Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #reviews – Janice Spina, Terry Tyler and Marina Osipova


The first author today is Janice Spina who has received a recent review for her novel How Far is Heaven.

About the book

Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.

One of the recent reviews for the book

How Far is Heaven offers a great mix of mystery, romance and angelic messages.A seemingly happy couple – Parker and Priscilla are broken up by a tragic incident when Parker ventures out for a business trip but never returns home. Priscilla finds help with trying to find her missing husband from a compassionate police Sargent, Blake, who makes it his mission to solve the mystery of her missing husband.

In the midst of the investigation, more grief fills Priscilla when her 8 year old precocious daughter, Deanna, goes missing. We are left wondering how these two events are connected and we’re kept hoping through the investigation that Deanna will be found. Through the tragedy that ensues, Priscilla tries to keep it all together for the sake of her missing daughter and for her little boy. As the investigation continues, Blake finds himself taking a great shining to Priscilla as he feels a common bond with Priscilla’s loss and his own recent suffering of a great loss. Blake’s compassion for Priscilla grows into a friendship.Meanwhile, sweet Deanna keeps her hopes of being found alive because of her spiritual connection with her father’s spirit and the ‘promise’ he made her that he’d always protect her.

This book is a moving story of tragedy with faith and love sustaining everyone to keep hope alive while trying to maintain peace and normalcy within a loving family, all the while keeping us glued till the end, as we wait and hope to find out if the little girl will be found and what happened to her father.Love never dies, even after death.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GM3G6M4

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Far-Heaven-J-Spina-ebook/dp/B01GM3G6M4

A small selection of children’s books and for adults by Janice Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Connect to Janice via her website: https://Jemsbooks.com

And next a recent review for Terry Tyler and Legacy: Book Four Project Renova Series...

About Legacy

Out of all the death and destruction has come the freedom to be who we really are.’

A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2.

Seventeen-year-old Bree feels stifled by the restrictions of her village community, but finds a kindred spirit in Silas, a lone traveller searching for his roots. She, too, is looking for answers: the truth behind the mysterious death, forty years earlier, of her grandmother.

In 2050, Phoenix Northam’s one wish is to follow in the footsteps of his father, a great leader respected by all who knew him…or so his mother tells him.

In 2029, on a Danish island, Lottie is homesick for Lindisfarne; two years earlier, Alex Verlander and the kingpins of the Renova group believe they have escaped the second outbreak of bat fever just in time…

Book 4 of the Project Renova series rebuilds a broken country with no central government or law, where life is dangerous and people can simply disappear…but the post-Fall world is also one of possibility, of freedom and hope for the future.

A recent review for the book..

‘Legacy’ is the fourth and final book in the ‘Project Renova’ series by British best-selling author, Terry Tyler. The story is told from the prospective of several characters and is written in the first person and the present tense. The cover design is simple yet highly symbolic.

Although a hundred years have passed, life in small communities is still predominantly agrarian and altruistic. In contrast, larger settlements have moved to a mixed economy but instead of developing a fair and just system of law and order, have become brutalised and bloodthirsty. Much of the countryside is still uninhabited and from some bleak descriptions, it is clear humankind won’t return to its pre-apocalyptical consumer-led society model any time soon.

The author has taken quite a risk with this book. The structure is unusual in that she takes the device of inclusion and after some drip-feeding of events over the intervening years, we then travel back in time. We stop off at various pivotal points along the way, ending up more or less where the last book finished. It is all then wrapped up by moving forward again to 2127. From a writing point-of-view, it is an amazingly difficult task to make the timelines work but as far as I could tell, they did and there were no loose ends.

I found it very helpful to have a brief synopsis of the previous books in the series at the end. There are a lot of characters but if you get your head round them, you will definitely be rewarded as the plot develops.

As usual, Tyler’s writing techniques are displayed in abundance. We have foreshadowing, humour, imagery, jealousy, sarcasm, pathos, poignancy, fear, love and hate all mixed together in the melting pot of her mind to build some amazingly strong characters; some were familiar and some were completely new. Either way, without doubt, the reader cannot help but care deeply about them.

There were parallels with events at the Colosseum in ancient Rome, Edmund and Henry Tudor and indeed a bit of ‘Mein Kampf’ along the way, all weaved seamlessly into the plot.

I worried that it might be a bit of a let-down after the others in the series. However, it was nothing of the sort. It would stand alone as a novel in its own right but for those of us who have been with Terry Tyler since ‘Project Renova’ began, it was the perfect vehicle for closure. Some people got their comeuppance but some didn’t, just as it is in life. Some people thrived and some lives ended ignominiously, keeping it grounded with an earthy realism. And that’s the nagging doubt we are left with; this scenario could actually happen … Definitely worth a much-deserved five stars.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Legacy-Project-Renova-Book-4-ebook/dp/B07JNC9K6Z

And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Project-Renova-Book-4-ebook/dp/B07JNC9K6Z

A selection of other books by Terry Tyler

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Read more reviews and follow Terry Tyler on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

Connect to Terry via her blog: https://terrytyler59.blogspot.ie/

And the final author today with a recent review is Marina Osipova for her most recent book How Dare The Birds Sing (Book One in the Love and Fate Series 1).

About the book

Are Lyuba and Günter star-crossed lovers? When they first meet in 1933 Soviet Russia, their young love is filled with hope and naiveté until Günter disappears. Her fleeting relationship with him has devastating consequences, forcing her to take a humiliating way out to save herself and her family. This choice unleashes a sequence of fatal events that shatter her life, affecting everyone involved.

In June 1941, World War II comes to Russian soil, hurling Lyuba, along with millions of others, into the inhuman grinder, testing the limits of her strength and resilience of her heart. Will it be strong enough years later to allow her to reveal the ugly secret she has buried from the only person the war has left for her to love?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Induna 5.0 out of 5 stars Love does not always prevail, the perils of war often destroys it. 

Lyuba Zaleskaya was a seventeen year old from Lipetsk, a provincial Russian town south of Moscow. The author Marina Osipova with her descriptive dialog and elegant prose, places us the reader, as a passenger alongside Lyuba as she makes the harrowing and heartfelt journey of her life through the maelstrom of bitter conflict between Russia and Germany.
We are with her as she falls in love, only for that love to be thwarted by circumstance, and she is forced into a loveless marriage with a Hero of the Soviet Union. Separated from her husband Stepan by military battles over the homeland Lyuba finds herself part of the partisan movement in an effort to beat back the German invaders.

