Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – D. G. Kaye, Deborah A. Bowman and Linda Bradley


Welcome to the first of the updates for autho’s in the bookstore this week and before I get started just a reminder that D.G. Kaye has her book Words We Carry FREE for the next couple of days.

Head over to download your copy:  https://www.amazon.com/Words-We-Carry-Obsession-Self-Esteem-ebook/dp/B00OQJGE42 and dowload your copy.

Our first update is for Deborah A. Bowman with Annie’s Story: Blessed with a Gift which was released earlier this year.

About Annie’s story

This story of love and faith by “different” people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about a dwarfed, mentally slow child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift” from the Spiritual Universe. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Annie’s message is timeless, and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” in the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs.

Factual research has confirmed what many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done in the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. JOIN THE ANNIE MOVEMENT to continue the fight for women’s rights, cure birth defects, and stop bullying. Have perceptions changed all that much since the mid-1600s? Have they changed enough? Sadly, they have not. Purchase the book to support women and children. Please, write a review and contact the author. Fundraiser opportunities available.

A recent review for Annie’s story

A unique story on June 25, 2017

Annie’s Story provides a unique insider’s look into the world of newly emigrated people, the Scots, to a free land where they could safely continue worshipping their faith—Catholicism. For Annie, born into a world where one’s physical differences and abilities were considered the child of the devil, it was life threatening.

Annie was raised by her grandmother, a renowned Scottish healer, after her parents died from the plague. This story highlights the hardships endured by immigrants in a world vastly different to their own, who contend with harshness of the land, weather and hiding their beliefs from their neighbours—the Puritans.

Annie was a dwarf and a healer, born in the mid-17th century in Colonial America. Her family left Scotland to avoid the harsh and imperial rule of the English King Charles II, migrated to Massachusetts Bay area, not far from a Puritan settlement. Her grandmother, taught Annie the art and skills of ‘pagan’ medicine after witnessing her miraculously heal a man who almost died.

Annie’s grandmother, her best friend Janey, her parents and the Scottish community protect and shield Annie from outsiders, who don’t understand her physical and mental disabilities. The young girl heals a boy from the Puritan township, which they later become friends and then fall in love.

One of the subjects I am not overly familiar with is American history. The Civil War was perhaps its greatest exponents, as was Abraham Lincoln, and so when I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I read historical fiction, but tend to go for books that predate Christianity.

What intrigued and drew me to the story was that it was premised on a past-life regression, in this case, the author’s. Bowman prefaces the book with background information that she underwent an “age” regression, and in follow up sessions, learnt she lived in another time and went by the name of Annie. The book has facts interwoven within the story, about Annie, the period and the way people who were different were treated. It is evident a great deal of research has gone into the story, describing what life was like during Colonial America for migrants, the Indians and how the Puritans lived.
The use of Scottish phrases and terms is great and it remains true to the characters, but I would have preferred a glossary at the end of the book rather than the explanation within the narrative.

For readers who know little about America’s early history, Annie’s Story is a good introduction to life during a period of unrest in Colonial America. For those who know a lot more, you will enjoy the various historical elements that feature in this story.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman/dp/1520487398

Also by Deborah A. Bowman

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

Read other reviews and follow Deborah on Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman

Connect with Deborah via her blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com

The next update is for Linda Bradley and the third book in her Montana Bound Series: Maggie’s Montana which has received some great recent reviews.

About Maggie’s Montana

Maggie Abernathy, best friend Judy, and Judy’s two young sons travel cross country to visit John McIntyre and daughter Chloe at their Montana ranch. Maggie’s convinced herself that she’s only making the trip to fulfill her promise to visit Chloe, but once there she can’t help but fall in love with the horses, the land, the ranch, and the Montana ways of life. With Chloe’s loving antics, Winston’s gift, and a handful of wranglers showing her the ropes, will Maggie have the heart to say goodbye?

One of the recent reviews on Amazon

I enjoyed this series and the people Bradley brought to life. I have known everyone of them at different times. The story was romantic in it’s restraint, with desire. I do get a little bored with some romance novels repeating the same scene, different people. I also have lost 2 great friends as well as my mother and grandmother to cancer. Sometimes when everything you care about caves in, after the shock, you have to dig yourself out and up. Only you can decide to try to love again. And if you are lucky enough, you will say yes again and again to children, animals, family and friends. But when you find a really good man, a partner, you will understand that it is by far the most Important decision you will ever make, even the second time around.

A recent review on Goodreads

Debbie Oliphant rated it 5 stars.

I was pleasantly surprised by this series and it is highly recommended to read the three books. It is so worth it. The pace of the series keeps you engaged and by the third instalment, I found myself trying to slow my pace so I can savor the ending.

