Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 -#Memoir Brigid P. Gallagher, #Paranormal #Mystery Marcia Meara, #Dystopian Terry Tyler


Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet Brigid P. Gallagher

Brigid P. Gallagher aspired to becoming a doctor but it was not her destiny.
Instead she embarked on studies to become one of the first natural medicine practitioners in Scotland, eventually becoming a tutor for community projects, a woman’s prison, and the Open Studies and Summer Schools of Stirling University from 1993 to 1999.
In 1999, she relocated to Donegal, Ireland – the home of her ancestors. Four years later she succumbed to a mystery illness that was eventually diagnosed as fibromyalgia.

“Stopping the World” forced her to reassess her life, and creative writing became a significant aid in her recovery.

She eventually retrained in organic horticulture, worked in the glorious gardens of Glenveagh Castle, and inspired children and teachers to create organic school gardens. Brigid retired from teaching in the spring of 2016.

“Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” is her inspirational, self help and travel memoir. She has also contributed articles for Sixty and Me, Two Drops of Ink, The Mighty, WomELLE Magazine, plus Travel Stories and Highlights 2019.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I loved this book and applaud Gallagher’s courage and vulnerability in sharing her life story so far. Gallagher’s ability to share with her readers is natural and highlights her instinct on how she is living her life.

It takes courage to try different things and to slow down, dropping below the hubbub of noise and activity that is all around. She shows how this enabled her to make different choices, to discover healing techniques, which unearthed her intuition and life purpose in helping others to do the same.

I loved the descriptive world travels, therapies, peoples, healing and how they are linked to nature.

Gallagher has shared a wealth of loving life support in her book and may we all uncover the gift of ‘watching the daisies’ in our lives. Thank you, Brigid.  

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – and: Amazon US – Follow Brigid on : Goodreads – Blog: Watching the Daisies –

Meet Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years and four big cats.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?

A selection of books by Marcia Meara

One of the recent reviews for Summer Magic

Gwendolyn Plano 5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely collection of poems…  Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2021

My own interest in poetry led me to this collection of poems by Marcia Meara. “Summer Magic” is a poignant read, through moments both intimate and mystical. The poems capture elements of magic from childhood into adulthood, and especially through the summer months. I loved the ease with which stories were captured in verse. I loved the familiarity and natural beauty they embraced. I loved feeling at home with the author.  

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon USAnd : Amazon UK – Marcia Meara on: Goodreads – Blog:Marcia Meara WritesTwitter: @MarciaMeara

Meet Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler is the author of twenty-two books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘The Visitor’, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in the same world as her popular Project Renova series. She is currently at work on ‘Megacity’, the third and final book in her dystopian Operation Galton series, after which she may decide to write something a bit more cheerful. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 12th-17th century), along with books and documentaries on sociological/cultural/anthropological subject matter. She loves South Park, the sea, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the north east of England with her husband.

A small selection of books by Terry Tyler

One of the recent reviews for Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2)
forestlight 5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping reading…  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 May 2021

Loved this book which is the 2nd in the Operation Galton Series. A shocking glimpse into a dystopian future. A powerful corporation, a controlled society, megacities. And the wasteland, where the outcasts and free thinkers go. Great pace with twists and turns along the way. Thought provoking, disturbing and chilling too, as today’s society could easily head down this path (social media & technology controlled/manipulated soulless lives). Great plot, memorable characters, and convincing worldbuilding. Action and adventure with a gripping ending. Highly recommended.

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Terry Tyler: GoodreadsBlog: Terry Tyler Blogspot – Twitter:@TerryTyler4

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly News -#Dystopian Terry Tyler, #Historical Andrew Joyce, #Suspense #Mystery Harmony Kent


Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore weekly news with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Terry Tyler for Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2)

About the book

“Those who escape ‘the system’ are left to survive outside society. The fortunate find places in off-grid communities; the others disappear into the wasteland.”

