Sally’s Cafe and bookstore Author Update – Toni Pike, Jaye Marie and Christy Birmingham


Welcome to the Friday Cafe and Bookstore update where authors on the shelves can share new releases, fantastic reviews and offers on their books. Whilst I do make every effort to check all the authors in the bookstore every few weeks, it is very helpful if you drop me a line to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

Just a reminder about some of the benefits of being in the bookstore.

You can enjoy regular updates that puts your work in front of my 26,000+ contacts here and on social media. Most of whom are authors themselves, but more importantly readers of books. You also belong to a growing community of supportive writers who are happy to share across their own networks.

For example. The average Cafe Update receives on average 40 to 50 retweets over the course of a week. Most authors that follow me have between 5,000 – 15,000+ followers of their own on Twitter. At the lower number your work is being promoted to over 200,000 potential readers.

I cannot promise that it will result in sales, but because I put the your name in the headline, it does mean that google picks the post up whenever someone searches your name. This boosts your own efforts to develop an online presence.

If you are not already in the Cafe and Bookstore then here is the post that tells you how:

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

Now for today’s featured authors and the first is Toni Pike with a departure from the Jotham Fletcher mystery thriller series which I will of course mention a little later. Today I am showcasing Toni’s latest book, published on March 26th, which is 100 Secrets to Love, Health and Wealth.

About the book

LEARN THE SECRETS TO FINDING A JOB AND CREATING A LIFE THAT YOU LOVE.

The author was once set upon by some wild ducks keen to defend their territory. Do you have ducks like that in your life, so out of control that you hardly know which way to turn? They are the ones that you need to approach and tame, then put into a line so that you can:

Increase your wealth, improve your health and achieve your dreams.

Here, Toni Pike shares her one hundred secrets to success. This guide can easily be read in just a couple of hours. In this short book, you will learn how to:
• reduce stress
• balance your budget
• make positive changes in your career
• guide your children
• declutter your home, and
• live life to the full.

If you are young, here are skills that will help equip you for the rest of your life.
If you are in the midst of your career, you will find ways to transform your journey.
If you are approaching retirement, you can learn how to make the most of that exciting time.

There are some people who might think that these ideas are so simple that everyone should know them. The truth is that many people never reach their full potential or even try to achieve their goals.

Open your mind, and see if you can use these methods to turn your life around. When you do that, you will find that your wealth will increase, your health is likely to improve and you will live the life that you have only been dreaming about for far too long.

There are ten chapters, each representing one of those ducks in your life that you need to tame:
Life – Making the most of every moment
Health – Looking after your body
Career – Finding a job you love
Money – Increasing your wealth and balancing your budget
Home – Simplifying your living space
Family – Finding harmony with your children and parents
Friends – Maintaining social contacts and searching for romance
Leisure – Choosing activities that enrich your life
Travel – Exploring the world
Technology – Using technology and maximising your productivity

Don’t miss this chance to transform your life!

Buy the book at its launch offer of 99p: https://www.amazon.com/100-Secrets-Love-Health-Wealth-ebook/dp/B06XW2V61J

One of the reviews for The Magus Covenant

A beautiful edge of the seat thriller based on Simon the Magician or Simon Magus mentioned in various places in the Bible. The way the story is woven, the characters developed, the twists and turns that the plot develops as it moves along makes the book alluring, fascinating and irresistible. The revelation at the end takes the reader by total surprise and makes this book a topnotch one! One gets enthralled as one goes through each page! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading Toni’s other book too!

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y

Find out more about Toni and connect via her website: https://tonipike.com/

The next update is for Jaye Marie who has a FREE offer for her book The Last Life: Introducing Detective David Snow.

About the book

Kate Devereau wakes up in a hospital, unable to speak or move. Her brain has shut down, refusing to acknowledge her dark and disturbing past, concealing a web of painful secrets.
Michael Barratt brought her to the hospital, insisting that her ex-husband had tried to kill her. And from the state of him, had tried to kill him too. He had been searching for Kate for years, ever since their doomed love affair, only to discover someone else had been hunting her too.

