Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Dan Alatorre and various authors, John Nicholl and Lucinda E. Clarke


News of a great collection of scary stories from several authors in the Cafe and Bookstore which has been compiled and edited by bestselling Amazon author Dan Alatorre. 

The Box Under the Bed is on pre-order for October 1st at 99c

There is also the prospect of a pre-order bonus story from Dan Alatorre and all the details can be found in the link to the promotional post: https://danalatorre.com/2017/09/13/big-announcement-scary-anthology-update-the-box-under-the-bed/

These are the 27 stories contributed by 20 authors at a fantastic pre-order price of 99c.

Prologue, The Box Under The Bed part one

  1. Passion – Jenifer Ruff
  2. The Clearer – Allison Maruska
  3. The Death of Mrs. Billen – Dan Alatorre
  4. Windows of the Soul – Lucy Brazier
  5. Cassie – J. A. Allen
  6. The Next One – Allison Maruska
  7. Lovingly He Held Her Head Underwater – Juliet Nubel
  8. LabStor – T.A. Henry
  9. Cobalt Point – Anne Marie Andrus
  10. Mind Games – Heather Hackett
  11. Interlock – Barbaba Anne Helberg
  12. Hunter – Allison Maruska
  13. The Stainless Steel Coffin – Scott Skipper
  14. Repercussions – Joanne Larner
  15. Jack and Mary – Christine Valentor
  16. Genetic Aberrations – Adele Marie Park
  17. The Right Place – Curtis Bausse
  18. Fireflies – Allison Maruska
  19. Betrayal – Annette Robinson
  20. The Fateful Voyage of Patrick O’Brien – Frank Parker
  21. Destination Reached – Eric Daniel Clarke
  22. Diamond’s Promise – Allison Maruska
  23. The Last Time She Saw Her Brother – Maribel C. Pagan
  24. The Blind Tattooist – Allison Maruska
  25. Three Seconds of Grace – Anne Marie Andrus
  26. Hair Razor – Carrie Ann Alexis
  27. Mondays Are Who You Really Are – Lucy Brazier

Epilogue, The Box Under The Bed, part two

BONUS STORY: The Water Castle – Dan Alatorre

The pre-order link at 99c: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075C9D7L1

and Amazon UK at 99p: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Box-Under-Bed-anthology-stories-ebook/dp/B075C9D7L1/

The next author with great reviews for his latest book is John Nicholl with A Mind to Kill released in August 2017.

About A Mind to Kill

The hunters become the hunted…

‘I’m in here. Come on. I’m in here. Come and play with me. I’ve been waiting for you…’

When Rebecca’s childhood abuser avoids prosecution, it sets her on a path to revenge, revenge on any man who preys on the innocent. Twenty-three-year-old Rebecca poses as a child online and sets her trap, luring one predatory paedophile after another to their deaths. When a man’s severed head is found washed up on a windswept estuary beach, the police begin their investigation.

The internationally bestselling author of White is the Coldest Colour is back with an electrifying psychological thriller packed with suspense.
One of the recent reviews for the book

Brilliant!!!!  on 30 August 2017

Well this is exactly how I like my murder/serial killer books to be – grisly, gritty and gruesome – mixed with a brilliant cast in a superb police procedural. “A Mind To Kill” by John Nicholl fits this perfectly.

Rebecca Smith is abused when she is six years old by her ballet instructor. Unable to secure a conviction the police are forced to let him go but Rebecca never forgets and exacts her own brutal revenge on men like him who prey on young children.

Although we know from the start who the murderer is this doesn’t spoil the story, as it is about the reasons why she feels compelled to kill and how it affected her and her family when the abuser wasn’t brought to justice. At times this book is quite gruesome so if you’re offended or dislike that sort of thing then maybe this isn’t for you but since the nature of the book is about revenge then it is wholly appropriate to the story and the author has portrayed it all brilliantly.

The Detective Sergeant – Gareth Gravel – at the time of Rebecca’s abuse case, is still on the force when she takes a job with the police as a computer expert. Now an Inspector, he is brought back from holiday to investigate the macabre discovery of body parts. I really liked ‘Grav’ and found myself relating him to one of my favourite Detectives – Inspector Jack Frost, as he had that same attitude and temperament.

