Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas – #Family #Drama #Romance – Linda Bradley, Christine Campbell, Billy Ray Chitwood and Angie Dokos


Time for another selection of books from the Cafe and Bookstore that would make great gifts for Christmas.  And an author that definitely leaps off the page at this time of year is Linda Bradley with a novella, A Montana Bound Christmas: Ho,ho, Home for the Holidays  (Book 4 in the popular Montana Bound Series). The series would make a great gift for lovers of family/romance dramas.

About the book

Chloe and John McIntyre await Maggie Abernathy’s arrival at the 617 Ranch, but snowfall has halted flights from Michigan to Montana. While Maggie and her mother prepare for a delayed departure, eight-year-old Chloe prepares for disappointment by inviting her Hollywood mother to the ranch in hopes of filling the void. Brook’s unexpected acceptance raises the stakes for John who longs for the perfect Christmas. This cast of misfits bands together in true Montana Bound style when unexpected guests arrive and a curious dog goes missing.

One of the reviews for the book

Perspectivepower, Annette Rochelle Aben 5.0 out of 5 stars A Holiday Gift

What fun! From the first chapter to the last, this story is a like a warm hug. Linda Bradley weaves the different worlds of each of the characters together in a rich tapestry that mirrors the story line itself. This could easily become a beloved holiday movie classic, if it were given the chance. Maggie, John and Chloe will feel as much like family to you as they do to each other. Open a wonderful gift of the holidays, when you open A Montana Bound Christmas. 

Read the reviews and the book: https://www.amazon.com/Montana-Bound-Christmas-Home-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0772BBQ4W

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Montana-Bound-Christmas-Home-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0772BBQ4W

Also by Linda Bradley

Read all the reviews and buy the books including a box set of the series: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Read more reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

Connect to Linda via her website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

Another book that would be enjoyed by those who love family dramas is the latest release by Christine CampbellGold Plated.

About Gold Plated

Rosanna and Paul are celebrating fifty years of marriage.

Their daughter, Heather, has helped plan their Golden Wedding Anniversary party, and it looks like being a wonderful night: sixties music, all their friends and family present, and Rosanna has bought the perfect golden gift for Paul.

What could possibly go wrong?

When an uninvited guest shows up, Rosanna’s world is shaken and she is forced to look back over their fifty golden years and see them as they were.

Were they golden? Or just gold-plated?

One of the reviews for the book

Rosanna and Paul are celebrating their Golden Wedding with a grand party at the local Golf Club. Aided by their only daughter Heather, Rosanna is making sure that everything is perfect including baking a delicious cake and buying Paul the ideal gift, but have all their years together been so perfect?

The clock is turned back to 1964 when Rosanna started at Art college and Paul was her young, charismatic tutor. Lacking confidence in herself, she was astonished that he chose her as his “secret” girlfriend, but against all odds, they have now been married for 50 years.

Abandoning her earlier artistic ambitions, Rosanna has looked after their lovely home while Paul continued his successful teaching career.

Christine Campbell is skilled at putting us inside Rosanna’s head. We begin to understand her calm, quiet personality and her loyal, loving nature. We can see that Paul takes her for granted but they seem to have a happy marriage. But at the party everything changes in a dramatic way. Secrets are revealed, treachery exposed, and Rosanna’s life is in tatters.

This is a story, with which we can all identify in some way. It is sadly true that many women, and men, can suddenly find themselves alone as old age approaches and dealing with the collapse of all they believed in can be catastrophic. But this is not a sad story, there is a positive message that life is what we make of it and Rosanna discovers new personal qualities of independence and self-reliance as well as rekindling her creativity.

Personally, I would have preferred the story to have been written in the past tense, especially for the scenes from the past, but that is probably just my particular bête-noire! The detailed involvement in Rosanna’s rollercoasting emotions and cleverly plotted, surprising events make this book a very rewarding read.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gold-Plated-Christine-Campbell-ebook/dp/B07D6PFFYN

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Plated-Christine-Campbell-ebook/dp/B07D6PFFYN/

A selection of other books by Christine Campbell.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2

Read more reviews and follow Christine on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7126731.Christine_Campbell

Connect to Christine via her blog: http://cicampbellblog.wordpress.com

The next author with a compelling drama is Billy Ray Chitwood and his latest release Hammer’s Holy Grail – A novel of Love and Redemption.

About Hammer’s Holy Grail

A star quarterback at Grand View University in Knoxville, Tennessee battles not only his gridiron foes but his Appalachian father’s anger toward his mother and sister. By a turn of fate and nature, Wesley Walton will meet a man ravaged by war and lost love, a man, through his hardships, has come to peace with his spirituality, a man who will become a surrogate soulmate and mentor to the confused young athlete.

This is a short novel but it is long on love, family, forgiveness, and football action – all blending to make this short read a ‘tour de force’ in its own right, with a twist at the end to tie the ribbon to this gift of a novel!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Like many compelling stories, “Hammer’s Holy Grail” is a journey – in this case, both for its main protagonist and for some of its minor characters.

Wesley Walton is a young man with serious potential to make it as a professional quarterback. But he is also a troubled soul, weighed down by family problems and relationships.

Author Billy Ray Chitwood takes the reader on an emotional voyage of highs and lows, injecting some surprises along the way. As is usual in Chitwood books, there are reflections on some of life’s big questions, especially the issues of redemption and what family really means.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy a good heart-rending tale (not to mention sports fans!).

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FCVQX36/

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hammers-Holy-Grail-BR-Chitwood-ebook/dp/B07FCVQX36

Here is a small selection of Billy Ray’s books

 

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-Ray-Chitwood/e/B00502520Q

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Billy-Ray-Chitwood/e/B00502520Q

Read more reviews and follow Billy Ray on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4832225.Billy_Ray_Chitwood

Connect to Billy Ray via his website: https://brchitwood.com

The next author with with books that have a family theme is Angie Dokos  and here is her first novel  MacKenzie’s Distraction.