With the help of the DI David Snow, Kate will gradually piece her life back together, only to discover the nightmare is far from over.

Her first instinct is to run, but David Snow convinces her to stay and help him put an end to the nightmare. A nightmare that will get progressively worse before it gets better.
Haunted by his own demons, will the Snowman manage to catch the twisted killer?
Evil lurks in this story and people die, but amidst the tears and heartache, a lost love struggles to survive…

Also by Jaye Marie

 A review for The Ninth Life.

If you like the thriller genre that keeps up the momentum then this would be a good read for you. The pace never falters, building up the plot and characters with timely intervention. The author cleverly keeps the story centred around the main character, with the other players coming into the story and yet there are no plot holes or false timings.

Not once did I get bored reading it or find the story faltering at all – definitely one of those where ‘you need to know what happens next’ but I think the author’s gift when writing this is to keep the protagonist centre whilst keeping the reader constantly hooked. The antagonist is typically a nasty character, one whom the reader takes an instant dislike to and the edge he adds to the story is almost palpable.

Other characters are kept to a minimum but play pivotal roles in the story; the good thing here is you never know quite how they will turn out. Will your fears be unfounded? Or did you correctly guess the next step? The ending is not what you would expect (another good talent to have when writing) but you’ll have to read the book!

Find out more about Jaye Marie and buy her books: https://www.amazon.com/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

Connect to Jaye Marie via her website: https://jenanita01.com/

My next update is for poet Christy Birmingham who joined the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore in March. She recently received another excellent review for her collection Versions of the Self.

About the collection

Imagine a shift to the way you see the world that arises through poetic narration. Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse. Such is the premise of Versions of the Self, poetry that assumes multiple types of selves exist and relate in ways that alter them. Each of the eight chapters looks at a different type of self, including the singular “I” and romantic interactions. These unique 80 poems definitely color themselves outside of the lines.

The latest review on Amazon

Versions of the Self is a collection of poetry that inspires and enthralls. Each thought-provoking piece is one to be savored. A variety of topics are explored, from nature (Painted Mountains) to simple pleasures (A Sundae Type of Day), from love to heartbreak. Ultimately, this collection is about relationships in all its forms. Christy Birmingham delves deep into the bonds of family (Tender Hands) and friendship, and she also examines the many ways love can go wrong (and right). But the most important relationship she writes about is the relationship we have with ourselves, or more specifically, with the many versions of ourselves that reside within us.

I have so many favorites within the pages of this book. In “Equality and Vision,” Christy honors women from our past, present, and future. Beautifully and delicately woven, “Introspection and Suffocation” resonated with me for many reasons. “Beauty, In Pursuit” examines our society’s relationship with trends and obsession with outer beauty. I could go on and on.

If you love poetry, or if you are interested in branching out and reading more poetry, I would highly recommend this book.

Read all the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Versions-Self-Christy-Birmingham/dp/0994094906

Also by Christy Birmingham

Pathways to Illumination is available exclusively at Redmund Productions: http://redmundpro.com/book-store/pi/

Read more reviews for Christy’s work on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7177834.Christy_Birmingham

Connect to Christy via her website: https://poeticparfait.com/

Thanks for dropping in today and if you would like to join the other authors enjoying regular updates then all it will cost you is time.  Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 19th April 2017 – Hugh Roberts, Darlene Foster, Sue Vincent, Robbie Cheadle, C.S. Boyack, Jaye Marie

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Welcome to my small selection of terrific blogs I have read in the last couple of days – there was no Blogger Daily yesterday due to an unexpected event but will add a couple ot this edition. To kick us off is one of Hugh Roberts short stories prompted by the advert for chocolate by the Audrey Hepburn look alike…wonderful.

Audrey Hepburn & The Chocolate Bar – What Happened Next?

