Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Paul Andruss, D. Wallace Peach and Christina Steiner.


To kick this post off I am featuring our Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss and a new review for his fantasy novel Thomas the Rhymer.

I have read and reviewed Thomas the Rhymer earlier in the year,  here is the link to download the epub version of the books for FREE.

Paul also has a pdf file available and, you can read for FREE by obtaining a copy from Barnes & Noble for Nook readers and also from Kobo.

You can find out how to download from Paul’s site and also links to the other options such as Kindle on Amazon at this link.

http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/amazon-links.php

About Thomas the Rhymer

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?

The most recent review for Thomas the Rhymer by Brigid Gallagher‘s Five Star  Sep 12, 2017 On Goodreads.

Jack Hughes witnesses the abduction of his brother Dan by the wicked fairy Sylvie. Nightmares and visions of a mysterious tramp take over his reality and he becomes torn about sharing the truth behind his brothers disappearance.
Catherine, Ken and Ken’s mystical mother Rosie become his confidantes and join Jack in searching for clues on breaking the wicked faeries hold over his brother.
The tramp’s true identity soon unfolds when the team offer him food and shelter; he is Thomas the Rhymer, Prince of Elphane, who speaks in rhyme:

“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!”
The author takes the reader on a series of adventures, travelling along ancient ley lines, bathed in milky blue light that cross a fairy hill, churches and open countryside.

We meet the mysterious Horatio Grin and Agnes Day, whose sister Poppy was also abducted by the faeries. But can they be trusted? And can Jack and his friends find his brother and bring him safely back home?

This book is both clever and well written, and will appeal to both young and old.

Buy the Kindle Thomas the Rhymer at all online bookstores including your local Amazon: http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/amazon-links.php

Now would be a good time to read and there are two more books to be released in the series.

Also by Paul Andruss

Finn Mac CoolFind out more about Paul Andruss and his books: http://www.paul-andruss.com/about/

The next author with wonderful reviews to share is D.Wallace Peach for the fourth and final book in The Rose Shield series, Kari’s Reckoning, by D. Wallace Peach published in April this year.

About Kari’s Reckoning

The epic adventure concludes as the Shiplord vies for what he desires—the throne of Ellegeance. Their power in jeopardy, influencers surrender their oaths, their loyalties fractured. Rose, a child of untrained and reckless talent, once again becomes a pawn in the quest for control.

As the Cull Tarr solidify their rule, Guardian plots rebellion. Catling and Whitt, each gifted with singular skills, seek to sway the course of the conflict. Oathbreakers, traitors, and those desperate to save Rose collide in a final battle for the realm.

Yet, a third player emerges in the deadly game. The kari, spirits of a sentient planet, command the air, water, and land. They manipulate events to satisfy their sovereign designs and care not who survives the human war.

One of the recent reviews

I just finished reading the entire Rose Shield Tetralogy, and I am both very satisfied and more than impressed. The author mentions ‘balance’ often in the books, and I believe she truly achieves this herself with this series. Love, intrigue, nostalgia, tenderness, death, war, spirituality, brutality, humor, intensely varied and interesting characters you can’t help but get wrapped around, and plot twists that are surprising again and again and never disappoint.

And that’s the thing – if you do a lot of fiction reading like I do, its unavoidable to be on your guard for turns of direction in the works you are reading that seem contrived or false, disappointing or just plain dumb. None of this happens in Peach series – there are no disappointments.

That is not to say that there wasn’t more than once that I had to stop reading and let the book go for the night, because something happened that I wasn’t sure I could deal with right then. But I kept it up, and I’m glad I did. Writing this at the end of the last book, I am filled with this complex mix of emotions, one like she deftly describes, and it is not bad – it is welcome. She describes herself as a ‘fledgling’ writer and I say NO, she is not. There is too, too much here, far beyond fledgling. The books are not flawless, but I found myself forgiving the small errors immediately to keep on with the story. In my opinion, these books, just like the world she created, are imbued with luminescence.

Read the reviews and buy Kari’s Reckoning: https://www.amazon.com/Karis-Reckoning-Rose-Shield-Book-ebook/dp/B06XJY77CF

The other three books in the Rose Shield Series

A small selection of other books by D.Wallace Peach

To discover all the books and read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Connect to D. Wallace Peach via her website: http://mythsofthemirror.com.

