I have decided to consolidate the Meet the Reviewers and the usual twice weekly posts to maximise exposure for both author and reviewer.. I will however, include reviews for non Cafe and Bookstore authors in the new series of The Blogger Daily.
My aim with these posts and by using the Cafe as a focal point is to give authors a regular spot to show case their reviews… and with the New on the Shelves their recent releases. I do catch many of them by seeing notices on social media, but it does help if you drop me a line, particularly with your new releases.
The July Summer Sale for authors in the Cafe is beginning on July 9th.. with follow up posts on 13th, 16th and 20th. There were originally 20 slots available for those of you who would like to offer your books at a discounted rate during that period and for the following week or so. There are now only five slots and if you are interested here is the post.
Now time to share today’s recent reviews and the first author is C.S. Boyack with a recent review for The Yak Guy Project.
About The Yak Guy Project
Imagine waking up in the desert with no idea what happened to you. You have clear memories of situations and places, but a complete loss in personal matters… like your own name. This situation is bad, and you have no idea how to get home.
When you’re rescued by a talking yak, the situation gets exponentially worse. You’ve obviously lost your mind. The immediate needs of a ride off the salt pan and searing heat, along with a drink of water, outweigh the concerns about your mental state.
This is exactly what happened to the Yak Guy. In fact he’s been placed in an alternate world and given a chance to start over in life.
Can this selfish, almost parasitic, young man learn to start over in a world where charity is hard to find? Life is brutal and short here, but he’s going to have to adapt or perish.
The Yak Guy project is loosely based around The Fool’s Journey from the Tarot. Those with experience in Tarot will spot people and situations from the Major Arcana.
One of the recent reviews of The Yak Guy Project on Goodreads
This book introduces you to a man who gets a second chance and to a yak.
With The Yak Guy Project, C. S. Boyack presents us with an entertaining and sometimes pretty funny dystopian story. The story is skillfully elaborated and has a great flow. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with this story – he created living people (and an amazing yak) instead of mere characters; even if the yak is not human – it has personality. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to the man and – the yak. The protagonists’ personalities are complex, the others of sufficient depth according to their relevance. Protagonists who grow with their tasks and a yak as a moral guide will take you on an unforgettable journey. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a wonderful time reading The Yak Guy Project; it is a highly entertaining read.
This is for you if you like great story-telling, dystopian stories, interesting personalities to cheer on, as well as thought-provoking, and fun moments. This is a book to read again. Highly recommended!
Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Yak-Guy-Project-C-Boyack-ebook/dp/B07D1QY9Y7
For all other Amazon Bookstores: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B07D1QY9Y7
A small selection of other books by C.S. Boyack
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY
Read more reviews and follow C.S. Boyack on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack
Connect to Craig via his blog and website: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com
The next featured author is Karen Ingalls with her book Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the premier American sculptor from 1880-1920. Though married he fell in love with his model, Davida Johnson Clark and their love affair lasted more than twenty-five years. This fictionalized account will introduce the reader to some of the great art, historical facts, and the moral values of that era.
The author is the great-granddaughter from this union and her purpose in writing the book is to bring recognition to Davida and remove any negative stigma to her. Her grandfather suffered his whole life from being labeled a bastard while growing up and this story is intended to remove that label.
How can a love affair last for such a long period of time? What affect did it have on his career? How did his wife and son cope with their being a second family?
This is a compelling and beautiful love story that has needed to be told.
One of the recent reviews for Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens
While a bit slower paced than my usual reads, I did enjoy Davida. It is a tale of forbidden love during a time of extreme social conservatism.
The main character, Albertina, has a sweet innocence and charm that capture the reader’s adoration.
Her lover, Gus, is a driven artist who is torn between his desire for Albertina and his passion for art. He’s already married and has a son. If he chooses Albertina exclusively, his career as a sculptor is over.
I would highly recommend Davida to anyone who is a fan of romance, history, and art.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Davida-Model-Mistress-Augustus-Saint-Gaudens-ebook/dp/B01DA963A8/
Also by Karen Ingalls.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY
Read more reviews and follow Karen Ingalls on Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kareningalls
Connect to Karen via her website: http://kareningalls.blogspot.ie/
Now time for me to show off my most recent review for Just an Odd Job Girl which delighted me this week from Robbie Cheadle.
About the book
At 50 Imogen had been married for over 20 years, and was living in a big house, with money to spare. Suddenly she is traded-in for a younger model, a Fast-Tracker.
Devastated, she hides away and indulges in binge eating. But then, when hope is almost gone, she meets a new friend and makes a journey to her past that helps her move on to her future.
The recent review for the book
Imogen has been rejected by her husband of 20 years. She discovers that he has been having an affair, that the woman has become pregnant and that he wants a divorce all in one go. It is devastating to Imogen who has devoted her life to building her home, raising her children and being a good wife and mother. Somehow, along the way, Imogen seems to have lost all her vitality and spunk and changed into another, less vivid, version of herself. Although she knows this, Imogen struggles to overcome her depression and feelings of inadequacy until she makes a impulsive decision to go for an interview with a placement agency for older women and find herself a job.
The man who interviews Imogen is interested in her and her past jobs and life. He spends time talking to her and draws her out of the shell she has crawled into. As Imogen starts to remember her previous challenges and triumphs in her jobs as a younger person, her resilient character and determination start to resurface. Imogen embarks on a wonderful make-over and shares her numerous entertaining jobs with the reader. They range from a young girl selling trinkets on the beach, to the resourceful manageress of a steakhouse and lastly, to the manageress of a hotel in Cornwall [which I have not been to but which sounded quite rural and remote to me and the thought of arriving on my own at such a place, by train and late in the evening, gave me the shivers], with many other interesting experiences in between. Things in Imogen’s varied roles don’t always go smoothly and her mishaps and slightly reckless decisions will have you howling with laughter.
I really enjoyed this book and reading all about the various odd jobs Imogen had in her youth. The ending is very satisfying and leaves you with a very happy and uplifted feeling.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-Odd-Girl-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00M10F4O4/
And on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Odd-Girl-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00M10F4O4/
A selection of other books by Sally Cronin
To read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2/
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2
Read more reviews and follow me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7979187.Sally_Cronin
Robbie Cheadle is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore
Robbie Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
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