Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – #TimeTravel Rob Shackleford, #Historical, #Spiritual K. Lewis Adair, #ComingofAge Nancy Blodgett Klein

Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair with more gift ideas for you and friends and family.  These authors have recently joined the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author today is  Rob Shackleford with Traveller Probo: Traveller Book 2 (Traveller Series)

About the book

Traveller Probo is the second book in the Traveller Series.

Would you survive if sent one-thousand years into the past?

Development of the Transporter saw highly trained researchers, called Travellers, successfully sent one-thousand years back in time to early medieval Saxon England.
Traveller Missions now mean enormous national prestige and the recovery of priceless lost artefacts and knowledge, so nations vie for the use of the Transporter and more daring Traveller missions are planned. Politics and power soon come into play.

To study lost peoples and civilisations, Special Forces researchers have to be even better trained, equipped and prepared to put their lives on the line.

While Michael Hunter continues to build a life in Saxon England, the tragically injured Tony Osborne finds his resurgence in a mission to ancient Byzantine Turkey, a mission Professor Adrian Taylor joins to better outmanoeuvre his calculating academic colleagues.

From the misty shores of New Zealand to the shining splendour of the ancient Byzantine Empire, it is proved how sending modern researchers into the past carries enormous rewards and tragedies.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Anthony Avina 5.0 out of 5 stars Epic And Thrilling Dive Into History and Action: A MUST READ!  Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2021

This was such an adventurous and thought-provoking follow-up to the author’s equally exciting first book in the sci-fi series, Travellers. The world-building and character development the author employs here is masterful, as the time-travel element allows readers to experience both the present-day individuals going back to study these ancient civilizations and the historical figures who encounter these strange individuals. The action kicks off from the get-go, with a mission to New Zealand’s past taking a bloody turn, and the balance the author finds with the political and social intrigue of the present with the action and history of the past was so amazing to read.

The attention to detail and imagery the author uses throughout this narrative was so vibrant and engaging that it felt almost cinematic in quality. I could easily picture this as either an ensemble cast film or streaming series, exploring these vast sets and time periods while employing a unique sci-fi twist that will keep readers engaged throughout the narrative. The themes of morality and western civilization’s mindset that superior technology, intellect, and resources give them the right to change or dictate how others operate and live their lives was felt in every chapter of this narrative and kept readers’ minds active as well entertained.

A brilliant, gripping, and heart-pounding historical fiction and sci-fi read, author Rob Shackleford’s “Traveller Probo” is a must-read novel. The intrigue and mystery of the growing missions and the back-room dealings surrounding the Traveller tech will keep readers on the edge of their seat, and the shocking cliff-hanger endings for both established and new characters alike and their missions will have readers eager to devour the next chapter in this epic series.  

Also by Rob Shackleford

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Rob: Goodreads – Website/Blog: Rob Shackleford – Facebook: Rob Shackleford Author – Twitter: @robshackleford LinkedIn:Rob Shackleford


Another newcomer to the cafe in recent months is K. Lewis Adair with her debut novel The Windmill.

About the book

What is love at first sight? What do we mean by destiny? Are things sometimes just meant to be? And are there messages within our dreams?

Told through a lens of three snapshots in time that are connected by a ‘soul’s journey to reunite with past loves, K Lewis Adair’s astounding fiction debut, The Windmill, focuses on three people against a stunning historical backdrop. Both spiritual and historical, it is ideal for readers looking for an emotionally immersive read.

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Lewis Faulkner thinks her luck is in when she inherits a previously unknown property. Little does she know all that awaits her as she begins a genealogical investigation to discover more about her Great Aunt Florence Stanley, whom she and other family members have little knowledge of following her disappearance in war-torn Holland in 1940. But there are skeletons within the cupboard that were hidden for a reason…

One of the five star reviews for the book

Drew 5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner…wants you wanting more Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 February 2021

Well, that was a different read…and for good reasons. Was a real page turner and has left me thinking about what happens to our love when we pass, what might draw us to our partners and how we may sacrifice everything for love. This book has a lot of characters to engage with that at first seem distant from each other. However, the concept of connections pervades and the main character, Ginny, starts a voyage of discovery to link these connections and discover why she might have been left a house. What she finds is so much more…with more to come I suspect. It’s about friends, loves and tragedy. Set in three parts, the changes in time are marked on the chapter titles to help you keep on track with the fast-paced movements. I was interested in the use of historical information to drive the plot and engage with the characters. And I even found out some new things.

All in all, I’d recommend this book to anyone that wants to delve into a story and the subjects of who we meet, befriend and fall in love with during our lives. The Windmill is not a linear read in any sense, this makes it interesting and different for that. Twists and turns and clues, easy to miss if you skim through, help us the reader and the characters discover some of the answers.

A well-constructed book of substance, some moving sections with depth that will make you think and want more after you’ve finished.