The next book is for children and is The Fantastic Travels of William and the Monarch Butterfly by Christina Steiner.

About the book

The Fantastic Travels of William and the Monarch Butterfly, Christina Steiner’s newest children book with illustrations from Mary Manning, focuses on the incredible life of the fourth generation, eastern Monarch butterfly.

Steiner’s chapter book, a fantasy story, offers a look into the lives of Monarch butterflies through the eyes of William. When William captures a butterfly for a show-and-tell at his school, he has no idea how special his trophy will become. Much to his surprise, the captive girl butterfly, Anka, is able to speak. With a sad, trembling voice, Anka, pleads for freedom so she may fulfill her life destiny. Worried to show up at school empty handed, William resists her pleas. But clever Anka bargains for her freedom by enticing William to accompany her as a passenger on a fantastic journey. There is one catch, though: William has to shrink in size and become a miniature boy in order to ride on Anka’s back.

William faces a dilemma. Should he set Anka free and show up at school empty handed? Or should he join this girl butterfly on an adventure to an unknown destination?
Intrigued, he agrees to join Anka on her special trip. Whisked away on the wings of a butterfly, a whole new world unfolds for William. Together, he and Anka soar south-southwest from North Dakota to the Oyamel fir forests in central Mexico. A strong friendship develops as they depend on each other for survival.

They stay for five month at their destination high up in the mountains of central Mexico – the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. There, William learns much about Monarch butterflies, about survival, and about himself. But most notably, it is during their return travels in the spring that the true purpose for Anka’s urgency for freedom reveals itself. It is then that William personally witnesses nearly the full life-cycle of Monarch butterflies – from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to stunning Monarch butterfly, the ultimate tale of the circle of life.

The most recent review for the book

A Lovely Tale  on September 8, 2017

Christina Steiner has written a lovely tale that weaves real life science with fantasy. It not only explains the life of Monarch butterflies it also teaches children to respect, appreciate, and enjoy nature. William and his butterfly friend Anka develop a trusting and sweet friendship that takes them on a great adventure. A wonderful book to help children understand the sequence of life and the joy that happens along the way.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Travels-William-Monarch-Butterfly-ebook/dp/B00W88EDL4/

Also by Christina Steiner

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Steiner/e/B00IUZNJXC

Read more reviews and follow Christina Steiner on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4516146.Christina_Steiner

Connect to Christina via her website:  www.christinasteinerwriter.com

Thank you for dropping by and it would be great if you could spread the news of these authors and their books. thanks Sally

If you have a new release or a fantastic review please let me know and I will find the most effective promotion to feature you in. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Balroop Singh and Christina Steiner


Welcome to the first of the updates this week and our first author is Balroop Singh with her latest poetry collection Emerging from Shadows.

About Emerging from Shadows poetry collection

From darkness into light, from despair onto the wider ways of hope…life oscillates between sunshine and shadows. Emerging from shadows is a choice, which lies dormant, which can be gently inspired by self-talk. Each poem in this book banks on the hope of emerging stronger, saner, positive and resilient. Each poem in this book would talk to you, revealing layers of enclosed emotions. Each poem would divulge a secret path that could lead you into the world of poise and serenity.

When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.

An early review for the collection

 

“Beneath that beauty lie broken dreams
Beneath that smile recline unspoken words
That gentle caress hides frozen fallacy
Feigning to hold forlorn finesse.”

These delightful words are the opening stanza of the first poem, entitled When Darkness Deepens, that feature in Balroop Singh’s new book of poetry.

Each poem featured in the book comprises of beautifully constructed phrases which together tell a story. Some of the poems are sad and some are happy, all are filled with mystery and delight.

My interpretations of three of Balroop’s poems are as follows:

The poem Emerging from Shadows encourages the reader to be brave and rise up above obstacles in your path, grasping at life and making the best of it.

Why I walked away …. teaches the reader how to turn your back on negativity and sadness and how to break free from the shackles of unhappy past events. It is a joyous poem of a search for liberation.

Outside and inside – a tale of that illustrates that settling for the deception of second best and the sanctuary of the easily attained leads to perpetual self doubt and anxiety. Each poem in this book is a voyage of self discovery.

