Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore.

How to get into the bookstore

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

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

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Promotions for books in the bookstore.

After that your featured book and another six of your other titles will be displayed in the bookstore with your main selling link (usually your Amazon author page) and your website or blog.  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.

Once you are an author in the bookstore you can take advantage of the Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – again Please take a look at the post below to see what I need from you.

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The new look bookstore – – You will find that the authors on the shelves will have an extract of their most recent review for one of their books displayed along with a link for people to read the whole of the review and hopefully buy the book.  It is going to take me a couple of weeks to check each author’s sales pages.. please be patient. I have now increased the number of covers displayed to 7.  Again please give me time to update each author.

I am keen to work with authors who are proactive and let me know when they have a new book or review and also share any updates that they are included in with their own networks. My aim is to increase your sales by sharing your books with my readers across the blog and social media. Many are very generous and retweet and reblog… that increases by following by several times.

I look forward to promoting your books and working with you to get you sales. Get in touch please. Please note that to keep the number of authors in the bookstore at a number that I can promote regularly, I will move the listing into a subsidary file if I have not had any contact with you for six months. You can reactivate your listing if you wish by contacting me.

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

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Please note: I promote other authors because it is something that I enjoy but on occasion it will have to fit around my own work in progress. There will be times when I cannot fit in a promotion to your schedule. I also reserve the right to decline to promote a book or author.

SALLY’S CAFE AND BOOKSTORE

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

Dan Alatorre, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Dan-Alatorre/e/B00EUX7HEU
Website: www.DanAlatorre.com

Please visit Amazon or Dan’s website to view all his books.

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One of the most recent reviews for Poggibonsi

Ok  on September 28, 2017

This was a surprisingly funny and entertaining story. It started with a business meeting about plans to establish a large btourism venture in Italy. Although the interplay between narrator Mike and his wife is somewhat amusing, I didn’t think I’d buy into the book.

There is a confident smugness about Mike that doesn’t sit well with me, but over time I started to like him. When the story moved to Italy it takes off and Mike becomes a much more likeable character than I thought. I prefer cocky characters to be written in the third person, first person makes them sound so full of themselves, but I came round and enjoyed the rest of the book.

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

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An extract from the most recent review for Thomas the Rhymer

The author takes the reader on a series of adventures through ancient ley lines, bathed in milky blue light that cross a fairy hill, churches and open countryside.

We meet the mysterious Horatio Grin and Agnes Day, whose sister Poppy was also abducted by the faeries. But can they be trusted? And can Jack and his friends find his brother and bring him safely back home?

I read this book slowly as there were so many mystical layers to Jack’s adventures. It is well written and will appeal to both young and old.

Richard Ankers, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Richard-M.-Ankers/e/B01GEM7690
Website: https://richardankers.com/

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The most recent review for the third book in the trilogy Into Eternity.

The final book of Anker’s The Eternals series doesn’t disappoint. Gradually, the trilogy has shifted from a story about a vampire to a story about a man seeking the truth of his life and discovering what it is to be human. This is a trilogy that must be read in sequence as the action continues without backstory through the strange and epic landscapes of a dying world.

The search for Linka leads Jean, Merriweather, and Aurora from the Arctic ice to the Baltic sea. Secrets of the past are revealed and reconciled, and at the final confrontation with his enemies, Jean endures betrayal but also learns the truth of his destiny.

Anker’s writing is stylistically poetic, the pace of the book steady, and dialog natural as well as imbued with personality. The verbal repartee between Jean and Merriweather is characteristic of their relationship and a pleasure to read. Walter Merriweather takes on a greater role in this book. Reveals about his history, personality, and motives is perhaps the most interesting and startling part of the story. The ending is an emotional and exquisite read.

If you enjoy vampires, epic vistas, tales of redemption, and stylistic writing, this series is well worth picking up. 

Carol Balawyder, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00HVETKWM
Websitehttp://carolbalawyder.com/

A recent review for The Longest Nine Months

Carol Balawyder’s The Longest Nine Months (2017) starts with a million dollar question, one every woman I know has faced at least once: Is my life going as I wish it would? Forty-two-year-old Campbell Jones, at the top of her career as a therapist, courageously arrives at the answer I had always wanted to: I quit!! And then, she moves on, taking the steps required to make that choice a reality despite detractors, the most painful being her husband, Chand. Chand doesn’t like change so treats Campbell’s decision as a phase, something she’ll get over, until she adds the exclamation point and becomes pregnant. This he argues against, suggests an abortion, kindly and then aggressively, especially when Campbell finds out that there are complications to the pregnancy. For a long nine months, Campbell addresses the problems of a pregnancy she wants and her husband doesn’t, the worries of raising her child alone, and how to reinvigorate her career in a way that better-serves her changed attitudes.

The gift of this book is that we are with Campbell as she goes from shock over the pregnancy to the joy of a new life. It’s written in a personal first person, present tense, which makes it as intimate as it gets.

This is the final installment of her exceptional women’s fiction series, Getting to Mr. Right, though it stands alone with no problem.

Andrea Balsara, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/A.-T.-Balsara/e/B077THW3QL/
Website: http://www.torreybalsara.com/

A recent review for The Great & The Small

Cynthia Reyes 5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read December 8, 2017

A WONDERFUL BOOK

It’s not like I love rats. So why on earth do I like A T Balsara’s new book, one of whose heroes is a rat named Fin?

Because it’s a well-written, absorbing book about the friendship between a “four-leg” (Fin) and a “two-leg” named Ananda.

Because the four-legged characters are even more interesting than the humans.
And because the book shows how easily a charismatic tyrant can sow anger, hate and division and bring their followers to war against others.

Fin faces a mighty struggle in this book. His choice could have deadly consequences.
Fin’s guardian “Papa”, a seemingly loving relative, is the leader of the rats. He hates humans. Indeed, the rats seem to have history on their side – humans have done horrible things to them. Humans, meanwhile, still remember the great plague in which people died from a disease carried by rats.

Into this cauldron of hate and distrust, Fin and Ananda meet and become friends, leaving them both to face grim and dangerous choices.

Written for a young adult audience but also suitable for adult audiences, this book handles the underlying themes of trust and hate towards those who are different, and who are deemed to be enemies.

A T Balsara is both writer and illustrator of this book. Her story-telling is compelling, and her drawings are superb.
 

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

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

An extract from the most recent review for A Hundred Tiny Threads

This is the first book I have read by Judith Barrow and it certainly won’t be the last! A superbly written novel set in 1911 and during the First World War. Winifred Duffy is disillusioned with her mundane job and domineering mother and wants to become involved in the Suffrage Movement. She is persuaded by her Irish friend Honora to go to a meeting and is determined to play her part in trying to get women the vote. Winifred is introduced to Honora’s brother and falls in love for the first time in her life. Can it last?

Linda Bethea, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Smells-Just-Like-Salad-ebook/dp/B01IVUXROQ
Blog: https://nutsrok.wordpress.com/

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An extract from a recent review for Just Women Getting By.

Linda Swain Bethea has done it again. I have just finished reading “Just Women Getting By. The riveting stories of women, strong women living through years of hardship, love, childbirth, death and hard work. Survival is what comes to mind about this book. Stories about life that will make you cry, and laugh at the same time. It is a tribute to women who have silently contributed to family, and country, making do with very little yet keeping the home fires burning.

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

Extract from the most recent review for Poetic Rituals

M.J. J Mallon rated it Four Stars on October 26th 2017

Ritu Bhathal’s collection of poems is accessible, easy readable poetry that warms the heart and keeps you smiling. It would appeal to everyone. It’s not high brow, it’s very down to earth, human and touches upon so many topics that readers will relate to – such as the trials and tribulations of bringing up children, family life, and relationships. It’s very witty, and made me smile in lots of places.

The chapter headings give you an excellent indication of the breadth of poems covered:
Family Rituals, (children, motherhood, being a daughter and sibling, even a few poems about cats!)

