Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – New books released by Judith Barrow, Dariel Raye and Mary Clark

Welcome to Friday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore update, with news and reviews from some of the authors on the shelves. I try to keep up with everyone, but it really helps me out if you share your news with me.

Very happy to feature you every four to six weeks and that is at least 12 promotions a year that keeps your books in the minds of my followers here and on social media. It is FREE and just takes a few minutes to drop me an email  Have you checked your entry in the bookstore recently..Do you have a new release that has not been featured or have you changed a book cover? Let me know so I can update alongside these new books over the weekend. Thanks Sally.

The first guest this morning is Judith Barrow who has just released her long awaited prequel to her series set between the end of World War II and the 1960s. I have read the trilogy and will be adding this next book and Secrets, Judith’s short story collection to my next Amazon shopping run. Here is A Hundred Tiny Threads – Hot off the press yesterday.

About A Hundred Tiny Threads

It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.

The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.

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Also by Judith Barrow

Here is the most recent review for Secrets – short story collection

Very enjoyable  on July 17, 2017

This is a wonderful collection of short stories, focussing on characters from Judith Barrow’s Howarth family trilogy and giving a brief but heartfelt glimpse into some of their lives, pre saga. Including situations and misfortunes, some of which were brought about by the restrictions and expectations of the time, unmarried women who have no choice but to give up their baby and the cruelty meted out to a conscientious objector to name just a couple. Others which are sadly still relevant today, namely the victims of incest and rape.

All are well written and filled with emotional reality, but these are the stand outs for me.

Edith Jagger’s Secret tells of an abused wife and the desperate measures she took to escape.

In Stan Green’s Secret, Stan, desperate to leave home, signed up for the army with his friend, Ernie. Both boys were underage and despite slight misgivings, they were unaware of what horrors awaited them or the enormity and terrible consequences of their decision.

Gwyneth Griffiths’ Secret means a life on the run from an abusive husband.

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Another author with a new book on the shelves is Dariel Raye with Outreach: An Orlosian Warriors Novella which was published at the end of July.

About Outreach

Broken dreams, an ancient enigma tainted by the past, and a mystical bond beyond time and space.

Thrilled about receiving funding for her new outreach program, Jaci meets Andreus and embarks on a journey wrought with mystery and answers to questions that have plagued her for years.

Three years after the accident, Jaci Allen believes she is as lost now as she was the day she awakened to the sudden, tragic deaths of her husband and two-year old daughter. Throwing herself into her work has allowed her to avoid the reminders of her broken dreams, leaving her dangerously empty inside, always seeking…something.

Accused and convicted of the murder of his adoptive mother’s husband at the age of sixteen, Andreus admits his guilt, but acknowledges to himself that his memories of the night the abusive man was killed remain incomplete at best.
Meeting Jaci ignites the awakening of Andreus’ frightening special gifts – gifts he has not only tried to hide from the rest of the world, but from himself. Can two shattered souls find a way to heal one another?

One of the early reviews for Outreach

It is the first story I have read by Dariel Raye, and I am very impressed. She built the atmosphere of mystery and tension very well, and unveiled each piece of the puzzle in a way, that kept me on the edge of my seat. The story was fast paced, with a few twists and turns, and a couple of big surprises. Not knowing what Orlosian warriors were, that was a big one.

The characters were very interesting and complicated. Both Jaci and Andreus struggle with their traumatic past, hunted by the reassuring nightmares, but feeling an instant bond the moment they met. It was very easy to care about both of them, about their tragedies and what they will face in the future. I liked them very much, and would love to read about them again.

The whole premise of the Orlosian universe and who they were was fascinating. I loved following Andreus’ awaking, from a vague feeling of being different, to fully embracing his powers. And the electricity between Jaci and Andreus was wonderful.

Highly recommended to any paranormal romance lover. Or to anybody, who would like to try this genre. I was hooked from the beginning to the end and would love to read more about this universe.

