Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Nicholas Rinth, Charles E. Yallowitz and Hugh W. Roberts


Todays’ first author update is Nicholas Rinth and the novel, a science fiction fantasy Heartstone – The Drowned Tower which was released on April 18th.

About Heartstone- The Drowned Tower

“If the future was bared before you, would it still be yours? If the past could chase you, would you run from it? If the world crumbled tonight, would you carve your own?”

Freedom is out of the question for practitioners of the Institute, and any supporters otherwise are dealt with violently. A system Sylvie Sirx neither refutes, nor endorses—born from an enviable family, talented in her skills, and entirely too content with her position, her path has always been a straight one… until now.

Her qualifications backfire when an elder from the north descends upon her home for a Choosing. He calls upon the Drowned Tower’s most sought after practitioners for a simple job that ends in blood, and then Sylvie’s blissful world erupts. She finds herself in the company of the Elementalist, Jacques Dace, an insufferable but deadly enthusiast of personal reform. Together, they’re swept into a spiral of powerful magic and ancient grudges. Where truth bends, stones whisper secrets of the past, and their home lies at the heart of what could very well be Ferus Terria’s next recorded war.

And for once, she is forced to choose a side, learning for herself what it means to master fate.

The most recent review for the book

The drowned tower is the first fantasy novel in the Heartstone Series written about a girl named Sylvie. Sylvie possesses magical powers and works for the Zenith Council by doing their biddings. The Drowned Tower is at the Eastern Branch of the land, which is called, Ferus Terria. The Practitioners Institute of Magic picks one child as the “Chosen” and just like any other institute, it teaches kids to enhance their magical abilities.

Things begin to change when an Elder comes to Ferus Terria. He has a mission and is seeking for people with best abilities. Sylvia is sent to the drowned tower. Those with special blood that have magical powers live in the drowned tower. The Nebbin are called the non-magic folks that live nearby. As Sylvie gets sent to the tower and begins her schooling she begins to make friends and have a better understanding of how the system works. Her path and background are revealed and she has to make some tough decisions about her future.

Everything begins to unravel while she is there and that is where the excitement begins. I particularly liked Sylvie’s personality. Although she was a girl, there was nothing girly about her. Her spirit was strong and her will was even stronger. The story had epic battles and much backstory, creating a well-balanced foundation for any future sequel.

I found the literature standard and the lyrical storytelling to be strong. The plot may not be as novel and unique, however, the picturesque descriptiveness of the book is in my opinion, the reason why this book is special.

I recommend this book to Sci- Fi/ Fantasy lovers and people that like to read on magical encounters.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Drowned-Tower-Heartstone-Nicholas-Rinth-ebook/dp/B06XPN6BGV

Universal book link for all bookstores: https://www.books2read.com/DrownedTower-ebook

 

Connect to Nicholas Rinth via her bloghttps://nrinth.wordpress.com/

The next author with an update is Charles E. Yallowitz for his short story collection, The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks.

About The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks

Enter the world of Windemere with 11 action adventure short stories featuring a man who is out to make an honest living.

Some heroes seek fame. Some seek fortune. Others simply want to save the world. Ichabod Brooks only wants to put food on the table for his family.

Known and respected as the man who can get any job done, Ichabod has seen his share of adventure. Most of which have been highly exaggerated by bards. Still, the man has his famous reputation for a reason. Whether it be climbing a temperamental mountain for eggs or escorting orphans to their new homes, Ichabod takes every job seriously and makes sure he is as prepared as he can be. Not that it helps since things always take a turn for the worse.

The Most recent review for the collection

Charles Yallowitz is not only a prolific writer but also very entertaining. He has created a world that contains every imaginable permutation of a fantasy character. One of my favorites is Ichabod Brooks. Ichabod is a mercenary, or perhaps it is more accurate to say problem solver for hire. You see Ichabod is a business man who makes sure all his jobs are back up with a contract. I have a suspicion that his wife was responsible for the due diligence that led to the need for a written agreement. Ichabod would go along on the adventure just to have an adventure, and I think the little woman put her foot down hard on the side of getting paid for each job.

