Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – #Reviews – #Family James J. Cudney, #Paranormal John W. Howell, #WW2 #Russia Marina Osipova


Welcome to the Cafe and update and recent reviews for authors on the shelves

The first author today with a recent review is James. J. Cudney for his family drama Watching Glass Shatter.

About the book

After 40 years of marriage, Olivia’s husband unexpectedly passes away. But when Ben’s will reveals a life-altering secret, she suffers a blow no widow should ever experience.

Olivia learns that she gave birth to a baby who later died in the nursery. Instead of telling his wife what happened, Ben switched the child with another. And as if that’s not enough, Ben’s will doesn’t reveal which of their five sons is truly not hers.

Olivia visits each of her sons to share a final connection before facing the truth that will change their family, and discovers that each of them has been harboring a painful secret, just like their father. But will the secrets destroy their family, or bring them closer together?

A recent review for the book on Goodreads

Jul 05, 2021 Mark Bierman rated it five stars

Though a bit slower paced than my usual reads, I found this story to be captivating. There was always, ‘one more secret,’ waiting for poor Olivia.

I must admit that I did not care for Olivia during the first half of the book, as I found her domineering and hypercritical. As the story matures, however, so does Olivia. I witnessed a transformation in her as she dealt with some devastating blows.

I think this is a story that plays out in so many lives; secrets kept, expectations unmet, and a lack of sympathy caused by misunderstanding.

James does a great job of weaving the lives of so many characters and their personal crisis together, without the story getting bogged down or confusing.

I’m giving this one, FIVE STARS! 

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

A selection of other books by James J. Cudney

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

The next author today is John W. Howell with a review for his paranormal thriller Eternal Road

About the book

James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things 1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older. 2. He is no longer of this world.

James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.

The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save mankind.

The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.

A recent review for the book

Kichi Rsa 5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story!  Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2021

Without a doubt one of my favorite authors. John W. Howell’s books always have a great story to tell; his knowledge of history, psychology, personality, human laws shines through. It makes his books fantastic, fun to read, magical, special…

I love the characters in the Eternal Road! Not perfect, but always believable… and you don’t always know for sure how this all will turn out in the end! I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to all lovers of the paranormal, thriller, and mystery.  

Other books by John Howell

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon USand :Amazon UK – Goodreads:John Howell Goodreads Blog: John W. Howell. com – Twitter@HowellWave

The final books today with a recent review is by Marina Osipova – Push Me Off a Cliff a novel set in post war Russia.

About the book

March of 1948. Three years have passed since the Great Patriotic War ended in victory, disposing into the streets of the destroyed and hungry cities and villages brave decorated soldiers: thousands of them having been burned, maimed, or disfigured beyond recognition.

On a crowded commuter train, Maria hears an invalid singing, which painfully connects her to her time at the front and to the love that failed to happen to her. Why, then, since that day, does the voice from the past echo so insistently in her present life? The torture of uncertainty—was it really Armen?—intensifies after the next encounter and leaves her with an unsettling compulsion to do . . . what? Help him? Or, rather, rescue herself from her lonely and unassuming existence her heart subtly rejects? She must decide whether she is willing to let go of the life she knows for feelings she had never thought she could experience.

But, first, she has to find him.

As the genocide of 1915 within the Ottoman Empire destroyed the lives of Armen’s parents and about one-and-a-half-million ethnic Armenians, his future is shattered by this other war and betrayal. Legless and totally alone, and without any family after his mother is gone, it seems the most merciful thing for him would be to end his miserable existence by leaping off a cliff. Otherwise, he must find the courage to continue living in the condition the war left him and find his place in the bitter every-day reality full of difficulties prone to men like him.

Maria and Armen. Each carries private wounds. In the face of despair, will fate offer them a chance to heal their souls and hearts?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Pamela Allegretto 5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, memorable story.  Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2021

Marina Osipova possesses a special gift for crafting unique, compelling stories with multi-faceted characters who get under our skin from the first pages and tug at our every emotion. Once again, Ms. Osipova has done her homework, creating a setting that is itself a well-drawn character. What a beautiful, memorable story. My most sincere compliments.

