Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Victoria Zigler, Angie Dokos and Rebekkah Ford


Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update and my first guest is Victoria Zigler with news about the availability of more of her books in audio. Victoria is blind and for the millions of readers around the world who are sight impaired, audio books are vitally important.

Previously only available as eBooks and paperbacks, all four of Victoria’s  Degu stories – the two in her Degu Days Duo, and both her stand alone Degu books – are now available in audio, thanks to the skills of narrator James Watkins.

Degu’s Day Out

Oscar has everything a degu could need, or want, in the cage he shares with his brother, Romeo, but it’s not enough; Oscar longs for freedom. Convinced he’s missing out on an amazing adventure, Oscar dreams of the day when he’ll be able to investigate the world beyond his cage bars without the human caretakers telling him where and when he can explore. Now, at long last, his chance has arrived. But will it be the exciting adventure he’s always dreamed it would be?

Buy the book and get the audio: https://www.amazon.com/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1519326319

The other books in the series now in audio and click on the image for Amazon

You can download all the other audio books from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

If you have an Epub reader: Victoria Zigler Kobo

A small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler

Victoria has a great many reviews on Goodreads and I suggest that you head there first to read: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5852247.Victoria_Zigler

Connect to Victoria via her website: http://www.zigler.co.uk/

The next update is for Angie Dokos for Roadside which tells the story of Serena and her journey back from violence with the help of a stranger.

About the book

Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

One of the recent reviews for the book

I’ve never been much into romance novels, but ‘Roadside’ by Angie Dokos has changed this.

Serena is a young woman brutally assaulted in the middle of the night on her way to the store. Zayne finds her left for dead on the side of the road. The desire to help this young woman compels Zayne to remain by her side until she’s recovered. While the police search for her attacker, Zayne and Serena develop a fast-friendship. But something keeps them from moving forward to the next step of a serious relationship. Why? What is it that keeps Serena from opening up to Zayne. And what keeps Zayne from doing the same.

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.

I highly recommend this book for readers of all genres! If a reader like myself (who prefers action-suspense, thriller stories) can enjoy a romantic story, then so will you.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/ROADSIDE-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B0722T3Y58

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ROADSIDE-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B0722T3Y58

Also by Angie Dokos

Visit Angie’s Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY

Read more reviews and follow Angie Dokos on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14905574.Angie_Dokos

Connect to Angie Dokos via her website: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com

The next author with an update today is Rebekkah Ford with Legends of Deceit (Book One of the Legends of Deceit Series)

About Legends of Deceit

What would you do if you discovered your life had been a lie, and you were destined to rule a kingdom where mythical creatures both beautiful and frightening exist?

Immerse yourself in a magical world where fairies and werewolves exist alongside each other and an ordinary, foul-mouth 22-year old college student named Haven Evergreen is destined to rule.

Fans of fantasy and paranormal will be captivated by this thrilling and spellbinding new series by Rebekkah Ford.

 

One of the recent reviews for the book

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

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

The storyline may have not been a novel one however, it was extremely pleasing to read. The added romantic connection between Larkin and Haven was sweet and made things even more interesting.

The plot and the pace were very well thought through. The realm and world setting felt researched and were intriguing. The best thing about the book, in my opinion, is how everything came together. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Legends-Deceit-Fantasy-Paranormal-Book-ebook/dp/B07374MKJ3

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Legends-Deceit-Fantasy-Paranormal-Book-ebook/dp/B07374MKJ3

Also by Rebekkah Ford

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Rebekkah-Ford/e/B00896OMB0

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rebekkah-Ford/e/B00896OMB0

Read more reviews and follow Rebekkah on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6180865.Rebekkah_Ford

Connect with Rebekkah via her website: http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share these authors and their news. Thanks Sally.

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 23rd August – Charli Mills/M.J.Mallon, Angie Dokos, Olga Nunez Miret, Story Reading Ape/Andrew Joyce


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to my selection of posts from around the community over the last couple of days.. small selection but I hope you will pop over and check the complete posts and leave your comments etc.

The first is a guest post by M.J. Mallon who is celebrating the publication of her debut novel with Charli Mills of Carrot Ranch.  Here is The Curse of Time – Book 1 – Bloodstone

On Amelina Scott’s thirteenth birthday, her father disappears under mysterious circumstances. Saddened by this traumatic event, she pieces together details of a curse that has stricken the heart and soul of her family.

Amelina longs for someone to confide in. Her once carefree mother has become angry and despondent. One day a strange black cat and a young girl, named Esme appear. Immediately, Esme becomes the sister Amelina never had. The only catch is that Esme must remain a prisoner, living within the mirrors of Amelina’s house.

Head over and check out the post and discover more about the book: https://carrotranch.com/2017/08/22/raw-literature-haiku-tanka-and-a-debut-novel/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

I have been working back through blogs this last couple of days as I have been not as diligent as normal.. a few things on my plate.. I popped into Angie Dokos for a browse and this post from last week caught my attention. As it will I am sure if you go over to read it. Angie does not know who the author is but that is not important as it is the message that is so essential.

