Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Fantasy Reads – New Release – Jan Sikes – Reviews – Fiona Tarr, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Adele Marie Park, Deborah Jay


Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair where I will be featuring all the authors currently on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

Today I am sharing books which all have elements of fantasy at the heart of their stories.

Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Jan Sikes three days ago Ghostly Interference (The White Rune Series)

About the book

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A small selection of books by Jan Sikes

A recent review for Brother’s Keeper

“Brother’s Keeper” is about love, loyalty and a sense of responsibility that is infuriating, commendable, exasperating and understandable. Well written, this short story has wonderful dialect, which brings the characters to life. The storyline is a good one, and takes a direction that I didn’t expect, but thoroughly enjoyed. Although to his detriment, there is no doubt Quentin is his brother’s keeper. Well done!

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Website: Jan SikesGoodreads: Jan on Goodreads – Twitter: @rijanjks

Now time for some recent reviews

The first author today with a recent review is Fiona Tarr  for Shiloh Rising – The Priestess Chronicles – Volume 3

About the book

An ancient relic, an evil power, a magical priestess. As they collide, the fearless, no-holds-barred battle erupts.

Ariela is surprised when she arrives in Carthage in yet another unknown time reality. Her mission is guided by ancient divinity and no-one is expecting her—or so she thinks. Those who await her are members of her Mother’s ancient Priestess Order. But she quickly realises, all is not as innocent and welcoming as it seems.

Carthage is warring over religion and politics. The conflict reveals truths Ariela isn’t expecting. But when the Priestess discovers she is to assassinate the King and that her Mother’s ancient order has been dabbling in politics, she is enraged. Order must be restored.

When the Priestess’s friend Ophelia senses an evil relic of power, Ariela realises politics are the least of her worries. She must stop the evil spirit that inhabits the relic before she is forced to kill the man who wears it, whether she wants to or not.

A recent review for the book

Sherrie HansenVINE VOICE  Magic and Mystery with a New Testament Backdrop  Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2020

Once again, I am amazed at the way Fiona Tarr weaves together elements of the Scriptures with magic, history and fantasy to craft a breathtaking story. This time, Priestess Ariela is transported forward in time to the New Testament era, to Carthage, where the Catholics are pitted against the Arians, and evil-spirit-possessed kings and a cast of merchants and Senators whose motivations are both unknown and questionable. A familiar entourage of characters paired with a set of new faces and issues round out the story – from the tormented king, his soft-hearted son, Priestesses uncertain of their powers, and a cruel guard. Complex plots and political manipulations are relevant to today’s world although the story is set eons ago. Another good read, highly recommended, as are all of Tarr’s books..

Read the reviews and buy the book : Amazon US – And : Amazon UK

Also by Fiona Tarr

Read the reviews and Buy: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK Follow Fiona: GoodreadsWebsite :A Time 2 Write –  Twitter: @FionaTarr

The next author today is Vashti Quiroz-Vega with a recent review for Son of the Serpent (Fantasy Angels Series)

About Son of the Serpent

In Son of the Serpent, award-winning author Vashti Quiroz-Vega crafts another fascinating glimpse into the dark, compelling world of fallen angels and demons, revealing more about their untold stories.

The war in heaven might be over, but the ambitions of the fallen angel Lilith reach far across the roots of history. Will there be a being powerful enough to stop her evil influence before the destruction of mankind?

Dracúl knows he is the son of Satan, but the rest of his memory has been taken from him. Alone and frightened, he awakens in a forest, beginning a quest to piece together who he is. The world he encounters is cruel, but he yearns to belong and find companionship. With each step he takes, another missing piece of his memory falls into place, revealing a truth that is ever more troubling . . .