Buy Emerging from Shadows: https://www.amazon.com/Emerging-Shadows-Poetry-Balroop-Singh-ebook/dp/B073YLWLG1/

Also by Balroop Singh

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

Read more reviews and follow Balroop on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh

Connect to Balroop Singh via her blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

The next author is Christina Steiner whose recently released children’s book Shimji, The Channel Island Vixen is receiving terrific reviews.

About the book

Shimji, a young Channel Island vixen, dreams to go where no Island fox has ever gone: to the place her ancestors came from thousands of years ago. By talking with a sea lion named Malibu and a seagull named Topanga, she finds the island’s harbor and stows away on a boat headed to the California coast. During her adventure on the main-land, Shimji befriends wild and domesticated animals. She learns from their different ways and thus gains knowledge of the world. Her curiosity satisfied, Shimji longs to return home, only to be discovered by humans. Scientists want to send her to a zoo. Can Shimji escape and find her way back to her island home?

One of the recent reviews for the book

This book is adorable. I purchased it for my grandson who just turned 4 and we read it together as a chapter book. The tale is about Shimji, a Channel Island vixen, who sneaks off to the mainland for a look around the home of her ancestors. She runs into a delightful variety of animals who help her along on her adventure before she decides to sneak back home, a task fraught with some challenges.

Shimji is a sweet character with a courageous and friendly nature, and the animals that she encounters are a hoot with distinctive personalities and voices. The opossums made me laugh out loud, and Blackout, a domesticated cat, is a riot as he explains how he manages his humans. The gulls are pretty funny too. Throughout the book, Steiner weaves in a bit of history about the island foxes as well as information about all the different animals Shimji meets.

A highly enjoyable book for kids with gentle characters working together to help each other. My grandson gave it 5 stars, and I second the opinion.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071GM4SR1

Also by Christina Steiner

 Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Steiner/e/B00IUZNJXC

Read more reviews and follow Christina Steiner on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4516146.Christina_Steiner

Connect to Christina via her website:  www.christinasteinerwriter.com

Thank you for dropping by and it would be great if you could spread the news of these authors and their books. thanks Sally

If you have a new release or a fantastic review please let me know and I will find the most effective promotion to feature you in. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Christina Steiner and Jena C. Henry


The first review is for the recently released book by Christina Steiner – Shimji – The Channel Island Vixen.

About the book

Shimji, a young Channel Island vixen, dreams to go where no Island fox has ever gone: to the place her ancestors came from thousands of years ago. By talking with a sea lion named Malibu and a seagull named Topanga, she finds the island’s harbor and stows away on a boat headed to the California coast. During her adventure on the main-land, Shimji befriends wild and domesticated animals. She learns from their different ways and thus gains knowledge of the world. Her curiosity satisfied, Shimji longs to return home, only to be discovered by humans. Scientists want to send her to a zoo. Can Shimji escape and find her way back to her island home?

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/shimji-the-channel-island-vixen

Shimji, the Channel Island Vixen is an adventurous children’s book written by Christina Steiner. After hearing so many tales of her ancestors, Shimji, a young fox kit, decides to explore the world and see what it has to offer. Knowing that water vessels travel between the islands and the mainland regularly, Shimji sneaks onto a ferry and makes it across, but has no idea where to go or what to do. She meets many different animals on her travels, but after being chased across town by angry dogs, Shimji finds herself befriending a cat and his human family. While trying to assist Shimji in returning to her island home, the family quickly discovers that Shimji would be taken by the government to a zoo instead. This causes Shimji to put all of her efforts, survival skills and cunning into trying to find a way back to the island on her own.

