Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and Lesley Fletcher

Welcome to the Friday edition of the author update for writers in the bookstore. And the first author with an update is Deanie Humphrys-Dunne with her latest book – My Life at Sweetbriar: A Life Changed by Horses, an inspiring memoir that shares the story of how she overcame her disability with the help of her equine family. The book is already receiving wonderful reviews.

About the book

What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?

Two of the early reviews for the book

Very encouraging! By Deborah S. Hockenberry on May 13, 2017

Can you imagine living on a farm with horses but not being able to ride them? What would it be like to sit there, looking out the window, watching your sisters’ ride, and jumped over fences on them? I think it would be horrible! What if you were disabled and one day your doctor says that you’ll never walk? What would your parents say or do?

This all happened to author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. She takes us into her world of learning to ride a horse while having a disability. Not only that, but she tells us how she went on to showing the horses and jump them in horse shows! She has the ribbons to show for it, too!It all started when that doctor said Deanie would never walk. Her dad had other ideas contrary to what the doctor said.

Thus, started Deanie’s long journey to the horse shows. It all started with her dad finding her a pony that she could handle and then strengthening her legs so that she could stay up. Then, she learned to walk the horse without falling off; everything up to jumping when she was eighteen. Through the years she’s ridden many horses as she grew and progressed. In this autobiography, the author takes us through all of the up and downs of her life. She tells us of the horses’ barn burning and her mother losing her favorite horse to Deanie finally getting a horse of her own!I was very impressed with this inspirational book and the courageous author who wrote it! I feel it should definitely be in your home library. It will teach your children that they can overcome whatever obstacles life throws in their direction.

An inspirational story of a little girl’s determination to succeed! By Jjspina on May 13, 2017

If you are looking for an inspirational and unforgettable read this is the book for you. This book will bring you to tears as you read about this inspiring little girl who learns never to say no to her dreams. She was born with a handicap and her parents were told that she would never walk. With a surprisingly strong will and determination to do what her sisters could do, ride horses and win championships, Deanie learned to ride. She found it very difficult and had to adjust many times to falling off her horse and getting up again and again. She never gave up and finally she did succeed and became a championship jumper.

This is quite a feat for this little girl and through her trials and tribulations she teaches children and adults that perseverance pays off. If you want to live your dream then you must work hard even if you at first fail you must keep trying and never give up. By not giving up you will be rewarded with success and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Deanie is a remarkable woman who has inspired me by her example. She is a talented and creative author of four books and continues to pursue her dreams in being a very successful author. I think she is well on her way to success for nothing will keep her from obtaining her goal.

This is an excellent story for middle school and high school students to encourage them to pursue their dreams and proving by Deanie’s example, that no obstacle is too great.

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My second update is for Lesley Fletcher who has a brand new cover for her book Crystal Ball Persuasion and a good opportunity to update with some of the reviews for the book.

About the book

Since being given her mentor’s gift of a premonition at a very young age, Gypsy has had her sights on a life far away from the one she leads. Standing in her way are two men; one who has been waiting a lifetime for her love and one who depends on her gifts for a living wage.

Trusting the Universe, she throws herself into a new life when she finds the seeker who fits the premonition. She sets out with a new identity and a zest for adventure on her quest for the truth. Their journey together leads to questions about what the future will hold and how the past will impact it. There is only one thing is set in stone. Neither will ever return to their former life.

Accompanying her on the adventurous escape and leading the way is Jules, a woman whose life was recently thrown into merciless turmoil. Together they conquer goals, soul search and open their bruised and broken hearts as they travel to far off destinations. Their journey is filled with mystical charm, sisterhood and page-turning events as the story unfolds.

Along the way a question arises – Will building a fresh life based on crystal ball readings, intuition and a premonition, also change destiny?

Two of the reviews for the book

This is a great story that examines how lives intertwine. The first time Gypsy and Jules meet, Gypsy is doing a reading for the woman. From there the author takes the reader into a fascinating story and on an incredible journey. The story is well written and the tale is unique as a search for truth and reaching goals by two women who although it seems have nothing in common at first have a date with destiny.

I received this book as the result of a giveaway. I enjoyed the style of writing straight away, it flows well and gets on with the story from the start. I also took a liking to the main characters, so quickly became interested in what happened to them. I know little about the Gypsy life and a little about the places Gypsy and Jules travelled to, but there was enough information to bring the places to life without it being obvious. I read this on my commute to work and there were occasions when I wished my journey was longer so I could continue reading. A thoroughly enjoyable book following the development of a friendship between two women from very different backgrounds.

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Thanks for dropping in today and if you have news to share about your books in the cafe then please let me know.


Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Sue Coletta, Lesley Fletcher and Andrew Joyce

Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites. In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know..

My first update is for Sue Coletta’s book Wings of Mayhem (The Mayhem Series Book 1) published in May this year which has received many outstanding reviews. The cover is in the top nine of Books and Benches cover competition and I know Sue would be thrilled if you would head over and vote…

51ymw6uk8fl-_uy250_About the book

Shawnee Daniels — forensic police hacker by day, cat burglar by night — ignites the hellfire fury of a serial killer when she unknowingly steals his trophy box.

WINGS OF MAYHEM wins Best Author Award in Mystery, Crime, Heist!!!


Cat burglar Shawnee Daniels always believed her “fearlessness rules” mantra would keep her on top and out of jail. When she hacks a confiscated hard drive at the Revere P.D., she focuses on a white-collar criminal accused of embezzlement. To teach him a lesson and recoup the funds she breaks into his massive contemporary in Bear Clave Estates. Jack has even more secrets, deadly secrets, secrets worth killing over.


