Smorgasbord End of Summer Party – #Music requests from Sue Hampton, Janet Gogerty, Jane Risdon, Gigi Sedlmayer and Jena C. Henry


Unfortunately there was not the space or time to play all of the guest requests at the four meals over the weekend but I promised to do so during the week. Here were the missing tracks from Brunch.You can find more about these guests in more detail Afternoon Tea

My first guest whose request I did not have time to play is Sue Hampton whose website is Sue Hampton Author and you can find her books and reviews on Amazon

Sue requested Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violins, second movement, because it played at the end of her wedding to Leslie Tate.

The next request comes from Janet Gogerty who blogs at Tidal Scribe  And here is a selection of books by Janet and you can discover more on Amazon

Janet requested Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams and she explains why. When I first returned to England I went to visit my great uncle in Minehead, Somerset and he took me walking up in the Mendip Hills and pointed out a Skylark. I knew nothing about birds, not a lot now, but skylarks are unique perhaps, ordinary brown on the ground, so high you can hardly spot them in the sky and yet you can hear their beautiful song if you stop and listen.

I found this lovely version by a very accomplished young violinist and his channel is Stepan violin

My next guest is author Jane Risdon who shares a little bit about herself on her Blog.  You can find Only One Woman and anthologies Jane has contributed to on Amazon

Jane requested Never My Love by The Association and says: It is THE song – OUR song for Husband and I. the words are wonderful.

Both my next guests requested the same artist so I picked one of the tracks out of a hat… Children’s author Gigi Sedlmayer’s website is Gigi Sedlmayer and you can find all of Gigi’s books at Amazon

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Gigi requested Faith of the Heart by Rod Stewart and found it has been a great comfort when things have been tough.

Jena C. Henry is an author, blogger and reviewer at Jena’s Books  and you can find her books on Amazon

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Jena requested Tonight’s the Night by Rod Stewart and shared that if it was Friday night in my college dorm, this song was popping and calling us to action!

And the winner is…. Tonight’s the Night.. but I hope Gigi will enjoy as well.

I hope you have enjoyed this selection and will join us tomorrow for the Saturday dinner music selection and another request from a guest who could not make the party. Thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Jena C. Henry, Patricia Salamone, Mae Clair and Adele Marie Park


With so many authors to feature before Christmas I am going to do a very brief weekly update later in the day so that I can fit another book fair into the schedule.

The first author with a series of books that would make a wonderful gift for those about to retire, or those who have retired and are looking to get up to mischief. The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP is the first book in the series by Jena C. Henry.

About the book

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

One of the excellent reviews for the book

While reading The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP, I moved from wanting Charli to be my aunt, to wanting Charli to be my best friend, and finally to wanting to BE Charli when I retire someday. I found the main character to be delightful, warm, honest and fun; and I appreciated her life’s motto – “press on” – and admired her determination to deepen her relationships with her husband (the newly-retired and golf-loving Pud) and with her many nieces and nephews. I also found myself drooling over the author’s abundant descriptions of food, wine, and cocktails – an unexpected and delicious part of this book!

One month from now, my youngest will be heading off to college, so I ended up relating more than I expected I would to Charli’s empty-nest pursuits. Although my husband and I are far from retirement, I still felt a kinship with Charli, and I look forward to reading the next books in Jena Henry’s charming series!
 

Also in the series

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

Read more reviews and follow Jena on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14254103.Jena_C_Henry

Connect to Jena via her website/blog: http://www.jenabooks.com/

Another author who has written a book that would be perfect for those who are of Italian extraction who might be visiting relatives in Italy at some point.. Patricia Salamone is the author of The Italian Thing an entertaining account of a family reunion in Italy with all its unexpected and glorious memories.

About The Italian Thing

Join me in my hilarious recount of how I explored my heritage during a more-than-memorable trip to Sicily. I detail our adventures and misadventures as my husband and I visited our relatives in Naro. I share how we got to know the locals, their customs and lifestyle, and how everyone seemed to think that “everything will be fine” no matter what troubles they were in. During those weeks, we went through culture shock despite the fact that we are both Italian. In the end, it was “the Italian thing” in all of us that made ours an unforgettable trip!

One of the recent reviews for the book

I have always wanted to visit Italy, such a timeless and beautiful country with so many interesting places to visit.

Reading “The Italian Thing” will be like going there and seeing the country through someone else’s eyes, I thought, expecting to find a country I was already familiar with. I was looking forward to the trip of a lifetime and the book did not disappoint. It was well written, full of all the wonderful scenery and architecture I have come to expect of the country.