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

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

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An extract from a recent review for Maggie’s Revenge

Magdalena (Maggie) Holt, a DEA Agent undercover in a Cartel who is in danger and a has become a captive, is working very hard to get back home and take down the man who has taken her a prisoner and intends to sell her to the highest bidder. She’s helped some women escape the hell that has become her reality, but will she survive long enough to help the women she is locked away with and herself?

 

This is the 6th book in Jacquie Biggar’s Wounded Hearts Series and is the first one I have read in the series. I wish I had read the stories in order from the first one to this one, but it did not retract from the story as Ms. Biggar gives a lot of back story to understand what is going on. I really enjoyed this story and enjoy reading Ms. Biggar’s books. They are well written and the characters feel like someone you would meet on the streets and like as a person if you talked to them and got to know them.

If you like a strong men and very strong willed women and enjoy a story where the heroine hides her fear when doing her job, but always has to win, then you will love this book. I give this story a 5 star review, and I look forward to going back and reading the other stories in this series.

 

Christy Birmingham, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Versions-Self-Christy-Birmingham/dp/0994094906 and http://redmundpro.com/book-store/pi/ (less)
Websitehttps://poeticparfait.com/

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

Sheila rated it 5 stars on March 8th 2017 Goodreads.

These poems resonated with me when I read them, and they’re still resonating. There are so many feelings that can be found here, so many relationships, so many selves.

I loved the poems that celebrated freedom and could at times feel my soul soaring along with the words. Then different poems made me stop and think while bringing me back to Earth.

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

One of the recent reviews for Keepers.

on 7 January 2018

An unusual fantasy world sharply imagined by a new YA fantasy author, is introduced to us in this energetic and very well-written book. I studied the glossary of terms in the front matter, as I began to get a feel for the cosmology of Trutinor. In the initial stages of the story I spent some time trying to grasp the nature and laws of this world, and to keep track of all the characters. But the author maintained her hold on my interest, as she drew me into the main protagonist’s dilemmas, motivation and emotional dynamics.

The story powers through to some very strong and compelling action scenes with high stakes for the characters we care most about, and finally we are brought to a shocking twist in the finale, making us want to read book 2 in this series.

 

Steve Boseley, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G
Websitehttp://www.authorsteveboseley.com

A review for A Sinister Six.

Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews Six incredible stories! February 1, 2017

There are six incredible, magnificent, and horrifying stories. Yes, they truly are sinister. Not just the stories. Not just the characters. But the way the stories bring in the reader and add twists. Boseley is a master of designing these perfectly horrid stories, and brings the reader into his mind. I was intrigued when I saw the quote from Poe in the beginning of the book, and I can see why. There is a lot of “Poe”-ishness within this story. The titles of the stories just bring you in and then … the story keeps you shivering. “He could hear her voice, muffled by the pillow, which he tried to block out and failed. Her voice weakened and then was silent.”

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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An extract from the most recent review for Annies Story

A unique story on June 25, 2017

Life in America circa 1,600 CE can’t have been easy, not with the English intent on stamping their domination and with the Puritans extolling so called Christian virtues to the extreme. As the saying goes: the more things change, the more it remains the same.

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

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

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

One of the early reviews for The Hat

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

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

 

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

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A recent review for A Montana Bound Christmas.

Uncaged Review: When we last left John, Maggie and Chloe in the Montana Bound three book series, we had our happy ending, and it ended in a good place, I was happy with the series. Imagine my excitement when Ms. Bradley sent me this fourth installment – and a Christmas one at that!

I’m not going to give a lot away, but I think I see even better closure for a couple more characters. This book alternates point-of-views each chapter – and I liked seeing in the thoughts of the other characters like John’s father and his ex-wife. If you’ve read the Montana Bound series, this is a welcome addition, and if you haven’t – you can read it as a standalone, but to get the full impact of what these characters have been through, start at the beginning, Maggie’s Way.

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

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A recent review for On the Edge of a Raindrop

It was Brentyn’s first book, Hinting at Shadows that drew me in to the mysterious world of micro-fiction. This type of writing fascinates me, how a whole story can be painted in so few words, leaving so much to be taken in with pause and reflection.

On the Edge of a Raindrop leaves plenty thought provoking moments from Brentyn – Mistress of Flash Fiction. She can sum up a life in a paragraph and create moments of human awareness with so few words. As she writes, “There is a world inside a drop of fiction.”

This passage in particular resonated with me, “Sugar coated lies, though easier to swallow, have a bitter aftertaste.” Two other stories grabbed at my heartstrings – Puddles and Wishes.

These short bursts of stories pack a real punch and because of the short length are easy to go back and read again and again, and perhaps leave a different impression. Highly recommended, especially for those who enjoy being able to read shorter works without losing the impact of a story.

Evadeen Brickwood, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Evadeen-Brickwood/e/B013NLFSN6
Website: http://www.evadeen.wixsite.com/novels

One of the early reviews for the book on Goodreads by Phyllis Hyde on November 10th.

I found this book interesting and exciting and it was hard to put down. It captured the African spirit well and cleverly managed to weave the various forms of crime, corruption, drug/alcohol abuse together with rhino poaching

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

An extract from a  review for Searching for Summer

Excellent Read  on September 15, 2015

This book has been labeled as Women’s Literature and Cozy Mystery. It encompasses the elements of both. The story is about a woman searching for her daughter, Summer. In the process of this journey, our protagonist, Mirabelle examines her own life. She lost her father at an early age and never recovered from that. Now she must cross-examine her single parenting skills to understand where she went wrong with her own child.

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

An extract from an early review for the poetry collection

Gorgeous poetry  on September 14, 2017

This collection of diverse and beautiful poems brought me to tears and laughter at various points. It will call to anyone with family far away or even a chIldhood that feels far away – anyone who has loved and anyone who has lost.

Luanne Castle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Doll-God-Luanne-Castle/dp/0692334882
Website: http://www.luannecastle.com

An extract from the most recent review for Kin Types

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

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

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A recent review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One of the most recent reviews for The Swamp Fairy

Abigail ,The fairy whisperer and orphaned girl sent to live with an aunt that she didn’t know and an aunt who had no children and was just as nervous as Abigail at the thought of having a young girl coming to live with her.Tragically orphaned Abby discovers a lot about herself and her destiny, a fiesty little soul who is passionate about preserving her birthright and equally passionate about what she knows to be injustice and greed.

This story draws the reader into Abby’s world , the world of buterflies, fairies and magic, but also a world of greed in the shape of Rafe Cobb who would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. A book which will leave you wanting to turn the page and if you know a girl who loves fairies and butterflies she will love this book.

Billy Ray Chitwood, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Ray-Chitwood/e/B00502520Q
Website: https://brchitwood.com

A review for Cloud Dancer

Christoph Fischer rated it Five Stars in September 2016

This is another remarkable helping from accomplished writer Billy Ray Chitwood. I’m a big fan of his work and took time out of my busy schedule to read this. I was not disappointed.
Written in beautful prose the story dances away and takes us to the clouds. Our hero suffers a car accident and his head gets stuck in the vlouds of medical sedation. From here it is only a step further to time travel and the world of Native Indian as they face the infamous “Trail of Tears’.Sad, yet full of uplifting moments, this is a great blend of genres that will keep your interest easily.

There is a lot going on in this story, historically, romantically and plot wise. It never fails to engage with its beautiful prose and imaginative storyline. A very accomplished novel about meaning in life and inequality, love and honour. Very enjoyable.

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.

An extract from a recent review for A Desolate Hour

Teri rated it Five Stars on Goodreads on August 23rd 2017

Well – I hated to see this series wrap up – but what a satisfying ending. I’m a devoted fan of all things supernatural, which is what initially drew me to these books, but even if the supernatural elements were nonexistent, I’d continue to return for the characters. They’re believable, compelling, charming, loathsome, mysterious – for the most part, people you’d meet on the street (maybe not the aliens – but you never know) and enjoy having as friends.

If you thought there were no shocking secrets left to be revealed, guess again. Just another thing I enjoyed about this series – layers upon layers of intrigue coaxing me into reading just a little longer before turning out the light.

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

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

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One of the recent reviews for Amie: Cut for Life

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

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

One of the recent reviews for Hacked

Reviewed by Karen for the Rosie Amber Review Team:

This book re-introduces you to Shawnee Daniels. Shawnee has to stop a serial killer hacking into his victims’ cars.

