Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – FREE Book Promotion

How to get into the bookstore

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

I have just updated the post for 2019 that shows you how to get your books on the shelves of the bookstore.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-update-for-2018-free-book-promotion/

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.

Please note: Please forgive me if I don’t publish your own book launch posts. With 150 plus authors in the bookstore and on average 10 promotions a week it helps me if the various promotional formats are used. Also readers who visit the promotions regularly know there way around the post as well, especially when it comes to buying the books.

Offers and FREE Books

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

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

Reviews

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 three months. To keep the numbers of authors in the Cafe and Bookstore to a level that I can promote regularly, I will be moving entries into a standby file if there has been not promotional posts for the last six months either for reviews or new releases.

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.

Also it encourages readers to buy books if the author responds individually to their comments.

My aim is to increase your sales by sharing your books with my readers across the blog and social media. It really is very helpful if you are featured, if you share across your own networks for yourself and for the other authors who are in the post.

Promotions

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

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

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

If you would like to be featured in the bookstore for the first time then please take a look at this post and check out what I will need for to make your promotion as effective as possible.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-2019-free-book-promotion/

New for September 2019 – The Cafe and Bookstore Sunday Interview.

Welcome to the new Sunday Interview series, and this time, the focus is on the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

At any time there are approximately 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore who have new releases or recent reviews. My focus for the rest of the year is going to be on those authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and on promoting new authors who would like to join them on the shelves.

Please head over to the post to find out more: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-series-sunday-author-interview-coming-soon/

 SALLY’S CAFE AND BOOKSTORE

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

  

One of the recent  reviews for Shadowed by Death on Goodreads

Sep 02, 2019 William Stuart rated it it was amazing

I’m trying to expand my reading preferences, and I found Shadowed by Death (An Oliver Wright World War II Mystery #2) by M. A. Adler. I’m usually not any kind of historical fiction reader, but I liked the blurb. Read on for my thoughts!

What I liked:
World War II novels are sometimes difficult reads, especially when the story deals with horrific events like the Warsaw ghetto. M. A. Adler did an excellent job of working the events into the story and using it to explain Sophia’s motivations. Sophia and Oliver are great characters, but my favorites are Harley and Blue! I also appreciated the research work into the blind eye turned by the world to Russia’s atrocities.

What I didn’t like:
There wasn’t much to dislike about the book. If I had to pick something, there were a couple of slow spots. Other than that, no complaints from me

Overall impression:
Shadowed by Death was an enjoyable read despite the background subject matter. Good characters, intriguing plot, plenty of twists and turns, and a satisfying conclusion kept me involved and interested. If you like historical mysteries, read this one!

**A.J. Alexander, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/A.-J.-Alexander/e/B07KVQCHVZ
Website: http://www.aurorajeanalexander.com

One of the early reviews for the book for Sundance

Having read the first of this series “Soul Taker” I knew we were being introduced to new worlds and adventures and looked forward to the next installment. And I can safely say this second book in the series did not let me down. If anything I felt it really helped things take off even more.

Where in “Soul Taker” we were introduced to an existing angel who gets promoted from Soul Taker to Guardian, this time we see the beginnings of a angel’s rise. Born to parents who made a deal with God for a child, if even for only a short seven years, we watch young Cara grow not only in the mortal world, but in the next one as well. In Heaven she is given the name Sundance, and begins to learn her strengths and grow in skills to the point of being welcomed into another rank of Angels a “Warrior”, one of the first in a very long time.

But for all her skills and abilities, which have impressed even the Archangels, she still has much to learn. Her first assignment will take her back to Earth where she will experience not only pain, but love with a mortal. Is such a thing allowed?

You’ll have to read to find out the answers to that. But there is much more awaiting both the reader and Sundance. For her powers and skills have been noticed not only by higher authorities, but ones below as well. And soon she finds herself the focal point in a dastardly plot from the netherworld.

The author has done a brilliant job with this book in many respects, including uniting both her first and second books with a brief, but satisfying meeting between our former Soul Taker, and this new Warrior Angel. I very much look forward to more of this series which is just beginning.

***Laura M. Baird, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-M.-Baird/e/B0745JY9CF
Website: https://www.laurambairdauthor.com/

A recent review for Love on the Line

Penny Tary rated it it was amazing July 2019  ·  review of another edition 
Wow!

What a great read. This book was funny, emotional { in all the best ways } and so real. You felt like you were already friends and a part of their lives from the very beginning. Their meet up in the park was priceless, the way they were so in tune with each other. The world needs more men like Mathias! I’d love to see a book about her friends as well! I look forward to reading more from this author.

***Rachele Baker, DVM, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Rachele-Baker-DVM/e/B00AN9TKLSGoodreads: Rachele on Goodreads
Website: http://rachelebaker.com

One of the recent reviews for Keep Your Dog Healthy

Chasity 5.0 out of 5 stars Preventative care September 13, 2019

***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 Pattern of Shadows

Jul 14, 2019 Sandra Danby rated it Four Stars

The first instalment of Judith Barrow’s Mary Howarth series is ‘Pattern of Shadows’, a historical romance set in World War Two Lancashire that explores the challenges and new opportunities for women in wartime. Set against a male-dominated background where the aspirations of working class women have traditionally been put second, war brings change and some people adapt better than others.

Mary is a nursing sister in the hospital attached to a prisoner of war camp, nursing German soldiers captured and injured in action. Some people find that challenging but for Mary it is a satisfying and fulfilling job. Things get complicated when she attracts the attention of two men who could not be more different. One night Mary meets Frank Shuttleworth, a guard at the POW camp and, thanks to a combination of unforeseen circumstances, runs to a shelter with him during a bombing raid. This evening has far-reaching consequences for Mary and her flighty younger sister Ellen. There are tensions at home too with her argumentative irascible father and defeated mother, as Tom her older brother is in prison as a conscientious objector and her younger brother, injured fighting, must now work as a coal miner. Meanwhile a new German doctor arrives at the hospital. With two choices in front of her, Mary must decide whether to do what is expected or defy convention, to be loyal to her family who are not always loyal to her, or to be selfish and do something for herself.

A well-paced story combining stalking, prejudice, domestic violence, homophobia, poverty and family strife, Mary is the only unselfish, balanced person in her family. Will she finally put herself first? This is at times a grim story set at a difficult time and at first I worried this was misery fiction and longed for an occasional bright light. But the setting and time period are so well researched I soon relaxed into the story as the character of Mary and her predicament drew me in. I admire her stubbornness, her selflessness and loyalty, above all her bravery. Sometimes she is misguided, always well-intentioned, I look forward to reading more about Mary in ‘Changing Patterns’, the sequel.

**Julia Benally, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Julia-Benally/e/B017C8WCJO
Website: https://sparrowincarnate.blogspot.com/

One of the recent reviews for Pariahs

Aug 27, 2019 Kathryn Blade rated it Four Stars

Julia Benally’s Pariahs is a neatly crafted fantasy that exhibits an inherent skill with world building and character creation. It snatched me up the second I started reading. I give the book four out of five stars.

The story details a family war ignited when a law enforcer named Zhin appears on the horizon after Vijeren is claimed by a demon-killer as its son. The adventures in Pariahs are richly detailed. I fell in love with the characters within the first few chapters. The interactions and adventures of the youngsters was reminiscent of some of the adolescent adventures in Stand By Me. The fight scenes are detailed and action packed. New creatures are richly detailed and are an exciting part of this world.

This isn’t a casual read. It takes some concentration on the part of the reader to stay with the story. If you’re able to do this, however, it is well worth the effort invested in the story.

As usual, I won’t reveal spoilers. If you’re a fan of fantasy novels, consider giving Pariahs a read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Vandana Bhasin and Smitha Vishwanath, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TW5WT23
Vandana via her blog: My Feelings My Freedom  Smitha via her blog: Pennings: One Woman’s Journey

An early review for the collection

Roads: A Journey With Verses is a beautiful book of mainly freestyle poetry written by Smitha Vishwanath and Vandana Bhasin. I have read and enjoyed a lot of poetry on Smitha’s blog in the past, but this was my first introduction to Vandana’s poetry.

I thought this was a wonderful combination of work by two talented poets and I enjoyed the different styles of writing by the two contributors. Smitha writes delicately beautiful poems in which her messages are subtly shrouded as if within a loving cocoon of words. Vandana’s writing is more strident and forthright, but I enjoyed her style equally and her strong messages for women’s rights moved me greatly.

This book is divided into sections as follows: Courage, Wisdom, Serenity; Love, Strength, Compassion and Joy, Hope, Gratitude. Each section is divided into subsections setting out an arrange of delightful poems in each subcategory. Each subsection is introduced with a short introductory verse which conveys its meaning for the poets and each poem is introduced with a paragraph setting out the the meaning and purpose of the specific poem to the writer. I really enjoyed reading about the inspiration and

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

One of the recent reviews for Poetic Rituals –

Lucy Mitchell 5.0 out of 5 stars Love these poems! 5 April 2019

This a wonderful collection of poems. They will make you smile, chuckle, sigh, coo, squeal and squeak! My overall favourite is ‘Whispers’ – very clever! I hope there will be more from this talented lady!

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

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

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One of the recent reviews for Book Two – The Gambling Hearts: Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

A high powered New York publicity expert comes home to help her family save their ranch, and to finally resolve her lingering feelings for the handsome ranch hand she left behind but both her brothers and her crush seem to think they can do just fine without her. The thing is, she’s all grown up now, and she’s not willing to take no for an answer.

I loved Sophia’s determination, her spunk and her vulnerability, and it was hard not to feel for the strong and silent Tony with all his conflicted feelings – besides who doesn’t love a cowboy. Their romance made for a great way to spend an afternoon.

Mike Biles, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mike-Biles/e/B07W928W23 Blog: http://bitaboutbritain.com/blog-2/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19553725.Mike_Biles

An recent review for the book

Helen Kain  5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, engaging from beginning to end September 18, 2019

In this gem of a book, the author creates a beautiful tapestry from the disparate and jumbled threads that comprise Britain’s complex history. Written clearly and concisely, with injections of wry humour, the book captivated my attention from start to finish. Visitors to Britain’s cathedrals, castles and stately homes will especially welcome the detailed timelines, which allow the reader to discover exactly how each particular bit of history fits into the overall picture. Several friends will be receiving this for Christmas!

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

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

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One of the recent reviews for Living in a Shadow

Living in a Shadow is the story of Marcy and Rich, told from the perspectives of the two characters as they chronicle the collapse of their marriage. The writing is riveting. It draws the reader into their personal world by sharing their thoughts and feelings.

The author chose to switch between Marcy and Rich’s mindset, which gave a certain intimacy to the novel, which kept me keyed into the story. At times, I felt as if I was eavesdropping, the dialogue was so realistic.

Love, relationships, trust, and misunderstandings are many of the themes. I especially enjoyed the aspects of the illusionary shadow mentioned in the title and how that theme flowed through the novel.

Everyone has a dark side. I believe Bowman successfully tapped into the shadow archetype revealing the part of the personality called the “Self,” showing all, and more in her characters. You know what I mean… that part that we don’t like about ourselves and the things we subconsciously deny as we project those things on to others? Bowman bares it all! These characters are so real; I felt like I knew them.

This was a hard book to put down, and I found myself propelled through a whirlwind of emotions.

Be prepared because the ending was unexpected. I never saw it coming!