With wonderfully likeable characters who fit their parts perfectly and with a well thought out plot line this makes up a fabulous book that I absolutely loved and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it or the author John Nicholl to crime readers of all ages. I do hope in the future to read all his previous novels that have also been hugely successful.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mind-Kill-psychological-thriller-suspense-ebook/dp/B073WHXYTV

Also by John Nicholl

Find out more about John Nicholl, read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/John-Nicholl/e/B00VRS3MHW

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Nicholl/e/B00VRS3MHW

Find more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13795294.John_Nicholl

Connect to John via his website: http://www.johnnicholl.com

Last but not least is the new release from Lucinda E. Clarke, Amie: Cut for Life which is on pre-order for September 30th.

About the book

They told Amie it was a simple look, listen and report back mission, but from the beginning everything went wrong. She is stalked across borders, the aid workers act suspiciously, she’s assaulted, and abandoned in a rural African hut miles from anywhere. What has happened to her partner Simon and can she trust the charismatic Frenchman who befriends her? The discovery of an ancient tribal tradition and a group of young children to rescue, test her skills to the limit. For the first time, she is prepared to kill to protect the innocent caught up in an international sex trade with an extra horrifying twist.

Here is the International pre-order link at 99c or 99p for delivery on September 30th:  myBook.to/Amie4

Also by Lucinda E. Clarke

One of the latest reviews for Amie: Stolen Future

Amie is always observed by the “watchers” who have plans for her. Who are the “watchers”? What are their plans? Third in the series, this is more exciting and thrilling than the first two. Some series tend to fall flat as they continue, the Amie series gets better with each installment. Amie loses someone close, as predicted. She helps to save Africa, as predicted. As with books 1 & 2, this story is complete, but leaves you knowing that more is coming. I don’t believe in giving spoilers, just know you’ll never get bored and won’t be able to turn pages fast enough.

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914

Read more reviews and follow Lucinda on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7996778.Lucinda_E_Clarke

Connect to Lucinda via her website: http://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com

If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new release, great review or offer to share please let me know.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha and John Nicholl


Welcome to the first of the updates this week. Our first featured author is Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha with Unbridled,  her second collection of poetry released on August 3rd.

About Unbridled

Unbridled is written for souls hurting, for healing and becoming.

It is served to be well-thumbed and mulled over.  Written in free verse each poignant poetry vibrates with a life of its own.

Bold and uncensored verses that talk about societal issues of rape, domestic violence, sadness, infidelity, racial discrimination, sex, depression, loss, pain, femininity, grief, suicide, womanhood, relationships, love, resilience, courage, anger, mental health, paedophilia, child abuse, break up, conflict, loneliness, ageing, life, lust, optimism, Poverty, Race, Death, Justice, Beauty, Endurance, Faith, Dreams and Empowerment.

The author’s words epitomise the poetic impulse to capture concentrated images from experience and observing life’s moments; impassioned, ecstatic, sad, fiery, sensual; they are naked intimate expressions saying as much as they can say in few words.

Buy Unbridled poetry collection: https://www.amazon.com/Unbridled-Jacqueline-C-Oby-Ikocha/dp/1905597770

Also by Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Two of the reviews for Out of the Silent Breath

The collection opens with a joyous dance; encouraging the African child to dance to the beat born within. Then Jacqueline goes deep as the book progresses, reliving loss and pain. In one of the piercing poems, ” A Thousand Deaths”, she paints a vivid image that quietly rips the heart open. And yet, she manages to put a smile back on the reader’s face with a graceful and lovely depiction of the aging process in, “Forever Young”.
In all, this is a beautifully crafted collection that touches on universal themes readers can relate to.

Excellent Thought-Provoking Poems 

The writings are so intriguing you could read the entire book in one seating. I’m a long time Maya Angelou fan and Jacqueline’s poems are reminiscent of Angelou’s unique flare. I highly recommend this delightful book of poems if you desire to escape from reality, reflect on precious memories, and come in touch with raw human emotions.