The cool breeze passed Audrey’s face. The area around her mouth, now covered with chocolate, felt a little stiff but smelled heavenly. She looked down, as the stranger driving the car stared at her through the rear-view mirror. His eyes were a deep, dark, brown, almost the same colour as the chocolate smothered across her face. She looked up again and wondered why he was driving a right-hand drive vehicle when they were in Italy?

Read the rest of the story: https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/04/17/audrey-hepburn-the-chocolate-bar-what-happened-next/

Darlene Foster

The next blog post is from Darlene Foster with her guest Maureen Moss talking about her book More to Life.

Today I am featuring Maureen Moss, author of More To Life. Maureen has written an entertaining travel adventure for adults, a grown up version of Amanda’s travels in a way. Here is more about Maureen and her wonderful book.

More To Life, by Maureen Moss

Divorce. Career kaput. A house move. Three of life’s scariest situations all hit Rachael as she’s entering her forties. This is definitely not the future she signed up for. What’s a girl to do? Run away, of course. Flinging off convention, she plans a wild, exciting and challenging adventure, heading to the East in the hope of finding some meaning in her life. To leave her three teenage children behind is unthinkable. However, any decisions regarding their place in the picture are not hers alone to make: her ex has a few words to say about her plans. Could he scupper her dream? Come along for the ride with Rachael and her family as they stumble through weird encounters, meeting quirky, and often downright peculiar, characters on their travels. More to Life is a light-hearted look at family relationships when tested in unfamiliar environments.

Read the rest of Maureen’s fascinating interview: https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/meet-author-maureen-moss/

Another intersting post for writers now.. C.S. Boyack shares his arrangement with a group of writers who offer each other reciprocal services.. This makes absolute sense since most of us would find it tough to pay for beta readers, proof readers and editors. However, if they are fellow authors and you can offer a similar skill in return everybody wins.

My last day at the office was Wednesday. I have to go back tomorrow. Admittedly, I took this time off to pay my debt as an author. This might come as a surprise to many of you readers, but it will make sense to the authors out there. I’ll try to give the rest of you a glimpse into the secret club today.

I need proofreaders, critique groups, beta readers, blog hosts, and reviews to make my books a success. There isn’t a kind of shop where you can go get all of that. Being self published is often a matter of supporting your hobby without going too far into the hole. The big dream is to turn a profit someday.

Read the rest of the post and get some ideas of how you might find a similar group: https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/ready-for-the-work-week/

Sue Vincent’s guest today is Robbie Cheadle who shares the story of two old nursery rhymes that we may have sung at one point but not known the origins of.

Aiken Drum

When my son Gregory was a small lad, we had a CD for the car which included a folk song/nursery rhyme called Aiken Drum. I had never heard this nursery rhyme before but we both enjoyed it a lot and this was the first nursery rhyme Greg learned off by heart.

The nursery rhyme originates from Scotland and is thought to date back to the Jacobite rising in 1715 and to be about the Battle of Sheriffmuir. Jacobitism was a political movement in Great Britian and Ireland between 1688 and 1746. The aim of the Jacobites was to restore the Roman Catholic Stuart King James VII of Scotland, II of England and Ireland and his heirs to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland. The song was first printed in 1820 by James Hogg in his two-volume collection of songs about the Jacobite rising called Hogg’s Jacobite Reliques.

Read the post and find out more about the history of this nursery rhyme and also that of I had a little nut tree: https://scvincent.com/2017/04/19/guest-author-robbie-cheadle-two-nursery-rhymes-with-an-interesting-history/

Normally I would put this in the Cafe and Bookstore Update but since that is not until Friday I am sharing today as it was a blog post. From today, 19th April to 25th, the second book of Jaye Marie’s trilogy, The Last Life, is FREE on Amazon.

Book description

Kate Devereau wakes up in a hospital, unable to speak or move. Her brain has shut down, refusing to acknowledge her dark and disturbing past, concealing a web of painful secrets.