It was a chilly Friday afternoon. To be precise, the date was February 17. Our high school baseball team was finishing the first week of practice. Though the sun was brightly shining, the temperature hovered around a very breezy 35 degrees. Our coach, a former minor league baseball player, was a strict taskmaster who seemed to believe the most important skill required for this sport was an ability to run long distances. Many on our squad were confused and wondered if we were actually training for the cross country team.

Each day during this week, we were required to run from the locker room of the high school to the parking lot of the middle school. Once there, our coach could be found waiting for us as he leaned against his red Ford pickup. Coach said nothing. He simply extended his index finger and pointed in the direction from which we had arrived. Every day, we ran nearly six miles from the high school to the middle school and back again. With pained expressions, we made our way through the first week of baseball practice having never thrown, caught or hit a baseball.

Please head over and read this story.. it is important: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/you-make-this-day-matter/

Next post I would like to share is a book review by Olga Nunez Miret for those of you who are into gothic or horror genres. Here is the blurb for the book and then I suggest that you head over to Olga’s to enjoy one of her reviews which are always a great read. Painted by Kirsten McKenzie

About PAINTED: A Horror Novel by Kirsten McKenzie

If art can capture a soul, what happens when one of those souls escapes?

When art appraiser Anita Cassatt is sent to catalogue the extensive collection of reclusive artist Leo Kubin, it isn’t the chilly atmosphere of the secluded house making her shiver, it’s the silent audience of portraits clustered on every wall watching her.

Kubin’s lawyer didn’t share the detailed instructions regarding the handling of the art, and Anita and her team start work in ignorance of the very instructions designed to keep them safe. Safe from the art.

In the dark, a portrait stirs as the subject eases themselves out of the portrait and stretches, free at last from the confines of a canvas which they have no intention of ever returning to. They have a painting to finish and the people in the house will only be in the way…

Buy Painted now and you’ll never look at the art on your walls the same way again.

Perfect for lovers of early Stephen King and Rachel Caine
 

Head over and enjoy Olga’s review of Painted: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/2017/08/22/tuesdaybookblog-rbrt-painted-by-kirsten-mckenzie-kiwimrsmac-gothic-psychological-horror-with-haunted-house-and-ghosts-for-art-and-lovers-of-antiques-bookreview/

And definitely last but not least is the esteemed Mr. Andrew Joyce who is sharing his hard-earned experience in writing and publishing books. Well worth reading even if you already have a few books under your belt. Andrew is a guest of The Story Reading Ape who is no slouch when it comes to book promotion.

My name is Andrew Joyce, and to my many fans—both of ’em—I want to say hello. To the rest of you good folks, I’d like to introduce myself.

I’m a writer of little renown. Now, as the title of this piece suggests, who am I to give advice? A very good question, one I’ve obviously asked myself. I have four books out and the fifth should be with us any day now. I have gone through what you are all going through. I’ve sat at my damn computer day after day trying to put into words the sensational story swirling around in my head. When I finally had my story on paper—and more or less coherent—I had to start with the editing. Then, to add insult to injury, once the book was published, I had to demean myself to market it. Well, maybe demean is not the right word, but I do so hate to beg. I only mention my time in the trenches so you’ll know that I’m a veteran and have the wounds to prove it.

I’m here today to relate the little of what I’ve learned over the last four years concerning writing. Some of it will be old hat to some of you. And to you brand-new writers looking for a signpost or two to help you find your way, I sincerely hope what I’m about to convey helps.

I suggest that you head over and absorb some of the wisdom of Andrew Joyce: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/08/22/63063/

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you head over and enjoy the rest of the posts. Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview with Angie Dokos


Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Welcome to the first book reading this week and my guest is YA author Angie Dokos who has recently published her second book Roadside. Angie is a terrific supporter on social media and we bump into each other daily on Twitter.

Just a reminder that this is an interactive interview and it is great when you participate with your own questions.. Please leave them in the comments section and Angie will answer them over the next couple of days.

Before we get into the interview let’s take a look at Angie’s official biography.

About Angie Dokos.

I was born a reader and grew to be a writer. Okay, so the reading took a few years, but in the meantime, I was having someone else read to me. I enjoy hiking and love to travel. I currently live in Woodstock, GA with my husband and children. I love to read and write to escape reality and to live more than one life. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, WordPress, and other sites if you are interested. If you are entertained by my work, chances are your friends will be too, so spread the word, please. Thank you. Remember, live life one chapter at a time!

Books by Angie Dokos

One of the many postive reviews for Mackenzie’s Distraction.

on February 10, 2017

A tragic family accident suddenly turns Mackenzie’s world upside down. But then a long-held family secret is exposed, ripping open old wounds with heart wrenching results. Fighting her own demons from an uncertain past, Mackenzie, with the help of her family, desperately fights to turn a negative past into a positive future. But that emotional roller coaster has its own challenges, ending up with her pushing away and hurting some people that love her and want to help her, especially Trevor, an unexpected love interest she wasn’t prepared to deal with. Emotions run deep as a family struggling to deal, not only with a tragic accident, but must handle a highly charged secret that threatens the very fabric of their family.

