Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – Hugh W. Roberts, Don Massenzio and Nicholas C. Rossis


Welcome to the first of the weekly updates for the cafe and bookstore, with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first review is for More Glimpses the recent short story collection by Hugh W. Roberts.

About More Glimpses

Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or know the real truth about what lurks inside every mobile phone? Would you steal items from a blind person, or send your neighbours on a time travelling adventure fraught with danger and menace to save the human race from a bug? How about staying in a sleepy village where many murders have taken place or coming to the aid of royalty while out shopping?

‘More Glimpses’ gives the reader an opportunity to take a peek into the lives of normal, everyday people whose lives are all on a path full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. However, it’s not only about the humans; nothing escapes the extraordinary journeys Hugh has planned for you. If you are a lover of shows such as ‘Black Mirror’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ then you’re in for another exciting trip in this second collection from Hugh. Come and meet the characters who had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside-down. Enjoy the ride!

One of the recent reviews for the collection on Goodreads

Apr 15, 2019 Terri Schrandt rated it it was amazing

Hugh Roberts is back with More…Glimpses, that is! This is his second collection of short stories showcasing the dark and somewhat twisted mind of humankind. Roberts’ witty imagination, coupled with his love of stories from The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, crafts 31 more tales of dark humor and hair-raising stories in a variety of genres, some a short read, others a little longer to get your heart racing! In every case, just when you think you’ve got the tale figured out, Roberts drops in a completely unexpected ending that may make you jump, laugh or even ponder our use of technology! The Tunnel, Baby Talk, Floral Hall, and The Right Choice were my favorites!

Read the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Glimpses-Hugh-W-Roberts-ebook/dp/B07PG4RH89

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/More-Glimpses-Hugh-W-Roberts-ebook/dp/B07PG4RH89

Also by Hugh W. Roberts

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

Read more reviews and follow Hugh on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16123684.Hugh_W_Roberts

Hugh W. Roberts

Connect to Hugh via his blog: https://hughsviewsandnews.com/

The next author to be enjoying recent reviews is Don Massenzio for Let Me Be Frank ( A Frank Rozzani Detective Novels Book 2)

About the book

A young girl is senselessly murdered. The police believe the murder to be a random homeless casualty until it is discovered that she has ties to Fat Sam and his mysterious past life in The Big Easy.

Join private detective Frank Rozzani, and Clifford “Jonesy” Jones as they travel to historic New Orleans and other areas in the Gulf Coast to search for clues in the girl’s trek to Jacksonville, Florida that will help them uncover evidence implicating those responsible for the murder so they can be brought to justice. They soon discover that things are not as they seem. As the case progresses, the evidence uncovered has ties to the tragic events that drove Frank from his life in Syracuse, New York. Frank realizes that proceeding with the case could change his life, as well as the lives of those around him, forever.

One of the recent reviews for the book

A young runaway has been given a new chance at life by Fat Sam, owner of the restaurant and bar where Frank and Jonesey often play music. Fat Sam has his own unfortunate and problematic past and he pours energy and resources into helping other homeless and people who have fallen on hard times to re-establish their lives. When the girl is found murdered, the police believe it is just a random attack but Sam does not believe this. He is convinced that the murder is deliberate and is linked to the girl’s lineage as the granddaughter of one of New Orleans “mafia” families. Sam’s own troubles are linked to New Orleans and he is familiar with the history of the waring “mafia” families. Sam hires Frank and Jonesey to investigate the case and try to discover who the murderers are and why this murder took place.

This story is fine to read on a stand alone basis although there are a few link backs to the first book in the series. More details are revealed in respect of Frank’s own past and his former entanglement with the mafia who murdered his wife. His relationship with his new girlfriend also changes and becomes more interesting.

This is not an easy case and the stakes are high for both Fat Sam and Frank who must sacrifice their anonymity with the mob and put themselves in the line of fire. Frank and Sam also face adversity from all directions, including the murdered girl’s family, the New Orlean’s police and the girl’s employers over the period when she made her way from New Orlean’s to Jacksonville.

An exciting and fast paced book which I would highly recommend to readers of thrillers and detective stories.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NRVWN68

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-Me-Be-Frank-Detective-ebook/dp/B00NRVWN68

A selection of other books by Don Massenzio

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI

Read more reviews and buy follow Don on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8157756.Don_Massenzio

Connect to Don via his website: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com

The final author today with a recent review is Nicholas C. Rossis for A Heaven for Toasters

About the book

Detective Mika Pensive has a new partner. He’s hot. Smart. Funny. And an android.