With Hacked, Sue Coletta has once again created an incredibly chilling thriller with a stubborn young woman hacking her way to identifying a serial killer. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Sue Coletta paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Shawnee and Levaughn. The characters are very complex, believable with their flaws and virtues; sometimes too believable for comfort. Some characters (human and feline) are the source for some fun moments for the readers, not so much for Shawnee, though. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. Sue Coletta’s thorough research shows; you find proof throughout the story.

This is a book for you if you like psychological suspense, novellas, thrillers with serial killers and hackers, stubborn characters, and if you are a fan of excellently researched topics.

Kim Cox, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Cox/e/B004WFKDAG
Website: http://www.kimcoxauthor.com

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

An early review for Haunted by her Past

What a powerful book, scenes so intense I felt I was there in the room with furniture flying but so poignant was the conversation between the mother and son spirits my heart was breaking a bit.

It’s so easy to walk away and close our eyes to abuse but here is Lana stuck on bed rest seeing these visions of abuse and she just has to help. A quick call to her BFF gets the ball rolling. So much happening in this book fun new characters to meet and of course the welcoming of a new baby. Welcome Aidan! I can’t wait to watch you grow up.

I’d like to remind anybody if your stuck in a bad situation there is help out there.

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

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

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The most recent review for Sam a Shaggy Dog Story

Since reading Barca’s Rufus and Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain (click to see the reviews)–both told through a dog’s voice–I am always on the hunt for stories told from the dog’s perspective. I’ve read many and found most without the empathy and confidence that makes we humans so love our dogs as companions, not as mastered creatures. Sally Cronin’s Sam: A Shaggy Dog Story (Moyhill Publishing 2013) is one of those books. Sam is a sheepdog, considered one of the smartest of the dog breeds, and Sam doesn’t let us down.

I’m honored that through Sally, Sam shares his life with me, takes the time to tell me his dreams, his mistakes and victories. Sam is wise, loving, understanding, and most important, as good a friend as any human could ever have. In this book, readers see how Sam separates from his pack and adapts to his two-legged replacements. We see how he trains his humans and models a life filled with companionship, respect, trust, and loyalty. In the end, all I wanted (besides a sequel) was to be more like Sam

Enjoy the pictures the author included. Sam is gorgeous!

Lillian Csernica, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Lillian-Csernica/e/B00HL7IKWK
Blog: https://lillian888.wordpress.com/

A review for The Fright Factory

Lillian Csernicas Fright Factory is a must read for people who want to write horror or for those who already do but want to make it even better. Though this is not a very big book Lillian has filled each page with tips and ideas and still manages to make it an enjoyable and fascinating read. My favorite part is her refrences to books, stories, and even films to show you what she is saying unlike other writing books that create an example and you are just suppose to remember it when you write. I am not a writer but I do love reading horror so it was interesting to read because some of the things she brought up as things not to do are actually things I dislike about horror novels so I know how it is.

Paul Cude, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Cude/e/B007339206
Website: http://www.bentwhistlethedragon.co.uk/

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

on December 6, 2017

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude is a story set in the present day world where dragons are disguised as humans and have infiltrated the human race to guide and protect them. Peter Bentwhistle and his friends Tank and Richie are three young dragons fresh out of the nursery ring. Peter rises to the head of security at Cromptech; a firm that provides laminium which is a critical resource for dragons. Peter’s boss starts going through his own changes which appear to be due to a security consultant named Manson. The three young dragons get caught up in an evil plot to steal the precious commodity vital to the dragon community. How does Peter and his friends restore his boss to his former personality and old self and thwart Mansion?

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

One of the recent reviews for The Scarlet Ribbon

It’s rare these days to find an original concept in fiction but Anita Dawes has created an unusual story here. Maggie has been knocked down by a car and is in a coma, aware of her surroundings but unable to communicate. While in the coma, she also occupies an alternate world somewhere between life and death. Here she meets David and Annie, two characters who will continue to haunt her when she emerges from her coma.

The novel is beautifully written and the characterization is strong; the reader is rooting for Maggie from the start. It took me a little while to get into this story but from the point Maggie comes out of her coma I couldn’t put it down. The whole premise is thought provoking and I’d particularly recommend it to people who are interested in concepts of the afterlife. In particular, the ending will stay with me for a long time.

Angie Dokos, Buy: www.amazon.com/dp/B01BL4H20E
Blog: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/

A recent review for MacKenzie’s Distraction

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

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

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

 

K.D. Dowdall, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-DeMers-Dowdall/e/B00JO0Q4AM
Blog: https://wordpress.com/view/karendowdall.com

An extract from one of the early reviews for The Stone Arch Secret

R. R. 4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery from the past is explored January 10, 2018

Long ago, when just teenagers, Lilly Allaire and her best friend Dax came upon a stone enclosure and inside that enclosure was a single gravestone and an alter. Lilly and Dax were big dreamers, often making up tales in the forest where they both liked to go. Curiosity was almost like second nature to Lilly and she practically dragged Dax back out to the enclosure a few days later after they found it. Lilly was fascinated and wanted to learn more about the gravestone in the enclosure. Her curiosity led her and Dax straight into a path of no return. Years later, Lilly still has nightmares about that night. She doesn’t remember what happened and Dax was found unable to speak and in an altered state. One which he never recovers from.

I really enjoyed the vibe of THE STONE ARCH SECRET. It felt really eerie and had a ghost story type of setting which I actually loved and it really kept me engaged with the story. The mystery aspect really keeps you guessing and there are a few curve balls thrown your way that left me speechless. There is a romance story-line, but it never takes center stage above the mystery. I often times find that when there is a romance in a mystery story, the mystery aspect takes a backseat, but this was not the case here. All in all, I think this is a story that should not be missed.

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

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

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One of the reviews for book one in the Herbert West Series

This was one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking stories I have ever read. It’s told from the perspective of mild-mannered archivist Charles Millburn, but the real story revolves around the incredibly fascinating, mysterious Herbert West and his necromantic attempts. I absolutely loved this setup – Herbert West’s story became so much more intriguing when viewed through the eyes of another. This is definitely what the author intended when she wrote this gorgeous piece of literature, and I feel she pulled it off beautifully.

Herbert West alarmed, enchanted, and terrified me all at once. He is ruthless in his ambitions, confident that he will not be discovered, and willing to do whatever it takes to get his way. He should have been the villain of the piece but, perhaps because the story is told through his loyal follower Charles Millburn, I was instead sympathetic for him, and wanted him to succeed despite the fact that what he was doing was morally questionable at best.

The only complaint I can really make is that I felt the story dragged in places. The first half of the story was absolutely gripping, but once the characters separate and go their own ways for a bit, I wasn’t quite as enthralled – although once they get back together, the story picks up pace again.

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

A recent review for The Heart’s Lullaby

Poetry from the Heart on October 30, 2017

This book of heartfelt poetry is gorgeous. Once you get started into reading these poems you can get a deep feel for the author’s emotion she engraves into her beautiful words. Her poetry revolves around life and matters of the heart and in the second part Ducey shares some more intimate passages dedicated to more concrete issues such as PTSD, Dementia, and tributes to her own family members.

If you’re looking for a short time out from chaos and need to rejuvenate with some poetic words of inspiration I recommend reading this book.

Jessica Duchen, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Duchen/e/B001HCXXL8
Websitehttp://www.jessicaduchen.co.uk

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

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An extract from a recent review for Ghost Variations

on 11 September 2017
A captivating and enticing read.

At the heart of this book is a poignant story of a great violinist, Jelly d’Aranyi, or “An Artist of the Floating World”( to borrow from Ishiguro) trying to come to terms with an ever alienating society and the world as it is rapidly approaching another Great War. Although the main plot is the search for a Schumann violin concerto, it seems almost secondary, an effect rather than a cause.

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

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

One of the recent reviews for the new edition of Goblin Tales.

Recommended! on 31 October 2017

This book has been updated and improved by the author, who, since I had already bought, read, and reviewed the previous version, kindly, let me read the new version prior to publishing.