The year: 2061. In the new UK megacities, the government watches every move you make. Speech is no longer free—an ‘offensive’ word reaching the wrong ear means a social demerit and a hefty fine. One too many demerits? Job loss and eviction, with free transport to your nearest community for the homeless: the Hope Villages.

Rae Farrer is the ultimate megacity girl – tech-loving, hard-working, law-abiding and content – until a shocking discovery about her birth forces her to question every aspect of life in UK Megacity 12.

On the other side of the supposedly safe megacity walls, a few wastelanders suspect that their freedom cannot last forever…

Wasteland is the stand-alone sequel to ‘Hope’, the second book in the Operation Galton series, and Terry Tyler’s twenty-first publication. A third and final book, ‘Megacity’, should be published in early-mid summer, 2021.

One of the recent reviews for the book

forestlight 5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping reading…  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 May 2021

Loved this book which is the 2nd in the Operation Galton Series. A shocking glimpse into a dystopian future. A powerful corporation, a controlled society, megacities. And the wasteland, where the outcasts and free thinkers go. Great pace with twists and turns along the way. Thought provoking, disturbing and chilling too, as today’s society could easily head down this path (social media & technology controlled/manipulated soulless lives). Great plot, memorable characters, and convincing worldbuilding. Action and adventure with a gripping ending. Highly recommended.  

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Terry Tyler: GoodreadsBlog: Terry Tyler Blogspot – Twitter:@TerryTyler4

The next author is Andrew Joyce with a recent review for his epic novel Yellow Hair

About the book

Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just as that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.

In this compelling, richly researched novel, author Andrew Joyce tells a story of epic endurance against all odds. From the first page to the last, fans of Dee Brown and W. Michael Gear will enjoy this riveting, historically accurate tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century. This is American history.

Awarded Book of the Year by Just Reviews.
Awarded Best Historical Fiction of 2016 by Colleen’s Book Reviews.

Andrew Joyce is the recipient of the 2013 Editors’ Choice Award for Best Western for his novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.

A recent review for the book

I got the paperback version of the book Yellow Hair by Andrew Joyce. Previously I read and absolutely loved his other books. I started with Mahoney and I was instantly caught up in the story about young Mr. Mahoney during the Irish potato famine. I loved it so much. I then continued reading 5 more of Andrew’s amazingly wonderful books. I really enjoy the way Andrew writes as he makes the characters really come to life. You feel their pain, joy, love, anger and every other human emotion imaginable. All of their struggles through life are real and very poignant.

Yellow Hair was an awesome read. It was full of historical information, adventure, deep love, resentful hate, and much, much more. There were many parts I hated reading because it depicted how humans could do such unbelievably terrible things to other humans.

I found this book extremely hard to put down. I would end with one chapter and couldn’t wait to get to the next one. Andrew is an excellent writer and I will continue reading his books. Yellow Hair is definitely worth reading. I LOVED this book.  

A selection of other books by Andrew Joyce

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Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – follow Andrew : Goodreads – blog: Andrew Joyce on WordPressTwitter: @Huckfinn76

And the final author to today with a recent review is Harmony Kent…The Vanished Boy.

About the book

It’s so remote out here. Anything could happen …

A missed phone call in the night is all it takes.

When Carole’s 18-year-old son goes missing, she breaks into Jayden’s laptop to try to understand his life.

All too soon, Carole discovers just how little she knew her boy.

And when one lead after another dead-ends, the distraught mother has to face the unthinkable.

Sucked into a sticky web of deceit and lies, nothing is as it seems.

When your life turns inside out and upside down, who would you trust?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Balroop Singh 5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional potboiler  Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021

The Vanished Boy by Harmony Kent is an engrossing emotional potboiler that keeps you on the edge of your chair to know what happened to Jayden. A nerve-shattering mystery! I must confess that I couldn’t stand the strain that Carole undergoes and clicked on the last pages to peek. Imagine a widow’s only teenager goes missing and she has no help except the investigating officer Mike. So heart-breaking! Any mother would become an emotional wreck!

