Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update. I will be making a few changes to the blog in the coming weeks and I really want to focus on authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, their reviews and new releases. I have made a note of one or two new releases coming up but if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and are publishing in the next month, can you please contact me (email@example.com) so that I can schedule a new book promotion for you.
If you are not there, then please let me know so I can do a promotion and add you: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-free-author-promotion/
The first author today with a recent review is Teri Polen for her book YA horror novel, Sarah. And look out for Teri’s new book released on June 7th.. The Gemini Connection.
Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.
A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.
Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.
One of the recent reviews.
To this day I still can’t understand the difference between a YA novel and an adult scare story. Perhaps in the YA everyone keeps their clothes on. I can tell anyone who wants to listen that although Teri Polen’s Sarah is billed as a YA novel it still scares the bejesus out of you. The story is well written, and the suspense factor is such that no matter your age you will be on the edge of your seat.
The story is about the ghost of a young girl who was murdered in the house of the protagonist named Cain. He is a high school kid who plays on the varsity soccer team and has worries about his mother and sister Maddie due to the loss of his father. He has a great best pal named Finn and Eby the cat who are there when he needs them..
Now when the ghost named Sarah appears the reader immediately thinks there is going to be some heroic effort by Cain to help her find the people responsible for murdering her. In fact, this would be a cliché that would have been all too easy. Ms. Polen had none of that easy stuff. Oh no. She builds the characterizations of the ghost to a point where the reader feels threatened. Speaking of characterizations this book is rich with characters that behave much like people you have met.
Too much more said will drop a few spoilers. Let me leave you with the idea that this book is for everyone who likes an exciting story well told.
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Teri-Polen/e/B01MYOUA6V
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Teri-Polen-ebook/dp/B01NBIFRF4
Read more reviews and follow Teri on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16114393.Teri_Polen
Connect to Teri via her Website: https://teripolen.com/
John W. Howell is also in the Cafe and Bookstore
The next author with a recent review is Marina Osipova for A Cruel Romance.
About the book
October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.
As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.
This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup
One of the recent reviews for the book
A cruel romance indeed. And as we all know, nothing is fair in love or war.
A fast paced, unputdownable engaging read from Osipova where she takes us into the troubled, and life of hardship of Serafima, a poor Russian girl, barely yet 18 years old. Serafima is caught in the midst of WWII and a sorrowful parting with her newly flourishing love with Victor who is heading off to the Russian front to join the war. Serafima vows to wait for him, both in virtue and in her heart. The author paints vivid imagery with poignant settings and well fleshed out complicated characters in a complicated time.
Already living in a tiny village in the forest, well outside of Moscow, Serafima knows poverty and hunger well, yet never complains. Living with her emotionless mother in a tiny hut, she learns that her hardships are about to get a lot worse after two German soldiers invade and take over her tiny home, complete with her and her mother as their private slaves, where Serafima endures the brunt of mental and physical abuse.
Throughout the passing years, Serafima never stops pining for her lost love Victor. And as the war comes to an end and the Germans move out, Serafima finds herself with child. We are now drawn into the raw emotion and struggle Serafima must deal with when her child is born and her disgust for his conception overshadows any joy she should have from giving birth and ultimately, distancing herself emotionally from her own child.
When a few more years pass, still with hope her Victor will return to marry her, she receives a rude awakening one day when he does return and he spots her child. A misunderstanding from unspoken words and a lifetime of holding back the truth changes the course of Serafima’s life dramatically. Instead Serafima continues to work and make the best life she can while dismissing her undying love for Victor and learning to live with a broken heart.
Victor too never stopped loving Serafima despite their lack of reconciliation, and demonstrates how unresolved love can grow into vengeance. Life is a circle, and secrets of the past have a way of working themselves back into one’s life just as they did for Serafima, when she was faced to make peace with her past. Can she ever find love again? Will she eventually reunite with Victor? You will have to read the book to find out.
This book had me turning pages at every opportunity I could pick up the book. I will say. the ending was quite surprising, The book was beautifully written and so engaging I can’t help but give it 5 stars!
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW
Read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29457862-the-cruel-romance
Connect to Marina via her website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/
D.G. Kaye is also in the Cafe and Bookstore
The next author with a recent review is Amy M. Reade with her book Murder in Thistlecross (A Malice Novel).
About the book
The emerald hills and violet valleys of Wales seem the ideal place to start over after murder—and divorce—shattered Eilidh’s life in the Scottish Highlands. But within the stone walls of an ancient castle, a family’s dark, violent past threatens much more than her newfound tranquility . . .
For the past two years, Eilidh has called the quaint Welsh village of Thistlecross home, embracing her new life as estate manager of a restored fifteenth-century castle. But the long-anticipated arrival of her employer’s three estranged sons and their wives transforms Gylfinog Castell from a welcoming haven to a place seething with dangerous secrets. When the escalating tensions culminate in murder, Eilidh must sift through a castle full of suspects both upstairs and downstairs. She can trust no one as she follows a twisting maze of greed and malice to ferret out a killer who’s breaching every defense, preparing to make Eilidh the next to die.
One of the recent reviews for the book
A castle, a sweet woman who loves her job but needs to find some love in her life, a dysfunctional family who has its own terrible secrets, all set in the lush lovely country of Wales. Amy Reade mixes together all of these ingredients to give her readers a delicious gothic novel. I’m not one who needs to categorize books into certain genres.
I don’t generally read “gothic’ novels, but after reading this book, I wonder why not? if it’s written as seamlessly as Reade’s book is, with well-detailed characters, a main character who we root for throughout the book, some suspense and murder and “whodunit” questions, perhaps I DO like gothic novels. The writing does not rush the reader; we slowly get to know the castle that the main character manages and all of its inhabitants. There’s also a bit of downstairs/upstairs vibe, and of course a slowly simmering romance. I’ve read all of Reade’s books, and this one did not disappoint.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Thistlecross-Malice-Novel-Reade-ebook/dp/B071L5C6C7
Also by Amy M. Reade
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Read more reviews and follow Amy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade
Connect to Amy via her website: www.amymreade.com
Pamela Wight is also in the Cafe and Bookstore
Pamela S. Wight, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Pamela-S.-Wight/e/B00AYXT6R6
And congratulations to Pamela S.Wight as her book Birds of Paradise is the Award Winning Finalist in the Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction category of the 2018 International Book Awards.
About Birds of Paradise
Sweet sparrows Bessie and Bert grow up as differently as night and day. Bessie is fearful of the dangers inherent in being a bird. She’s scared to leave her cozy branch. But Bert relishes flying in the sky and pecking delicious seeds on the ground, until he loses half a tail. Bessie and Bert uncover each other’s fears and, through a newfound friendship, re-discover the delight in being birds. Charming, lustrous illustrations and light, lilting verse delight children and adults alike as they gain a new appreciation for the joyous birds in their own backyard.
One of the reviews for the book
This beautifully written and illustrated story is my son’s favorite new book, and a truly delightful story by Pamela Wight! The lesson about staying close to the nest while being able to spread your wings, is tied to the importance of friendship and being safe to try new things with the right person by your side. A reminder to us all to enjoy the unique elements that make us who we are, and appreciate the influence of others who enhance our lives with the gift of companionship and love. A great mother’s day gift to a mom with young children, or one whom you’d like to thank for her guidance and care.
Read the reviews and buy the book on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Birds-Paradise-Pamela-S-Wight/dp/0998460613/
Head over and check out Pamela’s celebration of her achievement: https://roughwighting.net/2018/06/01/the-finalist/
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the selection of authors and their reviews… Thanks Sally