The book still contains 30 short but immensely enjoyable stories about five Goblin brothers and their ‘Humin’ friend. Unlike many fantasy tales involving Humans and Goblins, this book contains no gory bits, spurious violence or endless wars, nevertheless, it is very entertaining.

Be careful though, especially if you tend to read out loud to yourself, the temptation to utter the words spoken by the Goblins is overwhelming and if you are in a packed commuter train or bus, you may get funny looks from your fellow travellers. Mind you, you may also get more space to stretch out and get comfortable as they sidle away from you….

John Fioravanti, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/John-Fioravanti/e/B00JSAHGAU
Fiora Books websitehttp://fiorabooks.com/

A recent review for John’s memoir Heart of Teaching

A very touching memoir of the author’s journey through his teaching career. Plagued by self-doubt and a low self-esteem, the author shares how he overcame many challenges through his teaching career to become a respected teacher and mentor for his students. I thought of the movie ‘To Sir with Love.’ as I read about the lunch club and the connection the author had with his students. A gift that the author had but at times didn’t realise, although over time was recognised by both colleagues and students. The author describes the lessons learnt in teaching, going from an undisciplined classroom to one where he gained respect and was valued by his students. A book that would be valuable for all student teachers to read to gain insight into the profession and also what works best to gain the important connection a teacher nurtures with students.

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

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

A recent review for Ludwika on Goodreads

Debbi rated it really liked it – Four Stars on October 17th

Based on a true story, this was an interesting perspective of WWII as it wasn’t from a Jew surviving the concentration camps. Ludwika was a polish woman who left her farm and family to serve a SS officer in Germany. She did so to keep her family, including her 5-year-old daughter on their farm. So began her journey through Germany throughout the war. She wasn’t jewish but she was still a second class citizen at best. Very interesting and historically informative.

Lesley Fletcher, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Lesley-Fletcher/e/B003LSC1OG
Website: http://lesleyfletcher.com/

A review for Crystal Ball Persuasion

I seldom read works of fiction because they usually aren’t thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I loved the two main characters almost immediately. It was full of suspense and twists and turns. Some romance but not too much. I enjoyed the travels and adventures. Very good descriptions without overwhelming one with too many flowery words. One of my favorite things about this book were the parts that made me think. I highly recommend this book.

Rebekkah Ford, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Rebekkah-Ford/e/B00896OMB0
Blog: http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com

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

An extract from a recent review for Legends of Deceit

Legends of deceit is a fantasy novel written about a girl named Haven. When she comes home one day after a trip to see her parents murdered, her life turns upside down.

Larkin, a handsome soldier convinces her to come with him to a realm as he believes that she is princess Alaris. The world is filled with mystical creatures and is beautifully described. Haven discovers that she is, in fact, a princess and that her biological mother and grandmother both hid certain memories in her mind and sent her to earth in order to protect her. As things begin to unravel, she also learns a lot about who she can trust and what her destiny is.

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

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

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An extract from the latest book Amanda in New Mexico

This is the latest installment in a series about a 6th grade girl who is lucky enough to travel, this time with many in her class on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico. They are all students who are artistic, write blogs, take photographs or express themselves in other ways that they are producing each evening after their sightseeing. Taos is a place I have visited and enjoyed so I find it exciting to see it used for the setting of a young adult novel. I also read mysteries when I was young and enjoyed the opportunity to see what is being produced today in this area,and with that hint of the paranormal.

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

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A recent review for Slapstyx

Engaging! Great for pre-teens! on August 31, 2017

The Slapstyx is very appropriate for its targeted age. I have a nine year old niece that adores to read. Her sister is twelve and she struggles. As soon as I finished this book I told my sister to get off her but and get a copy for both of them to read!

They story is far fetched and extremely magical, yet clearly and intelligently written in a way that pre-teens can actually grasp and relate to. Not only that, but it has a few educational qualities about pollution and moral values. Ultimately it sends a good message.

I wasn’t extremely fond of the twins, Gem and Gorgie. I felt their characters lacking despite their magic. They were clever enough, but sometime seemed to be missing. But, that being said, the goblins and Mr. Zigstack to make up for the personality lack of the girls. I loved them. Wonderfully engaging. Great for kids!

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

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A recent review for Vampyrie

Frisco is a gifted writer who knows how to snare the interest of her reader from the very first page and to maintain that interest until the very last word. Although it is a vampire story with a unique twist, it is so much more. I was fascinated with the growth and maturation that the main character, Phoebe, experienced throughout the story. As I reached the end of the book I realized that this tale of human growth wasn’t just Phoebe’s, it applies to all of us as we struggle with self-awareness and acceptance. Frisco teaches us that our hearts, minds, spirits, and souls contribute to this journey of awareness and fulfillment and that none of us journey alone. This is not just another vampire story. I highly recommend this great book.

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

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An extract from one of the recent reviews for Dancing to an Irish Reel

A fine example of these very qualities can be found in a wonderfully written novel titled “Dancing to an Irish Reel” by author Claire Fullerton. Ms. Fullerton takes the reader on an inspiring journey of hope, love and music, through the beautiful Galway in the West of Ireland and the ancient province of Connaught. If you have never been to Ireland, reading “Dancing to an Irish Reel” will inspire you to dust off your passport.

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

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An extract from a recent review for Watching the Daisies

on October 10, 2017

I had read Brigid’s blog for a while when I bought the book and was quite sure I would enjoy it. I was not disappointed, in fact to the contrary it surpassed my expectations. Her back story is poignant and clearly significantly impacted on the woman she grew to be. She tells the tale in a soft voice which gently steers you through her places. Lovely, lovely and with a heart full of love for those that she cares for. Her journey into healing and ultimately self-healing is fascinating. She does not shun traditional medicine but rather listens intently to the diagnoses whilst simultaneously drawing on her decades of learning many many alternative healing forms.

Joyce Gatschenberger, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Lines-Listening-Generational-Marital-Betrayal-ebook/dp/B0179CZOD4
Website: http://www.linesoflistening.com/

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An extract from a review for Lines of Listening

The book is well written in a short story format. It is easy to flip page, after page but difficulty to put down. The author relates stories from her life that some may relate to and others are just interested to read.

Honestly though, who hasn’t been betrayed in life? This book uses those sorrows and struggles to relate feelings that can only be understood through the “Lines of Listening.”
Great, easy, interesting read!

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

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An extract from a recent review for Murder at the Bijou

This is a very enjoyable murder story set in the 1920s. Pip, Granny Phanny and a whole bunch of alliterated characters populate the story of surprisingly strong suspense with equally surprising turns of events.
This is hugely enjoyable and definitely recommended to anyone with a sense of fun and humour. I loved this book when it was published in parts on the blog and loved it even more re-reading it as a whole in one sitting. Yes, one sitting.

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

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An extract from a review by Tina Frisco on Goodreads

My Vibrating Vertebrae is a delightful book of poetry, comprising the works of Agnes Mae Graham and gathered and published by her two children posthumously.

As stated in the dedication, the poems span decades of Agnes’ life in 20th Century Northern Ireland, offering a flavor of Irish dialect as she puts to paper her loves, hopes, and dreams.

Two of my favorites are Nonsense Rhyme and The Women’s Rural. I can well imagine Nonsense Rhyme being read to a child who, perhaps not understanding all the words, would burst into giggles at the ending. And as I read The Women’s Rural, I delighted in the feeling of sisterhood and community it conveyed, a sorely needed phenomenon in our contemporary western society.

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

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Extract from one of the recent reviews for Death by Pumpkin

Death by Pumpkin was my second read in Granger’s Rhe Brewster series and a pure joy ride. Rhe is a single mom, ER nurse, and police department consultant in the small Maine town of Pequod. She, once again, takes an active role in a police department investigation when the pumpkin-drop at a local festival reveals a murder. She rapidly goes from investigator to target as an old nemesis is determined to make her and those she cares for suffer.

John F. Hanley, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-F.-Hanley/e/B009SMTYTY
Website/Blog: http://www.johnfhanley.co.uk/

An extract from a review for Against the Tide

One of the reviews for The Last Boat – The second book in the series.

