his wife Sally, and their children (featured in the backdrop). Into the storyline comes David Prater a wealthy and influential businessman, his mother, Miranda, a deceased wife, Carolyn (the victim who we learn about in hindsight who has a lover on the side who was also murdered with her), and mention of the rich and well connected deceased politician father. There are many other characters who enter for subplots that shine richness into the story: the newly married couple who ask Hatherall to check into another of their friends who have gone missing, a young runaway boy who stole a horse from a glue factory but this is no ordinary horse, and Lorna a friend who mysteriously pops up from Megan’s childhood (a childhood she doesn’t remember as she’s been adopted).
The story begins with Megan and Rob covering a story at a nursing home. There an elderly man on a wheelchair surreptitiously captures her attention. She mistakes him for a demented elderly, which couldn’t be further from the truth. He has a box he wants to give to a reporter. He can’t go to the police; it’s too dangerous—the police are in cahoots with the powerful involved. Megan is doubtful about its contents until later when she opens it and see evidence that points to a murder; of David Prater’s wife and lover. As the story unfolds the reader comes to learn that Carolyn Prater knew her life was endangered. She wanted to leave her husband who she claims has secrets. The storyline’s intensity increases when Megan asks a police officer friend of hers to send her the file on the auto accident that killed Carolyn and others. It’s missing. Been deleted or sideswiped and she is told to leave it alone. Into the story factors the earlier mentioned boy on the horse who Hatherall and Fiona are now looking for. This leads them to David Prater, who takes an interest in working with the boy; training him for races as news has spread that the boy on bareback is jumping hedges and fences and showing great show promise. While on that case Hatherall catches wind that a reporter has asked about Prater’s wife’s missing file. When his interest is piqued, he enquires to some locals to discover that David and Carolyn had a discreetly open relationship. And another juicy tidbit is it’s questionable that their sons are his.
As the storyline comes together the reader goes beyond questioning if Carolyn and others in the car were murdered to who did it? No spoilers here. This is a tightly-written, well-crafted, detailed story rich in a main theme and subplots. The relationship between Hatherall and Fiona is witty and well dialogued, which has always been a treat in reading this author. Febry knows how to weave a mysterious yarn that not only captures and holds attention but is highly entertaining.
Christoph Fischer – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ
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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.
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!
Please visit Amazon or Darlene’s blog to view all her books.
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
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.
A recent review for Vampyrie
Vampire: Origin of the Vampire is a new twist on how we look at vampires. This book views vampires in a different way as benign creatures but the bad ones are known as rogues.
The author has created a fascinating and action-packed story of intriguing characters with strong personalities. The main protagonist is Phoebe. She is strong willed and opinionated and is always questioning everything and everyone in her path. When she meets a real life vampire her world is turned upside down and nothing is the same.
There is action, excitement, confrontations between good vampires and rogues. There are secrets that are uncovered and surprises that are revealed that will keep the reading hanging on every word.
I don’t usually read books about vampires but this book is not your average vampire book. It was a pleasant surprise and an enjoyable read by a creative author who made this reader believe that vampires are real and benign characters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a different take on vampires.
Claire Fullerton, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4
One of the recent reviews for Mourning Dove
You guys, book FOMO (fear of missing out) is a thing! And books like Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton only feeds that FOMO. Fullerton is a new-to-me authors, but boy, oh boy, did she make a big and lasting impression!
Readers are taken through a tumultuous childhood through Millie Crossan. While things started out almost idyllic for this young lady in Minnesota, times changed. Situations and poor choices from others around her upend young Millie’s sense of security. And when the family trades Minnesota for Memphis, appearances become even more important than nurturing.
Fullerton delves into some of the dangers of burying and hiding emotions, dysfunctional family life, and what happens when the person held as a hero falls from their pedestal. Millie’s unique voice, influenced by southern gentility, often . reads like poetry. It’s her inner struggles and questions that drew me to her and her story.
A simple sentence within the first pages of Mourning Dove invested me in the lives of Millie and her family. And it happened more than once—one sentence that kept me from setting down the book until the very end. This is not an easy read. It’s real, it’s raw, it’s life. But the emotional journey is well worth the ride.