A truth that will turn his quest for meaning into one fueled by the hot-blooded thirst for revenge. A truth that leads him to Lilith, the most wicked and ruthless of fallen angels and one he soon will have every reason to hate. His quest will consume him, perhaps ruin his life, but somehow Dracúl is determined to find both belonging and vengeance—to be good, in spite of his evil nature and the dark secrets that haunt him every step of the way.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Gwendolyn Plano5.0 out of 5 stars A story well-written and fiercely told… Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020

Author Quiroz-Vega’s second book of the Angels Series is powerful. It hits hard and runs, never stopping. I had to pause to take a breath and separate myself from some of the drama, but I felt compelled to read to the end. This remake of the Biblical story is curious but also believable. Well edited, well researched, I commend Quiroz-Vega on tackling this epic story.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US and  Amazon UK

Also by Vashti Quiroz Vega

Read the reviews and buy the books :Amazon US – and : Amazon UK –  Follow Vashti : Goodreads – website:Vashti – WordPress – Twitter: @VashtiQV

 

And the next fantasy author today is Adele Marie Park  with a recent review for Sea Dragons: Wisp II –

About the book

The malevolent and ruthless mage, Dante Asano is defeated but victory came at a horrific price.

Before Wisp and his companions could intervene, Dante possessed Pendra Thorn’s body. In order to stop Dante without killing Pendra, a magic sleep spell was cast.

A glass coffin warded with powerful spells encased her body while her mind fled to a favourite memory; unfortunately, Dante is also trapped with her.

The magical coffin will only keep her alive, and Dante contained for a short time.

A desperate plan to undertake a treacherous journey across an unknown sea means Wisp and his companions must disband. Some journey with Wisp to find an ancient spell to release Pendra and banish Dante’s spirit.

Those left behind must guard Pendra in a city under threat.

An ancient evil casts a shadow over Edra causing burgeoning unrest and setting the inhabitants against one another.

Wisp’s journey must be successful not only for Pendra’s sake but also for Edra itself.

A review for the book on Goodreads

Jul 29, 2020 M.J. Mallon rated it Five Stars it was amazing

I was lucky to be part of the beta reading team for Wisp II and was entrusted with an early copy before release. This a highly imaginative fantasy book with many aspects to it to keep you entertained. It is the second in the series continuing the tale from the first book which I read and enjoyed also.

The story begins with the news of the death of the senior law enforcer Nether Green. Could this be a murder case? Marsh fairy law enforcer Wisp is drawn into the mystery and must try and discover what has happened. Alongside this, there is a change in the tone of writing – becoming darker – in the sections devoted to Pendra who is sealed in a glass coffin. We are whisked away on a trip across the Great Sea to Samoyer, (Wisp’s father’s homeland,) to find a spell to separate Dante from Pendra.

There are times when Park’s writing takes you to a very special place drawing you into the narrative beautifully. An author to watch, a talent in the making.

I enjoyed the amusing dialogue which gave the protagonists a distinct voice and style.

I’d recommend reading the first in the series before continuing with WISP II (which I have also reviewed on Goodreads.)

My recommendation: 5 stars. Read this if you like dark fantasy tales which are full of intrigue, mystery and murder! A definite recommendation for fantasy readers, and may also be of interest to LGBT YA Fiction readers due to the (continuing love story between Wisp and Finn.) 

Head over to read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And  : Amazon US

Also by Adele Marie Park

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Adele: Goodreads –  Website: Adele Marie Park – Twitter: @Binky567

The final author today, Deborah Jay has a recent review for her epic fantasy The Prince’s Man which is Book One in The Five Kingdoms Series.

About The Prince’s Man

Think ‘James Bond meets Lord of the Rings’

Rustam Chalice, dance tutor, gigolo and spy, loves his life just the way it is. So when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him.

And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.

Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.

They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity and worst, his loyalty to his prince.

For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.

Award winning novel, THE PRINCE’S MAN is a sweeping tale of spies and deadly politics, inter-species mistrust and magic phobia, with an underlying thread of romance.

A recent review for the book

Robin Cappello 5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!  Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2020

I read this book as part of a different boxed set but it’s going to be added separately to the other two in its series as soon as I get them. It deserves it! The male protagonist is cocky but not always as sure as he likes to seem. The female protagonist is an arrogant, know-it-all with her own agenda. And then they’re thrown together in a desperate mission to save the kingdom & the lives of the people they care about. I won’t give lots of spoilers (or why read the book) but there are elves, trolls, dungeons, & a nasty little torture chamber complete with an egomaniac who loves to inflict pain. You’ve GOT to read this book! Loved it!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And :Amazon UK

Other books by Deborah Jay

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Read the reviews and buy the booksAmazon US – And:Amazon UK – follow Deborah : Goodreads – website: Deborah Jay – Twitter: @DeborahJay2

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some fantasy gifts to share.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Short Story- Easter Greetings by Adele Marie Park


A warm welcome to Adele Marie Park who has sent a short story for the Easter and Spring weekend.  Tissue alert!