Read the reviews and buy both collections: https://www.amazon.com/Jacqueline-Oby-Ikocha/e/B01F21MS38

Connect to Jacqueline on her blog: https://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/

The next update is for John Nicholl and his latest release, the psychological thriller A Mind to Kill which was published this week.

About A Mind to Kill

The hunters become the hunted…

She watched as he slowly approached the room and stopped for a moment, seemingly weighing up his options. And then she called out in a hushed, well-practised childlike whisper she’d perfected over time and come to love infinitely more than any living person. ‘I’m in here. Come on. I’m in here. Come and play with me. I’ve been waiting for you…’

When Rebecca’s childhood abuser avoids prosecution, it sets her on a path to revenge, revenge on any man who preys on the innocent.

Twenty-three-year-old Rebecca poses as a child online and sets her trap, luring one predatory paedophile after another to their deaths.

When a man’s severed head is found washed up on a windswept estuary beach, the police begin their investigation.

The internationally bestselling author of White is the Coldest Colour is back with an electrifying psychological thriller packed with suspense.

Brilliantly gripping, A Mind To Kill will have you hooked from the very first page and holding your breath to the heart-racing and shocking ending.

One of the early reviews

Wow! What a story. Once again John Nicholl takes the deep pain of a victim and turns it on its ear. This was Rebecca’s story. The story of a lost innocence and the damage that follows year after year until it creates a monster. Rebecca is juggling, and not quite as successfully as is needed. Her story becomes disturbing. Unable to even interact with her parents after a terrible and unresolved event, Rebecca is broken.

I love the inspector detective. His mind is quick and he is out of shape but I personally find him charming. Even when he is grinding a cigar beneath his heel. Nicholl brings out the most human traits good and vas and creates a vivid and sorted tale. A take where you question your own morality. His books remind me of the old saying. “There but by the grace of God, go I.”

Chilling and written in a frank and intense manner, A Mind to Kill, stands out as a psychological thriller that needs sharing.

Read all the early reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Kill-psychological-thriller-suspense-ebook/dp/B073WHXYTV

Also by John Nicholl

Read the many excellent reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Nicholl/e/B00VRS3MHW

Read more reviews and follow John on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13795294.John_Nicholl

Connect to John via his blog: http://www.johnnicholl.com

Thank you for dropping by today and please pass on the word about these two authors and their new releases.. thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Shehanne Moore, John Nicholl and Annette Rochelle Aben


Delighted to begin today’s update with the brand new book by Scottish born author Shehanne Moore. The Writer and the Rake is hot off the presses and is another of Shehanne’s much enjoyed Historical Romances with a time travel twist.

About The Writer and The Rake

He saw her coming. If he’d known her effect he’d have walked away.

When it comes to doing it all, ‘wild child’ writer Brittany Carter ticks every box. Having it all is a different thing though, what with her need to thwart an ex fiancé and her being transported from the present to Georgian times. But then, so long as she can find her way back to her world of fame and promised fortune, what’s there to worry about?

Georgian bad boy Mitchell Killgower is at the center of an inheritance dispute. He needs Brittany as his obedient, country-mouse wife. Or, rather, he needs her like a hole in the head. In and out of his bed, he’s never known a woman like her. Nor a woman who can disappear and reappear like her either.

And when his coolly contained anarchist, who is anything but, learns how to return to her world and remain, will having it all be enough, or does she underestimate him, and herself?

The first review is in

She has done it again! 4.5 stars

Shehanne Moore has the ability to write stories with a “spicy touch’’! She didn’t disappoint me with ‘The Writer and the rake’! Lovers of time travel romances, are in for a treat! Be ready for a rollercoaster ride of passion, this story is so much fun to read. I loved her characters Brittany and Mitchell!

What happens when writer, Brittany, is transported from the present to the Georgian era, and falls for Mitchell a real bad boy? All hell broke loose! Sparks started to flare and ignite a hot blazing passion. But…..is love possible for them even if they are from a different period of time? Can Brittany forget what she had lived in the future world and start a new life with Mitchell? What will she do?