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 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.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Reading new genres has become part of my routine to find fantastic new authors, understand different writing styles, and explore great stories and content. I found all three with the latest book I read, Mackenzie’s Distraction, written by Angie Dokos in 2016. The book is considered new adult contemporary fiction, but it’s stocked full of romance, emotions, attitude, and possibilities. I bought the book a few weeks before a recent vacation and read it poolside on the Amalfi Coast while in Italy. What a perfect combination of beauty in a book just like the many splendors of my surroundings.

Mackenzie’s been hurt in the past and steers clear of relationships especially when the man seems too good to be real or true. But in this case, before she even meets him, her life is traumatized when her mother is a car accident and struggles to survive. Though Mackenzie has friends and other family to help her handle the huge blow, it’s not quite as simple as all that. Her mother’s hospitalization leads Mackenzie to learn a few deep-rooted family secrets, meet friends from a parent’s former life, and discover things about herself she never knew existed. That’s when the potential man of her dreams walks into her life, but is she too crushed and shocked to accept it? Let’s not forget the sudden onset of several available and potentially great catches who are very interested in getting to know her. Who will she choose, if any? Now that’s where the plot of this book takes off… weaving readers on a very emotional and manic ride with the unfortunately impacted young woman just looking to heal.

I’m normally a plot, then character guy. In this book, though the plot is important, it’s less about what the secrets and actions are and more about how Mackenzie deals with all the repercussions. It was a great change of pace for me as you had to settle in, listen, and understand why Mackenzie reacted the way she did in each instance. I didn’t always agree, and I sometimes got angry with her for what seemed like an unnecessary or spoiled adolescent attitude; however, I also haven’t suffered through the craziness that hits her in the span of a few days. In that sense, she certainly tries to find a balance, and readers can easily connect with her on the journey. I vividly recall thinking, if she didn’t accept Trevor’s love and attention, I’d certainly volunteer to stand in. (I won’t tell you if she does or doesn’t, but it’s complex!) He was practically perfect in every way, what exactly was stopping her? Well… that’s where psychology and personality truly come into play and drive her responses. It takes a truly analytical, sensitive, and courageous mind to deliver this kind of story. Kudos to Dokos.

Writing style and caliber were strong. Characters were vivid and relatable. Actions and dialog were balanced well, even if at times I was feeling a little frustrated with some of the things people did or said. But that’s the beauty of a good book: sometimes it takes the writer to challenge the reader to engage outside their normal comfort zone, and readers should keep an open mind to fully understand the vision of the author. Then you see why it works… and you have a thrilling escape in someone else’s complicated life. Being a teenager or even in you early 20’s is ridiculously tough in a modern world. Dealing with siblings who have different attitudes, step families with bigger concerns and questions, friends who just want you to be happy but get in your face all too often… wanting to open your heart to love but not knowing how any more… trusting someone who is virtually a stranger despite spending days with him in the first week… people are often secretive and misleading, so I understand Mackenzie’s concerns. But from one particular scene, the girl can take care of herself! Awesome scene, Ms. Dokos. 😊

I really enjoyed the book and will definitely look for more from the author this year, as she has another book published and is hopefully working on a few more already! She’s got a new fan and I’m confident many more as they take a chance on reading her work. I recommend giving it a chance for all readers, but most definitely if you enjoy balanced romance and emotions, journeys, analytical decision-making and learning how to let go and accept change.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B01BL4H20E

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B01BL4H20E

Also by Angie Dokos

Read the reviews and buy the books: 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

Thank you for dropping in today and I do hope you have enjoyed the selection of books for Christmas. Thanks Sally

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the #Reviewers – James J. Cudney for Angie Dokos, Judith Barrow #RBRT for JJ Toner and M.J Mallon for Carrot Ranch Anthology


This series is aimed at promoting and celebrating those that review books regularly. Especially those who do so via their blogs, as it would be great to create more traffic to their sites. I am happy to also showcase those that are put directly on Amazon.

The details are here in this first post with an example.. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/smorgasbord-new-series-starting-this-saturday-meet-the-book-reviewers/

  • If you click the images of the books you will be taken directly to Amazon.
  • Where an author or reviewer is in the Cafe and Bookstore I will include their entry.
  • If a review has been posted to Amazon directly without a blog post, I will share the entire review with a link to the reviewers blog.

The first reviewer is author James J. Cudney  who has posted his recommendation of MacKenzie’s Distraction by Angie Dokos

Here is an extract from the post and please follow the link to read the whole review

Mackenzie’s been hurt in the past and steers clear of relationships especially when the man seems too good to be real or true. But in this case, before she even meets him, her life is traumatized when her mother is a car accident and struggles to survive. Though Mackenzie has friends and other family to help her handle the huge blow, it’s not quite as simple as all that. Her mother’s hospitalization leads Mackenzie to learn a few deep-rooted family secrets, meet friends from a parent’s former life, and discover things about herself she never knew existed. That’s when the potential man of her dreams walks into her life, but is she too crushed and shocked to accept it? Let’s not forget the sudden onset of several available and potentially great catches who are very interested in getting to know her. Who will she choose, if any? Now that’s where the plot of this book takes off… weaving readers on a very emotional and manic ride with the unfortunately impacted young woman just looking to heal.

I’m normally a plot, then character guy. In this book, though the plot is important, it’s less about what the secrets and actions are and more about how Mackenzie deals with all the repercussions. It was a great change of pace for me as you had to settle in, listen, and understand why Mackenzie reacted the way she did in each instance. I didn’t always agree, and I sometimes got angry with her for what seemed like an unnecessary or spoiled adolescent attitude; however, I also haven’t suffered through the craziness that hits her in the span of a few days. In that sense, she certainly tries to find a balance, and readers can easily connect with her on the journey. I vividly recall thinking, if she didn’t accept Trevor’s love and attention, I’d certainly volunteer to stand in. (I won’t tell you if she does or doesn’t, but it’s complex!) He was practically perfect in every way, what exactly was stopping her? Well… that’s where psychology and personality truly come into play and drive her responses. It takes a truly analytical, sensitive, and courageous mind to deliver this kind of story. Kudos to Dokos.