Brigid P. Gallagher, BUY: https://www.amazon.in/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD
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
My review for The Glowing Pigs November 6th 2018
This book is a short but delightful appetizer and prequel to Atonement, Tennessee. We get to meet Deme and Honeybell, two of the glowing pigs who live in the woods around Atonement. Their mistress is the beautiful Goewin, whose very sight, had the younger version of Robin Warden smitten for life. These mischievous little pigs… and I hold Deme entirely responsible as the ring leader, are always up for adventure, and over six stories we get to enjoy their escapades.
We also get to meet some of the main characters from Atonement, and discover their reasons for coming to this special town. Including the much younger Marge Tipton who becomes the local diner owner in the novel.
As a bonus Teagan Geneviene shares a story from her sequel, Atonement in Bloom, out later this year. When Glowing Pigs Fly is in honour of National Pig Day, when the little glowing creatures get to play with humans officially, rather than the sneaky visitations by Deme and Honeybell the rest of the year.
Children and adults alike would enjoy this sweet collection of stories.
Janet Gogerty, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janet-Gogerty/e/B00A8FWDMU/
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One of the reviews for Brief Encounters of the Third Kind
Spaceships, encounters and strange goings-on, all so much more interesting than the film with the similar name and as I read this story, I couldn’t help wondering how I would cope in similar circumstances.
Right back at the beginning of her marriage, Susan longed to be a mother, but it looked as though she was destined to be disappointed. Then something strange happened. She was taken to a spacecraft where the aliens promised her she would have the baby she longed for.
Emma, the baby who duly arrived soon after, was perfect in every way, as all babies are. But as the child grew up, she seemed extraordinarily perfect and the exact clone of her mother. She didn’t cry and was never ill.
Three healthy boys followed, gloriously ordinary boys. You could be forgiven for thinking the story ends there, but you would be wrong. All manner of strange things continue to happen to Susan and her family, until a simple blood test throws a bunch of spanners into the works, causing trouble and suspicion. Can Susan keep the secret and her family safe and out of harm’s way?
An extract from a recent review for Underneath
This is the second book written by Anne Goodwin that I have read and reviewed. The first Sugar and Snails I reviewed in Feb 2017. I was looking forward to her second book Underneath, a very different book from the first but with one similarity – they both have a secret at the beginning and not until nearly at the end do we find the answer. There the similarities end.
This is a dark tale of two deeply disturbed adults. Both had horrific upbringings. Neither wants children. From the time Steve, a hospital orderly, meets Liesel, a social worker over lunch in the hospital cafeteria you are screaming at her to get out. Steve, also the narrator, is a creepy character that should send shivers down anyones spine. These feelings intensify as Liesel goes house hunting with him and moves into the house that she has helped him purchase, one with a lockable cellar room which we know from the beginning has been used to imprison a girl.
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.
One of the recent reviews for Death In A Mudflat – Krazy4Katz Each book gets better and better! August 6, 2018
Another great mystery by N.A. Granger! The plot is intriguing, as mystery after mystery piles up and one senses a connection between seemingly unrelated murders. The small college of Pequod is also visited by drug traffickers and leads to several tragedies. Through all of this, Rhe Brewster is on the trail with her sidekick, Paulette, taking a larger role than in the previous books. Of course the Chief of Police, Sam Brewster, is still there trying to do two jobs at once: his own and attempting to keep Rhe from endangering herself — a job too big for just one man. Altogether another fantastic mystery read!
Malia Ann Haberman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Malia-Ann-Haberman/e/B009CJ0DNE – Goodreads: Malia Ann on Goodreads
A magical middle grade read. when I read these I feel my adult side yelling, just go tell your grandpa! lol I would have loved to see some weirder abilities in living people instead of just in rooms in the house. it was harder to imagine some of the rooms as someone’s ability at one time.
Eric Halpenny: Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Eric-Halpenny/e/B072NKQTMN/ – Goodreads: Eric on Goodreads Blog: https://www.erichalpenny.com/myblog/
Sue Hampton, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Hampton/e/B0034PD8GG/
An extract from one of the recent reviews for The Lucy Wilson Mysteries
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.
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!
An extract from a recent review for The Magician’s Blood
The Magician’s Blood is the second novel in The Great Dagmaru Series. I’ve read and reviewed the first book, The Magician’s Curse, which you can find on colleenchesebro.com.
Let me begin by saying that I could not put this book down! Much like the curse that holds Stephen Dagmar under its control, I tore into this book, reading into the wee hours until finally, the book released me from its hold! Be prepared, because Canadian author, Linda G. Hill, has created a paranormal romance like no other.