Maggie has battled and survived cancer during the same time her husband leave her. She is unsettled and doesn’t believe happiness is in her future and if it is, could she take the risk of a broken heart. It is during these changes that she befriends a precocious seven year old girl who attaches herself to her. Maggie can’t seem to shake little Chloe and the two find they have a bond. Chloe is finding a place in Maggie’s heart and soon Chloe father, John, is finding his place, too.

This journey was wonderful and you’re elated as Maggie and John find their way to o e another and you’re cheering for both of them because they deserve this second chance, but the real gem is the relationship between Maggie and Chloe. Chloe has wisdom beyond her years and is so self aware and she seems to find the right words and feelings to reach Maggie. I loved how the story took its time as you begin to love these characters as the author intended

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Maggies-Montana-Bound-Book-ebook/dp/B01M6VA5J1

Also by Linda Bradley

Read all the reviews and buy the series: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Bradley/e/B00JUIS2FS

Read more reviews and follow Linda on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6498473.Linda_Bradley

Connect to Linda via her website: http://www.lindabradleyauthor.com

Thanks for dropping in today and please help share the reviews for these authors far and wide.. thanks Sally

Are you an author in the Cafe and Bookstore? – Have you recently released a new book or are about to? Have you recently received great reviews? Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Deborah A. Bowman, Gigi Sedlmayer and Nicholas Rossis


Welcome to the first of the Cafe & Bookstore updates this week. If you are an author in the bookstore then please let me know when you have a new release or would like to share a great review…or if your book is on offer. All the details for the promotions are in this link.

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The first featured author is Deborah A. Bowman with her book Annie’s Story, Blessed with a Gift, released in January 2017.

About Annie’s Story, Blessed with a Gift

“Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” is based on life in Colonial Massachusetts from 1630 to 1648. Annie’s message is timeless and her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” with the treatment, abuse, labeling, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Yet, have perceptions changed all that much? Have they changed enough? The answer is a resounding, “No!”

Annie came to me in an age regression that somehow slipped into a past-life regression by an Instructor of The National Guild of Hypnotists. Instead of returning to my childhood—WHAM! like hitting a brick wall—I was in someone else’s body, crushed in a pitch black hole, surrounded by wood and earth. This is how I met Annie; or rather I should say, I became Annie.

The Colonists laughed at Annie’s dwarfed appearance and sluggish way of talking. My conscious mind of the 21st century, however, realized that Annie was mentally slow, stunted in growth, and lacking in social and emotional development. I also knew she was innocent and childlike as well as an incredible telepathic savant, blessed with a gift from the Spiritual Universe. Hence, began a quest that has spanned years. I made amazing discoveries about a time in American history that many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done with the Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. This story of love and faith, coupled with the inequality of different people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift.”

A recent review for Annie’s Story.

I read this book a couple of months ago. It is the story of a little girl who was born in the 17th century in North Eastern United States, a time of trouble, war, fury, cold, hunger, suffering, sorrow and a lot of joy too. The little girl seemed to be immune to most of the negative human emotions that trouble human beings. She was brought up lovingly and with care by her grandma, she having lost her parents as she was born. But having been blessed with a sixth sense and the ability to perceive things which are not in the dimensions we human beings know, she was far advanced for her age, time and space. She was well versed in native medicine as was her grandma.

Times were hard but Annie, the little girl grew up as a Blythe spirit. She was physically handicapped but mentally she had the development of people far beyond other human beings. In addition she could speak to animals and nature.

This story is about love, and hope and courage and survival.

It gives us hope that in spite of all ills and disabilities, man can still live and live well. Dorothy Bowman the writer writes in a clear language and has done her research into the time period well. She has tried to use the language of the times and that increases the authenticity of the content.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Story-Blessed-Deborah-Bowman-ebook/dp/B01N9NRYMU

Also by Deborah A. Bowman

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

Connect to Deborah via her blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com

My next update is for Gigi Sedlymayer and her series Talon. All the books have received terrific reviews but Talon, Connected has had two excellent ones in the last couple of weeks.

About Talon, Connected.

Talon, Connected, the fourth book inthe Talon series. In this book you’ll find Matica feels more mature andresponsible. She also begins to understand the idea of getting older andpassing away. This is a great story of love, trust and how families and groupsare connected.

The characters of Talon, Tamo andTima are recognized as being members of the family, they are all connected, asElcano, the elder of the village said just before he died. They are remarkablebirds. Crayn, for one, admits the birds saved his life.

Two of the most recent reviews for Connected.

