Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Malia Ann Haberman, David Lawlor and Geoff Le Pard

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update. The first author with a recent review is Malia Ann Haberman for her book Letters from an American Soldier: A True Love Story told through real Love Letters. The letters were written by Malia Ann’s father who was fighting in the Korean War to her mother..

About the book

These AMAZING love letters will take you inside the mind, heart, and soul of an American Soldier while he’s training then fighting overseas in the Korean War. They’re real, and personal, and heartbreaking, and heartwarming. They’re filled with deep, raw emotions that are hard to replicate in fiction. They show how war can change a person.
These letters really are incredibly awesome. Grab a copy and give it a read. I promise, you won’t be sorry.

One of the recent reviews for the book

A very sweet story. on October 22, 2017

A real life love story through the eyes of a soldier during the Korean war. Letter by letter, the reader can imagine what life must have been like for those stationed far away from loved ones in a time when communication took days or weeks. Bill’s love and desire to be with his darling Nita is so sweetly and authentically expressed. It makes you want to read “just one more letter,” and before you know it, the book is as hard to put down as any fictional romance novel.

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Time to catch up with another author David Lawlor with a review for his latest book Patriot’s Blood (A Liam Mannion Book Four)

About the book

It’s 1922 and Liam Mannion is in despair as Ireland tears itself apart in a bloody civil war.
Friends and families split over the terms of the treaty that ended the battle with the British. Unwilling to fight old comrades, Liam refuses to take sides.

His fiancée Kate has thrown herself into the new conflict. She can’t accept Liam’s decision to remain neutral and their relationship falters.

Meanwhile, The Watchman – an assassin whose mission Liam previously foiled – is back in Ireland on a murder spree, targeting the couple’s closest friends and allies, including the new state’s Commander-in-Chief, Michael Collins.

Liam is soon drawn further into the war as he finds himself in a desperate race to protect those he loves from a psychopath intent on killing them all.

A recent review for the book

Excellent on September 28, 2017

I was delighted to find the Liam Mannion series continued.

After the peace treaty of Michael Collins with the English, some Irish feel that he sold them out and so the Irish conflict continues and again ‘brothers’ are fighting each other, although it is a less open civil war.

Liam won’t fight his former comrades, he’d only fight the English. But his girlfriend Kate fights on Michael Collins side, while at the same time there’s a lone killer, Branwen, taking out ‘traitors’.

He’s coming after Kate and Liam, so Liam can’t avoid getting involved.

Lawlor writes great dialogue, authentic settings and excellent suspense. Scene setting seems to come to him effortlessly. The novel is skillfully written and full of accurate historical details. The characters are well chosen with their individual backgrounds to illustrate the conflict, the various viewpoints taken and the intense tragedy of a civil war.

I found it very moving to see the conflict and its unfolding. The story is gripping, chilling with its depiction of violence, especially as it’s between people sharing so much of the same goals. This truly is an excellent series that I can’t recommend highly enough.

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A couple of updates for Geoff Le Pard.. Another new cover for one of his books and a new book due on November 30th available for pre-order.

First a brand new cover for Life in a Grain Of Sand.

About the book

These 30 short stories are a mixture of genres and points of view: they cover horror, espionage, through thrillers, humour, romance and MG. There is something for everyone. They were written in a month, one a day, approximately 1667 words each. They can be read over breakfast and will have you laughing and crying, thinking and cringing.

One of the reviews for the book

An entertaining read on September 8, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

Life in a grain of sand, a collection of short stories, is the result of an amusing project: the author, Goeff Le Pard, set himself the target of producing one story a day for a month. The anthology makes for an entertaining read, including something for every taste.
Some of the characters such as members of the Dongle family and the picturesque Mrs. Pickwick show up more than once, so that I became quite fond of them.
A murderer, a grandmotherly ghost, a man living in a blackboard, a secret agent, assorted allotment-holders and children. A war story. A little fantasy and sci-if. One of my literary heroes, Samuel Pepys, even makes an appearance – what more could I ask?

I gave it five stars because it achieves exactly what it sets out to do. Well-written, amusing, varied.

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And due on November 30th and available for pre-order...Life in a Flash

About the book

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.

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Thank you for dropping in today and please go and explore these books and their authors further.. Thanks Sally


Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Tan: A Story of Exile, Betrayal and Revenge by David Lawlor

A warm welcome to David Lawlor and his book Tan: A Story of Exile, Betrayal and Revenge which is the first book in the Liam Mannion Story.