Michael Barratt brought her to the hospital, insisting that her ex-husband had tried to kill her. And from the state of him, had tried to kill him too. He had been searching for Kate for years, ever since their doomed love affair, only to discover someone else had been hunting her too.

With the help of the DI David Snow, Kate will gradually piece her life back together, only to discover the nightmare is far from over.

Her first instinct is to run, but David Snow convinces her to stay and help him put an end to the nightmare. A nightmare that will get progressively worse before it gets better.

Haunted by his own demons, will the Snowman manage to catch the twisted killer?

Evil lurks in this story and people die, but amidst the tears and heartache, a lost love struggles to survive…

Amazon link to download the book FREE and it will prompt you to go to your country of origin from there: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Life-Introducing-detective-Thriller-ebook/dp/B017DNXBXE

Read an extract from the book on the original post: https://jenanita01.com/2017/04/19/the-last-life-free-on-amazon/

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you enjoy this small selection of posts. Thanks Sally

 

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Janice Spina, Jacquie Biggar and Jaye Marie


It must be Spring! It has been a busy week for the authors in the bookstore and today we catch up on reviews and new releases.

First author up is J.E. Spina.. also known as award winning children’s author Janice Spina. Her latest short story collection, An Angel Among Us is receiving some great reviews.

About An Angel Among Us

A collection of short stories that covers several genres including romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. This book is dedicated to a courageous friend who passed this year. The first story is specially created for her and is the inspiration for the title of this book.

Here are two of the latest reviews for the collection.

A thumbs up! on March 23, 2017

I have read many of Janice Spina’s books and have never been disappointed. She writes with clarity and warmth. She doesn’t shy away from delving into another genre, as is evidenced by this eclectic collection of short stories.
The author’s tribute to her friend is heartwarming and is just the first story in this delightful collection. I recommend An Angel Among Us to everyone, as there are stories from multiple genres that are sure to appeal.

This book can be read all at once or story by story. It is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time but want something to read with their coffee or before bed or whenever they have a few minutes without committing to a full-length book. An Angel Among Us gets a thumbs up from me.

Author Janice Spina is talented and versatile as you’ll see when you read this collection of short stories. You’re sure to find stories you love and tales full of surprises. The title story about the author’s friend, Anne, is unforgettable. I highly recommend this book. You’re sure to enjoy these stories and reread your favorites. Pick up your copy today and start enjoying the treasures created by Janice.

Read all the reviews and buy An Angel Among Us: https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Among-Us-Short-Collection-ebook/dp/B06XGWP7FS

Also by J. E. Spina

A selection of books as Janice Spina for children.

Read about Janice Spina, the reviews and find all of her books: https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

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

Our next author is USA Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar whose latest book Missing: The Lady Said No – A Chandler County Novel is due out on April 27th. You can purchase now at the Pre-order price of $2.46.

About the book

The Race is on to find a Killer in the heart of Kentucky horse country

Detective Augustus Grant is faced with his most baffling case to date. Well-respected race horse breeder John Jorgenson is murdered in his den days before the Kentucky Derby and the list of suspects is growing.

Complicating matters, Gus’ ex-girlfriend is the last person to have seen the victim alive.
Rebecca Hayes owes the Jorgenson family her loyalty. They gave her a new life after a disastrous affair leaves her alone and pregnant.

With all the evidence pointing in Becky’s direction, will Gus do his duty?
Or follow his heart?

Buy the book for the Pre-order price: https://www.amazon.com/Missing-Lady-Chandler-County-Novel-ebook/dp/B01N1581ZC

Jacquie Biggar was promoted earlier in the year for her previous release The Beast Within –  Mended Souls Volume II and it is time to catch up with one of the latest reviews for the series.