When Matica’s Dad Crayn is gravely injured by a large spider that bites him twice, the Condors come to the rescue. They bring him the mysterious healing leaves which save his life. What are these special healing leaves? Where do the Condors find them? Matica wonders how the Condors know what the leaves do and how to use them. She meets with the village eldest and wisest man Elcano, who tells her ‘we are all connected to each other, Matica’s family and the Condors’. What a wonderful thought! I loved reading how the birds are intelligent, caring and playful. Danger is back as the poachers have returned, and they want the Condors. Will they get them? I received this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

Gigi Sedlmayer has written another remarkable tale about Matica and her family. Matica adores her family, her friends, and her amazing condor birds. She and the birds have an incredible connection. They keep astounding the Indians, and even Matica’s parents, and younger brother with their understanding and wisdom. Will the “You know who” capture Talon, Tima, or Tamo? Readers of every age will keep turning the pages, eager to see what happens next. In this story, we are reminded “We are all connected.” Those are wise words, don’t you think? This is a heartwarming, engaging tale with many words of wisdom. I highly recommend it. Congratulations, Gigi on completing another remarkable story. Thank you for sharing your gift with so many others. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Connected-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/dp/B00HY4ISJU

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

Connect to Gigi via her new website: http://gigised.com/

The final update today is for Nicholas Rossis and Pearseus: Endgame the final book in the Pearseus epic fantasy series

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About Endgame

Cyrus will risk everything to gain back his throne. But new enemies are waiting for him; enemies that will stop at nothing to destroy humanity once and for all. With the Capital invading Anthea and the north in turmoil, every step of the journey is fraught with peril. In a world falling apart, can Cyrus and his friends prevent humanity’s extinction?

One of the most recent reviews for the book and the series.

I got an Advance Review Copy but didn’t manage to get to this book until mid January. With much anticipation, having thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series, I finally got started. Because a fair amount of time had passed since reading the preceding books, I had to reread them to more fully appreciate this one. So buy the set; don’t try to read this as a standalone. What stands out about this series is the character development and the conflict between the characters. It’s epic fiction of a sort without the massive complexity of GRR Martin’s A song of Ice and Fire. You can actually follow the characters.

Much like with other books that end a series, I felt both eager and sad for the resolution to come. For me, it’s hard for any author to end a series well–no matter who they are and how much I enjoyed what came before.This conclusion to the series moved along at a faster pace than the books that preceded it. On that note, some new characters introduced in this book may seem less developed or as accessible. But I still strongly recommend it and the entire series as very well written, readable and entertaining.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Endgame-book-epic-fantasy-ebook/dp/B01N5AKBU6

Endgame is also available as part of a bundle for the series – and a small selection of Nicholas’s other books.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA

Connect to Nicholas via his website: http://nicholasrossis.me/

Thank you for dropping by and the next update is Friday.. If you have some news you would like to share or an offer on one of your books please let me know as soon as possible.  sally.cronin@moyhill.com  Thanks

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series by Deborah A. Bowman


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Today the featured author is Deborah A. Bowman and a look at the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series beginning with Stroke of Fear. This book is age appropriate for teens, young adults and adults interested in the paramormal.

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Stroke of Fear starts off with a bang! Denise Ryder is in the midst of a gruesome car accident. She’s thrown against the door, pitched to the floor, twisted upside-down, falling, as she claws her way out of a shattered window. She hears loud crashes, hysterical screams, screeching metal, and the voices of two dear friends. Her stomach heaves, and she’s choking, gagging, can’t breathe! Blood is everywhere.

10 YEARS LATER: Pleasant memories of her childhood. She grins at the antics of the two sisters, different as night and day. Denny is just waking up from a soothing, happy dream. She’s had “dreams come true” since she was a child. Sounds like a fairy tale, right? Wrong! It’s her nightmares from that come to life! Yet, she does everything in her power to deny the images.

Denny becomes embroiled in a missing child investigation. When a dream shows her where the boy is, she won’t let herself believe it. A twist of fate reveals that the dream “could” be true. She’s scared, but relieved that she can take action based on fact. She meets Detective Ted Collins, an investigator who doesn’t scoff at the paranormal. The two of them use facts, clues, and intuitive visions to piece the case together. Will they be able to save Jeremy?

A new piece of evidence pulls Denny into another horrific dream. She fears she’s had an out-of-body experience where she meets the psychopathic serial killer who feeds on the blood of innocent children. Denny isn’t even sure whether she believes in astral projection or not, but somehow she becomes caught between the dreamscape and reality. She knows she can’t be both places at the same time. Where does she go from here, and what about Jeremy?

Here is a review for the series as well as for Stroke of Fear.
 

The “STROKE OF” novella series is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. I don’t read a ton of Paranormal literature, but I’ve read enough to have covered most of the major tropes in the sub-genre. STROKE OF FEAR employs several common tropes to great effect, including a physically disabled psychic, lucid dreams, second sight, and dreams a harbingers of future (or current) events. What makes STROKE OF FEAR unique isn’t the setup or the characters, but rather the style of the writing and the way the story is told.

BOWMAN has found a way to marry some pretty dark thematic material to a lighthearted writing style. Somehow it works. I didn’t know what to think of it at first, but BOWMAN won me over, and by the time I finished this relatively short novella, I was ready to read the next two.

