Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book for Christmas – The Ehud Dagger: Prequel Novella (Covenant of Grace Book 5) by Fiona Tarr

Another new book that has been published in the last month in time for Christmas is The Ehud Dagger: Prequel Novella (Covenant of Grace Book 5) by Fiona Tarr

About the book

A Prequel Novella in the Covenant of Grace Series

“Great read, brilliant story.” Claire Simpson

When a dagger of power is forged not even the Smith who crafted it will truly understand its destiny.

The Ehud Dagger must find its way into the House of Israel for if the Israelites do not posses it at the appointed time, the forces of darkness will rise.

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Other books in the Covenant of Grace Series

A review for the series

Must read on March 16, 2017

This whole series is worth a 5 star rating.
A phenomenal 3rd in this series it blends fiction with Biblical fact & leads you on a journey of epic proportions! But I advise you start at the beginning of this series in order to know the main characters and the basis for the physical & spiritual journey they are on. I certainly hope there will be more of this ilk from this author.

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About Fiona Tarr

My fantasy novels are fast paced, character driven historical stories with strong mystical, spiritual and theological themes mixed with elements of the classic heroic/epic fantasy genre. My writing was first inspired by the heroic fantasy style of David Gemmell, but I have most recently been compared to Traci Harding.

I always appreciate legitimate feedback so please don’t forget to review my work when you have read it.

It turns out writing is in the blood. My Great Uncle was George Johnston (My Brother Jack) and although I don’t claim to have his renowned literary style, I do write a mean fantasy novel.

I find culture, faith, philosophy and sociology intriguing and these topics are at the heart of my fantasy.

I live in Noosa, Australia with my husband and two sons and I run a small business involving tourism and watersports. Occasionally I dabble in advocacy, mentoring and spend time on my personal entrepreneurial pursuits. When I am not writing I am either kitesurfing, stand up paddle surfing, travelling or volunteering in some capacity. I love cheese, chocolate and living a creative life.

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Thank you for dropping in today and please help share the news of Fiona’s new book. If you have published a book since November 1st 2017 then please let me know.



Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Karen Ingalls, Janice Spina and Fiona Tarr

Welcome to the update and we begin with an offer from Karen Ingalls whose book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is FREE from 4th – 8th June. You can also obtain signed copies direct from Karen for only $2.99 on Karen is celebrating nine years clear of cancer and all proceeds go to research into this life threatening and certainly life changing disease.

About the book

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized how little she knew about what is called “the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that “the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Feb 22, 2017 Harmony Kent rated it it was amazing

Outshine is an Oavarian Cancer survivor’s memoir full of inspiration and hope. The author shares her journey from diagnosis to cure and the part her strong faith played in that process. This book would prove useful for those suffering from cancer as well as their caregivers and significant others. One line I love is, ‘… attitude, acceptance, and determination are important factors in healing the body, mind, and spirit.’ The writer learnt many life lessons along the way and shares these unashamedly for the reader’s benefit. At the end of the book, the author includes helpful questions, signs and symptoms, and a list of resources. Well written and honest, this is a book that can find a place on any shelf.

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Also by Karen Ingalls

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Our next author to update is Janice Spina with her latest children’s book. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe released a few days ago and illustrated by John Spina.

About the book

Jeffrey is a nervous giraffe due to a terrible storm on the day of his birth. He remembers that day and is frightened of any kind of noise or unexpected things happening to him. His mother tells him that he is stronger than he thinks. One day Jeffrey meets another giraffe who needs his help. Read this story in rhyme and find out what important lesson Jeffrey learns when he thinks of others before himself.

An early review

Jeffrey is a nervous young giraffe because he constantly remembers the day when he was born. There was a loud, scary thunderstorm that day so any noise at all made Jeffrey afraid. His mama taught him a little rhyme to repeat whenever he was scared, but it didn’t seem to help. One day something happens that changes everything for him and Jeffrey learns an important lesson. This is another delightful book by Janice Spina and children will love it. They’ll enjoy learning about Jeffrey’s problem, and especially about the valuable solution. I highly recommend this entertaining story. Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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A selection of books also by Janice Spina.

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Our next author Fiona Tarr has just released the fourth book in the Covenant of Grace series. First let’s set the scene by looking at Destiny of Kings the first in the series.