This is a great addition to the Mended Souls series. I loved tagging along with Julie Crenshaw as she went from grieving widow to feisty journalist — with a little help from two angels at odds and one (as Ms. Biggar so perfectly describes him) “tall, dark, and annoyingly handsome” detective named Connor O’Rourke. The twists and turns in this story are amazing. Just when you think you know where the adventure is going, it switches to the unexpected. Definitely kept me entertained and on my toes! Loved reconnecting with Lucas, Scott, and Natalya from the first book and meeting new characters as well. My fingers are crossed that I’ll be reading more about Officer Tate in a future book!

A selection of books by Jacquie Biggar

Read all the reviews and find out more about Jacquie Biggar: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG

Connect to Jacuie via her website: http://jacqbiggar.com

The last author featured today is Jaye Marie who has written a moving and personal account of her battle with breast cancer. Apple Blossom – The story of one woman’s fight for survival released on 26th of March.

About Apple Blossom

This is the light-hearted and hopefully inspiring story of my battle with breast cancer… written to help women just like me, all over the world…

“I called the story “Apple Blossom” because that is the abiding memory of my time at the hospital. In the radiotherapy room, above the treatment table, some of the ceiling tiles had been replaced with illuminated pictures of apple blossom against a blue summer sky. In the darkness of that room, I stared at those images every day for three weeks, desperately trying to remain calm and as peaceful as I could manage.

Even now, months later, I cannot look at apple blossom without remembering how alone I felt, but also how lucky I was.

Buy Apple Blossom: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XWJXZB9

Jaye is also the author of a murder mystery series.

Here is a review for The Ninth Life

If you like the thriller genre that keeps up the momentum then this would be a good read for you. The pace never falters, building up the plot and characters with timely intervention. The author cleverly keeps the story centred around the main character, with the other players coming into the story and yet there are no plot holes or false timings.

Not once did I get bored reading it or find the story faltering at all – definitely one of those where ‘you need to know what happens next’ but I think the author’s gift when writing this is to keep the protagonist centre whilst keeping the reader constantly hooked. The antagonist is typically a nasty character, one whom the reader takes an instant dislike to and the edge he adds to the story is almost palpable.

Other characters are kept to a minimum but play pivotal roles in the story; the good thing here is you never know quite how they will turn out. Will your fears be unfounded? Or did you correctly guess the next step? The ending is not what you would expect (another good talent to have when writing) but you’ll have to read the book!

Learn more about Jaye Marie and her books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

Connect to Jaye Marie via her website: https://jenanita01.com/

Thank you very much for dropping by and I hope that you will be kind enough to share the news from these three authors on your own network. And if you would like to join them on the shelves of the bookstore then please take a look at how you can do that. Thanks Sally

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Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – The Broken Life (Book 3) by Jaye Marie


christmas-reading-3Today the featured book is the last in the trilogy Lives which features DI David Snow. Written by Jaye Marie it was published on December 4th. Here is the murder thriller The Broken Life: Is this the end of the road for Snow?

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About The Broken Life: Is this the end of the road for Snow?

The third book in the series featuring DI David Snow who has a killer to catch, a killer a mysterious as the crimes he commits. The killer seems to have a personal vendetta against Snow, but he is determined that no one else should die because of him.

BUY the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Broken-Life-this-road-Lives-ebook/dp/B01NCHZ01N

A look at the series so far – The Ninth Life

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The Ninth Life is the story of struggling and aged artist Kate Devereau’s life as she tries to make sense of her often confusing existence. She needs to understand what has been happening to her and why she seems to have avoided death on so many occasions. To understand why she is plagued by the mysterious and tormenting voice in her head. Then people around her start to die. Will she be next? Has she finally run out of time?

Review by Emma Powell on the Review Blogspot

If you enjoy the crime mystery thriller genre, then this will most definitely be a good read for you, – even if one of the opening viewpoints is from the Voice inside the head of the protagonist! Confused? You won’t be …

The story is cleverly written in the sense the author has achieved something different. Not easy to do these days but a joy to discover when you find it. The whole book keeps the protagonist – hereafter called Kate – centre stage whilst keeping the tension, the what-the-hell-happens-next thread, going from beginning to end.

