Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors #Fantasy Deborah Jay, #ParanormalRomance A.J. Alexander, #Historical Ruth Larrea


There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet Deborah Jay

Deborah Jay writes fantasy and urban fantasy featuring complex, quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.

Fortunate enough to live not far from Loch Ness in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands with her partner and a pack of rescue dogs, she can often be found lurking in secluded glens and forests, researching locations for her books.

THE PRINCE’S MAN (#1 The Five Kingdoms), winner of a UK Arts Council award, is her debut novel. #2, THE PRINCE’S SON, and #3, THE PRINCE’S PROTEGEE, are both now available.

Urban fantasy, DESPRITE MEASURES, is the first in a projected 5 book CALEDONIAN SPRITE SERIES, and a stand alone short story SPRITE NIGHT is available for FREE.

Deborah has also published a multi-author SFF anthology THE WORLD AND THE STARS, which includes her SF story, PERFECT FIT.

She also has non-fiction equestrian titles published under the name Debby Lush

Books by Deborah Jay

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A recent review for The Prince’s Son

Rachel 5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn’t put it down!  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2020

I couldn’t put this down, I enjoyed it even more than the first book. Can’t get enough of this author, can’t get enough of the characters and can’t get enough of The Five Kingdoms!

Deborah Jay, BuyAmazon US – And:Amazon UK – follow Deborah : Goodreads – website: Deborah Jay – Twitter: @DeborahJay2

Meet Aurora Jean Alexander

I’m a fantasy author working on a paranormal romance series. The first book of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, ‘Soul Taker’ was published December 15, 2018.

I have written short stories and poetry in the past. Some of my poems can be read on my blog ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest.

My rare free time I’m spending in extreme reading, excessive pool swimming and playing monster-monopoly. My strongest support system are my sister, most of my family, my friends and my three cats.

Books by A.J. Alexander

One of the recent reviews for Demon Tracker

JannyC 5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Good!  Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2020

With all that is going on in this world, Alexander provides a wondrous escape into her magical mythological world.

‘Demon Tracker’ throws all the punches and hits every target! ‘Demon Tracker’ is good to the last page read! Not one page was I bored! I think the best book in the series yet. Zepheira is a breakout character and I fell in love with her instantly. Alexander creates a character that is brash, sarcastic, witty, and tough without any effort. She has to be my favorite book character to date. I hope this is not the last in the series. We do still have a jilted Lucifer sulking in the shadows!

A.J. Alexander, Buy:  Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Website: Aurora Jean Alexander – Twitter: @AuroraJean_A

Meet Ruth Larrea

As a child, I lived in my imagination. It was a safe place, beautiful, full of possibilities. I didn’t write stories. I dreamed them.

At school we wrote. The stories came alive in my head and spilled onto the page. A Special Place. Flights of stone steps cut into the cliff, waves crashing on the beach, pebbles under my feet, the air fresh with salt and seaweed.

I loved adventure, excitement. I read The Famous Five, The Lone Pine Club. At school we read the classics. Each term a new one. My world was expanding. I loved the pattern of words, the structure of sentences, nuances of meaning. I applied for a degree in English Language and Literature, entered a world where almost everyone dreamed of being a writer. I dabbled secretly, too shy to show my work.

I taught teenagers, hated it, went back to write an MA thesis in the ivory tower of university. They wanted me to do a PhD, but I wanted to see the ‘real’ world. I saw it, sank ever deeper into problems. Before I knew it I had a son to bring up, a husband with mental health issues. Survival became a daily challenge.

A lucky break came my way. I was asked to write and illustrate leaflets and brochures for local environmental organisations. Then I taught English to wonderful adults from all over the world, and loved it. At home I wrote novels, inspired by my crazy experiences. I retired, took an MA in Creative Writing, found that agents want writers with a career ahead of them, who fit neatly into boxes: literary, or commercial, not a blend of both.

So I did what I’ve always done, for better or worse: my own thing.

Ruth Larrea, buy: Amazon UK – and: Amazon US –  Website:Ruth Larrea

Thank you for joining me today for this series and I will be sharing another three authors and their work every weekday during June and July. It would be great if you could share. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Childrens Deanie Humphrys Dunne, #Fantasy Deborah Jay, #Historical Andrew Joyce, #Shortstories Jane Risdon


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

The first author is Deanie Humphrys Dunne with a recent review for A Tractor Named Wilbur – Illustrations by Holly Humphrys -Bajaj

About the book

WILBUR is a small, shy tractor. He loves cutting the grass for Jim. But what happens when he must find a new home? Will Jim still be his friend? Who will the new owner be? WILBUR would love for you to take him home and read about his adventure. A Tractor Named Wilbur is the first in a fun series coming your way!