******C. S. Boyack, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUYGoodreads: C.S. Boyack Goodreads Bloghttp://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

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

One of the recent reviews for Voyage of the Lanternfish

July 23, 2019

I bought and read this book back in January and somehow managed to forget to review it until now, six months later, lol. So, here my review is, at last. It says a lot that even after all this time, I still remember this book and its characters clearly, which is one reason I mention my little episode of forgetfulness now.

I’ve read other books by this author and love his easy style, sense of humour, and vivid imagination. He has a way with words. And Voyage of the Lanternfish certainly didn’t disappoint. We have kidnapping, piracy on the high seas, swashbuckling adventure and mayhem, and unforgettable characters and creatures. By far my favourite from this book are the root monsters with their incredibly expressive ‘I,I,I,I’s’. (Trust me, once you read it, you’ll know what I mean.)

If you’re a fan of magical realism and/or fantasy fiction, you’re sure to love this book. According to my GoodReads record, I read this in 24 hours. It would have been in one sitting if not for life intruding. This book gives you excellent world building and characterisation, along with fast-paced action and a rip-roaring plot line. The story will stay with me for a long time, and this is one of those books I’ll find myself re-reading (and not just because of my poor memory, lol). I cannot recommend Voyage of the Lanternfish highly enough. It gets a solid five stars from me.

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

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A recent review for Maggie’s Way

Lovely story of a women who after 26 years of marriage feels her life slipping away. The story tells her relationship with her pesky 7 year old neighbor and how Maggie finds herself, her own way in life and realizes she can find happiness. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Maybe a 7 year can make her see a happy life is there and nothing is always perfect. You can find it. Story is slow in some areas and often you find out what occurred to the characters after you learn the outcome of it all. Interesting way to lay out the story line.

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

A recent review for On The Edge of a Raindrop

Flash fiction is a curious beast to tame but Sarah Brentyn feels beyond comfortable making 6 lines leave you thinking, “What the hell happened?” Much like “Hinting at Shadows”, this collection would be something I would recommend to anyone who is facing writer’s block. Try to imagine micro stories so intense that they would make an amazing prompt for a long story or even a novel, that’s what she does so well and so consistently.

I will admit that some pieces hover near the waters of poetry, but Brentyn often pulls the reign to bring it back into the realm of prose. Page after page of inspiration await anyone who picks either of her collections and she proves once again that impact and word count are not correlated.

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

 

One of the recent reviews for A Mountain of Memories

A lovely story of past and present mingled creatively. I was on the edge of my seat as the story unwound. It was interesting and like nothing I have read before. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down. A wonderful story!

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

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

A recent review for The Ghost in the Gardens.

 Jul 22, 2018 Jane rated it Four Stars

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

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

Recommended and well written.

***Lizzie Chantree, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lizzie-Chantree/e/B00FF99DHC
Website: https://lizziechantree.com/

One of the recent reviews for If You Love Me I’m Yours

An avid reader I have recently been left discontented by books, even favourites. This one is the first I have enjoyed in weeks.
Maud is not my usual type of heroine as I like reading about confident/bold/funny women and Maud is shy and retiring nevertheless this story was a joy and Dot, Daisy, Nat, even Maud’s overbearing parents and the increasingly repellent Tom are interesting.

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

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One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell

An interesting compilation of memories of a young girl during wartime in Britain. The author relays her mother, Elsie’s memoirs of what transpired in her day-to-day life growing up during WWll.

We see life through the eyes of Elsie who didn’t know what was going on around her with the war because of her young age. All she knew was she was cold and hungry and loved to have some sweets at Christmas time. She remembers the fun she had with her siblings and curling up in bed together on cold nights to keep warm. She remembers helping her mother make Christmas pudding and receiving a beautiful doll as a Christmas present.

Elsie lived on a farm with cows and chickens and other animals around. She was fortunate to have eggs and milk daily. Others were not as fortunate. She didn’t realize the hardships caused by war but she and her family adjusted and were resilient. Her father was a farmer who delivered milk daily while her mother kept the home clean and children fed and cared for even if they had very little to eat at times.

This story displays the tenacity, strength, courage and resourcefulness of this generation of people, known as the greatest generation of all times. We, today, could not do what these amazing people did to survive. We are too spoiled and cosseted in our ways and life styles. We can’t imagine a time where war came to our doorstep. Thank God for that.

A lovely story for young adults to read in order to learn about life during the toughest of times. The collection of recipes at the end of the book is a nice touch to further display what these truly courageous and resilient people had to use daily to survive.

**Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Colleen-M-Chesebro/e/B01N9MV2RX – Goodreads: Colleen at Goodreads Website: https://colleenchesebro.com

A recent review for The Heartstone Chronicles on Goodreads

Sep 22, 2019 James rated it Five Stars

The Heart Stone Chronicles by Colleen M. Chesebro begins with a novel titled The Swamp Fairy. After reading another book by the author–about myths, magic, and fairies–I wanted to read a full-length story. It looks like this might be a new series, which is exciting because I really enjoyed this debut, even though I’m not a regular reader in the fantasy genre.

Abigale grew up in Chicago and always knew she had a connection to animals. As she grows up, she learns she can speak to them in her mind, and often, she has other new talents developing. Unfortunately, her mother passes away before they can have a legitimate conversation about the magic in their family. Abigale’s father, who is addicted to alcohol and drugs, has disappeared. He is unable to take care of his daughter, so a neighbor and close family friend steps in. Luckily, Abigale’s mother left behind a detailed estate plan: Abigale will move to Florida to live with her father’s sister, and she must never sell the land that her family has owned for centuries. Once Abigale moves, she bonds with her aunt, develops new friends, and makes a few enemies because she won’t approve the sale of the land to a neighbor. What’s going on in this small town?

Chesebro has a fluid and easily readable style and tone to her writing. Though fantasy, it’s not extensive. We know there is a world of fairies and magic. We witness moments of inexplicable situations. We love when the evil characters get their comeuppance with the assistance of a bit o’ magic. But the core of the story is a young girl coming into her own after her parents die/disappear, learning to make new friends, and figuring out how to stop someone from hurting her. Young adults would definitely enjoy this book, but as an adult guy, I also found it pretty solid. It offers a lot of the same vibes I enjoy in a cozy mystery but adds an element of magic and hope for the future. Abigale is a lovely heroine, and she behaves very well for a teenager… then again, not all are wild and rambunctious as we often see in YA stories. I like the variation in this tale.

I do hope this becomes a series, as I’d love to explore what happens with Abigale’s potential new love interest, her relationship with the fairies on her land, and the potential re-appearance of her father. I suspect there is a story there too… kudos for developing a new fan, Ms. Chesebro. Thanks for this excellent story.

*Ann Chiappetta, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Ann-Chiappetta/e/B06Y1H47FS
Blog: http://www.thought-wheel.com/

One of the recent reviews for Words of Life

May 5, 2019

Family vacations carefully recorded in journal entries, conversations and encounters with strangers on a beach or in a van, mythical stories of wolves and Greek legends, thefts perpetrated by shore birds on beaches, a dishonest neighbor, watchers, witnesses, a voyeur, and lurking dark dogs who appear initially as a sniff, or a nose. By the end of the collection the entire black dog has transformed into a threatening beast-
these are among Ann Chiappetta’s themes in her 3rd book, Words of Life, a collection of poems and essays.

The reader does not travel far into the text to begin to make discoveries about the intention of the author.

In the “Introduction,” she states,
“The purpose of this volume… (is to) reflect
the beauty in nature, the complexities of the
human condition.”

As we reach the conclusion of this collection, we see the author as a voyeuristic listener, in her own words:

“I’ve often tried to figure out why I’m chosen to
be the designated listener. Two possibilities
are: 1. When someone notices I’m blind,
they figure, what the heck, she’ll never
see me again, and if she does, she won’t
recognize me anyway. 2. I’m eavesdropping
on conversations, being an opportunist in
disguise to feed a voyeuristic curiosity.”

Each piece assembled for this collection has the mark of the keen eye and sensitive ear of a person who listens, takes notes, contemplates, and responds to the run-of-the-mill situations and ordinary, everyday and commonplace conversation, observation, or experience. She moves easily between moments of joy, pride, awe, irritation, anger, fear, and even her struggles with recurring depression and the ways she battles through them. Always, there is a sense of place; specific locations such as Long Island Shore, California, Old Sturbridge, Aruba, the Bay, a hospital – each a marker left behind on her journey – Words of Life.

Website: https://brchitwood.com

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

 

One of the recent reviews for Dominique.

Oh my God! It’s over. I’ve been reading this most remarkable book, knowing in my heart that all good things must end, but hoping this could be an exception. I’ve been having so much fun with the characters as they explore all the avenues of love while embroiled in the midst of a who’s-gonna-be-next murder mystery that could forever sever their romantic exploration.Pulled this way by tension, that way by tenderness, I can be forgiven for not seeing the ending sneak up on me. Once it washed over me and I could think again, I can easily say that Dominique is the finest Romantic Mystery book I’ve read in recent memory.

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

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

A recent review for Cusp of Night on Goodreads

Jul 28, 2019 Jacqui rated it Five Stars

In Mae Clair’s Cusp of Night (Lyrical Press 2018), Book 1 in her Hode’s Hill series, Maya Sinclair takes a job doing library research in a town she has never lived in, moving to a home managed by the town’s namesake, Hode Development. What she does know is she loves research, is drawn to the small-town nature of Hode’s Hill, and is eager to see where it all leads. It doesn’t take long to find out that the town is known more than anything for gory killings committed at the turn of the century that involved a fiend and a woman with blue skin–a spiritualist known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill. What Maya doesn’t realize until later is that the Blue Lady not only lived in the house Mae now rents but held her seances there. On the night the town holds what it calls Fiend Fest to celebrate this strange creature, the town’s patriarch, Leland Hode, is attacked and Maya is witness to the assault. Following that, she encounters strange occurrences in her new house that convince her it is haunted. She forces the young leader of Hode Development, Collin Hode, to face the haunting with her–after all, it is his house–and everything takes off from there. As she digs more into the mystery around the Blue Lady and the rumors swirling around her death, whatever happened back in the 1890s seems to transcend time and be part of the present day world around Maya and Hode’s Hill.

Sounds pretty scary? Yes, but not the typical horror story. In fact, I’d call it more of a monster story than horror as Maya faces down a creature who seems as scary as any monster her brain can conjure up and impervious to death. The events come at readers fast with a host of fascinating and multilayered characters well-positioned to people the entire series. As one of Clair’s characters says in the story:

“It’s time to get your ghost on.”

I will definitely be reading more of this series

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

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

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One of the recent reviews for Amie: Savage Safari

Is this book 5 already? For some reason I struggle to click with books in series but I have to say I can make an exception for Lucinda Clarke’s Amie series. I think I have enjoyed these books largely because the author has a way of painting pictures with her words that is in a class of its own. A bit different to the last one I read but here I found intrigue and suspense in abundance and I thoroughly enjoyed my latest visit to Africa courtesy of Ms. Clarke. Excellent structure, clear, captivating plot and very much a page turner. Pick this one up it stands alone but I would recommend you read all the Amie series, you won’t be disappointed. Great read.