This collection of stories will give the reader additional insight into Ichabod’s character and personality. Each story is a different situation, and each tests Ichabod’s resolve and skill. The great part about this book is the reader can get lost in a story, read it to a conclusion and then know there is another waiting. Of course, the last carry the remorse of having finished them all, but up until that occurs, these adventures are there waiting for consumption. In the first sentence, I mentioned that Chares Yallowitz is entertaining. His Ichabod stories have intrigue, suspense, action, and humor. The plots are clever and endings designed for complete reader satisfaction.

I would recommend this collection of short stories to anyone who likes action and a well-told tale. You do not have to be a fantasy fan to enjoy what Mr. Yallowitz has served up in the Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks.

Read all the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Times-Ichabod-Brooks-ebook/dp/B073NR7XKC

A small selection of Charles E. Yallowitz books

Read all the reviews and Buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E.-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

Read more reviews and follow Charles on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965804.Charles_E_Yallowitz

Connect to Charles on his blog: www.legendsofwindemere.com

And last but not least a recent review for Hugh W. Roberts and his short story collection Glimpses.

About Glimpses

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book.

Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

“If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future. Every story makes a compelling read and just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, Hugh masterfully reveals a brilliant twist. With bite-size and longer stories, Glimpses is a must-read. I loved it.” – Esther Newton, Writer, and Author.
The most recent review for the collection.

In his introduction, Roberts describes a childhood fascination with The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected. His enjoyment of tales with a twist plays out in this debut collection of 28 short stories that I’d lump together into the broad category of speculative fiction. The stories range from sweet (Last Train to Aldwych) to sinister (Lipstick), from humor (Blackout) to horror (Needles). The wide variety makes this an easy and enjoyable collection to read in one sitting or visit when time allows. Highly entertaining.

Find out more about Hugh, read the reviews and buy the book: 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/

Thanks for dropping by today and it would be great if you could pass on the good news about the reviews that these authors have received for their books. Sally

Advertisements

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Annette Rochelle Aben and Hugh W. Roberts


Welcome to the review post and the first author celebrating some great feedback is Annette Rochelle Aben. Her book Angel Messages: A Wing and a Prayer was reviewed this week by Robbie Cheadle on her blog.

About the book

This book is a terrific way to share some Angel love with someone who needs a lift, a hug, a smile or that person who loves Angels. It is filled with pictures, prayers and poems that bring the Angel Messages to you.

From the Author…

Angels are real! Some say Angels have saved their lives, comforted them in their darkest moments and even appeared before them in physical form. I am one of those who believes in Angels. My personal testimony is here in Angel Messages, along with prayers that I have used to thank, summon and to send Angels to others when asked.

The beautiful photographs of Angels inside, are designed to evoke deep personal connections. Allow yourself to be inspired with a wing and a prayer by the love of the Angels. Share this book with others. Keep a copy close to you so you will always have an Angel at the ready. Let it refresh your body, mind and spirit Believe that Angels and Spirit guides are always there for you whenever you call, and so they shall.

Robbie Cheadles Review: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/bookreview-angel-messages-a-wing-and-a-prayer-by-annette-rochelle-aben/

Have you ever felt sad and alone? Do you ever feel as if life is overwhelming you and you need someone or something to lift you up and help you conquer adversity? Do you believe in the inherent goodness of humans and life?

We are all people living in a very fast paced world and we all have times when we feel sad and alone, stressed and anxious and as if everything we touch turns out negatively. It is at these times that you most need a wonderful book like Angel Messages: a wing and a prayer to lift you up and restore your faith in life. I can remember my oldest son telling me one Christmas time that Santa Claus is the milk of human kindness and that is why he is so magical. Angel Messages reminds me of that comment.

Whether your faith in the milk of human kindness is in desperate need of restoration or you just want a happy and uplifting start to your day, Angel Messages is a superb read. Filled with Annette Rochelle Aben’s beautifully crafted haiku’s, poems and messages of encouragement, it is a book to treasure. I am using it as a book of meditations.

One of my favourite haiku’s in the book is:

“Angels blend right in,

Awaiting your call for help,

With wings to lift you.”

