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 three 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 four will have a note attached to their entry asking readers to head over to Amazon or the website to see all books.

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Once you are an author in the bookstore you can take advantage of the new 2017 series which is 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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Sunday Interview Show – The Ultimate Bucket List.

Many of us have a list of activities or wishes we would like to see come true in our lifetime – also know as Before you Kick the Bucket List!  I thought that in this new series we could explore the top two ‘must do’ items are on the lists. As you will see when you read the post the average list contains certain wishes that you may have already achieved. And there is no doubt in this modern world most of us have ‘Peace in our time’ and ‘Please extend summer to 12 months every year’.  The two top items on your Ultimate Bucket List are reserved for YOU.  Please read through the post and see an example of my top item on my list and how you can submit yours.

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The new look bookstore – October 2017 – 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.

SALLY’S CAFE AND BOOKSTORE

Ailsa Abraham, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Ailsa-Abraham/e/B00AYKUBQ4
Website/Blog: https://ailsaabraham.com/

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

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One of the recent reviews for Shaman’s Drum

Ailsa Abraham’s ‘Shaman’s Drum’ sucked me in and swallowed me whole. In the near future where today’s organized modern religions have been outlawed, people seek the old beliefs. Magic is prevalent and regularly accepted. Ailsa spins these distinct “old” beliefs from different time periods together in a way that makes everything flow effortlessly. This world she creates by bringing the past alive in modern times is genius. I’ve never read anything like it and cannot wait to read more of her work. This writer can weave a great story! Next up, another book by Abraham….Alchemy!

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 third book of The Eternals trilogy is entertaining from start to finish, bring back Jean, Aurora, Walter, and Sunyin for one final adventure.

Filled with colorful prose that fits the setting well, it tells a tale that spans an impossible amount of time to great effect. In particular, it brings the character of Walter Merryweather, a mainstay of the series from the get go, into the spotlight, and makes him much more than the dandy we’ve come to know and love(?)

Though there are some parts that stretch the imagination to the breaking point, it never becomes so much as to overburden the reader. All in all, a very solid end to a trilogy.

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

An extract from the latest review for book four Not by Design

Not by Design Works  on September 2, 2016

Not by Design” is the latest offering from multi-published women’s fiction author Carol Balawyder. It is a sequel to “Getting to Mr. Right,” which you should read if you haven’t. “Getting to Mr. Right” is the story of four women who meet at a support group (the focus of which is women who have men/father issues) and form lasting, sincere friendships.

“Not by Design” is Felicity Starr’s story. She is one of the women in the support group, and she has it all—looks, youth, a rich father, talent, true-heart friends and the love of a handsome, successful man. She is living a fairy tale life in France, studying art and pursuing a career in art, while enjoying an active social/love life. But even fairy tales are wrought with obstacles and that’s exactly what our heroine encounters—one setback after another.

Andrea Balsara, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Greenbeard-Pirate-Andrea-Torrey-Balsara/dp/1460285018
Website: http://www.torreybalsara.com/

The most recent review for the book

on June 22, 2017

An adventure to be had for sure! With the great illustrations and humorous prose, Greenbeard will bring joy to the children and leave them wanting more. Although the vocabulary is somewhat advanced, the children won’t miss a beat because of the funny and charming illustrations. Loved it!

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

A Hundred Tiny Threads’ by Judith Barrow – the prequel to the Howarth Family Series is the backstory of two characters in Barrow’s acclaimed historical WW2 series and explains or illuminates at least, where they come from as people. Starting in 1911 over the years we uncover the threads that bind Winifred and Bill together. If you, like myself, missed the characters of Barrow’s series, here is a welcome encore. There is no doubt that Judith Barrow is one gifted writer. The book is well-written, full of great characters and instilled with an impeccably authentic feel of the times

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

This is a fantastic little gem of a poetry book. It’s very lighthearted, fun, cheeky in places and very lovable. The poems are a mixture of family life, motivation, love & romance and humour. A big fan of many of the poems in this book is my 6-year-old daughter. She loves listening to the funny ones and we both laugh because we see ourselves in them. Our favourites include, ‘Fly My Little Chick, Fly’ and ‘Bubbles Through The Ages’. ‘Achoo’ and ‘Hayfever’ are two that we know off by heart now because Little Miss Six has allergies and she LOVES these two. Oh….we love them all! This book would make a lovely present too!