Other books by Marina Osipova

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And on: Amazon UK – follow Marina : Goodreads – website:Marina OsipovaTwitter: @marosikok

 

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Release – #Fairies Teagan Riordain Geneviene, #Family James J. Cudney, #1960s #Thriller Ted Myers


Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore update with new releases and reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author today with a new release is Teagan Riordain Geneviene and the lovely fairy realm Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam

About the book

Thistledown ― Midsummer Bedlam is a wildly whimsical tale of faeries. It was originally written for a grownup audience, but it is suitable for children ages eight and over.Thistledown is a world of color and light. It has faeries, hummingbirds, and ancient books of magic. Bedlam Thunder is a misfit faery who is afraid of heights. She is also a seer who has terrible visions of a parallel world devoid of color and brightness. The hate and darkness of that colorless world is seeping into Thistledown. Will Bedlam and her friends be able to save their home?Thistledown ― Midsummer Bedlam, with its radiant creatures and faeries will lift your imagination to new heights.

One of the early reviews for the book

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative world of fairies  Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2020

I read most of this book when it was a blog serial, and since I missed several episodes, it was a pleasure to sit down and read the finished story from end to end. Geneviene has a great imagination, and this tale of fairies is chock full of delightful magic. The sheep float, cherries roll into the bakery in single file, and there are hallucinating bats. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the fairy names which are a hoot all by themselves (Bedlam Thunder, Catseye Glimmer, and Peaches Dragonfly to name a few). And then there’s the hummingbird with the “strange” name Bob.

Bedlam Thunder is the main character and a seer. She has a vision of a colorless, parallel world, and little by little it’s seeping into Thistledown. There are magic books, doppelgangers, hornless unicorns, and kissing fish called suckers. Somehow, Bedlam and Bob have to figure out how to save Thistledown from the insidious drabness.

The story fishtails through this marvelous fairy world. Don’t look for carefully plotted action or lots of time spent ruminating on the meaning of life. For me, the enjoyment of the story was derived from the imaginative jaunt through this fairy world. I recommend this story to children and adults. It’s a quick read and lots of fun.

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

A selection of other books by Teagan

 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Blog: Teagan’s BooksGoodreads:Goodreads Twitter: @teagangeneviene

The next author with a recent review for his family based mystery is author James. J. Cudney– the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter  Hiding Cracked Glass (Perceptions Of Glass Book 2)

About the book

A blackmail letter arrives at an inopportune moment, and the recipient’s name is blurred out. Who is the ruthless missive meant for?

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands, her sons try to figure out who’s seeking revenge on them.

Across the span of eight hours, members of the Glass family contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets, or find a way to bury them forever. Some didn’t learn an important lesson last time, and as each hour ticks by, the family has to come to terms with what happened in the previous months.

Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, and this time the stakes are even higher.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020

This sequel has outdone the first book that I loved, “Watching Glass Shatter.” The story is based on a blackmail note found and a party. The name is unreadable on the envelope, so Olivia doesn’t know who the letter is for adding another layer to the mystery. The story is told through multiple POVs, which gives an insight into what is going on in this family. I found a couple of characters made me mad at how they were acting, and I had a lot of empathy for the young widow, Emma. The mother, Olivia, has grown stronger and wants to do the right thing if she can figure out what that is. The sons each have their issues, making them think they are the subject of this note, which kept me guessing until the end. As the plot weaved together and things were exposed, it made an exciting family drama hard to put down. I highly recommend this book, but start with the first one to appreciate this story.

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

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 final author today is Ted Myers who has recently joined Cafe and Bookstore with his books. Today an early review for his novel set in the 1960s, Paris Escapade.

About the Book

In the summer of 1963, seventeen-year-old Eddie Strull goes off to Europe with a supervised camp group of New York Jewish kids. But Eddie, ever the rebel, has other plans. Eddie wants to live as an adult. A writer. Right now. When they arrive in Paris, the last stop before heading home, Eddie sneaks out of the youth hostel and disappears into the bohemian labyrinth of the Left Bank. There he encounters a colorful array of artists, writers, actors, and one extraordinary prostitute, who draws him into a risky adventure. Ultimately, he becomes a wanted man. Instant adulthood turns out to be much more than Eddie bargained for.

An early review for the book on Goodreads

L.S. Popovich rated it five stars it was amazing Shelves: american, 2020

Novel as entertainment. An absorbing series of mishaps. A bildungsroman that appeals to an escapist audience. T. M. Has the ability to put you right in the action. And I was not bored for a single page.