However “The Italian Thing” isn’t about the country, not really, it is about the people and family. About the lives they live and the glorious food they eat.
“Everything will be fine” is the Italians hilarious answer to everything, and is the key to understanding their very different way of life.

I loved the touches of humour, the very descriptive narrative, and the loving but feisty relationship between Pat and Mike. Who were out of their depth, and up to their eyes in food of every delicious description. How they came home weighing less than before is remarkable!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Salamone/e/B00E6ZLPY0

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Italian-Thing-Patricia-Salamone-ebook/dp/B00EL0AGIG/

Read other reviews and follow Patricia on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7515864.Patricia_Salamone

Connect to Patricia via her Blog:  https://the-italian-thing.com/

The next author is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair with her latest release published in July, A Desolate Hour, Book Three of the Point Pleasant Series. Perfect for lovers of paranormal, folklore thrillers with a touch of romance.

About A Desolate Hour

For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief—the man who cursed the town with his dying breath?

While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .

The most recent review for the Point Pleasant series.

A superb end to an outstanding series! Author, Mae Clair, crafts another brilliant story in this third and final book in the Point Pleasant series. Once again, Clair seamlessly weaves folklore, paranormal, suspense, thriller, and a little romance in this highly engaging story. The character development is exceptional and the pace is intense! We are introduced to Quentin Marsh, a past resident who returns to Point Pleasant looking for answers and possible family ties to a centuries-old curse. He becomes acquainted with many of my favourite characters in the series, including Sarah. Sarah Sherman’s character, introduced earlier in the series, takes on a pivotal role in its conclusion. A researcher/historian, and skeptic of curses, she is integral in unveiling Point Pleasant’s dark mysteries. Her role takes on more than that of a researcher. She is part of the mystery.

Clair masterfully takes us on a riveting journey, piecing together the past, unveiling legends cloaked by time. In true form, Clair never falls to engage all our senses. We are immersed in the small town of Point Pleasant and the looming, ominous feel of the TNT site. We can smell the sultry air; it’s moist to the skin. The mysterious existence of the Mothman is forever present, and the potency of a centuries-old curse is penetrating.

Clair has delivered an exceptional series, and I highly recommend it. Much like the first two books in the series, A Thousand Yesteryears and A Cold Tomorrow, I believe A Desolate Hour can stand alone as well, but I suggest that you treat yourself to the full series or you’ll be missing out on two fantastic reads.

Again, a superb end to an outstanding series!

Read all the reviews so far and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Desolate-Hour-Point-Pleasant-ebook/dp/B01MDPY2A5

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Desolate-Hour-Mae-Clair/dp/1601837828

A selection of other books by Mae Clair

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mae-Clair/e/B009I61ND0

Read more reviews and follow Mae on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468716.Mae_Clair

Connect to Mae via her website: https://maeclair.net/

Another author that I would like to showcase before Christmas is Adele Marie Park and her book released earlier in the year, Wisp

About Wisp

Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.

When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case. He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.

What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.

A review for Wisp.

Colleen M. Chesebro5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the world of Edra where magic becomes survival 23 March 2017

Meet Wisp, a law enforcer in the land of Edra, where magic is encouraged to flourish and is often needed for sheer survival. A mages council rules Edra compared to the neighboring area of Finah, who prefers humans to control their resources. After a bloody civil war, many years ago, the two lands exist beside each other in a fragile peace.

Wisp is a marsh fairy (YES! Can you believe it?) with raven hair and pointy ears pierced with silver earrings. Marsh fairies are rare and possess special powers. Wisp keeps his real identity under wraps, known only to his superiors. Abandoned as a child, the “Senior” Law enforcement officer raised him ensuring his survival.

In a desolate area filled with putrefying rubbish, Wisp comes across the body of a High Elf, a member of the Thorns, who was a high-ranking council member found murdered in the circle. The elf’s throat had been brutally cut. Wisp sets out to solve the murder not realizing he is to play an integral part in solving the mystery.

Wisp meets Finn Redhaven, the lover of the murdered elf, Sammiel Thorn, and feels an immediate attraction to him. Wisp and Finn fall in love and discover a wealth of magical abilities enabled by their relationship. And, they are going to need all the help they can get to battle the evil that has descended on Edra.

As fantasy novels go, Wisp stands out to me in its originality and political intrigue. Ms. Park creates a world where love is considered to be one of the greatest powers of all. I enjoyed that the two main characters were male and embraced their love and desire for each other, which was a refreshing approach to solving a mystery in a magical land. The reader discovers along with Wisp the extent of his abilities which I anticipate will increase over time.