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 the latest review for Tempted by Mr. Wrong.

Jason and Tammy Jo are step-siblings yet aren’t related. So, when they explored their feelings when they were about to graduate high school, why did Tammy Jo’s father kick Jason out of the house, calling him filth and other words I won’t repeat? It’s ten years later and Tammy Jo’s marriage is on the rocks and she’s become the laughing stock of her father’s country club. Talk about a bad night. But when Jason pulls up and offers her a ride home, she’s humiliated. Of all nights, he had to witness her spiral down into the mud. No really, she’s stuck up to her whatsit in southern mud with rain pelting down.

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/

Extract from one of the recent reviews for 13 Steps to Evil

I consider myself something of a collector of writing books. Over the past 3 years I purchase as many writing books as I do fiction book on different subjects to strengthen my skills as a writer and to build on my writer toolkit. I have a few authors I stick with, a few series I frequent, then every so often I’ll grab one if it has the right kind of title. This book fell into my third category, so props on the title.

R.B.N. Bookmark, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/R.B.N.-Bookmark/e/B01IPV2RIS
Blog: https://rbnbookmark.wordpress.com/

One of the recent reviews and an award for A Minger’s Tale

Award Winning Read  on 20 June 2017

A Minger’s Tale by R B N Bookmark has received a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award

“An excellent story full of humour and nostalgia.”  “Well written portraying life in the 1960s and 1970s especially around Manchester.”

“A thoroughly enjoyable read on social history.” “Very well written brought back memories of those times.” Pauline Barclay Founder of Chill with a Book Awards

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.

An extract from a recent review from Panama

Excellent Read  on September 5, 2017

Taking historical fiction, paranormal, and steampunk and mixing them together in a book sounds ambitious. It is ambitious, but C.S. Boyack does it well and the result is an engaging page turner. I say this as someone who is not a fan of the genres mentioned, but I am a fan of this book.

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

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An extract from a recent review of Maggie’s Montana

I enjoyed this series and the people Bradley brought to life. I have known everyone of them at different times. The story was romantic in it’s restraint, with desire. I do get a little bored with some romance novels repeating the same scene, different people. I also have lost 2 great friends as well as my mother and grandmother to cancer. Sometimes when everything you care about caves in, after the shock, you have to dig yourself out and up.

Lucy Brazier, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01JT0F9QQ
Websitehttps://portergirl.com/

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An extract from the most recent review of The Vanishing Lord

The second in Lucy Brazier’s Portergirl series is another hilarious, yet extremely witty and intelligent mystery story set in Cambridge College. The female Deputy Head Porter springs into action when the portait of Lord Layton mysteryiously disappears. Asked for discretion in her investigation this is far from easy and straight forward. Academic politics, personal conflicts and saving face come into play as well as the secret investigation takes place.

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

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Extract from a recent review for Hinting at Shadows

Sarah Brentyn is a master at micro-fiction. Her stories written in short 100 words or less don’t require more words, but leave us in deep contemplation. The power of words in small micro-bursts have the ability to reveal a whole story open to the reader’s interpretation. All Brentyn’s stories reveal a human element reflecting many emotions from fear, abuse, trust, passion, hope and more.

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 from October 9th.
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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An early review for Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River Story and Cookbook

on 11 October 2017

I just love these rhyming stories about Sir Chocolate and his adventures. I could almost taste the “enormous milky jewel” condensed milk river! The recipes look delicious and so easy too.

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.

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

A Must Read! on 7 October 2017

Few books leave you frazzled, the suspense constant throughout the reading. But this one certainly did. Every time it seemed as if the main character, Aime was going to be safe at last, another challenge awaited her! I was exhausted by the time I finished reading the book but in awe of the powerful and engaging writing from Lucinda Clarke.

Her main character has much to be admired about her and her inner thoughts are well revealed. She is endearing and the reader can’t help but care about her. You feel like you are right there with her in Africa, a setting which enhances the story: the sign of a good writer and a good book. I honestly found it hard to put this book down. I won’t give away any of the plot. Suffice it to say, read this book. You will not be disappointed.;

Mary Clark, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Clark/e/B00DE1O5LW
Website: http://maryclarkauthor.weebly.com

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An extract for one of the reviews for Miami Morning.