Set in the near future, A Heaven for Toasters is more than a sci-fi crime adventure with plenty of romance and wit. It’s the book that will make you look at your toaster in a whole new way.

A recent review for the book

I admit the quirky book title drew me in, but it’s the story that quickly made this a page-turner. Mika is a detective in the future and on a date in the Greek Islands. She runs into her new partner a handsome “AI” named Leo at an art exhibit. After a fight with her date, he leaves, and things go downhill quickly from there. I loved Leo “the Toaster” and his developing relationship with Mika. Not only is there action and a mystery to solve, but there are also questions brought up about what defines existence and life. I highly recommend this thought-provoking sci-fi romantic thriller.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FP99KSS

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heaven-Toasters-Sci-Fi-Romance-Islands-ebook/dp/B07FP99KSS

A small selection of books by Nicholas Rossis.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA

Read more reviews and follow Nicholas on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7426506.Nicholas_C_Rossis

Connect to Nicholas via his website: http://nicholasrossis.me/

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

 

 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Shortstories – More Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts


Today I am delighted to review More Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts. I enjoyed his first collection of short stories, Glimpses and his latest release does not disappoint.

About More Glimpses

Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or know the real truth about what lurks inside every mobile phone? Would you steal items from a blind person, or send your neighbours on a time travelling adventure fraught with danger and menace to save the human race from a bug? How about staying in a sleepy village where many murders have taken place or coming to the aid of royalty while out shopping?

‘More Glimpses’ gives the reader an opportunity to take a peek into the lives of normal, everyday people whose lives are all on a path full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. However, it’s not only about the humans; nothing escapes the extraordinary journeys Hugh has planned for you. If you are a lover of shows such as ‘Black Mirror’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ then you’re in for another exciting trip in this second collection from Hugh. Come and meet the characters who had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside-down. Enjoy the ride!

Here is the story line-up to give you an idea of what you are getting yourself into!!