The Last Boat is the sequel to Against the Tide and as the reader I was plunged straight back into Jack Renouf and his adventures along with all the other characters met in the first book. In all honesty I hadn’t realised how much I missed them all. The Last Boat brings an extra depth to these characters, Jack himself is a year older, a little wiser but still a young man with a lot to learn about life, love and himself.

The book starts in France in June 1940, Jack having left his studies due to the war is involved in the rescue of some of the thousands of Allied soldiers from the beaches around Dunkirk. This book has switched from swimming to sailing, the timings of the tides become crucial to the various missions that litter the pages as Jack begins to realise what type of man he really is. I found myself much more involved with the characters, I actually shed a tear before I was halfway through the book as actions and decisions in the past begin to have very real consequences in the present.

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

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

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

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

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A recent review for The Magician’s Curse.

Modern Day Gothic on November 16, 2017

The Magician’s Curse is a modern day gothic romance. We meet Herman, who is traveling to start a new job, and Stephen, a successful magician. There is an immediate attraction between the pair, and so begins a tale of romance, intrigue, heartache, and possible danger. This is the first book I have read by Linda G. Hill, and I enjoy her style. The pace is steady, the writing flows smoothly, and the characters become people you care about. I was left wanting more, and I’m activly wishing for book two. Highly recommended.

J. Hope Suis, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mid-Life-Joyride-Love-Single-Lane/dp/0999479903
Website: www.hopeboulevard.com

A review for Mid-Life Joyride

Excellent writing! on October 24, 2017

Loved this book! The author is easy to follow, sharing great insight, tips and advice for “mature” singles like me. Her use of analogies is delightful and dead on! You will find yourself chuckling at her humor and shaking your head in agreement, with the trials, tribulations and adventures of a SIM! I definitely recommend this book!

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

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

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One of the reviews for Bequiling Delilah

Great story on November 8, 2017

Leon was sent to Paris to bring Delilah back to the Guardians stronghold. But the evil that is after Delilah shows up and they are on the run to get away. The two of them fall In love, but have they gotten the evil to close to the stronghold?

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

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One of the recent reviews for Circumstances of Childhood

It’s always a pleasure to read a novel written by John Howell. He has a way of mixing action, thriller level excitement, real world politics, intelligent discourse and detail (much of which feels ripped presciently from today’s headlines), all wrapped up in believable, relatable, and importantly – likeable – characters. And it’s all his own – the John Howell style – immediate, engrossing and always great fun.

This time the author notes some autobiographical parts, and an homage to great friendships. And this is what surrounds the novel – a great, true friendship from life and beyond life, adding a paranormal element that is warming and comforting rather than frightening or strange. It is a testament to John’s writing skill that you accept the supernatural premise immediately and naturally. Of course such a strong friendship, which is more like a family tie than just companionship – of course it survives even death. And of course it becomes a guarding angel over the thrilling ups and downs of the narrative itself.

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

This is a complicated and complex novel. The prologue sets the scene and conflict initially, but there’s a lot of back story that has to be told to connect all the players. And there are many! The author shows good insight into the main characters psyche, motivations, description of inner thinking, etc. The action scenes are well done.

Most of the story is written in present tense, not necessarily a favorite for me, but it does bring the reader a more immediate connection with the story. After the first few chapters, I was fine with it. There’s tons of intrigue, clandestine meetings, death, murder, exotic and unusual settings. All the qualities that come with a well crafted novel. And a unique writing style. Well done, and well worth the read.

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

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

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A recent review for My Life at Sweetbriar on Goodreads

This children’s chapter book is truly an inspiration. The author was born with a disability that impacted her ability to walk. As a young girl growing up on a horse farm, she wished that she could ride and jump and win horse shows. Her Daddy, being her biggest fan, helped her overcome her fears and various horses in her life improved her self-confidence. With a lot of practice and perseverance, she made her dreams come true. This book teaches children about following their dreams no matter what disability, fear, or obstacle they may have. While reading the book, I felt like I was right there with the author cheering her on. I love that she included pictures of herself, her family, and her horses. This is a great book for children about never giving up.

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

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One of the recent reviews for Outshine

Outshine is aptly named. It shines with inspiration, faith, hope, and resolve. In it, the author shares the challenges she faced after receiving a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Outshine isn’t heavy. Nor is it oppressive. It’s well-written and reads more like a story told by a strong woman who shares her trials with the reader. Karen Ingalls also shares the good times she allowed herself to experience in order to keep the balance her mind needed to survive. God gave Karen a strong support system led by her rock solid husband. This system helped her live more positively and gave her strength to acquire and apply all the knowledge she could. Throughout, Karen credits God, friends, family, and her doctors for helping her to survive. I intend to re-read Outshine, intermittently, to help me minister to friends and family who may be going through cancer. I’m also recommending it to anyone that I think it might help.

Marsha Ingrao, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Woodlake-Images-America-Marsha-Ingrao-ebook/dp/B014GA80N8
Website: http://marshajustwrites.com/

A review for the book

Wonderful book of Woodlake history. It’s a treasure! I bought three so my kids have their own copy. Grandson loves it! It’s heritage!

Ali Isaac, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Ali-Isaac/e/B008TV9ECW
Website: https://aliisaacstoryteller.com/

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A review for Conor Kelly’s Legends Ireland

Excellent presentation of many Celtic myths and legends. In some tellings, these can be difficult to follow. Here, the author welcomes you into an easy and entertaining story. One is transported back to the days and evenings of the bard singing tales by the firesode. The only thing missing was the harp and feast! A highly recommended resource for any interested in the tales of old!

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

A review for What Did I Do.

This story is a remarkably sensitive account of how a young man who travels on his own personal journey of acceptance while dealing with his own parents’ prejudices and bigotry. Any person coming out of the closet and any parent dealing with a child who is different need to read this book.

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

A recent review for Playing in the Rain.

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

 

Wendy Janes, Buyhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B016J66C9G
Website: http://wendyproof.co.uk/

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An extract for one of the reviews for What Tim Knows.

I had read some of Wendy Janes’s articles about editing and I was aware of her novel ‘What Jennifer Knows’ although I had not read it. So I came to this book feeling quite curious. I had read some of the reviews, both of the novel and of this book and they were all positive, and after reading it, I can say deservedly so.

The author explains that these “stories” are scenes and background information she had written when preparing her novel, but later they did not seem to fit in with it and she did not include them but thought readers might enjoy them in their own right. Not having read the novel, I can confirm they can be read independently, although I got the feeling that perhaps some of them would be enjoyed more fully by readers who were already familiar with the story, as they would offer further insight into well-loved characters.

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

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An extract for one of the recent reviews for The Prince’s Man

By Jacqui Murray VINE VOICE on September 7, 2017

This elaborately constructed world of royalty and spies, intrigue and romance, truly is a mix of fantasy and 007. In so many ways, it resembles the delightful conniving multilayered world of the French and British court life with its flirtatious characters, the one-upmanship of lords and ladies, and the subterfuge that can surface at any moment to threaten the ruler. But when you add an elixir that offers the fountain of youth, the price of victory or defeat skyrockets. This award-winning story, the first in the Five Kingdoms series, is intricately woven, dramatically told, and filled with twists and turns that will keep every reader guessing.

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

One of the latest reviews for A Thousand Rooms on Goodreads

Laurie rated it Four Stars on September 5th 2017

Wow! Haven’t we all wondered what happens when our time on earth end?
Helen Jones took the plunge thru a character named Katie who dies suddenly and quite by accident. Obviously, Nobody was expecting her,which causes some problems for Katie as she attempts to find Heaven.

Heaven isn’t about one big cloud we all sit on, but finding peace and complete happiness and forgiveness in those we have left behind. Katie- after visiting so many rooms in Heaven that she does not belong in, finds her room and her complete love.

“Maybe I would have been able to show you a little, but you had to find it in yourself. You’re the only person who can help you, in the end.” “I was blessed.” An interesting read that would be an excellent book club discussion. I truly enjoyed it.