On one covert mission, she is captured by the Germans and ends up in a concentration camp. Her pain and suffering from this internship is our pain too, as we subconsciously urge her to endure and not give up. We the reader are breaking under the strain of ungodly atrocities and cruelty inflicted on this and other women in the camp.

A reprieve for both her and us the reader comes when Lyuba is selected to work at a local farmer’s house. It is here she is required to bear the baby of the master of the house as his wife was barren. But even this joy is taken from her as the Russians sweep in to take over the area and the Germans flee together with the child that Lyuba has borne. Here she has to explain to her own countrymen that she had not been a whore of the Germans and a collaborator.

Released from this hell she finds solace in adopting the daughter of her deceased friend Natasha, and where we the reader, are able to place our metaphorical arms around Lyuba to comfort her as she becomes a loving mother of Natashen’ka.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N2BDF91

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dare-Birds-Sing-Book-Love-ebook/dp/B07N2BDF91

Also by Marina Osipova

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Marina-Osipova/e/B0778W8MHS

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marina-Osipova/e/B0778W8MHS

Read more reviews and follow Marina on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4701687.Marina_Osipova

Connect to Marina via her website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with a book or two under your arm.. thanks Sally.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews – Janice Spina, Robbie and Michael Cheadle and HL Carpenter.


Welcome to the first of the author updates this week and the writers today spread their talent across genres and also age groups with books for children/YA and adults.

The first author with a recent review is award winning writer Janice Spina for her latest release The First Star.

About The First Star.

Once upon a time there were two children who loved their father so much that they missed him terribly each time he had toleave to go away to find buyers for his woodworking.The two children, Chris and Kim, were each given a gift made by their father to keep close to them until he could return. They worried whether he would return and prayed on the first star they saw each night that he would come home safely.This story portrays the love that a father has for his children and them for him in return. It shows that being kind to others by putting others before you can be rewarding. Also, some things like love and good health are far more important than riches.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Award-winning author, Janice Spina has created another marvelous picture book for children. This time the story involves two children, Christopher and Kimberly and their family. They have very little money so their dad makes a special toy for each of them before he leaves home to find work. Of course, the children miss him very much. They begin wishing on a very bright star, in hopes their dad will return. Many amazing things happen in the story. Christopher and Kimberly realize there are more important things in life than material riches. It’s a great lesson for young readers. No doubt they will remember this lovely story and read it again and again. I highly recommend it.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NXW22TM

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Star-Janice-Spina-ebook/dp/B07NXW22TM

A small selection of children’s books and for adults by Janice Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Connect to Janice via her website: https://Jemsbooks.com

Now one of the recent reviews for the children’s story and cookery book from the mother and son writing partnership of Robbie and Michael Cheadle. Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves Story and Cookbook. Robbie Cheadle also writes poetry and for Young adults.

About the book

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet get sugar water from the Sugar Crystal Caves to make delicious goodies for their shop. Unfortunately something is making the crystals melt. What can Sir Chocolate do? Includes four lovely new recipes.

One of the recent reviews

Stenetta Anthony 5.0 out of 5 stars Review March 14, 2019

Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves is a book any child would enjoy. It shares the adventures of Sir Chocolate must encounter. His adventures carried him to the crystal cave where he met a fiery dragon. Who appeared to be unfriendly at first, who heart soften when meeting Sir Chocolate. Characters in the story were a reflection of friendship and the importance of working together to solve a problem. Illustrations were perfect for the story; each illustration appeared to be a baked good. In the back of the book were recipes that children will like making and creating. 

A selection of books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Read all the reviews and buy the books:https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie Cheadle via her blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

The last authors today with a recent review are mother and daughter writing team of HL Carpenter.. for their mystery Murder by the Books. The duo also write for children/YA.

About the book

A letter from beyond the grave brings accountant Fae Childers face to face with murder, embezzlement, romance, and a hidden family legacy.

Certified public accountant Fae Childers is not an embezzler, despite the belief of the accounting firm that fires her for stealing.
But proving her innocence is harder than convincing an IRS agent to allow a deduction. She’s lost her mother, her job, her fiancé, and her self-respect. She’s running out of money and the lease is about to expire on her apartment.

Then the fortune-telling grandmother Fae never knew existed, whose name and psychic abilities she now learns are also hers, issues a challenge from beyond the grave—a challenge that brings Fae face to face with murder, embezzlement, romance, and a hidden family legacy.

When the mystery of Fae’s past collides with the troubles of her present, the situation veers out of control. Her very life is threatened. Who can she trust? The man she’s falling in love with? The former fiancé who has already betrayed her once? Or only herself?

With justice, romance, and her future at stake, Fae must overcome personal and professional obstacles to save herself and those she loves. And she’s going to have to do it fast, before someone else dies.

One of the recent reviews for the book

The mother-daughter duo known as HL Carpenter created a character in Fae Childers who can go the distance. Murder by the Books is well-paced and will hold your interest to the end.

I have a long-standing background in researching financial scams and con-artists, so the topic was a perfect one to entertain me on a cold and dreary Saturday.

Fae Childers is so horrified by the suggestion that she has embezzled from the accounting firm she leaves without defending her decades-long career with the firm.

The fact that her boyfriend has sided with the owners causes her to stay in seclusion in her apartment in Tampa. Wallowing in self-pity, she’s intrigued when a letter arrives informing her of an inheritance from a grandmother she had no idea existed.

The lawyer she encounters in Seafoam appears to be thoughtful, compassionate and handsome. Why is Fae drawn in so by his passionate green eyes? Could Ret Karaffa be at the center of the murders and break-ins that suddenly seem to happen with an unnerving regularity around all the people her grandmother came in contact with while living along the coast in Seafoam?

You’ll learn to love to hate the annoying local reporter, Pat Jablonski. Will she show up dead in the surf too? The real mystery is whether or not the killer believes that Fae has inherited her grandmother’s abilities to see things most of us will never experience. Will he or she recognize the piercing headaches as the same ones Fae’s grandmother had before she solved the mysterious puzzles the inhabitants of Seafoam had with unnerving regularity?