Also by Annette Rochelle Aben

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Annette-Rochelle-Aben/e/B00MSQTGUY

Connect to Annette via her blog: https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/

The next author to receive a terrific review is Hugh W. Roberts for his short story collection Glimpses.

About the collection

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book.

Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

Colleen M. Chesebro rated Five Stars on Goodreads.

I was excited to begin reading Glimpses because recently, I have found a new love for short stories – especially written by a British author. I lived in England for a few years back in the early 1980’s, and I think my love of the country and people is rekindled by these stories. I could quickly read a few stories each night which fit my schedule perfectly. The author writes in numerous genres which I also found to be a pleasant surprise.

Glimpses literally gives the reader a brief look into the lives of everyday individuals who experience anything but the ordinary. Each story leads you into a different situation with different characters. Although, there is a four-part murder mystery included that I found to be an extraordinary read. I almost fell out of bed with the final reveal in the serial!

One of my favorite stories was The Last Train to Aldwych, where Grace Simmons meets the same ghost every year on the same date on the London Underground. I shivered in delight anticipating how the story would be told. Instead, I found a surprise ending that left me excited to read more. In fact, each tale had a twist or surprise which made for a satisfying read.

A couple of the stories evoked scary memories of Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, a show I had watched as a teenager. Don’t be surprised if you don’t hear the haunting melody of the introduction music playing in your mind as you read. I know, I did!

I enjoyed this collection of short stories and if you love your fiction filled with a hint of suspense along with some “shock and awe,” Glimpses is the book for you.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

 Read all the reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33141064-glimpses

Read other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Glimpses-Hugh-W-Roberts-ebook/dp/B01N757S3P

Hugh W. Roberts

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

Thank you for dropping by and if you have just received a great review, don’t keep it to yourself.. share it with me and my readers. Send me a note with a link to sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Hugh W. Roberts, Charles E. Yallowitz and Stevie Turner


author-update-jpg

Welcome to today’s author update and to get us off to a flying start another terrific view for Hugh W. Robert’s short story collection Glimpses.. This time by Robbie Cheadle of Robbies Inspiration and author with her son Michael of the Sir Chocolate Books.

glimpses

About Glimpses

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh. Here’s what one reader has already said about the book. “If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future.

Robbies review: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/glimpses-by-hugh-w-roberts-my-book-review/

I found Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts to be quite a unique book. It is a collection of short stories, mainly written along a supernatural theme. I am a great lover of supernatural and horror books and have been avidly reading Stephen King since I was ten years old, so this was right up my street. I had two absolute favourite stories/groupings of stories in this lovely book.

My outright favourite was The Truth App which I read twice. It is a collection of a few short stories all in the same theme and it really “creeped” me out. Maybe I identified with it so much because it is all about blogging and bloggers which is a world in which I have recently become very immersed. I must say that I had to stop reading this tale in the evenings because it was giving me bad dreams. My advice to bloggers and other readers of this book, be careful what apps you choose to download!

My other outright winner was a short story about a woman who goes to India to have eye and dental treatment. This one stayed firmly in my mind because it made me reflect on the fact that, even if you read the completely incomprehensible list of ingredients on cosmetic and facial and other products, one rarely has any idea of what really goes into that cream that you are liberally apply all over your face. It also summoned up horrible thoughts of articles that I have read recently about testing medications and products on animals. A story that can make you think like that has got to be superb.

I found rating this book a huge conundrum because five star rating doesn’t allow for much scope with rating. I actually don’t really like this limited system. I finally settled on four out of five because I really enjoyed this book but I have rated my favourite Stephen King books five out of five, namely, The Stand, The Shining and The Dead Zone. These are lengthily novels which gives the writer a lot more scope to flesh out the characters and his ideas and story line. It felt reasonable to give Glimpses four out of five on this comparative basis.

I would recommend this book but, perhaps, don’t read it at night when you are home alone.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

71flbnpvarl-_ux250_

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

author-update-jpg

The second author update is for Charles E. Yallowitz who has just released Chasing Bedlam Book Two… the sequel to Crossing Bedlam.