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

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 An extract from a recent review.
on November 29, 2017

Enter the creative and factual world of Andrew Joyce where imagination and memories collide in a spectacular volume of short and long stories. This book is a collection of many genres and styles. There is something here for everyone. And, that is one of the author’s gifts – the ability to write stories that capture everyone’s imagination.

I have to share with you that the true adventures the author lived through left me with some jaw-dropping moments. Be prepared for a wild ride. In these hitching tales, the author uses his real name, Billy Doyle, Andrew Joyce being his pen name. I think that fact made the stories even more terrifying for me. I couldn’t help but wonder what motivated the author’s wanderlust and later penchant for falling into tough situations. Yet, somehow, he managed to survive with the will to jump into another wild adventure. I can only attribute his gumption to being young and his willingness to experience life to the fullest.

Deanna Kahler, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Deanna-Kahler/e/B00CQLTTV2/
Website: http://www.deannakahler.com

An extract from a recent review for Part of Me.

REVIEWED BY: LINDA TONIS MEMBER OF THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEW TEAM
Seventeen year old Chase has had nightmares for years. Every nightmare involves a plane crashing and a beautiful woman. Psychologists determined that his nightmares were due to PSTD since his father died in a plane crash when Chase was six years old but that doesn’t account for the fact that he still has them and that they involve a beautiful woman.

Chase is going on spring break with his friends and girlfriend Kaitlyn a girl who was his best friend until they decided to become a couple. Kaitlyn loves Chase but Chase loves the woman in his visions and nightmares and eventually feels he has to be honest with Kaitlyn. While in Panama City he breaks the news to her that he loves a woman he sees in his dreams and is determined to find her. He has always felt that something was missing in his life and he always did whatever others thought he should do. If he ever hopes to find happiness and love he must find out if the woman is from his past or is in his future.

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

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

A recent review for Twenty Years: After “I Do”

D.G Kaye bares her innermost thoughts and feelings after 20 years of marriage to her soul mate Gordon, a man 20 years her senior. Gordon is suffering the effects of ageing and the aftermath of prostate cancer treatment.

The author writes with some candour in this short but informative self-help/memoir of several mindfulness strategies she employs to keep her marriage as fresh as the day she said “I do”. These strategies can be used by any couple regardless of their ages, and indeed I aim to take a leaf out of this book to aid my own 37 year marriage!

It is a treat to read of the author’s successful marriage, despite her initial doubts (due to Gordon’s age) at the start of the relationship plus many hardships and health scares of both parties along the way. D.G Kaye and her husband laugh a lot, look after each other, and take heed of their marriage vows. Many younger couples could learn from this recommended 5 star read.

Alethea Kehas, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Alethea-Kehas/e/B00NO1SB9O
Website: www.aletheakehas.com

A recent review for the book

Beautiful on October 15, 2017

This is an inspiring and beautiful story of a life defined by the search for truth – soul truth, which truly, is the most personal and relevant truth there is. So much of Alethea’s story is similar to my own, her words brought tears to my eyes and helped me release things I didn’t even realize I was holding on to. Thank you for sharing your truth, Alethea.

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

One of the early reviews for the book.

Cynthia Tatum 5.0 out of 5 stars It’s a fun read! December 2, 2017

Dottie Gale is a snappy second grade teacher in a small town in Kansas who is about to get swept up into a whirlwind cross-country road trip on the way to a teacher conference. She makes some new quirky friends on her trip and finds herself in the most bizarre of situations by no fault of her own. Add to the mix a new principal with higher aspirations than staying at a small school in Kansas and an old cheating high school boyfriend and the adventure begins!

I found this to be a fun read with many chuckles throughout as Dottie was a wise-cracking main character that kept the pace moving quickly. I enjoyed the parallels between Dottie and Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz and found the author to give just the right balance between references to the old classic and this story. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a not-so serious, yet very enjoyable, read curled up in front of a fireplace with a warm blanket and a mug of tea on a cozy evening.

Julie Lawford, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Singled-Out-Julie-Lawford/dp/1505207517
Website: https://julielawford.com/

A recent review for Singled Out

Very good on 18 June 2017

A very well written thriller set during a holiday trip to Turkey, organised for singles. You might assume that this could be chick lit, but that would do the character depth and writing style grave injustice. While certainly appealing to female audiences this novel doesn’t limit itself to pure light-hearted romantic interests but visits darker sides of the dating game and crime.

Using alternate narrative strands and voices we get insight into the characters, but we’re shown enough to be drawn deep into these characters.

Things are not as they seem and while you have an incling what is about to happen, be assured that there are always surprises waiting for you.
Not the kind of book I had originally expected but in fact, a much better one. Very good!

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

An extract from a recent review for From the Prairie to Passchendaele

A brave man from a time long gone  on 19 September 2017

There is really only one word to describe Fred Knight and that would be “brave”. He was brave to immigrate to the rugged Canadian prairies as a young boy on his own. And brave to weather the harsh climate and the hard work required to survive once there. Later he showed incredible courage as a Canadian soldier during the horrors of WWI. Years later, suffering the loss of an arm and Parkinson’s disease, he wrote his memoirs with a contraption attached to his head.

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

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One of the recent reviews for Life in a Flash

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

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

John Maberry, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/John-Maberry/e/B002BM82FU
Blog: http://views.eaglepeakpress.com/

An extract from a recent review for Waiting for Westmoreland

One man’s journey from chaos to inner peace. on November 4, 2017

Here we have a book that is much more than memoir, and more life journey told (and written) exceedingly well and with great courage. If the writer’s mandate is to ‘open a vein’, Maberry has opened that vein and allowed whatever flowed to fill this work. From his background in hardscrabble Minnesota, enduring the loss of a parent, then for all intents and purposes the loss of the other, the author describes his various efforts to carve a niche for himself. Just as his efforts appear to be paying off, he’s found a companion, started school, navigated his way through the shoals of early adulthood, when the Selective Service System came calling and he was drafted.

Debbi Mack, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Debbi-Mack/e/B001K8UGIC
Website: http://www.debbimack.com/.

A review from Goodreads for Identity Crisis

Nov 27, 2017 Cathy rated it really liked it
Identity crisis is very well written and Sam McRae is an interesting character that grabs you and pulls you along with her trying to prevent her client from being railroaded for a murder she didn’t commit…Definitely a book worth picking up and losing yourself in. Will be looking to read more from Debbie Mack in the very near future!

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

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

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One of the recent reviews for The Day I Saw The Hummingbird

Recommended  on 11 January 2018

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

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

Extract from a recent review for The Curse of Time

Enjoyable on 19 November 2017

The Curse of Time is a young adult fantasy novel set in Cambridge, England. This book has a complex mix of themes running through it, and at times my head did spin as I tried to keep up. Amelina is a likeable character. She receives enchanted gifts and dreams about an elusive cottage. Her parents can’t offer her the support she needs, and instead, she turns to Esme, a friend who lives in the mirror.

As a qualified crystal therapist, I liked the inclusion of crystals throughout the story.

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

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And extract from a recent review for The Ninth Life

Sep 06, 2017 Rosie Amber rated it Four Stars.

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

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

Judy Martin, Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Judy-E-Martin/e/B01CPOB0M0
Blog: http://www.edwinasepisodes.com

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Poetically Perfect! By Ritu on 9 Mar. 2016

A fantastic collection of humerous poems, that span many facets of life. Judy Martin is a great poet, with that knack of getting her rhyming just right.

There were many poems that made me giggle out loud, and some that made me say “Aw!” Some I felt may have been written with me in mind!

So go on, treat yourself! Dip into this lovely collection of verse, you won’t regret it!

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

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

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One of the recent reviews for Frank Immersed

Absolutely loved this book!!! What a great Mystery story! It was definitely a book I could not put down! It kept me engaged from cover to cover! I definitely recommend this book to everyone!!!