It reads fast, goes down smooth, and definitely radiates authenticity. The city of Paris (and other locales) feels lived in. Through the author’s mesmeric storytelling, I felt transported across several European countries. The cheeky first person narrator is young, naive, but intelligent and full of potential, towing overblown notions, and a perpetual novel-in-progress-cum-memoir. The adventure is an exercise in nostalgia for the 60s, and is infused with cool detachment. Also, simultaneously a comment and an homage to ex-pat Narcissistic literature.

Charming, witty, intrigued by every passing looker, our prototypical writer-narrator is surprising, and quick to decide on the next step in his self-directed destiny.

With convincing realism, including plenty of French phrases, with proper context to aid the reader’s understanding, a very detailed backdrop is set constantly in motion by the shifting fortunes of the main character. Tense urgency accompanies every scene, from the clash with pseudo intellectuals, amid the cultural innuendoes and the spectacle that always arises from Americans setting foot in Europe, to the hormone-fueled tangled plot wrapped up in crimes and prostitution.

The times I have spent in Europe made me wish I could stay, could run away and forge some alternate reality for myself. Yet, I see the sights, devour the food, and leave, always vowing to return. This book is the next best thing to taking a vacation, and acting on a few of those impulses. It was great fun to gallivant around Paris and the other gorgeous cities, to hang out with this eclectic crowd and mingle for a while with the vanished past

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

Also by Ted Myers

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –  Follow Ted Myers: Goodreads – Blog: Ted Myers WordPress – Twitter: @TedMyersAuthor – Facebook: Ted Myers

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the selection of books.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Design Valentina Cirasola, #Thriller Chuck Bowie, #Family James J. Cudney, #Historical Paul Edmondson.


Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair where I will be featuring all the authors currently on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author today is Italian designer Valentina Cirasola – Design Nature For A Colorful Home with an early review for this recent release.

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?

An early review for the book.

This short book is filled with delightful thoughts from the uniquely colorful author, Valentina Cirasola. While it is mostly text, there is no shortage of photos and illustrations to keep it interesting and to serve as examples. She includes color swatches with photos beside them, which makes it much easier to visualize the, sometimes unexpected, color combinations.

And don’t forget the laundry room! The author doesn’t stop with just the living room or the bedroom. She reminds us of the importance of having a pleasing environment in the spaces where we do our chores.

This book was gifted to me near the time of Diwali. It certainly added light, as well as color, to this holiday season.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon USand: Amazon UK

Also by Valentina Cirasola

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon USAndAmazon UK Website: Valentina DesignsGoodreads:Valentina Cirasola Goodreads – Twitter: @ValentinaDesign
If you are looking to give the gift of a suspense thriller this Christmas, the latest book in the suspense-thriller seriesDonovan: Thief for Hire: The Body on the Underwater Roadby Charles (Chuck) Bowie could be what you are looking for.
About the bookTricia Parker was a woman with a past; one that led to a marriage break-up and the complete severance of ties to her very wealthy ex-husband and daughter. Fifteen years later, Tricia suddenly appears, wanting to talk to her daughter, and a day later, Tricia’s body washes up on an underwater road. The prime suspects are her daughter and ex-husband, who are summering in St. Andrews.Friends who see their predicament contact Donovan and Beth, who are no strangers to murder, and who have certain skills in solving crimes.

As Donovan begins piecing together the elements of the case, he happens upon an old acquaintance, a particularly nasty art thief who shouldn’t even be in that part of the country.

The Body On The Underwater Road is a story set in two countries. It’s about estranged families, old money, and secrets. And murder.

One of the recent reviews for the book

by MJ LaBeff 5.0 out of 5 stars Multiple crimes, suspects, twists kept me turning pages  Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2020

This might be my favorite book in the Donovan: Thief for Hire series! There are more books on the way, but so far I’ve enjoyed going on this adventurous and sometimes dangerous life changing journey with Sean Donovan- a unique character unlike most found in thriller/crime fiction novels. It’s always great when a bad guy has redeemable characteristics and is likable, and Donovan is this and so much more. I’m looking forward to the next book and even if this happens to Donovan (it’ll break my heart), I hope the author pulls him back into a life of crime and that Beth is unwittingly dragged along too.