Head over and read the rest of the review: https://thisismytruthnow.com/2018/06/08/book-review-mackenzies-distraction-by-angie-dokos/

The ReviewerJames J. Cudney

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Books by James J. Cudney – Click cover for Amazon

Angie Dokos is in the Cafe and Bookstore

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

The next review is for The Black Orchestra by JJ Toner and is reviewed by Judith Barrow as a member of the Rosie Amber Review Team. An excellent example of a constructive review.

28139814Here is an extract from the post.

I have to say I struggled with this book and it took a long time to read, mainly because the beginning is convoluted and littered with so many characters that each time I picked it up again, I needed to go back to see who was who, what rank they held and and where they fitted into the Nazi regime.

However, around three quarters through, the book became easier to read and was interesting.

After reading the first part of the book, and to be fair to the author, I knew I needed to make notes on what was working for me and what didn’t. (it’s the first time I’ve done this) So here are my thoughts:

I know little about the intricacies of the Nazi regime during WW2 so I had to take the military rankings, the way the regime worked and the historical details within the book at face value Though some of the scenes did seem a little far fetched.

I felt that many of the characters deserved more ‘fleshing out’ because of the part they play in the story. The protagonist, Kurt Müller, grows more rounded as the story unfolds and becomes easier to empathise with. The female characters, Gudren, Liesal and Tania are well portrayed but I felt that some of the sections they were each in could have been given more depth. The descent of Kurt’s friend, Alex, is well written and reflects the breakdown of the society at the time. I would have liked more to be shown of the character of main antagonist, Uncle Reinhard; his function in the plot is enormous but, for me, he wasn’t layered enough.

You can read the rest of Judith’s review here: https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-ww2-mystery-the-black-orchestra-by-jj-toner/

More about the author J.J Toner: JJ Toner Amazon Author page

Judith is also an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Judith Barrow – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6
Blog: judithbarrowblog.com/

Now a review for an anthology.. The Congress of Rough Writers – Flash Fiction including stories by Sacha Black, Norah Colvin, Charli Mills, and Sarah Brentyn, reviewed by Marjorie Mallon.

Here is an extract from Marjorie’s post.

CarrotRanch.com is an online literary community where writers can practice craft the way musicians jam. Vol. 1 includes the earliest writings by these global literary artists at Carrot Ranch. Just as Buffalo Bill Cody once showcased the world’s most daring riding, this anthology highlights the best literary feats from The Congress of Rough Writers.

My Review

Thank you to Charli Mills for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

A thoroughly enjoyable read and very well structured. It delivers a wide range of flash fiction and so much more. The anthology succeeds in celebrating the wonderful sense of community that is Carrot Ranch and the benefits of participating, therein. Charli Mills has created a welcoming, nurturing community of ‘Rough Writers,’ who develop through practice – the necessary skills to polish their flash fiction writing, overcoming the challenging constraint of 99 words.

Read the rest of the review: https://mjmallon.com/2018/06/09/abrsc-review-the-congress-of-rough-writers-flash-fiction-anthology-vol-1-congress-of-the-rough-writers-flash-fiction-anthology/

Marjorie Mallon is in the Cafe and Bookstore.

M.J.Mallon, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L/
Website: https://mjmallon.com/

Thanks for popping in today and if you have recently reviewed a book and would like to be featured here, then please email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com 

You can find details of the Cafe and Bookstore and the free promotions: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-free-author-promotion/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Deborah A. Bowman, Matthew Drzymala, Angie Dokos and John W. Howell


Welcome to Friday’s edition of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore and another group of authors with recent excellent reviews.

The first author is Deborah A. Bowman who has received a number of recent reviews for her book Annie’s Story.

About Annie’s story

This story of love and faith by “different” people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about a dwarfed, mentally slow child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift” from the Spiritual Universe. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Annie’s message is timeless, and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” in the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs.

Factual research has confirmed what many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done in the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. JOIN THE ANNIE MOVEMENT to continue the fight for women’s rights, cure birth defects, and stop bullying. Have perceptions changed all that much since the mid-1600s? Have they changed enough? Sadly, they have not. Purchase the book to support women and children. Please, write a review and contact the author. Fundraiser opportunities available.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

on March 20, 2018

Annie’s Story is a magical tale of a wee lass born into harsh times in the colonial colonies of America. Born stunted and without hope, she blossoms into a wonderful child who is loved by all in her Scottish colony. The story follows Annie and her grandmother who is the healer and wise woman of the colony as they walk through the hardships and horrors of this time.

I adored Annie and her grandmother and the other characters in the Scots colony. The characters are so well written that I moved with ease through the book, sometimes moved to tears by the horrific events in the American colonies and Scotland.
The author doesn’t hold back and although painful at times, a strong voice is needed to write about the horrors of sectarianism which is still so much a part of Scotland today.

I highly recommend this book, it is not a weekend read, rather it is a novel that you lose yourself in.

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman/dp/1520487398

A selection of other books by Deborah A. Bowman

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

Read other reviews and follow Deborah on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman

Connect with Deborah via her blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com

Time to catch up with Matthew Drzymala and his recent release, the sixth in The Bumpkinton Tales – short story series – The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread.

About the book

World-renowned author Sara Hawthorne has chosen the village of Bumpkinton to launch her new book.

However, as the writer arrives, all hell breaks loose as the community faces its worst crime wave in living memory. Even the church roof tiles have been stolen!

The time has come for a fundraising event the likes of which Bumpkinton has never seen. But when the big night turns sour, the village needs a hero.

It needs a run of spectacular shows orchestrated by a theatrical genius.

It needs the fantastical Gregory Shortbread.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Mar 25, 2018 Suzie rated it it was amazing  ·  Brilliant

Like the Bumpkinton Tales before, this is another comical story surrounding the lives of the residents of Bumpkinton. Unique characters that bring a smile to my face every time I read. Can’t wait for the next one

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Fantastical-Gregory-Shortbread-Bumpkinton-Tales-ebook/dp/B07BB2FM1F/

Also by Matthew Drzymala

 

You can read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matthew-Drzymala/e/B00HGBB17W

Find more reviews and follow Matthew on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7583918.Matthew_Drzymala

Connect to Matthew via his website: http://matthewdrzymala.com/bumpkinton-comedy-books/

The next author with an update is Angie Dokos with a recent review for her first novel MacKenzie’s Distraction.