Will old wounds heal? Can Mackenzie let her past dictate her future, or can she come to terms with the past and accept it? This story conveys a positive message regarding the importance of family, accepting the past, healing, turning your life around, and looking forward to a future Mackenzie dared not to hope for: a promising future with those she loves.

Read all the reviews an buy Mackenzie’s Distraction: https://www.amazon.com/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos/dp/1523378328

The latest review for Roadside published in May 2017.

on June 8, 2017

After Zayne and his father happen upon an injured young woman left for dead on a deserted roadside, her recovery and protection become central to Zayne’s life. The story revolves around the victim, Serena, and her relationship with Zayne and other young adults as her body and spirit gradually heal. The search for Serena’s attacker is suspenseful. The ebbing and flowing relationships between the young people surrounding Zayne and Serena provide various insights into the human condition in general and Serena’s damaged psyche in particular.

Author Angie Dokos has called Roadside a “New Adult Romance,” but it might also be considered YA Contemporary Romance or YA Mystery. The main characters are students or college-age adults, and their story is told in an ingenuous style reflective of a young person’s natural lack of sophistication.

Roadside is a sweet story that will appeal especially to high school and college age readers but is suitable for readers of any age.

This is a G-rated story, free of steamy sex, foul language, or gory violence. Characters show kindness, acceptance, and forgiveness, and, though no one is perfect, the protagonists attend church. The novel is secular enough to appeal to a wide audience, but it treats people of faith respectfully.

Read the reviews and buy Roadside: https://www.amazon.com/ROADSIDE-Angie-Dokos/dp/1542570581

Read more reviews and follow Angie on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14905574.Angie_Dokos

Now it is time to meet Angie in person.. and please do ask your own questions and place them in the comments section. Thank you

Welcome Angie and perhaps we could start with a question about our modern lifestyle. Is there any invention that is a major part of our lives that you wish had not been invented?

Tanning beds. They have caused so many problems, but people want to be tan and beautiful so badly that they’ll take the risk. I regret ever getting into one. Let me just clarify that I do not judge the people that do use them. I have plenty of friends that use them. I’m just stating my opinion, not trying to start any arguments over the issue.

Where would you like to be in 5 year’s time?

This one is going to sound crazy to some, but I would like to be free and clear of all credit card debt. I hope to make that a reality in three years, but I’d settle for five.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self that might benefit them?

I would tell my 16-year-old self to not be in a rush to grow up. Adulting isn’t near as much fun as we think it is when we’re young. Enjoy the teen years, focus on a career and getting your priorities straight, and prepare for your future. Don’t rush to get married and have babies. I did everything backward. I had a baby, got an education, got married, and then started my career. I’m not saying I’d change anything now, but my advice to a younger me definitely wouldn’t be to start your life in reverse order from how it should be. But if things do get turned around and don’t go as planned, it’s still okay. Make the best of it and do the best you can.

In your bio you mention that you love to travel. Which is the one place you have visited that you feel you could happily spend the rest of your life in and why?

Hmm, that’s a good question. I’m not sure I would want to spend the rest of my life in any one specific place that I have visited. I absolutely loved St. Lucia, Niagara Falls, and Yosemite National Park, but I’m not sure I would want to live in any of those places. I love visiting different places in Utah and Florida, but I can think of reasons I wouldn’t want to live in those places too. I think I need to travel more before I could answer that question.

What was the inspiration behind Mackenzie’s Distraction and how long did it take you to write?

My daughter was the main inspiration behind Mackenzie’s Distraction. My sister’s past played a part in some ideas for the story also. It took two years to write it. I have a full-time day job and a family to take care of, so I don’t get to write as much as I’d like.

As a mother and a writer do you feel that children in schools are given enough encouragement to develop their creative writing? Do you have any suggestions for developing this to ensure the next generation of writers?

I don’t feel they are encouraged to be themselves enough. They are expected to all learn the same way and test the same way. We are all different and I think every child needs to know that it’s okay to be different, to think differently, to perform differently. You and I can read the same book and get totally different messages from it. If we were given a test about it, chances are one of us would fail the test because our answers aren’t what the teachers expect, or aren’t what the authorities consider to be correct answers. I think students need to abide by the grammar rules, but when it comes to creative writing, or comprehending what we read, there really aren’t right or wrong answers. For suggestions on how to fix the problem, I really don’t know. For suggestions or advice for the next generation of writers, don’t quit; keep writing, even if it’s considered horrible.

Angie has chosen an excerpt from her recently published novel Roadside for her book reading.

Saturday night Zayne, Dawson, his girlfriend, Sydney, and their friend, Missy went to the theater. After the movie, they were walking across the parking lot toward Dawson’s car when Zayne heard someone call his name.” He turned to see Destiny and Serena headed their way. Destiny yelled, “I told her it was you.”

Serena said, “Well, forgive me for not recognizing him from the rear.”

They laughed. As they approached, Zayne said, “Wow! You are healing fast.” Her dark brown hair was straight and flawless.

Destiny smirked and peered over Zayne’s shoulder. “Thought you said you didn’t have a girlfriend.”

Zayne turned to his friends and introduced them as he pointed, “Dawson, Sydney, Missy meet Destiny and Serena.”