As a glowing eagle taunts her Skype screen, Jack tells her she stole his precious trophy box — and he wants it back!


When her “helpful” best friend convinces her to date charismatic Detective Levaughn Samuels, her two worlds threaten to implode. Ordinarily Shawnee keeps a firm line between her professions, but dating Levaughn might help her get this psycho off her tail.


In this lightning-fast-paced psychological thriller of secrets and lies, Shawnee juggles being stalked by a serial killer, dating the lead detective on the case, and tap dancing around her librarian best friend. If she doesn’t find the trophy box, the killer’s coming for her. If she doesn’t expose her secret life, more will die. And if she does, she could lose her freedom and everyone she holds dear.

If you’re a fan of Lisa Jackson, Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter thrillers, crime fiction with an edge, or psychological thrillers, mystery, and suspense, then Wings of Mayhem is for you.

Two of the outstanding reviews for the book

Say… CRIME? The name is COLETTA, SUE.
A well developed story, credible characters, tri-dimensional. Cat burglar, Shawnee Daniels, reality check in the story. Steal memories could be DEADLY!!!

Run, if you want to follow the story not a moment to loose. Not a fan of spoilers, need to read a real deal Mayhem… Crime is the trade of Lady Coletta’s. A writer to follow, if you like good books!!!

One of the true pleasures of reading is finding that unique and original story. In Wings of Mayhem, Sue Coletta shines in both telling the story and crafting language to make it compelling.

The book is not for the faint of heart. A sadistic serial killer is after the main character Shawnee Daniels. She’s taken something important from him and he wants it back. He’s willing to use all his sinister skills to get it.

Coletta is a master at building each scene to a crescendo then, with just a brief moment to catch your breath and slow your heart rate, she plunges you into the terror and suspense once again.

Wings of Mayhem, Book One of the Mayhem series, stands alone as an outstanding thriller. The potential for a blockbuster series is a bonus. If you love a psychological crime thriller, this is the book for you.

Remember the name, Sue Coletta, she will be writing your favorite nightmares for years to come. I will never look at a Raven’s feather the same way ever again

Also by Sue Coletta


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My next book is Crystal Ball Persuasion by Lesley Fletcher that was published in October and was promoted as part of the Autumn Reading series. Since then the book has received more excellent reviews


About the book

The travelling carnival is not the life Gypsy pictured for herself. Since being given her mentor’s gift of a premonition from a very young age, she has had her sights on a life far away from the one she leads.

Standing in her way are two men; one who has been waiting a lifetime for her love and one who depends on her gifts for a living wage.

Trusting the Universe, she throws herself into a new life when she finds the seeker who fits the premonition. She sets out with a new identity and a zest for adventure on her quest for the truth. Her journey leads her to questions she had never thought of asking. Only one thing is set in stone. She will never return to life on the midway again.

Accompanying her on the adventurous escape and leading the way is a woman whose life has been thrown mercilessly into turmoil. Together they conquer goals, soul search and open their bruised and broken hearts as they travel to far off destinations.

Their journey is filled with mystical charm, sisterhood and page-turning events as the story unfolds.

Along the way the question arises – will there be enough light at the end of the tunnel to produce lasting happiness, while being so far removed from their former lives?

One of the most recent reviews

Lesley Fletcher thank you for Crystal Ball Persuasion.
I just finished non-stop reading of this wonderful fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The characters are so well developed and the plot is fast moving and exciting. I felt as though I was on the life changing journey with Gypsy and Jules as their soul search travels took them around the globe. Wonderful read that I highly recommend.
Carole McDonald

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The last of the updates today is for the latest book by Andrew Joyce.. Yellow Hair is historical fiction that reveals the truth behind the treatment of the Sioux Indians.

51zhg2sqivl-_uy250_About the book

Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people and the author uses their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century.
This is American history.

Awarded Book of the Year by Just Reviews

I’m a big fan of historical fiction. Why? I get to experience history and when it’s done right, reading it changes me as a person and I see the world in a whole new light. I’m fairly familiar with the atrocities foisted upon the Sioux Nation in the 19th century through my schooling and my childhood friends (Sioux) but in Yellow Hair, Andrew Joyce unveils what really happened.

“This is American History,” states Joyce and I applaud him for using real names and events while weaving his protagonist throughout. Joyce’s research is spot-on and historically accurate.

Yellow Hair is a book every single American (and Canadian) needs to read. Joyce plunges the reader into history and instead of being a passive observer, the reader is suffering right along with their Sioux brothers and sisters. This is the real history and we cannot stand idly by and have history repeat itself.

Another fantastic gem from Andrew Joyce and I highly recommend it, especially if you love historical fiction!

Favorite Character:

Yellow Hair. Not since reading Jane M. Auel have I been so connected to a historical fiction character as I did with Yellow Hair. He’s the vehicle Joyce uses to show the reader the real American history and I got to experience everything Yellow Hair witnessed. The most amazing thing is that Yellow Hair really existed and after reading this, I still feel him with me.

Favorite Quote:

“The coming of the White Man would forever change the fortunes of the people of the plains— more often than not for the worse. Very few White Men had a positive influence on the Indians. But there were a few. One of those men was Jacob Ariesen.”

 Yellow Hair is an epic tale – a tale of love, loss, and a people’s destruction. I immediately connected with the characters. Andrew Joyce has a way of storytelling that engages the reader. I was hooked from the first page until the very last page.

I have read other books by Joyce and I would say this is the best one yet. Believable characters, engaging storytelling, and a desire to keep reading/learning. I was sad when this book ended.

Not just a coming of age story, but so much more. Yellow Hair suffers loss after loss, but also love. He navigates both the white man’s world and the Indian’s world.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy historical fiction.

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