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 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.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Apr 02, 2018 Ann Jones rated it Five Stars

Mackenzie’s Distraction a romance by Angie Dokos. Follow the family as they deal with tragedy and a secret past that comes back to haunt. Can Mackenzie let go of the past to have a future with the engaging Trevor she meets while dealing with her family tragedy? Will the family secrets tear them apart or can they rise above what has been to make room for the future

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B01BL4H20E

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B01BL4H20E

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 final author today with a recent review is John W. Howell for the third book in the John Cannon Trilogy – Our Justice.

51BYPm1JglL._UY250_About Our Justice

The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs has figured out a plan to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan.

The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?

One of the recent reviews for the book.

Our Justice is full of mystery, excitement and action that could very well be an original plot well played. I had not read the two introductory books, so I missed the beginning of this fascinating story. The break was quickly filled as the author got right into the action of his characters. For those who love the mechanics of flying, the scene with Stephanie at the controls of a jet will be a highlight. I have to admit I thought the plane would crash at any minute and started looking for para shoots tucked away somewhere in the cabin! For others the highlight might be the love story that begins to bloom, or possibly the horrors of the modern “Mr. Soros.” Don’t miss this one!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Our-Justice-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B01LDFM9WM

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Our-Justice-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B01LDFM9WM

Also by John W.Howell

Read the reviews and buy all of the John Cannon Series : https://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Read more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell

Connect to John via his website: http://www.johnhowell.com

Thank you for dropping in and it would be great if you could share the news from Deborah, Angie John and  Matthew. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Matthew Drzymala, Deborah A. Bowman, Christine Campbell, Angie Dokos and Sally Cronin


Welcome to Friday’s update and time to catch up with some of the talented authors on the shelves with news to share. The first author is Matthew Drzymala with a new release, the sixth in The Bumpkinton Tales – short story series – The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread.

About the book

World-renowned author Sara Hawthorne has chosen the village of Bumpkinton to launch her new book.

However, as the writer arrives, all hell breaks loose as the community faces its worst crime wave in living memory. Even the church roof tiles have been stolen!

The time has come for a fundraising event the likes of which Bumpkinton has never seen. But when the big night turns sour, the village needs a hero.

It needs a run of spectacular shows orchestrated by a theatrical genius.

It needs the fantastical Gregory Shortbread.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fantastical-Gregory-Shortbread-Bumpkinton-Tales/dp/0995499322/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Fantastical-Gregory-Shortbread-Bumpkinton-Tales-ebook/dp/B07BB2FM1F/

Also by Matthew Drzymala

 

Here is a review for Volume one of The Bumpkinton Tales on Goodreads.

Aug 07, 2016 K.F Pharrel rated it Five Stars

Filled with wit, and good old English humor. This was a very smooth, enjoyable read. A great book to grab and go to the beach, you can pick and choose which short story to enjoy. The characters were all very unique and had that typical small-town mentality, which I can relate to.. seeing it and growing up around it. The small town talk, radiated with humor, and you found yourself chuckling to yourself, because it is oh so accurate!

Everyone focuses on the “exciting/different” person/couple in town, talk and create more drama surrounding the topic at hand, because they are bored and that is what small town minds do, and then the next week they forget about it and chose another victim haha. All of the characters were a reflection of the small town characters in any town. Everyone is unique or weird in their own way, and people seem to talk about who ever is the most exciting/strange in that moment. I have always loved small towns, and will continue to love them, because of this simple aspect.. I think it’s absolutely hilarious. And to really truly laugh about it, you have to not care what people think of you, and never participate even though they will always try to suck you in and pull you down to that level.

The author did an excellent job in connecting the reader to the characters in such a short time frame, that is not easy to do. Everyone has their own story and the author communicated this across in a beautiful way. And of course there is always more to it. Definitely a great read, and I recommend this to anyone who loves small towns or is interested in their functioning.

You can read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matthew-Drzymala/e/B00HGBB17W

Find more reviews and follow Matthew on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7583918.Matthew_Drzymala

Connect to Matthew via his website: http://matthewdrzymala.com/bumpkinton-comedy-books/

And now a recent review for Deborah A. Bowman with Annie’s Story: Blessed with a Gift which was released in 2017.

About Annie’s story

This story of love and faith by “different” people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about a dwarfed, mentally slow child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift” from the Spiritual Universe. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Annie’s message is timeless, and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” in the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs.

Factual research has confirmed what many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done in the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. JOIN THE ANNIE MOVEMENT to continue the fight for women’s rights, cure birth defects, and stop bullying. Have perceptions changed all that much since the mid-1600s? Have they changed enough? Sadly, they have not. Purchase the book to support women and children. Please, write a review and contact the author. Fundraiser opportunities available.

One of the recent reviews for the book.

This was a fascinating account of a young girl’s life growing up in a Scottish clan in Colonial Massachusetts between 1630 and 1648. Annie is born to parents who are dying of a disease. Through a stroke of good fortune, she is rescued from the house of death before it is torched to prevent the spread of the illness. Annie, who is also suffering from the disease, is delivered to her aged grandmother, the clan’s healer, who manages to save her from an early death. The illness, unfortunately, leaves Annie deformed and mentally slow but she is a delightful child who shows signs of a second sight and healing ability early on.

The story delves into the lives of the people who are close to Annie, including a married minster masquerading as a Catholic Priest and a young Indian squaw whose parents die during the measles epidemic, and goes back in time to give an insight into the terrible reign of fear in Scotland due to religious persecution of Catholics during that troubled time.