Carole stands up to the challenge that life throws at her; she digs up every possible social network through her son’s laptop to find out about his activities and his friends. I could visualize each moment of her online search, share her anguish and felt like patting her for her strength. Despite her desperation, she refuses to give up. Harmony understands the feelings of a mother and enters into her mind to connect with the readers. She builds up the tension that keeps mounting with each page but the ending would shock you! Brilliant.

Though a gloomy shadow pervades the book, it also unveils how the minds of teenagers work, how much attention they require and how vulnerable they are to outside influences. Parental love and understanding could make or mar their personalities.  

A small selection of other books by Harmony Kent

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Harmony:Goodreads – Website:Harmony KentTwitter: @Harmony_Kent

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books…thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #DystopianSciFi -Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2) by Terry Tyler


I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

Today I am sharing my review from May 2020  for Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2) stand alone sequel to Hope by Terry Tyler.

About the book

“Those who escape ‘the system’ are left to survive outside society. The fortunate find places in off-grid communities; the others disappear into the wasteland.”

The year: 2061. In the new UK megacities, the government watches every move you make. Speech is no longer free—an ‘offensive’ word reaching the wrong ear means a social demerit and a hefty fine. One too many demerits? Job loss and eviction, with free transport to your nearest community for the homeless: the Hope Villages.

Rae Farrer is the ultimate megacity girl – tech-loving, hard-working, law-abiding and content – until a shocking discovery about her birth forces her to question every aspect of life in UK Megacity 12.

On the other side of the supposedly safe megacity walls, a few wastelanders suspect that their freedom cannot last forever…

Wasteland is the stand-alone sequel to ‘Hope’, the concluding book in the two-part Operation Galton series, and Terry Tyler’s twenty-first publication.

My review for Wasteland May 9th 2020

A fast paced page turner with a plot that is a little too close to home….

We all have fears about our place in the rapidly evolving world around us that are only intensified in times of global pandemics. Conspiracies are rife about origins of disasters and combined with ever increasing surveillance and technological advances, it does not take much encouragement to imagine a time in the future when freedoms are surrendered and those in power abuse the trust in them.

Wasteland is the stand alone sequel to Hope, a book that is worth reading first however, to set the scene for this book. Following on from the growth of the mega cities and the last resort hostels called Hope Villages, those in power have more incursions planned into the freedom enjoyed by those who have chosen to live outside in the wastelands. Tolerated so far and even assisted to a degree, they now face dire consequences for not towing the party line.

We follow Rae, who has begun to have doubts about this ‘perfect’ life that has been created for her generation. Including the early indoctrination of children in government run programmes. The future is mapped out for all of them, and with big brother listening in on every thought, word and deed, it is more than a challenge to extract yourself from their grasp.

Aided by other free thinkers within the walls of the megacity, and the resistance network outside in the wastelands, Rae begins a journey into the unknown and her past.

She meets a fascinating cast of characters on her mission to find her family, each with their own story to tell that bring surprises, revelations and comradeship.  Rae joins those of them already living on the edge, in a desperate race to reach safety as the government puts into action their next phase of domination.

Apart from the people that pull you into their lives, as you read further in to the story, there is  a growing sense of dread as you are given a behind the scenes glimpse into the governments plans for those who have failed to be indoctrinated. Anyone reading the book will already be able to identify some parallels in our own world, and it is not difficult to project those into the future in 50 years time.

I have read all the Project Renova books and their spinoffs and I am a fan even though there are times when they make me feel uncomfortable. A mark of a well written novel and one I am happy to recommend.

