Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update #Reviews – #Sci-fi John L. DeBoer and Jean Jacques, #Design Valentina Cirasola, #Family #Drama Mary Crowley

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe updae with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first review today is for  John. L. DeBoer and Jean Jacques for The Amazon Encounter

About the book

A shaman in the Amazon rainforest has a problem: children in his village are dying of an unknown ailment. When a large disc-shaped object falls from the sky onto a river bank, he enters the object through a gash in its wall.

A prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon is staying in the house of his pediatrician cousin, who is away for the weekend. He goes to sleep that night in the guest room and awakens the next morning lying on the ground in a jungle.

Thus begins a story of aliens, teleportation, and telepathy involving unwitting physicians, the Pentagon, international scientists, espionage agents, a Las Vegas gangster, and a psychic. A colorful cast of characters takes the reader on an exciting, and often amusing, journey from the Amazon jungle to southern California, and eventually to the NBC television studios in Manhattan. Side trips along the way include Moscow, Beijing, North Korea, Sao Paolo, Brazil, and the infamous Area 51 in Nevada.

Enjoy the ride!

One of the recent reviews for the book

K.D. McNiven 5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, sharp, and loads of fun! Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2021

When Beverly Hills plastic surgeon David Levy gets transported from his cousin’s apartment, he finds himself standing in the Amazonian jungle and faces a shaman desperate to have him help the village children who are dying, only to discover it is his cousin Aaron who is the doctor they need. David soon finds out aliens crashed their spaceship along the river and they were the ones responsible for transporting him.

DeBoer has a considerable amount of knowledge pertaining to the things he writes, as clearly seen in his book, Amazon, where he displays an incredible knowledge of medicine and military expertise.

Amazon is creative, and a fun romp from L.A. to the State of Tocantins, Brazil and has a wide cast of unique characters which include friendly aliens whom they name Blacky.
DeBoer is an excellent writer and is among the best of storytellers. I highly recommend reading DeBoer’s new book, Amazon.

A selection of books other by John L. DeBoer

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow John: Goodreads – Twitter: @Johnldeboer

The next author today is Italian designer Valentina Cirasola – Design Nature For A Colorful Home with a recent review

About the book

If you pick up a camera and take a picture of anything that strikes your eyes, it doesn’t have to be a real object, or something with a meaning, just study that picture you took and you will see the reason why you immortalized that “something”. One day, I took a photo of a succulent plant in my garden, not because it was particularly beautiful, but because I was attracted by the yellow decorative butterfly light inside the pot and by the yellow ceramic piece outside the pot. This told me I was craving “Yellow Vibrations”. Going to the grocery shop, taking pictures of the flower bouquets in the store, and forgetting to buy food is not a common thing people do, but I did. Later, all those pictures of flowers gave me the idea for this book. My goal was to entice the readers to look at flower bouquets, or any flower composition in nature with new eyes and lead them to create their own alluring color scheme for any room in the house or office that carries a new excitement.

The book is full of beautiful photographs taken by me in various places in nature and in the stores. Nature is our best friend and companion, she always gives us the pleasure of beauty, harmony, and peace. This book focuses on how to take advantage of nature’s colors and turn them into doable solutions. The home has a spirit that will love you if you create an inspiring, healthy, vibrant home for the body, mind, and spirit. Everyone will feel comfortable in a home conceived with harmony and love will grow.Shall we start with the colors of flowers?

A recent review for the book.

Sally 5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book. You need it in your life.  Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2021 

I was so impressed with the amount of information in this book. Beautiful photos for inspiration and the author shows you her process. It’s magical. I was truly surprised at the volume of information. This is not a quick read. This is a book you will pick up again and again.

Head over to read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon USand: Amazon UK

Also by Valentina Cirasola

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon USAnd: Amazon UKWebsite: Valentina DesignsGoodreads: Valentina Cirasola Goodreads – Twitter: @ValentinaDesign

And the next author is  Mary Crowley and A Sweet Smell of Strawberries, her first novel, which is a wonderful read, set on the west coast of Ireland.

About the book

Imagine, a warm summer’s morning with the Sweet Smell of Strawberries wafting through the air, tantalising your senses….

For Sarah Connolly, this invokes beautiful memories of her son Jack. A talented athlete destined to represent Ireland in the Olympics and loved by everyone who knew him. While out training early one morning, the sixteen-year-old was killed when Desmond Shanahan lost control of his car. Jack’s death crushing Sarah, as her only child, he was the very essence of her life.

Losing a child in tragic circumstances, leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, a sense of unjust…..

Now, five years after the tragedy, Desmond’s early release from prison leaves Sarah feeling let down by the justice system and she makes sure he knows this. Even if it means losing friends in her quest to remind the close community of Kilmer Cove, of Desmond’s guilt. What Sarah fails to realise is nothing will bring back her son.

However, Sarah is not alone in her angst over Desmond’s release, and a web of lies soon becomes untangled over the events which lead to Jack Connolly’s death.

Can Sarah find it in her heart to forgive Desmond?

A Sweet Smell of Strawberries takes in a beautiful Irish setting along the coastline of Donegal and The Wild Altlantic way. A story of love, heartache and retribution which makes you realise no one is perfect!

A recent review for the book

Amazon_shopper 5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended book Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2021

A great read which involves violence and betrayal. The author has done an awesome job in engaging the reader really well throughout the book, feels like you were right there in the moment! The characters were interesting and loved how it was based in Donegal, Ireland because I know someone who has family there too. Can’t wait to read more of this author! 

Also by Mary Crowley

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And on : Amazon US – Follow Mary : Goodreads – Blog/Website: Mary Crowley WordPress – Twitter: @marycrowleym


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