There are some very disturbing scenes and descriptions about the horrific treatment of women deemed to be witches and their families. This information provides a lot of background to the circumstances that gave rise to the Puritan settlement in Massachusetts at that time and their fanatical and ultra conservative outlook. The book provides fascinating detail about life during that time in both the Scottish Catholic settlement and in the nearby Puritan settlement and is heart wrenching in its descriptions of the rejection and ill treatment of people born with disabilities during that period of history and also the plight of ordinary men and women who are believed to have gone against the religious law.

While the story does have some focus on Annie’s extraordinary healing and spiritual talents, it is also a well research historical account of life in the early 17th century in Massachusetts and has an interesting love story which reminded me a bit of Romeo and Juliet.

I enjoyed this book thoroughly and rated it five out of five stars.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman/dp/1520487398

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman/dp/1520487398

A selection of other books by Deborah A. Bowman

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

Read other reviews and follow Deborah on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman

Connect with Deborah via her blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com

And next a release by Christine Campbell at the end of last year – For What it’s Worth.

About the book

Yvonne’s biological alarm tells her it’s time to start a family before she’s past her prime, but first her husband, Hugh, must find a job. But will any job do?

When Hugh seems to be taking his time to find one, Yvonne finds one for him, but is it the right job? Will it cause more stress when she is already juggling two jobs herself and is trying to hold on to their flat?

When things start to go wrong, Yvonne finds herself facing a choice no woman should ever have to face – her marriage or a baby.

When she met Hugh, Yvonne was working as an Edinburgh tour guide, so she knows the city well and has a great fondness for it, taking us to some of her favourite places as she tries to work out what the important things in her life are worth: her dreams, her plans – and her marriage.

For What it’s Worth is contemporary women’s fiction with more than a touch of romance, seasoned with a sprinkling of humour, a spot of drama and a splash of tears.
It is not part of The Reluctant Detective Series by the same author, but it is a spin off where we get to know Mirabelle’s sister, Yvonne, better. Mirabelle has a part to play in For What it’s Worth, but in a supporting role rather than the main character.

Although it is a stand-alone novel, those readers who have enjoyed the earlier series will no doubt enjoy being reacquainted with many of the characters and finding out what Mirabelle has been up to since finding Summer, but the main storyline concentrates on Yvonne and her husband Hugh and explores themes familiar to many young thirty-something couples when they decide it’s time to expand their family.

Life is complicated, love is complicated, must our dreams be complicated too?

A recent review for the book

A brilliant read. I am so tired coz i just couldnt put it down at night. Kept saying just one more page and then another and another. This author’s use of language and descriptive text transports you in all her books and she has done it again with this one. I was so impressed with how this author portrayed real life events. Real sensitivity and knowledge. Well worth the money. I can not wait for her next book.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/What-its-Worth-Christine-Campbell-ebook/dp/B075PG334N

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-its-Worth-Christine-Campbell-ebook/dp/B075PG334N

A selection of other books by Christine Campbell.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2

Read more reviews and follow Christine on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7126731.Christine_Campbell

Connect to Christine via her website: http://cicampbellblog.wordpress.com

The next author with a recent review is Angie Dokos for her book 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?

A recent review for the book

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.

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

And last but not least, I was delighted to receive a new review for What’s in a Name? volume two.

About What’s In a Name – Volume Two.

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.

Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.

Meet Queenie and Rosemary who have both lost their husbands and must face a very different future. One that will take courage and the use of new technology.

Sonia is an entitled princess whose father has reached the end of his tether and Theresa has to deal with a bully in the checkout. Usher is an arrogant narcissist with a docile wife and is used to getting his own way and Vanessa worries about the future of her relationship with her teenage son.

Walter is a loner and is happy with just his dog for company, Xenia is the long awaited first baby of a young couple. Yves is a dashing romeo who has the tables turned on him unexpectedly and Zoe… Well she can see into the future.

In one way or another all these characters will be remembered by those whose lives they have touched.

The most recent review for What’s in a Name Volume 2

A brief romance that lasts a life time and longer, a poignant story of Easter eggs and then we meet Martha, a colleague we would all love to have… Three stories in and I was already enjoying the deliciously different tales in this collection. Cheer on Norman, admire Patrick and have the last laugh with Rosemary. Dip into this these easy to read short tales any time, but expect some to have dark twists.

You can buy the Kindle version here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0748MLZ1W/

And in print and Kindle here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whats-Name-Stories-Life-Romance-ebook/dp/B0748MLZ1W

My other books

All my books are available on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B003B7O0T6

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

You can find more reviews and follow me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7979187.Sally_Cronin

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Alexis Rose, Angie Dokos, Annika Perry, Paulette Mahurin and Geoff Le Pard


Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore update and the first author with news is Alexis Rose with If I Could Tell You How It Feels released on 16th January.

About the book

If I Could Tell You How It Feels is a series of essays and poems about living authentically with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Alexis Rose takes us on a journey into the reality of living with triggers, flashbacks, and the challenges of working through trauma. She writes with intimate vulnerability about the tough subjects of family, friendships, loss, grief, parenting, and therapy.

With a sense of universal hope and honesty, the author collaborated with artist Janet Rosauer to add a dramatic and soulful dimension to many of the chapters.

Whether you are a survivor, someone living with a mental or chronic illness, a professional working within the mental health industry, or you are simply interested in learning more about the intricacies of living and thriving with PTSD, this book will provide new insights and an appreciation of this invisible illness that affects millions of people around the world.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0792P9ZB9

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0792P9ZB9

Also by Alexis Rose

A recent review on Goodreads for Untangled.

Oct 20, 2017 Didi Oviatt rated it Five Stars

This is hands down the hardest memoir I’ve ever read. The life that Alexis Rose survived is so completely unfathomable. It’s hard to even imagine, let alone begin to comprehend, the pain both physical and psychological that she was forced to endure. To be put through such trauma by the hand of those who should have loved, shielded, and protected her, is utterly heart wrenching. Parent’s should nurture, love and support their children. What Alexis’ parents did was so completely opposite of that. It is, in my opinion, practically impossible to even put into words how horrible the things are that Alexis was subjected to.