Read the reviews and buy the book : Amazon UK – And : Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Terry Tyler: GoodreadsBlog: Terry Tyler Blogspot – Twitter:@TerryTyler4

About Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler is the author of twenty-one books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Wasteland’, the sequel to ‘Hope’. She is currently working on ‘The Visitor’, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in the same world as her Project Renova series. Proud to be independently published, she is also an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and all things post-apocalyptic/sociological/cultural/anthropological, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix binges, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the north east of England with her husband.

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed my review of Terry’s book and will head over to Amazon to check out all of her work.. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews – 2018 – #PostApocalyptic – UK2 – Project Renova Book Three by Terry Tyler


Welcome to the series where I will be sharing a selection of book reviews I have posted in the last few years. I would like to take the opportunity to showcase books that I have enjoyed and their authors and if you have not read the books, I hope it will encourage you to check them out.

Today I am sharing a review I posted in 2018UK2 – Project Renova Book Three by Terry Tyler

This was a book that I had been looking forward to, since reading Books one and two of Project Renova.Tipping Point and Lindisfarne

About UK2 (Project Renova Book 3)

‘Two decades of social media had prepared them well for UK2.’

The pace steps up in this final instalment of the Project Renova trilogy, as the survivors’ way of life comes under threat.

Two years after the viral outbreak, representatives from UK Central arrive at Lindisfarne to tell the islanders about the shiny new city being created down south. UK2 governor Verlander’s plan is simple: all independent communities are to be dissolved, their inhabitants to reside in approved colonies. Alas, those who relocate soon suspect that the promises of a bright tomorrow are nothing but smoke and mirrors, as great opportunities turn into broken dreams, and dangerous journeys provide the only hope of freedom.

Meanwhile, far away in the southern hemisphere, a new terror is gathering momentum…

‘I walked through that grey afternoon, past fields that nobody had tended for nearly three years, past broken down, rusty old vehicles, buildings with smashed windows. I was walking alone at the end of the world, but I was a happy man. I was free, at last.’

Although this concludes the Project Renova trilogy, there will be more books in the series. A collection of five side stories is planned, and another novel, set far into the future.

Here is my review for UK2 April 2018

A satisfying finale to the Project Renova series….

I do recommend that you read Tipping Point and Lindisfarne, the first two books in the series before reading UK2.. however for those who have read the first two books and would like a recap before reading… head to the back of UK2 for a summary.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the post-apocalyptic world created by Terry Tyler in Tipping Point but also frightened. The concept is not inconceivable, when you have leaders in the world who are less than rational, and greedy individuals who feel entitled to keep  the world’s riches for themselves. In a very short space of time the world is in chaos including the UK where we are introduced to the survivors in the first two books.

UK2 begins on Lindisfarne and picks up the story of the central characters including Dex, Vicky, Lottie and Jax. The island is on alert for attacks from outsiders and concerned about dwindling supplies, but for Lottie and a handful of her closest friends, there is also a secret that will rock the community. If you want someone to really dislike as a character, then Dex is your man.

In the south the government is creating UK version two, gathering the survivors to create a new nation governed by members of the elite. They have designed a strictly regulated programme of indoctrination and compliance. And as with every master race initiative, selective breeding programmes. They send out recruiters, including the thuggish Barney and reluctant Doyle, to market UK2 as the answer to all outlying communities concerns with the promise of housing, jobs, education and security.  A large number of Lindisfarne’s residents are convinced to leave by the persuasive enticements, and travel in buses to the fortified sanctuary full of hope of a better future.  This includes Dex who feels that his leadership role on the Island can expand into one of even more prominence within the new administration.

The story then splits into life for those remaining on Lindisfarne with new characters introduced such as Hawk and Seren who have arrived from a failed community on a Danish island. But are they really who they claim to be?  And we are introduced to life for those now living in UK 2. It is clear that not is all as promised in the marketing hype, and young Flora in particular, discovers that you should always read the small print.