About Tan

‘Peelers have a knack for hitting you where it hurts; broken nose, bruised ribs, a few loosened teeth…no more than a rapist deserved, Sergeant Coveney and District Inspector Webber had said. Proper order, too – except the lad was no rapist, and Webber knew it.’

It’s 1914 and Liam Mannion is forced into exile for a crime he didn’t commit. He flees Balbriggan, the only home he has ever known and travels to England, where he enlists and endures the torment of trench warfare in France. Five years later he’s back in England, a changed man, living in the shadow of his battlefield memories. Liam finds work in a Manchester cotton mill but prejudice and illness soon see him destitute. Starving and desperate, he enlists in a new military force heading to Ireland – the Black and Tans – and is posted to the very town he fled as a youth.

While he has been away Liam’s childhood friends have joined the republican cause, while his brother has allied himself to the Crown forces. Liam must wrestle with his own conflicted feelings about duty to the ruthless Tans and loyalty to his friends. The potent combination of ambition, patriotism and betrayal collide, forcing him to act as he comes face to face with the man who spread lies about him all those years before.

One of the excellent reviews for Tan

An author faces a monumental task when writing historical fiction. If one historical fact is wrong or an anachronism appears, the reader is likely to put aside the book in favor of one that achieves historical accuracy tempered with believable dialogue, heightened tension, and sympathetic, yet flawed, heroes.

If you are a reader of historical fiction who requires accuracy, suspense, and flawed, yet heroic main characters, then I suggest you read Tan – A Story of Exile, Betrayal and Revenge by David Lawlor.

Set in England and then Ireland in the year after the end of World War I, Tan explores war from a closer view immediately following Liam Mannion’s release from the English Army in 1919. Here’s a guy forced to leave Ireland at a young age because of an act he witnessed after a night of drinking at a friend’s wedding. It’s here where the conflict of the story begins when the evil Webber blames and accuses the young Liam of an indecent act against a virtuous married woman. Webber’s fiction that forces Liam into exile begins a whole series of events that mark Liam for life.

Liam heads to England in 1914 and ends up in the English army fighting in France during the majority of World War I.

When Liam eventually heads back to England after the horrid and putrid rot of dead bodies that made up his memory of the war, he ends up in an insufferable situation which leads him to homelessness, and then worse, as an officer of the crown as a member of the powerful and often repressive Black and Tan. Liam turns a blind eye to the atrocious behavior of his English comrades, only until it becomes evident that his loyalty to the Black and Tan extracts too high of a rent for clean clothes and warm bowl of soup.

Lawlor captures the uncertainty of the times through the examination of Liam’s uncertain future as he’s thrust into situations beyond his control. Precise and graphic descriptions of life in England and Ireland post-World War I show that despite the end of a tragic war on the mainland of Europe, Ireland faced an even greater war at home with the invasion and intrusion of the Tans.

I fell in love with Lawlor’s descriptions of the setting in Tan as I lost myself in the world of the Irish fighting for their lives and their homeland. Here’s an example of Lawlor’s powerful descriptive talent:

“They leaned against the viaduct’s promenade rail, looking out on their hometown, watching the slow huff of a steam engine as it trundled into the station, the smell of the sea mingling with the coke from Cumisky’s coal yard beneath them.”

It’s filled with contrast and detail that employ the senses to show the reader that the situation and the setting are both beautiful and polluted.

Tan is both tender and violent as the reader is drawn into the abyss of angry revenge and the love and loyalty of friends and family. It also shows that being born into a family does not guarantee such loyalty. The character of the individual breeds the kind of loyalty that would take a bullet and shoot a bullet to protect and exact revenge.

I highly recommend Tan if you like to lose yourself into another world in the past of one hundred years ago on the soil of Ireland, bloodied from wars and stained with tears.

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About David Lawlor

David Lawlor has been a journalist for over 20 years. He has written four historical fiction novels, Tan, The Golden Grave and A Time of Traitors, set in the 1920s during the Irish War of Independence and following the character Liam Mannion.

David is also a book editor – copy and content editing.

He lives in Wicklow, Ireland, with his wife and four children.

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Thank you for dropping by today and I hope that you will explore David’s books and his blog. Thanks Sally

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