I’ve added Wisp to my list of favorite fantasy novels. I loved the story and the characters. The ending is a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait for the next volume to find out what happens to Wisp and Finn. Hopefully, Ms. Park won’t keep us in suspense for long

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

Anthologies contributed to by Adele – Ghostly Writes are currently FREE on her author page.

Read the reviews and download the anthologies:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adele-Park/e/B01G9VHA9W

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Adele-Park/e/B01G9VHA9W

Connect to Adele via her website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/

Thank you for dropping into the Christmas Book Fair and I hope that you have enjoyed the selection.. More tomorrow. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Jena C. Henry, Chuck Jackson and Deborah Jay


Welcome to the post where authors can share their most recent reviews and the first author today is Jena C. Henry with a recent review for the second book in The Golden Age of Charlie: RSVP

About The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

The most recent review

While reading The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP, I moved from wanting Charli to be my aunt, to wanting Charli to be my best friend, and finally to wanting to BE Charli when I retire someday. I found the main character to be delightful, warm, honest and fun; and I appreciated her life’s motto – “press on” – and admired her determination to deepen her relationships with her husband (the newly-retired and golf-loving Pud) and with her many nieces and nephews.

I also found myself drooling over the author’s abundant descriptions of food, wine, and cocktails – an unexpected and delicious part of this book! One month from now, my youngest will be heading off to college, so I ended up relating more than I expected I would to Charli’s empty-nest pursuits. Although my husband and I are far from retirement, I still felt a kinship with Charli, and I look forward to reading the next books in Jena Henry’s charming series!

Read all the reviews for the book and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Charli-RSVP-ebook/dp/B0157KR7RQ

Also by Jena C. Henry

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

Read more reviews and follow Jena on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14254103.Jena_C_Henry

Connect to Jena via her website/blog: http://www.jenabooks.com/

The next author with reviews coming in for his recently released memoir What Did I Do? is Chuck Jackson.

About What Did I Do?

What Did I Do?  is Chuck Jackson’s true recollection of the abuse he received from both his parents. It is a story where he spent years struggling to please them without succeeding. It is a story where they told him he was irredeemable and unworthy of being their son. When he saw love and happiness in other families, he wondered why not his.

Chuck came out of the darkness to expound on the stigma attached to child abuse. He admitted to the affects of shame, anger, guilt, and depression that he and so many experience. He tells the story of survival where he felt invisible. Follow him where he sought a warm touch and a kind word of praise. Follow his desperation for love from anyone. Follow Chuck’s story and help answer his question, What Did I Do?

One of the recent reviews

THIS IS A TRUE STORY OF CHILD ABUSE BY PARENTS WHO, FOR WHATEVER REASON, MADE THIS BOY’S CHILDHOOD A LIVING HELL.

It is also a story of a boy’s decision to survive and put it all behind him and make a life for himself, and to succeed in life. What struck me is his father was a senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force for over twenty years. A dedicated man in the service to his country, Had his commanding officers known of his abuse of his son, he would have been Courts-Martialed and kicked out of the service, at a minimum, Discharge, other than Honorable.

CHUCK JACKSON has written his life’s story and it should be read by parents who are guilty of abusing their children, and most important, by kids who are victims of abuse. His life, and his survival remind me of DAVE THOMAS, founder of Wendy’s, and DAVID JANSSEN, the star of “THE FUGITIVE”, whose mother placed him in a Boy’s Home for three years, where he was subjected to BULLYS,

This is a very good read.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/What-Did-I-Do-Memoir-ebook/dp/B073R2B3RK

Also by Chuck Jackson

Read all the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/Chuck-Jackson/e/B01IX2PBEG

Connect to Chuck via his website and blog: http://www.chuckjacksonknowme.com/

The last author with a recent review is Deborah Jay with The Prince’s Man which Book One in The Five Kingdoms Series.

About The Prince’s Man

Think ‘James Bond meets Lord of the Rings’

Rustam Chalice, dance tutor, gigolo and spy, loves his life just the way it is. So when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him.

And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.

Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.

They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity and worst, his loyalty to his prince.

For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.