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Also by Dariel Raye

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The final author today with a new book being released shortly is Mary Clark with the second book in the Leila Payson series – Racing the Sun. It is on pre-order for

About Racing the Sun

Leila and her friends are back with more adventures in Racing The Sun, a short novel and sequel to Miami Morning. Leila works to start her new group, bringing together people of varying abilities. She meets Doug, a paraplegic, who wants to design and build better wheelchairs. With Leila’s support he prepares to debut his new chair at a local race. Leila’s relationship with Mark evolves, and she discovers both her father and mother have secret lives.

Leila’s friend Dov goes to Cuba in search of his new love, the hunky bird guide, Nìco. Cran, the father of Leila’s friend Charles, and husband of the erstwhile Berry, loves his vintage cars. After a racing accident, his life takes a different course. Leila and Mark visit Africa, where they have both worked before. And what does Doug mean–and Leila understand–when he says he feels like he’s racing the sun?

The book is at a very special pre-order price until August 22nd:

Also by Mary Clark

One of the excellent reviews for the first book in the series – Miami Morning

Miami Morning is an excellently written novel that is a “must read” for anyone who has been involved in the educational system. It is a book that would be highly enjoyed by anyone who is or ever has been a teacher, student, or parent. Since I have been all three at one time or another, I truly loved reading this book and savored the experience by stretching it out a few weeks. The author, Mary Clark, has divided the book into very short chapters (usually only a couple of pages each), and so I was able to enjoy making this book part of my morning wake-up-to-the-world ritual by starting each day with a relaxing read of a couple of chapters, along with a cup of coffee.

The main character is Leila Payson, a Social Studies teacher in Miami, who goes to South Africa to teach and learns the importance of listening to the people with physical challenges that she served as though they were “equal citizens” of the community rather than “her students” or “disabled.” When she brings this lesson of compassionate perspective back to Miami and applies it in her teaching there, she is able to help resolve a number of challenges that students share with her, including those who are struggling with problems like drug addiction and life issues like disabilities including hearing impairment. As she weaves through these challenges with her students, the reader is privy to both her inner philosophical dialogues and profound communications with students and colleagues. I thought that the highlight of the book was in the deep questions brought up concerning the importance of a strong community for a person facing hearing impairment. She makes a psychologically powerful case that no one overcomes adversity without help from others.

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and check these new books out.. thanks Sally

My interview with author Dariel Raye on her blog today

Delighted and honoured to have been interviewed by Dariel Raye today on her blog – I hope you will head over…


2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What were some of your first steps toward making your dream a reality? How would you say most of your books are conceived? Dreams? Research? Experience?

I began writing poetry when I was about ten but I use the term poetry loosely! I was an obsessive reader however from about the age of six and I was into the classics such as War and Peace consumed when I was 12 and had chicken pox. In 1964 I bought my first Wilbur Smith book and having lived in South Africa was immediately swept up in the family sagas and adventures. I got itchy fingers and began jotting down notes for stories and poems. My mother told me that I had an overactive imagination which used to get me into dreadful scrapes. I blame Wilbur Smith.

Life intruded as it does when you leave school, go to college and then go out to work. I was told to put fanciful stuff on a shelf and get on with earning a living. Which I did until I was 43 years old. I gave up working for other people and retrained as a nutritional therapist. My first book was about me and my struggles with weight (at 43 I had weighed 150kilo or 330lbs). I designed my own weight loss programme and discarded 150 unnecessary pounds in the process. It began as a journal and was never meant to be read by anyone else, but as soon as I held my first book in my hands I knew this was something I could do for the rest of my life. I have been an Indie author for the last 15 years and have absolutely no regrets.

3. I noticed that you write in multiple genres. What are the pros and cons, if any, of writing in more than one genre, particularly fiction and non-fiction?