In this book, Donovan is in the midst of solving two crimes. First there’s mischief around the winery he’s part owner in and then he finds himself face to face with seedy criminal and art thief Palu again while helping his friends from Wisconsin come to the rescue of Nick Parker and his daughter Riley when Nick’s estranged wife is found murdered. Soon secrets about the family come to light, and let’s just say with family like this you don’t need enemies. There is a great cast of suspects that kept me guessing until the end.

I liked being swept from New York’s sandy shores to those in Canada and chapter 3 especially made me smile. On a personal note, I’ve never been to Montauk, New York but dear friends of mine traveled there and brought me back a terrific coffee mug and told me a lot of fun stories about their trip. It kinda felt like I knew the place and people; I’ve been to Toronto and Niagara Falls in Canada which made for such a delightful read.

Bravo author Chuck Bowie! Writing an engaging series is tough work and you’re just getting warmed up. This reader and fan is ready for more Donovan!

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

Also by Chuck Bowie and writing as Alexa Bowie

Read the reviews and buy the books: :Amazon CA – And: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK –  Follow: Goodreads –  Website: Chuck Bowie – Facebook: Chuck Bowie – Twitter:@BowieChuck

With a recent review for his family based mystery is author James. J. Cudney– the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter  – Hiding Cracked Glass (Perceptions Of Glass Book 2)

About the book

A blackmail letter arrives at an inopportune moment, and the recipient’s name is blurred out. Who is the ruthless missive meant for?

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands, her sons try to figure out who’s seeking revenge on them.

Across the span of eight hours, members of the Glass family contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets, or find a way to bury them forever. Some didn’t learn an important lesson last time, and as each hour ticks by, the family has to come to terms with what happened in the previous months.

Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, and this time the stakes are even higher.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Janice J. Richardson, Author5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sequel to Watching Glass Shatter  Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020

What a beautiful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter. The writing is eloquent, not many authors can turn a phrase as beautifully as James J. Cudney. Example: “When Ethan expelled his last breath, Emma’s heart burst into jagged shards as though Cupid’s arrow had permanently destroyed its union. Each portion persistently refused to recognize the other or mend the fiery incision, even if the repair would leave only the slightest of visible scars.”

The story is full of twists and turns, each character believing something different than the other about a family situation. Over the course of a few days, each character is featured and their thoughts dissected, leaving the reader pushing through the story, eager to read more. The final pages bring us to a sudden halt, redemptive and enlightening, untangling the mystery of who, what, when and why.

If I, as a reader, could give more than five stars, this book would have earned it.

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

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

And finally today for history lovers a book from Paul Edmondson with Great Spirit of Yosemite: The Story of Chief Tenaya

About the book

Now in his old age, Chief Tenaya’s life and the lives in his tribe are changed forever…

In the Mariposa Indian War of 1850/51, the venerable Chief Tenaya is catapulted into leading his people into conflict against white man’s plunder of their land and culture during the California Gold Rush. His story is a tale of family love, death, tribal lore and spirituality, all of it torn apart by a lust for gold. In Chief Tenaya’s world, the pillages of war are set against the backdrop of daily rhythms of Indian life in the familiar landscape of Yosemite.

Through the interweaving of historical events with imagined and gripping storytelling, Great Spirit of Yosemite chronicles the extraordinary true struggle of the original inhabitants of Yosemite Valley, their determination to cling on to their heritage, and their ultimate sacrifices.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Gridley 5.0 out of 5 stars A New Look at the Native American Tragedy  Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2020

This fine book of Edmondson’s tells anew of the culture clash between white American settlers and the Native Americans who occupied the land for millennia prior to white settlement. But it’s not a re-warmed version of “white might wins;” instead, the author lives within the mind and heart of Tenaya, chief of the Ahwahneechee Indians, settled in the California mountains. His foil here is, for the most part, one James D. Savage, who has lived among the various tribal groups long enough to understand their languages and ways, but who is given to trading and cattle raising.

Whites begin to encroach on Ahwahneechee territory, and war ensues – the Maricopa Indian War of 1850-51. Edmondson follows the tracks of this conflict, never leaving Tenaya’s emotional side. He alternates a skilled and passionate prosaic view of Tenaya’s loyalty to his people, his sly ways with Savage and other whites, with superbly written poetic paeans to Tenaya and his tribe. As such,the book has the feel of George Keithley’s poetic opus, “The Donner Party.” “Great Spirit of Yosemite” will no doubt add value to this canon of the white push westward, and the inevitable ceding of Native American homelands to them. It’s a powerful closeup of both sides of this particular conflict and should be read and appreciated widely.