Award winning novel, THE PRINCE’S MAN is a sweeping tale of spies and deadly politics, inter-species mistrust and magic phobia, with an underlying thread of romance.
The latest review for the book

Deborah Jay’s The Prince’s Man (Amazon Digital Services 2014) is a beautifully told epic of noble people, magic, elves, and vicious trolls. Rusty is a bon vivant male companion to wealthy women and undercover spy in the service of his king. To save the kingdom, he partners with a woman–something that just isn’t done in this fantastical world–and together they rescue a captured elf in the hope it will garner the assistance of his kinsmen. As they travel the long journey required to return him to his home, they face trolls, sprites, and elementals, each with their own goals and none of which help the pair succeed. When they finally reach their destination, they find this is only the beginning of a mission fraught with danger, unusual alliances, and death-defying consequences.

This elaborately constructed world of royalty and spies, intrigue and romance, is truly is a mix of fantasy and 007. In so many ways, it resembles the delightful conniving multilayered world of the French and British court life with its flirtatious characters, the one-upmanship of lords and ladies, and the subterfuge that can surface at any moment to threaten the ruler. But when you add an elixir that offers the fountain of youth, the price of victory or defeat skyrockets. This award-winning story, the first in the Five Kingdoms series, is intricately woven, dramatically told, and filled with twists and turns that will keep every reader guessing.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Princes-Man-Five-Kingdoms-Book-ebook/dp/B00I9N2Q20

Also by Deborah Jay

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Jay/e/B00E4X3UHY

Read more reviews and follow Deborah on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172608.Deborah_Jay

Connect with Deborah via her website: http://deborahjayauthor.com/

Thanks for dropping in today and if you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new release or a great review that you would like to share.. please drop me a line at sally.cronin@moyhilll.com. Thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Christina Steiner and Jena C. Henry


The first review is for the recently released book by Christina Steiner – Shimji – The Channel Island Vixen.

About the book

Shimji, a young Channel Island vixen, dreams to go where no Island fox has ever gone: to the place her ancestors came from thousands of years ago. By talking with a sea lion named Malibu and a seagull named Topanga, she finds the island’s harbor and stows away on a boat headed to the California coast. During her adventure on the main-land, Shimji befriends wild and domesticated animals. She learns from their different ways and thus gains knowledge of the world. Her curiosity satisfied, Shimji longs to return home, only to be discovered by humans. Scientists want to send her to a zoo. Can Shimji escape and find her way back to her island home?

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/shimji-the-channel-island-vixen

Shimji, the Channel Island Vixen is an adventurous children’s book written by Christina Steiner. After hearing so many tales of her ancestors, Shimji, a young fox kit, decides to explore the world and see what it has to offer. Knowing that water vessels travel between the islands and the mainland regularly, Shimji sneaks onto a ferry and makes it across, but has no idea where to go or what to do. She meets many different animals on her travels, but after being chased across town by angry dogs, Shimji finds herself befriending a cat and his human family. While trying to assist Shimji in returning to her island home, the family quickly discovers that Shimji would be taken by the government to a zoo instead. This causes Shimji to put all of her efforts, survival skills and cunning into trying to find a way back to the island on her own.

Positively engrossed in every word I read, I found that Christina Steiner’s story about a young fox named Shimji not only presented a wonderful, exploratory adventure of an animal eager to see the world, but also showed how different animal species interact, regardless of their difference in size or habitat, while helping each other escape the perils of various predators. Learning which foods and animals to avoid, Shimji is able to make her way across the treacherous sea and onto the mainland, where she finds new species of animals and is able to determine for herself whether or not they can be trusted. From sea lions, seagulls, possums, horses, cats and even skunks, Shimji has an incredible tale to tell, should she ever find her way back home. Each animal interaction left me smiling, with the exception of those with an evil motive in mind, and I found myself cheering Shimji on the whole way, while easily visualizing each interaction with each turn of the page. I thoroughly enjoyed Shimji, the Channel Island Vixen, and recommend it to readers aged 7-14 years of age, who enjoy books about various species of animals interacting in a peaceful, almost humanlike way. I look forward to reading more books from Christina Steiner in the future.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071GM4SR1

Also by Christina Steiner

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Steiner/e/B00IUZNJXC

Read more reviews and follow Christina Steiner on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4516146.Christina_Steiner

Connect to Christina via her website:  www.christinasteinerwriter.com

The next author who recently received a great review for her second book B.M.I  in The Golden Age of Charli series is Jena C. Henry.

About the book

When Charli and her husband, Pud, enter retirement, Charli mistakenly believes that paradise is just around the corner. Unfortunately, instead of spending their days soaking in matching hot tubs and admiring each other’s wrinkles, Pud lives on the links and Charli cleans out the basement. Still, they press on, eventually becoming closer while bonding with young relatives through a love of fine dining. Now the couple faces new and weighty challenges.