Serena said, “Nice to meet you all and please ignore my friend Destiny, she means no harm, her hormones take over her mouth when she’s near testosterone.”

Everyone laughed.

Missy spoke up, “For the record, he didn’t lie. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. I’m a friend to all of them.” She motioned to the other three.

Destiny swiped her hand across her forehead as if she’s wiping sweat away and sighed, “Whew.” They laughed again. Destiny was about the same height as Serena, but curvier. Her hair was the same dark brown, but shorter.

Missy said, “Looks like Zayne has a fan.”

Destiny rolled her eyes.

Serena laughed. “I’m a fan of his shirt. I love that.”

Zayne smiled. “Thanks, my sister bought this for me.” His shirt was blue with white letters that read, “I’m a law student, what’s your superpower?”

Dawson stated. “Serena, I don’t know the entire story, but from what I understand you’ve been through hell. It’s good to see you out having fun. Most people I know would stay at home either scared, or feeling sorry for themselves.”

Sydney cut in. “I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I assume you’re trying to enjoy life, and prefer not to talk about what happened.”

Dawson said, “She’s probably right. I’m sorry.”

Serena nodded. “It’s fine. I’m thankful to be alive and refuse to let him affect the rest of my life.”

Sydney said, “That is the best revenge.”

You can connect to Angie on her blog and social media.

Blog: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/
Website: http://www.angiedokos.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngieDokos
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angiedokosauthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14905574.Angie_Dokos

My thanks to Angie for joining us today and she is looking forward to your questions so please put them in the comments section of the post.

If you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore and would like to be interviewed then contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com as I am getting ready for the next phase of interviews.. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Angie Dokos and Andrew Joyce


The first reviews today is from Goodreads and Amazon for the latest release by Angie Dokos. New adult and romance – Roadside tells the story of Serena and her journey back from violence with the help of a stranger.

About the book

Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

Some of the early reviews….

D.F. Jones rated it Five Stars on May 23rd on Goodreads

Tale of triumph over tragedy
 Roadside is a gripping tale of triumph over tragedy. Serena is a strong woman who fights through the physical, mental, and emotional violation of her body, and over time, the healing of her mind and spirit as the narrative unfolds.

This is the second book I’ve read from the author, and I enjoy how she allows the reader to organically unravel the plot.

Zayne is the hero in Roadside. He and his father find Selena’s lifeless body on the roadside. His tenderness, kindness, and compassion earns Selena’s trust, and the push and pull of their growing friendship evolves into a blistering attraction. Will Selena and Zayne allow their friendship to develop into something more? That my friends, you’ll need to read for yourself.

Kudos, Angie Dokos!

And two from Amazon.

Loved it!  on June 4, 2017

Drama and intrigue, true love and lies come together to make Roadside the perfect poolside read!!

on June 3, 2017

Angie Dokos book Roadside was a fantastic book. Once I started it I could not put it down and finished it in a weekend.
 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1542570581

Also by Angie Dokos

Visit Angie’s Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY

Read more reviews and follow Angie Dokos on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14905574.Angie_Dokos

Connect to Angie Dokos via her website: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com

The next author who continues to receive excellent reviews is Andrew Joyce with his book Yellow Hair. I really enjoyed this book and reviewed earlier in the year but here are some new reviews. The book follows the story of a young man who treks west with other families intent on a better future.

Andrew Joyce is the recipient of the 2013 Editor’s Choice Award for Best Western for his novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. (less)

About the book

Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people and the author uses their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century. This is American history.

Awarded Book of the Year by Just Reviews.
Awarded Best Historical Fiction of 2016 by Colleen’s Reviews

 

Two reviews from Goodreads and Amazon

Peter Walsh rated it Five stars.

WOW !!! A very necessary insight into American history, which would be a hugely, worthwhile inclusion in any school curriculum … The Genesis of the Wild West as only Andrew Joyce can tell it … Gripping, from the very start, a tale of survival, faith and destiny, colored with empathy, admiration and love for a stolen culture … Amazing indigenous peoples who still stand together today at Standing Rock, against insurmountable odds … A spirit such as that will never be broken … It leaves a rustle in the trees and a rhythm in the Dakota rivers which will remain forever ..

This book is about a white man who assimilates into the Dakota Indian tribe in the 1800s, and expérennes all of the conflicts of the day along with them, such as the battles of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee. The book is a solid narrative, making historical events and characters relatable, specifically life on the California/Oregon Trail, the traditional ways of life of the Dakota Indians, and Indian/White conflicts of the 19th century. From reading it, my awareness was increased of the Indian perspective of Westward Expansion. I came to understand their plight much more clearly.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0998119318

Also by Andrew Joyce

Find out more about Andrew Joyce, read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Joyce/e/B00EUCFDTM

Read other reviews and follow Andrew on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7242284.Andrew_Joyce

Connect to Andrew via his blog: https://andrewjoyce.wordpress.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and please feel free to share. If you have great reviews that you would like to showcase email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com. Thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Dan Alatorre and Angie Dokos


Welcome to the first of the updates this week. If you would like to become part of the Cafe and Bookstore and enjoy regular updates for your books, such as new releases, recent reviews or offers then please check out this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

The first author update is for Dan Alattore and his new release at the end of April,  Poggibonsi – An Italian Misadventure.