Melissa Maygrove, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Maygrove/e/B00JL4UPCY
Website: http://www.melissamaygrove.com/

A review for Full Dark short story anthology

This is a terrific smorgasbord of fast-reading stories guaranteed to please even the pickiest of readers. Will every single reader love every single story? Of course not, but that’s no reflection on the writing. Just as some people reach for the chicken and steak on the buffet line and turn up their noses at lobster and crab, (For Heaven’s sake!) readers will naturally gravitate toward some stories more than others. But every single one of these stories is well-written and engaging. (And for those of you concerned about the “dark,” this isn’t an over-the-top creepy kinda book meant to scare you away or give you nightmares. I’d describe it as more clever and thought-provoking.)

Still not convinced? All proceeds from the sales of this book are being donated to an organization benefiting active military members, veterans, and first responders. Kudos for the authors for donating their time and talent. Four and a half stars, rounded up to five.

V.L. McBeath, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/VL-McBeath/e/B01N2TJWEX/
Website: http://valmcbeath.com

An extract from the most recent review for Less Than Equals.
on September 29, 2017

The feminist torch is passed down from Mary to Harriet as she weds into the Wetherby clan in Author VL McBeath’s second chapter of her Ambition & Destiny Series, “Less Than Equals”, and the family could not be more at odds.

After having read “Hooks & Eyes: Part I of the Ambition & Destiny Series”, reentering the world of the Wetherby’s felt like coming home to family, for the novel reflects a familiarity and warmth that only family can provide. Soon enough, however, “Less Than Equals” becomes a real page-turner as a conflict of generations and ideas begins to impact households, causing a vast assortment of ill-tidings and tragedies to occur.

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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An extract from a recent review for  The Emissary

As a spinoff, I wouldn’t recommend reading this before the Riverbend books, unless you don’t mind plot spoilers. If you read Finding Hunter, and wondered what was up with the mysterious Gabe Angelino, this book will answer all your questions.

This is a perfect read for this time of year–cozy, magical, and even set in winter. Jake Daughtry, AKA Gabe Angelino, died–and then the angel Azrael put him to work helping lost souls. There’s liable to be some issues along the way–angels aren’t the cuddliest of people, and Jake has a bit of a sense of humor–but there’s also going to be wonder, and hope, and examples of humanity’s best and worst.

Shehanne Moore, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW
WordPress: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/

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An extract from a recent review for The Writer and the Drake.

Entertainingly Good! on September 6, 2017

The Writer and the Rake has risen to the top as my favorite of Moore’s historical romance books. In this story, Brittany Carter is a modern day writer who discovers that under the right kissing (yes, kissing as in a form of affection) condition, she can transport herself between two time periods. In one time period—contemporary times in Newport-on-Tay, Scotland—she is struggling to pump life into her stalled writing career while dealing with an ex-husband who is taking advantage of her. In the other world of 1765, London, she deals with Mitchell Killgower, a scoundrel of gargantuan proportions. Like her ex-husband, Mitchell uses Brittany, in his case, as a make-believe wife. This he does to maintain possession of his home, title and influence (what little remains). Brittany plays along with Mitchell’s make-believe ploy initially as it buys her time to discover the “thing” that facilitates her transport between time.

Adrienne Morris, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Adrienne-Morris/e/B00CDO9CU
Website/Blog: https://middlemaybooks.com/

A review for Forget Me Not

At this point, I have kind of grown up with this series and it is interesting how it has somewhat mirrored my life. You always think the next phase is going to provide answers and while it does often do that, it then brings a whole new set of catastrophes to worry about. I love that this series has a subtle humor to it, similar to that of a private joke you have with yourself. I’ve cared for each character almost equally, kind of the the way I would love those in my family. They each provide a different perspective that I can find myself relating to in some way, even if I completely disagree. Definitely my favorite in the series so far.

Effrosyni Moschoudi, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Effrosyni-Moschoudi/e/B00I5JKMXS
Website & Blog: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com

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

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An extract from one of the recent reviews for the book

This is a sweet story that offers readers several hours of delightful escapism. In fact you’ll very likely want to physically escape to the island of Sifnos long before you’ve finished reading. Having lived in Greece for some years myself, the enchanting atmosphere evoked by Effrosyni Moschoudi had me feeling quite homesick, and longing to return for a visit.

‘The Amulet’ is peopled with colourful, fascinating characters, every one of whom you feel could be the centre of his or her own story. Katie, the centre of this one, is such a nice, kind-hearted person that it’s hardly surprising she’s surrounded by guardian angels. However, it seems even the pure of heart have lessons to learn about themselves and for Katie, life on Sifnos becomes a surprising journey of self-discovery and personal growth. When she falls deeply in love with Aggelos, you worry for her future happiness, since there seems to be no possible happy resolution to the romance.

John Nicholl, Buyhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Nicholl/e/B00VRS3MHW
Bloghttp://www.johnnicholl.com

To view all of John Nicholl’s books please visit Amazon or his blog.

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

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A recent review for the book

The book is written in a quiet manner, nothing is sweating anything other than calm, but it has something about it that made me want to read more and more, so I can say that I enjoyed reading it very much. My favorite scene was when Chris entered the pool. The reason I am mentioning this is because the novel is so well written, that even though there is nothing supernatural going on in the book, Jessica managed to give me the feeling of an almost evil ritual, like the pool is going to swallow the life out of the character.

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

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

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A review for Escaping Psychiatry 2

A Jolly Good Read on 22 March 2017

As a doctor and a psychiatrist, the author knows well the workings of the human mind, and she brings this knowledge to the table in ‘The Case of the Swapped Bodies’.
When consulting psychiatrist Mary Miller receives an unusual document from an FBI contact, it sets in chain a puzzling series of events. As with all mystery novels, it is difficult to give a flavour of the story without spoilers. Suffice to say this is a complex, carefully structured tale involving an unusual murder, FBI-police rivalry, buried secrets, small-town gossip and innuendo, an on-off love affair, and a character who may be insane – or worse. Olga Nunez Miret steers a careful line around the different narrative threads, and strews just enough red herrings in your path to keep you weaving back and forth between possible ‘solutions’ until the book’s closing stages. Logic and emotion interweave to keep the reader off-balance and anxious to see how resolution(s) will be achieved. You may never view American small-town life in quite the same way again.A jolly good read.

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Jacqueline-Oby-Ikocha/e/B01F21MS38
Blog: https://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/

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A review for Unbridled

Once again Jacqueline has taken readers on a journey. Releasing Golden Bird’s from not so Gilded cages into brazen reality. Within her carefully woven Word tapestries the Phoenix arises from Ashe’s Reborn into New Glories.

These are powerful and explosive vignettes. Jacqueline Prose Poetry bursts through the pages capturing the hearts and souls of her readers. She explores the depth and breathe of Women’s lives and loves.

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

A review for Jerome & His Women

“O’Hagan’s fifth and last novel, ​Jerome & His Women​ (2015), is set in Ancient Rome, at the end of the fourth century AD. It is a time of upheaval for the Roman Empire, with internal rioting and external threats, and pagan beliefs and gods giving way to the spread of Christianity and the worship of a new, monotheistic God.

“The Pontiff, Damasus I, commissions Jerome, a priest and foremost theologian and scholar, to translate the Bible from Greek texts into a single definitive Latin version. While he has the Pontiff’s favour, and is even rumoured to be a possible successor to Damasus, Jerome is deeply unpopular with others in the Church hierarchy and Roman aristocracy …

“That’s the twin gift of ​Jerome & His Women​: it is an insight into extraordinary times and people, and into a talented researcher and writer.”

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

J.A. Owenby, Buy: http://amzn.to/29gHfo
Bloghttps://jenowenby.wordpress.com/

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A recent review for the novella My Hurricane

Great read on September 5, 2017

Owenby does it again. This novella is told from Walker’s perspective. Having read the Truth trilogy, this short story took me back to the beginning of Walker’s teen years and brought the trilogy to a full circle. I was immediately drawn in on the very first page and couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want it to end.

If you haven’t read the Truth series, I highly recommend that you do. J.A. Owenby has a way of pulling you in and making you want more.

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

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An extract from a review for Wisp

As fantasy novels go, Wisp stands out to me in its originality and political intrigue. Ms. Park creates a world where love is considered to be one of the greatest powers of all. I enjoyed that the two main characters were male and embraced their love and desire for each other, which was a refreshing approach to solving a mystery in a magical land. The reader discovers along with Wisp the extent of his abilities which I anticipate will increase over time.

