Welcome to spring….. and there might be a hint of colour in the garden, as daffodils push their way to the surface, but there is plenty of colour on the shelves of the bookstore that I thought I would share with you over the next week.
If you are looking for you next book to read then look no further than these talented authors and over 600 books currently on the shelves.
Instead of the usual Cafe and Bookstore updates on Friday and Monday.. I will be featuring a number of authors each day with their updated reviews.
I will give you their listing which also includes a link to buy the books but also discover others that they have written but are not listed. You will also find a link to their website or blog to find out more information, and as you can imagine… they write great posts too.
Here is the next ten featured authors from the Cafe and Bookstore.
A recent review for The Connoisseur
A unique book with an original story (finally!). The characters develop in depth in a great way and the plot thickens and gives you some “aha” points!
Adventure and fantasy elements are strong to the point that they make you want to visit these places (even though they are not real locations, unfortunately).
Another great thing is that it also includes LGBT characters so anyone can identify with at least one of the characters’ stories.
J. Hope Suis, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mid-Life-Joyride-Love-Single-Lane/dp/0999479903
A recent review for Mid-Life Joyride
I went to a public reading and book signing and bought an autographed copy of this book. I love the humor the author weaves throughout her book, the travel/joyride theme, and her transparency as she shares personal experiences. Lots of good tips in here. It’s important to live your life to its fullest ,no matter what your marital status is!
Please visit Amazon or Lyn’s website to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Tempting Adam
CR ChinAmazon CustomerI always think the latest book is better then the last and Tempting Adam is no different March 17, 2018
Lyn Horner never fails to surprise with each new book in this Romancing the Guardians’s series. I always think the latest book is better then the last and Tempting Adam is no different. Adam is helping farmers in Africa learn new farming techniques when he spies Elie, a nurse he fell in love with in Peru and then abandoned for her own sake. He has special gift that if known could get her killed by those who seek to use it and gain access to the Guardian scroll he protects. But this time Ellie isn’t going to take no for answer and when Adam’s worst fear comes true, he has no choice but to run to safety with his true mate.
Lyn sets us in a new and exciting country with each of her books and her research is fascinating, not intrusive to the story. I can’t wait for book eight when all the Guardians and their mates go up against the Hell Hounds together.
One of the recent reviews for Circumstances of Childhood
“Circumstances of Childhood” is written in the unique style of Mr. Howell and was a book that kept me up late into the night reading! Greg and Keith are childhood friends and Greg ends up living with Keith’s family. They play football together creating new plays and plan out their future. Unfortunately, only one of them make it to live those dreams. When one of them is killed in an accident, the other one goes on to be successful–with a happily ever after. But, that happy ending is ripped away when money is stolen from Greg’s company and his life falls apart. Parts of the storyline are told from Greg’s prospective and the rest by Keith. I loved the bond created between the two, who were like brothers, that existed beyond death. Choices that are made can affect the characters for the rest of eternity. This is a perceptive and an exciting read with a whodunit mixed in. It’s a skillfully written story with well-rounded characters that I couldn’t help but care about. The storyline kept me engaged until the last page with some unexpected twists. Although, this is a different type of story than Mr. Howell’s John Canon series, it is worthy of your read if you enjoyed that series like I did. This has become my favorite book from this author. I highly recommend!
The introductory chapter of Wall of War, “1953” had me so captivated from the beginning that I don’t think I exhaled until the last full stop. Mr. Hudson has done an admirable job of tightening up the script, omitting a lot of needless details about various types of boats, planes, communication systems and weapons that the casual reader might find bothersome. (However, if you are a globetrotting mercenary or imagine being one, then you’ll appreciate the details he does provide!)
That’s all I can tell you without getting into “spoilers”! What I can tell you that with Wall of War, you have an excellent story that doesn’t get bogged down at any point and keeps the reader turning page after page. The action takes place almost exclusively in Peru, so there’s no continent-jumping and forgetting who is where and so on. Wall of War is a taut, intriguing, action-filled adventure novel perfect for long winter nights (or summer beach reading). Mr. Hudson has set the bar high for himself if a third installment in the Drake Alexander series is planned. Four stars at Goodreads.
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Buy : http://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S
Please visit Amazon or Deanie’s website to view all her books.
A recent review for My Life at Sweetbriar
My Life at Sweetbrier, is author, Deanie Dunne’s recounting of life at her childhood home–a horse farm in Connecticut. Deanie was born with cerebral palsy. For most people, that would be enough to deter them from ever riding a horse. But not for Deanie. Thanks to her father’s “can do” philosophy, Deanie became a skilled rider, winning many riding competitions. It wasn’t without challenges, though. Deanie shares the adversities she had to overcome and offers encouragement for others to do the same.
Written in a conversational style, readers can feel that Deanie is talking directly to them. Sprinkled throughout the book are photographs of Deanie as a young child andteenager with her horses. Young readers, ages 8-12, especially those who love horses, will enjoy this book. The message of perseverance even in the face of obstacles is an important one for everyone to learn. An inspiring book, highly recommended.
An Extract from one of the recent reviews for Outshine
I am often hesitant to read memoirs or autobiographies, especially those of a medical nature, because I worry that they will contain medical jargon that will cause the story to be more sterile and statistical than compelling. This was definitely NOT one of those books.
The author chose to go a different route and focus more on her emotional journey through ovarian cancer rather than the medical side of it. I very much appreciated that. Her words of wisdom, encouragement, and strength poured through every single page to the level that anyone who is going through any turmoil or tough situation can relate to. That’s powerful writing talent!
A recent review for What Did I Do.
Wow! What a read … and what a story. This book is so well written, it reads more like a novel. It’s a pager turner alright. The story is hard to take only because of the abuse described. Mister Jackson has had one remarkable life. From the horrible home situation, to his resilience, to his trumpet playing, to his time in Vietnam (which I wish he had gone into more detail on), to his coming to grips with all the shit he had to take over the years.
Well played, Mister Jackson.
Sandra J. Jackson, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY
A recent review for Playing in the Rain.
I knew this was a dystopian book before I bought it, but it is one of the strangest books I think I’ve read. Half of it is spent in an cleansed, stark white facility and the rest is spent in a dank and dirty wooden house.
The most compelling part is the relationship of the sisters who begin to remember bits and pieces of their childhood after being drugged with things to make them forget.
It is not my usual type of read, but this author does a very good job with descriptions to place you with the girls as they battle a nut job of a guy named Cecil. He wants something from unknown persons, presumably their parents, and is using them as a bargaining chip.
All this, after and attempt to control the world fails. I suppose more will be revealed in the next book.
One of the recent reviews for The Prince’s Man
Deborah Jay has taken the usual supernatural players of elves, trolls, were-animals, elementals, etc. thrown in the political shenanigans of monarchies in a feudal society reminiscent of the Tudor period, some swords, sorcery, a touch of Tolkien and now has lots of territory to explore into a series beyond the two books currently available. You go,girl!
Thank you for dropping in today and I will be back tomorrow with ten more talented authors from the Cafe and Bookstore.. Thanks Sally