It is difficult to write a review for a book in a series without giving away spoilers. However, I can promise you a reading experience that is chilling and thought provoking, and central characters so well drawn, that you connect with them on a personal level, as they share their perspective on events.  You will find yourself taking sides in the various relationships that develop in both locations, and have a growing dislike…bordering anger, at those in leadership roles who manipulate and betray those they have sworn to protect.

It is a good idea to take a moment to put yourself in their shoes as the story unfolds, and question whether you would be strong and resourceful enough to survive.

And apart from the human element of this terrific series, the manufactured virus that wiped out millions, is also disdainful of those that perpetrated this atrocity, and is about to teach humans that you don’t mess with nature.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK  – And: Amazon US

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Terry Tyler: Goodreads Blog: Terry Tyler Blogspot – Twitter:@TerryTyler4

About Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler is the author of twenty-one books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Wasteland’, the sequel to ‘Hope’. She is currently working on ‘The Visitor’, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in the same world as her Project Renova series. Proud to be independently published, she is also an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and all things post-apocalyptic/sociological/cultural/anthropological, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix binges, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the north east of England with her husband.

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed my review of Terry’s book and will head over to Amazon to check out all of her work.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews- #Poetry Denise O’Hagan, #Historical Allan Hudson, #Novel Margaret Lindsay Holton, Dystopian Terry Tyler


Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore Author Updates where I share new releases and recent reviews for authors on the shelves. If you are a new author and would like to be included in the cafe please check out the links in this post: Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore FREE author promotion.

The first author with a recent release is Denise O’Hagan, for her debut poetry collection, The Beating Heart..

About the collection

The Beating Heart is an allusion to the continuous pulsing of feelings that lie beneath the surface reality of our lives. This collection ‘slips into the lining’ of various experiences from a childhood in the ancient city of Rome, whose ‘famous walls bulged with sanctioned corruption’ to the loneliness of a London bedsit, ‘narrow as a capsule, a chilly low-cost limbo’, to the lure of a Sydney bushwalk, where ‘mist lies over the grass, the trees, the everything, as lightly as a suggestion’. The elegant assurance of these meditative and melodic lines remind us that poetry can be, as the author believes, ‘a form of music’.

‘Here is a poet who understands the extraordinary in the commonplace, the flimsy place of life. The poems mill to edges, ripple by recollection and poignancy – the intergenerational weight of knowledge in simple things, ‘with foldings of clothes pressed smooth as stone’, where the ‘paper-hin’ present is convulsed waiting on a child’s operation. O’Hagan’s mastery of the transcendence in moments, and the distillation of experiences, is the gift of a writer at the height of her powers.’ – James Walton, poet

‘Each and every poem in The Beating Heart penetrates deeply into the core of our existence. There is no path, crossroad or threshold this gifted poet fears to take with her astute observations of what is often taken for granted. The migrant, the traveller, the historian, the pioneer and the mother are framed within immaculate and harmonic wordscapes. There is not one missed beat within this captivating collection of what it means to be alive.’ – Angela Costi, poet and social justice advocate

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Sep 09, 2020 Phillip Hall rated it Five Stars

If contemporary confessional poetry lacks the taboo busting drama of its mid-twentieth century origins, at its best, such as in The Beating Heart, it still has all the delicate lyricism, nuanced imagism and existential vulnerability of a Plath, Sexton or Bishop.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – Amazon Australia – And: Amazon UK

Also by Denise O’Hagan

Denise O’Hagan, Buy:  Amazon UK And: Amazon US  Follow Denise:Goodreads –  website: Black Quill Press –  Twitter: @DeniseOHagan3

The next author today is Allan Hudson who has a recent review for The Alexanders  1911 – 1920 Vol 1

About the book

In the turbulent waters off Saltcoats, Scotland, Danny Alexander dies in a boating accident. He leaves behind a wife, seven children and no hope. Dominic is the middle child. With a broken heart, his mother is forced to leave him with his bachelor uncle, Duff. None of them are happy with the decision.Eleven-year-old Dominic Alexander must earn his keep. There are no free rides. Yet despite the difficulties, he finds his place in the structured world of his uncle and overcomes his loneliness.Fortune and misfortune follow the young man until adversity forces him to make a decision that will affect the rest of his life. Is emigrating to Canada the answer?