A Thoughtful Read on November 7, 2016

Miami Morning by Mary Clark is the story of idealistic teacher Leila Payson. It’s a novel that affords the reader not only the opportunity to follow Leila on her journey through life but also offers a glimpse of what life is like working within the public schools’ system in Miami amid ever changing educational ideology and internal politics.

There are many things to like about this book, in particular Clark’s ability to convey the setting. She describes Miami in a vivid and colourful way, focusing on the natural habitat. As the story moves to South Africa Clark’s skill is in evidence again as she transports the reader to the changing landscape. Leila also enjoys a holiday to Spain which is equally brought alive by Clark’s writing. The reader is left with the impression that these are places that Clark knows extremely well.

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

An extract from one of the recent reviews for Fractured.

This book is a hauntingly gripping read with a disturbing twist that will shock you. You can feel the deep seated emotions flowing through the pages of this intriguing tale. In this story the author combines the characters from both the worlds of Elle James’s Brotherhood Protectors series and Sue’s own Mayhem series allowing us an additional look into the lives of couples Shawnee Daniels and Detective Levaughn Samuels along with Brandon (Boomer) Rayne, his fiancé, Daphne and their baby daughter, Maya.

Steve Costello, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Pyre-Steve-Costello-ebook/dp/B073LFDF57
Blog: https://authorstevecostello.com

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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Extract from the most recent review for Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

Do You Speak Dog?  on October 2, 2017

Sam: A Shaggy Dog Story is one of the most delightful books I have ever read. Sally Cronin gives her Rough Collie a voice, allowing him to narrate his own tale.

A few of the things Sam tells us about are his friends (cat, dog, and human alike), his favorite things (sausages, cheese, ice cream, snow), his job as security consultant, car rides while singing along with Sally, and walks along the beach.

Sam is very observant and intelligent. He learns to understand both cat and human vocal sounds. He also learns to speak a few human words! Mawgh is more; heyoo is hello; and Orh, Ee, Va is Oliver. ‘More’ and ‘Oliver’ are interchangeable, as they both indicate he would like ‘mawgh’ of a delicious treat he had just enjoyed.

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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Loved this book. I loved the hockey games (Played at school and watched husband). But there is more….there be dragons. Dragon Dragons, human dragons, dragon railways, and especially the wild rides in the dragon funparks, not to forget the food. And there is St George too.

In this fast-paced book you will be egging on the little dragon, or in your head screaming can’t you see it at him, whether on the astroturf or fighting the big, bad, ugly dragon at the exciting nail-biting end.

Hilary Custance Green, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hilary-Custance-Green/e/B0034Q4SEQ
Website: http://www.hilarycustancegreen.com

An extract from a review for Surviving the Death Railway

on 28 February 2017

Thanks to Hilary Custance Green (who edited part of her family history and that of many others) and to Katie Eaton from Pen & Sword Books Limited (www.pen-and-sword.co.uk) for sending me a paperback copy of this book that I freely choose to review.
As a reader, when it comes to stories about the war, I’ve always been more interested in the individuals (both in the front and back home) than in the way the battles were fought. I had heard, read, and mostly watched TV programmes and movies about Japanese war camps (I won’t forget Tenko in a hurry). Probably lots of people have. This book provides the personal experience of a family whose lives were affected and transformed by the war.

Eloise de Sousa, Buy : https://www.amazon.com/Eloise-De-Sousa/e/B00JKTFVXI
Blog: https://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com/

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

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An extract from one of the recent reviews for The Iron Pendulum

A stunning thriller full of suspense and susprises. The opening scene sets up a great sense of intrigue as we discover along with the detetcives a very strange crime scene. Soon, another crime scene is discovered, this one even more bizarre and puzzling. You simply can’t help wondering what has happened and will want to know where the story is going. There are two people missing. We learn a little later on where the missing people are, while the detectives are still in the unknown. It’s hard to describe this thriller further without risking giving anything away.

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

An extract from a recent review for Roadside

Readers will enjoy this book which has dark moments as Serena explains her ordeal to the police, and then awaits the outcome of finding her attacker. Then there’s the developing relationship between Zayne and Serena. It’s tender, sweet, and loving. I actually related with Zayne’s shyness (much to my own embarrassment). And there’s the friends of each, who support, encourage, and joke about how Zayne and Serena keep putting off the inevitable first date. You’ll love Destiny who presses Serena to open up, while Zayne’s friends do the same.

