Welcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore updates for August…with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.
The first author with recent reviews is Jacqui Murray for Survival of the Fittest (Book 1 of the Crossroads Trilogy), a book that I too can recommend.
About the book
Five tribes. One leader. A treacherous journey across three continents in search of a new home. Written in the spirit of Jean Auel, Survival of the Fittest is an unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion.
Chased by a ruthless enemy, Xhosa leads her People on a grueling journey through unknown and dangerous lands following a path laid out decades before by her father, to be followed only as a last resort. She is joined by other fleeing tribes from Indonesia, China, South Africa, East Africa, and the Levant, all similarly forced by timeless events to find new lives. As they struggle to overcome treachery, lies, tragedy, secrets, and Nature itself, Xhosa is forced to face the reality that her enemy doesn’t want to ruin her People. It wants to ruin her.
The story is set 850,000 years ago, a time in prehistory when man populated most of Eurasia, where ‘survival of the fittest’ was not a slogan. It was a destiny. Xhosa’s People were from a violent species, one fully capable of addressing the many hardships that threatened their lives except for one: future man, a smarter version of themselves, one destined to obliterate all those who came before.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Xhosa is a heroine of her times as she leads her people and attempts to understand the world around her. Through meticulous research, author Jacqui Murray illuminates the gritty details of the lives and world of Homo Erectus as the People trek through Africa and beyond to search for more hospitable surroundings. With wisdom, courage and the ability to learn new ideas, Xhosa is a fierce and memorable character capable of leading the People to their new home. I am eagerly awaiting the second book of this three-book series!
Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NKM58GB
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Survival-Fittest-Crossroads-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B07NKM58GB
Also by Jacqui Murray
Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon Author Page US
And: Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow Jacqui on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/84832.Jacqui_Murray
Connect to Jacqui via her website: Worddreams
The next author with a recent review is James J. Cudney for Father Figure.
About the book
Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly.
Abused by her mother, Amalia Graeme longs to escape her desolate hometown and fall in love. Contemplating her loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction for an older man, Amalia faces life-altering tragedies.
Brianna Porter, a sassy, angst-ridden New York City teenager, yearns to find her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. Desperate to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, Brianna accidentally finds out a shocking truth about her missing parent.
Set in alternating chapters two decades apart, the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen is revealed. Father Figure is an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Father Figure is an intriguing story of two women’s journeys, at two different points in time, towards self acceptance and redemption.
Amalia grew up in the small town of Brant, Mississippi, the abused daughter of a jealous and spiteful mother, who suffers from diabetes, and a weak and insipid father, who turns a blind eye to his wife’s physical and verbal abuse of his daughter. Despite her father’s faults, Amalia is devoted to her father. Her love for her father does not prevent her from seeking to create a better life for herself away from Brant and she accepts a sports scholarship to Woodlands College. Amalia’s sheltered and dysfunctional home life does not equip her for life at a university full of young men and women. She becomes romantically involved with Carter, her brother’s rather childish and selfish best friend, and simultaneously meet a middle aged, but attractive, professor who she develops a huge crush on. Amalia’s naivety set her up to make poor romantic choices and other decisions that change the course of her life.
Brianna is the lonely and slightly indulged teenage daughter of a single fairly successful career woman living in New York City. She has grown up without a father figure and has an obsession with finding out more about the mystery man who fathered her. Her mother refuses to engage with her on the subject, saying it is part of her painful past. Brianna knows virtually nothing about her mother’s family and this increases her frustration at her mother’s refusal to tell her about her roots. Brianna is also confused about her sexuality and is locked in an internal struggle to discover whether she is attracted to men or whether her attraction for her best friend, Shanelle, is the real thing. In order to give herself some space, away from her over-protective mother, Brianne decides to apply to Woodlands College, which is out of state and the same college Shanelle has decided to attend.
Brianna’s decision to attend Woodland’s sets in motion a sequence of events that unravel the mysteries of the past and cause the separate timelines of Amalia and her to cross with unforeseen consequences.
I thoroughly enjoyed this family drama.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BW77CWQ
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Father-Figure-James-J-Cudney-ebook/dp/B07BW77CWQ
Also by James J. Cudney
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M
Read more reviews and follow James on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17128817.James_J_Cudney
Connect to James via his website/blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com/
A new release receiving reviews is Brother Love (A Crossroad) by Teagan Riordain Geneviene.
About Brother Love
“Brother Love – a Crossroad” is a mysterious “Twilight Zone-ish” short novella. It was inspired by the combination of Neil Diamond’s song and the blues legends of Robert Johnson and the Devil at the Crossroads. As in the real world, things in this tale are not what they seem. The setting is rural Mississippi in the 1950s. A group of outcasts are in a small southern town. They don’t realize they are looking for something. Will they find it?
A recent review for Brother Love
Geneviene started this novelette as a serial on her blog and for several reasons I was unable to follow along. I was pleased to see the story published so I could finish it to the end. It was well worth staying up past my bedtime.
The story takes place in rural Mississippi and reflects the sensibilities of the US South. It’s a place full of superstition and religion, talking magpies, charlatans and outcasts. The traveling revival-show is particularly well done. Characters are intriguing, and the main character Birdie is fully realized and believable. The reader figures out what’s going on only as Birdie does, and there is lots of magic and mystery wrapping up the end.
The author states at the beginning that the story includes word-prompts contributed by her blog audience, and it was fun to see how she wove them seamlessly into the story. Recommend for fantasy readers who love magic.
Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V25SXFR
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V25SXFR
Also by Teagan Riordain Geneviene
Read the reviews, buy the books : https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Read more reviews and follow Teagan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13707141.Teagan_Geneviene
Connect to Teagan Geneviene via her website: https://teagansbooks.com/
And last but certainly not least…it is D.G. Kaye with her memoir for Conflicted Hearts:
About Conflicted Hearts
A Lifetime of guilt — What does it take to finally break free?
Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me.
Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother’s narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, overcoming her lack of guidance and her insecurities. Her life experiences became her teachers, and she learned from the mistakes and choices she made along the way, plagued by the guilt she carried for her mother.
Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.
One of the recent reviews for the book.
Author D. G. Kaye takes her readers on a journey down the memory lane of her fractured past riddled with painful recollections of her narcissistic mother and timid father.
Forced to grow up as a child substituting for her mother (including cooking, housework, and the care of her 3 younger siblings), the author learned to cope with the selfishness of her self-absorbed mother by tuning out her own needs, especially her need for a mother’s love and affection.
I was glad her Aunt Sherry was there for her, though she was really the only adult who seemed to care. All the other adults in her life were emotionally absent.
The author moves into the difficulties of adulthood confused and guilt-ridden but learns, even in the midst of illness and heartbreak how to love herself and to “climb life’s peaks and prevail”.
I highly recommend this book; especially for anyone struggling with the wounds of a fractured past.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Conflicted-Hearts-Daughters-Solace-Emotional-ebook/dp/B00HDTPPUQ
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conflicted-Hearts-Daughters-Solace-Emotional-ebook/dp/B00HDTPPUQ
Also by D.G. Kaye
Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye
Connect to Debby on her blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with a few books under your arm.. thanks Sally.