So, let me tell you what this book possession stuff was all about! At the beginning of The Magician’s Blood, the author reminds us that a demon incubus passed from generation to generation and handed down from father to son, has one sole purpose in life – to seduce women and create offspring. Stephen Dagmar has inherited this curse from his father, which ties his family to their servants, the Currys’ involving some creepy relationships in the true gothic sense of the genre.
Fulfilling the demands of the incubus that runs hot through his blood, Stephen has impregnated his servant, Nina, even though his true love is Herman Anderson. Through all of this drama, it is Herman and Stephen’s love story that propels the action forward.
Please visit Amazon or Lyn’s website to view all her books.
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!
This book provides you with a first look at Greg, whereas Keith introduces you to the story.
With Circumstances of Childhood, John W. Howell has created a unique story of friendship, loss, and much more. Greg and Keith are very likeable characters; as the story proceeded, I became their invisible friend. The story comprises a variety of craftily elaborated characters with depth and interesting interactions until the last page. I had a great time reading Circumstances of Childhood – it is a very intriguing and intense read; it turned me into an invisible ally and/or friend of the believable protagonists. I was drawn into the story right away, eager to learn more. Some of the events may start a new train of thoughts, maybe even shine a new light on something familiar.
This is for you if you like thrillers with excellent twists, interesting and complex characters, a touch of the paranormal, and – food for thought. A compelling and remarkable read by a master of story-telling.
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
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A recent review for Charlene the Star
This is an endearing story about a horse that did not have the ability or the interest to accommodate what everyone expected of her. She knew that she was meant for a different talent. This lesson can be applied to children as they read the book and answer the questions at the end of the story.
One of the reviews for The Cat Wore Electric Goggles
The cat wore electric goggles is a collection of short stories in which I have learnt a great deal about space travel! The author uses space exploration as a medium where he explores (or is that ‘vents’ his spleen) about some of life’s more outrageous areas e.g. politics, religion, homophobia, the class divide, and the age old controversy of putting the milk in the tea cup first! I found his approach ingenious and for the most part funny; although he does have his deeper moments, who wouldn’t if you really want to drink milk?
The author had an amazing imagination that enthrals me – where does it come from? Most of the time during my nightly pleasure (sad life!) of reading Ian Hutson I find myself, thumb in mouth, relishing the nostalgic memories – Miss Rutherford is a particular favourite of mine – but I lived through some of the references and it all came flooding back to me! Another nightly story is like meeting an old friend for tea and cakes (at the appropriate hour of the day, of course!) If you haven’t read any Hutson you are sadly lacking in your life.
Then there is the cat, of course and not being a cat person I wondered what frightened me the most – the cat or what it saw……well that’s another story you need to read for yourself – brilliant once again Sir! He can’t write fast enough for me!
Website Two: http://www.kareningallsbooks.com
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.
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
An extract from a recent review for Promised Soul
What if in your dreams you kept hearing different parts of a story about a love affair between two people you didn’t know, but ultimately, something told you actually knew them? In Promised Soul by Sandra J. Jackson, you’ll find out. Krista can’t help but remember these dreams about a woman named Mary. There’s a ship. And water. A goodbye. It feels like death. There’s definitely love. But she just can’t figure it out. Then she meets someone who tells her a similar story through their journals. When Krista meets him, everything begins to unravel. Or is it sewn back together finally?
Jackson weaves an alternating plot line seamlessly in this novel. We learn of Mary’s love affair in the past. We see Krista searching for something in the present. How are they connected? Who has set the path of destiny such that they must finally connect… wow! I was intrigued from the premise, but then the beautiful writing and wonderful imagery drew me in further. I’m not normally a huge paranormal / science-fiction / fantasy reader, but this book falls into way too many genres to give me any worry. Once I accepted the concept of past lives (which I do believe in), it was just a beautiful and romantic love story.
One of the recent reviews for The Prince’s Man
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.
A recent review for A Thousand Rooms (translated from German) on Goodreads
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 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
A recent review for Twenty Years After “I Do”
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Twenty Years: After “I Do”. It was a heartfelt journey through the author’s life with her devoted and loving husband who is much older than she. I laughed along with her and shed tears of sorrow when she did.