Charli and Pud’s days are filled with more excitement than AARP discounts and Lawrence Welk reruns—and more calories than they ever imagined. Realizing they are out of shape and slipping mentally, Charli and Pud check their BMIs and immediately decide they need to change their ways. With a goal of becoming healthy sooner than later, the couple embarks on a roller-coaster ride through calorie counting, label reading, and laborious exercising. But when Pud begins making mysterious phone calls and acting strangely, Charli cannot help but wonder if more problems are lurking around the corner.

The Golden Age of Charli continues the delightful tale of the energetic, friendly, and positive McAntics as they cruise through their retirement years and discover the consequences of too much of a good thing.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Talk about picking up a book at just the right time in my life! I’ve recently “retired” from my JOB to pursue my writing career, AND I’ve hit the age in my life when I’m becoming more conscious of what I eat, and incorporating more exercise into my day. Even though the author intended this to be a humorous take on this stage of lie, which it was, I could identify with many subplots and topics in this story.

The focus of this book was an aging couple striving to get in better shape and lose weight, but so many more real-life elements came into play as these two braved the uncertain waters retirement.

Here are a couple of my favorite parts of this story, which spoke to the humor within:

*Around 28%, there is a story told about an older couple who calls their kids and tells them they are getting a divorce. The adult children become very upset and state they are coming to see their parents right away.

I don’t want to offer any spoilers here, but this tale ends in a humorous tone that outlines the genuine character of Pud in this book.He’s the one who tells the joke.

*My other favorite funny part is the “ID10T” issue, which is brought on by Pud and Charli’s adult son, an IT tech, who pulls a prank on his father while trying to teach him about the latest technology.

There is quite a bit of telling in this story, but it’s actually necessary, as Charli spends a good bit of time alone, while her adult children and husband do their own thing, leaving her feeling lost and abandoned at times, and suspicious–a feeling I’m sure many people can relate to. Some people enter retirement as a phase where they can finally relax after working so hard in their lives, others use this time as an opportunity to finally do all the things they’ve wanted to do.

Even though this is a humorous story in tone, the author doesn’t skip out on metaphors to bring scenes to life. One of my favorites was:

The expansive vista of deepening sky and fading ribbons and tendrils of the sun entertained the crowd until the first shot of powder and colors exploded into the sky and then melted into silky dark waters. (to describe a fireworks show! I love it!)

And my final thought on this book, which I feel sums up Charli’s entire sentiment on embarking on this journey with her family:

“What is there about a porch or patio like I have at home? Why do I feel so at peace? Is it that a porch is a cozy and safe way to feel and view the outside world?”

I highly recommend this lovely story to anyone who can appreciate the journey of staying grounded and realizing who you truly are, amidst the uncertain waters of life.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Charli-BMI-ebook/dp/B01F8RKITC

Also by Jena C. Henry

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

Read more reviews and follow Jena on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14254103.Jena_C_Henry

 

Connect to Jena via her website/blog: http://www.jenabooks.com/

Thanks for dropping in today and please let me know if you have a review from the last couple of months that you would like to share for one of your books. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

 

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from scratch – Magical Cloud Eggs – Jena C. Henry


My thanks to author Jena C. Henry who has sent me this cook from scratch recipe for some wonderful eggs for the whole family.

Magical Cloud Eggs – (for American and English cooks)

I wish I had sent this recipe to Sally before Mother’s Day. Kids would have a blast making this magical dish for Mom’s (Mum’s breakfast in bed.

But Cloud Eggs are fun any time. I made these eggs for me on a regular Thursday and giggled while (whilst) I made them and smiled as I ate them. Adding this recipe to my favorites (favourites) Enjoy!

Here are my directions. I got carried away and wrote 8 steps, but it’s really simple: separate eggs, whip the egg whites, plop them whites into cloud shapes, with a well for the egg yolk. Bake the cloud egg whites, drop in the egg yolk, bake some more and eat!

1. The only ingredient is an egg. One egg makes a serving. Decide how many eggs you want to use. (Use may Parmesan cheese if you want.)

2. Preheat your oven to 450 F degrees (I believe that is 232.222 Celsius, have fun with that!) A hot oven is what we want.

3. Separate the eggs. I put all the whites in one big bowl, and each (unbroken) yolk in a separate little cup. So if you are making four cloud eggs, you will need 1 big bowl and 4 small cups. Or if you are a child making this, you will need 7 big bowls and 21 little cups. And you might as well eat the chocolates Mom (Mum) had hidden in one of the bowls.

4. Whip the whites at high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. As you may know whipping egg whites is amazingly fun. If you are a child, your Mom (Mum) would prefer it if you kept the beaters in the bowl.