The beginning of the series – Destiny of Kings – FREE on Kindle currently.

The King is going slowly mad, bewitched by the dark magic and seductive powers of the Egyptian Princess. As war breaks out, his trusted General seeks to raise an army and will find a young shepherd boy, bound for greatness.

General Martinez grows tired of the fighting and craves retirement until he meets the Priestess and the strange little Holy man who share a prophecy that cannot be ignored.

The General must now choose between the life of a young boy and his life long friend and King. Death is inevitable and when it comes, pain will follow…..

Behind the scenes:
A controversial twist on the Old Testament story of King David. Where dark magic, prophecy and religious turmoil reign.  A different kind of fantasy

One of the recent reviews for Destiny of Kings on Amazon

This is the first book in the Covenant of Kings trilogy. A fast paced Biblical tale of King David, his battle with Goliath and his affair with a married woman, Bathsheba.. Lots of suspense, emotion, witchcraft, revenge and drama. I received this book during a free promotion and voluntarily chose to review it. I really enjoyed this book and think you will also.

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The other books in the series

The series so far is also available as a Kindle boxed set for only $3.99:

The latest book in the series – Heir of Vengeance

Egypt is rising, as the House of David is beginning to crumble.

A promised betrothal threatens to drive a wedge between David and those closest to him, but that isn’t the real issue. Jezebel can feel her powers returning and when she disappears, General Martinez fears the worst.

The Palace is rife with politics and when the plotting is revealed, death will follow….

‘Wow, absolutely amazing.’ Claire Simpson
‘I was absolutely enthralled. I believe it is the best one yet.’ Debra Foster

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Thank you very much for dropping by today and please let me know your thoughts and sharing would be much appreciated. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Open House – Australian Author Fiona Tarr -Covenant of Grace Series

Smorgasbord Open House

Welcome to the Smorgasbord Open House and today my guest is Australian author Fiona Tarr. Her two books in the Covenant of Grace Series are Destiny of Kings and Seed of Hope with book three well under way.

Fiona’s website and blog A Time to Write features details of her books but also quotes, short stories and articles on another area that Fiona is passionate about, self-empowerment and personal growth. She believes that we should all be making a positive difference in our own lives and also in the community that we live in.

Fiona began writing in 2007 and published Destiny of Kings in 2014 followed by Seeds of Hope in 2015. The novels combine historical, spiritual and theological fantasies reflecting Fiona’s fascination with anthropology, religious history and its effects on society throughout the various ages of man. There is a strong theme throughout her writing of personal freedom, equality and the power of community.

You can find out more about Fiona’s background on her website About Fiona Tarr

You will also find a wonderful Farmers Wife Series on Fiona’s blog that is a real life memoir of her early days as a dairy farmer’s wife. Here is a post that features mementos of that time. Farmer’s Wife Series

Books by Fiona Tarr

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A boy’s destiny hangs in the balance…

The King is going slowly mad, bewitched by the dark magic and seductive powers of the Egyptian Princess. As war breaks out, his trusted General seeks to raise an army and will find a young shepherd boy, bound for greatness.

Reading this book each night was like my indulgence in decadent chocolate. By Ms Rachel Ratajczak on June 11, 2014 Format: Kindle Edition

Reading this book each night was like my indulgence in decadent chocolate. I love the strong, passionate female lead characters Jeezabel and Francesca and their internal battle between their ego, control and beliefs.

David’s constant faith was inspiring for me and took this book into a whole new level, triggering me to question the depth of my own faith and beliefs.

You can enjoy this book as a historic fantasy with its dashing characters and exciting plot twists or read between the lines and embrace so much more as you do with Traci Harding novels.

I can’t wait for the sequel and see where these characters end up!

Buy Destiny of Kings on Amazon: Destiny of Kings

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Seed of Hope (Covenant of Grace Book 2)

Sometimes sacrifices have to be made….

Rumours of the new King, his young wife and her unborn child have reached Martinez and the former general has been summoned from retirement. The prophet claims the King must seek out the Ark of the Covenant of God and insists Martinez should join him in the quest.

Martinez has reservations and a foreboding feeling, yet he will put aside his personal aspirations, leave his beloved quiet farm life and return to the Capital with a heart burdened with responsibility.