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

Paul Edmondson, buy: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK  – follow Paul: Goodreads – Website: Paul Edmondson Author  – Facebook: Paul Edmondson

 

Thanks for dropping by today and hope you will be leaving with some books thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Author Updates – #Reviews #Family James J. Cudney, #WWII Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Haney Eaton, #Fantasy D. Wallace Peach


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

The first author today is James J. Cudney – with a recent review for the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter  – Hiding Cracked Glass (Perceptions Of Glass Book 2)

About the book

A blackmail letter arrives at an inopportune moment, and the recipient’s name is blurred out. Who is the ruthless missive meant for?

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands, her sons try to figure out who’s seeking revenge on them.

Across the span of eight hours, members of the Glass family contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets, or find a way to bury them forever. Some didn’t learn an important lesson last time, and as each hour ticks by, the family has to come to terms with what happened in the previous months.

Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, and this time the stakes are even higher.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Oct 08, 2020 Malia rated it Five Stars

I read the first book in the series Watching Glass Shatter a while ago and would recommend reading these books in order, because a secret that is revealed in book one plays a role in book two. This is more complex than your average crime novel, and I am a big fan of family dramas with an element of mystery. Hiding Cracked Glass is very much about each member of the Glass family trying to hide the cracks in their lives and relationships. The characters, as in Cudney’s previous book, seemed very real, each distinctive, and the dialogue as clever as the plotting. There is something about this book that reminded me almost of a Golden Age mystery, with the way the plot unfolded and each character has something to hide, which built an atmosphere of tension throughout the book. Hiding Cracked Glass is both an intelligent mystery and an examination of how people act under enormous strain, how secrets can eat away at you and how even powerful families have vulnerabilities. If this becomes a trilogy, you’ll get no complaints from me! Recommended!

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

Also by James J. Cudney

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

The next book today is While the Bombs Fell which is written by Robbie Cheadle and her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton.

About While the Bombs Fell

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes

One of the recent reviews for the book

Bette A. Stevens 4.0 out of 5 stars Through the Eyes of a Child—A WWII Memoir  Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020

While the Bombs Fell is a family and community story told through the eyes of a very young girl (Elsie Hancy Eaton) in Suffolk, England during WWII. I found this family’s story both informative and unique. Author Robbie Cheadle collaborated with her mother (Elsie) to bring us this unique perspective of war to life. From a simple family living life through food rations and falling bombs, it was a fascinating look into war-torn England told from a child’s perspective. The book includes recipes and definitely left this reader with the flavor of what families and children often endure during times of war.

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

A selection of other books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle and as Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

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Read the reviews and Buy :Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Robbie on : Goodreads – blog: Robbie’s Inspiration- Twitter: @bakeandwrite

Finally a recent review for the latest release from Diana Wallace Peach and the first book in a new series. Liars and Thieves (Unraveling the Veil Book 1)

About the book

Behind the Veil, the hordes of Chaos gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.

Three unlikely allies stand in his way.

A misfit elf plagued by failure—When Elanalue Windthorn abandons her soldiers to hunt a goblin, she strays into forbidden territory.

A changeling who betrays his home—Talin Raska is a talented liar, thief, and spy. He makes a fatal mistake—he falls for his mark.

A halfbreed goblin with deadly secrets—Naj’ar is a loner with a talent he doesn’t understand and cannot control, one that threatens all he holds dear.

When the spark of Chaos ignites, miners go missing. But they won’t be the last to vanish. As the cycles of blame whirl through the Borderland, old animosities flare, accusations break bonds, and war looms.

Three outcasts, thrust into an alliance by fate, by oaths, and the churning gears of calamity, must learn the truth. For they hold the future of their world in their hands.

A recent review for the book

K. Brown 4.0 out of 5 stars Great High Fantasy Read!  Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2020

First, can we talk about the world-building? Because I need to talk about the world-building. It is sometimes hard for me to read epic fantasy because world-building can be laborious. Even the great Tolkien had me snoozing if I’m being honest.

However, D. Wallace Peach does an excellent job of presenting a politically complex world with an engrossing story. I never felt bored with superfluous detail. She has created a world that is both fitting for fantasy and incredibly unique. Her characters might be called “goblins” and “elves,” but they’re simply not the same creatures we know from Tolkien and I love that.