Cover Art by Jon Hunsinger

About the book

Lloyd and Cassidy’s last adventure was to honor a life. This time they are out to end one.It was a normal, violent mission to Texas that should have had nothing more than beer-induced hiccups. That is until an old enemy makes off with Cassidy’s jeep and most of their gear. Needless to say, she’s pissed off and challenging Lloyd for the psychopath of the month award. With the mouthy serial killer by her side, she is going on the warpath from Dallas to Miami even if it means declaring war on the drug cartels.So strap in for another wild ride through the Shattered States and learn why you never mess with Cassidy’s jeep.

 Buy Chasing Bedlam: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X8ZCGG5/

61ps44t9jzl-_uy250_

One of the reviews for Crossing Bedlam.

So. Much. Fun.  By Ionia Froment TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 29, 2016

Crossing Bedlam is chaos between two covers. I liked this book for all of the action and the strange characters. When I say strange, I mean that they remind you of a lot of favourite villains and unlikely heroes all rolled into a couple of badass characters that keep the story interesting. I think this book will appeal to a wide audience (adults) because of the female lead character and her crazy and yet highly entertaining partner in crime–and other things–Lloyd.

The idea behind this story is interesting and the author did a good job of describing his shattered states and coming up with creative ideas for how to show the destruction that has happened in his version of the apocalyptic USA. If you are a fan of fast moving plots with lots of unexpected twists and books that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, this would be a good one to choose. I particularly liked the scenes that dealt with wild animals on the loose.Even the supporting characters are exciting in this one. Recommended.

A selection of books by Charles Yallowitz

book-one book-11 book-10 book-9 book-8 book-7 book-six book-five book-three

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

charles

 Connect to Charles via his blog –  www.legendsofwindemere.com

author-update-jpg

My next author update is for Stevie Turner with her memoir Waiting in the Wings which first appeared here as a new release in December. I am delighted to update it with its most recent review.

51abcfiqqgl-_uy250_About Waiting in the Wings.

At the grand old age of 92, my mother Dot suddenly starts telling me that she loves me. I am quite dumbstruck at these outbursts of emotion, as she has never mentioned the fact before in all of my 58 years. Over the entire course of my lifetime we have often argued bitterly, and have never really seen eye-to-eye over anything. I squirm with the inner knowledge that she wants me to reply in a similar vein, but try as I might, I cannot.

The guilt I feel at being unable to grant Dot her wish is overwhelming. As Dot’s health deteriorates more towards the final chapters of her life, I take on the role of carer. I find the only way to bring her out of her perpetual misery is to reminisce on past events by showing her old family photographs, and by helping her to remember holidays and happier times. We look back without anger and sometimes with a lot of laughter, getting to know each other better, raking over the past, and talking more than we have ever done. The process helps me, a middle-aged woman, understand the perils of ageing that I might one day face, and also the struggles that elderly people suffer on a day-to-day basis while stoically attempting to maintain their independence.

This is a true story, told in flashbacks and in modern-day often humorous conversations with my mother.

The most recent review

I greatly enjoyed this biography as we are invited to have a look into the childhood of Dot Stevie’s mother and soon after also following Stevie’s childhood in a part of Eastern London that now is changing due to a total makeover. Dot doesn’t seem to have much understanding for her only child which causes lots of tension through out Stevie’s childhood and youth. The key to understand this lies in Dot’s early childhood where she was put away in a hospital without being allowed to have visits from her mother. Her father had totally forsaken family and as we get glimpses of Dot’s early life she is more understood by the reader to have had difficulties in relationships.

I enjoyed the way the book is built up so that you change between the childhood of Stevie and background of Dot and the presence describing the frailty of Dot’s health and her stubbornness she shares with many old people. It seems that love and acceptance is growing between mother and daughter as Dot starts to articulate her gratitude to Stevie for her faithful help.

Read the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waiting-Wings-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01M3MOEPV

A selection of other books by Stevie Turner.