This book shattered my heart into a million pieces. Despite it being such a short easy read, it took me a few days to get through because I had to put it down quite a few times to process. And to cry. I had to take breaks to hug my kids and to stare blankly at the wall for minutes at a time, just to make any sort of failed attempt to understand how people out there can be so cruel and twisted.

Not only was Alexis abused by her parents, but they willingly passed her over to others to abuse her in ways that are arguably worse than most people could even come up with in their worst nightmares. Heart wrenching!

Luckily, Alexis’ story isn’t only one of such unfathomable abuse. It’s an inspiring tale of resilience and a deep rooted strength. Alexis is by far the most admirable woman who’s story I’ve read. Not only do I recommended this book (and have), but I feel like it’s quite possibly a necessity to anyone who may be taking their own lives for granted. I know for a fact that I will never look at my own troubles the same. I’m actually grateful for them, and all their minuscule quirks. I’m grateful to have a life full of love, and I’m positive that I will hold my children closer for as long as I’m alive to do so.

Thank you Alexis, for sharing your life’s story. Thank you for your example of how a human can have such a wholesome and compassionate heart despite everything you’ve been through. And most importantly thank you for giving me such a live changing prospective on the value of the life of my loved ones!

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Alexis-Rose/e/B013RU85PG

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexis-Rose/e/B013RU85PG

Read more reviews and follow Alexis on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7448942.Alexis_Rose

Connect to Alexis via her website: https://atribeuntangled.com/

The next author with an update is Angie Dokos with a recent review for her first novel MacKenzie’s Distraction.

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 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.

A recent review for the book

I give this book 5 out of 5 Heartfelt Stars! From the very beginning of this book there was twists and tragedy. I loved the characterisation in this book and felt that I could really relate to Mackenzie in so many ways. This book shows you what can come out of tragedy and the pursue of young love.

I have been reading pieces of this book and when I got a lot of time on my hands I completely devoured it, even though I should be focusing on all of my ARCs! This story was what I needed while I am facing a crossroads in my life and could look back and see the hardships I survived. I felt like I could feel the author’s passion through the pages and it was a truly heartfelt experience.

I loved Angie Dokos’ style of writing and can’t wait to read her next adventure! I will hold Mackenzie and this book close to my heart and she won’t soon be forgotten!

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B01BL4H20E

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mackenzies-Distraction-Angie-Dokos-ebook/dp/B01BL4H20E

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

And another author who is celebrating this week is Annika Perry with the print edition of her short story collection The Storyteller Speaks hitting the shelves with some more excellent reviews.

About The Storyteller Speaks

It only takes one event to change a life. What is that action, decision, occurrence? Whose life is affected? Changed forever?

In this eclectic mix of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry the pendulum swings between first love and murder, from soul-destroying grief to reconciliation. The tales veer from the sweet satisfaction of revenge to new beginnings, from heart-breaking miscarriages of justice to heart-warming Christmas misadventure.

One common thread binds them all; the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.

Open your hearts and minds as The Storyteller Speaks.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Balroop Singh 5.0 out of 5 stars Each story in this book is riveting! January 14, 2018

‘The Story Teller Speaks’ by Annika Perry brilliantly illustrates how short stories can capture your heart, transport you to the scene of action and submerge you in the emotional journey of the characters. Her stories are a little above your expectations…a lot has to be discerned, which she leaves unsaid and therein lies their magic. Only few can create it.

The symbolism of Chillies in my Handbag is chilling, the agony that the words hide slowly spills out as Perry writes in the style of dual timeline, lending a touch of realism to the story, keeping a firm grip on the reader’s attention, actually hinting at profound matters of domestic strife. Carl’s loss too unravels itself gently as you keep wondering where is he heading in snow and who is constantly whispering “keep safe” in his ear. It is the style and the exquisite language that raises this book above an average storybook.

My heart missed a beat when Jake and Ellie got lost in the shroud of mist and snow and it sank with each shout for them. Such is the effect of Annika’s style of writing! It is difficult to pick up a favorite one from this collection of stories because all of them strike some chord somewhere as they are based on varied themes, each one connects us with the complexities of life, giving a subtle message that we are mere puppets or mute spectators in many situations that we wish to control.

Read the reviews and now buy in print: https://www.amazon.com/Storyteller-Speaks-Powerful-Stories-Heart/dp/198188372X

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Storyteller-Speaks-Powerful-Stories-Heart/dp/198188372X

Read other reviews and follow Annika on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17498437.Annika_Perry

Connect to Annika via her blog:   https://annikaperry.com

The next author that has some wonderful recent reviews is Paulette Mahurin with her recent release The Day I Saw The Hummingbird.

About the book

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via The Underground Railroad.

Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and dangers. Struggling with his inner impulse to seek revenge for the injustices and violence levied on his family and friends, he discovers that in bondage you pray to God, but in freedom, you meet Him.

From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes a story that brings another cadre of memorable characters alive on pages that pulse with hatred and kindness, cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. Oscar’s journey on the Underground Railroad is a heart-pounding ride that the reader will remember long after this story ends.

One of the recent excellent reviews

Recommended  on 11 January 2018

This is the second book I have read by this author and I have to say I am fast becoming a fan. Deeply poignant, difficult to read at times, this historical novel possesses a depth of emotion that comes from some place special. It takes skill to write a book but talent to tell a story and this is a superb story told with flair. I am often distracted by small things in books I read but in truth I couldn’t have been distracted in the case of this story. The narrative simply grabs you and never lets go. A great read, highly recommended.

Read all of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Day-Saw-Hummingbird-Novel-ebook/dp/B075QMKXQS

Also by Paulette Mahurin

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And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Read more reviews and follow Paulette on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895757.Paulette_Mahurin

 

Connect to Paulette:https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

Time to check up on Geoff Le Pard and his short story collection Life in a Flash published at the end of November 2017.

About Life in a Flash

Life is fast, life is short. In a series of short fiction pieces, most under 500 words, we explore the world, its inhabitants and their trials and tribulations, their ups and downs and sideways shifts, all with humour and decent grammar. You’ll find something to amuse and intrigue here and if, unlikely as it is, one piece isn’t for you, well, turn the page and start again.