5. If you want, add some grated Parmesan cheese to the egg whites. I didn’t do this, because I wanted to try it plain and then decide if I wanted cheese.

6. Put parchment paper, or something similar, on a baking sheet. Then make your clouds. Plop a pile of egg whites on the baking sheet, and make a little well for the yolk.

7. Bake the egg white clouds for about 3 minutes. Then slide the baking sheet out and gently place an egg yolk in the well you made in each cloud. Bake for 3 more minutes.

But you may want to think about timing, depending on how runny you want your egg yolks. I would say it takes 6-7 minutes of total baking. If you want firmer eggs, then I would only bake the whites for 2 minutes, and bake the yolks for 5 minutes. That way your egg white clouds won’t bake too brown. So adjust depending on your taste. Do you know what I mean? If you are child, just go watch TV and forget about them.

8. Gently remove the baked cloud eggs from the baking sheet and to loud acclaims and applause, enjoy them! Kids- Mom (Mum) doesn’t care if you dropped one on the floor- just pick it up before a pet gets it.)

©Jena C. Henry, May, 2017

About Jena C. Henry

Jena C. Henry is an active, high energy gal who is a wife, mother, non-profit volunteer and bon vivant. She created the book series, The Golden Age of Charli, to encourage, entertain and share her joy of living and laughing. Jena C. Henry holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law. Now retired, she and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends and darling dog.

Jena presents writing workshops to help creatives achieve their dreams of writing a book and publishing it.When she is finished tidying her house, Jena likes to relax on her front porch and read and write. She enjoys fine dining, traveling to visit family, and lounging by lovely bodies…of water.

Books by Jena C. Henry

About the The Golden Age of Charli RSVP

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

Read all the reviews for the three books and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

Check out other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14254103.Jena_C_Henry

My thanks to Jena for this easy to make but spectacular looking egg dish that will delight the family. And if you have a recipe that is a family favourite that uses all natural ingredients (even if it is one you have adapted over the years) please let me know at sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Jena C. Henry and Effrosyni Moschoudi


Time for the first Cafe and Bookstore this week and delighted to feature the latest book by Robbie and Michael Cheadle released on Amazon this week. For children and their adults this fondant creation will be treasured by many.

About Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees Story and Cookbook

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

There is already an excellent review for the book.

If there is one thing I know, it is how a child is enjoying a book. When the 7-year-old and I read this book, she was enthralled with the delicious and sweet animals in this book. There are such adorable and realistically shaped animals and these illustrations look good enough to eat. The verses are well formed and well crafted. I have loved the books that came before, and this new book by Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the best and most intricate thus far.

One character had us buzzing in delight. This book is perfect for children and adults that like to share reading time with them. There are bonus additions in this edition that make it an even better purchase. I highly recommend this book.

Buy Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees and Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Sugar-Dough-Story-Cookbook/dp/1911070649

Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-Chocolate-Strawberry-Cream-Berries-ebook/dp/B01MCRJ

and: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Cookie-Monster-Story-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B01N2T89RS

Connect to Robbie and Michael at their blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

Next author to feature is Jena C. Henry whose book The Golden Age of Charli – GPS was released in January and has just received a great review.
About the book

Empty nesters Charli McAntic and her husband, Pud, have settled into their golden years. Although their early days of retirement were filled with disillusion and despair, they are now ready to relax and swing upon a star. Pud continues to golf most days and Charli still organizes her closets and rearranges her collectibles, but now they are a solid team. Or are they?

Charli and Pud are no strangers to the art of creating fun. These days they spend their time sharing gourmet meals with their nieces and nephews, attending Cleveland Cavalier basketball games, and rekindling their romance. But when a series of calamities suddenly rock their world, they each meet a new friend, leaving Charli to worry if she and Pud are heading in the right direction.

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In the third book of this delightful series, an empty nester is left to recalculate her path to happiness after she and her husband both discover that their golden years are full of more surprises.>I always enjoy reading about the McAntics, since their lives so parallel my own. Learning how to navigate days when a person is no longer punching a time clock or waking up to an alarm can be trying and confusing, but Charli’s outlook on life always gets her through the tough times with a sense of humor. “Press on,” she tells herself, and she does.

In the third book in The Golden Age of Charli series, when an unusual and shocking event happens in her neighborhood, Charli mentions that “bad things comes in threes,” and she begins to worry what will come next.