41cr21evdsl-_uy250_ 51musvev5al-_uy250_ 41furvc7xql-_uy250_ 51qshrjpd7l-_uy250_ 51bbrbxgzgl-_uy250_ 51dtl70haxl-_uy250_

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

614bjrvfwl-_ux250_

Connect to Stevie via her Website:  http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Thanks for dropping by today and if you are already in the bookstore please remember to keep me up to date with any new releases or terrific reviews. If you are NOT in the bookstore.. here is how you can join the 145 other authors.  Thanks Sally

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Hugh W. Roberts, Yecheilyah Ysrayl and Bette A. Stevens


Sally's Cafe and Bookstore UpdateWelcome to the first of the bookstore author updates this week. To start us off is my own review of Glimpses, the short story collection by Hugh W. Roberts. Glimpses has been sat on my desk since before Christmas and I have been dipping in and out in the last couple of weeks enjoying the 28 stories. Some I have read before on Hugh’s blog but nevertheless there is always something new to discover in each of the tales.

glimpses-kdp-cover

About the book

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh. Here’s what one reader has already said about the book. “If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future.

My Review.

Glimpses is an eclectic mix of genres including fantasy, science fiction,ghost, horror and drama. Each story has a twist or two that either make you smile or hide behind the sofa.The serial story, The Truth App, in particular makes you look at your online activities in a new light!

The characters are well drawn, and hopefully not all from experience, as you get a very strong sense of evil from some of them. such as in The Easter Bunny and The Gingerbread House. There are also some very poignant moments in stories about people’s loss of dreams or their desire to recapture happiness such as in the first story Last Train to Aldwych.

Hugh Roberts clearly understands our human frailties and exploits them in a very entertaining way in his stories.. Humour plays its role in many of the stories even in those that explore our darkest thoughts and deeds!  I thoroughly enjoyed my time glimpsing into the lives of the characters and the mind of the author.

Read the other reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

Hugh W. Roberts

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

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

The next author update is for Yecheilyah Ysrayl whose book The Road to Freedom: Joseph’s Story was promoted on the blog in March 2015.

Yecheilyah YsraylAbout: The Road to Freedom: Joseph’s Story (The Stella Trilogy Book 3)

Deeply concerned about the state of Black America, a fight with his brother compels a young Joseph to leave his mother’s house and join his friends for a trip to Atlanta for SNCC’s (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) second conference. Excited to live life on their own, Jo and his friends have left school and the lives they were living for a chance to become part of the movement. With no money and essentially no plan the seven friends, three black and four white, set out for the road when they are stopped by a racist cop who makes them exit the car. The teens are unaware that a mob of Klansmen also await them at the New Orleans bus terminal.

Find out in the 3rd installment of the Stella Trilogy how Joseph and his friends discover the truth about themselves in the Jim Crow south on The Road to Freedom.

Stella is a work of Young Adult Fiction as well as Historical Fiction and is distinctive in its focus on one woman’s road to self-discovery, against the backdrop of the African American fight for justice, racial equality, and freedom.

The 3-Part series focuses on the history of one family in their struggle for racial identity. Discover in this Trilogy how 3 individuals living in separate time periods strive to overcome the same struggle, carefully knit together by one blood.

One of the reviews for the book.

The final book in the series is Joseph’s story, where Stella’s grandson reconciles the feelings he has about his heritage. It is the story of a young man moved by the eloquent words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who yearns to be part of the white middle class and part of the movement to revolutionize the world all at the same time. A man, both white and black, hoping to evoke change in the world of 1960’s America.

The Jim Crow laws had come to an end in 1954 when the segregation of public (state-sponsored) schools was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States in Brown v. Board of Education. However, the lasting effects of these laws were felt all over the United States, not just in the southern states.

Joseph along with a group of his friends, both black and white, embark on a journey of self-discovery. Naïve but believing that they could make a difference, the young people set out to become part of the SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) conference in Georgia. This book chronicles the trials and tribulations of their journey.

My favorite quote from the book is when Joseph recounts: “In the beginning it was not about Civil Rights, it was about freedom and freedom is what it has all been about.”

