This series is aimed at promoting those that review books regularly. Especially those who do so via their blogs as it would be great to create more traffic to their sites. I am happy to also showcase those that are put directly on Amazon. The details are here in this first post with an example.. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/smorgasbord-new-series-starting-this-saturday-meet-the-book-reviewers/
The series is already evolving as predicted and we will just see where it goes.
- If you click the images of the books you will be taken directly to Amazon.
- Where an author or reviewer is in the Cafe and Bookstore I will include their entry.
- If a review has been posted to Amazon directly without a blog post, I will share the entire review with a link to the reviewers blog.
The first review is by Balroop Singh for a volume of poetry ‘Into the Hearth’– by Wendy E. Slater. It was posted direct to Amazon so I will share the entire review.
Profound and brilliant anthology of poems on April 20, 2018
Into the Hearth by Wendy E. Slater is a poetic journey into self, a comment on self-discovery from flame to love to home and hearth. Though it has been marked as spiritual poetry but it addresses the most basic truths connected with life, probably suggesting that spirituality begins from within. Hurts merge with reconciliation, as “your absence means neither anything nor everything,” yet “I will always sing to your heart and you mine.” Emotions recede like waves, get restored in the heart, where they ebb and discover a new path, sometimes taking solace in the superficial sounds.
Slater’s poems have to be read gently to discern their depth. The imagery is drawn from the universe…waves, stars, moon, music are mere instruments that ignite the fire to understand our harmony with the blue and the green, into which our souls would merge one day.
From the softness of lotus that unfolds slowly to “Sahara, all me” – are the symbols of the struggle with passion and solitude, eventually arriving at only one conclusion…“There can no attachment, it’s all within.” This is a brilliant anthology of poems and I would recommend it to all poetry lovers.
Balroop Singh, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U
Now time to showcase D.G. Kaye who as many of you know is a non-fiction author who writes thought provoking and heartwarming memoirs. She also has a Sunday Review spot and this week she reviewed Writing Hard Stories by Melanie Brooks.
Today’s book review is on memoir writer, Melanie Brooks’ book – Writing Hard Stories. I always try to read a book on my craft in between reading other genres I enjoy too. I was drawn to this book, not only for its whimsical cover (covers do attract), but for the content of the book, which is a series of interviews the author conducted with other more well known memoir writers. Brooks was searching for the heart of why and how each writer goes about writing their memoirs – what inspires them, how they get over the tough parts to write, overcoming fears of featuring people in their lives and how their work will be accepted.
Head over and read the rest of Debby’s review: D.G. Kaye Review Writing Hard Stories
D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Please visit Amazon or Debby’s blog to view all her books.
The next review is by Colleen Chesebro who is a prolific and much respected reviewer of books and never fails to do a book and its author justice. This week she reviewed the latest book from the poet Annette Rochelle Aben – A Haiku Perspective 2018.
Here is an extract from the review and if you click the cover it will take you to Amazon to buy.
American Poet, Annette Rochelle Aben has created a dynamic collection of syllabic poetry and prose that shouts out her unique perspective on everyday life. Her poetry is filled with humor and pathos expressed through various forms of Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka formats covering a wide range of topics.
Aben’s talent lies in her deep understanding of the human psyche expressed through poetic bursts of emotion that reach out and grab the reader. One of the most powerful verses is called, Absolution:
If I let you see
Some parts of my history
Would they set me free
Wiping clean the deeds
See flowers disguised as weeds
Head over and read the rest of the poem and the review from Colleen: Colleen Chesebro’s review of A Haiku Perspective 2018
Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
Annette Rochelle Aben, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Annette-Rochelle-Aben/e/B00MSQTGUY
Please visit Annette’s blog or Amazon to view all her books.
The next review is from N.N. Light’s Book Haven for Twilight’s Encore – Wounded Hearts #3 by USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar.
Here is an extract from the review.
If you like Military Romance, Wounded Warrior Romance, Contemporary Romance, or Romantic Suspense, this is a sure to be a story you will love from USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar.
What is it about the town of Tidal Falls that makes me yearn for the next book by Jacquie Biggar? Could it be the larger-than-life men and their penchant for attracting danger? Could it be the strong-willed women who love their men, not caring if their life is in peril? Whatever it is, I love it!
Katy’s come home to Tidal Falls to get married in the soon-to-be restored Twilight Theatre (owned by her father). When she meets the contractor, Ty Garrett, time stands still. Ty, her first love, stands between her and the wedding she desperately craves. Working in such close proximity is a recipe for disaster, considering how they went down in flames years ago
Head over and read the rest of this excellent review: N.N. Light’s Review for Twilight’s Encore by Jacquie Biggar
Jacquie Biggar, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
Please visit Jacquie’s Amazon page of website to view all her books.
The next review is from author Janice Spina for the wonderful book No More Mulberries by Mary Smith. Janice is an award winning children’s author with other books for adult readers and is a huge supporter of authors in her community. I can also highly recommend this book.
