Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #ContemporaryReligious Jeanine Lunsford, #Flash Geoff Le Pard, #WesternFantasy Jean Lee, #Shortstories Sally Cronin

Welcome to this year’s Christmas book fair where I have shared all the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore with their most recent review… Today is the last of those author updates (including for myself!) However, I will continue the Christmas Book Fair until next week and include any further recent updates I find.

The first featured book is the latest release from Jeanine Lunsford… With Unbreakable Love (The Rivera Sisters Series Book 3) which is contemporary religious fiction.

About the book

Carina Rivera has everything going for her–her fiancé, Mark is her perfect complement and ideal partner, and her love for his baby, ReeRee has helped her through the pain of losing her own daughter.

But on the night before her wedding, Carina becomes paralyzed with self-doubt. Is she ready to say her vows or is there something lurking inside her that doesn’t belong in her marriage with a good and godly man like Mark? Is the “bad Rivera sister”–the woman she’d been before she knew Mark, hiding somewhere deep inside her soul? Is there still a part of her that longs for her ex-husband, Aaron Mendoza, the man whose abuse had almost destroyed her life?

When Carina asks God to prove to her that the bad Rivera sister is finally gone, she has no idea that God is about to answer her prayer in an unexpected way. Will the earth-shattering events that are about to take place shake her faith, or will they help Carina become the woman she’s always wanted to be?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Dianne Maness Johnson 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent December 10, 2019
After reading the first two Rivera Sisters books, I was in anticipation for this book to arrive. Got started reading it and couldn’t put it down and stayed up really late to finish reading it. As I traveled along with Carina on her journey, I began to feel hope for my own situation. Pure inspiration ⭐️ Excellent read ! Excellent Author !
Also by Jeanine Lunsford

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And on :Amazon UK

And read more reviews and follow Jeanine on : Goodreads

Connect to Jeanine via her website: Jeanine Lunsford

Now from the master of Flash Fiction  is a collection from Geoff Le Pard, appropriately entitled.. Life in a Flash.

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.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Aug 13, 2019 D. Peach rated it Five Stars
This generous collection of flash fiction is full of quirky humor. Le Pard has a way of exaggerating recognizable human interactions and bringing to light their inherent nonsense in a fresh and delightful way. I kept opening my Kindle during the night to read one or two more.But humor isn’t the only offering on the book’s pages. Sprinkled among the laughs are some poignant stories that strum the heartstrings, and some social commentary that points to the human condition and the current struggles faced by many. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy flash fiction and a clever and imaginative take on life.

A selection of other books by Geoff Le Pard


Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And :Amazon US

Read more reviews and follow Geoff on: Goodreads

Connect to Geoff via his blog: Geoff Le Pard

And the next author is Jean Lee with a western that is also an historical fantasy... Night’s Tooth (Tales of the River Vine Book 1)

About Night’s Tooth

Mississippi River Valley, 1870s. The white man wields rails and guns to bring law to the land. But there are more than wild animals hiding in the territories, and it will take more than guns to bring them down.

Sumac the bounty hunter needs no guns to hunt any bandit with a price on his head, even one as legendary and mysterious as Night’s Tooth. But Sumac didn’t count on other bounty hunters coming along as competition, nor did he expect hunters sharing his own magical gifts.

It’s one man against a gang and a mystery, all to protect a train that must cross the territories at all costs…

Inspired by classics like For a Few Dollars More and fantasy cult favorites like Highlander, “Night’s Tooth” is a western with a fantasy edge set in the Fallen Princeborn universe.

One of the recent reviews for the book

9 October 2019

In the Mississippi River Valley, during the latter part of the nineteenth century, bounty hunter Sumac seeks shadowy bandit, Night’s Tooth. However, though gifted with magical powers, Sumac isn’t the only one tracking the mysterious outlaw, and he’ll need to keep his wits about him if he aims to get the better of Sheriff Jenson and the golden boys…

A mix of classic western and fantasy, Jean Lee’s novella is set on the edges of her Princeborn universe (see Fallen Princeborn: Stolen). Her use of language is delightful, with an unusual writing style that’s as clever as it is original. The characters are an interesting lot, too, (like the Sherriff with the squirrel-tails moustache). Drop them all into an atmospheric Clint Eastwood-type setting, and there’s plenty of action to keep the reader guessing what’s coming next.

Unlike Fallen, this one isn’t aimed at Young Adult readers, but if you like cowboy stories with a dollop of the weird and strange, this’ll be right up your old west Main Street.

Also by Jean Lee

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And on: Amazon UK

You can find more reviews and follow Jean Lee on: Goodreads

Connect to Jean via her website: Jean Lee’s World

And last author in the bookstore, but hopefully not least… my latest collection and one of the early reviews..

About Life’s Rich Tapestry

Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, micro fiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.

Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word micro fiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life.

This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of a generous and inspiring blogging community, where writing challenges encourage us to explore new styles and genres.

One of the early reviews for the book

In her latest excellent mixed-media book, Life’s Rich Tapestry (2019), Sally Cronin delivers a wide and varied collection of writing styles and themes, all with the goal of enriching the tapestry of the reader’s life. She covers nature, humanity, faeries, remembering, pets, and more in varied writing styles including Haiku, Tanka, Etheree, Cinquain, 99 word fiction, short stories, speculative fiction, and others.

Each style comes with its own challenges–as those who write in them know–but Cronin moves through them with equal ease and mastery. The challenges of writing micro fiction (like Haikus and 99 word fiction) require a story–be it fact or fiction–told quickly in bitesize chunks that no one can skip over or get bored with. Here are a few examples:

Stop and smell the roses

As recommended I stopped to smell the roses
precious time well spent.

Waiting for Spring

Waiting for magical buds to appear
when the tempest has passed and sun returns to warm.

Old Soldiers

And, although khaki and merits
are returned to their boxes,
the memories remain
etched upon their hearts
their minds and dreams,
where comrades
haunt them

A Dog’s Life

They take no heed of the passing of time,
nor do they see into the future.
There are crucial priorities
that have to be considered.
Walks, sleep, play and their food.
But, above all else
they worship you,
as leader
of their

Sally’s longer fiction shows the artistry she can unveil when she digs deeper into topics and themes. More than a twitter novel, different than a poem, Cronin took this challenge and delivered admirably. Here’s one of my favorites.

The Junkyard Dog

Charlie was a junkyard dog and had the scars to prove it. He was head of security of this fenced off mass of scrap metal, dotted with mounds of old tyres he called home, and he took his job very seriously.

What a beautiful experience it was reading this book.

A selection of my other books… and until Christmas Day you may take your pick of these books, either in Mobi for Kindle or Epub for other devices by simply emailing me on

You can find all my books: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

And more reviews and to follow me on: Goodreads

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm..thanks Sally.