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

A recent reviews for Racked

Denise H 5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping. Gritty. Emotional. August 7, 2019

This is such a great series! Every time I pick up one of Coletta’s books, the rest of the world disappears as I delve into the pages of the new thriller. It is impossible not to be swept up in the mystery and track the clues right alongside Niko and Sage. This read is another emotional powerhouse for both Sage and Niko as they fight one of a parent’s greatest fears…a missing child. While Niko, Frankie, and team are deeply involved in a new murder in the county, Sage is pulled into the mystery of children going missing in the area. When Noah, their son, is given the same toy the other missing children received before their disappearances strong emotions and irrational behaviors take over and she dives in headfirst to find the abductor and bring them to justice. Will Sage and Niko be able to piece all the clues together before time runs out and another child disappears? And what if that child is Noah?

Alongside Sage and Niko, we also get more of the fabulous Frankie (Niko’s second in command) and her sassy behavior and snarky remarks. She has absolutely no filter and says the first thing that pops in her mind and most of her comments are hilarious (and ill-timed but that is what makes them funnier). She also has her own side drama continuing in this story and I am extremely curious as to what will happen when Niko discovers her secret. I really want to know! I am on pins and needles every time a re-telling scene comes up and connects to the present happenings that could possibly expose her. The suspense on this is a killer.

RACKED is full of intense moments, intriguing characters, gripping scenes, emotional turmoil, and a strong storyline that will keep you glued to the pages. I laughed, held my breath, and might have even shed a tear while reading this breathtaking thriller. This book is a wonderful addition to the series and I cannot wait to see what is in store next for Sage and Niko.

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

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A recent review for Tales from the Irish Garden

Tales from an Irish Garden begins at Christmas time in the magical Spanish garden. Queen Filigree was looking forward to the festivities, but bad news arrived first.

The Queen and all her subjects could no longer stay in Spain and would have to leave their beautiful home and find another with the help of the Storyteller.

At the eleventh hour, another location was found in Ireland, where they will need to adapt to the new surroundings and very different weather.

How this was achieved was beautifully described in perfect detail in a series of magical stories. I loved all these stories, but will always remember one, The Kindness of Mice…

Mary Crowley, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Crowley/e/B07H7TCFVB  Blog/Website: https://marycrowleyauthor.wordpress.com/home/  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18246222.Mary_Crowley

One of the reviews for Under a Dark Cloud

A powerful story full of every emotion you can think of. After reading Mary’s first novel A Sweet Smell of Strawberries, I could not wait to get my hands on this new novel and to say I was not disappointed is an understatement. Once again set in Ireland this story pulled you in to the characters, Kelly returns to Ireland looking for her mother to basically acknowledge her, but soon finds herself caught up in an impossible situation of split loyalties, however I did not expect things to turn out the way they did. Highly recommend this read.

One of the advance reviews for Haunted House Ghost

This season we are back with Kellan as he’s once again pulled in a million different directions what with parenting not only Emma but his cousin as well, along with teaching, other family obligations with Nana D, Violet, Eleanor, etc., and being co-chair of a Halloween/Fall Festival being held at Danby Landing, all while trying to complete fixing up his newold house so they can move in. But all is not smooth sailing for the Ayrwick family as strange things have been happening during the renovation process. Conveniently, Gabriel has been away so they’ve been able to stay in the cottage. And the possibility that these things are being caused by the supernatural causes Kellan (though he doesn’t believe) to agree that Eleanor can contact her psychic friend Madam Zenya to see if she can help.

The renovations for the Braxton Campus library also get underway in this book but those are put on hold when during the demolition a body is discovered in the foundation. So now Kellan feels compelled to investigate that situation as well.

I quite enjoyed reading this story, and it’s always good to catch up my friends in Braxton. I also often emulate Nana D, as I also bake pie the first weekend of October. And I think this story has just enough suspense and mystery and humour and just Fall fun to make it the perfect read to curl up with on a cool Autumn night, along with a blanket and a hot chocolate.

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

A recent review for Lazy Days.

This truly was a getaway holiday. The family left a busy part of London for the peace and slow pace of life on the Norfolk Broads. It was also an adventure as they had not handled a boat before. Two sisters, four children and two dogs had to adapt to life in the confines of a boat. Fortunately the weather was good and the sun and fresh air come across in this warm story. There were plenty of places to visit along the way and the family enjoyed everything from the beach at Great Yarmouth to the castle at Norwich. If you have been on boating holidays or are contemplating one do read this book. Lots of us will know the experience of planning a holiday, then worrying if everyone will enjoy it, trying to please all ages etc. The two sisters were’t sure if all the children had enjoyed themselves, but it turned out that they talked about it for weeks after and years later enjoyed reading this book and recapturing memories.

***Richard Dee, buy: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/
Website: http://richarddeescifi.co.uk/ – Goodreads: Richard Dee at Goodreads

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One of the recent reviews for Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe

I really enjoyed this book. From the feisty main character to all the lovable and relatable characters we meet, I enjoyed getting involved in their antics.It kept me in suspense, I was enthralled and submerged in the entire world created.

The plot is well written and keeps you wanting to know more. The science fiction side of things are very well written and even believable in the real world in the not too distant future.

One more thing that was believable and relatable: the electrician never did turn up.

****Karen Demers Dowdall, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-DeMers-Dowdall/e/B00JO0Q4AMBlog: https://karendowdall.com – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7394355.K_D_Dowdall

A recent review for The Captain’s Witch.

This story reminded me quite a bit of the Outlander series with a fair amount of swashbuckling, romance, and brogue, as well as some time-travel to make things exciting and complicated. But there are plenty of differences too. The main character Sarah is a white (good) witch in modern Connecticut, and she’s untroubled by magic, fairies, and ghosts, several of the latter who reside in her historic home.

The captain, Christian, is one of the ghosts and the source of the story’s romance. There are some clever and humorous moments resulting from the 400 years of technological and cultural advancement separating the two protagonists. It’s clear that the author knows the geographic area and did her research into colonial Connecticut. The thick brogue seems realistic, and once I became accustomed to reading it, I had no problem.
The book seems to have two parts, the first half a time-travel rescue. The villain, a murderous preacher, is pretty dastardly, and yet he’s easily evaded and disappears from the book at the midpoint. The second half dives into the romantic push-pull between Sarah and Christian and provides a satisfying conclusion. The story does need some professional editing to compliment the engaging personalities and plot.

The pace moves along nicely. I liked the two main characters quite a bit. They were well-rounded, and it was especially refreshing to see Sarah so blasé about her supernatural home. Recommended for romance readers who enjoy a little magic

One of the reviews for Spoilt Miranda

May 06, 2019 Robbie Cheadle rated it it was amazing

This is a story about a little girl who, despite having a lovely and accommodating family, is spoilt and badly behaved. Miranda has two brothers and an older sister who are all delightful children. She also has kind and considerate parents, but Miranda is different. Miranda always wants her own way and is quite prepared to behave badly and embarrass her family in order to get what she wants.

One day, Miranda’s family decide that they have to do something to stop Miranda’s tantrums. The family is about to leave for a holiday by the sea and they put their plan into operation. As a family unit they decide that Miranda’s bad behaviour will be ignored and if she won’t do something for herself, it won’t get done at all. Lastly, if she doesn’t want to co-operate and take part in family activities, she will be left out and remain at their holiday house alone.

Will the family be able to teach Miranda to behave as part of their family and be less self centred? You will have to read the book to find out.

I really liked the way the author described Miranda’s family as being so supportive and kind towards her, even though she can be so naughty and thoughtless. It is lovely to know that the author believes in the power of love and the family to cure Miranda’s naughtiness.

Dawn Doig, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Doig/e/B07BTPQJH7 Website:   https://doigda.wixsite.com/mysite-1 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17568616.Dawn_Doig_nee_Young_

A review for Petra Pencil Pines for Pizza

Petra the Pencil Pines for Pizza is written in a light-hearted manner that easily captures reader’s interest, to keep turning its pages. Well-worded, glossy, and beautifully illustrated, Petra the Pencil Pines for Pizza connects strongly with readers of all ages, though it is purposefully written for children. Doig’s story is driven by her cool choice of words, making Petra the Pencil speak and sound just like a small child. The book’s size is just right for the little, exquisite hands of eager readers.

And who wouldn’t pine for pizza? I, for one, couldn’t resist two slices or three of a four-cheese special! Eating pizza was a good move by Petra the Pencil because it let her gain a few more centimetres, as she swelled in diameter. That was a serendipitous and happy occasion for the boy who picked up the upsized Petra the Pencil. Petra the Pencil’s more rounded shape helped the boy acquire a legible handwriting because he was now able to grasp the pencil in a proper way.

Doig’s picture book highlighted and captured one of the challenges that some children face when they enter school: learning proper pencil grips.

Well done, Dawn Doig! Thanks for this gem of a picture book: Petra the Pencil Pines for Pizza.

*Angie Dokos, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY
Blog: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/

A recent review for Mackenzie’s Distraction

The story starts with a phone call that Mackenzie receives about her mother’s tragic accident. Her mother struggles to survive. Mackenzie discovers some family secrets and learns things about herself.

Mackenzie had bad relationships in the past. That’s when the man of her dreams appears but she is not ready for him. She struggles in her search for love while feeling she is not good enough.

It is interesting to follow Mackenzie in her need to be loved and understood. Will she be able to let go of her past and move on to a brighter future? If you like New Adult Romance you will enjoy this book.

*Audrey Driscoll, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC
Blog: http://audreydriscoll.com   Goodreads: Audrey on Goodreads

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A recent review for Islands of the Gulf Volume 2 The Treasure

Jul 06, 2019 Lorinda Taylor rated it Five Stars

This book’s genre could be described in more than one way. First of all, it is what I would call a literary paranormal work – literary because it is first and foremost a study of superbly delineated characters who could easily exist in the real world, and paranormal because many occurrences are outside the bounds of reality, giving it elements of science fiction/fantasy. But it could also be classified as gay fiction, since the plot centers around the poignant, tempestuous, and ultimately tragic love affair between Francis Dexter/Herbert West and the artist Julian Vernon.

As always with this author’s books, it is beautifully written, with descriptive passages that are a joy to read. Some of the paranormal passages are particularly memorable. I might cite Dexter’s gripping hallucination involving Richard Bellgarde’s death, the episode with the Tarot reading, and also Dexter’s contact with the shaman/medicine woman. And of course, the events at the end, in Chapter 15, which reminded me of Ursula K. LeGuin’s ”A Wizard of Earthsea,” where Ged pursues his evil self across the sea, only to merge that entity into his own being.

Driscoll has a secret talent – she knows how to structure her stories so there is always more to be told. Thus, the end of “The Treasure” takes us back to the end of “The Friendship of Mortals,” and in v.1 of “Islands of the Gulf” we know that the love affair between Francis and Julian took place, but we don’t know the details of it. And if you read the summaries of the sequels, you find out that they also fill in details that were only hinted at in the earlier books. I suspect Driscoll could keep these stories going for a long time to come, and that’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned! Strongly recommended (but read the earlier volumes first)

Natalie Ducey, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Natalie-Ducey/e/B014XNEG8G
Blog: https://natalieducey.com/

One of the recent reviews for The Heart’s Lullaby

M. Smith  5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt Emotion February 1, 2019

This is the second book of this author’s that I have read. Just like with the first book, I fell in love with the poetry. She has such a beautiful way of writing. There’s so much emotion that goes into her words. Your heart will be touched as you explore the pages of love and pain. Tears will fall. Your own memories may even fade in. Even better, this is a book you can read again and again. It’s that good.