The review for the book by Janice Spina
No More Mulberries is more than just a love story but a tale of hardship, loss, survival against all odds, and the importance of family. It is a story about two people who are different as any two can be. Miriam, from Scotland meets Jawad, an Afghan, and fall in love. She moves to his country and begins a love affair with Afghanistan.
When Jawad suffers an untimely death Miriam must decide whether to go back to her own homeland of Scotland with her son or stay. She meets another Afghan man, Iqbal, and sees a way to stay in this country with her son.
The cultural differences are numerous and difficult for the couple to overcome. They must come to terms with complicated problems in her new husband’s past in order to continue with their life together. All couples, no matter what culture they come from, have similar setbacks to deal through.
The author takes the reader on a journey through this backward country and all its antiquated beliefs about medicine and education for girls. The reader is drawn to all the beauty that the author is detailing which shows the love she has for this country.
Although I have never traveled to this part of the world I felt an empathy for the people and their remarkable ability to survive. With the Taliban at their back door they are forced to escape or stand against evil.
This is an unforgettable story about the resilience of one woman to conquer what many could not fathom. An enjoyable book and a must read for all! Kudos to the author for an outstanding novel!
Janice Spina, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG
Please visit Amazon or Janice’s blog to view all her books for adults and children.
Mary Smith, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Smith/e/B001KCD4P0
Please visit Amazon or Mary’s website to view all her books.
Lizanne Lloyd has reviewed That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughn on her blog. Lizanne is also part of the Rose’s Book Review Team which is a fantastic reviewing collaboration.
Here is an extract from Lizanne’s review on her blog
An old house in an estate on the beautiful east coast of Ireland is a perfect setting for romance and mystery. Mia Flannagan is summoned to Galty House by the sad news of the imminent death of Archie Fitzgerald, a celebrated Hollywood actor who took the place of a father for most of her troubled childhood. During a rather distant relationship with her mother, stunning actress Fenella Flannagan, Mia was nurtured by Archie’s family and friends, but even they would never reveal the identity of her father.
Leaving the set of a disastrous film where she is in charge of the wardrobe, she is relieved to find Archie is in good form despite being weak and tiring easily. He maintains a good relationship with his new neighbour, American hotel manager, Ross Power’ but Mia is more interested in a friendship with Pearl, the lonely, neglected niece. Just as Mia was, she is an imaginative, talkative child and the two have adventures together visiting the mysterious island just off the coast.
Head over and read the rest of the review: Lizanne Lloyd reviews That Summer at The Seahorse Hotel
The final reviewer today is Mark Paxson who has written a wonderful post about both Audrey Driscoll and Carrie Rubin..Mark Paxson is also the author of One Night in Bridgeport, The Marfa Lights, Deviation and Shady Acres available from Amazon Mark Paxson
The review I want to feature is for Audrey Driscoll who is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.
Here is an extract from the post on Mark’s blog
Audrey Driscoll is a blogger/writer who has followed my blog for some time. I have always appreciated her likes and occasional comments, but I only recently returned the favor and started following her blog a few months ago. It’s the kind of writer’s blog I appreciate. Most of the time you don’t even realize she has pursued publishing efforts because much of her blog is dedicated to her other pursuits.
A few weeks ago Berthold Gambrel posted a review of one of Audrey’s books, The Friendship of Mortals. Interestingly, Berthold learned of Audrey from my blog, likely because of a comment she left there that he then followed down the WordPress trail. His review inspired me to read The Friendship of Mortals. And I don’t know why. I’ve never read Lovecraft and haven’t the foggiest idea about his (her?) books and stories, although I’ve heard the name occasionally over the years.
Actually, I do know why. I wanted to show some support for a fellow writer and I hoped for a good story to go along with it.
Head over and read the rest of the blog post: Review for The Friendship of Mortals by Audrey Driscoll by Mark Paxson
And here is Mark’s review for the book on Amazon.
I read a review of this book on a blog and decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. It is an excellent story, exceptionally well-written and well-told. I put Audrey in this category of writers who write in a more old-fashioned style. There is a poetry to her style, a rhythm and movement that is … well, it’s like baseball. There is no clock, and there are moments when nothing much is happening. But a good storyteller and a patient reader can recognize that even in those quiet moments something is happening. And a lot happens in this story. I highly recommend it.
To view all of Audrey’s books please visit her Amazon page.
I think that you get the idea of how this is shaping up. My aim is to get reviews spread as far as possible and as bloggers from countries around the world we have that ability.
I want to recognise those that already review books and thank them for taking the time to do so, and I also want to encourage others to review the books that they read. This post is just a small drop in the ocean and your help to spread its message is gratefully received.
Thanks for dropping in today and here is a quick summary of how you can participate.
- If you are a regular book reviewer, or have recently reviewed a book on your blog send me the link to your latest post.
- If you do not blog your reviews but post them on Amazon and Goodreads then send me the link to the review and give me your blog link to include.
- If you are an author who has received a blog post review recently please send me a link.
- If you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore with a recent review send me the link and I will include in the twice weekly updates.
- If you are an author with a recent review on Amazon or Goodreads and are not in the Cafe and bookstore then contact me so we can put you on the shelves with a promotion.
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