The missing journals and balance sheets hold the answers, but will Fae discover them in time to save herself and protect the vast inheritance everyone is focused on? What of the handsome Ret? Will he provide the love connection she’s been looking for her whole life? This book has a clever plot, interesting characters, and enough last-minute revelations to keep you interested from beginning to end. It was a fast read filled with richly defined backdrops. I thought I’d figured it out three times before I finished it. You’ll need to pick up a copy to find out if Fae has fortune-telling instincts like her grandmother.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KQB9XP8

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Books-mystery-HL-Carpenter-ebook/dp/B07KQB9XP

A selection of other books for adults, YA and children by HL Carpenter

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B007SHS9LA/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/HL-Carpenter/e/B007SHS9LA/

You will find a lot more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820921.H_L_Carpenter

Connect to HL Carpenter via their website and blog: https://www.hlcarpenter.com/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with a book or two… thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves #Childrens – The First Star by Janice Spina #Illustrator John Spina


Delighted to share the news of award winning children’s author Janice Spina’s, latest release. As always illustrated by John Spina.

About The First Star.

Once upon a time there were two children who loved their father so much that they missed him terribly each time he had toleave to go away to find buyers for his woodworking.The two children, Chris and Kim, were each given a gift made by their father to keep close to them until he could return. They worried whether he would return and prayed on the first star they saw each night that he would come home safely.This story portrays the love that a father has for his children and them for him in return. It shows that being kind to others by putting others before you can be rewarding. Also, some things like love and good health are far more important than riches.

An early review for the book on Goodreads

Sarah Mazor‘s review Feb 26, 2019

Author Janice Spina’s new book “The First Star” is a marvelous addition to her growing collection of children’s books that entertain while they convey important values and great lessons.

The family portrayed in this lovely book struggles with poverty and the consequences of a shortage of funds. The father travels far to try and sell his goods, the mother does her best to keep the home fires burning, and the children deal as best they can. Life is hard for them, but they remain steady in their goodness and kindness. The family is rewarded for the virtues, yet even when their finances improve, they remember what is truly important in life.

Mrs. Spina imparts in a lovely age-appropriate fashion so that children can easily relate, the fundamental lesson of appreciating the blessings in our lives and makes the reader recognize that blessings are not measured by gold and silver and material possessions but by our kindness, by the happiness in our hearts, and by the love that we give and receive.

The beautiful story is accompanied by adorable illustrations by Mr. John Spina. The husband and wife team have done it again. Highly recommended!

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NXW22TM

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Star-Janice-Spina-ebook/dp/B07NXW22TM

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Also as J.E. Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

About Janice Spina

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with eleven children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Lamby the Lonely Lamb (won the Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards), and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, and Colby the Courageous Cat. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) is a middle-grade/preteen series.

Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Awards). Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 5 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest.

Janice has published three novels under J. E. Spina, Hunting Mariah, a thriller/mystery, Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) a paranormal/mystery/romance novel, How Far Is Heaven, and a short story collection, An Angel Among Us, all available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is working on a children’s book, and a mystery series for YA girls to be published in 2018. She needs to edit a YA fantasy series which will be published in 2019 and beyond. Her husband is her illustrator and cover creator.

Connect to Janice

Website: https://Jemsbooks.com
Blog: http://Jemsbooks.blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janice.spina.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janice_spina

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas – #Children – Victoria Zigler, Jann Weeratunga, Janice Spina, Bette A. Stevens and Gigi Sedlmayer


I am going to start the Christmas book promotions with children’s books, as most are in print that are posted and therefore require a longer lead time.  There are many talented authors in the bookstore who write for both children and adults and if that is the case I will also include the covers and the Amazon author page for you to explore their books further.

About Ulrike’s Christmas – Paperback and audio

Ulrike knows all about the Winter Solstice celebrations of the giants, being one himself. But what he doesn’t know is why the humans cut down whole trees, only to take them home to decorate. Other giants tell him to forget about it, but Ulrike is curious; he needs to know why they do it. Finally, when he’s puzzled over it so much his head is sore from all the thinking, he decides that this is the year he’ll figure it out, and risks a return trip to the home of the last family he watched to look for clues, despite almost being spotted last time he was there. That’s how he meets Billy, a friendly little boy who loves stories, and is happy to tell Ulrike all about tree decorating, and Santa Claus, along with a couple of stories he knows about them. Stories which Ulrike loves, and which inspire him to add some of what Billy says are Christmas celebrations to his own this Winter, in the hopes that Santa Claus will visit him too.

Buy the book or audio: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ulrikes-Christmas-Victoria-Zigler/dp/154125999

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Ulrikes-Christmas-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1541259998

A very small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler

A recent review for Rodent Rhymes and Pussycat Poems

Victoria Zigler writes the most delightful stories and poems for young children. This collection of poems is very appealing and teaches children about the lovely animals in Victoria’s household of pets including degus and chinchillas which, I think, are less well known pets. This book features the same little degus that characterise Victoria’s other children’s books about these interesting creatures and I enjoyed meeting them again and learning more about their funny little habits and relationships.

I listened to the audio book of Puppy Poems and Rodent Rhymes, narrated by Carol Weakland and I thought she did a great job. Her reading voice is lovely and clear which is important for young children.

You can download all the other print and audio books from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Zigler/e/B00BHS9DQ6

Victoria has a great many reviews on Goodreads and I suggest that you head there first to read: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5852247.Victoria_Zigler

Connect to Victoria via her website: http://www.zigler.co.uk/

The next author’s books feature a wonderful parrot who travels, has adventures and often shares an important social message and would delight any child this Christmas is Jann Weeratunga’s seasonal stories – Polly’s Hogmanay Holiday.

Polly’s Hogmany Holiday.

About the book

Polly the Parrot, Captain Hake and the crew of The Thistle take a short break in Scotland before they resume the search for Polly’s friends in Africa. The pirates get to meet the street children and their lives are changed forever. And who is Red?