**Dorinda Duclos, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Dorinda-Duclos/e/B00LE97O5K
Blog: https://dorindaduclos.com

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One of the recent reviews for Short & not always Sweet

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Stories to savor June 18, 2019

Duclos offers a generous selection of over 60 short stories, pieces of poetic prose, and flash fiction in a compilation that kept me enthralled for an entire afternoon. The writing is lovely, evocative, and in many cases emotional. Some pieces are lyrical and heartfelt reflections with themes centered on nature, serenity, and empowerment. Others are dark forays into ghostly hauntings and the realms of murder and revenge. Some of my favorites are Patience, Dusk, Wilted, and I Am. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon or to savor over a week, one page at a time.

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

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One of the recent reviews for 1066

R J DOCKETT 5.0 out of 5 stars A well researched and very entertaining glimpse on a pivotal moment in history.  7 September 2019

Jack Eason has woven a short but compelling tale around the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings, the end of the Saxon times in England. It’s a story of ordinary folk, as well as the rulers of the land, and how the decisions they made shaped the times. Full of well-researched detail, the vivid picture he paints puts you in the centre of the action. Recommended reading for anyone interested in the events of 1066

**Diana J. Febry, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-J-Febry/e/B00J7AG9U4/
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One of the recent reviews for The Paper Boy

It is impossible to forget your first murder scene. More so if you believe the case in question hadn’t been resolved correctly. When a recent stabbing appears to have a connection to these events it is time for DCI Hatherall to finally explore the overlooked leads in a case that almost ruined his career. He can see things no one else can, avenues left unexplored that are now able to be reopened, but will his desire to prove he was right back then endanger the case, or had justice turned a blind eye all those years ago?

I do so love it when a plot comes together, and in Diana J Febry’s The Paper Boy, it certainly does. Pete Hatherall is back in this engaging murder mystery, not only tackling murder, but sensitive issues. I loved watching the plot unfold as Fiona and Peter delve deeper into the mystery, uncovering links that, if not for Peter’s past, would have gone undetected. This isn’t the first book I have read by this talented novelist, I love how the murder investigation and character development progress, and appreciated the attention to detail. There are parts of this novel that remind me of a combination of Morse, Midsomer Murders, and Lewis. This is a book you can really lose yourself in, and you can’t help but guess how the escalating situation will conclude.

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

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A recent review for Ludwika

Beetleypete VINE VOICE  5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping historical novel.  1 April 2019

Once again, Fischer shows such talent for bringing history to life, with this based-on-fact novel about the survival of a young Polish woman during WW2. Taking the small details he could find, the author weaves them into a story by adding fictional characters, delivering a page-turning experience that showcases his style and skill.

From a peaceful life on a Polish farm, to near slave labour in far-off Germany, we follow the trials and tribulations that beset our young heroine during the long years of that war. And to round it off, we also get to find out what really happened to her, later in life.

This combination works so well, giving us completely believable characters, authentic locations, and set around the cataclysmic events that rocked Europe from 1939, until well after the end of hostilities. Recommended unreservedly, this is a book for everyone to read.

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

One of the recent reviews for Campbell’s Rambles

Certain books come to you at just the right time. I have been meaning to read Patty Fletcher’s memoir entitled Campbell’s Rambles for quite some time, but life events have prevented me from doing so. I regret not reading the book sooner. This book is one of my favorite reads this year. Campbell’s Rambles is a story of the beautiful love that exists between a dog handler and her first guide dog. But, more than that, the book reaffirms that life is a gift, that though many hardships exist, love always manages to find a way into your heart.

I was so touched by Patty’s gradual realization that the relationship between a handler and their dog is based upon mutual love and trust. Her first meeting with Campbell made me both laugh and cry. I love sloppy dog kisses, too, and could totally relate to the moment she realized that she and Campbell belonged together. A particularly favorite scene for me occurs at a time when Patty is threatened and Campbell illustrates his unfailing loyalty to her. Campbell’s Rambles affirms something I have known for some time: that animals love those who show them love in return and will defend those for whom they care with every fiber of their being.

Perhaps the best aspect of Patty’s book is the growth she experiences through the gentle caring and steadfast support of Mr. Drew Gibbon, her instructor at The Seeing Eye. I loved certain scenes where Patty learns to accept the kind offers of assistance from others. One of my favorite scenes occurs in a creamery. I will not provide spoilers. I will just say that a simple act of kindness means so very much. I related most to her feelings of self-doubt as it is a problem that has always plagued me as well. Campbell’s Rambles is a candid and fast-paced memoir that I simply could not put down. Acquiring a seeing eye dog is a momentous decision, and I enjoyed learning about Patty’s experiences and the enriching rewards Campbell has brought into her life. I also loved learning of the independence Patty has found through her time with Campbell.

The book has given me a desire to consider the possibility of training to acquire a guide dog more seriously. At the very least, it has given me insight into the joys (and challenges) that await when life-changing decisions are made. As my favorite person in the book says, “Take a chance. You have a 50 percent chance of being right”.

Campbell’s Rambles is thoroughly recommended. I urge anyone who is considering acquiring a guide dog or who would like to learn more about the process and the experiences of one particular handler to give the book a chance. A prospective sequel entitled The Raw Truth was mentioned in the Afterword of Campbell’s Rambles. I hope that one day it will be written. I will definitely read it. Happy reading to you all.

***Darlene Foster, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Foster/e/B003XGQPHA
Website: www.darlenefoster.ca – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3156908.Darlene_Foster

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One of the recent reviews for Amanda in Holland

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars A tour of Holland  September 25, 2019

This book was quite a bit of fun. Foster combines a middle-grade fiction plot with a colorful tour of Holland, including its famous sites, snippets of history, and its wonderful flowers and food. I had the great fortune of visiting my grandparents in Holland when I was Amanda’s age, and her experiences in the book mirror my memories in great detail. It was a blast to traipse along beside Amanda and enjoy the country once again.

The main plot focuses on the recovery of a lost puppy, but secondary plots weave through the story, and all come together nicely at the end. There’s a bit of mystery and some danger to keep the tension up. There are also some very moving scenes when Amanda visits Anne Frank’s home and a war memorial dedicated to the Canadians who helped liberate Holland during WWII. A lovely book for young readers and absolutely perfect for readers who plan to travel the world.

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

One of the recent reviews for Mourning Dove

MOURNING DOVE by Claire Fullerton is a compelling and thought-provoking story of family, culture and the true meaning of home. Set in the 1970s in Memphis, Tennessee, young sister and brother, Millie and Finley, struggle to fit in to the genteel world of their mother’s upbringing. Thrust into their new home in the South when their mother divorces their father and leaves him behind in Minnesota, they soon learn that all is not as it seems and in Memphis’ elite society, appearances are everything. Finley appears to adapt more easily than Millie, but there may be more to Finley’s charming and easy-going nature than meets the eye. Millie relies on her close relationship with Finley to keep her grounded in her new world. The writing is beautiful and the multi-layered story kept me engaged from beginning to end. The descriptions of Memphis during this age were so vivid, I felt like I had taken a trip back in time to this colorful city, not just to the homes of the wealthy socialites, but also to the seedy bars where the music scene was beginning to flourish. There are parts of the story that are hard to read, but there are also moments where the strength of the emotional bonds between the members of this dysfunctional family is portrayed with understanding and compassion. I enjoyed this moving book and highly recommend it.

Patricia Furstenberg, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Furstenberg/e/B018QGC570 Blog:  http://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8867736.Patricia_Furstenberg

One of the recent reviews for Silent Heroes

Ms, Furstenberg’s concise yet sentimental style takes us through an emotional book. Her vivid descriptions, both physical and emotional, opened up my mind and my heart to the American soldier’s and the Afghanistan people’s turmoils. The book embraces the special relationship built between humans as well as soldiers with their canine partners who play a very important role. A silent role. Have you ever read about these wonderful dogs? I have not. I’ve read a lot about the situation in Afghanistan but her research delves into areas I wasn’t familiar with. The culture of this country is revealed by her words in such a way that made me enthralled by the citizens and appalled by the Taliban. Read it and be taken on a journey of brutality and humanity which left me feeling happy to be part of the human race. There is hope for a better world.

*Brigid P. Gallagher, BUY: https://www.amazon.in/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD
Blog: https://watchingthedaisies.com/  – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16119226.Brigid_P_Gallagher

One of the recent reviews for the book

A fascinating read through all the naturopathic and alternative remedies Brigid has been involved in. Clearly a very active and intelligent person, she applied herself to learning, teaching and living the naturopathic principals. Many people will owe much to her knowledge and generosity in sharing her gifts.

Her own health problems dictated a new path and a need to slow down and take care of herself. Her new pace of life has resulted in this book on life lessons and the importance of slow. We are the happy beneficiaries. Thank you for your insights Brigid!

L. T. Garvin, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/L.-T.-Garvin/e/B00HC0TRY6
Website: https://broussardlana.wordpress.com/welcome/ Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7579153.L_T_Garvin

A review for Dancing with the Sandman

The story starts and ends in west Texas as Billie Jo revisits the small town she grew up in, a town left behind years ago when progress, in the form of a new highway, raced ahead. It’s a place that holds memories so tangible they feel like ghosts rising out of the sand, and they create the substance of the story.

Garvin calls the book a fictional journey, but it reads like a memoir. If you were a kid in the 60’s, this book will feel something like a trip into childhood, a time before helicopter parents and iphones, a time when kids had to create their own fun while learning the painful lessons of life.

Though the book takes place in Texas, there is so much about Billie Jo’s experiences that felt familiar to me, a child of rural Connecticut. In a way, the qualities that make up a childhood – the way adults are perceived, the family quirks, sibling teasing, unexpected kindnesses and losses, how kids think and fill their leisure time – seemed universal. This is a thoroughly relatable book.

And told as a “look back at the ghosts of the past,” the book has a nostalgic aura that lingered beyond the last page, calling forth my own ghosts and eliciting memories that I’d forgotten. Dancing with the Sandman is a lovely, poignant, rich read for all ages, but especially for those who enjoy memoirs and those who were children in the 60’s.

Elizabeth Gauffreau, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Gauffreau/e/B07NTZFVSF/ Website: http://lizgauffreau.com  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18740495.Elizabeth_Gauffreau

One of the recent reviews for Telling Sonny

Telling Sonny is a moving and poignant book about a young girl, Abby, growing up in the rural town of Enosburg Falls in Vermont, whose dreams and aspirations are altered forever though her choice of man.

Faby is fun loving and full of idealism about the life of entertainers who participate the the vaudeville shows in the early 1920’s. It all looks so exciting and different from her own staid life with her parents and sister. She aspires to more than becoming the wife of a farmer and continuing her rural existence. When the vaudeville show visits the theatre in her small town and one of the “hoofers” Slim White shows interest in her, it completely turns her head and she ends up disregarding the advice of her sister and her sensible and conservative family upbringing. Faby shows Slim White around town and, on his last evening in town, succumbs to his sly advances, losing her virginity in the back of a borrowed car.

Faby discovers that she is “in trouble” a while later and manages to contact Slim White who, after leaving her in limbo for a few weeks, decides to marry her and settle down. Faby believes she has no choice but to marry him, thereby averting bringing shame on her family through her unfortunate pregnancy. The author’s ability to convey Faby’s doubts about her husband due to his careless and insensitive behaviour towards her and her parent’s seeming ignorance of the reasons for her shotgun wedding is amazing and I am in awe of Elizabeth Gauffreau’s beautiful writing.