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New Book Fanfare – Destiny’s Favor (Orlosian Warriors Bk.2) by Dariel Raye

New book fanfare

Today the featured book is Destiny’s Favor (Orlosian Warriors Bk. 2) by Dariel Raye. The book is on Pre-Order for release on July 21st and judging by the success and reviews for Dariel’s previous books, Destiny’s Favor is going to be very popular.

Destiny's Favor cover via Cora Blu

About the book.

His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his.
Imagine meeting a man who looks like an angel, wings and all? What would you do if this man told you he existed with only one purpose – to claim you and only you?

Destiny Carter is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, who finds herself in that age old quandary, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” A string of lackluster relationships leave her hopeless and ready to settle…Until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s life, and instinctively, she knows this is just the beginning.

Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.

When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, he will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.

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A selection of other books by Dariel Raye



What the readers are saying.

Format: Kindle Edition

Sable, a sentinel wolf-shifter who has lived his whole life protecting other shifters, leaves his home to find his twin sister. They grew up alone because their parents died when they were young, so they have always depended on each other. The ones they protect don’t care about them because they’re different, so they can’t mate with any of them. Sable stumbles on a plot to experiment on his kind and gets poisoned so he can’t shift back to a man at will.

He escapes from the lab, and someone sees him and calls the animal shelter. They’re about to have him “put down” when one of the staff calls her friend, a vet, to come save him. Akila grew up with animals, and trusts them more than people. She notices how beautiful he is the moment she sees him, but she also notices that he’s a wolf. A black wolf with blue eyes, and he shouldn’t be in city limits. She owns a no-kill shelter, but she likes him so much, she takes him home with her instead of taking him to her shelter.

The poison doesn’t last in his system long, and he shifts back, but leaves Akila so she doesn’t see him again until he’s a man. She wonders why he “seems so familiar,” but can’t put her finger on it. One thing leads to another, and in his search for his sister, he ends up making a full circle back to Akila, asks her out, and things really get spicy after that. The attraction is raw, and the sex had me fanning myself. I fell in love with Sable, and Akila was easy to like. She was smart and kind. Some other supporting characters were introduced that I’d like to know more about. There was really nothing I didn’t like about this book. I read it in one day. I’m looking forward to the next one. Five stars.

Wow! By Catrina Barton on February 11, 2013 TorinFormat: Kindle Edition

Torin DuMont is larger than life, and commands attention from the first moment we meet him. He’s brash and very much an alpha male.

Stephanie Bates is a hard-butt Real Estate Attorney, with some issues of her own to work out.
From their first meeting these two bring out the best, and worst in each other.

Their exciting adventure is full of many unexpected twists. The book will grab your attention and run away with it. Dariel Raye certainly knows how to keep the pages turning. A little over descriptive at times, but that only adds to her unique writing style.

Overall Torin is a wonderful addition to the Dark Sentinel Series. Readers who enjoyed the first one {Sable}, will be blown away by this sequel.
Well done, Dariel.

Other reviews can be found on the individual books via Dariel’s Amazon Author Page along with their buy links:  Amazon Author Page.

About Dariel Raye.


Dariel is an animal lover who writes IR/MC (interracial/multi-cultural) paranormal and dark urban fantasy romance. She is presently writing a shifter series, “Dark Sentinels,” a reluctant hell-dweller series, “Kushiel’s Keep,” two Nephilim series with vampire-like heroes, “Orlosian Warriors” and “Cain’s Progeny,”Lifegivers,” a paranormal romance series with a variety of beings, a crossover paranormal thriller shifter trilogy with romantic elements, “Gateway,” and an erotic fantasy newsletter serial. To learn more about Dariel and her books connect via her blog and her social media.

 Dariel on the Web

Dariel’s Blog        Dariel’s Website

Dariel’s Newsletter         Dariel on Twitter

Facebook Page  Dariel’s Amazon Author Page

Dariel on Goodreads      Dariel on Tumblr    Dariel on Tsu 

Thanks for dropping it would be really great if you would share Dariel’s upcoming release and work so far. Sally