  1. The Whistle: Drama – Set in war-torn France in 1918, a soldier reflects on his life while he waits for the sound of the whistle.
  2. Upside-Down and Inside-Out : Fantasy – Prudence Pebblebottom doesn’t believe her mother has agoraphobia and ends up giving her a heart attack when forcing her to go outside.
  3. Baby Talk: Comedy – A conversation a seven-month-old baby overhears its mother having with a shop assistant has it screaming the place down.
  4. The Bag Lady: Science Fiction – On a time travelling mission to the year 1999, three elderly ladies from the year 1961 find themselves in grave danger when pursued by another time traveller.
  5. The Tunnel: Action/Adventure – Filled with hazards and situations that can kill, a life-changing prize awaits all who enter the tunnel, with whoever gets to the prize first having the greater chance of coming out alive.
  6. Tiny People: Horror – All over the world, mobile phones have been catching fire. Max Cumberland thinks he has the answer as to why it’s happening.
  7. Murder in Evershot: Murder/Mystery -Set in the sleepy, English village of Evershot, John, Toby, Austin, and Hugh find themselves in grave danger when several murders take place.
  8. Floral Hall : Paranormal -Boarded up and unused for many years, Floral Hall was once a place full of music, love, and laughter. Tim, a young boy out for a walk with his mother and grandmother, thinks he can hear music and laughter coming from the old building.
  9. The Right Choice : Science Fiction -With the choice of facing the killer bees or the old ruins for a one-million-pounds prize, two game show contestants have only twenty seconds to make the right choice.
  10. Knock, Knock: Horror – A prankster plays ‘knock, knock’ on the front door of a house. Inside, a ‘home-alone’ young girl, Angela, and her younger sister are terrified when the prankster threatens to kill them.
  11. Fast Forward: Science Fiction – Fascinated by the hidden feature on his new smartwatch, Brad gets the chance to time travel. As he travels forward, he doesn’t like all that he witnesses and decides that it is time to travel back to the present.
  12. The Jump: Horror – Jane has murder on her mind and gives her husband, who suffers from vertigo, a parachute jump for his 50th birthday. Jumping out of the plane first, she gets a shock when landing on her island paradise where she thinks her lover is waiting for her.
  13. Big Brother : Science Fiction – Have you ever wondered why files and photographs suddenly go missing from your computer, tablet or phone? Big Brother has the answer.
  14. Tap: Horror – At a car boot sale, two teenagers do the unthinkable and steal items off the stall belonging to a blind man.
  15. Harvest Festival : Science Fiction – Harvest festival – a time of celebration and thanks for what has been provided to get us all through the upcoming long, hard winter. It should never be the time of nightmares, should it?
  16. The Hole : Horror – Why do the same two dogs visit the garden of Elizabeth Jones every day and sniff at the same area?
  17. Easter Bunny Cake : Horror – For centuries, the Easter Bunny has been trying to find a way to punish naughty humans.
  18. Double Eighteen- Rom-Com – Quentin has a brand-new girlfriend, Maureen, and he’s determined to win them a romantic weekend for two in Paris, at the local pub’s darts competition.
  19. The Man In The Television : Horror -Unaware of what is in the room with them, a family watching a popular Saturday evening television show have no idea what is really happening in front of them.
  20. Dream Catcher : Horror How often are we told to follow our dreams? And what happens if we actually catch one?
  21. One-Hundred : Science-Fiction – If something wanted to kill off most of humanity, what would be the most unlikely weapon it could use?
  22. When The Tide Turns : Horror On a day out, three young men discover a beautiful, deserted beach. However, despite a warning from an old man not to venture onto the sand, they take no notice, resulting in horrifying consequences for all of them.
  23. Honeymoon: Rom-Com – Having just got married, it’s the night of the honeymoon for Sylvia and Marty. Marty is eager to get things started, but Sylvia has something else on her mind.
  24. The Truth About Waiting Rooms : Horror – Like or loath them, waiting rooms are everywhere, and we all find ourselves in them at some stages of our lives. Next time you find yourself in one, take a closer look at what’s around you. You may be surprised at what you’ll find.
  25. The Chair : Horror – Agatha Burnell’s favourite lumpy chair has been her saviour. But what secrets does it hold?
  26. Royal Shopping : Comedy  – A light-hearted look at what happens when the Queen goes shopping, finds a bargain, and doesn’t seem to have the right change in her purse.
  27.  Revenge: Comedy – There you are, not looking your best, and your ex-partner walks past with their new partner. How would you feel?
  28. The Door: Paranormal – If somebody was calling for help from the other side of an old, scruffy looking door, would you go to their aid, or would you simply walk away?
  29. The Wedding Bouquet: Drama – As a bride gets ready to throw her wedding bouquet to the eagerly waiting hands of her wedding guests, she asks the photographer to film the event. Will true love find the person who catches her wedding bouquet?
  30. Fairies At The Bottom Of The Garden: Fantasy – Do fairies really exist? Roger Young, a cheating, lying, husband and father, is in for a colourful shock when he visits the greenhouse at the bottom of his garden.
  31.  Walking Into The Future : Drama – John Anderson has a dream of being able to walk into the future and finding out what awaits him. After completing the short journey, it’s the journey back to his present that exposes a shocking truth.
  32. Where To Now? : Science-Fiction – On the dying planet of Orion, the frightening events of what happened to all its inhabitants are revealed. Can what happened be stopped, before it spreads to other worlds?

My review of More Glimpses

Reading More Glimpses is like dipping into your favourite box of chocolates. We all have different tastes and some like the dark chocolate and others the milk. Some of us prefer toffee and others soft centres but you can guarantee that the box ends up empty.

There is a mix of genres to suit all tastes in More Glimpses with Science Fiction, Drama, Horror, Rom-Com, Fantasy and Comedy. All have a twist at the end that leaves you with something extra to think about, especially in relation to human behaviour. Some of the stories challenge our stereotyping of those we have not met, and others offer an opportunity to understand the actions of others a little better. The horror stories do a good job in scaring you into looking at everyday items and technology in a new light, not always favourable.

If I was to highlight some of the stories that I connected to more than the others it would be the first story The Whistle set in the trenches of World War I, where young men not only faced the terrors or war but the isolation of emotional conflict. The Door will have me looking at letter boxes in a new way.. at a distance! And Tap left me with a satisfied sense of retribution.

I am sure whatever your preference of genre you will enjoy all the stories and dip in and out and find your own favourites.

Head over and buy the book in Kindle and in print: https://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Glimpses-Hugh-W-Roberts-ebook/dp/B07PG4RH89

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/More-Glimpses-Hugh-W-Roberts-ebook/dp/B07PG4RH89

Also by Hugh W. Roberts

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

Read more reviews and follow Hugh on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16123684.Hugh_W_Roberts

Hugh W. Roberts

My name is Hugh. I live in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

My blog covers a wide range of subjects, the most popular of which are my posts on blogging tips. I’ve learned a lot about the world of blogging since I first discovered it in February 2014. All of the tips and advice I give are free of charge and will cost you nothing apart from, maybe, your time. To see all my posts that include blogging tips, click on the ‘Blogging Tips’ button on the menu bar.