D.G. Kaye expressed herself in endearing terms when she spoke of her husband and their wonderful life together. She wrote with deep expressions of angst over serious health issues they both experienced and then joy over happy times with much shared laughter.
Marriage is a difficult union as anyone who has been married knows. This book takes the reader down this path to discover the true meaning of soul mates and undying love from one another. D.G. shares the beauty of each day that she and her husband, Gordon, have had together and continue to have even in adversity. She displays a remarkable wit in tough times and a brilliant resilience to go on no matter what she must face.
This book is a must read for all who have been married whether for a short time or a longer time. All couples face similar situations and must make tough decisions in their lives together. The author has shown how she has had to deal with serious health issues and come out stronger and more persistent to make the best of every day she and her husband have left together. For isn’t that part of our marriage vows – to love each other in sickness and health till death do us part?
One of the recent reviews for The Labyrinth
The Labyrinth is a beautiful metaphysical journey that will appeal to kids who like fantasy and magic. It has at its core an exploration of our relationship with the Earth, and how we each have a shadow side (our fears) that we must be willing to face in order to understand how we can heal ourselves and our planet. The language is beautiful and accessible, the characters diverse and engaging, and the story invites kids to ponder their place in the larger web of life, without being “preachy”… I deeply appreciate the author’s mission to help kids dive below the surface in an age where it’s easy to get lost in the technological and material world.
Daniel Kemp, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daniel-Kemp/e/B075XRTBRP/
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.
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
Evelyn Krieger, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Evelyn-Krieger/e/B001HQ5PXI/ – Goodreads: Evelyn on Goodreads
This book is amazing. I had so much fun reading this book, you felt like you were there. I actually felt myself get nervous at certain parts that were suspenseful. It is so relaxing to read and you really get into it!!!! I really really really really really hope you choose this book. You will see what I mean once you read it.
Joy Lennick, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joy-Lennick/e/B00J05CJLY/
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
One of the recent reviews for Apprenticed to my Mother
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
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A recent review for Welcome to Saint Angel
If this were just a novel about these odd and interesting characters living in a strange and haunting high desert place, with the lovely language and descriptions, I would have enjoyed it. But this is also a frequently funny book about serious environmental and social issues that are impacting California — overdevelopment, suburban sprawl into previously wild landscapes, overuse of water in a dry place, and the pushing out of low-income folks by the rich.
The novel is told in two voices, that of the main character, Albert Sharpe, and that of the town of Saint Angel. Alternating between the two works well and gives a full picture of the place and the story. Although there were lots of characters, they were so well-drawn and unique that it wasn’t hard to keep track of them. A character list was also provided in the back. There were many things I loved about this book but I especially enjoyed the parts where the writer dwells on the place itself — the plants and animals, what things looked like. I felt as if I’d gone there every time I opened the book. Also, one of the overriding threads running through the book is how much the long-time residents love Saint Angel and the descriptions of the environment make that love seem real.
In addition to the main story, there are many side stories, most of which deal with relationships between people. These are both poignant at times, especially Al Sharpe’s relationship with his daughter, Finley, as well as funny, as with Al’s relationship with Penny Noonan. The book reminded me in some ways of other novels I’ve loved by Richard Russo and T.C. Boyle, but was also very much its own unique work.
Will Macmillan Jones, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-Macmillan-Jones/e/B005TIMXI0/
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/
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A recent review for A Different Kind of Angel – A Part of History We All Should Know About on October 8, 2018
This book possessed me. It was a haunting read. Also, as I read it, it all seemed so familiar. I checked, and possibly I saw the movie “Ten Days in a Madhouse”. At any rate, I knew the story, but it had been shoved back into my memory until I read this book. And, even though Klara, Catherine, and Roy weren’t real, if I understood it correctly, they held some kind of memories for me, maybe some past life flashback. I hope not.
It reeked Twilight Zonish to me as well, as this was happening to women, two perfectly sane women being confined, their lives taken away from them, one by a politician. I also drew parallels with what is happening today in the news and women being taken seriously. What a gruesome thought of being shoved into insane asylums again.
This atrocity is akin to slavery, and we all should be aware of it.
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
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.
And extract from a recent review for The Ninth Life
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.
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A recent review for Extra Innings on Goodreads
Hugh Roberts‘s review Aug 02, 2018
When I first saw that this book had a ‘baseball’ theme, my heart dropped. Being British, I know little, if anything, about baseball. However, the ‘time-travel’ theme kept me interested, and I opened up my kindle copy and started reading it.