A recent review for Polly’s Hogmany Holiday

Sep 07, 2018 Kailash Moore rated it Five Stars

Polly’s hogmany holiday is an awesome childrens book, it teaches you not to trust strangers or accept sweets from any one and not to steal. teaches you to be caring and help children on the street and stop them from drug abuse. i believe the lessons in this book will make children street wise about accepting sweets from strangers especially since they look like hard rock candy. i would recommend these book adults to read this to there children.polly’s hogmany holiday is an awesome childrens book, it teaches you not to trust strangers or accept sweets from any one and not to steal. teaches you to be caring and help children on the street and stop them from drug abuse. i believe the lessons in this book will make children street wise about accepting sweets from strangers especially since they look like hard rock candy. i would recommend these book adults to read this to their children 

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Pollys-Hogmanay-Holiday-Sweetie-Piralympics/dp/1979869170

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pollys-Hogmanay-Holiday-Sweetie-Piralympics/dp/1979869170

A selection of books by Jann Weeratunga

Read the reviews and link to buy the books Amazon UK: Amazon UK

and Amazon US:Amazon US

and read more reviews and follow Jann on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15797624.Jann_Weeratunga

Connect to Jann via her website: https://kidsbookswithoutborders.com/home/

The next book which would make a great gift for children or grandchildren who love adventure stories and is from from award winning children’s author Janice Spina… It is the second book in her series Abby and Holly: Unfortunate Events.

About the book

Abby and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything together. Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and unfortunate events come to pass.

Abby is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult time.

The girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.

An early review for the book

I am so excited about the Abby and Holly Series for girls, but it could be equally enjoyed by boys. In Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events, Abby’s cousin, Holly, is faced with some difficult issues. While her parents are away on overseas jobs, Holly is living with Abby. Things go downhill when her parents return for a visit and her mother becomes ill. Throughout this trying time, Holly has a tremendous amount of support from Abby, her Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob, and two ghosts who live in Abby’s house, Felicity and Minerva. Of course, their friends Davey and Derek are there to help, too.

As with all of Spina’s children’s books, Unfortunate Events teaches life lessons such as respect, kindness toward others, and the importance of being polite. This book concentrates on handling the unexpected and overcoming life’s disappointments. The unexpected was Holly’s mother’s illness and hospital stay. With the love of her extended family, Holly was able to cope with her worry for her mother. Disappointment was addressed when her father announced that he was flying out to finish his work overseas. He explained to Holly the importance of fulling his obligations to his employer.

I highly recommend Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events to all middle-graders, both girls and boys. The storyline is one that will keep children interested with its elements of suspense and mystery. Though there are references to a childhood crush, they are not a major component of the story and certainly not enough to deter boys’ interest. And who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost or two! As with all the author’s children’s books, this one is true to her ideals of writing books that encourage children to read while incorporating those all-important life lessons. As a book I think every parent will want their daughters and sons to read, I give Unfortunate Events 5 stars!

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JDRGYDK

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Abby-Holly-Book-Unfortunate-Events-ebook/dp/B07JDRGYDK

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone is on offer until 18th November 99c/99p: AMAZON (sale begins 11/11/18 through 11/18/18)

Also as J.E. Spina for adults.

 

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Connect to Janice via her website: http://Jemsbooks.com

The first author is  Bette A. Stevens who created the magical world of Amazing Matilda the Monarch Butterfly and it continues to delight its young readers of all ages. I think it makes a wonderful gift for any child and introduces them to the amazing natural world that surrounds them.

About Amazing Matilda

Inspire the Kids with an Award-winning (Excellence in Children’s Literature) Monarch Butterfly Tale.

In this age of instant gratification, there’s an award-winning children’s picture book out that teaches kids that patience and hard work really do pay off.

‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale’ is a timely tale that follows MATILDA, a tiny monarch caterpillar, from the time she hatches from her egg on a giant milkweed leaf until she realizes her dream to fly. The story provides challenges and adventure at every turn.

Grandparents, parents and teachers will find that AMAZING MATILDA is a book that kids will want to read themselves and hear read to them again and again.

Get your FREE Autograph for your digital copy from author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens at http://www.4writersandreaders.com

One of the recent reviews for the book

I can’t think of a better title for this book because Matilda truly was amazing. This sweet story captured me from the start with one of my favorite lines, “I want to fly! I want to see the world!”

Matilda’s determination, along with her encouraging friends the sparrow, rabbit and frog, is a lesson in going after what you want in life and never giving up. A wonderful story for children and adults, too. The illustrations were precious. I’m hoping there will be more Matilda adventures in the future.

Read all the wonderful reviews for the book: https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Matilda-Monarchs-Bette-Stevens/dp/1470187663

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazing-Matilda-Childrens-Literature-Butterfly-ebook/dp/B00AU9ZISA

Also by Bette A. Stevens

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M

Read more reviews and follow Bette on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6037707.Bette_A_Stevens

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

The next children’s author, whose books of adventure in the Andes for a small girl and Condors, continues to receive fantastic reviews, and the series would make an amazing gift. Talon; Connected

About Connected

Matica meets with the village eldest and wisest man, Elcano, who tells her ‘we are all connected’ to each other, Matica’s family and the Condors’.

Elcano also shares with Matica that he predicts that the Condors will be protected by all because Matica, her family, the Indians and the Condors are all connected.

It’s a heart-warming and inspirational story, intended for readers of all ages.;

One of the recent reviews for the book

VINE VOICEon October 6, 2018

Talon Connected is the continuation of the story of a young girl named Matica and her beloved condor friend, Talon. The book recaps the problem of the poachers trying to find and kill Talon and the magical leaf that helped heal Matica’s father in the previous installment. The theme of this book is that everyone and everything is connected. Elcano, the oldest man of the Indian village, makes sure that Matica realizes this. There is not a lot of action in this book, but the message of friendship, loyalty, love, and respect is a beautiful one. This is a story that is appropriate for all ages.

The other books in the series

515tsm3dql-_uy250_Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

Read more reviews and follow Gigi on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4405791.Gigi_Sedlmayer

Connect to Gigi via her website: http://gigised.com/

I hope that you have enjoyed this selection of Children’s books and there will be more later in the week.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You with Janice Spina


Delighted to welcome award-winning children’s and thriller writer Janice Spina to the blog today to share the questions she has chosen to answer so that we can get to know her a little better.

Janice has been a long-term supporter of my blog and I am sure many of yours and always brightens my day when she visits.

Before we find out what Janice has to say, a look at the official biography for his lovely lady.

About Janice Spina

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with eleven children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Lamby the Lonely Lamb (won the Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards), and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, and Colby the Courageous Cat. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) is a middle-grade/preteen series.

Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Awards). Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 5 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest.

Janice has published three novels under J. E. Spina, Hunting Mariah, a thriller/mystery, Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) a paranormal/mystery/romance novel, How Far Is Heaven, and a short story collection, An Angel Among Us, all available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is working on a children’s book, and a mystery series for YA girls to be published in 2018. She needs to edit a YA fantasy series which will be published in 2019 and beyond. Her husband is her illustrator and cover creator.

