Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Supernatural Jessica Bakkers, #DieselPunk Teagan Riordain Geneviene, #Historical Allan Hudson


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

I am going to be choosing authors at random so that there is a variety of genres in each post to offer as many gift ideas as possible.

The first book today with a recent review is  Guns of Perdition – The Armageddon Showdown Book 1 by Jessica Bakkers. I reviewed the book and this fast paced supernatural thriller with all guns blazing would make a great gift.

About the book

IT TAKES GRACE TO HUNT WHEN IT’S DARKSOME

Jessie expects he’ll be forever cleaning up after the cowpokes of the Bad Hoss Saloon. That’s until the day a drifter strides through the doors, and blows away a blood-sucking demon, along with Jessie’s belief in an everyday world. Jessie is captivated by the enigmatic Grace, with her pearl-handled revolvers, and wolf companion. He throws in his normal life and follows her across the Wild West, as she hunts down and slays the evil creatures that roam the frontier.

Along the way, they seek the aid of a Native American warrior, cross paths with a Cajun Queen, and encounter a small-town tycoon with a deadly hunger for gold. Animosity and distrust plague Grace and Jessie, and their strange group of allies, but they must put their differences behind them if they’re to have any hope of finding and defeating the frontier’s true evil, the Darksome Gunman.

The Armageddon Showdown is a dark-fantasy, weird western series of epic proportions, focusing on the age-old battle between good and evil, though in the Wild West, it’s not always clear just who is good and who is evil.

Join Grace Dyer and her band of miscreants as they battle demons and demi-gods, in the frontier’s deadliest conflict…the Armageddon Showdown.

One of the recent reviews for the book

tpolen 5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Dark  Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2020

I haven’t read many westerns – to my knowledge this book makes a sum total of two. It’s not one of my favorite genres, but toss in Armageddon, dark fantasy, and a between good and evil and I’ll snatch it right up regardless of the genre.

The genre blend of western, dark fantasy, and horror is done so well and will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Some parts are a bit graphic, so heed the warning if that’s something you prefer to steer clear of (or just skim over those parts). It’s clear the author did her research for this time period, and I really enjoyed the western vernacular.

Morally gray characters are my favorite and these characters? Shades of gray dripping on nearly every page. Jessie had no idea what he was getting into the day Grace walked into the saloon where he worked or how much his life would change after leaving town with her. His character arc from young and naive to weathered and jaded is fascinating, but also kind of heartbreaking at his loss of innocence. It’s one of the things I enjoyed most. And Grace? She’s badass, hardened, lethal and ruthless, but I loved how the author also allowed her softer side and undying loyalty to her friends to shine through.

Vile creatures, unsavory characters, shocking twists, somber moments – my emotions were all over the place. Alexa read this to me from my Kindle and I had to rewind her more than once because I let some curses slip out over suprising plot developments. The author absolutely didn’t pull her punches from the first page to the last.

Readers of westerns, horror, and dark fantasy will be delighted with this gruesome, gritty tale and after this book, I’ll have to retract my statement about not being a western fan. It’s a powerful debut, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.

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

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – WebsiteJessicaBakkers.com – FacebookThe Written Word – Twitter@JessicaBakkers

The next author with a recent review is Teagan Riordain Geneviene for Hullaba Lulu: a Dieselpunk Adventure Step back into the roaring twenties to enjoy this adventure.

About the book

Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure is a wild and wooly 1920s fantasy story. Lulu, the heroine is inspired by the song, “Don’t Bring Lulu,” from 1925 ― so are her pals, Pearl and Rose. My Lulu loves to dance, and freely indulges in giggle water. She snores and burps and says whatever she wants. Lulu is a snarky but good-hearted flapper. The song’s inspiration stops there, but the story is just beginning.Travel with Lulu and her friends on a magical, dieselpunk train that belongs to the smolderingly handsome and enigmatic man known only as Valentino. They get into all sorts of trouble, usually due to Lulu’s clumsiness. It’s an intense ride through a number of pos-i-lutely creepy settings, including “sideways” versions of Atlantic City and the Cotton Club. At every stop and in between, Lulu ends up creating chaos. There’s no telling where they’ll end up. No, Lulu! Don’t touch that!Lulu’s the kind of smarty, breaks up every party,Hullabaloo loo, don’t bring Lulu,I’ll bring her myself!;

One of the recent reviews for the book

AuthorDesigner 5.0 out of 5 stars Slicing through time with Lulu  Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020

What a fun story! I have never read a Dieselpunk Adventure Story before. This will give me the chance to read more of what the author will write in the future. The novel is set in the roaring 1920s, the flappers, the drinking prohibition imposed in the USA, and train travel. Reading this novel, it’s like slicing through time and I love going back in times I have not lived. It’s brilliant how the Author Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene has included futuristic technology, with magic, tarot cards, automobiles, and famous people and how well she worked them all in one plot. I love how strong her characters are, Lulu and her friends Pearl and Rose speak their mind and they are not afraid of any situations they face. I would have loved to meet a real Lulu in my life, she is a fun character. The novel is short and full of action, it’s funny and entertaining. I truly recommend this novel. Well done Teagan, your imagination is spatial. 😀👋

Read the reviews and buy the book:  Amazon US –  And: Amazon UK- Rest of the World: Universal Link

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 final author today is Allan Hudson who has a recent review for his historical novel 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. ;

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

A selection of books by Allan Hudson

 

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Allan: Goodreads – Website: South Branch Scribbler – Twitter: @hudson_allan

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some great gifts to share.. 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!

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: GoodreadsBlog: Terry Tyler Blogspot – Twitter:@TerryTyler4

 

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