Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore -Collaborative Anthologies -Love in Times of War by Twelve best-selling, award winning authors


collaborative anthologiesToday’s anthology has stories of love in wartime written by some exceptional authors and available at a fantastic offer price.  Love in Times of War brings together stories from many of the major conflicts in recent history from the American Civil War to The Persian Gulf.

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At no other point is passion put to the test as in dire times of war. From the American Civil War to WWII, from Vietnam to the War in Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf, the stories in this boxed set summon the strength of true lovers.

Written by bestselling, award-winning, and USA Today authors, the novels and novellas in this collection tell of overcoming the odds to celebrate the victory of love. If you like Military Romance, Wounded Warrior Romance, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, or Romantic Suspense, this anthology invites you to triumph over the worst of conditions.

Together with these unforgettable lovers, go through coping with loss, struggling with injuries and rehabilitation, and facing difficult homecomings. And just like them, inspired by desire, find the courage to bring forth the best in us.

Here are the authors and their Amazon pages

Dancing with Air by Uvi Poznansky – In WWII London, Lenny is involved in a covert intelligence ploy. His task must remain confidential, even at the risk of Natasha becoming suspicious of him. Will their love survive the test of war? https://www.amazon.com/Uvi-Poznansky/e/B006WW4ZFG

Two Hearts Unspoken by Tamara Ferguson – Beth Bowen is a single mom of an autistic son. Zach Logan is a wounded warrior searching for a life after Iraq. Can two lonely people discover that love is that something unspoken, missing from their lives? https://www.amazon.com/Tamara-Ferguson/e/B0036WCDRW

The Rebel’s Redemption by Jacquie Biggar – When an old enemy follows him from Iraq and causes mayhem in Tidal Falls, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved? https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG

Broken Wings by D.G. Torrens – Joshua, a bomb disposal expert in Afghanistan. Angelina, an editor of a local newspaper. Both avoiding love at all costs, until they are unexpectedly thrown together. Tested beyond belief… Can their love survive? https://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Torrens/e/B0083UE6U4

A Soldier’s Promise by Angelica Kate – Ryker is most comfortable in the regulated world of the military. When he is sent to Darby’s doorstep to keep a promise to one of his fallen team members, every rule he holds will be challenged! https://www.amazon.com/Angelica-Kate/e/B00JTL5MLI

Returning Home by the Sea by Traci Hall – Brayden and Zoe wed before he went to Iraq. Once united in passion, a lot has changed in the six years he’s been away. Will their love survive his homecoming? https://www.amazon.com/Traci-Hall/e/B002BM2576

A Weldon Family Christmas by Jennifer St. Giles – A frightening event with an uncertain outcome sends Emma and John’s memory to the past, where her helicopter went down in Vietnam enemy territory, and he risked everything to save her. Can she save him now? https://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-St.-Giles/e/B001IQX78W

The Magic of Snow by Regina Puckett – When Staff Sergeant Charlie Prince’s letters stop arriving from Afghanistan, Sarah White waits in agonizing suspense to discover what has happened to the man she loves. https://www.amazon.com/Regina-Puckett/e/B004S3ORSG

Mademoiselle by Suzanne Jenkins – To Philipa, working at Mademoiselle Magazine is more important than anything, even love. Her friend, Walter, hopes for a change, but not until his trip to the Persian Gulf does she begin to listen to her heart. https://www.amazon.com/Suzanne-Jenkins/e/B005CRQC5I

Genteel Secrets by S.R. Mallery – In 1861 America, can the love between a Confederate female spy and the Pinkerton detective hired to shadow her survive, or will their story become just another casualty of war?  https://www.amazon.com/S.R.-Mallery/e/B00CIUW3W8

Moving to Forever by PJ Fiala – Danny Schaefer returns from Afghanistan broken in body, battered in soul. Tammy Davis, betrayed in a most personal way, struggles against her tormentor. She and Danny must help each other heal, by the power of love. https://www.amazon.com/PJ-Fiala/e/B00IL8OA04

Lovin’ Those Navy Games by Susan Jean Ricci – Michael Burke has two passions: his high-school sweetheart and baseball. When someone dear to him perishes in Vietnam, will the shock alter his future goals? Will it isolate him from Ellie or deepen their love? https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Jean-Ricci/e/B0094H8BEC

Here are just two of the 24 excellent reviews for this anthology.. Many are very detailed and are worth heading over to read.

Great romance bundle of books readers will enjoy.  By P.S. Winn on December 27, 2016

This is a collection of stories by an assortment of authors with a special theme. The love, life and struggles of war are told in the amazing stories lucky readers will find between the covers of this collection. Some of the author’s I have had the privilege of reading before and I also found some new writers I am going to be looking at. The stories will touch the heart and make you thin. Hopefully they will also make readers aware of what war is and what an impact it has on so many. This is a great collection to have and take time to savor.