About the book

When family man Mike Torino lands a project in Italy, home of naked art, Valentino, and taxi-crashing yoga pants, he brings along his wife, hoping to rekindle their marriage. But romance gets derailed by head colds, constant bickering, and assaults from ankle-breaking cobblestone streets. Their daughter develops a gelato addiction. Mike’s Italian partner has a coronary. And as for amore . . . Mattie tells Mike to handle things himself—and storms back to America.

Mike is trapped. Leaving Italy will blow a promotion; staying might cost him his wife and family.

While reeling from Mattie’s frantic departure, a replacement liaison is assigned—a top-notch, beautiful young Italian woman who is instantly smitten with Mike and determined to reveal the passions of her homeland—whether he wants to see them or not! Normally immune, Mike is tempted—but is headstrong, voluptuous Julietta worth the risk?

The book has already received rave reviews

Author and humorist Dan Alatorre became a first-time dad at the age of 47 – a daughter by the name of Savvy. His comedic debut book “Savvy Stories” tells humorous tales about a loving dad who sees the magic in children, and isn’t a bumbling stooge about changing diapers like some TV sitcom. Dan was born in Ohio, and graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida before earning an MBA from Tampa College and served with honors in two Fortune 500 companies. Dan, Michele and Savvy live in the Tampa area.

Beware! There is a problem with reading Dan Alatorre’s books – they are addicting. Few writers today have that keen gift for finding the humor in challenging situations and Dan has a secure place at the top of the heap for comedic writing. He knows how people think, and better yet he knows how to appreciate their joyful outlook …and wisdom. But alert! – Dan has other aspects to his writing talent, from the very tender book of insights and of course humor about a cardiac condition, the long QT syndrome in THE LONG CUTIE, to THE TERRIBLE TWOS (lessons learned from his daughter) to children’s books and marketing books, to cookbooks, first in conjunction with others (35 MORE AMAZING RECIPES YOUR MOTHER WOULD BE PROUD OF, etc) and then his solo cookbook ALL AMERICAN FAVORITES. The binding element is his easy going lighthearted manner of writing while at the same time offering fine advice and some really delicious adventures in the kitchen.

But beware! Yet another genre Dan is exploring is present in this romance travel adventure that bears that indelible stamp of Alatorre ingenuity. He maintains his inimitable humor and everything is wrapped in this gifted writer’s accomplished prose.

The synopsis offered suffices to summarize the tale: ‘’When family man Mike Torino lands a project in Italy, home of naked art, Valentino, and taxi-crashing yoga pants, he brings along his wife, hoping to rekindle their marriage. But romance gets derailed by head colds, constant bickering, and assaults from ankle-breaking cobblestone streets. Their daughter develops a gelato addiction. Mike’s Italian partner has a coronary. And as for amore . . . Mattie tells Mike to handle things himself—and storms back to America. Mike is trapped. Leaving Italy will blow a promotion; staying might cost him his wife and family. While reeling from Mattie’s frantic departure, a replacement liaison is assigned—a top-notch, beautiful young Italian woman who is instantly smitten with Mike and determined to reveal the passions of her homeland—whether he wants to see them or not! Normally immune, Mike is tempted—but is headstrong, voluptuous Julietta worth the risk?’

Unexpected other aspects of a talented craftsman surface here – and they are solid enough to push Dan into even more serious novels. Grady Harp, April 17

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Poggibonsi-Italian-Misadventure-Dan-Alatorre-ebook/dp/B06Y5TT1BT

Also recently released on May 2nd with Dan as a contributing author.

A small selection of books by Dan Alatorre – Some of Dan’s books have also been translated into Italian, Chinese and Spanish

Discover all about Dan, his books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Dan-Alatorre/e/B00EUX7HEU

Connect to Dan via his blog: www.DanAlatorre.com

My next update is for Angie Dokos who is celebrating the release of her latest book a contemporary romance – Roadside

About the book

Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/ROADSIDE-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B0722T3Y58

Also by Angie Dokos

A recent review

on February 10, 2017

A tragic family accident suddenly turns Mackenzie’s world upside down. But then a long-held family secret is exposed, ripping open old wounds with heart wrenching results. Fighting her own demons from an uncertain past, Mackenzie, with the help of her family, desperately fights to turn a negative past into a positive future. But that emotional roller coaster has its own challenges, ending up with her pushing away and hurting some people that love her and want to help her, especially Trevor, an unexpected love interest she wasn’t prepared to deal with.

Emotions run deep as a family struggling to deal, not only with a tragic accident, but must handle a highly charged secret that threatens the very fabric of their family. Will old wounds heal? Can Mackenzie let her past dictate her future, or can she come to terms with the past and accept it? This story conveys a positive message regarding the importance of family, accepting the past, healing, turning your life around, and looking forward to a future Mackenzie dared not to hope for: a promising future with those she loves.

Breaking News.