I laughed out loud when Charli decided to make a “death notebook,” being guilty of something similar myself. “Pud and I needed to get our affairs in order. As the past three sad events had showed us, you never knew when something bad would happen.” It’s not that Charli is a pessimist, in fact, she is quite the optimist, but she wants to make sure her life is in order so her sons don’t have to go through what she had to when she deatl with her parents’ home and documents.

With free time that was never before available, Charli cleans closets, and organizes drawers and cupboards. All the while her husband Pud continues to play golf, seemingly unaware of his wife’s dissatisfaction with her empty, quiet house. Wondering what is in store for her she comes to this conclusion: “This is my looking year, so I’ll keep looking.” As she searches for something to keep her interested in life and make sure she is still a contributing member of society, she encourages her husband to join her, and through traveling and volunteering she forges ahead, and proves that life is not over after retirement, but only just beginning.

Life in The Golden Years of Charli:GPS is a surprising and funny romp through life, as Charli proves to us all that the golden years can truly be golden.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Charli-Gps-ebook/dp/B01MUBWVIA

Also by Jena C. Henry

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12

Connect to Jena via her website: http://www.jenabooks.com/

Two offers from Effrosyni Moschoudi for The Ebb (book 1): A Greek summer beach read (The Lady of the Pier trilogy) which is currently FREE on Amazon US and UK.  And The Amulet for 99c on Amazon US.

About the book

CORFU, GREECE, 1987
On a long holiday with her grandparents, Sofia Aspioti meets Danny Markson, a charming flirt who makes her laugh. Although she tries to keep him at arm’s length, worried that village gossip will get back to her strict family, she falls desperately in love. That’s when strange dreams about Brighton’s West Pier and a woman dressed in black begin to haunt her. Who is this grieving woman? And how is her lament related to Sofia’s feelings for Danny?

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND, 1937
Dreaming of wealth and happiness, Laura Mayfield arrives in Brighton to pursue a new life. She falls for Christian Searle, a happy-go-lucky stagehand at the West Pier theatre, but when she’s offered a chance to perform there, her love for him is put to the test. Charles Willard, a wealthy aristocrat, is fascinated by her and pursues her relentlessly. Will Laura choose love…or money?

One of the most recent reviews for the book

Another great book by this author. After reading The Amulet I was ready to read another one of her books. I have not been to Greece but feel like I have now with the descriptive scenes and bits of Greek culture in these books. With the two stories in The Ebb well developed I am now drawn to need to read the rest of this trilogy to see how everyone fits together!

Read all the reviews and get this book FREE: https://www.amazon.com/Ebb-book-Greek-summer-trilogy-ebook/dp/B00LGNYEPC

and: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebb-book-Greek-summer-trilogy-ebook/dp/B00LGNYEPC

About the book

The Amulet is a romantic comedy of angel magic and tantalizing descriptions of Greek food. Read it at your own peril; it’ll make you feel ravenous (not to mention all loved-up!)

When Katie loses her Athens office job, a gypsy woman hands her an amulet for good luck. Next, she gets hired as hotel receptionist on the Greek island of Sifnos and everything seems perfect, except for the overbearing hotel owner, Mrs. Matina. One of the guests, heart-stoppingly handsome Aggelos, keeps saving the day whenever Katie needs help. As she falls in love, she grows all the more intrigued by him and his quirky friends, including a little girl who keeps turning up on her own. Add a psychic, half-mad elderly woman into the mix and you’re in for a few laughs. Things are not what they seem in this small, family hotel and get even more complicated when the gypsy woman shows up again. Will Katie ever work out that Aggelos is a guardian angel that came with the amulet? And if she does, will she be able to keep him? It may take a miracle. But on an island as magical as Sifnos, anything is possible!

A recent review for the book.

The Amulet is a lighthearted rom-com, a fun escape from the realities of every day life. With the series of mix-ups and confusions the characters had to endure, at times, it reminded me of a modern day Shakespearean comedy.

Although Moschoudi’s Lady of The Pier trilogy was more the genre I usually prefer, as I continued to read The Amulet I became more and more captivated by it. This simple and entertaining love story was so much more. It was a lesson in humanity, love and compassion. The subtitle of the book says it’s an angel magic romantic comedy. If this is a hint that there will be more to come, I will be waiting to read the next one.

Available for 99c on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Amulet-Greek-holiday-happily-ending-ebook/dp/B01MCZ2UOU

Also by Effrosyni Moschoudi

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Effrosyni-Moschoudi/e/B00I5JKMXS

Connect to Effrosyni via her website: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com

Thank you for dropping by today.. If you are on the shelves of the bookstore then please let me know if you have a new book, great review or an offer. Thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – The Golden Age of Charli – RSVP by Jena C. Henry


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Today we welcome Jena C. Henry to the bookstore with her witty and very instructive series on the lovely Charli.. who is finding retirement not quite as she had imagined.  Beginning with the first book in the series. The Golden Age of Charli – RSVP.