Along with this well-planned world we have some truly deep characters here. Alue, Talin, and Naj are all flawed (each being just a little bit racist) but they are also so realistic that I was rooting for them the entire time. Alue was especially my favorite. She’s brazen, she acts without thinking and often lets her anger get the best of her, but she also has a moral conscience that seems unique to her people. I really want to give examples, but I’m not sure I can without spoilers.

My only complaint about this novel is the ending–and by that I mean that I hate that it ended at all. I need the sequel ASAP!

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

A selection of other books by D.Wallace Peach

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D. Wallace Peach, Buy:  Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Diana: Goodreadsblog: Myths of the Mirror – Twitter: @Dwallacepeach

 

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore New Release #Family James J. Cudney, Reviews – #Thriller Susanne Leist, #Mystery Geoff Le Pard


Delighted to share the news of the latest release by James J. Cudney – the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter which was excellent – Hiding Cracked Glass (Perceptions Of Glass Book 2) on Pre-Order until October 8th at the special price of $3.91/£2.91

About the book

A blackmail letter arrives at an inopportune moment, and the recipient’s name is blurred out. Who is the ruthless missive meant for?

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands, her sons try to figure out who’s seeking revenge on them.

Across the span of eight hours, members of the Glass family contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets, or find a way to bury them forever. Some didn’t learn an important lesson last time, and as each hour ticks by, the family has to come to terms with what happened in the previous months.

Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, and this time the stakes are even higher.

Head over to buy at the pre-order price until October 8th: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by James J. Cudney

One of the over 200 reviews for Watching Glass Shatter

Eve Gaal 5.0 out of 5 stars Can She Heal the World?  Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2020

Reading this novel made me wonder whether those who pass away will ever find out the truth, or is truth unnecessary and overrated, as long as there’s love. I know that sounds deep, but this is a sensitive, well researched story that deserves attention. Honestly, I think you’ll love it. I did.

A family saga best described by Zach’s vine tattoo. Teddy doesn’t believe in happy endings anymore, Caleb’s married, the Red Sox are heading for the playoffs and Olivia doesn’t think she’ll ever “get to dance in a magic that heals the world.” But all is not lost. There are surprises all over the place and the sun sparkles on shards of glass. In other words, there is hope and gleams of future happiness.

When Olivia’s husband dies, she feels her family is falling apart. With five sons going in different directions, maybe it’s time she communicated with them, on their terms. Somehow, she gains strength, by changing her own views. There’s one giant problem, and it has to do with two mysterious letters from her husband, handed to her at the reading of his will. Letters that could change everything, and will make you read every last word of “Watching Glass Shatter”.

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 next author is Susanne Leist with a recent review for her latest book released on July 29th Dead at Heart: Book Three of The Dead Game Series

About the book

William’s bite bonded Shana to him, but he didn’t ask her to mate with him for life. She isn’t ready for a lifetime commitment. Now, William excludes her from his vampire meetings. Shana understands he’s an original vampire with immense powers. For them to be a couple, he has to treat as an equal partner. If William doesn’t respect her, then what are their chances of finding happiness?

Shana speaks to Linda, her best friend, of her fears.

“Paradise is an illusion.” Shana’s face grows heated as her frustration mounts. “Oasis is a haven for vampires. I’m tired of their battles. The Watchers get rid of an evil group of vamps, and another group arrives and attacks. It’s a vicious cycle. Vampires are trouble.”

“We will have a happy ending.” Linda lifts her head. “Don’t lose faith. The Watchers will protect us, and Gregg has an elite force of original vampires.” She touches Shana’s arm. “William loves you; he won’t let something happen to you.”

“The vampires keep secrets from us.” Shana swallows the lump in her throat. “I don’t want to live with vamps anymore, and I need time to decide on my relationship with William. One minute, I’m suffocating, and then the next, I’m lost without him.”

As a new enemy descends on Oasis, Florida, Shana turns to Sheriff Sam, who broke her heart. Can she trust the human-vampire?

This begins Shana’s journey to fight vampires and werewolves with Sam at her side.

An explosion at Chateau Frontenac in Quebec doesn’t stop Shana and her friends from saving their town, and maybe even the world.