Mackenzie’s distraction is one of ten novels that will be released on May 24th as a boxed set written by these authors.  E.G. FOX, Elaine Raco Chase, Donna Fasano, Ashley Fontainne, Dee Dee Covas, Angie Dokos, Diane Nelson, Lorne Oliver, Michael Cody, Ashley Goss

The box set will be at the amazing price of 99c: https://www.amazon.com/Cocktails-Ten-E-G-Fox-ebook/dp/B07223MYW5

Read more about Angie, her books and reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Angie-Dokos/e/B01BLPOZEY

Connect to Angie via her blog: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/

Thank you for dropping by today and please help spread the news of these terrific writers. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Barb Caffrey, Angie Dokos and Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


author-update-jpgWelcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore updates this week and three featured authors. Barb Caffrey, Angie Dokos and Deanie Humphrys – Dunne.

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Now for a book released on February 7th by sci-fi/fantasy author Barb Caffrey. In the fantasy romance Changing Faces, a couple find themselves at a crossroads in their lives that might separate them for ever…The Ebook version is currently on offer at 99c.

About the book

Allen and Elaine are graduate students in Nebraska, and love each other very much. Their life should be idyllic, but Elaine’s past includes rape, neglect, and abuse from those who should’ve loved her—but didn’t, because from childhood, Elaine identified as transgender.When Elaine tells Allen right before Christmas, he doesn’t know what to do. He loves Elaine, loves her soul, has heard about transgender people before, but didn’t think Elaine was one of them—she looks and acts like anyone else. Now, she wants to become a man and is going to leave.

He prays for divine intervention, and says he’ll do anything, just please don’t separate him from Elaine…and gets it.Now, he’s in Elaine’s body. And she’s in his. They’ll get a second chance at love.

Why? Because once you find your soulmate, the universe will do almost anything to keep you together—even change your faces.

Buy the book currently 99c: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Changing-Faces-Barb-Caffrey-ebook/dp/B01N3CQKWJ

Also by Barb Caffrey

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A selection of reviews for The Elfy books.

A Little Elfy in Big Trouble

If you’re a fan of fantasy (Harry Potter anyone), you’ll love this book!  By N. N. Light on January 18, 2016
Thoughts for Elfyverse/Humanity today…  By Jeff  on January 18, 2016

An Elfy on the Loose

I love the rich details and how the author makes the …  By Annemarie L. Grey on July 17, 2016
Fresh, innovative, daring and very different from the rest.  By M.M. on November 21, 2014

Barb is the widow of Michael B. Caffrey (1958-2004), and has vowed that Michael’s work — his words — will live on as long as there are people to read them. It’s because of this vow that she’s republished Michael’s Adventures of Joey Maverick series, which currently consists of “A Dark and Stormy Night” and “On Westmount Station.

Books by Michael Caffrey and Barb Caffrey

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Barb-Caffrey/e/B00H8EROC8

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Connect to Barb via her website: https://elfyverse.wordpress.com/

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Now for an update for author Angie Dokos who continues to receive excellent reviews for her book Mackenzie’s Distraction.

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Mackenzie’s Distraction is a New Adult Romance about a young lady with a rough past and a promising future. Just when he career is within reach, tragedy strikes. A terrible accident and a family secret turn Mackenzie’s world upside down. She’s sure her life can’t become any more complicated, then she meets Trevor. Will he be just what she needs or the distraction that pushes her over the edge?

This book is not erotica, but does have sexual content. It includes some curse words, but not many. It doesn’t have any major violence.

The latest review

A tragic family accident suddenly turns Mackenzie’s world upside down. But then a long-held family secret is exposed, ripping open old wounds with heart wrenching results.

Fighting her own demons from an uncertain past, Mackenzie, with the help of her family, desperately fights to turn a negative past into a positive future. But that emotional roller coaster has its own challenges, ending up with her pushing away and hurting some people that love her and want to help her, especially Trevor, an unexpected love interest she wasn’t prepared to deal with. Emotions run deep as a family struggling to deal, not only with a tragic accident, but must handle a highly charged secret that threatens the very fabric of their family.

Will old wounds heal? Can Mackenzie let her past dictate her future, or can she come to terms with the past and accept it? This story conveys a positive message regarding the importance of family, accepting the past, healing, turning your life around, and looking forward to a future Mackenzie dared not to hope for: a promising future with those she loves.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BL4H20E

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Connect to Angie via her blog: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/

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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is author of the wonderful series of books for children and young adults (of all ages). Her book Charlene the Star is now available in a revised edition.

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Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom?

The latest review for the book

Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. She had beautiful dark red hair, brown eyes, and nice long legs just perfect for being a racehorse. However, Charlene decides racing is not for her. Charlene does not know how to tell her mother this. Quite a dilemma for a youngster. You will have to read Charlene the Star to find out what happens next in this delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. I recommend this book for young readers 7-12, and especially for those who are horse lovers.

