Welcome to spring….. and there might be a hint of colour in the garden, as daffodils push their way to the surface, but there is plenty of colour on the shelves of the bookstore that I thought I would share with you over the next week.
If you are looking for you next book to read then look no further than these talented authors and over 600 books currently on the shelves.
Instead of the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates on Friday and Monday.. I will be featuring a number of authors each day with their updated reviews.
I will give you their listing which also includes a link to buy the books but also discover others that they have written but are not listed. You will also find a link to their website or blog to find out more information, and as you can imagine… they write great posts too.
Here is the next ten featured authors from the Cafe and Bookstore.
Please visit Amazon or Mae’s website to view all her books.
A recent review for A Desolate Hour
The culmination of the Point Pleasant series, A Desolate Hour brings all the open threads from the overall story together. This book explains the curse behind Point Pleasant’s ill fortune. (I’ll try to avoid spoilers!) We meet the descendents of the people involved when Chief Cornstalk laid the curse: Quentin Marsh, Sarah Sherman, and Shawn Preech. We also meet the other characters involved again, especially Caden Flynn, with his own connection to the infamous Mothman that haunts Point Pleasant. We also learn more about the Mothman, and feel for it as it faces the source of its pain after a couple hundred years. I especially love how the author continues with the theme of the series, from yesteryears to cold tomorrows. The book is a ride of suspense, and by that last rollercoaster drop, has given the reader a satisfying end to the adventure.
Lucinda E. Clarke, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914
Please visit Amazon or Lucinda’s website to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Amie: Cut for Life
Amie has never had it easy. She has lost too many loved ones, and her family back in Britain believe she is dead. It is for the best. Her job demands it. But what was supposed to be a simple mission takes a very sinister turn.
What kind of parent would send their daughters to Africa for them to suffer the cruel practice of FGM? But if that were not enough, Amie discovers that these children were never destined to go home. The more she discovers, the more horrified she is. She must get these children away from their abusers, but she doesn’t know who to trust anymore.
Amie: CUT FOR LIFE by Lucinda E. Clarke is book #4 in the Amie series. I had very high hopes for this book, as the other three books have been superb. I was not disappointed. Ms Clarke has a gift for creating believable characters in a vibrant and realistic setting.
I was a little worried about reading this book because of its topic. But I am glad I did. Ms Clarke handles the topic of FGM with great delicacy, but also with realism. I was unaware how prevalent this barbaric practice is in the UK. Thank you for enlightening me, Ms Clarke, may you do so for others and bring an end to this abuse once and for all.
The story itself, like all the Amie stories, is incredibly fast-paced. There are so many twists and turns. Amie doesn’t know who to trust and as a reader, nor did I. I have loved this series. I absolutely and utterly recommend it.
An extract for one of the recent reviews for Marred on Goodreads
Denise H Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a compelling thriller that will leave you chilled to the bone. You definitely want to read this book with the lights on. The author weaves a spectacular web of murder and mayhem that holds you captive. It took a moment for me to adjust to the different POV styles but once I did, I found I really enjoyed the story being told this way. The author writes in first person for Sage’s POV and then alternates with her husband, Niko, and his partner, Frankie, in third person. The third person POV’s from Niko and Frankie added another level of intrigue and suspense to this harrowing tale. And the author’s detail and description of the heinous actions of the killer were vivid and scary and I found the case details and forensics fascinating. I also really enjoyed Frankie and her snarky comments and banter; it helped to lighten up some of the more intense scenes and tension-filled dialogue among characters.
Please visit Amazon or Kim’s website to view all her books.
An early review for Haunting Lana
Please visit Amazon or the blog to view reviews and all the books.
The most recent review for What’s in a Name Volume 2
I put a little note to myself for every name. Vanessa made me cry. Walter, or should I say Donald, made me rejoice. Xenia, a name of Greek strength, steeped in sadness. Happy endings, surprising endings, all heartfelt, poignant, and mesmerizing. A joy to read and experience. The sneak peek of an upcoming book for 2018 is icing on the cake. A list of Cronin’s multiple genre, fiction and nonfiction, books show her many areas of creativity, support, and knowledge. Health, wellness, storytelling, Sally has it all! This book of names and her garden story are my favorites! Read and learn from them all…
An extract from a recent review for A Threat from the Past
Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude is a story set in the present day world where dragons are disguised as humans and have infiltrated the human race to guide and protect them. Peter Bentwhistle and his friends Tank and Richie are three young dragons fresh out of the nursery ring. Peter rises to the head of security at Cromptech; a firm that provides laminium which is a critical resource for dragons. Peter’s boss starts going through his own changes which appear to be due to a security consultant named Manson. The three young dragons get caught up in an evil plot to steal the precious commodity vital to the dragon community. How does Peter and his friends restore his boss to his former personality and old self and thwart Mansion?
Anita Dawes, buy https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10/
One of the reviews for Lazy Days co-written with Jaye Marie
What a wonderful family tale. This book was a real adventure. The authors share their stories about cramming two adults, lots of children and dogs into a car on the way to a longboat holiday when they haven’t ever having done this before. Not only did the dogs have to stay on leads, with one taking a dive into the river after a duck and almost garrotting itself, but there was lots of other mishaps along the way. The authors really capture the memories from their holiday and make you feel like you were almost there with them.
Eloise de Sousa, Buy : https://www.amazon.com/Eloise-De-Sousa/e/B00JKTFVXI
Please visit Eloise’s Amazon page to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for The Iron Pendulum
High paced crime thriller? or rather slow and going nowhere in the case of detectives Perkins and Jones. But what makes their job so addictive? There are plenty of descriptive elements in here; a mix of first person, Julia Webster, and third person, narrative. Whilst the majority of us would consider ourselves normal, we continue to read what unveils to be far from the ordinary. This is a thriller that shines its light into the dark recess of a mental institution. Eloise rations the laughs, but there are still one liners beautifully woven between the suspense, intrigue and horror. Skilful plotting and insidious build-up of tension, makes for an unexpected outcome.
A recent review for Roadside
I found this book to be very intriguing and filled with delimas of the characters who know that doing the right things make differences in any situation, sometimes it’s just hard for some to get the nerve to go about it.. While the outcome usually comes out good, I loved the having to wonder about this book! A true page turner with
Mostly compassionate characters.
K.D. Dowdall, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-DeMers-Dowdall/e/B00JO0Q4AM
An extract from one of the recent reviews for The Stone Arch Secret
This fine novel by K.D. Dowdall is a wonderful crossing of the genres of mystery and romance. Mixing genres has potential difficulties, but none of those exist in this sophisticated and engaging book. Rather than getting confused about where to take the tale, K.D. Dowdall skillfully infuses elements of both genres and effectively creates her own new genre: mystery-romance!
From the moment I began reading, I was pulled into the story in this book. The narrative moves between the contemporary mystery and the backstory with Lilly, Noah, and Dax. The tone of Karen’s story is subtle and complex, in which she weaves together a love story, grief for the death of a friend, mystery in an old town, and the threat of a well-drawn, compelling, and threatening villain.
Please do yourselves a favor, and buy and read this novel!
Thank you for dropping in today and there well be another post tomorrow with another group of talented authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.