Positively engrossed in every word I read, I found that Christina Steiner’s story about a young fox named Shimji not only presented a wonderful, exploratory adventure of an animal eager to see the world, but also showed how different animal species interact, regardless of their difference in size or habitat, while helping each other escape the perils of various predators. Learning which foods and animals to avoid, Shimji is able to make her way across the treacherous sea and onto the mainland, where she finds new species of animals and is able to determine for herself whether or not they can be trusted. From sea lions, seagulls, possums, horses, cats and even skunks, Shimji has an incredible tale to tell, should she ever find her way back home. Each animal interaction left me smiling, with the exception of those with an evil motive in mind, and I found myself cheering Shimji on the whole way, while easily visualizing each interaction with each turn of the page. I thoroughly enjoyed Shimji, the Channel Island Vixen, and recommend it to readers aged 7-14 years of age, who enjoy books about various species of animals interacting in a peaceful, almost humanlike way. I look forward to reading more books from Christina Steiner in the future.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071GM4SR1

Also by Christina Steiner

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Steiner/e/B00IUZNJXC

Read more reviews and follow Christina Steiner on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4516146.Christina_Steiner

Connect to Christina via her website:  www.christinasteinerwriter.com

The next author who recently received a great review for her second book B.M.I  in The Golden Age of Charli series is Jena C. Henry.

About the book

When Charli and her husband, Pud, enter retirement, Charli mistakenly believes that paradise is just around the corner. Unfortunately, instead of spending their days soaking in matching hot tubs and admiring each other’s wrinkles, Pud lives on the links and Charli cleans out the basement. Still, they press on, eventually becoming closer while bonding with young relatives through a love of fine dining. Now the couple faces new and weighty challenges.

Charli and Pud’s days are filled with more excitement than AARP discounts and Lawrence Welk reruns—and more calories than they ever imagined. Realizing they are out of shape and slipping mentally, Charli and Pud check their BMIs and immediately decide they need to change their ways. With a goal of becoming healthy sooner than later, the couple embarks on a roller-coaster ride through calorie counting, label reading, and laborious exercising. But when Pud begins making mysterious phone calls and acting strangely, Charli cannot help but wonder if more problems are lurking around the corner.

The Golden Age of Charli continues the delightful tale of the energetic, friendly, and positive McAntics as they cruise through their retirement years and discover the consequences of too much of a good thing.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Talk about picking up a book at just the right time in my life! I’ve recently “retired” from my JOB to pursue my writing career, AND I’ve hit the age in my life when I’m becoming more conscious of what I eat, and incorporating more exercise into my day. Even though the author intended this to be a humorous take on this stage of lie, which it was, I could identify with many subplots and topics in this story.

The focus of this book was an aging couple striving to get in better shape and lose weight, but so many more real-life elements came into play as these two braved the uncertain waters retirement.

Here are a couple of my favorite parts of this story, which spoke to the humor within:

*Around 28%, there is a story told about an older couple who calls their kids and tells them they are getting a divorce. The adult children become very upset and state they are coming to see their parents right away.

I don’t want to offer any spoilers here, but this tale ends in a humorous tone that outlines the genuine character of Pud in this book.He’s the one who tells the joke.

*My other favorite funny part is the “ID10T” issue, which is brought on by Pud and Charli’s adult son, an IT tech, who pulls a prank on his father while trying to teach him about the latest technology.

There is quite a bit of telling in this story, but it’s actually necessary, as Charli spends a good bit of time alone, while her adult children and husband do their own thing, leaving her feeling lost and abandoned at times, and suspicious–a feeling I’m sure many people can relate to. Some people enter retirement as a phase where they can finally relax after working so hard in their lives, others use this time as an opportunity to finally do all the things they’ve wanted to do.

Even though this is a humorous story in tone, the author doesn’t skip out on metaphors to bring scenes to life. One of my favorites was:

The expansive vista of deepening sky and fading ribbons and tendrils of the sun entertained the crowd until the first shot of powder and colors exploded into the sky and then melted into silky dark waters. (to describe a fireworks show! I love it!)

And my final thought on this book, which I feel sums up Charli’s entire sentiment on embarking on this journey with her family:

“What is there about a porch or patio like I have at home? Why do I feel so at peace? Is it that a porch is a cozy and safe way to feel and view the outside world?”

I highly recommend this lovely story to anyone who can appreciate the journey of staying grounded and realizing who you truly are, amidst the uncertain waters of life.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Charli-BMI-ebook/dp/B01F8RKITC

Also by Jena C. Henry

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

Read more reviews and follow Jena on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14254103.Jena_C_Henry

 

Connect to Jena via her website/blog: http://www.jenabooks.com/

Thanks for dropping in today and please let me know if you have a review from the last couple of months that you would like to share for one of your books. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – The Fantastic Travel Tales of William and the Monarch Butterfly by Christina Steiner


Delighted to welcome another author to the Cafe and Bookstore. Children’s author Christina Steiner with an adventure for a small boy in the world of the Monarch Butterfly.