If you have not read Tails of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, it is a must do! Tails of Sweetbrier is a touching true story of determination about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk. Her father would not accept that diagnosis and instills faith in his little girl, and he set out to teach her to ride horses and felt if she could do that, she would be okay. Loved this book!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Charlene-Star-Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/dp/1620242141

Also by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S

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Connect to Deanie via her website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

Thank you very much for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the updates for these authors across your own networks.. Don’t forget that if you are in the bookstore you can enjoy regular updates as I am happy to feature you at least once a month to six weeks. Thanks Sally

If you are not in the Cafe and Bookstore this is the link to tell you how to get on the shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Angie Dokos, Alyssa Drake and Nicholas C. Rossis


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Welcome to the latest update from Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites. In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know.. Sally.cronin@moyhill.com

My first book was promoted  in the Autumn Reading series and here is one of the latest reviews for Mackenzie’s Distraction by Angie Dokos.

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About the book

Mackenzie’s Distraction is a New Adult Romance about a young lady with a rough past and a promising future. Just when her career is within reach, tragedy strikes. A terrible accident and a family secret turn Mackenzie’s world upside down. She’s sure her life can’t become any more complicated, then she meets Trevor. Will he be just what she needs or the distraction that pushes her over the edge?

The latest review for the book.

Family . . . . Death . . . Tragedy . . . . Secrets . . . . Challenges . . . . Survival . . . . Growth . . . . Love . . . . Romance . . . . Marriage . . . . Happiness

According to the author, this is the art of a fictional story. But while reading those pages, it felt as though I was walking alongside a journey of true-to-life characters. That is how crafted this author’s writing style was. And what an amazing skill, as a first-time author!
I won’t go into details of this story and what it’s all about since others have ALREADY done so. But I will say . . .

Truly, I was highly impressed with how this author initially drew out the colorization of characters and scenes. In my life, I’ve read a many fictional tales which weaken the style of creativity and development. And when that does happen, one’s story becomes less moving and limits its connection to characterization and scenery. But that was not the case, here, for the works of “Mackenzie’s Distraction.”

Yes indeed, quite a bit was happening in the life of Mackenzie. So, one could readily see how easy it was to become distracted. This title was definitely a great fit for the story. And the cover design . . . well, it made an even better mix. And as an author, (knowingly) those two elements go hand-in-hand in pumping out a great product. There was no doubt this author knew the literary formula for what it took . . . in giving readers a measurable creation.

I must confess, though, there were some areas where the storytelling tended to shift to those “tell me” moments, rather than continuing with “show me” ones. It is those types of moments (the show me ones) that beautifies the characters’ emotions and polishes the scenery (and places its readers in the moment). But then again, this was classified as a fictional tale and not a non-fictional one. Seemingly, its weight didn’t take from the overall structured development. Now, should this author create for us (readers) a non-fictional tale, I’d hope those show me moments jump off the page and stand out at ya.

This book is at less worthy of no less than a 4 ½ star rating, but no indications for such a rating. In that case, I plugged in a “five-star” rating simply for the deep thought processes, those points at the “show me moments” (that I read), points of colorization of its characters/scenes, and its overall development of such a storyline. And notwithstanding the fact, it kept my interest. Truly, with the depth of pages, it had to take (the writer/author) a great deal of thinking to lay it out, plot it out, and bring it out to closure.

Really, I suggest readers make their own judgment . . . not just ‘cause I found it an interesting read. Having such a product under her wings, I’m looking forward to the author’s next work of art. Kudos, to you (Angie) for this creation!

Read the reviews and BUY the book:
Kindle www.amazon.com/dp/B01BL4H20E
Paperback : www.amazon.com/dp/1523378328

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Connect to Angie through her blog: https://angiedokos.wordpress.com/

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The next book in the update is an historical romance set in the Victorian era and released in May this year.  A Perfect Plan (Book 1) by Alyssa Drake is enjoying terrific reviews.

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Samantha Hastings lived a quiet, peaceful life on her family’s country estate. With no man to order her around and no stifling society rules to follow, she considered herself blessed. However, when her brother’s ship sinks during a short trip to France, Samantha receives a request from her sister-in-law to return to town and manage the late Earl’s finances. Suddenly thrust into society, Samantha faces an unfamiliar world and a pair of very familiar green eyes.

Lord Benjamin Westwood never intended on following through with his rash promise to his best friend. Now, with Edward’s death, Benjamin becomes the unwilling guardian to Edward’s bratty little sister, who has grown up considerably since the last time they met. His intention to marry her off to the first available suitor is thwarted when he finds himself falling for Samantha’s unique demeanor. He lights upon the perfect plan; a marriage of convenience, giving him the opportunity to romance Samantha without distraction.

However, when they discover Edward’s disappearance was due to foul play, Benjamin’s perfect plan begins to quickly unravel. Now, Samantha is in more danger than either of them realized and Benjamin is running out of time.

One of the latest reviews for the book

Amazing debut! By louvejita on November 20, 2016

Samantha Hastings is not your typical debutante. Orphaned at a young age, growing up in the country isolated from society and the unladylike teachings of her older brother, have made her into a fierce, independent and totally inappropriate young woman, who’d rather walk barefoot in the park than having tea and trumpets in a countess’ sitting room.