I have always enjoyed writing, and the fact I suffer from a mild form of dyslexia has not stopped me from enjoying the passion I have for writing. Yes, I get things wrong with my reading and writing, but I now always find those mistakes humorous and always laugh about it. I no longer allow dyslexia get in my way.

Now in my fifties, I thought it about time I let my writing become public. Becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for me to do this. Blogging has put me in touch with hundreds of other writers, many of whom have been supportive and helped me with my writing.

I’m a member of the committee of the Bloggers Bash, a group set up to organise annual get-togethers for all bloggers. Held in London, we had our fourth event in May 2018. Click here to meet the bloggers and authors who attended the event.

I lead a happy life and always try to stay positive. I share my life with John, my wonderful civil partner, and our two Welsh Cardigan Corgis, Toby and Austin.

#photography #WordPress #space #dogs #corgis

Connect to Hugh on his blog and social media.

Blog: https://hughsviewsandnews.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HughRoberts05
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hugh.roberts05/
Mix: https://mix.com/hughwroberts
Flipboard: https://flipboard.com/@HughWRoberts

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – More Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts


Delighted to share the news of the latest short story collection by Hugh W. Roberts. Following in the footsteps of his first popular release.. here is More Glimpses.

About More Glimpses

Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or know the real truth about what lurks inside every mobile phone? Would you steal items from a blind person, or send your neighbours on a time travelling adventure fraught with danger and menace to save the human race from a bug? How about staying in a sleepy village where many murders have taken place or coming to the aid of royalty while out shopping?

These are just some of the subjects covered in the second collection of short stories and flash fiction from author and writer, Hugh W. Roberts.

‘More Glimpses’ gives the reader an opportunity to take a peek into the lives of normal, everyday people whose lives are all on a path full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. However, it’s not only about the humans; nothing escapes the extraordinary journeys Hugh has planned for you. If you are a lover of shows such as ‘Black Mirror’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ then you’re in for another exciting trip in this second collection from Hugh. Come and meet the characters who had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside-down. Enjoy the ride!

One of the early reviews for the book by Terri Webster Schrandt, Writer and Blogger.

“Hugh W. Roberts is back with More…Glimpses, that is! This is his second collection of short stories showcasing the dark and somewhat twisted mind of humankind. Roberts’ witty imagination, coupled with his love of stories from The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, crafts 32 more tales of dark humour and hair-raising tales in a variety of genres, some a short read, others a little longer to get your heart racing! In every case, just when you think you’ve got the tale figured out, Roberts drops in a completely unexpected ending that may make you jump, laugh or even ponder your use of technology! The Tunnel, Baby Talk, Floral Hall and The Right Choice were my favourites!”

Head over and buy the book in Kindle and in print: https://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Glimpses-Hugh-W-Roberts-ebook/dp/B07PG4RH89

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/More-Glimpses-Hugh-W-Roberts-ebook/dp/B07PG4RH89

Also by Hugh W. Roberts

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

Read more reviews and follow Hugh on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16123684.Hugh_W_Roberts

Hugh W. Roberts

My name is Hugh. I live in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.

My blog covers a wide range of subjects, the most popular of which are my posts on blogging tips. I’ve learned a lot about the world of blogging since I first discovered it in February 2014. All of the tips and advice I give are free of charge and will cost you nothing apart from, maybe, your time. To see all my posts that include blogging tips, click on the ‘Blogging Tips’ button on the menu bar.

I have always enjoyed writing, and the fact I suffer from a mild form of dyslexia has not stopped me from enjoying the passion I have for writing. Yes, I get things wrong with my reading and writing, but I now always find those mistakes humorous and always laugh about it. I no longer allow dyslexia get in my way.

Now in my fifties, I thought it about time I let my writing become public. Becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for me to do this. Blogging has put me in touch with hundreds of other writers, many of whom have been supportive and helped me with my writing.

I’m a member of the committee of the Bloggers Bash, a group set up to organise annual get-togethers for all bloggers. Held in London, we had our fourth event in May 2018. Click here to meet the bloggers and authors who attended the event.

I lead a happy life and always try to stay positive. I share my life with John, my wonderful civil partner, and our two Welsh Cardigan Corgis, Toby and Austin.

#photography #WordPress #space #dogs #corgis

Connect to Hugh on his blog and social media.

Blog: https://hughsviewsandnews.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HughRoberts05
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hugh.roberts05/
Mix: https://mix.com/hughwroberts
Flipboard: https://flipboard.com/@HughWRoberts

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Hugh’s new collection as far and wide as possible.