About the book

The Fantastic Travels of William and the Monarch Butterfly, Christina Steiner’s newest children book with illustrations from Mary Manning, focuses on the incredible life of the fourth generation, eastern Monarch butterfly. Steiner’s chapter book, a fantasy story, offers a look into the lives of Monarch butterflies through the eyes of William.

When William captures a butterfly for a show-and-tell at his school, he has no idea how special his trophy will become. Much to his surprise, the captive girl butterfly, Anka, is able to speak. With a sad, trembling voice, Anka, pleads for freedom so she may fulfill her life destiny. Worried to show up at school empty handed, William resists her pleas. But clever Anka bargains for her freedom by enticing William to accompany her as a passenger on a fantastic journey. There is one catch, though: William has to shrink in size and become a miniature boy in order to ride on Anka’s back. William faces a dilemma. Should he set Anka free and show up at school empty handed? Or should he join this girl butterfly on an adventure to an unknown destination?

Intrigued, he agrees to join Anka on her special trip. Whisked away on the wings of a butterfly, a whole new world unfolds for William. Together, he and Anka soar south-southwest from North Dakota to the Oyamel fir forests in central Mexico. A strong friendship develops as they depend on each other for survival. They stay for five month at their destination high up in the mountains of central Mexico – the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

There, William learns much about Monarch butterflies, about survival, and about himself. But most notably, it is during their return travels in the spring that the true purpose for Anka’s urgency for freedom reveals itself. It is then that William personally witnesses nearly the full life-cycle of Monarch butterflies – from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to stunning Monarch butterfly, the ultimate tale of the circle of life.

Two of the reviews for the book.

A uniquely told story about a boy and a Monarch butterfly. A story that encompassed nature, friends, adventure, risk, choices, and gave an overview of the cycle of life itself. The illustrations were sweet and colorful. I would have liked more illustrations to enhance the learning for children. The complex weaved itself through fantasy as it revealed facts about the butterfly’s life purpose and journey. The book was easy to follow and understand. Although I realize it was meant to be instructional, somehow I kept wanting it to be more fun. It seemed serious and grownup. Maybe more kid-type dialogue between Anka and William, just a thought. I would recommend this book as a good teaching tool for parents to use with their children.

I loved this story. Christina Steiner’s smooth writing style combined with the storyline took me to a peaceful place. The story is about a young boy named William saving and then going on a journey with his new found friend Anka the Monarch Butterfly. Steiner’s prose makes you feel as though you are riding the butterfly too. Kids will love learning about the Monarch Butterfly’s life-cycle and the magical places they travel through this fictional story. Steiner intertwines biological science so creatively kids will not know what hit them.

Personally, this was the perfect read for me as I am currently dealing with health issues. So many of the images toward the end of the book ironically put things in perspective for me. Sometimes we have to be reminded that as we age our body (wings) start to break down as we move closer toward our ultimate destiny.

This book is amazing and I look forward to reading more books by Christina Steiner.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Travels-William-Monarch-Butterfly-ebook/dp/B00W88EDL4

Also By Christina Steiner

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Steiner/e/B00IUZNJXC

Read more reviews and follow Christina Steiner on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4516146.Christina_Steiner

About Christina Steiner

I love nature and have a passion for horses and dogs.

As the youngest of five children, I learned from observing my brothers and sister. We grew up in central Switzerland in a relatively small town where most families knew each other. This way of life kept us all on the straight, should we misstep our parents were informed before we even made our way home.

At an early age I read any book the local library had to offer. The stories provided endless entertainment, pleasure and knowledge. (We didn’t have a television until I turned sixteen years old.)

The different cultures and descriptions of places by many writers made me want to travel and experience first hand what the world is about.

In the mid twenties I made California, Southern California my home and raised two daughters.
I’m an avid reader, I can submerge myself into a good story and forget about most anything, except my horse and my dogs. My home now is in Ventura, California, where I write and ride and hike and help my partner make wine and raise Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. I do have my own dog, a big, fluffy Hungarian Kuvasz named Sentry

Connect to Christina

 Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share Christina’s work. Thanks Sally