Buy Seed of Hope on Amazon: Seed of Hope

Now I would like to welcome Fiona and apart from discovering more about her family history and the books that she loves we will also find out more about one of her favourite activities… Kite surfing.


If you have looked into your family history have your found any surprises that you can talk about!

When I was young, I had no interest in reading; I hated it actually because I found it so challenging. So I never really paid any attention to my Grandmother’s family. My Great Uncle was a writer.

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George Johnston was a famous Australian literary writer who authored My Brother Jack. The book later became a mini TV series. He was also well known for his war correspondence. I wish I had known him.

My husband’s family is way more interesting than my own. His Grandfather was one of London’s illegal bookies and I hope to write a memoir for his mother over the next few years.

Which book in your opinion is the best you have ever read and why?

That is really hard, but the book I can re-read over and over is David Gemmell’s Waylander.

51JFEypvGhL._UY250_In this book, Waylander the protagonist represents human reality personified. Waylander was a loving man who, after the savage murder of his family became an assassin. Deep down he struggles with his inner demons and despises those who judge him for his deeds without ever being in his shoes.

It is indicative of our society today, where people constantly judge other people without really understanding their plight. We all want to make ourselves feel big, to hide our inadequacies, so we work hard to judge others harshly to justify our own faults.

What do you believe is the most important event to have affected our lives in the last 100 years?

That would be 9/11 – I remember my son waking me up in the morning, mortified because the cartoons were not on and the same ‘silly’ news story was on every channel. The Western world was shaken to the core that day, but we should not really have been too surprised. I am a keen philosopher at heart and throughout history; great nations have tried to dictate to other nations. It nearly always ends in such an act of outrage.

What are the top five experiences or activities that you feel that everyone should complete in their lifetime?

I wouldn’t say particular activities but everyone should try something exhilarating and slightly frightening. Learn to kitesurf, take a sky dive, ride a roller coaster or all of the above. But try something which makes your heart race and pushes your control boundaries.

I learnt to kitesurf over 8 years ago now. I was nearly 40 years old and considered it might have been too late to start something new, but my husband and I had just purchased a kitesurfing business (Adventure Sports) and I really needed to ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’ so to speak.

I have never found anything quite so challenging, yet rewarding before in my life. I had learnt to drive trucks, pick up hay, milk cows, ride motorbikes, perform ballet and water ski (just) but the fear factor of learning to kite surf was almost overwhelming. It wasn’t until I went through this learning curve that I realised I had often put fear of failure ahead of new experiences in my life.

With good equipment and quality instructor anyone can learn to kite surf. From young kids to over 60’s, we have taught them all to push through the boundaries of fear and experience pure freedom.

I strongly believe that the experience of learning to kite surf made self-publishing my first book a reality. Putting yourself out there without knowing if you can really do it or if people will enjoy your work is an extremely vulnerable experience, but one which didn’t seem insurmountable after pushing the control boundaries and learning to kite surf. Kitesurfing is still my ‘go to’ experience for stress relief when I can’t write.

Work in Progress.

 I am currently writing the 3rd book in my Covenant of Grace Series. It should be ready to release in June this year. All the books in this series are stand alone, but are connected with the one overarching plot and characters.

The Covenant of Grace series is loosely based on the Old Testament story of King David. The old Bible stories are full of horrific acts of genocide, rape and religious fanaticism. I take modern themes and work them into the history of this time, fleshing out fictional characters, controversial religious and spiritual understanding and political turmoil in the process.

I will be visiting the Adelaide Writers Festival this year and I am really hoping to hear some inspirational speakers and writers. With any luck and a bit of networking I should be able to meet up with a few more people in the Australian writing industry.

I will be finalising a local print run of my first two books in time for the release of the third. With the local pricing, I should be able to offer good margins to local Australian bookstores and offer free copies to the libraries. I can also continue to sell copies from my website with better margins. I have a few marketing strategies I will be testing out and I am pretty exciting about the potential.

My blog continues to develop around creativity and personal development and I am trying new concepts in the coming year to help develop my niche. I am also considering running writing and creativity groups to help encourage people to push through the fear barrier and give their creative selves a chance.

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Thank you very much for dropping in today and it would be great if you could sign in on the comments section and also share to spread the news about Fiona’s books.