Easter Greetings by Adele Marie Park

The village shop was bright with the colours of rebirth.

Cards with pictures of jumping lambs and daffodils filled the slots where birthday greetings sat.

Bright and garish against the filtered light, Easter eggs looked down on her, whispering their words of temptation.

It wasn’t as if she could ignore the signs. They were everywhere.

“God has risen.” The poster outside said.

She pulled the collar of her coat tighter and hurried on.

Nearly home. Soon. Peace.

“Carol? Carol Linklater?”

The sound of her name startled her and she stopped, white fingers clutching at the collar as if it were a shield.

Narrowing her eyes she studied the man in front of her. Stopping her from getting to safety.
“Neil?” The word slipped out in betrayal, as if she had no control.

A smile, she recognised, lit up the man’s face.

“What are you doing here?” She asked, her face screwed up into a frown of anger and pain.

She noticed his expression crumble, and for an instant she was sorry then it was swept away as he smiled again. His presence was a horrific reminder, more so than the commercial Easter eggs and fluffy chick cards.

“Can we go for a coffee somewhere?” He asked.

Carol drew in a breath as her body reacted to the mental shock of his words.

She wanted to say no, but politeness coupled with who he was made her stutter out her agreement. They walked in silence both of them protecting themselves from the bitter chill of rain and the gusts of wind.

“In like a lion, out like a lamb.”

She heard him over the noise of wind and shook her head a curt movement.

“Pardon?”

They had reached the only coffee shop in the village and as he opened the door for her the warmth and scent of fresh coffee assaulted her with life.

“That’s what the saying is isn’t it?”

“What? Oh, yes. I suppose so.”

He led her to a table and she followed angry with herself for being so malleable as if she were wet clay. Once seated she took off her wet coat laying it over the back of the chair.

“Neil. This is a bad time for me. What is it you want?”

Politeness only lasted so long and now she was out in the community she could feel their stares burn into her. Why couldn’t they hide their pity?

“I realise that, I’m sorry, but I have news.”

That moment the waitress, who had been at school with her, came over.

“Hi, Carol. It’s so good to see you. What can I get for you.”

“A knife to plunge into my heart?” she wanted to say instead conditioning forced her to smile and ask for a coffee.

Neil ordered the same then sat forward his hands held loosely together on the table top.

“It’s about George,” he said.

Her body jerked as if he had burned her with a hot iron.

“What about him? Everything is over. I don’t want to speak about him again.”

The sentences tumbled out of her mouth naked with hurt and anger. She watched him, her eyes narrowed, mouth drawn into a tight line ready to blast him away like she was the wind outside.

He smiled.

“How can he smile? Is he an idiot?”

Her thoughts were daggers mentally hitting their target every time.

“I remember this time last year. When he was reported M.I.A.”

She fumbled with her coat, ready to leave him and run to the safety of her home.

“Wait. Carol.”

He dared to touch her hand she withdrew hers with the sound of a shocked breath leaving her lips.

“He’s alive. Injured but alive. The rebels held him and two others. A routine patrol found their base, deserted. Inside were our soldiers.”

“No, no, no. Stop it, this is cruel,” she said.

Tears stung her face, her chest heaved and she was desperate not to have a panic attack in public. She heard the sound of something being slid across the table and her first reaction was to look.

A letter. Headed M.O.D. Letter.

She read as best as she could, her tears blurred the lines together. One sentence stood out brighter than any gaudy Easter card.

Corporal George Linklater will be released from …, she couldn’t read the name of the hospital.

Her fingers crumpled the letter, her shoulders trembled then her whole body shook as she glanced at Neil. Tears ran down his face which made her crumble.

As sobs racked her he held onto her hand.

“He’s coming home,” he said.

©Adele Marie Park

About Adele Marie Park

I love writing, it`s my passion. My genres include fantasy, horror, urban fantasy, and a mixture of all those. I love telling stories;period. I am married to my wonderful wife, who is my rock. Our daughter and our dog, german shepherd collie cross, are also my passions. To experience a moment of pure love is to experience the world.