One of the recent reviews for the book

D.L. Finn 5.0 out of 5 stars  This is an exciting addition to the series!  Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2020

I have read the first two books in the Dead Games Series and was eager to continue the story. “Dead at Heart” takes off with plenty of action where two ended. Shana is involved with a powerful vampire William but doesn’t completely trust him. I enjoyed the relationship between Linda, her best friend, and another powerful vampire, Gregg. But what kept this a page-turning book was the battle not only in the vampire community but also in Shana’s heart. While she loves William, she appears to have feelings for the sheriff Sam still. That sets up for an intriguing love triangle.

I wasn’t sure who Shana would end up with until it happened. I love the friendship between the women and how they have each other’s backs no matter what. The undercurrent in the vampire community made me wonder who the good side was and kept me guessing until the end. I walked the streets of Quebec with the characters and now have added it to a place I’d like to see. Plus, I became of fan of the other entities that showed up. This is an exciting addition to the series, with a satisfying conclusion. If you enjoy vampire books with some romance mixed in, this is for you.

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

Also by Susanne Leist

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The final author today is Geoff Le Pard with a review for his most recent review -a novel Walking into Trouble.

About the book

When Chris Reyborough accepts the offer of a week’s walking with his two oldest friends, Martin Connolly and Peter Hopkins, the aim is to help him come to terms with the tragic death of his wife, Diane.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswold Way as it snakes a path across the hills and vales of rural West England, we follow the three friends as the initial goodwill begins to dissipate and the ties that bind them begin to fray.

For Chris has an ulterior motive in undertaking this walk; he suspects Martin knows more about the reasons behind Diane’s ‘accidental’ death than he is letting on. In trying to persuade Martin to reveal what he knows, other deep buried and painful facts from Martin’s past come to the surface, further damaging important relationships. Peter watches the erosion of his friends’ relationship with despair; for there is something very wrong and he too needs their help.

Can their friendship survive to reach Bath in one piece? More to the point, can they?

A recent review for the book

GraemeCumming 4.0 out of 5 stars Walking Into Trouble  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 September 2020

Walking Into Trouble is probably not my normal kind of read. It feels to me as if it’s a more literary novel than I’m used to. There is a plot and there are some big questions that need answering, but it seemed to me to be more about the characters, particularly the three walkers. Each of them is well drawn, evolving in the reader’s mind as we learn more about them. The same can be said for the supporting cast, albeit in a less obvious way. This is a novel about relationships more than anything, and it uses the three main characters to explore a range of them, both past and present.

Although I’ve said this isn’t my normal kind of read, I was happy to do so because I’ve read most of Geoff Le Pard’s other novels. I know he doesn’t stick to a particular genre or theme, but the quality of his writing is what brings me back again and again. On this occasion, I didn’t get the same pleasure I have from his other books. But that’s a reflection of my own tastes. The writing was still excellent, readily conjuring up images in your mind, and giving you pause to think at times. I’m certainly still looking forward to the next one.

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

Also by Geoff Le Pard

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Geoff Le Pard, Buy:Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website: Geoff Le PardGoodreadsGeoff on GoodreadsTwitter: @geofflepard

 

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews – #Family James J. Cudney, #Thriller Sue Coletta, #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray


Welcome to Wednesday’s edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first book today with recent reviews is Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney.

About the book

After 40 years of marriage, Olivia’s husband unexpectedly passes away. But when Ben’s will reveals a life-altering secret, she suffers a blow no widow should ever experience.

Olivia learns that she gave birth to a baby who later died in the nursery. Instead of telling his wife what happened, Ben switched the child with another. And as if that’s not enough, Ben’s will doesn’t reveal which of their five sons is truly not hers.

Olivia visits each of her sons to share a final connection before facing the truth that will change their family, and discovers that each of them has been harboring a painful secret, just like their father. But will the secrets destroy their family, or bring them closer together?

A recent review for the book

Pete Springer 5.0 out of 5 stars A Family Comes Full Circle  Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2020

I had previously read James J Cudney’s book, Father Figure, a few months back. I enjoyed that one so much that I knew I had to read one of his other novels. After reading the blurb about Watching Glass Glass Shatter, I knew this was the one.