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Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children.

As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway.

Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

Just two of the many great reviews for the book.

Pure Gold By Carol Marrs Phipps on July 6, 2016

The Golden Age of Charli RSVP by Jena C. Henry is an enchanting, feel-good story. Chock full of savvy humor, this book is pure enjoyment.

The protagonists, Charlotte McAntic, aka Charli, and her golf-addict husband, Pud, take on retirement, and the tale that ensues is pure gold. Reading this book was like watching a reality show as the author leads us into the McAntic’s household and introduces us to every aspect of this newly retired couple’s life.Charli tackles every situation with determination and a high dose of optimism, whether it is as simple as what to plan for dinner, or as complex as how to get her golf-crazed husband to spend more time with her and less time on the golf course.

I won’t spoil the story for you and tell you if she succeeds or not.

Current retirees may just get a few new ideas from this book, those about to retire will get some experienced insights, and young people will learn that growing older is definitely not the end, but rather, the beginning of a new adventure with new challenges aplenty. Therefore, I highly recommend The Golden Age of Charli RSVP to people of all ages. I look forward to reading more about Charli as her adventures in retirement continue.

Golden By Reading lady on July 13, 2016

Retirees will especially love this book!The main character, Charli, has to redefine her day-to-day life, now that she and her husband, Pud, are retired. She likes to read and organize. He likes to play golf – every.single.day. They share a love of fine dining and a loving, generous spirit, especially toward their family. Can they find common ground and rekindle their romance?

The author’s style reminded me of a memoir. I suspect she drew on her own experience for many of the details, making it all very believable. There are numerous gems of wisdom and advice woven seamlessly into the text. I had to stop reading and copy some of them.An upbeat look at the “golden years” and why we should cherish every stage of life.

Read all the reviews and buy the bookhttps://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Charli-RSVP-ebook/dp/B0157KR7RQ

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Book Two in the The Golden Age of Charlie series BMI

The Golden Age of Charli continues the delightful tale of the energetic, friendly, and positive McAntics as they cruise through their retirement years and discover the consequences of too much of a good thing.

One of the reviews for the book

A Fun Look at Life By Pianananna on June 21, 2016

This is the second book in The Golden Age of Charli series, and even though I had not read the first, it did not matter. I was easily able to step right into the life of Charli and her husband Pud as they navigate their days around retirement. Since I am of this same age, I related to everything they were going through, from their dieting trials and failures, which made me laugh out loud, to Charli’s grocery store expeditions looking for healthy foods (I really related to this), to their attempts to find family time with their sons.

If you are of the same age as Charli, you’ll wonder if you are reading about yourself. If you are quite a bit younger, you’ll have a humorous insight as to what life is like as a golden age couple, who handles their ups and downs with charm and grace.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Charli-BMI-ebook/dp/B01F8RKITC

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Book Three in the series recently published on January 11th 2017 – The Golden Age of Charli -GPS

In the third book of this delightful series, an empty nester is left to recalculate her path to happiness after she and her husband both discover that their golden years are full of more surprises.

A review for the new book

This is the long awaited third book in the Golden Age of Chali series. As I was reading it, I felt like I was catching up with an “old” friend. Charli’s style and approach to life is positive and entertaining. The story line flows like a lively stream with a few surprises around the corners. Author Jena C. Henry gives just enough details and insight into her characters to make the book engaging and enjoyable.

Her characters and scenarios are realistic, complete with the humor (and frustrations) of life. I hope she continues to share her lively heroine’s escapades and musings.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Charli-GPS/dp/1532010036

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About Jena

Jena C. Henry is an active, high energy gal who is a wife, mother, non-profit volunteer and bon vivant. She created the book series, The Golden Age of Charli, to encourage, entertain and share her joy of living and laughing. Jena C. Henry holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law. Now retired, she and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends and darling dog.

Jena presents writing workshops to help creatives achieve their dreams of writing a book and publishing it.When she is finished tidying her house, Jena likes to relax on her front porch and read and write. She enjoys fine dining, traveling to visit family, and lounging by lovely bodies…of water.

Connect to Jena.

Amazon Author Pagehttps://www.amazon.com/Jena-C.-Henry/e/B014PLDN12
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jena.c.henry/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/jenabooks

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