Although the story is centred around a ‘baseball’ theme and plays an essential part in the whole book, my worries of not finishing the book soon disappeared as I became hooked by what was going on in the plot, and what barriers Joe, the main character had to overcome. Being dyslexic, I find many plots too challenging to follow, but Massenzio wrote this book in a natural smooth way that never once had me querying what was going on. Yes, I had lots of questions while reading the book, but they were all answered in the story by the time I got to the ending.
Joe was a loveable character, as was his brother Mike, and I could visually see them in a movie version of this book. The chapters were a perfect length, and the whole thing flowed perfectly while reading.
I loved all the trips Joe took back to his past. It was great knowing the exact dates he was travelling back too, although the author does not always give the exact dates.
The book certainly got me thinking about what would happen if being able to travel back to the past to alter your timeline. I always thought it impossible to do (even in stories) and still question plots and say, ‘that’s not possible.’ However, reading this book has shown me something different and that it is possible to do in fiction. For me, that showcases how excellent the writing is in this book.
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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.
An extract from a recent review for Splendor
The last unicorn Fast-paced, funny and romantic read! October 1, 2018
I just love Ms. Moore’s cheeky heroines, and Splenor is no exception. How can you not like a woman whose name is Dora and she therefore decides to name herself Lady Splendora? She’s an honorary member in the London jewel thieves’ guild known as the Starkadder Sisterhood, but not a thief herself. In fact, she wants to help the poor, marry her sweetheart Gabriel and buy him a ministry.
Gabriel, as it turns out, is no sweetheart at all. But then neither is the Earl of Stillmore, a man who calls his servant an “overstuffed seal”. He reserves even better names for Splendor. Mostly he calls her names in his head, but sometimes he does so to her face… usually when she’s being a brat, which is quite often.
I would highly recommend Splendor as a fast-paced, funny and romantic read!
One of the recent reviews for Born in a Treacherous Time
Born in a Treacherous Time is a brilliantly researched book with an interesting and realistic story-line. I have read all of Jean Auel’s books and enjoyed them but I found the first book, Clan of the Cave Bear, to be the best by far. Why you may ask? The answer to that question is because it was realistic. I appreciate that in a historical book of this nature. I loved this about Born in a Treacherous Time. The story line and interaction of the various group members with each other rang true to me. Jacqui Murray’s depiction of the group and their suspicion of anyone who has any progressive and different characteristics or qualities makes perfect sense. This type of attitude still prevails in many small towns and villages today. It also makes sense that in a time when the provision of food and an ability to heal are paramount to survival, the group would accept Lucy even if they didn’t like or understand her.
The depictions of the different personalities in the group and their interactions with each other and with Lucy are well described and the main characters, including Raza, the leader of the group Lucy joins, Sahn, the primary female, and even some of the children are well developed and I became quite involved in their struggle for survival in the harsh and unforgiving environment the group lives in. You might wonder why the group doesn’t move on from such a hostile living environment in the shadow of a volcanic mountain. I believe that is answered in the book as the difficulties in travelling while foraging for food and protecting the group members from attack by wild animals and other savage groups becomes apparent. The group also knows nothing different and is ignorant of anything beyond the areas they have traveled to. It is frightening to contemplate moving to foreign territory where you know nothing about the challenges.
This is a book about survival which gives a detailed and fascinating insight into life for early man. It is also a book about hope and provides understanding to the reader as to how man managed to survive and thrive against all the odds stacked against a creature with such a thin skin and few weapons other than a superior intellect.
Jessica Norrie, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26
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.
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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.
A recent review for A Roman Death
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
One of the most recent reviews for the book
Have you ever read a book that was so good that you wished there was a movie about it? This is exactly what happened to me after I finished “The Cruel Romance.” The setting was so authentic, the characters so vivid and real, and the atmosphere so haunting and emotionally-charged that I couldn’t help but moan, “I wish I saw this on the big screen” from time to time! The story is set in the Eastern front, where too few historical fiction authors dare to go, unfortunately. Just this fact makes this excellent novel stand out among many of its WW2 peers. But to me, it was the characters that made me fall in love with the plot – real, authentic, multi-dimensional, with all of their doubts, hopes, sufferings, and their will to go on despite it all. The ending was perfect and left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling after all the devastation that the characters had to go through. Meticulously researched and beautifully presented, “The Cruel Romance” will keep you captivated till the very last page is turned. Highly recommended to all fans of the genre!