Now it is time to unveil the stories that Janice has chosen to share with us.

What is your favorite holiday destination and why?

Every year my husband and I travel to Aruba. This is by far our favorite place to vacation. If you have been there, you would, I’m sure, agree. Many people I’ve met who have vacationed in Aruba come back again and again. It’s addictive, the beautiful beaches, the gorgeous turquoise water, the fabulous food, the perfect weather, and the warm and friendly people.

Each year we return the Aruban people welcome us “home”. It certainly feels like a home away from home. When we leave they open their arms and exchanged hugs and warm wishes until we return again next year.

We have met lovely people and made some wonderful friends who we see each vacation. We go out together for dinners, hang out on the beach, soak in the water, solve the problems of the world, and have parties under our palapas (wooden huts or umbrellas). Just talking about it makes me nostalgic. Can’t wait to go back! Sigh!

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains and why?

That’s a difficult question for me. I love them both. When I am in Aruba, it’s the beach. When I am home in New Hampshire, I love to visit the mountains, smell the crisp clear air, take long walks and enjoy the beauty, serenity, and majesty of the mountains. It’s the one place I feel closer to God.

We went to the mountains last year for my niece’s wedding overnight. It was glorious! The weather was in the fall, cool the first night but warm like summer the night of her wedding. It was a fantastic weekend with family, good food, and a gorgeous setting – an unforgettable view on top of Loon Mountain with the changing colors of the surrounding foliage in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.

Have you ever played a musical instrument or sang in public?

I have never played a musical instrument in public but fiddle around on my keyboard with one hand. I’ve have been trying to teach myself how to play for the past several years. Still haven’t learned more than how to place my right hand on the keys. I guess I am too busy with my writing, publishing and everything else that goes with it.

I have, however, sang in a choral group, part of the Sweet Adeline’s International Chorus out of Manchester, NH for about six months. We sang at a few local venues in NH. It was fun but I had to leave due to eye problems and driving at night. I love to sing but now limit my singing to the shower, in the car, while washing dishes or singing Happy Birthday to relatives. They can’t stop me then! Ha!

Sally here: This is an amazing International organisation, unfortunately I could not find a specific video for the Manchester chapter of the Sweet Adeline’s but here is an example of the standard of performance.

Have you got a secret talent that nobody knows about?

Well, that is funny. I used to do the limbo and won a contest in Aruba one year and another time on a cruise ship. It’s been years since I could get down without having trouble getting back up again!

My other secret talent is hula hooping. I can still do it for hours on end. I won local contests for keeping it going the longest at a local function hall and on cruise ships. I am known locally at this function hall as the hula hoop queen! Of course that was years ago! I am only hula hoop queen now in my own mind!

Sally here: If ever you feel like taking this amazing talent up again Janice, I am sure that you would be as popular as this artist….

    Coral Jade

What is your favorite childhood song and why?

When I was just a little girl I sang along as my grandfather played the mandolin. If you ever heard the beautiful sound of the mandolin, you would want to cry. It produces a magical sound like an angel singing. It even made me sound better than I did then. I haven’t thought about this song in years. It’s nice to bring back these special memories of my grandfather.

My grandfather was a talented musician. He played in a group and sang and my grandmother would often sing along with him. When we got together he would always ask me to sing with him as he played. I was thrilled to spend time with him in that way. No one else in my family enjoyed singing as much as I did and I did it every chance I could get.

The song I sang was, Que Sera Sera.

Thank you so much for having me on your fabulous blog, Sally. I enjoyed answering your five questions. They brought back happy memories in my life.

Janice is a prolific children’s book author and here are some of her books, including her latest release.

Janice’s latest book, illustrated as always by her husband John is Abby & Holly School Dance, book one of a brand new series, a spin off from Davey and Derek Junior Detectives.

About Abby & Holly School Dance

This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted.

The cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I loved Janice Spina’s new book “Abby and Holly, School Dance.” The writing style made you feel like you were enjoying the adventures of Abby, Holly and their friends. You’re sure to smile at the twins Derek and Davey’s shyness around Abby and Holly. It’s a delightful story. Trouble comes when one of their classmates, Justine, mysteriously becomes sick. How is the mystery solved? When Justine is bullied, how does the group of friends encourage the bullies to change their behavior. This is an enjoyable book teaches, families, and teens are sure to love and they are likely to remember not only the entertaining adventures, but the important message the story shares. Another wonderful book by Janice Spina.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F7MW7L6/

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holly-School-Dance-Janice-Spina-ebook/dp/B07F7MW7L6/

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Also as J.E. Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Connect to Janice

Website: http://Jemsbooks.com
Blog: http://Jemsbooks.blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janice.spina.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janice_spina

Thank you for dropping in today and I know that Janice would love to hear from you and answer any questions.. thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Abby & Holly School Dance by Janice Spina


Prolific children and thriller author Janice Spina is celebrating her 70th birthday with the release of her latest book, illustrated as always by her husband John. Abby & Holly School Dance, book one of a brand new series, a spin off from Davey and Derek Junior Detectives.

About Abby & Holly School Dance

This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted.

The cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

One of the early reviews for the book

Thrilled to see the girlfriends of Davey & Derek having their own adventures, too!! Abby & Holly were introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost.” Abby & Holly are 1st cousins. Their moms are sisters!

Abby’s house is haunted & the resident ghost & Davey & Derek help the girls help Justine with her being bullied. It was pretty fun seeing the Ghost back again.

Love how Janice seems to pick up where she left off with book 5 of the boys’ story. It was fun “watching” the kids get ready for their 6th grade dance, also! Such innocence..
It was a joy to read!!.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F7MW7L6/

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holly-School-Dance-Janice-Spina-ebook/dp/B07F7MW7L6/

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Also as J.E. Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

About Janice Spina

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with eleven children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Lamby the Lonely Lamb (won the Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards), and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, and Colby the Courageous Cat. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) is a middle-grade/preteen series.

Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Awards). Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 5 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest.

Janice has published three novels under J. E. Spina, Hunting Mariah, a thriller/mystery, Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) a paranormal/mystery/romance novel, How Far Is Heaven, and a short story collection, An Angel Among Us, all available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is working on a children’s book, and a mystery series for YA girls to be published in 2018. She needs to edit a YA fantasy series which will be published in 2019 and beyond. Her husband is her illustrator and cover creator.