The author has a vivid style leaving you feeling like you’re in the same room with the characters. She creates scenes that leave you laughing over the jokes they have on one another, and scenes which remind you of first love. This is my first book I’ve read by Angie Dokos, and it won’t be my last.

Jane Dougherty, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Dougherty/e/B00FMR7Y0U and https://www.finch-books.com/book/revelation
Blog: https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/

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

 

A review for the Abomination.. the first book in The Pathfinders Series

on 5 November 2016

Abomination is the first book in the Pathfinders series. The two main characters teenagers Carla and Tully, are trying to cope with the challenges and uncertainties of a shocking post-apocalyptic world in which only the strongest and fittest will survive. Abomination demonstrates Jane Dougherty’s talent for writing powerful descriptive passages combined with believable dialogue. There are a whole bunch of characters to keep the reader entertained. But be prepared for some hard hitting scenes as this YA novel packs some less than tender punches. The novel draws to a gripping close and revelation. In truth, I am a bit of a novice in terms of post-apocalyptic novels so it was interesting to challenge myself to try something new. Abomination will appeal to both male and female YA readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic narratives, and to readers like myself who sometimes like to step out of their usual genre comfort zone to broaden their reading experience.
It is perhaps more suitable for the upper age limit of the YA market rather than the lower end due to some upsetting scenes.

Graham Downs, buy: https://www.amazon.com/Graham-Downs/e/B00AT8SE38
Websitehttps://www.grahamdowns.co.za/

To view all of Graham’s books please visit Amazon or his website.

A review for Heritage of Deceit.

A great short story. on November 11, 2015

Co-workers Lloyd and Robert think that Carla’s ring is a link to a genocide. They plan a robbery to get hold of it that goes horribly wrong, and even the robbers don’t get what they bargained for. This is a well written short story The dialogue between Lloyd and Robert is realistic and their plans develop quickly and move the story along nicely.

I don’t think that you have to like all the characters in a book to enjoy their story. I found myself really disliking both Lloyd and Robert. They were deceitful and underhand in both and action which made me keep reading to find out what would happen to them. This book is titled Heritage of Deceit. Lloyd and Robert both seemed to have inherited some deceit from their heritage – and it didn’t do them any good! A great short story.

Alyssa Drake, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Plan-Wiltshire-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01CMK5ZPU
Websitehttp://www.alyssadrakenovels.com

One of the recent reviews for A Perfect Plan

A Perfect Plan is Sexy, intense, dark, N dangerously delicious! Had me turning pages like mad. Full of Spine tingling mystery, cheeky humor N scorching romance! I love the Hero Benjamin & Heroine Samantha they keep things fun N sassy! 😉

Alyssa Drake is definitely on my list of go to authors! 5 Stars all the way! I need book 2 NOW that ending gave me chills!!!!

Viv Drewa, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Viv-Drewa/e/B00J1PTJ20
Blog: http://theowlladyblog.wordpress.com

An extract from a recent review for Midnight Owl

This book had a grip on me from the moment I started reading. As the story went along, I became more and more engrossed, and tried to predict what would happen next. However, I could never figure it out. The plot changes were perfect, keeping me on my toes and guessing throughout the story. This book ends with a giant cliffhanger. I can’t wait for Part Two!

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

Extract from a recent review for The Heart’s Butterfly

The Heart’s Lullaby is a collection of poetry by Natalie Ducey that offers a narrow glimpse into the author’s life. She captures the emotion of longing, lost love, or love-on-hold very well. “Our Place in Time” really brought out the heartbreak of losing someone you love. Her poem “Welcome Home, My Precious One,” dedicated to those serving their country stirs emotions that are common to all who wonder at the sacrifice of others.

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

An extract from one of the recent reviews for 1066

As a Fleming, I knew that my knowledge of Britain’s entry into the Middle Ages was sketchy before I started reading Jack Eason’s Autumn 1066, but, after having read his novella, I must admit that it was also based on clichés and vague concepts. Autumn 1066 remedied this thoroughly. Eason has the gift of condensing and presenting historical facts in such a way that, although manifold and thoroughly researched, they hinder in no way the suspense of his war-story. Eason paints a clear portrait of the growing tensions between various factions competing for the throne, and the leaders of various armies, but also of the common soldiers, ordinary men who were forced to fight the wars of the nobility.