Creativity is something I couldn`t live without.

I am also a Supernatural geek, and love my music. Punk, Goth, Rockabilly and visual Kei music from Japan.

The paranormal is my normal. oh, and I also totally believe in faeries.

About Wisp

Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.

When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case. He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.

What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.

One of the reviews for Wisp on Goodreads

Colleen M. Chesebro rated it 5 Stars

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

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

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

Wisp meets Finn Redhaven, the lover of the murdered elf, Sammiel Thorn, and feels an immediate attraction to him. Wisp and Finn fall in love and discover a wealth of magical abilities enabled by their relationship. And, they are going to need all the help they can get to battle the evil that has descended on Edra.

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

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

Read reviews and follow Adele on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16214999.Adele_Marie_Park

Connect to Adele

Website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firefly.fly.14
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Binky567

My thanks to Adele for sharing this short story with us… emotional and heartwarming…

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Jena C. Henry, Patricia Salamone, Mae Clair and Adele Marie Park


With so many authors to feature before Christmas I am going to do a very brief weekly update later in the day so that I can fit another book fair into the schedule.

The first author with a series of books that would make a wonderful gift for those about to retire, or those who have retired and are looking to get up to mischief. The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP is the first book in the series by Jena C. Henry.

About the book

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

One of the excellent reviews for the book

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!
 

Also in the series

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

Read more reviews and follow Jena on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14254103.Jena_C_Henry

Connect to Jena via her website/blog: http://www.jenabooks.com/

Another author who has written a book that would be perfect for those who are of Italian extraction who might be visiting relatives in Italy at some point.. Patricia Salamone is the author of The Italian Thing an entertaining account of a family reunion in Italy with all its unexpected and glorious memories.

About The Italian Thing

Join me in my hilarious recount of how I explored my heritage during a more-than-memorable trip to Sicily. I detail our adventures and misadventures as my husband and I visited our relatives in Naro. I share how we got to know the locals, their customs and lifestyle, and how everyone seemed to think that “everything will be fine” no matter what troubles they were in. During those weeks, we went through culture shock despite the fact that we are both Italian. In the end, it was “the Italian thing” in all of us that made ours an unforgettable trip!

One of the recent reviews for the book

I have always wanted to visit Italy, such a timeless and beautiful country with so many interesting places to visit.

Reading “The Italian Thing” will be like going there and seeing the country through someone else’s eyes, I thought, expecting to find a country I was already familiar with. I was looking forward to the trip of a lifetime and the book did not disappoint. It was well written, full of all the wonderful scenery and architecture I have come to expect of the country.

However “The Italian Thing” isn’t about the country, not really, it is about the people and family. About the lives they live and the glorious food they eat.
“Everything will be fine” is the Italians hilarious answer to everything, and is the key to understanding their very different way of life.

I loved the touches of humour, the very descriptive narrative, and the loving but feisty relationship between Pat and Mike. Who were out of their depth, and up to their eyes in food of every delicious description. How they came home weighing less than before is remarkable!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Salamone/e/B00E6ZLPY0

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Italian-Thing-Patricia-Salamone-ebook/dp/B00EL0AGIG/

Read other reviews and follow Patricia on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7515864.Patricia_Salamone

Connect to Patricia via her Blog:  https://the-italian-thing.com/

The next author is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair with her latest release published in July, A Desolate Hour, Book Three of the Point Pleasant Series. Perfect for lovers of paranormal, folklore thrillers with a touch of romance.

About A Desolate Hour

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

The most recent review for the Point Pleasant series.

A superb end to an outstanding series! Author, Mae Clair, crafts another brilliant story in this third and final book in the Point Pleasant series. Once again, Clair seamlessly weaves folklore, paranormal, suspense, thriller, and a little romance in this highly engaging story. The character development is exceptional and the pace is intense! We are introduced to Quentin Marsh, a past resident who returns to Point Pleasant looking for answers and possible family ties to a centuries-old curse. He becomes acquainted with many of my favourite characters in the series, including Sarah. Sarah Sherman’s character, introduced earlier in the series, takes on a pivotal role in its conclusion. A researcher/historian, and skeptic of curses, she is integral in unveiling Point Pleasant’s dark mysteries. Her role takes on more than that of a researcher. She is part of the mystery.