This story centers around the Glass family, and a secret that Ben, the father, has kept for years. He and his wife, Olivia, have raised five sons, but what Olivia does not know is that one of her sons is not her biological child. When Olivia gave birth to one of the boys, the baby died shortly after, while Olivia was still in the hospital. Ben comes across a single mom, Rowena Hector, who is giving birth to a child during the same period. Rowena agrees to give her baby up because she feels she is unable to care for him.

This secret remains for many years. Ben had always wanted to tell his wife the truth, but before he can, his life ends in a tragic car accident. Ben’s will reveals the secret to Olivia, who feels quite resentful at first. There is a second envelope that tells which son is not their biological child, but Ben asks Olivia to do something before she examines the second envelope.

There are over 200 excellent reviews for the book: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by James J. Cudney

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow James: Goodreads

Connect to James via his blog: This is my Truth Now

The next author with a recent review is Sue Coletta for Hacked (Special Forces: Operation Alpha)

About the book

Shawnee Daniels wrongly assumes she’s being punished for innocently hacking the Police Chief’s photos. Okay, maybe not-so-innocently, but someone had to expose him for the dog that he is. When she arrives at the mandatory computer seminar, the FBI enlists her help in stopping a serial killer who’s remotely hacking vehicles while the owners are behind the wheel.

Why he’s targeted these people remains a mystery. None of the victims frequent the same places, some don’t even live in the same state. The only commonality is they all drive Fords.

When Detective Levaughn Samuels is taken hostage—his life teetering on the edge of a high-speed chase—there’s nothing Shawnee won’t do to save him, no line she won’t cross. And when her BFF shows up unannounced with problems of her own, she only complicates matters.

Can Shawnee stop the killer before she loses the only man she’s ever loved? Or will the ride of his life end in death?

HACKED is a Mayhem Series crossover novella.

A recent review for the book

Sherry Fundin 4.0 out of 5 stars Could this happen in real life?  Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020

Shawnee Daniels is an unforgettable character that lives by her own set of rules…so I wouldn’t recommend getting on her bad side. She is a forensic hacker extraordinaire, working for the police. She makes me think of Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds. She is also a cat burglar, but we’re keeping that on the down low. I love a unique character and Shawnee fits the bill. Her BFF, Nadine, is quite the character in her own right. She is bubbly, effervescent and adds a lighter touch to the inherent danger that follows Shawnee around. I have wondered about this scenario in the real world and to see it play out in fiction is all too frightening. A quick reading novella that only whets my appetite for more.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Sue Coletta

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

AndAmazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Sue : Goodreads

Connect to Sue via her website/blog: Sue Coletta

The fiinal author is Jacqui Murray with a recent review for Survival of the Fittest: Book One of the Crossroads Trilogy

About the book

Five tribes. One leader. A treacherous journey across three continents in search of a new home. Written in the spirit of Jean Auel, Survival of the Fittest is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion.

Chased by a ruthless enemy, Xhosa leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands following a path laid out decades before by her father, to be followed only as a last resort. She is joined by other fleeing tribes from Indonesia, China, South Africa, East Africa, and the Levant, all similarly forced by timeless events to find new lives. As they struggle to overcome treachery, lies, tragedy, secrets, and Nature itself, Xhosa is forced to face the reality that her enemy doesn’t want to ruin her People. It wants to ruin her.

The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia, where ‘survival of the fittest’ was not a slogan. It was a destiny. Xhosa’s People were from a violent species, one fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened their lives except for one: future man, a smarter version of themselves, one destined to obliterate all those who came before.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Anneli 5.0 out of 5 stars  Very Engaging  Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
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The story of five tribes of early man searching for living space is fiction, of course, but it is well researched and based on events that might have happened 850,000 years ago. These tribes traveled great distances looking for land that would provide their basic needs: food, water, shelter, and safety from other tribes who may want to drive them out, kill them, or even eat them.

Author Jacqui Murray expertly develops the main characters of each tribe, revealing their emotions and personality traits which are not so different from our own. But much more so than our modern man, these people, by necessity, had to be resourceful, fearless, and incredibly tough. Only the fittest would live to carry on.
The title of this fascinating novel is perfect. “Survival of the Fittest” is a book I did not want to put down. I was very happy to know there was more adventure to come in “The Quest for Home,” Book Two of this series.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Jacqui Murray

Read all the reviews and buy the books:   Amazon Author Page US

And: Amazon UK

 Read more reviews and follow Jacqui: goodreads

Connect to Jacqui via her Blog: Worddreams

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