A recent review for the book on Goodreads

Sep 14, 2020 Sharon Beddoes rated it it was amazing

Born during a difficult time into an impoverished family, Dominic is sent to live with his uncle who grows to care for him deeply. Tragedy leaves Dominic again on his own and at a very young age he leaves his homeland to travel to Canada hoping to make his fortune. Follow Dominic as he uses all the lessons his uncle taught him to make his way in this strange new country.

Mr. Hudson weaves a wonderful tale of love and endurance and it is easy to become entwined with Dominic and those he meets along the way. I look forward in anticipation to the next chapter in the life of the Alexanders. ;

Buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Allan Hudson

Allan Hudson buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Allan: Goodreads – Website: South Branch Scribbler – Twitter: @hudson_allan

The next review today is for  The Gilded Beaver by Margaret Lindsay Holton

About the book

– What happens when an aspiring designer meets up with a big-wig financier? –

Winner of the Hamilton Literary Awards in 1999, ‘The Gilded Beaver by Anonymous’ has been updated in 2020 to reveal the author’s true identity.

Award-winning Canadian artist, Margaret Lindsay Holton explains, “I am free now from a decades-long agreement to hold-my-tongue until ‘one of us dies.’ The previously undisclosed client, ‘G’, passed on in March of this year in his 80th year. I can now claim this ‘story’ as my own.”

In this quasi-fictionalized account, Canadian fine furniture designer, Iris Ann Burdock, is introduced to one of Toronto’s financial-elite executives, Luke G. Henderson. He considers her, as well as a commission. The problem, for Iris, is that her recently-divorced client is moody and unpredictable. Iris must excavate his carefully-crafted façade to find the ‘real man’ in order to rise up to meet his design challenge. A witty and frustrating exchange erupts between them. Romantic sparks fly.

As the battle-of-wills escalates, Iris’s meticulous design efforts are contrast to her meandering solo sojourns to a 25-acre bush property in the backwoods of Muskoka. There, quiet reflection makes her question, again and again, what really matters …

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Jul 16, 2020 Trish rated it Five Stars it was amazing

I loved this story. Iris is an up scale Canadian furniture designer and lover of all things nature. Her newest client is an eccentric millionaire who is challenging her on every level. This is her chance to create a masterpiece in the form of 4 chairs which truly represent Canada, one for each season of the year. This will entail the work of many experts and take many months. At the same time, we also journey with Iris to her piece of wilderness in Northern Ontario with its deep forests , boulders. lakes and wild animals. It was the language of this book that spoke to my soul. It was a 3 dimensional rather than a 2 dimensional experience. it read like a deep meditation on the flow of life contrasting the rush of the urban world with the stillness of deep Canadian forests. This book explodes into multi dimensions. I felt immersed in life. If you love this land and everything about it, if you love the best use of language, if you love good craftsmanship this is the book for you.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US And: Amazon UK

Books by Margaret Holton

Margaret Lindsay Holton, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Margaret:Goodreads Twitter: @TrillLINDSAY

 

The final review today is for Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2)  by Terry Tyler. A book that I can highly recommend too.

About the book

“Those who escape ‘the system’ are left to survive outside society. The fortunate find places in off-grid communities; the others disappear into the wasteland.”

The year: 2061. In the new UK megacities, the government watches every move you make. Speech is no longer free—an ‘offensive’ word reaching the wrong ear means a social demerit and a hefty fine. One too many demerits? Job loss and eviction, with free transport to your nearest community for the homeless: the Hope Villages.