Buy The Writer and the Rake: https://www.amazon.com/Writer-Rake-Shehanne-Moore-ebook/dp/B06XS2R38K

Also by Shehanne Moore

Find out more about Shehanne Moore, read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW

Connect to Shehanne via her blog: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/

Another of the Cafe authors with a new short story is John Nicholl with Bully Boy Blue: A dark psychological suspense thriller released on April 1st.

About Bully Boy Blue

Every aspect of Kathy’s life is dominated by her abusive bully boy husband. Now she’s pregnant and in fear for her life. Can she ever escape him?

A gripping page-turner of a psychological thriller packed with suspense. Discover John Nicholl’s chilling new short story today – At a special introductory price.

Two of the early reviews

Gut-wrenching. on April 1, 2017

A short novella that packs a punch. Kathy has been married to a respectable cop for three years. Unfortunately, she lost a baby and is now suffering through postnatal depression. At least that’s what Mike, her upstanding husband, tells the world. The reality is very different. Mike is making Kathy’s life a hell of physical and emotional abuse. It’s so frustrating how many, many people have the opportunity to help and they all believe Mike’s lies or simply choose not to intervene just to save themselves the trouble. Now Kathy is pregnant again and she finally finds the courage to fight back. What happens then is astonishing and pulse-raising.

It’s a very short and easy read, but the characters are deep and well-developed. I kept yelling at the book, the plot making me gasp more than once. I’m not surprised that John Nicholl has written another wonderful story, since his full-length novels are so good.

I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, Booklover Catlady Publicity!

Bully Boy is Kathy’s husband. He’s in charge of every single thing in her life.
He’s managed to separate her form her friends, her family. The two times she’s
called for help only worsened when he beat her mercilessly. He’s a cop.
Everyone believes the cops, right?

And now she’s pregnant … again. He beat her until she miscarried with her
first pregnancy. She’s not going to let that happen again .. she has a plan.

This is an extremely intensive short story (less than 100 pages). There is
violence… sexual, emotional, physical. Some of it will turn your stomach ….
some of it will make you cry.

I wish to thank the author, John Nicholl, for sharing the digital copy of this
very concentrated story about Domestic Violence. The opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own. WARNING: Graphic violence, abuse

Read all of the reviews and buy the novella at the special introductory price of 99c: https://www.amazon.com/Bully-Boy-Blue-psychological-suspense-ebook/dp/B06XK97KPQ

Also by John Nicholl

Find out more about John Nicholl, read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/John-Nicholl/e/B00VRS3MHW

Connect to John via his website: http://www.johnnicholl.com

The third author today with a new book is Annette Rochelle Aben with her latest Haiku release. Haiku Perspective 2017 in paperback and was released on March 30th.

About A Haiku Perspective 2017.

Life is poetic. We see the world through the eyes of our emotions which is where poetry originates. Haiku is a form of poetry that has us put those emotions into seventeen syllables. Each of the haiku in this book is the poetic vision of life as experienced by the author.

Here is a recent review of Annette’s 2016 Haiku Perspective which will give you a flavour of what youo can expect from this new collection.

On “A Haiku Perspective 2016” by Annette Rochelle Aben, I’m left pleased. I’m left pleased because not only is it inspiring to leave the pages feeling uplifted, but also imbued with a sense I’m personally welcomed in and encouraged to not just be the audience but participate. I smile the most at a stubborn jar enduring a water massage to defeat it’s naughtiness anthropomorphically resisting being opened. I enjoyed the deviation from expected form to conjoin many poems to be one – leading me as if by such a string of syllables to a point. I so wanted to dodge the well meaning-ness with instinctual rebellion of such well meaning-ness to stubbornly brood – if I want to, thank you very much indeed!… cuss cuss cuss. I regret my only disappointment isn’t the material but the brevity of the experience. but even then, it’s better to leave them hungry.

Also by Annette Rochelle Aben

Discover more about Annette, read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Annette-Rochelle-Aben/e/B00MSQTGUY

Connect with Annette via her blog: www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com

Thank you for dropping by today and please help spread the news of these new books far and wide. thanks Sally.

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