A recent review for the collection

Geoff Le Pard’s book is a collection of 157 pages filled with short stories. Each one has 500 words or less. Geoff Le Pard is a master in bringing out the irony of life in his special way. He has this dark British humor, adds twists, and always leaves something to ponder. What I loved most are the stories in which he combines Greek Mythology with the modern world.

This is a book made for those who like to be into the story quickly… but you won’t stop with one story because it makes you want more!

The book is available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Flash-Geoff-Pard-ebook/dp/B076T96M2Y

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Flash-Geoff-Pard-ebook/dp/B076T96M2Y

Also by Geoff Le Pard

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0

And Amazon US:https://www.amazon.com/Geoff-Le-Pard/e/B00OSI7XA0

Read more reviews and follow Geoff on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9791177.Geoff_Le_Pard

Connect to Geoff via his blog: http://geofflepard.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore these authors and their books further. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Paul Andruss, C.S. Boyack, Carmen Stefanescu, Paul Cude and Angie Dokos


You are more used to seeing the posts by Paul Andruss on a Friday in his role of Writer in Residence. But, Paul is a very talented author and if any of your family are Harry Potter fans they will love Thomas the Rhymer. Wonderful for all ages and I hope that you will put on your gift list for yourself, family and friends. I read and reviewed the book earlier in the year and can recommend.

About Thomas the Rhymer

A magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen

When Fairy Queen Sylvie snatches his brother, schoolboy Jack is plunged into a sinister fantasy world of illusion and deception – the realm of telepathic fairies ruled by spoilt, arrogant fairy queens.

Haunted by nightmares about his brother and pursued by a mysterious tramp (only seen by Jack and his friends) Jack fears he too will be stolen away.

The tramp is Thomas the Rhymer, who only speaks in rhyme. Lost and frightened Thomas needs Jack’s help to find his way home.

The race is on for Jack and his friends to save Thomas from the wicked Agnes Day (who wants to treat Thomas like a lab rat). And save Jack’s brother from Sylvie.

To do this they need the help of Bess – the most ancient powerful fairy queen in the land.

But there is a problem…

No one knows where Bess is… or even if she is still lives.

And even if they find her… will she let them go?

One of the reviews for the book

Just about the worst thing that can happen to any family is the disappearance of a child. This is exactly what happens in Jack’s family and, worse still, Jack is a witness to his older brother’s sudden and troubling disappearance.

The facts of the disappearance are very peculiar and, subsequent to his disappearance, Jack receives strange telephone calls from his brother, Dan, on his cell phone. When he answers, Dan says nothing and the line goes dead. Jack finds himself unable to tell anyone about what his saw that day, as soon as he tries he starts to choke and can’t utter a word. Then a strange tramp appears who speaks only in rhymes. The tramp, whom only Jack can see, seems to be able to pass through walls and disappear at will. All of this is against a background of stress at home due to Jack’s mother suffering from a chronic illness.

Jack finds himself embroiled in the magical kingdom of the fairies and soon discovers that their failing world is tinged with evil. Jack and his friends experience an array of mystical and strange happenings including travelling by fairy ley lines and disappearing into a living tapestry.

Author Paul Andruss has an expert knowledge of mythical creatures and the world of the fairies which he shares with the reader using the most beautiful and expressive language. He pulls you into this fairy world, which exists in parallel to our own and which is fraught with difficulties due to human technology and progress. This book also shares valuable lessons about everything not being as it appears to be and the value of strong friendships.

Who is the strange tramp and what does he want from Jack? Can he help Jack to find his brother and bring him back before it is too late?

A few beautiful quotes from this book are as follows:

“Beautiful,” she signed, mesmerized by the shifting hues washing over the weave like skeins of mist.”

“Drifts of heady perfume left Jack heavy-eyed, yet giddy with recklessness.”

“The tramp was back on Mr Gibson’s wall. All he could think about was the poem. Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there… He wasn’t there again today… I wish that man would GO AWAY!”

This book is suitable for readers aged from 11 years and older. Adult readers will also appreciate the delightful prose, beautiful imagery and clever story line.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC

Connect to Paul on his blog:  http://www.paul-andruss.com/

The next gift suggestion is for the short story collection The Enhanced League by C.S. Boyack. Craig supports Indie authors on his blog with entertaining interviews courtesy of the lovely Lisa Burton.

About the Enhanced League

The Enhanced league is a collection of short stories and anthems centered around a year in a fictional baseball league. It has a slight science fiction background. This league has a lot more pomp than you might be used to, and nobody seems to care if the players use performance enhancing drugs.

Stories involve existing heroes, up and comers, and falling stars. While there are the obvious stories that take place on the field of play, there are also human interest stories that take place around the baseball gyrations. These stories involve scouting, trades, ruthless business decisions, and even relationships.

I enjoyed researching and bringing you The Enhanced League, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. — CB

One of the excellent reviews for The Enhanced League

Harmony Kent  5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 23 July 2017

I know nothing about baseball and am not into sports. So, why read this book? Well, I rate this author highly, especially his short stories, and I love his experimental notebooks. Here is a writer that brings his characters to life right off the bat (story, couldn’t resist the pun!) 😉 … In The Enhanced League, we meet many varied folks who have something to do with an enhanced baseball league. While a common thread connects each chapter, they read well as standalone stories too, while having an overarching storyline, and this makes for an easy book to dip in and out of when you don’t have the time to read a novel length book.

The book held me enthralled enough to give it five stars even though some spelling hiccups do occur, which would usually merit a four instead. Definitely not in this case. Here, we have a master of the speculative fiction genre who spins a darn good yarn. Well worth your time and money.

Read the other reviews and buy The Enhanced League: https://www.amazon.com/Enhanced-League-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B073T5DH2Q

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Enhanced-League-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B073T5DH2Q

A selection of books by C.S. Boyack

 Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY

Read more reviews and follow C.S. Boyack on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

Connect with Craig via his blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

The next author that I would like to feature is Carmen Stefanescu who has been a wonderful supporter of the blog this year. Here is Dracula’s Prodigy.