Clair masterfully takes us on a riveting journey, piecing together the past, unveiling legends cloaked by time. In true form, Clair never falls to engage all our senses. We are immersed in the small town of Point Pleasant and the looming, ominous feel of the TNT site. We can smell the sultry air; it’s moist to the skin. The mysterious existence of the Mothman is forever present, and the potency of a centuries-old curse is penetrating.

Clair has delivered an exceptional series, and I highly recommend it. Much like the first two books in the series, A Thousand Yesteryears and A Cold Tomorrow, I believe A Desolate Hour can stand alone as well, but I suggest that you treat yourself to the full series or you’ll be missing out on two fantastic reads.

Again, a superb end to an outstanding series!

Read all the reviews so far and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Desolate-Hour-Point-Pleasant-ebook/dp/B01MDPY2A5

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Desolate-Hour-Mae-Clair/dp/1601837828

A selection of other books by Mae Clair

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

Read more reviews and follow Mae on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468716.Mae_Clair

Connect to Mae via her website: https://maeclair.net/

Another author that I would like to showcase before Christmas is Adele Marie Park and her book released earlier in the year, Wisp

About Wisp

Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.

When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case. He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.

What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.

A review for Wisp.

Colleen M. Chesebro5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the world of Edra where magic becomes survival 23 March 2017

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

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

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

Wisp meets Finn Redhaven, the lover of the murdered elf, Sammiel Thorn, and feels an immediate attraction to him. Wisp and Finn fall in love and discover a wealth of magical abilities enabled by their relationship. And, they are going to need all the help they can get to battle the evil that has descended on Edra.

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

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

Anthologies contributed to by Adele – Ghostly Writes are currently FREE on her author page.

Read the reviews and download the anthologies:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adele-Park/e/B01G9VHA9W

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Adele-Park/e/B01G9VHA9W

Connect to Adele via her website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/

Thank you for dropping into the Christmas Book Fair and I hope that you have enjoyed the selection.. More tomorrow. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview with Adele Marie Park


Sally's Cafe and BookstoreWelcome to the Book Reading at the Cafe and today my guest author is Adele Marie Park who recently published her debut novel Wisp, the magical fantasy about Elves and the dark side of their world.

First let’s find out a little more about Adele before I put her into the hot seat for her interview.

I was born in the north east of Scotland, at the age of six months I moved with family to live on the Orcadian island of Rousay. My childhood was surrounded with tales and legends of old, these themes and beliefs I have carried all my life. They now emerge and live within the pages of my books.

My most major work, and my lifes passion, is a series of tales regarding humans and selkies. The Suleskerry Saga portrays tales of merging worlds and peoples, delving into the battles and loves theirin.

I love writing, it`s my passion. My genres include fantasy, horror, urban fantasy, and a mixture of all those. I love telling stories;period. I am married to my wonderful wife, Becca who is my rock. Our daughter Tara and our dog, german shepherd collie cross, are also my passions. To experience a moment of pure love is to experience the world.

Creativity is something I couldn`t live without.I am also a Supernatural geek, and love my music. Punk, Goth, Rockabilly and visual Kei music from Japan.

The paranormal is my normal.  Oh, and I also totally believe in faeries.

About Wisp

Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case.

He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.

What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.

Here is the most recent review for Wisp

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

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

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

Wisp meets Finn Redhaven, the lover of the murdered elf, Sammiel Thorn, and feels an immediate attraction to him. Wisp and Finn fall in love and discover a wealth of magical abilities enabled by their relationship. And, they are going to need all the help they can get to battle the evil that has descended on Edra.

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

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

Adele will be sharing an excerpt from Wisp for her book reading after her interview

Now it is time to ask Adele about her life and the inspirations behind her writing. This is also your opportunity to ask Adele your questions and please leave them in the comments section of the post.

Welcome Adele and perhaps we could start with which book in your opinion is the best you’ve ever read?

I chose this question because Becca and I were discussing it at breakfast the other day. At the moment I choose Dream catcher by Stephen King. When I read Stephen King it is like coming home to a warm welcome. This book in particular gripped me with terror, tenderness for the characters, especially Duddits and awe for the amazing plot and writing. I still use the catchphrase “I duddits.” when I accomplish something difficult. Now that’s taking something great away from a wonderful book.