Ms Gauffreau’s characterisation is incredible and the reader fears for Faby’s future life in the hands of as selfish and self centred a man as Slim White from early on in the story. Slim, whose real name is Louis, is not deliberately unkind or negligent, he just has very limited sensitivity to Faby’s needs and situation and, while he is happy to have her accompany him on his nomadic jaunts around the country in pursuit of work, he will not allow her to restrict him in any way or interfere in his lifestyle and plans.

Faby is innocent and selfless, she wants the best for her baby and hopes that she and Slim will create a family together. She cannot see that a life on the road of a small time hoofer is total unsuited to this ideal, but she really does try to make the best of things.

I found this book utterly heart wrenching in how it portrays trust and innocence betrayed and also Faby’s parents own ignorance of the ways of the world and their inability to arm their daughter with the tools she needed to protect herself in the world of adults. Maman Aurore, Faby’s grandmother, while hard on her and quite a difficult nature, is the most sensible of them all. She knows up front that this situation is unlikely to end well for Faby and tries to give her good advice to act upon when the time comes.

Sonny is the result of Faby’s impetuous behavior and grows up to be an excellent young man, despite any bumps in his own personal road. When Louis dies unexpectedly, Faby is left with the unpleasant task of letting Sonny know.

****Teagan Geneviene – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM Blog: https://teagansbooks.comGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13707141.Teagan_Geneviene

 

A recent review for A Ghost in the Kitchen

I never cease to be amazed by this author’s ability to create stories from suggested ingredients supplied by her blog readers and fans, as she has also done for the other books in this Roaring Twenties series.

Each chapter states the three ingredients to be used within it (and highlights them in bold when they are mentioned).

Considering that each chapter not only includes these ingredients, but must follow the book storyline, the sheer talent and skill involved is impressive.
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest Pip tale.

An recent review for Becoming Someone

Whispering Stories Book Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a book that speaks volumes and is well worth reading 6 March 2019

I had the pleasure of reviewing Anne’s first book Sugar and Snails back in 2016 and loved every minute of it, so when I saw that Anne had written another book and the synopsis took my fancy, I was already hooked and eager to start reading.

Becoming Someone is a short story collection featuring forty-two different stories that all share a common theme, identity. Throughout the book I found myself thinking about the issues of identity more deeply than I have ever before. It is a special ability to crack such a great punch with so few words. Although the stories share a theme they are also unique too and very compelling and poignant.

I particularly liked the stories ‘Madonna and Child’, ‘A place of safety’, and ‘Reflecting Queenie’. These three stories really spoke to me.

Madonna and Child is the story of a teenage mum’s daily routine, her trying to be a grown-up when she is still a child, her feelings towards having no help from others and also wanting to prove she can go it alone. The story also skillfully lets you know she is in denial about her child too.

A Place of Safety tells the story of a young woman in a desperate situation, one she wants to get out of and with help arriving she needs to learn to trust people.

Reflecting Queenie begins in a courtroom with someone being found guilty. We are then taken back on a journey over the years and the situation with the narrators little sister as she tries to work out where it all went wrong for her sister and how she turned into the woman she did.

This is a book that speaks volumes and is well worth reading. Some of the stories are just a page long, others a couple of pages. It is a book that you can dip into now and again and one you don’t have to read in any particular order. 

Coraline Grace, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Coraline-Grace/e/B00EGGEPXW/
Website: http://www.libraryromp.com

One of the recent reviews for Pixie And The Green Book Mystery

Pixie is a unique little 2nd grader that likes to read and wear apples. It’s a bad day at school for poor Pixie. She races home so she can go to the library with her Mom (her favorite place). While she is there she sees a book that she hasn’t seen before, this book isn’t like any others. She soon meets Alice from Wonderland with that time crazed white rabbit and Cindi which is short for Cinderella. They quickly tell her that there is a book guardian and he is trying to get them stuck in this new green book so their stories are erased forever! Cindi and Alice decide to trust their fate to little Pixie, good thing she likes to read…but can she get them back to their books fast enough without getting herself caught by this mysterious book guardian?

I read this book with my twin 8 year old girls and they fully enjoyed it. They could relate to little Pixie and they loved the adventure she went on they can’t wait for the next book in the series. I enjoyed the book and having a book that I can read to them and watch the excitement on their face was awesome as a Mom. It was lively and cute and I myself can not wait for the next book in the series to continue this bonding time with the kids and see what happens to Pixie next. So from this family Coraline is getting 6 thumbs up!!

***S.A. Harris, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/S.-A.-Harris/e/B07MYMTNWN
Website: https://www.saharrisauthor.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1375010.S_A_Harris

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Sep 25, 2019 WndyJW rated it really liked it

This was my first spooky book of 2019 spooky book month and I loved it! It’s short, scary, well paced, great characters, and lots of suspense. A creepy old house, strange sounds, odd smells, neighbors who know more than they’re saying, scared kids, scared house cleaner, distracted husband, wife/mother questioning her own sanity, this book has it all and handles it all very well.

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

A recent review for The Magician’s Curse

Robbie Cheadle 4.0 out of 5 starsAn intriguing read May 13, 2019

Herman has a most unusual name which has been a burden to her all her school life. Why on earth would her parents saddle her with a boy’s name? As this interesting book, filled with magic and mystery progresses, Herman finds out that it is not only her name that is unusual about her, or her parents choice that is unusual about them.

Herman’s mother has been very ill for a long time and her father is never there to offer any support to his family. Herman assumed the role of mother to her younger brother, Chad, when she was very young and now she is breaking free to establish a life for herself. She plans to bring her brother to live with her once she is settled and earning an income. On the train to her new job, Herman meets a riveting young man who introduces himself as Stephen. Much to Herman’s surprise, Stephen professes to be as taken with her as she is with him, so when he asks her to work for him as his assistant she doesn’t put up much of a fight. Fortunately for Herman, Stephen, who is a magician, is genuine in his offer for her to become his assistant and she quickly discovers that there is more to his magic than meets the eye. In fact, Herman soon comes to realise that the household staff and Stephen’s entire lifestyle is fairly unorthodox.

The attraction between Herman and Stephen is incredibly strong but Herman can sense there is something not quite right with their relationship and this causes her to hold back from committing herself completely to him. What is Stephen’s secret and will Herman be able to accept it when she eventually discovers what it is? I did like the fact that the character of Stephen illustrated respect for Herman and gave her the opportunity to make her own choice about his unusual situation.

This book is for adults and, although not graphic, it does contain descriptions of sex and suggestions of sexual freedoms. The romantic aspect of this book is the overriding genre with the supernatural element playing a lessor role.

***Donna W. Hill, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Donna-W.-Hill/e/B00CNTTUK2
Website: https://donnawhill.com/about-the-author/

One of the recent reviews for the book

Robert Martinengo 4.0 out of 5 stars An imaginative romp August 20, 2019

This is a fun and feisty book. It definitely captured my imagination and left me hoping for a sequel. Give it a chance and you will be rewarded with an,imaginative journey unlike any other fantasy novel.

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

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

A recent review for The Mighty Chieftain

Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story April 17, 2019

All thru this series, a Guardian has fought to stay ahead of the evil that is trying to kill them and steal the prophecies.This last book is about the fight to end Balor’s attempt to end them. They get help to end his reign. Then ten years later, they read the prophecies to the public. There are surprised in this nook and lots of pain. Please read

***John Howell, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6CGoodread: John Howell Goodreads Blog: https://johnwhowell.com/

One of the recent reviews for The Contract

L.D. Tanner 5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Fast-Pace Thriller with Paranormal Reflections of Life’s JourneyJuly 22, 2019

“The Contract Between Heaven and Earth” by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano is a unique paranormal thriller with a strong element of romance. The story immediately hooked me in the first chapter when celestial soul mates are sent to earth to help prevent a catastrophic event on earth. Their souls are incarnated into their hosts: an abused wife who has been almost choked to death and a Navy Seal who has mortal wounds. Memories from their past lives are erased and replaced with memories of Brad and Sarah, who are both on the brink of death. Brad and Sarah recover from their wounds and begin a new life. Sarah leaves her husband, who has dubious connections to terrorists. Brad finds a new career in civilian life as a writer. Brad is approached by a CIA agent to gather information about Sarah and the activities with her former husband. However, when they meet, they inexplicably fall in love with each other. As their love grows, Brad is torn that he is withholding the truth about his connections with the CIA. Their lives are thrown into a whirlwind when an attempt in made on their lives. The action accelerates as the conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States is revealed, but they don’t know who to trust. The climax ends in a twist, tying back to the original mission of the celestial soul mates.

Authors Howell and Plano have taut writing styles that moves quickly from scene to scene, but the romance is heartfelt. The characters are engaging, and I cared about what happened to them. The authors are able to blend suspense, romance, and paranormal elements to make this a riveting thriller mixed with reflections about what each person learns on his/her life’s journey.

*Allan Hudson, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Allan-Hudson/e/B00HP8FSEI
Website: http://www.southbranchscribbler.com

One of the early reviews for A Box of Memories

Full of short stories inspired by memories or the related events of the author’s life, A Box Full of Memories is an entertaining read that is a pleasure to read. Some of the characters are found in more than one story, each of whom the author bought to life from the way he described them.

Although some of the descriptions were a little overdone, I still found myself immersed in the stories. There was only one story I couldn’t get into, but it did not stop me reading the rest.

Of all the stories, Wasps! was my favourite, as it geared towards the types of stories I enjoy reading.

**Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Buy : http://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15SWebsite: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com. – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3309880.Deanie_Humphrys_Dunne

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

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A recent review for A Tractor Named Wilbur

 Colleen M. Chesebro 5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read! September 16, 2019

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author with a new series called, “A Tractor Named Wilbur,” which will delight young readers and parents alike.

Wilbur is a sweet, but shy red tractor owned by Jim. When Jim buys more land to expand his farming operation, he shares his decision with Wilbur. The tractor is heartbroken to find out he is too small and old to work the acreage.

Jim promises to find Wilbur a new home. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, the tractor realizes that this new lifestyle change will introduce him to new friends and adventures. What a fabulous outlook on life!

Do you have a grandchild or friend who would love this story? They will fall in love with this sweet character.

**Miriam Hurdle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Hurdle/e/B07K2MCSVW
Website and blog: https://theshowersofblessings.com/  Goodreads: Miriam Hurdle

A recent review for the collection on Goodreads

Sep 14, 2019 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude is the first book of poems I’ve read by Miriam Hurdle. This collection was published in 2018 after the poet found hope through the many lessons she’d experienced in the previous years of her life. Nature inspired her, pushed her to conquer all the obstacles thrown in her path. Though not a frequent reader in this genre, I do review these works a few times each year, as I studied poetry in college and find myself interested in reading it on occasion. I am glad I chose this one and encourage others to give the author a chance too.

The collection is organized in a few manners: by type of poem and by category. In fact, to me, some were mini stories and not necessarily a poem. That said, the author clearly shows us that poetry comes in all forms. It’s not just about rhyming or repetition. Nature is the first focus, aptly titled Songs of Nature. I feel like Ms. Hurdle wrote her poems while sitting in nature, witnessing the great beauty of animals, insects, weather, trees, and other naturalistic parts of our world. Frequent photographs, some the author took herself, accompany the sections, showing us the inspiration of what led to the poem.