Connect to Janice

Website: http://Jemsbooks.com
Blog: http://Jemsbooks.blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janice.spina.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janice_spina

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Music to get your Weekend Started – Requests from Jacquie Biggar, John Rieber, Judy E. Martin and Janice Spina.


Since the beginning of this series, I have asked you to share your favourite music with links in the comments. I thought I would create a special playlist, sharing the track and link to the latest post of those requesting the song.

Next week I am back in the driving seat with more tracks that are on my personal playlist and some of the background behind them.

Jacquie Biggar is clearly a romantic musical fan and she has requested this track from 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, which was watched many times when I was growing up. If you love romance, you will enjoy Jacquie’s blog and books…

Janice Spina has requested another classic musical favourite with Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly.. here is an excerpt from the film. Janice is an award winning children’s author and also writes as J.E. Spina for adults.

John Rieber – enjoys all music but mentioned E.L.O (Electric Light Orchestra) and since I  can tell that the Flash Mob videos are popular.. here is All Over the World with a tribute to the Mobbers and a not to John’s travels.

Judy E. Martin is a humourist and poet, who sees the irreverent side of life…head over and enjoy her gardening poetry… She is also clearly an optimist!  As she has chosen In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry…hahaha.

 

Hopefully by the time you read this the sun will be shining, especially as we have the Royal Wedding tomorrow.. Enjoy your weekend, and next week back to the regular Drive-Time Playlist, and another chance for you to add your requests to the comments. Thanks Sally

 

 

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your reviews – Janice Spina, Karen Ingalls and Gay Ingram


Welcome to the first of the review posts for the week and our first author with a new review is Janice Spina for her book The Case of The Brown Scraggly Dog

About the book

Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away.

Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells.

Clues surface that suggest that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

One of the recent reviews for the book – Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-case-of-the-brown-scraggly-dog

Davey and Derek are twins. They do just about everything together, including solving mysteries and learning a little bit of magic from their Great-Aunt Gigi. On a recent visit to their great-aunt, the boys learned a new magic trick and discovered “a large brown scraggly dog with frightened eyes.” There was nothing to identify the dog, but it did have blood on its paws. So the mystery was definitely bigger than just finding the dog’s home. They conjectured whether there was a murder involved. Just as they were attempting to connect with the dog, it took off. And the mystery deepened.

Janice Spina has a knack for writing mysteries. Her recent addition to the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog, is another good twist on what might appear to be a simple mystery. Like the ever popular young boys’ mystery series, the Hardy Boys, Davey and Derek, the two protagonists, make a great team of amateur sleuths. The basic plot of a boy team working together solving the mystery develops simply, mixed in with a little bit of magic, a little bit of boyish fun and a little bit of humor. The reader can’t help but like and even relate to these active youngsters whose minds never stop working. The plot is developed primarily through dialogue, which makes this a good story for an early chapter book reader. There’s nothing better to encourage the reluctant young boy reader than a Hardy Boys-like series mixed with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Scraggly-Davey-Junior-Detectives-ebook/dp/B01MZ5FL46

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brown-Scraggly-Davey-Junior-Detectives-ebook/dp/B01MZ5FL4

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Also as J.E. Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

Connect to Janice via her website: https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com

Now time to update the reviews for Outshine – An Ovarian Cancer Memoir by Karen Ingalls.

About the book

When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, she realized how little she knew about what is called “the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, she redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.

In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that “the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radian. It is a story of survival and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.

Recent reviews for the book

Outshine is aptly named. It shines with inspiration, faith, hope, and resolve. In it, the author shares the challenges she faced after receiving a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Outshine isn’t heavy. Nor is it oppressive. It’s well-written and reads more like a story told by a strong woman who shares her trials with the reader. Karen Ingalls also shares the good times she allowed herself to experience in order to keep the balance her mind needed to survive. God gave Karen a strong support system led by her rock solid husband. This system helped her live more positively and gave her strength to acquire and apply all the knowledge she could. Throughout, Karen credits God, friends, family, and her doctors for helping her to survive. I intend to re-read Outshine, intermittently, to help me minister to friends and family who may be going through cancer. I’m also recommending it to anyone that I think it might help.

As a long-time ovarian cancer survivor, I found this book, which I purchased from the author, to be well-written, an excellent guide to help others cope with the cancer roller coaster ride, and a heartfelt personal story. I highly recommend it to all those who have been touched by cancer. Marcia Mabee

Read all the reviews and and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outshine-Ovarian-Cancer-Karen-Ingalls-ebook/dp/B00KI1HGZI/

 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESEARCH.

Also by Karen Ingalls

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY

Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls

Connect to Karen via her blog: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/

Gay Ingram released her latest historical novel for young adults and teens in August and time to share some recent reviews, George Washington: From Boy Surveyor to Soldier.

About the book

The death of his father when he was only eleven dashes George Washington’s hopes for a proper English education. Then, his mother refuses to allow him to fulfill his dream of a Naval career. It is only with the discovery of his father’s surveying tools that the young George finds an ‘open door’ to experiences that will prepare him for the greatest adventure of his life…our country’s first president.

A brief excerpt from Chapter One.

Virginia Colony, 1743

The two horses thundered across the meadow, neck-to-neck. Clods of torn-away dirt flew into the air to mark their passage. George tucked his head close to the animal’s neck to excape the stinging slap of a wind-blown mane. Monitor’s shoulder muscles bunched beneath the boy’s legs when the horse launched into the air to clear the ditch. Boy and animal landed with a jolt. George held his seat as the horse rushed on. He wondered if his cousin Lund’s hors would take the jump and looked back over his shoulder. Horse and rider folloed behind, completing the jump. He let out a whoop. The feel of Monitor’s surging energy beneath him, the rush of air sucking at his breath, skimming past a blurred landscape;every part fo the wild ride exhilarated George.

Ms. Ingram has created an interesting picture of our First President’s boyhood. Somehow it is hard to visualize our national leaders as children with their own goals, childhood escapades, and frustrations. It’s surprising the change in attitude toward England and the King that occured during George Washington’s life. These are tidbits of information that aren’t in the history books. It is information that makes President Washington a real person rather than an historical figure in a book. I can recommend it to youth and adults.