If one of your books was selected to be made into a film; who would you like to play your main character and why?

I have written a novella about shape shifters. It was for a competition but due to life circumstances I missed the deadline. So it is now a novel waiting for the dreaded edit. It’s called “The Return”. I would love Takeshi Kaneshiro the talented Japanese actor to play the main character. I love his work but also when I was describing the character his face popped into my head and stayed there. He would bring the necessary softness but also the hard edge that the character has.

Do you have a dream that is waiting to be fulfilled?

Yes several. The one that springs to mind though, is to publish the first novel I started to write. It is called “Suleskerry” and deals with subjects dear to my heart. Selkies who can shape shift into human form, my home Rousay, which I miss very much, friendship and how far the characters will go for that friendship. Love and rescuing bright flames of love which have been stomped on, abused yet still shine. It also deals with demons, invasions, battles and a ride across America in an old VW van with a Dineh, Navajo, shaman, his nephew and niece, Daniel my main human character and Kieran, the main selkie character. They travel from Window Rock to Alaska and along the way there are some comical scenes, poignant ones and tear jerking ones. These books have been nearly 30 years in writing and have taken me through some hellish times in my own life to the peace and happiness I now have.

You sound as if you had a childhood rich in myths and legends. Can you tell us more about Selkies?

I most certainly can, Sally. Selkies are grey seals. They can come ashore and take off their seal skins to become human. Male and female. They are said to be so beautiful that no one human can resist them. In legend this has caused much trouble for both human and selkie. Often the human will steal away the skin of the selkie which is a way to trap them. They settle down to become good wives and husbands but as soon as they find their skin, they are off back to their home. There are supposed to be many children born from such unions and perhaps a few still have webbed feet and hands. There was talk of a woman in Nairn, a small village on the east coast of Scotland, who had a flipper instead of a foot on one leg. This was told last century so although, Nairn, is very close to where I now live, I have never met her.

Of all the legends you grew up listening to which was the one that really stays in your mind today?

The selkie that did no forget. This is supposed to be a true story but again it is years old and the teller was an old man when he told me. Some islands would never kill a seal. Rousay was one of these. A fisherman was out in his boat one day when he heard a terrible wailing like a child and a mother in distress. He rowed until he came upon a heart breaking scene. A little selkie pup was stuck on the land while it’s mother was crying to her baby to come to her. The fisherman was a kind hearted man and he wrapped the seal pup up in his coat and took him back out to his mother. He said that the mother looked at him with eyes that saw into his soul and the tears were fresh on her face.

Later that year he was out in his boat again when a fierce storm blew in and he was stranded near Suleskerry, dangerous jagged rocks. He was about to give up hope when a selkie came swimming through the water towards him. The selkie looked at him and he recognised the mother. She bade him put his arms around her neck and she swam with him to the shore and safety.

That legend or true tale, was one which influenced the series of novels called Suleskerry.

Can you tell us more about Visual Kei music from Japan?

This genre of music is influenced by Japanese opera, western rock music and the androgyny culture of Japan. It was pioneered by early bands like X Japan and Buck Tick in the 80s and the movement grew in strength until western girls and boys found it and took it to their hearts. It has a lot to do with fashion as well. From the gothic Lolita look to the steam punk and anime looks. It blossomed with the advent of the internet and you tube. Being a goth, I took to Visual Kei easily. I also loved Japanese culture so it was a wonderful mix for me. I have shared a video of one of my favourite bands so that you can all get a sense of what it is about.

Adele has chosen an excerpt from Wisp for her book reading.

Chapter Five

As Finn talked, the hut became darker and Wisp began to get a clearer picture of Sammiel Thorn, one wildly different from that his mother painted. Finn and Sammiel had met during a riot in the circle. It had been a ruse, so the underground criminal gangs could move something through undetected.

Finn and Sammiel had hidden in the back of a stall. They had found common interests and by the time the coast was clear, they had made plans to help the innocent denizens of the circle and had fallen in love.

“Sammiel`s family hated me. I am a poor mage to them, but it wasn’t just that. You know my family’s rep for getting involved in things that go public?”

Wisp scanned his memories quickly. “Yes. The last one was a child smuggling ring. Your family helped bust it wide open. Well done.”