About Dracula’s Prodigy

Running from the hands of an abusive husband, on the verge of committing suicide, a series of strange events/apparitions make Linda reassess her life. She embarks on a thorough research regarding her unusual ancestor—Vlad, the Impaler, aka Dracula.

Can Linda discover the truth regarding Vlad among the countless malicious stories, exaggerated legends and whispered slander dating back to 15th century? Is he a hero, a brave protector of his hard tried people and country? Or a cruel monster feeding on the blood of those impaled at his order?

And is good-looking Jody really helping Linda regain her trust in men and love, or is he another evil envoy of a past that haunts her and threatens her life?

One of the reviews for Dracula’s Prodigy

An Engrossing Read  on August 6, 2017

A complex story that focus on a descendant of the infamous Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula) that is intricately imagined and beautifully told. Linda Cartwright has no idea who the strange man in her dreams is, nor does she understand how the life she once imagined with her husband, Bill, has turned into a nightmare for her and her young daughter.

Fleeing a loveless marriage, Linda discovers courage she never realized she had, and an ancestral history rife with betrayals, revenge, and eternal devotion. Rich with details of both past and present, Carmen Stefanescu continues the story she began in Dracula’s Mistress, but offers a unique twist by placing her heroine in modern times.

I found myself caught up in the emotion of the central characters and a mystery that transcends centuries. The author’s writing flows beautifully, both visual and compelling, keeping the reader turning pages and racing to the conclusion. If you enjoy history and myth with a twinge of the paranormal, woven into a contemporary setting, this is a story you don’t want to miss.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Draculas-Prodigy-Mistress-Book-ebook/dp/B071KVQ48W

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Draculas-Prodigy-Mistress-Book-ebook/dp/B071KVQ48W

Also by Carmen Stefanescu

Find out more about Carmen’s books and other published work: http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ie/p/works.html

Connect to Carmen via her blog: http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/

The next author with books that would please anyone who loves fantasy and dragons is Paul Cude with his Bentwhistle the Dragon Series which is now available in a box set which makes a great gift. Paul is an amazing sharer of my posts on Facebook and he is definitely someone to follow.

A brief summary of the three books in the series.

Book 1
Can you be heroic and naive? For Peter Bentwhistle, the answer would most certainly have to be YES! Blissfully unaware of what’s going on around him, for the most part he remains fully focused on blending in and keeping a low profile.

But fate and just plain bad luck have other designs on him. Not so bad, you might think. Until you discover the TRUTH! Just like his friends, Tank and Richie, he is a…..DRAGON!

Book 2
Treachery from the sands of Egypt to the plains of Antarctica. Following on from the harrowing events of ‘A Threat From The Past’ (Book 1), a new found friendship with the dragon king is forged.

Soon though, young and old alike are unwittingly drawn into a deadly plot, when a straight forward meeting with the monarch sees them helping an injured dragon agent, straight back from his mission in Antarctica with news of a devastating encounter with another ancient race.

Book 3

Hearts and minds ripped to shreds. Amid turmoil surrounding devastating attacks across the world, the dragon domain faces the planet’s greatest fear: global terrorism by an unknown force of magic users. Against this backdrop, and with Manson’s deadly scheme in full swing, events quickly turn from bad to worse.

The most recent review for the the first book in the series – A Threat from the Past

on December 6, 2017

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?

This is book is an amazing adventure story that both children and adults alike will love. Going through the book and reading it with my daughter the story got a 2 thumbs up. My daughter raved about the story and couldn’t stop saying how amazing and awesome it was. Bentwhistle was a very suspenseful tale of adventure. The vilian was both subtle. We were drawn into the struggle between he and the hero of the book. The dragons practice magic for the transformations between human and dragon form through devices called magic mantras. The believably is amazing given the fact that this revolves in the fantasy genre. In this book dragons care very much about the humanity of the race as well as the lives of the humans around them. This is something that you as the reader get a great perspective on while reading the novel. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys this type of book.

To accompany the boxed set is a Prequel to the series – A Right Royal RumpASS

About the book

Remember how rowdy your education was at times?

Throw in prehistoric battle urges, violent outbursts of combustible flame, the ability to fly and a natural affinity for magic and what do you have? A group of mismatched young dragons studying at a renowned nursery ring, thrilled to be learning how to use their dragon abilities and the inherent magic each of them possess.

But like classrooms across the world, it’s not quite as simple as that. With a class bully determined to outwit everyone, including their ‘tor’ (teacher), the friends must work together to expose not only the unknown magic used, but also his dastardly method of cheating.

As an unflappable newcomer becomes a worthy ally, aerial antics abound in an illicit laminium ball match whose outcome may yet determine one dragon’s fate.

Read the reviews, buy the boxed set and the prequel: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Cude/e/B007339206

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Cude/e/B007339206

Read more reviews and follow Paul on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5368048.Paul_Cude

Connect to Paul Cude via his website: http://www.bentwhistlethedragon.co.uk/

The next author that I would like to thank for her consistent and very welcome support on Twitter is Angie Dokos with 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

Author Angie Dokos has written a book that All ages can enjoy – having characters in college and high school, along with their parents, give the sense of family, ‘and’ the way you’d want Your family to be. Once Zayne and his father (a law enforcement official), Levi, find Serena on the side of the road, barely alive from a vicious attack, young Zayne seems drawn to this young girl. As their relationship grows, and his father locks up the man who assaulted Serena, they get to know each other day-by-day, meet one another’s parents, attend Church together, and have get-togethers with their friends – reminds me SO much of the days my children had ‘their’ friends around!! By the way, you will also find a ‘little’ bit of tension as the story progresses, and you will keep pulling for Zayne and Serena to be together!! Hang in there – it’s a Beautiful ride until the end!! Thank you, Angie Dokos, for this beautiful story!!

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

I hope that this has given you plenty of ideas for book gifts for yourself,family and friends.. It would be great if you could share.. thank you Sally

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.

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.

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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