A recent review for the collection
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.
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
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.
An extract from one of the recent reviews for The Whippoorwill Sang
“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
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An extract from a recent review for Past and Present
This is the second in Judy Penz Sheluk’s Marketville Mystery series, set in a small town outside Toronto, and the series establishes a cozy, warm-hearted atmosphere. As in her earlier book, Skeletons in the Attic, the first-person narrator is Calamity (Callie) Barnstable.
Along for the adventure are her friends Chantelle Marchand and Arabella Carpenter, owner of a nearby antiques shop (the protagonist in Sheluk’s other series, the Glass Dolphin Mysteries).
In this book, Callie and Chantelle team up in a new business called Past & Present Investigations, in which they hope to use Callie’s research acumen and Chantelle’s genealogical knowledge to help people find missing relatives. Arabella will help if someone brings in an old object related to the missing person, and Callie’s retired librarian friend will do the archive searches.
It’s a quick and satisfying read for those who like cozy mysteries or are fascinated by the long tail of the past.
The Storyteller Speaks is an electric collection of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry that makes for an entertaining read. These stories cover a wide range of situations such as love, murder, revenge, misadventures, injustices and grief.
The author bares her soul and grief over the loss of her Morfar and Mormor in the story, “Loss of a Patriarch.” She keeps the readers on edge and guessing until the end of some of the stories as in “Sofia.” She has an innate ability to use her words sparingly and dribble out little clues to keep the reader hanging on her every word until the end of the stories.
At the back of the book the author shares her inspiration for each story. It’s evident that she uses daily experiences in her life to create intriguing and fascinating tales. This is a commendable beginning book for this talented author who will be one to watch for future books
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A recent review for The Princelings of the North on Goodreads
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 :
An extract from a recent review on Goodreads
The past begins with Josh, a somewhat of a recluse with a troubled past, who happens to be wandering through the Australian desert and stumbles across a scene where 11 year old Tyler is being abused by his parents while they’re camped out on the beach. Josh is compelled to defend little Tyler and quickly a fight ensues and turns into murder. After Tyler helps Josh bury his parents’ bodies in the sand, Josh leads him through the desert back to a road and sets him free to seek aid, reminding him to ‘stick to the story’ that his parents ran out of gas in their travels and set out to get gas while leaving Tyler with their van. Only slip ups have a way of entering into Tyler’s story when he accidentally reveals the name of the man who guided him to safety, turning the missing persons investigation into a possible murder mystery.
Gwen Plano, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Gwendolyn-M.-Plano/e/B00I5TAJ04/
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.
An extract from a recent review for The Gemini Connection
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!
One of the reviews for The Eyes of Grace O’Malley
1972 is a year I remember well and, for me, it doesn’t seem anything like 46 years ago, but, reading this well crafted, gripping historical novel from Dundonian author John Quinn reminded me of how much times have changed since those days of miners’ strikes, the Irish Troubles and the fifteen pence pint (of beer). In this, his first published novel, the author successfully recreates the atmosphere of the 1970s and takes us back there, to the music – pop rubbing shoulders with heavy metal, the attitudes and prejudices of that time when a major Scottish football club could openly discriminate against Catholic players – refusing to sign any – and when anyone with an Irish accent was viewed with open suspicion. Oil has recently been discovered in the North Sea, the lights keep going out as the strikes hit power supplies, and the call for Scottish independence is starting to attract serious consideration. The government in London seems a world away and increasingly lacks relevance to the lives of those north of the border.
This then is the story of Farrell James Golden who, against all odds, has made it to Edinburgh University, but he is suddenly faced with the reality of his mixed Dundonian Scots-Irish heritage and what it means in his world. It took a lot to get him to college but does he really belong there? It is also the story of the enigmatic Roisin, the beautiful Maggie and a supporting cast of both fictional and historic major players in the politics, prejudices and problems of the time.
Many stories have been set in England at this time but too often the world of the rest of the UK is ignored. The Eyes of Grace O’Malley weaves a different tapestry and provides an insight rarely found. It’s a story of struggle and conflict – of mind, body and spirit – and it’s a rattling good tale from beginning to end.
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.
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.
An extract for one of the recent reviews for Myrtle the Purple Turtle
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.
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