There is nothing that puts love to the test like war By Amanda Donoho on February 3, 2017

There is nothing that puts love to the test like war, add in the Christmas theme, and this box set does not disappoint. This anthology about the men and women serving their country and their relationships surviving the hardships and trials of war and coming home is sure to please anyone. This set consists of 12 stories that show the testament of love surviving through war from the American Civil War through the War in Afghanistan. Each tale is historically accurate and will pull at your heart strings. The authors of these stories have taken their character and made them jump off the pages and made them real. They are great romance stories that will have you reading until they are done.

At only 99 cents for 12 books written by 12 authors you are sure to find something for everyone.

Read all the reviews and Buy the collection:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0SOXQW/

Thank you for dropping by today and please share this anthology about love in as many places as possible. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Scream Anthology, John Fioravanti, Bette A. Stevens and Annette Rochelle Aben


author-update-jpgAs I am not going to be posting a Cafe and Bookstore update until I get back from my break on March 1st.. I am adding an extra author today with her new release.. more later about Annette Rochelle Aben’s latest book.

A couple of weeks ago I featured the collaborative anthology Run – A collection of Dark Tales and here is the follow up Scream...Time to get behind the sofa as these talented writers take darkness to a whole new level.

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About SCREAM: A Collection of Dark Tales

Biohazard by Kathy Love
Jenny knew when she took a job working for a crime cleaning company, she would experience some weird situations. But she never thought one of her co-workers, David, would fall in love with her, and man, does he have a strange way of showing it. Hearts drawn in blood spatter and notes out of body tissue? That takes weird to a whole new level. Add to that, with a serial killer on the loose, she finds herself spending a lot of time at work—and with David. Soon, she can’t help wondering if he could be the one killing these people. Just so they can spend more time together.

Undying Love by Kristine Mason
Till death do us part does not apply…Morgan Smithwell’s first love is killed in a car accident, leaving her devastated and heartbroken. When she claims his ghost has visited her, Morgan’s parents and psychiatrist believe she’s had a psychotic break. But Morgan knows the truth. Death cannot come between her and the boy she loves. Now, to keep their love alive, Morgan must find her lover a new body. Again and again…

No Eulogy for a Stranger by Caleb Pirtle III
Easy Eddy Dollar is not quite sure where he is when he awakes on a park bench with a bullet wound in his stomach. And just who are all these people entering his life? With only twenty-four hours to find out, Easy Eddy Dollar knows he’s a stranger among strangers, and nobody has a prayer to recite at the grave of a stranger.

The Woman of My Dreams by Joe Broadmeadow
The cut of a truth long hidden is quick, deep, and painful. Yet, life has a way of never missing a beat, even when breaking your heart. Is there such a thing as loving too much?

The Hunter by Drew Jordan
Not every woman is fortunate enough to be married to a serial killer like I am. Why is that lucky? Because he will protect me from everyone and anyone…and never ever hurt me.

Follow The Hunter from Alaska to Canada to reclaim his wife, Laney. Or to make her his final victim. The Hunter is a short story related to the dark and sexy CRASH trilogy, which includes Crash, Hide, and Expose.

The House That Weeps by Elle J Rossi
Andrew Stevens has one shot left to do something good with his life. But will the horrors inside the house that weeps be his savior or his ultimate demise?

The Silent Widow by Kimberly McGath
Eight-track tapes and bell-bottoms were all the rage in the late 1970’s. Citizens had become familiar with serial killers such as Zodiac, but nothing prepared them for this sweetheart killer. Valentine’s Day will be red with blood in this rural town. Author Kimberly McGath will keep you guessing in The Silent Widow, with many twists and turns that will make you Scream. But will you be able to?

Chimes at Midnight by Paul Dale Anderson
Never play blind man’s bluff with a blind man. Never play games with an old man entering his second childhood. And never ever play for keeps or bet your life because the odds are not in your favor.

A Sultry Abyss by Sue Coletta
Crime Writer Sydney Slaughter has spent her life researching serial killers. What she never expected was to find herself at the center of a brutal murder spree. When visions hit too close to reality, Syd goes to a hypnotist to tap into her subconscious. What she envisions shakes her very core. Can she use her skills to expose the killer? Or will fate turn the table, reveal things she never wanted to know?

Buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUCLDZ9/

The previous collection RUN.

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One of the reviews for RUN

A fabulous collection of stories that will keep you riveted and reading, Run, is a collection of short tales that are alternately, disturbing, surprising and chilling. The authors in this collection have done a bang-up job of looking at the darker side of human nature. From crime fiction and espionage, to tales of psychological terror and even supernatural horror, this gem of a collection will appeal to a diverse variety of readers. These authors know their craft. The writing is polished and I was blown away by the twists and turns in several of the tales. Highly recommended! I look forward to reading more of their individual books.