A recent review for the book

Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful picture book for kids!  Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020
Children will love this adorable book! Wilbur is a wonderful character for teaching kids the importance of going with the flow. Changes can some times be a little scary when you’re a kid, but Wilbur manages to see the possibilities of a new experience. Excellent message for kids and the illustrations are perfect.
Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

A selection of books by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Follow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne on : Goodreads

Connect to Deanie via her website: Children’s books with Life Lessons

The next author is Deboray Jay with a review for The Prince’s Son: The Five Kingdoms: Book Two

About the book

This epic fantasy can be read as a stand alone story. Nessa Haddo has been raised to pursue what every young noblewoman needs: a suitable husband. Unfortunately for her, as a younger twin, her prospects are limited. Things start to look up when she lays eyes on the handsome foreign envoy sent to escort her sister to an arranged marriage, but her romantic fantasies quickly entangle her in events beyond her darkest nightmares. Compared to his last mission, ex-spy Rustam Chalice’s new assignment sounds simple: wrangle an unwieldy bridal caravan across a mountain range populated by bandits, trolls, werecats, and worse, try to cajole a traumatized princess out of her self-imposed isolation, and arrive on time for the politically sensitive wedding. What could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile, Lady Risada—the woman who haunts Rustam’s dreams—is struggling to adjust to a normal life. All her carefully honed assassin’s instincts scream warnings of foul play, yet she can find nothing obviously amiss. And deep in the halls of a mountain clan, an old enemy plucks his victims’ strings with expert malice.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jan 13, 2020 Julia Smith rated it really liked it Fast-paced adventure!

Exciting and suspenseful, this book juxtaposes the beautiful and the horrific. A note: it does contain graphic violence against women (and men) and some sexual violence. Sooo, probably not for your 12 year old. This is the second in this series, and I’ve already purchased the third, so bye! Gotta go read it!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Also by Deborah Jay

A selection of other books by Deborah Jay

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And Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Deborah on : Goodreads

Connect with Deborah via her website: Deborah Jay

The next author is Andrew Joyce with a recent review for Mahoney

About Mahoney

In this compelling, richly researched novel, author Andrew Joyce tells a story of determination and grit as the Mahoney clan fights to gain a foothold in America. From the first page to the last, fans of Edward Rutherford and W. Michael Gear will enjoy this riveting, historically accurate tale of adventure, endurance, and hope.

In the second year of An Gorta Mhór—the Great Famine—nineteen-year-old Devin Mahoney lies on the dirt floor of his small, dark cabin. He has not eaten in five days. His only hope of survival is to get to America, the land of milk and honey. After surviving disease and storms at sea that decimate crew and passengers alike, Devin’s ship limps into New York Harbor three days before Christmas, 1849. Thus starts an epic journey that will take him and his descendants through one hundred and fourteen years of American history, including the Civil War, the Wild West, and the Great Depression.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2020

I loved the stories – and this is, in fact more of a trilogy of three generations of Mahoneys. A story full of struggle, success, losing it all, and redemption. One item that sort of bothered me, but did not detract from the story, was the depiction the frontier lawmen Luke Short and Heck Thomas as cold-blooded killer outlaws, when in fact, they were as honorable and courageous as their better-known contemporaries Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp – or maybe Joyce just liked the names… That being said, I did enjoy reading this, and will seek more stories by this author.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Also by Andrew Joyce

Read the reviews and buy all the books: Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Find more reviews and follow Andrew on : Goodreads

Connect to Andrew via his blog: Andrew Joyce on WordPress

And the final author today is Jane Risdon with a review for her collection Undercover: Crime Shorts.

About the book

Under one cover for the first time a collection of Crime Shorts from Jane Risdon featuring previously unpublished stories which will have you on the edge of your seat. There is an extract from Jane’s forthcoming novel (series) Ms Birdsong Investigates Murder at Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka – with the title of Undercover – for those who’ve been awaiting this series about a former MI5 Intelligence Office, Lavinia Birdsong. There’s something for everyone who enjoys a good yarn and more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction.

One of the recent reviews for the collection on Goodreads

Feb 14, 2020 J.P. Willson rated it Four Stars

An eclectic collection of sinister scenarios…
See what I did there?
Seriously though, albeit short, a very good collection of stories that will leave you guessing through till the end.
Well worth a look.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

Also by Jane Risdon

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

Read more reviews and follow Jane:Goodreads

Connect to Jane via her blogJane Risdon WordPress

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books under your arm… thanks Sally.