History Anew on September 1, 2017

Author Gay Ingram has a way with weaving details, dialog and description as expertly as a weaver might fashion a new rug.

This book was written for an audience much younger than myself. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned a lot about Washington I did not know before, despite being a student of history. Ingram takes the reader by the hand and gently pulls you in, so that you feel as though you are a part of the story. In particular, I enjoyed the parts dealing with the “boy surveyor”. One of my ancestors — a man named Samuel Gann — did survey work in Virginia colony with a young George Washington. To read the story of this time in Washington’s life gave me an intense appreciation for what my own family went through in colonial Virginia.

This story is beautifully-written, rich with detail and emotion. I would encourage young and old alike to read this book and come to know one of our greatest Founding Fathers in a new and deeper way.

Head over to download the book: https://www.amazon.com/George-Washington-Boy-Surveyor-Soldier-ebook/dp/B0748JBX3D

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/George-Washington-Boy-Surveyor-Soldier-ebook/dp/B0748JBX3D

A small selection of the many other books by Gay Ingram

Discover all of Gay Ingram’s books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.com/author/gayingram

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gay-Ingram/e/B008VS6AJI

Read more reviews and follow Gay on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomgay_ingram

Connect to Gay via her Blog: http://gayingram.blogspot.com/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Sue Coletta, J.E Spina and C.S. Boyack


Welcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore updates for the week and the first author is Sue Coletta with her brand new novella – Brotherhood Protectors: Fractured Lives.

About Fractured Lives

Three couples, the perfect Maine vacation, and a fateful night that lands one of the women in mortal danger.

Couples are going missing in Sunset Cove at Long Lake, and the authorities seem more concerned with not tarnishing the reputation of their popular tourist destination. Until … while out for a spin on her wave runner, Shawnee Daniels pulls alongside a deserted canoe.

Blood stains the seat.

When retired SEAL Brandon “Boomer” Rayne wakes to an empty bed—his bride-to-be Daphne nowhere inside their rented cabin—he enlists the help of the only people he’s met in the state: the couple next door, Shawnee Daniels and Revere, Massachusetts Detective Levaughn Samuels.

Uncertainty bonds the two neighbors, forced together by tragedy. Their predicament turns even deadlier when the half-nude body of a female washes ashore. No obvious signs of homicide exist. How did she die? Does her death relate to Daphne’s disappearance?

Time’s running out.

Can they piece together the mystery to find Boomer’s fiancé? Or will an elusive serial killer determine their fate?

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Brotherhood-Protectors-Fractured-Kindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B075FFNWD9

A small selection of other books by Sue Coletta.

The most recent review for Blessed Mayhem (The Mayhem Series Book Two) released on August 9th 2017.

Read one of Sue Coletta’s stories, and you’ll want to read all of them. Read Wings of Mayhem and/or Hacked, and there’s no way you’ll want to miss Blessed Mayhem.

This series picks up with Shawnee Daniels, current forensic hacker and former cat burglar, reverting to her old ways. That’s bad in and of itself, considering she not only works for the police, she’s dating a detective. What makes matters worse is she gets caught—by a serial killer in the middle of a… let’s call it a project. Thus begins a pulse-pounding game of cat-and-mouse. Or maybe I should say cat-and-bird. The way the author incorporates crows and ravens into this story is nothing short of inspired.

Coletta has a fabulous ability to craft believable characters who do extraordinarily memorable things. Our heroine (or is she an anti-heroine?) has a complex past that we learn more about in this novel, a past that not only impacts all her present-day relationships but also inspires a rather bold decision on her part. Her love interest is sexy and stalwart, the perfect complement to the heroine and her less-than-pure actions. Her best friend is a quirky delight. And the villain is deliciously complex. I haven’t been this enthralled by an antagonist since Hannibal Lecter.

The plot is fast-paced, the settings exquisitely described. I love everything I read by this author, but this may have been my favorite work of hers so far. If you like heart-hammering suspense, you don’t want to miss this.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO

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Next new edition and cover for Hunting Mariah by J.E.Spina (Janice Spina as Children’s author).

About the book

An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.

Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp. Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended?

One of the reviews for Hunting Mariah for the previous edition

I had known Janice Spina as the author of charming, award-winning children’s picture books. So when her thriller novel “Hunting Mariah” hit the market, I was quite surprised! The next surprise (shock, in fact), came in reading the book’s opening. Raw and brutal, yet Spina tells it like it’s completely natural –thereby setting up getting the reader into the mind of the killer. This book started off with a bang!

The twists and turns this tale takes keep the reader off-guard as Mariah retells the events she slowly recalls after surviving her attacker – a man (and there are several men in Mariah’s life in the story) whose identity the reader is unsure of for most of the book. Devious poetry accompanies the text, as the killer verbalizes his justification for his savage desires, intentions, and actions.

This story runs the reader through the gamut of human emotions as Mariah, her friends, and family experience and endure what would be life’s normal course shattered by tragedy at the hands of a psychopath. I found myself deeply moved at one completely unexpected tragic point in the story.

I won’t give much more of the story away. After all, it IS a mystery/thriller, and I want you to be as surprised and entertained as I was.

Head over and read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Mariah-JE-Spina-ebook/dp/B00OTN690Y

A selection of other books by Janice Spina

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The next update is for C.S. Boyack and his book Panama which has received some great reviews in the last month.

About Panama

Ethan and Coop are sent to the construction zone along the Panama Canal. They have some experience with strange phenomenon, but nothing prepared them for this.

They are faced with civil war, Carlist pretenders to the thrones of France and Spain, an invading Spanish army, and another from Hell itself. They’ll be lucky to survive, let alone take care of anything while they’re down there.

This story is based upon the construction of the canal, Panamanian independence, international cooperation, and a few celebrity cameos. Even the magic takes on an international flavor.

Ghosts and Voodoo are one thing, but they have no idea what waits along the isthmus.

The most recent review for Panama

Excellent Read  on September 5, 2017

Taking historical fiction, paranormal, and steampunk and mixing them together in a book sounds ambitious. It is ambitious, but C.S. Boyack does it well and the result is an engaging page turner. I say this as someone who is not a fan of the genres mentioned, but I am a fan of this book.

The tale centers around two federal marshals, enlisted by the larger-than-life Teddy Roosevelt, to facilitate the construction of the Panama Canal by using their respective abilities.