 Read all the story summaries, reviews and buy the anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Run-Collection-Tales-Elle-Rossi/dp/1539653935

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Time to look at John Fioravanti’s book Reflections – Inspirational Quotes & Interpretations; published in late December last year. Have you read quotes from both classic and modern thinkers.. and wondered what they actually mean.. particularly to those of us living in this modern age?

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About Reflections – Inspirational Quotes & Interpretations

Does this question engage you or take you out of your comfort zone? Does it put you on the spot? REFLECTIONS is award-winning author and former educator John Fioravanti’s answer.

Offering his interpretations of fifty quotes by contemporary and ancient thinkers alike, John dives deep below the surface of words and explores the deeper meanings that shape his view of the world.

Deeply personal and presented in a self-effacing manner, these self-aware reflections will encourage you to dig deep within yourself and to discover more about the underlying truths that guide you.

Without trumpets or fanfare of any kind, John Fioravanti aspires to inspire you!

 One of the early reviews for the book

REFLECTIONS was a perfect book to read over the holidays. Each chapter focuses on an inspirational quote from such notable people as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Anne Frank; and, because of this approach, the book can be read non-linearly. The reader can move from one reflection to another, as interest dictates.

There are 50 quotations included in the book, each of which author Fioravanti provides his interpretations, a practice he adopted for his weekly blog. His thoughts, measured and insightful, spur the reader to consider his or her own. This book earns my endorsement and support with Five well-deserved Stars.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/REFLECTIONS-Inspirational-Interpretations-John-Fioravanti-ebook/dp/B01MSJUPDI

Also by John Fioravanti

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Read all the reviews and BUY the books: https://www.amazon.com/John-Fioravanti/e/B00JSAHGAU

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Connect to John via his website: http://fiorabooks.com/

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One of my guests for the Book Reading at the Cafe starting in March is children’s author Bette A. Stevens.. She has an offer starting on Wednesday for her book Pure Trash.. so let’s take a look at the book first.

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It’s PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction/short story), a Compelling Prequel to the novel DOG BONE SOUP.

The year is 1955. Remember the Good Old Days? You know, the 1950s and ‘60s, when America was flying high. The All American Family lived a life filled with hopes and dreams and life’s necessities too. Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American Boomer Boy. No, Shawn is a poor boy. He can’t join Boy Scouts or sports teams. There’s not even enough money for necessities. Besides, Shawn doesn’t have time for that. But when chores are done, there’s always fishing!

In this short story, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. This is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied (and not just by kids). It may redefine your definition of bullying.

If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its synonyms. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of a dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.

One of the reviews for Pure Trash

How can so much imagery fit in such a small space? A host of human emotions and an entire era are crammed within a handful of pages. What’s even more impressive, this is all accomplished from the point of view of a a simple boy.

This short story speaks volumes about Stevens’ writing skills and her ability to pick the seemingly insignificant details that make all the difference – such as the self-made metal basket on the hero’s bike, or the casual measuring of his father’s drunkenness level, in order to ascertain whether the old man is ready to take the boys fishing.

The hero’s voice is all the more poignant for his innocence. He knows what he loves and hates, but is content to describe; not judge. This makes Pure Trash all the more compelling, as any judging is left to the reader.

All in all, a powerful short story, and a great introduction to the novel.

Read the reviews and take advantage of the #FREE offer from February 22nd to 26th: https://www.amazon.co.uk/TRASH-Historical-Fiction-Short-prequel-ebook/dp/B00EH0RV6K

 Also by Bette A. Stevens

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://viewauthor.at/BetteAStevens

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Connect to Bette via her website: http://www.4writersandreaders.com

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And last but definitely not least is Annette Rochelle Aben with her latest release, hot off the press..Go You: Some encouragement when you need it.

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About Go You.

If you follow Annette on social media you will know that she gives us daily nuggets of encouragement and inspiration. Apart from a very talented poet, Annette has the knack of bringing a smile to your face, even when you are at your wit’s end.

Encouraging words raise the spirit and provide strength. Find some encouragement when you need it in this book. You ARE SPECIAL! You ARE WONDERFUL! You ARE A TERRIFIC PERSON! So, GO YOU!!

There is already a review in.

Thank you, Ms.Aben. This is just what I needed this week. I now keep this by my bed and read one passage every morning when I get up.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Go-You-some-encouragement-when-ebook/dp/B06VTQD6TW

Also by Annette Rochelle Aben

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Connect to Annette via her blog: www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com

Thank you for dropping by today and please help spread the news of these author’s work far and wide. Thanks Sally

N.B – I will be off on a jaunt with my sisters from tomorrow and whilst I will be checking in here and also my emails from time to time.. I might be a little slow in responding. If you are interested in joining the 150 other authors in the Cafe and Bookstore or you are already in the Bookstore and have news to share.. here is the link.

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