Rooted with some religious beliefs, the author connects with God to openly ask for help and thank the Creator for all that she’s been given. There is raw pain and innate fear in the words, but there is also hope and promise. At just the right moments, Ms. Hurdles takes a swift turn to share something more light and funny, almost poking a bit of amusement at something that tickles her in nature. It fits, almost matching the surprises in store for all of us throughout the day.

Karen Ingalls, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWYWebsite/Blog: http://www.outshineovariancancer.com Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

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One of the recent reviews for Outshine

Ms Fiza Pathan 5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational Read! September 5, 2019

Outshine’ by Karen Ingalls is a memoir of strength, faith & resilience in the face of Cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 2 Ovarian Cancer & this book is about how she tackled the cancer or as Ingalls puts it ‘the big C word’. This is a memoir penned by a strong woman who did not buckle down in the face of ‘the big C word’. I admire her husband Jim who was a great support to her during this situation. I don’t think I would ever be as brave as Ingalls if I ever was detected with a fatal disease. Kudos to her for her perseverance & faith in the Almighty. Ingalls’ book is tender, inspirational & full of wonderful soul stirring quotes at the end of every chapter that can make your day brighter. She shows herself to be a woman of spirit & a woman who has taken the cancer she was a victim too as a life lesson or a test sent to her by the Almighty to make her a better human being. Kudos to her on that point. This book is interactive with a set of excellent questions at the end of the book which can be used for discussion purposes at any book club or any place where books about Cancer survival are discussed. I highly recommend this book to anyone & everyone who needs a bit of sunshine in their lives. I also highly recommend this book to Cancer patients, survivors & care givers. I hope to read more books by Ingalls in the near future, especially her novels which she wished to write after her chemotherapy was over. Do support this book & happy reading to you

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

A recent review for One Month, 20 Days and a Wake Up.

Bill hodges 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 11, 2019

A great book about a very small group of people in the Air Force whose track record is stratospherically impressive if people knew about it . As an Air Force retiree myself , I have visited the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base a few times . The last time I was there it was with my great-nephew who I had custody of due to family issues . He was nine years old and really loved seeing all the exhibits . There was a gentleman who came to give a lecture /demonstration he had the Air Force ABU uniform , and the distinctive PJ beret. When I explained to Anthony James ( AJ) just what the significance that very simple piece of headgear represent to all of us in the Air Force. Needless to say he was impressed .

There is a section of the museum devoted to the Air Force para rescue force . We did spend a lot of time there , and maybe I have generated a new recruit in a few years . I also explained to him that the selection process is extremely discriminating and they take only the best of the best of the very best . (oh yeah school is important) . That’s sort of put him off a little bit , but time will tell. As far as Vietnam is concerned , I joined in 73 , even had base elections in Southeast Asia , but things had shut down by the time I finished basic training . It is hard to believe that that conflict is so far in the past now , but if nothing else illustrates just how much faith we in the military have in a system that squandered so much priceless wealth as our very best and brightest were fed into that mess . For all of you served in Vietnam you have my highest respect and admiration and a heartfelt thank you and God bless you all for holding the line .

**Sandra J. Jackson, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY
Website: www.sandrajjackson.com  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13681910.Sandra_J_Jackson

A recent review for Catching Butterflies

J.V. Robbins 5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read September 16, 2019

Kudos to the author in her follow-up book to Playing In The Rain. I loved the continuation of the story. The two sisters interaction was believable and I was drawn into their search to find home and answers to their plight. The story flows and the mystery of their search kept me turning the pages as well as the intrigue. A great read and highly recommended. I can’t wait for more in the Escape Series.

***Deborah Jay, Buyhttps://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Jay/e/B00E4X3UHY
Website: http://deborahjayauthor.com/ – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172608.Deborah_Jay

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A recent review for The Prince’s Man

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written September 24, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining and skillfully-written fantasy novel. I was particularly taken with the tight narrative, not a wasted scene or conversation, every word counting as the story unfolded. This contributed to a quick pace and complimented the well-considered plot that comes together with a satisfying ending. Though the first in a series, The Prince’s Man can also be read as a stand-alone.

All that good stuff, and then there’s more… the characters are fabulous, deeply flawed and sympathetic at the same time. The relationship between Rustam and Risada takes center stage. There are hints of a romantic attraction but the reader is saved from moon eyes and heaving chests by a very real tension based on past experiences, current loyalties, and objectives. Despite being allies, there’s a lot of loathing going on here. I love that.

Elves, trolls, and were-cats throw the story into the classic fantasy genre and are integral to the plot and underlying theme of the book. The political machinations are realistic enough to be recognizable today. Prejudices, bigotry, genocide, and beliefs in cultural superiority are alive and well in her world-building. The characters are forced to revisit their worldviews, but just like in real life, they will only open their eyes so wide. And Jay doesn’t hold back on the brutality.

I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series and seeing what happens to the two main characters as well as a host of others who intrigued me no end. Recommended for anyone who loves a good fantasy.

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Dress-Abbie-Taylor-ebook/dp/B07VJK8S82 Blog: https://abbiescorner.wordpress.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/801698.Abbie_Johnson_Taylor

One of the recent reviews for My Ideal Partner – Amazon

After having just lost my husband 6 weeks ago to brain cancer and being his caregiver, I found myself in this book. Similar thoughts and feelings. I never knew before I was one how difficult it was to be a caregiver. Watching your big strong husband decline and doing everything in your power to try and ease their suffering is beyond difficult. This was a very good book and well-written. What a beautiful love they shared. Anyone who’s gone through a similar situation will relate and those that haven’t will gain some insight into our world.

****Andrew Joyce, Buyhttp://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM
Blog/website: https://andrewjoyce.wordpress.com/

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My Review for Mahoney August 3rd 2019

 There are an estimated 76 million people around the world who claim Irish ancestry with around 42 million in the United States. I am one of those with origins in County Cork at the time of the Great Famine.

This makes Mahoney a must read for all whose roots lie in this small island republic with only a population of 4.5 million today. The first chapters are chilling as we read of the devastating  famine, and the treatment by the British, of the already impoverished Irish in those years. But it does lay the foundation for the story that follows, and demonstrates the courage, perseverance and creativity required to start a new life from scratch.

A new life of opportunity was promised in a land that was still in its infancy. Getting there in a Coffin Ship was hazardous. Setting foot in the new land was almost as tough as the one left behind, especially if you were Irish. But you cannot keep a good man down, and Devin Mahoney, descended from the High Kings of Ireland, is such a man. He has to navigate the prejudice and poverty just for the privilege of taking the lowest paid and most back-breaking work, building the new nation’s infrastructure that is about to be torn apart by civil war. We relive those desperate years through Devin’s letters home to his wife as he continues to fight against injustice.

In part two of Mahoney, we meet Dillon who carries the same determination and drive to succeed as his father. The vastness of America beckons and over the following years, Dillon explores the west and experiences the life of a cowboy and gunslingers, before heading to California in search of his fortune.

In part three, the next generation of Mahoneys is in the hands of David. Having been raised with plenty, he finds it hard to relate to his heritage, preferring to immerse himself in the pre-crash high life in New York. But all good things come to an end, and that is when the Mahoney blood within his veins is needed to bring him redemption and new path in life.

The book was riveting from start to finish, painstakingly researched, with wonderfully developed characters that are fascinating to walk beside. There is sorrow and anger at the deprivation, but deep respect for those who are forced to leave their homes to find sanctuary, and a safe place to bring up their families. Not just from Europe but those suffering from prejudice and deprivation in the deep south of America. There is plenty of adventure as well as interesting secondary characters, both good and evil, to keep your attention.

I highly recommend that you read the book and for just a few minutes, imagine your own family history, and how your ancestors overcame their struggles to enable you to enjoy all that you have today.

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

One of the recent reviews for Conflicted Hearts on Goodreads

Sep 30, 2019 Lucinda Clarke rated it Five Stars

It’s not often I get to read a book by someone who understands what it is to be tethered to a mother with NPD. So often we are asked, “why did you not just walk away?” This author did leave home at 18, but that did not prevent her mother from interfering in her life and when she eventually went no contact she was overcome with guilt. It didn’t matter that her two brothers and a sister also shared in the abuse, rarely physical, but mental – which believe me is far worse. I could resonate with the words on every page, and if you have a mother who just does not seem to love you, then this is a must-read

Iain Kelly, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iain-Kelly/e/B07K327PC2/Website: https://iainkellywriting.com/ Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16234941.Iain_Kelly

One of the recent reviews for Book One of the State Trilogy – A Justified State.

This is a compelling read, suggesting a possible dystopian future through the lens of detective/thriller narrative. At various times the writing brought to mind Phillip Marlow, Do Androids dream of electric sheep?, the world of George Smiley, and Robert Harris’ Fatherland; at the same time the story is completely unique and Danny Samson is an excellent addition to the cadre of world weary detectives who have to give more than they think they have in them, while life keeps heaping on more woe. I felt that the State was a character in its own right, and so strongly present that it swamped the personalities of some of the other characters, but I’m very much looking forward to reading the next installment

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

One of the recent reviews for Once I was a soldier on Goodreads

Beautiful story! We get to see Melissa’s story after she inherits her money.
And then there is her uncaring attitude towards the elderly servants of the house.
Then comes the threats. Which follow her no matter which country she goes too.
And naturally there is a mystery man in an organisation willing to help her.
The mystery was perfect and very enjoyable!

*Harmony Kent, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U
Website: https://harmonykent.co.uk

An early review for  Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer.

While not necessary, you really should read Ms. Kent’s dystopian novel, Fallout first. It’s not required, but it would help you understand when she outlines her method of preparing to write a story. (BTW, I did read and enjoy, ‘Fallout.’)

While I am a 15% planner/85% ‘pantser’ writer, I’ve seen a lot of methods of setting up a novel outline. Ms. Kent gives the reader several different approaches for those who ‘think differently’ than others do. In high school and college, I took several various chemistry courses, but still had a problem understanding the Periodic Table of Elements. In my fifth chemistry course, an instructor said something that opened my eyes, and suddenly the chart made perfect sense.

In a ‘how-to’ book to plan a novel, I never thought I read about ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,’ a month-long topic in one of my psychology courses being used to explain plot development. Interesting concept!

At the end of this story, Ms. Kent lists many useful tools and how to get them. If you are a beginning author, those tools alone are worth the money for the book.

While I’ll never be a ‘planner,’ I will put some of these concepts to use. I’ve always started with a premise, a basic idea of where I was going, and an ending. All I had to do, then was to use my premise and work my way to my conclusion. It’s worked for me. Harmony’s information will influence my next novel. Thank you!

Lynda Lambert, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Lynda-McKinney-Lambert/e/B003960PUC
Website and blog: http://www.lyndalambert.com/

A review for Walking by Inner Vision.

***Jean Lee, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jean-Lee/e/B07DPP2RV6
Website: https://jeanleesworld.com/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18139027.Jean_Lee

   

One of the recent reviews for NIght’s Tooth

This is a vivid and immersive little novella, where magic and murder abound in the gritty and desperate old ‘wild west’. The realistic setting and surreal characters collide in a strange and utterly intriguing way, making the reader anxious to know more of this unfolding story. And surely there is much more to come… can’t wait!