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

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

A review for Flirting with Time

 have enjoyed the progression of Charlie and Marian’s ‘love affair  on August 18, 2017

I have enjoyed the progression of Charlie and Marian’s ‘love affair.’ Something or someone is always trying to inflict harm on one of them. This just serves to strengthen their relationship. Their friends all rally around to try to protect them. The characters are believable and the reader can ‘picture’ what they look like and their personalities. I like the continuity and progression of a series. While it is a big help to have read them in sequence, the reader can pick up on the characters and their relationships quickly.
I can’t wait for Mary Anne’s next Charlie McClung Mystery.

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

 

An extract from a recent review for the Bridge of Deaths.

Excellent Read on August 21, 2017

WOW, what an amazing story this is!! I was extremely fascinated and addicted to it from beginning to end!! The book is very well written and is very fast paced!! I could tell that the author took a lot of time and did a lot of research to bring this story alive!! I had half this book read before I went to sleep the very first night!! I felt like I was part of the story and could relate to the characters!! It’s a MUST read Adult book and a refreshingly unique story that will keep you reading more!! Thank you, Mcv for this fabulous story!!
 

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.

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.

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

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An extract from one of the latest reviews for Plateau.

Spiritually Moving and Uplifting on September 14, 2017

FIRST I must say that I loved this gentle little book. I devoured it in a single evening, so entranced by the story that I didn’t want to stop to read the inspiring quotes from Lynn V. Andrew’s Power Deck that began each chapter. Once I reached the end of the book I had to go back for the quotes, skimming each following chapter a second time.

NOW I must say that I have struggled with how I could possibly write a review — I’ve never read another book quite like it.

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.

Seumas Gallacher, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/seumas-gallacher/e/B005DVJY8U
Blog: http://seumasgallacher.com/

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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

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought Brigid’s book. What I got though, was the author’s personal journey of discovery ; of places, of the mind and of the soul. This book is written with remarkable openness and honesty, although the graphic detail of a miscarried pregnancy was a bit too much for my mere male sensibilities. Her drive to seek answers and cures spurred her on to knocking on doors and engaging fully in whatever field she entered. She committed fully, whether it was complimentary medicine, mystical cultures or matters of Faith. You could say that her journey was Holistic.

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.

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

To view all Malia’s books please visit Amazon or her blog.

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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

The most recent review from Caroline Vincent of Bits about Books Blog:     https://www.bitsaboutbooks.net/golden-age-of-charli-rsvp-jena-c-henry/

I love the outset of this novel and the insights into the daily life of Charli and Pud. What an endearing couple! But then again .. Charli is the main protagonist and she has got everything her heart desires: two healthy children, a loving husband, no financial problems or health issues to worry about… When she sees a car she falls in love with, she just goes and buys it. When she finds a project to work on, the old photographs in the attic, she buys the equipment she needs to digitalise them. I wanted to shake Charli and tell her to wake up and realise that she has got so much – and that just like her husband, she should also have prepared for his retirement. Sometimes, I felt there was too much detail in the descriptions. Charli’s best trait is her perseverance and love for her family. I was touched by their adventure (Pud’s idea!) and the way they reach out to everyone in the family, young and old.

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

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An extract from one of the latest reviews for The Magician’s Curse

A demon incubus passed from generation to generation and handed down from father to son is the creative genius of Canadian author, Linda G. Hill. In, The Magician’s Curse, those infected with the scourge have one sole purpose in life – to seduce women and create offspring. Stephen Dagmar inherits this bane of his existence which ties his family to their servants, the Currys’ involving some creepy relationships in the true gothic sense of the genre. Yet, as the author states, “Things don’t always go as planned.”

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

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Extract from an early review for Circumstances of Childhood

Circumstances of Childhood is a fictionalized memoir that draws the reader through the loss of loved ones, the sorrow of a broken marriage, and the devastation of financial ruin. It is a coming of age drama that is like none other I’ve read. It straddles heaven and earth as the mystical realm reaches across the divide to provide comfort and wisdom during times of great distress.

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

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Gay Ingram, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/author/gayingram
Blog: http://gayingram.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Melissa A. Joy, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Melissa-A.-Joy/e/B00V3XGK4I
Website: http://aeldynnlore.com/

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

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An extract from one of the recent reviews for the stories

I have read all of Andrew Joyce’s previous books, and they have all been very good. BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWNUPS is different. It is a blend of his hitching days , and some other short stories, and even some stories written by his best friend, who was not a human, but Danny the Dog.. when he writes about his hitching days, I am not sure if he was completely CRAZY, or extremely Lucky, or maybe a combination of both. His hitching stories and all of his adventures along the way are very entertaining.