Read the reviews and Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BNYQ7JY

Also by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

51elaqfbr5l-_uy250_ 51q-abezrll-_uy250_ 51slur69xol-_uy250_ 51vozns32l-_uy250_ 513s0frb3jl-_uy250_ ad34ee6d-1367-4dcf-a1a9-0561a6207110_d album_1

Buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA

61vx-ztgs4l-_ux250_

Connect to Yecheilyah Ysrayl via her website: http://literarykornerpublishing.com/

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore Update

My final guest author today is Bette A. Stevens whose wonderful book Amazing Matilda has delighted children and adults as well as brought awareness of the incredible lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly. Today the update is for her book Pure Trash: The Story  prequel to the novel Dog Bone Soup.

Pure Trash Bette StevensAbout the book

It’s PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction/short story), a Compelling Prequel to the novel DOG BONE SOUP.

The year is 1955. Remember the Good Old Days? You know, the 1950s and ‘60s, when America was flying high. The All American Family lived a life filled with hopes and dreams and life’s necessities too. Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American Boomer Boy. No, Shawn is a poor boy. He can’t join Boy Scouts or sports teams. There’s not even enough money for necessities. Besides, Shawn doesn’t have time for that. But when chores are done, there’s always fishing!

In this short story, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. This is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied (and not just by kids). It may redefine your definition of bullying.

If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its synonyms. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of a dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.

The latest review for Pure Trash

Having read Dog Bone Soup from which this short story was drawn, I figured it would be a review of what I already read. I must say it was, but to a greater degree, this short story caused me to focus on the message. Two boys, Shawn and Willie, were children of dirt-poor parents. The story covers the day that the boys are going to take their bikes to town, trade in some bottles, and enjoy some candy. In short, a day free of worry and care. Unfortunately, this was not meant to be. A small accident causes the boys to have to face the reality of prejudice that will no doubt haunt them their entire lives.

The author tells this story with the realism that causes the reader believe they are witnessing the action personally. One’s heart goes out to the boys and their mother for having to endure ridicule and shame only because they were born into poverty.

I recommend this short story to anyone who wants to preview Dog Bone Soup. It is well worth the time.

Read the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/TRASH-Historical-Fiction-Short-prequel-ebook/dp/B00EH0RV6K

Also by Bette A. Stevens

51jdrgaoeal-_uy250_ 51x5zrwolhl-_uy250_ 418pfrzhfyl-_uy250_

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://viewauthor.at/BetteAStevens

510hlf4bu5l-_ux250_

Connect to Bette via her website: http://www.4writersandreaders.com

There are a number of ways to promote your blog and your books and they are listed here.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-free-author-and-blogger-promotion-2017/

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you would share the post on your own networks. Thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Christmas Party – Guest Hugh W. Roberts – I Believe in Father Christmas


christmas party

I am delighted to welcome Hugh Roberts to the party with one of his short stories from his very recently published collection Glimpses. I am also very pleased to share one of the early  reviews for the book and I am certain there will be many more.

I Believe In Father Christmas by Hugh W. Roberts.

When I was eight-years old I did the most despicable thing. On Christmas Eve 1970, I told my five- year old sister that there was no such thing as Father Christmas. She was horrified. I’d been horrible to her since the day she’d been born, but telling her that Father Christmas did not exist was the worst thing I ever did.

My mother was so angry with me. She sent me to my room. I missed supper, I missed the carol singers outside our house, I missed seeing the first snowflakes of what was to be my first ever white Christmas and I missed the evening of Christmas Eve, my favourite time of the year. However, worse was to come.

I must have fallen asleep just before midnight. I cried myself to sleep, blaming Father Christmas for what had happened.

Sometime during the night, I was woken by hands around my throat.

“You evil boy!” boomed the voice. I was too frightened to open my eyes.

“Open your eyes, boy! Do it, or you will never see Christmas again.”

He forced my eyes open. I don’t know how he did it but he somehow did. I couldn’t believe what I saw. I was shocked beyond belief. It was Father Christmas who had his hands around my throat.

“You never, never tell anyone ever again that I do not exist. You understand me, boy?” I nodded my head quickly, despite being in complete shock.

“Good. Now, look deep into my eyes.”