The characters in this book are engaging and colorful in their unique ways. The backdrop and gadgetry in the story reminded me of the Wild, Wild West television show, one of my childhood favorites.

This is the fifth C.S. Boyack book that I have read and I am amazed at the depth of the writing in various genres. The writing is solid in all of them. The biggest compliment that I can give is that Boyack’s books make me forget about the genre or mixture of genres and I become invested in the characters and the story.

I highly recommend that you give this book, and others by C.S. Boyack, a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Panama-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B00K7Q949A

A selection of books also by C.S. Boyack

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Connect with Craig via his blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

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Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Janice Spina, Gigi Sedlmayer and Sally Cronin


Welcome to another post where you can showcase your latest reviews. I do try to catch your reviews but it does help if you let me know by emailing sally.cronin@moyhill. I am happy to share your news every four to six weeks to keep you in the spotlight.

The first author with a review today is Janice Spina for book five of her Davey and Derek, Junior Detectives series – The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost

About The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost

Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations.

Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle these mischievous phantoms.

The most recent review on Amazon

Once again, Davey and Derek are off on an adventure to solve a mystery. These two young detectives are on the trail of ghosts that are living in their friend Abby’s house. Abby and her cousin Holly are school mates of Davey and Derek and have more interest in them than just finding the ghosts. When they visit Abby’s home, a large old Victorian house, they discover the house holds secrets even Abby’s parents didn’t know about. Of course, once again, they enlist their Great Aunt Gigi to help them.

This was once again another delightful middle grade book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Davey and Derek and their friends are delightful children who are respectful and considerate of others, but who don’t hesitate to do a bit of sleuthing under the nose of Abby’s parents.

As with the other books in this series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost is well written and meets the author’s criteria for instilling the love of reading in children.

I highly recommend The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost to all middle graders and to their parents. This would be a wonderful book to share, with parents taking a turn reading aloud.

This book was a gift from the author. I received no compensation for my honest review.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Mischievous-Ghost-Davey-Junior-Detectives-ebook/dp/B072QBJ7LC

Also by Janice Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy:https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

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Another children’s author whose books receive excellent reviews continously is Gigi Sedlmayer and here is the latest for the first in the Talon Series – Come Fly With Me.

About Come Fly With Me

The adventure of a young girl will captivate your attention in this beautiful book. The words soar off the page and into your heart as you read this imaginative story.

Enjoy seeing the family dynamic from the first moment with her brother, to the gentle times with her mom, and the exciting scenes with her father.

A young girl, Matica, is jealous of her brother, Aiken’s ability to have friends. But Matica’s ability to form friendships is extraordinary. The trust and camaraderie between Matica and the condors is truly wonderful.

The way the author revealed each situation is fun to read and it made one anxious to see what’s next. Acceptance was eloquently woven into the story without being blatant. And the other thing I learned was that when certain things happen, you don’t always know why and just maybe something goodwill come of it.

Talon, Come Fly With Me is not only magical but inspiring. The author is expressive every step of the way and paint such vivid pictures with her words.

The most recent review on Amazon

This short story connects immediately to kids with its conversational tone. Matica is a girl who has grown up to be 9 years of age but physically is small. This leads her to feel isolated in her immediate circle. To add to the complexity, her parents – missionaries – relocate from Australia to South America to stay among the Indians.

Matica comes in contact with a pair of Condors – majestic birds which are close to extinction. She manages to develop a close bond with the birds and helps them through their travails when poachers try stealing their egg. In this attempt, Matica gets a huge round of admiration from the local Indians and is invited to various schools to share her story.

This narrative is a great example of story telling where the reader can bond with the main characters and get to understand issues like environment, conservation and diversity.

Full Disclosure : I had been provided a copy of the book by the author for an unconditional review (and I am glad I got to read her work)

There are 128 reviews for Come Fly With Me for you too browse and to buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Talon-Come-Fly-Gigi-Sedlmayer-ebook/product-reviews/B00J2643PG

Also by Gigi Sedlmayer

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Gigi-Sedlmayer/e/B003U8G4WC

Read more reviews and follow Gigi on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4405791.Gigi_Sedlmayer

Connect to Gigi via her new website: http://gigised.com/

And finally I am going to slip one of my latest review into the pile for Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story.

About Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

The true story of Sam, a rough collie, written from his perspective. A tribute to a true friend and a genuine family member.

Millions of families around the World believe that their pet, dog or cat is the most intelligent, beautiful and loyal friend that anyone could have. And they are absolutely right.
From the first moment that I met Sam, when he was just three weeks old, his personality and charm shone from his button eyes. Like many pet owners, we were convinced he understood every word we spoke and he actually could say one or two himself. Rather than tell his story from our perspective I have given him a voice and let him tell his own.
I can only imagine what he really thought about his two and four-legged friends but I do hope he loved us as much as we adored him and the time he spent with us shining brightly in our lives.
If only our pets could talk how much richer the world would be, and funnier.

The most recent review on Amazon

When I read a book, I prepare for my review of it by highlighting the parts that I will want to quote in my review, ie. the sentences that are the touchpoints, or witty dialogue, the memorable moments, and lines that are the heart of the book. As I prepared to review Sam, I realized that I had highlighted the entire book. So many wonderful moments, funny stories, heartwarming scenes, and plenty of love are contained in this dog’s memoir.

Sam relates how he came as a young pup to live with Sally and David, in a lovely place near a beach in Ireland. Sam describes the large garden where he romps, his own splashing pool, his sun lounger, his rambles on the beach with his owners. Sam appreciates all this, but most of all he loves his pack and does his best to be a positive and helpful member of the pack. His only complaint is that he is never given enough cheese and sausages! (We hear you, Sam!)

Sam has many human and cat and dog friends. Sam and Sally’s adventures with Henry the cat, and his babies is quite amazing and touching. His Sally can speak Cat and Sam learns this language, too, along with a useful repertoire of words that he understands and words that he can say! He is also a very good listener.

Sam seems to be the typical smart, mature, only child. He is well-traveled (over 50,000 miles and several countries!) and interested and engaged in his world. As Sam writes, “There is no doubt that my pack could not do without me.” Adults, children, and worldly dogs and cats like Sam, will enjoy reading or hearing this lovely story. Highly recommend.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Sam-Shaggy-Story-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00GM0HPQE

Other books by Sally Cronin

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Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you enjoyed the selection. Thanks Sally