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

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.

Extract from one of the recent reviews for P.S. I Forgive you

A Courageous Revealing  on September 1, 2017

Parenthood does not come with a user manual. Children learn parenting skills from the adults in their lives. They generally emulate what they see and experience. If their lifelong experience is a negative one, they might be inclined to perpetuate it. But this does not have to be so. In her compelling memoir, P.S. I Forgive You, D.G. Kaye reveals the habitual neglect and abuse she and her siblings suffered at the hands of an envious, threatening, narcissistic, and deceitful mother. It takes courage, strength, and determination to prevail over hardship, especially when it is a constant in childhood; especially when a parent perpetrates neglect and abuse. But it is not impossible to overcome adversity when one focuses their intention.

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.

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

David Lawlor, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Lawlor/e/B00E3T1EWW
Website/Blog: https://historywithatwist.wordpress.com/

An extract from one of the recent reviews for Tan.

Tan by David Lawlor is one of those rare novels that jumps the more frequented time of the Easter Rising and delves into the painful time that follows in Irish history: the War of Indipendence. As all wars fought at home, this is a time that tasted people in more than one way. A man or a woman had to be really certain of their stance to go through such times. David Lawlor clearly knows these time very well.

Joelle LeGendre, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Joelle-LeGendre/e/B00JBQDHWM
Blog: https://rantingalong.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

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An extract from the most recent review for The Seven Year Dress.

A Riveting Read on September 22, 2017

The story of the Seven Year Dress is told through Jewish holocaust victim and survivor, Helen, as she shares her story with her new tenant about the degradation, starvation and brutality she witnessed and suffered from the Nazis.

Mahurin does a riveting job of capturing the climate of Nazi Germany just before the war broke out, depicting Helen and her family, and her one non Jewish friend who risked his own life to save Helen and her family from being captured and taken to Auschwitz concentration camp. We’re taken right into the emotions of Helen’s plight. Humiliation, inhumanity, fear and uncertainty of living one more day became the new life for Helen, once a seemingly happy, middle-class girl becoming stripped of everything she had, knew and loved from her former life before that fateful night in November 1938.

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

on 6 October 2017

From the beginning, I was drawn into the main character, Amelia’s world. It is quickly established that Amelia’s world is not like other girls her age. I can’t say more than that as I don’t want to give spoilers away. Amelia is written so well. There is a part of her that all of us will recognise and emphasise with. At that awkward age where nothing fits and at the same time you feel as if you can conquer the world. Darkness creeps in slowly in the form of Ryder who at first seems the answer to all Amelia desires, or is he?

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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Don Massenzio, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0U
Blog: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com

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

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

An extract from a recent review for Come Back

Rebecca Garvey is on a wagon train bound for California when she is inadvertently left behind in the wilderness of New Mexico Territory. She mistakenly believes that no one searched for her and, as days turn into months, she remains in the wilderness and fends for herself rather than attempting to make her way to a town. When she comes across an injured man, she’s compelled to help him, but in doing so she can no longer hide from the pain of her presumed abandonment.

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

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 early review for Marcia’s recent release The Emissary

An incredible read! Marcia has a way of description that simply takes your breath away. I have read many of her books but there is something about this story that is so beautiful and so real. I laughed and I cried and I love when a story had an erray of emotions. I truly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it.

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

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Kevin Morris, Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/K.-Morris/e/B00CEECWHY
Bloghttp://newauthoronline.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MIra Prabhu, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Mira-Prabhu/e/B00CCQ9VQ4
Blog: http://miraprabhu.wordpress.com

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David Prosser, Buy:  http://www.amazon.com/Lord-David-Prosser/e/B004I7CFTU
Blog: http://barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com/

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Vashti Quiroz- Vega, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/e/B00GTXG5W
Website/Blog: https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/

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

on September 28, 2017

I don’t even know where to begin. This book was so amazing. It took the story of the fallen angels to a whole new level. Initially, I had hoped it was a story of Lilith, the first wife of Adam from Hebrew lore, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story I received. The book is long, it is actually two books in one. The first is the story of the angels in Heaven. The reader is given a glimpse into the adolescence of God’s holy beings. You watch as Lilith learns of her ability to manipulate her siblings. She takes this gift and begins her desire to be as God. She convinces several of her weaker siblings to join her cause which leads to the battle for Heaven.