Though the author indicates that each of “STROKE OF” novellas is a standalone book, I found that they’re more a serialization of a longer plot arc that deals with a missing boy. Yes, each novella has a self-contained plot arc as well, but the three novellas are all required to finish the longer, most compelling plot line. Go into this first book knowing that you’ll need to buy the next two to have your curiosity satisfied fully.

These are interesting, unique novellas and worth the read if you enjoy paranormal. Even more so if you eschew gore; while the novellas don’t shy away from the darker aspects of the story, BOWMAN steers clear of anything too graphic, which I for one appreciated.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/STROKE-Novella-Denny-Ryder-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B00CFWYAX4

The other books in the series

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Also by Deborah A. Bowman

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Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

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About Deborah A. Bowman

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Deborah is also a professional editor and you can find out more about this essential writers resource here.  https://bowmanauthor.com/editorial-and-publishing-services/

Connect to Deborah on her blog and social media

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bowmanbooks
Blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bowmanauthor

Thank you for dropping by and please feel free to leave your feedback and to share Deborah’s work around the usual haunts.. thank you Sally

If you are not currently in the bookstore then it is very easy… here are the details of the promotions available for authors and bloggers on Smorgasbord.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

 

Christmas Grotto – Episode One, The Boy and the Shopkeeper: Delilah, Astral Investigator Infinity Series by Deborah A. Bowman


Christmas GrottoToday the books by Deborah A. Bowman and a feature on her latest book The Boy and the Shopkeeper, Book One of the Delilah, Astral Investigator Series. Definitely one for the Young Adults/Teen Paranormal, Fantasy and Time Travellers in your lives.

Episode One, The Boy and the Shopkeeper: Delilah, Astral Investigator Infinity Series

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About the book

A Paranormal Fantasy & Time-Travel/Astral Projection Novel for teens/YA/Adults!
Delilah (“Dee”), a modern teenager, saves the life of Bartholomew (“Bartie”), a Colonial American from 1774, unknowingly bringing him to the 21st century. Dee’s vivid dreams are really astral projections that she can’t control. Together with Dee’s intuitive cat, Mollie, the Astral Investigation Team returns to the past to aid the boy and the shopkeeper, who are caught in a time warp of death and betrayal. This is but the first episode of their adventures.

They will be able to travel back in time and to the future, never knowing where or when they’ll be going or how to help doomed souls. If they don’t stop the repetitive vicious cycle, these damaged, bitter entities will be reborn to destroy society as we know it. As the series begins, there is much they have to learn about each other and the astral plane. Can history be rewritten, even after the fact? Can the future be changed to prevent the predicted apocalypse? Not all souls can be saved, and some do not wish it. Join these Astral Investigators on their sojourns to different realities and other planes of existence.

What the readers are saying.

For those who want to travel to different worlds! By R. Corona on April 16, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition

This is a very interesting story about a dream traveler. The book touches on the concepts of lucid dreaming and astral projection. People that are interested in these topics will get to travel along with Delilah, the main character, and follow her experiences and the characters she meets along her adventures. Overall, the story is fun and different from most plots out there. However, the dialogue is sometimes difficult to understand due to the English dialect, but it fits very well with the storyline.

A delightful fantasy with a contemporary take on time travel … By Paul on October 28, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

A delightful fantasy with a contemporary take on time travel. A precocious modern teenager teams up with her mystical cat and an idealistic young man from the era of the American Revolution. Their mission to right wrongs where their astral projection dreams may find them. Future installments will likely be as sure to please inquisitive young minds.

Buy the book.

http://www.amazon.com/Episode-One-Boy-Shopkeeper-Investigator-ebook/dp/B00TVULOQY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Some other Books by Deborah A. Bowman

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Are you a creative person who loves the paranormal; The Spiritual Universe; ancient myths and legends; fantasy; and the healing, playful energy of pets/animals? You are not alone! Do you know someone that you would love to share a gift with that needs inspiration, motivation, personal growth, and meditation in their personal life or career? Quill and Ink is just the book for you or your creative friend or family member. Written in poetry, essays, short stories, this book opens with a song by the author and ends with a Creative Visualization for relaxation through the power of your mind. Even the cover is an original oil painting by the author. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Buy all of Deborah’s Books
http://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS

About Deborah A. Bowman

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Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Deborah is also a professional editor and you can find out more about this essential writers resource here. http://bowmanauthor.com/editorial-and-publishing-services/

Connect to Deborah on her blog and social media

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7980347.Deborah_A_Bowman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bowmanbooks
Blog: https://www.bowmanauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bowmanauthor

Thank you for dropping by and please feel free to leave your feedback and to share Deborah’s work around the usual haunts.. thank you Sally