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

One of the reviews for The Moon is Wearing a Tutu

This book comprises of a number of unusual poems that certainly force you to think deeply by Joy Lennick and a few poems, limericks and humorous one-liner jokes by Eric Lennick. There are also two, clever 50-word short stories by Jean Wilson.While the entire book was entertaining to read, I really enjoyed some of Joy’s wickedly humorous poems. She uses her words like little knives to cut into the body of a matter and expose its beating heart in a manner that is humorous but sharply to the point. The one that I related to the most was Think Outside the Box:

“I think out of the box
and why not?
(Are you wary your copybook you’ll blot?!)
I’m fed up with sheep
who seem half asleep
individuals they certainly are not.
To say “aab” not “baa”
is OK.
For a change why not try it today!
The fox you could fox –
confusing his “box,”
just say “aab” and get clean away.”

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

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One of the recent reviews for LIfe in a Conversation

When life gives you lemons, go find Geoff Le Pard’s short stories and you’ll forget to suck on the lemons, but instead, cut them up and pop a slice into a G & T, sit back and enjoy the ride through Le Pard’s fantastical mind!
Small snippets of stories that range from emotional to hysterical to pure silliness.
Go read.  Enjoy!
An extract from one of the recent reviews for the memoir.

One might say that Marian Longenecker Beaman’s memoir, Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl, serves as a template for woman finding voice through writing. Written half a century after the events depicted, the author was charged with the painstaking work of going back in time―a time fraught with memories requiring a careful analysis of her main characters and her reactions and responses to them as a young girl, growing up in the 1950s as a Mennonite in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County. She admits that her memories, especially as they pertain to her abusive father, are “more malleable with the passage of time and has left the door of hope wide open.”

This observation that memories become more malleable with time and lead to forgiveness is crucial to the memoir writer’s journey. Her story of growing up in a patriarchal culture where women mostly remained voiceless, is not a rant, rather a meditative reflection on how a religious culture impacts every aspect of life, especially that of a woman’s life. For Marian’s Aunt Ruthie, it meant never marrying and carving out a professional life as school principal; for her father, the culture forged an authoritarian mindset imbued with the toxicity of growing up in a household where he received no nurturing as a male child, handicapping him as father of a strong-willed daughter.

What the author has done here is create the quintessential family legacy of parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. There are light moments…Great Grandpa Sam’s glass eyeball popping out of its socket and rolling across the “slick linoleum floor where it picked up speed.”

One of the reviews for Remembering First Love August 5th 2019

Remembering First Love is a charming faith based romance novel. Carina Rivera is 20 year-old single Cuban woman of faith living in southern Florida. She could be described as wayward, but contrite. On the day of her beloved older sister’s wedding Carina vows to return to God and correct her path. Due to some poor decisions within her control and some unfortunate incidents out of her control, Carina struggles with feeling of self-worth. Will she be able to repair her besmirched reputation? Will a handsome man’s inappropriate intentions sway Carina or will the pull of God’s love be enough to rescue her?

Jeanine Lunsford has written a truly inspiring novel. Carina is relatable in her imperfection. She falls for her supervisor and quickly finds herself in a compromised situation. It doesn’t take long for Carina to discover Aaron’s violent tendencies or his penchant for young attractive women. The story deals with her feelings of guilt balanced with mercy from above. The book also considers the long lasting consequences of child abuse. Although the dialogue feels forced at times, the transformation Carina makes is motivating. Christian readers will relate to the struggles of a modern day woman trying to retain chastity until marriage. Remembering First Love is a steamy novel that pushes the envelope. The drama will leave you breathless and aching for more!

**Paulette Mahurin, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/
Blogsite: https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/ – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895757.Paulette_Mahurin

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

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One of the recent reviews for Irma’s Endgame

For anyone who has been skeptical about reading an indie author this is a great book to start with and proof that indie publishing can produce high quality content equal to if not better than traditionally published novels. The book is a fast paced medical mystery that separates itself from the norm with in depth character and plot development with riveting prose that include so many enticing one liners I just had to keep reading. At the end of every chapter I just had to continue reading, not wanting to put the book down as the story unfolded. My favorite one liner “If only thoughts created reality.” Excellent read and a job very well done.

***M.J.Mallon, Buy:https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L/
Website: https://mjmallon.com/  –  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

One of the recent reviews for the book

Kevin Cooper 5.0 out of 5 starsMagical 30 August 2019

This is a wonderful YA fantasy read. It’s very different from others I’ve read and I say this in the most positive manner. One way or is unique is through the use of original short poetry at the beginning of each chapter providing a clue to the chapter content. It is very well done. I do love originality.

The whole work has a magical feel about it which draws the reader in with a yearning to learn more about all of the characters and their plight.

My favourite characters are, Esme… The girl trapped in the mirror, and Shadow, the black cat. These two characters alone were enough to keep me rooted.

Meanwhile, on the serious side of things, there are so many issues going on in this work in addition to that of dealing with a dysfunctional family. One’s familiarity will be tested and emotions may arise. That aside, when you add magic, a black cat, and a guitar and music into the mix… What is there not to love about this work? Kudos!

***Sharon Marchisello, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/ Blog  https://sharonmarchisello.blogspot.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4297807.Sharon_Marchisello

One of the reviews for Live Well, Grow Wealth

Sometimes it can be hard for me to read books due too much going on with content, but Marchisello’s book was a really easy read for me. I can’t do complicated when it comes to books. She was really relate-able, because I didn’t grow up as a math centric person, and I also came from what would be considered a middle-class family. As a 27-year-old, her advice made me think about my life, and what I could be doing differently (therefore better!) with my money. She also changed the way I think about money. I don’t think a lot of people grow up to consider things like a big picture, or what’s going in and out. It kind of gave made better sense of what’s going on around me. A good perspective shift.

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

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A recent review for Lazy Days.

This truly was a getaway holiday. The family left a busy part of London for the peace and slow pace of life on the Norfolk Broads. It was also an adventure as they had not handled a boat before. Two sisters, four children and two dogs had to adapt to life in the confines of a boat. Fortunately the weather was good and the sun and fresh air come across in this warm story. There were plenty of places to visit along the way and the family enjoyed everything from the beach at Great Yarmouth to the castle at Norwich. If you have been on boating holidays or are contemplating one do read this book. Lots of us will know the experience of planning a holiday, then worrying if everyone will enjoy it, trying to please all ages etc. The two sisters were’t sure if all the children had enjoyed themselves, but it turned out that they talked about it for weeks after and years later enjoyed reading this book and recapturing memories.

*J.P. McClean, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/JP-McLean/e/B00JSZOXTC
Website : https://jpmcleanauthor.com/

One of the recent reviews for Wings of Prey

May 10, 2019 Karen rated it Five Stars

This book reunites the readers with Emelynn Taylor; together with Sam, she needs to find the truth about a plane crash – at all cost.

With “Wings of Prey”, J. P. McLean has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, and a touch of romance with steamy situations. It is a very compelling read centred on Emelynn, drawing you close to her. J. P. McLean paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets while the story evolves. In this sixth even more thrilling story, I was again very close to Em – again an invisible friend and ally; trying to find the truth with her. Emelynn is complex, the other characters are also skillfully elaborated and of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is a very nicely woven combination of several genres, has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I had a great time reading “Wings of Prey”. Reading the final book in a series can be sad; in this series, it was extremely hard to let go – it is never easy to say goodbye to persons you became close to. I am going to miss this remarkable series and its protagonists.

This is a book for you if you like excellent story-telling, mysteries or paranormal romance with a very urban touch and believable characters, some strewn in steamy situations, and some violent events. The stunning sixth and last book in The Gift Legacy series!
Highly recommended! A series to read again

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

Please visit Marcia’s Amazon page to view all her books.

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One of the recent reviews That Darkest Place

The third book of the Riverbend series focuses primarily on Painter brothers, Jackson and Forrest, though youngest brother Hunter, is still a strong presence in his unique and quiet way. I fell in love with his character in book two.

At the end of Finding Hunter, Jackson was behaving horribly—lashing out at those around him, physically and verbally abusive. He ended up in a car accident believed to be the result of drunk driving. In That Darkest Place, the truth of what really took place and why is quickly revealed. Once brought to light, Jackson’s long road to recovery begins.

Once again, Meara tackles some weighty issues, but the most powerful theme is the unshakable bond of family, specifically brothers. Forrest and Hunter are not about to let Jackson muddle through on his own. Presenting a united front, they eventually have Jackson back to functioning almost normally again. Along the way there are physical and emotional hurdles to overcome, but there are also heartwarming and humorous moments to offset the weightier scenes.

Please visit Barbara Ann’s Amazon author page to view all her books.

A recent review for FDR

Little Miss History is traveling again and this time it’s to the boyhood home of Franklyn Delano Roosevelt. With a charming mix of photos and illustrations, the Mojica’s take the reader on a trip to Hyde Park where they will learn about the 32 President. Roosevelt was elected President during some of the most trying times in history. America was in the grips of a crippling depression and the world teetered on the brink of war. Roosevelt, a polio victim navigated the country and the world through these critical times. The book touches on some of his most important contributions as well as his wife, Eleanor without losing the conversational and friendly tone. Mojica knows kids and how to write to them. She introduces complex ideas and makes them palpable for young minds. This is a great way to introduce a child to the assorted players that helped shaped this country.

***Shehanne Moore, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW
Blog: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/ – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7029905.Shehanne_Moore

One of the early reviews for O’Roarke’s Destiny

Cornwall in 1801 rife with smugglers and excise men trying to catch them is the setting for this clever, passionate and witty novel. Destiny Rhodes is cursed, everything she touches turns to dust. All she has left is Doom Bar Hall, her ancestral home, and now even this is in jeopardy.

Divers O’Roarke is a man with an agenda and so many secrets. He left Cornwall in the wake of tragedy, but not before he’d cursed the young woman he thought responsible. Now he’s back, the victor, but what he finds is not what he expected. What he feels is not what he thought, but he has a mission, and being turned to ashes by a cursed woman is not part of it.

The setting for this story is atmospheric and authentic. The subtle use of historical detail, lets you visualise nineteenth-century Cornwall. The sinister smugglers, the close-knit community, the rugged beauty of the coast, and the ethos of danger and suspicion, Amidst the roaring sea and windswept coastline, the story of two people, both emotionally bereft, and driven unfolds.

The dialogue is sharp and amusing, and the internal musings even more so. You spend a lot of time in Destiny and O’Roake’s minds, and they are both full of confusion and conniving.

The plot is pacy and twisty. Just trying to work out who O’Roarke is, keeps you guessing. Then there’s the exciseman Lyons, who becomes increasingly sinister. This story is inclusive, you feel part of the deadly game Destiny and Divers are playing, experience their anger, bewilderment, fear, and the passion they cannot hide. The intriguing plot comes to an intense conclusion, revealing who Destiny and Divers O’Roake are in more ways than you can imagine.

‘O’Roarke’s Destiny’, is historical romance for the twenty-first century. Complex mind games, passionate, sensual romance, and a fast-paced riveting plot that rides the waves of time. I’m looking forward to meeting the next ‘Cornish Rogue.’

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

My review for The Quest for Home 29th September 2019

 Having read book one – Survival of the Fittest, I was eagerly awaiting the second in the Crossroads Trilogy, The Quest for Home. And I most certainly was not disappointed. Thanks to the author’s extensive research and storytelling in the first book, I was already familiar with the era, the main characters and the environment that they are existing in, and it was easy to slip back into their world. Jacqui Murray writes so vividly, that you forget that communication would have been mostly non-verbal, and that these ancestors of ours, would have looked somewhat different from the faces and and bodies we see in the mirror each day.