There is the Voice inside Kate’s head that is her instinct, her sub-conscious speaking to her to the point where the reader begins to wonder if Kate has mental health issues. Actually, it doesn’t take long to realise we’ve all got that Voice rattling around in our consciousness at some point or other and this leads onto the reader being in Kate’s head; her emotions become your emotions, her fears are palpable.

The antagonist, Jack, is Kate’s ex-husband and pure evil. He makes his entry early (Chapter Two) and really gave me the creeps. Not only does Kate have health issues (the story opens with her having a a heart attack), but also has serial killer issues with Jack – he’s hiding in the hospital Kate is taken to. Nine lives indeed. By the end of Chapter Two, you maybe asking yourself how the tension can last until the end, but it does. Especially when the few close people around her start to be murdered …

The violence is minimal and ingeniously written. There is some descriptive writing, obviously for the genre, but it is not over-gratuitous and brings out the empathy for Kate as well as those around her. The following is from a scene where Jack had realised one of Kate’s neighbours had noticed him hanging around and he managed to get into the neighbour’s flat:

And there you have it. The author keeps the mystery, the thrill right up there, weaving in and out of every word you read. The characters that are vital to Kate’s story come to your attention so
subtlety until suddenly, you wonder how they got there. And how long they may last!

Whilst I felt the conclusion to The Ninth Life ended a tad too soon – I would have enjoyed a more drawn-out scene for the climax – this does not deviate from the overall enjoyment of the book. And besides, Kate’s story is a trilogy, thankfully. Book Two – The Last Life – picks up and carries yet another tension-riddled read around Kate and her struggles. Watch out for the review of The Last Life in the not-too-distant-future. http://thereview2014.blogspot.ie/2016/12/emma-reviews-ninth-life.html

Book 2 – The Last Life

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Kate Devereau wakes up in a hospital, unable to speak or move. Her brain has shut down, refusing to acknowledge her dark and disturbing past, concealing a web of painful secrets.

Michael Barratt brought her to the hospital, insisting that her ex-husband had tried to kill her. And from the state of him, had tried to kill him too. He had been searching for Kate for years, ever since their doomed love affair, only to discover someone else had been hunting her too.

With the help of the DI David Snow, Kate will gradually piece her life back together, only to discover the nightmare is far from over.

Her first instinct is to run, but David Snow convinces her to stay and help him put an end to the nightmare. A nightmare that will get progressively worse before it gets better.
Haunted by his own demons, will the Snowman manage to catch the twisted killer?

Evil lurks in this story and people die, but amidst the tears and heartache, a lost love struggles to survive…

BUY the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK

About Jaye Marie

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My name is Jaye Marie, and for a long time now I have been half of a writing partnership with my sister-in-law Anita Dawes, who has published several books.

In the past, I have written short stories and poetry, but reading has always been my favourite pastime. The thought of writing my own book always appealed to me, I just never seemed to get around to it. Life has a habit of getting in the way, doesn’t it?

Then, last summer, I was suddenly plagued by these characters. First one, then another and as they talked to me (and each other) I became fascinated and involved all at the same time.

When I decided to write some of it down, these characters went into overdrive. What I thought they should be doing was blatantly ignored, to be replaced with their own agenda. In the end it was as if they were writing the story and not I.

The ending was a bit tricky, as they wouldn’t let on what was going to happen, and I worried constantly that it would all go pear shaped. But of course it didn’t, and the rest as they say, will be history.

Connect to Jaye

Website:  https://jenanita01.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JayeMarie44

Christmas Tree courtesy of author John W. Howell.

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John Howell, Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C
Blog: http://www.johnhowell.com

Thank you for spending some time over here today and as always your feedback is very welcome.. It would also be great if you could spread the word of Jaye’s books far and wide.  Thanks Sally

The Saturday Round Up – Poetry, Music, outstanding talent and a sprig of mint..