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

Follow K. Lewis Adair: Amazon UK And: Amazon US – Follow K. Lewis Adair: Goodreads – Website/reviews: K. Lewis Adair – Twitter: @KLewisAdair – Facebook: Windmills Soul Journey – Pinterest: K. Lewis Adair – Copywriting/Proofreading:Editorial Serivices

The next author, Nancy Blodgett Klein. Today I am featuring her novel Torn Between Worlds: A Mexican immigrant’s journey to find herself

Torn Between Worlds: A Mexican immigrant’s journey to find herself by [Nancy Blodgett Klein]

About Torn Between Worlds

This is the story of Isabel, a 12-year-old Mexican girl who comes to the United States illegally with her father, in search of a better life. A story common to many Mexicans. She has to leave her mother behind and this makes her sad. People demand she speak English, a language she doesn’t know well. She doesn’t feel welcome living with her uncle and his family and is very lonely. How will she cope?

Her kind sixth-grade teacher suggests Isabel keep a journal, where she can pour out the feelings she used to share with her mother. She encourages her to take home the newspaper to read to improve her English and learn about world events and politics. Isabel is horrified by the events that take place on September 11, 2001 in the US, witnesses a political demonstration in Oaxaca, Mexico where people are killed, and is forced to flee to Madrid, Spain to keep her and her mother safe from harm. Will all this chaos prevent Isabel from finding a way to feel connected to the world around her?

This coming-of-age story is written in journal format, spanning three years and three countries. Follow Isabel as she grows from innocent child into confident young woman through turbulent times.

A recent review for Torn Between Worlds

Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2021

Torn Between Worlds is the life story told from the diary of Isabel, a nine-year-old girl who is taken by her father from Mexico to the United States, not through Customs, but through the desert in a trip arranged by a coyote. This young adult coming of age story takes Isabel from Mexico to the United States, back to Mexico, and then to Spain. Along the way, she relates historical events such as the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, deadly protests in Mexico, and the horrific 2004 Madrid train bombings. We are shown both Isabel’s daily life and world events through her diary, as her father takes her back to Mexico and she ends up going to Spain with her mother, who is fleeing prosecution in Mexico for her political activism. The author Nancy Blodgett Klein does a good job in this epistolary novel, as we see Isabel grow through her written voice from a 9 year old to a teenager, and then beyond. Although Isabel is a middle-grader for most of this story, I would recommend this only to young adults and above, as it contains very sensitive subject matter, such as violence and rape.

Also by Nancy Blodgett Klein

Read the reviews and buy both books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Nancy: Goodreads – Blog: Spain Writer – Twitter: @Bk1Nancy


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




Smorgasbord Book Reviews – Vikings: Taken (The Great Heathen Army series Book 1 by Ceri Bladen

I would like to share my review for the first book in The Great Heathen Army Series: Taken by Ceri Bladen. I enjoyed the first book and have ordered the other four books in the series and I am looking forward to reading very much.

About the book

Rosfrith’s childhood changes forever after war-loving Vikings capture her home. Frightened by the axe-wielding barbarians, and torn from everything she knows and loves, she is forced to forget her privileged life. When she is abandoned by her parents and her life is threatened, is there anyone that she can trust to turn to for help?

Ubba, who dutifully followed his brother to Britain to avenge his father’s death is a strong warrior, hardened to life. He finds himself conflicted when Rosfrith awakens a protective streak he didn’t know he had. And, when he finally notices that Rosfrith is no longer a child, other feelings stir. But, will he risk everything for a mere slave?

My review for the book

As a fan of Vikings the television series, and also the books of Bernard Cornwell, I was intrigued as to how Ceri Bladen would portray this time in history and the invaders who left their mark on the landscape and history of many of our countries. Which means that those of us within sailing distance of the Norselands have a touch of Viking in our DNA including me.

This is the first book in the series The Great Heathen Army and it makes sense that one of the central characters was a child. However at that time even children rarely escaped the violence and devastation brought upon the land or their homes. Rosfrith’s short life has been privileged, but all that is about to change as the Vikings swept through the land and captured her father’s castle.

Enter Ubba one of the famed Ragnar Lothbrok’s sons, who with his brothers is seeking revenge for his father’s death. Over the period of the next six years the story follows the progress of this thirst for revenge, but also the growing relationship between a child and Ubba as she develops into womanhood.

I found the characters well developed for a first book in a series and the plot was fast paced from the beginning, but became more measured towards the end when the personal relationship between Ubba and his slave (thrall) is the focus.

It is action packed and was true to the period and the ferocity of the invaders, and it kept my interest from start to finish. I enjoyed the book and will be buying and reading the next four books in the series in coming weeks. Recommended.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Ceri Bladen

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

Follow Ceri Bladen on: Goodreads

About Ceri Bladen

Ceri Bladen is a Welsh girl currently living in Turkey.

In between looking after a husband, three children, street dogs, and a kindle of street cats she manages to squeeze in time to write.

She loves romance, so most of her books contain elements of it, whether in the form of historical, contemporary, or fantasy.

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I hope you have enjoyed my review and will head over to explore this book and Ceri Bladen’s other work more – thanks Sally.