Seconds later, I saw a flock of robins in his eyes and, before I knew it, they were propelled into my eyes. The screeching sound they made hurt my ears. I could not scream for my mother or father because of the tightly gripped hands around my throat. I finally managed to close my eyes and the screeching robins and hands around my throat disappeared.
Shocked by what had happened I crawled under my bed. I curled up into a tiny ball and shivered the night away. Sleep did come but only briefly.

It was the sound of laughter that woke me. I could hear the muffled voices of my mother, father and sister. It was Christmas morning and they were already downstairs. How could they have forgotten to wake me up?

I crawled out from under my bed and made my way past the open door of my bedroom. On the floor, at the top of the stairs, were two empty Christmas stockings. How could they have emptied their stockings without me?

I ran down the stairs and into the lounge, which was lit up with Christmas lights.

“Mum, Dad, Julie…I’m sorry,” I cried, but none of them took any notice of me. “Please forgive me, don’t spoil Christmas.” But it was no good, they just ignored me.

That’s when I saw the strange boy.

“Oh, that’s lovely, Robert. Grandma sure knows how to knit Christmas jumpers,” laughed Dad as he hugged the strange boy.

For the rest of the day I watched as the boy with my name took my place. Nobody bothered me. Nobody even noticed I was there. It was as if I were a ghost.

I finally went to bed, crying myself to sleep, at 8:30 that evening. The whole family had come round and a Christmas party was in full swing.

The next morning my mother woke me up.

“Are you feeling better, Robert?”

“Are you talking to me?” I asked her.

“Of course I am, who else goes by your name in this house? Come on, it’s Boxing Day and we need to get over to Grandma’s house.”

I didn’t ever say anything to anybody about what had happened and I didn’t see the strange looking boy with my name again. Well, not until the following Christmas Day when the whole thing happened again, and the following Christmas and the Christmas after that. You see, my place was always taken, but only on that one day of the year.

I’m so happy and thankful that it’s not Christmas every day.

Do you believe in Father Christmas?

51x761gzaul-_uy250_

About Glimpses

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh. Here’s what one reader has already said about the book. “If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future.

Every story makes a compelling read and just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, Hugh masterfully reveals a brilliant twist. With bite-size and longer stories, Glimpses is a must-read. I loved it.” – Esther Newton, Writer, and Author.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

 The review for the book by Terri Webster Schrandt – https://secondwindleisure.com/2016/12/11/glimpses-book-review-and-author-round-up/

Glimpses is a delightfully twisted set of short stories inspired by author Roberts’ blog. If you follow his blog, you may recognize a few of his terrifying tales reminiscent of stories in the sci-fi genre of Twilight Zone or Outer Limits peppered with a dash of horror. “The Truth App” is the piece de resistance in this collection of 28 stories. Roberts’ biting wit and deft tale-telling will have you reading on the edge of your…well, your reading device! A great read that will have you begging Roberts for more!

BUY the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

71flbnpvarl-_ux250_

About Hugh W. Roberts.

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

I have always enjoyed writing and the fact I suffer from a mild form of dyslexia has not stopped me. Yes, I get things wrong with my reading and writing but I 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 and becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for me to do this. I share my life with my civil-partner, John and our Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Toby, who I both cherish with all my heart.

I have a very positive outlook on life.I started writing short stories at school but was never really encouraged to continue writing them. Then, many years later, I discovered blogging and wrote and published several short stories on my blog. They soon became hits and I was encouraged to publish some of the stories in a book. Now, finally, my dream of becoming a published author has come true with the publication of ‘Glimpses’ the first volume of 28 of my short stories.

If you decide to buy and read my book then I’d be delighted if you would consider leaving a review on Amazon. Reviews help all authors and feedback is vital to improving my writingI’ve always considered myself as a peoples’ person and I love to hear from anyone.

Please do feel free to contact me.

Connect to Hugh Roberts on his Bloghttp://hughsviewsandnews.com/

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HughsViewsAndNews05
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/HughRoberts05
Google+https://plus.google.com/108647661887874692677/posts

My thanks to Hugh for sharing one of his stories with us and as always would be delighted if you would share far and wide.  Thanks Sally