The end of another week and one that has been very enjoyable for me. Whilst it may still be early to celebrate Christmas there is a definite sparkle in the air… perhaps it is the talent that has passed through the blog in the last seven days. Also I know that I am already thinking of what I am going to buy for Christmas and since most people do not really need more ornaments to dust… books are the perfect answer.. and perhaps a little jewellery. The Grotto is updated and there is something for everyone whatever their age.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/christmas-grotto-2015-books-and-gifts/

We have had torrential rain and grey skies all week but the sun came out yesterday and is going to be here for the next ten days. Despite being November I have just sat outside for two hours and topped up my Vitamin D whilst reading. It does not get much better than that.

While I am writing this I am listening to David Garrett the violinist who has to be one of the most stunning artists on the worldwide stage today.. Here is Vivaldi – Four Seasons – Winter.

He plays some wonderful crossover pieces on his albums and I can recommend his latest. Explosive.

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http://www.amazon.com/Explosive-DAVID-GARRETT/dp/B013XTXM5O/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_1

Time to catch up on the week and meet some of my lovely guests.. 

Saturday Morning Coffee with Linda Bethea, Christoph Fischer and Diana Wallace Peach.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/saturday-morning-coffee-with-linda-bethea-christoph-fischer-and-d-wallace-peach/

William Price King with the finale of the Quincy Jones Story

William will be back in the New Year with a new series but we have his new album to look forward to and on Wednesdays up to Christmas; he will be selecting his favourite seasonal music to share with us.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-quincy-jones-finale/

 New Series – The War Poets

For the next week I will be posting a series on some of the exceptional young men and women who not only experienced the horrors of war but who recorded it in their poetry.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/in-remembrance-war-poets-isaac-rosenberg-1890-1918/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/in-remembrance-the-war-poets-rupert-brooke-1897-1915/

Christmas Grotto 2015.

There are just 20 official slots left so if you would like to showcase your books, design or music then please get in touch.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/christmas-grotto-2015-books-and-gifts/

This weeks entries.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/christmas-grotto-2015-talon-encounter-book-five-the-talon-series-by-gigi-sedlmayer/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/christmas-grotto-2015-jewellery-by-irene-design/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/christmas-grotto-2015-babies-of-two-by-kim-gosselin-and-illustrated-by-alisa-belzil/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/christmas-grotto-2015-marred-by-sue-coletta/

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/christmas-grotto-2015-no-more-mulberries-by-mary-smith/

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The Last Life(promo)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/christmas-grotto-2015-the-last-life-by-jaye-marie/

What’s in a name short stories – D for David – Beloved

This week David attends the 50th anniversary of the end of World War I. He and his comrades are there to honour their lost friends but for David it will be a very special year.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/whats-in-a-name-d-for-david-beloved/

Memories are made of this….

My divorce is finalised and I pass my driving test… and I get swept off my feet by a good looking Irishman in 1980

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/memories-are-made-of-this-1980-divorce-driving-test-and-room-40/

Humour

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/laughter-the-best-medicine-my-new-kitchen-timer-has-arrived-from-china-with-interesting-instructions/

Size Matters Serialisation.

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Part Fourteen of my book on my weight loss journey nearly twenty years ago when I lost 150lbs.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/size-matters-serialisation-chapter-fourteen-the-foods-you-can-eat/

 The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/medicine-womans-treasure-chest-peppermint-for-health-and-cooking/

Please join me tomorrow for lunch with D.G. Kaye (Debby) and Nicholas Rossis.. the food is going to be amazing as is the company.

Thanks for joining me this week and enjoy the rest of the weekend…

Hugs Sally

Christmas Grotto 2015 – The Last Life by Jaye Marie


Christmas Grotto

Today’s featured book The Last Life, by Jaye Marie is the sequel to her first book The Ninth Life but is also a stand alone story.