Rae Farrer is the ultimate megacity girl – tech-loving, hard-working, law-abiding and content – until a shocking discovery about her birth forces her to question every aspect of life in UK Megacity 12.

On the other side of the supposedly safe megacity walls, a few wastelanders suspect that their freedom cannot last forever…

Wasteland is the stand-alone sequel to ‘Hope’, the concluding book in the two-part Operation Galton series, and Terry Tyler’s twenty-first publication.

A recent review for the book

Cath 5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for fans of dystopian fiction!  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 August 2020

Wasteland, the sequel to Hope, but don’t allow that to put you off. In my opinion, it could easily be read as a stand-alone, especially since it includes a short Hope re-cap.

What I find almost contradictory about this series is that the story-telling flows so well, so smoothly, with no slowness of pace, that you find yourself whizzing through. I think I read the whole book over five sessions. And yet at the same time you have to stop and consider the messages hidden within the text. Those messages remain in your thoughts long after you put the book down.

Dystopian yes, and yet within touching distance because of the way in which our modern world seems to be panning out. This is what I find so thought-provoking. For example, the cashless society, the lack of individuality, obsession with physical appearance, aided largely by people’s obsessive relationship with their coms. Yes, we are heading that way!
I love the opposing ‘old’ worlds of Wasteland and ‘new’ Megacity. You cannot help but consider which, if either, you would prefer to live in.

This particular extract sums up our apathetic response to what’s going on all around us while we look on, waiting for someone else to do something about it: “Most of us base our life choices around the immediate problems facing our lives…only the very few actually try to alter the big picture; most of us complain without taking action… Like those who make politically or environmentally aware statements on Heart—demonstrating their awareness makes them feel they’re doing something positive, when in fact they’re just complaining to a wider audience.” Ring any bells? Social media? How many times have I found myself thinking that very same thing lately?

Another theme is the handling of migrants. I won’t say too much about it since I don’t want to give any spoilers. All I will say is, oh how easily the tables could turn!

Another point that comes across strong: how easy it is in the modern megacity, with its fads and fickleness, to fall from grace.

Finally, there were a few twists and turn I didn’t see coming which I loved!
All in all, an excellent read!

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A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

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Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews – #Mystery James J. Cudney, #Dystopian Terry Tyler


Welcome to the series where I will be sharing a selection of book reviews I have posted in the last few years. I would like to take the opportunity to showcase books that I have enjoyed and their authors and if you have not read the books, I hope it will encourage you to check them out.

 

In February 2019 I was delighted to review the first book (and the following books) in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney

About Academic Curveball

When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.

Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Could one of them be guilty of murder? Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. And if that wasn’t enough already, his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.

In the debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mysteries Series, you’ll discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, sarcastic and nosy residents.

My review for Academic Curveball

An intelligent and well written whodunnit with strong characters and enough twists and turns to keep you intrigued to the end.

It is great to read a mystery that does not telegraph its intentions. So many lead you by the hand, with obvious clues that have you identifying the culprit early on in the story. A bit like television dramas whose suspect has to be the one famous name in the cast!. James Cudney does an excellent job in keeping the suspense going until the end of the book and in creating characters that are flawed but also believable.

Kellan Ayrwick leads the cast and is ably supported by his fiesty grandmother who is a loving meddler. Being a small town everybody knows everyone else’s secrets or think they do and this adds missteps in the investigation of the initial murder. Kellan Ayrwick is a modern Miss Marple, insinuating himself annoyingly into the mysterious events as far as the sheriff is concerned, putting him at loggerheads with both her and his father who is trying to avoid any further scandal to the college.

His family and the other main characters have secrets that are wheedled out over the course of the story and add more surprises. Kellan also revisits unresolved issues from his years growing up in the town with his best friend and the girl he left behind.