They are human, and as well as an extraordinary instinct for survival, they also exhibit the same emotions we do today. Jealousy, greed, betrayal but also love, sacrifice and great courage in the face of what would seem insurmountable odds. Harsh landscapes and weather, lands that are fiercely guarded by uncompromising guardians, internal turmoil and politics and lack of shelter, food and water.

We follow Xhosa’s people with their fellow travellers from different tribes and stages of human evolution, on a quest to find the promised land of plenty. Not so different from many of present day humans who are on a migration path to find a sanctuary. We are also drawn into the challenges suffered by Rainbow’s people who split from Xhosa in the last book. They too face dangers and disputes as they seek to return to the safety of her leadership.

It is an adventure, thriller, love story, mystery and also a moving history of our people. Those that 850,000 years ago, migrated across uncharted territory to find a place to call home, are worthy of our respect.

I highly recommend that you read the two previous books by Jacqui Murray about early man, beginning with Born in a Treacherous Time and then Survival of the Fittest, and get to know and understand where you have evolved from.

**Jessica Norrie, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26
Website: https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3270629.Jessica_Norrie

One of the recent reviews for The Magic Carpet on Goodreads

I must admit that I got an expected but completely welcome surprise when I read this book. The magic carpet is an intricate and beautifully told tale of a school project and several families involved. Each child in the class has been allocated a fairy story to take home and make their own any way they wish.

The narratives switches between each family and each chapter is dedicated to a different class member. Diverse, intriguing and almost voyeuristic, we are allowed to peep into the lives of each family as they tackle the homework project in very different ways. All the adults in the story are increasingly distracted by events in their own lives and it’s up to the children to bring everyone together.

I adore that Jessica Norrie has given each family a very unique identity through circumstances. culture and race. Each relationship and situation is delicately written and issues are tackled with sensitivity but bring he characters to life. I became invested in every single child in this novel.

This is a breathtaking and addictive story about stories, families and children.

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

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

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One of the recent reviews for Deadly Quotes

This is Book 3 in the captivating Mary Miller series where Mary gets involved with fellow doctor and pathologist Leah Deakin to solve the mysterious new serial killings case of Deadly Quotes.The author Nunez-Miret uses her expert knowledge as a real life psychiatrist to bring to life in her investigative characters and pulls it off perfectly – like watching a real-life crime drama.

We are engrossed in this tale of murder where the suspect is already in jail. This is an intriguing start to the story which progresses with the discoveries of some new dead bodies and only quotes left behind on the corpses’ computers, taken from a book written by a serial killer still in jail. The investigation keeps us glued to wanting to know the facts as much as the investigators do and keeps us wondering if the killer in jail is responsible for these killings or could it possibly be a copycat killer.

I’m not about to give out spoilers here, but if you love a good mystery with well written investigative story, you will love this book as well as the others in this series. These Mary Miller mysteries are all standalone reads, so don’t feel like you have to have read the others, although well worth the reads, to keep up with the mysteries.

Denise O’Hagan, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mini-Style-Guide-Introduction-Presentation-ebook/dp/B07HHKWYGW
Website:https://blackquillpress.com/

One of the recent reviews for the Mini Style Guide

If you are looking for a clear and concise style manual that will refresh you on the trickier aspects of the English language, clear up any confusion you have over the muddier points of grammar once and for all, help you to stylistically present your manuscripts in the most professional manner, and offer you options on where and how to publish your finished pieces, don’t hesitate to add Denise O’Hagan’s Mini Style Guide to your writer’s reference shelf!

Written by a seasoned publishing industry professional, Denise offers an easy-to-read, practical and inspiring alternative to weighty tomes like the Chicago Manual of Style!

The Mini Style Guide is a welcome resource for independent and self-published writers who need editorial advice before they publish their work.

Highly recommended!

****Marina Osipova, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRWWebsite: http://www.marina-osipova.com/ – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4701687.Marina_Osipova

One of the early reviews for – Order number 227: From Stalin with Love

Short and powerfully, Osipova once again takes us into a story of war – 1942 Soviet Union fighting the Germans. The story is initially told through Jakov Antonovich as he led one of the penal batallions to ready them for war. The penal soldiers were men who had committed lesser crimes in their country and doing jailtime, recruited to war – some had never even held a gun. The story moves through what the men endured awaiting their time to be called to the front, their training, and their built up loyalty for the man Jakov who trained and nurtured their humanity, and what came of these men as they were eventually sent off to the front.

Although the story is historical fiction. Jakov was not a fictional character, blended well into the story he told of those who worked under him. Later in the story we meet a woman, a rare human who chose to stay behind in her hut and do what she had to do to survive, despite everyone else in her village who had aleady fleed – feeding and nursing soldiers who banged on her door – whether Germans or Russians, her compassion was big enough for all. Later in the end we find how the two stories of the soldiers and the woman would meld. A good reminder in our current world of what war does to man and a woman, and how despite the evil and despair, how humanity can still exist all in the name of fighting for one’s country. #Recommended.

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

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A recent review for Past and Present

As it happens, I read book one (audio!), but long enough ago I was gratified to find that any references to the past were adequate to the instant plot, making each a standalone. In this tale, our intrepid heroine Calamity sells her house and buys another, and then starts a new business. Sudden deja vu to Judy Garland’s “I have a barn; let’s put on a show!” as various characters are swept in to lend their talents to a new investigative service. But then the first case comes along and serious hard work and research are highlighted with flashes of psi concepts and tarot reading which seem to guide the discoveries. The characters are largely likable with hiss-worthy villains to keep it balanced and I enjoyed the journey and look forward to the next case (hinted at but not a cliffhanger).

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

A recent review for the collection on Goodreads

Jun 20, 2019 Darlene Foster rated it Four Stars

Sometimes it is good to sit down and read some short stories. So much can be said in a few carefully chosen words. Which is the case in this delightful collection of stories and poems. Stories about a first and forever love, stolen flowers, forgotten chillies, frozen landscapes and a miscarriage of justice evoke a wide range of emotions. My favourite story is the Loss of A Patriarch, depicting a family saying goodbye to a much-loved family member told in such a heartwarming manner it is sure to produce tears. For a first time author, this is a wonderful collection showing a range of writing skills.

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

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A recent review for Perihelix

Mar 24, 2019 Debrac2014 rated it four stars.

I enjoyed it! It’s an action packed story filled with some odd characters! I found both Big Pete and Lars interesting and I want to know more about their mysterious past!

C. A. Phipps, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/C-A-Phipps/e/B07D96GWWZ/
Website: http://caphipps.com  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18056267.C_A_Phipps

One of the recent reviews for Charming the Chef.

Charming the Chef is another wonderful book in the Celebrity Corgi series. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters. Lyra St. Claire is a celebrity chef who has her own television show, A Lesson with Lyra and she has her own restaurant, La Joliesse in LA. She also has a cute corgi named Cinnamon.

Sexy Kaden Hunter studied with Lyra for three years when they were in culinary school together and dreaming about their future restaurants. They have not really talked since Lyra left Portland for LA until she ends up stopping in to eat at his restaurant in Portland before she returns to LA.

This book was so full of interesting characters, a cute corgi and a mystery to solve too. I also liked that one of the characters from the first book in the series had a small part in this story too. Great suspense to keep you reading although I do wonder what happened after the story ended. I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review. 

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

   

A recent review for Desolation Bluff

Desolation Bluff was a pleasure to read. Blind writer, Oliver, who writes under the pen name of Fidel Amore, is a workaholic who has his newlywed wife, Vanessa looking after Oliver’s administrative and public relations side of his novels. Oliver’s best friend – Ray, impersonates Oliver by doing all the physical PR work, showing up to book signings, etc, pretending to be Oliver, allowing Oliver his freedom to write without having to go anywhere to promote his work. What could possibly go wrong?

Blind at birth, Oliver is unaware of the shenanigans going on between his wife and his best friend until the plot thickens and Ray accidentally backs into Oliver on the driveway and knocks him down. One of the side effects from this was Oliver’s vision was miraculously restored – and this is when the story really heats up.

Oliver makes a decision to keep his newly restored sight a secret when he realizes that his wife and Ray have become much ‘closer’ than he was aware of. And so the games begin! – Somebody is murdered, and then another somebody is murdered, and Oliver realizes that he may be next in line!

This book was a thoroughly enjoyable read with interesting characters and great plot twist to keep me hooked all the way through to a most satisfying ending! #Recommended.

*J. E. Pinto, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0101KE0N6
Website: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14120336.J_E_Pinto/blog

A recent review for Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car

Jo Elizabeth Pinto’s beautiful collection of vignettes about the meaning of parenthood will leave you spellbound. Her candor and her ability to place you in certain scenes is beautiful. I loved how the author did not sugarcoat the challenges encountered by blind parents but that she also emphasized the wonderful aspects, too. This powerful collection of vignettes are perfect for anyone who loves heartwarming and thought-provoking accounts and who want to learn about the challenges and victories that blind individuals face. My favorite vignettes include:

1. The Streetwalker. A beautiful exploration of how to turn an awkward moment into a positive teaching opportunity.
2. “oh, Gnats!” An exploration of the challenges encountered by blind parents when confronted by the frightening prospects of Child Protective Services.
3. The Turkey Trot. An account of a race that emphasizes the necessity of perseverance.
4. The Ugly Duckling Cake. Outstanding vignette about celebrating imperfections. This one made me smile.
5. The Ice Cream Man Sat Alone.
Beautiful commentary on violence and how it affects us all.

Please take the time to read this powerful collection. You will laugh, cry and celebrate life. Perhaps you will gain a richer understanding of how disabled individuals would like to be treated. As I am blind as well, I appreciated the author’s appeal for us all to be treated with common decency. We want to be seen as individuals, not to be seen just for our challenges.
Daddy Won’t Let Mom Drive the Car is thoroughly recommended! God bless you all.

Claire Plaisted, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Claire-Plaisted/e/B00P26WF2IGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7836698.Claire_Plaisted#Website: https://plaistedpublishinghouse.com/

One of the reviews for Enchantments.

Patty L. Fletcher 5.0 out of 5 stars I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of giving a review. August 23, 2017

If you like a fantasy book with a fast-paced action-packed suspenseful tale, this book is for you. Enchantments grabbed my attention from sentence one, and it did not let me go until the end.

I sat down in my favorite chair, and began to read. I was immediately pulled into the story, and I did not put it down until the very last words had been read. The hint of romance, gave this most awesome book a sweetness, and charm, that, only served to make the whole thing more desirable. The ending will leave you yelling for more, and I understand from the author, that there is, most assuredly more to come sometime in the future.

The character development is spot-on, and even though this is a quick read, it only took a moment for me to become completely involved in each and every one of their lives.

The concept of animals giving energy to beings to help them fight the Shadow Realm was brilliant, and I found myself wishing that there were truly such beings as are described here, in our world. To me, the Shadow Realm, represented evil, beings that would, if allowed, destroy the very fabric of society as the inhabitants of earth know it, and so the possibility of the Bul’ith sounded pretty awesome to me. I cannot say enough about this book, and I’m not at all doing it justice.

My suggestion? Buy this book today!