I’ve added Wisp to my list of favorite fantasy novels. I loved the story and the characters. The ending is a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait for the next volume to find out what happens to Wisp and Finn. Hopefully, Ms. Park won’t keep us in suspense for long

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

An extract from a recent review for A Purgatory of Misery

It is 1843 and Ireland is suffering as a result of the potato famine.

I’d always known there was a famine, but had never appreciated the true extent of the wretchedness it caused, or the manner in which it was exacerbated by the English authorities.

The infestation of the crop was devastating enough for the citizens of Ireland, but the situation was made much worse by sheer carelessness and selfishness of those in charge, driven by the greed and the thirst for power.

Once again the human race demonstrates hypocrisy and shows its ugly primal instincts, from the aristocracy controlling who owns what to government interventions designed only to benefit themselves and the better off.

Yvonne Payne, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kritsotopoula-Girl-Kritsa-Yvonne-Payne-ebook/dp/B00T31U7PA
Blog: https://kritsayvonne.com/

A review for the book

on 13 October 2017

Exciting story that has wonderful historical facts while continuing to give you the flavour of true Cretan life that is still in evidence in villages today.
A story of courage and true conviction that reminds you of the important things in life such as love, friendship and honour.
I really enjoyed this book and I am sure anyone would enjoy it who is interested in Crete or is looking for a beach read.
Hope there is more to come from this author.

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

One of the recent reviews for The Whippoorwill Sang

If there were a way to give this book ten stars, it still wouldn’t be enough. I was a paramedic and later an ER nurse and saw tragedies like this all the time, but it never became easy. The author weaves the past and the (then) present very nicely. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. If you only buy a couple of books a year, this story should be one of them.

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

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

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One of the reviews for Skeletons in the Attic

on January 16, 2017

The characters spring to life with their words and actions. Hints and clues are woven throughout the story and kept me guessing as the mystery unfolded. First of all the main character is named Calamity Barnstable and with a name like that you know it is going to be unique and interesting. Calamity goes by Callie Barnstable and inherits a house from her father that she never even knew existed. She is stunned when her father’s lawyer gives her the keys and a nice budget to work with as well as a thirty-year-old mystery to solve.

This story had so much going on that you could feel the frustration of this woman that had been tossed into a mystery that took place when she was six years old. A missing mother, a psychic, a nosy neighbor and other completely colorful cast of characters makes this book such an enjoyable read. Each chapter brought new suspects and helpful hints to light.

I almost gave it a 4.5 heart rating because of the hurried ending, but I enjoyed the book so much I stayed with the five.

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

One of the recent reviews for The Storyteller Speaks

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

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

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

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

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

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A recent review for Willoughby the Narrator

Jul 09, 2017 Victoria Zigler rated it Five Stars.

I loved hearing Willoughby’s whole story, and thought the addition of some of his tales when he’s telling them was a nice touch.

Timothy L. Phillips, Buy: My Camino Way Amazon
Website: http://www.caminodetim.com/

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An extract from a review for the book

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, burial place of St. James. It generally starts from the Pyrenees, but there are other traditional starting points, and it can be from much further afield if one wishes. Pilgrims have been walking the Camino for over a thousand years, but in recent times their number has shot up. A glance at the wonderful Wikipedia tells me that, according to the Office of Pilgrims in the city, it was just 690 in 1985, rising to just under 10,000 in 1992 and the following year, a Holy Year, nearly 100,000. In 2015 it was over a quarter of a million although it was not a Holy Year. In 2010, which was, it was some 272,000. Timothy L. Phillips was one of them. My Camino Walk: A Way to Healing is his account. He was 60 and, as the title implies, he wanted to walk and reflect on his life.

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

One of the reviews for The Magus Covenant

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

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

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An extract from a recent review for Sarah

F.R. Jameson Nov 15, 2017 F.R. rated it really liked it

In the day or so since I finished reading SARAH, I’ve been trying to figure out what it does right so as to utterly grip me. After all, this is a YA novel about the ghost of a teenage girl, and the other teenagers who encounter her. Written baldly like that, most people are going to feel that it’s something they’ve seen before/read before. (Teenage girl ghosts seem to be two a penny, why aren’t there more 1890’s escape-artist ghosts?) But Polen takes something that’s in danger of tipping into hackneyed cliché, and creates a book which builds up slowly until its genuinely edge of the seat stuff.

Allie Potts, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Allie-Potts/e/B00H2VUFUA
Blog: http://www.alliepottswrites.com

One of the reviews for An Uncertain Faith on Goodreads

Patty Copeland rated it really liked it Four Stars  ·November 2014
When her husband Fletcher and four-year-old son disappear, Charlotte finds clues that show Fletcher may have left her and been planning more than that. Or, is something more sinister going on? Charlotte pulls herself from the quagmire of her former frustration and current situation to try asserting her own personality and courage, taking charge of her life as her faith in her husband is thoroughly tested. The novella plotting is very strong and keeps you guessing. A talented new writer who will do well as her talent matures.

An extract from the most recent review for The Fall of Lilith

Lilith  on October 3, 2017

Where do I begin? I have never before read a book this epic and amazing. The genre isn’t my normal genre but I have come to appreciate other genres as my reading and writing career goes forth.

This book starts with heaven and there are three levels of heaven. God has given the angels free will and He loves all His angels. As the angels grow older, like teenagers, some find they want to have free will on their level of heaven. The angels lived in a paradise called Floraison filled with lush meadows, gardens, waterfalls, and the like. They have no need for food. Lilith decides that she wants more; she wants free will in all ways possible. She becomes evil – quite wicked and very manipulative. She uses that to her advantage and she knows just how to get other angels to rebel.

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

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A review for Highland Peril

New York Army Mom 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! September 5, 2017

Another 5 Star hit from Amy M Reade. The prologue set me off! Intrigue might be a good word to describe it. After reading those first few pages, I could not wait to get into the story. And the story did not disappoint. It was beautifully written, filled with edge of your seat events. And if you think you know what will happen next, think again! Having read all of Amy’s books, I think I have a good feel for who the murderer is going to be. Expect the unexpected is what I tell myself! But lo and behold, I was wrong as usual. The characters were beautifully developed to give the reader a sense of their emotions; sadness, happiness, disappointment, not to mention helplessness. Of course Amy never disappoints when it comes to descriptions, which is something I love. The food, the language, the countryside smells, everything a reader needs to be right there with the characters! I have a new favorite Amy M. Reade book and I highly recommend!

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

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My review for Myrtle the Purple Turtle

Beautifully illustrated children’s book with a lesson for us all.

This is a beautifully written and illustrated children’s book, that gently encourages the young to accept that being different should be celebrated. Whether it is the colour of a person’s skin, accent, cultural background, religion or disability, they should never feel excluded and forced to change to fit in. Adapting is a different thing altogether and that comes when two people or groups respect each other’s differences, learn from them and adopt some elements in common. Cynthia Reyes expresses that effectively with the words in this book, complimented perfectly with wonderful illustrations of Myrtle and those she meets along the way by Jo Robinson. I also believe that parents or any adults reading this to a child, will also take on board how important it is for young children to grasp this concept as they enter this multi-cultural world we live in.

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

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 An extract from my review for Owenhttps://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-owen-book-one-in-the-tudor-trilogy-by-tony-riches/

I loved history at school but it was never taught in depth. Central figures such as Elizabeth I, Queen Mary of Scotland and of course Henry VIII were mentioned, as were major battles or events in their lives. But you never got to know the person behind the crown or those around them in great detail.

I discovered Bernard Cornwell at an early age and have read all his books. And that is why I am delighted to have discovered Tony Riches, who writes his books with the people as the focus, with the events being incorporated into their story, rather than the other way around. This accomplished with not just superb story-telling but by giving Owen Tudor his own voice.

It is 1422 a few years after the Welsh rebellion led by Owen Glendower against Henry IV fails, and his supporters, including his cousins the Tudor family, have also lost lands and titles.

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