The ending is not predictable and that is a mark of a very good mystery. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

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Also by James J. Cudney

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US and:  Amazon UK  – Website/Blog: This is my truth nowGoodreads: James J. Cudney – Twitter: @Jamescudney4

The second view is from January 2018 Lindisfarne: Project Renova Book Two by Terry Tyler. I had read and reviewed the first book, Tipping Point, at the beginning of December, and enjoyed so much, wanted to read the sequel as soon as possible. I have since read following books and can highly recommend.About Lindisfarne

‘You’re judging this by the standards of the old world. But that’s gone. We don’t live there any more.’

Six months after the viral outbreak, civilised society in the UK has broken down. Vicky and her group travel to the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, where they are welcomed by an existing community.

New relationships are formed, old ones renewed. The lucky survivors adapt, finding strength they didn’t know they possessed, but the honeymoon period does not last long. Some cannot accept that the rules have changed, and, for just a few, the opportunity to seize power is too great to pass up. Egos clash, and the islanders soon discover that there are greater dangers than not having enough to eat.

Meanwhile, in the south, Brian Doyle discovers that rebuilding is taking place in the middle of the devastated countryside. He comes face to face with Alex Verlander from Renova Workforce Liaison, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse. But is UK 2.0 a world in which he will want to live?

Lindisfarne is Book 2 in the Project Renova series, sequel to Tipping Point (Book 1).
Book 3 is a collection of stand-alone short stories, entitled Patient Zero, which features back and side-stories from minor characters. The next full-length novel in the series, UK2, is due in late spring/early summer 2018.

My review for Lindisfarne.

Having read book one of The Renova Project, Tipping Point, I was already familiar with the group of travellers who are on their way to seek a sanctuary where they can rebuild their lives.

Lindisfarne has an ancient history of spiritual enclaves and violence from Viking raiders which has left its mark on the landscape. From a small resident population cut off from the mainland by the incoming tides at certain times of the day, it has now found itself a refuge for those seeking a new and peaceful life. Unfortunately, the island’s past is not so easily dismissed. One side of the island is managed by a committee of well-meaning residents led by Marcus, intent on growing crops and creating a commune approach to their predicament. On the other side of the Island are the bikers, who have infiltrated the community and laid claim to the pub, offering nothing to the ongoing efforts.

When Vicki, Lottie, Heath, Jax and the rest of the group arrive they find that Vicki’s former boyfriend Dex is beginning to insert himself into the role of Viking Earl of the Island. Including claiming the much coveted castle for himself, hoping to be joined Vicki, despite his previous transgressions and current domestic situation. Alliances are made as groups form to become scavengers on the mainland, develop the island’s natural resources, and others plot to gain control.

What could possibly go wrong? If the existing situation was not challenging enough, add in a psychotic biker leader intent on revenge, mainland gangs determined to use whatever means to take what little the community has, love affairs, murder and the future threat of a secret building project in the south west of England.

The tension throughout the book is maintained with some interesting twists and surprises. The story flowed well from the first book; drawing you into a world where socially accepted behaviour, breaks down as people struggle to survive. It is a very dangerous world where humanity is slipping away.

I am not sure how I would cope in this stark, but I believe realistic post-apocalyptic world, created by Terry Tyler. The characters are believable and you become invested in survival for most of them, but rather wish for a righteous end for others! By the time I had finished the book, I found myself in tune with the language which does pepper the dialogue. I am sure that I would have been using “F” word quite frequently too.

I am looking forward to finding out how the central characters that have survived book two, will manage as the governmental forces begin to exert control in other parts of the country, and the search for a safe haven continues.

I recommend that you read Tipping Point first before reading Lindisfarne, as it does set up the story and the characters extremely well. You might like me, begin to think about what you might do under similar circumstances following such a catastrophic event.

A thrilling adventure which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK  And : Amazon US

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

 

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon UK –And : Amazon US – Follow Terry Tyler: Goodreads Blog: Terry Tyler Blogspot – Twitter:@TerryTyler4

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the reviews and will be taking some books away with you.. Thanks Sally.