After her brother’s sudden passing, she’s required by her sister-in-law to come to town and help tend to the accounts and she then finds herself being dragged to society functions in Lady Hastings’ hope of finding a proper suitor to get her married.

Lord Benjamin Westwood was charged with the delicate task of acting guardian for Samantha in the absence of her brother, but when he finally catches a glimpse of grown up “little Sam”, he realizes the task at hand is going to be more difficult than expected when his attraction to her proves an obstacle to marrying her off.

When a book starts with a murder, at least for me, it’s bound to be good. If you add to that a smart mouth heroine and a no nonsense rakish hero, it’s right up my alley and this book had it all!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It’s fun, fast paced, well written, the characters are nicely developed and properly related and the mystery surrounding the Hastings family makes for a great read. I also liked the secondary characters and the buildup the author created for the following stories in the series.

There are some minor things to be worked on, but this is a great start for a debut author.

Read all the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Plan-Wiltshire-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01CMK5ZPU

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Connect to Alyssa through her website:  http://www.alyssadrakenovels.com

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The final book in today’s update is the brand new release from Nicholas C. Rossis. Pearseus: End Game (book 4 of the Pearseus epic fantasy series) was released on December 1st.

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Cyrus will risk everything to gain back his throne. But new enemies are waiting for him; enemies that will stop at nothing to destroy humanity once and for all. With the Capital invading Anthea and the north in turmoil, every step of the journey is fraught with peril. In a world falling apart, can Cyrus and his friends prevent humanity’s extinction?

“A creative and unforgettable series that will one day become a gem among sci-fi fantasy books.”  ~ Janice Spina

About the Series

Loosely based on the 5th BC Persian Wars, Pearseus mixes science fiction with epic fantasy and paranormal elements. From a grieving father who faces his darkest choice between revenge and honoring his vows, to a terrified boy struggling to find his way home, our heroes must overcome politics, murder, and betrayal as they become ever more embroiled in a war against an ancient enemy. A war that threatens to destroy the whole of humanity.

Other books in the Pearseus Series and the Prequel Schism

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It’s New Year’s Eve, the year of 2099, but the distinguished guests aboard the Pearseus won’t get to countdown seconds; soon they’ll be counting bodies and survivors after the spaceship’s crash landing on another planet. The good news? The planet is seemingly hospitable both in resources and in terms of the natives’ attitude towards earthlings. The bad news? They might have come on this planet bare of possessions, but what they haven’t been able to shed are the shortcomings of their human nature. Will that be the sole threat to a unified future, or is the new land and its first inhabitants not as innocent as they look?

This is a fantastic (literally and figuratively) prequel that lays the groundwork for what looks like an exciting sci-fi/fantasy series. If my instinct is right (and the other excellent reviews confirm it) apart from an adventure, Nicholas C. Rossis will weave a story where philosophical and historical issues will be raised, raising the bar for both the reader and the genre as a whole. I’m really glad I bought and read this thoroughly enjoyable book because now I already know my next read: Pearseus, the Rise of the Prince, the first full-length novel of the series.

Pearseus: Rise of the Prince by Nicholas Rossis is the second book of a unique and well-written Epic Fantasy series, with elements of Sci-Fi and Mythology, and just a touch of Horror thrown in the mix.

The plot of the book is both well-paced and completely absorbing, with many exciting twists and turns along the way.
I enjoyed the characters, good and evil alike, who were realistic and believeable. I found the character, Styx, to be particularly genuine and intriguing. In spite of her ruthless and evil ruler ship, she truly believes that her methods are not only necessary, but for the greater good, and therefore, completely justified.

I very much enjoyed Pearseus: Rise of the Prince, and do recommend it to all who love an exceptional Epic Fantasy tale.

The Epic Continues By Catherine Mackay on February 27, 2015

I received a copy of Vigil from the author because of the review which I gave the Pearseus bundle. This is an awesome continuation of the series – the action just doesn’t stop. The author carries the different threads of the story seamlessly – Rossis skips from character to character as he progresses each character’s story and the overall plot-lines.

In this book you have a sense of the world slowly, but surely falling into the abyss as Teo turns his attention on Anthea while others are content to wait and watch before deciding to support Anthea or the Capital. Meanwhile we learn more about Pratin and what motivates him even while he hides in the background supporting Teo’s desire for power, but of course not for reasons that Teo might think. Manipulation, power and greed are the name of the game through each of the Pearseus series – the Iota, Orbs, Whispers, First, and Newcomers all have their own agenda.

Will any of the races on Pearseus find unity together? Or will the whole of Pearseus turn to madness . What I love about this book are the well developed characters – even the bad guys – as well as the strong, developed plot lines, the Pearseus universe is a fusion of Greek and Eastern influences – all of which makes for a very unique, exciting and epic story. Totally looking forward to the next book. Highly recommend this book and the other Pearseus books which I rate highly along with such books as Dune and Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings and Saga of the Seven Suns.

Read all the reviews and BUY the books: https://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA

A small selection of other books by Nicholas C. Rossis.

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Connect to Nicholas via his website: http://nicholasrossis.me/

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope it has given you some ideas for gifts for the book lovers in your life.. including yourselves.  Please spread the news.. thanks Sally