“Sammiel deified his family, and we continued our relationship and our work. He was passionate about making everyone equal. So passionate. I think, no, I know, Law Enforcer, it got him killed. Look.” Finn had moved off the bed so quickly, Wisp nearly fell off his crate.

He returned just as quickly and held out a blank piece of paper. “The words were written magically, so there’s no trace of writing to give away identity. Here use this.” Finn gave him a device, a glass circle mounted in brass. “It’s a mage`s seeing eye. Use it.”

Wisp put the cold metal device to his eye, and it sent out brass legs to clamp round his head. The initial shock terrified him, but he kept looking at the paper. Letters began to appear slowly and as he read them, another piece of the puzzle jumped out to tantalise and confuse him.

Sammiel Thorn is dead, executed as befits his station. Meddle in my affairs further and you, Finn Redhaven, will also be killed, as befits your status. I will throw you alive to the hounds.

“The parchment came with this.” Finn gave Wisp a simple gold ring. “Sammiel would never have given up this ring if he was alive. That’s how I knew the words were true. I gave him this ring sealed with my blood as a symbol of our love.” He started to cry.

Without thinking, Wisp placed a comforting hand on his knee as he continued to stare at the paper.

“Finn was with his family the day of the murder.” The soft voice came from the shadows. A huge wolf sat at Wisp’s side and stared at him with the same green eyes as Finn. “His sisters, his mother and all of us will confirm it, and as you know, Law Enforcer, a familiar`s word is binding.”

“I received this parchment when I came to meet Sammiel here,” Finn said. “He said he had news for me. We are- were, looking at how the drug Starlight was getting into the circle.”

Starlight? Wisp grimaced. A nasty drug that causes instant addiction, and users need a higher does every time to repeat the euphoria of the first hit. “Dammit. That shit comes from Finah and makes slaves of its users. You say you found out more was coming in?” Finn wiped his eyes dry, again.

“Yep. Our contact was a goblin, a nasty looking bastard, but in his heart he really cares about his people, circle people.”

“Perhaps Sammiel uncovered the source of the drug. What a mess.”

“You think?” Sarcasm laced Finn’s statement, making Wisp laugh like a lunatic. He left the hut with Finn`s address. He had a feeling that he would be in touch, very soon.

Adele is also a contributor to three anthologies which are available through her Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adele-Park/e/B01G9VHA9W

Connect to Adele through her website and social media.

Website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firefly.fly.14
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Binky567

Thank you for dropping in today and please do ask your own questions and put them in the comments section of the post. It is your opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of my guests and over the last few weeks it has proved to be a very interesting addition to the interviews.

If you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore then please get in touch if you would like to do a book reading and interview.  sally.cronin@moyhill.com

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Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Wisp by Adele Marie Park


New on the shelvesToday’s new arrival on the shelves is the debut novel by Adele Marie Park with Wisp.. a magical fantasy about elves and the dark side of their world.

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Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case.

He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.

What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

Adele has contributed to two anthologies that are also available via her Amazon page.

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Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adele-Park/e/B01G9VHA9W

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About Adele Marie Park

I was born in the north east of Scotland, at the age of six months I moved with family to live on the Orcadian island of Rousay. My childhood was surrounded with tales and legends of old, these themes and beliefs I have carried all my life. They now emerge and live within the pages of my books.

My most major work, and my lifes passion, is a series of tales regarding humans and selkies. The Suleskerry Saga portrays tales of merging worlds and peoples, delving into the battles and loves theirin.

I love writing, it`s my passion. My genres include fantasy, horror, urban fantasy, and a mixture of all those. I love telling stories;period. I am married to my wonderful wife, Becca who is my rock. Our daughter Tara and our dog, german shepherd collie cross, are also my passions. To experience a moment of pure love is to experience the world.

Creativity is something I couldn`t live without.I am also a Supernatural geek, and love my music. Punk, Goth, Rockabilly and visual Kei music from Japan.

The paranormal is my normal.  Oh, and I also totally believe in faeries.

Connect to Adele

Website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firefly.fly.14
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Binky567

Thank you for dropping by today and we would be grateful if you could share the news of Adele’s first book.  If you would like to promote your blog or book here, there are a number of options.. Take a look and then get in touch.. thanks Sally

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