Dariel Raye, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Dariel-Raye/e/B008NRCZ0K
Blog: http://www.pendarielraye.com/

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

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

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

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

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A recent review for Glimpses on Goodreads

D. Peach rated it 5 stars on August 8th 2017

In his introduction, Roberts describes a childhood fascination with The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected. His enjoyment of tales with a twist plays out in this debut collection of 28 short stories that I’d lump together into the broad category of speculative fiction. The stories range from sweet (Last Train to Aldwych) to sinister (Lipstick), from humor (Blackout) to horror (Needles). The wide variety makes this an easy and enjoyable collection to read in one sitting or visit when time allows. Highly entertaining

Jo Robinson, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Jo-Robinson/e/B009JB6IAW
Blog: https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com

Please visit Amazon or Jo’s Blog to view all her books.

One of the reviews for Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight

A delight in itself! Thoroughly enjoyed this well-told story of an abused woman who finds her strength when she finds a delightful group of caring friends who share her love of gardening–and more. (No spoilers!) Her secret, special garden and special new friends help lead the protagonist, Donna, into a new life, and the new life is full of surprising twists! This book was a page-turner. I read it every chance I got, eager to find out what happened next; most of the “real action” happens late in the book but the build-up to it is wonderful. Well-done, Ms. Robinson.

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

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An extract from a recent review for Angel Messages: A Wing and a Prayer

You Are Not Alone on October 16, 2017

I have always believed in Angels and have read several books about them. What strikes me most about Annette Rochelle Aben’s book, Angel Messages: A Wing and a Prayer, is the open heart from which she writes.

Ms. Aben shares her personal experiences by sprinkling the Angel messages she has received, between passages of her own lovely poetry.

Two of my favorite messages are: 1. Be in love with the gift of your life. Your joy colors your world; 2. Choosing love will always bless you. The answers are in your heart.

Nicholas Rossis, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA
Blog: http://nicholasrossis.me/

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

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

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

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Pamela Schloesser Canepa, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa/e/B01E0KV716
Website: http://pamscanepa1.allauthor.com/

An extract from a recent review for Detours in Time

Detours in Time features time traveling duo Milt and Pinky, as they visit a dystopian 2047, in which the USA has undergone a second civil war and divided into two countries. I find it a reasonable speculation that the country is headed in that direction as our politics become increasingly polarized.

Of course, anyone with a time machine will try to fix things with the best of intentions. But, we all know that “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”.

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

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An extract from a recent review for Encounter.

Encounter is the fifth and final book in the Talon series. Talon, Tima, and Tamo are in danger as the poachers, Zed and Pete want to capture these birds and kill them. Matica is distraught and seeks the help of the Indian village leader. Things have changed from the first book. Matica used to be an outcast and now that she can fly with Talon, the Indians find her interesting and have accepted her.

Pete and Zed dominate the story with their vicious plot and agenda towards these birds. The story is filled with action and drama as Matica sets her heart in, once again, protecting these birds.

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

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

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

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An extract from an early review for Donkey Boy and Other Stories

With under 80 pages, Donkey Boy and Other Stories can fit into any reader’s busy life.

What a little gem this book is. There’s a super variety of stories packed with atmospheric and entertaining writing containing both pathos and humour. Mary Smith manages to convey clear and distinct voices for each of her brilliant characters, from a Pakistani boy to an elderly Scottish woman. What I liked so much about every one of them is at I felt I knew them instantly and understood them completely but without the author imposing her own judgement on them as they make their way through life.

Janice Spina, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG
Blog: http://jemsbooks.wordpress.com

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Kristina Stanley, Buyhttp://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Stanley/e/B0106J097I
Website/Blog: http://kristinastanley.com/blog/

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Carmen Stefanescu, buy: https://www.amazon.com/Draculas-Mistress-Carmen-Stefanescu-ebook/dp/B06XNW7RXD
Bloghttp://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/

Christina Steiner, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Steiner/e/B00IUZNJXC
Website: www.christinasteinerwriter.com

Phillip T. Stephens, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Phillip-Stephens/e/B0091XK7HS
Blog: http://ptstephens.com

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