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About the Book

Kate Devereau wakes up in a hospital, unable to speak or move. Her brain has shut down, refusing to acknowledge her dark and disturbing past, concealing a web of painful secrets.

Michael Barratt brought her to the hospital, insisting that her ex-husband had tried to kill her. And from the state of him, had tried to kill him too. He had been searching for Kate for years, ever since their doomed love affair, only to discover someone else had been hunting her too.

With the help of the DI David Snow, Kate will gradually piece her life back together, only to discover the nightmare is far from over.

Her first instinct is to run, but David Snow convinces her to stay and help him put an end to the nightmare. A nightmare that will get progressively worse before it gets better.

Haunted by his own demons, will the Snowman manage to catch the twisted killer?

Evil lurks in this story and people die, but amidst the tears and heartache, a lost love struggles to survive…

Buy The Last Life.
Amazon:   http://amazon.com/The-Last-Life-Jaye-Marie/dp/B017DNXBXE

You might like to buy the first book The Ninth Life as it is in Kindle as well as print and although The Last Life is a stand alone novel, it will give you background on Kate Devereau and what has brought her to this challenging crossroads in her life.

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The Ninth Life is the dark and disturbing mystery thriller of a middle-aged woman who has escaped dying so many times she would appear to have nine lives. At least that’s what the annoying voice in her head would have her believe. Always a bit of a loner, with a failed marriage and relationships behind her, Kate Devereau’s life has not been kind, and despite her apparent immortality, death might have been welcome.

Set in present day England, Kate’s reputation as an artist has grown, but she has no life other than art. No friends or husband. When people around her start to die at the hands of a sadistic serial killer, she begins to wonder if she will be next. Is she finally running out of time? Is it her turn to die?

Here is the direct link to the Kindle version.
http://www.amazon.com/Ninth-Life-Jaye-Marie-ebook/dp/B00O272A14/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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About Jaye Marie

Most people may know me as one-half of the writing partnership, Anita & Jaye Dawes, and I have come to writing quite late in life.

I always used to think I didn’t have an ambitious bone in my body, content to potter about with my many craft hobbies. Always preferring to be in the background and invisible if at all possible.

And for the last ten years since my retirement, that’s what my life has been like. I love books and have read my way through stacks of them, so when my sister-in-law Anita needed someone to edit and type up her manuscripts, I was happy to help and that’s when I discovered my vocation.

Then one day everyone was talking about “Indie” or self-publishing. Now, I knew only too well how hard it was to be published the traditional way, so I became very excited at the prospect of being able to do it ourselves.

At first, I concentrated on publishing Anita’s books. It wasn’t quite as easy as they made it sound, but with my usual stubbornness I kept at it, learning more and more as I went along, and somewhere along the way I starting thinking about a story that had been nibbling away in the corner of my mind for months.

I tried to ignore it, but before too long, The Ninth Life demanded to be written and turned out to be a Mystery/Thriller. I am reasonably pleased with the outcome, basically to be honest, because my characters took charge and practically wrote it for me! They had quite a say with the sequel too, and I am proud of our achievements!

I also enjoy running a website/blog and all the wonderful people I continue to meet from all around the world. I learn something new every single day and it is much appreciated.

Buy Jaye’s books and connect with her on Social Media.

Amazon Author Page:   https://www.amazon.com/author/jayemarie44
WordPress:  http://jenanita01.wordpress.com
Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/jayemarie44
Twitter:         https://twitter.com/jaydawes2

There are just 20 spots left for the Christmas Grotto so if you wish to showcase your books, design or music then it would be a good idea to get them to me soon.

Do not be shy and if you would like your book, designs, crafts, music and art showcased in the Christmas Grotto please contact me after looking at the format below. The shelves are filling up fast and there are only as many spaces as days to Christmas.

For details about how to submit your book, gifts and music please take a look at both the format of the post today and also in the link below.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/omg-the-c-word-sallys-christmas-grotto-open-again-for-business/

For the books and gifts currently in the emporium please pop into the shop.

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